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COMMUNITY EVENTS IN THE RIVER VALLEY & OZARK AREA

This article was published August 13, 2015 at 12:00 a.m.

Aug. 13

ChildCare Aware Open House

CONWAY — The ChildCare Aware Resource Center, 2215 E. Oak St., will have an open house from 4:30-6:30 p.m. ChildCare Aware of North Central Arkansas is a regional child care resource and referral program that provides referrals to parents seeking child care options through a database of licensed and registered child care facilities. The staff offers provider education and training; helps recruit providers to meet community needs; and provides technical assistance to present and prospective providers. The Conway Regional Women’s Council has provided ChildCare Aware with 91 nutrition education modules to be used by child care teachers to promote good eating habits in children. For more information, contact Carol Crockett at (501) 327-6677 or carolcrockett5@gmail.com.

Sacred Heart Open House

MORRILTON — Sacred Heart Catholic School will hold an open house for kindergarten through the 12th grade at 6 p.m., beginning at the church, with classroom visits to follow. Classes will officially begin Monday.

Maumelle AARP Chapter Meeting

MAUMELLE — The Maumelle AARP Chapter will meet at 6 p.m. at the Maumelle Senior Wellness Center. The Nash Law Firm will provide the program and a meal for members and guests. Nonperishable food items for the Hope Alliance Food Pantry will be collected at the meeting or may be taken to the Senior Center prior to the meeting. Donations of school supplies for area schoolchildren will be accepted at the meeting. All who are 50 or older are welcome to attend. Reservations are requested and may be made by calling chapter president Bob Cullers at (501) 851-4822. For more information, call Cullers or Jan Bowen at (501) 803-0089.

Aug. 13-15

Rayovac FLW Series Central Division Finale

RUSSELLVILLE — The Rayovac FLW Series will make its final stop of 2015 in the Central Division at Lake Dardanelle. Anglers will take off from the Lake Dardanelle State Park ramp, 2428 Marina Road, at 6:30 a.m. each day. Weigh-in on days 1 and 2 will be at 2:30 p.m. at the marina, and on day 3 at 3 p.m. at the Walmart Supercenter, 2409 E. Main St. Pros will fish for a top award of $40,000, as well as points to qualify to fish in the Rayovac FLW Series Championship on Oct. 29-31 on the Ohio River in Paducah, Kentucky. For more information, visit FLWFishing.com, or follow the Rayovac FLW Series on Facebook at Facebook.com/FLWFishing or on Twitter at Twitter.com/FLWFishing.

Aug. 13-19

Summer Film Series

CONWAY — The Faulkner County Library continues its Summer Film Series, featuring free films that cover a wide variety of genres and will begin at 8 p.m. Moviegoers are welcome to bring snacks and drinks. The series is hosted by Mark Lager, a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing student at the University of Central Arkansas. The schedule includes today, Lawrence of Arabia; Friday, Once Upon a Time in the West; Sunday, The Hired Hand; Tuesday, The Passenger; and Wednesday, Paris, Texas.

Aug. 15

Spaghetti Supper and Bake Sale

ST. VINCENT — Knights of Columbus Council 10908 in St. Vincent will hold its annual spaghetti and meatball supper from 5-8 p.m. Green beans, coleslaw and dessert will also be served. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12 . Children 4 and younger may eat free. Takeout meals will be available for $10 each. There will be a bake sale the night of the supper to raise money for the Knights of Columbus Persons With Disabilities Fund. For more information, call (501) 354-4854.

Ships of War Presentation

CONWAY — John Lambert, the author of USS Independence CVL-22: A War Diary of the Nation’s First Dedicated Night Carrier, will present Ships of War at 2 p.m. at the Faulkner County Library. Lambert will discuss the history of this fast aircraft carrier during its service and following its decommission, including the story of the ship and her aviators in action against the Japanese Empire in the Philippines, Okinawa, Indochina and onward to the waters off Japan. For more information, call the library at (501) 327-7482, email nancy@fcl.org, or visit Facebook or Twitter.

Aug. 16

Last Day to Swim at M.J. Hickey Pool

RUSSELLVILLE — The last day to swim at the M.J. Hickey Pool is Sunday. The pool will then close for the season.

Summer Concert Series

CONWAY — The Faulkner County Library’s fourth annual Summer Concert Series, with music from local musicians, will conclude with a concert by The Boomers at 2 p.m. The event is held indoors to beat the heat. Summer snacks will be provided. For more information, call the library at (501) 327-7482, email nancy@fcl.org, or visit Facebook or Twitter.

Aug. 17

Conway AARP Meeting

CONWAY — The Conway AARP Chapter will meet at the the Ola and John Hawks Wellness and Activity Center, 705 E. Siebermorgen Road. Lunch will be at 11:15 a.m., followed at noon by a program by the Conway Police Department and the chapter’s monthly meeting. Lunch costs $3 for seniors 60 and older and $6 for seniors younger than 60. All seniors are welcome to attend. For more information, call Ruby Johnson at (501) 327-0498 or Ron Ross at (501) 327-6803.

Ongoing

Friends of the Library Book Shop

HEBER SPRINGS — The Friends of the Library Book Shop, 2255 Arkansas 25B N., is open from 3:30-7 p.m. Mondays, and 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.

Cherokee Bingo

CONWAY — Cherokee Bingo begins at 6:15 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at Helton’s Wrecker Service/U-Haul, 710 S. Harkrider St. All proceeds go to the Helton-Osburn-Spencer Scholarship Fund at the University of Central Arkansas.

Morning Movers Class

MAUMELLE — The Morning Movers class is offered from 8:15-9 a.m. Monday through Thursday at the Maumelle Senior Wellness Center, 550 Edgewood Drive, Suite 400. For more information, call (501) 851-4344.

TeamKID

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.

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, including a drink and dessert, is served for $5. For child care by reservation, call (501) 329-0001.

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.

Upcoming

Gospel Performance

TWIN GROVES — The Twin Groves Public Library will present The Delivered Gospel Singers of Conway at 3 p.m. Aug. 23. in City Park, next to the library. Group members are the Rev. Henry Garner Jr., lead guitar and vocals; Jarvis Garner, bass guitar and drums; the Rev. Raymond Duggar, John McFarland, Larry Maxfield and Gleen Tyus, vocals; Lester Canady, bass guitar; and Gleen Tyus Jr., drums. The group’s new CD will be available for sale at the event. The free concert is open to the public, and refreshments will be served. For more information, call the Twin Groves Library at (501) 335-8088 or email Trudy@fcl.org.

Website in a Day Workshop

RUSSELLVILLE — The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center will present Website in a Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 25 at Arkansas Tech University. Participants will be taken step by step through creating a free account and building an attractive, functional, five-page free website using Weebly. The cost to attend is $50. Registration is required by Aug. 23 by calling (479) 356-2067 or visiting asbtdc.org/training/russellville-events.

Life Choices Gala

CONWAY — Life Choices, a pregnancy resource center in downtown Conway, will host its annual fundraising gala, titled Celebrating 35 Years of Life, on Sept. 12 at the Conway Expo Center. The featured speakers will be Alan and Lisa Robertson of A&E’s Duck Dynasty. The event will be catered by D&L Catering and will feature a live auction, as well as a ministry update. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Dress for the event is casual. For more information about attending this free event or sponsoring a table, email lifechoicesgala@gmail.com or call (501) 329-5944.

OktoberFest in Fairfield Bay

FAIRFIELD BAY — The two-day OktoberFest, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 9, with local arts and crafts offered for sale until 6 p.m. German food, music and dance will round out the day’s events. On Oct. 10, the festival will open at 9 a.m. and will feature Thunder in the Bay, a motorcycle rally sponsored by the Fairfield Bay Chamber of Commerce, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; a Volkswagen Show and Shine until 5 p.m.; and an OktoberFest celebration and dance, with an oom-pah-pah band playing from 7-10 p.m. The city’s sixth annual StoryFest, suitable for all ages, will also be held Oct. 10 and feature Sean Buvala and Minton Sparks. Morning storyteller sessions will begin at 9:30, and afternoon sessions at 1:30. All performances will be at the Fairfield Bay Conference and Visitor Center.

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

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