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The Observatory: What’s happening in Mountain Home

Hello Mountain Home!

You survived another round of winter weather. We hope you managed to stay warm.

With that said, it’s time for another edition of the Observatory, the one-stop-shop of what’s going on in Mountain Home and the surrounding areas for the next week.


Saturday, Feb. 26


Lone Rock Volunteer Fire Department chili fundraiser

February 26 @ 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The Lone Rock Volunteer Fire Department will be holding a chili supper fundraiser this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 8422 Push Mountain Road.


Coffee Social

February 26 @ 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Coffee Social, 9-10:30 a.m. Alley-White American Legion Post 52, 717 Market Street, MH. All Veterans & spouses welcome.


Pantry at the Post

February 26 @ 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Serving local Veterans & active-duty military families in need of food.  Proof of service required.


Fleet Reserve Association Branch 251

February 26 @ 1 p.m.

Our February Branch meeting date is scheduled for Saturday February 26, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. at Alley-White American Legion Post 52 which is located at 717 Market Street, Mountain Home, AR. 

President- South Central Region President C. Ursula Gruetzner has rescheduled her visit until March 17 due to this week’s weather.  Next month, she will tour the area and attend local functions, including our meeting.  She will also be providing information on the South Central Region March 17-19 Convention and answer any questions. A Two Bell Ceremony is planned for two of our deceased members.

This meeting is open to all former Navy, Marine and Coast Guard enlisted   veterans, both active duty and reserve.

For further information, please contact David Butts, 870-424-4424.


Arkansas Archaeological Society

February 26 @ 12:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

The Arkansas Archaeological Society will be hosting its monthly meeting in Knox Room A of the Baxter County Library.


Oasis: Live Music & Nightclub

February 26 @ 6:00 p.m.

After a long break, one of our favorite rock bands, Fallen Within, is returning to Mountain Home, AR! Fallen Within hits the stage at 9pm on Saturday February 26th! This band slays the stage with a perfect mix of 90s, 2000s, & current rock music! DJ Kwik870 after midnight!

Band starts @ 9pm 🎸

DJ Kwik870 after midnight 🎶

Jenny’s Bistro open all night 🍔

Free rides to & from the Oasis 🚕

Must be 21+ w/ valid ID to enter ‼

Message us or call 870-492-5600 for more info 📱


Erin Walters LIVE at Rapp’s

February 26 @ 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Erin Walters has been singing professionally, off and on, for over 25 years. After having taken time off to raise her daughter, she has recommitted herself to music. Walters plays guitar, mandolin, keyboard, and harmonica.

Deeply rooted in classic country and classic rock, Erin also enjoys soul, blues, pop, and gospel music. With a deep Alto voice full of soul and personality, her voice is often compared to the likes of Janis Joplin and wonderfully talented Stevie Nicks. Don’t miss this show!


Sunday, Feb. 29


Shaun Johnson and the Big Band Experience

February 29 @ 7 p.m.

Shaun Johnson and the Big Band Experience will be at The Sheid at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 27!  Shaun Johnson is an Emmy-winning singer/songwriter who’s sold nearly two million albums as part of the nationally known vocal group, Tonic Sol-fa.

Few acts can channel Sinatra as he softly croons about lost love, inhabit Citizen Cope as he belts one out, and then segue into original songwriting without any indication that these musicians, these eras, and these styles were ever anything but destined to go together.

Finally, there’s the experience. Each performance is an experience, and no two experiences are exactly the same. Tickets are available online at www.thesheid.com as part of the Performing Arts Series.


Monday, Feb. 28


MH Bomb Squad Robot Reveal and Dinner

February 28 @ 6:30 p.m.

The MHHS robotics team, Bomb Squad will be hosting its annual Robot Reveal on Feb 24th. The students will reveal this year’s robot to the community to kick start their competition season.

The open to the public presentation will begin immediately following the dinner around 6:30 at the Vada Sheid Community Center.

Tickets for the dinner are $25.


Lake Norfork Striper Club Meeting

February 28 @ 7 p.m.

Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery will be speaking as a special guest at the clubs meeting this Monday. Doors open at 6:30. Event at the Eastside Baptist Church in the Hensley Building.


Ozark Patriots Meeting

February 28 @ 6 p.m.

The Ozark Patriots will be hosting a meeting at Buncles Brickoven & Brews Monday evening at 6 p.m. The meeting will feature speeches from both Brandt Smith, U.S. District 1 candidate and Mark Lowery, Arkansas treasurer candidate.


Cardio Kickboxing & Strength Training

February 28 @ 6:00 a.m. – 6:30 a.m.

The Schliemann Center for Women’s Health Education sponsors Cardio Kickboxing & Weight Training for women with Angie Bertel every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Baxter Regional Wellness Education Center at 2545 Hwy 5 North.

Women who don’t exercise can lose anywhere from 3 to 8% of their muscle mass each decade due to inactivity. Studies show that strength training can promote bone development, reduce lower back pain, and reverse several skeletal muscle aging factors.

Kickboxing has become a popular sport because it provides a fantastic workout and challenges many of our senses and capacities.

If you want to feel better about your body, both in how it looks and performs, these sessions are for you!

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, class capacity is limited to 15. Masks are required, social distancing is strictly observed, and registration is required. Call (870) 508-2345 today!


Threads of Hope Creating Gifts for Cancer Patients – Peitz Cancer Support House

February 28 @ 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Do you like to knit or crochet? How about sewing or needlework, or quilting?

Would you like to learn how?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you should join us at Threads of Hope at 1 pm on Monday afternoons.

This group offers lots of encouragement and support to one another as they spend time at their weekly meetings, and you just might learn a new stitch. Anyone with interest in any type of needlework is welcome to attend.

Threads of Hope provides different things to different people. For cancer survivors, you can learn a craft to help pass the time between or after treatments. For some, it provides a way to support others, even if you’re not a cancer survivor yourself. The group may make lap robes, prayers shawls, or caps that are distributed to those patients in treatment. For others, it provides a place to enjoy fun and companionship.


Rock Steady Boxing

February 28 @ 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. / 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Mruk Family Education Center on Aging

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays

8:00 am–P/D 1&2

1:00 pm–P/D 3&4

$50/Month


Yoga – Baxter County Library

February 28 @ 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Join us for yoga!

Volunteer, Tony Khayat, will lead you through gentle exercises to promote fitness and flexibility. Relieve stress and tension, trim, shape, and tone the body with a regenercize workout. This class is suitable for both beginner and intermediate yoga practitioners.

Must be age 18 and older.

PLEASE REGISTER FOR EACH CLASS YOU WISH TO ATTEND.

In-person attendance is limited to 20 people. Masks optional, social distancing required.

A donation of $2-$5 is suggested to support the library next time you stop by.


Heart to Heart Dance Class

February 28 @ 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Schliemann Center for Women will be hosting its Heart to Heart Dance Class on Monday at 4 p.m. The class is held at the Wellness Education Center at 2545 Hwy 5 North (formerly Simple Man’s).

Due to covid, class capacity is limited, masks are required, social distancing strictly is observed, and registration is required. For more information, please call (870) 508-2345.


Library Meeting: FOL Board

February 28 @ 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The Friends of the Library Board will be holding its monthly meeting in the Knox Room at the Baxter County Library.


Glad Garden Club

February 28 @ 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Glad Garden Club Member Sandy Tissing will demonstrate her method for starting indoor seedlings. Come discover how easily you can get a jump on Spring by applying simple guidelines for successful seed germination.


Tuesday, March 1


Mom Walk and Talk

March 1 @ 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

All moms are invited to join us as we walk and talk about learning the ins and outs of parenthood and babies! Bring your strollers and get ready to meet new frineds!

We will walk at ASUMH and walk on their new beautiful walking path and meet in the parking lot closest to the Library. Please see the photo below. Walks will be weather permitting.

Adult Services Coordinator and new mom, Mariah, will be leading this fun outing and hopes you can join too!

Please contact Mariah at mariah.h@baxlib.org if you have any questions!


North Ark Fly Fishers Board Meeting

March 1 @ 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Meeting will be held in Knox Room B of the Baxter County Library.


HUHSA Meeting

March 1 @ 5:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

Meeting will be held in Studio 300 of the Baxter County Library.


Introduction to Fly Fishing

March 1 @ 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Have you always been curious about Fly Fishing and wondered what all it takes to get started? Join us as the North Arkansas Fly Fishers give a great presentation with photos and props explaining what equipment, local shops, etc. are best to get started!

Presenters will be NAFF President Dave Boyer and Past President Mike Tipton.


Just Craftin’ Bunny Wreaths

March 1 @ 12:30 p.m.

The Van Matre Senior Center will be making bunny wreaths for Easter on Tuesday. Cost to join is $10. Location is at 1101 Spring St. in Mountain Home.  


Gut Health

March 1 @ 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month!  Join us as special guest speakers Carmel Cruse APRN & Dawn Henry discuss Gut Health and Cancer Prevention at the Peitz Cancer Support House.


Intermediate Yoga – Peitz Cancer Support House

March 1 @ 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.

Yoga has many health benefits. Implement self-care and relaxation into your routine. Yoga experience is required for this class. For more information or registering to attend a session at the Peitz Cancer Support House, call 870-508-2273.


Craft Time at the Legion

March 1 @ 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Alley-White American Legion Post 52 is hosting Craft Time at the Legion. Bring a project to work on, just come to visit, or learn a new craft.  Everyone welcome.


Babies and Books – Baxter County Library

March 1 @ 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Enjoy reading, singing, and having fun with Mrs. Amy. This storytime is best for 0-3 year-olds.


Line Dancing for Women

March 1 @ 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Event Type: Schliemann Center for Women’s Health Education

Max Capacity: 10

Heart Healthy Line Dancing every Tuesday 11:30 a.m. beginners, 12:30 pm intermediate. Held at WEC (Wellness Education Center, 2545 Hwy 5 North (formerly Simple Man’s). Due to covid, class capacity is limited, masks required, social distancing strictly observed, and registration required. Call (870) 508-2345.


After School Meals

March 1 @ 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, the Baxter County Library offers after-school meals for students 18 and younger. After-school meals are offered at no cost to the student/family and are served in the multi-purpose downstairs room. Students will receive one meal each day they are provided. The staff takes necessary precautions to keep the area surfaces disinfected before and after distributing meals. This program collaborates with the North Central Arkansas Food Bank and the USDA.

This is an equal opportunity program. In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.


Mess Deck Coffee Hut – Bob Davis Veterans Center

March 1 @ 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Veterans, come hang out and grab a cup of coffee at the Bob Davis Veterans Center. The center is located at 421 E. Ninth St in Mountain Home. For more information, call (870) 232-0976.


Wednesday, March 2


Issues & Viewpoints 2022 – Baxter County Library

March 1 @ 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

January: Into the Abyss: An Extraordinary True Story – by Carol Shaben 

February: American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West – by Nate Blakeslee

March: Ashley’s War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield   – by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

April: Bag Man: The Wild Crimes, Audacious Cover-up, and Spectacular Downfall of a Brazen Crook in the White House – by Rachel Maddow & Michael Yarvitz

May: Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man – by Emmanuel Acho

June: The Tree Where Man Was Born – by Peter Matthiessen

July: A Sand County Almanac – by Aldo Leopold

August: The Autobiography of an Execution – by David R. Dow

September: Lab Girl – by Hope Jahren

October: A Warrior of the People: How Susan La Flesche Overcame Racial and Gender Inequality to Become America’s First Indian Doctor – by Joe Starita

November: The Eagles of Heart Mountain: A True Story of Football, Incarceration, and Resistance in World War II America – by Bradford Pearson


Coloring Club – Baxter County Library

March 1 @ 9:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Want a place to relax, color, and meet new friends? The Baxter County Library has you covered! Join us every Wednesday in Studio 300 from 9am-Noon. Come and go as you please.

All adults are welcome, and no is registration required. Bringing your own supplies is recommended, but there will be coloring sheets and pencils available.


Fun for 3s, 4s, and 5s – Baxter County Library

March 2 @ 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Join in the fun with stories, songs, puppets, and more that encourage development of Early Literacy skills in young children. Ages 3-5.

Due to COVID class capacity is limited, masks required, social distancing strictly observed, and registration required, call (870) 508-2345.


After School Meals

March 2 @ 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, the Baxter County Library offers after-school meals for students 18 and younger. After-school meals are offered at no cost to the student/family and are served in the multi-purpose downstairs room. Students will receive one meal each day they are provided. The staff takes necessary precautions to keep the area surfaces disinfected before and after distributing meals. This program collaborates with the North Central Arkansas Food Bank and the USDA.

This is an equal opportunity program. In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.


Thursday, March 3


Mess Deck Coffee Hut – Bob Davis Veterans Center

March 3 @ 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Veterans, come hang out and grab a cup of coffee at the Bob Davis Veterans Center. The center is located at 421 E. Ninth St in Mountain Home. For more information, call (870) 232-0976.


After School Meals

March 3 @ 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, the Baxter County Library offers after-school meals for students 18 and younger. After-school meals are offered at no cost to the student/family and are served in the multi-purpose downstairs room. Students will receive one meal each day they are provided. The staff takes necessary precautions to keep the area surfaces disinfected before and after distributing meals. This program collaborates with the North Central Arkansas Food Bank and the USDA.

This is an equal opportunity program. In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.


Friday, March 4


Stuffed Animal Sleepover

March 4 @ 4:00 p.m.

Have you ever wondered about what happens at the Library when it’s closed?

We will share our secret world with your stuffed animal friends at our Stuffed Animal Sleepover.

Friday, March 4, from 4:30-6:00PM – Drop your stuffed animal off at the Library.

When you drop it off, you will:

1. Create a name tag for your stuffed animal

2. Read a good night story to your stuffed animal.

3. Tuck your stuffed animal in for the night.

Saturday, March 5 at 10:30AM – Come pick up your stuffed animal and enjoy pictures, storytime, and a light breakfast.


Baxter County Master Gardeners Gardening Day Meeting

March 4 @ 12:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Planning meeting for Gardening Day scheduled for April 30. Meeting in the Knox Room of the Baxter County Library.


Peitz Cancer Support House

March 4 @ 1:00 p.m.

Therapeutic chair yoga is a gentle stretching exercise for anyone, especially those with chronic back pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia or other pain and movement issues. Poses are learned either sitting in a chair or standing holding on to a chair.

Exercise can improve your ability to complete normal activities of daily living, lower the risk of anxiety or depression, and improve your quality of life.

Yoga is a free class and open to all men and women. The class meets in the Peitz Cancer Support House Activity Room. As with starting any new exercise program, please consult your physician before beginning.


Justin Larkin at Rapp’s Barren

March 4 @ 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Justin Larkin is a singer/songwriter, performer & producer from Springfield, Missouri. Larkin has spent the last 15+ years playing across Midwestern America with various musical groups including Mood Ring Circus as well as a one-man band with a suitcase drum, plus some tambourines & harmonicas, all while honing in on a distinct & hearty blend of Roots, Soul & Rocknroll music dubbed “Cosmic Ozarkana”.

Debut album “Nowhere Is a Place” coming March 25th, 2022.

“One-of-a-kind songs…a strong musical presence” – Springfield News-Leader


Stillwater Hardy Band LIVE @ Oasis

March 4 @ 6:00 p.m.

Catch Stillwater Hardy live @ the Oasis on Friday, March 4th!

Band starts @ 9pm 🎸

DJ after midnight 🎶

Jenny’s Bistro open all night 🍔

Free cab rides to & from the Oasis 🚕

Must be 21+ w/ valid ID to enter ‼

Message us or call 870-492-5600 for more info 📱

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