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This Weekend in the River Valley

Cheree Miller
Oct 18 23 minutes read

TGIF! The weekend is here -- and with it, LOTS of activities to enjoy with family and friends all over the Arkansas River Valley. Have plans for the weekend? If you are looking for something to do, 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, October 18, 2019



Hope In The Valley 2019

Friday, October 18, 2019 from 6 - 8pm
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville, Arkansas 72802
Hosted by New Hope Youth Ministries
Tickets: www.newhopeyouth.org

Experience cuisine from the area’s best restaurants as you stroll along a path of luminaries amid festive lights, live music from the Tech Jazz Band, and dancing.  We’ll have prize giveaways, free emailed portraits from a local photographer, and more, all amidst the most beautiful venue you’ll experience this year!


War Eagle Mill Fair 2019

This weekend, October 17 - 20, 2019 from 8am to 4pm
War Eagle Mill, Rogers Arkansas, 11045 War Eagle Rd, Rogers, Arkansas 72756
Hosted by War Eagle Mill, Rogers Arkansas

Come experience the best craft fair in the region! Hundreds of vendors, food trucks, live music, craft demos, etc. all centered around our historic War Eagle Mill, Rogers Arkansas. 

Game Night

Friday, October 18, 2019 from 6 - 8pm
Pope County Library System, 116 E 3rd St, Russellville, Arkansas 72801

Bring your favorite boardgame or chose from our selection! Play solo computer games or take turns with our video gaming systems! Game Night at the Pope County Library is every 3rd Friday from 6-8pm.


Adopt a Shelter Dog Month - Free Adoptions

Friday & Saturday, October 18-19, 2019 from 9am to 5pm
City of Russellville - Animal Control, 3115 S Mobile Ave, Russellville, Arkansas 72802
Hosted by City of Russellville - Animal Control

Free Adoption Event! Monday, October 14th - Saturday, October 19th all adoption fees are waved. This event is to celebrate Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. Come to the animal shelter and pick up your new best friend!


Game Night

Friday, October 18, 2019 from 5 - 7pm
Dog Ear Books, 301 W Main St., Russellville, Arkansas 72801
Hosted by Dog Ear Books

Every Friday excluding Art Walk we will have Game Night from 5-7 pm. You can bring your own games or play ours. It is for any and all ages and free!

Zombie is back.

Friday, October 18, 2019, from 5 PM – 10 PM
Hourglass Escape Rooms 2606 West Main Street, Russellville, Arkansas 72801
Hosted by Hourglass Escape Rooms  

During the month of October on Friday and Saturday nights starting at 5:00 pm, our Zombie will be back in our Pandemic room. The cost will be $15.00 per player. Space is limited. Don't miss your chance to save the world. Call 479-567-1068 to book your adventure. 

30 Yr Reunion Homecoming Football Game

Friday, October 18, 2019 from 7 - 10pm
Metheny Field, Clark Rd, Clarksville, Arkansas 72830
Hosted by Clarksville, AR Class of 1989

The CHS Homecoming football game is just a little over 4 weeks away! Please make plans for you and your family to be at Metheny Field on Friday, October 18. The game begins at 7:00. There will be an area in the stands reserved for us. We will meet on the track at halftime for a group photo. Come get reacquainted with the Class of 1989! 

 

Exotic Diamond Event - Russellville

Friday & Saturday, October 18-19, 2019 until 5pm
Lee Ann's Fine Jewelry (Russellville, AR) 805 East Parkway Drive, Russellville, Arkansas 72801
Hosted by Lee Ann's Fine Jewelry

Join us for a special 3 Day Event to view some of the most beautiful colored and special shaped diamonds we have ever had. These are one of a kind, so if you like unique and special jewelry that we could create some spectacular jewelry from, this is your event.

Homecoming 2019

Friday through Sunday, October 18 – 20, 2019 from 9am to 4pm
University of the Ozarks, 415 N College Ave, Clarksville, Arkansas 72830
Hosted by University of the Ozarks and University of the Ozarks Advancement & Alumni Engagement

Reconnect with classmates and enjoy a weekend on campus! Registration coming soon at ozarks.edu/homecoming

15th Annual Petit Jean Powered Parachute Fly-In

Friday through Monday, October 18-21, 2019 from 8am to 12pm
Petit Jean Park Airport, Morrilton, Arkansas 72110
Hosted by Petit Jean Powered Parachute Fly-In
Limited Capacity · 2 Spots Left - Reserve a spot and confirm details to attend

This is the 15th annual Petit Jean Powered Parachute Fly-In being held at the park campgrounds by the end of the runway.  Bobby Livingston started it in 2004 by just inviting a few pilots to camp out and do some flying. He passed away in 2011 but the Fly-In lives on in his memory and the tradition of a simple camp out/ Fly-In.  We'll launch sky lanterns Saturday night to honor those pilots that have flown west.

One of the neatest things about Petit Jean is that this is a family-friendly event. There are tons of things to do when not flying so bring your loved ones too!

This is a FREE fly-in, but camping is 22.00 per night and goes to the upkeep of the facilities. 



Saturday, October 19, 2019



Pope County Farmer's Market

Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 8am to 1pm
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.


Fall Pictures in the Alley

Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 7 to 8:30pm
The Alley, 310 West B Street, Russellville
Hosted by Kurt Jones Photography and The Alley

We'll be doing our first Fall Pictures in the Alley event of 2019 on Saturday evening, October 19th from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM.  Cost is $5 per pose and includes a 5x7 print.  Additional prints, enlargements, canvas prints, and high resolution digital images may also be purchased.  Pets are always welcome.  We hope to see you there!  #norulesinthealley


Crafty Kids - Halloween

Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 10am to 12noon
Pope County Library System, 116 E 3rd St, Russellville
Hosted by Pope County Library System

A Halloween Crafty Kids!
This program offers children the opportunity to practice arts and crafts.  This is not a class, pictures are provided as thought starters and kids are encouraged to use their creativity with provided supplies. 2-12 years old, siblings and parents.



27th Annual Street Legal State Championships!!

Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 9am to 11pm
Centerville Dragway Inc., 10239 Dragstrip Ln, Centerville
Hosted by Alice Holland

It's that time of the year again! Centerville Dragway's 27th Street Legal State Championships!! Perfect day to come out to the track and watch some awesome races!!

Entrance fee: Specators $10 | 12 and under free

Casey's in Russellville coming into Dardanelle carries E85.
307 S Arkansas Ave, Russellville, AR 72801

*The track now also carries Sunoco E85, $6.50/gallon!! Please have cash only!! Track does not accept cards or checks!!*

All cars must run water for this event. NO ANTIFREEZE!!! (Unless factory unmodified car) No oil leaks, no A/C while on the drag strip. After inspections, certain classes will be required to do a 10 mile drive. (Import classes does not have to partake.) All racers need to park inside the yellow lines provided on the return road during 10 mile drive!

*11:25 & Quicker must wear Helmet!!* | **NO GLASS BOTTLES ALLOWED**

Gates open at 9:00am | Tech Inspections at 10am-12pm | Qualifying will start at NOON!!!

Rules for Racers: http://www.centervilledragway.com/Rules%20for%20Racers.htm

Invite your friends and share our event page! If there are any questions please checkout Centerville Dragway website 


The Amazing Hallloween Race

Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 9am to 12noon
Hourglass Escape Rooms, 2606 West Main Street, Russellville
Hosted by Hourglass Escape Rooms

We are excited to announce our first Amazing Halloween Race! The race will take place on Saturday October 19th at 9:30 a.m. The cost is $30 per team. There is no limit to team size. You and your team will race around Russellville solving riddles and puzzles at each location to get the next envelope. Trophies will be awarded to the fastest 3 teams. You must register by October 16th, $30 is due at time of registration. You can register at Hourglass Escape Rooms 2606 W. Main Street. Call 479.567.1068 for more information. 


Neighbor's Table

Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 11:30am to 1pm
All Saints' Episcopal Church Russellville AR, 501 S Phoenix Ave, Russellville
Hosted by All Saints' Episcopal Church Russellville AR and Neighbors Table, Russellville 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.


Saturday night Jamie Jones and point remove

Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 9pm to 1am
Front Street Bar & Grill, 115 S. Front St., Russellville
Hosted by Front Street Grill

Saturday night get ready for Jamie Jones and Point Remove and special guest Rockey Jones! Get there early for our bacon wrapped filet dinner for just $17.95!


Open Mic Night!!

Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 6pm
Dog Ear Books, 301 W Main St., Russellville
Hosted by Dog Ear Books

Come bring your music, poetry, jokes, or whatever and share it with the community! 



Sunday, October 20, 2019



                              

Blessing of the Animals

Sunday, October 20, 2019 from 3 to 4pm
Russellville First United Methodist Church, 304 S Commerce Ave, Russellville
Hosted by Jade Collins and Russellville First United Methodist Church

On Sunday, October 20, at 3:00 p.m., bring your pet to church! We will have Blessing of Animals in the Pumpkin Patch! As we recognize our mutual interdependence with God's creatures, the Church's witness of stewardship of creation is strengthened. The blessing of each animal, by name, means that health, healing and life are being mediated from God for the benefit of the animal in its relationship with its human partners. So bring your four-legged friends to be blessed!

Gravel Group Ride at Holla Bend

Sunday, October 20, 2019 from 3 - 4:30pm
Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge, 10448 Holla Bend Rd, Dardanelle
Hosted by Rvoorc page

This will be a great introduction to the popular sport of "Gravel Grinding". Ride will consist of about 11 miles will little to no climbing. 

Free Family Fall Pictures

Sunday, October 20, 2019 from 1 to 4pm
Buckaroo Ranch, 210 Old Baptist Cemetary Rd, Russellville
Hosted by The Church In The Dirt

Come and use the beautiful backdrops of Buckaroo Ranch for your fall family pictures! Professional photographers will be on site to make sure you get some great quality shots for social media, Christmas cards, or to print off to hang on your wall!

We'll have indoor and outdoor options available, and lots of great fall/farm props. Walk-ups are welcome, but you can also schedule appointments with the photographers.

Please message Angie White for appointments, or you can text her at 1 (479) 567-4920.


Arkansas State Parks Events This Weekend



THE GREAT MIGRATION CHALLENGE

Meeting Place:  Grassy Area Across from Visitor Center
Friday, October 18, 2019, from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Lake Dardanelle State Park, 100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR 72802, Phone: 479-967-5516
Admission: Free

Each year, over 350 bird species travel hundreds and sometimes thousands of miles to find the food they need to survive. Lake Dardanelle State Park makes a perfect place for them to find this food and rest due to its diverse habitats. Can you take on that challenge? Meet a park interpreter in the grassy area across from the visitor center to try your luck!

WILDLIFE BINGO

Meeting Place: Orientation Room
Saturday, October 19, 2019, from 10:00 am to 11:00 am
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.

WHAT'S FOR LUNCH?

Saturday, October 19, 2019, from 1:30 pm - 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

Meeting Place:  Visitor Center
Saturday, October 19, 2019, from 1:45 am - 2:00 pm
Lake Dardanelle State Park, 100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR 72802, Phone: 479-967-5516
Admission: Free

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.

WHO GOES THERE?

Meeting Place: Orientation Room
Saturday, October 19, 2019, from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Lake Dardanelle State Park, 100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR 72802, Phone: 479-967-5516
Admission: Free

There are many creatures that call Lake Dardanelle State Park home. Join a park interpreter in the visitor center Orientation Room to discover who they are and what clues they leave behind as they move. After looking through the clues we will head down the trail and see if we discover any new clues and find out, who goes there?

RIVER RAMBLE

Meeting Place: Grassy Area Across from Visitor Center
Saturday, October 19, 2019, from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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. The river is always changing it hasn’t always looked the way it does today. Join a park ranger in the grassy area across from the visitor center to learn some of the hazards and bounty the river has in store. You will have to navigate your way to safety in order to reap the rewards in our fun river ramble.

OWL PROWL

Meeting Place: Seven Hollows Parking Area   
Friday, October 18, 2019, from 6:45 pm - 7:30 pm  
Petit Jean State Park, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR 72110 Phone: 501-727-5441 
Admission: Free

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 invite a few owls to come in for a visit. Please bring a flashlight for night walking.

CEDAR FALLS OVERLOOK STROLL

Meeting Place: Cedar Falls Overlook Parking Area  
Friday, October 18, 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 BT for this easy, handicap accessible, ¼-mile stroll. We will talk about some of the things that make Petit Jean State Park a special place, as well as enjoy the view of Cedar Falls from the overlook. Please bring water to drink.

BIRDS OF PETIT JEAN 

Meeting Place: Visitors Center
Saturday, October 19, 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

Meet Park Interpreter Ross to learn about some of the birds we have here at Petit Jean State Park and why they are important to our ecosystem. Bring a bird guidebook if you have one, and join in the fun!

MAMMALS OF PETIT JEAN

Meeting Place: Historic CCC Room of Mather Lodge
Saturday, October 19, 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

Meet Park Interpreter BT to guess which mammal the furs and skulls belong to. You will also discover some interesting features about these animals who live at Petit Jean State Park.

SUNSET AT THE PALISADES

Meeting Place: Palisades Overlook
Saturday, October 19, 2019, from 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Petit Jean State Park, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR 72110 Phone: 501-727-5441 
Admission: Free

Join Park Interpreter BT to see a magnificent Petit Jean State Park autumn sunset and to learn about the planetary movement that gives us the seasons of the year. The sun will set at approximately 6:33 p.m.  

CEDAR FALLS HIKE

Meeting Place: Breezeway at Mather Lodge
Saturday, October 19, 2019, from 8:30 am - 10:30 am
Petit Jean State Park, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR 72110 Phone: 501-727-5441 
Admission: Free

To know Petit Jean State Park, you must know Cedar Falls. Meet Park Interpreter Carrie at the breezeway of historic Mather Lodge to hike down to the foot of Arkansas’s most iconic waterfall! The Cedar Falls hike is a 2-mile round trip and is rated as strenuous. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring along plenty of water.

SEVEN HOLLOWS FIRE HIKE

Meeting Place: Seven Hollows Parking Area
Sunday, October 20, 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 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.

CEDAR FALLS OVERLOOK HIKE

Meeting Place: Cedar Falls Overlook Parking Area
Sunday, October 20, 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

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

COLORS AT THE CAVE

Meeting Place: Rock House Cave Parking Area
Sunday, October 20, 2019, from 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Petit Jean State Park, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR 72110 Phone: 501-727-5441 
Admission: Free

Join Park Interpreter Carrie at the Rock House Cave parking area for a hike down the Boy Scout trail. This hike will lead us up along the canyon for a spectacular view of the fall colors. Along the way we will discover why the colors change in the fall. This hike will take about 1 ½ hours. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes and bring water!

WEATHER SIGNS

Meeting Place: Amphitheater
Saturday, October 19, 2019, from 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Mount Nebo State Park, 16728 West State Hwy. 155, Dardanelle, AR 72834  Phone: 479-229-3655 
Admission: Free

Did you know that people used to predict the weather by watching how animals behaved or by what a fire did as it burned? Join a park interpreter to discover how to predict the weather without watching the evening news or looking at your phone! We'll predict this winter's weather while we're at it!  

NAVIGATION BASICS

Meeting Place: Amphitheater
Saturday, October 19, 2019, from 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Mount Nebo State Park, 16728 West State Hwy. 155, Dardanelle, AR 72834  Phone: 479-229-3655 
Admission: Free

Find your bearings at Mount Nebo State Park! Discover the ins and outs of using a compass with a park interpreter! Then, put your skills to the test as you navigate through a course. The park interpreter will have all necessary supplies.

MOUNT NEBO'S GREAT ARKANSAS CLEANUP

Meeting Place: Small Pavilion
Saturday, October 19, 2019, from 9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Mount Nebo State Park, 16728 West State Hwy. 155, Dardanelle, AR 72834  Phone: 479-229-3655 
Admission: Free

Mount Nebo State Park will host their Great Arkansas Cleanup event on Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 9 a.m. until noon. Volunteers are invited to help with this litter pickup throughout Mount Nebo State Park. Meet at the small pavilion to pick up supplies the morning of the cleanup, and meet back afterwards for a lunch provided by Mount Nebo State Park. Please call Mount Nebo State Park at (479) 229-3650 prior to October 12 to register.

OH DEER

Meeting Place: Amphitheater
Sunday, October 20, 2019, from 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Mount Nebo State Park, 16728 West State Hwy. 155, Dardanelle, AR 72834  Phone: 479-229-3655 
Admission: Free

Lots of deer call Mount Nebo State Park home. Discover the ins and outs of the life of a deer, and learn how to interact with them with a park interpreter.

GOOD MORNING HIKE

Meeting Place: Summit Park Trailhead
Sunday, October 20, 2019, from 9:00 am - 9:45 am
Mount Nebo State Park, 16728 West State Hwy. 155, Dardanelle, AR 72834  Phone: 479-229-3655 
Admission: Free

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 shoes and bring plenty of water!


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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