Wednesday, December 19, 2007

EVENTS>> Fall 2007

Cabot group collects toys for needy kids

Cabot’s Christmas for Kids committee is collecting toys for needy local children. Now in its 31st year, the group serves about 700 families with nearly 1,100 children and provides them with new holiday toys. Toys will be accepted through Friday.

Boxes are in place for toy donations at all Cabot School District elementary and middle schools. They may also be dropped off at Express Printing, Cabot Kmart, all Community Bank locations, Waffle House and Dollar General.

Checks may be mailed to Christmas for Kids, 100 Gunsmoke Drive, Austin, Ark. 72007 or they may be brought to the toy collection warehouse, 319 G.P. Murrell Drive in Cabot. This is the Cabot Schools warehouse in the industrial park off Hwy. 367 on the way to Austin.

For more information, call one of the volunteers on the committee: Bill Holden at 743-3560; Randy Holden at 743-6171; Shelley Montoya at 605-3403 or Rita Stewart at 743-3560.

Literacy group asks for books, sets new hours

The Literacy Council of Lonoke County needs donated books for the Book Nook. Books are free to students enrolled in the literacy program. Books may be purchased by the public for a small donation – 50 cents for paperbacks and $1 for hardbound books. The resale bookstore offers the community an opportunity to support the county’s literacy efforts.

The Book Nook is now open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday. It is located behind the Lonoke County Courthouse and there is also a 24-hour book drop.

The council is a nonprofit organization which teaches students how to read and write. The council was recently awarded the Excellence in Education Award by the Arkansas Literacy Councils, Inc. For more information, call 501-676-7478.

Cabot is seeking citizen of the year nominations

The Cabot Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for 2007 Cabot Citizen of the Year. The individual selected will be recognized at the Cabot Chamber of Commerce annual banquet to be held Jan.18. A nominee for this award should be a person who has demonstrated through definable, exceptional deeds that he or she has made the Cabot area a better place to live.

Nominees must live within the Cabot School District. Activities of the nominee include volunteer efforts, extraordinary service to the community in their professional or personal endeavors, or the ability to affect change through a combination of both.
Citizen of the Year forms may be picked up at the chamber office located at 110 S. First Street in Cabot or call the chamber at 843-2136 to have one mailed or emailed. Completed forms should be mailed to the Cabot Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 631, Cabot, AR, 72023 or emailed to The deadline for submission of the application is Dec. 31.

CADC to distribute commodities in Lonoke County

Central Arkansas Development Council will distribute USDA commodities beginning at 9 a.m. today. The distributions will take place at the following locations: Allport City Hall, Austin City Hall, Cabot Church of Christ, Carlisle Old City Gym, Humnoke City Hall, Lonoke County Fairgrounds, Ward Chamber of Commerce, Woodlawn Community Center and the England Health Unit.

Food items to be distributed may include green beans, corn, sweet peas, vegetable soup, apple sauce, pinto beans, peanut butter, sweet potatoes and grape juice. For more information, contact Evelyn Reed at 501-778-1133.

Cabot UMC will serve up a Christmas feast for all

Cabot United Methodist Church will host a Christmas feast for area residents who either have no place to spend Christmas Day or cannot afford a Christmas dinner with all the trimmings.

The feast will be served from noon until 2 p.m. Christmas Day in the CUMC Family Life Center, 2003 S. Pine St., Cabot. There is no charge for the meal.

For more information, contact Mary Kay Lieblong, Cabot United Methodist Church, (501) 843-3541.