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COMMUNITY EVENTS IN THE RIVER VALLEY & OZARK AREA

This article was published February 4, 2018 at 12:00 a.m.

Feb. 5

Cyber Safety Event

CONWAY — Conway Christian School will host a citywide event on internet safety at 6 p.m. in the school gymnasium. The goal will be to raise awareness, provide direction and equip parents with the tools necessary to teach children how to navigate social media and the internet safely. Speakers will include Carol Crews of the Faulkner County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Kristina Carnes of the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office, Detective Brian Williams of the Conway Police Department and Circuit Judge Troy Braswell. The event is open to the public.

Feb. 6

Sidney Moncrief Presentation

MORRILTON — Sidney Moncrief — former Razorback All-American, five-time NBA All Star and two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year — will give a presentation titled Achieving Greatness at 6:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium at the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton. The event is in celebration of Black History Month. The event is free and open to the public.

French 2 With Penny

FAIRFIELD BAY — French 2 With Penny will meet from 4-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27, at the Fairfield Bay Community Education Center, 130 Village Lane, Suite 5E. The cost is $40 for the four classes. Participants will learn common conversational French phrases. No prior class is needed. The class will review French 1 at the first meeting. RSVP for a place in the class. For more information, contact the Education Center at (501) 884-4440 or ffbcec@artelco.com.

Feb. 6 and 7

Artists-in-Residence

CONWAY — The Lydian String Quartet will visit the University of Central Arkansas this week as artists-in-residence, highlighted by a free public performance at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall. Other residency activities, all free and open to the public, include on Tuesday, a public lecture at 1:40 p.m.and a chamber music masterclass at 3 p.m., both in the Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall; and individual masterclasses at 7 p.m. at Snow Fine Arts Center. On Wednesday, the quartet will perform at 11 a.m. at Conway High School, 222 Prince St. For more information, contact Stephen Feldman at (501) 450-5754 or sfeldman@uca.edu.

Feb. 7

Sterling Scholar Speaker

FAIRFIELD BAY — Catherine Barrier of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program will be the Sterling Scholar speaker from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Indian Hills Club/Little Red Restaurant. Barrier will talk about the role of the state office in establishing the Fairfield Bay Heritage Center Historic District. The event is free, and purchase of lunch is optional. For more information, contact the Education Center at (501) 884-4440 or ffbcec@artelco.com.

UCA Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band Concert

CONWAY — The University of Central Arkansas Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Ricky Brooks, and the Symphonic Band, under the direction of Brantley Douglas, will be in concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in UCA’s Reynolds Performance Hall. The Wind Ensemble will feature trombone professor Justin Cook as soloist, as well as graduate conducting student Mykala Parker. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Brooks at (501) 450- 5764 or rickyb@uca.edu or Douglas at (501) 450-5022 or bdouglas@uca.edu.

Feb. 8

Master Gardeners Meeting

RUSSELLVILLE — The Pope County Master Gardeners will meet at 1 p.m. in Room 414 of First Assembly of God Church, 124 E. G St. Suzanne Alford-Hodges from All Saints Episcopal Church will speak about the challenges and rewards of community gardens, the garden plots that are available at the church and worm composting. Visitors are welcome to attend the presentation. For more information, call the Pope County Cooperative Extension Service at (479) 968-7098.

Feb. 10

Spaghetti Dinner

NEW DIXIE — St. Boniface Catholic Church will hold its spaghetti and sausage dinner, featuring homemade rolls and peach cobbler, from 4-7 p.m. at St. Boniface Hall. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12. Children younger than 6 may eat free. For carryout meals, call (501) 759-2876.

Ongoing

Painting With Jim

FAIRFIELD BAY — Painting With Jim will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon every Tuesday at the Fairfield Bay Community Education Center, 130 Village Lane, Suite 5E. The cost is $40 per session, and all materials will be provided. Students will learn the value of color and composition with a new subject each week, starting and completing an acrylic painting in the two-hour class. For more information, contact the Education Center at (501) 884-4440 or ffbcec@artelco.com.

UCA Printmaking Exhibition

CONWAY — Baum Gallery at the University of Central Arkansas will host Pathways: An Exhibition of Large Format & Experimental Printmaking, from Thursday through Feb. 15. The featured artist-in-residence is David C. Williams, who will offer a printmaking demonstration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 14 in Schichtl Hall at UCA. At 1:40 p.m. Feb. 15, he will give a lecture in McCastlain Hall 143. The events are free and open to the public. Baum Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and also until 7 p.m. Thursdays. The exhibition will feature 29 artists, including two from UCA: Roger Bowman, a retired UCA faculty member, and Jessie Hornbrook, a UCA assistant professor.

Jewelry-Making Classes

CONWAY — The Faulkner County Library has jewelry-making classes for beginners from 6-7 p.m. each Thursday. There is no charge for the classes, but students provide their own supplies or purchase kits in class. Free minor jewelry repair will be offered by the class instructor. Bring broken or outdated costume jewelry to be repaired or updated while you wait, or bring broken jewelry or loose beads to trade for a piece of new jewelry. For more information, email cardsandjewelry@gmail.com or call the library at (501) 327-7482.

’Tis the Season Art Exhibit

CLINTON — ’Tis the Season is the North Central Arkansas Artist League’s free exhibit at Ozark Health Medical Center on U.S. 65 on the south side of Clinton. The exhibit will be on display until Feb. 12. The collection includes 40 paintings by eight local artists. Artwork is in the hallways near the cafeteria on the upper level and in the outpatient wing through the skywalk and down the elevator to the lower level. The paintings are for sale for prices from $15 to $350. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Hospital Auxiliary’s projects. For more information, contact league president Charlotte Rierson at (501) 884-6100.

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.

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, a 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. 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

The Lightfoot Family Band Concert

CONWAY — The Faulkner County Library will welcome The Lightfoot Family Band at 2 p.m. Feb. 11. The husband and wife team consists of Joshua Lightfoot on guitar, banjo, mandolin and fiddle; and Tove Thunell on banjo. The couple’s repertoire consists mainly of American traditional music, bluegrass and old-timey gospel, but they also do Celtic and Swedish folk songs. 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.

UCA Jazz Ensembles Concert

CONWAY — The University of Central Arkansas Jazz Ensembles will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13 in the Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall at UCA. The concert is free and open to the public. Participating groups will include the UCA Dixieland Band, directed by Jackie Lamar and performing traditional Mardi Gras music in honor of Fat Tuesday; Jazz Ensemble II, directed by Larry Jones; and Jazz Ensemble I, directed by Gail Robertson. For more information, contact Lamar at (501) 450-3163 or jackiel@uca.edu.

Maggie Smith at UCA

CONWAY — Award-winning poet Maggie Smith will visit the University of Central Arkansas as artist-in-residence Feb. 13 and 14. The residency will include a free public reading at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13 in the College of Business auditorium 107, followed by a Q&A and a book signing. Other residency activities include a masterclass with graduate students at 4 p.m. Feb. 13 in Win Thompson Hall 331 and a craft talk and Q&A at 11 a.m. Feb. 14, also in Thompson 331. For more information, contact Sandy Longhorn at (501) 450-5108 or slonghorn@uca.edu.

River Valley Beef Cattle Conference

RUSSELLVILLE — The 2018 River Valley Beef Cattle Conference will take place Feb. 14 at the Hughes Community Center, 1000 E. Parkway Ave. Registration will open at 8:30 a.m. and is $20 at the door. The conference will conclude at noon with a steak lunch. The agenda includes 9:05 a.m., Welcome; 9:10 a.m., Disease prevention and minimum vaccination program for beef cattle; 10 a.m., Cattle working facilities overview; 10:30 a.m., Marketing cattle and calves; and 11:15 a.m., Pasture weed control. For more information, contact a local county extension office.

Community Valentine’s Day Ball

HEBER SPRINGS — The Heber Springs Jazz Band will sponsor its first Valentine’s Day Ball for the community on Feb. 14 at the Family Life Center of First United Methodist Church, 1099 W. Pine St. The band will play and sing jazz classics from days past. Tickets are $12 each or $20 per couple. Tickets can be purchased at the Central Offices of the Heber Springs School District or at heberspringsbands.org with PayPal.

Maumelle Newcomers Luncheon

MAUMELLE — This month’s Maumelle Newcomers Luncheon will take place at 11 a.m. Feb. 15 at the Maumelle Country Club. In recognition of Valentine’s Day, members may bring a guest. The program will feature Ed Buckner, chief meteorologist at KTHV. The cost is $15. For reservations, call Betty McBurnett at (501) 664-7196 by Feb. 12.

The McKameys Concert

CONWAY — The McKameys will give a concert at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 at Oak Bowery Baptist Church, 6 miles east of Conway on Otto Road (Arkansas 286). There will be no admission charge, but an offering will be taken. For more information, call Brother Matt Corkran at (501) 336-9133 or Loyd Kelley at (501) 514-5670.

Book Signing

CONWAY — Local author Jasmine Harris will give a book signing at 2 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Faulkner County Library. Harris is a secondary educator and a published poet who is featured in the International Poetry Digest. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in linguistics and is enrolled in graduate school. Her first book is I May Have Been in My Feelings. To stay updated on her next release and current events, visit crownpressbooks.com and follow her on social media, facebook.com/JasmineHarris and Instagram @dr_harris. For more information on the event, email nancy@fcl.org or call (501) 327-7482.

UCA Dixieland Jazz Band

CONWAY — The University of Central Arkansas Dixieland Jazz Band, under the direction of Jackie Lamar, UCA professor of saxophone, will celebrate the sounds of Mardi Gras at 7 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Faulkner County Library. The band performs in the traditional New Orleans style with banjo, tuba, drums, piano, sax, trumpet, trombone and clarinet. 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.

Storytelling

CONWAY — Brother Norm Moyer, a member of the National Storytelling Network, will bring stories to the Faulkner County Library at 2 p.m. Feb. 24 for adults and children. Moyer tells folk tales, tall tales, legends, origin stories and fairy tales from around the world, usually with a lesson and always with humor. 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.

The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra Concert

HEBER SPRINGS — The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra will return to the Heber Springs Performing Arts Center for a concert at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 24. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students ages 18 and younger. Tickets can be purchased at the Central Offices of the Heber Springs School District or at heberspringsbands.org with PayPal.

Adult Summer Softball Registration

RUSSELLVILLE — The Russellville Recreation and Parks Department will register teams for its Summer Adult Softball League, starting Feb. 26 and ending at 5 p.m. March 9. Teams that register must pay the entry fee and submit an entry form and a team roster. Forms are available in the Russellville Recreation and Parks Department Office and online at www.russellvillearkansas.org. For more information, call (479) 968-1272.

Beaux Arts Academy Awards Ceremony

RUSSELLVILLE — The River Valley Arts Center will honor the inductees of this year’s Beaux Arts Academy Awards Ceremony from 6-9 p.m. March 1 at the Lake Point Conference Center, 171 Lake Point Lane. Honorees will include David and Betty Snellings, Lifetime Achievement Award; Mary Ann Rollans, Patron of the Arts; Ashley Miller Davis, Performing Arts; and Doyle Young, Visual Arts. Purchase tickets for $50 each from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays at the River Valley Arts Center, 1001 E. B St., P.O. Box 2112, Russellville, AR 72811. For more information, contact Tanya Hendrix, executive director, at rvartscenter@gmail.com, or visit www.rivervalleyartscenter.org.

Anglers Expo & Outdoor Show

HEBER SPRINGS — On March 2 and 3, the Rotary Club of Cleburne County will host the Annual Anglers Expo & Outdoor Show, featuring a wide variety of vendors, special events, and displays in the fishing, hunting, camping and general outdoor categories. Musical guests will provide entertainment, and a chili cook-off contest will take place. All events will be at the Heber Springs Community Center, 201 Bobby Jean Lane. For more information, email rotaryclubcleburnecounty@gmail.com or visit www.anglersexpo.com.

Ziggy Pepper Chili Cook-Off

HEBER SPRINGS — The Ziggy Pepper Chili Cook-Off, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Cleburne County, will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 3 at the Heber Springs Community Center, 201 Bobbie Jean Lane, in conjunction with the Angler’s Expo & Outdoor Show. The chili tasting will begin at 11 a.m. Cooks can enter in the pro, youth or people’s choice chili categories, where the total prize money is more than $1,800. Those who want to taste and judge the chili entries and support the club’s efforts to raise money for college scholarships are invited to participate. For more information, contact Rick Maguire at (501) 499-1580 or ziggypepper.com.

Native American Flute Presentation

FAIRFIELD BAY — William Wording, a Native American flute maker and performer, will give a presentation from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 7 at the Indian Hills Club/Little Red Restaurant. The event is free, and purchase of lunch is optional. For more information, contact the Education Center at (501) 884-4440 or ffbcec@artelco.com.

Creating Butterfly Landscapes

FAIRFIELD BAY — Ruth Andre will give a presentation on creating butterfly landscapes from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 2 at the Indian Hills Club/Little Red Restaurant. Andre will talk about how to cultivate a garden to be butterfly-friendly. The event is free, and purchase of lunch is optional. For more information, contact the Education Center at (501) 884-4440 or ffbcec@artelco.com.

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. The deadline for calendar-item submissions is noon Tuesday.

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