If you stroll through Burns Hall on the Northwest Arkansas Community College campus on any given weekday, you'll see a microcosm of the community: A mosaic of ages, nationalities, ethnicities. Lively conversations and laughter. Students exchanging books and notes with each other.
When you walk into the cozy space that is Rockin' Baker, located in Fayetteville just south of the Northwest Arkansas Mall at 3761 N. Mall Ave., it's the heavenly aroma that hits you first. Owner and operator Daymara Baker and her crew bake fresh loaves of cleverly named breads ("The Grateful Dead" and "Butterfield Trail Mix" sourdough) starting at the crack of dawn each morning. Look around, and you'll see beautiful cafe tables handmade by Baker's husband out of aged cherry from his native Mountainburg. Original art hangs on the wall -- a still life (featuring a beautiful loaf of bread, of course) created by Baker and a series of paintings by a local artist, which are also for sale. Delicious looking bread, salads, sandwiches and cookies fill the glass cases.
The Fayetteville Public Library, in collaboration with AETN, will offer a free sneak peak screening of Ken Burns' new documentary, "The Vietnam War," at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Today is National Grandparents Day. Molly Arnold and her family will face the day with quiet reflection and sadness: Arnold's grandfather, Frank Broyles, passed away on Aug. 14 of this year and her grandmother, Barbara, died in 2004.
One world, all people
Keith Vire, chief executive officer of the Arkansas Support Network, says he's had the same question posed to him throughout his entire career: "What family member inspired you to dedicate your life to working with and for people with developmental disabilities?"
Authors share secrets with FPL fans
The Fayetteville Public Library will be featuring presentations from two authors this week. Local author Velda Brotherton will be the featured speaker at the Second Sunday Local Author Series at 2 p.m on Sunday and 2017 Independent Publisher Program Gold Medal for Contemporary Fiction author Romalyn Tilghman will be speaking at 6 p.m. on Thursday.
‘Uncle Pirate’ proves education is a treasure
The Young Actors Guild of Fort Smith presents the musical "Uncle Pirate" today through Sunday at the King Opera House in Van Buren. The whimsical musical tells the tale of Wilson, who is struggling to survive the fourth grade -- until he finds out that his uncle is a real, live pirate. Who better to help a young boy navigate the rough waters of elementary school?
Eureka Springs hits perfect note for jazz
The Eureka Springs Jazz Festival was designed to shine a light on both national and local jazz musicians as well as the town of Eureka Springs itself, says H.A. "Andy" Green, Eureka Springs City Advertising and Promotions Committee event coordinator.
Modest hero feeds hungry
Ken Patterson sits behind his desk in a modest office in a well-loved, well-worn building on South Locust Street, just off the downtown Fayetteville square. The building, once a church, is now home to Feed Communities, a nonprofit with a mission to help eradicate food insecurity and increase healthy food access in Northwest Arkansas. Patterson has served as the executive director since 2015.
Susan G. Komen Ozark, the local affiliate of the national Susan G. Komen organization, has been going strong for nearly 20 years, says Executive Director Lauren Marquette.