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This Weekend in the River Valley

Cheree Miller
Dec 19 18 minutes read

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the Arkansas River Valley! We have a LOT of Christmas events to report this last weekend before the Christmas Holiday! But you will find plenty of other events as well, from the City Council meeting, to an ugly sweater contest, to pet adoptions, to the always popular Arkansas State Parks events. If you're looking for something to do, you're sure to find an event that sparks your interest in today's blog post!

And, whatever your plans, have a blessed weekend! Spend it with someone you love.

#ItsMoreThanRealEstate


Thursday, December 20, 2018


City Council Meeting

Thursday, December 20, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm
City of Russellville - City Hall, 203 S Commerce Ave, Russellville
Hosted by City of Russellville - City Hall

December City Council Meeting

UGLY Sweater GAME

Thursday, December 20, 2018 from 6:00 to 9:00pm
Russellville High School, 2203 S Knoxville Ave, Russellville
Hosted by Cyclone Nation

Ugliest Sweater wins $100 CASH

Thursday night Shrimp Boil and Rockey Don Jones

Thursday, December 20, 2018 from 5:00 to 11:00 pm
Front Street Bar & Grill, 115 S. Front St., Dardanelle
Hosted by Front Street Grill

Thursday night Shrimp boil just $15! rockey Don Jones will be playing and we have $6 pitchers! Happy Hour is 5 til 7

Acrobatics & Aerials -age 7-12

Thursday, December 20, 2018 at 4:00 pm
Dance with Joy Enterprises. Inc. - Russellville, AR, 2007 South Arkansas Avenue, Russellville
Hosted by Dance with Joy Enterprises. Inc. - Russellville, AR and Dance With Joy Studio
Tickets: www.dwjstudio.com

Sign your kids up for one of the most exciting classes they will take! Kids will be learning acrobatic tumbling skills & aerial silks. This class will increase their strength, flexibility and confidence. No experience necessary. Visit the website to enroll. www.DWJstudio.com



Friday, December 21, 2018


Christmas Pictures in the Alley!

Friday and Saturday, December 21-22, 2018 at 5:30 pm
The Alley, 310 West B Street, Russellville
Hosted by Kurt Jones Photography and The Alley

Christmas basket giveaway

Friday, December 21, 2018 at 1:00 pm
A New Image Salon, 802 E. 4th St., Russellville
Hosted by A New Image Salon

Go to A NEW IMAGE SALON fb page like, share,& tag 3 friends or stop in @ location and put name & number in box to enter to win a chance for the Christmas basket valued @$300 to be given away live on FB December 21st @1pm thank you all and merry Christmas 🎁🎄

Living Nativity

Friday and Saturday, December 21-22 at 7:00 pm and Sunday, December 23, 2018 at 6:30 pm
Arvest Bank, 209 W Main St, Russellville
Hosted by First Baptist Church Russellville, AR

Annual Living Nativity display, complete with camels, sheep, donkeys and even a few Wise Men! Free and open to the public! Nightly from 7 to 9 PM in 30 minute intervals. On Sunday, Dec. 23rd, there is a special 30 minute worship service with choir and a message at 6:30 PM.

Christmas Village Workshop

Friday and Saturday, December 21-22, 2018 at 2:00 pm
KaleidoKids Art Studio, 107 North Commerce, Russellville
Hosted by KaleidoKids Art Studio

Come get cozy at the studio next weekend and create your very own Winter House Ornament or an entire Christmas Village! This project has been a favorite among students, so we wanted to bring it to all of YOU!
Get those kiddos out of the house to do some last minute CREATING before Christmas! These projects are perfect for decoration, or even a great handmade gift for friends or loved ones. Register online to save your spot for either Friday OR Saturday afternoon. We can't wait to see you there!

Jason Campbell and Robby Deal Friday night at Front Street Grill

Friday, December 21, 2018 from 8:00 pm to 12:00 midnight
Front Street Bar & Grill, 115 S. Front St., Dardanelle
Hosted by Front Street Grill

Jason and Robby will be playing your favorites and request Friday night! Oyster happy hours 6 til 9. Get any style oyster for just $1 each

Longest Night or Blue Christmas Service

Friday, December 21, 2018 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm
Dover First United Methodist Church, 81 W Water St, Dover
Hosted by Dover United Methodist Church

An opportunity to acknowledge our darkness, pain and grief on the longest night of the year in order to move toward hope and healing.



Saturday, December 22, 2018


Jeep Wrangler Giveaway

Saturday, December 22, 2018 from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm
Cogswell Motors, 1900 E Main St, Russellville
Hosted by Cogswell Motors

Tis the season to give and we're giving away a 2001 Jeep Wrangler!! Daily drawings will begin on November 16th.
All daily qualifiers will be entered in the Grand Prize Drawing on Saturday, December 22nd!
(Must be 18 years or older, one entry per household)

Adoption Day at PetSmart

Saturday, December 22, 2018 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
PetSmart (3093 E. Main Street, Russellville, AR), 3093 E. Main Street, Russellville
Hosted by Needy Paws Animal Shelter

Come visit us and a few of our adoptable cats and dogs at PetSmart - Russellville, Saturday December 22nd from 11AM until 4PM!


Dreams a tribute to Fleetwood Mac Sat night

Saturday, December 22, 2018 from 9:00 pm to 1:00 am
Front Street Bar & Grill, 115 S. Front St., Dardanelle
Hosted by Front Street Grill

Dreams this Sat night is a tribute to Fleetwood Mac with the Sol Def Band


Movie Night: Nightmare Before Christmas

Saturday, December 22, 2018 from 8:00 to 10:00 pm
The Garage Arcade, 303 W C St, Russellville
Hosted by The Garage Arcade

Come hang out with us as we watch one of the best films of all time, Nightmare Before Christmas!

Trivia Night: Christmas Movie Edition

Saturday, December 22, 2018 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm
Dog Ear Books, 301 W Main St., Russellville
Hosted by Dog Ear Books

We'll be having a Christmas Movie Trivia Night on Saturday starting at 6. As usual, we'll be using the Kahoot! app so bring your smartphone or tablet to play!

Santa on the Fire Truck!

Saturday, December 22, 2018 from 9:00 to 10:00 am
Lamar Arkansas Volunteer Fire Department, 437 W Main Street, Lamar
Hosted by Lamar Arkansas Volunteer Fire Department

Santa is Coming to Town on a Fire Truck!
Get a glimpse of Santa Claus as he rides through the streets in the City of Lamar, on a fire truck this Saturday, December 22, before heading back to the North Pole. The Lamar Volunteer Fire Department will transport Santa around the City where he will pass by as many homes as possible, giving out candy to all of the children along the route who have been extra good this year.
Please join us for this tradition that has been around for many, many years!

Neighbor's Table

Saturday, December 22, 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.

Food for Fines-ARVRLS Dardanelle Library

Now through December 31, 2018 at 9:00 am
Arkansas River Valley Regional Library System, 501 N Front St, Dardanelle
Hosted by Arkansas River Valley Regional Library System

November 1st through December 31st the Dardanelle Library will accept 3 or more cans of food to clear late fees on each card, this does not include lost or damaged item fees.

Winter Semi Annual Sale

Going on Now until January 26, 2019 at 10:00 am
Danielle's Bridal, 2382 W Clark Road, Clarksville
Hosted by Danielle's Bridal

Ladies, get ready for the biggest sale of the year!! Our Winter Semi Annual Sale will begin on December 15th! This is an opportunity you don't want to miss!! Dresses will start at $199 and select dresses will make marked up to 75% off. Bring your Bride Tribe in and say "YES" to your Dream Dress!!

Santa visits Paris

Going on Now through December 24, 2018 from 3:00 to 7:00 pm
Paris Arkansas Chamber of Commerce, 301 W Walnut St, Paris
Hosted by Paris Arkansas Chamber of Commerce

Santa can't wait to hear your Christmas Wishes! Meet Santa on the North side of the Paris Courthouse Square 7 days a week. Bring a camera and take as many photo's as you want. Santa also likes to see Moms, Dads and your pet too!




Sunday, December 24, 2018


Carols, Candles, and Communion

Sunday, December 24, 2018 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
The Fellowship - Russellville, AR, 1680 Sparksford Dr, Russellville
Hosted by The Fellowship - Russellville, AR

Join us for Carols, Candles, and Communion. We will have Cookies and treats following the service

Christmas Candlelight Service

Sunday, December 23, 2018 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Paris Community Church Paris
Hosted by Paris Community Church

Christmas candlelight service. Come celebrate Jesus with us!!!

A Season of Hope: A Service of Healing and Wholeness

Sunday, December 23, 2018 from 5:30 to 6:30  pm
Central Presbyterian Church, Russellville, Arkansas, 400 W Main St, Russellville
Hosted by Central Presbyterian Church, Russellville, Arkansas

For some the holiday season is not a time of joy and excitement. Loss and brokenness overshadow the anticipated coming of light. If you are feeling weighed down by Advent and Christmas join us for a special candlelight service where we unburden our souls and let Christ make our yokes light.

Christmas Service

Sunday, December 23, 2018 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Scottsville Word of Life Assembly, 6275 Sr 27, Hector
Hosted by Scottsville Word of Life Assembly

Join us for our Christmas program and potluck to follow. We want you to help us worship the Risen King!

Christmas Adoration Service

Sunday, December 23, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Victory Worship Center PCG, 9152 Market ST, Dover
Hosted by Victory Worship Center PCG

Come and worship with us for a special Christmas worship service. Our Worship Team and Kids Ministry will be leading the service.

Journey Christmas Service

Sunday, December 23, 2018 from 10:00 to 11:00 am
Journey Church, 3001 East H St, Russellville
Hosted by Journey Church

Join us for our 2018 Christmas Services Sunday, December 23rd at 10am or 11:30am. Each service will last about an hour and include live music, creative video and a live speaker. There will also be lots of fun activities to do before and after service and plenty of photo opportunities! We have 3 campuses to choose from:
Russellville - 3001 E. H. St
Clarksville - 625 Cline Rd.
Dardanelle - 2427 Highway 22 West



Arkansas State Parks Events This Weekend


Eagle Watch Tour

Friday, December 21, 2018 from 10:00 to 11:00 am
Lake Dardanelle State Park, 100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR 72802, Phone: 479-967-5516
Admission: FREE
Meeting Place: Weigh-in Pavilion

Lake Dardanelle State Park is proud to offer free winter lake cruises for the best chance of seeing our national symbol, the American bald eagle. Many other spectacular birds will be in the area for viewing including American white pelicans, ducks, and snow geese. Please dress warmly as temperatures and winds are more severe on the lake. In an effort to accommodate as many people as possible, we will be taking reservations this year. You will need to call the visitor center at (479) 967-5516 to reserve your seat. We will begin boarding 15 minutes before the cruise at the boat dock near the Tournament Weigh-In Facility. These cruises are weather dependent.   

Little Brother

Saturday, December 22, 2018 from 10:00 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

Have you ever thought about how people survived before there were stores to buy what they needed? Come to the visitor center Orientation Room to learn about how the Cherokee used parts of a deer to get what they needed to survive.

Native American Games

Saturday, December 22, 2018 from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon
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

Native Americans, who inhabited this area before removal, made decisions here that changed their lives. Have you ever thought about the daily lives of Native Americans and wondered how they spent their free time? 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!

What's For Lunch?

Saturday, December 22, 2018 from 1:00 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, December 22, 2018 from 1:45 to 2:00 pm
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.

Wearable Water Cycle

Saturday, December 22, 2018 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm
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

As the Arkansas River journeys through Lake Dardanelle it continually shapes the land and creates opportunities for people like you. Discover the many stops a drop of water makes on its journey through the water cycle. The possibilities are endless. Join a park interpreter in the grassy area across from the visitor center and dive into this incredible journey.

Who Goes There?

Saturday, December 22, 2018 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm
Lake Dardanelle State Park, 100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR 72802, Phone: 479-967-5516
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Orientation Room

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 about the park. After looking through the clues, we will head down the trail looking for clues and find out, who goes there.


Winter Hike

Saturday, December 22, 2018 from 11:00 to 11:45 am
Mount Nebo State Park, 16728 West State Hwy. 155, Dardanelle, AR 72834, Phone: 479-229-3655
Admission: Free
Meeting Place:  Bench Overlook Parking Lot

Winter brings about a change of scenery at Mount Nebo State Park. Leaves fall off trees, some animals may look different, while others won't be seen any more until spring! Why? Join a park interpreter on a short hike on the Bench Trail to discover what happens to the plants and animals during winter and why it happens. Witness the changes for yourself! Wear appropriate footwear, and bring water.

Mt. Nebo's Hotel History

Saturday, December 22, 2018 from 2:00 to 2:30 pm
Mount Nebo State Park, 16728 West State Hwy. 155, Dardanelle, AR 72834, Phone: 479-229-3655
Admission: Free
Meeting Place:  Cornwell House

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 premiere 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.

Oh Deer

Saturday, December 22, 2018 from 4:00 to 4:30 pm
Mount Nebo State Park, 16728 West State Hwy. 155, Dardanelle, AR 72834, Phone: 479-229-3655
Admission: Free
Meeting Place:  Amphitheater

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!  

Hike to Nebo Springs

Sunday, December 23, 2018 from 9:00 to 9:45 am
Mount Nebo State Park, 16728 West State Hwy. 155, Dardanelle, AR 72834, Phone: 479-229-3655
Admission: Free
Meeting Place:  Visitor Center Back Porch

Join a park interpreter for a hike to Nebo Springs, one of the springs made popular during the late 1800s and early 1900s. This strenuous, but enjoyable hike is 3/4-mile long. Wear sturdy 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.

#ItsMoreThanRealEstate


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