Summer reading programs continuing

Summer reading programs for children, teens and adults continue to be available at most area libraries. Many offer prizes for meeting various reading goals, as well as hosting several free, fun events. Visit FortSmithLibrary.org or CrawfordCountyLib.org or call your local library for information.

State park to host special programs

Brooks Blevins, an author and the Noel Boyd professor of Ozarks studies at Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo., will discuss "The Old Ozarks: Things You Didn't Know about Life Before the Civil War" at 2 p.m. Sunday at the visitor center at Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area, 20201 Arkansas 12 in Hindsville. Admission is free.

The park also will host a nature painting workshop led by Lyshell Reann Hiatt-Blech from 2-4 p.m. July 15 at the visitor center. Cost is $30 per person. Participants must preregister, and cash or check is due the day of the workshop.

Visit FriendsOfHobbs.com or call (479) 789-5000 for information or to preregister.

Blood drives slated next week

The Poteau Boots and Badges Community Challenge blood drive will be held from 12:30-6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center, 105 Reynolds Ave. in Poteau. Donations benefit the Oklahoma Blood Institute, and all donors will receive a Boots and Badges t-shirt while supplies last.

Call Greg Womack at (479) 652-2362 to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins also welcome.

Library to host free programs

The Fort Smith Public Library will host several free programs for babies, teens and families including:

• Laptime Story Time for babies up to 24 months old and their caregivers, 10:30 a.m. every Monday in July, Miller Branch Library, 8701 S. 28th St. Call (479) 646-3945.

• Robot Invasion for ages 10-18, 2-4 p.m. Monday, Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Ave. Call (479) 783-0229.

• Family Film Friday for all ages — "The Greatest Showman," 2 p.m. July 6, Dallas Branch Library, 8100 Dallas St. Call (479) 484-5650.

Visit FortSmithLibrary.org for information on these and other programs.

Gun and knife show slated

A gun and knife show will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 7 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 8 at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center, 105 Reynolds Ave. in Poteau. Setup will be from 1-8 p.m. July 6, and unclaimed tables will be reassigned at 11 a.m. July 7.

Admission is $7 per person. Parking is free. Concession will be available. Call (918) 647-6182 for show information.