Out of the box

May 14, 2022

Sponsored by Peel Compton Foundation

Noon2Moon Mountain Bike Race This Saturday

Peel Compton Foundation

Coler Mountain Bike Preserve is hosting its first-ever endurance mountain bike race called Noon2Moon, this Saturday, May 14th!

  • The Event: Spectators can enjoy 15+ vendors at The Homestead, kids can participate in activities in the Kids Zone, Airship will be open late, there will be food trucks, beer, a heckle zone, and music. Get in on the fun with the peer-to-peer fundraiser and back a rider. When you register, back a rider, or donate, you’re supporting the trails and programs that make Coler a unique destination for all.
  • The Race: Race solo, or grab friends and make it a team. Day-of registration for the 6- and 12-hour rides will be available on-site at The Homestead, ending at 11a. 

Coler Mountain Bike Preserve is a community space provided by Peel Compton Foundation, learn more about this event HERE.

Business & Technology

NWA Leading The Way In Advanced Air Mobility

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Northwest Arkansas staked its claim as a world leader in next-generation transportation earlier this year, and the local conversation around and development of advanced air mobility (AAM) is providing headway. 

  • Air destination: During the final day of the Heartland Summit, which took place yesterday at the Thaden Fieldhouse, the region was said to be “poised to become a hub" for new AAM technologies to be tested and scaled. 
  • Innovative aircraft: The chairman of Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s Arkansas Council on Future Mobility was present at the Heartland Summit and discussed a future for what are essentially drones for passengers. He emphasized that initial testing for leading technology in AAM is being conducted not on the coasts, but in Benton and Washington counties. 

Read the full Talk Business & Politics story HERE for more on the discussions at the Heartland Summit.

Events

Weekend Roundup

NWA Daily

Happy weekend everyone! Here are some fun things we think you'll enjoy:

  • Giving bikes: Bike drives in Springdale and Bentonville are happening this weekend.
  • Good times on the square: The Arkansas Brewgrass Fest is this Saturday in Fayetteville!
  • On the grounds: Crystal Bridges is hosting its annual Garden Party this Sunday! 
  • Try a little: The 2022 Home Brew Showcase Fundraiser & Tasting is this weekend in Siloam Springs. 
  • Music in the sun: It’s time for those patio performances - plenty of good music this weekend.
  • Green leaves: The Benton County Master Gardeners are hosting a plant sale and garden expo this weekend in Bentonville.
  • The class: Sunny Days is hosting a mindful movement experience at the Thaden Fieldhouse this Saturday. 
  • Play ball: It’s a big weekend at Baum-Walker Stadium this weekend with the Top-25 matchup, Friday night fireworks, Saturday Stripe Out, and Kids Run the Bases Sunday!
  • Look at the stars: Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area is hosting an astronomy night tomorrow starting at 7p with solar viewing. 

Have a great weekend - congrats to those who are graduating - we'll see you Monday!

Art & Entertainment

Amazeum Brings POP! To Bentonville

NWA Daily

The Scott Family Amazeum in Bentonville is hosting POP! by Canadian Multidisciplinary Experiential Studio Genilhomme today through May 24. 

  • Installation: POP! is a music and dance experience that integrates science, technology, and art. It consists of 5 monoliths, each containing an inflatable creature. The installation will be at the Lawrence Plaza in Downtown Bentonville and will be active from 11-9p every day.
  • Party: To celebrate the arrival of POP!, the Amazeum has partnered with Downtown Bentonville Inc. and Bentonville Parks and Recreation to present Glow Party — a free, outdoor dance party tonight from 7-9p at Lawrence Plaza.

Read more about the activation, HERE

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