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This Weekend in the River Valley

Cheree Miller
Mar 28 25 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, March 29, 2019


River Valley Whips First Of The Year Meet

Friday, March 29, 2019 at 6:00 pm
Hardee's (3095 E Main St, Russellville, AR), 3095 E Main St, Russellville
Hosted by River Valley Whips

First of the year car meet, let’s start it off with record amount of cars. Bring out them out and show of your winter upgrades and changes! River Valley Whips is an all welcoming car club, we have a meet the last Friday of Month. 

Connect Students 5K

Friday, March 29, 2019 from 4:30 to 7:00 pm
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Hosted by Connect Students 5k and 2 others
Tickets: connectionpoint.info

Register at https://connectionpoint.info/run

Thinking of running or walking your first 5K race? Love to walk for health? Are you a seasoned runner looking for a fun race with a beautiful course? Are you looking for a great cause to support? Connect Students have the event for you! March 29th at 6:00 p.m., there will be a 5K Race through the State Park and alongside Lake Dardanelle. This event will benefit Connect Student Missions, which provides students the opportunity of serving others, nationally and internationally, and sharing the love of Christ.  *Shirts available first come/first serve if you register after March 15th.* The night’s events will begin at 4:30 p.m. with check-in and registration. The feature 5K Run/Walk begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Standard Pavilion. Music, refreshments and family fun will be a part of the evening.

Can’t make it to this event but wish you could? Register as a “virtual” runner! You’ll still get the cool shirt and the chance to support Connect Students… without all the sweat!!!

UNM Oklahoma State Pageant

Friday & Saturday, March 29 - 30, 2019 at 10:00 pm
The Center for the Arts, 2209 S Knoxville Ave, Russellville
Hosted by USA National Miss Oklahoma and USA National Miss Arkansas
Tickets: usanationalmiss.com

Come join an amazing experience, and enjoy #positivepageantry at our very first State of Oklahoma USA National Miss State Competition! Award winning pageantry at it's best - come see what we are all about!

Crawford Elementary School

Friday, March 28, 2019 from 1:30 to 2:30 pm
Crawford Elementary School, 1116 N Parker Rd, Russellville
Hosted by Crawford Elementary School

This Friday, our school will participate in our 6th Annual Mile Fun Run Race at 1:30 pm. Parents and family are welcome to attend this event and help us cheer our students on as they cross the finish line!

ASKC Awards Dinner

Friday, March 29, 2029 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Russellville High School, 2203 S Knoxville Ave, Russellville
Hosted by Arkansas Sport Karate Circuit and Arkansas Showdown Martial Arts Championship
Tickets: sparkpages.io

Celebrating our SUPERHERO Competitors!

- BBQ dinner
- Dress Code is to wear a Superhero Shirt or Costume (Parents join the fun too!)
- $25 per person
- FREE Awards for competitors
- Costume Contest
- Great picture moments!
- Prizes, Give Aways and FUN!

London Elementary Chili Supper and Live Auction

Friday, March 29, 2019 from 5:00 to 9:00 pm
London Elementary School, 154 School St, London
Hosted by London Elementary School

Come join us for London Elementary's long-standing tradition!  Dinner will be served in the cafeteria from 5:00-7:00 that includes your choice of chili, hot dog, chili dog, or Frito chili pie.  Each dinner comes with a drink and Mrs. Gayla's famous homemade cinnamon rolls!  After dinner, head to the gym to get your bid number paddle to bid on great items in our live auction with a professional auctioneer.  At the end of the evening, we will draw for our raffle ticket winners!  

Easter Minis

Friday & Saturday, March 29-30, 2019 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Hardgrave Photography, 24915 Highway 64 E, Knoxville
Hosted by Hardgrave Photography

The Easter dresses and suits you choose for your kids are so precious! But in no time, they will have their own styles and opinions as to what they will wear on Easter.  This time of year, the yard is covered in what I call "snow flowers", plus we add some Easter props to the set.  IF weather is yucky and we are forced inside, I also have a super cute set planned for that too. Open for kids up to 12 years old. Mini Sessions are $150 and include 3 prints and 10 digital images that may be reprinted.
$75 due at booking, the balance due at order date.
Weather will determine if this is and indoor or outdoor set.
Call to reserve your time slot 479-885-3835



Saturday, March 30, 2019


USA National Miss Arkansas Pageant

Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm
The Center for the Arts, 2209 S Knoxville Ave, Russellville
Hosted by The Center for the Arts and USA National Miss Arkansas

The USA National Miss Arkansas Pageant will be held at The Center for the Arts on Saturday, March 30th at 7:00 pm. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door and will be $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. 

St. John's Monte Carlo Night

Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 5:00 to 9:00 pm
St.  John Catholic School, 1900 W Main St, Russellville
Hosted by St. John Catholic School Monte Carlo Night

Our St. Patrick's Day Monte Carlo night is a fun night of happy hour, catered dinner followed by gaming, prizes and end the night with a dance.  The casino features all of the favorites: Craps, Roulette, Blackjack and more, all staffed by experienced and knowledgeable dealers.  Players can earn chips redeemable for prize tickets and enter to win any of the dozens of fantastic prizes!  Players test their skill and compete for hundreds of dollars in fantastic prizes. Gameplay is fierce, but fun! This is a fundraiser for St. John Catholic School and has become a tradition in the River Valley.  Tickets $50 each.

Adoption Event - PetSmart

Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
PetSmart (3093 E. Main Street, Russellville, AR), 3093 E. Main Street, Russellville
Hosted by Needy Paws Animal Shelter

Join us at PetSmart in Russellville and meet a few awesome adoptable pups! This is your LAST CHANCE to take advantage of reduced puppy adoption fees! Adoption fees for all dogs under 1 year of age are $50.00!

Art of the Valley

Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 10:00 am
Art of the Valley, 118 S. Commerce Ave., Russellville
Hosted by Art of the Valley

Sign your kiddos up for our Easter paint class!  Pick a time on Saturday March 30th and one of the 3 paintings! Seats are limited! #easterpainting #paintingisfun #thingstodoinrussellville #artofthevalley #kidspaintingclass

Arkansas Showdown 2019

Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Russellville High School, 2203 S Knoxville Ave, Russellville
Hosted by Arkansas Showdown Martial Arts Championship and Arkansas Sport Karate Circuit
Tickets: www.askcshowdown.com

Open Martial Arts tournament ProMac ASKC and NASKA 1A Rated Russellville AR. - March 30th
www.arkansasshowdown.com

2019 Age to Age Baggo Tournament

Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Arkansas River Valley, 600 E 16th St, Russellville
Hosted by Age to Age Inc, Wesley Foundation, Arkansas Tech University

Thrivent Community Pinnacle Associates presents the second annual Age to Age Baggo Tournament fundraiser, hosted at the Boys & Girls Club of the Arkansas River Valley. All proceeds from this tournament will go directly to the Age to Age program

WHAT: Age to Age Baggo Tournament
WHEN: March 30th, 9:30-1pm
WHERE: Boys & Girls Club of the Arkansas River Valley (600 E 16th St. Russellville, AR)
PRIZES: $100 Cash prize for winning team of each division

This tournament will feature three tournament bracket divisions (Adults, Kids, & Mixed). Registration will be from 9:30-10:00 and tournament play will begin at 10:15. Adult teams are $25, Kid teams (15 & under) are $!5, and Mixed teams are $25. Each participant will receive a free T-shirt, but please pre-register to ensure your shirt size. There will be a concession stand and great raffle prizes to give away!

Please PRE-REGISTER by going online to https://goo.gl/forms/ip3UtvTCVXrWjP0E2 or by calling (479) 968-4159


Neighbor's Table

Saturday, March 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.

BST LIVE in DARDANELLE, AR

Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 9:00 pm
Front Street Bar & Grill, 115 S. Front St., Dardanelle
Hosted by BIG Shane Thornton

Full Band Performance!
Showtime- 9:00pm
Its been almost 7 years since BST performed at Front Street! Come early for an amazing dinner, followed by drinks, live music, dancing & more drinks!
If you are in the Russellville area; Front Street is the place to be!!!!!
**Drink Responsibly by bringing a designated driver and/or calling a cab or uber.

Open Your Heart Concert - With Matt Stell & Jason Campbell

Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 5:00 pm
Room 29:11, 201 S. Chestnut Street, Morrilton
Hosted by Room 29:11 and Matt Stell
Tickets: https://ticketstripe.com/OpenYourHeartsRoom2911

Open Your Hearts: An evening to benefit foster and guardianship families in our community.
Come join us for a lot of music and memories at the historic Rialto Community Arts Center in Downtown Morrilton. Conway County rising country music star, Matt Stell, will play an acoustic show to help raise funds to kick off the 2019 campaign to build a 29:11 Promise House to serve Arkansas foster and guardianship families. Locally renowned country musician, Jason Campbell, will play an opening performance. There will be a meal and meet and greet for VIP tickets with seating beginning at 5:00 p.m. Details about priority seating, meal location, and meet and greet will be sent upon purchase of tickets. Don’t miss out on the entertainment and presentation about Room 29:11 and the work being done to help our foster children and guardianship families. There will be floor and balcony general admission seating available at a reduced price. These sections will begin seating at 7:00 p.m.

The Wandering Troubadours - Benefit Concert

Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Arkansas Center for Music Education, 502 Tyler Rd, Russellville
Hosted by Arkansas Center for Music Education

The Wandering Troubadours will present a 2-hour benefit concert on Saturday, March 30, 2019, at 6 pm, with all proceeds benefiting Arkansas Center for Music Education, a non-profit community music education organization located in Russellville.

When:  Saturday March 30 - 6 pm
Where: Arkansas Center for Music Education
             502 Tyler Road in Russellville
Cost: $15 for adults
          $10 for kids 12 & under
          Children under 2 Free
Ticket price includes dessert and drink
LIMITED SEATING - ADVANCE TICKETS REQUIRED

Tickets available at Arkansas Center for Music Education. Call 479-219-5260 for hours (leave a message if no answer).

MDA Charity Tournament

Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 1:00 to 6:00 pm
Xtreme Paintball and Laser Tag
Hosted by Xtreme Paintball and Laser Tag

Xtreme Paintball and Laser Tag is hosting a 5-Man Paintball Tournament Saturday, March 30th. Start time will be 1 pm. This tournament will be run by the Kappa Alpha Fraternity at AR Tech. Proceeds will go to MDA Research. Entry fee is $100 per team. Paintballs will be $60 per case of 2000. The tournament will be a team death match with a 2 lost elimination. The winning team will receive $200. This will be a good time to help Muscular Dystrophy Research and have a great time playing paintball. The games will be played on the Woods and WW11 fields. Cutoff for entry will be Friday, March 29. Call me at 479-280-4009 or Sam at Kappa Alpha 479-213-1611 for more information or to enter.



Sunday, March 31, 2019


Hadden Sayers Solo Acoustic

Sunday, March 31, 2019 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm
The Old Bank Sports Grill, 220 W Main St, Russellville
Hosted by Hadden Sayers Band

Arkansas fans, don't miss Hadden Sayers solo acoustic show at the Old Bank Sports Grill the end of this month!  Hadden has been nominated by the Blues Foundation for Best Acoustic Artist for 2019. He'll play some tunes from his new acoustic album, Acoustic Dopamine!  Come out to support this fabulous musician and hear some great blues rock.

Fish Fry & Family Feud

Sunday, March 31, 2019 from 12:00 to 3:00 pm
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Hosted by Russellville First United Methodist Church

Join us on Sunday, March 31, at the Lake Dardanelle State Park Pavilion for some yummy fish, friendly games of Family Feud and other great activities for EVERY AGE! This is a family fun event where everyone can get involved! Bring your lawn chairs and yard games to enjoy an afternoon in fellowship. Tickets are $5.00 per person and include a meal of fried catfish and hush puppies. 

Singing!

Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 5:00 pm
Harmony Freewill Baptist Church, 3580 SR 124 Russellville
Hosted by The French Family

Singing!

Jack Taufer Jiu Jitsu Seminar

Sunday, March 31, 2019 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Força Martial Arts & Fitness - Russellville, 900 West E Street, Russellville
Hosted by Força Martial Arts & Fitness - Russellville and Russellville Fitness Kickboxing

Jack Taufer Jiu Jitsu Seminar
Força Martial Arts & Fitness, Russellville, AR. 72801
2:00pm-4:00.   $50

A Screening of the film Varanasi, India: "Beyond"

Sunday, March 31, 2019 from 6:00 to 7:30 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

Join us as we watch and discuss this stunningly beautiful film by Cale Glendening, Joey L., and Ryan McCarty. Lasting 43 minutes, the film follows three friends who travel to a a Hindu festival on the Ganges River to photograph and come to know the sadhus (or holy men) there. All are welcome. Popcorn and other snacks will be served. Here is a description of the film from Cale Glendening’s website:

Almost every major religion breeds ascetics; wandering monks who have renounced all earthly possessions, dedicating their lives to the pursuit of spiritual liberation.Their reality is dictated only by the mind, not material objects. Even death is not a fearsome concept, but a passing from the world of illusion.

"BEYOND" is an exclusive documentary featuring photographer Joey L. Set in Varanasi, India. The documentary by filmmaker Cale Glendening follows Joey and his assistant Ryan as they complete their latest photo series- "Holy Men."



Arkansas State Parks Events This Weekend


Masters of the Night

Friday, March 29, 2019 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm
Lake Dardanelle State Park, 100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR 72802, Phone: 479-967-5516
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Amphitheater

Bat populations are in decline due to misinformation and fear. Meet a park interpreter at the amphitheater to discover the bat myths that have given them a bad reputation and learn which bats you can find here at Lake Dardanelle State Park.

Crumple Watershed

Saturday, March 30, 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: Amphitheater

The watershed surrounding Lake Dardanelle is the backbone for the Arkansas River as the river journeys through the lake creating opportunities for people like you. Join a park interpreter at the amphitheater to learn about Lake Dardanelle’s vast and wide watershed. Then make your own watershed and see how the water rolls through your land!

Reptilian Riddles

Saturday, March 30, 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: Amphitheater

Many creatures call Lake Dardanelle State Park home, including many reptiles. Join a park interpreter at the amphitheater to discover some of the things that make reptiles unique, as well as to get an up close look at one of the park’s reptiles.

Fish Factors

Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 6:00 to 7:00 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's Center

The health of Lake Dardanelle’s aquatic ecosystems is influenced by people. Find out how you can decrease the impact of your fingerprint to improve the aquatic fishery habitat. Join park staff in the grassy area cross from the visitor center to learn how you can help.

Color Walk

Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm
Lake Dardanelle State Park, 100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR 72802, Phone: 479-967-5516
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Visitor's Center

With the beginning of spring comes an abundance of color. Join a park interpreter at the visitor center for an easy walk through the park to discover just how colorful this season is.

Fireside Stories

Sunday, March 31, 2019 from 7:30 to 8:30 pm
Lake Dardanelle State Park, 100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR 72802, Phone: 479-967-5516
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Amphitheater

Telling stories is a centuries-old tradition created for pleasure, as well as to pass down the history and oral traditions of an area or group of people. Meet a park interpreter at the amphitheater to hear some stories, share some stories, and enjoy the fire light. Bring something to sit on.  


Owls: Superheroes of the Forest

Saturday, March 30, 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 they even fight bad guys! Join a park interpreter to find out what else these superheroes can do.

Owl Prowl

Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 7:30 to 8:15 pm
Mount Nebo State Park, 16728 West State Hwy. 155, Dardanelle, AR 72834 Phone: 479-229-3655
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Bench Overlook Park

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

Wildflower Hike

Saturday, March 30, 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

Mount Nebo State Park is home to a multitude of wildflowers that are lots of different shapes, sizes, and colors that bloom for a short time before giving way to the next lineup of wildflowers. Join a park interpreter on an easy to moderate hike to see what wildflowers are blooming now! Don’t forget your favorite field guide, sturdy footwear, and water!

Good Morning Hike

Sunday, March 31, 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

Are you looking for a healthy way to start your morning? Join a park interpreter on a leisurely morning hike on a portion of the Rim Trail to enjoy the nature and to take in the beautiful scenery on Mount Nebo. Make sure to wear appropriate footwear and bring plenty of water! 


Wings Over the River Valley

Friday, March 29, 2019 from 2:00 to 2:30 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 see what takes flight over this historic point. We may see vultures, hawks, or other birds, and it’s all a fun learning experience. The scenery is great too. Bring binoculars if you have them. If not, we will have a few available to borrow.

Owl Prowl

Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 7:30 to 8:30 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

Meet Park Interpreter BT to discover more about the nocturnal birds of prey called owls that make Petit Jean State Park their home. Before the evening is over, we will make a hike down Cedar Falls Trail and invite a few owls to come in for a visit. Please bring a flashlight for the walk out.

Bear Cave Hike

Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 8:30 to 9:15 am
Petit Jean State Park, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR 72110 Phone: 501-727-5441
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Bear Cave Parking Area

Join Park Interpreter Carrie for an interesting walk among 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.

Cedar Falls Hike

Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon
Petit Jean State Park, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR 72110 Phone: 501-727-5441
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Breezeway of Mather Lodge

To know Petit Jean State Park, you have to know Cedar Falls. Meet Park Interpreter Carrie to hike down to the foot of this landmark waterfall! The Cedar Falls Hike is a 2-mile strenuous round trip. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring along plenty of water.

Rock House Cave Hike

Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 4:00 to 4:45 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 Carrie to hike to the park’s archeology site, Rock House Cave. We will view American Indian rock art and discover windows into the past that these images provide. This hike is ¼-mile long. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring along water.

Knots and Navigation

Sunday, March 31, 2019 from 4:00 to 4:30 pm
Petit Jean State Park, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR 72110 Phone: 501-727-5441 
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: CCC Room

Meet Park Interpreter Carrie to put your knot tying skills to the test. While learning some new knots, we will also be learning how to explore Petit Jean State Park with a map in hand!

Cedar Creek Trail

Sunday, March 31, 2019 from 11:00 to 12:30 am
Petit Jean State Park, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR 72110 Phone: 501-727-5441 
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Pioneer Cabin, Cedar Creek Trailhead

From carpet rocks to iron formations to many small waterfalls, Cedar Creek Trail is one of the most fascinating areas of Petit Jean State Park. Join Park Interpreter Carrie to discover some of the animals, plants, and natural forces that can be found along this beautiful, scenic trail. This moderately difficult trail is a 1 ¼-mile loop. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water.

Nocturnal Hike

Sunday, March 31, 2019 from 7:30 to 8:15 pm
Petit Jean State Park, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR 72110 Phone: 501-727-5441 
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Cedar Falls Overlook

Nature is awesome at night! Are you brave enough to take on the nighttime forest? Join Park Interpreter Carrie for this short night hike. We will listen to the night sounds, learn about nocturnal animals and test our night vision. Be sure to bring a flashlight!


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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