Monday, February 12, 2007

EVENTS>>Winter 2007

Central Arkansas Development Council will begin its Crisis Intervention Home Energy Assistance Program Monday. To qualify, applicants must experience a crisis over home energy needs such as disconnected gas or electricity or having received a disconnect notice within seven days from the date of application.
Those who apply must also meet income, residency and resource guidelines and provide proof of prior month’s income. A current disconnect notice must be presented with application for gas or electricity customers. For locations and times when applications will be received, call Jo Poynor at 501-332-5426.

Rebsamen Hospital in Jacksonville is the site of a pilot project, Eden at Home. EAH, a collaborative effort between AARP Arkansas and the Eden Alternative, is an inspiring series of free workshops for care partner teams (family members, friends, neighbors, and volunteers) designed to improve the quality of life for all involved. The workshop is free and open to everyone. It begins Monday in the Education Building of Rebsamen Hospital. For registration information and dates and times, contact Susan E. Jones, AARP Arkansas, at 501-217-1628.

The Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office is offering a robbery-revention class for Lonoke County businesses from 9 a.m. until noon Friday, March 30 at the Office of Emergency Services in Lonoke.
The course was developed and will be taught by law enforcement instructor Branden Hampton, a narcotics investigator with the Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office.
The course will teach commercial business owners and managers how to prevent a robbery, how to prepare for a robbery, what to do during a robbery and what to do after a robbery.
Call Sgt. Ruth Baker or Hampton at 501-676-3000 or 501-676-0414 by March 1 if you plan to attend.

Dr. John Boyd, University of Arkansas Extension weed scientist, will be at Home Depot in Cabot at noon Tuesday to answer lawn care questions.
Tired of fighting dandelions? Crabgrass? Dallisgrass? Lawn burweed?
Whether your lawn is zoysia or Bermuda, there is a weed control program that will take care of most of the weeds in your lawn.
Effective weed control includes choosing the right product and applying the product properly.
Boyd will offer practical advice for effective weed control in any situation.
The program is offered as a service by the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.  

Trained and experienced volunteer tax counselors and preparers will prepare federal and state tax returns, free of charge, for all low to middle income individuals with special attention to the taxpayers over age 60 each Friday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Faith Missionary Baptist Church, 301 Bill Foster Memorial Highway in Cabot, on Hwy. 321, about half way between Hwy. 89 and Kerr Station Road.
The volunteers cannot accept any pay for this service. No donations will be accepted at the tax preparation site. The service is totally free and all costs are covered by the AARP Foundation.

The first meeting for the Mayor’s Fitness Challenge will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Veterans Park Community Center, 508 North Lincoln in Cabot. The original meeting was cancelled due to inclement weather.
The Mayor’s Fitness Challenge costs $1 per month. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate. For more information, contact Karen Davis at (501) 843-3566.