Friday

7 a.m.

Fort Smith Commissary Kiwanis Club meets at Golden Corral, 1801 S. Waldron Road.

8 a.m.

VFW Post 8845 meets at 3005 Tilles Ave. Call Michael Skidmore at 783-8394.

10 a.m.

Fort Smith Duplicate Bridge Club meets at 1810 S. U St.

Novice Bridge Game at 1810 S. U St.

Let’s Play Bingo at Arkoma Senior Citizen Center, 615 Poteau St.

Story Time at the Miller Branch Library, 8701 S. 28th St.

Writers Group meets at Mountainburg Public Library, 1300 U.S. 71 North. Call (479) 369-1600.

Bingo for Books at the Van Buren Public Library, 1409 Main St. in Van Buren. Call (479) 474-6045.

11 a.m.

Grand Opening-Ribbon Cutting at the new STEPS Family Education Center, 706 Garrison Ave. in Fort Smith.

Poteau Chamber of Commerce Christmas open house at 501 S. Broadway in Poteau.

Noon

Noon Exchange Club meets at Fianna Hills Country Club, 9101 Jenny Lind Road.

Downtown Sertoma Club meets at Golden Corral, 1801 S. Waldron Road.

Bingo at VFW Post 8845, 3005 Tilles Ave.

River Valley Community Action Network meets at Fort Smith Chamber of Commerce, 612 Garrison Ave. Call 782-7837 for information.

Old Town Van Buren Outdoor Holiday Market 2016 until 6 p.m. in Downtown Van Buren.

Holiday Market 2016 until 6 p.m. at the Center for Art & Education, 104 N. 13th St. in Van Buren.

1 p.m.

Ellig-Stoufer American Legion Post 31 at 4901 Midland Blvd. is open for games, drinks and snacks. All veterans welcome. A donation is requested to cover costs.

Redwork at the Van Buren Public Library, 1409 Main St. in Van Buren. Call (479) 474-6045.

3:30 p.m.

Hour of Code at the Van Buren Public Library, 1409 Main St. in Van Buren. Call (479) 474-6045.

6 p.m.

Fraternal Order of Eagles Fort Smith Aerie 208 Auxiliary dinner held at 6 p.m. Friday at the Eagles, 3321 S. 66th St.

Alma Christmas Parade sponsored by the Women's Community League of Alma.

Saturday

8 a.m.

All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast at the Belle Point Masonic Lodge, 6000 Zero St.

Lavaca Community Food Pantry is open at 2709 Arkansas 96 in Lavaca.

Breakfast with Santa until 11 a.m. at the Disabled American Veterans Post, 6503 N. Broadway in Poteau. Cost is $10. Hosted by the LeFlore County Maidens of Mayhem.

St. Scholastica Monastery bake sale until 2 p.m. at St. Scholastica Monastery, 1301 S. Albert Pike in Fort Smith.

8:30-10 a.m.

Arkansas Retired Military Association Ladies Auxiliary hosts breakfast at 144 N. Greenwood Ave. Cost is $5. For information, call 783-2727.

9 a.m.

Breakfast with Santa until 11 a.m. at the Van Buren Public Library, 1409 Main St. in Van Buren. Call (479) 474-6045.

10 a.m.

Veterans of Foreign Wars at VFW Post 8845, 3005 Tilles Ave. For information, call 783-8394.

Arkansas River Valley Homicide Survivors United Remembrance and Celebration of Life luncheon at Central Christian Church, 400 N. Waldron Road in Fort Smith.

10:30 a.m.

Mother Nature Reads is held at Hobbs State Park, 20201 Arkansas 12 in Rogers. All ages welcome, but most stories are targeted to ages 3-6. Stories are followed by hands-on nature craft activities. Call (479) 789-5000.

11:30 a.m.

Church on the Street at the corner of Riverfront Drive and North H Street.

TubaChristmas concert at the Riverfront Pavillion, 100 N. B St. in Fort Smith.

Noon

Military Order Purple Heart, Post No. 587, meets at Building No. 1189, the Fort Chaffee D.A.V. building. For information, call Jim Frye at (479) 639-2489.

Holiday Market 2016 until 4 p.m. at the Center for Art & Education, 104 N. 13th St. in Van Buren.

Old Town Van Buren Outdoor Holiday Market 2016 until 6 p.m. in Downtown Van Buren.

1 p.m.

Make and Take Art Program at the Fort Smith Regional Art Museum, 1601 Rogers Ave.

Arklahoma African Violet Society meets at the Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Ave.

Milk and Cookies with Santa at the Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Ave. Call 783-0229.

1:30 p.m.

What’s for Lunch? Watch park staff feed the fish live food at Lake Dardanelle State Park, 100 State Park Drive in Russellville.

1:45 p.m.

Critter Crunch. Join a park interpreter in the kid’s corner of the Lake Dardanelle State Park visitor center, 100 State Park Drive in Russellville, as some of the smaller animals in the park are fed.

2 p.m.

Holiday concert at the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, 118 W. Johnson Ave. in Springdale. Performed by the students of the Will Bush Violin Studio in Springdale.

Fort Smith Museum of History Open House at 320 Rogers Ave.

3 p.m.

Milk and Cookies with Santa at the Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Ave. Call 783-0229.

Fort Smith Christmas Parade in downtown Fort Smith.

4 p.m.

Sixth annual Polar Express event at the Fort Smith Trolley Museum, 100 S. Fourth St.

6:30 p.m.

Van Buren Christmas Parade in Downtown Van Buren. Several downtown merchants will also observe Old Town Van Buren Christmas Open House.

7 p.m.

Scottish Club of Fort Smith meets at St. Bartholomew Episcopal Church, 2701 Old Greenwood Road. For more information, call Bob Cole at (479) 997-2099.

Sunday

11 a.m.

St. Scholastica Monastery bake sale until 1 p.m. at St. Scholastica Monastery, 1301 S. Albert Pike in Fort Smith.

Noon

Bingo at VFW Post No. 8845, 3005 Tilles Ave.

1 p.m.

Ozark Bead Box meets at the Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Ave. For information, call Diana at 652-1009.

14th annual Fort Smith Public Library Holiday open house at 3201 Rogers Ave. Call 783-0229.

Clayton Family Christmas Open House at the Clayton House, 514 N. Sixth in Fort Smith. Call 783-3000.

1:30 p.m.

Northwest Arkansas Sacred Harp Singers at the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, 118 W. Johnson Ave. in Springdale. Call (479) 750-8165.

2 p.m.

River Valley Writers meets at the Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Ave.

3 p.m.

Eagles Aerie No. 208 members met at 3 p.m. for shuffleboard and games at 3321 S. 66th St.

The Calendar runs Monday through Friday in the Times Record; weekend events are included in Friday’s calendar. Items must be submitted five working days before publication to Today Calendar, P.O. Box 1359, Fort Smith, AR 72902. Email submission to speterson@swtimes.com.