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August, 2013

  • 12 August

    Ouachita Expressions Coming Up!

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS Ouachita Expressions has been Mena Art Gallery’s premier art exhibit and competition for over 30 years, displaying primarily the work of local artists (although the competition is not restricted to Arkansans).  We have seen the level of expertise of our artists grow over this long period, and are looking forward to another stellar year. We will be ...

  • 12 August

    OLT To Hold Auditions for “Dial M For Murder”

    BY LARRY BLOCK – On Thursday, August 15 from 5:30 to 7 PM, and Sunday, August 18 from noon to 1:30 PM, Ouachita Little Theatre (OLT) board members, Jennifer Ogger and Scotty Jenkins will be holding auditions for the OLT fall play, Dial M for Murder that will be performed October 11-13, and 18-20. Ogger is directing and Jenkins is ...

  • 9 August

    6th Annual OLT Community Praise and Worship Concert is This Saturday

    BY LARRY BLOCK- It started out six years ago as the OLT Battle of the Church Bands, the brainchild of then new Ouachita Little Theatre (OLT) board member, Larry Block, who produces musical events for the theater. It was never an actual battle, as the OLT shared the proceeds, equally, with each of the bands. While the name was perhaps ...

  • 5 August

    RMCC Theatre Department to Hold Auditions for The Dining Room

    The Rich Mountain Community College Theatre Department will be holding auditions for The Dining Room, by A.R. Gurney. Auditions will be held August 12 – 23, 2013. Those auditioning should expect to read several scenes from the play but no experience is needed to audition. Actors will portray a wide array of diverse characters in a play comprised of vignettes ...

  • 2 August

    Fiber Arts Show at Mena Art Gallery

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – Perhaps you, too, have heard that fiber art is a dying skill—something only our grandmothers do. There is certainly a world of evidence at the gallery during August that proves it simply “ain’t so.” From the heirloom crochet bedspread that Rae Grasso brought (begun in 1904 and finished in 2001 by a descendent of the ...

  • 2 August

    OLT Prepares for Praise and Worship Concert

    BY LARRY BLOCK – On Saturday night, August 17 at 7:30 PM, the Ouachita Little Theater (OLT), will provide its sixth OLT Community Praise and Worship Concert, where praise and worship teams from local churches take the stage to play and sing and provide inspiration to the community. This is part of the OLT Saturday Night at the Lyric (SNL) ...

July, 2013

  • 31 July

    Fiber Show Opens at Mena Art Gallery

    By Barbara M. Tobias On Saturday, August 3, from 1 to 3 pm, Mena Art Gallery will hold its opening reception for the 2013 Fiber Show. Displays will include anything made from fiber of any sort: knitted items, hand woven fabrics, quilts, needle work of all sorts. Remember the beautiful embroidered things your grandmother made? Embroidery has been used for years ...

  • 29 July

    Bringing Music to the Ouachita Little Theatre

    By Larry Block  There are several ways that music comes to the Polk County community via the Ouachita Little Theatre (OLT). Every year, in April, the OLT presents its annual musical, like The Sound of Music, in 2012, or Annie Get Your Gun, this year. There are also four quarterly musical events each year called Saturday Night at the Lyric (SNL) ...

  • 24 July


    By Larry Block Sometimes people forget that the Ouachita Little Theatre (OLT) is a community theater, not really owned by anybody, but managed by a board elected by members who are season-ticket holders. The goal of the theater is to provide community entertainment that will appeal to the broadest segment of the Polk County population. As a result, a committee, called ...

  • 24 July

    Fiber Show Entries Due at Mena Art Gallery on July 31

    By Barbara M. Tobias Mena Art Gallery will be accepting entries for its August Exhibit on July 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Any artwork made of fiber is eligible. For full details (and to get an entry form that you can print) go to and click on “Textiles” under “Exhibits” in the left-hand menu. Or you can ...