Up A Creek Without A Handel

Arkansas's largest stream restoration project to begin in Rogers, plus a new ice cream joint just opened in town!

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Weekend Roundup

Happy Friday, Northwest Arkansas! Here's your Weekend Roundup:

  • 🦞 The Lobster: Nationally-famous food truck Cousins Maine Lobster will be slinging out delicious Maine lobster at Fossil Cove Brewing Co. in Fayetteville on Friday, Mar 22, from 11a-8p. 

  • 🥯 Bagel Bop: The Beer & Bagel Off-Road Race Series is back in Northwest Arkansas for a rugged 4-mi run at the War Eagle Fair Grounds this Saturday, Mar 23, at 9a.

  • 🪁 Kites & Kittens: Watch the sky fill up with color during the 32nd Annual Kite Fest at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Eureka Springs this Saturday, Mar 23, from 10a-4p.

  • 🍫 Sweet Tooth: Spend a sweet day in Eureka Springs during the Chocolate Lovers Festival hosted in the Highlander Room at the Eureka Springs Community Center this Saturday, Mar 23, from 1-5p.

  • 🎣 Gon’ Fishin’: Get ahead of the game this year by joining the Fishing Kickoff at the Ozark Highlands Nature Center in Springdale this Saturday, Mar 23, from 9a-4p.

  • 🐾 Paw-esome Art: Celebrate National Puppy Day by exploring vibrant paintings, intricate photographs, and more during the Palettes and Puppies Art Market at Best Friends Pet Resource Center in Bentonville this Saturday, Mar 23, from 10a-4p.

  • 🛼 Glide ‘n Groove: Lace your skates up for an electric night of music, fun, and nostalgic vibes during the Roller Rave at Starlight Skatium in Fayetteville this Saturday, Mar 23, at 11p. 

  • 🪙 Little Entrepreneurs: Kids with an entrepreneurial spirit are invited to sell their homemade crafts, drawings, bracelets, etc, during the NWA Kids Mini Market this Saturday, Mar 23, from 12-1:30p at 530 Sunrise Dr. Bethel Heights.

  • 🛍️ Thrifty Throwbacks: Shop an incredible selection of retro-inspired items during the Time Travelers Vintage Expo, coming to the Rogers Convention Center this Saturday, Mar 23, from 10a-5p.

  • 🚵 Shred The Gnar: Capture your epic moments as you send it down Slaughter Pen during Footage Fest 2024, a group ride with professional photographers and drone operators staged along the trail this Saturday, Mar 23, at 12:30p.

  • 🌷 Early Bloomers: Shop fresh local produce, plants, flowers, artisan crafts, and more during Spring Fling on the Square, two pre-season markets by the Fayetteville Farmers Market this Saturday and next, Mar 23 & 30. 

  • 👑Yes, Queen: Mount Sequoyah will host Queendom, an empowering all-women showcase of established and emerging poets, emcees, performing artists, and more, this Saturday, Mar 23, from 7-10p. 

  • 🐦️ Bluebirds: Enjoy live music, food trucks, art classes, and more during the final days of Spring Break Palooza at Terra Studios in Fayetteville through Sunday, Mar 24.

  • 🌷 Tiptoe Through the Tulips: Head out to True Colors Farm in Bentonville for opening weekend and pick tulips, enjoy train rides, grab a bite from food vendors, and meet the Easter Bunny!

  • 🥚 Egg Drop: Enjoy spring festivities at Rivercrest Orchard in Fayetteville this weekend during their ongoing Tulip Festival and Easter Festival, including a helicopter egg drop on Mar 23 at 12p & 5p and Mar 24 at 3p!

Have a fun weekend, Northwest Arkansas!


$4.4M Grant Will Fund Largest Stream Restoration Ever Attempted In Arkansas

The War Eagle Creek Collaborative Restoration Initiative has received a $4.4m grant from the U.S. Department of Interior through the America the Beautiful Initiative to assist with the largest stream restoration project ever undertaken in Arkansas.

  • Federally Funded: U.S. Secretary of Interior Deb Haaland visited Northwest Arkansas this week to share the grant announcement, meeting with Arkansas officials at the Ozark Highlands Nature Center to discuss collaborative efforts to restore outdoor spaces.

  • Waterways: The initiative aims to reconnect and remove hazards along 400+ stream miles of War Eagle Creek, establish the War Eagle Creek Water Trail and other recreational amenities along 28 miles of the creek, and ensure clean water for the 500,000+ people who receive their water from Beaver Lake.

Find more information on the project from 4029 News HERE.


Start Prepping Your Puppers For The PAWS OFF Family Dog Walk

Enjoy a heartwarming day of doggy shenanigans during the PAWS OFF Family Dog Walk, benefitting the NWA Center for Sexual Assault, at Walker Park in Fayetteville on Saturday, Apr 27, from 11a-4p.

  • Paws for a Cause: The NWA Center for Sexual Assault provides free services to adult survivors of sexual violence while promoting a safer future for all through education and awareness.

  • Doggone Fun: PAWS OFF will kick off with a group Dog Walk followed by activities like a Paw Print Makin’ Station, Daschund Races, Doggie Bobbin’ for Hot Dogs, and more! A FREE vendor/resource fair will take place alongside the event, including the Crystal Bridges Mobile Art Lab — vendor opportunities are still available!

Tickets are $25/adults before Apr 12, then increase to $30 (kids and dogs free). Register for Dog Walk before Apr 1 for a chance to win a one-month subscription to BarkBox HERE.


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  • 🥜 That’s Nuts: Arkansas’s peanut farmers are on track to set a new state record for peanuts harvested in the Natural State this year.

  • 🦅 Birds Eye View: Get a look at the rapid growth of NWA’s industrial market revealed by the difference in these aerial shots taken of the region from 2000 vs 2024.

  • 🍦 I Scream, You Scream: The iconic Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream brand has officially opened its first Arkansas location on Pleasant Grove Rd in Rogers.

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