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What's Happening in the River Valley Nov 9, 2017

Cheree Miller
Feb 7 12 minutes read

There are LOTS of events taking place... fun for the whole family! We have narrowed our area a bit this week to keep the length of the post manageable. It's almost Thanksgiving, and that means Christmas Lights will be going up soon!  Next week we will begin listing the best Christmas light displays at the end of the What's Happening post. If you know of any displays we should include, please let us know!

Again, if we missed your event, we're sorry!  We searched far and wide trying to include everything we could find!!! Send us a note, and we will try to add you. 

This Weekend

On a Winter's Night: The Music of Trans Siberian Orchestra

Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Center for the Arts, 2209 South Knoxville Ave, Russellville, AR

Admission:  Orchestra $35, Mezzanine $30, and Balcony $20.

“On A Winter’s Night: the Music of Trans Siberian Orchestra” 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 "The Lost Christmas Eve" will be featured in the first half with narration by Richard Gordon Minick. Second half will be TSO favorites.

James Hayes Holiday Show

November 11, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Red Door Gallery, 3715 JFK Blvd, North Little Rock, AR 72116 501-753-5227

View original glass art works and meet the man who makes them! Browse holiday glass, drink ware, gift items, bowls, vessels, and lots of unique “conversation pieces.” Shop for everyone on your list, and have your art glass personalized by the artist! Did we mention free gift wrap?

Veterans Day Reception

November 11, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Fort Smith Museum of History, 320 Rogers Ave, Fort Smith, AR 72901 479-783-7841

Join the Fort Smith Museum of History in honoring our veterans. All veterans and their families are invited to share stories and refreshments on Veterans Day, November 11, 2016, 1:00-3:00 pm. View photos, uniforms and artifacts from past Veterans Day exhibits and excerpts of taped interviews with local veterans conducted by the Fort Smith Historical Society.  Learn the amazing stories of Admiral Eberle, Admiral Cook, General William O. Darby and many more of our special veterans.    

Irving Berlin's White Christmas

Continuing through November 11, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Baum Walker Hall, 495 W. Dickson St, Fayetteville, AR 72701 479-443-5600

Admission: Varies

The timeless movie White Christmas is adapted for the stage in a lavish new production that The New York Times says to “put on your wish list.” Irving Berlin's White Christmas tells the story of a song-and-dance team putting on a show in a magical Vermont inn and falling for a stunning sister act in the process. Full of dancing, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written. Give everyone the gift they’re dreaming of with this merry and bright holiday musical.

Footloose, The Musical!

Continuing through November 11, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. (and 2:00 p.m. on the 11th)
Arkansas Air and Mililtary Museum, 4290 S. School Ave, Fayetteville, AR 72701 479-879-1034

Admission: $15, $10 ages 3-17

One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn't prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise the control over the town's youth that he cannot command in his own home. When the reverend's rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren's reputation, with many of the locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid. The heartfelt story that emerges is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him. To the rockin' rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score (the soundtrack album reached number one on the Billboard charts and has sold over 15 million copies!) and augmented with dynamic new songs for the stage musical, FOOTLOOSE celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.

15th Annual Mountain View Bluegrass Festival

November 9, 2017 through November 11, 2017 from 12:15 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Ozark Folk Center Auditorium, Ozark Folk Center Auditorium, Mountain View, AR 870-501-5105

Admission: $20 Thursday, $25 Friday & Saturday (premium seating is $25 Thursday, $35 Friday & Saturday)

Three days of bluegrass music by some of the country's best bluegrass bands. This year's bands include Flat Lonesome, Jeff Scroggins & Colorado, The Baker Family and more!

Veterans Day Parade

November 10, 2017 at 3:45 p.m.
Jonesboro Ave and West Main, Russellville, AR  (479)-968-4411

Humphrey Funeral Service will be putting on the annual Veterans day parade November 10th, 2017. It will begin at 4 p.m. and it will start at Jonesboro Ave. and West Main St. If you have any questions or would like to enter a float into the parade, you can contact Mr. Jim Bob Humphrey at 479-968-4411. 

Yogurt & Kefir Making: Hands-On Workshop

November 11, 2017 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Rockin' Baker, 3761 Mall Ave., Ste. 4, Fayetteville, AR 72703 479-466-6694

Admission: $30

Enjoy a glass of wine and let Jessica Keahey, owner of Sweet Freedom Creamery, show you just how easy and affordable it is to make your own probiotic yogurt and kefir in this hands-on class! We’ll discuss the fundamental differences between yogurt and kefir, easy tricks to making no-fail yogurt, and sample a variety of yogurt and kefir cultured products. As this is a cooking and tasting class, please let us know if you or anyone in your party have any food allergies. All classes are held at Rockin’ Baker, and a portion of class proceeds go to the Rockin’ Baker Academy to enable self-sufficiency through on-site job skills training.

Red Blue & You

November 11, 2017 from 7:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Court Square, 215 W. Main St, Clarksville, AR 479-754-2340

Family-friendly event includes chili cook-off, 4 miler, obstacle course, hero themed costume contest, face painting, cake walk/auction, demonstrations from Fire Dept, Johnson Co. Sheriff's Office & Army National Guard and tailgating of the Arkansas vs LSU Game! Cups of chili may be purchased & Veterans eat free with proof of ID. Awards & prizes will be presented for the chili cook-off, costume contest & 4 miler. 50% of proceeds will be donated to 3 local non-profit organizations that are Chamber members & the remaining 50% will be divided between the fire dept, law enforcement, chamber, & a fund to set aside for next year.

Survival Skills Weekend

November 11, 2017 & November 12, 2017 at 12:00 a.m.
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock, AR 72223 501-868-5806

Start or add to your knowledge of surviving in the great outdoors. This weekend will be filled with survivor skills workshops such as map and compass, fire starting, shelter building, and more! Contact the park for a workshop schedule. Advance payment and registration are required for workshops.

Antique Alley Arkansas Antique Show

November 11, 2017 - November 12, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Conway Expo Center, 2505 E. Oak St, Conway, AR 501-230-5728

Admission: $5 adults, $1 ages 12 and under

More than 100 exhibitors from 10+ states sell architectural salvage, old advertising, antique toys, linens, primitives, glassware, antique furniture, and more from the 1950s and before. Parking is free.

Dork Reunion

Fridays through November 18, 2017 from 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
The Joint Theater & Coffeehouse, 301 Main St, North Little Rock, AR 72114 501-372-0205

Admission: $24

The Main Thing is an award-winning, world-class comedy team. Their work has been featured on "Saturday Night Live," HBO, and Off-Broadway. All of the two-act original plays are written by The Main Thing. In this 2-act comedy, a high school reunion has everybody in Dumpster, Arkansas, flashing back to favorite moments from their senior year. See the Fertles as they once were, and meet the hilarious bunch of characters who were their teachers and classmates like Special Ed, Taint Beuller, and the unintelligible Doc Moore. The Joint's cabaret theatre offers cocktails, craft beers, wines, European-style coffees, food and desserts at your table throughout the show.


Shop Russellville First

November 13, 2017 - November 25, 2017

Global Entrepreneurship Week kicks off next Monday! Russellville Chamber of Commerce is happy to team up with Arkansas Tech University Small Business and Technology Development Center and Arkansas Tech University to support #GEW2017. They as you to #ShopRsvlFirst this holiday season.

Holiday Jubilee

November 14, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Holiday Inn Express, 300 E Harrell Dr, Russellville, AR 72802  (479) 219-5152

Admission: $50.00 each

Holiday Jubilee is one of our largest fund raisers the Art Center hosts. Silent auction, live auction and music. Finger food and wine are served. Sponsored by Holiday Inn Express, Arkansas Tech University, Post Winery, Silver Dollar City, Presley’s Jubilee, Sam’s Town, Bill Garrison Family, Winston & Kristen Taylor, UACCM, President Clinton Library, Libby Caston, Theresa Magill, Rufus Elam, Grand Country Resort, The Repertory Room,Betty LaGrone, Madelyn Ginsberg, Joshua's Fine Jewelry, David Eddy, BaldKnobbers.

Eagle Tour

November 19, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Weigh-In Pavilion, Russellville, AR 72802 479-967-5516

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 for our tours we will take reservations this year. Call the visitor center at (479) 967-5516 to reserve your seat. Boarding begins 15 minutes before the tour, at the boat dock near the Tournament Weigh-In Facility. Also, in case of inclement weather, call 1 hour before tour time for possible cancellations.

Charlotte's Web

November 19, 2017 - December 2, 2017
Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville, AR 72701 479-443-5600

In the classic and beloved E. B. White story, Wilbur, a little pig with a big heart, becomes famous with the help of his clever friend Charlotte and their chatty animal neighbors. Wilbur, the runt of the litter, struggles to survive from the very beginning, but with the help of his barnyard friends, Wilbur becomes the prize-winning pig of the County Fair and the most famous pig ever. Trike Theatre brings to life the gentle story of friendship, loyalty and truth, reminding us that friends come in all shapes and sizes.

Until next week!

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