Your old shoes are NEEDED: Soles for Souls

soles for souls logoMamas, we bet you could round up at least one or two (or more) pairs of shoes that the people in your house do NOT wear any more  — either because they’re too small, too old, don’t fit quite right, or you’ve just got too many. Please consider donating those shoes to a great organization called Soles for Souls, which was founded by two Northwest Arkansas teenagers, Jake Gearhart and Molly Hedberg.

The shoes will be sent to the Mission of Hope in Haiti, a country still in desperate need as it rebuilds following earthquakes that destroyed the area.

Womens, mens and children’s practical shoes are needed, and they can even be used shoes that have been outgrown by your kids. (But no high heels, please.)

Please take the shoes you’d like to donate to a drop-off location at the Hedberg Allergy & Asthma Center. There’s a location in Fayetteville and one in Rogers.

  • Rogers drop-off address: 700 S. 52nd Street
  • Fayetteville drop-off address: 1585 Rainforest Road

Fore more info or if you’d like to request a pick-up for a donation of shoes, click HERE and send Jake and Molly a message via the group’s Facebook page.

Birthday Party Idea: The Jones center for swimming, ice skating or gymnastics events!

balloon bouquetIt’s hot outside, but you can plan a “cool” birthday party for your kid this summer. We recommend an ice skating party at  The Jones Center.

Or a swimming party. Or a gymnastics party! :)

The Jones Center has four individual “celebration stations” for parties. Parties can be scheduled during any of public skate or swim sessions — or you can book public or private swimming and ice skating parties.

Each station seats 20 guests. (Additional individual passes can be bought for $5/skater or $3/swimmer. They also offer private party options. Click here to see all The Jones Center Birthday Party options, including days and times that parties can bee booked.)

NEW: The skate parties now include 1 hour with a skating assistant at no extra cost. The skating assistant will teach a 30 minute lesson and give tips for the remainder of the party.

Ice Skating Party

Cost and info:

Fort Smith Room
Fee: $130 / 1 hour 15 minutes
This party package includes a private room located in the Ice Arena that can accommodate up to 25 guests and includes 15 skate passes with skate rental.

Celebration Station
Fee: $85 / hour ($10 per additional hour)
This party package includes seating for up to 15 guests in our food court area and includes 15 skate passes with skate rental!

ice-skateThe Jones Center Ice Arena is also available for private parties and groups:

Private Reservations
Fee: $160 / hour
The Ice Arena is available for use by individuals, schools and organizations on an exclusive basis! Please call for availability.

The smallest size ice skate available is child size 9. Please remember to bundle up! The ice arena is very COLD.

Swimming Party

Cost and info:

The Jones Center has party rooms right off the pool deck.

Pool Party Room
Fee: $100 / 1.5 hours
This party package includes a private room located on the Pool deck that can accommodate up to 25 guests and includes 15 swim passes.

Celebration Station
Fee: $55 / hour ($10 per additional hour)
This party package includes seating for up to 15 guests in our food court area and includes 15 swim passes.

Pool Party Rooms can be reserved during public swim times or there’s an option to book a private party:

Fee: $105 / hour (with 2 lifeguards*)

*Additional lifeguards will be added for groups of
60+ for a fee of $25 per lifeguard.

Available private party times:
8:00p – 9:45p

10:00a – 11:45a
8:00p – 9:45p

jones center poolGymnastics Party

Cost and info:

This gymnastics room is in the gym and you can have up to 25 guests. The Jones Center provides the tables and chairs, and the fun room to play with all of the equipment and toys. You can bring your own music and you can play it in their sound system.

$100 for a one hour and thirty minute session.

To ask about birthday parties or to schedule one, you can call The Jones Center at (479) 756-8090, ext. 2100. CLICK HERE to visit The Jones Center website for more info on birthday parties.

The best snow cone stands in Northwest Arkansas!

snow cone sliderSummer-Remix4There seems to be a snow cone stand on every corner right now, which makes us HAPPY. We love a sweet, syrupy snow cone in the summer!

That said, we polled our Facebook friends to find the best snow cones in NWA. They suggested several great ones plus we went out and did a little research of our own over the weekend.

We found these cuties at Shave the Planet (in the Hobby Lobby parking lot) on College Avenue in Fayetteville. They are eating Funky Monkey, Invisible Cherry and Root Beer. Isn’t “invisible” cherry a genius idea? Right after we snapped this pic, the little girl in the middle spilled it right down the front of her outfit. Wet and sticky, yes, but not red!

sno cone kids, resized

Shave the Planet has multiple locations in NWA. Here’s a current list of where you can find them:

744 Joyce Blvd
(In the Mattress Firm parking lot next to Walgreens)

3078 N College Ave
(Next to the Bank of Fayetteville and Hobby Lobby)

1308 N Thompson
(Across from AQ Chicken & Kum and Go)

2940 W Sunset Ave
In front of Malco Theater and Harps

Why don’t you join us in eating at as many snow cone stands as possible around NWA?! Here’s a short list of recommended stops (updated for 2015):

Did we miss your favorite? Tell us about it comments so we’ll all know where to find it! We’d also love to know your favorite flavor!

Sam's Snow Cones