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This article was published September 10, 2015 at 12:00 a.m.


Storm-Spotter Class MOUNTAIN VIEW — Ozarka College in Mountain View will host a storm-spotter class at 6 p.m. for those who are interested in severe weather or want to help their local National Weather Service office by reporting severe-weather conditions. The SKYWARN-certification class, offered by the Little Rock National Weather Service Weather Forecast office, is free, and training materials will be provided. For more information, contact Lindsay Galloway, director of Ozarka College in Mountain View, at (870) 269-5600 or email

Sept. 10

Flix on the Bricks

JACKSONVILLE — The Nixon Library’s Flix on the Bricks movie series will continue with a screening of Breakfast at Tiffany’s at sundown in the library’s outdoor pavilion. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket or folding chair. The library is at 703 W. Main St. For more information, call the library at (501) 457-5038.

Tea Party Meeting

CABOT — The Arkansas Constitutional Tea Party will meet at 7 p.m. at Papa’s Place, 2798 S. Second St., in the SouthFork Shopping Center. Everyone is welcome. The group meets every second Thursday of the month. For more information, call (501) 813-6980.

Sept. 12

Big Yard Sale

CHEROKEE VILLAGE — St. Michael Church, at U.S. 62/412 and Tekakwitha Drive, will hold its Big Yard Sale from 7 a.m. to noon. The rain date will be Sept. 26.

Second Saturday Bingo

HEBER SPRINGS — Second Saturday Bingo will be held at St. Albert Catholic Church, 21 Park Road. Play will begin at 5:30 p.m. with Quickfire games. There will be a $500 bonus coverall game. A concession stand will be available, as well as homemade desserts.

Chili Cook-off

ASH FLAT — The Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a chili cook-off at the Ash Flat Eagle Fest in the Ash Flat Ballpark. The registration fee is $30. A cooks meeting will be held at 8:30 a.m., and the cook-off’s official start time is 9 a.m. Each contestant must cook 2 gallons of chili, and cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third places.

Fundraiser Concert

BATESVILLE — The Ozark Foothills FilmFest will hold its annual fundraising event at 2 p.m. at Elizabeth’s Restaurant. Proceeds from Steppin’ Out With the Side Street Steppers will support the annual film festival and the annual T Tauri Movie Camp, a summer artist residency project offering video-production workshops for kids and teens. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door, with appetizers and drinks included. Tickets may be purchased at Elizabeth’s Restaurant, by emailing or by calling (870) 251-1189.

Humane Society 5K

HEBER SPRINGS — The Heber Springs Humane Society will hold a 5K walk/run and a 1K dog run at 8 a.m. To register, visit For more information, visit the Facebook page Paws at the Beach 5K, or call Tara Wild at (501) 470-5999.

Sept. 13

Bark in the Park

BATESVILLE — The Humane Society of Independence County will host its seventh annual Bark in the Park from noon to 3 p.m. at the Amphitheater at Riverside Park. For more information call (870) 307-5305, (870) 613-3045 or (870) 793-0090.

Sept. 13-18

Gospel Meetings

BATESVILLE — The Church of Christ in Quail Valley invites the community to its fall gospel meetings at 7 p.m. Sunday through Sept. 18. For more information, visit or call (870) 793-6700.

Sept. 14

Batesville Choral Society Introduction

BATESVILLE — The Batesville Choral Society’s fall season will begin Monday with an introduction to the pieces that will be featured in three concerts this fall. All singers in the region are encouraged to join the group. Auditions are not required, but choral experience and the ability to read music are desirable. Rehearsals will be held from 7-9 p.m. Mondays in the Choir Room at First Presbyterian Church. For more information, call Alice Witterman at (870) 793-5928.

White County Fair Queen Contest

SEARCY — White County Extension Homemakers are looking for contestants for the White County Fair Queen Contest, to be held at 7 p.m. at the fairgrounds. The Junior Queen Contest is for teen girls ages 13-16, and the Senior Queen Contest is for young women ages 17-21. There is an optional photogenic contest. To enter, send in the entry form and $25 entry fee, plus an optional $10 for the photogenic contest. Entry forms and complete rules are available at or by calling the White County Extension office at (501) 268-5394.

Sept. 16

Fall Chamber Luncheon

HEBER SPRINGS — The Heber Springs Area Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon in the Heber Springs Community Center. The meeting will feature a presentation of the chamber’s new tourism tools and promotions. Anyone who brings a prospective member will receive a free gift. A door prize will be given out as well.

AARP Smart Driver Class

HORSESHOE BEND — An AARP Smart Driver Class will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Horseshoe Bend Library. The fee is $15 for AARP members with an AARP ID card and $20 for nonmembers. Completion of the course grants those 55 and older a discount on car-insurance premiums in Arkansas for three years. To register or for more information, call Marge Burge at (870) 670-5734.


GED/Adult Education Classes

FLORAL — The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville Adult Education Department is partnering with Midland Elementary School to offer classes from 3-5 p.m. Mondays in the computer lab on the elementary campus in Floral. Instruction in reading, math, writing and computer literacy skills will be available, designed for adults who want to obtain a high school diploma, prepare for the Compass test to enroll in college, acquire a Career Readiness Certificate or learn to use a computer. Enrollment is open throughout the semester. Students must be at least 18 years old and not currently enrolled in school. For more information, contact Nancy Whitmire at (870) 612-2085 or, or Judy Pearson at (501) 345-2413.

Adult Game Days

JACKSONVILLE — The Nixon Library, 703 W. Main St., will hold Adult Game Days at noon every Wednesday in September. Games will include dominoes, poker, chess, board games and video games. Attendees must be at least 18 years old. For more information, call the library at (501) 457-5038.

Basic Knitting Class

BATESVILLE — The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville will offer a basic knitting class from 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 6-27, in Room 242 of the Main Campus Building. The course costs $25, plus a $7 supply fee payable to the instructor at the first class meeting. For more information or to register, contact (870) 612-2082 or email

Microsoft Word Class

BATESVILLE — The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville will offer an introductory Microsoft Word course from 5-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 6-15, in Room 223 of the Main Campus Building. The class costs $55. Microsoft Word 2013 will be used to teach students how to use the program. Topics will include creating, editing, formatting and adding graphic elements to documents. For more information or to register, contact (870) 612-2082 or email

Introductory Computer Class

BATESVILLE — The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville will offer an introductory computer class from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 8-29, in Room 222 of the Main Campus Building. The class costs $40 and will teach basic knowledge required to operate a computer. For more information or to register, contact (870) 612-2082 or email

Lyon College Faculty Exhibition

BATESVILLE — The Lyon College Kresge Gallery, in the historic Alphin building, has opened the 2015-2016 season with the Faculty Exhibition, featuring work from Dustyn Bork, associate professor of art, and Sarah Martin, newly appointed artist in residence. The free exhibition will remain in the gallery until Sept. 18. The gallery is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m, Monday through Friday. For more information, contact Rachel Newell, Kresge Gallery director, at

Art Exhibit

BEEBE — The Arkansas State University-Beebe Art Department will display the artwork of Nancy Dunaway through Sept. 28 in the England Center Art Gallery at ASU-Beebe. Dunaway’s artworks include acrylic paintings, mixed media, printmaking, assemblage, collage and book art. She served as chairwoman of the art department at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia from 1996 to 2007. For more information on the artist, visit The gallery, at the corner of Center and Orange streets, is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call the gallery at (501) 882-4495.

Batesville’s Main Street Farmers Market

BATESVILLE — Batesville’s Main Street Farmers Market will be open from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday through September in the Pocket Park on Main Street.

Second Time Around Bookstore

SEARCY — The Literacy Council of White County operates the Second Time Around Bookstore at 811 S. Main St., Suite D. 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 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. To train as a tutor, to become a bookstore volunteer or for more information, call (501) 278-5500.

Horseshoe Bend Farmers Market

HORSESHOE BEND — The Horseshoe Bend Farmers Market takes place from 8-11 a.m. every Wednesday in the Faith Presbyterian Church parking lot. Fresh vegetables and fruit, baked goods, locally made birdhouses and feeders, fresh eggs and dairy products are for sale every week. Marketgoers may pre-order fresh Gulf shrimp and oysters, as well.

Yoga in the Gallery

BATESVILLE — The Batesville Area Arts Council offers Yoga in the Gallery classes at 8:45 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at the BAAC Gallery on Main, 226 E. Main St. The hour-long sessions are taught by RYT200-certified yoga instructor Marnie Davis. Beginners are welcome, and no preregistration is required. The cost is $10 per session or 10 sessions for $70. For more information, call (870) 793-3382.

WISE Coalition Meeting

SEARCY — The WISE (White County Invested in Substance Abuse Eradication) Coalition meets from noon to 1 p.m. the third Wednesday of every month in the Community Room of the First Community Bank University Branch, 800 E. Beebe Capps Expressway. All are invited to attend and get involved in activities to help prevent and reduce substance abuse in White County youth. For more information, visit or call (501) 388-6555.

Cabot Civitan Meetings

CABOT — Cabot Civitan Meetings are held at 6 p.m. the first and third Mondays of each month at First Security Bank in downtown Cabot. For more information, call Tom Nolting at (501) 606-3731.

Pancake Breakfast

McRAE — A pancake breakfast is held from 7-9 a.m. the second Saturday of each month at McRae Masonic Lodge F. & A.M. No. 687. Donations are accepted.

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 the shop benefit the libraries in Cleburne County.


Clint Black Concert

NEWPORT — The Arkansas State University-Newport 2015-16 Patron Series will kick off at 7 p.m. Sept. 17 when country music superstar Clint Black takes the stage at the ASUN Center for the Arts. Tickets are $35 each. For tickets, call (870) 512-7802 or visit

Sewing & More

JACKSONVILLE — Sewing & More for teenagers and adults will be held at 4 p.m. Sept. 17 and 24 at the Nixon Library, 703 W. Main St. The class focuses on fiber crafting involving sewing, knitting, crochet and other types of textile constructions. Weaving will be emphasized in September. Registration is preferred. For more information or to register, call the library at (501) 457-5038.

Golf Tournament

HEBER SPRINGS — The Rotary Club of Heber Springs will host a four-person scramble golf tournament Sept. 18 at the Red Apple Inn and Country Club. Play will begin with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. There will be three flights with prizes in each flight. There will also be closest-to-the-pin and hole-in-one prizes. Proceeds for the tournament will fund scholarships for Heber Springs High School students entering college. For more information, call the Red Apple Pro Shop at (501) 362-3111, Stan Lee at (501) 270-1133 or Arnie Bull at (501) 691-4500.

Opening Night Reception

SEARCY — Center on the Square, 219 W. Arch Ave., will hold an opening-night reception at 6:15 p.m. Sept. 18 for its production of Everybody Loves Opal, by John Patrick. Join directors Linda Norris and Gayla Pruitt, along with the cast — Sally Paine, Hilary Polston, Jeff Pulliam, Steven Gifford and Herbie Robinson — to kick off the play. The cost is $5 per person for heavy hors d’oeuvres and light beverages. To RSVP for the reception, email Only the first 100 people will be accepted. Production dates for the play are 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18-19 and 25-26, and Oct. 2-3; and 1:30 p.m. Sept. 27 and Oct. 4. To buy tickets for performances for $15, plus tax, visit or call Connie at (501) 368-0111.

Beatles Symposium

WALNUT RIDGE — The Beatles Symposium will kick off the Beatles at the Ridge music festival Sept. 18 and 19 in downtown Walnut Ridge. Both events are free. Beatles experts Richard Buskin and Robert Rodriguez will perform their podcast “Things We Said Today.” Bob Loveall will bring Beatles wares from his Beatles Shop in Austin, Texas. Ivor Davis, who traveled with the Beatles on their North American tour in 1964, and filmmaker Seth Swirsky, who made the movie Beatles Stories, will also speak. The Beatles Symposium will begin with displays at noon Sept. 18 in The Studio, which is on Main Street. The Argenta Collection of more than 200 large-format photos will be on display all day Sept. 18 and 19 in The Studio.

Geocache Scavenger Hunt

POCAHONTAS — Davidsonville Historic State Park will host a geocache scavenger hunt from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 19 in the park. Participants will be provided a clue to find the first coordinates, and each set of coordinates will lead to the next set. Participants may sign up in teams of two or singly and need to bring a GPS. Admission is $5, and the registration deadline is Sept. 18. For more details or to sign up, call (870) 892-4708. Davidsonville Historic State Park is south of Pocahontas on Arkansas 166.

Fish and Chicken Dinner

BATESVILLE — The Independence County Foster and Adoptive Parents Association will hold its annual fish and chicken dinner and fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 19 at First Baptist Church. The dinner will be provided by John 3:16, and meals will be available for dine-in or drive-thru/carryout. For tickets, stop by First Baptist Church or call the church at (870) 834-3625.

Family History Workshop

POWHATAN — The Arkansas History Commission and the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives will host a workshop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Powhatan Courthouse. The workshop, titled Saving the Tree: Preserving Family History, will include three hands-on sessions focused on the organization and preservation of family documents. Participants are invited to bring material for scanning. The workshop is free, but registration is required by Sept. 16. Check-in will begin at 9 a.m., and lunch will be catered. All session supplies and materials will be provided. For more information or to register, email or call (870) 878-6521.

Singing Event

BATESVILLE — West Baptist Church will hold a singing event at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 with a pre-show from 6-7 p.m. The songs will be rendered in Gaither Homecoming style.

Fair Pageant Registration Deadline

MELBOURNE — The North Central Arkansas District Fair pageants registration deadline is Sept. 21. The youth pageants are open to boys up to 3 years old and girls up to 12 years old in the seven-county North Central Arkansas District area. The first and second runners-up will be eligible to enter the Miss North Central Arkansas District Fair Teen Pageant and the North Central Arkansas District Fair Queen Pageant.

North Central Arkansas District Fair

MELBOURNE — The North Central Arkansas District Fair will be held Sept. 21–26 at the North Central Arkansas District Fairgrounds on LaCrosse Road. All entries must be made online at the fair’s website,, by today. For more information, email

Digital Photography Course

BATESVILLE — Instructor Jim Krause, co-owner of Deux Bijoux Bijoux of Evening Shade, will teach students the basic functions of a digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera on Thursdays from Sept. 24 to Oct. 15. Participants in this beginner’s class will learn to use the manual functions of the digital camera. Students need to bring a digital camera with an SLR body and lens to class, along with the camera’s user manual and a journal for taking notes. Classes will meet in Room 240 of the Main Campus Building at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. For more information or to register, call (870) 612-2082 or email

Historic Games Day

POWHATAN — Powhatan Historic State Park will hold a free Historic Games Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 26. In partnership with Take a Child Outside Week, the park will have booths featuring games played by all ages from the Victorian Era to today, as well as several races. Some of the games will include old-fashioned sack races, croquet, graces, marbles, jump rope, jacks, yo-yos, checkers, horseshoes and more. Families are invited to bring a picnic lunch and lawn chairs. For more information, call (870) 878-6765.

Learn to Knit Course

JACKSONVILLE — The Nixon Library, 703 W. Main St., will hold a Learn to Knit course at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 26. Registration is required, and participants must be at least 13 years old. Yarn will be provided, but attendees need to bring size 9 needles. For more information, call the library at (501) 457-5038.

Nutrition Course

BATESVILLE — Eat to Live: Recapturing Your Health With Food will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 26. The aim of the class is to present workable solutions for better eating habits for individuals and families. Instructor Daniela Liscio is the founder and president of Eat for Sport. The class will meet in Room 240 of the Main Campus Building at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. The fee for the class is $20. For more information or to register, call (870) 612-2082 or email

Outdoor Survival Classes

BATESVILLE — Dan Nash, a professional mountain guide, will teach two survival-training classes Sept. 26 in Room 902 of the Nursing Allied Health Building at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, along with field exercises outdoors. Basic Outdoor Survival will meet from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and participants need to bring a water bottle, two bandanas and a steel or magnesium fire striker. Intermediate Survival will meet from 1-5 p.m., and adults are asked to bring a knife and up to 3 feet of string. Each class costs $32 per adult. Up to two minors per accompanying parent or guardian may attend either class for $5 each. For more information or to register, visit or call (870) 612-2082.

Family Night

JACKSONVILLE — The Nixon Library, 703 W. Main St., will hold Family Night at the Library at 4 p.m. Sept. 30. Video games will be available for families to play together. For more information, call the library at (501) 457-5038.

Litter-Pickup Event

CABOT —Cabot City Beautiful’s fall litter-pickup campaign, in conjunction with Keep Arkansas Beautiful, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 3. Volunteers will meet in the Cabot Public Schools administrative building’s parking lot and sign in before being assigned a route. Volunteers will receive free food and drinks following the cleanup. For more information, contact the Cabot Clean-Up Committee at (501) 920-2122 or

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