Bella Vista Travel Club
The Bella Vista travel Club will be going to the Pacific Northwest and California, to locations in Washington, Oregon and California, April 28 through May 5, 2019. It will be traveling with Collette Tours. Highlights include Seattle, Mount St. Helens Visitor Center, Portland, Columbia River Gorge, Newport, Bandon State Natural Area, Redwood Nation Park, Eureka, Avenue of the Giants, San Francisco, choice of a San Francisco Bay cruise or a city tour of San Francisco. The special rate will end Oct. 29.
Some have expressed interest in going to the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Ky., and the Creation Museum. If there is enough interest, the club will carpool to Kentucky. If you have some other ideas and places to go and would like others to join you, the club can put it out there and see who else would like to join you. This is a group of people that like to travel and have a good time. It is open to everyone that would like to participate. For more information, call Marlene Clapp, 479-876-6729.
Bella Vista/ Bentonville Photography Club
The Bella Vista/Bentonville Photography Club met Oct. 16 for its regular monthly meeting. Members will be focusing next month on fall colors for November’s monthly photography contest. President Douglas Keck presented information and techniques on fall landscape shots. Wet, cold, damp mornings bring out the colors. A polarizing filter at a right angle to the sun will also help bring out the color. A video was presented further explaining how to prepare for fall color shoots.
A club outing to Boxley Valley to photograph elk, as well as fall colors, will take place Saturday, Oct. 27. The club’s Fall Print Show will be held at the Bella Vista Country Club between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 The public is welcome to stop by and view winning photographs and vote for the bestin-show. The monthly contest challenge for this month was sunrises and sunsets. The first place winner was Becky Brubaker. Second place went to Kenny Fendler, and Jan Halgrim took third place.
The next meeting of the club will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 27, with a shared meal celebrating the club’s end-of-year activities.
Line Dance Club
A beginners class for line dancing will meet on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12:45 to 2 p.m. beginning Friday, Jan. 4. The class will be held at Riordan Hall. The registration fee for this class is $20. There is a $35 annual fee payable to Riordan Hall. If a registrant does not have a Bella Vista photo ID, there is also a $2.50 per class fee to Riordan Hall.
The class will be taught by Kristine Schaap who has taught beginner line dancing for several years. New dancers will have the opportunity to learn line dancing steps and dances that use the steps. There are handouts, lots of practice time and personal attention. Line dancing is a means of enjoyment and exercise. For more information, contact Kristine Schaap at 479-876-2715.
Prostate Cancer Support Group
Each year more than 150,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer. The Prostate Cancer Support Group offers support in coping with a prostate cancer diagnosis. Most men diagnosed with prostate cancer are likely to experience a range of emotions including uncertainty, fear, anger and sadness. NWA-PSA support group is a community of people with a similar diagnosis or challenge who gather together to share knowledge, encouragement and emotional comfort. Participants may have suggestions about dealing with side effects, or suggestions for resources and providers. This support group provides a safe environment to share concerns. NWA-PSA meets at 4 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month in the Mercy Clinic meeting room located at 1 Mercy Way in Bella Vista. These meetings are open to all men, spouses and caregivers.
The next meeting will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, in the Mercy Clinic meeting room with guest speaker Dr. Zimmerman.
Bella Vista Kiwanis Club meets at 7 a.m. the first and third Thursday of each month at Concordia. Breakfast is available. Visitors, Kiwanis members and former Kiwanis members are all invited to attend.
Sunrise Rotary Club
The Bella Vista Sunrise Rotary Club has a breakfast meeting at 7 a.m. every Wednesday in the Concordia Main Building, 1 Concordia Drive, Bella Vista. Guests are welcome. For more information, call Sean at 417-455-6654.
Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing
Attention all military veterans with VA disability, Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing and associated activities, including education and outings. Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Riordan Hall in Bella Vista. Visit the national web page at www.projecthealingwaters. org. For more information, email phwffn[email protected]
The Bella Vista Woodcarvers Club is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization giving back to the community. The club teaches kids the art of carving, using soap as a medium, in hopes they will move on to the art of carving in wood. The club supplies the necessary tools and there is no charge. The BV Woodcarvers Club has shown and taught this art at several organizations in the surrounding area, such as the Amazeum, Bella Vista Public Library and Cub Scouts. Please contact the club if a group of kids is interested in this unique art form. The club also sets up a tent in mid-October at the Spanker Creek Arts and Crafts Festival in which people can view and purchase one of many member displays of carved wood items. As each item is handcrafted, there are no two alike. Club members (men and women) are talented carvers willing to teach anyone wanting to learn the art of wood carving. An open invitation stands for anyone interested to stop by one of the meetings from 1 to 3 p.m. held every Thursday at Riordan Hall. For more information, contact John Brach, club president, at carv[email protected].com or call 479-644-4202.
Village Lake Writers and Poets
Village Lake Writers and Poets meets monthly from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month. Meetings are free and open to the public and held at the Artist Retreat Center, 13467 Lookout Drive, Bella Vista. The meetings include a potluck lunch, a featured author, lively discussion and readings. For additional information, contact Joanie Roberts at 608-642-1294.
American Legion Riders
Motorcycles, patriotic veteran fellowship and the thrill of a ride are what keep the American Legion Riders riding. The American Legion Riders are associated with Bella Vista Post 341 and have monthly meetings at 9:30 a.m. the third Saturday of each month at the Bella Vista American Legion facility. If the weather allows, a ride follows and ends at a restaurant for a meal.
BV Amateur Radio Club
The Bella Vista Amateur Radio Club holds its monthly meetings at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at Highland Christian Church in Bella Vista. The program focuses on competitive radio operating and its benefits for public service and emergency communications. For anyone interested in acquiring an amateur radio license, the club also administers FCC exams at 2 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month. All meetings and exams are held at Highland Christian Church, located at 1500 Forest Hills Blvd. in Bella Vista. More information on amateur radio and the BVRC is available at www.BellaVistaRadioClub.
The Bella Vista/Bentonville Photography Club’s monthly contest challenge was sunrises and sunsets. The firstplace winner was Becky Brubaker (photo above), with second place going to Kenny Fendler and third place to Jan Halgrim.