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November 2021

Holiday season begins with Elkins Holiday Expo 

The holiday season is almost here, and we can’t wait! So we're ushering in the season by bringing back the Elkins Holiday Expo! We invite the entire community and beyond to join us 10am to 2pm, Saturday, November 20, to enjoy vendors, food trucks, and a health fair! All at the Elkins Community Center. 

Start your Thanksgiving holiday early and get started on your holiday shopping, support local businesses and nonprofits, and get a little health checkup before enjoying the holidays with family and friends. 


Support local businesses and nonprofits selling items both inside and outside the community center. We are working on food trucks! Want to be a vendor? We still have room! 

Health fair

The Elkins Lions Club is hosting a diabetes screening with the help of Collier Drugs and local school nurses. Collier will also be there with flu shots and COVID vaccine shots. The health fair is inside the community center. Flu shots will be free with proof of insurance or $35 without. COVID shots will be free with or without insurance.

Food/Toy/Clothing Drives

The Lions Club will also be hosting a Christmas Treasures Motorcycle Run and ECN will be accepting food donations for the Christmas Treasures Food Drive. Jason’s Project Warm Hearts will be both accepting and distributing warm winter coats for those in need.

Want more information about the expo, including how to become involved? Visit us online at

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Job Listings

Senior Activity and Wellness Center Asst—
Older Worker Program
The CENTER ASSISTANT is directly supervised by the CENTER DIRECTOR with general supervision from the OLDER WORKER PROGRAM MANAGER. Assists FOOD SERVICE MANAGER in preparation of meals; assists in setting up and serving meals; assists in packaging meals for delivery to the homebound; performs cleaning, maintenance, and care of the center; maintains proper inventory of janitorial supplies; performs outside maintenance as deemed necessary by CENTER DIRECTOR; assists CENTER DIRECTOR with general office clerical duties as needed; follows all safety, health and fire prevention standards; performs other duties as assigned.  Apply online at or call (479)643-2741 or email to apply.

November Calendar of Events

M Nov 1—Myths & Facts about Home Energy Efficiency Q & A hosted by Elkins Senior Activity & Wellness Center - 10:30-11:30a at the SAWC
             —Curbside Recycling, 6:30a
T Nov 2—Elkins 4-H Club Meeting—6pm. for more info
Th Nov 4—Elkins Public Library Story Time—11am at the Library. Story Time will be every Thursday at 11am.
Sa Nov 6—Kid’s Choice Therapy Fall Open House - 9am to 12pm. (479)770-0788 for more information.
               —3rd Annual Fall Craft Market - 10a-4p at Harris Baptist Church
Su Nov 7—Daylight Savings time ends. Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour.
T Nov 9—Baking by Priscilla from Nellie B’s - 12:30p at the Elkins Senior Activity and Wellness Center, registration required!
             —Lions Club meeting at Rio Grande - 12noon
W Nov 10—Elkins Parks & Recreation Committee Meeting—6:30pm in the Community Room at the Elkins Public Library. 
Th Nov 11—Veteran’s Day—City Offices, Elkins Public Library & Senior Activity and Wellness Center will be closed.
                 —Elkins Water & Sewer Committee Meeting - 7pm at Elkins City Hall
M Nov 15—Elkins Planning Commission Meeting - 7p at Elkins City Hall
                —Curbside Recycling, 6:30a
T Nov 16—Elkins School Board Meeting - 6p at Elkins School Administration Building
Th Nov 18—Elkins City Council Meeting - 7p at Elkins City Hall
                 —NWA Food Bank Mobile Pantry in Elkins - 9am at the Elkins Community Center
Sa Nov 20—Elkins Holiday Expo - 10a-2p at the Elkins Community Center
M Nov 22—Ads & Articles due for the December edition of the newsletter
M Nov 22—F Nov 26– Elkins Public School Thanksgiving Break
T Nov 23—Lions Club evening meeting - 6p at Tequila Grill
Th Nov 25—Happy Thanksgiving!
Sa Nov 27—Small Business Saturday

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

Ways to Serve:

Join the Lions Club

In this month’s edition of Ways to Serve, we are featuring the Elkins Lions Club. They are excited to be even more involved in community events and service this coming year and would love more members to make those efforts possible. The Lions Club is best known for their efforts to eradicate preventable blindness, to provide diabetes testing, and to assist help with disaster relief wherever they can. The Elkins Club meets the second Tuesday of each month for lunch and the fourth Tuesday for dinner. You can commit to however little or how much involvement you want! Please contact President Chris Smiley at or Vice President Paul Graham at for more information. 

3rd Annual Fall Craft Market Nov. 6

Elkins Farmers Market will host its 3rd annual Fall Craft Market 10am to 4pm, Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Harris Baptist Church Parking Lot. There will be 40+ vendors offering an assortment of handmade crafts to include Holiday delights, home decor, homebaked treats, jams and jellies, excellent gift ideas and more. This is an outdoor event. Please plan accordingly for forecasted weather as the market wil be open rain or shine, with exception of severe weather. Each year, the craft market supports a local community cause. This year, proceeds will support the Elkins Community Church Free Little Food Pantry. 

Robotics Club Adding New Program for Grades 6-9

The Elkins Robotics Electronics Club (EREC) is starting a new program just for Grades 6-9. e-Cybermission is a web-based STEM competition where students work in teams to study and build a solution for a community problem. e-Cybermission is a national program with competitions at a local, regional, and national level. Teams will meet the first and third Wednesday of each month from 4:30-5:30p at the Elkins Public Library. For more info, or (479) 643-2904.

Christmas Lights in Elkins!

We  are excited to announce that we are trying something new this holiday season. We will be building a map on our website that pinpoints places in town and the surrounding areas that have great Christmas lights/displays! If you don’t mind people coming by your home, we hope you will submit your address to us to be added to the map. We will need the full address, including area code for it to work on Google Maps. Look for full details in the December newsletter!

Updates on Christmas Treasures

The Elkins Public Schools welcomes the opportunity to work with families within our community to support needs during the holiday through their annual Christmas Treasures program.  Food and presents for children/families will be distributed during this event, which will be December 18. Applications to be a recipient are due no later than November 10. Contact your students’ individual school for more information about participating. 
For those wanting to donate, there will be a Christmas Treasures motorcycle run and food drive at the Elkins Holiday Expo, or you can donate through December 13 at the schools. Money, food, clothing/toiletries, and toys will all be accepted but everything must be new! Contact the school counselors for more information. 

Coat Drive Starting November 1

The 4th Annual Elkins Area CommUnity Winter Coat Drive, sponsored by Jason’s Project Warm Hearts and NWArt Refuge, will be November 1-15. Multiple drop-off locations including Nellie B’s Bakery and Eatery and the Elkins Senior Activity and Wellness Center during their respective usual business hours. One more location is in the works and that will be announced when the plans are finalized. The community is asked to donate their new or gently used coats, gloves, sweaters, socks, booths, overalls, and other winterwear. There will be a free coat/winterwear giveaway during the Elkins Holiday Expo on November 20. For more information or to volunteer, contact TJ Lynn at

Community Insight:

The Community Insight Column will be a recurring feature highlighting ideas and insights from local community members.

Leadership in the Community

Chris Smiley, President of the Elkins Lions Club and City Council Member

Leadership. It would be difficult to imagine a topic more discussed and written about than Leadership. It has been defined and debated for ages by some of the brightest minds in history.

One of the first things that comes to mind whenever someone brings up leadership is the examples we have witnessed firsthand or learned about in school. Kings and Presidents, Governors and Generals, Championship Sports Coaches.

These leaders made pivotal decisions with uncertain outcomes that shaped nations and people throughout history. These leaders lead by example, by inspiring and empowering others, by taking full responsibility, and by holding others accountable. They exhibit determination and perseverance, yet also lead by service and humility to the ones they lead.

But there is another, less observable type of leadership. It isn’t glamorous or glorious.  But, in my opinion, is how these other notable leaders shape themselves. There is an old quote attributed to an unnamed monk in the 12th century that goes:

“When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world. I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation.

When I found I couldn't change the nation, I began to focus on my town. I couldn't change the town and as an older man, I tried to change my family.

Now, as an old man, I realize the only thing I can change is myself, and suddenly I realize that if long ago I had changed myself, I could have made an impact on my family. My family and I could have made an impact on our town. Their impact could have changed the nation, and I could indeed have changed the world.”

This leadership perspective teaches and mentors from personal accountability, serving without much fanfare or chance of recognition.  It is no less impactful, though. Indeed it may be the most influential type of leadership of all. To aspire to the virtues and attributes of great leaders, we have to not only admit our shortcomings and failures but resolve to make ourselves better.  Better for our families, better for our neighbors, better for our community.

To me, this type of leadership is about service. It is about listening. Only then, recognizing some way to contribute and setting your mind to accomplish it regardless of what you have to change about yourself. Imagine the influence we would have in our community if we all committed to serve with this type of leadership. Each day becomes a new opportunity.

I will end with another quote attributed to Rumi, a 13th century Persian Poet:

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”

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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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