First Friday concert slated

Aaron Emberton will perform a First Friday concert Friday at 222 Dewey Ave. in Poteau. Gates open at 5 p.m. The concert is part of First Fridays, a program sponsored by Poteau Mainstreet. Call (918) 647-8648 for information.

Discover The Learning Fields plant sale

The Learning Fields plant sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at First Christian Church, 3501 Rogers Ave. A wide variety of herbs, perennials, shrubs, trees, figs, succulents, hanging baskets and more will be available.

This also will be the beginning of the summer First Saturday events at The Learning Fields, 7300 Gardener Ave. at Chaffee Crossing. The children's garden, rose garden and wildflower meadow will be featured Saturday, and Master Gardeners will be available to answer gardening questions. The vegetable and vertical gardens will be featured June 9; the heirloom seed and native gardens and the labyrinth will be featured July 7; the fig trail and the butterfly and cutting flower gardens will be featured Aug. 4; and free classes on trees and greenhouses will be featured Sept. 1.

Visit for information.

Enjoy national music week

The Fort Smith Musical Coterie will be celebrating the National Federation of Music Clubs' National Music Week Sunday through May 13. The coterie's next luncheon meeting will be held at 10 a.m. May 10 at the Moz Art Studio, 724 Main St. in Van Buren. Fort Smith Mayor Sandy Sanders will present a proclamation for National Music Week.

Contact Kathy at (479) 452-5300 or Jeri at (479) 461-1270 for information.

Attend diabetes education seminar

Mercy Fort Smith, 7001 Rogers Ave., will host a free Living with Diabetes information seminar from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Monday in the hospital's Sicard Education Center. Call (479) 314-6722 for information.

'Pink and Blue' screening planned

The River Valley Ovarian Cancer Alliance will hold a screening of "Pink and Blue: Colors of Hereditary Cancer" at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Windgate Art and Design building, 5210 Kinkead Ave. on the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith campus. The film is about both men and women dealing with genetic mutations that can cause cancer and be passed down to their descendants.

RSVP to Seating is limited.

RAM to host photography lecture

"Getting Impact in Your Images" will be led by Louis Meluso, executive director at the Fort Smith Regional Art Museum, from 6-7 p.m. May 10 at RAM, 1601 Rogers Ave. This is one of a series of four quarterly lectures.

Cost is free for RAM members or $25 for nonmembers. Nonmembers can purchase tickets to all four lectures for $75. Email or call 784-2787 for information.

Civitan to host pancake event

The Fort Smith Civitan Club will host a pancake breakfast from 8:30-10:30 a.m. May 12 at First Presbyterian Church, 116 N. 12th St. in Fort Smith. Cost is $5 per person and free for children younger than 5. Proceeds from the event will go to fund future Civitan community service projects.

Celebrate Spiro Mounds

The Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center will host its 13th annual Archaeology Day and its 40th anniversary year from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 12 at the center, 18154 First St. in Spiro. Attractions will include flint knappers Dave and Raydele Klostermeier showing off their stone tool-making skills; blowgun, stickball and Chunkee demonstrations; history lectures; bird therapy demonstrations; guided tours; artifact analysis; special drawings; and more.

Admission fees will be waived for the celebration, although donations are always accepted. Contact Dennis Peterson at (918) 962-2062 or for information.

Performance benefits senior center

Local singer/tribute artist Gabrielle Gore will perform for the Totally Patsy Cline fundraiser at 6 p.m. May 12 at the King Opera House, 427 Main St. in Van Buren. The show is a fundraiser for the USO to help veterans and will raise money for the renovation of the Arkoma Senior Center in Arkoma. The center will be used for future concerts, veterans programs and community events to raise money for area veterans. The center includes a 14-by-20 concert stage area and can accommodate about 100 people. Tickets for the Gore concert are $10 and can be purchased by calling (479) 649-8803.

Dogpatch documentary to debut

"Dogpatch USA," a documentary film by Jeff and Heather Carter, is set to debut at a premiere event May 18 in Harrison, 50 years to the day from the opening of the Dogpatch USA theme park which operated from 1968-93 in the area. Visit the film's Facebook page at or view the trailer at for information.

WAB to hold spring concert

Western Arkansas ballet will present its annual spring concert at 10:30 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m. May 19 at the Van Buren Fine Arts Center, 2001 Pointer Trail in Van Buren. Admission is $5 at the door. Visit or call 785-0152 for information.

Boys and Girls Clubs offer summer fun

The Fort Smith Boys and Girls Clubs offer summer programs for children ages 6-18 at all four units: Jeffrey unit, 4905 N. O St., 782-8126; Evans unit, 6015 Boys Club Lane, (479) 646-9519; Stephens unit, 3101 N. Sixth St., 782-6392; and Goldtrap unit, 8800 S. Dallas, (479) 452-5779. The programs are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, May 29-July 27. Activities include arts and crafts, field trips, Kiwanis summer camp, MusicFest, a poetry contest, music lessons, club gardening, movies, photography, softball, baseball, skating, bowling and more.

Cost is $25 plus a $10 membership. Visit for information or to sign up.

Libraries offering free programs

The Crawford County Library System will offer several free programs in late May and early June that require advance registration. Some of the events include:

• Memory Album and Journaling class, 2-4 p.m. May 31, Alma Public Library, 624 Fayetteville Ave. in Alma. Call (479) 632-4140.

• Crafterwork program, 6 p.m. May 31, Van Buren Public Library, 1409 Main St. in Van Buren. Call (479) 474-6045.

• Adult Craft Class, 1 p.m. June 5, Mulberry Public Library, 220 N. Main St. in Mulberry. Call (479) 997-1226.

Visit for information.

CSA offers summer arts programs

Community School of the Arts in Fort Smith will offer a number of summer programs including a musical immersion theatre camp for children in grades seventh-12th, ukulele classes for ages 4-10, preschool drama for ages 3-5, inventive techniques art camp for children in grades first-sixth, Musikgarten for ages 1-3 and ages 3-4, Broadway babies theatre camp for ages 5-8, musical theatre camp for children in grades third-eighth and private lessons in music, theatre, dance and visual arts for ages 3 through adult. All classes will be held at CSA, 2701 Old Greenwood Road.

Dates and costs vary. Visit, email or call (479) 434-2020 for information or to register.

Sign up for painting workshop

Artist Lisa Daria Kennedy will lead A Painting a Day workshop June 2-3 at the Fort Smith Regional Art Museum, 1601 Rogers Ave. Kennedy has created one small painting every day for the last 2,900 days. Her workshop will focus on regular practice to improve creativity and skill. Participants can choose between acrylics or oils. Space is limited, and registration is required.

Visit or call 784-2787 for information or to register.

CAE to hold summer art classes

The Center for Art and Education, 104 N. 13th St. in Van Buren will host a number of art classes in June and July including WeeDraw for ages 3-5, S.T.E.M. Art for ages 10 and older, Art-A-Rama for ages 6 and older and Big Little Theatre for students in grades third-eighth. Class sizes are limited, and registration is required.

Dates and costs vary. Visit, email or call (479) 474-7767 for information or to register.