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Community events in the River Valley & Ozark Area

This article was published September 15, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

Sept. 15

Ozark Trail Festival

HEBER SPRINGS — The Ozark Trail Festival will be continue in downtown Heber Springs at the courthouse, 300 W. Main St. The festival will include a variety of activities. All proceeds will benefit childhood-cancer research. For more information, call (501) 362-8402, email, or visit

Sept. 16

Alzheimer’s Walk Early Registration

CONWAY — Early registration for the eighth annual Alzheimer’s Arkansas Walk in Conway will be from 2-7 p.m. Monday at The Carpet Center, 810 Third St. One person from a team, or any individual who wants to walk, may sign up. Registration is free, but a donation of $25 is required to receive a T-shirt, said Melissa Longing, walk organizer. The walk will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Buzz Bolding Arena at Conway High School. For more information, call Longing at (501) 733-2457.

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

Sept. 19

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. 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

Sept. 20

Relay for Life

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

Sept. 20 and 21

Rummage Sale

FAIRFIELD BAY — St. Francis of Assisi, 250 Woodlawn Drive, will hold a large sale from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. 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.

Sept. 21

Pink Up the Pace Race for a Cure

CONWAY — Conway Regional’s Komen Race Team will sponsor a Pink Up the Pace for a Cure 5K and 1-mile fun run/walk at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. 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 Day-of-event registration is $20, including a T-shirt. Packet pickup will be from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the center. For more information, call Mallory Lefler at (501) 450-9292, ext. 309.


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.


Trombone Concert

RUSSELLVILLE — The Maniacal 4, a trombone quartet, will perform at 7 p.m. Sept. 23 at Russellville High School, 2209 S. Knoxville Ave. The free concert is presented by the Center for the Arts. For more information, call (479) 498-6600 or visit

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

Antique Fair

MORRILTON — The Morrilton Depot Museum will hold its fifth annual Antique Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 5. People are encouraged to bring antiques, furniture, pottery, silver and other treasures to be appraised by experts from Pinnacle Auction and Estate Services, and John and Phyllis Saugey and Betty and Terry Saugey of Saugey’s Antiques. There will be a $5 donation applied for each three items to be appraised, with proceeds benefiting the museum. There will also be a bake sale and a silent auction.

Mountain Man Rendezvous

LESLIE — The second annual Leslie Mountain Man Rendezvous will be held Oct. 11 and 12. Re-enactors will camp in tents in Leslie and will wear pre-1840s period clothing. The rendezvous will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. There will be knife and tomahawk throwing demonstrations, as well as shooting demonstrations. Admission is free for this event, sponsored by the Leslie Area Merchants Association and the Early Arkansaw Re-enactors Association. For more information, call (501) 941-4828.

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.

Jazz Fundraiser

CONWAY — The Conway Symphony Orchestra Guild will present All That Jazz, a fundraiser for the Conway Symphony Orchestra, from 6-9:30 p.m. Oct. 17 in the Southwestern Energy building at Hendrix Village. The event will feature the Shannon Boshears Band, as well as food catered by Hole in the Wall. There will be live and silent auctions. Tickets are $40 in advance or $50 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at For more information, call (501) 336-0230.

To submit an item for the Calendar of Events, mail in- formation to Calendar of Events, River Valley & Ozark Edition, P.O. Box 2221, Little Rock, AR, 72203; fax to (501) 378-3500; or email to Deadlines for calendar-item submissions are noon Friday for Thursday editions and noon Tuesday for Sunday editions.


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