PUBLIC IS INVITED TO HOLIDAY DINNERS
• First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville is hosting a Thanksgiving meal for the community and church members at 5:30 p.m. today in the family life center.
Volunteers are still needed and should arrive at the church an hour before the meal if they would like to help with setting up, serving and cleaning up.
The event is part of Mission 5000, which provides meals twice a week for those in the community who are less fortunate. The meals are at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and at 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays.
Volunteers run the program with no paid staff. Food is purchased through donations and received from a local food bank.
• Beebe First United Methodist Church will hold a free Thanksgiving Day dinner from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Thursday. To attend, call the church office at 501-882-6427 or Bill Palmisano at 501-882-9565.
Reservations are accepted but not required. There will be takeout and local delivery available. Transportation can also be arranged.
The church is at 302 N. Main St.
SONNY BURGESS AND PACERS PERFORM TUESDAY
Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers will perform from 7 until 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Jacksonville Senior Wellness and Activity Center. Tickets are $6 and will be available at the door. The event is open to all ages. The center is at 100 Victory Circle in Jacksonville.
For more information, call 501-982-7531.
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR SET FOR SATURDAY IN WARD
The Christmas Gifts and Décor Bazaar at the Ward Chamber of Commerce Community Building, 80 W. Second St., will be held from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Small Business Saturday, which is Nov. 29.
LOCAL COMMUNITIES PLAN CHRISTMAS PARADES
• Jacksonville’s annual Christmas parade is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday on Main Street in Jacksonville. The cost to enter a float is $25. Proceeds benefit the Jacksonville Boys and Girls Club.
To register, call Laura Walker at 501-982-4316 or email email@example.com.
• Economic development director Barry Sellers will be the grand marshal of Sherwood’s Christmas parade, which will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 on Kiehl Avenue. The rain date is Sunday, Dec. 7. The parade’s theme is “A Candy Cane Christmas.”
• Beebe’s Christmas parade will be at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. Its theme is “Star Spangled Christmas.” The parade will begin at the school campus on Badger Drive. Participants should be onsite and prepared for judging by 5 p.m. Awards will be given for civic, commercial, educational and religious categories.
The inclement weather date is the Dec. 13. Entry forms are available at www.beebenow.com or at the chamber of commerce office.
• Ward’s Christmas parade will be held at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13. Applications for parade floats, which will line up at 4 p.m., are being accepted through Dec. 12. Call 501-843-7686 for details.
• Cabot’s Christmas parade will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14. This year’s theme is “A Cabot Candyland Christmas.”
Entry forms, rules and a route map can be picked up at the Veterans Park Community Center, the Cabot Chamber of Commerce office or downloaded at www.cabotparks.com. The deadline is Monday, Dec. 8. Forms and the $10 entry fee can be sent to Cabot Christmas Parade, P.O. Box 1101, Cabot, Ark., 72023. For more details, call 501-920-2122 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
LONOKE COUNTY RETIRED TEACHERS MEET MONDAY
The Cabot unit of the Lonoke County Retired Teachers Association will hold a luncheon at noon Monday at CJ's Deli in the Village Green on Hwy. 367 South. At 1:30 p.m., members will meet at the Cabot Manor nursing home to deliver Christmas cards and sing Christmas carols to its residents. All retired school personnel are invited. Donations for a local food pantry will be collected.
HOLIDAY TRASH ROUTES
Wednesday trash routes in Austin will run as normal. Thursday trash routes will be picked up Friday. Those with Thursday routes in Beebe and Lonoke will run Friday. Customers in Ward, who have their trash picked up on Thursdays or Fridays, will have their trash picked up on Friday this week because of the holiday.
This week in Sherwood, trash that is picked up on Thursdays will be picked up today, and trash that is picked up on Fridays will be picked up on Monday.
Thursday trash routes in Jacksonville will run today because of the holiday. In Cabot, Thursday’s trash will be picked up Friday and Friday’s trash will be picked up on Saturday.
CADC DISTRIBUTES FOOD ON DEC. 3
Central Arkansas Development Council will distribute USDA commodities at 9 a.m. next Wednesday in Lonoke County.
Commodities will be distributed at the following locations: Allport City Hall, Austin City Hall, Cabot Church of Christ at 500 N. Second St., Carlisle Old City Gym, Humnoke City Hall, Lonoke County Fairgrounds, Ward Chamber of Commerce, Woodlawn Community Center and the England Community Center.
Food items to be distributed could include milk, canned apricots, dried cranberries, canned creamed corn, canned sweet peas, canned tomato soup, dried black-eyed peas, corn flakes cereal and grape juice.
Customers receiving commodities must present identification. 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. A one-person household must make less than $15,171 per year to qualify for this program. For each additional family member, add $5,278.
Contact Evelyn Reed at 501-778-1133 for details.
JACKSONVILLE FANTASY IN LIGHTS DEADLINE DEC. 9
The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce and the city’s parks and recreation department are teaming up this year to sponsor the Jacksonville Fantasy in Lights Decorating Contest.
Homes, churches and businesses must sign up by Dec. 9 to participate. Judging will be after 6 p.m. on Dec. 16.
Call 501-982-4171or 501-982-1151 to nominate a home, church or business in Jacksonville’s city limits.
ANNUAL TOY AND TRUCK DRIVE UNDERWAY IN BEEBE
The second annual Fill the Truck Toy and Coat Drive is underway at the Beebe Walmart Supercenter.
New toys, coats and monetary donations will be accepted until Sunday, Dec. 14. All donations will go to the Beebe Angel Tree program to assist local children in need this holiday season.
The toy and coat drive is a collaboration of the Beebe Police Department, Beebe Fire Department, Beebe Chamber of Commerce and Walmart. Collection boxes will be available inside the store, and volunteers will be onsite during weekends to accept donations.
For more information about Fill the Truck, one may call the chamber at 501-882-8135, Penny Parchman at 501-912-2917 or Flo Fitch at 501-882-5463.
FIRST ELECTRIC HOSTING SPELLING BEE ON TUESDAY
Northwood Middle School’s spelling bee will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at First Electric Cooperative at 1000 South J.P. Wright Loop Road in Jacksonville.
Twenty-five students will compete for a spot in the Pulaski County Spelling Bee in January, a one-year subscription to Britannica Online Encyclopedia for Kids, and a chance to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington. The public is invited to attend the event, which is sponsored by First Electric.