This week's events in the Three Rivers area

Published October 20, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.
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Oct. 20-23

Special Revival Services

JACKSONVILLE — Special Revival services will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 20 and at 7 p.m. Oct. 21-23 at First Assembly of God, 221 N. Elm St. The evangelist will be the Rev. Dennis Thrasher from Gentry. For more information, contact Pastor Royce L. Lowe at (501) 982-5018.

Oct. 21

White County Retired Teachers Meeting

SEARCY — The White County Retired Teachers Association will meet at 2 p.m. at the Carmichael Community Center. Searcy retirees will provide refreshments. The program will be presented by Mary Alice Hughes, an Arkansas Retired Teachers Association-approved insurance agent. She will discuss changes in the 2014 Medicare laws and enrollment period, as well as new vision and dental insurance.

Oct. 22

Audubon Society Meeting

CLINTON — The Little Red River Audubon Society will meet at 5:30 p.m. at Western-Sizzlin’ Restaurant in Clinton. A Dutch-treat dinner will be held, followed by a program at 7 p.m. Joy DeClark, river restoration program director for the Nature Conservancy, will give an update about the Stream Restoration Plan for parts of the Archey Fork and South Fork segments of the Little Red River in Clinton. Door prizes will be awarded after the meeting. For more information, visit, or email

Archaeologist Presentation

SEARCY — Harding University’s College of Bible and Ministry will host Gabriel Barkay, an archaeologist from Israel, at 7 p.m. in Cone Chapel. He will give a free presentation, Recent Discoveries in Jerusalem Since 1970, Barkay has focused on excavations in Jerusalem, and he holds a doctorate in archaeology from Tel Aviv University. For more information, contact Dale Manor, professor of Bible and archaeology in the College of Bible and Ministry, at (501) 279-4456 or

Oct. 24

Backyard Cookout

JACKSONVILLE — The North Pulaski Retired Teachers Association will hold a meet-and-greet backyard cookout to honor new members at 5:30 p.m. at the home of Terry and Sharon Johnson. All members, spouses and guests are invited. Members need to RSVP to Linda Remele or Sharon Johnson by Monday.

Chicken on the Run

NEWPORT — Newport First United Methodist Church will have boxed dinners for Chicken on the Run available for pickup from 4-6 p.m. at the church, at Third and Laurel streets. The boxed smoked-chicken dinners include a quarter chicken, potato salad, baked beans, a dinner roll and a cookie. Boxes are $8 each or two for $15, with proceeds to be used for outreach programs. For tickets, call the church at (870) 523-6561.

Oct. 24 and 26

Dracula, Baby

HEBER SPRINGS — The Heber Theatre will perform Dracula, Baby, a musical comedy, at 7 p.m. Oct. 24, 26, 28 and 29 at The Pavilion in the Pines, 21 Park Road. Admission is donation only, with proceeds benefiting the Arkansas Dream Center of Heber Springs and the Christian Health Center. For more information, visit

Oct. 25

Style-Show Fundraiser

HEBER SPRINGS —Baptist Health Medical Center and the Heber Springs Auxiliary will present their annual style-show fundraiser, Lights! Camera! Fashion! The event, which will begin at 11:30 the Heber Springs Community Center, will feature singer/songwriter A. J. Croce. Lunch will be catered by the Good Times Family Restaurant. Fashions and jewelry will be provided by Heber Springs retailers. There will be a silent auction and door prizes. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased from auxiliary members or by calling the hospital at (501) 887-5284.

Oct. 25 and 26

Cabot Dance Academy

CABOT — The Cabot Dance Academy will hold a Haunted Hayride Fundraiser from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, and Oct. 30 and 31. The event will be on U.S. 67/167. Take Ward exit 25, and watch for the signs. The cost is $10 per person. Proceeds will benefit the academy’s nationally ranked competitive team. Discounts are available for groups of 20 or more. For more information, call Wendi Pickard at (501) 259-0462 or the Cabot Dance Academy at (501) 605-8900.

Oct. 26

Fall Carnival

CABOT — A free Fall Carnival will be held from 3-5:30 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, 15361 Arkansas 5. The carnival will feature games, bouncy houses and contests for Best Costume and Best Carved Pumpkin.

Spaghetti Cook-off

CABOT — A Spaghetti Cook-off will be held from 6-8 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, 15361 Arkansas 5. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children or $25 for the whole family. Children younger than 3 may eat free. Teams may enter to compete for Best Spaghetti and Best Booth for a $25 entry fee. Mayor Bill Cypert and Cabot Chamber Director Kelly Coughlin will be the judges.

Variety Night

BATESVILLE — John 3:16 Ministries will present its seventh annual Variety Night at 3 p.m. in Independence Hall at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. Silent and live auctions will be held from 3-6 p.m., and a fish-fry dinner with all the the trimmings will begin at 5 p.m. Entertainment will start at 6:30 p.m. A 1994 Chevrolet Blazer will be given away as a door prize. Dinner tickets are $10. For more information, visit, or call (870) 799-2525.

Fall Festival

CABOT — There will be a Fall Festival from 5-8 p.m at Mount Tabor United Methodist Church on Arkansas 89 South. There will be a haunted house, hot dogs and popcorn, a pumpkin walk, crafts for kids, a creepy candy center, a punch station, and games and other activities. Door prizes will be awarded about every 30 minutes. All are welcome, and all activities are free.

Author of the Month

ASH FLAT — The Ash Flat Library will present Christina Strong, October Author of the Month, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a discussion on writing and getting published at 11 a.m. For more information, call (870) 994-2410.


China Painters

GARNER — The Daisy Petals China Painting Club meets at 9 a.m. every Monday at Garner Baptist Church, 114 N. Main. Beginners are welcome. For more information, contact Glenda Hale at (501) 726-3281.

Kids Bible Club

WARD — The Kids Bible Club for children in first through sixth grades meets from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 30 at Ward United Methodist Church, at Scott and Arkansas 367 across from the Ward Community Center. The club includes storytelling, singing and light snacks. There is no cost for the program, and transportation is available. For more information, call Rick Meadows at (501) 843-3279 or (501) 327-9222, or email

Fall Sessions for Musicians

BATESVILLE — Accordion, guitar, keyboard, violin and harmonica players of all experience levels are invited to come listen or play from 7-9 p.m. Monday, and also on Nov. 4 and 18, and Dec. 2, at First Community Bank.

Friends of the Library Book Shop

HEBER SPRINGS — The Friends of The Library Book Shop, 2255 Arkansas 25B N., is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. The shop offers a large variety of books at bargain prices. Proceeds will benefit all the libraries in Cleburne County, including the new library in Quitman.

Children’s Story Time

BATESVILLE — The Independence County Library, 368 E. Main St., offers story time for preschoolers at 10:30 a.m. every Wednesday. The event will include stories, videos and crafts conducted by librarian Vanessa Adams. The program lasts about an hour, and parents are requested to attend. For more information, call the library at (870) 793-8814, or visit

Computer Classes

BATESVILLE — The Independence County Library offers free computer classes, geared for adults of all ages. Topics will include using a mouse and setting up an email account. Reservations are required. Call the library at (870) 793-8814 to register. For more information on this and other library events, visit

Free GED Classes

MELBOURNE — Free GED classes are available at the following Ozarka College campuses: Melbourne, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; Mammoth Spring, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; Ash Flat, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays; and Mountain View, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and from 5-7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Registration is ongoing. For more information, call the Ozarka College Adult Education Department at (800) 821-4335, ext. 2051, or in Izard County, call (870) 368-2051.

Cabot Civitan Club Meetings

CABOT — The Cabot Civitan Club meets at 6 p.m. the first and third Mondays of each month at First Security Bank in downtown Cabot. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call Tom Nolting at (501) 606-3731.

Cabot Alzheimer’s Support Group

CABOT — The Cabot Alzheimer’s Support Group meets at 10 a.m. the second Tuesday of each month at Cabot United Methodist Church, 2003 S. Pine St. For more information, contact Cindy Orlicek Jones at (501) 843-9014 or

Retirees Meetings

KENSETT — Retired employees from Eaton Vickers and Remington Rand meet from 7:30-8:30 a.m. the first Saturday of each month at the Kensett Country Kitchen. All former employees are invited to attend.

Republican Committee Meetings

CABOT — The Lonoke County Republican Committee meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month at Grandpa’s Bar-B-Cue. For more information, call Irene Ernst at (501) 941-4905, or visit

Ceramic Classes

JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville Senior Wellness and Activity Center is offering ceramic classes for people 60 or older. Membership is $20 per year. Classes meet from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. For more information, call the center at (501) at 982-2011.


AARP Potluck Dinner

CABOT — Cabot’s AARP chapter will hold a potluck dinner, entertainment and a short monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Cabot Senior Center, 600 N. Grant St. Members and those interested in membership are invited to attend.

Magic Show and Costume Party

NEWPORT — The Arkansas State University-Newport/Iron Mountain Regional Arts Council Children’s Series will get underway at 6 p.m. Oct. 29 when magician Rocky Clements brings his Show of Wonders to the ASUN Center for the Arts. Admission is free, and children 12 and younger are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes. Children will take part in a parade of costumes at the front of the stage prior to the performance, and treats will be distributed at the conclusion of the event.

Craft Sale and Country Store

JACKSONVILLE — St. Jude’s Prayer Shawl Group and Merry Widows will have a craft sale and country store from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 29 at St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church, 2403 McArthur Drive. A jambalaya dinner will be offered at 6 p.m. For more information, call (501) 982-4891.

Photography Contest

MAMMOTH SPRING — The Mammoth Spring Tree Board and the Spring River Lions Club are sponsoring a photography contest open to area residents. A tree must be present in the photo, and photos do not have to be mounted. The contest is open to youths and adults, and the deadline for entry is Nov. 1. The first-prize winner will receive $100, second place will receive $50, and third place will receive $25. Photos can be turned in at the Mammoth Spring City Hall. For more information, call Mayor Jean Pace at (870) 625-3518.

Flu-Shot Clinic

NEWPORT — A flu-shot clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 1 in Room 108 of the Center for the Arts at Arkansas State University-Newport. The clinic is open to the public. The flu shots will be given at no cost, but the shots will be filed with the recipients’ insurance provider, and those receiving the vaccine are asked to bring their insurance cards, if possible.

Holiday Extravaganza

SALEM — The Fulton County Fair will host the third annual Holiday Extravaganza on Nov. 1 and 2 in the Hickinbotham-Miller Exhibit Building at the Fulton County Fairgrounds in Salem. Hours will be from noon to 6 p.m. Nov. 1, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 2. To reserve tables and booth spaces, direct-marketing consultants and craft vendors may contact the Fulton County Fair at (870) 895-5565 or

Parking Lot Market Sale

CABOT — Christ United Methodist Church will host a parking-lot market sale from 8 a.m. to noon Nov 2. Spots cost $10. Participants may bring yard-sale items, crafts, homemade goodies, etc. to Christ UMC, 15361 Arkansas 5. For more information, call (501) 529-0604.

Craft Fair

FAIRFIELD BAY — The Ladies Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4513 will hold their third annual craft fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 9 at 2531 Arkansas 330 S. A wide variety of crafts and baked goods will be available from more than 20 vendors. Proceeds from the event will benefit veterans via the VFW and the Ladies Auxiliary. Admission is free. For more information, call Patty Sullivan at (501) 884-5461.

Memorial Ceremony

BATESVILLE — The Batesville Masonic Lodge will conduct a special memorial ceremony at 11 a.m. Nov. 9 at Capt. Andrew R. Porter’s monument in the Oaklawn Cemetery. In 1847, Porter led his company of Independence County mounted volunteers at the Battle of Buena Vista during the Mexican-American War. He was killed leading the charge against an enemy artillery position. The ceremony will include a flag presentation and wreath laying by the Knights Templar Honor Guard, and a special Masonic funeral service. The ceremony will conclude with “Amazing Grace” played on bagpipes. This event is open to the public.

To submit an item for the Calendar of Events, mail information to Calendar of Events, Three Rivers Edition, P.O. Box 2221, Little Rock, AR, 72203; send faxes to (501) 378-3500; or email Deadlines for calendar-item submissions are noon Friday for Thursday editions and noon Tuesday for Sunday editions.

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