Club news: Andante organizes free music events for National Music Week; Garden Club hosts Arbor Day celebration; Bo’s blessings preserve Fayetteville National Cemetery | The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Women’s choir

The Northwest Arkansas Women’s Choir will present its spring concert, “It’s About Time,” on April 21 at 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Bella Vista, 20 Boyce Drive.

During the Spring Concert the choir will be accompanied by pianist Denise Richards and guest cellist Mary Stewart. The music selected for this concert relates to the theme of time, whether it concerns clocks, calendars, seasons, the changes that the passage of time brings and other temporal issues.

The Chorus, originally called the Bella Vista Women’s Chorus, has been performing since 1975. Director Larry Zehring, who holds a doctorate in vocal music performance, choral conducting and musicology, has led the choir since 1987. The singers enjoy performing songs across a variety of musical genres, including Broadway, spiritual, seasonal, classical, pop and jazz songs.

They provide entertainment for community and veterans groups, at retirement homes and educational institutions, and look forward to singing the national anthem at another Northwest Arkansas Naturals game this summer.

Information: email [email protected].

Senior Democrats

Benton County Senior Democrats will meet at noon on April 22 at the Golden Corral, 2605 W. Pleasant Crossing Drive in Rogers. The event is sponsored by the Benton County Democratic Party.

Lunch is available from 11am. The speakers are candidates for the Arkansas House of Representatives.

Information: [email protected]

Garden club

The Garden Club of Rogers and the City of Rogers Parks and Recreation will host an Arbor Day celebration at Tower Park in Rogers on April 26 at 3 p.m. The club will plant a dogwood tree in honor of longtime Garden Club member Sue Mank. The city of Rogers Parks and Recreation provides a location in Tower Park for the tree and donates a plaque for the tree. Kara King, walk coordinator for the city of Rogers, will provide instructions on the proper way to plant a tree. There will be free seed packets with flowers to give away. The public is invited to attend.

Information: (479) 212-7190 or email [email protected].

American Legion

The American Legion Post 27 will hold a salute to female veterans at the post, located at 1195 S. Curtis Ave., on April 27 from 1-3 p.m. in Fayetteville.

The Legion post will host Life Line Screening on May 4. Life Line Screening uses advanced ultrasound technology that looks inside your blood vessels for signs of plaque buildup. Adults 50 years and older and persons 50 years and older with one or more risk factors for cardiovascular disease should be screened. Major risk factors include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, family history or smoking. To register and receive a special discount, call (800) 640-6307 or

The post will hold their 21st annual Northwest Arkansas Veterans Run on June 15 at the post, located at 1195 S. Curtis Ave. in Fayetteville. The entrance fee is $15 per rider and $5 for a passenger. The stage starts at 10 a.m. and the first bike leaves at 11 a.m

Activities include a dice run, live auction, food, door prizes, 50/50 and a quilt drawing.

All proceeds benefit the residents of the Fayetteville Veterans Home.

Information: (479) 957-1085 or (479) 305-4506.


The Northwest Section of the Arkansas Mutual UFO Network will meet April 27 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Fayetteville Municipal Airport, 4500 S. School St. in Fayetteville. The agenda includes UFO/UAP case reports, an update on the Pathways to Disclosure Project, UFO/UAP book reports, a report from the NWA Section Experiencer Resource Committee, and highlights from the Ozark Mountain UFO conference this month is held in Eureka Springs. For early arrivals, the meeting room opens at 9:30 AM. Section meetings are open to members, guests and anyone with a genuine interest in UFOs/UAPs.

Information: (479)422-9586.

Retired nurses

The Retired Nurses of Northwest Arkansas will meet at noon on April 30 in Class A at Northwest Medical Center in Bentonville. Before the meeting, you can purchase an optional lunch at the Allspice Cafe. The speaker will be Kevin Sedlacek, pharmacist at Northwest Medical Center. His topic will be Opioids, tuberculosis and Covid.

Information: (316) 644-0472.


Andante Music Club of Bella Vista is hosting a series of free music events during the 101st year of National Music Week, May 5-12. The 2024 National Federation of Music Clubs theme is “Music is yours, mine, ours!”

The featured concert, organized by Andante members Martha Sheets and Arlene Biebesheimer, will take place on May 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel, 504 Memorial Drive in Bella Vista. Bella Vista Mayor John D. Flynn will read and present a National Music Week proclamation to the Andante Music Club.

Two compositions by Arkansas composers are highlighted in the program.

Wayne P. Warmack’s “Musette” is played by pianist Don Tower. Early in his career, Warmack played violin during studio recording sessions in Houston. Later he performed as a double bassist in two Texas symphony orchestras. After moving to northwest Arkansas, he played in the North Arkansas Symphony Orchestra (later SONA), the Fort Smith Symphony Orchestra, and the Arkansas Philharmonic. From the age of fourteen, Warmack wrote chamber music pieces in classical style.

Ellen Foncannon Stephenson will perform her composition “Bright Lights” on piano. Stephenson is a composer, piano teacher, organist, lecturer and accompanist living in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. As an Arkansas Artist in Education, she works statewide with students, teachers and community organizations. She studied music at Fort Hays State University and the University of Kansas. Her published keyboard, choral and instrumental works have been performed internationally.

Three young musicians in the Junior category will perform the following solos. “Ecossaise” by JN Hummel on piano, “Star Dancers” by Glenda Austin on piano and Hungarian Dance by Johannes Brahms on violin.

University of Arkansas student Caulder Toland plays Camille Saint-Saens”” Cavatine” for trombone.

Cellist Rivers Wiseman plays 2 movements from Cello Suites by JS Bach.

Allyssa Riley will sing an aria from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and “Yip-Addy-I-Ay!” By John Flynn and Will D Cobb (1908), supervised by Yvonne Washer.

Arlene and Jerry Biebesheimer will sing the spiritual “We Are Climbing Jacob’s Ladder,” accompanied by Yvonne Washer.

Arlene Biebesheimer and Charles Whitford will perform a piece for soprano and Native American flute composed by Marilyn Bliss entitled “It Was the Wind.”

The Andante Committee, chaired by Ellen Wright and Ann Pope, is adding musical events to retirement and healthcare facilities and parks in northwest Arkansas. The artists, locations and times will be announced soon.

Public libraries in Bella Vista, Bentonville and Gravette are creating National Music Displays, which include musically themed storybooks, a coloring page to color and free bookmarks with the National Music Week logo on them.

The purpose of National Music Week is to draw attention to the value and enjoyment of music throughout our country. Music clubs plan music programs nationally to raise public awareness of the importance of all forms of music in our lives and to encourage the participation of both the performer and the listener.

Andante Music Club is an affiliate of the National Federation of Music Clubs and the Arkansas Federation of Music Clubs.

Information: or email [email protected].

Women’s connection

Bella Vista Christian Women’s Connection will meet for brunch on May 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at Bella Vista Community Church, 75 E. Lancashire Blvd. at BellaVista.

The inspirational speaker will be Kris Driscoll of Belton, Mo. Her message is titled “Hey, Who’s in Control Here?”

The special feature is a presentation by Just Petaling Flower & Gift Shop.

Breakfast costs USD 10 and reservations and/or cancellations are required before 2:30 PM on May 5.

The May Prayer Connection for Bella Vista Christian Women’s Connection will be held on May 1 at 9 a.m. at 35 O’Niell Circle in Bella Vista.

Reservations are not required for the Prayer Connection and everyone is welcome.

Information: (479) 366-7562, (479) 381-6516 or email [email protected].

Bo’s blessings

Bo’s Blessings and the Fayetteville National Cemetery will hold a gravestone cleaning at the cemetery on May 11 at 9 a.m. Volunteers are needed. Cleaning products are provided, but long-handled brushes are useful.

Information: (479) 530-7728.

Calico cutouts

Calico Cut-Ups Quilt Guild is offering Kids Quilt Camp from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. June 17-21 at St. Theodore’s Episcopal Church, 1001 Kingsland Road in Bella Vista. This is a free program for young people aged 10 to 18. Volunteers guide participants in making a lap quilt for a fence. Sewing machines and irons are provided. All projects are pre-cut, in kit form. Kids Quilt Camp is funded by donations to Calico Cut-Ups Quilt Guild, a 501c3 non-profit organization.

Information: admin@[email protected].

photo Andante member Cynthia Augspurger displays a coloring page to promote National Music Week, May 5 to 12, at the Bella Vista Public Library. Ashdon Wilson, youth services librarian at the library, holds bomarks with the NMW logo. During National Music Week, various music programs are open to the public. (Courtesy of photo)