COMMUNITY EVENTS IN THE RIVER VALLEY & OZARK AREA

May 20

Organ Recital

CONWAY — Betty Cohen will give an organ recital at 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 1610 Prince St., to celebrate her retirement as the church’s longtime organist. A part of the church’s Under the Dome series, Cohen will present A Few of My Favorite Things, including music by Bach, Burkhardt, Krebs, Franck and others. The recital is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the performance. For more information, call the church at (501) 329-3801 or visit www.conwayfumc.org.

May 21

Conway AARP Meeting

CONWAY — The Conway AARP Chapter will meet at the Ola and John Hawks Senior Wellness and Activity Center, 705 Siebenmorgen Road. The guest speaker will be Jim Davidson. All who are 50 or older are invited to attend. New members are welcome to join the chapter for $5 each year, payable when joining. For more information, call President Ruby Johnson at (501) 327-0498, Vice President Linda Strickland at (501) 499-2349 or the senior center at (501) 327-2895.

May 22

Links for Learning Golf Tournament

MORRILTON — The 13th annual Links for Learning golf tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. at the Morrilton Country Club. The three-person scramble is sponsored by the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton Foundation. The entry fee is $300 per team, which includes two mulligans per player, carts, lunch, goody bags and prizes. Proceeds will support UACCM’s special programs and services. For more information, or to be a sponsor or donate a door prize, contact Anne Cadle at (501) 977-2085 or cadle@uaccm.edu. Checks may be made payable to the UACCM Foundation.

May 24

Piano Recital

RUSSELLVILLE — Noah Smith, 16, will perform a recital at 7:30 p.m. on the Chickering grand piano in the nave of All Saints Episcopal Church, 501 S. Phoenix Ave. The performance will feature appearances by his parents, Timothy and Kristin Smith, on piano and cello and by the Cyclone Jazz Combo. Admission is free, but an offering will be accepted to support Noah’s attendance at 2018 Lutheran Summer Music. For more information, call the church at (479) 968-3622.

May 25-27

BrierFest

GREENBRIER — BrierFest will take place all three days at Greenbrier High School. The annual festival features music, food, a pageant, carnival rides, a kids zone and a talent show. For more information, visit www.brierfest.com.

May 27

Fun in the Sun Summer Bash in the Bay

FAIRFIELD BAY — Kick off the summer with the first Fun in the Sun Summer Bash in the Bay from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Ozark Mountain Lake Resort and Community. The Memorial Day Weekend pool-party extravaganza will include water games; the Cool Pool Cafe from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; hamburgers or hot dogs with chips and a drink for $5; a pickleball tournament at 9 a.m. at the tennis courts, with an entry fee of $20 and sign-up required by 6 p.m. today; and country, blues and classic rock music by The Fender Benders from 6-8 p.m. For more information, call (501) 884-6008 or visit fairfieldbay.com/events.

Mount Vernon-Enola School Reunion

MOUNT VERNON — The annual Mount Vernon-Enola School reunion will begin at 11 a.m., followed by a potluck at noon in the Mount Vernon-Enola School Cafeteria. The graduating class of 1968 will be honored, and scholarships will be presented to two graduating seniors. All former students, teachers, faculty and staff are invited. Attendees are asked to bring yearbooks, pictures and memories to share. For more information, call (501) 680-4633, (501) 849-2145 or (501) 733-7207.

Brother Norm at the Library

CONWAY — Brother Norm will return to the Faulkner County Library with stories for adult listeners at 2 p.m. Brother Norm, a member of the National Storytelling Network, tells tall tales and legends from around the world for adults and children of all ages. All library events are free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at (501) 327-7482 or email nancy@fcl.org.

M.J. Hickey Pool Opening

RUSSELLVILLE — The M.J. Hickey Pool will open Saturday. Pool hours are 12:30-6:30 p.m. every day. Daily admission is $4 for adults ages 18 and older and $3 for children ages 17 and younger. Individual season passes are available for $75 at the Hughes Community Center, 1000 E. Parkway, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call (479) 968-1272.

Ongoing

The Music Man

RUSSELLVILLE — The River Valley Arts Center will present The Music Man at 7 p.m. June 22, 23, 29 and 30; and at 2 p.m. June 24 and July 1 at The Center for the Arts, 2209 S. Knoxville Ave. For ticket information, call (479) 968-2452.

Fun in the Sun! Art Exhibit

CLINTON — The art exhibit Fun in the Sun! is on display at Ozark Health Medical Center on U.S. 65 in south Clinton. The collection will hang through Aug. 6 and feature 46 original paintings by Faye Rodgers, Sue Pico, Diana Foote, Yun Kim, Joyce Hubbard, Marion Thorpe, Charlotte Rierson, Jan Cobb, Julie Caswell, Diane Dudzik and Joyce Hartmann. Art is located in the hallways near the cafeteria on the upper level and in the outpatient wing on the lower level. The paintings are for sale for $15 to $350. Proceeds will benefit Hospital Auxiliary projects. For more information, call Hartmann at (501) 745-6615.

North Central Arkansas Artist League

FAIRFIELD BAY — The North Central Arkansas Artist League is open to anyone who would like to learn more about art. League members meet in Fairfield Bay, paint together, take art workshops and watch demonstrations by professional artists. A free program for members and guests is held each third Monday. This month’s program will be group drawing and painting from a live model, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Monday at Bayside Studio, at the corner of Greenwood Road and Arkansas 330.

Community Teaching Garden

CONWAY — The Faulkner County Master Gardeners will have a community teaching garden in front of Freyaldenhoven’s nursery, at the corner of Siebenmorgen Road and Bob Courtway Drive. The group meets there at 9 a.m. the first and third Saturdays of each month through September. All are invited to attend and learn to grow their own food.

Friday Night Kruzn

CONWAY — Friday Night Kruzn, a free event, will take place from 6-8 p.m. the third Friday of each month through Oct. 19 at The Village at Hendrix. Cars will be on display, and a donation will be made to the Arkansas Food Bank. For more information, contact Don Searls at (501) 269-1817.

Humane Society Benefit Bingo

GREENBRIER — Bingo, sponsored by the Humane Society of Faulkner County, is played 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 will 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. For more information, call the church at (501) 362-2389.

Yoga Class at the Library

CONWAY — Danny Mize, a registered yoga instructor, teaches a yoga class at 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Faulkner County Library. Yoga practitioners of all skill levels are welcome to attend. 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 & John Hawks Senior Wellness & 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.

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. For more information, call (501) 362-9979.

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

UCA Small Developer Conference

CONWAY — The UCA Small Developer Conference will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 31 at the Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center, 201 Donaghey Ave. The event will offer participants an opportunity to be exposed to the “big-picture view” of small-scale real estate development and will enable them to pick a good development project and take the first steps to make that project a reality. For more information, call Shelby at (501) 450-5269.

Sacred Heart Catholic School Bazaar

MORRILTON — The Sacred Heart Catholic School Bazaar will take place June 1 and 2 at the school, 106 N. St. Joseph St. A traditional spaghetti/sausage and turkey/dressing dinner will be served from 5-8 p.m. June 2 in the school gym, with carry-out dinners available. Activities both nights will include a midway with kiddie-land games, bingo, a ham and bacon stand, and a multiroom silent auction, with items valued from $25 to $800, from 6-10 p.m. June 1 and 5-10 p.m. June 2. Winning bidders may pick up their auction items the night of June 2 or from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 3 in the auction room. The grand prize for the raffle is a 2018 Jeep Wrangler Sport, with the drawing the evening of June 2. For more information, call the school at (501) 354-8113 or visit www.sacredheartmorrilton.org.

Children’s Fishing Derby

RUSSELLVILLE — The annual Children’s Fishing Derby will begin at 8 a.m. June 9 at Pleasant View Park, with the weigh-in at 10 a.m. This free event is for children ages 4 to 12. Prizes will be given in three age divisions for the heaviest catfish and the heaviest stringer of catfish. A special prize is given for the biggest fish caught during the derby. Register at the Hughes Community Center. For more information, call the Recreation and Parks Department at (479) 968-1272.

Watercolor Workshop

RUSSELLVILLE — The River Valley Arts Center, 1001 E. B St., will present a watercolor workshop with Richard Stephens from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 29 and 30, with an hour lunch break. The class fee is $160 for members and $190 for nonmembers. Stephens, a native of Hot Springs, graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway in 1969 with a degree in art. For more information, visit www.rivervalleyartscenter.org/art-classes.html.

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.