community digest


food on wheels

Siloam Springs Senior Center’s Meals on Wheels program requires a volunteer to deliver meals every Thursday. The route starts at 10:45 am and takes about an hour. For more information, call Debi at 479-524-5735.

bookstore for free

The library bookstore is giving away a teddy bear or a Mr. or Mrs. Potato Head toy to three winning children or teens who enter the prize draw during the months of January and February. Prerequisite for participation is the purchase of books from the children’s/youth area. Winners will be contacted after the drawing on March 1st. The bookstore also has a wide range of materials for children’s education (or home schooling). Most items in the bookstore cost less than $2.

Writers Guild February Meeting

The Siloam Springs Writers Guild will meet on Monday, February 14 at 5:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 2000 Dawn Hill Rd. Please use the west parking lot and entrance. Caroline Geer, President of the Republican Club, will speak about the “unique power of women writers and women’s voices in society throughout history”. Tasks are to be sent via email [email protected] between January 20th and February 1st. Topics are: Prose – “Bad weather”, up to 750 words, and Poetry – “Something I love”, a couplet of up to 36 lines. Visitors are welcome.

Manna center

The Manna Center operates a thrift store that is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Proceeds from the sale of donated items help fund the pantry. Customers can shop for free with coupons. Donations of household items, small appliances and old clothes are accepted during opening hours.

The emergency pantry is open from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Currently, mobile outreach programs span small communities in Northwest Arkansas and Northeast Oklahoma in addition to the main campus at 670. Heritage Court Siloam Springs.

Volunteers are always welcome at both the pantry and the thrift store. To volunteer or for more information, contact Marla or Laura at 479-524-9825.

Senior Activity Center

The Siloam Senior Activity Center has a game room with two pool tables, a shuffleboard table and other gaming tables. If you are interested in dominoes or cards, call and get on the list and the senior center will arrange game times. The senior center also conducts monthly field trips, group shopping trips, and meal trips for people 60 and older. For a lunchtime menu and activity calendar, visit the center’s Facebook page – search for Siloam Springs Activity and Wellness Center. For more information, call 479-524-5735.

Master Naturalists accept applications

The Northwest Arkansas Chapter of the Arkansas Master Naturalists is accepting applications for the upcoming training. Training for 2021 will take place via Zoom, with around 50 hours of virtual lectures and interpreted walking videos. Apprentices have the choice of attending either Saturday morning or Wednesday evening classes, each lasting three to four hours. A small group, socially distanced field time is also planned. Visit for more information.

American Legion Bingo

American Legion Bingo is held every Monday night except the first Monday of each month at the American Legion Community Hall (Community Building) in downtown Siloam Springs. Doors open at 5pm and early bird games start at 5:30pm followed by regular games at 6:30pm. Participants must be 18 to gamble for money, but young families are welcome. The game prizes are very reasonable and the odds of winning are great. There are various prizes for which tickets can be purchased including raffles and 50/50 draws. The Ladies Auxiliary has concession items for sale. Covid protocols are in place.

Bookstore in the library

The bookshop in the library currently has a selection of texts and other materials of interest to homeschoolers, along with a large number of very nice children’s books. The store is open Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The bookstore offers quality books of all genres, CDs and DVDs, most are under $2. Donations of books and DVDs in good condition are always needed and appreciated.

Friends of the Library, which operates the bookstore, seeks and welcomes new members who wish to join their organization and further its mission through volunteerism or fundraisers. Membership information is available at the library.

Tornado Siren Test

The City of Siloam Springs has moved the test day for the outdoor warning system to 1 p.m. on the first Monday of the month. In the past, the tests took place on Fridays. Testing on the first Monday gives city employees time to make immediate repairs if necessary. Should cloudy weather, rain or other bad weather occur on a test day, the test will be postponed by one day until it is completed.

SSRH Auxiliary Volunteer Drive

Siloam Springs Regional Hospital Auxiliary is looking for willing volunteers for the Information Desk, Obstetrics Department, Radiology Department, Surgical Department and Materials Administration. The assistant provides an opportunity to help the community while working three or four hours a week. Stop by the hospital front desk to make an application or call Donna Conger for more information at 479-373-6428.

Feedback from the fire brigade

The Siloam Springs Fire Department is offering an Emergency Medical Services Customer Survey that allows people who have been treated by a city ambulance to provide honest and confidential feedback on their experience. Customers can provide valuable insight and feedback on fire department performance.

“Our goal is to continually strive to improve the quality of the services we provide to citizens,” said Jeremey Criner, Siloam Springs Fire Chief. “The feedback we receive will be an integral part of our quality improvement program.”

If you have had contact with the city’s emergency responders, please take a few minutes to complete the EMS Customer Survey, which can be found on the Fire Department’s page on the city’s website at

Dogwood Literacy Council

It is rewarding to be able to help those who are trying to improve their literacy skills to help their families. The Dogwood Literacy Council needs more volunteers who wish to become tutors. Training and materials are provided. For more information, contact Charlie at 479-524-4009.

Make your home safe and accessible

Kind at Heart Ministries is offering help to make homes “safe and accessible” with ramps, widened doorways and building handrails. Financial assistance may be available. Call 479-373-6281 or email between 1pm and 5pm for more information [email protected]

Manna Center Thrift Store

To make shopping easier for customers, the Manna Center Thrift Store now accepts credit and debit cards for purchases of $10 or more. The store is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Customers can like the thrift store on Facebook or drop by and see what the dollar item is for the week. Anything older than a month is half price. The Manna Center is located at 670 Heritage Court behind the Senior Activity and Wellness Center on Tulsa Street.

Tailwaggers is looking for volunteers, donations

Tailwaggers is looking for volunteers to walk dogs and socialize cats at the city animal shelter. They also need donations of chews, rawhides, cat toys, and dog harnesses for the shelter. Donations can be dropped off at the animal shelter at 1300 E. Ashley St. Call 238-3612 for more information.


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