SEARCY — The White County Aging Program will have a Halloween dance at 7 p.m. at the John E. Lightle Center, 2200 E. Moore St. There will be a costume contest, refreshments, and live music by The Steve Tidwell Band. Admission is $6. For more information, call (501) 268-2587.
Harvest Share Celebration
JACKSONVILLE — Second Baptist Church of Jacksonville invites everyone to its annual Harvest Share Celebration from 5-8 p.m. at the church, 1117 N. James St. The free event will offer fellowship for family and friends of all ages, as well as a hayride, food, games and music. For more information, call (501) 985-2502.
Lyon College Haunted House
BATESVILLE — Lyon College’s Student Activities Council will host an insane-asylum-themed Haunted House for Lyon students, faculty and staff and the Batesville community from 7 p.m. to midnight at 2150 Bearette St. The event is free.
Trick-or-Treat on the Square
SEARCY — The annual Trick-or-Treat on the Square event will be held from 5-7 p.m. in downtown Searcy. For more information or to reserve a table to pass out candy and information about a business or organization, call (501) 279-1010, or contact Searcy Parks & Recreations, 801 S. Elm St. The fee for a table is $10. Table set-up and decorating will begin at 3:30 p.m. Prizes will be given for the best Halloween decorations.
Oct. 31 and Nov. 2
Candy for the Kids
POWHATAN — The Lake Charles State Park Visitor Center will have candy for kids from noon to 5 p.m. at the Visitor Center, 3705 Arkansas 25. Children are invited to dress in costumes and get treats while supplies last.
ASU-Searcy Open House
SEARCY — Arkansas State University-Searcy, 1800 E. Moore Ave., will host an open house from 1-6 p.m. in the main building’s multipurpose room to celebrate 10 years as a campus of Arkansas State University-Beebe. Open to the public, the event will highlight the growth and unity with ASU-Beebe in the past 10 years. For more information, call (501) 207-6200.
NEWPORT — A flu-shot clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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 providers, and those receiving the vaccine are asked to bring their insurance cards.
Photography Contest Entry Deadline
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 Friday. 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.
Nov. 1 and 2
SALEM — The Fulton County Fair will host the third annual Holiday Extravaganza on Friday and Saturday 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 email@example.com.
Holiday Craft Fair
BATESVILLE — The 29th annual Holiday Craft Fair sponsored by the Extension Homemaker Clubs of Independence County will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 1 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Independence County Fairgrounds in Batesville. All items will be handmade. Lunch will be available both days, and breakfast will be served on Saturday. For more information, contact Barbara at (870) 834-9608, Donna at (870) 257-2248, Barbara T. at (870) 569-4359 or Mary Jane at (870) 283-4949.
Parking Lot Market Sale
CABOT — Christ United Methodist Church will host a parking-lot market sale from 8 a.m. to noon. 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.
Annual Kirk of the Hills Holiday Bazaar
FAIRFIELD BAY — The Fairfield Bay Kirk of the Hills Presbyterian Holiday Bazaar will begin at 9 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall, 250 Dave Creek Parkway. There will be baked goods, home-canned pickles, relishes, jams and jellies, and soup and cookie mixes, as well as handmade items, including crafts, jewelry, art, embroidered items, holiday décor and fun items — all made by the ladies of the Kirk. Along with the bizarre, knives will be sharpened for a modest donation. The Kirk Men’s Club will serve a grilled-hot-dog lunch. Tickets for a drawing are $1 each or six for $5, with the chance to win one of three prizes. To purchase tickets or for more information, call Kay at (501) 626-4249 or Lois at (501) 884-6281.
SEARCY — The SAME Café will be open from 4-5:30 p.m. at the West Side Church of Christ, 709 W. Arch St. Note the new hours of operation. The SAME Café is open the first and third Saturdays of the month to anyone in the community who would like a free warm meal.
Nov. 2 and 3
Pioneer Village Fall Fest
SEARCY — Pioneer Village will host its annual Fall Fest from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Nov. 2 and from 1-4 p.m. Nov. 3 at 1200 Higginson St. There will be costumed guides, and all buildings will be open. The family-oriented event will feature music, food, pioneer games for children, handmade items, crafters, demonstrations and a bake sale. Civil War re-enactors will shoot their cannons throughout the event. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. For more information, call (501) 580-6633.
Nov. 2 and 6
Book Bag Sales
HEBER SPRINGS — The Cleburne County Friends of the Library Book Shop will have two Book Bag Sales from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 2 and 6 at 2255 Arkansas 25B N. The Friends will also hold a big Inventory Sale on Nov. 30. Volunteers to work at the book shop are always welcome. Stop by for more information.
Pictorial Tour of Philadelphia Gardens
SEARCY — A pictorial tour of Philadelphia area gardens will be given at 2 p.m. at 605 E. Race St. Linda Bell, an American Iris Society iris judge and Central Arkansas Iris Society member, will present the program at the November White County Iris Society meeting. All are invited to the presentation. Refreshments will be served, and door prizes will be awarded.
Town Hall Meeting on Bullying
SEARCY —The Dr. Robert E. Elliott foundation, in partnership with the Searcy Public Schools, will host a Town Hall Meeting on Bullying at 6 p.m. in the Searcy High School cafeteria. The free meeting is open to the public. All local schools, as well as youth leaders, clergy, law enforcement, parents, students and anyone interested in finding a solution to bullying are invited to attend. Dr. Jeffrey Palmer and Joshua Carroll will present a program and provide education on how the community can take a proactive approach to solving this problem. For more information, contact the Elliott Foundation at (501) 278-4357, or visit www.elliottfoundation.com.
Mason Brother Revival
GARNER — A Mason Brother Revival will be held at 7 p.m. Monday through Nov. 8 at the Garner Recreational Center, 102 S. Main St. Speakers will include Tim Lawson, Galen Mason, Everett L. Mason, James Mason and Robert Mason. Music will be provided by Beth Adams, along with family and friends. All are welcome.
Town Hall Meeting
SEARCY — A town hall meeting on bullying will be held at 6 p.m. in the Searcy High School cafeteria. The public is encouraged to attend.
Presentation for Seniors
JACKSONVILLE — A presentation on how to avoid senior-adult financial abuse and scams will be given at 10 a.m. at the Christian Church Jacksonville, 200 E. Martin St. Mark T. Wilson, vice president and business development officer at First Arkansas Bank and Trust, will be the presenter. Topics will include protecting your personal information, Internet security, ID theft, lottery and other mail scams, and how to protect yourself and your money. For more information, contact Steve Summers at (870) 710-1508.
Intro to Computers Class
MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Ozarka College continuing education department will offer a three-week Introduction to Computers course at the Mountain View campus from 5-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Nov. 5 - 21 The cost is $25, and $20 for participants older than 55. Topics will include basic Windows navigation, Internet navigation, how to save and find documents, using email and sending attachments. For more information or to register for the course, contact Lindsay Wilson-Galloway, director of Ozarka College-Mountain View, at (870) 269-5600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Monday and Nov. 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 includes 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 www.indcolib.com.
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 www.indcolib.com.
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 email@example.com.
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 lonokegop.com.
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.
Big Band Concert
NEWPORT — The Arkansas State University-Newport Concert-Lecture series will present the Memphis Symphony Orchestra Big Band at 7 p.m. Nov. 7 at the ASUN Center for the Arts. The group will play music performed and broadcast from the Peabody Hotel in Memphis during the golden years of big-band music. Admission is free.
Young Adult Author Series Kickoff
SEARCY — The Graduate Reading Program at Harding University will present its first Young Adult Author Series program Nov. 8 and 9, featuring Margaret Peterson Haddix, the author of many novels for young adults and middle-school age children, including The Missing and the Shadow Children series. The event will include an evening meal on Nov. 8, a continental breakfast on Nov. 9, and an author information packet. Prices are $125 for one event, $100 for two events or $75 for each event to attend three or four events. The events will provide graduate-credit hours applied in fall 2014. To receive three hours of graduate credit, an additional $350 fee is requested, and attendance at all four events. For more information or to register, or for more information on the series, call (501) 279-5322 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CALICO ROCK — The Calico Rock Museum will host its first Heritage Day on Nov. 9. The event will feature three educational programs and demonstrations at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The programs and presenters include Dutch Oven Bread Making, by Coetia Barteseh, and Butter Making, by Anna Hall, at the Railroad Street plaza; and Early Schools, by Judy Eldridge, and Making Marbles, by Connie Martin, at the museum. Tours of the museum will be conducted by Susan Pritchett at noon and 2 p.m. All of the free programs will be hands-on, with materials provided, but space will be limited. For more information, call the museum at (870) 297-6100, or visit www.calicorockmuseum.com.
CHEROKEE VILLAGE — The United Methodist Women of Cherokee Village United Methodist Church will hold their annual Holiday Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 9 at the corner of Keno and Otter Drive. The bazaar will feature baked goods and candies, craft items, a silent auction and personalized Christmas ornaments. Coffee and doughnuts will be available from 8:30-10 a.m., and lunch will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for $5.
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.
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.
Arkansas Children’s Award Dinner
LITTLE ROCK — The 18th annual Arkansas Children’s Award Dinner to honor the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Association will be held Nov. 14 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Little Rock. A reception will begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Each year the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches recognize an individual or group who has made outstanding contributions to create better opportunities for Arkansas’ youth. This year’s honorees will be the sheriffs of Arkansas who led the efforts in founding the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches nearly 40 years ago. Tickets to the event are $200 per person. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Youth Ranches’ website, www.youthranches.com/arkansas-childrens-award, call (870) 793-6841, or email email@example.com.
NEWPORT — The Episcopal Church Women will hold their annual Food Fair Fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 16 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Parish House, Third and Hazel streets. The fair will include a soup lunch, a cookie table, party foods, baked goods, entrees, casseroles, rum cakes and a book table. All are invited.
Red Cross Blood Drive
BATESVILLE — A Red Cross Blood Drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Mount Zion Masonic Lodge on Batesville Boulevard, across from the airport.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadlines for calendar-item submissions are noon Friday for Thursday editions and noon Tuesday for Sunday editions.