Posts by Author: Jill Rohrbach

Bentonville in Northwest Arkansas will host the 7th annual International Mountain Bicycling Association World Summit on Nov. 10-12. The World Summit program includes keynote speakers, educational sessions, an expo, networking, and, of course, plenty of time to explore local trails. Kids and families aren’t left out of the fun. The excitement kicks off on Wednesday, …
Arkansas is fast becoming a hot spot for mountain biking. And now the secret is out as Bentonville in Northwest Arkansas prepares to host the 7th annual International Mountain Bicycling Association World Summit on Nov. 10-12. From Whistler, British Columbia in 2004 to Steamboat Springs, Colorado in 2014, IMBA’s world summits always draw a worldwide …
  Mural festivals are typically in big cities. But for the second year, Fort Smith is host to The Unexpected, a mural festival bringing urban contemporary art to Arkansas. During the event occurring this week, the walls of several downtown historic buildings will be painted with large murals. The buildings are located in between about …
What do London, Zurich, Munich, and now Fort Smith, Arkansas have in common? They are the only four places to offer an immersive art installation by Irish artist Maser. Most known for his graffiti and mural paintings, Maser has created these 3D installations that make you feel like you’ve walked into the painting. In fact, …
If you’re looking for something fun to do over Labor Day weekend, this one’s for you, whether you choose to participate or just see how well you can count the skipping of a rock. That’s right, rock skipping. Serious rock skipping for prize money.  The Great Southern Stone Skipping Championships on Saturday morning of Labor …
  “Man, if you gotta ask you’ll never know.”             Louis [Satchmo] Armstrong’s reply when asked what jazz is September in Eureka Springs brings the cool and unrestricted sounds of Jazz Eureka. The fun starts Thursday, Sept. 8 with the Roaring 20s Jazz Lawn Party on the grounds of the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa. …
The Old Independence Regional Museum will celebrate its 18th anniversary at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8 at the Barnett Building in Batesville. Festivities to honor 18 years of preserving history include a catered meal from Elizabeth’s Restaurant and Catering  and musical entertainment from Mountain View’s Harmony. Harmony, made up of Mary and Robert Gillihan and …
Audubon Arkansas has announced the designation of Important Bird Area (IBA) status for the Buffalo National River, a unit of the National Park System administered by the Department of the Interior. “Important Bird Areas are sites that provide essential habitat for breeding, wintering, or migrating bird species,” said Dr. Dan Scheiman, Bird Conservation Director for …
“I have ever had the single aim of justice in view… ‘Do equal and exact justice,’ is my motto, and I have often said to the grand jury, ‘Permit no innocent man to be punished, but let no guilty man escape.'” -Judge Isaac C. Parker, 1896 Since the 1940s, Wild West stories of Fort Smith, …
Some say kids and adults need to spend less time staring at their phones and more time socializing in person and enjoying the great outdoors. As a lover of technology, tech gadgets, people, and nature, I say we can have our cake and eat it too. Here are six ways to embrace technology for added …