Bost fundraiser set for Thursday

Bost Inc., in conjunction with Painting with a Twist, will host Painting with a Purpose to support the ArTs at Bost Program from 7-9 p.m. Thursday at 3875 Phoenix Ave. Participants should arrive 15-30 minutes early to prepare and bring their own beer, wine and snacks.

Tickets are $35 with 50 percent of the proceeds going directly to Bost. The ArTs at Bost program is a fun and educational way for individuals to find a creative outlet, help them achieve their goals of artistic expression and greatly improve their belief in themselves.

Contact Laura Lewis at (479) 479-5654 or llewis@bost.org for information.

Union Christian to hold yard sale

Union Christian Academy will hold its massive yard sale fundraiser from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 4201 Windsor Ave. Kona Ice will be there from 10 a.m. to noon. A truck will be on site for Mustard Seed donations.

UAFS to host 'Grand Night' concert

University of Arkansas at Fort Smith students will take the stage for a wide selection of musical numbers during “A Grand Night for Singing,” the annual musical event held as the final show of the university’s Season of Entertainment 36.

The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. May 2 in the ArcBest Corp. Performing Arts Center of the Fort Smith Convention Center, 55 S. Seventh St. Tickets are $6 for general admission and free for UAFS students and employees.

Visit www.tickets.uafs.edu or call 788-7300 to purchase tickets.

Garden to host documentary premiere

The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks will host the northwest Arkansas premiere of a new documentary film, "The Favored Strawberry," at 6 p.m. May 2 at 4703 N. Crossover Road in Fayetteville. The screening will begin at 7 p.m. The film from Emmy award-winning duo Larry Foley and Dale Carpenter tracks the National Strawberry Sustainability Initiative, which was funded by the Walmart Foundation.

Admission is free, but seating is limited. Call (479) 750-2620 or visit www.bgozarks.org for information.

Casino to host charity blackjack tournament

Choctaw Casino Resort Pocola will host a Spring Charity Blackjack Tournament at 6 p.m. Thursdays May 4-June 15 at 3400 Choctaw Road in Pocola. Registration begins at 5 p.m. each night.

The top three weekly finalists will compete in the Main Event on June 22 for a chance to win $10,000. Choctaw Casino Resort Pocola will take the total number of buy-ins at the end of the seven weeks, and the total will be matched and donated to the Mercy Health Foundation’s NICU program.

There is a $40 buy-in and a maximum of 42 participants. The weekly prize pool is dependent on the number of entries. Participants must be 21 or older.

Visit www.choctawcasinos.com/choctaw-pocola/game/table-games-promotions/ for information.

Film festival returns to Little Rock

Czech That Film Festival will return for a third year beginning at 7 p.m. May 5 and at noon May 6 at The Riverdale 10 VIP Cinema, 2600 Cantrell Road in Little Rock. Films include "The Teacher," "The Noonday Witch," "Devil's Mistress," "I, Olga Hepnarova" and "The Tiger Theory." All films will screen with English subtitles. Additionally, director Jan Hřebejk will hold a Q-&-A following the screening of his film, "The Teacher."

Admission is free, but reservations are required through www.czechthatfilm2017.eventbrite.com. Visit visit www.czechthatfilm.com for information.

Masons to host community BBQ

Uniontown Masonic Lodge No. 395 will hold a community barbecue beginning at 11 a.m. May 6 at 9914 Uniontown Highway in Uniontown. Meal includes all you can eat smoked brisket, smoked bologna, smoked ribs, chicken strips, baked beans, potato salad, coleslaw, cold drinks and desserts. No alcoholic beverages, please.

Cost is $10 for adults or to-go plates, $4 for children ages 6-10 and free for children younger than 6. Call Doug Cameron at (479) 474-0183 for information.

Music Coterie celebrates music week

The Fort Smith Music Coterie will meet at 10 a.m. May 11 at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 5401 Free Ferry. There will be a proclamation by Mayor Sandy Sanders declaring the week of May 7-14 as National Music Week, and Dr. Stephen Husarik, Ph.D., will present the program on Scott Joplin.

Call (479) 484-0212 for information.

Blues Festival lineup announced

The Fort Smith Riverfront Blues Festival will be held June 23-24 at Riverfront Park, 121 Riverfront Drive. Featured bands include the Willie Stradlin Duo, JP Soars & The Red Hots, the Cate Brothers, Good Luck Slim, Oreo Blue, Kenny Neal and the Jesse Dean Band.

Tickets are $15 per night or $25 for both nights and will be available for purchase at the gate.

Unexpected returns to Fort Smith

The 2017 Unexpected, a festival that involves internationally known mural artists and other events, will be held July 28-29 in downtown Fort Smith. The event's lineup will be announced in June. Set to be held during the same weekend as the Peacemaker Music & Arts Fest, The Unexpected won a 2017 Henry Award for Community Tourism Development and was designed to help create awareness for various styles of urban and contemporary art. The Justkids organization acts as curator for The Unexpected.

Visit www.unexpectedfs.com and The Unexpected's Facebook page for information.

Chief honored for preservation

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker was recently honored with the 2017 Preservation Leadership Award by Preservation Oklahoma at the Overholser Mansion in Oklahoma City. The award acknowledges the work of individuals and groups whose tenacity, courage and determination are the backbone of successful preservation projects across Oklahoma.

Baker has overseen the renovation and preservation of many cultural projects, including Cherokee Nation's most iconic structure, the Cherokee National Capitol building. He also supported the purchase of Sequoyah’s Cabin from the Oklahoma Historical Society when the state of Oklahoma was no longer able to operate the national historic landmark and popular tourist attraction due to state budget cuts. Under his leadership, Cherokee Nation continues to maintain a strong relationship with the Oklahoma Historical Society and helps maintain and operate historic sites throughout Cherokee Nation’s jurisdiction.