Local notes including cruises with loons and eagles in Hobbs State Park

Arkansas Heritage

Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism Secretary Stacy Hurst announced that nominations for the 2023 Arkansas Food Hall of Fame, an Arkansas heritage program, opened October 1. Now in its seventh year, the program celebrates Arkansas’ unique culinary heritage.

Nominations will be open through October 31, with categories that recognize restaurants, owners and food-themed events that celebrate food heritage from all regions of the state.

Winners will be chosen by the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame Committee, a group of Arkansans who are food historians, chefs, foodies and writers.

Information: www.arkfoodhof.com.

Hope Cancer

Hope Cancer Resources is hosting a Breast Cancer Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 20 at 5835 W. Sunset Ave. in Springdale. Various breast cancer resources will be available as well as hookups for mastectomy supplies. Tryouts are by appointment. This is a free exhibition open to the public.

The Hope Wellness Center at Hope Cancer Resources offers a yoga, meditation and fitness class for cancer patients and caregivers in person, via Zoom and YouTube.

Their team of counselors and social workers supports cancer patients and their families on a daily basis with a focus on emotional health no matter the circumstances.

A certified tobacco treatment specialist is available to help those looking to quit smoking with nicotine replacement therapy and advice.

Those in need of medical supplies, liquid nutrition or durable medical equipment, such as shower chairs or walkers, are asked to reach out. Donations of new or lightly used items are also accepted.

Information: (479) 361-5847 or hopecancerresources.org.

Hobbs State Park

Hobbs State Park and bird expert Joe Neal will once again offer two educational boat tours on Beaver Lake, with a focus on the common loon migration, from 10 a.m. to noon on November 5 and 12. Other waterfowl species are commonly seen including Horned Grebes, several species ducks, two species of gulls, bald eagles, great blue herons, and other waterfowl. These voyages are separate from the regular Hobbs Bald Eagle cruises scheduled from November through February.

In addition to Neal, author of “Birds in Northwest Arkansas,” other experienced guides from the Northwest Arkansas Audubon Society accompany each two-hour trip to help identify birds and answer questions. Cruises will take place aboard the covered pontoon at Hobbs State Park, ideal for outings with loons.

Departure insiders from Rocky Branch Marina. It will be a relaxing, slow trip for about eight to 10 miles through one of the most open and scenic areas of the lake. If you are an experienced birder or just want to explore a large body of water with lots of birds, hop on board and bring your camera or binoculars. This is the fourth year of the loon tours. Northwest Arkansas Audubon asks participants to respect covid safety measures. The minimum age requirement is 16 and the cost is $15 per person.

There are no washrooms on board the boat and no winter washrooms are available at the marina or at the Rocky Branch day-use area. Options: There are restrooms at the Shaddox Hollow trailhead on Arkansas 303 on the way to Rocky Branch Marina.

Hobbs State Park eagle cruises are fun, educational, and can be downright exciting when eagles swoop by the boat or argue with a pair of red-tailed hawks in a tree right next to you.

These tours are offered from November to February. Eagles can be seen any of these months on Beaver Lake, and the knowledgeable interpreter who accompanies you on the cruise will answer any questions you have about the eagles.

Dates for Hobbs Eagle Cruises in November and December:

• November: 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27

• December: 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31

(Dates for the January and February Eagle cruises will be announced at a later date.)

Tickets must be purchased in advance. Adults are $15 plus tax and children ages 6-12 are $7.50 plus tax. Tours depart from Rocky Branch Marina at 3:00 PM. Reservations and prepayment are required.

Information: (479) 789-5000.


Some 70 local children, aged 7 to 15, have been chosen to dance alongside the world-renowned Royal Winnipeg Ballet during the four performances of the Canadian company “The Nutcracker” at the Walton Arts Center on November 25 and 27 .

Local children’s actors include:

Angels: Alise January, Elena Webb, Channing Bonner, Makenzee Floyd, Rae Warren, Anslee Ledbetter, Alexandria Owen, Anya Zazal, Alexandra Shatlinnko, Kyleigh Geuvin, Emma Victoria Gonzalez, Zooey Emery, Caroline Fite, Harper Vo.

Dieter: Brynne Smith, Mariah Bowie.

RCMP: Briella Tencleue, Penelope Morrisey, Spencer Hood, Emma Muldoon.

Mice: London Terrell, Rainey Stewart, Collins Fite, Aven Miller, Elliet Knight, Ella Grace Haas, Blair Sykes, Shiloh Stickney.

Party Girls: Emma Kay Geuvin, Cora Green, Hannah Hale at Party Boys and Addie Mala, Julianne Pavis, Heleena Lenoir, Katie Leonard.

Reindeer: Quinn Ballew, Kaylin Nix, Sofia Merriman, Katherine Reed, Laylee Wheatley, Jude Abohamda, Harbor Geng.

Polar Bears: Finley Apperson, Cecilia Krause, Nora Leonhard, Addy Womack, Abigal Stinson, Camilla Baldin, Chaney Cole, Barrett Buckley, Emilie McGinnis, Mia Valle, Leot Cochran, Linden Miesner, Iya Urso, Riley Gibson, Genevieve Barber, Scarlett Fendley , Mettie Patterson, Margot Rozzell, Amelia Smith, Campbell Buckley, Addison Sperry, Virginia Crifasi, Audrey Speight, Zoey Lee.

Tickets cost between $20 and $53 by calling (479) 443-5600.


The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute has announced the upcoming courses:

• October 10: Medicare Advantage or Original Medicare – Which is Best for Me? – A retired healthcare executive will present an unbiased explanation of the options available. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Drake Airfield, $19 members, $34 non-members.

• Oct. 11, 14, 18, 22: Portrait Photography – Learn how to take better pictures with your DSLR camera, 1-3 pm OLLI Office, $69 members, $84 non-members.

• Oct. 12: 5 Steps to Organizing Your Kitchen and Bathroom – Successfully organize the two most-used rooms in your home. 2 to 4 p.m. – Zoom, $25 members, $40 non-members.

• Oct. 13: Bone Health & Exercise – This course will provide instruction on the background of low bone mass and osteoporosis, as well as exercise tips to encourage a healthy lifestyle and maintain bone health. 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Conservative Spine Clinic, $19 members, $34 non-members; Spiro Mounds and the World of the Ancient Southeast – Discover Spiro Mounds, a prehistoric site in eastern Oklahoma that has been described as “King Tut’s tomb in the valley of Arkansas.” 5-7 p.m. Arkansas Archeology Survey, $25 members/$40 non-members.

• October 14: First River: How Arkansas Saved a National Treasure – Stewart Noland, President of the Ozark Society, discusses the history of the formation of the Buffalo National River, its impact on the region and its future. 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Drake Airfield, $25 members, $40 non-members; Baroque Rome: City of the Popes – The Baroque reconstruction of Rome was led by a succession of Popes and a “dream team” of sculptors, painters and craftsmen. 1-3 p.m. Drake Airfield, $25 members, $40 non-members.

Information: (479) 575-4545 or by email olli@uark.edu.

Arts & Culture

The City of Fayetteville Arts and Culture Division is looking for artists and performers to implement a variety of arts activations from October through December in the Lower Ramble and Lower Ramble Park. The theme is open ended but should be appropriate to the season, outdoors and all members of the public. Activations or installations must not exceed 45 days, and CDA is particularly interested in art and installations in the fields of music, education, visual arts and well-being and/or fitness.

Applications will be reviewed after noon on October 15 and November 1. Individual project budgets are $500 with a possible material allowance of $350. Several activations are available.

Information: fayetteville-ar.gov/4237/call-for-artists or email jbell@fayetteville-ar.gov.

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