Friday, February 16, 2007

OFF DUTY LIFE >>02-16-07

Pioneer atmosphere offered at state park

Five Trails Rendezvous is set for Saturday and Sunday at Historic Washington State Park. Travel back in time to a festive pioneer atmosphere. Walk through a frontier encampment and learn about survival skills used by early Arkansas settlers. Watch re-enactors demonstrate tomahawk throwing, use of muzzle-loading rifles and more. Co-sponsored by the Early Arkansas Re-enactor Association. Admission to the camp is free. Tours of the park are available at regular pricing. For more information visit the Web site

Romantic night at museum Saturday

A Romantic Night at the Museum, the Second Annual Valentine Fund-raiser for the Jacksonville Museum of Military History, will be held Saturday. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. with big band music provided by John Lee and Oldies Radio 106.3. Adult beverages will be available. Following a buffet dinner provided by N&N Family Restaurant there will be a silent and live auction. Proceeds go to the museum and are tax deductible Auction items this year include: A romantic week at Gulf Shores, Alabama in a beautiful oceanfront house; a weekend at a cozy three bedroom condo on the shores of Lake Hamilton and CheeseCakes by Warren! Admission is $30 single and $60 couple. For more information call DannaKay Duggar at 241-1943 or visit the Web site

Mardi Gras celebration Tuesday in Farmington

A Mardi Gras celebration will be held Tuesday, Feb. 20 in the 300-400 block of Dickson Street in Farmington. A second-line foot parade with the Billy Zydeco Band and the 2007 royalty of the Demented Krewe of Dickson, through the clubs and restaurants along W. Dickson St. Beginning about 7 p.m. ending about 10 p.m. Street reopens to traffic at midnight. Admission is free. For more information call 479-846-4794.

Senior center plans roast 'n toast

The Jacksonville Senior Center will host its 12th Annual Roast N Toast Dinner at 7 p.m. on Feb. 22. Larry Burton, pastor of the McArthur Assembly of God Church in Jacksonville will be the roastee. Tickets to the event are $35 apiece or $280 for a table of eight. Proceeds from the event will raise money to increase services to senior citizens in North Pulaski County. The Jacksonville Senior Center provides services at its activity center in Jacksonville and McAlmont, as well as in-home services.
They provide hot meals to about 180 homebound seniors per day and homemaker services to approximately 70 seniors per week. They also provide transportation, activities, hot meals, and socialization to approximately 70 seniors per day at the Jacksonville center.

Murder mystery slated for Feb. 23-25

A Murder Mystery Weekend is set for Feb. 23 Feb. 25, 2007 Olde Stonehouse Bed and Breakfast at 108 W. Main St., in Hardy. Come to the Ozarks and enjoy the award winning weekend of Murder, Mystery, and Mayhem. Reserve your spot as a suspect in our story.

Exercise your dramatic side and highlight your sleuthing skills. Package includes two nights lodging, four meals, souvenir gifts, and a weekend of intrigue. Admission is $400 per couple. For more information visit the Web site

UAMS celebrates Black History Month

The Third Annual Midsouth Summit Black Expo, presented by the Arkansas Cancer Research Center Cancer Control Outreach Center at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, will celebrate Black History Month with health screenings, entertainment and more from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Clear Channel Metroplex Event Center.

Mammograms will be available to women age 40 and older who have insurance or qualify through the BreastCare program.
Pre-registration is required by calling Kimberly Enoch at (501) 296-1501, Ext. 1869. A dinner featuring keynote speaker state Sen. Tracey Steele is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Clear Channel Metroplex Event Center. For information, contact Kim Blann at (501) 526-7047. For more information, visit


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