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The May issue of EYE ON MAGAZINE is uploaded and ready for your digital perusal. The last drop will be complete this evening as I deliver to Barton’s in Jonesboro. Pick yours up at your usual location and thank you for your comments about specific articles and how much you love the magazine. We enjoy putting it together and getting around to each community as we can. Have a Happy May!

Camp Rec: Spring Break Edition

Brandon Shrader

The Batesville Parks and Recreation Department is hosting an activities camp during the week of Spring Break at the Batesville Community Center.

The City of Batesville Parks and Recreation Department is happy to announce Camp Rec: Spring Break Edition. Camp Rec will be hosted at the Batesville Community Center the week of Monday, March 18th through Friday, March 22nd. This will be the third camp hosted at the Community Center, with our first camp series in the summer having nearly 20+ participants for each week. Campers will experience all that Batesville Community Center has to offer. Yoga, Swimming, Swimming Lessons, Indoor Aquatics Play Pool, Basketball, Pickleball, Camp Games, and much more.  The price is just $75 for the entire week with a daily drop off time of 7:45 a.m. and pick up between 4:30PM to 5:00 p.m. Camp Rec will be accepting campers ages 6 to 15 years of age. You may register or find out more about Camp Rec: Spring Break Edition online at . Come experience Camp Rec!

Poverty Simulation

The UCA Living on the Edge: A Poverty Simulation will be held on Friday, March 1, 2019 from 2 to 4 p.m. at ASU-Newport. Hosted by the Newport Area Chamber of Commerce and ASU-Newport, the simulation is an experiential setting that allows participants to view poverty from different angles. This educational and professional development experience is designed to help business and community leaders, faculty and administrators, faith-based organizations, nonprofit organizations, and others to understand the realities of poverty and to talk about how communities can address the problem. Participants will experience typical challenges faced by those living with a shortage of money and an abundance of stress which will allow them to better understand the realities of poverty that affect individuals and families throughout our community. There is no cost to participate in this event, but registration is required by February 22. Register by calling the Newport Area Chamber of Commerce at (870) 523-3618 or email

Master Naturalists Class

By Robin Harris

What is a Master Naturalist anyway?” Well, the answer may depend on which one you talk to.
They’re all volunteers, but their interests range widely. Some really enjoy cleaning up area hiking trails, while others have fun looking for tiny critters in local creeks. Some like identifying and mapping native plants and wildlife in state parks. Others derive satisfaction from coaxing wildflowers to bloom in a meadow or cultivating native and other plants useful to early Ozark inhabitants.
However, they all love learning more about nature, while doing what they can to keep the natural state natural. And every fall they start hunting for more like-minded individuals.
The Foothills Chapter of the Arkansas Master Naturalists (FAMN) recently opened applications for a new class of volunteers for 2019, according to chapter president Larry Fliss.
The course for “Naturalists in Training” begins January 26 and concludes with graduation May 6. The application form and class schedule are available on this web page: (Scroll down to “FAMN.”)
FAMN members also organize purely recreational activities, such as hiking trips on area nature trails and float trips, he added.
Ongoing projects include monthly stream water monitoring. Stream team members evaluate local creeks by testing water chemistry and collecting and counting bugs and other critters in five different creeks and rivers.
Another team has been identifying and mapping GPS locations of wild plants and animals. Their observations have been gathered in a database that nature lovers can search on the Internet.
“We host a variety of volunteer opportunities,” Fliss says, “and many of our members work on more than one team.”
New members’ classes begin January 21. Of the 80 hours offered, only 40 hours are required to become a certified Master Naturalist. The class is limited to 30 applicants, so Fliss urges interested persons to apply soon.
For more information, prospective volunteers may contact Larry Fliss at or 501-339-7477

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