To submit your church or group event to our community events calendar, bring your information by the Banner-News office at 130 S. Washington Ave.; mail it to P.O. Box 100, Magnolia, AR 71754-0100; email it to news@bannernews.net; fax it to (870) 234-2551; or call (870) 234-5130.

MONDAY - August 26

The Magnolia Wastewater Commission will meet at 2:30 p.m. in the Magnolia City Hall conference room.

The Magnolia City Council will meet at 5 p.m. in the City Council Chambers.

The Columbia County and Magnolia area LapBand support group will meet at the Columbia County Library in the Board Room at 6:30 p.m. People who have had bariatric surgery or thinking about having surgery are welcome to attend.

Central Elementary School is having a Parent Night in individual classrooms at the school. Parents will hear an overview of the curriculum, classroom procedures, and class schedules for their child. Parents of fourth grade students should attend at 5:15 p.m.; parents of fifth grade students at 5:45 p.m.; and parents of sixth grade students at 6:15 p.m. Fourth and fifth grade parents should report to their child’s homeroom at the designated time. The sixth grade meeting will be held in the school cafeteria. During Parent Night, there will be a designated table for fathers or father figures to sign-up to be a part of the WATCH D.O.G.S. program at Central this year. This meeting is for parents only.

The Magnolia High School class of 1983 is planning a 30-year class reunion. Anyone who graduated in 1983, or know of someone who graduated in 1983, and has not been contacted should call the following: Stephanie Frazier DeLoach at (870) 234-4506 or Stacye Dailey Rich at (870) 234-2110.

TUESDAY - August 27

The Kindergarten Center will host a Parent Night at 5 p.m. in the individual classrooms. Classroom teachers will present parents with an overview of the kindergarten curriculum and school day schedule for their child. Parents should report to their child’s classroom at 5 p.m. The meeting will last approximately 45 minutes. This meeting is for parents only. After the Parent Awareness meeting, a brief WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) organizational meeting will be held in the school cafeteria at 5:45 p.m. This meeting is for fathers and father figures who are interested in participating in the program this year.

The Laundry of Love Event, which is a night of free laundry for low income families, will be held at Main Street Laundry, 1109 E. Main St., from 6-8 p.m. Limit three loads per family. The event is sponsored by Greers Chapel United Methodist Church. Coins and laundry detergent will be furnished.

School consolidation issues involving McNeil and the communities that were a part of the McNeil School District will be discussed at 6 p.m. in the McNeil City Hall.

WEDNESDAY - August 28

The MRMC Diabetes Support Group will have a discussion on the diabetes and medicare coverage update at 2 p.m. at the MRMC Lifesmart Building. For more information, please contact Susan Jennings at (870) 235-3221.

THURSDAY - August 29

East Side Elementary School will host a Parent Night in the individual classrooms. Parents will hear an overview of the curriculum, classroom procedures, and class schedules for their child. Parents of first grade students will attend at 5 p.m.; parents of second grade students at 5:45 p.m.; and parents of third grade students at 6:30 p.m. Parents should report to their child’s classroom at the designated time. This meeting is for parents only. A separate WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) organizational meeting for fathers and father figures will be held at a later date.

A fundraiser for Senator Mark Pryor will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Magnolia Arts Center.

The Magnolia High School Panthers will play Nashville and El Dorado in benefit games beginning at 6 p.m. at Wilkins Stadium on the Southern Arkansas University campus. The benefit games are sponsored by the Arkansas Activities Association, with funds going toward the catastrophic insurance fund for all athletes in Arkansas. The price of admission is $4, and only AAA passes will be accepted.

FRIDAY - August 30

LifeShare Blood Centers is having a blood drive from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Emerson High School.

Today is the deadline to register for a discussion, “How the WTC Arkansas can be of service to South Arkansas,” by Dan Hendrix, to be held September 3. The event will take place in the Donald W. Reynolds Campus and Community Center at Southern Arkansas University. The event is free but space is limited. Please RSVP to Deborah at gtedc@saumag.edu.

TUESDAY - September 3

Downtown Magnolia Merchants is hosting a grilled chicken dinner fundraiser from 5-7 p.m. at Mule’s Cantina for $15 per plate. The plate will feature grilled chicken, a baked potato, green beans, and a roll. Available for dine-in or drive-thru. Tickets may be purchased from any downtown merchant or the Chamber of Commerce office. Proceeds go toward improving downtown Magnolia.

Senator John Boozman and the World Trade Center Arkansas will be the topic of conversation at the “How the WTC Arkansas can be of service to South Arkansas” event, by Dan Hendrix, at 3 p.m. The event will take place in Salon A and B of the Donald W. Reynolds Campus and Community Center at Southern Arkansas University. The event is free but space is limited. Please RSVP by Friday, Aug. 30, to Deborah at gtedc@saumag.edu.

MONDAY - September 9

The McNeil Rural Fire District Board of Commissioners will have their annual meeting to elect commissioners at the rural fire building, 1436 U.S. Highway 79 North, at 7 p.m. All members of the McNeil Rural District are encouraged to attend.

MONDAY - September 16

The 76th annual Columbia County Fair and Livestock Show begins today and will take place through September 21.

TUESDAY - September 17

The local chapter of the AARP will beet at 12:30 p.m. at Miller's Cafeteria. The group meets the third Tuesday of each month.

FRIDAY - September 20

The annual Village Deer Dog Festival begins at the Village Community Center with an all-you-can-eat fish supper with desserts of banana pudding and peach cobbler from 5-7 p.m. for $12 a plate.

SATURDAY - September 21

The Village Deer Dog Festival continues with a country breakfast from 6-8 a.m. for $5. Crafts are set up beginning at 8 a.m. for free. Chicken/dressing lunch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. for $8. Dog trading and selling will be conducted as usual.

GENERAL

Alcoholics Anonymous meets every night except Tuesday and Saturday at 7 p.m. at 914 N. Vine St. Call (870) 234-7770 for more information.

The American Legion hosts bingo every Tuesday, with games starting at 6 p.m. Participants must be at least 21-years-old to play. For more information, call (870) 234-6874.

Lumberjack Lanes in Springhill, La., is accepting registrations for their fall 2013 bowling leagues. To register, a form must be filled out and returned. For more information, email manager@lumberjacklanes.com.

A women’s peer support group meets at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. For information, call (870) 235-1415.

LifeTouch Hospice is offering a grief support group that meets on the second Thursday of each month. The group is open to anyone in the community who has experienced a loss. For more information, please contact Stephen Attebery, Counseling Services Coordinator, at (866) 378-0388.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets at 5 p.m. every Tuesday at LifeSmart Rehabilitation Center, 1005 N. Jackson Ave. For more information, call (870) 234-6115 or (870) 234-9622.

Mentors meet with mentees at South Arkansas Youth Services on Thursday afternoons 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., during the school year. Contact Jackie Oliver at (870) 234-9029 for more information.

The Arkansas Department of Health offers a grief support group in Magnolia at 6 p.m., the first Tuesday of each month at the Magnolia Regional Medical Center’s Hospital Conference room. It is free to the public, and anyone who has experienced a loss can attend. For more information contact ADH Hospice social worker Debi Rango at (870) 234-6101.

Donations are being accepted for the New Ramah Cemetery Upkeep. Please mail your donations to: New Ramah Cemetery, Inc. P.O. Box 117 Haynesville, La. 71037. Donations will be greatly appreciated.

The Southwest Arkansas Regional Ombudsman program needs volunteers to visit local nursing homes. Anyone interested may call Deborah Hanson, senior regional ombudsman, at (870) 904-4546 or email her at dhanson@aaaswa.net about the next training opportunity.

Published: 08/26/2013