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Lots happening in Fort Smith! This weekend we’ve got live blues on the riverfront and a fun feature about Fort Smith on The Travel Channel. This edition of Fast Focus continues our summer-long theme of community. #Gather #Participate #Know

Let's gather together

Blues 

This weekend we gather along the riverfront celebrating the blues. Ith’s the 24th annual Riverfront Blues Festival featuring Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials, guitarist JP Soars, a dynamic teen duo of the Peterson Brothers, Jigsaw Mud, Paul Thorn, Samantha Fish, Smokin' Crawdadz, and much more. Admission is $10 per day. Kids 12 and under are free with a paid adult. Harry E. Kelley Park on the riverfront in downtown Fort Smith.

July 4

Next up for the Riverfront Amphitheater, thousands will gather for the Mayor’s Fourth of July celebration. Live music includes Blue Fiddle, the River Valley Community Band, Mr. Cabbage Head and the Screaming Radishes. Activities leading up to the fireworks will include a dynamite car show, featuring the Arkansas Valley Mustang Club.

Beautification

Next week we celebrate the dedication of volunteers with Beautify Fort Smith and business owners who have completed a makeover at the corner of Phoenix Avenue and Old Greenwood Road. The ribbon cutting is Tuesday, June 24 at 10, at the site. In case of rain, watch Beautify Fort Smith’s Facebook page for a rescheduled time and day.

Mayor's Prayer Breakfast

Men and women of faith in our region will gather Friday, July 18 for the 43rd annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast, featuring Steve Green, president of Hobby Lobby. The event is scheduled for 6:15 a.m. at the Holiday Inn City Center. Sponsored by the Christian Business Men’s Committee.

Monumental Mysteries with Bass Reeves

Gather round your televisions – even if you time shift – for the Friday, June 20 episode Monumental Mysteries on the Travel Channel, featuring our own Bass Reeves monument on Garrison Avenue. The segment sheds a light on why Bass deserves a place in history alongside some of the greatest Old West legends in our nation’s history.

Let's be involved

Tools for keeping in touch

Citizens have access to elected officials and city staff through numerous channels. In addition to our award-winning website, keep abreast of happenings via Facebook and Twitter.

Through our new myFortSmith app, report issues that need attention, and browse the handy widgets to pay your water bill online, contact city leaders, and see what’s scheduled that may be of interest to you.

myAddress provides an array of information about every address in Fort Smith. Utility service providers, school assignments, voting precincts, federal, state, and local elected representation and contact information, and so much more.

Mayor Sanders will meet with members of our Hispanic and Asian communities at the Fort Smith Adult Education Center on June 26 at 6:00 p.m.

July 1, citizens can meet with Mayor Sanders and the board of directors at the monthly town hall meeting following the regular board of directors meeting. Come share what’s on your mind, or talk about projects you’re working on to make Fort Smith’s future even brighter.

The Ward 3 neighborhood meeting is scheduled for July 17 at 6:00 p.m. All citizens are welcome to hear 20 to 30 minutes of staff briefings that are specific to Ward 3 (sidewalk construction, utilities and street projects, neighborhood services issues, and more). The remainder of the time is set aside for large group question and answer for Mayor Sanders and board members, and small group discussions between citizens, elected officials and staff.

Let's be in the know

FSPD safety tip

If you sometimes buy or sell via online swap meets or classified websites, consider taking advantage of this invitation from the Fort Smith Police Department to utilize its facilities as a meet-up location. It’s a safe alternative.

VIDEO: FSFD Station 11

If you haven’t had the pleasure of stopping by Fort Smith Fire Department’s newest fire house, enjoy this Station 11 video tour, hosted by FSFD Chief Mike Richards.

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