Whether you want to get creative or explore the great outdoors, Arkansas and Missouri offer clubs and social organizations that fit the bill. Become a member and your calendar will never be empty.
The Greater Little Rock Camera Club (GLRCC), established in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1964, offers a welcoming environment for anyone who wants to learn more about photography while making new friends. The group meets monthly and features educational speakers, fieldtrips, silent auctions and demonstrations throughout the year. Discuss topics like printing, lighting, equipment, landscapes and more. Members love showing off their work and sharing tips both online and at meetings. Learn more at http://glrcc.tripod.com/activ.htm.
If you’re in the mood for exciting outdoor adventures, meet up with the folks of the TrailBlazers Hiking Club
, based in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Every month, the group organizes expeditions to the Ozarks and Ouachita Mountains of western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma. Hikes vary from long and challenging to short and relaxed, so there’s something for everyone. Past hikes include the Ozark Highland Trail and Woods Boys Falls. The Annual Buffalo Lodge Weekend is scheduled for April 20 through 22 and will feature lots of hiking, canoeing, food and fun. On April 29, 2012, join in for an easy hike on White Rock Mountain Rim Trail. If you’d like to become a TrailBlazer, visit www.thcfs.com for more details.
The Westport Chess Club in Kansas City, Missouri is perfect for both casual and competitive players. On Tuesday evenings, you can get in on the action at the Westport Flea Market Bar & Grill where players participate in tournaments, as well as individual matches. The club provides mats, pieces and clocks. Check out www.westportchessclub.org and www.facebook.com/chess.club.kansas.city.missouri for more information.
If you love furry, four-legged friends and want to meet people who are just as passionate, join the Columbia Missouri Kennel Club (CMKC). The group is committed to providing “educational support and information to dog lovers of all ages,” and hosts a variety of activities for dog owners and enthusiasts. Meetings are held monthly (except in July, November and December) in a small building adjacent to the Columbia Canine Sports Center. Every year, the CMKC hosts the Columbia Kennel Club Dog Show with conformation, obedience and rally trials. There are also handling classes offered each month. Download a membership form and get more information at www.cmokc.org.
Whatever your hobby or interest, there are clubs in Arkansas and Missouri full of like-minded, friendly individuals who love getting together. Join a group by yourself or with the entire family – it’ll be time well spent.