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March 8

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.

Natural Dam Community Center will hold a pulled pork dinner beginning at 4:30 p.m. Cost is $7 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under.

Community bingo will be held at 7 p.m. at the Dyer Community building, 325 Loomis Lane. Those planning to participate are encouraged to bring a give-away gift. Concessions will be open.

March 10

Wii games will be played at the Van Buren Public Library from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Call 474-6045.

March 10-14

Teen Tech Week will be held at the Mulberry Public Library. Teens can enter a drawing, which will be held March 14, to win a tech prize. Call 997-1226.

March 11

Crawford County Ducks Unlimited and Choctaw Casino will hold a “Texas hold em” poker tournament with a $125 buy in at 6:30 p.m. at Sisters Gourmet Bistro, 719 Main St., Van Buren. Call David Martin at (479) 806-7761.

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

Teen Writers Group will meet at the Van Buren Public Library from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Call 474-6045.

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

Dr. Seuss Story Time will be held at the Alma Public Library at 4 p.m. Call 632-4140.

March 12

Crawford County Retired Teachers Association will meet at the Van Buren Public Library at 1 p.m. State Rep. Charlotte Douglas will speak on the 2014 legislative session.

Heritage United Methodist Church will hold a blood drive from 9:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 3:45 to 8 p.m. Call (870) 340-8777.

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. Call 474-6045.

Preschool Story Time will be held at the Cedarville Public Library from 10 to 11 a.m. Call 410-1853.

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

Alma Public Library will hold an activity for teens to play retro video games at 4 p.m. Call 632-4140.

March 15

Ninth annual Run With the Knights 5K run/walk will be at 8:30 a.m. at King Elementary School. Visit vbsd.us.king or go by the school at 411 N. 20th St., Van Buren, for entry forms.

Van Buren Fine Arts Center will hold, “A Little Night Music,” the areas first local music review. Tickets are $10. Call 471-4017 or visit www.centerforfinearts.org.

Butterfield Volunteer Fire District 5 will hold a pancake breakfast 6-10 a.m. at the fire station, 5920 Arkansas 59 North. Donations will be accepted.

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 sueh@mountainburg.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.

March 17

Van Buren Rotary Club will hold a March Madness fundraiser at Sisters Bistro, 719 Main St. in Van Buren. The 1994 National Championship game between the Razorbacks and Duke will be shown. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; game will be shown at 7:30. Cost is $25 for heavy appetizers and beverages. There will also be a silent auction and door prizes. Proceeds will go toward community projects and to help eradicate Polio.

March 18

Cedarville kindergarten pre-registration will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the computer lab at the elementary school. The child must be 5-years-old on or before Aug. 1. Bring birth certificate, Social Security card, up-to-date immunizations and written proof of a physical evaluation within the past two years. Call the school, (479) 474-5073, or the school-based health clinic, (479) 235-3025.

March 20

Texas Christian University Concert Band will perform at the Van Buren Fine Arts Center at 7 p.m. Call 471-4017 or visit www.centerforfinearts.org.

March 22

Free hunter education course will be held from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center in Fort Smith. Call (479) 452-3993 or visit www.rivervalleynaturecenter.com.

March 29

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.

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.

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, 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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