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Museum offering seven weeks of engaging learning opportunities

the Scott Family Amazeum announced its lineup of 2016 summer camps for children ranging from six years to 11 years.

"We're looking forward to diving in and learning with our young explorers and spies this summer," said Mindy Porter, director of education at the Amazeum. "Our team has developed innovative programming that will engage kids and give them the confidence to explore STEAM fields on their own."

Camps will kick off the week of June 13 and run weekly through August 5, with the exception of the week of July 4. Each week will feature a different theme designed to incorporate hands-on STEAM learning, using the Amazeum as a platform.

Registration for members is $250 and $300 for non-members. All registrations must be made and paid in advance. Registration is only available on Amazeum.org. Each camp will feature two simultaneous sessions, one for campers six to eight years old, the other for those nine to 11 years old. Camp will be open from 9 am until 2 pm.

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(Springdale) On Friday, December 18, from 7 am to 5 pm, Arkansas Children’s Hospital Clinic in Lowell will host the NWA Festival of Stars, a holiday toy and donation drive benefiting patients who spend the season at ACH.

Individuals, families and community groups have the opportunity to make the holiday season even brighter for these children by making an in-kind donation of new toysor gift cards. This year, donors also have the option of making a monetary donation to the Festival of Stars, and anonymous donors will match those gifts dollar-for-dollar up to $10,000.

“We are excited to kick-off the NWA Festival of Stars Toy Drive at the ACH Clinic in Lowell,” said Kim Dutton, Director of Development for ACH Foundation. “The need is great and we are grateful to this community for supporting all ACH patients this holiday season.”

Donors may drop off new toys at the ACH Clinic in Lowell located at 519 Latham Drive, Lowell, 72745. All the funds raised at the NWA Festival of Stars will support patients and programs. Toy donations will be delivered to the hospital...

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Choctaw Casinos are raising money for breast cancer research throughout the month of October. In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, eight Choctaw Casino locations will donate 100 percent of the sales from select specialty cocktails and guests can make cash donations. At some locations, guests can also purchase specialty menu items and pink T-shirts. All money raised through these efforts will go to Susan G. Komen. Additionally, Choctaw Casinos has announced a dollar for dollar match, up to $100,000, for money raised collectively by all of the locations, making the total potential donation up to $200,000.

Choctaw Casino Resort-Durant, Choctaw Casino Resort-Grant, Choctaw Casino Hotel in Pocola, and Choctaw Casinos in Idabel, Broken Bow, McAlester, Stigler and Stringtown are all taking part in this fundraiser. Each location will feature the $5 Ta-Ta Tini, and cash donations and slot tickets can be deposited into the donation drums near the Players Club desk.

“Raising money for breast cancer research and local breast health...

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On August 9th and August 10th at Skydive Skyranch in Siloam Springs, the Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County will host their 5th annual SkyDive for Kids fundraising event, launching a record-setting 40 community supporters into the skies of Northwest Arkansas. Each sky diver has committed to raising a minimum of $1,000 with all proceeds of the event benefiting the Children’s Advocacy Center in support of victims of child abuse. Community members are welcome to bring a lawn chair and enjoy a $5 lunch along with entertainment from the School of Rock Bentonville/Rogers as each of the 40 jumpers makes the climb to 10,000 feet. The first jumper will begin their ascent at 9:00 a.m. on each day with the final faith leaper landing on solid ground by 5 p.m. For additional information about the event, please visit www.cacbentonco.com or call 479-621-0385.

The purpose of the Children’s Advocacy Center is to provide a safe place for child abuse victims and their families to receive comprehensive services from dedicated...

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Arkansas has received a grant in the amount of $5,000 from Bank of America in support of its mentoring programs. The program matches children, mostly from single-parent households or at-risk backgrounds, with volunteer mentors in one-to-one relationships that are proven to change a child’s life for the better, forever. Support from Bank of America will provide mentors to adolescents who are underperforming in the 2013-2014 school year.

Pictured Left to Right are: Bank of America staff members: AdamPourmehdi, Jackie Byler, Bruna Wolmer, Big Brothers Big Sisters Executive Director: Sarah Heimer, Susan Nichols and Larry Manry

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As preparations for the school year begin, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art offers a last reprieve with summer arts activities in August including outdoor concerts, a film festival, and inspiring art talks.

Music lovers can attend a free, First Friday concert at the Twin Bridges with the band, Foley’s Van. This foot-stomping band combines bluegrass and old-time favorites. Smokey and The Mirror will play an interactive concert that explores the art of song-writing later in the month.

Seedling Film Association and Crystal Bridges present Ozarkumentaries on August 8—a screening of short films about the Ozark region made by Arkansas filmmakers, followed by Crystal Bridges’ first ever Film Festival: Uniting the Power of Art and Nature, on August 22.

Art talks throughout August provide opportunities for visitors to discover how artist James Turrell’s Skyspace was built, and learn about influential figures Florine Stettheimer, the mythmaker of modern art, and the late artist and activist, Keith Haring.

A full listing of August programs is below....

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NORTHWEST ARKANSAS (June 9, 2014) – Big Brothers Big Sisters of America has named BBBS NWA a 2013 Quality Award honoree. The agency was one of 34 agencies in the 339-agency national mentoring network to receive this recognition. The official announcement will be made at the Leadership Summit in Chicago later this month.

Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Quality Award recognizes agencies within the mentoring network that exceed the national Big Brothers Big Sisters average performance for length of each mentoring match relationship and match retention rates. Independent research by Public/Private Ventures found that after 18 months of spending time with their volunteer mentors, kids being served by Big Brothers Big Sisters are more likely than their peers to perform better in school, make healthier and safer choices and have positive interactions with parents.

“Our entire staff is honored to represent quality within our network of Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies and to work with the dedicated board members, donors, community partners, and volunteers who serve our...

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Mary McKinney, Circle of Life Hospice CEO, spoke at two recent events marking the launch of the Circle of Life Ladies Auxiliary. The educational gatherings were held on May 8th at the Circle of Life Hospice Home at Legacy Village in Bentonville and on May 13th at the Earlene Howard Hospice Home in Springdale. Guests were treated to brunch as they heard testimonials from auxiliary members and others about their experiences with hospice and Circle of Life. “At Circle of Life, we believe that everyone deserves to be cared for compassionately at the end of life” said McKinney. “We like to say we put life in your days, not just days in your life.”

The Circle of Life Foundation was instrumental in establishing the Ladies Auxiliary whose tag line is “Angels Paying it Forward.” The Auxiliary is a group of women who understand and value hospice, some have experienced hospice care at Circle of Life. Their goal is to help spread the word about the benefits of hospice and the exceptional end-of-life care Circle of Life offers Northwest Arkansas residents. For information about...

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We may have had our fair share of rainy days recently, but that can only mean one thing...

SPRING IS HERE!

That has a nice ring to it, doesn't it? :)

Let's be honest - - this winter was BRUTAL, so we're all in need of some sunshine and warmer temperatures.

Aside from the BEAUTIFUL weather, we're excited about the new spring fashions!

One Fayetteville spot everyone should check out is Skye on the Town, a cute boutique that opened in NWA nearly two years ago. After finding in-store success, they are now offering a number of items online! YAY!

Check out some of the cute looks sure to be popular this spring - and available at Skye on the Town!

620 N College Ave. Ste. 103

Fayetteville, AR 72701

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The Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) under the direction of Maestro Paul Haas is pleased to announce AUDITIONS for its upcoming season beginning Fall 2014. Auditions will be held on Thursday, May 8, and Friday, May 9, at Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios, 505 W. Spring Street in Fayetteville.

Auditions are for:

-- Section Violin I and II

-- Associate Principal Violin II

-- Section Viola

-- Section Cello

-- Section Bass

-- Associate Principal Bass

-- Oboe II

-- Sub Flute/Piccolo

-- Sub Oboe/English Horn

-- Sub Clarinet and E-flat/Bass Clarinet

-- Sub Bassoon/Contrabassoon

-- Sub French Horn

-- Sub Trumpet

-- Sub Tenor/Bass Trombone

-- Sub Tuba

-- Harp

-- Sub Piano/Keyboard

-- Section and Sub Percussion

Qualified applicants should send a one-page resume to Matthew Herren, personnel manager for SoNA, at...

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Fairytale endings will be the subject of discussion at University of the Ozarks Sunday April 6 as the founder and executive director of nonprofit organization Traveling Stories, Emily Moberly, visits to congratulate former students Gail Quinonez and Alejandro Andino on their own success stories. Moberly, a 2008 graduate of John Brown University, will also be presenting at the JBU Board of Directors’ meeting on April 5 in Siloam Springs.

Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Traveling Stories establishes libraries in developing countries and provides free literacy coaching in the United States. Young booklover Emily Moberly took a leap of faith and formed the nonprofit after discovering an alarming lack of children’s literature while serving as an English teacher in Honduras five years ago.

It was there that she met Quinonez and Andino, third- and fourth-year students at the University of the Ozarks.

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Rogers Little Theater (RLT) will hold auditions for The Man Who Came to Dinner by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman on Monday, February 17th and Tuesday, February 18th at 7 p.m. at the historic Victory Theater, 116 S 2nd St, Rogers, AR 72756. Callbacks will be held on Wednesday, February 19th at 7 p.m. if needed.

Performances will be March 28-30, April 3-6, 2014.

Auditions will be based upon readings from the script.

An audition packet containing a complete listing of the roles to be cast, the readings, rehearsal schedule, and other information may be obtained by contacting the RLT website at www.rogerslittletheater.org or the RLT box office at 479-631-8988.

Now in its 28th year, RLT produces a wide variety of plays, musicals and special events at the historic Victory Theater in downtown Rogers. With a subscription base of more than 375 members and funding support from some of the area’s most prominent...

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Rogers Little Theater (RLT) will present Les Misérables, book by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, music by Claude-Michel Schönberg and lyrics by Herbert Kretzmeron February 14-16, 20-23 and 27-March 2, 2014.

Curtain time is 8 p.m. with Sunday performances at 2 p.m. Seating for dinner theater begins 90 minutes before curtain and the meal is served...

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NORTHWEST ARKANSAS (Jan. 24, 2014) --- Music lovers will be swept away by an evening of romance when the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) presents its Valentines Pops Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, at Walton Arts Center’s Baum Walker Hall in Fayetteville.

This Valentine-inspired evening of classical and operatic music -- with a dash of musical theater thrown in for spice -- is becoming the most talked about “date night” event this season. So, bring your friend or sweetheart and get ready to feel the love!

The evening’s repertoire features a collection of works by Puccini, Mozart, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and more -- all centered on the theme of love and its pursuit. A quartet of world-class vocal soloists will join Northwest Arkansas' finest instrumentalists onstage for a journey through some of the most masterful music ever written.

Performed under the baton of acclaimed Music Director Paul Haas, the Valentines Pops concert is the third performance of SoNA’s 2013-14 Season, and is sure to strike a romantic cord with all who attend.

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Little Rock, AR (December 4, 2013) Celebrate the season with your professional ballet company as we continue a favorite Christmas tradition performing The Nutcracker accompanied by the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Geoffrey Robson. The Nutcracker tells the story of Clara and her magical nutcracker doll and their wondrous journey to the Land of Snow and Kingdom of Sweets. Every year this fun field production creates lifelong memories for hundreds of Arkansas families. With gorgeous scenery, enchanting costumes and original choreography, Ballet Arkansas will present The Nutcracker at Robinson Center Music Hall on December 12th - 15th. The five performances include seniors & student only matinees on the 12th and 13th and public performances on the 13th, 14th and 15th.

Under the direction of Artistic Director Michael Bearden, and boasting choreography by ballet mistress Marla Edwards and choreographers Allison Stodola Wilson, Jana Beard, and Traci Presley, Ballet Arkansas Nutcracker will be the highlight of the holiday season. Accompanied by over 200...

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Robert Smith of ESPN will be the Master of Ceremonies for the 2013 Burlsworth Trophy Awards Luncheon on Monday, December 9 at the Springdale Holiday Inn Convention Center. The winner of the Burlsworth Trophy will be announced at the luncheon, which starts at 11:30 a.m.

The three finalists are Wisconsin wide receiver Jared Abbrederis, Missouri guard Max Copeland and Tulsa running back Trey Watts. The winner will be selected by the Burlsworth Trophy selection committee. Fan voting is an element of the selection process; fans can vote once per day at BurlsworthTrophy.com.

There are tickets remaining for the event, which seats 800 people. Tickets may be purchased at BurlsworthTrophy.com (select “Ceremony” at the top).

Smith began his broadcast career with ESPN in 2005. Smith regularly contributes to College Football Live and Football Friday as an analyst and occasionally appears on Outside the Lines. Smith starred as a running back at Ohio State...

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Rogers Little Theater (RLT) will hold auditions for Les Misérables book by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, music by Claude-Michel Schönberg and lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer on Monday and Tuesday, December 9th and 10th, 2013 at scheduled times at the historic Victory Theater, 116 S 2nd St, Rogers, AR 72756.

Performances will be February 14-16, 20-23,27-March 2, 2014

Auditions will be based upon singing music from the show and an audition packet containing a complete listing of the roles to be cast, scheduled audition times for the roles, the music, the readings, rehearsal schedule, and other information may be obtained by downloading from the RLT website at www.RogersLittleTheater.org or by contacting the RLT box office at 479-631-8988.

Now in its 28th year, RLT produces a wide variety of plays, musicals and special events at the historic Victory Theater in downtown Rogers. With a subscription base...

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Ozark Guidance is pleased to honor Dr. Travis Jenkins for his 40 years of service to Northwest Arkansas with a celebration at Legacy Bank in Springdale on Thursday, November 21 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dr. Jenkins was the fifth employee at Ozark Guidance and during that time has helped thousands of people in Northwest Arkansas. He is currently the Chief Medical Officer Emeritus at Ozark Guidance. We want to thank Dr. Jenkins for his years of service and dedication to saving and changing lives of all those in our community. The public is invited to attend the drop-in event on Thursday.

Dr. Jenkins in professionally affiliated with the American Psychiatric Association, Arkansas Psychiatric Society and the American College of Physician Executives. He is also associated with the Area Health Education Center in Fayetteville.

He was the recipient of an Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. In April 1999, the American Board of Forensic Medicine awarded Dr. Jenkins Diplomat status.

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Ozark Guidance is pleased to announce that Dr. David Massey has joined the Ozark Guidance team as an adult psychiatrist after completing residency training at the University of Pittsburgh’s Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. While receiving training as a general adult psychiatrist, he has specific interest in substance abuse, behavioral addictions, eating disorders and other compulsive behaviors. He is also interested in public and community psychiatry. He will be seeing patients in the Springdale Adult Services Office.

“Dr. Massey’s experience will be a wonderful resource and support for the work we are doing here at Ozark Guidance in Northwest Arkansas. He is an asset to our team and will help many adults with their mental health challenges,” Dr. Lance Foster, Ozark Guidance Chief Medical Officer, said.

Ozark Guidance employs about 500 mental health professionals locally to fulfill the organization’s mission of saving and changing lives by providing compassionate, quality mental health services. Ozark Guidance is a local non-profit community mental...

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Bentonville, AR— As the holiday season approaches, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art warms up guests with a holiday concert, Winter Break Wonders family fun and two great holiday parties.

Just in time for holiday visitors, new works of art abound throughout the museum this season, as changes have been made in every gallery. In the past few months, new works by Edward Hopper, Dwight William Tryon, and Marvin Dorwart Cone have gone on view, along with returning favorites, including Nam June Paik’s John Cage Robot II and three works by George Wesley Bellows that had been out on loan.

The temporary exhibition The Artists’ Eye: Georgia O’Keeffe and the Alfred Stieglitz Collection is on view through Feb. 3, 2014. Wednesday evenings now...

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ROGERS – Registration is now open online for the annual Rogers Christmas Parade, set for Dec. 2 at 7 p.m.To enter a float or group, go online to http://bit.ly/HooplaRogers for safe and secure registration.

This year’s parade will feature the theme “Holidays Around the World.” The parade is one of more than 10 family-friendly events and activities planned for Holiday Hoopla in downtown Rogers, coordinated by Main Street Rogers, Inc. The deadline for entries is Nov. 15.

Entry fees are $20 for floats (trailers pulled by a vehicle), decorated vehicles, walking or marching units, and $30 for groups featuring more than one vehicle, such as car clubs. All entries must be lighted and decorated for the holiday. Additionally, no entry may carry Santa Claus, as he will be the guest of honor on the last entry of the parade.

Judging for the four award categories will begin at 6 p.m., and entries should be in place along Fifth...

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New nonprofit to announce launch and mission of global orphan care

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS—It was less than a year ago that a Northwest Arkansas family was at the center of an international drama that centered around the adoption of their special needs daughter, Polina, from Russia.

The Skaggs’ family experience opened their eyes—and the eyes of others—to the extreme need of orphans both in the United States and abroad, especially those with special needs. That desire to make a difference is why Polina’s Promise was born.

Polina's Promise is a non-profit organization advocating for domestic and international orphans and special needs families. The organization will host a launch event 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at The Lodge (on the Fellowship Bible Church campus) in Rogers.

For a $10 ticket, participants will be treated to a homemade chili dinner and viewing of the Russian documentary Mamas, Kids and the Law, which features the Skaggs family’s story. There will also be a silent auction and a dessert auction to finish out the evening. All profits go to support...

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FAYETTEVILLE, AR (Sept. 30, 2013) — On the day of the Arkansas-Texas A&M football game, Razorbacks fans were looking for a win anywhere they could find one. And they found one in a Tyson Foods parking lot a few blocks from the game. Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter’s Tailgate for the Kids team celebrated a victory, with net proceeds of nearly $125,000 to help abused and neglected children.

In its fourth year, this fun, gridiron-themed tailgate party for the whole family, which was held before the Razorbacks vs. Texas A&M football game at the Tyson parking lot on Martin Luther King Boulevard in Fayetteville, scored big for children in crisis.

The event also included a special appeal to fund 100 Days of Hope (one subsidized day of care for 100 abused and neglected children, at the Children’s Shelter’s state reimbursement rate of $84 per day, per child). Tailgaters took out their checkbooks and credit cards and donated more than $7,600. The Children’s Shelter’s contract with the state of Arkansas covers only 24 of the organization’s 48 beds and is capped at...

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