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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Rotary Club of Fayetteville will meet at noon April 1 via Zoom. The program will be given by Alexander Hunt, U.S. Foreign Service at the American Consulate in Mumbai, India, and a former exchange student. Email the club for a link to the meeting.

Civil War

The Bella Vista Civil War Roundtable will meet at 7 p.m. April 1 at the Bella Vista Historical Museum, 1885 Bella Vista Way. The program will be presented by Dr. Jennifer M. Murray, a history professor at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.

In addition to delivering hundreds of Civil War battlefield tours, she has led World War I and World War II study abroad trips to Europe. Dr. Murray’s most recent publication is: “On A Great Battlefield: The Making, Management, and Memory of Gettysburg National Military Park, 1933-2013,” published by the University of Tennessee Press in 2014. The history of the Gettysburg battlefield will be the subject of her presentation to the Roundtable. She is also the author of “The Civil War Begins,” published by the U.S. Army’s Center of Military History in 2012. She is currently working on a full-length biography of George Gordon Meade, tentatively titled, “Meade At War.” Murray is a veteran faculty member at Gettysburg College’s Civil War Institute and a coveted speaker at Civil War symposiums and Roundtables. In addition she worked as a seasonal interpretive park ranger at Gettysburg National Military Park for nine summers, 2002-10.

Information: Email [email protected].


Members of the Gravette Kiwanis Club are selling raffle tickets on a Razorback-themed quilt made and donated by Betty Howard. Tickets sell for $1 each or six tickets for $5. Anyone wishing to purchase tickets may contact any Kiwanis member, pick them up at the Gravette Public Library or phone Lavon Stark at (479) 787-5678. The drawing for the quilt will be held May 7.

Members also hope to be able to hold their pancake breakfast, traditionally a popular annual fundraiser, this year.


Carol Allen, Lions Club district governor-elect, inducted two new members, Bill Mattler Jr. and Roger Efram, at the March 16 meeting of the Gravette Lions Club.

Their sponsor, Bill Mattler, who is Bill Jr.’s father and Roger’s uncle, presented the new Lions with their pins and membership certificates. Club President Linda Damron welcomed the new members and encouraged them to submit ideas for service projects. Finally, she urged them, “If you see a need you can meet, do it!”

Council chairman Brad Baker will be the guest speaker for the meeting at noon April 6. Anyone interested in attending may call Jeff Davis at (479) 787-1068 to get the Zoom link for the meeting.


The Bella Vista Woodcarvers Club is a group of local artisans who meet regularly to share their art, exchange experiences in woodworking and stay connected to members. Due to covid-19 concerns, the temporary meeting place is at the Bella Vista Assembly of God church gymnasium, 1771 Forest Hills Blvd., at 1 p.m. every Thursday.

Once Riordan Hall opens up again, club meetings will be resumed at that location. On the third Thursday of each month, there is a class on some aspect of carving, wood-burning, finishing or another interesting topic. Classes are a great way to practice techniques, learn new ways to achieve your goal and discover your own unique style.

The club’s purpose is to promote the general fields of carving, wood burning and sculpting of wood, and to promote a greater appreciation of wood in an artistic expression. The club is dedicated to giving back to the community through activities teaching children and adults the art of carving as held at Concordia, Brookfield Assisted Living Center and the Bella Vista Library.

Visitors are always welcome. At this time, masks are still required.

Information: Contact Jean Visnich, president, at (479) 426-8409 or email [email protected].

Hill N Dale

The Hill N Dale Hiking Club will be hiking April 7 in Bella Vista on a section of the Tunnel Vision trail. This will be a 6.2 mile out and back hike. Participants will meet at the Scotsdale golf course parking lot at 10 Scotsdale Lane in Bella Vista at 9 a.m.

Interested hikers may contact Bev Munstermann, trail boss, at (479) 721-2193 or email [email protected]. For more information, go to

Christian Women

The Christian Women’s Connection will meet for brunch at 9 a.m. April 14 at New Life Church, 103 Riordan Road in Bella Vista. The speaker will be Ivy Germany. The title of her presentation is “Princess Lost, Princess Found,” and the feature will be given by Butch Tetzloff, owner of “The Bluebird Shed.”

Brunch is $10, and reservations and masks are required.

For reservations or information, call (479) 876-5422 or email [email protected].

BV Area Radio Club

The Bella Vista Area Radio Club is conducting virtual meetings on the first Thursday of each month via YouTube Live. In-person monthly license testing has resumed on the second Saturday of the month. All amateur radio enthusiasts and prospective hams are invited.

Details are online at, on the club’s Facebook Group, at, or by calling Ron Evans at (479) 270-5584.


The Friends of the Bentonville library will hold a pop-up book sale on the library veranda from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 10.

Children’s books and military history books will be featured. The program benefits library programs and activities.

Information: Email [email protected].