Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This week’s EVENTS


MONDAY – JULY 30 Kinder Boost

BATESVILLE — Kinder Boost 2021, free to all preregiste­red fall 2021 kindergart­en students in the Batesville School District, will take place from 8 a.m. to noon Monday through July 30 at Eagle Mountain, West and Sulphur Rock elementary schools. Breakfast and lunch will be provided, and all students who attend for the week will receive a free backpack full of supplies. For more informatio­n, call (870) 793-6831 or email

THURSDAY American Legion Post 71 and Auxiliary Meetings

CABOT — Criswell-Robinson American Legion Post 71 and Auxiliary Unit 71 will have their monthly meetings at 7 p.m. at Post 71, 114 N. First St. For more informatio­n on joining either group, call (501) 203-5715.

Tails & Tales Story Times

BATESVILLE — The Independen­ce County Library, 267 E. Main St., as part of its Virtual Summer Reading Program titled Tails & Tales, will present a live, in-person story time at 10 a.m. The library will post a new virtual story time to Facebook and Instagram each week, and students can come by the library weekly to pick up a Take & Make kit with a craft to do at home. Sign up for the program at the library or on its link, posted on Facebook and Instagram.


Rural Justice Days

BEEBE — Representa­tives from the Center of Arkansas Legal Services will be at Beebe City Hall, 321 N. Elm St., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for Rural Justice Days. At the free, inperson event, attendees can get help with simple divorces, estate planning, powers of attorney and criminal-record sealing. Walk-ins will be welcome to discuss any civil legal needs they have, but people are encouraged to call the center’s Helpline at (501) 376-3423 to make an appointmen­t. Those who need help with criminal-record sealing must make an appointmen­t. For more informatio­n, visit www.arkansasle­ or­gal. Law firms or attorneys who would like to participat­e in the clinic can email Sarah Logan at slogan@arkansasle­galservice­

ONGOING Donations for CommUnity of Caring

SEARCY — Unity Health is accepting donations for its 25th annual CommUnity of Caring event, set for Saturday. People are asked to collect the following items at their place of business or organizati­on: nonperisha­ble food items, including peanut butter, canned fruits, canned vegetables, hamburger helper, mac and cheese, corn-muffin mix, pasta, rice and more. Essential items needed include dish liquid, deodorant, shampoo, conditione­r, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush­es and more. For more informatio­n, call (501) 278-3230.

Townsite Tours

POWHATAN — Townsite Tours will resume at Powhatan Historic State Park, 4414 Arkansas 25, at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays upon request. Participan­ts on these two-hour tours will get the inside scoop on all the park’s historic buildings and learn about Arkansas’ history and how it still matters in today’s world. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 6 to 12. Children ages 5 and younger will be admitted free. Group discount rates are available for large families and groups of 15 or more upon request. Tours will be offered only on Fridays and Saturdays when park workshops and other events are not scheduled. For more informatio­n, call the park at (870) 878-6765.

Free COVID-19 Vaccinatio­ns

Sherwood Urgent Care centers in Batesville, Lonoke and Searcy will offer the free Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to people 18 and older each Wednesday at the urgent-care

centers. The Moderna vaccine requires two doses to achieve maximum effectiven­ess. To avoid vaccine-related side effects, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not recommend taking over-the-counter medicine, such as ibuprofen, aspirin or acetaminop­hen, before vaccinatio­n. For more informatio­n or to sign up for the vaccine, visit sherwoodur­

Community Mural Proposals

BATESVILLE — Main Street Batesville seeks proposals for an 8-by-16-foot community mural to be painted on Main Street to reflect the city’s people and their sense of community. The mural needs to have a limited color palette and will be a “paint by number” project completed by members of the community. The finished product will hang on Main Street at a location to be determined. The selected artist will receive a $150 prize and will help guide the community project to completion. The deadline for proposals is Aug. 2. Send questions and submission­s to Laurie Gottschalk, owner of Stella’s Brick Oven Pizzeria and Bistro, at lgottschal­

Summer Movies for Everyone

BATESVILLE — The Oaks 7 VIP Cinema, 2250 Harrison St., will offer a kids summer movies series at 11 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays through Aug. 5. Upcoming movies include “The Croods: A New Age” on July 19 and 22; “The Secret Life of Pets 2” on July 26 and 29; and “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” on Aug. 2 and 5. Admission is $2. Coke and popcorn are $1 each. For more informatio­n, call (870) 307-0777 or visit www.oaksvipcin­

Kids Summer Movie Series

BATESVILLE — The Melba Theater, 115 W. Main St., will present a Kids Summer Movie Series at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through Aug. 5. Upcoming movies include “Madagascar” on July 20 and 22; “Despicable Me 3” on

July 27 and 29; and “The Secret Life of Pets 2” on Aug. 3 and 5. Admission is $4 and includes popcorn and a drink. For more informatio­n, call the Melba at (870) 569-8002.

Camp Pioneer 2021

BATESVILLE — Camp Pioneer 2021, for students who have completed kindergart­en through the sixth grade (ages 5-12) will take place from

6 a.m. to 6 p.m. through July 30 at Batesville Preschool. The schedule will include July 19-23, Green Ring of Friendship (Australia); and July 26-30, Camp Pioneer Olympics. Weekly tuition is $90 and includes meals, snacks and entrance fees for field trips. A registrati­on fee of $30 includes a custom T-shirt. For more informatio­n, call Michelle Puckett, director, or Ginger McCracken, supervisor, at (870) 793-0630.

Women’s Basketball Summer Camps

BATESVILLE — Lyon College will offer the following Women’s Basketball Summer Camps for students entering the grades listed: July 27-28, Senior Girls Individual Day Camp, 10th to 12th grades, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., $100; and Aug. 28, ELITE Camp, eighth to 12th grades, 1-4 p.m., $50. For more informatio­n or to register, contact assistant coach Julie Church at (870) 307-7538 or To learn more, visit

Out of This World Summer Meals

BATESVILLE — The Batesville School District will offer Out of This World Summer Meals for youth ages 18 and younger, to be picked up from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through July 29. Six free meals — three breakfasts and three lunches — will be included in each pickup. The meals will be distribute­d at Batesville High School and Eagle Mountain and West elementary schools. To sign up for meals, contact Glenda Haley at (870) 698-0134, ext. 1201, or

Main Street Batesville Farmers Market

BATESVILLE — The Main Street Batesville Farmers Market is open from 8 a.m. to noon the first, third and fifth Saturdays of the month through October in the Citizens Bank Pocket Park. Upcoming markets will be July 31 and Aug. 7 and 21. Each market will offer musical entertainm­ent, as well as a wide variety of vendors.

Walk With a Doc

BATESVILLE — Everyone is invited to take a step toward better health by participat­ing in a free 60-minute Walk With a Doc at 10 a.m. the third Saturday of every month. Meet in the Batesville Rec Center parking lot, across from the lake. Just 30 minutes of walking per day can help a person sleep better, increase productivi­ty and feel happier within just 10 minutes. For more informatio­n, visit www.walkwithad­

UPCOMING White County Business Expo and Job Fair

SEARCY — The White County Business Expo and Job Fair will take place July 27 in the Ganus Activities Center at Harding University. A racing theme of “Ready, Set, Go!” has been selected for the expo. A By-Invitation-Only Event for chamber members and vendors will be from 10:30-11:30 a.m., and the expo will be open to the public from noon to 4 p.m. Sponsorshi­p opportunit­ies are still available. For more informatio­n, call the Searcy Regional Chamber of Commerce at (501) 268-2458 or visit www.searcycham­

Main Street Skate Day

BATESVILLE — A Main Street Skate Day Fundraiser will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 31 in downtown Batesville to raise money to build a skate park in the downtown district. The event will feature food, vendors, temporary skate ramps and fun.

Makers & Creators Manufactur­ing Camp

BATESVILLE — The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville Community Education will offer the Makers & Creators Manufactur­ing Camp for seventh- through ninthgrade­rs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 3-5. Participan­ts will see how things are made inside local manufactur­ing companies. The camp fee is $49. Register at uaccb.coursestor­

For more informatio­n, call (870) 612-2082.

Kids Indoor Games

POWHATAN — A free Kids Indoor Games session will take place from 9-11 a.m. Aug. 7 at Powhatan Historic State Park, 4414 Arkansas 25. All kids are invited to join the park staff to play with 19th-century toys and games and learn how people entertaine­d themselves prior to electricit­y and the internet. This event is part of Powhatan’s Living History Academy, a program designed to introduce younger audiences to historic learning experience­s that they help bring to life. For more informatio­n, call (870) 878-6765.

Kids Yoga at the Park

BATESVILLE — Yoga-7 will host a yoga class for kids ages 2 and older at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 14 at Maxfield Park. The free 30-to-40-minute class uses the Yoga7Kids Cards in English and Spanish. Parents must stay during the class and are welcome to participat­e. Donations will be accepted.

To submit an item for the Calendar of Events, mail informatio­n to Calendar of Events, Three Rivers Edition, P.O. Box 2221, Little Rock, AR, 72203; send faxes to (501) 378-3500; or email trnews@arkansason­ The deadline for calendar-item submission­s is noon Tuesday.

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