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Celebrate The Pioneers Of Women In Aviation This Week At Thaden Field

Women of Aviation Worldwide Week celebrates the first pilot license issued to a woman — Raymonde de Laroche, on March 8, 1910. Join the celebration at Thaden Field in Bentonville with daily themed events and a party at the hangar this Saturday, Mar 9, from 10a-2p.

  • Namesake: Thaden Field is named after aviator Louise Thaden. Born and raised in Bentonville, Thaden set multiple world records for speed, altitude, and endurance flights and became the first woman to win the Bendix Trophy Race in 1936.

  • To The Skies: Visit Thaden Fieldhouse to take part in the national Pink Paper Plane Challenge, snap pics in a sky-themed photo booth, and enter a drawing for two free discovery flights over NWA with FLY OZ Club. On Saturday, the hangar will be filled with airplanes that you can sit in and talk to pilots!

Find more information about the events HERE.


Mount Sequoyah Kicks Off Music On The Mountain Series With Shannon Wurst

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Mount Sequoyah Center’s spring Music on the Mountain Series kicks off this weekend with a free performance by Shannon Wurst at Vesper Point on Saturday, Mar 9, from 6-8p.

  • Ozark Americana: Hailing from the Ozark Mountain region, Shannon Wurst has been captivating audiences with her unique country flair and open-hearted storytelling songs for 14 years. Her sound has been compared to Dolly Parton, Norah Jones, and Stevie Nicks.

  • Slice of Spring: Thanks to the support of an Arkansas Heritage Grant, all shows in the 2024 Music on the Mountain Series are completely free! Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy the best of Arkansas’s folk and Americana. Large pizzas can be added on when you reserve your free tickets.

Reserve free tickets HERE.

Arkansas Gymnastics To Face No. 1 Oklahoma In Nearly Sold Out Meet At Bud Walton Arena

Coming off a record-setting win at Missouri, the No. 12 Arkansas Razorbacks Gymnastics program ended its conference slate at 4-2-1 — the most wins since 2016 and the most under head coach Jordyn Wieber.

  • Local Legend: Generations Bank recently announced a NIL deal with sophomore Lauren Williams, the program’s first in-state recruit in over a decade. Williams is a Northwest Arkansas native who trained at Aspire Gymnastics Academy and graduated from Bentonville High School.

  • Sooner or Later: The Razorbacks take on the No. 1 team in the country and back-to-back national champion Oklahoma this Sunday, Mar 10, at Bud Walton Arena. The night’s theme is EmpowHER, recognizing the women who have impacted our society and the local community.

Tickets are $11 for adults and $6 for kids. Not many are left — get yours HERE.


Gown-tastic Formals Drive Offering Free Gowns To Teens In Northwest Arkansas

Over the past few months, the Gown-tastic Formals Drive has collected hundreds of gowns from the community, which will finally be distributed during a fabulous event for teens this Saturday, Mar 9.

  • Looking Good: Organized by the tireless team behind NWA Single Moms Club, the gown drive was born from a conviction that every teen deserves to look fabulous on their special day! The NWA community answered the call, and over 550 gowns have been collected.

  • Doing Good: The free gowns can be picked up during an event intended to spoil teen attendees with free goodies, photo ops, & raffle prizes. All that’s required is a $5 donation per family or group at the door. All proceeds will be donated to Freedom Finder AR, a comprehensive resource for those experiencing abuse.

Teens can register for the event HERE.

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In other news…

  • 🏡 Lords & Ladies: Are you a landlord? Ever considered how you can protect your investment and ensure it continues to provide for your family in the future? Join HootOwl Estate Planning for a virtual seminar on Estate Planning for Landlords on Thursday, Mar 14, at noon!*

  • 👕 Let’s Make Cool Stuff: Need custom merchandise for your small business or an upcoming event? The creative team at Natural Threads are our go-to experts for branded apparel & goods. Get the process started today with this simple form.*

  • 🛍️ Shopping Spree: Shop small, shop local, and shop woman-owned during the International Women’s Day Vendor Fair hosted by NWA Girl Gang at the Ledger in Bentonville this Friday, Mar 8, from 12-4p.

  • 🏃‍♂️ The Dickson Dash: The City of Fayetteville just announced a new addition to its lineup of races this year, introducing the Dickson Street Mile, set for Jul 27.

  • 🎥 Quiet On The Set: Students and teachers at Springdale’s Elmdale Elementary got an up-close look at the filming of the crime thriller Sovereign this week! Apparently, Nick Offerman also treated his parents to a meal at Fayetteville’s Farmer’s Table.

  • ⭐️ My Shot: Walton Arts Center announced the lineup of its 2024-25 P&G Broadway Series this week, including Hamilton, The Book of Morman, Peter Pan, Beetlejuice, Shucked, Funny Girl, Back to the Future: The Musical, and MJ.

  • 🎻 Barbieland: A live-to-film concert of Barbie will be shown at the Walmart AMP with The Barbie Land Sinfonietta, an all-women orchestra, playing the score on Sunday, Aug 4.

  • ⛺️ Camp Out: Get a jump on your summer plans with help from Macaroni KID NWA’s Summer Camp Guide, highlighting some awesome opportunities for kids to learn, have fun, and make friends!

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