United Way seeking volunteers

United Way of Fort Smith Area will sponsor the 25th annual Day of Caring on April 26 in Crawford, Sebastian, Franklin, LeFlore, Logan and Sequoyah counties. United Way is seeking 1,000 volunteers to sign up to help community agencies by spending time with seniors, painting, cleaning, landscaping or performing any of a number of other needed tasks. Volunteers can sign up as individuals or in group such as families, co-workers or businesses.

Visit unitedwayfortsmith.org to volunteer or for information. Anyone who signs up by Friday is guaranteed a free Day of Caring t-shirt.

Tribe offering veterans rides

The Cherokee Nation is partnering with Grand Gateway Community Development Foundation to ensure safe, reliable transit services for veterans to and from medical appointments, according to a recent news release from the tribe.

Veterans’ Ride Connect is a consortium of six transit providers working together to take Cherokee and non-Cherokee veterans where they need to go throughout more than 25 counties, including Sequoyah and LeFlore counties. The rides will be offered for free or at discounted prices, the release states. Veterans with transportation needs can call Veterans’ Ride Connect at (855) 735-4826 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday to learn about transportation options, fares and to schedule a ride. Long-distance trips should be booked at least three days in advance.

Visit www.veteransrideconnect.org or email info@veteransrideconnect.org for information.

Civic club honors physician

Longtime Fort Smith physician Dr. Cole Goodman was recently awarded the Fort Smith Noon Exchange Club’s Book of Golden Deeds award. The award is given to local volunteers in recognition of their contributions to the community. Visit www.FortSmithNoonExchange.com for information.

Democratic Party set to meet

The Sebastian County Democratic Party of Arkansas will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the Riverfront Building, 121 Riverfront Drive. Moms Demand Action members will speak as will candidate for lieutenant governor Dr. Anthony Bland.

Friends of the Library to meet

The Greenwood Friends of the Library will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Scott Sebastian Regional Public Library, 18 S. Adair St. in Greenwood.

UAFS professor to discuss Chopin

Dr. Stephen Husarik, professor of humanities and music at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, will talk about the life and work on Frederic Chopin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Breedlove Auditorium, 5120 Grand Ave. The talk is free, and Husarik will focus on Chopin's formative years and the composition of “Ballade in G minor,” a piece made famous in the 2002 film “The Pianist.”

Contact Husarik at 788-7555 or Stephen.husarik@uafs.edu for information.

Commissioner to discuss Oak Cemetery

The Fort Smith Historical Society will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Community Room at the Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Ave. Chuck Girard of Fort Smith will discuss the history of Oak Cemetery.

'Vietgone' coming to NWA

The irreverent comedy "Vietgone' will be performed Wednesday through April 12 at TheatreSquared at Walton Arts Center's Nadine Baum Studio, 505 W. Spring St. in Fayetteville. The play, written by Qui Nguyen, is about how his parents, refugees from Saigon in 1975, found each other in a relocation camp at Fort Chaffee. Tickets range from $17 to $48 and are available at theatre2.org or by calling (479) 443-5600.

Come share your talent

Dewey's Cafe will host an Open Mic Night at 7 p.m. Thursday inside the Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Ave. Musicians, poets and other talented folks are invited to perform. Sign up at the door; arrive early to ensure a spot on the list. Showcase your talent, or just come and listen> Music or poetry does not have to be original work. Acoustic music only please.

Visit www.fortsmithlibrary.org or call 783-0229 for information.

Mall to host Easter events

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny will be held from 10-11 a.m. Saturday at Central Mall, 5111 Rogers Ave. Children age 2-10 will receive a free breakfast. Limited to the first 200 children.

The Mall also will host Bunny Cares, an opportunity for children with special needs and their families to have a photo with the Easter bunny, from 10-11:30 a.m. March 18.

Call (479) 452-1866 for information.

Learn about health-care changes

AARP will host an informational public event from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Ave. Vanessa Nehus, the associate director for Advocacy for AARP Arkansas, will present information on pending changes that could affect Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, caregiver issues, long-term care and other topics that affect those 50 or older. The information will cover both state and national laws.

Auditions scheduled

Andmore Productions Co. will hold auditions for it's next production, "Park Girl," at 7 p.m. March 19-20 at the New Theatre, 11 N. 10th St. The romantic comedy will be staged April 26-29. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/168725720601839/?ti=cl for information.

Learn about Jews in the Ozarks

Mara Cohen Ioannides, president of the Midwest Jewish Studies Association, will present "A History of Jews in the Ozarks" at noon March 21 at the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, 118 W. Johnson Ave. in Springdale. Call (479) 750-8165 or visit shilohmuseum.org for information.

Learn to make burlap decor

The Van Buren Public Library, 1409 Main St. in Van Buren, will host a Crafterwork program for adults from 6-7 p.m. March 22. The topic will be painted burlap decor. Supplies will be provided, but space is limited. Call (479) 474-6045 or email bwaid@crawfordcountylib.org to sign up or for information.

Angel award nominations open

Project Compassion is seeking community nominations for the Gloria White Community Angel award through March 23. Named for the Project Compassion founder, the award is meant to recognize an individual for contributions and service to the elderly in the region. The award will be presented during the Community Awards and Volunteer Appreciation luncheon at 11:30 a.m. April 11 in the Monsignor Wm. Galvin Parish Hall at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 22 N. 13th St.

Visit www.projectcompassioninc.com for information or to nominate someone. Nominations can be made in person at 1205 S. Albert Pike.

Register for genealogy seminar

The Cherokee Family Research Center will host a genealogy seminar from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 14 at the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art, 2021 E. 71st St. in Tulsa. Participants will learn how to begin their ancestry search and discover various resources available.

Cost is $40 for Cherokee National Historical Society members and $60 for nonmembers. Lunch is not included. Space is limited. Call (918) 456-6007, ext. 6162, or email ashley-vann@cherokee.org to reserve a spot.

‘Nanyehi’ returns to Tulsa in May

"Nanyehi – The Story of Nancy Ward," an original musical based on the life of one of the most influential women in Cherokee history, will be performed May 4-5 at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tulsa. Tickets are $15 for the general public and $10 for Cherokee Nation citizens and children 12 and younger. Call (918) 384-7625 to order. Visit www.nanyehi.com for information.

Race to fight substance abuse

The Second Chances Recovery 5K Race and Fun Run will be held at 9 a.m. May 5 at the Poteau Retirement Center parking lot, 2880 Central St. in Poteau. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. Entry fee for the chip-timed 5K is $25 and $15 for the Fun Run.

Visit www.runsignup.com, www.secondchancesok.com or the Second Chances Recovery and Retail Store, 2312 N. Broadway in Poteau, to register. Preregistration deadline for the 5K is Aug. 27.