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July 17

How Not to Starve Mixer

CONWAY — The Locals is launching a series of networking and professional-development events titled How Not to Starve: Professional Development for Artists. The first meeting will be a mixer at 8 p.m. at The Locals, 1024 Van Ronkle. Artists will interact with local colleagues and other art professionals. Organizers will obtain feedback and record suggestions for future events. There is no cost to attend; however, an RSVP is required. To register for the event, visit For more information, contact Beth Wilson Norwood at or (501) 472-5037.

July 18

AARP Driver Safety Program

HEBER SPRINGS — There will be an AARP Driver Safety Program class from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the McCoy Room of the Administration/Student Services Building at Arkansas State University-Heber Springs. Individuals 55 or older who complete the course will qualify for a three-year discount on their automobile-insurance premiums in Arkansas. The cost of the course is $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers. The fee may be paid in cash or by check, payable to AARP. To reserve a place, call ASU at (501) 362-1273 or email


Russellville Parks Adult Softball Registration

RUSSELLVILLE — The Russellville Recreation and Parks Department is registering teams for the Adult Fall Softball League through 5 p.m. July 25. Teams that register must pay the entry fee and submit an entry form and a team roster. Forms are available in the Russellville Recreation and Parks Department Office or online at Call (479) 968-1272 for more information.

Faulkner County Summer Concerts

CONWAY — The Faulkner County Library announces its Summer Concert Series 2014, featuring local performers at 2 p.m. Sundays: Jeff Clanton, July 20; the Conway Symphony Orchestra, July 27; The Boomers, Aug. 3; folksimile, Aug. 10; and Men of Fire, Aug. 17. The concerts will be held in the “parklike setting” of the interior of the library, with ice cream and lemonade provided. 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

Baby-sitting Workshop

RUSSELLVILLE — A Safe Sitter baby-sitting workshop will continue from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and Friday; and July 24 and 25 at Saint Mary’s Annex, 1808 W. C St., behind Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center. For more information, call (479) 968-2841, ext. 0, or email

Business Startup Boot Camp

RUSSELLVILLE — The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center is presenting a Business Startup Boot Camp on Tuesday evenings in July. Two more workshops designed to help entrepreneurs start and market their new business will be held: 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. Seating is limited, and registration is required at (479) 356-2067 or

Augsburg Fall Fest Booth Applications

AUGSBURG — JoAnn Dorn, 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 call Dorn at (479) 331-2302 to get an application form. The fee for all booths is $25. Proceeds from the festival will benefit the River Valley Free Christian Clinic and the Augsburg Food Pantry.

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, without using 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


Common Core Townhall

CONWAY — The Faulkner County Tea Party will hold a Common Core Townhall meeting at 7 p.m. July 24 at the McGee Center, 3800 Prince St. The meeting will offer an opportunity for the public to hear both sides of the Common Core issue.

Treasure Island the Musical

MAUMELLE — The Maumelle Youth Theater will present Treasure Island the Musical at 7 p.m. July 25 and at 2 p.m. July 26. The performances will be at the Little Scholars Academy of Maumelle Theater, 112 Audubon Drive. Tickets are $5.

World Championship Cardboard Boat Races

HEBER SPRINGS — The World Championship Cardboard Boat Races will start at 10 a.m. July 26. The theme is Keep Calm and Paddle On. The event will also feature a treasure dig, a watermelon-eating contest, a sandcastle-building contest and a sand-volleyball tournament.

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.

Arkansas Notary Workshop

RUSSELLVILLE — The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center will present two sessions of the Arkansas Notary Workshop on July 31 at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville. Sessions will be from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Notaries verify signatures on legal and business documents to deter fraud and ensure the proper execution of these documents. The Arkansas Secretary of State’s Office will walk participants through the application process, assist them in understanding issues facing notaries, and outline best practices and procedures for current and future notaries public. Although there is no fee to attend, seating is limited, and registration is required at (479) 356-2067 or

Reality-Based Leadership Workshop

RUSSELLVILLE — The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center will present Reality-Based Leadership from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 7 at Arkansas Tech University. Loretta Cochran, associate professor of management at ATU, will discuss concepts based on the book Reality-Based Leadership: Ditch the Drama, Restore Sanity to the Workplace, and Turn Excuses into Results, by Cy Wakeman. The workshop is suited for anyone who works in management or wants to do so. The cost is $99 per person, with an early-bird fee of $79 through July 31. Breakfast, lunch and training materials are included. Seating is limited, and registration is required at (479) 356-2067 or

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.

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