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COMMUNITY EVENTS IN THE RIVER VALLEY & OZARK AREA

This article was published September 14, 2017 at 12:00 a.m.

Sept. 14

Bear Essentials Donor-Appreciation Event

CONWAY — The Arkansas Foodbank in Little Rock will host a donor-appreciation event from 5-7 p.m. at the Bear Essentials Food Pantry in Room 108 of Old Main Hall at the University of Central Arkansas. Sharmin Moody, regional gifts coordinator for the Arkansas Foodbank, said UCA purchases food through the organization, as well as receives donations from campus and community members. The food pantry is open to any student, faculty or staff member with a current UCA ID card. Moody said speakers at the event will include students who benefit from the pantry.

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. 15-19

Deathtrap

CONWAY — Red Curtain Theatre will present Deathtrap, by Ira Levin, at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday 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. 16

Bash on the Boulevard

MAUMELLE — Bash on the Boulevard, sponsored by the Maumelle Area Chamber of Commerce, will take place from noon to 8 p.m. in the Town Centre, 115 Audubon Drive. The event includes a free kids zone, food trucks, vendors, a game-day sporting area, a beer garden and more. Tragikly White will perform in the evening. For more information, email Alicia Gillen, executive director of the chamber, at alicia@maumellechamber.com, or call (501) 851-9700.

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.

Sept. 17

Bill Thurman Concert

CONWAY — The Faulkner County Library will present Bill Thurman in concert at 2 p.m. 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.

Sept. 18

Watercolor Demonstration

FAIRFIELD BAY — Artist Suzanne deShazo Waggoner will present a free watercolor demonstration at 10 a.m. at Bayside Studio on the corner of Greenwood and Arkansas 330. She is a signature member of the Mid-Southern Watercolorists and serves on its board of directors. Hosted by the North Central Arkansas Artist League, the event will begin with coffee and light refreshments at 9:30. The public is invited. For more information, contact Charlotte Rierson, league president, at (501) 884-6100.

Sept. 19

Retired Teachers and School Personnel Meeting

CLINTON — The Van Buren County Retired Teachers and School Personnel will meet at 11:30 a.m. at Western Sizzlin. Matt Hughes, an associate with Hughes & Associates Insurance Agency of Russellville, will be the guest speaker. Retirees will be informed of ways to save money when purchasing health insurance and a Medicare drug plan. Other areas of interest will include long-term care insurance and dental insurance. All retired school employees and the public are invited to attend.

Russellville Trail Dedication

RUSSELLVILLE — The city of Russellville invites the public to the dedication of the Parkway-Bona Dea Connector Trail at 11:30 a.m. The trail is on West Parkway just southwest of Washburn Park. The trail was funded by a grant from the West Central Arkansas Planning and Development District Inc. general-improvement-fund grant program.

Sept. 20

Business Owners Seminar

RUSSELLVILLE — The Arkansas Tech Small Business and Technology Development Center will present Five Legal Issues All Business Owners Should Know from 10 a.m. to noon at Arkansas Tech. LynMarie Liberty-Ellington of Liberty-Ellington Law and Mediation will discuss corporate formation, personal liability, contracts, taxes and debt collection. The cost to attend is $35. Registration is required by calling (479) 356-2067 or visiting asbtdc.org/training/russellville-events by Tuesday.

Political Pie Auction

CONWAY — Local politicians and candidates for offices will serve hamburgers, fries and drinks at 6 p.m. at Bob’s Grill, 1112 Oak St., followed by a pie auction at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds from the Political Pie Auction will benefit Bethlehem House, a transitional homeless shelter in Conway. The event will end at 8 p.m., or when the last pie is sold. Tickets to the event are $10 and include the meal. Tickets are available online at bethlehemhouse.net or at the door.

Ongoing

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

Maumelle Newcomers Luncheon

MAUMELLE — A Maumelle Newcomers Luncheon will take place at 11 a.m. Sept. 21 at the Maumelle Country Club. The program will feature Christina Littlejohn, CEO of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. The cost is $15. For reservations, call Betty McBurnett at (501) 664-7196 by Monday.

Starting a Woman-Owned Business

RUSSELLVILLE — The Arkansas Tech Small Business and Technology Development Center will present Passions to Profits: Starting a Woman-Owned Business from 5:30-8 p.m. Sept. 21 at Arkansas Tech. Women who are considering entrepreneurship or have recently started a business are encouraged to attend. The cost is $30. Registration is required by calling (479) 356-2067 or visiting asbtdc.org/training/russellville-events by Wednesday.

Fall Family Craft Program

MORRILTON — The Conway County Library, 101 W. Church St., will celebrate the arrival of fall with a Fall Family Craft Program at 10 a.m. Sept. 23. Kids of all ages are invited to create a special craft to get ready for the fall weather and take the unique gift home for their parents. For more information, call the library at (501) 354-5204.

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 Friday and $30 after that and on race day. For more information, contact Eileen Wilroy at hshumanesociety5k@gmail.com or (501) 250-4428.

Daniel Boling Concert

CONWAY — Daniel Boling, a 2014 Kerrville New Folk songwriter contest winner, will perform at 2 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Faulkner County Library. Boling’s songs tell stories about a variety of characters as he plays guitar, banjo and banjitar (a banjo/guitar hybrid) in a fingerpicking style. Boling’s songwriting awards also include first place at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival and the Walnut Valley Festival. To listen to his music sample, visit danielboling.com/music.html. 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.

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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