Events for December 2017
El Dorado Chamber of Commerce
Nov 30 - Dec 01   Applebee's Late Night Karaoke
Date:   November 30, 2017 - December 1, 2017
Time:   09:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Dec 01 - Dec 02   15th Annual MASH Toy Drive
13th South CASA and Kix 103 present the 15th Annual Make A Smile Happen (MASH) Toy Drive. Toys and money collected during this event help provide Christmas presents for the foster children in Union County.
Date:   December 1, 2017 - December 2, 2017
Time:   10:00 AM - 08:00 PM
Location:   Wal-mart in El Dorado
Date/Time Details:   December 1, 2017 10a-6p December 2, 2017 10a-8p
Dec 01 - Dec 02   Holiday Arts Tour 2017
The North Central Louisiana Arts Council (NCLAC) is pleased to announce participating artists for this year’s Holiday Arts Tour. The following artists will be displaying their works December 1-2 in downtown Ruston: Christiane Drieling, Nicole Duet, Bonnie Ferguson, Dorene Kordal, Shawn Hood, Dean Dablow, Bette Kaufman, Toni Pederson, Julie Crews, Jim Huckabay, Jeanne Teague, Jake Dugard, Chris Seaman, Todd Maggio, Zeppy Cheng, Paperglaze Calligraphy, Rabbet Run, Todd Cloe, Jack Gates, Emily Welch, Ron Atwood, Liz Zanca, Zach Hannibal, Whitney Caskey, Anne Marie Jackson, Linda Dwyer, Karen Armstrong, Linda Snider-Ward, Mary Jane VanZandt, Noula Rodakis, Annie Richardson, Catherine McVea, Amy Crittenden, Amanda Roe, Nan Cole, Steve Cole, and Jan Thibault The following artists will open their private studios during Holiday Arts Tour: Hooshang Khorasani and Douglas Walton. A number of performing artists will be involved, including Ouachita Strummers, Louisiana Tech’s Theatre Players, Cain Budds, Lady Chops, James Waller, Untouchables, Bella Bleu, and Amy Crittenden. The weekend will also include artist demonstrations by Shannan Inman (calligraphy), Todd Maggio (screenprinting), and Todd Cloe (woodcarving), as well as Holiday Art Brawl, a live painting competition, and Sprout Hour, free art activities for children. Additional details about the weekend can be found at nclac.org/HolidayArtsTour and the Holiday Arts Tour Facebook page in the weeks leading up to the event. Thanks to Fine Line Supply, the Holiday Arts Tour Title Sponsor. HAT is also supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council and administered by the Shreveport Regional Arts Council.
Date:   December 1, 2017 - December 2, 2017
Time:   05:00 PM
Website:   http://www.nclac.org/holidayartstour/
Location:   Ruston, LA
Contact:   Jessica Slaughter North Central Louisiana Arts Council 318-255-1450 P.O. Box 911 Ruston, LA 71273
Email:   nclac5@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Friday December 1st from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday December 2nd from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   Free and open to the public
Dec 02   Tinsel Town at Tech
SAU Tech is hosting a Tinsel Town at Tech Event on Saturday, December 2, 2017. The event will include shopping, breakfast with Santa, Kidz Art Zone, a Magician,train rides, bounce house, performances by the Tech choir, hot chocolate bar and more. Join us in the SAU Tech Student Center from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm for some holiday fun. There will also be an ornament contest for 5th & 6th graders with a cash prize - contact us for a form. Also organizations & businesses can compete by decorating a tree which will be placed in the atrium to the Grand Hall. Cash prizes will be awarded for winning trees. Contact us for a form.

All the fun starts at 9:00 am! Children under 10 are admitted free with a paying adult. Adult admission is $10. Tickets can be purchased at the door and at the following locations:

Camden: Jim Golden Ford, Stinson's Jewelry & SAU Tech

Magnolia: KZHE Radio

El Dorado: La Bella Gourmet Foods & Gifts

9:00-10:00 Breakfast with Santa 10:00- 12:00 & 1:00-4:00 Selfies with Santa 10:00-3:00 Kidz Craft Zone 11:00 SAU Tech Choir 10:00-1:00 Magician 2:00 Choir 9:00-4:00 Shopping, Train Rides, Bouncy House, Door Prizes, Raffles and more!
Date:   December 2, 2017
Time:   09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Website:   http://www.sautech.edu/sau-tech-foundation/
Location:   SAU Tech Student Center Grand Hall 6415 Spellman Road Camden, AR
Contact:   Lisa Antoon 870-574-4488
Email:   lantoon@sautech.edu
Date/Time Details:   9:00AM till 4:00 PM December 2
Fees/Admission:   Children 10 yr & under are free. All children's activities are free. Adult admission is $10.00
Dec 02   Lil Bit of Love Ribbon Cutting
The El Dorado- Union County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a ribbon cutting for Lil Bit of Love. They are located at 1104 N Madison in El Dorado, Arkansas. Lil Bit of Love specializes in monument cleaning for gravestones; along with artifical arrangements, sprays, saddles and vases. Looking to decorate your home? Lil Bit of Love makes wreaths and other floral arrangements for your house. They are open Tuesday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm and can be reached by calling 870-314-0544.
Date:   December 2, 2017
Time:   10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Website:   https://www.facebook.com/1lilbitoflove/
Location:   1104 N Maddison, El Dorado, AR
Contact:   Sheila Brown 870-314-0544
Date/Time Details:   12/2/17 10am
Fees/Admission:   FREE
Dec 06   Medical Center of South Arkansas Senior Circle Lunch and Learn
Senior Circle, a Medical Center of South Arkansas program, is now accepting new members. Senior Circle is a program for individuals age 50 or better who are interested in pursuing an active lifestyle, learning about health and wellness and meeting others. Events and activities are designed to help you stay healthy, vibrant and active. We encourage you to pursue the things you love, try new hobbies and interests and meet new friends.
Date:   December 6, 2017
Time:   12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Website:   http://www.seniorcircle.com/
Location:   Medical Center of South Arkansas, Conference Room #3, first floor near the main entrance.
Contact:   To make reservations, become a member or inquire, please contact Alex Bennett at 870-864-3245.
Email:   alexandria.bennett@mcsaeldo.com
Date/Time Details:   Senior Circle meetings are always held on the 1st Wednesday of the month at 12:00 noon.
Fees/Admission:   Lunch is free for Senior Circle Members and $15 for non-members which includes your annual membership. Circle memberships are only $15 a year, but the benefits can be priceless to your health and happiness.
Dec 07   El Dorado Lions Club Meeting
The El Dorado Lions Club meets on every 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. The meeting is held at 6:00 p.m. at  Simmons Bank, 100 W. Grove Street in the Community Room on the second floor. This meeting is open to the public!
Date:   December 7, 2017
Time:   06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Location:   Simmons Bank, 100 W. Grove Street in the Community Room on the second floor
Email:   eldorado.lionsclub@yahoo.com
Date/Time Details:   1st and 3rd Thursday of each month!
Fees/Admission:   FREE!
Dec 07   El Dorado Christmas Parade Presented by Larry's Pizza and Billy Wood Honda
The theme this year is Christmas Through the Ages. Float entry forum due by November 29th, 2017.

The Christmas Parade has been running since 1979, 38 years! The El Dorado Christmas parade, which is the largest Christmas parade in South Arkansas, annually draws thousands of spectators. This a great way for the community to enjoy the Christmas spirit along Northwest Avenue and Downtown! It features beauty queens, antique cars, floats and more. 

A big thanks to all our sponsors:
Leading Reindeer Sponsors- Larry's Pizza of El Dorado and Billy Wood Honda
Santa's Helper- Longs Sheet Metal LANXESS PJ's Coffee El DoradoandJPS Equipment Rental, LLC Canfor Southern Pine Murphy USA
Head Elf Sponsors: Glenn Mechanical Coldwell Banker Dumas & Associates Real Estate
Date:   December 7, 2017
Time:   07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Location:   Along North West Ave Starting at 18th Street
Contact:   Chamber of Commerce
Email:   chamber@goeldorado.com
Date/Time Details:   December 7th starting at 7pm
Fees/Admission:   FREE!!!
Dec 07 - Dec 08   Applebee's Late Night Karaoke
Date:   December 7, 2017 - December 8, 2017
Time:   09:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Dec 09   Gingerbread House Contest / Relay For Life
Create your own Gingerbread House and enter it into our contest for a chance to win a prize: 1st place $150 2nd place $100 3rd place $50 People?s Choice $50 Entries will be on display for all to view on Saturday, December 9th between 10 a.m. ? 12:30 p.m. At the Spot (Downtown El Dorado, AR) Winners will be announced at 12:30 p.m. $10 Entry Fee and Form Must be submitted by Thursday, December 7, 2017 to participate. Entry Forms may be obtained from Relay For Life Team Captains or Relay For Life Committee Members or at the Chamber.
Date:   December 9, 2017
Time:   10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Website:   https://www.facebook.com/RelayforLifeofUnionCountyArkansas/
Location:   The Spot Located between PJ's Coffee and the El Dorado Creamery (Downtown El Dorado)
Contact:   Debbie Harbour debbie_harbour@yahoo.com Mindy King mindy@baumgardnerlawfirm.com
Email:   debbie_harbour@yahoo.com
Date/Time Details:   December 9, 2017 10:00am - 12:30pm
Fees/Admission:   $10 to Enter Gingerbread House into Contest Free Entry to view houses
Dec 09   Christmas Bake Sale / Relay For Life
Union County Relay For Life Teams will be hosting a Christmas Bake Sale on December 9th. Please help support the American Cancer Society/Relay For Life by purchasing some delicious Christmas treats.
Date:   December 9, 2017
Time:   10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Website:   https://www.facebook.com/RelayforLifeofUnionCountyArkansas/
Location:   Downtown El Dorado on the Square
Contact:   Debbie Harbour debbie_harbour@yahoo.com Mindy King mindy@baumgardnerlawfirm.com
Email:   mindy@baumgardnerlawfirm.com
Date/Time Details:   December 9th 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Dec 09   Christmas on the Ranch
Christmastime open house with Santa and Mrs. Claus, hot cocoa and cookies, "sleigh rides" around the ranch, crafts, a reindeer barn and much more - The public is welcome!
Date:   December 9, 2017
Time:   01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Website:   http://www.hopelanding.com
Location:   HOPE Landing - 214 Hope Landing, El Dorado, AR 71730 Approximately 5 miles east of El Dorado on Highway 82 East
Contact:   Jenny Williams (870) 862-0500
Email:   jenny@hopelanding.com
Date/Time Details:   12/09/17 from 1 pm until 3 pm
Fees/Admission:   Free to the public
Dec 10   Free Screening: White Christmas
You've heard the song, you know the story - now come and learn as Dr. James Yates takes a jingle-bell journey through the world of Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, and 1950s film! The show starts at 2:00 PM on Sunday, December 10 in the SouthArk Library Auditorium.
Date:   December 10, 2017
Time:   02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Website:   http://southark.libguides.com
Location:   SouthArk Library
Contact:   SouthArk Library 300 Summit Street El Dorado, AR 71730 870-864-7115 librarystaff@southark.edu
Email:   librarystaff@southark.edu
Date/Time Details:   December 10, 2017 2:00 PM
Fees/Admission:   FREE!
Dec 12   Christmas Wonderland
Come in your pajamas and sip hot chocolate while we enjoy Christmas crafts and the movie "A Miser Brother's Christmas" at Barton Library.
Date:   December 12, 2017
Time:   06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Website:   http://www2.youseemore.com/barton/
Location:   Barton Public Library 200 East 5th St El Dorado, AR 71730
Contact:   Karla Nelson, Children?s Librarian Barton Public Library 200 East 5th St El Dorado, AR 71730 870-863-5447
Email:   knelson@bartonlibrary.org
Date/Time Details:   December 12, 2017 6:30 pm- 8:00 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   Free and Open to the Public!
Dec 12   Candle Light Memorial Service
Young's Funeral Directors will be having a Candlelight Memorial Service Service of Remembrance December 12, 2017 at 7:00 PM If you have lost a loved one during the year, whether they lived locally or out of our area, served by Young's Funeral Directors or another funeral home, please plan to attend a special service to honor their memory. Stop by Young's Funeral Directors, or give us a call to have your loved one included in this service. With an RSVP by November 30th, your loved one will be remembered in a special video tribute. Each family attending will receive a holiday ornament with a photograph of this loved one. Join us for this special time of remembrance. Refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the service.
Date:   December 12, 2017
Time:   07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Location:   Young's Funeral Directors 508 Champagnolle Rd. El Dorado AR 71730
Contact:   Young's Funeral Directors 870-863-7121
Email:   david.garner@dignitymemorial.com
Date/Time Details:   December 12, 2017 at 7:00PM
Fees/Admission:   Free
Dec 14   The Nativity
The story of Christ's birth portrayed by the children of HOPE Landing.
Date:   December 14, 2017
Time:   07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Website:   http://www.hopelanding.com
Location:   South Arkansas Arts Center
Contact:   Jenny Williams (870) 862-0500
Email:   jenny@hopelanding.com
Date/Time Details:   December 7, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Fees/Admission:   Free to the public but donations are welcome
Dec 14 - Dec 15   Applebee's Late Night Karaoke
Date:   December 14, 2017 - December 15, 2017
Time:   09:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Dec 16   3rd Annual Pictures with Santa
3rd Annual Pictures with Santa Camp Fire Club #28 Fundraiser.
Date:   December 16, 2017
Time:   10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location:   Camp Fire El Dorado 915 Arkansas El Dorado, AR 71730
Contact:   K. Dismuke
Email:   kyra@campfireeldorado.org
Date/Time Details:   12/16/2017 10a
Fees/Admission:   $10
Dec 16   Christmas Holiday Pops
An annual favorite, the South Arkansas Symphony's Christmas Holiday Pops concert will feature soprano Haley Greer, baritone Greg Pearson and more than 120 singers from high school choirs across South Arkansas and Northwest Louisiana in an all new program, mixing new seasonal traditions with familiar selections. This is the perfect concert for the entire family to get in the holiday spirit with a little Christmas cheer!
Date:   December 16, 2017
Time:   07:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Website:   http://www.southarkansassymphony.org
Location:   El Dorado Municipal Auditorium 100 West 8th St.
Contact:   For more information, contact the Symphony office at 870.863.4547 ext. 106, or go online to www.southarkansassymphony.org.
Email:   kermitpoling@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   Saturday, December 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Fees/Admission:   Tickets cost $40 for premium seating and $15- $30 for general admission. Discounts are available for students, military personnel and seniors.
Dec 19   Winter Water Land
A Christmas Gift for Our Communities Youth! HealthWorks Fitness Center Aquatics Department presents: Winter Water Land - Water Safety Clinic with games, prizes, refreshments and fun - Space limited to 25 participants - Intended for ages 6 – 12, this program is not for current AAU/USA swim team members - American Red Cross video Presentation Longfellow’s Whale Tales - Learn about the importance of SAFETY around water - A certificate will be given upon completion of the program 1:00 – 1:30pm American Red Cross Longfellow’s whale Tales Video 1:30 – 2:00pm HealthWorks Lifeguard Instructor will speak about Water Safety Awareness 2:00 – 2:30pm HealthWorks Lifeguard will speak about and demonstrate different swim strokes 2:30 – 3:15pm Refreshments and Games 3:15 – 4:00pm Fun Swim Please bring swim suit, towel, goggles, and a change of clothes.
Date:   December 19, 2017
Time:   01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Website:   http://healthworksfitnesscenter.com/
Location:   HealthWorks Fitness Center
Contact:   Registration forms available at the front desk or contact the Aquatics department @ 870.862.5442 ext. 40  or 13
Email:   Pool.hfc@gmail.com
Date/Time Details:   December 19, 2017 1:00 – 4:00pm
Fees/Admission:   Free
Dec 21   El Dorado Lions Club Meeting
The El Dorado Lions Club meets on every 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. The meeting is held at 6:00 p.m. at  Simmons Bank, 100 W. Grove Street in the Community Room on the second floor. This meeting is open to the public!
Date:   December 21, 2017
Time:   06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Location:   Simmons Bank, 100 W. Grove Street in the Community Room on the second floor
Email:   eldorado.lionsclub@yahoo.com
Date/Time Details:   1st and 3rd Thursday of each month!
Fees/Admission:   FREE!
Dec 21 - Dec 22   Applebee's Late Night Karaoke
Date:   December 21, 2017 - December 22, 2017
Time:   09:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Dec 25   Christmas Day
The Chamber and city government offices, with the exception of the police and fire departments, will be closed in observance of Christmas Day.
Date:   December 25, 2017
Date/Time Details:   December 25
Dec 28 - Dec 29   Applebee's Late Night Karaoke
Date:   December 28, 2017 - December 29, 2017
Time:   09:00 PM - 12:00 AM