This week's events in the Three Rivers area

Published June 1, 2014 at 12:00 a.m.
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June 1

Bull in a China Shop

SEARCY — A production of Bull in a China Shop, written by G.B. Gilford, will take place today at the Performing Arts Center on the Square, 219 W. Arch St. Lunch will be at 12:30 p.m., with curtain at 1:30 p.m. The director is Patrick Reilly, and Karen Alford is assistant director. For more information, call (501) 368-0111.

June 2

DAV Meeting

SEARCY — The White County Disabled American Veterans Chapter 41 will meet at 7 p.m. at the Carmichael Center, 801 S. Elm St. The group meets the first Monday of each month. The agenda for Monday’s meeting includes a second reading and the vote concerning proposed amendments to the group’s constitution and bylaws, with updates concerning the chapter’s future office location.

Musician Session

BATESVILLE — Acoustic musicians and singers are invited to meet with other jammers to have fun and brush up on their skills at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of First Community Bank. Participants are asked to bring songs to play or are welcome to just listen. For more information, call Ed Casper at (870) 307-0258.

June 3

Home Security Presentation

BATESVILLE — A film and data about home security and selection of firearms for home protection will be presented and discussed at 5:30 p.m. at the Italian Grill. Michelle Grey, a candidate for the Arkansas House of Representatives, will speak. For more information, contact Lovell Lee at (870) 793-1195 or

June 5

AARP Meeting

BALD KNOB — The Bald Knob AARP monthly meeting will be at noon at the Bald Knob Senior Center. The group will eat lunch at 11 a.m. Margaret Goodman, Senior Circle Association/Harris Hospital, will be the speaker. For more information, call (501) 724-5817.

June 6

White County Relay for Life

SEARCY — The White County Relay for Life will begin at 6 p.m. at the Searcy Event Center. The theme is Where Fairy Tales End and the Reality of a Cure Begins. Team members and volunteers may call Denise Drye at (501) 593-5302 or Beth Batchelor at (870) 995-1910.

June 7

Fulton County Golf Tournament

MELBOURNE — The Ozarka College Foundation will host a four-person-scramble golf tournament at 9 a.m. at the South Course in Cherokee Village. All proceeds will go to Ozarka College’s Mammoth Spring campus. The entry fee is $300 per team, which includes range balls, use of a golf cart, a light breakfast, lunch, a gift bag and 18 holes of golf. Mulligans will be available for $5 each. Awards will be given for the longest drive, longest putt, closest to pin and the putting contest. To register, contact James Spurlock at (870) 625-0411 or To become a sponsor, contact Suellen Davidson at (870) 368-2059 or In the case of heavy rain, the rain date will be 1 p.m. June 8.

Genealogy Workshop

POWHATAN — A Genealogy Workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Powhatan Historic State Park. Topics will include oral history, using archival records and the Internet, and preserving family keepsakes. The workshop is for beginner and intermediate genealogists, and participants are encouraged to bring their research. The registration fee is $10. Bring a sack lunch or plan to visit a local restaurant. For more information or to register, contact the park at (870) 878-6765 or

Dog Bath/Dip

BATESVILLE — The Humane Society of Independence County will hold its monthly dog bath/dip from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The bathing and dipping are free, but donations are appreciated. Thousand Hills Veterinary Service will be at the shelter to offer a low-cost vaccination clinic from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information, call (870) 793-0090.


SEARCY — 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.

June 7 and 8

Musical Auditions

SEARCY — Auditions for the summer musical A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday and at 3 p.m. June 8 at the Performing Arts Center on the Square, 219 W. Arch St. The cast will include 12 males and six females. Auditioners are asked to arrive prepared to sing about 16 measures of their favorite song and to read excerpts from the script that the director will have prepared. Anyone who needs to schedule an alternate date or time to audition is asked to call Connie at (501) 368-0111. Performance dates are Aug. 15-17 and 22-24.


Pancake Breakfast

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

Batesville Farmers Market

BATESVILLE — The new Batesville Main Street Farmers Market will be open from 8 a.m. to noon June 14 in the Pocket Park on Batesville’s historic Main Street, and on every second Saturday through November. 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. Anyone who wants to be a vendor or offer an activity may 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.

Certified Nursing Assistant Class

MELBOURNE — Ozarka College is accepting enrollment for its Basic Health Skills class, catered to certified nursing assistants (CNAs). This nine-week college-credit course is available at Ozarka’s four campuses: Melbourne, Ash Flat, Mammoth Spring and Mountain View. The class meets twice per week, with two clinicals during the term. Students who take the class and at least one other college course are eligible to apply for financial aid and have the opportunity to be admitted into the Certified Nursing Assistant Program. For more information, contact Tamra Bevill, Ozarka College licensed practical nursing instructor, at (870) 368-2079 or; or Dawn Smith, Ozarka College Allied Health instructor, at (870) 368-2079 or

Summer Cereal Drive

SEARCY — W&W Ford and The Searcy Optimist Club will sponsor the Summer Cereal Drive, to be held Monday through June 27. W&W Ford is a drop-off location. Items needed are dry cereal, Pop-Tarts, oatmeal, breakfast bars and Cream of Wheat.

ASU-Newport Summer Hours

NEWPORT — The hours of operation for Arkansas State University-Newport have shifted to a summer schedule. ASU-Newport’s campuses in Newport, Jonesboro and Marked Tree will be open from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday through Aug. 7. With the exception of White River Hall on the Newport campus, all offices and locations of ASUN will be closed Fridays. ASU-Newport will resume normal operating hours Aug. 11. Events that are already scheduled to take place on Fridays during the summer will still be held.

Ozarka Kids Academy Summer Enrollment

MELBOURNE — Ozarka Kids Academy at Ozarka College in Melbourne is enrolling students for the School-Age Summer Program for students 6-9 years old. The cost is $80 per week, and the 10-week program will start Monday and run through Aug. 8. Students will engage in curriculum designed to their interests and ability. Ozarka Kids Academy hours are 7 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Monday through Friday. Students will receive meals and snacks within U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines. For more information, contact Karen Hall, Ozarka College director of child care, at (870) 368-7868 or

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, including the new library in Quitman.

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

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.


60th Homecoming Celebration

MCRAE — The Lebanon Cemetery will celebrate its 60th Homecoming at 10:55 a.m. June 8 at the cemetery in McRae. The morning events will be followed by a potluck dinner at noon and an afternoon of singing and fellowship. Attendees are asked to bring lawn chairs.

A Day With Janet Carson

NEWPORT — The Jackson County Cooperative Extension Service, ASU-Newport and the White River Garden Club will host a gardening seminar, A Day With Janet Carson, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 12 in the Arkansas State University-Newport Student/Community Center. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. The cost is $15, paid in advance by Friday, which includes lunch, door prizes and other goodies. To preregister or for more information, call the Jackson County Extension Office at (870) 523-7450 or email Checks payable to WRGC may be mailed to 649 Jackson 917, Newport, AR 72112.

Habitat Banquet and Silent Auction

BATESVILLE — The Habitat for Humanity of Independence County’s annual banquet and silent auction will be held June 12 at the Landers Theater. The auction will include several handmade items. Tickets are $25 per person or $300 for a corporate table, which seats eight. RSVP by Monday. Tickets can be purchased in advance by contacting Shalyn Carlile at (870) 793-1999 or

Summer Celebration Fundraiser

BATESVILLE — The Batesville Area Arts Council will host its annual Summer Celebration fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. June 13 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 424 E. Main St. Along with dinner and drinks, there will be live music by Danny Dozier, Sarah Roark and John Parks. A silent auction will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. Tickets to the event are $40 in advance or $45 at the door, and are available at Citizens Bank, First Community Bank, the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce, Carlee’s Hallmark and the BAAC Gallery on Main, 226 E. Main St. For more information, call (870) 793-3382 or email

Golf Classic

BATESVILLE — The White River Health System Foundation will host its 20th annual Golf Classic on June 14 at The Course at Eagle Mountain. Player check-in will be at 9 a.m., with a shotgun start at 10. A reception for players and sponsors will be held at 7:30 p.m. June 13, featuring Walt Coleman, the controller of Coleman Dairy and current NFL referee. For more information, contact Matt McDonald, WRHS Foundation director, at (870) 262-1784 or

Lake Charles Kids Fishing Derby

POWHATAN — Lake Charles State Park’s annual Kids Fishing Derby for children 5-15 will be held from 7-11 a.m. June 14 at Lake Charles State Park, 3705 Arkansas 25 in Powhatan. Prizes will be awarded at noon for all age groups. There is no entry fee, and kids can get free ice cream from the Hay’s Polar Roller, see the B.A.T mobile, tour local emergency vehicles, visit and get free goodies from the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, plus more. For more information, call (870) 878-6595.

Davidsonville Kids Fishing Derby

POCAHONTAS — The annual Kids Fishing Derby, open to ages 5-15, will be held from 7:30-11 a.m. June 14 at Davidsonville Historic State Park on Arkansas 166. Prizes will be handed out to all age groups at noon. Entry to the derby is free. Kids must bring their own poles and bait. For more information, contact Anna Pfiefler, park interpreter, at (870) 892-4708.

Horseshoe Bend Smart Driving Class

HORSESHOE BEND — The next AARP Smart Driving class will be held at 8:15 a.m. June 16 at the Horseshoe Bend Public Library, at the corner of Arkansas 289 (Bend Drive) and Club Road. The cost is $15 for AARP members with membership card and $20 for nonmembers. For more information or to register, call Bancorp South at (870) 670-5131.

Searcy AARP Smart Driver Course

SEARCY — The PrimeTimes of White County Medical Center will offer an AARP Smart Driver Course from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m June 18 in the Hubach Center. Parking is available behind the hospital off Moore Street. Use the elevator to go to the first floor. The instructor is Frances Mizell. The cost of the course is $15 for AARP members with a membership card and $20 for nonmembers. To register, call the PrimeTimes at (501) 380-1050.

Summer Day Camps

CALICO ROCK — Two free Summer Day Camps for students going into first through sixth grades will be offered at the Calico Rock Museum on Main Street. Life as an Artist will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 19. Students will make tie-dyed shirts, sculpt in clay, make marbles and have explore sand art. Discover Life as a Settler will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 11. Students will explore the new Homestead in the Coal House exhibit, churn butter, make homemade ice cream, use a spinning wheel, process wool and weave. Lunch will not be served, but snacks will be provided. A parent or close relative must register the students, beginning at 10:30 a.m. All students must be picked up by 3:30 p.m. Space is limited. For more information or to reserve a spot, call (870) 297-6100.

Women’s Luncheon

CHEROKEE VILLAGE — All women are invited to a luncheon sponsored by the Mary, Ark of the Covenant Chapter of Magnificat, International, at 11:30 a.m. June 21 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church. Registration will begin at 11 a.m. The featured speaker will be Debbie Eckert of Conway. The cost is $10, which includes a catered lunch, a time of prayer and praise, and the featured speaker. Tickets will be available until June 14. No tickets will be sold at the door. For more information or to order tickets, call Sharon Vander Zyl at (870) 847-3095.

Beatles Tribute Concert

BATESVILLE — Main Street Batesville will host The Beatles Tribute, featuring Danny Dozier and The Lockhouse Orchestra, at 7 p.m. June 21 at the Landers Theater on Main Street. Tickets are $15 and available at the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce, the Citizens Bank main branch, the First Community Bank main branch, Merchants and Planters Bank and Centennial Bank. All proceeds will benefit Main Street Batesville. For more information, contact Joel Williams, Main Street Batesville executive director, at (870) 698-1555 or

Davidsonville Day Camps

POCAHONTAS — Two Davidsonville Day Camps, open to kids 8-12 years old, will offer an opportunity to learn about history and nature. Archaeology Camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 25-27. Kids will learn about archaeology through activities and games and will dig in the dirt like real archaeologists. Adventure Camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 16-18. 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, 15 minutes southwest of Pocahontas.

Southern Gospel Concert

WARD — Southern gospel performers Jeff and Sheri Easter will appear at 7 p.m. June 26 at DaySpring Missionary Baptist Church. For more information, call (501) 850-2056 or (501) 628-1838.

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