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Ouachita Arts Celebration, coordinated by the Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce, has been canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions on events.

Mena Downtown Partners has canceled Downtown Daylight Trick-or-Treat.

OLT Wednesday Night at the Lyric is hosting Bill Murray and Dan Ackroyd in the hilarious film “Ghostbusters” at 6:30 PM on October 14.  Admission is free, CDC guidelines including masks and social distancing are still in effect.  The film is rated PG13.

The Elks Lodge is seeking donations for their annual Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets. For more information contact the Lodge at 479-394-3740

City Of Mena Fall Clean-Up Scheduled: The City of Mena’s 17th Annual Fall Clean-Up is scheduled to begin on Monday, Oct. 26,  Only yard waste items will be picked up (tree limbs, shrubs, leaves, grass, etc.). Due to state law, we can not pick up construction debris and lumber.  Please place items at curb side PRIOR to Monday, Oct. 26 to insure they will be collected.  it is required that smaller items, such as small limbs, gum balls, and leaves, be placed in garbage bags. This service is free for the residents of Mena. The Mena Street Department will begin collection in the Northwest part of the city and work their way across town following the same routes as Southern Disposal. This pick-up is scheduled for one week only and it is not necessary to call City Hall in order to receive this service.

The November General Election Verify your information by visiting www.voterview.org or by calling the County Clerk’s Office at 394-8123. If you will be needing to vote by absentee ballot, please contact the County Clerk’s Office to make that request. The deadline to request ballots by mail is Tuesday, Oct. 27. Early Voting begins Oct. 19. Election Day is November 3rd.

Property Tax Deadline is Oct. 15

One week remains to pay real estate and personal property taxes without penalty. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, only two customers are allowed in the office at a time, so be prepared to wait longer if paying  in person. There is a dropbox located outside the office door if you would like to put your tax payment in it and a receipt will be mailed. Payments may also be mailed to 507 Church Ave or online at tax.countyservice.net.

The Mena Art Gallery will be open extended hours during October to give people a chance to see the national Art of the Heartland Show. October hours are: Friday, Oct. 9, 3 pm – 7 pm; Saturday, Oct. 10, 3 pm – 7 pm; Sunday, Oct. 11, Noon – 3 pm; Friday, Oct. 16, 3 pm – 7 pm; Saturday, Oct. 17, 3pm – 7 pm; Sunday, Oct. 18, Noon – 3 pm; Friday, Oct. 23, 3 pm – 7 pm; Saturday, Oct. 24, 3 pm – 7 pm; Sunday, Oct. 25, Noon – 3 pm. For more information contact Mena Art Gallery, 607 Mena Street, at 479-394-3880.

High school seniors or prospective college students seeking to receive any federal or state financial aid must annually complete a FAFSA form to determine eligibility.  The 2021-2022 forms are live as of October 1 at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa.  Applicants will need 2019 tax information; however, students can request a reconsideration of income as a result of the pandemic. Students and parents can contact the financial aid office for details on this process. Due to multiple ACT testing dates being rescheduled, the date to apply for the Governor’s Distinguished Scholarship has been extended to March 1, 2021 to allow for the February 8 national test date. Apply online at: https://scholarships.adhe.edu/

The Community Calendar has a new format! As a result of several events being canceled during the pandemic and disruption to routine, we found there were often errors in the Community Calendar. Because events are changing, often canceled or approved on a case by case basis, we have decided to revamp how to share what is going on in the community. The Around Town format will depend on readers to let Pulse Multi Media know what is happening Around Town. Rather than list events by date each week, we will have a Topic/Event Organizer in BOLD, with the details of when, where, why and more information following.

It’s easy to have your event listed in Around Town, which will be read on radio stations KENA and KQOR daily. Simply send your Around Town announcement to news@mypulsenews.com or call 479-243-9600 and let us know! To have the event listed in the paper, we need to know by FIVE on FRIDAY. We look forward to continuing to serve the community!

Have an Around Town event or announcement? Email news@mypulsenews.com or call 479-243-9600

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