Children’s Easter Egg Hunt/Bicycle Safety Checks

Wed, March 22, 2017 | Recreation

All children ages 12 and under are invited to have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny, join in an Egg hunt, have their bicycle safety checked and try out the brand new Bella Vista bike skills park at Metfield Park, 1 Hilltop Dr in Bella Vista from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m.



The festivities will begin with bicycle safety checks and the opportunity to have a picture taken with the Easter Bunny at 9:30 a.m. The Easter Bunny will take a break from picture taking in order to start the egg hunt precisely at 10 a.m. The Easter egg hunt will be divided into four age groups in four separate areas of the park. Group hunts will be scheduled in a manner so that parents of multiple children will have the opportunity to watch the various age-specific egg hunts. Each division will have one golden egg hidden, which can be turned in for a grand prize at the photo booth. After all age group hunts are completed the Easter Bunny will once again be available for photo opportunity until 11 a.m.
All children are invited to bring their bicycle and have a safety check completed by GPP Cycling, a Bella Vista bike store, who is co-sponsoring this event along with the Bella Vista POA. All bike riders are also welcome to try out the new bike skills park at Metfield, which was designed to introduce mountain-bike skills to new riders.

Fitness 101 – Orientation

Tue, March 21, 2017 | Recreation

Attend this one-time workshop and learn the basics on proper use of our cardio and strength equipment. Each class is limited to 8 participants; class is free with a current POA photo Member card, Silver Sneakers Member card, or current Silver & Fit membership; participants without these cards will be required to pay the $2.25 daily facility use fee. Sign up at the fitness center near you: Branchwood Rec Center, 222 Glasgow Rd., (479) 855-8181, Metfield Clubhouse, 3 Euston Rd., (479) 855-8165 or Riordan Hall, 3 Riordan Dr., (479) 855-8170.
Class meets at the following locations and times the next few weeks:
Saturday, March 25 – Metfield Clubhouse at 11 a.m.
Tuesday, March 28 – Riordan Hall at 1:30 p.m.
Monday, April 3 – Branchwood Rec Center at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 13 – Riordan Hall at 1 p.m.

Fitness Centers open on Sunday:  The fitness centers at Riordan Hall and Metfield Clubhouse are open for use on Sundays, 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Branchwood Rec Center and Pool Sunday hours are 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Here is a complete listing of Recreation facility hours:
Branchwood Rec Center
Monday – Friday: 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday: 6:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Metfield Clubhouse
Monday – Thursday: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday: 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Riordan Hall
Monday – Thursday: 5:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday: 5:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday: 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Music Across America

Tue, March 21, 2017 | Recreation

Music Across America, featuring Big Band music performed by the 17-piece JM Band of NWA with Susan Wizer as vocalist, will be held at Riordan Hall on Saturday, April 1 from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Donations will be collected to support CASA of Northwest Arkansas and its advocacy of abused and neglected children. For additional information telephone (479) 725-2213 or visit

Little Aces

Tue, March 21, 2017 | Recreation

All children 5 to 8 years of age are invited to participate in “Little Aces”, a 6-week tennis introductory program at Kingsdale Tennis Center, Wednesdays from 4  to 5 p.m., April 5 through May 10 at Kingsdale Tennis Center, 1 Riordan Dr. in Bella Vista. If necessary, May 17 and 24 have been reserved as rain make-up dates. This program will be led by Kingsdale Tennis staff who guarantee a fun tennis experience for your little ace! Cost of the program is $90 for children of Bella Vista POA Members and $100 for recreational guests. Please call Kingsdale Tennis Center at (479) 855-8174 to register your child or for additional information.

Fly-Tying Class Completion

Thu, March 9, 2017 | Lakes and Parks

Introductory Fly-Tying Class Completion

Several members of the Bella Vista Fly Tyers Club completed the Introductory Fly Tying Class sponsored by the Club.  Weekly classes began on September 21 and will continue until March 14.  Members tied at least 25 different fishing fly patterns during the course.

Class members include (from left to right)(seated) Tristan Avila, Joe Avila, Luann Lawrence, Marcus Wright, and Dan Bullock, (standing) Ed Fischer, Gary Rowland (Instructor) Ron DeVaney, Ron Blackwelder, Paul Bickford, and Harrold Robinson.


Advanced Fly Tying Class Completion

Several members of the Bella Vista Fly Tyers Club completed the Advanced Fly Tying Class sponsored by the Club.  Weekly classes began on September 12 and will continue until March 13.  Members tied at least 25 different fishing fly patterns during the course.

Members present for the photo include (from left to right)(seated) Don Chapman, Steve Curtis, Marvin Macedo, Pat Patrick, and Richard Starr (standing) Ray Atkinson (Instructor), Gary Henderson, Owen Wilson, and Jim Hudson.


The Bella Vista Fly Tyers Club is a fishing, conservation, and service Club consisting of approximately 150 members. This group of men and women share a common interest in fishing (both warm and cold water species) found in the local streams and lakes of Bella Vista. The Club also promotes lake conservation, recreational activities, and conducts service projects throughout NW Arkansas.

The Club meets every Thursday in Riordan Hall in Bella Vista, beginning at 9 a.m. for a social hour followed by a meeting from 10 to 11 a.m.

Spring Appliance Pickup Planned For Second Week in April

Mon, February 27, 2017 | POA News

Residents asked to call in advance to sign up for pickup

BELLA VISTA, Ark. – Republic Services will offer a spring appliance pickup free of charge to Bella Vista residents with accounts in good standing during the week of April 10.

Residents should call Republic prior to the week of pickup to sign up. Sign-ups will be accepted starting Monday, March 27.

Items should be placed at the curb by 6 a.m. Monday, April 10, regardless of individual pickup days. Depending on the number of participants, pickup could take a few days.

Refrigerators or other items that use Freon will be accepted if the Freon has been professionally evacuated and tagged.

Call 800-431-1507 to sign up or with any questions.

Look for Your Water Rebate!

Mon, February 27, 2017 | Member Services, POA News

Eligible Water Customers to Receive a $20 Credit!

As a way of saying “Thank You” to our valued customers, the Bella Vista POA Water Utility is issuing a $20 rebate. This rebate will be credited on the water bill customers receive in March.  This rebate is possible due to efficiencies within the Water Utility Department, which resulted in a surplus of funds over budget in 2016.

We are pleased to share our success with you.

To qualify for this rebate, you must be the owner of record on 12/31/16 and remain the owner of record as of 2/27/17.

Because Bella Vista POA Water Utility must operate completely separate from the rest of the POA, the surplus funds could not be applied to any of the many other needed improvements within the POA.

Drill and Fill Aeration To Begin On Highlands And Country Club Courses

Fri, February 24, 2017 | Golf

Bella Vista POA’s golf maintenance crews will begin drill and fill aeration in March on the Highlands and Bella Vista Country Club Courses to improve the green surfaces.

The drill and fill machine enables crews to drill a 10-inch deep hole and simultaneously back fill it with sand. The advantages are that in time the green will begin to develop the capability to move water through the profile and help increase oxygen in the root zone eventually creating healthier green surfaces. The process will take several days to complete an 18-hole course so it will be necessary to close the course that is being worked on in order to complete the task in an efficient and timely manner.

The greens will be playable after the drill and fill process however, as with any type of aeration, it will take time to fully recover. For that reason, the schedules are several weeks prior to the conventional aeration on the other courses which are scheduled to begin at Kingswood the 10th of April. This will ensure a minimum of 3 courses available for play that are not impacted by either aeration program.

The schedule for drill and fill aeration is:

  • March 6– 13 at Highlands Golf Course.
  • March 13 – 19 at Bella Vista Country Club Course

The schedule for conventional green aeration is:

  • April 10 & 11 – Kingswood Golf Course
  • April 11 & 12 – Berksdale Golf Course
  • April 12 & 13 – Dogwood Golf Course



Thu, February 23, 2017 | Lakes and Parks

Scientific Name:               Hydrilla verticillata
Common Name(s):         Hydrilla, Esthwaite Waterweed, Waterthyme, Indian Star-Vine

Hydrilla, Hydrilla verticillata, is a non-native aquatic plant that is commonly mistaken for the similar native Elodea, Elodea Canadensis, and the non-native Egeria, Egeria densa.  Hydrilla can be easily distinguished from Elodea and Egeria by serrations or small spines along the middle of the underside of the leaf, which are absent in both Elodea and Egeria.  Also, the flowers of Hydrilla are much smaller (1/4 inch in diameter) than Egeria (up to 3/4inches in diameter).  Hydrilla forms dense colonies and can grow to the surface in water up to 20ft deep.  It branches profusely and extends across the surface, forming thick mats. The leaves are blade-like about 1/8 – 3/8 inch long with finely serrated margins and spines on the underside which make them feel rough.  The leaves are arranged in whorls of 4-8 around the stem.  The flowers are small with three petals 1/8 – 1/4 inch long, and are transparent with red streaks, although they are rarely seen.

Hydrilla verticillata is native to Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia, and was brought to the United States for the aquarium industry.  Live hydrilla was shipped to Florida under the common name “Indian star-vine” to be used in aquariums.  Like many aquatic invasive species, hydrilla likely got its start by a well intentioned person dumping the contents of an aquarium in a local waterway.   The first recorded wild stand of hydrilla was documented in a Florida canal in the early 1950s.  It has a tremendous capacity to quickly expand its coverage and is now well established in the eastern and southern United States and in spotty locations in the American West.

Hydrilla is considered a noxious pest because it grows so rapidly, outcompeting and eliminating native species such as pondweeds and eelgrass.  It also forms surface mats that hinder fishing, recreation, navigation, and water intakes.  Hydrilla can survive in both cool and warm waters.  It has become the most serious aquatic weed problem for Florida and much of the United States.  Management strategies include herbicides and biological controls like grass carp and the Asian hydrilla leaf mining fly, Hydrellia pakistanae.

Hydrilla can reproduce by several different methods which contributes to the difficulty faced by eradication efforts.  It can reproduce by tubers, much like a potato.  These tubers can lie dormant for years making total eradication very difficult.  It also spreads via fragmentation, where parts of the plant are separated from the colony and settle in new areas to form new colonies.  Hydrilla can also reproduce from seed, but it rarely does so.

Special Notes:
Here in Bella Vista, Hydrilla is not found in any of the lakes.  It was first documented at Hot Springs Village in late summer 2016 and is in numerous Arkansas reservoirs to our south.  With infested waterways within 100 miles, diligent measures should be taken to make sure our lakes remain free of this vigorous invasive plant.  Boats and equipment should be checked for fragments of plant material especially when traveling outside of Bella Vista.  Never dump bait buckets or live wells with foreign sourced water in our lakes.  Aquarium water and any aquarium contents of any kind should never be dumped into any waterway.  Once established, eradication efforts can become very expensive, with no guarantee of success.  We appreciate everyone’s due diligence in keeping our lakes free of hydrilla.

Treat Yourself To Yoga At Riordan Hall and Metfield Clubhouse

Wed, February 22, 2017 | Recreation

There is no other exercise program as enduring as yoga. People have been practicing yoga in some form or another for more than 5,000 years! Yoga does more than burn calories and tone muscles. It’s a total mind-body workout that combines strengthening and stretching poses with deep breathing and meditation or relaxation. The practice of yoga not only enhances balance and flexibility, it also targets all major muscle groups, from your core; back and glutes; to legs and arms. There are more than 100 different forms of yoga. Some are fast-paced and intense, others are gentle and relaxing. The Bella Vista POA offers both styles of yoga class:

Evening Yoga, is offered at Riordan Hall, Monday and Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m. Instructor Maureen Neagle guides students through gentle yoga poses which are a great way to work on your flexibility and strength. Learn or practice yoga poses that include proper alignment and breathing technique to acquire the maximum physical and mental benefit from the class. Bring your yoga mat, water bottle and dress comfortable and prepare for the best hour you’ve awarded yourself!

Power Yoga, is offered at Metfield Clubhouse Saturday mornings at 8:30 a.m. This fun, faster moving (Power Vinyasa Flow) yoga workout is designed to get your body moving, heart pumping and blood flowing. With a warm up and cool down, the class emphasizes the mind-body connection for improved physical, emotional and spiritual levels. Attention will be placed on improved breathing, circulation and energy. The class will encourage your body’s ability to burn calories, which combined with proper nutrition, may enhance weight loss.  Grab your yoga mat and water bottle and get in, get out, and get on with your Saturday morning—energized and ready to seize the day. Fitness instructor Lucy Quarti leads this class.

Class cost is $4 each, or purchase our Universal Fitness Class punch card for $30 which is good for any 10 classes at all POA fitness facilities and save $1 per class.  Note: If you do not have a POA issued photo ID an additional $2.25 fee is charged for facility use per visit.