Editorial Staff

With the many trails crisscrossing over Northwest Arkansas, the area is becoming a hub for mountain biking. For 20 years, Ozark Off Road Cyclists (OORC) has actively preserved nature sites and built trails to enhance outdoor recreation across the Arkansas Ozarks.

"We have this canvas to start creating this destination for outdoor recreation... there's really year round recreation here in the Ozarks," says Executive Director, Brandon Pack.  

For two decades, the M & N Augustine Foundation has served meals to Northwest Arkansas residents. The organization, located on 15th street in Fayetteville, feeds the homeless, veterans and anyone in need of a meal, every Tuesday night at 5:30 P.M. 

Carl Dunn, a volunteer for the foundation stopped in to tell Pete Hartman about M & N's mission and the International Festival fundraiser on Nov. 11. 

For more information on the event or to get involved go to www.mnaugustinefoundation.org

The Open Mouth Reading Series is in its third year of bringing community-based poetry to Northwest Arkansas. This month's poetry festival runs from Oct.29 - Nov. 2 and will feature a special Halloween showcase on the spookiest night of the year. The event, at Stage Eighteen in Fayetteville, will include a poetry slam, costume contest--with categories ranging from best zombie poet to emo monster--and lots of candy. 

"Love me or leave me and let me be lonely," sings a confident, captivating Nina Simone on her singular version of the American standard. The interpretation also captures her lesser known, classical background when halfway through she breaks into a Bach-inspired piano solo.

The Regional National Cemetery Improvement Corp (RNCIC) was started in 1984 when the Fayetteville National Cemetery began running out of space for veterans, who have been buried there since the end of the Civil War.

Merle Williams, Publicity Director for the RNCIC, talks to Pete Hartman about the organization's 9th annual 5K run on Nov. 4. All proceeds from the race support land expansion for the cemetery. 

To register and take a look at the race route visit the RNCIC website

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