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April 17

Kindergarten registration for the 2013-14 school year will be held at the Alma Primary School Safe Room from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Parents should bring the child’s birth certificate, shot record, social security card, and proof of physical within the last two years.

Alma Public Library will hold a scrapbooking activity from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring adhesive, photos and scissors. Call 632-4140 to register.

April 17, 24

Preschool Story Time will be held at the Alma Public Library at 10 a.m. Refreshments will be served.

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

April 18

Cedarville Public Library will hold an activity at 3:30 p.m. for kids to make a Chia pet. Call 410-1853.

April 19

Library Patron Appreciation Day will be held at the Cedarville and Alma public libraries. Cake and punch will be served.

April 19-20

Alma United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Main and Cherry streets, will hold its semi-annual rummage and bake sale.

April 19, 26

Van Buren Public Library will hold a class from 1 to 3 p.m. to make a quilted bag using charm squares. Registration is required and participants should bring their own materials and a portable sewing machine. Call 474-6045 by April 12 for a list of needed supplies.

April 20

Miss Cedarville Pageant will be held at 3 p.m. in the Cedarville Elementary gymnasium. The pageant is for girls birth through 12th grade. School-age children must reside in the Cedarville School District and/or be a student in the Cedarville Public School System. Contact Jennifer Nolan, 474-5073 or jnolan@cedarvilleschools.org.

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

Alma Public Library will hold a book sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 632-4140.

April 22

Kirksey Hospital Revitalization Committee will have a kickoff meeting at 5 p.m. at the Mulberry City Complex. Future plans for the property, repairs needed and fundraising ideas will be discussed.

April 23

Alma Public Library will hold a class on making your own household products at 4 p.m. Call 632-4140.

Money Smart Week will be observed at the Mulberry Public Library at 3:30 p.m. A representative from Bank of the Ozarks will be at the library to talk about how to be money smart and answer questions. Call 997-1226.

Van Buren Public Library will host an Edward Jones seminar on investments from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Call 474-6045 or e-mail aritter@crawfordcountylib.org.

Van Buren Public Library will host a community blood drive from 1:30 to 6 p.m. Call 474-6045.

Mountainburg Elementary School will hold pre-kindergarten and kindergarten pre-registration. Parent meeting is at 8 a.m. and student activities begin at 8:30. Kindergarten students must be 5-years-old on or before Aug. 1. Parents must bring a copy of the child’s birth certificate, social security card and proof of a physical/wellness check within the last two years. Pre-K students must be 3-years-old on or before Aug. 1. Parents must bring a copy of the child’s birth certificate, social security card, proof of a physical/wellness check and proof of income (copy of 2012 tax return).

April 23, 30

Baby and Me Story Time will be held at the Van Buren Public Library from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Call 474-6045.

April 24

Garden Gate Garden Club will meet at 1 p.m. at Legacy Heights, 1012 Fayetteville Road in Van Buren. Hostesses will be Mary Ellen Weidman-Burris and Joyce Hopkins.

April 25

Crawford County Hospital Board of Governors will meet at 6 p.m. in the conference room at Summit Medical Center.

Alma Public Library will hold an afterschool program at 4 p.m. for kids to make their own piggy banks. Refreshments will be served.

April 25-26, 28

Van Buren High School will present Noel Coward’s comedic stage play, Blithe Spirit, at 7 p.m. April 25-26 and 2 p.m. April 28. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased online. Call 471-4017 or visit www.centerforfinearts.org.

April 26

Van Buren School District will host kindergarten registration for the 2013-14 school year beginning at 8 a.m. Parents will report to the elementary school in the zone where they reside.

April 27

Center for Art and Education will host a trip to view the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Norman Rockwell Tour. To book a seat for this tour call the art center, 474-7767.

April 30

Science Club will meet at the Alma Public Library at 4 p.m. with Chris Dickens from UAMS showing kids the properties of polymer. Refreshments will be served.

Alma Public Library will host Tasty Tuesday with Tammy from 4 to 5 p.m. Participants will make cheese balls. Call 632-4140.

May 10-12

The Old Town Merchants Association will hold Old Timers Day in downtown Van Buren.

May 11

Boys and Girls Club of Van Buren will hold a 5K/1Mile fun run.

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.

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.

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 Butterfield Assembly of God Church 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.

Parkview Elementary School PTA will meet the first Wednesday at 8:30 a.m., September through May, in the Parkview cafeteria.

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 Joseph Armstrong, (479) 651-7467, 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.

Kibler Community 4-H Club meets at the Alma Public Library the second Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

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.

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.

Clear Creek Masonic Lodge in Mountainburg hosts a pancake breakfast 7 to 10 a.m. the fourth Saturday. Cost is $4 per person.

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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