Lifestyles

Neighbor wants to reach out after death of young mother

DEAR ABBY: I have just learned that a neighbor lost his wife. She died during childbirth. As a wife and mother, all I can think about is that newborn baby boy and his two beautiful sisters. It breaks my heart. I have never spoken to him, but I did chat from time to time with his wife.

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Saturday Item of interest

AARP driver safety class at UU-HSV HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE -- An AARP Smart Driver course will be sponsored by Unitarian Universalist, 403 Barcelona Road, Hot Springs Village, at noon Jan. 20. Qualified graduates are eligible for an auto insurance discount.

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Saturday Datebook

Support groups Narcotics Anonymous meets at noon and 8 p.m. today at 919 Hobson Ave. This is a 12-step recovery program for people for whom drugs have become a major problem. The Help Line number is 321-8700. Alcoholics Anonymous meets at noon and 8 p.m. today at 411 Sellers St. Call 623-6328 for information. Narcotics Anonymous, SOS Group, meets at 6 p.m. today at 315 W. Grand Ave. All meetings are open. Call 866-754-2579 for information.

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ASMSA info

Scenic 7 Rotarians welcomed Corey Alderdice, director of the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts. In 2018, Alderdice will have been the longest serving director of ASMSA, a boarding school in Hot Springs for high school juniors and seniors from around the state.

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Perfect Hoop Shoot

Hot Springs Elks Lodge 380 recently presented to Beau Brock, left, son of Chris and Misty Brock, the Jim Fuller Excellence Award. This award was given to the person who made 25 free throws out of 25 tries at the 2017 Elks Regional Hoop Shoot contest.

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Friday Datebook

Civic clubs Hot Springs Jesse D. Hawkins Lions Club will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday at Greater St. Paul Baptist Church, 497 Crescent. Guests are welcome. Call 262-9792 for information. Support groups Narcotics Anonymous meets at noon and 8 p.m. today at 919 Hobson Ave. This is a 12-step recovery program for people for whom drugs have become a major problem. The Help Line number is 321-8700.

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Runaway granddaughter avoids grandma's attempts to connect

DEAR ABBY: My 18-year-old granddaughter ran away twice last year. She's now living with her boyfriend and refuses to have any contact with her dad. I know my son is very strict, and I'm pretty sure she could just no longer live by his rules. Her mom passed away eight months ago, and my son is all she has besides her sister.

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Thursday Datebook

Civic clubs Oaklawn Lions Club breakfast meetings are held at 6:45 a.m. Fridays at Higdon Square Cafe. Visiting Lions and guests are welcome. Call Terri Knapick, president, 609-6931, for information. Malvern Area Kiwanis Club will meet at noon today at Western Sizzlin', Malvern. For information, call Susan Lafond, 501-337-6422. Walnut Ridge Masonic Lodge 390, F&AM, will have a stated meeting at 7 p.m. today at the Lodge Hall, Royal, for regular order of business. All Masons are welcome.

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Wednesday Datebook

Civic clubs The Rotary Club of North Garland County/Scenic 7 will meet from noon-1 p.m. Thursday at Charlie's Pizza Pub, 127 McNeely Circle, at Highway 7 north. Menu service is available at 11:30 a.m.. Visitors are welcome. Call Barb Mitchell, 922-9004, or Amanda Kennedy, 922-0227, for information. Hot Springs Elks Lodge 380, 132 Abbott Place, will meet at 5:30 p.m. today for a House Committee meeting followed by directors meeting. Hot Springs Civitan Club meets at 6 p.m. Thursday at Smokin in Style Barbecue, 2278 Albert Pike Road. Dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. Call President Kym Jones, 901-734-5900, for information regarding this community-focused civic club.

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AAS meeting moves

The Ouachita Chapter of the Arkansas Archeological Society will meet at 7 p.m. today in the Fordyce Room at National Park Medical Center, 1910 Malvern Ave. Take note of the new meeting location. The group will meet there at least through May. The program will feature Diana Rose Angelo presenting "Lake Turkana: Kenya's 'Cradle of Mankind.'

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QCC dance nights

It is the time of year again where people make New Year's resolutions to get healthier. No better way than to dance! Beginning Jan. 11, from 7-9 p.m. Thursdays, Quapaw Community Center, 500 Quapaw Ave., will have the live band, Dwayne and the Legends, in the ballroom, dancing and concessions. Individuals and couples are encouraged to come try it out.

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