This week's events in the Tri-Lakes Area

Published August 7, 2014 at 12:00 a.m.
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Aug. 7 and 8

School Registration

BRYANT — The Bryant School District will be open for registration from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and Friday. Elementary and middle-school students need to register at the school they will attend, based on their attendance zone. Students in grades nine through 12 need to register at Bryant High School. For more information, visit

Aug. 8

Mah-jongg Class

HOT SPRINGS — The Garland County Library will offer a mah-jongg class for beginners from 1-3 p.m. Class size is limited, and registration is required. For more information or to reserve a spot in the class, call (501) 623-4161 or visit

Aug. 9

Faith and Family Night

NORTH LITTLE ROCK — Ouachita Baptist University will co-sponsor Faith and Family Night 2014 at 5:30 p.m. at Dickey-Stephens Park. The event will feature the Travelers versus the Corpus Christi Hooks, followed by a free postgame concert by contemporary Christian singer/songwriter Danny Gokey. Tickets for the game are $8 per person. For more information, visit or call (501) 664-1555.

Moonlight Cruise

BISMARCK — DeGray Lake Resort State Park will offer a Moonlight Cruise on Saturday under the August full moon. Seating is limited, and reservations may be made at the marina beginning at noon Saturday. A minimum of six people must reserve spots for the cruise to be conducted. Cruisers should plan to arrive 10 to 15 minutes before the scheduled departure. The cost is $9 per adult and $5 for children ages 6-12. For more information, call (501) 865-5810 or (501) 865-5840, email or visit

Library Blood Drive

BENTON — The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library. Appointments are not necessary. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

Daylily Society Meeting

HOT SPRINGS — The Hot Springs Daylily Society will meet at 10 a.m. at the First Methodist Christian Life Center. The program will feature Yvonne Becker, who will present photos of the Arkansas State Daylily Garden Tour held in the Benton/Bryant area in June. Guests and visitors are welcome.

Aug. 11

Benton Book Club

BENTON — The Benton Book Club will meet at 5 p.m. at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library to discuss the club’s chosen title. The group is open to adults 18 and older. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

Monday With the Master Gardeners

BENTON — The Saline County Master Gardeners and presenter Sherry Faulkner will discuss seeds at 6:30 p.m. at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library. The program is open to all ages. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

Aug. 12

Arkansas Archeological Society Meeting

HOT SPRINGS — The Ouachita Chapter of the Arkansas Archeological Society will meet at 7 p.m. at

the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts. Jodi A. Barnes will present Remembering Camp Monticello: Archaeology of a World War II Italian Prisoner of War Camp. For more information, contact Mary Ann Goodman at

Aug. 13, 20 and 27

Mystery-Writing Course

HOT SPRINGS — The Garland County Library Writers College will offer a course focused on the basics of mystery writing from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Aug. 20 and 27. The class, Twisting a Mystery, will be taught by Sylvia Dickey Smith. Topics will include creating an intriguing premise, a crime scenario, a plot, clues, red herrings, misdirection and other basics of the mystery-writer’s craft. A $15 course fee is due at the time of registration. For more information, call (501) 623-4161 or visit


Art Exhibit

HOT SPRINGS — The work of Hot Springs Village artists Linda Shearer and Caryl Joy Young will be on exhibit during August at The Artists’ Workshop Gallery, 610 Central Ave. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and from noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. The gallery is closed Wednesdays.

Ageless Bikers Club

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Ageless Bikers Club holds bicycle rides at 8 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. There are eight different 20-mile rides on relatively flat, quiet country roads. For more information or to sign up for a ride, visit

Mystic Creatures Exhibit

HOT SPRINGS — Garvan Woodland Gardens presents the exhibit Mystic Creatures: Topiary Art Meets Imagination from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Aug. 31. Admission is free for members, $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12, and free for children 5 and younger. For more information, call (501) 262-9606.


HOT SPRINGS — Merchants and residents of Park Avenue will present a series of festivals from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. the second Saturday of the month through September. Vendors will offer food, crafts, jewelry, tie-dyed items, metal and wood crafts, an organic dog wash, bicycle repair, organic fruits, vegetables, plants and flowers. Entertainment will include music, pottery demonstrations and a plein-air alla-prima painting party.

Toastmasters Meetings

BENTON — The Saline County Toastmasters meet at 12:05 p.m. Thursdays at Mount Carmel United Methodist Church. For more information, call (501) 454-9596.

Merry Mixers Dance Club

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Hot Springs Village Merry Mixers dance to live music from 7:30-10:30 p.m. the first and third Saturdays of every month at the Coronado Community Center. A lesson is held at 7 p.m. on the third Saturday. Admission is $7.50 for first-Saturday dances and $10 for third-Saturday dances. Club members receive a discount for the season. All dancers are welcome. For more information, call (501) 915-8111.

Rhythmic Interactive Percussion

HOT SPRINGS — The Rhythmic Interactive Percussion musical event takes place from 5-9 p.m. Sundays at Kenneth Adair Park, 358 Central Ave. Participation is encouraged as ensemble members pass out drums, tambourines, maracas and more to audience members. Many weeks, belly dancers, hula-hoopers, poi ball artists and martial artists perform. For more information, call (714) 273-6464.


Watercolor Class

BENTON — Instructor Carolyn Voss will teach a free watercolor class for adults 18 and older at 6 p.m. Aug. 14 at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library. The theme is Venice Canal. Space is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call (501) 847-2166 or (501) 778-4766.

Crochet for Beginners

BRYANT/BENTON — Adults 18 and older are invited to learn how to crochet at 6 p.m. Aug. 14 at the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library in Bryant and at 6 p.m.

Aug. 21 at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library in Benton. Younger participants will be allowed if accompanied by an adult. Crochet hooks will be provided for the first 15 participants, and attendees are asked to bring No. 4 cotton yarn, any style. No registration is required. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

Yoga at the Library

BENTON — Adults 18 and older are invited to a free beginning yoga class at 10 a.m. Aug. 16 at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library. The class will be taught by an instructor of McClure’s Fitness. No registration is required. A yoga mat and water are recommended. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

Haskell Historical Society Meeting

HASKELL — The Haskell Historical Society will meet at 3:30 p.m. Aug. 19 at Haskell City Hall. Marlo Krueger will present a program on the Shoppach family heritage. Until further notice, the Haskell Museum will be closed for renovations. For more information, call Emaline Stroud at (501) 303-0384.

Saline Crossing Meeting

BENTON — The Saline Crossing Regional Park and Recreation Area Inc. will meet at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 19 in the Gene Moss building at Tyndall Park. Plans will be made for the bicentennial celebration of the county’s first pioneer settlement, Saline Crossing. For more information, call (501) 778-8661.

Jazz Concert

HOT SPRINGS — The Arkansas Jazz Experience combo will present a special guest for a performance Aug. 22 at the historic Quapaw Bathhouse. Light snacks and a cash bar will be provided. Admission is $10 for Hot Springs Jazz Society members and $15 for nonmembers. Becoming a member at the performance will provide free entry. For more information, call (501) 627-2425, email or visit

Gospel Music

HOT SPRINGS — The Hickory Hill Park Gospel Music singing will be held Aug. 23 in the park’s outdoor amphitheater at 216 Bryant Road, outside of Hot Springs. The Hawkins Family is the host group for the event. The contest will begin at 7 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. Sodas and snacks will be available at Buddy’s Barnyard Cafe. Parking and admission are free, although an offering will be received. Restrooms will be available. For more information, call (501) 623-8068, email or visit

Celebrity Waiter Event

BRYANT — Relay for Life of Saline County will host its fifth annual Celebrity Waiter fundraiser from 5-8 p.m. Aug. 25 at Larry’s Pizza. Donations and tips given to waiters throughout the evening will benefit the 2014 Relay for Life, the American Cancer Society’s largest annual fundraiser. Table sponsors are also being sought for a $25-minimum, tax-deductible donation and can be purchased by businesses or individuals by emailing For more information, call (501) 412-4239.

Spotlight on Arkadelphia

ARKADELPHIA — Ouachita Baptist University’s annual Spotlight on Arkadelphia community and service fair will be held from 8-9:30 a.m. Aug. 26 on Heflin Plaza and the Student Village circle. The event will feature booths offering free samples, coupons, brochures and other giveaways. For more information, visit or call (870) 245-5208.

To submit a school or community event for the Tri-Lakes Calendar of Events, mail information to Calendar of Events, Tri-Lakes Edition, P.O. Box 2221, Little Rock, AR, 72203; fax (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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