Historical and Genealogical Meeting
BROCKWELL — The Izard County Historical and Genealogical Society will meet at 2 p.m. at the Izard County Senior Center on Arkansas 9, south of Brockwell. Martha Miller, director of the Department of Arkansas Heritage and the state historic preservation officer, will be the guest speaker. She will give a PowerPoint presentation illustrating the department’s work, specifically in Izard County. Miller is a former Izard County resident and a graduate of Melbourne High School. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, call (870) 368-4727.
Rock & Roll Easterfest
CABOT — Rock & Roll Easterfest will be held from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 301 S. Pine St. For more information, call (501) 605-8082
Freedom Warriors Meeting
SEARCY — The Freedom Warriors Riding Association of Arkansas Inc. will meet at 2 p.m. at The Lightle Center, 2200 E. Moore St. Members, guests and those interested in joining the Freedom Warriors are welcome to attend the free event.
BATESVILLE — The Independence County Library will celebrate National Library Week, today through Saturday, by offering Fine-Free Days through April 30. The library is at 368 E. Main St. The library’s hours are 1:30-5 p.m. Sundays; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. For more information, call (870) 793-8814.
Tea Party Meeting
SEARCY — The Independent Tea Party of White County will meet at 6:30 p.m. at IHOP. The speaker will be Tom Hughes, the incumbent in the race for circuit judge of District 17, which covers White and Prairie counties. Everyone is invited. For more information, call (501) 278-9413 or email email@example.com.
Session for Musicians
BATESVILLE — Musicians of all experience levels are invited to bring their favorite instrument or song and play or listen at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of First Community Bank. For more information, call Ed Casper at (870) 307-0258.
Tea Party Meeting
SEARCY — The Independent Tea Party of White County will meet at 6:30 p.m. at IHOP in Searcy. The speaker will be Tom Hughes, the incumbent in the race for circuit judge for District 17, which covers White and Prairie counties. Everyone is invited. For more information, call (501) 278-9413 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MONDAY – FRIDAY
BEEBE — The Arkansas State University-Beebe Art Department is displaying works of art by ASU-Beebe faculty and staff, in the FacStaff Show, on display from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the England Center Art Gallery at the corner of Center and Orange streets. The exhibit includes paintings, photographs, quilts, a wedding dress, 3-D prints and other works. For more information, call the gallery at (501) 882-4495.
Tuesday and April 23
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 workshops 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. Tuesday; in Ash Flat from 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, 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.
WISE Coalition Meeting
SEARCY — The WISE Coalition (White County Invested in Substance Abuse Eradication) will meet from noon to 1 p.m. at First Community Bank (New University Branch in the Community Room), 800 E. Beebe Capps Expressway. The group meets the third Wednesday of every month. All are invited to get involved in activities to help prevent and reduce substance abuse by White County youth. For more information or to RSVP for lunch, visit wise
email@example.com or call (501) 388-6555.
BEEBE — The White County Regional Library System will hold a grand opening 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.
Gluten Intolerance/Celiac Disease Support Group
HEBER SPRINGS — A support group for those with gluten intolerance or celiac disease will meet at 10 a.m. in Heber Springs. Those who have either of these conditions is welcome to attend and share their experiences with others. For more information, including the meeting’s location, call Arleen at (501) 362-5527.
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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org; or Dan Lindsey at (870) 368-2055 or email@example.com.
Thursday and April 24
MAMMOTH SPRING — Ozarka College will partner with FrogWatch USA to offer a free frog-listening workshop from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday and April 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.
Rubber Duck Derby
SEARCY — Members of White County Central High School’s Future Business Leaders of America will hold Rubber Duck Derby 2014 on Friday to benefit Jacob’s Place. The racing ducks cost $5 and will be tossed into the Little Red River behind the Veterans of Foreign Wars post on Davis Road. Entertainment will be provided as the ducks float down the river. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top winners: $100 for first place, $75 for second place and $50 for third place. To sponsor a duck, call the White County Central office at (501) 729-3947 or Beth Evans at (501) 724-4464.
Chamber of Commerce
WARD — The Ward Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual awards banquet Friday 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 www.wardchamber.com.
MELBOURNE – Ozarka College will host a Free Application for Federal Student Aid support day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday on all Ozarka College campuses. This free service offers students assistance from financial aid staff in completing the 2014-2015 FAFSA. Attending the support day will also ensure that students meet the priority application deadline of June 1. The FAFSA form is used by the college to determine a student’s financial-aid package. Funding options may include grants, scholarships, work-study or federal loan assistance. Students should bring their 2013 taxes (if they filed), W-2s, and FAFSA pin number. Dependent students should bring their parents’ federal taxes and W-2s. For more information, contact Laura Lawrence, Ozarka College director of financial aid, at (870) 368-2010.
Music in the Mountains
HORSESHOE BEND — The Music in the Mountains Show will be held Saturday at the Horseshoe Bend Theatre on Arkansas 289. Doors will open at 5 p.m., and the show starts at 6 p.m. Concessions will be available, and admission is by donation. For more information, call Chuck at (870) 847-1340. The Music in the Mountains Show is held the third Saturday of every month.
Bake Sale Fundraiser
BATESVILLE — Southside Methodist Church will have its annual bake sale from 9-11 a.m. at the church, 39 Magnolia St., across from Southside High School. All proceeds will benefit the March of Dimes.
SEARCY — The SAME Café will be open from 4-5:30 p.m. at the West Side Church of Christ, 709 W. Arch St. 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.
Spring Daylily Sale
SEARCY — The White County Daylily Society will hold a spring daylily sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 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.
Third Saturday Night Singing
MCRAE — The 16th Section Union Church will hosting its monthly Third Saturday Night Singing at 7 p.m. The featured group will be Dell Hughes and Friends of Searcy. Brother Jimmy Shaw and the congregation invite everyone to attend for a night of gospel music. A love offering will be taken.
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 Thursday 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 www.asub.edu.
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.
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 — 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 Community
TEAS V Test Dates
NEWPORT — Arkansas State University-Newport will administer the TEAS V (Test for Essential Academic Skills) on the following dates: Friday 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 christy_ firstname.lastname@example.org. The test must be taken before registering in ASUN’s Surgical Technology or Practical Nursing programs.
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 email@example.com. Deadlines for calendar-item submissions are noon Friday for Thursday editions and noon Tuesday for Sunday editions.
SEARCY — Calvary Chapel Searcy and Word of Faith Church will host an Easter service at 10 a.m April 20 under the covered pavilion at Spring Park in Searcy. The theme is “Hope Does Not Disappoint” (Romans 5:5). For more information, call Sid Langley at (501) 268-7540.
AARP Smart Driver Course
HORSESHOE BEND — An AARP Smart Driver class will be held from 8:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m. 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.
SEARCY — Land O’Frost KidStage will present citE-scape at 7 p.m. April 24-26 and also at 2 p.m. April 26 at the Performing Arts Center on the Square, 219 W. Arch St. Tickets are $10, plus tax. To purchase tickets visit www.centeronthesquare.org, or call (501) 368-0111 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Summer Nursing Activities Program
SEARCY — White County Medical Center is accepting applications for its Summer Nursing Activities Program, which is open to students who will go into the eighth or ninth grade in fall 2014. SNAP is a summer enrichment program designed for students who are interested in a career in nursing. The three-day program offers students an opportunity to learn first aid, CPR, healthy lifestyle habits and basic nursing skills. The program requires a complete application form, due April 25; a GPA of 2.5 or higher; a Life Sciences course, completed or enrolled; two letters of recommendation; and a 50- to 75 word essay about participating. SNAP is open to students in Cleburne, Independence, Jackson, Prairie, White and Woodruff counties. The program will be held from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. June 16-18 at WCMC’s South Campus. For more information, contact SNAP Coordinator Dee DeLoach at (501) 278-3189 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.heber-springs.com/springfest.
A Gift of Music
CHEROKEE VILLAGE — The Cherokee Village Community Chorus will present A Gift of Music at 6:30 p.m. April 25 and at 2 p.m. April 26 at the Cherokee Village Omaha Center. Tickets are $4 and are available from chorus members or at the door.
Gathering of the Eagles
BEEBE — The Gathering of the Eagles praise, prayer and worship event, presented by Declare His Glory International Inc., will be held from 10 a.m. to noon April 26 at Open Arms Assembly of God, 1103 N. Fir St. For more information, call (888) 564-8913.
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 www.facebook.com/CasaOfWhiteCounty. For more information, call CASA at (501) 305-3428.
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 email@example.com.
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 during which 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 include an 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Ozarka College-Mountain View Continuing Education Department will host a free labyrinth-walking workshop at 10 a.m. April 26 in the lecture hall. The labyrinth is an ancient tool for spiritual, personal and psychological transformation. Participants will explore the history of labyrinths and their resurgence in the 21st century. Following the workshop, participants will be given the opportunity to walk Saint Brendan’s Labyrinth, a 100-foot-diameter 11-circuit stone labyrinth, based on the famous labyrinth in Chartres Cathedral, France. For more information, call Lindsay Wilson-Galloway, director of the Ozarka College-Mountain View campus, at (870) 269-5600.
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 through April 24. The cost is $225 per team and includes lunch. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m., and play will begin at 12:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided throughout the tournament. Teams and sponsors are needed. For more information or to register, contact Bob Colford at (501) 258-9269 or email@example.com.
Community Health Fair
ASH FLAT — The Practical Nursing Class at Ozarka College-Ash Flat will host a community health fair from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 30. The event is open to everyone ,and admission is free. Attendees may donate canned goods for the Mission of Hope for an opportunity to win door prizes. White River Medical Center will provide fasting cholesterol checks, HbA1C blood tests for diabetics, body-mass index measurements and bone-density evaluations. The charge will be $15 total for all tests and those tested will need to fast the night before. Vendors will be perform free eye exams, mammograms, preventative oral exams, spine adjustments and massages, and hearing exams. Health professionals will offer a variety of information. The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will accept blood donors. For more information, call Kim Whitten, director of Ozarka College-Ash Flat, at (870) 944-7273.
SEARCY — The Performing Arts Center on the Square will hold its second annual Playwright Contest. Original scripts of one-act, two-act and full-length plays will be accepted until May 2. Authors of all ages are invited to participate. The winner’s play will be performed at Performing Arts Center on the Square’s July Dessert Theater. Performance dates are July 11-13 and 18,-20. Applicants are asked to submit five copies of the script in an easy-to-read font and style to Attention: Connie Brown, 219 W. Arch Ave, Searcy, AR 72143. Email inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Political Speaking and Dessert Auction
WILBURN — The Wilburn Relay for Life team will hold a Political Speaking and Dessert Auction on May 3 at the old Wilburn School Cafeteria on Arkansas 110. 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.
MELBOURNE — Ozarka College will partner with FrogWatch USA to offer a free frog-listening workshop from 6:30-9 p.m. May 6 and 13 in Room 112 of the Walter B. Hall building on the Melbourne 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. The workshop is free and open to the public. To enroll, contact Kathryn Langston, Ozarka College division chair, at (870) 368.2083 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Jennifer_ballard@asun.edu. 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 www.agfc.com.
JACKSONVILLE — Landmark Baptist Church in Jacksonville will hold the Cafe Chocolat Women’s Retreat from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 10 at the church, 2200 Marshall Road. The cost is $20 per person, and child care is available for $5 per child. Proceeds will go toward the mission team’s trip to Houston in June. To register, visit www.landmarkbaptistchurch.com.
Big, Big Book Sale
SEARCY — The Literacy Council of White County will hold its Big, Big Book Sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 16 and 17 at 702 E. Race in Searcy, beside the plant nursery and the College Church of Christ. Donations of gently used books, DVDs, vinyl records and children’s games in good condition are being accepted for the sale, which will feature books of all types. This is the Literacy Council’s largest fundraising activity of the year. Proceeds will support the programs of the Literacy Council. For more information, call Amanda Partridge at the Literacy Council at (501) 278-5500. To donate items for the sale, contact board secretary Valerie Canepa at (501) 473-7151.
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.
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