This week's events in the Three Rivers edition

Published July 13, 2014 at 12:00 a.m.
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July 13

Dessert Theater

SEARCY — Center on the Square will present a Dessert Theater at 1 p.m. at 219 W. Arch St., featuring the second annual playwright contest winners: Money Isn’t Everything, by Linda Norris, and Dream Date, by Dan Borengasser. Tickets are $18. For more information, call (501) 368-0111 or visit

July 13, 18 and 19

Nunsense the Mega-Musical

BATESVILLE — The Batesville Community Theatre’s summer production of Nunsense the Mega-Musical, with book, lyrics and music by Dan Goggin, will be performed at 2 p.m. today and at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Holloway Theatre at Lyon College. Tickets, available at the door, are $8 for adults ages 13-64 and $5 for children and seniors. For more information, visit the Batesville Community Theatre’s Facebook page or call (870) 613-6055.

July 14

Tea Party Meeting

SEARCY — The Independent Tea Party of White County will meet at 6:30 p.m. at IHOP. Jacky Louks, an independent candidate for White County judge, will be the speaker. The public is invited. For more information, call (501) 278-9413 or visit

July 14 – Aug. 8

Star Children’s Theater

BEEBE — The Arkansas State University-Beebe Star Children’s Theater will be held from 1-4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, starting July 14 and running through Aug. 8, at the Owen Center Theater on the Beebe campus. The four-week summer camp, Shakespeare Junior, for children 10 to 16 of any level of acting ability, will transform Macbeth into a varied, fast-paced adventure. The play is limited to 16 students. Registration will be held through Monday, with a $50 fee due at sign-up. To register, visit the ASU-Beebe Business Office in the State Hall Building. A performance for family and friends will be presented at 7 p.m. Aug. 9 at the Owen Center Theater. For details, contact Sandra Williams, instructor of speech and theater, at (501) 882-4493 or

July 15

Magic Mr. Nick Performance

WARD — Magic Mr. Nick, a magician from the Memphis area, will perform as part of the Ward Public Library’s summer reading program from 1-2 p.m. July 15 at the Ward City Hall Dining Facility. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, call the library at (501) 941-3220 or email Venessa Ford at

July 16-18

Davidsonville Day Camp

POCAHONTAS — The second Davidsonville Day Camp, open to kids 8-12 years old, will offer an opportunity to learn about nature. Adventure Camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Activities will include crafts, games, hiking and more. Camp fees are $25 per day or $75 for all three days. Space is limited. To register, contact the park interpreter at (870) 892-4708 or email Davidsonville Historic State Park is on Arkansas 166, southwest of Pocahontas.

July 17

Public Address

CABOT — Tom Jacob will address the possible changes to term limits and the proposed ethics bill at 6:30 p.m. at RENEW Community Church, 1122 S. Second St. To get to the church, turn onto Richie Road from South Second Street to access the church parking lot. Admission is free. The Arkansas Elected Officials Ethics, Transparency and Financial Reform Amendment of 2014 will be on the November 2014 ballot statewide. The proposed changes would double the terms allowable for state legislators. For information on term limits, visit Jacob’s website at

July 18

Community United in Christ Crusade

ASH FLAT — The second Community United in Christ Crusade will be held at 7 p.m. at the Ash Flat Church of Christ Family Life Center. Patrick Mead, a former missionary, will lead this communitywide crusade, which is supported by several local denominations.

Heber Springs AARP Driver Safety Program

HEBER SPRINGS — An AARP Driver Safety Program class will be held 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 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. The fee may be paid in cash or by check, payable to AARP. For more information or to register for the class, call ASU at (501) 362-1273 or email

July 19


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

Beebe Community Health Fair

BEEBE — The first Beebe Community Health Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in the Arkansas State University-Beebe Owen Center Gymnasium. Hosted by the Beebe Lions Club, the Beebe Kiwanis and the Beebe Chamber of Commerce, the event will provide free health services to the community on a first-come, first-served basis. Services will include heart diagnostic screenings, blood-sugar screenings, dental exams, senior-citizen resources, scoliosis/spinal exams, vision exams, haircuts and more. For more information, email


Calendar Contest Submissions

ASH FLAT — FNBC is accepting photograph submissions for its annual photo contest. Photos selected will be featured in the 2015 community calendar provided by the bank. The deadline to submit entries is July 31. This year’s theme is Trains, Planes and Automobiles and can feature photographs taken outside of the bank’s service area but must be submitted by residents of Sharp, Fulton, Izard, Independence, Marion or Baxter counties in Arkansas; and Oregon, Howell or Ozark counties in Missouri. A $25 cash prize will be awarded for each winning photo. For more information, contact FNBC Marketing at (870) 994-2311, or visit and click on the “Calendar Contest” link. Entry forms are available online, on the FNBC Facebook page and at all FNBC offices.

Pioneer Village

SEARCY — Pioneer Village, a late 19th-century historic village comprising buildings from White County, will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday through Aug. 28 at 1200 Higginson St. The village also includes artifacts and farm equipment. Tours of the buildings and grounds will be conducted, and pioneer crafts will be demonstrated. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Pioneer Village is a preservation project of the White County Historical Society, a nonprofit organization. For more information, call (501) 580-6633.

Nixon Library Events

JACKSONVILLE — The Nixon Library, 703 W. Main St., will hold several events in July for the whole family. For a full list of events, visit, or call the library at (501) 457-5038.

Food Truck Wednesdays

JACKSONVILLE — Food Truck Wednesdays will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every week at the Jacksonville Farmers Market, 5 Municipal Drive. Food trucks will offer barbecue, hot dogs, pizza and more. For more information, call (501) 353-5637.

Pancake Breakfast

MCRAE — A pancake breakfast is held from 7-9 a.m. the second Saturday of each month at McRae Masonic Lodge F. & A.M. No. 687. Donations will be accepted.

Batesville Farmers Market

BATESVILLE — The new Batesville Main Street Farmers Market will be open from 8 a.m. to noon every second Saturday through November in the pocket park on Batesville’s historic Main Street. The market will feature locally grown food and locally made handcrafts and works of art, as well as music, free early-morning yoga sessions, cooking demonstrations and children’s activities. Check the Main Street Batesville Facebook page for more information. The Batesville Area Arts Council’s gallery, 246 E. Main St., will be open on market Saturdays. To be a vendor or offer an activity, contact Jean Larson at (208) 869-1445 or

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.

Holiday Puppets Family Show

FAIRFIELD BAY — The Holiday Puppets will perform at 11 a.m. every Wednesday during the summer at the Puppet Playhouse in the post office building in Fairfield Bay. The 45-minute show features Punch and Judy, Dudley the Magnificent Magician and The Cat Came Back shadow puppets. The free family show is open to the public.

Chronic Pain Meeting

CABOT — The Cabot Chapter of the American Chronic Pain Association meets from 6-8 p.m. the first Friday of the month at 15361 Arkansas 5. The association is a nonprofit, self-help group designed to teach people with chronic pain to reduce the impact pain has on their work and personal lives. All prospective members are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Michelle Lippert at (501) 259-6069.

Bookshop’s New Hours

HEBER SPRINGS — The Friends of the Library Book Shop, 2255 Arkansas 25B N., will now be open from 3:30-7 p.m. Mondays. The shop is also open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. The shop offers a large selection of books at bargain prices. All proceeds from the shop benefit the libraries in Cleburne County.

Second Time Around Bookstore

SEARCY — The Literacy Council of White County operates the Second Time Around Bookstore at 109 E. Center in downtown Searcy. Proceeds from the sale of donated books support the mission of helping adults in the community improve their literacy and English-language skills. The store and literacy office are open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. For more information, call (501) 278-5500.

Cabot Community Coalition Meeting

CABOT — The Cabot Community Coalition, a group of organizations in the Cabot area that provide assistance to those in need, meets at noon the second Thursday of each month at the Diner Restaurant on South Second Street. The coalition recently added the Cabot Resource Center, which is open from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1-4 p.m. Mondays at 15361 Arkansas 5; and from 9-11 a.m. Thursdays at 114 N. First St. The center offers assistance with applying for programs such as ARKids and SNAP; training to live on a budget; and connecting with sources that can provide financial, nutritional, medical or other assistance. For more information, call (501) 529-0604 or email


Horseshoe Bend AARP Driver Course

HORSESHOE BEND — An AARP Smart Driver class will be held July 21 at the Horseshoe Bend Public Library. Registration will begin at 8 a.m., and class will start at 8:30. For more information or to register, contact BancorpSouth at (870) 670-5131 or Marge Burge at (870) 670-5734.

Sessions for Musicians

BATESVILLE — Acoustic players and singers are invited to gather with others at 7 p.m. July 21 in the community room of First Community Bank to play or sing oldies and other favorites. Listeners are also welcome, and some sing-along sheets will be available. For more information, call Ed at (870) 307-0258.

Baby-sitting Basics Class

NEWPORT — Arkansas State University-Newport’s lifelong learning department will offer a Baby-sitting Basics class from 9:30-11:30 a.m. July 21 and 22. in Room 109 of Walton Hall on ASU’s Newport campus. The class, designed for tweens and teens ages 10 to 15, will teach participants how to properly and safely care for younger children. The cost of the class is $10, and each class is limited to 10 participants. To pay for the class, call (870) 512-7802. For more information or to register, call Jennifer Ballard at (870) 512-7861.

New Student Orientation and Open Houses

MELBOURNE — Ozarka College’s New Student Orientation will be available through the student myOzarka portal on July 21. The deadline to complete New Student Orientation is Sept. 2. Orientation is mandatory for all students new to Ozarka College, as well as students who are taking at least six hours or are seeking a degree. Ozarka College will host an open house at each campus from 9-11 a.m. Staff will be present to answer questions, and advisers will be available to meet with students. Open houses will take place in Mountain View on July 21, Ash Flat on July 22, Mammoth Spring on July 23 and Melbourne on July 24. For more information, contact Dylan Mowery, Ozarka College director of admissions, at (870) 368-2013 or

Searcy AARP Driver Safety Course

SEARCY — The PrimesTimes of White County Medical Center will hold an AARP Smart Driver Course from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 23 in the Hubach Center. Parking is available behind the hospital off Moore Street. Take the elevator to the first floor. The instructors are Bertie and Jerry Yates. The cost of the course is $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers. For more information or to register for the class, call the PrimeTimes at (501) 380-1050.

Fair Creative Arts Entry Deadline

MELBOURNE — All creative arts exhibits for the Izard County Fair must be preregistered by July 23 by visiting Entries include apiary; floral arrangements and flowers; field crops and horticulture; and educational exhibits. All exhibits, except cut flowers and food preparation,

will be checked in from noon to 7 p.m. Aug. 4. Cut flowers and food preparation will be checked in from 8-9 a.m. Aug. 5. Only one entry per class is allowed unless indicated. Exhibitors must be nonprofessional and have completed the work since Aug. 7, 2013. All framed exhibits and wall hangings must be ready for hanging. Exhibits are divided into two divisions: junior (youths age 18 and younger) and open (adults).

Fulton County Fair Youth Talent Contest

SALEM — The Fulton County Fair Youth Talent Contest will be held July 26 at Salem First Baptist Church on U.S. 62. Contestants need to arrive by 7 p.m. There will be two age divisions: juniors, ages 5-9, and seniors, ages 10-20; and six categories: vocal solo, vocal group, dance solo, dance group, instrumental solo and variety. All contestants must be residents of or attend school in Fulton County and can enter only one category unless the second category is with a group of five or more. Talent numbers are limited to three minutes. Entry forms are available at, at the fair office at the Fulton County Fairgrounds and from any member of Zeta Omicron Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi. Entries and a $10 entry fee are due in the fair office by Friday. For more information, contact the Fulton County Fair at (870) 895-5565 or

AARP Potluck Supper and Meeting

CABOT — Cabot’s AARP chapter will host a potluck supper, a short business meeting, and musical entertainment provided by the Skinner Family at 6 p.m. July 28 at the Cabot Senior Center, 600 N. Grant St. Members and prospective members are encouraged to attend. For more information, call (501) 492-1456.

Summer Art Workshops for Kids

BATESVILLE — The Batesville Area Arts Council will offer Summer Art Workshops for Kids from July 28 to Aug. 1 at the new BAAC Gallery on Main, 226 E. Main St. Students in kindergarten through the second grade will meet from 9-11 a.m., and students in third through fifth grades will meet from noon to 2 p.m. each day. The cost is $10 per class or $40 for all five days. Students will learn a variety of art techniques, and their work will be featured in an exhibition from Aug. 12 to Sept. 19 at the BAAC Gallery on Main. For more information, contact BAAC at (870) 793-3382, email, or stop by the gallery.

Fulton County Fair Entry Submissions

SALEM — The 2014 Fulton County Fair will be held July 28 to Aug. 2, and entries are being accepted at the fair office through Friday. For rules and entry books, to enter online or for more information, visit Printed copies of the fair book are available at the Fulton County Fair Office from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, or by calling (870) 895-5565 or emailing Livestock entries must be made online, but creative-arts exhibitors can use paper entry forms.

Fulton County Fair Veterans Day Program

SALEM — The Fulton County Fair, FNBC, and the Salem and Mammoth Spring Veterans of Foreign Wars posts will honor all veterans, including a special recognition of World War II veterans, on July 30 at the Fulton County Fair. FNBC will provide lunch for veterans and their spouses. The Veterans Day program will start at 10 a.m. with the posting of the colors by the Mammoth Spring VFW Post 7831 Ladies Auxiliary Junior Girls. The guest speaker will be Col. James Paul Rowlett, a native of Salem and a 1993 graduate of the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The program will conclude with games and door prizes. All veterans and their spouses are encouraged to attend.

Tough Truck Competition

SALEM — The Fulton County Fair and Hill’s Auto Sales will present the Tough Truck Competition at 7 p.m. Aug. 2 in the Fairgrounds Arena. Any truck, two-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive vehicle, SUV, minivan, buggy or street-legal car may participate in the timed event. There will be three classes with trophies awarded to first-, second- and third-place winners. The entry fee is $25 per vehicle if postmarked by July 26, and $30 the day of the show. A driver’s meeting will be held one hour prior to start time. Contact the Fulton County Fair Association at (870) 895-5565 or email for a copy of the rules and an entry form. Rules are also available at Hill’s Auto Sales on U.S. 62 in Salem. For more information, call Pam at (870) 750-0216.

Youth Talent Contest

MELBOURNE — The Izard County Fair Youth Talent Contest will be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Izard County Fairgrounds on Lacrosse Road. Categories are vocal solo, vocal group, dance solo, dance group, instrumental solo and variety, which includes song and dance, vocal and live instrumental, lip sync, pantomimes, impersonations, skits, juggling, ventriloquism, magic, gymnastics, karate, cheerleading and other talents. Entry forms, due July 31, may be mailed to Izard County Fair Talent Contest, P.O. Box 775, Melbourne, AR 72556. Make checks payable to Izard County Fair Association. For more information, contact Joe Beavers at (870) 373-3876 or visit

Chuck Wagon Gang Concert

WARD — The Chuck Wagon Gang, a gospel group, will perform at 7 p.m. Aug. 14 at DaySpring Missionary Baptist Church. There is no admission charge, but a love offering will be taken. For more information, call (501) 850-2056 or (501) 628-1838.

Rotary District Seminar

HEBER SPRINGS — The Rotary Club of Heber Springs will host a seminar by the Rotary District on Aug. 18 at Arkansas State University-Heber Springs. For more details, contact Rotary member Brenda Erby Fudge at (501) 472-0161.

Red Apple Inn Golf Scramble

HEBER SPRINGS — The Rotary Club of Heber Springs will hold its annual Golf Scramble on Sept. 5 at the Red Apple Inn and Country Club. For more information, call Rotary member Brenda Erby Fudge at (501) 472-0161.

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