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In and around - Aug. 28, 2013

Aug. 30

A free concert featuring country singer Caleb Garrett of West Fork will begin at 7 p.m. at Blanche Moore Memorial Park in downtown Van Buren at 718 Main St., across from Sisters Gourmet Bistro. Also performing will be Mace Lee and Amanda Grace.

Alma Walmart will host a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call (877) 340-8777 or visit www.arkbi.org.

Aug. 31

Lee Holland of Van Buren will sign copies of his book, A Chair in Time, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sweet Bay Coffee, 518 N. Plaza Court, Van Buren.

Women’s Community League of Alma will host a household auction at 10 a.m. at Alma First Baptist Church. Proceeds will benefit the Jack’s Snacks program at Alma Primary School, which provides healthy snacks for the primary school students, and Hank’s Helping Hands.

Don Pense family will sing at a benefit for upkeep of the Mt. McCurry Cemetery at 6 p.m. at the Rudy Community Church. Donations will be accepted. Refreshments and chili will be served.

Country style Chester Farmers’ Market and Poultry Swap will be held from 8 a.m. to noon. No vendor fees. Exit 34 off Interstate 540, turn right and proceed into town. It will be in the field across from the Chester Country Café. See Facebook page Chester Farmers Market and Poultry Swap or call Lynne at (858) 361-3430 for more information.

Dora Assembly of God, 4322 Dora Road, will hold an end of summer party from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be bounce-arounds, an inflatable obstacle course, face painting and free hot dogs.

Sept. 1

UAFS Drennen-Scott Lecture Series will be continued at the Drennen-Scott Historic Site in Van Buren from 2 to 4 p.m. Very limited seating available. Call (479) 262-2750 for reservations.

Sept. 2

Pixley-Hunter-Atwell reunion will be held at Zion Youth Camp, 7676 Arkansas 272 in Rudy, beginning at 10 a.m. Potluck meal will be at noon. Call Fern Goldsborrough, (479) 561-5710, or Mary Czarnikow, (479) 222-9464.

Sept. 3

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

Toddler Story Time will be held at the Mulberry Public Library from 11 a.m. to noon. Call 997-1226.

Scrabble Club will meet at the Van Buren Public Library at 1 p.m. Refreshments are provided but participants are asked to bring their own beverage with a lid. Call 474-6045.

Teen Time will be held at the Mulberry Public Library at 3:30 p.m. Call 997-1226.

Teenology will be held at the Mountainburg Public Library at 3:45 p.m. Refreshments will be available. Call 369-1600.

Children’s Science Club will meet at the Alma Public Library from 4 to 5 p.m. Kids will take a walk around the neighborhood to identify different trees and collect leaves to be placed in a nature book. Parents must accompany their children on the walk. Call 632-4140.

Sept. 4

Preschool 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. Snacks will be available. Call 474-6045

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

Preschoolers and Homeschoolers Story Time will be held at the Mountainburg Public Library at 10:30 a.m. Call 369-1600.

Teen Scene will be held at the Alma Public Library from 4 to 5 p.m. Tweens and teens will be able to play Wii games. Call 632-4140.

Sept. 5

Cedarville Public Library will hold a free grandparents craft day from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Refreshments will be available. Call 410-1853.

Van Buren Public Library will hold an after-school activity from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Crafts will be made for Grandparents Day. Call 474-6045.

Alma Public Library will hold an after-school program from 4 to 5 p.m. for kids to build with Legos. Call 632-4140.

Sept. 6

Van Buren Public Library will hold a free crochet class from 10 a.m. to noon. J.W. Hood is the instructor. No sign-up is required. Call 474-6045 for a supply list.

Wii Friday will be held at the Mountainburg Public Library at 3:30 p.m. Other games will be available to play as well. Call 369-1600.

Sept. 7

Tune family reunion will be held at the Rudy Community Building at 10 a.m. There will be a potluck lunch. Attendees are asked to bring old family photos.

Friends of the Van Buren Public Library will hold a yard and book sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. to benefit library programs and technology needs. Donations will be accepted Sept. 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. and Sept. 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Mad Possum casting call will be held for auditions for an informational film about the King Opera House from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Speaking and non-speaking roles will be available. Call (479) 653-6407, visit www.madpossum.com or email contact@madpossum.com.

Sept. 9

Van Buren Public Library will hold a book talk for adults at 7 p.m. Call 474-6045.

Sept. 9-14

Crawford County Fair will be held at Kirksey Park in Mulberry, featuring livestock exhibits, entertainment, food booths, commercial exhibits, a parade, midway, beauty pageants, talent contests and more. Parade will be held Sept. 14 at 11 a.m. For entry information for the parade, call (479) 208-2751. For more information about the fair, call (479) 997-1558 or visit www.thecrawfordcountyfair.com.

Sept. 10

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

Toddler Story Time will be held at the Mulberry Public Library from 11 a.m. to noon. Call 997-1226.

Teen Time will be held at the Mulberry Public Library at 3:30 p.m. Call 997-1226.

Teenology will be held at the Mountainburg Public Library at 3:45 p.m. Refreshments will be available. Call 369-1600.

Children’s Art Club will meet at the Alma Public Library from 4 to 5 p.m. Focus will be on watercolors. Call 632-4140.

Sept. 14

Fifth annual Trivia Night will be held at Northridge Middle School at 6:30 p.m. to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Van Buren. Entry fee is $100 per team due by Sept. 6. There is a 10 person limit per team. There will be door prizes, complimentary dinner and a silent auction. Team names with contact information and fee should be mailed to VBBGC Alumni Association, P.O. Box 141, Van Buren, AR 72957. Call (479) 414-5556 or (479) 461-7865.

Sept. 21

Van Buren High School Class of 1963 will meet at 11 a.m. at the Van Buren Fine Arts Center for a tour of the facilities. Lunch at Heritage United Methodist Church will follow. The class invites all members of the 1960s VBHS graduating classes to join them for the event. Call Tommy Lloyd, (479) 461-9530, or Carol Steward Newton, (479) 461-3649.

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

Sept. 24

A dessert social and Western Arkansas Republican Rally will be 6:30 p.m. at Merle’s Steakhouse in Alma. Guest speaker will be Rep. Steve Womack.

Miscellaneous

Alma High School Class of 1968 is in the process of planning a class reunion to be held Oct. 26. Classmates organizers have been unable to contact include Gary Greenfield, Carol Morris, Alan Riddle, Edith Shores and Debbie Whitworth. For information, call Helen Peters Hamlin, (479) 369-2870.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Monthly

First week

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.

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 scond 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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