Celebrate Patron Appreciation Day

The Van Buren Public Library, 1409 Main St. in Van Buren, will finish out National Library Week by celebrating patrons with free cake and coffee during normal business hours Friday. Call (479) 474-6045 for information.

Dinner, pie fundraiser slated

The Alma Community Outreach Food and Clothing Ministry will hold a barbecue dinner and pie auction from 6-9 p.m. Friday at the Alma Boys and Girls Club. Cost is $5 for a barbecue sandwich or hot dog, chips, drink and a cookie. All proceeds fromt he event will go to the Alma Community Outreach. Call (479) 926-9614 for information.

Quilt guild to host Garden Party

The Muskogee Area Quilt Guild will hold its annual Garden Party quilt show fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday at St. Paul Methodist Church, 2130 W. Okmulgee in Muskogee, Okla. Members conduct quilting lessons and make quilts for veterans, victims of domestic violence, pediatric cancer patients, victims of house fires and more.

Contact Pegge Condren at (707) 694-9468 or muskogeequilters@gmail.com for information.

Trolley museum to host antique show

The Fort Smith Trolley Museum will hold an antique machinery show with trains, tractors, trolleys, engines and automobiles from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the museum, 100 S. Fourth St. The event will also feature a working, mobile blacksmith shop. A baby back rib lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. if pre-ordered from the Fort Smith BBQ Society. Visit fstm.org to order.

Call Wayne Templeton at (479) 629-7911 or Henry Moore at (479) 650-0103 for information.

Fort Smith library to host events

The Lego Club will meet from 5-6 p.m. Monday at the Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Ave. Kids, tweens and teens are invited to design, create and build. This month's theme is Earth Day.

The Fort Smith Public Library Writing Club will meet from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, also at the main library, 3201 Rogers Ave. Writers of all skill levels from teens to seniors are invited.

Lastly, the library will celebrate the life of Samuel Clemens with Mark Twain 100 Years Later at 7 p.m. April 19 at the main library, 3201 Rogers Ave. The event is open to all ages.

Visit www.fortsmithlibrary.org or call 783-0229 for information.

Learn to spot drug activity

A member of the Sebastian and Crawford County Drug Task Force will present a program on spotting drug activity in neighborhoods for adults and seniors from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Alma Public Library, 624 Fayetteville Ave. in Alma. Call (479) 632-4140 for information.

ATU students to stage 'Kaleidoscope'

A series of plays and scenes collectively entitled “Kaleidoscope: An Evening of Student-Directed One Acts” will be staged by Arkansas Tech University students at 8 p.m. April 19-20 in the Techionery Theatre, 1502 N. El Paso Ave. in Russellville. Tickets are $8 at the door.

Visit www.atu.edu/cj or call (479) 964-0890 for information.

Poteau Trash Off scheduled

The Poteau Chamber of Commerce will hold its 13th annual Community Wide Trash Off beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing until 11:30 a.m. April 21 at the Allstar Parking Center in Poteau. Help clean up city parks, downtown, along Broadway and other designated areas and win prizes. Free food will be provided. Call (918) 647-9178 for information or to sign up.

Artwork entries sought

The Fort Smith Regional Art Museum, 1601 Rogers Ave., is soliciting submissions for its 2018 annual Invitational, a national competitive exhibition. This year's theme is "It's Alive!" and the competition is open to artists in any state. The first-place winner will be awarded $3,000 and a solo exhibition at RAM in 2019.

Entry deadline for the competition is April 27. Send submissions to Fort Smith Regional Art Museum, RAM Annual Invitational, 1601 Rogers Ave., Fort Smith, AR 72901. Call 784-2787 or email education@fsram.org for information.

Bella Vista exhibits set to open

"Duets in Bloom 2" will feature works of art interpreted by regional artists through unique floral designs on display from noon April 26 to 3 p.m. April 27 in the newly remodeled Bella Vista Country Club, 98 Club House Drive in Bella Vista. Admission is free, and the sale of each design will benefit community education projects by the Floralia Arrangers Guild Garden Club. Email ldneymeyer@gmail.com for information.

UAMS to host pain symposium

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences will host the 2018 Arkansas Pain Management Symposium for health-care professionals from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 28 in the UAMS Jackson T. Stephens Spine and Neurosciences Institute in Little Rock. Cost is $200 for physicians and $150 for other health-care professionals.

Visit uams.cloud-cme.com/aph.aspx?P=5&EID=23169 to register.

Nuttall excursion topic of class

In 1819, Thomas Nuttall, a field botanist and naturalist from Yorkshire, England, traversed the Poteau River Valley, recording what he saw in his journal. That journal and Nuttall's trip will be the subject of Thomas Nuttall Excursion 2.0, a class offered by the Kiamichi Technology Center-Poteau from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 28 and led by Steve Patterson, Ph.D. Cost is $50.

Visit bis.ktc.edu to register or visit the Thomas Nuttall Bicentennial Facebook page or contact Nina Morgan at (918) 647-5418 or nmmorgan@htc.edu or Danielle Mathews at (918) 647-5439 or dmathews@ktc.edu for information.

WAB to present Dance Fusion

Western Arkansas Ballet will present its eighth annual Dance Fusion at 2:30 p.m. April 29 at Breedlove Auditorium, 5210 Grand Ave. Admission is $5 per person at the door.

Visit www.waballet.org or call 785-0152 for information.

Springdale VFW to host event

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Post No. 2952 will host its first Family Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 26 at the Shiloh Square and Walter Turnbow Park in downtown Springdale. The all-ages event will celebrate American freedoms and will include food, music, bike activities, military vehicles, newtworking for veteran services, a flag etiquette demonstration, information on educational scholarships, vendor booths and more.

Email dcardiel2012@gmail.com for information.

Childhood bullying topic of event

The Writers' Block of Tennessee will host an informal community dialogue on childhood bullying will be held from 12:30-2:30 p.m. June 2 at 7266 Third Road in Bartlett, Tenn. Cost is $25. Contact Yvonne James at (901) 907-6828 or creativeartist-yvonne@outlook.com for information.

Springfield symphony to hold free event

The Springfield Symphony will host a free, family friendly, outdoor concert from 4-5:15 p.m. June 9 at Jordan Valley Park in Springfield, Mo. The free concert is made possible by a $20,000 from the C.W. Titus Foundation.

visit www.springfieldmosymphony.org or www.facebook.com/springfieldsymphony for information.

Sign up to Brave the Mud Run

Brave the Mud Run will be held at 8 a.m. Aug. 18 at the LeFlore County Fairgrounds in Poteau. There will be several levels of competition and awards. Visit www.runsignup.com/race/ok/poteau/ to register or call Glenda Wise at (918) 839-4785 for information.