Tokyo via Fayetteville

April 8, 2021

Entertainment

Our Next Hangout Spot

NWA Daily

The Momentary museum announced yesterday they will be extending their Beer, Bites and Bocce ball event programming through the Spring, Summer, and into the Fall.

  • Located near downtown Bentonville, the Momentary museum has the perfect setup for an easy afternoon or weekend beer. With food, drink, music, and entertainment, they have everything you need for a casual hangout.

  • the Momentary Food Truck, the RØDE Bar, and bocce ball courts are open Tuesday-Sunday, no reservations needed. You can checkout their full food and beverage menu HERE

Regional Study

Safest Cities in Arkansas

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SafeWise, a home security and home safety guide, recently released its 7th annual Safest Cities Report which included Arkansas' safest towns. Here is what they found:

  • Topping the list for the second year, was Cave Springs. With a violent crime rate of only 0.5 and property crime rate of 3.6 per 1,000 people, these are decreases from the previous two years and well below Arkansas' averages.

  • Centerton and Pea Ridge get the award for most improved from the previous year both jumping 8 spots to number 10 and 18 safest cities in Arkansas this year.

  • Other notable shoutouts include Bella Vista at No. 5 and Bentonville at No. 13 - which was the largest town in the top 20 safest towns in Arkansas.

For reference, the average violent crime rate in Arkansas is 5.8 per 1,000, and property crime is 28.6 per 1,000. You can read the full report HERE

Education

Five Years and $10.8M Later

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Yesterday, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and research department at the University of Arkansas announced the U of A received a five-year grant of $10.8 million to the University of Arkansas and UAMS to "address the role of cell and tissue metabolism in rare and common diseases" and disorders.

  • The funds will help establish the Arkansas Integrative Metabolic Research Center as a certified center for biomedical research led by folks with several letters behind their names.

  • Why is this important? "Explaining the complex relationships between metabolism and different disease states by using established bioenergetics assays, advanced label-free imaging technology and cutting-edge data-science approaches can help establish new treatment approaches for a variety of diseases." University of Arkansas Research

  • Developments by the Center will theoretically expand economic opportunities in Arkansas by building networks with local technology companies in the region, providing biotech companies in NWA, and inspiring others.

The full story can be found HERE.

COVID-19

Your Weekly Covid Update

Last week, the Governor announced that any adult 16+ is now eligible to receive the vaccine. With mass roll outs and pop-up clinics across the region, we're here to help put things in order for you.

  • NWA Vaccinates: "The Northwest Arkansas Council, in collaboration with the region's health care systems and major employers, is hosting weekly vaccination clinics in both Washington and Benton Counties for all residents age 16 and older." You can get your first dose in Washington County TODAY or in Benton County tomorrow. You can find more information HERE.

  • Local Pharmacies: Collier Drug Store in Benton and Washington County is also hosting a variety of vaccination days in the next several weeks. Vaccinations will be administered starting TODAY, you can find out more information HERE.

  • Already vaccinated? The NWA Council is asking for volunteers to help with these mass vaccination events in your area. You can checkout options and timings HERE.

16.7 - the percent of NWA residents that are fully vaccinated

Events

The Trail to Tokyo

NWA Daily (Centennial Park, Fayetteville)

The pathway to Tokyo runs through Northwest Arkansas this weekend and the following. Amateurs and experts will compete in the OZ Trails Pro Cup at Centennial Park in Fayetteville.

  • The OZ Trails Pro Cup will "host professional men and women cross-country mountain bike racers from around the globe, while also featuring the top men and women from North America." As part of the U.S. Cup Series, these races will give riders an opportunity to qualify for the Summer Olympics in Tokyo by offering critical UCI points.

  • The event begins this Friday and runs through Sunday, April 11, and will be picked up again April 16-18. The multi day event is free and open to the public. Racing, crashes, beer, food, and live music can all be found at Centennial this weekend.

  • Volunteers are still needed for the event if you would like to participate. If you want to learn more, you can check out their website HERE.

If you haven't checked out Centennial Park in person, we would recommend watching this course preview - it is insane...

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