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This week's events — TROriginally Published September 26, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.
Updated September 25, 2013 at 2:02 p.m.
Ozarka College Gourmet Dinner
MELBOURNE — The Ozarka College Culinary Arts Gourmet Dinner, featuring Italian cuisine, will be held from 5-8 p.m. in the lobby of the John E. Miller Education Complex of the Melbourne campus, 218 College Drive. Gourmet nights are also scheduled for Oct. 10 and 24 and Nov. 7 and 21. Reservations are recommended but not required. To make reservations, call the culinary arts department at (870) 368-2062.
Classics for Teens
JACKSONVILLE — The Nixon Library will hold Classics for Teens at 2 p.m. The group will discuss The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain. Snacks and drinks will be provided. In October, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, by Jules Verne, will be discussed.
JACKSONVILLE — The Florida Boys Quartet will give a free gospel concert at 7 p.m. at First Assembly of God, 221 N. Elm St. There is no admission charge, but a freewill offering will be accepted. For more information, call (501) 982-5018.
Adult Game Night
JACKSONVILLE — The Nixon Library will hold an adult game night with poker at 6 for adults 18 and older who want to learn how to play and for those who want to sharpen their skills. No registration is required.
Ozarka Leadership Presentation
MELBOURNE — The Ozarka College Institutional Professional Development Committee will host a presentation on leadership from 2-3 p.m. in the John E. Miller Education Complex Lecture Hall, 218 College Drive. Ozarka College President Richard Dawe will give the presentation. The free event is open to the public.
Florida Boys Quartet Concert
JACKSONVILLE — The Florida Boys Gospel Quartet will be in concert at 7 p.m. at Jacksonville First Assembly of God, 221 N. Elm St. Admission is free, but a freewill offering will be received. For more information, call (501) 982-5018 or (501) 982-1794.
Sept. 26 and 27
Fall Gospel Meeting
BATESVILLE — The Church of Christ in Quail Valley invites the community to attend a Fall Gospel Meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 26 and 27 at 4104 Harrison St. Wayne Goff of Kansas City, Mo., will be the guest speaker. For a complete list of topics or more information, visit www.qvcoc.com, or call (870) 793-6700 or (870) 569-4491.
MELBOURNE — The 2013 North Central Arkansas District Fair will continue today through Saturday at the fairgrounds, 1927 LaCrosse Road. The fair is composed of Cleburne, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Sharp, Stone and Van Buren counties. Admission is free today and Friday. On Saturday, admission will be $6 for adults and teens, and $3 for youth ages 6-12. Children younger than 6 will be admitted free, and parking is free. The fair admission price includes the Ranch Sorting event on Saturday. For a complete schedule or more information, visit www.ncadistrictfair.org or email ncadfair@ yahoo.com.
Toddler Story Time
JACKSONVILLE — The Nixon Library will hold Toddler Story Time at 10:30 a.m. for children ages 12-36 months. The sessions will include music, movement, stories and playtime.
Give a Stitch
JACKSONVILLE — The Nixon Library will give sewing lessons during Give a Stitch at 4 p.m. for ages 13 and older. Preregistration is available, but walk-ins are welcome until the class is full.
American Girl Book Club
JACKSONVILLE — The American Girl Book Club will meet at 1 p.m. at the Nixon Library. The club will discuss Felicity Learns a Lesson, by Valerie Tripp.
Songs of the Civil War
POWHATAN — Powhatan Historic State Park will host Songs of the Civil War at 7 p.m. The event will be a musical telling of the Civil War through songs that reflect the period. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend. For more information, call (870) 878-6765, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sept. 27 and 28
Get Down Downtown
SEARCY — Get Down Downtown will be held Sept. 27 and 28 in historic downtown Searcy. Sept. 27’s events will kick off at 6 p.m. when Searcy natives Jason Coleman and Brent Blakely perform, as well as The Fable and the Fury, Charlotte Taylor and Gypsy Rain. Sept. 28’s activities will begin at 10 a.m. with the national anthem, performed by Phyllisha Swindle. A Jumbotron will be at the corner of Spruce and Spring streets to show college football. Vendors, various activities and carnival rides will be set up along Arch and Spring on Friday evening and all day Saturday. Admission is free. For more information, visit facebook.com/mainstreetsearcy, or visit searcy.com/mainstreet. The festival tabloid that includes a complete music lineup and a map of activities can be downloaded from both sites.
Tribute to Levon Helm
BATESVILLE— Main Street Batesville, in association with Merchants and Planters Bank, will present Danny Dozier and the Lockhouse Orchestra’s Downtown Tribute to The Band’s Levon Helm at 7 p.m. Saturday at the historic Landers Theatre. Tickets are $10 each. For more information, contact Danny Dozier at email@example.com.
BATESVILLE — The Humane Society of Independence County will have a Fish Fry Dinner from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Humane Society’s shelter, 5 Environmental Drive. A $5 donation gets you a catfish dinner with all the trimmings plus a beverage, courtesy of John 3:16. The thousand Hills Clinic will be on site holding a vaccination clinic, so bring pets who need shots. The dog bathtub and dipping tank will also be on stand-by. Donations are always accepted. For more information, call (870) 793-0090.
CABOT — A shopapalooza with free admission will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cabot National Guard Armory, 300 Commerce Park Drive. The event will be held indoors with lots of vendors, and plenty of parking will be available. Goodie bags, some with prizes inside, will be given to the first 200 attendees. There will also be drawings for VISA gift cards and other items. For more information, call (501) 259-3156.
CABOT —Christ United Methodist Church will offer bunko at 5 p.m. at the church, 15361 Arkansas 5. Prizes for top winners, door prizes, an auction, snacks and more will be available. Admission is $25, and seats are limited. To preregister or for more information, call (501) 529-0604.
Evening With the Arts
BEEBE — Arkansas State University-Beebe will present An Evening With the Arts at 7 p.m. in the Owen Center Theater, 910 Pecan St. The ASU-Beebe departments of art, music and theater will offer a special evening to highlight the talents of students majoring in the fine-arts programs. Admission is free. The theater will open for seating 30 minutes prior to curtain call. For more information, call (501) 882-8925.
Depot Days Festival
NEWPORT — The 16th annual Depot Days music festival will start at 10 a.m. on historic Front Street in downtown Newport. The festival is a showcase of local, regional and national talent paying tribute to the early history of Rock ’n’ Roll. Old U.S. Highway 67, which runs through the heart of Newport and Jackson County, was the home for dozens of roadhouses and nightclubs that hosted early shows by rock pioneers in the 1950s and ’60s, including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison and Sonny Burgess. The festival also offers food vendors, crafts, children’s activities, a barbecue contest and free prizes. Coolers are welcome, and admission is free. For more information, see the Depot Days Facebook page, visit www.depotdays.org, or contact the Newport Area Chamber of Commerce at firstname.lastname@example.org or (870) 523-3618.
Historic Games Day
POWHATAN — The Powhatan Historic State Park staff will hold a Historic Games Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The park will have booths featuring games played by all ages from the Victorian era to today. Some of the games include old-fashioned sack races, croquet, graces, marbles, jump rope, jacks, yo-yos, checkers, horseshoes and more. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend.
Fortepiano Recital and Workshop
BATESVILLE — Fortepianist Janice Wenger will host a lecture and workshop at 1:30 p.m. in the Bevens Music Room at Lyon College. She will also give a recital at 7:30 p.m., featuring the music of Haydn, Mozart, Schubert and D. Scarlatti. She will be assisted by soprano Marika Kyriakos, with Robin Dauer on horn and Guy Harrison on violin. As a professor of music at the University of Missouri, Wenger teaches studio piano, piano literature and collaborative piano, as well as coordinating the keyboard area. The event is free and open to the public.
AARP Driver Safety Course
SEARCY — The PrimeTimes of White County Medical Center will host an AARP Driver Safety Course from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Hubach Center. Participants are asked to park behind the hospital off Moore Street and use the elevator to go to the first floor. The instructors are Frances and Bill Mizell. The cost of the course is $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. To register for the class, call Anna Overbay at PrimeTimes at (501) 380-1050.
Cash Dash 5K and 1K
HEBER SPRINGS — The Cash Dash 5K and 1K pet run/fun walk will be held at 8 a.m. at Sandy Beach. This is a fundraiser for the Heber Springs Humane Society. There will be gifts and prizes for the four-legged entrants. Registration is $20 for the 5K and $10 for the 1K. To register, visit ageeracetiming.com/events/101/, or call Betty at (501) 691-4701.
BATESVILLE — The Batesville Area Arts Council will offer a pastel workshop, The Landscape in Pastel: Exploring Techniques, taught by Pleasant Plains artist Karen Barker. The workshop will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a one-hour lunch break, at the Gallery on Main, 246 E. Main St. Participants will explore landscape painting in pastels using various techniques, including wet and dry underpainting. Artists of all skill levels are welcome. The cost of the workshop is $50, which includes all supplies. For more information, contact BAAC at (870) 793-3382, or stop by the gallery to sign up.
JACKSONVILLE — The Nixon Library will offer Teen Time at 4 p.m. This is a session for teens ages 13-19 to hang out, play games, use the library’s laptops, have snacks and work on projects for school or just for fun.
Sept. 30 – Oct. 2
BUTLERVILLE — Revival services will held at 7 p.m. Sept. 30 - Oct. 2 at Greenwood Missionary Baptist Church on Arkansas 38 in Butlerville. Evangelist Joey Perry will be the guest speaker. Everyone is welcome.
ASUN Start-Up Basics Workshop
NEWPORT — In partnership with the Arkansas Women’s Business Center, Arkansas State University-Newport will offer a Start-Up Basics workshop from 6-8 p.m. on all three of the college’s campuses. The workshop is for those who are considering opening a new business or have a business in its first year of operation. The workshop will present information on business models and creating a business plan. The fee is $20. Classes will be held in Walton Hall, Room 118, at ASUN-Newport, 7648 Victory Blvd.; in Room 213 of ASUN’s Jonesboro campus, 5504 Krueger Drive; and in the CVN Lab in the main building of ASUN’s Marked Tree Campus, 33500 U.S. 63. To reserve a space in the class, contact Jennifer Ballard at (870) 512-7861 or email@example.com.
Cyber Security Expo
BATESVILLE – The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville will host a Cyber Security Expo from 1-4 p.m in the Nursing and Allied Health Building Lecture Hall. The free expo is to raise awareness of breaches in cyber security and is supported by the college’s Business, Technology and Public Service Division and Community and Technical Education Division. The expo is open to the public, but registration is required. Those who register before Friday will receive a voucher at the expo good for a 10 percent discount on one contracted Cyber Security Training session. Vouchers are limited to one per organization. To register, contact Lynn Bray at firstname.lastname@example.org or (870) 612-2080.
Kids Bible Club
WARD — The Kids Bible Club for children in first through sixth grades is being held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays for six weeks, through Oct. 30, at Ward United Methodist Church, at Scott and Arkansas 367 across from the Ward Community Center. The club will include 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.
Fall Sessions for Musicians
BATESVILLE — Accordion, guitar, keyboards, violin and harmonica players of all experience levels are invited to come listen or play from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 7 and 21, Nov. 4 and 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 lots 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 will include 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.
Parking Lot Market Sale
CABOT — Christ United Methodist Church will host a parking-lot market sale from 8 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of October and November. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
JACKSONVILLE — The Ladies of the Knights and Knights of Columbus Council 11604 will hold their 10th annual Oktoberfest at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5 in the Knights of Columbus Hall, 108 N. First St. The event will feature a German-themed dinner, music and dancing. Tickets are $15 per adult. Proceeds will benefit the Knights and Ladies charitable organizations. For more information or tickets, call Theresa at (501) 843-8251 or Linda at (501) 843-7655. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.
GREERS FERRY — The Greers Ferry Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its fall festival from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 5 at Lacey’s Narrows Marina, 7674 Edgemont Road. The family-oriented event will include crafts, games, classic cars, food vendors and entertainment. For more information, call Sharon at (501) 825-6616.
CABOT — Our Savior Lutheran Church will hold its second annual craft fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 5 at 301 S. Pine St. Proceeds will benefit the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League’s mission projects. For more information, call (501) 605-8082, or visit www.oursaviorcabot.org.
MARSHALL — The sixth annual Flying Jam will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Searcy County Airport. The public is invited for food, fun, live music, powered parachutes and a 175th-birthday party for Searcy County. The event is free. Music will start at 10 a.m. provided by the Buffalo River Blues Society, and the birthday party will start at 11:30 a.m. with a cake-cutting ceremony and free cake. Wood-powered vehicles will be on display, as well as an old-time keel boat courtesy of the Early Arkansaw Re-enactor’s Association. For more information, call (870) 448-2557.
Lonoke County Retired Teachers Meeting
CABOT — The Lonoke County Retired Teachers Association will hold a potluck meeting at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 7 at Mount Tabor United Methodist Church. The guest speaker will be Mary Alice Hughes, an Arkansas insurance producer associated with the Arkansas Retired Teachers Association, who will answer insurance questions. All retired district employees are invited to attend. Donations for a local food pantry will be appreciated. For more information, call Helen Teffer at (501) 843-2790.
Business Expo Booth Registration
HEBER SPRINGS — The Heber Springs Business Expo will be held Oct. 10. To register for a booth, visit www.heber-springs.com, or call (501) 362-2444.
Southern Raised Concert
WARD — Southern Raised, a bluegrass/gospel group, will appear at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 at First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church. There is no admission charge, but a love offering will be collected. For more information, call (501) 628-1838 or (501) 850-2056.
Model Airplane Club Meeting
HEBER SPRINGS — Anyone who builds or flies model airplanes or wants to learn how to do so is invited to the next meeting of the Heber Springs area model airplane club at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 10. The club meets at the Heber Springs Community Center, 201 Bobbie Jean Lane, across the street from Auto Zone and behind Michael’s Italian Restaurant. The new club president is Ken Tabor. No flight experience is needed to join. For more information, call (501) 206-7070.
HEBER SPRINGS — The Creative Arts Society’s first annual art exhibit will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Heber Springs Community Center. There will be a reception and cash ribbon ceremony at 10 a.m. Painting and 3D categories will be included. For artist entries, email email@example.com, or call (501) 270-2278.
Mount Tabor Yard and Bake Sale
CABOT — Mount Tabor United Methodist Church will hold its semiannual yard and bake sale at 7:30 Oct. 12 at the church, 4100 Arkansas 89 S. The Fellowship Hall will be filled with household items, Christmas decorations, clothing, furniture, knickknacks and more. The bake sale will feature cookies, candy, sweet breads and fried pies. Proceeds will go to church missions.
Class of ’63 Reunion
CABOT — The 1963 class of Cabot High School will hold a 50-year reunion Oct. 12 at The University Cafe at Arkansas State University-Beebe. A meet-and-greet will begin at 5 p.m., followed by a buffet dinner at 6. For more information, call Norma Crutchfield at (501) 743-8886 or (501) 843-5925, or Irma Lee Heffner (501) 259-5187; or email Shelly Moran at shellyamoran@gmailcom.
SEARCY — The White County Daylily Society will have its annual fall sale from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 12 in the parking lot of Simmons First Bank on South Main Street. There will be a good selection of lilies at a cost of $4 per double division. For more information, call Colleen Massengale, society president, at (501) 268-3711.
CHEROKEE VILLAGE — The United Methodist Men’s semiannual Chili Supper will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at Cherokee Village United Methodist Church, at the intersection of Otter and Keno drives. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children under 12. Tickets may be purchased from any United Methodist Man or at the door. Pie, furnished by the United Methodist Women, is included, along with a choice of drink.
SALEM — The Fulton County Fair will host the third annual Holiday Extravaganza on Nov. 1 and 2 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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