Wednesday, December 4, 2013
The Batesville Area Arts Council (BAAC) recently hosted a Holiday Card screen printing workshop, taught by artist Lyon College professor Dustyn Bork (pictured with participants, left to right, Georgette Sims and Morgan Gurke) at Lyon College. Attendees got into the festive mood by listening to holiday music and printing their own holiday cards through screen printing techniques. BAAC also made cards during the workshop to sell at the BAAC Gallery on Main for the holidays. Cards are currently on sale for $3 each or two for $5. Photo submitted
Help Mark Martin Kia “Stuff a Kia”
Mark Martin Kia will be stuffing a Kia vehicle full of non-perishable food items this Saturday to help the Family Violence Prevention Center. The dealership at 1601 Batesville Blvd. in Batesville will be taking the food as well as stocking stuffers to assist the Center which offers a safe shelter for those who are displaced because of circumstances beyond their control. Please make an effort to donate to this cause this holiday season. A free t-shirt or cap will be given to each party making a donation. 93KZLE will be broadcasting live from the Dec.7 event.
Ozarka College president commits $25k to “Students at the Center” campaign
Photo (left to right): Dr. Richard Dawe, Ozarka College president, Chris Dawe, Connie Moser and Mike Watson, Ozarka College Foundation Board members and capital campaign co-chairs. Dr. Richard Dawe, Ozarka College president, and his wife, Chris, have committed $25,000 to the ‘Students at the Center’ capital campaign. Photo submitted
Ozarka College President Dr. Richard Dawe and his wife, Chris, have committed $25,000 to the Student Services Center Capital Campaign. Their personal contribution will pay to furnish the Student Services Center Lobby and Corridor, which is a large open space that will be used for student and community events, on the main Melbourne campus. “Rich and I are honored to make this personal commitment to Ozarka College and the new Student Services Center that will allow enhanced support to Ozarka students and our community for so many years to come,” said Chris Dawe. Dr. Dawe has been president of Ozarka College since July 2009. Ozarka College held a ceremonial groundbreaking on its Melbourne campus on Sept. 18 for the new building. The two-story 18,560 square-foot building will house all student services, various individual and group study areas, community meeting rooms, a video conferencing center, additional banquet space for college and community use, and a state of the art culinary learning lab. “Chris and Richard Dawe have been generous supporters of the Ozarka College Foundation since they returned to our region four years ago,” said Connie Moser, capital campaign co-chair. “This significant gift will provide Ozarka College students with greater access to the resources and services they need to excel in their classes and to ultimately contribute to our state’s economy as vital members of the workforce.” The “Students at the Center” capital campaign is a bold step to raise the quality of educational and student support services at Ozarka College to new heights. The campaign will help ensure student success and will enhance the campus to create a more community-centered learning environment. Mike Watson of Ash Flat and Moser of Calico Rock, both Ozarka College Foundation Board members, are serving as co-chairs of the campaign. Donation levels range from $2,500 to furnish an office space up to $250,000 for building naming rights. The Ozarka College Foundation, a non-profit organization, as well as the Ozarka College Board of Trustees, will ensure the funds are used for expressed purposes. For more information about giving opportunities to the “Students at the Center” capital campaign, please contact Carol Langston, executive assistant to the president and development officer, at (870) 368-2006 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Ozarka College Foundation is a 501(c) (3) organization and all donations are tax deductible on itemized tax forms.
‘ANGEL’ CRUISERS – Ron Lewallen and Dwane Thompson (from left) of the River City Cruisers stopped by Citizens Bank to acknowledge the car club’s $1,000 donation to the Fifth Annual “Angel Tree” project of the United Way of Independence County. Joining Lewallen and Thompson in looking over a donated bicycle are Colin Patterson, Angel Tree committee chairman; Deanna Green, United Way executive director; and Marty Lehman of Citizens Bank and a United Way board member. Citizens Bank employees have been active contributors to “Angel Tree” each year. Photo submitted
Sulphur Rock STEM Magnet recently received a $750 grant from KaBOOM!, a non-profit dedicated to helping furnish playgrounds across the country. Pam Baxter (far left), the writer of the grant, hands the check to (from left) Dana Shaw, June Christian and Anne Miller, members of Fans Club, a group working on the school’s playground improvements. Photo submitted
Rorie’s latest Polk Bayou book is a Christmas tale
by Bob Qualls Special to the Arkansas Weekly
Mark Rorie’s new children’s adventure book has been published, and it’s a Christmas story with a different twist titled The Almost Positively Worst Christmas Ever! When Santa and his reindeer crash their sleigh along Polk Bayou, will Christmas be ruined for children around the world? Or will the Polk Bayou Animal Alliance come to the rescue, saving Santa and his reindeer crew and allowing them to complete their important mission? The new book answers those questions. This holiday tale is Rorie’s fifth book, all of them centered along Polk Bayou, a stream that runs through Batesville. Rorie’s previous books featured the Polk Bayou Kids, a group of youngsters who find adventure in their neighborhood. The stories are a humorous mix of myth and history, all of them illustrated by Rorie’s colorful artwork. The new book was released Nov. 15 and a special premiere was held at West Elementary School. With the help of sponsors, Rorie provided over 200 copies to children at the school. “The new book is a Christmas story that kids can read or that parents can read to kids,” Rorie said. He wrote and drew the illustrations for the book while working on it off and on for the past year. The 48-page book filled with color illustrations is being sold in a package that includes a 20-page coloring book complete with crayons. The whole package costs $12 (plus $5 for shipping, if needed). With the latest book, The Almost Positively Worst Christmas Ever! the cast of characters includes the animals that inhabit the Polk Bayou area. The Polk Bayou Animal Alliance banded together to live in peace and harmony along the bayou. The Alliance is led by President Kristi, modeled after the author’s own rat terrier named Kristi. The Rories’ other pet, Foster, a Maltese, also plays a key role in the book. The book begins with a thunder snowstorm that causes Santa’s sleigh to crash on Christmas Eve. Santa and his reindeer are threatened by a pack of coyotes. President Kristi and her security chief Bruno, a St. Bernard, organize the rescue effort while fending off the coyotes. As a blurb on the back of the book, puts it, “The ending will shock and astonish you.” Rorie chose all the names of the animals from submissions posted on Facebook by hundreds who responded to his request. Most of them are names of children and grandchildren of his Facebook friends. Rorie, a native of North Little Rock, has lived in Batesville for more than 20 years. He and his wife, Ashley, own Batesville Printing & Direct Mail, which he founded in 1993. He is a 1982 graduate of the Memphis College of Art where he majored in advertising art and design as well as printmaking. His previous books include The Search for Civil War Gold, The Secrets of the White River Monster, The Ghosts of West Elementary, and The Cave of a Thousand Toys. The Almost Positively Worst Christmas Ever! package is available at Batesville Printing, the Paper Chase Book Store, Hastings and the Old Independence Regional Museum, all in Batesville. Rorie will autograph all the books. The new Christmas adventure and Rorie’s previous books also are available by writing to Mark Rorie, 1350 Neeley St., Batesville, AR 72501, by calling (870) 698-0605, or by e-mail at email@example.com.