Announcements & meetings

Thursday, December 6, 2012

* Climate Action Progress Committee -- The Citizens Climate Action Progress Committee will meet at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6 at the Library Annex. The program this month is on free services and financial incentives that are available for energy assessments, efficiency upgrades, and other renewable energy projects, both commercial and residential. Bring a power bill and sign up for a free energy assessment for your home or business. Snacka and a video program called "The Crash Course" will start at 5 p.m. for those interested. Call 479-244-0377 for more information.

* Citizens Climate Action Committee -- The Citizens Climate Action Progress Committee meets at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6 at the Library Annex. The program this month is on free services and financial incentives that are available for energy assessments, efficiency upgrades, and even renewable energy projects, both commercial and residential. Call 479-244-0377 for more information.

* Annual Crescent Silver Tea -- The public is cordially invited to attend the 46th Silver Tea on Thurs., Dec. 6, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the historic 1886 Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs. The event, hosted by the women of St. James' Episcopal Church, will benefit the Eureka Springs School of the Arts, an educational non-profit offering classes in a variety of media and dedicated to support of the visual arts. Admission is by donation. For further information, call St. James' Episcopal Church at 479-253-8610.

* St. James community dinners -- St. James' Sunday night community suppers will begin on Sunday, Dec. 2 and continue every Sunday except Dec. 30 until the end of March 2013. The suppers are held each Sunday from 5-6:30 p.m. at the church, located at 28 Prospect Ave. in Eureka Springs. Area restaurants will again provide the meals beginning with Myrtie Mae's on Dec. 2. Other sponsoring restaurants include Chelsea's Pizza, Ermilio's, Garden Bistro, Grand Taverne, Local Flavor, New Delhi and Squid and Whale. St. James' s suppers welcome anyone in the community. There is no charge for the meal. For details, call 479-253-8610.

* Fall Environmental Organizations Volunteer Fair -- You are invited to the Fall 2012 Environmental Organizations Volunteer Fair for and by the Northwest Arkansas Master Naturalists and interested public. Come found out what habitat restoration and educational projects different organizations are working on in NWA and ways you can get involved. The event will take place on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 from 9 a.m. to Noon at Hobbs State Park Visitor's Center. For details, call 479-789-5000.

* Sallye Suzanne Smith benefit -- Music, food, festivities and great auction items will all be offered at a benefit for Sallye Suzanne Smith on Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Basin Park Hotel ballroom from 4 to 8 p.m. Music will be provided by local bands Ozakwaaba and Beatlejuice. All proceeds will go to Sallye, who suffered a heart attack, and all the attendant medical bills.

* UU to feature McNeil -- On Sunday, Dec. 9, the Eureka Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will host Dr. Chuck McNeil, who will present the third part of his series on the U.U. Tradition. The event will begin at 11 a.m. at the fellowship hall at 17 Elk St. Extra parking is available at Ermilio's Restaurant at 26 White St. Child care is provided. For details, call 479-253-0929 or go to

* Metafizzies to host Flaxman -- The Metaphysical Society of Eureka Springs will host a presentation by Larry Flaxman from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 68 West Mountain Street, downstairs in the Christian Science edifice. His topic for this talk will be "Time Travel." Flaxman is the President and Senior Researcher of the Arkansas Paranormal and Anomalous Studies Team, with over 150 members worldwide.

* Berryville Public Library Announces Special Holiday Initiatives -- The Berryville Public Library has some special plans in store for the month of December. The final month of 2012 will see the return of "Food for Fines." Under the program, patrons who owe library fees may pay off their debt with unopened, unexpired, non-perishable food items. Each item will be good for $1 off the patron's fees. All food collected will be taken to Loaves and Fishes food bank.

Also, just in time for Christmas, the library will be hosting a bake sale on Friday, December 21, from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Donations of baked goods are gladly accepted and can be dropped off at the library Wednesday, Dec. 19, or Thursday, Dec. 20.

Finally, the library will hold a book sale in December. The cost will be $4 per grocery bag. For details, call 870-423-2323 or email

Ongoing services/meetings

* Elementary needs mentors -- Eureka Springs elementary school is in need of several more volunteer mentors to assist kindergartners in learning ABC's and 123's. We also have small group positions open with 1st and 2nd graders. Whichever you choose, the teacher will have lessons prepared for you and will be close by if you have any questions. Please consider signing up for a couple of hours one day a week to help children become successful learners. Contact Donna Kesner at 479-253-8704 if interested.

* Ham radio club! -- To all interested in Ham Radio, the Little Switzerland Amateur Radio club meets every 2nd Thursday of the month at noon at the Pizza Hut on Hwy. 62 in Eureka Springs. For more information contact

* Audiobooks and eBooks: The Carroll County Library System now has eBooks and audiobooks available for download from your library's website. Users may browse the library's Library2Go website, check out with a valid library card, and download to PC, MacŪ, and many mobile devices. For help call the Eureka Springs 479-253-8754 public library.

* Furniture bank and used book store open: Wildflower Chapel's low cost Furniture Bank and Used Book Store is located behind Wildflowers Thrift Store and Chapel on Highway 62E across from Hill Country Hardware. For more information, contact Bill Grissom, 479-252-5108.

* Alateen meeting: Sundays from 10:15 -- 11:15 a.m. For more information, call or text (479) 981-9977, or e-mail

* Overeaters Anonymous: Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. in the Coffee Pot building behind Land O' Nod at US 62 and Hwy. 23. More information: Barbara 479-244-0070.

* Coffeehouse and outreach: Berean Coffeehouse of Calvary Chapel of Eureka Springs hosts Youth Nights monthly with live music, activities and prizes. Watch this space for dates. Regular services 7 p.m. Wednesday nights and 10 a.m. Sunday in the back of the Coffeehouse on US 62E, next to the old Victoria Inn. Coffeehouse open to the public 7 a.m. -- 1 p.m. Tuesday -- Saturday with extra hours and live music on Fridays 5 -- 10 p.m. Worship Circle Fridays at 7 p.m.

* Occupy: If you can't join the occupation, join the Facebook group (type in Occupy Eureka Springs to find the group). More info: 479-253-6963.

* Casual Sundays at FUMC: Come as you are and enjoy a free meal every Sunday night from 5:30 -- 6 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in the Fellowship Hall. Rachel and Larry Brick will share music during the supper. All are invited to stay for the Casual Worship Service from 6 to 7 p.m. Open Doors, Open Hearts, Open Minds. Hwy. 23S across from Autumn Breeze Restaurant. The public is invited and children are welcome. For more information, call 479-253-8987or 479-981-0482.

* Drug problem?: The Eureka Springs Coffee Pot Narcotics Anonymous Group meets Fridays at 5:30 p.m. at the Coffee Pot building behind Land O' Nod Motel. Contact Shawn H. 417-271-1084 or Robin S. 479-244-6863 for more information.

* Al-Anon Family Group: meetings Eureka Springs AFG meets at the Coffee Pot behind the Land O' Nod Motel Sundays at 11:30 a.m., Mondays and Tuesdays at 7 p.m.

* Coffee Break Women: AFG meets at Faith Christian Family Church, Hwy. 23S, on Tuesdays at 9:45 a.m. For info: 479-363-9495.

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