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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 two-day supply of type O positive, O negative and A positive blood. Since it takes around 200 donations per day to meet area needs, type O positive and A positive donors are urged to help by donating.

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

Gentry: 4:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 17, Church of God in Christ Mennonite, 10770 N. Bloomfield Road

Rogers: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 18, Cooper Communities Inc., 903 N. 47th St.

Fayetteville: 3-6 p.m. Sept. 19, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 2901 E. Zion Road

Harrison: Noon-6 p.m. Sept. 20, North Arkansas Regional Medical Center, 620 N. Main St.

Berryville: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 21, Mercy Hospital Berryville, 214 Carter St.

Green Forest: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 21, Green Forest High School, 800 Phillips Ave.

Information: (800) 280-5337 or

Red Cross needs blood

The American Red Cross urges people of all races and ethnicities to give blood to help ensure a diverse blood supply for patients in need.

The vast majority of blood types fall into one of the major ABO groups. However, some blood types are unique to certain racial and ethnic groups, so a diverse blood supply is important to meeting the medical needs of an increasingly diverse patient population.

Those who come to donate blood or platelets through Sept. 30 will receive a coupon via email for a free haircut at participating Sport Clips locations.

Upcoming donation opportunities include:

Rogers: Noon-6 p.m. Sept. 25, Elmwood Middle School, S. 13th St.

Siloam Springs: 2-6 p.m. Sept. 27, Walmart, 2901 U.S. Highway 412 E.

Bentonville: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 28 and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 29, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1101 McCollum Road

Information: or (800) 733-2767.

Gergerich to speak

Rose Gergerich, professor emeritus at the University of Arkansas, will discuss the social impact of plant disease and its effect on human history. This free and informative program will be at 2 p.m. Sept. 16 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 or

Memory screenings

Woodland Research Northwest will conduct free monthly memory screenings at two senior living communities. Beginning Sept. 18 and every third Tuesday of the month, the screenings will be held at Village on the Park in Bentonville, 3800 S.W. Mount Carmel Drive. On Sept. 25 and every fourth Tuesday, the screenings will be held at Village on the Park in Rogers, 2200 W. Laurel Ave.

In both locations, screenings will be held between 10 a.m. and noon. No appointment is necessary. These free screenings, conducted by staff and doctors of Woodland Research Northwest, require approximately 30 minutes to complete, and participants will receive a copy of their results to share with their doctors. If results suggest further testing is necessary, their doctor may refer them to a specialist.

Information: (479) 236-8926.

UAFS holds expo

The University of Arkansas at Fort Smith will hold its annual Majors Expo from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 20 in the Reynolds Room of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center, offering students an opportunity to choose from the university's more than 60 baccalaureate degree offerings.

The event, which is being held for the eighth time this fall, serves as a "one-stop shop" for students with undeclared majors to find the field of study that is right for them, according to Julie Mosley, director of advisement.

Mosley added that she expects more than 400 UAFS students to attend this year and also several hundred more from area high schools.

Information: (479) 788-7404 or

Hobbs hosts

sunset cruise

Take a lake cruise with a spouse or friend on the last Friday of fall on Beaver Lake guided by a park interpreter. Stops will be made at Ventris Trails End Resort for dinner, including dessert. After the entertainment, get back on board the boat to catch a sunset and look forward to the colors and fragrances of fall.

The cruise will leave Rocky Branch Marina Sept. 21 promptly at 4 p.m. with dinner at 5 p.m. The cruise with dinner is approximately three hours long. The cost for the cruise is $40 per person plus tax. Registration and prepayment is required.

Information: (479) 789-5000.

Trail run and walk

Lap the Lake for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, a trail run and walk, will be held at Lake Atalanta in Rogers at 6 p.m. Sept. 21. The event will raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, a nonprofit health agency that is the largest funder of life-saving blood cancer research around the world. Organizers hope to raise public awareness of the LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

Rogers Friends of LLS, a local group of volunteers who have lost friends and family members to blood cancers, are sponsoring this event. Onsite registration for the event will begin at 5 p.m. at Clark Pavilion at Lake Atalanta Park. The run and walk will begin at the pavilion at 6 p.m. Smithfield Foods, Nathan's Hot Dogs, Good Humor, Nabisco and other donors will provide hot dogs and snacks following the trail run and walk. Bluegrass Café will provide entertainment.

The event will end with a ceremonial fire on Lake Atalanta around 8 p.m. Floating lanterns will be released on the lake at that time in memory of loved ones who lost their lives to blood cancers, and in honor of survivors.

Parking for the event is available at Rogers' First Methodist Church at 307 W. Elm St. A shuttle will run continuously from the church from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., and following the lantern event on the lake.

Information: (479) 381-6613 or email

Senior health program

The Senior Health Clinic at Washington Regional will present a Yourhealth Matters presentation titled Use It or Lose It: How to Maintain Function as We Age. This free program will be from noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Pat Walker Center for Seniors, 12 E. Appleby Road in Fayetteville. It will offer tips on maintaining memory. Presenters will be Ashley Striegler and Amanda Hedrick.

Information: (479) 463-4444.

Hispanic Heritage

Festival set

The sixth annual Northwest Arkansas Hispanic Heritage Festival will be held on Sept. 23 at the Fayetteville Square. National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated each year from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 across the country. Participants are encouraged to review the sponsorships and get in on the festivities -- admission to the festival is free of charge to the community, and everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend and enjoy all the fun and excitement. All attendees get to enjoy cultural booths, arts, health fair, games, kids area, food, parade, music, dance and much more. The 2017 Festival had over 11,000 attendees.

The festival will also feature a soccer tournament Friday through Sunday. There will be a parade of nations around the Fayetteville Square at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 23 hosted by the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce. Everyone is welcome.

Information: (479) 521-1710, (479) 387-1837, or email

VHSO hosts

town hall

The Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks will hold a public town hall meeting at 8 a.m. Sept. 24 in the auditorium of building 3 of the VHSO, 1100 N. College Ave. in Fayetteville, to provide an update on the pathology reviews that have been ongoing.

The town hall is being held with the goal of ensuring veterans, their families and beneficiaries are provided with the most current information; and to have their concerns addressed by senior VHSO officials.

Information: (479) 444-4087.

Cline offers

quilt seminar

Quilter Kelly Cline of Lawrence, Kan., will teach a workshop Sept. 26 on quilting a vintage project on a domestic machine. Cline will also present a trunk show of her quilts at the 6:30 p.m. Sept. 27 meeting at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 2898 S. 48th St. in Springdale.


WAC holds


Walton Arts Center is hosting auditions for the children's cast in Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet's production of The Nutcracker from 1 to 6 p.m. Sept. 30 in Starr Theater.

Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet is casting for the roles of party girls and party boys, Mounties, mice, angels, polar bears and reindeer. To audition, children must meet the following requirements: be between the ages of 7 and 15 years old (as of Nov. 23); be between 3 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 3 inches; must wear dance attire for audition, which includes any solid color bodysuit, tights, ballet slippers, hair in a neat bun and no jewelry for girls, and white shirt or bodysuit, black shorts or tights, ballet slippers and neat hair for boys.

Children must be present when handing in the audition registration to verify height requirements, and a current photograph will be required to register for the audition. Head shots or school photos are acceptable.

Audition schedule is as follows: 1 to 2:15 p.m., registration for all auditioning students in Starr Theater; 2:30 to 3:45 p.m., audition class for children 7 to 8 years old; and 4 to 5:45 p.m., audition class for children 9 years old and older.

Performances of Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet's The Nutcracker are 7 p.m. Nov. 23, 2 and 7 p.m. Nov. 24 and 2 p.m. Nov. 25 in Walton Arts Center's Baum Walker Hall. Tickets range from $19 to $52 plus applicable fees and can be purchased in person at the Walton Arts Center Box Office

Information: (479) 443-5600 or



Community Creative Center is looking for artists who create handmade items for the 2018 Holiday Gift Market which will take place from Nov. 23 to Dec. 16 in Walton Arts Center's McBride Studio. Gifts ranging from ceramics, jewelry, cards/paper, woodwork, glass, fiber, paintings, homemade goods and functional works are perfect items. CCC will handle all transactions with artists retaining 60 percent of their sales.

Applications are available online through Sept. 30.



tests set

There will be a free screening and education workshop for men ages 45 to 75 from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 2 at Highlands Oncology Group, 808 S. 52nd St. in Rogers. Learn about the benefits and risks of a prostate cancer screening and decide if screening is right for you. Screening is a PSA blood test and physical exam of the prostate. The physical exam is optional.

Information: (479) 544-0581 or email

Rogers to

hold reunion

The annual fall reunion of former students, teachers and administrators of the old Rogers Public High School in the 500 block of West Walnut Street in Rogers will be from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 6 in the old Kirksey Gym, which is now Tillery Elementary gym.

Former students are requested to contribute $3 to cover the cost of the custodian who sets up and cleans the gym for the reunion. Kirksey Gym is behind the Rogers School District Administration Building on West Walnut Street in Rogers.

Information : 479-936-9852.

Art event


Forecast Public Art invites artists who are current residents of Northwest Arkansas and are interested in making public art to a free, two-day workshop Oct. 20 and 21 at Art Center of the Ozarks, 214 S. Main St. in Springdale.

"Making it Public" is open to artists of all disciplines (screen printing, sculpture, community engagement, painting and more). Participants will gain the skills necessary to produce meaningful public art, as well as knowledge about the nuts and bolts of public art and placemaking.

Interested artists must submit an application by 5 p.m. Sept. 24 to be considered for the workshop. Applicants must commit to attending both days, be new to public art and a current resident of Northwest Arkansas.


P.E.O offers


The third annual butter braid pastry sales are available now. Proceeds of the sale will make a difference in women's lives through Philanthropic Educational Organization's philanthropic projects that provide higher education assistance. The fruit or cream cheese-filled pastry loaves serve 10, are delivered frozen, thaw overnight and bake in 20 minutes. Sales extend through mid-October and arrive the first week of November.

Information: (805) 844-8437 or email

NAN Profiles on 09/16/2018

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