CHURCHES IN AREA PLAN CELEBRATIONS
• Zion Hill Baptist Church in Cabot will hold its annual fall festival from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday. Church members will decorate their car trunks and truck beds for kids to “trunk or treat.” There will also be family games and activities in the fellowship hall.
Pastor Terry Fortner invites the community to “a safe alternative this Halloween. Children may come in costume. We ask that there be no costumes with occult themes.”
The church is near Hwys. 89 and 107. For more information, call 501-988-4989.
• Second Baptist Church in Jacksonville will hold its annual Share Celebration from 5 until 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. The free event will include a hayride, food, games and music. The church is at 1117 N. James St. For more information, call 501-985-2502.
• McRae First Baptist Church will host God’s Big Top Fall Carnival from 6:30 until 8 p.m. today. The free family event will include candy, face painting, a duck pond and cake walk.
• First Baptist Church of Jacksonville will hold a trunk-and-treat event from 6 until 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct 31. There will be hot dogs, popcorn and activities. The church is at 401 N. First St.
AUSTIN FIRE DEPARTMENT HAUNTED HOUSE TO OPEN
The Austin Fire Department will open its haunted fire station on Thursday. It will be open Friday, Saturday and Oct. 23, 24, 25, 28, 30 and 31. The Halloween event is held at 202 W. Hendricks St. at fire station 1. Admission is $5 per person.
VETERANS DAY CEREMONIES ARE PLANNED IN AREA
The Jacksonville Museum of Military History will host a free Veterans Day concert by the Jacksonville High School Choir at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8. Also, in honor of Veterans Day, the Arkansas Fallen Heroes Memorial will be on display Nov. 8 through Nov. 14.
The museum is at 100 Veterans Circle.
• The Major Jacob Gray Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution invites the public to the annual Veterans Day bell ringing ceremony at the bell tower in front of the Museum of Military History at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11.
• Sherwood’s Veterans Day parade will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2. Entry forms are available by emailing former Alderman Butch Davis at email@example.com or by calling 501-416-7577.
The parade will start at Lantrip Road and Kiehl Avenue and travel west down Kiehl.
• The Cabot American Legion will hold a Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11 at Veterans Park Community Center, 508 N. Lincoln St. Lea Smith, who won the post’s oratorical contest, will speak. She also placed second at the Legion’s statewide contest.
For more information, 501-203-5715.
JACKSONVILLE GARDEN CLUB MEETING ON NOV. 10
The Jacksonville Garden Club will meet at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 2413 Northeastern Ave. The program is on horticulture. The club will also hold a bean dinner and silent auction at the church from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15. The meal will include an entrée, cornbread, dessert and drink for $5. The silent auction will include many items for gifts holiday gifts.
Call 501-533-7708 for more information.
LONOKE COUNTY MUSEUM DINNER, THEATER NOV. 8
The Lonoke County Museum and Grand Prairie Civil War Round Table will hold a fundraiser dinner and historical theater called “Tales from Beyond” from 5 until 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8.
Beans and cornbread will be served, while members will local Civil War characters that will include: Soldiers and their wives and sisters, and former slaves will telling their side of the war.
Tickets are $20 per person or $35 for a couple, and can be purchased by calling 501-676-6750. Seating is limited.