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This week's events in the Three Rivers area

This article was published July 27, 2014 at 12:00 a.m.

July 27

Historical Society Summer Meeting

ASH FLAT — The Sharp County Historical Society will hold its summer quarterly meeting at 2 p.m. in the Community Room of FNBC in Ash Flat. Guest speaker Dale Mobley will present a program on economic history with a primary emphasis on the economic history of Sharp County, including stories of business endeavors. The entrance and parking are at the rear of the building. Everyone is invited to attend.

July 28

Citizens Police Alumni Meeting

JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association will meet at 5:45 p.m. at the Jacksonville Police Department, 1400 Marshall Road. For more information, contact Eleanor Loyd at (501) 412-4115 or

Fulton County Fair Armband Ticket Deadline

SALEM — The deadline is noon Monday to buy advance armband tickets for carnival rides at the Fulton County Fair, which will run Monday through Saturday. The armband tickets can be picked up at the RLH Construction Office, FNBC, the Bank of Salem, the North Arkansas Electric Cooperative and Hill’s Auto Sales. The tickets are also available at the Fulton County Fair Office at the fairgrounds. The tickets can be redeemed at the carnival ticket office for an armband. Advance-sale tickets are $15 each and are good for all rides from 6-10 any night. The armband does not cover the cost of gate admission or games.

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. at the Cabot Senior Center, 600 N. Grant St. Members and prospective members are encouraged to attend. For more information, call (501) 492-1456.

July 28-Aug. 1

Summer Art Workshops for Kids

BATESVILLE — The Batesville Area Arts Council will offer Summer Art Workshops for Kids from Monday through Friday 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.

July 29

Tommy Terrific Magic Show

FAIRFIELD BAY — The Fairfield Bay Library will present Tommy Terrific and his wacky magic show at 10:30 a.m. at the Lions Den as part of the library’s summer reading program. The show is free and open to kids of all ages.

July 30

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 Wednesday 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. The program will conclude with games and door prizes. All veterans and their spouses are encouraged to attend.

July 31

Fulton County Fair Senior Day

SALEM — Fulton County Fair Senior Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Hickinbotham-Miller Exhibit Building at the Fulton County Fairgrounds. The event for senior citizens features free health screenings, bingo, door prizes and golf-cart tours of the livestock exhibits. A barbecue lunch will be provided from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants 60 or older may be eligible for free transportation to the event. Admission is free. For more information, call (870) 895-4034, or contact the Fulton County Fair office at (870) 895-5565.

Aug. 2

Tough Truck Competition

SALEM — The Fulton County Fair and Hill’s Auto Sales will present the Tough Truck Competition at 7 p.m. 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 $30 the day of the show. A required 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.


Calendar Contest Submissions

ASH FLAT — FNBC is accepting submissions through Thursday for its annual photo contest. Photos selected will be featured in the bank’s 2015 community calendar. The theme is Trains, Planes and Automobiles. Photographs taken outside of the bank’s service area are allowed but must be submitted by residents of Sharp, Fulton, Izard, Independence, Marion or Baxter counties in Arkansas; or 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.

All You Can Eat Art Exhibit

BATESVILLE — Sculptural and installation works by Mountain View artist Dusty Mitchell will be on display through Aug. 8 at the Batesville Area Arts Council’s Gallery on Main. The exhibit, All You Can Eat, provides a commentary on American culture and the food Americans consume. A reception for the exhibition will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday and will include a brief artist talk by Mitchell. Refreshments will be served. Mitchell’s works have been exhibited around the country, and he recently competed on the Bravo TV show Work of Art: The Next Great Artist.

Summer of the Kitchen Sink Art Exhibit

BEEBE — The Arkansas State University-Beebe Art Department is featuring the Summer of the Kitchen Sink exhibit through Aug. 8 at the England Center Art Gallery. The exhibit is a collection of private and personal works of the ASU-Beebe Art Department. Artworks were submitted by past and present students and faculty members. The show may be viewed from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The gallery is at the corner of Center and Orange streets. For more information, call (501) 882-4495.

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.

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.

Horseshoe Bend Farmers Market

HORSESHOE BEND — The Horseshoe Bend Farmers Market is open from 8-11 a.m. every Wednesday in the Faith Presbyterian Church parking lot on Church Street. Fresh produce, Amish baked goods, jams, jellies and crafts are available, an often fresh eggs. Local artist Wilma Witt has a booth with paintings and woodcarvings.

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.

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.

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.

Friends of the Library Book Shop

HEBER SPRINGS — The Friends of the Library Book Shop, 2255 Arkansas 25B N., is open from 3:30-7 p.m. Mondays, and 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 provides assistance to those in need, meets at noon the second Thursday of each month at the Diner Restaurant on South Second Street. The Cabot Resource Center 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


Sessions for Musicians

BATESVILLE — Acoustic musicians and singers of all experience levels are invited to play, sing or listen at 7 p.m. Aug. 4 in the Community Room of First Community Bank. For more information, call Ed at (870) 307-0258.

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. Entry forms, due Thursday, 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

Gem and Mineral Club Meeting

CHEROKEE VILLAGE — The Spring River Gem and Mineral Club will meet at 10 a.m. Aug. 7 at the Omaha Center, 20 Omaha Circle. Belinda D. Fish, director and education coordinator for the Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art of Memphis, will present a program on the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) Stone Carvings. There will be jade stone carvings and a discussion of their symbols, as well as a PowerPoint presentation on the Belz Asian and the Belz Private Collection. For more information, call club president Don Sabie at (870) 847-2008.

Missions Conference

TUMBLING SHOALS — The International Church Planters will hold its 2014 Missions Conference, Declaring His Glory! at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 7 and 8 and at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 9 at Tumbling Shoals Baptist Church, 2250 Heber Springs Highway N. David Miller and Michael Cloer will be the guest speakers, with Randy Sharpe leading worship. For more information, call Bill Williams at (501) 362-4493 or Tim Hicks at (501) 837-5238.

Health Fair

BALD KNOB — The Bald Knob Senior Center 55 Plus will hold its second annual health fair from 1o:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 8 at 402 E. Fourth St. More than 15 participants, including medical professionals, will be available to check attendees’ blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol. The free event will include door prizes and refreshments. For more information, call the center at (501) 724-2004.

Family Movie Night

JACKSONVILLE — The Nixon Library will have a family movie night at 5 p.m Aug. 12. The film Divergent, rated PG-13, will be shown.

Learn to Knit

JACKSONVILLE — Learn to Knit will be presented at noon Aug. 14 at the Nixon Library. The class is for ages 13 and older. Registration is required. Participants are asked to bring a size 10 knitting needle. Free yarn will be provided.

Chuck Wagon Gang Gospel 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.

Red Cross Blood Drive

BATESVILLE — The Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Masonic Lodge on Batesville Boulevard across from the airport.

Learn to Crochet

JACKSONVILLE — Learn to Crochet will be presented at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Nixon Library. The class is for ages 13 and older. Registration is required. Participants are asked to bring a size H crochet hook. Free yarn will be provided.

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.

In the Garden

JACKSONVILLE —The Nixon Library will present In the Garden at 10 a.m. Aug. 19. Master Gardener Janet Carson will discuss fall gardens.

Child Development Associate Training

NEWPORT — Childhood Services at Arkansas State University will conduct training for people who want to earn the Child Development Associate credential. Classes will meet in Newport on Tuesday evenings, beginning Aug. 19. Participants may choose between college-credit and noncredit options. For more information, visit, email, or call (870) 972-3055 or (888) 429-1585.

The Monuments Men

JACKSONVILLE — The Nixon Library will show the movie The Monuments Men, rated PG-13, at 5 p.m Aug. 21.

Back to School Story Time

JACKSONVILLE — The Nixon Library will hold Back to School Story Time for all ages at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 23.

Healthy Woman Event

NEWPORT — The Harris Hospital Healthy Woman event will be held Aug. 23 at Arkansas State University-Newport. Missy Robertson of A&E’s Duck Dynasty will give the keynote presentation: Faith. Family. Ducks — In That Order. It will begin at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Center for the Arts. A health expo and vendor fair will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the ASU-Newport Community/Student Center, and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served at 5 p.m. Backstage pass holders will meet Missy at 6 p.m. in the Center for the Arts building. For tickets, visit or call (870) 512-3081.

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.

2014 Jamboree

WARD — The Ward Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to the chamber’s annual Jamboree from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Ward Chamber Community Center downtown. The headliner

will be local country recording artists Wille Ray & Smokin’ Guns ( There will be live entertainment all day, along with bingo games, cake walks, a silent auction, food vendors, crafts booths, other product booths and informational booths. To rent booth space, call MaryJane Sawyer at (501) 319-3436. For more information, visit or call Sharon Roberts at (501) 743-4395.

Skeet and Trap Shoot Fundraiser

JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce will hold a Skeet and Trap Shoot fundraiser at 9 a.m. Sept. 19 at the new Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation Shooting Sports Complex, 2800 Graham Road. Shoot times will begin at 9 a.m., and lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. The entry fee is $25 per person and includes lunch, shooting fees and clays. Hearing and eye protection is required and will be available for purchase. Shooters must provide their own 12- or 20-gauge shotguns and shells. The registration deadline is Sept. 12. Event sponsorships are available thr0ugh Sept. 2. Proceeds will fund the chamber’s programs. For more information or to participate or sponsor, call the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce at (501) 982-1511 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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