Northwest Arkansas Calendar of Events: October 2016


pumpkinOur Family-Friendly Halloween Guide will be posted on the website soon, so be watching for that! It will list all the trick-or-treating/Halloween events in the Northwest Arkansas area!

Chix with Stix

chixNWA Polo Club is partnering with Saving Grace for their first annual “Chix with Stix” event.  It’s on Saturday and/or Sunday, October 1-2 at the Benton County Fair Grounds! Saving Grace will benefit from ticket sales - as well as other proceeds  from this event - which will provide equine-assisted counseling for the girls they serve.  $15 per person, children under 12 are free. Food and drinks will be available for purchase on-site.

Dates: Saturday, October 1st - Qualifying matches (11 AM – 4 PM); Sunday, October 2nd - Finals (11 AM – 4 PM)

Time: See above

Location: Benton County Fairgrounds

More info: Tickets are available for purchase at or at the gate!  Visit the “Chix with Stix” Facebook event page here.

Arkansas Apple Festival

arkansas-apple-festivalThe Arkansas Apple Festival is Sept. 30, Oct. 1 & 2 in Lincoln. The Apple Festival committee and the City of Lincoln have been working hard to bring to our community a great festival this year. We will be having record number of craft and concession vendors. The festival will be selling apples, apple cider, apple butter apple bread, fried pies,beans and corn bread and of course apple dumplings. We will also be handing out free fresh apple slices and cider samples. Hope everyone will come join us for this 41 year old tradition and enjoy the Apple Festival this Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Lincoln.

Date: Sept. 30, Oct. 1-2

Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: Lincoln

More info: Click here


tinkerfestTinkerfest is a one-day festival that celebrates “the creative, curious, and innovative spirit in all of us”. The 2016 event will be at the Scott Family Amazeum from 9 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1st. If you have a membership it’s free, or you can just pay regular admission at the museum. The Amazeum brings together makers, artists, and tinkerers to showcase their work while inviting attendees of all ages to join in the DIY fun.

Tinkerfest brings technology together with craftspeople, educators, families and artists to learn from each other. Whether you are a beginner or an avid tinkerer, Tinkerfest is a great family activity where all can experiment and learn things together.

Date: Oct. 2

Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: Scott Family Amazeum

More info: Click here

AMP Fest

ampfest-dateThe Walmart AMP is presenting this all-new beer, music and tech festival. The inaugural AMP Fest will be on Sunday, Oct. 2, from 2-6 pm and combines the best in live music, craft beer and the next generation of technology. The festival will feature cutting edge games and tech activations, live music on three stages and craft beer from over 20 local, regional and national breweries. Prices range from $40 for general admission and $95 for VIP, which includes a Fayettechill t-shirt, AMP Fest growler, access to VIP lounge and additional perks.

Date: Oct. 2

Time: 2-6 p.m.

Location: Walmart AMP, Rogers

More info: Click here

Hobbs State Park Fall Festival

A host of FREE and fun family-orientated events will take place at Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area Sunday October 2.  CLICK TO SEE FLYER. Activities will take place at Historical Van Winkle Hollow as well as the Park’s visitor center, both located on Hwy 12 east of Rogers. Bring the entire family to learn about how it was done in the past.

Date: Oct. 2

Time: 1-4 p.m.

Location: Hobbs State Park, Rogers

More info: Click here

Miracles and Magic Radiothon.

miracles-and-magic-radiothon-2016From 6am-6pm October 6th and 7th, Magic107.9 and NWA Circle of Friends will be sponsoring their 2nd annual Miracles & Magic Radiothon. The Radiothon will bring awareness and raise money for the new Arkansas Children’s Northwest Hospital being built in Springdale. Please tune into Magic107.9 on both days, encourage your friends to listen and call in to donate. It will be 2 great days of music, inspiring stories of care, love & hope and building miracles for the kids of Northwest Arkansas as we build Care Close to Home. Until no child needs ACH, ACH needs you!

Call in numbers to donate on Oct 6th & 7th:

  • (479) 455-5437 – Local Number
  • (844) 497-5437 – Toll-Free Number

Date: Oct. 6-7

Time: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Location: On air, Magic 107.9

More info: Click here

First Friday Fall Fest

The Bentonville Square is transformed into a Fall Fest blockparty with live music & entertainment, outstanding food options and family friendly activities.


Werthers: Wind Machine to win prizes, photo booth, samples.
Vendor Masters: Bubbles & games
HLARG: Mask Making Craft
Geared Outfitters: Pumpkin Decorating
Caricature Artist
Face Painting
Hormel Chili: Games, Samples

4:30 – 5:15pm | Fetts Folly
5:30 – 6:30pm | The Silvershakers
6:45 – 8pm | 412 West

Date: Oct. 7

Time: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Location: Bentonville Square

More info: Click here

Downtown Springdale Runaround

downtown_runaroundThe first Springdale Downtown Runaround, a 5K/10K race, is coming up on Oct. 8. It’s a family-friendly event that includes a 1-mile fun run. And let’s not forget the after party! After victoriously crossing the finish line, you can expect refreshments, music, raffle prizes, games, inflatables, and more. While running, you’ll get to see best of downtown Springdale — the Razorback Greenway trail, Shiloh Square, local businesses, and The Jones Center.

Date : Saturday, October 8

Time: 8:30 a.m.

Start Times: 1 Mile Family Fun Run- 8:30AM

5K/10K- 9 a.m.

*Strollers and dogs on a leash are also welcome to join.

Location: The Jones Center South Lawn, Springdale

More info: Click here

Homegrown Festival

homegrown-festivalLocated in historic downtown Siloam Springs, the Homegrown Festival (Saturday, October 8, 10am – 5pm) showcases locally handmade goods, curated vintage, food trucks, and live music. Vendors offer an array of original, one-of-a-kind, and limited-run items including illustration, printmaking, music, jewelry and accessories, handmade goods, salvaged and repurposed goods, and hand-picked vintage.

Date: Oct. 8

Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: Siloam Springs

More info: Click here

Beauty and the Farmer’s Market

Royalty will be at the Downtown Rogers Farmer’s Market from 9:30am-1pm offering face painting designs for $3-$5 each. Come visit and choose from several designs.

Date: Oct. 8

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: Downtown Rogers Farmer’s Market

More info: Click here

Pea Ridge Mule Jump

Date: Oct. 8

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: 977 Weston St., Pea Ridge

More info: Click here

University of Arkansas Children’s Choir Pancake Breakfast

Come out and let the talented UACC singers serve you piping hot pancakes. And they’ll sing for tips, too. Bring your family and friends out for a fun morning that supports young local talent. Tickets can be purchased at the door. $5

Date: Saturday, Oct. 8

Time: 8-10 a.m.

Location: Applebee’s, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

Fall Finale — A Free Tuesday Night at Botanical Gardens

bgo_logo_290xJoin us for our annual Fall Finale on Tuesday, October 11th from 5p.m. to 8 p.m. and see our Garden in all its glory for free! Though people typically think of gardens in springtime, autumn is when our Garden is at its peak! Visit with gardeners and volunteers throughout BGO to get all your garden related questions answered. Come ready to learn and participate in short educational demos or talks about gardening. Bring the whole family, we will have children’s activities near the education cottage. Picnics are welcome but leave your furry friends at home please. Or you can just come take a peaceful walk in the cool evening air among the flowers and foliage.

Oct. 11

Time: 5-8 p.m.

Location: Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

Moonlight Movie Night: Back to the Future

Join us for another free movie night in Downtown Springdale! On Friday, Oct. 14, we’ll be showing “Back to the Future” beginning at 8:30 p.m. Grab your blankets, chairs, and snuggle-buddy and plan to come hungry!

Date: Oct. 14

Location: Springdale

More info: Click here

Dog Party Halloween Bash

The Annual Dog Party USA Halloween Costume Party/Customer Appreciation Event will be Saturday, October 29th from 5:30 – 8 pm.  All “parents” and puppies are encouraged to dress up. There will be delicious food, live music, games, prizes, goody bags and of course a costume contest.  It is all free and open to the public. This year’s theme is “Peace, Love and Paws.”

Date: Oct. 29

Time: 5:30-8 p.m.

Location: Dog Party USA

More info: Click here


Dog Party USA event

Ozark Folk Festival

ozark-folk-festival-eureka-springsThe country’s longest continuously running folk festival returns for the 69th annual Original Ozark Folk Festival on October 13 through 15 in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.  It will include the Barefoot Bash, Singer/Songwriter Contest, free music, arts and crafts demonstrations, and this year’s headline show features Irish American folk rock band, The Elders. The festival kicks off with a free performance on Thursday, October 13 at 7 p.m. at The Auditorium located at 36 S. Main St.  Still on the Hill presents their Still a River concert, with story-songs about the people and history of the Buffalo River while it poignantly reminds us of what we cherish about our nation’s first historic national river. Many other activities will be happening over the weekend.

Date: Oct. 13-15

Time: Varies, see link below

Location: Varies, see link below

More info: Click here

Bentonville Art Around Town

The Merchants of Bentonville are proud to bring back a city tradition of hosting pop-up shops of area artists and craftspeople. The Fall 2016 event is being held during the annual Northwest Arkansas Craft Fair Weekend of October 14 and 15. Come shop our local merchants and artisans in the comfort of our restaurants, cafes and businesses.

Date: Oct. 14-15

Time: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Location: Varies

More info: Click here

FPL Literary Festival

True Lit: Fayetteville’s Literary Festival will be held Monday, October 17, through Thursday October 27 this fall. The literary festival in its third year, will offer a variety of events, including author talks, writing workshops, and more. True Lit is sponsored by the Fayetteville Public Library, Fayetteville Public Schools, Fayetteville Education Foundation, Fayetteville Montessori School, and the University of Arkansas Program in Creative Writing and Translation.

Date: Oct. 17-27

Time: Varies

Location: Varies

More info: Click here


maskareadOzark Literacy Council event. There will be a Barbara Broyles Champion for Literacy Award Presentation, Blind Date with a Book, Cork Pull, and Silent Auction featuring OLC Programs and Services + Literacy Related Items. Live Auction of various Little Free Library Kiosks. Dinner, Music, Pop Up Entertainment Events. Masks available for sale at the door. Costumes optional but encouraged.

Date: Oct. 20

Time: 6-9 p.m.

Location: Fayetteville Town Center

More info: Click here


The Jackson L. Graves Foundation has partnered with local chocolatier, Hello Cocoa, to add another terrific event to NWA! We are merging chocolate with an Oktoberfest theme! Sounds amazing, right?! The very first Choctoberfest will be held on Oct 22 from 3pm-8pm at Hello Cocoa’s chocolate factory in Fayetteville! We have some wonderful sponsors on board including Hello Cocoa, Apple Blossom Brewing Company, New Province Brewing Company, Great Ferments, JR’s Kombucha, Ozark Natural Breads, and Ozark Natural Foods (just to name a few local favorites).

Choctoberfest will feature local music, local handcrafted chocolate, local craft brews, local sauerkraut, brats and buns. Can we say local a few more times? It all is to support our local family foundation’s projects to support local families with a baby in the intensive care unit at local hospitals! One large project includes transforming an unused courtyard into a healing garden to be used by families at Willow Creek Women’s Hospital. Currently, the hospital doesn’t have a chapel, family room, or any outdoor amenities.

Tickets may be purchased at! They are $35 in advance and $45 at the door!

Date: Oct. 22

Time: 3-8 p.m.

Location: Hello Cocoa

More info: Click here

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Click here to see a printable list of all the craft fairs coming up in mid-October!

The Northwest Arkansas Calendar of Events is sponsored by The Jones Center for Families in Springdale. There’s ALWAYS something fun happening at The Jones Center, plus they have all kinds of classes for adults and kids — and great birthday party options at the indoor swimming pool, gymnastics or ice skating rink! CLICK HERE to visit the Jones Center website to see more!

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Sponsor Share: You’re invited to a week of events at the Birth Center of NWA!


National Midwifery Week is Oct. 2-8 and the Birth Center of Northwest Arkansas, one of our sponsors here at nwaMotherlode, is celebrating with events for local women and moms. You’re invited!

All the following events are at the Birth Center (at Village on the Creeks in Rogers) and are open to the public:

Monday, October 3rd


BumpFit moms exercise

*1-1:30pm – Prenatal Exercise with Joanna Krause of BumpFit

*2-2:30pm – Postpartum Exercise with Joanna Krause

Tuesday, October 4th

5:30-6:30pm – Birth Center tour to learn about the Birth Center’s prenatal care

Wednesday, October 5th

6-6:30pm – Mindfulness with Jay Amargos of iMindful Studio

Thursday, October 6th

5:30-6:30pm – Birth Center Tour to learn about women’s health care

Friday, October 7th

12:30-1:30pm – Yoga with Allisson Butler-Kublanov of BeeWellYoga

Close-up of a baby boy sleepingFYI, the Birth Center will have a Diaper Drive all week long. You can bring a pack of diapers with you to one of the events, or drop off the diapers, and they’ll be donated to a local NWA women’s shelter.

* Special note about the fitness classes: Anyone who is pregnant and not a BCNWA patient needs a waiver signed by their prenatal provider to attend the BumpFit class. The Postpartum class is for moms at — or more than — 6 weeks postpartum.

You can RSVP for any (and all) of these events on the Birth Center’s Facebook page and be sure to check that page all week for inspiring messages from the center’s midwives, nurses and clients. A sample waiver will be up soon for the fitness classes.

The Birth Center is at 5203 Village Parkway, Suite 3, Rogers, 479.372.4560. Click here to visit their website.

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A birthing room at the Birth Center of NWA

Savvy Banking: How do you calculate your personal net worth?


In this nwaMotherlode segment, Savvy Banking, you’ll find the answers to a variety of pressing money questions submitted by Northwest Arkansas moms. Our sponsor, First National Bank of NWA, always does a great job of finding the best person at the bank to answer these questions.

This month’s question is:

Q: What determines my ‘net worth’?

A: Written by Kyle Kerwin:

“The truth in my verses, versus, your metaphors about what your net worth is” – Jay Z

Yes, a middle-aged boring banker just dropped Jay Z at the beginning of his post.  Well, “I’m just schooling the youth. They can’t lock me down ‘cause my tool is the truth.”  Whaaattt? is about to crazy up in here today!

I can’t help it that I find inspiration about an article on net worth in the rap industry. If there’s a more entertaining area to look, then I challenge you to find it for me. For my money (no pun intended), the lyrical geniuses in the rap industry provide some interesting commentary about personal net worth.

There is some serious braggadocio that goes on, and hilariously many of them are not good at calculating their own net worth. Many of them way overestimate (shocker).  If you get a free moment you can check out this entertaining one and a half minute video produced by Bloomberg News on some of rap’s biggest names and how accurate they are in measuring their own net worth.

Even if you don’t watch the video, it doesn’t take a genius to know that net worth is an easily-inflatable number, because much of it can be related your own estimate of what your assets are worth. What is net worth? Simply put, your personal net worth is your personal assets minus your personal liabilities.

Assets are anything of economic value owned with an expectation that in the future it will provide a potential benefit. Assets can include cash in the bank, real estate owned, stocks, bonds, retirement accounts, autos, recreational vehicles, extensive collections of jewelry, art, etc.  Like I mentioned, assets can be difficult to value, but once you’ve listed your assets and what the values are you add those figures together to get your “total assets.”  The internet is a great tool when you’re trying to estimate values on your assets.

Liabilities are your legal debts or obligations. Liabilities can include loans like home, auto, personal, etc, and credit cards. And let me answer a commonly asked question by the “funny” customers I have – no, your spouse or your children are not liabilities, BUT if you do have student loans then by all means those should be included as well! 

money2If you co-signed for a family member on a loan or with partners (sometimes referred to as contingent liabilities) you need to list that as well. So, if you signed with Uncle Rico on a loan and he bails to Mexico to live life as a nomad wandering the beaches with no intentions of paying back the debt, then I will be calling on you to make good on the remainder of the loan. Once you have listed your creditors and how much you owe each one then you add those figures together to get your “total liabilities.”

Once again, your total assets minus your total liabilities equals your net worth (TA-TL=NW).

It’s advisable to update your personal financial statement at least yearly especially if you have a significant net worth and/or borrow money frequently for investment or business purposes. There are many places online and applications for your phone that implement a net worth tool that can help you figure out yours.  There are .pdf forms that you can fill out in Adobe, or print up and fill out by hand.

Many people will even use basic software like Microsoft Office and type out their personal financial statement. At First National Bank of NWA, we have a standard Personal Financial Statement that we can email or print up for customers and prospects to fill out to figure out net worth.

The personal financial statement is something those of us in the commercial lending department see and review on a daily basis when reviewing loans the bank holds, or when reviewing potential loans the bank is looking to make. If you have questions filling out a personal financial statement form always feel free to ask your banker or someone you trust, but please remember this is a document you should fill out and sign yourself. Also remember if you are married and include assets owned jointly (like a house or a business) then you need to include your spouse on the statement as well along with their signature.

Hopefully this article will help in calculating your personal net worth, but don’t get too caught up in being overly concerned about your net worth or lack thereof, because life is not all about net worth.  Many times, “the more money we come across, the more problems we see.”

kyle-kerwin-savvy-banking-fnbnwaKyle, his wife Rebekah, and their daughter Caroline have called NW Arkansas home since 2001.  He is a front runner so you will find him cheering for the Razorbacks, OU Sooners, and OSU Cowboys at various times throughout the year depending upon who is doing better.  He is an avid sports fan in general and enjoys playing golf, reading, writing and he and his family are active members of Keypoint Church. Kyle claims to like almost everyone at #FNBNWA.

Beauty Buzz: Best lip balms heading into fall

By Andi Douglas, mama of 3 and beauty editor

When the kids head back to school, it is glorious! Freedom, sweet freedom!

For the first few weeks.

Then the after-school activities start to feel impossible and the homework assignments continue piling up — and the morning fights over what to wear because your daughter REFUSES TO WEAR THE CLOTHES YOU BOUGHT HER! Okay, deep breath. I had a point.

As we get back into the swing of things, I’m finding my summer makeup of chapstick, tinted moisturizer and mascara is not enough for all of the meet-the-teachers and PTA meetings. I look less “I’ve been hanging at the pool all day” and more “I just rolled out of bed and may have forgotten my bra”.

Yikes, not the look I’m going for. But it is still way too hot for full makeup that is probably going to melt off sitting at soccer practice anyway. Luckily, there is a magical product that lights your whole face up, adds color and makes it looks like you care (even if you kind of don’t) and that is lipstick. As Elizabeth Taylor said, “Put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together.”

When you are still in the in-between stages of summer and winter makeup, the perfect solution is tinted lip balms. They add color while still hydrating when you are sweltering in the sun and will prep your lips nicely for the drying, winter months ahead.

baby lipsMaybelline Babylips lip balm is my personal favorite because of it’s super moisturizing properties as well as it’s lack of a distinct flavor or smell (as a compulsive lip-licker, flavored anything is a major no-no). The Grapevine shade pairs well with my normal lip stick choices for when I want more color but still need the moisture, but I am dying to try Berry Bomb, that boasts a sweet berry tinge.

If you know you are going to be stuck in the sun with no shade (I’m looking at you, soccer fields) don’t forget to protect the delicate skin of your lips. Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm with SPF 20 in Soft Caramel provides protection and leaves you with a beautiful cappuccino hue.

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I went out to dinner this weekend with some family and three of the women pulled out Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm after dinner, all in different shades. Traditional Burt’s has been at the top of every chapstick list I’ve ever read but I didn’t realize how large of a selection they had now. With Shea butter and plant oils combined with the famous bees wax, you can’t go wrong.

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If you have the self control to not lick your lips and you always steal the Bonne Bell chapstick out of your daughter’s Easter basket, then try NYC Applelicious Glossy Balm. The sweet smelling gloss leaves a pinkish-red sheen.

colorburst croppedIf you’re looking for more color saturation but still want the benefits of a balm, try Revlon Colorburst Matte Lip Balm in Sultry. Revlon combined a long lasting lipstick with a trio of moisturizing butters to achieve hydrating color that lasts all day. This is going on my shopping list right now.

One of the other benefits to tinted lip balms is the ability to add multiple layers for more color or one light layer for just a touch of blush.

That makes them a perfect starter for tweens who are suddenly wanting to wear makeup to school or for special occasions. As our junior high yearbooks can attest, it is so easy to go so wrong in the early stages of make up wearing.

Two words: mood lipstick.

Happy fall!

Andi, 150Andi Douglas is a mama of three and loves to play with makeup and other beauty supplies. She likes to try new products and services in the name of beauty editor here at nwaMotherlode.

Giveaway: Farmland Adventures Family Fun Pack!


Now that it’s officially fall, it’s officially time to get to the PUMPKIN PATCH, mamas!

And we’re proud that one of the best pumpkin patches/corn mazes in Northwest Arkansas is a sponsor here at nwaMotherlode. Farmland Adventures allows families the opportunity to experience a real farm and to enjoy LOTS of great family-friendly activities for one admission price.

Admission covers all of Farmland’s attractions, including the giant corn maze, mini maze, pumpkin patch, pedal karts, play areas, wagon ride, pony rides, petting farmhuman foosball and more. And today we’re giving away a Family 4-Pack to visit Farmland Adventures and enjoy all of these activities!

farmland adventures 2016HOW TO ENTER: If you’d love to win this Family 4-Pack to Farmland Adventures, click on the word “comments” (right under the headline of this post) and scroll down to the bottom of the comments posted by other moms. Then write a quick comment telling us what your kids love most about Farmland Adventures — or what they look forward to doing when you visit!

Click here to see all the activities offered at Farmland.

You can also email your answer to us at

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Our newsletter subscribers get access to the good stuff, including exclusive giveaways (like this one), information about local events, local mom interviews, recipes and more.

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CLICK HERE to visit the Farmland Adventures Facebook page so you can be the first to know about any special hours, special admission prices or fun tidbits about life on the farm! Here’s their latest coupon, which you can use this coming weekend: