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RVO Calendar of events starting Jan. 12Published January 12, 2014 at 12:00 a.m.
Eagle Awareness Weekend
PETIT JEAN MOUNTAIN — Today, Petit Jean State Park will continue its Eagle Awareness Weekend, devoted to teaching attendees about the bald eagle. Programs will include field trips to the nearby Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge to look for wintering eagles and other birds. For more information on this free event, call (501) 727-5441, email email@example.com, or visit www.petitjeanstatepark.com.
Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser
CONWAY — Renewal Ranch will sponsor an all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Stoby’s Restaurant in Conway. Drive-thru service will be available. The cost is $5 for adults, and children younger than 10 may eat free. All proceeds will benefit Renewal Ranch, a nondenominational program for men suffering from addictions.
Public Facilities Hearing
LITTLE ROCK — The Pulaski County Special School District will conduct a required public hearing at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room of the district’s Administration Building, 925 E. Dixon Road in Little Rock. The hearing will be on the district’s six-year facilities master plan, which will be submitted to the Arkansas Division of Public School Academic Facilities and Transportation. District officials will present information on the master plan, and all people at the hearing will be given an opportunity to comment on the plan. For more information, call the district’s communications office at (501) 234-2038.
Recreation and Parks Commission Meeting
RUSSELLVILLE — The Russellville Recreation and Parks Department will hold the monthly meeting of the Recreation and Parks Commission at noon at the Hughes Community Center.
Affordable Care Act
RUSSELLVILLE — The Arkansas Tech Small Business and Technology Development Center will present a free business seminar, Informed Businesses: Navigating the Affordable Care Act, from 3-5 p.m. at the Morrilton Area Chamber of Commerce. Participants will learn about new tax, IRS reporting and employee notification requirements for businesses; available tax credits, potential rebates and premium reduction programs; and penalties for noncompliance. Seating at the free event is limited, and registration is required. To attend, call (479) 356-2067 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MAUMELLE — A Maumelle Newcomers luncheon will be held at 11 a.m. at the Maumelle Country Club. The program will be Celebrate Accessories With the Versona Store. Reservations are required. For more information, call Joan Ann Olson at (501) 851-4223.
Driver Safety Program
HEBER SPRINGS — There will be an AARP Driver Safety Program class from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the McCoy Room of the Administration/Student Services Building at Arkansas State University-Heber Springs. Individuals age 55 and older who complete the course will qualify for a three-year discount on their automobile-insurance premiums in Arkansas. The cost 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 email@example.com.
Sign Language Classes
CONWAY — Sign Language classes have resumed at the Faulkner County Library, with a new time. The free classes will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays.
MORRILTON — The quilt show at the Rialto Gallery will be on display through Jan. 25. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. 2 p.m. every Friday and Saturday. There will be a reception for the quilt winners at noon Jan. 24, and refreshments will be served. Some of Conway County’s quilters have their current works on display. For more information, visit rialtocommunityartscenter.com.
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 books at bargain prices. Proceeds from the shop benefit the libraries in Cleburne County. Volunteers are welcome.
MORRILTON — The annual photography exhibit will go up from 1-2 p.m. Jan. 25. Photographers who would like to exhibit their work are asked to contact Gretchen Schol at (501) 354-6383 or (501) 977-3680 for information or an entry form. The winner in the exhibit will receive $500. For more information, visit rialtocommunityartscenter.com.
Banquet and Auction
DARDANELLE — The Dardanelle Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual banquet and silent auction at 7 p.m. Jan. 27. The featured speaker will be native Arkansan James Lee Witt, former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. For more information, call (479) 229-3328, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.dardanellechamber.com.
Ozark Pickin’ & Singin’
CONWAY — A family bluegrass concert will be held from 7:30-9 p.m. Feb. 8 in the Conway High School Auditorium, 2300 Prince St. Doors will open at 7 p.m. for general seating. Tickets will be sold at the door for $10. Children younger than 12 will be admitted free. The concert is sponsored by the Committee of 100, a volunteer advocacy group for Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View. Proceeds will benefit Folk Center educational programs such as historic crafts interpretation, the Heritage Herb Garden and Music Roots, an instructional program to preserve Ozark Mountain music.
MORRILTON — The annual Sweetheart Dinner/Dance sponsored by the General Federated Women’s Club’s Adelaide Club of Morrilton will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Morrilton. The pork-chop dinner will be prepared and served by the Knights, and desserts will be provided by members of the Adelaide Club. Jim Aldridge, vocalist, showman and sax man, along with his partner, Kern Kennedy, on keyboard, will entertain and provide music for the dance. Tickets are $30 each and may be purchased from any Adelaide member or by calling Martha Brickey, ticket chairwoman, at (502) 477-5033.
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 email@example.com. Deadlines for calendar-item submissions are noon Friday for Thursday editions and noon Tuesday for Sunday editions.