Feb. 7

Ladies Day of Shopping event will be held at the Old Rock Schoolhouse in Cedarville from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be more than 15 vendors. Take-out lunch also will be available for purchase. For information call Deb LaRue, (479) 461-9693.

Dyer Women’s Auxiliary will hold an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Dyer Community Building. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for kids 12 and under.

Feb. 9

Van Buren Public Library will hold a book talk at 7 p.m. about "The Rosie Project" by Graeme Simsion. The first 15 attendees will receive a free copy of the book. Call 474-6045.

Senior Movie Monday will be held at the Van Buren Public Library at 1:30 p.m. For the movie title, call 474-6045.

Teen Time will be held at the Van Buren Public Library at 3:30 p.m. There will be different board games available to play. Call 474-6045.

Feb. 10

Pre-Contest Band Concert will be held at the Van Buren School District Fine Arts Center from 7 to 9 p.m.

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

Baby and Me Story Time will be held at the Van Buren Public Library at 10:30 a.m. Call 474-6045.

Preschool Story Time will be held at the Mulberry Public Library at 11 a.m. There will be Valentine stories and crafts. Call 997-1226.

Feb. 11

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

Preschool Story Time will be held at the Alma Public Library at 10 a.m. Kids will be able to craft a Valentine flower. Call 632-4140.

Preschool Story Time will be held at the Cedarville Public Library at 10 a.m. 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.

Feb. 12

Sixth Annual Empty Bowls dinner will be held at Van Buren High School from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cost is $15 and includes a dinner of soup and bread and guests can pick out a handmade ceramic bowl to take home. Proceeds will go to the Community Services Clearinghouse "Meals for Kids" Program. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

Feb. 14

The Gift of Life is the Gift of Love Ice Bucket Challenge, by Nancy Miller, owner of Gift A Quilt in Fort Smith, will be held in front of High Society Resale store, 617 Main St. in Van Buren, at 9 a.m. The challenge is to help benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Goal is to reach $3,000. To donate, visit www.giftaquilt.com. Call Nancy at (479) 785-2862.

Feb. 15

Our Diamond Miss Pageant will be held at the King Opera House at 2 p.m. Admission is free. Call (479) 459-1796.

Little Miss Van Buren rehearsal will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Van Buren School District Fine Arts Center.

Feb. 16 and 23, 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.

Feb. 19-20

Miss Van Buren High School rehearsal will be held at the Van Buren School District Fine Arts Center from 5 to 7 p.m.

Feb. 21

Miss Van Buren High School Pageant will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Van Buren Fine Arts Center.

A pancake breakfast hosted by the Cedarville Events Committee will be from 7:30 to 11 a.m. at the Old Rock School. Cost is free; however, non-perishable food items for the senior center and cash for future community events will be accepted.

Dyer Women’s Auxiliary will hold Bingo at 6 p.m. at the Dyer Community Building. Participants are asked to bring an inexpensive gift. Concessions will be available.

Feb. 22

Little Miss Van Buren Pageant will be held at the Van Buren Fine Arts Center from 2 to 4 p.m.

Feb. 24

Pre-Contest Choir Concert for Van Buren High School and the Freshman Academy will be held at the Fine Arts Center from 7 to 8 p.m.

Feb. 26

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

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.

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.

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, Tuesday and Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Call 471-0019.

GED classes are offered at the Crawford County Adult Education Center, Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 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.