COMMUNITY EVENTS IN THE RIVER VALLEY & OZARK AREA

Published October 15, 2017 at 12:00 a.m.
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Oct. 15

Your Voice, Your Views

CONWAY — The Arkansas Network for Justice will host a community event — Your Voice, Your Views — at 2 p.m. at the Faulkner County Library. The Network invites everyone to join a conversation and listening session about the death penalty. The Network will listen to viewpoints and opinions, and make a record of comments without attributing sources. Refreshments will be served. All library events are free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at (501) 327-7482 or email nancy@fcl.org.

Oct. 17

Faulkner County Retired Teachers Meeting

CONWAY — The Faulkner County Retired Teachers will meet at 1:30 p.m. in the First Baptist Church Activity Center, 1719 Robinson Ave. The program will be by Charlotte Strickland, the University of Central Arkansas director of professional development and training. Matt Hughes of Hughes and Associates will be at the meeting to answer questions.

Trombone Choir Concert

CONWAY — The University of Central Arkansas trombone choir, BearBones, will be in concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall. The performance will include “Celebration,” by Walter Hartley; “Seven Trombones of the Apocalypse,” by Santiago Miguel Alarcón; “O Sacred Head,” by J.S. Bach; “6.35,” by Steven Verhelst; “Musical Sequences” by Vladislay Blazhevich; “Full Tilt,” by Anthony DiLorenzo; “Inveni David,” by Anton Bruckner; and “Olympic Fanfare,” by John Williams. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Justin Cook at (501) 450-3333 or jcook@uca.edu.

Immigration Service Fair

CONWAY — An Immigration Service Fair will take place from 7-9 p.m. at UCA Downtown, 1105 Oak St. This session will inform students and community members about how they can become more involved in working with organizations that help immigrant communities. The session will include discussions from students and faculty members who have engaged in service-learning projects, as well as a service fair, in which attendees can learn more about various organizations. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Zach Smith at (501) 450-5650.

Oct. 19

Maumelle Newcomers Luncheon

MAUMELLE — The Maumelle Newcomers Luncheon will take place at 11 a.m. at the Maumelle Country Club. The program will feature Mark Christ, who will discuss the Arkansas State Parks Passport Program. The cost is $15. For reservations, call Betty McBurnett at (501) 664-7196 by Monday.

Oct. 20

National Active and Retired Federal Employees Meeting

GREERS FERRY — The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE), Chapter 1156, will meet at 11:30 a.m. at Large Mouth Pizza, 8379 Edgemont Road (Arkansas 16). The guest speaker will be Bob Thompson from the Fairfield Bay Conference Center. All active and retired federal employees are invited to attend. For more information, call Kathy Golding at (501) 206-1375.

Oct. 21

Presentation of the Baha’i Faith

CONWAY — A presentation of the Baha’i Faith, a religion based upon the unity of mankind, will take place at 2 p.m. at the Faulkner County Library, 1900 Tyler St. The presentation is in commemoration of the bicentenary of the birth of Baha’u’llah, the founder of the Baha’i Faith. Following the presentation, light refreshments will be served. All library events are free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at (501) 327-7482, or email nancy@fcl.org.

Rose Show

CONWAY — The Central Arkansas Rose Society will hold its 49th annual rose show from 1:30-4 p.m. Saturday at Antioch Baptist Church, 150 Amity Road. All are welcome to exhibit blooms in the show. Admission is free. From 8-9 a.m., a society member will assist people with entering their roses. For more information, contact Carol Shockley at carol.shockley@conwaycorp.net, or Don and Paula Adlong at (501) 329-6996 or dona@alliancecable.net. For more information, visit www.centralarkansasrosesociety.com.

Fill the Truck

MORRILTON — The Conway County Care Center will stock its food pantries through the Harvest of Hope Food Drive, which will include a Fill the Truck event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Haynes Homes Center, 4 Davis Drive, near Kroger. All are asked to help by volunteering at the site or contributing nonperishable food items. For more information, visit www.conwaycountycarecenter.com or the Conway County Care Center Facebook page, or call store manager Cindy Lucariello at (501) 354-1454.

Automotive Care 101

CONWAY — Automotive Care 101 will meet from 1-2:30 p.m. at Hines Service Center, 798 Sixth Ave. The class will teach participants about safety, checking fluid levels, changing the oil, maintaining a car’s cooling system, changing a flat and more. The class is free and open to the public. To register, call Autumn at (501) 450-3118.

Spaghetti and Sausage Dinner

ST. VINCENT — The St. Mary’s Altar Society will sponsor its annual fall spaghetti and sausage dinner from 5-8 p.m. in the Parish Hall of St. Mary Church. The all-you-can-eat dinner costs $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6 to 10. Children 5 and younger may eat free. The menu includes slaw, green beans, homemade bread and pie. Adult takeout meals will be available. The event will feature a bake sale, a country kitchen and a silent auction. The church is 10 miles north of Morrilton on Arkansas 95. For more information, call Francis Gottsponer at (501) 354-4737.

Ongoing

Food for Fines Program

MORRILTON — The Conway County Library, 101 W. Church St., will offer its Food for Fines Program through Oct. 31 so that patrons can help others while taking care of fines for overdue library materials. Patrons may donate nonperishable food items when returning overdue materials to erase the fine for that item, as well as other fines. Each food item represents $1, and up to 10 items may be used to cancel up to $10 of fines. Food may not be used to waive charges for items that are lost. Additional donations are encouraged, as well as food items from those who do not have fines. For more information, call (501) 354-5204.

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.

Conway League of Artists Fall Show and Sale

CONWAY — The Conway League of Artists Fall Show and Sale has the theme Arkansas: Its People, Flora, Fauna or Vistas. The artwork will be on display through Friday at the Faulkner County Library. Awards will be presented at a closing reception from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the library. For more information, contact Pauline Butts at (501) 314-8656 or pilan_artist@yahoo.com, or Marilyn Rishkofski at (603) 918-9237 or marilyn@artexperienceinc.com.

Orange Art Exhibit

CLINTON — The North Central Arkansas Artist League’s Orange art exhibit is on display through Nov. 6 at Ozark Health Medical Center, 2500 U.S. 65 S. The nearly 50 paintings by 12 artists include watercolors, acrylics, oil paintings, pen and ink, and pointillism, all using the color orange somewhere in the art. The Outpatient Wing display downstairs can be viewed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and the Cafeteria display, in the hallways upstairs near the cafeteria, is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week.

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

Friends of the Library Annual Meeting

MORRILTON — The Friends of the Library’s annual meeting will be at 2 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Conway County Library, 101 W. Church St. Judge Charles Eddy will be he guest speaker, and he will discuss his new memoir, Dreams Realized: Hunting Wild Sheep. Light refreshments will be provided. Members will have an opportunity to renew their memberships, and others are encouraged to join the organization at the meeting. For more information, call the library at (501) 354-5204.

Arkansas River Valley Audubon Society Meeting

CONWAY — The Arkansas River Valley Audubon Society will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 in Room 010 of the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Life Sciences at Hendrix College, in the basement’s north hall of the building. Call (501) 977-3899 for directions. Stephanie Nefas will present a program on least terns that includes a PowerPoint presentation of Interior Least Terns Breeding on River Sandbar Habitat and videos of interior least terns. Refreshments will be served, and the public is invited to attend.

Intermediate Hoop Dance Class

CONWAY — An Intermediate Hoop Dance class will meet from 6-6:45 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 23 to Nov. 20, at the Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center at the University of Central Arkansas. The class introduces intermediate-level hula-hoop tricks and transitions. It’s a great way to exercise and have fun at the same time. To register, call Autumn at (501) 450-3118.

Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live!

CONWAY — Jack Hanna will bring his Into the Wild Live! to the University of Central Arkansas’ Reynolds Performance Hall at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27. The performance will include around 15 live animals, Hanna’s humorous stories and footage from his travels. Tickets are $30 to $40 for the general public and $10 for children and UCA students with a valid student 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.

Fall Festival Celebration

HEBER SPRINGS — All are invited to bring children to the 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.

KidsFest

RUSSELLVILLE — The Russellville Recreation and Parks Department will present KidsFest from 5-8 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Hughes Community Center. The event is free for all area children. There will be games, prizes, candy and a hero alley. For more information, call the Hughes Center at (479) 968-1272.

Market Place Rummage Sale

MORRILTON — First United Methodist Church, 201 S. Chestnut St., will present a Market Place Rummage Sale on Nov. 2-4. From 4-7 p.m. Nov. 2, there will be an Early Bird Sale, with a 30 percent markup on items. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 3, the sale will feature prices as marked and a bake sale. From 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Nov. 4, items will be sold at half price or for $5 a bag. Proceeds from the sale will fund donations to community organizations. For more information, call the church at (501) 354-4077.

Tree-mendous Silent Auction Fundraiser

MORRILTON — Everyone is invited to the fourth annual Tree-mendous Silent Auction Fundraiser from 9:30-11 a.m. Nov. 18 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.

Russellville Christmas Parade

RUSSELLVILLE — The 2017 Russellville Christmas Parade has been set for 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7. The rainout date is Dec 11. All entries must have a Christmas theme. Parade entry forms are available at the Recreation and Parks Department office, 1000 E. Parkway, or at www.russellvillearkansas.org. Entry fees are $25 for a float, and $100 for a commercial entry other than a float. Entry forms are required. The deadline to enter is noon Dec. 4. For more information, call Recreation and Parks at (479) 968-1272.

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

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