Announcements & meetings
* Carroll County Historical Society Christmas meeting -- The Carroll County Historical Society Christmas general meeting will be Thursday, Dec. 20 at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Before the meeting starts there will be a book signing for the book 50 Memory Moments. June Westphal and Bobby Thurman will be on hand for the book signing. The book is a collection of stories about the people of Eureka Springs and the surrounding communities. As the night continues there will be food, drink and entertainment.
* Winter Solstice celebration -- The Center for Soulful Living will hold a Winter Solstice celebration on Friday, Dec, 21 from 6-9 p.m. at 268 CR 3027, Eureka Springs. Enjoy four original stories told by local storytellers, share your dreams and goals for the New Year, then take a silent torchlight walk through the OM Sanctuary. Bring a vegan snack to share. If you plan to take the torchlight walk, dress appropriately and bring a flashlight. For more information contact Heidi at 479.363.7024 or visit www.28rites.com.
* UU "Music and Stories of the Holidays -- The Eureka Unitarian Un iversalist Fellowship at 17 Elk St. will hold a holiday event, "Music and Stories of the Holidays," on Sunday, Dec. 23 at 11 a.m. It will be presented by Helga Dietzel, Peggy Kjelgaard and Sally Gorrell. For details call 479-253-0929
* Christmas dinner at Flint Street -- Christmas Day Dinner will be served by Flint Street Fellowship at the ECHO Building from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ECHO is located at 4004 E. Van Buren in Eureka Springs. Dinner is free and all are welcome. Please call 253-4945 for transportation or to volunteer.
* Ribbon cutting at new high school -- There will be a small, informal ribbon cutting January 2, 2013, at 9 a.m. at the new high school, 2 Lake Lucerne Road.
* Bereavement support groups -- "Beginning to Heal Together" for those who have lost a child or grandchild will meet for the first time on Jan. 5, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Parish Center from noon to 1:30 p.m. For details, call 479-253-1229.
* Flint Street Fellowship and Inn of the Ozarks Join to Help Families in Need
Best Western Inn of the Ozarks is partnering with Flint Street Fellowship's "Helping Families in Need" project by offering a special discount to participating customers. Visitors are encouraged to bring three cans of non-perishable food for donation to the Flint Street Fellowship Food Pantry upon check-in to receive a 30 percent discount off regular room rates through Dec. 30. The hotel hopes to provide Christmas dinners to more than 75 families in need.
"Helping Families in Need" is part of the Flint Street Fellowship Food Pantry and Lunchroom, a non-profit 501C3 organization housed in the historic Little Chapel at Flint and Main Streets in Eureka Springs. Founded in 1991, the food ministry is staffed by volunteers, and currently distributes groceries to approximately 75 families per week. The need for donations grows during the winter months.
The discount is not valid with any other discounts. For more information, contact Inn of The Ozarks General Manager Randy Wolfinbarger at email@example.com.
* Wildflowers Christian Ministry women and children's shelter fund
Wildflowers Christian Chapel Women and Children Shelter Fund Goal is $444,000 dollars. To date the amount raised is $23,00 dollars. Please send donations to Wildflowers Ministry 6789 Hwy 62 West Eureka Springs AR. 72632. Any amount will help us get this much needed Shelter opened.
* St. James community dinners -- St. James' Sunday night community suppers will 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. 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.
* Wildflowers Food Bank -- Wildflowers Food Bank is open every Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. If you are in need of food, bring your ID and come to the Food Bank. If you are out of food anytime, you can call us Monday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and we will try to help you with enough food to get you to our Friday food bank time. Wildflowers low-cost Thrift Store is open every Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., along with our low cost Furniture Store. Note: We may be closed on Monday and Tuesday until after the first of the year. Call first at 479-363-6408. Or call Wildflowers Ministry at 479-253-5108.
* 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
* 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.
* 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.