Symphony to observe Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, the Springfield Symphony will welcome baritone Richard Todd Payne back to the stage to sing spirituals and present his interpretation of Martin Luther King Jr.’s "I Have a Dream" speech at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts in Springfield, Mo. A pre-concert talk will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets range from $17-$33 and are available at www.missouristatetix.com or by calling (417) 836-7678.

Travel with the library

Around the World @ Your Library is a free program for preschoolers from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday at the Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Ave. Held in conjunction with the Fort Smith Public Schools preschool program, the event is open to children ages 3-6 and their caregivers.

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

Learn about Fort Smith

As part of Fort Smith's bicentennial celebration, the Fort Smith Museum of History will offer “Communities and Cultures in Fort Smith: Exploring Identities in the Region," a new speaker series addressing the communities and cultures that have influenced and shaped the region and the city as we know it today.

The first program will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 22 at the museum, 320 Rogers Ave., and will feature Capt. Gerald Schaefer and Sgt. Wendal Sampson of the Fort Smith Police Department discussing the department, how it interacts with the community and advancements made.

The second program will be 6 p.m. March 22 with Dennis Peterson, manager at Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center, discussing the “prehistoric gateway” of the region.

Admission to the programs is free with paid museum admission of $7 for adults, $5 for veterans and active members of the military, $2 for children and free for children 6 and younger.

Visit www.fortsmithmuseum.org or call 783-7841 for information.

Celebrate hometown heroes

Phi Gamma Delta fraternity at the University of Central Arkansas and the Conway Fire Department will host Hometown Heroes from 8 a.m. to noon Feb. 24 at the Farris Center on the UCA campus in Conway. The event will feature an all-you-can-eat breakfast, fire truck tours, T-shirts for sale and more.

Cost is $5 per person and free for children 5 and younger. Proceeds from the event will go to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Parenting group set to meet

The Pervasive Parenting Center will host a parent support group meeting at 6 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Pervasive Parenting Center office on the campus of Carl Albert State College in Poteau. The Pervasive Parenting Center offers monthly parent support group meetings to help families find resources, talk to other families and provide moral support for coping with disabilities. This meeting is open to everyone including families, professionals, teachers and more. Childcare will be provided. All services are provided free.

Contact Kodey Toney at (918) 647-1255 or ktoney@pervasiveparentingcenter.org for information.

Farmers market help available

The Arkansas Agriculture Department and Farm Credit will sponsor the third annual Arkansas Farmers Market Promotion Program and the Arkansas Farmers Market Bag Program to build awareness of farmers market locations and their offerings. Grants are available to help with signage, advertising and social media campaigns.

Visit http://www.aad.arkansas.gov/aad-programs to apply by March 2.

Register for CASC Vike Hike

The Carl Albert State College Vike Hike Half Marathon and 5K will be held beginning at 7 a.m. March 10 on the Carl Albert State College campus in Poteau. The 5K will begin at 9 a.m. Both courses are USA Track and Field-certified and will be chip timed. Both events also are Choctaw Nation PACE program events.

Vike Hike race shirts and color-changing sunglasses will be given to anyone registered by Feb. 21. Visit www.runsignup.com or contact Hali Replass at (918) 647-1222 or hrepass@carlalbert.edu to register. All proceeds from the event benefit the CASC Alumni Association.

2018 Century Farm program open

The Arkansas Agriculture Department is accepting applications for the 2018 Arkansas Century Farm program through May 31. Arkansas Century Farm families have owned and farmed the same land for at least 100 years. Since the program began in 2012, 376 farms have been certified. Visit http://www.aad.arkansas.gov/arkansas-century-farm-program to apply. There is no cost to apply. Contact Mary Elizabeth Lea at (501) 683-4851 or Maryelizabeth.Lea@aad.ar.gov for information.