Donating blood saves lives

Arkansas Blood Institute will host spring blood drives from 2:30-6 p.m. Wednesday at the Walmart SuperCenter, 2425 S. Zero St. in Fort Smith, and from 1:30-6 p.m. Thursday at Raymond F. Orr Elementary School, 3609 Phoenix Ave. in Fort Smith. Students who bring a donor to the school blood drive will receive a goofy pen.

Healthy adults ages 16 and older are eligible to donate blood. Donors at both events will receive one of three inspirational t-shirts while supplies last. Appointments are not required byut can be made by calling (877) 340-8777 or visiting arkbi.org.

Muldrow event marks anniversary

The 25th annual National Day of Prayer event in Muldrow will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday in the Muldrow City Park on West Shawntel Smith Boulevard in Muldrow. Participants will be praying for national, state and local leaders as well as area churches, families, schools and businesses. Members of the Muldrow Fire Department will present the colors as the Muldrow High School band performs the national anthem and the high school show choir and elementary Bulldoggies sing.

Dr. Samuel Santiago, a Puerto Rican Messianic Jew and founder and pastor of a biker church in Conway, will be the special guest speaker for the event. Santiago will blow a shofar as the call to worship. Participants should bring their own lawn chairs.

Celebrate Azahares anniversary

The University of Arkansas at Fort Smith will celebrate the 10th anniversary of Azahares, its annual Spanish literary magazine, with a release event at 6 p.m. Thursday in Room 122 of the Boreham Library on the UAFS campus. The poetry, short fiction, photography and art included in the edition are creative expressions of what it means to be Latino in the United States, of the themes of the Latino experience in general, and of the beauty and power that underlies the Spanish language, according to Dr. Mary Sobhani, managing editor and head of the world languages department.

Contact Sobhani at 788-7979 or mary.sobhani@uafs.edu for information.

Library offers free programs

The Fort Smith Public Library will offer several free programs later this week. Some of them include:

• Power Parenting: Bullying 101 presented by Child Care Aware of NWA, 6 p.m. Thursday, Windsor Branch Library, 4701 Windsor Drive. A story time and a craft will be provided for younger children accompanying parents. Call 785-0405 for information.

• The Friends of the Library Mostly Fiction Used Book Sale, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. May 6, Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Ave. Proceeds from the sale are used to buy library materials and fund library special events and projects. Call 783-0229 for information.

Visit www.fortsmithlibrary.org for information on these or other programs.

Alma Farmers' Market set to open

Saturday is opening day for the Alma Farmers' Market season. Opening day will be held 8 a.m. to noon Saturday in the lot between Geno's Pizza and Valero in Alma. Like and follow them on Facebook and Instagram for weekly updates and promotions. Visit www.almafarmersmarket.com/ for information.

Celebrate Bird Day at park

Lake Dardanelle State Park, 100 State Park Drive in Russellville, will observe International Migratory Bird Day on May 12 with a number of free programs including a talk about Interior Least Terns at 11 a.m., a lake cruise at 2 p.m. and a fun, family activity at 6 p.m.

Call (479) 967-5516 for information or to reserve a spot for the lake cruise.

Sign up for Little Miss pageant

The Little Miss Arkansas pageant will be held May 26 at the Hotel Hot Springs in Hot Springs. The pageant is open to any Arkansas girl from birth to age 17. There are five age divisions with a winner and two alternates in each.

Entry deadline is May 18. Visit littlemissarkansas.com or contact Barbara Johnson at (501) 318-7876 for information.