Mind Stretchers series returns

The fourth year of Mind Stretchers lectures begins with a talk on "Ozark Archeology: Archeology of Prehistoric Bluff Shelters of the Arkansas Ozarks" at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Ruth Skinner Building across from St. John's Episcopal Church, 214 N. Sixth St. The free discussion will be led by Jamie Brandon, Ph.D., associate research professor at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, and Lydia Rees, a research assistant with the Arkansas Archeological Survey and a graduate student in anthropology at UA. Snacks will be served.

Mind Stretchers is an outreach group of St. John's Episcopal Church with the philosophy that "perceptions change as we gain knowledge." Subsequent dates and topics in the series include "Ozark Archeology: River Valley Archeology in the Ozarks" with speaker Tim Mulvihill, station archeologist at the Arkansas Archeology Survey's University of Arkansas at Fort Smith research station, at 6 p.m. Oct. 17; "Iconography: Norman Rockwell and Religious Iconography" with Stewart Dippel, Ph.D., University of the Ozarks, and the Rev. Jeffrey Champlin, a retired Episcopalian priest, 6 p.m. Jan. 16; "Iconography: Religious Vision in Nineteenth century Russian Art" with Dippel and Champlin, 6 p.m. Feb. 20; "Fake News: Perception versus Reality in Macroeconomics" with Latisha Settlage, Ph.D., associate dean of business at UAFS, 6 p.m. March 20; and "Fake News: Perception versus Reality in Microeconomics" with Settlage, 6 p.m. May 15.

Call 782-9912 or email vphelan@stjohnfs.org for information.

Saluting Branches Day slated

The U.S. National Cemetery will observe Saluting Branches National Day of Service beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday at the cemetery, 522 S. Sixth St. in Fort Smith. Volunteers and arborists are encouraged to come and help maintain the cemetery grounds. The national program, titled “Saluting Branches: Arborists United for Veteran Remembrance” is an opportunity for tree care professionals throughout the country to unite and provide tree care to keep veterans cemeteries a beautiful places for all those who visit.

Call Gerald Lyons, cemetery director, at 783-5345 for information.

Library to hold open mic night

An Open Mic Night event will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Dewey’s Café inside the Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Ave. Musicians, poets and others are invited to perform at this fun and casual evening. Sign-up at the door; arrive early to ensure a spot on the list. Showcase your talent, or just come and listen. Music or poetry does not have to be original work. Acoustic music only please.

Visit www.fortsmithlibrary.org or call 783-0229 for information.

Bee, pollinator festival slated

The Bee and Pollinator Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 7 at The Learning Fields at Chaffee Crossing, 7300 Gardner Ave. The event will include presentations specializing in pollination, a beekeepers booth to answer questions about raising your own bees, and there will be Learning Fields honey for sale.

Additionally, the Fall Plant Sale featuring trees, shrubs and perennials will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the same location. There also will be raffles for an Adirondack chair and a wall quilt, among other items, and children's activities and face painting. Free hot dogs and lunch also will be part of the event.

United Way fundraiser drawing near

The 12th annual United Way Power of the Purse is slated for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 10 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Fort Smith City Center, 700 Rogers Ave. Kristina Kuzmic, the Truth Bomb Mom, is slated to be the featured speaker.

Tickets are $40. Contact Angie at 782-1311 for information.

Murder and Mayhem tickets on sale

Tickets are now on sale for the popular “Murder and Mayhem” Haunted Trolley Tour conducted by the Fort Smith Museum of History and featuring haunted and gruesome stories from years past. A special progressive dinner tour will begin at 6 p.m. Oct. 26. Regular tours will begin at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27, 28 and 31. Participants must be 21 or older.

Tickets for the progressive dinner tour are $75 each, and regular tour tickets are $40. Visit www.fortsmithmuseum.org or call 783-7841 to reserve tickets or for information.