Friday, January 30, 2009

Julie McQuade reports that shelter available at Central United Methodist Church and volunteers are needed to help

The City is opening another emergency shelter today at noon at Central United Methodist Church on Dickson Street, to help those who are without power in their homes. This shelter will be open today at noon through the weekend.
Volunteers are needed to help with setting up cots, filling out forms, and generally assisting as needed.
The Shelter will be manned 24 hours a day. The need for help is especially great tonight.
The majority of people available to volunteer may be without power themselves; therefore, volunteers may bring there own blankets, pillows, and towels so they may sleep and bath at the center. They will also be serving meals on site, so volunteers can anticipate meals while they are there.
If you or your family or friends can free up some time to help those who are without power, please call Melanie Thomas at the Parks and Recreation Department 479-444-3488.

Walton Arts Center Opens Doors for Free Community Performances, Friday, January 30 at 11am and 3pm

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS (January 29, 2009) — Kimberly Clark and Walton Arts Center invite you to fight cabin fever by enjoying two FREE performances of the family show Stellaluna. Shows begin at 11am and 3pm and are FREE and open to the public. No advance reservations required. Come out and get warm at Walton Arts Center with this heartwarming musical adaptation of the lovable children’s book by Janell Cannon. Stellaluna tells the story of a baby bat who falls out of her nest, right into a family of birds! Her world is literally turned upside down as she is required to act like a bird, not a bat. Anyone who has ever been asked to be something they are not will appreciate Stellaluna’s challenges and opportunities.
Stellaluna is best suited for ages 5-8, but audiences of all ages are welcome. Don’t let the icy weather get you down! Let Walton Arts Center raise your spirits with entertainment for the entire family. Concessions will be available in the lobby before and after the performances. Special thanks to Kimberly Clark for their support of this free community event. For more information, visit
Additional performance information:
Hot Club of San Francisco will play as planned on Friday, Jan. 30 at 7pm and 9:30pm in Starr Theater. The Jan. 31 performances of Stellaluna at 11am and Ira Glass at 8pm will also take place as planned.
The Colgate Classroom Series performances of Stellaluna at 9:30am and 11:30am on Friday, January 30 have been cancelled.
Stellaluna is supported by Mid-American Arts Alliance with generous underwriting by the National Endowment for the Arts. Stellaluna is a part of the Kleenex® Kids Series and media support is provided by Univision, The Morning News and Kid’s Directory of NWA. Walton Arts Center’s 2008-09 Season is sponsored by Wal-Mart/SAM’S CLUB.

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