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This Weekend in the River Valley

Cheree Miller
Nov 8 19 minutes read

Looking for something to do this weekend? We've got you covered! Every week we look for entertainment options for you and your family. There is always something going on in the River Valley! We never claim to have a COMPLETE list, but here are several great ideas. You're sure to find one that's perfect for you! If there's something you would like us to add to the list, please let us know!

Have a blessed weekend!


Friday, November 9, 2018


Yoga Bugs

Friday, November 9, 2018 at 10:00 am
216 NE 1st ST, Atkins, Arkansas 72823
Hosted by Atkins Centennial Library

Yoga Bugs is designed as a "mommy & me" style of yoga for beginners. We work through basic moves and have fun practicing strengthening our core.
Wear comfortable clothing to allow for standing and floor exercises. 

2nd Annual Dardanelle Holiday Market

Friday, November 9, 2018 from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
119 Locust St, Dardanelle, Arkansas 72834
Hosted by Dardanelle Holiday Market

You are invited to the 2nd Annual Dardanelle Holiday Market! Quality Gifts, Holiday Treats, & Pictures with Santa! We can't wait to see you and help you find those one of a kind special gifts, and maybe something for yourself too, this holiday season!

Carnival Games in the Library

Friday, November 9, 2018 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
116 E 3rd St, Russellville, Arkansas 72801
Hosted by PCLS YA and Pope County Library System

Celebrate International Games Week with us! Play games and win prizes on Friday, November 9th! This is a free event for all ages!

Family Fitness

Friday, November 9, 2018 at 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
216 NE 1st ST, Atkins, Arkansas 72823
Hosted by Atkins Centennial Library 

We welcome people of all ages and fitness abilities to come and walk, jog, or run at the library. We will begin each session with light stretching. Wear walking shoes and comfortable clothing.

Free Homework Help

Friday, November 9, 2018 at 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Pope County Library System,116 E 3rd St, Russellville
Hosted by PCLS YA and Pope County Library System

The Pope County Library offers FREE homework help every Monday & Friday from 4-5 PM. Our volunteer tutors can help students struggling in a certain subject, proofread assignments for grammatical errors, or prepare for a big test. Students must register at least one business day prior to the sessions by calling Kristin Pearson at 479-968-4368 or emailing [email protected] If you are interested in volunteering as a tutor for any subject, age, or library branch contact 479-968-4368.


Saturday, November 10, 2018


2018 Central Arkansas Puppy Up!

Saturday, November 10,  2018 at 11:00 am
MacArthur Park, 503 E 9th St, Little Rock
Hosted by Deanne Fortson and Fran Hickman 

It's out of our service area, but this writer (2nd from the left) attends the Puppy Up walk every year. The Puppy Up Foundation's mission is to bring awareness to canine cancer, its similarities to human cancer and to fund education, awareness and research that benefits both pets and people. For more details about Puppy Up, check our foundation's website at www.puppyup.org 

Neighbor's Table

Saturday, November 10, 2018 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 11:30 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.

On a Winter's Night: A Tribute to Trans Siberian Orchestra

Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm
The Center for the Arts, 2209 S Knoxville Ave, Russellville
Hosted by Brian Faulkner: Musician, Composer, Educator 

“On A Winter’s Night: A Tribute to Trans Siberian Orchestra” will be presented Saturday, November 10 at 7 PM. This event is a fundraiser to support Arkansas Center for Music Education, presented in the beautiful Center for the Arts at Russellville High School. The production is under the musical direction of Dr. Brian Faulkner and audio/visual direction of Larry Roberts of RedBea Productions. Music from Christmas Eve and Other Stories will be featured in the first half with narration by Richard Gordon Minick. Second half will be TSO favorites.

Musicians for this event are: Brian Faulkner - piano/director, Mike Lovelady - drums, Andy Lindemann - bass, James Primm - guitar, Jeff Sweeden - guitar, Wren Jae Whiteseven - violin, Matt Miller - keyboards, Paul Milner - vocals, Dr. Mark Gotcher - vocals, Boyd W Barton - vocals/acoustic, Zac George - vocals, Shirley D Faulkner - vocals, Emory Molitar - vocals, Joe Cross - vocals, Coralin Davelaar - cello, Bill Parton - trumpet, Kenneth Canitz - trombone, and Brice Gunter - sax. The River Valley Treble Chorus will also be featured on two numbers.

All seats are reserved. Orchestra $35, Mezzanine $30, and Balcony $20. All proceeds of this concert go to Arkansas Center for Music Education, a 501c3 Music Education non-profit. Handicapped tickets may be purchased through the Center box office. This show will use non-toxic theatrical fog along with moving lights and strobe lighting effects. Doors open at 6:15 with show starting promptly at 7:00.

Finish the Painting: Autumn Glory with Karen Stoudt

Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Pope County Library, 116 E 3rd St, Russellville
Hosted by PCLS YA and Pope County Library System 

Pope County Library presents a free art class for teens and adults. All supplies will be provided for up to 15 students. Our instructor, Karen Stoudt will be teaching acrylic painting for beginners as students follow along to finish an autumn scene. For more information contact Kristin Pearson at 479-968-4368 or email [email protected]

Toys for Tots 5k Run/walk

Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 8:00 am to 11:00 am
600 Cabin Creek Ave, Lamar
Hosted by Flatrock Worship Center 

Second annual drive to see our local children to have a well-deserved Christmas; won't you help us?

Holidays Around the World: Diwali

Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Pope County Library System, 116 E 3rd St, Russellville
Hosted by Pope County Library System 

A follow up to our Day of the Dead story time. Special guest Santoshi Nandivada will introduce us to Diwali, the Festival of Lights. The story time will take place during the actual dates of the holiday in India. Stories and a craft. Children 2-12 and siblings.

International Games Week Finale: Droid Wars

Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Pope County Library, 16 E 3rd St, Russellville
Hosted by PCLS YA and Pope County Library System 

Our grand finale for International Games Week is an action packed competition with robots! This is a free event for teens and adults and all equipment will be provided. More information to come... 

National Adoption Weekend

Friday - Sunday, November 9-11, 2018 at 11:00 am
PetSmart, 3093 E. Main Street, Russellville
Hosted by Needy Paws Animal Shelter 

Join Needy Paws Animal Shelter and PetSmart Charities for National Adoption Weekend! We will be at Petsmart - Russellville with some amazing adoptable dogs for this three day event! You won't want to miss out!

Needy Paws Animal Shelter is running an adoption special! For a limited time, all dog adoptions are only $50.00! This adoption fee includes spay/neuter, flea/tick prevention, dewormer, and all age appropriate vaccines!

PetSmart Charities will provide EVERY adopter with a PetSmart Adoption kit, which includes over $550 in savings, including: A free bag of pet food, free 1/2 training session, and 50% off a dog or cat bath or full groom, and more!

Church-wide Social Gathering

Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
304 S Commerce Ave, Russellville
Hosted by First United Methodist Church 

There will be a hay ride, pumpkin hoop toss, 4-square, Baggo, card games, music by Steve Smith and so much more! We can't wait to see you there!

Fall Pictures in the Alley

Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
308 W B St, Russellville
Hosted by Kurt Jones Photography and The Alley 

FALL PICTURES IN THE ALLEY - PLEASE SHARE! Because our last one got cut short due to weather, we'll be set up on Saturday evening, November 10th for one more fall themed picture event. As always, cost is only $5 per pose / print. You'll be able to pick up a 5x7 print in our shop next to the Alley a few days after the event. Additional sized prints, coffee mugs, and high resolution digital images may also be purchased. Pets are always welcome! #norulesinthealley

POTTERY WORX

Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
320 West B Street, Russellville
Hosted by POTTERY WORX 

UPCOMING ADULT CLASS! We are hosting an adult class on November 10th from 6:00-8:00pm. It will be $20 per painter. It will be for ages 18 and up and there will be a limited number of spaces available, so hurry up to claim your spot! Reservations must be made by November 3rd. We will have a tutorial on the piece so even if you aren't confident in your painting skills, we want you to join us!

Fall Dinner Theater

Friday and Saturday, November 9-10, 2018 at 6:00 pm
1111 N El Paso Ave, Russellville
Hosted by ATU Wesley Foundation 

ATU WESLEY FOUNDATION CAMPUS MINISTRY ACTS MINISTRY PRESENTS its FALL DINNER THEATER "THE BACHELOR KING" When poor King Evian uses his last dying words (as he falls out the window) to pass royal succession not to greedy Prince Daft but to Yokel, a foolish hillbilly, everyone agrees Yokel needs a wife to help him run the kingdom. Reminiscent of reality TV’s The Bachelor, his staff brings in eligible young ladies to vie for the new king’s hand, including Agatha Peabody, a high-society matron; Priscilla Tradewells-Ayers-Hollander-Morley, a four-times-married gold digger; Sally Valley, a ditzy cheerleader from L.A.; Crushin’ Kanisha, a New York City gangster-type; and Jane Claxton, a true-hearted cowgirl from Texas. Call 479-968-4159 for reservations $20 dollars for adults $10 dollars for kids 10 and under 

Bree Ogden @ The Old Bank

Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 6:00 pm
The Old Bank Sports Grill, 220 W Main St, Russellville
Hosted by Bree Ogden 

Bree Ogden live this Saturday 11-10-18 at The Old Bank in Russellville, Arkansas. 

Youth Swim Party

Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Russellville Aquatic Center, 1300 North Phoenix Ave, Russellville
Hosted by Oak Grove FWB Church Youth Groups 

Youth of all ages invited, even teens! There is a pool and a splash pad for younger kids. The pool will have an obstacle course in it. We will have pizza and drinks around 6:00. The party is from 5:00-8:00. If you need a ride please coordinate with Spencer or Sarah. The van will pick up kids at the church at 4:15. Please contact Spencer or Sarah with any questions. Can’t wait to see you all there! 


Sunday, November 11, 2018


Funky Town Mall Holiday Open House

Sunday, November 11, 2018 from 1:00 pm  to 5:00 pm
1612 S Arkansas Ave, Russellville
Hosted by Funky Town Mall 

Come join us this Sunday, as we celebrate 5 years of Funky! November 11th, 1-5 for our Holiday Open House. We’ll have food and door prizes! Lots of goodies! Come see us!

Nov 2018 - Japanese Chicken Curry Fellowship Lunch

Sunday, November 11, 2018 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
1200 N Arkansas Ave, Russellville,
Hosted by 1st Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Russellville 

Please join us for the 50th. Japanese Chicken Curry Fellowship Lunch on Sunday, Nov 11th at noon! Small donation to cover the food cost will be appreciated (suggested donation $2). Bring your friends! "To go" is also available.

Billy Graham: An Extraordinary Journey

Sunday, November 11, 2018 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
800 East 16th Street, Russellville
Hosted by The Christian & Missionary Alliance Church of Russellville 

Please join us for a video presentation of Billy Graham: An Extraordinary Journey 


Arkansas State Parks Events This Weekend


Noticing Nature Scavenger Hunt

Friday, November 9, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Lake Dardanelle State Park, 100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR 72802, Phone: 479-967-5516
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Visitor Center

There is great diversity in habitat and animals at Lake Dardanelle State Park, making it easy to explore and enjoy nature here. We will see how many of the nature items on our list you can find. There will be some interesting things, so bring your thinking cap, be ready to get creative with your answers, and let’s go nature hunting. We will meet in front of the visitor center.

Who Goes There?

Saturday, November 10, 2018 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
Meeting Place: Orientation Room

Many creatures 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 about their habitat. After looking through the clues, we will head down the trail to look

What's For Lunch?

Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 1:30 pm to 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

Saturday, November 10 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: Visitor Center, Kid's Corner

Lake Dardanelle State Park’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 be feeding these creatures; so come discover the small native wonders we have around us.

Pioneer Play

Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 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 the Visitor Center

What did the kids of long ago do for fun? Join a park interpreter in the grassy area across from the visitor center to discover what pioneer kids did to pass the time while the exploration and progress of their parents forged the culture you find here today.

Grab Bag Adventures

Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Lake Dardanelle State Park, 100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR 72802, Phone: 479-967-5516
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Amphitheater

The diverse habitats around Lake Dardanelle State Park create many opportunities for discovery and exploration. Meet a park interpreter at the amphitheater to find out what is in her magic bag! We’ll play a game to let you touch and feel your way around. Hints will be given, but you’ll be testing your sense of wildlife! Lake Cruise


Cedar Falls Overlook Stroll

Friday, November 9, 2018 from 4:00 pm to 4:30  pm
Petit Jean State Park, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR 72110. Phone: 501-727-5441
Admission: Free
Meeting Place:  Cedar Falls Overlook Parking Lot

Join Park Interpreter Matt at the Cedar Falls Overlook parking area 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.

Mammal Animals of Petit Jean

Friday, November 10, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Petit Jean State Park, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR 72110. Phone: 501-727-5441
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: CCC Room at Mather Lodge

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

Pirate Treasure Hunt

Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 9:00 am to 9:45 am
Petit Jean State Park, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR 72110. Phone: 501-727-5441
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Demonstration Area

Join Park Interpreter BT to hear the legend of Petit Jean’s pirate. After the story, we are going on a treasure hunt. If you have a compass, please bring it. Most smartphones have a compass built in. Please check yours.

Mather Lodge Tour

Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 11:00 am to 11:45 am
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, November 10, 2018 at 2:00 pm to 2:45 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 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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