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Updated 12:00 a.m., Thu October 20, 2016
PHOTO BY: Carol Rolf/Contributing Photographer

The Rialto Community Arts Center will present On Golden Pond on Nov. 4-6 and 11-13. Members of the cast include, clockwise, from left, Rowan Blanchard as Billy Ray Jr., Len Schlientz as Norman Thayer Jr., Stephanie Atkinson as The Operator, John Hopkins as Charlie Martin, Desiree’ Phillips as Chelsea Thayer Wayne and Jeannie Denniston as Ethel Thayer. Not shown is Shane Atkinson, who appears as Billy Ray.

Rialto theater to present On Golden Pond

Carol Rolf/Contributing Writer

MORRILTON — This may be the first time On Golden Pond has been presented at the Rialto Community Arts Center, but this timeless love story has been performed countless times, both on the stage and the silver screen. On Golden Pond debuted on Broadway in 1979 and enjoyed a brief revival in 2005 with an African-American cast, including James Earle Jones and Leslie Uggums as Norman Thayer Jr. and Ethel Thayer. A movie by the same name was ... READ MORE

Rialto to present murder mystery CAROL ROLF/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

MORRILTON — It’s Halloween, and the residents of Devil’s Peak are gathered at the annual costume ball hosted by the mayor and his wife. Bates Manor has burned, and there’s a dispute over who will inherit the property. There’s also an uneasy feeling in the air as some think the old mansion is haunted. A murder will ensue, and guests at the ball will be asking, “whodunit?”

Behavioral health center to open in 2017 By TAMMY KEITH

CONWAY — Another health care facility is coming to Conway.

Faulkner County Museum closed for repairs CAROL ROLF/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

CONWAY — The Faulkner County Museum is temporarily closed for repairs.

Lantern Theatre to present psychological thriller Bug CAROL ROLF/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

CONWAY — The Conway Community Arts Association presented The Rocky Horror Show, by Richard O’Brien, as part of the association’s Late Night at the Lantern series just in time for Halloween last year. This year’s tribute to Halloween, Bug, by Tracy Letts, is a bit different.

: Founder of StoryFest to return as presenter CAROL ROLF/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

FAIRFIELD BAY — Stas’ Ziolkowski founded the Fairfield Bay StoryFest in 2010. Although he no longer lives in the area, StoryFest has never been far from his heart. He will return to the festival this year as a guest presenter.

Double the fun: Fairfield Bay brings in fall with festivals CAROL ROLF/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

FAIRFIELD BAY — The leaves on the trees are changing colors, and the early mornings have a nip in the air. It’s fall in Arkansas, and the folks in Fairfield Bay will celebrate the season’s arrival Friday and Saturday with not one, but two festivals — OktoberFest and StoryFest.

Celebration to reunite students with longtime band directord DONNA LAMPKIN STEPHENS/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

CONWAY — Russell Langston turned 80 a few weeks ago, and he’ll celebrate again Oct. 14 and 15 with a big crowd of his Conway High School band alumni.