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To submit your group event to our calendar, email it to [email protected] bannernews.net , bring information by the Banner-News office at 130 S. Washington Ave.; mail it to P.O. Box 100, Magnolia, AR 71754-0100; fax it to 870-234-2551; or call 870-234-5130. Events will appear as space allows. DO NOT submit entries in all caps and entries must be typed, not hand-written. Entries that do not follow these rules will not be entered into the paper. Email is the preferred form of submission.

WEDNESDAY - March 11

SAU Department of Theatre presents: Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park, student directed designed, and run production, 116 S. Washington, Magnolia. Tickets available online at www.magnoliaarts.net, $5 for Magnolia Arts Members and students, $10 for general public.

THURSDAY - March 12

SAU Department of Theatre presents: Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park, student directed designed, and run production, 116 S. Washington, Magnolia. Tickets available online at www.magnoliaarts.net, $5 for Magnolia Arts Members and students, $10 for general public.

Second Thursday market, downtown Magnolia, 4-7 p.m. The event is looking for vendors. Apply online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/W8JMN7P. The vendor fee is $25.

FRIDAY — March 13

SAU Department of Theatre presents: Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park, student directed designed, and run production, 116 S. Washington, Magnolia. Tickets available online at www.magnoliaarts.net, $5 for Magnolia Arts Members and students, $10 for general public.

Ultimate Playlist Tour, at 7:00 pm at Unity Church in Magnolia, 92 Hwy 79 N. Magnolia, Featuring: We Are Vessel, Seventh Time Down, Love & The Outcome and Rhett Walker. Tickets available online or call (870) 234-3225.

SATURDAY - March 14

SAU Department of Theatre presents: Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park, student directed designed, and run production, 116 S. Washington, Magnolia. Tickets available online at www.magnoliaarts.net, $5 for Magnolia Arts Members and students, $10 for general public.

The Union County Master Gardeners will host their biennial Dirt Friends Festival from 9 a.m. to noon at the College Avenue Church of Christ Family Life Center in El Dorado. Admission is $10. Registration begins at 8:15 a.m., followed by two educational sessions at 9:10 and 10:30 a.m., hosted by keynote speaker and garden author Norman “The Garden Guy” Winter. Dirt Friends is open to the public. For more information on the Dirt Friends Festival, contact the Union County Extension office at 870-864-1916 or email [email protected]

SUNDAY - March 15

SAU Department of Theatre presents: Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park, student directed designed, and run production, 116 S. Washington, Magnolia. Tickets available online at www.magnoliaarts.net, $5 for Magnolia Arts Members and students, $10 for general public.

WEDNESDAY - March 18

The Columbia-Lafayette County Unit of the Arkansas Retired Teachers Association will meet at 1:30 p.m. on March 18 at the Magnolia Arts Building. The greeter will be Mona Harrington and the Hostesses will be Debbie Matthews and Delores Giles. Janet Rider-Babbitt will present the program. The special project this month is the Hannah Pregnancy Center. For info, contract Elizabeth Tye at 870-234-3497 (home) or 870-904-0382 (cell).

THURSDAY - March 19

Emerson Elementary will host Kindergarten Round-up beginning at 5:30 p.m. Please encourage all parents with upcoming Kindergarteners to attend.

SATURDAY — March 21

The Hope Evening Lions Club will be sponsoring the 4th Annual Jonquil Festival 5K Run/Walk. The race will begin at 7:30 am at the intersection of Hwy 195 and Hwy 278 at Historic Washington State Park. The event will be part of the festivities of the 52nd Annual Jonquil Festival. Entry cost is $25 per runner, which includes a T-shirt. Registration the day of the race will be $30. You can register online or download a registration form at https://runsignup.com/Race/AR/Washington/Jonquil-Festival5K. Registration begins at 6:30 am on Saturday, March 21. If you have any questions concerning the event itself call Jessica Trauger at 870-722-5040 or email at [email protected] Find more information on Facebook at “Jonquil Festival 5K”.

TUESDAY - March 24

Community Coffee hosted by Magnolia Healthcare, 8-9 a.m. at Magnolia-Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, 211 W. Main Street.

TUESDAY - MARCH 31

Laundry of Love, an evening you can do your laundry for FREE. Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Place: Main Street Laundry 1109 East Main Street. Sponsored by Greer’s Chapel United Methodist Church of Magnolia. Coins and laundry detergent provided. Limit 3 loads per famuly, visit http://www.laundrylove.org.

SATURDAY - APRIL 11

13th Annual Festival on the Rails and 10th Annual Pork Chop Cook Off, downtown McNeil. Events will include a food court, arts and crafts booths, bingo, antique car show, kiddie corner and pork chop dinner. Entertainment will feature Lil’ Skinny Band, 5-9 p.m., and fireworks at dark. Festival T-Shirts and tickets will be available at McNeil City Hall and Water Office. For vendor info, call 870-904-6470.

SATURDAY - April 18

SAU Tech Foundation Rocket Night at 6:30 p.m. at SAU Tech Student Center in E. Camden, featuring speaker Houston Nutt. Visit www.sautech.edu/community-education or email [email protected] for tickets or table sponsor info.

FRIDAY - April 24

Columbia County Relay for Life presents Dancing with the Stars, Union Street Station. Doors open at 6 p.m. and show starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25, beef or pork sandwich, chips, drink, and dessert. $100 entry fee per act for those wanting to participate in the dance competition. Winner will be chosen by the audience and will receive the coveted 2020 mirror ball trophy. All proceeds go to Relay For Life.

SATURDAY - April 25

So You Think You Can Grill? - grilling contest, presented by the Pentecostals of Magnolia Church, 1-4 p.m. $50 entry fee/per protein (beef, pork, poultry), 100% of entry fees for prizes - 1 grand prize (50% of the entry fee - judges), 1 Peoples Choice Protein. Contact Charles Owen, 870-904-0514 or [email protected] for more info.

FRIDAY — MAY 15

Magnolia Blossom Festival and World Championship Steak Cook-Off.

Adult and Youth artist registration and drop off is Saturday, May 9th 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our adult panel and table space is limited. ​ If you would like a guaranteed panel or table please print and mail in your registration form with check by Friday, May 1st.

SATURDAY — MAY 16

Magnolia Blossom Festival and World Championship Steak Cook-Off.

SATURDAY - June 20

Pedals For Compassion, event benefiting the Compassion’s Foundation Domestic Violence Shelter. Pick your route — Magnolia Gran Fondo, Tour de Columbia County, Stroll Through the Countryside, Short and Sweet, or Family Fun Ride. The routes range from 100 miles to shorter loops of 15 miles and a family fun ride starting later in the day of only a few miles. Routes will include several fully stocked rest stops supported by our volunteers. Join riders the Friday before the event at Mule Kick’s for early packet pickup or day of registration, or register online at www.Bikereg.com/pedals-for-compassion. Post ride events will be going on at The Square Park that include food catered by PostMaster Grill from Camden and live music from local bands.

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