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story.lead_photo.caption Submitted photo JAZZ LEGENDS: Women's Welcome Club's January program will celebrate the new year with jazz legends Clyde Pound and Shirley Chauvin.

Women's Welcome Club to meet Wednesday

The Women's Welcome Club will celebrate the new year with jazz legends Clyde Pound and Shirley Chauvin at its January luncheon, which will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Hot Springs Country Club.

Chauvin founded the Hot Springs Jazz Society, and both she and Pound are active in the society and the local music scene. Chauvin has performed with international jazz artists including Dionne Warwick, John Davidson and Mel Torme. She's involved with several jazz productions in Arkansas while performing with the Stardust Big Band, the Arkansas Jazz Orchestra and the Little Big Band, the club said in a news release.

Pound has performed with artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Maynard Ferguson, Ann Richards, Mel Torme and Johnny Mathis. He recorded three albums in New York, and played five years in Las Vegas at the Flamingo Hotel, New Frontier and The Sands. He's a board member of the Hot Springs Jazz Society and has been chairman of the Hot Springs Jazz Festival since 2007. He headlines a jazz show every Thursday night at the Ohio Club, with a rhythm section and a special guest weekly.

Their program will focus on the history of jazz with music representing past eras.

Women who are new to Hot Springs within the last 24 months who have a permanent Hot Springs address and are interested in making friends and participating in philanthropic projects can contact Women's Welcome Club President Diann Northern at 501-282-3171 for more information or to make reservations.

Davis to speak on birds of Costa Rica

Jerry W. Davis, a certified wildlife biologist and retired forest wildlife program manager for the Ouachita National Forest, will present "Birds Beyond Our Borders -- Costa Rica," a program about his trips to Costa Rica in 2016, 2017 and 2018, at the next meeting of the Garland County Audubon Society. The society will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3819 Central Ave.

Jerry W. Davis
Jerry W. Davis

The public is welcome to attend.

Davis received a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Biology in 1967 and a Master of Forestry in Wildlife Habitat Management in 1969 from Stephen F. Austin State University, in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Davis will show a sample of over 100 of the 900 birds that are found in Costa Rica. "The trips are designed to connect birders with birds they can see beyond our borders and it supports ecotourism that provides economic support for those

that choose to retain birds and habitat," a news release said. "Costa Rica is one of the countries that sees the value of providing habitat and birds with 20 percent of their country set up in biological reserves.

The country is also progressive with their recycling program and exceeds that of other nations, including the United States," it said.

The trips consist of 12 birders with a leader and a guide and have been successfully conducted since 2016. Trips planned in 2019 are full with another planned for April 2020. The 2020 trip will consist of sites considered the best of the best of southern Costa Rica to provide exposure to the most biologically diverse habitat and species combinations.

Davis coordinates birding trips with Holbrook Travel. He selects the trip and the itinerary that he wishes to take. The cost is determined by the number of people and the destination of the trip, the release said.

Poets Roundtable to meet Thursday

Poets Roundtable of Hot Springs will meet at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Garland County Library.

The inspirational poet is Delores Hinde, the showcase poet is Marie Allison, and the lesson will be given by Jodi Tooke. The public is welcome to attend. There is no charge.

Society on 01/08/2019

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