As the summer winds down, members of the community and local groups are still working hard to offer the most they can before fall obligations take over everyone’s calendars.

In other instances, community members are working to use the final dog days of the year to raise money for good causes.

Fundraisers for FFA and The CALL

Looking to causes, community members who want to help students achieve a dream — or who just want to help children — will have opportunities this week.

The Crossett High School Future Farmers of America will be selling hamburger plates from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5, as part of a fundraising effort for their trip to the national FFA convention in Indianapolis in the fall. The $7 plates can be pre-ordered or bought on-site at the high school. To pre-order or for more information, call 870-500-3952.

The other fundraiser will be a lemonade stand to benefit The Call of Southeast Arkansas. The CALL Works to educate, equip and encourage people to reduce the number of children waiting in foster care in Arkansas. The Call of Southeastern Arkansas works with children in Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Desha, Drew and Lincoln counties. 

The lemonade stand will be operated by the children of Grace Christian Fellowship in Crossett, and will be open from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 7.

Arts lessons, crafters fair and film night

For those looking for family fun and ways to express their feelings about the end of summer, the Ashley County Arts Association will be offering a “This is me” Kids Self Expression class from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, at the Crossett City Park in the area near the former zoo. The class will be $3 for ACAA members and $5 for non-members. To sign up for the class, call Michelle Lott at 318-505-4201.

The next Saturday, Aug.14, the Crossett Farmer’s Market will host its monthly crafter’s market in the morning. 

That evening, the Crossett City Auditorium will open its doors at 6:30 for the Second Saturday movie. Tickets for the movie, which will start at 7 p.m., will be $5 at the door. A concession stand will be open.

Golf tournament and virtual walk

Starting on Saturday, Aug. 21, and continuing into the next day, the Prairie Country Club will host its club championship. The individual tournament — which will include regular, senior and super senior flights — costs $20 per person. Tee times will start at 10 a.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. In case of inclement weather, the tournament will be Aug. 28 and 29. For more information, call Jay Johnson at 501-680-5926.

Closing out the month will be the Ashley County Alzheimer’s Walk — but this year it will have a twist. The walk will be a virtual event during which participants, “‘walk, run or move’ to support the Ashley County Alzheimer’s Walk,” the event’s Website says.  “You don’t have to be an Olympian to earn a medal this summer!  The Ashley County Alzheimer’s Walk is committed to serving patients and caregivers alike above all else with proceeds helping your neighbors.”

Even though the event is billed as a walk, participants can run, bike, ride, swim, crawl, do yoga or any other form of movement. The registration is a donation to the Ashley County Alzheimer’s Walk organization.

For more information, visit the Walk’s online registration page at, or contact Laura Murray at 870-415-0297 or

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