This Weekend in Fort Smith

Friday May 17 at 12:00pm
Food For Thought: Coach John McConnell – Book Talk and Film
Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Avenue

Retired University of Arkansas Coach John McDonnell appears with the release of the book John McDonnell: The Most Successful Coach in NCAA History by Andrew Maloney and John McDonnell. Emmy award-winning filmmaker Larry Foley will also show his documentary on McDonnell and moderate a discussion followed by a book signing. This new biography tells the story of the great coach’s life and legacy, from his childhood growing up on a farm in 1940s County Mayo Ireland, to his own running career, to the beginnings of his life as a coach and to all the great athletes he mentored along the way. McDonnell was the head coach of the Arkansas Razorback Track-and-Field teams from 1978 until his retirement in 2008, during which time he won an unprecedented forty national championships. He currently spends his time in Fayetteville and on his ranch in Oklahoma.

This event is free and open to the public. Bring your lunch or pick it up from Dewey’s Cafe. The library provides drinks and dessert. Admission is free.

Contact Info: 479-783-0229

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Friday May 17 from 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Safe Kids Fair
Ross Pendergraft Park, 200 Garrision Avenue

The U.S. Marshals Museum and Arvest Bank host this event to offer children and parents the opportunity to meet representatives from multiple agencies, learn ways to protect themselves, and learn how to talk about difficult topics, all in one location! Free DNA LifePrint kits will be available, including fingerprints, photographs, and DNA swabbing to help in the event a child goes missing.

Admission: Free.

Contact Info: 479-709-3766

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May 18 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Print Making
Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center

Pre-registration is required in advance by calling 479-452-3993 or by stopping at the front desk of the nature center. Youth can only sign up for three workshops to allow space for others to participate, but we can put them on the waiting list for the other workshops in case they don’t fill up. Ages 12-15.

Contact Info: 479-452-3993

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May 18 at 11:30am
Whats Outside the Window Painting
Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center

SUMMER YOUTH WORKSHOPS Pre-registration is required in advance by calling 479-452-3993 or by stopping at the front desk of the nature center. Youth can only sign up for three workshops to allow space for others to participate, but we can put them on the waiting list for the other workshops in case they don’t fill up. Ages 9 – 11

Contact Info: 479-452-3993