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April 16

Mountainburg Pre-K and kindergarten pre-registration will be held at Mountainburg Elementary School beginning at 8 a.m. with a parent meeting with student activities beginning at 8:30 a.m. Kindergartners must be 5-years-old on or before Aug. 1 and parents should bring copies of the child’s birth certificate, social security card and physical/wellness check. Pre-K requirements are that the child should be 3-years-old on or before Aug. 1 and parents should bring copies of the child’s birth certificate, social security card, physical/wellness check and proof of income (copy of 2013 tax return). For information call the school, (479) 369-2762.

Preschool Story Time will be held at the Alma Public Library from 10 to 11 a.m. There will be an Easter egg hunt. Call 632-4140.

Preschool Story Time will be held at the Cedarville Public Library at 10 a.m. with an Easter party. Call 410-1853.

Preschool Story Time and Homeschool Activity will be held at the Mountainburg Public Library at 10:30 a.m. There will be an Easter party and egg hunt. Refreshments will be served. Call 369-1600.

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

Alma Public Library will hold a teen gardening program at 4 p.m. to teach teens how to start a vegetable garden. Call 632-4140.

April 17

Homeschool Hour will be held at 1:30 p.m. at the Van Buren Public Library. Call 474-6045.

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

Teen Time will be held at the Cedarville Public Library at 3:30 p.m. Call 410-1853.

Alma Public Library will hold an egg hunt at 4 p.m. Call 632-4140.

April 18

Center for Art and Education in Van Buren will hold Art Night Out, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Cost of $50 includes supplies. Registration is required. Call 474-7767 or email owen@art-ed.org.

Alma Public Library will hold a scrapbooking activity from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 632-4140.

Van Buren Public Library will hold a crochet and knitting class from 10 a.m. to noon. Bring yarn and a size G or H hook.

April 19

Miss Cedarville Pageant will be held at 3 p.m. in the Cedarville High School cafeteria for girls birth through 12th grade. School-aged children must reside in the Cedarville School District or attend Cedarville schools. Contact Jennifer Nolan, 474-5073 or jnolan@cedarvilleschools.org.

Mt. Olive United Methodist Church, 500 Jefferson St. in Van Buren, will hold a free Easter egg hunt from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be food, prizes and a bounce-around.

J.R.’s Country Gospel Variety Show will be held at the King Opera House at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door. Call 474-2426.

Morrison Cemetery Association will hold a workday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. to straighten and clean headstones and complete general spring maintenance. Volunteers are asked to bring shovels, hoes, rakes and pry bars. Supplies to clean headstones will be furnished. A light lunch will be served at noon. Call (501) 351-2860.

Friends of the Alma Public Library will hold a book sale beginning at 8 a.m. Call 632-4140.

April 21

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

April 22

Garden Gate Garden Club will meet at 1 p.m. at Bonneville House at 318 N. Seventh St. in Fort Smith. Hostesses will be Mary Campbell, Donna Massey and Lynne Rotert.

Van Buren Public Library will observe Earth Day. There will be seed packages and chances to win a prize.

Tweenology will be held at the Mountainburg Public Library from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. Call 369-1600.

Toddler Story Time will be held at the Mulberry Public Library at 11 a.m. There will be stories, crafts, games and snacks.

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

April 23

Preschool Story Time will be held at the Alma Public Library from 10 to 11 a.m. Call 632-4140.

Preschool Story Time will be held at the Cedarville Public Library at 10 a.m. Call 410-1853.

Preschool Story Time and Homeschool Activity will be held at the Mountainburg Public Library at 10:30 a.m. Refreshments will be served. Call 369-1600.

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

Alma Public Library will hold a gaming event for teens at 4 p.m. Call 632-4140.

Alma Public Library will hold World Book Night Story Time at 5 p.m. Call 632-4140.

April 24

Crawford County Hospital Board of Governors will hold its quarterly meeting at 6 p.m. in the conference room at Summit Medical Center.

April 25

Van Buren School District will host kindergarten registration for the 2014-15 school year, beginning at 8 a.m. Parents will report to the elementary school in the zone where they reside.

Mountainburg Elementary PTO will hold its first Basket Bingo Bash from 5:30 to 9 p.m. There will be bingo, a silent auction, refreshments and chances to win a variety of themed baskets. Money raised will go towards needed school playground improvements.

April 25-26

Korezak’s Children, a live presentation in conjunction with Van Buren and Alma school districts’ “Month of Holocaust” (part of “River Valley Remembers”), will be held at the King Opera House April 25 at 7 p.m. and April 26 at 3 and 7 p.m. Ticket prices to be announced. Call 474-2426.

April 26

Music Fest on Main Street will be held in downtown Van Buren beginning at 3 p.m. Admission is free. Bring lawn chairs. Call (479) 650-4742.

Girls Inc. of Fort Smith, 1415 Old Greenwood Road, will hold its 80th birthday celebration at 2 p.m.

Summit Medical Center Auxiliary, East Main and South 20th streets in Van Buren, will host an AARP driver safety class from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The course is open to drivers of any age. All participants will receive a certificate of completion, which is good for a three-year period. Fee is $20 per person; $15 for AARP members with proof of membership. There are no tests. To register, call (479) 474-9660.

April 29

Arkansas Citizens Against Clean Line Energy will meet at 6 p.m. at the Mulberry fair grounds. More information will be available on the group’s website, which is under construction, www.arblockcleanline.com.

May 2-3

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

May 3

Tractor Supply in Van Buren will host a 4-H Carnival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to promote the 4-H program in Crawford County. Register online at www.bgcofvb.org. Call (479) 474-9401.

Life Is an Uphill 5k run/one-mile walk will begin at 8 a.m. at the Van Buren Boys and Girls Club in the city park.

VFW Robert Jack Post No. 1322, 23 N. 20th St. in Van Buren, will hold a garage sale from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations will be accepted at the post May 2 between 6 and 8 p.m. Call Todd Willey, (479) 857-6069, or Renee Mansfield, (479) 208-2702.

Little Miss Western Arkansas Princess Pageant will be held at 10 a.m. at Barling Elementary School. Pageant is open to all girls birth through 12-years-old. Entry fee is $50 with an optional grand supreme entry of an additional $25. This will be formal wear only. Photogenic and side awards will be presented at no extra add-on fees. Entry deadline is April 25. Proceeds will benefit the Miss Western Arkansas Preliminary Pageant Scholarship Fund. Entry forms can be downloaded from the Little Miss Western Arkansas Pageant group on Facebook. For information, contact Sue Holcomb at (479) 651-4534 or sueh_78@yahoo.com.

Natural Dam will hold its first Dutch oven cook-off at the community center. Cooks will meet at 9 a.m. To register, contact Rheaba Goebel at (479) 461-1807 or rheabagoebel@gmail.com.

May 4

Hight Cemetery in the Pleasant View community will hold its decoration service at 2 p.m.

Steward Cemetery in Lancaster will hold decoration at noon. There will be a potluck and business meeting. Call Michael Brammer, (479) 459-6453.

Shamrock and Kimbler cemeteries will hold decoration. For information or to donate money for cemetery upkeep, call Connie Wells, (479) 292-5321.

May 10

Little Mr. and Miss Van Buren Pageant, sponsored by the Van Buren High School 2014 Project Graduation, will begin at 10 a.m. at the Van Buren Fine Arts Center. Age divisions are: Mr. and Miss Teeny Van Buren, birth through 3 years; Mr. and Miss Petite Van Buren, preschool through kindergarten; Mr. and Miss Tiny Van Buren, first through second grades; Miss Little Van Buren, third through fifth grades; and Miss Junior Van Buren, sixth through eighth grades. Application deadline is May 2. Applications may be picked up at any Van Buren elementary or middle school, Alicson’s Wonderland on Main Street in Van Buren or at the Municipal Complex in the mayor’s office. For an emailed application contact havnsumfun@cox.net.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets Mondays from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Van Buren Community Center, 814 Drennen St. Call (479) 522-0525, (479) 459-2273, (479) 221-7349 or (918) 498-2029.

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 Todd Willey, (479) 857-6069, or Renee Mansfield, (479) 208-2702.

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.

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 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.

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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