August 2016: Northwest Arkansas Calendar of Events

Calendar, August

First Thursday Fayetteville

FirstThursday_LimeOn the first Thursday of each month from April to October, First Thursday Fayetteville transforms the city’s historic Downtown Square in to a vibrant arts district, featuring the work of more than 40 visual artists, live music, street performers, food and drink, and children’s activities. First Thursday Fayetteville is a monthly event held on the Downtown Fayetteville Square, celebrating original works of art. On the first Thursday of each month, an outdoor art walk, live music, and a local craft beer garden take over the Square, while participating galleries and art-related venues offer free access to visual and performing art starting at 6:30 p.m. Starting in May, the Kids Stage act will be from 6 pm – 6:45 pm.

It’s a safe, family-friendly, community event for people of all ages, free to the public, and a lot of fun. First Thursday feels like a giant gallery opening, with all the energy and excitement of a street festival.

Date: Aug. 4

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Location: Fayetteville Square

More info: Click here

gulley park concert series 2016Gulley Park Summer Concert Series

Last concert of the season! Effron White from 7-9 p.m. Free event. Bring your blankets, picnics and drinks.

Date: Aug. 4

Time: 7-9 p.m.

Location: Gulley Park, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

First Friday Bentonville

On the First Friday of every month, Bentonville Square is transformed into a themed community block party with live music, outstanding food and family friendly activities. Thousands of members come out to celebrate the community. The theme for this First Friday is back to school.

Date: Aug. 5

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

Location: Downtown Bentonville

More info: Click here

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Dog Day of Summer at the Siloam Springs Farmer’s Market

The annual Dog Day of Summer event at the Farmers Market will have: Special Dog-Themed Vendors All Day; 9:30am – Dog Walk; 10am – FREE Contests:

  • Cutest Dog
  • Cutest Puppy
  • Dog/Owner Look Alike
  • Best Costume
  • No registration required – contests are FREE! Farmers Market Vendors will be the judges.

10:30am – Live Music from Sam Thompson

Date: Aug. 6

Time: See above

Location: Downtown Siloam Springs

More info: Click here

Tontitown Grape Festival

FREE parking, FREE admission, FREE entertainment, armband SPECIALS each night, & much more.

grape festival 2016FREE NIGHTLY ENTERTAINMENT schedule:
Tues 8/9 – 7pm: Backroad Anthem, 9pm: Clayton Anderson
Wed 8/10 – 7pm: Eye for a LiE, 9pm: Maren Morris
Thurs 8/11 – 7pm: Kelly Road Band, 9pm: Shenandoah
Fri 8/12 – 7pm: J.R. & The All Stars, 9:30pm: J.R. Moore
Sat 8/13 – 6pm: Kyla Horton Stephens, 7pm: Kevin Upshaw & One Night Stand, 9pm: John Berry

Date: Aug. 9-13

Time: Varies

Location: Tontitown

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Summer Concert Series, BGO

Gates open at 5 and the Garden is free to enter! Bring a picnic and a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy some mid-week entertainment. Featuring The Silvershakers.

Date: Aug. 16

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

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Eureka Springs Bluegrass Festival

Date: Aug. 18-20

Time: Varies

Location: Eureka Springs

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Secchi Day on Beaver Lake

secchi dayThe public is invited to attend the 11th annual Secchi Day on Beaver Lake from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016, at Prairie Creek on Beaver Lake, five miles east of Rogers, Arkansas, on Hwy. 12. The Science Education Festival includes activities for all ages, with a mobile aquarium, on shore scavenger hunt with prizes, free lunch and ice cream, kayak test rides, microscope activities, a photo contest and more. This event is free. Email The event is named for the Secchi Disk, a black and white device lowered into the water to measure clarity.

Date: Aug. 20

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

Location: Prairie Creek on Beaver Lake

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Buckin’ in the Ozarks PBR

Date: Aug. 20

Time: 8 p.m.

Location: Parsons Stadium, Springdale

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’80s Night at the Rink

This special 1980′s-themed ice skating session sounds awesome. Dress up in your favorite neon, windbreakers, or poofy hair to introduce your children to what life was like in the 80′s. This is a free ice skating event for member only and their families. Become a member or renew your membership online here or by calling 479-756-8090.

Date: Aug. 21

Time: 5-7 p.m.

Location: The Jones Center, Springdale

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Frisco Festival

frisco festival 2016Live music on Friday night and Saturday from 3pm until 11pm. Musicians include: Got It Covered, CalleSoul Salsa, Voxana, The Show and Tellers and Crescent City Combo. Expanded kid zone includes magicians, street performers and games. There will be Southern BMX Stunt Show performing on Saturday, dancing, food and craft vendors and a BBQ contest and chicken cook-off. There are still more surprises planned so stay tuned.

Date: Aug. 26-27

Time: Varies

Location: Downtown Rogers

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Model Railroad Show

Enjoy a model train display in the Annex of the Rogers Historical Museum on the Saturday of Frisco Festival.

Date: Aug. 27

Time: See link below for more info

Location: Rogers Historical Museum

More info: Click here

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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The Friday 5: Fun things to do this weekend in Northwest Arkansas

Friday 5zootopia1. Zootopia movie at the Jones Center, Friday night. {Free} Part of our Jones Center Movie Night series, we’re hosting a FREE showing of your kids’ favorite recent movie: Zootopia, in our auditorium. Bring your family, grab a seat, and enjoy the movie. #JCmovienight #TheJonesCenter

The event is 6:30-8 p.m.

Click here for more info on the Movie Night at the Jones Center!

2. Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr, Friday night and Saturday, Arend Arts Center. {Tickets required} This is a Trike Theatre production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.

Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories, Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR. is an enchanting look at the sacrifices we all make for love and acceptance. In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean. But first she’ll have to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she’s the girl whose enchanting voice he’s been seeking.

Performances:  July 29 at 7pm, July 30 at 2pm

Click here for ticket info!

3. Mary Poppins, Arkansas Public Theatre. {Tickets required} One of the most popular Disney movies of all time is capturing hearts in a whole new way: as a practically perfect musical! Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins delighted Broadway audiences for over 2,500 performances and received nominations for nine Olivier and seven Tony Awards, including “Best Musical.”  Full of the songs you love from the movie, Mary Poppins is an enchanting mixture of irresistible story and unforgettable songs.

Performances will be: July 29-31, August 4-7 and 11-14, 2016

Click here for ticket info at Arkansas Public Theatre Tickets!

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4. Fayetteville Public Library 100-Year Birthday Party & Summer Reading Club Finale. {Free} Saturday, July 30, 10:30am to 12:30pm at the Children’s Library.

At 10:30am, Juggling Jeff will “Ignite and Engage with Laughter and Respect.”

Jeff Koziatek is a nationally recognized and award winning producer and performer. He studied acting in New York City with Gene Frankel and Steve Eastin in Los Angeles.  Not only has Jeff received awards for his performing talents, he has also been recognized as a writer and producer of both theatre and film.  In addition to entertaining, Jeff has managed a booking agency, full service event management company, worked in a photography studio and served as casting assistant on numerous commercials, films, several early music videos for St. Louis rap artist Nelly as well several television projects.

At 11:30am, celebrate FPL at 100 with NWA’s “Best Party Band” Ultra Suede. Ultra Suede has provided high-energy, interactive, dance party entertainment to a 4 state area since 1994 and has been voted “Best Party Band” in NW Arkansas for five consecutive years, earning them Hall of Fame status.

Click here for more info about the bday party!

5. Fayetteville Farmer’s Market Salsa Festival, Saturday. {Free} The Farmer’s Market will host its Salsa Festival, which includes a salsa competition, hot pepper jelly contest,  tomato tasting, music and more family activities.

The event will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Click here for more info!

On Your Mind: A mom’s mid-life crisis?

on your mindNOTE: The question below reached us through our “online hotline” button which lets anyone send a question to a local counselor at Ozark Guidance — in a completely anonymous way. The email comes in with no email address and no identifying information. We set it up this way so women would feel free to write about anything on their mind.

I’ve always heard jokes about people having a mid-life crisis. Now I’m wondering if I’m having one. I turned 41 a few months ago and I keep feeling periods of overwhelming dissatisfaction and sometimes sadness. I’m married with kids and there’s nothing in particular that’s going wrong, but I keep feeling like the best woman2 200parts of my life are already behind me. Then I feel guilty for thinking this way because I know other people have “real problems.” Is a mid-life crisis a real thing? Is this what I’m having? What can I do to get over it?

Thank you for submitting your situation. I think your question has the potential to interest many readers because most people reaching your age may feel this way at times. Thoughts and feelings can range anywhere along the continuum from pride and satisfaction to resentment and despair.

So, in short, yes, a mid-life crisis is an actual phenomenon that your letter appears to be describing as happening to you — at least in part. So how does a person “…get over it?” Realizing that every person is a unique individual, not knowing a great deal that is specific about you, and that there is no perfect answer that would satisfy every reader, I’ll offer these brief tips:

1)      Truly appreciate what you have.

2)      Be more in the present moment and practice acceptance.

3)      Think about living a value-driven life.

Let’s look at truly appreciating what you have. Ever hear of unfavorable comparisons? For example, one unfavorable comparison could be the 41 year old you comparing yourself (presumably physically) to the 26-ish year old you (or whatever age you feel was near your peak physical abilities). Another could be comparing your assets to “the Jones’” next door and the everlasting attempts to keep up. It sounds like you could benefit from a greater sense of inner contentment. While many would like to think about how things were or the various decisions they’ve made and come away with a smile, many come away with feelings similar to yours. This can occur when we think of lost opportunities or comparing where we are with others who appear to be more successful. It’s more beneficial to think about and appreciate those things that we have versus longing for things we think we want. This aspect of living ties in with another aspect called acceptance.

Be more in the present moment and practice acceptance. Being “mindful” refers to having complete awareness of the present moment while remaining non-judgmental — to fully experience what is happening around and to you by accepting your experience versus trying to manipulate things to give yourself a feeling that agrees with how you think the experience should feel.

For example, in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, developed by Steven C. Hayes, PhD., he uses a metaphor (one of many) about a person (let’s name her Tina) inviting her entire family over to her place for a party. I will paraphrase here in the spirit of brevity, but all of Tina’s family shows up for the party, except Aunt Ida, who arrives later. Aunt Ida is known to complain about most everything, provides everyone with insults, and thanks no one for anything.

Tina’s choice, as she watches Aunt Ida’s car pull up to her place, is to allow her Aunt to come in or try to keep her out. Remember, Tina invited her entire family! She can block her Aunt from entering, but that would keep Tina at the door, not enjoying her party, and disrupt the party goers who are wondering what Tina’s doing at the front door. Tina’s night would appear to be ruined. So, Tina can attempt to keep Aunt Ida out OR she can accept the fact that Aunt Ida has arrived, welcome her, show her to food and drink, and then go and enjoy the party as planned. Accepting Aunt Ida’s arrival allows Tina the freedom to do what’s important to her and what she wanted to do in the first place — spend time with the family. This brings me to the final tip — living a valued-woman flower200driven life.

Living a value-driven life means engaging in those things that you value, those things that are important to you. For example, if being close to family is something you value, then keeping in touch frequently, visiting frequently, and sharing your experiences and feelings with your family members is meaningful to you. If you follow through with these actions, this part of your life would presumably be fulfilled. Conversely, if being close to family is something you value, and you are not able to see them often or at all, not able to share meaningful time with them, you will probably not be satisfied with this aspect of your living. Value-driven living is not obtaining a goal; it is a way of living.

In sum, by truly appreciating all you have, being in the present moment and accepting your experience, and living a value-driven life, you have the opportunity to live a more fulfilling and happy life. However, if your thoughts and feelings continue to develop into feelings of overwhelming dissatisfaction, sadness, and guilt, please consider seeking out a mental health professional (MHP) in your community. It was my pleasure to respond to your concern.

Therapists at Ozark Guidance would be happy to answer your questions and read what’s on your mind. Click the butterfly icon below to fill out an anonymous submission form with your question or concern. The form contains NO identifying information and is designed to give local women an online place to share concerns with a person qualified to offer feedback.

Disclaimer: This RESPONSE does not provide medical advice It is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on nwaMotherlode or Ozark Guidance websites.

Savvy Banking: Traditional savings account or money market?


In this nwaMotherlode segment, Savvy Banking, you’ll find the answers to a variety of pressing money questions submitted by Northwest Arkansas moms.

This month’s question, answered by David Cherry, is:

Q: What is your recommendation on how much someone should have in savings? Is it better to save in a traditional savings account OR money-market account? What are the pros & cons?

These are some good questions, so let’s start with the first one. A good general rule is to keep at least three month’s worth of living expenses saved up. Of course, if you don’t have a savings account yet you have to start somewhere.

The first goal then would be to build up $1,000 to put in savings for an emergency fund. You could do this by selling items around the house, pulling what you can from checking, and cutting back on non-essential spending like eating out or shopping for a while.

This $1,000 will be your first line of defense in the case of an emergency, like a car repair or a trip to the doctor. It can be frustrating to have to spend this hard-saved money, but it’s better than having to put it on a credit card that will eventually end up costing you more in the long run.

A traditional savings account is the best place for this money because money market accounts generally have a higher minimum balance requirement of say $1,000 and if you fall below the minimum you will have a monthly fee.

Savings account rates aren’t high right now, averaging about .05% APY, but this is a safe investment vehicle that will only drop in value if you pull the money out. You can also tap into your savings whenever you need to, but you are limited to six withdrawals per month. Most savings accounts have a minimum balance requirement so you will incur a small fee that month if you fall below the minimum.

Once you’ve accumulated upwards of $5,000-$10,000 you would certainly want to look at placing some the funds in a money market held at the bank which would earn a higher rate than in a traditional savings account.

moneyMoney market rates are usually tiered, meaning you earn more interest if you keep a higher balance. As your balance increases, so does the rate. As your balance decreases the rate will decrease as well.

The interest you’ve earned up to that point stays in the account. Money market accounts pay interest on the daily collected balance then the interest is credited to the account either monthly or quarterly depending on the institution.

Like a savings account, you are able to draw the money out whenever you want. The difference with a money market is you are allowed to have six withdrawals per month, three of which may be by check. If you exceed your six withdrawals per month however you may incur a fee for each withdrawal or be asked by the bank to change the account over to checking account that would allow unlimited withdrawals, thus also losing the higher interest rate.

As you can see, savings accounts and money market accounts are similar with slight differences such as rates, balance requirements and withdrawal methods.

The bottom line is you’ll want to start out with a savings account, keep adding to it as you can, then open up a money market when your balance allows. Saving can be hard sometimes, but you always want to pay yourself something each time you get paid. Even if it’s a small amount.

Before you know it, you’ll have that $1,000 saved.

David Cherry FNBNWADavid Cherry is the Commercial Services Officer and Retail Team Leader for the FNBNWA Pinnacle Branch. David has over 11 years of banking experience in every area from retail banking, lending, and business development. David lives in Fayetteville with his wife of ten years Laci, his five year old daughter Scarlett, and his two year old son Silas. Their family enjoys spending lots of time outdoors working and camping, eating dinner together, reading stories, and attending services at the Johnson Church of Christ.

Note from the mamas: Click here to read previous Q&As with First National Bank of NWA which focus on money questions like how to save for your kids’ college, how to bank from your smartphone and deciding how much house you can afford.

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Health: The MyMercy App

smartphone woman600If you’re as co-dependent on your smartphone as we are, you already know that a well-designed app can be a mama’s best friend. It makes getting things done online faster, easier and doable no matter where you are.

my mercy app icon google playIf you’re not already communicating with your family doctor or your kid’s pediatrician via the MyMercy app, you should be. It’s so much easier to store all that important info (about appointments, test results, medications, etc.) on your app instead of trying to remember it all.

Here are 10 cool things the MyMercy app can do (so you won’t have to):

1. Store your child’s immunization history.

2. Review test results

3. Keep a list of all your medications.

4. Manage appointment times.

5. Message your doctor directly.

6. Read notes written by your doctor about recent appointments.

7. Upload health and fitness data. (You can even upload data from your Apple Health app if you’re using the tracking program.)

8. View and pay your medical bills.

9. See health information for every member of your family.

10. Request a copy of your medical records.

Below are a few screenshots of what the app looks like from the inside. To use the app, all you need to do is create your account through Once you’re all set up, just download the app from the App Store or Google Play and start using it.

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