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This Weekend in the River Valley

Shannon Foster

Shannon Foster may be somewhat new to the team, but she is by no means a real estate rookie!  A long term resident of the River Valley, in 2014 S...

Shannon Foster may be somewhat new to the team, but she is by no means a real estate rookie!  A long term resident of the River Valley, in 2014 S...

Dec 5 20 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

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We ❤️ Christmas Lights!! Help us make a list of the " Best Lights to See" in the River Valley!! Whether it's yours or your neighbor's, we want to share this list with OUR community. .....#ItsMoreThanRealEstate


                                                


Friday, December 6, 2019



December Art Walk

Friday, December 6, 2019, from 6 PM – 9 PM
Russellville Downtown
Hosted by  Main Street Russellville  

Come enjoy a festive holiday event in Russellville Downtown!
Music, Art, and Good Tidings!


Art Walk Pictures in the Alley

Friday, December 6, 2019, from 5:45 PM – 8:30 PM
Kurt Jones Photography 308 W B St, Russellville, Arkansas 72801
Hosted by Kurt Jones Photography and The Alley

We'll be doing Christmas Pictures in the Alley during the Russellville Downtown Art Walk on Friday, December 6th from 5:45 PM to 8:30 PM.  Cost is $5 per picture and includes a 5x7 print.  No appointment necessary, and pets are welcome.  The December Art Walk is always a FANTASTIC event with lots of wonderful local art available at participating downtown businesses.  We look forward to seeing you downtown.  #norulesinthealley #artwalk #russellvilledowntown #iloverussellville #christmas


Game Night

Friday, December 6, 2019, from 5 - 7 pm
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!


 

Mister Rogers Sweater Drive (Dardanelle)

Sunday, December 1, 2019, through Tuesday, December 31, 2019, from 9 AM – 5 PM
Arkansas River Valley Regional Library System 501 N Front St, Dardanelle, Arkansas 72834
Hosted by  Arkansas River Valley Regional Library System

It is getting close to that time of the year again for our annual Mister Rogers Sweater Drive. We thought we would kick off a tad early given the recent cold snap, so get your donations in to help warm our community. We accept gloves, sweaters, jackets, coats, and anything new or gently worn to aid in this effort.

The Nutcracker 2019

Friday, December 6, 2019, from 7 PM – 10 PM
Saturday, December 7, 2019, from 7 PM – 10 PM
Sunday, December 8, 2019, from 2 PM - 4 PM
The Center for the Arts 2209 S Knoxville Ave, Russellville, Arkansas 72802
Hosted by The Dance Foundation, Russellville, Arkansas and The Center for the Arts 

The Dance Foundation presents its 8th production of The Nutcracker.

Please call 479.968.6888 for more information.



Jingle & Mingle

Friday, December 6, 2019, from 10 AM – 2 PM
Rose Drug 3103 W Main Pl, Russellville, Arkansas 72801
Hosted by  Rose Drug 

Join us for a Holiday Celebration! We will have a fun day for our community & friends to celebrate this holiday season. We will have:

*Food Truck Daddy's Smackin Wings

* Live Radio interviews and promotions

* Plinko games with cash, and prizes awards

* 20% discount on gifts

* Free gift wrap


We can't wait to see you!

Dardanelle Christmas Parade

Friday, December 6, 2019, from 10 AM – 2 PM
Dardanelle, AR
Hosted by Dardanelle Area Chamber of Commerce

Dardanelle Community Christmas Parade
starting at 6:30 pm
Friday, December 6th  (rain-out date December 13th)

Parade lineup @ 5 pm
Parade route:  Merritt Park on Hwy 22, then going north on Union St and taking a right on Front St.

Decorate your float and be eligible to win trophies!

Categories: Commercial & Non-Profit
Trophies for : 1, 2 & 3 in each category  


 

Festival of Stars Drop-Off

Friday, December 6, 2019, from 10 AM – 7 PM
Dog Ear Books, 301 W Main St., Russellville, Arkansas 72801
Hosted by Dog Ear Books

Help us with this toy and donation drive that Festival of Stars is putting on. We're the drop-off location in Russellville, so please bring any of the items listed below in the comments. It'll be going on from November 30th to December 6th so if you can't make it to the store this day, just drop it off earlier!


 

John Calvin Brewer Band Friday night at Front Street Grill

Friday, December 6, 2019, from 9 PM – 1 AM 
Front Street Grill 115 S Front St, Dardanelle, Arkansas 72834
Hosted By:  Front Street Grill 

 Friday night International Blues Championship Finalist John Calvin Brewer Band is in the house! Get here early for the best seats available and try our Prime Rib Dinner Special!                                        





Saturday, December 7, 2019




Fireplace Brunch

Saturday, December 7, 2019, from 7 AM – 12 PM
Drewry Farm & Orchards
Hosted by  Drewry Farm & Orchards 

GF & Low Carb Choices along with Regular Menu Items, For Here or to GO!

•Waffle with Fruit (4.5 net Carbs)

•Fruit and Cheese Tray. 

•Sliced Ham & Cooked Apples

•Tiffs Breakfast Burritos

Homemade Gifts and Baked Goods!  

GF Low Carb Bread and Desserts.  

Custom made Gift Items from Our Farm. 

479.857.0869

Come see us, Enjoy Home cooked Breakfast by the fire! 





Pope County Farmer's Market

Saturday, December 7, 2019, from 8 am to 1 pm
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.

Morgan Road at Front Street

Saturday, December 7, 2019, at 9 PM
Front Street Bar & Grill 115 S. Front St., Dardanelle, Arkansas 72834
Hosted by Morgan Road Band 

Morgan Road will be back at Front Street in Dardanelle, Arkansas this Saturday!


Caroling in the Caverns 2019

Saturday, November 30, 2019, from 6 PM – 7 PM
Blanchard Springs Caverns NF 54 Forest Rd 1110-A, Mountain View, Arkansas 72560
Hosted by Mountain View Area Chamber of Commerce  

Marvel at the beauty of astonishing formations coupled with the sounds of caroling resounding through the caverns as musicians perform your favorite old-time Christmas songs. Shows are every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Each show seats 100 people and they fill up quick. Tickets are on sale now.



Holiday Lights 2019

Saturday, November 23, 2019, from 4 PM – 9 PM to December 31, 2019, from 4 PM - 9 PM
Garvan Woodland Gardens 550 Arkridge Rd, Hot Springs, Arkansas 71913
Hosted by Garvan Woodland Gardens  

Getting RESERVED TIME tickets to Holiday Lights is as easy as 1-2-3!

• Click on the Get Tickets link, click the week you want to access online Holiday Lights tickets

• CREATE your General Public User ACCOUNT, choose and ORDER your tickets online for DATE and TIME desired

• Bring Ticket Code(s) on your MOBILE DEVICE or as a PRINTED TICKET(s) for admission to Holiday Lights

Online Ticket holders will use the EXPRESS ENTRANCE LANE to enter and park. Arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before your TICKET ENTRANCE TIME.

The most celebrated outdoor light display in Arkansas for the holiday season opens at Garvan the Saturday before Thanksgiving and runs through New Year’s Eve (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas days). The Gardens will be aglow with over 4.5 million lights in a myriad of natural settings. Features include the luminescent Garden of the Pine Wind, the 50-foot tall Holiday Tree which plays holiday tunes animated to a light show, the Parterre garden on the Great Lawn, and traditional holiday scenes in the woodlands. Conclude your walking tour with free hot chocolate. The Chipmunk Café is open nightly until 9 p.m. serving soups, sandwiches, and snacks.

Holiday Lights is open when it rains; the Gardens closes in the case of inclement weather that would threaten the safety of visitors (lightning, ice, hail. high winds). Sorry, there are no refunds for closings.

Members Free with Current Membership Card and PHOTO I.D. | $15 adults | $5 ages 4-12 | Free ages 0-3 | Note: Dogs are not allowed in the Gardens during Holiday Lights except on Monday, December 2 for the Jingle Dog Pup Parade

TICKET INFO LINE: 800-366-4664

                            


Tree Lighting at PCLS

Saturday, December 7, 2019, from 10 AM – 12 PM
Pope County Library System 116 E 3rd St, Russellville, Arkansas 72801
Hosted by   Pope County Library System 

Get in the holiday spirit with us! Join us on Saturday, December 7th at 10:00 am for the lighting of our community Christmas tree.

Book Drive Prize Drawing

Saturday, December 7, 2019, from 10 AM – 12 PM
Pope County Library System 116 E 3rd St, Russellville, Arkansas 72801
Hosted by   Pope County Library System and Dog Ear Books 

Drop off new and gently used children's picture books and early readers at the Russellville branch of PCLS or Dog Ear Books to benefit CASA of the fifth judicial district.

For every picture book you donate you can register for a chance to win a children's book case made by local craftsman Steve Wiman, and donated by the Russellville, Arkansas Lions Club.  (Pictured in the discussion).

You must be present at Pope County Library System's Tree Lighting and Home Alone Story Time Saturday, December 7th, 10 AM to 12 PM to win.  We will have cocoa and cookies, photo props, and will be lighting the PCLS Christmas Tree!
 
We will stop accepting books Friday, December 6th at 5:30 PM.  Limit 10 books per family.

Trout Day 2019

Saturday, December 7, 2019, from 10 AM – 12 PM
Pleasant View Park 3595 N Arkansas Ave, Russellville, AR 72802-8845, United States
Hosted by  Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

Trout Day Dec. 7.
The basic trout fishing clinic and Trout Day are sponsored by the CADDIS Fly Fishing Club, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and the Russellville Recreation and Parks Department.
Anyone 16 years of age or older must have a fishing license and a trout stamp.


Sunday, December 8, 2019



                              

ATU Choirs Presents: A Feast of Carols

Sunday, December 8, 2019, from 5 PM – 8 PM
Arkansas Tech University Choirs
Hosted by  Arkansas Tech University Choirs 

Join us on Sunday, December 8th at 5 PM as ATU Choirs proudly presents our 18th annual Feast of Carols.




Arkansas State Parks Events This Weekend



O.W.L.S. - CAMPFIRE COOKING

Meeting Place:  Lakeview Room
Friday, December 06, 2019 / 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Lake Dardanelle State Park, 100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR 72802, Phone: 479-967-5516
Admission: $30.00

The Arkansas River creates many recreational opportunities for us to enjoy. Join Lake Dardanelle State Park staff for O.W.L.S. (Outdoor Women Learning Skills). This program series is designed to give ladies the opportunity to explore the available recreation at Lake Dardanelle and the surrounding areas, by learning skills and knowledge that they need to enjoy nature. The series will be from 6-9 p.m. one evening a month for 6 months, registration will be $30 per night. 

WHAT'S FOR LUNCH?

Saturday, December 07, 2019 / 1:30 p.m. - 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   

See our aquarium exhibit! 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:  Kids' Corner
Saturday, December 07, 2019 / 1:45 p.m. - 2 p.m.
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.

ALL TIED UP!

Meeting Place: Orientation Room
Saturday, December 07, 2019 / 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Lake Dardanelle State Park, 100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR 72802, Phone: 479-967-5516
Admission: Free

By learning basic knot tying skills, you can learn to set up your campsite quickly and efficiently. Meet a park interpreter in the visitor center Orientation Room to learn how to tie a few basic knots that will come in handy on any outdoor adventure.

WILDLIFE BINGO

Meeting Place: Orientation Room
Saturday, December 07, 2019 / 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
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 for a fun game of Bingo and discover some of the creatures that call this area home.

MORNING HIKE

Meeting Place: Amphitheater
Saturday, December 07, 2019 / 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Lake Dardanelle State Park, 100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR 72802, Phone: 479-967-5516 
Admission: Free

Lake Dardanelle State Park is home to many interesting creatures due to its diverse habitat. Join a park interpreter at the amphitheater and venture down the Meadowbrook Trail. We will see who is out and about this morning.

PHOTO SCAVENGER HUNT

Meeting Place: Visitor Center
Sunday, December 08, 2019 / 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Lake Dardanelle State Park, 100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR 72802, Phone: 479-967-5516 
Admission: Free

Lake Dardanelle State Park is the perfect place to explore and investigate your surroundings. Pick up your list at the visitor center to go on a scavenger hunt to find some interesting things in the park. Bring a phone or camera to take pictures of your findings!



NAVIGATION BASICS

Meeting Place: Amphitheater
Saturday, December 07, 2019 / 4 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Mount Nebo State Park, 16728 West State Hwy. 155, Dardanelle, AR 72834  Phone: 479-229-3655 
Admission: Free

Skip the Black Friday crowds, and instead come to Mount Nebo State Park! The beautiful Rim Trail offers scenic views of the Arkansas River Valley. Participants will hike a portion of the Rim Trail with a park interpreter. This hike will be moderately strenuous. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. #GreenFriday

NATURE SCAVENGER HUNT

Meeting Place: Waterfall Trailhead
Saturday, December 07, 2019 / 11 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Mount Nebo State Park, 16728 West State Hwy. 155, Dardanelle, AR 72834  Phone: 479-229-3655 
Admission: Free

Join a park interpreter to take a hike and see if you can find everything on a scavenger hunt list. Keep your eyes open,m you never know what you'll spot! The park interpreter will provide the scavenger hunt list and necessary supplies. Wear sturdy footwear and bring water.


HIKE TO FERN LAKE

Meeting Place: Summit Park Trailhead       
Saturday, December 07, 2019 / 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Mount Nebo State Park, 16728 West State Hwy. 155, Dardanelle, AR 72834  Phone: 479-229-3655 
Admission: Free

Fern Lake, a popular place to spend time during the Summit Park Hotel era of Mount Nebo's history, sits at the Bench Level of Mount Nebo. Join a park interpreter to dive into some of the history surrounding Fern Lake and the Summit Park Hotel. The hike is approximately 1-mile long and will be strenuous. Bring water and wear sturdy shoes.

ARKANSAS BLACK BEAR

Meeting Place: Amphitheater    
Sunday, December 08, 2019 / 2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.  
Mount Nebo State Park, 16728 West State Hwy. 155, Dardanelle, AR 72834  Phone: 479-229-3655 
Admission: Free

Mount Nebo State Park is a great place for black bears to live, but you probably won't see these shy creatures. Join a park interpreter to explore how black bears live and how to spot signs of them!

COLOR WHEEL HIKE

Meeting Place: Summit Park Trailhead
Sunday, December 08, 2019 / 9 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.    
Mount Nebo State Park, 16728 West State Hwy. 155, Dardanelle, AR 72834  Phone: 479-229-3655 
Admission: Free

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 moderately difficult hike. Wear appropriate shoes and bring water.



TIMEKEEPERS OF THE PAST

Meeting Place: Amphitheater
Friday, December 06, 2019 / 3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  
Petit Jean State Park, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR 72110 Phone: 501-727-5441 
Admission: Free

Join Park Interpreter Carrie to connect with trees in a whole new way. We will be sharing the stories of trees that can be found here in the park and make our own tree story.

RIVER VALLEY SUNSET SENSATIONAL

Meeting Place: CCC Overlook on Red Bluff Drive
Friday, December 06, 2019 / 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Petit Jean State Park, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR 72110 Phone: 501-727-5441 
Admission: Free

Meet Park Interpreter Carrie to watch the sunset from one of the most scenic overlooks in the park. This beautiful overlook has sat as a part of the park since the CCC built it in the 1930s. Many have come to watch the sunset from this spot, and you can join the tradition! The sun sets at approximately 5 p.m. 

CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE 2019

Meeting Place: Mather Lodge Fireplace Lobby
Friday, December 06, 2019 /2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Petit Jean State Park, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR 72110 Phone: 501-727-5441 
Admission: Free

See the park’s historic Mather Lodge dressed in it's Christmas finery. Enjoy family arts and crafts activities and seasonal entertainment. Contact the park for a schedule. 

KNOTS AND NAVIGATION

Meeting Place: CCC Room at Mather Lodge
Friday, December 06, 2019 / 11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Petit Jean State Park, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR 72110 Phone: 501-727-5441 
Admission: Free

Join Park Interpreter Carrie to put your knot tying skills to the test. We will also be exploring the park through maps you can take on your adventure around the park. These new skills may just help you while out on the trails here at Petit Jean State Park. 

CEDAR FALLS OVERLOOK STROLL

Meeting Place: Cedar Falls Overlook Parking Area
Friday, December 06, 2019 / 2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.  
Petit Jean State Park, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR 72110 Phone: 501-727-5441 
Admission: Free

Join Park Interpreter Carrie 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. 


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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