Calendar of events

March 18

Rocky Top 4-H Club will hold its fifth annual chili cookoff and silent auction at 5 p.m. at the Mountainburg High School cafeteria. Cookoff entry fee is $10 and includes an all-you-can-eat meal. Cost for the chili dinner is $5 for adults and free for kids 10 and younger. There will also be a pie auction. Funds raised will go towards the club’s community projects. Call Luann Wise, (479) 217-0280.

Benefit gospel singing and spaghetti supper will be held from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Victorious Life Ministries, 3907 U.S. 71 North in Alma, next to A to Z. Proceeds will go to the Alma Community Outreach Center to buy food and pay rent and utilities. Cost for the meal is $5 per person. Entrance fee is by donation per person or family. Door prizes will be given away. Entertainment will be by Making Music, CenterPoint Bluegrass, Mandy Osburn and the Carr Family.

March 22

Area Agency on Aging of Western Arkansas will host a chronic disease self-management class at 9 a.m. at the Alma Senior Activity Center at 248 E. Collum. Call Betty Mason at (479) 632-3535.

Garden Gate Garden Club will meet at 1 p.m. at the Crawford County Extension Office, 105 Pointer Trail West. Hostesses will be Alice Goodlin and Connie Ogden.

March 23

C-SCDC will hold its board of directors meeting at 6 p.m. at 1617 South Zero St. in Fort Smith.

March 24

Mulberry Senior Center will hold a National Family Caregiver Support Program at 10:30 a.m. for caregivers of adults 60 years or older. Topic is “Helping Your Loved One with Aspiration Prevention and Airway Obstruction,” presented by Edward Ellis with UAMS. Refreshments will be served. Call 997-1901.

March 25

Van Buren Lions Club’s annual pancake breakfast will be 8 to 11 a.m. at the Van Buren School District Learning Center (formerly Izard Elementary).

Concealed carry class will be held at Oliver’s Restaurant, 719 Main St. in Van Buren, at 9 a.m. Cost is $50 for new applicants and $30 for renewals and transfers. No firearms are allowed in the restaurant. Call Tony R. Jones, (479) 215-9195, to resesrve a seat.

March 29

Mountainburg Senior Center will hold a National Family Caregiver Support Program at 11 a.m. for caregivers of adults 60 years or older. Topic is “Helping Your Loved One with Aspiration Prevention and Airway Obstruction,” presented by Edward Ellis with UAMS. Refreshments will be served. Call 369-2643.

April 1

A bass tournament to benefit Van Buren police officer Mike Stewart who is battling cancer will be from 4 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fort Smith Park. Call Chuck Green at (912) 224-8555.

Little Miss Van Buren Pageant will be at 11 a.m. at the Van Buren Fine Arts Center.

Fourth annual Jack Crabtree Dino Run 5K and Fun Run, presented by Women’s Community League of Alma, will be held at the Alma High School Performing Arts Center beginning at 8:30 a.m. There will also be a dinosaur costume contest. Cost is $25 for pre-registration, $30 day of the race and $10 for kids 12 and under. Forms are available in Alma at Pizza Place, Bank of the Ozarks and Citizens Bank or email agchesshir@gmail.com. Proceeds will benefit the Jack Snack/Scholarship programs for the Alma School District.

Emily Henson, along with her parents Kevin and Stacy Henson, will sing at 6:30 p.m. at the Locke Freewill Baptist Church, 16643 Old Locke Road in Mountainburg. Refreshments will follow.

April 8

The annual Run for a Vet 5K race and one-mile fun run will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Lee Creek Park in Van Buren. Online registration at https://registration.mylaps.com/run-for-a-vet.

April 8-9

Kids Imagination Art benefit arts and crafts event will be held at 533 Fayetteville Ave. in Alma from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. There will be craft vendors, homemade items, clothing, jewelry, art and more. Booth fee is $20 for both days, and the fee will support the art program.

April 13

Cedarville kindergarten registration will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Cedarville Elementary gym annex. Parents must bring the child’s birth certificate, Social Security card and proof of a physical. Cedarville Mercy Clinic will provide physicals free of charge. Registration forms are available at www.cedarvilleschools.org. Call 474-5073.

April 15

Branson ventriloquist Todd Oliver and his talking dog Irving will perform at 7 p.m. at the Van Buren High School Fine Arts Center as a fundraiser for Project Graduation. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at www.centerforfinearts.org.

April 23

Steward Cemetery will have a cleanup, beginning at 1 p.m. Bring gloves and yard tools.

April 29

Boys and Girls Club of Van Buren’s fifth annual “Life’s an Uphill Run” will be at 8 a.m. beginning at the club in the city park. Register at www.vbclub.org.

May 7

Steward Cemetery will host decoration at 1 p.m. There will be a potluck and business meeting. Call Michael Brammer at (479) 459-6453.

Miscellaneous

Alma Masonic Lodge meets the second and fourth Mondays at the lodge building. Supper is at 6:30 p.m.

Children/family practice night is held Mondays at Hero’s Arena with barrel racing on Tuesdays and team sorting on Fridays.

Crawford County Library System holds its board meetings the second Tuesday of January, March, May, July, September and November at 4:30 p.m. For meeting location or more information, call the library system at (479) 471-3226.

Crawford County Volunteers for Literacy, 513 Main St., Van Buren, offers adult reading, math, English as a second language and other classes. Classes are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Call 474-4594.

Double-Six dominoes with no gambling is played in the Van Buren Historic District. Call (479) 459-4169.

English as a second language classes are offered at the Crawford County Adult Education Center, Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday, 6 to 8 p.m. Call 471-0019.

GED classes are offered at the Crawford County Adult Education Center, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 471-0019.

Introduction to computer classes are offered at the Crawford County Adult Education Center. Call 471-0019.

Pickleball is played at City Heights Methodist Church’s family center Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 8:30 a.m. Call Buck Buchanan, 474-2545 or 462-4973.

Robert Jack VFW Post 1322 hosts a PTSD peer support group meeting the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 4:30 p.m. The meetings are open to anyone. Call service officer Shawn Wenninger at (910) 709-9853.

Van Buren Lions Club meets at noon the first, third and fourth Wednesdays at Western Sizzlin’ in Van Buren.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1322 in Van Buren is open each Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to noon for coffee and games. A service officer is also available. Call Shawn Wenninger at (910) 709-9853.

Weekly

AA meetings are held Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Van Buren and Thursdays at 7 p.m. at the Mulberry Senior Center.

Alma Rotary Club meets Wednesdays at noon at the Alma Community Center.

American Legion Post No. 31, 4901 Midland Blvd., Fort Smith, meets for coffee and donuts at 7:30 a.m.

Cedarville Senior Center is open on Fridays from 5 to 9 p.m. for cards, dominoes and karaoke. Bring an item for a potluck. Donations to help with utility costs are encouraged. Call 474-5429.

Citizenship classes are offered at the Crawford County Adult Education Center Mondays, 6 to 8 p.m. Call 471-0019.

Crawford County Optimist Club meets at noon Thursdays at Las Fresas in Van Buren.

Freedom for Life Ministries offers Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, 523 Main Street in Van Buren behind the literacy council office, Tuesdays from 9 to 10 a.m. and 6 to 7 p.m. Call Lonnie Bennett, (479) 226-9476, or Jerry Cowan, (479) 650-4738.

GriefShare is held at 9:30 a.m. Mondays, excluding holidays, at Heritage United Methodist Church, 1604 Pointer Trail in Van Buren, and at 6:30 p.m. at Legacy Heights Independent Retirement Center, 1012 Fayetteville Road in Van Buren. Call Shirley Touchstone at (479) 629-7901.

Handprints Sign Language Choir holds practice at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Vista Freewill Baptist Church, 2301 Fayetteville Road in Van Buren. Call Kerry Scott, 650-0215.

Hearts of Hope “Way Out” drug program meets 8 p.m. Mondays in Alma. Mulberry division meets Saturdays at 7 p.m.

Kiwanis Club of Van Buren meets at noon on Tuesdays at Oliver’s Kitchen.

Old Town Sertoma Club meets at noon Wednesday in Van Buren.

Spirit Plus Christian Life Center holds baseball classes each Tuesday. Call 474-2168 or 806-3134.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets Mondays from 5 to 6 p.m. at VFW Post No. 1322, 23 N. 20th St. in Van Buren. Call (479) 459-2771, (479) 414-1049, (479) 221-7349 or (918) 498-2029.

Van Buren Rotary Club meets at noon Thursday at the Crawford County Extension Office, 105 W. Pointer Trail.

Wednesday Lunch Bunch meets 10:30 a.m. in the Center for Arts and Education, 104 N. 13th in Van Buren. Fee is $3.

White Rock Prayer and Teaching Center, 7723 Cain Road in Alma, holds scriptural teaching at 2 p.m. each Saturday. Call Gib Lutes, (479) 221-8289.

Monthly

First week

Autism Spectrum Disorders Support Group will meet the first Thursday at 7 p.m. at Bethlehem Freewill Baptist Church, 3130 Pointer Trail East in Van Buren. Contact Rickie Timmons, (479) 471-7110 or (479) 461-9333.

Clear Creek Masonic Lodge in Mountainburg meets the first Thursday with dinner at 6:30 p.m and the meeting at 7:30.

Crawford County 4-H Horse Talk Club meets 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday at the Alma Library. Call 474-5286.

Fort Smith Area Huntington’s Disease Support Group meets 6 p.m. the first Tuesday. Call Pat, 462-7711, or Sandee, 474-2221.

Friends of the Van Buren Public Library meet the first Monday at the library at 5:30 p.m. followed by a book talk.

God’s Harvest Church in Alma holds a fellowship singing at 6 p.m. the first Saturday. A covered dish meal precedes the singing at 5.

Kenner Chapel 4-H Club meets the first Monday at 7 p.m. Call 474-5286.

Mountainburg FFA Alumni meet the first Saturday at 7 p.m. at Mountainburg High School.

Remy Masonic Lodge No. 487 in Mulberry meets the first Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., with dinner preceding at 6:30.

River Valley Chapter of the Blacksmiths of Arkansas meets the first Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1604 Daugherty Road in Van Buren. Call (479) 474-5547 or (479) 651-1507.

Van Buren First Assembly of God, 1014 Fayetteville Road, serves home-cooked lunches from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for $7 each the first Thursday. Call 474-7832.

Van Buren Masonic Lodge hosts a breakfast in the lodge the first Saturday, from 7 to 10 a.m. Cost is $5 per person. Children 6 and under are free.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1322 meets 6:30 p.m., the first Monday at 23 N. 20th St., Van Buren. The VFW Auxiliary meets as well. Call Post Commander Earl Duty, (479) 670-3836, or auxiliary president Holly A. Baker, (479) 445-9303, or visit www.RobertJackVFWPost1322.org.

Second week

Alma High School Class of 1955 meets 11:30 a.m. the second Monday at D’s Family Restaurant on Collum Lane in Alma in February, May, August and November.

American Legion Post No. 31, 4901 Midland Blvd., Fort Smith, meets the second Monday at 6:30 p.m. for a family dinner. Cost is $5 per person. There are also guest speakers each month. Call post commander Bobbie Pike, (479) 782-6719.

Bond Special EHC meets at 10 a.m. the second Thursday at the Crawford County Extension Office, 105 Pointer Trail West in Van Buren.

Boys and Girls Club of the Alma Area board of directors meets at 6 p.m. the second Thursday at the club, 410 East Main. Call president Becky Newton at 632-2070.

Crawford County Car Club meets 7 p.m. the second Thursday at Dee’s Restaurant in the Meador’s Inn in Alma. Call Ethan Gordon at 719-0757.

Crawford County Genealogical Society meets 1 p.m. the second Tuesday in the Mushrush Room at Alma Public Library.

District 4 Volunteer Fire Department has its board meeting the second Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Station 1 in Cedarville.

Friends of the Alma Public Library meets the second Monday in the Alma Public Library. Call 632-4140.

Locke-Fern and Dollard Road Waterworks Public Facilities Board meets the second Monday at 1:30 p.m. at the water office, 505 U.S. 71 SW in Mountainburg.

Natural Dam Community Center meets the second Thursday at 7 p.m. at the community center.

Natural Dam Volunteer Fire Department meets the second Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

Order of the Eastern Star Fidelity Chapter 86 meets the second Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Van Buren Masonic Lodge, 18 Fayetteville Road. Potluck supper begins at 6:30.

Republican Party of Crawford County meets at 7 p.m. at the Republican Headquarters, 620B Main St. in Van Buren, the second Tuesday.

Republican Women of Crawford County meets the second Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Republican Headquarters, 620B Main Street in Van Buren.

River Belles EHC meets 7 p.m. the second Monday at 105 Pointer Trail West in Van Buren.

Rocky Top 4-H Club meets in the Turner Community 2:30 p.m. the second Sunday. Call Luann Wise, 217-0280.

Rudy Park Community Association meets 7 p.m. the second Monday in the Rudy Community Building.

TLC Extension Homemakers Club meets 6 p.m. the second Monday at the Turner Community Building. Call Shirley Donnohue, 997-1590.

Turner Community Development Board meets at 6 p.m. the second Friday in the community building. Potluck follows at 6:30 and family night at 7.

Van Buren Masonic Lodge No. 6 meets the second Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Dinner is at 6:30.

Woodmen of the World meets the second Monday at 6 p.m., 2410 Alma Highway. Call 410-1726.

Third week

Alma Area Chamber of Commerce meets at noon the third Tuesday at D’s Family Restaurant.

Alzheimer’s Support Group from Memory Lane meets the third Thursday at Legacy Heights, 1012 Fayetteville Road in Van Buren, at 2 p.m. Call 474-7233 or 262-6466.

American Legion Post No. 31, 4901 Midland Blvd., Fort Smith, meets the third Monday at 7:30 a.m. for breakfast, biscuits and gravy and pancakes. Cost is $5 per person. Call post commander Bobbie Pike, (479) 782-6719.

Butterfield District 5 Volunteer Fire Department hosts a pancake breakfast the third Saturday from 7 to 10 a.m. Donations accepted.

Clear Creek Masonic Lodge in Mountainburg hosts a pancake breakfast 7 to 10 a.m. the third Saturday. Cost is $5 per person.

Crawford County Conservation District board meets the third Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. at 701 Fayetteville Road in Van Buren.

Crawford County Friends of Genealogy meets the third Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Van Buren Public Library. Meetings are not held in July and August. Call Janette Perryman, 474-0664, or Hilda Daugherty, 474-2270.

Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 61, Van Buren, meets 6:30 p.m. the third Monday at 23 N. 20th St., Van Buren. Call Danny Molina at 632-2588.

Dyer Women’s Auxiliary hosts community bingo the third Saturday 6-8 p.m. at the Dyer Community Building. Bring a small gift to be used as door prizes. Concessions are available.

Order of the Eastern Star Chapter No. 260 meets 7:30 p.m. the third Monday at the Remy Masonic Lodge No. 487 in Mulberry. Dinner precedes the meeting.

Order of the Eastern Star Melody Chapter 579 meets the third Tuesday at Fine Springs Masonic Hall in Alma at 7:30 p.m. Refreshments are served at 6:30.

Robert Jack VFW Post 1322 motorcycle riders group meets the third Tuesday at 5 p.m. Call service officer Shawn Wenninger at (910) 709-9853.

Uniontown Extension Homemakers Club meets the third Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at Uniontown Baptist Church in the fellowship hall. Call Sissie at (479) 474-6181.

Van Buren High School Class of 1961 meets the third Saturday at noon at Western Sizzlin’ in Van Buren. Call Phyllis Brammer Hamlin, 632-3343, or Judy Bushong Coleman, 474-6455.

Van Buren High School Class of 1965 meets for lunch the third Friday at 11:30 a.m. at Western Sizzlin’ in Van Buren.

Women’s Literary Club meets the third Monday 1 p.m. at 421 Webster in downtown Van Buren, September through May.

Fourth week

Alma Extension Homemakers Club meets 1 p.m. the fourth Tuesday in the Alma Public Library.

Alma VFW and VFWA Post 6465 meets 7 p.m. the fourth Thursday at the Alma Senior Inn.

Cedarville Community Association meets the fourth Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Old Rock School.

Crawford County Animal Science 4-H Club meets at 6:30 p.m. at the county extension office the fourth Thursday. Call Penni Templeton, 629-1016.

Sparks Regional Medical Center - Van Buren Auxiliary meets 1 p.m. the fourth Thursday in the hospital conference room. Call 471-4344.

United Methodist Men of Alma United Methodist Church hold a breakfast with pancakes, biscuits and gravy and sausage from 7 to 10 a.m. the fourth Saturday.

Information on upcoming events will be published on a space-available basis within 30 days preceding the event, for non-profit groups and organizations meeting in Crawford County only. Submit pertinent information to: In and Around, Press Argus-Courier, P.O. Box 369, Van Buren, AR 72957, fax to 471-5607, or e-mail to: jmcclure@pressargus.com.