Thanksgiving is right around the corner! With the holidays upon us, what better time is there to schedule family time.  Here is just a small sampling of some of the events taking place in our local communities. In the coming weeks, we will begin to post more and more holiday events, plays and parades. At the bottom of this week's post, you will find our first attempt at listing the Christmas Light Displays throughout the state. If we missed one, please let us know so we can add it in next week's post.

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

Things to do in Fayetteville, AR

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.

Things to do in Little Rock, AR

Dutch Oven Cooking Workshop

November 18, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Visitor Center, Little Rock, AR  501-868-5806

Admission: $15 per person

Ever noticed that all food tastes better around a fire? Here is your chance to learn to cook tasty meals in the great outdoors and discover the secrets of successful cast iron Dutch oven cooking. Advance registration and payment required.

East Quarry Exploration Hike

November 19, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Visitor Center, Little Rock, AR  501-868-5806

Often overlooked, the east quarry peak is an interesting area for unique rocks, plants and animals, park and area history, and amazing vista landscapes. Join us for a mildly strenuous, 2 ½ mile hike. Please bring plenty of water. Sturdy shoes, binoculars, and cameras are recommended.

Things to do in No. Little Rock, AR

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.

Things to do in Russellville

Shop Russellville First

Continuing through 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.

Basket Weaving Workshop

November 18, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Visitor Center, 100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR  479-967-5516

Admission: $40

The 1800’s brought many emigrants to the river valley; these pioneers had to learn to live off the land. Basket making, by using oak splits, was an important task for every pioneer. Weave your own market basket in this hands-on class and reflect on those who lived in this area before it was a state park. Bring a sack lunch or plan to visit a local restaurant. The fee covers the cost of materials. Class size is limited, preregistration is required by November 3, 2017. 

Morning Hike

November 18, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Amphitheater, 100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR  479-967-5516

Lake Dardanelle 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.

All Tied Up!

November 18, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Orientation Room, 100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR  479-967-5516

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

What's for Lunch?

November 18, 2017 from 1:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Visitor Center, 100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR  479-967-5516

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

November 18, 2017 from 1:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Visitor Center, 100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR  479-967-5516

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.

Native American Games

November 18, 2017 from 2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Grassy Area Across from Visitor Center, 100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR  479-967-5516

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, back in history, way before this area was a state park? 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!

Talking Turkey

November 18, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Lakeview Room, 100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR  479-967-5516

The Native American tribes that historically inhabited this area were heavily dependent on nature for their livelihood. Join a park interpreter in the visitor center lakeview room as she explains the importance the wild turkey had to the Native Americans who traveled through and settled this area. Learn how Native American historical uses for the turkey differ from the uses of today. Discover why turkey, is not just for dinner.

Know Your State

November 19, 2017 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Orientation Room, 100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR  479-967-5516

How well do you know the history and folklore of Arkansas? Join a park interpreter in the visitor center orientation room for this fun quiz game where teams will compete for prizes. All ages welcome!

Eagle Tour

November 19, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Weigh-In Pavilion, 100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR  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.


Wild Women Wednesday

November 29, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock, AR 501-868-5806

Join a park interpreter and members of the Central Arkansas Master Naturalists for a ladies’ hike on one of the park’s gorgeous trails. This hike is part of the Women’s Hiking Winter Series, every Wednesday from 3 – 5 p.m. through the end of March.

20th Annual Mountain Rendezvous

November 24, 2017 - November 26, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Petit Jean State Park, Historic CCC Field, Morrilton, AR  501-727-5441

Experience a primitive camp, as well as some of the survival skills used by Arkansas pioneers. Watch a variety of demonstrations including muzzleloading rifles, tomahawk throwing, and more! Co-presented by the Early Arkansaw Reenactors Association. Contact the park for a schedule

Christmas Light Displays

Lights Of The Ozarks

November 17, 2017 - December 31, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. - 11:45 p.m.
Fayetteville Downtown Square, 21 S. Block St, Fayetteville, AR  479-521-5776

Enjoy the amazing winter wonderland of lights on the Downtown Square with the Lighting Night parade. The lights illuminate the square each evening from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Nightly carriages and pony rides, fresh hot chocolate and festive holiday music make the Lights of the Ozarks an event that cannot be missed. The romantic and breathtaking display of a half-million twinkling lights is cherished by the locals and visitors alike that stroll or drive through the Lights of the Ozarks each year. Each year Fayetteville Parks and Recreation workers spend over 3,300 hours decorating the Downtown Square with over 400,000 lights.

21st Annual Enchanted Land Of Lights & Legends

Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, November 21, 2017 - December 31, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Regional Park, 1400 Black Dog Drive, Pine Bluff, AR  870-536-7600

The Pine Bluff Festival Association proudly announces their 21st season of the award-winning "Enchanted Land of Lights and Legends." This holiday event has been recognized as the state's largest drive-through display of holiday lights. Admission to the 1.2 mile drive-through is free, however, donations are accepted by community volunteers at the end of the display to ensure future lighting displays are bigger and brighter. Donate $10 and you will receive an ornament (while supplies last). Just beyond the collection station is a photography stage where visitors can park and take their own pictures under a festive arch.

Holiday Lights At Garvan Woodland Gardens

Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, November 18, 2017 - December 31, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
550 Arkridge Road,  Hot Springs, AR  800-366-4664

Admission: $15 adults, $5 ages 4-12, free ages 0-3; no dogs allowed during Holiday Lights

See 4.5 million brilliant bulbs transform approximately 17 acres into a memorable animated holiday display in one of Arkansas’ most anticipated events. Complimentary hot chocolate. The Chipmunk Café will be open from 3-9 p.m. each day during Holiday Lights. Note: Dogs will only be allowed in the Gardens during Holiday Lights on Monday, December 4 for the Jingle Dogs Pup Parade. Member dogs free; non-member dogs $5 per dog, one non-member dog per person allowed. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Stewart Family Christmas Lights

Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, November 19, 2017 - January 6, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
4423 E. Wyman Rd, Fayetteville, AR  479-427-6205

A walk through display with over 750,000 lights, more than 300 inflatables and a train for adults and children.

Caroling In The Caverns

November 24, 2017 - December 17, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Blanchard Springs Caverns, Mountain View, AR  870-269-8068

Admission: $25

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 go on sale July 1, 2017.

Holiday Light Extravaganza

November 24, 2017 - November 25, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources Musuem, Smackover, AR  870-725-2877

Admission: $10 per car

You better watch out…you better not cry! Better not pout, I'm telling you why: The Holiday Light Extravaganza is coming to town. Oil Field Park comes to life with a variety of sparkling vignettes to delight the young and young at heart. Each lighted scene represents the sights of the winter holiday season. After viewing the lights come into the museum to warm up with hot chocolate and do that last minute shopping. 

Christmas Lighting Ceremony

November 24, 2017
Mountain Harbor Lodge Area, 994 Mountain Harbor Rd,Mount Ida, AR 870-867-2191

Join us for live Christmas music, delicious cookies, hot cocoa and hot apple cider, face painting, visits with Santa, hay rides, and millions of Harbor Christmas lights lining the lake's shores. Bundle up and bring the whole family! Please, call the Lodge for event time.

Enchanted Forest Trail Of Lights

Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, November 27, 2017 - December 30, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Sherwood Forest, Bear Paw Rd., Sherwood, AR  501-413-8030

Beautiful Christmas displays. Donations and nonperishable food items welcome. Everyone receives a free candy cane.

Until next week!