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2017 Events:

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Mount Ida Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Meetings
take place on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, at 6:00 pm
at the Chamber's Tourism Information Office located at
124 Hwy 270 West in Mount Ida. Committee members needed!
Meetings are open to the public! All are Welcome! Volunteers Needed!

March 18th
Saturday, 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Red White & Blue Ball
Hosted by: Montgomery Co. 313 American Legionaries

March 20th
Monday, 2:00 pm
Ouachita Artists Demonstration w/Jan Briggs
Jan Briggs will show how to use products of nature as tools to make paintings in a demonstration at Ouachita Artists Gallery and Studio in Mt. Ida on the Courthouse Square. The event starts at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 20, and is free and open to the public. For more information call 870-867-3115.

March 24th
Friday, 5:00 pm
All You Can Eat Pizza Fundraiser
The Mount Ida Senior Activity Center located at 158 Senior Drive, Mount Ida will host an All you can eat PIZZA, served with salad and desserts, fundraiser on Friday, March 24th starting at 5:00 p.m. Proceeds are for the Home Delivered Meals Program.
Price $10.00, 6 years and under is $4.00 each.
Benefiting: Mount Ida Senior Activity Center, Home Delivered Meals Program

March 25th
Saturday, 4:30 - 6:30 pm
Warm Hearts Annual Fish Fry Fundraiser
Location: Joplin Fire Department
Benefiting: Warm Hearts Humane Society, Inc.

March 25th-26th
Saturday & Sunday
Ouachita Challenge
Now in its second decade, this unique event provides a sixty plus mile loop and two days of mountain bike touring and racing on two of our best trails. The Ouachita Trail is known for its challenging climbs, vast technical sections, and scenic views of the Ouachita River. The Womble Trail (an IMBA Epic) is known for its fast trails and scenic views of the Ouachita Mountains and valleys. Volunteers Needed.

March 31st
Friday, 10:00 am - ?
Ouachita Artists Workshop featuring Alcohol Ink Technique
Ouachita Artists Gallery and Studio on the Courthouse Square in Mt. Ida will sponsor a workshop on the alcohol ink technique of producing art on Friday, March 31. The session, taught by Teri Sargent, will begin at 10 a.m., break for lunch, and continue into the afternoon. Fee is $60, and all supplies are furnished. Registration is limited. Come by the gallery or call 870-867-3115 to register.

March 31st
Friday, 5:30 pm
Caddo Cowboys Concert
Kick up your heels and enjoy an evening of food and country music.
A dinner plate of roasted chicken for $10 will be served at 5:30. There will be a $5 cover charge at the door. This is a fundraiser to replace the roof on the Roosevelt Auditorium.
Benefiting: Montgomery County Council for Performing Arts

April 1st
Saturday, 8:00 am
10th Annual Hike for the Cure
Location: Lake Ouachita Vista Trail (LOViT), Shangri-La Drive
Presented by: Project Pink Awareness

April 13th
Thursday, 6:30 pm
2017 Community Banquet
Volunteer Service Awards, Live Auction & Silent Auction, Dinner by TBA
Location: The Standridge Place, 2988 Hwy 270 E Mount Ida, Arkansas
Presented by: Mount Ida Area Chamber of Commerce

April 25th
Tuesday, 5:15 pm
Healthy Connections, Inc. Annual Board of Directors Meeting
This meeting is open to the public and begins at 5:15 pm at HCI’s Mena location community room. During this meeting HCI will elect officers and consider nominations of new board members. Local community members are encouraged and welcome to attend. HCI is accepting applications for prospective board members, applications must be submitted by email: by March 27th. Questions? Call 479-437-3449.

April 29th
Saturday, 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Montgomery County Master Gardener Annual Plant Sale
Location: Heritage House Museum of Montgomery County
819 Luzerne Street (At the intersection of Highway 27 and Luzerne)
Presented by: Montgomery County Master Gardeners

May 26th & 27th
Friday & Saturday
Memorial Day Weekend 2017
Mount Ida Good Ol' Days Festival & Car Show
Live Music, Food & Vendor Booths, & Car Show
Location: Montgomery County Courthouse Square  
Presented by: Mount Ida Area Chamber of Commerce, The Frontporch Stage,
and Mount Ida Youth Athletic Association

October 13th-15th
Friday, Saturday & Sunday
37th Annual Quartz, Quiltz, and Craftz Festival
The Quartz, Quiltz, & Craftz Festival (QQC) is three shows in one, a Gem & Mineral Show, a Quilt Show, and an Arts & Crafts Show. The event takes place annually on the second weekend in October at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Mount Ida, Arkansas - the "Quartz Crystal Capital of the World". This year, the 37th Annual QQC Festival takes place October 13th, 14th & 15th. Three buildings at the fairgrounds each feature one of the three shows with additional gem & mineral booths and food vendors outside. Admission is Free. Attendees can enter a free drawing for door prizes which will be announced periodically throughout the day and may purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win this year’s featured quilt. The QQC Festival also features two quartz crystal digging competitions, the "World Championship Quartz Crystal Dig" and the "K-6 Kids' Dig", providing opportunities for rockhounds of all ages to experience the joy of finding their own buried treasure!
Presented by: Mount Ida Area Chamber of Commerce,  UofA EHC, & Virgina Welchman

October 13th-14th
Friday & Saturday, 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
30th Annual World Championship Quartz Crystal Dig
The World Championship Quartz Crystal Dig is a two-day amateur crystal digging competition for Adults and Young Miners (ages 17 and under). The event takes place Friday & Saturday, October 13th & 14th. Entrants can dig at their choice of two participating mines, Twin Creek Crystal Mine and Sweet Surrender Crystal Mine. Over the course of two days, diggers get keep all they find and submit their best point and cluster each day to compete for crystal adorned award plaques and $2100 in total prize money. Members of gem & mineral and rockhounding clubs can compete against rival clubs for bragging rights and a
chance to win a free entry to next year’s event!
Presented by: Mount Ida Area Chamber of Commerce

October 14th
Saturday, 10:00 am
K-6 Kids' Dig
Grade school aged children pay $1 dig in a tailings pile prepared by
Dixie Crystal Mining Co.  with crystals from their Twin Creek Crystal Mine
at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. Awards and prizes for 1st & 2nd place in
K-3rd and 4th-6th divisions. Educational presentation by Sandra Chandler of the
Arkansas Geological Survey. Awards ceremony & Door Prizes.
Presented by: Dixie Crystal Mining Co. & Mount Ida Area Chamber of Commerce


Ouachita Artists Gallery & Studio

American Legion Post 313
Second Tuesday's at 6:30 PM
Location: Courthouse Annex, 117 Ray Dr., Mount Ida, Arkansas 71957

Diabetes Support Group
Thursday's at Noon
Location: First United Methodist church.
Come to the fellowship hall entrance. All are welcome.
Questions? Contact Pat Smith, 870- 490-1836 or

Ouachita Artists Gallery & Studio
Friday's - Open Studio, 10:00am-6:00pm

Third Monday's, Program Meeting, 3:30PM
Special Guest Speaker and Demonstration
Open to the Public, Please park in the back.

Membership Meeting
First Wednesday's, 1:00pm
Montgomery County Yarn Workers
knitting and crocheting each Friday at the Assisted Living Center in Mt. Ida.beginning at 3:30 p.m. Teaching yarn crafts at no charge and can help with patterns and questions.
If you have yarn to donate, or if you know of a need for something we can make for a good cause, call Kathleena at 867-5154 or Betty at 867-3894.

Red Hat Ladies

Third Thursday's at 1:00PM
Location: Various Locations

Master Gardeners
First Wednesday's at 10:00
Location: Extension Office

Montgomery County Council for the Performing Arts (MCCPA)
1st Thurday at 5:00PM
Location: 338 Whittington Street, Mount Ida, Arkansas 71957

4-H Clubs
Mount Ida 4-H & Puddle Jumpers 4-H 2nd Monday 5:00 Extension Office
R.A.G.E. Teen Leader 4-H 2nd Thursday 5:00 Extension Office
Oden 4-H 4th Monday, 5:00 Pencil Bluff Baptist Church
2nd Tuesday, 6:30, Fairgrounds

Strong Women Groups
Mount Ida
· MWF 7:00 a.m. Extension Office
· MWF 8:45 a.m. Extension Office
· MWF 10:00 a.m. Extension Office
· TTh 6:00 p.m. Extension Office
· TTh 9:30 a.m. Lake Ouachita Baptist Church

· MWF 8:15 a.m., Barr Memorial Presbyterian Church

· MWF 8:30 a.m., Oden Baptist Church

EHC Clubs

Oden EHC Club
1st Tues 1:00 Oden Methodist Church

Joplin EHC Club
2nd Tues 1:30 Extension Office

Snap, Crackle, Pop Exercise Group
Every Tues & Thurs 9:00 Graham Court Recreation Hall

Stitchin’Friends EHC Club – Quilting & Sewing every Thursday. First, third and fourth Thursday of each month from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm at the Montgomery County Extension Ofice in Mount Ida. Meet at Cathy’s Quilting in Hot Springs on the second Thursday of each month.

Yarn Workers EHC Club
Knitting & Crocheting every Friday 3:30 Assisted Living Center

Pine Ridge EHC Club
Quilting every Tues 9:00-3:00 Pine Ridge Baptist Church

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Mount Ida Area Chamber of Commerce
124 Hwy 270 West, Mount Ida, Arkansas 71957 - 870-867-2723
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