Car Show Oct. 12

The Elkins Police Department’s annual car show and silent auction will be 9am to 1pm on Saturday, Oct. 12, at Elkins Elementary School. Entry is $30 per vehicle and registration begins at 7:30am. The event supports the department’s Shop with a Cop program. 

Poker Run Aug. 24

The Elkins Police Department will host a poker run on Aug. 24 with the beginning and end being at CD’s Cafe in Wesley. Registration starts at 8am. Pulled pork meals ($10 each, cash only) will be at 4pm. 

Election Filing Period

The Municipal Candidate Filing Period is July 31 through Aug. 7 for the Nov. 5 election. Contact the Washington County Clerk’s Office for more information about filing. 

Voting Sticker Contest

Washington County is hosting an “I Voted” sticker contest that starts in July and ends Aug. 6. The contest is open to students ages 6-14. Complete information is available on the Election Commission’s website. 

FAS Camp Coming 

The annual Fundamentals, Agility, and Speed Camp is coming in July. The camp is July 15-17 and July 22-24. Grades 3-6 are $40 and it’s free for incoming 7th through 12th graders. Senior high boys are 7:30am to 9am, Junior high boys are 8:15am to 9:45am. Girls and Boys 3-7th grades are 10:30am to 11:30am. Athletes in grades 7-12 must have a current physical on file. If you have any questions, please email sfein@elkinsdistrict.org.

 

Senior Yard Sale July 20

The Elkins Senior Activity and Wellness Center will host their annual indoor yard sale 10am to 2pm, Saturday, July 20. They started collecting donations July 1. Please contact the center to donate gently used items. 

 

Local Author Book Signing 

Members of the ProActive Writer’s Group are co-hosting a book signing for local authors from Washington and Madison counties from 1 pm to 3 pm, Saturday, July 27, at the Elkins Public Library. There is room for up to 10 author vendors and there is no fee to participate or attend. Authors will be allowed to sell their books. Contact organizer Linda Rigsbee at lindarigsbee@gmail.com or text  479.684.7662 to register as an author vendor. 

Lake Appreciation Month

Join the Beaver Watershed Alliance to celebrate Lakes Appreciation Month! The event is at 6pm Thursday, July 25. Special guest speakers will share some of the fascinating history of the Beaver Lake watershed including its lakes, rivers, and early settlers who utilized these natural resources. The free event will be held at the Elkins Community Center and snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Local historian, Susan Young, will share a story on “Kith, Kin, and Claims on Chicken Bristle Mountain.” Susan is a lifelong resident of Fayetteville and a fifth-generation Ozarker. She worked as the outreach coordinator for the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History in Springdale for 27 years. Susan’s presentation will follow the life story of a woman who came to the present-day Elkins area before the Civil War, outlived two husbands, and raised her many children in the area. The White River of the Elkins area drew many settlers (from the first humans to today) to the area, including the woman in the topic of the presentation. Everyone has a story to tell- come learn about how local rivers in the area impacted the lives of early settlers!

Alan Bland, retired Beaver Lake Army Corps of Engineers Ranger, worked on the lake for decades. Bland will present more present-day histories of how Beaver Lake came to be, the intricacies of building the lake (or reservoir as this presentation will teach you!), and the benefits it continues to provide us every day. In addition, a display of the History of Beaver Lake, commissioned by Beaver Water District, will be available for viewing throughout the month of July at the Elkins Community Center.

This event is free to attend and all ages are welcome. Lakes Appreciation Month is an annual campaign in July, with partners across Arkansas working together to raise awareness of the value and importance of our local lakes and reminds us all where we would be without them.

For more information about this Lakes Appreciation Month event, visit www.beaverwatershedalliance.org or call 479-750-8007.

First Fridays Continue 

The First Fridays continue this summer with the next being 4pm to 7pm, Friday, July 5, at Bunch Park. It will include the Friends of Elkins Public Library Dog Show (more info in this issue). The last First Friday of the summer is 4pm to 7pm, Friday, August 2, at Bunch Park. There will be free hot dogs. 

Library Payoff Event 

The Elkins Public Library will host a celebration commemorating paying off its loan on September 14. Arvest will be making hot dogs, the Elkins Lions Club will provide popcorn. There will be a silent auction, a quilt signing, time capsule burial, and a burning of the library note. We will have more information about this event as it becomes available. 

Friends Dog Show July 5

The Friends of Elkins Public Library will host a dog show at 6pm, Friday, July 5, during the First Fridays program. All well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome. Prizes will be awarded. 

Backpack Giveaway July 20 

Round Mountain Community Church and Living Faith Church are joining forces to provide the 12th Annual Backpack Giveaway at 9am, Saturday, July 20, at the Elkins Community Center. The child must be present and only one backpack per child. It will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. The backpacks will include school supplies and clothes. There will be free hot dogs and inflatables. This event is for K-12.  Contact Round Mountain Community Church to donate or ask questions.