United Way Launches Tackle Hunger Food Drive

United Way of North Central Arkansas and its partners are launching the Tackle Hunger Food Drive to help stock the pantries of local organizations providing meals and food items to individuals in the community.  The food drive, which will run through the Friday before the Super Bowl, will benefit the local school backpack programs, which puts food in backpacks of needy children to ensure they have food each weekend, local food pantries, and groups providing hot meals to those in need.
In an effort to encourage community support and maximize donations, United Way has turned this food drive into a competition and is calling it The Super Bowl of Caring.  The contest began Monday, January 16th and ends Friday, February 3rd (Friday before the Super Bowl).
“We are excited to run a contest to help local groups that are feeding those in need,” Allison Phelps, Executive Director of United Way said. “Local businesses participating as drop-off locations will compete against one another to score the most points, at the end of the contest the business with the most points will win the Super Bowl of Caring Trophy, which is a Lombardi replica, and bragging rights.”  The drive is requesting a multitude of items, some worth more points than others, so there is something to fit everyone’s budget.  
United Way’s most needed items include: Ramen noodles, Vienna sausages, Easy Mac, canned vegetables (Veg-All; Carrots; Greens), canned pasta, gummy snacks, coffee filters, granola bars, peanut butter crackers, animal crackers, napkins, Pop-Tarts, instant oatmeal, apple juice, cranberry juice, coffee creamer, plastic spoons, fruit cups, Peanut butter, individual boxes of cereal, coffee, or monetary donations to purchase food.
The donations will be picked up and points tallied weekly by a representative of United Way.  The winner will be announced on Monday, February 6th via press release and the United Way of North Central Arkansas’ Facebook page.  
Current drop-off locations (and competitors) are:
Centennial Bank, location at 1895 Harrison Street – Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Citizens Bank, located at 200 S 3rd Street – Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
First Community Bank, located at 1325 Harrison Street – Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Merchants & Planters Bank, located at 555 E Main Street – Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Southern Bank, located at 1583 S St. Louis Street – Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
White River Medical Center, located at 1710 Harrison Street.
If you would like more information about the Tackle Hunger Food Drive or would like to compete for the Super Bowl of Caring Trophy, contact the United Way office for more details at 870-793-5991 or info@liveunitednca.org. Kim Tucker

Stone Soup at UACCB

The Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre on Tour will perform Stone Soup at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 31 at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Admission is free. Children’s Theatre on Tour is part of the State Services program at the Arkansas Arts Center, the state’s premiere center for visual and performing arts. Recognized by The Drama League as one of the best regional theatre companies in America, the Arkansas Arts Center Children's Theatre is the only professional company in Arkansas that produces children's literary works for the stage.
“The Children’s Theatre on Tour brings the magic of the theatre to thousands of children and families across the state,” Arkansas Arts Center Executive Director Todd Herman said. “Every year, their performances wow the audiences and create extraordinary theatre experiences that educate, challenge and inspire young people and their communities.”
In the production of Stone Soup, a wanderer – down on his luck, lonely, and hungry – knocks on the door of a little house at the end of a long road. Though the house looks to be nearly as down on its luck as he, the traveler discovers a treasure within even more precious than a pot of delicious soup: he finds a friend. Earnest charm, playful imagination, and heart-warming music are the key ingredients in this play. Stone Soup is adapted from the traditional tale and directed by Keith Smith with music by Lori Isner. Tickets are available at First Community Bank locations in Batesville, Southside and Cave City and at UACCB. Tickets will also be available at the door the night of the event.
For more information on the Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre on Tour, contact Jessica Wright, senior education specialist for State Services at 501-396-0350 or jwright@arkansasartscenter.org. For more information about this event, call 870-612-2040  
Hannah Keller Flanery

Learn How Mortgages Work – Free Consumer Education Class Offered Dec. 15

December 6, 2016 (Batesville, AR) – The Batesville Board of Realtors in partnership with the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce will host a free consumer education course focused on the home loan process. The class will be held December 15th at the Chamber of Commerce from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. and is free to the public.

Mortgage experts from First Community Bank, Citizens Bank, and Independence County Abstract will lead the class and answer questions from attendees about this traditionally complicated process. All first time home buyers or future potential home buyers are encouraged to attend.

Registration for this class is free, please contact Jamie Rayford at (870) 793-2378 or Jamie.rayford@mybatesville.org to register.

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