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This Weekend in the River Valley

Cheree Miller
Dec 27 17 minutes read

Can you believe 2018 is almost over? Where did it go? There is still time to make a few more last-minute memories. Welcome to our extended New Year's Weekend edition of This Weekend in the River Valley. If you're looking for something to do this weekend, New Year's Eve or New Year's Day here are some suggestions. There is always something going on in the River Valley!

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

#ItsMoreThanRealEstate


Friday, December 28, 2018


Free Movie and Popcorn: Crazy Rich Asians (PG-13)

Friday, December 28, 2018 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Pope County Library System, 116 E 3rd St, Russellville
Hosted by Pope County Library System and PCLS YA

This contemporary romantic comedy, based on a global bestseller, follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu to Singapore to meet her boyfriend's family.

After Christmas Pictures in the Alley

Friday, December 28, 2018 at 5:45 pm
Kurt Jones Photography, 308 W B St, Russellville
Hosted by Kurt Jones Photography and The Alley

We're going to do two After Christmas Pictures in the Alley events. One on Thursday evening and one on Friday evening from 5:45pm-7:00pm. So if you have family and/or friends in town for the holidays, it's not too late to have a fun Christmas picture made in the Alley. No appointment necessary and pets are welcome. Cost is $5 per 5x7 print.

[email protected] Front Street Grill

Friday, December 28, 2018  from 9:00 pm to 1:00 am
Front Street Bar & Grill, 115 S. Front St., Dardanelle
Hosted by Brodie Lovelace Band

Come hangout with us it’s gonna be a good time!

Christmas Special and Photo Contest

Saturday and Sunday, December 28-29, 2018 at 11:25 am
Gallery One Photography, 406 W Cherry St, Clarksville
Hosted by Gallery One Photography

Christmas sessions by appointment only. $10.00 a session, three backgrounds. Packages, single prints or digital images available. Online Photo contest. (Photos choosen by us) Winner will recieve 1-11x14 of their choice from the session. Only photos from our sessions can be entered.

Yoga Bugs

Friday, December 28, 2018 from 10:00 to 10:30 am
Atkins Centennial Library, 216 NE 1st ST, Atkins
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.



Saturday, December 29, 2018


Block Party

Saturday, December 29, 2018 from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon
Pope County Library System, 116 E 3rd St, Russellville
Hosted by Pope County Library System

A program offering children the opportunity to build with a wide selection of toys including: K'nex, Legos, Tinker Toys, Lincoln Logs, Brain Flakes, Mega Blocks and wooden blocks. Children Ages 2-12, parents and siblings.

Blindfold Yoga

Saturday, December 29, 2018 from 10:00 to 11:00 am
Serenity Yoga, 908 W Main St, Russellville
Hosted by Serenity Yoga

Join Cynthia for this fun all levels blindfold yoga class...because we don't know what the new year has in store for us. (This will be a basic class...nothing hard because of blindfolds. If you feel the need to peek or take off the blindfold at anytime, you may.) Free class

Neighbor's Table

Saturday, December 29, 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.

Clint Sholz Band Sat Night at Front Street Grill

Saturday, December 29, 2018 from 9:00 pm to 1:00 am
Front Street Bar & Grill,  115 S. Front St., Dardanelle
Hosted by Front Street Grill

Sat night The Clint Sholz Band will be playing a whole lot of country music and we have our Sat night special get a bacon wrapped filet and sides for just $16.95!

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.


Monday, December 31, 2018


Noon Year's Eve Slime Party

Monday, December 31, 2018 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
KaleidoKids Art Studio,107 North Commerce, Russellville
Hosted by KaleidoKids Art Studio
Tickets: www.hisawyer.com

Join us at the KaleidoKids Art Studio for our NOON YEAR'S EVE SLIME PARTY!
This is a super fun way for kids to be able to celebrate New Year's and, of course, make SLIME!
We'll make some slime, count down until 12pm and then have some pizza! Open for ages 5 and up, $25 each.

New Year's Eve Party

Monday, December 31, 2018 from 11:00 pm to 1:30 am
The Garage Arcade, 303 W C St, Russellville
Hosted by The Garage Arcade

Come hang out with us as we bring in 2019! We'll have the games, the popcorn, and the countdown- you just bring yourself!

New Years Eve Party with Highway 124 at Front Street Grill

Monday, December 31, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 2:00 am
Front Street Bar & Grill, 115 S. Front St., Dardanelle
Hosted by Front Street Grill

New Years Eve Party with Highway 124 at Front Street Grill! Tickets $10. Get your choice of New York Strip Dinner or Portobello Chicken Dinners for you and your date for $25 per couple!

New Year's Eve Lock-In

Monday, December 31, 2018 from 8:00 pm to January 1, 2018 at 8:00 am
FUMC Russellville Youth, 304 S Commerce Ave, Russellville
Hosted by FUMC Russellville Youth

6th - 12th grade youth are invited to spend a night of fun at the church. We'll eat, play games, watch movies and welcome in the new year together!

Climb into 2019

Monday, December 31, 2018 at 9:00 pm
The Wall, 1605 N Phoenix Ave, Russellville
Hosted by The Wall

Come join us for a night of fun, food, games, and climbing!!
We will have some games and mini competitions for some sweet prizes. A variety of food and drinks will be available. In appreciation of such a great year we will have free day passes starting at 9pm!!

CRR / New Years Eve!!!

Monday, December 31, 2018 from 8:00 pm to 1:00 am
VFW Roger's Rye Post 2283 Russellville, AR - 4162 N Arkansas Ave, Russellville
Hosted by Greg Collins and CrossRoads Reunion

Come help us bring in the New Year!!!
Support Live Music
Gonna be a Blast!!!!!

Russellville Country Club New Year's Eve Party

Monday, December 31, 2018 from 9:00 pm to 12:00 am
Russellville Country Club, 186 Country Club Plaza, Russellville
Hosted by AtomicDJs

New Year's Eve Party



Arkansas State Parks Events This Weekend


Fireside Stories

Friday, December 28, 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: Grassy Area Across from Visitor Center

Telling stories is a centuries-old tradition created for pleasure, as well as to pass down the history and oral traditions of an area or group of people. Meet a park interpreter in the grassy area across from the visitor center to hear some stories, share some stories, and enjoy the warmth of the fire. Bring something to sit on for comfort.   

Wetland Safari

Friday, December 28, 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: Orientation Room

Lake Dardanelle State Park’s diverse habitat is home to a wide variety of creatures. Join a park interpreter in the visitor center Orientation Room to explore some of the players in this vital ecosystem.

Eagle Watch Tour

Saturday, December 29, 2018 from 9:00 to 10:00 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. 

Noticing Nature Scavenger Hunt

Saturday, December 29, 2018 from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm
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. Bring your thinking cap, be ready to get creative with your answers, and let’s go nature hunting. We will meet at the front desk of the visitor center.

What's For Lunch?

Saturday, December 29, 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 29, 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.

Hidden Creatures

Saturday, December 29, 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

We humans wear camouflage on a daily basis to blend in while hunting, and sometimes just for style. However, animals have to use camouflage to survive in the wild. Meet a park interpreter in the Orientation Room to see some pictures of these animals doing what they do best, blending in with nature, and see if you can spot all the hidden creatures in the pictures!

First Day Hike

Tuesday, January 1, 2019 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: Amphitheater

Start off the new year with a healthy lifestyle for the whole family. First Day Hikes will take place in parks across the nation, so this is the perfect opportunity to spend the day doing what you love alongside thousands of hikers throughout the country. Join a park interpreter at Lake Dardanelle State Park to explore nature and take part in a hike that will be good for both your soul and your body. #ARstateparks #firstdayhikes


Color Wheel Hike

Saturday, December 29, 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:  Summit Park Trailhead

Join a park interpreter, and pick a color! Take time to enjoy the great outdoors at Mount Nebo State Park, and try to find your chosen color on this easy trail hike! Wear appropriate shoes, and bring water.

Bench Trail Hike

Saturday, December 29, 2018 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Mount Nebo State Park, 16728 West State Hwy. 155, Dardanelle, AR 72834, Phone: 479-229-3655
Admission: Free
Meeting Place:  Bench Overlook Parking Lot

Join a park interpreter and enjoy a easy-moderate hike on the 4-mile Bench Trail. Don't forget your camera to capture any moments you won't want to forget! Bring water, and wear sturdy footwear!

Hike to Lover's Leap

Saturday, December 29, 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:  Waterfall Trailhead

Lover's Leap and the legend surrounding it is a part of the tradition of Mount Nebo State Park. Join a park interpreter to hear the legend of Lover's Leap, explore the history of Mount Nebo, and enjoy the breathtaking views from the Rim Trail. This hike will be moderately difficult. Bring water, and wear sturdy shoes.   

First Day Hike

Tuesday, January 1, 2019 from 9:00 to 10:00 am
Mount Nebo State Park, 16728 West State Hwy. 155, Dardanelle, AR 72834, Phone: 479-229-3655
Admission: Free
Meeting Place:  Summit Park Trailhead

Explore Mount Nebo State Park’s past while thinking about what you would like to do with your future. Set some New Year’s resolutions as you hike with a park interpreter on a strenuous 1-mile portion of the Summit Park Trail. Participants have the opportunity to hike through wooded areas and along the top of Mount Nebo. Bring plenty of water, and dress for the weather. #ARstateparks #firstdayhikes 


First Day Hike: Bear Cave Hike

Tuesday, January 1, 2019 from 8:30 to 9:15 am
Petit Jean State Park, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR 72110 Phone: 501-727-5441
Admission: Free
Meeting Place:  Bear Cave Parking Area

Start the year off right and join Park Interpreters BT and Matt for an interesting 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 wear sturdy shoes and dress warm. #FirstDayHikes

First Day Hike: Cedar Falls Overlook Stroll

Tuesday, January 1, 2019 from 11:15 to 11:45 am
Petit Jean State Park, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR 72110 Phone: 501-727-5441
Admission: Free
Meeting Place:  Cedar Falls Overlook Parking

Join Park Interpreters Matt and 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. #FirstDayHikes

First Day Hike: Rock House Cave Hike

Tuesday, January 1, 2019 from 1:30 to 2:15 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 Interpreters Matt and BT to hike to the park’s archeology site, Rock House Cave. We will view American Indian rock art. This hike is ¼-mile long and covers uneven terrain. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring along water. #FirstDayHikes

First Day Hike: Hot Chocolate, Legends and Tales

Tuesday, January 1, 2019 from 3:00 to 3:45 pm
Petit Jean State Park, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR 72110 Phone: 501-727-5441
Admission: Free
Meeting Place:  Historic Mather Lodge Fireplace Lobby

Wind down the day with Park Interpreters Matt and BT. Share the history of the park and a few of the legends that may have helped Petit Jean State Park get its name, while you warm up with some hot chocolate. #FirstDayHikes


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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