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 snacks and a craft. Call 474-6045.
Preschool Story Time will be held at the Alma Public Library from 10 to 11 a.m. Children will make valentine cards and a box to keep their valentines. Call 632-4140.
Toddler Story Time will be held at the Cedarville Public Library from 10 to 11 a.m. 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.
Mountainburg Public Library will hold an activity for kids to make valentine crafts from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Call 369-1600.
Teen Time will be held at the Alma Public Library from 4 to 5 p.m. Call 632-4140.
City Heights Elementary School will hold a blood drive from 1:30 to 6 p.m. Call (877) 340-8777 or visit www.arkbi.org.
Crawford County Conservation District will hold a poultry producer meeting at the Farm Bureau County Office, 3430 Kibler Road, Van Buren. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m., with a chicken dinner at 6 and program at 6:30. Topics to be discussed include farm bill programs/ag energy initiatives, nutrient management plans/litter analysis and feral hogs. County poultry producers will also have the opportunity to register their poultry operations for 2014. RSVP to (479) 474-2281.
Homeschool Hour will be held at the Van Buren Public Library at 1:30 p.m. There will be games and snacks. Call 474-6045.
Cedarville Public Library will show a teen movie from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Call 410-1853.
Mulberry Public Library will hold an activity to make valentine crafts from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Call 997-1226.
Van Buren Public Library will hold an activity to make valentine crafts from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Call 474-6045.
Alma Public Library will show an after-school movie at 4 p.m. Call 632-4140.
Gold Country Band will host a free Valentine’s dance at the Arkansas Retired Military Association in Fort Smith at 7 p.m. There is no cover fee. For information visit www.goldcountryband.com or visit the band’s Facebook page.
Mountainburg Elementary School will host a blood drive from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the school gym. Call (877) 340-8777 or visit www.arkbi.org.
Redwork and Embroidery Club will meet at the Van Buren Public Library from 1 to 3 p.m. Call 474-6045.
Van Buren Public Library will hold movie time at 3:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Call 474-6045.
Miss Van Buren High School pageant will be held at the Van Buren Fine Arts Center at 7 p.m. Call 471-4017 or visit www.centerforfinearts.org.
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.
Little Miss and Mr. Sweetheart Pageant will be held at 2 p.m. at the King Opera House in Van Buren. Call (479) 414-9372.
Center for Art and Education will hold an opening reception for the works of Don Lee and Cathy Mason from 1 to 4 p.m.
Van Buren Chamber of Commerce’s businesss after hours will be 5:15-6:30 p.m. at United Federal Credit Union, 1924 Fayetteville Road.
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A three-part beginning beekeepking class will be 6-9 p.m. at the Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center. There is no charge for the classes sponsored by the Western Arkansas Eastern Oklahoma Beekeepers Association. Call Danny Brewer at (479) 208-9949.
Cedarville Elementary School will hold a blood drive from 1:45 to 6:15 p.m. Call (877) 340-8777 or visit www.arkbi.org.
Liverpool Legends Beatles Show will be held at 8 p.m. at the Van Buren Fine Arts Center. Tickets range from $15-25. Call 471-4017 or visit www.centerforfinearts.org.
Opening reception for the “Stout Hearted Men of Art” display by Bill Hart and George Kountoupis will be 1 to 4 p.m. at the Center for Art and Education, 104 N. 13th St., Van Buren. The display will be in both the main and studio galleries March 2-28.
Harlem Ambassadors professional show basketball team will challenge the Crawford County Dawgs at 7 p.m. at the Van Buren High School gym. Tickets at $10 for aduls, $5 for children 12 and under. Proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Van Buren and Alma.
Center for Art and Education will hold its annual 5X5 Gala at the Fort Smith City Center. Tickets are $75. Call 474-7767.
Let My Light Shine Girls Event will be held at the King Opera House in Van Buren for girls ages 9-13. There will be speakers, seminars and a fashion show. Call 474-2288.
The 22nd Miss Mountainburg Scholarship Pageant will be held at 6 p.m. at the Mountainburg High School cafeteria for girls in ninth through 12th grades attending MHS. The pageant is a fundraiser for the MHS prom. The Little Miss Mountainburg Pageant, for girls Pre-K through eighth grades, will be held at 10 a.m. in the MHS cafeteria. Contestants must in enrolled in Mountainburg schools. Entry fee is $25. Call (479) 369-4506 or email email@example.com.
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.
Lost in the 50s Show with tribute artists will be held at 6 p.m. at the King Opera House. Tickets are $10. Call (479) 649-8803.
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.
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 Public Library is hosting a cultural story time at 10:30 a.m. each Saturday in February in partnership with the Van Buren School District’s world languages department as part of Discover Languages Month. Crafts, music and snacks will be incorporates as part of the story time events. Feb. 15 will be Spanish and Feb. 22 will be German.
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.
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.
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. February speaker is Randy Smith of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home.
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.
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.
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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