The Literacy Council of Lonoke County is now offering spring semester classes at its Cabot office, 114 N. First St., suite E inside the Cabot Mini-Mall.
Americans or foreign-born residents who would like to learn to read English better should register by calling 501-843-7323.
Classes and materials are free.
“Illiteracy fuels unemployment and poverty. Over 45 percent of prison inmates do not have a high school diploma. It is estimated that 20 percent of Arkansans read below the level considered necessary to deal with current societal reading issues,” according to a news release from the Literacy Council of Lonoke County. The group also needs volunteers to work as tutors and in its bookstore. Call 501-843-7323 for details.
WOODLAWN COMMUNITY CENTER BENEFIT SUPPER
The Woodlawn Community Center will have a cornbread, bean and fried-potato supper at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 as a fundraiser for the Woodlawn Extension Homemakers Club.
Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for kids under 10 years old.
The Woodlawn Community Center’s seniors will provide desserts. The center is at Hwy. 31 north.
For more information, call 501-676-3695.
FATHER-DAUGHTER DANCE IS FEB. 15
The Jacksonville Sertoma Club’s third annual Father-Daughter Banquet will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15 at the Jacksonville Community Center.
It is an evening for dads and their daughters to spend time together with dinner, dessert and dancing. The event is not limited to fathers though. Girls can bring their grandfathers, uncles or male role models. Men dress in suits or slacks and a nice tie and daughters will be in glamorous formal wear.
Daughters will receive tiaras and will have their pictures taken with their dads. A silent auction will also be held.
The event encourages youngsters, teens and adults to spend the evening with their dads.
Tickets are $35 for a father and one daughter, $45 for a father and two daughters and $50 for a father and three or more daughters.
Tickets are available by calling Mary Twitty at 501- 912-9422 or Valarie Perry at 501-529-3685.
Jacksonville Sertoma provides hearing aids and financial assistance for people of all ages, from elementary school students to adults.
MISS GREATER JACKSONVILLE PAGEANT ON FEB. 23
The Miss Greater Jacksonville Scholarship Pageant and the Miss Greater Jacksonville’s Outstanding Teen Pageant will be held Feb. 23 at the Jacksonville Community Center. The pageants are preliminary competitions for the Miss Arkansas and Miss Arkansas Outstanding Teen Pageants to be held in Hot Springs in July.
Participants must be residents, students or full-time employees of Faulkner, Grant, Lonoke, Jefferson, Perry, Pulaski or Saline counties for at least the last six months.
Miss Greater Jacksonville contestants must be 17 to 24 years old. Entry forms can be found online at www.missarkansas.org and at www.missamericaforkids.org. Outstanding Teen contestants must be between 12 and 17 years old. Entry forms can be found online at www.missarkansasot.org.
The pageants will be held on the same day as the Miss Greater Jacksonville Junior Pageant. The contestants will compete in beauty, with optional talent and photogenic portions. Junior age groups are baby miss for 18 months and under, toddler miss for 19-35 months, wee miss for 3 to 4 year olds, tiny miss for 5 to 6 year olds, little miss for 7 to 9 year olds and petite miss for 10 to 12 year olds.
Contact Sharon Boyd for entry forms by calling 501-982-3898 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Feb. 15 is the deadline.
CARE CHANNEL ALTERS THRIFT STORE'S HOURS
The Jacksonville Care Channel thrift shop will be open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and the first Saturday of the month. The store is at 201 N. Elm St.
For more information, call 501-982-4647.
SOUTH BEND UMC SPAGHETTI SUPPER ON FEB. 23
South Bend United Methodist Church will hold a spaghetti supper from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 as a fundraiser for its JAM (Jesus and Me) youth group. Tickets are $5 and also includes bread, salad, dessert and a drink.
The church is at Hwy. 294 at Shelton Road.
BEEBE TO SPEAK AT SHELTER DINNER
Gov. Mike Beebe will be the keynote speaker when Cabot’s Open Arms Shelter holds its first Child Abuse Awareness Banquet and silent auction at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 4.
KARK anchorman Bob Claussen will emcee the event and Sondra Burnett, a Southern Gospel songwriter and singer, will perform.
Dinner sponsors are being sought. Sponsors who donate $500 will have the company’s logo displayed continuously on a video screen throughout the event, their company logo displayed on a company table placard and the company’s logo will be printed in the program. Included are eight tickets to the dinner and auction.
Table sponsors will have their company name displayed at the table on a placards and eight tickets to the dinner.
Individual tickets are $25.
Those who attend will receive a blue lapel ribbon to wear during April, National Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month.
To become a sponsor or for ticket information, contact Executive Director Nancy Hamlin at email@example.com or call (501) 676-6166, Rhonda Harps at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (501) 690-3916, or Rhonda House at email@example.com or call (501) 843-9460 or (501) 259-0509.
E-READER CLASS FEB. 22 AT WARD PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Ward Public Library will have an e-book lunch and learn on Friday, Feb. 22. Participants should bring their e-readers. The library will provide lunch. It is at 205 Hickory, Suite 100. Call 501-941-3220 to make a reservation.
JACKSONVILLE AARP DRIVERS-SAFETY CLASS FEB. 20
An AARP Driver Safety Class will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20 at St. Jude’s Catholic Church on MacArthur Drive in Jacksonville. The cost of the class is $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers.
GOSPEL QUARTET WILL PERFORM IN WARD MARCH 7
Gold City, a Southern gospel quartet, will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7 at First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church in Ward. There is no admission charge, but an offering will be collected.
For more information, call 501-843-3336.