April 9

Robert Jack VFW Post 1322 and Ladies Auxiliary will present the second annual Run for a Veteran 5K and one-mile fun run/walk, beginnning at 8:30 a.m. at Lee Creek Park in Van Buren. Call Larry Brown at (479) 806-0444.

Alma Community Outreach Center will hold a pie auction at 6 p.m. at the Alma Senior Inn. Proceeds will benefit the outreach center’s programs.

Van Buren High School will host a car show to benefit the Crawford County Hawghunters Bass Club. Registration is from 7 to 10 a.m. and costs $25 for the first vehicle and $15 for each additional vehicle. Trophies will be awarded at 2 p.m. for the following categories: Top 5 for year 2000 and newer, top 20 for year 1999 and older, Best Paint, Best Interior, Best of Show and People’s Choice. There will also be door prizes, bounce arounds, dunking booth, craft booths and hamburgers and hot dogs. For information or to set up a craft booth, call Buck Cobley at (479) 650-0930, Mavis Lawson at (479) 652-0552 or Jada Newell at (479) 650-3666.

Crawford County Friends of Genealogy will hold a free workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Van Buren Public Library, 1409 Main St. in Van Buren. Guest speaker will be Gene Norris, senior genealogist from the Cherokee Linage, Research and Resources Center in Tahlequah. Afternoon classes will be on Excel and your genealogy and basic genealogy 101. A free lunch will be served. Call Janette Perryman, 474-0664, or Hilda Daugherty, 474-2270.

April 10

Northside Church of God in Christ choir will sing at 5 p.m. at Amazing Grace Fellowship, 2020 Rena Road, Van Buren. Willie Mooney is pastor.

April 12

Crawford County Genealogical Society meets at 1 p.m. in the Mushrush Room at the Alma Public Library. Lulu Bruns will speak on Find a Grave topics.

April 13

Crawford County Retired Teachers Association meets at noon at the Van Buren Public Library. A representative of University of Arkansas - Fort Smith will present the program.

Cedarville Elementary School will host a blood drive from 1:15 to 6 p.m. Call (877) 340-8777 or visit www.arkbi.org.

April 15-16

Alma United Methodist Church, corner of Cherry and Main streets in Alma, will hold its semi-annual rummage and bake sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

April 15-17

St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 1019 East Pointer Trail in Van Buren, will hold a garage sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday. There will be tools, antiques, household items, linens, plants, glassware and other miscellaneous items.

April 16

Keep Van Buren Beautiful’s annual Spring E-Waste Event will begin at 9 a.m. as part of the Great American Cleanup. Volunteers collect electronic waste at the Van Buren School District Service Center at 2804 Industrial Park Road until noon.

April 17-22

First Freewill Baptist Church, 227 U.S. 64 East in Mulberry, will hold revival services at 5 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday with different speakers each evening. Call (479) 650-2418 or (479) 883-3811.

April 18

Annual board of directors meeting of the River Valley Regional Water District will be noon at the Crawfod County Emergency Operations Center, 1820 Chestnut St., Van Buren. Lunch will be served.

April 19

Rhodes Chevrolet will host the Van Buren Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m.

April 22-23

Van Buren High School Theater Department will present Barefoot in the Park at 7 p.m. at the Fine Arts Center. Tickets are $10 and are available by calling 471-4017 or www.centerforfinearts.org.

April 23

River Valley Master Gardener plant sale will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fort Smith First Christian Church parking lot, 3501 Rogers Ave. Proceeds from the sale of perennials, hanging baskets, fig trees, thornless blackberries, strawberries, herbs, shrubs and trees will suport the Master Gardener demonstration gardends at the Learing Fields at Chaffee Crossing.

April 26

Arkansas Scholars Banquet hosted by the Van Buren Chamber of Commerce will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Commons of Van Buren High School.

April 28

Free public lecture by international garden writer Felder Rushing will be held at 7 p.m. at the Fort Smith Convention Center, hosted by River Valley Master Gardeners in celebration of their 25th anniversary. Preceding the lecture, an open house at the Master Gardeners’ Learning Fields at Chaffee Crossing, 7300 Gardeners Ave., will begin at 2 p.m., with guided tours every 30 minutes. Rushing’s appearance is sponsored by Siebenmorgen & Associates-Ameriprise Financial.

April 30

Boys and Girls Club of Van Buren’s fourth annual Life’s an Uphill Run 5k and one-mile walk will begin at 8 a.m. at the club, 1403 City Park Road. Check-in is at 7.

May 1

Hight Cemetery will hold decoration at 2 p.m.

May 7

Cedarville Farmers Market will open for the season from 7:30 a.m. to noon. It is held at the Old Rock Schoolhouse.

May 15

New Cemetery in Mulberry will hold decoration at 2 p.m.

May 17

Crawford County Adult Education Center, 605 Alma Boulevard Circle, will host a free career fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring a resume to connect with local employers, schools and community resources.

May 19

Love Cemetery will host a decoration day service at 2 p.m. It will be preceded by a brief business meeting conducted by Reeca Campbell, secretary-treasurer. The upkeep fund for both mowing and fence repair is at BancorpSouth in Alma. Donations also may be mailed to BancorpSouth, P.O. Box 147, Fort Smith, AR 72902.

Miscellaneous

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.

Cowboy Mounted Shooting practices are the second and fourth Sundays at 6 p.m. at the fairgrounds arena in Mulberry. Call 414-4507 or 926-0247.

Crawford County Volunteers for Literacy, 513 Main Street 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.

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 will be 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, not only VFW members. 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 Writers Group meets at several locations. Call Judy Bossarte, (479) 208-2164.

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.

Weekly

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.

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 scriptual 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.

Monthly

First week

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.

Dyer hosts a community breakfast 7-11 a.m. the first Saturday at the Dyer Community Building. Cost is $5.

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 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 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. Call Post Commander Earl Duty, (479) 670-3836.

Women’s Ministries of 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.

Second week

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 Keith Greene, (479) 632-3488.

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 SPMI building, 1700 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.

Third week

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.

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.

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.

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.

Women’s Literary Club meets the third Monday 1 p.m. at 421 Webster in downtown Van Buren, September through May.

Fourth week

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.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1322 Ladies Auxiliary meets at 6:30 p.m. the fourth Monday at 23 N. 20th St., Van Buren.