Wednesday, February 22, 2017

EVENTS >> 2-22-17

SENIOR CENTER’S NEW ORLEANS MEAL

The Jacksonville Senior Wellness and Activity Center will hold its Taste of New Orleans fundraiser dinner from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the Jacksonville Community Center’s banquet hall.

Tickets are $20. Live jazz music will be performed by the Jacksonville Lighthouse Charter School High School band and Randy McDonald.

Reservations are requested to know how much food to cook. Tickets can be purchased at the seniors center, 100 Victory Circle, or by calling Connie Evans at 501-982-7531.

All proceeds benefit the seniors center, which helps arrange home-delivered meals, transportation to doctors appointments, shopping, activities and daytrips.

The center has exercise and educational programs. It serves community meals at 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday.

Assistant director Connie Evans is cooking all the food using her family’s recipes. She is originally from New Orleans.

The menu includes red beans and rice with smoked sausage, chicken and sausage gumbo with rice and jambalaya. They are the three main dishes of New Orleans cuisine.

Evans is making mild and spicy versions of all the dishes.

“My favorite is jambalaya, because it has shrimp, and I love seafood,” she said.

“Last year was a success. We sold 200 tickets and raised $3,000 for the senior center. People could not wait for this year,” Evans said.

Senior center chef Frances Travis is baking the king cakes.


MARDI GRAS, GUMBO AND LIVE MUSIC ON FRIDAY

The Community Theatre of Cabot will host a Mardi Gras night at 6 p.m. Friday at new events center at the Cabot Community Center, 508 N. Lincoln St.

The event will include a gumbo meal and country, Cajun and gospel music. Admission is $10. Gumbo will be served at 6:30, and the show starts at 7. For reservations, call 501-941-2266.


BEAUTY PAGEANT AT CABOT FRESHMEN ACADEMY

The Miss Greater Jacksonville Scholarship Pageant and the Miss Greater Jacksonville’s Outstanding Teen Pageant will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Cabot Freshman Academy, 18 Spirit Drive.

The pageant for the younger contestants will start at 4:30 p.m.

The pageants are preliminaries for the Miss Arkansas and Miss Arkansas Outstanding Teen Pageants to be held in Little Rock in June.

For more information, call Boyd at 501-982-3898.


ZYNDALL RANEY BAND AT WARD COUNTRY DANCE

The Zyndall Raney Band will perform from 7 until 10 p.m. Saturday at Ward Country Dance. Doors open at 6 p.m. For more information, call 870-512-8447 or visit www.zwrband.com.


BEEBE CHURCH HOSTS “HEE HAW” FELLOWSHIP

First Christian Church Beebe will hold a “Hee Haw” style fellowship at 6 p.m. Sunday. There will be food and fun. The event is open to everyone. The church is at 205 W. Georgia St.


JACKSONVILLE CITIZEN-POLICE ALUMNI MEETING

The Jacksonville Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association will meet at 5:45 p.m. Monday at the police department, 1400 Marshall Road. All graduates of the Jacksonville Citizens Police Academy are invited. For more information, call Eleanor Loyd at 501-412-4115 or e-mail mselliel@centurytel.net.


DOG CATCHER AT CABOT AARP POTLUCK MONDAY

The Cabot AARP chapter will hold a potluck at 6 p.m. Monday at the Cabot Senior Center, 600 N. Grant St.

Cabot Animal Services Director Mike Wheeler will speak after a short business meeting. A door prize will be given to the member who brings the most guests.


KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS BINGO TWICE A MONTH

The Knights of Columbus holds a bingo game on the first and third Saturday every month at St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church, 2403 McArthur Drive in Jacksonville. Quick-fire games start at 6:30 p.m. Regular bingo games begin at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome.


BRIDGE GAMES HELD ON WEDNESDAY IN BEEBE 

Bridge players are needed at 1 p.m. Wednesdays at the Shepherd’s Center in the Beebe United Methodist Church, 302-A N. Main St. Beginners are welcome.

For more information, call 501-843-2930.


CAR SHOW APRIL 1 IN JACKSONVILLE HELPS SICK BOY

A fundraiser antique car and truck show will be held this spring to raise money to help a Jacksonville woman’s 3-year-old grandson with Christianson syndrome, and his family, attend a conference in Canada to learn about the rare genetic nervous-system disorder.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 1 at McArthur Church, 3501 John Harden Drive in Jacksonville.

Pre-registration fee is $25, and $35 on the day of the car show. Trophies will be awarded.

For more information, call Jackie Sunderman at 501-240-5676 or email robbiesunderman@yahoo.com.