Calendar of Events

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Image from our crochet and knitting skill share in November of 2013.

Each month we offer one skill share led by community members. These are hands-on events where participants can learn about traditional skill sets and useful resources for daily life. 

 We also offer regular living room/community conversations and workshops on issues related to anti-racist work, taking care of the environment, and justice work. All of our events are free and are supported through our fundraising. Any donation large or small is greatly appreciated. 

Events are hosted at our center at 420 S. 2nd Street unless listed otherwise. 


January 30th: Open House and Healing Herb Workshop with RN Kristin Simmons.  10:00-2:00, at our center at 420 S. 2nd in Dardanelle. Herb workshops at 10:30 and 1:00.

 Come see our space, share your ideas, and learn more about what we do.

We will be hosting a skill share during the open house entitled, Plants Heal Too! From workshop leader, Kristin Simmons, RN, BSN: An insightful look into easily grown and maintainable herbs with medicinal properties. We will also hold a workshop on how to make an old family herbal recipe to tackle the common cold and fever.” Simmons and her family live in Dover and raise chickens and plants.

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Saturday February 6th, 6:30-8:30: Community Conversation: Reducing Incarceration Rates in Arkansas, a Conversation with Seeds of Liberation Director, Omavi Shukur.

Location: The Cavern, 316 West B Street, Russellville, Arkansas

Arkansas has one of the highest incarceration rates in the nation. Once incarcerated, former felons—urban and rural, men and women—find it hard to gain employment and build back their lives.

Please join us for an open discussion with Omavi Shukur, director of Seeds of Liberation, an organization working alongside Arkansas’ marginalized communities to create a just, equitable and empowering means for addressing crime through policy research, community education and amplifying the voices of the formerly incarcerated.

Before founding Seeds, Shukur was a Staff Attorney at the Orleans Public Defender’s Office in New Orelans.

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Saturday February 27th: Home Weatherization Skill Share with Interfaith Power and Light.

Join us for a free hands-on skill share in partnership with the faith-based group Interfaith Power and Light. We’ll be working together to to weatherize our building while also offering a working example of how to translate these techniques for your own home or rental property.

Matt Poe of the United States Green Building Council will be leading the workshop and will lead participants in simple, DIY techniques for ensuring that your older home stays warm and saves energy. You’ll leave the workshop with the tools and skills needed to make changes in your own property as well as a free goody bag filled with LED lightbulbs.

Interfaith Power and Light will also be providing all participants with a free lunch at Tarascos in downtown Dardanelle.

The Arkansas Affiliate of Interfaith Power and Light is established by individuals and participating congregations who share a concern for the earth’s environment from a unique, nonpartisan, theological perspective. In addition to leading this workshop they are also working with the McElroy House to raise money for our weatherization work, enabling our center to be a working example of affordable and sustainable green retrofitting.

Once complete our building will serve as a working example for home owners, renters, and landlords seeking to make similar changes to their own properties. The McElroy House is working alongside Interfaith Power and Light to seek donations earmarked for this work. Donations of 100.00 or more will have their names engraved on bricks for our walkway. If you’re interested in making a donation to our green building fund, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

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Saturday March 19th 10:00-12:00 Caregiver Resources Expo

This interactive skill share for mothers and caregivers will feature interactive discussions and demos with community members on everything from baby wearing to cloth diapers to breastfeeding to food allergies.

We’ll have give aways, sign up info for McElroy Cloth Diaper Bank, and fun for kids. Stay tuned for more details!