Poteau man crowned for weight loss

Vernon Krebs of Poteau was recently named the Oklahoma King for weight loss by the international Take Off Pounds Sensibly program during its International Recognition Days event. Krebs lost 35.4 pounds.

Visit TOPS,org or call (800) 932-8677 for information about the weight-loss program.

State park offers nature programs

Lake Dardanelle State Park, 100 State Park Drive in Russellville, will host "The Lorax" program at 9 a.m. Saturday at the park. Meet a park interpreter in the Lakeview Room of the park visitor center, listen to a reading of Dr. Seuss' "The Lorax" and become part of The Lorax Project to help save the natural environment.

The park also offers one-hour lake cruises on Lake Dardanelle and the Arkansas River, weather permitting, several times each month. September dates and times include 9 a.m. Sunday and Sept. 10, 26 and 30; 10 a.m. Sept. 8 and 23; 2 p.m. Sept. 18; and 6 p.m. Sept. 15 and 21. Boarding begins 15 minutes ahead of each tour at the boat dock near the south ramp.Registration is required. Call (479) 967-5516 to register of for information.

Library offering free programs

The Fort Smith Public Library will offer free programs Wednesday for children and their families including:

• Ice Cream Wednesday for all ages, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dallas Branch Library, 8100 Dallas St., (479) 484-5650.

• Lights, Camera, Action! Creative Story Time for children and families, 4 p.m. Wednesday, Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Ave., (479) 783-0229.

Visit FortSmithLibrary.org for information.

Sebastian County Democrats to meet

The Democratic Party of Sebastian County will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Sept. 10 at Riverfront Park Event Building, 121 Riverfront Drive. State Sen. Joyce Elliott will be the guest speaker, and attendees also will hear from Democratic candidates for justice of the peace including Valeria Robinson, District 8, Jo Elsken, District 12 and Susan Simkowski, District 13.

Additionally, Josh Mahony, candidate for the 3rd congressional district seat, will hold a town hall event from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 11 in the Community Room at the Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Ave.

Botanical Garden welcomes chefs

The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks will host its Chefs in the Garden event from 6-8:30 p.m. Sept. 11 on the grounds, 4703 N. Crossover Road in Fayetteville. A baker's dozen of area chefs will be presenting a selection of sweet and savory creations. Mario Valdovino, corporate executive chef and senior director of culinary innovations at Tyson Foods will be the honorary chef of the evening.

Tickets are $50 for BGO members and $75 for nonmembers. Visit BGOzarks.org or call (479) 750-2620 for information or tickets.

Learn about edible trees, plants

Dr. Tamara Walkingstick will lead a workshop on edible p;ants and trees from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 15 at Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area, 20201 Arkansas 12 in Hindsville. Dr. Walkingstick has worked for the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service as an associate professor of forestry and serves on the boards of the Arkansas American Indian Center, Arkansas Women In Agriculture, the National Network of Forest Practitioners, and is a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.

Cost for the workshop is $15 per person. Visit FriendsOfHobbs.com or call (479) 789-5000 for information or reservations.

Sign up for Open Studio lunch

The Center for Art and Education's Open Studio will host a lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 19 at the center, 104 N. 13th St. in Van Buren. Come learn how Open Studio can help artist grow and develop their talents and learn about the progress of CAE's move to downtown Van Buren.

Seating is limited. Call (479) 474-7767 to RSVP by Wednesday.

Alma entertainment season revealed

The Alma Performing Arts Center will begin hosting its 2018-19 entertainment season with a concert by the Bellamy Brothers at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6 at the center, 103 E. Main St. in Alma. Other season events will include "The Wizard of Oz" at 8 p.m. Oct. 6; Ernie Haase and the Martins at 3 p.m. Nov. 4; Peter Noone and Herman's Hermits at 8 p.m. Dec. 8; "Steel Magnolias" at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21; and the Association at 8 p.m. March 30. Bonus shows will include Myles Savage's Last Original Stars at 7 p.m. Oct. 27; "The Adams Family" Nov. 29 through Dec. 2; "Charlotte's Web" March 8-10; and the U.S. Navy Concert Band at 7 p.m. March 13. Tickets for the shows vary in price and can be purchased by calling (479) 632-2129 and at AlmaPAC.org. Season tickets also are available and begin at $127.50. 

Visit the Alma Performing Arts Center Facebook page for information.

Health fair slated

LeFlore County Coalition for Healthy Living will host a LeFlore County Health and Services Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center, 105 Reynolds Ave. in Poteau. The event will feature free information for healthy living, free blood sugar and blood pressure screenings, free cholesterol checks, free local resources and much more.

Call Amy Graves at LeFlore County Youth Services at (918) 647-4196 for information.

Sign up for boater education

Learn about Arkansas' safe boating laws and practices in a two-evening class held at 6 p.m. Sept. 17 and 18 in the visitor center at Lake Dardanelle State Park, 100 State Park Drive in Russellville. Anyone born after 1985 must take and pass an approved Arkansas Game and Fish Boating Education Course and carry proof that he or she has satisfactorily completed the course in order to operate a motorboat in Arkansas. The law also affects operators of sailboats. After passing the test, you will receive your boater education card.

This is a free course, but you must pre-register online at Register-ed.com/.