Community Briefs March 2023

Writing Class March 11

The next monthly writing class at the Elkins Public Library with Author Linda Rigsbee is 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 11. Each class includes a lesson and then time for local writers to share their work for constructive critique. March’s lesson will be about how to write memoirs.


School Choice applications available


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.


Elkins School District is a great option for students and families that provides a world class education with small-town core values. The academic achievement level and performance at ESD is very high with the district ranking second out of sixteen in district grade point average in all of Northwest Arkansas, using the most recent school letter grades that were released by the Arkansas Department of Education this past November. Students also have a bevy of clubs, organizations, and extracurricular activities in which to become involved.


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, check the school out online at or contact school superintendent, Jeremy Mangrum, at


CARDS increase

The Elkins City Council approved an extension of the contract with CARDS for the city’s trash and recycling with a $1.16 per month increase to the overall bill. If your trash or recycling is missed on an assigned day, contact the Elkins Water Department and leave a message if no one is available.


Quartet Concert March 5

Round Mountain Community Church will host Ozark Revival Quartet at 10:30am, Sunday, March 5, at the church.


Artchella seeking vendors

The 2nd Annual Artchella, a benefit for the Elkins High School Art Department, is seeking vendors and other participants for their event, which is April 22. For more information, visit


Goshen Crawfish Boil March 25

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


Spaghetti Dinner March 11

Richland Baptist Church at Mt. Olive is hosting its annual Spaghetti Dinner 5pm to 7pm, Saturday, March 11, at Elkins Middle School. All proceeds go to support the summer youth church camp.


Diamond Rodeo seeking participants

Diamond W, along with G2H, will host a rodeo in Lincoln, AR, on April 29.

They will have Mutton Bustin as well with up to 40 mutton busters. You can sign up by April 25 by texting 479-856-3700. It’s free and there will be a buckle presented to the champion mutton buster.

There will be 15 bull riding teams. For more information, contact the above phone number.


EVFD Pancake Breakfast March 25

The Elkins Volunteer Fire Department is hosting its annual pancake breakfast 6am to 11am, Saturday, March 25, at Station 1 (197 W. First Ave.). The cost is $5 per plate with children age five and younger free. There will be dine-in and to-go options available.


Youth MTB seeking riders

The Fayetteville-based Youth Mountain Bike Team is seeking participants for this upcoming season. The team is for both girls and boys in grades 6-12 from Fayetteville and the surrounding communities. Signups begin April 1 and the preseason events are April-June. Practice begins July 1 and the season ends Oct. 31. For more information, contact


Cowboy camp March 20-24

Thunder Mountain Ranch will host a four-day Cowboy Camp for students during Spring Break, 8:30am to 5pm, March 20-24. The cost is $50 or $175 if they sign up for the entire week. Students will learn about various aspects of horse and cattle care, and riding lessons. Contact the ranch at or (479) 841-1730 for more information.


City garage sale, cleanup

The Citywide Garage Sale (no permit required) will be April 14-16 and the City Spring cleanup will be April 21-22. The city will share the list of accepted items as soon as they receive it from CARDS.


Pre-K, 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.


Invasive plant removal March 9

The Beaver Watershed Alliance, which is based in Elkins, is hosting several upcoming invasive plant removal volunteer opportunities. The next one is 2pm to 5pm, Thursday, March 9, in Mount Sequoyah Woods. For more information, contact the Alliance at or 479-750-8007.

Raising chickens workshop

The Washington County Extension Office will host a workshop on how to get started raising poultry 6pm to 8pm, Monday, March 6, at the Extension Office in Fayetteville. The event is free to attend but RSVPs are required. Topics will include selection of birds, brooding chicks, nutritional requirements, housing requirements, biosecurity, and regulations for selling eggs. For questions or to RSVP contact Ronnie Horn at 479.444.1755 or


Generations Tea March 18

The First Baptist Church Elkins Women’s Ministry Team will host Generations Gather Tea 10am to noon, Saturday, March 18, at the church gym. Women and girls of all ages are invited to enjoy a special speaker as well as sweet and savory tea. Contact the church for more information.


Farmers Market meeting March 9

Elkins Farmers Market is accepting applications for vendors during the 2023 season, which starts April 6. There is a vendors meeting 2:30pm to 3:30pm, Thursday, March 9, at the Elkins Public Library. Contact the Farmers Market for information about their rules and for an application.


Gun show March 3-5

The White River Gun Show will be March 3-5 at the Elkins Community Center. Admission is $10 but children age 15 and younger and women are free. The hours will be Noon to 5pm on Friday, 9am to 5pm Saturday, and 9am to 3pm on Sunday. Contact Mike Bell at 479.445.5819 or Carroll Baker at 479.586.6520 for more information.


Shelter benefit March 25

Paws and Claws Pet Shelter is hosting the Shelter Slumber Pawty that is March 25 from noon to noon. Participants will obtain donations and have a “sleepover” at the shelter, either in a kennel or the cat room. Contact the Shelter on Facebook for more information.


Potato Supper/Gospel Singing March 25

Durham Free Will Baptist Church will host a potato supper and gospel singing on March 25 at the church. The supper begins at 5pm and the singing at 6:30pm. The event will include congregational singing and specials. The event is free to the public.


Spring Break Palooza March 22-26

Terra Studios will host Spring Break Palooza March 22-26. Live music and food trucks will be every day. They will also have Art Lab and open art classes throughout the week. Contact Terra Studios for more information or find them on Facebook.


Summer Academy help

The Elkins School District is working on the 2023 Summer Academy and needs help from the community. Here are some ideas from teachers that would involve help from community members:

  • Cooking lessons
  • Dance lessons/golf lessons/archery lessons - they have structured physical activity time for 30 minutes each day.  They would love to be able to offer a variety of games/activities/lessons for students for which they could sign up.
  • Job shadowing or guest speakers
  • Robotics was a huge hit, so they are working on making that an entire lesson/unit for a grade level.
  • Art/craft lessons
  • Photography lessons (disposable cameras donated?)

To offer assistance or provide insight, please email Jerri Foster at


Senior Activities Fridays

Goshen United Methodist Church offers Senior Activities Center Fridays 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 education program with the Schmieding Center for Families once a month. For more information contact David Smith (214.507.6605) or Fara Ferguson (479.841.1550).


Reptile Show n Tell March 4

Lexi Sanders and her organization Arkansas Snake Identification will host a herpetology session about local snakes at 12 noon, Saturday, March 4, in the Elkins Public Library Community Room. She will bring several snakes to see and one to touch or hold. There will also be someone giving advice on good practice, safety, and giving basic information as well as answering any questions about local snakes. This is a family-friendly event for all ages.


Job Opening

The Washington County Arkansas District Court Elkins Department is hiring a new deputy district clerk. The full-time position would earn $16-$19. Interested candidates should apply with a resume to or bring it to the Court Department at City Hall.