Blanchard Springs Caverns slates summer programs

July 12, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Blanchard Springs Caverns offers summer interpretive activities at the Blanchard Springs Recreation Area with different topics highlighted each week, according to a news release.Activities include outdoor amphitheater programs presented at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays, day and/or night programs on Thursdays, and guided walks at 9:30 a.m. on Saturdays. Most programs are held at or near the amphitheater, located near the picnic area at the base of Sandfield Bluff. This week’s topic is astronomy, and programs are:

Quartets to perform

July 12, 2010 HEBER SPRINGS — The 38th annual Bud Magness Memorial Gospel Quartet Singing will be at 7 p.m. July 16 and 17 at Spring Park Amphitheater in Heber Springs.Several groups will perform, including CrossPoint Quartet, the Velvet Ridge Singers, the Gospel Echoes, the Hawkins Family, the Voyagers, the Crusaders, the Apostles Quartet, the Kinsmen Quartet, N’Him and the Magness Family.Seating is available, but lawn chairs are welcome. Concession stands will be open.Admission is free, but donations will be taken. For more information call (501) 362-6200 or (501) 362-3600.

Heber Springs to host concert

July 12, 2010 HEBER SPRINGS — The Jed and Harry Clark Band will perform in concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers William Carl Garner Visitor Center auditorium.The visitor center is located north of Heber Springs at the west end of the dam on Highway 25 and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All programs are free and open to the public. For more information call (501) 362-9067.

‘Look Good, Feel Better’ scheduled in Batesville

July 12, 2010 The American Cancer Society’s Look Good, Feel Better program for women currently undergoing cancer treatment will be held from 9-11 a.m. July 26. Trained cosmetologists will teach cancer patients how to enhance their appearance and self image while going through treatment.Patients will be taught how to deal with hair loss, changes in skin complexion and nails caused by radiation and chemotherapy. Participants will also have the option to order a free wig.

Church to hold youth revival

July 12, 2010 PLEASANT PLAINS — Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church, located at 110 Union Grove Road in Pleasant Plains, will host a youth revival from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday.The event will include games, fellowship and worship. Entertainment will be provided by the Robert Hutchinson family and the Mount Pleasant youth group. Skits will be performed by the Floral Baptist youth group.The event is open to youth of all ages and young adults.For more information call (501) 345-2804.

Prayer shawl group to meet

July 12, 2010 BETHESDA — The prayer shawl knitting/crotcheting group meets every Thursday at 6 p.m. at Bethesda Campground Methodist Church. Refreshments are served, and all are welcome, according to Joyce Williams. For more information, call Williams at (870) 799-3743.

Dog dip, bath scheduled

July 12, 2010 The Humane Society of Independence County will hold its next dog dip/bath of the year from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the shelter, 5 Environmental Drive, Batesville.The humane society is asking for $6 donation for a bath, $6 for a dip or both for $10.“Our dog dip/wash last month was a tremendous success,” said Sue Augustus, volunteer. “We really appreciate the support of the community, and especially the effort they take to protect their dogs from fleas and ticks by having them dipped. The first part of the summer has been pretty bad with fleas and ticks.”

Dog walkers needed

July 12, 2010 The Humane Society of Independence County’s Dog Walking Club meets every Wednesday at 9 a.m. at the Batesville North Complex and is seeking volunteers to help walk a shelter dog. Call Lynn Makarick at (870) 251-4145 or Sue Augustus (870) 307-5305 for more details or “to just let them know you’ll be there so they can bring the perfect dog for you,” according to a news release.

Pageant deadline is Tuesday

July 12, 2010 The deadline to enter the Independence County Fair pageants and talent show is Tuesday. Pam Lloyd and Madeline Southerland will be at the fairgrounds (in the entertainment building) all day on Tuesday to take applications. All pageant applicants must live in Independence County. The fee is $20, plus $10 for photogenic (optional).For more information, call Southerland at (870) 834-3338 or Lloyd at (870) 612-4446.

SWAT brings in absconder

July 12, 2010 Wanted for failing to appear in court on an attempted murder charge, an Osceola man surrendered peacefully to local authorities Saturday night after a SWAT team and members of the Arkansas State Police surrounded a home where he was staying.Independence County Sheriff Alan Cockrill said his department got word around 7:30 p.m. that Bobby Joe Cobb, 31, was at a Pleasant Plains residence and was wanted in Sharp County.