Local notes

Posted: October 7, 2018 at 1 a.m.

Courtesy images Art Meripol began his career taking pictures while he earned his journalism degree at the University of Arkansas. Working for more than a decade as a newspaper photographer, he was able to find another passion: concert photography. In 1989, Meripol joined the staff of Southern Living Magazine as a senior photographer for travel. Doing that for almost 25 years, he's now a freelance photographer that loves creating story-telling images. Throughout October, the Fayetteville Public Library will showcase a photography series by Meripol from the 1970s Fayetteville Farmers' Market. The exhibit -- featuring 24 Meripol photographs -- will also offer an interactive platform for people to reminisce and write their comments about each photograph. Information: faylib.org.

Omni showsenergy film

The Omni Center for Peace, Justice and Ecology and Citizens' Climate Lobby Fayetteville will host a showing of "Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution" from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Omni Center, 3274 N. Lee Ave. in Fayetteville. This James Redford documentary chronicles Redford's quest to answer these questions: Can we meet all of our energy needs with renewable energy? How would we do that? Will we do that? There will be refreshments and time for discussion.

Information: Email goodhelp@cybermesa.com.

Pint Nightset Oct. 10

Join Tri Cycle Farms at Pack Rat Outdoor Center's Pint Night No. 3 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 10. This event features a gear giveaway, local brews and food, music by Tom Collins and much more. Proceeds benefit Tri Cycle Farms programming and efforts to alleviate food insecurity in Northwest Arkansas.

Information: (479) 935-9357 or tricyclefarms.org.

Lecturescontinue

Sasa Radulovic will present a lecture at 4 p.m. Oct. 8 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.

Radulovic co-founded 5468796 Architecture, based in Winnipeg, Canada, with Johanna Hurme in 2007. He guides the office in seeking projects that explore the potential for density, affordability and sustainability achieved through non-traditional means, and a dynamic design approach.

In his lecture, "Responses to the Narrowing Field of Capital A," Radulovic will discuss the firm, which began as a reaction to decades of public apathy and ambivalence about architecture. The firm aims to disrupt the status quo through new architectural propositions.

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

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

Blood Centerseeks 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 two-day supply of type A negative, O negative and A positive blood. Since it takes around 200 donations per day to meet area needs, the public, especially type O positive and A positive donors, are urged to continue to help by donating at a CBCO blood drive or donor center near them.

You can help by giving blood at this upcoming blood drive:

Rogers: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 12, Mercy Health System of NWA, 2710 Rife Medical Center

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

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Harps Food Stores will give shoppers the opportunity to donate to Hope Cancer Resources when they check out at the register at any Harps location through Oct. 14.

The multistate grocery store chain hosts the fundraiser every fall to show their support of the programs and services of Hope Cancer Resources.

One hundred percent of every donation made at the registers will go directly to local cancer patients served through Hope Cancer Resources.

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

OLLI setsclasses

The Osher Lifelong Institute at the University of Arkansas announces the following classes:

Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31; Nov 7: "Basic Digital Photography" taught by professional photographer Diana Hausem. Class meets for five weeks; $65 members/$80 nonmembers.

Oct. 11: "Clinton National Airport: Behind the Scenes." Visit the state's largest/busiest airport on this all day excursion to Little Rock. $50 members/$65 nonmembers; "Finding and Crafting Personal Stories." Leave a legacy for your family by writing stories of your life. $30 members/$45 nonmembers; "Does the University Really Need My Money? The State of Higher Education Fundraising and Finance" taught by Dean Mike Miller of the College of Education & Health Professions. $25 members/$40 nonmembers.

Oct. 11 or 12: "Which Are the Ten Commandments?" $35 members/$50 non-members.

Oct. 12 and 13: "Abstracts & Special Effects In-Camera." Learn in-camera techniques to produce unique and creative images. $75 members/$90 nonmembers.

Oct 15: "Across the Fence -- A Peek at 'The Farm'." Visit the University Farm and learn what goes on. $22 members only.

Oct. 16: "Nestbox Monitoring: A Lifeline to Cavity Nesting Birds." Learn how to help fledge healthy nestlings from your boxes. $31 members/$46 nonmembers.

Information: (479) 575-4545 or go online to olli.uark.edu.

Candidateshold forums

Candidates for city, county and state elective offices will be able to share their respective visions for a better Arkansas during five town halls slated next month at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith.

The events, hosted by the UAFS chapter of the American Democracy Project, are part of the organization's efforts to boost civic engagement on campus and in the community.

The town halls are scheduled for the following dates:

Oct. 8: Candidates for Arkansas House District 77, noon, Windgate Art & Design Theater

Oct. 8: Candidates for Fort Smith board of directors (at-large position 5), 6 p.m., Windgate Art & Design Theater

Oct. 11: Candidates for Arkansas attorney general*, noon, Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center Reynolds Room

Oct. 15: Chairpersons of the Arkansas Democratic and Republican parties to discuss the role of political parties in the electoral process, noon, the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center Reynolds Room

Oct. 31: Candidates for Sebastian County judge, noon, Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center Reynolds Room

*Due to a scheduling conflict, Republican incumbent Leslie Rutledge will not be able to attend this town hall. Only the Democratic and Libertarian candidates for attorney general will be participating.

Information: (479) 788-7981 or email williams.yamkam@uafs.edu.

'About Face!'raises funds

The Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch will host an evening of entertainment and inspiration featuring Christian comedian Michael Rowan called "About Face!" at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Northwest Arkansas Convention Center in Springdale. Guest emcee will be Rick Katzfey, morning meteorologist for KNWA/Fox television, with music by Brick Fields and the Teen Challenge Choir.

Tickets for the event are $40 for one, $75 for a couple and $350 for a table of 10. Proceeds will benefit Teen Challenge Adventure ranch, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping troubled boys get a new start in life. The ranch is located in Morrow, near Lincoln.

Information: (888) 289-6818 or teenchallengeranch.com.

Plant Fairescheduled

The Native Plant Garden Project of Eureka Springs will hold its second annual Native Plant Faire from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Eureka Springs Community Center, 44 Kings Highway.

Crystal Bridges horticulturalist Cody George will speak at 10 a.m. about adding more native plants to a landscape with a Q & Asession following. Several knowledgeable vendors will have native plants for sale.

Among the silent auction items are Ken Bonar's signed copy of An Arkansas Florilegium and a tour for four of select Crystal Bridges gardens led by George, with lunch at restaurant Eleven.

Native plants are adapted to the area to withstand a variety of growing conditions. Native plants attract important pollinators such as bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, and they provide valuable habitat and food for many insects and animals. The cooler temperatures of fall are an ideal time to plant these perennial plants.

Information: facebook.com/ESNPGP.

Airport honorsLouise Thaden

The Bentonville Municipal Airport and Thaden Field will be hosting Louise Thaden Day from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 13. This event is coordinated by the Arkansas Chapter of the Ninety-Nines, a women's pilot nonprofit organization. The event is free and open to all in the community where the present will collide with the past as participants learn about local aviation heroine Louise Thaden and how she still influences the world today. Guests are invited to check out the new terminal building, complete with a modern diner-style restaurant, called "Louise." The event will provide educational guest speakers, a candy drop, a flour drop competition, raffles, prizes and more. The Young Eagle program will offer free plane rides for children ages 8 to 17 from 8 to 11 a.m.

Information: (479) 619-6405 or ninety-nines.org.

Gender markerchanges are topic

LGBT+ people who would like help with name and gender marker changes can find support from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Artist's Laboratory Theater in Fayetteville. Attorneys, law students and other volunteers will help guide people through the process of preparing petitions and proposed orders for name changes and/or gender marker changes, depending on the person's need. This clinic is open to everyone and to all ages.

The Name and Gender Marker Change Clinic is the first official event of QLaw Arkansas, the LGBT+ Bar of Arkansas. QLaw Arkansas is the LGBT+ Bar Association of Arkansas. QLaw Arkansas hopes to empower transgender people to live safe lives as they move forward to make their identification align with their gender identity.

Pre-registration is requested.

Information: qlawarkansas.org.

Pedal & PokerRide announced

Cyclists will ride for cures in the second annual Pedal & Poker ride at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 13. Check-in is at Mach 1 Financial, 408 N. Walton Blvd. in Bentonville, and will start across the street at the new Arvest Trailhead where participants will ride to Mercy in Bella Vista on the Razorback Greenway before turning around and heading back for a total of 11 miles. Riders will draw playing cards at five locations along the route to create a poker hand. Winning hands will win prizes.

This event supports the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation, whose mission is to cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis and improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases.

Funds raised through the Pedal & Poker Ride will directly impact vital treatments, research and educational patient programs.

The cost for the ride is $30 for adults, $20 for ages (9-12), and is free for those younger than 9. Additional poker tickets can be purchased for $10.

Information: (646) 899-0333 or email acarroll@crohnscolitisfoundation.org.

Harvey familyreunion set

The 2018 Harvey family reunion is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Oct. 14 at Elm Springs Community Building in Elm Springs. There will be a potluck lunch beginning at noon. Participants are asked to bring a covered dish for the potluck, pictures and albums to share and items to be auctioned off to cover reunion expenses.

Information: (479) 422-5305 or (479) 409-6952.

Hobbs hostsworkshop

Do dead people just pop up here and there? If you are Abby Burnett, you see them often.

Burnett is an independent researcher who studies all aspects of burial in the Arkansas Ozarks. Her book, Gone to the Grave; Burial Customs of the Arkansas Ozarks, 1850-1950, was featured on AETN's cemetery documentary, Silent Storytellers. Burnett lives in a log cabin in the Boston Mountains, when she's not out photographing tombstones in rural cemeteries.

Tombstone portraits, popular in this country since the 1700s, depict how the deceased looked in life, or occasionally, after death. Burnett tells us, "Though somewhat scarce in Arkansas, it is possible to find photos, cameos and statues adorning tombstones, and to learn about the lives these images represent. Whatever form they take, these portraits have stories to tell -- some of them quite Gothic."

Burnett's upcoming program at Hobbs State Park, "I See Dead People," will give the stories behind a few of the most unusual portraits found in Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas and Kentucky. This free workshop will be offered at 2 p.m. Oct. 14 at Hobbs State Park visitor center on Ark. Highway 12, just east of the Ark. Highway 12 and War Eagle Road intersection.

Information: (479) 789-5000.

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NAN Profiles on 10/07/2018