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COMMUNITY EVENTS IN THE THREE RIVERS EDITION

This article was published February 11, 2018 at 12:00 a.m.

Feb. 11

STARS Club Meeting

CABOT — The STARS (Small Town Amateur Radio Service) Club, a ham radio group, will have its monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. at Criswell Robinson American Legion Post 71, 114 N. First St. The group meets the second Sunday of every month. For more information, call (501) 203-5715.

Feb. 12

Independent Tea Party of White County Meeting

SEARCY — The Independent Tea Party of White County will meet at 6:30 p.m. at IHOP, 3513 E. Race Ave. Michael Bullock and Pat Garrett, candidates for White County sheriff, will talk about their races.

Sons of The American Legion Meeting

CABOT — The Sons of The American Legion (SAL) Chapter will have its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. at Criswell Robinson American Legion Post 71, 114 N. First St. For more information, call (501) 203-5715.

White County Retired Teachers Meeting

SEARCY — The White County Retired Teachers Association will meet at 2 p.m. at the Carmichael Community Center, 801 S. Elm St. Robin Hayes, director of admissions at Arkansas State University-Beebe, will present the program.

Feb. 13

Dinner and Music

SEARCY — Harding University will host a Valentine’s Eve Dinner and Concert featuring the Intersection Trio: violinist Laura Frautschi, cellist Kristina Reiko Cooper and pianist John Novacek. Dinner will be at 5:15 p.m. in Cone Chapel of the David B. Burks American Heritage Building, followed by the concert at 7 p.m. in the Administration Auditorium. Dinner will include steak and shrimp, salad, a vegetable and dessert, with a vegetarian option available. The event is open to the public. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased at www.artsandlife.eventbrite.com. For more information, visit www.harding.edu/concertseries or call (501) 279-4343.

Izard County Republican Committee Meeting

MELBOURNE — The Izard County Republican Committee will meet at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Melbourne Community Church. The featured speaker will be Tommy Land, who is running for state land commissioner. Anyone who wants to run for an Izard County public office as a Republican is welcome to attend the meeting or call John Grochowski at (870) 670-4330. Filing dates are from noon Feb. 22 to noon March 1.

Feb. 14

Retired Teachers Meeting

BATESVILLE — The Independence County Retired Teachers Association will meet at 11:30 a.m. in the Kelley Wyatts Restaurant in the Ramada Inn, 1325 S. Saint Louis St. The group will assemble care baskets for retirees not able to attend the monthly meetings. Attendees are asked to bring small gifts to help fill the baskets.

HELP Program Meeting

CABOT — HELP (Housing, Educational, Lifeskills Program) is being developed to assist the homeless in the Lonoke County area. The next meeting will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Criswell Robinson American Legion Post 71, 114 N. First St. For more information, call Allen Miller at (501) 203-5715.

Community Valentine’s Day Ball

HEBER SPRINGS — The Heber Springs Jazz Band will sponsor its first Valentine’s Day Ball for the community 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.

Feb. 15

Neil Diamond Tribute

NEWPORT— The Arkansas State University-Newport Patron Series will present Jack Wright: The Songs and Stories of Neil Diamond at 7 p.m. in the Center for the Arts, 7648 Victory Blvd. Tickets can be purchased at tickets.asun.edu.

Feb. 15 – Feb. 17

James and the Giant Peach

SEARCY — Harding University’s theater department will present James and the Giant Peach at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday in the Ulrey Performing Arts Center at Harding. The show is directed by Professor Robin Miller. Based on Roald Dahl’s children’s book of the same name, the performance includes music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, and book by Timothy Allen McDonald. Tickets can be purchased for $10 at www.hardingtickets.com or at the door. For more information, call the box office at (501) 279-4255.

Feb. 16

NARFE Meeting

HEBER SPRINGS — The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association will meet at 11:30 a.m. in the First Electric Cooperative Community Room, 150 Industrial Park Road. There will be a potluck luncheon, and all active and retired federal employees are invited. Guest speaker Nancy Foster of CapTel will discuss phones available for the hearing impaired. For more information, call Kathy Golding at (501) 206-1375.

Feb. 17

Pastel Workshop

BATESVILLE — Gallery 246 at 243 E. Main St will offer a pastel workshop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Taught by Karen Barker, the workshop will explore color and underpainting to create dynamic, vibrant landscapes. Participants will work from photographs while it’s too cold to go outside. The cost is $55, which includes all supplies and materials, and students are asked to bring multiple photos of a favorite scene. To register, call (870) 262-8066.

Incident Command System Class

CABOT — The STARS (Small Town Amateur Radio Service) Club, a ham-radio group, will offer an ICS (Incident Command System) 800 class from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Criswell Robinson American Legion Post 71, 114 N. First St. The class is taught by Steve Moore with the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management. All are welcome to attend the class. For more information, contact Gordon Miller at gmiller266@gmail.com.

ONGOING

Photography Exhibit

BEEBE — The Arkansas State University-Beebe Art Department is featuring the photography of Ian Campbell during February at the England Center Art Gallery in an exhibit called Dark Water, which is based on a “sea serpent” sighting in 1817 at Gloucester Harbor in Massachusetts. Campbell is an assistant professor of art at Lyon College in Batesville and serves as director of the Kresge Art Gallery at Lyon. For more information, call the England Center Art Gallery at (501) 882-4495. The gallery, 201 N. Orange St. in Beebe, is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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.

Free Tax-Preparation Services

JACKSONVILLE — Residents in the Three Rivers Edition coverage area can receive free tax-preparation assistance from the Central Arkansas Development Council. Help is available at the city of Jacksonville, 109 S. Second St., by appointment. Call (501) 982-0026. Assistance is also provided at the Esther D. Nixon Library, 703 W. Main St. in Jacksonville. Walk-ins are welcome from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 24; March 3, 10, 17 and 24; and April 7. For more information, call the CADC at (501) 315-1121. People who make under $54,000 may also self-prepare their taxes at myfreetaxes.com.

Silver&Fit Program

BATESVILLE — The Batesville Community Center and Aquatics Park is participating in the Silver&Fit program’s network of fitness facilities, which allows the center and aquatics park to provide no-cost membership access to Silver&Fit members. Silver&Fit eligibility is required, and a small annual fee may apply. The Silver&Fit program is an exercise and healthy-aging program for Medicare members, providing unique, evidence-based fitness and health-education activities. For more information, visit www.ashcompanies.com or call (800) 848-3555.

Cabot Lions Club Meetings

CABOT — The Cabot Lions Club now meets at noon the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at Colton’s Steak House & Grill, 195 Northport Drive. Lions are “the knights for the blind and visually impaired,” providing service for those with sight ailments and hearing issues. Lions are also actively involved in service for hunger relief, youth outreach, the environment, pediatric cancer, diabetes awareness and disaster relief. All are invited to the meetings.

Abstract ARt Exhibit

BATESVILLE — The Batesville Area Arts Council presents Abstract ARt, a group exhibition, through Feb. 24 at the BAAC Gallery on Main, 226 E. Main St. The exhibit features the work of six abstract artists in Arkansas who work in contemporary modes of drawing, printing and painting. The artists are Dustyn Bork, Donnie Copeland, Sam King, Marc Mitchell, Jessica Mongeon and Steven Wise. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call the Arts Council at (870) 793-3382.

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. Nearly 8,600 meals were served in 2017. More volunteers are needed. For more information or to volunteer, call (501) 843-3797.

Free GED Classes

MELBOURNE — Free GED classes are available at several locations through Ozarka College. Classes meet at Ozarka College in Melbourne from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 3-6 p.m. Mondays; at Ozarka College in Mammoth Spring from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; at Ozarka College in Mountain View from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 4-7 p.m. Mondays; and at Salem High School from 4-7 p.m. Mondays. Registration is ongoing. For more information, call Ozarka College Adult Education at (870) 368-2051.

Free Chair Yoga Classes

MELBOURNE — The Ozarka College Continuing Education program is offering free chair yoga classes at 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays through April 25 in Room C106 of the John E. Miller Education Complex. Each class, led by Deltha Sharp, lasts approximately 30 minutes. Participants are welcome to bring their own blocks, straps, blankets, etc.; however, there will be a few of each available at class. Preregistration is required. For more information or to register, contact Fay Mitchell at (870) 368-2005 or fay.mitchell@ozarka.edu.

Jacksonville Sertoma Club Meeting

JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville Sertoma Club meets at noon every Wednesday at the Southern Oaks Country Club, 701 Foxwood Drive. The Sertoma Club raises money for hearing aids and for scholarships for local high school seniors, including seniors from the Arkansas School for the Deaf in Little Rock.

Shepherd’s Center Wednesday Activities

BEEBE — Seniors participate in classes from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Wednesday at the Shepherd’s Center at Beebe United Methodist Church, 302A N. Main St. The classes include quilting, art, jewelry making, scrapbooking, card making, genealogy, beginning computers, Bible discussions and bridge. At special times, cake decorating, holiday food preparation and ethnic food classes are offered, and in the spring, American Sign Language and gardening. Lunch is a potluck served to all who attend, whether or not they bring a dish.

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. For more information, call the church at (501) 362-2389.

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.

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.

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. For more information, call (501) 362-9979.

Upcoming

Democratic Party of White County Meeting

SEARCY — The Democratic Party of White County will meet at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at Arkansas State University-Searcy, 1800 E. Moore Ave. For more information, call (501) 368-9390 or visit white@arkdems.org.

Community Music Gathering

BATESVILLE — A community music gathering will take place from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 19 at First Community Bank. Instrumentalists, singers and listeners are invited to attend.

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.

Delta Visual Arts Show

NEWPORT — The 10th Annual Delta Visual Arts Show will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Blue Bridge Center for the Delta Arts, 201 Hazel St. The free event will feature various categories of art, along with live music and authors. For more information, call the center at (870) 523-1009 or email director@newportaredc.org.

Bowling for Business

CABOT — The Cabot Chamber of Commerce will present Bowling for Business from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Allfam Bowling Center, 2350 Lakewood Drive. Five-person teams will participate for a fee of $200 per team. Team benefits for one five-person team will include free shoe rental, 10 beverage tickets, pizza and eligibility to win all prizes. The first round will be a team competition, and the second round will be a networking bowl. The registration deadline is Feb. 19. For more information, call the chamber at (501) 843-2136.

Attorney General Presentation

NEWPORT — Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge will at the Jackson County Cooperative Extension Office, 649 Jackson County Road 917, from 10-11:30 a.m. March 1. Rutledge will discuss topics about getting help with scams and other consumer issues, prescription-drug take back and prescriptions for life. For more information, call Rutledge’s office at (800) 482-8982.

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 Anglers 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 visit 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 Fairfield Bay Education Center at (501) 884-4440 or ffbcec@artelco.com.

ESL Information Session

ASH FLAT — Ozarka College in Ash Flat will host an English as a Second Language information session at 6 p.m. March 15 to address the educational and language needs of people in the area. The session will gauge the need for, and the interest in, ESL classes in Ash Flat and surrounding areas. Anyone interested in taking ESL classes is encouraged to attend the session. A Spanish-language translator will be available. Preregister for the free ESL information session by calling (870) 994-7273 or emailing tena.rosse@ozarka.edu.

Jeffrey Combs Portraying Poe

BEEBE — The Arkansas State University-Beebe Concert Series will present Nevermore: An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe, by stage and film actor Jeffrey Combs, at 7:30 p.m. March 15 in the Owen Center Auditorium, 910 Pecan St. Combs is known for playing multiple characters on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and other roles. General-admission tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors, students, military personnel and educators. Purchase tickets at asub.ticketleap.com, at the Institutional Advancement office (in the Ruth Couch Building on the Beebe campus) or at the door one hour before showtime. For more information, contact Carissa Gillam at (501) 882-8957,or visit www.asub.edu.

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 Fairfield Bay 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, Three Rivers Edition, P.O. Box 2221, Little Rock, AR, 72203; send faxes to (501) 378-3500; or email trnews@arkansasonline.com. The deadline for calendar-item submissions is noon Tuesday.

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