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

Originally Published September 12, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.
Updated September 11, 2013 at 2:57 p.m.
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Sept. 12

Model Airplane Club Meeting

HEBER SPRINGS — The new model airplane club for the Heber Springs area will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Heber Springs Community Center, 20 Bobbie Jean Lane. The club is for those who like to build or fly these planes and will instruct novices in how to build and fly the planes. No flight experience is required. For more information, call (870) 213-8557.

Newcomers Meeting

HEBER SPRINGS — The Cleburne County Newcomers Club in Heber Springs will meet at 10 a.m. in the First Electric building on Industrial Road. The speaker will be Catlin Braswell from the White River Agency on Aging. For more information, call Sandy at (501) 362-5344.

Newcomers Club Luncheon

CONWAY — The Newcomers Club will hold a luncheon at 11:15 a.m. at Hole in the Wall restaurant. Lunch will be served in the main dining room, with attendees then moving to the meeting room. The guest speaker will be Jonnie Fuller of Conway, a 94-year-old woman who will give the presentation Travels: The Pentagon to Paris.

Sept. 13 and 14

Takin’ it to the Streets

RUSSELLVILLE — Takin’ It to the Streets, a Russellville downtown event, will begin at 5 p.m. Friday and include the Barbecue Cook-off, the Downtown Art Walk, Collectibles on Commerce, an Arkansas Tech pep rally, the Russellville Downtown brand reveal, coupon promotions through area retail stores and the Tri-Peaks Community Market. Live music at 8 p.m. at Depot Park will wrap up Friday’s events. Saturday’s activities will begin with the community market at 8 a.m. and conclude with more music as Summerfield Reunion takes the stage at 8 p.m. For more information, call Main Street Russellville at (479) 967-1437.


CONWAY — Food, activities and music will all be a part of the Conway EcoFest from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Laurel Park. The festivities will be balanced with an interactive exploration of the connections between environmental issues and daily life. The pre-event Star Party will be held Friday evening. For more information on this free event, call (501) 548-2957, or visit

Sept. 13-15

Ozark Trail Festival

HEBER SPRINGS — The Ozark Trail Festival will be held Friday through Sunday in downtown Heber Springs at the courthouse, 300 W. Main St. The festival will include a street dance, a bicycle fun ride, a 5K/10K, a parade, music in the park, a poker run, a barbecue cook-off, a costume contest, a car cruise, a blood drive and more. All proceeds will benefit childhood-cancer research. For more information, call (501) 362-8402, email dara@, or visit

Sept. 14

5K and Kids’ Run

VILONIA — The second annual Every Soul Matters 5K and Little Souls Matter Kids’ Run will be held at 8 a.m. at Vilonia First Assembly of God. The family-friendly race includes a 5K fun run/walk for all ages and separates races for children 12 and younger. For more information, call (501) 796-3047 or visit

Sept. 17

Retired Teachers Meeting

CLINTON — The Van Buren County Retired Teachers Association will meet at 11:30 a.m. at Western Sizzlin. The guest speaker will be Matt Hughes, an insurance representative endorsed by the Arkansas Retired Teachers Association. Hughes will talk about the health insurance plans offered to retirees and the Medicare drug plan. He will also discuss long-term care insurance and dental insurance.

Free Movie Night

MORRILTON — The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton will offer Starlight Cinema, a free outdoor community movie night featuring Jurassic Park. The movie will begin at dusk on the lawn of the plaza courtyard on the UACCM campus. Attendees are asked to bring blankets or lawn chairs. Concessions will be offered beginning at 7:30 p.m. through a fundraiser for Morrilton Boy Scout Troop 93. The movie will be moved indoors if there is inclement weather. For more information, contact Courtney Stell at or (501) 977-2142.

Sept. 18

Softball Tournament Deadline

RUSSELLVILLE — The team registration deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday for the Russellville Recreation and Parks Department’s 18th annual Battle on the Bayou Softball Tournament, to be held Sept. 21 at Pleasant View Park. The tournament is for men’s teams in class E or C/D, and women’s teams in class D or below. The entry fee is $160 per team. For more information, call the Hughes Center at (479) 968-1272 or (479) 880-1519, or email


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.


Small Business Training

PARIS — The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center will offer Small Business Risk, Insurance and Identity Theft from 1-4 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Paris First National Bank Community Center. Participants will learn to identify situations and warning signs that may cause risk for small businesses in order to monitor, create and implement a risk management plan. Registration is required. The cost is $30 per person, or $20 for Paris Chamber of Commerce members. To reserve a seat or for more information, call (479) 356-2067 or visit

Relay for Life

HEBER SPRINGS — The Cleburne County Relay for Life will be held Sept. 20 at Spring Park in Heber Springs. For more information on forming a team or becoming a sponsor, call Laurie York at (870) 668-0312.

Rummage Sale

FAIRFIELD BAY — St. Francis of Assisi, 250 Woodlawn Drive, will hold a large sale from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 20 and from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 21. The sale will be held in the hall and will include a variety of items, but no clothes. The Knights of Columbus will sell concessions. For more information, call (262) 206-6927.

Pink Up the Pace Race for a Cure

CONWAY — Conway Regional’s Komen Race Team is sponsoring a Pink Up the Pace for a Cure 5K and 1-mile fun run/walk at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 21. The event, which is open to runners, walkers and families, will include a post-race party and a Zumbathon celebration. The event will begin and end at the Conway Regional Health and Fitness Center. Registration is $15 for those who want a T-shirt and $5 without. Registration forms are available at the fitness center or at www.conway Day-of-event registration is $20, including a T-shirt. Packet pickup will be from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. today and Sept. 19, and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 20, at the center. For more information, call Mallory Lefler at (501) 450-9292, ext. 309.

Chamber Luncheon

HEBER SPRINGS — The quarterly luncheon of the Heber Springs Area Chamber of Commerce will be held at noon Sept. 25 at the Heber Springs Community Center. The guest speaker for will be Wayne Woods, chairman, CEO and president of CJRW, an advertising and marketing firm. The cost is $8.50 per person. For more information or to RSVP, call the chamber office at (501) 362-2444 by Sept. 20.

Ozark Memories Day

DOVER — The 35th annual Ozark Memories Day will be held Sept. 28. The free festival, sponsored by the Dover Area Chamber of Commerce, includes a parade, a pancake breakfast sponsored by the Dover Lions Club, games for all ages, craft booths, vendors, an antique car show, a magician, a Dutch-oven cooking contest and a chicken dinner sponsored by the Dover Band Boosters. Music during dinner will be provided by various bands representing the Dover Junior High and Senior High schools. For more information on the parade, call Van Tyson at (479) 641-2688 or (479) 857-3477; on the crafts and vendor booths, call B.J. Meyers at (479) 331-3817 or (479) 857-3817; demonstration booths, Tyson or Earl Shrock at (479) 331-3483; and food booths, JoAnn Dorn at (479) 331-2302. To enter the Dutch-oven cooking contest, call Donald Byers at (479) 331-3389.

Cash Dash 5K

HEBER SPRINGS — The Cash Dash 5K race and 1K leashed-pet race and fun walk will be held Sept. 28 at Sandy Beach. This event is a fundraiser for the Heber Springs Humane Society. There will be gifts and prizes for the four-legged participants. For more information or to enter, call Betty at (501) 691-4701 or email

Chinese Culture

CONWAY — The Faulkner County Library and the University of Central Arkansas’ Confucius Institute will offer Adventures in Chinese Culture at 2 p.m. Oct. 12. Participants will learn the traditional Chinese tea ceremony. The class is limited to 30 people, and sign-up is required. Also, a class on Chinese paper crafts will be held at 2 p.m. Oct. 26. Patrons need to bring their own scissors. A third class, on making Chinese dumplings, will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 16. 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.

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