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Premier Dancers: Andrea Maciel De Faria (right) and Brooklyn Mack (above) will be featured as guest artists in the South Arkansas Symphony’s upcoming production of “The Nutcracker” on Saturday, Dec. 14 in El Dorado. — Courtesy photos

The South Arkansas Symphony will host Andrea Maciel De Faria, formerly of the Orlando Ballet, and Brooklyn Mack, principal dancer of the Washington Ballet, at its upcoming production of “The Nutcracker” in El Dorado. The South Arkansas Symphony

Orchestra will join the Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet with De Faria and Mack to bring life to the music of Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tachaikovsky and German author E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story of the Stahlbaum family on Christmas

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Disney’s ‘Frozen’ will melt even the iciest of hearts this holiday Cole Clay

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Disney is inching back to gaining as much clout as it had during an era known as the “Renaissance” that ran from 1989-1999. The animation giants were cranking out contemporary classics such as “The Little Mermaid” (1989), ”Aladdin” (1992) and the granddaddy of them all, “The Lion King” (1994). However, Disney has faltered a tad with releases like “Chicken Little” and “Bolt,” which came out in 2005 and 2008 respectively. Disney’s latest attempt to recreate the magic of its Golden Age is titled “Frozen,” and it is adorable enough to melt even the iciest of hearts. “Frozen” features two strong female leads who are royal sisters: Elsa, played by Idina Menzel (“Rent,” 2005), and Anna, played by Kristen Bell (“Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” 2008). Elsa completely shuts out her spunky little sister Anna after accidentally zapping the youngster with her icy sorcery during playtime in the corridors of their castle. While Anna longs for Elsa’s affection after tragedy

Frozen » Release date: Nov. 27. » Run time: 108 min. » Rated: PG for some action and mild rude humor. » Director(s): Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee.

strikes the family, Elsa continues to shut her out for fear of causing her further harm. The idea of the locked-up princess is expanded on here. Typically the wide-eyed beauties are imprisoned by an evil queen, but in this wintery wonderland the two sisters are locked up by their own omission in order to protect their once sacred bond. The only thing holding this film back from joining the cannon of animated classics is the princess’s quest of finding “true love.” Although this is handled well, it still is an unfortunate fault to the film, and quite honestly the only one. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Disney movie without spontaneous singing and dancing. It comes as no surprise

» Stars: Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Santino Fontana, Alan Tudyk, Ciarán Hinds, Chris Williams and Stephen J. Anderson. » RCC Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

that Menzel is impressive, yet again, with her singing abilities. Her presence is the sure-fire way to give a song that little bit of extra spice to take the track to the next level of excellence. And Bell impresses as well, as she captivates an innocence with her voice that embodies the young Anna. The songs aren’t quite as memorable upon first viewing, but there are some catchy tunes. “Do You Want to Build a Snowman,” “In Summer” and “For the First Time in Forever” are bound to resonate with audiences. About halfway through the film, an idealistic snowman named Olaf (played by Josh Gad, “Jobs,” 2013) makes his grand entrance singing the aforementioned “In

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Summer,” a song about his fascination with summertime. Gad provides most of the laughs in this movie with his earnest performance as the not-so-abominable snowman. He is more than just a goofy face to laugh at; he acts as the trusty sidekick in the film, helping Anna emotionally as well as in dire situations. It would be a privilege to let this little carrot-nosed fella’ come home with you and stick him in your icebox. Directors Chris Buck (“Tarzan,” 1999) and newcomer Jennifer Lee (“Wreck-It Ralph,” 2012) developed literally the most adorable, darling, endearing, lovely animated film to be released theatrically since 2009’s “Up.” Adults will be engaged with the characters just as much as their halfpint counterparts. This is directly attributed to the cast of supporting characters and visuals, which adds so much flavor and life to the magical world of Arendelle. Red Carpet Crash provides review writing on films, DVDs and television; news and updates on all things entertainment; and the occasional free stuff. Find RCC at or

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No need to pay a fee in order to pay extra on mortgage’s principal Dear Dave, Should I pay a nominal fee to be enrolled in a mortgage accelerator program? — Jennifer

Class 2 Graduates: The El Dorado Chamber of Commerce graduated 17 members of Leadership Union County Class 2 at a First Financial Bank-sponsored ceremony at the El Dorado Conference Center. Pictured are (front row, from left) Katie Sandifer, Jamie McConathy, Janelle Williams, Kay Smith, Courtney Crotty, Heather Crake, Jill Weinischke, Jill Temple, Kalie Owens, Jeremy Pratt; (back row, from left) Dan Mann, Andre Rucks, Christopher Lutman, Jerod Hurst, Brad Nokes, Jeremy Hurst and Eric Waller. — Courtesy photo

Leadership Union County is accepting applicants for next year’s third class The El Dorado Chamber of Com- to work with others to address the merce is now accepting applications challenges that face our community. for Leadership Union County Class The end result is informed leaders 3 sponsored by Great Lakes Solu- with the networking skills to make tions and Nexans-AmerCable. a lasting impact on our community.” The 10-month program, which The program is designed for indibegins Feb. 26, 2014, is designed viduals with the potential and interto strengthen the community by est to be community leaders. The developing lead————————— class will meet one ership through full day a month community in“Developing the for 10 months and teraction, teamleaders of tomorrow will conclude with work, networkis the most important a graduation cering and hands-on thing we can do as a emony and presenexperiences. tation of the class community.” Applications are project. Applicaavailable online at Sam Allen Leadership Union County chairman tions are available leadership and are ————————— at the Chamber due by Jan. 17, office, located at 2014. The incom111 W. Main St., ing class will continue with the mis- or at sion to attract and retain young proFor more information on Leaderfessionals into the local community ship Union County or the El Doraby continuing a partnership with the do Chamber of Commerce, contact New Tech Program of El Dorado the Chamber at 870.863.6113 or at High School. “Developing the leaders of tomor- The El Dorado Chamber of Comrow is the most important thing we merce provides leadership in ecocan do as a community,” said Sam Allen, chairman of Leadership nomic and community development Union County and Class 1 gradu- for El Dorado and Union County in ate. “Leadership Union County pro- an effort to improve the quality of vides the opportunity for individuals life for all its citizens.

DAVE Says about giving beyond our tithe in this situation? — Carrie

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SAHF gift shop holiday gifts now available The South Arkansas Historical Foundation gift shop recently stocked new items for sale, including a reprint of S.H. Chester’s “Pioneer Days in Arkansas” and Theodosia Nolan’s cookbook, “Dining with Dosia.” The reprint of “Pioneer Days in Arkansas” is a unique booklet that contains information about the early settlers of Union County, including the Rev. W.S. Lacy. The book is available for $10. Nolan’s full-color, hardback cookbook contains recipes for items ranging from waffles to seafood gumbo to hot artichoke dip. The book costs $25. Other items available for purchase include Union County history daily desk calendars, WING DING cooking aprons, Newton House Christmas ornaments, and the SAHF’s famous Mayhaw jelly. All funds raised from gift shop sales go to support the programs of the SAHF. The gift shop is located in the Miles House at 422 North Jackson in El Dorado. For more information, contact the SAHF at 870.862.9890.

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Eve, as young Clara is taken to a colorful world of candy and toys by the Snow Queen, Nutcracker Prince and the very mysterious power of Dr. Drosselmeier. The ballet has been a family tradition for many, said Scott Watkins, executive director of the South Arkansas Symphony. “We have seen a lot of ticket purchases that include entire families for this performance,” Watkins said. “This is truly a Christmas experience people want to share with their family and friends.” The ballet is under the direction of Kendra Meiki, artistic director of the Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet. Under her direction will be seasoned dancers and guest artists, Brooklyn Mack and Andrea Maciel De Faria. Originally from South Carolina, Mack is in his third season as the principal dancer (and fifth season overall) with the Washington Ballet in Washington D.C., and remains one of Dance Magazine’s top “25 to Watch.” Mack began his dance training at the age of 12 at the Pavlovich Dance School in Columbia, S.C. Mack went on to study at Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington D.C. and apprenticed at the

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—————————————————— “We are fortunate to have such talented artists participating in this year’s ‘Nutcracker.’ Talent like this is usually seen on big city stages.” Scott Watkins Executive Director, South Arkansas Symphony

—————————————————— Joffrey Ballet of Chicago. Formerly with the Orlando Ballet, De Faria hails from Brazil and studied dance in Germany, going on to be in high demand as a dancer and teacher throughout the United States. De Faria began her ballet studies at the age of 3 at the Sesiminas Ballet Institute, and continued her training later at the Palucca School of Dresden in Germany. “We are fortunate to have such talented artists participating in this year’s ‘Nutcracker.’ Talent like this is usually seen on big city stages,” Watkins said. De Faria and Mack will be joined by dancers ranging in age from 4 to 40, including many from the South Arkansas community. “The Nutcracker” performance is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 at the El Dorado Municipal Auditorium, located at 100 West Eighth St. Admission costs $25 for adults and $15 for children in grades K-12. All

children attending the event can also sign up for a free pizza and drink from Larry’s Pizza. Tickets may be purchased through the South Arkansas Symphony at 870.862.0521 or SouthArkansas, as well as at the SAS office located at 217 South Jefferson. The South Arkansas Arts Center box office will also be selling tickets at 110 East Fifth St., or by calling 870.864.5474. The concert performance is sponsored by Teague Auto Group and Southern Bancorp. Symphony performances are sponsored in large part by First Financial Bank, Presqui’le Winery, The Share Foundation and Arkansas Arts Council. The Salvation Army will have two Christmas Angel trees set up at the performance. The Christmas Angel program matches donors with children from families in need during the holidays. For more information on the Christmas Angel program, contact Salvation Army Capt. Bobby Carr at 870.863.4830.

Noted musician brings history alive with his clever folk songs Ken Bridges

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The Ozark Mountain region has produced many talented and celebrated musicians over the last several decades. Perhaps one of the most clever was Arkansas’s own Jimmy Driftwood. Born James Morris in Stone County in 1907, he grew up with modest means in a farming family in the hills of north-central Arkansas. His father, a noted folk singer in the area, taught him much about music, and his grandfather had made a guitar for him. But Driftwood’s most famous folk songs came from his passion for teaching. When he was 16, he passed the state teacher’s exam and began work as a teacher in schools across Stone County, even though

he had yet to begin high school. Once he graduated from high school, he enrolled at Arkansas State Teacher’s College (modern University of Central Arkansas), playing gigs in the area to finance his own schooling. He drifted in and out of college, continuing to teach, before graduating in 1949 and becoming a school principal in Searcy County. Throughout his teaching career, he wanted to make history more interesting and engaging for his students. Relying on his musical heritage, he started writing folk songs about important events in American history. By 1957, RCA records took an interest in his music and released an album of his works, including “The Battle of New Orleans,” which he had created years before


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exclusively for his lessons on the War of 1812. Not long afterward, he began performing on such popular programs as The Ed Sullivan Show, Grand Ole Opry and Louisiana Hayride. With his popularity growing, he had his name legally changed to his stage name, Jimmy Driftwood. In 1960, he earned a Grammy Award for “Wilderness Road.” In 1961, he won another Grammy for his Civil War-inspired album, “Billy Yank and Johnny Reb.” He wrote hundreds of songs,

some of which were recorded by such artists as fellow Arkansan Johnny Cash. Determined to give back to the poor communities he came from, he organized the Arkansas Folk Festival in 1963, which led to the creation of the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View in 1973. When the Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame was established in 1996, Driftwood was one of the 16 original inductees. Driftwood continued to perform for students across Arkansas until his death in Fayetteville in 1998. Organized in the 1970s, the South Arkansas Historical Foundation has been dedicated to educating the public about Arkansas’s rich history for over 30 years. The SAHF offices are located at 422 North Jackson in El Dorado. For more information, about SAHF call 870.862.9890.


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Holiday Light Extravaganza lights up the holidays SMACKOVER — The Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources will light up the holidays this year as the Holiday Light Extravaganza encompasses the Oil Field Park now through Dec. 23. Located on the museum grounds, the Oil Field Park will feature a variety of lighted vignettes and scenes representing the sights of the winter holiday season. The walking tour features over 200,000 lights and a musical show by Santa’s rock band. Spectators can follow the trail to see a number of lighted features, including the newly added candy mountain and five-car train, as well as a gingerbread village, skating bears on a winter pond, and an ice palace with falling snow. As well, the museum will again feature a memorial walk where family members honor and remember their loved ones with a Memory Dove, which illuminates a name in a white dove silhouette. The Memory

Doves not only serve as a way for families to honor their loved ones, but also as a fundraiser for educational programs at the Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources. The Holiday Light Extravaganza will run from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. every Friday and Saturday night now through Dec. 21, with a

North Pole comes to El Dorado Breakfast with Santa to include Rudolph’s Playhouse, photos Union County Relay for Life will bring the North Pole to El Dorado, as it invites the public to Breakfast with Santa next Saturday. The community is invited to have a pancake breakfast with Santa Claus from 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 at Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill, located at 2133 North West Ave., in El Dorado. Following morning greetings from 8 to 9, Santa will settle in at Rudolph’s Playhouse until noon to visit with children and take photos. Relay for Life team members will be serving pancakes and bacon for $10 per plate. Photos with Santa in Rudolph’s Playhouse will be available for $5 each. Rudolph’s Playhouse will feature a variety of holiday games, crafts, a bouncy house and more. “Rudolph’s Playhouse has the Reindeer Food Bar, hot chocolate, children’s activities, and, of course, Santa,” said Phena Loftin, Relay for

Life chair. “This event is for the entire family; so, kids, bring your parents and grandparents.” Tickets are on sale now from any Relay for Life team member, or can be requested via the Relay for Life of Union County’s Facebook page at Children under the age of 2 will be admitted for free. All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society to support ongoing research. Breakfast with Santa is sponsored by Relay for Life participating teams, including: First Financial Bank, Murphy USA, Lion Oil, Murphy Oil, BancorpSouth, Yocum Math and Science Academy, and Team Purple Power. For more information, contact Phena Loftin at 870.310.9669 or Catherine Noyes at 870.947.0578.

of 10 or more. This is a walking tour and it is wheelchair accessible. The Oil Field Park is located on the grounds of the Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources, at 3835 Smackover Highway in Smackover. For more information, call the museum at 870.725.2877. The Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources works to collect, preserve and interpret Arkansas’s natural resources. Exhibits throughout the museum demonstrate the discovery and uses of petroleum and brine. Temporary exhibits change every special viewing on Sunday, Dec. 22 six months and focus on a variety and Monday, Dec. 23. Admission of topics. costs $3 for children under the age One of 52 Arkansas State Parks, of 12 and $5 for adults; children un- the museum is open from 8 a.m. to der 2 will be admitted for free. Pack- 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday age deals are available for $15 for a and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays. family of four (two adults and two General admission is free. For more children, plus $3 for each additional information about the AMNR, go child); and $3 per person for groups online to

AdoptMe Pet adoptions are available at the Union County Animal Protection Society shelter, 1000 Sunset Road, El Dorado. UCAPS’s hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. For information about adopting or sponsoring a pet, call 870.862.0502.

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» HOLIDAY RIDES — Each Friday and Saturday night through the holidays, hay rides and the PJ’s Express train will take passengers on a tour of the Union Square District to see the holiday lights. The hay ride will load in front of La Bella’s, while PJ’s Express will load in front of PJ’s Coffee. Both rides cost $5 for adults and $3 for children. There is no charge for infants and toddlers sitting in an adult’s lap. There will also be a Romance Carriage Ride available for $30 per group. When: Now through Dec. 21, from 6 to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays Where: Union Square District, downtown El Dorado Contact: For more information, go online to the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce at » THE FESTIVAL OF TREES — The South Arkansas Arts Center’s 13th annual Festival of Trees, sponsored by Deltic Timber, is now available for viewing. Individuals, businesses, and civic and social groups adopted and decorated the trees under the theme “A Vintage Christmas.” Following the end of the exhibition, trees will be donated to families in need through the Salvation Army. When: Now through Dec. 8 Where: South Arkansas Arts Center, 110 East Fifth St., El Dorado Contact: For more information on The Festival of Trees, go online to or call the SAAC office at 870.862.5474. » SAAC’S holiday play — Tickets are still available for the South Arkansas Arts Center’s holiday production of Walton Jones’ “A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol,” sponsored by Simmons First Bank of El Dorado. The comedic production recreates the mayhem and magic of an authentic World War II live radio broadcast on Christmas Eve of 1943 as the Feddington Players broadcast from a hole-in-the-wall studio in Newark, N.J. The group is set to present its contemporary take on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” taking the audience into the vintage radio era of the 1940s. The SAAC box office is

now open. Tickets cost $5 for students, $10 for SAAC members and $15 for the general public. When: Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6-7 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2:30 p.m. Where: Callaway Theatre, South Arkansas Arts Center, 110 East Fifth St., El Dorado Contact: For tickets, call 870.862.5474. For more information on the production, visit

» SMACKOVER CHRISTMAS PARADE — The Smackover 2013 Christmas Parade will run from First Baptist Church on Seventh Street through to Kennedy Park, where it will be followed by the lighting of the tree and Eddie’s Cross. Santa Claus will be in attendance. As well, the Salvation Army will be on hand to provide hot chocolate at Kennedy Park. When: Friday, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. Where: Seventh Street to Kennedy Park, Smackover Contact: For more information, contact the Smackover Chamber of Commerce at 870.725.3521 or go online to » SANTA AT THE SPOT — Santa Claus is taking over the Spot, located between PJ’S Coffee and the El Dorado Creamery on West Main Street in El Dorado. Children of all ages are welcome to come visit with Santa from now through the holidays. When: Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to noon; Dec. 14 from 3 to 6 p.m.; and Dec. 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. Where: The Spot, adjacent to PJ’s Coffee, at 106 West Main St., El Dorado Contact: Follow PJ’s Coffee on Facebook at for more information. » TOYS FOR TOTS RUN — Bikers from across the area are invited to participate in the annual Toys for Tots Run. Registration will open at 9 a.m. and run until 11:30 a.m. the day of the event, with coffee and donuts served at 10 that morning. The run will depart from the Arkansas Welcome Center at 11:45 a.m., parade down North West

Avenue and around the Union Square District, ending at The Spot at 12:15 p.m. Guests are asked to bring a new toy or a $10 donation. Toys and donations will be collected by Santa at The Spot and distributed by the Salvation Army. Barbeque sandwiches, ribs, trimmings and drinks will be provided by JJ’s Barbeque and Main Street El Dorado until 2 p.m. When: Saturday, Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Where: Arkansas Welcome Center, 3315 Junction City Highway; and The Spot, 106 West Main St., El Dorado Contact: For more information, contact Joe Gallea at 870.665.6380 or Dale Fallin at 870.863.8373.

» CELEBRATING THE GIFT — The orchestra and bell ringers from First Baptist Church of El Dorado will celebrate the Christmas season with musical arrangements from TransSiberian Orchestra and Mannheim Steamroller. The event is free and open to the public. When: Sunday, Dec. 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. Where: First Baptist Church, 200 West Main St., El Dorado Contact: For more information, contact Debbie McAdams at 870.310.3300 or Tony Forbess at 870.918.3375. Learn more online at » HUGH GOODWIN’S ‘The Nutcracker’ — Second graders from Hugh Goodwin Academy for the Arts elementary school will present their performance of “The Nutcracker.” The school’s third- and fourth-grade choir will also perform at the event. When: Thursday, Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. Where: El Dorado High School Auditorium, 2000 Wildcat Drive Contact: For more information, contact Hugh Goodwin at 870.864.5071. » M.A.S.H. TOY DRIVE — The annual KIX103 Make A Smile Happen (M.A.S.H.) Toy Drive will run for three days in an effort to raise monetary and toy donations for the 13th South CASA: Court-Appointed Special Advocates to provide Christmas gifts for abused and neglected children in the

CASA program. To learn more about CASA, go online to When: Thursday, Dec. 12 through Saturday, Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Where: Walmart parking lot, 2730 North West Ave., El Dorado Contact: For more information, contact Noalmark Broadcasting Corporation at 870.863.6126 or CASA at 870.862.2272.

» FRIDAY NIGHT GROOVE TOY DRIVE — HealthWorks Fitness Center will hold the Friday Night Groove Toy Drive to collect toy donations for the Salvation Army. The center will offer one-hour Zumba and line dancing classes for one toy donation. When: Friday, Dec. 13 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Where: HealthWorks Fitness Center, 304 North Madison, El Dorado Contact: For more information, contact HealthWorks at 870.862.5442. » PICTURES WITH SANTA AND GIFT WRAPPING — The Girl Scouts – Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas Union Service Unit will hold a fundraiser, offering pictures with Santa and gift wrapping. Pictures with Santa will cost $5 per photo, and gift wrapping will cost $1 for small packages, $3 for medium and $5 for large. Donations will be used to support the Girl Scout Troop 2322’s annual Senior Scholarship Award. When: Saturday, Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Where: Inside the doors of T.J.Maxx, Mellor Park Mall, 1865 North West Ave., El Dorado Contact: For more information, contact Elizabeth Pratt at 870.875.2692 or email Wait! Stay Tuned! There’s More! Check next week’s issue for continued coverage of upcoming holiday events throughout Union County, as well as a new installment of the holiday calendar!


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Christmas parade to be broadcast on cable, radio, online Immanuel Baptist Church has teamed with Suddenlink Communications to bring the El Dorado Christmas Parade, sponsored by Entegra – Union Power Partners, to a larger audience via television and the Internet. The parade will air on Immanuel Baptist’s KCIB-LD TV 5.1, Suddenlink cable channel 14, at 7 p.m. on Saturdays, Dec. 14 and 21, and again at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve and Christmas day. As well, Immanuel Baptist Church will have a special link on its websites, and, for Internet users to watch a live webcast of this year’s parade. Smartphone users will have the option of downloading an app to watch the live program; instructions are provided on the websites. The parade will once again be available on DVD with included narration by Christmas Parade emcees, Austin Barrow, president and executive director of El Dorado


Finishing Touch: Randy Agans helps put the finishing touches on the Boy Scouts Wolf Pack 18 No. 16’s float, Frosty’s Winter Wonderland, in last year’s El Dorado Christmas Parade. This year’s parade is slated for Dec. 5. — File photo

Festival & Events, and Laura Barrow, owner of Spa on Main. DVDs cost $10 each and can be purchased through Immanuel Baptist Church,


located at 701 South West Ave. in El Dorado, or by calling 870.862.4264. In addition, the parade will be aired live on KLBQ

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FM 98.7 Real American Country. This year’s parade will bring “Christmas in Candyland” to life beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5. The parade will begin at the intersection of 18th Street and North West Avenue, proceeding down North West to the downtown area from Main Street to Jefferson, and ending at Murphy Oil Corporation on Peach Street. This year, a few events will be held in conjunction with the annual Christmas parade, including: » 5K Fun Run. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes will hold a 5K Race to the Manager Fun Run. The 1.5-mile run will follow the parade route immediately preceding the parade. Runners should meet at Risinger Tire Center, located at 2100 North West Ave., with checkin beginning at 6 p.m. All entry forms must be received no later than 6:30 p.m. on race day. The run will


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TUBACHRISTMAS comes to El Dorado for the second year El Dorado will be one of more than 250 concerts of the annual TUBACHRISTMAS performance throughout the nation, as the event celebrates its 40th anniversary. Sponsored by Nexans AmerCable, the concert is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Union County Courthouse in El Dorado. The live Christmas concert will be performed by tuba, baritone and euphonium players under the direction of conductor Joe Alexander, and this year’s local TUBACHRISTMAS will feature special guests from “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. The event is free and open to the public, and spectators are invited to set up lawn chairs on the east side of the courthouse, on 101 North Washington Ave. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will move inside the courthouse. Registration and rehearsal for performers will be held in the choir room of First Baptist Church in El Dorado (located on the Elm Street side of the church) at 11 a.m. on the day of the concert. There is no cost for participation; however, music may be purchased for $20 for the large books. Music will be provided for those who do not already have TUBACHRISTMAS music. Performers are encouraged to bring their own wire music


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begin at 6:55 p.m. Costumes, such as shepherds, wise men and angels, are encouraged. Registration forms are available at, and can be turned in to the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce, at 111 West Main St., or at Rivers Investment Management, at 314 East Oak St. Registration costs $15 per runner, and

‘The President’s Own’ to offer tuba, euphonium master class After performing in El Dorado’s second annual TUBACHRISTMAS on Saturday, Dec. 14, two of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band members will teach a tuba and euphonium master class. Staff Sgt. Simon Wildman will offer instruction on the tuba, while Staff Sgt. Hiram Diaz will provide a lesson on the euphonium. The class will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday at the South Arkansas Arts Center, located at 110 East Fifth St., in El Dorado. Staff Sgt. Wildman joined “The President’s Own” United States

Marine Band as a tuba player in June of this year. Wildman began his musical training on the tuba at the age 12 and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in music performance from West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.V., in 2008. He continued his studies, earning a master’s degree from Ohio University in 2010 and a doctorate from the University of Georgia in 2012. Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Staff Sgt. Wildman performed with the Dayton Philharmonic in Ohio. Staff Sgt. Diaz joined “The

stands, but chairs will be provided. As well, lunch will be provided to those performing. For more information about the local concert or registration to perform, contact coordinator Erick Wiggins at 870.814.0985. This year marks the 40th anniversary for TUBACHRISTMAS concerts and events, which are presented throughout the world. TUBACHRISTMAS was conceived in 1974 by Harvey Phillips as a tribute to his teacher and mentor,

William J. Bell. The first TUBACHRISTMAS was conducted in New York City’s Rockefeller Plaza Ice rink on Dec. 22, 1974 with traditional Christmas music arranged by American composer Alec Wilder. A loyal support of efforts to improve the literature and public image of the instruments, Wilder composed many solo and ensemble compositions for tuba and euphonium. Bell and Wilder’s connection to Christmas not only falls in the tribute paid to both men every year through the TUBACHRISTMAS concert, but fate would have Bell born to the world on Christmas day 1902, and Wilder’s departure from it

checks should be made payable to FCA. For more information, contact Danny Rivers at 870.814.4064. » Hot Chocolate. Members of the Salvation Army will provide hot chocolate to parade spectators at the Salvation Army Thrift Store parking lot, located at 1324 North West Ave. » Sky Lantern Ceremony. Relay for Life of Union County will release its sky lanterns immediately following the El Dorado Christmas Parade in downtown El Dorado. The release will begin at 8 p.m. in

the Bancorp South Bank parking lot, located at 101 West Main St. For more information or to request a sky lantern, contact Tamie Erwin at by calling 870.866.4987 or email Hosted by the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce, the parade has been organized by parade chair Kelli Harrison and co-chair Carlee Alston. For more information on the Christmas parade, contact Kay Smith at the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce by calling 870.863.6113.

President’s Own” United States Marine Band as a euphonium player in January of 2012. He also began his musical instruction at the age of 12. Diaz went on to graduate from the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, earning a bachelor’s degree in music performance in 2007. He is currently pursuing his master’s degree from the University of North Texas. Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Staff Sgt. Diaz was a member of the U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence Band (283d Army Band) in Fort Benning, Ga. For more information on the class, contact Erick Wiggins at 870.814.0985. More information about “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band can be found online at

on Christmas Eve of 1980. Since 1974, every Christmas season, tuba and euphonium players gather to pay respect through William J. Bell to all the artists and teachers who represent their heritage, and through Alec Wilder to all the composers who have embraced these specific instruments. Through the last four decades, TUBACHRISTMAS has become an established Christmas tradition in many cities throughout the world with its performance of traditional Christmas carols during the holidays. TUBACHRISTMAS is owned by the Harvey Phillips Foundation. More information can be found online at

Bulletin In case of high threat of inclement weather, the Christmas Parade will be moved to 7 p.m. on the following Thursday, Dec. 12. As of press time the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce had not reached a final decision. For information on the parade rescheduling and weather updates, refer to the Chamber’s Facebook page at and Twitter feed @ElDoChamber.

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The Nativity: HOPE Landing’s stage production of “The Nativity” is an ongoing tradition. This year it is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 12. — File photo

HOPE Landing gears up to celebrate Christmas 2013 HOPE Landing invites the community to come and celebrate the 2013 Christmas season at the ranch. It’s a great year to start two new traditions, such as HOPE Landing’s annual open house “Christmas on the Ranch” and stage production of “The Nativity.”

214 Hope Landing (five miles east of El Dorado on Highway 82 East), the two-hour event will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14. » The Nativity. Children of all ages and their HOPE Landing and the South families can enjoy the beauty of Arkansas Arts Center will presthe ranch while they visit Santa ent “The Nativity” and Gallery and Mrs. Claus at the Santa of HOPE on Thursday, Dec. 12. Claus Cottage; make a craft at The performance will begin at Santa’s Workshop; pet and read 7 p.m. with the story of Christ’s Christmas stories to Santa’s birth being portrayed by the chil- reindeer at the Reindeer Barn; dren of HOPE Landing. A silent and enjoy a “sleigh ride” while auction of children’s artwork will be available for purchase in sipping on warm cocoa at the Reindeer Crossing. At the heart the Gallery of HOPE. As well, of it all will be a live, interacthe Night Owls Quilting Group tive Nativity where children and donated a quilt, on display at their families can gather around First Financial Bank on Main to view the story of Jesus. Street, to be raffled off at the As well, crafts will be availevent. Raffle tickets may be purable for purchase. Admission is chased for $1 or six for $5. free, but donations are welcome. The play will take place in the The staff of HOPE Landing inCallaway Theatre of the South Arkansas Arts Center, located at vites everyone to come and join 110 East Fifth St., in El Dorado. in the celebration of the birth and the life of Jesus of Nazareth. Admission is free; however, For more information on donations will be accepted. “Christmas on the Ranch” or » Christmas on the Ranch. “The Nativity,” contact HOPE Once again, the community Landing at 870.862.0500. of El Dorado is invited to share Union United is a section showcasing the spirit of Christmas with the the news and happenings of the children, families, staff and 14 nonprofit partner agencies the Board of HOPE Landing. of the United Way of Union County. “Christmas on the Ranch” is a For more information, call Christmastime open house for 870.862.4903, email everyone. Located on the or visit the website at erty of HOPE Landing at

Now Open: CPR of El Dorado celebrated its grand opening at 1920 North West Ave., with a Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Dec. 2. Pictured are (from left) Veolette Pennington; Dianne Hammond; Donna Bradshaw; Charlie Lane; owners Shannon Lunsford and Jacky “Bubba” Lunsford; Heidi Ponder; Stacey Truett; Veronica Creer; Mayor Frank Hash; and Lori Coke. CPR specializes in repairing cellphones and iPads. — Courtesy photo


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» HUNTER EDUCATION — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will offer a hunter education course in El Dorado. The class is free, but registration is required. There is no specific age requirement to enroll in hunter education; however, the educational material is based on a sixth-grade reading level and students under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. When: Saturday, Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Where: Marrable Hill Chapel, 110 Chapel Ave., El Dorado Contact: To register, text 870.818.6378 or email larogers@agfc For more information, go online to

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Program: Oh, Deer! Participants will learn a little about the white-tail deer and make something using its antlers. When: Thursday, Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. Where: Center for Workforce Development, SouthArk East Campus, 3696 East Main, El Dorado Contact: For more information or to register, contact CCE at 870.864.7192 or email Laura Rogers at the AGFC at

» MEDICARE HOLDS OPEN ENROLLMENT — During Medicare Open Enrollment, recipients can review current Medicare choices and compare them to coverage that is available for next year to make sure they have the plan that is right for them. Many may be able to save money, get better coverage or both. Recipients can also take advantage of new benefits, including wellness visits, preventative care and lower prescription drug costs. When: Oct. 15 through Dec. 7 Contact: For more information, call toll free at 800.633.4227 or go online to

» CAMDEN HOLIDAY MOVIES ON THE RIVER — The City of Camden presents Movies on the River Holiday Series on select Saturdays in November and December. The public is invited to bring blankets, lawn chairs and stadium seats to watch holiday Hollywood blockbuster movies under the stars on a giant movie screen with theater-style sound. While guests are welcome to bring their own drinks and snacks, concessions, including warm drinks, will be available for sale. Admission is free. Movie: “Arthur Christmas” (PG). When: Saturday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m., following the Christmas parade Where: Riverwalk Amphitheater, 405 Washington St. SE, downtown Camden Contact: For more information, call the city at 870.837.5500 or visit the website at

» NATURE NIGHTS — On the second Thursday of each month, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and South Arkansas Community College’s Corporate and Community Education will team up to offer Nature Nights, a series for the entire family. The program is free and open to the public. Space is limited, so registration is requested.

» LI’L WILD ONES — On the second Saturday of each month, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and the Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources will team up to offer Li’l WILD ones, a 90-minute program offering interactive, hands-on outdoor activities that will immerse participants in the environment of South Arkansas. The

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program is free and open to children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Space is limited, so registration is requested. Program: Christmas for the Birds. Participants will make treats for birds that spend the winter months in Arkansas, and get a bird’s-eye view of visitors on the museum grounds. When: Saturday, Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. Where: Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources, 3853 Smackover Highway, Smackover Contact: For more information or to register, contact the museum at 870.725.2877 or Laura Rogers with the AGFC at » ‘AMAHL AND THE NIGHT V ISITORS’ — South Arkansas Community College will present the madefor-TV opera, “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” which tells the story of the three kings on their way to search for a baby who was born to be king of the Jews. As the spend the night with a poor widow and her crippled son, a miracle happens during the night. The family-friendly opera will star Sophia Meyer, Liz Slater, Steve Harrel, Ricky Green, Greg Oden and Joe Smith. Victoria Harden will serve as the music director, with Gary Hall as the stage director, accompanied by Dan Dykema. Admission costs $10 for general seating and is free for students. When: Thursday, Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m. Where: South Arkansas Arts Center, 110 East Fifth St., El Dorado Contact: For more information, contact Victoria Harden, SouthArk Music Department, at 870.864.7176. » SOUTHARK’s ‘WRITERS’ INK’ CONTEST — South Arkansas Community College is seeking entries for

the creative-writing contest that is the basis for the literary magazine, “Writers’ Ink.” The contest is open to all Union County high-school students, and 18 cash prizes will be awarded in three literary genres (poetry, essays and short fiction), with first, second and third place winners in the junior (ninth and 10th grade) and senior (11th and 12th grade) divisions. Winning manuscripts will be published in the spring in the 17th volume of the magazine along with other entries selected by a panel of SouthArk judges. Submission Deadline: Feb. 21, 2014 Rules: A complete set of rules, requirements and guidelines are available at Contact: Students who wish to enter should contact their English teachers for more information. Home-schooled students can submit manuscripts by enlisting high-school English teachers in Union County to serve as a sponsor. » FOOD AND CLOTHING DONATIONS — Saint James Village Outreach Facility provide only food donations during the week. Those who wish to donate clothing can place items in the blue containers in front of the building. Saint James does not accept furniture. When: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Where: Village Outreach Facility, 1108 East Hillsboro, El Dorado Contact: For more information, contact Bishop George Calloway at 870.875.2621. Have an event to announce? Submit your event or announcement to the South Arkansas Leader at

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WEEKLY RECIPE A bowl of chili can be the perfect antidote to cold, wintry weather Certain foods act like a warm blanket on an otherwise bone chilling day or night, and perhaps no food is more effective at warding off winter weather than chili. Try this chili recipe to remedy a cold day: “Chicken and Black Bean Chili” from Leslie Jonath and Frankie Frankeny’s “Soup’s On!” (Chronicle Books).

Chicken and Black Bean Chili


Serves 6 to 8 » 1/2 cup olive oil or vegetable oil, divided » 1.5 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut in 1-inch cubes » 2 to 3 tablespoons chile powder » 1 tablespoon cumin seeds » 2 cups diced yellow onions » 1 cup seeded, diced yellow onions » 1 red bell pepper, diced » 3 canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, minced » 1/4 cup minced garlic (4 to 6 cloves) » 1 can (14.5 ounces) black beans » 1 can (15 ounces) diced tomatoes


» 2 ears corn, kernels cut from the cobs » Salt » Freshly ground black pepper » 1 ripe avocado, halved, pitted and diced » 1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered » 1/2 red onion, diced (about 1/2 cup) » 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro, minced » 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (about 4 limes) » 2 jalapeno chiles, seeded and minced » 1.5 teaspoons kosher salt » 1/2 cup crumbled Mexican cotija cheese » 1/2 cup grated mixed cheddar and monterey jack cheeses

Heat 1/4 cup of the oil in a heavy-bottomed, 8-quart pot over medium heat. Add the chicken, chili powder and cumin seeds and saute until the chicken is cooked through, 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer the meat to a bowl and set aside. Return the pot to the heat, add the remaining 1/4 cup of oil, and cook the onions, poblanos, bell pepper, chipotles and garlic, stirring frequently until the onions start to brown. Stir in the beans with their liquid, tomatoes and corn and return the cooked chicken with all its juices. Turn the heat down to low and simmer, stirring every 5 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through and tender, about 25 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. In a large bowl, combine the avocado, tomatoes, onion, cilantro, lime juice, jalapenos and salt. Set aside. To sever, ladle the chili into bowls and top with the salsa and cheeses.

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