News Briefs

Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Merlin Leach

Leach to serve on state commission

  Gov. Mike Beebe appointed Dr. Merlin Leach to the Arkansas Commission on Child Abuse, Rape and Domestic Violence on Dec. 20. The commission oversees and supports services provided to victims by state agencies and non-governmental organizations in Arkansas. Dr. Leach is the founder and has served as Executive Director of the Merlin Foundation of Green Forest since 1993.

Flint Street to offer lunch twice a week

  Flint Street Fellowship is now offering free lunches twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Doors open at 10 a.m. both days for reading, playing cards or just visiting. Everybody is welcome.

  Flint Street Fellowship is located in The Little Chapel at Flint and N. Main St., next to the Grand Central Hotel. Food pantry hours are Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 253-4945 for details.

Kucinich group to meet

  A Dennis Kucinich for President group began holding public discussion meetings on Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Eureka Springs Carnegie Public Library on Jan. 9 and will continue through Jan. 30. For details, call 253-2444.

Home Builders to meet Jan. 10

  The Carroll County Home Builders Association invites builders, contractors, suppliers, retailers, realtors, bankers and all involved in the building industry to its monthly meeting, Thursday, Jan. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Eureka Inn Gazebo restaurant. A buffet dinner will be available. For details, call Barbara Sparks, at (479) 529-6079.

ETC to hold annual meeting

  The Eureka Theatre Company (ETC) will hold an open meeting on Thursday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Carnegie Public Library annex. All supporters of ETC are invited to attend. The purpose of the meeting is to elect a new board of directors and determine the future of ETC. Refreshments will be provided. For details, call Mark Mallett at 253-8318.

Crescent Hotel to host 3rd annual Ghost Seminar

  Ghosts have long been a phenomena of Eureka Springs and especially The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa. The phenomenon was broadcast to the world when The Sci-Fi Network presented an episode of "Ghost Hunters" that featured the legends of the hotel and nearby environs.

  Two of the locals featured in that episode will be the featured presenters at this year's 3rd annual Ghost Seminar, Thursday, Jan. 10 through Sunday, Jan. 13 at the Crescent Hotel. Noted clairvoyants Ken Fugate and Carroll Heath will lead the seminars and investigations.

  The weekend will feature a welcome reception, hotel ghost tours, several seminars focused on meditation and the development of medium powers. Attendees will conclude on Saturday by embarking on their own hotel investigations, totally unguided and unsupervised. For package prices, complete details and reservations, call the Crescent Hotel at (877) 342-9766 or go online at

CC Music Group to hold open meeting

  The Carroll County Music Group will hold a public membership meeting on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 1 p.m. at the Holiday Island Geraldi's at 6 Parkwood Dr. The program will feature local musicians Lany Ballance, Chrystal Thompson, Emily and Elizabeth Bartell. C. Myron Flippen will share the current status of the Northwest Arkansas Youth Orchestra's planned trip to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in April.

  This new music group is affiliated with the Arkansas Federation of Music Clubs and the National Federation of Music Clubs. Its purpose is to promote the musical environment in Carroll County with special interest in supporting educational and performance opportunities for talented young people. For details, call Mary Dolce at 253-4939.

ESOA to hold service project

  The Eureka Springs Outdoor Alliance (ESOA) will begin a service project at noon on Sunday, Jan. 13 at the Cold Spring Reservation on East Mountain, weather permitting. The focus of the workday will be on landscaping, trail building and brush removal. Participants should bring work gloves and landscaping tools such as shovels, picks and rakes. For directions or details, call Nick Cross at (479) 244-5775.

EUU to host Costner

  Pat Costner, Retired Senior Scientist for Greenpeace International, Science Advisor to International POPs Elimination Network and Global Anti-incineration Alliance, and board member of "Clean Water Action," will share the good and the disturbing news about our stewardship of Mother Earth. The program, titled "Is It Time to Sing the End of the World Blues?" and will be presented at the Eureka Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 17 Elk St. at 11 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 13.

Metafizzies to host Waters and Walker

  On Monday, Jan. 14, Susan Waters and Joan Walker will present an overview of the "I Am Light Curriculum," which is designed to provide a framework for spiritual growth and self mastery. The program will be presented at 6:30 p.m. at 68 W. Mountain St., downstairs in the Christian Science building.

Library film series to begin Jan. 18

  The Eureka Springs Carnegie Public Library's 3rd annual Secret Season Cinema film series will begin on Friday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. with the showing of Mother of Mine (Finland, 2005). During WWII, more than 70,000 Finnish children were evacuated to neutral Sweden to avoid the conflict. The film received four Finish Oscar awards. All films are subtitled, free and for mature audiences. Presentations are held at the Library Meeting Room, at 192 Spring St. For details, call 253-8754.

Sufis to lead dances

  Dances of Universal Peace will be presented on Friday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 17 Elk St. The dances involve the singing of sacred phrases with accompanying movements from the world's many spiritual traditions. Participation is free of charge. For more information call Rebecca Babbs at 253-8303.

Semolic to offer January 'Studio Play Day'

  Artist Kathryn Semolic will offer a paper-making workshop from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 19 at the Studio Kathryn Semolic at 5 Hayes Ave. Cost is $45 and includes supplies. For details, call Semolic at 363-9682.

ESES to use grant for documentary cameras

  The Eureka Springs Elementary School will use a $2,500 grant from the Northwest Arkansas Community Foundation to support its "Literacy and Technology Converge in the Classroom" project. The money will be used to purchase four documentary cameras for the classroom. Documents, books, computers and video can all be displayed from these machines for all of the kids to see at one time. Funds were awarded on Dec. 17 in Rogers to Rachal Hyatt and Jennifer Roach, teachers at the elementary school, who applied for the grant. Principal Wayne Carr and his wife Shalia were also in attendance to accept the grant.

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