Events for April 2014
El Dorado Chamber of Commerce
Apr 01   Flock4CASA Fundraiser
April is Child Abuse Awareness Month and to promote awareness of our program we are "flocking" El Dorado. For a small fee you can have your friend or neighbor's yard or business flocked with pink flamingos. Anti-flocking insurance can also be purchased to ensure you aren't the next lucky one in town. For more information contact (870) 862-2272.
Date:   April 1, 2014
Location:   El Dorado
Contact:   (870) 862-2272
Date/Time Details:   Month of April
Apr 01   Spring Revival
First Assembly of God, 2225 W. Hillsboro, invites you to their Spring Revival starting Sunday, March 30, through April 2, 2014. Different guest speakers will be preaching each service. Visit www.eldoradoag.com for more information about times and speakers or call the church office at (870) 863-6143. We look forward to worshiping with you.
Date:   April 1, 2014
Time:   10:00 AM - 06:30 PM
Website:   http://www.eldoradoag.com
Location:   First Assembly of God
2225 W. Hillsboro St
El Dorado, AR 71730
Contact:   (870) 863-6143
Email:   pastoral@eldoradoag.com
Date/Time Details:   March 30 through April 2
Fees/Admission:   Free
Apr 02   Spring Revival
First Assembly of God, 2225 W. Hillsboro, invites you to their Spring Revival starting Sunday, March 30, through April 2, 2014. Different guest speakers will be preaching each service. Visit www.eldoradoag.com for more information about times and speakers or call the church office at (870) 863-6143. We look forward to worshiping with you.
Date:   April 2, 2014
Time:   10:00 AM - 06:30 PM
Website:   http://www.eldoradoag.com
Location:   First Assembly of God
2225 W. Hillsboro St
El Dorado, AR 71730
Contact:   (870) 863-6143
Email:   pastoral@eldoradoag.com
Date/Time Details:   March 30 through April 2
Fees/Admission:   Free
Apr 02   Howell's BBQ Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening
The El Dorado Chamber of Commerce invites the public to a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the opening of Howell's BBQ on Wednesday, April 2, at 10:30 a.m. at 2011 Junction City Road in El Dorado. Howell’s BBQ is a new restaurant open Mondays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Date:   April 2, 2014
Time:   10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location:   Howell's BBQ
2011 Junction City Rd
El Dorado, AR 71730
Contact:   Chamber of Commerce, (870) 863-6113
Email:   chamber@goeldorado.com
Date/Time Details:   Wednesday, April 2, with the ribbon cutting at 10:30 a.m.
Apr 03   SAAP April Meeting
A presentation and round table discussion on what South Arkansas will be saying about SAAP.
Date:   April 3, 2014
Time:   12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Location:   St. Mary's Episcopal Church Parish Hall
512 Champagnolle Rd.
El Dorado, AR 71730
Email:   SAAPnetwork@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Thursday, April 3
Apr 05   Seed Swap
Come to the annual CAAH (Conserve Arkansas's Agricultural Heritage) seed swap. Gardeners bring heritage fruit and vegetable seeds to trade with others from what they grew from last year's seed. CAAH! representatives bring additional seeds with them to offer to the public. Also, other garden items can be shared: pass-along-plants, tools, bulbs, etc. The effort is for preserving endangered heirloom plant seeds. In Arkansas, the seed bank is headquartered at UCA.
Date:   April 5, 2014
Time:   10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Website:   http://www.youseemore.com/barton
Location:   Barton Library (back parking lot)
Contact:   Nancy L. Arn, (870) 863-5447
Email:   narn@bartonlibrary.org
Date/Time Details:   Saturday, April 5, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   Free to the public
Apr 09   SC Lunch and Learn
This lunch and presentation is by Dr. Ken Prather and Director Margaret Holzem, MCSA Wound Care Center and Hyperbaric Treatment Center.
Date:   April 9, 2014
Time:   12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Website:   http://www.themedcenter.net
Location:   Medical Center of South Arkansas
Conference Room 3
Contact:   RSVP, (870) 864-3282
Email:   Catherine.noyes@mcsaeldo.com
Date/Time Details:   April 9, 2014, at 12:00 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   SC members and first time guests: Free.
Others: $15
Apr 10   Excellence in Free Enterprise Luncheon Honoring Charles H. Murphy
Join Economics Arkansas for a special luncheon as we present the Excellence in Free Enterprise Award to honor the legacy of Charles H. Murphy -- a true entrepreneurial pioneer who achieved the pinnacle of success in free enterprise. Mr. Murphy's advocacy of economic literacy and the continuing support provided by the Murphy Foundation allows Economics Arkansas to celebrate 51 years of providing economic and financial education programs to Arkansas K-12 teachers and students. The award will be accepted by Madison Murphy. Keynote speaker: Dr. Arthur Brooks, President, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, Washington, DC
Date:   April 10, 2014
Time:   11:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Website:   http://www.economicsarkansas.org
Location:   Little Rock Marriott
3 Statehouse Plaza
Little Rock, Arkansas
Contact:   Sue Owens, Exec. Director, Economics Arkansas, (501) 682-4349
Email:   sue@economicsarkansas.org
Date/Time Details:   April 10, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m
Fees/Admission:   Sponsor tables and individual seating available. Contact Sue Owens at Economics Arkansas for more information.
Apr 10   Nature Nights: Water, Water, Everywhere!
Since you are preparing for all the fun summer activities around water, join us for a few tips on how to be safe. We’ll have games, prizes, and WATER! RSVP by calling (870) 864-7192 or e-mailing ce@southark.edu.
Date:   April 10, 2014
Time:   06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Website:   http://www.southark.edu
Location:   SouthArk Center for Workforce Development
Contact:   (870) 864-7192
Email:   ce@southark.edu
Date/Time Details:   Thursday, April 10, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   Free
Apr 12   El Dorado Service League 17th Annual Golf Tournament
The El Dorado Service League presents the 17th Annual ESL Golf Tournament on April 12 and 13. This two-day, two-person scramble is open to both men and women.
 
Date:   April 12, 2014
Website:   https://www.facebook.com/ElDoradoServiceLeague
Location:   The El Dorado Golf & Country Club
Date/Time Details:   Saturday, April 12, and Sunday, April 1, beginning at 8:00 a.m.
Apr 12   Tinker Time Jewelry Making
Join the interpreter in the Tinkering Studio and make jewelry that lights up or maybe make it from old appliances that have been taken apart. The possibilities are endless. This activity takes place in our Tinkering Studio, a space where you can slow down, become engaged in hands-on investigation, and explore how you might make an invention that helps promote the conservation of Arkansas's natural resources!
Date:   April 12, 2014
Location:   Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources
Smackover, AR  71762
Contact:   Park Superintendent, (870) 725-2877
Email:   museumnaturalresources@arkansas.com
Date/Time Details:   Saturday, April 12, 2014
Fees/Admission:   Free, any take-home product is $5
Apr 12   Great Lakes Solutions 5K Run/Walk and Health Fair
Great Lakes Solutions will be hosting the 2nd annual 5K Run/Walk and sponsoring a Health Fair at the El Dorado Conference Center on April 12. The 5K starts at 8:00 a.m., and the Health Fair starts at 9:00 p.m.

Click here for a 5K registration form.
Click here for a vendor form.
Date:   April 12, 2014
Time:   08:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Location:   El Dorado Conference Center
Contact:   Contact Randy Evans, (870) 864-1611, or Liz Slater, (870) 864-1641 for more information.
Email:   liz.slater@chemtura.com
Date/Time Details:   April 12, 2014
5K starts at 8:00 a.m.
Health Fair starts at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 1:00 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   Pre registration: Walkers $10, Runners $20
Day of the 5K: $15 / $25
No booth fee for vendors at the Health Fair
Apr 12   Union County Crusin 4 a Cure
Motorcycle Poker Run but all vehicles are welcome. First bike out will be at 8:00 a.m. departing from South Arkansas Community College, and last bike in will be at 12:00 p.m. at BancorpSouth's downtown parking lot. Lots of door prizes!

First Place:  $300
Second Place: $200
Third Place: $100.

BBQ lunch for all registered riders!! All proceeds go to Union County Relay for Life/American Cancer Society.
Date:   April 12, 2014
Time:   08:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Website:   http://www.relayforlife.org/unionar
Location:   Route includes South Arkansas Community College, Magnolia, Camden, Smackover and then BancorpSouth parking lot
Contact:   Pick up forms at First Financial Bank Corporate office, BancorpSouth, IDX and South Arkansas Community College
Email:   rflunioncountyar@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   April 12, from 8:00 am. to 1:00 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $25 includes poker hand, T-Shirt and BBQ lunch
$15 rider hand and BBQ lunch
$10 extra T-shirt
$10 two extra cards
Apr 12   Pictures with the Easter Bunny
Come have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny. Sponsored by Girl Scouts Diamonds Arkansas Oklahoma Texas, Union Service Unit.
Date:   April 12, 2014
Time:   10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Location:   Mellor Park Mall in common area outside T.J. Maxx and JC Penney
Contact:   (870) 875-2692 or uniongirlscouts@yahoo.com Elizabeth Pratt, Service Unit Director
Email:   enurseark@suddenlink.net
Date/Time Details:   April 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $5 per picture
Apr 12   Golf Week Amateur Tour @ Mystic Creek Golf Club
Become a member of the Golfweek Amateur Tour...Where amateurs play like pros! Membership to the Golfweek Amateur Tour is open to all ages and skill levels with separate flights to keep competition fair. For only $95, you can participate in any Golfweek Amateur Event in the USA throughout the year. The annual membership includes a subscription to Golfweek magazine, USGA handicap, and Tour merchandise. For complete information, please visit www.amateurgolftour.net.
Date:   April 12, 2014
Time:   12:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Website:   http://www.amateurgolftour.net
Location:   Royal Purple Classic at Mystic Creek Golf Club
Contact:   Jerry Homishak, (502) 762-1112, or Bryan LaRue, (870) 312-0723 Email: MysticCreekGolfClub@Outlook.com
Email:   Arkansas@amateurgolftour.net
Date/Time Details:   April 12, 12:00 p.m. shotgun
Fees/Admission:   $95: Membership Fee
$90: Tournament Fee
Apr 13   El Dorado Service League 17th Annual Golf Tournament
The El Dorado Service League presents the 17th Annual ESL Golf Tournament on April 12 and 13. This two-day, two-person scramble is open to both men and women.
 
Date:   April 13, 2014
Website:   https://www.facebook.com/ElDoradoServiceLeague
Location:   The El Dorado Golf & Country Club
Date/Time Details:   Saturday, April 12, and Sunday, April 1, beginning at 8:00 a.m.
Apr 14   Get Listed Locally (for small businesses)
Let instructor Julia Nipper with the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center teach you key words to use to receive maximum hits and see your business flourish! Is your business receiving the hits it should when someone searches it on the internet? Pre-Registration is required. Register by calling (870) 864-7163. For more information, call 870-864-7192 or e-mail ce@southark.edu.
Date:   April 14, 2014
Time:   01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Website:   http://www.southark.edu
Location:   SouthArk Center for Workforce Development
Contact:   (870) 864-7163
Email:   ce@southark.edu
Date/Time Details:   Monday, April 14, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $30.00
Apr 14   Marketing Techniques for Small Businesses
A small marketing budget doesn't have to mean restricted resources for your small business. Get an overview of general marketing techniques, accompanied by suggestions for small businesses with small budgets. Topics include how to create a marketing plan, calendar, determining target markets, low cost marketing tools, image development and branding, and e-marketing. Join Julia Nipper Monday in El Dorado at the SouthArk Community College - East Campus at 1:00 p.m. To sign up, email Julia at julianipper@saumag.edu or register by phone, (870) 235-5033. The class fee is $30.
Date:   April 14, 2014
Time:   01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Website:   http://asbtdc.org/training/
Location:   SouthArk - East Campus
Contact:   Julia Nipper, (870) 235-5033,
Email:   julianipper@saumag.edu
Date/Time Details:   April 14, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $30
Apr 14   It's Your Planet: Love It Girl Scouts Series
Girl Scouts and AR Museum of Natural Resources are teaming up to bring you an AWESOME program that allows you to experience what Girl Scouts STEM programs and the Museum has to offer. Join us every 2nd and 3rd Monday of each month.
Date:   April 14, 2014
Time:   03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
Website:   http://www.girlscoutsdiamonds.org
Location:   AR Museum of Natural Resources
3853 Smackover Hwy.
Smackover AR 71762
Contact:   Jarnisha Savage, Community Programs Specialist for Girl Scouts Diamonds
Email:   jsavage@girlscoutsdiamonds.org
Date/Time Details:   Monday, April 14 and April 21
Monday, May 12 and May 19
Fees/Admission:   This is a free series
Apr 14   Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet
The Chamber's Annual Banquet, sponsored by Entergy and Murphy USA, will be on Monday, April 14, at the El Dorado Conference Center beginning at 6:30 p.m.  This year's supporting sponsor are El Dorado Chemical, Mustard Seed Financial and Nexans AmerCable.

A cocktail reception begins at 6:30 p.m. with dinner to follow at 7:00 p.m. Our featured speaker will be Richard Davies, executive director of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. Additionally, the reigning Miss Arkansas, Amy Crain, will attend as our special guest.

Tickets are $30 a person or $300 to purchase a table of 8. Purchase tickets at the Chamber or reserve them by contacting us at (870) 863-6113 or chamber@goeldorado.com.
Date:   April 14, 2014
Time:   06:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Location:   El Dorado Conference Center
Contact:   El Dorado Chamber of Commerce, (870) 863-6113
Email:   chamber@goeldorado.com
Date/Time Details:   Monday, April 14, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $30/ticket
$300/table of 8
Apr 15   Business After Hours Hosted by Courtyard Rehabilitation & Health Center
Business After Hours in April will be hosted by Courtyard Rehabilitation and Health Center at 2415 W. Hillsboro St. on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. 

This is an opportunity to network with other area professionals
learn more about Courtyard. More details to come! Be sure to bring your business card for the door prize drawings. RSVPs are not required.


Business After Hours is held every month on the third Tuesday of the month.
Date:   April 15, 2014
Time:   05:00 PM - 06:30 PM
Location:   Courtyard Rehabilitation and Health Center
2415 W Hillsboro St.
El Dorado, AR 71730
Contact:   Kay Smith, (870) 863-6113
Email:   kay@goeldorado.com
Date/Time Details:   Tuesday, April 15, 2014, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $5 at the door
Apr 15   South Arkansas Center on Aging Presents...Discussions with the Doctor
Dr. Donald Voelker, interventional cardiologist at the Medical Center of South Arkansas, is the speaker at Discussions with the Doctor on Tuesday, April 15, at 5:30 p.m. He will speak on Foods that Kill and Foods that Heal.  If you are new to Discussions with the Doctor and you call and say "you heard about this program on the Chamber website", we will serve your meal for FREE!! 
Date:   April 15, 2014
Time:   05:30 PM - 06:30 PM
Location:   First Baptist Church Child Learning Center
Contact:   870 881-8969 If you are new to Discussions with the Doctor and you call and say ''you heard about this program on the Chamber website'', we will serve your meal for FREE!!
Email:   lkdewese@uams.edu
Date/Time Details:   Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at 5:30 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   FREE but must call to make reservations NO later than 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15.  If you are new to Discussions with the Doctor and you call and say "you heard about this program on the Chamber website", we will serve your meal for FREE!! 
Apr 15   Mommy & Me: Crocheted Mustache
Students should bring a set of crochet hooks, sizes D and up, and a skein of yarn. Pre-Registration is required. Register by calling 870-864-7163. For more information, call (870) 864-7192 or e-mail ce@southark.edu.
Date:   April 15, 2014
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Website:   http://www.southark.edu
Location:   SouthArk Center for Workforce Development
Contact:   (870) 864-7192
Email:   ce@southark.edu
Date/Time Details:   Tuesday, April 15, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $15.00
Apr 15   Union County Relay for Life Survivor Celebration
Union County Relay/American Cancer Society Celebrates Survivors! All cancer survivors and caregivers are invited to attend the FREE event to honor them. Dinner is provided along with an invitation to Union County Relay, T-shirt and other goodies! These survivors are our symbol of HOPE.
Date:   April 15, 2014
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Website:   http://www.relayforlife.org/unionar
Location:   Parkers Chapel First Baptist Church
2975 Haynesville Hwy
El Dorado, AR
Email:   rflunioncountyar@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   April 15, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   Free to cancer survivors and caregivers and those currently battling cancer.
Apr 15   Road Map to the Stars: The Night Sky Explained
Dr. Kevin Manning, astrophysicist, will present "Roadmap to the Stars: The Night Sky Explained" in the Callaway Theater of the South Arkansas Arts Center, on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Dr. Manning has worked as a consultant with NASA and other land-based observatories, is both a Wright and Einstein Fellow and presents numerous programs to libraries, observatories and science centers. Weather permitting, Dr. Manning will set up telescopes to view the night sky after his presentation. The program is free but children under 10 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Date:   April 15, 2014
Time:   06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Website:   http://www.youseemore.com/barton
Location:   Callaway Theater
SAAC
Contact:   Nancy Arn, Barton Library, (870) 863-5447
Email:   narn@bartonlibrary.or
Date/Time Details:   April 15, 2014, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   Free to the public. Children under 10 must be with a responsible adult
Apr 16   National Healthcare Decisions Day
Life Touch, along with other national, state and community organizations, is leading a massive effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision making an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16 as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD). As a participating organization, Life Touch is providing information and tools for the public to talk about their wishes with family, friends and healthcare providers, and execute their written advance directives (healthcare power of attorney and living will) in accordance with Arkansas state laws. These resources are available online at www.nationalhealthcaredecisionsday.org. Specifically, on April 16 Life Touch is welcoming the public throughout the day at several locations with free information about advance care planning and advance directive forms. Please visit our website www.lifetouchhospice.org/calendar.php for locations and times.
Date:   April 16, 2014
Website:   http://www.lifetouchhospice.org
Contact:   Marsha Cowling, Life Touch Outreach Coordinator, 866-378-0388, ext 107, or (870) 862-0337
Email:   mcowling@lifetouchhospice.org
Fees/Admission:   free to the public
Apr 17   Dementia Family Caregiver Workshop
This program provides an overview on Dementia and care giving for anyone helping to provide unpaid care to an older adult with dementia at home.
Date:   April 17, 2014
Time:   12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Website:   http://arcaregiving.org/eldorado/
Location:   The Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Center at 106 West Main, Suite 310 in Downtown El Dorado is hosting a workshop for the caregivers and family of dementia patients.
Contact:   Pre-register by calling (870) 639-1744.
Email:   bncheatham@uams.udu
Date/Time Details:   Thursday and Friday, April 17 and 18, from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. both days
Fees/Admission:   Free of charge.
Apr 17   Healthy Woman Girls Night Out
Join the Medical Center of South Arkansas for the annual Healthy Woman Girls Night Out event at the El Dorado Conference Center, co-presented by the South Arkansas Community College Lecture Series.

We all need time for just us and our best girlfriends...and this is the night. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres; wine and rita tastings; light shopping; and meet-and-greets with physicians and specialists so you can get your questions answered one-on-one and stay healthy! Hand and chair massages and lots of giggle time also available! Seven-time Olympic medalist Shannon Miller will be the featured speaker at 7 p.m. with a special appearance by the Bravo Dance Center award-winning gymnasts.
Date:   April 17, 2014
Time:   05:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Website:   http://www.themedcenter.net
Location:   El Dorado Conference Center
Contact:   Catherine Noyes, (870) 864-3282, MCSA Healthy Woman Coordinator
Email:   catherine.noyes@mcsaeldo.com
Date/Time Details:   April 17, 2014, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $10 for Girls Night Out pre-event festivities
 
Apr 18   17th Annual L.C. & Hazel Ross Memorial Scholarship Benefit
This is a two-man scramble golf tournament. More details to come!
Date:   April 18, 2014
Time:   09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Location:   Lions Club Municiple Golf Course
Contact:   Joe Berry (870)315-0001, Jimmy Howard (870) 862-3110, or Lou Smith (870) 863-3955.
Email:   wanbe@sbcglobal.net
Date/Time Details:   April 18 at 9:00 a.m.
Fees/Admission:   The entry fee is a donation per team.
Apr 18   Dementia Family Caregiver Workshop
This program provides an overview on Dementia and care giving for anyone helping to provide unpaid care to an older adult with dementia at home.
Date:   April 18, 2014
Time:   12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Website:   http://arcaregiving.org/eldorado/
Location:   The Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Center at 106 West Main, Suite 310 in Downtown El Dorado is hosting a workshop for the caregivers and family of dementia patients.
Contact:   Pre-register by calling (870) 639-1744.
Email:   bncheatham@uams.udu
Date/Time Details:   Thursday and Friday, April 17 and 18, from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. both days
Fees/Admission:   Free of charge.
Apr 18   17th Annual L.C. & Hazel Ross Memorial Scholarship Benefit
This event is comprised of a basketball games! Beginning at 6:00 p.m., the South Arkansas Hoyas vs. El Dorado All-stars. At 7:00 p.m., (EHS Women), Young School vs. Ole School and, at 8:00 p.m., WHS Hornets Alumni vs Ole-Young Timers (EHS Alumni).
Date:   April 18, 2014
Time:   05:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Location:   2000 Wildcat Drive
Contact:   Joe Berry, (870) 315-0001, or Bobby Peterson, (870) 863-6573
Email:   wanbe@sbcglobal.net
Date/Time Details:   April 18, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   Adults/Teen $4.00
Children $2.00 (under 12)
Apr 19   Clean Harbors Household Hazardous Waste Collection
Clean Harbors El Dorado Facility will conduct the first of six Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days this Saturday, April 19, from 8:00 a.m. to noon. The collection site is located at 309 American Circle Road in El Dorado. Local Union County residents are invited to bring household hazardous waste such as: paint, cleaning fluids, herbicides, pesticides, batteries, fluorescent bulbs, out-of-date non-prescription medicines, used oil and filters, propane and butane cylinders. Those items typically used around the home. Other items that cannot be accepted include: prescription drugs, firearms, ammunition, tires appliances, and electronics. Each resident that participates will receive a free reusable shopping bag. Appointments are required; contact Clean Harbors to schedule your drop-off at (870) 863-7173.
Date:   April 19, 2014
Time:   08:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Website:   http://www.cleanharbors.com
Location:   Clean Harbors
309 American Circle
El Dorado, AR 71730
Contact:   Clean Harbors, (870) 863-7173
Email:   gunter.christy@cleanharbors.com
Date/Time Details:   April 18, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   Free to the public.
Apr 19   Jaycees Annual Easter Egg Hunt
The Jaycees 17th Annual Easter Egg Hunt is at the South Arkansas Arboretum on Saturday, April 19, at 10:00 a.m. The hunt is free for ages 0-12. More than 5,000 eggs will be hidden with a golden egg for each age group. 0-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12. Please be early as the eggs do go fast, and we will start at 10:00 a.m. sharp.
Date:   April 19, 2014
Time:   10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location:   South Arkansas Arboretum
Contact:   Kelli Harrison
Email:   kaharrison515@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   April 19 at 10:00 a.m.
Fees/Admission:   Free
Apr 19   17th Annual L.C. & Hazel Ross Memorial Scholarship Benefit
Banquet Theme: An Evening of Celebrating Excellence with Guest Speaker Mr. Morris Graham Former Teacher & Band Director, Washington High School & El Dorado High School Washington HS & AM & (UAPB)Alumnus
Date:   April 19, 2014
Time:   06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Location:   Washington Middle School
601 Martin Luther King Ave
Contact:   Wanda James, (870)863-6502; Kewaukee Carey, (870) 814-5111; or Joe Berry (870) 315-0001
Email:   wanbe@sbcglobal.net
Date/Time Details:   April 19, 2014, at 6:00 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $15 Donation
Apr 21   It's Your Planet: Love It Girl Scouts Series
Girl Scouts and AR Museum of Natural Resources are teaming up to bring you an AWESOME program that allows you to experience what Girl Scouts STEM programs and the Museum has to offer. Join us every 2nd and 3rd Monday of each month.
Date:   April 21, 2014
Time:   03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
Website:   http://www.girlscoutsdiamonds.org
Location:   AR Museum of Natural Resources
3853 Smackover Hwy.
Smackover AR 71762
Contact:   Jarnisha Savage, Community Programs Specialist for Girl Scouts Diamonds
Email:   jsavage@girlscoutsdiamonds.org
Date/Time Details:   Monday, April 14 and April 21
Monday, May 12 and May 19
Fees/Admission:   This is a free series
Apr 22   South Arkansas Networking Luncheon Sponsored by the Mayhaw Festival
The April South Arkansas Networking Luncheon is sponsored by the Mayhaw Festival and the South Arkansas Historic Foundation on Tuesday, April 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the El Dorado Golf & Country Club.

This is an opportunity to meet other area professionals. Each attendee has 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.


Reservations required by Monday, April 21, by 5:00 p.m. to chamber@goeldorado.com or (870) 863-6113.
Date:   April 22, 2014
Time:   11:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Location:   El Dorado Golf & Country Club
Contact:   Kay Smith, (870) 863-6113
Email:   chamber@goeldorado.com
Date/Time Details:   Tuesday, April 22, 2014, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $15 at the door
Apr 23   Administrative Professionals Appreciation Luncheon
The Administrative Professionals Appreciation Luncheon, sponsored by El Dorado Chemical and supported by El Dorado Printing, South Arkansas Arts Center and Young's Funeral Directors, is Wednesday, April 23, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at El Dorado Conference Center, 311 S. West Ave.

To nominate someone for the Administrative Professional of the Year Award, please click here.

The Chamber invites you and your administrative professionals to join us for a buffet lunch as we recognize administrative professionals on this special day. We will also award the Administrative Professional of the Year.

Each administrative professional will receive a gift, and door prizes will be given away. Reservations are required. RSVP no later than Friday, April 18, to the Chamber at 863-6113 or Chamber@goeldorado.com.
Date:   April 23, 2014
Time:   11:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Website:   http://goeldorado.com/Forms/Forms.asp?p1=40
Location:   El Dorado Conference Center
311 S. West Ave.
El Dorado, AR  71730
Contact:   For more information, please contact Kay Smith at (870) 863-6113.
Email:   kay@goeldorado.com
Date/Time Details:   April 23, 2014, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $17.50/person
Reserve or purchase a company table for $180
Apr 24   Life Touch Balloon Release & Community Wall Unveiling
The Life Touch Balloon Release and Community Wall Unveiling will be held on April 24 at 12:15 p.m. on the east side of the Union County Courthouse.
Date:   April 24, 2014
Time:   12:15 PM - 12:45 PM
Website:   http://www.lifetouchhospice.org
Location:   Union County Courthouse
Contact:   Marsha Robertson
Email:   mrobertson@lifetouchhospice.org
Date/Time Details:   Thursday, April 24, at 12:15 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   None
Apr 24   Les Miserables
The South Arkansas Arts Center, South Arkansas Symphony, and El Dorado High School present Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil’s “Les Misérables.” Broadway veteran Craig Shulman directs and stars as Jean Valjean in Arkansas’s premiere community-wide production of the musical phenomenon. Special limited engagement of 5 performances only. Parental guidance suggested.
Date:   April 24, 2014
Time:   07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Website:   httpp://www.saac-arts.org
Location:   El Dorado High School Auditorium
2000 Wildcat Drive
El Dorado, AR  71730
Contact:   (870) 862-5474
Email:   info@saac-arts.org
Date/Time Details:  
April 24, 25, 28, 29 at 7:00
April 27 at 2:00 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $30
Apr 25 - Apr 26   Union County Relay for Life
Relay for Life raises money for the American Cancer Society year round. This event is the largest event of our year. We Celebrate, Remember and Fight back! Teams set up "campsites" and have games, food and fun! Cancer Survivors eat FREE. Free event open to the public and a great family friendly event
Date:   April 25, 2014 - April 26, 2014
Time:   06:30 PM - 03:00 AM
Website:   http://www.relayforlife.org/unionar
Location:   Parkers Chapel Football Field
3040 Haynesville Hwy
El Dorado, AR
Contact:   Beth Chadwick Event Chair (email address) or Benda Knight, ACS Partner, (870) 918-6443
Email:   rflunioncountyar@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   April 25, from 6:30 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.
Fees/Admission:   Free
Apr 25   Les Miserables
The South Arkansas Arts Center, South Arkansas Symphony, and El Dorado High School present Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil’s “Les Misérables.” Broadway veteran Craig Shulman directs and stars as Jean Valjean in Arkansas’s premiere community-wide production of the musical phenomenon. Special limited engagement of 5 performances only. Parental guidance suggested.
Date:   April 25, 2014
Time:   07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Website:   httpp://www.saac-arts.org
Location:   El Dorado High School Auditorium
2000 Wildcat Drive
El Dorado, AR  71730
Contact:   (870) 862-5474
Email:   info@saac-arts.org
Date/Time Details:  
April 24, 25, 28, 29 at 7:00
April 27 at 2:00 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $30
Apr 26   TinkerFest
Tinkering is free-form experimentation with use of screwdrivers, motors, wires, glue, and more. Tinkering is a great family activity where all can experiment and learn things together. It’s all about exploring to discover how and why things work, and often learning why they don’t. TinkerFest will feature inventors and artisans from south Arkansas. Visitors will have the opportunity to make one-of-a-kind jewelry from junk; take apart appliances and computers to actually see how they were designed and how they operated; paint with items that Mother Nature gives us; build an automata; make fun accessories, purses and wallets with duct tape, and much more.
Date:   April 26, 2014
Location:   Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources
Smackover, AR  71762   
Contact:   Park Superintendent, (870) 725-2877
Email:   museumnaturalresources@arkansas.com
Date/Time Details:   Saturday, April 26, 2014
Fees/Admission:   $5
Apr 26   Operation Christmas Child Golf Tournament at Mystic Creek
Four-person scramble at Mystic Creek Golf Club beginning at 8:00 a,m. with a shotgun start. The field is limited to the first 20 teams. Proceeds benefit shipping costs for Operation Christmas Child.
Date:   April 26, 2014
Time:   08:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Website:   https://www.facebook.com/MysticCreekGolfClub
Location:   Mystic Creek Golf Club
Contact:   Mail entries to Immanuel Baptist Church, 701 South West Ave., El Dorado, AR 71730 or hand deliver to Mystic Creek Golf Shop Bryan LaRue Head Golf Professional 870-312-0723 MysticCreekGolfClub@Outlook.com
Email:   MysticCreekGolfClub@Outlook.com
Date/Time Details:   April 26 at 8:00 a.m.
Fees/Admission:   $400 per team
$100 per person
Apr 26   Mayhaw 101 Clinic
We have a fantastic line-up of speakers scheduled with topics ranging from grafting trees as seedlings, to maintaining the orchard, an orchard tour and optimizing production. Weed control and pest management will be covered, as well as all the do's and don'ts of growing mayhaws and a jelly making class. There will be experts to answer your questions and share the latest developments in new varieties, new markets and new ideas. It should be a great time plus tasting mayhaw jelly, mayhaw ice cream and mayhaw wine, I'm looking forward to seeing you there.
Date:   April 26, 2014
Time:   09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location:   Paul's Mayhaw Orchard
279 Nick Springs Rd.
El Dorado, AR 71730
Turn left at Joe's Gro. on Strong Hwy. It's .3 miles on the right.
Contact:   Sponsors: Paul's Mayhaw Orchard / Paul McLaughlin, (870) 862-1931, and Richland Farms / Rhonda Rudder, (870) 875-1078
Email:   curlymc777@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   April 26, 2014, at 9:00 a.m.
Fees/Admission:   Free admission and free coffee, biscuits and mayhaw jelly, mayhaw ice cream and mayhaw wine.
Apr 26   Salute to Sinatra
Featuring Steve Lippia
Date:   April 26, 2014
Time:   07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Website:   http://www.SouthArkansasSymphony.org
Location:   El Dorado Municipal Auditorium
Contact:   South Arkansas Symphony
Email:   sasomail@sbcglobal.net
Date/Time Details:   Saturday, April 26, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   See website for Details
Apr 27   Les Miserables
The South Arkansas Arts Center, South Arkansas Symphony, and El Dorado High School present Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil’s “Les Misérables.” Broadway veteran Craig Shulman directs and stars as Jean Valjean in Arkansas’s premiere community-wide production of the musical phenomenon. Special limited engagement of 5 performances only. Parental guidance suggested.
Date:   April 27, 2014
Time:   02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Website:   httpp://www.saac-arts.org
Location:   El Dorado High School Auditorium
2000 Wildcat Drive
El Dorado, AR  71730
Contact:   (870) 862-5474
Email:   info@saac-arts.org
Date/Time Details:  
April 24, 25, 28, 29 at 7:00
April 27 at 2:00 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $30
Apr 28   Leveraging Federal Programs to Stretch Local Resources Speaking Event

J. Wesley Crum will discuss important federal programs, including the New Market Tax Credits and US Department of Agriculture REDLG Programs, on Monday, April 28, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the Charles H. Murphy Jr. Boardroom at the Chamber. Reservations are required for this event to chamber@goeldorado.com or (870) 863-6113.

"Wesley Crum and I have worked for about 15 years on economic development projects,” said Chamber President and CEO Jeremy Stratton. "I have found him to be one of the most creative and innovative thinkers in putting together financing to make projects work. By utilizing New Market Tax Credits and the USDA REDLG programs, he has helped me on numerous occasions make projects that would not work financially feasible otherwise. He has excellent contacts with CDE’s and can help us put together our own entity, which we will need as we move Union County and El Dorado forward.”

Crum, an attorney in Greenville, S.C., has worked on economic development, corporate financing and incentives with municipalities and companies for more than three decades.

"New Market Tax Credits and Rural Development programs are often overlooked by municipalities, but are effective in helping finance economic development projects,” said Crum. "In today’s environment of complex financing, it often takes private sector dollars, local tax dollars, and state and federal resources to make a project work.”

New Market Tax Credits is a highly successful program developed by Congress in 2000 and managed by the Treasury Department through the CDFI fund to help spur development in census tracts that have greater than 20 percent poverty rate and median household income 80 percent of the national average. The NMTC program offers a 39 percent tax credit over a seven-year period to developers and companies that make economic development investments in qualified census tracts. 

Often times, the developer or company will sell the credit on the open market through a Community Development Entity (CDE) to a large bank or oil company (for instance) seeking to lower their taxable income in exchange for money for their project.

Through this process, the developer or company will receive a 20 percent cash infusion toward their project. If a project has a $10 million investment, then the New Market Tax Credit process will lower it to a net $8 million investment and make it a more feasible project.

New Market Tax Credits have been used in the past for industrial, medical, educational, commercial and mixed use projects in eligible census tracts. Presently, most of El Dorado, except for a strip around downtown, is eligible. The largest and eastern most census tract in Union County also is eligible.

"We can work with Community Development Entities (CDEs), such as Arkansas Capital Corporation to obtain an allocation for a project,” Stratton said. "However, all CDEs have limited amount of allocation and their project focus may not coincide with our needs. My strong suggestion is to set-up an El Dorado and Union County CDE for our own allocation to use toward future projects. Wesley Crum will discuss the process of forming our own CDE.”

Union County and El Dorado are both eligible for the US Department of Agriculture’s REDLG Program based on population as long as we find an eligible Rural Utility Service to run the grant and loan programs through for economic development projects. Crum will discuss how 0 percent loans and grants can be used to leverage economic development projects, such as industrial site locations, medical uses, and infrastructure.

For more information on this event or the Chamber, call (870) 863-6113 or visit goeldorado.com/chamber. The El Dorado Chamber of Commerce provides leadership in economic and community development for El Dorado and Union County in order to improve the quality of life for all its citizens.

Date:   April 28, 2014
Time:   09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location:   Charles H. Murphy Jr. Boardroom
El Dorado Chamber of Commerce
111 W. Main St.
El Dorado, AR  71730
Contact:   Chamber of Commerce, (870) 863-6113
Email:   chamber@goeldorado.com
Date/Time Details:   Monday, April 28, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Fees/Admission:   Free, but reservations required as seating is limited.
Apr 28   Les Miserables
The South Arkansas Arts Center, South Arkansas Symphony, and El Dorado High School present Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil’s “Les Misérables.” Broadway veteran Craig Shulman directs and stars as Jean Valjean in Arkansas’s premiere community-wide production of the musical phenomenon. Special limited engagement of 5 performances only. Parental guidance suggested.
Date:   April 28, 2014
Time:   07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Website:   httpp://www.saac-arts.org
Location:   El Dorado High School Auditorium
2000 Wildcat Drive
El Dorado, AR  71730
Contact:   (870) 862-5474
Email:   info@saac-arts.org
Date/Time Details:  
April 24, 25, 28, 29 at 7:00
April 27 at 2:00 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $30
Apr 29   Les Miserables
The South Arkansas Arts Center, South Arkansas Symphony, and El Dorado High School present Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil’s “Les Misérables.” Broadway veteran Craig Shulman directs and stars as Jean Valjean in Arkansas’s premiere community-wide production of the musical phenomenon. Special limited engagement of 5 performances only. Parental guidance suggested.
Date:   April 29, 2014
Time:   07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Website:   httpp://www.saac-arts.org
Location:   El Dorado High School Auditorium
2000 Wildcat Drive
El Dorado, AR  71730
Contact:   (870) 862-5474
Email:   info@saac-arts.org
Date/Time Details:  
April 24, 25, 28, 29 at 7:00
April 27 at 2:00 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $30