Local notes: OLLI offers learning opportunities


The Ozarks Botanical Garden Annual Plant Sale will be held from 5-8 p.m. on April 20 for members only and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on April 30 for the general public. The Ozarks Botanical Garden is located at 4703 N. Crossover Road in Fayetteville.

There is no admission charge, but attendees are encouraged to bring cash or checks to make purchases and boxes to take their purchases back to their vehicles.

Information: bgozarks.org.


The Beaver Watershed Alliance is partnering with the City of Fayetteville Parks and Rec and is looking for volunteers to help remove invasive vegetation like Amur honeysuckle and Chinese privet from Mount Sequoyah Woods from 3-5 p.m. May 6 .

Volunteers will learn how to identify these highly invasive plant species, as well as removal methods and tips on how to replace them with native species. This event will help improve Mount Sequoyah Woods, a 97-acre open green space in South Fayetteville.

Check-in for this event will be at the Mount Sequoyah Woods Trailhead, located at 5 S. Happy Hollow Road in Fayetteville. The Alliance will provide gloves, tools, snacks and water to workers. Long-sleeved shirts, pants, and closed shoes are recommended.

Information: (479) 750-8007, email [email protected] or beaverwatershedalliance.org.


The City of Bentonville’s Public Art Advisory Committee is seeking proposals for permanent artwork to be installed next to the state’s first regulation-size cricket ground. The objective of the section is to enrich and energize this public space with an original work that becomes a landmark and a physical recognition of the establishment of cricket in the region.

The new 25-acre Creekside Park is currently under construction and is adjacent to a primary school, a Hindu temple and two apartment complexes. Little Osage Creek runs through the park.

The deadline for proposals is July 6 at midnight.

Information: (479) 271-3122, bentonvillear.com or [email protected]


The Fayetteville Public Library is now accepting applications for the third cohort of the From Maker to Market Entrepreneurship Program. The 12-week program will run from June to September. Online applications are open until May 9 at faylib.org/maker.

The From Maker to Market program is open to entrepreneurs with a viable product idea, such as jewelry, an app, or a custom prototype that uses tools and equipment from the Fayetteville Public Library Innovation Center. The goal of the program is to show entrepreneurs how to build their own product prototypes and develop microfabrication cycles of their products with the resources available at the Innovation Center.

All participants are welcome to participate throughout the 12-week period. Applications and accompanying documents must be submitted by May 9.

Information: faylib.org/maker or email [email protected]

writers colony

Dairy Hollow Writers Colony will present “Silver Linings”, a writing workshop led by Debra Kirschner. This workshop is open to older writers of all levels. It’s especially appropriate for seniors who want to share fun and positive stories about themselves. Participants will learn to use their life experiences as inspiration for memoir-style essays, fictional stories, or a hybrid of the two.

The workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on May 21 at Writers Colony at Dairy Hollow, 515 Spring St. in Eureka Springs. The cost of the workshop is $40 per person. All proceeds benefit the WCDH Scholarship Fund. Entrants should bring their favorite writing medium and a sense of humor. This course is sure to be entertaining, inspiring and informative.

Participants must be fully vaccinated against covid-19.

Information: (479) 253-7444 or writerscolony.org/events.


The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute has announced these upcoming courses:

• April 25: The geology of I-49. Join geology professor Chris Moyer to explore the natural features (hills, valleys, rocky cliffs, rivers) visible along I-49 from Bella Vista south into the Boston Mountains. 10 a.m. to noon, Drake Airfield, $25 members, $40 nonmembers; Fayetteville trails. Fayetteville Trails Coordinator Mike Mihalevich offers an overview of the trail network: funding, design, construction, future trails. The class concludes with a walking tour of Clabber Creek Trail, 1-3:30 p.m., Grand Village and Clabber Creek Trail, $19 members, $34 non-members.

• April 26 and May 3: The fate of big cats in captivity. More tigers are in captivity in the United States than in the world. What happens when this cute cat becomes a 700 pound tiger? In Session II, visit the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge to view rescued animals in a safe environment. April 26, 1:30-3:30 p.m. at Drake Field; May 3, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Turbentine Creek. Fee $35 for members, $55 for OLLI van members, $50 for non-members, $70 for non-member transportation.

• April 27: The Conversations. Learn to have “that conversation” about your last wishes. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. OLLI office. $19 for all.

• April 29 and May 6: Ecology of native plants. Environmental scientist Eric Fuselier explains the ecological relationships between native plants and other elements of ecosystems such as birds and insects. 10 a.m. to noon. Drake Airfield, $25 members, $40 non-members.

Information: (479) 575-4545.

Hope Cancer

The Hope Wellness Center at Hope Cancer Resources offers a yoga, meditation and fitness class for cancer patients and caregivers in person, via Zoom and YouTube.

Their team of counselors and social workers supports cancer patients and their families on a daily basis with a focus on emotional health no matter the circumstances.

A certified tobacco treatment specialist is available to help those looking to quit smoking with nicotine replacement therapy and advice.

Those in need of medical supplies, liquid nutrition or durable medical equipment, such as shower chairs or walkers, are asked to reach out. Donations of new or lightly used items are also accepted.

Information: (479) 361-5847 or hopecancerresources.org.

Remembrance Day

There will be a Memorial Day ceremony honoring this year as “the year of our youth” at 10 a.m. May 30 at Fayetteville National Cemetery, 1000 S. Lt. Col. LeRoy Pond Ave. in Fayetteville.

There will be music by the Singing Men of Arkansas and the Ozark Highlanders Pipe Band. Keynote speakers include Gold Star Son Landon Burgess and VFW Voice of Democracy winner Zach Gardner.

Lunch will be held at American Legion Post 27 in Fayetteville following the ceremony.

Information: [email protected]

Free breast exams

The Washington Regional JB Hunt Transport Services Cancer Support home, 488 E. Longview St. in Fayetteville, will offer free clinical breast exams at a Breast Health Clinic from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on April 26.

Clinical breast exams are offered free of charge and will be performed by physicians at the Washington Regional HerHealth Clinic. Appointments are required and places are limited.

Referrals for additional follow-up mammography and imaging services as well as financial assistance will be available to those who qualify through Cancer Support Home’s No Excuses program and other financial assistance programs.

Information: (479) 404-2162 or email [email protected]

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