UPCOMING EVENTS

• Oct. 3 — Sen. Jason Rapert will host Arkansas Surgeon General Dr. Greg Bledsoe and Dr. Nate Smith, director of the Arkansas Department of Health for a public forum on the proposed medical marijuana ballot initiatives at 6:30 p.m. The forum will be held in McCastlain ballroom at the University of Central Arkansas. Bledsoe and Smith will make presentations and then open up the forum for questions from the audience. All are welcome to attend.

• Oct. 6 — Faulkner County Republican Women’s meeting, 11:30 a.m., Smitty’s BBQ. Speakers will be all three Conway mayoral candidates: Bart Castleberry, Mark Elsinger and Scott Grummer.

• Oct. 7-8 — The Conway High School Class of 1961 will commemorate 55 years since its graduation at reunion events. The class will gather at Larry’s Pizza on Friday afternoon and on Saturday at 5 p.m. for dinner at the Conway Country Club. For more information, call Judy Krepps Corcoran at 501 329-8584.

• Oct. 7-8 — The annual fall book sale by the Friends of the Libraries at the Faulkner County Library, 1900 Tyler St. The Friday evening sale, from 6-8:30 p.m., is for members of the Friends, but memberships for as little as $5 will be available at the door. Doors will open for the public on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Oct. 9 — Conway AGATE, Advocates for Gifted and Talented Education, will hold its fall meeting at 2 p.m. at Conway School‘s Administration Building, 2220 Prince St. The guest speaker will be Ronnie Kay Erwin. Her topic will be: If You Don’t Advocate for your G/T Child, Who Will? Dr. Charlotte Green, G/T and A/P supervisor for Conway Schools, will give an update on Conway’s G/T Program. There will be a time for questions and comments from parents. The public is invited. For more information, contact Green at Conway School’s Administration Building.

TODAY

• A Close-Knit Faith Community is an interdenominational group of knitters and crocheters who gather from 10-11:30 a.m. to meditate on Scripture as they knit for charity at the After School Care building, 1313 Deer St. (formerly Boys and Girls CLub). The group stitches for area charities. Call 501-513-6812. All faiths are welcome.

• Conway Kiwanis Club, 11:30 a.m., China Town Restaurant, 201 Skyline Drive, #12A.

• St. James CME Methodist Church Bible Study, noon to 1 p.m., 1303 Markham St. A hot meal will be served.

• Al-Anon meetings at 8 p.m. at Willow Hall, 420 Willow St. Teenagers are welcome. Call Fran at 501-679-6544 or Lauren at 501-697-8105.

THURSDAY

• Learn how to make Halloween papier mache’ masks with artist Melinda Lindsay Engelhardt. Classes are Thursdays through Oct. 27 from 4 to 6 p.m.. Classes are open to adults and children ages 8 and up. Preregistration is strongly encouraged as class size is limited.

To register, call the library at 501-327-7482 or email nancy@fcl.org.

• Faulkner County Tea Party Lunch guest is Mike Winter, chief of the Conway Fire Department, noon to 1 p.m. at Larry’s Pizza. All are welcome.

• Celebrate Recovery at oneChurch, dinner at 6 p.m. and meeting at 6:45 p.m., oneChurch, 1073 Front St. Anonymity and confidentiality are strictly upheld, and child care is provided. Free and open to the public. For more information, email onechurchcr@gmail.com or call John at 501-205-9616 or Alison at 501-410-3728.

• Conway Noon Rotary Club meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the East Hall of the Old Gin Special Events Center, 1016 Markham St. For more information, call Mike Binko at 501-504-4494.

• Faulkner County Tea Party Lunch/Soapbox buffet 11:30 a.m., Soapbox/meeting goes from noon-1 p.m. at Larry’s Pizza. Open meeting and no membership required.

• Play Bridge, 1 p.m. at the Faulkner County Library, 1900 Tyler St. Call the library at 501-327-7482 or email Nancy@fcl.org.

• Overeaters Anonymous, 5:15 p.m. at Conway First United Methodist Church, 1610 Prince St., Room 213.

• The Jazz Cats will be playing Dixieland and swing music, 7-9 p.m. at Faby’s on Front Street in downtown Conway. The band has tuba, piano and clarinet/sax. Admission is free.

FRIDAY

• Al-Anon, noon-1 p.m., at Salem United Methodist Church, 1018 Salem Road. Call Marge, 501-329-5360 or Wanda, 501-472-9703.

• Conway Writers’ Group meets 2-4 p.m. at the Faulkner County Senior Wellness Center, 705 E. Siebenmorgen Road. Writers of all ages participate to improve composition skills. Newcomers are always welcome and encouraged to bring a writing sample to share.

• Free live Music provided by The Lord’s Church at Dunn Hill, 6 p.m. 3 Debbie Ln., Conway.

SATURDAY

• Safety Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lowe’s parking lot. The Conway Fire Department, Conway Police Department including K-9 officers, Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office and Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will be on hand. Kids will be given safety kits to build. The event is free and open to the public.

• Trinity Worship Center College Planning Day for high school students. The day includes sessions on ACT planning, scholarships, financial aid, student life and the parents’ role. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at 1055 Sunflower Drive, Suite 109 in Conway.

SUNDAY

• The annual meeting of the Blasingame Cemetery Association held at the cemetery, Oak Church Road north of El Paso. The meeting will be held In the pavilion. Bring lawn chairs. The meeting is for the purpose of discussing financial and other matters pertaining to the Cemetery. We will also elect officers and board members for the coming year. Hicks Blasingame of E1 Paso is the President and can be reached at 501-796-2839. Potluck lunch at noon and the business meeting will convene immediately after the meal. Anyone interested in helping to care for this Cemetery but unable to attend the meeting, may send a donation to Blasingame Cemetery Association, P. 0. Box 152, El Paso, AR 72045.

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