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Historic dances bring culture of the Ozarks to life

In the rural Ozark communities of the 1800s, gathering for a community dance meant more than just fun. “The dances helped the early settlers keep ties to the countries of

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Power Of Doodle Good For Noodle

Melissa AJ Dysart wants to help kids and adults alike hone their critical thinking through doodling. Dysart is an architectural project coordinator at Level 5 Design Group in Springdale. She’s

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Trike’s ‘Frog and Toad’ a gentle lesson in joy

If you’re of the opinion that we could all use a little more kindness in the world — and, really, who among us doesn’t feel that way these days —

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Best Friends Forever: Trike’s ‘Frog and Toad’ a gentle lesson in joy

LARA JO HIGHTOWER lhightower@nwadg.com If you’re of the opinion that we could all use a little more kindness in the world — and, really, who among us doesn’t feel that

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Jack of all theatrical trades finds joy in creative energy

BECCA MARTIN-BROWN bmartin@nwadg.com Julie Gabel is a theatrical jack of all trades: She teaches, she directs, she acts, she designs — and she’s master of them all. Q. Can you

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Cat lady shares her collection at Shiloh Museum

BECCA MARTIN-BROWN bmartin@nwadg.com Lona Mullins’ cat collection may be filled with cute, happy faces and figurines that just cry out to be cuddled. But the Cave Springs collector — who

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Jesse Cook’s talent has traveled the globe

BECCA MARTIN-BROWN bmartin@nwadg.com Jesse Cook is a talented performer whose “masterful, intricate, fluid and melodic finger-picking guitar technique and musicianship” have won him international acclaim and a JUNO Award, the

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Terra Studios promises life after difficult decision

LARA JO HIGHTOWER lhightower@nwadg.com The first thing Terra Studios executive director Val Gonzalez wants you to know is this: Even though the manufacturing of the famous Terra Studios’ ‘Bluebirds of

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Polar Express whisks families away to North Pole

JOCELYN MURPHY jmurphy@nwadg.com It was wrapped in an apron of steam. Snowflakes fell lightly around it. A conductor stood at the open door of one of the cars. He took

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‘Best Pageant Ever’ returns to ACO

LARA JO HIGHTOWER lhightower@nwadg.com “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” may be nearly 50 years old now — the novel was written by Barbara Robinson in 1971 — but it remains