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Civil war

The Bella Vista Civil War Roundtable will meet at 7 p.m. May 5 at the Bella Vista Historical Museum, 1885 Bella Vista Way. The program will be given by Kerry Jones, a National Park Service interpreter at Pea Ridge National Military Park, who will tell the stories of “Eight Ordinary Soldiers at the Battle of Pea Ridge.”

The meeting is open to anyone interested in the history of the American Civil War. There is no admission, but donations are welcome.

Information: Email [email protected]

Radio Club

The Bella Vista Area Amateur Radio Club will meet at 7 p.m. May 5 at the Northwest Arkansas Law Enforcement Academy, 3424 S. Downum Road in Springdale. Meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month. FCC licensing exams are conducted in Bella Vista and Springdale.

Radio amateurs and potential radio amateurs from northwestern Arkansas, northeastern Oklahoma and southwestern Missouri are welcome.

Information: bellavistaradioclub.org or (479) 530-0967.

Hill N Dale

The Hill N Dale Hiking Club will be hiking May 10 at Devil’s Den State Park. Participants will hike to Moonshiners Cave (one mile return) and Devil’s Den Trail including the Wilderness Junction and Primitive Campground Loop (total 3.8 miles) .

Hikers will meet at the Moonshiner’s Cave trailhead at 9 am. This trailhead can be found using Google Maps.

Interested hikers can contact Bev Munstermann, trail manager, at (479) 721-2193 or [email protected]

Information: bvhikingclub.com.

Astronomers

The Sugar Creek Astronomical Society, an amateur astronomy club based in northwest Arkansas, will celebrate Astronomy Week with a solar observation at Siloam Springs Farmers Market and George Washington Carver National Monument; a Moon Watch at Hobbs State Park; and Astronomy Day at the club meeting on May 10.

There are activities planned for all ages, and more activities are being added. Watch for details at www.sugarcreek.space or facebook.com/SugarCreekAstro.

For further information: President Bill Murphy at (479) 855-7180.

Letter Writers

The Northwest Arkansas Letter Writing Group meets the second Tuesday of each month. The next meeting will be May 10 at 4:00 p.m. in the Bella Vista Public Library Conference Room. All are invited to come and learn more about preserving the art of letter writing.

Information: Contact Pat at [email protected]

Christian women

The Christian Women’s Connection Brunch will be held at 9 a.m. May 11 at New Life Church, 103 Riordan Road in Bella Vista. The speaker will be Carolyn Davis-Rohlin, “Bound and Broken to New Creation.” The special feature will be by Pat Duncan, “A More Beautiful You”.

Breakfast is $10 and reservations and/or cancellations are essential by 5 p.m. May 6.

This program is sponsored by Stonecroft Ministry.

Information: (479) 366-7562, (479) 381-6516 or email [email protected]

Artists

The creative artists of Ozark will meet at 9 a.m. May 14 at the Forest Hills Baptist Church, 1702 Forest Hills Blvd. in Bella Vista.

Betty Blakeley will teach a class on how to paint a St. Patrick’s Day plaque in acrylics. The project will be painted on a 13 inch diameter piece of wood or plaque provided by the individual. Participants are invited to coat the bottom of their wood or plate in light green before the lesson. Other paints will be provided. Bring a container of water, paper towels, a small, medium, and large paddle brush, and a liner brush. Also bring a black and gold permanent marker. Blakeley will provide several designs in a few different sizes to share.

Meeting attendees are encouraged to display their paintings for other artists to view. Members are asked to bring items that are no longer of interest to the reassignment table.

Ozark’s creative artists offer community service projects, such as painting memory boxes for hospitals and supporting the Benton County Women’s Shelter. Painters of all levels make up the organization. If you would like to participate, text Lynda at (262) 308-4454.

The Fayetteville Springdale Elks Lodge held an Easter Egg Hunt on April 16 at the lodge for members’ children and grandchildren. There were approximately 30 children and 75-100 family members who participated in pictures with the Easter bunny and various Easter games. Due to the weather, the children played various games in order to win their Easter eggs. The lodge offered a hot dog and a hamburger to the families present. Twenty Elk members volunteered their time for fun. (Courtesy picture)
photo The Fayetteville Springdale Elks Lodge held an Easter Egg Hunt on April 16 at the lodge for members’ children and grandchildren. There were approximately 30 children and 75-100 family members who participated in pictures with the Easter bunny and various Easter games. Due to the weather, the children played various games in order to win their Easter eggs. The lodge offered a hot dog and a hamburger to the families present. Twenty Elk members volunteered their time for fun. (Courtesy picture)
photo Emma Ronck has been selected as the Chapter U recipient of a $2,500 PEO STAR Scholarship for the 2022-23 academic year. Ronck is a senior at Rogers High School. Pictured (from left) are Christy Blackshear, Emma Ronck and Linda Switzer. Peo (Philanthropic Educational Organization) is an international organization whose goal is to raise funds for scholarships for women. (Courtesy picture)
photo On April 21, Altrusa International of Bentonville/Bella Vista participated in the Altrusa District Eight Annual Conference. For their work over the past year, the club has won six awards for club communications, club signage; Governor’s Distinguished Award for book exchanges and book gifts each month for 500 Thomas Jefferson Elementary students; The Letha H. Brown Literacy Award for Continuing Children’s Literacy Projects, which during covid provided new books to distribute to libraries in Bella Vista, Gravette and Decatur, provided books to students at two schools elementary, as well as other smaller projects resulting in a total distribution of 7,212 free books last year; the Dr. Nina Fay Calhoun International Relations Award for preparing and sending 84 sustainable menstrual days kits for girls to Venezuela and 651 kit components to the Days for Girls International Chad Humanitarian Response Project; and the Mamie L Bass Service Award for the Katherine Priest Dictionary Project, which provided dictionaries to all third-grade students in the Bentonville, Gravette, and Decatur school districts. Pictured (left to right) are club member Valerie Katz and club president Connie Brown. District Eight Governor Penny Storms, club members Karen Robbins and Gay Kiker. (Courtesy picture)

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