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April 14

Wildflower Week

PETIT JEAN MOUNTAIN — Petit Jean State Park will conclude its free Wildflower Week. There will be walks, talks and demonstrations to celebrate wildflowers. Weekend programs will be family-oriented. For a schedule of events, lodging and camping options, or more information, contact the park at (501) 727-5441 or, or visit

Handbell Concert

CONWAY — Ozark Bronze Handbell Ensemble will be in concert at 4 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 2400 Prince St. For more information, visit

April 15

The 5 Browns Concert

CONWAY — The 5 Browns, a classical piano musical group , will give a concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall at the University of Central Arkansas. The concert is part of the UCA Public Appearances’ Night Out Series. The 5 Browns — siblings Ryan, Melody, Gregory, Deondra and Desirae Brown — attended Juilliard School in New York, with all five being enrolled at the same time for one semester. Tickets, available at the UCA Ticket Central Box Office, are $30 to $40 for adults and $10 for students and children. Tickets are free to UCA students with a current ID. For tickets, call (501) 450-3265 or toll-free in Arkansas at (866) 810-0012, or visit

April 15 – April 20

Jammers Jamming

VILONIA — The 13th annual Jammers Jamming will be held Monday through April 20 at Lester Flatt Memorial Park off Arkansas 107 in Vilonia. The event offers fun and music for everyone in the family and is handicap-accessible. For more information, contact Elizabeth Kuykendall at (501) 835-2451 or, or visit

April 16

Retired Teachers Meeting

CONWAY — The Faulkner County Retired Teachers Association will meet at 1:30 p.m. in the Activity Center of First Baptist Church. The Jim Brunson family will present a program of Olde Timey Music. All retirees from any position in education are invited to attend. For more information, call (501) 327-4216.

April 16 – April 20

Used Book Sale

MORRILTON — The Friends of the Conway County Library of Morrilton will host its biennial book sale Tuesday through April 20 in the Southern Christian Home Fullerton Activity Center on Arkansas 95. Books can be dropped off from 1-5 p.m. Sunday and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday at the activity center. The sale will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday; from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday; from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 18 and 19; and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 20. The books will be sold for 50 cents a pound each day, and on April 20, books will be $1 a bag. There will be a daily limit. No magazines, encyclopedias or textbooks will be accepted. For more information, call the Conway County Library at (501) 354-5204, or contact Pamela Brownlee at (501) 977-2199 or

April 18 and April 21

Band Needed

RUSSELLVILLE — Arkansas Center for Music Education is seeking volunteer instrumentalists to assist with the community band playing for the Russellville Adult Education Center’s graduation ceremony set for 2 p.m. April 21 at the Center for the Arts located at Russellville High School. Players should be at least junior high level and up. The band will play two pieces — “Pomp & Circumstance” for the processional and “With Valor and Honor” for the recessional. There will only be two rehearsal opportunities. The first will be at 7 p.m. Thursday and the second will be at 1:15 p.m. the day of the ceremony. Music is available to picked up by anyone interested in participating in this band. Students in service clubs or organizations can receive up to two hours of service credit. To acquire the music or for more information, contact Shirley Faulkner at (479) 264-9107 or

April 19

Blood Drive

RUSSELLVILLE — Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center will host a blood drive for the American Red Cross from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the annex across the street from the Emergency Department. For more information, contact the medical center at (479) 968-2841, ext. 0.

Play Rescheduled

MORRILTON — The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton Theatre Department’s spring production, Kindertransport, has been rescheduled for next week. The cast will hold four performances over three days. This drama will be presented at 7:30 p.m. April 19; at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., April 20; and at 2:30 p.m. April 21 at the Fine Arts Auditorium at UACCM. General admission tickets are $10 and will be available at the door only on the days of performances. Tickets are free to all UACCM faculty and staff, and all students get in free with their student I.D. For more information, contact Jim Harris at, or call (501) 977-2118.

April 19 – April 21

Mountain Man Rendezvous

GREENBRIER — Find out how rugged life was for explorers and trappers in Arkansas in the early 1800s as re-enactors portray the period at the Mountain Man Rendezvous on April 19-21 at Woolly Hollow State Park. The event is free and will include demonstrations of crafts, games, survival skills and more. For more information, contact the park at (501) 679-2098 or

April 20

The Slobber Knocker

PERRYVILLE — The third annual running of The Slobber Knocker will be April 20 in Perryville. This endurance mountain-bike race offers distances of 75 and 45 miles, with the former being part of the Arkansas Mountain Bike Marathon series and the latter open to all bikers. The race course consists of dirt roads and some pavement. For more information, contact Fred Phillips at (870) 246-6686 or, or visit


Scholarship Opportunity

MAUMELLE — The Maumelle Newcomers Club is offering a $1,000 scholarship. All residents of Maumelle are eligible to apply, as well as immediate family members of Newcomers Club members. Applicants must have at least a 2.5 cumulative grade-point average and cannot be the recipient of a full scholarship. The scholarship is available to those attending a four-year or two-year institution or an accredited technical college. Graduate and part-time students are also eligible. Applications must be postmarked by April 26 and can be obtained at the Maumelle Public Library or by calling scholarship chairwoman Ann Lewis at (501) 803-3669.

Cherokee Bingo Fundraiser

CONWAY — Cherokee Bingo will be held every Tuesday and Thursday at Bob’s Grill in downtown Conway. Doors will open at 4 p.m. for dinner, with bingo mini packs starting at 6:15 p.m. and main packs starting at 6:45 p.m. Proceeds from the event will go to the University of Central Arkansas Athletic Scholarship Fund.

Senior Wellness Center Volunteers

MAUMELLE — The Maumelle Senior Wellness Center, 550 Edgewood, is a day activity center for senior citizens. The center needs volunteer drivers to take members to medical appointments, as well as van shuttle drivers to transport members to and from the senior center. The center serves lunch daily and needs kitchen volunteers. For more information, call (501) 851-4344 or email


Jazz Concert

CONWAY — The University of Central Arkansas Department of Music will host its final Jazz Ensembles concert of the semester April 21 in the Snow Fine Arts Recital Hall. The 7:30 p.m. event is free and open to the public. The concert will feature three student musical groups: Jazz Ensemble I, Jazz Ensemble II and the UCA Dixieland Band. For more information, contact Larry Jones at (501) 450-5018 or

Orchestra Concert

CONWAY — The Hendrix College Chamber Orchestra conducted by Karen Griebling will present Fiori musicali at 7:30 p.m. April 22 in Reves Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Griebling at (501) 450-1249 or

Wind Ensemble Concert

CONWAY — The University of Central Arkansas’ Department of Music will host a UCA Wind Ensemble concert on April 23 in the Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall. The 7:30 p.m. concert, free and open to the public, should last about an hour. For more information, contact Ricky Brooks at (501) 450-5764 or

Band Concert

CONWAY — The University of Central Arkansas’ Department of Music will host a band concert in the Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall on April 24. The 7:30 p.m. concert, free and open to the public, should last about 90 minutes with a brief intermission. The University Band will play first and the Symphonic Band will conclude the concert. For more information, contact Douglas at (501) 450-5022 or

Taste of the Valley

RUSSELLVILLE — The 21st annual Taste of the Valley will be held April 25 at the Historic Russellville Depot in the city’s downtown district. This award-winning tasting party will showcase River Valley area restaurants, bakeries, caterers, delicatessens and vineyards. The event will include live music, and food and drinks will be available. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the event. For more information, contact Main Street Russellville at (479) 967-1437 or, or visit

Choir Spring Concert

CONWAY — The Hendrix College Choir under the direction of Nancy Fleming will present its spring 2013 concert Music for Royal Occasions at 7:30 p.m. April 25 in Greene Chapel. The program, which is free and open to the public, will feature four centuries of music composed for British royalty on the occasion of coronations, weddings, funerals and other celebrations. For more information, contact Fleming at (501) 450-1248 or

Journalist, Author Lecture

CONWAY — The Crain-Mailing Center of Jewish Culture at Hendrix College will host journalist and author Dan Raviv at 7 p.m. April 25 in Worsham Student Performance Hall, Student Life and Technology Center. The event is free and open to the public. Raviv is a national correspondent for CBS News. Copies of his book, Spies of Armageddon: Inside Israel’s Secret Wars, will be available at the event for purchase through Village Books, and a book signing will follow the program. Refreshments will be served. Raviv will also be available for photos at 5:30 p.m. For more information, contact Ellen Kirsch, director of the Crain-Maling Center of Jewish Culture, at (501) 450-4598 or

Film Festival

CONWAY — The annual UCA Film Festival, featuring films by undergraduate students in digital filmmaking at the University of Central Arkansas, is set for 5:30 p.m. April 26 at the Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall. The screening is free and open to the public. The purpose of the festival is to present the work of UCA students to the community and to provide networking opportunities. The program will be set the week of the festival. For more information, visit or contact Dull at (501) 852-2377 or

Aquatic Conservation Camp

RUSSELLVILLE — Lake Dardanelle State Park will offer an Aquatic Conservation Experience Camp on April 26 and 27. This two-day, one-night camp for children ages 10-13 will teach them about the lake and its inhabitants through a variety of activities, including kayaking. The registration fee of $65 includes meals and activities. For more information or to sign up, contact the park at (479) 967-5516 or

Smoked Pork Butt Sale

HEBER SPRINGS — The Rotary Club of Heber Springs will smoke Boston Pork Butts on April 26 in the Eagle Bank Main Street parking lot. To place an order, call Lewis Haller’s office (501) 362-6018 or contact any Rotarian. The price is $35, and pickup will be from 7:30-9:30 a.m. April 27. Proceeds support scholarships and charitable community projects.


HEBER SPRINGS — An art and photography walk will kick off Springfest in Heber Springs on April 26, with more activities planned for April 27. There will be crafters, children’s activities, gardening information and food. For more information, contact Melisa Gardner at (501) 362-2444 or, or visit

Party in the Park

RUSSELLVILLE — The Party in the Park will offer music, food, art and more on April 27 at Russellville City Park on B Street near Knoxville. There is no admission fee. For more information, contact Betty LaGrone at (479) 968-2452 or

Fashion Show

RUSSELLVILLE — A spring mother-daughter fashion show and tea will be held at 2 p.m. April 28 at First United Methodist Church Family Hall, 304 S. Commerce. Intergenerational models (grandmothers, mothers and children) will wear spring and summer fashions. A high tea will be served to guests. Finger sandwiches, savory snacks, scones, etc. will be served. Joann Hays will be the narrator. Admission is a $10 donation, which will be used for United Methodist Women mission projects. Each guest will be eligible to win one of the door prizes. For ticket information, call Joann Hays at (479) 968-6562.

Hershey Track and Field Meet

RUSSELLVILLE — The Russellville Recreation and Parks Department will hold the local Hershey Track and Field Meet at 10 a.m. May 11 at the Russellville High School track. Registration begins at 9 a.m. This is a free event for boys and girls ages 9 to 14. Entry forms are available at Hughes Center or online at For more information, call (501) 968-1272.

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