OLLI course, riverside workshop and more


The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks, the sole supplier of blood and plasma to patients at 44 health facilities in the region, requires blood for local use. Recent winter conditions have caused the loss of hundreds of donations. The organization reports a less than three-day supply of O-negative and A-negative blood, but all donations are needed to help replenish supplies after the storm. Blood drives in the CBCO service area perform a vital function in keeping our community healthy.

CBCO donors provide all blood to patients at dozens of health care facilities across the Ozarks. Harrison area residents will have the opportunity to donate at the following location:

• Harrison Community Blood Drive from noon to 6 p.m. March 22, First Christian Church Fellowship Hall, 915 Maple St. in Harrison.

Successful donors will receive a quarter-zip sweater, while supplies last.

Information: cbco.org/donate-blood.


The Beaver Watershed Alliance is set to host an in-person waterfront workshop and volunteer planting event from 10-11:45 a.m. on March 19 at the Clifty Fire Department. A free lunch will be offered to workshop participants. A hands-on planting event is scheduled from noon to 2:30 p.m. at a nearby creek restoration site. This event is free and family friendly.

The morning session will feature speakers Sean Saunders with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission stream team, and Alliance Forest and River Resource Specialist Daniel Hagood. Participants will learn stream stabilization techniques and how to establish and improve the health of their vegetation along streams and rivers to prevent land loss and slow erosion. After lunch (provided by the Alliance), Shonda Garrison of Moonlit Heights Native Plants and Josh Duzan of Natural State Streams will talk about the recent Clifty Creek stabilization project on site. Participants will then have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience planting native trees, shrubs and grasses in riparian areas along the creek. Tools and pedagogical training will be provided.

This workshop and project facility is part of a grant from the Reservoir Fisheries Habitat Partnership, in partnership with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, to stabilize Clifty Creek and reduce sediment loads on Beaver Lake, improve the riparian habitat and fish habitat in Beaver Lake. Supporting partners include Arkansas Game and Fish Stream Team, Bass Pro Outdoor Fund, Beaver Water District, and Washington County Cooperative Extension Service of the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.

Information: (479) 750-8007or [email protected]

Hope Cancer

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.

Shiloh Museum

The Shiloh Museum of Ozark History in Springdale has announced two new staff members, Jessica Lyons and Kyle Palmer.

Lyons, who has been hired as development manager, will help with museum membership and fundraising while Palmer, historic preservation manager, will oversee the upkeep of historic buildings.

Lyons grew up in Clinton and graduated from Arkansas Tech University in Russellville with a degree in sociology. After graduating, she moved to Little Rock where she worked at Camp Aldersgate and the Girl Scouts, as a Membership Specialist and later as a Volunteer Specialist.

Palmer became interested in history and genealogy growing up in southeast Idaho. He earned his undergraduate degree in history from Idaho State University and a master’s degree in local and community history from Wichita State University in Kansas. He spent many years working in the service industry before moving into the field of preservation.

Information: (479) 750-8165 or shilohmuseum.org.


The Osher Lifetime Learning Institute at the University of Arkansas has announced the following courses for the coming week:

• March 14: cut the cord! Tips for Watching Internet TV and Movies — Get tips on how to stream content from the Internet. The basics of equipment and devices will be covered. Drake Airfield, 2-3:30 p.m. $19 members and non-members.

• March 15: Architectural Anthropology in the Ozarks — Visit the Ozark Natural Science Center to explore the shelters of Bear Hollow and hike two miles of trails. Ozark Natural Science Center, Huntsville, 2-5 p.m. Members drive $35; members take the OLLI bus $50; non-members behave $49; non-members take the OLLI bus $64

• March 16: Hamilton in History: An Iconic Examination — Delve into the life and memory of Alexander Hamilton through archives and exhibits. Butterfield Trail Village. 10am-12pm. $25 members, $40 non-members; Alice Munro, Nobel Prize Winner II — This is the second in a series of classes on Alice Munro, Mount Sequoyah, 1-3 p.m. $29 for members, $44 for nonmembers.

• March 18: Watercolor Tulips — No experience required. Create three to five watercolor note cards worthy of sending to friends or family. Studio Beth Woessner, Tontitown. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $69 members, $84 non-members

Information: (479) 575-4545.

Kyle Palm Tree
Photo Hannah Hughes plays the minstrel who launches “Something Rotten,” a musical farce set in the Renaissance about two aspiring bards, Nick and Nigel Bottom, who must face off against the rock star of their world, William Shakespeare. Gentry High School comedians will present the comedy for the last time at 3 p.m. today in the school auditorium at 1155 Pioneer Lane. Tickets are $5 at ghsfinearts.ludus.com/index.php. (Courtesy picture)

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