A Lotta Lights

November 15, 2022

Arts

U of A Hosts Traveling Exhibit From U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

NWA Daily

Americans and the Holocaust, a traveling exhibition from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, will be on display at Mullins Library on the U of A campus until Dec 8. 

  • Observing the past: The exhibit examines America’s responses to Nazism, the war, and the genocide that took place in Europe during the 1930s and 1940s.
  • Interpreting the past: Taking visitors on a journey into the past, the memorial poses two primary questions: What did Americans know, and what more could have been done?

Learn more about the exhibit HERE

Sponsored by Downtown Springdale Alliance

Have A Holly Jolly Christmas On The Creek In Downtown Springdale

Downtown Springdale Alliance

Downtown Springdale welcomes all to join Christmas on the Creek on Nov 26 where there will be live music, a holiday market, bike rides, pictures with Santa, the lighting of the tallest live Christmas tree in NWA, and the spectacular Christmas Parade of the Ozarks. 

  • Warming up: The day will begin at 11a with a Hot Cocoa Crawl, where you can sample hot drinks at participating stores and receive a signature 2022 Christmas on the Creek mug.
  • Roll on Rudolph: Burn that turkey off and take a ride around Downtown with Cycling Santas, a holiday-themed bike tour with special stops along the way. Rides start at 12p. 

Register and RSVP for these events and more HERE

Education

Arkansas Department Of Education Gives Each School A Letter Grade

NWA Daily

The Arkansas Department of Education has released the letter grade report and “Every Student Succeeds Act” index scores for Arkansas schools. 

  • The rubric: Scores assigned to schools were based on weighted achievement, value-added growth, school quality, student success, and graduation rates.
  • Pandemic effects: This is the first time the ADE has graded schools since the pandemic, and compared to 2019, fewer schools in the state received ‘A’ and ‘B’ grades. However, schools in NWA trended higher than the rest of the state. 

Check your school’s report card HERE

Events

Fayetteville Lights The Square This Friday

Experience Fayetteville

Fayetteville will flip on the switch for the Lights of the Ozarks this Friday at 6p, sparking holiday magic across the Square and inspiring wannabe Clark Griswold’s across the city. 

  • Flip the switch: Lighting Night will also include a parade, a community carol led by the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, free photos with Santa, and a huge selection of food trucks.
  • All season long: Enjoy holiday music, winter treats, hot cocoa, and plenty of vendors on the Downtown Square each night during Lights of the Ozarks until Jan 1. 

Vote Lights of the Ozarks as USA Today’s Best Public Holiday Lights Display HERE

Economy

Residential Building Permits In NWA Decreased Since Last Year

NWA Daily

Single-family residential building permits are down significantly across Northwest Arkansas compared to last year’s numbers. 

  • Ups and downs: Through Sept, 1,163 permits were issued across NWA, down 20.7% from the 1,467 permits issued in 2021. The combined value of permits is $514.9m, up 10% to last year’s $468.1m. 
  • Laborers: According to a report from Construction Coverage, wages for real construction laborers in the NWA area dropped nearly 4.9% from 2019-2021.  

Learn more about real estate and building trends HERE

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