Group collecting socks for seniors near Jacksonville

Socks for Seniors is an annual community service project through which we organize collecting new socks to be distributed to elderly in local area nursing homes around the holidays.

The program began with Make A Difference Day on Saturday Oct. 27. The official kick-off of the 2012 Socks For Seniors Campaign and runs thru Christmas.

The group is looking for local area coordinators near Jacksonville to help with collecting socks this year.

There are two major ways that the public can help:

1. Help promote Socks For Seniors.

2. Host a Sock Drive. It all starts with one person, one box, one location. It’s easy and all the socks stay in the local Jacksonville area. To collect Socks For Seniors - please sign up at this link: For more information, visit

Peace, Love & Run benefit slated for Nov. 3

Peace, Love & Run Certified 5K Run benefiting Special Olympics Arkansas will be held Nov. 3 at Dupree Park in Jacksonville. The event is coordinated and sponsored by the Jacksonville Police Department with Co-sponsors Entergy of Arkansas, First Arkansas Bank & Trust, Crain Ford of Jacksonville, Huff-n-Puff Dance & Gymnastics, RYNO Towing and Recovery, Jax Gym of North Little Rock, Golden Corral, Gwatney Chevrolet and Edward Jones.

The Race offers race T-shirt, awards by age divisions, and overall winner, plus breakfast for race participants.

Preregistration is $25 for adults, $20 for students with valid identification. The fee is $30 on the day of the race.

Registration is from 6:30-7:30 a.m. on day of race with the run starting at 8 a.m.

Jacksonville Chamber slates several committee meetings

The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce announces the following November schedule of events:

Nov. 8: Ribbon Cutting grand opening for Eye Physicians & Surgeons, 521 Marshall Road, at 4 p.m.;

Nov. 12: Education Committee meeting in the chamber board room at 4 p.m.;

Nov. 13: Executive Board Meeting in the chamber board room at 8:30 a.m.; and the military/government relations committee meeting in the chamber board room at 11:30 a.m.

Nov. 15: Board of Directors meeting in the chamber board room at 11:30 a.m.

Nov. 22-23: The chamber office will be closed.

St. Jude’s bazaar set for Nov. 10-11

St. Jude’s Catholic Church Bazaar will be held Saturday, Nov. 10 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 11, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 2403 McArthur Drive, Jacksonville. Saturday’s event will begin with donuts, coffee, and juice, soups, face painting, youth games, religious articles, linens, quilted, knitted, and handmade items, and homemade jams, jellies, and desserts. The day will end with a pulled pork plate dinner from 6-8 p.m.. Raffle tickets will be sold through the days for a television and other items. Sunday a full breakfast will be served from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Highway Commissioners Dinner set at North Metro on Nov. 27

The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department will hold a dinner on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 6:30 p.m. at North Metro Medical Center’s Education Building, 1400 Braden Road, Jacksonville. The cost is $50 per member and $60 for non-members. The price includes food and beverages.

North Metro Medical Center looking for a few good people

North Metro Medical Center is looking for volunteers to help with a wide array of services. Volunteers don’t have to work on weekends, holidays or nights. If you volunteer at North Metro, you provide care for the patients, their families and the hospital.

North Metro needs help in running the gift shop, waiting rooms, patient activities and parking lot transportation. Anyone wanting more information should call Gus Gusman at 501-985-7001.

AFCU plans "bunko bash" for Dec. 1

Arkansas Federal Credit Union is sponsoring a "Bunko Bash" on Saturday, Dec. 1, with the doors opening at 4:30 p.m. at Landmark Baptist Church, 1701 General Samuels Road, Jacksonville. All proceeds benefit the Arkansas Children Hospital’s Children Miracle Network.

The price is $25 in advance and $30 at the door. There will be no refunds. There will be prizes, food, friends, charity and a silent auction. Checks may be payable to AFCU, Marketing Department, P.O. Box 9, Jacksonville, AR 72078. Anyone wanting more information should contact Megan Bishop at 501-533-2259 or email her at Space is limited so call or mail in a registration form.

Fitness Association to hold certification workshop on Dec. 8

The Aerobics and Fitness Association of America will be holding primary group exercise certification workshops at the Jacksonville Community Center on Dec. 8-9 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The certification workshop will include lectures, practical demonstration and written and practical exams. The workshop also will include a one-year membership to the organization, which is a $68 value.