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September Art Exhibit: "Ouachita Artists"

September 1 - September 30 2014

9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Magnolia Room

Ouachita Artists Gallery & Studio is a working gallery and studio with 76 active and supporting members. Founded in 2011, Ouachita Artists mission statement is: to share ideas and information, encourage young people, provide venues for display and appreciation of art, conduct informative demonstrations, share knowledge of techniques, support one another's efforts, and further the appreciation of creative art in the community. Ouachita Artists Gallery and Studio offers classes to all age groups, and conducts monthly programs by regional artists on a variety of subjects.

The website is, and Facebook at Ouachita Artists. Ouachita Artists Gallery and Studio is located at 135 S. West St., Mount Ida, AR. Hours are Tues-Sat. 10:00-3:00; Friday 10:00-6:00. For more information call: (870) 867-3115.

The show is open to the public and there is no admission fee.

Fall in the Woodlands

September 1 - October 31 2014

9 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily

It’s the most colorful time of the year at Garvan, when Japanese maples are in full color and the hardwood forest glows in autumn’s light. Thousands of vibrant annuals and perennials, including our annual mum fest will be the show-stoppers in our fall garden.

Members Free | $10 adults | $5 ages 6-12 | Free ages 0-5

Health Walks

September 1 - November 18 2014

Mondays | 9:00 a.m. | 3 miles (Intermediate fitness level)
Tuesdays | 9:00 a.m. | 1 mile (Beginner fitness level)

Join veteran walkers and nature lovers Sharon Turrentine and Paula Wallace for a fitness walk through the Gardens each Monday or Tuesday morning. Get your exercise, enjoy beautiful scenery, and smell the roses all in one exhilarating outing. It’s fun and it’s good for you! Wear good walking shoes and weather-appropriate attire.

Members free | Non-members $10

Health Series: A Matter of Balance

September 16 - October 10 2014

Tuesdays and Fridays
September 16 to October 10
9:00 - 11:00 a.m., Millsap Bride’s Hall

Do you sometimes avoid an activity because of the fear of falling? This eight session series shows you simple exercises and techniques to improve your sense of balance so you can do those things you enjoy. Kathy Packard and the staff of the Oaklawn Center on Aging teach you the basics of why balance and muscle tone change as we get older and what to do about it so you can enjoy a full and rewarding life at any age.

Free, registration required. Call the Oaklawn Center on Aging at 501-623-0020 to register. There is a minimum number for this class to be scheduled. Please call the Oaklawn Center on Aging to confirm class before you attend.

Gardening 101 Workshop: "Containers Done Right!" - CLASS FULL

September 25 

9:30 – 10:30 a.m., Magnolia Room

Don’t have space for a big garden or just want to step up the color on your deck or entryway? Hear about how to put together and maintain really captivating container gardens with nursery owner Jim Shults, who’ll show all the basics of choosing and installing plants to create your best containers ever.

Reservations required | Free Members | $10 Non-members | Reserve online at or call 800-366-4664.

Gardening 101 Workshop: "Picture Perfect Containers" - CLASS FULL

September 25 

10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Magnolia Room

See great examples of eye-catching containers and analyze how and why they work with landscape architect Bob Byers. From how shape, size, and form affect choosing your container to planning color schemes and mixing textures for great planting effects, learn how to get that perfect look that fits your garden to a tee.

Reservations required | Free Members | $10 Non-members | Reserve online at or call 800-366-4664.

Hillcrest 70th Anniversary, CompACT Run for the Family 5K

September 27 

7 a.m. – 9 a.m. | Garden Trails

Join CompACT Family Services to help raise awareness and support for children and youth to have healthy families. The "fun run" is for walkers and runners. You do not have to be an established runner to participate or support. It's a "fun run" for the cause.

Cost for participants is $25 per person. Contact Ashley Grant or Richelle Wingo at CompACT Family Services to register by calling 501-262-1660

Master Gardener Appreciation Day

September 29 

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. - Garden Grounds

Garvan Woodland Gardens honors Master Gardeners from across Arkansas with free admission. Master Gardener name tags or current membership cards must be shown. The event will include informative lessons along the garden trails from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. only. County 76 Board will be on hand to  sell equipment and MG items. Everyone will receive a free MG calendar when they leave. Lunch must be purchased in advance online; see links below. Please print your ticket and bring it with you that day!

Admission: free with Master Gardener name tag

Click here to purchase and choose Lunch Ticket: $10 Turkey Sandwich Box Lunch (Smoked Turkey sandwich on ciabatta bread with lettuce, tomato, condiments, small bunch of grapes, chips and cookie, bottled water or tea)

Click here to purchase and choose Lunch Ticket: $10 Vegetarian Box Lunch (Pimiento Cheese sandwich, small bunch of grapes, chips and cookie, bottled water or tea)

October Art Exhibit: Works of Bob Crane

October 1 - October 31 2014

October 1-31 | 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Magnolia Room

Painter Bob Crane will showcase a collection of his work in oils. “Light cascades across a pasture. Shed rows in shadow draw the eye into the depths creating a visual mystery. Sunrise gives hope to the new day. A winding road solicits a yearning for us to follow. Trees offer the visual structure of strength, form and function. Colors quicken the heart beat . . . What I paint comes from a place that is accessible only in truth. Truth in an emotional context. To know yourself is to know your heart. Follow your heart, therein lies the truth.”

The show is open to the public and there is no admission fee to see the show.

Garland County Trash Bash at the Gardens

October 4 

8 a.m. at meeting places below
11 a.m. at Klipsch Amphitheater, Garvan Gardens

Join a clean-up event for all the family with FREE lunch and admission to Garvan Woodland Gardens on the day of the event only.

Here's how to participate:

Show up at 8 a.m. at one of the following check stations:

Lake Catherine:
  • Lake Catherine State Park
  • Carpenter Dam Park
  • Shoe Factory Boat Ramp
  • Remmel Dam Park
Lake Hamilton:
  • Sunny Brook Landing
  • Hill Wheatley Park
  • Power Boats (Central Ave)
  • Hulsey Fish Hatchery
Ouachita River:
  • Whitewater Park (Malvern)

1) Show up at 8 a.m. at one of the check stations above
2) Get supplies & Pick Up Trash in the area
3) Trade trash in between the hours of 8 and 11 a.m. for raffle tickets
4) Take tickets to Garvan Woodland Gardens between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to receive a FREE Trash Bash T-shirt, BBQ lunch, and admission to the Gardens for that day only.
5) Hang around, have fun and win prizes like a flat panel T.V.

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