Today – Wednesday
Vacation Bible School
BATESVILLE — Southside United Methodist Church, 39 Magnolia St., just across from Southside High School, will have Vacation Bible School for kindergartners through sixth-graders today through Wednesday. The theme is “To Mars and Beyond,” and Bible school with a meal will take place from 5:30-8 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday. On Wednesday, the session will begin at 6 p.m., with refreshments to follow. For more information, call the church at (501) 345-0017.
Today and Thursday – Saturday
Wait Until Dark
SEARCY — Harding University’s Searcy Summer Dinner Theatre will present Wait Until Dark, the final summer show of the theater’s 37th season, today and Thursday through Saturday at the Harding University Ulrey Performing Arts Center, off Jimmy Carr Street. Each show begins with a buffet dinner at 6:30 p.m. provided by Classic Fare Catering, followed by the show at 7 p.m. Tickets are $32, and a limited number of show-only seats will be available for $17. Purchase tickets at hardingtickets.com, by phone or at the box office. For more information, call (501) 279-4276.
Cabot AARP Meeting
CABOT — Cabot AARP Chapter 3267 will meet at 6 p.m. at the Veterans Park Community Center, 508 N. Lincoln St. Cabot Mayor Ken Kincade will be the guest speaker.
White County Business Expo
SEARCY — The White County Business Expo: Be the Revolution will take place from noon to 4 p.m. at Harding University’s Ganus Activities Center. The free event will showcase 100 businesses and offer food samples, prizes and a variety of products and services. The expo is open to the public, and booth registrations are being accepted.
American Legion Post 71 Meeting
CABOT — Criswell-Robinson American Legion Post 71, 114 N. First St., and its Auxiliary Unit will have their monthly membership meeting at 7 p.m., preceded by a meal at 6 p.m. The monthly meetings take place the fourth Thursday of each month. To become a member, stop by Post 71 or call (501) 203-5715.
Melissa Wilkinson Exhibit
BATESVILLE — The Batesville Area Arts Council presents The Other Side of Nothing: Works by Melissa Wilkinson through Saturday at the BAAC Gallery on Main, 226 E. Main St. The exhibit features a series of watercolor paintings relating to the artist’s interest in dichotomies. Wilkinson is an associate professor of art and painting at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.
Ash Flat Senior Center Activities
ASH FLAT — The Ash Flat Senior Life Center invites residents of Ash Flat and surrounding areas to the following weekly events: bingo from 9-10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays; card games, board games and painting from 9-10:30 a.m. Thursdays; and exercise classes from 10-10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Coffee, cookies and more will be available throughout the week. Visit the senior center, and sign up for $3 meals served at 11:30 a.m. For more information, including travel arrangements, call Veronica Fortich at (870) 994-2174.
MAMMOTH SPRING — The Ozarka College Mammoth Spring Campus offers ongoing open-entry GED classes from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. An evening class meets from 5-8 Mondays. For more information on free GED and College Prep classes, contact the Ozarka College Adult Education Department at (870) 368-2051 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer GED Classes
MOUNTAIN VIEW — Open-entry GED classes are ongoing at Ozarka College in Mountain View from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. For more information on free GED and College Prep classes, call the Ozarka College Adult Education Department at (870) 368-2051 or email email@example.com.
Main Street Searcy Farmers’ Market
SEARCY — The Main Street Searcy Farmers’ Market is open from 8 a.m. to noon, or until sold out, Saturdays on the east side of the Courthouse Square. The market offers a variety of Arkansas-grown seasonal produce, baked goods, farm-fresh eggs, jellies, local honey, handmade soaps, U.S. Department of Agriculture-certified meat, and arts and crafts. To participate in the farmers market, call the Main Street office at (501) 279-9007 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FAIRFIELD BAY — Jim Tindall’s painting class will meet with a new subject from 10 a.m. to noon every Tuesday at the Fairfield Bay Community Education Center, 130 Village Lane, Suite 5E. Each class costs $45, and all materials are provided. For more information, call the center at (501) 884-4440, or visit the center’s Facebook page.
Heber Springs TOPS Meetings
HEBER SPRINGS — TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets each Monday at the Church of the Nazarene, Eighth and Quitman streets. Weigh-in begins at 7:30 a.m., and a support meeting emphasizing weight loss and healthy living takes place from 9:30-11 a.m. Prospective members are welcome to attend. Enter the church through the back entrance. For more information, call Geneva Earles at (501) 827-1243 or Janiece Brierly at (501) 250-5087.
Searcy Lions Club
SEARCY — The Searcy Lions Club meets at noon every Tuesday on the second floor of the Heritage Building at Harding University. The Lions Club raises funds for eye care and eyeglasses for White County residents who otherwise could not afford such care. New members are always welcome. For more information, visit the Searcy Lions Club on Facebook.
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 is 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.
Sharp County Historical Society Meeting
ASH FLAT — The Sharp County Historical Society will meet at 2 p.m. July 28 in the Carpenter Community Room at FBNC. Mick Havens, a re-enactor who also works at Powhatan State Park, will talk about the history of medicine through the 19th century, from the heroic measures of early American doctors to the advancements made during the Civil War. Visitors are welcome to attend.
Sharp County Fair
ASH FLAT — The 80th annual Sharp County Fair will take place July 29 through Aug. 3 at the Sharp County Fairgrounds, 89 Fairgrounds Road. Jay Johnson with Johnson’s Brothers Amusements will provide the fair’s carnival.
Chairman’s Memorial Golf Tournament
SEARCY — The Searcy Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 20th annual Chairman’s Memorial Golf Tournament will take place Aug. 2 at the River Oaks Golf Club. There will be a ball drop, at $5 per ball, for chances to win a $250 Pro Shop certificate https://www.arkansasonline.com/admin/news/story/add/#and a helicopter ride for two, sponsored by Bulldog Aviation. The tournament honors past Yarnell’s Ice Cream chairman Albert Yarnell. To register for the tournament, visit www.searcychamber.com/events/details/chairman-s-memorial-golf-tournament-5115392. For more information, call the chamber at (501) 268-2458 or email email@example.com.
Stuff the Bus
SEARCY — A Stuff the Bus event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 3 at Searcy’s Walmart Supercenter and Harps Food Stores for White County public schools. Needs are, for students: glue sticks, bevel erasers, pocket folders, No. 2 pencils, crayons (24), school boxes/zipper pouches and backpacks; for teachers: post it notes, dry-erase markers, pens, Hi-Liters, Flair pens and Sharpies; and for school nurses: unisex bottoms, (shorts and sweats), underwear (K-5th grade), deodorant, toothpaste, lice kits and feminine pads. Canned goods are also welcome. Drop off early donations from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday -Friday at the United Way of White County office, 106 N. Spring St. To volunteer for the event, call (501) 268-7489.
Books & Bluegrass Music
CABOT — The Cabot Public Library will host Books & Bluegrass Music from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 5 in the Arlene Cherry Community Room at the library, 909 W. Main St. Everyone is welcome to come listen, play music and have a good time. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/cabotpubliclibrary.
Canning Fall Vegetables
BATESVILLE — The Independence County Library, 267 E. Main St., will offer a program on canning fall vegetables at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 7. The program, sponsored by the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, will be presented by Julian Carpenter, county extension agent. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served. For more information, call (870) 793-8814.
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