Calendar of events
Chester Funky Junk Fest is held 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for all treasure hunters of antiques, collectibles, recycled creations and more. The festival is a fundraiser for the Chester Farmers’ Market. Vendor spaces are $10 for both days; gate admission for guests over 10 is $1 each. Concessions will be available. Take Exit 34 off of Interstate 49 and the festival is on East Front Avenue. For additional information call Leslie at (302) 841-1855 or Staci at (479) 831-7014.
Cedarville Senior Lodge will hold a spaghetti dinner fundraiser from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Cost is $7 with proceeds going towards the building account. Entertainment will be by the Original Clodhoppers Band from 7 to 9 p.m.
The Learning Fields at Chaffee Crossing, a project of the River Valley Master Gardeners, will host a plant sale from 9 a.m. to noon. Trees, shrubs and perennials will be available. Call (479) 462-1713.
All-Class Mountainburg School Reunion will be held from noon to 4 p.m. The reunion is open to anyone. Refreshments will be available, and a photographer will take class pictures.
Herschel McClurkin, Sandra Primm, Joe Kirksey, Marilyn Hawkins and Mary Sue Lowrimore will share the history of Mulberry at Crawford County Chronicles at the Drennen-Scott Historic Site. Times are 1:30 and 3 p.m. Reservations are recommended by calling (479) 262-2750 or emailing email@example.com.
Van Buren High School Hall of Honor induction ceremony will be at 6:30 p.m. in the Commons at VBHS. Tickets are $10 and available by calling (479) 471-4017.
Van Buren Senior Center will host a National Family Caregiver support program at 10 a.m. for caregivers of adults 60 years and older. Medication Management for Your Loved One will be presented by Patty Clark with UAMS. Refreshments will be served. Call 474-5378.
Business Brew hosted by the Van Buren Chamber of Commerce will be 7:45 to 8:45 a.m. at Western Arkansas Title Services 101 S. Seventh St., Van Buren.
Mounainburg Senior Center will host a National Family Caregiver support program at 11 a.m. for caregivers of adults 60 years and older. Medication Management for Your Loved One will be presented by Patty Clark with UAMS. Refreshments will be served. Call 369-2643.
Benefit pie auction will be held at 7 p.m. at the Old Rock School in Cedarville. Proceeds will go to Shannon and Clifford Bentley. There will be a concession stand, grocery baskets, live music and prizes for kids and adults. No alcohol will be permitted. Call (479) 259-4238 or (479) 353-4507.
Fall Festival sponsored by The Old Town Merchants Association will take place in downtown Van Buren.
Larue family reunion will be held at the Mountainburg City Hall community center. For information call Pluma Cluck, (479) 369-4376.
Crawford County Ducks Unlimited will host its membership banquet at the Boys and Girls Club in Van Buren. Doors will open at 5:20 p.m. Call David Martin at (479) 806-7761.
Crawford County Genealogical Society will meet at 1 p.m. at the Alma Public Library. The speaker will be Cherokee Nation genealogist Gene Norris.
Cedarville Senior Center will host a National Family Caregiver support program at 10 a.m. for caregivers of adults 60 years and older. Nutrition and Weight Loss for Your Loved One will be presented by Darla Rowe with UAMS. Refreshments will be served. Call 474-5429.
Natural Dam arts and crafts fair will be held at the community center. Interested vendors may call Alma Bolte, (479) 929-5377 or (479) 461-0408.
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Mt. Olive Church, 500 Jefferson St. in Van Buren, will hold a haunted house from 7 to 9 p.m. Proceeds will go to the food pantry.
Tales of the Crypt will be from 2 to 4 p.m. at Fairivew Cemetery in Van Buren.
Alma Senior Center will host a National Family Caregiver support program at 10 a.m. for caregivers of adults 60 years and older. Medication Management for Your Loved One will be presented by Patty Clark with UAMS. Refreshments will be served. Call 632-3535.
Mulberry Senior Center will host a National Family Caregiver support program at 10:30 a.m. for caregivers of adults 60 years and older. Medication Management for Your Loved One will be presented by Patty Clark with UAMS. Refreshments will be served. Call 997-1901.
Dishin’ Up Democracy hosted by the Van Buren Chamber of Commerce will be at Farmer’s Cooperative Warehouse, 810 S. 28th St. in Van Buren, beginning at 6 p.m. Congressman Steve Womack will be guest speaker. Tickets are $25 and include dinner and drinks.
Sparks Stampede 5K and 10K races and fun walk will begin at 8 a.m. at East Main and 20th streets.
Living Waters Church, corner of Brown and Front streets in Chester, will hold a Building the Walls of Restoration fundraiser beginning at 6 p.m. A fish fry will follow; cost is $5 per plate.
Van Buren High School Class of 2006 will host a family tailgate at 5:30 p.m. before the Pointer football game.
Van Buren High School Class of 2006 will hold its 10-year reunion at Chateau on the Greens at 6 p.m. For information or to buy tickets visit squareup.com/store/vbhs-2006.
Northridge Middle School will host a Veteran’s Day Assembly at 9 a.m. Veterans will be honored for their service. The assembly is open to all veterans and community members.
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.
Kiwanis Club of Van Buren meets at noon the second and fourth Tuesdays at Hope’s Creek.
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.
Van Buren’s 15th annual Veterans Day parade is being planned. It will be held Nov. 10 at 6:30 p.m. on Main Street in historic downtown Van Buren. Volunteers are needed to help block streets. For information or to participate, contact parade director Les Thomas Jr. at (479) 652-3374 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
AA meetings are held Tuesdays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays (women’s meeting) at 9:30 a.m. at Concord Baptist Church in Van Buren. Meetings are also 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.
Caregiver’s Day Out is held Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Van Buren First Assembly of God Church, 1014 Fayetteville Road in Van Buren. Trained volunteers will care for those suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia so their primary caregivers may enjoy a few hours of rest. Call the church, 474-7573.
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.
Old Town Sertoma Club meets at noon Wednesday at Big Jake’s Cattle Co. 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 the Van Buren Community Center, 814 Drennen St. Call (479) 474-1932, (479) 459-2273, (479) 221-7349 or (918) 458-2029.
Van Buren Rotary Club meets at noon Thursday at the Crawford County Extension Office, 105 Pointer Trail West.
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.
Who’s Got the Button Yarn Shop, 506 Main St. in Van Buren, will hold a Knit-A-Long drop in class from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursdays. Call (479) 287-2616.
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, or visit the group’s Facebook page.
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.
Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 42, and Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary, Unit 42, Alma, meets for a potluck at 6 p.m. and meeting at 7 the first Tuesday at 6307 Alma Highway across from Kopper Kettle.
Fort Smith Area Huntington’s Disease Support Group meets 6 p.m. the first Tuesday at Big Jake’s Cattle Co. in Van Buren, 1702 Fayetteville Road. 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.
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.
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 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.
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 6 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.
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.
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.
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