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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Charter night finally here

Tonight is the celebratory Charter Night for the members of the Rotary Club of Scenic 7. Club members will welcome Rotarians from all over the district to celebrate the formation of the new Rotary club. The celebration will take place at the DeSoto clubhouse. The Rotary Club of Scenic 7 gained its Charter on January 1 of this year.

Last night of March entertainment

The Aluminum Show, modern dance and visuals, at Robinson Center Music Hall, 426 West Markham in Little Rock, at 7:30 p.m. Southern Hospitality at Murry’s Dinner Playhouse in Little Rock, 6323 Col. Glenn Road. Dinner 6 to 7:35 p.m. Curtain 7:45 p.m. Ticket $30. Show only $25. Children under 15 $22. Call 501-562-3131 for more information.

Chamber meeting today

The monthly meeting of the HSV Area Chamber of Commerce membership is this afternoon at 4 p.m. at the Coronado Center. Today's meeting is sponsored by Good Samaritan. The cost to members is $5.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Kitty Lee King died today

My neighbor Kitty Lee King died this afternoon, her heart finally gave out at age 94. Many Villagers know Kitty from the many police reports featuring the choir she heard singing on her roof. Before dementia took Kitty's mind she was an avid gardener and quilter. Her neighbors finally talked her out of climbing up on her roof at age 90 to blow the leaves out of the gutters. She was a faithful member of Village United Methodist Church. Kitty was partial to men and often thanked me for letting her borrow my husband to take care of the heavy lifting around her house. She called Lee her boyfriend. When Kitty was moved out of her house to Fountain Lake we were able to see her often. Unfortunately, she got restless and attempted to escape from the facility and was moved to a lock down unit. Her only living relative, a nephew, her brother's son, moved her to a facility outside of Benton. She was too far away from friends and not near any family either. My husband and Ginny Misch made a point of going to see Kitty at least once a week. Recently, Kitty broke her hip and had hip replacement surgery. She was doing well with therapy but then fluids gathered around her heart and in her lungs. She was back to the hospital again. Every time Lee went to see her she would remember he was one of her neighbors. She didn't always have the time frame right but she knew he was someone in her life that cared about her. When he got back from seeing her this morning he was disturbed because she was so out of it this time. She didn't even know he was there. He sat there and held her hand for 40 minutes and then came back home. He hadn't been home for more than two hours when he got a call from the nephew's daughter telling us Kitty had died. We know she is with her Lord, a good thing. We are just sorry she wasn't closer these past few months because someone would have been there to hold her hand more often and tell her not to be afraid. Kitty hailed from Paducah, Kentucky. She was a Turner before she married Galen King. They moved to the Village because Galen loved golf. He doted on Kitty and she was never the same after he died a decade ago. She was what is referred to as a real Southern Lady. No funeral arrangements have been made at this time. There will be a service at Village United Methodist Church.

Tracking flu cases in the Village

Flu symptoms can be mild or severe, and can come on suddenly. Be sure you know your flu treatment options so you can be prepared. Symptoms generally appear one to four days after exposure to the virus. The common symptoms of the flu include: fever of 100º F or greater, headaches, muscle aches, chills, extreme tiredness, cough and a runny nose more common in children than adults. If you have one or more of these symptoms, it could be the flu. Prescription antivirals can shorten the duration of the flu if taken within 12 to 48 hours of first symptoms. So act fast. As of today, the flu facts flu tracker shows cases of flu in the United States as high, but currently low case numbers in the Hot Springs Village area.

Beware the day of pranks and practical jokes is coming

Just two days away from April Fools' Day, the day of merriment and pranks. There is no telling what will be posted on the day practical jokes are the norm, April 1.

Pet tip of the day

Both cats and dogs occasionally suffer from gas. Both can take an over-the-counter anit-gas/antacid. Cats take up to two teaspoons every eight hours. Dogs take up to four tablespoons every eight hours.

Rotary celebrates charter dinner Thursday night

The Rotary Club of Scenic 7 will not meet tomorrow at noon at Molly O'Brien's. The club is celebrating its charter with a special dinner at the DeSoto Club. The club will be back to its normal schedule April 7 at noon at Molly O'Brien's. Visitors to the weekly noon meeting are welcome.

Take in a live show tonight

The Aluminum Show, modern dance and visuals, at Robinson Center Music Hall, 426 West Markham in Little Rock, at 7:30 p.m. Southern Hospitality at Murry’s Dinner Playhouse in Little Rock, 6323 Col. Glenn Road. Dinner 6 to 7:35 p.m. Curtain 7:45 p.m. Ticket $30. Show only $25. Children under 15 $22. Call 501-562-3131 for more information.

AARP tax help

Help with taxes is available at the Coronado Center today for 1 to 4 p.m. from AARP tax experts.

Marilyn is Theatreworks first production

Marilyn: Forever Blonde, The Marilyn Monroe Story in Her Own Words and Music, the acclaimed, award-winning one woman play comprising the life of Marilyn Monroe, is to get its Arkansas premiere presented by Arkansas TheatreWorks, and performed at the Central Theatre, in downtown Hot Springs. Preview performances are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, May 4 and 5, followed by the official opening on Friday night, May 6. Since its American premiere in 2007, the show has won 12 major awards, including the Lee Hartgrave Award for Best Actress in a Play, the Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Road Show 2008-2009, along with others for Best Costumes, Best Set, Best Lighting, and "Best Theatrical Event of the Season." The play takes place at a photo shoot just prior to Marilyn's untimely death. She is 36 years old and while she still is beautiful, she has lost some of the little girl charm that made her Hollywood's biggest star in the 20th Century Fox prime of her early twenties. Divorced for the third time and now living alone, frustrated by Hollywood and tired of the label ‘sex symbol', Marilyn longs to be respected for her talent and loved for who she really is rather than the character she has created for the silver screen. She wonders what it would be like to do it all over again... In her portrayal of the legendary blonde, Sunny Thompson convincingly recreates the voice, singing style, body movement, and, most effectively, the vulnerability of Marilyn. The play features 17 songs, such as "Diamond's Are a Girl's Best Friend" and "My Heart Belongs to Daddy", written by some of the greatest songwriters in the business, including Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer. Sunny Thompson (Marilyn) travelled the world performing in musical revues and in Off Broadway productions before settling in Spain, where she became a music video star. She has recorded eight albums, had her single "Te Necesito" go gold, headlined "Showgirls" at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, starred in her own shows for Harrah's at the famed Sammy's Showroom in Reno and the celebrated Southshore Room, Lake Tahoe. Greg Thompson (Writer & Producer) has been one of the world's top producers of musical revues for more than 35 years. He has produced more than 500 productions for both the stage and TV and won numerous awards. Stephanie Shine (Director) is Artistic Director of Seattle Shakespeare Company, the premier classical theatre in Washington State. She has produced 30 main house productions and 17 late night cabarets there. 'Marilyn: Forever Blonde' will play at the Central Theatre (1008 Central Avenue, Hot Springs) from Wednesday, May 4 through Sunday May 16. Performances are Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m Tickets are priced at $22.50 - $32.50, and may be purchased by calling the Arkansas TheatreWorks office at (501) 922-6899, or online by visiting their website at Subscriptions for the entire five play TheatreWorks season, including Marilyn: Forever Blonde, are still available at a 30% discount over the single ticket price. Call the TheatreWorks office for further details.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Learn more about astronomy

An exciting new exhibit opened recently at the William F. Laman Public Library System in North Little Rock on March 16, Visions of the Universe: Four Centuries of Discovery. The exhibit will run through May 20 celebrating the transformation of knowledge of the universe by Galileo Galilei's astronomical telescope developed in 1609. Visions of the Universe tells the story of how astronomy has evolved over the last four hundred years with historical drawing and diagrams made by Galileo and other early astronomers sprinkled with modern Hubble Space Telescope photographs. The traveling exhibit is visiting 55 libraries throughout the U.S. as part of a multi-year global celebration of astronomy and its contribution to society and culture. The main library is at 2801 Orange Street in North Little Rock. For more information call (501) 758-1720.

Three days left to view art exhibition in Conway

UCA annual student art competitive exhibition is on display until the end of the month. Campus -wide juried student competitive exhibition is open to all UCA students free of charge and features cash awards provided by the UCA department of art to recognize excellence. UCA Baum Gallery of Fine Arts hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Just a few weeks left in photo contest

The Little Rock Workforce Investment Board is holding its second biennial "Little Rock is Working" photography contest and exhibit. There is a $500 first place prize, a $300 second place prize and a $200 third place prize. Photographs must depict a person performing their daily work in Little Rock. Photographs must be turned in by 5 p.m. on April 15 to Bedford's Camera and Video in Little Rock or North Little Rock. For more details and contest rules visit the website at

Bridal Fair at Garvan Gardens

Coming up on April 3 is the Beauty and the Bride bridal fair at Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs from 1 to 4 p.m. About 50 vendors retailing matrimonial-associated merchandise will transform the springtime garden into a full-service bridal boutique offering an array of essential services, catering, entertainment, flower, photography and more. The fair is geared to ensure the perfect wedding day. Admission is $5. For more information call 800-366-4664.

Entertainment venues tonight

Southern Hospitality at Murry’s Dinner Playhouse in Little Rock, 6323 Col. Glenn Road. Dinner 6 to 7:35 p.m. Curtain 7:45 p.m. Ticket $30. Show only $25. Children under 15 $22. Call 501-562-3131 for more information. The Aluminum Show, modern dance and visuals, at Robinson Center Music Hall, 426 West Markham in Little Rock, at 7:30 p.m. Wilkins Music and Comedy Show at Ray Lynn Theater, 701 Central Avenue, Hot Springs, every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday night. Two hours of hilarious comedy and nostalgic songs from the 50s through today. Tickets $18.50 adult, $17.50 senior and $11.50 child. Call (501) 624-7469 for showtime.

Blood drive this morning

Arkansas Blood Institute blood drive this morning from 8 a.m. to noon at the Coronado Center. Bring a photo ID to give blood.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Pet emergency care

A good way to induce vomiting in dogs and cats after they have ingested poison is to give them three-percent solution hydrogen peroxide. Both dogs and cats can have five milliliters by mouth every ten minutes. Call your veterinarian as soon as your pet gets its first treatment.

Tulips at Garvan Woodland Gardens

There are just a few more days to catch the Tulip Extravaganza at Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs. There are about 100,000 vibrantly hued tulips along the Camelia Trail and the Flowering Border.

Diversity and Literacy workshop at CPC

Tomorrow there is a Diversity and Literacy workshop at the Clinton Presidential Center. Learn from a subject matter expert how important teaching modules and teaching techniques are for literacy across cultural barriers. This professional development workshop reinforces President Clinton's belief "literacy is the key to all learning." For more information call (501) 748-0472.

Violinist Mark O'Connor performs tonight

Tonight violinist Mark O'Connor performs at UALR as part of Artspree presents. The concert is at the University Theatre at 7:30 p.m. For more information call (501) 569-3288.

Village Chorale tickets available at Woodlands

The Village Chorale concert is coming up on April 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the Woodlands Auditorium. Tickets are still available at the Woodlands box office.

Come to the Writers' Club meeting today

The Village Writers' Club meets today at noon at the Banana Leaf at the Balboa Clubhouse.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

One of a kind Jim McKinnon passed away Saturday

Most 103 year olds do not stay active in clubs and exercise but Jim McKinnon was one of a kind. The Village will feel his loss rippling across several organizations. The residents of South Pago Way will feel the loss of their dear neighbor and his extravagant Christmas decorations. McKinnon founded the Kiwanis Club in Hot Springs Village and stayed active in his 103rd year. He took tai chi this year in Hot Springs. He made as many democratic events as possible and he is known for being the caller for the Razorbacks in the Village. McKinnon was a Village Pioneer and a member of the Village United Methodist Church, the first church in the Village. He was a man of many firsts in his retirement. He will be greatly missed. Jim McKinnon, Oct 30, 1907 to March 26, 2011.

Garland County Sheriff

Sheriff Larry Sanders is a long-time resident of Garland County. Sheriff Sanders is a graduate of Lake Hamilton High School and has an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from National Park Community College. Sheriff Sanders attended the School of Law Enforcement Supervision at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and is a graduate of Leadership Hot Springs. The Sheriff was in the Cadet and Reserve programs prior to becoming a fulltime commissioned deputy in 1983. Sanders worked through the ranks, jail, dispatch, patrol, narcotics and criminal investigations, prior to being elected Garland County Sheriff in 2004. Sanders is a graduate of the Arkansas Law Enforcement Academy and the Federal Bureau of Investigation National academy in Quantico, Virginia. He is a Certified Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor. Sanders is a member of the Garland County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #26, board of directors of Garland County Jail Ministries, board of directors 18th East Judicial Drug Task Force, Regional Organized Crime Information Center, United States Deputy Sheriff’s Association, the Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce and Hot Springs Baptist Church. Sanders and his wife Tina have two daughters Sarah and Lori.

Take in a matinee or an evening performance

Southern Hospitality at Murry’s Dinner Playhouse in Little Rock, 6323 Col. Glenn Road. Lunch 11 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. Curtain 12:45 p.m. Ticket $28. Show only $23. Children under 15 $22. Evening performance and dinner from 5:30 to 6:40 p.m. Curtain at 6:45 p.m. Ticket $30. Show only $25. Call 501-562-3131 for more information.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Village Writers' Club sponsors contest for non-members

Members of the Village Writers’ Club invite Hot Springs Village residents to participate in a writing contest held in conjunction with the annual L’Audible Art Wine and Cheese Event on May 9. The winning entry will be read during the May 9 afternoon performance in the Ouachita Room of the Woodlands Center. L’Audible Art is an opportunity for the audience to enjoy wine and cheese while listening to members of the writers’ club read their work. This contest will give an additional person the opportunity of sharing their writing.
The Residents’ Contest is open to any resident of the Village, regardless of age. The maximum length of words for an entry is 1250, and any type of writing may be submitted, fiction, non-fiction, essay, memoir or poetry. Manuscript format should be followed, including a title page and double spacing on the following pages.
Submit manuscripts to: Joyce Anderson, 226 Pizarro Dr., Hot Springs Village, AR 71909. Please include a cover sheet giving the author’s name, address, phone number and E-mail address. The deadline for submission is April 9; all entries must be postmarked by that date.
The contest winner will be notified and arrangements made to read at the May 9 L’Audible Art program. A certificate will be awarded at the program. All entries will be destroyed after May 9; we are unable to return entries or give feedback to the writers.
Members of the Village Writers’ Club are not eligible to enter this contest.

Symphony Guild sponsoring New York City trip

Did you always want to visit the Big Apple but just never did or perhaps you’d like to return to the city you visited on business trips? Start saving your pennies now for a trip this fall.
The Guild offers this music-based getaway as a fund-raising project for their outreach programs. Sue Smith with Vacation Valet has arranged a carefree, first-class trip in mid-September choosing the best of the city and 3 of the top Broadway musicals. The 5-day getaway begins with transfers to the airport from Hot Springs or the Village on Tuesday, September 13; Delta Airlines flights to LaGuardia with a guide for lunch and tour of Lower Manhatten enroute to Times Square.
Home for four nights is the Hampton Inn Times Square where a delightful breakfast starts each day. This prime location allows walking or quick taxi ride to theatre and attractions.
Orchestra seats are reserved for Memphis the Musical, the 2010 Tony Awards Best Musical of an incredible journey in the 1950’s of a white DJ and a black club singer who want to make it big-time on the airwaves; Million Dollar Quartet based on a famed recording session in 1956 that brought Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins together for the only time at Sun Studios for one of the greatest jam sessions ever; and Anything Goes, a revival of Cole Porter’s musical hit of a hilarious bumpy ramp across the Atlantic featuring some of his most memorable songs.
Other special features include dinner at Sardi’s with a star from one of our shows; a morning visiting an Artist’s Loft and Gallery; and lunch at the famous Russian Tea Room. An evening jazz dinner cruise with entertainment will highlight the New York harbor. Morning tours include Lincoln Center and either NBC Studios or Carnegie Hall.
The final day with include an Upper Manhattan tour with a Big Apple expert who knows “inside NYC’ before arriving midafternoon at LaGuardia for the Delta Airlines flights to Little Rock. A motorcoach will return the group the evening of Saturday, September 17.
Free time has been allowed for personal choice of shopping, museum visits, or another Broadway play.
Early deposit allows best orchestra seats. Call Sue Smith at 922-4801 for details, stop by Vacation Valet at 101 Dentista Drive, Suite C, or call for a detailed flyer at 984 -6191 or 800-364-8646.

Estate sales do's and don't's

Basic rules for Village estate sales created by an anonymous Villager.
Do not park on both sides of the road making it difficult, if not impossible, for other cars, including emergency vehicles, to get through.
Do not block driveways.
Do no park in front of mailboxes. This impedes mail delivery.
Do not leave the rear end of your car sticking out into the street.
Do not park in the driveway of the sale as this space is often used for loading and unloading heavy furniture.
Do not open your car door without making sure the traffic is clear.
Do come with patience.
Do come prepared to get some exercise by walking a spell.
Do find a safe place to pull off the road if you must refer to a map, directions or talk on a cell phone.
Do be considerate of others, especially the handicapped.
But most important, do not block the road.

Ray Lynn Theater tonight

Wilkins Music and Comedy Show at Ray Lynn Theater, 701 Central Avenue, Hot Springs, every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday night. Two hours of hilarious comedy and nostalgic songs from the 50s through today. Tickets $18.50 adult, $17.50 senior and $11.50 child. Call (501) 624-7469 for showtime.

Rainy Saturday

The rain is here but so is the lightening and thunder so I better power down. The rain is supposed to be heaviest this morning and boy do we need it.

Aluminum at Robinson next week

The Aluminum Show is a sensational hit around the world, this production offers a unique theatrical experience that combines special effects, acrobatics, jazz and modern dance, puppetry, dazzling aluminum costumes and more. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. each night, and tickets range from $20-$50. For info and tickets: The show runs from March 29 through March 31.

At Murry's tonight

Southern Hospitality at Murry’s Dinner Playhouse in Little Rock, 6323 Col. Glenn Road. Dinner 6 to 7:35 p.m. Curtain 7:45 p.m. Ticket $32. Show only $27. Children under 15 $22. Call 501-562-3131 for more information.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Carousel Theater meets today

The Carousel Theater meets Fridays at 2 p.m. at Cranford's East. Actors of all experience levels are invited to hone script reading skills.

Many more readers

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Okay, I am not a cartographer but these are counties Villagers should know if they are going to successfully navigate the byways of Arkansas.
If you are a Villager you now live in Garland or Saline County. Garland County is bordered by Montgomery, big flood last year, and Yell, of True Grit fame, Counties. Both Garland and Saline share borders with Hot Spring, and Perry Counties. Saline also borders Grant and Pulaski Counties.
For grins I added a part of Faulkner County, where all the recent earthquake activity originated. I also added part of Pope County, where Arkansas' nuclear power plant is located. I had to add in part of Conway County because it is wedged between Pope and Faulkner.

Arkansas flag

A lot of us in the Village moved here from other states and might not know much about Arkansas history. Today's little lesson is about the Arkansas flag.
The Arkansas flag was designed in 1913 as part of a statewide contest. There were 65 contestants. Miss Willie K. Hocker of Wabbaseka, Arkansas was the winner.
The red, white and blue color was to tie the state to the United States flag.
The diamond shape was for the state's diamond mine. Arkansas is the only state in the continental U.S. producing natural diamonds.
The 25 stars of the diamond's blue band represent Arkansas as the 25th state in the United States.
The tree blue stars below the states name are for the three countries that ruled the region, France, Spain and the United States. It can also represent the 1803 Louisiana Purchase and Arkansas' place as the third state created from the Louisiana Purchase.
The lone blue star above the state name, not a part of Hocker's original design, represents Arkansas' time as a confederate state.

Fun, fun fun on a Friday night

Preservation Hall Jazz Band at the Woodlands Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. The concert is sponsored by the Concerts Association. To join call 922-1277. To obtain tickets visit The buzz on this concert has been phenomenal. This is the last night of the run.
Southern Hospitality at Murry’s Dinner Playhouse in Little Rock, 6323 Col. Glenn Road. Dinner 6 to 7:35 p.m. Curtain 7:45 p.m. Ticket $32. Show only $27. Children under 15 $22. Call 501-562-3131 for more information.

Library's second trivia night extravaganza

The Coronado Library's Friends of the Library had such success with last year's Trivia Night a second one was never in question. Tonight is the night to test your trivia knowledge at the Coronado Center and benefit the Library at the same time. There are still a few seats here and there at established tables with less than ten players.
According to the POA calendar Trivia night is from 5 to 8 p.m. this evening. Check with the Library today for last minute submissions.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

What's cooking tonight

Preservation Hall Jazz Band at the Woodlands Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. The concert is sponsored by the Concerts Association. To join call 922-1277. To obtain tickets visit
Southern Hospitality at Murry’s Dinner Playhouse in Little Rock, 6323 Col. Glenn Road. Dinner 6 to 7:35 p.m. Curtain 7:45 p.m. Ticket $28. Show only $23. Children under 15 $22. Call 501-562-3131 for more information.

Change for Change initiative

Fountain Lake seventh grader Emily Kennedy was the guest speaker at last week's Rotary Club of Scenic 7 meeting. Emily started the Change for Change initiative raising money for Children's Hospital.
Amanda Kennedy sits close by as her daughter Emily addressed members of the Rotary Club of Scenic 7.
Emily Kennedy is an active Fountain Lake seventh grader. She belongs to the Junior Beta Club, CHAMPS, sings, leads praise and worship at her church and loves to play tennis. She makes good grades but wanted to do more for her community and her state. She came up with an idea to raise money to benefit Arkansas Children's Hospital. Her program is called Change for Change. Students are encouraged to put change in the brightly decorated cans in Fountain Lake classrooms and in area businesses such as Riser Ford and Kennedy and Associates. The two named businesses have pledged to match funds collected. The contributions are tax deductible.
The Junior Beta Club fosters leadership in students by having them participate in bettering their community. Emily and her classmates have taken food to Jackson House. They have already participated in Talent Search, an opportunity to learn about colleges and college curricula. As a member of the club, the students can start taking their ACTs now.
Emily has demonstrated leadership abilities by spearheading the effort to raise money for the Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock. Children's is the only hospital in the state dealing specifically with children and their illnesses.
Emily was one of the many getting to know Children's from the inside out. She made her first trip there in a helicopter when she was just hours old. Her family is aware of the food vouchers given to families of patients so they can keep their strength up while cheering patients to recovery.
Emily's family also became aware that what insurance does not pay for each patient is written off by hospital donations. No child is turned away.
Save change for one of the Change for Change cans and help Emily make a difference.
Today Susan Lancaster of ASMSA will speak to the Rotary Club of Scenic 7. The club meets at noon at Molly O'Brien's on Highway 7. A buffet lunch is available at cost.
There will be no meeting March 31 as the club will celebrate its charter at a Charter Night Dinner at the DeSoto Club in the Village.

The Magic Flute today

Today at 2 p.m. is the live opera broadcast from La Scala, Italy at the Central City 10 Cinema in Hot Springs of Mozart’s The Magic Flute.
Central City 10 Cinema is at 909 Higdon Ferry Road.
There will be an encore next Wednesday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m.
According to opera promoters, "from the Queen of the Night's pyrotechnic high notes to Papageno's chirpy birdsongs, The Magic Flute is one of Mozart's most charming and engaging operas. This celebrated production by artist William Kentridge joyfully bursts onto the stage of Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy and onto the big screen!"
The Magic Flute is the opera The Muses will feature in its upcoming Opera Gala September 22 at the Governor's Mansion in Little Rock. This televised production gives a sneak peek of things to come live later in The Muses season.
Also, On Monday, March 28, the movie theater will have the Paris Opera Ballet performance of Coppelia, starting at 12:30 p.m. The encore will be Wednesday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Help support of the Arts in Hot Springs.

Arts Alive

POA recreation committee meets today

The POA recreation committee meets today at 1:30 p.m. at the Coronado Center. This is a make up meeting for the regular March 14 meeting. All POA committees are open to POA members.

Pet trivia

Did you know both cats and dogs can take Dramamine to relieve car sickness/motion sickness. Cats are allowed up to 12.5 milligrams every eight hours. Dogs are allowed up to four milligrams per pound every eight hours.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

POA ID cards can be activiated as gate pass

I lived in the Village for about a year before I found the advantage of changing my POA ID card into a proximity card or gate pass for the unmanned gates.
The west gate is the only gate manned 24/7. The east gate is locked after 10:30 p.m but can be accessed with an activated proximity card. The unmanned gates include Glazier Peau, Cortez, Danville Road and Balboa Road. To use the Goosepond gate a special electronic key card must be purchased.
Just stop by the POA administration building to make your card into a gate pass.

Today a legend died

The much-married and much-beloved Elizabeth Taylor died of heart failure today. There are not too many vintage screen legends left. Her rival Debbie Reynolds is still going strong. I'm sure you have your favorites, too. Taylor was at the top of my list.

Fun things to do tonight

Preservation Hall Jazz Band at the Woodlands Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. The concert is sponsored by the Concerts Association. To join call 922-1277. To obtain tickets visit
Southern Hospitality at Murry’s Dinner Playhouse in Little Rock, 6323 Col. Glenn Road. Dinner 6 to 7:35 p.m. Curtain 7:45 p.m. Ticket $28. Show only $23. Children under 15 $22. Call 501-562-3131 for more information.

Get help with taxes

AARP will provide tax aide at the Coronado Center from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. today.

Chiffonade Chef Services

Box lunches were provided by Chiffonade Chef Services at last Saturday's writers' workshop at the Coronado Center. The lunches were light and tasty. Eve Baum Alven is Chiffonade's owner and chef.
Chiffonade services are available in Hot Springs, the Village and Malvern. Chiffonade offers catering, personal chef in-home dinner, full-service buffet breakfast and lunch, box lunches, affordable gift baskets, homemade goods and fruit carvings.
All meals are delivered. Chiffonade is fully licensed and insured.
For more information about Chiffonade services call (501) 276-0082 of e-mail

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Wildwood happenings

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical by Mo Willems is live at Wildwood April 8, at 7 p.m.
Wildwood Park for the Arts is at 20919 Denny Road, Little Rock, AR 72223.
Make the move from page to stage with Knuffle Bunny live at Wildwood Park! Taking audiences on a magical journey through the young imagination, the musical teaches a full load of lessons about communication, love and family.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.
To purchase tickets call (501) 821-7275.
Sponsored by the Stella Boyle Smith Trust, Junior League of Little Rock, Arkansas Children's Hospital, the McLarty Companies and Kaki Hockersmith Interiors.
Michael John Casey as Dad, Erika Rose as Mom, and Stephanie D'Abruzzo as Trixie.

Other Happenings at Wildwood this April.
Ballet Arkansas presents 4xTwo April 2 at 7 p.m. and April 3 at 3 p.m.
Blooms, a festival celebrating springtime in Arkansas. Join Wildwood for WILD Garden Parties. April 16 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and April 17 from noon to 6 p.m.
Cody Belew Hello, Goodbye Concert May 7 at 7 p.m. Tickets go on sale April 1.

New home permit

Lot-block-addition / Address / Contractor/square footage
010-14 Cielo / 11 Carpintero Lane / Malt Construction/2,208

Addition permits

Lot-block-addition / Address / Contractor/project
025-04 Valencia / 94 Valencia Way / The Hairless Handyman/deck
005-20 Meseta / 17 Meseta Lane / Smith Home Improvements/deck addition
013-08 Valle / 7 Libre Circle / Hurst Concrete/fill in pool with concrete
007-05 Castillo / 7 Charnella Lane / David Roper/room addition
011-05 Madrid / 32 Madrid Way / Gary Peeks/electrical
011-05 Madrid / 32 Madrid Way / M & R Sarver/enclose carport
005-01 Palencia / 10 Palencia Lane / Michael Ramick/lattice panels
042-02 Alicante / 55 Alicante Way / Philip Shields/add stairs to deck
008-02 Mesero / 125 Mesero Way / Henry Matthew/finish basement
005-04 Sorpresa / 31 Sorpresa Way / Mike Suggs/replace deck
003-04 Buque / 85 Tiburon Way / Roy Redd/stone patio
010-04 Buque / 71 Tiburon Way / Rigsby Plumbing/replace water service
012-03 Hartura / 5 Hartura Lane / Mike Cutrer/remodel deck
005-03 Telon / 3 Telon Way / Thomas Coleman/finish crawl space
005-01 Cortez Cts. / 11 Romera Lane / Contractors Landscape/replace deck
002-01 Las Brisas / 63 Toledo Drive / O’Neal Electric/electric to hot tub
013-02 Salvatierra / 40 Salvatierra Way / Caughman Construction Co./enclose covered patio
010-02 Coronado / 15 Coronado Trace / Sun City Solar Energy/solar electric power
007-03 Serenidad / 9 Serenidad Lane / Cenark Enterprises, Inc./windows in screen room
002-02 Pertusa / 41 Pertusa Drive / Edward Aucoin/brick columns
017-06 Ladera / 4 Ventoso Lane / Anthony Scotty/electric to hot tub
023-04 Maria / 42 Linares Lane / Grave Bros. Construction/sidewalk
008-02 Maderas Gardens / 4 Jardin Trace / Rebath of Central Arkansas/remodel bathroom

HVAC permits

Lot-block-addition / Address / Contractor
060-04 Gerona / 2 Herencia Circle / Tempco, Inc.
033-06 Caribe / 17 Caribe Lane / Eagle Heating & Air
024-01 Tenerife / 4 Antigua Lane / Middleton Heating & Air
019-03 Collado / 2 Henil Lane / Standridge, Inc.
003-06 Resplandor / 71 Resplandor Way / Eagle Heating & Air
002-09 Diamante / 4 Granada Lane / Johnston Heating & Air
024-03 Diamante / 12 Loyola Way / Roberson Heating & Air

Hot water heater permits

Lot-block-addition / Address / Contractor
005-09 Navarra / 18 La Coruna Way / Beasley Plumbing
004-01 Teruel / 154 Arias Way / Lowes with Daryl Creasy
009-02 Valencia Cts. / 4 Fresca Lane / Lowes with Daryl Creasy
010-02 Palisandro / 160 Castellon Drive / Top Notch Plumbing
009-10 Fastota / 12 Fastota Lane / Sears with Daryl Creasy
009-04 Ballesteros / 20 Jardinero Drive / Top Notch Plumbing
008-01 Magnifico / 10 Magnifico Way / Lowes with Daryl Creasy

Roof permits

Lot-block-addition / Address / Contractor
012-07 Caribe / 9 Sorollo Lane / Keith Lynchard
010-04 Tiburon / 7 Trapo Lane / Final Touch Roofing
001-09 Zapato / 33 Pandilla Way / Greenstar
009-01 Isabella / 214 Pizarro Drive / K & L Roofing
001-01 Magellan Cts / 4 Magellan Lane / Tracy’s Quality Roofing
011-02 Divino Cts. / 10 Divino Lane / David Quick Roofing
012-02 Divino Cts. / 12 Divino Lane / David Quick Roofing

Today in entertainment

Preservation Hall Jazz Band at the Woodlands Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. The concert is sponsored by the Concerts Association. To join call 922-1277. To obtain tickets visit
Southern Hospitality at Murry’s Dinner Playhouse in Little Rock, 6323 Col. Glenn Road. Dinner 6 to 7:35 p.m. Curtain 7:45 p.m. Ticket $28. Show only $23. Children under 15 $22. Call 501-562-3131 for more information.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Southern Hospitality opens at Murry's tomorrow

If you saw Dearly Beloved or Christmas Belles at Murry’s Dinner Playhouse you are going to love the third installment of the Futrelle Sisters saga, Southern Hospitality. The sisters are in trouble again, this time the problem is bigger than ever. Their beloved hometown, Fayro, Texas, is in danger of disappearing and it's up to the sisters to save it from extinction. How the sisters and the citizens of Fayro save the town is a testament to Southern strength and ingenuity and a recipe for total hilarity.
The Futrelle Sisters are Frankie, Twink, Honey Raye and Rhonda Lynn. Ever since the Super SmartMart and the rendering plant closed, folks have been leaving Fayro in droves, but Honey Raye, with a major assist from her former nemesis, Geneva Musgrave, has come up with a possible solution. It seems a salsa manufacturing factory is looking to relocate and a company representative is headed to Fayro on a scouting mission. Honey Raye, as the president of the Chamber of Commerce, makes promises that are not to be believed in order to woo the rep to choose Fayro. In fact, Honey Raye has told them that on the very weekend of the rep’s visit, the town just happens to be having their biggest celebration of the year: "Fayro Days", which includes a craft show, a pet costume parade, a beauty pageant and a huge Civil War battle re-enactment.
So now it’s up to the citizens of Fayro to quickly make her promises a reality. The biggest hurdle to impressing the salsa representative is staging a Civil War battle re-enactment with only fifteen participants. Added to this is the dilemma of Twink being so desperate to get married that she’s practically dragging the unwilling groom, Deputy John Curtis Buntner, to the altar. But this pales next to the financial problems the preacher and his wife are having, unless you don’t consider gambling away your mobile home a problem. Frankie, however, seems to have it worst of all, what with her husband, Dub, going through a major mid-life crisis at the same time her five-year-old twins are literally tearing up the town.
Unfortunately for all of them, the ‘meanest woman in twelve counties’, Dub’s wicked, old Aunt Iney, is on her way for a visit. Iney’s arrival in Fayro is definitely cause for alarm for the sisters; but it’s nothing compared to their panic when the old girl drops dead in the Dubberly home just before the salsa rep shows up. But how the Futrelle sisters and the other citizens of Fayro, including sweet, simple, Raynerd Chisum, pull together and save their town.
A laugh-out-loud farce and a stand-alone play in its own right, Southern Hospitality is the third play in the trilogy that began with Dearly Beloved and continued with Christmas Belles.
The show opens tomorrow night at Murry’s Dinner Playhouse in Little Rock, 6323 Col. Glenn Road. Dinner 6 to 7:35 p.m. Curtain 7:45 p.m. Ticket $28. Show only $23. Children under 15 $22. Call 501-562-3131 for more information.

Preservation Jazz at Woodlands this week

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band travels worldwide spreading their mission to nurture and perpetuate the art form of New Orleans Jazz. The band plays at the Woodlands staring tomorrow night through Friday night.
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band derives its name from Preservation Hall, the venerable music venue located in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter, founded in 1961 by Allan and Sandra Jaffe. Preservation Hall is at 726 St. Peter Street in New Orleans. The band has traveled worldwide spreading their mission to nurture and perpetuate the art form of New Orleans Jazz. Whether performing at Carnegie Hall or Lincoln Center, for British Royalty or the King of Thailand, this music embodies a joyful, timeless spirit. Under the auspices of current director, Ben Jaffe, the son of founders Allan and Sandra, Preservation Hall
continues with a deep reverence and consciousness of its greatest attributes in the
modern day as a venue, band, and record label.
The building that houses Preservation Hall has housed many businesses over the years including a tavern during the war of 1812, a photo studio and an art gallery. It was during the years of the art gallery that then owner, Larry Borenstein, began holding informal jam sessions for his close friends. Out of these sessions grew the concept of Preservation Hall. The intimate venue, whose weathered exterior has been untouched over its history, is a living embodiment of its original vision. To this day, Preservation Hall has no drinks, air conditioning, or other typical accouterments strictly welcoming people of all ages interested in having one of the last pure music experiences left on the earth.
The PHJB began touring in 1963 and for many years there were several bands successfully touring under the name Preservation Hall. Many of the band's charter members performed with the pioneers who invented jazz in the early twentieth century including Buddy Bolden, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, and Bunk Johnson. Band leaders over the band's history include the brothers Willie and Percy Humphrey, husband and wife Billie and De De Pierce, famed pianist Sweet Emma Barrett, and in the modern day Wendell and John Brunious. These founding artists and dozens of others passed on the lessons of their music to a younger generation who now follow in their footsteps like the current lineup.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Puttin' on the Dog and Cat April 12

This year's gala Animal Welfare League benefit, Puttin' on the Dog and Cat, will feature fabulous food samplings. A great line-up of area restaurants' menu items and special treats from AWL supporters' private recipe collections is coming to the Coronado Center ballroom on Tuesday, April 12.
Don't miss a chance to treat yourself to the fare from the following restaurants: Banana Leaf, Debra's, Home Plate Cafe, JK's Columbus Grill at Isabella, La Petite Bistro, Tanner's Terrace on the Greens at Granada, Troy & Rene McKee's new restaurant at Ponce and Whole Hog-Hot Springs
Special treats include Carol Tubb's Cheese Dip, Deanna Anderson's Celebration Cake, Jim & Jackie Morris' Chocolate Fountain, pork loin, pasta salad, BLT bites, mac n' cheese are back, too.
Add a glass of wine from the Wine Fountain and enjoy the music of the Note-Ables.
AWL "cats" & "dogs" will be selling benefit drawing chances for all the money
on the Money Tree and the Silent Auction Tables will be filled with a wonderful variety of irresistible treasures. More treasures are available at the Live Auction. There's something for everyone!
Tickets are limited. Tickets are on sale at Company's Comin', Hallmark Dogwood Tree and Barkansas Pet Supply during business hours. Volunteers will be selling tickets at the shelter from noon to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday March 28 through April 1. The shelter is at 195 Cloaca Ln. (off Ponce De Leon Dr. near the Balboa card gate). Tickets are $20.00 each.
100-percent of the celebration proceeds are used to give companion animals the second chance they deserve.

The big full moon

Saying goodbye to the big full moon. The moon won't be this close to earth again for about another 20 years. The moon is in perigee and is the brightest and closest moon since 1993.

Entertainment today

Players production of Senior Follies at the Woodlands, 2 p.m. Tickets $12. Directed by Judy Corwin.
St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations by the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and Mithril, an Alabama Celtic group, at Robinson Center Music Hall at 3 p.m. Geoffrey Robson conducting traditional and not-so-traditional Irish music.
Travis Ledoyt at Murry’s Dinner Playhouse in Little Rock, 6323 Col. Glenn Road. Lunch 11 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. Curtain 12:45 p.m. Ticket $28. Show only $23. Children under 15 $22. Evening performance and dinner from 5:30 to 6:40 p.m. Curtain at 6:45 p.m. Ticket $30. Show only $25. Call 501-562-3131 for more information.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Conserve water in Village to cut costs

Due to state law, the Village POA has been planning for a number of years to expand the water treatment plant.
When a water treatment plan exceeds 80% of plant capacity, planning to expand capacity must begin. Hot Springs Village first exceeded the 80% in 2005. In 2010, Hot Springs Village exceeded the 80% on 30 days, most occurring in August during the spate of days with temperatures exceeding 100 degrees.
Design plans are now underway and cost estimates at this time put the construction costs at greater than $4,000,000.
In an effort to delay the cost of expanding the plant as long as possible, the POA is encouraging residents to be conscious of the amount of water that is used each month.

Fireworks fundraising

The Village POA, in partnership with the HSV Area Chamber of Commerce, is soliciting donations to pay for the Fourth of July fireworks display.
To get things started, Summit Bank has made the first donation of $5,000.
Donations may be dropped off at the POA administration building, 895 Desoto Boulevard or the Chamber of Commerce office across from Walgreens in the Cranford's shopping center. Make checks payable to the Hot Springs Village Property Owners' Association.
If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Stone at 922-0322 or Lacey Ekberg at 915-9940.

Cooper Communities reciprical rate agreement

According to the POA Village POA members enjoy reduced rates for amenities here and are eligible for discounted fees known as reciprocal rates at five Cooper community developments. The communities are Bella Vista Village in Bella Vista, Arkansas, Creekmoor in Raymore, Missouri, Savannah Lakes Village in McCormick, South Carolina, Stonebridge Village in Branson West, Missouri and Tellico Village in Loudon, Tennessee.
The 2011 reciprocal rates are as follows.
Members must present their respective POA membership card and may be asked to show their state driver’s license.
Bella Vista Village, Bella Vista, Arkansas
(479) 855-8000 /
18 Hole Greens Fee - $27.00 (after 2:00 p.m. - $21.00)
9 Hole Greens Fee - $21.00
Junior Golf (6-16) 9 Holes - $8.00 Brittany
$7.00 Branchwood
$9.00 all other courses after 12:00 p.m.
18 Hole Cart Fee (per seat) - $15.00 (after 2:00 p.m. - $8.00)
9 Hole Cart Fee (per seat) - $8.00
Branchwood Fitness Center - $3.50/day
Riordan Hall Fitness Center - $3.50/day
Creekmoor Village, Raymoore, Missouri
(816) 331-2621 /
18 Hole Greens Fee - $43.00 includes tax and cart
9 Hole Greens Fee - $21.50 includes tax and cart
Savannah Lakes Village, McCormick, South Carolina
(800) 332-0013 /
18 Hole Greens Fee - $22.00
9 Hole Greens Fee - $12.00
18 Hole Cart Fee (per seat) - $23.00
9 Hole Cart Fee (per seat) - $13.50
Activity Center $3.50
Stonebridge Village, Reeds Spring, Missouri
(417) 336-1350 /
18 Hole Greens Fee - $34.00
9 Hole Greens Fee - $22.00
18 Hole Cart Fee (per seat) - $22.00
9 Hole Cart Fee (per seat) - $16.00
Tennis, Fitness, Pool - $0.00 for guests staying on property
Tellico Village, Loudon, Tennessee
(865) 458-5408 /
18 Hole Greens Fee - $20.30 (March – October)
$17.75 (Jan-Feb and Nov-Dec)
9 Hole Greens Fee - $10.15 (March – October)
$8.88 (Jan-Feb and Nov-Dec)
18 Hole Cart Fee (per seat) - $13.00
9 Hole Cart Fee (per seat) - $6.50
Recreation Centers – Adult $7.00 all inclusive
Recreation Centers – Child $5.00 all inclusive
*Recreation includes fitness areas and classes, gymnasium, pools, tennis, pickleball, wellness center, Chota Rec Center, Kahite Fitness Center and racquetball.

Entertainment tonight

Players production of Senior Follies at the Woodlands, 7 p.m. Tickets $12. Directed by Judy Corwin.
St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations by the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and Mithril, an Alabama Celtic group, at Robinson Center Music Hall at 8 p.m. Geoffrey Robson conducting traditional and not-so-traditional Irish music.
Travis Ledoyt at Murry’s Dinner Playhouse in Little Rock, 6323 Col. Glenn Road. Dinner 6 to 7:35 p.m. Curtain 7:45 p.m. Ticket $32. Show only $27. Children under 15 $22. Call 501-562-3131 for more information.

Rebel stakes at Oaklawn

Today is Rebels stakes day at Oaklawn Racetrack with a boat and truck giveaway.

Landscaping permits

Lot-block-addition / Address / Contractor
016-02 Santa Cruz / 64 Malaga Way / SMC
015-11 Santa Maria / 2 Silla Lane / Village Landscape
035-02 Colgadura / 24 Venado Way / Bennett Bros.
018-03 San Sebastian / 35 San Sebastian Way / Philip Cunningham
005-09 Diamante / 10 Granada Lane / Bennett Bros.
001-01 Isabella / 230 Pizarro Drive / Frederick Stamey
013-08 Vereda / 21 Purista Lane / Harpers
021-18 Ladera / 89 Largo Drive / Village Landscape
003-16 Cielo / 214 Elcano Drive / Graves Landscaping

Boat dock permits

Lot-block-addition / Address / Contractor
011-02 Puertollano / 9 Sierra Lane / Nick Daily

Donizetti's Lucia today

The live broadcast from the Met in high definition of Gaetano Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor is today at noon at Tinseltown in Benton. The cost is just $20. Slip into your comfortable slippers, buy a bag of popcorn, sit back and enjoy a live Met opera.

Writers' workshop at Coronado Center

The HSV Writer's Club is sponsoring a writers' workshop today at the Coronado Center featuring Marilyn H. Collins. The topic is Memoir Writing: Brighten Your Leaf on the Family Tree.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Village authors on NPR

Madelyn Young and Judy Carroll, both are successful Village writers.

I should have put up this message yesterday but I just let time get away from me. Apologies to the authors.
Madelyn Young and Judith Waller Carroll have significant achievements to report. Both Village writers had winning entries in the writing contest sponsored by Tales from the South. The contest was for great true stories from southern writers.
Tales from the South is broadcast on public radio station KUAR FM 89.1 every Thursday evening at 7 p.m., and these true memoir stories are taped in front of a live audience several weeks ahead.
Judy Carroll read her story, "Dancing Around Daddy," on stage at the Starving Artist Café in North Little Rock on February 22. Her taping was aired on the show last night, my bad for not letting you know. Madelyn Young read and taped her story, "Good Intentions," at the same venue on Tuesday, March 8 and her taping will be aired on the show Thursday, March 24.
After the broadcast, the show will be stored in the archives on the website, so if people miss the broadcast, they can go online, click on the "Listen" tab, and hear it later. Here is the website: . See all is forgiven.

Come feed your mind with Heifer Project International

Heifer's Hunger Awareness Event
Saturday, April 16, 2011 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Heifer Village
Tickets are $20 per person.A lottery like no other. How does where you live affect how you eat? The Hunger Awareness Event offers a unique dining experience highlighting hunger all over the world. Upon arrival you will draw a meal ticket that determines your “lot in life” for the event. Through this experiential educational event, you will discover first-hand how where you live can greatly influence what and how much you eat, which could be nothing at all (at this event everyone eats, but some do not eat much). Become a citizen of the world for an evening and see how others around the world live and what you can do to help everyone have enough to eat. This program is appropriate for adults and youth ages 12 and older; those under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Dare to explore your place in the world and how you can make a difference in the lives of people around the world.

Correction to March 22 auction

The following lot was pulled from the Saline County lot auction scheduled for March 22 on the courthouse steps in Benton.
015-01-2011 Cielo / 26 Panorama Drive

Next Heifer meeting in April

The next Heifer Club meeting is Wednesday, April 27 at 2:00 p.m. at Kirk of the Pines. There is no March meeting.

Lucia at Tinseltown tomorrow

The performance tomorrow of Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, live from the Met in HD will feature soprano Natalie Dessay.
In Lucia it is all about the mad scene. Sopranos down through the ages have made their careers from one stellar performance of this opera. When a Lucia sings il dolce suono the aria must exhibit fragility in the midst of a terrifying visual unhinging. The character sings herself into an exhaustive state of hysteria before finally collapsing. The role calls for vocal gymnastics while embracing utter insanity. Dessay has had much success in this role.
Joining Dessay in this Met production are Joseph Calleja as Edgardo, Ludovic Tezier as Enrico and Kwangchul Youn as Raimondo.
Mary Zimmerman is in charge of the production team on this opera. Her team includes Daniel Ostling, set designer, Mara Blumenfeld, costume designer, T. J. Gerckens, lighting designer and Daniel Pelzig, choreographer. The opera will be conducted by James Levine.
For those not familiar with the story of Lucia di Lammermoor, the opera takes place in Scotland. There is a feud between the families of Ravenswood and Lammermoor. Enrico is of Lammermoor, Edgardo is of Ravenwood. Enrico had much success and squandered his money and political favors. To bolster his pockets he intends to force his sister Lucia to marry Arturo. Lucia refuses, of course she is in love with Edgardo. Enrico does not take this mildly and pure opera ensues.
Enrico makes Lucia believe he will allow a wedding between Lucia and Edgardo. Much intrigue and falsehoods are the bread and butter of opera and Lucia does not disappoint. There is death and mayhem. Tomorrow’s performance should be rewarding to both new and more experienced opera fans.
The opera is broadcast live from the Met in high definition at noon at Tinseltown in Benton. A caravan of opera lovers leaves from the Ponce de Leon parking lot no later than 11 a.m.

Senior Follies at Woodlands tonight

The HSV Players production of Senior Follies at the Woodlands at 7 p.m. Tickets $12. Directed by Judy Corwin.

At Murry's tonight

Travis Ledoyt at Murry’s Dinner Playhouse in Little Rock, 6323 Col. Glenn Road. Dinner 6 to 7:35 p.m. Curtain 7:45 p.m. Ticket $32. Show only $27. Children under 15 $22. Call 501-562-3131 for more information.

Rebels stakes at the races tomorrow

Tomorrow is Rebels stakes day at Oaklawn Racetrack featuring a boat and truck giveaway.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

No Follies tonight

In honor of St. Patrick's Day and the many Villagers participating in the First Ever Eighth Annual Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade in Hot Springs, the Players production of Senior Follies is dark tonight. The Pleasant Valley Retirement Home will be accepting visitors tomorrow night at the Woodlands Auditorium. Tickets are available at the Woodlands' box office.

Animal Contorl/Animal Shelter cost savings being studied by POA staff

POA general manager Scott Randall commented on several items the POA is investigating for cost savings including Solid Waste, Regional Dispatching, and Animal Control. In addressing animal control and shelter operations, Randall said there are four options at this time, status quo, Animal Welfare League, Saline County or Hot Springs. No recommendations have been made and the issues are being studied.

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Don't forget to wear your green today in honor of St. Patrick.

ACC meets today

Cooper's architectural control committee meets at 8:30 a.m. at the POA administration building.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Election day committee named

The following Villagers will be counting the vote for the POA board of directors. The vote will be counted on March 31.
Committee members include Thomas Henderson, Andrew Jones, Jr., Jerry Yeric, Don Langston, Wayne Copeland, Sharon Swan, Sue Pruit, Terry Gardner, Sam Justus, William Krautkramer, Mike Beard, William Doran, John Purcel, Robert Busse, Alternate 1 – Karen Tidquist and Alternate 2 Bobbie Bateman.
The election day committee is chaired by Jerry Yeric.

Village water/wastewater repairs

Maintenance crews investigated and repaired 27 water and 18 wastewater leaks and/or blockages. Meter technicians are reading meters, checking high usage complaints, setting meters, repairing meters, and replacing broken meter boxes.
Since the water meter replacement program started in 2009, there have been 485 water meters changed out due to inaccuracies and non-functioning.

Village street and sanitation news

POA crews have been trimming trees back from the road right-of-way on DeSoto Boulevard and other major roadways. Streets and sanitation received 25 complaints in February pertaining to dead trees on common property, personnel will try to check out and handle these complaints as time allows.

Public works busy in February

There were 33 building maintenance service orders processed in February, with 13 work orders for Golf, 10 for Security & Fire, 6 for Food Service, 2 for Public Works, 1 for Administration, and 1 for Recreation.
The building maintenance roll in the remodel of Ponce Fairway Tavern is complete. Crews repaired roof leaks at the Minorca maintenance building and the Isabella Golf Shop, shelves were built for the electrical division, and a door lock was repaired at the Ponce de Leon Center. The men’s restroom was painted and moldings in the hallway were repaired and stained at the DeSoto Golf Shop. A kitchen door was painted and door locks changed at Granada restaurant.

February fire department statistics

The following are fire department statistics for February. The fire department answered 22 calls in February.
Three smoke scares with no fire.
Two carbon dioxide alarms.
Four other good intention calls.
Four extrications.
Seven medical assists.
Two mutual aid fire calls.

February Village police activity

Here are the police activity statistics for February. There were 342 calls to the police in February.
Two burglaries.
Two criminal mischief.
One felony arrest.
Two fraud.
One other felony complaint.
Three theft over $500.
Eight animal complaints.
Eight disturbances.
One harassment.
Three harassing communications.
One misdemeanor arrest warrant.
Three misdemeanor citations/arrests.
13 policy violations.
Seven traffic accidents.
Three traffic accidents with deer.
One accident with injury.
Two private property accidents.
Five 911 hangups.
Three assists to Garland County.
137 medical assists.
Three fire department assists.
One other assist.
Three deaths.
Five false alarms.
Four found properties.
One keep the peace.
One lost property.
Five open doors.
Seven open gates.
Seven off property calls.
35 other police services.
Nine public assists.
Six attempted scams.
18 suspicious circumstances.
23 traffic complaints.
Eight welfare checks.

February Animal Control activity

The following are statistics for Animal Control activity in February.
There were 100 call outs.
There were 22 animal intakes.
There were 13 animals handed over to the Animal Welfare League.
Four animals were euthanized.
Three animals were returned to its owner.
Three animals were dead on arrival.
Six animals were held over to March.

Ponce clubhouse now open

The Ponce clubhouse remodeling of the restrooms and vestibule are finished and now open. The restaurant opened yesterday under new operators Troy and Rene McKie.

Medical flags for golfing

The new medical flags for this year are now due. Flags for 2011 are new in color for both men and women and are now on sale in the Golf Department office. The price for flags is $6.00. A doctor’s letter or handicap-parking sticker is required for a medical flag.

Status of 19th Hole restaurant

According to POA general manager Scott Randall, the golf and recreation department is prepared to assume operations of the 19th Hole beginning April 1. Lynn Ugartechea, formerly of the DeSoto games area, will manage the 19th Hole. The restaurant will offer a more limited menu with full beverage service. Operating hours will be cut.
Check first to make sure the restaurant is open before heading out.

April 2011 Parkinson's disease awareness month

POA board proclamation regarding Parkinson's disease awareness month follows.
Parkinson's disease is a progressive disorder of the central nervous system, affecting more than one and a half million people in the United States: and
The American Parkinson Disease Association, Inc., founded in 1961, has sought to Ease the Burden and Find the Cure for this disease through research, patient and family services, education and sponsorship of 50 Chapters, 60 Information and Referral Centers, and more than 800 support groups throughout the United States; and
The world, the nation, and Hot Springs Village observe "Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month in April 2011, and
Hot Springs Village recognizes the efforts of the Arkansas Chapter to raise funds and promote awareness to fight Parkinson's disease, thereby improving the quality of life for those living with the disease,
I, Bill Linam, in recognition of the indispensable services of the American Parkinson Disease Association, Inc. to the residents of Hot Springs Village, do hereby proclaim April 2011 Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month in Hot Springs Village.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and cause the Seal of the Hot Springs Village Property Owners’ Association to be affixed at this 16th day of March of the year of our Lord two thousand and eleven.

POA board meeting agenda

POA board agenda for March 16
1. Call to Order
2. Prayer – Mike Misch
Pledge of Allegiance
3. Proclamation: Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month – Bette Fancher, Lydia Stevens,
Kim Harrison, Urmil Gupta
4. Introduction of Guests
5. Approval of Order of Business
6. Approval of Minutes/Notes: 2-16-11 Regular meeting, 3-2-11 Work Session Notes and
3-2-11 Special Meeting
7. President’s Comments
8. Board Members’ Comments
9. General Manager and Dept. Reports
10. Treasurer’s Report
11. Standing Com. Reports
12. A. Standing Com. Minutes Received: Common Property 2-7-11, 3-7-11, Golf 2-17-11,
Governmental Affairs 2-4-11, Lakes 12-8-10, 2-11-11, Public Works 2-17-11, Recreation
2-14-11, Research and Special Projects 2-15-11, Trails 2-15-11
Architectural Control Com. Minutes Received: 2-17-11, 3-3-11
13. Questions from the Audience
14. Standing Committee Appointments – Mike Misch
15. Board Election:
A. Appointment of Election Day Committee – Bill Linam
B. Appointment of Election Day Com. Chair – Bill Linam
16. Revision to Chp. Three, Article 7 – Door-to-Door Solicitations; Distribution of Circulars, Handbills or Similar Articles - Mike Misch
17. Amendment to Chp. Two, Article 9 – Lakes Policy – Jim Owens
18. Addition to Fee Schedule – Jim Owens
19. Questions from the Audience
20. Adjournment
(Following Regular meeting)

Senior Follies opens tonight

Players production of Senior Follies at the Woodlands, 7 p.m. Tickets $12. Directed by Judy Corwin. This show is a Village don't miss.

At Murry's tonight

Branson on the Road at Murry’s Dinner Playhouse in Little Rock, 6323 Col. Glenn Road. Dinner 6 to 7:35 p.m. Curtain 7:45 p.m. Ticket $30. Show only $25. Children under 15 $22. Call 501-562-3131 for more information.

POA board meeting today

The POA board of directors meeting is today. Come early if you want a seat. Many Villagers are attending to let the board know the Animal Shelter/Animal Control should not be outsourced. The meeting is at 9 a.m. at the Ouachita room in the Ponce de Leon Center. Come early for a seat.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Useful animal tips

Did you know you can give Benedryl to your dog and cat to relieve itching and allergies. Both dogs and cats can take up to 2 milligrams per pound every eight hours.

Outsourcing the running of the Village animal shelter a big no

Ten minutes to go before the meeting started and all the seats were claimed. The presentation was standing room only. About 90 people were turned away and waited in the Woodlands Auditorium for an unscheduled second presentation.
Animal Welfare League president Jerry Jamrich talked of the 670 animals brought into the Village Animal Shelter each year.

Jock MacMorran presented a touching presentation highlighting some of the animals placed in loving homes by the Animal Welfare League from the Village Animal Shelter.

Yesterday, the Animal Welfare League held an informational meeting highlighting the POA's proposal to outsource animal control. The POA would like to have the AWL run the shelter or send animals picked up in the Village to the Hot Springs Animal Shelter paying a little over $50 a head.
Both proposals are not acceptable. If the AWL took over, the shelter would close as soon as donations diminished. If the alternative was put in place, anyone with a missing animal would have to quickly drive into Hot Springs and hope they retrieve their animal before it is euthanized.
Already the AWL trims costs for the POA by purchasing all food and medications for animals at the Village Animal Shelter. The AWL also pays the medical bills for Shelter animals including spay and neutering.
In addition to the services provided to the POA facility the AWL also has programs in the county providing low cost spay and neutering clinics, pet owner education the surrounding schools, providing funds to veterinarians to treat pets from needy homes and much more. If the AWL took over the POA's shelter operation these programs would disappear and all funds would go to running the shelter.
The POA would diminish the good works of a not-for profit organization currently thriving in the Village.
Several proposals were mentioned by audience members for alternate ways for the POA to keep the shelter open and to maintain its control. One of the proposals was to add a dollar or two onto residents utility bills. The extra money would go to supporting the shelter operations. Another proposal was to make pet registration mandatory. One person suggested raising the cost of pet registration.
Both meetings were emotional because as one audience member, John Barnett, put it, "this decision touches our family, my animal is part of my family."
That is the crux of the matter. Animals are a part of the families that people the Village. Cutting the POA budget in other areas does not impact the family.
Audience members plan to attend this Wednesday's POA board meeting at 9 a.m. to voice their concern about the two inadequate proposals concerning the Village animal shelter. The board meeting may be standing room only as well.

The Garland County quorum court passed several measures last night

The Garland County quorum court considered four resolutions and seven ordinances at its meeting last night.
Resolution R-11-03
A resolution confirming the appointment of C. E. "Bud" Foshee to the Westwood Village sewer facilities board.
Foshee will serve the remainder of John Hennessy’s term expiring March 1, 2015.
Resolution R-11-04
A resolution confirming the appointment of Bobby Thomason to the Westwood Village sewer facilities board.
Thomason will serve a five year term beginning March 1, 2011 and ending March 1, 2016.
Resolution R-11-05
A resolution certifying the local government endorsement of Freedom Works Manufacturing, Inc. to participate in the tax back program.
In order to participate in the Consolidated Incentive Act of 2003 local government must endorse the business. Freedom Works Manufacturing, Inc. is using the tax back as part of an expansion program.
Resolution R-11-06
A resolution allowing the County Judge to apply for a grant benefitting the Fountain Lake community.
The grant is from the Arkansas Rural Community Fire Protection Grant Program. The funds will be used to expand the Fountain Lake fire station. The community has raised $15,000, the grant will match the $15,000.
Ordinance O-11-15
An ordinance to mandate the direct deposit of Garland County employee payroll.
Direct deposit will be in place for May 15.
Ordinance O-11-16
An ordinance appropriating funds to the coroner’s budget.
This ordinance will appropriate $20,000 for the new Coroner’s facility. The breakdown of the $20,000 is $6,300 for contract labor, $3,800 for small equipment, $1,000 for fuel, $3,100 for repair and maintenance, $300 for fleet liability and $5,500 for machinery and equipment.
Ordinance O-11-17
An ordinance to un-appropriate funds from the coroner’s budget.
The County Judge requested un-appropriating $25,000 from the coroner’s budget for special projects due to a scrivener’s error.
Ordinance O-11-18
An ordinance to appropriate funds to the County general services budget.
The County Judge is requesting $58,675 for consulting services for phase two of the County detention center. Voorhis Associates, Inc. has been the consultant on the detention center project.
Ordinance O-11-19
An ordinance to appropriate funds to various departments.
The Sheriff’s department has received funds from three insurance claims. The breakdown follows, $20,999 to replace vehicles, $452.64 to repair vehicles and $3,000 for a nuisance abatement program.
Ordnance O-11-20
An ordinance to appropriate funds to the juvenile detention center.
The juvenile detention center received grant money totaling $77,880 and has a carryover of $70,341.78 for total of $148,221.78.
The funds are disbursed as follows: $9,086.50 for extra help; $1,735.52 for social security match; $6,276.81 for retirement match; $2,043.24 for unemployment; $9,867 for printing and supplies; $23,931.28 for professional services; $17,401.43 for miscellaneous law enforcement; $22,880 for professional services; $5,000 for miscellaneous law enforcement and $50,000 for professional services.
Ordinance O-11-21
An ordinance to appropriate funds to the road budget.
The county road department recently received $2,167 for recycling scrap metal at Tenenbaum Recycling Group. The money will be used for culverts and pipes.
All measures above were passed by the Garland County quorum court in its meeting last night.

Trails committee today

The POA trails committee meets today at 1:30 p.m. at the Coronado Center. POA committee meetings are open to all POA members.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Follies fantastic

Judy Corwin has directed another hit for the HSV Players with Senior Follies. Her assistant for this production is Jeff Smith. This is his first time working behind the scenes.
Marge Newburn’s newest production of Billy St. John’s Senior Follies opens this Wednesday. Show dates accommodate St. Patrick’s Day. The show runs Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Everyone is free to attend the world’s shortest St. Patrick’s Day parade and partake in green beer and not miss Senior Follies.
The St. John play is laugh out loud funny with senior humor. If you can’t laugh at yourself who can. The charming and unobtrusive set was designed by Judy Corwin, Ken Birkovff and Sharon Swintz. The trio has created the perfect backdrop for this show. Swintz and Dorothy Weber’s set decoration give the feel of a favorite old slipper. The set is static throughout the show so enough said.
When the actors walk onto the set they stand out in their bright costumes thanks to Nancy Martin. I loved the extra dimension of clothing versus set throughout the show. This visual is brought home from the top of the show.
Other behind the scenes people of note include Sherry Phillips as the props mistress, Bill and Kathy Jervis as the stage managers, and Check Bracke as artist. All thankless jobs necessary in every production. Thank you.
Now let’s get to the meat of any production. How did the actors do? Very well, thank you. There are some familiar faces but also some new faces. St. John’s comedy is so funny it would work no matter what but the cast really does deliver the lines well. With any comedy the lines are sometimes delivered with a wink and a shove but also sometimes with much more subtle craft.
The actors deftly brought the outrageous characters to life and will endear them to the audience.
I loved Bev Bullard as Mildred Rice. Mildred is a sweet but savvy widow at the Pleasant Valley retirement home. Her character runs the gamut from fending off a Lothario, Howard Phelps, to a crime solving Jessica Fletcher followed by a femme fatale. Every aspect of her character is adorable. Bullard gets better and better every time I see her on the Woodlands stage.
Tina Cooper was seen in a small part in Annie Get Your Gun, a bigger part in one of the 40th anniversary plays and now a starring role in this ensemble cast. Cooper is precious as the virginal, never been married Iris Cunningham. Cooper is very believable as the naive senior. Whatever you do don’t mention water to her.
Herm Dobscha is perfect as the Don Juan of Pleasant Valley, Howard Phelps. His deep and dulcet tones matched with his adept acting skills make for a memorable character. Howard is a big fan of Viagra and is constantly on the prowl for a conquest. He is also a good friend and has good friends, the theme of this show.
Herm’s lovely wife JoAnn Dobscha plays the deceitful Sybil Thackery. Dobscha brings her bombshell body and lots of personality to the ornery Sybil. She is very good at being very bad.
David Feldpausch is new to me and he handily played the smooth but despicable Lowell Thackery. He is evil but his sister Sybil is evil in spades. Lowell can let butter melt in his mouth one minute and spit acid the next. I would not want to be on his bad side.
Bill Fields and Ev Smyth are the implacable Mr. and Mrs. Rivers, the managers of Pleasant Valley. Their characters often advance the story, a thankless job in the theater. Both handle their jobs nicely. The diminutive Smyth with the very tall Fields make for a comic picture. Both did admirable jobs with the material.
Jack and Lee Iafrate play Douglas and Bernice Thompson. They are the couple that hold everyone else together. Salt of the earth with a little bit of I Love Lucy in their souls. They are often prone to deviate from the straight and narrow just for the experience. This duo provides some of the biggest laughs of the night. I love the Iafrates, they are fearless on stage. They will try just about anything for a laugh. I am sure they are a director’s dream team. You will see a lot of them on stage. Douglas fancies himself Barnaby Jones, I guess that makes Bernice the Lee Merriweather character.
Without a doubt the most active senior on stage in this production is Janice Willett as Sarah Jane Dinsmore, the divorcee at Pleasant Valley. She is strong minded and ever resourceful. Willet’s Jackie Chan moves are hilarious. She is Miss Marple to Mildred’s Jessica Fletcher. Willett has a lot of fun with Sarah Jane. She will unabashedly play to the audience for every funny line and she has a lot of them. You won’t miss a one.
Tickets for Senior Follies are still available. Tickets are $12 at the Woodlands box office. The box office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.The show will run March 16, 18 and 19 at 7 p.m. and March 20 at 2 p.m. It is a Village don’t miss.

Helpful animal trivia

Did you know a dog can have buffered aspirin to relieve pain and reduce inflammation. But, never give aspirin to a cat. The dog can have up to five milligrams per pound every 12 hours.

POA/AWL animal shelter meeting today

All parties interested in the future of animal control services and the animal shelter in the Village should attend the meeting this morning at 10 a.m. at the Ouachita room in the Ponce de Leon Center.
Curbside recycling was taken away by the POA with hardly any input, it would be a shame to lose the animal shelter the same way. Cut the budget some other way. Do not take away a basic Village service.
The POA is attempting to close the shelter and outsource animal control to Hot Springs at a cost of $50 an animal. The alternative the POA board is considering is making a Village not-for-profit take over the shelter to keep it open. The not-for-profit, the Animal Welfare League, does not have the revenue stream to guarantee services. Already the AWL pays for all the food, medications and medical procedures for the Village Animal Shelter animals. If the AWL took over it would be asked to pay all employee costs as well. Subsequently, the AWL would have to hire a full time development director to assure the revenue stream. An additional salary and benefits.
The Village currently has a not-for-profit doing a lot of good for the Village. The proposed change would change the complexion of the organization and possibly break it.
This is one Village service the POA should not change. Find another service to butcher.

No recreation meeting today

The POA recreation meeting has been postponed from today to March 24 at 1:30 p.m.

Heifer Club will resume meetings next month

The next Heifer Club meeting is Wednesday, April 27 at 2:00 p.m. at Kirk of the Pines.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Senior Follies review will be posted tomorrow morning

Barring any unforeseen circumstances I will see Senior Follies this afternoon and review the show for tomorrow's blog.

Japan's pain

Many of you know I am a New Orleanian that stayed at home when Katrina hit. It was the dumbest thing my husband and I have ever done. When we finally evacuated, the Wednesday after the storm, we went to Dallas to stay with family.
My boss kept in touch and as soon as he was allowed back in Plaquemines Parish he made plans to reopen our law firm. I was back at my home on September 19 and was back at work on September 20. Katrina had hit less than a month before, August 29.
Even though we were very lucky with just roof damage over the garage, a six foot wooden fence that we witnessed fly away in the height of the storm and my beloved oak tree felled in half, those in the homes around us were not so lucky. Our little ranch was surrounded by two story homes, all of which lost their roofs and had extensive damage inside due to the heavy rains. Their loss is part of what saved our home. The waters rose around us but did not make it into our home.
It didn't seem to matter if we had a physical loss or not because we did have the huge loss of our way of life. No restaurants were open. I had to stand on line to get into the area WalMart with National Guard members in full regalia with arms at the ready watching over the lines. It was madness or as was often described as surreal.
At work we had to eat Red Cross lunches because there was no way to store or cook our lunches and keep them from spoiling before lunchtime. There is just so much peanut butter and jelly a body can consume.
We numbly tried to take on a persona of normalcy. It was impossible. Loss was everywhere. Each day on my way to work I would pass the burning fields, acres and acres of rubble being burned. The rubble had been homes a month earlier. Everyone in the office had horrible respiratory problems from breathing the nocuous fumes that encased the city. Spoiled refrigerators lines the streets. The stench was unforgettable.
Every Sunday I would go to church and I would sit there as the quiet tears coursed down my face. The pain was unendurable. After a few weeks my minister and I talked about my unending flow of tears. He said at first he found it very disconcerting to be preaching away and look out and see my tear stained face. He said he thought about it for a long time. Eventually, he said he took comfort from my actions. He said he was happy that I felt comfortable enough to unburden myself in the heart of the congregation.
I was baffled as to why I cried each Sunday. I soldiered through the week. Did my job to the best of my ability under the circumstances. Put the pieces of my personal life back together. Many people did not return home and their loss was felt every day.
Day by day New Orleans healed a little but still my tears flowed every Sunday like clockwork. In the five years since Katrina my life has returned to a more even keel. I left New Orleans the first day of the hurricane season following Katrina. My husband Lee and I moved to Hot Springs Village. Lee had to return to New Orleans for one more season with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. He returned to the Village as often as possible.
That year alone I worked on our house. I hid out like a hermit. I was healing inside. When Lee returned for good after retiring I finally returned to a life beyond my home. I have embraced Village life and enjoyed many friendships here.
Today while in church the tears were back again. My heart is breaking for the people of Japan for I know what they are going through. Some will never return to their homes. Some will return but life will never be the same again. Even when they have a home to return to the sense of loss is overwhelming.
Yes, search and rescue at this point is of utmost importance. Building back what was taken will take time. But, tomorrow, when we have more of a handle on the magnitude of the loss then the psychiatrists and psychologists and grief counselors should be with every citizen of Japan, one on one. The wounds inside will take the longest to heal and they are the ones we don't readily treat.
In the meantime, I will go to church on Sunday and sit quietly and cry for my losses, the City of New Orleans' losses and Japan's losses.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Celtic spring tomorrow

Diana Whitlow speaks to fellow Rotarians about aging

Recently Diana Whitlow retired from her job with the Area Agency on Aging but not before telling fellow Rotarians in the Rotary Club of Scenic 7 what the agency does for seniors and their families.
The purpose of the Area Agency on Aging is to help seniors live independent, meaningful and dignified lives. The not-for-profit provides many kinds of help to seniors in Clark, Conway, Garland, Hot Spring, Johnson, Montgomery, Perry, Pike, Pope and Yell Counties.
The Agency connects seniors with the help they need. Agency case managers make free house calls to assess needs. These case managers know what services are available in the area and can match a senior with the right services. If a senior needs assistance with grooming, bathing, transferring and meal preparation, the Agency can find the right match. All care is supervised by a Registered Nurse visiting the home every 60 days to ensure the services remain appropriate for the senior’s needs.
Agency case managers can help seniors find home delivered meals, senior center services, senior companion volunteer opportunities, assistance with Medicare Part D, training in chronic disease management, help in finding services in another state, nursing home ombudsman, in-home respite care, monetary assistance for family care givers and personal emergency response systems.
There are five offices providing care in Central Arkansas, one in Russelville, Morrilton, Hot Springs, Malvern and Arkadelphia. Whitlow worked in the Hot Springs office.
She talked about the newest Agency program, the caregiver respite program.
Respite services are to relieve the caregiver from their responsibilities for short periods of time so they may have a respite to relax, conduct family business and participate in other activities. There is in-home respite, adult day care or institutional respite for all an overnight stay on an intermittent, occasional or emergency basis.
Participants must be 60 years of age or over. The caregiver and respite caregiver may be any age over 18.
For more information, call (800) 467-2170.
The Rotary Club of Scenic 7 meets on Thursdays at noon at Molly O’Brien’s on Highway 7. Anyone may attend. Lunch is available but must be paid for by the participant. The club will not meet Thursday, March 31.

Entertainment tonight

Abie’s Irish Rose at Murry’s Dinner Playhouse in Little Rock, 6323 Col. Glenn Road. Dinner 6 to 7:35 p.m. Curtain 7:45 p.m. Ticket $32. Show only $27. Children under 15 $22. Call 501-562-3131 for more information.
Crimes of the Heart at the Pocket Theatre in Hot Springs. Directed by Mary Hill.
Review the Revue, a Rep’s Young Artist program, at The Rep in Little Rock, 601 Main Street. Show time 8 p.m. Tickets $20.

Change clock tonight

Don't forget to change your clocks tonight before going to bed. Spring forward one hour.

Chili day for Breakfast Lions

The Village Breakfast Lions are serving chili at the Coronado Center today. There are two seatings, one at 11 a.m. and the other at 4 p.m. Tickets are available at the door.

Villagers have fun day at Heifer Ranch

Villagers enjoy the hayride at the Heifer Ranch in Perryville.
The camel enjoys an apple slice with a Heifer Ranch volunteer.
Camels are great pack animals and prized for their milk.
Next month is lambing season at the ranch. These little ladies are ready to pop.
A duo of brave baby goats romped as the Heifer hay wagon passed nearby.
A huddle of baby goats in the barn.
Llamas are pack animals known for protecting herds of sheep. The Heifer Ranch manager said this llama is not very good at its job. The ranch has three Great Pyrenees dogs to keep the coyotes at bay.
Colorful turkey looks more like the NBC peacock.
Water buffalo are some of the 'muscle' animals given away by Heifer to families in need.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Senior Follies next week, get your tickets

Tickets on sale for Senior Follies, an HSV Players production. Tickets are $12. The production runs March 16, 18 and 19 at 7 p.m. and March 20 at 2 p.m. at the Woodlands Auditorium.

Entertainment tonight

Abie’s Irish Rose at Murry’s Dinner Playhouse in Little Rock, 6323 Col. Glenn Road. Dinner 6 to 7:35 p.m. Curtain 7:45 p.m. Ticket $32. Show only $27. Children under 15 $22. Call 501-562-3131 for more information.
Crimes of the Heart at the Pocket Theatre in Hot Springs. Directed by Mary Hill.
Review the Revue, a Rep’s Young Artist program, at The Rep in Little Rock, 601 Main Street. Show time 8 p.m. Tickets $20.

Townhouse board meets this morning

First Arkansas Insurance account executive Kevin Cortez summarized the insurance policy purchased by the townhouse association from Village Insurance agent Susan Holmly. Cortez talked to the THA board and interested THA members at the last THA board meeting.
Due to expected lawsuits in the Guadalajara bridge matter, board members were eager to understand the coverage of board members and directors. Their coverage was deemed adequate but increasing staff coverage was recommended.
The THA board meets again this morning at 10:30 a.m. at the townhouse association administrative building on Perralena Lane.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Letter to members of the Animal Welfare League and interested parties

As most of you know, discussions about the future of our shelter are again taking place. A few years ago, the AWL signed a Memo Of Understanding (MOU) with the POA which spelled out general operating guidelines between the two parties. There is a provision in the MOU which allows either party to void the agreement. In 2010, the AWL BOD decided that we could no longer work under the severe restrictions of the MOU and voted that we re-negotiate the MOU with the POA. BEFORE WE COULD DO THIS, the POA called me, as AWL President, and stated that it was obvious that the MOU was not working for either party and asked if the AWL would consider taking over the shelter. This was not the first time that the POA has asked the AWL to operate the shelter. After speaking with the AWL BOD we decided to listen to the POA's proposal.
There have been many meetings between the POA and AWL discussing the possible terms and conditions of an offer. Once a final offer had been received, our plan was to inform all of our membership of the potential terms and conditions of that offer and to vote on how to proceed. We believe that we now have the final offer and those details will follow later in this note.
So why is there talk about closing the shelter? About a month or so ago, while we were in negotiation talks about the shelter, the POA informed us that they asked Hot Springs Animal Services for a bid to accept all Animals picked up in the Village. The POA could save money by closing the shelter and Hot Springs has agreed to take the animals for a fee. We immediately voiced our displeasure at this option and told the POA in writing that we would vigorously protest this idea if the POA management became serious about it. Later, in another meeting, POA management confirmed to us that if we do not take over shelter operations, POA management will recommend to the POA BOD that the shelter be closed. Consequently, at the 3/2/11 POA BOD meeting, we advised the POA of our opposition to the Hot Springs option and of our intent to inform all of our AWL members and interested Village residents of that proposal. We have scheduled the 3/14/11 meeting for this purpose.
The AWL BOD knows that the current operating situation of the shelter is not tolerable. We cannot continue to subject our volunteers to the whims and moods of Animal Control. Animals are often used as pawns to quiet us and stifle progress. We lose too many volunteers because of these conditions. Secondarily, we DO NOT WANT the shelter closed under any circumstances. We need to continue our work with animals and the community. We also have over $60K of capital investment in the shelter building itself.
The POA's budget for 2011 is $133,590. If we take over the shelter they will give us 80K per year, plus what we can raise via pet registrations. Currently the POA is receiving about $8K for pet registrations. Under this proposed scenario, Animal Control still reports to the POA and they pay one officers salary. Animal Control will be dispatched to pick up strays and all strays will be given to the AWL for disposition.
We would be responsible for all utilities & building repairs etc. and would have to hire Professional staff to operate the shelter. The POA sees these savings for them under this scenario to be $3,050.00. The AWL now spends around $80K a year for animal related expenses under our now current situation. If the AWL takes over the shelter as stated above, we think that we will have to raise another $30K or so to effectively run the shelter. This number could be higher.
If we don't take over the shelter, the POA will close the shelter but will still have one Animal Control Officer to pick up strays (50K). The POA will deliver all strays to Hot Springs at an estimated cost of $31K. Total outlay of cash to the POA around $81K for a savings to the POA of around $50K.
Also, we have been told that if we do not take over the shelter another option is, we can lease the building for $1.00 per year plus we must pay all building operating costs. We can then use the building for our own purposes. There would be no 80K payment to the AWL. Animal Control would let us have right of first refusal on animals that they picked-up but the rest would be sent to Hot Springs.
Sorry about the length of this note but it is a complex situation. Hopefully, you now have a better understanding of what we are facing.We hope to see you at the meeting ! Bring your friends !
Jerry Jamrich
AWL President