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Forestry Commission gathers at DeGray

Forestry Commission gathers at DeGray

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. -- The Chairman of the Board of the Arkansas Forestry Commission will convene a regular business meeting at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 12 at the DeGray Lake State Park Lodge (off Hwy 7 north of Arkadelphia). Commissioners and staff will gather for lunch at the Lodge at 11:30 a.m.

Your chance to win during $50,000 Energy Efficiency contest

Your chance to win  during $50,000 Energy Efficiency contest

Little Rock, Ark. — May 2, 2011 — The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas announce the Fourth Annual $50,000 Energy Efficiency Makeover Contest beginning on Monday, May 2.

"The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas consistently strive to assist cooperative members with energy efficiency throughout the year, but for the past four summers the effort has included a $50,000 energy efficiency makeover contest," said Doug White, vice president of systems services for the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas. "The local cooperatives work tirelessly to educate members about the benefits of energy efficiency. The annual makeover contest is a great statewide effort to highlight the cooperatives’ commitment to members."

The grand prize winner of the makeover receives up to $50,000 in energy-efficiency improvements.

"Grow a Film" competition seeks entries

"Grow a Film" competition seeks entries

Filmmakers are invited to create a 5-12 minute film exploring the theme Nature as the Third Place (along with the home and the workplace) for the Walton Arts Center and Seedling Film Association's Grow a Film Project.

Unveil folklore of the constellations at Hobbs

Unveil folklore of the constellations at Hobbs

We look for the stars in Orion’s belt to find where he is in the night sky.  Most observers know that he was a hunter, but don’t know what Orion is hunting, or that he has two hunting dogs with him.  Some stories say that Orion was chasing seven sisters. (The Pleiades)  Few people know that Orion was killed by a scorpion because his ego got too big.

Join astronomy specialist, Stuart Riley, at the Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area visitor center as he brings the constellations to life by telling fascinating stories about them, and how they interact with each other in Greek mythology.

Where:  Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area visitor center on Hwy 12 just east of the Hwy 12/War Eagle Road intersection

When:  7:00 p.m.

Don't miss 110,000 tulips abloom at Garvan Woodland Gardens

Don't miss 110,000 tulips abloom at Garvan Woodland Gardens

Now through April 3, head to Hot Springs for this incredible flower event.

Spring Jonquil Festival around the corner

Spring Jonquil Festival around the corner

Spring is here and the jonquils are in bloom, but at Historic Washington State Park, we have been preparing since Christmas!

The arrival of those eye-catching flowers signifies that it’s time to pull out all the stops and celebrate the arrival of spring, and what better way to get out into that glorious sunshine that to visit the 43rd Annual Jonquil Festival?

March 18-20  Historic Washington will welcome craft vendors from the surrounding regions as they bring their goods to one central location and make it easy to stroll in the spring air and shop along the way as you do. 

Mark your calendars, put the note on the fridge, whatever it takes, just don’t forget to plan on a wonderful visit to celebrate spring with Historic Washington State Park.

General Admission is free, with a $5 fee for parking. For more information call 870-983-2660.

Chamber to hold banquet at DeGray Lake

Chamber to hold banquet at DeGray Lake

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. -- The Arkadelphia Regional Economic Development Alliance and Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to “save the date” for the Annual Banquet and Membership Meeting.

It will be held on Tuesday, April 5 at DeGray Lake State Park. The Membership Reception is at 5:30 p.m. in the Eagle Room and the Annual Banquet begins at 6 p.m. in the Convention Center. If you have questions, please contact the Chamber office at (870) 246-5542.