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11 a.m.

The Row­land-lowrance-watts fam­ily reunion will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Satur­day,

May 18, at Sharon Mis­sion­ary Bap­tist Church, lo­cated at 402 Shenan­doah, in Ben­ton. A potluck lunch will be served at noon. For more in­for­ma­tion, call Mar­i­lyn Row­land at 501-249-2305.

10 a.m.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the pub­lic is in­vited to an open house at the Shop­pach House in Down­town Ben­ton, lo­cated at 503 N. Main St. There is no charge to take part in the event.


11:30 a.m.

THEOS will host a lunch at 11:30 a.m. Mon­day, May 27, at Ice­house Grill in Ben­ton.


4 p.m.

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.


3 p.m.

THEOS will host its monthly meet­ing at 3 p.m. Tues­day, May 14, at Whis­per­ing Pines in Ben­ton. Bingo will be played.


9 a.m.

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.


9 a.m.

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.


11:30 p.m.

THEOS will host a lunch at 11:30 a.m. Tues­day, June 25, at Wood Grill Buf­fet in Ben­ton.


9 a.m.

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.


5 p.m.

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 Christ­cen­tered, 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 501326-3717 and leave a mes­sage or visit TOPS web­site at 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 501-778-5513.

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 501-778-1133.

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.

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

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 501-315-5585.

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.

SALINE COUNTY 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] net.

SALINE COUNTY MOOSE LODGE: Shuf­fle­board Tour­na­ment at 7 p.m. every Fri­day and 3 p.m. every Sun­day

Every Sun­day at 6 p.m. APA 9

Ball Pool

Every Tues­day at 7 p.m. APA 8 Ball Pool

Every Wed­nes­day Free Pool

Every Thurs­day at 7 p.m. APA Ladies 8 Ball Pool

Every Thurs­day at 6 p.m. Shuf­fle­board Tour­na­ment

Every Thurs­day $1 Taco Night


Bingo to ben­e­fit lo­cal non­prof­its Mon­days and Fri­days

Early games start at 5:30 p.m. Packs start at 7 p.m.

309 S East Street be­side Ben­ton Old­towne An­tiques

Play bingo while sup­port­ing lo­cal non­prof­its.

RALPH BUNCHE NEIGH­BOR­HOOD AS­SO­CI­A­TION: 6 p.m. sec­ond Thurs­day of each month , 1600 Dixie St. in Ben­ton. All are in­vited.

AMER­I­CAN LE­GION POST 19 and AUX­IL­IARY: Reg­u­lar meet­ings 7 p.m. sec­ond Tues­day of each month at Gene Moss Build­ing in Tyn­dall Park. Con­tact Wil­bur Bur­ton at 501-326-7292 for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion. Vet­er­ans and spouses are welcome.

GOSPEL SINGING: Ben­ton Se­nior Well­ness and Ac­tiv­ity Cen­ter every Tues­day be­gin­ning at 10 a.m. Soloists are welcome to sing or a group of singers can per­form. Lunch will be served every day start­ing at 11:30 a.m.

In­case of in­clement weather, Movies In The Park will be held in the Gene Moss Build­ing at Tyn­dall Park.

SALINE COUNTY AIR­PORT COM­MIS­SION: 6:30 p.m. every third Thurs­day of each month, Saline County Re­gional Air­port Ter­mi­nal Build­ing at 1100 Hill Farm Road in Bryant.

DI­A­MOND SQUARES: Dances held most Thurs­days, Septem­ber to June, at Coron­ado Cen­ter, 150 Pon­derosa Lane, Hot Springs Vil­lage. New dancer pro­gram from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m., fol­lowed by main­stream danc­ing un­til 9 p.m. Caller is Gor­don White. $5 per dancer. Call 501 922-0803 for more in­for­ma­tion.

Weight loss sup­port group will meet each Wed­nes­day from noon to 1:30 p.m. and from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. every third Tues­day of each month at room 103 in Med­i­cal Build­ing B at Saline Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 501-574-7471.

HIPPY (Home In­struc­tion for Par­ents of Preschool Young­sters) of Ben­ton School Dis­trict is en­rolling for 2016-17. This is a no-cost preschool that prepares chil­dren for kinder­garten. Chil­dren must be 3 or 4 by De­cem­ber 31. The pro­gram in­cludes cur­ricu­lum, story books and sup­plies. En­roll­ment is based on house­hold in­come. Con­tact Kelly Moore, HIPPY Pro­gram Co­or­di­na­tor, at 501-776-5757 for more in­for­ma­tion.

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