Free Tax Preparation @ Forrest City Public Library
The Forrest City Public Library is a drop-off site for IRS Certified Volunteers Providing Free Tax Preparation. The program offers free tax preparation and filing for households with adjusted gross income of $79,000 or less. Drop-off hours are Monday’s 9:00 am to 12 noon and 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm, Tuesday’s 9:00 am until 12 noon and 2:00 to 4:00 pm and Friday’s 9:00 am to 12 noon and 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm. Call for Saturday and Evening Drop-off days and times. The Forrest City Public Library is located at 421 S. Washington St. in Forrest City and for what to bring and questions their number is 870-633-5646.
American Red Cross Blood Drive
The American Red Cross blood drive will be Tuesday, February 27th at the United Methodist Activities Center from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm. The United Methodist Activities Center is located at 101 South Izard Street in Forrest City. Please call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter: ForrestCityFirstUnitedMethodist to schedule an appointment. For questions or assistance call Corrine Eldridge @ 870-270-0601.
Career and Technical Education Showcase
Great Rivers Education Service Coop is hosting Education with a Purpose, a Career and Technical Education Showcase. To be held Wednesday, February 28th from 9:00 am to 12 noon at the Dwight Lofton Mustang Arena in Forrest City. For more information or if interested in being a vendor at the event can contact Great Rivers CTE Coordinator, Dr. Tameka C. Anderson at (870) 630-4659 or by email at Tanderson@greatrivers.net.
EACC presents Diamond Rio
East Arkansas Community College will present GRAMMY® award winning country group Diamond Rio on Saturday, March 2nd at 7:30 p.m. at the EACC Fine Arts Center. Tickets are on sale now for Diamond Rio’s performance and are $44. They will be available online at EACC.edu, by calling 870-633-4480, ext. 352, or in person at the EACC Fine Arts Center Ticket Office. Pick 3 season subscription packages are available and save 20%. The EACC Fine Arts Center is located at 1700 Newcastle Road in Forrest City, just off Interstate 40. See you there!
University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service – Production Meetings
The University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service will conduct their production meetings this month. The first meeting for Lee, Phillips, Monroe & St. Francis Co. Cotton and Feed Grains meeting will be Thursday, February 15th @ 8:30 am at the Lon Mann Center in Marianna. The Monroe and St. Francis Co. Rice and Beans meeting will be Thursday, February 29th @ 8:15 am at Woodruff Electric in Forrest City. If you have any questions call Sarah Stone with the St. Francis County Extension Service at 870-261-1730.
Become a Teacher Fair
The Arkansas Department of Education will host a “Become a Teacher Fair” on March 5 from 3:30-7:00pm starting at 4 p.m. at the Capitol Mall. This event is perfect for paraprofessionals, substitutes, unlicensed staff, or career changers who want to earn a teaching license. Register at dese.link/teacher-fair. #TeachArkansas.
Private Applicator Training
MAR 5 & MAR 26
The University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Research St. Francis County Extension Service is conducting Private Applicator Training. This training will be held in Forrest City at the St. Francis County Museum located at 603 Front St. Both dates will start at 9:30 am. Fee for the training is $20, by cash or check made payable to the St. Francis County Extension Service will be accepted upon arrival. For more information call 870-261-1730.
Gill Cemetery Meeting
The Gill Cemetery Meeting will be Saturday, March 9th starting at 12 noon at Mt. Gillian Church located at Holub Crossing. For more information call Issac Green at 870-752-0096.
There will be a free training for family members or those in a significant supportive relationship of people with opioid use disorder, past or present, on Saturday, March 9th from 4:00 pm until 5:30 pm at Rusty Nails Cowboy Church located at 174 SFC 778 Forrest City. Free Narcan kits are available through a grant from the Criminal Justice Institute. For more information contact Cherri Martin @ 870-208-4604 or Bonnie Baker @ 870-450-8118.
Chili Cook Off – First Baptist Church Forrest City
The First Baptist Church of Forrest City located at 507 North Rosser Street is hosting a Chili Cook Off! It will be Sunday, March 10th at the church gym. Open to the public, anyone wanting to sign up is to call the church office at 870-633-2382. They will have first, second and third place prizes and will serve chili that night. Make the best chili to win! Everyone is welcome!
United States Navy Band Sea Chanters to perform at EACC Fine Arts Center
East Arkansas Community College will host a performance by the United States Navy Band Sea Chanters on Friday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the EACC Fine Arts Center. The public is invited to attend and there will be no charge for admission. Tickets should be reserved through the Fine Arts Center Ticket Office in person or by calling 870-633-4480, ext. 352.
Ridgecrest CC One Man Scramble
Ridgecrest Club in Forrest City will hold a One-Man Scramble, March 16-17. Contact Tony Downey at 870-270-0361 for more information.
Jesus is Lord Campaign and Resurrection Festival
THRU MAR & MAR 30
Women in Transition to Glory Services, Inc., in Partnership with GIA Foundation, is hosting a “Jesus is Lord Campaign” in Brinkley, AR. These organizations will be canvassing the city in during the month of March spreading God’s love. They will close this campaign out with a city-wide Resurrection Festival on March 30th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Brinkley City Park. This event is open to the public. There will be free food and entertainment! For more information about this event, you may contact Leneki Jones @ (870) 270-8180 or Ivy Graham @ (870) 261-5411.
First Annual 5K Run/Walk for Arkansas American Diabetes Association
The First Annual 5K Run/Walk benefiting the Arkansas Chapter of the American Diabetes Association will be Saturday, March 30th starting at 9:00 am. All are invited to join in the celebration of the City of Marianna’s vision and commitment to a healthy lifestyle and community. To register go to their website @ runsignup.com/Race/AR/Marianna/MariannaHealthandFitness5KRunWalk
Chance for a Change
Chance for a Change will be providing after-school balanced meal giveaways Monday through Friday from 3:00 pm until 4:00 pm pick up only for children ages 2 through 18 at the Sports Complex.
MRSP-HUNTER AND BOATING EDUCATION TESTING SITE
The Mississippi River State Park in Lee County is a testing site for both hunter and boating education courses. Testing dates are by appointment only. For an appointment, call the park at 870-295-4040.
The Ties that Bind Quilting Group is accepting new members. Contact 870-633-5837 for more information.
PINK LADIES OF FCMC
TUESDAY AND THURSDAY
The Pink Ladies of the Forrest City Medical Center Auxiliary invite you to join them each week for exercise classes that can help all ages and levels of activity. The classes are FREE and are held every Tuesday and Thursday at 9 a.m. in the hospital cafeteria
ADULT EDUCATION AND LITERACY CLASSES
FREE Adult Education and Literacy Classes! Call 870-633-4480 extension 310 for more information.
DRIVER'S TESTING AT TROOP D
Arkansas State Police Troop D driver's testing for Skills will be Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. The written exam will be Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. For more information call 870-633-1454. You will need an original copy of your birth certificate and a photo ID. You can purchase a photo ID for $5 at the Revenue Office, this is just an option, and NOT something you have to do. Either way you MUST have a photo ID.
TRANSPORTATION FOR VETS
MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY
The Disabled Arkansas Veterans is providing transportation to area veterans from St. Francis County to the VA in Little Rock. The van will pick up veterans every Monday and Wednesday at the Shell station on Holiday Drive in Forrest City at 7:05 a.m. and the Love's truck stop in Palestine at around 7:10 a.m. To reserve a spot or get more information please call 870-932-1052.
EVERY MONDAY NIGHT
The Oak Hill Church of God, 97 SFC 309, will host Monday Night Outreach each week, a free support group for people struggling with depression, grief, loneliness, or addiction. A complimentary meal is served at 5:30p.m., and the meeting starts at 6:30p.m. For more information, call 870-633-7331.
NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS MEETINGS
Narcotics Anonymous meetings are every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at the Episcopal Church, 400 Hill St. in Forrest City.
Lee County Cooperative Clinic at 530 West Atkins Blvd in Marianna, will be offering free drive thru flu vaccines & Covid-19 testing every Thursday from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Call 870-295-5225 to pre-register. Walk ups are also welcome. Please wear your mask.
AA & AL-ANON MEETINGS
Alcoholics Anonymous & Al Anon Meetings are held at 568 W. Chestnut in Marianna every Thursday at 7:00 p.m.
ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT MEETING
EVERY SECOND THURSDAY EACH MONTH
The Alzheimer's Support Program of East Arkansas Area Agency on Aging will host its monthly support group meeting on Thursday, November 8, starting at noon at Forrest City Medical Center. For more information call 870-494-3300. Meetings are held every second Thursday of the month.
DRIVER'S LICENSE CLASSES
Classes for an Arkansas Driver's License are held each Thursday at the Lee County Courthouse. The driving portion is at 9 a.m., and the written exam is given at 1:00 p.m.
MARS HILL CLOTHES CLOSET
OPEN THE LAST SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH
If you or anyone you know needs clothing, please come shop! Our clothes are clean, gently worn, and FREE!
Take Hwy. 261 South from Palestine (turn at the Valero Station) and cross the Lee County line. Then take the first paved road to the right (LEE 814). The church is just off the pavement. Only 6 miles or so from Palestine.
Call for more info or emergency needs.
870-317-8848 or 870-295-0408
THE FIRST SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH
Forrest City Landfill will give away free mulch on the first Saturday of every month, from 7:00 to noon, weather permitting.
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