Living Local in downtown Van Buren will feature karaoke night on Thursday.
“Be a Star,” sponsored by Jim and Janet Petty of Strategic Realty, will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at Blanche Moore Memorial Park in historic downtown.
“Karaoke night will be a lot of fun for both young and old,” said Alan Foliart, president of The Old Town Merchants Association.
Living Local from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays is an initiative designed to invite more people to partake in the businesses on Main Street in downtown Van Buren. Featuring festival-style events, Living Local includes shopping, entertainment, food and music.
Foliart said Ed and Shirley Yeager will be the Living Local sponsors for the month of October.
“On Oct. 5, about 30 attending a city clerk’s convention will be strolling our streets during Living Local,” Foliart said. “We will showcase the new Freedom Park where Mike Walker will perform from 7 to 8 p.m. The movie ‘Hocus Pocus’ also will be showing in the park.”
The Van Buren High School theater group will perform Shakespeare in the Park on Oct. 19 in Freedom Park. A magician will perform two shows at Blanche Moore Memorial Park that evening.
On Oct. 26, Chance 2 Dance will be at Blanche Moore Memorial Park to teach students to perform the Thriller Dance for the Oct. 28 Zombie Crawl during Halloween on Main.
“Anyone who wants to participate is welcome to join in the fun,” Foliart said. “Debbie Edwards also will be teaching the Witches Dance for merchants participating in Halloween on Main.”
Main Street will be closed for the annual Halloween on Main sponsored by TOTMA. The event will begin at 6 p.m. with games and events lasting until 9 p.m. Trick-or-treating will last until the candy is gone.
Living Local participating merchants are Farmers Insurance - Renee Barrow, The Soap Factory, Chapters on Main and Retirement Planners/Kim Pierson in the 800 block, Mozart Studios, Willy Nilly, Cinders and Smoke, Main Street Interiors, D&R Trolley Stop Diner and Marcia Cooksey Interiors in the 700 block, Attic Treasures, Metro Gallery, Boom-a-rang Diner, Western Arkansas Legacy of Fine Arts, The Blissful Pup, Firefly Boutique and Gifts and Natural Treasures in the 600 block and High Society, Country Junkie and Creative Furnishings by Jean in the 500 block.
Downtown stores offer the 2017 passport and the chance to win Main Street Dollars that are good at participating merchants.