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Volunteer wanted

The Siloam Springs Seniors Activity and Wellness Center needs two Meals on Wheels volunteers – one to deliver every Wednesday and one every Thursday. Both are local routes that take around an hour to complete. Please call 479-524-5735 for details.

SSRH blood drive

Siloam Springs Regional Hospital (SSRH) will be holding a blood drive in memory of Cody Pickering from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, July 15 at the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO) Bloodmobile in the hospital parking lot – 603 N. Progress Ave. at Siloam Springs.

CBCO, the sole supplier of blood and plasma to patients at more than 40 area hospitals, including the NMCS, is making a critical appeal for all blood types. CBCO strongly urges eligible donors to donate immediately.

Walk-ins are always welcome, but appointments are strongly encouraged to help manage donor flow. Donors can make an appointment by visiting https://bit.ly/3OpYrbc.

To be eligible to donate blood, you must weigh at least 110 pounds, be in good health, and present valid photo ID. Before collection, donors are invited to take a few steps to ensure that donations go smoothly on collection day:

1. Drink plenty of water or juice at night and in the morning before donating.

2. Eat a well-balanced meal about 2-3 hours before donating.

3. Bring your photo ID: It is now required for all donors.

For more information, call (800) 280-5337 or visit www.cbco.org.

Summer Writers Conference

The Siloam Springs Writers Guild will hold its fourth Summer Writers Conference from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 23 at First Baptist Church, 2000 Dawn Hill Road.

The theme of the conference is “Making peace with marketing.

The keynote speaker will be RJ Thesman, author, writing coach, editor and speaker. Author Kent Wyatt will also be a speaker.

Due to the writers’ conference, the SSWG will not be holding its regular July meeting.

July writing assignments should be emailed to [email protected] by July 1. July’s topics are: Prose — “Lesson of My Heritage” and Poetry — Patriotic Poetry in any style.

August writing assignments to be emailed between July 20 and August 1 are: Prose — A Daily Devotional (up to 300 words) and Poetry — Limericks (set of 3).

Boys & Girls Club snack program

The Boys & Girls Club of Western Benton County will be providing a snack for children during their summer program at the Siloam Springs Unit, located at 655 Heritage Court.

Children do not need to be enrolled in the summer program to participate in the snack program.

The second session of the club will take place from July 11 to August 5.

Afternoon tea will be served from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The club will be closed from July 4 to 8.

For any questions regarding the summer food program or the summer program, contact the club at 479-524-4174.

manna center

The Manna Center operates a thrift store open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Proceeds from the sale of donated items help fund the pantry. Customers can purchase vouchers free of charge. Donations of household items, small appliances and gently used clothing are accepted during business hours.

The emergency food pantry is open from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Currently, mobile outreach programs include small communities around northwestern Arkansas and northeastern Oklahoma, in addition to the main campus at 670. Heritage Court Siloam Springs.

Volunteers are always welcome in the pantry and thrift store. To volunteer or for more information, contact Marla or Laura at 479-524-9825.

Activity center for seniors

The Siloam Senior Activity Center has a game room with two pool tables, a shuffleboard table, and other game tables. If you are interested in dominoes or cards, call and get your name on the list and the Senior Center will arrange play times. The Senior Center also organizes monthly field trips, group shopping trips, and restaurant outings for people aged 60 and over. A lunch menu and activity schedule can be found on the center’s Facebook page – search for Siloam Springs Wellness and Activity Center. For more information, call 479-524-5735.

Master Naturalists accepting applications

The Northwest Arkansas Chapter of Arkansas Master Naturalists is accepting applications for upcoming training. Training for 2021 will take place via Zoom, with approximately 50 hours of virtual lessons and interpreted hiking videos. Trainees have the choice of attending Saturday morning or Wednesday evening classes, each lasting three to four hours. Small group, socially distanced field time is also planned. For more information, visit nwamn.org.

American Legion Bingo

Every Monday night, except the first Monday of each month, there is American Legion Bingo at the American Legion Community Hall (Community Building) in downtown Siloam Springs. Doors open at 5 p.m. and early bird games start at 5:30 p.m., followed by regular games at 6:30 p.m. Players must be 18 to play for money, but young families are welcome. The game prices are very reasonable and the chances of winning are great. There are various prizes for which tickets can be purchased, including raffles and 50/50 draws. The Ladies Auxiliary offers concession items for sale. Covid protocols are in place.

Bookstore at the Library

The library’s bookshop currently offers a selection of texts and other documents of interest to homeschoolers as well as a large number of very beautiful children’s books. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday; and from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. The bookstore offers quality books in all genres, CDs and DVDs, most under $2. Donations of books and DVDs in good condition are always needed and welcome.

The Friends of the Library, which operates the bookstore, seeks out and welcomes new members who wish to join their organization and further its mission through volunteering or fundraising. Membership information is available at the library.

Tornado siren test

The city of Siloam Springs changed the day of testing for the outdoor warning system to 1 p.m. on the first Monday of the month. In the past, the tests took place on Fridays. Testing on the first Monday will give city staff time to make repairs immediately if they are needed. In the event of cloudy weather, rain or other adverse weather conditions on a test day, the tests will be delayed by one day, until they are completed.

Collection of SSRH Auxiliary Volunteers

Siloam Springs Regional Hospital Auxiliary is looking for volunteer volunteers for the Information Desk, Obstetrics Department, X-Ray Department, Surgical Department and Materiel Management. The Auxiliary offers the opportunity to help the community by working three or four hours a week. Stop by the hospital reception for an inquiry or call Donna Conger for more information at 479-373-6428.

Fire Department Feedback

The Siloam Springs Fire Department is offering an Emergency Medical Services Customer Survey that will allow people who have been treated by a city ambulance to provide honest and confidential feedback about their experience. Customers can provide valuable information and feedback on the performance of the fire department.

“Our goal is to constantly strive to improve the quality of service we provide to citizens,” said Siloam Springs Fire Department Chief Jeremey Criner. “The feedback we receive will be an integral part of our quality improvement program.”

If you have had any interaction with the City’s EMS crews, please take a few minutes to complete the EMS Customer Survey located on the Fire Department page of the City’s website, www.siloamsprings.com/199/ Fire.

Dogwood Literacy Council

It is rewarding to be able to help those who are trying to improve their literacy skills in order to help their families. The Dogwood Literacy Council needs more volunteers who would like to become tutors. Training and equipment will be provided. For more information, contact Charlie at 479-524-4009.

Make your home safe and accessible

Kind at Heart Ministries offers help to make homes “safe and accessible” with ramps, widened doorways and handrails. Financial assistance may be available. For more information, contact 479-373-6281 between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. or send an email [email protected]

Manna Center Thrift Store

The Manna Center Thrift Store now accepts credit and debit cards for purchases of $10 or more to make shopping easier for customers. The store is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Customers can like the thrift store on Facebook or stop by and see what the dollar item is for the week. Anything over a month old is half price. The Manna Center is located at 670 Heritage Court, behind the Senior Activity and Wellness Center on Tulsa Street.

Tailwaggers is looking for volunteers, donations

Tailwaggers is looking for volunteers to walk the dogs and socialize the cats at the town’s animal shelter. They also need donations of chewies, rawhides, cat toys and dog harnesses for the animal shelter. Donations can be dropped off at the animal shelter located at 1300 E. Ashley St. Call 238-3612 for more information.


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