C’mon, admit it. You’ve bailed on your New Year’s resolutions. Instead, how about just trying something new?
It’s a sneaky way to change up the same old ...
and you may find new friends, new habits, new resolve and new accomplishments.
We happen to know there are plenty of new things to try!
Ride a riverfront bike
Swipe a card, take a ride!
New rental bikes await
at Fort Smith Riverfront Park.
Connect with a child
Check in with
your church or even your neighbors.
There’s a child you can help.
Try an art class
and the Center for Art & Education offer art
opportunities all the time! Check monthly in our calendar of events!
Try a performance
Attend a live performance (our pages are full of them) or try one yourself. This year, audition for a play. Try an open mic. Sing with a choir.
Taste a local beverage
Have you tried a craft beer or a locally vinted wine? Start here in Fort Smith or take a short drive to Arkansas’ wine country.
Try a TRAIL
Try helping animals
Every non-profit animal welfare organization needs your volunteer time or your donations. Or try adopting a new friend to love.
What skill can you share? Volunteer to lead free, small classes at your local libraries, youth clubs or at your church. Or learn to teach an adult to read at the Literacy Council of Western Arkansas.
Try a new app
Libraries teach patrons how to use new devices to check out materials. Also, try distrx, a new informational app about downtown Fort Smith.
If you know you need help with something that is harming your life, please make this the day you seek recovery through change, a program
or treatment. Please accept help and treatment. You are worthy of it.
Run a race
Try meeting in person
Don’t text. Don’t call. Don’t email.
Try meeting face to face to make much better connections with clients, friends and family.
Try a club
Register to vote
Contact the office of your County Clerk. Fill out a paper registration form. The deadline to register in an upcoming election is 30 days before the election date.
Try growing something
Make this the year you grow at least one green thing, indoors or outside.
Eat something different
What an opportunity to try something new! New restaurants are opening all the time. In this area, you can try American, Asian, Greek, Latin American, Mexican, Indian, vegan, food trucks and more. Make it an adventure to try a restaurant you’ve never tried before. Support local eateries with your patronage.
Invite a group here
Do you have a chance to invite a professional, work-related, social or family group to meet here, in this area? Contact your town’s
visitors bureau, chamber or city government to see how excited they would be to help you plan a reunion, meeting or
conference in one of our area hometowns.
Earn a patch
Not only for Scouts! The Arkansas Game & Fish Commission has a program for learning outdoor skills. Start at the River Valley Nature Center. Earn a patch for fishing, kayaking, observing nature, archery and more! Try learning new skills in the outdoors. Wear that patch proudly!
Recycle your stuff
Try to think of clearing out clutter as giving your stuff a new life with someone else. Don’t trash it, donate to programs like the Habitat Restore, church clothes closets, the Salvation Army, Goodwill or others.
Reduce, Re-use, Recycle!
Try your secret ambition
We don’t know your dream, but try to follow it this year. Maybe you want a promotion. Maybe you meant to write a novel. Maybe you want to start a business. We can’t guess what it may be. But in every issue, we note a world of help, instruction and encouragement offered from local sources. Don’t just read about it and daydream. Do it! Or take your first steps to find out how start. Don’t wait. Try!