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Bella Vista Trunk or Treat events

Masks are required for participants even if they remain in the vehicle.

United Lutheran on Cooper Road will be open, starting at 3 p.m. on Halloween -- a drive-through event.

First Methodist Church, on Boyce Ave., will be open from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31 -- a drive-through event, and hosts will use grabbers to hand out candy.

New Life Christian Church will be hosting its event from 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 31.

Bella Vista Lutheran Church will be conducting a regular Trunk or Treat event at 1190 Forest Hills Blvd. from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. Children are encouraged to wear costumes and walk throughout the parking lot as they visit the various cars to receive candy and treats. If it rains, there will be a drive-through option to keep everyone dry and safe.

Bella Vista Townhouse Association

Applications are being accepted for two 2021 Bella Vista Townhouse Association board of director positions. Director requirements include being a deeded townhome owner in good standing, willing to serve as a volunteer for a three-year term, attend monthly board meetings held the third Wednesday at 9 a.m. (second Wednesday in December) and board orientation and work sessions as needed.

The board consists of seven deeded townhome owners that collectively serve as the Association's governing and policy-setting authority. Each position is elected to a three-year term and staggered so that either two or three positions are elected annually. If you are a civic-minded townhome owner in good standing and interested in a volunteer opportunity to serve for the betterment of your association, please attend board meetings and contact the Association office at 479-855-9328 or [email protected] for an application and additional information.

The deadline for submission is Nov. 2.

Bella Vista Library reopens

The Bella Vista Public Library reopened with "Grab and Go" service on Monday, Oct. 26. There are limited services and hours. Please read the following information on how this new service will work.

Open hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The library will be closed Friday and Saturday.

The library will be closed for one hour between 1 to 2 p.m. for cleaning.

There is a limit of 20 patrons inside the library at one time on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. On Tuesday, there is a "high-risk" allowance of only five patrons in order to allow those patrons who are high-risk of covid to enjoy time in the library as well.

All patrons must wear a mask or a face shield to enter the library.

All food and drink must be discarded before entering the library.

Two public computers will be available to use. There is a limit of one hour per patron.

Due to social distancing guidelines, in-person device assistance will be unavailable. If you experience issues, you may call the library at 479-855-1753, send an email to [email protected] or use one of the library's many helpful guides available on its website or at the front desk.

St. Bernard Women's Club Bazaar

The St. Bernard Women's Club Bazaar has been canceled this year.

Bella Vista Historical Museum to reopen

The Bella Vista Historical Museum will reopen on Saturdays and Sundays only, starting Saturday, Oct 31, with the hours of 1 to 5 p.m. Visitors are asked not to enter if they have flu-like covid symptoms. Masks will be required. Visitors will be asked to practice social distancing while in the museum and, if visiting with a group, please stay together. The number of visitors at one time will be limited to 10. If visitors happen to arrive when the museum is at maximum capacity, they will be asked to wait outside until there is room for additional visitors. These plans are subject to change, based on the latest covid-19 data from the Arkansas Department of Health.

The museum is located at 1885 Bella Vista Way, at the corner of Highway 71 and Kingsland, next door to the American Legion building. Telephone 479-855-2335 or www.bellavistamuseum.org for more information.

Wishing Spring Gallery reopens

The Wishing Spring Gallery, 8862 W. McNelly Road, has re-opened on a limited basis. Days open are Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The hours open are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Customers are required to wear a mask when entering the building. The Clay Studio and its classes will remain closed due to covid-19.

Benton County Empty Bowls

Benton County Empty Bowls is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and raises money to combat hunger and food insecurity in the Benton County area.

Due to covid-19, the Empty Bowls Soup event normally held in November has been canceled. Last year it raised more than $10,000 which went to provide 100,000 meals to food-insecure people in Northwest Arkansas. The target for this year is $20,000 and, with the current pandemic, the need is even greater. On Oct. 3, a website was opened at which you may purchase a handbuilt ceramic bowl. 100 percent of the gross profit from the sale of bowls and additional donations go toward the goal. More than 1,200 bowls have been created by ten contributing artists and will be available on the website for sale. Bowls sell for donations of $20 and $25 each. Go to www.bentoncountyemptybowls.org.

Local sales may be picked up at The Wishing Spring Gallery during its open hours, which are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Veterans Day 2020 Celebration

The American Legion Post 341 will present a Veterans Day program at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, at The Veterans Wall of Honor at Lake Bella Vista. Patriotic music begins at 10:30 a.m. The guest speaker will be U.S. Army veteran and current Bella Vista chief of police, James Graves. Bring a chair. Covid-19 social distancing of six feet between non-household members will be practiced. Masks are optional if six feet of distance is maintained. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be canceled.

Property Owners Association

Not so haunted drive-through on Oct. 29 and 30 --

A member-only Halloween event will take place at Blowing Springs Park. Members will be able to drive through the rear of the park and witness a variety of Halloween displays -- some funny, entertaining, and, yes, a little scary. This free event for members is offered covid-friendly -- all participants must stay in a car -- no foot access will be allowed during the event. To minimize traffic and wait time, please use the following schedule:

Oct. 29 -- 7 to 8 p.m. members with last names starting with A-F; 8 to 9 p.m. Members with last names starting with G-L; 9 to 10 p.m. Members with last names starting with M-Z;

Oct. 30 -- 7 to 8 p.m. Members with last names starting with M-Z; 8 to 9 p.m. Members with last names starting with G-L; 9 to 10 p.m. Members with last names starting with A-F

Note: a donation cauldron will be available for anyone who wants to support the Bella Vista Animal Shelter.

Donate a Coat now through Nov. 13 to help a local family

NEW coats only due to covid-19 -- The POA's Community Coat Drive is accepting new coats from toddler to adult sizes. Coats will be distributed through local schools and organizations Nov. 16-20. For more information about the Community Coat Drive, contact Kim at 479-855-5036 or Tammie at 479-855-5012.

You may drop off at these Bella Vista locations: POA recreations centers at Riordan, Metfiled, Branchwood; BV Bar & Grill; Country Club Pro Shop; Lakepoint.

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