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This Weekend in the River Valley

Shannon Foster

Shannon Foster may be somewhat new to the team, but she is by no means a real estate rookie!  A long term resident of the River Valley, in 2014 S...

Shannon Foster may be somewhat new to the team, but she is by no means a real estate rookie!  A long term resident of the River Valley, in 2014 S...

Jul 11 23 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, July 12, 2019


Open jump at Tom E Tiger

Friday, July 12, 2019, from 1:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Tom E Tiger 3700 west main street, Russellville, Arkansas 72801
Hosted by Tom E Tiger 

Open Jump from 1:30pm - 7:30pm
$5 - 1 hour
$8 - 2 hours
$16 - day pass



Free Knitting Classes at PCLS

Friday, July 12, 2019, at 4:00 pm
Pope County Library System 116 E 3rd St, Russellville, Arkansas 72801
Hosted by  PCLS YA and Pope County Library System

Every 2nd Friday at 4pm the Pope County Library will be offering free knitting classes for teens and adults! All supplies will be provided.




Kids Summer Art Camps 2019

Friday, July 12, 2019, from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
River Valley Arts Center 1001 E B St, Russellville, Arkansas 72801
Hosted by River Valley Arts Center 

2019 Summer Art Camp Dates
Kids 6-12 years old
June 10 - August 2 10:00am-12noon & 2:00pm-4:00pm
Mark your calendars! Classes are filling quickly!!
$75-$105.00 per child for all camps. Price includes 5 days,
new projects each day (supplies are included)
and a RVAC water bottle for every child.
Date                            Time                   Class                     Price
Week of June 10    10-12 or 2-4    Art                            $75/$90
Week of June 17    10-12            Flower Creation    $75/90
                              2-4                    Art                            $75/90
Week of June 24    10-12            Flower Creation    $75/90
                              2-4                    Art                            $75/90
Week of July 8            10-12              Art/Pottery            $90/105
                             2-4                   Art                            $75/90
Week of July 15    10-12 or 2-4   Art                            $75/90
Week of July 22    10-12          Art/Pottery                    $90/105
                            2-4                  Art                            $75/90
Week of July 29    10-12 or 2-4   Art                            $75/90


!!!Grand Opening!!! Kutter’s Off-Road Park 

Friday, July 12, 2019, from 12:00 pm to Sunday, July 14, 2019, at 5:00 pm
Kutter’s Off Road Park 5165–5581 Griffin Flat Rd, Atkins, Arkansas 72823
Hosted by  Kutter’s Off Road Park

Kutter,s Off Road Park Grand Opening July 12th-14th! Gates will open the 12th “Friday” at noon! 10$ per person at the gate! Come ride and check out our trails and mud holes! More than welcome to camp! Over 1,200 acres to ride!



Game Night

Friday, July 12, 2019, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Dog Ear Books 301 W Main St., Russellville, Arkansas 72801
Hosted by Dog Ear Books

Do you like playing games and making friends? Then come on down. It is great for all ages and you can bring your own games or play our games!   

Friday Night Trey Johnson is back at Front Street Grill!

Friday, July 12, 2019, at 9:00 pm to 1:00 am
Front Street Bar & Grill 115 S. Front St., Dardanelle, Arkansas 72834
Hosted by  Front Street Grill

Trey Johnson and Jason Willmon are back at Front Street Grill FINALLY! That's right that foot-stomping guitar bluesman is back with his harmonica playing sidekick! If you missed out last time don't miss out this Friday cause no telling when we can get them back!




Saturday, July 13, 2019


Saturday night Rockey Don Jones at Front Street Grill

Saturday, July 13, 2019, at 9:00 pm to 1:00 am
Front Street Bar & Grill 115 S. Front St., Dardanelle, Arkansas 72834
Hosted by  Front Street Grill

Saturday night Rockey Don Jones will be playing Front Street Grill! Get here early and enjoy our bacon wrapped filet dinner for just $16.95


Exploration Station

Saturday, July 13, 2019, from 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Pope County Library System 116 E 3rd St, Russellville, Arkansas 72801
Hosted by  Pope County Library System 

A storytime followed by a hands-on STEM activity.  This month we will be exploring sharks.  Ages 2-12, siblings and caretakers.



Pope County Farmer's Market

Saturday, July 13, 2019, from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm
Russellville Downtown 320 W C St, Russellville, Arkansas 72801
Hosted by Kuroki Bakery: Artisan Breads and Pastries and 7 others

Depot Park hosts the 2019 Farmer's Market! Farm vendors will have a large selection of farm-raised produce, meat, eggs, and honey. Other vendors will have excellent artisan baked goods, home-baked items, jams and jellies, and an assortment of crafts.



The 7th Annual Wade Walters Memorial Bass Fishing Tournament

Saturday, July 13, 2019, from 5:30 am to 3:00 pm
Lake Dardanelle State Park Russellville, Arkansas 72802
Hosted by  Chelsy Lyles  

The 7th Annual Wade Walters Memorial Bass Fishing Tournament will be held at Lake Dardanelle State Park, Saturday, July 13, 2019. Take off will be at 5:30 a.m or first safe light after. Weigh-in will be at 3 pm at the weigh-in station. Registration fee is $60 per boat, this INCLUDES big bass!
Registration will be Friday night 5-8pm at the weigh-in station & Saturday morning beginning at 4:30 am
You will draw for boat launch order WHEN YOU REGISTER Friday night or Saturday morning.

Teacher Appreciation Event

Saturday, July 13, 2019, from 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Walmart Clarksville - Clarksville, Arkansas 72830
Hosted by  Walmart Clarksville - E Market St 

T-H-A-N-K Y-O-U Teachers! We're celebrating you and all your hard work! Join us this weekend for a special Teacher's Only Event complete with cake, ice cream, cold drinks, photo booths, and goodie bags galore. The first 300 teachers at every store will receive a goodie bag with treats from Crayola, 3M, Bic, Fiskars and more! Please bring your teacher ID or email address.





Sunday, July 14, 2019



Concealed Carry Class

Sunday, July 14, 2019, at 1:00 pm
True Grit Trading Post and Auction Services
Hosted by  Arkansas Concealed Carry Instructor, Gary Morrison #14-1016     

We provide all paperwork and do fingerprints for your concealed carry application. Classroom and live fire day of class. Cost of class is $50.00! 

CASA Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser

Sunday, July 14, 2019, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Stoby's Russellville 405 W Parkway Dr, Russellville, Arkansas 72801
 Hosted by CASA of the 5th Judicial District, Arkansas Zombie Challenge, Friends of CASA for Pope, Johnson and Franklin Counties in Arkansas  

$5 for all you can eat pancakes, sausage, and drinks. All proceeds will go to benefit a child in foster care in our community.





Arkansas State Parks Events This Weekend



TRANSFORMERS

Meeting Place: Orientation Room
Friday, July 12, 2019, from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Lake Dardanelle State Park, 100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR 72802, Phone: 479-967-5516
Admission: Free

Lake Dardanelle State Park is home to many creatures. Tadpoles and polliwogs transform into insect-eating machines throughout Lake Dardanelle State Park. Join a park interpreter in the visitor center Orientation Room to explore these transformers and create an origami transformer yourself.


MEADOWBROOK BINGO

Meeting Place: Amphitheater
Saturday, July 13, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Lake Dardanelle State Park, 100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR 72802, Phone: 479-967-5516
Admission: Free

Lake Dardanelle State Park’s Meadowbrook Trail is a thriving natural area. Join a park interpreter at the amphitheater for a leisurely stroll down the trail to discover some of the many things that call this area home, while playing a friendly game of Bingo.

WHAT'S FOR LUNCH?

Meeting Place: Visitor Center
Saturday, July 13, 2019 from 1:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Lake Dardanelle State Park, 100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR 72802, Phone: 479-967-5516
Admission: Free

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, July 13, 2019, from 1:45 pm to 2:00 pm
Lake Dardanelle State Park, 100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR 72802, Phone: 479-967-5516
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Kids' Corner  

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

TURTLE LOST AND FOUND

Meeting Place: Near the Dardanelle Area Playground
Saturday, July 13, 2019, from 11 p.m. - 12 p.m.
Lake Dardanelle State Park, 100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR 72802, Phone: 479-967-5516
Admission: Free

Did you know that just by looking at the body of a turtle, it can tell you where it lives? Join a park interpreter near the playground in the Dardanelle Area campground to learn about some of the turtles found here in Lake Dardanelle.

PIONEER PLAY

Meeting Place: Grassy Area across from the Visitor Center
Saturday,  July 13, 2019, from 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Lake Dardanelle State Park, 100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR 72802, Phone: 479-967-5516
Admission: Free  

Imagine that you are a child traveling to new territory with your parents long ago. What would you have done for fun? Join a park interpreter in the grassy area across from the visitor center to discover how kids passed the time while their parents forged the culture you find here today and try your hand at some old-fashioned fun. All ages welcome!

NATURE JOURNALS

Meeting Place: Orientation Room
Sunday, July 13, 2019, from 2:30 a.m. - 3:30 a.m.
Lake Dardanelle State Park, 100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR 72802, Phone: 479-967-5516
Admission: Free

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 visitor center 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.


WILDLIFE BINGO

Meeting Place: Orientation Room
Saturday, July 13, 2019, from 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Lake Dardanelle State Park, 100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR 72802, Phone: 479-967-5516
Admission: Free 

You can explore nature at this park because Lake Dardanelle State Park’s diverse habitats sustain many living creatures. Join a park interpreter in the visitor center Orientation Room and discover some of the creatures that call this area home.

CREATURES OF THE NIGHT

Meeting Place: Amphitheater
Saturday, July 13, 2019, from 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Lake Dardanelle State Park, 100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR 72802, Phone: 479-967-5516
Admission: Free

Lake Dardanelle State Park is home to many creatures. Some are only active at night. Join a park interpreter at the amphitheater and learn what animals emerge when we go to sleep. We will be outside, so dress for the weather.

MORNING BIRD WALK

Meeting Place: Visitor Center
Sunday, July 14, 2019, from 8:30 am - 9:30 am
Lake Dardanelle State Park, 100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR 72802, Phone: 479-967-5516
Admission: Free

Join a park interpreter at the visitor center to take a walk through the area in search of our visiting birds. Even if you’ve never birded before, you can enjoy these creatures in a whole new way!

MARSH MYSTERY

Meeting Place: Grassy Area across from the Visitor Center
Sunday, July 14, 2019, from 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Lake Dardanelle State Park, 100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR 72802, Phone: 479-967-5516
Admission: Free

As the Arkansas River journeys through Lake Dardanelle, it continually shapes the land and creates opportunities for people like you. We must be careful when enjoying these opportunities that we don’t affect others. Join a park interpreter in the grassy area across from the visitor center and help her solve a marsh mystery. Discover how you can help protect our natural areas.

FISH PRINTS

Meeting Place: Grassy Area across from the Visitor Center
Sunday, July 14, 2019, from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Lake Dardanelle State Park, 100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR 72802, Phone: 479-967-5516
Admission: Free

Lake Dardanelle’s fishery is healthy and diverse. We’ll be using the fishery as inspiration to make some beautiful creations. Meet a park interpreter in the grassy area across from the visitor center to create some fishy art.

TESTING THE WATERS

Meeting Place: Kayak Beach
Sunday, July 14, 2019, from 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Lake Dardanelle State Park, 100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR 72802, Phone: 479-967-5516
Admission: Free

The Arkansas River journeys through Lake Dardanelle’s diverse fishery. What lives in the lake is determined by its health. Join us at the kayak beach as we test the waters of Lake Dardanelle to determine how healthy our lake is and what type of diversity we can find in the fishery.



“GIRL SCOUTS LOVE STATE PARKS” INAUGURAL NATIONAL EVENT

Meeting Place: Visitor Center
Saturday, July 13, 2019, from 2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Mt. Nebo State Park 16728 State Hwy 155, Dardanelle, AR 72834 Phone: (479) 229-3655 
Admission: Free

Today Girl Scouts of the USA are partnering with America's State Parks on the first-ever National Girl Scouts Love State Parks event, for girls, families, and friends to experience the great outdoors, an integral part of the organization's all-girl leadership program. Join thousands of girls in hundreds of state parks across the United States to find adventure, explore nature, and learn what Girls Scouts is all about.

Girl Scouts are encouraged to spend time exploring Mount Nebo State Park while earning their hiking badge! Discover what it takes to plan and pack for a successful hike. Afterward, girl scouts will hit the trail with a park interpreter to put their new knowledge into practice! Registration is required by July 3 by signing up with the Girl Scouts Diamonds council online at  www.GirlScoutsDiamonds.org. #GSoutdoors GSLoveStateParks

A DAY IN THE LIFE

Meeting Place: Bench Overlook Parking Lot
Sunday, July 14, 2019, from 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Mt. Nebo State Park 16728 State Hwy 155, Dardanelle, AR 72834 Phone: (479) 229-3655 
Admission: Free

The CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) played a large role in the development of Mount Nebo State Park. They built the cabins that park visitors stay in, they built trails that park visitors hike, and they built the highway that park visitors drive. What was their daily lifelike, though? Join a park interpreter to discover what the day to day life of a CCC Enrollee was like.

BIRDING BEYOND YOUR BACKYARD

Meeting Place: Summit Park Trailhead
Sunday, July 14, 2019, from 9:00 am - 9:45 am
Mt. Nebo State Park 16728 State Hwy 155, Dardanelle, AR 72834 Phone: (479) 229-3655 
Admission: Free

Pick up some birding tips on a short hike with a park interpreter at Mount Nebo State Park. Don’t forget to bring some binoculars, your favorite field guide, and some water. The trail will be moderately difficult.


BEARS OUT THERE

Meeting Place: Historic CCC Room at Mather Lodge
Friday, July 12, 2019, from 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Petit Jean State Park 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road Morrilton, AR 72110 Phone: 501-727-5441
Admission: Free

Want to discover more than the bare facts about bears? Meet Park Interpreter BT for an exploration of the history and present-day status of bears around Petit Jean State Park.

OWL PROWL

Meeting Place: Amphitheater
Friday, July 12, 2019, from 8:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Petit Jean State Park 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road Morrilton, AR 72110 Phone: 501-727-5441
Admission: Free

Meet Park Interpreter Carrie 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 invite a few owls to come in for a visit. Please bring a flashlight and wear close-toed shoes.

NAVIGATING PETIT JEAN

Meeting Place: Public Swimming Pool Parking Area
Friday, July 12, 2019, from 9:00 am - 9:30 am
Petit Jean State Park, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR 72110 Phone: 501-727-5441 
Admission: Free

Modern GPS units are everywhere: in smartphones, in automobiles. But when high-tech disappears, getting back to essential compass reading is never a bad idea. Join Park Interpreter BT to begin orienteering for points unknown by using magnetic compass coordinates. Please bring a compass if you have one.

CEDAR FALLS OVERLOOK STROLL

Meeting Place: Cedar Falls Overlook Parking Area
Friday, July 12, 2019, from 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Petit Jean State Park, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR 72110 Phone: 501-727-5441
Admission: Free

Join Park Interpreter Carrie for this easy, handicap accessible, ¼-mile stroll. We will talk about some of the things that make Petit Jean a special place, as well as enjoy the view of Cedar Falls from the overlook. Please bring water to drink.

LEGENDS OF PETIT JEAN

Meeting Place: Historic CCC Room at Mather Lodge
Saturday, July 13, 2019, from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
Petit Jean State Park, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR 72110 Phone: 501-727-5441
Admission: Free

Petit Jean, a strange and fascinating mountain with many natural wonders…but that isn’t all that is fascinating. Meet Park Interpreter BT to discover some stories surrounding the naming of this mountain during the early days of exploration.

PETIT JEAN SOFTBALL

Meeting Place: Ball Field next to Old Chimney
Saturday, July 13, 2019, from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Petit Jean State Park, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR 72110 Phone: 501-727-5441 
Admission: Free
Meet the park interpreters for a fun, family game of softball – Petit Jean style. We have some softball equipment, but if you have your own bring it out and join us.

WILDFLOWER WALK ON RED BLUFF DRIVE

Meeting Place: CCC Overlook on Red Bluff Drive
Saturday, July 13, 2019, from 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Petit Jean State Park, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR 72110 Phone: 501-727-5441 
Admission: Free

Join Park Interpreter Carrie at one of the most scenic overlooks at Petit Jean State Park, CCC Overlook, to enjoy the beautiful wildflowers of Petit Jean. We will take a short stroll in the wildflower area nearby to get familiar with some of the wildflowers that you can see during your stay.

MAMMALS IN THE AIR

Meeting Place: Amphitheater
Saturday, July 13, 2019, from 7:45 pm - 8:15 pm
Petit Jean State Park, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR 72110 Phone: 501-727-5441
Admission: Free

Bats are crucial to a healthy ecosystem and Petit Jean Mountain is no exception to that. Join Park Interpreter Ross to learn more about these flying mammals and how they can be beneficial to us.

BIRDS, FLOWERS, AND CANYON WALLS

Meeting Place: Breezeway of Historic Mather Lodge
Saturday, July 13, 2019, from 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Petit Jean State Park, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR 72110 Phone: 501-727-5441
Admission: Free

Bring your binoculars, if you have them, and join Park Interpreter BT. We are taking a short hike to the Cedar Falls Overlook, looking for summer wildflowers and bird species along the way. We will have a few binoculars available for those without them.

CCC STROLL

Meeting Place: Boathouse Breezeway
Sunday, July 14, 2019, from 9:00 am - 9:30 am
Petit Jean State Park, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR 72110 Phone: 501-727-5441
Admission: Free

Meet Park Interpreter Carrie for a stroll through the picnic area. We will take a walk back in time to see what life was like for the Civilian Conservation Corps on the mountain. The walk is about a half-mile long. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes and bring water!

CEDAR CREEK TRAIL ADVENTURE

Meeting Place: Pioneer Cabin (Cedar Creek Trailhead)
Sunday, July 14, 2019, from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Petit Jean State Park, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR 72110 Phone: 501-727-5441
Admission: Free

Join Park Interpreter Carrie for an enlightening hike down and around the upper canyon of picturesque Cedar Creek (Note: this trail does not lead to the waterfall.) This moderately-strenuous trail is 1 ¼ mile long. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring along some water.

SEVEN HOLLOWS FIRE HIKE

Meeting Place: Boathouse Breezeway
Sunday, July 14, 2019, from 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
Petit Jean State Park, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR 72110 Phone: 501-727-5441
Admission: Free

Meet Park Interpreter Ross to take a hike down the trail. We will talk about the importance of fire on the Petit Jean Mountain ecosystem. We will only be hiking a portion of the trail.

SUNSET STROLL

Meeting Place: Richter Memorial Overlook
Sunday, July 14, 2019, from 8:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Petit Jean State Park, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR 72110 Phone: 501-727-5441
Admission: Free

Meet Park Interpreter Ross and take a short stroll to the CCC Overlook where you can watch the sunset from one of the most scenic locations in the park. Bring a flashlight for the walk back to your car. Sunset is at approximately 8:25 p.m.


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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