September 2023 Community Briefs

Community Dances


The September Community Dances at the Elkins Community Center will be on September 1, 8, and 15. The First two will feature music by Country XPress, while the dance on September 15 will feature Red Dirt Duo.  Dances start at 7pm and doors usually open at 6pm. Tickets are $7 per person.


Paws Paint & Play


Get ready for a woofin’ good time at Terra Studios! Leashed and friendly dogs are welcome to join their owners for a day of exploring and fun. The event is free, but $10 will grant you access to the pop-up dog park, and a take-home Art Lab project you can create with your furry friend. There will be live music, food trucks, and a fun photo scavenger hunt. More details are available at


Writing Class set for Sept. 9

The September writing class with Author Linda Rigsbee is 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, September 9, at Elkins Public Library. Each class includes a lesson and then time for local writers to share their work for constructive critique. The September class will be about blog writing.


Fall Robotics Club at Elkins Public Library

The Elkins Robotics Electronics Club (EREC) will return to regular weekly meetings starting on Wednesday, Sept. 6. The Club has two weekly sessions - one from 4-5pm and the second from 5-6pm. Club membership is free and open to all area youth 2nd grade and older. Students work on a range of projects, mainly focusing on computer programming and basic electronics. For more information on joining, contact the Elkins Public Library at (479)643-2904 or

Elkins Holiday Expo Nov. 18

The Elkins Holiday Expo is Nov. 18 at the Elkins Community Center and we will have vendors, a holiday donation drive, and a health fair. Several aspects of this annual event will change this year. We have had repeated feedback that vendors would like more selling time and more event promotion. We have changed the event times to 8am to 3pm. Fees through October 15 are $25 for businesses and $10 for nonprofits. Starting Oct. 16, the fee goes up to $40 for businesses and $25 for nonprofits. The increase in fees will help fund advertising outside social media and local fliers. Vendor spots are not secured until payment is received. If you are interested in helping organize or sponsor this event, please contact More information will be available on


Scholarship Assistance Needed

The Elkins Alumni Association Scholarship Committee, each year, awards $1,200 in scholarship(s).  We have a lot of students in need of financial assistance each year, and the Committee does its best to award scholarships to students in need. Due to a number of factors, our balance is dwindling, and we are getting to the point where we are needing to ask for assistance.  Please consider donating to the Scholarship Committee, so that we can continue awarding scholarships to deserving students.  If you would like to donate to this worthy cause, just send a check made out to the Elkins Alumni Scholarship Committee, and mail to P.O. Box 627, Elkins, AR  72727.

First Fridays/Saturdays

The First Fridays in Elkins will continue through October and will morph into First Saturdays for November and December. Each event will have vendors, food, and games, and will be at Bunch Park or the Elkins Community Center. The upcoming First Fridays are 4pm to 7pm on Sept. 1 and Oct. 6, and the First Saturdays will be 10am to 3pm on Nov. 4 and Dec. 2. Various community organizations and vendors will be involved and provide their own offerings. Contact Caitlin at 479-200-6845 or for more information, including becoming a vendor.


Elkins Farmers Market Craft Show, Winter Market

The Elkins Farmers Market will host its 5th Annual Craft Show 10am to 4pm, Saturday, Nov. 4, at Harris Baptist Church. There will be a variety of amazing vendors offering an assortment of handmade crafts to include holiday delights, woodworking, home baked treats, jams and jellies, crafts of all kinds, excellent gift ideas, and more.


The Market will also host a Winter Market 3pm to 6pm every first and third Friday from December through March at Harris Baptist Church. There will be no vendor fees. Contact for more information.


Pioneer Days Sept. 8-9

The 54th St. Paul Pioneer Days will be 6pm to 11pm on Sept. 8 and 9am to 3pm on Sept. 9. There will be a local pageant, food, vendors, a parade, chicken dinner, games, etc. For more information, including a more detailed schedule, visit


FBCE Church Picnic Sept. 10

First Baptist Church of Elkins will host its annual church picnic 5:30pm, Sunday, Sept. 10, at the church. Food will be provided and there will be games along with fellowship.


Harvest Trunk or Treat Oct. 28

The 3rd Annual Harvest Trunk or Treat will be 5:30pm on Saturday, Oct. 28, at Bunch Park. This is a popular event for vendors and area families. Organizers are accepting vendors and donations for candy. Contact Maggie West at or 918-801-5200 for more information.


Ladies’ Bible Study Starting

The First Baptist Church of Elkins Sunday Night Ladies Bible Study resumes Sept. 17 and runs through Oc. 29. The weekly study is 5pm to 7pm and requires that participants purchase a study book. The books are $20 and available by contacting the church office. The study is in the FBCE Annex.


Build a Scarecrow, Fall Festival

White River Nursery will host two build a scarecrow workshops at the nursery in September. The first is 1pm to 4pm on Sunday, Sept. 17 and the second is 10am to 1pm. Saturday, Sept. 23.  Cost is $75 and all needed tools, materials, and instruction will be provided. Registration is required and can be done on the nursery website, via phone, or in person.

White River will also host a fall arts and crafts festival 9am to 4pm on Saturday, Oct. 28. It will be full of unique, locally handmade wares from talented creators in the community.


DIY Craft Nights

DIY Craft Nights at Round Mountain Community Church will be 6:30pm every third Tuesday starting in October and running through March. All materials will be provided.

Book/Movie Donations

Friends of Elkins Public Library will host their Annual Fall Book Sale on October 5-7 and they need your help! They are seeking donations of gently used books and movies (no encyclopedias or textbooks, please) starting now through September 30. Please bring your donations to the library during our regular working hours. There will also be a book drive during the September First Fridays, which will be 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, September 1, at Bunch Park. Bring the donations to the Community Booth.


Teacher Meals Assistance

Elkins Primary and Elementary PTO would like to ask community members or local businesses to sponsor the Primary./Elementary teachers and staff with appreciation meals. Meal sponsors are currently needed for November  through March, and Wednesday through Friday in the first week of May for Teacher Appreciation Week.


There are a total of 90 meals for both buildings.  If someone would like to sponsor just one building, it would be 45 meals. Meals are served on the third Wednesday of the month at 10:45am.

If you are interested, please send us an email to


Join PTO

The Elkins Primary-Elementary PTO Is looking for people to join their organization. Membership is $10 and the application is available through the PTO or at the following QR code. Don’t have time to volunteer but still want to be supportive? The $10 membership gives you the right to vote in the organization and the money will still be used to support the PTO programs. The first meeting of the school year is Sept. 7.


Beaver Watershed Friendraiser


The 2023 Beaver Watershed Alliance Friendraiser is 6pm to 8:30pm, Thursday, Sept. 21, at Bunch Park. This annual event is a celebration of watershed protection. It includes a family-friend night of fun, live music, food, and games. Tickets are $25 for adults. You can register and pay online. If you prefer to pay by check, please call 479-750-8007 to register. Checks can be mailed to PO Box 762, Elkins, AR 72727. Limited tickets will be available for purchase the day of the event.


Pies on Parade

The annual Pies on Parade fundraiser from Nellie B’s starts in September. This fundraiser benefits the Elkins Senior Activity and Wellness Center’s Meals on Wheels program. All pies must be pre-ordered and prepaid no later than 5pm on Sept. 24. Pickup is at Nellie B’s on Sept. 29. Pie flavor options are: peach, coconut cream, Dutch apple, chocolate cream, pumpkin, and buttermilk. To order, call Nellie B’s at 479.643.2741.


Local Author Book Signing

Local resident Dick Courteau will read from Get Your Ass to Work! and preview Profoundly Country 1pm to 3pm, Saturday, Sept. 16, at Ozark Folkways in Winslow. The reading will be at 2pm. Get Your Ass to Work! is focused on instruction, although even people who don’t have donkeys might get a kick out of it, with its beautiful illustrations, interesting anecdotes, and insightful overview of equine literature. Profoundly Country offers stories about and reflections on a lifetime of rural living. The latter book is expected to come out this fall.


ASL Class

The Elkins Senior Activity and Wellness Center will host an American Sign Language (ASL) class starting Sept. 14. The class will be 10am to 11:30am every Thursday for eight weeks. Cost for non-center members is $5.


Swap Meet Oct. 20-21

The Rust & Rubies Car Club will host a swap meet and vendor show 8am to 4pm, October 20-21, at Goshen United Methodist Church. Booth cost is $25 and can be registered by calling Dennis Morris at 479.422.0887. There will also be a pancake breakfast at 7:30am and a hamburger lunch at 11am.


Passport to Pastries

Local travel advisor Paul Graham with Wish List Travel will host a monthly travel discussion the last Saturday of the month at 11am at Nellie B’s. "Passport to Pastries: Journey Around the World" will take your taste buds on a global adventure. Engage in casual conversations about travel destinations and gather insider tips from fellow pastry enthusiasts. Every month will bring a new and exciting theme, allowing you to experience the world through the lens of baked goods.


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.