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Club News: Calico Cut-Ups mark 30 years; Andante Club hosts concert

by Deb Harvell | September 3, 2023 at 4:00 a.m.
L-R Kay Gaudian (original member), Ann Brown (original member), Linda Pumphrey (Daughter of Mary Pumphrey, Calico Cut-Ups Quilt Guild 1st President), Mary Kalin (current Calico Cut-Ups Quilt Guild President), Ardith (Winters) Wharry (original member) standing in front of a quilt made by Mary Pumphrey.


James Bright Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, will meet at 1 p.m. Sept. 11 at the First Methodist Church in Bentonville. The program will be about Constitution Week. Visitors are welcome.

Information: Debra Lewis at (479) 659-2604.


Button Club

The Northwest Arkansas Heritage Button Club regularly meets on the third Friday of each month from noon to 2 p.m. at the Bentonville Public Library, 405 S. Main St. The next meeting is Sept. 15. Bring $1 and scissors for a button craft, and bring 10 vintage buttons if you'd like to participate in the button swap. Topic for discussion is twinkle buttons. You don't have to be a button collector to come and have fun while learning.

The club is formed from the National Button Society ( to enable participants to preserve vintage buttons and educate themselves and future generations about the historical aspects of sewing buttons.

Information: Robin at [email protected].



The Northwest Arkansas Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America will host a "meet and greet" for current, former, and retired officers and warrant officers of the uniformed services from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Washington County Veterans Services Office, 62 W. North St. in Fayetteville. Prospective members are invited to drop by any time to meet current members and learn about MOAA programs. The event is free to attend.

MOAA's nationwide chapter system includes more than 400 chapters in communities all across America. Membership is open to active duty, former, and retired officers and warrant officers of the U.S. Armed Forces from all components (Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Space Force, and Coast Guard as well as the Public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).

RSVP: By Sept. 13 to [email protected].



Andante Music Club of Bella Vista invites the public to attend a free Young Artist Concert and reception at 3 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Presbyterian Church of Bella Vista, 1880 Forest Hills Blvd.

Leland Philip Ko, cello, and his piano collaborator, Adria Ye, will present their final concert on their Arkansas tour in Bella Vista. Ko won the National Federation of Music Clubs Competition in the Young Musicians strings category. The award was $20,000. As winner, he is scheduled to perform a number of concerts throughout the U.S.

A cellist of Chinese-Canadian descent born and raised in the Boston area, Leland Philip Ko has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in venues across America's East Coast and internationally in Belgium, Italy, Sweden, Israel and Spain. He has won top awards in a host of prestigious competitions.

The Andante Music Club is an affiliate of the National Federation of Music Clubs and the Arkansas Federation of Music Clubs.

Information: or email [email protected].



Orchid Society of the Ozarks' annual orchid auction will be held Sept. 17 at the Northwest Technical Institute (south door) at 709 S. Old Missouri Road in Springdale. The preview starts at noon, and the auction starts at 1 p.m.

Exotic plants from around the world will be available for bidding. Anyone interested in growing orchids is welcome to attend. The objective of the society is to stimulate interest in orchids and their culture. Monthly door prizes for members and occasional public auctions offer affordable orchids and supplies for new and experienced growers.

Information: or (479) 310-9444.


Apple Users Club

The Bella Vista Apple Computer Users Club will have its next meeting at 5 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Bella Vista Public Library. The tentative agenda includes new Apple hardware and software releases; when to upgrade an iPhone; factors that contribute to the slow running of an Apple device and how to improve performance.

The subjects for the monthly meeting include discussions and demonstrations of Apple software and hardware. These subjects include tips for using Apple devices such as iPhones, iPads and Mac computers. All levels of experience with Apple devices are welcome to attend.

Information: (479) 899-5531.


Computer Club

The Bella Vista Computer Club is offering free weekly basic computer classes Thursdays Sept. 21-Oct. 12, from 10 noon. Classes include proper way to turn computer on and off, issues of security, email, how to use Google and more. Registration is required by calling (479) 312-0267 or (479) 696-9967. Class size is limited. Computers will be available or guests may bring their laptops and cord.

Other programs scheduled include Sept. 15, 1-3 p.m., Genealogy SIG; Sept. 19, 2-4 p.m., Basic Computer Security, Part 2; Sept. 20, Help Clinic, 9 a.m.-noon; Sept. 21, 9-11 a.m., KeePassXC Password Manager; Oct. 3, 9-11 a.m., Recordings, Movies and More.

The monthly general meetings are open to the public and are held on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Highlands Crossing Center, 1801 Forest Hills Blvd., lower level room 1001.



Photography Club

The Bella Vista Photography Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at the First Community Bank, 21196 U.S. 71 in Pineville, Mo. Linda Ralston will be doing a presentation on off-camera flash lighting. The annual competition will be discussed and any questions answered. Entries are due by the Oct. 19.

The club meets on the third Thursday of the month.



Hill 'N Dale

The Hill 'n Dale Hiking Club will hike a 5.2 mile loop at the Ozark Natural Science Center in Huntsville on Sept. 21.

Information: Email [email protected] for details. Club information is available at


Calico Cutups

Thirty years ago, Calico Cut-Ups Quilt Guild began a journey of giving back, making lifelong friends and spreading the joy of quilting to Bella Vista and the surrounding Benton County communities. The first president in 1993 was Mary Pumphrey, who chaired the first Quilt Show in 1996 and received Best of Show at the 2008 Quilt Show. To honor Mary, the guild established the Mary V. Pumphrey Memorial Scholarship fund, granting a yearly scholarship to students from Benton County who are seeking a degree in textiles. Her legacy of quilting and love of textiles continues.

Mary's daughter, Linda Pumphrey, is chairing the 2023 Calico Cut-Ups Quilt Guild Auction. The Pumphrey Family Gallery at the International Quilt Museum is a demonstration of her family's love of quilting. Recently, Linda shared her vast experience in the quilting world with Calico Cut-Ups, bringing Mary Pumphrey's quilting story full circle.

Throughout the years, Calico Cut-Ups has hosted quilt shows, block of the month programs and made thousands of charity quilts for Quilts of Valor, Habitat for Humanity and others. In 2022, Calico Cut-Ups gave 841 separate items of quilts (not including Quilts of Valor donations), tote bags, preemie blankets, pillowcases, bibs, fidget quilts, receiving blankets, etc. which found their way to children, families, veterans, and even scraps for dog beds. Calico Cut-Ups serves Bella Vista Animal Shelter, Brookfield Assisted Living, Children's Advocacy Center, Concordia, Mercy NICU, NW Arkansas Children's Shelter, Ronald McDonald House, UAMS Kids First and VA Medical Center.

Calico Cut-Ups meets at 1 p.m. the fourth Monday of the month -- except May, November and December -- in Sengel Hall (lower level) at St. Theodore's Episcopal Church, 1001 Kingsland Road in Bella Vista. Guests and prospective members are always welcome.


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photo Leland Ko

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