This week's events in the Tri-Lakes area

Published May 22, 2014 at 12:00 a.m.
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May 22

Digital Photography

BENTON — The second of a two-part digital photography class will be offered to adults 18 and older at 5 p.m. at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library. The class will cover topics such as composition, depth of field and white balance/color correction. Participants are encouraged to bring a camera, but it is not required. Attendance is first-come, first-served. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

Public Involvement Meeting

ARKADELPHIA — The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department will hold a public-involvement meeting at 6 p.m. at the Arkadelphia Recreation Center to obtain input from the public on the Arkansas Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan for the southwest Arkansas region. For more information, visit arkansasbikepedplan.com.

Strategy Game Night

BRYANT — Adults 18 and older are invited to a night of fun and games at 6 at the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library. Various games, including Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride and Apples to Apples, will be available, or participants can bring their own. Light refreshments will be served. No registration is required. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

May 22 and 23

Commodities Distribution

The Central Arkansas Development Council will distribute U.S. Department of Agriculture commodities today and Friday to those who meet income guidelines. Distribution will be from 8:30-11 a.m. and noon to 3 p.m. at the CADC Gurdon Senior Activity Center; from 8:30-11 a.m. and 12:30-2 p.m. at the CADC Arkadelphia Senior Activity Center; and from 8-11 a.m. and noon to 3 p.m. at the Malvern Community Center. For more information, call (501) 778-1133.

May 26

Neighborhood March

BENTON — The Ralph Bunch Neighborhood Association will sponsor a Neighborhood March at 3 p.m. at the Ralph Bunche Community Center. The event will feature a scavenger hunt, grilled hot dogs, drinks and baseball. The goal of the event is to promote unity in the community.

May 27

Haskell Historical Society Meeting

HASKELL — The Haskell Historical Society will meet at 3:30 p.m. at Haskell City Hall. Darlene Emmons will preside over the meeting and present the program. Everyone is welcome to attend and bring newspaper clippings, pictures or items from the past related to the history of Haskell or Harmony Grove School. The items may be donated, loaned or copied for display at the Haskell Museum. For more information, call Emaline Stroud at (501) 303-0384.

Gaming for Adults

HOT SPRINGS — The Garland County Library will host its first video gaming program targeted to an adult audience at 6 p.m. The featured game will be Call of Duty: Black Ops II, and prizes will be offered in the tournament. The event is free and restricted to adults 18 or older. For more information, call (501) 623-4161.

Creative Outlet

BRYANT — Teens are invited to participate in a book club and make-and-take craft session from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library. For more information, call (501) 847-2166.

May 28

Library Outreach Visit

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Garland County Library staff will make an outreach visit from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to the Coronado Library at the Coronado Community Center. Garden County Library representatives will issue library cards, offer tech help for library e-book and audiobook downloads, answer questions about library programs and hold a drawing for a Kindle Fire or Nexus 7 tablet. For more information, call (501) 623-4161.

Ongoing

SummerFest

HOT SPRINGS — Merchants and residents of Park Avenue will present a series of festivals from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. the second Saturday of the month through September. Vendors will offer food, crafts, jewelry, tie-dyed items, metal and wood crafts, an organic dog wash, bicycle repair, organic fruits, vegetables, plants and flowers. Entertainment will include music, pottery demonstrations and a plein-air alla-prima painting party.

Toastmasters Meetings

BENTON — The Saline County Toastmasters will meet at 12:05 p.m. Thursdays at Mount Carmel United Methodist Church. For more information, call (501) 454-9596.

VFW Bingo

BENTON — Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2256 invites the public to play bingo at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays and at 1 p.m. Saturdays at 5323 Sleepy Village Road. Cash prizes are paid to each winner.

Ageless Bikers Club

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Ageless Bikers Club holds bicycle rides at 1 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. There are eight different 20-mile rides and six different six- to 14-mile rides on relatively flat, quiet coauntry roads. For more information or to sign up for a ride, visit hsvabc.weebly.com.

Merry Mixers Dance Club

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Hot Springs Village Merry Mixers dance to live music from 7:30-10:30 p.m. the first and third Saturdays of every month at the Coronado Community Center. A lesson is held at 7 p.m. on the third Saturday. Admission is $7.50 for first-Saturday dances and $10 for third-Saturday dances. Club members receive a discount for the season. All dancers are welcome. For more information, call (501) 915-8111.

Bingo

HOT SPRINGS — The Quapaw Community Center invites the public to play bingo at 12:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cash prizes are awarded for all games. For more information, call (501) 623-9922.

Rhythmic Interactive Percussion

HOT SPRINGS — The Rhythmic Interactive Percussion musical event takes place from 5-9 p.m. Sundays at Kenneth Adair Park, 358 Central Ave. Participation is encouraged as ensemble members pass out drums, tambourines, maracas and more to audience members. Many weeks, belly dancers, hula-hoopers, poi ball artists and martial artists perform. For more information, call (714) 273-6464.

UPCOMING

Health Benefits of Essential Oils

BENTON — Adults 18 and older are invited to learn about the health benefits and uses of essential oils and to make two health care products to take home at 10 a.m. May 29 at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library. All supplies will be provided. Attendance is first-come, first-served. For more information, call (501) 778-4766 or (501) 847-2166.

Relay for Life

HOT SPRINGS — The American Cancer Society will host the Relay for Life of Garland County at 6 p.m. May 30 on the Oaklawn Park infield. For more information, visit relayforlife.org/garlandar.

I Can! Walk n’ Roll

HOT SPRINGS — I Can! of Arkansas will present I Can! Walk n’ Roll at 9 a.m. May 31 at the Transportation Depot. The event will feature a walkathon, crafts, games, and performances by the I Can! Dance class and the Lakeside High School cheerleaders. For more information or to register for the walkathon, call (501) 888-4140 or visit

icanarkansas.com.

Publishing Discussion

HOT SPRINGS — The Garland County Library will host a discussion titled What Every Unpublished Author Needs to Know But Is Afraid to Ask, led by author Sylvia Dickey Smith, from 10 a.m. to noon May 31. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. For more information, call (501) 623-4161 or visit

gclibrary.com.

Monday Afternoon Book Club

BRYANT — The Monday Afternoon Book Club will meet at 1 p.m. June 2 at the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library to discuss the club’s chosen title. The group is open to adults 18 and older. For more information, call (501) 847-2166.

MPO Technical Committee Meeting

HOT SPRINGS — A special meeting of the Hot Springs Area Metropolitan Planning Organization Technical Committee will be held at 10:30 a.m. June 18 at the Transportation Depot, 100 Broadway Terrace. The agenda will include Project Update, Transportation Improvement Program amendments, bylaw amendments, the proposed relocation of the MPO and other public business. For more information, call (501) 321-4804.

Salt Bowl-a-Thon

BENTON — The Bryant Area Chamber of Commerce will present the third annual B-Town Salt Bowl-a-Thon at 1 p.m. June 20 at Enterprise Lanes. The event will feature entertainment and snacks. The entry fee is $200 per team or $50 per person. For more information, call (501) 315-8011 or (501) 847-4702.

Fish Fry Political Rally

JOAN — All are invited to the Fish Fry Political Rally from 4-6 p.m. June 21 at the Joan Community Building. Fish and chicken, with side items, will be available as dine-in or carryout meals for $10 per adult or $5 for children 10 and younger. Candidates will be given two minutes each to speak. Proceeds will benefit the Brown Springs-Mount Morriah Outreach Center.

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