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  • October 2021 updates

    Check out all the fun activities that are right around the corner!

    Join the Urban Farm Project's Potluck Social. This coming Saturday, October 23rd from 5-8pm. Celebrate the end of a great season and, if you haven't yet, meet the new garden programmer Erica Lunde. Enjoy roasting hot dogs and marshmallows around the firepit, and some fun games for adults and kids. The library will provide the hot dogs and fixings, and the drinks. Bring a dish to share, such as a salad, soup, vegetable side, or dessert. For all the info and to invite your friends visit https://fb.me/e/4xENXBp2x

    For this month's online movie Club we are watching Adaptation with Nicolas Cage and Meryl Streep. This meta-film takes you on a screen writers journey to adapt a book into a film, while taking every opportunity to take a filmic cliche and completely turn it on its head. Watch on your own and join us for a fun discussion via Google Meet on Thursday, October 28th, at 830pm https://meet.google.com/ngx-gqxa-mas

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    Visit Downtown Conway to enjoy drinks and small bites, live music, retail shopping, and art demonstrations! Conway Art Walk will happen every third Thursday of the month from 5–8pm. Each month, new artists will be featured in retail shops along Oak Street, between Chestnut and Front Street.

    On October 21st, 5–8pm, in honor of Hispanic Heritage month, artist in residence, Sector Sick, will be creating live art throughout the event. Live music will include an African drum circle by Ron Jensen-McDaniel and a duet by the Conway Symphony Orchestra.

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    Help Conway develop its Public Art Master Plan by filling out this survey! https://surveymonkey.com/r/XG8MGWZ

  • September 2021 updates

    We are so happy to see things starting to pick up around the community. If you know of any activities or events you want to spread the word about, please let me know.

    Also, we recently had a problem with our website and lost a bunch of our newsletter subscribers :(

    If you enjoy our newsletter, please forward it to a friend (or two, or three :) and encourage them to sign up to receive monthly community updates www.thelocals.be/newsletter

    New India Bazar: WE ACCEPT SNAP BENEFITS/ EBT CARDS

    Great news! The Locals received a grant from the Arkansas Community Foundation to create a marketing campaign for local food, as well as to help farm stands, farmers markets, and any place where local food is available, to apply and get set up to accept SNAP/EBT benefits. If you are interested in this please contact me at [email protected]
    The more people know where local food is available, and the more accessible it is, the more local food sales will increase! Please share this so it can reach the people that can benefit from this opportunity. 

    Carolyn Lewis Elementary in Conway is searching for a service member to manage the school garden from September 2021- July 15th 2022. This is an amazing paid professional development opportunityThis position pays $22,000 over the course of 11 months and includes health insurance. There is also potential for childcare assistance.

    Apply using this link: https://foodcorps.org/apply/ 

    To learn more about FoodCorps Arkansas, click here

    You can also check out our recruitment powerpoint, here.

    For any questions contact [email protected] 

    Hope to see you soon!

  • School/Community Garden Grants

    The Locals wants to help get a couple local gardens ready for this year's growing season. The Locals will be awarding two $500 grants for school or community gardens in Faulkner County, AR. To apply please fill out this application by March 31st, 2021 https://forms.gle/8Wxp11xbGfbkKE8E7 Please help us spread the word about this grant!!

    For questions contact [email protected]

  • Online Movie Club

    Let's face it, social distancing has many of us watching a lot more TV and movies than usual, so why not try to make the best of it--together! 

    We will all watch a movie on our own time, and then get together through a video conference to chit chat about it. The films we pick will all be available through Kanopy.com, a free online streaming service made available through the public library. And our friend, and Movie Night host, Felipe Pruneda would be the moderator. 

    If this sounds like something you would be interested in participating in, register for the Movie Club and receive a special goodie package in the mail https://forms.gle/5ZLrh7vziLrXb1ZS7 before each meeting--you must participate in the meetings to continue receiving the packets.

    Our next meeting will be Thursday, March 25th at 830pm. For this month's movie club we will be watching Miss Juneteenth.

    Miss Juneteenth on Apple TV

    Tensions between Turquoise and her daughter Kai erupt when they prepare the young woman for Texas' Miss Juneteenth pageant. Turquoise, a former winner and single mom working as a waitress at a bar and a beautician in a mortuary, pushes Kai to follow in her footsteps, but might be confusing what she wants with what her daughter needs. As the contest approaches, Turquoise will begin questioning her choices for her family and wonder if her idea of her future is all that clear.

    Director Channing Godfrey Peoples's eloquent, lucid portrait of a resilient Black woman celebrates personal and historical forms of liberation while bringing the community around the pageant to vivid life.

    Watch the movie on your own time and join the discussion via Google Meet (https://meet.google.com/dah-jtha-rks).

  • The Locals Statement of Inclusion

    The Locals is committed to cultivating a strong community that is inclusive and diverse. We believe each person is different and can contribute their unique gifts in terms of ideas, abilities, opinions, perspective, culture, education, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, national origin, age, languages, color, religion, sexual orientation, and beliefs, and any other manifestations of being human.

    Our goal is to help people develop their particular skills and pursue their passions by connecting them with other people, projects, and groups with shared interests.

    We do not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment. 

    If you believe there is something we can do to stay true to our values, please contact us at [email protected] and we will do everything we can to honor our commitments.

  • Conway Home Brewers Club

    Do you brew your own beer, or are you interested in learning how?

    The Locals is helping start Conway's Home Brewers Club. The purpose of this club is to promote fellowship, mutual support, and share knowledge amongst brewers. Anyone interested in the craft is welcome.

    We will meet every third Thursday of the month at 630pm, at TBA.

    Join our Facebook Group by visiting https://www.facebook.com/groups/conwayhomebrewers/ 

    If you would like to sign up for the Conway Home Brewers email list, please email [email protected]

     

  • Green Space Initiative

    The Locals, WunderHaus, and EcoFest are partnering to create a Green Space Fund!

    Our vision is to partner with other community organizations, the colleges, the city, businesses and community members to establish and maintain green spaces in Conway, including a permanent home for the Farmer’s Market and Pollinator friendly gardens throughout Downtown.

    Rendering by Architect Steve Hurd

    Our vision for the Green Space ranges from small green spaces dotted around the city, to a permanent structure (like a pavilion) to host a unified farmers market for the City of Conway that incorporates public art installations, ornamental garden areas for pollinators, a sitting area, and a place for concerts, performances and other special events.

    We know this is a GRAND vision, but if we are going to have a dream, why not make it a BIG one?!

    The Green Space Initiative is intended to foster the development of spaces that remind us of the wonder in the natural world, to bring awareness about the critical role that pollinators play in our survival as a species, and to promote sustainable land management practices. 

    The City of Conway is one of the top five expanding cities in Arkansas. As it expands, the number of new neighborhoods, businesses, and parking lots are bound to increase. Of course, with population comes urban sprawl, and with that, habitat loss for wildlife and pollinators. Our hope is to foster the development and maintenance of spaces like community food forests, urban community gardens, and pollinator habitats.

    We feel that now, more than ever, economic development needs to be balanced by responsible ecosystem management. It is our great hope that we can make a positive impact on the world as a whole, one small, thoughtful step at a time.

    Our funds come from grants, donations, and from part of the proceeds from the WunderHaus' Seasonal Markets. For more info on the Seasonal Markets click here.

  • 2018 Accomplishments



    Last year marked the beginning of the Food Recovery Program in which we partner with Harps Grocery Store to try to improve food security in our community and increase access to fresh, healthy food. Beginning in May 2018, we started rescuing perfectly good fresh fruits and veggies, and rerouting them to fill hungry bellies in elementary schools and food pantries. Through these efforts, we recovered 7290 lbs of edible food, and 2290 lbs of compost, for a total of 9580 lbs of food diverted from the landfill!! A very special thanks goes out to the people at Harps, Sarah Lane, Lacey Starkey, and the dedicated volunteers who make all of this possible.

     

    For the 3rd consecutive year, The Locals partnered with New South Coop to increase the availability of local food in our community through their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program. The Locals Food Hub received and distributed weekly shares of fresh, local produce to an average of 44 families throughout the 2018 growing season. This program benefits 36 Arkansas farmers, and our location alone helped circulate $29,951.35 of local food dollars! A special thanks to Bell Urban Farm for hosting The Locals Food Hub. If you would like to participate in this year's CSA program, you can sign up now by visiting newsouthcoop.com

    Last year also marked the transition of the Urban Farm Project (UFP) from being part of The Locals to an official part of the Faulkner County Library! For more than eight years, volunteers worked hard to establish UFP as an educational tool for the community, and 2018 marked the first time the library hired a full-time staff member dedicated to maintaining and developing the garden and its programs. The Urban Farm Project is now a permanent asset in the growing local food infrastructure of our community. A special thanks goes out to John McGraw, Nancy Allen, Sean Ott, and the many many volunteers who put their work and sweat into making the garden what it is today.

    We are looking forward to another great year of getting the community together, finding ways to support each other, and making Conway a great place to live!

    Thank you for your support.

  • Food Recovery Program

    The Locals recently piloted a Food Recovery Program partnering with Harps Grocery Stores in Conway. Fresh fruits and vegetables that are being thrown out are rescued and distributed so they can fill bellies instead of the land fill. In just 4 days we were able to rescue over 450lbs of fresh food, and all we had to do is ask for permission and show up!!

  • Previously on Movie Night

    This is a list of what we have watched. To see what's COMING UP NEXT visit: http://www.thelocals.be/movienight 

    January 9th, 2020

    Santo y Blue Demon contra el Dr. Frankenstein: The titular idols of Mexican wrestling were also prolific movie stars, taking their ring personas to play masked avengers in a series of adventures that predates the Marvel Cinematic Universe (with far more modest resources). In this outing, they face off against the ultimate mad scientist and his gruesome experiments!
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