Fairmount Cemetery Association -- The Fairmount Cemetery Association will have its annual meeting at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 30. For health safety reasons, the program will be held outdoors, no traditional meal will be served and social distancing and/or masks are encouraged. Please bring your own lawn chairs. The music 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 taken care of solely by donations, so donations will be received for that cause. Envelopes are available at the mailbox in the cemetery and members of the board will be present to receive them. For further information, call 479-238-5389 or 479-736-8125.
Flags to be placed in Gentry Cemetery
Flags are placed at veterans' burial sites each Memorial Day as a sign of respect and honor for those that served to defend our freedoms. Gentry's American Legion Post 159 will be placing flags in the Gentry Cemetery on May 27, starting at 9 am. We will retrieve the flags on June 3rd starting at 10 a.m. Everyone is welcome to come, help place and retrieve flags. No experience is needed.
Senior Center art classes
Starting June 3, Henzie's Art Studio will hold art classes at the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center on the first Thursday of each month. The classes will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Cost will be $20 for each session with all supplies (canvas, paints, brushes) provided. Anyone interested in attending classes should sign up in advance. Call the Center at 479-787-5950.
Decatur district seeks public input
Decatur School District is seeking public input and local partnerships for the SPARK after-school program as it applies for a new United States Department of Education 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant. For more information, contact Andrea VanSandt at [email protected] or 479-752-3986.
Vacation Bible School set
First Baptist Church in Highfill will be having Vacation Bible School June 6-10, nightly from 6 to 9 p.m. All children through youth are welcome to attend. For more information, email [email protected] or visit the church website at fbchighfill.com.
Gravette Farmers Market
The Gravette Farmers Market is open each Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the open-air pavilion at Old Town Park. The market offers locally-grown fresh fruits and vegetables, plants, eggs, jams and jellies, baked goods, and farm-raised beef and pork. Local honey will be available near the end of May. A variety of arts and crafts is also available. Members of the Old Town String Band provide musical entertainment at the market most Saturdays. Anyone wishing to reserve a booth may call market manager Beth Patton, 479-787-3313.
Pathway food drive
Pathway to Progress will hold its food drive throughout the month of May to restock its pantry at Decatur City Hall. Pathway will have five drop-off locations at which 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, boxed dinners and other nonperishable items. For more information, contact Shanna at 479-586-0366.
Gentry Fishing Derby set
A fishing derby for children, ages 2-12, is set for 8 a.m. to noon on June 26 at the spring-fed pond at the Flint Creek Nature Park.
Gentry Public Library open
Gentry Public Library is now open Monday through Friday from 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 food pantry
The NWA mobile food 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 Freedom Fest
This year's Freedom Festival will be held on Saturday, July 3, with a car show beginning at approximately 9 a.m. and other events running from noon until the fireworks display at dusk. Pageants -- five or six of them -- will be held from noon until 2 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by Swade Diablos, Creek Rock, and Big Smith. The fireworks display will be huge this year due to a large donation from McKee Foods Corp.
First Baptist food pantry
First Baptist Church, located at 213 E. Roller Ave. in Decatur, holds a community food pantry on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Contact the church at 479-282-6658.
Library board meetings
Meetings of the Gravette Public Library advisory board are held at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the library, 119 Main St. S.E. All meetings are open to the public.
Bella Vista Area Radio Club
The Bella Vista Area Radio Club is conducting virtual meetings on the first Thursday of each month via YouTube Live. In-person monthly license testing has resumed on the second Saturday of the month. All amateur radio enthusiasts and prospective hams 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.
GFA food pantry drive-through
GFA Pantry Inc. at the Gentry Assembly is open from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays. The pantry is drive-through only during the covid-19 pandemic. Clients are asked to call 662-727-5157 or email [email protected] for appointments. They then can pull up to the drive-through awning and someone will meet them outside and get them signed in and bring their food to their vehicle.
Kiwanis Club meetings
Kiwanis Club meetings are held at 7 a.m. on the first and third Fridays of each month at the Gravette Civic Center and are open to the public. Visitors are asked to wear a mask when arriving and until seated when physical distancing is not possible.
Senior Farmers Market coupons
The Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Arkansas is once again offering the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program coupons. Eligibility guidelines and application forms can be obtained at the Saturday farmers 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 S.E. 14th Street, P.O. Box 1567, Bentonville, AR 72712. The telephone number is 479-273-9424. Qualified persons may choose to have the coupons mailed to them or pick them up in person by making an appointment.
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