This week's events in the River Valley & Ozark area

Published July 3, 2014 at 12:00 a.m.
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July 3

Call for Musicians

RUSSELLVILLE — The West Central River Valley Community Band is accepting new and returning members for summer rehearsals, to be held from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, beginning today, at the Arkansas Center for Music Education, 502 Tyler Road. The band will prepare pieces, including marches and movie themes, for its first performance on Aug. 2. Players should be at least junior-high level to participate. To register or for more information, contact Shirley Faulkner at (479) 264-9107 or, or visit

July 4

Fabulous Fourth Celebration

MORRILTON — The 16th annual Fabulous Fourth Celebration will start at 5 p.m. with nonstop music along the banks of the Arkansas River at Cherokee Park. Admission is free. The headline band, John Neal Rock & Roll, will perform at 8 p.m. There will also be an apple-pie competition. For more information on the pie contest, contact Bettye Henderson at or call (501) 208-3121. Attendees may bring lawn chairs, coolers and picnic baskets to the park. No personal fireworks will be allowed. For more information, contact Jessie Gibson at (501) 977-4092 or

Holiday Closing

RUSSELLVILLE — The Hughes Community Center will be closed Friday for observance of Independence Day. Beginning Monday, pool passes will be sold at half price. For more information, contact the Hughes Community Center at (479) 968-1272.

Dardanelle Fourth of July Celebration

DARDANELLE — The city of Dardanelle will hold a Fourth of July celebration with free activities. Quay to Locust streets will be closed from 1-10 p.m. Friday. Free activities will include inflatables, a rock wall, a dunking booth and paintballing from 5-8 p.m. Musical entertainment will begin at 5 p.m. with Walk on Faith, followed by Fool’s Gold at 6 p.m. and Rawhide from 7:30-9:30 p.m. A fireworks display will begin at 9:15 p.m. Anyone who would like to be a food, arts or crafts vendor may go by the Dardanelle City Hall, 116 N. Front St., or call (479) 229-4500 for a form to be mailed. There is no charge to vendors.

Russellville Fireworks Display

RUSSELLVILLE — The city of Russellville will present a free community fireworks display at 9:15 p.m. in Old Post Road Park. The Russellville Kiwanis Club will have concessions available.

July 5

Heber Springs Fireworks Extravaganza

HEBER SPRINGS — A fireworks display will begin at 9:30 p.m. at Sandy Beach. Entertainment will start at 6 p.m. with The Imagine That Band. Barrett Baber, winner of the Song of Arkansas contest, will perform at 7 p.m. For more information, visit, or call (501) 362-2444.

Market Day at Wesley UMC

CONWAY — Market Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church, 2310 E. Oak St., across from Caldwell Country Store. This indoor market will feature fresh produce, eggs, baked goods, jams and jellies, and handcrafted items. A silent auction will feature a quilt completed by the Wesley Keenagers quilting circle. Bids will be taken until 1 p.m. The public is invited. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go to the church’s building fund. For more information, call the church office at (501) 327-7629.

July 6

A. Alfred Lee Concert

FAIRFIELD BAY — A. Alfred Lee, internationally known pianist and organist, will present A Stars and Stripes Concert from 2-4 p.m. at the Fairfield Bay Conference and Visitor Center, 210 Lost Creek Parkway. Donations are encouraged.

July 8

Weight-Loss Clinic

CONWAY — The Faulkner County Library will present Dr. J.J. Mayo and Choose to Lose: A Healthy Lifestyle Approach to Weight Management. Classes will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning today and running through Aug. 12. Preregistration is requested. To register, call the library at (501) 327-7482 or email


League of Artists Meeting

CONWAY — The Conway League of Artists will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Faulkner County Library. Sheila Parsons Talley will do a critique of artists’ work and asks members to bring up to three pieces of work that are in the process and not quite finished. Members are also asked to bring artwork to be voted on for Artist of the Month. Refreshments will be served. Members and their guests, as well as visitors, are welcome.


Faulker County Summer Concerts

CONWAY — The Faulkner County Library announces its Summer Concert Series 2014, featuring local performers at 2 p.m. Sundays: July 13, Shannon Wurst; July 20, Jeff Clanton; July 27, the Conway Symphony Orchestra; Aug. 3, The Boomers; Aug. 10, folksimile; and Aug. 17, Men of Fire. The concerts will be held in the “parklike setting” of the interior of the library, with ice cream and lemonade. The series is supported by Friends of the Faulkner County Library. All library programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at (501) 327-7482 or email

Business Startup Boot Camp

RUSSELLVILLE — The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center will present a Business Startup Boot Camp on Tuesday evenings in July. Four workshops designed to help entrepreneurs start and market their new business will be held: Starting a Business in Arkansas, Tuesday; Business Plan for Startups, July 15; Free and Local: Small Business Marketing, July 22; and Introduction to Social Media Marketing, July 29. Workshops will start at 5:30 p.m. in Rothwell Hall at Arkansas Tech University. The cost for all four workshops is $60. Seating is limited, and registration is required at (479) 356-2067 or

Augsburg Fall Fest Booth Applications

AUGSBURG — JoAnn Dorn, the arts, crafts and vendor booth chairwoman, is taking applications for booth spaces for the seventh annual Augsburg Fall Fest, to be held Oct. 11 at Zion Lutheran Church at the intersection of Arkansas 333 and Augsburg Road. Anyone who wants to have a booth at the festival may get an application form by calling Dorn at (479) 331-2302. The fee for all booths is $25. Proceeds from the festival will benefit the River Valley Free Christian Clinic and the Augsburg Food Pantry.

Soccer Complex Temporary Closures

RUSSELLVILLE — The Russellville Recreation and Parks Department is working on repairing the fields at the Russellville Soccer Complex. While the repairs are underway, the complex will be closed at various times. When the complex is open, only the fields with goals will be available for use. For more information, call the Recreation and Parks Department at (479) 968-1272.

Holiday Puppets Family Show

FAIRFIELD BAY — The Holiday Puppets will perform at 11 a.m. every Wednesday during the summer at the Puppet Playhouse in the post office building. The 45-minute show features Punch and Judy, Dudley the Magnificent Magician and The Cat Came Back shadow puppets. The family show is free and open to the public.

Midday Manna

CONWAY — A Bible lecture and luncheon led by Wanda Landers takes place from 11:45 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at Woodland Heights Baptist Church, 4215 Prince St. Lunch, a drink and dessert are served for $5. Child care is available by reservation by calling (501) 329-0001.

Conway Community Meditation Group

CONWAY — The Conway Community Meditation group meets from 12:30-1:30 p.m. every Tuesday at The Locals, 1024 Van Ronkle St. This session provides a time of unifying harmony with fellow Conway residents. All are welcome. For more information, visit

Spanish Practice Group

CONWAY — The Spanish Practice Group meets at 4 p.m. every Friday at The Locals, 1024 Van Ronkle St. Join other Spanish-speaking enthusiasts in conversation. Todos son bienvenidos! For more information, visit

Simply Said Storytelling

CONWAY — Simply Said is an informal, open-mic storytelling time held at 6 p.m. every Thursday at The Locals, 1024 Van Ronkle St. Participants are asked to share a story, no notes, in no more than five minutes. For more information, visit

Wordpress Conway

CONWAY — Wordpress Conway takes place at 6 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month at The Locals, 1024 Van Ronkle St. For anyone who uses Wordpress or wants to learn more about it, this central-Arkansas group can provide help with questions or issues Wordpress users may have. For more information, visit

Tea Party Meeting

HEBER SPRINGS — Arkansas’ We the People Tea Party of Cleburne County meets at 6:30 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of every month at St. Barnabas Anglican Church, 1101C W. Main St. Various issues are discussed. For more information, call Marlin Schwartz at (847) 977-5261.


MAUMELLE — Southern Hills Baptist Fellowship and JumpZone have teamed up to offer a free children’s program, TeamKID, for first- through sixth-graders. The program is held at 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday at the JumpZone building. For more information, call (501) 851-7729 or visit


QuickBooks Workshop

RUSSELLVILLE — The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center will present a hands-on workshop, QuickBooks Day-to-Day Basics, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 10 at Arkansas Tech University. Participants will learn about the day-to-day features of QuickBooks, including accounts payable, deposits, sales receipts, accounts receivable, managing sales taxes and more. A basic working knowledge of QuickBooks is recommended to attend the seminar. A computer will be provided for each participant for use during the interactive session. The cost is $65 per person. Seating is limited, and registration is required at (479) 356-2067 or

Baby-sitting Workshop

RUSSELLVILLE — A Safe Sitter baby-sitting workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 10-11, 17-18 and 24-25 at Saint Mary’s Annex, 1808 W. C St., behind Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center. The cost is $45. For more information or to register, call (479) 968-2841, ext. 0, or email

Concealed Handgun Carry Course

MAUMELLE — Safe Shooting Sports of Arkansas, LLC will conduct an Arkansas Concealed Handgun Carry License Course on July 12 at the Hampton Inn. The course includes a Free National Rifle Association Basic Pistol Shooting Course. Discounts are available for nurses and first responders. See to register for the class, or contact Jeff Allison, an Arkansas State Police instructor, at (501) 813-2908.

Adult Fall Softball League Registration

RUSSELLVILLE — Registration for the Russellville Recreation and Parks Department’s adult fall softball league will begin July 14 and end July 25. Registration forms are available in the Russellville Recreation and Parks Department Office and online at Registration will be accepted at the Hughes Community Center from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call the Hughes Center at (479) 968-1272.

The Little Mermaid Jr.

LESLIE — Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. will be presented at 7 p.m. July 26 at the Ozark Heritage Arts Center. This children’s production is $5 for children 12 and younger, and $10 for adults. The production is by Red Curtain Theatre of Conway. Advance tickets are available at the Elk & Eagle Trading Post in Leslie and at Simmons Bank in Marshall. For more information, call (501) 941-4828.

Rotary District Seminar

HEBER SPRINGS — The Rotary Club of Heber Springs will host a seminar by the Rotary District on Aug. 18 at Arkansas State University-Heber Springs. For more details, contact Rotary member Brenda Erby Fudge at (501) 472-0161.

Red Apple Inn Golf Scramble

HEBER SPRINGS — The Rotary Club of Heber Springs will hold its annual Golf Scramble on Sept. 5 at the Red Apple Inn and Country Club. For more information, call Rotary member Brenda Erby Fudge at (501) 472-0161.

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