August 9, 2018

Mars Backpack Giveaway helps children prepare for new school year...

Mars, The Arkansas CW and 40/29 gave away 600 backpacks during a 3 hour event.  Families were able to spin for prizes, had a chance to win bikes, check out a fire engine, entertainment, free ice cream and get free hair cuts.  We want to wish our community a great school year!

Thank you to all our sponsors and vendors who continue to  donate each year and make the children of our community a priority, your dedication and service continue to make this a successful event.  The Cave and Designer Barber offered FREE haircuts on location!  Entertainment was provided by Fun City Pizza, Free Ice Cream from Freddy’s Frozen Custard, and 6 bikes given away to kids at event from Pacific Cycle.  Plus, free books from Disney's "Magic of Storytelling" presented by McLarty Daniel, Rogers Fire Department and Free Identity kits from the Rogers Police Department. 

We also want to thank the companies whose donation of items for the backpacks made this event possible: Walmart, Crayola, Elmer's Glue, McDonalds, NWA Community Clinic,  Arby's and The Cave.  Check out the video and gallery below.





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August 8, 2018

CW Casts Batwoman for Fall Arrowverse Crossover!



Ruby Rose has been selected to play the masked hero of Gotham City.  Rose, whose acting credits include John Wick: Chapter 2, Pitch Perfect 3 and Netflix show Orange is the New Black, will be introduced this fall during the annual Arrowverse Crossover. 

A standalone series about Batwoman (Kate Kane) is currently in development for the CW 2019-2020 TV Season.



July 8, 2018

Arkansas Anime Festival 2018 held in Bentonville

We had a great time at the Arkansas Anime Festival held in Bentonville at the Four Points and Double Tree hotels.  We want to thank everyone who stopped by our both to chat!  
We are also glad were able to provide Disney Storytelling Books for kids and young adults presented by McLarty Daniel. We want to also thank Brooke Shock organizer of the Arkansas Anime Festival for providing a great family friendly event.  We are so happy for the big turn out to support Northwest Arkansas' local A2F!!!  Check out the video below of the crew at Arkansas Anime Festival.

We also interviewed special guest check out the links below.


Click here for interview with voice actor Jeremy Inman.



Click here to for the interview with Kazuha Oda lead singer for Japanese rock-n-roll band "Kazha"


Photo Gallery




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July 5, 2018

McLarty Daniel at First Friday in Bentonville



Join McLarty Daniel this Friday at 4pm at First Friday in Bentonville Square.  Stop by the McLarty Daniel booth and talk bout your road trip experiences and register to win a prize.  


July 3, 2018

Kazha Rocks Bentonville at A2F 2018

The Arkansas CW Crew member, Jeremy had a chance to speak with the lead singer and bassist Kazuha Oda of "Kazha""Kazha" performed this past weekend in Bentonville at the Arkansas Anime Festival.  Check out her interview below.





Kazha is a 3 piece rock band from Japan. Members of the band are lead singer and bassist Kazuha Oda, guitarist Hideki Matsushige and drummer Futa Sugano.  Kazuha Oda has worked with world wide performers including Grammy award winner Bob James.  The band's work has appeared in iTunes top 100 charts in several different countries.  The band's first album was released in 2010 "Overture" and released a second album "Evolution" in 2013 and they have plans to release their new album this fall.
"Kazha" has been performing in world famous venues across the United States including A Go Go in Las Angeles, Rockhouse Live in Memphis, sharing the stages with Gilby Clarke, Linch Mob, Tantric, Trapt and L.A. Guns.  You can also catch them nationwide at anime festivals and comic cons.  You can go here to find a city near you, Kazha.net Coming up over the next few weeks, they will be playing on July 13th-15th at Delta H Con in Houston, TX.  


Photo Gallery


You can keep up with everything KAZHA by going to any of these links:





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Interview with Voice Actor Jeremy Inman


Morgahn had the chance to sit down with Voice Actor / Director  Jeremy Inman at the Arkansas Anime Festival in Bentonville.

Known for voicing characters in popular animes such as Dragon Ball Z (Android 16) & Fairy Tail ( Taurus), Jeremy talks about his favorite role and upcoming projects.  Check out the interview below!


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July 2, 2018

It's time for this year's KIDFISH brought to you by McLarty Daniel Chevrolet in Springdale


It's time for this year's KIDFISH!  This Saturday from 9 am to 12 pm at the McLarty Daniel Chevrolet located at 1159 N 45th Street Springdale, AR, kids will have a chance to catch a fish and try to win the trophy!  The portable fishing pond is covered and will be stocked  with fish ranging from 2 to 5 pounds for catch and release enjoyment.  For questions call (479) 725-9100 ask for Jessica Hudson for details. 

The Arkansas CW Crew will be on location so come out and join us for a fun morning of fun and fishing!  Cold drinks and hotdogs will be served, plus a bounce house and face painting.  First 20 kids will get free fishing poles.  




June 27, 2018

The Arkansas CW Crew stopped by Precious Moments Chapel and Samuel J Butcher Museum

The Arkansas CW Crew stopped by Precious Moments Chapel and Samuel J Butcher Museum located 4321 S. Chapel Road Carthage MO.  The Precious Moments Chapel is a creation of the artist who created the Precious Moments figurines, Samuel J. Butcher.  They welcome thousands of visitors annually giving free Chapel tours. Plus, you can find out everything you need to know about the history of the Precious Moments figurines in the Samuel J. Butcher Museum They have Precious Moments Chapel, museum, visitor center, an amazing gift shoppe, royal delights cafe and beautiful gardens.  Check out our tour through the Precious Moments Chapel and Museum below.


Precious Moments Museum Part 1





Precious Moments Museum Part 2



Precious Moments Museum Part 3



Precious Moments Museum Part 4



Precious Moments Chapel Tour



Precious Moments Gift Shop




Precious Moments Gallery








You can go here for more information on the Precious Moments Chapel Tours










June 25, 2018

The 2018 Arkansas Anime Festival will be held at the Doubletree and Four Points Sheraton in Bentonville, Arkansas.

On June 29th, 30th and July 1st... This year's Arkansas Anime Festival known as A2F will be held at the Doubletree and Four Points Sheraton in Bentonville, Arkansas. The Arkansas Anime Festival is Arkansas' largest and longest running anime and gaming convention. Check out some of the guest below and go here to register today!  

Announced guests:
Voice Actor Jeremy Inman!
Voice Actor Jeremy Inman is known for voice of Android 16 of DragonBall Z,  JJ in Yuri, on Ice, Taurus in Fairy Tail, Magellan in One Piece and Yo in Dagshi Kashi.   Jeremy is doing full time voice directing for Funimation.   Go here for more info on Jeremy Inman.  

Cosplay Guest
Fighting Dreamers Productions


Fighting Dreamers Productions (FDP) is a cosplay group from Vancouver, British Columbia. For the past 10 years, they have been cosplaying a wide range of genres including anime, manga, video games, comics, film, and cartoons. FDP is known for their cosplay YouTube channel, which has over 180,000 subscribers and provides viewers with series shows, parodies, cosplay skits, CMV’s, convention happenings, and tutorials.  Click here for more information on Fighting Dreamers Productions.


Musical Guest  
International rock band from Japan, Kazha!
Kazha is a 3 piece rock band from Japan. Members of the band are lead singer and bassist Kazuha Oda, guitarist Hideki Matsushige and drummer Futa Sugano.  Kazuha Oda has worked with world wide performers including Grammy award winner Bob James.  The band's work has appeared in iTunes top 100 charts in several different countries.  The band's first album was released in 2010 "Overture" and released a second album "Evolution" in 2013 and they are working on their third.  
The band has been touring nationally throughout North America and will play for the first time in Bentonville.  Click here to listen to one of their songsYou can keep up with everything KAZHA by going to any of these links:



Sci-Fi/Fantacy Author
E.M. Ervin


E.M. Ervin has been reading sci-fi/fantasy since she was in 4th grade...Now she joys sending people on their own adventures in the Nasaru Chronicles while attending a few real-life adventures of her own.




Special Guest
Andy Vu
Andy Vu lived in the northern island of Hokkaido, Japan. There, he joined a Yosakoi troupe in the tiny town of Nakashibetsu where he was staying. Although, he is currently teaching drama and oral communications in the NWA area, he has made time to teach Yosakoi dance at RHS. He will be teaching a few classes over the weekend.




Cosplay Guest
Kimberly Cosplay



Well known for her Catwoman and Grell Sutcliff cosplays, Model/Producer Kimberly Cosplay has made close to 200 cosplays since 2009. With a background in theater and modeling, she coaches other inspiring cosplayers.



Phoenix Down
Phoenix Down is a variety of multi-propped entertainers.  Prepared to be in awe with inspiring LED experience creating thrills, illusion and wonder! An experience you don't want to miss.


DJ Guest
DJ Azrael

DJ Azrael has over 20 years of experience ranging from the Midwestern rave scene, Central and Northern club scene, gothic/industrial scene in the Midwest and South, local anime conventions, music production, music recording and various other events. He is known to spin an arrangement of styles ranging from electro house, complextro, house, hardcore, DnB, dubstep, psytrance, gothic/industrial and various other styles.



The Arkansas CW
The Arkansas CW Crew

Stop by The Arkansas CW booth: 

Meet the Arkansas CW Crew, Jeremy, Morgahn, Devante and Dustin! Plus, free giveaways and chance to win other prizes!


The Arkansas CW is the home of well received shows such as Flash, Riverdale, Arrow, legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, Supernatural, The 100, and iZombie.  You will also find other shows like...Family Guy, Bob's Burger, American Dad, The Cleveland Show and King of the Hill.


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There is so much to do at the festival please Go to http://arkansasanimefestival.com/ for tickets and other festival information.  The Arkansas Anime Festival is Arkansas' largest and longest running anime and gaming convention.
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ARKANSAS ANIME FESTIVAL



Enter for your chance to win 10 Naturals Premium Dugout Tickets!

Enter for your chance to win Ten Premium Dugout tickets for you and your friends to the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Certain Black Outdates apply or games canceled due to weather.  Must be 18 years or older to enter and from viewing area. (NWA Fort Smith River Valley NE Oklahoma)  Deadline to enter is June 28th at midnight.

Click here to Enter and for Rules



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June 19, 2018

The Arkansas CW Crew Trip to Branson and Silver Dollar City Summer 2018

As part of our Do The Ozarks series, the Crew headed to Branson for our summer trip to checkout some of the places you might want to visit this summer.  We were invited up by the Branson Convention and Visitors Bureau (www.explorebranson.com).  We also wanted to see what the was new at Silver Dollar City.  We have combined all places we visited this summer in Branson to this article.  See below our trip.


We drove up on US-62, 37 to 248 and continued onto MO-76 our drive time was short with only taking an hour and fifty minutes to drive to our destination and we checked into the beautiful resort, The Village at Indian Point Resort.  



We arrived at The Village at Indian Point Resort.  The rooms were awesome! Check out some of the photos below.  For more information on great place to stay Click here for Village at Indian Point Resort and Conference Center.


The Village at Indian Point Gallery


We then headed to Silver Dollar City to check out their new ride..."The Time Traveler"!  This ride is the first of it's kind in the world.  Click below to check out the ride! 

Check out Time Traveler Click Here.  




After trying out the Time Traveler we hung out with the folks at Eva and Delilah's Bakery and helped make some Time Traveler Treats!

Click here to check out the bakery at Silver Dollar City.



After having some delicious treats we headed to check out the Brown Candy Factory!  

Click here to check out some yummy treats at the Candy demonstration at Silver Dollar City. 



When then moved stopped at the Hazel's Blown Glass Factory.  Check out all the cool stuff we found out about.



Then we checked out some of the new Time Traveler pottery at the Hillcreek Pottery in Silver Dollar City.



Our last stop while visiting Silver Dollar City was for a delicious dessert from the Hannah's Ice Cream Factory.



We then headed to the Showboat Branson Belle to check out the new show.  




Then we stopped on the main strip in Branson to check out Ripley's Believe it or Not.  



Then we stopped for a ride on the Branson Coaster.



Then we headed to the Branson Zipline at Wolfe Mountain to check out their Snowflex!



Then on our way back the Crew stopped Bigfoot on the Strip!  Lot of family fun at this place!  



Before we headed back home we stopped for lunch at the St. James Winery.  Best Lunch!




Click here for Branson visitor informaiton: https://www.explorebranson.com/



June 18, 2018

Native American Cultural Symposium was held at the Museum of Native American History, Record and Crystal Bridges this past weekend

We had a chance to check out the 2nd Annual Native American Cultural Symposium held at the Museum of Native American History, The Record and Crystal Bridges in Bentonville, Arkansas.  We spoke with some of the guest speakers, including Brooke Simpson from the "Voice" and Indigenous climate activist, hip-hop artist, author, and Earth Guardians Director Xiuhtezcatl Martinez.  Check out their interviews below.


Interview with Charlotte Buchanan-Yale
Director of the Museum of Native American History.




Interview with Artist Bunky Echo Hawk




Interview Brooke Simpson and Gayle Ross 
talking about passing of traditions Part 1



Interview Brooke Simpson and Gayle Ross 
talking about passing of traditions Part 2



Interview with Director of Partnerships
Mark Ford
From
Partnership with Native Americans
-Scholarships and Emergency assistance. 
Part 1



Interview with Director of Partnerships
Mark Ford
From
Partnership with Native Americans
-Scholarships and Emergency assistance.
Part 2



Interview with Story Teller Gayle Ross 
Part 1


Interview with Story Teller Gayle Ross 
Part 2


Interview with Brook Simpson 
Brooke talks about her passion singing 
and the "Voice"  Part 1



Interview with Brook Simpson 
Brooke talks about her passion singing and 
the Native American Community Part 2


Interview with Hip-Hop artist, author, and Earth Guardians Youth Director Xiuhtezcatl Martinez
Part 1



Interview with Hip-Hop artist, author, and Earth Guardians Youth Director Xiuhtezcatl Martinez

Part 2


For more information on the Native American Cultural Symposium and the Museum of Native American History go to www.monah.us



Native American Cultural Symposium Gallery


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Native American Cultural Symposium!


The Crew Checks out the Family Owned Winery in Branson, St James Winery


While in Branson, The Arkansas CW Crew had a chance to stop by the family owned award-winning winery St James Winery and restaurant located at 405 MO-165, Branson, MO. We found it is a great place to set back and relax.  You will find a variety of award winning wines, juices, specialty foods and even a restaurant that is awesome! And don't forget about the complimentary wine tastings before you purchase.  Check out the tour and gallery below through the ST. James Winery.    



Check out the St. Jame Winery Part 1



Check out the St. Jame Winery Part 2



Dine in at the Winery



Check out the Kitchen at the St. James Winery




St James Winery -Branson Gallery



You can go here for information and directions to St. James Winery and Restaurant!