Calendar of events
Hope Academy of Van Buren will host its annual Hopeful Heart Dinner and Dance at the Van Buren Senior Inn at 18 Lafayette St. Doors will open at 6 p.m. The dinner by Stirred Catering and Coffee will begin at 6:30 p.m. Live music by special guests Ashley and Seven Moad and dance will follow.
Prom dresses sizes 12 and up for Once Upon a Prom may be dropped off from 10 a.m. to noon at Heritage United Methodist Church, 1604 E. Pointer Trail in Van Buren. Last year’s event allowed more than 100 young ladies to go to prom who might not have been able to otherwise. The giveaway date this year is March 10. Text Kim at (479) 208-0063.
Baby and Me Story Time will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Van Buren Public Library. Call 474-6045.
Van Buren Senior Center, 18 Lafayette St., will hold a Valentine’s dinner and dance. The spaghetti dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the dance at 7. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Dinner is $5 per person. There will also be door prizes and a live band.
Alma Public Library will hold a redwork embroidery class at 12:30 p.m. Bring an embroidery needle, embroidery loop, red floss envelopes and a shoe box. Call 632-4140.
Chapters on Main, 816 Main St., Van Buren, will host trivia and costume contests from 5 to 7 p.m.
Alma Area Chamber of Commerce will host its Love Your Chamber Awards Dinner at 6 p.m. at the Alma High School cafeteria. Guest speaker will be Chuck Dovish, producer and host of “Exploring Arkansas” on Arkansas Educational Television Network. Reserve tickets at firstname.lastname@example.org.
King Elementary School will host its 13th annual Run With the Knights 5K, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at 411 N. 20th St. Proceeds will send students to fourth-grade camp. Early registration until Feb. 16 is $15. Registration after and day of the race is $25. For more information e-mail: Karen.Wallace@vbsd.us.
Miss Van Buren High School and Miss Teen VBHS pageants, hosted by Project Graduation 2018, will be 7-10 p.m. at the Van Buren Fine Arts Center, 2001 E. Pointer Trail.
Rocky Top 4-H Club will hold its sixth annual chili cook off and all-you-can-eat dinner at 6 p.m. at the Mountainburg High School cafeteria. Cost is $5 for adults and free for kids ages 10 and younger. There will also be baked goods and a pie auction. Call Luann, (479) 217-0280, Kerri, (479) 806-9951, or Kim, (479) 462-8481.
Alan Walker will sign copies of his latest novel, Shattered Halo, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Chapters on Main, 816 Main St., Van Buren.
Step Up to Wellness, a free community event hosted by Van Buren Original, will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Seminars will be at the King Opera House and vendor areas at Main Attraction. Call Joy Holman at (479) 222-5241 or email@example.com.
Chapters of Main, 816 Main St., Van Buren, will host a day of “unplugging from devices” with live music on the deck and half-priced waffles. Christian Westbrook will perform from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
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 4-H Shooting Sports 4-H Club meets the first and third Mondays from 7 to 9 p.m. Call 474-5286.
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, 2925 Alma Highway, Suite 9, in 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.
Overeaters Anonymous meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at Central Presbyterian Church, 2901 Rogers Ave., Fort Smith. Call (479) 474-9606.
Robert Jack VFW Post 1322 hosts a PTSD peer support group meeting the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 5:30 p.m. The meetings are open to anyone. Call service officer Shawn Wenninger at (910) 709-9853.
Van Buren Farmers Market is open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Freedom Park Pavilion on Main Street Saturdays and Wednesdays and 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays. Call (479) 259-7517.
Van Buren Lions Club meets at noon the first, third and fourth Wednesdays at Western Sizzlin’ in Van Buren.
AA meetings are held Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Van Buren and Thursdays at 7 p.m. at Mulberry Methodist Church.
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.
Butterfield Assembly of God Church, 1302 N. 30th St. in Van Buren, will hold GriefShare classes each Wednesday at 10 a.m. in room 203 of the Family Life Center. For information, call the church office at (479) 474-4410.
Cedarville Senior Center is open on Mondays beginning at 6 p.m. for dinner and karaoke. Dinner is $5.50 per person. 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.
DivorceCare will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sundays, excluding holidays, at Heritage United Methodist Church, 1604 Pointer Trail in Van Buren, beginning Jan. 14. Childcare will be available with advanced notice for kids birth to fifth grade. Call LaToya Shepherd at (479) 474-6424.
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 will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Sundays, excluding holidays, at Heritage United Methodist Church, 1604 Pointer Trail in Van Buren, beginning Jan. 14. Call LaToya Shepherd at (479) 474-6424.
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 Chili’s.
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.
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 Election Commission meets at 11 a.m. the first Wednesday at the commission office behind the courthouse at 300 Main St., Van Buren.
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 Alma Public Library meets the first Tuesday in the Alma Public Library. Call 632-4140.
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, 325 Ray Lane in Alma, holds a fellowship singing at 6 p.m. the first Saturday. A covered dish meal precedes the singing at 5. For information call (479) 629-4307.
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.
Robert Jack VFW Post 1322 motorcycle riders group meets the first Monday at 5 p.m. Call service officer Shawn Wenninger at (910) 709-9853.
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.
Cedarville 4-H Club meets the second Monday at the Old Rock School at 6 p.m. Call 474-5286.
Crawford County 4-H Teen Leaders meets the second Monday at 6 p.m. at the county extension office in Van Buren. Call 474-5286.
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.
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.
Unit 14 VFW Riders Group meets at 6 p.m. the second Monday at 23 N. 20th St., Van Buren. Call Post Commander Earl Duty, (479) 670-3836.
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 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.
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.
Alma Extension Homemakers Club meets 1 p.m. the fourth Tuesday in the Alma Public Library.
Crawford County Animal Science 4-H Club meets at 2 p.m. at the Mulberry fairgrounds the fourth Sunday. 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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