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What:  Heartsaver CPR and First Aid Class

When:  Tuesday, October 16th, 6-10pm

Where:  Alan Davis Conference Center, Batesville

What Else:  There is a fee of $25, which covers the cost of the textbook and CPR card.  Call to register at 870-793-3351.


What:  Health First Women’s Health Expo

When:  Tuesday, October 16th, 3-5pm and 6-8pm

Where:  Independence Hall, UACCB

What Else:  There will be healthy cooking demonstrations and screening booths. 


What:  Gospel Music Program

When:  Tuesday, October 16th, 6:30pm

Where:  Woodmen of the World Building, downtown Clinton, next to Tharp’s Barber Shop

What Else:  Admission is free.  Enjoy an evening with sounds of praise and the King’s Highway.  For more information, call 501-745-2025.


What:  Mt. Zion Lodge #10 F&AM

When:  Thursday, October 18th, 7:30pm

Where:  985 Batesville Boulevard, across from the airport

What Else:  Every 1st and 3rd Thursday.


What:  Ozark Woodland Owners Association Fall Meeting

When:  Thursday, October 18th, 8:30pm

Where:  Independence County Cooperative Office Conference Room, 1770 Meyers Street, Batesville

What Else:  Dr. Matt Peikki, Economics professor at UAMS will speak on the future of forest products.  A BBQ dinner will be served at 6:30pm.  OWOA members and other interested persons are invited to attend.  For more information, contact Larry Morris at 870-283-6646.


What:  Senior Citizens Health Fair

When:  Thursday, October 18th, 9am-12noon

Where:  Independence County Senior Citizens Center, 1590 College Street, Batesville

What Else:  There will be flu shots available, Medicare Part D enrollment, blood pressure screening, oxygen levels, eye screening, cholesterol screening, blood sugar analysis, massage therapy and information booths on respiratory therapy, podiatry and diabetes.  For more information and transportation, call 870-793-8821.


What:  Japan Lecture Series:  Dr. Lynne Miyake

When:  Thursday, October 18th, 7pm

Where:  Derby Lecture Hall, Derby Center, Lyon College, Batesville

What Else:  Dr. Lynne Miyake is Professor of Asian Languages and Literature and Coordinator of the Japanese Section at Pomono College.  Miyake will talk about her published works, as well as the impact of translation on the canon of Japanese literature in the United States.  For more information, contact Chandra Huston at 870-307-7488.


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:  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:  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:  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:  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. 






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