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Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival announces 2015 competition films

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - The 24th annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival is proud to announce the films competing for the titles of Spa City Best U.S. Documentary, Spa City Best International Documentary and Spa City Best Sports Documentary.

These nominees are among the 140 films, features and shorts screening at the HSDFF from October 9-18.

Spa City Best U.S. Documentary

  • Be Here Now, directed by Lilibet Foster.
  • From This Day Forward, directed by Sharon Shattuck
  • Monsieur Le President, directed by Victoria Campbell
  • Romeo is Bleeding, directed by Jason Zeldes
  • The Seventh Fire, directed by Jack Pettibone Riccobono
  • Shoulder the Lion, directed by Erinnisse Heuer and Patryk Rebisz

 

Spa City Best International Documentary

All Hot Springs residents encouraged to register for CivicReady

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – All Hot Springs residents are encouraged to register now for text, voice call or email emergency alerts with CivicReady, the city’s new emergency notification provider. 

The City of Hot Springs will officially transition from CodeRED to CivicReady on Thursday, October 15. Whether or not city residents are already registered with CodeRED, they will need to register again for the new system.

Registering for CivicReady takes only a couple of minutes by going to hsready.com and entering contact information along with specific notification preferences. Residents should confirm their subscription immediately after signup by checking their email. During signup or at any time afterwards, residents can provide multiple phone numbers and addresses to be reached in an emergency, including their residence, workplace, childcare facility, and the like.

Maxwell Blade's Festival of Magic visits Hot Springs

Maxwell Blade's Festival of Magic visits Hot Springs

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - The first ever Maxwell Blade’s Festival of Magic kicks off September 24 and runs through September 27 at Maxwell Blade’s Theatre of Magic and Comedy located at 121 Central Ave. in downtown Hot Springs.

While most of the shows will be held at the theater, Bank of the Ozarks Arena will host several performances, as will various venues throughout the city.

Blade has been performing in Hot Springs for nearly two decades and wants to bring talent from across the globe to perform magic and comedy for the families of Hot Springs and its visitors. Blade’s novelty shop, Maxwell Blade’s Museum of Oddities and Curiosities, stands just next door to the Theatre of Magic, and will be open for those audience members who want to take a piece of the show home with them.

Roller Coaster Race Coming to Magic Springs on Oct. 17

Roller Coaster Race Coming to Magic Springs on Oct. 17

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Roller Coaster Race announced that registration is now open for its original-concept race coming to Magic Springs in Hot Springs, Ark. on Saturday, October 17.

The race takes place on the second weekend of “Magic Screams,” the park’s Halloween-themed event, and marks Roller Coaster Race’s sixth and final event of its 2015 season.

Hot Springs National Park says goodbye to Champion Trees Exhibit

Hot Springs National Park says goodbye to Champion Trees Exhibit

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - Hot Springs National Park is bidding farewell to the “Arkansas Champion Trees: An Artist Journey” and welcomes the public to a special reception on September 10 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to honor artist Linda Williams Palmer at the Cultural Center on Bathhouse Row.

Light refreshments will be served courtesy of the Friends of Hot Springs National Park.  The Cultural Center is located at the former Ozark Bathhouse and it is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. The final day of the Champion Trees exhibit is September 20.

According to the National Park Service, more than 2,400 visitors have browsed and enjoyed the Champion Trees exhibit since its opening in January 2015.

Los Lonely Boys, Keb' Mo' to headline Hot Springs Blues and BBQ Festival

Los Lonely Boys, Keb' Mo' to headline Hot Springs Blues and BBQ Festival

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – The Hot Springs Blues & BBQ Festival, presented by Budweiser, will be headlined by the Los Lonely Boys Saturday, Sept. 19 and Keb’ Mo’ Sunday, Sept. 20. The event, hosted jointly by Oaklawn and the Spa City Blues Society, will take place in Oaklawn’s infield, and will also feature some of the region’s best barbeque.

“We are very excited to bring the Los Lonely Boys and Keb’ Mo’ to Hot Springs,” said Rob Pratt, President of the Spa City Blues Society. “Partnering with Oaklawn has really allowed us to take this event to a whole new level.”

Professional bass fishing's Forrest Wood Cupset to return to Lake Ouachita

Professional bass fishing's Forrest Wood Cupset to return to Lake Ouachita

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (July 30, 2015) – The Forrest Wood Cup, presented by Walmart, will return to Lake Ouachita in Hot Springs, Ark. August 20-23 to crown bass fishing’s top angler of 2015.

Hosted by Visit Hot Springs and the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, the tournament will feature 50 of the world’s best bass-fishing professionals and co-anglers casting for the sport’s biggest awards of $500,000 cash in the pro division and $50,000 cash in the co-angler division.