News Briefs

News Briefs

The Evening Times prints briefs about events for organizations, schools and governmental agencies. News briefs are accepted at the Times office, by fax at 735- 1020 or by e- mail news@ theeveningtimes. com. Always include contact information.

• Annual Marion Christmas Parade – Thursday, Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m. Parade line-up at Marion Shopping Center parking lot. Free and open to the public. No charge to enter the parade. Contact Tracy Brick at the Marion Chamber of Commerce for parade application. 870-739-6041 or tracybrick@

Thursday, Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at East Arkansas Family Health Center, 900 N. 7th St., West Memphis. AARP members cost is $15 and non-members cost is $20. You will receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the course to take to your insurance company in order to receive a discount on your Auto Insurance Rates. Contact Tamara Hood-Cross at 870-636-2418 to register.

• The Nutcracker –

Saturday, Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. at EACC, Forrest City. Tickets $25 adults/ $15 children 12 and under.

• West Memphis- Marion Marion Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Sponsor Foundation Gala – A night of Elegance and Fun Saturday, Dec. 8 from 7 to 12 p.m. at ASU Mid-South, 2000 W. Broadway. Funds raised through our Achievement Foundation will support local students with Scholarships during their college years. There will be great food and dancing. Tickets are on sale now for $50 a person and $300 for a table of eight. For tickets call Lee Jones at 901691-1641 or go to our Eventbrite page at

• Lakeshore Community Improvement Group Vote – Voting on the management control of Lakeshore Estes from Wm. L. Johnson Co., Abbott Widdicombe, Twin City Development, Joel Burgos, etal. Saturday, Dec. 8 at Lakeshore Estates Main Park, Lakeshore Drive from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. For more information visit Lakeshore Com Imp Group FB page.

• Santa Arriving By Airplane – Sunday, Dec. 9, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the West Memphis Airport. Avoid the long lines and bring your friends and family to the airport to visit and have cookies with Santa.

• Hope House Ministries Food Drive – Holding it’s next food drive on Friday, Dec. 14. Call 870-732-4902 to set up an appointment.

• My Hometown Earle –

Medley of Movements presents the stage play “My Hometown Earle” written and directed by Debbie Lewis Saturday Dec. 15 at 3 p.m. at the West Memphis Civic Center. Purchase tickets now at West Memphis Sav A Lot Grocery and at Youngs Grocery in Earle $10 in advance. For more information call 214-212-4118.

• Down Payment Assistance Housing Class – Saturday, Dec. 15 at 10 a.m. at Crye-Leike Realtors, Hwy. 77, Marion. For information and registration call Sherry at 870261-2078.

• Marion Holiday Trash Pick-Up – Christmas trash pick-up will be Wednesday, Dec. 26 and Thursday, Dec. 27.

• Introduction to Gardening Class –

Crittenden County Community Gardens Covering the What, Why, When and How of gardening for those who have never grown anything. Focusing on edible gardening, low cost gardening, limited space gardening, no-till and chemical free and community gardens at Woolfolk Library in Marion on Saturday, Jan. 19 from 10 to 11 a.m. Register online on our facebook page.

• Dunbar Creative Learning Center – Now Accepting New Applications “Infant and Toddler Program” Ages 6 weeks to 36 months, 320 Lee Street, Earle (behind the church). Open Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Drop-Ins Welcome. State Licensed, C.P.R. Certified. All meals included, experienced care givers. DCC/CCDF Voucher and Self Pay Accepted. For more information call Mrs. Sharla Chase at 870-5145577.

• Commodity Distribution Program – The Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas conducts four to five commodity food distributions annually at 20 different sites in 11 counties. Key Food Bank staff, with the help of several local volunteers, set up a one-day food panty at advertised locations throughout the year. Families or individuals are given this food free of charge, and eligibility is based on the household’s combined monthly income. To verify income eligibility contact our USDA coordinator Keith Livesay at or at 870-932-3663.

• After School Meals Program – Wonder City, 412 S. 25th Street is providing a free at-risk after school program from 2:30 until 6 p.m. As an enhancement to our afterschool program, we will also participate in the CACFP (Child and Adult Care Food Program), which provides snacks and meals to all children ages 5-18, regardless of race, sex, or disability. Snack Time (3:30 p.m.) and Meal Time (5 p.m.) . If more information is needed, please call 870-735-7592. Other program and feeding locations will be Academies of West Memphis, 501 West Broadway

• Purchase Birth & Death Certificates – At Crittenden County Health Unit, Vital Records Department, 901 N. 7th St., West Memphis during office hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Birth Certificate $12 ($10 for each additional copy) and Death Certificates $10 ($8 for each additional copy). You can still purchase certificates at 4815 W. Markham St., Little Rock, AR 72205.

• American Legion Charity Bingo – Mondays at 7 p.m. at 150 Legion Rd. across from the speedway race track. If we have 35 people we will pay $100 per game. We will play old program. Early bird starts at 6:45. Call 870-735-8803 after 4 p.m.

• Families in Transition –

provides support groups for victims of domestic violence as well as teen dating violence. We also provide “Safe Dates” Adolescent Dating Abuse Prevention Curriculum to schools, youth groups and any organization focusing on youth ages 12 and up. If you are interested in attending a support group or participating in “Safe Dates”, please contact Nyya Denson at 870-7324077. All services are provided free of charge through State and Federal funding.

• G E M Academy – Inside The Word on the Move Tabernacle, 2703 E. Broadway, West Memphis – Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 to 5 p.m. We offer education enrichment classes for children 1st to 3rd grade. For more information or to register for 2018 contact our School Director Mrs. Marlena Davis at 870-394-4792.

• YMCA of Memphis and the Mid-South Sponsor USDA Food Program – at the YMCA Avondale Elementary After School Care, 1402 Crestmere St., West Memphis, YMCA Marion Elementary After School Care, 133 E. Military Rd., Marion and YMCA Marion Intermediate After School Care, 100 L. H. Polk Dr., Marion.

• Child and Adult Care Food Program – The 15th Street Child Care Development Center is participating in the Child and Adult Food Program. This will provide meals to all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals are provided at 130 South 14th Street in West Memphis. The program will provide breakfast, lunch and a p.m. snack, Monday-Friday.

• Woolfolk Public Library Story Hour – Come enjoy stories, crafts and a snack at the library, 100 N. Currie St., Marion every Tuesday morning at 10 a.m.

• Al-Anon & Alateen meetings – Mondays at 8 p.m. and Wednesdays at 8 p.m. at 1233 Park Drive, West Memphis. Call 870-635-9155. Go to

• Edmondson Councilmembers Meeting –

Meeting permanently changed to 9 a.m. every 2nd Monday of the month.

• Fish Fry the Last Friday in each month – VFW Post 5225, 406 S. Avalon, West Memphis. Eat in or carry out.

• American Legion Post 53 – Fish fry 1st Friday of every month. Food served from 5-8 p.m. Karaoke every Friday and Saturday night at 7 p.m. Bingo Monday’s at 7 p.m., 150 Legion Road. 735-8803.

• Child and Adult Care Food Program – The 15th Street Child Care Development Center is participating in the Child and Adult Food Program. This will provide meals to all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals are provided at 130 S. 14th Street in West Memphis. The program will provide breakfast, lunch and a p.m. snack, Monday-Friday.

• Arkansas State University Degree Center – Offering admission, advising, and scholarship information/assistance for students interested in attending Arkansas State University-Jonesboro on the ASU Mid-South campus. Students can major in Criminology, Business, Nursing, or Education and live locally. Assistance is available Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information call, Kennidi Ridgell, Degree .

• 15th Street Childcare Development Center –

Announced its sponsorship of the USDA Food Program. Meals will be available at no separate charge or at a reduced charge for National School Lunch Program and at no charge for Child and Adult Care Program.

• Volunteer Drivers Needed – Jim Fiveash, the commander of the American Legion Post 53 needs Volunteer Van Drivers to transport veterans who live in Crittenden County to their VA appointments at the Memphis VA Medical Center and the new Primary Clinic in East Memphis. A 10 passenger transportation van will be furnished by the VA. For requirements and information contact Patrick Kennedy, LCSW, at 901-523-8990, ext. 5540.

• American Red Cross Volunteers Needed – Join the Crittenden County Disaster Action Team (DAT). For volunteer requirements and more information contact Crittenden County DAT Captain Steve Porter at 901495-4177.

• Feeding/Mentoring Program – Free Food at Barton Court Apartments for ages 5-18 sponsored by USDA At Risk Program 3:15 Supper/4:15 Snack.

• Charity Bingo – At the VFW on South Avalon Friday and Saturday early games at 6:30 p.m., regular bingo at 7:30 p.m. Food served at concession counter. $100 games, 4 jackpots and a winner take all. Free meal one Saturday of each month. For information call 735-9102.

• NAMI Arkansas Support Group – 2nd Friday of each month at 11 a.m. The location is Mid-South Health Systems, 905 N. 7th St., West Memphis. For more information contact Charlotte Wade at

• AARP Driver Safety Class –