This week's events in the Three Rivers area

Originally Published September 29, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.
Updated September 27, 2013 at 1:58 p.m.
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Sept. 30

Teen Time

JACKSONVILLE — The Nixon Library will offer Teen Time at 4 p.m. This is a session for teens ages 13-19 to hang out, play games, use the library’s laptops, have snacks and work on projects for school or just for fun.

Sept. 30–Oct. 2

Revival Services

BUTLERVILLE — Revival services will held at 7 p.m. Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at Greenwood Missionary Baptist Church on Arkansas 38 in Butlerville. Evangelist Joey Perry will be the guest speaker. Everyone is welcome.

Oct. 1

ASUN Start-Up Basics Workshop

NEWPORT — In partnership with the Arkansas Women’s Business Center, Arkansas State University-Newport will offer a Start-Up Basics workshop from 6-8 p.m. on all three of the college’s campuses. The workshop is for those who are considering opening a new business or have a business in its first year of operation. The workshop will present information on business models and creating a business plan. The fee is $20. Classes will be held in Walton Hall, Room 118, at ASUN-Newport, 7648 Victory Blvd.; in Room 213 of ASUN’s Jonesboro campus, 5504 Krueger Drive; and in the CVN Lab in the main building of ASUN’s Marked Tree Campus, 33500 U.S. 63. To sign up for the class, contact Jennifer Ballard at (870) 512-7861 or


SEARCY — The Searcy Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Oct. 1 has been canceled because there are no agenda items.

Oct. 2

American Pen Women Meeting

CHEROKEE VILLAGE — The Spring River Branch of the National League of American Pen Women will meet at 10 a.m. at Cherokee Village Lutheran Church, at the corner of Okmulgee Drive and Cherokee Road. Ed Button from the Ozark Radio Network in West Plains, Mo., will be the guest speaker. This group of women writers, artists and musicians meets the first Wednesday of the month. New members are welcome. For more information, call Pat Dunlap at (870) 966-4714 or Pat Oplinger at (870) 257-5558.

Cyber Security Expo

BATESVILLE – The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville will host a Cyber Security Expo from 1-4 p.m in the Nursing and Allied Health Building Lecture Hall. The free expo is to raise awareness of breaches in cyber security and is supported by the college’s Business, Technology and Public Service Division and Community and Technical Education Division. The expo is open to the public, but registration is required. To register, contact Lynn Bray at or (870) 612-2080.

Oct. 3

Open House and Book Signing

HEBER SPRINGS — The Cleburne County Historical Society will hold an open house and book signing from 3-5 p.m. Thursday at 210 N. Broadway. Karen Potter Murphy, the author of Higden … A Place in the Heart: Life Before the Lake, will sign her books. Greers Ferry Dam historical pictures and displays will also be available. Admission is free. For more information, call (501) 362-5225.

Pangburn Band Event

PANGBURN — The Pangburn Band will serve a hamburger and hot dog meal for the public during parent teacher conferences from 5-7 p.m. at the Pangburn Performing Arts Center. The cost is $5 per person. Everyone is invited to stay for a free concert by the Pangburn Band at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center Auditorium. For more information, call (501) 728-3267.

Oct. 5

Benton Family Reunion

SEARCY — A family reunion for descendants of John Washington Benton and Rachel Burkett Benton will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Carmichal Center in Searcy. Attendees are asked to bring a favorite dish to share. Paper products, coffee and other drinks will be provided. For more information, call Kathy Ball at (501) 858-9825.


JACKSONVILLE — The Ladies of the Knights and Knights of Columbus Council 11604 will hold their 10th annual Oktoberfest at 6:30 p.m. in the Knights of Columbus Hall, 108 N. First St. The event will feature a German-themed dinner, music and dancing. Tickets are $15 per adult. Proceeds will benefit the Knights and Ladies charitable organizations. For more information or tickets, call Theresa at (501) 843-8251 or Linda at (501) 843-7655. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

Fall Festival

GREERS FERRY — The Greers Ferry Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its fall festival from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Lacey’s Narrows Marina, 7674 Edgemont Road. The family-oriented event will include crafts, games, classic cars, food vendors and entertainment. For more information, call Sharon at (501) 825-6616.

Craft Fair

CABOT — Our Savior Lutheran Church will hold its second annual craft fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 301 S. Pine St. Proceeds will benefit the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League’s mission projects. For more information, call (501) 605-8082, or visit

Flying Jam

MARSHALL — The sixth annual Flying Jam will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Searcy County Airport. The public is invited for food, fun, live music, powered parachutes and a 175th-birthday party for Searcy County. The event is free. Music will start at 10 a.m. provided by the Buffalo River Blues Society, and the birthday party will start at 11:30 a.m. with a cake-cutting ceremony and free cake. Wood-powered vehicles will be on display, as well as an old-time keel boat courtesy of the Early Arkansaw Re-enactor’s Association. For more information, call (870) 448-2557.


Kids Bible Club

WARD — The Kids Bible Club for children in first through sixth grades is being held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays for six weeks, through Oct. 30, at Ward United Methodist Church, at Scott and Arkansas 367 across from the Ward Community Center. The club will include storytelling, singing and light snacks. There is no cost for the program, and transportation is available. For more information, call Rick Meadows at (501) 843-3279 or (501) 327-9222, or email rmeadows@

Fall Sessions for Musicians

BATESVILLE — Accordion, guitar, keyboard, violin and harmonica players of all experience levels are invited to come listen or play from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 7 and 21, Nov. 4 and 18, and Dec. 2 at First Community Bank.

Friends of the Library Book Shop

HEBER SPRINGS — The Friends of The Library Book Shop, 2255 Arkansas 25B N., is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. The shop offers lots of books at bargain prices. Proceeds will benefit all the libraries in Cleburne County, including the new library in Quitman.

Children’s Story Time

BATESVILLE — The Independence County Library, 368 E. Main St., offers story time for preschoolers at 10:30 a.m. every Wednesday. The event will include stories, videos and crafts conducted by librarian Vanessa Adams. The program lasts about an hour, and parents are requested to attend. For more information, call the library at (870) 793-8814, or


Parking Lot Market Sale

CABOT — Christ United Methodist Church will host a parking-lot market sale from 8 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of October and November. Spots cost $10. Participants may bring yard-sale items, crafts, homemade goodies, etc. to Christ UMC, 15361 Arkansas 5. For more information, call (501) 529-0604.

Computer Classes

BATESVILLE — The Independence County Library offers free computer classes, geared for adults of all ages. Topics will include using a mouse and setting up an email account. Reservations are required. Call the library at (870) 793-8814 to register. For more information on this and other library events, visit

Free GED classes

MELBOURNE — Free GED classes are available at the following Ozarka College campuses: Melbourne, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; Mammoth Spring, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; Ash Flat, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays; and Mountain View, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and from 5-7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Registration is ongoing. For more information, call the Ozarka College Adult Education Department at (800) 821-4335, ext. 2051, or in Izard County, call (870) 368-2051.

Cabot Civitan Club Meetings

CABOT — The Cabot Civitan Club meets at 6 p.m. the first and third Mondays of each month at First Security Bank in downtown Cabot. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call Tom Nolting at (501) 606-3731.

Retirees Meetings

KENSETT — Retired employees from Eaton Vickers and Remington Rand meet from 7:30-8:30 a.m. the first Saturday of each month at the Kensett Country Kitchen. All former employees are invited to attend.

Republican Committee Meetings

CABOT — The Lonoke County Republican Committee meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month at Grandpa’s Bar-B-Cue. For more information, call Irene Ernst at (501) 941-4905, or visit

Cabot Alzheimer’s Support Group

CABOT — The Cabot 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, contact Cindy Orlicek Jones at (501) 843-9014 or

Ceramic Classes

JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville Senior Wellness and Activity Center is offering ceramic classes for people 60 or older. Membership is $20 per year. Classes meet from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. For more information, call the center at (501) at 982-2011.


White County Iris Society Meeting

SEARCY — The White County Iris Society will meet at 2 p.m. Oct. 6 at 605 E. Race. Robert Treadway, well-known to central-Arkansas iris growers as a hybridizer of Louisiana iris, will present a report on the 2013 conventions of the American Iris Society and the Society for Louisiana Iris, held in Dallas last spring. All iris lovers are welcome. Refreshments will be served, and door prizes will be given.

Lonoke County Retired Teachers Meeting

CABOT — The Lonoke County Retired Teachers Association will hold a potluck meeting at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 7 at Mount Tabor United Methodist Church. The guest speaker will be Mary Alice Hughes, an Arkansas insurance producer associated with the Arkansas Retired Teachers Association, who will answer insurance questions. All retired district employees are invited to attend. Donations for a local food pantry will be appreciated. For more information, call Helen Teffer at (501) 843-2790.

Model Airplane Club Meeting

HEBER SPRINGS — Anyone who builds or flies model airplanes or wants to learn how to do so is invited to the next meeting of the Heber Springs area model airplane club at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 10. The club meets at the Heber Springs Community Center, 201 Bobbie Jean Lane, across the street from Auto Zone and behind Michael’s Italian Restaurant. The new club president is Ken Tabor. For more information, call (501) 206-7070.

Southern Raised Concert

WARD — Southern Raised, a bluegrass/gospel group, will appear at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 at First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church. There is no admission charge, but a love offering will be collected. For more information, call (501) 628-1838 or (501) 850-2056.

Business Expo Booth Registration

HEBER SPRINGS — The Heber Springs Business Expo will be held Oct. 10. To register for a booth, visit, or call (501) 362-2444.

Civil War Re-enactor Event

CABOT — The Grand Prairie Civil War Round Table will present R.D. Keever from 1-4 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Camp Nelson Cemetery in Cabot. He will be in period dress, have his horse with him and have a tent set up. This will be a free educational event. Keever — a retired teacher and re-enactor, as well as an authority on Camp Nelson — will give a talk and answer questions. Everyone is invited. For more information, email Keever at or Rick Meadows at

Art Exhibit

HEBER SPRINGS — The Creative Arts Society’s first art exhibit will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Heber Springs Community Center. There will be a reception and cash ribbon ceremony at 10 a.m. Painting and 3D categories will be included. For artist entries, email, or call (501) 270-2278.

Mount Tabor Yard and Bake Sale

CABOT — Mount Tabor United Methodist Church will hold its semiannual yard and bake sale at 7:30 a.m. Oct. 12 at the church, 4100 Arkansas 89 S. The Fellowship Hall will be filled with household items, Christmas decorations, clothing, furniture, knickknacks and more. The bake sale will feature cookies, candy, sweet breads and fried pies. Proceeds will go to church missions.

Class of ’63 Reunion

CABOT — The 1963 class of Cabot High School will hold a 50-year reunion Oct. 12 at The University Cafe at Arkansas State University-Beebe. A meet-and-greet will begin at 5 p.m., followed by a buffet dinner at 6. For more information, call Norma Crutchfield at (501) 743-8886 or (501) 843-5925, or Irma Lee Heffner (501) 259-5187; or email Shelly Moran at

Daylily Sale

SEARCY — The White County Daylily Society will have its annual fall sale from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 12 in the parking lot of Simmons First Bank on South Main Street. There will be a good selection of lilies at a cost of $4 per double division. For more information, call Colleen Massengale, society president, at (501) 268-3711.

Chili Supper

CHEROKEE VILLAGE — The United Methodist Men’s semiannual Chili Supper will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at Cherokee Village United Methodist Church, at the intersection of Otter and Keno drives. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children under 12. Tickets may be purchased from any United Methodist Man or at the door. Pie, furnished by the United Methodist Women, is included, along with a choice of drink.

Holiday Extravaganza

SALEM — The Fulton County Fair will host the third annual Holiday Extravaganza on Nov. 1 and 2 in the Hickinbotham-Miller Exhibit Building at the Fulton County Fairgrounds in Salem. Hours will be from noon to 6 p.m. Nov. 1, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 2. To reserve tables and booth spaces, direct-marketing consultants and craft vendors may contact the Fulton County Fair at (870) 895-5565 or

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 Deadlines for calendar-item submissions are noon Friday for Thursday editions and noon Tuesday for Sunday editions.