Houseplants 101: Bringing Your Houseplants Inside for Winter

The Learning Fields at Chaffee Crossing (see website for directions)


October 15, 2011

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Master Gardener Leta Caplinger will conduct a class on "Bringing Your Houseplants Inside for Winter". Leta will provide tips for what needs to be done to ready the plants to come inside.

The class is free but registration is requested. Contact us at or call 479-285-0148

Check out the website at for more details.

Contact Info: Paula Patterson 479 285-0148

2nd Annual Reformation Festival

Grace Lutheran Church, 18218 US Hwy 71 South, Greenwood, Ark.


October 15, 2011

1 p.m.

Festival includes authentic German food, Brodchen and weisswurst, children's activities and live music. Silent auction ends at 4 p.m. and live auction begins at 4 p.m. Free admission.

Contact Info: 479-996-7747

Cache Mania 2011

North Logan Fairgrounds,Airport Industrial Road and State Hwy 22 East, Paris, Ark.


October 15, 2011

8 a.m.

Geocaching is a family-friendly outdoor sport activity where participants use a GPS or mobile device to hide and seek hidden containers called geocaches. Go online to and post a "will attend." Those who pre-register a "will attend" receive a free goodie bag, which includes an event pathtag. Enjoy free classes on geocaching, games and activities for kids. $500 in cash prizes.

Check it out at or or call the Paris Area Chamber of Commerce for more information.

Contact Info: 479-963-2244

Chick-fil-A-Touch A Truck

Chick-fil-A, 6810 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith, Ark.

Children's event

October 15, 2011

11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Chick-fil-A and Fort Smith Public Schools sponsor the fourth annual Touch A Truck Event. All children can learn more about different trucks that are used in the community. Visit 25-30 drivers, ask questions, climb inside the actual vehicles, and touch the trucks. It's a great educational event and fun for the entire family. Take your cameras. Free.

Contact Info: 479-434-0011, 479-461-7761

Devil's Den State Park Anniversary Hike

Devil's Den State Park, meet by the suspension bridge below the dam at 7 miles west of exit 45 off of I-540; 17 miles southwest of exit 53 off of I-540, West Fork, Ark.


October 15, 2011

9 a.m.

Join avid hikers, Dorothea and David Justice, for a hike to see some very beautiful and secluded areas. Explore areas seldom seen and experience a little of the park's history in celebration of the anniversary of the arrival of the Civilian Conservation Corp Boys. See parts of the Devils Den Trail, Fossil Flats Trail and Yellow Rock Trail, as well as many areas where there are no trails. There will be some scrambling over big rocks and some hill climbing. This fun hike will entail roughly six miles of rugged terrain with many bail-out places. Pack a lunch and take plenty of water. Free.

Contact Info: 479-761-3325

Flipping for Furry Friends-5K Run

MARS Petcare, 10000 Roberts Boulevard (watch for signs on Massard Road or Chad Colley Blvd.), Fort Smith, Ark.


October 15, 2011

7 a.m. Registration; 9 a.m. Race Begins

Flipping for Furry Friends 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run benefits Flame Gymnastics teams and Sebastian County Humane Society. October is "Adopt a Shelter Pet Month." Sebastian County Humane Society will be on hand at 11 a.m. with shelter dogs for adoption. Expect vendors, food and drinks and lots of shelter dogs.

Registration is $25/individual and $50/family and will be on site before the race. Sponsored by Mars Pet Care.

Flipping for Furry Friends 5k and 1 Mile Fun Run is on Facebook.

Contact Info: 479-783-4395

William Clayton's 171st Birthday Party in the Gazebo

The Clayton House Historic Museum, 514 North Sixth Street, Fort Smith, Ark.

Living History Special Event

October 15, 2011

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Celebrate the 171st birthday of William Henry Harrison Clayton and the addition to this Victorian mansion and museum in the Belle Grove Historic District: "Polly's Dream" gazebo. Take a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy live music and historical entertainment in the gazebo, try your hand at Victorian games and enjoy free hot dogs and desserts. Take a tour of the museum to learn about the life, career and family of the federal prosecutor of the famed court of Judge Isaac C. Parker. Free.

Contact Info: 479-783-3000

J.R's Country Variety Show

King Opera House, 427 Main Street, Van Buren, Ark.

Live Music

October 15, 2011

7 p.m.

Tickets are $5 and are available at the door. Call for more information.

Contact Info: 479-474-2426

Robotics Competition Preview

Central Mall, Fort Smith


October 15, 2011

10 a.m.-4 p.m.

River Valley BEST Robotics Mall Day will give the community a teaser preview of the upcoming robotics competition. The game themed “Bugs” is based on the accidental release of genetically engineered insects into the environment. View the entire game field and see the teams practice using their robots.

For more information, call or e-mail John Martini:

Contact Info: 479-788-7772

Judge Isaac C. Parker's 173rd Birthday Party

Fort Smith Museum of History

Family event

October 15, 2011

2 - 4 p.m.

The 173rd birthday of legendary Judge Isaac C. Parker will be celebrated at the Fort Smith Museum of History from 2 to 4 p.m.

Enjoy free cake and punch, tours of the Judge Parker Exhibit and visit with "the Judge" about the outlaws and U.S. Deputy Marshals he knew.

Families will enjoy free wagon rides and a wild-west shoot out. It's a great day at the museum!

Contact Info: Sue Robison 479-629-5998

Pocola Band Booster 2nd Annual Fish Fry

Pocola High School cafeteria


October 15, 2011

4 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Pocola Band Boosters 2nd Annual Fall Fish Fry Saturday, October 15, 2011 4pm – 7pm High School Cafeteria Fish, Pinto Beans, Hush Puppies, Coleslaw, Dessert & Drink There will be carnival games for the kids. for your tickets call 479-420-6056 $5.00 per person

Contact Info: Carolyn Sloan 479-420-6056

5th Annual Ghost Hunt on Haunted Hill

Directions to this event will be given upon request via email to after your Paypal payment is received. For questions please call 479-926-9704

Haunted Arkansas

October 15, 2011

Hunts at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.

River Valley Paranormal Research & Investigations presents this annual event is held at an old hospital that is quite possibly the most haunted location in Arkansas, if not this entire region of the U.S.A. This ghost hunt raises money for a great cause. This event is 2 hours long per group and there are many stairs to climb; please wear comfortable shoes.

Tickets are $25 per person (2 tickets $50 etc.) by Paypal through the website link above. Or you can send a cashiers check or money order to RVPRI P.O. Box 181124 Fort Smith, AR. 72918 with your contact information and night and time you want to attend. Please call to see if that time is still available. You can also get your ticket directly from an RVPRI team member.

No one under 18 is allowed without an adult and no one under 15 will be permitted to attend.

ATTENTION: You are free to bring any hand held equipment and use it, so long as it does not interfere with the other hunters experience. No equipment can be left unattended. Important Paypal information Please read! Print your receipt and bring it with you as this will be your ticket if buying through Paypal Do not lose this receipt as you will not be allowed into the event without it. We are NOT sending tickets in the mail any longer if bought through Paypal Directions to this event will be given upon request via email to after your Paypal payment is received.

Contact Info: For questions please call 479-926-9704

Fall Crawl Pub Crawl in Downtown Fort Smith

14 venues on and near Garrison Avenue in downtown Fort Smith

Downtown Event

October 15, 2011

6 p.m. - Midnight

It's time for Fort Smith's fall pub crawl! Pub Crawl cups are $5 and draws at the 14 participating venues are $2. Come out for all the fun and live music throughout downtown!

Contact Info: 479-784-1001

Nature Center Photo Contest Entries Accepted

Janet Huckabee Nature Center, 8300 Wells Lake Road, Fort Smith, AR 72923


September 2, 2011 - October 15, 2011

Deadline 6 p.m. October 15, at Bedford's Camera and Video of Fort Smith. , 2801 Rogers Ave.

Would you like to participate in this year's photo contest? Drop off your submission at Bedford's Camera and Video. Also, you can pick up the rules and entry form at the Nature Center front desk or download off the website.

Contact Info: Kendra at 479-452-3993

Green Tara Arts and Crafts Fair

Green Tara Healing Art Center, 5300 Hwy 64, Van Buren, Ark.


October 15, 2011 - October 16, 2011

10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Open to local and non-local artists with flair and all levels of talent. All types of media are welcome from the beginner to professional art or crafts which must be made by the artist. Go online for more information.

Contact Info: 479-806-8006

Corn Maze Madness

Wild Things Farm, 700 Beaty, Pocola, Okla. (15 minutes from Miss Laura's Visitors Center in Fort Smith)

Fall Farm Fun

October 15, 2011 - October 16, 2011

Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun., 12 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visit our corn maze, and experience a twisting and winding fun-filled time with friends and family! The gift shop and snack bar will be open also. Come find your favorite snacks, which you can enjoy on the new deck while you watch the farm activities.

Costs: $8 per person includes maze, hayride, animals & pie pumpkin

Contact Info: 918-626-4053

10th Annual Bordertown Bash

Fort Smith Park Riverfront Drive (formerly known as Clayton Expressway), Fort Smith, Ark.

BBQ Cook-Off Festival

October 14, 2011 - October 16, 2011

5 p.m. Oct. 14

The 10th Annual Bordertown Bash has changed from a Friday night arrival and Saturday turn into a Friday or Saturday night arrival and a Sunday turn in. This will allow more teams to enjoy this great KCBS event. Enjoy the infectous smell of award-winning BBQ being prepared. Oct. 16 will feature the judging and awards ceremony. Proceeds from this year's event will go to Cops and Kids at Christmas.

Contact Info: 479-561-6911

Battle of Massard Prairie Re-enactment

Massard Prairie (off Old Greenwood Road behind Rheem) Fort Smith, Ark.

Civil War Living History Special Event

October 14, 2011 - October 16, 2011

9 a.m.

Confederate re-enactors fire blanks at their Union counterparts during the Battle of Massard Prairie. The annual mock battle, held annually to commemorate the July 27, 1863 Civil War battle, is presented by the Northwest Arkansas Re-enactors Association, the Fort Smith Civil War Roundtable and the Fort Smith Parks and Recreation Department at the Massard Prairie Battlefield Park.

Contact Info: 479-769-4738

Yonder Mountain String Band's Harvest Music Festival on Mulberry Mountain

Mulberry Mountain Lodging and Events, Ozark, Arkansas

Live Music / Festival

October 13, 2011 - October 16, 2011

See website. Full 2011 lineup and schedule TBA.

Mark your calendars folks . . . the 2011 Yonder Mountain String Band's Harvest Festival returns to the beautiful setting of Mulberry Mountain on October 13th -16th! We're planning a host of exciting changes and surprises for this year's event, so be on the lookout for more details, announcements and ticket information this spring

The recommended route to Mulberry Mountain is from the South off of Interstate 40. From Interstate 40, take the Ozark exit (#35) and travel approximately 16 miles to the North on Highway 23. Upon your initial arrival to the festival, you'll be required to visit the box office to obtain your wristbands.

See website for additional information, updates, photos, ticket info, and to be added to the mailing list.

Contact Info: See website for contact information.

October Gallery and Studio Exhibition

Center For Art & Education, 104 North 13th Street, Van Buren, Ark.

Art Exhibit

October 2, 2011 - October 28, 2011

1-4 p.m.

Exhibit features Bill and Gloria Garrison. Opening Reception October 2, 1-4 p.m.

Contact Info: 479-474-4411

The Park at West End-Ferris Wheel and Carousel

The Park at West End, Garrison Avenue and North 2nd Street, Fort Smith, Ark.

Parks and Amusements

August 19, 2011 - October 29, 2011

4-10 p.m. Fridays; Noon-10 p.m. Saturdays

Experience the Park at West End ferris wheel and carousel. The ferris wheel is from the 1935 World's Fair in San Diego, Calif. The hand-painted carousel was built by the Bertazzon Co. in Treviso, Italy. You can eat breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Boomarang Diner or stop by the Double-Decker Bus concession stand serving everything from hot dogs to candy. The park also features a video arcade and lots of open space for parties. No outside food allowed. $1 per person per ride.

Contact Info: 479-784-2368

"In The Neighborhood" Painting Exhibit

Miller Branch Library, 8701 South 28th Street, Fort Smith, Ark.


October 1, 2011 - October 31, 2011

Library Hours

Pat Lappin will be showing her latest oil paintings. "In The Neighborhood" will feature paintings inspired by inviting scenes in Fort Smith, Van Buren and Northwest Arkansas areas. Paintings include sunlit porches, garden gates and church spires lifting above the trees. Free to view.

Contact Info: 479-646-3945

Paintings by Barbara Loftin

Fort Smith Public Library-Community Room, 3201 Rogers Avenue

Art Exhibit

October 1, 2011 - October 31, 2011

Library Hours

The Fort Smith Public Library will host artist Barbara Loftin. Loftin, who has been interested and involved in art since she was young, has lived in Arkansas since 1974 and recently moved to Fort Smith. She works with oil paints on prepared hard board or canvas using palette knives and brushes. Free to view.

Contact Info: 479-783-0229

Paintings by Maggie Malloy

Dewey's Cafe at the Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith, Ark.

Art Exhibit

October 1, 2011 - October 31, 2011

Library Hours

Maggie Malloy will exhibit her original artwork during the month of October. Malloy has had a lifelong appreciation for art. Her study began with Julie Mayser in 2004 with concentration on pastels. Since that time she has explored studies in oils and watercolors. Malloy paints from her imagination as well as memories from many years' worth of travel.

Contact Info: 479-783-0229

Exhibit - Struggle and Strife: South Sebastian County Families in the Civil War Era

Old Jail Museum Complex, Southeast corner of the Greenwood town square, Greenwood, AR


May 5, 2011 - October 31, 2011

11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Thursday - Saturday

The South Sebastian County Historical Society is hosting an exhibit entitled "Struggle and Strife: South Sebastian County Families in the Civil War Era." The exhibit will feature weapons, documents and artifacts of the Civil War in South Sebastian County. There is a special emphasis on family accounts of events occurring on their farms, homes and in their communities and how the Civil War impacted their lives.

Contact Info: or

The Monkey House

The Monkey House 5504 Wheeler Avenue Fort Smith, Ark.

Children's Activities

September 2, 2011 - December 31, 2011

Mon. & Tues. 4-8 p.m.; Private parties on Wed.; Thurs. - Fri. 10 a.m. -2 p.m. and 4-8 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-noon and Teen Night 7-10:30 p.m.; Sun. Noon-3 p.m.

The Monkey House is Fort Smith's newest party and play place for children ages 1-12. Regular admission: $8 for kids. Parents bounce for free always. Socks are required!

Contact Info: 479-226-3400

Exhibit: Inuit and Native Alaskan Artifacts

Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith, Ark.

Art / History/ Archaeology/ Culture

March 1, 2011 - December 31, 2011

Geneology Department Hours: Monday 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Tuesday 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Wednesday-Friday 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 1-5 p.m.

View a collection of Inuit and Native Alaskan artifacts on display at the Fort Smith Public Library main branch. This special collection features a number of unique soapstone sculptures from the Baffin Islands, an Alaskan Ivory Tusk Scrimshaw, an Ivory Walrus Tusk Scrimshaw and other artifacts representative of the Inuit and Native Alaskan cultures. This one-of-a-kind collection is on loan from local friends of the Fort Smith Public Library.

Contact Info: 479-783-0229

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