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

Published June 12, 2014 at 12:00 a.m.
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June 12

Cleburne County Newcomers Club

HEBER SPRINGS — The Cleburne County Newcomers Club in Heber Springs will meet at 10 a.m. at First Electric Co-op Corp., 150 Industrial Park Road. The speaker will be Kym McSaddin, adult coordinator for the Community School of Cleburne County. All residents are invited to attend to learn more about their community, make new friends and get involved in activities.

AARP Potluck

MAUMELLE — The Maumelle AARP Chapter will hold its quarterly potluck at 6 p.m. at the Maumelle Senior Wellness Center, featuring home-cooked food. The potluck will be followed by book bingo and popcorn — no business meeting. Members are asked to bring a dish to pass and a book for a bingo prize. Anyone 50 or older is welcome to attend. For more information, call Betty Hall at (501) 851-6828 or Jan Bowen at (501) 803-0089.

June 13

Baseball Camp

ATKINS — The Atkins School District will host a baseball instruction camp Friday at the Atkins Baseball Field in McClaren Park. The camp is for students going into grades three through eight. Third- through fifth-graders will meet from 9 a.m. to noon, and sixth- through eighth-graders will meet from 1-4 p.m. The cost is $30 the day of camp. For three or more children from the same household, the cost is $25 per child. Boys and girls are welcome. For more information, email or call (479) 641-1008. Make checks payable to the Atkins School District. If there is enough interest, there will be separate softball instruction for girls.

June 13 and 14

Surf the Bay

FAIRFIELD BAY — The Surf the Bay watersport festival will be held June 13 and 14 at the Fairfield Bay Marina. Free and open to the public, the event welcomes visitors of all ages to grab a board, jump a wave or “fly.” Join the crowds in watching the professionals showcase their craft, or sign up and participate in wakesurfing, flyboarding or paragliding. There will also be other water and summer festival activities. For more information, visit or call (501) 884-4202.

June 14

Clinton Music Festival

CLINTON — The second annual Clinton Music Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Van Buren County Fairgrounds. The festival showcases local talent, all of whom volunteer their time for this Van Buren County Literacy Council fundraiser. Gospel music will be featured from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and country/classic rock music will run from 4:30-8 p.m. Admission and parking are free. The venue is indoors and air-conditioned. Prizes donated by local merchants will be raffled, and food, including barbecue, will be available at the concession stand.

Second Saturday Bingo

HEBER SPRINGS — Second Saturday Bingo will begin at 5:30 p.m. at St. Albert Catholic Church, 21 Park Road. There is a $500 jackpot possibility. Food will be available at the concession stand.

June 15

Church Anniversary

MORRILTON — The St. Paul A.M.E. Church, 309 N. Division St., will celebrate its 139th anniversary at 11 a.m. The Rev. Barbara A. Butler is the church’s pastor. The guest speaker will be Torre Kindle, former member and licentiate minister with Lee Chapel A.M.E. Church in North Little Rock. The program theme will be For Your Faithfulness. The public is invited to attend.

June 16

AARP Meeting

CONWAY — The Conway AARP chapter will meet at 11:15 a.m. at the Conway Senior Center, 1620 Donaghey Ave., for lunch and a meeting. Everyone is invited to attend.

June 17

Get Listed Locally Workshop

RUSSELLVILLE — The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center will present a hands-on workshop, Get Listed Locally, from 9-11 a.m. at the Russellville Area Chamber of Commerce. Participants will learn how local listings and other tools can help a business get found on multiple online search engines. IPads will be provided for use during the interactive session. The cost is $20 for Russellville Area Chamber of Commerce members and $30 for nonmembers. Seating is limited, and registration is required at (479) 356-2067 or


Adult Digital Literacy Classes

CONWAY — Connect Arkansas returns to the Faulkner County Library with free adult digital literacy classes in June. Each class will last one hour, and each student is provided with a computer to use. For more information or to sign up, email or call (501) 327-7482.

International Traveler Exhibit

MORRILTON — The Rialto Gallery on Broadway is exhibiting a 60-year collection of items from 20 countries, with some of the items for sale, including pictures, dresses, shirts, ponchos, scarves, 14 3- by 5-inch flags from various countries and assorted items. The exhibit will continue through Friday. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. For more information, call Mollie Williams at (501) 354-1903.

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.

Sign Language Class

CONWAY — A sign language class meets at 5:30 p.m. Mondays at the Faulkner County Library.


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

The Fiber Circle

CONWAY — The Fiber Circle is held at 5:30 p.m. the last Wednesday of every month at The Locals, 1024 Van Ronkle St. Those who knit, crochet, stitch or pursue any other craft are welcome to work on their own projects or help fellow craftivists with theirs. For more information, visit

Friends of the Library Book Shop

HEBER SPRINGS — The Friends of the Library Book Shop, 2255 Arkansas 25B N., will now be open from 3:30-7 p.m. Mondays. The shop is also open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. The shop offers a large selection of books at bargain prices. All proceeds from book sales benefit the libraries in Cleburne County, including the new library in Quitman.


Danny Santos Performance

CONWAY — The Faulkner County Library will present singer/songwriter Danny Santos in concert at 7 p.m. June 19. Santos melds the inspiration of his Chicano heritage and a musical legacy ranging from Hank Williams to The Beatles to create a unique mix of country/folk tinged with bluegrass and the blues. Refreshments will be served. All library events are free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at (501) 327-7482 or email

AARP Driver Safety

HEBER SPRINGS — There will be an AARP Driver Safety Program class from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 20 in the McCoy Room of the Administration/Student Services Building at Arkansas State University-Heber Springs. Individuals 55 and older who complete the course will qualify for a three-year discount on their automobile-insurance premiums in Arkansas. The cost 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


CONWAY — Juneteenth 2014 will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 21 at Sutton and Pine streets in Conway, across from Zion Hill Church of Christ, 1272 Sutton St. The free event, hosted by the Faulkner County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, is open to the public. Juneteenth is a holiday that celebrates the Emancipation of African-Americans from slavery but has come to signify much more. Juneteenth is a landmark in history that is significant to the freedom and unity all Americans share. For more information, email

QuickBooks for Beginners

RUSSELLVILLE — The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center will present QuickBooks for Beginners from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 25 at Arkansas Tech University. This hands-on workshop introduces QuickBooks to small-business owners and their employees with little or no experience using this accounting software. Topics will include setting up a new company; reconciling accounts; and working with lists, customers, vendors, assets and liabilities. A computer will be provided for use during the interactive seminar. The cost is $65 per person. Seating is limited, and registration is required by June 23 by calling (479) 356-2067 or visiting

Author Presentation

CONWAY — The Faulkner County Library will present Jessica Munzlinger, author of Mercy’s Grace: Discoveries, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 28. Though many events and people inspire Munzlinger in her writing, she draws the most from her faith. She lives near St. Louis, Missouri. For more information, call the library at

(501) 327-7482 or email

Home Run Derby

POTTSVILLE — The Pottsville Athletic Association will host its first Home-Run Derby at 2 p.m. June 28 at the Pottsville ballpark. There will be $1,500 in cash prizes, as well as door prizes and raffle items. Concessions will be available. The entry fee for preregistered participants is $10, and the entry fee the day of the derby is $15. There will be six age divisions for contestants ages 4 to 25. Entry forms are available at the concession stand of the Pottsville ballpark, the Pottsville branch of Centennial Banks, the Atkins Chronicle, Victory Wear and Sports Scene. For more information, call (479) 857-3617.

Community Fireworks Display

RUSSELLVILLE — The city of Russellville will present a free community fireworks display at 9:15 p.m. July 4 in the Old Post Road Park. The Russellville Kiwanis Club will have concessions available.

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.

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.