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This week's events in the Three Rivers area

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

June 12

Healthcare Family Council Meeting

SEARCY — The Searcy Healthcare Family Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. at 1205 Skyline Drive. Anthony Knighton, director of rehabilitation for Aegis Therapies, will speak on geriatric therapy. For more information, call Nancy at (501) 305-4034.

Newcomers Club Meeting

HEBER SPRINGS — The Cleburne County Newcomers Club will meet at 10 a.m. at the First Electric Co-op Corp., 150 Industrial Park Road. All residents are invited to attend to learn more about the community, make new friends and get involved in activities. The speaker will be Kym McSaddin, adult coordinator for the Community School of Cleburne County.

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. in the Arkansas State University-Newport Student/Community Center. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. For more information, call the Jackson County Extension Office at (870) 523-7450 or email

Habitat Banquet, Silent Auction

BATESVILLE — The Habitat for Humanity of Independence County’s annual banquet and silent auction will be held Thursday 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

June 12-14

Searcy Summer Dinner Theatre

SEARCY —Part of the Searcy Summer Dinner Theatre’s 32nd season, themed Red, White and Blue(berry Muffins), Faith County is set in the countryside of the South. The show will be performed at 6:30 p.m. today through Saturday in the Ulrey Performing Arts Center at Harding University. Tickets are $27, and a limited number of show-only seats will be available for $15 each. Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone or at the box office. Classic Fare Catering will provide dinner.

June 13

Summer Celebration Fundraiser

BATESVILLE — The Batesville Area Arts Council will host its annual Summer Celebration fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. 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

June 13 and 14

Surf the Bay

FAIRFIELD BAY — The Surf the Bay watersport festival will be held June 13 and 14 at the Fairfield Bay Marina. Free and open to the public, the event welcomes visitors of all ages to grab a board, jump a wave or “fly.” Join the crowds in watching the professionals showcase their craft, or sign up and participate in wakesurfing, flyboarding or paragliding. There will also be other water and summer festival activities. For more information, visit or call (501) 884-4202.

June 14

Blend Tribute to Statler Brothers

CABOT — Blend will present a tribute to the music of the Statler Brothers at 7 p.m. at the Cabot Community Theatre, 204 N. First St. Blend is an a cappella quartet that performs music of the ’50s and ’60s with a fun-loving twist. The event is a fundraiser for the Cabot Community Theatre. Tickets are $20. For reservations, call the theater at (501) 941-2266.

Greers Ferry Day of Events

GREERS FERRY — The city of Greers Ferry will host a day of special events, including a 4K Run/Walk and an event for children at 8 a.m. at the City Park. For more information, email A community yard sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the park, followed by a picnic in the park from 3-6 p.m. with the Imagine That Band. The finale will be the Lighted Boat Parade Contest. Entry forms are available at For more information on these events, contact the Greers Ferry Chamber of Commerce at (888) 825-7199 or The rain date for the event will be June 21.

Golf Classic

BATESVILLE — The White River Health System Foundation will host its 20th annual Golf Classic on Saturday 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. Friday, featuring Walt Coleman, the controller of Coleman Dairy and NFL referee. For more information, contact Matt McDonald, WRHS Foundation director, at (870) 262-1784 or

Second Saturday Bingo

HEBER SPRINGS — Second Saturday Bingo will be held 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.

Olyphant Reunion

BRADFORD — The Olyphant reunion will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 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. 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. 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.

Free Family Movie Night

SEARCY — Southern Bank and Main Street Searcy will present Disney’s animated film Frozen at dusk in Spring Park. Free admission into Spring Park will begin at 7:30, and the sing-along movie version of Frozen will begin at around 8. Each moviegoer will receive one bag of popcorn and a drink, compliments of Southern Bank. Candy, Main Street Searcy T-shirts, glow necklaces and bracelets will be available for purchase. All proceeds will benefit Main Street Searcy’s downtown revitalization efforts. Attendees are asked to bring lawn chairs or picnic blankets.

June 16

White County GOP Convention

SEARCY — White County Republican Committee members are called for the county convention at 7 p.m. at the Wilbur Mills Court Building, 301 W. Arch St. Delegates to the state convention will be elected. The regular WCRC monthly meeting will follow the convention. Delegates to the District Committee will also be elected. Traditional marriage will be discussed by Shawn Fisher, and other committee matters will be discussed. All are invited. For more information, contact Joel Pritchett at (501) 827-0777 or

White County Retired Teachers Meeting

SEARCY — The White County Retired Teachers Association will hold its last meeting of the 2013-14 school year at 2 p.m. at the Carmichael Community Center. All recent retirees are invited to meet with the group. Howard Morris from the Searcy Optimist Club and Irene Gray from the Searcy Rotary Club will present information on their organizations. Refreshments will be provided by Bradford, Bald Knob and Riverview, and a general visiting session will take place for attendees to get to know everyone better.

Session for Musicians

BATESVILLE — Acoustic players and singers of all experience levels are invited to come jam with other musicians at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of First Community Bank. Participants are asked to bring words or music for their favorite oldies songs. Attendees are also welcome to just listen. For more information, call Ed Casper at (870) 307-0258.

Horseshoe Bend Smart Driving Class

HORSESHOE BEND — An AARP Smart Driving class will be held at 8:15 a.m. 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 a membership card and $20 for nonmembers. For more information or to register, call Bancorp South at (870) 670-5131.

June 18

Farmers Market

HORSESHOE BEND — The Horseshoe Bend Farmers Market will be open from 8-11 a.m. at Faith Presbyterian Church. Fresh produce, eggs, baked goods and crafts will be available. New vendors are welcome. The market will be open every Wednesday.

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. 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.


Small Works on Paper Exhibition

BATESVILLE — The 27th annual Small Works on Paper exhibition, coordinated by the Arkansas Arts Council, will be on display through June 27 at the Batesville Area Arts Council’s Gallery on Main, 226. E. Main St. The exhibition features the work of 39 Arkansas artists and will travel to 10 galleries throughout the state in a year-long touring show. The free exhibition is open to the public. To view the 2014 touring schedule and the list of artists whose work was selected, visit

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.

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.

Basic Health Skills Class for CNAs

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

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.


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 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.

AARP Driver Safety Program

HEBER SPRINGS — There will be an AARP Driver Safety Program class from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 20 in the McCoy Room of the Administration/Student Services Building at Arkansas State University-Heber Springs. Individuals age 55 and older who complete the course will qualify for a three-year discount on their automobile-insurance premiums in Arkansas. The cost of the class is $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers. The fee may be paid in cash or by check (payable to AARP). To reserve a place, call ASU at (501) 362-1273 or email

Beginner’s Tatting Workshop

POWHATAN — Powhatan Historic State Park will hold Lace, Loops and Laughter: Beginner’s Tatting Workshop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 21. Tatting, a very old form of lace-making, reached its peak during Victorian times. Participants will learn how to make bookmarks, lace collars, doilies and more with a tatting shuttle, as well as learn about the history of tatting, where to find supplies, how to read patterns and other information to advance their tatting skills. Materials and patterns will be provided. Participants will be given a simple project to take home and are asked to bring a sack lunch. The registration fee is $15. For more information or to register, contact the park at (870) 878-6765 or


SEARCY — The SAME Café will be open from 4-5:30 p.m. June 21 at the West Side Church of Christ, 709 W. Arch St. 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.

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 through Saturday. 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

Potluck Breakfast

SEARCY — Calvary Chapel in Searcy, an extension of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale, will hold a potluck breakfast at 9 a.m. June 22 at 216 Johnston Road, with church services to follow. Attendees are asked to bring a favorite breakfast item. For more information, call Sid Langley at (501) 268-7540.

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.

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 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 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 Deadlines for calendar-item submissions are noon Friday for Thursday editions and noon Tuesday for Sunday editions.


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