Health-care forum slated
The February meeting of the Sebastian County Democratic Party of Arkansas will be a public health-care forum at 6 p.m. Monday in the west room at Riverfront Park, 121 Riverfront Drive in Fort Smith. Dr. Hershey and Denise Garner will be the presenters. The topic will be changes to care as a result of the Republicans' tax reform and jobs bill passed late last year.
Library to host pair of programs
The Fort Smith Public Library will host a free Anti-Valentine’s Day Party for teens at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Windsor Branch, 4701 Windsor Drive. The event will feature games, library swag and a selfie photo booth. Call 785-0405 for information.
An Open Mic Night will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Dewey's Cafe inside the Main Branch Library, 3201 Rogers Ave. Musicians, poets and others are allowed to perform at this fun, casual free event. Sign up at the door, and come early to ensure a spot. Acoustic music only please. Call 783-0229 for information.
Visit www.fortsmithlibrary.org for information on these and other free programs at the Fort Smith Public Library.
Nations to remember crashes
Representatives of the United Kingdom, the Royal Air Force, Choctaw Nation, Rattan School, and others will mark the 75th anniversary of the crashes of two AT6 aircraft carrying students of the No. 1 British Flying Training School with a memorial ceremony at 2 p.m. Feb. 18 at the monument site in the Kiamichi Mountains of Pushmataha County. A reception will follow at the Choctaw Nation Community Center, 302 SW O St. in Antlers, Okla.
Call (800) 522-6170, ext. 2245 or 2586, for information.
Women's shooting club forming
The Well Armed Woman Shooting Chapters Inc. has recently formed a group in the Fort Smith region in an effort to provide women a place to learn to shoot and practice shooting in a safe, warm, welcoming environment. Annual dues are $50, and once paid, range fees are waived at the Old Fort Gun Club, 4999 Westville Road in Van Buren.
Visit www.twawshootingchapters.org or contact Eryn Johnston or Jennifer Paxton at email@example.com for information or to join.
Enjoy crafting after work
The Van Buren Public Library, 1409 Main St. in Van Buren, will host a Crafterwork program for adults 18 and older from 6-7 p.m. Feb. 22. Supplies will be provided, but space is limited and advance registration is required. Call (479) 474-6045 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register or for information.
Sign up for pageant prep
Miss C.M.B. Pageants will hold a pair of pageant registration and rehearsal meetings at 6 p.m. Feb. 22 and March 22 at the Elm Grove Community Center, 1901 N. Greenwood Ave. in Fort Smith. Call (479) 926-6055 for information or to register for either event.
Help support area youth
This year's River Valley Corporate Challenge benefiting the Fort Smith Children’s Emergency Shelter and the Fort Smith Boys and Girls Clubs will begin March 3 and run through June 2. The event brings businesses together through a series of athletic events including bowling, volleyball and more. All athletic events are co‐ed and businesses of all sizes are encouraged to sign‐up for the challenge.
Visit childrensemergencyshelter.org or contact Ashley Ahlert at (479) 242-5771 or Ashley@fsces.org for information or to register.
Hogs watch party slated
The Fort Smith Chapter of the Arkansas Alumni Association and the Fort Smith Razorback Club will host an Arkansas vs. Missouri basketball watch party from 4-7 p.m. March 3 at Whole Hog Cafe, 4501 Burrough Road in Fort Smith. The game begins at 5 p.m. All alumni and Razorback fans are invited to attend. Cost is $10 per person for a barbecue buffet. The watch party also will feature a silent auction to benefit area students attending the University of Arkansas.
Call Drake McGruder at (479) 409-6257 for information.
Tribe prepares for potential flooding
The Cherokee Nation is preparing for potential spring flooding by filling 10,000 bags of sand for communities and individuals to use within the tribe’s 14-county jurisdiction, according to a recent news release from the tribe. The bags were donated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and filled by Cherokee Nation’s Emergency Management team.
The public can request filled sandbags by contacting the tribe at (918) 207-3830.
New autism resource available
The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences has developed a new website to connect families and health care professionals with information and resources about autism and other developmental disorders. The site is www.CoBALTAR.org.
CoBALT is a project of the James L. Dennis Developmental Center, a part of the UAMS Department of Pediatrics that conducts diagnostic evaluations on children. CoBALT is funded by the Arkansas Department of Human Services’ Division of Developmental Disabilities Services’ Title V Children with Special Health Care Needs Program.
There are CoBALT teams in Fort Smith, Lowell, Clinton, Forrest City, El Dorado and Little Rock.