Weekly roundup: A block party, mobile grilled cheese sandwiches, free Wi-Fi and more


Now open!

The days of searching for a parking space in the neighborhoods surrounding the Washington County Courthouse are over. The building’s new parking deck is now open after being closed for nearly two and a half years.

With access points on the Bank of Fayetteville, the Town Center and the Old Post Office building, free Wi-Fi on the square is now a reality thanks to a partnership between the city and Cox Communications. Here’s proof.

About 100 people gathered for a Town Hall Meeting Monday night at the Fayetteville Senior Activity and Wellness Center to listen to Mayor Lioneld Jordan and other members of city staff recap their latest achievements and highlight upcoming projects.

Former Flying Possum employee Robert Jackson has been in talks with Bruce Walker’s family about purchasing the leather shop on Dickson Street. Jackson hopes to reopen the store sometime soon.

Arvest Bank on Joyce Boulevard received Gold LEED Certification last week.

Town Hall Meeting

More than 30 local businesses have come together to create the first-ever Block Street Block Party, set for Sunday, May 22 from 1 to 8 p.m. on Block Avenue.

There is a brand new bus stop bench at the corner of School and Center Streets, courtesy of a partnership between a handful of local groups.

Fayetteville is an amazing place, but if there is one thing this city is lacking, it’s food trucks. Thanks to the fine folks at Hammontree’s Grilled Cheese, that situation will soon be improved.

Playboy magazine will host a two-day casting call next week in Fayetteville to search for University of Arkansas students for its “Girls of the SEC” pictorial.

Former Fayetteville Visitors Bureau manager Brian Bailey plans to open a new clothing, shoe and gift store later this month at 15 S. Block Avenue on the Fayetteville square.

Arts & Events

What’s happening this weekend? This stuff.

Bacon Day 3

First Thursday organizers installed a 15-foot banner on the Fayetteville Town Center plaza this week advertising the monthly art event which kicks off the 2011 season April 7 on the downtown square.

Food Network star Guy Fieri is coming to town for a performance at the Walton Arts Center on June 1.

For the third year in a row, friends Nick Hamon, Quynh Nguyen and Phillip Rusk will be hosting Bacon Day in Fayetteville, a celebration of the universe’s most delicious meat product.

Heartwood Gallery, located at 428 S. Government Ave in Fayetteville, will host a grand re-opening beginning at 9 a.m. on April 9 to celebrate a newly remodeled interior.

Block party!

Pretty Lights are coming back to town. This time, it’s at the AMP and we gave away two pairs of tickets. Winners will be announced shortly.

Wakarusa organizers last week announced a handful of lineup additions as well as the winners of the 2011 Waka Winter Classic battle of the bands.

Local musician Martin Bemberg released a new album.


Mike Anderson was welcomed ‘back home’ to Arkansas last weekend. In fact, an estimated crowd of over 5,000 people showed up for the press conference (pep rally) at Bud Walton Arena Saturday morning.


Homemade Granola recipe

This week’s Flyer Foodie recipe was Homemade Granola. Just a half an hour in the oven, with a little stirring and mixing in between, and you’ve got yourself a batch of the best tasting granola, personalized to fit your own taste buds.

A few of the specials have expired, but here are this week’s Sponsor Deals & More. There’s a new batch of these every week, y’know?

Need some tunes for a sunny weekend in Fayetteville? Here ya go.

Flyer news

If you have an iPhone and you use Instagram, the popular photo sharing app, consider following the Flyer by searching for fvilleflyer. Photo party!

Ozark Urgent Care has signed on to be the newest Flyer Sponsor. We’ll have more about them next week, but for now, how about a big round of applause for our sponsors!