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

This article was published August 7, 2014 at 12:00 a.m.

Aug. 7

Reality-Based Leadership Workshop

RUSSELLVILLE — The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center will present Reality-Based Leadership from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Arkansas Tech University. Loretta Cochran, associate professor of management at ATU, will discuss concepts based on the book Reality-Based Leadership: Ditch the Drama, Restore Sanity to the Workplace, and Turn Excuses into Results, by Cy Wakeman. The workshop is suited for anyone who works in management or wants to do so. The cost is $99 per person. Breakfast, lunch and training materials are included. Seating is limited, and registration is required at (479) 356-2067 or

Aug. 7-9

Vacation Bible School

MORRILTON — Morrilton First Church of the Nazarene, 108 N. Morrill St., will hold Vacation Bible School today through Saturday. Brian Bowers, a youth minister from McCrory, will lead the VBS using road signs as topics, including “Dead End,” “Wrong Way” and “One Way.” There will be snacks, crafts and games and memory work. VBS will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. today and Friday, and on Saturday, activities will start at noon with a fun day that will involve the parents. Following the fun time, the children will present memory verses and songs. Anyone who needs a ride may call the church van driver at (501) 354-2274, the church at (501) 354-4385 or the church secretary at (501) 354-8257.

Aug. 8

Blood Drive

HEBER SPRINGS — The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Infusion Room on the third floor of Baptist Health Medical Center, 1800 Bypass Road.

Kindersongs Concert

CLINTON — Brian and Terri Kinder of Kindersongs will perform their show Traveling On at 10 a.m. at the Van Buren County Library. For more information, call (501) 745-2100.

The Perrys Concert

CONWAY — The Perrys will be in concert at 7 p.m. at Oak Bowery Baptist Church. The church’s choir will sing at 6:30 p.m. There is no admission charge, but a love offering will be taken. The church is six miles east of Conway at 286 Otto Road. For more information, contact Loyd Kelley at (501) 514-5670 or (501) 796-2662, or Matt Corkran at (501) 336-9133.

Aug. 9

Second Saturday Bingo

HEBER SPRINGS — Second Saturday Bingo will be held at St. Albert Catholic Church, 21 Park Road. The event will begin with Quickfire games at 5:30 p.m., and play will continue until someone wins the $500 prize. A concession stand with homemade desserts will be open.

Aug. 13

League of Artists Meeting

CONWAY — The Conway League of Artists will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Faulkner County Library. A participation program for members and guests will be presented by Coe Wilson. Those who want to will create a work of art using acrylic, three-dimensional items and paper to create a design on a canvass. Some samples and ideas will be offered, and refreshments will be served. Attendees will have a chance to win a well-known artist’s work, with proceeds going to the league’s scholarship fund.


Child Development Associate Training

CONWAY — Childhood Services at Arkansas State University will conduct training for individuals in the Conway area who would like to earn the Child Development Associate credential. Classes in Conway will meet weekly on Tuesday evenings, beginning Aug. 19. For more information on the CDA credential, visit the Childhood Services website,; email; or call (870) 972-3055 or (888) 429-1585.

Sacred Heart Meat Sale

MORRILTON — Sacred Heart Catholic School is selling Petit Jean whole slow-smoked Boston butts (8-10 pounds) for $32 each and smoked pork ribs (4-4.5 pounds) for $26, just in time for Labor Day. The meat must be ordered by noon Aug. 14 and will be available for pickup from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Aug. 28 at Morrilton Packing House. Order forms are available in the school office and at Call (501) 354-8113 for more information. All proceeds will benefit Sacred Heart Catholic School.

Library Summer Concert Series

CONWAY — The Faulkner County Library’s Summer Concert Series 2014, featuring local performers, continues at 2 p.m. Sundays with folksimile, Aug. 10; and Men of Fire, Aug. 17. The concerts will be held in the “parklike setting” of the interior of the library, with ice cream and lemonade provided. The series is supported by Friends of the Faulkner County Library. All library programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at (501) 327-7482 or email

Augsburg Fall Fest Booth Applications

AUGSBURG — JoAnn Dorn, arts, crafts and vendor booth chairwoman, is taking applications for booth spaces for the seventh annual Augsburg Fall Fest, to be held Oct. 11 at Zion Lutheran Church at the intersection of Arkansas 333 and Augsburg Road. To reserve a booth at the festival, call Dorn at (479) 331-2302. The fee for all booths is $25. Proceeds from the festival will benefit the River Valley Free Christian Clinic and the Augsburg Food Pantry.

Holiday Puppets Family Show

FAIRFIELD BAY — The Holiday Puppets will perform at 11 a.m. every Wednesday through Aug. 20 at the Puppet Playhouse in the post office building. The 45-minute show features Punch and Judy, Dudley the Magnificent Magician and The Cat Came Back shadow puppets. The family show is free and open to the public.

Midday Manna

CONWAY — A Bible lecture and luncheon led by Wanda Landers takes place from 11:45 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at Woodland Heights Baptist Church, 4215 Prince St. Lunch, a drink and dessert are served for $5. For child care by reservation, call (501) 329-0001.

Conway Community Meditation Group

CONWAY — The Conway Community Meditation group meets from 12:30-1:30 p.m. every Tuesday at The Locals, 1024 Van Ronkle St. This session provides a time of unifying harmony with fellow Conway residents. All are welcome. For more information, visit

Simply Said Storytelling

CONWAY — Simply Said is an informal, open-mic storytelling time held at 6 p.m. every Thursday at The Locals, 1024 Van Ronkle St. Participants are asked to share a story, without using notes, in no more than five minutes. For more information, visit

Spanish Practice Group

CONWAY — The Spanish Practice Group meets at 4 p.m. every Friday at The Locals, 1024 Van Ronkle St. Join other Spanish-speaking enthusiasts in conversation. Todos son bienvenidos! For more information, visit

Wordpress Conway

CONWAY — Wordpress Conway takes place at 6 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month at The Locals, 1024 Van Ronkle St. For anyone who uses Wordpress or wants to learn more about it, this central-Arkansas group can provide help with questions or issues Wordpress users may have. For more information, visit

Tea Party Meeting

HEBER SPRINGS — Arkansas’ We the People Tea Party of Cleburne County meets at 6:30 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of every month at St. Barnabas Anglican Church, 1101C W. Main St. Various issues are discussed. For more information, call Marlin Schwartz at (847) 977-5261.


Maumelle AARP Chapter Meeting

MAUMELLE — The Maumelle AARP Chapter will meet at 6 p.m. Aug. 14 at the Maumelle Senior Wellness Center. Representatives from St. Joseph Center of Arkansas in North Little Rock will give a presentation on the past, present and future of the center, which is on the grounds of the former St. Joseph Orphanage near Camp Robinson and is being developed as an educational center to assist with hunger relief in Arkansas. A short business meeting will also be held. Members are asked to bring school supplies for the chapter’s August drive. Anyone 50 or older is welcome to attend. For more information, call Betty Hall at (501) 851-6828 or Jan Bowen at (501) 803-0089.

To submit an item for the Calendar of Events, mail information 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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