This week's events in the Three Rivers area

Published January 26, 2014 at 12:00 a.m.
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Jan. 27

Tea Party Meeting

SEARCY — The Independent Tea Party of White County will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the IHOP in Searcy. Guest speakers will be Leslie Rutledge, a candidate for attorney general; and state Rep. Jeremy Gilliam, R-Judsonia, who will speak on HJR 1009, the Arkansas Elected Officials Ethics, Transparency and Financial Reform Amendment of 2014. Searcy’s special election to triple city sales tax is also on the agenda. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call (501) 278-9413 or email

Registration Deadline

MELBOURNE — Ozarka College is enrolling students in its one-semester early-childhood-development program. Classes will be offered in the spring entirely online. Registration has been extended through Monday. Students can complete the certificate of proficiency in one semester or the technical certificate in two semesters. Financial aid is available for qualifying students. After completing the first semester, students will be eligible to take the Child Development Associate credential test necessary for working at or operating a child care facility. The technical certificate is also a bridge to the Associate of Arts in Teaching degree offered at Ozarka College. Contact Typhanie Franke, ECD program coordinator, at (870) 368-2043 or

Teen Takeover

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

AARP Meeting, Potluck Dinner

CABOT — Cabot’s AARP chapter will host a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. at the Cabot Senior Center, 600 N. Grant St. A short meeting and a speaker from the state AARP office will follow. For more information, call (501) 492-1456.

Jan. 28

AARP Drive Smart Course

SEARCY — The PrimeTimes of White County Medical Center will host an AARP Drive Smart Course from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Hubach Center. Parking will be available behind the hospital off Moore Street. Use the elevator to go to the first floor. Frances and Bill Mizell are the instructors. The cost of the course is $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. To register for the class, call (501) 380-1050.

Nixon Book Worms

JACKSONVILLE — The Nixon Book Worms will meet at 6:30 p.m. 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.

Tween Time

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

Jan. 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. 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. 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.

Family Game Night

JACKSONVILLE — A Family Game Night will be held from 4-5:30 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.

Jan. 30

Brown-Bag Lecture

NEWPORT — The 2013-14 Arkansas State University-Newport Concert/Lecture Series will continue at noon with a Brown-Bag

Lecture by author and outdoorsman Bryan Hendricks in the ASUN Student/Community Center. Hendricks, outdoors editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, will present tales and images from his long career in the outdoors. Admission is free, and the public is invited.

Jan. 31

Quink Concert

SEARCY — Harding University’s Concert Lyceum Series will continue with the Dutch vocal quartet Quink in concert at 7 p.m. in the Administration Auditorium. Quink’s repertoire stretches from the middle ages to contemporary music, spanning more than 800 years of musical history. The program will feature selections from Ralph Vaughan Williams, Ernest John Moeran and Frank Bridge. The group will perform songs that originated in the U.S., the U.K., Hungary, Israel and Holland. General-admission tickets are available at the door for $3 each. For more information, call the department of music at (501) 279-4343.

American Girl Book Club

JACKSONVILLE — The American Girl Book Club will meet at 1 p.m. 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.

Toddler Story Time

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

Feb. 1


SEARCY — The SAME Café will be open from 4-5:30 p.m. at the 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.

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. 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. 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.


Batesville Choral Society Spring Concert

BATESVILLE — The Batesville Choral Society will rehearse from 7-9 p.m. each Monday for its upcoming spring concert. Rehearsals will be in the Choir Room of First Presbyterian Church, 775 E. Boswell St. All interested singers of any age are invited to join the group. A joint performance with the Lyon College Concert Chorale will be held April 27 at First Presbyterian Church. The program, built on the theme of “Psalms and Celebrations,” will include Bach’s Cantata 140 and a number of shorter traditional, classical and modern pieces by a variety of composers. For more information, call (870) 307-9917.

ASUN After-Hours CNA Course

NEWPORT — Arkansas State University-Newport will offer a new after-hours certified nursing assistant course on the Newport campus. The eight-week course begins Monday and will meet from 4:30-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays in Room 136 of White River Hall. For more information, contact Nancy Weaver, ASUN director of nursing at (870) 512-7833 or For registration information, call (870) 512-7800 or visit

Kresge Gallery Exhibition

BATESVILLE — Lyon College will exhibit artwork from Emily Wood through Feb. 21 at the Kresge Gallery in the Alphin Building at Lyon. An opening reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. today. Emily Wood is chair of the painting and drawing department and an instructor at the Arkansas Arts Center Museum School.

Tea Party Meetings

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. 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 Friday. 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 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

Exercise Class

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

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.

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. Friends of the Library are welcome to attend the group’s meetings at 1 p.m. the second Thursday of the month. Proceeds will benefit the libraries in Cleburne County. Volunteers are welcome. For more information, stop by the shop.

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.

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


White County Iris Society Meeting

SEARCY — The White County Iris Society will meet at 2 p.m. Feb. 2 at 605 E. Race in Searcy. Dennis Organ, retired Harding University professor and a member of the White County Iris Society, will show pictures taken on his recent trip to Iceland with Harding International Programs. All are welcome to attend. For more information about the club or the presentation, call (501) 268-6634.

Lonoke County Retired Teachers Meeting

CABOT — The Lonoke County Retired Teachers Association will meet at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 3 at The Diner, 3286 S. Second St. All retired school personnel are encouraged to attend this luncheon meeting. A speaker will address the group, and food-pantry items for local churches are requested.

Early Voting

SEARCY — Early voting for a special election for the 1 percent sales-tax increase with an eight-year sunset will take place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 4-7 and 10 at the White County Clerk’s Office, 315 N. Spruce St. Regular voting will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at the following locations: Ward 1, Downtown Church of Christ, 901 N. Main St.; Ward 2, West Race Baptist Church, 1006 W. Race Ave.; Ward 3, Carmichael Center, 801 S. Elm St.; and Ward 4, First Assembly of God, 101 S. Benton St.

String Quartet Concert

BATESVILLE — Lyon College will hold the West Endowed Concert: Quapaw String Quartet at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7 in the Bevens Music Room at Brown Chapel at Lyon. The Quapaw Quartet, the resident string quartet of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, will perform a selection of classical music in the annual concert, endowed by former Lyon President Dan West and Sidney West.

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 pre-kindergarten 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, 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 need to be purchased in advance at these locations or from a committee member by Feb. 3. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for the first child and $10 each 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.

The Dining Room

BATESVILLE — Lyon College will present the Harlequin Theatre’s production of The Dining Room, by A.R. Gurney, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13-15 and at 2 p.m. Feb. 16 in the Holloway Theatre. Fonzie Geary will direct this comedy of manners. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and non-Lyon students. All those with a Lyon student ID will be admitted free.

Father-Daughter Banquet

JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville Sertoma Club’s fourth annual Father-Daughter Banquet will begin at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Jacksonville Community Center. The evening will include dancing, a silent auction, dinner and dessert, a father-daughter photo booth and a limo ride from parking to the front door from 5:30-7 p.m. Tickets are $40 for a father and one daughter; $45 for a father and two daughters; and $50 for a father and three daughters. For tickets or more information, call Mary at (501) 912-9422 or Valerie at (501) 529-3685.

Gathering of the Eagles

BEEBE — Gathering of the Eagles, sponsored by Declare His Glory International Inc., will be held from 10 a.m to noon Feb. 15 at Open Arms Assembly of God, 1103 N. Fir St. The free event will include celebration and intercession. For more information, call Declare His Glory International Inc. at (888) 564-8913.

Legends of Motown, Featuring Horizon

NEWPORT — As part of the Arkansas State University-Newport Concert/Lecture Series, Legends of Motown, featuring Horizon, will take the stage at 7 p.m. Feb. 15 at the ASUN Center for the Arts. The performance is part of ASUN’s celebration of Black History Month. The concert is free but is a ticketed event. Tickets may be obtained by visiting the ASUN Business Office or calling (870) 512-7802. There is a four-ticket limit per person.

TEAS V Test Dates

NEWPORT — Arkansas State University-Newport will administer the TEAS V (Test for Essential Academic Skills) on the following dates during the spring 2014 semester: Feb. 17 and 21; March 7 and 21; April 4 and 18; and May 2, 16 and 30. The tests are limited to 22 examinees per session and will begin at 9 a.m. each testing day at the Academic Support Center in the library at ASUN-Newport. The testing fee is $40 and must be paid in advance at the ASUN Business Office. For more information or to preregister, contact Christy Mann at (870) 512-7867 or The test must be taken before registering in ASUN’s Surgical Technology or Practical Nursing programs.

Chamber of Commerce Banquet

HEBER SPRINGS — The Heber Springs Area Chamber of Commerce’s 58th annual banquet will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Heber Springs Community Center, 201 Bobbie Jean Lane. Steve Clark, president/CEO of the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce, will be the guest speaker. Tickets are $35 for individuals or $250 for a reserved table of eight. Purchase tickets by Feb. 12. For more information, call (501) 362-2444.

Juried Student Show

BATESVILLE — Lyon College will hold a Juried Student Show from Feb. 24 through March 21 at the Kresge Gallery in the Alphin Building. An awards reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. Feb. 27. An annual art competition juried by an external artist, this show gives Lyon College students a chance to compete for monetary awards.

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

Juried Art Exhibit

BATESVILLE — The Batesville Area Arts Council is accepting submissions through March 1 for its second annual National Juried Exhibition. The exhibition is open to all artists 18 and older who work in 2D media. Artists may submit up to three images with an entry fee of $25 ($20 for BAAC members). Two additional images may be submitted for $5 each. The juror for the exhibition will be Jennifer Rospert, assistant professor of drawing at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. Accepted works will be exhibited from April 14 through May 30 at the BAAC Gallery on Main, 246 E. Main St. Cash prizes are available. For more information or submission guidelines, call (870) 793-3382 or visit

White County Job Fair

SEARCY — Arkansas State University-Searcy invites the community to participate in the White County Job Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 12 at the Searcy campus. Students and community members are invited to bring their resumes and visit with employers about job opportunities. Employers who wish to participate may contact Cindy Wheeler at The deadline to enroll is Saturday. Employers outside of White County are also encouraged to participate.

Griffithville Reunion

GRIFFITHVILLE — A Griffithville alumni reunion will be held from 5-8 p.m. March 14 at The Trails End Diner in Georgetown and beginning at 9 a.m. March 15 at the Griffithville Gym, with a catered lunch at 12:30 p.m. For more information, contact Stacy Bingham Southerland at (817) 996-7672 or

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. Featured guests will be The Swamp People from the History Chanel. For more information, contact Rotarian Dara Samuel at (501) 362-8402 or, or visit

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 Deadlines for calendar-item submissions are noon Friday for Thursday editions and noon Tuesday for Sunday editions.

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