Calendar of events
Preschool Story Time will be at 9:30 and 11 a.m. at the Van Buren Public Library. Call 474-6045.
Mountainburg Senior Center will host a National Family Caregiver Support Program at 10:30 a.m. for caregivers of adults 60 years or older. Sara Webb of UAMS will present “Sleep Health for Your Loved One.” Refreshments will be served. Call 369-2643.
Alma’s 50s Classes Scholarship group will meet at 5 p.m. at D’s Family Restaurant in Alma to plan homecoming activities for Oct. 12-13.
Toddler Story Time will be at 10:30 a.m. at the Alma Public Library. The theme is picnics. Call 632-4140.
Van Buren Public Library will hold a crafterwork class for adults from 6 to 7 p.m. Call 474-6045.
Alma Public Library will hold a Wii Just Dance party for kids and teens at 4 p.m. Call 632-4140.
Alma Public Library will hold a redwork embroidery class from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Bring an embroidery needle, embroidery loop, red floss, envelopes and a shoe box. Call 632-4140.
The Downtown Junk Fest will take place on Main Street in Van Buren. Sponsored by The Old Town Merchants Association, vendors will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Pixley-Hunter-Atwell family reunion will be held at 7676 Arkansas 282 in Rudy beginning at 10 a.m. A potluck lunch will be held at noon. Call Mary, (479) 462-7366, or Fern, (479) 208-9688.
United Way of Fort Smith Area’s 90th anniversary celebration featuring multi-platinum selling country recording artist Mark Wills will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Fort Smith Convention Center.
A Dutch oven lid lifting fundraiser for Court Appointed Special Advocates of Crawford County will begin at noon on The Old Town Merchants Association parking lot in downtown Van Buren.
Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30
Solid Rock Tabernacle, 1325 Rudy Road in Alma, will hold a Revelation Bible study taught by Marshall Dyer from 6 to 7 p.m.
James and Margie Garner of Van Buren will hold a free karaoke party for the community at their home, 2408 Oliver Springs Road in Van Buren, at 5 p.m. Bring a covered dish. Call 474-5360.
Women’s Literary Club of Van Buren will host a book talk at 1 p.m. by Joyce Faulkner at the club building, 421 Webster St.
Van Buren Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic, presented by Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative, will be at Eagle Crest Golf Course. Call (479) 474-2761.
Crawford County Adult Education Center open house and career fair will be 3:30 to 5 p.m. at 605 Alma Boulevard Circle.
St. Michael Catholic Church in Van Buren will hold its first flea market from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot between the church and the office building, 1025 Pointer Trail.
St. Michael Catholic Church will hold its second annual 5K Cross Country Run/Walk at 8 a.m. at 1025 Pointer Trail in Van Buren. Early registration cost is $25 per person or $22 per person for a team of three or more, prior to Sept. 7. After Sept. 7, cost is $30 per person or $27 per person for a team of three or more. Call Raina Ames, (501) 533-5954.
The 18th Annual St. Michael’s Day Festival will be held at 1025 Pointer Trail in Van Buren from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Entry is free. There will be live music, buggy, truck and pony rides, silent auction, bounce house, food and Bingo. Raffle tickets, $5, are on sale at the church office, 1019 Pointer Trail. Call 471-1211.
Van Buren High School Class of 1968 will hold its 50th reunion. Contact Andy Neal at firstname.lastname@example.org, (479) 650-6500; Janie Johnson Christy at Chloeanne.email@example.com, (479) 652-0594 or Nancy Dunham Helmer at Nmhnurse@aol.com, (479) 462-3522, by Sept. 1 to register.
Alma Masonic Lodge meets the second and fourth Mondays at the lodge building. Supper is at 6:30 p.m.
Arkansas River Valley Homicide Survivors United/POMC meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Central Christian Church, 400 N. Waldron Road in Fort Smith, the second and fourth Thursdays. Contact Bethany Ault Pyle, (479) 561-3467, or Margot Carney, (479) 420-5857.
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 Farmers Market is held each Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon at the Old Rock School.
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. 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. 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.
Millie’s Line Dance class is held at the Cavanaugh Senior Center. Beginner lessons begin at 6:30 p.m. and intermediate lessons are from 7 to 9 p.m. each Wednesday. Cost is $5 per person.
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, except during the summer months. 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.
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 the 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.
Suicide Loss Support Group meets the third Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Mulberry Methodist Church. Call Betty, (760) 382-0805.
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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