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February 21, 2021 at 1:00 a.m.
"Twisted, Beaded, Braided," including "Blue Shawl" by Kelli Cole Ladwig, remains on view until March 3 at Brews in Eureka Springs. Also among featured artists is Eleanor Lux, co-founder of the Eureka Springs School of the Arts and in 2016 received the Arkansas Arts Council Living Treasure Award. or (Courtesy photo)

Food pantries

offer assistance

Among food pantries offering assistance to residents of Northwest Arkansas are these:

Little Free Pantry -- First Christian Church, 807 S.E. 14th St. in Bentonville. Email

Little Free Pantry -- Eureka Springs Community Center, 44 Kingshighway.

Little Free Pantry -- Arkansas Support Network, 6836 Isaac's Orchard Road, Springdale.

Senior Center Pantry -- The mobile food pantry at the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center in Gravette is held on the fourth Tuesday of each month, beginning at 10 a.m. Those interested are advised to arrive no later than 11 a.m. Food boxes are available for curbside pickup. Information: Melissa Provence, (479) 787-5950.

First Baptist Church Pantry -- First Baptist Church, located at 213 E. Roller Ave. in Decatur, holds a community food pantry on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Information: (479) 282-6658.

GFA Pantry -- GFA Pantry Inc. at the Gentry Assembly, 821 E. Main St., is open from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. The pantry is drive-through only during the covid-19 pandemic. Information: Clients are asked to call (662) 727-5157 or email for appointments.

Shepherd's Food Pantry -- Located at Bella Vista Lutheran Church, 1990 Forest Hills Blvd., the pantry is open every Friday from 10 a.m. until noon. This is a "drive-by" pantry, so please wear your mask. Information: (479) 855-0272,

Unity Church of the Ozarks -- A Little Free Pantry stands by the front door of the church at 2200 S.E. J St. in Bentonville. Please help yourself when needed and help others by donating. Information: (479) 721-2752,

The Oasis Food Pantry -- Located at Village Bible Church in Bella Vista, 1591 Forest Hills Blvd., the pantry is open each Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon for drive-through pickup. Information: (479) 876-5764,

First Presbyterian Church Pantry -- Located at 901 N.E. J St., the pantry is operating as a drive-through from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturdays. Please bring something (utility bill, etc.) that shows that you are a resident of Benton County, and the church is glad to serve you. Information: (479) 273-5450,

St. Paul's Episcopal Little Free Pantry -- Located at the rear of the church outside of the Welcome Center at 224 N. East Ave. in Fayetteville. The pantry is stocked daily with food, diapers and personal care items. (479) 442-7373.

Ruth Barker Middle School Little Free Pantry -- Located by the large brick school sign at 500 S.E. 18th St. in Bentonville and open 24/7. Feel free to donate when you can, take what you need. (479) 696-3300.

St. Joseph Catholic School & Church Little Free Pantry -- 1722 N. Starr Drive in Fayetteville.

McNair Little Free Pantry -- Located at McNair Middle School, 3030 East Mission Blvd. in Fayetteville. Email

The Grove Church Little Free Pantry -- Next to Mermaids Seafood at 2223 N. College Ave. in Fayetteville.

The Jones Center Little Free Pantry -- Located to the left of the main entrance of the building, Jones Center, 922 E. Emma Ave. in Springdale. Email

St Andrew's Episcopal Church Little Free Pantry -- 724 Oak St. in Rogers. Email

Oakley Chapel Blessing Box -- Offering food staples, hygiene products and small clothing items, Oakley Chapel United Methodist Church, 203 S. Promenade Blvd. in Rogers. Email

Sunday Supper -- 3:30 p.m. every Sunday, Trinity United Methodist Church, 1021 W. Sycamore St. in Fayetteville.

Please send information about your food pantries or other food assistance to


sets classes

The Osher Lifelong Institute at the University of Arkansas announces the following classes for the upcoming week:

Feb. 22: "OLLI for Coffee," 9-10 a.m. via Zoom. Contact office for Zoom information; "Zoom-The Basics & Some Pro Tips for Hosting," (online). Free, and open to all. Contact office for Zoom information.

Feb. 23: "How to Avoid Scams & Identity Theft," (online). $19; "Vincent!" (in person), $35 members/$50 nonmembers.

Feb. 24: "Creative Photoshop," (in person), $89 members/$104 nonmembers.

Feb. 25: "How to Treat Pressure Points at Home," (online), $19 members/$34 nonmembers; "Nelson Hackett: Escaping Slavery in Fayetteville, 1841-1843," (online), $19 members/$34 nonmembers.

Feb. 26: "Rome of the Popes: Architecture, History and Intrigue," (online), $29 members/$44 nonmembers.



takes entries

Arkansas PBS is now accepting entries for the statewide Arkansas PBS KIDS Writers Contest, open to youth in kindergarten through third grades, through April 9.

Each entrant will receive a participation certificate, and 12 winners – three from each grade – will receive an Arkansas PBS prize pack. In addition, first place winners will win a PBS KIDS Playtime Pad, which comes preloaded with educational games, music and videos.

Stories may be fact, fiction, prose or poetry. Only one entry will be allowed per person, and stories must be by a single author.

Each entry must be accompanied by an official signed and completed entry form, which can be downloaded from the website. Entries must be submitted by mail to: Arkansas PBS – Writers Contest, 350 S. Donaghey Ave., Conway, AR 72034. Entries must be received by close of business Friday, April 9. Winners will be chosen in May and featured on Entries will be judged on originality, creative expression, storytelling and integration of text and illustrations.

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