The Carlisle Chamber of Commerce finalized plans for the upcoming Business Appreciation dinner on Monday during a noon lunch meeting.

City officials, local businesses, chamber members and the Carlisle airport commission are invited to attend this year’s Business Appreciation Dinner, sponsored by the Carlisle Chamber of Commerce at 6 p.m. on April 29 at the Carlisle Civic Center. To show the Chamber’s appreciation, guests will be served a meal free of charge during the program. Randy Zook and Marcus Turley of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce will be guest speakers for the evening. Zook and Turley will be speak on recent legislative business and how it effects small businesses.

Also during the event, the Carlisle High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) will make a presentation on the new Carlisle Chamber of Commerce website, along with the presentation of the Carlisle Chamber awards of Business and Volunteer of the Year and recipients of the Rose Mary Buffalo scholarship.

Invitations for the event have been mailed. The Chamber would like to invite officials running for office to sponsor a table during the event. For more information on how to sponsor a table, call 870-552-7002.

Mayor Ray Glover gave his citywide update. Glover said renovations are underway at the former Americans Best Value by the interstate exit. He said they will be changing the name to Days Inn, which will be beneficial for the community by having a worldwide-known hotel chain. Glover said there is also a new dress shop opening soon on Main Street owned by Allison Parker.

Citywide clean up will be May 5-9. Glover said this is an opportunity for everyone to take advantage of to get rid of junk and to improve residential properties. He said the city workers will be picking up almost anything, with the exception of paint, mattresses and box springs. Glover said there will not be a pickup route on Tuesday, May 6, due to regular trash pick up. A map of daily routes will be printed in an upcoming issue of the Carlisle Independent.

Glover said he is also working with the city workers to improve services to the public. He said one of the main focuses at this time is water drainage.

The next Carlisle Chamber of Commerce meeting will be at noon on May 12 in the Civic Center. Meal will be provided. Cost is $5 per person.