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This week's events in the Three Rivers areaPublished June 5, 2014 at 12:00 a.m.
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 of the Senior Circle Association/Harris Hospital will be the speaker. For more information, call (501) 724-5817.
BATESVILLE — K.I.D.S. (Keep Independence Dry & Safe) invites all Arkansas residents to a meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Independence County Fairgrounds. K.I.D.S. is a group of concerned residents who are working to keep Independence County dry and prohibit the sale of alcohol. Learn about the proposed amendment to make the state of Arkansas wet. For more information, visit the organization’s Facebook page or www.KeepIndependenceDrySafe.com.
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.
Veterans Outreach Meeting
PLEASANT PLAINS — The Veterans Outreach Ministries, a faith-based organization that reaches out to veterans and their families to ensure that they receive proper care and treatment, will host one of a series of meetings for veterans at 1 p.m. at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10007, 250 E. Club Road. Veterans of all ages from White, Jackson and Independence counties are encouraged to attend. The program will utilize an open forum, directed by Paul Bunn of Bradford, to discuss various veterans issues. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Bunn at (501) 993-2555 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Jim Lites at (501) 952-7168 or Jim.Lites@gmail.com.
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 email@example.com. To become a sponsor, contact Suellen Davidson at (870) 368-2059 or firstname.lastname@example.org. In the case of heavy rain, the rain date will be 1 p.m. June 8.
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 email@example.com.
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
Dessert Theater Auditions
SEARCY — Auditions for Dessert Theater productions in July will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Performing Arts Center on the Square, 219 W. Arch St. Winners of the playwright contest were Dream Date, a two-act play written by Dan Borengasser of Springdale, and Money Isn’t Everything, a one-act written by Linda Norris of Searcy. The cast will include five males and five females. Auditioners need to arrive prepared to sing 16 measures of a favorite song and to read excerpts from the script that the director will have prepared. To schedule an alternate date or time to audition, call Connie at (501) 368-0111. Performance dates are July 11-13 and 18-20.
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. Sunday 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. To schedule an alternate date or time to audition, call Connie at (501) 368-0111. Performance dates are Aug. 15-17 and 22-24.
MCRAE — The Lebanon Cemetery will celebrate its 60th Homecoming at 10:55 a.m. 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.
Tea Party Meeting
SEARCY — The Independent Tea Party of White County will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at IHOP in Searcy. The meeting topic is the proposed White County Fire Tax. The public is invited. For more information, call (501) 278-9413 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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. To be a vendor or offer an activity, contact Jean Larson at (208) 869-1445 or email@example.com.
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.
Summer Cereal Drive
SEARCY — W&W Ford and The Searcy Optimist Club is sponsoring the Summer Cereal Drive 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org; or Dawn Smith, Ozarka College Allied Health instructor, at (870) 368-2079 or email@example.com.
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.
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.
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 CommunityCare@ChristUMC-Cabot.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Second Saturday Bingo
HEBER SPRINGS — Second Saturday Bingo will be held June 14 at St. Albert Catholic Church, 21 Park Road. Games will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a $500 jackpot possible. Food will be available at the concession stand. For more information, call Myrna Shaw at (501) 362-9450.
BRADFORD — The Olyphant reunion will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 14 in the Olyphant Church of Christ Fellowship Hall. A potluck lunch will be served at noon. Everyone is invited to attend.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. 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.
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 July 18. For rules and entry books, to enter online or for more information, visit www.fultoncountyfair.org. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Livestock entries must be made online, but creative-arts exhibitors can use paper entry forms.
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 email@example.com. Deadlines for calendar-item submissions are noon Friday for Thursday editions and noon Tuesday for Sunday editions.