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This week's events in the Three Rivers area

This article was published January 16, 2014 at 12:00 a.m.

Jan. 16

Coffee and Tea Tasting

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

Our Town Campaign Kick-Off

SEARCY — The Our Town Campaign Committee will hold a campaign kickoff event in support of the 1 percent sales tax. The event will be held from 10-10:30 a.m. today at the Searcy Regional Chamber of Commerce, 2323 S. Main St. Community members and media representatives are encouraged to attend. Searcy Mayor David Morris will speak on behalf of the effort. Also in attendance will be other elected officials and community leaders. Information and materials will be available for those in attendance. For media inquiries about the event, call Paul Ford, Our Town Campaign Committee chairman, at (501) 472-7930.

Radio Control Club Meeting

HEBER SPRINGS — The Heber Area Radio Control Club (HARCC) has rescheduled its January meeting to 6:30 p.m. today at the Heber Springs Community Center.

Jan. 16 and 17

ASU-Beebe Spring Theater Auditions

BEEBE — Auditions for the Arkansas State University-Beebe 2014 spring theater productions will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 16 and 17 in the Owen Center Theater at ASU-Beebe. Spring productions will include Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen, directed by Bruce Cohen and performed March 7-9; and The Odd Couple (Female Version), adapted by Neil Simon, and directed by Don Eller and presented April 25-27. The auditions are open to community members; being an ASU-Beebe student is not a requirement. Those auditioning may perform a prepared monologue, or readings from the script will be provided. For more information, contact Bruce Cohen, assistant professor of theater, at (501) 882-8925 or becohen@asub.edu.

Jan. 17

Teen Book Club

JACKSONVILLE — The Teen Book Club will meet at 4 p.m. 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. 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.

Jan. 17, 24 and 31

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 events will include music, movement, stories and playtime. For more information, call (501) 457-5038.

Jan. 18

Grief and Loss Support Group

JACKSONVILLE — The Caring Hearts Grief and Loss Support group will meet from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Christian Church of Jacksonville, 200 E. Martin. The group meets the third Saturday of each month. Individual sessions can also be scheduled by calling Steve Summers at (870) 710-1508.

SAME Café

SEARCY — The SAME Café will be open from 4-5:30 p.m. at West Side Church of Christ, 709 W. Arch St. The SAME Café is open the first and third Saturdays of the month to anyone who would like a free warm meal.

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. 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. 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. 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. at the Historic Horseshoe Bend Theatre, 811 Second St. Entertainment will include 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.

Jan. 20

Session for Musicians

BATESVILLE — Accordion, guitar, keyboard, violin and harmonica players of all experience levels are invited to listen or play at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of First Community Bank. For more information, call Ed Casper at (870) 307-0258.

Jan. 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. Tuesday and Jan. 28. Games, crafts and snacks will be available. For more information, call (501) 457-5038.

Jan. 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. The event will feature stories, crafts and snacks. For more information, call (501) 457-5038.

Jan. 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. 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 Wednesday and Jan. 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

Tea Party Meetings

HEBER SPRINGS — The 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. Issues to be discussed include Obamacare, overspending, constitutional items, taxation, state sovereignty, and local, state and federal government operations. For more information, call Marlin Schwartz at (847) 977-5261.

Jewelry Exhibit

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.ncadistrictfair.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 youths. For more information, call (501) 388-6555 or email wisecoalition@gmail.com.

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 Friday. 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

Business Expo

BATESVILLE — The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its 2014 Business Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 23 in Independence Hall at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. Mary Ann Campbell, “Dr. Mac” with Money Magic Inc., will be the keynote speaker. The Annual Awards Ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in the auditorium. The Expo Hall will be open to chamber members only from 10 a.m. to noon. A Taste of the Chamber will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the Expo Hall will be open to the public from noon to 2 p.m. New this year will be the Pre-Expo Women in Business Breakfast. For tickets, contact the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce. The expo’s theme is “Spotlight on Business,” with a Hollywood-movie theme. Expo booth space is sold out. Admission is free. For more information, contact Mandi Curtwright at (870) 793-2378 or visit www.mybatesville.org.

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.

Teen Takeover

JACKSONVILLE — The Nixon Library, 703 W. Main St., will hold Teen Takeover for ages 13-19 at 4 p.m. Jan. 27. The event provides 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.

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.

Souper Bowl Saturday

BATESVILLE — The Batesville Area Arts Council’s annual Souper Bowl Saturday fundraiser will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 1 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, at the corner of Main and Fifth streets. Individuals can support the arts in the community by purchasing soup to take home, made by local businesses and residents. Tickets are $7 in advance for a quart of soup or $8 at the event. Advance tickets give the holder first choice during a special VIP hour from 9-10 a.m. Tickets are available at the BAAC Gallery on Main, Carlee’s Hallmark, Citizens Bank and the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce, and from BAAC Board members.

Kids’ Valentine’s Day Workshop

BATESVILLE — The Batesville Area Arts Council will host a Kids’ Valentine’s Day Workshop, where participants will create valentine-themed crafts and treats. The workshop will be held Feb. 8 at the BAAC Gallery on Main, 246 E. Main St. Students in prekindergarten through the first grade can attend from 10:30 a.m. to noon, and students in second through fifth grades will have a session from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. The cost of the workshop is $10 per student, and preregistration is required. For more information, contact BAAC at (870) 793-3382, email baac@suddenlinkmail.com, or stop by the BAAC Gallery on Main to sign up.

Father/Daughter Snowflake Ball

SEARCY — The third annual Father/Daughter Snowflake Ball will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Searcy Country Club. Tickets are available in Searcy at Bobby T’s, 1715 E. Race St.; All Through the House/Pool Girls, 2211 E. Race. St.; and the Three Rivers Edition’s Searcy office, 104 N. Spring St. Tickets must be purchased in advance at these locations or from a committee member no later than Feb. 3. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for the first child and $10 for others. Pictures will be made on location, with payment required. All proceeds will support the Distinguished Young Women of Arkansas Scholarship program. For more information, call (501) 230-6084.

Black Tie Blue Jeans Ball

BATESVILLE — Lyon College will hold its third annual Black Tie Blue Jeans Ball at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at The Cow Palace at Chimney Rock in Concord. Tickets are $100 each. Four levels of table sponsorship are available, with sponsors receiving special benefits. Seating is limited. The evening will include a gourmet dinner, cocktails, dancing, and silent and live auctions. Danny Dozier and the Lockhouse Orchestra will provide entertainment. The live auction will include Dollars for Scholars, a unique reverse auction during which donors bid the amount they wish to pledge. All bids serve as outright gifts to the Annual Scholarship Fund. For more information or tickets, contact Carly Dahl at (870) 307-7278 or carly.dahl@lyon.edu.

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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