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— Decatur Youth Sports Decatur Youth Sports is will be holding sign-ups

for football, cheerleading and basketball for chil

dren in grades three through six. Sign-ups will be

held at the middle school open house, from 6:30 to

7:30, on Aug. 13, and the elementary school open

house, from 6 to 7 p.m., Aug. 18. Football practice

will begin at the high school football field at 7 p.m.,

Aug. 13. Children do not have to attend Decatur

Public Schools to participate in the programs.

Head Start Decatur Head Start is now accepting applica

tions for the 2009-2010 school year. Head Start is

a free comprehensive program for 3 to 5 year olds

who meet eligibility requirements. Priority is giv

en to those from lower income families and to chil

dren with disabilities. For an application, stop by

the Decatur Head Start, call 752-3704 or look online

at www.nwaheadstart. org.

Blood Drive The American Red Cross will be holding a

blood drive at Simmons Foods, 250 Main Street,

from 9 a.m. to noon, and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Aug 19.

Music in the Park Music in the Park meets at 7 p.m. on the first and

third Saturday nights of the month throughout the

warm months. There is a public address system

this year, and musicians and bands are encouraged

to participate. For more information and sched

uling, contact Mike Duncan at 212-0800.

Farmers' Market The Decatur Farmers' Market is open in Veter

ans Park throughout the summer on Fridays and

Saturdays and on Saturday evenings during

Acoustic Jam. The market is free to vendors this

year. For more information, contact city hall at 752-

3912.

VFW Meetings The Gentry/Decatur VFW Post meets on the

first Tuesday of each month - at 7:30 p.m. during

the summer and at 7 p.m. during the winter. New

members and guests are welcome. The facility is

3 miles east of Decatur on Arkansas Highway 102,

right on Tilly's Hill Road, and the first building on

the right.

Council Meetings

City council meetings are held at 6 p.m., the second Monday of each month in the council room at city hall, and are open to the public.

For more information, call 752-3912.

Decatur Library

Decatur library hours are 3:30 to 7 p.m., Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3:30 to 7 p.m., on Wednesdays.

Food Pantry

The Decatur food pantry is open from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays. The pantry offers free nonperishable food to Decatur residents and is located at the United Methodist Church in Decatur. Participants need to bring an ID showing they have a 72722 zip code. For more information, contact David Cook at 752-3838 or the Methodist Church at 752-3551.

Singing Services

Monthly singing services at Falling Springs Church are held at 7 p.m., the first Friday of each month. Refreshments are served and everyone is welcome. The church is located west of Decatur on Falling Springs Road.

Siren Tests

Tornado sirens are tested at 10 a.m., the first Saturday of each month.

Highfill Memorial Recognition

The board of directors of the Community Library Association of Highfill met July 20 with Highfill parks commissioner Sandy Evans to discuss a way to establish some memorial recognition in the park to honor the Webb Family, Doris Carter and Clara Blankenship.

Since the original goal of the organization cannot be achieved at this time, the board of directors is wanting to add the organization's funds to the park memorial bench program and also give funds to aid in the construction of the new park pavilion. The association would welcome help, advice or input from anyone who would like to join them in their efforts to do something worthwhile for the community. Contact Karen Digby for more information.

Submissions Items for inclusion in the Hometown Events section of the newspaper may be submitted by calling 752-3675; by mail to P.O. Box 252, Decatur, AR 72722; or by email to decaturnews@nwanews.com.

News, Pages 2 on 08/19/2009

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