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The Dove House has opened a thrift store and outreach office at 373 Main St., Clinton. The store and office represent the second phase of preparing to re-open the shelter to women and children who are victims of domestic violence. Though the shelter has been closed for more than a year now, the need has remained. Volunteers are needed for the store and the office. Donations of clothing, books, housewares, crafts, jewelry and furniture are needed and welcomed. Hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. On Oct. 23, there will be a volunteer orientation at the store; call 745-5657 for the time.

Plant Baptist Church on Highway 110 is holding a Harvest Social beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. There will be Bible stories, hayrides, a bonfire, wienie roast and s’mores. Everyone is welcome.

The third annual winter coat/clothing giveaway is set for 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 17-19 at the Power House of Worship on Highway 65 South in Bee Branch. This event is free to the community with winter coats and clothing available for all ages and all sizes. First come, first served. For more information call 757-0506 or 745-1367.

Docent Krissi Graham and the Clinton High School Environmental Club will host an “Open House” from noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Oc. 19, at South Fork Nature Center, 962 Bachelor Road, Clinton. Join the students for a scavenger hunt, trail walks and as a special treat — “nature” cookies.

The Van Buren, Cleburne, Searcy, and Stone County Extension offices will be conducting training sessions to become a Master Gardener. You receive 40 hours of training for a fee and then in return give back 40 hours of community service through various horticulture projects. For more information on class schedules and fees call 745-7117. Applications are due by Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013.

The Van Buren County Library is hosting a class on the Affordable Health Care Act from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 21. Bring your questions and concerns to the meeting. Call the library at 745-2100 for more information. The library also hosts story time for children every Saturday at 10 a.m.

Pine Grove General Baptist Church, 102 Silver Tree, Shirley, will hold a revival at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25-26, and 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27. Evangelist will be Phillip Pussey of Clarendon, Jamaica.

The AARP is offering a classroom refresher course for drivers 50 years of age or older. The class will be held from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 23, 2013, at Simmon’s First National Bank in the community room. Graduates are entitled to a reduction in automobile insurance premiums for three years. For more information call 745-8200. Class size is limited.

Maria Van Buren Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at 1 p.m. Oct. 19 at Simmons First National Bank in Clinton. Robert R. Gault will talk about the Indian Trail Thong Trees. Members, prospective members and interested individuals are invited.

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