Community Briefs April 2023

Writing Class April 8

The next writing class with Author Linda Rigsbee will focus on how to start writing your own book. The class is 10am to 12pm Saturday, April 8, at the Elkins Public Library. The class is free and open to the public. The first hour is the lesson then participants are encouraged to share examples of their writing for constructive critique.

Help the Library book sale

Friends of Elkins Public Library and the EPL Board of Directors are hosting the Spring Book Sale, which is scheduled for May 4-6 at the Elkins Community Center. There are several volunteer opportunities before, during, and after the sale (they will also need these for the October book sale, by the way).

The library is collecting books and DVDs for the Spring Book Sale. Please bring your donations to the library during its regular business hours. They cannot accept encyclopedias or text books.

To volunteer or to learn more about the sale, please contact Jeff English at, or Eve Owens at or call her at 479.445.9262.

City Garage Sale/Cleanup in April

The Citywide Garage Sale (no permit required) will be April 14-16 and the City Spring cleanup will be April 21-22. No building materials or shingles are allowed.

Yard sale/car wash April 15

The youth department at Harris Baptist Church will host a yard sale and car wash 7am-2pm, Saturday, April 15, at the church. All proceeds go to support Youth Camp this coming summer.

School Choice closes May 1

The Public School Choice Act of 2015 allows students to attend a public school in Arkansas that is different from the school district in which the family resides. School Choice applications for the 2023-2024 school year are now being accepted at Elkins School District. The application window opened on January 1, 2023, and will close on May 1, 2023.

Please be advised that school choice applications are time and date stamped when they are received, and applications will be accepted in chronological order based on the available space in the necessary grade level and academic program. Families interested in completing a School Choice application should do so immediately, as space is filling up quickly in numerous grade levels. Applications can be picked up and submitted at the Elkins School District administration office. If you have further questions about the district or the School Choice process, visit the school website at or contact school superintendent Jeremy Mangrum, at

Artchella April 22

The 2nd Annual Artchella is 10am to 2pm, Saturday, April 22, at Elkins High School. This year’s program, which raises funds for the high school arts department, will feature a large number of community organizations and offerings. The offerings include: Elkins Farmers Market, local vendors and artisans, open mic, Disney karaoke, food trucks, Elkins School District art show, carnival games, rubber ducky derby, and silent auction. For more information, visit

PreK/K registration

Elkins Elementary School will host Kindergarten registration 1:30pm to 3:30pm, Wednesday, April 12. Pre-K registration begins April 19. For more information about what is needed to register contact the school.

Kindergarten/HS graduation

The youngest and oldest students in the Elkins School District will have graduation ceremonies in May. Elkins High School announced that the Class of 2023 will be graduating at 7pm, May 19, at the Elkins Football Field. Kindergarten Graduation (class of 2035) will be 6:30pm, Thursday, May 18, in the Main Gym at Elkins Primary School.

RMCC Egg Hunt April 8

Round Mountain Community Church will host its annual Easter Eggstravaganza at 9am, Saturday, April 8, at Bunch Park. It is for children age newborn to 5th grade. The event includes a bike giveaway, inflatables, pictures with the Easter Bunny, and free food.

FBCE Yard Sale

The First Baptist Church of Elkins Youth Group is hosting their annual yard sale at 6:30am on Saturday, May 6, at the church. All proceeds go to the youth missions. Please contact the church to donate items to be sold.

Senior Activities Fridays

Goshen United Methodist Church offers Senior Activities every Friday 10am to 3pm at the church (122 E. Bowen Blvd). It includes free fellowship, refreshments, pinball, cards, dominoes, bingo, pool, air hockey, etc. Quilting is at 1pm and there are educational programs with the Schmieding Center for Families once a month. For more information contact David Smith (214.507.6605) or Fara Ferguson (479.841.1550).

Goshen plant sale April 22

The Goshen Farmers Market is celebrating Earth Day by hosting the organization’s first plant sale. The event will include vegetable, fruit, and flower starts and will be 10am to 1pm, Saturday, April 22, at the Goshen Community Building.

Elkins Farmers Market opens April 6

The Elkins Farmers Market will start their 2023 season at 3pm on Thursday, April 6. They will meet every Thursday, weather permitting, through October 27. The market will be at Harris Baptist Church. With more than a dozen vendors signed up, regular customers will likely see some new faces and wares. The market is joining the senior farmers market nutrition program this year.

FBCE Easter Events

First Baptist Church of Elkins will host several events April 9 in celebration of Easter. Free breakfast is at 8am, egg hunt at 9:10am, Connection Group at 9:30am, worship service at 10:45am. All events will be at the church.

Goshen Crawfish Boil April 15

Goshen United Methodist Church will host its 14th Annual Crawfish Boil Car and Bike Show 4pm to 7pm, Saturday, April 15. The Car and Bike Show is free with the crawfish boil and chicken dinners $10 per plate. For more information, contact

Elkins Cruise-Ins Tuesdays

The Elkins Cruise-Ins are back for the season. Car, truck, and motorcycle enthusiasts are welcome to join at Sonic at 5:30pm every Tuesday. The group has several ideas for events in the future. For more information, contact Tim Henretty at 479.409.1467.

Parks Committee changes

The Elkins Parks Committee has a new chair and meeting date. Member Stephanie Cowan is taking over as chair. Former chair Lynn Francis will remain as a member. The committee will meet at 6pm the third Monday of the month, at City Hall. This will be an hour before the Planning Commission meeting. Both are open to the public. The committee is also seeking more members and you can get more information at City Hall.