The Newport City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3, at City Hall.

Monster Nights — Friday, July 31: Literary Friday featuring 20 authors at the Newport Business Resource Center, 201 Hazel Street, from noon to 8 p.m. Authors Registered to date are Bonnie Best, Nancy Browning, Mary Cambron-Collard, Rebecca Ann Ivy Gorrell, Susan Johnson, Katie Lewis, Donna Nelson, Kathy Parish, Melanie Parnell, Sherri Phelps, Martha Rodriquez, Debbie Teague and Cheri Wright. Three different bands will be planning in downtown restaurants in the evening. Musicians registered to date include the McCuin Band at Frankie’s Place and Casey Sparks at Postmaster Spirits. Free admission at all venues, all within walking distance. Call 870-523-1009 for more info. Hosted by Monster Nights: Newport’s Downtown Entertainment Series.

Monster Nights — Tuesday, Aug. 4: Monster Fun Nights featuring Hypnotist Nick Toombs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Newport Business Resource Center, 201 Hazel Street in downtown Newport. Nick's interactive, comedy hypnosis show is guaranteed to be the most talked about, and the most enjoyable event your family will attend this year. Free admission. 

Monster Nights — Saturday, Aug. 8: Monster Beats Concert featuring The Salty Dogs Band, a quartet whose sound has expanded over a decade and a half, from uber-twang and purist classic country to equal parts 1954 Nashville, 1961 Bakersfield and 1972 Everywhere. From 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the Terry Scoggins Memorial Stage, 412 Front Street in downtown Newport. Free admission and kid friendly. Bring your lawn chair or blanket. Coolers welcome.

Monster Nights — Friday, Aug. 14: Artsy Friday in downtown Newport featuring 20 artists and three bands at four locations from noon to 8 p.m. Artists registered to date are Gary Alexander, Brenda Berg, Dennis Crider, Jon Hatton, Dana Johnson, Kelley Naylor, Eugene McCall, Carol Rivas, Andrea Rothove and Ron Taegtmeyer. Artists will be at the Newport Business Resource Center, 201 Hazel Street in Newport. Musicians registered to date (to perform at staggered times) are Tequila Mockingbird at Frankie’s Place, Mark Edgar Stuart at Postmaster Spirits and Bailey Bigger at the Old Gas Station Bar & Grill. Free admission at all venues, all within walking distance. Call 870-523-1009 for more info. 

Monster Nights — Tuesday, Aug. 18: Monster Groovez Concert featuring The Arkansas Brothers, whose music has sprouted from heavy influences of gospel, blues, rockabilly and country. From 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the Terry Scoggins Memorial Stage, 412 Front Street in downtown Newport. Free admission and kid friendly. Bring your lawn chair or blanket. Coolers welcome. 

Monster Nights — Saturday, Aug. 22: Monster Fun Nights featuring the Southern BMX Stunt Show bringing their wild high-flying skills to downtown Newport. Enjoy great BMX riders and a bike giveaway. From 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Front Street Park, 412 Front Street in Newport. Free admission and kid friendly. Bring your lawn chair or blanket.