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COMMUNITY EVENTS IN THE THREE RIVERS AREA

This article was published November 5, 2017 at 12:00 a.m.

Nov. 5

Fall Fest

SEARCY — Pioneer Village, 1200 Higginson St., will continue its annual Fall Fest from noon to 4 p.m. The event will feature costumed characters throughout the Village, square dancing, live music, clogging, pioneer craftsman demonstrations, vendors, food, live animals and pioneer games for children. There will be Native American life activities and a Civil War camp with re-enactors. Donations will be accepted. For more information, call (501) 580-6633.

Nov. 6

Community Music Gathering

BATESVILLE — There will be a community music gathering from 6-8 p.m. at First Community Bank, on the corner of Harrison and St. Louis streets. Singers, musicians and listeners are welcome to attend the free event.

Independence County Library Fundraiser

BATESVILLE — The Independence County Library Friends Foundation will host its Spuds on the Run fundraiser — a takeout meal of a baked potato topped with smoked, pulled pork and all the trimmings, plus a dessert — Nov. 13 at First United Methodist Church, 615 E. Main St. Lunch can be picked up from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and dinner from 4-6 p.m. Tickets are $10, cash or check only, and must be purchased in advance at the Independence County Library, 368 E. Main St.; the Citizens Bank Main Branch; or the First Community Bank Main Branch. Friends members will deliver meals to groups of eight or more. For more information, call (870) 793-8814 or visit the Independence County Library’s Facebook page.

Program on Pixel Painting

FAIRFIELD BAY — Cathy Wester, a mixed-media and photography artist, will give a program about pixel painting at Bayside Studio, at the intersection of Arkansas 330 and Greenwood Road. Coffee and light refreshments will be available at 9:30 a.m., followed by a short membership meeting and the program from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The public is invited to attend the free program, which is hosted by the North Central Arkansas Artist League.

Beginning Yoga

MELBOURNE — Ozarka College will host a six-week series of beginning yoga classes through the Continuing Education program. The one-hour classes will meet Mondays from Nov. 6 through Dec. 11 in the John E. Miller Education Complex. Two sessions will be available: Session A at 4:15 p.m. and Session B at 5:30 p.m. The classes will be led by Deltha Sharp. No yoga experience is necessary. The cost is $45 for the six-week series, and preregistration is required. Participants are asked to bring a yoga mat. For more information or to register, contact Candace Killian at (870) 368-2003 or ckillian@ozarka.edu.

Nov. 7

Blue Bridge Art Auction and Fundraiser

NEWPORT — The annual Blue Bridge Art Auction and Fundraiser will take place from 6-8 p.m. in the Newport Business Resource Center, 201 Hazel St. The event will feature live and silent auctions; chances to win art pieces and door prizes; and heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, included with the purchase of a $20 ticket. For tickets or more information, contact the Newport Chamber of Commerce and the Newport Economic Development Commission at (870) 523-1009 or assistant@newportaredc.org.

Independence County Republicans Meeting

BATESVILLE — The Independence County Republicans will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Citizens Bank Annex, 285 E. College St. The Arkansas term-limits group will show attendees how to bring back the term limits that were once in effect in Arkansas.

Tai Chi Chih Classes

MELBOURNE — Ozarka College will offer a five-week series of continuing-education Tai Chi Chih classes from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning this week. Course instructor Vicki Webb said, “Tai Chi Chih is an easy-to-learn, non-martial-arts form of movement that promotes physical strength and balance, and enhances focus, concentration and emotional wellness.” The cost for all five courses is $50 for adults and $40 for seniors ages 60 and older. For more information or to register, contact Candace Killian at Ozarka College at (870) 368-2003 or ckillian@ozarka.edu, or visit taichichih.org.

Nov. 8

Retired teachers meeting

BATESVILLE —The Independence County Retired Teachers Association will meet at 11:30 a.m. at Kelley-Wyatts Restaurant in the Ramada Inn. The guest speaker will be Toi McMullin, director of the White River Medical System Volunteer Program. All retired school employees are invited to attend.

Nov. 9

Veterans Day Celebration

BEEBE — In honor of Arkansas State University-Beebe’s long relationship with the Little Rock Air Force Base and military students in the community, a special Veterans Day celebration will take place at 12:30 p.m. on the main campus at Beebe. All veterans are invited to attend. The event is free and open to the public. Those who plan to attend need to register at asub.ticketleap.com. For more information, contact Carissa Gillam, community relations coordinator, at (501) 882-8957 or visit www.asub.edu.

Nov. 10

Active and Retired Federal Employees Meeting

HEBER SPRINGS — The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) will meet at 11:30 a.m. at Mack’s Fish House, 559 Wilburn Road (Arkansas 110) near the bypass in Heber Springs. A representative from the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Federal Employees Program will discuss the upcoming Federal Employees Health Benefits Open Season and answer questions. All active and retired federal employees are invited to attend. For more information, call Kathy Golding at (501) 206-1375.

Microsoft Excel Level 1

BATESVILLE – The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s Community and Technical Education department will offer Microsoft Excel Level 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Room 222 of the UACCB Main Campus building. The class, taught by Rhonda Williams Byrd of Nightwing Consulting, will focus on the basics of Excel. The cost is $69. For more information or to register, email communityed@uaccb.edu or call (870) 612-2082.

Nov. 11

Holiday Bazaar

CHEROKEE VILLAGE — The United Methodist Women of Cherokee Village United Methodist Church, at the corner of Keno and Otter drives, will have their annual Holiday Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The bazaar features baked goods and candies, Christmas decor, craft items, a silent auction and personalized Christmas ornaments. Coffee will be available from 8:30-10 a.m., and a soup lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Proceeds will support local mission ministries. Everyone is invited to attend.

Veterans Memorial Park Unveiling

NEWPORT — An unveiling for the new Veterans Memorial Park, on the corner of Hazel and Front streets, will take place from 9:30-11 a.m.

Airport-Anniversary and Veterans Day Services

NEWPORT — There will be a Newport Municipal Airport 75th-Anniversary service and a Veterans Day memorial service at 1 p.m. at the airport, 3800 N. Operations Drive.

Veterans Day Ceremony

CABOT — Criswell Robinson American Legion Post 71 will host a Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Veterans Park Event Center, 508 N. Lincoln St. The master of ceremonies will be Allen Miller, and the guest speaker will be Chuck Eick. The Cabot High School ROTC rifle exhibition team will perform. The ceremony is open to the public. For more information, call Post 71 at (501) 203-5715.

Fine Arts and Craft Sale

SEARCY — The Creative Arts Society will sponsor a Fine Arts and Craft Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the White County Fairgrounds, 802 Davis Drive. The family-friendly event will feature arts and crafts of all sizes and mediums; live music; and food. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet artists and view their original pieces up close.

ONGOING

Acrylic Image Transfers

BATESVILLE — Gallery 246, at 243 E. Main St., will offer a class on acrylic image transfers, taught by Karen Baker, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 9, 16 and 30. Participants will learn how to turn black-and-white copies of family photographs into keepsakes. Materials will be provided. The cost is $55 for all three classes. To register, call (870) 262-8066.

Shepherd’s Center Wednesday Activities

BEEBE — From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Wednesday at the Shepherd’s Center at Beebe United Methodist Church, 302A N. Main St., seniors participate in classes in quilting, art, jewelry making, scrapbooking, card making, genealogy, beginning computers, Bible discussions and bridge. At special times, cake decorating, holiday food preparation and ethnic food classes are offered, and in the spring, American Sign Language and gardening. Lunch is a potluck served to all who attend, whether or not they bring a dish.

Blue Ribbon Beauties Exhibit

FAIRFIELD BAY — The Fairfield Bay Community Education Center will present the Blue Ribbon Beauties exhibit from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Nov. 24. This is an exhibit of the blue-ribbon-awarded photography and written stories from the 2017 Van Buren County Fair submitted by Education Center photographers and writers. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Community and Technical Education Classes

BATESVILLE — The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s Community and Technical Education department will offer the following classes: Microsoft Excel Level 1, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday; Microsoft Access Fundamentals, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 16; and Microsoft Excel Formulas, 8:30 a.m. to noon Nov. 30. The cost for each class is $69. For more information or to register, email communityed@uaccb.edu or call (870) 612-2082.

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.

Beebe Kiwanis Club Meetings

BEEBE — The Beebe Kiwanis Club meets at noon the first and third Thursdays of each month in the Stephens Room of the Student Center at Arkansas State University-Beebe. Kiwanis is a volunteer organization with the mission of helping youth in the community. For more information, call Flo Fitch at (501) 230-2890 or Debra Crisco at (501) 454-3505.

Civitan Meetings

CABOT — Civitan meets at 6 p.m. the first and third Mondays of the month at First Security Bank in downtown Cabot. Civitan is an organization that provides training and support for people with developmental disabilities.

Vietnam War Veterans Meetings

MELBOURNE — The Izard County Veterans Service Office is sponsoring meetings for veterans of the Vietnam War era, all service branches. The group meets from 10:30 a.m. to noon the first and third Thursdays of the month in the old Kustom Made Graphics building, 614 Main St., directly across from Mark’s Pharmacy. All are welcome to attend for coffee, talk, pastries and tales. Parking will be in the shopping-center parking lot.

Opportunity for Bridge Players

BEEBE — Bridge players are needed at 1 p.m. Wednesdays at the Shepherd’s Center at Beebe United Methodist Church, 302A N. Main St. Beginners are welcome. For more information, call (501) 843-2930.

Beebe Caregivers Support Group

BEEBE — The Beebe Caregivers Support Group meets at 3 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at the Shepherd’s Center at Beebe United Methodist Church, 302A N. Main St. For more information, call Sandra Garrett at (501) 940-4021.

Alzheimer’s Support Group

CABOT — The Alzheimer’s Support Group meets at 10 a.m. the second Tuesday of each month at Cabot United Methodist Church, 2003 S. Pine St. For more information, call (501) 265-0027.

Republicans Meetings

NEWPORT — The Jackson County Republicans meet at 7 p.m. the fourth Monday of the month at Merchants and Planters Bank, 915 Arkansas 367 N. For more information, call Jeff McDonald at (870) 731-7646.

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.

Cabot Lions Club Meetings

CABOT — The Cabot Lions Club has regular get-togethers at noon the first and third Thursdays of the month at the Kingpin Sports Grill. Lions serve local communities and protect the planet. Club members provide children with eyeglasses, offer food for seniors and provide assistance during natural disasters. All are invited to the meetings.

Upcoming

Holiday Open House

SEARCY — A holiday open house will take place from 1-4 p.m. Nov. 12 at The Boutique, 112 N. Spring St. The event will feature refreshments and door prizes. For more information, call (501) 268-3434.

Small Town Amateur Radio Service Meeting

CABOT — The Small Town Amateur Radio Service (STARS) ham radio group will have its monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at Criswell Robinson American Legion Post 71, 114 N First St. The group meets the second Sunday of every month. For more information, call Post 71 at (501) 203-5715.

Christmas Open House

CABOT — The Ladies Auxiliary of American Legion Post 71 will have a Christmas open house from 12:30-5 p.m. Nov. 12 at 114 N. First St. The event will feature chances for a raffle, cookies, poppies for sale, and shopping for jewelry and scarfs for Christmas gifts. For more information, call Susie Goebel at (501) 203-5715.

Izard County Republican Committee Meeting

MELBOURNE — The Izard County Republican Committee will have its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Fellowship Hall of Melbourne Community Church, 114 Jackson. The speaker will be Mark Harrington of Mark’s Pharmacy on the merits of having a marijuana dispensary in Izard County. For more information, call John at (870) 670-4330.

Cleburne County Retired Teachers Meeting

HEBER SPRINGS — The Cleburne County Retired Teachers Association will have a business meeting at noon Nov. 14 at the Rustic Inn, 404 S. Seventh St. All retired school personnel are invited to attend. For more information, call Lavern Penn at (501) 206-0357.

Veterans Thanksgiving Dinner

CABOT — Criswell Robinson American Legion Post 71 will have its annual Thanksgiving dinner for all veterans and their families at 6 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Army National Guard Armory, 300 Commerce Park Drive. For more information, call Post 71 at (501) 203-5715.

Holiday Gala Ball

NEWPORT — The annual Holiday Gala Ball at Jacksonport State Park will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 18. The 52nd Regimental String Band from Memphis will perform romantic melodies of the 19th century, and refreshments will be served. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 7 to 12. Children ages 6 and younger will be admitted free. For more information, contact park interpreter Vicky Schoeneweis at Jacksonport State Park, 205 Ave. St., Newport, AR, 72112; (870) 523-2143; or vicky.schoeneweis@arkansas.gov.

Jackson County Rubber Duck Raffle

NEWPORT — The Jackson County Rubber Duck Raffle will take place Nov. 20 at Lockwood Park. The drawing will be at noon, and winners must be present. Tickets are $5 each or three for $10. The first place prize will be $2,000, second place will be a 2nd Gen Apple Watch, and third place will be a 55-inch Sanyo TV. All proceeds from the event will benefit the March of Dimes.

Beebe Christmas Parade

BEEBE — The Beebe Christmas Parade is set for 6 p.m. Dec. 2. This year’s theme is “The 12 Days of Christmas.” The entry fee for a float is $10. Registration forms and rules can be found at www.beebeark.org. Awards will be given in four categories: commercial, civic, educational and religious. For more information, call the Beebe Chamber of Commerce at (501) 882-8135.

Jacksonville Christmas Parade

JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville Parks and Recreation will host the city’s 60th annual Christmas parade at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5. The night parade will feature illuminated floats, Santa and parade favorites: marching bands, floats, dance groups and the Jacksonville Fire Department. Entry forms are available at www.cityofjacksonville.net. The entry fee is $25. For more information, call (501) 982-4171 or visit the city’s website.

Ward Christmas Parade

WARD — The Ward Christmas Parade will begin at 3 p.m. Dec. 9 at Markham and Second streets. A Christmas-tree lighting will follow the parade, with cookies and refreshments served. The entry fee for floats is $5. There will be awards for the top three floats. Entry forms are available at the City Hall reception desk. The deadline to enter is Dec. 8. For more information, call Parks Director Karen Dawson at (501) 843-7686.

Cabot Christmas Parade

CABOT — Cabot’s Christmas parade will begin at 3 p.m. Dec. 10. The theme is “A Hollywood Movies Christmas!” Participants are asked to use the theme to design a float. Entry forms, parade rules and route maps are available at the Veterans Park Community Center, the Cabot Chamber of Commerce office and www.cabotparks.com. The deadline to register is Dec. 4. Send completed forms and a $10 entry fee to Cabot Christmas Parade, P.O. Box 1101, Cabot, AR 72023. For more information, call (501) 920-2122 or email cabotbeautiful@yahoo.com.

To submit an item for the Calendar of Events, mail information to Calendar of Events, Three Rivers Edition, P.O. Box 2221, Little Rock, AR, 72203; send faxes to (501) 378-3500; or email trnews@arkansasonline.com. The deadline for calendar-item submissions is noon Tuesday.

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