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FACES changes children's lives

Ed Sanders, left, Oaklawn Rotary Club member and former club president, visited with Dr. Daron Praetzel, a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon practicing in Hot Springs, following Praetzel's presentation to the club on how the new FACES Foundation is changing the lives of area children.

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Square dance celebration

A Three Amigos Dance was held at Forest Lakes Clubhouse with callers Bill Strawn, Gene Gancarczyk, of Hot Springs, and Philip Morehouse. Dancers came from all over the state to celebrate the new year.

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About First Step adult services

Representatives from First Step in Hot Springs recently appeared at a meeting of Scenic 7 Rotary, specifically discussing their services for adults with disabilities. With club President Charlie Whitworth, left, are Harmony Morrissey and Blake Patterson. Since its beginning in 1958, First Step has worked to improve the quality of life for those with developmental disabilities. It now serves 1,900 consumers in 27 Arkansas counties.

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Learning about state government

Members of Girl Scout Troop 6228 recently earned their government badges. The girls researched how bills become laws, the process of our state government, and how to track bills online.

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GWG docents lead new grads

The Garland County Master Gardeners' Docent Committee, who volunteer to provide guided tours at Garvan Woodland Gardens, are seen here with the newly graduated class of first-year Master Gardeners touring the gardens. The docents provided some of the history regarding GWG, including how it started. The Docent Committee members who participated in the tour include Claudette Cooper, chairperson, Bev Merritt, Carolyn Sinderson and Hilde Simmons.

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Program on fashion

The Criterion Club of Hot Springs met recently at Hot Springs Country Club. The program was presented by Chico's Clothing Store.

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Akansa presents DAR awards to nine students

Akansa presented DAR Youth Citizenship Awards to nine students. Recipients were Kaylee McAdoo, from Mount Ida High School; Ryan Graves, of Mountain Pine High School; Stephen Benson, from Jessieville High School; and Juliet McDonald, from Jessieville High School; Lynley Dean, of Jessieville Middle School; Brandon Stovall, from Oden High School; Grace Cole, from Murfreesboro High School; Brad Mount, from Kirby High School; and Brooke Thomas, of Fountain Lake High School.

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Knights donate to Change Point

From Jan. 19 to Feb. 22, Hot Springs' Knights of Columbus Council 6419 conducted its annual Right to Life/Baby Bottle Campaign. This year's fundraising event was organized and executed by David Myers, programs chairman. The project began when Myers, with the help of brother Knights and Squires, handed out 800 baby bottles at the end of all the Masses at St. Mary's and St. John's Catholic churches and St. Vincent Hot Springs hospital. The families returned these bottles during the next five weeks filled with their cash donations.

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Easybridge graduation

Hot Springs Bridgehouse recently celebrated the graduation of its Easybridge 1 students. Board members and friends congratulated the students and shared stories of how they started playing bridge.

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Questers hear some local lore

Vapor Valley Questers from Hot Springs and Hot Springs Village recently had lunch and a presentation by Mike Pettey, owner of the Ohio Club. Pettey related the history of the 110-year-old Ohio Club building, its bar, the days of gambling and popularity with the gangsters who frequented Hot Springs in the 1930s and 1940s, and changes made throughout the years to the narrow building the club evolved from.

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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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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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UW welcomes board members

United Way of Garland County welcomed its new board members and officers at its March meeting. Michelle Ratcliff and Terry Wallace were elected to serve as at-large members of the Executive Committee. Thomas A. Anderson, Latt Bachelor, Jorge Garcia and Greg Jones began serving their first three-year terms, having been elected at the annual meeting, along with Joyce Craft and Brandon Scott.

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