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Dec. 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. There will be stories, rhymes and a craft and will feature police work. Kids will also get to see the inside of a police car. Call 474-6045.

Preschool Story Time will be held at the Alma Public Library from 10 to 11 a.m. There will be stories and crafts about bears. Call 632-4140.

Preschool Story Time will be held at the Cedarville Public Library from 10 to 11 a.m. There will be stories about the beach and a jellyfish craft. Call 410-1853.

Preschool and Homeschool Story Time will be held at the Mountainburg Public Library from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Call 369-1600.

Teen Craft Time will be held at the Van Buren Public Library from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Call 474-6045.

Teen Scene will be held at the Alma Public Library at 4 p.m. Call 632-4140.

Dec. 4-31

Van Buren’s yard waste department will provide curbside pickup for bagged leaves within the city limits. For more information, call 471-5009.

Dec. 5

WAEDA board of directors will meet at noon at Big Jake’s Restaurant in Van Buren.

C-SCDC board of directors will meet at 6 p.m. at the main office building, 4831 Armour St. in Fort Smith.

Van Buren Public Library will hold an activity for homeschoolers from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Call 474-6045.

Teen Time will be held at the Cedarville Public Library from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Call 410-1853.

Van Buren Public Library will hold an after-school activity to make Christmas crafts from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Call 474-6045.

Alma Public Library will hold an after-school activity at 4 p.m. to make Christmas crafts. Call 632-4140.

Dec. 6

Drennen-Scott Historic Site will hold a Christmas Open House celebration from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Limited parking is available at the site. Additional parking is available at the Crawford County Courthouse.

Northside High School classes of 1950 and 1951 will have a reunion at 6:30 p.m. at Big Jake’s in Van Buren. Call Margie King Garner, 474-5360.

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. Call 474-6045.

Alma Public Library will hold a Christmas Open House from 5 to 6 p.m. There will be hot chocolate, baked goods, raffles and door prizes. Proceeds will benefit the library. Call 632-4140.

Dec. 6-8

King Opera House will host a production of “A Christmas Carol,” presented by Earthen Vessels Drama Company Dec. 6 at 7 p.m., Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Dec. 8 at 2:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for children 5-12 and, if still available, at the door they will be $6 for adults and $5 for children. Call (479) 997-2290.

Dec. 7

Living Windows, Lighting of the Courthouse and Festival of Trees will be held at the Crawford County Courthouse and historic Main Street in downtown Van Buren. Living Windows will begin at 5:30 p.m., lighting of the courthouse at 6 p.m. and Festival of Trees will follow the courthouse lighting ceremony. For information on Living Windows call 471-8112, for lighting of the courthouse call 474-1511, or for the Festival of Trees call 474-2761.

Dec. 7-8

Christmas Open House will be Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Old Rock School Gift Shop in the Cedarville Community Center. There will be local, handmade gifts available for purchase and the annual quilt raffle. Call (479) 471-1445.

Dec. 7-17

Center for Art and Education will host the annual Holiday Market and Unframed Art Sale.

Dec. 8

Dyer Community Building will host a fund raiser for Dyer Police Chief Dan Stilwell for his medical expenses. There will be a chili supper and a cake and pie auction beginning at 4 p.m.

Dec. 9

Van Buren Public Library will hold Wii time for teens from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Call 474-6045.

Dec. 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 with Santa will be held at the Mulberry Public Library at 11 a.m. Call 997-1226.

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

Teen Time will be held at the Van Buren Public Library from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Call 474-6045.

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

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

Dec. 11

Preschool Story Time will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon. There will be stories, rhymes and crafts that will feature the color green. Call 474-6045.

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

Preschool Story Time will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Alma Public Library. There will be stories and crafts all about cats. Call 632-4140.

Christmas Story Time will be held at the Mountainburg Public Library from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. There will be songs, a craft, hot chocolate, cookies and a free book for the kids. Call 369-1600.

Teen Craft Time will be held at the Van Buren Public Library from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Call 474-6045.

Teen Scene will be held at the Alma Public Library from 4 to 5 p.m. Call 632-4140.

Dec. 12

Young Christian Musicians Ensemble will perform at 7 p.m. at the King Opera House in Van Buren. Call 474-2426.

Dec. 14

Van Buren Christmas Parade will be held on historic Main Street at 6:30 p.m. Entries must be lighted. Call 474-2761.

Dec. 18

Jingle Jam concert by Momentum Church will be held at the Van Buren Fine Arts Center from 6 to 9 p.m. Call 471-4017.

Dec. 20

Kopy Katz Music Show will be held at the King Opera House at 6 p.m. Tickets are $8. Call (918) 775-6029.

Dec. 20-21

Van Buren High School Choir’s Madrigal Dinner will be held at 7 p.m. at the Van Buren Fine Arts Center. Call 471-4017 or visit www.centerforfinearts.org.

Dec. 21

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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