The Nixon Public Library announces the following schedule for upcoming events:

Thursday: Adult movie night, “The Lucky One,” rated PG-13 at 5 p.m.

Friday: Toddler time at 10:30 a.m.

Monday: Family arcade at 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday: Preschool story time at 10:30 a.m. and afternoon story time at 4 p.m.

American Red Cross asks Arkansans to give blood during Sickle Cell Awareness Month

The general public is being asked to help the American Red Cross meet the needs of patients by donating blood during September, which is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month. Sickle cell anemia is a disease that affects around 70,000 in the U.S., most of them of African descent but also some of Spanish, French, Italian, Greek and Turkish descent.

The following are upcoming blood donation opportunities: Sept. 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Walmart, 2000 John Harden Drive in Jacksonville; Sept. 25 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at North Metro Medical Center Education Building, 1400 Braden Road in Jacksonville.

Anyone wanting to donate blood can call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information.

Nixon Public Library sets programs for older children, adults for September

The Nixon Public Library announces new programs geared for teenagers: A learn to knit class is scheduled for children age 13 and up. Registration is required. Interested people should bring size 10 knitting needles. Free yarn will be provided.

In addition, the library’s True Stories book club will be discussing The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. Next month’s title Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the most powerful Indian tribe in American history, by S.C. Gwynne, will be discussed in October. A copy can be picked up at the front desk.

The library also has adult game night on Thursdays with dominoes for people who want to learn how to play and for those who want to sharpen their skills. No registration is required. The adult game night is for people 18 years and up.

A Clothing Swap is set for Monday, Sept. 24, where patrons can come choose some free used clothing and donate some of your own.

The Book Club Divas will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m.

The club will be discussing The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent. The title Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier will be discussed in October. Persons planning to attend can pick up a copy at the front desk.

Adult Game Night will be held on Sept. 27 where the featured card game will be poker. The event is for people who want to learn how to play and for those who want to sharpen his or her skills. No registration required.

Preschool story time will be held each Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. which will include stories, finger plays, songs, and crafts for children ages 3-5 years old. After school story time also will be held on Wednesdays but at 4 p.m. and will consist of stories, crafts, and snacks for children ages 4-8 years old.

Toddler Time is held each Friday at 10:30 and includes music, movement, stories, and playtime for children ages 12-36 months.

Blood drive set for Sept. 25

A blood drive is being held on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at North Metro Medical Center in Jacksonville from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Educational Building.

Jacksonville Meet the Candidate form planned for Sept. 27

A meeting the candidate forum for people vying for Jacksonville forum has been set for Thursday, Sept. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Jacksonville Community Center. The Military Government Affairs of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the event. The forum is designed to give chamber members and community residents an opportunity to learn more about the candidates running for local offices. People will be encouraged to ask questions.

Jacksonville candidates vying for office are: Ward 1, Position 2 alderman: Jim Moore, James E. Bolden III; Ward 2, Position 2: Alderman Terry Sansing, Rizelle Aaron; Ward 3, Position 2: Barbara Mashburn; Ward 4, Position 2: Mary Twitty, Freddie Booker; Ward 5, Position 2: Bill Howard, Roger Sundermeier Jr.

North Pulaski Community Fest scheduled for Sept. 29

The 10th annual North Pulaski Community Fest has been scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 29, beginning at 10 a.m. behind the North Pulaski Fire Department, 5705 W. Republican Road.

Some of the events planned include a miniature tractor pull, antique cars, fishing derby and fireworks show. Fun for kids will be games, bounce houses and a dunking booth. There also will be demonstrations from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, local fire departments, an air vac helicopter, and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. There will also be raffles and vendors of many kinds, including those with food, arts and crafts, home-based businesses, art, fitness centers, utility companies, area churches, and many more. Booths are still available with the cost being $25 for each and $10 extra for electric. The event will begin with the Presentation of Colors by the Jacksonville ROTC unit and concluding with fireworks at sundown. Anyone needing more information can email

Jacksonville Knights of Columbus to host Oktoberfest Oct. 6

The Jacksonville Knights of Columbus will host its 9th Annual Oktoberfest on Oct. 6 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Knights’ Hall, 106 North First St. in Jacksonville. Tickets sold at the door for $15 each include German food, beverages, dancing and music with DJ Johnny Quick. The age limit is 18 or older. Raffle tickets will be sold during the event. Proceeds benefit many charities including Pathfinders, Special Olympics, Veterans, and more. For questions, please contact Theresa Hertzog at 843-8251.

Senior dancing event slated for Oct. 12

The fourth annual CareLink Dancing with the Seniors Contest will be held on Friday, Oct. 12 at 10 a.m. at Jacksonville Senior Wellness and Activity Center, 100 Victory Circle.

Jacksonville Senior Center plans beans and cornbread lunch for Oct. 24

The Jacksonville Senior Wellness and Activity Center has set a beans and cornbread lunch for Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the center located at 100 Victory Circle. Tickets are $6 and may be purchased in advance. Food, fun and entertainment are planned.

Fitness Association to hold certification workshop on Dec. 8 in Jacksonville

The Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) 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 AFAA organization, which is a $68 value.