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Beer, Hymns And Fellowship

Simple concept heals hearts, creates community LARA JO HIGHTOWER The Bentonville-based group Beer and Hymns is definitely on to something. Led by Ken Weatherford, Bentonville’s First United Methodist Church’s

Making Ripples

Carol of the birds has Arkansas connections

AMANDA BANCROFT Making Ripples Ever wondered why there are so many birds in the carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas?” What species is the song referencing? Can we see those


Radio play inspires a little Santa in everyone

LARA JO HIGHTOWER The classic holiday film “Miracle on 34th Street” has become a Christmas tradition for many people. This holiday season, fans of the story will get a


SoNA holiday concert ‘a beautiful gift to the community’

BECCA MARTIN-BROWN “It’s pretty hard to leave ‘A Very SoNA Christmas’ without a feeling of joy — about the mystery of Christmas and about the fellowship that a concert


Shiloh Museum working to document area railroads

BECCA MARTIN-BROWN No one can possibly remember more than half a million images, so when Marie Demeroukas started work on the newest Shiloh Museum exhibit, she enjoyed getting reacquainted

Family Friendly

Polar Express whisks families away to North Pole

JOCELYN MURPHY It was wrapped in an apron of steam. Snowflakes fell lightly around it. A conductor stood at the open door of one of the cars. He took

'Tis the Season

Branson alight with all kinds of trees

LYNN BERRY Special to The Free Weekly “Who doesn’t love Christmas trees?” asks Ann McDowell with a laugh. As executive director of the Branson Christmas Coalition, McDowell is in charge

8 Days a Week

8 Days A Week

Dec. 20 (Friday) Preschool Story Time — Christmas stories, 10 a.m., Bella Vista Public Library. Free. 855-1753. Christmas Story Time — 10 a.m., Miller Branch, Fort Smith Public Library. Free.

In The News

Fayetteville council to discuss arts corridor parking deck location

STACY RYBURN Members of the public asked the Fayetteville City Council to keep options open for the location of a new parking deck downtown. Discussion went late Dec. 17

Risa's Astrology

An Invitation to Festival Week of the NGWS

Festival Week of the New Group of World Servers (Dec. 21 – 28). Every seven years at winter solstice – there is a downpouring of a particular Light from a