A 2020 candidate for the U.S. Senate -- Josh Mahony -- will speak at the July meeting of the Bella Vista Democrats. "Mahony is a native Arkansan, non-profit leader and small business owner," according to the website joshuamahony.com. "Born on a farm in El Dorado, Josh learned the values of hard work and discipline as well as the importance of looking out for his neighbors and community."
The meeting will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at Las Fajitas, 2 Sugar Creek Center, Bella Vista, near Allen's Food. Larry Concannon, Vice-chair of the Democratic Party of Benton County, will lead the BV Dems, a social and educational group interested in learning more about Arkansas laws and politics and in meeting other Democrats or people who lean Democrat. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call or text Larry at 479-381-7443.
The Calico Cut-Ups guild meeting will be a week early, at 9 a.m. Monday, July 15, at the First United Methodist Church, 20 Boyce Drive in Bella Vista. The speaker and workshop teacher is Theresa Ward, an award-winning quilter, pattern designer, author and longarm quilter. The club will begin the day with a workshop on making string quilt blocks with red, white and blue scraps. Then it will add sashing to the blocks, giving them a three-dimensional look. Club members hope to have a completed quilt top for the Quilts of Valor group finished by noon.
At noon it will have a lunch break (bring your own lunch) and take time to shop at Theresa's vendor table. At 1 p.m., club members will reconvene for Theresa's presentation followed by their regular business meeting. The workshop is free to members of the guild ($25 for non-members). All materials will be provided, so just bring a sewing machine, thread, scissors, and anything else needed. Call or email Myrlene at email@example.com or call 970-376-6332 to sign up for the workshop.
BV Civil War Round Table
The July meeting of the Bella Vista Civil War Round Table will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 11, at the Bella Vista Historical Society Museum. Please note that this is one week later than the normal first Thursday meeting due to the Independence Day holiday. The guest speaker will be Dale Phillips, who recently retired from the National Park Service after 41 years of service. He was posted in New Orleans for many years and has developed a four-part series of talks on New Orleans in the Civil War. This first part will encompass the early Civil War when the Union captured this vital city. Dale will cover the remaining three parts, beginning in 2020.
The Bella Vista Civil War Round Table is pleased to announce its guest speakers for the second half of 2019. Aug. 1 -- Randy McCrory -- Bentonville in the Civil War Sept. 5; Susan Young -- Nothing But Sorrow: Life on the Ozark Civil War Home-front; Oct. 3 -- Jeff Patrick -- The Battle of Wilson's Creek; Nov. 7 -- Matt Mulheran -- The Battle of Prairie Grove and Dec. 5 -- The U.S.S. Cairo at the Siege of Vicksburg.
The Round Table meets at 7 p.m., the first Thursday of each month (except July), at the Bella Vista Historical Society Museum located on Highway 71 next to the American Legion. The Round Table is open to the public and only requires an interest in the American Civil War. For further information or to be added to the distribution list for upcoming meeting information and newsletters, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BV Decorative Artists
The Bella Vista Decorative Artists meets at 9 a.m. one Saturday of each month at Riordan Hall, 3 Riordan Drive, Bella Vista. The 2019 schedule is as follows: Aug. 10, no meeting in September, Oct. 12, Nov. 16, and Dec. 14 is the member Christmas brunch. The chapter will host a Mad-Hatter Party at St. Bernard Catholic Church on Saturday, Sept. 14. The purpose of the chapter is to stimulate interest and appreciation for the art of painting. BVDA does a variety of service projects. Each month, BVDA has a chapter member or a visiting national artist teach an art project.
The Saturday, July 13, meeting will feature member Kay Blood. She will instruct on the use of oil paints for painting landscapes. Painters of all skill levels make up the BVDA Chapter and all visitors are welcome. For more information, call Marian Lawless at 479-212-4996.
BV Computer Club
Currently scheduled classes for July include: "Computer Security for Regular People: Part 2" presented by Justin Sell, owner of Bella Vista Computer Services, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16. It is not necessary to take Part 1 before Part 2, as the classes are independent of each other.
BVCC has a Genealogy Special Interest Group that will meet at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 20.
Benefits of club membership include free classes on computer topics selected by the club, free remote online support at other times and free help for any computerized device at twice-monthly Open House Help Clinic Sessions. Advance sign-up is required to attend classes.
Open House Help Clinic Sessions are a free service for club members. They are held the first Saturday and third Wednesday of each month from 9 a.m. to noon in BVCC's Training Center at the Highlands Crossings Center, 1801 Forest Hills Blvd. Suite 208, Bella Vista.
Please visit www.bvcompclub.org for the latest information on membership, detailed directions to meeting rooms, updates to scheduled classes, minutes of the previous month's general meeting, and the most current issue of "Bits & Bytes" newsletter. The mailing address and application information can be found under Contents at the BVCC website by clicking the Membership Application link.
The Embroidery Guild meets monthly in both Bella Vista and Springdale. No stitching experience is necessary; the club welcomes anyone interested in needlework. Bella Vista meetings are at 9:30 a.m. the second Thursday of each month at St. Theodore Church, 1001 Kingsland Road, Bella Vista. Springdale meetings are at 10 a.m. on the third Saturday of each month at the John Powell Senior Center, 610 E. Grove Ave., Springdale. Additional information may be found at bellavistaega.org.
Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing
Attention all military veterans with VA disabilities, Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing and associated activities, including education and outings. Meetings are held at 6:30 p.m., the second Thursday of each month at Riordan Hall in Bella Vista. Visit the national web page at projecthealingwaters.org. For more information, email email@example.com.
Pride of the Ozarks Chorus
The Pride of the Ozarks Chorus meets at 7 p.m. every Thursday at Bella Vista Church of Christ, 989 McNelly Road, Bentonville (across from Lowe's and Walgreen's). Singing in harmony, a Capella, is this group's enjoyment and is open to all men who like to sing. For more information, call Jim Nugent at 479-855-7980 or 479-621-3372.
American Legion Riders
Motorcycles, patriotic veteran fellowship and the thrill of a ride are what keep the American Legion Riders going strong. The American Legion Riders are associated with Bella Vista Post 341 and have monthly meetings at 9:30 a.m. on the third Saturday of each month at the Bella Vista American Legion facility. If the weather allows, a ride follows and ends at a restaurant for a meal.
American Legion Post 341
The Willard E. "Rocky" Glidewell American Legion Post 341 of Bella Vista reminds the public of the all-you-can-eat breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. Breakfast includes pancakes, French toast, ham, sausage, biscuits and gravy, and juice and coffee. There is no cost, but donations are accepted. For more information, call 479-268-509 or visit the Post 341 website at bellavistapost341.org.
BV Needlework Club
The Bella Vista Needlework Club invites those interested in needlework to come and visit from 10 a.m. to noon every Monday at Riordan Hall. Bring your knitting, crocheting, cross-stitch, beading or any project you want to work on while chatting, and making new friends. We have refreshments and "Show and Tell" every first Monday of the month. Please call 479-276-2033 for further information.
BV Sunrise Rotary Club
The Bella Vista Sunrise Rotary Club has a breakfast meeting at 7 a.m. every Wednesday in the Concordia Main Building, 1 Concordia Drive, Bella Vista. Guests are welcome. For more information, call Sean at 417-455-6654.
BV Kiwanis Club
The Bella Vista Kiwanis Club meets weekly at 7 a.m. at Concordia every Thursday. Breakfast is available. Visitors, Kiwanis members and former Kiwanis members are all invited to attend. For more information, contact Julie Storm at 479-696-8867.
Artisan Alliance Club
The Artisan Alliance Club incorporates the Wishing Spring Gallery, Bella Vista Art and Craft Fair and the newly established Clay Studio. The club's monthly board meeting is held at 1 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month at Concordia. All members are encouraged to attend. Anyone wishing to know more about the art club can go to www.artisanalliance.net; where there are also forms that can be filled out to join the club.
BV Garden Club
The Bella Vista Garden Club meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month at the Bella Vista Community Church. The Bella Vista Garden Club has long been recognized for its contributions to the community, especially its beautification projects around the city and the scholarships provided to students studying horticulture at Northwest Arkansas colleges and universities. Guests are always welcome to attend.
Village Lake Writers and Poets Village Lake Writers and Poets meets monthly from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the second Wednesday of the month. Meetings are free and open to the public and held at the Artist Retreat Center, 13467 Lookout Drive, Bella Vista. The meetings are held over lunchtime and sometimes include a potluck lunch. At other times, bring a lunch or purchase one from Java Dudes or Old Bella Vista Food Trucks on-site. There are always lively discussions and open readings from members and guests. For additional information, contact Joanie Roberts at 608-642-1294.
TOPS Chapter 532
TOPS (taking off pounds sensibly) meets at 9:30 a.m. every Saturday at Riordan Hall, located at 2 Riordan Drive, Bella Vista. Weigh-in time is from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. Both men and women are welcome to join for lifestyle changes. If you would like to have some fun and lots of support on your weight loss journey, come join TOPS. The first meeting is free.
Lions Club International is the largest service organization in the world. Bella Vista Lions Club meets at 5:45 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month at Concordia Retirement Center on the second floor. Community members are welcome to participate as guests for the buffet meal and meeting to learn more about the various projects with which the Lions Club is involved in the community. Both men and women are welcome. For more information, please contact Ken Swanson at 479-644-4951.
BV Bike Club
The Bella Vista Bike Club is an informal group of road cyclists who enjoy riding together. Their only rule is that helmets are required on all rides. Club members come in a wide variety of ages and skill levels. The bike club is active year round and may be addictive and beneficial to one's health. The Bella Vista Bike Club also has several social events every year, plus picnic rides, to which non-riding spouses are invited. Newcomers are always welcome. The annual membership fee is $10 for each individual who rides. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prostate Cancer Alliance Group meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at 4 p.m. in the Mercy Clinic meeting room, 1 Mercy Way, Bella Vista. Each year more than 150,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer. As a member of NWA-PSA Prostate Cancer Alliance Group, you will have someone to talk to about your concerns; other members may have suggestions about dealing with side effects, or suggestions for resources and providers. It's no secret that men often find it difficult to express themselves -- a situation amplified when sexual issues are a topic of conversation. The support group provides a safe environment to share your concerns. For more information, call John White at 479-876-5724 or Chuck Pribbernow at 479-790-4138.
BV Woodcarvers Club
The Bella Vista Woodcarvers Club meets from 1 to 3 p.m. every Thursday at Riordan Hall's craft room located at 98 Riordan Road, Bella Vista. The club has about 50 members, both men and women. Anyone interested in learning the art of woodcarving or wood burning is welcome. The club also teaches soap carving to children for those interested. There are really good carvers willing to teach and others with various talents in the art for carving and wood burning.
The club will host an "Artistry in Wood Show" in July, where artists from other clubs are invited to participate. There will be carvings for sale and show. The BV Woodcarvers Club is looking for a chainsaw carver to demonstrate the art for this show. Visit the club's website for additional information.
Diabetes Support Group
Enhance your diabetes care by joining Mercy's free monthly diabetes support group. Mercy certified diabetes educators will be on hand to discuss various topics related to ongoing diabetes management, including lifestyle changes to make living with diabetes easier. Meetings are held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. the second Friday of every month at the Mercy Bella Vista Community Room, 1 Mercy Way, Bella Vista. These meetings are free and open to anyone with pre-diabetes, Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. For more information, call 479-338-6086 or visit mercy.net/DiabetesSupport.
Solo Fusion Singles
Solo Fusion is an active 50s-plus singles group in Bella Vista currently looking for new members. There are a variety of activities and events happening every month. For additional information, contact Linda Stafford at 479-402-6241, Terri Kindred at 660-815-3418 or Sherry Ray at 417-527-8086.
BV Amateur Radio Club
The Bella Vista Amateur Radio Club holds its monthly meetings at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at Highland Christian Church in Bella Vista. For anyone interested in acquiring an amateur radio license, the club also administers FCC exams at 2 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month. All meetings and exams are held at Highland Christian Church, 1500 Forest Hills Blvd. in Bella Vista. More information on amateur radio and the BVRC is available at BellaVistaRadioClub.org.
Perfect Harmony Women's Barbershop Chorus
Perfect Harmony Women's Barbershop Chorus meets from 4 to 5:30 p.m. every Monday in the choir room of the United Lutheran Church of Bella Vista. No previous experience or tryouts are required. For more information or to schedule the chorus for entertainment, call Karen Frankenfeld, director, at 479-876-7204 or visit www.perfectharmonybv.com.
BV Women's Chorus
The Bella Vista Women's Chorus invites singers from the tri-county area to join the group. All are welcome, with no tryouts or experience necessary. Directed by Larry Zehring, the group performs classical, pop, folk and show tunes for local clubs and events. Rehearsals are held at 12:45 p.m. Mondays in the music room of the Bella Vista First United Methodist Church. The Bella Vista Women's Chorus is available to sing at events. Call 479-715-6154 for more information or visit WomensChorusBV.com.
BV Men's Chorus
The Bella Vista Men's Chorus meets at 6:30 p.m. every Monday in the choir room at First Methodist Church on Boyce Drive. New singers are welcome. For information, call 479-268-5391.
Bella Vista Strings is a casual acoustic jam group that meets at 1 p.m. every Friday at the Artist Retreat Center. Those who enjoy playing different styles of music are invited to visit and consider joining the BV Strings. The group plays rock, folk, bluegrass and country. The music is submitted by members. For more information, email BVStrings@gmail.com, visit bvstrings.org or call 479-366-0045.Community on 07/10/2019
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