Local Notes: OLLI Offers Learning Opportunities

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The annual plant sale at the Ozark Arboretum will be open to members only on April 20 from 5-8 pm and to the public on April 30 from 8 am-4 pm. The Ozark Arboretum is located at 4703 N. Crossover Road in Fayetteville.

There is no admission fee, but participants are encouraged to bring cash or checks for purchases and a case to bring their purchases back to their vehicles.

Information: bgozarks.org.


The Beaver Watershed Alliance is working with the City of Fayetteville Parks and Rec and is seeking volunteer help to remove invasive vegetation such as Amur Honeysuckle and Chinese Privet from Mount Sequoyah Woods on May 6 between 3-5pm.

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

The location for this event is Sequoyah Woods Trailhead, 5 Happy Hollow Road, Fayetteville. The coalition will provide workers with gloves, tools, snacks and water. Long-sleeved shirts, pants, and open-toed shoes are recommended.

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


The City of Bentonville Public Art Advisory Committee is seeking proposals to install permanent artwork near the state’s first regulated cricket pitch. The installation aims to enrich and inspire this public space with an original work that becomes a landmark and physical identity for cricket in the region.

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

The deadline for proposals is midnight on July 6th.

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


The Fayetteville Public Library is now accepting applications for its third batch of Maker-to-Market entrepreneurship programs. The 12-week course runs 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 viable product ideas, such as jewelry, apps, or custom prototypes using Fayetteville Public Library’s Innovation Center tools and equipment. The goal of the program is to show entrepreneurs how to build their own product prototypes and develop micromanufacturing runs of their products using the resources available at the Innovation Center.

All participants were required to participate for the entire 12-week period. Applications and accompanying materials should be submitted by May 9.

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

writer’s colony

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

The workshop will be held at Writers’ Colony, Dairy Hollow, 515 Spring St., Eureka Springs, on May 21, from 10 am to noon. Workshop fees are $40 per person. All proceeds will go to the WCDH Scholarship Fund. Participants should bring their preferred writing medium and sense of humor. This is sure to be a fun, inspiring and informative course.

Participants must be fully vaccinated against covid-19.

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


Osher Lifelong Learning Institute has announced these upcoming courses:

• April 25: Geology of I-49. Discover the natural features (hills, valleys, cliffs, rivers) visible along I-49 from Bella Vista south into the Boston Mountains with geology professor Chris Moyer. 10am-noon, Drake Airport, $25 for members, $40 for non-members; Fayetteville Trail. Fayetteville Trail Coordinator Mike Mihalevich outlines the trail system: funding, design, construction, future trails. A walking tour of the Clbber Creek Trail at the end of the course, Grand Village and Clbber Creek Trail from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm, $19 for members, $34 for non-members.

• April 26 and May 3: The plight of captive big cats. There are more tigers in captivity in the United States than in the world. What happens when that cute kitten grows into a 700-pound tiger? In the second part, visit the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Sanctuary and witness the rescued animals in a safe environment. April 26th, 1:30-3:30pm at Drake Field; May 3rd, 8am-4pm at Turpentine Creek. $35 member commute, $55 member ride in OLLI van, $50 non-member commute, $70 non-member transportation.

• April 27: Conversation. Learn how to have a “conversation” about your ultimate desire. OLLI office from 1pm to 3pm. All $19.

• April 29 and May 6: Native Plant Ecology. Environmental scientist Eric Fuselier explains the ecological relationship between native plants and other elements of the ecosystem, such as birds and insects. 10am to noon. Drake Airport, $25 for members, $40 for non-members.

Information: (479) 575-4545.

hope cancer

Hope Cancer Resources’ Hope Wellness Center offers in-person yoga, meditation and fitness classes for cancer patients and caregivers via Zoom and YouTube.

Their team of counselors and social workers support cancer patients and their families every day, regardless of the situation, with a focus on emotional well-being.

Certified tobacco therapists support those looking to quit smoking through nicotine replacement therapy and counseling.

Those in need of medical supplies, liquid nutrition or durable medical equipment such as shower chairs or walkers are being asked to lend a hand. Donations of new or used items are also accepted.

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

Memorial Day

This year’s “Year of Our Youth” will be commemorated with a Memorial Day ceremony on May 30 at 10 a.m. at Fayetteville National Cemetery at 1000 Lt. Col. LeRoy Pond Ave. in Fayetteville.

Music will be performed by the Arkansas Singers and the Ozark Heights Band. Keynote speakers include Venus son Landon Burgess and VFW Voice of Democracy winner Zach Gardner.

After the ceremony, lunch will be held at American Legion Post 27 in Fayetteville.

information: [email protected]

Free breast exam

The Washington Area JB Hunt Transportation Services Cancer Support Center, located at 488 East Longview Street in Fayetteville, will be offering free clinical breast exams at the Breast Health Clinic on April 26 from 5-7:30 pm.

Clinical breast exams are free and will be performed by physicians at HerHealth clinics in the Washington area. Reservations are required and space is limited.

Those who qualify through Cancer Support Home’s No Excuses program and other financial assistance programs will receive additional follow-up mammograms and imaging services and referrals for financial assistance.

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

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