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This week's events in the Three Rivers area

This article was published April 6, 2014 at 12:00 a.m.

April 6

See How They Run

SEARCY — Center on the Square will present See How They Run, a classic English farce, written by Philip King and directed by Ann Nieto, in a matinee performance, with lunch at 12:30 p.m. and curtain at 1:30. Tickets, with lunch, are $27 for adults and $21 for seniors and students. For more information, call (501) 368-0111 or visit

White County Iris Society Meeting

SEARCY — The White County Iris Society will meet at 2 p.m. at the home of Paul Love, 605 E. Race. Society president Alice Jewell will lead a discussion of what’s happening in members’ gardens. Final plans for the annual iris show, scheduled for April 25 at Regions Bank, will be made. The meeting is open to all who are interested in the cultivation of irises. Refreshments will be served, and door prizes will be given.

Tutor Training Workshop

BATESVILLE — The Ozark Foothills Literacy Project will hold a tutor training workshop at 2:30 p.m. at the Literacy Project office, 608 Water St. The Literacy Project relies on trained volunteers to provide one-on-one tutoring for adult students. There are approximately 10 students waiting for tutors in the Batesville area. To register for the workshop or for more information, call (870) 793-5912 or email

April 7

Lonoke County Retired Teachers

CABOT — The Lonoke County Retired Teachers Association will meet at 11:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall at Mount Tabor United Methodist Church. All retired school personnel are invited to attend. The meeting will focus on plans for upcoming events. A potluck luncheon will be held.

Session for Musicians

BATESVILLE — Accordion, button box, banjo, autoharp, guitar, keyboard, violin and harmonica players of all experience levels are invited to come listen or play at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of First Community Bank. For more information, call Ed Casper at (870) 307-0258.

April 8

Cleburne County Retired Teachers

HEBER SPRINGS — The Cleburne County Retired Teachers Association will meet at noon at the Rustic Inn. The guest speaker will be Donna Morey, the new director of the Arkansas Retired Teachers Association. All retired school personnel are invited to attend. For more information, call Lavern Penn at (501) 206-0357.

Drive 4 UR Community Event

MELBOURNE — Freedom Ford and Ozarka College will host a Drive 4 UR Community event from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Ozarka College-Melbourne to raise funds for the Ozarka College Foundation. Drive 4 UR Community is similar to Ford’s Drive 4 UR School initiative, which has raised millions of dollars for local schools since 2007. For this event, Freedom Ford will team up with Ozarka College to host a test-drive fundraising event. Freedom Ford will provide the cars to be test-driven at Ozarka College, and for every valid test drive completed, Ford Motor Co. will donate $20 to the Ozarka College Foundation, up to a maximum of $6,000.

April 10

S.J. Tucker Concert

BATESVILLE — S.J. Tucker will perform at 7 p.m. in the Maxfield Room of Edwards Commons at Lyon College. Tucker, an Arkansas native, is a singer-songwriter whose musical style has been compared to Ani DiFranco, Fiona Apple and Joni Mitchell.

April 10-11

Lions Club TV Auction

HEBER SPRINGS — The Lions Club TV Auction will be held from 6-9:30 p.m. April 10 and 11 live on Suddenlink Channel 6. For more information, call Dolly Hartman-Matz at (501) 362-5194.

April 11

Heroes for Health

CABOT — The Cabot Lions Club Heroes for Health will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Cabot High School Track, 401 N. Lincoln. The event will feature a Hero Dash and a 1K walk/run obstacle course for ages 4-12. Late registration (after April 1) and packet pickup will be from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, and on-field sport demonstrations and interactions for kids will be from 5:30-6:15 p.m. Registration is $10 per child. Sponsors are needed. Racers are asked to dress in their favorite superhero costumes and bring a towel and a change of clothes. Proceeds will benefit Rice Depot’s Food for Kids Program and the Cabot Lions Club. For more information, contact Shelia De Armond at (501) 985-4039 or

TRiO Leadership Conference

BEEBE — The annual TRiO Leadership Conference will be held Friday in the Student Center at Arkansas State University-Beebe. The theme of the conference is “TRiO Soldiers: Allies and Advocacy.” In attendance will be 80 to 100 TRiO professionals from colleges and universities across the state. The public is invited to attend a speech by U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Arkansas, at 2 p.m. ASU-Beebe and ASU-Heber Springs TRIO programs include Student Support Services and Upward Bound programs, which provide academic advising, professional tutoring, financial literacy instruction, and assistance in locating other educational resources. For more information about the ASU-Beebe TRiO programs, contact Student Support Services at (501) 882-8964 or Upward Bound at (501) 882-4455, or visit

April 11 and 12

Flea Market and Communitywide Yard Sale

SALEM — The 11th annual Spring Fairgrounds Flea Market and Salem Chamber of Commerce Communitywide Yard Sale will be held April 11 and 12. Vendor space is still available for the flea market. Admission and parking are free at the flea market, located at the Fulton County Fairgrounds, 124 Arena Lane. Maps for the yard sales will be available at area businesses and at the flea market. For more information or to reserve outside booth space, call (870) 895-565 or email

April 11-13

Arkansas Scottish Festival

BATESVILLE — The 35th Arkansas Scottish Festival will be held April 11-13 at Lyon College. The festival celebrates Lyon College’s Presbyterian and Scottish roots and begins with a Celtic concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Brown Chapel. The opening ceremony Saturday will feature the Parade of Clans and Bands. Festival highlights include competitions for pipe bands, individual bagpipers, and drummers and dancers, as well as a community quintathalon, sheepdog demonstrations, Scottish food, Celtic music and a traditional Feast and Ceilidh. The Iona Worship Service will be held the morning of April 13. Admission is free. For more information, visit

Relay for Life

NEWPORT — The Jackson County Relay for Life will be held from 6 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday at the Village Mall Parking lot in Newport. The relay includes Newport, Tuckerman, Swifton, Grubbs, Amagon and surrounding areas. The theme is “Disney: Once Upon a Dream, Once Upon a Cure.” The message of the event is that no one fights cancer alone. At 6 p.m. Friday, Jackson County cancer survivors will gather on the track for the Official Survivor Lap. A luminaria ceremony, with luminarias lining the track, will be held to remember those lost to cancer and to honor people still battling the disease. For more information, call (870) 495-3235 or (870) 217-7440.

April 12

Golf Tournament

FAIRFIELD BAY — The Fairfield Bay Library Friends Inc. will host the sixth annual Tee It Up for Literacy golf tournament Saturday at the Indian Hills Country Club in Fairfield Bay. Sign-in will begin at 11 a.m., and food will be available. The shotgun start will be at 1 p.m. The entry fee for the four-person scramble is $55 per player. There will be two flights — men and mixed. The deadline to enter is noon Thursday. For more information or to enter, contact the Indian Hills Pro Shop at (501) 844-6018.

Car Show

HEBER SPRINGS — The 14th Annual Road Runner Car Show will be held Saturday at 1500 Bypass Road. Registration will be from 9-11 a.m. There will be a Rudy the Road Runner Raffle to benefit Margie’s Haven House. The main prize will be a 51-inch Samsung Plasma TV. Tickets are $1 each.

Sonic Carhop Fundraiser

SEARCY — A Sonic carhop fundraiser for Jacob’s Place, White County’s homeless mission, will be held from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Sonic Drive-in on West Beebe-Capps Expressway. All tips and 10 percent of the day’s profits will go toward Jacob’s Place operational expenses. Jacob’s Place is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving homeless families in White County. For more information, visit

AARP Smart Driver Course

BALD KNOB —The Bald Knob AARP Chapter will host an AARP Smart Driver Course from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Central Baptist Church, 1507 W. Center. The instructors are Jerry and Bertie Yates. The cost of the course is $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers. To register for the class, call Jerry or Bertie Yates at (501) 283-0283 or (501) 283-0287.

Museum Dedication

CALICO ROCK — The Calico Rock Museum Foundation will hold the official dedication of the Calico Rock Museum and Visitor Center on Saturday. The events will include the dedication of the main facility at 11 a.m. in the museum’s main gallery, the dedication of the Gwen Murphy Art Gallery at 11:30 a.m., a reception at noon in the art gallery and the dedication of the R.C. Matthews Library at 12:30 p.m. All of the events will be held indoors and are open to the public.

Health Care Provider CPR Course

NEWPORT — Arkansas State University-Newport will hold an American Heart Association Health Care Provider CPR training course from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Room 127 of Walton Hall on the Newport campus. The course is limited to nine students, and the cost is $50. For more information, contact Jennifer Ballard, coordinator of lifelong learning, at (87o) 512-7861 or To preregister, contact Lisa Wilmans in the ASUN Business Office at (870) 512-7802.

Second-Saturday Bingo

HEBER SPRINGS — Second-Saturday Bingo will be held at St. Albert Catholic Church, 21 Park Road. Early-bird games will begin at 5:30pm. The event features a $500 jackpot and a concession stand with a variety of homemade desserts.


Financial Aid Workshops

BEEBE — Arkansas State University-Beebe will hold workshops to provide students with assistance in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, which is required for students to receive the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship. June 1 is the priority deadline for the 2014-2015 FAFSA. Workshops will be held Monday at ASU-Searcy, April 17 at ASU-Beebe and April 24 at ASU-Little Rock Air Force Base. Applicants or parents of dependent students must bring the student’s Social Security number, a copy of their tax return and W-2 forms for 2013 and a FAFSA personal identification number if one has been issued. For more information, call the ASU-Beebe Financial Aid Office at (501) 882-8845, or visit

Second Time Around Bookstore

SEARCY — The Literacy Council of White County operates the Second Time Around Bookstore at 109 E. Center in downtown Searcy. Proceeds from the sale of donated books support the mission of helping adults in the community improve their literacy and English-language skills. The store and literacy office are open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. For more information, call (501) 278-5500.

Education Center Relocation, Classes

MOUNTAIN HOME — Ozarka College in Mountain View has announced that the Baxter County Adult Education Center has moved to 1106 Arkansas 62 E., Suites 1 and 3, in Mountain Home. Free GED classes are held at the center from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 3-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The center also offers GED classes at Norfork High School from 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and at Cotter High School from 6-9 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Instruction is available in math, writing skills and reading comprehension, as well as refresher skills to prepare students for employment, the military or college enrollment. An instructor is available for one-on-one assistance. For more information, call (870) 425-7974 or (870) 368-2051.

Cabot Community Coalition Assistance

CABOT — The Cabot Community Coalition, a group of organizations in the Cabot area that provide assistance to those in need, meets at noon the second Thursday of each month at the Diner Restaurant on South Second Street. The coalition recently added the Cabot Resource Center, which is open from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1-4 p.m. Mondays at 15361 Arkansas 5; and from 9-11 a.m. Thursdays at 114 N. First St. The center offers assistance with applying for programs such as ARKids and SNAP; training to live on a budget; and connecting with sources that can provide financial, nutritional, medical or other assistance. For more information, call (501) 529-0604 or email

TEAS V Test Dates

NEWPORT — Arkansas State University-Newport will administer the TEAS V (Test for Essential Academic Skills) on the following dates: April 18; and May 2, 16 and 30. The tests are limited to 22 examinees per session and will begin at 9 a.m. at the Academic Support Center in the library at ASUN. The testing fee is $40 and must be paid in advance at the ASUN Business Office. For more information or to preregister, contact Christy Mann at (870) 512-7867 or The test must be taken before registering in ASUN’s Surgical Technology or Practical Nursing programs.


Rock & Roll Easterfest

CABOT — Rock & Roll Easterfest will be held from 2:30-4:30 p.m. April 13 at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 301 S. Pine St. For more information, call (501) 605-8082

Bingo Madness

CHEROKEE VILLAGE — The Quad Cities Rotary Club will host its second annual Bingo Madness fundraiser at 6 p.m. April 14 at the Highland Elks Lodge, 15 Elks Lane. General-admission tickets, for $15 each, include one game card for each of the 15 games. Additional playing cards may be purchased for $1 each or six for $5. Winners of each round will receive prize packages. A cash prize will be given during the last game. According to Arkansas state law, attendees must be at least 18 years old. Proceeds from the event will support community projects of the Rotary Club. A concession stand will be available. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Ozarka College-Ash Flat, Hardy Insurance and Eaglecrest Nursing Home. For more information, contact Molly Carpenter at (870) 257-1858 or

Employability Workshops and Preview Days

MELBOURNE — Ozarka College will host What Employers Wish You Knew, an employability workshop, at Ozarka’s campuses in April. Following the workshop in Ash Flat and Mountain View, Ozarka College will host a Preview Day. These events are free and open to the community. The workshops will feature Jan McCormick, CEO of JobLingo and an expert in job readiness and interviewing skills. The Preview Day at Ozarka College’s Ash Flat and Mountain View campuses will provide information on the programs Ozarka College offers and financial-aid availability. Workshops will be held in Mammoth Spring from 9-11 a.m. April 15; in Ash Flat from 1-3 p.m. April 15, with a Preview Day from 3-4 p.m.; in Mountain View from 9-11 a.m. April 23, with a Preview Day from 11 a.m. to noon; and in Melbourne from 1-3 p.m. April 23. For more information, call Kim Lovelace, Career Pathways director, at (870) 368-2038.

Public Library Grand Opening

BEEBE — The White County Regional Library System will hold a grand opening April 16 for the Goff Public Library, 323 N. Elm St., adjacent to the Beebe City Hall. Guests are invited to tour Beebe’s new public-library facility. A ribbon cutting and opening ceremony will be at 3:30 p.m. Drop-in visitors are welcome from noon to 6 p.m. that day. Jared Nesbit, a local balloon artist known as “Mr. Pockets,” will entertain after-school visitors from 4-6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Tour D’ Art Reading and Art Event

MELBOURNE — Friends of the Paul Weaver Library at Ozarka College will present the third annual literary reading and art extravaganza, Tour D’Art, from 6-8 p.m. April 17 in the John E. Miller Education Complex Lobby and Auditorium. Original and published works will be read by Ozarka College students, faculty and staff, along with readings by Friends of the Paul Weaver Library and Melbourne High School English students. The art exhibit will include works from high school art students and their instructors; Ozarka College students, faculty and staff; and others. Refreshments will be prepared by the Ozarka College Culinary Arts Department. Musical entertainment will be provided. Admission is free. For more information, contact Erica Sommer at (870) 670-5122; Mary Ellen Hawkins, library director, at (870) 368-2054 or; or Dan Lindsey at (870) 368-2055 or

Frog-Listening Workshop

MAMMOTH SPRING — Ozarka College will partner with FrogWatch USA to offer a free frog-listening workshop from 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 17 and 24 on the Mammoth Spring campus. The seminar will be presented by Tom Krohn, Arkansas regional coordinator for FrogWatch USA. The first session will teach participants to identify frogs and toads in the area by their calls, to mimic frog calls and to understand why frogs are important and what can be done to help them. The second session will provide an introduction to wetlands and frog-monitoring training for the FrogWatch USA national network administered by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Seating is limited. For reservations, contact James Spurlock, director of the Ozarka College-Mammoth Spring campus, at (870) 625-0411.

Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet

WARD — The Ward Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual awards banquet April 18 at Grace Community Church, 3o Second St. in downtown Ward. All are invited. A social hour will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner and a program at 7. Ken Madden, the owner of Cruise Planners in Searcy and Cabot, will be the keynote speaker. Tickets are $25 per person or $175 per table of eight. For more information, call Sharon Roberts at (501) 743-4395 or Charlie Gastineau at (501) 413-9341, or visit

Spring Daylily Sale

SEARCY — The White County Daylily Society will hold a spring daylily sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 19 in the parking lot of Simmons First Bank on South Main Street. A good selection of lilies in a variety of colors will be available. All plants will be $4 for a double division. For more information, call Colleen Massengale, society president, at (501) 268-3711.

AARP Smart Driver Course

HORSESHOE BEND — An AARP Smart Driver class will be held April 21 at the Horseshoe Bend Library. The fee is $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers. The class offers reminders to keep people driving safely, and those who complete the course may be eligible for discounts on their auto-insurance premiums in Arkansas. For information or to register, call Marge Burge at (870) 670-5734.

Retired Teachers Meeting

SEARCY — The White County Retired Teachers Association will meet at 2 p.m. April 21 at Carmichael Community Center in Searcy. The Master Gardeners will discuss their expertise in gardening, spring planting and activities in which they are involved. Come prepared to discuss the Literacy Council of White County and give them some financial aid. Riverview, Rosebud and White County Central retirees will provide the refreshments.

Springfest Arts and Crafts Festival

HEBER SPRINGS — The Heber Springs Area Chamber of Commerce will host the 27th annual Springfest Arts and Crafts Festival on April 25 and 26 at Spring Park. Events will start at noon April 25. The festival will end with a concert at 7 p.m. April 26. Various activities include the Butterfly Pavilion; Average Joe’s Backyard Burnoff BBQ Contest; arts and crafts; food vendors; pony rides; a petting zoo; two car shows; inflatables; art demonstrations; the Miss Springfest Pageant; the Arkansas Children’s Theatre; a Creative Arts Society show; and the Pooches With Panache beauty and talent contest. There will be political stumping and a pie auction, as well as performances by Imagine That Band and Eleven Cent Ransom. For more information, visit

5K Run/Fun Walk

SEARCY — Court Appointed Special Advocates of White County’s third annual 5K Run and 1 mile Run/Fun Walk will be held at 8 a.m. April 26 in Spring Park, 133 E. Pleasure St. There will be music, food and activities for kids. Proceeds from the event will support CASA. Registration fees are $25 before April 21, $35 after April 21, $15 for teams of 10 or more, $10 for children under 12, $25 for Spirit Runners and $15 for the 1-mile run/walk. To register online, go to For more information, call CASA at (501) 305-3428.

Political Speaking and Dessert Auction

WILBURN — The Wilburn Relay for Life Team will hold a Political Speaking and Dessert Auction on April 26 at the old Wilburn School Cafeteria on Arkansas 110 in Wilburn. Finger foods will be served at 5 p.m. Stumping will begin at 6 p.m., followed by an auction. Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society. For more information, call Danita Hayes at (501) 206-2505.

CASA Crawfish Supper

LONOKE — Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children of Lonoke County will hold a crawfish supper fundraiser from 5-8 p.m. April 26 at the Lonoke County Fairgrounds, 1006 W. Third St. Crawfish, potatoes, corn, chicken strips, chips, dip and dessert will be served. A silent auction will be held. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door and $10 for children 10 and younger. For more information or tickets, call (501) 676-6533 or email

Quarter Mania

CABOT — Quarter Mania will be held April 26 at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 301 S. Pine St. Quarter Mania is a cross between an auction and a raffle where people “bid” to win a product/prize of brand-new goods donated by various home-business vendors. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Popcorn and soft drinks will be available for purchase. Auction Paddles will be $3 each, with additional paddles for $2 each. The auction will start at 6 p.m. Bids for new quality items are: item value of $10 to $24, one-quarter bid; value of $25 to $49, two-quarter bid; value of $50 to $74, three-quarter bid; and value of $75 and up, four-quarter bid. For more information, contact Angie Lehrke at (501) 944-9665 or

Golf Tournament

JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association will sponsor a three-person scramble April 28 at Southern Oaks Country Club. Entries will be accepted until April 24. The cost is $225 per team and includes lunch. Refreshments will be provided throughout the tournament. Teams and sponsors are needed. For more information, contact Bob Colford at (501) 258-9269 or

Old Paths Concert

WARD — The Old Paths, a Southern gospel quartet, will perform at 7 p.m. May 2 at First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church. There is no admission charge, but a love offering will be accepted. For more information, call (501) 628-1838 or (501) 850-2056.

Farmers’ Market Opening

CABOT — The Cabot Farmers’ Market will open for the season at 8 a.m. May 3 at the market’s new location, 1122 Second St., which is Re:New Community Church’s parking lot. The market will be open from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday through Oct. 4. Anyone who wants to participate may contact the market at (501) 920-2122 or

Boating Education Class

NEWPORT — Arkansas State University-Newport will host an Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Boating Education course from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 10 in the M&P Room of the Student/Community Center. There is no fee for the class, but registration is required. To register, call (870) 512-7861 or email Jennifer Ballard at Boating Education manuals will be provided, but students need to bring a pen or pencil. There will be a one-hour break for lunch. Students younger than 18 will need a parent or guardian’s signature on the AGFC permission slip prior to attending class. The permission slip may be downloaded by clicking on the “Boating Education” link on the AGFC website at

White County Relay for Life

SEARCY — The White County Relay for Life will begin at 6 p.m. June 6 at the Searcy Event Center. Relay for Life teams are being recruited for the event. The theme is ‘Where Fairy Tales End and the Reality of a Cure Begins.” The next team-captain meeting will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Sassy Sweets in Searcy. Interested team members and/or volunteers may contact Denise Drye at (501) 593-5302 or Beth Batchelor at (870) 995-1910.

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 Deadlines for calendar-item submissions are noon Friday for Thursday editions and noon Tuesday for Sunday editions.


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