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February 19, 2015 at 12:00 a.m.

Feb. 19

Abbey Road Presentation

BATESVILLE — Russell Stinson will present And in the End: Structure and Meaning in the Abbey Road Medley from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Mabree-Simpson Library Lobby at Lyon College. The free event is open to the public, and a reception will follow the talk.

Distinguished Lecture Series: Archie Manning

SEARCY — The third presentation of Harding University’s 2014-15 American Studies Institute Distinguished Lecture Series will feature Archie Manning at 7:30 p.m. in Benson Auditorium. Manning, a former professional-football quarterback, will deliver a message titled Leadership Lessons I’ve Learned as a Player, a Businessman and a Father. There will be open seating, and no tickets are needed. For more information, call the American Studies Institute at (501) 279-4497.

Adult Movie Night

JACKSONVILLE — An adult movie night will be held at 5 p.m. at the Nixon Library, 703 W. Main St. Get on Up, rated PG-13, will be shown for adults 18 and older. For more information, call (501) 457-5038.

Feb. 19 and 20

Harding University Joint Exhibit

SEARCY — The Harding University Stevens Art Center is hosting a joint exhibit of artwork by university professors Ron and Faye Doran through Friday in the Stevens Art Center gallery. The exhibit includes drawings, weavings, ceramics and fiber art by Faye Doran; and photographs and ceramics by Ron Doran. The exhibit is a benefit show for Gander Brook Christian Camp in Raymond, Maine. The art gallery will be open for viewing from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 19 and 20.

Feb. 19 and 26

Sewing and More

JACKSONVILLE — Sewing and More — fiber crafting involving sewing, knitting, crocheting and other types of textile constructions — will be held at 3 p.m. Feb. 19 and 26 at the Nixon Library, 703 W. Main St. This month’s activity, for teens and older, will be sewing. For more information, call (501) 457-5038.

Feb. 19, 24 and March 3

Frog Listening Workshops

MELBOURNE — Ozarka College has partnered with FrogWatch USA to offer free Frog Listening Workshops by Tom Krohn, Arkansas regional coordinator for Frog Watch USA. The second session, from 6-8:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at Ozarka College in Ash Flat, will introduce the wetlands and frog-monitoring training for the FrogWatch USA national network. The final session will be from 6-8:30 p.m. Feb. 24 and March 3 at the National Fish Hatchery Aquatic Center in Mammoth Spring. Reservations are recommended. For the workshop in Ash Flat, call (870) 994-7273, and for Mammoth Spring, call (870) 625-0411.

Feb. 20

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 age 55 and 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. Fees may be paid in cash or by check, payable to AARP. To reserve a place, call ASU at (501) 362-1273.

Chili and Pie Supper

HEBER SPRINGS — The eighth annual chili and pie supper will be held at 6 p.m. in the Heber Springs High School Cafeteria. The Good News Singers will be the featured entertainment. There will also be silent and live auctions at this all-you-can-eat event. The cost is $7 in advance or $8 at the door. The event is sponsored by Women for Harding to raise money for needs-based scholarships. To reserve tickets, call (501) 250-6142.

Gluten Intolerance/Celiac Disease Support Group

HEBER SPRINGS — A support group for people with gluten intolerance or celiac disease will meet at 10 a.m. in Heber Springs. All are invited to share their information and experiences with others. For more information on the group, call Arleen at (501) 362-5527.

Feb. 20-22

Love Letters

SEARCY — Love Letters, by A.R. Gurney, directed by Robbie Ballew and starring Rickae Boyd and Josh Strickland, will be performed Friday through Sunday at Center on the Square, 219 W. Arch Ave. On Friday and Saturday, a buffet will be served at 6:30 p.m., followed by the play at 7:30. On Sunday, brunch will start at 12:30 p.m., and curtain will be at 1:30. For dinner and the show, tickets are $29 for adults, and $24 for seniors 55 and older and students. For brunch and the show, tickets are $27 for adults and $21 for seniors and students. Show-only tickets are $15 for all. Meal reservations are required 48 hours in advance. For reservations, call (501) 368-0111 or visit

Feb. 20 and 27

Teen Takeover

JACKSONVILLE — The Nixon Library, 703 W. Main St., will present a Teen Takeover for ages 13-19 at 4 p.m. Feb. 20 and 27. This month’s theme is video games and art. Snacks will be provided. For more information, call (501) 457-5038.

Feb. 21

Candle-Making Workshop

POCAHONTAS — A candle-making workshop will be held from 8-11 a.m. at Davidsonville Historic State Park. Participants will join the park interpreter to learn the history of candle making and make candles using the traditional dipping method. The registration deadline is Feb. 19, and participants must be at least 12 years old. To register, call (870) 892-4708. Admission is $15 per person, and all supplies will be provided. Davidsonville Historic State Park is on Arkansas 166, 15 minutes south of Pocahontas.

Grief and Loss Support Group

JACKSONVILLE — The Caring Hearts grief and loss support group will meet from 10-11 a.m. at Christian Church Jacksonville, 200 E. Martin. Individual sessions can be scheduled for those who cannot attend the group meetings. For more information, contact Steve Summers at (870) 710-1508.

Herbal Medicine Workshop

NEWPORT — Jacksonport State Park will offer a 19th-century herbal-medicine workshop titled Lotions, Potions and Tinctures, Oh My! from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Participants will meet at the Visitor Information Center, then explore common 19th-century remedies and herbal medicines and begin preparation of the herbal tincture of their choice to take home. Admission is $25 per person. Participants must be 18 or older, and advance registration is required by 3 p.m. Feb. 19. Attendees will need to provide their own lunch. Several restaurants are 4 miles away in Newport. For more information, call the park staff at (870) 523-2143 or email

Justin Bratcher Concert

McRAE — Justin Bratcher, with special guest Gene Bratcher, will perform at 7 p.m. at the 16th Section Union Church. Brother Morgan Hall and the congregation invite everyone to attend the night of gospel music.

Feb. 23

White County Tea Party Meeting

BEEBE — The Independent Tea Party of White County will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Martha Jean’s Diner, 5419 Arkansas 367. Former state Rep. Randy Alexander will speak about Convention of the States. The public is invited. For more information, call (501) 278-9413 or email

Jacksonville Citizens Police Alumni Meeting

JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association will meet at 5:45 p.m. at the Jacksonville Police Department, 1400 Marshall Road. For more information, call Eleanor Loyd at (501) 412-4115 or email her at

Cabot AARP Meeting

CABOT — The Cabot AARP Chapter will meet at 6 p.m. at the Cabot Senior Center, 600 N. Grant St. Tom Brannon, KTHV meteorologist and a Cabot native, will be the featured speaker. There will be a potluck supper and a short business meeting. Members and prospective members are invited to attend. For more information, call (501) 492-1456.


Retired Teachers Association Meeting

NEWPORT — The Jackson County Retired Teachers Association will meet at 1 p.m. at the Newport Business Resource Center, 201 Hazel St. The program will be centered around Black History Month. All Jackson County retired school personnel are invited to attend. Refreshments will be provided.

Adult Game Day

JACKSONVILLE — An Adult Game Day will be held at noon at the Nixon Library, 703 W. Main St. Adults 18 and older are invited to play dominoes, poker, chess, board games or video games. For more information, call (501) 457-5038.

Family Night

JACKSONVILLE — The Nixon Library, 703 W. Main St., will present a Family Night of board games at 4 p.m. Snacks will be provided. For more information, call (501) 457-5038.


Lenten Lunches

HORSESHOE BEND — Faith Presbyterian Church on Church Street will provide soup and sandwiches each Wednesday during Lent. All are welcome, and a new speaker each week will provide a brief message during the meal. Laura Umphries and Linda Cox from Safe Passage will speak at noon Wednesday. Safe Passage provides shelter, clothing and food for women and children who are victims of domestic violence. The lunch consists of three kinds of homemade soup and various sandwiches. There is no charge for the meal, but donations are appreciated.

Rotary Club Pork Butts Sale

HEBER SPRINGS — The Rotary Club of Heber Springs is taking orders for smoked pork butts. The cost is $40, with the meat weighing an average of 7 to 8 pounds. Orders can be picked up from 8-9:30 a.m. March 28 at Eagle Bank and Trust Company, 122 W Main St. To place an order, contact club president Don Brown at (501) 365-6661 or any Rotarian. Proceeds from the sale will support local charity groups and organizations.

Unity Health Foundation Scholarship Applications

SEARCY — The Unity Health Foundation and the White County Medical Center Auxiliary have announced that applications are being accepted for the 2015 Scholarship Program for graduating seniors or associates going into health care-related fields of study. Applicants for the 15 $1,000 awards must be residents of White County or children of an associate at any Unity Health facility in White County. Applications, available from high school counselors and the Foundation Office, and all required materials are due at 4:30 p.m. March 18 at the Unity Health Foundation Office, 1200 S. Main St, Searcy, AR 72143. For more information, contact Allison Galbreath at (501) 278-8570 or email

Boyd Carpenter Scholarship Applications

ASH FLAT — For the 31st year, FNBC Bank will award the Boyd Carpenter Scholarship to a graduating high school senior from Sharp, Izard or Fulton County who plans to seek a four-year degree. FNBC Bank partners with the Arkansas Community Foundation to fund this $4,000 scholarship — $1,000 per year for four years. To apply, visit to complete the online application, due April 1. To qualify, students must maintain a grade-point average of at least 2.5. The scholarship was founded in 1984 to honor Boyd Carpenter, who was then chairman and president of the bank and a devoted advocate for education.

NCA District Fair Scholarships

STURKIE — The North Central Arkansas District Fair will award the Billy Ray Nix Memorial Scholarship and the NCA District Fair Scholarship to graduating seniors in the seven-county district fair area. Students in Cleburne, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Sharp, Stone and Van Buren counties who have participated in county, district or state fairs and meet the scholarship criteria are eligible to apply. Scholarship applications, available online at, must be received by the NCA District Fair by March 1.

Located Place Art Exhibit

BATESVILLE— Located Place, a contemporary art survey on demarcated spaces, will be on view through Feb. 27 at the Kresge Gallery in the Alphin Humanities Building at Lyon College. Dustyn Bork, Lyon College

assistant professor of art, curated the exhibit, which features the work of 23 artists, including two from Arkansas: Cara Sullivan of Jonesboro and Dawn Holder of Clarksville. The exhibit is open to the public, and the gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, contact Carly Dahl, Kresge Gallery director, at (870) 307-7278 or

Yoga in the Gallery

BATESVILLE — The Batesville Area Arts Council is offering Yoga in the Gallery classes at 8:45 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at the BAAC Gallery on Main, 226 E. Main St. The hour-long sessions will be led by RYT200-certified yoga instructor Marnie Davis. Beginners are welcome, and no preregistration is required. The cost is $10 per session, or attendees may purchase a punch card from BAAC for 10 sessions for $70. For more information, call (870) 793-3382.

BAAC National Juried Exhibition

BATESVILLE — The Batesville Area Arts Council is accepting submissions for its third annual National Juried Exhibition, which is open to all artists 18 and older working in 2-D media. Accepted works will be exhibited at the BAAC Gallery on Main from April 28 through June 13. The entry deadline is March 13. For submission guidelines or more information, visit!national-juried-exhibition/c1id9.

Blanchard Springs Caverns Reduced Tour Schedule

MOUNTAIN VIEW — Blanchard Springs Caverns will run a reduced tour schedule through February. Tours through the Dripstone Trail will be offered at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Other tours will be added as needed. Wild Cave Tours will be offered, as usual, on a reservation-only basis. The caverns are normally open five days a week, Wednesdays through Sundays. The facility’s visitor center is open from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day the caverns are open for tours. For more information, call (870) 757-2211 or visit or

Love Cap Group

HEBER SPRINGS — The Love Cap group meets to sew caps on the fourth Wednesday of each month at First Baptist Church. For more information, call Polly at (501) 206-0808.


Chamber Banquet and Awards Ceremony

MARSHALL — The second annual Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce Banquet and Awards Ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Searcy County Civic Center on Zack Road in Marshall. The cost is $9.50 per person in advance. Cash, checks and credit-card payments will be accepted. RSVP by Monday by calling (870) 448-2557.

Extreme Couponing

JACKSONVILLE — Extreme Couponing will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Nixon Library, 703 W. Main St. Katina Robinson will show attendees how to save money with coupons. For more information, call (501) 457-5038.

Chamber Banquet

HEBER SPRINGS — The Heber Springs Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual chamber banquet at 6 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Heber Springs Community Center. For more information, call (501) 362-2444.

Scrapbooking Workshop

ASH FLAT — The sixth annual Crop This House scrapbooking workshop will be held from noon Feb. 27 to 8 p.m. Feb. 28 at Ash Flat Church of Christ. Each preregistered participant will receive an 8-foot cropping table, 12-by-12-inch-page-kit classes, paper-crafting tips, scrapbooking demonstrations, a Crop This House T-shirt, and dinner, breakfast and lunch served throughout the weekend. The registration fee is $55. Registration forms are available at and by emailing

Arsenic and Old Lace

BEEBE — Arkansas State University-Beebe will present the classic production Arsenic and Old Lace, by Joseph Kesselring, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 and 28 and March 2 in the Owen Center Auditorium, 910 Pecan St. Seating for the production is unreserved and on a first-come, first-served basis. The auditorium will open 30 minutes prior to curtain call, and tickets will be on sale at the door. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2.50 for students and children 12 and younger. For more information, call (501) 882-4493 or visit

FUNdraiser and Chili Dinner

BATESVILLE — The Humane Society of Independence County’s fifth annual Team Trivia Game Night FUNdraiser and Chili Dinner will be held Feb. 28 at Fellowship Bible Church on Main Street. The doors will open at 5 p.m. for the chili dinner, and trivia will begin at 6. There will be prizes and games. The cost is $15 per person or $120 per team/table of eight. For more information or to sign up, call Bev at (870) 613-3045 or Sue at (870) 307-5305.

Delta Visual Arts Show

NEWPORT — The seventh annual Delta Visual Arts Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Newport Economic Development Commission, 201 Hazel St. Admission is free. There will be 175 booths with work by more than 185 artists. The event will include an art contest for children and adults, children’s and adult workshops, door prizes, food tents and more. For more information, call (870) 523-1009.

The Rhodes Show Concert

NEWPORT — The Arkansas State University-Newport Concert/Lecture Series will wrap up its 2014-15 season March 3 when The Rhodes Show visits the ASUN Center for the Arts. The performance will begin at 7 p.m., and admission is free. The Rhodes Show covers a broad spectrum of musical genres, including classic and modern country; Memphis R&B; covers of hits from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s; and original songs written by the band members.

Spring Flowers Painting Class

NEWPORT — The Arkansas State University-Newport Life-Long Learning Department will host a Spring Flowers Painting Class from 5:30-7:30 p.m. March 5 in the ASUN Library. The class will be conducted by Julie Reardon, and participants will paint a brightly colored spring flower. The cost of the class is $25, and participants are encouraged to register by calling the ASUN Business Office at (870) 512-7802. For more information, call Jennifer Ballard at (870) 512-7861.

Introduction to Computers

MELBOURNE — Ozarka College in Mountain View will host an Introduction to Computers course through Continuing Education from 9 a.m. to noon Fridays, from March 6-27. The four-week course, taught by Frances Bullard, will cover basic computer concepts, Microsoft Windows, Internet search and navigation, email basics and sending attachments. The tuition is $25 per student or $20 for ages 60 and over. Seating is limited, and registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Lindsay Wilson-Galloway, director of Ozarka College Off-Campus Operations in Mountain View, at (870) 269-5600 or

Ladies Luncheon and Fashion Show

MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Ozarka College Foundation will host its third annual Ladies’ Luncheon and Fashion Show at 11 a.m. March 7 in the Ozark Heritage Bank Student Commons Area at Ozarka College. The Ozark Folk Center Skillet Restaurant will provide a catered lunch. The event will also feature a silent auction, including cheesecakes prepared by the Ozarka College Culinary Arts Department. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at Ozarka College-Mountain View or from any Ozarka College Foundation Board member. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Ozarka College Foundation for entryway signage to the Mountain View campus. For more information, contact Lindsay Galloway, director of Ozarka College-Mountain View, at (870) 269-5600 or

Dutch Oven Baking Bonanza

POCAHONTAS — A Dutch Oven Baking Bonanza will be held from 2-4 p.m. March 7 at Davidsonville Historic State Park. Participants will join a park interpreter to make a variety of sweet treats, all in Dutch ovens. They will learn techniques and tips as they practice Dutch-oven cooking, then sample the goodies at the end of the session. The deadline to register is March 4. For more information or to sign up, call (870) 892-4708.

Sternwheelers, Snipers and Shovels

NEWPORT — Jacksonport State Park will present Sternwheelers, Snipers and Shovels at 9:30 a.m. March 7 in the courthouse. The event will feature unique aspects of Jackson County history, each driven by the power of steam engines. At 9:30, Jackson County historian Robert Craig will speak on steam-powered progress; then Civil War historian George Lankford will discuss the steam engines that helped fight the Civil War on the White and Black rivers. Arkansas archaeologist Jamie Chad Brandon will speak at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Admission is free, and refreshments will be provided. The exhibit is accessible to people with disabilities. For more information, call (870) 523-2143, or email Vicky Schoeneweis, park interpreter, at; or Angela Gibbs, curator of collections, at

Retired Teachers Association Meeting

HEBER SPRINGS — The Cleburne County Retired Teachers Association will meet at noon March 10 at the Rustic Inn. Danny Knight, a trustee of the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System Board, will speak about the 2015 legislative session and bills that pertain to the Teacher Retirement System. Knight has been a teacher, counselor, principal and superintendent. All retired school personnel are invited to attend the meeting. For more information, call Lavern Penn, CCRTA president, at (501) 206-0357.

Roast and Toast Banquet

CABOT — The Cabot Scholarship Foundation’s 20th-Anniversary Roast and Toast Banquet will be held at 7 p.m. March 10 in the Cabot Junior High North Cafeteria. The event will honor students who are receiving scholarships from the foundation this year. The honoree for the Roast and Toast is Eugene L. “Laddie” Crouch, who will be roasted by James Handley, Ken Hatfield and Mike Malham. John C. Thompson will be the master of ceremonies, and the Rev. David “Buzz” Crouch, Gene’s brother and pastor emeritus of Searcy First Baptist Church, will deliver the invocation. Tickets, at $30 per person or $240 for a table of eight, can be purchased from Cabot Scholarship Foundation members or in the main office at Cabot High School.

Southwestern Regional Rendezvous

LESLIE — The 31st annual Southwestern Regional Rendezvous will be held March 13-21. The rendezvous is a pre-1840s American fur-trade-era rendezvous re-enactment. There may be up to 300 camps at the rendezvous, located on the mountain above Leslie. The event will include rifle/pistol and smooth-bore shooting, tomahawk and knife throwing, archery, a cooking contest, fire starting, kids’ activities and more. A School Day will be held March 13 for private-school, public-school and home-schooled students. The event will be open to the public on March 14, 15, 20 and 21. For more information, call (501) 255-5801.

Boating Education Class

NEWPORT — Arkansas State University-Newport will host an Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Boating Education course from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 14 in Room 127 of Walton Hall. There is no fee for the class, but registration is required by calling (870) 512-7861 or emailing Jennifer Ballard at Boating Education manuals will be provided, but students will need to bring a pen or pencil. There will be a one-hour break for lunch. Students younger than 18 will need a parent’s or guardian’s signature on the AGFC permission slip prior to attending class. The permission slip may be downloaded by clicking on the Boating Education link at Anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1986, and of legal age to operate a motorboat or sailboat must have successfully completed an approved AGFC Boating Education course.

Fish Fry

AUSTIN — A fish fry will be held from 4-7 p.m. March 14 at the 16th Section Community Center. The meal will include fried fish, shrimp, chicken, fries, coleslaw, baked beans, okra, onion rings, hush puppies, beverages and desserts. The all-you-can-eat dinner costs $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 6-12. Children younger than 6 may eat free. All proceeds will go to the nonprofit 16th Section Community Center.

Basic Orienteering Class

POWHATAN — A basic orienteering class will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 14 at Lake Charles State Park. The cost of the class is $8 with a limit of 10 per class. Participants will learn how to use a map and compass through hands-on training and activities. No experience is necessary. There will be a beginner course with teams at the end of the workshop. Participants are reminded to dress for the weather and for varying terrain. Reservations are required. For more information, call (870) 878-6595.

Veterans Day of Recognition

SEARCY — A special fundraiser to help local veterans will be held at 9 a.m. March 14 at the Searcy Events Center. The mayor will sign a proclamation declaring March 14 as Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Day of Recognition. This family event will offer live music, vendors and food. The public is welcome. There will also be a poker run with prizes. For more information, contact the Veterans Outreach Center, a nonprofit organization that assists veterans and veterans’ dependents in the benefits search and application process, at (501) 203-4088.

Chamber Radio Auction

HIGHLAND — The annual Spring River Area Chamber Radio Auction will be held from 6-8 p.m. March 16-18 on Home Town Radio Station KOOL 104.7 in Highland. Last year’s auction had 18 big-board items valued from $100 to $785 each, and 180 other items. A list of auction items will be available for pickup at the chamber office, 2852D U.S. 62/412 in Highland after Feb. 28. For more information, call the chamber at (870) 856-3210.

U.S. Air Force Band of Mid-America Concert

LESLIE — The U.S. Air Force Band of Mid-America will give a free concert at 7 p.m. March 17 at Leslie Intermediate School, 800 Elm St. For ticket information, call (501) 941-4828.

Little Red River Beef Cattle Conference

MOUNTAIN VIEW — Animal welfare, cattle handling and livestock facilities, along with their impact on beef-cattle production, will be the focus of the 2015 Little Red River Beef Cattle Conference on March 18 at the Stone County Fairgrounds. Speakers will include Yvonne Thaxton, How Does Animal Welfare Affect the Cattle Producer’s Bottom Line?; Matt Flynt, How Animal Welfare Has Changed My Operation; and representatives from Pearson Livestock Equipment, Priefert manufacturing, Powder River and W-W Livestock Systems at an equipment industry panel. A registration fee of $20 will be collected at the door, beginning at 8:30 a.m., and the program will begin at 9. For more information about the event, call Phalon Montgomery at (501) 671-2177. For more information about cattle production, visit or or contact a county extension office.

Owners Association Meeting and Meal

BATESVILLE — The Ozark Woodland Owners Association will hold its spring meeting and meal from 6-9 p.m. March 19 in Independence Hall at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. Jason Honey, a turkey biologist, will speak on turkey habitat, and Larry Morris, a timber specialist, will discuss timber markets. Dinner is free for members who have paid their yearly dues of $15. Mail dues to OWOA, 1770 Meyers St., Batesville, AR 72501; or pay at the door if previously signed up by phone. Everyone is welcome. For more information or to to sign up, call Phillip Finch at (870) 613-3046.

Chocolate Roll Contest and Festival

MARSHALL — The fourth annual Marshall High School Chocolate Roll Contest and Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 21. The event will include chocolate-roll judging, a chocolate-roll-making workshop, a car show, arts and crafts, a student art show, entertainment and concessions. Activities will begin at 8 a.m. with the MHS Cross Country 5K Chocolate Roll Walk/Run. For a small entry fee, anyone can help judge the World’s Best Chocolate Rolls. For more information, call (870) 448-6224.

A Night at the Victory Canteen

JACKSONVILLE — A Night at the Victory Canteen, a spring fundraiser to support the Jacksonville Museum of Military History and its mission of telling the unique story of Arkansas’ military history, will be held at 5:30 p.m March 21 at the Jacksonville Community Center. Tickets are $35 per person. John Lee will be the disc jockey, and Larry Biernacki will be the auctioneer for the event’s live auction. For more information, call (501) 241-1943 or email

Cabot Clean-Up and Hazardous Waste Round-Up

CABOT — Cabot Clean-Up and Hazardous Waste Round-Up 2015 will be held from 9 a.m. to noon March 21. Individuals, families, businesses and organizations are invited to participate in this citywide cleanup. Volunteers will meet at Cabot Junior High South on the Panther Trail, no earlier than 9 a.m. March 21, and check in at the registration canopies. Volunteers will be assigned routes if needed. Orange safety vests and garbage bags will be provided. Participants are asked to bring sturdy work gloves. Volunteers will meet back at the Panther Trail parking lot at noon for free hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks. For more information, call Cabot City Beautiful Inc. at (501) 920-2122.

AARP Driver Safety Course

NEWPORT — Arkansas State University-Newport and AARP will present a Driver Safety course from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 24 in Room 123 of Walton Hall at ASUN. The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers. To register and pay for the class, call the ASUN Business Office at (870) 512-7802. For more information, call Jennifer Ballard at (870) 512-7861.

Active Shooter/Rapid Response Seminar

NEWPORT — Arkansas State University-Newport will offer an Active Shooter/Rapid Response Training Level 1 seminar, presented by the Criminal Justice Institute of the University of Arkansas, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 24 and 25 at ASUN. March 24’s class will be held in Room 134 of Walton Hall, and the March 25 session will be in the High Voltage Laboratory. There is no charge for the class, but preregistration is required. The course will assist law enforcement personnel in learning to implement rapid-intervention techniques in the event of an active-shooter incident at a school, church, business or other location. Day 2 will include mock scenarios to gain experience in applying the tactics learned. To register, visit, or contact Vicki French at or (501) 570-8098, or Ashlee Jackson at or (501) 570-8079.

Chamber Trap Tournament

BATESVILLE — The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce will host its fourth annual Chamber Trap Tournament from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 27 at the Independence County Shooting Sports Complex. Registration will begin at 9 a.m., and the first pull will be at 10 a.m. Each team of five will shoot 25 targets per round. At the end of the first round, event officials will tally the scores and divide teams into evenly matched flights. Prizes will be awarded to winning teams in each flight. Amateur shooters are encouraged to participate, and practice will be held March 26. Sponsorship opportunities are available, and corporate teams are encouraged to participate. Team registration is $350 for five shooters and includes lunch. Registration forms are available on the chamber website,

Kelly Miller Circus

ASH FLAT — The Kelly Miller Circus will present two shows April 2 next to Tri-County Farm and Ranch Supply in Ash Flat. The times will be announced at a later date. Tickets, at $9 for adults and $6 for students, will be available at Rebel Station in Hardy, the Ash Flat City Hall, the Highland City Hall and the Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce office, 2852D U.S. 62/412 in Highland. For more information, call the chamber at (870) 856-3210.

Easter Service

SEARCY — Calvary Chapel Searcy, an extension of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale, will hold its annual Easter service at 10 a.m. April 5 under the covered pavilion in Spring Park. For more information, call Sid Langley at (501) 268-7540.

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