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February 6 will mark the 30th anniversary of Wednesday Night Poetry (WPN) in Hot Springs. Since the first one in 1989, not a single Wednesday has gone by without an open mic poetry reading somewhere downtown in the Spa City. It’s considered to be the longest running weekly poetry reading in America. Currently held at Kollective Coffee + Tea, 110 Central Avenue, the first one took place at Giancarlo’s Grotto Restaurant in the lower level...

The Hot Springs National Park Sister City Foundation will host the second annual Cherry Blossom Festival from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, February 16 in the second-floor community room at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 228 Spring Street. Proceeds from the family-friendly event will benefit the Sister City Student Scholarship Fund which helps support the next student delegation visit to Hanamaki, Japan, in June. The event will feature wine, a silent auction of quality...

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Mid-America Science Museum (MASM) is partnering with Delta Dental of Arkansas to host Toothapalooza, a free children’s oral health event Saturday, February 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free museum admission will be provided to the first 500 guests who participate in free dental screenings. Toothapalooza at the Mid-America Science Museum will teach children healthy mouth habits using some of the biggest teeth around – dinosaurs. Kids can participate in dental-related STEM activities like...

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The Lupus Foundation of Arkansas, Inc. is off to a great start for 2019. They are kicking off the year with “Education can make a HEALTHIER you Health Fair” on Saturday, March 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fair will be held at The Coronado Community Center located at 150 Ponderosa Lane in Hot Springs Village, in Rooms 5 and 6. Everyone is invited. This event is free and open to the public. Free...

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Branson’s “Mr. Entertainment,” Doug Gabriel will present a concert to celebrate Valentine’s Day on Friday, Feb. 15th at the Woodlands Auditorium in Hot Springs Village, at 7:30pm. The concert is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Greater Hot Springs Village and will benefit the club’s charitable efforts for children in the area. Tickets are general admission for $25 each.  It may be a day late, but you can still celebrate with your date. Doug was...

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The Murder and Macabre Mystery Dinner Theater will host the Valentine who dun it “A Very Brady Valentine Murder” at the Porterhouse Steakhouse. Mike and Carol Brady are off on a romantic anniversary/Valentine vacation and have left all six children under the care of their faithful housekeeper, Alice. But something goes wrong and someone gets killed! Who did it and why? Join the fun and come dressed in your favorite 70’s outfit. Enjoy a buffet...

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Art Springs is a free two-day outdoor festival held as part of the annual 10-day Hot Springs Arts & The Park celebration of the arts. It is a juried arts festival bursting with talented artists and fine artisans. For the 2019 Art Springs festival, an artisan marketplace has been added featuring juried crafts and crafters. Held in Hill Wheatley Plaza in downtown historic Hot Springs, Art Springs takes place from 10 am – 6 pm...

Hot Springs Jazz Society’s Mardi Gras Costume Ball & Contest is rolling out the best of past years and upping its game with new ideas to keep this event the “Most Exciting Party of the Year!” Throughout the evening, new and exciting diversions are planned that will keep you wondering what to do next. The costume contest for $1,000 in cash prizes, an extraordinary silent auction, dancing to two exceptional bands, honoring Queen Jazz VII...

By Paul Kagebein To most people, February is traditionally a month of cold weather and warm hearts. For the Garland County Library, however, it’s yet another month of providing enriching programming and essential services to its community. For starters, the generous volunteers from the AARP will be at the library providing free tax filing to the public starting February 1st, and running through mid-April. The volunteers will be helping people on a first come, first...

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Saturday, February 9th, the Hot Springs Children’s Dance Theatre Company (HSCDTC) will be holding auditions at the Techniques Studio in Hot Springs for the ballet, Sleeping Beauty, which will premiere in Hot Springs, May 2019. Under the direction of artistic director and choreographer Edmond Cooper, the HSCDTC is the only professional organization to produce two full scale stage ballets annually in Central Arkansas. These auditions are open for male and female dancers from the ages...