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COMMUNITY EVENTS IN THE THREE RIVERS AREA

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

Oct. 12

Blues Concert

FAIRFIELD BAY — There will be a free blues concert at 6 p.m. at the Fairfield Bay Conference Center, 110 Lost Creek Parkway. The concert is sponsored by the North Central Arkansas Foundation for the Arts and Education. For more information, call (501) 884-4440.

Oct. 13

Chili and Hot Dog Supper Fundraiser

BEEBE — The Beebe Kiwanis Club will have its annual chili and hot dog supper fundraiser from 4-7 p.m. at the High School 9-10 Cafeteria, as part of the Beebe High School Homecoming. Tickets are $6 each or four for $20. Children 3 and younger may eat free. The all-you-can-eat meal includes homemade chili, beans, hot dogs, chips, cheese, apple crisp and a drink. Purchase tickets from Kiwanis or Beebe High School Key Club members; at the Beebe Schools Central Office or other Beebe locations; or at the door. Class-reunion groups are welcome. Proceeds will fund community projects. For more information, call Flo Fitch at (501) 230-2890 or Debra Crisco at (501) 454-3505.

Oct. 14

Photo Club Meeting

FAIRFIELD BAY — The Photo Club will meet from 9 a.m. to noon at the Fairfield Bay Community Education Center, 130 Village Place, No. 2. For more information, call (501) 884-4440.

Fish-Fry Fundraiser

AUSTIN — The Tri-Community Fire Department will host a fish fry from 4-6:30 p.m. at Station No. 1 on Arkansas 321 at Bear Road. Catfish, chicken, baked beans, french fries and all the trimmings, plus dessert and a drink, will be served. Proceeds from the event will go to the Fire Department to purchase equipment. The cost is $12 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 to 12. Children younger than 5 may eat free. For more information, call (501) 213-6444 or (501) 843-3336.

Ghost of Davidsonville Fall Festival

POCAHONTAS — Davidsonville Historic State Park will present the Ghost of Davidsonville Fall Festival from 5 p.m. until the last hayride departs around 9 p.m. Activities include, from 5-7 p.m., Dutch-oven cooking, tomahawk throwing, keelboat tours, black-powder demonstrations, pumpkin decorating, arrowhead-necklace crafting and historic kids games; and from 7-9 p.m., more games and crafts, music by Rockin’ Luke Stroud and haunted hay rides. Food will be available for purchase, catered by Roberts Country-Fied Cooking, and funnel cakes by Cub Scout Pack 45. For more information, call the park at (870) 892-4708. The park is at 8047 Arkansas 166 S., a 15-minute drive south of Pocahontas.

Craft and Country Store Sale

JACKSONVILLE — The Merry Widows and Prayer Shawl Group at St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church, 2403 McArthur Drive, will have a Craft and Country Store sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds will be used to purchase coats and shoes for local elementary school children. For more information, call the church at (501) 982-4891.

Oct. 16

Community Music Gathering

BATESVILLE — There will be a Community Music Gathering from 6-8 p.m. at First Community Bank. Singers, instrumentalists and listeners are invited to attend.

Democratic Party of White County Meeting

SEARCY — The Democratic Party of White County will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Arkansas State University-Searcy, 1800 E. Moore Ave. For more information, email white@arkdems.org or call (501) 368-9390.

Oct. 18

Retired Teachers Meeting

NEWPORT — The Jackson County Retired Teachers Association will meet at 1 p.m. at the Newport Business and Resource Center. Mary Alice Hughes of Insurance Advantage Services will speak about insurance updates for retirees. Members will have an opportunity to pay their annual dues and get a 2017-18 yearbook. All retired school personnel are invited to attend. Refreshments will be provided.

ONGOING

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.

Digital Photography Class

BATESVILLE — The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville Community and Technical Education Department will offer an introductory class in digital photography from 6-8 p.m. today, Oct. 19 and 26, and Nov. 2 in Room 240 of the UACCB Main Campus Building. Instructor Jim Krause, co-owner of Deux Bijoux Bijoux of Evening Shade, will teach the basic functions of a digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera. Students are asked to bring a digital camera with an SLR body and lens, the camera’s user manual and a journal for taking notes. The cost is $50. For more information or to register, email communityed@uaccb.edu or call (870) 612-2082.

Free GED Classes

MELBOURNE — Ozarka College will offer free GED classes, which will meet at Ozarka College in Melbourne from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 3-7- p.m. Mondays; at Ozarka College in Mammoth Spring from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 2-7 p.m. Tuesdays; at Ozarka College in Mountain View from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday; at Timbo Elementary School from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays; and at Salem High School from 4-7 p.m. Wednesdays. Registration is ongoing. For more information, call Ozarka College Adult Education at (870) 368-2051.

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.

Cybersecurity Awareness Classes

ASH FLAT — Ozarka College in Ash Flat will host free cybersecurity-awareness classes, taught by Ken Barton, with a different topic each week: Today’s Predictions for Tomorrow’s Internet, 10-11 a.m. Oct. 20; and The Internet Wants You: Consider a Career in Cybersecurity, 2-3 p.m. Oct. 24. Preregistration is required. For more information or to register, call Ozarka College-Ash Flat at (870) 994-7273.

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.

Free Brown-Bag Lunch

CABOT — The Mount Tabor United Methodist Church Women of Cabot serve a free brown-bag lunch at 11 a.m. each Thursday at the church, 4100 Arkansas 89 S. In 2016, this mission of the church served more than 8,600 lunches to the hungry and needy of Cabot.

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

Fall Festival

BATESVILLE — Eagle Mountain Magnet School, 600 Eagle Mountain Blvd., will hold its annual Fall Festival from 5-8 p.m. Oct. 20 at the school. The festival will feature a barbecue dinner, a silent auction, games, a cake walk and Dr. Frankenstein’s Laboratory. Dinner tickets are $7 and include a barbecue pork sandwich, slaw, chips and cookies. There is an optional hot dog dinner. A drive-thru will be available. For more information or tickets, call (501) 258-8370.

ExScream Thrills Haunted Hayride

AUSTIN — The ExScream Thrills Haunted Hayride will be open from 8 p.m. until the line is gone on Oct. 20, 21, 27, 28 and 31 at 1911 W. Main St. Tickets are $10 in advance if purchased from members of the Cabot Dance Academy or $12 at the gate. Group discounts are available. Proceeds from the hayrides will benefit the Cabot Dance Academy. For more information, contact the academy at (501) 605-8900 or www.cabotdanceacademy.com/exscream-thrills.html.

Cabot Library Book Sale

CABOT — The Friends of the Cabot Library will host a book sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 21 in the Community Room of the Cabot Public Library. Gently used fiction, nonfiction, young-adult and children’s books will be available for purchase, along with DVDs and music CDs. Hardback books and DVDs will sell for $1 each, and paperbacks and music CDs will be 25 cents each. Cash only — no checks or plastic. All proceeds will support the Cabot Public Library and its programs. The Cabot Animal Shelter will also be on-site with its mobile adoption unit. For more information, call the library at (855) 572-6657 or email friendsofthecabotlibrary@outlook.com.

Fall Family Day

BATESVILLE — The Old Independence Regional Museum, 380 S. Ninth St., will celebrate the fall season with Fall Family Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 21. The event is free and open to the public. The theme is Welcome to the Carnival. Visitors can play various carnival games and win prizes. Admission to the event is free, as well as all games and crafts. Museum volunteers will host a concession stand with carnival foods for purchase. Proceeds from concessions will support the museum’s general operating fund. The museum gift shop has many new items for kids and families.

Variety Night Fundraiser

CHARLOTTE — John 3:16 Ministries will present its annual Variety Night fundraiser Oct. 21 at the ministry’s multipurpose building, 75 Holmes Road. The event will feature a catfish dinner from 5-7 p.m., a silent auction from 3-7 p.m., children’s games and bounce houses, and entertainment at 6:30 p.m. A live auction will include a Spartan mower. Pat Cash, aka Aunt Minnie Miles, from Cash’s White River Hoedown in Mountain View, will be the master of ceremonies. Tickets are $10, which includes the door-prize drawing for a PT Cruiser. Corporate tables for eight are $400. Purchase tickets at First Community Bank and Dairy Queen in Batesville or at the door. For more information, call (870) 799-2525 or visit john316thecure.com.

Ham in the Park 2017

CABOT — The Small Town Amateur Radio Service (STARS), an American Legion Post 71 activity, will host its annual HAM in the Park on Oct. 21 at the Cabot Community Pond Park. This will be in conjunction with the Cabot Cub Scout Pack 205 Jamboree-on-the-Air, or JOTA. All amateur radio operators and prospective operators are invited to attend. There will be license testing, a tailgate swap meet for radio gear, and food. For more information, contact Gordon Miller at k5eo@arrl.net. For STARS activities, visit Cabot STARS Club (W5STR) on Facebook.

Arkansas Center for Independence Fundraiser

NEWPORT — The Arkansas Center for Independence will host its second annual Building for the Future and Impacting Lives fundraising banquet at 6 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Newport Country Club. Newport native Will DuPree, an Emmy-nominated reporter and anchor for KJRH, the NBC Affiliate in Tulsa, Oklahoma, will headline the event. There will be silent and live auctions, with a social hour at 5 p.m. Tickets, at $30 each or reserved tables for eight for $300, must be purchased by Oct. 17 at More Old Treasures Thrift Store in Newport, online at arkci.ticketleap.com/fallbanquet or by calling ACI at (870) 523-8488. For more information, email nstatler@arkci.com.

Leadership Coffee

JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce’s Military/Government Relations Committee will host a Leadership Coffee at 7 a.m. Oct. 25 at the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, 200 Dupree Drive. The event will welcome the wing commanders, command chiefs and group commanders from the Little Rock Air Force Base. Coffee, juice, pastries and breakfast sandwiches will be served. There will be a $5 fee for chamber members to offset food costs. There is no charge for invited military guests. Chamber members are asked to RSVP for the event. Contact Denise Heard at the chamber at (501) 982-1511.

Fall Festival Celebration

HEBER SPRINGS — All are invited to bring children to a Fall Festival celebration from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 27 at Seven Springs Rehabilitation and Health Center, 1040 Wedding Ford Road. This fun event with Seven Springs’ seniors will offer games, prizes, candy and food. There will be a costume contest at 7 p.m. For more information, call (501) 362-8137.

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. Nov. 11 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.

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. Deadlines for calendar-item submissions are noon Friday for Thursday editions and noon Tuesday for Sunday editions.

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