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November 2022

Elkins Holiday Expo plans in the works

Our own signature event, Elkins Holiday Expo, will be 10am to 2pm, Dec. 3, at the Elkins Community Center. We are partnering with the Elkins Public Library and the Elkins Lions Club to offer great holiday shopping with local vendors, ornament making for the kids, and a holiday toy/clothing drive.
More information will be available on our website ( as it develops including how to apply for a vendor booth and what items can be donated. 
Need Christmas gifts or maybe a few fun items for yourself? We will have vendor space available inside the community center and in the parking lot. Vendor booth applications opened in late October for returning vendors and Nov. 1 for new vendors. The deadline for vendors is Nov. 21. Vendor selections will focus on holiday gifts and similar items. All vendor booth proceeds support the Elkins Community Network programs. 
Toy/Clothing Drive
Elkins Lions Club will host a toy/clothing drive in support of Christmas Treasures. They will also be selling hot chocolate and cookies at the event to raise money for their organization's initiatives. 
Kids Activities
The Elkins Public Library children’s programs will host a Christmas ornament fundraiser for kids. Each ornament has a suggested donation of $3, which will go to support Library programs. No signups are needed. Friends of the Elkins Public Library will be hosting their Open House at the same time as the expo in the Library. More information about that event is in this newsletter. 
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November Calendar of Events

All events listed on the ECN Calendar are open to the public.

Saturday November 5
· Elkins Farmers Market Craft Market - 10am to 4pm at the Harris Baptist Church
· Japton Fire Department Community Meeting and Chili Supper - 6pm at the Fire Dept.
Sunday November 6
· Daylight Savings Time Ends. Set clocks back 1 hour.
Monday November 7
· City of Elkins Planning Commission Meeting - 7pm at Elkins City Hall
Tuesday November 8
· Election Day - Elkins Community Center is open from 7:30am to 7:30pm
· Elkins Lions Club Meeting - 6pm at Tequila Grill
· Beginner Stretch Class with Danielle - Free yoga class at 6:15pm at the Elkins Public Library. Check her Facebook page for cancellations
Wednesday November 9
· Homeschool Game Day at Elkins Public Library - 1-3pm. for more info
Thursday November 10
· Storytime at the Elkins Public Library - 11am
· EHS Band Gaming Night - 4pm to 7pm at the High School. More info in newsletter.
· Knitting Club - 7pm at the Elkins Public Library - All crafters welcome. For more info call Trish at the Elkins Public Library at 479.643.2904
· Elkins Water & Sewer Committee Meeting - 7pm at Elkins City Hall
Friday November 11 - Veterans’ Day
· City Offices & Elkins Senior Center Closed for holiday
· Quarterly All Committees Meeting - 7pm at the Elkins Community Center
Saturday November 12
· Monthly Writing Class - 10am at the Elkins Public Library
· Goshen Farmers Market Pop-Up Holiday Market - 9am to 12pm at the Goshen Community Building
Monday November 14 *Curbside Recycling*
· City of Elkins Planning Commission Meeting - 7pm at Elkins City Hall 
Tuesday November 15
· Elkins 4-H Meeting - 6pm. Email for more info
· Elkins School Board Meeting - 6pm at the Administration Building
· Beginner Stretch Class with Danielle - Free yoga class at 6:15pm at the Elkins Public Library. Check her Facebook page for cancellations
Wednesday November 16
· Homeschool Game Day at Elkins Public Library - 1-3pm. for more info
Thursday November 17
· Storytime at the Elkins Public Library - 11am
· NWA Food Bank mobile food bank at Elkins Community Center, 9am
· Elkins City Council Meeting - 7pm at Elkins City Hall
Saturday November 19
· Thanksgiving Dinner for Senior Citizens at the Elkins High School Cafeteria
· Lady Elk Softball Daddy Daughter Dance - 5pm to 8pm at the Elkins Community Center. More info in newsletter.
Monday November 21
· Thanksgiving Break begins for Elkins Public Schools.
Tuesday November 22
· Beginner Stretch Class with Danielle - Free yoga class at 6:15pm at the Elkins Public Library. Check her Facebook page for cancellations
Thursday November 24
· Thanksgiving Day
Friday November 25
· City Offices & Elkins Senior Center closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday
Saturday November 26
· Lions Club White Cane Day - Harps – 10am-2pm - More info on their Facebook page as the date approaches
Monday November 28  *Curbside Recycling*
Tuesday November 29
· Beginner Stretch Class with Danielle - Free yoga class at 6:15pm at the Elkins Public Library. Check her Facebook page for cancellations
Wednesday November 30
· Homeschool Game Day at Elkins Public Library - 1-3pm. for more info
Thursday December 1
· Storytime at the Elkins Public Library - 11am
· Knitting Club - 7pm at the Elkins Public Library - All crafters welcome. For more info call Trish at the Elkins Public Library at 479.643.2904
Saturday December 3
· ECN Holiday Expo - 10am to 2pm at the Elkins Community Center
· Friends of EPL Open House - 10am to 2pm at the Elkins Public Library
· Winter Market at Gypsy Rose - 10am to 4pm at the store

View the complete calendar and submit your events at or email us at or call (479)274-0016.

Business After Hours Nov. 10

The fourth quarterly Elkins Business After Hours will be 6pm, Thursday, Nov. 10 at Bank of 1889 (next to McDonald’s and Harps). Our EABN Business After Hours are intended for local business leaders and small business owners to meet and share what they do in a casual networking environment. The events are free. We are looking for local businesses to host events in 2023 and sponsors for the Nov. 10 event and events in 2023. Sponsors and hosts are given more time to talk about their business at the meeting. Please contact about sponsoring or hosting future events and we will put you in touch with our coordinator.

Elkins Farmers Market Craft Festival Nov. 5

The Elkins Farmers Market is pleased to present The 4th Annual Fall Craft Market 10am to 4pm, Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Harris Baptist Church (2201 N. Center). The event will be happening rain or shine and will be the last market of the season. There will be a variety of amazing vendors offering an assortment of handmade crafts to include holiday delights, woodworking, home baked treats, jams and jellies, crafts of all kinds, excellent gift ideas and more.

Ways to Serve: Christmas Treasures

The Elkins Public Schools hosts Christmas Treasures every year and they need donations and sponsors. A specific list of donation items is expected soon and the information will be available on the district social media and we will share it. 
Do you want to sponsor a child or family? Contact a school counselor.
Primary School -
Elementary School -
Middle School -
High School -
Also consider having a toy/clothing drive for the event or participating in the drive that will be at the Holiday Expo. 
For those interested in signing up your child to be a recipient, the deadline is Nov. 9 and more information is available through the schools.

Elkins by the Numbers

Every month, the city department heads report their numbers for the previous month to the Elkins City Council. A summary of those reports is in our monthly newsletter. 
All of the below numbers are from September and reported in October.
  • Fire Department: 35 calls (down from 38 in 2021) 
  • Elkins Police Department: 407 total calls (only what comes through dispatch) 
  • District Court: Total arraignments, 336. Total court trials, 151. 
  • Elkins Public Library: information not available this month. 

Lions Club White Cane Day, New meeting times

The Elkins Lions Club will host a White Cane Day tentatively scheduled 10-2, Saturday, Nov. 26 at Harps. White Cane Day educates about an important tool for those who are blind or sight impaired. Eyesight and diabetes are the Lions’ two key education initiatives. 
The Lions have also consolidated their two monthly meetings into one, which is 6pm the second Tuesday of every month with the location alternating between Rio Grande and Tequila Grill. The organization is looking for new members and they are wanting to build their activities in the community.

Writing Class Nov. 12

The monthly writing class is 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. every second Saturday in the library community room. Led by Author Linda Rigsbee, each class has a lesson and offers the opportunity to read your work out loud for feedback. The November 12 class will be about writing non-fiction.

Friends of EPL Open House Dec. 3

The Friend of the Elkins Public Library will once again host their holiday open house 10am to 2pm, Saturday, Dec. 3 at the Library. It will include refreshments, Santa, and Storytime. It will happen simultaneously with the ECN Holiday Expo. More information will be available as plans develop. 

Election Day Nov. 8

Early voting is already underway in the Nov. 8 midterm elections. Polls will be open 7:30am to 7:30pm at the Elkins Community Center on Election Day, Nov.  8. Elkins has a mayor’s race, one city council race, and is part of several county, state, and national level races. There are also several ballot questions.  More information is on the Washington County Election Commission website

Band Gaming Fundraiser Nov. 10

The Elkins High School Band invites the community to enjoy a Game Night fundraiser 4pm to 7pm, Thursday, Nov. 10, at Elkins High School. There will be some board and video games provided and participants are welcome to bring their own. They will have a few screens available for games and Mario Kart 8 on the big projector screen in the cafeteria, as well as their annual Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament with prizes. The $10 entry fee includes drinks and pizza with additional concessions available for purchase. The Smash Brothers Tournament is $3 per person. 

Christmas Shopping with ECN!

Did you know there’s a way you can shop with the ease of online and still support local? ECN has Elkins merchandise available for sale online, including mugs and several t-shirt styles featuring the Historic One-Lane Bridge. We also have Amazon Smile, which means that if you shop on Amazon and designate us as your charity, we will receive a percentage of your sale at no extra cost to you. Learn more about how to support our community programs on our website,

Japton Fire Meeting Nov. 5

The Japton Fire Department’s annual community meeting and chili supper is 6pm, Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Fire Department. 

Winter Market at Gypsy Rose Dec. 3

Gypsy Rose, a local boutique, is hosting an Open House Winter Market at 10am to 4pm, Saturday, Dec. 3, at the store (2684 Hollybrooke Dr.) that will include its own boutique vendors. They will have a silent auction, food, holiday shopping, and gift wrapping available. All silent auction item proceeds will go to the Shop with a Cop and Christmas Treasures program. To donate to the silent auction, reach out to Jama at Gypsy Rose or Carol at Reliable Tax & Accounting, who is cosponsoring the event. 

Daddy/Daughter Dance Nov. 19

The Elkins Lady Elk Softball team will host the 2nd Annual Daddy/Daughter Dance 5pm to 8pm, Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Elkins Community Center. This is a fundraiser for the team. The cost is $30 per dad/daughter and $5 per any additional daughter. Checks should be made out to Elkins Softball. If you have any questions, please reach out to Coach Culpepper at

High School Earns Innovation Grant

Elkins High School was awarded a 2022-2023 Innovation Grant for Computer Science Robotics through the Division of Career and Technical Education (DCTE). The grant is to foster innovation through the identification and promotion of promising and proven career and technical education programs, practices, and strategies. Grant funds will allow them to get VEX V5 Workcells to use to increase student skills in factory automation and manufacturing.

New Water Dates/Rates

The City of Elkins Water Department recently announced two major changes. First, they are changing the meter reading date from around the 20th of the month to around the 27th. This may cause some people to see an increase on this upcoming bill due to an extra week on the billing cycle. And, starting in December 2022, the water and sewer rates will be increasing. These rates were passed at the Water Board and the City Council. If you have any questions, please call the water office at 643-3121.

Jason Project Coat Drive

The Jason Project Coat Drive started Nov. 1 and runs through Nov. 14. Donors are asked to bundle your clean, new or gently used winter wear for men, women, and children and drop it off at one of the designated locations. The organization has several new drop-off locations this year with the two in Elkins being Elkins Public Library and Nellie B’s Bakery & Eatery during their respective regular business hours. 
The distribution will be Nov. 14-20 at 7 Hills Homeless Center, Elkins Community Center, and the Fayetteville Schools’ Families in Transition Program. The JPCW’s motto is "if you need one, take one. If you have some, leave one." 

Stuffed Toy Drive

The Elkins Girl Scouts are collecting new plush toys to donate to the Children’s Safety Center. Please drop off donations to the Elkins Public Library through Thanksgiving. 

Goshen Pop-up Markets Coming

The Goshen Farmers Market will host two Saturday Pop-Up Holiday Markets featuring local artisans, baked goods, gourmet meat cuts, seasonal produce, and holiday gifts. The markets will be 9am to 12pm, Saturday, Nov. 12 and Dec. 10, at the Goshen Community Building.

Seminar series seeking teachers

We are very excited about a new seminar series coming in 2023! The topics will range from community topics such as menu planning to business-related topics such as how to start a business or social media tips. We are still working on the details and will share more soon! Friends members will get a discount on any seminars that have a cost.
Here is where you come in! Is there a topic you're an expert in (or really, really smart) that you're willing to teach? We want to hear from you! Also, while we already have a good list of topics, we would love your input on a potential seminar or class that you think the community would enjoy. Email to offer your expertise or input!

Homeschool Game Days at Elkins Public Library

The Elkins Public Library hosts an informal get together for local homeschool families on Wednesday afternoons from 1-3pm. Check out the library’s collection of board games or bring your own and meet other local homeschool families in the Elkins Public Library Community Room. Email for more information.

Job Listings Now Available

We are trying to build the new job listings section on our website but we need your help! We can’t list jobs from local businesses that we don’t know about. So, if you are a local business or know a local business that is hiring, this information is for you. We offer free job listings on our website and there is a $10 charge if you want it posted in our monthly newsletter (both print and digital). Please email your job listings to and indicate if you want it on the website or website/newsletter.
ECN Sponsorship Rates

We fund our ongoing programs through sponsorships in three forms. See details for each at
Job Listings                            $10
Advertise your job openings directly to our community. Text only. Appears in both forms of the newsletter and on the website.

Display                                  $25/50
Available in Business Card or Double Business card size. Will appear in both print and email newsletters and on our website.

Blog Article on Website        $60
Informative and educational article with insights into your industry. Article featured as a blog on our website.
Check local calendars for changes to events

We try to be as accurate as possible with our calendar information, but sometimes schedules change. For the most up-to-date information, check our events calendar on our website at City of Elkins events can be found on the city website at Elkins School Events can be found on the district calendar at The Senior Center also publishes a monthly newsletter with its menu and activities that can be found at

Do you have a business, local organization, church, or youth activity that people need to know about? We have a directory for that! Please submit your organization to one of our directories or email us at or call (479) 274-0016 so that we can spread the word about everything going on in Elkins.

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