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This Weekend in the River Valley

Cheree Miller
Feb 13 21 minutes read

TGIF! Have plans for the weekend? Valentine's Day might be over, but Petit Jean State Park will still be celebrating all weekend with their Hikes, Hearts and Hugs events!  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, February 15, 2019


Sensory Story Time

Friday, February 15, 2019 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm
Pope County Library System, 116 E 3rd St, Russellville
Hosted by Pope County Library System

A unique story time for children with special needs held privately next door to the library in Heritage Hall. Activities include traditional story time activities like simple books, flannel boards, and songs as well as sensory activities. Registration is required. Please call Melanie at 968-4368 to discuss your child's needs so we can make this the best possible experience.

Karate Family Fitness Night

Friday, February 15, 2019 from 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Center Valley Elementary School, 401 Sr 124, Russellville
Hosted by Center Valley Elementary School

Karate Family Fitness Night

Cyclone Nation WHITE OUT

Friday, February 15, 2019 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm
Cyclone Arena, Russellville
Hosted by Cyclone Nation

All former Players, Parents Officials, Coaches - Come Join Us Friday the 15th @ 6:00 p.m. WHITE OUT
WEAR WHITE - BE LOUD!

Send Some Love Overseas

Friday and Saturday, February 15-16, 2019 fro 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sport Clips Haircuts of Russellville (2601 E Parkway Dr, Russellville, AR), 2601 E Parkway Dr, Russellville
Hosted by Sport Clips Haircuts of Russellville (2601 E Parkway Dr, Russellville, AR)

February 10th - 16th we will be making care packages to send to our military service members stationed overseas. We are offering 20% off all hair care items purchased for the care packages. Check-in online and receive additional 20% off your personal product needs. Be a hero and help a hero!
Sportclips.com/AR111

Screening of Company Town

Friday, February 15, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Dog Ear Books, 301 W Main St., Russellville
Hosted by Dog Ear Books

“Company Town is an investigative documentary following one man's mission to save his town in Crossett, Arkansas, polluted by Georgia-Pacific, one of the nation's largest paper and chemical plants, owned by Charles Koch and David Koch. They produce Brawny paper towels, Angel Soft toilet paper, and Dixie cups. Neighbors work for the mill and are sick with cancer. Company Town represents hidden towns across America battling illness and pollution by big business.”

The Art of Marriage

Friday, February 15, 2019 at 6:30 pm to Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 3:00 pm
Union Grove Free Will Baptist Church, 77 Union Grove Rd W, Atkins
Hosted by Union Grove Free Will Baptist Church
www.eventbrite.com

God can turn any marriage into a masterpiece!

The Art of Marriage: Getting to the Heart of God’s Design from FamilyLife helps couples discover God’s plan for marriage. It weaves together expert teaching, engaging stories, man-on-the-street interviews, humorous vignettes and much more to portray the hope and beauty of God’s design.

The workshop runs Friday, February 15, 6:30-9pm, and Saturday, February 16, 9am-3pm. Registration is $40/couple and includes dinner Friday evening, lunch Saturday, and workshop materials.

Register online below. Registration fee to be paid day of event. Some scholarships are available. 

Game Night

Friday, February 15, 2019 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Pope County Library System, 116 E 3rd St, Russellville
Hosted by Pope County Library System and PCLS YA

Bring your favorite board-game, or chose from our selection! Play solo computer games, or take turns with our gaming systems! Game Night at the Pope County Library is every 3rd Friday, 6-8PM. For more information contact Kristin Pearson at 479-968-4368 or email [email protected] 



Saturday, February 15, 2019


Painter's Choice At Pasta Grill

Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Pasta Grill Russellville, 319 W Main St, Russellville
Hosted by Americana Creative Workshop and Pasta Grill Russellville

We are excited to be in this beautiful restaurant, Saturday, February 16 from 10am to noon. Come a few minutes early and order food and drinks and claim your seat.

Join us downtown at Pasta Grill for a morning of fun art!
Bring a friend and let's get creative!

Limited Seating, so register early AND GET A $5 DISCOUNT. EARLY REGISTRATION ENDS FEBRUARY 12.  
Cost: $35
Option 1: Mystic Deer
Option 2: Rustic Chapel
Option 3: Happy Snowman
Option 4: Couple/Bench

https://www.paypal.me/jcarneyamericana

Spinning Yarns: Literally & Figuratively

Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Arkansas Tech University - Ross Pendergraft Library & Technology Center, 305 W Q St, Russellville
Hosted by Arkansas Tech University - Ross Pendergraft Library & Technology Center

The Ozark Fiber Group will be here for a "spin-in". Demonstrations will be ongoing. They will be spinning, weaving, and showing their wares. Local stories will be shared as well and Ozark folklore books from the collection will be displayed. 


2019 Chamber Celebration

Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 4:30 to 8:00 pm
Cabin Creek Lookout, 1466 CR 2530, Lamar
Hosted by Clarksville - Johnson County Chamber
Tickets: www.clarksvillejocochamber.com

This year's Chamber Award Celebration will be at Cabin Creek Lookout in Lamar, AR. The event will be held on Saturday, February 16th, with the time and ticket availability being announced SOON! Please join us for an evening of celebration and fun, as we honor local individuals, businesses, educators, and more!

The event will kickoff at 4:30 PM with hospitality hour, where appetizers and drinks will be available, as well as live music! Dinner will begin at 6 PM with the remainder of the event to follow.

http://www.clarksvillejocochamber.com/chamberawards

West AR Cinderella Regional Preliminary

Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm
Dardanelle
Hosted by Arkansas Cinderella Scholarship Pageant

Open to all girls ages birth -29. 


Self Defense Class

Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 10:00 to 11:30 am
River Valley Elite, 102 SE 1st Street, Atkins
Hosted by River Valley Elite and Força Martial Arts & Fitness - Russellville
Tickets: www.rivervalleyelite.com

It’s a crazy world and you can never be too careful! We are excited to partner with Força MMA and host a self defense class. Reserve your spot and register today for $35!

Baseball, Softball, & Tee Ball Signups

Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Atkins Old Middle School Gym, Atkins
Hosted by Atkins Youth Association

Ages 3-1/2 to 15 (must be 4 by July 1st for tee ball).
$25 for tee ball and pee wee
$40 for baseball and softball 


Neighbor's Table

Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
All Saints' Episcopal Church Russellville AR, 501 S Phoenix Ave, Russellville
Hosted by All Saints' Episcopal Church Russellville AR and Neighbors Table, Rusellville Ar

All are welcome to attend this no pressure, no questions asked free lunch. Doors open at 11:30am. Fresh coffee is served and then lunch is served at 12pm to 1pm.

In addition to the wholesome and delicious hot FREE LUNCH  served two other offerings for our Neighbors are now available:
Guests who come for lunch can now pick up a sack lunch to take with them and have a second free meal; and, after lunch, there are usually “take-outs” available (and, as always, generous portions of “seconds” are served  before dessert.)
Also, the clergy and people of All Saints’ have begun a new “Loaves and Fishes” ministry, with Sunday morning offerings at the altar now including necessities like cereal, peanut butter, shelf-stable milk, toilet paper,  toiletries, hand soap, and detergent.  The available items gifted each Sunday will be distributed on the following Saturday to Neighbors Table guests after the meal.

Valentines Yoga & Wine

Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 6:00 to 7:30 p
Serenity Yoga, 908 W Main St, Russellville
Hosted by Serenity Yoga

Join us for a Valentine's celebration for all, whether you have a special someone in your life, want a fun night with friends, or come solo and make some new friends. Enjoy a nice relaxing flow taught by Erin, followed by wine and snacks.  $15

TypsyGypsy at Front Street!

Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 9:00 to 11:50 pm
Front Street Bar & Grill, 115 S. Front St., Dardanelle
Hosted by TypsyGypsy and Front Street Grill

Dardanelle!

Valentine's Day

Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Hosted by Cupani Fashion and 2 others

Celebrate Valentine's Day in style with Designer Lacie Cupani! Congratulate your love or meet your love!  Be Celeb and dress like Celeb from featured Lacie Cupani with Cupani Fashion Collections.

Free Movie Night- Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm
Rialto Community Arts Center, 213 E Broadway St, Morrilton
Hosted by Rialto Community Arts Center
Tickets: app.arts-people.com

Free Movie 7 pm. Party Fundraiser 5:30 PM - 7 PM

You can reserve a seat in advance by purchasing a 'Meat Pie' or Buying a 'Party Pass' on-line. Seats are first come first serve the day of the event. Cash snack bar: pop-corn, candy & Drinks $1 each. Special Event Menu: Meat Pies $5, Virgin Mary's $4 while they last.

Synopsis: The vengeful owner of a barber shop offers painful options that are far worse than a shave and a haircut. Cast: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall, Sacha Baron Cohen. "R" Rated

Club 213 Party Package 5:30-7 PM  $30

Join us in the Gallery before the show for a costume party. Your Party Pass includes:
Costume Contest
Signature Cocktail
Appetizers & Great Food
Reserved Theater Seating
Soft drink, popcorn & candy for the movie!

We will be entertained during the party by The Cabot SongFarmers Bluegrass music group. 



Sunday, February 17, 2019


Daughters of Christ Brunch - Almuerzo de las Hijas de Cristo

Sunday, February 17, 2019 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
St. John Catholic Church, 1900 West Main Street, Russellville
Hosted by St. John Catholic Church and St. John Catholic Church - Women's Ministry 

This event is for ladies of all ages and faiths. We hope that you invite your family and friends to come and enjoy a great meal, good company, and an inspirational speaker.   It will be on Sunday, February 17 after the 10:00 a.m. mass.  Cost for adults is $10.00 and young ladies 12 and under $5.00.  Tickets are available from the parish office or calling 479-967-3699. We look forward to sharing this special time together with the women of our parish and their families. Plus you have a chance to win a door prize.  Men of the parish your help to serve is welcome.


An Interfaith Film Series

Sunday, February 17, 2019 from 6:00 to 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

Open to the Public - Free Admission.  Join All Saints' Episcopal Church and Greater Arkansas Interfaith Network as we present an interfaith film series.

Feb 17 will be the Islamic Art- Mirror of the Invisible World.

March 31 will be Varanasi, India: Beyond

April 28 will be The Number on Great Grandpa's Arm. (This will be a kid-friendly video)

Presented in Sutherland Hall. Popcorn and drinks will be served.



Arkansas State Parks Events This Weekend


Pioneer Play

Saturday, February 16, 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: Grassy Area Across from Visitor Center

What did the pioneer kids do for fun as their parents explored new lands? Join a park interpreter in the grassy area across from the visitor center to try your hand at some old fashioned games.

Basketweaving

Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Lake Dardanelle State Park, 100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR 72802, Phone: 479-967-5516
Admission: $40
Meeting Place: Visitor Center

The 1800s brought many emigrants to the river valley; these pioneers had to learn to live off the land. Basket making, by using oak splits, was an important task for every pioneer. Weave your own Napkin basket in this hands-on class and reflect on those who lived in this area before it was a state park. Bring a sack lunch or plan to visit a local restaurant. The fee covers the cost of materials. Class size is limited, preregistration is required.


Owls: Superheroes of the Forest

Saturday, February 16, 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 that owls help humans by catching and eating pests, and they have night vision? Discover more about these superheroes with a park interpreter.

Owl Prowl

Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 5:30 to 6:30 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 where we will call owls. See "who" will answer our calls! Wear sturdy shoes, and bring a flashlight.

Nature Scavenger Hunt

Saturday, February 16, 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: Waterfall Trailhead

Join a park interpreter to take a hike and see if you can find everything on this nature scavenger hunt! The park interpreter will provide the scavenger hunt list and necessary supplies. This will be a moderately difficult hike. Make sure to wear sturdy shoes and bring water.

Hike to Sunset Point

Sunday, February 17, 2019 from 9:00 to 9:30 am
Mount Nebo State Park, 16728 West State Hwy. 155, Dardanelle, AR 72834 Phone: 479-229-3655
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Summit Park Trailhead

Sunset Point on Mount Nebo gives visitors an exquisite view of the Arkansas River Valley and the surrounding mountains. It doesn't have to be sunset to enjoy these stunning views, though! Join a park interpreter on a moderately strenuous hike to experience the magnificent view from Sunset Point. Wear sturdy footwear and bring water.


Hikes, Hearts and Hugs  Weekend 2019

Friday through Sunday, February 15-17, 2019 from 9:00 to 4:00 pm
Petit Jean State Park, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR 72110. Phone: 501-727-5441
Admission: Free Unless Otherwise Noted
Meeting Place: Various Sites Parkwide

Enjoy historic Mather Lodge on Petit Jean Mountain and be treated to a romantic weekend. Activities such as guided trail hikes are geared toward couples. Enjoy a Sweethearts' Dinner at the lodge. Contact the park for a schedule.

Hikes, Hearts and Hugs -- The Legend of Petit Jean in One Act

Friday, February 15, 2019 from 6:30 to 7:00 pm
Petit Jean State Park, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR 72110. Phone: 501-727-5441
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Historic CCC Room at Mather Lodge

Want to have a little Valentine’s weekend fun? Meet Park Interpreter Matt in the historic CCC Room at Mather Lodge to take part in the retelling of the “romantic legend” of the naming of Petit Jean Mountain. The play is light in spirit, and there is a part for you.

Hikes, Heart and Hugs -- A Sweet Hike on the Rim Trail

Friday, February 15, 2019 from 4:00 to 5:30 pm
Petit Jean State Park, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR 72110. Phone: 501-727-5441
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Rock House Cave Parking Area

Meet Park Interpreter BT to set off on a leisurely walk along some of the most scenic, and overlooked, areas in Petit Jean State Park. This section of the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Boy Scout Trail follows the bluff line above the lower canyon of Cedar Creek. Dress warmly, bring water along and enjoy the hike. Distance is approximately 2.5-miles, covering rolling terrain, moderate in difficulty. 

Hikes, Heart and Hugs -- Mather Lodge Tour

Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 3:30 to 4:15 pm
Petit Jean State Park, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR 72110. Phone: 501-727-5441
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Breezeway of Historic Mather Lodge

Mather Lodge is a beautiful structure, an excellent getaway place, comprised of a historic section built in the 1930s and a modern section that includes a spacious rustic entryway and restaurant. Join Park Interpreter BT to discover how Mather Lodge came to be, for whom it was named, and its prospects for a safe future.

Hikes, Heart and Hugs -- Valentine's Dinner at Mather Lodge Restaurant

Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm
Petit Jean State Park, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR 72110. Phone: 501-727-5441
Couple: $75; Single: $37.50
Meeting Place: Mather Lodge Restaurant

Celebrate the love in your life with Valentine’s Dinner. Appetizer Bruschetta Toasted and topped with a tantalizing mixture of basil, fresh tomato, and garlic; Salad Spinach Salad Fresh baby spinach, crumbled feta cheese, candied pecans and cranberries tossed in homemade cranberry vinaigrette; Entrée (choose 1) King Crab Legs One pound of rich and tender crab legs steamed and served with a side of drawn butter, OR Crusted Chicken Cordon Bleu Creamy Swiss and Petit Jean Ham folded inside a chicken breast, then baked to perfection. Both entrées served with Roasted red potatoes in a creamy butter sauce, and Brussels sprouts grilled with garlic and onion. Ticket purchases available at the front desk and includes our dessert bar and live and authentic Petit Jean folk music by the Lance Family in the CCC room after dinner.

Hikes, Heart and Hugs -- Fall for Cedar Falls

Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 9:30 to 11:30 am
Petit Jean State Park, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR 72110. Phone: 501-727-5441
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Breezeway of Historic Mather Lodge

Meet Park Interpreter BT for a guided hike down to one of the most romantic locations in the park – the foot of beautiful Cedar Falls! This hike is a 2-mile round trip, and rated as strenuous. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring along plenty of water.

Hikes, Heart and Hugs -- Stories and Strolling for Sweethearts at Stout's Point

Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 1:30 to 2:15 pm
Petit Jean State Park, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR 72110. Phone: 501-727-5441
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Petit Jean Gravesite Overlook

Meet Park Interpreter BT to explore a few lesser known sites in the area – the YMCA “College Lodge” and the area where the “Hotel Petit Jean” was located around 100 years ago. Warning: beautiful scenery involved.

Hikes, Heart and Hugs -- Sunset Stroll

Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 5:30 to 6:15 pm
Petit Jean State Park, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR 72110. Phone: 501-727-5441
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Richter Overlook

Meet Park Interpreter Matt at the Richter Memorial Overlook on Red Bluff Drive for a short stroll to the CCC Overlook where you can watch the sunset with your sweetheart from one of the most scenic locations in the park. Please bring a flashlight for the walk back to your car. Sunset is at approximately 5:54 p.m.

Hikes, Heart and Hugs -- Hugs at Bear Cave

Sunday, February 16, 2019 from 9:00 to 9:45 am
Petit Jean State Park, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR 72110. Phone: 501-727-5441
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Bear Cave Parking

Bring your partner to the Bear Cave parking area for a walk among some exhilarating slot canyons and stone pillars. We might even send an echo out along the park’s lower canyon. The walk is relatively easy and covers rolling terrain.

Hikes, Heart and Hugs -- 1,000 Year Ago, Village Sweethearts

Sunday, February 16, 2019 from 11:00 to 11:45 am
Petit Jean State Park, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR 72110. Phone: 501-727-5441
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Rock House Cave Parking

Meet Park Interpreter Matt as we delve into what we know of the culture that created Petit Jean State Park’s rock art and ponder questions shrouded in mystery by time. What was love like in the ancient past? Maybe we can come closer to understanding. This program involves a short hike over uneven terrain. 


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.

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