This week's events in the River Valley & Ozark area

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

Friends of the Library Meeting

MORRILTON — The Friends of the Conway County Library will hold the group’s annual meeting at 2 p.m. on the top floor of the library. The meeting will be open to all. Officers for 2014 will be elected. The meeting will also feature speaker Karen Davis Graham, an Oklahoma author originally from Morrilton, and the announcement of the Gordon-Loh Award winner. Following the meeting, a reception with refreshments will be held downstairs. For more information, call the library at (479) 354-5204 or Pamela Brownlee, Friends president, at (479) 354-1182.

Oct. 24

Grits and Glamour

CONWAY — Country music stars Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan will perform Thursday at Reynolds Performance Hall on the University of Central Arkansas campus. The women have won multiple awards for their music and will perform many of their hits. Tickets are $30 to $40 for adults, and $10 for students. For more information, call (501) 450-3265, email, or visit

Oct. 24-26

Fishing Tournament

RUSSELLVILLE — Lake Dardanelle State Park will be the host site for bass anglers in the Federation Nation Tournament Oct. 24-26. For more information, call Michael Malone at (860) 839-4905.

Oct. 25 and 26

Table for Two

PETIT JEAN MOUNTAIN — The Winthrop Rockefeller Institute will offer Table for Two culinary classes at 5 p.m. Oct. 25 and 26. Executive chef Robert Hall will demonstrate effective use of time while cooking and eating. Plus, couples will be allowed to practice their new skills, followed by a candlelit dinner for two that includes a dessert created by the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute kitchen. The classes include overnight lodging and a continental breakfast. Admission is $200 per couple. For more information, call (501) 727-5435, or visit

Oct. 26

Congregation Appreciation Day

PERRYVILLE — The Heifer Ranch Learning Center will be the site Saturday for a celebration of the role that congregations play in helping families around the world. Admission is free. For more information, call the center at (501) 889-5124.

Sacred Heart Octoberfest

MORRILTON — Sacred Heart School will hold its annual Octoberfest. The 5K run has been canceled. Octoberfest will open at 4 p.m. with a bake sale, followed by an all-you-can-eat turkey-and-dressing dinner from 5-8 p.m. Carryout meals will be available from 4-5:30 p.m. Dinner tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 4-12. Children 3 and younger may eat free. There will also be games for all ages and a silent auction until 8:30 p.m. Raffle tickets will be available with cash prizes of $1,000, $500 and $300. For more information, visit

Oct. 26–28

Jenifer’s Antique Show

CONWAY — Jenifer’s Antique Show will be held Oct. 26-28 at the Faulkner County Fairgrounds and Expo Center. The indoor event will include 45,000 square feet of antiques from across the country. The show will be open from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 27, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 28. Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children under 12. For more information, call (501) 513-7441, email, or visit

Oct. 26 and Nov. 2

Classes on Chinese Culture

CONWAY — The Faulkner County Library and the University of Central Arkansas’ Confucius Institute will offer a class on Chinese paper crafts at 2 p.m. Oct. 26 at the library. Patrons need to bring their own scissors. A class on making Chinese dumplings has been rescheduled to 2 p.m. Nov. 2. The class is limited to 20 people, and sign-up is required. For more information or to register for classes, call (501) 327-7482, email, or visit Facebook or Twitter.


Food for Fines

CONWAY — The Faulkner County Library will hold its Food for Fines program for the Thanksgiving season. The library will accept nonperishable food items through Nov. 22. Donated items will be shared with local shelters and food pantries for the holidays. The library will waive fines for overdue items when food is donated. For more information, call the library at (501) 327-7482, email or, or visit Facebook or Twitter.

Membership Applications

CONWAY — The Conway League of Artists is taking applications for membership. The league meets at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the Faulkner County Library in Conway. Yearly dues are $20, and there is a lineup of programs in the making for the coming year. Refreshments are served at meetings. Those interested in becoming a member can visit a meeting or send membership dues to Penny Rubow, 511 Faulkner St., Conway, AR 72034; or call her at (501) 733-6573.


Middle East in Upheaval Lecture

CONWAY — The Crain-Mailing Center of Jewish Culture at Hendrix College will host “The Middle East in Upheaval: Implications for Israel and the United States,” a lecture by Daniel Pipes, at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 in Worsham Hall in the Student Life and Technology Center. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Ellen Kirsch, director of the Crain-Maling Center of Jewish Culture, at

Audubon Society Meeting

CONWAY — The Arkansas River Valley Audubon Society will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Faulkner County Library. The program will be presented by Joyce Harding, a professor of biology and the chair of the environmental studies department at Hendrix College. The program will be Where the Wild Things Are: Gardening for Nature. Visitors are welcome, and refreshments will be served. For more information, call Coe Wilson at (501) 208-2264.

Arbor Day Celebration

CONWAY — The Conway Tree Board will hold an Arbor Day Celebration at 10 a.m. Nov. 2 in Laurel Park on Prince Street across from the Conway High School campus. In case of rain, the celebration will be moved three blocks east to the Conway Junior High School Gymnasium on Prince Street. The free event will include entertainment, bounce houses, an art display, prizes and food. For more information, visit

Fall Star Party

GREENBRIER — The staff of Woolly Hollow State Park will hold a free event Nov. 2 featuring the night sky. Volunteers from the Central Arkansas Astronomical Society will set up telescopes for visitors to view celestial bodies and will provide answers to questions about astronomy. Attendees need to bring a lawn chair or blanket. For more information, call (501) 679-2098 or email

Urban Farm Fest

CONWAY — The Urban Farm Project and the Faulkner County Library will celebrate the harvest with the third annual Urban Farm Fest from 3-6 p.m. Nov. 2 at the library, 1900 Tyler St. The event will include live music, demonstrations, crafts, and games for the kids. This is a potluck, so bring a dish to share, and bring reusable utensils to be “green.” The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at (501) 327-7482, email, or visit the Urban Farm Project’s facebook page.

Byrd & Street Concert

CONWAY — Austin-based musicians Byrd & Street will perform at the Faulkner County Library at 7 p.m. Nov. 5. These singer/songwriters are three-time nominees for Texas Music Awards (2009 and 2012) and three-time Kerrville Festival New Folk finalists, including 2013. All library events are free an open to the public. For more information, call the library at (501) 327-7482, email, or visit Facebook or Twitter.

Straight No Chaser Concert

CONWAY — The harmonies of a cappella group Straight No Chaser will fill Reynolds Performance Hall at the University of Central Arkansas on Nov. 5. The group previously appeared at the venue in 2012, selling out quicker than any other booking for Reynolds Performance Hall. Tickets are $30 to $40 for adults, and $10 for students. For more information, call (501) 450-3265, email or visit

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