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December 2016 Issue

Christmas Honors is not over until the wreaths are put away
Please volunteer on Jan. 11 to pick up and pack up Christmas Honors Wreaths
Christmas to Share
How can you tell you’ve been doing something a long, long time? When you can’t remember whether this is the 50th year or the 51st. That’s how long Doris and Irene have been hosting Christmas to Share.
Keep a family Christmas tradition – or start something new
Young families can continue family traditions and start new ones of their own.

November 2016 Issue

427 Miles to Magnolia
Writer Brittany Ransom, a big fan of the HGTV series "Fixer Upper," makes Waco, Texas a vacation destination to visit Magnolia, the show's retail headquarters.
Local hunger fighters can use everyone's help
All local hunger fighters can use your help. Links to the web pages of local hunger fighters such from the tiny pantry movement to regional foodbanks.
Tiny Pantries, Big Love
Tiny food pantries, created and refilled by volunteers in Van Buren and Fort Smith, make a big difference.

October 2016 Issue

Air Guard Commander is living a lifelong dream
Col. Bobbi Doorenbos leads the 188th Wing on its new mission: flying remotely piloted aircraft for both combat and intelligence
Enjoy a stay at Gaston’s, with or without casting a line
Even people who are never once going to wet a hook can enjoy a stay at Gaston’s White River Resort in Lakeview, Ark.
Historic Darby Auditorium tour and history talk stars its hand-painted “Queen of Sheba” stage curtain
Historic Darby Auditorium tour and history talk stars its hand-painted “Queen of Sheba” stage curtain

September 2016 Issue

Foxes in the Trees
A photographer accustomed to wildlife surprises in his back yard witnesses something astonishing.
Oct. 1: 10th Annual Paint the Park Pink
Guest writer Lorie Robertson, a founding volunteer for Paint the Park, the annual fundraising walk to end breast cancer, shares the moment she realized that volunteering could save lives, locally.
The Coaches McKinney: Frog & Pollywog
You could say the new athletic director of Fort Smith Public Schools grew up in the business. Darren McKinney's dad, Doug, was a coach here for more than 30 years.
Unexpected Project treats downtown Fort Smith as its canvas
The time is when it is light enough to see. The place is downtown. It is free. What will happen??The point is to go downtown and see.

August 2016 Issue

Open House at the new Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine
On Aug. 21, the community is invited to see the new Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine.

July 2016 Issue

Claire Stovall and John David Clayton - May 21, 2016
For an early start, they liked coffee
Emillie Taake and Captilles Vick - Nov. 14, 2015
A sociable couple's traditional wedding and very fun reception
Montella and Carlos Whitmore - March 26, 2016
Their long love awaited its perfect celebration. Montella "Shay" Norwood and Carlos Whitmore.
Three Weddings & Dozens of Ideas
Three real weddings spark dozens of ideas. These three couples have shared their special days.

June 2016 Issue

Art activities, camps and classes
Art activities, camps and classes held by Fort Smith Regional Art Center, Center for Art & Education, Crea8tive Arts Network, Christ the King Church, UAFS Academy of the Arts, Central Mall and more.
Cover Story
This issue has hundreds of activities for kids this summer - many free!
Dancing through the Summer
Itty bitty ballerinas and seasoned dancers and all of those in between can learn to dance.
Fun in the Sun: Swimming Pools and Parks
Spending time in the sun this summer will be easy to do, whether its spent splashing in the pool, riding the train or playing at the park. There is no shortage of low-cost or even free opportunities.
Kids: Fort Smith National Historic Site
The Fort Smith National Historic Site will offer a number of free special programs this summer focusing on local history and nature.
Kids: Summer Movies
Don’t miss these family friendly movies that parents and kids can enjoy at little or no cost.
Library Events in Sebastian and Crawford County Library Systems
"On Your Mark, Get Set, READ!" is the theme of special summer reading programs at all area libraries. Sign up early in the summer to participate and be eligible for prizes and incentives! Libraries to
Outdoor Adventures
Hike, canoe, try archery or fishing at the River Valley Nature Center and Lake Fort Smith State Park.
Summer Meals for kids provided by schools
Free meals for children and low-cost meals for adults will be provided at many area schools this summer.
The Roberts of Roland
Is everyone in Roland, Okla. named Roberts? Not quite - but this family has deep roots.
UAFS Academy of the Arts Music & Theatre Camps and Lessons
Special classes, private lessons, theater training and a number of band camps are offered for musicians of all ages.
Youth Clubs have safe fun for kids all summer long
All summer long the Boys & Girls Club and Girls, Inc. provide safe fun for kids.

May 2016 Issue

Garrison Commons designed as an open-air gathering space
Clever, minimal design will create an urban pocket park at 913 Garrison Avenue.
Greg Smith River Walk attracting feet even before its grand opening
The new Greg Smith River Walk offers a splendid stroll on the banks of the Arkansas River.
Liza and Hrair Simonian making the rounds, making home work
Liza and Hrair Simonian share their strategy to spend time together as a family.

April 2016 Issue

A Hero Rides Home - Gen. William O. Darby Monument Installation
April 30 is the installation of the Gen. William O. Darby Monument, a bronze sculpture showing Fort Smith's native son and World War II hero riding astride a militlarly motorcycle. 10 a.m. Cisterna Pl
Building within a building designed for Friedman-Mincer project's authenticity
A downtown Fort Smith landmark is reborn with modern design but reclaimed materials. The Friedman-Mincer Building at Texas Corner is the headquarters of Propak, Inc. and a symbol of revitalization.
Fortifiers: Steve Clark
An interview with Steve Clark, whose vision includes revitalizing the Friedman-Mincer building as a catalyst for revitalizing Fort Smith.
Garrett and Ashley Lewis weather whatever storm comes their way
Although Dad is the area's most popular television weatherman, he and his wife still put family first. Here's how Garrett and Ashley Lewis make home work.
Steel Horse Rally Rides Again April 29-30
Massive motorcycle rally will roar into Fort Smith April 29-30

March 2016 Issue

2015 Readers' Favorites Slide Show
Here's a slideshow of all your favorite restaurants, events, shopping, dining and more.
Fortifier: Sam T. Sicard is one of the people making Fort Smith stronger
Fortifier: Sam T. Sicard is one of the people making Fort Smith stronger
Got the grit to run the 2016 Fort Smith Marathon?
How to participate in the 2016 Fort Smith Marathon without running a step – volunteer, donate and sponsor.
In Her Daddy's Digital Footsteps
A dad plans to teach his daughter a love of state park trails.
Rite of Spring: River Valley Lawn & Garden Show
March 18-20, gardeners can express all their pent-up anticipation at the River Valley Lawn &?Garden Show.

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