The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce will host the 13th Annual Wing Ding Festival on Saturday, Oct. 1 at Dupree Park. The event includes lots of fun, arts and crafts, food, kids events, inflatables and plenty of chicken wings.
Approximately 35,000 attended the festival last year.
As always, children and families play a big role at the festival with a children’s area and dozens of vendors for mom and dad. Gates open at 9 a.m. For more information, contact the chamber at 501-982-1511.
PRAISE IN THE PARK 10A.M.TO10P.M. TODAY
Cabot Praise in the Park will be held at Cabot City Park from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13. There will be free admission, free food from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., live music and guest speakers. There will also be a Kidz Zone and a candle-light service to conclude. Once all expenses of the event are met, the remainder of the proceeds from donations will go to the Lonoke County Christian Clinic, a nonprofit clinic which serves the medically uninsured by providing affordable medical care, preventative care and health education.
CABOT HEALTH-FOOD STORE CELEBRATES 20 YEARS
Nutrition World, 1102 S. Pine St., Suite 10 in Cabot is celebrating its 20th anniversary at month’s end with a party from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26-27. There will be discounts, drawings, give-aways and refreshments.
Owner Cathy Uhl is a certified natural-health professional.
EVENING SWIMMING LESSONS OFFERED IN JACKSONVILLE
Jacksonville Parks and Recreation is offering evening swim lessons at Splash Zone through the end of September for ages 3 and older. Classes are on Tuesdays and Thursdays for 45 minutes — from 4 to 4:45 p.m., 5 to 5:45 p.m. and 6 to 6:45 p.m.
The cost is $40 per child for each session. Session I is Aug. 16, 18, 23, 25, 30 and Sept. 1. Session II is Sept. 6, 8, 13, 15, 20 and 22. For more information about signing up, call 982-4171.
FREE USDA GROCERIES AVAIABLE WEDNESDAY
The Central Arkansas Development Council will distribute USDA Commodities beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17 in Lonoke County at these locations: Austin City Hall, Cabot Church of Christ at 500 North 2nd Street, Carlisle’s Old City Gym, Lonoke County Fairgrounds, Ward Chamber of Commerce, Woodlawn Community Center, Allport City Hall, Humnoke City Hall and the England Community Center.
Identification is required to receive commodities.
The food items to be distributed may include whole corn, cream-styled corn, apple juice, peaches, beef stew, peanut butter, rotini and apple sauce.
To be eligible to receive USDA commodities, income guidelines must be met. The income guidelines for this program are based on 130 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. Based on these guidelines, a one-person household must make less than $14,157 per year to qualify. For each additional family member, add $4,966.
CADC is a private nonprofit community-action agency formed in 1965 to fight and win the War on Poverty. The mission of CADC is to improve the quality of life and build strong communities in Arkansas. For more information, contact Evelyn Reed at 501-778-1133.
CABOT CHAMBER SEEKS DONATED PICTURE FRAMES
The Cabot Chamber of Commerce is requesting old picture frames to be used to decorate the walls of the foyer of the chamber office located in the old bank building beside city hall.
Nancy Cohea is coordinating the hunt for frames. All the frames will be painted black and historic photos that go into the frames will be sized to fit.
To donate frames, call Cohea at 501-529-8875. Any size, color or style will be accepted.
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH TO HOLD MUSIC REGISTRATION
First Baptist Church of Jacksonville will hold a Music and Missions registration kick-off for children ages 2 through sixth grade from 5:45 to 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17. Attendees will have the opportunity to register for children’s choirs and mission organizations.
There will be games, food and drinks available, with alternate activities for 2- and 3-year-olds. First Baptist Church of Jacksonville is located at 401 N. First St.
DRIVER-SAFETY AARP’S CLASS SENIORS STARTS WEDNESDAY
Jacksonville AARP will begin its next drivier-safety class next Wednesday. Classes are held from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays at St. Jude Catholic Church, 2403 Mac Arthur Drive. The cost is $12 for members and $14 for non-members. To register, call 501-982-4891.
SHERWOOD ROTARY HOSTS SCHOOL-SUPPLY FUNDRAISER
The Sherwood Rotary Club will hold its annual Back to School fundraiser from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 20 at the Walmart Supercenter at Hwy. 107 in Sherwood. Rotarians will collect money, school supplies and new and used school uniforms. These items are given to less fortunate students in the Sherwood area.
For more information, call Annette Delgado at 501-603-3925 or Alderman Marina Brooks at 501-835-8572.
CABOT COMMUNITY THEATER CONTINUES WITH 'ANNIE'
Cabot Community Theater, 201 N. First St., will present “Annie” Thursday through Saturday.
The musical features Eden Young as Annie, and Greg Addison, pastor of Cabot’s First Baptist Church, as Daddy Warbucks.
Based on the Little Orphan Annie comic strip, the musical is about a spunky Depression-era orphan determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan.
In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations, befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and finds a new family and home in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell and a lovable mutt named Sandy.
Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. Show starts at 7:30 p.m.
Reservations are required for dinner. Tickets are $10-$25. Call 501-941-2266 or go to www.cabotcommunitytheatre.org
CIVIL WAR RE-ENACTORS GATHER AT REED'S BRIDGE
The Battle of Reed’s Bridge Civil War re-enactment will be held Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 27-28 in Jacksonville. In addition to the re-enactment of the skirmish, there will be musical entertainment, a Saturday night dance, three sutlers (a person who maintained a store on an army post) and a blacksmith. There is also a second-hand re-enactor store for those wanting to buy or sell equipment.
Crafters and food vendors will be on site.
The Reed’s Bridge homestead and battle site is located on Hwy. 161 South in Jacksonville. Call 501-240-8950 for more information.
CABOT HALL OF FAME BANQUET ON OCT. 27
The Cabot Panther Education Foundation is accepting nominations for individuals to be honored at its Cabot Schools Hall of Fame banquet on Oct. 27. The deadline to submit nominations is Sept. 1.
Tickets are $25. Tables of eight are $200.
Tickets can be purchased at the Central Administrative Office, 602 N. Lincoln. The banquet will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Cabot Junior High North Cafeteria.
Nominations should be given to Amanda Elizandro by e-mailing Amanda.Elizandro@cps.k12.ar.us, calling 501-843-3363 ext. 1059 or faxing 501-843-0576.
BACK-TO-SCHOOL BASH AT COMMUNITY CENTER AUG. 26
Jacksonville Parks and Recreation will host its annual back-to-school bash at the Jacksonville Community Center, 5 Municipal Drive, from 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26.
Power 92 Jams DJ Tre’ Day will be in charge of music for the event. Admission is $2 at the door. The event is for ages 13 to 18, ID is required for those ages 16 and up. Parents must sign in teens under age 16.
No alcohol, tobacco or attitude will be allowed and security will be enforced.
For more information, call 982-0818.
CHURCH ALIVE OF CABOT HOSTS FELLOWSHIP DINNER TODAY
Church Alive in Cabot will hold a fellowship dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. today. Proceeds will help fund the church’s community outreach and youth programs. The cost is $7, $5 for kids ages 3 to 6 and kids under 2 are free. To RSVP, call 501-606-1421.
The church is located at 899 W. Myrtle St.
CABOT CHAMBER HOSTING HIGHWAY DINNER SEPT. 6
Cabot’s third annual Arkansas Highway Commission dinner will held Tuesday, Sept. 6 at First Baptist Church, 204 N. Third St.
A reception will begin at 6:15 p.m. and dinner starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 and tables of seven with company name displayed are $200. RSVP by Aug. 30 by calling 501-843-2136. Business attire is required.
The event is hosted by the Cabot Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Committee.
JACKSONVILLE CHURCH HOSTS MARRIAGE CONFERENCE
House of Refuge Ministries will host a marriage conference beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 2 p.m. next Saturday at 901 N. First St. in Jacksonville. Guest speakers will be Elder Howard and Ada Hughes, Pastor Larry and Tasha Gregory and ministers Tommy and Carolyn Keener. Admission is free. To register, call 501-398-2464 or visit www.houserefuge.org.
PRAYERS OFFERED FOR JACKSONVILLE'S SCHOOLS SUNDAY
A prayer walk will be held at Jacksonville High School at 3 p.m. Sunday. Prayer teams will be formed and travel to each of the city’s schools to pray for the needs of the schools to be fulfilled.
For more information, call Stephanie Burrows at 501-772-4562.