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February 17, 2021 at 5:00 a.m.

Pork Tenderloin Drive-through Dinner

American Legion Post #392 of Pineville is holding a Third Friday Benefit Pork Tenderloin Dinner drive-through event on Friday, Feb. 19. Dinner includes pork tenderloin, dressing, potatoes, vegetable, roll and dessert. Cost is $7. Pickup is between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. next to Cornerstone Bank, Jesse James Road. Pre-orders are requested by Thursday, Feb. 18 -- call 417-389-0937, 417-850-6330 or pre-order on American Legion's Facebook page.

Knights of Columbus Fish Fry

The Knights of Columbus are putting on a trio of fish fries at St Bernard's Catholic Church in February and March.

The remaining fish fries will be Friday afternoons, March 5 and March 26, with tickets sold until the Tuesday before -- March 2 and March 23, respectively. Anyone who would like a ticket can call the church office at 479-855-9069 Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. or before mass 4:50 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Sunday.

The fish fry will be takeout-only for non-parishioners because of covid-19 concerns. The ticket cost is $12.50 per person.

Aubrey Plauche with the Knights said this is a fundraiser for the organization and, aside from some money to cover expenses, most of what the Knights make will go to charity. "We don't keep anything; it's all donated," he said. Plauche said he appreciates the roughly 55-60 volunteers that will make these events work. There's a lot to be done, including making each dish, washing and breading and frying fish and packaging orders, he explained. "That takes a crew there," he said. "It's a pretty big operation, really."

Bella Vista Library curbside service

Curbside pickup is available at the Bella Vista Library from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and new hours on Tuesdays are 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. to allow more working patrons to participate. Note that this service may be curtailed due to unforeseen circumstances. The website and social media will be updated as soon as possible in such cases.

General Information:

In order to reserve and pickup, you must be in good standing and have an active card with the library. Only books, DVDs and audiobooks may be checked out. A patron may have up to three holds at a time. All items will have a three-week loan period, including DVDs.

To request an item, use the Place a Hold function in the catalog section on the website or call 479-855-1753 between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The library will notify you when items are ready. Just because you have placed a hold does not mean that materials will be immediately ready. Please wait until you have been notified by the library.

Pickup and Return Procedures:

After the library has notified you that your request is ready, you may pick up your books from the tables outside of the library's front doors. After notification, you have until 3 p.m. Thursday of that week to pick up the material. You may park near the tables for a quick stop to retrieve your bag. Only one person at a time may approach the table to retrieve a bag. Bags are labeled with the patron's name and the last four digits of the patron's library card.

You are welcome to send someone to pick up your request for you, but remember you are responsible for all materials checked out to your account.

All returns must be placed in the book drop, not on the tables.

Please note that the library is not accepting donations at this time and requests that you do not leave donations on the tables or in the book drops.

Contact the library at 479-855-1753, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m to 3 p.m., or send an email to [email protected] for further information.

Bella Vista Community TV is looking for volunteers

Bella Vista Community Television (BVCTV) is a non-profit, all-volunteer Community Access station. Programming is aired on Cox Cable Channel 222 and U-Verse Channel 99. All locally-produced shows can also be viewed on YouTube at Bella Vista Community TV.

Bella Vista Community TV is looking for volunteers. Many of the most needed tasks are simply business-related activities, requiring no broadcast experience. Positions that need your valuable skills include writers, camera operators, show hosts, public relations, marketing and more. While actual broadcast experience would be nice, it's not required. Training is available in as many aspects of broadcasting as you wish. The only thing necessary is enthusiasm to make a quality product, working with motivated volunteers who are residents of Bella Vista and the surrounding area. Call 479-268-8325 for more information.

Bella Vista Historical Museum

The Bella Vista Civil War Round Table is hosting a history book sale at the Bella Vista Historical Museum each weekend through Feb. 21, on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. The books were donated to the Round Table by the American Legion as the Legion has shut down its library in preparation for moving to another location. All proceeds from the book sales will go to the Round Table. For information, contact Dale Phillips at 812-899-2049.

The Bella Vista Historical Museum is open on Saturdays and Sundays, 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Visitors are asked not to enter if they have flu-like covid symptoms. Masks are required and visitors will be asked to practice social distancing while in the museum and, if visiting with a group, to 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 the corner of Highway 71 and Kingsland, next door to the American Legion building. Telephone: 479-855-2335. Website: www.bellavistamuseum.org.

Property Owners Association POA

Renovated mini-golf course coming soon!

The POA is in the middle of a full renovation to the mini-golf course at Riordan Hall. This will be a major improvement over the antiquated course the POA had for years. There will be a Wizard of OZ theme and characters from the movie will be featured. The hope is to be operational by spring. This amenity is free for members and equipment can be picked up at the Riordan front desk or during summer months at the Kingsdale Pool.

The mini-golf courses at Metfield and Riordan were run down and both needed significant work. Because of budget limitations, there was approval to renovate only one of the courses in 2021. The decision was made to update Riordan as it is centrally located. The Metfield course has been removed and the area will be seeded. Although several members volunteered to help with renovations at Metfield, the cost of the major renovation would still be nearly $40,000. Repairs and mini-golf features are very expensive.

Welcome Meet and Greet for new residents -- Feb. 20

Due to covid restrictions, the POA has been unable to hold an in-person Welcome Meet and Greet for new residents to learn all about the amenities in Bella Vista. The POA has decided to have a ZOOM online meeting from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20. If interested, please email [email protected] for detailed information. New residents who haven't indicated an interest yet, please email your contact information ASAP.

2021 Board Candidates in ballot order: Daniel T. Berghamer, Mike Abb, JB Portillo, Jan Hagan, Jacklyn Gain. There will be a Meet the Candidate Night via Zoom at 6 p.m. March 16. The election period is April 13 through May 18.

Surrounding Area

Ozark Folk Center State Park plans April 16th opening -- After experiencing a delayed opening in 2020, the Ozark Folk Center State Park announced it will open during the Arkansas Folk Festival on April 16 and 17 within current Arkansas Department of Health guidelines.

The state park's 20 shops in the craft village, gift shop, and gardens will open during the festival and remain open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m Tuesday-Saturday through the fall. Visiting guests can expect to find skilled artisans at work making, selling and demonstrating handmade crafts in the village and a tapestry of flowers, native plants and herbs for cooking and healing in the Heritage Herb Garden.

The Skillet Restaurant will also open the week of the Arkansas Folk Festival and resume serving southern-style entrees and desserts. The Cabins at Dry Creek serve guests year-round.

Daren Dortin, music director at the Ozark Folk Center, reported the park will not host its annual music workshops but anticipates hosting live music at its outdoor stage when the Craft Village opens in mid-April. He added that staff is laying plans to re-open the state park's indoor music venue, Ozark Highlands Theater, for two new music events later this year.

To learn more information about upcoming events, register for craft classes, or book a cabin for your next retreat, visit OzarkFolkCenter.com. To learn more about Arkansas State Parks other 51 parks to visit in the Natural State, visit ArkansasStateParks.com.

The mission of Ozark Folk Center State Park is to perpetuate, present and promote the Ozark way of life in an educational and enjoyable manner.

Walton Arts Center -- has added a performance of NWA Ballet Theatre's A Midsummer Night's Dream, which was originally a one-night engagement as part of Procter & Gamble Ghost Light Programming. Performances are now at 7 p.m. Friday, March 12 and Saturday, March 13.

Ticket prices range from $15-$25 plus applicable fees. Ticket sales bagan Friday, Feb. 5. Purchase tickets at www.waltonartscenter.org or by calling 479-443-5600.

Inspired by William Shakespeare's fairy tale play, and featuring the mesmerizing music of Felix Mendelssohn's score by the same name, A Midsummer Night's Dream will entice audiences into an ethereal world of love, mischief and magic. The familiar story of intertwined lovers, fairies and mortals depicted through a playful portrait of dance, highlights the classical vision of NWA Ballet Theatre's Executive Artistic Director, David Justin.

Founded in 2011 by Margie and Mariah Bordovsky, and the late Peggie Wallis, NWA Ballet Theatre's dance company is made up of highly trained, diverse artists who share a collective passion for dance. The region's only year-round, professional dance company pioneers original works and reimagines familiar classics to enhance the audience experience and enrich the cultural landscape.

Producing and commissioning dance that is classically-based, contemporary and collaborative, the mission of NWA Ballet Theatre is to inspire a lasting love and appreciation for the art of ballet by combining artistic excellence in dance with innovative choreography, which results in exhilarating performances that accent the dignity and grace of the dancers.

The performances will be in Baum Walker Hall with a minimum of four empty seats between parties, and every other row will remain empty. These empty rows, with select seats removed, will also serve as walkways to seats located in the center of the theater, reducing contact between patrons.

Also, Walton Arts Center will continue Procter & Gamble Ghost Light Programming with Broadway's Next Hit Musical at 7 p.m. on March 18 and 19. Ticket sales began Jan. 27 and are $25 plus applicable fees.

Broadway's Next Hit Musical is an evening of Whose Line Is It Anyway? meets The Tony Awards. It's all improvised and completely different every night.

Audience members make up song titles, and five master improvisational actors turn them into full-blown "nominated songs" with vibrant choreography and catchy melodies for the coveted Phony Award. The audience votes for their favorite song, and then watches as the cast turns it into a full-blown improvised musical -- complete with memorable characters, witty dialogue and plot twists galore.

Under the direction of improv veterans Rob Schiffmann and Deb Rabbai, The New York Times called Broadway's Next Hit Musical "Hilarious!" Time Out NY said "At last! A musical of, for, and by the people."

The performances will be in Baum Walker Hall with a minimum of four empty seats between parties, and every other row will remain empty. These empty rows, with select seats removed, will also serve as walkways to seats located in the center of the theater, reducing contact between patrons.

For all performances, masks will be required and social distancing will be enforced. For a complete list of state-approved health and safety precautions that will be in place for this and future performances at Walton Arts Center visit www.waltonartscenter.org.

Originally scheduled to resume early this year, large Broadway tours will now return to Northwest Arkansas this fall as part of the new 2021-22 season. Subscriptions will be available this spring when the season lineup is announced, and single tickets will go on sale this summer. In the meantime, P&G Ghost Light Programming will continue at Walton Arts Center.

Ghost Light Programming is presented by Procter & Gamble and provided in part by supporters of the Ghost Light Recovery Fund. The Ghost Light Recovery Fund helps Walton Arts Center offset lost revenue from canceled performances, continue education and intermission programming, maintain facilities and support staff until full-scale performances can resume. You can play a part in Walton Arts Center and the Walmart AMP's second act by donating today at www.waltonartscenter.org/ghostlight.

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