All Things Holiday in NWA this Weekend

December 19, 2020

Community

State Accepting Public Feedback About Highway 112 Widening

State officials are requesting public feedback and comments regarding the widening on Highway 112 using an online comment form that will accept input through Jan. 1, 2021.

  • The Arkansas Department of Transportation plans to widen the roadway between Highway 412 and Highway 612 (Springdale Bypass) through Tontitown, Springdale, and Elm Springs in Washington and Benton counties. - Fayetteville Flyer
  • Three designs have been proposed for the widening of School Street, Scott Street and Elm Springs Road. Designs are available on the project website and the online comment form can be found HERE.

Holiday

All Things Holiday This Weekend

Holiday festivities are in full swing this weekend in NWA, and there is something for everyone, including the Scrooges.

  • On Friday, Dec. 18, The First Tee of NWA in Lowell is hosting a toy drive, Miracle Bar will be open at Undercroft in Bentonville, and the Central Mall in Fort Smith will be hosting a Holiday Shopping Extravaganza.
  • On Saturday, Dec. 19, Scrooged will be playing at the Arkansas Public Theatre in Rogers from 7-9pm. Santa's Ozark Mountain Village in Grove, OK, will be open from 5:30-8:30pm, and the Salvation Army of NWA is in need of bell ringer volunteers. Apply HERE.
  • On Sunday, Dec. 20, Van Buren's Christmas at the Parks starts at 6pm. There is a Polar Express Pajama Party with crafts at the Eureka Springs Coffee House from 4-6pm, and The Grove Church is performing A Story To Tell - A Christmas Series at The Grove Church in Fayetteville.

A full list of all events happening this weekend in NWA can be found HERE.

COVID-19

UA and Bella Vista Announce COVID-19 Updates and Closures

The University of Arkansas has released an updated COVID-19 response plan for the spring semester.

  • “While the guiding principles of the spring guide generally remain the same, some of the new content is significant,” said Charles Robinson, provost and executive vice chancellor for academic and student affairs. -KNWA/Fox 24
  • Personal hygiene kits and workspace cleaning kits will be provided to new students and faculty. Guidance for travel and events remain the same, social distancing measures will remain in place, and the UA will follow the Arkansas Department of Health's COVID-19 vaccination plan, although there is no guarantee that vaccines will be available for the general university population in the spring.

Bella Vista city facilities will be closed to non-emergency public traffic through January 2021. This is an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 as hospitalizations and deaths continue to rise in the area.

  • See the full list of closures HERE.

Education

Fayetteville Public Schools to Offer Free Meal Packs This Holiday Season

Over the holiday break, Fayetteville Public Schools will be offering free meal packs to anyone age 18 or younger, regardless of whether or not they are students in the district. -Fayetteville Flyer

  • The five day meal packs will include five breakfasts and five lunches. Pickup will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 22 on Tuesday, Dec. 29 at Fayetteville High School (944 W. MLK Blvd.).
  • FPS students can pre-order the meals online, and non-FPS student's families can call (479)-305-0023 to order. Masks are required to pick up meals.

Arts & Culture

Broadway Returning to Walton Arts Center For One Night Only

On Jan. 16 at 8pm, the Walton Arts Center will host Charming: A Tale of an American Prince, featuring Broadway's Bret Shuford.

  • With musical direction by Tracy Stark and direction by Lennie Watts, the solo cabaret show written by Shuford and Watts tells the tale of one prince’s trek from the faraway kingdom of Texas to a castle in The East Village. -Fayetteville Flyer
  • Tickets are $15 and will go on sale today, Dec. 18, at 10am. You can purchase tickets HERE or by calling 479-443-5600.

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