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RVO Calendar of events starting March 28Published March 27, 2014 at 12:00 a.m.
Special Commission Meeting
RUSSELLVILLE — The Russellville Recreation and Parks Commission will have a special called meeting to discuss proposed sites for the Russellville aquatic center. The meeting will be at 6 p.m. at the Hughes Community Center.
FAIRFIELD BAY — The 21st annual Fashion Gala, presented by the Xi Gamma Kappa chapter, will be held at 1 p.m. at St. Francis Parish Hall on Woodlawn Drive. Prizes will be on display, and raffle tickets will be available for purchase at the show. The style show will feature models wearing spring and summer fashions offered by various area businesses. Pat Cash will be the narrator. Tickets are $6 and can be purchased from any chapter member or by calling Judy at (501) 884-3018 or Lea at (501) 884-6288.
Toad Store Grand Opening
CONWAY — The Toad Store, 1321 Oak St., will hold a grand opening at 10 a.m. The store will contain toys, T-shirts and toad memorabilia in conjunction with the annual Toad Suck Daze festival, which will be May 2-4 in downtown Conway.
March 28 and March 29
HEBER SPRINGS — The Anglers Expo will be held Friday and Saturday at the Heber Springs Community Center. Vendors supporting hunting, fishing, and sports industries will display their products. Featured guests will be The Swamp People from the History Channel. The event is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Cleburne County. For more information, contact Rotarian Dara Samuel at (501) 362-8402 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.anglersexpo.com.
Fire Department Fundraiser
PETIT JEAN MOUNTAIN — The Petit Jean Extension Homemakers Club will sponsor its annual fundraiser for the Petit Jean Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday at Petit Jean Lutheran Camp, starting at 5 p.m. The event will feature a homemade chili and pie dinner and a silent auction, ending at 7:30 p.m. Anyone who contributes chili to the fundraiser will be a participant in the Chili Contest, to be judged by volunteer firefighters from the Ada Valley Volunteer Fire Department. Macaroni and cheese will be available for children. Donations will be accepted in the fireman’s boot at the door of the Lutheran Camp Dining Hall.
CONWAY — A weaving workshop will be held at 1 p.m. at The Locals, 1024 Van Ronkle St. Local artist and school teacher Katy O’Neal will demonstrate how to weave with her homemade loom. Participants will learn the basics of weaving, by hand and with a loom. Children are welcome. For more information, visit www.thelocals.be/events.
The Liverpool Legends Concert
RUSSELLVILLE — The Liverpool Legends, a Beatles tribute band, will perform at 7 p.m. at The Center for the Arts at Russellville High School, 2209 S. Knoxville Ave. A special performance will feature members of the Russellville High School Cyclone Band. Tickets are $15 for students and $30 for adults. For more information, call (479) 498-6600 or go to www.russellvillecenter.net.
First Wednesday Lunch
CONWAY — First Wednesday Ladies’ Lunch Break, a nondenominational Bible study, is relocating with Second Baptist Church to Dave Ward Drive and Farris Road. The first meeting at the new location will be Wednesday in the Student Building. Enter the drive from Farris Road. Women of all ages are invited to attend. Lunch is $5, and the spiritual program is Clouds and Umbrellas. Child care is available at no charge with advance registration by calling (501) 327-4066 or (501) 730-4106 by Monday.
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 www.thelocals.be/events.
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 www.thelocals.be/events.
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 www.thelocals.be/events.
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. This month’s theme is “Failed New Year’s Resolutions.” For more information, visit www.thelocals.be/events.
The Fiber Circle
CONWAY — The Fiber Circle is held at 5:30 p.m. the last Wednesday of every month at The Locals, 1024 Van Ronkle St. Those who knit, crochet, stitch or pursue any other craft are welcome to work on their own projects or help fellow craftivists with theirs. For more information, visit www.thelocals.be/events.
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 www.southernhillsbaptist.tv.
Sign Language Class
CONWAY — A sign language class meets at 5:30 p.m. Mondays at the Faulkner County Library.
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.
Friends of the Library Book Shop
HEBER SPRINGS — The Friends of The Library Book Shop, 2255 Arkansas 25B N., is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. The shop offers books at bargain prices. Proceeds from the shop benefit the libraries in Cleburne County. Volunteers are needed. Friends of the Library meet at 1 p.m. the second Thursday of the month. For more information, stop by the shop.
Starting a Business in Arkansas
RUSSELLVILLE — The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center will present Starting a Business in Arkansas from 9 a.m. to noon April 3 at Arkansas Tech University. Workshop participants will learn the steps crucial to starting a business; identify key issues and pitfalls that affect small-business success; and learn start-up requirements. The workshop includes a how-to “New Business Guide” and handouts relevant to each participant’s county licensing requirements. The cost to attend is $30 per person, and veterans may attend free. Seating is limited, and registration is required by calling (479) 356-2067 or visiting asbtdc.org/training/russellville-events.
CLINTON — The annual Spring Pageant will be held at 4 p.m. April 5 at the Van Buren County
Fairgrounds. The pageant is open to all ages in all counties in Arkansas. Contestants must preregister by calling (501) 745-8100 or (501) 253-1190, or faxing (501) 745-8100. The pageant is a fundraiser for upcoming youth events.
Boots and Benefactors BBQ
RUSSELLVILLE — The sixth annual Boots and Benefactors BBQ will take place from 4-7 p.m. April 5 at the Pope County Fairgrounds, 517 S. Knoxville. The event will feature Some Guy Named Robb, a chuck-wagon dinner, a rider exhibition and door prizes, as well as pony rides. Tickets are $25 per person; admission is free for children 15 and younger with the purchase of an adult ticket. Proceeds will benefit the Equestrian Zone, a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities by providing equine-assisted activities. For tickets, call (479) 970-8351 or visit www.equestrianzone.org.
Retired Teachers Meeting
HEBER SPRINGS — The Cleburne County Retired Teachers Association will meet at noon April 8 at the Rustic Inn in Heber Springs. The guest speaker will be Donna Morey, the new director of the Arkansas Retired Teachers Association. All retired school personnel are invited to attend. For more information, call Lavern Penn at (501) 206-0357.
Human Resources for Businesses
RUSSELLVILLE — The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center will offer Human Resources: What Every Business Should Know from 9 a.m. to noon April 9 at Arkansas Tech University. Many topics will be covered. The cost is $40 per person. Seating is limited, and registration is required by calling (479) 356-2067 or visiting asbtdc.org/training/russellville-events.
Zumba Dance Party
RUSSELLVILLE — A glow-in-the-dark Zumba dance party will be held from 6-9 p.m. April 12 at the Hughes Center, 1000 E. Parkway. The cost is $20, and all proceeds will go to Relay for Life of Pope and Yell counties. To sign up in advance, email Meagan Green at email@example.com. Payment may be made at the door, but anyone who signs up by Wednesday will receive an event T-shirt.
Flag Retirement Ceremony
MAUMELLE — Bring faded, torn or tattered flags to a ceremony for their dignified retirement at 10 a.m. April 12 at the Veterans Memorial at Lake Willastein in Maumelle. The event is sponsored by the Maumelle Memorial Committee. Flags may also be dropped off in designated boxes in the lobbies of Kroger stores in Maumelle through April 11. For more information, call (501) 813-9024.
FAIRFIELD BAY — The Fairfield Bay Library Friends Inc. will host it sixth annual Tee It Up for Literacy golf tournament April 12 at the Indian Hills Country Club in Fairfield Bay. Sign-in will begin at 11 a.m., and food will be available. The shotgun start will be at 1 p.m. The entry fee for the four-person scramble is $55 per player. There will be two flights — men and mixed. The deadline to enter is noon April 10. For more information or to enter, contact the Indian Hills Pro Shop at (501) 844-6018.
RUSSELLVILLE — The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center will present QuickBooks Online from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 15 at Arkansas Tech University. The session is designed for business owners and their employees who have little or no experience using the online QuickBooks Harmony platform. Topics include navigation, setting up a company and working with lists, customers, vendors, inventory, reports and more. A computer with Wi-Fi will be provided for each participant for use during the interactive session. The cost is $65. Seating is limited, and registration is required by calling (479) 356-2067 or visiting asbtdc.org/training/russellville-events.
Computer Classes for Seniors
CONWAY — Connect Arkansas will offer free computer classes for seniors from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 16 at the Conway Public Library. The hands-on classes will cover frequently asked questions regarding computers and the Internet. The instructor can help participants set up an email account, learn about Facebook, use Word or Excel and download pictures. The class size is limited to five people per one-hour class. To register, call the library at (501) 327-7482 or email Nancy@fcl.org.
Davanzo Family Concert
CONWAY — The Faulkner County Library will present the Davanzo Family Bluegrass Band at 7 p.m. April 17. Carmen, the father, is from the popular Hometown Bluegrass Band. The Davanzo Family Bluegrass Band also includes mom Bridget and the couple’s three children: Brittany, 18; Monica, 17; and Nick, 14. All library events are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call the library at (501) 327-7482 or email Nancy@fcl.org.
RUSSELLVILLE — The Russellville Recreation and Parks Department will hold the 19th annual Battle on the Bayou softball tournament at Pleasant View Park on April 19. The USSSA sanctioned tournament is open for Men’s Class E and Women’s Class D and below teams. The entry fee is $185, plus the sanctioning fee. The deadline to register is noon April 16. For more information, call the Hughes Center at (479) 968-1272 or (479) 880-1519, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public Service Fair
CONWAY — The Faulkner County Library will present a spring Public Service Fair from 1-4 p.m. April 19. The purpose of the fair is to alert Faulkner County residents to the services that various organizations offer to those in need, and offer an opportunity for agencies to promote their organization and encourage volunteerism in the community. To sign up an agency to participate, call the library at (501) 327-7482 or email Nancy@fcl.org. The event is free and open to the public.
Political Speaking and Dessert Auction
HEBER SPRINGS — The Wilburn Relay for Life Team will hold a Political Speaking and Dessert Auction on April 26 at the old Wilburn School Cafeteria (Arkansas 110 in Wilburn). Finger foods will be served at 5 p.m. Stumping will begin at 6, followed by an auction. All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society. For more information, call Danita Hayes at (501) 206-2505.
Tribute to Mom 5K Run/Walk
MORRILTON — The Tribute to Mom 5K Run/Walk will start at the St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church at 7 a.m. May 10. The entry fee is $15 in advance or $20 the day of the race. For an additional $10, participants can take out an ad to pay tribute to their moms in the “Happy Mother’s Day” booklet, to be published by the church. Registration forms and ads are due April 30. Registration forms will be available at locations to be announced. For more information, contact Charlotte Kindle at (501) 354 3142 (evenings) or email@example.com; or Joyce Smith at (501) 450-2976 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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