This week's events in the River Valley & Ozark area

Published July 24, 2014 at 12:00 a.m.
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July 24

Common Core Townhall

CONWAY — The Faulkner County Tea Party will hold a Common Core Townhall meeting at 7 p.m. at the McGee Center, 3800 Prince St. The meeting will offer an opportunity for the public to hear both sides of the Common Core issue.

July 25

Adult Softball Registration Deadline

RUSSELLVILLE — The deadline is 5 p.m. Friday to register teams for the Russellville Recreation and Parks Department’s Adult Fall Softball League. Teams that register must pay the entry fee and submit an entry form and a team roster. Forms are available in the Russellville Recreation and Parks Department Office or online at Call (479) 968-1272 for more information.

July 25 and 26

Treasure Island the Musical

MAUMELLE — The Maumelle Youth Theater will present Treasure Island the Musical at 7 p.m. Friday and at 2 p.m. Saturday. The performances will be at the Little Scholars Academy of Maumelle Theater, 112 Audubon Drive. Tickets are $5.

Faulkner County Singing Convention

GREENBRIER — The 2014 Faulkner County Singing Convention will be held Friday and Saturday at LifeSong Baptist Church, 56 S. Broadview. Singing will begin at 6 p.m. Friday. On Saturday, singing will begin at 10 a.m., break for lunch and start again at 1 p.m. This convention was started in 1879 and has met each year since. Singers, pianists and all who have an interest in gospel music are invited to attend.

July 26

The Little Mermaid Jr.

LESLIE — Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. will be presented at 7 p.m. at the Ozark Heritage Arts Center. This children’s production is $5 for children 12 and younger, and $10 for adults. The production is by Red Curtain Theatre of Conway. Advance tickets are available at the Elk & Eagle Trading Post in Leslie and at Simmons Bank in Marshall. For more information, call (501) 941-4828.


Broken Vessels in Concert

HIGDEN — First Baptist Church Sugarloaf at 557 Arkansas 337 in Higden will present Broken Vessels in concert at 6 p.m. Following the concert, finger foods will be served.

July 28

Audubon Society Meeting

CONWAY — The Arkansas River Valley Audubon Society will meet at 7 p.m. in Meeting Room 1 at the Faulkner County Library on Tyler Street. A program, Salamanders of the Ouachita Mountains, will be presented by Timothy Clay, a doctorate candidate at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Visitors are welcome, and refreshments will be served.

Fall Softball League Divisional Meeting

RUSSELLVILLE — The Russellville Recreation and Parks Department will have a divisional meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Hughes Community Center for teams competing in the adult fall softball league. A team representative from each team will need to attend this meeting. For more information, call the Hughes Center at (479) 968-1272.

July 29

Business Startup Boot Camp

RUSSELLVILLE — The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center will present Introduction to Social Media Marketing, the last session of Business Startup Boot Camp, at 5:30 p.m. in Rothwell Hall at Arkansas Tech University. Seating is limited, and registration is required at (479) 356-2067 or


Skin-Care Classes

CONWAY — Kimberly Tomlinson, an advanced, certified color and skin-care specialist, will present a series of five skin-care classes at 2 p.m. the first Saturday of the month at the Faulkner County Library. The first will be Aug. 2: Get that perfect complexion, an hour-long class on learning proper skin and sun care for all skin types, from dry to normal to combo and acne prone. No makeup will be applied during the class. All library events are free and open to the public.

Sacred Heart Meat Sale

MORRILTON — Sacred Heart Catholic School is selling Petit Jean whole slow-smoked Boston butts (8-10 pounds) for $32 each and smoked pork ribs (4-4.5 pounds) for $26, just in time for Labor Day. The meat must be ordered by noon Aug. 14 and will be available for pickup from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Aug. 28 at Morrilton Packing House. Order forms are available in the school office and at Call (501) 354-8113 for more information. All proceeds will benefit Sacred Heart Catholic School.

Faulkner County Summer Concerts

CONWAY — The Faulkner County Library’s Summer Concert Series 2014, featuring local performers, continues at 2 p.m. Sundays: the Conway Symphony Orchestra, July 27; The Boomers, Aug. 3; folksimile, Aug. 10; and Men of Fire, Aug. 17. The concerts will be held in the “parklike setting” of the interior of the library, with ice cream and lemonade provided. The series is supported by Friends of the Faulkner County Library. All library programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at (501) 327-7482 or email

Augsburg Fall Fest Booth Applications

AUGSBURG — JoAnn Dorn, arts, crafts and vendor booth chairwoman, is taking applications for booth spaces for the seventh annual Augsburg Fall Fest, to be held Oct. 11 at Zion Lutheran Church at the intersection of Arkansas 333 and Augsburg Road. To reserve a booth at the festival, call Dorn at (479) 331-2302. The fee for all booths is $25. Proceeds from the festival will benefit the

River Valley Free Christian Clinic and the Augsburg Food Pantry.

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. The 45-minute show features Punch and Judy, Dudley the Magnificent Magician and The Cat Came Back shadow puppets. The family show is free and open to the public.

Midday Manna

CONWAY — A Bible lecture and luncheon led by Wanda Landers takes place from 11:45 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at Woodland Heights Baptist Church, 4215 Prince St. Lunch, a drink and dessert are served for $5. For child care by reservation, call (501) 329-0001.

Conway Community Meditation Group

CONWAY — The Conway Community Meditation group meets from 12:30-1:30 p.m. every Tuesday at The Locals, 1024 Van Ronkle St. This session provides a time of unifying harmony with fellow Conway residents. All are welcome. For more information, visit

Spanish Practice Group

CONWAY — The Spanish Practice Group meets at 4 p.m. every Friday at The Locals, 1024 Van Ronkle St. Join other Spanish-speaking enthusiasts in conversation. Todos son bienvenidos! For more information, visit

Simply Said Storytelling

CONWAY — Simply Said is an informal, open-mic storytelling time held at 6 p.m. every Thursday at The Locals, 1024 Van Ronkle St. Participants are asked to share a story, without using notes, in no more than five minutes. For more information, visit

Wordpress Conway

CONWAY — Wordpress Conway takes place at 6 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month at The Locals, 1024 Van Ronkle St. For anyone who uses Wordpress or wants to learn more about it, this central-Arkansas group can provide help with questions or issues Wordpress users may have. For more information, visit

Tea Party Meeting

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. Various issues are discussed. For more information, call Marlin Schwartz at (847) 977-5261.


MAUMELLE — Southern Hills Baptist Fellowship and JumpZone have teamed up to offer a free children’s program, TeamKID, for first- through sixth-graders. The program is held at 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday at the JumpZone building. For more information, call (501) 851-7729 or visit


Arkansas Notary Workshop

RUSSELLVILLE — The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center will present two sessions of the Arkansas Notary Workshop on July 31 at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville. Sessions will be from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Notaries verify signatures on legal and business documents to deter fraud and ensure the proper execution of these documents. The Arkansas Secretary of State’s Office will walk participants through the application process, assist them in understanding issues facing notaries, and outline best practices and procedures for current and future notaries public. There is no fee to attend, but seating is limited, and registration is required at (479) 356-2067 or

Author Presentation

CONWAY — Meet author Duke Warren Kittle at the Faulkner County Library at 2 p.m. Aug. 2. Kittle is the author of The Dragon Eaters, a young-adult fantasy novel. He will talk about his writing process and address the ambitions of young authors. All library events are free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at (501) 327-7482 or email

Music Festival

LESLIE — The Rackensack Folklore Society Salutes Local Music Heritage will held at 7 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Ozark Heritage Arts Center, 410 Oak St. Admission is free, but donations will be taken for the center. The night of music will pay tribute to Jimmy Driftwood, Frankia Stills Treat, Elton Britt and fiddlers Absie and Abbie Morrison. Audience members will have an opportunity to visit with the families of these local music talents of yesteryear. The Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce is presenting the event. For more information, call (870) 448-2557.

Reality-Based Leadership Workshop

RUSSELLVILLE — The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center will present Reality-Based Leadership from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 7 at Arkansas Tech University. Loretta Cochran, associate professor of management at ATU, will discuss concepts based on the book Reality-Based Leadership: Ditch the Drama, Restore Sanity to the Workplace, and Turn Excuses into Results, by Cy Wakeman. The workshop is suited for anyone who works in management or wants to do so. The cost is $99 per person, with an early-bird fee of $79 through July 31. Breakfast, lunch and training materials are included. Seating is limited, and registration is required at (479) 356-2067 or

Author Presentation

CONWAY — Jay Grelen, author of Sweet Tea Tales, will be at the Faulkner County Library at 3:30 p.m. Aug. 17. Grelen will read from his new book and discuss life as a “newspaper hack” and the stories that go along with that. Grelen spent 35 years at 10 newspapers, including 10 years at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, which published his thrice-weekly Sweet Tea column.

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.

Adult Digital Literacy Classes

CONWAY — Connect Arkansas returns to the Faulkner County Library with free adult digital literacy classes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 20. The course schedule is 10 a.m., Intro to Windows 8 (students strongly encouraged to bring their own laptops; 11 a.m., Intro to Microsoft Word; 1 p.m., Setting up and Using Email; 2 p.m., Q & A. Students are asked to register in advance by calling the library at (501) 327-7482 or emailing All library events are free and open to the public.

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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