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

This article was published June 26, 2014 at 12:00 a.m.

June 26

Wesley Bell Ringers Concert

MORRILTON — The Wesley Bell Ringers of Salt Lake City, Utah — a ministry of Christ United Methodist Church in Salt Lake City — will perform at 7:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 201 S. Chestnut in Morrilton. The concert, part of the choir’s 49th annual tour, will feature 30 teenage ringers playing more than 225 handbells and handchimes. The concert will include music by Rossini, Handel and Copland, as well as selections by arrangers and composers in the world of handbells. Admission to the concert is free, but a free-will offering will be collected. A nursery will be provided. For more information about the group, visit

O Gallery and Etc. Grand Opening

OPPELO — The community is invited to join artists, instructors and the owner for the Grand Opening of the O Gallery and Etc. from noon to 7 p.m. for light refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists and view their work. The “et cetera” covers all things creative, including birdhouses, classes, events, writing seminars, yard art, yoga instruction and more. Everyone is welcome to sign up to take classes, to exhibit art or to win an original work of art by Coe Wilson. The gallery is at the corner of Arkansas 9 and 154.

June 27

Centerville School Reunion

CENTERVILLE — The 2014 Centerville School reunion will be held Saturday at Centerville United Methodist Church, eight miles northeast of Greenbrier. Activities will get underway at 10 a.m. and follow the same time frame and format of previous reunions. Lunch will be provided by the church.

Baby-Safety Class

CONWAY — Getting Ready for Baby, a free baby-safety class, will be offered to expectant mothers as part of Conway Regional’s Great Start Lactation Club. The club will meet from 10 a.m. to noon in Conway Regional Medical Center’s Conference Room. The first 10 moms to arrive will receive home safety items and will be entered into a drawing for a car seat. The class is designed to teach soon-to-be moms how to keep their babies safe in an automobile and at home. The class is co-sponsored by the Injury Prevention Center at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. For more information about the class or the lactation club, call Teresa Gates at (501) 745-1443.

Author Presentation

CONWAY — The Faulkner County Library will present Jessica Munzlinger, author of Mercy’s Grace: Discoveries, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Though many events and people inspire Munzlinger in her writing, she draws the most from her faith. She lives near St. Louis, Missouri. For more information, call the library at (501) 327-7482 or email

Home Run Derby

POTTSVILLE — The Pottsville Athletic Association will host its first Home Run Derby at 2 p.m. at the Pottsville ballpark. There will be $1,500 in cash prizes, as well as door prizes and raffle items.

Concessions will be available. The entry fee is $15. There will be six age divisions for contestants ages 4 to 25. Entry forms are available at the concession stand of the Pottsville ballpark. For more information, call (479) 857-3617.

June 30

Farm Safety Just for Kids Camp Deadline

RUSSELLVILLE — The deadline is Monday for registration for the Arkansas Tech University Department of Agriculture’s 2014 edition of its award-winning Farm Safety Just for Kids camp, to be held July 7-11. The camp, for children age 9-12, teaches participants how to remain safe around animals, chemicals, electricity, farm equipment, fire, food and other potential threats on farms. The camp is limited to 20 participants. The cost is $50, which includes lunch, snacks, drinks, supplies and a camp T-shirt. For more information, call the Arkansas Tech Department of Agriculture at (479) 968-0251.

July 2

Ladies’ Lunch Break

CONWAY — The First Wednesday Ladies’ Lunch Break, a nondenominational Bible study, has relocated to Second Baptist Church at Dave Ward Drive and Farris Road. The group will meet at noon in the Student Building Fellowship Hall. Enter the drive from Farris Road. Women of all ages are invited to attend. Lunch, for $5, includes a drink and dessert. Child care is available at no charge with advance registration by calling (501) 327-4066 or (501) 730-4106 by Monday.


Augsburg Fall Fest Booth Applications

AUGSBURG — The arts, crafts and vendor booth chairman, JoAnn Dorn, 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. Anyone interested in having a booth at the festival may obtain an application form from Dorn by calling (479) 331-2302. The fee for all booths is $25. All proceeds from the festival will be divided equally between the River Valley Free Christian Clinic and the Augsburg Food Pantry.

Soccer Complex Temporary Closures

RUSSELLVILLE — The Russellville Recreation and Parks Department is working on repairing the fields at the Russellville Soccer Complex. While the repairs are underway, the complex will be closed at various times. When the complex is open, only the fields with goals will be available for use. For more information, call the Recreation and Parks Department at (479) 968-1272.

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. Child care is available by reservation by calling (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, no 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


Russellville Fireworks Display

RUSSELLVILLE — The city of Russellville will present a free community fireworks display at 9:15 p.m. July 4 in the Old Post Road Park. The Russellville Kiwanis Club will have concessions available.

Heber Springs Fireworks Extravaganza

HEBER SPRINGS — A fireworks display will be held at 9:30 p.m. July 5 at Sandy Beach. Entertainment will begin at 6 p.m. with The Imagine That Band. Barrett Baber, winner of the Song of Arkansas contest, will perform at 7 p.m. For more information, visit or call (501) 362-2444.

Market Day at Wesley UMC

CONWAY — Market Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 5 at Wesley United Methodist Church, 2310 E. Oak St., across from Caldwell Country Store. This indoor market will feature fresh produce, eggs, baked goods, jams and jellies, and handcrafted items. A silent auction will feature a quilt completed by the Wesley Keenagers quilting circle. Bids will be taken until 1 p.m. The public is invited. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go to the church’s building fund. For more information, call the church office at (501) 327-7629.

Business Startup Boot Camp

RUSSELLVILLE — The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center will present a Business Startup Boot Camp on Tuesday evenings in July. Four workshops designed to help entrepreneurs start and market their new business will be held: Starting a Business in Arkansas, July 8; Business Plan for Startups, July 15; Free and Local: Small Business Marketing, July 22; and Introduction to Social Media Marketing, July 29. Workshops will start at 5:30 p.m. in Rothwell Hall at Arkansas Tech University. The cost for all four workshops is $60. Seating is limited, and registration is required at (479) 356-2067 or

Weight-Loss Clinic

CONWAY — The Faulkner County Library will present Dr. J.J. Mayo and Choose to Lose: A Healthy Lifestyle Approach to Weight Management. Classes will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning July 8 and running through Aug. 12. Preregistration is requested. To register, call the library at (501) 327-7482 or email

Adult Fall Softball League Registration

RUSSELLVILLE — Registration for the Russellville Recreation and Parks Department’s adult fall softball league will begin July 14 and end July 25. Registration forms are available in the Russellville Recreation and Parks Department Office and online at Registration will be accepted at the Hughes Community Center from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call the Hughes Center at (479) 968-1272.

The Little Mermaid Jr.

LESLIE — Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. will be presented at 7 p.m. July 26 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.

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.

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.

To submit an item for the Calendar of Events, mail information to Calendar of Events, River Valley & Ozark Edition, P.O. Box 2221, Little Rock, AR, 72203; fax to (501) 378-3500; or email to Deadlines for calendar-item submissions are noon Friday for Thursday editions and noon Tuesday for Sunday editions.


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