Countywide Christmas Parades

City of Vilonia Christmas Parade will take place at 5:30 on Dec. 3. After the parade, Santa will be set up at the high school cafeteria where photos will be provided by the fire department. The Museum of Veterans and Military History will hold their traditional Soup Supper/Auction at the cafeteria with a bowl of soup, cornbread, drink and dessert for $5. The auction will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The city of Greenbrier’s Hometown Holiday plans are being made and the 2016 parade date and theme, “Star Spangled Christmas,” have been set. The citywide festivities will be held Dec. 3, at 2 p.m.

Book signing, reading

At 2 p.m. Dec. 10, local authors, Caryn Southerland and Maria Hoskins bring a little Christmas to the Faulkner County Library with readings and a book signing. Author Maria Hoskins has captured the essence and importance of everlasting family traditions in her books, Down Home in Arkansas, Christmas Night on the Farm, and Grandma’s Thanksgiving Dinner. Author Caryn Southerland has re-set “The Night Before Christmas” in the Ozarks with Ozark Christmas, and in the west with Cowboy Christmas. Enjoy irresistible characters and a hilarious re-telling of a classic poem. Address: 1900 Tyler St, Conway, AR 72032

Downtown Holiday Events

• Dec. 10 – Mistletoe Madness all day

• Dec. 10 — Conway Christmas Parade at 6 p.m.

Make clay gifts and ornaments

Just in time for the holidays, make clay gifts and ornaments with artist Melinda Lindsay Engelhardt at the Faulkner County Library.

Join us on two Saturdays, Dec. 3 and Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. at the library. This is a two-day workshop, so plan to attend both.

Pre-register by calling the library at 501-327-7482 or you can email

Second Annual Festival of the Nativity

Grace Presbyterian Church, 1010 Hogan Lane, will hold its second annual Festival of the Nativity and chili supper from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 at the church. Last year, the church had on display more than 100 Nativity Sets ranging from very tiny to lawn-sized and representing several different nations. They included hand-carved sets and whimsical sets. This year, the church is hoping to double the number of sets displayed.

The public is invited, and there is no charge for viewing the Nativities. The accompanying chili supper is $5 for adults, $3 for children 6-12, and free for those under 6. Chili, chips, drinks and desert will be included. The money raised will be used to provide Christmas for two needy families.

10th annual ‘A Keyboard Christmas’

Woodland Heights Baptist Church invites the public to attend the 10th presentation of “A Keyboard Christmas” on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 3 and 6 p.m. The concert is a gift from the church to the community and there is no charge. “A Keyboard Christmas” features the talent of numerous adults and children playing 5 Grand Pianos. This year’s music will also include a choir and organ. Several former pianists from previous programs will join this year’s ensemble in celebration of the 10th presentation. Woodland Heights is located at 4215 Prince St.

History of the USS Independence

Join local author John G. Lambert on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m. as he commemorates the 75th anniversary of the attack at Pearl Harbor. This presentation will highlight the opening months of the battle for the Pacific, and serve as an introduction to the presentation of the history of the USS Independence, with moments from the NOAA and 2016 Robert Ballard missions to film and image the wreck of the ship.

John G. Lambert joined the US Naval Reserve and served aboard the (Essex Class) aircraft carrier USS Bon Homme Richard, CVA-31, in 1965-1966 on a West-Pac for 9 months, as an Avionics Technician in VAW-11.

With his background in the Navy, and aviation, he wrote a book on the history of the WWII aircraft carrier USS Independence, CVL-22, at the request of the ship’s Reunion Group.

See the website for the book:

Holiday Pinnacle
Brass concert

In what has become a holiday tradition at the Faulkner County Library, Pinnacle Brass will perform holiday and brass favorites on Monday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m.

The Pinnacle Brass features University of Central Arkansas and Hendrix College music faculty.

The concert is sponsored in part by a contribution from the Conway Symphony Orchestra.

All library events are free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 501-327-7482 or email

UCA Reynolds Performances

• Home Free, Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m.

• Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton, Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m.

• Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m.

• Cirque Eloize Saloon, Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m.

• 42nd Street, Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m.

• The Doo Wop Project, March 4, 7:30 p.m.

• Adam Trent, The Futurist, March 9, 7:30 p.m., presented by WINC.

• Annie, April 4, 7:30 p.m.

• Sleeping Beauty by the Russian National Ballet Theatre, April 18, 7:30 p.m.

Call 501-450-3265 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday for more information. Individual tickets may be purchased at the box office or online at

Faulkner County
Library events:

• Clogging Classes, Beginner to Advanced, Mondays 4-7 p.m.

• American Sign Language Classes, Mondays at 5:30 p.m.

• Yarn-a-holics, Tuesdays 5:30-7 p.m.

• Community Meditation, Tuesdays 12:30-1 p.m.

• Adult Coloring, Tuesdays 5 p.m.

• Evening Yoga, Tuesdays 7 p.m.

• Tai Chi Classes, Wednesdays at noon

• Bridge Club, every Thursday 1 p.m.

• Garden Club, Thursdays 3:30 p.m., ages 7+ or with supervision

• Pickin’ Porch, Saturdays at 9:30 a.m./Bring your instrument or just come and listen.

Email for details and more information.