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Part of Dogwood Springs Trail closed

City crews will block part of the Dogwood Springs Trail behind the La-Z-Boy ball fields on Lincoln Street. This will allow staff to upgrade the transmission line and is expected to take about four weeks.

Siloam Springs Heritage Festival

The first heritage festival since 2016 will take place on June 26 at Twin Springs Park. The festival will feature historical displays from the Siloam Springs Museum Society and other community entities, as well as various vendors. From 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., there will be a fundraising dinner at 28 Springs prepared by Siloam Springs native chef Erin Rowe, who will collaborate with 28 Springs chef Kurt Plankenhorn to create an Ozark-style menu.

The festival is free, but the fundraising dinner will be $ 100 per plate or $ 125 with a food and wine pairing. For more information, send an email [email protected] To purchase tickets for the fundraising dinner, visit

Outdoor music at the Heritage Festival

The Siloam Music Festival sponsors a full day of music during the Heritage Festival, starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 26 and continues all day and evening at the Chautauqua Amphitheater. Music will include Bluegrass with jazz guitarists and mandolin players; patriotic music with the community group led by Siloam Springs High School group principal Daniel Hodge; a community choir, a big band; a variety show; and more. A full evening will begin at 7:30 p.m., highlighting many of the day’s popular selections, and will end with a big band performance of America the Beautiful with a local professional vocal soloist, followed by Wilhousky’s famous arrangement of the Battle Hymn of the République, bringing together the community fanfare, the big band and the community choir. Those present should bring lawn chairs or blankets, as well as hats or umbrellas.

First responders celebration

The Siloam Springs Rotary Club will be holding a ceremony at 1 p.m. on July 17 at the Chautauqua Amphitheater to celebrate the Siloam Springs Fire Department. Speeches will be delivered by new Rotary District Governor Kevin Merrill, State Representative Robin Lundstrum (R-87); Fire Chief Jeremey Criner; Deputy Fire Chief John Vanatta and Siloam Springs Rotary Club Past President Tim Davis. MP A demonstration of how firefighters had to change costumes during coronavirus calls and a plaque presentation to firefighters by Merrill, Davis and Siloam Springs new Rotary president Stanley Church. For more information, please contact Larry Kenmore at 913-705-0983 or [email protected]

Writers Guild Meeting

The Siloam Springs Writers Guild will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, June 14 at First Baptist Church, 2000 Dawn Hill Rd., West Entrance. Author and Editor, Cheryl Ellicott will present “Improving Our Writing, Part III.” The subject of the assignment for prose and poetry is “Need for a miracle”. Prose articles are up to 750 words long, poetry should be a narrative poem of up to 32 lines. Entries must be sent by email to [email protected], before June 1st. Young people entering the Quarterly Writing Contest should send in their entries between June 20 and July 1 on the topic “Some of my favorite things”.

Fall sports registration

The Western Benton County Boys & Girls Club is now accepting entries for all fall sports. Early registration will last until May and will last all summer. Parents can register their child online or find more information at The registration cost is $ 60 per child.

Sports on offer include cheering in Kindergarten to Grade 7, women’s volleyball in Grades 3 through 6, flag football in Kindergarten to Grade 6, and tackle football in Grades 2 through 6. The Boys & Girls Club will also be offering free Under Armor cleats to all registered football players from 9 a.m. to noon on May 22 at the club, located at 655 Heritage Court in Siloam Springs. Players must be registered no later than May 22, limited number of colors and sizes available.

Reopening of the center for the elderly

The Siloam Springs Senior Wellness and Activity Center reopened on May 3. New hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Masks are mandatory, even for those who are vaccinated, and six-foot social distancing will be enforced. Upon entering the building, temperatures will be taken and hand hygiene will be required. Meals in the building will be from 11:45 am to 12:30 pm Reservations are required due to the limited number of places. Call 479-524-5735 before 10 a.m. The center will continue to offer curbside meals for pickup, but the new deadline is 11 am to 11:30 am Please visit the centre’s Facebook page to complete reopening instructions.

Celebrate recovery

Celebrate Recovery meets every Thursday at 6:30 pm at The Assembly, 2909 Cheri Whitlock Dr. Celebrate Recovery is a program for people with all kinds of habits and blockages. Anyone wishing more information can contact Rhonda Gentry at 479-215-6311.

Master naturalists accepting applications

The Northwest Arkansas Chapter of the Arkansas Master Naturalists is accepting applications for upcoming training. Training for 2021 will take place via Zoom, with approximately 50 hours of virtual lectures and interpreted hiking videos. Trainees have the choice of attending Saturday morning or Wednesday evening classes, each lasting three to four hours. Small-group and social distance field times are also planned. For more information, visit

American Legion Bingo

Every Monday evening, except the first Monday of every month, there is American Legion Bingo at the American Legion Community Hall (Community Building) in downtown Siloam Springs. Doors open at 5:00 pm and early bird games start at 5:30 pm, followed by regular games at 6:30 pm Participants must be 18 to play for real money, but young families are welcome. The prices of the games are very reasonable and the chances of winning are great. There are various prizes for which tickets can be purchased, including raffles and 50/50 draws. The Female Auxiliary offers concession items for sale. Covid protocols are in place.

Bookstore at the library

The Library Bookstore is open Mondays from 10 am to 6.30 pm; Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm The bookstore solicits donations of good second-hand books, CDs and DVDs. For very large donations, an appointment is necessary; please call 479-524-6074 and leave a reminder message. The bookstore has good books in all genres for all ages, CDs and DVDs, most under $ 2. Everyone is invited with mandatory masks and a limit of two customers or one family group allowed in the store at a time.

The Friends of the Library, which operates the bookstore, seeks out and welcomes new members who wish to join their organization and continue its mission by volunteering or raising funds. Membership information is available at the library.

Tornado siren test

The town of Siloam Springs has changed the outdoor warning system test day to 1 p.m. on the first Monday of the month. In the past, the tests took place on Fridays. Testing on the first Monday will give city staff time to make repairs immediately if they are needed. If cloudy weather, rain or other inclement weather occurs on a test day, the tests will be delayed by one day, until they are completed.

Training of SSRH auxiliary volunteers

The Siloam Springs Regional Hospital Auxiliary is looking for volunteer volunteers for the Information Desk, Obstetrics Department, Radiology Department, Surgical Department and Material Management. The auxiliary offers the possibility of helping the community by working three or four hours a week. Stop by the hospital reception for a request or call Donna Conger for more information at 479-373-6428.

Comments from firefighters

The Siloam Springs Fire Department is offering an Emergency Medical Services Customer Survey that will allow people who have been treated by a city ambulance to provide honest and confidential feedback on their experience. Customers can provide valuable information and feedback on the performance of the fire department.

“Our goal is to constantly strive to improve the quality of service we provide to citizens,” said Jeremey Criner, Siloam Springs Fire Chief. “The feedback we receive will be an integral part of our quality improvement program.”

If you have had any interaction with the City’s EMS teams, please take a few minutes to complete the EMS Customer Survey located on the Fire Department page of the City’s website, .

Dogwood Literacy Council

It is gratifying to be able to help those who are trying to improve their literacy skills in order to help their families. The Dogwood Literacy Council needs more volunteers who would like to become tutors. Training and materials will be provided. For more information, contact Charlie at 479-524-4009.

Make your home safe and accessible

Kind at Heart Ministries offers help to make homes “safe and accessible” with building ramps, widened doors and handrails. Financial assistance may be available. For more information, contact 479-373-6281 between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. or by email [email protected]

Manna Center Thrift Store

The Manna Center Thrift Store now accepts credit and debit cards for purchases of $ 10 or more to facilitate customer shopping. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Customers can like the thrift store on Facebook or stop by and see what the dollar item is for the week. Anything older than a month is half the price. The Manna Center is located at 670 Heritage Court, behind the Senior Activity and Wellness Center on Tulsa Street.

Tailwaggers is looking for volunteers, donations

Tailwaggers are looking for volunteers to walk the dogs and socialize the cats at the town’s animal shelter. They also need donations of chewies, raw hides, cat toys and dog harnesses for the animal shelter. Donations can be dropped off at the Animal Shelter located at 1300 E. Ashley St. Call 238-3612 for more information.

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