Children’s Theatre on Tour, a touring company of the Arkansas Arts Center’s Children’s Theatre in Little Rock, will perform ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21, at West Side School, 7295 Greers Ferry Road, in Greers Ferry. The North Central Arkansas Foundation for the Arts & Education is sponsoring this event. The performance is open to the public.

The Van Buren County Republican Committee will host its monthly meeting at Reyes Restaurant, Choctaw on Tuesday, Dec. 18. Eat at 6 p.m., meeting starts at 7 p.m. There will be a guest speaker. For more information and RSVP call Rick at 723-8433 or Linda at 745-1136.

The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program will hold a grant-writing workshop at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 501 W. Ninth St. in Little Rock for people interested in applying for the agency’s County Courthouse Restoration or Historic Preservation Restoration grant programs. Admission is free, but reservations must be made by Friday, Dec. 28, by calling Joia Burton at (501) 324-9883 or sending e-mail to