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story.lead_photo.caption Courtesy image "An American Vernacular," artwork by John Randall Nelson, will be on show through Jan. 1 at the Windgate Art & Design Main Gallery, 535 N. Waldron Road in Fort Smith. Nelson creates layered, large-scale paintings that collage text and symbols to create a narrative of contemporary culture. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, with other dates and times by appointment. Information: Email Colin.McLain@uafs.edu.

Blood Center seeks donors

The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks strives for area blood reserves to be at around a three-day supply for all blood types. At the time of this release, the blood center reserves show a less than one-day supply of type O negative blood. Type O negative donors are strongly urged to give this week at a CBCO blood drive or donor center near them.

Upcoming blood drives include:

Elkins: 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Nov. 12, Elkins High School, 349 N. Center St.

Rogers: 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Nov. 13, Rogers Heritage High School, 1114 S. Fifth St.

Harrison: Noon-6 p.m. Nov. 15, North Arkansas Regional Medical Center, 620 N. Main St.

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

Omni Center talks books

The Omni Center for Peace, Justice and Ecology will hold its monthly climate book forum at 1:30 p.m.Nov. 4 at Fayetteville Public Library. The discussion will be on the book Too Many People: The Case for Reversing Growth by Lindsey Grant, with a presentation by Alberto Torres.

Information: (479) 442-4600.

Diabetes to be topic

Find answers to your questions about diabetes during a free seminar featuring certified diabetes educators and registered dietitians from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Nov. 5 at Mercy Hospital Fort Smith's Hennessy Education Center, located between the hospital and emergency entrances off South 74th Street.

Topics will cover diabetes management, including lifestyle changes to make living with diabetes easier. Speakers will be endocrinologist Dr. Frederick Niegos, ophthalmologist Dr. Christopher Greer, podiatrist Dr. Raj Rammohan and registered dietitian Jenna Siebenmorgen.

While the seminar is free, registration is required

Information and registration: (479) 314-6722 or mercy.net/Diabetes18.

Theodore to lecture

Georgeen Theodore will present a lecture at 4 p.m. Nov. 5 in Ken and Linda Sue Shollmier Hall, Room 250 of Vol Walker Hall, on the University of Arkansas campus, as part of the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design lecture series.

Theodore is a professor at New Jersey Institute of Technology's College of Architecture and Design, where she directs the Master of Infrastructure Planning program. She is a founding partner and principal of Interboro Partners, a Brooklyn-based architecture, urban design and planning research office.

In her lecture, titled "Sooner or Later," she will discuss the work of her firm, which has been recognized for its inventive and inclusive approach.

The public is invited to attend. Admission is free, with limited seating.

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

Jones Center slates events

The Jones Center in Springdale has announced the following events:

Photography class: Lissa Chandler will be the instructor for the class from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 10.The class is $50 and is for ages 13 and older. Information: (479) 756-8090 or email mwayman@jonesnet.org.

National Try Hockey For Free Day: Nov. 10 is National Try Hockey for Free Day. Bring your 4- to 9-year-old to The Jones Center in Springdale from 2 to 4 p.m. to experience ice hockey. Participation is free, but registration is required. Register at tryhockeyforfree.com.

Funday Sunday: Enjoy a complimentary afternoon swimming in the pools with your family as part of the Funday Sunday series from 1:30 to 4:45 p.m. Nov. 11.

Information: (479) 756-8090 or thejonescenter.net.

Phone classes announced

Highland Island Community Church is holding android and iPhone training classes beginning with iPhone class at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 12 and android class at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in the church fellowship hall. The classes will be taught by Arthur Bruno, owner of CommonSense Technologies in Eureka Springs, and will cover the basic functions of a smart phone. There is no charge for the classes.

Information: (479) 253-0066 or email training@glendageorge.com.

The class is limited to 12 people.

Boulden to speak

Historian, university lecturer, author and former journalist Ben Boulden will discuss a historic women's strike in Fort Smith during Pen to Podium from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Nov. 13. The event is free.

Boulden, a Fort Smith native, will present material from his book, Hidden History of Fort Smith, Arkansas, in the Diamond Conference Room at the Department of Arkansas Heritage at 1100 North St. in Little Rock. The presentation is part of the Arkansas Historical Writers' Lecture Series through the Arkansas State Archives, a division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage.

The Friends of the Arkansas State Archives will host a reception in the lobby before Boulden's lecture.

Boulden's book delves into life in Fort Smith during the days of American westward expansion. For his lecture, he plans to present information about a strike by women telephone operators on Nov. 13, 1917. The strike spurred a general strike, ended up ousting the mayor and indirectly led to women in Arkansas being allowed to vote before the federal government gave women the right to vote.

Boulden is considered an expert on Fort Smith history. He earned a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Missouri in 1986 and a master's degree in history from the University of Arkansas in 1992.

Information: (501) 324-9349.

AUFC sets workshop

The Arkansas Urban Forestry Council is sponsoring a workshop to benefit arborists, community planners, and landscape design professionals, as well as interested citizens and homeowners. The workshop will be from 8:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.Nov. 15 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1021 W. Sycamore St. in Fayetteville. Participants will learn about starting a community orchard and its benefits. Information on appropriate site selection, variety selection, establishment. and controlling pests and diseases will be provided. Included in the workshop experience are a tour of Tri Cycle Farms and a fruit tree pruning demonstration.

Cost of the workshop is $30 for AUFC members and $55 for nonmembers. Registration deadline is Nov. 9. Lunch will be provided.

Information: arkansastrees.org or email kteague@uaex.edu.

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NAN Profiles on 11/04/2018

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