October 2023 Community Briefs

Terra Studios fundraiser

Terra Studios in Durham will host an exclusive, after-hours fundraiser called Meet the Artist 5:30pm to 8pm, Sunday, Oct. 22, at the studio gallery. This 21+ event includes food, music, artisans, and a silent auction. Tickets can be purchased online and are $25.


Other October Terra Studios events:

Sunday Music with Woven on Oct. 8, 12-3pm

Tarot Basics Class on Oct. 14, 10:30am

Tarot Card Readings on Oct. 14, 1:30-3:30pm

Open Enrollment Classes: Pumpkin Trollhead Nightlights on Oct. 15, 11am & 1pm

Sunday Music with Zane Jeffrey on Oct. 15, 1-3pm

Art Lab: Origami Talking Crows on Oct. 22, 11:30-3:30pm


Oct. Community Dance Dates

The community dance dates are Oct. 13 with Red Dirt Duo, and Country XPress on both Oct. 21 and 27. All dances start at 7pm at the Elkins Community Center. Tickets are now $10.


Miss Fall Y'all Pageant

The Miss Fall Y'all Pageant will be Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Elkins Community Center. There will be a variety of competitions, including nine age-based categories. The entry fee is $75 with a $50 deposit at time of signup. Participants must register by Nov. 3. Contact frederickpageantsllc@gmail.com for more information about the pageant.


Elkins Holiday Expo update

The Elkins Holiday Expo is growing with both indoor and outdoor vendors. There will be a visit by Santa, concessions from the Lions Club, more than 30 vendors, and a health fair. The event has expanded shopping hours from 9 am to 3pm at the Elkins Community Center. To learn more or to apply to be a vendor, visit elkinsar.org/holiday expo. The vendor booth fees support the Elkins Community Network.


Bingo Nights Coming Soon

Two local nonprofit community organizations will host bingo soon.

The Elkins Senior Wellness and Activity Center will host an Evening of Bingo 4pm to 6:30pm, Tuesday, Oct. 17, at the Center. There will be BBQ pork sandwiches with chips and a pickle for $5. Bingo will be two cards for $5.


The Elkins Lions Club will host a bingo night 6pm to 8pm, Friday, Nov. 3, at the Elkins Community Center. This fundraiser’s proceeds will be split between the Lions sight, diabetes, & childhood cancer funds, and the ECN children's emergency medical fund. Thes cost is $20 for five cards and the Lions are seeking bingo prizes for the event such as gift cards, etc.


Friends Book Sale

Friends of Elkins Public Library will host their Annual Fall Book Sale on October 5-7! All items are 50 cents each except for Saturday, when it's $2 per bag. The three-day event is at the Elkins Community Center.



  • Thursday, October 5: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Friends Members only)
  • Friday, October 6: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., (Open to the Public)
  • Saturday, October 7: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Open to the Public).

They are taking donations of gently used books and movies until Oct. 2. Bring them to the library during the regular business hours.There are also several volunteer opportunities during the sale. Information is available on the Library’s Facebook page.



Round Mountain Community Church will host DIY Crafters for Christ every third Tuesday from October through May at the church. The monthly event will be 6:30pm and all supplies are included.


First Friday Oct. 6

The next First Friday will be Oct. 6 at Bunch Park with vendors and food 4pm to 7pm. In collaboration with the City of Elkins Parks and Rec, there will be a showing of the movie, Greater The Story of Brandon Burlsworth. The movie will be begin at 7:30pm. Free admission, concessions will be available for purchase. Bring a lawn chair and blanket to enjoy the movie on the lawn!


Writing Class on Oct. 14

The October writing class with Author Linda Rigsbee is 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, October 14. Each class includes a lesson and then time for local writers to share their work for constructive critique. The October class will be about the art of letter writing.


Shop with a Cop Car Show

The Elkins Police Department will host its annual car show that benefits the Shop with a Cop program at a new time and location. The event will be 8am to noon on Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Elkins Elementary School parking lot. Car show registration will be 6:30am on the day of the show and the cost is $30 per vehicle. There will also be a silent auction as part of the fundraiser. To donate silent auction items, contact Mary Cope at 479.466.8944.


Boo-Tox Party Oct. 23

Magnolia Maiden Salon will offer a Boo-Tox Party 4pm to 8pm, Monday, Oct. 23, at the salon. It will include complete tox and skin consults. Drinks will be served and participants must RSVP at the salon.


Passport to Pastries Oct. 28

The next Wish List Travel Passport to Pastries: Journey Around the World will be 11am to 12pm, Saturday, Oct. 28, at Nellie B’s Bakery. Enjoy pastries from around the world while talking about travel adventures.


Boy Scouts Campout

The RZ Fall Cub Adventure Campout with the Boy Scouts Friday, Oct. 20 through Sunday, Oct. 22. To learn more about the event and to register, visit the West Ark Council website at https://mycouncil.westarkbsa.org/Event/6144


FBCE Ladies Nights

First Baptist Church of Elkins will host two ladies fellowship events in October. Bunko Game Night will be 6:30pm to 8pm on Oct. 2 in the FBCE Gym, Dinner will be served and childcare will be available.


Crafty Christmas will be 5pm to 8pm, Friday, Oct. 20,, at the FBCE Annex. A light supper and an age-appropriate craft will be provided.


Angel Tree applications

The Salvation Army of NWA will open its Angel Tree applications at 9am on Oct. 2. Learn more about where to apply at the Salvation Army office or on the organization’s Facebook page. Remember to prepare your documentation for a smooth registration process. You'll need:

-Photo IDs for all adults in the family

-Birth certificates or shot records for children

-Proof of ALL income (pay stubs, SNAP, Social Security, etc.)

-Proof of ALL expenses (light bill, water bill, phone bill, rent, etc.).


Jason’s Coat Drive

The 6th Annual Jason’s Project Warm Hearts Coat Drive will collect coats and other cold weather outerwear Oct. 29-Nov. 12 at Nellie B’s and the Elkins Public Library. Free coat distribution will be Nov. 15-17 at7th Hills Homeless Center, the Elkins Community Center, and the Fayetteville Public Schools Families in Transition Program.

Car Club Swap Meet

The Rust & Rubies Car Club will host their Fall Swap Meet 8am to 4pm, Oct. 20 and 21 at Goshen United Methodist Church. There will be a Pancake Breakfast that Saturday 7:30am to 9:30am for $7 and a hamburger lunch will be 11am to 1pm, also $7. Booths are $25. Contact Dennis Morris at 479.422.0887n to secure a booth.

FFA Alumni Shrimp Boil

The inaugural FFA Alumni Shrimp Boil will be 5pm to 6:45pm, Friday, Oct. 13, which is Homecoming Night. The event will be in the parking lot by the high school bus drop off. Proceeds will support Elkins FFA. Tickets ($15) can be pre-purchased via Venmo @ElkinsAR-FFAAlumni (please put FFA and your first and last name in the memo line).If you would like to help with the shrimp boil or make a donation to help keep the cost down please contact Jody Harris at 479-283-9859.


City Updates from September

September Elkins City Council meeting involved a lot of information and decisions including (in order of the agenda):


-An announcement that because Fayetteville is raising rates, our water and sewer rates will be going up Jan 2024 then annually each year for a couple of years.

-Discussion over citizen complaints about August water shutoffs.

-Announcement that Elkins now has a Central EMS ambulance stationed in town for daily 12 hour shifts.

-Work is progressing on the city sewer project and work is being done to secure funding for phase 2.

-Starting Oct 1, the city will return to accepting cash as payment for fines, bills, etc.

-Approved an MOU for a Bunch Park grant in partnership with the Beaver Watershed Alliance.

-Appointed Jeff Graves to the city council to fill a vacancy after the previous council member resigned.


All city council meetings are live streamed on the city’s Facebook page and are available for later playback.