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Organization offers 'Hope,' help, support for cancer survivors

Subscriber onlyWhen you walk into the Hope Cancer Resources office on Sunset Avenue in Springdale, it is instantly warm and inviting. It's undergoing a bit of remodeling -- the former lobby is being transitioned into a fitness room -- but some slight construction debris here and there does nothing to hamper the friendly atmosphere created by the staff, starting with the receptionist who welcomes you with a wide smile into the office. Continue reading...

'Pinocchio' A Moving Story At Arts Live

Subscriber onlyArts Live executive director Mark Landon Smith says the theater group's upcoming production of Disney's "My Son Pinocchio Jr." gives audience members a different look at the classic children's story. Continue reading...

Ronald McDonald House offers families home away from home

Subscriber onlyWhen Mollie Yates was born on June 18, 2016, parents Amanda and Rob anticipated spending no more than a few days at Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas in Rogers. Instead, baby Mollie was diagnosed with Down syndrome and spent 23 days in the neonatal intensive care unit. Thanks to the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Mercy Hospital, Amanda was able to stay near Mollie and accommodate her every-three-hours feeding schedule. Continue reading...

The Fast And The Furious

Shakespeare fun for everyone in ‘Abridged’ version

Subscriber onlyActor Brandon Bolin says he was drawn to directing because he thought he needed a different perspective on theater. "I wanted the experience of being on the other side of the stage, and having to work not just with other actors, but with backstage people, designers, producers -- as an actor, I think it's so easy to get locked into what you're doing and lose focus in what's going on around you." Continue reading...

Two Worlds, One Voice

Latin/x Theatre Project anchors culture in community

Subscriber onlyWhen Marsha Jones, former Springdale Public Schools administrator, suggested to David Jolliffe that he brainstorm with Arts Center of the Ozarks' interim Executive Director Jenni Swain about possible theater opportunities for the youth of Springdale, he already had a kernel of an idea about what might be possible. Continue reading...

Right Place, Right Time

‘Assassins’ a different play in today’s climate

Subscriber only"Everybody's got the right to their dreams," sing eight presidential assassins -- or would-be assassins, as the case may be -- in the opening number of the University of Arkansas' production of Stephen Sondheim's "Assassins." Lined up on the apron of the stage, feverish eyes glinting, they caress their guns and, then, slowly, raise them as though to shoot. Continue reading...

Tiny Tot Adventures

Littlest fans help Grug find his rainbow

Subscriber onlyAustralia's Windmill Theatre Company will return to the Walton Arts Center this weekend to perform a new children's show, "Grug and the Rainbow," an interactive, whimsical mix of puppetry and storytelling based on one of Australia's most popular children's book series by Ted Prior. Continue reading...

Rock Your Weekend

All ages dig gem and mineral showcase

Subscriber onlyDeLane Cox, publicity chairwoman for the Northwest Arkansas Gem and Mineral Society, distinctly remembers the first time she went rock hunting with her husband. Continue reading...

John Tabb DuVal

Words count, family matters

Subscriber onlyJohn Tabb DuVal, says his Wikipedia entry, "is an award-winning translator of Old French, Modern French and Italian and has been a professor of English and creative writing and translation at the University of Arkansas since 1982." His accomplishments in his field are quite impressive, says his wife, retired University of Arkansas English professor Kay DuVal. "His 'Song of Roland' was a finalist for the PEN/USA Award in Translation," she says. "Other biggies are the Harold Morton Landon Award in Translation and the Raiziss/de Palchi Translation Award, both awarded by the Academy of American Poets. He also was granted a National Endowment Award for one Old French play translation." Continue reading...

Sheep Dog Impact Assistance aids those that watch the flock

Subscriber onlyIn 2003, Scott West was serving in the Army in Balad, Iraq -- about 12 miles north of Baghdad -- when his vehicle hit an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in the same location where a close friend was killed just the day before. Continue reading...

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