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This Weekend in the River Valley

Cheree Miller
Jan 23 20 minutes read

TGIF! Have plans for the weekend? If you are looking for something to do in the Arkansas River Valley, we have your go-to list every week right here on our blog! Here is what's happening this weekend in the Arkansas River Valley.

Whatever your plans, have a blessed weekend! Spend it with someone you love.

#ItsMoreThanRealEstate


Friday, January 25, 2019


Free Popcorn & A Movie: Incredibles 2

Friday, January 25, 2019 at 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Pope County Library System, 116 E 3rd St, Russellville
Hosted by Pope County Library System and PCLS YA

Join us for a free showing of Incredibles 2 on Friday, January 25th at 7:00pm! 

Arkansas Blood Institute Blood Drive

Friday, January 25, 2019 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm
Pope County Library System, 116 E 3rd St, Russellville
Hosted by Pope County Library System

Saving Lives Never Gets Old.  Please bring a photo Id.  Call to schedule a time slot or just pop in at your convenience.

Friday Night Highway 124 at Front Street Grill

Friday, January 25, 2019 from 9:00 pm to 1:00 am
Front Street Bar & Grill, 115 S. Front St., Dardanelle
Hosted by Front Street Grill

Highway 124 Friday night at Front Street Grill! Friday night is oyster night. Get $1 oysters any style from 6 til 9.

Wreck-It Ralph at The Garage

Friday, January 25, 2019 from 8:00 to 10:00 pm
The Garage Arcade, 303 W C St, Russellville
Hosted by The Garage Arcade

He's gonna wreck-it! Hopefully nothing gets broken at the arcade, but come watch Ralph wreck other things!

We'll even have popcorn!


FUMC Russellville Prime Timers

Friday, January 25, 2019 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm

304 S Commerce Avenue, Russellville
Hosted by FUMC Russellville Prime Timers

Join us for a FREE sandwich supper with salad, drink and dessert.  After supper we will play Bunco for prizes! Bunco is easy to learn and fun to play!  Lots of prizes to be awarded to men and women! Meet in the Family Hall aka the Gym. (Enter the gym by the double glass doors next to the playground brick fence on South Commerce).  Invite your 50+ friends for an evening of food, fun, fellowship and BUNCO!!



Saturday, January 26, 2019


Block Party

Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 9:30 to 11:00 am
Pope County Library System, 116 E 3rd St, Russellville

A program offering children the opportunity to build with a wide selection of toys including: K'nex, Legos, Tinker Toys, Lincoln Logs, Brain Flakes, Mega Blocks and wooden blocks. Children Ages 2-12, parents and siblings.


Sensory Play Time

Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Pope County Library System, 116 E 3rd St, Russellville
Hosted by Pope County Library System

A unique play date for children with special needs held privately next door to the library in Heritage Hall. Activities include sensory bins and bottles, puppets, felt quiet books, play tunnel, parachute, etc. Registration is required. Please call Melanie at 968-4368 to discuss your child's needs so we can make this the best possible experience.

Proving Ground Classic

Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
The Proving Ground, 104 E 16th St, Russellville
Tickets: www.southernpowerlifting.com
Hosted by Southern Powerlifting Federation and The Proving Ground

PROVING GROUND CLASSIC, JANUARY 26, 2019    $95.00, Proving Ground Classic January 26th 2019
Venue:  The Proving Ground, 104 east 16th, Russellville AR 72801
Venue contact: David Shirley, 479-858-8331, [email protected]


Hawaiian Luau

Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Liberty Baptist Church, 1509 East Main Street, Russellville
Hosted by Liberty Baptist Church

Come join the youth at Liberty Baptist Church for a Hawaiian Luau. There will be food and games so come dressed "Hawaiian" for this event and get ready to have some fun!

Episcopal Trails and Travelers Eagle Watch

Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 10:45 am to 12:00 noon
All Saints' Episcopal Church Russellville, 501 S Phoenix Ave, Russellville
Hosted by All Saints' Episcopal Church Russellville AR

Slow down after the holidays with an Eagle Watch Tour at Lake Dardanelle State Park! Join the All Saints' Trails and Travelers on Saturday, January 12th for a boat tour to watch for eagles! We will meet at the Lark Dardanelle Visitor Center at 2pm to register for the 2:30pm boat tour. Please sign up in advance on the bulletin board in Shoemaker to attend or email [email protected] Dress warm! Can't make it this time? Join us February 2nd as we search for ground hog in Altus (read sausage) to celebrate Groundhog Day.

Silent Yoga with Cynthia

Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 9:15 to 10:15 am
Saint Mary's Wellness Fitness Center, 3808 W Main St, Russellville
Hosted by Saint Mary's Wellness Fitness Center

Silent Yoga participants move in a silent flow mimicking the teacher’s movements. The silence allows the mind to meditate while in motion. All levels welcome


Sunday, January 27, 2019


Justice for Remington Rainey Benefit

Sunday, January 27, 2019 from 12:00 noon to 8:00 pm
Dardanelle Community Center, 2011 State Highway 22 W, Dardanelle
Hosted by Tabitha Marshall Jones and 4 others

There will be a benefit BBQ Dinner & concert held in memory of Remington Rainey!  A $7 donation at the door will get you a food ticket for a BBQ plate, dessert, and drink. There will be a table set up for decals and tshirts. Decals will be $5 and tshirts will $15 for xs-xl, $17 2x and 3x.
Live Music Provided By:
Jeff Riley (also doing sound)
Jamie Jones
Rockey Jones
Robby Deal
Jason Campbell
Darren Findley
Hwy 124
Kevin Hampton
Doug Hamilton
Donnie Hamilton
This will be acoustic style due to the number of musicians. The list of musicians may grow a few more by Jan 27th. Marilyn Sanders of River Valley Advocacy Center will have a booth, as well as a speaker at the event. Our hope is to raise awareness, as well as educate on how we can all help with child abuse. All proceeds will go to the Aaron Rainey, the father of Remington, and the Remington Cole Rainey Scholarship Fund!
#justiceforRemingtonRainey

Youth Fundraiser Luncheon

Sunday, January 27, 2019 from 9:45 am to 1:00 pm
Russellville First UMC Youth, 304 S Commerce Ave, Russellville
Hosted by Russellville First UMC Youth

Join us at the church on Sunday, January 27th for a lunch of delicious soups, cornbread, drink and dessert - all prepared and served by our youth!  We like to go to state wide events to learn about and worship our awesome God, but those trips can get kind of expensive.  By supporting our luncheon, you can help us afford trips like these. Dine in beginning at 11:45 or carry-out beginning at 9:45 for a minimum donation of only $5!  Tickets available at the church before the event or at the door the day of. We hope to see you there!

Reaching for a Milestone

Sunday, January 27, 2019 from 10:45 am to 12:00  noon
Liberty Baptist Church, 1509 East Main Street, Russellville
Hosted by Liberty Baptist Church

Join us at Liberty Baptist Church as we reach for a milestone in attendance. Be a part of this historic event as we GROW in Christ! Can't wait to see you there!

BCBCC Movie Night

Sunday, January 2, 2019 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Bakers Creek Baptist Church, 5572 North Arkansas Ave, Russellville
Hosted by Bakers Creek Baptist Church

📽️BCBCC Movie Night📽️
🎟️It will be on January 27th, at 6:30 p.m.
🍿Snacks and Drinks will be provided.
📀Children will be allowed to wear pajamas as long as they are appropriate.
📽️Children will also be allowed to bring a small pillow and blanket.
🙋Anyone who would like to make a snack or finger food is welcome. Please contact Tanessa Dollar.

Singing!

Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 6:00 pm
Calvary Baptist Church Dardanelle, AR, 1434 Hwy 22, Dardanelle|
Hosted by The French Family

Sunday Night singing at 6! 

Public Screening of The Dhamma Brothers

Sunday, January 27, 2018 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm
All Saints' Episcopal Church Russellville AR,  501 S Phoenix Ave, Russellville
Hosted by All Saints' Episcopal Church Russellville AR and Greater Arkansas Interfaith Network - GAIN

All Saints' (along with the Greater Arkansas Interfaith Network) is hosting an Interfaith Film Series this spring that is open to the public. Our first film in the series is The Dhamma Brothers on Sunday, January 27th from 6-8 pm. Invite your friends to a movie, popcorn, and discussion at All Saints'! Admission is free.

Here's a description of the film...

"Behind the high security towers and double row of barbed wire and electrical fence at Donaldson Correction Facility dwells a host of convicts who will never see the light of day. But for some of these men, a spark is ignited when it becomes the first maximum-security prison in North America to hold an extended Vipassana retreat, an emotionally and physically demanding course of silent meditation lasting ten days.

"The Dhamma Brothers tells a dramatic tale of human potential and transformation as it closely follows and documents the stories of the prison inmates who enter into this arduous and intensive program. This film, with the power to dismantle stereotypes about men behind prison bars also, in the words of Sister Helen Prejean (Dead Man Walking), 'gives you hope for the human race.'"
(From The Dhamma Brothers website, http://www.dhammabrothers.com/Press.htm.)



Arkansas State Parks Events This Weekend


Eagle Watch Tour

Friday, January 25, 2019 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm
Lake Dardanelle State Park, 100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR 72802, Phone: 479-967-5516
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Weigh-in Pavilion

Lake Dardanelle State Park is proud to offer free winter lake cruises for the best chance of seeing our national symbol, the American bald eagle. Many other spectacular birds will be in the area for viewing including American white pelicans, ducks, and snow geese. Please dress warmly as temperatures and winds are more severe on the lake. In an effort to accommodate as many people as possible, we will be taking reservations this year. You will need to call the visitor center at (479) 967-5516 to reserve your seat. We will begin boarding 15 minutes before the cruise at the boat dock near the Tournament Weigh-In Facility. These cruises are weather dependent. 

Eagle Watch Tour

Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon
Lake Dardanelle State Park, 100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR 72802, Phone: 479-967-5516
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Weigh-in Pavilion

Lake Dardanelle State Park is proud to offer free winter lake cruises for the best chance of seeing our national symbol, the American bald eagle. Many other spectacular birds will be in the area for viewing including American white pelicans, ducks, and snow geese. Please dress warmly as temperatures and winds are more severe on the lake. In an effort to accommodate as many people as possible, we will be taking reservations this year. You will need to call the visitor center at (479) 967-5516 to reserve your seat. We will begin boarding 15 minutes before the cruise at the boat dock near the Tournament Weigh-In Facility. These cruises are weather dependent. 

Win, Lose or Adapt

Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 10:00 to 11:00 am
Lake Dardanelle State Park, 100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR 72802, Phone: 479-967-5516
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Orientation Room

Many of the things found in Lake Dardanelle State Park have special adaptations that make survival easier. Join a park interpreter in the Orientation Room to play a fun game of Win, Lose, or Adapt where you draw clues for your teammates to guess the adaption. Bring your creative mind, and compete for prizes!

What's For Lunch?

Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 1:30 to 1:45 pm
Lake Dardanelle State Park, 100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR 72802, Phone: 479-967-5516
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Visitor Center

We have 8,000 gallons of aquariums, filled with many of the fish species found in Lake Dardanelle. Join park staff in the visitor center as they feed the fish live food. See for yourself, what’s for lunch?

Critter Crunch

Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 1:45 to 2:00 pm
Lake Dardanelle State Park, 100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR 72802, Phone: 479-967-5516
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Visitor Center, Kid's Corner

Lake Dardanelle State Park’s diverse habitats provide homes for many creatures large and small. Join a park interpreter in the kid’s corner of the visitor center as she tells you about some of the smaller creatures. She will also be feeding these creatures; so come discover the small native wonders we have around us.

Wetland Safari

Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 2:30 to 3:30 pm
Lake Dardanelle State Park, 100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR 72802, Phone: 479-967-5516
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Orientation Room

Lake Dardanelle State Park’s diverse habitat is home to a wide variety of creatures. Join a park interpreter in the Orientation Room to explore some of the players in this vital ecosystem.

Winter Walk

Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm
Lake Dardanelle State Park, 100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR 72802, Phone: 479-967-5516
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Amphitheater

Enjoy a serene winter walk through the forest to catch a glimpse of the changes the season brings with it. The Meadowbrook Trail is an easy 0.75-mile trail suitable for all ages. Dress for the cooler winter temperatures and meet a park interpreter at the amphitheater to meander through the diverse habitats of Lake Dardanelle State Park.

Nature Journals

Sunday, January 27, 2019 from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon
Lake Dardanelle State Park, 100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR 72802, Phone: 479-967-5516
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Orientation Room

Many of the early explorers, including those that traveled through the area around what is now Lake Dardanelle State Park, kept journals of the things they saw and experienced as they traversed the wilderness. Join a park interpreter in the Orientation Room to learn why it was so important. You will also have the opportunity to make your own nature journal to take with you.  

Eagle Measure Up

Sunday, January 27, 2019 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm
Lake Dardanelle State Park, 100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR 72802, Phone: 479-967-5516
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Grassy Area Across from Visitor Center

Bald eagles are incredible not only for their beauty and speed, but for their size as well. Join a park interpreter in the grassy area across from the visitor center and discover how you measure up to an eagle.


Owls: Superheroes of the Forest

Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 11:00 to 11:30 am
Mount Nebo State Park, 16728 West State Hwy. 155, Dardanelle, AR 72834 Phone: 479-229-3655
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Amphitheater

Did you know owls have superpowers? They can see at night and can even fight villains! Join a park interpreter to find out what else these super heroes are capable of!  

Hike Through History

Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 2:00 to 2:45 pm
Mount Nebo State Park, 16728 West State Hwy. 155, Dardanelle, AR 72834 Phone: 479-229-3655
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Summit Park Trailhead

Take a hike through Mount Nebo State Park’s history with a park interpreter! Learn about the luxurious Summit Park Hotel that burned down in 1918, and explore the role of the Civilian Conservation Corps in the development of Mount Nebo State Park in the 1930s. This approximate mile long hike will be strenuous. Be sure to bring water and wear sturdy shoes.

Hike to Lover's Leap

Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm
Mount Nebo State Park, 16728 West State Hwy. 155, Dardanelle, AR 72834 Phone: 479-229-3655
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Summit Park Trailhead

Lover’s Leap and the legend surrounding it is a part of the tradition of Mount Nebo State Park. Join a park interpreter to hear the legend of Lover’s Leap, explore the history of Mount Nebo, and enjoy the breathtaking views from the Rim Trail. This hike will be moderately difficult. Be sure to bring water and wear sturdy shoes.

Owl Prowl

Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 5:15 to 6:00 pm
Mount Nebo State Park, 16728 West State Hwy. 155, Dardanelle, AR 72834 Phone: 479-229-3655
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Bench Overlook Parking Lot

Join a park interpreter to discover the owls of Mount Nebo State Park! A short discussion about owls will be followed by a walk on the Bench Trail where we will call to the owls. See “who” will answer our calls! Wear appropriate footwear, dress for the weather, and bring a flashlight.  


Night Hike on the Seven Hollows Trail

Friday, January 25, 2019 from 5:15 to 6:15 pm
Petit Jean State Park, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR 72110, Phone: 479-229-3655
Admission: Free
Meeting Place:  Seven Hollows Parking Area

Meet Park Interpreter Matt at the Seven Hollows trailhead for a special night-hiking experience along a short section of the Seven Hollows trail. This hike lasts about 1 hour.

Primitive Fishing

Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 9:00 to 9:30 am
Petit Jean State Park, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR 72110, Phone: 479-229-3655
Admission: Free
Meeting Place:  CCC Room at Mather Lodge

Join Park Interpreter Matt at the CCC room at Mather Lodge to learn about some fishing techniques that were used by Native Americans and Pioneers. Learn how to make a gorge and how to use it, along with some other primitive fishing techniques.

Bear Cave Hike

Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 11:00 to 11:30 am
Petit Jean State Park, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR 72110, Phone: 479-229-3655
Admission: Free
Meeting Place:  Bear Cave Parking Lot

Join Park Interpreter Matt at the Bear Cave parking lot for an interesting walk amongst the giant sandstone boulders and slot canyons of the Bear Cave area. This is a relatively easy ½-mile hike that is great for the whole family. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring water. 

Legends of Petit Jean

Sunday, January 27, 2019 from 11:00 to 11:30 am
Petit Jean State Park, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR 72110, Phone: 479-229-3655
Admission: Free
Meeting Place:  Petit Jean's Gravesite Overlook

Petit Jean, a strange and fascinating mountain with many natural wonders, but that isn’t all that is fascinating. Meet Park Interpreter Matt at Stout’s Point (Petit Jean’s Gravesite Overlook) to discover some stories surrounding the naming of this mountain during the early days of exploration. 

Legends of Petit Jean

Sunday, January 27, 2019 from 11:00 to 11:30 am
Petit Jean State Park, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR 72110, Phone: 479-229-3655
Admission: Free
Meeting Place:  Petit Jean's Gravesite Overlook

Petit Jean, a strange and fascinating mountain with many natural wonders, but that isn’t all that is fascinating. Meet Park Interpreter Matt at Stout’s Point (Petit Jean’s Gravesite Overlook) to discover some stories surrounding the naming of this mountain during the early days of exploration. 


That's it for this edition. All of us at the Tabatha Davis Team invite you to have a safe and fun weekend. Spend it with someone you love.

#ItsMoreThanRealEstate



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