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This Weekend in the River Valley

Cheree Miller
Oct 24 25 minutes read

From Downtown Clean Up, to Craft Fairs, to Fund Raising events and Drag Strip Racing... We have a full schedule of events for you to check out in this weekend' edition of This Weekend in the River Valley. Take advantage of our beautiful fall weather to get outside and spend time with family and friends. There is always something going on in the River Valley!  Watch next week for special editions on Haunted Houses, Trunk or Treats and Fall Foliage.  If you know of a Halloween or Fall Festival Event we should include, please let us know!  Send me an email at [email protected]

Have a blessed weekend! Spend it with someone you love!

Friday, October 19, 2018

Downtown Cleanup

Friday, October 19, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
The Offbeat Times, Russellville
Hosted by The Offbeat Times

Come pick up trash with us to help make downtown the best it can be! Bags, gloves, and vests will be provided.


Sensory Story Time

Friday, October 19, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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.

Cookies for Drake

All month through Saturday, October 1-31, 2018
Chick-fil-A Russellville (3089 E Main St, Russellville, AR), 3089 E Main St, Russellville

During October, $1 for every Chocolate Chunk Cookie purchased from Chick-fil-A Russellville will go directly to benefit Drake Maness and family. While supplies last. About the Cause: In June, Drake Maness of Pottsville was injured diving into a swimming pool, paralyzing him from the neck down. He was flown to Arkansas Children’s Hospital and taken into surgery. After six weeks at Children’s, Drake was transferred for more treatment to a hospital in Baltimore, where he took his first steps since the accident. Your support helps provide financial security for Drake and his family throughout his recovery.

Offer valid only at Chick-fil-A Russellville from October 1 - 31, 2018. Offer valid while supplies last. Closed Sundays. Ask Restaurant for details. Includes Single (1 cookie), Half Dozen (6 cookies), Small Tray (12 cookies), and Large Tray (24 cookies). All trademarks shown are the property of their respective owners.


Fall Retreat '18

Friday, October 19, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 12:00 noon
Chi Alpha Tech,111 E G street, Russellville
Hosted by Chi Alpha Tech

It's that time of year! We are taking a break from the routine to retreat with the fam & grow in our relationship with God. Expect eating, dodgeball tournament, exploring downtown Hot Springs, teaching from the Word and extended times of worship!

Price: $70. Bring your friends, your dgroup, your wanna be in the future frands. Invite everyoneee :)
Packing list : Bible / Notebook, Bedding for bunkbed, Toiletries, Games/Cards/Outdoor Games, Play clothes + Jacket
Mountain Valley Retreat Center,1366 N Highway 7, Hot Springs Village, AR


4th Annual Craft Fair

Friday, October 19, 2018 at 9:00 p.m. through Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
Second Baptist Craft Fair, Oak St, Clarksville
Hosted by Second Baptist Craft Fair

We are very excited for this years craft fair!! Come see what your local crafters have been working on! Get your Christmas shopping done and help some local charities at the same time. Prizes and drawing too. Free entry!


Kendra Gives Back Party by Kendra Scott

Friday, October 19, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Lake Point Conference Center, 171 Lake Point Ln, Russellville
Tickets: www.atualumni.com
Hosted by Arkansas Tech University - Alumni & Friends

Enjoy sips and sweets while you shop collections from Kendra Scott.
20% of sales will benefit the Arkansas Tech Alumni Scholarship. All are welcome to attend at the Lake Point Conference Center.

Ladies 'Champagne Bingo' Luncheon

Friday, October 19, 2018 from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.
Lake Point Conference Center, 171 Lake Point Ln, Russellville
Hosted by Arkansas Tech University - Alumni & Friends

The Ladies 'Champagne Bingo' Luncheon returns for Homecoming 2018! Enjoy the afternoon with friends while trying your luck at bingo! All tickets include lunch, two bingo cards, and a glass of champagne to celebrate Arkansas Tech's Homecoming at Lake Point Conference Center. Tickets: $15/person


65th War Eagle Fair

Friday, October 19, 2018 through Sunday, October 21, 2018 starting at 8:00 a.m.
War Eagle Fair, 11037 High Sky Inn Rd, Hindsville
Hosted by War Eagle Fair

The War Eagle Fair began in 1954. It was started as a way for Ozark's crafters to display their works. It continues today, more than 60 years later, with the same idea. With more than 250 booths of all handcrafted products displayed by their creators, the War Eagle Fair takes place along the banks of the War Eagle River. A beautiful fall setting of changing leaves makes the perfect weekend get away experience for you and your family.

Admission is free and Parking is $5/vehicle.  Service animals only. No pets. We provide a FREE Package Checkstand for your big and small items. There is also a wrecker service and first aid should you happen to be in need of medical assistance.


HHS Pink Out Football Game

Friday,  October  19, 2018 from 6:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Hector High School, 11601 Sr 27, Hector
Hosted by HHS Student Council

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Help us spread awareness, and honor of all who have passed away, are still battling, or have survived ANY kind of cancer. The Hector High School Student Council is sponsoring this event. We ask that you please wear pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A ceremony will take place at approximately 6:45 p.m. The game starts at 7:00 p.m. Go Wildcats!


Homecoming Classic Golf Tournament 2018

Friday, October 19, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Chamberlyne Country Club, 10614 Country Club Dr, Danville
Hosted by Arkansas Tech University - Alumni & Friends

The Annual Homecoming Classic Golf Tournament returns for 2018.
9 a.m. -- Check-in & Coffee
9:45 a.m. -- Official Welcome
10 a.m. -- Shotgun Start
12 p.m. -- Lunch on the Course


Located at the Chamberlyne Country Club, registration options are as follows:
$80/person or $240/team of three  |  $300 for team & sponsorship  |  $150 for hole sponsorship or beverage/snack cart sponsorship only


Weekend Rodeo, TT ,dirt drags and mud drags

Friday, October 19, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. to Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.
Branded by Christ, Cowboy Church, 19769 State Highway 154, Dardanelle
Hosted by 479 Rodeo Outlaws

See flyer above for details.


Russellville Cyclones Tailgate Party

Friday, October 19, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Russellville Cyclone Stadium, Russellville
Hosted by Diamond Bank USA

Come join us this Friday, 5-7 PM, for the Russellville Cyclones Tailgate Party! FREE Hamburgers, Baked Beans, Potato Salad, Cookies & Drinks! Donations will be accepted with all proceeds going to the Russellville Football Booster Club. Come out early to enjoy some food, baggo, music & lots of giveaways then cheer on the Cyclones for Senior Night!


Saturday, October 20, 2018

Mad Science Club

Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Pope County Library System, 116 E 3rd St, Russellville
Hosted by Pope County Library System

This is a hands on program introducing children to simple science experiments using common household products. The program aims to engage preschool and school age kids in science. Registration is required, contact Melanie Goad at (479) 968-4368 or [email protected] to register. Ages 2-12. Dress for a mess.


Craft Show

Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Maggie's Crafts, 26140 East State Highway 22, Delaware
Hosted by Peowing's Provisions and Maggie's Crafts

Fall Handmade Arts and Crafts Show
Local crafters
If you would like to participate contact us at 479-234-4511


Galla Ghost Night

Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
POTTS INN Museum- (Pope County Historic Foundation) Pottsville
Hosted by POTTS INN Museum- (Pope County Historic Foundation) Pottsville, Arkansas

Tour Potts Inn by candlelight and hear ghostly tales by our PJHS students! Tours are $5 and refreshments will be available for purchase.


Crowns For The Cure 2018

Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.
Dardanelle Community Center, 2011 State Highway 22 W, Dardanelle
Hosted by Crowns For The Cure

Arkansas Pageant Divas Presents 8th Annual Crowns For The Cure
Morning Pageant for ages 0-6 yr olds. REGISTRATION AT 9:00 AM. PAGEANT BEGINS AT 10:00 AM
Afternoon Pageant for 7-20+ yr old. REGISTRATION AT 10:00 AM. PAGEANT BEGINS AT 11:00 AM (or as soon as 0-6 ages are over)
AGE GROUPS:
BOYS: TINY MISTER 0-2 YRS YOUNG MISTER 3-5 MISTER 6 and up GIRLS: BABY MISS 0-12 MONTHS TODDLER MISS 13-23 MONTHS TINY MISS 2-3
LITTLE MISS 4-6 PETITE MISS 7-9 PRETEEN MISS 10-12
Teen 13-15 Miss 16-20 Mature Miss/MRS. 20 and up
Ultimate Survivor (anyone who has or had Cancer we want to celebrate you)!

Questions: Contact Sarah at (479) 890-1079 or email [email protected]
Mail all forms/fees to: PO BOX 914 Dover AR 72843 Check out our Facebook event for surprises leading up to the event!! ALSO SELL 10 TSHIRTS & get your entry into the pageant a $60 value FREE!! We are still looking for our recipient for this year. Please nominate someone if you know of anyone we can help. If we don’t have one by October 5th we will give the money to Help Network for their Compassion Cares Program to help pay rent and utilities for those battling cancer.


26th Annual Street Legal State Championships!!

Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Centerville Dragway Inc., 10239 Dragstrip Ln, Centerville
Cost: $10 for spectators
Hosted by Alice Holland

It's that time of the year again! Centerville Dragway's 26th Street Legal State Championships!! Perfect day to come out to the track and watch some amazing races!!  Racing fee: If you are in EFI, outlaw small tire etc... $50. Other classes $25.
*The track now 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!
**NO GLASS BOTTLES ALLOWED**
Gates open at 9:00am.  Tech Inspections at 10am-12pm.  Qualifying will start at NOON!!!

Rules for Racers: https://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 at https://www.centervilledragway.com/


Sensory Play Time

Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 11:30  a.m.
Pope County Library System, 116 E 3rd St, Russellville
Hosted by Pope County Library System

A unique play date for children with special needs held privately next door to the library in Heritage Hall. Activities include sensory bins and bottles, puppets, felt quiet books, play tunnel, parachute, etc. Registration is required. Please call Melanie at 968-4368 to discuss your child's needs so we can make this the best possible experience.


Open House

Saturday, October  20, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Arkansas Tech University, 1605 Coliseum Dr., Russellville
Hosted by BRTC Career Coach

Held in conjunction with Homecoming activities, Open House brings together representatives from every academic program on campus in one single location. Join us in Tucker Coliseum beginning at 10:00 AM to meet with academic program representatives and mingle with other prospective students! Afterward, go on a campus tour and catch a glimpse of our beautiful campus. Finally, join us for the 2018 Tech Homecoming Events: tailgating, free admission to the football game, watch the band perform, and cross your fingers to win the Fall 2019 Tuition Drawing (must be present to win).


Homecoming Alumni Tailgate & Plaza Party

Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Arkansas Tech University, 1605 Coliseum Dr., Russellville
Tickets: www.atualumni.com
Hosted by Arkansas Tech University - Alumni & Friends

Join your fellow alumni and friends for tailgating at the Plaza Party and enjoy a concert by alumnus Lance Carpenter!


Neighbor's Table

Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 11:30 a.m.
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 11:30 am. Fresh coffee is served and then lunch is served at 12 pm to 1 pm. 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.


Cruise In At Johnson County Health & Rehab

Saturday, October 20, 2018 at  2:00 p.m.
Johnson County Health & Rehab, 1451 E Poplar St, Clarksville
Hosted by Punishers Arkansas LEMC - River Valley Chapter

The Punishers LEMC Arkansas River Valley Chapter is proud to Present a Cruise In at Johnson County Health & Rehab in Clarksville. This is a FREE event. Our goal is to get as many cars, trucks, and bikes to come set up and let the residents of the Nursing Home come out and enjoy them. For the Residents to get out and have fun helps them metally and physical. This is a way for us to give back to the elderly that has done so much for us. So mark your calendars and come out and make the residents have a amazing day.

Any question contact us on here or text-call Dustin Kraus 479-214-3518

River Valley Cheer

Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
River Valley Cheer, 1736 ST Highway 22 W, Dardanelle
Hosted by River Valley Cheer

The festival / performance will cost $5 to get in. However, all softball players, coaches, RVC girls and children 4 and under are FREE! This is a fundraiser for the RVC girls and Dardanelle Panthers softball team! 


*the car show has been postponed*

RVC is excited to announce that we are teaming up with the Dardanelle Panthers Softball team and hosting the Dardanelle Pumpkin Festival!!! October 20th! Mark your calendars and come join the fun!

BackRoads at Russellville VFW

Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 8:00 p.m. to 11:55 p.m.
VFW Roger's Rye Post 2283 Russellville, AR, 4162 N Arkansas Ave, Russellville
Hosted by BackRoads

We’re excited to play for the good folks at the VFW in Russellville! Join us for a night of your favorite country dance tunes.

Open Mic Night

Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
Dog Ear Books, 301 W Main St., Russellville
Hosted by Dog Ear Books

Come on down and share your talent with us! Or just listen to other people's talent! We'll be kicking it off with the little ones sharing their talent at 6, then bring out the adults afterwards, so get ready for all types of entertainment! Open to singers, musicians, poets, comedians, magicians, and many others.


Sunday, October 21, 2018


CRR @ the VFW Riders Toy Run

Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.
Pope County Fairgrounds, 517 S Knoxville Ave, Russellville
Hosted by Greg Collins and CrossRoads Reunion

Collecting toys for the Kids!!!


A Book Study: Healing the Heart of Democracy

Sunday, October 21, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
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

"For those of us who want to see democracy survive and thrive—and we are legion—the heart is where everything begins: that grounded place in each of us where we can overcome fear, rediscover that we are members of one another, and embrace the conflicts that threaten democracy as openings to new life for us and for our nation." — from the “Prelude” in Parker J. Palmer’s Healing the Heart of Democracy

Join us for this four-week series on Healing the Heart of Democracy by Parker Palmer, featuring short videos as our entrance into the discussion. We will meet from 6 pm to 7:30 pm each Sunday in October at All Saints' Episcopal Church in Russellville. Co-Sponsored with the Greater Arkansas Interfaith Network


Arkansas State Parks Events This Weekend

Lake Cruise

Friday, October 19, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Lake Dardanelle State Park, 100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR 72802, Phone: 479-967-5516
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Weigh-in  Pavilion

Explore the wonders of Lake Dardanelle and the Arkansas River aboard the state park tour boat (weather permitting). Enjoy abundant wildlife, amazing history, and astounding views of the river valley throughout this 1-hour cruise. There is no fee for the tour, but space is limited. You must register for the tour. Call (479) 967-5516 to register for a seat. We will begin boarding 15 minutes before the tour at the boat dock near the south boat ramp.

Fall Colors Walk

Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Lake Dardanelle State Park, 100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR 72802, Phone: 479-967-5516
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Amphitheater

Join a park interpreter at the amphitheater, we will take a morning stroll on Meadowbrook Trail for a look at the beautiful artistry of nature.

What's For Lunch?

Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 1:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
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

Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 1:45 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Lake Dardanelle State Park, 100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR 72802, Phone: 479-967-5516
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Kid's 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 describes some of the smaller creatures. She will also feed these creatures; so come discover the small native wonders around us..

Native American Games

Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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

This area historically was inhabited by Native Americans that settled here before the removal. Are you curious about how their hunting skills were perfected? Meet a park interpreter in the grassy area across from the visitor center to learn some of the games Native Americans developed, played, and perfected. All ages welcome!

Costumed Critters

Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Lake Dardanelle State Park, 100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR 72802, Phone: 479-967-5516
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Amphitheater

Between the stories that are often told, and the sometimes misleading appearances of the wildlife you may see in the park, it is easy to think these critters are something that they are not. Join a park interpreter at the amphitheater to discover the truth behind these costumed critters.

The Stories of Lake Dardanelle

Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
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

Exploration, opportunity, and progress forged the culture you find here today. Meet a park interpreter in the grassy area across from the visitor center to hear some stories of the past that create the wonderful and unique culture in the River Valley. Bring blankets and chairs to sit on the grass, as you see these stories come to life right before your eyes!

Lake Cruise

Sunday, October 22, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Lake Dardanelle State Park, 100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR 72802, Phone: 479-967-5516
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Weigh-in Pavilion

Explore the wonders of Lake Dardanelle and the Arkansas River aboard the state park tour boat (weather permitting). Enjoy abundant wildlife, amazing history, and astounding views of the river valley throughout this 1-hour cruise. There is no fee for the tour, but space is limited. You must register for the tour. Call (479) 967-5516 to register for a seat. We will begin boarding 15 minutes before the tour at the boat dock near the south boat ramp.

Lake Kayaking Excursion

Sunday, October 22, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Lake Dardanelle State Park, 100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR 72802, Phone: 479-967-5516
Admission: Adults: $12.00, Children Ages 6-12: $6.00, Children Under 6 Not Permitted
Meeting Place: Visitor Center

Kayaking the coves of Lake Dardanelle gives you the opportunity to get a closer view of birds and wildlife, you may not have had before, all from the safety of your boat. Join a park interpreter for a lake excursion via kayak, sign up at the visitor center (479) 967-5516 at least one day in advance. Please specify when you sign up if you want a tandem (2 person) or solo kayak. We will meet at the front desk of the visitor center.


Owl Prowl

Friday, October 19, 2018 from 7:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.
Petit Jean State Park, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR 72110, Phone: 501-727-5441 
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Demonstration Arena

Meet Park Interpreter BT to discover 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.

Mather Lodge Tour

Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
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

Join Park Interpreter BT for a tour of this architectural park gem. Discover some secrets of the past and gain insight into the undergone changes of one of Arkansas’s most treasured landmarks.

Rock House Cave Hike

Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
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 with Park Interpreter BT to hike to the park’s archeology site, Rock House Cave. We will view American Indian rock art and discover more about the windows into the past that these images provide. This hike is ¼-mile long and covers uneven terrain. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring along 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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