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Get friends together for college radio games.



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Check out camping gear



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Walk carefully in the woods



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walk different areas and count political signs.



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9/20/16 9:34 P

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go watch a plant industrial work



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Look for harvest festivals



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catch crappie and bake it



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9/16/16 3:49 A

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Delta Heritage Trail State Park will host a Para-Cord Bracelet workshop on Saturday, September 17 from 11:00am until 11:30am at the Visitor's Center – Join a park interpreter in the Visitor Center to make your own para-cord bracelet. For more information or to register, contact Maggie at 870-572-2352.
This is fun for all ages



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3) Mississippi River State Park will host a Basket Weaving workshop on Saturday, September 17 from 9:00am until 4:00pm at the Visitor Center – Join a park interpreter and learn how to make a historical basket. This workshop is suitable for ages 12 and up and costs $30 which will cover the cost of materials. For more information, contact 870-295-4040 or view the event online.

4) Delta Heritage Trail State Park will host a Para-Cord Bracelet workshop on Saturday, September 17 from 11:00am until 11:30am at the Visitor's Center – Join a park interpreter in the Visitor Center to make your own para-cord bracelet. For more information or to register, contact Maggie at 870-572-2352.

5) The 23rd Annual Trail of Tears Commemorative Motorcycle Ride’s western leg will stop in Helena for the 16th consecutive year on Sunday, September 18 – The public is encourage to visit with riders as they stop at the Wild Hog building in downtown Helena for lunch before continuing on to their final destination, the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma. For more information, contact Leslie Chin at 870-572-3408 or email him at idrchin@gmail.com.

6) The next Weekly Movie Night will be Tuesday, September 20 at 7:00pm at the Wild Hog Saloon – Everyone is invited to Movie Night at the Wild Hog Saloon. Doors open at 6:30pm. The upcoming schedule is as follows:
Tuesday September 20: Spotlight
Tuesday September 27: The Man Who knew Infinity
Tuesday October 4: All The Way
For more information, or to put in a request for an upcoming movie that you’d love to see on the big screen, contact Leslie Chin at 870-572-3408 or email him at idrchin@gmail.com.

7) The Children's Advocacy Center of Eastern Arkansas will be hosting a Stewards of Children program on September 20 from 12:00pm until 2:00pm at Mid-South Health Systems – This training will increase knowledge, improve attitudes and change child protective behaviors. For more information or to register, contact Lori Wilson, Director, at 870-702-5933 or via email L1wilson@mshs.org.

8) The Red Cross Community Blood Drive will be held on September 20 from 1:00pm until 5:00pm in the PCCUA Fine Arts Center – Help out the community by donating blood. For more information, email Crystal Eastman at ceastman@suddenlink.net.

9) Helena-West Helena Code Enforcement and Keep Arkansas Beautiful are partnering on a "Great American Clean Up" to be held Saturday, September 24 from 9:00am until 1:00pm at the Main Stage – Volunteers along with supplies are needed to help clean up the community . For more information, contact Patrick Allen at 870-714-0238.

10) HandWorks will be celebrating their 8 year anniversary on Tuesday, September 27 from 10:00am until 6:00pm – A variety of special guests will be on hand and visitors will receive 20% off everything in the store. For more information, contact Cathy Campbell at 870-338-4340 or click here for event information.

11) Business After Hours: Helena Family Dental will be hosting a Grand Re-Opening on September 29 from 4:30pm until 6:30pm – There will be a short presentation to introduce Dr. Brandon Glassell to the community and tours of the new facility located at 400 Plaza Street will be available. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Nicole at 870-338-3961.

PLUS... mark your calendars for the following upcoming events:
October 1: 3rd Annual Birdhouse festival
October 1: Turning Point Park Grand Opening
October 1: BFT 30 Year Anniversary
October 1: Mississippi River State Park Fall Kayak Tour
October 5-8: 31st Annual King Biscuit Blues Festival
October 4: Expanded Food & Nutrition Program (EFNP)
October 14: Mississippi River State Park Fall Kayak Tour
October 15: Delta Heritage Trail Zombie Run
October 22: 2016 Marvell Main Street Festival
October 22: Organ Concert, Warfield Concert Series
October 29: Mississippi River State Park Fall Kayak Tour



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9/15/16 8:00 P

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Sit on side of road and count grain trucks passing in 15 minutes



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Look for construction of on the ground silos for bumper harvest. See how many types are in use.



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Congratulate the fair winners and beauties



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Go to Tri-County fair in Marvell AR.



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Watch for early bird migration.



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Look for mushrooms



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rehash the ball game over coffee



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Watch Hi school team practice



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Check out the area County Fairs



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Check out County Fairs and walk through the exhibits.



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Look for wild persimmon trees



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watch the current on one of our many rivers and creeks.



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Upcoming Community Events

1) The Downtown Farmer's Market will be open Friday, August 26 and Saturday, August 27 from 8:00am until 12:00pm at the corner of Walnut & Porter Streets – The Downtown Helena tradition continues. This event is open to the public at no cost; there is a $5 fee to participate as a vendor. The Farmers Market will run every Friday and Saturday through Saturday, September 10. For more information, contact Trina Roberts at 870-228-2336 or trinaroberts402@icloud.com.

2) Mississippi River State Park is holding two events on Saturday, August 27 at the Visitor Center – The public is invited to join park interpreters for the following events:
Aerial Acrobats (9:30am - 10:15am)
Harvest Touch Time Table (3:00pm - 4:00pm)
Both events are open to the public at no cost. For more information, contact 870-295-4040.

3) The Delta Cultural Center will present a screening of "Arthur Ashe: Citizen of the World" on Saturday, August 27 from 1:00pm until 2:00pm at the Visitor Center – As part of the Delta Drop-In program, the DCC will screen this documentary in which fellow tennis players and world leaders pay homage to the life and work of Arthur Ashe, the sports legend who transcended his athletic gifts and grew to become one of the most inspirational celebrities to lend their name in the fight against racism and the race to find a cure for AIDS. Popcorn and drinks will be provided. The Delta Drop-In programs are held each Saturday and are presented by DCC staff members. Each program provides a unique look into the museum. Visitors may get to see a new artifact, learn about a person featured in an exhibit, or discover new facts about the Delta region. For more information, contact Paula Oliver at 870-338-4350 or paula.oliver@arkansas.gov.

4) The Delta Cultural Center will host a Civil War Roundtable on Monday, August 29 from 6:00pm until 7:00pm at the Beth El Heritage Hall – The topic for this Roundtable will be Southland College and will feature University of Arkansas emeritus professor of history, Thomas Kennedy. Kennedy is the author of A History of Southland College: The Society of Friends and Black Education in Arkansas. This event is open to the public at no cost. For more information, contact 870-338-4350.

5) The Delta Cultural Center will host an Opening Reception for the Skeet Seaton Exhibit on Tuesday, August 30 from 5:30pm until 7:00pm at the DCC Visitors Center – The public is invited to the official opening of this exhibit, which features items from Rockabilly Hall of Famer Skeet Seaton's career. Refreshments will be served. There is no cost to attend. For more information, contact Paula Oliver at 870-338-4350 or paula.oliver@arkansas.gov.

6) The next Weekly Movie Night will be Tuesday, August 30 at 7:00pm at the Wild Hog Saloon – Everyone is invited to Movie Night at the Wild Hog Saloon. Doors open at 6:30pm. The upcoming schedule is as follows:
Tuesday, August 30: Mother's Day
Tuesday, September 6: Fathers and Daughters
Tuesday September 13: A Hologram for the King
For more information, or to put in a request for an upcoming movie that you’d love to see on the big screen, contact Leslie Chin at 870-572-3408 or email him at idrchin@gmail.com.

7) Fabulous First Thursday Lunch will take place Thursday, September 1 from 11:30am until 1:00pm at the Pillow Thompson House – Enjoy a fabulous meal by chef Elizabeth Stephens. There is one set menu for the meal, and the cost to attend is $14 per person. Reservations are required. For more information or to make a reservation, contact the Pillow-Thompson House at 870-338-8535.

8) Southern Bancorp will host a reception honoring new teachers on Thursday, September 1 from 5:00pm until 6:30pm at the 425 Plaza branch in West Helena – The community is invited to this annual event honoring new teachers in Phillips County. Drinks and light hors d'oeuvres will be served. The Phillips County Welcome team will be on hand to welcome all new teachers. For more information, contact Gina Pillow at 870-816-2958.

9) Alive After 5 will be held on Thursday, September 1 from 5:00pm until 8:00pm in Downtown Helena – Come visit the shops and restaurants of Downtown Helena on the first Thursday of each month. Participating businesses may include:
Bailee Mae's (209 Rightor)
Bella (229 Cherry)
Handworks (227 Cherry)
Haute Pare (403 Cherry)
J.W. Hall & Co Marketplace (306 Cherry)
Southbound (233 Cherry)
Thrive (310 Cherry)
More details will follow next week. For more information, contact Jordan Yancey at 479-466-9450.

10) The 5th Annual Legendary Blues Festival will be held Saturday, September 3 from 3:00pm until 12:00am at the Cherry Street Pavilion – KCLT & Delta Force 3 Radio Network present the 5th Annual Legendary Blues Fest, featuring live blues along the Mississippi River in historic downtown Helena, AR. Artists include Vic Allen, Ms Jody, Billy Soul Bonds, Luther Lackey and many more. Also, don't miss the Big Dog BBQ Cookoff, Motorcycle Roundup, Men's Six-Pack and Women's Swimsuit Contests. Tickets are $20 in advance, $30 at the gate. Gates open at 3:00pm, and the show starts at 5:00pm. Vendor booths and sponsorships available. View the Facebook event. For more information, contact 870-572-9506

11) The 2016 Tri-County Fair will take place Monday, September 5 through Saturday, September 10 at the fairgrounds (1794 Hwy 49, Marvell) – Get the autumn season off to a great start at the annual Tri-County Fair. Highlights include: animal and agricultural products competitions, homecraft displays and contests, talent contests, beauty pageants, live music, carnival food, the infamous demolition derby, and an old-fashioned midway complete with rides and games of skill. Tickets are $3, children's tickets are $2, and Thursday is Dollar Night. For more information, contact Barbie Washburn at 870-829-1001.

12) Delta Heritage Trail State Park will host From Boll to Yarn: Processing Cotton on Wednesday, September 7 from 4:00pm until 4:30pm at the Visitor's Center – Join a park interpreter to discover how cotton is processed by turning a cotton boll into yarn. Class size is limited, so please register by noon the day before. For more information or to register, contact Maggie at 870-572-2352.

PLUS... mark your calendars for the following upcoming events:
September 9: Alzheimer’s Arkansas: Hope for the Future
September 9: Expanded Food & Nutrition Program
September 10: Arkansas Hunter Education Class
September 10: Cherry Street Fair
September 10: KBBF presents The Paul Thorn Band
September 11: Steamboat Sunday
September 11: HUMC: Good Old-Time Gospel Worship
September 15: UAMS 6th Annual Health Awareness Program
September 15: BGCPC Ten-Year Anniversary Fundraiser
September 20: Red Cross Community Blood Drive
October 1: 3rd Annual Birdhouse festival



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Drain all standing water



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kill more mosquitos



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visit farmers markets in all counties



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finally walk in the rain



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get a lot of okra



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Upcoming Community Events

1) TODAY: Phillips County Extension Services presents the Expanded Food & Nutrition Program (EFNP) beginning on Thursday, August 11 from 2:00pm until 3:00pm at the Helena Regional Medical Center cafeteria - Everyone is invited to participate in these eight Eating Smart & Being Healthy Educational seminars, which will be held on the second Thursday of each month through Thursday, March 9. Participants in each session will receive the following at no cost:
Food Samples
Cookbooks
Exercise Supplies
Food Thermometer
Measuring Cups
Vegetable Grater
Seating is limited. For more information or to reserve a seat for this class, contact Tammy Knowlton, Marketing Director, at 870-816-3732.

2) TODAY: PCCUA will host a College Cookout for Adults on Thursday, August 11 from 4:30pm until 6:30pm at the Fine Arts Center – Find out what it takes to get started again to finish that degree. Advisors will be available to assist with setting up the perfect class schedule. There is no cost to attend. View the event online. For more information, contact Rhonda St. Columbia at 870-338-6474, ext. 1130 or rhonda@pccua.edu.

3) TONIGHT: The 2016 King Biscuit Blues Festival poster unveiling will be held on Thursday, August 11 from 5:30pm until 6:30pm at Southern Bancorp (425 Plaza Street) – Come see the unveiling of the 2016 KBBF poster and meet the artist at this much-anticipated annual community event. Posters will be for sale. Food and drinks will be provided. There is no cost to attend. For more information, contact the KBBF office at 870-572-5223.

4) The Downtown Farmer's Market will be open Friday, August 5 and Saturday, August 6 from 8:00am until 12:00pm at the corner of Walnut & Porter Streets – The Downtown Helena tradition continues. This event is open to the public at no cost; there is a $5 fee to participate as a vendor. The Farmers Market will run every Friday and Saturday through Saturday, September 10. For more information, contact Trina Roberts at 870-228-2336 or trinaroberts402@icloud.com.

5) The Helena-West Helena School District will hold a Back to School Rally on Saturday, August 13 from 8:00am until 12:00pm at Central High School – All HWHSD students and their parents are invited to attend the rally, which will feature complimentary food, entertainment, backpack give-a-ways, school supplies, and door prizes. For more information, contact 870-338-4425.

6) Central High School will have a ribbon cutting for the new track on Saturday, August 13 from 10:00am until 10:30am at Cad Polk Stadium – Come celebrate the re-opening of the Central High School track. There will be a ribbon cutting, a ceremonial first lap, and recognition of the Helena Health Foundation, which helped cover the cost of the project. For more information, contact 870-338-4425.

7) HELENA SECOND SATURDAYS: The Delta Cultural Center will present "Small Works on Paper" on Saturday, August 13 from 1:00pm until 1:30pm at the Miller Annex – As part of the Delta Drop-In program, Curator Bill Branch will lead a tour of the DCC's current exhibit. The Delta Drop-In programs are held each Saturday and are presented by DCC staff members. Each program provides a unique look into the museum. Visitors may get to see a new artifact, learn about a person featured in an exhibit, or discover new facts about the Delta region. For more information, contact Paula Oliver at 870-338-4350 or paula.oliver@arkansas.gov.

8) HELENA SECOND SATURDAYS: The Delta Cultural Center presents The Savior Series on Saturday, August 13 from 5:00pm until 6:00pm at the Miller Annex (223 Cherry St.) – The Ratio Male Chorus will perform as part of the Savior Series, providing great gospel music in an indoor venue. The chorus is from Ratio, AR, and will soon celebrate their 60th anniversary by performing throughout Phillips County. This event is open to the public at no cost. For more information, contact Paula Oliver at 870-338-4350 or paula.oliver@arkansas.gov.

9) HELENA SECOND SATURDAYS: The Cherry Street Fair will take place Saturday, August 13 from 5:00pm until 8:00pm on Cherry Street – Come to Downtown Helena for live music, food, and fun. The Kimbrough Brothers will be the featured band, and Angel Voices will be performing gospel music. Additionally, the Ratio Male Choir will be performing at the Miller Hotel (223 Cherry Street). This month will also be the first ever Cherry Street Classics car show. The fire hydrant will be open again in the Kidzone as well. Parents with children are encouraged to bring a towel. Stick around for the annual Book Walk Relay at 7:15pm. As always the local food and craft market will be full of unique offerings ranging from home décor to art, fresh soul food and more. There will be a family-friendly beer garden with lawn games, including giant jenga and cornhole, plus the popular Kidzone. There is no cost to attend. For more information or to participate as a vendor, contact Will Staley at 870-816-4844.

10) The next Weekly Movie Night will be Tuesday, August 16 at 7:00pm at the Wild Hog Saloon – Everyone is invited to Movie Night at the Wild Hog Saloon. Doors open at 6:30pm. The upcoming schedule is as follows:
Tuesday, August 16: Eye In The Sky
Tuesday, August 23: My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
Tuesday, August 30: Mother's Day
For more information, or to put in a request for an upcoming movie that you’d love to see on the big screen, contact Leslie Chin at 870-572-3408 or email him at idrchin@gmail.com.

11) Delta Heritage Trail State Park will host a Dutch Oven Cooking Workshop on Friday, August 19 from 5:00pm until 6:00pm at the Visitor's Center – Join a park staff member for a class on cooking with Arkansas’ official state cooking vessel. Learn everything about seasoning, cleaning, and cooking with a camp Dutch Oven. The cost of the class is $15. Ovens, ingredients, and cooking utensils will be supplied, and participants get to eat what they cook. Dutch ovens will be available for purchase on site for $30. Class size is limited, so please register by noon the day before. View the event online. For more information or to register, contact Maggie at 870-572-2352.

12) Mississippi River State Park will host a Nature Inspired Jewelry workshop on Saturday, August 20 from 1:00pm until 5:00pm at the Visitor Center – Join a park interpreter and create several nature-themed pieces of jewelry. The cost is $30. Space is limited, so please register early. View the event online. For more information or to reserve a spot, contact 870-295-4040.

13) The Delta Cultural Center will host a Civil War Roundtable on Monday, August 22 from 6:00pm until 7:00pm at the Beth El Heritage Hall – The topic for this Roundtable will be Southland College and will feature University of Arkansas emeritus professor of history, Thomas Kennedy. Kennedy is the author of A History of Southland College: The Society of Friends and Black Education in Arkansas. This event is open to the public at no cost. For more information, contact 870-338-4350.

PLUS... mark your calendars for the following upcoming events:
August 25: Senior Health & Fitness Lunch & Learn
September 1: Alive After Five
September 3: Legendary Blues Festival
September 5-11: Tri-County Fair
September 9: Alzheimer’s Arkansas: Hope for the Future
September 10: KBBF presents The Paul Thorn Band
September 11: Steamboat Sunday
September 15: UAMS 6th Annual Health Awareness Program
September 15: BGCPC Ten-Year Anniversary Fundraiser
September 20: Red Cross Community Blood Drive
NOTE: If you would like to get an upcoming community event on our calendar and in an upcoming newsletter, you can send us information via our online submission form.

Phillips County Positive Press

RECENT: Helena Harbor Gets Back On Track (Arkansas Business) – Great feature on John Edwards and the return of rail service to the Helena Harbor.

RECENT: King Biscuit Time Radio Show to Mark 75 Years, Longest Running Daily Broadcast in the US (KATV-Little Rock) – This piece on "Sunshine" Sonny Payne also includes a history of Helena's historic radio show and video. King Biscuit Time will celebrate 75 years of broadcasting on November 21, 2016.




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invite friends to local festivals



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Upcoming Community Events

1) TODAY: Fabulous First Thursday Lunch will take place Thursday, August 4 from 11:30am until 1:00pm at the Pillow Thompson House – Enjoy a fabulous meal by chef Helen McClain. There is one set menu for the meal, and the cost to attend is $14 per person. Reservations are required. For more information or to make a reservation, contact the Pillow-Thompson House at 870-338-8535.

2) The Downtown Farmer's Market will be open Friday, August 5 and Saturday, August 6 from 8:00am until 12:00pm at the corner of Walnut & Porter Streets – The Downtown Helena tradition continues. This event is open to the public at no cost; there is a $5 fee to participate as a vendor. The Farmers Market will run every Friday and Saturday through Saturday, September 10. For more information, contact Trina Roberts at 870-228-2336 or trinaroberts402@icloud.com.

3) The Arkansas Welcome Center at Helena-West Helena and the Delta Cultural Center will host "The Great War: Arkansas in World War I" traveling exhibit opening on Friday, August 5 from 9:00am until 5:00pm at the DCC Depot (95 Missouri St.) – This traveling exhibit consists of 12 large panels showcasing images from the Arkansas State Archives' holdings, including original documents, posters, maps and historical objects, giving a first-hand look at the lives of Arkansans during World War I. Depot hours are 9:00am until 5:00pm, Tuesdays through Saturdays. The exhibit will be on display through Tuesday, August 23. For more information, contact Dawna Parker at 870-338-7602 or Paula Oliver at 870-338-4350.

4) The Delta Cultural Center will close their Summer Enrichment Workshop series "Exploring Music Through The Years" on Saturday, August 6 from 1:00pm until 2:00pm at the Depot – This youth workshop series is geared toward children aged 10 and older. For the final week, participants will learn about Delta Blues music. Bluesman Vince Cheney will come to Helena to show participants how to construct a cigar box guitar, which they can then take home with them. Each workshop is limited to 15 participants and is first come, first served. For more information or to enroll in a workshop, contact Ron Kelley at ronald@arkansasheritage.org or 870-338-4350.

5) Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas will host a Pokemon Go event on Tuesday, August 9 from 11:00am until 1:00pm at the Pillow Thompson House – Come take part in the craze of Pokemon Go. Learn the basics of the game as well as some strategies, and take advantage of the virtual Pokemon Gym location onsite. Refreshments will be served, and there will be prizes. There is no cost to attend. For more information, contact 870-338-6474.

6) The next Weekly Movie Night will be Tuesday, August 9 at 7:00pm at the Wild Hog Saloon – Everyone is invited to Movie Night at the Wild Hog Saloon. Doors open at 6:30pm. The upcoming schedule is as follows:
Tuesday, August 9: London Has Fallen
Tuesday, August 16: Eye In The Sky
Tuesday, August 23: My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
For more information, or to put in a request for an upcoming movie that you’d love to see on the big screen, contact Leslie Chin at 870-572-3408 or email him at idrchin@gmail.com.

7) Bella and The Maven present "Fall 2016: A Helena Fashion and Design Event" on Wednesday, August 10 from 5:00pm until 7:00pm on Cherry Street – Please join Bella and the MS Design Maven as they celebrate fall and back to school with a fashion show and fashion inspired design in downtown Helena. The evening will begin with a fashion show and champagne at The Maven and after hours shopping at Bella. Handworks will also be open late for everyone's back to school and fall needs. Stop by Southbound afterwards for live music and dinner at Southbound after shopping. There is no cost to attend. View the Facebook event and the event flyer online. For more information, contact Bella at 870-228-5004 or The Maven at mtsdesigner@aol.com.

8) Phillips County Extension Services presents the Expanded Food & Nutrition Program (EFNP) beginning on Thursday, August 11 from 2:00pm until 3:00pm at the Helena Regional Medical Center cafeteria - Everyone is invited to participate in these eight Eating Smart & Being Healthy Educational seminars, which will be held each month through Saturday, March 11. Participants in each session will receive the following at no cost:
• Food Samples
• Cookbooks
• Exercise Supplies
• Food Thermometer
• Measuring Cups
• Vegetable Grater
Seating is limited. For more information or to reserve a seat for this class, contact Tammy Knowlton, Marketing Director, at 870-816-3732.

9) PCCUA will host a College Cookout for Adults on Thursday, August 11 from 4:30pm until 6:30pm at the Fine Arts Center – Find out what it takes to get started again to finish that degree. Advisors will be available to assist with setting up the perfect class schedule. There is no cost to attend. View the event online. For more information, contact Rhonda St. Columbia at 870-338-6474, ext. 1130 or rhonda@pccua.edu.

10) The 2016 King Biscuit Blues Festival poster unveiling will be held on Thursday, August 11 from 5:30pm until 6:30pm at Southern Bancorp (425 Plaza Street) – Come see the unveiling of the 2016 KBBF poster and meet the artist at this much-anticipated annual community event. Posters will be for sale. Food and drinks will be provided. There is no cost to attend. For more information, contact the KBBF office at 870-572-5223.

11) The Helena-West Helena School District will hold a Back to School Rally on Saturday, August 13 from 8:00am until 12:00pm at Central High School – All HWHSD students and their parents are invited to attend the rally, which will feature complimentary food, entertainment, backpack give-a-ways, school supplies, and door prizes. For more information, contact 870-338-4425.

12) Central High School will have a ribbon cutting for the new track on Saturday, August 13 from 10:00am until 10:30am at Cad Polk Stadium – Come celebrate the re-opening of the Central High School track. There will be a ribbon cutting, a ceremonial first lap, and recognition of the Helena Health Foundation, which helped cover the cost of the project. For more information, contact 870-338-4425.

13) HELENA SECOND SATURDAYS: The Cherry Street Fair will take place Saturday, August 13 from 5:00pm until 8:00pm on Cherry Street – Come to Downtown Helena for live music, food, and fun. The Kimbrough Brothers will be the featured band, and Ratio Male Choir will be performing at the Miller Hotel (223 Cherry Street). The fire hydrant will be open again in the Kidzone as well. Parents with children are encouraged to bring a towel. Stick around for the annual Book Walk Relay at 7:15pm. As always the local food and craft market will be full of unique offerings ranging from home décor to art, fresh soul food and more. There will be a family-friendly beer garden with lawn games, including giant jenga and cornhole, plus the popular Kidzone. There is no cost to attend. For more information or to participate as a vendor, contact Will Staley at 870-816-4844.

PLUS... mark your calendars for the following upcoming events:
• August 25: Senior Health & Fitness Lunch & Learn
• September 1: Alive After Five
• September 3: Legendary Blues Festival
• September 9: Alzheimer’s Arkansas: Hope for the Future
• September 10: KBBF presents The Paul Thorn Band
• September 11: Steamboat Sunday
• September 15: BGCPC Ten-Year Anniversary Fundraiser




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1) The Downtown Farmer's Market will be open Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23 from 8:00am until 12:00pm at the corner of Walnut & Porter Streets – The Downtown Helena tradition continues. This event is open to the public at no cost; there is a $5 fee to participate as a vendor. The Farmers Market will run every Friday and Saturday through Saturday, September 10. For more information, contact Trina Roberts at 870-228-2336 or trinaroberts402@icloud.com.

2) Mississippi River State Park will hold a Nature Inspired Fairy Gardens workshop on Saturday, July 23 from 1:00pm until 4:00pm at the Visitors Center – This workshop will have participants creating furniture out of nature for fairy gardens made inside of 10” galvanized tubs. The cost is $30 per person. Space is limited so please register early. For more information or to reserve a space, contact the Visitor Center 870-295-4040.

3) The Delta Cultural Center will continue their Summer Enrichment Workshop series "Exploring Music Through The Years" on Saturday, July 23 from 1:00pm until 2:00pm at the Depot – This youth workshop series is geared toward children aged 10 and older. For the second week, participants will learn about African music and build a rattle to take home. The remaining workshops will cover the following topics:
Saturday, July 30 - Harmonicas and the Civil War
Saturday, August 6 - Delta Blues
Each workshop is limited to 15 participants and is first come, first served. For more information or to enroll in a workshop, contact Ron Kelley at ronald@arkansasheritage.org or 870-338-4350.

4) The next Weekly Movie Night will be Tuesday, July 26 at 7:00pm at the Wild Hog Saloon – Everyone is invited to Movie Night at the Wild Hog Saloon. Doors open at 6:30pm. The upcoming schedule is as follows:
Tuesday, July 26: Remember
Tuesday, August 2: Hello, My Name is Doris
Tuesday, August 9: London Has Fallen
For more information, or to put in a request for an upcoming movie that you’d love to see on the big screen, contact Leslie Chin at 870-572-3408 or email him at idrchin@gmail.com.

5) The Helena Regional Medical Center will host a Lunch and Learn on Thursday, July 28 from 12:00pm until 1:00pm in Classroom A – The community is invited to hear talks on "Protecting Your Eyes" presented by Dr. Drew Fielder and "Everybody Deserves a Massage" presented by Cathy Jacobs, LMT. Lunch is provided but space is limited, so register early. For more information or to reserve a spot, contact Tammy Knowlton at 870-816-3732 or tammy_knowlton@quoromhealth.com.

6) Deco will hold a ribbon cutting and business after hours on Thursday, July 28 from 4:30pm until 6:00pm at 605 Oakland – The public is invited to attend the grand opening of Deco, a small mall and a division of Brian's Picture Framing in Helena-West Helena. The ribbon cutting will be held at 4:30pm followed by a business after hours with refreshments provided. For more information, contact Ann Marie Zito at 870-338-3700.

7) The Delta Cultural Center will host an opening reception for "Small Works on Paper" on Thursday, July 28 from 5:30pm until 7:00pm at the Visitors Center – This exhibit is sponsored and coordinated by the Arkansas Arts Council and features small works by artists who are members of the Arkansas Artists Registry. Refreshments will be served. This event is open to the public at no cost. For more information, contact Paula Oliver at paula@arkansasheritage.org or visit the Arkansas Arts Council website.

8) Delta Heritage Trail State Park will host a Dutch Oven Cooking Workshop on Sunday, Saturday, July 30 from 10:00am until 11:00am at the Visitor's Center – Join a park staff member for a class on cooking with Arkansas’ official state cooking vessel. Learn everything about seasoning, cleaning, and cooking with a camp Dutch Oven. The cost of the class is $10. Ovens, ingredients, and cooking utensils will be supplied, and participants get to eat what they cook. Class size is limited, so please register by noon on Thursday, July 28. For more information or to register, contact Maggie at 870-572-2352.



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1) TONIGHT: The Helena-West Helena Police Department will hold a Public Safety Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, June 30 from 6:00pm until 7:30pm at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Phillips County (8 Plaza Avenue) – The community is invited to attend this public meeting. Chief Virgil Green will discuss the department's efforts to improve safety in the community and to answer questions from the public. For more information, contact the HWHPD at 870-572-2861.

2) TONIGHT: Southbound will host Karaoke Night on Thursday, June 30 from 6:00pm until 9:00pm at 233 Cherry Street – Come to karaoke night and choose from over 100,000 song options. Happy Hour is from 4:00pm until 7:00pm. View the flyer on Facebook. For more information, contact Southbound at 870-228-5009.

3) The Downtown Farmer's Market will celebrate the season grand opening on Friday, July 1 and Saturday, July 2 from 8:00am until 12:00pm at the corner of Walnut & Porter Streets – The Downtown Helena tradition continues. Celebrate the grand opening with complimentary hot dogs and face painting, plus lots of drawings and giveaways. This event is open to the public at no cost; there is a $5 fee to participate as a vendor. The Farmers Market will run every Friday and Saturday through Saturday, September 10. For more information, contact Trina Roberts at 870-228-2336 or trinaroberts402@icloud.com.

4) The Delta Cultural Center will host "Sidewalk Chalk Fireworks" Saturday, July 2 at the Visitor's Center – As part of the Delta Drop-In program, the community is invited to decorate the Delta Cultural Center for the 4th by creating fireworks on the sidewalk. This event is perfect for kids and grandkids. The Delta Drop-In programs are held each Saturday and are presented by DCC staff members. Each program provides a unique look into the museum. Visitors may get to see a new artifact, learn about a person featured in an exhibit, or discover new facts about the Delta region. View the event on Facebook. For more information, contact the DCC at 870-338-4350.

5) Steamboat Sunday will be held Sunday, July 3 from 8:30am until 12:00pm in Downtown Helena – The steamboats are back, which means community members and visitors alike are invited to Downtown Helena on these special Sunday mornings. Shops, museums, and cultural sites will be open on Sunday mornings whenever the boats stop for a visit, including:
Bailee Mae's (209 Rightor) - open every Sunday from 8:00am until 7:00pm
Bella (229 Cherry)
Delta Cultural Center Depot (95 Missouri) & Visitor Center (141 Cherry)
Delta Gypsy Caravan (509 Cherry)
Freedom Park (700 Biscoe) - interpreters onsite
Fort Curtis (350 Columbia) - Civil War reenactors and interpreters onsite
Handworks (227 Cherry)
Harts Shoes (401 Cherry)
haute paré (403 Cherry)
Helena Museum (623 Pecan)
J.W. Hall & Co Marketplace (306 Cherry)
Pillow-Thompson House (718 Perry) - open for tour
St. Mary's Catholic Church (123 Columbia) - open for tours
The remaining Steamboat Sunday dates are: September 11, November 13 & 27. For more information, contact Main Street Helena at 870-338-9144.

6) Phillips County will hold multiple observances of Independence Day on Monday, July 4 – The community is invited to attend any and all of the following events:

Civil War artillery demonstrations at Fort Curtis from 8:00am until 12:00pm
Fireworks show at the Marvell Ball Park beginning at dusk (approximately 8:00pm)
For more information, contact the Chamber at 870-338-8327.

7) Part 3 of the World War II Series: Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest will be held on Tuesday, July 5 from 6:00pm until 8:00pm at Marvell United Methodist Church – This is the third and final presentation of a three-part series of talks led by Ben Story, Lieutenant Colonel, US Army, Retired. The focus of this series will be the E Company, 506th Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division (also known as the "Screaming Eagles") made famous by author Stephen Ambrose's book "Band of Brothers." This event is open to the public at no cost. Refreshments will be served at the intermission of the presentation. For more information, contact Edwynne Story at 870-995-2537.

8) The next Weekly Movie Night will be Tuesday, July 5 at 7:00pm at the Wild Hog Saloon – Everyone is invited to Movie Night at the Wild Hog Saloon. Doors open at 6:30pm. The upcoming schedule is as follows:
Tuesday, July 5: 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
Tuesday, July 12: The Revenant
Tuesday, July 19: The Lady In The Van
For more information, or to put in a request for an upcoming movie that you’d love to see on the big screen, contact Leslie Chin at 870-572-3408 or email him at idrchin@gmail.com.

9) Delta Heritage Trail State Park will host Adventure Day Camp from Wednesday, July 6 through Friday, July 8 from 9:00am until 4:00pm – Make time for summer fun at Delta Heritage Trail State Park's Adventure Day Camp. All campers will have opportunity to learn about the history and nature of the Delta as well as participate in crafts, games, water, hiking, biking and much more. The program is open to children ages 7-9, and space is limited. There is a $60 fee which covers all three days of camp activities. However, campers will need to provide their own sack lunch. For more information or to reserve a spot, contact the Visitor Center at 870-572-2352.

10) Alive After 5 will be held on Thursday, July 7 from 5:00pm until 8:00pm in Downtown Helena – Come visit the shops and restaurants of Downtown Helena on the first Thursday of each month. Participating businesses include:
Bailee Mae's (209 Rightor)
Bella (229 Cherry)
Handworks (227 Cherry)
Harts Shoes (401 Cherry)
Haute Pare (403 Cherry)
J.W. Hall & Co Marketplace (306 Cherry)
Southbound (233 Cherry)
For more information, contact Jordan Yancey at 479-466-9450.

11) The Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas Workshop in the Arts presents "Putting It All Together" on Thursday, July 7 from 7:30pm until 8:30pm at the Lily Peter Auditorium – Come watch as the students of PCCUA’s summer arts workshop showcase their talents in acting, dance, music, and visual arts. Students have worked with theater professionals in preparation for this final production, which is open to the public at no cost. For more information, contact Kirk Whiteside at 870- 338-6474, ext. 1327.

12) The Freeman Playground groundbreaking will be held on Friday, July 8 from 12:00pm until 1:30pm at the corner of Beech and Market Streets – Join Will and Misti Staley for the groundbreaking of the Freeman Playground in honor of their son Freeman Ellis Staley. Freeman passed away in February at 10 months old, after spending all but 5 weeks of his short life at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock. Will and Misti spent every day by his side making his life full of love and as fun as possible. The nearest American Disabilities Act (ADA) playground with ramps in Arkansas is 87 miles away in Jonesboro, which will make the Freeman Playground the first of its kind in Phillips County- allowing wheelchair bound children the freedom to play alongside children without disability. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3 blocks from the Freeman Playground, will provide hot dogs, chips, watermelon, and water. Come meet neighbors, have lunch, and find out more about the playground. This event is open to the public at no cost. Fundraising will continue for the Freeman Playground in hopes of an opening in the fall of 2016. To keep up with the progress of the Freeman Playground, like their Facebook page. For more information on how to donate, make an in-kind donation, or volunteer, contact Misti Freeman Staley at 770-490-9973.

13) HELENA SECOND SATURDAYS: The Cherry Street Fair will take place Saturday, July 9 from 5:00pm until 8:00pm on Cherry Street – Come to Downtown Helena for live music, food, and fun. Blue Mother Tupelo will be the featured band, and the fire hydrant will be open in the Kidzone. Parents with children are encouraged to bring a towel. Stick around for the annual Watermelon Eating Race at 7:15pm. As always the local food and craft market will be full of unique offerings ranging from home décor to art, fresh soul food and more. There will be a family-friendly beer garden with lawn games, including giant jenga and cornhole, plus the popular Kidzone. There is no cost to attend. View the event flyer online. For more information or to participate as a vendor, contact Will Staley at 870-816-4844.

PLUS... mark your calendars for the following upcoming events:

July 16: David Solomon 100th Birthday Celebration
July 19: BGCPC Armory Unit Ribbon Cutting
August 4: Fabulous First Thursday Lunch
August 4: Alive After 5
August 13: Cherry Street Fair
September 10: KBBF presents The Paul Thorn Band



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Steamboat Sunday will be held Sunday, July 3 from 8:30am until 12:00pm in Downtown Helena – The steamboats are back, which means community members and visitors alike are invited to Downtown Helena on these special Sunday mornings. Shops, museums, and cultural sites will be open on Sunday mornings whenever the boats stop for a visit, including:

Bailee Mae's (209 Rightor) - open every Sunday from 8:00am until 7:00pm
Bella (229 Cherry)
Delta Cultural Center Depot (95 Missouri) & Visitor Center (141 Cherry)
Delta Gypsy Caravan (509 Cherry)
Freedom Park (700 Biscoe) - interpreters onsite
Fort Curtis (350 Columbia) - interpreters onsite
Handworks (227 Cherry)
Harts Shoes (401 Cherry)
haute paré (403 Cherry)
Helena Museum (623 Pecan)
J.W. Hall & Co Marketplace (306 Cherry)
Pillow-Thompson House (718 Perry) - open for tour
St. Mary's Catholic Church (123 Columbia) - open for tours
The remaining Steamboat Sunday dates are: September 11, November 13 & 27. For more information, contact Main Street Helena at 870-338-9144.



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1) TODAY: The Delta Cultural Center will host “Art Golf” daily through Saturday, June 11 from 1:00pm until 7:00pm at the Miller Annex (223 Cherry Street) – The DCC is sponsoring a special exhibit by Exhibits On The Go (EOG). Families are invited to enjoy a rousing game of mini golf while adding in a little art culture in the process. “Art Golf” features a 6 hole mini-golf course with obstacles designed by artists from around the country. Each hole highlights a different artistic medium, its history and some fun facts, too. On Sunday, June 5, the hours will be adjusted to 8:00am until 12:00pm to accommodate the steamboat passengers. This event is open to all ages at no cost. View the event online. For more information, contact the Delta Cultural Center at 870-338-4350 or 800-358-0972.

2) TODAY: The Delta Cultural Center presents the Rocky Mountain Children's Choir on Thursday, June 9 from 2:30pm until 3:30pm at Beth El Heritage Hall – Everyone is invited to hear this Denver, Colorado-based choir as they stop in Helena as part of their 6-city "Note by Note – Building a Better World" tour. This tour is the culmination of a year of studying the American Civil Rights Movement through music and special guest speakers. Celebrating its 20th Anniversary this season, the Rocky Mountain Children’s Choir brings children of diverse backgrounds together in an environment of inclusiveness and respect through nine different choral programs. Children learn to sing and read music while they develop self-confidence, build relationships, strive for excellence, and gain appreciation and respect for one another. This event is open to the public at no cost. For more information, contact the Delta Cultural Center at 870-338-4350 or Ron Kelley at 870-592-0079.

3) TONIGHT: The Delta Cultural Center will host "A Gallery Talk with Artist Aj Smith" on Thursday, June 9 from 5:30pm until 6:30pm at the Visitor Center – The current exhibiting artist at the Delta Cultural Center, Mr. Aj Smith, will talk about his large scale portraits done in graphite pencil, his silverpoint drawings, and his lithographic prints hanging in close proximity. He will describe his methods for creating his awe-inspiring and award-winning artworks now on display in the exhibit “Faces of the Delta: The Art of Aj Smith,” on view until July 4. This event is open to the public at no cost. For more information, contact 870-338-4350.

4) The Boys & Girls Club of Phillips County will host an Open House and Registration event on Friday, June 10 from 10:00am until 2:00pm at the Armory (511 Miller Street) –The community is invited to a soft opening of the newly refurbished “Armory Unit” of the Boys & Girls Club in North Helena. Attendees will be able to tour the facility and register children for membership. The fire department will be on hand serving lunch. Club staff will have games and prizes along with Club membership registration. The Armory Unit will officially open for the summer on Monday, June 13 from 8:00am until 5:30pm. For more information, contact Jason Rolett at 870-572-1711.

5) The 2016 Delta Ducky Derby & Gala will be held Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11 in Helena – This annual event to benefit Humane Society of the Delta will span two days this year and include the following:

Friday, June 10:
The Karen Harris Memorial Golden Duck Awards & Red Carpet Gala from 6:45pm until 11:00pm in Lily Peter Auditorium – Ticket holders will enjoy great food, cash bars, live auction, and musical entertainment by The Gary Goin Group. Tickets are available for couples at $150 (which includes a 10" jumbo duck to enter in the Golden Duck Awards competition) or for individuals for $75 (Jumbo ducks may be purchased separately for $25). All Gala ticket holders receive one "Racer" duck with their purchase.
Saturday, June 11:

The Delta Ducky Derby from 9:00am until 1:00pm at the River Park boardwalk – The main events include Rescue with Ruskey 10-person canoe races and the headlining ducky race event. Racer duckies are available for $10 each with bulk purchasing discounts for increments of 13, 54, and 108 Racers. Cash prizes of $300, $200 and $100 will be awarded for the ducky race.
Tickets and ducks can be purchased online. For more information, contact 870-589-3396.

6) The Phillips County Fishing Rodeo will be held Saturday, June 11 from 7:00am until 11:00am at Storm Creek Lake in Mississippi River State Park – Everyone is invited to Storm Creek for a day of fishing, friends, and fun. The Fishing Rodeo is for children ages 4 through 12, and all children must be accompanied by a grown-up. Participants should use cane poles only- no rod and reels. Sign-up begins at 7:00am, and fishing begins at 8:00am. There is no cost to enter. Prizes will be awarded, and refreshments will be provided. Participants and spectators are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs. Storm Creek is handicap accessible. For more information, contact Scott Pryor at 870-995-2445.

7) J.B. Youth Builders Society and Still Standing Ministries will sponsor the “Cleaning Up Home Sure Feels Great” event on Saturday, June 11 from 9:00am until 12:00pm at the Dollar General on Columbia Street – Everyone is invited to a morning of community cleanup. Volunteers will remove litter, cut grass, and plant flowers on vacant lots and for the elderly. T-shirts and supplies will be provided. There is no cost to participate. For more information, contact Patrick Allen at 870-714-0238 or codeenforcementdirector@helena-westhelena.
us or Hazel D. Noble and Steven Canon at 510-648-0229 or hazeldn@yahoo.com.

8) The Lee Street Community Center continues "Pops for Pop" on Saturday, June 111 from 10:00am until 3:00pm at the Birdhouse Headquarters on Main Street in Elaine – Everyone is invited to celebrate fathers with this pop-up store. Fathers who visit the store will receive a complimentary lollipop and soda pop. Anyone making a purchase of $10 or more will receive the same two items to give to dad. Father's Day gifts for $10 and under are available. There will also be a yard sale, bake sale, and Kool-Aid pickle sale. This event will continue on Saturday, June 11 and Saturday, June 18. For more information, contact Patricia Kienzle or Ora Scaife at elainebirdhousecapital@windstream.net.

9) HELENA SECOND SATURDAY: The Delta Cultural Center will present "Art Golf" on Saturday, June 11 from 1:00pm until 1:30pm at the Miller Annex – As part of the Delta Drop-In program, the DCC staff will be on hand to help visitors navigate this special Exhibit On The Go (see event #1 for details). The Delta Drop-In programs are held each Saturday and are presented by DCC staff members. Each program provides a unique look into the museum. Visitors may get to see a new artifact, learn about a person featured in an exhibit, or discover new facts about the Delta region. View the event online. For more information, contact the DCC at 870-338-4350.

10) HELENA SECOND SATURDAYS: The Cherry Street Fair will take place Saturday, June 11 from 5:00pm until 8:00pm on Cherry Street – Come to Downtown Helena for live music, food, and fun. Corte will be the featured band, and the fire hydrant will be open in the Kidzone. Parents with children are encouraged to bring a towel. As always the local food and craft market will be full of unique offerings ranging from home décor to art, fresh soul food and more. There will be a family-friendly beer garden with lawn games, including giant jenga and cornhole, plus the popular Kidzone. There is no cost to attend. View the event flyer online. For more information or to participate as a vendor, contact Will Staley at 870-816-4844.

11) CORRECTED: The “On Your Mark, Get Set, GO” Summer Reading Program will continue on Tuesday, June 14 at multiple locations throughout Phillips County – The second program in this series will be “Health of Our Planet," presented by Bob Tarter with NHEC: National Educational Company of the Midsouth. The same program will be presented at three different locations throughout the day. The schedule is as follows:
Phillips County Library – 9:00am-10:00am
Elaine Community Center – 11:00am-12:00pm
Marvell Library – 2:00pm-3:00pm
There is no cost to attend, and the event is open to the public. Click here to see the flyer. For more information, contact Erica Bentley at 870-338-3537 or libraryevent@yahoo.com.

12) Graham Plumbing will host Business After Hours on Tuesday, June 14 from 5:00pm until 6:30pm at 302 B Plaza Street – The community is invited to this Business After Hours event. There will be a short presentation at 5:30pm to introduce the new staff and jetter service of Graham Plumbing. Refreshments will also be provided. There is no cost to attend. For more information, contact Debra Graham at 870-572-9434.

13) The next Weekly Movie Night will be Tuesday, June 14 at 7:00pm at the Wild Hog Saloon – All members over 21 are invited to Movie Night at the Wild Hog Saloon. The bar will open prior to the movie at 6:30pm. The upcoming schedule is as follows:
Tuesday, June 14: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Tuesday, June 21: The Revenant
Tuesday, June 28: The Lady In The Van
For more information, or to put in a request for an upcoming movie that you’d love to see on the big screen, contact Leslie Chin at 870-572-3408 or email him at idrchin@gmail.com.

14) Delta Heritage Trail State Park will host Adventure Day Camp from Monday, June 20 through Wednesday, June 22 – Make time for summer fun at Delta Heritage Trail State Park’s Adventure Day Camp. All campers will have the opportunity to learn about the history and nature of the Delta as well as participate in crafts, games, water, hiking, biking, and much more. This program is open to children ages 7-9, and space is limited. There is a $60 fee which covers all three days of camp activities. However, campers will need to provide their own sack lunch. For more information or to reserve a spot, contact the Visitor Center at 870-572-2352.

15) The World War II Series: Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest will begin on Tuesday, June 21 from 6:00pm until 8:00pm at Marvell United Methodist Church – This three-part series of talks will be led by Ben Story, Lieutenant Colonel, US Army, Retired. The focus of this series will be the E Company, 506th Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division (also known as the "Screaming Eagles") made famous by author Stephen Ambrose's book Band of Brothers. Part 2 will be presented on Tuesday, June 28 and Part 3 on Tuesday, July 5. This event is open to the public at no cost. Refreshments will be served at the intermission of each presentation. For more information, contact Edwynne Story at 870-995-2537.

16) The Lee Street Community Center will host the "Pizza for a Park" fundraiser on Wednesday, June 22 from 6:00pm until 8:00pm at Southbound Pizza – The Lee Street Community Center is raising funds for Turning Point Park, a civil rights landmark in Elaine with the theme "Regret for the Past, Hope for the Future: 1919-2019 and Beyond." Tickets are $20 and include a drink, three slices of pizza, and a donation. Ticketholders will be entered into a drawing for door prizes. For more information, contact Pat Kienzle at 479-871-0076.

PLUS... mark your calendars for the following upcoming events

June 25: Divas on Fire
June 28: World War II Series: Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest, pt. 2
July 5: World War II Series: Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest, pt. 3
July 6-8: Delta Heritage Trail: Adventure Day Camp (Ages 10-12)
July 7: Alive After 5
July 9: Helena Second Saturdays



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Upcoming Community Events

1) TODAY: UAMS and the Helena Health Foundation are hosting a "Get Fit Delta Week" from Tuesday, May 31 through Saturday, June 4 at UAMS East – June 2016 marks the 10-year anniversary of UAMS East's occupation of the Helena Health Foundation's Wellness Center. In honor of this time, they will be co-hosting a week-long celebration of various wellness programs and activities.

Thursday, June 2:
Adolescent Health Day from 10:00am until 1:00pm – This event includes a scavenger hunt, motivational speakers, exercise instruction, and lunch. It is open to participants between the ages of 12-18 at no cost.
Friday, June 3:
Senior Citizen Day from 10:00am until 1:00pm – Hearing and health screenings as well as lunch and learn will be available at no cost.
Saturday, June 4:
5K Walk/Run at 9:00am – Registration fee is $20 before May 24; late registration fee is $25.
Kid's Fun Run at 10:00am – Registration fee is $15 before May 24; late registration fee is $20.
Women's Health Conference from 10:00am until 2:00pm – This event includes health and hearing screenings, guest speakers, and lunch at no cost. Check-in at the Front Desk.
For more information or to schedule a health screening, contact 870-572-2727.

2) TODAY: Fabulous First Thursday Lunch will take place Thursday, June 2 from 11:30am until 1:00pm at the Pillow Thompson House – Enjoy a fabulous meal by chef Elizabeth Stephens. There is one set menu for the meal, and the cost to attend is $14 per person. Reservations are required. For more information or to make a reservation, contact the Pillow-Thompson House at 870-338-8535.

3) TODAY: The Delta Cultural Center will host “Art Golf” from Thursday, June 2 through Saturday, June 11 from 1:00pm until 7:00pm at the Miller Annex (223 Cherry Street) – The DCC is sponsoring a special exhibit by Exhibits On The Go (EOG). Families are invited to enjoy a rousing game of mini golf while adding in a little art culture in the process. “Art Golf” features a 6 hole mini-golf course with obstacles designed by artists from around the country. Each hole highlights a different artistic medium, its history and some fun facts, too. On Sunday, June 5, the hours will be adjusted to 8:00am until 12:00pm to accommodate the steamboat passengers. This event is open to all ages at no cost. View the event online. For more information, contact the Delta Cultural Center at 870-338-4350 or 800-358-0972.

4) TONIGHT: Alive After 5 will be held on Thursday, June 2 from 5:00pm until 8:00pm in Downtown Helena – Come visit the shops and restaurants of Downtown Helena on the first Thursday of each month. Participating businesses include:
Bailee Mae's (209 Rightor) - $2 Blonde drafts until 8:00pm with food purchase
Bella (229 Cherry) - Summer sale plus refreshments & drinks
Delta Cultural Center/Miller Annex (223 Cherry) - "Art Golf" exhibit (see event #3)
Handworks (227 Cherry) - Live portraits by Cecilia Putter, Not Your Father’s Root Beer floats, & Father's Day gifts
J.W. Hall & Co Marketplace (306 Cherry) - Old-fashioned ice cream social
Southbound (233 Cherry) - Live music
View the event flyer online. For more information, contact Jordan Yancey at 479-466-9450.

5) Main Street Helena will host a "Bricks, Blues, & Brews" beer tasting on Friday, June 3 from 6:00pm until 9:00pm at the Wild Hog Saloon – This annual fundraiser benefits Main Street Helena and features beer from Little Rock-based Lost Forty Brewing. Attendees will also enjoy food and live music from Helena's own True Blue Roots Band. Tickets are $25 and are available from any Main Street board member or a the door. 21 and older only. For more information, contact Main Street Helena at 870-338-9144.

6) Delta Heritage Trail State Park will host a Lick Creek Bike Tour on Saturday, June 4 from 10:00am until 10:45am at the Visitor Center – Join a park interpreter on this guided bike tour to find out the connection between the Delta Heritage Trail and the Civil War. This easy, flat bike ride is three 3 miles long. Wear sturdy shoes. Bikes are available, but participants may bring their own bike. There is no cost to participate. View the event online. For more information, contact 870-572-2352.

7) Mississippi River State Park will host a Pet Friendly Easy Hike on Saturday, June 4 from 10:00am until 11:30am departing from the Storm Creek Lake Day Use Parking Lot – Celebrate the American Hiking Society’s 22nd National Trails Day and the beginning of Great Outdoors Month with a hike. Everyone is welcome, and pets are optional. The hike is approximately 2 miles in length, down and back part of Boy Scout Road. Wear appropriate shoes and insect repellent, and remember to bring water. There is no cost to participate. View the event online. For more information, contact 870-295-4040.

8) The Lee Street Community Center presents "Pops for Pop" on Saturday, June 4 from 10:00am until 3:00pm at the Birdhouse Headquarters on Main Street in Elaine – Everyone is invited to celebrate fathers with this pop-up store. Fathers who visit the store will receive a complimentary lollipop and soda pop. Anyone making a purchase of $10 or more will receive the same two items to give to dad. Father's Day gifts for $10 and under are available. There will also be a yard sale, bake sale, and Kool-Aid pickle sale. This event will continue on Saturday, June 11 and Saturday, June 18. For more information, contact Patricia Kienzle or Ora Scaife at elainebirdhousecapital@windstream.net.

9) The Delta Cultural Center will present "Art Golf" on Saturday, June 4 from 1:00pm until 1:30pm at the Miller Annex – As part of the Delta Drop-In program, the DCC staff will be on hand to help visitors navigate this special Exhibit On The Go (see event #3 for details). The Delta Drop-In programs are held each Saturday and are presented by DCC staff members. Each program provides a unique look into the museum. Visitors may get to see a new artifact, learn about a person featured in an exhibit, or discover new facts about the Delta region. View the event online. For more information, contact the DCC at 870-338-4350.

10) Steamboat Sunday will be held Sunday, June 5 from 8:30am until 12:00pm in Downtown Helena – The steamboats are back, which means community members and visitors alike are invited to Downtown Helena on these special Sunday mornings. Shops, museums, and cultural sites will be open on Sunday mornings whenever the boats stop for a visit, including:

Bailee Mae's (209 Rightor) - open every Sunday from 8:00am until 7:00pm
Bella (229 Cherry)
Delta Cultural Center Depot (95 Missouri) & Visitor Center (141 Cherry)
Delta Gypsy Caravan (509 Cherry)
Freedom Park (700 Biscoe) - interpreters onsite
Fort Curtis (350 Columbia) - interpreters onsite
Handworks (227 Cherry)
Harts Shoes (401 Cherry)
haute paré (403 Cherry)
Helena Museum (623 Pecan)
J.W. Hall & Co Marketplace (306 Cherry)
Miller Annex (223 Cherry ) - Art Golf (see event #3)
Pillow-Thompson House (718 Perry) - open for tour
St. Mary's Catholic Church (123 Columbia) - open for tours
The remaining Steamboat Sunday dates are: June 19, July 3, September 11, November 13 & 27. For more information, contact Main Street Helena at 870-338-9144.

11) The “On Your Mark, Get Set, GO” Summer Reading Program will kick off Tuesday, June 7 at multiple locations throughout Phillips County – The first program in this series will be "Reptilian Warriors," presented by Josh Justice with NHEC: National Educational Company of the Midsouth. The same program will be presented at three different locations throughout the day. The schedule is as follows:

Phillips County Library – 9:00am-10:00am
Lake View Library – 11:00am-12:00pm
Marvell Library – 2:00pm-3:00pm
There is no cost to attend, and the event is open to the public. Click here to see the flyer. For more information, contact Erica Bentley at 870-338-3537 or libraryevent@yahoo.com.

12) The next Weekly Movie Night will be Tuesday, June 7 at 7:00pm at the Wild Hog Saloon – All members over 21 are invited to Movie Night at the Wild Hog Saloon. The bar will open prior to the movie at 6:30pm. The upcoming schedule is as follows:
Tuesday, June 7: Legend
Tuesday, June 14: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Tuesday, June 21: The Revenant
For more information, or to put in a request for an upcoming movie that you’d love to see on the big screen, contact Leslie Chin at 870-572-3408 or email him at idrchin@gmail.com.

13) The 2016 Delta Ducky Derby & Gala will be held Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11 in Helena – This annual event to benefit Humane Society of the Delta will span two days this year and include the following:

Friday, June 10:

The Karen Harris Memorial Golden Duck Awards & Red Carpet Gala from 6:45pm until 11:00pm in Lily Peter Auditorium – Ticket holders will enjoy great food, cash bars, live auction, and musical entertainment by The Gary Goin Group. Tickets are available for couples at $150 (which includes a 10" jumbo duck to enter in the Golden Duck Awards competition) or for individuals for $75 (Jumbo ducks may be purchased separately for $25). All Gala ticket holders receive one "Racer" duck with their purchase.
Saturday, June 11:

The Delta Ducky Derby from 9:00am until 1:00pm at the River Park boardwalk – The main events include Rescue with Ruskey 10-person canoe races and the headlining ducky race event. Racer duckies are available for $10 each with bulk purchasing discounts for increments of 13, 54, and 108 Racers. Cash prizes of $300, $200 and $100 will be awarded for the ducky race.
Tickets and ducks can be purchased online. For more information, contact 870-589-3396.

14) The Phillips County Fishing Rodeo will be held Saturday, June 11 from 7:00am until 11:00am at Storm Creek Lake in Mississippi River State Park – Everyone is invited to Storm Creek for a day of fishing, friends, and fun. The Fishing Rodeo is for children ages 4 through 12, and all children must be accompanied by a grown-up. Participants should use cane poles only- no rod and reels. Sign-up begins at 7:00am, and fishing begins at 8:00am. There is no cost to enter. Prizes will be awarded, and refreshments will be provided. Participants and spectators are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs. Storm Creek is handicap accessible. For more information, contact Scott Pryor at 870-995-2445.

15) J.B. Youth Builders Society and Still Standing Ministries will sponsor the “Cleaning Up Home Sure Feels Great” event on Saturday, June 11 from 9:00am until 12:00pm at the Dollar General on Columbia Street – Everyone is invited to a morning of community cleanup. Volunteers will remove litter, cut grass, and plant flowers on vacant lots and for the elderly. T-shirts and supplies will be provided. There is no cost to participate. For more information, contact Patrick Allen at 870-714-0238 or codeenforcementdirector@helena-westhelena.
us or Hazel D. Noble and Steven Canon at 510-648-0229 or hazeldn@yahoo.com.

16) HELENA SECOND SATURDAYS: The Cherry Street Fair will take place Saturday, June 11 from 5:00pm until 8:00pm on Cherry Street – Come to Downtown Helena for live music, food, and fun. Corte will be the featured band, and the fire hydrant will be open in the Kidzone. Parents with children are encouraged to bring a towel. As always the local food and craft market will be full of unique offerings ranging from home décor to art, fresh soul food and more. There will be a family-friendly beer garden with lawn games, including giant jenga and cornhole, plus the popular Kidzone. There is no cost to attend. View the event flyer online. For more information or to participate as a vendor, contact Will Staley at 870-816-4844.

PLUS... mark your calendars for the following upcoming events


June 20-22: Delta Heritage Trail: Adventure Day Camp (Ages 7-9)
June 20: Hospice of Southern Arkansas Grand Opening
June 21: World War II Series: Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest, pt. 1
June 22: Lee Street Community Center "Pizza for a Park" Fundraiser
June 25: Divas on Fire
June 28: World War II Series: Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest, pt. 2
July 5: World War II Series: Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest, pt. 3
July 6-8: Delta Heritage Trail: Adventure Day Camp (Ages 10-12)
July 7: Alive After 5
July 9: Helena Second Saturdays




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Upcoming Community Events

1) Mississippi River State Park will host a Kayak Test Drive on Saturday, May 28 from 10:00am until 12:00pm at Storm Creek Swim Beach – The public is invited to explore the sport of paddling. Park interpreters will have a couple of kayaks available for individuals to try and be on hand to answer questions and give pointers. View the event online. For more information, contact 870-295-4040.

2) The Delta Cultural Center will present "75 Years of Passin' the Biscuits" on Saturday, May 28 from 11:00am until 11:30am at the Visitors Center – As part of the Delta Drop-In program, Ron Kelley will tell the history of the King Biscuit Time radio show and talk about some of the early performers on the show. The Delta Drop-In programs are held each Saturday and are presented by DCC staff members. Each program provides a unique look into the museum. Visitors may get to see a new artifact, learn about a person featured in an exhibit, or discover new facts about the Delta region. View the event online. For more information, contact the DCC at 870-338-4350.

3) The Marvell Civic Club and the City of Marvell invite the public to the 9th Annual Memorial Day Veteran's Celebration on Monday, May 30 from 10:00am until 1:00pm at the Tri-County Fairgrounds – Come out and support those who have done their part to protect the nation. There will be music and special guests, and a light lunch will be provided. For more information, contact 870-829-1001 or kortni@suddenlink.net.

4) The next Weekly Movie Night will be Tuesday, May 31 at 7:00pm at the Wild Hog Saloon – All members over 21 are invited to Movie Night at the Wild Hog Saloon. The bar will open prior to the movie at 6:30pm. The upcoming schedule is as follows:
Tuesday, May 31: Miss You Already
Tuesday, June 7: Legend
Tuesday, June 14: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
For more information, or to put in a request for an upcoming movie that you’d love to see on the big screen, contact Leslie Chin at 870-572-3408 or email him at idrchin@gmail.com.

5) UAMS and the Helena Health Foundation are hosting a "Get Fit Delta Week" from Tuesday, May 31 through Saturday, June 4 at UAMS East – June 2016 marks the 10-year anniversary of UAMS East's occupation of the Helena Health Foundation's Wellness Center. In honor of this time, they will be co-hosting a week-long celebration of various wellness programs and activities.

Tuesday, May 31:

Men's Health Day from 10:00am until 2:00pm – Prostate, hearing, blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose screenings will be available at no cost. Check-in at the Front Desk.
Wednesday, June 1:
Business After Hours from 5:00pm until 6:30pm – There will be refreshments and music as well as recognition of 10-year Fitness Center member. A few "success stories" will also be featured. This event is open to the public at no cost.
Thursday, June 2:
Adolescent Health Day from 10:00am until 1:00pm – This event includes a scavenger hunt, motivational speakers, exercise instruction, and lunch. It is open to participants between the ages of 12-18 at no cost.
Friday, June 3:
Senior Citizen Day from 10:00am until 1:00pm – Hearing and health screenings as well as lunch and learn will be available at no cost.
Saturday, June 4:
5K Walk/Run at 9:00am – Registration fee is $20 before May 24; late registration fee is $25.
Kid's Fun Run at 10:00am – Registration fee is $15 before May 24; late registration fee is $20.
Women's Health Conference from 10:00am until 2:00pm – This event includes health and hearing screenings, guest speakers, and lunch at no cost. Check-in at the Front Desk.
For more information or to schedule a health screening, contact 870-572-2727.

6) Fabulous First Thursday Lunch will take place Thursday, June 2 from 11:30am until 1:00pm at the Pillow Thompson House – Enjoy a fabulous meal by chef Elizabeth Stephens. There is one set menu for the meal, and the cost to attend is $14 per person. Reservations are required. For more information or to make a reservation, contact the Pillow-Thompson House at 870-338-8535.

7) Alive After 5 will be held on Thursday, June 2 from 5:00pm until 8:00pm in Downtown Helena – Come visit the shops and restaurants of Downtown Helena on the first Thursday of each month. Participating businesses include:
Bailee Mae's (209 Rightor)
Bella (229 Cherry)
Delta Cultural Center/Miller Annex (223 Cherry)
Delta Ice Box (301 Rightor)
Handworks (227 Cherry)
Harts Shoes (401 Cherry)
Haute Pare (403 Cherry)
Hunt Education Center (105 Missouri)
J.W. Hall & Co Marketplace (306 Cherry)
Southbound (233 Cherry)
For more information, contact Jordan Yancey at 479-466-9450.

8) Steamboat Sunday will be held Sunday, June 5 from 8:30am until 12:00pm in Downtown Helena – The steamboats are back, which means community members and visitors alike are invited to Downtown Helena on these special Sunday mornings. Shops, museums, and cultural sites will be open on Sunday mornings whenever the boats stop for a visit, including:

Bailee Mae's (209 Rightor) - open every Sunday from 8:00am until 7:00pm
Bella (229 Cherry)
Delta Cultural Center Depot (95 Missouri) & Visitor Center (141 Cherry)
Delta Gypsy Caravan (509 Cherry)
Freedom Park (700 Biscoe) - interpreters onsite
Fort Curtis (350 Columbia) - interpreters onsite
Handworks (227 Cherry)
Harts Shoes (401 Cherry)
haute paré (403 Cherry)
Helena Museum (623 Pecan)
J.W. Hall & Co Marketplace (306 Cherry)
Pillow-Thompson House (718 Perry) - open for tour
St. Mary's Catholic Church (123 Columbia) - open for tours
The remaining Steamboat Sunday dates are: June 19, July 3, September 11, November 13 & 27. For more information, contact Main Street Helena at 870-338-9144.

PLUS... mark your calendars for the following upcoming events

June 10 & 11: Delta Duck Derby
June 11: Helena Second Saturdays
June 11: "Cleaning Up Home Sure Feels Good" Event
June 21 & 28: World War II Series: Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest, pts. 1 & 2
June 25: Divas on Fire
July 5: World War II Series: Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest, pt. 3



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Upcoming Community Events

1) TONIGHT: The Delta Cultural Center will present " An Evening with Jacob Trieber" on Thursday, May 19 at 5:30pm at Beth El Heritage Hall – There will be a presentation of the life of Judge Jacob Trieber by Dr. Ken Bridges, a history professor at South Arkansas Community College, and a reenactment of Judge Trieber by Rusty Porter. There is no cost for this event. View the event online. For more information, contact 870-338-4350.

2) Mississippi River State Park is having a Full Moon Adventure on Friday, May 20 from 8:30pm until 9:15pm at the Bear Creek Lake Swim Beach – Join a park interpreter for a full-moon hike and look for the park’s nocturnal residents. Sturdy shoes and long pants are recommended, as is a flashlight (in case of emergency). This walk is approximately 1/2 mile in length. View the event online. For more information, contact 870-295-4040.

3) Delta Heritage Trail State Park will host the Kids to Parks Bike Ride on Saturday, May 21 from 10:00am until 11:00am at the Visitor's Center – Children are invited to ride their bikes along the Delta Heritage Trail and enjoy all the flowers coming into bloom. Afterwards, they will join a park interpreter to make s’mores and hotdogs by the campfire as well as play games like volleyball, horseshoes, and much more. There is no cost to attend this event. View the event online. For more information or to register, contact Maggie at 870-572-2352.

4) The Arkansas Delta Arts Partnership will host the River Ridge Arts Market on Saturday, May 21 from 10:00am until 4:00pm in Bailee Mae's Backside Club at 209 Rightor Street in Helena – The public is invited to come and shop for paintings, photography, jewelry, woodworking and much more. 10' X 10' booths are available $40. Register by May 14. For more information or to register, contact adapmail@gmail.com.

5) The Delta Cultural Center will present the 16th Annual Arkansas Delta Family Gospel Fest on Saturday, May 21 from 3:00pm until 7:00pm in the Cherry Street Pavilion – The Arkansas Delta Family Gospel Festival is a one-day event that features an impressive line-up of some of the top gospel acts with styles ranging from traditional to contemporary Christian music. This year's lineup will include: Gloryland Pastors Choir (Little Rock), Tim Roger and the Fellas (Blytheville), and Doc McKenzie and the Highlights. There is no cost for this event. For more information, contact 870-338-4350.

6) Steamboat Sunday will be held Sunday, May 22 from 8:30am until 12:00pm in downtown Helena – The steamboats are back, which means community members and visitors alike are invited to downtown Helena on these special Sunday mornings. Shops, museums, and cultural sites will be open on Sunday mornings whenever the boats stop for a visit, including:
Bailee Mae's (209 Rightor) - open every Sunday from 8:00am until 7:00pm
Bella (229 Cherry)
Delta Cultural Center Depot (95 Missouri) & Visitor Center (141 Cherry)
Delta Gypsy Caravan (509 Cherry)
Freedom Park (700 Biscoe) - interpreters onsite
Fort Curtis (350 Columbia) - interpreters onsite
Handworks (227 Cherry)
Harts Shoes (401 Cherry)
haute paré (403 Cherry)
Helena Museum (623 Pecan)
J.W. Hall & Co Marketplace (306 Cherry)
Pillow-Thompson House (718 Perry) - open for tour
St. Mary's Catholic Church (123 Columbia) - open for tours
The remaining Steamboat Sunday dates are: June 5 & 19, July 3, September 11, November 13 & 27. For more information, contact Main Street Helena at 870-338-9144.

7) The Delta Cultural Center will hold a Civil War Roundtable on Monday, May 23 from 6:00pm until 7:00pm at the Beth El Heritage Hall – This series brings in expert speakers to talk on a variety of topics relating to the Civil War in the Delta. This roundtable will feature Harmony Musical Group from Mountain View, AR. This event is open to the public at no cost. For more information, contact 870-338-4350.

8) The next Weekly Movie Night will be Tuesday, May 24 at 7:00pm at the Wild Hog Saloon – All members over 21 are invited to Movie Night at the Wild Hog Saloon. The bar will open prior to the movie at 6:30pm. The upcoming schedule is as follows:
Tuesday, May 24: Brooklyn
Tuesday, May 31: Miss You Already
Tuesday, June 7: Legend
For more information, or to put in a request for an upcoming movie that you’d love to see on the big screen, contact Leslie Chin at 870-572-3408 or email him at idrchin@gmail.com.

9) The Helena Family Health Center will have a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, May 25 from 10:00am until 10:30am at 513 Porter Street – The community is invited to this celebration of the Helena Family Health Center's expansion, which will include the addition of medical exam rooms and three dental operatories. Dental will be offered at this site for the first time upon completion. CEO Dr. Susan Ward-Jones and a city official will speak briefly. This event is open to the public at no cost. For more information, contact Gloria Gilliam at ggilliam@eafhc.org or Yvonne Jusko at 870-817-0122.

10) Mississippi River State Park will host a Kayak Test Drive on Saturday, May 28 from 10:00am until 12:00pm at Storm Creek Swim Beach – The public is invited to explore the sport of paddling. Park interpreters will have a couple of kayaks available for individuals to try and be on hand to answer questions and give pointers. View the event online. For more information, contact 870-295-4040.

11) The Marvell Civic Club and the City of Marvell invite the public to the 9th Annual Memorial Day Veteran's Celebration on Monday, May 30 from 10:00am until 1:00pm at the Tri-County Fairgrounds – Come out and support those who have done their part to protect the nation. There will be music and special guests, and a light lunch will be provided. For more information, contact 870-829-1001 or kortni@suddenlink.net.

12) UAMS and the Helena Health Foundation are hosting a "Get Fit Delta Week" from Tuesday, May 31 through Saturday, June 4 at UAMS East – June 2016 marks the 10-year anniversary of UAMS East's occupation of the Helena Health Foundation's Wellness Center. In honor of this time, they will be co-hosting a week-long celebration of various wellness programs and activities.

Tuesday, May 31:

Men's Health Day from 10:00am until 2:00pm – Prostate, hearing, blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose screenings will be available at no cost. Check-in at the Front Desk.
Wednesday, June 1:
Business After Hours from 5:00pm until 6:30pm – There will be refreshments and music as well as recognition of 10-year Fitness Center member. A few "success stories" will also be featured. This event is open to the public at no cost.
Thursday, June 2:
Adolescent Health Day from 10:00am until 1:00pm – This event includes a scavenger hunt, motivational speakers, exercise instruction, and lunch. It is open to participants between the ages of 12-18 at no cost.
Friday, June 3:
Senior Citizen Day from 10:00am until 1:00pm – Hearing and health screenings as well as lunch and learn will be available at no cost.
Saturday, June 4:
5K Walk/Run at 9:00am – Registration fee is $20 before May 24; late registration fee is $25.
Kid's Fun Run at 10:00am – Registration fee is $15 before May 24; late registration fee is $20.
Women's Health Conference from 10:00am until 2:00pm – This event includes health and hearing screenings, guest speakers, and lunch at no cost. Check-in at the Front Desk.
For more information or to schedule a health screening, contact 870-572-2727.

PLUS... mark your calendars for the following upcoming events

June 2: Alive After 5
June 10 & 11: Delta Duck Derby
June 11: Helena Second Saturdays
June 25: Divas on Fire



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Upcoming Community Events

1) TODAY: Helena-West Helena School District will present EAST Awareness Day on Thursday, May 12 from 9:00am until 12:30pm in the uphill gym at Central High School – This presentation hopes to empower students to stand against drunk driving, drug abuse, sexual irresponsibility and violence. For more information, contact Ms. Gist at dgist@hwhschools.org or at 870-572-6744.

2) Delta Ink will host a Youth Writer's Day Camp on Saturday, May 14 from 9:00am until 5:00pm at KIPP Delta ELA (215 Cherry Street) – This workshop is a part of this year's Delta Heritage Month activities and is offered for grades 3-12. Following the class, there will be a reception and showcase at 5:00pm and is open to the public at no cost. Refreshments will be provided. Spaces are limited. For more information or to register, contact Jackie Dean at 817-602-5501 or jaclyn.markovich@gmail.com.
3) HELENA SECOND SATURDAYS: The Delta Cultural Center will present a Walking Tour of Historic Helena on Saturday, May 14 from 10:00am until 11:30am at the Main Stage on Cherry Street – As part of the Delta Drop-In program and in conjunction with Arkansas Heritage Month, Shane Williams will lead a tour of Cherry Street concentrating on the historic buildings. The Delta Drop-In programs are held each Saturday and are presented by DCC staff members. Each program provides a unique look into the museum. Visitors may get to see a new artifact, learn about a person featured in an exhibit, or discover new facts about the Delta region. View the event online. For more information, contact the DCC at 870-338-4350.

4) HELENA SECOND SATURDAYS: The Phillips County Library presents Storybook Club on Saturday, May 14 from 10:00am until 11:00am (702 Porter Street) – Children and parents will be entertained by listening to a few wonderful stories read by a boisterous storyteller. Stick around afterwards to see what else the library has to offer. This event is open to the public at no cost. For more information, contact the library at 870-338-3537.
5) HELENA SECOND SATURDAYS: The Helena Community Garden will host a Discovery Day on Saturday, May 14 from 12:00pm until 1:00pm at 112 Walnut Street – Kids of all ages are welcome to come play in the dirt with Greg Cook. There is no cost to attend. For more information, contact 870-338-3300.

6) HELENA SECOND SATURDAYS: The Cherry Street Fair will take place Saturday, May 14 from 5:00pm until 8:00pm on Cherry Street – Come to Downtown Helena for live music, food, and fun. The Phillip Stackhouse Band will be the featured musician, and DJ Roman King will be rocking out the Kidzone. As always the local food and craft market will be full of unique offerings ranging from home décor to art, fresh soul food and more. There will be a family-friendly beer garden with lawn games, including giant jenga and cornhole, plus the popular Kidzone. There is no cost to attend. For more information, or to participate as a vendor, contact Will Staley at 870-816-4844.

7) HELENA SECOND SATURDAYS: A Pop-Up Planetarium will be open on Saturday, May 14 from 6:00pm until 7:30pm in the Miller Annex (223 Cherry Street) – Children and grown-ups are invited to experience the wonders of astronomy with PCCUA professor Chris Maloney. There will be two 30-minute presentations: the first at 6:00pm and a second at 7:00pm. For more information, contact Chris Maloney at 870-995-3613.

8) UPDATED: Delta Heritage Trail State Park will host a Dutch Oven Cooking Workshop on Sunday, May 15 from 10:00am until 11:00am at the Visitor's Center – Join a park staff member for a class on cooking with Arkansas’ official state cooking vessel. Learn everything you need to know about seasoning, cleaning, and cooking with a camp Dutch Oven. The cost of the class is $10. Ovens, ingredients, and cooking utensils will be supplied, and participants get to eat what they cook. Class size is limited, so please register by Thursday, May 12. View the event online. For more information or to register, contact Maggie at 870-572-2352.

9) Mississippi River State Park will host a Kayak Tour of Bear Creek Lake on Sunday, May 15 from 3:00pm until 4:30pm leaving from the Visitor Center – Kayaking is a great way to experience Bear Creek Lake: check out little coves for wildlife or just enjoy the beauty and peacefulness of Crowley’s Ridge. All skill levels are welcome. Basic paddling techniques will be covered beforehand. The cost is $12 with kayak rental, $6 for those who can provide their own kayaks. Space is limited, and interested parties are encouraged to pre-register by calling the visitor center. View the event online. For more information or to pre-register, contact 870-295-4040.

10) Helena Little Theatre will hold an open meeting on Tuesday, May 17 from 5:30pm until 7:00pm in the Fine Arts building at PCCUA – The Helena Little Theatre Board invites the community to find out about the upcoming 2016-17 season. Additionally, the board will welcome new board members and present the 2016 HLT scholarships. Refreshments will be served. RSVPs are requested but not required. To RSVP, email info@helenalittletheatre.org or fill out the online form. For more information, call Kirk Whiteside at 870-338-6474, Ext. 1327.

11) The Delta Cultural Center will host a Trivia Night on Tuesday, May 17 from 6:00pm until 8:00pm at Southbound Pizza – Everyone is invited to bring their knowledge of trivia, form a team, and get ready for a fun evening. Southbound has a great selection of food and beverages that will be available for purchase. View the event online. For more information, contact 870-338-4350.

12) The next Weekly Movie Night will be Tuesday, May 17 at 7:00pm at the Wild Hog Saloon – All members over 21 are invited to Movie Night at the Wild Hog Saloon. The bar will open prior to the movie at 6:30pm. The upcoming schedule is as follows:
Tuesday, May 17: Concussion
Tuesday, May 24: Brooklyn
Tuesday, May 31: Miss You Already
For more information, or to put in a request for an upcoming movie that you’d love to see on the big screen, contact Leslie Chin at 870-572-3408 or email him at idrchin@gmail.com.

13) The DCC will present " An Evening with Jacob Trieber" on Thursday, May 19 at 5:30pm at Beth El Heritage Hall – There will be a presentation of the life of Judge Jacob Trieber by Dr. Ken Bridges, a history professor at South Arkansas Community College and a reenactment of Judge Trieber by Rusty Porter. There is no cost for this event. View the event online. For more information, contact 870-338-4350.

14) Mississippi River State Park is having a Full Moon Adventure on Friday, May 20 from 8:30pm until 9:15pm at the Bear Creek Lake Swim Beach – Join a park interpreter for a full-moon hike and look for the park’s nocturnal residents. Sturdy shoes and long pants are recommended, as is a flashlight (in case of emergency). This walk is approximately 1/2 mile in length. View the event online. For more information, contact 870-295-4040.

15) Delta Heritage Trail State Park will host the Kids to Parks Bike Ride on Saturday, May 21 from 10:00am until 11:00am at the Visitor's Center – Children are invited to ride their bikes along the Delta Heritage Trail and enjoy all the flowers coming into bloom. Afterwards, they will join a park interpreter to make s’mores and hotdogs by the campfire as well as play games like volleyball, horseshoes, and much more. There is no cost to attend this event. View the event online. For more information or to register, contact Maggie at 870-572-2352.

16) The DCC will present the 16th Annual Arkansas Delta Family Gospel Fest on Saturday, May 21 from 3:00pm until 7:00pm in the Cherry Street Pavilion – The Arkansas Delta Family Gospel Festival is a one-day event that features an impressive line-up of some of the top gospel acts with styles ranging from traditional to contemporary Christian music. This year's lineup will include: Gloryland Pastors Choir (Little Rock), Tim Roger and the Fellas (Blytheville), and Doc McKenzie and the Highlights. There is no cost for this event. For more information, contact 870-338-4350.

17) The Arkansas Delta Arts Partnership will host the River Ridge Arts Market on Saturday, May 21 from 10:00am until 4:00pm in Bailee Mae's Backside Club at 209 Rightor Street in Helena – The public is invited to come and shop for paintings, photography, jewelry, woodworking and much more. 10' X 10' booths are available $40. Register by May 14. For more information or to register, contact adapmail@gmail.com.

18) Steamboat Sunday will be held Sunday, May 22 from 8:30am until 12:00pm in downtown Helena – The steamboats are back, which means community members and visitors alike are invited to downtown Helena on these special Sunday mornings. Shops, museums, and cultural sites will be open on Sunday mornings whenever the boats stop for a visit, including:

Bailee Mae's (209 Rightor) - open every Sunday from 8:00am until 7:00pm
Bella (229 Cherry)
Delta Cultural Center Depot (95 Missouri) & Visitor Center (141 Cherry)
Delta Gypsy Caravan (509 Cherry)
Freedom Park (700 Biscoe) - interpreters onsite
Fort Curtis (350 Columbia) - interpreters onsite
Handworks (227 Cherry)
Harts Shoes (401 Cherry)
haute paré (403 Cherry)
Helena Museum (623 Pecan)
J.W. Hall & Co Marketplace (306 Cherry)
Pillow-Thompson House (718 Perry) - open for tour
St. Mary's Catholic Church (123 Columbia) - open for tours
The remaining Steamboat Sunday dates are: June 5 & 19, July 3, September 11, November 13 & 27. For more information, contact Main Street Helena at 870-338-9144.

PLUS... mark your calendars for the following upcoming events

May 23: Civil War Roundtable of the Delta presents “Harmony”
May 28: MRSP: KAYAK TEST DRIVE
June 1: UAMS East Business After Hours
June 2: Alive After 5
June 10 & 11: Delta Duck Derby
June 11: Helena Second Saturdays



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May 23: Civil War Roundtable of the Delta presents “Harmony”
June 1: UAMS East Business After Hours
June 10 & 11: Delta Duck Derby




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Professional ballet with free admission Warfield Concerts Helena-West Helena, AR



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Check for school and Little Theater productions



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Watch the motorcycle people and listen to music



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Hog Wild festival this weekend Helena-West Helena



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Google the Blues festivals in AR and compare them



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migrating orioles like grape jelly and oranges so put some out and watch for those beauties.



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Every town has a festival, find them and try them



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recruit an exercise group



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use your smartphone and set up a walking path.



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talk up a neighborhood watch and garden



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look in pools of water for tadpoles and drain the mosquito breeding grunds



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Seek out beautiful sites, take a picture and share it.



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Walk around town or country and see what flora are blooming



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Scout out the Mississippi River trail and see if you want to exercise there. A lot of people travel the whole trail so you might meet some interesting people



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