New MUFON group forms

The Mutual UFO Network will begin holding meetings from 3-4:30 p.m. the third Friday each month in the Carnegie Room at the Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Ave. The first meeting will be this Friday. All stories will be honored with respect. Call 782-1411 for information.

ATU wind ensemble to play

The Arkansas Tech University Symphonic Wind Ensemble will perform at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Fort Smith Northside High School. Admission is free. Visit for information.

Spiro Mounds program slated

The next Communities and Cultures in Fort Smith — Exploring Identities in the Region will be held at 6 p.m. March 22 at the Fort Smith Museum of History, 320 Rogers Ave. Dennis Peterson, director of the Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center will discuss the "prehistoric gateway" of the region. The program is part of the Fort Smith Bicentennial celebration.

The program is included with museum admission of $7 for adults, $5 for veterans and active members of the military, $2 for children and free for children younger than 6. Visit for information.

Learn about good nutrition

The UAMS West Central Center on Aging will host a Healthy Cooking class at noon March 28 at the Donald W. Reynolds Cancer Support House, 3324 S. M St. in Fort Smith. Learn how to cook nutritious and delicious food for your family on a budget. Each class includes a recipe with preparation instructions and a prepared meal. Seating is limited, so reservations are required. Call 782-6302 or (800) 262-9917 to reserve a spot.

Library to host Easter event

Easter Eggs-travaganza will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 31 at the Alma Public Library, 624 Fayetteville Ave. in Alma. The event will include an egg hunt, cake, crafts, a visit from the Easter bunny and more. Call (479) 632-4140 for information.

Sign up for crafts class

The Mulberry Public Library, 220 N. Main St. in Mulberry, will host a craft class at 1 p.m. April 3. All supplies will be provided, but preregistration is required. Call (479) 997-1226 to register.

Jonestown survivor to speak

Laura Johnston Kohl will offer a lecture titled “Don’t Drink the Kool Aid: Advice from a Jonestown Survivor” at 6 p.m. April 5 in Room 300 of the Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center, 305 West Q St. on the Arkansas Tech University campus in Russellville. A reception will precede the lecture at 5:30 p.m., and Kohl will sign copies of her 2010 book “Jonestown Survivor: An Insider’s Look” following the lecture. Kohl was one of 87 members of the Peoples Temple who survived the Jonestown massacre in Guyana on Nov. 18, 1978. A total of 918 individuals perished in what was the single largest loss of American civilian life by a deliberate act until Sept. 11, 2001.

Admission is free. Contact Dr. Joshua Lockyer, associate professor of anthropology, at for information.

Dance workshop slated

Miss K's Unity Dance Intensive/Hip Hop Technique workshops and events will be held April 7-8 at Adelaide Hall, 318 Garrison Ave. The events will include hip hop classes and choreography for beginning, intermediate, advance and beginner adult from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. April 7, followed by a meet-and-greet session with hors d'oeuvres, photos, a Q&A and prizes from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 8. The Dancer Showcase will be held from 4-6 p.m. April 8.

Class tickets are $35 each or $75 for three classes, while meet-and-greet tickets are $25. Admission to the Hip Hop Battle and the Dancer Showcase is $5 per event.

Visit to register. Visit the Miss K's Dance Bungalow Facebook page for information.

Paddle Battle benefits St. Jude

Propak will host a Paddle Battle ping pong tournament at 10:30 a.m. April 14 at 1100 Garrison Ave. Entry fee is $20 per person, and all proceeds go to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis. This year's goal is to top last year's total of $2,300.

Contact Greg Jensen at or (479) 651-5405 for information.

Museum to present living history ball

The Fort Smith Museum of History will present a 19th century living history ball as part of the Fort Smith Bicentennial from 7-9 p.m. April 14 at the museum, 320 Rogers Ave. The Camp Followers Band with Rosalie Petersen and Danny McMillen will provide music and lessons in the Virginia Reel, the Gay Gordons, the Cumberland Reel and the Military Two-Step.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 8 and older. Period costumes are welcome but not required. Call 783-7841 for reservations or information.

Sign up for Little Miss pageant

The Little Miss Pine Bluff pageant will be held April 21 at the Watson Chapel High School in Pine Bluff. The pageant is open to any Arkansas girl from birth to age 17. There are five age divisions with a winner and two alternates in each. Winners will advance to the Little Miss Arkansas pageant in May in Hot Springs and have half their entry fee paid.

Entry deadline is April 14. Visit or contact Barbara Johnson at (501) 318-7876 for information.