Church to host date nights, free child care

September 10, 2009 Beginning next week, Family Connections of Batesville First Assembly of God is sponsoring “8 Great Dates to an Extraordinary Marriage.” This is a program that provides free child care while couples participate. It allows for one “date night” every Tuesday evening for an eight-week period. Children may be dropped off at the church starting at 6:30 p.m. for food and games, and couples will be involved in a 20-minute marriage enhancement presentation regarding the focus of the date, before actually going on the date of their choice. Children are to be picked up at 8:30 p.m.

Parenting class offered

September 10, 2009 Family Connections of Batesville First Assembly of God will be offering a seven-week parenting class entitled “Making Your Children Mind Without Losing Yours.” The first class will be offered from 10 to 11 a.m. Sunday. The class will be held in the Family Connections room of Batesville First Assembly at 20th and Lyon streets. There is no cost for the class, but all participants have the option of purchasing the book/workbook. “We encourage all parents of the community to attend,” said Nikki Penn.

Folk center to host NCARED Creative Economy meeting

September 10, 2009 Mountain View — The North Central Arkansas Regional Economic Development (NCARED) sponsored Creative Economy Team will hold its next meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Skillet Restaurant on the grounds of the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View.The meeting is open to anyone associated with the creative sector of the economy, such as artists, authors, crafters, gallery owners, etc.

Sale, streets top agenda

September 10, 2009 CONCORD — The Concord Town Council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the community center to discuss an upcoming city-wide yard sale and consider estimates for street work, Recorder-treasurer Jayne Pettit said.Discussion will also continue on a proposed music in the park program and replacing former city attorney Russ Green, who resigned recently.The city-wide yard sale is scheduled for Oct. 1-2.Current bills and monthly departmental reports will also be reviewed.

Economic development director to speak tonight

September 10, 2009 MOOREFIELD ­— A public meeting has been scheduled for 6 tonight and is open to all those interested in learning more about the Independence County Economic Development Commission, announced Justice of the Peace Tony Thompson.The meeting will be in the Moorefield Community Building in Moorefield.Ed Mabry, the director of the economic development commission, will present an update on commission activities and will answer questions from the public.

Pageant entry deadline extended

September 10, 2009 EVENING SHADE — The entry deadline for entering beauty pageants associated with Evening Shade’s upcoming Red, White & Blue Round-Up has been extended, director Dianne Tharp said.Entries will be accepted until just a few minutes before the 7 p.m. Friday start, she said. The pageants will be held in Burt Reynolds Gymnasium on the local school campus.Entry forms can be picked up at the Bank of Cave City, the Evening Shade branch of the Bank of Cave City.Dress for contestants will be informal, preferably red, white and blue, Tharp said.

Ice cream social planned

September 10, 2009 To celebrate Grandparents Day, Rolling Hills Nursing Center will host an ice cream social at 3 p.m. Sunday. The center is located at 1680 Batesville Blvd. and can be reached at (870) 251-1112. Grandparents Day was proclaimed a national holiday in 1980 by President Jimmy Carter.

Paper Chase sets poetry reading

September 10, 2009 Reginald Davis, a Little Rock performance poet, will headline the September 2nd Friday Downtown Wander and Wonder Walk. Davis will “perform” works from his book, “Abstract Thoughts and Observations — A Book of Poetry,” at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Paper Chase Bookstore, 136 W. Main. Davis is married to Batesville native Jessica Strong, whose father operated the former Phillips 66 gas station on Main Street. He studied writing and rhetoric at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and works in the Programming Division at the Arkansas Educational Television Network.

Fashion show to benefit humane society

September 10, 2009 The Rescues & Runways Fashion Show will be at 5 p.m. Saturday at First Assembly of God, located at 20th and Lyon streets in Batesville.Maurices, located in the Town Plaza Shopping Center, will be the sponsor.The fashion show will feature models walking the runway wearing the latest fall looks from Maurices accompanied by a pet that is available for adoption.

Awards presented at Lyon president’s convocation

September 10, 2009 Lyon College President Dr. Donald Weatherman wants to know who students are more than what they plan to do.In his first president’s convocation at Lyon College as the school’s 17th president, Weatherman told a large crowd of students, faculty, staff and advisory board members Tuesday that a liberal arts education is about character, responsibility and honesty.“Liberal arts focuses on the human qualities that I think always precede what you are going to do,” Weatherman said.