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COMMUNITY EVENTS IN THE RIVER VALLEY & OZARK AREA

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

Nov. 12

Song Poet Performance

CONWAY — Troubadour Dana Cooper will perform at 2 p.m. at the Faulkner County Library. He has performed on Austin City Limits and Mountain Stage and at the Kerrville Folk Festival. He has recorded 25 albums, including Building a Human Being in September 2015 with co-producer/guitarist Thomm Jutz. All library events are free and open to the public. For more information, call (501) 327-7482 or email nancy@fcl.org. To learn more about Cooper, visit danacoopermusic.com.

Cookies With Santa

CONWAY — Cookies with Santa will be presented from 1-4 p.m. at UCA Downtown, 1105 Oak St. Kids will have an opportunity to decorate a cookie and tell Santa their wish lists. For more information, call Autumn at (501) 450-3118.

Nov. 13

Arkansas Coding Academy Demo Day

CONWAY — An Arkansas Coding Academy Demo Day will take place from 1-3 p.m. at UCA Downtown, 1105 Oak St. Full-time and part-time coding classes have been working with JAVA and creating web-based applications. Visit UCA Downtown to view the students’ creations. For more information, call Anita at (501) 450-1715.

Nov. 14

Entertaining With Petit Jean Meats

CONWAY — Entertaining With Petit Jean Meats will be presented from 6-8 p.m. at UCA Downtown, 1105 Oak St. Participants will learn how to create bacon bourbon jam and sausage entrees, and will explore several ways to cook and serve a Petit Jean ham. To register for the class, call Reuel at (501) 450-3429 .

Getting Out of the Boxes

CONWAY — Getting Out of the Boxes: Racing Toward Communication, Connection and Community will take place from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Faulkner County Library, 1900 Tyler St. Participants will come together to talk with one another and raise awareness about how race affects the economic, political and social well-being of the entire Conway community. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Local Entrepreneurship Panel Discussion

RUSSELLVILLE — In recognition of Global Entrepreneur Week, Arkansas Tech University will host a panel discussion about the entrepreneurial ecosystem at 10 a.m. in the W.O. Young Building Ballroom, 207 W. O St. Admission is free and open to the public. Topics will include how social, governmental, economic and educational networks in a community can work together to support a culture that fosters entrepreneurship, encourages new business development and supports small businesses. For more information, contact Tiffany Henry at thenry1@atu.edu or (479) 880-4327.

Cleburne County Retired Teachers Meeting

HEBER SPRINGS — The Cleburne County Retired Teachers Association will have a business meeting at noon 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.

Nov. 16

Employer Informational Meeting

CONWAY — An Arkansas Coding Academy employer informational meeting will take place from 5-7 p.m. at UCA Downtown, 1105 Oak St. For more information, call Anita at (501) 450-1715.

UCA University Chorus Concert

CONWAY — The University of Central Arkansas University Chorus, under the direction of Sheri Cook-Cunningham, will be in concert at 7:30 p.m. in UCA’s Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall. The VOCA (Voices of Central Arkansas) High School Choir will join with the University Chorus to sing several tunes, and four student conductors will direct selections. This is a nonauditioned choir and is open to any UCA student. For more information on the concert or joining the choir, contact Cook-Cunningham at (501) 450-5774 or scookcunningham@uca.edu.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

CONWAY — A Charlie Brown Christmas will visit the University of Central Arkansas’ Reynolds Performance Hall at 7:30 p.m. There are currently very few tickets available. This live show features the Vince Guaraldi score performed onstage by a jazz trio. Following the 80-minute show, the audience will be encouraged to join the cast in a holiday singalong. Tickets are $30 to $40 for adults and $10 for children and UCA students with a valid UCA ID. Call UCA Ticket Central at (501) 450-3265 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday or toll-free in Arkansas at (866) 810-0012, or visit www.uca.edu/reynolds.

Maumelle Newcomers Luncheon

MAUMELLE — A Maumelle Newcomers Luncheon will take place at 11 a.m. at the Maumelle Country Club. The program will feature a video of the work of Heifer International in Nepal, presented by Cindy Seller-Roach. The cost is $15. For reservations, call Betty McBurnett at (501) 664-7196 by Monday.

Apprenticeship Informational Meeting

CONWAY — An Arkansas Coding Academy Apprenticeship Informational Meeting will take place from 5-7 p.m. at UCA Downtown, 1105 Oak St. For more information, call Anita at (501) 450-1715.

Nov. 17

Lantern Theatre Launch Party

CONWAY — The Lantern Theatre, 1021 Van Ronkle St., will have its Launch Party at 6:30 p.m. The theater will celebrate performances from the past year, with people’s choice awards and performances from The Importance of Being Earnest, [Title of Show], Hate Mail and more. The theater will also announce its 2018 Lantern Theatre season.

Nov. 18

Tree-mendous Silent Auction Fundraiser

MORRILTON — Everyone is invited to the fourth annual Tree-mendous Silent Auction Fundraiser from 9:30-11 a.m. at 1207 E. Harding (the Old Allison Magie Ford Building). There will be decorated trees, wreaths, centerpieces, ornaments and nibbles. Kids are welcome to have cookies with Santa. Proceeds from the event will support men, women and children served by The Safe Place. Admission is $20 for adults ages 18 and older. For more information, call Jo Warren at (501) 354-1884 or (501) 208-1065 or Dusty Norris at (479) 264-5225, or email thesafeplace@suddenlinkmail.com.

Ongoing

Veterans Service Office Closure

MELBOURNE — The Izard County Veterans Service Office, 312 Haley St., will be closed Tuesday through Dec. 4. Anyone who needs Veterans Administration information or paperwork during that period may contact Elesha Granniss, District 3 VSO, at (870) 404-6944 or elesha.granniss@arkansas.gov., or the VSO in any surrounding county.

Russellville Christmas Parade Entry deadline

RUSSELLVILLE — The entry deadline for the 2017 Russellville Christmas Parade is noon Dec. 4. Entries will not be accepted past this time. Parade entry forms are available at the Recreation and Parks Department office, 1000 E. Parkway, and at www.russellvillearkansas.org. For more information, call the Recreation and Parks Department at (479) 968-1272.

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. 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.

Master Gardeners Online Training

RUSSELLVILLE — The Pope County Master Gardeners will offer Master Gardener training online beginning Jan. 16. The deadline to apply is Dec. 8. For more information or an application, contact the Pope County Cooperative Extension Office at pope-russellville@uaex.edu or call (479) 968-7098.

Fall BA/BFA Senior Exhibit

CONWAY — The Baum Gallery at the University of Central Arkansas will host its Fall BA/BFA Senior Exhibit through Dec. 7. A weekend reception will be held from 2-4 p.m. Nov. 19 at the gallery, located in McCastlain Hall. Fall graduating seniors in the exhibit include Kaitlyn Haynes, Conway; Winsor Luke, Canyon, Texas; Shiori Soya, Tokyo; Josh Steging, North Little Rock; Kaelyn Suarez, Bald Knob; Lauren Swaim, Little Rock; Jordan Tribble, El Dorado; Abigail Nipper, Conway; Kelsee Sawrie, Bradford; Emily Willhite; Greg Beene; Kolby Black; Georgie McCarthy; and Leah Roddey.

Master Naturalists Classes

CLINTON — Training for the 2018 class of the Foothills Arkansas Master Naturalists Chapter will begin in January. Master Naturalists help build and maintain trails, test water quality, conduct plant and animal surveys, remove invasive plants and educate the public about Arkansas’ natural areas. For an application form, go to wordpress.arkansasmasternaturalists.org. Select “How Do I Join?” and scroll down to Foothills (FAMN). For more information, email twnowlin@artelco.com.

Humane Society Benefit Bingo

GREENBRIER — Bingo, sponsored by the Humane Society of Faulkner County, takes place every third Friday at the Melton Cotton City Event Center, 5 Lois Lane. Pregames start at 5:30 p.m., and full games begin at 6:30. Proceeds from the event benefit the Sloan-Swindel Spay and Neuter Memorial Fund. For more information, email rescuethestrays@yahoo.com.

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

Turkey Trot 5K

CONWAY — The United Way of Central Arkansas will present its third annual Turkey Trot 5K, a family fun run and walk, on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23. The race will start at 8:30 a.m. at Centennial Valley Country Club, 1600 Centennial Club Drive. Packet pickup and registration, for $25, will be from 7-8 a.m. To register online, volunteer or see the race route, go to uwcark.org. For more information, call the United Way of Central Arkansas in Conway at (501) 327-5087.

Basic Trout Fishing Clinic

RUSSELLVILLE — A Basic Trout Fishing Clinic has been set for 6-7 p.m. Nov. 28 at the Hughes Community Center in conjunction with Trout Day 2017. The clinic is free, and a certificate for a free rod and reel will be given to the first 50 kids 15 and younger who attend the clinic. Each child must bring the certificate to Trout Day on Dec. 2 to receive the rod-and-reel combo. For more information, call the Hughes Center at (479) 968-1272.

Trout Day 2017

RUSSELLVILLE — The Caddis Fly Fishing Club, the Russellville Recreation and Parks Department and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission are bringing seasonal trout fishing to Russellville. The AGFC will stock Pleasant View Park pond with 1,200 rainbow trout, and Trout Day 2017 will be take place from 9 a.m. to noon. Dec. 2. Both bait fishing and fly-fishing will be available, and bait will be provided. A fishing license and trout permit (stamp) are required for people 16 and older. The limit of five rainbow trout will apply. Members of the club will be available to help people try fly-fishing for trout. For more information, call the Hughes Community Center at (479) 968-1272.

Tim Ernst Slide Show

CONWAY — Tim Ernst, Arkansas’ wildlife photographer, will present a slide show at 7 p.m. Nov. 29 at the Faulkner County Library. Ernst’s photographs capture the beauty and wonder of The Natural State. Ernst will have available for sale at special prices a large selection of picture books, guidebooks, calendars and matted prints, as well as his newest book, Arkansas Beauty. For more information, call the library at (501) 327-7482 or email nancy@fcl.org.

Conway Regional Tribute Tree Lighting

CONWAY — The Conway Regional Tribute Tree lighting event will begin at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 30 by the fountain at the east entrance of Conway Regional Medical Center. The lights will be lit at 6 p.m. The event will feature holiday music, selfies with Santa and his elves, hot chocolate and treats for the kids. The Conway Regional Gift Shop will be open. The Tribute Tree funds scholarships for students who plan to work in the health care field. Tributes and donations will be accepted through December. For more information, call (501) 513-5778 or visit www.conwayregional.org/tributetree.

Living Nativity

CONWAY — Salem United Methodist Church, 1018 Salem Road, will present a living Nativity from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9. Attendees will witness a retelling of the Nativity story and will walk through scenes featuring King Herod, the Three Wise Men, shepherds, Mary, Joseph, and the manger and the Baby Jesus. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the church at (501) 327-2884.

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. The deadline for calendar-item submissions is noon Tuesday.

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