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Celebrate Juneteenth At Spring Shop Studios In Fayetteville

Happy Juneteenth! Let’s Talk NWA invites the community to join the 5th Annual Juneteenth Celebration at Spring Street Studio in Fayetteville tonight, Jun 19, from 4-9p.

  • Celebrating Freedom: Juneteenth, also known as Black Independence Day, is a federal holiday marking the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States on Jun 19, 1865.

  • It Takes A Village: This year’s theme is The Family Reunion, a nod to the notion that “it takes a village” to navigate life. Enjoy free food, prize giveaways, games, and a play area for kids. A wide range of free community resources, including financial, mental health, and health coaching, will also be present!

Find more celebration details HERE.


Pedal It Forward Rolls Out New Springdale Location

On Monday, Pedal It Forward officially opened its third location at The Jones Center in Springdale.

  • Re-Cycled: For the past decade, Pedal It Forward has been collecting, refurbishing, and distributing bikes to those facing economic challenges, providing access to affordable transportation, health benefits, and the fun that bikes bring.

  • The Bike Shop: The 3,000-square-foot shop is housed in The Jones Center’s historic "truck wash" building. The open floor plan, large garage doors, and spacious courtyard make the space perfect for the nonprofit’s bike storage, repair, and programming.

Pedal it Forward is currently hosting an online raffle for three incredible prizes. Enter HERE.

Northwest Arkansas Looks To Davidson, NC, As Example Of Intentional Growth

How can Northwest Arkansas embrace its rapid growth while maintaining its small-town flare? Gain insights during Groundwork’s upcoming webinar, Thirty Years of Smart Growth: A Case Study of Davidson, NC, with Jason Burdette, on Thursday, Jun 27, at 9a.

  • Intentional Preservation: Jason Burdette serves as Planning Director for the Town of Davidson, a small town nestled in the heart of North Carolina, just outside the bustling city of Charlotte. The Town of Davidson has emerged as a national case study of how a town can embrace growth without losing its identity.

  • Innovative Planning: The webinar will delve into the town's forward-thinking approach to urban planning, highlighting key policies and practices that have fostered economic vitality, preserved green spaces, and enhanced quality of life. Discover how Davidson’s example might help NWA chart a path toward a more resilient and livable future.

Register for the webinar HERE.


Dive-In Movies Make A Splash At Wilson Park Pool

Put on your swimsuit and inflate the floaties! Dive-In Movies at Wilson Park Pool kicks off this week with Minions: The Rise of Gru on Friday, Jun 21, at 8:05p.

  • On The Tube: Fayetteville Parks & Rec will host one more Dive-In Movie at Wilson Park Pool this summer, showing Kung Fu Panda 4 on Friday, Jul 19.

  • Good Times: Make a fun summer memory at Wilson Park Pool. Tickets are just $2 at the door or $1 if you buy in advance. Kids 5 and younger get it for free, and concessions will be available for purchase.

Get your advance tickets HERE.


Enjoy The Great Southern Beer Fest This Weekend In Downtown Springdale

Break out your lederhosen overalls for The Great Southern Beer Fest, a celebration of the spring harvest and good brews, with 100% of funds raised going to local nonprofits. The festival will be held at Turnbow Park in Downtown Springdale on Jun 22, from 4-9p.

  • Beyond The Beer: The Great Southen Beer Fest is organized by Ale-truism, a Northwest Arkansas-based nonprofit that supports other nonprofits by crafting fundraising opportunities and partnerships with the NWA brewing community.

  • Rosin Up Your Bow: The festival will bring brewers from across the state to Downtown Springdale for a day filled with great beer, excellent food trucks, and live music, including local bands The Downtown Livewires and Sultans of Swerve.

Purchase VIP Tickets and Tables HERE.

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In other news…

  • 🏋️ Whole Strength: The Exercise Coach is combining whole-effort exercise with whole-food nutrition through their 30-day Metabolic Comeback Challenge starting Jul 10. Request now to receive two free sessions and to ask about their 6-week metabolic transformation special.*

  • 🐾 Paws For Summer: Celebrate the longest day of the year with your furry friends at Best Friends Pet Resource Center during the Paws in the Sun Solstice Festival, including exciting activities, entertainment, and memorable experiences designed for both cats and dogs on Friday, Jun 21, from 3-7p.*

  • 🗞️ Get It Write: Love local news? Have a strong background in journalism? Our friends at The Bentonville Bulletin are looking for an experienced editor to help with the launch of its independent local news startup.*

  • ⛲️ Spout Spring: Hear more about efforts being made to establish the first Black Historic District in Fayetteville on the latest episode of I Am Northwest Arkansas featuring Emma Willis, founder of Impact Period and a representative for NWA Black Heritage.

  • 🎷 Jazzed Up: Peel Museum & Botanical Garden will host Amp Out Alz Jazz Night, benefitting Alzheimers’s Arkansas, this Friday, Jun 21, at 7p.

  • 🎤 Chair Turner: The Gulley Park Concert Series continues tomorrow night, Jun 20, with Andrew Igbokidi — one of the few people on the shortlist of singers to turn all four chairs on NBC’s The Voice.

  • 👩‍💼 Boss Lady: The Northwest Arkansas Business Journal recently shared its 10th annual Women in Business Awards, highlighting outstanding women impacting the region. See who made the list!

  • 🐚 Shell Yeah: Learn the history of Marshallese jewelry-making and make beautiful shell bracelets during a Marshallese Jewelry Workshop at Shiloh Museum of Ozark History in Springdale this Saturday, Jun 22, at 10:30a.

  • 🚘️ The Mopar Rawr: The 3rd Annual Turpentine Creek Mopar Classic Car Show will gather at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Eureka this Saturday, Jun 22, from 9a-3p.

  • 🍦 Pedal Play: Enjoy crafts, games, and delicious food during Family Fun Fest at Pedal Park in Farmington this Saturday, Jun 22, from 2-5p.

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