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Volunteer Training Day at Watershed: “Bio-Blitz” to Inventory Plants, Wildlife

Have you thought about becoming a trail builder or an interpretive guide? How about joining a local Tree Corps volunteer base?

The Illinois River Watershed Partnership is hosting a Volunteer Training Day and “Bio-Blitz” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 29, at the Watershed Sanctuary in Cave Springs.

Local Music Benefit Album Raises $9,000 for Homeless Students

Local Music Benefit Album Raises $9,000 for Homeless Students

A music album produced last fall featuring the music of local bands/musicians raised $9,000 to help area homeless students. The album, "Sounds Made in Mountains Vol. 2," is the second of its nature funded by First Security Bank.

According to the 2013 Northwest Arkansas Point-in-Time Homeless Census conducted by the Communities and Family Institute at the University of Arkansas, there are an estimated 2,249 homeless individuals in Northwest Arkansas. More than half of the area’s homeless population was enrolled in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Kiss a Pig Gala in Rogers

This Saturday, March 15th is the American Diabetes Association's 12th annual Kiss a Pig gala at John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers, AR.

Twelve community and business leaders are expected to shatter fundraising records Saturday night with a lively evening of celebration at the gala.

Nearly 1,700 people will pack the JQH Center, where they will enjoy a performance by Blues Traveler, a formal sit-down dinner and the trademark pig kissing ceremony.

Susan Young to Present at Hobbs State Park on Early Grist Mills of the Ozarks

Early Grist mills in the Ozarks were a more than a place to grind corn and wheat for flour.  They were spots for the public to come on the weekends to see friends, talk and barter.  Many of the locals had no money, so chickens, eggs, vegetables, dried meat, and hand-made items were traded amongst early settlers.

Susan Young, Outreach Coordinator of the Shiloh Museum, will paint a vivid and fascinating picture of Ozark grist mills and how they were an important part of our early communities.


When:  2:00 p.m. Saturday January 25th

Shelley McMillon Named Honorary Chair 2014 Race

The Komen Ozark Affiliate announced Shelley McMillon, wife of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.’s CEO-elect Doug McMillon, will be the honorary chair for the 2014 Annual Komen Ozark Race for the Cure on April 26, 2014.

Bella Vista Dazzling Village Lights

Bella Vista Dazzling Village Lights

Bella Vista Village will be lighting up for the holidays! Head on out to Kingsdale Complex, located at 3 Riordan Drive in Bella Vista Village.

Dazzling Village Lights will feature lighted trees and outdoor holiday decor for everyone to enjoy from November 30, 2013 through January 3, 2014.

For more information, visit www.bellavistapoa.com.


Tyson Foods Donates Chicken to Salvation Army

On Monday, December 16, Tyson Foods, Inc. is donating a truckload of chicken to the Salvation Army in Springdale to help provide meals for needy families at Christmas.

Individuals across Northwest Arkansas have selected Angels from trees located in the NWA Mall and Walmart across the area to purchase gifts of clothing and toys for Christmas. Appointments have been established for each to come at an appointed time to pick up the gifts.  During that process, gift cards, potatoes, eggs and chickens will be given to each family.