This week's events

Oct. 18

Church History Program

BENTON — Eric Vinyard, a member of Kentucky Baptist Church, will talk about the church’s 190 years of history at the Saline County History and Heritage Society meeting at 7 p.m. at the group’s center, 123 N. Market St. in Benton. Organized in 1822 by John Young Lindsey, Kentucky Missionary Baptist Church was the first Missionary Baptist church south of the Arkansas River in Arkansas Territory and Saline County. The program is open to the public.

Ouachita Singers

ARKADELPHIA —Ouachita Baptist University’s Division of Music will present the Ouachita Singers in concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Mabee Fine Arts Center’s McBeth Recital Hall on the Ouachita campus. The concert is free and open to the public. The 46-member mixed choir travels throughout the state and region singing in schools and churches and takes an international tour every three to four years. The choir is open to all students on campus through an audition process. For more information, call (870) 245-5129.

Market Day

BRYANT — The Central Arkansas Development Council and the Bryant Senior Activity Center at Bishop Park will hold a Market Day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the center, 6401 Boone Road, No. 3. The public is invited to attend Market Day, which will feature a flea market and bake sale, along with crafts, Christmas gifts, Mary Kay products, canned goods, jewelry and stained glass, among other items. Vendors are welcome and may call Mary Donavon at (501) 943-0056 to reserve a space.

Creative Writing

BRYANT — Jennifer Watson will teach creative writing for ages 16 and older at 6 p.m. at the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library. No registration is required. For more information, call (501) 847-2166.

Artsy-Craftsy Tweens

BRYANT — Tweens ages 8 to 12 are invited to create arts and crafts revolving around children’s literature from 4-4:45 p.m. at the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library. For more information, call (501) 847-2166.

Computer Class

BENTON — Adults 18 and older are invited to learn about online shopping at 6 p.m. at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library. Space is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

Genealogy Help

BRYANT — Steve Perdue, head of local history and genealogy for the Saline County Library, will be available to help individuals with local history and genealogy questions from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2-5:30 p.m. at the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library. For more information or to reserve a time, call (501) 778-4766.

Oktoberfest Celebration

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Hot Springs Village Property Owners’ Association will hold an Oktoberfest celebration from 6-9 p.m. on the Coronado Community Center Patio. The event will feature live polka music and activities such as beer-stein races, a yodeling contest, costume contests and a Polka-Off. Food will include bratwurst, frankfurters, pretzels and strudel, along with a full bar with German beer. Tickets are $5 in advance or $10 at the door.

Introduction to Computers

BRYANT — The Saline County Library will offer Using a Keyboard/Introduction to the Internet, a beginning computer class for adults 18 and older at 6 p.m. at the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library. The class can be attended as a stand-alone session or as part of the Introduction to Technology series. Attendance is first-come, first-served. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

Oct. 18 and 20

Creepy Cupcake Decorating

BENTON/BRYANT — Teens are invited to learn how to decorate “creepy” cupcakes at 4 p.m. today at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library in Benton and at 4 p.m. Friday at the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library in Bryant. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

Almost Elton John

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Hot Springs Village Concerts Association will continue the second of its five-show series today and Friday when pianist-singer Craig A. Meyer brings his look-alike, sound-alike concert Almost Elton John to the Woodlands Auditorium. The show will begin at 7:30 each evening. For ticket information, call (501) 922-6539 or visit

Oct. 18-21

Documentary Film Festival

HOT SPRINGS — The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival will continue through Sunday in downtown Hot Springs. As a result of storm damage to the historic Malco Theatre in August, the festival will be held primarily at the Arlington Resort Hotel and Spa. As the Presenting Sponsor of the 21st annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, the Arlington will host the closing night, Sunday; films and filmmaker receptions; and the majority of the film screenings. For more information, visit

Oct. 18 and Oct. 25

Planetarium Shows

ARKADELPHIA -— The planetarium at Henderson State University’s Reynolds Science Center will hold public showings of Stars of the Pharaohs at 7 p.m. today and Oct. 25. The show will explore the connection ancient Egyptians felt with the stars and various astronomical phenomena. The shows are open to the public. Admission is $3 per person or $1 with a student ID. Extreme darkness is important to the effects of the shows; therefore, late arrivals will not be admitted. For more information, contact Jim Duke at (870) 230-5006 or

Civil War Lectures

ARKADELPHIA — As part of its American Civil War lecture series, Henderson State University will present “The Civil War in American Literature,” by Greg Gibson, instructor of English at Henderson, at 7 p.m. today; and “Clothing Confederate Arkansans,” by David Sesser, curator of special collections at Henderson’s Huie Library, at 7 p.m. Oct. 25. Both lectures are open to the public and will be in the Caplinger Airway Science Center at Henderson. For more information, call (870) 230-5249 or email

Oct. 19

Mystery Night Registration Deadline

BENTON — The deadline is Friday to register for the Saline County Library’s first Mystery Night: Live Clue event, to be held for ages 16 and older at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library in Benton. Register at the Herzfeld Library or at the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library in Bryant. Up to six teams of two will be allowed per round, and two rounds will be held, the second beginning at 6:30 p.m. Participants are encouraged to dress up and wear name tags as they search for clues to solve the mystery. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

Tiger Day

ARKADELPHIA — Ouachita Baptist University’s Office of Admissions Counseling will host a Tiger Day on Friday as an opportunity for prospective students to get an inside look around campus and experience student life. Along with attending a class and a parent panel, meeting with deans and touring campus, students and their parents will also attend an opening program and closing session. Tiger Day registration will start at 12:30 p.m. in the lobby of Hickingbotham Hall, and the event will conclude at 4:15 p.m. For more information, visit

Oct. 19-21

Artist Studio Tour

ARKADELPHIA —The sixth annual Round About Artist Studio Tour will be held in the Arkadelphia area Friday through Sunday. Sponsored by the Caddo River Art Guild, art on display will include paintings, pottery, fused glass, woodcarvings, fiber art, jewelry, photography, sculpture and more, as well as demonstrations. Art will be available for purchase. The tour will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Guidebooks can be picked up at the Arkadelphia Arts Center, 625 Main St., or at the Diamond Lakes Regional Visitor’s Center, 124 Arkansas 7, next to Wendy’s in Caddo Valley. For more information, visit or call (870) 245-3612.

Oct. 20

Ladies Luncheon

BAUXITE — The Bauxite Ladies Association’s annual lunch will be held at the Bauxite Community Center. The doors will open at 10:30 a.m. for those who want to tour the Bauxite Museum. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. A former scholarship winner, Chelsea Leavor, will share her educational pursuit to the medical career in which she now holds a position at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. The meal will be catered by Derek Leavor. Proceeds, donations and memorials will be applied to the group’s scholarship presentation.

Sky Lantern Show

BENTON — The Saline County Relay for Life team will kick off the 2013 season with entertainment and a sky lantern show from 5-9 p.m. Saturday on the courthouse lawn. The event will include free live music from Exit 123, and refreshments will be available for a small donation. Participants are asked to bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating. For more information or to purchase a sky lantern in honor or in memory of someone, visit or email

Get Swamped Fundraiser

BENTON — The Boys and Girls Club of Saline County will hold its 2012 fundraiser, Get Swamped, from 5:30-9:30 p.m. The event will feature a question-and-answer session with “Trapper” Joe and “Trigger” Tommy, as well as a catered dinner and a silent auction. Tickets are $50. For more information, call (501) 315-8100.

Scholarship Fundraiser

ALEXANDER — A fundraiser to support the Marguerite Robinson Memorial Scholarship will feature a gumbo cook-off and Cajun feast at the Lake Norrell Community Center. Registration is open for teams to cook gumbo and for individuals to compete for the title of Gumbo Master. The winner will receive $100. Judging will take place at 4:30 p.m., and dining will begin at 5 p.m. Additional Cajun dishes will be served, including red beans and rice, chicken etouffee, roast beef po’boys and homemade desserts. There will be a silent auction, and the 2012 scholarship recipient will be announced. Tickets are $12. For more information, call Rebecca Brosius at (501) 681-6270.

Oct. 20 and 30

Bath Scents/Scrubs Workshop

BENTON/BRYANT — Adults 18 and older are invited to learn how to make their own bath scents and scrubs at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library in Benton and at 6 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library in Bryant. Participation will be on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

Oct. 21

Benefit Concert

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Hot Springs Concert Band will give a scholarship benefit performance at 3 p.m. in Woodlands Auditorium. Tickets are $10 for general admission. The 2012 HSCB award-winning composition will be announced at the concert. To purchase tickets, visit

CASA Benefit Car Show

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Hot Springs Village Cruisers will host a car show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot of Summit Bank and Tomorrow’s Therapy to benefit CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Saline County. Registration will be from 10 a.m. to noon, and trophies will be presented at 3 p.m. Registration the day of the show is $25. For more information, call (501) 538-4212.

Art Show Opening Reception

BENTON — The Art Guild of Saline County will have an opening reception for its art show and competition from 1-3 p.m. at the Saline Memorial Hospital Atrium. There is a fee of $8 per entry for Art Guild members or $10 per entry for nonmembers. The prize money per category is first place, $50; second place, $25; and third place, $15. The Best of Show award is $100. Judging will be done by an independent judge. The public is invited. For more information, call (501) 778-6810 or email

Oct. 23

OBU Faculty Exhibit and Reception

ARKADELPHIA — A reception for the artists featured in Ouachita Baptist University’s Department of Visual Arts’ faculty exhibit will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Hammons Gallery. The exhibit, Recent Works by Summer Bruch and Donnie Copeland, features the works of two OBU studio art faculty and will be on display until Nov. 3. Justin Isenhour and Ryan Lewis, assistant professors of music at Ouachita, will give an improvisational music performance during the reception in response to what Copeland and Bruch have created. The free exhibit is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and on evenings when other School of Fine Arts events are held in the Mabee Fine Arts Center. For more information, contact the School of Fine Arts at or (870) 245-5129.

Middle Eastern Dancing

BRYANT — Local dancer and instructor Thea Smeets will present The Health Benefits of Middle Eastern Dancing at 6:30 p.m. at the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library. The program is part of the Well on Your Way wellness series and will include a special performance by members of the Little Rock Rockettes. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

Creative Outlet

BRYANT — Teens are invited to participate in a make-and-take craft from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library. For more information, call (501) 847-2166.

Oct. 24

Book Club

BENTON — Readers age 18 and older are invited to join a recently established book club at 6 p.m. at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library. This month’s selection is The Graceling, by Kristin Cashore. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

Health Fair

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Hot Springs Village Health Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Coronado Community Center. The event will include booths from vendors for participants to browse. For more information, call (501) 922-5050.


VFW Bingo

BENTON — Bingo is held at 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday and at 1 p.m. every Saturday at Benton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2256. Members and guests are welcome but must be at least 21 years old. There is no charge for admission, and the kitchen will serve burgers, fries, taco salads and other dishes.


HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — Geocaching, an outdoor game in which a GPS device is used for a scavenger hunt, is available in Hot Springs Village. Participants will pick up a geocaching flyer and gate pass at the Hot Springs Village Visitor Center; use a handheld GPS device to hunt for seven interesting places in Hot Springs Village; look for a container that may be partially hidden and collect an information card tucked inside; and bring all seven cards to the visitor center to be entered in a monthly drawing for a prize until March 1. For more information, visit


Newcomers Coffee

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Hot Springs Village Property Owners’ Association will hold a Newcomers Coffee at 9 a.m. Oct. 25 in the Ouachita Building of the Ponce de Leon Center, 1101 Desoto Blvd. Coffee and donuts will be available at 8:30 a.m., followed by presentations at 9 a.m. The meeting will give new residents an opportunity to hear about the POA, as well as organizations and activities in Hot Springs Village. For more information, call (501) 922-4231.

Brass Concert

ARKADELPHIA — Ouachita Baptist University will present a brass concert at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 in McBeth Recital Hall. The concert will feature the university’s Horn Choir and Trumpet Ensemble. Heather Thayer, OBU assistant professor of music, will conduct the groups. The free concert is open to the public. For more information, contact OBU’s School of Fine Arts at (870) 245-5129.

Chili Pie Fundraiser

MALVERN — The Central Arkansas Development Council’s Hot Spring County Single Parent Scholarship Fund will hold its second annual Chili Pie Fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 25 at College of the Ouachitas in Malvern. The cost is $3 for a small Frito chili pie, cookie and drink, and $5 for a large Frito chili pie, cookie and drink. All proceeds will go toward college scholarships for low-income single parents. For more information, call Brinda Speer at (501) 337-8401.

Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon

HOT SPRINGS — In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, National Park Medical Center will have a breast-cancer-awareness luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 25 in the hospital’s Fordyce Room. The luncheon will feature guest speakers from three organizations dedicated to eradicating breast cancer, as well as a question-and-answer panel of physicians. The lunch is free, but seating is limited, and registration is required. To register, call (501) 620-1402.

Habitat Application Meeting

BENTON — Habitat for Humanity of Saline County will hold a meeting at 6 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library for anyone interested in learning more about the affordable-housing program. Information about the application process and requirements will be distributed. For more information, call the Habitat office at (501) 315-5434.

OBU Theatre Production

ARKADELPHIA — The Ouachita Baptist University Department of Theatre Arts will present the full-length fall production Machinal on Oct. 25-30 in Ouachita’s Verser Theatre. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. each day, with the exception of a Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 and may be purchased at the Jones Performing Arts Center Box Office from 1-5 p.m. weekdays and one hour before showtimes, or with a credit card by phone or online at OBU students are entitled to a free ticket by presenting a current student ID at the box office.

Fall Festival

BRYANT/BENTON — The Saline County Library will hold its annual Family Fall Festival from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library in Bryant and from 4-6 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library in Benton. Admission is free. Candy, games, prizes, crafts, books and face painting will be part of the event. Costumes are encouraged. For more information, call (501) 778-4766 or (501) 847-2166.

Halloween Carnival

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Children’s Halloween Carnival will be from 3-5 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Ponce de Leon Center. Hot Springs Village property owners and their guests, ages 12 and younger, are invited to the event, which will include carnival games, candy, a moon bounce, pumpkin decorating, a haunted house and more. Halloween costumes are encouraged. All children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call (501) 922-4231.

Fall Fest and Fireworks

AVILLA — Zion Lutheran Church will hold a fall fest and fireworks display from 5-8 p.m. Oct. 27 at the church, 300 E. Avilla. Dinner, sponsored by Avilla Christian Academy School, will be served at 5 p.m. The event will include A Trunk-N-Treat, games, candy, fireworks and activities for the whole family. For more information, call (501) 316-1100.

Spaghetti Dinner

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Kiwanis Club of Greater Hot Springs Village will hold its annual spaghetti dinner from 4-7 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Coronado Community Center. The menu will include spaghetti with sauce, salad, garlic bread and a drink. Takeout dinners will be available. Tickets are $9 for adults and $5 for children younger than 12. Ice cream and brownies will be sold by the Fountain Lake High School Key Club and the Fountain Lake Middle School Builders Club. Tickets are available from any Kiwanis member, at the Woodlands and Coronado Center offices from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays, online at or at the door.

Gallery Walk

MOUNT IDA — The Ouachita Artists’ first Gallery Walk will be held from 1-4 p.m. Oct. 28 at their gallery and studio across from the Courthouse Square in Mount Ida. Live music and refreshments will be available as people stroll through the gallery to view art produced by local artists and crafters. Some of the items, as well as baked goods, will be for sale. For more information, call (870) 334-3264.

Bohannons Performance

HOT SPRINGS — The Bohannons and Lucero will perform at 8 p.m. Nov. 3 at Maxine’s, 700 Central Ave. The Bohannons, from Chattanooga, Tenn., are touring in support of their full-length album debut. Tickets are $17 in advance and $20 if purchased at the door. For more information, call (501) 321-0909.

U.S. Constitution’s ‘Major Moments’

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — Curtis W. Coleman, chairman of The Institute for Constitutional Policy in Little Rock, will present “Major Moments in Constitution History” at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 as part of the Ouachita Speaker Series. He will address the Constitution as a living document and include highlights of its history. Tickets, at $10, may be purchased online at or at the Ponce de Leon Center box office. The lecture will be in the Ouachita Activities Building of the Ponce de Leon Center, 1101 DeSoto Blvd. For more information, contact or visit

FEMA Flood Insurance Meeting

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Property Owners’ Association Governmental Affairs and Lakes and Water committees will sponsor a Federal Emergency Management Agency and Lender Flood Insurance Requirements informational meeting. The event will be at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 9 in the Ouachita Building in the Ponce de Leon Center. Gary Ballard, Saline County Geographic Information Systems administrator, will present information about flood-insurance requirements and alternatives. This meeting is open to all Hot Springs Village residents.

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