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Heart healthy tips to be

presented at HEAT Tuesday

The South Arkansas Center on Aging, a program of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in partnership with HealthWorks, the Medical Center of South Arkansas and SouthArk, will present HEAT (Healthy Eating and Tasting) at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at HealthWorks Fitness Center.

Because February is heart health month, MCSA registered dietician Stacie Smith, noting “an avocado a day may keep bad cholesterol at bay.”

The program is free to seniors and a light lunch will be served. Reservations are required and must be received by noon Monday.

For more information, contact the UAMS South Arkansas Center on Aging at 870-881-8969 or email Lori DeWese at

SouthArk to ‘Celebrate the Legacy’ during its annual African American Family & Friends Day

The annual African American Family and Friends Day is Feb. 17 at Heritage Plaza on the West Campus of South Arkansas Community College.

In its eighth year, the free event recognizes Black History Month and culminates SouthArk’s African American Heritage Week. This year’s theme is Remember the Past, Educate for the Future, Celebrate the Legacy.

The event’s centerpiece is Heritage Trivia, which will pose black history questions to random audience members for a chance to win prizes. AAFFD also will feature board, card and lawn games; basketball, as well as college information and booths from area organizations.

The event will begin at 9 a.m., with registration starting at 8:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided and each attendee also will receive a free t-shirt, while supplies last. For more information, contact Tim Johnson at 870-864-8421.

SAAC to present

photography competition, awards reception Saturday

The South Arkansas Arts Center’s open photography competition, “The Viewfinder,” is on display in the Merkle and Price Galleries through Feb. 27.

The bi-annual judged photography competition is sponsored by William P. Cook and Associates, PLLC. An artist’s reception is planned for 6-8 p.m. Saturday with the awards presented at 6:30 p.m.

An avid photographer since 1997 and also holding an BA in photojournalism, Terrance Armstard, news editor at the El Dorado News-Times and adjunct instructor at South Arkansas Community College, served as judge this year’s competition. Armstard has selected the award winning photographs for Best of Show, First, Second, Third Place and Honorable Mention. $600 in prize money will be presented to the winning selections during the artist’s reception.

Viewing hours for the Price and Merkle Gallery are 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call the SAAC office at 870-862-5474 or visit SAAC is located at 110 E. Fifth St., El Dorado.

McLelland elected to HPCAA board

The SHARE Foundation announced that Jenifer McLelland, Life Touch Hospice executive director, was elected to the Hospice & Palliative Care Association of Arkansas (HPCAA) Board of Directors.

HPCAA is a statewide, public benefit, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to ensuring access to high quality hospice and comfort care for all Arkansans. Their mission is to promote awareness of and access to high quality hospice and palliative care.

McLelland joined Life Touch Hospice in 2010 as a PRN RN in the John R. Williamson Hospice House. She has also worked as a RN case manager in the home care/nursing home program and most recently as the home care program coordinator before becoming the executive director of Life Touch Hospice in November. McLelland has over 20 years of nursing experience.

Life Touch Hospice is an agency of the SHARE Foundation and provides quality care for those patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families. Life Touch serves patients and families in five Arkansas counties: Bradley, Calhoun, Columbia, Ouachita and Union.

For more information about Life Touch Hospice, call 866-378-0388.

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