Lake Charles State Park Activities
POWHATAN — Lake Charles State Park will offer the following activities: a 1.5-mile Morning Birding Hike from 9-10 a.m. — meet at the White Oak trailhead near the campsites; Nature Center Exploration from 1-3 p.m. — animals may include turtles, frogs, snakes and more; Nature’s Clean-Up Crew from 1-1:45 p.m. to learn how fungi, vultures and worms have an important role in the environment; Summer Safety from 2-2:45 p.m. to learn about simple steps to take to get the most fun out of your summer; and a .75-mile Nature Hike from 3:30-4:30 p.m. starting at the Cedar Trailhead in the day-use area. For hikes, wear appropriate shoes and bring sun protection and water. For more information, call the park at (870) 878-6595.
Izard County Historical Society Meeting
BROCKWELL — The Izard County Historical Society will meet at 2 p.m. at the Izard County Senior Center, about 1 mile south of Brockwell on Arkansas 9. The guest speaker will be David Carpenter, a land surveyor and chair of the Ozarka College Applied Science and Technology Department in Melbourne. Carpenter will discuss land records in reference to historical and family research. For more information, call Rose Blankenship at (870) 368-7738.
CABOT — STARS (Small Town Amateur Radio Service), a ham radio group, will have its monthly meeting, with testing available, at 1:30 p.m. at Criswell-Robinson American Legion Post 71, 114 N. First St. For more information, contact Gordon Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BATESVILLE — The Independence County Library will present magician Aaron Acosta for a children’s program at 2 p.m. on the second floor of the new library at 267 E. Main St. The program is suitable for children of all ages, and admission is free. For more information, call (870) 793-8814 or visit the library’s Facebook page.
Monday – Friday
Summer Art Camp II
MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Arkansas Craft School will present Summer Art Camp II for youth ages 12 to 16 from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. This week of workshops with Allen Bishop, art instructor for the Mountain View schools, will offer a variety of art media and projects that may include drawing, painting, printmaking or sculpture. A light, healthy snack will be provided midmorning. Tuition is $70. For more information or to register, contact the school at email@example.com or (870) 269-8397.
Sons of the American Legion Meeting
CABOT — The Sons of the American Legion (SAL) Chapter will meet at 6 p.m. at Criswell-Robinson American Legion Post 71, 114 N. First St. For more information, call (501) 203-5715.
American Legion Riders Meeting Date Change
CABOT — The date for the Criswell-Robinson American Legion Riders meeting for July has changed. The group will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Post 71, 114 N. First St. For more information, call (501) 203-5715.
Lake Charles State Park Activities
POWHATAN — Activities Saturday at Lake Charles State Park will include Plant Defenses from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the White Oak trailhead near the campgrounds to teach participants about plant defenses, followed by a moderate 1.5-mile hike, so wear appropriate clothing and bring water. Nature Center Exploration will be from 1-3 p.m., and Birds of Lake Charles will be offered from 1-1:45 p.m. Animal Tracks will meet from 2-2:45 p.m. at the nature center to discuss some of the tracks seen most often in the park and the animals they belong to. A Kayak Tour will take place from 3:15-4:45 p.m., beginning at the swim beach. Bring plenty of water and sun protection. Reservations can be made in the visitor center or by calling the park at (870) 878-6595. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for kids over 6. For more information, call the park or visit www.arkansasstateparks.com/lakecharles.
Lake Charles State Park Activities
POWHATAN — Activities Saturday at Lake Charles State Park will begin with a Kayak Tour from 10-11:30 a.m. at the swim beach. Bring plenty of water and sun protection and make reservations in the visitor center or by call the park at (870) 878-6595. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for kids over 6. Nature Center Exploration will be from 1-3 p.m. Fantastic Furs will be presented from 1-1:45 p.m. at the nature center to teach about native mammals, their pelts and the importance of these animals. From 2-2:45 p.m., Sensational Soil will meet at the nature center to discuss how soil goes beyond just allowing plants to grow. For more information, call the park or visit www.arkansasstateparks.com/lakecharles.
Bad Boy Splash and Dash
BATESVILLE — The seventh annual Bad Boy Splash and Dash will take place at the new Batesville Community and Aquatics Center. Kids ages 5-18 can swim, run and splash. All participants will receive a finisher’s medal, a T-shirt and entry to the water park. Younger children and families can register for the water-park-only option. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Ozark Foothills Literacy Project. For more information, visit runsignup.com and search for “Bad Boy Splash and Dash.” Official T-shirts are on sale in the race store. All donations are tax-deductible. To learn more about the race or OFLP, contact Morgan Reed at (870) 834-2810 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.myoflp.weebly.com.
SEARCY — Performing Arts Center on the Square, 219 W. Arch St., will present Mary Poppins, the Broadway musical, at 7 p.m. July 27-28 and Aug. 3-4 and 10-11. There will be matinees at 2 p.m. July 29 and Aug. 12, with tickets for kids 12 and younger at $5 each. For more information or tickets, call (501) 368-0111 or visit www.centeronthesquare.org.
Fairfield Bay Farmers Market
FAIRFIELD BAY — The Thursday-morning Fairfield Bay Farmers Market is open from 9 a.m. to noon at the Village Mall Gazebo. Fresh produce and canned items are available. Anyone with a bumper crop of backyard tomatoes or a garden plot of greens is welcome to set up a booth. No preregistration is required.
Junior Park Ranger Tours
FAIRFIELD BAY — Junior Park Ranger tours at the Fairfield Bay Heritage Center take place from 1-4 p.m. Mondays. Bring kids to the museum, and they will get a name badge and an activity book from the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. For more information, call (501) 884-4440.
FAIRFIELD BAY — The Fairfield Bay Community Education Center offers its Paint With Jim class from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays; Barbara Cornett’s fused-glass class from 2-4 p.m. Wednesdays; and Fran’s Jeweled Spider class from 1-2:30 p.m Thursdays. For class fees and more information or to RSVP, call the center at (501) 884-4440. Information is also available on the center’s Facebook page.
Searcy Farmers Market
SEARCY — The Searcy Farmers Market is open from 3-6 p.m. Tuesdays and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays on the Searcy Courthouse Square. Shoppers will find fresh produce, meat, homemade/baked goods and more.
ASH FLAT — Award-winning artist Bobbie Hanson is displaying several of her original paintings at the Ash Flat Library through July. Hanson moved to Arkansas in 2002 and began painting in watercolor. She has branched out into other media but said watercolor is still her favorite. She is a member of the Spring River Art Guild in Hardy, the Ozark Regional Arts Council and the Fulton County Arts Council.
Horseshoe Bend Farmers Market
HORSESHOE BEND — The Horseshoe Bend Farmers Market will be open at Faith Presbyterian Church each Wednesday from 8 a.m. until vendors are sold out. Items available for purchase will include produce, plants, herbs and fresh baked goods.
Shepherd Center’s Summer Activities
BEEBE — Seniors are invited to participate in activities from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Wednesday throughout the summer at the Shepherd Center, 302 N. Main St., at the rear of First United Methodist Church. Activities offered include scrapbooking, bridge, chess, jewelry making, card making, quilting, cooking and flower arranging, as well as fishing excursions. Every Friday Game Day will be sponsored from 1-3 p.m., featuring bingo, dominoes or Scrabble.
VFW Tuesday Night Bingo
QUITMAN — Tuesday Night Bingo takes place each week at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 1295 Bee Branch Road. Doors open at 5:30 for bonanzas, and regular play starts at 6:30 p.m. Food is available. For more information, call (501) 362-9979.
American Legion 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. For more information, call (501) 362-9979.
Cabot Lions Club Meetings
CABOT — The Cabot Lions Club meets at noon the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at Colton’s Steak House & Grill, 195 Northport Drive. All are invited to the meetings.
Free Brown-Bag Lunch
CABOT — The Mount Tabor United Methodist Church Women of Cabot serve a free brown-bag lunch at 11 a.m. each Thursday at the church, 4100 Arkansas 89 S. All are welcome. To volunteer or make a donation, call (501) 843-3797.
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. For more information, call the church at (501) 362-2389.
Beebe Kiwanis Club Meetings
BEEBE — The Beebe Kiwanis Club meets at noon the first and third Thursdays of each month in the Stephens Room of the Student Center at Arkansas State University-Beebe. Kiwanis is a volunteer organization with the mission of helping youth in the community. For more information, call Flo Fitch at (501) 230-2890 or Debra Crisco at (501) 454-3505.
CABOT — Civitan meets at 6 p.m. the first and third Mondays of the month at First Security Bank in downtown Cabot. Civitan is an organization that provides training and support for people with developmental disabilities.
Opportunity for Bridge Players
BEEBE — Bridge players are needed at 1 p.m. Wednesdays at the Shepherd’s Center at Beebe United Methodist Church, 302A N. Main St. Beginners are welcome. For more information, call (501) 843-2930.
Beebe Caregivers Support Group
BEEBE — The Beebe Caregivers Support Group meets at 3 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at the Shepherd’s Center at Beebe United Methodist Church, 302A N. Main St. For more information, call Sandra Garrett at (501) 940-4021.
Alzheimer’s Support Group
CABOT — The Alzheimer’s Support Group meets at 10 a.m. the second Tuesday of each month at Cabot United Methodist Church, 2003 S. Pine St. For more information, call (501) 265-0027.
NEWPORT — The Jackson County Republicans meet at 7 p.m. the fourth Monday of the month at Merchants and Planters Bank, 915 Arkansas 367 N. For more information, call Jeff McDonald at (870) 731-7646.
Community Music Gathering
BATESVILLE — There will be a community music gathering with more patriotic songs from 6-8 p.m. July 16 at First Community Bank. Instrumentalists and singers are invited to participate in the event. Children, spouses and listeners are welcome to attend.
First-Responder Summer Course
BATESVILLE – The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s Community and Technical Education Department will offer a first-responder summer course, with instructor Thomas Lemon, from 4-8 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, July 16 through Aug. 14, in Room 914 of the Nursing Allied Health Building at UACCB. The class is a prerequisite to EMT Basic Training. The course fee is $125, plus the cost of the textbook, which is approximately $133 plus tax. For more information or to register, call (870) 612-2082 or email email@example.com.
Federal Employees Association Meeting
GREERS FERRY — The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) will meet at 11:30 a.m. July 20 at Bentley’s Restaurant, 7965 Edgemont Road (Arkansas 16). The guest speaker will be a representative from the Senior Medicare Patrol. All active and retired federal employees are invited to attend the meeting. For more information, contact Kathy Golding at (501) 206-1375.
MOUNTAIN VIEW — Artist Yun Kim will be in the Arkansas Craft Gallery from 1-3 p.m. July 21 to demonstrate her expressive style of painting using exuberant color on canvas. Kim works in various media — acrylics, oils, watercolors, pastels, collage and charcoal. She has a Facebook page called Created in the Ozarks. Some of Kim’s artwork is on display at the gallery, which is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
POWHATAN — Powhatan Historic State Park will present Pearl Stringing from 9 a.m. to noon July 21 at the Visitor Center. The admission price varies. Participants will learn the history of the Arkansas pearling industry and make keepsake jewelry — earrings, a bracelet, a necklace or one of each. Prices are $5 for earrings, $10 for a bracelet and $20 for a necklace. Students may bring their own snacks and drinks. Reservations are required. For more information or reservations, call (870) 878-6765.
Palestine Baptist Church Homecoming
PEARSON — Palestine Baptist Church, 389 Edgemont Road (Arkansas 16) in the Pearson community, will celebrate 157 years of existence with a homecoming on July 22. Brother Matthew Corkran will preach at 11 a.m., followed by a potluck lunch in the Fellowship Hall. Linda Morgan, a Southern gospel vocalist, will perform after lunch. All are asked to bring a dish to share.
Beginner Painting Class
ASH FLAT — Ozarka College-Ash Flat’s Continuing Education program will offer a beginner-level painting class, taught by Angela Phipps, from 5:30-8 p.m July 24. Phipps is the campus director at Ozarka College-Ash Flat and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from Savannah College of Art and Design. The project for the class will be an acrylic painting of a cow. The class fee is $35 or $28 for seniors ages 60 and older, with all supplies included. Participants need to be at least 9 years old. Preregistration is required. For more information or to register, contact Fay Mitchell at (870) 368-2005 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
White County Business Expo
SEARCY — The Searcy Regional Chamber of Commerce will host the White County Business Expo from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 24 in the Ganus Activities Complex on the Harding University campus. Event-sponsor and prize-donation opportunities are available. For more information, call the chamber office at (501) 268-2458 or visit www.searcychamber.com.
Quitman High School Reunion
QUITMAN — The annual Quitman High School Reunion for all years of graduates and other former students who attended Quitman schools will take place from 2-5 p.m. July 28 at the Quitman Bulldog Complex on the east side of the school campus. The theme is All Things ’60s. Attendees are encouraged to bring memorabilia relating to their 1960s Quitman school experience. Light refreshments and finger foods will be served. The QHS Class of 1968 will host the reunion as part of its 50th-anniversary celebration. A short program will be presented by members of the class. No reservations are required. For more information, contact Gayla Barger Chapman at (501) 269-5255 or email@example.com.
MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Arkansas Craft School, 110 E. Main St., will offer a workshop titled Explore the Art of Cyanotype: Sun Printing on Paper and Fabric from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 28. Participants will learn the art of cyanotype printing to capture patterns from nature or other objects. Every student will leave with a silk cyanotype scarf and learn the best methods for creating original designs on fabric and paper. Tuition is $75, and the materials fee is $25. To register for the course, contact the Arkansas Craft School at (870) 269-8397 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit www.arkansascraftschool.org.
Old Soldiers Reunion Parade
HEBER SPRINGS — American Legion Post 64 will host the annual Old Soldiers Reunion Parade at 6 p.m. Aug. 2. The parade will start at Harps Grocery and end at Spring Park. Lineup will be at 5:30. The following prizes will be awarded for floats: first place, $500; second place, $350; and third place, $250. The theme is “United We Stand,” and there is no entry fee. The parade will be followed by a carnival in Spring Park and other activities Aug. 3 and 4, including a beauty pageant. For more information, call Post 64 at (501) 362-9979 or Gabe Cothron at (501) 206-9571.
Pewter Casting Class
FAIRFIELD BAY — The Fairfield Bay Community Education Center will offer its one-day Pewter Casting class from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 4. Participants will learn the skill of carving and casting jewelry or tokens from master caster Fred Zeiler. Preregistration is required, and students will have a pre-class assignment. The cost of the class is $50, and all materials are provided. For more information or to register, call the center at (501) 884-4440 or visit its Facebook page.
Beginner’s Quilting Workshop
POWHATAN — Powhatan Historic State Park will offer From Scraps to Quilt: A Beginner’s Quilting Workshop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 11 at the Courthouse. Admission is $15 per person. Participants will learn the basics of quilting — piecing the squares, layering the quilt and the quilting stitch. The $15 registration fee will include materials. To reserve a space, call (870) 878-6765 or email email@example.com.
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