February Month of Compassion Events
February 2014 event descriptions ongoing throughout the month:
1. Visit the Fayetteville Public Library throughout the month
o Recommended books on compassion for check out will be displayed in the children’s, teen and adult libraries.
o Lobby of Fayetteville Public Library: Adults will have a table during Random Acts of Kindness International Week of Compassion with card making supplies and a bowl for random action suggestions.
o View local art on the bulletin boards in the Children’s Center
- Lisa Jo Outlaw’s Wilson Park Sitter / Compassion Kids
- Fayetteville Public School elementary student “be kind to the earth” art
2. The Lifestyles Blair Center will be open from 9am until 4pm, Monday through Friday in February for tours and viewing Artists of Life Styles art. Information about Compassion Fayetteville and Life Styles will be available. Visitors can sign the charter during their visit to The Life Styles’ Blair Center. Visit us at 5200 S Thompson St, Springdale, AR 72764 or call (479) 717-2608. Life Styles is a non-profit organization whose mission is to enthusiastically support individuals with disabilities in Northwest Arkansas. The Life Styles’ Blair Center serves as a daily art workshop/studio with professional training for individuals and as the art/display gallery for the completed works of the Artists of Life Styles.
3. Afrique Aya ~ West African Drum and Dance Class
With Angelo Yao, a true son of Africa. Where each person has a part to play, and the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Come to experience the vibrations of a different culture! Thursday nights, Washington elementary gym, Lafayette just west of College, Fayetteville. Drum class 6:00 p.m., Dance class 7:00 p.m. Cost is $10 per class, or $18 for both classes per night.
4. Fayetteville High School students will be doing various projects during the month of February.
o Making care packages, cards, valentines for seniors at the Senior Center, nursing homes, and the Vet Center
o Passing out hats, scarves and hot chocolate at 7Hills Day Center
o Working with elementary students on being kind to the earth and illustrating their vision on cards for display at the Fayetteville Public Library
o Working on individual projects dealing with random acts of kindness
5. Northwest Arkansas Mental Health Association scholarship and grant applications are accepted. Scholarship available for a person recovering from a serious mental illness who would like to attempt one on-campus course at an institution of higher learning in Northwest Arkansas. Applicant must have a recommendation from a Mental Health Professional. Scholarships available for residents of Benton, Carroll, Madison, and Washington counties. Award: Tuition and fees for one college course are nonrenewable. Contact Nancy Kahanak, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.
6. KNWA positive news reports: Watch for TV reports about uplifting stories of compassion in our area throughout February.
February 2014 Specific Date event descriptions throughout the month:
January 31, 2014
o Circle of Life Hospice offers a Hospice Foundation of America webinar Supporting Individuals with Intellectual and Development Disabilities through Life-Ending Illness, Grief and Loss. 11:30 am – 3:00 p.m. Registration required, contact Cristie Ginther, Bereavement and Spiritual Care Coordinator, (479) 872-3326.
Thursday February 6
o Paint Valentine Rocks and Cards, Fayetteville Public Library Randal Tyson Children’s Room, 3 – 5 p.m. Registration requested. Free, everyone invited.
Saturday February 8
o 10 a.m. – noon Compassion Fayetteville, What’s It all About?, Fayetteville Public Library Walker Room. Come ask questions, sign the international charter for compassion, and discover how to become involved. This event is free and open to the public.
o 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Jeremy Hess and Peggy Treiber: Compassion for Kids: Me First!, FPL Randal Tyson Children’s Stage. Sharing song and story to inspire thinking of oneself as well as others. This event is free and open to the public.
o 1 p.m. – 5pm, 6th Annual Interfaith Harmony Day, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall, corner of East Ave and Dickson St., Fayetteville. This event is free and open to the public.
Sunday February 9
o Speak for Yourself is a community storytelling open mic experience —just regular people telling true stories to friends, old and new. No paper, no poems, no songs…just your story in your words. Maxine’s Tap Room, 7 p.m. 107 N. Block Ave., Fayetteville, AR 72701; 479.442.9601.
Week of February 10 – 16
o Random Acts of Kindness Week sponsored by Random Acts of Kindness of Foundation (RAKS), Web site: http://www.randomactsofkindness.org.
The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation provides resources to inspire, inform and encourage others through kindness. Record your acts at Facebook.com/Compassion Fayetteville. Free, everyone welcome to participate.
Thursday February 13
o Ozark Literacy Council, 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., 2596 Keystone Crossing, Fayetteville
Compassion Around the Globe: Roundtable Discussion with OLC Students
Come for a cross-cultural discussion with OLC students about compassion in their home countries and what stories of compassion they have from their experience in the U.S. Come and ask questions and share your own stories! This event is free and open to the public. Coffee and cookies will be provided. Contact: Margot Jackson, Executive Director, 521-8250 or email@example.com
Friday February 14
o EPIC: Embracing People in Compassion, Christy Ralph and Sue Ann Pollitt perform random acts of kindness at 7Hills Homeless Shelter.
Sunday February 16
o Yvonne Richardson Community Center, documentary screening of Oak Cemetery: A Forgotten Place, by Tiffany King and John Cooper, 1-3 p.m. The center is a nonprofit organization that promotes educational and recreational activities for the multi-cultural population of Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Programs include, but are not limited to, various sports activities, arts and crafts, and computerized and academic learning for all ages. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments provided. 240 East Rock Street, 444-3461
Monday February 17
o Servant Leadership School of NW Arkansas: An Introduction to a Compassionate Life Class
Eleven Mondays: February 17 – May 5, 6 – 8 p.m.
Facilitated by Dr. Linda Jones and Christine Soutter, An Introduction to a Compassionate Life will reflect on 12 steps to compassion using a book by author Karen Armstrong who developed the charterforcompassion.org as an international movement in 2009. This course offers study, discussion and spiritual “practices” believing that our communal sharing of compassion can facilitate the change we want to see in our conflicted world. Registration required: http://www.stpaulsfay.org/spiritualformation.html, Tuition: $50 includes the book and all materials.
o Join Nate Coulter, UA Professor of Law, at a clinic designed to inform persons with mortgage problems. Fayetteville Public Library Walker Room, 3 – 5 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
Wednesday, February 19
o League of Women Voters of Washington County forum on changes and impact of the Voter ID laws, Fayetteville Public Library Walker Room, 6:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
Monday February 24
o Hogs Care Week February 24-March 1, 2014
Presented by the Arkansas Alumni Association and the University of Arkansas’ Center for Community Engagement. The purpose of Hogs Care Week is to honor the University of Arkansas through student random acts of kindness.
Friday February 28
o Dialogue Dinner. Compassion Fayetteville and Gladys Tiffany of OMNI Center for Peace, Justice & Ecology combine forces to unveil a variety of topics on the subject of living a compassionate life. Registration closed. Watch for future Dialogue Dinner announcements.
o Buddy Bench: to promote peace and compassion at Washington elementary, the students of the Random Act of Kindness Lead Team will present a “Buddy Bench” to the children in a presentation ceremony on February 28th at 1:45 p.m. The bench is donated by Lorri Daniels, a retired Washington elementary teacher and champion of all students who need a friend. With the help of the Random Act of Kindness Lead Team members, other volunteer Buddy Bench Watchers and the loving. compassionate teachers and children at Washington we hope to deepen our commitment to include everyone and ensure everyone who goes to our school feels happy and ready to learn.
For more information please contact: Christy Pollock, Pattie Williams or Edwin Williams, Email: compfayetteville at gmail dot com