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Feb. 26

Audubon Society Meeting

RUSSELLVILLE — The Arkansas River Valley Audubon Society will meet at 7 p.m. in the Lakeview Room at Lake Dardanelle State Park. Karisa Fenton will present a program on mesopredators and potential competition for carcasses with the endangered American burying beetle. Refreshments will be served, and the public is invited. Call (501) 977-3899 for directions.

Cake Decorating Phase 2

CONWAY — Cake Decorating Phase 2 will meet from 6-8 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 26 to March 26, at UCA Downtown, 1105 W. Oak St. Participants will learn new skills, including cake design, gum paste and fondant 101, making their cakes bloom with button flowers, pansies, rose centers and other flowers. For more information, call Autumn at (501) 450-3118.

Feb. 27

Jenna Bush Hager Lecture

CONWAY— Jenna Bush Hager, one of the twin daughters of former President George W. Bush and a contributing correspondent for NBC’s Today show, will visit Reynolds Performance Hall at the University of Central Arkansas as a distinguished lecturer at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for the public, $5 for the UCA community, $5 for non-UCA students and children, and free for UCA students with a valid student ID. Call UCA Ticket Central at (501) 450-3265 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or toll-free in Arkansas at (866) 810-0012, or visit www.uca.edu/reynolds. For more information, contact Amanda Horton at (501) 450-3682 or ahorton@uca.edu.

Feb. 28

Women’s Business Showcase

CONWAY — The Women’s Business Showcase, hosted by the UCA Women’s Leadership Network, will take place from 6-8:30 p.m. in the McCastlain Ballroom at the University of Central Arkansas. All women are invited to attend the free event. RSVP is required. For more information, call Autumn at (501) 450-3118.

March 1

Conway Conversations: Book Discussion

CONWAY — Conway Conversations: Book Discussion will take place from noon to 1 p.m. at UCA Downtown, 1105 W. Oak St. In this lunch-and-learn event, participants will choose one of three books to read and have a discussion on a topic related to community and identity. Lunch will be provided. Book Options include Braving the Wilderness, by Brene’ Brown; Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates; and Everyone Communicates, Few Connect, by John Maxwell. For more information, call Autumn at (501) 450-3118.

Beaux Arts Academy Awards Ceremony

RUSSELLVILLE — The River Valley Arts Center will honor the inductees of the Beaux Arts Academy Awards Ceremony from 6-9 p.m. at the Lake Point Conference Center, 171 Lake Point Lane. Honorees will include David and Betty Snellings, Mary Ann Rollans, Ashley Miller Davis and Doyle Young. Purchase tickets for $50 each from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays at the River Valley Arts Center, 1001 E. B St., P.O. Box 2112, Russellville, AR 72811. For more information, contact Tanya Hendrix, executive director, at rvartscenter@gmail.com, or visit www.rivervalleyartscenter.org.

Website Development 101

CONWAY — Website Development 101 will meet from 5-7 p.m. Thursdays, March 1-22, at UCA Downtown, 1105 W. Oak St. This four-part series is for beginners — business owners and developers — who will learn how to personalize a website and change a template, plus learn more about HTML and CSS. Students must furnish a laptop for their use. For more information, call Anita at (501) 450-1715.

March 1-3

Three Days of Rain

CONWAY— The University of Central Arkansas Theatre students will perform Three Days of Rain at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Bridges/Larson Theatre in the Snow Fine Arts Building at UCA. The Richard Greenberg play is directed by Chris Fritzges. Tickets, at $10 for the public and free to UCA students, are available through UCA Ticket Central at Reynolds Performance Hall and at www.uca.edu/tickets. Box-office hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, contact Melissa Pearson at (501) 450-5092 or melissap@uca.edu.

March 2

Maumelle Newcomers Club Coffee

MAUMELLE — The Maumelle Newcomers Club will have its monthly coffee at 10 a.m. at the Maumelle Community Center. The club is a social, charitable and educational organization designed to provide a way for women in Maumelle to meet others and gather for various activities of their choice. For more information, call Barb Spahr at (501) 766-4664.

Marvin Williams’ Cooking Adventures

CONWAY — Marvin Williams’ Cooking Adventures: Leftover Remix will take place from 6-8 p.m. at UCA Downtown, 1105 W. Oak St. Williams will show participants how to flip the script on leftovers by turning them into tasty meals. For more information, call Autumn at (501) 450-3118.

March 2 and 3

Anglers Expo & Outdoor Show

HEBER SPRINGS — The Rotary Club of Cleburne County will host the Annual Anglers Expo & Outdoor Show, featuring a variety of vendors, special events and displays in the fishing, hunting, camping and general outdoor categories. Musical guests will provide entertainment, and a chili cook-off contest will take place. All events will be at the Heber Springs Community Center, 201 Bobby Jean Lane. For more information, email rotaryclubcleburnecounty@gmail.com or visit www.anglersexpo.com.

March 3

Ziggy Pepper Chili Cook-Off

HEBER SPRINGS — The Ziggy Pepper Chili Cook-Off, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Cleburne County, will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Heber Springs Community Center, 201 Bobbie Jean Lane, in conjunction with the Angler’s Expo & Outdoor Show. The chili tasting will begin at 11 a.m. Cooks can enter in the pro, youth or people’s choice chili categories, with the total prize money more than $1,800. Those who want to taste and judge the chili entries and support the club’s efforts to raise money for college scholarships are invited to participate. For more information, contact Rick Maguire at (501) 499-1580 or ziggypepper.com.

Ongoing

Student Art Competitive

CONWAY — Artist Sharon Louden, an author and educator with experience in the contemporary art world, will be the juror for the University of Central Arkansas’ annual Student Art Competitive. Any UCA student may submit up to three works for possible inclusion. Multiple awards will be given. The exhibit will be on view March 5-16 at UCA’s Baum Gallery. A reception is set for 4 p.m. March 8. Baum Gallery exhibits are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday.

Free Historic-Site Coloring Books

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, a division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, is offering students free copies of a coloring book, Exploring Arkansas’s Wonder: An Adventure in Historic Preservation, that highlights sites around the state that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Order copies of the book at www.arkansaspreservation.com or by contacting Amy Milliken at (501) 324-9786 or amy.milliken@arkansas.gov.

Adult Summer Softball Registration

RUSSELLVILLE — The Russellville Recreation and Parks Department will register teams for its Summer Adult Softball League, starting Monday and ending at 5 p.m. March 9. 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 and at www.russellvillearkansas.org. For more information, call (479) 968-1272.

Cheers! Art Exhibit

CLINTON — Cheers! is the North Central Arkansas Artist League’s free original art exhibit at Ozark Health Medical Center on U.S. 65 on the south side of Clinton. On display until April 23, the collection includes 50 paintings by 11 local artists. Artwork is exhibited in the hallways, both upstairs near the cafeteria and downstairs in the outpatient wing. All paintings are for sale at prices ranging from $15 to $325. A portion of each sale will benefit projects by the Hospital Auxiliary. For more information, call Joyce Hartmann, hospital exhibit coordinator, at (501) 745-6615.

St. John Catholic School Registration

RUSSELLVILLE — St. John Catholic School is conducting its 2018-2019 registration for the general public. Registration forms and information packets are available in the school office. A $100 deposit needs to accompany all registration forms. For more information, call the school at (479) 967-4644.

Lakes, Skies and Rivers Art Exhibit

CLINTON — Choctaw artist Joyce Hartmann has a new exhibit of 17 paintings titled Lakes, Skies and Rivers at First Security Bank, 112 Volunteers Parkway. The exhibit, which features some of the local natural beauty of Arkansas water and landscapes, is open to the public during regular business hours through March 19. Hartmann’s art can be seen at www.joycehartmann.com and on Facebook.

Painting With Jim

FAIRFIELD BAY — Painting With Jim will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon every Tuesday at the Fairfield Bay Community Education Center, 130 Village Lane, Suite 5E. The cost is $40 per session, and all materials will be provided. Students will learn the value of color and composition with a new subject each week, starting and completing an acrylic painting in the two-hour class. For more information, contact the Fairfield Bay Education Center at (501) 884-4440 or ffbcec@artelco.com.

Jewelry-Making Classes

CONWAY — The Faulkner County Library has jewelry-making classes for beginners from 6-7 p.m. each Thursday. There is no charge for the classes, but students provide their own supplies or purchase kits in class. Free minor jewelry repair will be offered by the class instructor. Bring broken or outdated costume jewelry to be repaired or updated while you wait, or bring broken jewelry or loose beads to trade for a piece of new jewelry. For more information, email cardsandjewelry@gmail.com or call the library at (501) 327-7482.

Humane Society Benefit Bingo

GREENBRIER — Bingo, sponsored by the Humane Society of Faulkner County, takes place every third Friday at the Melton Cotton City Event Center, 5 Lois Lane. Pregames start at 5:30 p.m., and full games begin at 6:30. Proceeds from the event benefit the Sloan-Swindel Spay and Neuter Memorial Fund. For more information, email rescuethestrays@yahoo.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, a 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 nancy@fcl.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. 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.

Upcoming

Taiko Drummers Performance

CONWAY — TAO, internationally acclaimed percussion artists, will bring the ancient art of Japanese taiko drumming to the University of Central Arkansas’ Reynolds Performance Hall at 7:30 p.m. March 4. Tickets are $30 to $40 for adults and $10 for children. UCA student tickets are free with a valid student ID. For tickets, call UCA Ticket Central at (501) 450-3265 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or toll-free in Arkansas at (866) 810-0012, or visit www.uca.edu/reynolds. For more information, contact Amanda Horton at (501) 450-3682 or ahorton@uca.edu.

Native American Flute Presentation

FAIRFIELD BAY — William Wording, a Native American flute maker and performer, will give a presentation from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 7 at the Indian Hills Club/Little Red Restaurant. The event is free, and purchase of lunch is optional. For more information, contact the Fairfield Bay Education Center at (501) 884-4440 or ffbcec@artelco.com.

Arkansas Coding Academy Open House

CONWAY — The Arkansas Coding Academy will have an open house from 5-7 p.m. March 7 at UCA Downtown, 1105 W. Oak St. All are invited to attend, meet the staff and learn about the opportunities coding offers. For more information, call Anita at (501) 450-1715.

Intermediate Sewing Class

CONWAY — Intermediate Sewing will meet from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, March 8, 15, 22 and 29, in the University of Central Arkansas’ Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center. Students will go beyond zippers, buttons and stitches to create a shoulder bag and a jacket. For more information, call Autumn at (501) 450-3118.

Chase Race and Paws

CONWAY — The 13th annual Chase Race and Paws is set for 8 a.m. March 10, beginning and ending at Simon Park, 805 Front St. The event includes a 2-mile state-championship race and awards a $100 cash prize to any male or female who breaks the course records. All finishers will receive a medal. The 1-mile Paws race is for participants to run or walk with their leashed dog/pet. Other activities include a best pet-costume contest during the 1-mile race, pet adoption and more. The race benefits Haven in Conway, a residential group home for abused and neglected girls. For more information, visit www.chaserace.info.

Infant and Toddler Safety Class

CONWAY — Infant and Toddler Safety will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon March 10 in the University of Central Arkansas’ Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center. This course covers the topics of newborn sleeping, child passenger-safety restraint and choking prevention. It’s a great course for new parents and child care providers. For more information, call Autumn at (501) 450-3118.

Maumelle Newcomers Luncheon

MAUMELLE — A Maumelle Newcomers luncheon will take place at 11 a.m. March 15 at the Maumelle Country Club. The cost is $15. Ashley Leopoulos of the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Foundation will present the program. For reservations, call Betty McBurnett at (501) 664-7196 by March 12.

Men’s Pancake Supper

MORRILTON — The Morrilton First United Methodist Church Men’s Pancake Supper will take place from 4:30-6:30 p.m. March 15 in the church’s Fellowship Hall. The community is invited. No tickets will be sold. Donations are appreciated and will be used for charitable community projects. For more information, call the church at (501) 354-4077.

Catfish Supper

ST. VINCENT — Knights of Columbus Council 10908 in St. Vincent, 9 miles north of Morrilton on Arkansas 95, will sponsor its 25th annual catfish supper at 5 p.m. March 16. The menu will also include fries, hushpuppies, coleslaw and dessert. The price is $15 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 to 12. Children 4 and younger may eat free. Adult take-out meals for $10 each will be available. For more information, call (501) 354-4854.

Creating Butterfly Landscapes

FAIRFIELD BAY — Ruth Andre will give a presentation on creating butterfly landscapes from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 2 at the Indian Hills Club/Little Red Restaurant. Andre will talk about how to cultivate a garden to be butterfly-friendly. The event is free, and purchase of lunch is optional. For more information, contact the Fairfield Bay Education Center at (501) 884-4440 or ffbcec@artelco.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 rvonews@arkansasonline.com. The deadline for calendar-item submissions is noon Tuesday.

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