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Christmas Bazaar

set Dec. 7

The Decatur United Methodist Church will host its annual Christmas Bazaar on Friday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All are invited to come and have a soup and sandwich lunch for $5, and then shop the bake sale and gift and craft offerings. All proceeds will go to local charities.

Gentry Christmas Parade set for Dec. 8

The Gentry Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Christmas parade, with a theme of "Christmas Around the World," is set to be held on Gentry's Main Street at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8. For more information, contact the Gentry Chamber office at 479-736-2358.

God Bless America

concert set Saturday

The Veterans Council of Northwest Arkansas and the Bella Vista POA invite everyone in the area to join them for their God Bless America concert from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Riordan Hall in Bella Vista. The concert, featuring local musical variety performers, will be a remembrance of Pearl Harbor and the 9/11 attack on America. The performance is free. No tickets are required and all are welcome.

Santa coming to

Gentry on Saturday

Santa will be visiting Gentry on Saturday to visit with children and to pass out treats. Parents may bring their children for a visit and photos with Santa from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Gentry Chamber of Commerce building, located at 212 East Main Street in Gentry, Santa will also make an appearance in Gentry's Christmas parade at 6:30 in the evening.

Annual Toy Toss set for Dec. 14 in Gentry

Gentry High School's student council is hosting its fourth annual toy toss to collect toys for the Northwest Arkansas Children's Shelter at the basketball game in Gentry on Friday, Dec. 14. New stuffed and other non-breakable toys, as well as gift cards to retail clothing stores, may be brought to the Gentry-Pea Ridge basketball game and tossed to the floor of the basketball court when the Gentry varsity girls score their first goal in the game. Collection bins will also be available in the lobby, and donations may be dropped off at the high school campus. The Academic Booster Club will also be holding a silent auction fundraiser at the game.

Live Nativity planned at Ozark Adventist Academy

A walk-through live nativity will again be held at Ozark Adventist Academy from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14, and from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15. The nativity scene offers visitors a journey back in time to the streets of Bethlehem and to Calvary. A fully-costumed cast of more than 100 people, as well as animals and live music, is planned to bring the story of Christ's birth, life, crucifixion and resurrection to life. Golf carts will be available for those unable to walk through the settings. Non-perishable food items will be collected to be given to those in need through the food pantry at Total Life Community Center, located just south of Gentry on Arkansas Highway 59.

Free medical tests

available in Gravette

Free testing for blood pressure, blood sugar levels and pulse oximetry levels will be given from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 17, at the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity and Wellness Center, located at 1870 Limekiln Road in Gravette. Everyone is eligible to have the free testing whether they are patrons of the Center or not.

Christmas cookie,

cinnamon roll sale

The Billy V. Hall Senior Activity and Wellness Center will be taking orders for Christmas cookies and cinnamon rolls through Tuesday, Dec. 18. Call 479-787-5950 to order cookies for $10 a dozen or cinnamon rolls, $1.50 each or $18 a dozen. Cookie flavors available are oatmeal raisin, oatmeal cranberry walnut, peanut butter, sugar cookies, chocolate chunk, snickerdoodle, macadamia nut and white chocolate cherry. An assorted pack is available which includes oatmeal raisin, peanut butter, sugar cookies and chocolate chunk. Orders will be available for pickup on Friday, Dec. 21, between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Center, located at 1870 Limekiln Road in Gravette. All proceeds will go to the Center's Meals on Wheels program and daily operations.

Gentry Quilt Show

set for Jan. 11-18

The annual Gentry Chamber of Commerce Quilt Show has been set for Jan. 11-18 in the McKee Community Room at Gentry Public Library. Hours will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, and admission is free. The show is sponsored by McKee Foods. For more information or to enter the show, contact Gentry Chamber of Commerce director Janie Parks at 479-736-2358 or email

TOPS meet in Gentry

Gentry TOPS AR113, a non-profit group which promotes healthy weight loss, meets every Monday at the First Christian Church Fellowship Room, Second and Giles, with a weigh in at 2:15 p.m. and the meeting at 3 p.m. There is a small fee to join but the first meeting is free.

First Baptist holds food pantry in Decatur

First Baptist Church, located at 213 E. Roller Avenue in Decatur, holds a community food pantry on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. For more information, contact the church at 479-752-3514.

Decatur UMC pantry open first, third Thursdays

The Decatur United Methodist Church Food Pantry is open the first and third Thursday evening of each month from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and offers food boxes to Decatur residents. All that is needed is a valid identification, a utility bill or piece of mail showing an address in the 72722 ZIP code area. Also available is a USDA commodity program to residents of Decatur and other communities without a commodity program. The commodity program requires income information. For more information, stop by the church during food pantry hours.

GFA food pantry

open Tuesdays

The GFA food pantry at the First Assembly of God in Gentry is open from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. The church partners with the NWA Food Bank and Rural Compassion to receive food to be given away, including canned goods, fresh vegetables, bread, milk and dairy products, eggs and meats. Other items such as toilet paper, shampoo, cleaning products and baby supplies are also available as supplies last. Clients are asked to call for an appointment. For more information, call 479-736-8415.

Lions meetings set

in Gravette, Gentry

The Gravette Lions Club meets at 12:15 p.m., the first and third Tuesday of the month at the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity and Wellness Center, 1870 Limekiln Road, in Gravette. The Gentry Lions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month at the McKee Community Room in Gentry Public Library. New members are welcome and invited.

Decatur VFW Post meets

VFW Post 9834 meets at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month. Guests are welcome.

Tired Iron club meets

third Tuesday of month

Tired Iron of the Ozarks antique engine and tractor club meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the club's show grounds, located at 13344 Taylor Orchard Road in Gentry. For more information, visit the club's website at tiredironofthe

Gravette Kiwanis Club holds breakfast meetings

The Gravette Kiwanis Club holds breakfast meetings at 7 a.m. each Friday at the cafeteria inside Ozarks Community Hospital. Guests are welcome.

Gravette Legion meets third Tuesday of month

Gravette American Legion, Post 25, meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month at the Civic Center. All veterans are welcome. Persons interested in joining the American Legion, and especially Post 25, may contact the Gravette post at P.O. Box 476, Gravette, AR 72736.

Singing services set at Falling Springs church

Monthly singing services at Falling Springs Church are held at 7 p.m. the first Friday of each month. The church is located northwest of Gentry and west of Decatur on Falling Springs Road.


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