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COMMUNITY EVENTS IN THE RIVER VALLEY & OZARK AREA

This article was published July 8, 2018 at 12:00 a.m.

July 8

Exhibit Opening

RUSSELLVILLE — The River Valley Arts Center, 1001 E. B St., will have an opening reception for Gloria Rallison’s exhibit from 1-3 p.m. Rallison has studied under such artists as Howard Terpning and Wilson Hurley. Known for painting western historical subjects, Rallison now paints a number of subjects and said she is fascinated by light and the effects of light on her subjects. For more information, call the center at (479) 968-2452.

Henry IV, Part I

CONWAY — The Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre will present Henry IV, Part I in an intimate, onstage setting that allows the audience immediate engagement with both the actors and the action at 2 p.m. in Reynolds Performance Hall at the University of Central Arkansas. Tickets are $32 for adults and $25 for seniors, active military personnel and students. For tickets or more information, visit arkshakes.com or call (866) 810-0012.

July 9-20

Adult Fall Softball League Registration

RUSSELLVILLE — Registration for the Russellville Recreation and Parks Department’s fall softball league will begin Monday and end at 5 p.m. July 20. Teams may register at the Hughes Community Center, 1000 E. Parkway Drive, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Forms are available in the Russellville Recreation and Parks Department office and at www.russellvillearkansas.org. For more information, call the Hughes Center at (479) 968-1272.

July 12

Maumelle AARP Meeting

MAUMELLE — Maumelle AARP Chapter 5359 will meet at 6 p.m. at the new Maumelle Center on the Lake, 2 Club Manor Cove, behind Kroger and the new fire station. The speaker will be Marion Scott, city councilwoman, who will discuss a recent tax increase that would fund a new Maumelle exit from Interstate 40. Refreshments will be served. Anyone who is 50 or older is invited to attend the meeting. For more information, call chapter president Carol Slaymaker at (501) 529-9833 or membership chairwoman Kathy Kafka at (501) 851-4771.

July 13

Chocolate Festival: Shake, Rattle and Roll

DARDANELLE — The fifth annual Chocolate Festival: Shake, Rattle and Roll will take place from 5-8 p.m. at the Dardanelle Community Center, 2011 Arkansas 22 W. Participants will have an opportunity to explore the unique tastes of various chocolate flavors. Tickets for the event are available at the center for a minimum donation of $5 each. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Lizard Lunch Box and Ethan Gutierrez. To become a sponsor or an exhibitor, or to make a donation, contact the Dardanelle Area Chamber of Commerce at (479) 229-3328 or email dardanellechamberofcommerce@gmail.com.

July 14

Market Day

CONWAY — Wesley United Methodist Church, 2310 E. Oak St., across from the Caldwell Country Store, will have a Market Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. The market will feature a variety of houseplants; handmade crafts; homemade sourdough bread, sweet breads and other baked goods; jams and jellies; fresh eggs; and fresh produce. A quilt silent auction will take place throughout the market hours, with the final bid taken at 1 p.m. For more information, call the church office at (501) 327-7629.

Bernard Burgess Book Signing

CONWAY — Local author Bernard “Bernie” Burgess will give a reading and book signing at 2 p.m. at the Faulkner County Library. Burgess, the author of the mystery Bert and Norah: The Nickel Dime Murders, entered the Air Force after graduating from the University of Nebraska and retired as a command pilot with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He was then a freelance writer and had a bed-and-breakfast in Cody, Wyoming. He was also a private investigator in Northwest Arkansas and now lives in Bee Branch with his wife. All library events are free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at (501) 908-2106 or email nancy@fcl.org.

Ongoing

Half-Price Pool Passes

RUSSELLVILLE — Beginning Monday, pool passes for the Hughes Community Center will be sold at half price. For more information, call the Hughes Center at (479) 968-1272.

Kids Summer Art Camp

RUSSELLVILLE — Registration is open for art/drawing/painting classes for kids at the River Valley Arts Center. Lisa Jones will teach a class from 9 a.m. to noon July 16-20. The fee is $65 for center members or $100 for nonmembers. Jessica Simpson will teach a class from 9 a.m. to noon July 23-27. The fee is $65/$100. Miranda Townsend will teach a class from 2-5 p.m. July 23-27. The fee is $55/$90. For more information or to register, call the center at (479) 968-2452.

Farmers Market

FAIRFIELD BAY — The Thursday-morning Fairfield Bay Farmers Market is open from 9 a.m. to noon at the Village Mall Gazebo. Fresh produce and canned items are available. Anyone with a bumper crop of backyard tomatoes or a garden plot of greens is welcome to set up a booth. No preregistration is required.

Junior Park Ranger Tours

FAIRFIELD BAY — Junior Park Ranger tours at the Fairfield Bay Heritage Center take place from 1-4 p.m. Mondays. Bring kids to the museum, and they will get a name badge and an activity book from the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. For more information, call (501) 884-4440.

Art Classes

FAIRFIELD BAY — The Fairfield Bay Community Education Center offers its Paint With Jim class from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays; Barbara Cornett’s fused-glass class from 2-4 p.m. Wednesdays; and Fran’s Jeweled Spider class from 1-2:30 p.m Thursdays. For class fees and more information or to RSVP, call the center at (501) 884-4440. Information is also available on the center’s Facebook page.

Neighbor’s Table

RUSSELLVILLE — Neighbor’s Table is a free meal from noon to 1 p.m. every Saturday at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 501 S Phoenix Ave. The doors open at 11:30 a.m. with free coffee. All are welcome to attend this no-pressure, no-questions-asked free lunch. Neighbor’s Table, which is celebrating its sixth year of service, will now send home sack lunches to guests who come for lunch. All Saints’ has also started a Loaves and Fishes ministry, which accepts Sunday-morning offerings at the altar of necessities such as cereal, peanut butter, shelf-stable milk, toilet paper, toiletries, hand soap and detergent. These items will be distributed to guests on Saturday at Neighbor’s Table. For more information on the program or how to help, call the church office at (479) 968-3622.

Fun in the Sun! Art Exhibit

CLINTON — The art exhibit Fun in the Sun! is on display at Ozark Health Medical Center on U.S. 65 in south Clinton. The collection, which will hang through Aug. 6, features 46 original paintings by various local artists. Art is located in the hallways near the cafeteria on the upper level and in the outpatient wing on the lower level. The paintings are for sale for $15 to $350. Proceeds will benefit Hospital Auxiliary projects. For more information, call Joyce Hartmann at (501) 745-6615.

Community Teaching Garden

CONWAY — The Faulkner County Master Gardeners will have a community teaching garden in front of Freyaldenhoven’s nursery, at the corner of Siebenmorgen Road and Bob Courtway Drive. The group meets there at 9 a.m. the first and third Saturdays of each month through September. All are invited to attend and learn to grow their own food.

Friday Night Kruzn

CONWAY — Friday Night Kruzn, a free event, will take place from 6-8 p.m. the third Friday of each month through Oct. 19 at The Village at Hendrix. Cars will be on display, and a donation will be made to the Arkansas Food Bank. For more information, contact Don Searls at (501) 269-1817.

Humane Society Benefit Bingo

GREENBRIER — Bingo, sponsored by the Humane Society of Faulkner County, is played 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 will 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. For more information, call the church at (501) 362-2389.

Yoga Class at the Library

CONWAY — Danny Mize, a registered yoga instructor, teaches a yoga class at 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Faulkner County Library. Yoga practitioners of all skill levels are welcome to attend. 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 & John Hawks Senior Wellness & 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.

VFW Tuesday Night Bingo

QUITMAN — Tuesday Night Bingo takes place each week at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 1295 Bee Branch 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.

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

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

Summer Strings Camp

CONWAY — The University of Central Arkansas Community School of Music’s 10th annual Summer Strings Camp, for sixth- through 12th-graders who have completed at least one year of private lessons or orchestra, is set for July 15-21 on the campus. Daytime activities include rehearsals, masterclasses, a webinar with young orchestra professionals, ultimate Frisbee and extreme noodling. Night activities, for commuters and on-campus campers, will include a trip to Wild River Country, a movie night and a camp dance. For more information, visit www.uca.edu/csm/camps, call Ronald Jensen-McDaniel at (501) 450-3672, or email ucacsm@uca.edu.

Federal Employees Association Meeting

GREERS FERRY — The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) will meet at 11:30 a.m. July 20 at Bentley’s Restaurant, 7965 Edgemont Road (Arkansas 16). The guest speaker will be a representative from the Senior Medicare Patrol. All active and retired federal employees are invited to attend the meeting. For more information, contact Kathy Golding at (501) 206-1375.

Marvin Williams’ Cooking Adventures

CONWAY — Marvin Williams’ Cooking Adventures: Summertime Favorites will be offered from 6-8 p.m. July 20 at UCA Downtown, 1105 W. Oak St. Join Williams while he makes some of his favorite summertime drinks, such as Purple Rain Lemonade, and desserts, including ice cream and his Cake of Many Colors. Register at uca.edu/outreach/types/culinary-classes or call (501) 450-3118.

Joyce Tucker Book Signing

CONWAY — The Faulkner County Library welcomes local author Joyce Tucker for a book signing at 2 p.m. July 21. Tucker won her first award for writing at the Arkansas Writers Conference in 2008 and is now a novelist and a motivational speaker. Loyalty is Everything: Boss Up is the story of Robert, who struggles to maintain his bad-boy reputation, that is, until he meets Autumn, who makes him question his notion that love is a distraction. 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.

Palestine Baptist Church Homecoming

PEARSON — Palestine Baptist Church, 389 Edgemont Road (Arkansas 16) in the Pearson community, will celebrate 157 years of existence with a homecoming on July 22. Brother Matthew Corkran will preach at 11 a.m., followed by a potluck lunch in the Fellowship Hall. Linda Morgan, a Southern gospel vocalist, will perform after lunch. All are asked to bring a dish to share.

3C’s Train-the-Trainer Program

CONWAY — The University of Central Arkansas will offer the 3C’s Train-the-Trainer Program from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 26 and 27 at UCA’s Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center, 201 Donaghey Ave. Based on the book Civility, Compassion and Courage in Schools Today: Strategies for Implementing in K- 12 Classrooms, this course will focus on becoming civility-competent and compassionate, as well as provide an in-depth reflection on how one’s personality impacts authentic program delivery. Register at uca.edu/outreach/types/business/pd or call (501) 450-3118.

Guys and Dolls Event

GREENBRIER — Absolute Care Management Corp.’s Guys and Dolls, a therapy program for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease, will have an event at 2 p.m. July 27 at Greenbrier Health and Rehab. Donations are needed of new or gently used baby dolls, clothes and blankets, small quilted blankets, fidget items and sewing items. Crafters are needed to help make fidget blankets. For more information or to donate items, money or time, call Tammy or Jennifer at (501) 504-2555 or email tammysmith@absolutecaremanagement.com or jhudspeth@absolutecaremanagement.com.

Quitman High School Reunion

QUITMAN — The annual Quitman High School Reunion for all years of graduates and other former students who attended Quitman schools will take place from 2-5 p.m. July 28 at the Quitman Bulldog Complex on the east side of the school campus. The theme is All Things ’60s. Attendees are encouraged to bring memorabilia relating to their 1960s Quitman school experience. Light refreshments and finger foods will be served. The QHS Class of 1968 will host the reunion as part of its 50th-anniversary celebration. A short program will be presented by members of the class. No reservations are required. For more information, contact Gayla Barger Chapman at (501) 269-5255 or chapman7@windstream.net.

World Championship Cardboard Boat Races

HEBER SPRINGS — The 32nd annual World Championship Cardboard Boat Races will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 28 at Sandy Beach. Along with the boat races, additional activities will include a treasure dig, a watermelon-eating contest and a volleyball tournament. For more information, call (870) 834-1437.

Old Soldiers Reunion Parade

HEBER SPRINGS — American Legion Post 64 will host the annual Old Soldiers Reunion Parade at 6 p.m. Aug. 2. The parade will start at Harps Grocery and end at Spring Park. Lineup will be at 5:30. The following prizes will awarded for floats: first place, $500; second place, $350; and third place, $250. The theme is “United We Stand,” and there is no entry fee. The parade will be followed by a carnival in Spring Park and other activities Aug. 3 and 4, including a beauty pageant. For more information, call the Post 64 at (501) 362-9979 or Gabe Cothron at (501) 206-9571.

Pewter Casting Class

FAIRFIELD BAY — The Fairfield Bay Community Education Center will offer its one-day Pewter Casting class from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 4. Participants will learn the skill of carving and casting jewelry or tokens from master caster Fred Zeiler. Preregistration is required, and students will have a pre-class assignment. The cost of the class is $50, and all materials are provided. For more information or to register, call the center at (501) 884-4440 or visit its Facebook page.

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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