Summer is now well underway. The ballparks and pools are busy, the farmers’ markets are overflowing and the children are attending Vacation Bible Schools across the county. Some are packing for summer vacations while others are finally home after a relaxing, fun-filled week.

Although many are catching their breaths after a busy spring, there are still plenty of new things developing around Conway. Arts and entertainment seem to be the recurring theme for this update.

If you are looking for a cool place to entertain the kids, Cinemark’s Summer Movie Clubhouse may be the ticket. The rated G or PG movies start every Tuesday at 9 a.m. through August 8. Also Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park, which is just across the shopping center from the movie theatre, has its grand opening Saturday, July 8. Doors will open at 10 a.m.

The Conway Public Art Board recently accepted proposals for its first public art installation. They want to put in an Interactive Music Installation at 1160 Markham. The semi-permanent art exhibit would also serve as musical instruments. The proposal deadline was this past Thursday, June 15, with the finished date to be determined.

The Conway Area Chamber of Commerce is holding an Off the Clock event at the new Conway Corporation Customer Care Center at Prairie and Locust on Thursday, June 22 from 5- 7 p.m. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet Brett Carroll, the new CEO of Conway Corporation and tour the new three-story 30,000 square-foot facility. Register in advance on the Chamber website because large crowds are expected.

DeBoard Electronics and C2 Powersports will have a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, June 23 at 4:30 p.m. at their new two-story business on Dave Ward Drive. The new First Service Bank on United Drive will also be holding a ribbon cutting on Friday, June 30 at 11 a.m.

New subscriptions for season tickets at Reynolds Performance Hall will be available starting Monday, June 26. The first event of the new season will be the Charlie Daniels Band performance on September 26. Those who donate $100 or more can pick any six shows to create their own season package. Single tickets will go on sale August 7.

The Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre is in the middle of its 11th season. Opening June 9, the theatre will have performances of Love’s Labour’s Lost, Julius Caesar and The Taming of the Shrew, all by William Shakespeare, and The Music Man, by Harold Wilson through July 9. Love’s Labour’s Lost is being presented on The Lawn at UCA across from the President’s House on Donaghey Avenue on June 9,10,17,18,25 and 29 as well as July 2, 4, and 7. On these nights, Donaghey Avenue between Robins Street and South Boulevard will be closed from 6:30 until 10:30 p.m.

The other three plays will be presented at Reynolds Performance Hall at UCA. For information about dates, times and tickets call the Reynolds box office at (866) 810-0012 or visit

The Conway Community Band will hold its last performance of the 2017 season on Friday, June 30 at 7:30 p.m. on the Kris Allen Stage at Simon Park. This is their annual patriotic concert to kick off the Independence Day weekend.

There are a couple of new projects shaping up on the horizon. Evidence is pointing toward the building of a Hampton Inn on the lot where Ruby Tuesday was on Sanders Road. There is also some evidence that a Car Wash USA might finally breathe some new life into the old Bell service station wedged between Hartje Lane and Dave Ward Drive.

Restaurant updates: Signs are up at Rita’s Italian Ice in the Lewis Crossing Shopping Center. It is located at the north end of the small shops on the east side of the center. The restaurant offers a variety of Italian ice, frozen custard or a combination of both. They hope to be open by the first week in July which should be a perfect time to try their cool desserts. All of the new restaurants previously mentioned in this column are making visible progress. There should be plenty of new cuisines to savor before the summer is out.

And yes, the Springfield Bridge at Lake Beaverfork is still set to be completed sometime this summer, hopefully in early August. There will be an opening ceremony at that time.

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Cindy Beckman writes about business rumors and happenings for the Log Cabin Democrat bi-monthly in “A Look Forward.” Send rumors and new business tips to