August 2023 Community Briefs

Dance Dates for Aug.

The August Community Dance date at the Elkins Community Center is Aug. 18 at 7pm.


Terra Studios events

The Terra Studio events for August are:

Sunday Music with John and Betsy Tako, 1-4pm, Aug. 13

Artist Demo with Stephanie Yates, 11:30am-3:30pm, Aug. 17

Sunday Music with Woven, 12-3pm, Aug. 20

Butterfly Origami Art Lab, 11:30am-3:30pm, Aug. 26

Sunday Music with Zane Jeffrey 1-3pm, Aug 27

Artist Demo with Stephanie Yates, 11:30am-3:30pm, Aug. 31.


Writing Class postponed for August

The August writing class with Author Linda Rigsbee is canceled. The next monthly writing class  is 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, September 9. Each class includes a lesson and then time for local writers to share their work for constructive critique. The September class will be about blog writing.


Miss Purple Elk Pageant Aug. 12

Miss Purple Elk is a beginner-friendly pageant with low contestant numbers and low entry fee. The event is 11am, Saturday, Aug. 12, at the Elkins Community Center. There are multiple age divisions starting at Baby Miss (0-12 months) to Ms. Purple Elk (20 and older. Entry fee is $45 and there will be a donation to the Balance Dance dance program. There will be a $5 spectator fee for age 4 and older. Contact RainaLee Frederick at for more information.


Business and Construction Updates

There are several news items and updates regarding community businesses and construction projects as of press time:

  • Magnolia Maiden Salon is now open at 2073 N. Center St.
  • Wish List Travel will host A Taste of Italy: An Evening of Food and Inspiration at 6pm, Thursday, Aug. 24, at Nellie B’s. Tickets are required but free from Eventbrite.
  • Mayfield Mercantile Boutique will host a customer appreciation BBQ 11a.m.-2pm, Saturday, Aug. 12, at the boutique to celebrate the store’s one-year anniversary. There will be hot dogs, brats, chips, and cookies available, as well as special sales.
  • Work continues on the 11 fourplexes being constructed behind Harp’s, the storage units behind Arvest Bank, and the City of Elkins sewer project.
  • The Dollar General is expected to open around Aug. 1 or shortly after.


West Fest Car Show Sept. 9

The Rust and Rubies Car Club will host the West Fest Car Show on Sept. 9 in West Fork. There is a $20 entry fee and a wide variety of categories to enter. Registration is 8am to 10am and the parade lineup is at 9am with the parade starting at 10am. The West Fork Fire Department will be selling pancakes 6am to 9am. The event is at 262 W. Main St.


EABN Networking Aug 3

The next Elkins-Area Business Networking Group meeting will be 6pm, Thursday, Aug. 3, at Oxford Family Farms (17984 Hames Rd., Fayetteville, AR 72701). Bring your business cards and ideas for growing business. In addition to our normal networking, ECN will also be celebrating our 2nd anniversary, so save some room for dessert!


First Fridays Start Aug. 4

Elkins will soon have their own First Fridays events. Kyle and Caitlin Oxford are planning and hosting the events, which will be 4-7pm every first Friday of the month for the next three months (Aug. 4, Sept. 1, and Oct. 6) at Bunch Park. There will be vendors, food, and family-friendly activities.


Library Storytime Starts Aug. 24

The Elkins Public Library Storytime will begin 11 a.m., August 24, and will be at that time every Thursday. This is the second Thursday after school begins for Elkins Public Schools.


Beaver Watershed Meeting Aug. 17

Beaver Watershed Alliance, which is headquartered in Elkins, will host a public forum asking what participant’s goals are related to Smart Growth for the region 11:30am to 1:30pm, Aug. 17, at the University of Arkansas Extension Services in Fayetteville. Lunch will be provided. RSVP to or call 479.750.8007.


Elkins Holiday Expo Nov. 18

The Elkins Holiday Expo is Nov. 18 at the Elkins Community Center and information will be available in September. If you are interested in helping organize this event, please contact We will have vendors, a holiday donation drive, and more.


Goshen History Meeting Aug. 1

There will be a public meeting to share stories about the history of Goshen at 6:30pm, Tuesday, Aug. 1, at Goshen United Methodist Church. Participants should feel free to bring stories, pictures, and historical documents/journals. For more information, contact Russell Gayer at 479.225.8657 or


Washington County Fair

The Washington County Fair is Aug. 22-26 at the Washington County Fair Grounds. For the schedule and more information about how to participate, visit


Luggage Drive Starts Aug. 22

A luggage drive sponsored by the Travel Advisors of NWA benefitting the NWA Children’s Shelter will have several drop-off locations in the region including Nellie B’s Aug. 22 through Sept. 5. The drive is seeking new or gently used luggage and duffle bags of all sizes.


Scholarship Assistance Needed

The Elkins Alumni Association Scholarship Committee, each year, awards $1,200 in scholarship(s).  We have a lot of students in need of financial assistance each year, and the Committee does its best to award scholarships to students in need. Due to a number of factors, our balance is dwindling, and we are getting to the point where we need to ask for assistance.  Please consider donating to the Scholarship Committee so that we can continue awarding scholarships to deserving students.  If you would like to donate to this worthy cause, just send a check made out to the Elkins Alumni Scholarship Committee and mail to P.O. Box 627, Elkins, AR  72727.



Black Oak Bible Study

Black Oak Baptist Church has started a community Bible study every other Sunday at 5:30pm with the next session Aug. 6. Contact the church for more information. The church is located at 16009 E Black Oak Rd (Fayetteville).


Fall Robotics Club at Elkins Public Library

The Elkins Robotics Electronics Club (EREC) will return to regular weekly meetings starting on Wednesday, Sept. 6. The Club has two weekly sessions - one from 4-5pm and the second from 5-6pm. Club membership is free and open to all area youth in 2nd grade and older. Students work on a range of projects, mainly focusing on computer programming and basic electronics. For more information on joining, contact the Elkins Public Library at (479)643-2904 or