Country Christmas planned

December 1, 2009 MELBOURNE — A Women’s Country Christmas, consisting of a luncheon, fellowship and service, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at First Assembly of God, located at 101 Fairview St. in Melbourne.Flora Bolden of Earle will be the guest speaker.The event is free and open to the public. Donations will be taken. For more information, call Jennifer Martin, pastor, at (870) 283-4238.

Blood drives announced

December 1, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — The American Red Cross has announced several upcoming blood drives.

Driving tests canceled

December 1, 2009 The Arkansas State Police will not be conducting any driving related tests in Batesville on Thursday.Testing will resume on a normal schedule on Dec. 8.

Kids’ Christmas workshop set

December 1, 2009 The Batesville Area Arts Council will sponsor a children’s workshop featuring mini-cookie house building from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday.The workshop will be held at the council’s art gallery at 246 Main St. For more information or to register a child, call (870) 793-3382.

Lyon slates Honors Day

December 1, 2009 Students will have the chance to earn scholarships at Lyon College’s third Honors Day Saturday at the campus.Open to students accepted at Lyon College and having either a 3.25 grade point average or better or an ACT composite score of 24 or better, Honors Day is a four-part competition that gives prospective students a chance to earn scholarship money including full tuition, room, board, fees and books. Participants are guaranteed an academic scholarship of no less than $6,500 per year.

Oak Bluff to hold dinner, auction

December 1, 2009 The residents of the Oak Bluff community will hold their Christmas fellowship meal and fund-raising activity at noon Saturday at the Oak Bluff Community Center, located at 380 Oak Bluff Road (off Highway 25).A free potluck will be served, and an auction will follow. All proceeds from donations and the auction will go to charity.The event is open to the public.

Dessert theater scheduled

December 1, 2009 NEWARK — Newark elementary will host a Holiday Spectacular Dessert Theater at 6 p.m. Dec. 15.First-, second- and third-graders will perform musical numbers and gifted/talented classes will perform commercials they have written for local businesses. Desserts and drinks will be served. A large piece of cake and drink will cost $5 and a cupcake and drink will cost $2. Purchasing tickets early for reserve seating is recommended. For more information or tickets call Carol Woods or Heidi Street at (870) 799-8691.

Book premiere to be Thursday

December 1, 2009 “The Polk Bayou Kids” and local author Mark Rorie will host a book premiere with festivities beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Elizabeth’s Restaurant. Rorie’s second book from the “Polk Bayou Kids” series is titled “The Secrets of the White River Monster.” Greyson Wyatt, Chase Baker, Luke Davis, Emma Langston and Kendra Kelley portray “The Polk Bayou Kids” in Rorie’s stories and will be at the premiere to sign books.A book reading will be held and refreshments will be served.

Lyon plans Christmas activities

December 1, 2009 Lyon College will host several Christmas activities in December.The Lyon Concert Band and soloist Josh Palmer will present a short holiday sing-a-long in the front of Brown Chapel at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday as the Christmas tree is lit. Hot cider will be served.The Lyon Concert Chorale and Batesville Choral Society will present “Christmas Memories” Dec. 11 in Brown Chapel.The Lyon College Concert Band, under the direction of Dr. Joel Plaag, will perform holiday music and Christmas favorites at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 in Brown Chapel.

Library to host chili supper

December 1, 2009 The Friends of the Mabee-Simpson Library at Lyon College will host a chili supper and silent auction from 5-7 p.m. Thursday in the library. The cost will be $3 for students and Friends of the Library members and $5 for adults. Children under 12 eat free.Some of the items that have been donated to the auction include:• handcrafted pottery by Becki and David Dahlstedt of Mountain View;• dinner for six hosted by Hope Spragins;• historic framed map donated by Donna and Carter Yeatman;