Community Calendar

This week

A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at Access Medical Clinic, 1624 Pine St., at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 6.

With free parking and admission, the whole family will find something to enjoy at Manchester Pumpkin Day — pumpkins, hayrides, petting zoo, games, shopping and food. The annual festivities in the rural Clark County community of Manchester are slated for Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Tickets for games and rides are $1 apiece. A Kids Fun Run starts at 10 a.m.; there is a $15 entry fee for that event. Parking is at 1216 Manchester Road.

Coming up

175th Annual Meeting for the Churches and Messengers of Red River Baptist Association will be held Sunday evening, October 8th. Host Church: Park Hill Baptist, 3163 Hollywood Road, Arkadelphia. Executive Board Members and Messengers will vote on items of business in a 4pm Session as 2024 Budget, Calendar, and Nominating Committee Report are presented. Everyone is invited to participate in a Worship Celebration at 6:30pm. For more information, please contact Red River Association at (870) 246-9524 or Associational Missionary, Joe Burt at Join us as we celebrate the ministries of Red River such as Disaster Relief, Lighhouse Ministries, Honduras Missions, and our partnership with the Arkansas Baptist State Convention. Red River Association is made of some 40 Southern Baptist Churches ministering in Hot Spring, Clark, Pike, Dallas, Nevada, Garland, and Hempstead counties in Arkansas.

Tuesday, Oct. 10th – Arkadelphia Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will host the State Regent for Arkansas DAR, Mrs. Gale Parsons Markley, at their October meeting. Program Begins at 2pm. Location: Reception Room, Worship Center, Second Baptist Church, 815 S. 11th Street, Arkadelphia. Mrs. Markley will present a program pertaining to her special project as Arkansas Regent, which includes supporting the Veterans Village of Jonesboro and Veterans Homeless Alliance. In preparation for the DAR National Day of Service scheduled for October 11th, the local chapter will be collecting items for Care Bags for boys and girls to be distributed locally at the Malone Child Service Center here in Arkadelphia.

GriefShare is a grief therapy group open to anyone who has lost a family member or friend. First Baptist Church will host a one-day event on Saturday, October 14 called “Loss of a Spouse”. The group will meet from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and will meet in room 112. There is no charge to attend. The church is located at 8th and Pine Streets in Arkadelphia. For more information or to register for the event, go to

The Arkadelphia Senior Center is having two fundraisers and Health Fair to help benefit the Arkadelphia Senior Center. The first fundraiser is a Thanksgiving Basket, which will include food items such as turkey, ham, sweet potatoes, eggs, and cranberry sauce. Ticket sales start September 1, drawing will be November 17 at noon. The second fundraiser is the Christmas raffle, which is being raffled off to win a 65-inch smart TV. It will be raffled off on December 15 at noon at 1305 North 10th St., Arkadelphia. Ticket sales start September 1. Both fundraiser tickets are $20 apiece, and you do not have to be present to win. Visit the Arkadelphia Senior Center to purchase a ticket or contact one of the Arkadelphia Senior Center employees. Lastly, the center is hosting a Health Fair on November 17 from 9 am to 1 pm, and all seniors are invited to join the fun. Blood pressure checks, massages, door prizes, insurance information and more will be offered. If you have an organization that would like to participate in this event, don’t hesitate to contact Sharon Bell at 870-246-9871 or All proceeds will benefit the Arkadelphia Senior Center. Contact Sharon Bell or Alfia Collins at 870-246-9871 for more information.

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Peake Elementary School is accepting nonperishable food items and monetary donations for its backpack food program to supplement students with food insecurity at home. Backpack food suggestions are ramen noodles, canned goods, mac & cheese, pasta, packaged snacks and drinks. Monetary donations can be made at Patterson Federal Credit Union to the CARE account.

The Arkadelphia Weight Watchers Meeting is now located at the Iron Mountain Conference Center, 134 Marina Dr., every Monday at 5:00 P.M. Everyone is invited to join us.

Baptist Health Hospice is seeking volunteers who can give two or more hours per month. Times are flexible: days, evenings and weekends. Free training is provided. Students under 18 are limited to administrative tasks. For more information contact Ryland Brown at 501-831-2954.

The Arkansas Division of Workforce Services Mobile Workforce Center will be at the Arkadelphia Parks & Recreation Center, 2555 Twin Rivers Dr., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.

Storytime at the Clark County Library, 609 Caddo St., is every Thursday morning at 10 a.m. Storytime at the Cabe Library is every Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. at the Cabe Library, 204 E Walnut in Gurdon. The library brings Storytime to Amity the first Friday of every month at Amity City Hall, 121 E Thompson, at 10 a.m. Join us for stories, songs, and fun! All ages welcome.

Live music and dancing at the Arkadelphia Senior Activity Center, 1305, N. 10th St., every Thursday from 7-9:30 p.m. Admission is $6.

The Clark County Library Board meets the second Tuesday of every month at 1 p.m. in the meeting room of the Clark County Library, 609 Caddo St.

Four Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are held weekly in Clark County — two in Arkadelphia and two in Gurdon. AA meetings are open to anyone who has a desire to stop drinking. The Arkadelphia meetings are at 7 p.m. Tuesdays in the Sturgis Building at the corner of Caddo and Ninth streets and at 7 p.m Thursdays at Park Hill Baptist Church, 3163 Hollywood Road. The Gurdon meetings are at 7 p.m. on Sundays and Wednesdays at Gurdon’s First Methodist Church, 201 E. Walnut St.

Al-Anon Family Groups, for friends and family of Alcoholics, meets Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the Sturgis Building; Thursday at 6 p.m. at Parkhill Baptist Church; and Fridays at noon at the Clark County Library.

Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. on Mondays in the Sturgis Building at the corner of Caddo and Ninth Streets. NA  meetings are open to anyone interested in recovery from the disease of addiction.

The Arkadelphia Bass Club meets the last Thursday of every month at Farm Bureau at 7 p.m.

The Arkadelphia Board of Directors meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Town Hall Boardroom. The meetings are open to the public.

The Clark County Quorum Court meets the second Monday of each month at 5 p.m. at the Court Complex. The meetings are open to the public.

The Arkadelphia Board of Education meets at 5 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month and at 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday. Meetings are typically held at Dawson Building #3, 700 Clinton St.