Lifestyles

Arts & The Park schedule

Arts & The Park, a 10-day festival held in celebration of the arts, began Friday and will run through May 8 in various Hot Springs venues. The schedule for today is as follows: • 8:30 a.m. -- John Bramblitt School Program, Gardner Magnet School.

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Wednesday Item of interest

AARP driver safety class at NPMC An AARP Smart Driver course will be sponsored by National Park Medical Center at 8:30 a.m. May 11. Qualified graduates are eligible for an auto insurance discount.

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Wednesday's Datebook

Civic clubs 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. Hot Springs Elks Lodge 380, 132 Abbott Place, will meet at 7 p.m. today. Fried chicken will be served from 5-6:15 p.m. for $7 per person. Support groups Narcotics Anonymous meets at noon and 8 p.m. today at 919 Hobson Ave. This is a 12-step recovery program. The Help Line number is 321-8700.

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MAMG visits boat business

The Marion Anderson Men's Group recently visited Xpress Boats. Tim Bray and Gary Brown gave members an in-depth tour of this third generation, family-owned business (50th anniversary) that moved to this facility in 2000, Veranda Pontoon division was started in 2006.

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Tuesday Item of interest

AARP driver safety class at Christ of the Hills UMC HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE -- An AARP Smart Driver course will be sponsored by Christ of the Hills United Methodist Church, 700 Balearic Road, Hot Springs Village, at 8:30 a.m. May 10. Qualified graduates are eligible for an auto insurance discount.

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Tuesday's Datebook

Civic clubs South Hot Springs Lions will meet at 5:30 p.m. today for dinner at Asian Cafe, formerly Wok's Buffet, 3310 Central Ave. The meeting will follow at 6:30 p.m. Visiting Lions are welcome. Hot Springs National Park Rotary will meet at noon Wednesday at Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa, Central and Fountain streets, for lunch. A meeting will follow at 12:30 p.m. Visiting Rotarians are welcome. Hot Springs Village Evening Lions Club meets the first and third Wednesday of the month at Coronado Center, 150 Ponderosa Lane, Hot Springs Village. Social time starts at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. Call Jim Hamilton, 915-0513, for information.

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Saturday Items of interest

Support group for moms of special needs adults A moms support/booster club of special needs adults enrolled in First Step and or Abilities Unlimited Work programs is now forming. The first meeting will be held from 6:15-9 p.m. Sunday at Central Bowling Lanes. Bring your child to bowl for the Bowl Your Socks Off special at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $8.99 for two hours, price includes the shoe rental.

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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. 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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Friday Items of interest

GCMG annual plant sale slated for Saturday The annual Garland County Master Gardeners plant sale will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Farmer's Market, 121 Orange St. The theme will be "Back to Native: Planting for the Environment -- Birds, Bees and Butterflies." Master Gardeners will be available for free advice. Come see the members' prized plants, hanging baskets and this year's new introductory section of Master Gardener environmental crafts.

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Friday'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, 6 p.m. (two meetings -- one man, one woman) 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 Items of interest

OES sponsors spaghetti dinner for food pantry Order of the Eastern Stars will sponsor a spaghetti dinner fundraiser from 5-7 p.m. Friday at the Masonic Lodge, 311 W. Grand Ave., parking in back. Bring one large box of cereal and get a free dinner or pay $7 a plate. The cereal will be donated to a local food pantry to feed hungry school children this summer.

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Sister struggles to reconcile love for brother and her faith

DEAR ABBY: I am very excited to be proposing soon to the man I want to spend my life with. My family is excited for me -- with one exception. My younger sister, whom I want to be my best woman, says she doesn't know if she will be able to participate in our wedding because she's having trouble reconciling that her faith tells her same-sex marriage is a sin. I have explained that it will be a civil ceremony with a judge instead of a religious figure and she says that this "helps," but she still doesn't know if she can be part of it.

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Thursday's 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. Contact David Shockey, president, 276-8183; Billy Joe Willis, secretary; or Wanda Thorp, treasurer, 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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