St. Scholastica Retreat Center

1205 S. Albert Pike, Fort Smith will sponsor a weekend retreat, “Let Your Heart Speak—Stories from the Deep,” on June 23-25, 2017. Presenter Cindy Shaw, Director of Emmaus House Retreat Center in Des Moines, IA, is returning to her hometown for this retreat. Stories help participants to imagine, to be more self-aware when confronting familiar and unfamiliar situations. Drawing from the wisdom of St. Ignatius Loyola, who believed that we can find God in all things, this retreat offers participants the opportunity to “Let Our Heart Speak”, allowing God to draw them into the deep as they reflect on life stories that are instrumental in learning how they were brought into this space with God, one another and with themselves, then allowing them to embrace grace as they move into the future.

Resident Cost: $195.00. Commuter Cost: $150.00. A $50.00 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required at time of registration. Lunch is included.

Free 4th of July Fireworks Show

Choctaw Casino Resort - Pocola invites the community to their free fireworks show on Independence Day. The largest pyrotechnic display in the area will electrify the skies over the property to celebrate the Nation’s birthday. The fireworks show will be set to music courtesy of KISR and Today’s Country The New 93.1 and La Raza and will begin at dusk.

On July 2 and 3 Backroad Anthem, the pop country group from Fayetteville, Ark., will perform a free concert at Gilley’s at Choctaw Casino Resort.

Backroad Anthem: July 2 & 3

Fireworks Show: Tuesday, July 4 at approximately 9:20 p.m.

VISUALS: Fireworks show, community members, Backroad Anthem Band

CONTACT: Kristina Humenesky, Public Relations Manager – Choctaw Nation, 580-380-5967

Hosanna Free Will Baptist Church Announces Their 23rd Vacation Bible School

Mark your calendars to attend this year’s VBS at Hosanna Free Will Baptist Church, 2205 Rice Loop, Charleston. VBS will be held July 24 through July 28, beginning at 6:30-8:45 p.m. each evening. Ages 3 through 12 are invited to come out and learn all about CHRISTIAN OLYMPICS – HOW TO BE A CHAMPION FOR JESUS. A SUPPER MEAL IS SERVED EACH NIGHT. The graduation program will take place on Sunday night, July 30th at 6:30 p.m. For more information, directions, or to pre-register your child(ren), please call 965-3041. We look forward to having you!

Come On Out And Join In The Free Food, Fellowship, Fun & Fireworks!!

Hosanna Free Will Baptist Church 2107 Rice Loop, Charleston on Saturday, July 1st at 6:30 p.m. - ? To celebrate our nation’s birthday and count our blessings Water fun for the kids and youth (please bring a change of clothes and a towel). Hamburgers, hot dogs & trimmings! For any questions or directions to Hosanna, please call 479-965-3184.

Annual Judges Seminar

The Miss Arkansas Executive Director’s Association will hold the annual Judges Seminar on June 17th in Little Rock at the Robinson Auditorium in Ballroom C. Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. and the seminar will begin at 9:30 a.m. The cost of the seminar will be $15.00 per person and take approximately one hour to complete. You must attend the seminar every year to remain on the Arkansas Judges List, and your membership must be renewed yearly. Each year you will be notified by email about seminar dates and locations, rule changes, and membership renewal. The judge’s seminar will be led by Robin Houseworth, Director of Field Operations for the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant. All phases of competition will be covered, along with eligibility to judge, and rules. If you have any questions, or would like to RSVP please contact Marla Keady at 479-719-0736 or you may email