Basketball tournament for charity: Kids and adults invited!

If your family loves basketball, here’s a chance to play ball and do something great for charity at the same time. Put a team of three to four people together, and mark your calendar for Thursday, September 11, 2014 beginning at 5 p.m. at the Shadow Valley Clubhouse basketball court in Rogers. Cost is $30 per team, and tournament proceeds will benefit St. Jude basketball5Children’s Research Hospital.

Two Northwest Arkansas moms, Heidi Simmons and Laura Sylvester, are coordinating this charity basketball tournament where kids and adults can play 3-on-3 basketball. (There will also be a free throw contest, for those who are interested.) There will be three divisions — youth, teen and adult, and fun prizes will be awarded. (Youth division starts at 5 p.m. and the teen and adult divisions play at 6 p.m.)

Tournament rules include:

  • Teams can consist of up to 4 players.
  • Half-court games will be played to a score of 11 (counting by 1′s).
  • Call your own fouls but no free throws allowed.

If your kids, husbands and/or fellow moms want to play, contact Heidi Simmons by clicking here. Register your team by Friday, September 5th.

If you’d like to support these local moms in their efforts to raise money for St. Jude, you can also donate at the following links:



Guide: Corn mazes and pumpkin patches to visit in Northwest Arkansas!

It’s almost fall, y’all!

That means it’s about time to visit pumpkin patches and corn mazes. Here’s a guide to all the great options in Northwest Arkansas and surrounding areas:

Farmland Adventures

farmland adventures 2014A great place for fall outdoor family fun on the farm. A variety of attractions including a 9-acre Giant Corn Maze (they have a new theme for 2014!), a pick-your-own pumpkin patch, pony rides, petting zoo, pig races, a kids play area and more. Open September 5th to November 1st on Fridays from 1PM-9:30PM and Saturdays from 9AM-9:30PM. It’s a short drive from where ever you are in Northwest Arkansas. They also facilitate group outings or birthday parties.

Season: Sept. 5 through Nov. 1

Location: Parsons Road, Springdale

More info: Click here (Look for special hours in October)

Ozark Corn Maze

Corn maze, pumpkin patch, animals and games.

Season: Starts Sept. 19

Location: Cave Springs

More info: Click here

McGarrah Farms

Season: Pumpkin patch opens Sept. 27 through Oct. 31. Pick-your-own pumpkins.

Location: Pea Ridge

More info: Click here

Vanzant Fruit Farm

Season: Pick-your-own pumpkins starts in late September. The pumpkin patch (for pictures, etc.) opens Oct. 1 and runs through Oct. 31.

Location: Lowell

More info: Click here

Dickey Farms

dickey farmsHay rides, photo opportunities, pick-your-own pumpkins.

Season: Runs from the last weekend of September through the first weekend of November. Open 4:30 p.m. until dark on weekdays, all day Saturday (until dark) and 2 p.m. to dark on Sundays.

Location: Springdale

More info: Click here

Right Choices Corn Maze

Pumpkin patch, games and activities, hay rides.

Season: Sept. 20-Nov. 2

Location: Southwest City, Missouri

More info: Click here

Northwest Arkansas Calendar of Events: August 2014

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Play it Forward Concert Series at The Walmart Museum

An evening of literary, playful, and earthy music from Los Angles based artist Claire Holley. Tickets are $5 each with proceeds benefiting the Boys and Girls Club. Doors open at 6.

Date:  Aug. 2

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Walmart World Room at The Walmart Museum

More info: Click here

Steve Martin at the Amp

Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell are Grammy Award-winning.

Date: Aug. 3

Time: 7:30 p.m. (gates open at 6 p.m.)

Location: The Walmart Amp, Rogers

More info: Click here

Crayola Day, Sidewalk Sundays

sidewalk sundays new logoSample some products and add some ideas to your Back to School wish-list. Drop in anytime, between 2-5 pm. Free.

Date: Aug. 3

Time: 2-5 p.m.

Location: The Walmart Museum

More info: Click here

Here’s a list of the additional August Sidewalk Sunday events (all events are between 2-5 p.m. at The Walmart Museum):

August 10: Sword fighting demonstrations with the NWA Fencing Center.

August 17: Musical performances and education with School of Rock.

August 24: Activate your imagination with Trike Theatre.

August 31: Enjoy another performance with School of Rock.

Questions? Call 479-273-1329 ext. 2 or visit the museum’s Facebook page:

First Thursday, Fayetteville

On the first Thursday of each month from April to October, First Thursday Fayetteville transforms the city’s historic Downtown Square into a vibrant arts district, featuring the work of more than 40 visual artists, live music, street performers, food and drink, and children’s activities.

Date: Aug.7

Location: Fayetteville Square

More info: Click here


Date: Aug. 7-10

Time: Varies

Location: Rogers Little Theatre

More info: Click here

SkyDive for Kids benefiting the Children’s Advocacy Center

Lunch from 11 am—1 pm, will be available for $5, and the entertainment will be continuous as each of the 20 jumpers makes the climb to 10,000 feet on Saturday and Sunday.  “With the help of  jumpers and the community of Northwest Arkansas, we hope the that the literal leaps of faith will indeed forever alter the journey of not just one, but hundreds of children in Benton County.”

Date: Aug. 9-10

Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: SkyRanch, Siloam Springs

More info: Click here

Buckin’ in the Ozarks

Date: Aug. 9

Time: 8 p.m.

Location: Parsons Stadium, Springdale

More info: Click here

Big Country Bash (after NWA Naturals baseball game)

Canaan Smith, a Mercury Nashville recording artist, perform a live post-game concert following the Naturals game against the San Antonio Missions, the Double-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres, on Saturday, August 9 as part of the BIG Country Bash event. Gates will open on August 9 at 5 P.M., and then the Naturals will play host to the Missions at 6:05 P.M. The concert will take place immediately following the game and the stage will be setup on the grass area beyond the concourse in centerfield, located between the Bud Light Bullpen Café and kid’s playground. The event also features a Replica Louisville Slugger Wiffle Bat giveaway for the first 2,000 fans courtesy of Great Day Farms.

Date: Aug. 9

Time: 6:05 p.m.

Location: Arvest Ballpark

More info: Purchase tickets for BIG Country Bash online at, by calling (479) 927-4900.

Outdoor Concert, Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

bgo concertDate: Aug. 12

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Botanical Gardens Great Lawn

More info: Click here

Groundbreaking of Whole Foods

Date: Aug. 13

Time: 10 a.m.

Location: Whole Foods, south of the College Ave./Millsap Drive intersection

More info: Click here

Back-To-School Concert at The Great Passion Play, Eureka Springs

Date: Aug. 14

Time: 8:30 p.m.

Location: Eureka Springs

More info: Click here

Boston at the Walmart Amp

Date: Aug. 15

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: The Walmart Amp, Rogers

More info: Click here

Secchi Day on Beaver Lake

Date: Aug. 16

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

Location: Beaver Lake

More info: Click here

“Inside the Teenage Brain” Training

inside the teenage brainSaving Grace is hosting a training event for foster parents, professionals, and adults who work with at risk teens on August 26. Cathy Hagemeier, a trainer from MidSOUTH Training Academy, will be teaching two workshops on the teenage brain and communicating with teenagers.

Date: Aug. 26

Time: 9-11:30 a.m.

Location: Saving Grace NWA, 1229 W. Poplar St., Rogers

More info: Click here


NWA Fairs & Festivals Guide, Summer/Fall 2014

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Tontitown Grape Festival

grape festival logoFree admission, free parking, free nightly entertainment. Grape stomp, carnival rides, spaghetti dinners.

Dates: Aug. 5-9

Time: Varies

Location: Tontitown.

More info: Click here for a schedule of events

Yarnell’s Third Annual Ice Cream Festival

Yarnell’s will host ice cream-eating contests each hour. The winner of each contest wins a year’s supply of ice cream. Yarnell’s also is offering free samples, and Coke floats will be sold for $.99. Scoop, Yarnell’s mascot, will be on hand to host the event and interact with fans.

Date: Aug. 9

Time: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: Bentonville Square

More info: Click here

Benton County Fair

Date: Aug. 12-16

Time: Varies

Location: Benton County Fairgrounds

More info: Click here

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Washington County Fair

Date: Aug. 26-30

Time: Varies

Location: Washington County Fairgrounds

More info: Click here

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30th Annual Frisco Festival

Date: Aug. 22-23

Time: Varies

Location: Downtown Rogers

More info: Click here to see the schedule of events.

Fayetteville Roots Festival

Date: Aug. 28-31

Time: Varies

Location: Various venues, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

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63rd Annual Clothesline Festival, Prairie Grove

Date: Aug. 30-Sept. 1

Time: Varies

Location: Prairie Grove Battlefield Park grounds

More info: Click here

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37th Annual Ozark Quilt Fair

Date: Sept. 13

Location: Shiloh Museum, Springdale

More info: Click here

Terra Studios’ 7th Annual Fall Music Festival

bluebird of happinessDate: Sept. 14

Time:  Noon to 5 p.m.

Location: Terra Studios, Durham

More info: Click here


Date: Oct. 4

Location: Frisco Park, Rogers

More info: Click here

5th Annual EurekaPalooza Outdoor Festival

Date: Oct. 4

Location: Lake Leatherwood, Eureka Springs

More info: Click here

Ozark Folk Festival

Date: Oct. 7-11

Time: Varies

Location: Eureka Springs

More info: Click here

Registration starts today for Flag Football at The Jones Center!

flagfootballFlag football alert!

Flag football for grades K-3 is coming to The Jones Center in Springdale this fall.

Registration starts today, July 1, and games will be on Saturdays beginning September 20th. The season runs through Oct. 25th.

And did you notice that you get 10% off the registration fee when you mention that you saw The Jones Center’s ad on nwaMotherlode? Yep :)

All players will receive a reversible NFL team jersey and flag belt. The fee is only $45 right now (it goes up in August).

Click here to read more about flag football and to sign up with your discount!

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