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october 2014 events

Friday, October 3
Blessed Sacrament Fall Festival, barbecue sandwiches for sale and Boston butts will be available for pickup on Oct. 3. Children’s carnival, petting zoo, live and silent auction, tea room, country store, barbecue beef and chicken plates on Oct. 4, Blessed Sacrament Church, 614 S. Church Street, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Info:

Arc Attack, high tech wizardry to generate a truly ‘electrifying’ performance including a robotic drum set, singing Tesla Coils and bright flashing colored LEDs, as part of the Riceland Distinguished Performance Family Friendly Series, Fowler Center, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets: 972-ASU1 or astate.edu/tickets.

Gin and Jazz, celebrating A-State Alumni Association’s 90th Anniversary, 1920s attire encouraged, entertainment by E-Train, Cooper Alumni Center, 6:30-11 p.m. Info: Lindsay Burnett, 972- 2586 or lburnett@astate.edu.

Saturday, October 4
3rd annual Jonathan Barfield Baggo Tournament, deadline to register is Oct. 1, $50 per person, Sigma Chi Fraternity house, corner of Aggie Road and University Loop, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Register: jonathanbarfield.org.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Auditions, open auditions on Oct. 4 at 10 a.m. and Oct. 5 at 2 p.m., The Foundation of Arts. Info: 935-2726 or foajonesboro.org.

Learning to Laugh Again, Christian comedian Chonda Pierce along with Grammy award winner Jason Crabb, tickets, $20-$50, by phone at (855)223-1008 or at Nettleton Baptist Church, 4701 E. Nettleton Ave., doors open at 6 p.m.

Monday, October 6
Night of Stars Under the Stars 2014, featuring the Broadway Tenors, to benefit The Children’s Shelter, 6 p.m., Jonesboro Country Club. Tickets: Amy Pickens at 882-2941, Fran Cavenaugh at 761-3990 or purchase online at www.night-of-stars.org.

Friday, October 10
American Idol Stars Celebrate Motown, four of your favorite American Idols come together for a fun-filled night of Motown music starring Gina Glockson, Melinda Doolittle, Von Smith and Rickey Smith, as part of Riceland Distinguished Performance Series, ASU’s Fowler Center, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: 972-ASU1.

Saturday, October 11
6th Annual Downtown J-Town 5K Run/Walk, to benefit CityYouth Ministries, sponsored by Families In., registration is $20, starts at 118 Burke and goes through Downtown Jonesboro, 8 a.m. Register: racesonline.com.

Tuckerfest, activities for the family, arts and crafts sale, food, eight bands to perform featuring Lauren Grey, to benefit Operation Tucker Freedom, ASU Tailgate City, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Info: operationtuckerfreedom.com.

Fall Mud Ball, four courts running simultaneously with up to 24 team competing throughout the day, sponsored by Critical Edge, to benefit St. Bernards Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Temple Baptist Church, 2405 Red Wolf Blvd. Info: criticaledgetech.com or 336-0707.

Science Expo Day, experience science, technology, engineering, mathmatics and health professions in the making with robotics, glass art and other hands-on activities for the family, ASU’s Centennial Hall of the Carl. R. Reng Student Union, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Info: astate.edu/asf or 972-3282.

4th Annual SSG Paul F. Brooks Memorial Blood Drive, St. Bernards Auditorium, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

St. Mark’s Shrimp Boil, to benefit St Mark’s Helping Neighbors Food Pantry and Jonesboro Church Health Center, must pre-purchase tickets $25 for adults, $15 for under 12, music by Philip Jackson and Friends, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 531 W. College Ave., 5-8 p.m. Tickets: 932-2124.

Thursday, October 16
CHIMERA, art show featuring the works of Nikki Arnell and Joe Ford, members of the ASU Department of Art, set to run through Nov. 12, Bradbury Gallery. Info: 972-2205.

Saturday, October 18
Valley View Fall Festival, open to all families, games, bounce houses, food, entertainment, to benefit the Valley View PTA, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Info: valleyviewpta.org.

Thursday, October 23
25th Evening of Music, black-tie formal event designed to say “thank you” to friends and supporters who raise funds and awareness for St. Bernards, entertainment by DMP Band, Hors d’Oeuvres at 6 p.m., dinner and dancing at 7 p.m., St. Bernards Auditorium. Tickets and Info: 207-2500.

Friday, October 24
Grease, the rockin’ seniors of Rydell High find true love as they sing and dance their way through the last year of high school, presented by The Foundation of Arts, The Forum Theater, Oct. 24, 25 and 27 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 26 at 2 p.m. Info: 935-2726.

Saturday, October 25
Grand Opening, The Miracle League of Jonesboro invites the community to celebrate the opening of the field and playground, 10 a.m. Info: facebook.com/MiracleLeagueOfJonesboroAr

The Color Dash, fun run/walk for ages and abilities, to benefit Miracle League of Jonesboro, sponsored by EAB, packet pickup begins at 8 a.m., dash at 9 a.m., 5000 S. Caraway Rd. Register: thecolordash5K.com

Kidz Karnival, free games and activities for the family, free hotdogs, snow cones, cotton candy, Highland Drive Baptist Church, 515 E. Highland Drive, 2-4 p.m. Info: 932-2197.

Tuesday, October 28
Fashion for a Cause, fashion show, hors d’Oeuvres and drinks, to support Svetlana Kitova, massage therapist recently diagnosed with ALS, presented by Body Indulgence Spa, Jade with Envy and Arbonne, tickets $30 for singles, $50 for couples, The Silos in Bono, 6:30 p.m. Info: 933-2639.

Thursday, October 30
Salmon Slam, to benefit Craighead County Community Foundation, order Oct. 30-31 and pickup Nov. 1, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 531 W. College Ave. Info: Ruby Chittenden, 935-6321 or Barbara Weinstock, 935-1117.

Backyard Bayou Cajun Fest, to benefit the Family Crisis Center of NEA (formerly Women’s Crisis Center), at the home of David and Jennifer Smith, 6-9 p.m. Info: 972-9575.

Early November / Saturday, November 1
JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes, festivities start at 7:30 a.m., walk at 8:30 a.m. Downtown Jonesboro, Washington and Main Streets, Info: Erin Reynolds, 501-217-0321 or walk.jdrf.org.

Ridgefield Christian School’s Run for the Ridge Chocolate 5K, 3.1 mile run through scenic rolling hills and neighborhoods, with water and chocolate treats at each mile marker, chocolate party at the finish line, Ridgefield Christian School, 9 a.m. Info: Janna Maxwell, 203-0339, Maxwell@ ridgefieldchristian.org.

2nd annual Circle Up Dinner, to benefit King’s Ranch, dinner, entertainment, an update on the mission of King’s Ranch, 6 p.m. Info: 934-1303.

Best Buddies Big Boo, adult Halloween party to benefit Best Buddies of Arkansas, entertainment by 1-900 Band, silent and live auctions, tickets $75, RidgePointe Tennis Center, 7 p.m.-midnight. Info: Karen Hesch, 761-5121 or my3tkids@yahoo.com.