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biG easy: New Orleans Jazz Festival featuring Lionel Ritchie, George Clinton and Funkadelics, Allman Bro’s, Hootie’s Darius Rucker, Imagination Movers…lots more. Four night stay at the amazing 4 Diamond Omni Royal hotel and enjoy a welcome dinner, special guided tour of New Orleans, transportation and tips to the Jazz Fest and a morning Jazz brunch on the day you leave. touchdown cowboys!: Dallas Cowboys Trip for 4. Pre-Season game in August. Great seats!! 40 Yeard line, 2nd row! Trip will include 2 nights hotel accommodations once date is set. new york, new york: New York Weekend at the Ritz for four! Enjoy an amazing weekend in New York. Stroll thru central park and take in a show. all-terrain adVenture: ATV Black 2009 TRX420TM. Hot, Hot, Hot – this wild child is ready to roll! This ATV is sleek and ready to run the backroads and play in the snow. picture perfect: The 20x24 Fine Art Acrylic portrait is sure to complement any decorating style from contemporary to traditional. It is a guaranteed to be a one of

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6 Talk ABOUT... a Healthier Year 14 Bridal Fair, Fashion Show 8 Rockin’ the River Valley 15 New ATU Bell System Rings 10 America’s Heart Disease Burden 18 What a Crock! This month, there is much discussion about the heart, the body’s hardest working muscle. Each year nearly 785,000 Americans have their first heart attack.

These recipes can help ease the meal time crunch. So, drag out that “ole” crock pot, slow cooker or whatever you call it and fill it with one of these recipes.

12 Prove Your Love, Pass This On! 21 ‘Shades of Blue’ Jazz Concert

ABOUTour Cover Photo by Steve Newby

February is American Heart Month but not because of Valentine’s Day. Since its inception and congressional approval in 1963, the month has been designated to help raise public awareness of heart disease. Most commonly associated with men, heart disease is the leading cause of death among women. As you celebrate the ‘month of love,’ don’t miss the feature dedicated to heart health beginning on page 10.

24 Travelers Tour ‘Three Cities’ 26 Sweetheart Saturday Feb. 13th Local bakeries and restaurants provide a tempting display of delicious treats. Support the mission of Arkansas Hospice on February 13th.

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ABOUT the River Valley

A Publication of Silver Platter Productions, Inc Vol. V, Issue 1 – February 2010

OWNERS/EDITOR Nolan and Dianne Edwards editor@aboutrvmag.com

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ILLUSTRATION Cliff Thomas maddsigntist@aboutrvmag.com

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is locally owned and published for distribution by direct mail and targeted delivery to those interested in the Arkansas River Valley. Subscriptions are available by sending $20 for one-year (10 issues) to: SPPI/ABOUT Magazine P.O. Box 10176 Russellville AR 72812 Material contained in this issue may not be copied or reproduced without written consent. Inquiries may be made by calling (479) 970-6628. Office: 417 West Parkway Email: editor@aboutrvmag.com Postmaster: Please send address changes to: SPPI, P.O. Box 10176, Russellville AR 72812.

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Another year is already in full swing. And lest we forget the zero-wind chill factor days of January while the sun shines on a 73-degree day as we complete this February issue, winter is NOT finished with us yet! While we yearn for the warmth of spring, we must ‘hunker down’ a bit longer and enjoy the peace that often comes with winter. This time of the year often reminds us to slow down a bit and re-focus. The early darkness brought about by winter’s shortened days finds most of us seeking the confines of home at the end of a long work day. While my husband longs for the time he can mow the yard again – yes, really – I stay busy with crochet projects or the usual duties of family or home. I’m a self-confessed news hound so I do tend to get grumpy in the evenings when I have to miss the news to fix dinner. (I’m sure my husband is laughing here. He’s pretty sure I’ve forgotten how to cook!) But when darkness creeps in earlier, I’m only too happy to settle down in front of the television to catch up with the world. How did we arrive here – the year 2010 – so quickly? Wasn’t it just football season? Where did the holidays go? Hopefully you were able to spend some of the season enjoying family and friends as we did. As many of our faithful readers remember, we adhere to our 10-issue publication schedule (skipping January and July.) That allows us a chance to catch our breath a bit before hitting the ground running as we focus on our February issue and upcoming ABOUT...Weddings and Special Occasions issue set to premiere on Valentine’s Day. As we welcome February, many thoughts turn to the ‘month of love.’ Did you know that February is American Heart Month – and not because of Valentine’s Day? Every year since its congressional approval in 1963, our U.S. President has issued a proclamation to this effect, to help raise public awareness of heart disease. Even though most people associate heart disease with men, it’s also the leading cause of death among women. To raise awareness of this fact, the American Heart Association’s ‘Go Red’ campaign aims to help women take action against heart disease. Why not wear ‘your heart on your sleeve?’ Join us in wearing something red on National Wear Red Day, Friday, Feb. 6. If you are unfamiliar with your own cholesterol or triglyceride levels or have never had your blood pressure checked, do yourself a favor. Check out the health your heart. See your regular physician. If you don’t have one, find one today. Heart health is a sensitive issue in our family. I lost my grandfather to a heart attack at age 50; my own father had his first heart attack at 50, which, at age 73, eventually took his life. Both of my aunts had heart by-pass surgeries at ages presently mimicking mine. My grandmother’s heart failed after months of cancer treatment as did the brave heart of my son-in-law’s dad – at an age much too young. And most recently, a surprise heart attack nearly took the life of another friend. Who among us has not been affected by a heart-related loss? So, as you read the pages of this month’s issue, don’t miss the story on page 10 and the lighthearted poke at our healthy-seeking heavy eater as illustrated by Cliff Thomas on page 6. Have a Healthy, Happy New Year!

Dianne Edwards, Editor/Publisher

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Feb. 1-26: Bald Eagle Tours, Lake Dardanelle State Park; winter lake cruises offered most weekends; free but reservations required. (479) 967-5516. Feb. 2: Art Waves, Old Train Depot, Clarksville; first Tues of each month; open to all interested artists and patrons; info: Jim Reasoner, president, (479) 754-2399. Feb. 5: Russellville Area Chamber of Commerce First Friday Luncheon, for membership information: 968-2530. Feb. 5: Bridal Fest, annual exhibit and fashion show, door prizes, product demos, expert advice; 1-6 p.m., Fort Smith Convention Center, Rogers and South 9th St.; (479) 788-8935. Feb. 7: CenturyLink Collegiate Competition and Exhibit opening, ARV Arts Center, 1-3 p.m.; 968-2452.

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Feb. 8-9: Parent and Teacher Conferences, Russellville School District; grades K-5, 6-12. Contact individual schools for exact dates and times. Feb. 9: Transitions Bereavement Support Group, 10 a.m., Arkansas Hospice, 2405 E. Parkway; second Tuesday of each month. Info: (479) 498-2050. Feb. 11-12: Hikes, Hearts and Hugs, Petit Jean State Park; guided tour, romantic, candlelit dinner and dancing; (501) 727-5441. Feb. 12: Valentine’s Dance Party, 8-11 p.m., $10 pp, Treat your sweetheart to an evening of dancing! (479) 9681620 or www.DWJstudio.com. Feb. 16: Russellville School Board meeting, 7 p.m., Russellville School District office. Feb. 17: Dardanelle Chamber of Commerce General Membership Luncheon, noon, Savanah’s Riverfront Café; info: 229-3328. Feb. 20: Junior Auxiliary Charity Ball, ARV Boys and Girls Club; Info and tickets: 880-1433 or 886-1509. Feb. 20-March 3: Garvan Woodland Gardens’ annual Daffodil Days; 100,000 bulbs representing more than 325 varieties of daffodils and jonquils on a 210-acre botanical garden on Lake Hamilton, Hot Springs; $7 adults, $6 seniors, $4 children 6-12. (800) 366-4664. Feb. 25: Community Bingo, seniors 55 and older invited; 2-3 p.m. 4th Thurs. of each month; door prizes, grand prize, refreshments. Wildflower, 240 S. Inglewood, Russellville; 890-6709. March 13: St. Patty’s Party, Dance with Joy Studio; traditional Irish Dinner, music, dancing and more; tickets are limited; River Valley Arts Center, (479) 968-2452. Visit www.aboutrvmag.com for a list of activities updated as they are received. To have your event included in the ABOUT Calendar of Events, email: editor@ aboutrvmag.com or fax to (866) 757-3282. Deadline is the 15th of the month preceding publication.

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Talk ABOUT... A Healthier Year

Even though it’s February, we must acknowledge the tradition of making New Year’s Resolutions. (Forgive us, faithful readers, for sticking to our 10-issue a year publication schedule, skipping January and July.) Surely there are few among us who have not moved “eat healthy, lose weight, or exercise more...” to the top of our list at one time or another. Whether you are switching from French fries to baked potato chips, selecting salads over a hearty burger, or opting for water instead of sugar-laden cola, congratulations for making a conscious effort toward better health. Maybe you are making the change for personal reasons – such as a new grandchild, an upcoming high school reunion, or the desire to drop your cholesterol or triglyceride levels. We used to joke that we were using our ‘table muscle’ (ie: bulging belly) to push away from the dinner table and reduce our caloric intake. As we age, that’s not nearly as funny. And, as our talented illustrator Cliff Thomas takes a penciled punch at the overeater above, we wish to use his light-hearted approach to shine light on a serious issue – overeating, lack of exercise and serious disregard to one’s own health is NOT funny. Not only do they lead to obesity, heart disease, hypertension and diabetes, they affect our ability to enjoy life to its fullest. Now, as one who has battled the bulge the biggest part of my adult life, I’m not one to throw stones. I used to dream of being thin, desiring to return to those youthful days when my day wasn’t dictated by a sugar monitor or vial of blood pressure medicine. Whose fault is that? I could blame my genes but that would be the easy way out. The fact is with my family health history, I should be a walking neon sign for improving one’s health. Yes, I know what to eat (or most importantly, what NOT to eat) but I still make poor choices some days. However, don’t think I’m jumping on the ‘gravy train’ bandwagon. Being THIN does not mean one is healthy! However, maintaining a proper weight is important and does lead to a healthier lifestyle. 

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community Earth Day Plans April 17th

Come celebrate Russellville Earth Day at City Park on Saturday, April 17. The event, which will run from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., will feature outdoor clubs and organizations, environmental groups, animal shelters (seeking pet adoptions and stressing the spay/ neuter issue), guest speakers, music, food, kids educational activities, and all educational booths. Bands and featured musicians will include The Last Shade, Some Guy Named Robb and Judgemental. Guest speakers will include: Stan Starling the Source Water Protection Specialist, with the Engineering Section of the Arkansas Department of Health; and Robert McAfee with RePower Arkansas Alliance for Economy & Climate Solutions. Educational displays will be sponsored by Sierra Club, Ducks Unlimited, The Ozark Society, Arkansas Forestry Association Education Foundation,

Keep Arkansas Beautiful, Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, and the Arkansas Canoe Club. Also participating are AmeriCorps, MARVA sheltered workshop, the Pope County Farmers Market, Arkansas Environmental Education Association, RePower Arkansas, Arkansas Urban Forestry Council, Lake Dardanelle State Park, Arkansas Heritage Department, Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, Campus Environmental Coalition and the Arkansas Environmental Defense. Workshops will be offered by Bikes Benefits and Maintenance with Doug Housley of Poppa Wheelies; Lobbying and Contacting Your Representatives with Dr. Robert McAfee; Native Food Cooking with Dr. Walkingstick; Food Preservation, Gardening and more. Event will move inside the Hughes Center if it rains on April 17 th . For additional information, visit r u s s e l l v i l l e e a r t h d a y. b l o g s p o t . c o m and www.arkansasearthday.org.

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Non-profit organizations in Pope County are encouraged to visit www. arcf.org immediately to obtain grant applications for statewide and local Giving Tree grants available through Arkansas Community Foundation (ARCF). Applications for both grant programs are due February 15, and recipients will be announced no later than April 30. “We believe the best way to create positive change in Arkansas is by working locally,” said ARCF President and CEO Heather Larkin. “Through our Giving Tree Endowments, we’re able to offer grants not only to programs that have the potential to impact the entire state but also to projects that focus on a specific local need.” Local Giving Tree Grants Projects with a local focus are eligible for Giving Tree grants through Pope County Community Foundation Arkansas  STORY CONT. ON PAGE 25

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etting paid to be part of exciting events, from tail gate parties and Bluegrass festivals to black tie galas and wedding receptions, is just part of the job for one Clarksville couple. Sounds glamorous, but it takes hard work, long hours and often, more than a little luck. Our motto is “It’s not just an event, it’s an adventure!” agree event producers Robbin Roble and Tammy Morris, partners in Rockin’ Robbin DJ service and So-Lite Productions of Clarksville. With nearly

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60 years combined experience in special events, Roble said each event has its own special needs and requirements, but it’s a new, one-time experience everytime. Roble grew up in Hartman, Ark., and while attending the University of the Ozarks he discovered his love of theater/stage lighting. After receiving a degree in business administration and moving to Little Rock in the 1970’s, he began supplying sound, lights and special effect equipment to radio DJ’s for parties and has worked with 20plus radio personalities.

“Craig O’Neill was one of the first, and was instrumental in getting me in the loop. After 32 years, we still get to do some events together.” When Roble started to DJ parties, he took the name Rockin’ Robbin and later hatched So-Lite Productions. The company includes a variety of creative business ventures such as landscape lighting, stage lighting for bands, special event/décor lighting and props, power distribution and tech support. “I started out with a few homemade lights and a couple of turn tables and speakers. Now we have a 10 x 20 ft lighted truss with colored lights, mirror ball and over 30 moving lights, and a sound system that will rival any in the state,” said Roble. About 12 years ago, while working in special events in Little Rock, he teamed up with Morris, a fellow event planner and long-time balloon artist. The duo was a good match, and has been doing events all over the state together since.

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“It’s a wild ride, but we love it,” said Morris, who along with Roble does balloon drops and launches and builds huge balloon arches used at the starting and/or finish line of races for many area fund raisers. As charity runs or walks are held in the morning, Morris starts assembling her huge balloon creations well before sunrise the day of the event. She and her crew often blow up and mount several thousand balloons in the time span of a few hours. Depending on the facilities and the weather, this can be quite a challenge, particularly on a windy or cold day. Things can get pretty “hairy”, particularly when Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate, said Morris. “From back stage dramas to bad weather, the show must go on. The people who hire us are counting on us to make sure everything goes smoothly no matter what the obstacles,” said Roble, whose van is usually packed with a ton of heavy sound and lighting equipment. “We always have plan A, plan B and sometimes have to use plan C as we never know what’s going to happen until the event is over and the equipment safely packed up.”

are willing to stay up all night and the next day, to shove and tote sound equipment, says Roble. “We get paid, but, there is something else money can’t buy. It’s the satisfaction of being a part of a big event that thousands of people participate in, and to know that your job is crucial to the success of the event.” Speaking of job perks, what could be more exciting than doing the official University of Arkansas Razorback tailgate party? The couple has been “Rockin the Razorbacks”, each football season, in the “Trough” for more than 10 years, supplying sound equipment and playing music in the Trough for three hours before each home game. Right after the team walk, the cheerleaders and pom-pom squad do the pep rally, explained Roble. “The fans love it! The pep rally always draws a huge crowd, standing room only. The team, the fans, the food and fun, it’s just a great atmosphere!” While providing sound and music for huge crowds is a feat in itself, a fascination with special effects keeps the couple on the lookout for new techniques, and led them to take a

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Special effects really do have an “affect” on people’s perceptions, said Roble. At the Governors Christmas Ball one year, the team had the entrance decorated with trees and park benches, an outdoor snowy park setting. The snow machine was in the ceiling, on a timer, and every couple of minutes it satisfaction went off and snowed on the guests. “This lady comes in with her fur coat on while the snow was falling thru the lights and To supply sound for the Komen Race for pyrotechnics class, said Morris. Now, besides trees and says, ‘They must have cut a hole the Cure Ozark, in NW Arkansas, it takes the usual smoke machines and special effects in the roof! I didn’t think it was cold enough five truckloads of equipment and six people, lighting, they have confetti cannons, t-shirt to snow!’ What a delight to make an adult launchers and a snow machine added to their ‘believe’ if only for a moment,“ said Roble. working 24-30 hours straight, to pull it off. “We put together a crew of people, that arsenal of “fun weapons”.  STORY CONT. ON PAGE 23

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February is American Heart Month This month, there is much discussion about the heart, the body’s hardest working muscle. A few facts from the CDC on America’s heart disease burden include: • Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women. In recent years, heart disease caused more than one in every four deaths. • Every year about 785,000 Americans have a first heart attack. Another 470,000 who have already had one or more heart attacks have another attack. • Heart disease kills more women over 25 than all cancers combined. • Half of the men who die suddenly from heart disease have no previous symptoms.

America’s Heart Disease Burden Each year nearly 785,000 Americans have their first heart attack.

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If this news has your heart beating faster, a little concern might not be such a bad thing. Women and men can both substantially reduce many risk factors for cardiovascular disease by adopting healthier lifestyles. Heart-healthy nutrition, daily physical activity, eliminating tobacco, controlling diabetes and a commitment to follow your doctor’s recommendations are all part of reducing your risk for heart disease, heart attack and stroke. Some standard and simple exam techniques provide your doctor with the first clues to how well your heart functions and whether you have heart disease. During your visit, your doctor will listen to your heart, take your heart rate, and check your blood pressure. Your doctor can also tell about your heart’s function by examining other parts of your body such as your eyes, arms, legs, and skin. He or she may recommend a blood test to check your cholesterol and other markers that may indicate heart disease. February 2010


Proactively managing your health can lower your risk of developing heart disease. Regular check-ups and early screenings are recommended. Speak with your physician to identify your risks and determine an action plan that is right for you. “In many cases, a routine electrocardiogram may be helpful,” said Dr. Kevin Beavers, Internist with Millard Henry Clinic, “but may not give the treating physician a complete picture of whether or not blood flow to the heart muscle is adequate.” “When there is significant concern about the possibility of coronary artery blockage, a stress test may be scheduled.” Heart Disease and Stress Tests Stress tests are tests performed by a doctor and/or trained technician to determine if there is adequate blood flow to your heart during increasing levels of activity. Your physician can evaluate the effectiveness of your heart medications, check the effectiveness of previous procedures to improve blood flow, identify abnormal heart rhythms, help you develop a safe exercise program and/or determine the need for further evaluation. The most commonly performed stress test is the exercise stress test. The exercise stress test – also called a stress test, exercise electrocardiogram, treadmill test, graded exercise test, or stress ECG – is a test used to provide information about how the heart responds to exertion. It usually involves walking on a treadmill or pedaling a stationary bike at increasing levels of difficulty, while your electrocardiogram, heart rate, and blood pressure are monitored. The nuclear stress test helps to determine which parts of the heart are healthy and function normally and which are not. A very small and harmless amount of radioactive substance called thallium is injected into the patient. A special camera is used to identify the rays emitted from the substance within the body. This produces clear pictures of the heart tissue on a monitor. These pictures are taken twice; once at rest and once more after exercise. Using this technique, a less than normal amount of thallium will be seen in those areas of the heart that have a decreased blood supply.

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Your doctor may recommend a nuclear stress test if he or she suspects you have coronary artery disease or another heart problem, or if an exercise stress test alone wasn’t enough to pinpoint the cause of symptoms like chest pain or shortness of breath. “In patients with significant risk factors, and especially in individuals undergoing major surgeries, stress testing even in the absence of symptoms of coronary disease may be considered and appropriate,” added Beavers. This valuable diagnostic procedure is performed at Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center. “We are fortunate to have this technology and clinical expertise available,” said Ken Dilday, Director of Imaging. “Nuclear medicine imaging is a way to gather information that would otherwise be unavailable, require surgery, or necessitate more expensive tests. And, these procedures often identify abnormalities very early in the progress of a disease.” n

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t is the month of love and believe me, it is everywhere these days. Massive plans are being made for romantic weekends, beautiful bouquets, gorgeous jewelry and large boxes of chocolates. Who wouldn’t find irresistible any or all of these declarations of love? But I want to discuss a declaration of love that seems to be growing in popularity. I am not a fan of it at all. I am afraid that if I am asked one more time to provide proof of my love in this manner, I may just pull my hair out. Relax honey. I am not talking about you. I am, however, talking about the emails – and believe it or not even text messages – that come with some lovely, inspiring, feel good messages. These messages (you pick the word here...) necessitate, imply, suggest or advise that if I don’t forward the fore mentioned message to at least five friends then I don’t love my friends. And if I do it within the next 30 minutes then something wonderful will happen to me. Please, give me a break!!! Does anyone but me get the creepy feeling of ‘CHAIN LETTER?’ How about the ones that have an amazing story of some young, brave solider that can bring you to tears? I so enjoy reading the story until I get to the end and I am told that if I love my country I need to prove it by forwarding this story to five other people within the next five minutes. So, basically what they are saying is if I don’t forward this story then I am unpatriotic and don’t love my country or our troops. Really, are you kidding me? Who comes up with this stuff? This last category really gets my goat. (For anyone, like my husband, who does not understand Arkansas speak, that means it greatly irritates me.) This category would include the email that contains some wonderful religious message. I am touched and uplifted until I get to the end where it boldly proclaims that if I love God and/or I am not ashamed of my faith in Christ then I will email this to everyone I know. Seriously!!?? I have to prove my faith by emailing a story?

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Prove Your Love, Pass this On! So if you judge by all the emails and texts I have received and not forwarded, I guess it could be said that I hate or have no friends, that I hate my country and our soldiers, and that I do not love God and I am ashamed of my faith in Christ. Give me a break. I don’t know who came up with this crazy idea to guilt, cajole, pressure, or intimidate people into proving their love for each other, their country, our soldiers, and our God through these emails, but I am asking all of you to stop. If you come across some lovely poem that makes you think of me send it to me because you want to, not because you are trying to reach some quota. If you read a story about one of our brave soldiers and it touches you, then forward it to me, but not because you are trying to prove your patriotism or asking me to prove mine. If someone sends you a scripture or a religious message and God impresses you to send me copy, then please do so, but don’t send it to prove your love for Him. Finally, to all my precious friends who have sent me these “love” emails, you will never hear from me in regard to one of those emails, but please know I do love you! And just for the record, I do love my country and I am a passionate about my God. Now, quick pass this story to at least five people and something wonderful will happen within the next 30 minutes. Just kidding!!! n

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lans have been underway the past several months for The River Valley Bridal Fair and Fashion Show set for Sunday, March 7. The event will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. at the L.V. Williamson Boys and Girls Club of the River Valley, 600 East 16th St, Russellville. Prospective brides and grooms, members of the wedding party, family, friends, wedding enthusiasts and the general public are invited to attend. The idea for the event originated with several event-planning students earning their Hospitality Administration degree at Arkansas Tech. Having the desire to do something to further their career efforts, they began discussing a bridal fair and quickly realized that the money generated at the event could be used to create scholarships for Hospitality Administration students at ATU. With their background and experience through the study of wedding planning, they created the River Valley Bridal Fair and Fashion Show. “Grow your business and help us raise scholarship money for college students by becoming a vendor and sponsoring the bridal fair,” urges Layla Crouch, one of several students involved in the project.

Tickets to the bridal fair will go on sale at the entrance to the Boys and Girls Club at 12:30 p.m. day of the event, one-half hour before the bridal fair begins. Cost is $5 per ticket and also serves as the guest’s entry for a number of fabulous door prizes to be announced soon. (Only cash will be accepted for ticket purchase.) Reserve seats for the fashion show are available until 2 p.m. March 7th by contacting Layla Crouch at (870) 595-4509 or at rivervalleybridalfair@gmail.com. Advanced seating is $10 and ensures a reserved seat near the front of the fashion show. Organizers offer the following tips to save time at the bridal fair: bring labels with your wedding date, the names of the bride and groom, contact information, wedding and reception location and other pertinent information. This will save the couple from having to write the same information over and over again, leaving more time to enjoy the event and register for available door prizes. For booth pricing and additional vendor or event information, visit www.rivervalleybridalfair.webs.com. You may contact Layla by email at rivervalleybridalfair@ gmail.com or by calling (870) 595-4509. n

Editor’s Note: For additional information on the upcoming River Valley Bridal Fair and Fashion Show, don’t miss our ABOUT... Weddings and Special Occasions issue available February 14th! Copies of the issue will be mailed to regular ABOUT subscribers, available from participating advertisers and will be distributed during the River Valley Bridal Fair March 7th.

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Carolyn Leek Allen, Patsy Joyce Motley Miller, Lou Nell McCraw Davis, Mary Ann Marrs Wilkins, Bob Edwards, Van Tyson, and Dr. Robert C. Brown, Tech president.

New ATU Bell System Rings for First Time

It is part of the human condition to wonder what our legacy will be. On Jan. 19, a group of Arkansas Tech University alumni had an opportunity to hear their legacy with their own ears. Members of the Arkansas Tech Class of 1959 reunion committee stood facing the south side of the Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center at midday and heard the new electronic carillon bell system that they and their classmates made possible through their donations to the Arkansas Tech Foundation. The smiles on their faces told the story as they heard the system toll for the first of what will be thousands of times. The bells will chime at 15, 30 and 45 minutes after each hour, and they will ring

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at the top of each hour. The sound can be heard drifting over much of the university’s Russellville campus. The system is currently set to play “Westminster Chimes,” but the computercontrolled system is capable of playing more than 2,000 different songs. “This gift is a demonstration of the deep affection and loyalty that the members of the Class of 1959 have for Arkansas Tech University,” said Angela Bonds, director of alumni relations. “Generations of current and future Tech students will have the common experience of hearing the chimes. We are very appreciative of the members of the Tech Class of 1959 for this thoughtful and meaningful gift to their alma mater.” Carolyn Leek Allen, Lou Nell McCraw Davis, Bob Edwards, Patsy Joyce Motley Miller, Van Tyson and Mary Ann Marrs Wilkins represented the Class of 1959 at the initial chiming of the bells on Tuesday.

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ur calendars fill up so quickly. Finding time to sit and enjoy a family meal together is a daily challenge. These recipes can help ease the meal time crunch. So, drag out that “ole” crock pot, slow cooker or whatever you call it and fill it with one of these recipes. You are on your way to preparing delicious meals that slow simmer for hours but are ready to serve in minutes at meal time for a satisfying homecooked meal that DOES fit into your family’s busy routine. I have even included a couple of sweet treats, and an appetizer. Enjoy! Beginning February 1st, Oak Tree Bistro and Coffee House will feature prize-winning pies from the Downtown Fall Fest “Old-Fashioned Pie Contest” as their pie-of-the-week. ABOUT’s Best Cooks Recipe contest will be held April 10, 2010. Funds generated for the event will be donated to local charities.

CROCK OF CREOLE CHICKEN 4 or 5 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves Creole-style seasoning to taste Salt and pepper to taste 1 (28 oz.) can stewed tomatoes, with liquid 1 stalk celery, sliced 1 green bell pepper, diced 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 onion, diced 1 (4 oz.) can mushrooms, drained 1 fresh jalapeno pepper, seeded & chopped Season each chicken breast with salt, pepper, and Creole seasoning and place in a 3 ½ to 4-quart crock pot. In medium bowl combine tomatoes with liquid, celery, bell pepper, garlic, onion, mushrooms, and jalapeno pepper, stir and pour over the chicken in the crock pot.

MUSTARD-CRUSTED POT ROAST WITH POTATOES 2 ¼ c. fat-free beef broth 2 ½ lb. eye of round roast, trimmed of fat ¼ c. dry red wine 1 small onion, quartered 1 clove garlic, minced 1 bay leaf 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper 2 tsp. black or yellow mustard seeds 6 potatoes, halved Combine the broth, beef, wine, onion, celery, carrot, garlic, and bay leaf in a

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3½ to 4 quart slow cooker. Press the pepper and mustard seeds into the beef above the liquid. Arrange the potatoes around the beef. Cover and cook on LOW until the beef is very tender and a meat thermometer registers at least 160 degrees F, 8 to 10 hours. Remove the beef and potatoes to a serving platter, reserving the liquid. Discard the onion, carrot, celery and bay leaf. Slice the beef and serve with the potatoes and reserved cooking liquid. Recipe from Complete Slow Cooker Cookbook

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SMOKEY CHEESE AND POTATO BAKE 1 (10¾-oz.) can condensed cream of mushroom soup 1 (8-oz.) container sour cream 1 (7-oz) round hickory-smoked Gouda cheese, cut into ½ inch cubes 1 (32-oz.) pkg. frozen southern-style cubed hash-brown potatoes, thawed Spray a 3½ to 4-quart slow cooker (crockpot) with nonstick cooking spray. In medium bowl, combine soup, sour cream and cheese; mix well. Arrange half of potatoes in sprayed slow cooker. Top with half of sour cream mixture; spread evenly. Top with remaining potatoes and sour cream mixture, spreading evenly. Do NOT stir. Cover; cook on low setting for 5 to 6 hours. Serves 14 (1/2 cup each.)

A few Do’s and Don’ts: Do chop your veggies in uniform sizes to ensure even cooking. Do cook ground meat and sausage completely. Don’t brown roasts, cubed meat, or poultry pieces ahead of time because browning does not completely cook the meat or poultry. Do resist the temptation to lift the lid. The domed lid allows condensation to run down inside, forming a water seal that keeps in heat. If the lid is lifted without being instructed to in the recipe, add about 30 minutes to the cooking time. Do add any dairy products (sour cream, cream or cheese) just before serving they can breakdown if cooked for a long time.

SLOW COOKER WESTERN OMELET 1 (2 lb.) pkg. frozen shredded hash brown potatoes 1 lb. sausage, browned and drained 1 onion, diced 1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced 1 ½ c. cheddar cheese, shredded 12 eggs ½ tsp. baking soda 1 c. milk Salt and pepper to taste Lightly grease a 3 ½ to 4 quart slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Place 1/3 of the hash brown potatoes in a layer on the bottom. Layer 1/3 of the meat, onion, green pepper, and cheddar cheese. Repeat layers two more times. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, baking soda and milk, and season with salt and pepper. Pour over the contents of the slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW for 10 to 12 hours. Recipe from Allrecipes.com

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In a 3 ½ to 4 quart slow cooker, combine the meat, soup, onion, powdered soup mix, Worcestershire sauce and water. Cook on LOW for 5 to 6 hours. Add mushrooms 1 hour before serving. Stir in cream cheese and sour cream just before serving. Serve over egg noodles. Tip: use only GOLDEN mushroom soup. Recipe courtesy of Dr. Brandi Hodge. >>

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¼ lb. light kielbasa, cut in half lengthwise and thinly sliced 1 medium onion, chopped 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 sweet green pepper, chopped 1 celery stalk, thinly sliced 2 cans (14-oz, each) fat-free chicken broth 1 can (15-0z) stewed tomatoes 1 c. canned pinto beans, rinsed and drained 1 medium carrot, coarsely shredded 1 small zucchini, thinly sliced ¼ c. snipped fresh parsley or 1 T. dried ¼ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes ¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper Brown the kielbasa in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, about 5 minutes. Add the onions, garlic, green pepper, and celery. Sauté until the onions are lightly browned, 1 to 3 minutes. Transfer the kielbasa mixture to the slow cooker (crockpot). Add the broth, tomatoes, beans, carrots, zucchini, parsley, red and black peppers. Cover and cook on LOW for 7 to 9 hours or on HIGH for 4 to 6 hours. Recipe from Complete Slow Cooker Cookbook.

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BREAD PUDDING WITH RAISINS AND WALNUTS 1 egg 3 egg whites 2 c. packed soft white bread cubes 3 c. skim milk 1 tsp. light margarine 2/3 c. sugar ½ tsp vanilla ½ c. coarsely broken walnuts ½ c. raisins Nonfat whipped topping, for garnish Beat the egg and egg whites together in a large bowl. Mix in the bread, milk, margarine, sugar, vanilla, walnuts, and raisins. Pour the

mixture into a 3 ½ to 4 quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW until a knife inserted into the center of the pudding comes out clean, 2 ½ to 3 ½ hours. Serve warm or chilled and garnish with the nonfat whipped topping. Recipe from So-Easy Slow Cooker.

SIMMERED SMOKED LINKS 2 (16-oz.) pkg. miniature smoked sausage links 1 c. packed brown sugar ½ c. ketchup ¼ c. prepared horseradish Place sausage links in slow cooker. Combine brown sugar, ketchup, and horseradish; pour over sausage links. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours.

CANDY BAR FONDUE 4 (1.76-oz.) bars chocolate-coated almond nougat bars, chopped 1 (7-oz.) bar milk chocolate, chopped 1 (7-oz.) jar marshmallow crème ¾ c. whipping cream, half-and-half, or light cream ¼ c. finely chopped almonds, toasted 2 to 3 T. almond, hazelnut, or raspberry liqueur (optional) Assorted dippers: sugar wafers, pound cake cubes, strawberries, cherries, and/ or pineapple pieces Finely chopped toasted almonds, toasted coconut, multicolored candy sprinkles, and/or almond toffee pieces. Combine nougat bars, milk chocolate, marshmallow crème, and whipping cream in a 3 ½ to 4 quart crock pot. Cover. Cook on Low for 2 to 2 ½ hours. Stir until smooth. Stir in the ¼ cup almonds and, if desired, liqueur. To serve, transfer chocolate mixture to a fondue pot or a 16-oz crock pot, if desired; keep warm on low-heat. Spear dippers with fondue forks; dip and swirl in chocolate mixture. Dip into chopped nuts, sprinkles or toffee as desired. Recipe from So-Easy Slow Cooker. n

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Air Force ‘Shades of Blue’ Jazz Concert at UACCM

Attention jazz lovers! The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton (UACCM) is sponsoring the renowned “Shades of Blue” Jazz Ensemble in a special free community concert at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, in H.B. White Auditorium at Morrilton High School. “Shades of Blue” is a group of 18 professional musicians enlisted in the United States Air Force whose repertoire ranges from traditional big band jazz to bebop and swing to modern jazz. The group is based in St. Louis, Mo. Concerts include contemporary jazz works as well as the classic sounds of artists such as Count Basie and Glenn Miller. Several of the band’s members are also gifted writers and arrangers – their compositions often featured during concerts. “Shades of Blue” has backed many jazz greats including Sammy Nestico, Bobby Shew, Toni Tennille, Tex Benecke, Shelley Berg, Carmen

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Music is another universal magic maker, but choosing the right music for an event is a time consuming and often, touchy, behind the scenes business. “There are some songs that have universal appeal, but most venues have a specific type of music in mind, from classical, to hip-hop, we try to accommodate their requests when possible, said Roble. “The music we play at a Junior High School dance will be a lot different then what we play at a wedding, a black-tie gala or college Frat party,” said Morris, who combs their extensive music collection before each event to assure the music is appropriate “With today’s music, you have to be extra careful when choosing songs. For school functions you have to make sure you have the radio-edited version.” Although the couple usually gets paid for hours worked while the event is happening, as in a three-hour party gig, it often takes them 10 to 15 hours of non-stop work on one event from start to finish. “Some people think we get paid a lot for what we do, but this isn’t true,” said Morris. “First we choose the music, which can take hours to assemble, then get the lighting and music equipment checked and ready, then pack up the van and sometimes drive for hours to reach our destination.” “Next, we have to unpack and set up everything, including 100 pound speakers, lighting trusses and complicated wiring, all before the event starts. Afterward, we have to reverse the process. We aren’t paid for most of our time, but we love it anyway.” “When everything goes well, we have such a good time,” said Roble. “How could we not love our jobs? We get to into some of the best events in Arkansas, and then someone comes up and pays us for doing what we love!” n

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Saint Mary’s Vintage Club members and other River Valley travelers didn’t need their passports last December, but did get to visit a “whole other country” with Royalty Tours. A total of 30 guests departed for Texas on Dec. 2 for a five-day “Christmas Tale of Three Cities” tour of Austin, San Antonio and Grapevine. Sausage biscuits and fruit, compliments of Saint Mary’s, were served aboard the Royalty luxury motor coach as it departed Russellville. The long first day of travel to Austin passed quickly with good conversation, on-board entertainment and stops for tasty meals. Travelers hit the ground running on day two with fabulous tours of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum, the Texas State Capitol and Austin’s Hill Country, which boasts the homes of stars such as Matthew McConaughey and Sandra Bullock. A shorter southward jaunt to San Antonio provided some rest and rejuvenation. An authentic Mexican dinner at Aldaco’s Sunset Station and an evening tour of the University of Incarnate Word’s “Light the Way” Christmas display ended the day on a peaceful note. “Remember the Alamo!” was the theme for day three. After an I-Max viewing of “The Alamo” at the River Center Theatre, the group traveled to the historic mission grounds for a guided tour. While the Alamo is the most widely known and visited, it is only one of four missions that make up the San Antonio Missions State Park. A stroll on the Mission Trail included stops at the San José Mission, known as the “Queen of Missions,” and the Mission Concepción, arguably the most beautiful mission church. The San Antonio River Walk provided a relaxing setting for dining and people-watching that evening. Restaurants, galleries and shops line the banks of the river through this downtown sanctuary, which was lit with luminaries for the holiday season. The following morning’s planned River Walk cruise did not run due to cold temperatures, so a visit to the elegant and warm Guenther House kept the travelers on the move. This home was

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built in 1860 by the founding family of Pioneer Flour Mills. It sits on a bend of the San Antonio River in King William, one of the oldest historical districts in Texas. Grapevine was the northward destination after lunch. Shopping at the 1.6 million square-foot Grapevine Mills Mall was a great way to stretch the legs after the coach ride. Luxurious beds at the Gaylord Texan Hotel welcomed their occupants at the end of the day. Sunday brunch at the hotel’s market-style café provided energy for the ICE! exhibit that followed. ICE! is an annual tradition for the Gaylord Texan, featuring sculptures of a different theme each year on a frosty walk-through tour. Royalty guests enjoyed the Dr. Seuss classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” in the 2009 season. After the ICE! exhibit, it was homeward bound. The motor coach arrived back in Russellville mid-evening, with many travelers already anticipating new Royalty Tours adventures in 2010. For information on upcoming trips, contact Sandy DeVore at (479) 890-6774. Many guests of Royalty Tours are also members of Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center Vintage Club. While travel with Royalty tours is not exclusive to Vintage members, membership does have its advantages. Through the Vintage program, Saint Mary’s provides River Valley seniors with health and wellness information as well as social and travel opportunities. Joining Vintage Club is easy. Call (479) 964-9355 for information and an application. n

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Community Foundation’s local affiliate office serving Pope County. Any IRS 501(c)(3) public charity, public school, government agency or hospital in Pope County is eligible to apply. Other applicants may be considered if the project has a clear charitable purpose for the public benefit. Grants are not made to individuals. “Pope County Giving Tree grants will generally range from $1,000 to $5,000 and will be reviewed by our local grantmaking committee,” said Betty LaGrone, Pope County Community Foundation community director. “Pope County Community Foundation has made grants in excess of $275,000.00 to benefit the people of our county.” Statewide Giving Tree Grants Arkansas Community Foundation is also accepting proposals for Giving Tree grants at the statewide level. Any IRS 501(c)(3) public charity, public school, government agency or hospital in Arkansas is eligible to apply. Projects must be focused on improving the health and nutrition of Arkansas’s children and must have a statewide impact or be replicable in other areas of the state. Proposals that are specifically limited to the ultimate benefit of one geographic area of the state are not eligible. Priority will be given to proposals that focus on capacity building; that advocate rethinking current approaches to childhood health and nutrition or, that could result in public policy change in this emphasis area. Statewide Giving Tree grants will range from $5,000 to $10,000 and will be reviewed by a committee from ARCF’s board of directors. Detailed submission guidelines, applications and contact information for statewide Giving Tree grants are available at arcf.org. Pope County grant applications and information is also available by email at wclagron@ cswnet.com. Arkansas Community Foundation has the capacity to engage communities in a thoughtful exploration of critical issues and can help assemble the resources to implement solutions. Arkansas’ statewide community foundation has more than $120 million in assets and has provided more than $70 million in grants since it began operation in 1976. Contributions to ARCF, its funds and any of its 27 local affiliate offices, are fully tax deductible. n February 2010

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Sweetheart Saturday February 13th

Arkansas Hospice Russellville’s Sixth Annual Sweetheart Saturday is fast approaching! The event is from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13, at First Baptist Church in Russellville. As one may remember from last year’s event, local bakeries and restaurants provide a tempting display of delicious treats for Sweetheart Saturday guests to enjoy. There will also be local entertainment as well as a silent auction. Sweetheart Saturday is more than a chance to indulge your sweet tooth – it’s an opportunity to support the mission of Arkansas Hospice. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Arkansas Hospice River Valley Home, an eight-bed hospice inpatient center serving a six-county area of west-central Arkansas. Tickets are $8 for one person or $15 for two. Tickets will also be available at the door. For additional information, contact Phyllis Bewley, program and campaign manager, at (479) 498-2050 or via e-mail at pbewley@arkansashospice.org. Arkansas Hospice is a community-based, not-for-profit organization serving the terminally ill in more than 30 counties throughout the state. For more information, please call Arkansas Hospice at (479) 498-2050 or toll free at (888) 498-2050. n

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ATU Alumni, Friends Tour ‘American Venice’

A five-day tour of San Antonio, Texas – also known as the “American Venice” – was the holiday destination for the ATU Alumni and Friends Travel group during their December 2009 outing. Dana Moseley, director of the Office of Gift Planning, accompanied the group as they began their adventure celebrating the sights and sounds of the holiday. Tours of sidewalk cafes, historic architecture and the beautiful San Antonio river centerpiece drew the travelers into the spirit of the season. Dinner, followed by a stroll along the river guided by 2,500 luminaries and the Fiesta de las Luminarias concluded the evening. Day two began with a tour of San Antonio’s historic and cultural surroundings, including visits to the Mission San Jose, the King William District (established by German immigrants in the 1840s) and the historic Alamo (where men made the ‘ultimate sacrifice for freedom’.) An afternoon of leisure exploration was followed by the IMAX presentation of ‘Alamo... the Price of Freedom.” The group enjoyed visits to Fredericksburg, located in the heart of ‘hill country’ and flavored by the area’s German and frontier heritage. More than 150 specialty shops lined the downtown streets. That evening, guests were entertained at an authentic dude ranch, Bandera, in the ‘Cowboy Capital of the World.’ The final tour days included visits to the Institute of Texan Cultures and the San Antonio Shoe (SAS) factory where the famous shoes were made right before the visitor’s eyes. A cruise of the Riverwalk, the Paseo del Rio, allowed the travelers to experience the flavors of true TexMex cuisines through the art of cooking and making (and sampling) the perfect Margarita. A Texas holiday performance rounded out the evening. Past 2009 tours with the ATU Alumni and Friends Travel trips have included Scotland, the Pacific Northwest and California, and the Italian Lakes and Greek Islands. One does not have to be a Tech alumni to participate in these tours, says Moseley. Anyone with a desire to travel may be included. “As you can see from our list of 2009 trips, we have a wonderful time,” Moseley added. For additional information about joining the ATU Alumni and Friends Travel trips for 2010 – including the June tour of the Imperial Cities and the November New England’s Yuletide Treasures – call the office of gift planning at (479) 964-0532.  n 28 | ABOUT...the River Valley

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As you flip through the pages of this month’s issue, please note the hearthealthy statistics found on page 10. Among them: “about 785,000 Americans have a first heart attack each year. Another 470,000 individuals – those who have already had one or more heart attacks – have another attack.” Startling, isn’t it? Coronary heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. Stroke is the number three cause of death and a leading cause of serious disability. A total of 23.6 million people – 5.7 million of those undiagnosed – have diabetes in the United States. (2007) Diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. (2006) and adults with diabetes have heart disease death rates and a risk of stroke about two to four times higher than those without diabetes. We share this info not to scare you but to encourage you, just as we need encouragement. For additional information on the symptoms, signs and statistics of heart disease, visit with your personal physician or go online to www. americanheart.org. And please, help make this new year a healthier one for yourself AND your n family!

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Calendar listings of engagement, wedding and anniversary announcements on the pages of each issue of ABOUT … the River Valley are available at no charge. They may be mailed to: ABOUT Magazine, P.O. Box 10176, Russellville AR 72812 or sent via email to: editor@aboutrvmag.com. (A phone number must be included for verification.)

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Registry listings courtesy of Gifts on Parkway/Gifts on Rogers and Millyn’s of Dardanelle. To have your engagement or wedding published in a future issue of ABOUT Magazine, send your information, photo and a check for $57.50 to: ABOUT Magazine, PO Box 10176, Russellville AR 72812. Word count is limited to 225 words. Deadline is the 15th of the month preceding publication. For additional information, call (479) 970-6628.

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