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, 26, 28 and 29
HEBER SPRINGS — The Heber Theatre will perform Dracula, Baby, a musical comedy, at 7 p.m. today, Saturday, Monday and Tuesday 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 www.hebertheatre.com.
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 a.m.at 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, 26, 30 and Oct. 31
Cabot Dance Academy
CABOT — The Cabot Dance Academy will hold a Haunted Hayride Fundraiser from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, Wednesday and Oct. 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.
Kids’ Halloween Craft Workshop
BATESVILLE — The Batesville Area Arts Council’s Gallery on Main will hosting a Kids’ Halloween Craft Workshop on Saturday. Students will create Halloween-themed crafts and will even create some out of food. The cost for the workshop is $15 per student. Preschoolers and kindergartners can attend from 9-10 a.m.; first- and second-graders will meet from 10:30 a.m. to noon; and third- to fifth-graders are scheduled for 12:30-2 p.m. The workshop will be held at the BAAC Gallery on Main, 246 E. Main St. To sign up, stop by the gallery, or call (870) 793-3382.
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.
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.
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 www.john316ministry.com, or call (870) 799-2525.
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.
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.
AARP Potluck Dinner
CABOT — Cabot’s AARP chapter will hold a potluck dinner, entertainment and a short monthly meeting at 6 p.m. at the Cabot Senior Center, 600 N. Grant St. Members and those interested in membership are invited to attend.
Tea Party Meeting
SEARCY — The Independent Tea Party of White County will meet at 6:30 p.m. at IHOP in Searcy. Shawn Fisher, an assistant professor of American and military history at Harding University, will speak on Gun Control and the Second Amendment. The meeting is open to everyone. For more information, call (501) 278-9413, or email email@example.com.
Citizens Police Alumni Meeting
JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association will meet at 5:45 p.m. at the Police Department, 1400 Marshall Road. Guest speaker Michelle Kulesa will talk about victims’ rights. For more information, contact Eleanor Loyd at (501) 412-4115 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. 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. 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.
Kids Bible Club
WARD — The Kids Bible Club for children in first through sixth grades will meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. for its last session 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 email@example.com.
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.
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. Nov. 4 and 18, and Dec. 2, at First Community Bank.
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.
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