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In and around - April 2, 2014

April 5

Natural Dam Community Center will host a fish fry beginning at 5 p.m. Cost is $7 for fish, hushpuppies, coleslaw, pinto beans, dessert and a drink. To-go orders will be available.

Van Buren Farmers Market will open in the Van Buren Public Library parking lot. Market will run through December. Call Rachel Thomas, (479) 218-2316.

April 5, 12

Crawford County Election Commission will hold election training for all poll workers at 9 a.m. at the Crawford County Emergency Operations Center building at 1820 Chestnut St., Van Buren. Poll workers are required to attend one. For more information call Chitwood at 652-2003, Bruce Coleman at 806-6825 or Bill Taylor at 650-9955.

April 6

Crawford County Chronicles will be held at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the Drennen-Scott Historic Site. Site director and history professor Tom Wing will present a program on Crawford County and the Mexican War. Reservations are required and may be made by calling (479) 262-2750 or emailing tom.wing@uafs.edu.

April 11

Kiwanis Club ninth annual Kids and the Community Golf Classic will be held at Eagle Crest in Alma. Entry fee is $75 per player or $300 for a four-man team. Registration deadline is April 7. Call (479) 883-3146.

April 11-12

“The Woman In Black, A Ghost Play,” will be presented at the King Opera House at 7:30 p.m. Prices will be announced. Call 474-2426.

Spring Fling Craft Show will be held at the VFW building, 23 N. 20th St. in Van Buren, Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Show will be hosted by the VFW Auxiliary. There will be many handmade and homemade items available for purchase. For booth information call Judy Scott, (479) 883-9191.

April 12

Van Buren Lions Club’s annual pancake breakfast will be 8 to 11 a.m. at the Van Buren High School Career Center, North 24th and Baldwin streets. Cost is $4 for adults; childen 6 and under eat free when accompanied by an adult. Proceeds go to the club’s program to provide free eye exams and glasses to local residents who cannot afford them. For tickets call Dorvan Wiley at 414-6605, Joe Ryan at 474-1201 or Ernie Schimmelman at 461-2008.

April 13

Our Diamond Miss Pageant will be held at 2 p.m. at the King Opera House. Call (479) 651-5899.

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.

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. Applications may be picked up in each school office. Registration deadline is April 11. Entry fee is $35 and a picture must be turned in for the program. Fee includes a crown for each contestant, a program and a free adult admission. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 (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.

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.

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 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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