Cherokee send-off slated today

The Cherokee Nation will hold a send-off ceremony for the 2018 Remember the Removal Bike Ride cyclists at 9 a.m. today at the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex, 17675 S. Muskogee Ave. in Tahlequah, Okla. Nine area riders will take part in the bike ride that commemorates the Cherokee Removal and follows the northern route of Trail of Tears from New Echota, Ga., on Sunday back to Tahlequah on June 21. The riders range in age from 18 to 24.

CDL bus driver class offered

The Kiamichi Technology Center will offer a CDL bus driving prep class from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the KTC campus, 1509 S. McKenna St. in Poteau. The class is designed to help applicants pass the written general knowledge portion of the CDL license exam, as well as the passenger and school endorsements.

Cost is $75. Visit bis.ktc.edu to enroll. Contact Nina Morgan at (918) 647-5418 or nmmorgan@ktc.edu or Danielle Mathews at (918) 647-5439 or dmathews@ktc.edu for information.

Join summer reading program

All branches of the Fort Smith Public Library will host summer reading programs for children, teens and adults during June and July. This year's theme is "Libraries Rock!" Visit the library nearest you, explore the resources it has to offer and win prizes like food coupons and Creekmore Park activity passes for children, gift cards and chances to win a Kindle Fire for teens and more.

Visit FortSmithLibrary.org, call 783-0229 or stop by the library for information.

Library offering jazz program

The Don Bailey Jazz Ensemble will perform a concert in celebration of the library's summer reading theme, "Libraries Rock," at 2 p.m. June 6 at the Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Ave. The concert will be appropriate for all ages and is free to attend.

Visit FortSmithLibrary.org or call 783-0229 for information.

YAG production part of bicentennial

The Young Actors Guild will stage "Annie Get Your Gun," an Irving Berlin musical, in conjunction with the Fort Smith Bicentennial celebration. Performances will be held at 7 p.m. June 8-10 with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. June 10 at the Northside High School theater, 2301 N. B St. in Fort Smith. General admission tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and younger.

Visit WeAreYAG.org for tickets or information.

Tribe honors military personnel

The Cherokee Nation and the Cherokee National Historical Society are partnering again with Blue Star Families to provide free admission to active duty military personnel and their families at Cherokee Nation museums and the Cherokee Heritage Center through Labor Day. The Blue Star Museums program features more than 2,000 museums nationwide, representing fine arts, science, history, music, film, crafts, nature and children’s museums.

The Cherokee National Prison Museum, John Ross Museum, Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum, Sequoyah’s Cabin and Cherokee Heritage Center are all participating in the program.