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story.lead_photo.caption Courtesy Photo Paul Haas will conduct the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas for the Fireworks Spectacular: An American Salute July 4 at the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion in Rogers. The celebration will start with balloon artists, face painters, airbrush portrait artists, superhero pictures, lawn games and a S'mores Station from 5 to 8 p.m. in the parking lot across from the AMP. AMP gates open at 6 p.m., and the performance will start at 7:30. Fireworks, sponsored by the city of Rogers, will end the show. Tickets range from $3 to $35 at (479) 443-5600 or by visiting


to be topic

Medicare has many confusing choices, so Mercy Fort Smith is offering help to navigate the process. Medicare: Getting Started is a free educational seminar at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. June 25 at Immaculate Conception Church's Parish Center, 22 N. 13th St. in Fort Smith.

The seminars are for those soon to become eligible for Medicare. Sessions will include information on parts A, B and D (prescription coverage) and will cover the differences between Part C (Medicare Advantage) and Medicare supplement insurance plans.

Information: (479) 314-4734 or


in July

The Razorback Foundation has announced a Christmas in July online pop-up store to launch July 1.

Custom items, including Razorback-themed ornaments, will be available for a limited time to purchase from July 1-31.

A portion of the proceeds from the Christmas in July store go to the Razorback Foundation's annual fund to support more than 465 Razorback student athletes and 19 Razorback sports programs.

Fans can shop the Christmas in July online store at

Information: (479) 443-9000 or email

Blood center

seeks donors

Community Blood Center of the Ozarks reports less than a three day supply of all negative blood types. Donors are strongly urged to give.

Donors who participate in the summer mobile blood drives this summer will receive a green "Adventure" T-shirt, a colorful reminder of the summer season and the gift of blood.

Upcoming blood drives include:

•Harrison: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. June 26, Hillcrest Home, 1111 Maplewood Road

•Siloam Springs: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 28, Cobb-Vantress Inc., 305 E. Main St.

Information: (800) 280-5337.

UAFS to cohost

solar course

The University of Arkansas at Fort Smith is continuing its dedication to conservation and sustainability through the support of solar energy initiatives and the UAFS Conservation & Sustainability House.

Through a partnership with Van Buren-based Energy Efficient Design & Development, two summer programs will be offered dedicated to informing the public about solar energy and training prospective installers.

UAFS and EEDD will present a five-day course July 8-12 at the EEDD headquarters in Van Buren, with field trips to the UAFS campus designed to provide instruction on both the technical working aspects of solar energy as well as the safe and efficient installation of solar energy collection systems. Upon passing the written and task portions of the certification course, participants will receive a renewable four-year Photovoltaic Installer -- Level 1 license.

Photovoltaic system design and development and basic electrical concepts, as well as proper protocol for conducting site surveys, paperwork, installation, testing and maintenance.

Retired UAFS Instructor John Martini, who was instrumental in the design and construction of the Conservation & Sustainability House and now works with the UAFS Center for Business & Professional Development, will conduct the course. Martini is a certified instructor with the Electronic Technicians Association.

Information: (479) 926-7462 or

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