Feb. 25

Garden Gate Garden Club will meet at 1 p.m. at the Van Buren Public Library, 1409 Main St. Jean Sabatier and Vesta Everitt will be hostesses.

Preschool Story Time will be held at the Alma Public Library at 10 a.m. Stories will be about friendship and kids can craft friendship bracelets. Call 632-4140.

Preschool Story Time will be held at the Cedarville Public Library at 10 a.m. Stories will be about Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Call 410-1853.

Preschool Story Time will be held at the Van Buren Public Library at 9:30 and 11 a.m. Call 474-6045.

Teen Time will be held at the Van Buren Public Library at 3:30 p.m. with science experiments and cooking. Call 474-6045.

Feb. 26

C-SCDC will hold its board of directors meeting at 6 p.m. at the main office building, 4831 Armour St. in Fort Smith.

Pre-Contest Choir Concert for the Van Buren middle schools will be held at the Fine Arts Center from 7 to 9 p.m.

Van Buren Public Library will hold an all-ages activity at 3:30 p.m. Call 474-6045.

Cedarville Public Library will hold movie time for children at 3:30 p.m. to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Call 410-1853.

Feb. 28

Rocky Top 4-H Club will hold its third annual chili cookoff at the Mountainburg High School cafeteria. Entry fee is $10. Cost to eat is $5 per person and kids 10 and under eat free. There will also be a silent auction and pie auction. Call Luann Wise, (479) 217-0280, or Dustin Biery, (479) 217-0810.

Southern Gospel Celebration will be held at the Van Buren Fine Arts Center from 6 to 10 p.m. Concert will feature Karen Peck & New River, Mark Bishop and the Perry’s. Tickets are $26 for V.I.P., $21 for the floor and $18 for the balcony.

The Call in Crawford and Sebastian Counties will host a Bunco Night 5-7 p.m. at Grace Community Church in Fort Smith. Cost is $10 per persons and donations will be accepted. RSVP at (479) 462-3244.

March 2

Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center, 8300 Wells Lake Road in Fort Smith will hold a complete beekeeping short course from 6 to 9 p.m. The course is sponsored by the Western Arkansas Eastern Oklahoma Beekeepers Association. Pre-registration is required, along with a bee club membership. Membership fee is $12 for a single person or $18 per family per calendar year. Class size is limited. For information, email dannylbrewer@aol.com or call/text (479) 208-9949 and leave a message.

March 6-7

Applause Dance Competition will be held at the Van Buren Fine Arts Center March 6 from 4 to 10 p.m. and March 7 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

March 7

King Elementary School will host the 10th annual Run With the Knights, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Entry fee is $25 for the USA Track and Field certified race. Students 18 and under are charged $10. Children 8 and under can participate in the Fun Run free of charge. Contact Jennifer Almond at (479) 474-2661 or jalmond@vbsd.us, Karen Wallace at (479) 208-1948 or karen.wallace@vbsd.us or Renee Risley at (479) 474-2661 or rrisley@vbsd.us.

King Opera House will hold an evening of gospel music with the Parnalls, Diamond State Trio, the Heydenrich Family and the Kizers in concert at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at Solid Rock and Revelation bookstores and are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Call (479) 650-9988 or (479) 459-2863.

March 8

New Creation will perform at 11 a.m. at Locke Freewill Baptist Church.

March 13-14

Butterfield Church will hold its 2015 Ladies’ Conference with doors opening at 6 p.m. March 13 and service at 7. Breakfast is at 8:15 a.m. March 14 with service at 9 a.m. Call the church at (479) 474-4410.

March 19

Cedarville Kindergarten Pre-Registration for the 2015-16 school year will be from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the elementary school. To be eligible for enrollment, the child must be 5-years-old on or before Aug. 1. Documents needed include: birth certificate, Social Security card, up-to-date immunizations and written proof of physical evaluation. Call Cedarville Elementary School, (479) 474-5073, or the Cedarville school-based health clinic, (479) 235-3025.

March 21

J.R.’s Country Gospel Singers with the Rubber Band will be at the King Opera House at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5.

March 28

Second annual 4-H Clover 5K and fun run will begin at 8:30 a.m. in Mulberry to kick off the Edamame Festival. Registration is 7-8 a.m. Call (479) 474-5286 or nharding@uaex.edu.

Miss Edamame Pageant will be held during the Edamame Festival in Mulberry at 1 p.m. Check in will be at 12:30. Pageant will be an outfit of choice wear only; no pageant dresses. There will be nine age categories. Entry form and rules are available at www.pageantgypsy.weebly.com or call Marla Keady at (479) 632-3500. Entry deadline is March 20. Entry fee is $25.

Lost in the ’50s Music Show will be held at 6 p.m. at the King Opera House. Tickets are $10. Call (479) 649-8803.

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 though 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.

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.

Weekly

AA meetings are held Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. at Concord Baptist Church in Van Buren and at 7 p.m. Mondays and Fridays in the ground floor conference room at Summit Medical 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 in the Community Center.

Wednesday Lunch Bunch meets 10:30 a.m. in the Center for Arts and Education, 104 N. 13th in Van Buren. Fee is $3.

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, beginning Feb. 6. 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 7:30 p.m., with dinner preceding at 6:30.

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 and ladies auxiliary meets 6:30 p.m., the first Monday at 23 N. 20th St., Van Buren. Call Post Commander Earl Duty, (479) 670-3836, or Renee Mansfield, (479) 208-2702.

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. For information, 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.

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.

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.

Diabetes Support Group meets 5 p.m. the third Tuesday in Summit Medical Center’s conference room. Call Katie Whitlow at 471-4345.

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.

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.

Summit Medical Center 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.

Van Buren Public Library Board meets 4 p.m. the fourth Thursday in the library, 1409 Main St.

Information on upcoming events will be published on a space-available basis within 30 days preceding the event, for non-profit groups and organizations meeting in Crawford County only. Submit pertinent information to: In and Around, Press Argus-Courier, P.O. Box 369, Van Buren, AR 72957, fax to 471-5607, or e-mail to: jmcclure@pressargus.com.