Calendar:

The Conway Institute of Music: will have its 10th anniversary Student Appreciation Party from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19 at Conway Institute of Music, located at 945 Carson Cove in Conway. The event is free and open to he public and will feature an instrument petting zoo, bounce house, face painting, balloon twisting, corn hole, photo booth and refreshments such as fried Oreos, funnel cakes, corndogs and lemonade. 

The City of Conway: will host the 21st annual “Unite to Fulfill the Dream” celebration honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan. 20. The celebration will begin with a unity march starting at Simon Park. Residents are asked to park at the Faulkner County Library. Shuttles will be available to drive them to the starting point of the march.

The Central Arkansas Planning and Development District Board of Directors: will meet Thursday, Jan. 23 at 10:30 a.m. The meeting will be held at the offices of Central Arkansas Planning and Development District located at 902 North Center in Lonoke. 

The Arkansas River Valley Audubon Society: will meet on Monday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. in Conway at Hendrix College, in the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Life Sciences, Room 010, which is in the basement north hall of the building. There will be a program (TBD) and refreshments. Please contact Sandy Davies at davies.sandy2@gmail.com or at 501-215-7990 for more information.  

The Conway Human Development Center: will hold a job fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Knights of Columbus facility, 514 E. Sixth St in Conway. For more information, contact Megan Ridenhour at 501-730-9885.

The Conway Area Tennis Association: will have its annual meeting Jan. 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the McGhee center in Conway. The association will have a Q & A session about all things tennis in the community, so this is your chance to find out more about what is going and how to get involved. We want to know what you want to see in our tennis community in 2020.

University of Arkansas Corporative Extension service: will be providing 10 free hours of Best Care Child Care Provider Training from 7:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1. Please bring your own lunch. Register online bit.ly/bestcaremorrilton by Jan. 25.

The Luther College Nordic Choir: will present a concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, in the Sanctuary of First United Methodist Church in Conway. Tickets for the concert are $20 for adults and $10 for students, available for purchase through tickets.luther.edu or at the First UMC office. The performance is open to the public. 

The Board of Developmental Disabilities Services (DDS): will meet Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 10:30 a.m. at the Conway Human Development Center Visitation Center, 150 E. Siebenmorgen Road in Conway. No subcommittee meeting is scheduled. For questions, call Avis Lane, DHS program coordinator, 501-682-8665.

U of A Division of Agriculture: will host a free Fundamentals of Landscape Maintenance for Groundskeepers Workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 6 at the McGee Center, 3800 College Avenue in Conway. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. the day of the event. Contact Krista Quinn at the Faulkner County Extension Office for more information at 501-329-8344.

The Faulkner County Retired Teachers Association: will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 1:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church. The FCRTA welcomes all retired academic and administrative personnel from any educational institution to attend.

Faulkner and White County Cooperative Extension Office: will host a Commercial Pumpkin and Strawberry Production Conference from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 25 at 24 Old Searcy Landing Road in Searcy. The cost is $25 per person and includes lunch. Register by Feb. 14 by calling 501-329-8344.

 Announcements:

The Community Action Program for Central Arkansas: will begin the Regular Winter Utility Assistance Program on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. They will be offering Regular assistance for gas and/or electricity. Applications will be taken Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays between the hours of 8:15-1:30 a.m. and 1:15-4 p.m. The office will be closed from 12-1 p.m. for lunch. Applicants are seen on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Arriving between these hours does not guarantee that an interview can be conducted; staff will serve as many applicants as possible during the scheduled interview times. All interested applicants must provide proof of all household income for the previous month for all household members 18 years of age or older. If a household has not had income during the previous month you will need CAPCA’s Contribution and/or Collateral Statement. Must have a copy of both light and gas bill. A valid state or government issued ID is required.

The Conway Machine Embroidery Club: meets at 6 p.m. every second Thursday of the month at the Faulkner County Library in Conway. Anyone is welcome to attend the meetings and join the club.

Arkansas Master Naturalists Foothills Chapter: is accepting applications for its 2020 Naturalist in Training (NIT) class, which starts in January 2020. For more information, visit FoothillsAMN@gmail.com.

The Conway Evening Lions Club: is selling heavy industrial straw brooms to raise money for its various service projects such as sight projects, school backpacks for hunger, dictionaries for students and diabetes screenings. The brooms are $10 each. Contact Basil Julian at 501-327-0214 or julian@conwaycorp.net for more information or to buy a broom. 

Faulkner Facts and Fiddlings: The fall/winter issue featuring the Moore home that once graced the area now occupied by Laurel Park is now available at the Faulkner County Museum and the Faulkner County Library. Faulknerhistory.org.

TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) Meeting: 10 a.m. every Tuesday; Peace Lutheran Church in Conway; Weigh in at 9:15 a.m. followed by a support meeting emphasizing weight loss and healthy living. Prospective members are welcome to attend. For more info, call Lavonne Laughlin at 701-740-0057 or Joyce Hartsfield at 501-697-3748.

Conway Writers Group:  Members gather every Friday from 2-4 p.m. at Ola & John Hawks Senior Center, 705 E. Siebenmorgan Road in Conway. During a typical meeting, members read their previous or current work and invite thoughtful comments from others. The group views all writing as creative. Its goals are to encourage, assist and celebrate writing in all its diverse forms – literary and otherwise. Works by several members have been published as magazine or newspaper articles or as online books. Most pieces are written for personal satisfaction, but some are created as family-centered pieces or as writings intended for children. Newcomers of all ages are welcome and encouraged to bring a sample of their original writing or share an example of noteworthy writing. Meetings are free and open to the public.

Words On Paper: a spin off from Conway Creative Writers that was formed in 2006 by Shirley Ann Barham, has been formed. It will be composed of adults who share a common interest in writing. The main focus of the group is to learn more about writing and writers and to become better writers. The group will meet every Tuesday from 2-4 p.m. at the Faulkner County Senior Center at 705 East Siebenmorgan. Those interested in joining Words On Paper may contact Shirley Ann Barham at 513-9316 for more information.

Fiftieth Anniversary “A’s”:  6 p.m. every third Thursday of the month (Except December); Whole Hog Cafe at 12111 West Markham in Little Rock. This club is for fans of the Model A car.

Faulkner Co. TEA Party: 12-1 p.m. every Thursday; Larry’s Pizza in Conway. Check the organization’s Facebook page for speaker schedule. All are welcome.

Toad Suck Car Club: 7 p.m. every second Monday of the month; Smitty’s BBQ in Conway; Members arrive around 6 p.m. for dinner prior to meeting. The public is invited to attend.

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