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What:  Founders’ Day Convocation and Edwards Commons Ribbon Cutting

When:  Friday, October 19th, 11am

Where:  Brown Chapel, Lyon College, Batesville

What Else:  Dr. John Griffith, Lyon College President from 1989-1997, will be the keynote speaker.  For more information, contact Chandra Huston at 870-307-7488.


What:  Anyone that would like to become a member of Cleburne County Master Gardener Program needs to sign up by Friday, October 19th.  You may do so by calling 501-362-2524 to have application mailed to you or come by the Cleburne County Extension Office located at 2319 Highway 110 West, Suite D, Heber Springs, AR to pick up applications.  Open to anyone that wishes to become a Master Gardener.


What:  Shrimp Boil Fundraiser

When:  Friday, October 19th, lunch 11am-2pm, dinner 5pm

Where:  Southside Southerner Football Stadium

What Else:  There will be boiled shrimp with a side of corn on the cob and potatoes for $10 per plate.  Lunch delivery available with 2 or more orders.  To purchase tickets In advance, contact Kathy Davis at 870-613-2326, Tammy Sisk at 870-613-3317, Tammy Littleton at 870-613-2466, Cheryl Smith at 870-307-0106 or Tim Sisk at 870-613-5808.


What:  Walnut Grove Cemetery Fundraiser

When:  Friday, October 19th, 4:30pm

Where:  Cord-Charlotte Cafeteria

What Else:  They will be serving fried chicken, baked beans, slaw, corn on the cob and a roll.  There will be entertainment by ‘The Oldies Butt Goodies Band’.  Meet and greet the candidates.  They will also have dessert and silent auction items.  Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Dota Water Office.  For more information, call 870-612-3799.


What:  ‘Tour of the Universe’ Gazing Program

When:  Saturday, October 20th, 6pm

Where:  Jacksonport State Park, 205 Avenue Street, Newport

What Else:  The program is free to the public.  The courthouse is wheelchair accessible.  For more information, contact Park Interpreter Donna Bentley at 870-523-2143.


What:  The Sons of the American Legion Yard Sale/Dinner Fundraiser

When:  Saturday, October 20th, yard sale 7am, dinner 12noon

Where:  Post 114, Batesville

What Else:  Dinner will consist of a Boston butt sandwich, baked beans, coleslaw, cookies and cold drinks for $6 a plate.  The proceeds will go to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital, St. Jude’s and also other charities in Batesville.


What:  Free Health Screenings

When:  Saturday, October 20th, breakfast 8:30am, screenings 9am

Where:  UACCB

What Else:  Nursing students will conduct blood pressure checks, blood sugar checks, BMI’s and stress checks.


What:  Political Pie Auction and Ice Cream Eating Contest

When:  Saturday, October 20th, 6-8pm

Where:  Southside Middle School Cafeteria

What Else:  There will be a pie auction, door prizes, entertainment, delicious homemade pies and desserts, ice cream sundae eating contest and tons of fun.  All political candidates will be given an opportunity to speak.  Proceeds to benefit 12 and under girls softball team ‘Rumble Mafia’.


What:  John 3:16 Ministries 7th Annual Variety Night

When:  Saturday, October 20th, dinner 5pm, silent/live auction 6pm, entertainment 6:30pm

Where:  UACCB, Independence Hall

What Else:  Fish Fry and all the trimmings.  Admission is $10.  Visit or call 870-799-2525 for more information.


What:  PraiseFest II

When:  Saturday, October 20th, 5-7pm

Where:  Hazel Edwards Memorial United Methodist Church grounds, 4th and Locust Streets, Newark

What Else:  Free outdoor concert featuring the locally popular gospel quartet ‘New Creation’ from Melbourne.  They’ll be serving burgers, homemade tater salad, baked beans and drinks.  There’ll be bounce houses for the kids, horseshoes and door prizes.  They’ll be collecting for the Cedar Ridge Food Pantry, so bring a non-perishable food item.  Also, bring a lawn chair or your favorite blankey and join the good, clean, family, Christian fun, food, fellowship and great music.  It’s all free.  For more information, contact Rob Ernest at 870-307-2712.   


What:  The Independence County Library is now providing jobs and career resources on their website.  The locate the information, go to their website,, and select ‘Jobs and Career Resources’ from their menu.  For more information, contact the library at 870-793-8814.


What:  The Independence County Library is now providing an online news site for literacy students, English language learners and individuals who wish to improve their reading skills.  The news service,, is an interactive site that uses real news articles, audio, exercises, vocabulary and crossword puzzles to strengthen reading skills.  The news website is available at the library, which is located at 368 East Main Street in Batesville.  Library hours are:  Sunday 1:30-5pm, Monday 9am-6pm and Tuesday through Friday 9am-5pm.


What:  The White River Planning and Development District, Inc., currently sponsors a Child Care Food Program as a means to provide nutritious meals to children enrolled in licensed or registered family child care homes.  The Child Care Food Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is administered through the Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Early Childhood Education.  The program reimburses family child care providers for meals and snacks served to children when daily requirements are met.  All children receive the same meals without regard to sex, race, age, handicap, color or national origin.  There is no discrimination in the course of food service, and there will be no separate charge for meals provided to children in the family child care homes.  If you believe that you have been treated unfairly in receiving food services because of race, color, national origin, age, sex or handicap, write immediately to the Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250.  If you operate a family child care home and would like more information about the benefits of the Food Program and how to Participate, contact Jill Dockins, White River Planning and Development District, Inc., in Batesville, or phone 1-800-737-CCFP or in Batesville, 870-793-5233.


What:  Harlequin Theatre Fall Production:  A Hotel on Marvin Gardens

When:  October 19th through October 22nd,  Friday, Saturday and Monday 8pm, Sunday 2pm

Where:  Holloway Theatre, Lyon College, Batesville

What Else:  For reservations, call 870-307-7510.


What:  Chili Cookoff, Powder Puff Football Game and Bon Fire

When:  Tuesday, October 23rd, 5:30pm

Where:  Midland High School, Pleasant Plains

What Else:  Chili with all the fixin’s, a drink and dessert will be $5.  Admission to the football game will be $2 for adults and $1 for students.  At the bon fire, they’ll have smores and hot chocolate for 50 cents.


What:  Independence County Conservation District Annual Nut Sale

When:  now through October 25th

What Else:  For more information and to place an order, call 870-793-4164 extension 3.  Nuts will be ready in November.


What:  Batesville Area Radio Club Meeting

When:  Thursday, October 25th, 7pm

Where:  First Community Bank Community Room, corner of St. Louis and Harrison Streets, Batesville

What Else:  Anyone interested in HAM radio is invited to attend.  For more information, visit


What:  Truckload Chicken Sale

When:  Friday, October 26th, 8am

Where:  Wal-Mart parking lot, Harrison Street, Batesville

What Else:  Large breaded breast chunks will be $1.50/lb or $15/case.  Popcorn chicken will be $1/lb or $10/case.  Proceeds will help support the Christmas for Foster Children Project.


What:  Humane Society of Independence County Annual BBQ Meal Fundraiser

When:  Friday, October 26th, 11am-1pm

Where:  First United Methodist Church, Main Street, Batesville

What Else:  Meals are $6 and include Bev’s World Famous Boston Butt sandwich, baked beans, coleslaw and dessert.  Meals of 5 or more can be delivered, but must be pre-ordered by noon on Wednesday, October 24th.  For more information or to order meals for delivery, call 870-613-3045.


What:  Independence County Mass Flu Clinic

When:  Friday, October 26th

Where:  Batesville – Fire Station #3, 590 White Drive, 8am-4pm; Oil Trough – City Hall, 50 Main Street, 8am-2pm; Pleasant Plains – United Methodist Church, 6101 Batesville Boulevard, 8am-2pm

What Else:  Remember the 3 C’s – Clean (wash your hands often), Cover (cover your cough and sneeze) and Contain (stay home if you are sick).  There will be no charge on this date, but it is still very important to bring your insurance, Medicaid or Medicare cards to help the Health Department recover cost if possible.  If you insurance does not pay or you do not have insurance, then there is no cost.  For more information, contact the Independence County Health Unit at 870-793-8848.


What:  Veterans Assistance Officer Availability

When:  Friday and Saturday, October 26th and 27th, 10am-7pm

Where:  Carmichael Center, 801 East Elm, Searcy

What Else:  The officer will be available to all veterans to find out if there are benefits or compensation due for their service.  For more information, contact Paul Bunn at 501-993-2555 or Arthur Phillips at 870-613-0893. 


What:  Independence County Master Gardeners Bulb Sale

When:  Saturday, October 27th, 8am-12noon

Where:  White River Community Garden, 1820 Myers Street, Batesville

What Else:  For more information, contact Cheryl Sibley at 870-613-1111.


What:  Fall Festival

When:  Saturday, October 27th, 8am

Where:  VFW Post 4501, 1680 Chaney Drive, Batesville

What Else:  There will be baked goods, jewelry, consignments and much more.  Free coffee will be served.  Proceeds will be donated to the Flag Program that provides flags for cemeteries, churches and patriotic events.  For more information, contact Ashleigh Brashers at 870-612-9809.


What:  Stone County EHC Quilt Show

When:  Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 25th, 26th and 27th, 8am-4pm

Where:  Ozark Folk Center, Mountain View

What Else:  All quilts accepted.  Check in 8am-12noon.  Free admission.


What:  Family Fall Festival

When:  Saturday, October 27th, 4pm

Where:  Grace Country Church, 181 Highway 58, Sidney

What Else:  Free and open to the public.  Dutch over cooking demonstrations, food tasting, games for kids and other treats will be available, including hot dogs, chili and smores.  For more information, call 870-346-5822.


What:  1st Annual Chili Supper and Haunted House

When:  Saturday, October 27th

What Else:  The chili will be served at city hall in Sulphur Rock from 5-7pm and the Haunted House will be in the city park from 5-9pm.  The residents of Spring Creek Manor will be holding a cake and pie auction after the chili supper.  Everyone is invited to attend and support the local fire department.


What:  ‘Katz Track 5K

When:  Saturday, October 27th, 8am

Where:  Starts in front of Bancorp South on Main Street

What Else:  Registration fees are $25 for adults and $20 for students.  Funds raised will benefit the Melbourne High School Cross Country Program  For more information, contact Melody Carroll at 870-373-0845.


What:  World Film Premiere ‘45RPM’

When:  Saturday, October 27th, 7pm

Where:  Historic Landers Theater, 334 East Main Street, Batesville

What Else:  Director Juli Jackson and other cast and crew members will be in attendance.  Tickets to the screening are $10 or $8 for age 55 and over and Foothills Film Society Members.  For tickets, call 870-251-1189 or visit


What:  Melbourne Fire Department Annual Turkey Shoot

When:  Saturday, October 27th, 10am-dark

Where:  Izard County Fairgrounds

What Else:  They will have a bow shoot, clay pigeon shoot, muzzleloader shoot, 22 shoot, any pistol shoot and a still shoot.  For more information, contact Eugene Bull at 870-291-0977 or Damian Hoskinds at 870-291-2479 or 870-368-4798.


What:  Fall Festival

When:  Sunday, October 28th, 5-7pm

Where:  Calvary Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 18th and Lyon Streets, Batesville

What Else:  They will have hotdogs, games, prizes, face painting, candy, treat walk and two bounce houses.  For more information, contact Pastor Joe Don Hawthorn at 870-793-5480.


What:  Haunted House

When:  Fri and Sat, Oct 26th and 27th, and Mon through Wed, Oct 29th-31st, 5-8pm

Where:  405 Market Street, Horseshoe Bend

What Else:  Adult admission $2 and children under 5 are free.   On Wednesday, October 31st, there will also be a Trunk or Treat in the lower level of Diamond B Mall.  Decorated or not, you can park your car and hand out treats from your trunk, pick up bed or even your hearse.  Parking will begin at 4pm and 5pm is when the fun begins.  At 6pm there will be a costume contest in the Horseshoe Bend Theatre in the lower level of Diamond B Mall.  There will be categories for both adults and children.  The Horseshoe Bend Fire Department is having a food booth and will be serving hotdogs and the theatre will have popcorn and drinks.


What:  Benefit Pumpkin Patch

When:  now through Halloween, Mon-Fri 11am-7pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-5pm

Where:  Hope Lutheran School, 2415 East Main Street, at Highway 25, Batesville

What Else:  They have pumpkins, straw bales and gourds. 


What:  Batesville Montessori Fall Fundraiser

When:  Orders must be in by Wednesday, October 31st

What Else:  They are selling beautiful, fragrant and festive live Christmas greenery.  Choose from Evergreen wreaths or garland.  To place your order, call 870-307-4474.





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