Thursday, June 28, 2007

OFF DUTY LIFE >>06-29-07

Buffalo River Elk Festival

This weekend at the courthouse square in Jasper, come celebrate Newton County’s title of “Elk Capital of Arkansas.” You will find quality artists, crafters, other vendors showcasing their wares, as well as nature seminars, wildlife displays, a fishing derby, lots of children’s activities, great entertainment, a brilliant fireworks display and the infamous Elk Permit Drawings. Fun for all ages! Admission is free; contact Nancy Atkinson or Patti Failing at (870) 446-2455 for more information or visit

Listen to the Bats

Every Monday evening this summer at dusk, until Aug. 27, park interpreter “Batman” Harry of Devil’s Den State Park will present a unique program were participants will learn what bat species live at the park. Then, with the aid of a bat detector, listen to their echolocation calls as they forage for their evening meal over the lake. Contact the park at (479) 761-3325 for starting times. Admission is free, meet at the swimming pool boat house to participate.

Montgomery County Front Porch Pickin’

The Montgomery County Arkansas Frontporch Stage and Possums Unlimited is hosting an acoustic jam sessions and free concerts every Saturday through Oct. 27 in Mt. Ida. Jams start at 3 p.m.; concerts start at 6:30 p.m. Country, bluegrass and gospel bands perform from the Frontporch Stage on the courthouse lawn. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy music by some of the best bands in Arkansas! Admission is free. For more information visit

Bull Shoals-White River State Park Programs

Experience the resources of Bull Shoals-White River State Park with an interpreter as your guide. Now through October, park interpreters offer daily guided trail walks, demonstrations, trout fishing seminars, evening programs and lake and river cruises. Contact the park at (870) 445-3629 for exact programs and times one week in advance. Admission is free, except for lake and river cruises. Cost for the lake cruises are $6.50 for adults and $3.50 for children ages 6-12. River cruises cost $10.

Cantata at First Church of the Nazarene

Sherwood First Church of the Nazarene, located on Hwy. 107 in Sherwood, will have a cantata called “songs of Faith and Freedom” during morning worship service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Vacation Bible school, “Tumbleweed Gulch – where God’s love changes everything,” will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. July 9-13.  

Boating course tomorrow

The Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer a U.S. Coast Guard “certified” America’s Boating Course tomorrow from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Gander Mountain in Sherwood. The cost of the course is $25. Students can register by calling Joe Zehler at 501-834-6993 or at the beginning of the class.


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