Library offers puzzle, reading challenge

National Crossword Puzzle Day is Dec. 21. Help the Windsor Branch of the Fort Smith Public Library solve their giant crossword puzzle by adding to the puzzle each time you visit until Dec. 21. Then celebrate National Crossword Puzzle Day with books, cookies and hot chocolate all day Dec. 21 at 4701 Windsor Drive.

Challenge yourself with the Holiday Reading Challenge through Jan. 7 at the Dallas Branch of the Fort Smith Public Library, 8100 Dallas St. Kids, teens and adults are invited to participate. Prizes will be awarded to children younger than 12 who read 10 books, and teens and adults who read three books before Jan 7. Audiobooks and eBooks count.

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Springfield Symphony to perform

The Springfield Symphony will perform music from "Frozen," "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and more at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts. Preconcert music will begin at 7 p.m.

Tickets range from $11 to $36 and may be purchased by calling (417) 836-7678 or online at Discounts are available for students and seniors.

HAM radio classes forming

Have you often wondered what it would be like to talk to the astronauts on the ISS or make new and renew old friendships from people from all over the world using a wire antenna and a modest radio?

Are you interested in true wireless communications or enjoy building science projects and showing all your friends and family how they work?

Are you interested in weather related storm spotting and being able to report your sightings directly to the National Weather Service through the local Storm Spotters liaison?

Becoming an amateur radio operator — or HAM as we're also called — can and will give you the skills and opportunity to learn and sharpen these skills.

The Fort Smith Area Amateur Radio Club is now taking reservations for a technician licensing class beginning mid February 2017. The classes will be 1-3 p.m. each Saturday from Feb. 11 to March 25. Classes will be held in the main conference room at Health South

Rehabilitation Center, 1401 S. J St. in Fort Smith.

Contact Mike at (918) 427-1431 or w5tmc@arrl.NET to register or for information. Seating is limited.

Cherokee Nation kicks off Angel Project

The Cherokee Nation recently kicked off its 2016 Angel Project to help nearly 2,000 Cherokee children get clothes and gifts this Christmas. A tree decorated with hundreds of angel ornaments stands in the lobby of the Cherokee Nation’s tribal complex near Tahlequah, and another stands inside the Three Rivers Health Center in Muskogee, ready for the public and employees to choose a Cherokee angel to donate to.

Each angel ornament contains the holiday wish list, clothing needs or gift ideas for Cherokee infants through age 16.

All donations are to be returned unwrapped to the Cherokee First area in the tribal complex by Monday. Tax-free monetary donations to help buy gifts for the Angel Project children can be made to the Cherokee Nation at Look for the “Giving to the Cherokee Nation” box at the bottom of the home page.