Fairmount Cemetery Association – The Fairmount Cemetery Association will be holding its annual meeting at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 30. For health and safety reasons, the program will take place outdoors, no traditional meals will be served and social distancing and / or masks are encouraged. Please bring your own garden chairs. The musical portion of the program will be hosted by the Butler Creek Boys. They encourage other groups to come and enjoy participating in the program. The special guest will be Teresa Alcorn, who will help everyone remember the history of the Fairmount community. The business meeting will follow. Fairmount Cemetery is supported by donations only, therefore donations will be received for this cause. The envelopes are available at the cemetery mailbox and members of the council will be present to receive them. For more information, call 479-238-5389 or 479-736-8125.
Flags to be placed in Gentry Cemetery
Flags are placed at the gravesites of veterans every Memorial Day as a sign of respect and honor for those who served in the defense of our freedoms. American Legion Station 159 in Gentry will be placing flags at Gentry Cemetery on May 27, starting at 9 a.m. We will pick up the flags on June 3 from 10 a.m. Everyone is welcome to come and help place and collect the flags. No experience is necessary.
Senior Center Art Class
Starting June 3, Henzie’s Art Studio will be hosting art classes at the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center on the first Thursday of each month. Classes will take place from 10 am to 11:30 am The cost will be $ 20 for each session with all supplies (canvases, paints, brushes) provided. Anyone interested in attending classes must register in advance. Call the Center at 479-787-5950.
Decatur District seeks public opinion
The Decatur School District is seeking public participation and local partnerships for the SPARK After-School Program as part of its application for a new 21st Century Community Learning Center grant from the United States Department of Education. For more information contact Andrea VanSandt at [email protected] or 479-752-3986.
Holiday bible school set
The First Highfill Baptist Church will host the Holiday Bible School from June 6 to 10, every evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. All children up to young people are welcome. For more information, send an email [email protected] or visit the church’s website at fbchighfill.com.
Gravette farmer’s market
The Gravette farmer’s market is open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the open-air pavilion in the old town park. The market offers fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables, plants, eggs, jams and jellies, baked goods, and farmed beef and pork. Local honey will be available towards the end of May. A variety of arts and crafts are also available. Members of the Old Town String Band provide musical entertainment at the market most Saturdays. Anyone wishing to reserve a booth can call Market Manager Beth Patton, 479-787-3313.
Pathway Food Drive
Pathway to Progress will be holding its food drive throughout the month of May to restock its pantry at Decatur Town Hall. Pathway will have five drop-off locations where people can leave donated items. These locations include TNT, Handy Mart, Decatur Medi Clinic, Gallery Cafe, and Carlos’ Meat Market. Items that can be donated include canned fruits and vegetables, canned meats, canned lunches, and other non-perishable items. For more information, contact Shanna at 479-586-0366.
Gentry Fishing Derby Set
A fishing derby for kids ages 2 to 12 will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on June 26 at the spring-fed pond in Flint Creek Nature Park.
Gentry Public Library opens
The Gentry Public Library is now open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call the library at 479-736-2054 or visit the library’s website at www.gentrylibrary.us.
NWA mobile pantry
The NWA Mobile Pantry will no longer be held at the Billy V. Hall Senior Center. Contact the NWA Foodbank, 479-872-8774, to find the nearest mobile pantry.
Gentry to hold the Freedom Fest
This year’s Freedom Festival takes place on Saturday, July 3, with an auto show starting around 9 a.m. and other events running from noon until the fireworks at dusk. The contests – five or six of them – will take place from noon to 2 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by Swade Diablos, Creek Rock and Big Smith. The fireworks will be huge this year thanks to a large donation from McKee Foods Corp.
First Baptist pantry
The First Baptist Church, located at 213 E. Roller Ave. in Decatur, runs a community pantry on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Contact the church at 479-282-6658.
Library board meetings
Gravette Public Library Advisory Board meetings are held at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the library, 119 Main Street SE. All meetings are open to the public.
Bella Vista Area Radio Club
The Bella Vista Area Radio Club hosts virtual meetings on the first Thursday of each month via YouTube Live. Monthly in-person licensing tests resumed on the second Saturday of the month. All amateurs of amateur radio and future amateurs are invited. Details are online at www.BellaVistaRadioClub.org, on the club’s Facebook group, at www.YouTube.com/BellaVistaRadioClub, or by calling Ron Evans at 479-270-5584.
Driving GFA Food Pantry
GFA Pantry Inc. at the Gentry Assembly is open 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday. The pantry is only accessible while driving during the covid-19 pandemic. Customers are asked to call 662-727-5157 or email [email protected] for appointments. They can then park up to the passage awning and someone will meet them outside and have them sign and bring their food to their vehicle.
Kiwanis Club Meetings
Kiwanis Club meetings are held at 7 a.m. on the first and third Friday of each month at the Gravette Civic Center and are open to the public. Visitors are requested to wear a mask upon arrival and until seated when physical distance is not possible.
Senior Farmers Market Coupons
The Northwestern Arkansas Regional Aging Agency is once again offering the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program coupons. Eligibility criteria and application forms can be obtained at the Saturday Farmer’s Market in Gravette (hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday in Old Town Park) or by contacting the Agency’s Benton County office. at 1410 SE 14th Street, PO Box 1567, Bentonville, AR 72712. The telephone number is 479-273-9424. Qualified individuals can choose to have the coupons mailed to them or pick them up in person by making an appointment.
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