This week's events in the Three Rivers area

Published January 9, 2014 at 12:00 a.m.
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Jan. 9

Learn to Knit

JACKSONVILLE — The Nixon Library, 703 W. Main St., will hold Learn to Knit at noon for ages 13 and older. Registration is required. Participants are asked to bring a size 10 knitting needle. Free yarn will be provided. For more information, call (501) 457-5038.

True Stories Book Club

JACKSONVILLE — The True Stories Book Club will meet at 2 p.m. at the Nixon Library, 703 W. Main St. The club will discuss Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, by Cheryl Strayed. February’s book for discussion will be The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl, by Timothy Egan. For more information, call (501) 457-5038.

Jan. 11

Note-Burning Ceremony

CALICO ROCK — The Calico Rock Museum will hold a note-burning ceremony at noon at 104 Main St. During the ceremony, the museum foundation will receive the final gift necessary to pay off the organization’s bank loan and will burn the mortgage. The public is invited to attend the ceremony, which will be followed by a reception and a tour of the museum’s final phase of construction. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be rescheduled, with the date to be announced on the foundation’s website. For more information, call the museum at (870) 297-6100 or visit www.calicorockmuseum.com.

AARP Driver Course

SEARCY — The PrimeTimes of White County Medical Center will offer an AARP Driver Safety Course from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Hubach Center. Parking is available behind the hospital off Moore Street. Use the elevator to go to the first floor. The instructors are Frances and Bill Mizell. The cost of the course is $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers. To register for the class, call Anna Overbay at PrimeTimes at (501) 380-1050.

Jan. 12

Mercy River Boys Concert

BATESVILLE — The Mercy River Boys will give a concert at 5 p.m. at West Baptist Church, 1100 N. Central Ave. A love offering will be taken. For more information, call (870) 793-3302.

Historical/Genealogical Society Meeting

BROCKWELL — The Izard County Historical and Genealogical Society will meet at 2 p.m. at the Izard County Senior Center south of Brockwell on Arkansas 9. Denis Dunderdale, the North Central Regional education coordinator of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, will present a program about the black bear in Arkansas that covers pre-settlement times in Arkansas through the restocking efforts of the bear by the commission during the past few years. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call Justin Daigle, president of the society, at (870) 368-4727 after 5 p.m.

Jan. 13

Citizens Police Alumni Meeting

JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association will meet at 5:45 p.m. at the Police Department, 1400 Marshall Road. For more information, contact Eleanor Loyd at (501) 412-4115 or mselliel@centurytel.net.

Tea Party Meeting

SEARCY — The Independent Tea Party of White County will meet at 6:30 p.m. at IHOP in Searcy. The public is welcome. For more information, call (501) 278-9413 or email teaparty@itpwca.org.

and Jan. 13 and 27

Teen Takeover

JACKSONVILLE — The Nixon Library, 703 W. Main St., will hold Teen Takeover for ages 13-19 at 4 p.m. Jan. 13 and 27. The events provide a place for teens to hang out, play games, use the library’s laptops, have snacks and work on projects for school or just for fun. The focus will be on the Teen Video Challenge. For more information, call (501) 457-5038.

Jan. 14

Despicable Me 2

JACKSONVILLE — The Nixon Library, 703 W. Main St., will show Despicable Me 2, rated PG, at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call (501) 457-5038.

Jan. 14, 21 and 28

Tween Time

JACKSONVILLE — The Nixon Library, 703 W. Main St., will hold Tween Time for ages 9-12 at 4 p.m. Jan. 14, 21 and 28. Games, crafts and snacks will be available. For more information, call (501) 457-5038.

Jan. 15 and 22

After-School Story Time

JACKSONVILLE — The Nixon Library, 703 W. Main St., will hold After-School Story Time for ages 6-8 at 4 p.m. Jan. 15 and 22. The event will feature stories, crafts and snacks. For more information, call (501) 457-5038.

Jan. 15, 22 and 29

Preschool Story Time

JACKSONVILLE — The Nixon Library, 703 W. Main St., will hold Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5 at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 15, 22 and 29. The event will include stories, finger plays, songs and crafts. For more information, call (501) 457-5038.

Adult Game Day

JACKSONVILLE — The Nixon Library, 703 W. Main St., will hold an Adult Game Day at noon Jan. 15, 22 and 29. Adults age 18 and older are welcome to attend and play dominoes, poker, chess, board games or video games. For more information, call (501) 457-5038.

Ongoing

Guest Artist

ASH FLAT — Jewelry by artist Jane Hodge of Cherokee Village is on display at the Ash Flat Library through January. The exhibit, in the case in the sitting room/reading area of the library, includes earrings, pendants, necklaces and bracelets. Library hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays and Fridays; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays; and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays.

NCA District Fair Scholarship

The North Central Arkansas District Fair offers the Billy Ray Nix Memorial Scholarship and the NCA District Fair scholarship to graduating seniors in the seven-county district fair area. Students in Cleburne, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Sharp, Stone and Van Buren counties who have participated in county, district or state fairs and meet the scholarship criteria are eligible to apply. Scholarship applications are available at www.ncadistrict

fair.org. Completed applications must be received by the NCA District Fair by March 1.

WISE Coalition Meetings

SEARCY — The WISE (White County Invested in Substance Abuse Eradication) Coalition meets from noon to 1 p.m. the third Wednesday of every month at the Health Resources of Arkansas Training Center, 3402 E. Race St., across from the Exxon gas station/Quiznos and Taco Bell. The coalition offers activities to help prevent and reduce substance abuse by White County youth. For more information, call (501) 388-6555 or email wisecoalition@gmail.com.

ASU-Newport Holiday Break

NEWPORT — Arkansas State University-Newport will be closed through Friday for the annual holiday break. This schedule also applies to the Jonesboro and Marked Tree campuses. Offices will reopen Monday. Campus emergencies may be reported to the University Police, (870) 512-7866, or to the local 911 dispatch center. Spring semester classes at ASU-Newport will begin Jan. 21.

Pastel Paintings

LITTLE ROCK — Two pastel paintings by Anne Lyon of Cabot are on view through Feb. 22 in the Arkansas Pastel Society’s fifth National Juried Exhibition, Reflections in Pastel, at the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, 401 President Clinton Ave. in Little Rock. The exhibit is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

Art Exhibition

BATESVILLE — The Batesville Area Arts Council presents a group exhibition, Friends of the Batesville Area Arts Council, at the BAAC Gallery on Main, 246 E. Main St., through Jan. 17. The show features 20 artists who were invited to be part of the exhibition for their involvement with the organization and the support they have shown to BAAC over the years. The artwork is for sale.

Exercise Class

CABOT — A PEPPI (Peer Exercise Program Promotes Independence) exercise class will be taught at 10 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at the Cabot Senior Center, 600 N. Grant St. The class is geared for older adults.

Craft Night

JACKSONVILLE — The youth of Landmark Baptist Church will host a craft night from 6 to midnight the second Friday of each month at 2200 Marshall Road. Participants will paint, scrapbook or create other crafts. The cost is $5 per table or any donation amount. Proceeds will help the youth take a mission trip and attend camp this summer. For more information, call Tamara Blanchard at (501) 554-3972.

China Painters

GARNER — The Daisy Petals China Painting Club meets at 9 a.m. every Monday at Garner Baptist Church, 114 N. Main St. Beginners are welcome. For more information, call Glenda Hale at (501) 726-3281.

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 a large variety of books at bargain prices. Proceeds will benefit the libraries in Cleburne County. Volunteers are welcome. Stop by the shop for more information.

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.

Upcoming

Coffee and Tea Tasting

JACKSONVILLE — The Nixon Library, 703 W. Main St., will hold a coffee and tea tasting at noon Jan. 16. The library will offer varieties of coffee and tea to sample. For more information, call (501) 457-5038.

Teen Book Club

JACKSONVILLE — The Teen Book Club will meet at 4 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Nixon Library, 703 W. Main St. The club will discuss Mysterious Benedict Society, by Trenton Lee Stewart. Drinks and snacks will be provided. For more information, call (501) 457-5038.

AARP Driver Safety Program

HEBER SPRINGS — There will be an AARP Driver Safety Program class from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 17 in the McCoy Room of the Administration/Student Services Building at Arkansas State University-Heber Springs. On completion of the course, individuals 55 and older will qualify for a three-year discount on their automobile-insurance premiums in Arkansas. The cost of the class is $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers. Fees may be paid in cash or by check (payable to AARP). To reserve a place, call ASU at (501) 362-1273 or email jlrath@hebersprings.asu.edu.

Toddler Story Time

JACKSONVILLE — Toddler Story Time will be held for ages 12 to 36 months at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 17, 24 and 31 at the Nixon Library, 703 W. Main St. The event will include music, movement, stories and playtime. For more information, call (501) 457-5038.

Free Community Wellness Event

BEEBE — The Beebe Church of Christ, 1906 W. Center St., will provide wellness screenings and community resources, all at no cost, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 18 at the church. The event is open to the public. Health professionals will provide eyeglass fittings and glasses, blood-pressure and blood-sugar checks, skin evaluations, hearing tests, assistance with diabetes and more. A pharmacist, a dietitian, an attorney and a licensed counselor will be available. Free haircuts will also be provided. For more information, call (501) 882-3539.

Larry Nelson Family Concert

MCRAE — The Larry Nelson Family, a bluegrass gospel group, will perform at 7 p.m. Jan. 18 at 16th Section Church, 3387 Arkansas 267 S. in McRae. There is no admission charge, but a love offering will be taken, and fellowship will follow the program. For more information, call (501) 454-3250.

Learn to Crochet

JACKSONVILLE — Learn to Crochet for ages 13 and older will be presented at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Nixon Library, 703 W. Main St. Registration is required. Participants are asked to bring a size H crochet hook. Free yarn will be provided. For more information, call (501) 457-5038.

Music in the Mountains

HORSESHOE BEND — Music in the Mountains will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Historic Horseshoe Bend Theatre, 811 Second St. Entertainment will feature the show’s founder and director, Melodie Clemmons; the Highway 289 Band; and special guests. Concessions will be offered, and donations will be accepted. The show takes place the third Saturday of each month. For more information, call (870) 373-3303, email horseshoebendarcc@yahoo.com, or visit www.horseshoebendtheater.com.

Kids’ Yoga/Art Classes

BATESVILLE — The Batesville Area Arts Council will host Kids’ Yoga/Art classes at Lyon College for five consecutive Tuesdays, Jan. 21 through Feb. 18. Classes will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. for first- and second-graders, and 7-8 p.m. for third- through fifth-graders. Certified yoga instructor Sammie Shaw will demonstrate the basics of yoga movement while incorporating art activities. The cost is $65 per student, and the registration deadline is Jan. 10. Students will receive a yoga mat to keep. For more information, contact BAAC at (870) 793-3382, email baac@suddenlinkmail.com, or stop by the BAAC Gallery on Main, 246 E. Main St., to sign up.

Adult Book Craft

JACKSONVILLE — The Nixon Library, 703 W. Main St., will hold an Adult Book Craft session for ages 13 and older at 4 p.m. Jan. 24. Participants will learn how to design a variety of pamphlet-stitch books. Registration is required. For more information, call (501) 457-5038.

Nixon Book Worms

JACKSONVILLE — The Nixon Book Worms will meet at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Nixon Library, 703 W. Main St.. The group will discuss Bookmaker’s Daughter: A Memory Unbound, by Shirley Abbott. February’s book for discussion will be The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, the Horse That Inspired a Nation, by Elizabeth Letts. For more information, call (501) 457-5038.

Family Game Night

JACKSONVILLE — A Family Game Night will be held from 4-5:30 Jan. 29 in the Meeting Room of the Nixon Library, 703 W. Main St. Then from 6-8 p.m., the event will move to Game Zone Alpha for more games. For more information, call (501) 457-5038.

American Girl Book Club

JACKSONVILLE — The American Girl Book Club will meet at 1 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Nixon Library, 703 W. Main St. The club will discuss Changes for Felicity, by Valerie Tripp. For more information, call (501) 457-5038.

Food Fest and Silent Auction

SEARCY — St. James Catholic Church will hold its sixth annual International Food Fest and Silent Auction at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 1 in St. James Parish Hall, 1102 Pioneer Road. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. There will be a raffle for cash prizes of $250, $500 and $1,000.

Anglers Expo

HEBER SPRINGS — The Rotary Club of Cleburne County will host the annual Anglers Expo on March 28 and 29 at the Heber Springs Community Center. The expo will feature a variety of vendors, special events and displays on fishing, hunting, camping and general outdoor activities. For more information on booth space and sponsors, visit www.AnglersExpo.com, email bentraylor@gmail.com, or call (501) 825-7410.

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 trnews@arkansasonline.com. Deadlines for calendar-item submissions are noon Friday for Thursday editions and noon Tuesday for Sunday editions.

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