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Hobbs sets shore­line cleanup

A cleanup of the Beaver Lake shore­line in the area of Hobbs State Park-Con­ser­va­tion Area will be­gin at 9 a.m. Satur­day.

The event is an ob­ser­vance of Lake Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Month. Vol­un­teers may walk the shore­line, use a boat or use a lim­ited num­ber of kayaks and stand-up pad­dle­boards avail­able at the event. Lunch and prize draw­ings be­gin at noon at the visitor cen­ter.

The Ben­ton County Co­op­er­a­tive Ex­ten­sion Ser­vice will show the film, “All the way to the ocean,” at the visitor cen­ter dur­ing the event. For de­tails call 479-7895000.

Audubon trip ex­plores prairie

The North­west Arkansas Audubon Society will host a field trip at Ch­es­ney Prairie near Siloam Springs at 9 a.m. Satur­day.

Meet at the prairie en­trance north of Siloam Springs air­port. From Arkansas 59 north of the air­port, go east on Bill Young Road for 0.8 miles. Turn north and go 0.5 miles to the prairie en­trance near some poul­try houses.

Na­tive prairie, wild­flow­ers, but­ter­flies and prairie bird species may be seen. Sev­eral types of sun­flow­ers are in bloom. Birds to see may in­clude Amer­i­can goldfinch, dick­cis­sel and scis­sor-tail fly catcher.

The trip is a 1.1-mile walk on mowed trail. A longer trail is avail­able. For de­tails call Joe Neal, 479-521-1858.

Park of­fers guided kayak trips

Hobbs State Park-Con­ser­va­tion Area of­fers guided kayak trips in the evening through the sum­mer, which in­clude watch­ing the sun­set.

Cost is $12 for adults and $6 for chil­dren age 6-12. The fee in­cludes use of a recre­ational kayak, pad­dle and life jacket. Pad­dlers should bring wa­ter, in­sect re­pel­lent and a flash­light.

Trips are set for July 28, Aug. 11, 25, 28 and Sept. 8, 15, 18, 25 and 29. Times vary.

Reg­is­tra­tion and pre­pay­ment is re­quired. To reg­is­ter call 479789-5000.

Reg­is­tra­tion open for woman’s pro­gram

Reg­is­tra­tion is open for Be­com­ing an Out­doors Woman, an in­tro­duc­tory pro­gram for women that teaches ba­sic out­door skills such a fish­ing, ca­noe­ing, hunt­ing , camp­ing, bird watch­ing and many other ac­tiv­i­ties.

The pro­gram is Sept. 29-Oct. 1 at the C.A. Vines 4-H Cen­ter west of Lit­tle Rock. Cost is $155 and in­cludes lodg­ing, meals and equip­ment. For de­tails visit www. agfc.com or con­tact Tisa Bo­mar, Tisa.Bo­mar@agfc.ar.gov or 501978-7366.

Au­thor to dis­cuss Ozark writ­ers

Jared M. Phillips, a lo­cal his­to­rian, will speak at Hobbs State Park-Con­ser­va­tion Area on the mer­its of the vast col­lec­tion of Ozark cul­ture amassed by writ­ers like Vance Ran­dolph.

Phillips will also dis­cuss how some of the “Hip­bil­lies” in the 1960s and 1970s back-to-the-land move­ment in the Ozarks be­came the bearded busi­ness­men of Eureka Springs, car­ry­ing on Ozark folk cus­toms. He is cur­rently writ­ing Hip­bil­lies: Back to the Lan­ders in the Arkansas Ozarks un­der con­tract with the Univer­sity of Arkansas Press.

His talk will be at 2 p.m. Sun­day at the visitor cen­ter lo­cated on Arkansas 12 just east of the War Ea­gle Road in­ter­sec­tion.

The event, a con­tin­u­a­tion of the Friends of Hobbs Speaker Series, is free to the pub­lic.

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