Crawford family gathers in Springdale

Hope Cancer

The Wellness Center for Hope at Hope Cancer Resources offers a yoga, meditation, and fitness class for cancer patients and caregivers in person, via Zoom and YouTube.

Their team of counselors and social workers support cancer patients and their families every day with a focus on emotional health, no matter the circumstances.

A certified tobacco treatment specialist is available to support people who want to quit smoking with nicotine replacement therapy and counseling.

People who require medical supplies, liquid nutrition or durable medical equipment such as shower chairs or walkers are requested to contact us. Donations of new or little used items are also accepted.

Information: (479) 361-5847 or hopecancerresources.org.

art exhibition

Boswell Mourot Fine Art in Little Rock has announced an exhibition of new paintings by Ray Allen Parker, a Fayetteville figurative and portrait artist. The show opens on July 16 and runs through July 31.

Parker’s new exhibit is titled “Larger Than Life.” A series of iconic portraits and secular altarpieces, these paintings present large-scale oil-on-canvas images that explore the human face and figure. In them, Parker strives to describe the lives he sees in the faces of his subjects. He believes in heroic paintings and wants his work to feel bold yet intimate, naturalistic yet expressive… as vital as the subjects themselves.

Parker lives and works in Fayetteville, but grew up in rural Egypt, Ark., in the northeast corner of the state. He graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville with a master’s degree in English.

APT

Arkansas Public Theater will hold auditions for “Avenue Q” on July 26 at 7 p.m. at the historic Victory Theater, 116 S. Second St. in downtown Rogers.

Doors for auditions open at 6:30 PM. Callbacks, if needed, will be held on July 27 at 7pm.

Auditions will be based on script readings, singing and a dance combination. The full audition package, including audition times, audition scenes, character descriptions, and rehearsal schedule is available for download at www.arkansaspublictheatre.org. Download the package prior to the auditions and bring it with you to the audition.

Performances are September 10-12, September 16-19 and September 23-26, the first musical at APT since “Newsies” in March 2020.

Winner of the Tony “Triple Crown” for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, “Avenue Q” is part flesh, part felt and full of heart. The laugh-out-loud musical tells the timeless story of a recently graduated college student named Princeton, who moves into a shabby New York apartment right on Avenue Q. While the show deals with humorous issues for adults, it’s like a beloved children’s show, a place where dolls are friends, monsters are good, and life lessons are learned.

Since 1986, the Arkansas Public Theater, a community theater that runs entirely on volunteers, has produced classic, cutting-edge, fresh-off Broadway plays, musicals, and special events in Rogers.

Information: arkansaspublictheatre.org or (479) 631-8988.

Writers Colony

“Words in the Garden” is a weekly literary reading series from the Writers’ Colony in Dairy Hollow and the Eureka Springs Carnegie Library. Every Wednesday throughout the summer at 4:30 PM, a local and/or visiting WCDH writer-in-residence will give a talk and answer questions under the tent in the Eureka Springs Carnegie Library Garden at 188 Spring St., south of the Carnegie Library Gardens Building. The lectures are free and open to everyone. On July 14, writer-in-residence Khem Aryal and Eureka Springs writer Alisa Amor will be on show.

Khem Aryal is a writer, editor and writing teacher. His two collections of poetry have been published in Nepal: “Epic Teashop” (Vajra Books, 2009) and “Kathmandu Saga and Other Poems” (NWEN, 2004). More recently, he was guest editor of two America-Nepal special issues of “Snow Jewel,” published by Gray Sparrow Press. Currently, Aryal is an assistant professor of English at Arkansas State University, where he also serves as an editor of creative materials at Arkansas Review. He has a Ph.D. in English from the University of Missouri.

Alisa Amor’s musicals have been performed on stages in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and Eureka Springs, where she currently lives with her husband and three cats. She wrote in both Spanish and English and focused on translating into theater the poetry and literary work of Mexico’s first feminist, Rosario Castellanos.

Since opening its doors to writers in 2000, the Dairy Hollow Writers Colony has hosted more than 1,700 writers from 48 states and 13 countries.

Information: Visit writerscolony.org or call Michelle Hannon at (479) 253-7444.

Crawford Reunion

The 31st annual family reunion of descendants of James and Nancy (Davis) Crawford took place on June 26 at the Jones Center for Families in Springdale.

James and Nancy Crawford came to Arkansas from Kentucky in the late 1860s. They established their homestead on West Flemings Creek near Fly Gap, south of St. Paul in Madison County. The land they settled in is currently known as the historic “Pig Trail” (Arkansas 23) in Madison and Franklin counties. They came with them from Kentucky and settled on neighboring lands, and their seven children: George, John, Kathryn, Mary, Gilbert, Charles and Emily. Descendants of their seven children gather annually for a family reunion and to visit old houses and cemeteries in the area.

This year 53 relatives, friends and guests attended. The following were recognized:

Tom Edmundson of Dewey, Okla., and Geneva Jones, of Cabot, Ark., were honored as the oldest man and woman at the reunion.

Emery Edmundson was the youngest at 19 months. She came to the reunion with her parents, Brittney Edmundson and Reilly Thurston, from Oklahoma.

Brannon and Aly Crawford were last married in March 2020. They are from Cedar Park, Texas.

Tom and Yvonne Edmundson of Dewey, Okla., were the longest married 52 years.

James and Susan Crawford, of Bellville, Texas, covered the greatest distance at over 550 miles.

Relatives and friends came from Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas to join those from Arkansas. The next reunion is scheduled for July 2, 2022 at the Jones Center for Families in Springdale. All descendants and relatives of Crawford are requested to invite all their relatives to come next year.

Information: Email crawforr@hotmail.com.

Khem Aryali

Ray Allen Parker’s current exhibition in Little Rock is anchored by two huge triptych paintings, conceived as secular altarpieces. In these works, each about 2.5 meters high and 12 meters wide, Parker evokes the power and beauty of religious masterpieces from the Renaissance and Gothic. This one is titled ‘Madonna and Children’. (courtesy image)

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