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January 2023

Help Keep Elkins FireWise

Elkins is one of a small number of Arkansas towns that is recognized as a FireWise community. What does this mean exactly? Being a FireWise community requires the local fire department to complete assessments of individual residences for wildfire threat and create a preparedness plan to reduce the risk of damage from wildfire. 
The Elkins Volunteer Fire Department (EVFD) has done significant work over the last few years to have Elkins recognized as a Firewise Community which makes Elkins a safer place and also makes our fire department eligible for additional funding from the Arkansas Department of Forestry. To keep that designation, the fire department needs your help! If you are planning to burn downed tree limbs or dead pine needles, or to remove overgrown shrubs from around your house, or install a metal roof, or complete a number of other home maintenance or home improvement projects, these activities can help Elkins to keep its FireWise status, but only if the EVFD knows about it! Please make sure to follow the Arkansas Fire Prevention Codes, which can be found on the city’s website. 
Notifying the EVFD either before or often after doing these types of improvements, will help them with their yearly FireWise application. It can be as simple as taking before and after pictures of your home improvement projects or yard work. If you would like more information about what you can do to improve your own property's protection against wildfire, you can visit the Elkins Fire Department page on the city website or contact the EVFD.
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January Calendar of Events

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

Monday January 2 - City Offices, Elkins Public Library, and Senior Center Closed for the New Year Holiday
Tuesday January 3
· Beginner Stretch Class with Danielle - Free yoga class at 6:15pm at the Elkins Public Library. Check her Facebook page for cancellations
· Special Meeting of the Elkins City Council - 7pm at Elkins City Hall
Wednesday January 4
· Homeschool Game Day at Elkins Public Library - 1-3pm. for more info
Thursday January 5
· 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
Monday January 9 *Curbside Recycling*
Tuesday January 10
Elkins Lions Club Meeting - 6pm at Rio Grande Restaurant
· Beginner Stretch Class with Danielle - Free yoga class at 6:15pm at the Elkins Public Library
· Friends of the Elkins Public Library Meeting - 6:30pm at the Elkins Public Library
Wednesday January 11
· Homeschool Game Day at Elkins Public Library - 1-3pm. for more info
· Elkins Robotics Electronics Club - 4pm & 5pm at the Elkins Public Library. for more info
Thursday January 12
· 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
· Elkins Water & Sewer Committee Meeting - 7pm at Elkins City Hall
Saturday January 14
· Monthly Writing Class - 10am at the Elkins Public Library
Monday January 16 *Martin Luther King, Jr. Day * All City Offices Closed
· Boston Mountain Mobile Recycling Drop-Off - 10am to 3pm in Daylight Donuts Parking Lot
· City of Elkins Planning Commission Meeting - 7pm at Elkins City Hall
Tuesday January 17
· Elkins 4H Club Meeting - 6pm - Contact for more info
· Beginner Stretch Class with Danielle - Free yoga class at 6:15pm at the Elkins Public Library
· Elkins School Board Meeting - 6pm at the Elkins Schools Administration Building
Wednesday January 18
· Homeschool Game Day at Elkins Public Library - 1-3pm. for more info
· Elkins Robotics Electronics Club - 4pm & 5pm at the Elkins Public Library. for more info
 Thursday January 19
· NWA Food Bank mobile food bank at Elkins Community Center, 9am
· 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
· Elkins City Council Meeting - 7pm at Elkins City Hall
Monday January 23 *Curbside Recycling*
· Deadline for ECN Newsletter Ads, News - Email
Tuesday January 24
· Beginner Stretch Class with Danielle - Free yoga class at 6:15pm at the Elkins Public Library
· First Quarter Library Board of Directors Meeting - 6pm at the Elkins Public Library
Wednesday January 25
· Homeschool Game Day at Elkins Public Library - 1-3pm. for more info
· Elkins Robotics Electronics Club - 4pm & 5pm at the Elkins Public Library. for more info
Thursday January 26
· 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
· Elkins-Area Business Network Meeting -6pm at Reliable Bookkeeping & Tax Prep
· Elkins All Committees Meeting - 7pm at the Elkins Community Center
Saturday January 28
· Reptile Show and Tell - 12pm at the Elkins Public Library, sponsored by Arkansas Snake Identification. All ages welcome. More info in the newsletter
Tuesday January 31
· Beginner Stretch Class with Danielle - Free yoga class at 6:15pm at the Elkins Public Library

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

EABN Meeting Jan. 26

The Elkins-Area Business Network is kicking off its 2023 networking season with a meeting at 6pm, Thursday, Jan. 26, at the Reliable Bookkeeping and Tax Prep (2684 Hollybrooke Dr.). These quarterly meetings are designed for business owners and professionals to gather to meet and share about their businesses. There are sponsorships available for each meeting, which allows for that business owner to have a longer share time about their business. For more information about being a sponsor or host for future meetings, contact

Friends, Library Board to host meetings

Friends of the Elkins Public Library will host their next meeting at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 10 at the library. This organization is a wonderful way to get connected in the community for the whole family. They offer a variety of volunteer opportunities for members and have new membership levels available. For more information about the organization and how to become a member, visit
The next Library Board of Directors meeting is 6 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 24. There will be an agenda and Zoom link available shortly before the meeting. The agenda will be on Facebook and the City of Elkins website. 

Ways to Serve: Foster a pet

In our first Ways to Serve of 2023, we wanted to highlight the need for pet foster families. All the local shelters, but especially the nonprofit Paws & Claws Pet Shelter that you will see at several of our events, rely on area residents to foster their dogs and cats while they wait for a permanent home. The shelters provide for the animal’s needs, including vet care, while they are a guest in your home. Each shelter has its own program, and this can be a fun activity for your entire family. Don’t want to foster? The shelters also need volunteers for other activities, such as cleaning the shelters or walking the dogs. 

Community Insights:
Service Creates a Sense of Belonging

Our Community Insights column is designed for community members of all backgrounds to share their insights on what makes a community better and how we as a community can thrive. We often offer themes that writers can use as a guide. Our most recent theme has been Service, with a focus on community and civic service. This most recent column is from Jamie Smith, one of our co-founders and board members.
By Jamie Smith 
It was 11 years ago this month that my husband and I moved into our newly purchased home a couple of blocks off of Center here in Elkins. We had looked at probably 20 houses and were excited to start our journey as homeowners in this friendly small town. 
We both loved our new community and the friendliness, but somehow I still struggled to feel like I “fit in.” We don’t have children, so I’m not as involved with the schools outside of helping with donation drives. We don’t have family here, and we weren’t long-time residents, so we lacked those roots. 
Why am I sharing this, especially all these years later? I’m guessing there are people who are like me; either you’ve moved here in recent years or are just moving to Elkins and are still trying to figure out how to belong. Or, perhaps your family has been here for generations, and it just doesn’t feel like the same town to you anymore, and you feel a little lost. 
This may sound cliche, but I’ve found my place by creating it. By creating a place where I can serve the community, feel connected, and make friends. As a small business owner, I was able to see that there wasn’t a lot of connection between local businesses here, and often, residents didn’t realize what businesses were available. So, I worked with a couple of different partners to try and start a chamber of commerce but was quickly discouraged from doing so because it was deemed unnecessary. A couple of years ago, a couple of us co-founded a business networking group that was an attempt to help local business owners connect with each other and spread the word about what was available in Elkins. 
That networking group grew into what is now Elkins Community Network, which is designed to help the entire community make connections. By helping create this organization, I discovered my place. By finding a way to serve in my community, I felt more connected and involved. Like most service opportunities, being involved has helped my own family by helping make this community an even better place to live. 
So here’s my challenge to you no matter how long you’ve lived here: find your place to serve. If it doesn’t exist and you see a need, create the thing that is missing, be it an organization or a program within an existing organization. My guess is, others might love that idea, and if you help start it, they will follow. 
Not wanting to start something new? Elkins has plenty of ways to get involved already! 
In our monthly newsletter, we always have a column called “Ways to Serve,” and we plan to start featuring those opportunities on our website, too. We try to share a variety of service opportunities; some are long-term, and some are one-time events. This can be a fantastic way to make new friends, learn about the community, and find your place here. 
A common theme I hear about why people like living here is “we take care of our own.” In 2023l, let’s all find a  way to do just that! 


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 November and reported at the December meeting.

  • Elkins Fire Department total calls: 39
  • Elkins District Court: Not available in the city council packet
  • Elkins Public Library: 23,271 visitors (year to date), 14,891 total items in collection. 
  • Elkins Police Department: 294 total service calls (this includes only what goes through dispatch)

FBCE Bible Studies beginning

First Baptist Church of Elkins is starting their next ladies' Sunday Night Bible Study of 2023 on Jan. 8. The study will be by Jennifer Rothschild, “Psalm 23: The Shepherd with Me.” The seven-session study will run through Feb. 26. For more information or to sign up, call the church at 479.643.3140 or email

Writing Class Jan. 14

The writing classes with Author Linda Rigsbee and at the Elkins Public Library will continue into 2023 (weather permitting) with Jan. 14 being the next class. Each class provides some instruction with additional opportunities to receive constructive critique. The Jan. 14 class will focus on reading manuscripts. Writers are encouraged to bring a few pages or the first chapter of their work in progress and read it to others. This group is encouraging for all writers, no matter their level of experience. 

Reptile Show and Tell Jan. 28

Lexi Sanders and her organization Arkansas Snake Identification will host a herpetology session about local snakes at 12 noon, Saturday, Jan. 28, in the Elkins Public Library Community Room. She will bring several snakes to see and one to touch or hold. There will also be someone giving advice on good practice, safety, and giving basic information as well as answering any questions about local snakes. This is a family-friendly event for all ages.

Parent Grief Meetings

In January, Arkansas Children's Hospital is offering a virtual-only grief support group for K-12 students and the adults connected to them. These sessions are intended especially for children, teens, and families who can't make in-person sessions. There are eight weekly sessions, about 90 minutes long. Meetings will be on Monday and Tuesday evenings beginning the week of January 16 with a Parent Orientation meeting on Monday, Jan. 9. All meetings will be by Zoom. Interested families can complete an application for their child at this link. Click on Arkansas Children's Grief Support Groups and scroll down to download a application. Applications can be faxed (501-978-6424) or emailed to:


Holiday Expo scheduled for 2023

The Elkins Holiday Expo is already set for 2023! The expo will be on November 18, 2023, at the Elkins Community Center. We know this is before Thanksgiving, but this allows us to truly kick off the full holiday season without overlapping with the many Christmas-oriented activities that are after Thanksgiving. We will start planning in the fall but wanted you to be able to put it on your calendars now!

Elkins Lions Club Making Changes

The Elkins Lions Club has changed their meeting times and location recently to be one meeting monthly; their meetings are 6pm every second Tuesday at Rio Grande. This organization, which focuses on education and support for causes related to sight and diabetes, participates in a growing number of local community activities. They are looking for more members to join. This can be a wonderful opportunity to connect with the community and participate in a valuable cause throughout the year. 

Christmas Tree Disposal

Did you have a real Christmas tree this year and want to know what to do with it? The city weekly trash service through CARDS does not allow for landscaping/yard refuse so please do not set it out with your trash. We researched a few ideas for you. 
If you choose to let it dry out and burn it, we ask that you make sure to only do so under the guidelines outlined in the city ordinances regarding burning (available on the city website). Also, please do not let it dry out in or next to your home as it is a fire hazard. 

Another suggestion is to donate it to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to create fish habitats in state-managed lakes. This is the list of the drop-off spots in Northwest Arkansas: 

  • Beaver Lake – Highway 12 Access, AGFC Don Roufa Highway 412 Access, and Monte Ne Boat Ramp Access
  • Lake Elmdale – Boat Ramp Access
  • Bob Kidd Lake – Boat Ramp Access
  • Crystal Lake – Boat Ramp Access
  • Lake Fayetteville — Boat Ramp Access

Please make sure that you remove all decorations and lights. The trees will be accepted at the above locations through January. 

Another option is to take your tree to Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Eureka Springs. The giant cats are just like their domesticated relatives in that they love playing with Christmas trees! The trees can be delivered to the front at the gift shop any time the refuge is open. Let the staff know you have a donation and they will tell you where to take it. Their hours are 8:30am to 4:30pm, Sunday-Saturday. Again, please make sure all decorations are removed before donating. 

PTO Birthday Grams

The Elkins Primary-Elementary PTO is offering a way to send your child a birthday package. The gift includes a mini balloon, silicone bracelet, pencil, eraser, pixie stick, birthday sticker, bubbles, a glow bracelet, and your choice of treat. Treat options are a Twinkie, Ding Dong, or Rice Crispy Treat. 
These will be available every month and the due date is on the third Monday of the month before the student’s birthday. For birthdays on weekends, holidays/summer break, you can request a date or we can deliver on the Friday before the weekend or the last day before the break. If you have questions email Each gift is $5. Order by completing this Google Form.

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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