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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 Tom O'Malley, president, 525-8282; 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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Wednesday Item of interest

Veterans 20/20 dinner tonight Elks Lodge 380, 132 Abbott Place, will hold its Veterans 20/20 dinner at 5:30 p.m. today. Members who have donated $20 or more to the Veterans 20/20 fund for this period eat free, guests pay $14 for steak or $10 for chicken.

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Wife wants out of marriage to join the woman she loves

DEAR ABBY: I'm a 48-year-old woman. I have known I was gay since I was 14. No one knows because I never acted on it until I met "Bob," my current common-law husband of 25 years. I fell in love with his sister, "Janelle," back then. We kissed a few times and fell deeply in love, but because we didn't want to hurt Bob, we ended what we had.

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Knight's ASC Youth Award

Knights of Columbus, Arkansas State Council, held its annual convention in Little Rock. Adrian Dominguez, left, state deputy K of C Arkansas jurisdiction, presented Dayton Myers the Arkansas State Council's Youth Award in recognition of his outstanding leadership as chief squire in Squire Circle 5700 and his charitable service and contributions to the church, order and community.

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Tuesday's Datebook

Civic clubs South Hot Springs Lions will meet at 5:30 p.m. today for dinner at St. Vincent Hospital Hot Springs cafeteria. The meeting will follow at 6:30 p.m. in Dublin Room. 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'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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Saturday Items of interest

Get info on fraud, identity theft, scams Winning the fight against fraud? Attend this free event and get information on fraud, identity theft and scams sponsored by Webb Community Center and Hot Springs Police Department from 6-7 p.m. Thursday (registration starts at 5:30 p.m.) at the Webb Community Center, 127 Pleasant St. Refreshments will be served.

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Celebrating birthdays

The Ho-Hum Exercise Group at First United Methodist Church celebrated March and April birthdays for four of its members: Weenie French, left front, Barbara Mahoney, Shirley Sawyer and Bonnie Hickman. The Ho-Hum Exercise Group meets from 9-10 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays in the FUMC Life Center, behind 1100 Central Ave. Exercise activities include standing and chair exercises. Newcomers are welcome to join.

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Friday Items of interest

Decoration Day at Oma Cemetery Decoration Day will be held at Oma Cemetery, on Amity Road, Sunday. Everyone is welcome to attend, place flowers on graves, then stay and visit with each other. Please honor all veterans by placing a flag on their graves.

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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. 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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Talented teen

Donnie Arendt, third from left, with Terry Wallace, Fountain Lake High School Principal Donald Westerman, Kerry Lockwood Owen and United Way of Garland County Executive Director Jane Browning, was the third-place winner from United Way's Garland County's Got Talent competition and won $500 in scholarship funds for the high school.

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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 Tom O'Malley, president, 525-8282; 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. 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. The Help Line number is 321-8700.

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Mom fears news of ex's abuse will cause split with her son

DEAR ABBY: My daughter, "Meg," was sexually abused at the age of 3 by her father 25 years ago. "Emile" and I were divorced, but he had every other weekend visitation. After returning from one visit, she said, "Daddy put his finger in there. It hurt. I cried." Her words forever changed my life.

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