Here are some of the entertainment and other options occuring a short driving distance from South Logan County in the coming days.

Mount Magazine Hikes

Take the Bluff View” hike at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 14. Meet at the Brown Springs Picnic Area

Western parts of Mount Magazine are rimmed with high bluffs that provide fantastic scenery and easy hiking. See a champion oak and an active landslide which is changing an area of the mountain. Watch for signs of wildlife along the way.

Admission is free.


Take the “Homestead Hike” at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 16. Meet at Will Apple’s Road Trailhead east of the Visitor Center

Explore areas rich with evidence of a bygone era. Junk in the woods, plants, stacked stones, and other clues will be examined to interpret history along a 150-year old wagon road.

Admission is free.

Lawn and Garden Show

The Arkansas River Valley Master Gardeners, along with the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service are presenting the 26th annual Arkansas River Valley Lawn & Garden Show March 15-17 at the Fort Smith Convention Center.

Show times are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $5 for those anyone 12 and older and free for those 11 and under.

The theme for the 2019 show is “Small Gardening!” As you stroll through the various displays, regardless of the weather outside, the Convention Center will be magically transformed into a springtime paradise.

Educating the public about gardening, landscaping, and other horticulture topics is the primary purpose of the Lawn & Garden Show.

Navy Concert Band

Presented by the Alma Education and Arts Foundation, the United States Navy Band will perform a free concert at the Alma Performing Arts Center in Alma at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 13. The show is free but a ticket is required and can be acquired online at or by calling 479-632-2129

The United States Navy Concert Band, the premier wind ensemble of the U.S. Navy, presents a wide array of marches, patriotic selections, orchestral transcriptions and modern wind ensemble repertoire. As the original ensemble of the Navy Band, the Concert Band has been performing public concerts and participating in high-profile events for over 85 years.

In addition to national concert tours and an extensive local concert season, the Concert Band has been featured internationally at military tattoos and festivals in Oslo, Stockholm and Quebec City. In 1996, the band was honored to participate in the 300th Anniversary of the Russian Fleet in St. Petersburg and in The Baltic International Festival of the Fleets in Kaliningrad, Russia.

Recognized as one of the finest wind ensembles in the world, the Concert Band is in constant demand by the nation’s foremost musical education organizations, such as the American Bandmasters Association and The Midwest Clinic.

Free Concert

Shooter Jennings will perform a free concert at Gilley’s inside the Choctaw Casino and Resort in Pocola, Okla. at 9 p.m. on Friday, March 15.

Known mainly for his outlaw country, Shooter Jennings has released seven albums and has made multiple film appearances. His newest album, “Shooter” was crafted into what he believes is the best mix of modern country music in both spirit and feel. Fan favorites include “Outlaw You” and “Bound Ta Git Down.”