Editorial Staff

The annual KUAF giving tree is back for the 8th year. This year we are partnering with West Moutain Brewing Company to collect nonperishable food items for the Fayetteville Veterans Affairs' food pantry. 

Pete Hartman talks with West Mountain Brewing's Armena Wendt about why her company makes an effort to support veteran's each year and what others can do to help fill the VA's food pantry. 

Fayetteville's Smokehouse players present their third production "Talking With," from playwright Jane Martin. The series of monologues focuses on the life stories of 11 different women with the signature "bare-bones" style of the Smokehouse players- no set, few props and only inches from the audience.

Terry Vaughan says this performance is special because not only does the content center on womens lives, their production has a female director, producer, musician and an all-female cast. 

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For most kids, summer means free-time, fun and- most of all -no homework. But for some students no school can mean losing out on at least two meals. 

In anticipation of the 9th annual Run for Veterans Race, 7Hills Homeless Shelter CEO Jessica Andrews speaks with Pete Hartman in the Nancy Blair Operations Studio. 

The four-mile run started in 2009 as a way to commemorate veterans and service members on Independence Day. Since 2010 the proceeds of the race have gone to 7Hills, which provides services to veterans and low-income veteran families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. 

Food banks and pantries are abundant in Northwest Arkansas. Organizations and donors often overlook other essential items. Everyday products- from toilet paper to laundry detergent -are rarities at many resource centers. Essentials Outreach focuses on providing hygeine products specifically to shelters and food pantries in rural communities. 

Board members Mary Ann Spears and Cristie Ginther talk with Pete Hartman about their mission and how the organzation, which serves more than 100 families, began.

A 700-seat multipurpose center, extensive genealogy services and a full-scale "innovation center" are just some of the additions that the Fayetteville Public Library envisions for its new location.

On June 25 demolition will begin on the former City Hospital just south of the library on Rock Street and School Avenue. Last summer, the FPL secured the $2 million land sale from Washington Regional Medical Center.

In the '90s, an industry  boom in Northwest Arkansas drew large numbers of Latinos to the area.  During that time a group of women, mostly Hispanic, joined together to encourage cross-cultural participation. Today, half of the State's Latino population resides in Northwest Arkansas and The Hispanic Women's Organization of Arkansas continues to advocate for community engagement. 

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While on sabbatical last year, University of Arkansas music professor Chal Ragsdale arranged a new edition of "Lads of Wamphray Ballad" - a long-neglected ballad from the eccentric Australian composer Percy Grainger.

Ragsdale, a leading scholar on Grainger, says his instrumentation and compositions were integral to the development of modern American band music. 

"[He] put forward a vision of what a band could be," Ragsdale says. "What his vision was is what the wind band became particularly after World War I and World War II on into Today." 

With 2018 marking 100 years since Leonard Bernstein's birth, many recording projects and concerts honor his legacy, including the intimate For Lenny from pianist Lara Downes. 

"We're living in a time when there's so much division and there's so much disconnect and I think people feel very isolated from each other and very confused about where our common ground is anymore," says Downes. "My experiece is that we can still find that through American music."

The Northwest Arkansas Women's Shelter has been a haven for victims of abuse and violence for 30 years. The shelter not only provides resources for victims but also educates people about the cycle of violence, its larger implications and how to notice signs of domestic abuse through outreach programs. 

According to the shelter, one in 3 women and one in four men are victims of abuse. 

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