Events for October 2015
El Dorado Chamber of Commerce
Oct 01   SAAP October Meeting (South Arkansas Administrative Professionals)
Join us as we hear from a special guest speaker on the importance of administrative professionals in the workplace. This month's meeting is being sponsored by Herring Furniture.
Date:   October 1, 2015
Time:   12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Location:   St. Mary's Parish Hall (512 Champagnolle Rd, El Dorado)
Date/Time Details:   Thursday, October 1st, 12:00-1:00pm
Fees/Admission:   Lunch is free, please RSVP.
Oct 08   Preservation Society Meeting
Battleship USS Arkansas with Ray and Steven Hanley
Date:   October 8, 2015
Time:   05:15 PM - 06:15 PM
Location:   Newton House Museum 510 N. Jackson
Contact:   Patrick Hotard 870-862-9890
Date/Time Details:   10-08-15 5:15 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   Free and Open to the Public
Oct 08   Intermediate QuickBooks
This seminar is designed for the experienced QuickBooks user to work with other features in QuickBooks and get tips on everyday use of the software. Topics include: Inventory, Sales Tax, Utilities, Memorized Transactions, Back-up Files, and Customizing Invoices, Receipts & Statements.
Date:   October 8, 2015
Time:   05:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Location:   South Arkansas Community College - East Campus
Contact:   Julia Nipper SAU ASBTDC Training Coordinator 870-235-5033
Date/Time Details:   10/8/15 5:30 - 8:00 pm
Fees/Admission:   $55
Oct 10   2015 El Dorado March for Babies
We're getting ready to walk in March for Babies! It promises to be a fun day out with people who share our passion for improving the health of babies. Join family teams, company teams and people walking with friends for a great cause: making a difference for real families right here in our community. Sign up and raise money to help more moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies.
Date:   October 10, 2015
Time:   08:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location:   Union County Fairgrounds 334 W Hillsboro St, El Dorado, AR 71730
Contact:   La Keesha Murrill 501-663-3100
Date/Time Details:   Registration starts at 8AM Walk starts at 9AM
Fees/Admission:   FREE to register: FREE to attend Family, kid, stroller, and pet friendly event.
Oct 10   Operation Christmas Child 5K 10K Shoe Box Race
5K Run and Walk 10K Run Raising awareness about Operation Christmas Child, a shoe box project of Samaritan's Purse
Date:   October 10, 2015
Time:   08:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location:   5th Street at Memorial Stadium
Contact:   870-862-4264 Immanuel, 701 South West Ave., El Dorado for registration forms.
Date/Time Details:   Saturday, October 10, 2015. Walk up Registration and picking up Electronic Timing shoe tag begins at 7 am. Race begins at 8 am.
Fees/Admission:   Pre-Register before the race $30. Day of the Race - $35. Pre-Register before September 28, 2015 to be guaranteed a Race Shirt.
Oct 10   Tinker Time
Have you ever wondered how electricity works? Or, maybe how a toy can to speak to you? Or, have you ever thought that you wanted to motorize a wooden car? Well, during Tinker Time, you can explore those and lots of other things related to science, engineering and technology.
Date:   October 10, 2015
Time:   01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Location:   Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources 3853 Smackover Hwy
Contact:   870-725-2877
Fees/Admission:   Free
Oct 12   4th Annual Tim Zimmerebner Pro Am benefitting HOPE Landing
Play the beautiful Mystic Creek Golf Club in El Dorado, Arkansas and support children with cognitive and physical disabilities in South Arkansas.
Date:   October 12, 2015
Location:   Mystic Creek Golf Club, El Dorado, Arkansas
Contact:   Bryan LaRue, Pro Mystic Creek (870) 312-0723
Date/Time Details:   October 12, 2015 - shotgun tee-off 12:00 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $100.00 per player
Oct 12   Little Caesars Ribbon Cutting
Please join Little Caesars for a ribbon cutting ceremony at 2600 N. West Ave Suite E, on Monday, October 12,at 10:30 a.m.
Date:   October 12, 2015
Time:   10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location:   2600 N. West Ave Suite E
Date/Time Details:   Monday, October 12 10:30 A.M.
Fees/Admission:   Free and open to the public.
Oct 12   El Dorado Police Department Testing
The EPD is now accepting applications for Reserve Officer and Certified Police Officer. Applications can be obtained at the EPD or online at Deadline for completed applications is October 2nd at 4pm.
Date:   October 12, 2015
Time:   06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Location:   El Dorado Police Department Training Room
Date/Time Details:   10/12/15 1800 hrs
Oct 13   Life Touch Operation Appreciation celebrates the US Navy Birthday
Navy Birthday Life Touchs Operation Appreciation and PJ's Coffee will celebrate the 240th birthday of our nation's Navy on Tuesday, October 13th at 9:00-10:00 a.m. by treating all U. S. military, past or present, to a cup of coffee and a cookie at THE SPOT on the square in El Dorado. Celebrating the branches of our armed forces is a project of Life Touch's Operation Appreciation. Life Touch is a level III partner of We Honor Veterans. For more information visit and Please stop by and enjoy your day, Navy! Article on the Birthday:
Date:   October 13, 2015
Time:   09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location:   PJ's coffee on the Square in El Dorado AR
Contact:   Marsha Cowling Life Touch
Date/Time Details:   October 13th 9-10am
Fees/Admission:   free
Oct 15   History Forum (Wesson, Junction city, Blanchard Springs)
Time and Location to be announced Co-sponsored with Barton Library
Date:   October 15, 2015
Time:   12:00 PM
Location:   TBA
Contact:   Patrick Hotard 870-862-9890
Date/Time Details:   TBA
Fees/Admission:   Free and open to the public
Oct 17   Annual Bulb Sale
Union County Master Gardeners will have their Annual Bulb Sale on October 17 at the South Arkansas Arboretum. The sale will begin at 9:00 and last until noon or until sold out. All bulbs are selected for South Arkansas planting zone. Pink Ribbon Plants will be featured again this year and includes Tulip the Cure, Narcissus Pink Ribbon, and Hyacinth Pink Surprise. (10% of the wholesale purchase goes to breast cancer research). Other bulbs for sale will be varieties of daffodils, narcissus, tulips, irises, purple alliums, cannas, and many more. These will be ready for fall planting and then for beautiful spring blooms.
Date:   October 17, 2015
Time:   09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location:   South Arkansas Arboretum
Contact:   Jane Purtle (870) 866-7018
Date/Time Details:   Saturday, October 17, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Fees/Admission:   No entrance fee.
Oct 20   Union County Mass Flu Clinic
The Union County Health Unit will be hosting the annual Flu clinic at the Union County Fairgrounds on Tuesday, October 20th from 8-4.
Date:   October 20, 2015
Time:   08:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Location:   Union County Fairgrounds
Contact:   Danna Taylor, Union County Health Unit Administrator 870-863-5101
Date/Time Details:   Tuesday, October 20, 2015 8a-4p
Fees/Admission:   bring insurance or medicaid card
Oct 20   South Arkansas Home & Business Expo 2015

South Arkansas Home & Business Expo 2015 will be held on Tuesday, October 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the El Dorado Conference Center, 311 S. West Ave, El Dorado, AR 71730.

For more information contact the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce at (870) 863-6113 or email

Executive Sponsors
First Financial Bank
Great Lakes Solutions
Cole's Jewelers  
El Dorado Conference Center  

        Comcast Spotlighting 
Southern Arkansas University

Date:   October 20, 2015
Time:   10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Location:   South Arkansas Home & Business Expo 2015
311 S. West Ave.
El Dorado, AR 71730
Date/Time Details:   Tuesday, October 20, 2015
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   Event open to the public at no charge
For Booth space and info contact the Chamber of Commerce
(870) 863-6113
or email
Oct 20   Business After Hours Hosted By Suddenlink Communications
In conjunction with the South Arkansas Home & Business Expo Suddenlink Communications will be hosting a Business After Hours. This is a great opportunity to network and learn more about Suddenlink Communications in a great environment. This event is FREE and OPEN to the public!!
Date:   October 20, 2015
Time:   04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Location:   El Dorado Conference Center 330 South West Avenue
Contact:   Chamber (870) 863-6113
Date/Time Details:   October 20, 2015 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   FREE! Open to the public. NO Reservations Required.
Oct 21   Fields of Faith
Fields of Faith will be held on Wednesday, October 21 at 7pm at Memorial Stadium. Home side gates open at 6:30. This is a student-led event sponsored by the FCA huddles at Barton Jr High, El Dorado High, Smackover, and Parkers Chapel. Come hear local student athletes testify about their faith. For more info contact Danny Rivers at 870.814.4064.
Date:   October 21, 2015
Time:   07:00 PM - 08:15 PM
Location:   El Dorado Memorial Stadium
Contact:   Danny Rivers 870.814.4064
Date/Time Details:   Wed 10/21/15 7pm
Fees/Admission:   Free
Oct 22 - Oct 24   Bargains for You On Highway 82
3rd Annual Community,churches and individuals yard sale to buy and sell all along Highway 82 from Texarkana to Lake Village.
Date:   October 22, 2015 - October 24, 2015
Location:   Highway 82 all across Arkansas
Contact:   Larry Anderson 870-866-8165
Date/Time Details:   October 22 - 24, 2015 all day
Fees/Admission:   no cost except where city fees/permits apply
Oct 22   Hannah Pregnancy Resource Center's Fundraising Dinner: "Together for Life"
Annual Fundraising Banquet. Guest Speaker: Sheila Harper with Save One
Date:   October 22, 2015
Time:   06:30 PM - 08:15 PM
Location:   The Family Life Center at College Avenue Church of Christ 1817 North College Avenue, El Dorado, AR 71730
Contact:   Hannah Pregnancy Resource Center 870-862-1317
Date/Time Details:   Thursday October 22, 2015. Seating begins at 6:15pm. Fundraiser Dinner until 8:15pm
Fees/Admission:   Complimentary Dinner. Appeal will be offered and Donations accepted.
Oct 23   Keeping History Alive Banquet
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ben Johnson Title: My Adventures in Arkansas History"
Date:   October 23, 2015
Time:   06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Location:   El Dorado Conference Center
Contact:   Stefani O'Donohoe 870-862-9890
Date/Time Details:   October 23, 2015 6:30 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $100/person $800/tables of 8
Oct 24   Mutt Strut
8th Annual Mutt Strut.  Downtown El Dorado, West side of Courthouse on Washington Street. 

Pet costume contests, kid's costume contests, arts and crafts, cake walk, chili cookoff.
Date:   October 24, 2015
Time:   09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Location:   Downtown El Dorado on West side of Courthouse Square
Contact:   Becky Harbour
Date/Time Details:   Saturday, October 24, 2015
9:00 a.m. til 3:00 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   Admission is free but there is a $2 fee to enter your pet or child in the costume contest
Oct 24   El Dorado Service League Monster Dash Fun Run
Fun for ALL AGES - bring the whole family! We will have a costumed FUN RUN (or walk) with an optional Haunted area for the bigger kids/adults. :) More details to come but mark your calendars!This is FUN for the whole family! Come out and wear your costume - prizes will be awarded for Best Costume! Bubble Station & some candy for the kids.

Pre-Registration Prices
Adult Pre-registration -*T-shirt guaranteed with registration before 10/16/15 -  $25 
Youth (13 & under) - *T-shirt guaranteed with registration before 10/16/15  - $15
Children under the age of 3 *T-shirt size not available - Free
Late Registration Prices (Day of Race)
Adult Pre-registration -*T-shirt NOT guaranteed -  $35 
Youth (13 & under) - *T-shirt NOT guaranteed - $20
Registration forms can be found at: 
Brookshire's (both El Dorado locations), Goodwin's Animal Clinic, Sports Alley, Century 21 United, Petsense, AR Women's Business Center & on our facebook page, El Dorado Service League. 
Date:   October 24, 2015
Time:   06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Location:   Lions Club Walking Trail
Contact:   Veolette Pennington, Chair 501-681-3198 Alex Hecke (Co-Chair) 501-620-6390
Date/Time Details:   10/24/15 tentatively starting at 7pm
Fees/Admission:   Collecting sponsors and tshirt prices now.
Oct 31   Cruise Night Car Show
Bring your car and a story!
Date:   October 31, 2015
Time:   04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Location:   In front of Pj's Coffee on Washington
Contact:   Joel 870-665-8080
Date/Time Details:   Last Saturday of each month until October
Fees/Admission:   Free