Weekly roundup: Joplin tornado relief efforts, BBBQ expands, and more

A recap of happenings in Fayetteville and on the Flyer from May 23 through May 30, 2011.

News & Views

Block Street Block Party raises $3,700 for charities and groups – Organizers of the Block Street Block Party announced today that about $3,600 was raised for seven different charities and organizations during the first year event held May 22 on Block Avenue in Fayetteville.

Local opportunities to help the Joplin tornado victims – A list of some of the places around town that are collecting supplies to help relief efforts for tornado victims in Joplin, MO.

Bikes, Blues & BBQ expands into Springdale – One of the five largest motorcycle rallies in the country is getting even bigger. The annual rally is expanding into Springdale with a two-day AMXA Arenacross exhibition and competition.

Fayetteville Public Meetings: May 30 – June 3 – A list of public meetings obtained from the City of Fayetteville’s website, and through emails or press releases received from city staff.

» Temporary road closures in Fayetteville
» National Weather Service predicts severe storms for Northwest Arkansas
» OMNI Center annual Peace Gardens Tour set for Saturday, May 28

Arts & Events

2011 Dive-In Movie lineup released – Headed up by the City of Fayetteville Parks and Recreation Department, the series is free and open to the public thanks to a donation from the firefighters.

Fayetteville Public Library announces Mountain Street Stage Music Series – The library announced this week that that they will host a series of Sunday afternoon concerts in the Walker Community Room every week during in the month of June.

» Benefit show for Joplin tornado victims planned for May 27 at Smoke & Barrel
» Art Amiss 14 music compilation to be released May 28
» Joplin benefit show planned for May 28 at George’s

Columns & Features

Checking in: John Congleton – The Nighty Nite – The Nighty Nite plays their first show ever at JR’s Lightbulb Club on Saturday, May 28. I asked John some questions and he said okay.

Music Briefs: Overlord, Tokimonsta, Sallie Ford, DJ Cosm – Music Briefs are provided by DJs from KXUA 88.3 FM, a student-run radio station broadcasting out of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

Weekly deals & more: May 23-29 – Deals, news, and general info from our sponsors. Please support these awesome local businesses. They keep us going here at the Flyer.


Hogs won’t host NCAA baseball regional in 2011 – 2011 marks the first year that that no team from the SEC Western Division has been selected to host a regional since the NCAA adopted the current tournament format in 1999.

Diamond Hogs draw a No. 2 seed in Tempe regional of the NCAA tournament – If the Hogs are going to make it to Omaha for the College World Series in 2011, the road to get there will lead through Tempe, Arizona.


» Obituaries: William Patrick “Mac” McQuade