This Weekend in the River Valley
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
Friday, August 23, 2019
Gil Franklin has been a fixture on the Arkansas music scene for over three decades. While Gil accompanies himself expressively on guitar, it is his smoky voice that will draw you in. Born in Searcy, AR he moved to Sylvan Hills as a child. When he was 17 he bought a guitar for $10, which he describes as a junk piece, but it got him started. Later, he got his mama to co-sign for him to get an Epiphone Coronet from Moses Melody Shop. He picked up a Silvertone amp for $30 and was on his way. Gil learned country music by playing the honky tonks on the outskirts of town and he learned top 40 music by playing in, what he termed, “a tuxedo band” for three years. In 1978, he formed an outlaw country band called The Wooden Nickel Band but he was really interested in the blues. He learned to play the slide guitar just so he could play the blues even though everyone told him “you can’t make a living playing blues”. Ironically, Gil formed The Blues Patrol in 1982 and it was the most successful project thus far, lasting until 1989. Subsequently, hand surgery sidelined Gil and caused the demise of the band. After Gil recovered he was involved in a number of bands including Silver Band, Franklin-Devlin Band with Nick Devlin and, since 1995, the Gil Franklin Band.
You and your family are invited to come and join us as we partner with Brookdale Senior Living Solutions to honor their residents who have served with a special pinning ceremony.
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!
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Saturday, August 24, 2019
Saturday, August 24, 2019, at 8:30 am to 11:30 am
Russellville Aquatic Center 1300 North Phoenix Ave, Russellville, Arkansas 72801
Hosted by RussVegas Kids
The RussVegas Kids Triathlon is designed for any child, ages 7-13, regardless of athletic ability or prior triathlon experience who like to swim, bike, and run. The purpose of this event is to raise funds for the Arkansas Childrens Hospital and the River Valley Circle of Friends. This years race day is August 24, 2019, beginning at 8:30AM. The courses and distances were created to be achievable for all athletes and is intended to expose the young participants to the sport of triathlon.
This 1-day clinic will cover all fundamentals of pitching and catching. Registration for the clinic includes access either one or to both sessions if your player wishes to attend them both. Session 1 will be Catching, Session 2 will be Pitching. Again your participant may attend either one or both sessions with no additional cost or discount.
Instruction for Pitching Includes: proper pitching mechanics, pitch development, and arm care.
Instruction for Catching Includes: proper catching mechanics, different receiving positions, proper blocking technique, and throw down basics.
To pre-register send email inquiry to [email protected]
Clinic is planned to be held at Hickey Park baseball field(s) 3 & 4 in Russellville. In the event of inclement weather we will default to the following Saturday. *Event updates and messages will occur on this page.
What to bring:
Pitchers: Glove, cleats, hat, shorts or baseball pants, water bottle, sunblock.
Catchers: Glove (Catchers Mitt if available), cleats, hat, baseball pants, water bottle, sunblock. All players with protective catchers gear are encouraged to bring it. *Limited sets will be available.
Arrival and Registration
Saturday August 24th 9AM
Lunch is provided for all registered participants- we plan to serve various meat and cheese sandwiches and will provide Gatorade and Water. If your child has any special dietary considerations or preferences you may consider sending them with a sack lunch.
9:00AM - 9:30AM Registration/Sign In
9:30AM - NOON 1st Session (Catching)
NOON - 1:00PM LUNCH
1:00PM - 1:30PM Registration/Sign In
1:30PM - 4:00PM 2nd Session (Pitching)
*Schedule subject to change depending on weather, progress of the class, and number of participants in order to achieve the maximum possible development opportunities for the participants.
Additional questions may be asked on this event page or you may email or call Ereck Ladd by calling the number on the event photo.
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.
An acoustic evening with Brick Fields in Russellville, AR at the Old Bank Sports Grill.
Join us in fellowship at Arkansas Tech University for #ATU23 welcome back week and first scrimmage of the year. We will grill some hot dogs. Feel free to bring a side or drinks to share. Then join us at 7pm for the scrimmage.
Sat night special Bacon-wrapped filet dinner for just $16.95
Vertical Groove is a rock band based in Fort Smith AR will kick off at 9 pm!
Shinedown, Motley Crew, Chevelle, GFR, Thin Lizzy, Van Halen, Nirvana
RVOORC hosted ride. All riders are welcome! Bring plenty of hydration!
Sunday, August 25, 2019
JWe invite you to come out and support ARVAC at our pancake breakfast fundraiser to be held at Stoby's in Russellville. Tickets are only $5 a person.
Arkansas State Parks Events This Weekend
Lake Dardanelle is home to many creatures. Discover some of Lake Dardanelle State Park’s nocturnal residents. Join a park interpreter at the amphitheater and learn what animals come out when we go to sleep. We will be outside so dress for the weather.
The Arkansas River as it flows through Lake Dardanelle carries an enormous amount of water. Water has some fascinating properties including surface tension and cohesion. Join a park interpreter at the kayak beach to experiment with these properties and discover why they matter to you when you are enjoying the lake.
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?
Lake Dardanelle’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 feed these creatures; so come discover the small native wonders we have around us.
Many creatures call Lake Dardanelle home. Many of these amazing creatures are reptiles. Join a park interpreter in the visitor center orientation room to discover some of the things that make reptiles unique.
Lake Dardanelle State Park boasts many spectacular sunsets. Join a park interpreter at the visitor center to take an easy sunset stroll along the shoreline of the lake and enjoy the iconic views of the park. The entire path is barrier-free.
How well do you know the history and folklore of Arkansas? Join a park interpreter in the visitor center orientation room for this fun quiz game where teams will compete for prizes. All ages welcome!
You can explore nature at this park because Lake Dardanelle’s diverse habitats sustain many living creatures. Meadowbrook Trail is home to many of these creatures. Join a park interpreter at the amphitheater and discover what animals call this area home. Then head down the trail to see how many creatures you can see or what traces of them we can find.
Join a park interpreter to discover what animals live here in Mount Nebo State Park and what their fur feels like! Learn what features the animals have that help them survive here.
Frogs call in the spring and summer at Mount Nebo State Park. Join a park interpreter on a short hike on the Rim Trail to enjoy Mount Nebo State Park's frog chorus!
Join a park interpreter to take a hike and see if you can find everything on a scavenger hunt list. Keep your eyes open, you never know what you’ll spot! The park interpreter will provide the scavenger hunt list and necessary supplies. Wear sturdy footwear, and bring water.
Before Mount Nebo was a state park, it was home to the luxurious Summit Park Hotel that catered to the upper class. With activities that ranged from evening balls to horseback riding, it was the premier place to spend the summer in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Join a park interpreter to explore the nooks and crannies of Mount Nebo’s hotel history.
When you come to Mount Nebo State Park, you’re bound to see some white-tailed deer! Join a park interpreter to learn about the deer that live in the state park and pick up some tips on how to keep them safe!
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.
Meet Park Interpreter BT for this night hike down to the park’s archeology site: Rock House Cave. We will view ancient, mysterious rock art and try to imagine what life was like for the American Indians who created it. Please bring your flashlight. This hike is ¼-mile long and follows uneven terrain.
Meeting Place: Ball Field Next to Old Chimney
Saturday, August 24, 2019, from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Petit Jean State Park, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR 72110 Phone: 501-727-5441
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.
Join Park Interpreter BT to see a magnificent Petit Jean State Park summer sunset and to learn about the planetary movement that gives us the seasons of the year. The sun will set at approximately 7:50 p.m.
Meeting Place: Rock House Cave Parking Area
Saturday, August 24, 2019, from 9:00 am - 9:45 am
Petit Jean State Park, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR 72110 Phone: 501-727-5441
Meet with Park Interpreter Carrie to hike to the Park’s Archeology site, Rock House Cave. We will view American Indian rock art. This hike is ¼-mile long. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring along water.
Meet Park Interpreter Carrie for a stroll through the picnic area. We will take a walk back into 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!
Join Park Interpreter Carrie to put your knot tying skills to the test. We will also explore the park through maps you can take with you on your adventure around the park. These new skills may just help you while out on the trails here at Petit Jean State Park.
Join Park Interpreter BT for a fascinating 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 bring water and 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.