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Bell ringers

Members of the South Hot Springs Lions Club recently manned the collection kettles for The Salvation Army at Hobby Lobby.

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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 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. The help line number is 321-8700. Alcoholics Anonymous meets at noon, 6 p.m. (one man, one woman) and 8 p.m. today at 411 Sellers St. Call 623-6328 for information.

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Non-hugger seeks polite way to keep others at arm's length

DEAR ABBY: I am not a hugger. In fact, I pretty much always hate it. But people think I'm rude when I don't open my arms to hug after they've opened theirs. And they also think I'm rude when I tell them I'm not really a hugger. It happens with friends, fellow church congregants and audience members (I'm an entertainer) all the time. Although I let the hugs happen, I'm usually holding my breath the whole time.

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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, 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.

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Teen girl feels pressure from society to have sex

DEAR ABBY: I'm a teenage girl who has always heard and seen on TV and in movies that there's pressure from guys to have sex. That may be true, but I feel there is also pressure from society. I never thought I would feel like that when I got to high school, but now I do. It hurts, and I am writing this for all the girls who feel the same way I do about it. I have been struggling with it for a few days, and it is messing with me a lot.

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Wednesday Datebook

Civic clubs Rotary Club of North Garland County/Scenic 7 will meet from noon-1 p.m. Thursday at Charlie's Pizza Pub, 127 McNeely Circle. 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 7 p.m. today. Fried chicken will be served from 5-6:15 p.m. for $8 per person.

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Creating Christmas decorations

Village Pines Garden Club will hear from guest speaker Shelly Breasher, of Breashers' Nursery and Garden Center, today at the Coronado Center, Hot Springs Village.

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Tuesday Datebook

Civic clubs South Hot Springs Lions will meet at 5:30 p.m. today for dinner in CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs cafeteria, 1 Mercy Lane. 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.

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Tuesday Items of interest

Spa City Bop has Christmas dinner, dance Spa City Bop and Swing Dance Club will have a Christmas dinner dance/birthday night with a lesson from 6:15-7 p.m. Friday followed by a dinner and dance at VFW Post 2278. Tickets are $20 per person, seating is limited. Call Mickey Matthews, 501-626-6229, for tickets.

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Only child feels pressure of his parents' expectations

DEAR ABBY: I'm 17 and so is my boyfriend. He is an only child, and all throughout his life, his parents have put a lot of pressure on him. Recently, they've been talking about him getting into an honors program in a college. Abby, his parents act like if he doesn't get in, they won't be proud of him. He always feels like he's disappointing them because they never give him any words of encouragement or let him know he's on the right track.

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