Weekly roundup: Burritogate, train bank robbery, roots festival and more

A recap of happenings in Fayetteville and on the Flyer from May 2 through May 8, 2011.

News & Views

Openings: Q2 2011 Fayetteville boards, commissions and committees – The city last week released its 2nd Quarter list of vacancies and if interested, you’ve got until 5 p.m. Friday, June 3, 2011 to apply.

Friends of the Library hosts book sale May 7 – The Friends of the Fayetteville Public Library will host a book sale on Saturday, May 7, from 9 a.m. to noon.


Vote to see the Diamond Hogs take on Ole Miss on CSS Sports May 20 – Voting closes at 8 a.m. on Monday, May 9, and the winning matchup will be announced live on SportsNite at 5 p.m. the same day.

2011 summer adult kickball registration begins May 23 – Registration will continue through June 24, 2011. The 2011 season runs from July 11 through August 18.

Chipotle on Dickson Street to open May 10 – Chipotle will occupy the train depot building across from George’s Majestic Lounge. Also within earshot: Qdoba Mexican Grill and one of Fayetteville’s three Flying Burrito Company locations.

Residents form Facebook group to protest Chipotle sign – A growing number of Fayetteville residents are protesting the fact that a chain restaurant logo has taken the place of a popular city landmark.

Trail damage

Live music coming to Kingfish backyard – Kingfish was approved for a conditional use permit to begin booking outdoor live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights until 11 p.m.

Floods cause major damage to Frisco Trail – The damage is bad enough that Trails Coordinator Matt Mihalevich was hesitant to speculate on when repairs would even be started, let alone complete.

Council to discuss Walton Arts Center event parking and gated lot violations – Post-event traffic congestion at the Walton Arts Center parking lot will be one of two discussion items related to paid parking at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting.

Progress report: Osage Creek Amphitheater – Heavy rains over the last few weeks won’t delay the opening of Osage Creek Amphitheater, officials told us last week at a media meet-and-greet on the venue grounds.

2011 Joe Martin Stage Race set for May 5-8 in Fayetteville – Put on your biker shorts, your helmet, and fill up your camel pack. It’s time for a weekend of bicycle racing. It’s time for the Joe Martin Stage Race.

Bank robbery

Photos: Business openings, closings, moves and remodels – With all the business news we’ve discussed over the past five months, it’s easy to lose track of some of the individual projects. Here are some photos that might help.

Bank of Fayetteville train bank robbed Friday morning – For the second Friday morning this year, Fayetteville police are searching for a suspect who robbed the Bank of Fayetteville’s “train bank” on Dickson Street.

Rock City Kicks coming to Fayetteville this fall – For three years, Rock City Kicks has been outfitting Little Rock with retro-inspired, fashion-forward sneakers and apparel. This fall, the capital city boutique will expand into Fayetteville.

Public Meetings

Fayetteville Public Meetings: May 9-13 – A list of public meetings obtained from the City of Fayetteville’s website, and through emails or press releases received from city staff.

Arts & Events

Chef and conservationist Barton Seaver coming to Walton Arts Center May 9 – Seaver is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America who has dedicated his career to restoring the relationship that we have with our oceans.

2011 Roots Festival

Websighting: Unofficial artists for Yonder Mountain String Band’s Harvest Music Festival – None of this is official, but if you believe what you read on the internets, you can get at least some idea of what to expect on Mulberry Mountain this fall.

Don’t Mis Out! – Northwest Arkansas audiences are sometimes too generous with their standing ovations, but last night was one time when I wanted nothing more than to stand and applaud.

Block Street Block Party artist lineups for Tables & Ale, Zone1 DJ stages – Last week we found out what bands would play the Lightbulb Club at the Block Street Block Party on May 22, and this week, we tracked down the lineups for two more of the planned stages that will be rocking during the event.

Guy Clark, Chatham County Line to headline 2011 Fayetteville Roots Festival – Festival dates are set for August 27-28, and legendary singer/songwriter Guy Clark, Sarah Lee Gutherie & Johnny Irion, and North Carolina based roots band Chatham County Line will co-headline the event

Features & Columns

Flyer Recipe!

Best. Lunch. Ever. – Whether you’re having an intimate lunch with a few friends or holed away in your house on a rainy afternoon, this simple meal will bring a spark to your eyes and a smile to your face.

Flyer Guide: First Thursday – May 2011 – This month’s First Thursday event on the downtown Fayetteville square featured an outdoor art walk, indoor gallery art at multiple locations, live music, a new business grand opening and more.

Sponsor Deals & More: May 2 – Cinco de Mayo, First Thursday, Mother’s Day, and lots of other deals are happening this week.


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