It's a big weekend for beautifying Fort Smith. A Sunday workshop may help put you back on the road to completing that college degree. And May launches what promises to be a new-fangled way to celebrate the Fort. Don't be square. Join the fun! It's all in the April edition of Fast Focus!

Curb appeal

We all want to look our best for job interviews. We also know that if we want to sell a house we need what real estate pros call “curb appeal.“ This weekend wraps a week of emphasis on spring cleaning. Saturday morning, beginning at 8:00 a.m. at Central Mall, Beautify Fort Smith is hosting its spring litter pick-up. This year, a limited number of trees will be given away to participants. Other give-a-ways include safety gear for litter pick-up, like trash bags, gloves, and vests. Let's see how many bags of trash we can collect this weekend, as we prepare our streets, curbs, and rights-of-way for potential industrial recruitment and for our own pride and satisfaction.

A dumpster in every ward

Saturday also marks the final day of the Department of Sanitation citywide spring cleanup. Fort Smith residents have access to four staffed drop-off points (one in each ward) from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Saturday evening. Acceptable items include, but are not limited to, furniture, appliances, carpet, and household trash. Check the City of Fort Smith Department of Sanitation Facebook page for locations and more information.

Want to finish that college degree?

As Arkansans achieve higher educational attainment, economic development experts say that not only will those citizens be rewarded with higher earning power, our state also will see an improved economic outlook. To that end, UA-Fort Smith is one of a handful of schools partnering with the Northwest Arkansas Council and its Graduate NWA program that provides outreach to area residents with some college credits. One facet of the program is a 2-hour workshop at UA-Fort Smith on Sunday, April 27. The session is designed to help adults interested in finishing their degree get their higher learning program back on track. Attendees will be eligible for one of 10 $500 tuition reimbursement scholarships. The event is free.

City of Fort Smith job opportunities

Municipal services exist because of our citizens, and it's critical that when the city hires new employees we recruit quality applicants and that we provide a fair and transparent screening process. Job openings are posted at Human Resources and updated on a regular basis. When openings require a specialized set of skills, positions may be advertised on a regional or national basis. One such opening is for a deputy finance director. Applications are being accepted through May 4.

Fun in the Fort that suits your style

In a mobile society where many can live anywhere they want and still earn a living, people say that “home“ is where they have access to a variety of leisure activities. May in Fort Smith provides ample ways to have fun. The Park at West End is now operating, as is Creekmore Express. May is also Fort Smith Heritage Month, which includes a full slate of traditional activities like the Old Fort Rodeo and parade, and some new-fangled fun as part of Fort Smith Western Heritage Month, like the 5k fun run and color dash and what looks to be a wild, wild rope war. Whether you're a history fan or not, something is planned that suits your unique style! Peruse the Fort Smith Western Heritage Month Facebook page and celebrate Fort Smith!

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