Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are a few suggestions to help get you started:
Get to know the history of work
The LeFlore County Historical Society, in cooperation with Oklahoma Humanities, will hold an opening reception for its latest exhibit, “The Way We Worked,” at 5:30 p.m. today at the LeFlore County Museum at Hotel Lowrey, 303 Dewey Ave. in Poteau.
“The Way We Worked,” adapted as a traveling exhibit from an original installation developed by the National Archives and Records Administration for the Smithsonian Institution, explores how work has become a central element in American culture. It traces the many changes that have affected the workforce and work environments over the past 150 years, including the growth of manufacturing and increasing use of technology. The exhibition includes photographs, archival accounts of works, film, audio and interactives, and tells the story of how work impacts our individual lives and the historical and cultural fabric of our communities.
Call LeFlore County Museum director Bonnie Prigmore at (918) 647-9330 for information or to arrange tours of the exhibit.
Enjoy a free community concert
The annual Cox Community Concert begins at 6 p.m. Friday at the Fort Smith Riverfront Park, 121 Riverfront Drive. The lineup includes Mark Chesnutt, Shooter Jennings and Cody Canada and the Departed, and the all-ages event is free, but a free ticket per person is required for entry.
Free tickets can be obtained at the Fort Smith Cox Solutions Store, 8100 Rogers Ave., in exchange for a donation of two nonperishable food items per ticket. A limit of four tickets can be obtained. The food donations will benefit the River Valley Regional Food Bank and the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank.
Those attending can bring lawn chairs or blankets; no outside food or beverages will be allowed into the park. The concert also supports the Fort Smith Boys and Girls Clubs and Mercy Foundation of Fort Smith.
Visit the 2017 Fort Smith Cox Community Concert Facebook page for information.
Uncover the truth that is out there
The quarterly Mutual UFO Network (Mufon), West Central Section, meeting will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Ave. Participants discuss and share insights and experiences relating to UFO phenomenon happening around the world. Whether you are a believer or skeptic, all are welcome to express personal views on the subject. Admission is free.
Call 783-0229 for information.
Find some hope in nature
The Wings of Hope Memorial Butterly Release will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center, 8300 Wells Lake Road. A short ceremony will be held on the back deck overlooking Wells Lake honoring survivors and remembering the friends and family who have been lost to ovarian cancer. Dozens of Painted Lady butterflies will be released in memory of those who have died. This is a free community event for all ages. Refreshments will be served.
Call (479) 452-3993 for information.