Rogers Cycling Festival coming this weekend!

This weekend is another exciting event that celebrates a growing sport in Northwest Arkansas. Whether you want to get involved as a cyclist or a spectator, the 2017 Rogers Cycling Festival in downtown Rogers is a great place to be this weekend.

The second annual event, sponsored by The Northwest Arkansas Emerging Leaders, is Friday, July 28 through Sunday, July 30. The festival website has details about all the events including locations, registration and opportunities to sponsor.

The festival consists of several road cycling and mountain bike events held throughout Downtown Rogers. According to a press release, this festival will bring cycling enthusiasts from across the central United States and has something for everyone – from highly-skilled and competitive races to family-friendly rides.

This year, organizers will host the 2017 Arkansas State Road Race Championships. Proceeds from the festival benefit several nonprofit cycling causes in Northwest Arkansas, including

Proceeds from the festival benefit several non-profit cycling causes in Northwest Arkansas, including:

  • Rogers Community Bike Program
  • Pedal It Forward NWA
  • Rogers Area Trail Supporters
  • Ozark Off Road Cyclists, and
  • Boston Mountain Cyclists.

By Jamie Smith | Owner, Jamie’s Notebook 

Check out SoNA’s 2017-2018 season

We at Talk of the Town NWA adore the arts and were excited to get information this week from The Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) announcing their 2017-2018 season.

You’ve got to check this out! So many great performances featuring a variety of styles. The 2017-18 season, performed under the baton of acclaimed Music Director Paul Haas, will begin on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, and continue through Saturday, May 5, 2018.

SoNA season subscriptions are on sale now, and single tickets go on sale Monday, July 17. All concerts will be performed in Baum Walker Hall at Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville.

“This season is sure to be a special one – emotionally-charged and packed with variety,” Maestro Haas said in a press release from SoNA. “We’ll romp through famous movie music in a jazz-infused pops performance, and light up the stage with our Christmas spectacular and family Snowman concert – both Northwest Arkansas holiday traditions. From Tchaikovsky’s romantic 5th and Puccini’s beloved La Bohème, to a concert of a Mozart horn concerto and Mendelssohn’s jubilant Italian, this season will be an unforgettable celebration of the human experience!”

After checking out the lineup, we agree this is going to be a special season from SoNA.

SoNA’s 2017-18 Season At-A-Glance

Masterworks I: Tchaikovsky 5
Oct. 14, 2017 – 7:30 p.m. | Walton Arts Center

– Haas, Dream

– Haydn, Concerto for Trumpet, with Christopher Coletti, soloist

– Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 5

Concert Sponsor: Highlands Oncology Group

A Very SoNA Christmas
Dec. 16, 2017 – 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. | Walton Arts Center
A mix of sacred and secular holiday favorites featuring the SoNA Singers, area high school and collegiate choruses, and special guest soloists. With a special 2 p.m. matinee performance.
Concert Sponsor: Bob & Marilyn Bogle

SoNA & Walton Arts Center Present:
The Snowman: A Family Concert
Dec. 17, 2017 – 2 p.m. | Walton Arts Center
Your favorite holiday treat returns for a fourth year! Experience a very special screening of the award-winning film “The Snowman” as SoNA musicians bring to life the extraordinary score in an afternoon that is sure to enchant your little ones. Tickets only $9.
Concert Sponsor: Willard & Pat Walker Charitable Foundation

Masterworks II: Mozart & Mendelssohn
Jan. 27, 2018 – 7:30 p.m. | Walton Arts Center
– Mark O’Connor, Appalachia Waltz
– Mozart, Horn Concerto No. 2, with Bruce Schultz, SoNA Principal Horn, soloist
– Satie (orch. Debussy), Gymnopédie No. 1
– Mendelssohn, Symphony No. 4, Italian
Concert Sponsor: Slim Chickens

Pops: Fayetteville Jazz Collective
March 10, 2018 – 7:30 p.m. | Walton Arts Center
Your favorite music from the Hollywood big screen, featuring the Fayetteville Jazz Collective.
Concert Sponsor: Greenwood Gearhart Inc.

Masterworks III: La Bohème
May 5, 2018 – 7:30 p.m. | Walton Arts Center
– Puccini, Act I of La Bohème, with special guest singers
– Strauss, Also sprach Zarathustra

SoNA Ticket and sponsor info

Single ticket prices are $30, $42, $52. Tickets for The Snowman: A Family Concert are only $9. Season subscription prices are $125, $185, $235 (includes all five Masterworks and Pops concerts; excludes The Snowman), representing a savings of $5 per ticket or $25 total per subscription. Tickets for children ages 12 and under are $10 each with the purchase of an adult ticket. College student tickets are $10 each with a valid student ID. Groups of 10 or more receive a 10 percent discount.

To purchase tickets, call the Walton Arts Center box office at (479) 443-5600 or visit sonamusic.org

Special thanks to season partners Experience Fayetteville, CitiScapes Magazine, Celebrate Arkansas Magazine, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, KUAF 91.3 Public Radio, KBVA 106.5 and Simmons Foods. Support for the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas is provided, in part, by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional major support provided by the Walton Family Foundation, the Walmart Foundation, and the Willard & Pat Walker Charitable Foundation.

By Jamie Smith | Owner, Jamie’s Notebook

Public invited to live taping of ‘The All You Need to Know Show: HAIR’

Looking for a fun activity for all ages this Sunday? The public is invited to come out to The Lab, which is the home for the Artist’s Laboratory Theatre (1030 S. College Ave. in South Fayetteville across from the Senior Center), at 7 p.m., Sunday, June 11, for another live taping of Sunday Night Service. Viewers are asked to arrive a little early for the taping to start on time.

Sunday Night Service is a performance series recorded live and aired on KUAF 91.3 Public Radio. Sunday’s show will be The All You Need to Know Show: HAIR.” Described as an “informational variety show,” The All You Need to Know Show explores chosen themes through performances of songs, monologues, poetry and an interview with a topic expert. The show hosts, Simone Cottrell and Elliott James, will tell you all you need to know about “Hair” with the help of the talented artists of Northwest Arkansas.

This month’s show will feature actors, poets, musicians, and “Hair” expert including:

  • Storyteller Sunshine Broder
  • Poet Houston Hughes
  • Writer Rachel Lynette, and
    Musical performances by Jules Taylor, Jeremy Stuthard, Jason Burrows, and more local artists
  • Expert advice by personal stylist and life coach, Carla M. Thompson.

Sunday Night Service also features Singled Out, a musical show in interview format that features the individuals of favorite local bands. A 30-minute version of the live shows air on Sundays on 91.3 KUAF Public Radio at 7 p.m.

NWA Business Meets Newcomer Reception

Newcomer Receptions are a simple yet a powerful way of connecting in Northwest Arkansas.  We adore the businesses and services that have made Newcomer Receptions possible – and continue to make them possible!  Our mission is about the whole NWA community and the NWA community as a whole!

We warmly mix business and pleasure and suggest you show up, take off the mask or the cape and just be you.  Those new to the area attend multiple times and each time make a connection or two that allows them to start building relationships, trust,  friendships and expanding their circle.  Connecting and setting a time for coffee or tea the next week is the tradition we’ve noticed and we strongly encourage you to do so.

As connections start to grow and expand after the event; soon it turns into dinner, movies, business conversations, business ventures, spinning class, book clubs, shopping for some and/or a bike ride or two!

You get the picture.  Real people.  Real Connections.

What’s more important – Newcomer Receptions are real, they are a safe place to take the mask off and be you.  They are an eclectic, open, non-judgmental place to be and to be heard – share of self, share what is real, and you’ll connect based on attraction.  Bring your JOY.  Bring the right energy and people will be attracted to you – naturally.  At the end of the evening everyone is relaxed, contributing and enjoying themselves!

When I say we warmly mix business and pleasure…all that really means is businesses have united and joined Talk of the Town NWA to be a support to the community as a whole, to support the whole community, to meet new people and expand their circle, to contribute and to give back when they can.

All of our business clients listed in our Talk of the Town Business Directory – we’ve personally met and proudly approved.  Newcomers love that!  They love that we know, like and trust our businesses and services at Talk of the Town.

Just yesterday a newcomer wrote and shared she had visited our Talk of the Town Professional Licensed Esthetician Kelly G’s Skincare and loved her experience with Kelly – very professional she said.  Makes us Talk of the Town proud – Thanks Kelly!  She wanted a Bentonville Massage Referral.  We have a great massage therapist in Fayetteville who came highly recommended and proudly approved; however, no one in Bentonville has joined us thus far.  So I made a personal referral because that’s what she needed.

I love being able to refer great people who own great businesses like I’ve always done in Northwest Arkansas!  With our growing population though what I love – even more?  Making those great referrals, people and businesses available to our total 500,000+ population via our Business Directory, 24/7, category specific and proudly approved.  I explain at Newcomer Receptions this is the same as me handing you a business card – only – better as it’s available all the time and so easy.

Speaking of – we have a great sale going on right now for local businesses / services because OUR MISSION is to have 100 GREAT BUSINESS RESOURCES, proudly approved and available in each major NWA city!  (DYK we will only add 3 businesses per category, per city – ever. 3 for choice.)

Got a great business?

MUST CALL OR TEXT TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS SALE (not available online) 479.633.GROW (4769)

Here’s a Quick Look, Print or Download…TalkoftheTownNWA.com Sale $150 annual

Leaders, Business Professionals and Loyal Locals simply show up to greet, meet, shake hands, introduce people to others and share their experience in NWA.  Our business clients are “real people” first.  What we’re doing at Talk of the Town is the epitome of relationship marketing!  Our clients are devoted to building relationships first and know their business always flourishes when they show up genuinely and in support of others.

Not a member of Talk of the Town yet?  Be our Guest June 8th (after work!

Really…how many widgets do you need to sell to recoup your $150 – kind of a no brainer – especially when you remember it is a service for those NEW to the area.  Many businesses are flourishing and don’t get involved because their business is booming – guess what – it’s time to turn around, give back and invest in community – invest in its people.

Many Newcomers are also in business or work for a business or are on the edge of starting a business – think about it – we all work somewhere.  Newcomer Reception was how I got introduced to PROCTOR & GAMBLE and now Newcomer Reception tickets are in their new hire packets.  I’ll tell you this – it was relationship based first.

I had a CPA once say with arms folded, “My target market isn’t newcomers it is business owners.”  I said, “Look around – go meet some of these people – you’ll find many are in business Dear Sir.”

We warmly mix business & pleasure and you should give thought to joining this great mission – it is about the whole community and the community – as a whole.   It is BIG and it is BEAUTIFUL.  Know a great business or service?  You can share and tag them.  Help us spread the word so we can fill those 100 spots in each city ASAP and better serve the newcomer, residents and other businesses/services.

With much gratitude,

Theresa

Theresa King-Thompson | Founder | TalkoftheTownNWA.com | 479.633.GROW (4769)

Newcomers Guide to Northwest Arkasnas

Appalled, Shocked and Dismayed in Northwest Arkansas

Last year I met a newcomer that is what “she described herself as” a white woman yet of Hispanic decent; when we first met I believe she had been in Northwest Arkansas less than six months – and – she was appalled, horrified, shocked, dismayed, stressed and outraged.  I noticed it on twitter and reached out to her…

If you’re reading this – we (you and I) have more work to do in this community – our – Northwest Arkansas.  There’s a lot to be done regarding Newcomer support in Northwest Arkansas!

Being from San Diego landing here in Northwest Arkansas was culture shock as she described it and as many describe it.  The challenges had to do with overhearing many people speak in a derogatory way about her Hispanic culture – remember – she’s looks white and many spoke freely in her presence , other challenges included big trucks, rebel flags, terrible driving and traffic situations to mention a few.

I chose to spotlight her story at Newcomer Reception – in the raw.  I was and am truly grateful she was willing to be so brave and again really vulnerable in a public venue like our Newcomer Receptions.  Following her brave heartfelt share she handed back the microphone and my only words were…I’m so sorry this has happened to you here and that it has caused you to hurt.  Then I turned to the audience and said, “When we know better – we can do better!”

Later that next week we met for coffee and let me say “being heard” is so incredibly powerful because she seemed softer and I encouraged her to seek and focus on things she loves here.  Today she is a vibrant community leader and a loving, caring, beautiful woman, wife, bonus mom, friend, neighbor and professional – yes she got back to her true foundational core.

Together – we can do more.  I don’t want to come across as NWA fairy Godmother or anything yet – the work we do at TalkoftheTownNWA.com is very important.  Further we need your support to keep going, growing and making a difference.

I was inspired to write this today because yesterday I got off the phone after hearing the shared story of a beautiful black woman that has been here a year and found herself in tears at an offsite work meeting.  She broke down and cried because she hasn’t been able to connect here in Northwest Arkansas.

Look for that article next (link at bottom of page) and learn more about what is possible if the Newcomer just knew we we’re available on such a personal level.  Not everyone needs support – many do great.  If you’re a newcomer and struggling pick up the phone and call us 479.633.GROW (4769) or attend a Newcomer Reception then we’ll have a tea or coffee later.  A sit down visit (smile).

Please share both of these articles so businesses, services and HR departments can better understand the void we fill.  We are able to make a huge difference in this community as connectors, consultants, coaches, mentors and more…  Support, retention and connection is our amazing gift to this community by means of TalkoftheTownNWA.com and the work we do as a service and the individual attention and conversations we are willing to have with Newcomers is powerful in our growing region.

Day before yesterday I called a client who works for a prominent supplier in Northwest Arkansas.  The conversation took a spin about a beautiful black woman struggling to get connected in Northwest Arkansas…click to read full story

With much gratitude,

Theresa | Chief Inspirational Office | TalkoftheTownNWA.com | 479.633.GROW (4769)