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This week's events in the Three Rivers area

This article was published May 22, 2014 at 12:00 a.m.

May 22

Career Fair

LITTLE ROCK — The Pulaski County Special School District will host a career fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Mark Baptist Church in the Georgina Bolden Family Life Center, 5722 W. 12th St., to recruit employees for the 2014-2015 school year. Employment opportunities are available for certified teachers, paraprofessionals, transportation staff, custodial staff and adult-education staff. For more information, call the district’s Office of Human Resources at (501) 234-2040, or visit www.pcssd.org.

GOP Committee Meeting

SEARCY — The White County Republican Committee will meet at 7 p.m. at the Wilbur Mills Court Building, 301 W. Arch. The agenda will include information on the upcoming county and state conventions. All are invited. For more information, contact Joel Pritchett at (501) 827-0777 or whitecogop@hotmail.com.

Chamber of Commerce Banquet

BEEBE — The Beebe Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual banquet, Celebrating Southern Charm, in the ASU-Beebe University Café. The casual evening will begin at 5:30 with live music, a silent auction and a meet-and-greet. A barbecue dinner will begin at 6:30, followed by community awards, guest speaker Steve Jones from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission and a live auction with world-champion auctioneer Neal Davis. Proceeds from the event will benefit local student scholarships and other chamber programs. Everyone is invited. Tickets are available at Beebe area banks, A Perfect Bloom and the chamber office. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door or $175 for a table of eight. For more information, call chamber director Kristen Boswell at (501) 882-8135.

Airport Commission Public Meeting

SEARCY — The Searcy Municipal Airport Commission will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m. in the Conference Room at the Searcy Municipal Airport, 2609 S. Main St. The meeting will be held to interview three prospective engineering firms for services. Each firm will have 30 minutes for a brief presentation, followed by questions and answers: Mitch Rose of McClelland Consulting Engineers Inc., from 6-6:30 p.m.; Blake Roberson of Garver USA, from 6:30-7; and Bob Chatman of Miller-Newell, from 7-7:30.

May 23-25

Memorial Day Weekend Events

POWHATAN — Lake Charles State Park will hold a variety of events for Memorial Day weekend from 3 p.m. Friday to 3 p.m. Sunday at the park, 3705 Arkansas 25 in Powhatan. Friday’s events include a volleyball game at 3 p.m. and a stargazing program/meteor shower at 10 p.m. Saturday’s events include a Civil War cannon demonstration at 1:30 p.m., a critter lunch at 2 p.m. and a kayak tour at 6:30 p.m. Sunday will include an introduction to geocaching at 10 a.m. and a nature scavenger hunt at 3 p.m. For more information, call (870) 878-6595.

May 23-26

Memorial Day Weekend Activities

POCAHONTAS — Davidsonville Historic State Park will offer a variety of activities during the holiday weekend, Friday through Monday. There will be guided hikes, town-site tours, evening programs, a Dutch-oven demonstration and crafts for kids. All programs are free. Campsites, including primitive tent sites and Class A sites with hookups, are available for the weekend, and boat rentals are offered for Trapper Lake. Call the park at (870) 892-4708 for a schedule of events or for camping or boat-rental rates. Davidsonville Historic State Park is on Arkansas 166 on the edge of the Ozark Mountains, 15 minutes southwest of Pocahontas.

May 24

Quitman School Reunion

QUITMAN — The annual Quitman School Reunion will be held at 2 p.m. at the school. All students — past and present — are encouraged to attend and meet old friends and make new ones. Participants are asked to bring old photographs.

Cemetery Work Day

EVENING SHADE — The Bear Creek Cemetery annual cleanup and decoration day will be held Saturday. The cemetery is west of Evening Shade on Jack Schoolhouse Road. Anyone with family members buried at Bear Creek is encouraged to attend. Participants are asked to bring lawn chairs and a covered dish to share at the noon potluck lunch. Donations for the upkeep of the cemetery may be mailed to Lonnie Haley, 3340 Hickory Flat Road, Evening Shade, AR 72532.

Motorcycle Benefit

BATESVILLE — The Rebel Creed Bug Run motorcycle benefit will be held Saturday at the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches’ Batesville campus, 100 Saint Vincent Place. The event features a fun motorcycle ride and a family-friendly cookout with live music by Blue Sky. Then cyclists will ride out to see how many bugs they can collect on their targets. There will be awards for the biggest and most bugs collected. The cost is $15 for the first target and $5 for additional targets. Registration will be from 4-6 p.m., dinner will be served from 6-7 p.m., and the ride will begin at 7 p.m.

Fill A Bowl 5K

CALICO ROCK — The Fill A Bowl 5K will be held Saturday. Registration forms are available at www.calicorockmuseum.com, at the Calico Rock Museum and at the Calico Rock Elementary School office. Race check-in and late registration will be at 6:30 a.m. in the Calico Rock High School parking lot. The event is being held to raise funds for the elementary-school backpack program that sends food home with students and for feeding students during the summer. For more information, call the museum at (870) 297-6100 or the elementary school at (870) 297-8533.

Apple Pie 5K Run

SALEM — Runners and walkers are invited to the Bank of Salem Mark Thomas Memorial Apple Pie 5K Run at 8 a.m. Registration is available at www.register-wizard.com/events/applepierun/register. The entry fee is $15 in advance or $20 the day of the race. For paper entry forms, call (870) 895-5565. All who preregister will get a race T-shirt. Late registration will be accepted from 6:45-7:30 a.m. on the north side of the court square. Participants must check in from 7-7:30 a.m. For more information, call Sherry Jackson at (870) 895-6226 or Holly Pate at (870) 895-6209.

Heritage Day

JACKSONVILLE — Heritage Day will be held from 1o a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Jacksonville Museum of Military History to celebrate the area’s rich military history and to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day. The museum will dedicate the expanded D-Day Exhibit and pay tribute to seven Arkansas D-Day Hometown Heroes. The exhibit will include short biographies of each of the Arkansans featured, as well as a full-scale model of a beach obstacle used in the war and accurate portrayals of American and German soldiers. The museum will be closed Monday for Memorial Day. For more information, call (501) 241-1943 or email jaxmilmuseum@gmail.com.

May 26

Airmen Memorial Day Ceremony

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE — Team Little Rock Airmen will remember fallen service members during a wreath-laying ceremony at 8 a.m. at various memorials in the base’s Heritage Park. This time-honored military tradition will commemorate the men and women who died during military service. In observance of the holiday, Team Little Rock leadership will lay wreaths at three memorials in Heritage Park that honor the fallen, and the base honor guard will simultaneously perform a flag-raising ceremony.

Veterans Park Memorial Day Ceremony

HORSESHOE BEND — Horseshoe Bend American Legion Post 344 will conduct a Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. at Veterans Park. The ceremony will include a cannon dedication and invited guests. American Legion Cmdr. Bob Johnson will be the master of ceremonies. Audience members from the five branches of the armed services will be recognized. Daughters of the American Revolution will dedicate a wreath to those who died in action. Three scholarships awards will be presented. Everyone is invited. Bleacher seating will be available, but attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Food and beverages will be served. Those with flags to be retired may bring them to be properly disposed of by the Post.

May 27

Audubon Society Meeting

CLINTON — The Little Red River Audubon Society will meet for a Dutch-treat dinner at 5 p.m. at the Western Sizzlin’ in Clinton, followed by a program at 6. Blake Sasse, nongame mammal/furbearer program leader for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, will discuss how the white-nose syndrome prevalent on the East Coast is affecting local bat populations. Door prizes will be given after the meeting. For more information, email lrras2011@gmail.com or visit www.littleredriveraudubonsociety.com.

ONGOING

ASU-Newport New 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.

Bull in a China Shop

SEARCY — Bull in a China Shop, written by G.B. Gilford, will be shown each weekend through June 1 at the Performing Arts Center on the Square, 219 W. Arch St. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., with curtain at 7:30 p.m. Today, dessert will be served at 6:30 p.m. with curtain at 7 p.m., and on June 1, 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.

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 program will run 10 weeks, June 2 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 khall@ozarka.edu.

Donation Collection

WARD — The Ward Public Library is accepting donations for residents of areas in White County affected by the April 27 tornado. The library is accepting cleaning supplies, bottled water, nonperishable food items, work gloves, paper products, toiletries and gift cards. For patrons who bring in an overdue library item with a donation, the fine on the item will be waived.

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.

TEAS V Test Date

NEWPORT — Arkansas State University-Newport will administer the TEAS V (Test for Essential Academic Skills) on May 30. The test is limited to 22 examinees per session and will begin at 9 a.m. at the Academic Support Center in the library at ASUN. The testing fee is $40 and must be paid in advance at the ASUN Business Office. For more information or to preregister, contact Christy Mann at (870) 512-7867 or christy_ mann@asun.edu. The test must be taken before registering in ASUN’s Surgical Technology or Practical Nursing programs.

Upcoming

Yard Sale Fundraiser

WARD — The Ward Animal Shelter will hold its annual Yard Sale Fundraiser from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 31 at 1494 Second St.

Championship Bull Riding

SALEM — The Fulton County Fair is bringing bull riding back to Salem on May 31 with the Hills Auto Sales/RLH Construction Bull Bust at the Fulton County Fairgrounds Arena. The Bull Bust, which will start at 8 p.m., is sanctioned by the Bull Riders of America and produced by Hall Rodeo Co. The Kids Calf Scramble and Mutton Busting will begin at 7:30 p.m. Parking is free, and admission is $12 for teens and adults, and $5 for children 6-12. Children younger than 6 will be admitted free. For more information, contact the fair office at (870) 895-5565. Contestants may call Cline Hall at (501) 412-3644.

White County Relay for Life

SEARCY — The White County Relay for Life will begin at 6 p.m. June 6 at the Searcy Event Center. Relay for Life teams are being recruited for the event. The theme is “Where Fairy Tales End and the Reality of a Cure Begins.” Interested team members and/or volunteers may contact Denise Drye at (501) 593-5302 or Beth Batchelor at (870) 995-1910.

Fulton County Golf Tournament

MELBOURNE — The Ozarka College Foundation will host a four-person-scramble golf tournament at 9 a.m. June 7 at the South Course in Cherokee Village. All proceeds will go to Ozarka College’s campus in Mammoth Spring. The entry fee is $300 per team, which includes range balls, golf-cart fee, 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 jmspurlock@ozarka.edu. To become a sponsor, contact Suellen Davidson at (870) 368-2059 or sdavidson@ozarka.edu. 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. June 7 at Powhatan Historic State Park. Topics will include oral history, using archival records and the Internet, and preserving family keepsakes. The workshop is appropriate 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 powhatan@arkansas.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 baac@suddenlinkmail.com.

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 mmcdonald@wrmc.com.

Kids Fishing Derby

POWHATAN — Lake Charles State Park’s annual Kids Fishing Derby for kids 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.

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 joel.mainstreet@gmail.com.

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 trnews@arkansasonline.com. Deadlines for calendar-item submissions are noon Friday for Thursday editions and noon Tuesday for Sunday editions.

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