Living Local in downtown Van Buren will sponsor University of Arkansas - Fort Smith student night on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m.

The marketing research students of UAFS professor Dr. Elise Riker organized the night as a way for students to experience staging and promoting a special event.

“We have a great night planned for the students because it was planned and put together by the students to enhance our regular Living Local Thursdays,” said Debbie Foliart, a board member of Van Buren Original.

There are several activities for the students, including shopping with Main Street merchants who are featuring special discounts, scavenger hunt organized by the students, food trucks, massage therapist, karaoke and ice cream social.

Yoga in the park with pets will begin at 6 p.m. in Blanche Moore Memorial Park. The Sebastian County Humane Society van will be at the park.

Karaoke is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Stage 9 in Blanche Moore Memorial Park with an ice cream social to begin at 7 p.m. at D&R Trolley Stop.

Student night will be sponsored by the Van Buren Advertising and Promotion Commission, Van Buren Original and Shirley and Ed Yeager.

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.

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.

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.