Community center adds new events, amenities

Thursday, April 18, 2019

The Eureka Springs Community Center has new activities and amenities in the works.

Board member Debbie Davis said she's excited to host Fiber in the Ozarks at the community center on Friday, April 26, and Saturday, April 27. The festival appeals to anyone interested in fibers, Davis said, including crocheters, felters, hookers, knitters, quilters, spinners and weavers. There will be classes all day Friday, Davis said, and Saturday will be mostly dedicated to vendors.

"We're going to have probably between 12 and 15 vendors that will have fiber-related wares to sell," Davis said.

This is the first year the festival has been held in the spring, Davis said. She said it was a no-brainer to host it at the community center.

"It's a natural choice to bring it up here," Davis said. "It's centrally located, it's got lots of parking and the facilities are nice and clean. Admission is a non-perishable food item for Flint Street Food Bank."

The festival isn't the only exciting thing happening at the community center. Activities director Catherine Luna said the community center will host the Juggling Festival during May Festival of the Arts, saying plein air painters will put in a new art display during that time.

"We're really excited to bring all these different opportunities and groups together," Luna said.

Also in May, Luna said, the community center will have the grand opening for the cardio and weight room. That will be a huge benefit to the community, she said.

"It's going to open up a totally different way for people to exercise they've not been able to get locally for quite a while," Luna said. "They can just pop in here and have access to it. We also have the continuation of our classes in the gym and around the whole campus. It's starting to become a full-fledged facility for all kinds of people to come together."

The community center is working to clean up the front lot, Luna said, so the Eureka Springs Farmers Market can be visible from the street. She said she's excited to see so much progress in so little time. The community center wasn't even open to the public a year ago, Luna said.

"In less than a year, we've done a tremendous amount of work to get this place moving along," Luna said, "and our membership has increased. It's been really warmly received by the public."

"Our available spaces are getting scheduled at a rapid pace," Davis said.

Luna said the community center is always open to suggestions for improvement, saying she hopes people stop by to give their input.

"Any suggestion that comes in, we evaluate it to see if it's possible," Luna said. "We really want to continue to move forward to be a place for people to come in and enjoy. We have been very fortunate to add to our network of nonprofits in Eureka who partner with us."

Davis said she's excited to see how the community center continues to grow.

"This is the community's community center," Davis said. "It belongs to everybody, and they should take advantage of it. Take some classes. Come see how great it is to have this resource up here. It's very valuable."

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