Alma will have its Mayor’s July 3rd Celebration with fireworks and a late night swim at the Alma Aquatic Park. There will be food vendors and entertainment. For more information call (479) 632-4110.
Preschool Story Time will be held at the Alma Public Library at 10 a.m. Call 632-4140.
Cherokee Folk Tales program will be held at the Alma Public Library at 11 a.m. with Robert Lewis from the Cherokee Nation sharing Cherokee folklore. Call 632-4140.
Childrens Story Time will be held at the Van Buren Public Library from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon. Call 474-6045.
Teen Time will be held at the Van Buren Public Library from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Call 474-6045.
Teen Scene will be held at 3 p.m. at the Alma Public Library to make T-shirts based on the book, "Percy Jackson," by Rick Riordan. Call 632-4140.
Childrens Story Time will be held at the Mountainburg Public Library from 10 to 11 a.m. Kids who read 25 books will earn a prize from the treasure chest and the child who reads the most books during the month will get a trophy at the end-of-summer party July 31.
Summer Science Fun will be held at the Mountainburg Public Library from noon to 1 p.m. Call 369-1600.
Teenology will be held at the Mountainburg Public Library from 2 to 3 p.m. Call 369-1600.
Teens Summer Reading Program will be held each Thursday from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Cedarville Public Library. Call 410-1853.
Adult Summer Reading Program will be held at the Mountainburg Public Library. Participants should submit an entry form each time four books, eBooks or audio books from the Mountainburg library are read or listened to, and participants will be entered into a drawing for a Cracker Barrel gift card. Drawing will be held July 31. Call 369-1600.
Van Buren will hold a fireworks display at dark at the Field of Dreams Sports Complex. Activity will begin at 7 p.m. with free soft drinks and popcorn and music by Sam Bradley.
Mountainburg’s fireworks celebration will be held just after dark at the old truck stop on exit 39 off I-540. For more information call (479) 369-2791.
Living Word Church, 1445 Arkansas 282, will hold a Fourth of July celebration from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. There will be hot dogs, hamburgers and home-made ice cream with music by Vernie Heyenreigh Singers, John Ross Family and Living Word Singers. Pastor is George Lynn. Call (479) 474-4800.
Mountainburg Public Library will hold a game day from 1 to 3 p.m. for participants to play DVD, Wii and board games. Call 369-1600.
Redwork and Embroidery Club will meet at 10 a.m. at the Van Buren Public Library. Call 474-6045.
Van Buren Public Library will hold Friday fun from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. with Wii, board and card games and Legos. Call 474-6045.
Summit Medical Center Auxiliary will hold a garage sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Crawford County Extension Office, 105 Pointer Trail West. Proceeds will go to the group’s scholarship fund.
Gospel Music Fest, presented by God’s Anchor Church, will be held at 5 p.m. at the King Opera House with Diamond State Trio, Pardoned and Weston and Christy Hinson. Tickets are $15 for the lower level and $10 for the balcony. Call (479) 651-8907.
Books 2 Movies Matinee will be held at the Van Buren Public Library at 11 a.m. Movie is rated PG-13. Kids under 13 should be accompanied by a parent. Call 474-6045.
Drennen-Scott lecture series will continue at the Drennen-Scott Historic Site from 2 to 4 p.m. Limited seating is available. Call (479) 262-2750 or email email@example.com for reservations.
A driver’s education class will be held at Cedarville High School from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each weekday. Cost is $150 per student. For more information call (479) 474-7021.
Summit Medical Center will hold a community blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call Diana Weir, 471-4300, or visit www.arkbi.org.
Crawford County Clerks Office will hold a ballot draw at 10 a.m. for all school board candidates with an opponent for the next school election. For those who can not be there, an election commissioner will draw for them.
An opening reception will be 5-7 p.m. at the Center for Art and Education, 104 N. 13th St., Van Buren, for the Main Gallery exhibits of Mary Dryburgh and Michael Ellison and the Studio Gallery paintings of Dan Thornhill.
Elvis tribute artist Brent Giddens and Lost in the 50s Tribute Artists group will be at the King Opera House July 13 for a Wounded Warrior fundraiser. Show starts at 5:30 p.m. with Giddens to perform at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call (479) 649-8803.
Tipton-Smith family reunion will be held at Pleasant Valley Church of Christ, 6020 Kibler Road, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Potluck lunch will be served at noon. Call Mitchell Tipton, (479) 414-8604.
Pope Cemetery board will meet at 7 p.m. to elect a new board member.
J.R.’s Country Gospel Variety Show will be held at 7 p.m. at the King Opera House in Van Buren. Tickets are $5 at the door. Call 474-2426.
The Representative Quartet will be in concert at 7 p.m. at the King Opera House in Van Buren. Tickets are $10. Call (501) 412-6002 or visit www.therepresentativesquartet.net.
The annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast hosted by Kiwanis Club of Van Buren will be 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Commons at Van Buren High School. Josh Foliart will be guest speaker.
An opening reception will be 5-7 p.m. at the Center for Art and Education, 104 N. 13th St., Van Buren, for the Main Gallery paintings of Jane Weir Davidian. The Studio Gallery will feature the Dog Days Art Contest exhibit.
The 45th reunion of the 1968 class of Van Buren High School will include a dinner and dance 6-11 p.m. at Fianna Hills Country Club. Open to all former VBHS students and facility, cost is $20 per person and $40 per couple if received by July 20; $25 per person and $50 couple after July 20. Send reservations to Andy Neal, 1206 Northview Drive, Van Buren, AR 72956.
Elvis Presley tribute artist Donny Edwards will perform at the Van Buren School District Fine Arts Center, 2001 East Pointer Trail, from 7 to 10 p.m.
Country music show will be held at the King Opera House in Van Buren at 6 p.m. Tickets are $8. Call (918) 208-6570.
Taste of Crawford County will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. in the Commons at Van Buren High School. TOCC benefits Court Appointed Special Advocates of Crawford County. Food and non-food vendors interested in participating may contact CASA at (479) 474-8502 or (479) 474-4300.
The 126th annual Red Hill Singing Convention will begin at 11 a.m. at Mountainburg Senior Center. Bring a covered dish. Call Ben Dyer at (479) 650-9850.
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 held 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. CCVL will also host an introductory class for buying or selling on eBay, utilizing its new computer lab obtained from a grant from Dollar General. Dates and times will be established depending upon community interest. 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.
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.
Sparky’s Country Music Show is held Saturdays and karaoke on Fridays from 7 to 10 p.m. at 4918 Alma Highway behind Dub’s Convenience Store. Call 461-9768.
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 Sheila Parochka at 474-5064 or Judy Bossarte at 474-3733.
AA meetings are held Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. at Concord Baptist Church in Van Buren.
AA meets at 7 p.m. Monday and Fridays in the ground floor conference room at Summit Medical Center.
Alma Rotary Club meets Wednesdays at noon at the Alma Community Center.
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.
Cedarville Farm and Flea Market will be held from 7 a.m. to noon Saturdays at the Old Rock School Building on Arkansas 59. Vendors are welcome. Call Patsy Blain, 474-2120, or Stephanie Paschall, 651-2339.
Citizenship classes are offered at the Crawford County Adult Education Center, Mondays, 6 to 8 p.m. Call 471-0019.
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 Shibley Baptist Church, 1136 Shibley 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 Tuesday at Sisters Gourmet Bistro in Van Buren.
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 meets Mondays at 5:30 p.m. at the Van Buren Community Center. Call (479) 434-4010.
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.
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.
Natural Dam Volunteer Fire Department meets the first Thursday at 7 p.m. at the station on Arkansas 59.
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 Todd Willey, (479) 857-6069, or Renee Mansfield, (479) 208-2702.
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.
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 meets the second Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Cove City Station.
Friends of the Alma Public Library meets the scond Monday in the Alma Public Library. Call 632-4140.
Kibler Community 4-H Club meets at the Alma Public Library the second Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
Natural Dam Community Center meets the second Thursday at 7 p.m. at the community center.
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 Extention 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.
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.
Mt. Olive Church, 500 Jefferson St. in Van Buren, serves a free community meal the third Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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.
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 Saturday at 11 a.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.
River Valley Museum of Van Buren Inc. meets 5:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday in the Municipal Complex.
Summit Medical Center Auxiliary meets 1 p.m. the fourth Thursday in the hospital conference room. Call 471-4344.
Van Buren Public Library Board meets 4 p.m. the fourth Thursday in the library, 1409 Main St.
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