This week's events in the Tri-Lakes Area

Published July 17, 2014 at 12:00 a.m.
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July 16

History Program

BENTON — The history of Saline County, shown through historic postcards and photos, will be presented by Ray Hanley at 7 p.m. at the Saline County History and Heritage Society. The program is open to the public. For more information, call (501) 776-1324.

July 17

Ice Cream Social

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The 2014 Village United Methodist Women’s annual Ice Cream Social and Bake Sale will be held from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Hot Springs Village United Methodist Church. Tickets are $4 per person. Sugar-free and gluten-free products will be available.

July 19


BENTON — The Saline County Library will host a Tinkerfest event at the library’s Summer Reading wrap-up celebration from 10 a.m. to noon at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library. The program is open to all ages, and no registration is required. As a part of this come-and-go event, tinkering stations set up around the library will feature games, crafts, snacks and more. This is also the last day to pick up Summer Reading prizes and enter the grand-prize drawing. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

Leadership Training

BENTON — The Ralph Bunche Neighborhood Association will offer a free leadership training workshop — What’s Your Leadership Style? — at 1 p.m. at the Ralph Bunche Community Center. For more information or to register in advance, call (501) 776-7475.

Lonesome Dove Discussion

HOT SPRINGS — The Garland County Library will host a discussion of the classic Western novel Lonesome Dove at 10 a.m. The discussion will be led by local author and writing teacher Sylvia Dickey Smith. For more information, call (501) 623-4161.

July 21

Reflux Disease Solutions

HOT SPRINGS — Dr. Adriane Martin will speak about gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), its causes and new treatment options at 5:30 p.m. at National Park Medical Center. Registration is required, and refreshments will be provided. For more information or to register, call Surgery Specialists of Hot Springs at (501) 623-9300.

July 21-23

Volunteer Opportunity

BRYANT — Teleflora and Flowers & Home are seeking volunteers to help arrange and deliver 400 floral arrangements to local nursing homes. For more information, call (501) 847-5511.

July 21 and July 31

Crochet: Christmas in July

BENTON/BRYANT — Adults 18 and older are invited to learn how to crochet a Christmas stocking at 6 p.m. Monday at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library in Benton and at 6 p.m. July 31 at the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library in Bryant. Crochet hooks will be provided, but participants are asked to bring one or two colors of No. 4 yarn. Attendance is first-come, first-served for up to 15 participants. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

July 22

Health Fair

BRYANT — The Central Arkansas Development Council Bryant Senior Wellness and Activity Center will host a health and wellness fair from 9-11:30 a.m. at 6401 Boone Road. The free event is open to the public and will include health screenings, door prizes and refreshments. For more information, call (501) 943-0056.


Art Exhibit

HOT SPRINGS — The artwork of Jim Reimer and Bonnie Ricci is on exhibit during July at The Artists Workshop Gallery, 610 Central Ave. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Ageless Bikers Club

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Ageless Bikers Club holds bicycle rides at 8 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. There are eight different 20-mile rides on relatively flat, quiet country roads. For more information or to sign up for a ride, visit

Summer Splash Art Show

ARKADELPHIA — The Arkadelphia Arts Center will present Summer Splash, a fine-art-and-crafts community art show, sponsored by the Caddo River Art Guild, through Aug. 2. All artwork will be for sale. The center, at 625 Main St., will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call (870) 403-8216.

Mystic Creatures Exhibit

HOT SPRINGS — Garvan Woodland Gardens presents the exhibit Mystic Creatures: Topiary Art Meets Imagination from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Aug. 31. Admission is free for members, $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12, and free for children 5 and younger. For more information, call (501) 262-9606.


HOT SPRINGS — Merchants and residents of Park Avenue will present a series of festivals from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. the second Saturday of the month through September. Vendors will offer food, crafts, jewelry, tie-dyed items, metal and wood crafts, an organic dog wash, bicycle repair, organic fruits, vegetables, plants and flowers. Entertainment will include music, pottery demonstrations and a plein-air alla-prima painting party.

Toastmasters Meetings

BENTON — The Saline County Toastmasters meet at 12:05 p.m. Thursdays at Mount Carmel United Methodist Church. For more information, call (501) 454-9596.

VFW Bingo

BENTON — Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2256 invites the public to play bingo at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays and at 1 p.m. Saturdays at 5323 Sleepy Village Road. Cash prizes are paid to each winner.

Merry Mixers Dance Club

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Hot Springs Village Merry Mixers dance to live music from 7:30-10:30 p.m. the first and third Saturdays of every month at the Coronado Community Center. A lesson is held at 7 p.m. on the third Saturday. Admission is $7.50 for first-Saturday dances and $10 for third-Saturday dances. Club members receive a discount for the season. All dancers are welcome. For more information, call (501) 915-8111.


HOT SPRINGS — The Quapaw Community Center invites the public to play bingo at 12:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cash prizes are awarded for all games. For more information, call (501) 623-9922.

Rhythmic Interactive Percussion

HOT SPRINGS — The Rhythmic Interactive Percussion musical event takes place from 5-9 p.m. Sundays at Kenneth Adair Park, 358 Central Ave. Participation is encouraged as ensemble members pass out drums, tambourines, maracas and more to audience members. Many weeks, belly dancers, hula-hoopers, poi ball artists and martial artists perform. For more information, call (714) 273-6464.


Basic Landscape Design

HOT SPRINGS — Join gardening expert Janet Carson and landscape architect Bob Byers for a three-session basic landscape-design workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 28 and Aug. 4 and 18 in the Magnolia Room at Garvan Woodland Gardens. Participants will learn how to prepare a base map, basics of selecting the right plants, designing for beauty and low maintenance, and the basic rules of success. The cost of the workshop is $75 for members and $85 for nonmembers, including all basic supplies. Lunch will not be provided. Advance payment and registration are required. For more information, call (501) 262-9606.

Village Tour of Homes

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The 2014 Hot Springs Village Tour of Homes will begin at 9 a.m. Sept. 20 from the Woodlands Auditorium parking lot. A catered lunch and cash bar will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Ouachita Room. For more information, visit

To submit a school or community event for the Tri-Lakes Calendar of Events, mail information to Calendar of Events, Tri-Lakes Edition, P.O. Box 2221, Little Rock, AR, 72203; fax (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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