Community Briefs for June 2024

Community Survey results 

During April and early May, we, along with the Community Development Institute and the City of Elkins, sponsored a community survey to help gauge the perceptions, needs, and overall attitudes within the Elkins community. The results were amazing with more than 600 people responding. Respondents indicated what they feel should be priorities in our community such as parks, managed growth, and economic development. A summary of these results were presented at the May 30 Elkins City Council meeting and the summary is on our blog at CDI is also working with city officials to develop an economic development action plan. 


Business News Roundup

  • Ground has broken on the construction of several multiplex buildings that are going in near the west entrance to the city (where the old dental office used to be). 
  • CD’s Coffee opened a couple of months ago and now offers a daily lunch special. 
  • A new urgent care weekend vet clinic opened on Huntsville Road in southeast Fayetteville, which brings emergency vet care closer to Elkins. 
  • Wish List Travel’s next Passport to Pastries is 11:30 am on June 29 at Nellie Bs. They also recently announced an Elkins community cruise in June 2025. Contact the business for more details. 
  • Lonesome Pine Quilts will host a Beginner Clam Up Bag Workshop 10am to 3pm on Saturday, June 8. The cost is $30. Contact the business to register and for more information. 


Goosebumps June 15

Friends of Elkins Public Library will host the movie Goosebumps at the library at 2pm on June 15. Concessions including soda and snacks will be available. 


Fishing Derby June 8

The Friends of Elkins Public Library Fishing Derby will be 8am to 2:30pm on June 8. Meet at the library for morning registration.


Friends Meeting June 4

The next Friends of the Elkins Public Library will be 6:30pm on June 4, at the Library. The organization is always seeking new members to help with the efforts that support the Library’s ongoing operations and special events. 

Summer Reading Program

The Elkins Public Library’s Summer Reading Program kicks off June 13 and continues for several months. The SRP is every Thursday at 11am at the Elkins Community Center. The programs will feature a different presentation and activity for kids of all ages!

Trivia Night June 15

A Trivia Night to support students going to FBLA Nationals this summer will be 6pm to 8pm, Saturday, June 15, at Nellie B’s Bakery. Tickets are $20 and include trivia and a chili supper. Tickets are required and can be purchased through the Nellie B’s Eventbrite page. 

Fayetteville Summer Food Program

Elkins students are welcome to participate in the Fayetteville School District’s summer meal program, which will run from June 3-August 9 (closed June 19 and the week of July 1) at several locations. Children 18 and under eat for free. 

Meals will be served at John L Colbert Middle School 10:45am to 1pm

Food Truck will serve at the following locations:

  • American Legion Post (1195 Curtis Avenue, Fay, Ar, 72701) 11am to 11:30
  • Yvonne Richardson Community Center (240 E Rock St, Fay, Ar, 72701) 12:00-12:30.
  • St. James Baptist Church (764 W North St, Fay, Ar, 72701) 1:00 to 1:30.

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. 


Chair yoga 

The new chair yoga class has been moved to Wednesday mornings. The class is 9am to 10am every Wednesday at the Library. 

Summer First Fridays 

The First Friday programs will continue this summer with events June 7,  July 5, and Aug. 2. There will be a dog show on July 5. The food truck for June 7 will be El Chuko. 


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. 

Summer Robotics at the EPL

The Elkins Robotics Electronics Club is putting together a team of rising 5th through 9th graders to compete in the 2024 Zero Robotics programming challenge. These students will have the opportunity to learn to write code to control satellites aboard the International Space Station (ISS)! Students will learn about the ISS and the astronauts that live on board. The top teams will even have their code sent to space to be run on the ISS by a NASA astronaut during a live final competition!

The Tinker Squad (rising 3rd & 4th graders) won’t be able to participate in the competition, but will be learning alongside the Zero Robotics Team.

The team will meet Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons from 4-6pm from June 25 to July 31. Team members will be expected to spend additional time at home working on the project. No previous coding experience required.

This program is FREE, but registration is required. Email Lynn Francis at for more information.