by Robert Bell
It's the first Thursday of the month, which means one thing in Hillcrest: First Thursday Shop & Sip, starting at 5 p.m. There's an ice cream social this month in front of Kroger on Kavanaugh Boulevard.
Murry's Dinner Playhouse's production of the Neil Simon classic "Barefoot in the Park" continues, with shows at 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday through July 21 and matinees at 11 a.m. Sunday through July 22 and Wednesday, July 11, $15-$33.
If you're in Hot Springs Village, check out Village Summer Fest. It includes a variety of summertime events to celebrate Independence Day. Check the website for venue information and the full schedule, www.hsvpoa.org.