Oaklawn Rotary Club meets on Mondays at noon at The Hotel Hot Springs & Spa, 305 Malvern Ave. Lunch is served at noon, followed by a meeting at 12:30 p.m. Visiting Rotarians are welcome. Call 501-609-5464 for information.
Elks Lodge No. 380, 132 Abbott Place, will serve brunch today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for $12.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 2 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 daily at 8 p.m.; at 8 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; at noon Monday through Saturday; and at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. The speaker meeting is at 11 a.m. Sunday. The Step meeting is at 6 p.m. Tuesday. At 6 p.m. Friday is the men's and women's meeting. All meetings are held at 411 Sellers St. Call 623-6328 for information.
Al-Anon, a fellowship for relatives and friends of alcoholics, meets at 11 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 109 Hobson; and 6 p.m. Wednesdays at Oaklawn United Methodist Church, 216 Higdon.
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.
Alcoholics Anonymous, for those who wish to stop drinking, may be reached by calling 623-6328.
Alcoholics Anonymous, Last House on the Block, meets at 6 and 8 a.m. today at 315 W. Grand Ave.
Narcotics Anonymous, Square Peg, Round Hole, will meet at 8 p.m. today at 315 W. Grand Ave. Call 866-754-2579 for information.
Celebrate Recovery is designed to help those struggling with hurts, habits and hang-ups through a recovery process with Jesus Christ at the center.
Locations of local meetings include:
• Lake Valley Community Church, 910 Shady Grove Road, at 5:30 p.m. Mondays with a brown bag meal; 6:30 p.m. meeting. Call 623-8892 for information.
• LakePointe Church, 1343 Albert Pike Road, meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursdays for free food and fellowship, followed by a large group at 6:30 p.m. and small group at 7:30 p.m. Afterward, Solid Rock Cafe is available. Celebrate Recovery step studies are available.
Anchor of Hope Cancer Ministry, for anyone who currently is or has been affected by cancer or knows someone who has, meets at 6 p.m. every third Monday in Room 131 of Hot Springs Baptist Church, 144 Weston Road. Call 760-4744 for information.
A Grief Support Group meets at Hospice Home Care Inc., 4332 Central Ave., Suite J, Temperance Hill Shopping Center. Call 501-321-4014 for more information.
Cancer Support Ministry, for anyone who has been touched by cancer in any way, meets at 6 p.m. every first Monday in Room 100 of Piney Grove United Methodist Church, 2963 Airport Road. Call 767-4765 for information.
Grief Share, a 13-week Christian support group for those who have suffered a loss through death, meets from 2-4 p.m. Sundays at LakePointe Church, 1343 Albert Pike Road. Cost for a workbook is $15, scholarships may be available.
Educational and support groups
Groups are open to the communities of Garland and Clark counties at no cost. For days and times, contact the group's coordinator, 339 Charteroak St. Call 501-623-5591, ext. 215, or email [email protected]
Open Minds -- Educational and interactive program that provides guidance and support to youths with substance abuse issues, incorporating cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing. Meets weekly for one hour.
Active Parenting of Teens -- Educational and interactive program that provides guidance and support to parents/guardians of tweens and teens, promoting communication/relationship building, nonviolent discipline and risk prevention. This program has been listed in the SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-based programs and practices, and in OJJDP's Model Programs Guide. A six-week course that meets weekly for one hour.
Anger Management -- Educational and interactive program that provides relaxation techniques and coping skills, along with learning how to recognize anger and other emotions, for teens ages 13-17. Meets weekly for one hour.
The Council for Boys and Young Men -- Strength-based approach to promote healthy development for boys ages 13-18, addressing the physical, emotional and relationship aspects of manhood. It also includes evidence-based reproductive health curriculum. Studies have shown a significant increase in boys' school adjustment and a decrease in aggression rates, particularly in programs which are implemented in and or supported by schools.
Girls' Circle -- Encourages girls ages 13-18 in the development of courage, confidence, honesty and communication skills. Also includes evidence-based reproductive health curriculum. Studies have revealed statistically significant improvement for girls in the program: increases in self-efficacy, attachment to school positive body image, and social support and decreases in self-harming behavior and alcohol use. Meets weekly for one hour.
Life Skills -- Various topics; Teaches teens aged 15-18 critical skills they need to know to start on the right track to adulthood. Meets weekly for one hour.
R Rules -- A Getting Ahead Program based under the Bridges out of Poverty framework. R Rules is for youths ages 15-20 in Garland County and framed specifically for youths to better their chances of personal and professional success, to identify strategies and resources to build resilience and empower them to develop their voices as they contribute and work together to make a difference in eliminating the cycle of poverty. Meets three times weekly for two hours.
Stand Amputee Support Group meets from 6-8 p.m. the third Monday of the month in the Roland Room at CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs Women's Center. SASG provides support to amputees through its ambassador program. It is a positive atmosphere to get or give answers to everyday questions. Its goal is to help amputees get back to their normal life sooner. Call Karen MacDonald, 282-4788, for information.
A neurodegenerative brain disease support group has been organized for patients, family members and caregivers affected by Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, Corticobasal Degeneration and Multiple System Atrophy. This group will meet from 1-2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Alzheimer's Arkansas Building, 201 Markham Center Drive, Little Rock, 501-224-0021 or 800-689-6090. This is the only support group in Arkansas that is focused on these rare diseases. Those in the Hot Springs and surrounding area are encouraged to attend. For information, contact the facilitator, Randi Haley, 870-703-6417 or [email protected]
CHI St. Vincent Hospital Hot Springs' Cancer Support Group, a group for cancer patients, families and friends, will meet from noon-1 p.m. Thursday in the Daffodil Room of St. Vincent Cancer Center, 1455 Higdon Ferry Road. Call St. Vincent Cancer Center, 622-4730, for information.
Guardian Angels Thrift Store, 907 Hobson Ave., is open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Saturday. Donations of gently used, in clean condition, linens, household items, home décor, clothing and furniture are accepted. All proceeds support the cat shelter. Low-cost spay and neuter vouchers are available during store hours. Volunteers and foster parents are needed, call 623-3484, leave a message and number. Adoption days are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Saturday.
Stop Animal Cruelty Thrift Store, 821 Hobson Ave., is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. All proceeds benefit the rescued pets in foster care. SAC is an all-volunteer organization striving to promote humane principles, prevent cruelty and alleviate fear, pain and suffering in animals. It investigates reports of cruelty and neglect in Hot Spring and Garland counties. Donations of kitchen items, home décor, clothing, shoes, bedding, linens, collectibles and furniture in good condition are appreciated. Donations of dog and cat food or pet supplies may be left at the store. All donations are tax-deductible. Low-cost spay and neuter vouchers are available to the public. Anyone wishing to volunteer or become a foster parent may call the hotline, 501-276-7570, for information.
Duplicate bridge will be held at 1:15 p.m. today at The Bridge House, 300 W. St. Louis St., for all bridge players with stratified scoring. Need a partner? Come early, one is on-site. Call 525-8780 or 984-1384 for information.
Hot Springs AIDS Clinic, 1801 Central Ave., Suite C, is open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. The clinic provides free, comprehensive medical care, lab testing, medications, case management and support groups, and arranges HIV/AIDS awareness topic discussions. Call Mike Melancon, 623-5598, for information, to make a clinic appointment or donation.
Aquatic programs are offered at Quapaw Community Center, 500 Quapaw Ave., including swim lessons for all ages year-round. Water Aerobics from 9-10 a.m. Monday-Friday, and Friday at 10 a.m.; Water Workout, 10-11 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, and 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursdays; Aqua Arthritis, 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call 623-9922 for information.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Hot Springs Branch 6013, secretly founded and chartered on Nov. 11, 1942, in a hotel linen closet, meets at 2 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month at Webb Community Center, 127 Pleasant St.
Special low-cost spay/neuter prices, for residents of Garland and Hot Spring counties only, are offered by Paws and Claws Rescue. Pick up a voucher at Petco from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. Email [email protected] for information.
Mountain Valley Sportsman's Association holds International Defensive Pistol Association matches at 9 a.m. on the second Saturday and U.S. Practical Pistol Association matches at 10 a.m. the fourth Saturday of each month. Rimfire matches are held on various Sunday afternoons. Trap and Skeet fields are open at 9 a.m. Saturdays; and 1 p.m. Sundays and Tuesdays. Cowboy Action matches are the first Saturday. Civilian marksmanship matches are the third Saturday. All are held at Valley Range. From the intersection of Highway 70 east and Millcreek Road, take Millcreek and drive 6.5 miles to the gravel pit, turn right on the dirt road, go 1.9 miles to the range. Call 620-0601 for information.
Cans for Kids is sponsored Hot Springs Board of Realtors. Donate canned and boxed food items and help provide meals to children in all nine Garland County schools. Call Beverly, 321-2517, for information or drop donations off at the HSBOR office, 437 Orange, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Garland County Historical Society, 328 Quapaw, two blocks south of Levi Towers, is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Friday. Researchers can explore their family history or learn more about Hot Springs and Garland County. Call 321-2159 for information. Volunteers are welcome.
Needle Crafters Group meets from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays in the Hobby Lobby classroom, 4411 Central Ave. Explore crochet, knitting, cross-stitch and needlepoint. Everyone is welcome. Call Janet, 501-547-4054, or Dee, 540-581-6574, for information.
Family History Center at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2765 Malvern Ave., is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays. The public is welcome to work and/or get help on their family genealogy. Call 262-2782 for information.
Sweet Sound Mountain Dulcimer meets at 1 p.m. Wednesdays in Room 205 of the Christian Life Center at First United Methodist Church, 1100 Central Ave. People who are interested in playing a mountain dulcimer or who play one already are welcome to join. Free lessons are provided. Call 625-3882 for information.
Ageless Bikers Club has 10 bike rides that are 16-35 miles. No one is left behind and members stop often to regroup and socialize. Several rides are "out and back," so the beginner can turn back for a shorter ride. The start times are seasonal. For a time, routes and information, call Dave OBrien, 830-285-5129, or email [email protected]
Teen Clinic provides optional STD testing, pregnancy prevention and medical exams, in partnership with Garland County Health Department family planning and clinic services. Call Melissa Draper, outreach and volunteer coordinator, at 623-5591 ext. 10 or email [email protected] to sign up or for information.
"Meditation" gatherings meet at 6 p.m. Mondays. Meditation is based on "The Infinite Way" by Joel S. Goldsmith. To those interested in living a spiritual life at home or at work, without neglecting daily responsibilities, through mediation and prayer, members can learn to live in the world, separate and apart from its negative aspects. Meditation and silent prayer begins and ends within one hour or so and includes a little reading together and listening to a tape or CD. All are welcome. Call 623-9730 for location and information.
Yoga is held at 11 a.m. Saturdays at Quapaw Community Center, 500 Quapaw Ave. Beginners to advanced welcome. Call 623-9922 if interested in taking a Thursday evening class or for information.
Edgar Cayce's ARE Search for God Study Group will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at Hot Springs Yoga Center, 1107 W. Grand Ave. Call Alex, 545-3516, for information on this Association for Research and Enlightenment group.
Melting Pot Genealogical Society, 649-B Ouachita Ave., on the backside of the Election Commission building, is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday and Friday. Call 624-0229 or email [email protected] for information.
The Literacy Council of Garland County, 119 Hobson Ave., is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Thursday. It provides literacy tutoring for free -- both basic and ESL to Garland County. Be a tutor. Accepting students at all times. Call 624-7323 for information.
The Stop Animal Cruelty Thrift Store, 821 Hobson Ave., meets the second Monday of every month from 6-7 p.m. Email [email protected] for more information.
First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) food pantry, 1806 Central Ave. is open from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday. A photo ID is required. Call the church at 623-3389 for information.
Arkansas People First Hot Springs Chapter meets at noon on the third Monday each month at S.A.I.L.S., 621 Albert Pike. Call Shannon Rivas, 624-7710 or 276-4442, for information.
Village Writers' Club meets at noon on the fourth Monday, except in May, July, August and December, at Diamond D's restaurant in Hot Springs Village. The club is dedicated to learning about writing and publishing and to motivating members to write and publish. Guests are welcome, reservations are required. Call President Jerry Davis, 915-0708, for reservations or information.
Silver Light Adult Care Service will be held in the cafeteria of Gospel Light Baptist Church, 600 Garland Ave., today from 8:30-10:30 a.m. This service is tailored to individuals who have memory issues, or persons who cannot tolerate a typical church service. This will be an interactive service to engage participants in a low-anxiety, low-crowd space where they and their families can safely attend church. Call 501-623-7827 for information.
Downtown Derby Dolls nonprofit roller derby league welcomes all ladies 18 years and older to drop in and give roller derby a try. All gear needed is on-site, and no experience is necessary. Beginner "Fresh Meat" practices are held in the Hot Springs Junior Academy gym. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. on Sundays. There is a drop-in fee of $5. Follow the league on Facebook or Instagram for more information.
Women's Welcome Club Nursing Home Group members meet at 2 p.m. at The Caring Place, 101 Quapaw Ave., to visit and entertain the residents with refreshments provided by WWC members. Call Kacky Carey, 501-463-4809, for information.Society on 10/20/2019
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