• TAX FREE Weekend is Saturday and Sunday. State and local sales tax will not be collected during this 48-hour period on the sale of clothing and footwear, clothing accessories and equipment, school supplies, school art supplies and school instructional materials.
• The Arkansas Antiquarian Booksellers Association will host the 32nd annual Arkansas Book and Paper Show on Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Aug. 6 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Jacksonville Community Center at 5 Municipal Drive in Jacksonville. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for students and school employees with current school ID. Parking is free at the Community Center. For additional information, call 501-985-1663.
• Red Curtain Theatre presents “Hello, Dolly!,” from Aug. 4-13 at Staples Auditorium at Hendrix College. The blockbuster Broadway hit is bursting with humor, romance, high-energy dancing, and some of the greatest songs in musical theatre history. “Hello, Dolly!” will be directed by RCT Executive Director Kristen Sherman with Music Direction by Kent Britton and Choreography by Olivia Stephens. For tickets and showtimes, log onto http://www.redcurtaintheatre.com.
• “Gene Hatfield: A Lifetime of Distinction, Achievement and Emeritus” exhibit will be on display at UCA Downtown gallery through Aug. 25. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday. There will be a closing reception Aug. 25 from 5 – 8 p.m.
• Commissioner of State Lands John Thurston announced the opening of Making Tracks Across Arkansas, which features images and artifacts from the state’s railroad history. The exhibit explores facets people might not know about trains, like the railroad industry’s involvement in creating time zones, or that a training camp was established in Arkansas to teach soldiers how to run trains during World War II. The exhibit includes items ranging from a conductor’s uniform to railroad china, from telegraph equipment to signal lanterns and railroad tools. Making Tracks Across Arkansas will be on display in Room 109 of the State Capitol through the end of the year. Visitors are invited to view the exhibit from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
• The Garden Club for ages 7 and older is set each Thursday at 4 p.m. at the Faulkner County Library, 1900 Tyler St. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Participation is free. Garden workdays are Thursdays and Sundays at 5 p.m.
• “Cook the Book” is set at 6 p.m. at the Faulkner County Library, 1900 Tyler St. Take a favorite recipe from a featured cookbook each week to try at home. Bring it to share and discuss the following week. For more information, call 501-327-7482 or email email@example.com. Event is free.
• Thursdays from 5-6 p.m. through Aug. 31 the Faulkner County Library, 1900 Tyler St., will host an intermediate jewelry-making class. Previous experience is required. Bring basic supplies (card stock, decorative paper, scissors and glue). For additional information, email CardsandJewelry@gmail.com. Beginner classes will resume in the fall. Event is free.
• Thursdays from 6-7 p.m. through Aug. 31 the Faulkner County Library, 1900 Tyler St., will host an advanced card-making class. Previous experience is required. Bring basic supplies (card stock, decorative paper, scissors and glue). For additional information, email CardsandJewelry@gmail.com. Beginner classes will resume in the fall. Event is free.
• Garden Sketch Hour returns to the Urban Farm Project at the Faulkner County Library, 1900 Tyler St., on Tuesdays at 5 p.m., beginning Tuesday. Each week, the group will explore the garden and choose a fruit, vegetable or flower to sketch. Colored pencils and paper are supplied. Sketch Hour is open to teens and adults and is free.
•Yarn-a-holics meets Tuesdays from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Faulkner County Library, 1900 Tyler St. For more information, call 501-327-7482 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Event is free.