Writing club set to meet

Writers from teens to seniors of all backgrounds are invited to attend the next monthly meeting of the Fort Smith Public Library Writing Club from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday at 3201 Rogers Ave. Discuss writing goals and ambitions, experience other members' work and enjoy being among others who share the same passion for writing as you.

Bring a laptop or a pad of paper along with your creativity and love for writing. Visit www.fortsmithlibrary.org or call 783-0229 for information.

Goddard UMC GriefShare starting up

GriefShare sessions will resume for 13 weeks at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Aug. 22 through Nov. 14, at Goddard United Methodist Church, 1922 Dodson Ave. Call (479) 785-1415 for information.

Managing neuropathy discussion slated

Dr. Steve-Felix Belinga, M.D., a neurologist with Mercy Fort Smith, will lead a discussion on "Managing peripheral neuropathy" at noon Aug. 23 at the Donald W. Reynolds Cancer Support House, 3324 S. M St. Neuropathy is a weakness or numbness in the hands or feet, and is a common side effect of chemotherapy treatment and diabetes. Refreshments will be provided.

Call 782-6302 for information.

Lavaca Chamber to host events

The Lavaca Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its Old Town Saturday Nite Cruise from 6-9 p.m. Saturday from the Lavaca Senior Center, 104 S. Division St., to Cv's Family Food, 809 W. Main St. All years, makes and models of vehicles are welcome to participate. Rockin' Horse Rebellion will play live music in the Steffey's Pizza parking lot, 627 W. Main.

Contact LeAnn at (479) 883-5395 or lavacacruisenight@yahoo.com for information.

The Lavaca Chamber also will host its arts and crafts festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 9 at Lavaca City Park. Vendors selling all different types of homemade art and craft items, oils, kitchen items and concessions will be available along with games and fun activities for all ages.

Former U.S. attorney general to speak

Alberto Gonzales, U.S. attorney general from 2005-07 and currently dean at Belmont University College of Law in Nashville, will speak as part of the American Studies Distinguished Lecture Series at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 7 in Benson Auditorium at Harding University in Searcy. Gonzales' topic will be "The Price and Priviledge of Government Service."

Visit www.harding.edu/ASI for information.

Goat festival planned

The second annual Arkansas Goat Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 7 at the city park on Recreation Drive in Perryville. Admission is free, and the event will feature a goat parade, a goat costume contest, goat races, goat milking, goat yoga, soap- and cheese-making demonstrations, a goat lingerie fashion show, live music, vendors, food, games and more. Presented by the Crescent Creek Farm, last year's festival attracted a crowd of more than 1,000 people from 20 states.

Visit www.arkansasgoatfestival.com or the event's Facebook page for information.

Kuzmic slated to be speaker

Kristina Kuzmic, the Truth Bomb Mom, is slated to be the speaker at this year's 12th annual United Way Power of the Purse from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 10 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Fort Smith City Center, 700 Rogers Ave.

Tickets are $40. Contact Angie at 782-1311 for information.

AMP Fest lineup announced

David Shaw and Zack Feinberg (The Revivalists) will co-headline AMP Fest, the annual beer, music and tech festival that supports Walton Arts Center’s arts education programs, from 4-9 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Walmart AMP, 5079 W. Northgate Road in Rogers. Additional acts include Adam Faucett, Opal Agafia and the Sweet Nothings, Goose, Will Brand, Vulpî, DJ Abboriginal and AttA.

The one-day festival includes games, technology activations and interactive experiences as well as live music on three stages and craft beers from more than 20 local, regional and national breweries.

Tickets are $45 and include a collectible glass for beer sampling and access to all activation experiences. Tickets are available at the Walmart AMP Box Office in Rogers, Walton Arts Center Box Office in Fayetteville, by calling (479) 443-5600 or visiting www.amptickets.com.

Visit www.amptickets.com for information.

Brett Young to headline charity ball

Country singer Brett Young has been announced as the headliner for the Mercy Fort Smith White Christmas Charity Ball, which will begin at 6 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Fort Smith Convention Center, 55 S. Seventh St. Young, who released his self-titled, debut album in February, is known for the No. 1 single, "Sleep With You." The ball will include a four-course dinner, a live auction, an after-party with Emerald City Band and more. Last year's ball raised more than $462,000 for equipment enhancements, charity care and Catherine's Light, a program that empowers expectant moms to better cope with social and environmental challenges of childbirth, according to organizers. 

Visit www.mercy.net/ftsmithcharityball for information.