Events for March 2015
El Dorado Chamber of Commerce
Jan 12 - Mar 21   HealthWorks Community Wide Couch 2 5k Training
HealthWorks is having a community wide Couch 2 5k training program beginning Monday, January 12th and ending Saturday, March 21st. Each Saturday at 8:00 a.m., weather permitting, meet us at the Union County Fairgrounds for a community run/walk. For HealthWorks members, a training schedule will be posted on the 2nd floor. Non-members may pick up a copy of the training schedule in the lobby of HealthWorks. Inquire at the front desk.

**NOTE:  You can also download the C25K app on your smartphone
Date:   January 12, 2015 - March 21, 2015
Website:   http://www.healthworksfitnesscenterar.com/
Location:   HealthWorks and Union County Fairgrounds
Contact:   Terry Clark 870-862-5442 ext 26 or Lindsey Spooner at 870-862-5442 ext 14
Email:   tclark1@suddenlinkmail.com
Date/Time Details:   1/12/2015 through March 21, 2015
Fees/Admission:   Couch 2 5k training is free to the public. Registration fee for the 5k on Saturday, March 21st yet to be determined.
Jan 25 - Mar 20   Get Lean in '15
HealthWorks Fitness Center is starting the New Year with Get Lean in '15. This program is an 8 week challenge that focuses on total wellness through a variety of Fat Loss Lifestyle Education Classes and Workouts. Participants will receive a pamphlet containing healthy nutrition and time efficient workouts. Interactive lectures teaching the fat loss lifestyle are scheduled weekly on Sundays from 3:00-4:00pm. This program will end Friday March 20th.
Date:   January 25, 2015 - March 20, 2015
Time:   03:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Website:   https://www.healthworksfitnesscenter.com
Location:   HealthWorks Fitness Center Conference Room
Contact:   Terry Clark 870-862-5442 ext 26
Email:   tclark1@suddenlinkmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Educational seminar dates are as follows: January 25th, February 1st, 8th, 15th, 25th, and March 1st, 8th, and 15th.
Fees/Admission:   $120 which includes 8 weeks of unlimited access to XTS classes, education, and workouts.
Mar 01 - Mar 07   Rhea Lana's of El Dorado
Over 600 South AR families selling more than 50,000 children and teen items. You will find upscale gently used clothing (newborn through the largest teen sizes), baby gear, equipment, furniture, toys, books & more!
Date:   March 1, 2015 - March 7, 2015
Time:   10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Website:   http://www.eldorado.rhealana.com
Location:   El Dorado Conference Center 311 South West Ave.
Contact:   Melissa Polk at 501-328-7262
Email:   melissa@rhealana.com
Date/Time Details:   March 1 11-7 March 2 10-7 March 3 10-7 March 4 10-6 (Shop for Your School - 10% goes back to school of your choice) March 5 10-3 March 6 9-8 March 7 9-2
Fees/Admission:   Admission is always free!
Mar 02   Rescheduled Event: El Dorado Bankers Blood Drive
El Dorado Bankers Blood Drive will be held at the South Arkansas Art Center on Monday, March 2nd! Free snacks, drinks, and T-shirts will be given with each blood donation! there will be a drawing for a $600 Walmart Gift Card for a lucky donor!
Date:   March 2, 2015
Time:   11:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Location:   South Arkansas Arts Center 110 E 5th St, El Dorado, AR 71730
Date/Time Details:   Monday, March 2nd, 2015 11:00AM-6:00PM
Mar 02   Preservation Society Meeting
Topic: History of South Arkansas University Speaker: Dr. James Willis
Date:   March 2, 2015
Time:   05:15 PM - 06:30 PM
Website:   http://www.soarkhistory.com
Location:   510 North Jackson
Contact:   Patrick Hotard 870-862-9890
Email:   info@soarkhistory.com
Date/Time Details:   March 2, 2015 5:15 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   Free and open to the public
Mar 04   Senior Circle Lunch & Learn
Age gracefully, live well and have some fun. Join the Circle. Spring is right around the corner; learn some tips to control spring allergies. 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:   March 4, 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, March 4, 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.
Mar 05   Vehicle Refinishing for Insurance Personnel
Vehicle Refinishing for the Insurance Industry AR C.E. Course ID # 10088575 provided by Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes provider ID # 4460. Qualifies for 7 C.E. points. Sponsored by Laneys Collision Center and provided as a community service to local insurance personnel. Lunch will be provided.
Date:   March 5, 2015
Time:   08:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Location:   Laneys Collision Center 916 East Hillsboro El Dorado, AR
Contact:   Craig Griffin (870) 863-7112
Email:   wecare@laneyscollision.com
Date/Time Details:   Thursday March 5, 2015 8:30am-4:30pm
Fees/Admission:   No charge
Mar 05   South Arkansas Administrative Professionals Meeting
Join us for our 3 year Anniversary Meeting
Date:   March 5, 2015
Time:   12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Website:   http://saapwetwork.wix.com/saap
Location:   Murphy Oil Corp. Dining Room 200 E. Peach St.
Contact:   Please RSVP by Monday March 1st.
Email:   saapnetwork@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   March 5th from 12-1pm
Fees/Admission:   Free
Mar 07   HealthWorks Community Run/Walk
Meet as a community at the Union County Fairgrounds for the Couch 2 5k run/walk (weather permitting).
Date:   March 7, 2015
Time:   08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
Website:   https://www.healthworksfitnesscenter.com
Location:   Union County Fairgrounds Track
Contact:   Lindsey Spooner 870-862-5442 ext 14
Email:   healthworksfitness1@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   3/7/2015 8:00 a.m.
Fees/Admission:   Free
Mar 07   Strong, Arkansas Crawfish Boil
If you like Hot and Spicy Shrimp and Crawdaddy's then Jalisco's Mexican Restaurant In Strong, Arkansas is where you need to be on Saturday March 7 Starting @ 5 pm.
Date:   March 7, 2015
Time:   05:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Location:   9564 Strong Hwy, Strong, Arkansas 8707972555
Contact:   8707972555
Date/Time Details:   March 7, 2015 Starts 5 pm
Mar 09   58th Annual Civitan Auction
The 58th Annual Civitan TV Auction will be held on Monday, March 9 from 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m at  Immanuel Baptist Church, broadcasted live on cable channel 14, KAGL radio Real American Country 98.7 and streaming on Immanuel Baptist Church El Dorado's website www.ibceldorado.org.

 Proceeds benefit South Arkansas Developmental Center for Children and Families.

The worldwide mission of Civitan International is to build good citizenship by providing a volunteer organization of clubs dedicated to serving individual and community needs with an emphasis on helping people with developmental disabilities.
 
Date:   March 9, 2015
Time:   06:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location:   Immanuel Baptist Church
701 South West Ave.
El Dorado, AR 71730
Contact:   Mike Dumas (870) 863-8885
Email:   thedumases@att.net
Date/Time Details:   Monday, March 9 from 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Mar 10   Brown Bag Lunch and Learn: Getting Started with Pinterest and Instagram
Join us for a fun and fast paced look at these emerging social networks. In this seminar, we will explore how these social networks may fit your business and how to make these effective. We will also discuss time management tips on how to make sure you are spending the appropriate amounts of time on these social networks.
Date:   March 10, 2015
Time:   11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Website:   https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eaarei0q17147adb
Location:   SouthArk - East Campus
Contact:   Julia Nipper, SAU ASBTDC Training Coordinator SAU Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center 870-235-5033 julianipper@saumag.edu
Email:   julianipper@saumag.edu
Date/Time Details:   March 10, 2015 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Fees/Admission:   $30
Mar 12   South Arkansas Networking Breakfast Sponsored by South Arkansas Mayhaw Festival
RISE AND SHINE for the South Arkansas Networking Breakfast sponsored by South Arkansas Mayhaw Festival at 510 N. Jackson. Each attendee will have the opportunity to network in a fun, friendly environment. The grand prize is a Samsung Galaxy Wi-Fi Tablet with 16 GB and a case. You could also win 2 bottles of wine and a $50 fayray's Gift Card, $50 Murphy-Pitard Gift Card, Mayhaw Festival Gift Basket or a Centerpiece Flower Arrangement. The Samsung Galaxy Wi-Fi Tablet and Mayhaw Festival Basket is donated by the South Arkansas Historical Preservation Society. All other door prizes are donated by The SAHPS board members. Breakfast will be catered by Paula's Catering. The cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members in advance. RSVP required Tuesday, March 10, 2015 by 5:00 p.m., to provide final count for caterer. Please RSVP to chamber@goeldorado.com or call (870) 863-6113.
Date:   March 12, 2015
Time:   07:30 AM - 09:00 AM
Location:   510 N. Jefferson
Contact:   Tiffany Olson (870) 863-6113
Email:   chamber@goeldorado.com
Date/Time Details:   Thursday, March 12, 2015 7:30 to 9:00 a.m.
Fees/Admission:   $15 for members $20 for non-members
Mar 12   Celebrate Red Cross Month
March is Red Cross Month, Come join the fun! Come and learn about the American Red Cross. Does your Business have a plan in the event of a Disaster? Become a Volunteer. Free Blood Pressure Checks and Light refreshments will be provided.
Date:   March 12, 2015
Time:   10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Website:   http://www.redcross.org
Location:   El Dorado/Union County Chamber of Commerce 111 West Main, El Dorado, AR
Contact:   American Red Cross - Janelle Williams - 870-863-8196
Email:   janellew2257@yahoo.com
Date/Time Details:   March 12, 2015 from 10am to 2pm
Fees/Admission:   Free of Charge.
Mar 12   SouthArk Lecture Series - Ernest Green of the "Little Rock Nine"
The first African-American graduate of Central High School will speak on "Lesson from Little Rock" in the eighth annual SouthArk Lecture Series. Risking life and limb, Ernest Green and eight classmates agreed to integrate the formerly all-white school in 1957 and made front-page news around the world when Governor Orville Faubus refused them entry and President Eisenhower had to send Federal troops to keep the peace. Currently, Mr. Green is the Managing Director of Public Finance for Lehman Brothers' Washington, D.C. office.
Date:   March 12, 2015
Time:   07:00 PM - 08:15 PM
Website:   http://www.southark.edu
Location:   Murphy Hall, El Dorado Conference Center
Contact:   Phil Ballard (870) 864-7156
Email:   pballard@southark.edu
Date/Time Details:   Thursday, March 12, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   Free of charge
Mar 14   HealthWorks Community Run/Walk
Meet as a community at the Union County Fairgrounds for the Couch 2 5k run/walk (weather permitting).
Date:   March 14, 2015
Time:   08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
Website:   https://www.healthworksfitnesscenter.com
Location:   Union County Fairgrounds Track
Contact:   Lindsey Spooner 870-862-5442 ext 14
Email:   healthworksfitness1@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   3/14/2015 8:00 a.m.
Fees/Admission:   Free
Mar 14   Union County Master Gardeners Dirt Friends Festival
Union County Master Gardeners' Dirt Friends Festival will feature two garden speakers:Janet Carson, University of Arkansas Horticultural Specialist and Bob Byers, Landscape Architect with Garvan Woodland Gardens, Hot Springs, AR. Door open at 8:30am, program begins at 9am. In additio to the speakers there will be vendors, refreshments and door-prizes. Fee is $10. For more information contact Charlotte Abbott, 870-862-1099.
Date:   March 14, 2015
Time:   08:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location:   Westside Baptist Church, Wilson Hall 2400 W. Hillsboro, El Dorado
Contact:   Charlotte Abbott 870-862-1099 eldoabbott@yahoo.com
Email:   eldoabbott@yahoo.com
Date/Time Details:   March 14, 2015 8:30am
Fees/Admission:   $10
Mar 14   Life Bridge Grief Camp
The Bereavement Program of Life Touch Hospice offers Life Bridge Grief Camp for youth ages six through seventeen who have lost a loved one. Participants learn and share about their grief in a caring environment while also taking part in a low ropes course, horseback riding, and crafts. Parents and/or guardians are able to take part in a brief session that focuses on helping youth who are grieving.
Date:   March 14, 2015
Time:   08:30 AM - 05:15 PM
Website:   http://lifetouchhospice.homestead.com/Life-Bridge-Camp.html
Location:   Beech Springs Camp, Smackover AR
Contact:   Contact Life Touch at 866-378-0388 for more information. Click here for an application http://lifetouchhospice.homestead.com/Life_Bridge_Camp_Registration-application_-_2015.pdf
Email:   rlandreneau@lifetouchhospice.org
Date/Time Details:   March 14, 2015 8:30am - 5:15pm
Fees/Admission:   $15
Mar 14   Celebrity Waiter Union County RFL Event
Celebrity Waiter is food, fun, silent auction and more. This event is alot of fun and all for a good cause. All proceeds from this event go to Relay for Life/American Cancer Society. Local Celebrities come out and have fun. You can buy tickets from team members or contact us by email.
Date:   March 14, 2015
Time:   05:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Website:   http://www.relayforlife.org/unionar
Location:   St. Mary's Episcopal Church El Dorado
Contact:   Beth Brumley 870-725-4614
Email:   rflunioncountyar@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   March 14th 5:00- 9:00 pm
Fees/Admission:   TBA
Mar 17   OWLS (Older Wiser Livelier Seniors)
This monthly program is for ages 50 and better! Each month will feature a little something different, for example: Wellness Education, Exercise Demonstrations and even Quarterly Birthday Celebrations. We laugh and socialize while learning ways to live life to the fullest. This month we are celebrating January, February and March birthdays...cake,games and fun! Call now to make your reservations.
Date:   March 17, 2015
Time:   02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Location:   HealthWorks Conference Room, 304 North Madison El Dorado, AR
Contact:   Lori DeWese South Arkansas Center on Aging 870 881-8969 Facebook: South Arkansas Center on Aging Education
Email:   deweselorik@uams.edu
Date/Time Details:   Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Fees/Admission:   FREE
Mar 17   Business After Hours Sponsored by Teague Auto Group
You do not want to miss Business After Hours hosted by Teague Auto Group, 1830 W. Hillsboro. This is an opportunity to network with other area professionals as well as visit a Chamber of Commerce member's business and learn more about what it is that they do.  Be sure to bring your business card. Everyone will really enjoy the St. Patrick's Day festival. You will also have a chance to win 2 round trip tickets to Dallas from SeaPort Airlines, along with many other prizes. Food catered by Paula's Catering. The price is $5 at the door. RSVPs are not required.
Date:   March 17, 2015
Time:   05:00 PM - 06:30 PM
Location:   Teague Auto Group 1830 W. Hillsboro
Contact:   Tiffany Olson (870) 863-6113
Email:   chamber@goeldorado.com
Date/Time Details:   Tuesday, March 17, 2015 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 P.m.
Fees/Admission:   $5 at the door!
Mar 19   El Dorado Alzheimer's Support Group
This monthly support group is for caregivers and others dealing with Alzheimer's disease. Come join us and get the emotional support you need. A light lunch is served Sponsored by South Arkansas Center on Aging, Area Agency on Aging and LifeTouch.
Date:   March 19, 2015
Time:   12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Location:   Simmons Bank , Second floor conference room
Contact:   Lori DeWese at South Arkansas Center on Aging 870 881-8969 Facebook: South Arkansas Center on Aging Education
Email:   deweselorik@uams.edu
Date/Time Details:   Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 12:00 till 1:00
Fees/Admission:   FREE
Mar 19   Email Marketing
Email marketing doesn't cost much or take a lot of time, but it's effective - a perfect fit for small businesses! Target the customer you want to reach and get results with email. Learn how to get your messages opened, how to grow your list, and how to use email service providers to create professional-looking campaigns in a snap.
Date:   March 19, 2015
Time:   02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Website:   https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eaarlj5hc8d4e07b
Location:   SouthArk - East Campus
Contact:   Julia Nipper, SAU ASBTDC Training Coordinator SAU Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center 870-235-5033 julianipper@saumag.edu
Email:   julianipper@saumag.edu
Date/Time Details:   March 19, 2015 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $30
Mar 19   Vince Gill & Friends Live
Vince Gill & Friends Live featuring Ashley Monroe, Charlie Worsham & Jenny Gill Thursday, March 19th at the El Dorado Municipal Auditorium. Showtime is 7 pm with doors opening at 6 pm. Tickets are $100, $60, $50, $40 & $30 and are available at www.mainstreeteldorado.org or by calling (870) 862-4747.
Date:   March 19, 2015
Time:   07:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Website:   http://www.mainstreeteldorado.org
Location:   El Dorado Municipal Auditorium
Contact:   Main Street El Dorado (870) 862-4747
Email:   mainstreeteldorado@suddenlinkmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Thursday, March 19th - 7 pm
Fees/Admission:   Reserve Seating tickets are $100, $60, $50, $40 & $30
Mar 21   Bikers Against Child Abuse Awareness Rally
Fundraiser for bikers against child abuse,black gold chapter. Fun for all ages! Events include poker run, live bands , state cook off, biker games, lots of vendors, door prizes and much more.
Date:   March 21, 2015
Location:   Union county fair grounds
Contact:   Mandy Johnson. 806-471-2240 Tony Primm. 870-315-4214
Email:   Durtyt315@yahoo.com
Date/Time Details:   March 21st.
Fees/Admission:   10 at the gate
Mar 21   Mayhaw 101 Clinic
We feel this is a great public service trying to educate everyone on the care and upkeep of a mayhaw orchard with all the different speakers we have coming to the Eldorado Conference center for our program. Our cooking contest is really starting to garner a lot of interest for the $250 / $100 / $50 top prizes for the best mayhaw recipe and after the judging is over everyone is invited to sample all the entrees, also they have some really nice door prizes. There will be coffee and mayhaw jelly/ biscuits in the morning followed by our guest speakers and then the cooking contest and break for sampling. The Eldorado trolley will be scuttling everyone from their motels to the conference center and then out to Paul's Mayhaw orchard for an orchard tour guided by Robin Bridges from the Union County Extension service and Rafash Brew from the Union Parish Extension service from Monroe La. There they will be treated to free samples of mayhaw wine and homemade mayhaw ice cream, there will be limited grafted mayhaw trees for sale also. Following that the park superintendent (Paul Butler) at Moro Bay State Park is giving guided boat tours to see mayhaws in the wild on the Ouachita river. But one of the biggest attractions is the Mayhaw themed 4 course meal to be served with free samples of mayhaw wine at Fayray's restaurant on the downtown square Friday night (March 20th) after the Vince Gill concert (March 19), (which I hear is sold out ) and that response has been overwhelming but this is a 1st come 1st served / no reservations. The Eldorado A & P commission has given us $3000.00 to help advertise with-in a 100 mile radius and we have several great sponsors who have taken us under their wing putting forth much faith in helping make this a success this year.
Date:   March 21, 2015
Time:   08:00 AM - 01:30 PM
Website:   http://www.mayhaw.biz
Location:   Eldorado Conference Center Paul's Mayhaw Orchard Moro Bay State Park
Contact:   Paul McLaughlin / event coordinator
Email:   curlymc777@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   3/21/2015
Fees/Admission:   Free
Mar 21   The Music of ABBA with Arrival and the South Arkansas Symphony
This Concert OVERVIEW With over 380 million records and singles sold, ABBA is one of the best selling music artists of all time and the second best selling music group of all time. Their music has been heard all over the world and most recently has been attributed to the musical/ movie "Momma Mia". In 2010, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Now you can hear Arrival, original band members of ABBA, direct from Sweden. Playing regularly to millions of world wide audiences live and on television, they will come to El Dorado to entertain. Come join us for an experience you are sure to remember. TICKETS ARE NOT SOLD OUT! You can get tickets online or pay at the door by cash or check only!
Date:   March 21, 2015
Time:   07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Website:   http://www.SouthArkansasSymphony.org
Location:   El Dorado Municipal Auditorium 100 W. 8th Street El Dorado, AR. 71730
Contact:   South Arkansas Symphony Box Office: 870-862-0521
Email:   sasoexecdirector@sbcglobal.net
Date/Time Details:   Saturday, March 21, 2015 @ 7:30 pm
Fees/Admission:   Tickets are $5-$25
Mar 27   American Red Cross Volunteer Meeting
Monthly Meeting of Local Red Cross Volunteers. Lunch is provided.
Date:   March 27, 2015
Time:   12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Website:   http://www.redcross.org
Location:   American Red Cross Office - 501 Timberlane - El Dorado, AR
Contact:   American Red Cross - Janelle Williams - 870-863-8196
Email:   janellew2257@yahoo.com
Date/Time Details:   March 27, 2015 - 12 Noon
Fees/Admission:   No Charge.
Mar 28   2nd Annual Cruisin 4 a Cure Poker Run
All Vehicle Poker Run starts at BancorpSouth downtown parking lot at 8:00 am last bike out at 9:30, last bike in at 12:00 noon. $25 Entry fee includes lunch and tshirt, Passenger Fee $20 inlcudes lunch and tshirt. You may purchase 2 extra cards at the last stop. All proceeds benefit Relay for Life/American Cancer Society.
Date:   March 28, 2015
Time:   08:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Website:   http://www.relayforlife.org/unionar
Location:    7:45 am at the El Dorado Welcome Center 3315 Junction City Hwy. (instead of 8 am BancorpSouth Downtown branch)
Contact:   Beth Brumley
Email:   rflunioncountyar@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   March 28th 8:00 am to 1:00 pm
Fees/Admission:   $25 Rider $20 Passenger $10 Extra T-Shirt
Mar 28   Cruise Night
The first of 2015 Cruise In. Bring your Hot Rod and show it off. Enjoy the fellowship of others who of like mind. If you don't have a Rod, come and enjoy the eye candy.
Date:   March 28, 2015
Time:   04:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Location:   Washington Ave. between Main & Elm. (East Side of square)
Contact:   Joe Gallea 870-665-6380
Email:   jjsgourmetbbq@msn.com
Date/Time Details:   Last Saturday of every month March thru October. From 4:00 until sunset.
Fees/Admission:   Free