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Oct. 23

Garden Gate Garden Club will meet at 1 p.m. at the Van Buren Public Library. Connie Warren and Lynne Rotert will be co-hostesses

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

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

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 and a craft will be provided. Call 474-6045.

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

Oct. 24

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

Cedarville Public Library will hold a children’s craft event at 3:30 p.m. Call 410-1853.

Mulberry Public Library will hold a geocaching event from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Call 997-1226.

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

Mountainburg Public Library will sponsor a Halloween party from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the city park. There will be a costume contest, a balloon lady, games, prizes, candy and nachos. In case of inclement weather, the party will move inside the library.

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

Oct. 25

Northside High School classes of 1950 and 1951 will hold a reunion dinner at 6:30 p.m. at Big Jake’s Steakhouse in Van Buren.

Bingo for Books will be held at the Van Buren Public Library from 10 a.m. to noon. Call 474-6045.

Cedarville Public Library will show a movie at 3:30 p.m. Call 410-1853.

Oct. 26

Hobbtown Days will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 4400 Big Tree Road in Rudy. A light lunch will be served at noon. Contact Darrel Coleman at (501) 225-6483 or darrelwcoleman@aol.com.

Ernie Haase and Signature Sound will perform at the Van Buren School District Fine Arts Center at 7 p.m. Call (479) 471-4017 or visit www.centerforfinearts.org.

Halloween on Main will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in historic downtown Van Buren. There will be candy, a kiddie train, costume contests and more. Call 410-3026.

Christ For the World, 4510 Towson Ave. in Fort Smith, will hold a Hallelujah Night celebration for kids up to age 12. There will be a variety of games and candy. Call (479) 649-5970.

Oct. 27

Van Buren Public Library will hold an event for local authors from 1 to 4 p.m. Call 474-6045.

City of Cedarville will hold its fire department grand opening and city festival from 1 to 5 p.m. There will be food, games, bounce-arounds, music and a dessert bake off with a grand prize. Donations will be accepted for the city’s fire and police departments. Call the mayor, (479) 353-1403.

Oct. 28

Van Buren Public Library will offer a basic computer class from 7 to 8 p.m. Class size is limited. Call 474-6045 to sign up.

Oct. 29

Van Buren High School will hold a free fall festival from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with games for kindergartners through sixth grade, crafts, face painting, photo booths and more. There will also be a costume contest at 6:30 p.m. with categories for children up to age 6, kids 7-12, everyone 13 and up and group themes. Participants are asked to bring a treat bag.

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

Alma Public Library will hold an after-school program from 4 to 5 p.m. to make Halloween crafts. Refreshments will be provided. Call 632-4140.

Oct. 30

Preschool Story Time will be held at the Cedarville Public Library at 10 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.

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 and a craft will be provided. Call 474-6045.

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

Arkansas Ghost Hunters of Crawford County will be at the Van Buren Public Library from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. to show their recent findings. Call 474-6045.

Oct. 31

First Church of the Nazarene, 2520 Alma Highway in Van Buren, will hold a Trunk or Treat in the church parking lot. There will be free hot dogs, nachos and hot cocoa. Two bicycles will be given away to a boy and a girl under the age of 11. Call 474-1186.

Van Buren Public Library will hold an after-school activity from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. A Halloween party is planned for all age groups. There will be games and snacks. Call 474-6045.

Wii games will be played at the Mulberry Public Library from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. The event is for ages 13 and up. Call 997-1226.

Nov. 1-2

Bethlehem Freewill Baptist Church, 3031 E. Pointer Trail, will hold a holiday craft fair 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Call Debbie Wright at 883-5777.

Nov. 2

New Hope Church on Arkansas 282 will hold Harvest Family Fund Night beginning at 4 p.m. The free event will include bounce-arounds, game, prizes, food, music and grocery give-away.

Nov. 3

Center for Art and Education will hold an opening reception 1-4 p.m. for the work of Ralph Irwin, which will be on display Nov. 1 - Dec. 17 in the Mail Gallery. The studio gallery will feature Splashes of Art by Fort Smith educators Nov. 1-27.

Nov. 15

The fourth Art Night Out will begin at 7 p.m. at the Center for Art and Education.

Dec. 7-17

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

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.

Twelfth annual Van Buren Veterans Day Parade is planned for Nov. 11 at 6:30 p.m. on Main Street. Participants and volunteers are asked to contact Les Thomas Jr., (479) 652-3374 or vbvetparade@gmail.com.

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 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.

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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