COMMUNITY EVENTS IN THE RIVER VALLEY & OZARK AREA

Published September 10, 2017 at 12:00 a.m.
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Sept. 10

School Open House

CONWAY — The public is invited to an open house from 2-3 p.m. at the newly renovated Marguerite Vann Elementary School, 2845 Carl Stuart Road.

Church Bazaar

PETIT JEAN MOUNTAIN — St. Elizabeth Church will host its annual church bazaar from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. An all-you-can-eat spaghetti and sausage lunch will be available until 2 p.m. Tickets are $13 for adults and $6 for children ages 6-12. Children 5 and younger may eat free when accompanied by an adult. There will be games and prizes, including a trip to Branson, Missouri; a Yeti Hopper 20; and a John Deere 6V Kids Gator. Takeout meals are available by calling (501) 354-0631.

Sept. 10, 15-17

Deathtrap

CONWAY — Red Curtain Theatre will present Deathtrap, by Ira Levin, at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. today and Sept. 17, in the auditorium at Conway Junior High School, 1815 Prince St. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased online at redcurtaintheatre.com. Because of its mature content, this show is not recommended for children. For more information, call (501) 499-9776.

Sept. 11

Women’s Leadership Network Reception

CONWAY — A Women’s Leadership Network Reception will take place from 3-4:30 p.m. at UCA Downtown, 1105 Oak St. Hosted by University of Central Arkansas first lady Jenny Davis, this is a free opportunity for women in leadership positions to network with one another. Register is requested. To register, call Autumn at (501) 450-3118.

Sept. 11 and 12

Blood Drive

CONWAY — Conway Regional Medical Center and the Arkansas Blood Institute will have a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday in the Conway Regional Auditorium on the medical center campus at 2302 College Ave. ABI spokesman Vince Maniace said there is currently a critical shortage of O-negative blood products. If possible, donors are asked to make appointments online at www.yourbloodinstitute.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/196678. For more information, contact Maniace at vince.maniace@obi.org.

Sept. 12

Soccer Lights Dedication

RUSSELLVILLE — The city of Russellville invites the public to the dedication of the new soccer lights at the Russellville Soccer Complex, 901 Lock and Dam Road, at 11:30 a.m. The lights were funded by a 50/50 Land and Water Conservation Fund matching grant from the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism’s Recreation Outdoor Recreation Grant Program. The matching funds were paid from the city’s 1 cent sales-tax fund.

Fundraising Pyramid 101

CONWAY — Fundraising Pyramid 101, a free workshop designed for nonprofit staff and board members, will be offered from 9-11 a.m. at UCA Downtown, 1105 Oak St. To register, call Lesley at (501) 852-7416.

Cleburne County Retired Teachers Meeting

HEBER SPRINGS — The Cleburne County Retired Teachers Association will meet at noon at the Rustic Inn. The guest speaker will be Donna Morey, executive director of the Arkansas Retired Teachers Association. Susan Eckhart will also present a program on scamming. All retired school personnel are invited to attend. For more information, call Lavern Penn at (501) 206-0357.

Small Business Loans Class

CONWAY — A free class, Small Business Loans, will be offered from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center at the University of Central Arkansas. Josh Dunlap from Arvest Bank will teach participants about various types of loans, documentation associated with loans and the steps required to complete the loan process. For more information, call (501) 450-3118.

Sept. 14

Jazz It Up Fundraiser

CONWAY — The Conway Symphony Orchestra Guild will present a fundraiser, Jazz It Up, from 6-9 p.m. at Centennial Valley Event Center, 1600 Centennial Club Drive. Tickets are $45 per person in advance or $50 at the door. For tickets, contact Pam Strassle, event chairwoman, at (501) 827-2638 or pamstrassle@gmail.com, or Margaret Palmer, CSO Guild president, at (501) 626-5931 or mpalmer@conwaycorp.net.

Sept. 16

Spaghetti and Sausage Dinner

NEW DIXIE — St. Boniface Catholic Church will have a spaghetti and sausage dinner from 4-7:30 p.m. in St. Boniface Hall. The dinner will feature homemade rolls and peach cobbler. The cost is $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 6-12. Children younger than 6 may eat free with a parent. The public is invited. For carryout meals, call (501) 759-2896 after 3:30 p.m.

Crafting With Silhouette Studio Software

CONWAY — Crafting With Silhouette Studio Software will meet from 10 a.m. to noon in the Brewer Hegeman Conference Center at the University of Central Arkansas. This is a beginner class that will teach participants to use Silhouette Studio software to create designs and crafts with an array of materials, and to design T-shirts, greeting cards and more. For more information, call (501) 450-3118.

Ongoing

Health, Safety and Nutrition

CONWAY — Health, Safety and Nutrition — a free class, especially for child care providers — will meet from 5-8 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 11 through Oct. 9, in the Brewer Hegeman Conference Center at the University of Central Arkansas. The class focuses on essential skills to keep children and their surroundings healthy and safe. Upon completion, participants will receive a certificate recognized by the Early Childhood Association, as well as 15 professional-development units. For more information, call (501) 450-3118.

Introduction to Chi Kung

CONWAY— Introduction to Chi Kung will meet from 10-11 a.m. Mondays, Sept. 11 to Nov. 13, at UCA Downtown, 1105 Oak St. Chi Kung is an ancient Chinese art form that balances and replenishes the life force to promote natural healing. For more information, call Autumn at (501) 450-3118.

Beginner Hoop Dance

CONWAY — Beginner Hoop Dance will meet from 6-6:45 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 11 to Oct. 9, at the Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center at the University of Central Arkansas. Hoop dancing is a great way to stay in shape, burn calories, challenge one’s creativity and explore movement and dance, all with a hula hoop. For more information, call Autumn at (501) 450-3118.

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

Bill Thurman Concert

CONWAY — The Faulkner County Library will present Bill Thurman in concert at 2 p.m. Sept. 17. Thurman is proficient in Celtic and Appalachian fiddle music, as well as being an accomplished classical musician. Bill is a cancer survivor, and he donates a portion of the sales of his latest CD, Nothin but Fiddle and a Sarcoma Survivor, to the Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale, New Haven, Connecticut. 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.

Pink Night Fundraiser

CONWAY — The Conway Lady Wampus Cats volleyball team will hold the ninth annual Pink Night fundraiser from 5-9 p.m. Sept. 28 at Buzz Bolding Arena, 2300 Prince St. The junior varsity team will play at 5 p.m. and the varsity team at 6, both against the North Little Rock Charging Wildcats. Admission is $1, and everyone is encouraged to wear pink. Raffles tickets will be sold for $2 for various prizes, and a silent auction will be held. Proceeds will go to Savannah Westover, 13, a Conway student who has bone cancer. For more information, email assistant coach Andrea Bailey-Fournier at baileya@conwayschools.net.

The Charlie Daniels Band Concert

CONWAY — The Charlie Daniels Band will kick off the 2017-2018 Pops series at the University of Central Arkansas’ Reynolds Performance Hall with a concert at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28. Tickets are $30 to $40 for the general public, and $10 for children and UCA students with a valid student ID. For tickets, call UCA Ticket Central from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at (501) 450-3265 or toll-free in Arkansas at (866) 810-0012, or visit www.uca.edu/reynolds.

Taste of Conway

CONWAY — The 2017 Taste of Conway, sponsored by the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce, will take place from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Conway Expo Center. Tickets are $15 and are available at www.conwaychamber.org or by calling (501) 327-7788.

Paws at the Beach 5K Run/Walk

HEBER SPRINGS — The annual Humane Society’s Paws at the Beach 5K Run/Walk will take place Oct. 7 at Sandy Beach. Race time is 8 a.m., and the course is certified. Register at racesonline.com/events/paws-at-the-beach-5k-1k or at the race from 6:30-7:30 a.m. The entry fee is $25 through Sept. 15 and $30 after that and on race day. For more information, contact Eileen Wilroy at hshumanesociety5k@gmail.com or (501) 250-4428.

Reformation Bike Ride

AUGSBURG — The 10th annual Augsburg Fall Fest, in celebration of the 500-year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, will host a Reformation Bike Ride at 9 a.m. Oct. 14. There will be a 28-mile Full Reformation ride and a 13-mile Mini-Reformation ride. An entry fee of $20 includes lunch at Augsburg Fall Fest and a T-shirt ($10 without a shirt). Aid stations and SAG service will be provided. For more information, contact Chuck Campbell at chuckecampbell@hotmail.com. Routes are available at www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/1161118954 and Mini-Reformation at www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/1161131941. Proceeds from the festival, which is held at Zion Lutheran Church in Augsburg, will be divided between the River Valley Christian Clinic and the Augsburg Food Pantry.

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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