Lifestyles

Sunday's Datebook

Support groups Narcotics Anonymous meets at 2 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 11 a.m. with speakers and 8 p.m. today at 411 Sellers St. Al-Anon, a fellowship for relatives and friends of alcoholics, meets at 11 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 109 Hobson; and 6 p.m. Wednesdays at Oaklawn United Methodist Church, 216 Higdon.

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Musical Christmas trio

The Criterion Club of Hot Springs met recently at Hot Springs Country Club. A program of Christmas music was presented by Cindy, left and Lauren English, accompanied on piano by Mike Lovelady.

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WCoC donates matching funds to Webb Center

The Hot Springs Women's Chamber of Commerce made a donation to Webb Center to provide matching funds for the West Central Arkansas Planning and Development District grant. The grant from WCAPDD in the amount of $20,000 is a matching grant, to be matched by donations, in-kind services and in-kind supplies for building renovations at center.

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Let the gardens drink

Hot Spring Middle School was having a problem watering their vegetable and rose gardens. The school contacted some of the Master Gardeners and Ross "Doc" Sedler, left, Jeff Finney, Jim Moore and James Moore Jr. installed a sprinkler system in each of the gardens.

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Crocheted outfits for Christmas

Susie Cardenas designed and crocheted baby outfits to be given to children during the toy program sponsored at the Eleanor Klugh Jackson House for Crisis Intervention Inc. through Christmas Eve.

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Saturday's 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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Thursday Item of interest

Tickets available for Elks' New Year's party Elks Lodge 380, 132 Abbott Place, will host a New Year's party Dec. 31. The doors will open at 7 p.m. The Randy McDonald Fab 3 band will play from 8 p.m. to midnight. Those attending are welcome to bring snacks for their table. After the dance, breakfast will be prepared by Pam and Photo Billy.

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Open adoption could help grandmother stay in touch

DEAR ABBY: I am writing this in response to "Un-Grandparent in Ohio" (Aug. 25), whose pregnant teenage daughter has decided to place her baby for adoption. My daughter and son-in-law adopted their newborn daughter in an open adoption. Each summer the adoption agency sponsors a picnic that is attended by birth and adoptive parents, grandparents and other family members -- and, of course, the adopted child. During the rest of the year, our daughter sends the birth mother photos and letters, going through the same agency.

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Thursday's Datebook

Civic clubs Malvern Area Kiwanis Club will meet at noon today at Western Sizzlin', Malvern. For information, call Susan Lafond, 501-337-6422. Support groups Narcotics Anonymous meets at noon, 6 p.m. 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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Internet obsession threatens to consume widower's life

DEAR ABBY: I am a 58-year-old recent widower. My wife and I were very happy for 29 years, and that included a satisfying sex life. Although I am not ready to date yet, I continue to have a strong sex drive. I'm finding the Internet is a good alternative to "hooking up" at this time. However -- and this is embarrassing to admit at my age -- I'm beginning to wonder if I have crossed a line into spending too much time online.

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Wednesday's Datebook

Civic clubs Hot Springs Lions Club meets at 6:15 p.m. on the first, second and third Thursday of each month at Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa. Visiting Lions and guests are welcome. Call Morris Cash, 623-7723, for information. Scenic 7 Rotary Club will meet from noon-1 p.m. Thursday at Charlie's Pizza Pub, 127 McNeely Circle, at Highway 7 north across from Hot Springs Village entrance. Menu service is available before starting at 11:30 a.m. Visiting Rotarians are welcome, as well as business and community leaders along the Highway 7 corridor who wish to know more about Rotary membership. Call Charlie Whitworth, 915-2355, or Jan Saunders, 282-2024, for information.

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Give thanks ... give back

Garland County Habitat for Humanity recently hosted its first Give Thanks, Give Back volunteer day. With more than 60 people in attendance, the volunteers were able to paint, sod and even start framing a new house. Alpha Sigma Tau sorority of Henderson State University dedicated their Saturday morning to Habitat.

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Holiday season support

Marsha Mays, right, a member of Beta Sigma Phi's Preceptor Epsilon Chapter, recently presented Suzanne Babbie, administrative coordinator for the Eleanor Klugh Jackson House for Crisis Intervention, with a $100 donation to assist them in their efforts to provide basic needs to the families they serve.

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WWC presidents, now and later

Women's Welcome Club recently met at Hot Springs Country Club. In attendance were its 2014 president, Terri Dill, right, and the president for 2015, Shelly Bunger.

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