Arts & Culture

Justus Fine Art Gallery announces subjects of April exhibit

The April exhibit at Justus Fine Art Gallery, 827-A Central Ave., will feature work by contemporary representational painters Jason Sacran and John P. Lasater IV. Both are Arkansas artists who have traveled throughout the United States teaching workshops and participating in numerous plein air painting invitationals, while also garnering top awards in a variety of notable exhibitions.

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Woman's free baby-sitting is her choice, not fiance's

DEAR ABBY: I am a stay-at-home mom with three children. Recently, another mom asked me to care for her 3-year-old daughter while she went to work. She offered to pay me, but I declined, given her circumstances, because I consider her a friend, even though I have known her for only a short time.

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Fight back against allergy season

Many of us are welcoming the warm weather and a chance to be outdoors. But for those who suffer from springtime allergies, the outdoors can be unpleasant. Seasonal allergies can be triggered by an immune response to airborne substances such as the pollens released by grass, weeds and trees. Other contributing pollutants may include mold spores and dust mites. Symptoms can vary from person to person, but they usually include sneezing, a burning or runny nose, and itchy, watery eyes. One of the most common ways to combat seasonal allergies is with over-the-counter medications.

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Work assignment abroad makes waves back home

DEAR ABBY: I took an assignment with my company that posted me to Hong Kong for two years. My adult children, ages 21, 26 and 29, were supportive, although my youngest was not especially happy about it. We video chat with our kids, trying to stay involved as much as possible. We have also visited multiple times. It's not always ideal, but we try. We have also offered to pay for them to visit us as often as they would like.

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Army Navy Hospital topic of Melting Pot meeting

The Melting Pot Genealogical Society will meet at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Melting Pot Library, 649-B Ouachita Ave. A presentation on the history of the Army and Navy Hospital will be given by Gary Jackson, of the Garland County Historical Society. Visitors are welcome.

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Food for backpacks

Members of Hot Springs Girl Scout Troop 6364 collected nonperishable food items for a local backpack program. From left are Jaeilynn Shine, Sarah "Gracie" Hancock, Lily McEarl, Anani Coleman, Claire Hancock, Danielle Rivera, Jules Claggett, Kaziah Olive and Rihanna Allen. Not pictured are Jazmyne Seymour, Charley Krenzelok and Sophie Huber.

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Quillow presentation

Utilizing their resources, time and talent to better their community is the role of the Garland County Farm Bureau Women's Committee, and has earned them the highest rating of Farm Bureau, the Gold Star Award. Recently the committee gave patients at the Genesis Cancer Center with "quillows."

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Spring Fling Sectional Tournament starts Thursday

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE -- The Village Card Club's annual Spring Fling Sectional Tournament will be held Thursday through April 2 at Casa de Carta, Ponce de Leon Center, 1101 DeSoto Boulevard, Hot Springs Village. Village Card Club will hold its first 0-750 nonlife masters Spring Bling Regional Tournament, which will coincide with the Spring Fling Sectional Tournament with Gold Rush pairs Thursday through Saturday and Gold Rush teams on Sunday. Beginners (0-5) play free in Newcomer 0-20 games.

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Dressed in greens

Village Card Club members observed St. Patrick's Day with shades of green and snacks during their games. The meet at Casa de Carta at the Woodland, 1101 DeSoto Blvd., Hot Springs Village.

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VAVS names 1st quarter volunteer

Michael R. Dobbs, chief of Voluntary Services Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System, announced that Mary Ellen Laursen, United States Daughters of 1812 VAVS deputy representative, was named Volunteer of the Quarter. Volunteers who make an impact for veterans at the VA and in their communities are being recognized every quarter and these individuals will be nominees for the annual Volunteer of the Year for 2017.

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