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COMMUNITY EVENTS IN THE RIVER VALLEY & OZARK AREAPublished June 18, 2017 at 12:00 a.m.
Peas Take One
CONWAY — The Faulkner County Library and the Faulkner County Urban Farm Project will start the Peas Take One Veggie Cart program Monday. The cart will be in the front lobby of the library, 1900 Tyler St., and will have a wide variety of vegetables and fruits available for the public to take home. Nutritional fact cards will accompany the produce, as well as recipe cards. The cart will be available each Monday throughout the summer.
Conway AARP Meeting
CONWAY — The Conway AARP Chapter will have its potluck and bingo meeting in the Fellowship Hall of First United Methodist Church, 1610 Prince St. All those who are 50 or older are invited to attend. Enter on the north side of the church next to the parking area. The meeting will begin at 11:10 a.m. with a potluck, followed by bingo from 12:10-1 p.m. AARP will provide fried and baked chicken and iced tea. Bring a food dish to share, a can of food for the food pantry and a gag prize for playing bingo. Nonmembers are welcome to attend. To become a member, the cost is $5 per year. For more information, contact co-presidents Ruby Johnson at (501) 327-0498 or Ron Ross at (501) 327-6803.
June 19 and 20
Children’s Musical Theater Auditions
RUSSELLVILLE — The Arkansas Center for Music Education, 502 Tyler Road, will conduct auditions for the Children’s Musical Theater program’s summer musical, The Emperor’s New Clothes, at 4 p.m. Monday and at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The program is open to boys and girls ages 7 to 15. All auditions and rehearsals will be at the center. Rehearsals will begin from 5-7 p.m. this Thursday and continue each Tuesday and Thursday until the performances, set for be July 28 and 29. To sign up for an audition or for more information, email email@example.com or call (479) 264-9107.
CLINTON — The Little Red River Audubon Society will present its free annual Creature Feature with the Little Rock Zoo at 6 p.m. at the Petit Jean Electric Building, 270 Quality Drive. Kids of all ages are invited to get up-close and personal with some of the zoo’s four-legged friends. Door prizes will be awarded. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CONWAY — Kimberly Willis Holt will speak about her life as an author with a program titled A Writer Cares at 4 p.m. at the Faulkner County Library. She will speak about her writing process and her journey to publication and, if time permits, will conduct a writing exercise. Holt is a writer of children’s literature, including When Zachary Beaver Came to Town. For more information, call the library at (501) 327-7482 or email email@example.com.
RUSSELLVILLE — The Arkansas Tech Small Business and Technology Development Center will present two hands-on workshops for QuickBooks Pro, Premier and Enterprise software users at Arkansas Tech. The 8:30 a.m.-to-noon session, QuickBooks for Beginners, is designed for business owners and their employees with little or no experience using QuickBooks desktop software. The 1-4:30 p.m. session, QuickBooks Day-to-Day Basics, includes working with invoices, payments, bills, inventory and reports. Computers are provided for use during the sessions, which cost $65 each. Registration is required by Wednesday: Call (479) 356-2067 or visit asbtdc.org/training/russellville-events.
Centerville School Reunion
CENTERVILLE — The Centerville School Reunion will take place at Centerville United Methodist Church, 76 Blythe Road, 2 miles east of Woolly Hollow State Park in Faulkner County next to the old school grounds. Activities will begin at 10 a.m. Lunch will be provided by the church at noon. For more information, call Ben McNew at (501) 327-0198.
Community Band Call for Players
RUSSELLVILLE — The West Central River Valley Community Band is accepting new and returning players to perform at the Russellville July 4 fireworks celebration at Old Post Park. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. and last until the fireworks begin. The band will have two more rehearsals to prepare for the concert at 7 p.m. Thursday and June 29 at the Arkansas Center for Music Education, 502 Tyler Road. Musicians must be upper junior high level to advanced. Music is available for pickup. To sign up, pick up music or for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (479) 264-9107.
Summer Concert Series
CONWAY — The Faulkner County Library announces its annual Summer Concert Series, which takes place indoors to beat the heat. All are invited for summer snacks and music from local musicians. All concerts are at 2 p.m. Sundays. The schedule includes July 16, The Boomers; July 23, Mary Parker; July 30, Wightman and Karen Harris; Aug. 6, John Murphy; Aug. 13, Fat Soul Band; and Aug. 20, Wyatt Jones. For more information, call (501) 327-7482 or email email@example.com.
Bluegrass Music Night
HEBER SPRINGS — Heber Springs Christian Church, 1101 N. Broadway St., offers a bluegrass music night from 6:30-8:30 every Tuesday. Musicians are invited to participate. Free coffee will be available.
Yoga Class at the Library
CONWAY — Danny Mize, registered yoga instructor, teaches a yoga class at 6 p.m. Thursdays at the Faulkner County Library. Mize’s class focuses on feeling good in one’s body and letting go of life’s stress while listening to music. Yoga practitioners of all skill levels, especially beginners, are welcome in the class. All library programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at (501) 327-7482 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faulkner County Coin Club Meetings
CONWAY — The Faulkner County Coin Club meets the second Tuesday of each month at the Ola and John Hawks Senior Wellness and Activity Center, 705 E. Siebenmorgen Road. The 5 p.m. dinner is optional, and a $6 donation is suggested for those 60 and younger. A fellowship time will take place from 5:30-7 p.m. with educational speakers, show-and-tell, news and door prizes. For more information, call (501) 514-0785.
Friday Night Bingo
HEBER SPRINGS — Friday Night Bingo takes place each week at the American Legion Hall, 49 Park Road. Doors open at 5:30 for bonanzas, and regular play starts at 6:30 p.m. Food is available.
Faulkner County Tea Party Luncheon
CONWAY — The Faulkner County Tea Party has a luncheon at noon every Thursday at Larry’s Pizza, 1068 Markham St. Guest speakers and the members’ “soap box” are featured each week. All who are interested in governmental and business affairs on the county, state or national level are invited to attend.
Audubon Society Meeting
PETIT JEAN MOUNTAIN — The Arkansas River Valley Audubon Society will meet at 7 p.m. June 26 in the Stables Classroom at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute. Jennifer Taylor, park interpreter at Petit Jean State Park, will present a program titled Let’s Talk About Bears. Arkansas’ state motto was once “The Bear State.” Taylor will discuss bears’ feeding habits, hibernation, reproduction and how to be safe around them. She will also clear up a few myths about bears. Refreshments will be served, and the public is invited to attend. Call (501) 977-3899 for directions to the institute.
Heber Springs Fireworks Extravaganza
HEBER SPRINGS — The Heber Springs Fireworks Extravaganza will take place July 1 at Sandy Beach on the shores of Greers Ferry Lake. Partygoers are invited to arrive by boat or car. Admission is free, although there is a $10 parking fee for those traveling by car. Food vendors will open at 11 a.m., live music will begin at 7:30 p.m., and the fireworks will start at 9:30 p.m. Music choreographed to the fireworks will be broadcast on 1061 FM KFFB.
Cardboard Boat Race
MAUMELLE — The Maumelle Area Chamber of Commerce will host the fourth annual Cardboard Boat Race from 5:30-7 p.m. July 4 at Lake Willastein Park. Participants use cardboard, duct tape and a few other odds and ends to create a vessel for the water. This year’s theme is The Stars Come Out. Teams will consist of two participants in each boat; one must be at least 12 years old. Awards will be given for Fastest of the Fleet in each division, as well as Sinking With Style, the Team Spirit Award and Floating With Flair. Early-bird registration is $30 per team through Saturday. After that, the fee is $40. To register or for more information, visit www.maumellechamber.com or call (501) 851-9700.
Russellville Fireworks Display
RUSSELLVILLE — The city of Russellville will present a free community fireworks display at 9:25 p.m. July 4 at Old Post Road Park. Concessions will be available through the Russellville Kiwanis Club.
MORRILTON — The 19th annual Fabulous Fourth — an evening of fireworks, live music, hot dogs and watermelon — will take place July 4 at Cherokee Park. Activities will start at 5 p.m., and the fireworks show will begin at 9:15 p.m. Picnic baskets and coolers are allowed in the park, and there will be a shuttle from the parking area. To volunteer at the event, email email@example.com. For more information, visit fabulousfourth.wix.com/fab4. To get to the park from Interstate 40, take Morrilton exit 107, and go south on Oak Street. Turn west on U.S. 64 (Broadway), turn south on Cherokee Street, and follow the signs.
CONWAY — A cooking program for kids ages 8 to 12 is scheduled from 2-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 11-27, at the Faulkner County Library, 1900 Tyler St. Sponsored by the Faulkner County Urban Farm Project and Arkansas GardenCorps, this six-part program features hands-on meal preparation, as well as tips on basic nutrition, food safety and food budgeting so kids learn how to plan and prepare low-cost, nutritious meals. Each participant will be expected to attend all six sessions. Registration is required via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (501) 658-2040.
Rhythmic Interactive Percussion Experience
CONWAY — All are invited to join True Alisandre for a Rhythmic Interactive Percussion Experience at 2 p.m. July 15 at the Faulkner County Library. RIPE is a drumming event for the whole family. Using hand drums, maracas, tambourines, claves, jars, sticks and the human voice, this experience allows simple rhythms to happen spontaneously. Everything participants need to experience the event will be provided. All library activities are free and open to the public. For more information, call (501) 327-7482 or email email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadlines for calendar-item submissions are noon Friday for Thursday editions and noon Tuesday for Sunday editions.