Grab lunch at the museum

Tuesday Lunch at the Museum will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the LeFlore County Museum, 303 Dewey Ave. in Poteau. Indian tacos, tea or water and a dessert will be available for $6. Proceeds go to benefit the LeFlore County Historical Society. Takeout orders are available by calling (918) 647-9330.

Candidates set to speak

2018 Arkansas state representative candidates Kelly Proctor-Pierce and Cindy Crawford will speak at a joint meeting of the Sebastian County Republican Committee and the Sebastian County Republican Women at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Riverfront Park Event Building, 121 Riverfront Drive. The public is invited to attend.

Food bank to hold open house

The River Valley Regional Food Bank will host an open house from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at 1617 S. Zero St. in Fort Smith. The event will include tours, volunteer sign-up, viewings of the new mural, refreshments and more.

The River Valley Regional Food Bank is one of Arkansas’ six food banks that are part of the Feeding America network, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization. The network is comprised of 200 Food Banks and 60,000 food pantries that distribute excess and rescued food to the hungry and food insecure. Locally, River Valley Regional Food Bank contributes to food-sharing efforts in Sebastian, Crawford, Franklin, Johnson, Logan, Yell, Scott and Polk counties.

Visit or call 785-0582 for information.

Montgomery subject of event

Mildred Montgomery Randolph will present a program on the life of her father, John W. Montgomery, titled "The Man, The Doctor, The Humanitarian" at 6 p.m. Thursday at the LeFlore County Museum at Hotel Lowrey, 303 Dewey Ave. in Poteau. Montgomery, a vet in Poteau beginning in 1951, and his wife, Doris, had a lasting impact on LeFlore County and the state of Oklahoma.

Participants are asked to enter from the Witte Street side of the building. Refreshments will be served. Call (918) 647-9330 for information.

Library to host open mic, bridal events

The Fort Smith Public Library will host several free events open to the public this week including:

• Dewey's Open Mic Night, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dewey's cafe inside the Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Ave. Call 783-0229 for information.

• Do-It-Yourself Bride Idea Exchange, 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Windsor Branch Library, 4701 Windsor Drive. Call 785-0405 for information.

Visit for information about these and other events.

Spring garden gala planned

The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks will host its 23rd annual Greening of the Garden gala fundraiser from 6-10 p.m. Friday at the gardens, 4703 N. Crossover Road in Fayetteville. The evening includes live music by the Perennial Jazz Quartet, live and silent auctions and food catered by the Spring Street Grill.

A limited number of tickets are available at or by calling (479) 750-2620. Proceeds go to support garden programs and services.

Help Mountainburg tornado victims

A Mountainburg tornado relief fundraiser will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. Saturday at the Alma Boys and Girls Club, 410 E. Main St. in Alma. The event will include a dinner of chili, hot dog, chips and a drink for $10; a pie and cake auction; t-shirts; a silent auction; and more. T-shirts are available in light blue or beige in youth and adult sizes and range from $10 to $12.50.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will be distributed by Mountainburg city officials to assist individuals affected by the EF2 tornado that hit Mountainburg on April 13. Contact Donna at (479) 517-0994 or for information.

RAM landscape event draws near

The Fort Smith Regional Art Museum, 1601 Rogers Ave., will hold a lawn social and fundraiser from 6-9 p.m. May 19 in an effort to raise money to upgrade the landscaping around the museum. The event will include live music, a wine and beer bar, ice cream, an art auction, a 50/50 raffle and a chance to sponsor a flower or plant of your choice. Auction items include framed John Bell Jr. prints, photography by Louise Meluso and Mark Chitwood, a handmade lap quilt by Marcia Beat and Karen Richardson and more.

The maintenance of the landscaping project will be an ongoing concern for the museum beyond Saturday's event. Various trees, shrubs, flowers and plants will be needed annually, and patrons can donate the cost of various plants through the museum's website.

Admission to the lawn social is $10 for RAM members and $25 for nonmembers. Visit social or call 784-2787 for tickets or to donate the cost of a plant now and in the future.

The Arc to host summer events

The Arc for the River Valley, 7821 Texas Road in Fort Smith, will host several events later this week and beyond including:

•The Arc picnic, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, The Arc offices; lunch will be provided; bring lawn games and chairs.

• Fish for The Arc fishing derby, 9 a.m. to noon June 16, Carol Ann Cross Park, 1601 S. 74th St.; lunch and limited number of poles provided.

• Spark for The Arc car show, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 21, Alma Middle School, 706 U.S. 64 in Alma; pre-registration suggested.

Visit or call 783-5529 for information.

Event provides free dental care

Kool Smiles will hold its fourth annual Sharing Smiles day of free dental care for children from 8-11 a.m. May 20 at 5111 Rogers Ave. Free dental exams, limited emergency care, extractions and restorative care for uninsured or underinsured children will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

Visit for information or to pre-register for the event.

Sign up for summer art camps

The Center for Art and Education, 104 N. 13th St. in Van Buren will hold a number of summer art-themed camps and classes for children during June and July. Some of these include:

• Free Wonderful World of Art traveling art camps to be held at various times at several area libraries, the Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Student Center, Mulberry First Methodist Church and the Hackett School cafeteria.

• Wee Draw classes for ages 3-5 at the center, 10-11 a.m. June 5, 7, 15 and 19, $20 per class.

• STEM Art classes for ages 10 and older at the center, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 11-15 or June 23-27, $125 for five-day classes.

• Art-A-Rama classes for ages 6 and older at the center, 10 a.m. to noon July 9-13 or July 16-20, $20 per day or $100 for the week.

• Big Little Theatre musical theater camp for third- through eighth-grade students at the center, 1-5 p.m. July 23-27 and July 30-Aug. 3, performances at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Aug. 4, $200.

Visit or call (479) 474-7767 to sign up or for information.

Center to host ancestry conference

The Cherokee Family Research Center will host the Five Tribes Ancestry Conference on June 7-9 at the Chickasaw Cultural Center, 867 Charles Cooper Memorial Road in Sulphur. The three-day event provides tools for researching American Indian heritage. The keynote speaker is Dr. Daniel F. Littlefield Jr., director of the Sequoyah Research Center at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Cost is $150, which includes a conference bag and a flash drive with digital copies of conference materials. Visit to register by May 31. Call (918) 456-6007, ext. 6162, or email or for information.