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Thursday, April 1
JYPN Leadership Conference, two-day conference featuring various topics and speakers related to leadership in business, Hilton Garden Inn, prior registration required. Info: Candace Martin, 933-5758.
Pillars Party, honoring United Way 2009 Pillars, United Way Office, 4-6 p.m. Info: 935-3658.
Petunias Sale, this Mother’s Day surprise your mother with a bright, colorful basket of spring flowers, while supporting the many activities of The Hispanic Community Services Center, petunias in a 10-inch hanging flower basket, order before April 9 for delivery in time for Mother’s Day, $20 each, Order by phone, 931-1884 or 926-1118 or by e-mail info@jhcsi.org
PJs for Algernon, The Foundation of Arts in support of the Arkansas Dept. of Human Services is collecting new or gently used pajamas or pajama pants through the end of April. Donors will be entered into a drawing for season tickets to The Forum or an Arts Center class, drop off at The Forum Theatre, Info: 935-2726.

Monday, April 5
The Big Dance Watch Party, watch the NCAA Championship with friends and benefit the Clopton Clinic Charitable Foundation, food, drinks, drawings, silent auction of sports memorabilia, entertainment, St. Bernards Auditorium, 6 p.m. Tickets: 336-2068.

Thursday, April 8
Tip A Cop, local law enforcement agencies will be serving as your wait staff with 100 percent of their tips going to benefit Special Olympics of Arkansas, Colton’s Steak House, 5-9 p.m. Info: Kimberly Shipley, 275-7075 or 215-3039.

Saturday, April 10
HMG Health & Fitness Expo, more than 200 exhibitor booths, physician-led panel discussions, Kidz Fit Zone, Healthy Cooking Kitchen, free health screenings, 5K Run, ASU Convocation Center, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Info: 931-DOCS.
Arkansas Ride for the Cure, to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation, as part of the HMG Health & Fitness Expo, ASU Convocation Center, 9:30 a.m. Info: 931-DOCS.
Craighead County Community Foundation Annual Wine Tasting, to benefit the scholarships and grants of the foundation, 6 p.m. Info: Barbara Weinstock, 935-1117.
NEA Visual Arts Open House, Location TBA, 2-4 p.m. Info: 219-2675.

Sunday, April 11
HMG Health & Fitness Expo, more than 200 exhibitor booths, physician-led panel discussions, Kidz Fit Zone, Healthy Cooking Kitchen, free health screenings, 5K Run, ASU Convocation Center, 1-5 p.m. Info: 931-DOCS.

Friday, April 16
Queens of the Hardwood, charity volleyball game to benefit CityYouth Ministries featuring players from across Northeast Arkansas, Nettleton High School gym. Info: 932-9398.

Saturday, April 17
Wine and Art Extravaganza, Rotary Club of Jonesboro Metro’s annual event will feature wines of Italy and a number of art pieces from various local artists, Church Street Station, 6:30 p.m. Tickets: Dennis Zolper, 934-1511 or 761-4905.
Mother’s Day Follies, brunch, boutique with gifts for Mom, presented by The Girl Scouts and The Woman’s Discovery Center, The Hilton Garden Inn, 10 a.m., brunch at 11 a.m., Tickets: 933-9939 or 219-2488.

Wednesday, April 21
Administrative Professionals’ Day Lunch, lunch and entertainment to honor and recognize the area’s administrative professionals, sponsored by Altrusa, ASU’s Cooper Alumni Center, 11:30 a.m. Info: Susan Naylor, 933-1336.

Thursday, April 22
Business Expo, sponsored by the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce, invitation only, 7 a.m.-1 p.m., open to public, 1-4 p.m. Info: 932-6691.
Toast of the Town, Dr. A.H. “Buck” Rusher will be honored for his contributions to Northeast Arkansas, to benefit the YMCA, Southwest Church of Christ, 6:30 p.m. Info: J.H. Williams, 897-6530; Bob Williams, 926-0808; or Joe Hafner, 926-4716.

Friday, April 23
Special Olympics Area Games, Special Olympics athletes from Craighead and Poinsett Counties will be competing in track and field, winners move on to summer games at Harding University in May, ASU Track Complex, opening ceremonies at 9 a.m. Info: Kimberly Shipley, 275-7075 or 215-3039.
The Frazzled Female, women’s conference featuring speaker Cindi Wood, learn how to creatively manage the stress of life, Central Baptist Church, also on April 24. Register online at www.centralbaptist.com.
Celebrate Life Fundraising Banquet, internationally renowned pro-life speaker Gianna Jessen to speak, to benefit The Pregnancy Resource Center, ASU’s Centennial Hall, 6 p.m. Info: 932-6644.
NEA Clinic Charitable Foundation’s Gala, honoring Fred and Susan Cathcart and presentation of Years of Service Awards to Drs. Douglas L. Maglothin and William Hubbard, dinner, live and silent auctions, music by Venus Mission, Holiday Inn, 6:30 p.m. Info: Kim Provost, 934-5128.

Saturday, April 24
Cowboy Up for CASA, annual fundraiser for CASA of the 2nd Judicial District, live music, silent auction, dinner and dancing, 6:30-10:30 p.m. Info: Dana Forrest or Carla Borden, 935-1099.
Society Ball, to benefit the American Cancer Society, honoring Dr. Thomas Mulligan and Janice Cranford, ASU’s Cooper Alumni Center, 6 p.m. Info: Debra Young, 501-941-9786.

Monday, April 26
Celebrity Chef Series: Lisa Godsey , watch Lisa Godsey prepare a meal and share dinner with the Jonesboro chef and other guests, $50, limited seating, The Woman’s Discovery Center, 6 p.m. Info: 933-9939 or 219-2488.

April Culture

Through a Child’s Eye, the 24th year of the popular exhibition of juried artwork from regional children in grades kindergarten through eighth grade, Arkansas State University Museum. Info: 972-2074.

“The Power of Story,” presented by Annette Simmons, president of Group Process Consulting and author, as part of the ASU Lecture Concert Series, ASU Student Union Auditorium, 7 p.m.

Celtic Spring, while firmly grounded in the traditions of their ancestors, this family of classically trained violinists has a style is all its own, Fowler Center’s Riceland Hall, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: 972-2781.

“Fame – The Musical,” you will leave the theater with a spring in your step and singing along to this musical with its high-energy dances and infectious music, presented by the Jonesboro High School choral department, JHS Theater, April 15-18 at 7 p.m. and April 18 at 2 p.m. Tickets: http://222.jps.k12.ar.us or 933-5881 ext. 252.
Spring Art Show, featuring artists Sean Shrum, Angela Hornberger, Jan Bennett Troutt, Rosemary Claus Gray and Beth Snodgrass, Sean Shrum Gallery, 223A South Main Street, opening reception on April 15 and 16, 6-9 p.m., open for viewing April 17-18, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Info: 926-7326.

Gallery Opening, the Sam Jones IV Gallery will hold its opening reception of the new gallery located at 304 S. Main St., 6-10 p.m. Info: 512-297-3249 or www.IVGallery.com.
Clark, Sims & Rodgers, concert featuring piano, violin, cello, as part of the ASU Lecture Concert Series, Fowler Center’s Riceland Hall, 2 p.m.

16-17, 20-21
The Foreigner, a comedy by Larry Shue, presented by The ASU Theatre Department, The Fowler Center, 7:30 p.m., Tickets: 972-ASU1

Flowers for Algernon, Charlie, a man with mental disabilities, finds himself the subject of a science experiment to increase his I.Q. Join his journey as it is fraught with bittersweet lessons about life, presented by The Foundation of Arts, The Forum Theatre, April 24 and 26 at 7 p.m., April 25 at 2 p.m. Tickets: 935-2726.

May 1-2
Auditions for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be held on May 1 at 10 a.m. and May 2 at 2 p.m., to be presented June 26-28 by The Foundation of Arts. Info: 935-2726.

Just for Kids

Hoppy Easter!
Granny D will read fun Easter tales featuring Clifford, Curious George and Max and Ruby during Easter storytime at Barnes & Noble on April 3 at 2 p.m. Info: 336-2549.

Camp out under the stars of early summer.
Grandpa Ben and his family will tell tales from around the world, including legends of ancient Egypt and Greece at The Pink Palace of Memphis’ new exhibit Bear Tales and other Grizzly Stories opening April 3. Info: www.memphismuseums.org.

The hand is quicker than the eye.
Illusion Confusion, presented by the Arkansas Discovery Network will bring this road trip to the Arkansas State University Museum beginning April 4 and running through October. You will experience how perception of objects can create illusions that don’t stand up to the test of science. Info: 972-2074.

Look at all those cows and chickens and pigs!
The ASU Bill & Alice Nix Petting Zoo will be open for its spring exhibition on Sat., April 17 for an up close experience with a variety of farm animals and a ride through the farm on a hay ride. Free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Info: 972-3944.

Putting the pieces together. The Autism Association of Northeast Arkansas will hold its fourth annual Awareness Walk and Family Fun Day on April 24 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the ASU Convocation Center featuring games and activities for the kids. Info: 336-2786.