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January, 2016

  • 27 January

    Soup, Bread and Cupcakes: Yummmmm!

    BY JULIE VANDE ZANDE – A special dinner with the proceeds donated to Mena Art Gallery is scheduled at American Artisans (615 Mena Street) on Saturday, January 30, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Donna Chrisman, chef at American Artisans, is making five of her fabulous soups: Cheddar Ale, Tomato Bisque, Smoked Chicken and Wild Rice, Smoked Chicken with Poblano ...

  • 20 January

    A Special Valentine Surprise from OLT

    BY JUDY THOMPSON – As it is less than one month from Valentine’s Day, the Ouachita Little Theatre in conjunction with Mena Mountain Resort, invites everyone to the opening of Dearly Beloved on Friday, February 12, at the resort.  For the third year, the two are providing a dinner theatre event for the community.  Judy Thompson, director for the upcoming ...

  • 20 January

    Call for Entries for Mena Art Gallery Open Show

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – On Wednesday, February 3, from 10 am to 4 pm, you may bring your entries for the Winter 2016 Open Show. This one is open to any media and any style including paintings, photography, three-dimensional work, collage, and drawings. You can either download the entry form from the gallery website: or drop by the gallery at 607 Mena ...

  • 13 January

    Dearly Beloved Cast Begins Rehearsal at OLT

    BY JUDY THOMPSON – Practice has begun on the very funny Dearly Beloved, another nationally performed play by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten.  These are the same playwrights who wrote Dixie Swim Club which was presented by OLT last February to rave reviews.  In addition, Christmas Belles, also written by the same three, appeared at OLT as the ...

  • 13 January

    Mena Art Gallery: Membership?

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – Mena Art Gallery is conducting its annual membership drive, and we are asking for the support of the people of Mena and the surrounding area. Here are a few of the reasons that you might think it is worthwhile: We bring the art of nationally and regionally recognized artists right here to Mena. We offer ...

  • 6 January

    Ouachita Little Theatre to Host Benefit for David Hoffpauir

    SUBMITTED – On Friday, January 8 starting at 7:30 p.m., a program benefiting David Hoffpauir will be held at the Ouachita Little Theatre.  Admission will be a $10 donation toward David’s medical bills.  David and his wife, Connie Gatling, have performed as Gatling and Hoffpauir for years.  Recently they have been joined by Dr. B (Dr. Ron Beckel) and changed ...

December, 2015

  • 16 December

    OLT Draws for Raffle Items

    The Ouachita Little Theatre recently sold raffle tickets on three separate items to raise funding for the upkeep of the theatre. The drawings were held on Sunday, December 13th, during the last performance of Junior Ouachita Little Theatre’s production of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Winning the Yeti Cooler was Courtney Del Bosque. David Gilbert won the scanner ...

  • 16 December

    Artists’ Garage Sale at Mena Art Gallery

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – In January, Mena Art Gallery will hold an “Artists’ Garage Sale” that will incorporate almost anything related to art: canvas, sketch pads, pencils, pens, paints, framing materials, or whatever you might need to create art of any variety. There will also be completed artwork for sale in lots of different media. If you are an ...

  • 9 December

    Last Chance to See The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

    This weekend will be your last chance to see CS Lewis’ book “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” come to life on the stage at the Ouachita Little Theatre. The theatre’s junior group (J.O.L.T) is presenting this full-length story in a play adapted for the stage by Joseph Robinette. More than 30 young performers and crew, assisted by several ...

  • 9 December

    New Board Members for Mena Art Gallery

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – Mena has added three new members to its Board of Directors: Tiffany Lane, Barbara Lewis, and Judith Forbis. The remaining board members are: Rick Chrisman, Chair, David Maddox, Philip Hensley, Sandra Thomas, Jan Wennberg, Diane Warren, Lorraine Timmerman, Patricia Brown, Joe Van Wolf, and Barbara Tobias. The directors are a working group, each member meeting ...