SALINE COUNTY EVENTS

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THURS­DAY, JULY 11

10 a.m.

The July meet­ing of the Saline County Re­tired Teach­ers will be held at 10 a.m. Thurs­day, July

11, at Ben­ton First United Methodist Church. Please use the Se­vier Street en­trance. July is the “Wel­come to New Mem­bers Meet­ing.” Any newly re­tired teacher in Saline County is wel­come to at­tend. Re­fresh­ments will be served. Mem­bers, please be sure to bring a brunch food item and a fel­low re­tiree to share in the fun.

TUESDAY, JULY 16

5:30 p.m.

SALINE CROSS­ING RE­GIONAL PARK & RE­CRE­ATION AREA INC. will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, at Wood Grill Buf­fet (West­ern Siz­zlin, Mil­i­tary Road). The buf­fet will be spe­cially priced for at­ten­dees. The public is in­vited to join to plan for the devel­op­ment of the his­toric Saline Cross­ing vil­lage.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 17

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.

THURS­DAY, JULY 18

10 a.m.

Sharon Ex­ten­sion Homemak­ers Club will meet at 10 a.m. July 18, at the Saline County Fair­grounds. The meet­ing will fol­low the sum­mer sched­ule. Mem­bers are asked to bring three non­per­ish­able items for CJCOHN.

TUESDAY, AU­GUST 13

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.

MONDAY, SEPTEM­BER 2

6 p.m.

The Bryant High School Class of 1954 will hold its 65th re­union on La­bor Day, Sept. 2, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Couch home­place in Salem. For more de­tails and con­tact in­for­ma­tion, call Pat Couch Laster at 870-403-1361 or Bev­erly Wag­ner Leech at 501-778-8320.

SATURDAY, SEPTEM­BER 28

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 501-3179215.

ON­GO­ING EVENTS

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 off­pro­ject 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 501-4554886 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 501-776-6863.

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. ALZHEIMER’S Arkansas Care­giver Sup­port Group will meet ev­ery third Thurs­day at 2 p.m. at Herzfeld Li­brary in Ben­ton.

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.

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