Local notes

Posted: November 5, 2017 at 1 a.m.

The Bella Vista Women's Chorus will host a Veteran's Day Musical Salute! at 3 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Bella Vista Community Church. This concert is a fundraiser for the National Cemetery in Fayetteville and the Veterans Wall of Honor in Bella Vista. The Women's Chorus will be joined by the Bella Vista Men's Chorus, Perfect Harmony and the Bentonville High School Chamber Choir. Over 100 voices will join together to honor veterans in song. Admission is a free-will offering. All proceeds will go directly to the Wall of Honor and the National Cemetery Improvement Group.

Douglas to speak

Blaine R. Douglas, senior director of International Strategic Initiatives for Walmart Stores Inc., will be the guest speaker for a Tuesday presentation in the Jack Shewmaker Lecture Series.

The lecture, hosted by Northwest Arkansas Community College's Enactus group, will begin at 7 p.m. in Peterson Auditorium of the Shewmaker Center for Global Business Development.

In his role with Walmart, Douglas is responsible for the end-to-end delivery of key corporate initiatives. He achieves this by building top-talent teams, managing stakeholder and leader relationships and communication, establishing best-in-class project governance processes and directing an effective change management strategy to drive sustained adoption. His topic for the evening will be "Cultural Challenges for the Global Organization."

This event is open to all NWACC students, faculty, and staff, and to members of the northwest Arkansas community.

Information: nwacc.edu.

Blood Center seeks donors

Community Blood Center of the Ozarks is the sole local provider of blood for patients at 40 area hospitals in southwest Missouri, Northwest Arkansas and southeast Kansas. Sick and injured hospital patients depend on CBCO donors to provide the lifesaving blood they need.

CBCO will host blood drives at the following location:

•Elkins: 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Elkins High School, 349 N. Center St.

Information: (800) 280-5337 or cbco.org.

Find a good doctor

Retired medical doctors, Janet Titus and John Baldridge, will conduct a forum on "How to Find a Good Doctor" at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 901 W. Cleveland St. in Fayetteville. A slide show summarizing the 2015 book Patient's Playbook, How to Save Your Life and the Lives of Those You Love by Leslie Michelson will be presented.

Titus and Baldridge will make comments and take questions from the audience during the slide show. The book includes the five traits of a good doctor, finding appropriate treatments and how to avoid medical errors. The forum is free and open to the public. Everyone and all questions are welcome.

Information: Email marvinhilton@cox.net.

Hope hosts Shine a Light

Hope Cancer Resources invites the community to Shine a Light on Lung Cancer from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at their office in Springdale. Shine a Light is the largest lung cancer awareness event in the nation and aims to bring hope to those who have been affected by the disease.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Joanna Thompson, director of the Center for Chest Care and the Northwest Arkansas Lung Cancer Screening Program, has been in the lung cancer world for eight years.

Guests will hear from radiation oncologist Chris McClinton, M.D. of Highlands Oncology Group, on current treatments and what the future may hold for lung cancer care in the region. Shine a Light will also spotlight special guest Sherrie Hayes, a local lung cancer survivor.

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

Civil War Symposium set

The Social Sciences Department and Honors and Service Learning Programs at Northwest Arkansas Community College will host "Civil War in Arkansas & the Trans-Mississippi West" from noon to 4:30 p.m. Thursday in room 108 of the Becky Paneitz Student Center Room 108.

At noon, special guest keynote speaker, Dr. Matthew Stith, history professor at the University of Texas, Tyler, will present "Re-Imagining the Civil War Battlefield: Nature, Culture and the Civilian War on the Border."

From about 1:15 to 3 p.m., students of a service-learning project will make presentations on the weapons and equipment of Civil War soldiers and provide details in posters on the battles of Pea Ridge and Prairie Grove.

At 3 p.m., four historians will lead a panel discussion on the "Civil War, Arkansas, Nature, Memory, & Monuments."

•Alan Thompson, historian at Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, will speak on "Nature as an Element of the Confederate Defeat at the Battle of Prairie Grove."

•Dr. Chris Huggard, NWACC history professor, will speak on "The Impact of Natural and Agricultural Landscapes on the Battle of Pea Ridge."

•Dr. David Schieffler, history instructor, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, will talk on "Remembering the Civil War: Monuments and Memory"

•Stith, history professor at UT, Tyler, will discuss "The History and Historians of the Trans-Mississippi Homefront: Consensus, Conflict, and New Directions."

Students of the Veterans Project also will provide information about American veterans and their experiences.

Information:(479) 619-4270 or email chuggard@nwacc.edu.

Stewards of Children

The Children's Safety Center will present Stewards of Children from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Springdale Center for Nonprofits Library. Stewards of Children is a workshop that addresses child sexual abuse in the context of today's issues and teaches a simple five-step approach that protects the child. Participants will receive a free workbook and a certificate of completion.

The Children's Safety Center's team knows first hand that ending child sexual abuse takes a cooperative, community effort. To end child sexual abuse we must first address the issue head on, be open to have conversations with each other and our children, educate ourselves on the facts, and learn how to prevent abuse from happening.

Space is limited.

Information: (479) 872-6183 or email casey@childrenssafetycenter.org.

College Sets Veterans Day Program

Northwest Arkansas Community College will host a Veterans Day program beginning at 11 a.m. Friday. in Room 108 of the Becky Paneitz Student Center.

Soldier songs and voices will be featured, and there will be a special roll call at the end of the program.

Home 4 Dinner, a nonprofit organization, will be giving out one-time dinner or grocery gift cards for any veteran who has never received one. The gift card distribution will be from 9 to 10:50 a.m. Veterans must provide proof of veteran status, such as a veterans ID card, a DD214 or a driver's license with a notation of veterans service, to receive a gift card.

The public is invited to the Veterans Day ceremony. Refreshments will follow the program.

Information: nwacc.edu.

Author to teach

Sanderia Faye, winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, will teach a workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday titled Character as Setting. Faye will explore the concept of place as character, a technique used by writers such as Toni Morrison and Harper Lee.

Every story begins somewhere; and ideally that somewhere imbues the story with meaning, brings characters to life and leaves readers "seeing" the story as if it were presented in vivid color on a big screen. But sometimes, the setting is so powerful, as it impacts the characters and the plot, that the setting becomes a character in its own right.

Faye serves on the faculty at Southern Methodist University, is an instructor at the 2017 Desert Nights Rising Stars Conference at Arizona State University, and a professional speaker and activist. Her novel, Mourner's Bench, is the winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and The Philosophical Society of Texas Award of Merit for fiction. She is co-founder of the Kimbilio Center for Fiction and holds an MFA from Arizona State University and a MA from the University of Texas at Dallas.

The Village Writing School is a 501(c)3 nonprofit whose mission is to help local writers improve their craft. The workshop will be held in the library of the VWS at the Center for Nonprofits, 1200 West Olive in Rogers where Faye will FaceTime in on a 70"-screen to present and interact with participants. Cost for the afternoon is $25.

Information: VillageWritingSchool.com.

Smith to speak

Cynthia E. Smith will give a lecture at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 13 in Ken and Linda Sue Shollmier Hall, Room 250 of Vol Walker Hall, on the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville, as part of the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design lecture series. She will also offer a gallery talk at noon that same day.

Smith is the Curator of Socially Responsible Design at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. She curated the "By the People: Designing a Better America" exhibition, which is on display through Dec. 16 in the Fred and Mary Smith Exhibition Gallery and other locations within Vol Walker Hall. Organized by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, the exhibition is presented on campus by the Fay Jones School. This display of the "By the People" exhibition is the first stop on a national tour after the initial installation at Cooper Hewitt in New York.

In Smith's talk, titled "Design by the People for the People," she will discuss how innovative people and place-based designs are emerging within cities, small towns and rural counties, spanning regions and borders, in response to decades of divestment, social and spatial segregation and mounting climate challenges. It is a call to action to create more inclusive, equitable, healthy and just places, to design an ecosystem of opportunity for all people across the country.

Admission to the gallery talk, lecture and exhibition is free. The exhibition gallery is located on the first floor of Vol Walker Hall, and it is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

This is the June Biber Freeman Endowed Lecture.

Information: (479) 575-4704 or fayjones.uark.edu.

Hobbs Holds overnight backpacking

Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area is ready to help the beginning backpacker get started with Intro to Backpacking Clinics. These hands-on, overnight trips are designed for people with little to no backpacking experience to try out backpacking and learn some tricks to having a positive experience on the trail. The clinics are led by a park interpreter along the 8 1/2 mile Pigeon Roost Trail. Participants will be able to try out their own equipment in a safe environment with expert guidance. Topics covered during the clinics include: packing, cooking, safety, leave no trace and navigation.

Classes are scheduled from 2 p.m. Nov. 11 through noon Nov. 12, 2 p.m. Nov. 24 through noon Nov. 25 and 2 p.m. Dec. 9 through noon Dec. 10. The cost is $10 per person plus tax with prepayment required, 16 years old and older only. Meet at the Pigeon Roost Trail Head on Highway 12, 6/10 of a mile east of the Hobbs State Park visitor center.

Information and reservations: (479) 789-5000.

NAN Profiles on 11/05/2017