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COMMUNITY EVENTS IN THE TRI-LAKES EDITION

This article was published November 26, 2017 at 12:00 a.m.

Nov. 30

Red Cross Blood Drive

ARKADELPHIA — The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 1-5 p.m. at First United Methodist Church. A donor card or photo ID will be required. For more information or to request an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org.

Nov. 30 and Dec. 7

Planetarium Show: Mystery of the Christmas Star

ARKADELPHIA — Henderson State University will present Mystery of the Christmas Star at 7 p.m. Thursday and at 6 p.m. Dec. 7 in HSU’s Reynolds Science Center Planetarium. Admission is $3 or $1 with a student ID. The show is open to the public. Late arrivals will not be admitted. For more information, call (870) 230-5162.

Friday and Saturday

A Festival of Christmas

ARKADELPHIA — Ouachita Baptist University’s School of Fine Arts will present A Festival of Christmas at 7:30 p.m. both days in the Jones Performing Arts Center to mark the 25th anniversary of the event and of the construction of the arts center. The concert will feature the Ouachita Concert Choir, Ouachita Sounds, the Women’s Chorus, the Ouachita Singers and the Ouachita Honor Choir, a children’s chorus, along with instrumental groups. Tickets, at $12 each, can be purchased at www.obu.edu/boxoffice or at the JPAC Box Office from 1-5 p.m. weekdays. Ouachita students receive one free ticket with a current student ID. For more information, call the box office at (870) 245-5555.

Ongoing

Holiday Bazaar

ARKADELPHIA — A Holiday Bazaar show and sale will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays through Dec. 15 at the Arkadelphia Arts Center, 625 Main St. Included in the sale are holiday finds, collectibles, toys and more. For more information, visit ccahc.org or call (870) 403-8216.

Holiday Lights

HOT SPRINGS — The 15th annual Holiday Lights event will begin at 3 p.m. daily through New Year’s Eve, with the exception of Thanksgiving and Christmas days, at Garvan Woodland Gardens. The event will feature ice tunnels, a fully animated James the Train, a miniature Train Garden, a free hot-chocolate tent and 4 acres of holiday lights. Admission is $15 for adults and $5 for children ages 4 through 12. Dogs are not allowed in the park. For more information, visit garvangardens.org.

Stuff the Bus

BRYANT/BENTON — Now through December, the Bryant and Benton school-bus drivers will team up to start an annual Saline County Stuff the Bus Christmas event for the children of Saline County. Proceeds will go to the Saline County Toy Commission and the Healing Waters Outreach Center. For more information, contact Shanon Pinson at (501) 557-8772.

Art Exhibit

HOT SPRINGS — A Natural Perspective, the November exhibit at the Justus Fine Art Gallery, 827A Central Ave., will feature work by Robyn Horn, Dolores Justus, Jill Kyong, John Lasater and others. The show will be on display through Wednesday. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday or by appointment. For more information, call (501) 321-2335 or visit justusfineart.com.

Smithsonian Hometown Teams Exhibit

ARKADELPHIA — Ouachita Baptist University will host a national traveling exhibition titled Hometown Teams, presented by the Smithsonian Institution, through Dec. 9 in the Mabee Fine Arts Center’s Hammons Gallery. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, call (870) 245-5208.

Ageless Bikers Club

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Ageless Bikers Club has 10 different bike rides that are 16 to 35 miles long. The rides are on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays on quiet paved country roads (one ride has up to 3 miles of gravel). No one is left behind, and the group stops often to regroup and socialize. Several rides are “out and back,” so the beginner can turn back for a shorter ride. Start times for the rides are seasonal, so for a schedule, contact Dave OBrien at (830) 285-5129 or djob1947boom@gmail.com.

Merry Mixers Dance Club

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Merry Mixers Dance Club meets at 7:30 p.m. the third Saturday of each month in the Coronado Community Center. A dance lesson will be held at 7 p.m. before dances begin. Admission is $10 per person, with annual membership packages available for $60 for all nine dances. For more information, call (501) 915-8111.

Free Exercise Classes

ARKADELPHIA — The Central Arkansas Development Council’s Arkadelphia Senior Activity Center invites the public to a free Zumba class at 11 a.m. every Wednesday at the center, 1305 N. 10th St. The class, taught by a local fitness instructor, is geared for seniors ages 60 and older. The center also offers a free exercise class at 11 a.m. Mondays, as well as chair volleyball and beanbag baseball teams that practice daily. For more information, call the center at (870) 246-9871.

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group

HOT SPRINGS — The Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group meets at 2:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at The Atrium at Serenity Pointe, 2803 Albert Pike Road. For more information, call (501) 844-5161.

Free Yoga Class

BENTON — McClure Fitness, 1200 Library Drive, offers a free community yoga class at 10 a.m. every Saturday. For more information, call (501) 269-1662.

Alzheimer’s Caretaker Support Group

BENTON — The Alzheimer’s Arkansas Caretaker Support Group meets from 2-4 p.m. the third Thursday of every month at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

Upcoming

Master Gardeners Presentation

BENTON — The Saline County Master Gardeners will present herbalist Cindy Faulk at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library. Faulk will demonstrate how to make Christmas decorations using herbs. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

Service of Lessons and Carols

ARKADELPHIA — Ouachita Baptist University will present the annual Service of Lessons and Carols at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 in McBeth Recital Hall. The free event will feature a series of Scripture readings and Christmas carols. For more information, call (870) 245-5208.

To submit an event, mail information to Calendar of Events, Tri-Lakes Edition, P.O. Box 221, Little Rock, AR 72203; fax (501) 378-3500; or email tlnews@arkansasonline.com. The deadline for calendar-item submissions is noon Tuesday each week.

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