Sign up for parenting classes
Erica Holland will lead parenting classes from 10 a.m. to noon Thursdays at Child Care Aware River Valley, 7200 Mahogany Ave. in Fort Smith. The free classes feature a different topic each week. Upcoming topics include raising healthy kids, today; the importance of play, June 28; anger and finding the way to a better tomorrow, July 12; how boys and girls learn differently, July 19; and managing stepfamilies, July 26. There will be no class July 5 in observance of the July Fourth holiday.
The classes are free, but pre-registration is encouraged to ensure enough supplies can be provided. Classes are subject to cancellation if no one pre-registers. Call (479) 222-6930 to pre-register or for information.
Cyclists set to return
The 2018 Remember the Removal Bike Ride cyclists will return to the area at 11 a.m. today at the Cherokee National Peace Pavilion, 177 S. Water Ave. in Tahlequah, Okla. The riders took part in a three-week ride retracing the northern route of the Trail of Tears.
CURE fundraiser slated
CURE, the nonprofit group Compassionate Utilization of REsources, will hold a warehouse sale fundraiser beginning at 7 a.m. both Friday and Saturday at the CURE warehouse, 2400 Vicksburg Ave. in Fort Smith. The agency will be selling several items not needed or useful for its current mission. All proceeds from the fundraiser will go to support that mission, which is to provide continuing regional disaster and crisis relief.
Visit CureSite.org for information.
Concert to benefit Lavaca PD
The Russellville-based band Highway 124 will perform for the Lavaca Police Department fundraiser, which will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday in the 100 block of West Main Street in Lavaca. The free, all-ages event will include a chili cook-off, a bake sale, prizes and more and will raise money to purchase police body cameras for the Lavaca Police Department.
Call Summer Branham at (479) 597-0841 or Rodney Branham at (479) 217-1117 for information.
Library offering free programs
The Fort Smith Public Library will host a pair of free events for teens and adults early next week.
• So You Want to be a Drummer? for teens, 2-3:30 p.m. Monday.
• Doc Night — "20 Feet from Stardom," 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Both events will be held at the Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Ave. Visit FortSmithLibrary.org or call (479) 783-0229 for information.
1871 meeting hall set to open
Springdale's historic 1871 Shiloh Meeting Hall, formerly known as the Odd Fellows Lodge and Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church, will host an opening celebration from 2-4 p.m. June 30 at the Shiloh Meeting Hall, 121 W. Huntsville Ave. in Springdale. The 147-year-old building, which was transferred to the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History in 2005, has been undergoing renovations since 2007. Slightly more than $1.1 million has been spent on the project.
The Northwest Arkansas Sacred Harp Singers will open the program at 2 p.m. with a selection of old-time gospel songs such as those sung by the early church congregations who met in the building. At 2:30 p.m., the historic bell will be rung and remarks by local dignitaries will be offered. Music will continue at 3 p.m.
Call (479) 750-8165 for information.
Night Out event is planned
The Crawford County National Night Out is slated for Aug. 7 at the Alma Primary School, 1600 U.S. 64 East in Alma. The event honors police and other emergency personnel, and allows members of the community to interact with these first responders outside of an emergency situation. Admission is free and will include bounce arounds, face-painting, ho dogs, snow cones, cotton candy, popcorn, games and more.