Events for August 2015
El Dorado Chamber of Commerce
Aug 01   Back 2 School Blast
The third annual Back 2 School Blast will be held August 1 at the Boys & Girls Club. Free backpacks will be handed out at the event, which will also include a resource fair, games and food. Children of all ages are invited, but must be accompanied by an adult.
Date:   August 1, 2015
Time:   09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location:   Boys & Girls Club
Contact:   Alexis Alexander 870-862-4903
Date/Time Details:   9 a.m. - noon on Saturday, August 1
Aug 01   Union County Sports Hall of Fame induction banquet
5th annual induction banquet of the UNION COUNTY SPORTS HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2015
Date:   August 1, 2015
Time:   05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Location:   El Dorado Conference Center
Contact:   Randy Ross 870 814-2949
Date/Time Details:   5:00 Reception and meet the inductees. 6:00 Induction Banquet
Fees/Admission:   Tickets $25 No tickets are sold at the door.
Aug 03 - Aug 10   Dale Carnegie: Employee Engagement
A recent Dale Carnegie research study identified the specific behaviors you need to employ to create an engaged workforce. Why should you care? Companies with engaged employees outperform the competition by as much as 202% (Gallup). Our research also shows that employee retention increased due to the fact that engaged employees are less likely to leave which can dramatically impact industries with high employee turnover. Who should attend this course: Managers Team leaders Department heads Supervisors Any business professionals who want to achieve superior performance and increased productivity of their department and staff Participants will learn how to: Leverage individual strengths for greater performance Instill a sense of purpose Effectively manage energy as well as time Improve communications and relations with staff Convert disengaged workers to motivated employees Get buy-in from staff and gain commitment Balance energy expenditure with energy renewal Embrace a talent management mindset Build a foundation for a supportive work environment For more information or to register: 870.864.8456
Date:   August 3, 2015 - August 10, 2015
Time:   08:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location:   SouthArk Center for Workforce Development 3698 E. Main Rd.
Contact: 870-864-8456
Date/Time Details:   Mondays, August 3 and 10 from 8:30 am-12:00 pm
Fees/Admission:   $1050.00/student -- SAWTEC discount available
Aug 04   Meet and Greet with America's Next Top Model contestant Lacey Rogers
Spa on Main is hosting a meet and greet with hometown beauty, Lacey Rogers! Lacey is a contestant in the upcoming season of America's Next Top Model which airs August 5th on the CW channel! Show your support and join us at Spa on Main August 4th from 5-7pm. We will have a bareMinerals makeup demonstration by China as well as makeup specials, door prizes and a Q&A with Lacey!
Date:   August 4, 2015
Time:   05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Location:   Spa on Main 209 East Main, Suite B
Contact:   Spa on Main, 870-863-SKIN
Date/Time Details:   August 4th, 5pm-7pm
Fees/Admission:   FREE
Aug 06   Chamber of Commerce Educators Breakfast
You are invited to the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce Educator's Breakfast.  Sponsorships are still available.  We wil be honoring new teachers and the 2015 Teachers of the Year on Thursday, August 6, at 7:30 a.m. at the El Dorado Golf & Country Club. We want to recognize your importance as a new teacher in our community and invite you to attend this special event.  Our guest speaker this will be Rex Nelson, former President of Arkansas Independent Colleges and Universities. 

Please call the Chamber of Commerce at (870) 863-6113 Ext, 105  by 5pm on Monday, August 3, to make your reservation. If you are interested in sponsoring a teacher or donating items for gift bags, please contact
Date:   August 6, 2015
Time:   07:30 AM - 09:30 AM
Location:   El Dorado Golf & Country Club
Contact:   (870) 863-6113
Date/Time Details:   Thursday, August 6, beginning at 7:30 a.m.
Aug 06   SAAP August Meeting (South Arkansas Administrative Professionals)
Join the South Arkansas Administrative Professionals for networking lunch. Activities and Presentation on "Our Ever Changing Goals" presented by Karen White and Mandi Plunk of Simmons Bank. Lunch is being generously provided by Simmons Bank. Please RSVP by Monday, August 3rd to
Date:   August 6, 2015
Time:   12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Location:   St. Mary's Episcopal Church Hall (512 Champagnolle Rd, El Dorado)
Date/Time Details:   Thursday, August 6th 12:00-1:00pm
Fees/Admission:   FREE, please RSVP.
Aug 06   HOPE Landing Talent Show
HOPE Landing and the South Arkansas Arts Center present a Talent Show featuring the children of HOPE Landing. Sadly, too often, a child's disability overshadows his or her abilities. The HOPE Landing Talent Show is to celebrate the abilities and talents of children who just happen to have a disability.
Date:   August 6, 2015
Time:   07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Location:   South Arkansas Arts Center
Contact:   Jenny Williams - (870) 862-0500
Date/Time Details:   August 13th, 2015 - 7:00 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   Admission is free, however donations will be gladly accepted.
Aug 08   Tinker Time
Have you ever wondered how electricity works? Or, maybe how a toy can to speak to you? Or, have you ever thought that you wanted to motorize a wooden car? Well, during Tinker Time, you can explore those and lots of other things related to science, engineering and technology.
Date:   August 8, 2015
Time:   01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Location:   Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources 3853 Smackover Hwy
Contact:   870-725-2877
Fees/Admission:   Free
Aug 11   Little Lambs Learning Center Ribbon Cutting & Open House

Please join Little Lambs Learning Center for a Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting ceremony on Tuesday, August 11 at 10 a.m. at 1598 E. Hillsboro. Light refreshments will be served. Tours will be offered until 1:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend. For more information you may phone (870) 677-0349.


Date:   August 11, 2015
Time:   10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Location:   Tuesday, August 11 at 10 a.m.
1598 E. Hillsboro
El Dorado, AR 71730
Contact:   Chamber of Commerce, (870) 863-6113
Date/Time Details:   August 11, 2015 at 10 a.m. and open house until 1 p.m.
Aug 12   Economic Outlook Luncheon Sponsored by City of Norphlet
The Chamber is holding its third 2015 quarterly Economic Outlook Luncheon, sponsored by City of Norphlet, during which representatives from each community in Union County will have the opportunity to report what's going on in their backyard. It will be held at First Baptist Church of Norphlet Family Life Center: 201 S. Main St., Norphlet, Arkansas 71759. 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. Arkansas Chamber of Commerce President Randy Zook will be our speaker. Reservations required to (870) 863-6113 or The cost is $17.50 for members and $20.00 for non-members. Payment or invoice preferred in advance.
Date:   August 12, 2015
Time:   11:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Location:   First Baptist Church of Norphlet Family Life Center: 201 S. Main St., Norphlet, Arkansas 71759
Contact:   Juliann Owens 870-863-6113
Date/Time Details:   Wednesday, August 12 11:30 AM till 1:00 P.M.
Fees/Admission:   $17.50 for members $20.00 for non-members
Aug 13   Zumbathon benefitting Kerry Murphree
This Zumbathon is being hosted as a fundraiser for Kerry Murphree who is battling breast cancer. Come out for door prizes and dancing.
Date:   August 13, 2015
Time:   05:30 PM - 07:00 PM
Location:   El Dorado Racquet Club, 1127 Glenwood Dr, El Dorado, AR
Contact:   Kristy Hayden 870-918-2101
Date/Time Details:   August 13th 5:30 pm-7:00 pm
Fees/Admission:   $10 Donation-All funds benefit the Kerry Murphree Family
Aug 15   Clean Harbors Household Hazardous Waste Collection
Date:   August 15, 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:   August 15, 2015 8:00am - 12:00pm
Fees/Admission:   Free of Charge
Aug 18   Business After Hours Hosted by The Legacy at El Dorado
You do not want to miss Business After Hours hosted by The Legacy at El Dorado, 560 Beverly Drive. 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. The price is $5 at the door. RSVPs are not required.
Date:   August 18, 2015
Time:   05:00 PM - 06:30 PM
Location:   The Legacy at El Dorado, 560 Beverly Drive
Contact:   Kay Smith 870-863-6113
Date/Time Details:   August 18, 2015 5:00 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   $5 at the door
Aug 22   Showdown at Sunset
Join on Union Square in the heart of downtown El Dorado for a historic reenactment of the legendary Tucker VS Parnell feud as part of the award-winning Showdown at Sunset. Live entertainment begins at 6 pm and then get ready for the shootout at 6:30 as the two families fill the streets to settle the feud once and for all. Woody & Jessie from Toy Story will be on hand prior to the performance!
Date:   August 22, 2015
Time:   06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
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Location:   The steps of the Union County Courthouse on Union Square in Downtown El Dorado.
Contact:   Main Street El Dorado at (870) 862-4747
Date/Time Details:   Saturday, August 22nd at 6 pm.
Fees/Admission:   FREE to the public
Aug 22   Murphy USA Showtime Concert Series
The Murphy USA Showtime Concert Series welcome three-time ACM/CMA Vocal Duo of the Year nominee LOVE AND THEFT. The duo HAS A #1 single in Angel Eyes along with the top-20 hit Runaway. There current single, Whiskey on My Breath, is currently climbing the charts
Date:   August 22, 2015
Time:   07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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Location:   Union Square in Downtown El Dorado
Contact:   Main Street El Dorado at (870) 862-4747
Date/Time Details:   Saturday, August 22nd at 7 pm
Fees/Admission:   Free to the public. Lawn chairs are welcome but coolers are not. Concessions will be available.
Aug 22   Brandon Heath Live in Concert
First United Methodist Church presents Brandon Heath in concert at El Dorado High School.
Date:   August 22, 2015
Time:   07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location:   El Dorado High School 2000 Wildcat Drive
Contact:   First United Methodist Church 870 862-1341
Date/Time Details:   August 22 at 7 pm
Fees/Admission:   $10 in advance, $15 at the door
MCSA is proud to be the Volunteer Sponsor for the Murphy USA El Dorado Shootout/Symetra Golf Tournament on September 21-27 at Mystic Creek. Join us THIS MONDAY EVENING for a Volunteer Rally 19th Hole Hot Dog Bar Info on all the volunteer opportunities Sign up and get in on the excitement of this national event happening in El Dorado this fall. Volunteer Rally Monday, August 24, 2015 Medical Center of South Arkansas Conference Room #3 / First Floor Main Entrance 5pm- 8pm All you want to know about being a volunteer for the tournament in one fun evening!
Date:   August 24, 2015
Time:   05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Location:   Medical Center of South Arkansas Conference Room #3 First Floor - Main Entrance
Contact:   MCSA: Catherine Noyes 870.864.3283 or Alex Hecke 870.864.3245 Murphy USA: Kris Madison
Date/Time Details:   Monday, August 24 5pm - 8pm Casual
Fees/Admission:   Anyone interested in being a volunteer for the tournament is invited to attend.
Aug 25   20th Annual SIGHT Celebrity Bowl-a-thon
Annual fundraiser for SIGHT organization. "Sighted" bowlers from businesses, organizations or individuals will be sponsored for donations.However, do not need a sponsor to participate. Open to the public. Contact Pat Qualls @ 862-2225 if interested.
Date:   August 25, 2015
Time:   07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Location:   El Dorado Bowing Lanes 400 South Bradley
Contact:   Pat Qualls 862-2225
Date/Time Details:   August 25, 2015 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Fees/Admission:   No Fees Donations Only
Aug 27   Verizon Business Solution Program
Verizon invites local business owners and operators to join us to learn about how wireless is changing the face of the modern business. We will discuss the "Internet of Things", how connected devices can help reduce cost, improve productivity, increase efficiencies, and boost security. Everyone is invited existing and non-customers, however please contact Cody Foster to sign up.
Date:   August 27, 2015
Time:   09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location:   1308 North West Ave El Dorado, AR 71730
Contact:   870-310-6099
Date/Time Details:   August 27th 9:00am
Fees/Admission:   Free
Aug 28 - Sep 02   Rhea Lana's of El Dorado
We are having a semi-annual consignment event serving South AR. Over 500 families participate in selling gently used items their children have outgrown or no longer use. We have clothing (newborn-teen sizes), baby gear equipment, toys & more at more than 70% off of retail. Thousands of shoppers enjoy this one week event!
Date:   August 28, 2015 - September 2, 2015
Time:   09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Location:   El Dorado Conference Center 311 South West Ave.
Contact:   Melissa Polk 501-328-7262
Date/Time Details:   Aug. 28 9-7 Aug. 29 9-7 Aug. 30 11-6 Aug. 31 10-3 Sept. 1 9-7 Sept. 2 9-2
Fees/Admission:   Admission is always free! We accept all credit cards (with a valid ID) and cash.
Aug 29   Cruise Night Car Show
Bring your car and a story!
Date:   August 29, 2015
Time:   04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Location:   In front of Pj's Coffee on Washington
Contact:   Joel 870-665-8080
Date/Time Details:   Last Saturday of each month until October
Fees/Admission:   Free