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Local notes: Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow names fellow

October 4, 2020 at 1:00 a.m.

McCord Cemetery

sets cleanup day

McCord Cemetery, near Elkins, will be having a cleanup day beginning at 8 a.m. Oct. 10. Volunteers are welcome.

It is time to remove all flowers for fall cleanup, besides the tombstone saddles. If you want to keep your flowers to reuse next spring, please come remove them before they are disposed of.

Information: (479) 957-0350.

Nonprofits

get grants

The American Electric Power Foundation has awarded a total of $29,500 to two Northwest Arkansas nonprofits in Southwestern Electric Power Co.'s service area providing additional health and human services in response to covid-19.

Grant dollars will aid organizations in food pantries and other services. The American Electric Power Foundation is funded by American Electric Power and its utility operating units, including SWEPCO.

Organizations receiving funds are Compassion NWA in Springdale, $14,750 to support its food pantry program, Feed The 479; and the Salvation Army of Northwest Arkansas, $14,750, to help with an increase in food pantry requests.

The AEP Foundation has provided nearly $3 million in emergency funds to support basic human needs (food, shelter and housing assistance) and to help in other covid-19 related emergencies. The AEP Foundation provides a permanent, ongoing resource for charitable initiatives involving higher dollar values and multi-year commitments in the communities served by AEP and initiatives outside of AEP's 11-state service area.

The Foundation focuses on improving lives through education from early childhood through higher education in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and by meeting basic needs for emergency shelter, affordable housing and the elimination of hunger.

Information: (318) 673-3532.

Writers Colony

names fellow

The Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow has announced the winner of the 2020 "Real People, Real Struggles, Real Stories: Writing About Mental Illness" fellowship, awarded to a writer working on a short or long work of nonfiction focusing on managing and continuing to manage illness. Jami Nakamura Lin will receive a fully funded two-week residency at the Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow.

She will be working on a collection of essays called "The Night Parade," which draws on Japanese mythology to tell braided stories of her experience living with bipolar disorder and her grief over her father's illness and death. Each essay connects in some way to a yokai, the Japanese supernatural creatures of folklore and legend.

The public will have the opportunity to meet Lin and hear her read while she is in residence either live or virtually, depending on the covid-19 situation. Dairy Hollow Executive Director Michelle Hannon, says, "It is an honor to be able to bring a professional writer with Jami's talents, unique experiences, and obvious potential to Eureka Springs and to share her story with the community. We're very much looking forward to having her in residence."

The Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow would like to thank longtime supporter and board member Sharon Spurlin for generously funding this fellowship.

Information: (479)253-7444 or writerscolony.org.

OLLI sets

new classes

The Osher Lifelong Institute at the University of Arkansas has announced the following classes for the upcoming week.

• Oct. 5: "Celts to Southern Accents: History of the English Language" (in person/online). Have you ever wondered why we say bake/baked but not take/taked, why we have a silent k at the beginning of words like knit and knight, or why we say mice instead of mouses? Then you will enjoy wandering through the history of the English language to find answers. We will explore Roman, Viking, and French invasions that caused English to spread over the world. We will also look at the United States and its dialects and accents, as well as explore why the southern accent is often belittled. $35 members, $50 nonmembers.

• Oct. 5: "What's in the Woods?" $29 members, $44 nonmembers.

• Oct. 6: "Dining in the Ozarks: Mockingbird Kitchen," $29 members, $44 nonmembers.

• Oct. 7: "History of Drake Field & the Arkansas Air & Military Museum," $25 members, $40 nonmembers.

• Oct. 8: "Pressure Point Therapy" (online), $25 member, $40 nonmembers.

• Oct. 9: "What Can Extension Service Do for You?" (in person), $19 members, $34 nonmembers.

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

Medicare

explained

Mercy locations in Fort Smith and Northwest Arkansas are extending livestream Medicare seminars into December to offer help for those aging into the program and those who want to take advantage of the annual enrollment period, which begins Oct. 15.

Medicare – Getting Started is a free educational seminar that will be livestreamed for safety and convenience while social distancing efforts remain in effect. In-person sessions have also resumed, where licensed, independent insurance agents will evaluate your current coverage, discuss your current and future needs, present your options clearly and simply and help you choose the plan that gives you the best coverage at the best rate.

Information: 833-401-6421 or mercy.net/medicareftsmith or mercy.net/medicarenwa.

Hope Cancer

offers support

• Free Tobacco Cessation Program: Hope Cancer Resources' certified health education specialist is available to support members of the community who are looking to quit smoking with nicotine replacement therapy and counseling.

• Emotional Support Through Cancer Battle: Hope Cancer Resources' team of counselors and social workers are supporting cancer patients and their families every day with a focus on emotional health, no matter the circumstance.

• Virtual Wellness Classes For Cancer Patients and Caregivers: The Wellness Center for Hope at Hope Cancer Resources has created a yoga and fitness class schedule via Zoom and Facebook Live.

Information: (479) 361-5847.

Blood drive

announced

The University of Arkansas and the American Red Cross are once again teaming up for the 18th consecutive year to help save lives through blood donations. The community is invited to "Bleed Razorback Red" Oct. 6 and 7 at the Walton Arts Center, 495 W. Dickinson St., in Fayetteville.

UA students, faculty, alumni and the Fayetteville community are invited to donate blood from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily to help patients in need. Two hundred donations are expected to be collected over the two-day drive.

The Red Cross needs donors of all blood types to give blood in support of kids fighting cancer, patients with sickle cell disease and others facing serious illnesses. The Red Cross must collect nearly 13,000 blood donations every day for patients at about 2,500 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide. The Red Cross encourages healthy individuals to schedule and keep blood donation appointments in the weeks ahead to ensure a stable supply for patients throughout this coronavirus pandemic. All donors are required to wear a face covering or mask while at the drive, in alignment with new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.

Information: (800) 733-2767 or redcrossblood.org.

Boots & Badges

blood drive set

The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks is partnering with First Responders in Gravette to hold a Boots and Badges Blood Drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 6 at two locations: Gravette Civic Center, 401 Charlotte St. S.E., and in the Bloodmobile in the parking lot of Ozarks Community Hospital of Gravette, 1101 S.W. Jackson St.

All donors will receive a special Boots and Badges T-shirt, while supplies last. A traveling trophy will be awarded to the group that recruits the most donors.

Donors are strongly encouraged to make an appointment to give to maintain social distancing guidelines and improve donor flow. Masks are required at this drive. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided for you.

Information: cbco.org/donate-blood.

Artsts invited

to registry

The Arkansas Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts is taking applications for its curated online registry of Arkansas women artists. The application is available on the ACNMWA website. The deadline to apply is Dec. 31.

"For visitors to the ACNMWA website, the registry is a great place to view some of the outstanding work being created by women artists in the state," said Barbara Satterfield, ACNMWA president. "For selected artists, it is an opportunity to showcase their work and receive additional recognition for their contribution to the arts in the state."

The application is open to all women artists who were born in Arkansas or are residents of Arkansas at the time of application. The biennial registry will be featured on the ACNWMA website from February 2021 to January 2022.

Serving as the guest curator for this cycle is Ann Prentice Wagner, the Jackye and Curtis Finch, Jr., Curator of Drawings at the Arkansas Arts Center.

Information: acnmwa.org or acnmwa.org/curated-artist-registry.

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