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New Exhibit Opening This Weekend At The Amazeum

The newest addition to the Amazeum’s educational exhibits is Creatividad Silvestre | Wild Creativity, opening this Sunday, May 19, with a member preview on May 18.

  • Biomimicry: Creatividad Silvestre | Wild Creativity explores how the natural world inspires human innovations in engineering. How does a kangaroo gain energy as it bounces? How does a prairie dog cool its home? Why do birds have different beaks? The exhibit reveals how animals and nature work in unique, sustainable, and efficient ways, which engineers can mimic to solve challenges.

  • Plurilingüe: Great for bilingual families or those seeking to become bilingual, the entire exhibit includes Spanish and English explanations alongside each activity. The exhibit also features Aira, a visual interpretation service for visitors with impaired or low vision.

The exhibit will be at the Amazeum until Sep 2. Learn more HERE.


NWACC Awarded Over $2M To Expand Nursing Program

NorthWest Arkansas Community College has received a $2,110,901.58 grant through the ALIGN program, the Arkansas Linking Industry to Grow Nurses, to support and expand its nursing program.

  • Health Professions: The ALIGN Program has awarded $20.4m to 19 Arkansas colleges and universities to help upskill nursing professionals, expand nursing programs, and increase nurse educator recruitment and retention. Of the 19 schools, NWACC received the second-largest grant.

  • Booster Shot: NWACC will use funds from the ALIGN grant to expand its Nursing Program by purchasing equipment, hiring new Practical Nursing faculty, and paying clinical instructors.

Learn more about NWACC’s Nursing Program HERE.


Arkansas Graveler Event Gearing Up For Epic Inaugural Ride

An exciting new bike tour event called the Arkansas Graveler will take riders on an epic six-day riding tour of the Natural State, enjoying food and activities along the way, from Jun 23-28.

  • Diamond of the South: Arkansas has roughly 69,000 mi of unpaved backroads, making the state’s beautiful landscape perfect for the rapidly growing sport of gravel cycling. Local cycling legend Scotti Moody (pictured above) will serve as the Event Director.

  • Rock On: The six-day, 340-mile bike journey will take participants down county and forest backroads throughout northern Arkansas, showcasing the state's natural beauty and culture. The ride will begin in Fayetteville at the University of Arkansas and end at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. Registration for the first Arkansas Graveler is still open!

Listen to an interview with event director Scotti Moody on Ozarks at Large HERE.


Spring Street Ventures To Launch Airbnb-esque Hotel In Downtown Springdale

A new hospitality project called The Star on Spring is in the works in Downtown Springdale, transforming a vacant building on Emma Ave into a boutique hotel.

  • Springing Up: The project, led by local investment group Spring Street Ventures, entails a 9,000-sq-ft Airbnb-style hotel with ten double rooms and three suites. Completion is expected sometime in 2025.

  • Rising Star: While the interior of the building will undergo major renovations, the exterior will maintain its historic brick look. The hotel’s name pays homage to its history as a former Star Automobiles showroom.

See who is involved in the project in Talk Business & Politics HERE.

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In other news…

  • 📚️ Hold Onto Your Books: The Bentonville Public Library will be closed from Sunday, May 19, through Sunday, Jun 2, as part of its ongoing expansion project.

  • 🤩 Hey! Same Name: Here are some more awesome photos of the aurora borealis, taken by local photographer Jason Hudson in our northern neighbor’s city of Aurora.

  • 🪴 Plant City: Shop perennials, annuals, herbs, shrubs, trees, houseplants, and more during the 2024 Benton County Master Gardener’s Annual Plant Sale and Expo this weekend, May 17-18.

  • 👢 Nice Boots: Arkansas Public Theater will hold open auditions for the six-time Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots at Victory Theater in Downtown Rogers on Monday, May 20, at 6:30p.

  • 🦞 Let’s Boil: Enjoy delicious food and live music in support of a great cause during the 14th Annual Founders Crawfish Boil at George’s Majestic Lounge this Saturday, May 18, from 11a-3p — all proceeds benefit Children's Safety Center of Washington County.

  • 🎨 Muralville: The City of Fayetteville is seeking local artists to contribute to a collaborative mural project for the upcoming Yvonne Richardson Community Center expansion project.

  • 🥼 Well Well, Well…: During Walmart Wellness Day this Saturday, May 18, from 10a-2p, customers can receive free glucose, cholesterol, BMI, and blood pressure screenings and affordable immunizations at local Walmart pharmacies.

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