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What:  Northcentral Arkansas Development Council Public Hearing

When:  Friday, February 22nd, 10am

Where:  NADC’s Conference Room, 550 9th Street, Batesville

What Else:  To solicit public comments on the use of the Community Services Block Grant for 2013.


What:  Largest Indoor/Heated Rummage Sale in the Area

When:  Friday, February 22nd, 8am-4pm and Saturday, February 23rd, 8am-12noon

Where:  Izard County Fairgrounds Building

What Else:  Full concession stand available.  All proceeds go to help homeless and abandoned animals in Izard County.


What:  10th Annual Paws and Claws Rummage Sale

When:  Friday and Saturday, February 22nd and 23rd

Where:  Izard County Fairgrounds

What Else:  All proceeds go to the care of homeless and abandoned animals in Izard County.


What:  Low Cost Vet Clinic for Cats and Dogs

When:  Saturday, February 23rd, 10am-1pm

Where:  Izard County Fairgrounds

What Else:  All proceeds go to help homeless and abandoned animals in Izard County.


What:  Penguin 5K/10K Fun Run

When:  Saturday, February 23rd, registration 8:30, race starts 10am

Where:  Kennedy Park, by White River Sand Bar, Batesville

What Else:  Adult entry $20, students 18 and under $15.  All proceeds benefit the Special Olympics of Arkansas.  For more information, contact Jessica Fagan at 870-307-0383 or register online at


What:  12th Annual Polar Bear Plunge ‘Freezin’ for a Reason’

When:  Saturday, February 23rd, registration 12noon, plunge 1pm

Where:  White River Sand Bar, by Kennedy Park, Batesville

What Else:  Plungers are asked to make a $50 donation to the Special Olympics of Arkansas and you will get a free t-shirt.  Also, there will be prizes awarded for the individual and team that raise the most money.  Prizes will be awarded to teams and individuals and teams that wear the best costume.  All proceeds to benefit the Special Olympics of Arkansas.  For more information, contact Jesssica Fagan at 870-307-0383.


What:  American Red Cross Blood Drive

When:  Friday, February 22nd, 1-6pm

Where:  Walmart, 3150 Harrison Street, Batesville


What:  American Red Cross Blood Drive

When:  Friday, February 22nd, 10am-4pm

Where:  Walmart, 3150 Harrison Street, Batesville


What:  17th Annual Wild Game Supper and Youth Expo

When:  Saturday, February 23rd, Youth Expo 3-5pm, Wild Game Supper 5:30-6:30

Where:  Allen Chapel Family Life Center, 629 Allen Chapel Road, Batesville

What Else:  There will be free kids clinics on bb gun shooting, archery, bass fishing, duck calling, horseback riding, trapping and camping survival training.  Big Buck Contest for youth  15 and under.  Winner will receive a $100 gift certificate!  A variety of wild game will be served.  Adults are $6 and kids 15 and under are free.  For more information, call 870-251-1278.


What:  Chili Dinner Fundraiser

When:  Saturday, February 23rd, 11am-7pm

Where:  Melbourne Fire Station #1

What Else:  Advance tickets are $7 and available until February 15th.  Tickets at the Door are $8.  For more information, contact Lynette at 870-283-1365.


What:  Benefit Auction and Chili Supper

When:  Saturday, February 23rd, 5pm

Where:  Moose in Salem

What Else:  Proceeds will go to Danny White, who has a very serious brain aneurism.  He needs surgery, but has to have a surplus of money by February 24th before the doctors will perform the operation.  Any and all donations would be greatly appreciated.  Any auction donations are also welcome.  For more information, contact Colin Young at 870-371-2903 or the Moose at 870-895-3640.


What:  Fellowship Service

When:  Sunday, February 24th, 3pm

Where:  New Testament House of Prayer, 486 River Street

What Else:  Speaker will be Pastor Robert Tidwell from The House of Compassion.  Everyone is welcome.  For more information, contact Shirley Greet at 870-834-3578 or Tony Hammack at 870-251-6554.


What:  Harlequin Theatre Spring Production:  Twelfth Night or What You Will

When:  Thursday, February 21st through Saturday, February 23rd at 8pm, Sunday, February 24th at 2pm

Where:  Holloway Theatre, Lyon College, lBatesville

What Else:  Dr. Michael Counts, Professor of Theatre at Lyon, will direct the production.  For reservations, call 870-307-7510.  Students, faculty and staff are admitted free.


What:  Open Auditions ‘Oliver’

When:  Sunday, February 24th, 2-4pm

Where:  Batesville Community Theatre building, Pepsi Cola Road, across from airport

What Else:  The cast consists of 10 men, 8 women, 2 teen girls, 2 teen boys and several younger boys including 9-13 year old Oliver with speaking roles.  Orphans and pick pockets will be cast from girls and boys 5 and up (girls will dress as boys in the 2nd act), along with teen attendants and towns people who will sing and dance.  ‘Oliver’ will be performed the last weekend of June and first weekend of July.  Actors need a 30 second accapella song of choice and be asked to do a cold read and simple dance steps.  For more information, go to Batesville Community Theatre on Facebook.


What:  Batesville Choral Society Rehearsal

When:  Monday, February 25th, 7-9pm

Where:  First Presbyterian Church, 774 East Boswell, Batesville

What Else:  All interested singers are cordially invited to participate.  The director is Dr. Michael Oriatti.  For more information, call Alice Witterman at 870-793-5928.


What:  Batesville Area Radio Club Meeting

When:  Thursday, February 28th, 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.  More information is available at


What:  The North Central Arkansas District Fair will award the Billy Ray Nix Memorial Scholarship and the NCA District Fair scholarship to graduating seniors in the 7 county district area.  Students in Cleburne, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Sharp, Stone and Van Buren Counties who have participated in county district or state fairs and meet the scholarship criteria are eligible to apply.  Scholarship applications are available online at  Applications must be received by the NCA District Fair by Friday, March 1st.


What:  ‘Organic Gardening Basics’ Master Gardener Class

When:  Saturday, March 9th, 9am-12noon

Where:  Row Johns Building, Room 816, UACCB

What Else:  Local Master Gardener since 2009 and owner of Garden Girl Farm Fresh Produce and More Market in Pleasant Plains will be teaching the class.  The fee is $20.  To register, contact Katrina Stevens at 870-612-2082.


What:  Homeless Veterans Benefit Concert

When:  Saturday, March 2nd, 12noon-1pm benefit luncheon, 1-2pm Guest performers

Where:  American Legion Post 336, Hardy

What Else:  All proceeds will go directly to the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Homeless Veterans Fund.  For more information, contact Janice Reever at 870-996-3362.


What:  Army National Guard FRG 8K ‘Running with the Dogs’

When:  Saturday, March 2nd, 7:30-8:30 registration, 9am race starts

Where:  Batesville National Guard Armory, 1690 White Drive

What Else:  Adult registration $20.  Students $15.  Entry forms may be obtained at under calendar.  For more information, contact Dee Warren at 662-801-7281 or Lisa Smith at 501-339-6631.


What:  10th Annual Yard and Craft Sale

When:  Saturday, March 2nd, 7am-3pm

Where:  Independence County Fairgrounds, Batesville

What:  Admission is $1 per person at the rear gate.  Breakfast and lunch will be available.  Free parking.  For more information, contact Donna at 870-251-2248.


What:  ‘The Tiptons’ Concert

When:  Sunday, March 3rd, 6pm

Where:  West Baptist Church

What Else:  A love offering will be taken.


What:  Ozark Woodland Owners Association Board of Directors Meeting

When:  Thursday, March 7th, 8:30am

Where:  County Extension Office Conference Room, 1770 Meyers Street, Batesville


What:  Love and Respect Conference

When:  Friday, March 8th, 5:30pm and Saturday, March 9th, 9am

Where:  Batesville First Assembly, corner of 20th and Lyon Streets

What Else:  Conference for anyone who is In a relationship or wants to be.  Revolutionize your marriage.  Registration is $35 per couple and $20 per individual.  The fee covers the meal, the workbook and childcare.  To register, or if anyone cannot afford the conference but would like to attend, please call 870-793-5489.


What:  Southern Gospel Singing Convention

When:  Friday, March 8th, 6pm and Saturday, March 9th, 5pm

Where:  Ramsey Heights Baptist Church, 449 Heber Springs Road, Hwy 25, 1 mile west of Hwy 167

What Else:  Admission is free.  A love offering will be taken.  For more information, call 870-834-0100 or 501-977-6525.


What:  ‘The Isaacs’ Concert

When:  Saturday, March 9th, 4pm

Where:  Flatwoods Baptist Church, 2707 East Main Street, Mountain View

What Else:  Tickets are $20, cash or check only, available at area banks and Mountain View School Campuses.  For more information, call 870-213-5398.


What:  Cave City Kiwanis Pitch Tournament

When:  Saturday, March 9th, 7pm

Where:  Cave City Elementary Safe Room

What Else:  Matching funds by Modern Woodmen of America.  For more information, contact Randall Perkey at 870-283-2365 or Lisa Reschke at 870-834-5287.


What:  Bootlegger Daze

When:  Saturday, March 9th, 11am-4pm

Where:  Calico Rock Museum, Historic Main Street, Highway 5 at the White River Bridge

What Else:  The museum will unveil its new Jesse James exhibit and display replicas of moonshine stills.  Visitors can enjoy live music, watch beadmaking, basketweaving and pottery demonstrations and enjoy fresh smoked ‘chicken on a stick’.  For more information, contact Gloria Gushue at 870-297-4129.


What:  5th Annual Friends in Great Places

When:  Saturday, March 9th, 7:30pm

Where:  Independence Hall, UACCB

What Else:  Tickets are $10 per person and are available at UACCB, WRD Entertainment, First Community Bank, Centennial Bank of Mountain View, Citizens Bank, Southern Bank, Liberty Bank and the Batesville Guard.  Proceeds will support the UACCB Kids’ College Program.


What:  American Red Cross Blood Drive

When:  Tuesday, March 12th, 1-6pm

Where:  White River Medical Center, 1710 Harrison Street, Batesville


What:  American Red Cross Blood Drive

When:  Tuesday, March 12th, 2-6pm

Where:  First Church of the Nazarene, 1611 Harrison Street, Batesville


What:  American Red Cross Blood Drive

When:  Thursday, March 14th, 9am-2pm

Where:  Cedar Ridge School District, 1500 North Hill Street, Newark


What:  American Red Cross Blood Drive

When:  Friday, March 15th, 11am-6pm

Where:  Harps Food Store, 1740 Batesville Boulevard, Southside Batesville


What:  Spring Junior Livestock Show Entry Deadline

When:  Friday, March 15th

Where:  From Cleburne, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Sharp, Stone and Van Buren Counties

What Else:  Enter beef cattle, goats and horses.  Register online at


What:  The Izard County Conservation District is now accepting orders for catfish, crappie, grass carp, hybrid bluegill, largemouth bass and fathead minnows.  Please call 870-368-4413 ext. 3 or stop by the Izard County Conservation District Office at 1357 East Main in the Oliver Building in Melbourne to place your order.


What:  Benefit Ride and Concert

When:  Saturday, March 23rd, 12noon

Where:  Westside High School parking lot to old Cash School gym

What Else:  There will be food and drinks at the end of the ride.  The cost will be $20 per person and any other donations will be accepted at Regions Bank under the name Earl Webster Westside Memorial Gardens.  Proceeds will go to the upkeep and maintenance of the Memorial Gardens.  For more information, contact President Robert Webster (Teardrop) at 870-243-0216 or Vice President Chris Scott (Topher) at 870-219-1687.


What:  10th Annual Spring Fairgrounds Flea Market

When:  Friday, April 12th, 1-6pm and Saturday, April 13th, 8am-3pm

Where:  Fulton County Fairgrounds

What Else:  For more information, call 870-895-5545 or 458-3080.


What:  6th Annual Threads of Life Quilt and Fiber Arts Show

When:  Saturday, April 13th, 9am-4pm and Sunday, April 14th, 1-4pm

Where:  St. Bernards Auditorium, 505 East Washington, Jonesboro

What Else:  Admission is free.  Proceeds will benefit the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.  For more information, visit or call 870-207-2500.


What:  Gun and Knife Show

When:  Saturday, April 13th, 9am-5pm and Sunday, April 14th, 9am-4pm

Where:  Stone County Fairgrounds, Mountain View

What Else:  Over 90 tables of guns and knives.  One of the largest shows in Northcentral Arkansas.  All proceeds from this twice yearly event are used to purchase firefighting and medical equipment for the Timbo Volunteer Fire Department and First Responders.  For more information, call 870-746-4349.


What:  Ozark Foothills Literacy Project is seeking donations for a yard sale fundraiser to be held on April 20th.  Drop of small items at the Batesville Public Library.  Call 870-793-5912 about larger items.






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