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

This article was published May 29, 2014 at 12:00 a.m.

May 29

Booneville Driver Class

BOONEVILLE — An AARP Safe Driver classroom course will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Booneville Senior Activities Center, 545 E. Heritage Drive. There will be a one-hour lunch break from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with attendees paying for their lunch. To register, call (479) 675-4851. The class, presented by an AARP-certified instructor, is open to licensed drivers of any age. Those who complete the course may be eligible for a discount on their auto-insurance premiums. The course fee is $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers. There is no test.

May 30

Bishop’s Visit

MORRILTON — Bishop Anthony Taylor will visit the Abundant Life Pregnancy Resource Center in Morrilton at 4 p.m. The purpose of the visit is to bless the ultrasound machine donated by the Knights of Columbus for use in its pro-life ministry.

May 31

Book Signing

CONWAY — Local authors Roger Barnett and Paul Gill will have a book signing at the Faulkner County Library at 2 p.m. Barnett is the author of Fighting Cancer One Memory at a Time. Gill is the author of In Reflections of My Childhood. For more information, call the library at (501) 327-7482 or email All library events are free and open to the public.

June 4

Lunch Break New Location

CONWAY — The First Wednesday Ladies’ Lunch Break, a nondenominational Bible study, has relocated to Second Baptist Church at Dave Ward Drive and Farris Road. Lunch Break will be held at noon in the Student Building Fellowship Hall, Attendees are asked to enter the drive from Farris Road. Women of all ages are invited to attend and be fed physically and spiritually. 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.


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.

Pool Opening

RUSSELLVILLE — The M.J. Hickey Pool will be open this weekend, and the pool will begin opening daily on June 5 when the school year is completed. Pool hours are 12:30-6:30 p.m. Daily admission is $4 for adults 18 or older, $3 for children 7-17 and $2 for children 6 and younger. Individual season passes are available for $75 at the Hughes Center, 1000 E. Parkway.

International Traveler Exhibit

MORRILTON — The Rialto Gallery on Broadway is exhibiting a 60-year collection of items from 20 countries, with some of the items for sale, including pictures, dresses, shirts, ponchos, scarves, 14 3- by 5-inch flags from various countries and assorted items. The exhibit will continue through June 13. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, call Mollie Williams at (501) 354-1903.

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

Sign Language Class

CONWAY — A sign language class meets at 5:30 p.m. Mondays at the Faulkner County Library.

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

Friends of the Library Book Shop

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 book sales benefit the libraries in Cleburne County, including the new library in Quitman.


Golf Tournament

MAUMELLE — The 11th annual Ken Watson Golf Tournament, presented by the First United Methodist Church of Maumelle Men’s Group, will be held June 6. Registration and information are available online at or by calling Jeremy Smith at (501) 201-0253.

Children’s Fishing Derby

RUSSELLVILLE — The Russellville Recreation and Parks Department will present its annual Children’s Fishing Derby at Pleasant View Park on June 7, beginning at 8 a.m., with the weigh-in at 10 a.m. This free event is for children ages 4 to 12. Prizes will be given in three age divisions for the heaviest catfish and the heaviest stringer of catfish. A special prize will be given for the overall biggest fish caught during the derby. Preregister at the Hughes Center. For more information, call the Recreation and Parks Department at (479) 968-1272.

Adult Digital Literacy Class

CONWAY — Connect Arkansas returns to the Faulkner County Library with free adult digital literacy classes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., beginning June 11. Each class will last one hour, and each student is provided with a computer to use. To sign up, email or call (501) 327-7482.

AARP Potluck

MAUMELLE — The Maumelle AARP Chapter will hold its quarterly potluck at 6 p.m. June 12 at the Maumelle Senior Wellness Center, featuring home-cooked food with book bingo and popcorn to follow — no business meeting. Members are asked to bring a dish to pass and to bring a book for a bingo prize. Anyone 50 or older is welcome to attend. For more information, call Betty Hall at (501) 851-6828 or Jan Bowen at (501) 803-0089.

Baseball Camp

ATKINS — The Atkins School District will host a baseball instruction camp June 13 at the Atkins Baseball Field in McClaren Park. The camp is for students going into grades three through eight. Third- through fifth-graders will meet from 9 a.m. to noon, and sixth- through eighth-graders will meet from 1-4 p.m. The cost is $35 if paid by Friday (includes a shirt) or $30 the day of camp. For three or more children from the same household, the cost is $25 per child. Boys and girls are welcome. For more information, email or call (479) 641-1008. Make checks payable to the Atkins School District. If there is enough interest, there will be separate softball instruction for girls.

Danny Santos Performance

CONWAY — The Faulkner County Library will present singer/songwriter Danny Santos in concert at 7 p.m. June 19. Santos melds the inspiration of his Chicano heritage and a musical legacy ranging from Hank Williams to The Beatles to create a unique mix of country/folk tinged with bluegrass and the blues. Refreshments will be served. All library events are free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at (501) 327-7482 or email


CONWAY — Juneteenth 2014 will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 21 at Sutton and Pine streets in Conway, across from Zion Hill Church of Christ, 1272 Sutton St. The free event, hosted by the Faulkner County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, is open to the public. Juneteenth is a holiday that celebrates the Emancipation of African-Americans from slavery but has come to signify much more. Juneteenth is a landmark in history that is significant to the freedom and unity all Americans share. For more information, email

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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