Yesterday — Wednesday, Dec. 1 — was World AIDS day. In recognition, the NWA Center for Equality offered free and confidential HIV testing. As part of its new NWA HOPE program (HIV/AIDS Outreach and Prevention Education), the center will continue to offer free HIV testing by appointment on Mondays. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 888-391-9222 for more information.
Every year, the Fayetteville High School Student Council hosts an all night vigil at the FHS campus to increase recognition for the homeless. Tonight, beginning at 5 p.m., students will camp out in cardboard boxes and accept food and monetary donations.
Notoriously, this is almost always a freezing night and tonight will be no different. Warmth will be provided only by blankets and a fire in a barrel. The students will remain until the $10,000 goal is met. You may pledge to the vigil by e-mailing Vance Arnold, the FHS Student Council sponsor at email@example.com. The Student Council will mail you an invoice for your pledge.
Fundraising will continue throughout the semester, and an anonymous donor — through the Fayetteville Area Community Foundation — has offered to match dollar for dollar any amount raised beyond $10,000. The benefits will aid the school district’s Families in Transition program.
The Fayetteville Public Library is launching the first part of a two-year project to document the history of Fayetteville. On Saturday, Dec. 4 from 1 to 4 p.m. the library will conduct a public scanning session. Residents can bring in their old photographs and have them scanned on site. The library will catalog the images into a digital collection and some will be used in the upcoming documentary “Up Among the Hills: The Story of Fayetteville.”
The University of Arkansas installed 48 solar panels on the roof of the HPER (Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building) to help heat its Olympic-sized swimming pool. The university’s website reported it expects to produce more than half of the energy needed and reduce utility bills by $4,000.
The UA was able to implement these energy saving methods through a
$23.9 million contract with Energy Systems Group.
Although the Razorbacks won’t know until Sunday, Dec. 6 at which bowl game they will be playing, fans can place their bets and sign up for tickets today and tomorrow at ArkansasRazorbacks.com. Follow the headline “Pre-order Your Bowl Tickets,” pay a $10 processing fee and await the announcement. It was announced that if Auburn wins against South Carolina on Dec. 4, the Razorbacks could be invited to the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 4 in New Orleans. Tickets begin at $140 each. If you need a more personal reason to root for the Tigers, defensive end Jake Bequette’s brother, Sam, attends Auburn. Good enough for me! I’ll be watching at 3 p.m. on CBS.
▲ Amber Kruth provides a local perspective on news briefs from around Northwest Arkansas — tidbits that make you think and keep you informed. TheKruthTalks@gmail.com