Events for May 2015
El Dorado Chamber of Commerce
May 01   Crime Stoppers Fish Fry
El Dorado Crime Stoppers will hold its annual Fish Fry Fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, May 1 at Memorial Stadium in the Boys & Girls Club parking lot. Plates are $10 each and will include fish, fries, slaw, hot water cornbread and a pickle. Advance orders will be accepted through Friday, April 24. Call 870-866-8982 for more information. El Dorado Crime Stoppers raises funds to offer rewards for information leading to the arrest or indictment of the person(s) responsible for a crime. Since 2008, El Dorado Crime Stoppers has paid out more than $15,000 in rewards for tips that led to more than 50 arrests for crimes including murder, robbery, theft, forgery, and battery.
Date:   May 1, 2015
Time:   11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Website:   https://www.facebook.com/ElDoradoCrimeStoppers
Location:   Memorial Stadium/Boys & Girls Club Parking Lot
Contact:   870-866-8982
Email:   eldoradocrimestoppers@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Friday, May 1
Fees/Admission:   $10/plate
May 01 - May 02   Southern Food & Wine Festival
Sponsored by Presqu'ile Winery and Moon Distributors, the biennial Southern Food & Wine Festival returns to El Dorado! Friday night will consist of the Presqu'ile Vintner Event with heavy hors d'oeuvres and feature Presqu'ile wines. Saturday afternoon will feature the third wine pour event with local food vendors and wines from Moon Distributors.
Date:   May 1, 2015 - May 2, 2015
Time:   06:30 PM - 05:30 PM
Location:   Friday: The Granite Club Saturday: Corrine Court
Contact:   www.eldofest.com 1.877.940.EFEI 217 S. Jefferson Ave., El Dorado, AR 71730
Date/Time Details:   Friday 5/1/15: 6:30-8:30 pm Saturday: 5/2/15: 2:30-5:30 pm
May 02   Mayhaw Festival
EL DORADO, The South Arkansas Historical Foundation is pleased to announce that the 23rd annual Mayhaw Festival will be held on Saturday May 2, 2015 in El Dorado. The street festival will occur on the grounds of the Newton House Museum and along Jackson Street between Faulkner and Sheppard Streets on Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The festival will include children?s activities, rock climbing, 5K/10K Run, Mayhaw biscuit breakfast, museum tours, live music, craft vendors, lawn & garden vendors, Mayhaw jelly, antique car and motorcycle show, and an art contest. Festival patrons, vendors, runners, and cooking teams interested in the WING DING should visit the official Mayhaw Festival web site at www.mayhawfestival.com, or email info@soarkhistory.com for additional information. Come and join the fun and bring the entire family. Please visit the Mayhaw Festival on Facebook, Twitter, You Tube and website for regular postings, registration
Date:   May 2, 2015
Time:   07:30 AM - 04:00 PM
Website:   http://www.soarkhistory.com
Location:   510 North Jackson
Contact:   South Arkansas Historical Foundation office 870-862-9890 or email: info@soarkhistory.com
Email:   info@soarkhistory.com
Date/Time Details:   7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. May 2, 2015
Fees/Admission:   Free and open to the public
May 02   UnionCounty Master Gardener's Plant Sale
The Union County Master Gardeners will be holding their annual plant sale fundraiser on the parking lot of the Dickerson Law Firm, 407 N. Jackson, El Dorado, AR on Saturday morning, May 2nd. Plants of all kinds mostly divided from Master Gardeners local gardens will be for sell. Master Gardeners will be on hand to help with selections and to answer garden questions.
Date:   May 2, 2015
Time:   08:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location:   Dickerson Law Firm 407 N.Jackson, El Dorado, AR adjacent to the Mayhaw Festival
Contact:   Charlotte Abbott 862-1099
Email:   eldoabbott@yahoo.com
Date/Time Details:   May 2, 2015 8am until noon or until sold out
May 02   Mayhaw Festival
EL DORADO, The South Arkansas Historical Foundation is pleased to announce that the 23rd annual Mayhaw Festival will be held on Saturday May 2, 2015 in El Dorado. The title sponsors for the 2015 festival are El Dorado Chemical and First Financial Bank. The May 2nd street festival will occur on the grounds of the Newton House Museum on Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The festival will include children?s activities, rock climbing, 5K/10K Run, Mayhaw biscuit breakfast, museum tours, live music, craft vendors, lawn & garden vendors, Mayhaw jelly, antique car and show, and an art contest. Bands to be announced. The popular chicken wing cook-off, called the WING DING, is now in its fifth year. The grand prize for the best wings will be $1000.00. Festival patrons, vendors, runners, and cooking teams interested in the WING DING should visit the official Mayhaw Festival web site: www.mayhawfestival.com for additional information. Event Sponsors to be announced. Come and join the fun and bring the entire family. Please visit the Mayhaw Festival on Facebook, Twitter, You Tube and website for regular postings, registration forms, and updates.
Date:   May 2, 2015
Time:   08:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Website:   http://www.mayhawfestival.com
Location:   510 North Jackson
Contact:   South Arkansas Historical Preservation Society, Inc office at 870-862-9890
Email:   info@soarkhistory.com
Date/Time Details:   7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Runners at 7am)
Fees/Admission:   Free and open to the public
May 02   EHS Volleyball Spring Fling
Lady Cat Volleyball Spring Fling -Come play some volleyball !! - Girls 9-3 - Guys 3- dark - Are you interested in playing EHS volleyball? Come show the coach your skills! - Welcome past , present and future Lady Cats!! - $10 per player - All proceeds go to the Lady Cat team for camp and equipment! - Booster club will be there with Tshirts for $15 and bottled water $1. - for more info call 314-1250 or talk to Coach Smith!
Date:   May 2, 2015
Time:   09:00 AM - 07:30 PM
Location:   Old City Park
Contact:   Nicole Kilcrease 870-314-1250
Email:   Nicole_kilcrease@yahoo.com
Date/Time Details:   May 2nd 9am until dark!
Fees/Admission:   $10 per player
May 02   Mothers Day Lunch and Style Show
Mothers Day Lunch and Style show promoting Agape House Children's Home This will be a fundraiser and promotion of Agape House
Date:   May 2, 2015
Time:   12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Location:   St Mary's Episcopal Church 512 Champagnolle Eldorado Ar 71730
Contact:   Cindy Bush 724 hwy 558 Spearsville LA 71277 318-478-0689 or Melinda Gatheright 870-918-8709
Email:   cindymitcham@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   May 2, 2015 at 12 noon till 3pm
Fees/Admission:   Pending-Cost is undetermined as of this date. Attendance will be by Tickets that can be bought in advance or at door. Price to be set by April 3
May 05   Social Media Marketing Plans sponsored by the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce
Not sure where to begin with social media or why you should bother? Businesses of all sizes are using online tools like Facebook, Twitter, and blogs to connect with customers. We'll show you five low-cost ways social media can bolster your current marketing efforts, and you'll leave with your own social media marketing plan. Learn which social media are a good fit for you, where your target customers are looking online, and what it could mean for your business if you aren't involved in social networking.

The seminar is presented by Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center and sponsored by the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce. This event is free to Chamber members and are $30 for non-members.  Space is limited to the first 12 to sign up  You must register by contacting Kay Smith,
El Dorado Chamber of Commerce, (870) 863-6113, kay@goeldorado.com. Light meal provided.
 
Date:   May 5, 2015
Time:   05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Website:   http://www.goeldorado.com
Location:   El Dorado Chamber of Commerce
Charles H. Murphy, Jr. Boardroom
111 W. Main
El Dorado, AR 71730

 
Email:   kay@goeldorado.com
Date/Time Details:   Tuesday, May 5, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Deadline Monday, May 4
 
Fees/Admission:   Chamber members are free
Non-members $30
Space is limit to the first 12 to sign-up!
 
May 05   Social Media Marketing Plans
Not sure where to begin with social media or why you should bother? Businesses of all sizes are using online tools like Facebook, Twitter, and blogs to connect with customers. We'll show five low-cost ways social media can bolster your current marketing efforts, and you'll leave with your own social media marketing plan! FREE for Chamber members!
Date:   May 5, 2015
Time:   05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Website:   http://asbtdc.org/training/magnolia-events/
Location:   El Dorado Chamber of Commerce
Contact:   Julia Nipper, SAU SBTDC Training Coordinator
Email:   julianipper@saumag.edu
Date/Time Details:   5:00 - 7:00 p.m. 5/5/15
Fees/Admission:   $30 for non-chamber members FREE for chamber members
May 06   Family Finances and the Nursing Home
How to pay for long term car while also preserving assets! Grace Point Healthcare would like to invite you to our upcoming Townhall Meeting being hosted at our facility for the community and families of residents who are private paying for their care. We will have refreshments and a short educational presentation. There have been many changes recently to Benefits and Medicaid as it relates to long term care. If you are currently privately paying for your loved one's care at presentation. No advance registration is required for attendance. Simply arrive at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6th bring your appetite & your questions if you have any. It will be a wonderful evening, we look forward to seeing you there. We will also have BBQ from JJ's BBQ in El Dorado and giving away a $25.00 gift card for JJ's to one lucky guest.
Date:   May 6, 2015
Time:   02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Location:   GracePoint Healthcare 1700 E. Short Hillsboro El Dorado, AR 71730
Contact:   Grace Point Healthcare (870) 862-5124
Date/Time Details:   Wednesday, May 6th 2:00 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   FREE
May 07   GO RED LUNCHEON for men and women
Heart health screenings, lunch and silent auction. Guest speakers: Ginger Bullard, Suzy Burson, Jay Helm A special tribute to Alicia Carthan McClelland.
Date:   May 7, 2015
Time:   12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
Location:   El Dorado Golf and Country Club
Contact:   Amber Cowger, Marketing Coordinator at MCSA 870 864-3245
Email:   amber.cowger@mcsaeldo.com
Date/Time Details:   Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Fees/Admission:   tickets are $25.00
May 08   Life Touch Hospice Spring Celebration
With Mother's Day and Father's Day approaching, Life Touch Hospice will be planting flowers in the middle garden of the John R. Williamson Hospice House. This garden is a special place families can enjoy while their loved one is being cared for in the house. As an opportunity to honor and remember someone special, you may purchase a flower from a local nursery to be planted by our staff on May 8th. Please bring flowers to the John R. Williamson Hospice House beginning May 6th You are also welcome to come plant your own flower on May 8, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Additionally, Money may also be sent to be used toward purchasing flowers which our staff can pick up for you. We will post an in memory of... list with names of those for whom flowers have been purchased. The flowers we are hoping to plant are Salvia, Caladium, Impatients, Marigolds, Vinca, begonias, Hosta, Wave petunias, Geraniums, Lady Bank Roses, and Knock-out Roses.
Date:   May 8, 2015
Time:   09:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Location:   John R Williamson Hospice House @ 2301 Champagnolle Road, El Dorado, AR
Contact:   Melissa Henley
Email:   mcowling@lifetouchhospice.org
Date/Time Details:   May 8th 9am-12:30pm
Fees/Admission:   Free
May 08   Keys to Supernatural Success
Business leaders will share the reasons behind their success, both in the natural and in the supernatural. Presenters will testify of the impact God has had in their lives, and how following Biblical principles has made a significant difference in their businesses and in their careers.
Date:   May 8, 2015
Time:   06:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Location:   El Dorado Conference Center
Contact:   Danny Rivers 870.814.4064
Email:   dannyrivers@sbcglobal.net
Date/Time Details:   May 8, 2015 / 6:30p-9:00p
Fees/Admission:   $20 you can pay at the door!
May 09   Romantic Giants with the South Arkansas Symphony
This concert will feature violinist Stephanie Chase in one of the most loved violin concertos ever written. Classical fans will want to join us to hear the beautiful melodies of the master composer and theorist Johannes Brahms. How do you follow Brahms? Who could possibly fill his shoes other than the great Beethoven and his 5th Symphony. Program: Brahms: Violin Concerto Intermission Beethoven: Symphony No. 5
Date:   May 9, 2015
Time:   07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Website:   http://southarkansassymphony.tix.com/Event.aspx?EventCode=670414
Location:   El Dorado Municipal Auditorium 100 West 8th Street El Dorado, AR. 71730
Contact:   South Arkansas Symphony: 870-862-0521 Tickets: Call 870-862-0521
Email:   sasoexecdirector@sbcglobal.net
Date/Time Details:   May 9, 2015 @ 7:30 pm
Fees/Admission:   From $10-$25
May 11   Preservation Society Meeting
Topic: conservation of Family Documents Speaker: Jane Thompson, conservator for Arkansas History commission (Retired)
Date:   May 11, 2015
Time:   05:15 PM - 06:15 PM
Website:   http://www.soarkhistory.com
Location:   510 North Jackson Newton House Museum
Contact:   Patrick Hotard 870-862-9890
Email:   info@soarkhistory.com
Date/Time Details:   05-11-2015 5:15 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   Free and open to the public
May 13   Senior Circle Lunch & Learn
Age gracefully, live well and have some fun. Join the Circle. Medical Center of South Arkansas has achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack by being an accredited Chest Pain Center. This accreditation requires Medical Center of South Arkansas to meet strict criteria aimed at reducing the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis and treatment; treating patients more quickly during the critical window of time when the integrity of the heart muscle can be preserved and monitoring patients when it is not certain that they are having a heart attack to ensure that they are not sent home too quickly or needlessly admitted to the hospital. The Senior Circle Lunch and Learn presents Tonya Barnett, Trauma Coordinator, and Lacie Pullin, Chest Pain Coordinator. 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:   May 13, 2015
Time:   12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Website:   http://www.themedcenter.net
Location:   Medical Center of South Arkansas Conference Room 3
Contact:   Amber Cowger 870.864.3245
Email:   amber.cowger@mcsaeldo.com
Date/Time Details:   Wednesday, May 13, 2014 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.
May 14 - Jul 09   Online Operation JumpStart
Examine your business idea from every angle! Operation JumpStart is a practical, hands-on, microenterprise development program designed to help entrepreneurs test the feasibility of their business ideas and plan to launch new ventures. Operation JumpStart consists of a proven curriculum for starting or expanding a business. The curriculum won SBA's Model of Excellence Award fro Entrepreneurial Education. The program includes: concept development, market research, market analysis, financial projections, case studies, and networking opportunities. This entrepreneurship course is primarily online, with three in-class meetings: May 14 | 6:00 p.m. | "Getting Started" June 4 | 6:00 p.m. | Mid-Course Meeting July 9 | 6:00 p.m. | Graduation Fee for this course is $25. Pre-registration is required.
Date:   May 14, 2015 - July 9, 2015
Website:   http://www.southark.edu/ContinuingEducation
Location:   Online/SouthArk Center for Workforce Development
Contact:   tanglin@southark.edu 870-864-8456
Email:   tanglin@southark.edu
Date/Time Details:   Class begins Thursday, May 14
Fees/Admission:   $25
May 14   SAAP May Meeting (South Arkansas Administrative Professionals)
Come join the South Arkansas Administrative Professionals for networking and a round table discussion on the organization and our future direction! Lunch sponsored by Lion Oil. Please RSVP by Monday, May 11th to saapnetwork@gmail.com.
Date:   May 14, 2015
Time:   12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Website:   http://saapnetwork.wix.com/saap
Location:   St. Mary's Parish Hall
Contact:   SAAPNetwork@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/SAAPNetwork
Email:   SAAPNetwork@gmail.com
Fees/Admission:   Free
May 14   El Dorado Racquet Club Open House & Ribbon Cutting
You could win a free summer membership by coming to the El Dorado Racquet Club Ribbon Cutting and Open House celebration! The community is invited for refreshments and tour the new club house at 1127 Glenwood on Thursday, May 14, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. You must be present to win.

 
Date:   May 14, 2015
Time:   04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Location:   You could win a free summer membership by coming to the El Dorado Racquet Club Ribbon Cutting and Open House celebration! The community is invited for refreshments and tour the new club house at 1127 Glenwood on Thursday, May 14, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. You must be present to win.

 
Contact:   Chamber of Commerce, (870) 863-6113
Email:   chamber@goeldorado.com
Date/Time Details:   Thursday, May 14, 2015, from 4:00  p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   Free and open to the public.
May 19   Business After Hours Hosted by Medical Center of South Arkansas
Medical Center of South Arkansas will be holding business after hours on May 19th at their new MCSA Outpatient Therapy Services and MCSA Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center located at the Grove Medical Building, 620 West Grove Street, Suite 301.  Come see their new facility, networking, win door prizes and enjoy food catered by the hospitals own Homestyle Cafe.The price is $5 at the door. RSVPs are not required.
Date:   May 19, 2015
Time:   05:00 PM - 06:30 PM
Location:   Medical Center of South Arkansas 700 West Grove St
Contact:   Tiffany Olson (870)863-6113
Email:   chamber@goeldorado.com
Date/Time Details:   Tuesday, May 19, 2015 5:00 till 6:30 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $5
May 23 - May 25   South Arkansas Classic Golf Tournament
Mystic Creek Golf Club 4-Ball Tournament
Date:   May 23, 2015 - May 25, 2015
Website:   http://www.southarkansasclassic.com
Location:   Mystic Creek Golf Club
Contact:   Mystic Creek Golf Club 870-312-0723
Email:   info@southarkansasclassic.com
Date/Time Details:   May 23rd to May 25th
Fees/Admission:   Sign up before April 1st - $270 Sign up after April 1st - $300
May 26   Starting a Business in Arkansas
This seminar prepares you for the intensive business planning process, identifies major steps crucial to starting a business, discusses key issues that affect your business success, and discusses start-up requirements and common pitfalls you will face as an entrepreneur. Veterans attend FREE!
Date:   May 26, 2015
Time:   09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Website:   http://asbtdc.org/training/magnolia-events/
Location:   South Arkansas Community College - East Campus
Contact:   Julia Nipper, SAU SBTDC Training Coordinator
Email:   julianipper@saumag.edu
Date/Time Details:   5/26/15 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Fees/Admission:   $30 Veterans attend FREE!
May 26   South Arkansas Networking Luncheon Sponsored by Agape House Children's Home
Join us for the South Arkansas Networking Luncheon hosted by Agape House Children's Home held at the El Dorado Golf and Country Club, 101 Shady Side St. Each attendee will have the opportunity to introduce themselves to others as well as tell a little about what they do and who they work for in a fun, friendly environment. Win door prizes and network at the same time. The cost is $17.50 for members and $20 for non-members. RSVP required to chamber@goeldorado.com or (870) 863-6113 by 5:00 p.m. Friday, May 22.
Date:   May 26, 2015
Time:   11:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Location:   El Dorado Golf & Country Club 101 Shady Side St.
Contact:   Tiffany Olson (870) 863-6113
Email:   chamber@goeldorado.com
Date/Time Details:   Tuesday, May 26, 2015 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $17.50 for members $20 for non-members
May 30 - May 31   4th Annual Southern Showcase Festival City Shootout 2015
This is a 5 on 5 basketball tournament for grades 4U thru Senior grades, boys and girls. This is one of Arkansas's best travel and AAU teams tournament in Arkansas. We do have the best facilities in the state for the 4th Annual Southern Showcase Festival City Shootout basketball tournament. Coaches will be bringing teams from Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, and all over Arkansas to make this an unforgettable tournament. We look forward this year's tournament which will be held the weekend after Memorial Day. This tournament promises to be very competitive! Added attractions for this year will include larger trophies, Championship T-Shirts, second and third place medals/ribbons for the teams.. Register early and receive discounts.
Date:   May 30, 2015 - May 31, 2015
Website:   http://www.festivalcityshootout.com
Location:   Wildcat Arena, 2000 Wildcat Drive, El Dorado, AR Old Wildcat Gym, 501 Timberlane, El Dorado, AR Barton Jr. High Gym, 400 West Faulkner, El Dorado, AR
Contact:   Reginald L. Holly 2318 Oxford Street El Dorado, Arkansas 71730 (870)315-4019
Email:   festivalcityshootout@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   May 30th thru May 31st (Saturday and Sunday), 8AM Until
Fees/Admission:   Kids 12 and Under $5 Adults $7
May 30   Community Health & Wellness Fair
Community Health and Wellness Fair hosted by Great Lakes Solutions and Healthworks Fitness Center. FREE Health Screenings, Entertainment and Activities for the whole family!
Date:   May 30, 2015
Time:   08:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Location:   Healthworks Fitness Center, 304 N. Madison
Contact:   For more information contact Lori Ragan (870)881-6268
Email:   Lori.Ragan@chemtura.com
Date/Time Details:   May 30th, 8am-1pm
Fees/Admission:   FREE!