Tribe recognizes MLK holiday

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker recently signed an executive order declaring Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday as a Cherokee Nation national holiday for the first time. In recognition of the holiday, all Cherokee Nation offices will be closed. Visit for information.

Make a dragon craft at the library

The Dallas Branch Library, 8100 Dallas St., will host a dragon craft drop-in event from 3:30-6 p.m. Tuesday in honor of Appreciate a Dragon Day. All supplies will be provided at this free program. Visit or call (479) 484-5650 for information.

Celebrate with the humane society

The Sebastian County Humane Society will celebrate its 81st birthday with a party with cake, finger foods, beer and wine and more from 6-8 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Fort Smith Riverfront Glass Pavilion, 121 Riverfront Drive. There also will be an announcement about a name change for the shelter to better reflect its nonprofit status and the fact that it receives no support from city, county or state entities.

Admission to the birthday party is a gift for the shelter. Current needs include cat and dog beds and toys; small blankets; cat scratchers; towels; AA batteries; wet and dry food for cats, kittens, puppies and dogs; bleach; laundry detergent; pens; blue Dawn dish soap; paper towels; clay cat litter; litter scoops; gift cards from Lowe's, Home Depot, Staples or other stores; and cash or checks.

RSVP by calling 783-4395 no later than Jan. 24.

Ticket sales benefit United Way

TempleLive will donate $5 from each 38 Special concert ticket purchased using the promotional code UNITED38 to the United Way of Fort Smith Area. The 38 Special concert will begin at 8 p.m. Feb. 3 at TempleLive, 200 N. 11th St. Tickets range from $45 to $65 and can be purchased at

Call (479) 222-6186 or visit and for information.

Pageant applications being accepted

Registration is open for local girls and boys who want to participate in the princess/prince program during the Miss University of Arkansas at Fort Smith scholarship pageant Feb. 24 at the ArcBest Corp. Performing Arts Center, 55 S. Seventh St. The program is not a competition and is open to boys and girls ages 5-10.

Participants will attend a tea party with an appearance by the current Miss UAFS and Miss Arkansas and receive a princess tiara or prince medallion, a T-Shirt and goodie bag, and photos from the day’s event.

Registration fee is $100. Deadline is Jan. 24. Call 788-7300 or email for application forms or information.

Contest winner to play with symphony

The Springfield Symphony will feature the 2017 Hellam Young Artists’ Competition winner, Chae-won Hong, on Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 at its Romantic Revolution classical concert at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts in Springfield, Mo. Tickets range from $17-$33 and may be purchased at or by calling (417) 836-7678.