SALINE COUNTY EVENTS
MONDAY, MAY 27
THEOS will host a lunch at 11:30 a.m. Monday, May 27, at Icehouse Grill in Benton.
SATURDAY, JUNE 8
The Paron School All Classes Reunion will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at the Paron Cafetorium. This year’s host class is the Class of 1969. All classes are invited to attend. A potluck meal will be served at 5 p.m. Barbecue and beverages will be provided. Side dishes and desserts are welcomed. Mike Curtis will emcee the event. Visit the event’s Facebook page to respond.
TUESDAY, JUNE 11
THEOS will host its monthly meeting at 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, at Whispering Pines in Benton. Bingo will be played.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19
Ua-little Rock Benton will offer a free class — Making Online Purchases — from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 19, at the Benton campus. To register, call 501-916-3003. The class is a part of the university’s Computer Summer Series and is open to the public. Seats are limited and are expected to fill quickly.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 17
Ua-little Rock Benton will offer a free class — Using Email — from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 17, at the Benton campus. To register, call 501-916-3003. The class is a part of the university’s Computer Summer Series and is open to the public. Seats are limited and are expected to fill quickly.
TUESDAY, JUNE 25
THEOS will host a lunch at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 25, at Wood Grill Buffet in Benton.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 13
Ua-little Rock Benton will offer a free class — Basic Functions of a Smartphone (Android) — from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, at the Benton campus. To register, call 501-916-3003. The class is a part of the university’s Computer Summer Series and is open to the public. Seats are limited and are expected to fill quickly.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
Benton High School’s Class of 1969 will hold its 50th reunion at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Benton Event Center. For more details and to provide your contact information, call Danny Billingsley at 501-317-9215.
Saline County members who have experienced the death of a family member or friend are invited to register for the Griefshare program held at Benton Church of the Nazarene. This nondenominational program features Christ-centered, biblical teaching that focuses on grief topics associated with the death of a loved one.
The DVD seminar features nationally respected grief experts and real-life stories of people, followed by a small group discussion about what was seen on the DVD. Many grieving people find they are only beginning the work of healing when friends or family have returned to their daily life routines. Your bereavement experience may be recent or not so recent. You will find encouragement, comfort, and help in grieving the death of a spouse, child, parent, sibling, other family member, or friend.
You will learn how to recognize the symptoms of being stuck in grief and that you do not need to live in bondage as a slave to certain emotions. You will learn valuable information about facing your new normal in life and renewing your hope for the future.
Griefshare will be held every Thursday for 13 weeks from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the church, located at 1203 W. Sevier St. in Benton. First session begins April 18 and runs through July 11. To register or for questions, call Pastor Brady Lane at 501-860-2830 by April
11. Child care is not available at this time.
Cost is $10 to pay for a workbook. Scholarships are available.
Homeschool Hour is set from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. each Wednesday at Herzfeld Library in Benton. Children ages 6 and older are invited to join every Wednesday to hang out with other homeschooled kids and complete a different activity every week. Makerspace, geography, cooking, engineering and more, are topics.
Making It Wednesday will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. each Wednesday at Herzfeld Library in Benton. Patrons ages 18 and older can take an afternoon craft break from their week each Wednesday. A new feature project will be presented each week, but guests are free to express themselves by going off-project if that is where the week goes. Various crafts and techniques will be used during the feature project. All projects will be appropriate for beginners with options to add more advanced techniques for the more experienced crafter.
Al-anon meetings are held every Thursday at 6 p.m. at 506 Lillian St. in Benton. You may call 501-455-4886 for more information. Join and learn more about alcoholism.
TOPS AR 296 weight loss support group meetings are held every Friday morning at the Trinity Baptist Church, located 702 Church St. in Benton. Weight in is from 8:45 to 9 a.m. Meeting starts promptly at 9:15 a.m. Contact Theresa Hunter at 501-326-3717 and leave a message or visit TOPS website at tops.org for more information.
The Gann Museum of Saline County is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. The museum is currently hosting an exhibit featuring the history of the Saline County Library System. Please visit www.gannmuseum. com, and the Gann Museum of Saline County’s Facebook page.
For more information regarding the museum or any exhibits, call 501778-5513.
Big Breakfast will be offered every fourth Saturday of each month from 7 to 10 a.m. at the Alumina Lodge, located at 312 SE 3rd St. in Bryant.
Saline Memorial Hospital is recruiting volunteers. The auxiliary meets every third Friday of each month beginning at 10 a.m. For more information, call Tammy Batchelor at 501-7766863.
SALINE COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CENTRAL COMMITTEE MEETING will be held at 6 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month at the Democratic Headquarters, located at 101 S. Market St. in Downtown Benton. The meeting is open to everyone and visitors are invited to attend. For questions or more information, contact the party via e-mail at [email protected]
SALINE COUNTY REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEETING: 6:30 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at Republican Headquarters,
125 N. Market St. in Downtown Benton. Visitors are welcome.
CONGO MASONIC LODGE, located at the corner of Steele Bridge Road and Thompson Dairy Road, will host an all-you-can-eat fish fry the last Saturday of every month from April to September. Money raised will go to area charities. The public is encouraged to attend.
SALINE MEMORIAL HOSPICE is recruiting volunteers. These volunteers will help with hospitality at the Hospice House in Bryant and sit with patients in their homes and nursing homes. For more information, call the volunteer coordinator at 315-0136.
TAX PREPARATION SERVICES: Central Arkansas Development Council is seeking volunteers for its VITA/EITC free tax preparation services in Saline County. The service offers free electronic filing of federal and state tax returns. The service will be available at Herzfeld Library and the Benton Senior Wellness and Activity Center. Volunteers must be certified. CADC provides training. To volunteer, contact Susan Willis at 501-7781133.
Laugh Out Loud Book Club will meet from 4 to 4:45 p.m. each Wednesday at Herzfeld Library in Benton. Children in grades third through fifth are invited to listen to hilarious stories while drawing and enjoying snacks. No registration required. The group will meet at the Tween Lounge.
BRYANT HISTORICAL SOCIETY has changed its meeting date to the second Tuesday of each month, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at Boswell Library in Bryant on Prickett Road. Those interested in preserving Bryant’s history as well as those who wish to preserve the happenings of today’s Bryant for future generations are invited. For more information, visit the organization’s Facebook page.
STARTING POINT SUPPORT GROUP MEETING: 1 p.m. every Sunday at Christ Is The Answer Fellowship Church in Traskwood. This is a Christian-based recovery program. Call Vince for details 722-3110.
SALINE COUNTY HISTORY AND HERITAGE SOCIETY MEETING: 7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at 123 N. Market St. in Benton. The Family and Local History Research Room is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Call 778-3770 for more information. The society website is www.schhs.us.
SADDLES AND SPIRITS HORSE CLUB MEETING: 6:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at East End Elementary School. For more information, contact Melinda Steele at 501-580-8356.
BINGO: 5:45 p.m. every Thursday evening and every Saturday at 12:15 p.m. at VFW Post
2256, 5323 Sleepy Village Road (off Alcoa Road). Members, guests and the public are welcome. Must be 21 years of age. Post 2256 is a smoking facility. No admission charge. Proceeds help support local veterans and their families. For more information, call 501315-5585.
STARTING POINT FAITH-BASED GROUP: Group meeting for AA and NA will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sundays at 1203 Boone Road. For more information, call 501-2492685.
TOASTMASTERS meets at Parkview United Methodist Church, located at 514 Border St., in
Benton from noon to 1 p.m. every Thursday. This is an international organization to help people with their leadership and communication skills. For further information or to register, email Joyce Moore at [email protected]