June 2023 Community Briefs

Development Project Updates

We’ve got a couple of business and other development updates this month. If you have any updates for July’s newsletter, please email us at info@elkinsar.org.


  • Mayfield Mercantile recently moved to a new, bigger location at 2129 N Center St, Suite D (the old Popped Perfect location).
  • Magnolia Maiden Salon (hair and lash salon) is moving from Fayetteville to Elkins (2073 N. Center St, Suite B) and will open this July.
  • The Elkins Volunteer Fire Department is expanding Station 1 to add two apparatus bays and an ADA-compliant bathroom.
  • The Elkins School District gym facility is expected to open sometime in November with an exact date becoming available as the time approaches.
  • Simple Simon’s is expected to open this fall, likely Oct. 1.
  • Wish List Travel is hosting two travel-related events in June. Carnival Cruise Night with Amy Shortall: Setting Sail for Adventure will be online at 6pm, Thursday, June 8, and A Taste of France: A Passport to Pastries will be 11am, Saturday, June 24, at Nellie Bs.


Writing Class June 10

The next monthly writing class at the Elkins Public Library with Author Linda Rigsbee is 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 10. Each class includes a lesson and then time for local writers to share their work for constructive critique. The June class will have a creative writing photo prompt. Bring something you wrote and read it (no more than a few pages). Reading not only presents opportunities for feedback, but it inspires others as well.

Community Dances Starting

Community dances started again in late May and will continue through Dec. 8 with the next several dances being June 9, 16, and 23. The bands will alternate but the majority that are scheduled right now are Country XPress Band, Red Dirt Duo, and Copper Creek. All dances are $7 and start at 7pm. For more information, contact Alice Higgs at 479.601.7520.


Craft n Chat June 3

This is a fun opportunity for people working on their own craft projects to get together and work while we enjoy each other's company. It is 1p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, June 3, in the Elkins Public Library community room. You do not have to be there the whole time. It is free to attend. This event is not associated with any organization. Bring your own beverage/snacks.


Summer Reading Program Begins June 15

Every summer, libraries across the country join together to present their respective Summer Reading Programs. They typically follow a similar theme but the individual libraries’ programs vary greatly.


The programs are for all ages, but typically up to about 5th grade comes. This year's theme is "All Together Now" and the focus is on friendship, unity, and kindness.


The Elkins Public Library Summer Reading Program begins 11 a.m., Thursday, June 15, with a performance by Melvino the Clown. On June 22, Balance Dance will be doing a dance workshop, and the popular Marshall Mitchell will be back on June 29. On July 6, they have the Amazeum presenting a workshop, and it will be at 9:30am, which is a different time than all the other programs, which are at 11 a.m..


On July 13, they will have a hands-on presentation about local wildlife with the Arkansas Fish and Game Commission. The last summer program will be Terra Studios presenting a craft workshop. All programs will be at the Elkins Community Center and are free.


Summer Robotics Camp at Elkins Public Library

The Elkins Robotics Electronics Club (EREC) will be hosting two one-week robotics/electronics camps this summer. Camp 1 (July 10-14) is for new students or those who have completed less than one year of the weekly Tinker Squad program at the Elkins Public Library. Geared toward students having completed 2nd through 6th grade, students will build playdough circuits, basic electronics circuits and be introduced to programming in Python. Camp 2 (July 24-28) will be for returning Tinker Squad and EREC members. Both camps will meet from 4 to 6pm Monday through Friday at the Elkins Public Library. For more information, contact the Elkins Public Library at elkinspubliclibrary@gmail.com or (479)643-2904


Elkfest Committee Starting

The committee that will be in charge of planning Elkfest for 2024 will meet at the Elkins Public Library or via Zoom at 6pm, Thursday, June 8. The purpose of this meeting is to get acquainted and make some basic decisions before the summer including timing of the event and our planning meeting times. This committee will reconvene in late summer/early fall for in-person meetings to plan the event. This is a community-wide effort and anyone interested in serving on the committee who has availability should contact Jamie Smith at jsmith@elkinsar.org for the Zoom information.


Flower Exchange June 3

A flower and seed exchange will be 9am to noon, Saturday, June 3, at 324 Highway 74 in Wesley. People usually bring an assortment of seeds, perennials, veggies or gardening supplies. Organizers encourage you to come even if you don’t have anything to bring as it’s “always a fun time and a great way to meet people in our community.”


Athletics camps this summer

A variety of summer camps will be available for grades 3-8 from the Elkins Athletics Department. The camp fees are fundraisers for the respective programs. The camps include basketball, volleyball, softball, baseball, and football. For more information, visit the Summer Camps (under Athletics) on the school district website, elkinsdistrict.org.


Blood Drive June 7

The American Red Cross will host a blood drive 1pm to 5pm, Wednesday, June 7, at the Elkins Community Center. Visit https://www.redcrossblood.org/ and input 72727 where it offers the ability to “Find a Drive.”


RMCC to host backpack giveaway

Round Mountain Community Church will host its annual backpack giveaway at 9am, Saturday, July 22. This event is for grades K-12 and includes free backpacks, food, games, clothes, haircuts, and inflatables! Donations of money, new backpacks and school supplies are welcome. Please contact the church for more information. Recipients must pre-register starting July 1 at www.rmccofnwa.com.


Goshen summer concert series

The Goshen Farmers Market is hosting its summer concert series alongside its regular market hours. The concerts are 5pm to 7pm with dates scheduled June 1, 8, and 15. The market is at the Goshen Community Center.

AGFC class June 2

The Friends of Elkins Public Library is hosting a fun educational class about being in the outdoors in Arkansas 9:30am to 11 am, Friday, June 2, at the Library. The class will be with regional educator Jorden Bevil and is free!


Fishing Derby June 10

The Friends of Elkins Public Library will host a fishing derby for kids age 17 and younger at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 10. Participants need to check in at the library before and after fishing.


Terra Studios Hosts Sunday Music Events

Terra Studios has several Sunday Music events coming up this summer.

  • John & Betsy Tako, June 4, 12:30-3pm
  • John Severs, June 11, 1-3pm
  • Bruce Allen, June 18, 1-4pm
  • Woven, July 9, 12-3pm
  • John & Betsy Tako, July 16, 12:30-3pm.


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.


EVFD Fireworks June 30

The Elkins Volunteer Fire Department will host their annual fireworks show Friday, June 30, at Bunch Park. Concessions and shaved ice will be available and fireworks start at dusk.


Free Educational Blogs Submissions

The Elkins Community Network Board has decided to allow educational blogs to be submitted to the ECN website from local businesses and organizations for free. Advertorial blogs with more business information than a byline remain $60. These blogs will be on the ECN website with a link to the submitting organization/business’ website. Please email ECN at info@elkinsar.org for more information.

Friends Meeting July 6

Friends of Elkins Public Library will hold their next member and board meeting at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, July 6, at the Library. They will be making final plans for Harry Potter Day, which is 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 29. It will include a Harry Potter movie, crafts, and concessions. The event will be at the Elkins Community Center.


Farmers Market Expanding

The Elkins Farmers Market has expanded to include Tuesdays. It will now be open 3pm to 6pm every Tuesday and Thursday through October 31 at Harris Baptist Church.


Fireworks Sales June 20

According to Arkansas State Law, Fireworks can only be sold June 20-July 10 anywhere in the state. According to City of Elkins ordinances, fireworks can only be shot in the city limits 8am to 11pm, July 1-5.


Tarot Card Reading June 10

Come to Terra Studios to receive a Tarot Card Reading with local artist, Red Star! Each reading will last 20 minutes. Each time slot can accommodate an individual, a couple, or a group/family up to 5. Sign up for a slot online https://usingart.org/.../tarot-card-reading-by-red-star.


Family Fun Day June 4

Black Oak Baptist Church (16009 E. Black Oak Rd, Fayetteville) is hosting a Family Fun Day at 1pm, Sunday, June 4. It will include games, food, music, and items for sale.

Ladies Craft Night June 16

First Baptist Church of Elkins is hosting a Christmas in June Ladies’ Craft Night 5pm to 8pm, Friday, June 16 in the FBCE Annex. They will be making several Christmas cards and gift tags. A light supper will be served.


Elkins Cruisers Changes Schedule

The Elkins Cruisers will meet at 6pm every first and third Tuesday at the Elkins Sonic. This change in schedule starts June 6. Some of their meetings will include cruises to area towns.