COMMUNITY EVENTS IN THE RIVER VALLEY & OZARK AREA

Published August 13, 2017 at 12:00 a.m.
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Aug. 13

M.J. Hickey Pool Closing

RUSSELLVILLE — Today is the last day to swim at the M.J. Hickey Pool, 1312 E. 16th St. After today, the pool will close for the season. For more information, call the pool at (479) 968-6612.

Faulkner County Library Activities

CONWAY — The Faulkner County Library will present The Fat Soul Band at 2 p.m. as part of the Summer Concert Series, and the Urban Farming Project will meet at 5 p.m. For more information, call (501) 327-7482 or email nancy@fcl.org.

Aug. 14

Arkansas Coding Academy Day

CONWAY — The University of Central Arkansas will present an Arkansas Coding Academy Day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at UCA Downtown, 1105 W. Oak St. Academic counselors will be on hand to answer questions regarding the Coding Academy and to discuss the opportunities it offers. For more information, call Anita at (501) 450-1715.

Aug. 15

Child Development Associate Training

CONWAY — Childhood Services at Arkansas State University will conduct training for individuals in the Conway area who would like to earn the Child Development Associate credential. Classes in Conway will meet Tuesdays, beginning this week. Childhood Services at Arkansas State, which has been providing CDA training for more than 30 years, offers a complete package that includes trained advisers and instructors. Participants may choose between college credit or noncredit options. For more information, visit asuchildhoodservices.org, email cda@astate.edu, or call (870) 972-3055 or (888) 429-1585.

Aug. 17

Boosting Business With Great Customer Reviews

RUSSELLVILLE — The Arkansas Tech Small Business and Technology Development Center will present Boosting Business With Great Customer Reviews from 9-11 a.m. at the Russellville Area Chamber of Commerce. Participants will get a look at popular review sites, learn how they can turn negative feedback into a positive and receive tips for getting great reviews. The workshop is free, and registration is required by Wednesday by calling (479) 356-2067 or visiting asbtdc.org/training/russellville-events.

Aug. 18

Mirror Room Grand Reopening

CONWAY — A grand reopening to celebrate the renovation of the University of Central Arkansas’ Mirror Room will take place from 1-3 p.m. in the Mirror Room in McAlister Hall. UCA President Houston Davis will speak at 1:30 p.m.

Aug. 19

Conway Dragon Boat Festival

CONWAY — The third annual Conway Dragon Boat Festival will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Beaverfork Lake Park, 20 Kinley Drive. The event is sponsored by the Junior Auxiliary of Conway. For more information, visit jaconway.org/dragon-boat-festival.

Cheeseburger in Paradise Fundraiser

FAIRFIELD BAY — The Fairfield Bay Community Education Center’s annual Cheeseburger in Paradise fundraiser will take place from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Conference Center. The dinner and dance will feature beach food, a silent auction, a pay-as-you-go bar and live music by Lucky Draw. Tickets are $25, and 50/50 raffle tickets are $5 each. Tickets are available from committee members Linda Duncan, Bonnie Lang, Sharon Luxon, Kay Otis and Cindy Wellenberger, and at the Education Center and the Fairfield Bay Conference Center. For more information, call (501) 884-4440.

Ongoing

Call for Musicians

RUSSELLVILLE — The Arkansas Center for Music Education, 502 Tyler Road, is seeking singers and musicians for A Musical Tribute to Our Local Heroes, set for 3 p.m. Sept. 10 at The Center for the Arts in Russellville. The event will honor all emergency responders and members of veterans organizations from Pope, Yell, Johnson and Conway counties. Members are needed for an adult community choir, a community youth choir and a community band. Rehearsals will begin Aug. 21. For more information or to sign up to participate, email info@ac-me.org or call (479) 264-9107.

Community Choir Opportunity

RUSSELLVILLE— The Community Festival Chorale is accepting new and returning singers, ages 15 and older, for the fall 2017 semester. The musical selection will be Part I plus the Hallelujah Chorus from G.F. Handel’s Messiah. Auditions are held for part placement only. Rehearsals will be from 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays, beginning Aug. 28, at the Arkansas Center for Music Education, 502 Tyler Road. The dress rehearsal will be at 6 p.m. Dec. 16, and the performance will be at 3 p.m. Dec. 17. For more information or to sign up, email info@ac-me.org or call or text (479) 264-9107.

Photography, Poetry Exhibit

PETIT JEAN MOUNTAIN — The Winthrop Rockefeller Institute will host We’re Not Telling You Everything: Words and Images From the Wichita Mountains during August in the institute’s Flagstone Foyer and Show Barn Hall. The exhibition includes photographs by Don House and Sabine Schmidt and poetry by Sy Hoahwah. For more information, visit www.rockefellerinstitute.org/wichita.

Gene Hatfield Art Exhibit

CONWAY — The University of Central Arkansas College of Fine Arts and Communication and the Division of Outreach and Community Engagement are hosting an art exhibit titled Gene Hatfield: A Lifetime of Distinction, Achievement and Emeritus through Aug. 25 at UCA Downtown, 1105 Oak St. Hatfield, who died Feb. 18, 2017, was a Conway native, a UCA alumnus and a UCA Department of Art professor emeritus. He created a collection of multimedia collages, paintings and sculptures. The exhibit is free and open to the public. UCA Downtown is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, contact Kristen Spickard at (501) 852-2598 or kspickard@uca.edu.

CASA Volunteer Interviews

RUSSELLVILLE — Court Appointed Special Advocates of the 5th Judicial District will have interviews for CASA volunteers in Pope County in August. Volunteers need to be at least 21 years old and interested in being an advocate for abused or neglected children in foster care in Pope County. Training sessions will be from 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Pope County Courthouse, 100 W. Main St. For more information, call (479) 880-1195.

Peas Take One Veggie Cart

CONWAY — The Faulkner County Library and the Faulkner County Urban Farm Project will have the Peas Take One Veggie Cart available each Monday throughout the summer in the front lobby of the library, 1900 Tyler St. The cart will have a wide variety of vegetables and fruits for the public to take home. Nutritional-fact cards will accompany the produce, as well as recipe cards.

Bluegrass Music Night

HEBER SPRINGS — Heber Springs Christian Church, 1101 N. Broadway St., offers a bluegrass music night from 6:30-8:30 every Tuesday. Musicians are invited to participate. Free coffee will be available.

Yoga Class at the Library

CONWAY — Danny Mize, registered yoga instructor, teaches a yoga class at 6 p.m. Thursdays at the Faulkner County Library. Mize’s class focuses on feeling good in one’s body and letting go of life’s stress while listening to music. Yoga practitioners of all skill levels, especially beginners, are welcome in the class. All library programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at (501) 327-7482 or email nancy@fcl.org.

Faulkner County Coin Club Meetings

CONWAY — The Faulkner County Coin Club meets the second Tuesday of each month at the Ola and John Hawks Senior Wellness and Activity Center, 705 E. Siebenmorgen Road. The 5 p.m. dinner is optional, and a $6 donation is suggested for those 60 and younger. A fellowship time will take place from 5:30-7 p.m. with educational speakers, show-and-tell, news and door prizes. For more information, call (501) 514-0785.

Friday Night Bingo

HEBER SPRINGS — Friday Night Bingo takes place each week at the American Legion Hall, 49 Park Road. Doors open at 5:30 for bonanzas, and regular play starts at 6:30 p.m. Food is available.

Faulkner County Tea Party Luncheon

CONWAY — The Faulkner County Tea Party has a luncheon at noon every Thursday at Larry’s Pizza, 1068 Markham St. Guest speakers and the members’ “soap box” are featured each week. All who are interested in governmental and business affairs on the county, state or national level are invited to attend.

Upcoming

Summer Concert Series

CONWAY — The Faulkner County Library’s annual Summer Concert Series takes place indoors to beat the heat. All are invited for music from local musicians and summer snacks. Wyatt Jones will perform at 2 p.m. Aug. 20. For more information, call (501) 327-7482 or email nancy@fcl.org.

Paint Night Fundraiser

CONWAY — The Urban Farm Project Paint Night Fundraiser will take place from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 23 at Branch Out Paint Bar, 1116 W. Oak St. All painting supplies will be provided, as well as drinks and snacks. Participants will create a painting to take home while raising money for the Urban Farm Project. Tickets are $30 each. Register online at www.branchoutconway.com. For more information, email faulknercountyurbanfarmproject@gmail.com.

EZ Bike Poker Rider

RUSSELLVILLE — The EZ Bike Poker Rider bike tour will take place Aug. 26, beginning at the Russellville Depot. The bike-tour fee is $35, and $20 for the running event. For more information, call (479) 567-6132.

Music Downtown at Sundown

RUSSELLVILLE — The Flat Five and Leah & the Mojo Doctors will perform at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 26 at Depot Park, 320 W. C St. The Music Downtown at Sundown concerts are free to the public, but donations are welcome. For more information, call (479) 986-2530.

Conway Conversations:Teaching Civility

CONWAY — The University of Central Arkansas will present Conway Conversations: Teaching Civility from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 29 at UCA Downtown, 1105 W. Oak St. The event, designed to integrate civility into academic and community programming, is geared toward educators, parents and youth-organization leaders. Conway Conversations is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Lesley Graybeal at (501) 852-7416. To reserve a spot at the event, call (501) 450-3118.

Relay for Life Luminaria Ceremony

RUSSELLVILLE — The traditional luminaria ceremony for the Relay for Life of Pope, Yell and Conway counties will take place from 9-9:30 p.m. Sept. 1 at Russellville Depot Park downtown. The ceremony will follow the quarterly Downtown Art Walk, scheduled to end at 9 p.m. For more information, visit the local Relay for Life web page at relayforlife.org/popear or the organization’s Facebook page.

All Re’ved Up 4 Kidz Benefit Car Show

RUSSELLVILLE — The All Re’ved Up 4 Kidz Benefit Car show will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 9 at 1509 E. Main St. (the parking lot of Brangus). The entry fee is $20 per vehicle. The event is a benefit for Court Appointed Special Advocates of the 5th Judicial District. For more information, call (479) 264-6677.

Paws at the Beach 5K Run/Walk

HEBER SPRINGS — The annual Humane Society’s Paws at the Beach 5K Run/Walk will take place Oct. 7 at Sandy Beach. Race time is 8 a.m., and the course is certified. Register at racesonline.com/events/paws-at-the-beach-5k-1k or at the race from 6:30-7:30 a.m. The entry fee is $25 if registered by Sept. 15 and $30 after that and on race day. For more information, contact Eileen Wilroy at hshumanesociety5k@gmail.com or (501) 250-4428.

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