Events for April 2015
El Dorado Chamber of Commerce
Apr 01   Senior Circle Lunch & Learn
Age gracefully, live well and have some fun. Join the Circle. The event begins at 12:00 p.m. Lunch will be served. Reservations requested to (870) 864-3245. No charge for Senior Circle Members. SC membership is $15/year. You can sign up at the Lunch & Learn.
Date:   April 1, 2015
Time:   12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Location:   Medical Center of South Arkansas Conference Room 3
Contact:   Amber Cowger 870.864.3245
Date/Time Details:   Wednesday, April 1, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Fees/Admission:   No fee for Senior Circle members. Annual membership for Senior Circle (age 50 plus) is $15/yr. Reservations requested.
Apr 02   SAHPS Speaker Series co-sponsored with SouthArk
Topic: African Americans, Arkansas & the Other Great Migration Speaker: Prof. Story Matkin-Rawn University of Central Arkansas
Date:   April 2, 2015
Time:   05:15 PM - 06:30 PM
Location:   510 N. Jackson Newton House Museum
Contact:   Patrick Hotard 870-862-9890
Date/Time Details:   April 2, 2015 5:15 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   Free and open to the public
Apr 04   El Dorado Jaycees 20th Annual Easter Egg Hunt
The Jaycees 20th Annual Easter Egg Hunt is at the South Arkansas Arboretum on Saturday, April 4, at 11:00 a.m. Included will a bouncy house and hot dogs.  The hunt will start at 12 p.m and is free for ages 0-12. More than 5,000 eggs will be hidden with a special egg for each age group. 0-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12.
Date:   April 4, 2015
Time:   11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Location:   South Arkansas Arboretum
Contact:   Kelli Harrison
Date/Time Details:   April 4 at 11:00 a.m.
Fees/Admission:   Free
Apr 06   El Dorado Police Department Testing
The EPD is now accepting applications for Police Officer. You must be at least 21, have a GED or Diploma and not have been convicted of any felonies or misdemeanors that would reflect bad on the department. No experience necessary. Many benefits to becoming a Police Officer here in El Dorado. Deadline for completed applications is March 20th by 4pm.
Date:   April 6, 2015
Time:   06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Location:   El Dorado Police Dept training room
Contact:   Sgt Chris Lutman (870)881-4820 or Capt Karl Nichols (870)881 4807
Apr 07 - Apr 09   Life Touch Hospice Volunteer Training
You can experience the joy of making a difference in someone's life by touching the lives of patients and their families in our community. You contribute based on your unique interests, skills, and talents. A short visit, a listing ear, reading a book, assisting in the office, or a simple walk - No matter what the activity, the gift of time leaves a lasting impression.
Date:   April 7, 2015 - April 9, 2015
Time:   09:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Location:   Life Touch Hospice 2301 Champagnolle Road El Dorado, AR 71730
Contact:   Melissa Henley, Volunteer Coordinator 862-0337 or toll free 866-378-0388
Date/Time Details:   April 7th, 8th & 9th 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   Free
Apr 09   U. S. Congressman Bruce Westerman El Dorado Office Ribbon Cutting & Reception

You are hereby invited to the grand opening of the new Fourth District office in El Dorado. We will hold a grand opening celebration on Thursday, April 9th, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at our location inside the Union County Courthouse at 101 North Washington Street, in the heart of downtown El Dorado. The ribbon cutting will be held on the steps of the North Jefferson Street side of the courthouse, with light food and refreshments served in the lobby.

We hope this grand opening gives us an opportunity to meet and discuss the issues that are important to the Fourth District, as well as highlight the work that our district staff has been doing for constituents.
If you have any questions about the upcoming open house or to let us know you will be in attendance, please feel free to contact Ben Gilmore at (870) 864-8946 or
Please note that that parking in the area around the courthouse may be limited.

Date:   April 9, 2015
Time:   10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location:   Thursday, April 9th
101 North Washington
El Dorado, AR 71730
Contact:   Chamber of Commerce, (870) 863-6113
Date/Time Details:   Thursday, April 9th 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Apr 11 - Apr 12   18th Annual El Dorado Service League Golf Tournament sponsored by BancorpSouth
BancorpSouth & El Dorado Service League present the 18th Annual Charity Golf Tournament on April 11-12, 2015 at the El Dorado Golf & Country Club. Entry Fee for the Tournament is $170/player or $340/team and includes: * Saturday Afternoon Event * One Practice round * 2 Days of Tournament Fun * Cart * Breakfast, lunch, & snacks * Refreshing beverages * Excellent Goodie Bags -Additional Fees (Required) * 5 Irons $10/player * Mulligans $10/player -Additional Fees (Optional) * Skins $10/player * Two-Man scramble format: Open to Men and Women. Amateur Status Only. * Deadline for entry is THURSDAY, April 9, 2014. * Tee times will begin at 7:30 a.m. You may get your tee time by calling the pro shop on Friday, April 10th * One practice round per player is available either on Thursday, April 9th or Friday, April 10th for the cost of cart rental only. * The top three teams in each flight will receive prizes. * Entry fee includes entrance to our Saturday afternoon event with heavy hors d?oeuvres (1:00 p.m.) and a Calcutta (2:00 p.m.). * A light breakfast and lunch will be provided to each golfer on both Saturday and Sunday.
Date:   April 11, 2015 - April 12, 2015
Location:   El Dorado Golf & Country Club
Contact:   Jessica Lange (870)918-1574 or Missy Blakely (903)424-7348
Date/Time Details:   4-11-15 to 4-12-15
Fees/Admission:   *Entry Fee is $170/ person, $340/ team. (Additional fees below for mulligan, 5 irons, and skins-see Description info).
Apr 11   Frozen Workshop: Queen Elsa Wand and Crown
This fun-filled workshop is based on the Disney hit film "Frozen." Students will make snowflakes and an Else wand and crown using a variety of materials and embellishments. This course is open to anyone that wishes to attend. However, if your child is under age 8, we ask that you accompany them for this workshop. Please complete the registration form for each person that will attend. **OLAF crafts are available upon request. If this is the preference for your child, e-mail your request to Otherwise, Elsa will be the assumed preference. This workshop will be held in the SouthArk Center for Workforce Development, 3698 E. Main Rd. Register online:
Date:   April 11, 2015
Time:   10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location:   SouthArk Center for Workforce Development, 3698 E. Main Rd.
Contact: | 864-8456
Date/Time Details:   Saturday, April 11 from 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Fees/Admission:   Fee: $10/child
Apr 11   El Dorado Kiwanis Club Child Safety Fair
El Dorado Kiwanis Club Child Safety Fair will be held on Saturday, April 11, 2015. The Safety Fair will include child safety seat installation and inspection, as well as other demonstrations related to child safety. This event is expected to feature participation from the El Dorado Fire Department, El Dorado Police Department, Hannah Pregnancy Resource Center, and others. The event sponsored by the El Dorado Kiwanis Club will be coordinated with the Kiwanis International "Kiwanis ONE Day" - a day of community service by Kiwanis International affiliates around the country on April 11.
Date:   April 11, 2015
Time:   10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Location:   This event will be held at the parking lot across from BancorpSouth on the corner of Cedar and Cleveland.
Contact:   Mark Barton - Publicity Chair, Kiwanis Club of El Dorado, Arkansas. Phone: (870) 866-9207. Address: 825 Mallard Dr., El Dorado, Arkansas.
Date/Time Details:   The Fair will be held from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, on Saturday, April 11.
Fees/Admission:   Free admission and free refreshments.
Apr 14   El Dorado Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet
Save the date for the Chamber's Annual Banquet at the
El Dorado Conference Center. This year's premier sponsors are GenWealth Financial Advisors & The Systems Group. Gold sponsors are Clean Harbors, El Dorado Chemical, Entergy and C.P. Deming & Company. Silver sponsors are Nexans AmerCable, Nabholz Construction Services, El Dorado Insider's Guide, Emrich & Scroggins, LLC, The Diamond Agency and HEPCO. Sponsorships are still available. Reception begins at 6:00 p.m. Doors and buffet will open at 6:30 with dinner and program to follow at 7:00 p.m. Our featured speaker will be Governor Asa Hutchinson. Tickets are $30 a person or $300 to purchase a table of eight. Purchase tickets at the Chamber by contacting us at (870) 863-6113 or Click here for more information.
Date:   April 14, 2015
Time:   06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Location:   El Dorado Conference Center
Contact:   Tiffany Olson (870) 863-6113
Date/Time Details:   Tuesday, April 14, 2015 Reception begins at 6:00 p.m. Dinner and program begins at 7:00 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $30 per ticket $300 for a table of eight.
Apr 15   GenWealth Financial Ribbon Cutting
The El Dorado Chamber of Commerce is hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the new office of GenWealth Financial in El Dorado under financial advisors Heather Crake, John Shrewsbury and Janet Walker and office administrator Chanel Hicks at 301 N. Washington. Suite 100 on Wednesday, April 15, at 9:00 a.m. The public is invited to attend.

Date:   April 15, 2015
Time:   09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location:   GenWealth Financial
301 N. Washington, Suite 100
El Dorado, AR 71730
Contact:   Kay Smith, 870 863-6113
Date/Time Details:   Wednesday, April 15
Ribbon Cutting: 9:00 a.m. .
Apr 17   Festival of Quilts
"Festival of Quilts" bi-annual Quilt Show. We invite you, your friends & family to join us for the most exciting two days of fabulous quilts. Learn how to bind a quilt, make an easy 4 patch, and lots of other tricks of the trade from local veteran quilters.
Date:   April 17, 2015
Time:   12:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Location:   El Dorado Conference Center
Contact:   Cheryl Splawn, (870) 864-7084
Date/Time Details:   Friday, April 17, 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday April 18, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $5
Apr 18   Household Hazardous Waste Collection
Clean Harbors is hosting a Household Hazardous Waste Collection event on April 18, 2015 from 8:00AM - 12:00PM. We will be giving away a reusable shopping bag and a tree in recognition of Earth Day.
Date:   April 18, 2015
Time:   08:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location:   Clean Harbors 309 American Circle El Dorado, AR 71730
Contact:   Clean Harbors 870/863-7173
Date/Time Details:   April 18, 2015 8:00AM - 12:00PM
Fees/Admission:   Free of Charge
Apr 22   Administrative Professionals Lunch
The Chamber invites you and your administrative professionals to join us for lunch as we recognize administrative professionals on this special day. Title Sponsors are Computer Troubleshooters. We will also award the Administrative Professional of the Year. We are currently seeking sponsorships for the lunch and you may contact the chamber to sponsor. To nominate someone for the Administrative Professional of the Year Award, please click here. Nominations are due by Wednesday April 8. Stayed tuned for more details on the lunch.
Date:   April 22, 2015
Time:   11:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Location:   El Dorado Conference Center
Contact:   Tiffany Olson (870) 863-6113
Date/Time Details:   Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Apr 23   Life Touch Hospice Balloon Release/Unveiling of Communit Wall
Annual Balloon Release in conjunction with Community Wall unveiling. Balloons may be ordered online at
Date:   April 23, 2015
Time:   12:15 PM - 12:45 PM
Location:   East Side - Union County Courthouse
Date/Time Details:   12:15 p.m. Thursday, April 23rd
Apr 23   Medical Center of South Arkansas Ribbon Cutting & Reception
Join Medical Center of South Arkansas to celebrate the new location and renovation of their Wound Center, Hyperbaric Medicine Center and Outpatient Therapy Services at Grove Medical Building Complex,
620 West Grove Street, Third Floor on Thursday, April 23, at 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. with a ribbon cutting, reception and tour. 

Date:   April 23, 2015
Time:   04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Location:   Grove Medical Complex Building
620 West Grove
Third Floor
El Dorado, AR 71730
Contact:   Kay Smith
Date/Time Details:   Thursday, April 23 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Apr 23   Mozart's "Requiem"
An all-Mozart concert featuring Mozart's famous "Requiem". The SouthArk Choral Society will be accompanied by New York City organist Daniel Beckwith and directed by SouthArk professor Victoria Harden. Soloists will include mezzo soprano Susan Schafer, singer for many years at the New York City Opera; Dalene Davidson, of New Orleans opera fame and currently Hot Springs' The Muse Organization executive director; and Shelton Harden, baritone with a long list of New York City credits and frequently heard in our area.
Date:   April 23, 2015
Time:   07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Location:   First Presbyterian Church, El Dorado
Contact:   Victoria Harden professor of music SouthArk Community College 870-864-7176
Date/Time Details:   April 23, 2014 7:00 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   Free
Apr 24   The Pottery House Ribbon Cutting
The Pottery House will celebrate their grand opening with a  Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting on Friday, April 24 at 10:00 a.m. located at 112 W. Main Street. 

Light refreshments will be served.
Date:   April 24, 2015
Time:   10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location:   The Pottery House
112 W. Main
El Dorado, AR 71730
Contact:   Chamber of Commerce, (870) 863-6113
Date/Time Details:   Friday, April 24, 2015 with the ribbon cutting at 10:00 a.m.
Fees/Admission:   Free and open to the public.
Apr 24 - Apr 25   Union County Relay for Life
Free- Open to the public yearly. Relay for Life will have teams set up and lots of food and games. Come on out whether you are on a team or not. Lots of fun and all for a good cause. Opening ceremony is at 6:00 pm, Luminaria service is at 9:00 pm and closing ceremony is at 1:30 am with lots of fun in between.
Date:   April 24, 2015 - April 25, 2015
Time:   06:00 PM - 01:30 AM
Location:   3040 Haynesville Hwy, El Dorado AR
Contact:   Tamie Erwin 870-866-4967 Brenda Knight 870-918-6443
Date/Time Details:   April 24 6:00 pm until April 25th 1:30 am
Fees/Admission:   Free
Apr 25   Keep El Dorado Beautiful Citywide Community Cleanup
This event is in conjunction with the Great American Cleanup in Arkansas, sponsored by Keep Arkansas Beautiful. Teams or a team representative will meet at Old City Park (College Ave.) between 8 - 8:30 a.m. to pick up supplies - trash bags, gloves, safety vests. Teams are invited back to the park after they have cleaned their designated areas. Keep El Dorado Beautiful will serve hot dogs and drinks, present team awards and give away several door prizes at 11:30 a.m. Registration for this event must be received no later than Thursday, April 16.
Date:   April 25, 2015
Time:   08:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location:   Old City Park
Date/Time Details:   Saturday, April 25, 8 a.m.
Fees/Admission:   n/a
Apr 25   Operation Christmas Child Golf Tournament
4 Man Scramble To raise awareness about Operation Christmas Child, a shoe box project of Samaritan's Purse. All Proceeds benefit Shipping Costs for Operation Christmas Child.
Date:   April 25, 2015
Time:   08:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Location:   Mystic Creek Golf Course Hwy. 335 El Dorado
Contact:   870-862-4264 Immanuel, 701 South West Ave., El Dorado or
Date/Time Details:   Saturday, April 25, 2015 Registration & Check-in - 7 am Tournament - 8 am
Fees/Admission:   $400 per 4 man Team. Sponsorships also available, please contact Immanuel for levels.
Apr 30   Economic Outlook Luncheon Sponsored by Lion Oil, Great Lakes Solutions and El Dorado Wesson-Railway
On April 30, 2015, the Chamber is holding its second 2015 quarterly Economic Outlook Luncheon, sponsored by Lion Oil, Great Lakes Solutions and El Dorado Wesson Railway Company, during which representatives from each community in Union County will have the opportunity to report what's going on in their backyard.

This is a great opportunity to learn about so many of the good things taking place around Union County and to meet the leaders who are making them happen. Lieutenant Governor, Tim Griffin will be the guest speaker.  Reservations required to (870) 863-6113 or The cost has increased to $17.50 for members and $20.00 for non-members. Payment or invoice preferred in advance.
Date:   April 30, 2015
Location:   First Baptist Church
2975 Haynesville Hwy.
Parkers Chapel, AR
Contact:   Tiffany Olson, (870) 863-6113
Date/Time Details:   Thursday, April 30, 2015
Time: 11:30 A.M to 1:00 P.M.
Fees/Admission:   $17.50 for members and $20.00 for non-members
Apr 30   SAAP Bunko
Come join the South Arkansas Administrative Professionals to play bunko! All skill levels welcome! Food served at 6:00pm, with play beginning at 6:30pm. $10 per player, cash prizes! Please RSVP by Monday, April 27th to St. Mary's Parish Hall
Date:   April 30, 2015
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Location:   St. Mary's Parish Hall
Fees/Admission:   $10 per player