In addition to graduation ceremonies for south Logan County students, here are a few of the things going on in, or a short distance from South Logan County in the coming days.
The Booneville Library will host adult coloring from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 19.
Learn about Snakes
Snakes are found all over the state of Arkansas, but very few people can tell one snake from another. Learn to tell the difference between snakes with some handy tips, tricks, and pics.
Admission to the event at the Mount Magazine State Park Visitors Center is free. For more information call (479) 963-8502, or visit firstname.lastname@example.org
Dorothy in Wonderland
“Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore,” Dorothy said in “The Wizard of Oz.”
In the literary mashup “Dorothy in Wonderland” by Brian D. Taylor, Dorothy and her Oz comrades find themselves plucked from Oz, similar to the way they arrived there. Rather than being returned to Kansas, however, Dorothy and her friends are strewn throughout Alice’s Wonderland, said Danielle Ross, founder and co-director of the Wanda J. Williams Theater Co.
“Dorothy in Wonderland” will be presented at 7 p.m. May 18 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. May 19 at the King Opera House, 427 Main Street in Van Buren. Sunday afternoon performances have been tiring on the cast, and so there will be no Sunday matinee of “Dorothy,” Ross said.
Admission to all performances is $10 per person. Children 3 and younger are admitted free. The theater company was founded with the purpose of supporting the Fort Smith Children’s Emergency Shelter, Ross said. In conjunction with the cause, children at the shelter get to attend dress rehearsal performances for free and foster and adopted children gain free entrance to performances, Ross said.
Ale on the Border
It’s being billed as “Fort Smith’s only outdoor beer festival,” and it promises to soon serve samples of numerous craft beers, food, live music and more in Fort Smith.
The members of the River Valley Ale Raisers will host their fifth annual Ale on the Border, a festival-style event that will be held from 6-10 p.m. May 19 at Chaffee Crossing, 7313 Terry Street. The event, which will raise money for Antioch Consolidated Association for Youth and Family and the Chaffee Crossing Veterans Memorial, is expected to draw as many as 1,000 area residents and visitors, said Christopher Barrick, president for the River Valley Ale Raisers.
“This is a charity beer festival, and every dollar that doesn’t go to pay our costs for the festival goes directly to our charities,” he said. “Antioch provides meals and fixes up gardens for people, and they provide food for families.
Various craft beers will be on hand to satisfy the taste buds of everyone in attendance, he said.
“We’ll have five beer distributors there this year, so there will be something for everyone,” he said.
Tapped to provide multiple genres of music will be area bands The Crumbs, Oreo Blue and Mr. Cabbagehead and the Screaming Radishes, Barrick said. The singers and musicians in these three popular groups are among the most musically gifted in the region, he said.
Tickets for the Ale on the Border are $12 in advance and can be purchased by calling (479) 648-8885 and at www.growfreshorganics.com. Tickets will be $15 at the door.
Sing the National Anthem
A vocal talent competition designed to shine the spotlight on area singers will take place on Saturday, May 19, at Kay Rodgers Park in Fort Smith, on the Old Fort Days stage. The Old Fort Days Superstar Anthem Contest will give local singers the opportunity to sing “The National Anthem” at this year’s Old Fort Days Rodeo.
Registration will take place from 9 to 10 a.m. and the official contest will begin shortly after that. The contest is open to all ages.
For more information and to download the registration form, visit www.oldfortdaysrodeo.com/index.php?page=anthem-contest