River Valley Master Gardeners Herbal Adventures Committee will host a cookie and candy workshop 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Reynolds Cancer Support House, 3324 S. M St., Fort Smith. Admission is $20 and reservations are required by calling (479) 782-2104.
Teen Time will be held at the Mulberry Public Library from noon to 1 p.m. Call 997-1226.
Nov. 9, 16
Butterfield Church, 1302 N. 30th St. in Van Buren, will hold a "Home Improvement Series" to help strengthen marriages and families at 9 a.m. Call 474-4410.
Rena Elementary School will host a blood drive from 1 to 6 p.m. Call Greg Womack, (479) 652-2362, or visit www.arkbi.org.
13th Annual Van Buren Veterans Day Parade will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Main Street in downtown Van Buren. To volunteer or participate call (479) 652-3374 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Crawford County Retired Teachers Association willl meet at noon at the Van Buren Public Library. Randy Smith will speak on historic Van Buren.
Mt. Olive United Methodist Church in Van Buren will hold a Christmas craft show from 2 to 6 p.m. Spaces are available for craft vendors. A fried chicken lunch will be served from noon to 2 p.m. Cost is $5 per plate. Pre-orders may be placed through Nov. 14 by calling the church at (479) 471-8955, and those pre-ordering will receive $1 off their meal. Proceeds from the event will go to the church’s food pantry and special events funds.
Clear Creek/Alma Chapter of Ducks Unlimited will host its membership banquet at 6 p.m. at Warrens’ Rec Room. There will be a meal, games, auctions and raffles. For tickets, call David Martin at (479) 806-7761.
Crawford County Hospital Board of Governors will meet at 6 p.m. in the conference room of Summit Medical Center.
Women’s Community League of Alma will hold its annual Breakfast With Santa and holiday market from 9 a.m. to noon at the Alma Boys and Girls Club. Breakfast will be $4 for adults and $3 for students. There will be two $250 giveaways. Cost is $1 per each chance or six for $5. Interested vendors for the holiday market should contact Jennifer, (479) 459-3273.
Hopkins Family Reunion will be held at the Natural Dam Community Building from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A covered meal will be served at noon.
Butterfield Church, 1302 N. 30 St. in Van Buren, will hold a missions celebration with special guest speaker Missionary Hulda Buntain at 9 a.m. Call 474-4410.
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. 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.
Van Buren Farmers Market is open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the Van Buren Public Library Wednesdays and Saturdays. Locally grown produce and handmade crafts are available.
Van Buren Lions Club meets at noon the first, third and fourth Wednesdays at Western Sizzlin’ in Van Buren.
Van Buren Veterans Day Parade is being planned Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 6:30 p.m. on Main Street. Volunteers and participants should contact Les Thomas Jr., (479) 652-3374 or email@example.com.
Van Buren Writers Group meets at several locations. Call Judy Bossarte, (479) 208-2164.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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