Here are a few of the things going on in the area in the coming days. The list includes night sky watching, craft beer tasting and a contest to sing the National Anthem.

1 A night under the stars: Mount Magazine State Park is hosting two events Saturday that will get you under the stars. The first takes place between 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and is called Make A Star Map. It takes place in the Lodge lobby. New to stargazing? It is always handy to have a map on hand. Join a park interpreter to make a star map to take home with you. Admission is free of charge. Then, from 9 pm. until 9:45 pm Night Sky Exploration takes placed at the Cameron Bluff Overlook. Mount Magazine State Park is located far away from any cities, giving it some of Arkansas’s best night sky viewing. Weather permitting, explore the night sky with a park interpreter for an excellent observation of stars, constellations, and planets. Feel free to bring your own binoculars, telescopes, blankets or lawn chairs. Admission is free of charge. For more information, call the park at 963-8502 or visit

2 Ale on the Border: It’s being billed as Fort Smith’s only outdoor beer festival and it promises to soon serve samples of numerous craft beers, food, live music and more in Fort Smith. The members of the River Valley Ale Raisers will host their fifth annual Ale on the Border, a festival-style event that will be held from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. Saturday at Chaffee Crossing, 7313 Terry Street. The event, which will raise money for Antioch Consolidated Association for Youth and Family and the Chaffee Crossing Veterans Memorial, is expected to draw as many as 1,000 area residents and visitors, said Christopher Barrick, president for the River Valley Ale Raisers. Tapped to provide multiple genres of music will be area bands The Crumbs, Oreo Blue and Mr. Cabbagehead and the Screaming Radishes, Barrick said. The singers and musicians in these three popular groups are among the most musically gifted in the region, he said. Tickets for the Ale on the Border are $12 in advance and can be purchased by calling (479) 648-8885 and at Tickets will be $15 at the door.

3 Sing the National Anthem: A vocal talent competition designed to shine the spotlight on area singers will take place on Saturday at Kay Rodgers Park in Fort Smith, on the Old Fort Days stage. The Old Fort Days Superstar Anthem Contest will give local singers the opportunity to sing The National Anthem at this year’s Old Fort Days Rodeo. Registration will take place from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and the official contest will begin shortly after that. The contest is open to all ages. For more information and to download the registration form, visit