Humane Society needs public's help

The Sebastian County Humane Society has an urgent need for supplies and funding to care for the more than 500 cats and 450 dogs they are currently sheltering, according to a recent news release from the animal shelter. That number includes Denali, a severely malnourished dog recently brought in by Fort Smith Animal Control. Denali had not been properly fed for eight to nine months, according to Joseph Sprague, executive director for the humane society.

“Unfortunately, with the number of stray animals that are coming into the shelter sick and injured, the Humane Society has depleted its emergency medical fund and is in need of donations to cover all the medical costs and other needs necessary to save Denali’s life,” Sprague said in the release.

“Denali is a recent example of the hundreds of neglected and abused animals that we try to save every day,” he said.

The shelter has also seen a dramatic increase in heartworm cases, puppies with parvo and animals hit by cars, according to the release.

Donations can be made by mailing them to PO Box 10953, Fort Smith 72917; dropping them off at the shelter, 3800 Kelley Highway; calling the shelter and making your donation by phone; or making your donation on our website or Facebook page.

Southern Gospel comes to Branson

Silver Dollar City’s Southern Gospel Picnic will run through Sept. 4 and the Showboat Branson Belle’s Southern Gospel Cruises will depart at noon daily through Sept. 3. Featured artists include The Booth Brothers, Jeff and Sheri Easter, The Isaacs, The Hoppers, The Martins and Ernie Haase and Signature Sound.

Visit www.silverdollarcity.com and www.showboatbransonbelle.com for information.

YAG to stage 'Uncle Pirate'

The Young Actors Guild will stage "Uncle Pirate, the Musical" with performances at 7 p.m. Sept. 7-9 and matinees at 1 p.m. Sept. 9 and 10 at the King Opera House, 427 Main St. in Van Buren. The story centers on a fourth-grader named Wilson who discovers that his uncle is a pirate with a talking penguin. The show, based on a popular children's book is ideal for all ages.

Tickets are $10, and children 2 and younger are admitted free of charge. Ticket office opens one hour before each performance. Tickets are general admission only.

Visit weareYAG.org to purchase advance tickets or for information.

Survivors' Challenge Weekend nears

The Donald W. Reynolds Cancer Support House's Survivors' Challenge Weekend is slated for Oct. 13-14 this year and will include running, walking and rappelling activities as a way to honor cancer survivors and to remember those who lost their battle.

The main event begins at 8 a.m. Oct. 14 with the 26th annual Survivors’ Challenge 10K and 5K Run and the 5K Walk, with the Celebration Walk immediately following. Events begin and end at the Reynolds Cancer Support House, 3324 S. M St. This year, there also will be a free Kids Run open to children ages 3-12 in the tennis court area of Creekmore Park. Participants will receive a finisher medal.

Celebrity rappellers will take part in the VIP Over the Edge event from 1-4 p.m. Oct. 13 at First National Bank, 602 Garrison Ave. The other rappelling qualifiers will begin at 9 a.m. Oct. 14 at the second annual Over the Edge rappelling event. Over the Edge is limited to the first 90 participants, and individuals must raise a minimum of $1,000 for the chance to rappel. Or employees can band together by raising $2,000 or more to send their boss Over The Edge.

Finally, the Finish Line Festival at the Cancer Support House and the Landing Zone Festival in downtown Fort Smith will be open to spectators along with food vendors and live music.

Visit http://reynoldscancersupporthouse.org or call (479) 424-1812 to register for any of the events, sponsor the event, help out as a volunteer or for information.