Woodcarvers meet at Bella Vista


The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville asked the Sugar Creek Astronomical Society to participate in Winter Break Wonders by offering solar astronomy. Programs run until January 2 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Come observe the sun through members’ telescopes, equipped with solar filters for safe observation.

Currently there is an impromptu Star Party group at Bella Vista, the original Old Timers group that meets whenever the weather is clear for good night vision. Their next big Star Party will be on January 29 at the George Washington Carver Monument Park, near Diamond, Mo. If you would like to schedule an astronomy program or a Star Party, please contact Paul Anderson at (928) 651-0334.

Sugar Creek Astronomical Society is an amateur astronomy club based in Northwest Arkansas. Monthly club meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at Waterway Christian Church in Bentonville. Astronomy Fundamentals begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by the general meeting at 7 p.m. Astro games and fun Astro worksheets for kids are available, and all ages are welcome. It was founded in Bella Vista and currently serves amateur astronomers and their families from southern Missouri to Fayetteville.


The Bella Vista Needlework Club meets on the first Monday of each month at Riordan Hall. The next meeting will be at 10 a.m. on January 3. Members will work on any needle craft they like, such as knitting, crochet, beading, cross stitch, embroidery, etc.

On January 3rd there will be a short meeting, snacks and get-togethers while working on personal projects. If you have a POA photo card, there is no entrance fee at reception and $ 2.50 otherwise. The group fee is only $ 2 per year. New members are welcome.

For further information: Rosalyn at (479) 276-2033.

Civil war

The Bella Vista Civil War Roundtable will meet on January 6 at 7 p.m. at the Bella Vista Historical Museum, 1885 Bella Vista Way. The program will be presented by Steve Cottrell from Joplin, Missouri, who will speak on the Battle of Carthage, Missouri. Anyone interested in the history of the Civil War is invited.

Information: E-mail [email protected]

Wood carvers

The Bella Vista Woodcarvers Club is a group of local artisans who meet regularly to share works of art, exchange woodworking experiences and stay in touch with members. Meetings begin at 1 p.m. every Thursday at Riordan Hall, located at 3 Riordan Drive in Bella Vista. On the third Thursday of each month there is a class on one aspect of carving, wood burning, finishing, or some other interesting topic. Classes are a great way to practice techniques, learn new ways to achieve your goal, and discover your own style.

The purpose of the club is to promote the general fields of sculpture, wood engraving and wood carving, and to promote a greater appreciation of wood in artistic expression. The club is dedicated to giving back to the community through activities that teach children and adults the art of sculpture, such as takes place at Concordia, the Brookfield Assisted Living Center and the Bella Vista Library. Visitors are always welcome. At this time, masks are still mandatory.

Information: Contact Jean Visnich, President, at (479) 426-8409, or by email at [email protected]


The Bella Vista Apple Computer Club meets at 5:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month in the Community Room of the Bella Vista Public Library. Interested persons with all levels of experience with Apple devices are welcome.

Information: Gene Goodrich at (479) 899-5531 or [email protected]

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