Looking for something to do this weekend? We've got you covered! Every week we look for entertainment options for you and your family. There is always something going on in the River Valley! We never claim to have a COMPLETE list, but here are several great ideas. You're sure to find one that's perfect for you! If there's something you would like us to add to the list, please let us know!

Have a blessed weekend!


Friday, August 17, 2018


One Night One Cause 2018

Friday, August 17, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
200 S Denver Ave, Russellville
Hosted by Boys and Girls Christian Home Ministries

Once a year we get together to help raise funds and awareness for a home that houses nearly 180 orphaned and needy children on the other side of the world. BGCH provides shelter, education, food, water, clothing, basic medical care and spiritual guidance for the children within its walls, and it exists and is sustained only through the gifts we send. There is no other funding. So please mark your calendars NOW, and join us for a night that involves amazing music, a silent auction and yummy desserts for everyone. There is no cost to attend, but donations will be accepted and not-so-discreetly asked for. This is the fifth year of ONOC...and it just keeps getting better and better! So don't miss out!


Last Chance to play Asylum

Friday, August 17, 2018 10:00 a.m. to Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
Hourglass Escape Rooms, 2606 West Main Street, Russellville
Tickets: www.hgescape.com

Last chance to play Asylum before it's gone.


Lypstick Hand Grenade at Front Street Grill Dardanelle 8/17/18

Friday, August 17, 2018 from 9:00 p.m. to Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 1:00 a.m.
Front Street Grill, 115 S Front St, Dardanelle
Hosted by Lypstick Hand Grenade - LHG and Front Street Grill

LHG is taking a road trip to Dardanelle! Our first time playing there which is pretty exciting. If you have friends in/around the Dardanelle area, do us a solid and tell them to come check us out. Going to put on a great show and look forward to rocking out in a new town!


Manta Rays & Griffin Buckley & Carl Fike

Friday, August 16, 2018 from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
The Cavern (Thurberdome), 316 W B St, Russellville
Hosted by Griffin Buckley Music and The Cavern(Thurberdome)

Featuring original performances from:  Manta Rays - Tulsa Oklahoma indie-rock glory, Griffin Buckley Music - singer/songwriter with soul-touchin blues and
Carl Fike - plays the bass to melt your face


Maroon/Gray Game

Friday, August 17, 2018 from 7:00  p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Hosted by Morrilton Devil Dog Football
Cost: $4 each

Annual Maroon/Gray Scrimmage will take place on August 17th this season.

The 2018 Maroon and Gray Game will be held at Devil Dog Stadium this Friday. Gate admission is $4 for both adults and students. Festivities will start at 5:30 p.m. with performances by the seventh grade cheer and dance teams, followed by a seventh grade football scrimmage at 5:40. The junior high cheerleaders and dance team will perform at 6:05 with the junior high scrimmage to follow at 6:15. The third, fourth, fifth and sixth grade cheerleaders will perform at 6:45 and the Little Pup football scrimmage will start at seven. The senior high cheer and dance teams will perform at 7:40 and the senior high football team will be introduced at 7:50, but will not scrimmage.


Next Distribution Day:

Friday, August 17, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Pottsville Community Pantry, PO Box 374 (7207 River Rd (SR 247)), Pottsville
Hosted by Pottsville Community Pantry

If you are having to choose between buying food and paying bills or buying medicines, then please come to the Pantry Distribution Day: every third Friday of the month at 5pm. If this is your first time, be sure to bring photo ID and a current utility bill.



Saturday, August 18, 2018


Mother Daughter TEA (Technology Engineering Aptitude) Workshop

Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Pope County Library System, 116 E 3rd St, Russellville
Hosted by PCLS YA and Pope County Library System

The Mother-Daughter Tea (Technology Engineering Aptitude is an event for girls ages 10-15 with an opportunity to complete hands-on activities and learn about valuable high-wage opportunities in the engineering industry. The Mother-Daughter Technology Engineering and Aptitude (TEA) event was developed and presented by the Centers of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Materials Manufacturing Center of Excellence at Edmonds and Everett Community Colleges and Marine Manufacturing & Technology at Skagit Valley College, Whidbey Island Campus along with workshop leader and biomedical engineer, Celeste Baine of the Engineering Education Service Center (www.engineeringedu.com). For more information contact Kristin Pearson at 968-4368 or email [email protected]


Craig Wayne Boyd in Dardanelle, AR

Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 6:00  p.m. to 11:45 p.m.
Front Street Grill, 115 S Front St, Dardanelle
Hosted by Front Street Grill and Craig Wayne Boyd

Craig Wayne Boyd live at Front Street Grill on August 18th!


#DRAKESTRONG Benefit Concert

Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.
Meadow on the Mountain, 3940 Saint Joe Rd, Atkins
Hosted by Jason Campbell “Official” Music Page

Fundraiser for Drake Maness who was injured in a swimming accident



Neighbor's Table

Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
All Saints' Episcopal Church Russellville AR, 501 S Phoenix Ave, Russellville

All are welcome to attend this no pressure, no questions asked free lunch. Doors open at 11:30am. Fresh coffee is served and then lunch is served at 12pm to 1pm. 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.


Brandon Mccaghren Jiu-Jitsu Seminar

Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Força Martial Arts & Fitness - Russellville, 900 West E Street, Russellville
Hosted by Força Martial Arts & Fitness - Russellville
Cost: $65

10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Black Belt Brandon Mccaghren will be leading a no-gi Jiu Jitsu seminar at Força MMA in Russellville on Saturday, August 18!
Cost is $65 for this three hour event. The seminar will be from 10:00am-1:00pm.


Open Mic Night

Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Dog Ear Books, 301 W Main St., Russellville

Come on down and share your talent with us! Or just listen to other people's talent! We'll be kicking it off with the little ones sharing their talent at 6, then bring out the adults afterwards, so get ready for all types of entertainment! Open to singers, musicians, poets, comedians, magicians, and many others.


WLR- Planning Meeting

Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
All Saints' Episcopal Church Russellville AR, 501 S Phoenix Ave, Russellville
Hosted by Women Lead Russellville and Women Lead Arkansas

We will be holding a planning meeting for Women Lead Russellville on Saturday, August 18th, at 10am. If you are interested in serving in a leadership position with WLR please plan to attend this meeting. We will be establishing a more formal leadership team & setting up some plans for the coming months. Childcare will not be available for this meeting but children are welcome to attend.


1st Annual Smith-Kraus Poker Run

Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.
Lamar, Arkansas
Hosted by Punishers Arkansas LEMC - River Valley Chapter

The Punishers LEMC River Valley Chapter is proud to announce our First Annual Smith-Kraus Poker Run with all proceeds going to the Sonny Smith Memorial Scholarship which gives Scholarships to kids in the Clarksville area.

About Sonny Smith and Mike Kraus

Sonny Smith is the father of Dakota Smith our Sergeant At Arms. Sonny was killed in the line of Duty on 5-15-15 while working a call with the Johnson County Sheriff's Office. Anyone that knew Sonny would say he was a great man and a great father.

Mike Kraus is the father of Dustin Kraus who is our Road Captain. Mike was killed in a motorcycle accident on 9-28-13. He was the General Manager at Imperial Foods in Russellville. Everyone that knew Mike would agree he was a great man who loved his bike and his kids.

So come help us celebrate these great men and help a great cause.

The info for the run are as followed
Prices are if registered early by Paypal its $20 for single or $25 for driver and passenger which includes and meal tickets for both. To register early through paypal our paypal account is [email protected] if registered early please bring ID to the event so we can verify its you.

If registered on day of the event price is $25 for single $30 for rider and passenger and includes meal tickets.

First bike out at 9am last bike out 9:45
Last Bike in 12:45

Route is from community building go 123 north then Hwy 7 south into Russellville. Then Lake Front Road to Hwy 64 then back to Lamar.

Stops are:
1st card when u register
2nd card Hagerville store
3rd card Rotary Ann rest stop off 7
4th card Bona Dea Washburn Park Entrance off Lake Front Rd.
5th card when you return to Lamar

Tickets will be sold for door prizes and 50/50 raffle at $1 a ticket. 6 tickets for $5 and 12 tickets for $10.

Food will be provided by Big Poppas BBQ

Live Music by SinzuwzUp

Face painting proveded by the Lamar High School Cheerleaders

To donate door prizes or anything else please let us know and we will gladly meet with you.

Any question send us a message.


Mount Nebo Rim Trail Hike

Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Rim Trail At Mount Nebo State Park, Dardanelle
Hosted by Arkansas Outdoor Adventures
Tickets: www.meetup.com

This is a beautiful 3.5 mile trail around the rim of the summit of Mt Nebo. When I did this trail in April (after the RussVegas Half Marathon), it took me a little less than 4 hours. I’ve planned on 4 hours, though, just to be on the safe side.  Warning: the road up to the top can be a little freaky, and there area a few places on the trail that can be a little freaky, too. The hike itself, though, is moderate.  Please click on the tickets link and let us know if you’ll be coming to this FREE event.


Homebuyer Class

Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Universal Housing Development Corporation, 301 E 3rd St, Russellville
Hosted by Universal Housing Development Corporation

How can I become a homeowner?

Learn the things you need to know about how to figure out what you can afford, deciding whether to build or buy, shopping for a home, credit and credit scores, different types of mortgages and home buying programs, down payment assistance programs, and what to expect in the home buying process and as a new homeowner.  Upon completion of the seminar, you will be issued an Arkansas Department of Finance Authority certificate that is a prerequisite for assistance toward a down payment or closing costs on a new home. Anyone who will be on the mortgage loan must attend this class (e.g., both husband and wife).

Classes are free and scheduled twice monthly on Saturdays from 8 am to 4:30 pm or on Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm in Russellville or at alternate sites based on demand. Homebuyer class can be interpreted for Spanish speaking individuals if needed with advance notice. Contact Elizabeth Wilson at [email protected] or out office at (479)968-5001 to reserve your spot.

Homebuyer Class can also be taken online at ehomeamerica.org/uhdc for a fee of $99.00. This online version is interactive and can be completed at your own pace in either English or Spanish.


Sunday, August 19, 2018


Open Arena and Bible Study

Sunday, August 19, 2018 from 5:30  p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Pope County Riding Club, 605 S Knoxville Ave, Russellville
Hosted by Mercy Tree Cowboy Fellowship

Bible Study under the covered bleachers followed by an open arena and summer refreshments! We might even have some live music!


Monroe Franklin Memorial

Sunday, August 19, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Pope County Courthouse100 W Main St, Russellville
Hosted by United Black Consciousness

The Monroe Franklin memorial will be held at the Pope County courthouse, located at 100 W Main Street, on August 19, 2018. People will begin arriving around 5:30 pm and remain until the event ends at 8 pm.

This event is dedicated to remember Monroe Franklin who was unjustly lynched by a white mob in Russellville, Arkansas, in August 1912.  With this event we hope to bring awareness to our city's dark history to help address the current racism and hopefully bring meaningful conversations to resolve it while honoring Mr Franklin.


Arkansas State Parks Events This Weekend


Rock House Cave Hike

Friday, August 17, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
Petit Jean State Park1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR  72110
Admission: Free
Meeting Place:  Rock House Cave Parking Area

Meet Park Interpreter Sam to hike to the park's archeology site, Rock House Cave. We will view American Indian rock art. This hike is ¼-mile long, so please wear sturdy shoes and bring along water.

It's a Hummingbird's Life

Friday, August 17, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Petit Jean State Park1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR  72110
Admission: Free
Meeting Place:  Historic CCC Room at Mather Lodge

Every year, hummingbirds arrive at Petit Jean State Park from Central and South America – a long journey to spend the summer here. Join Park Interpreter BT at the historic CCC Room at Mather Lodge to discover these superfast little birds with brave hearts, whose wings beat at the rate of 3,000 times per minute!

Sunset at the Palisades

Friday, August 17, 2018 from 8:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Petit Jean State Park1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR  72110
Admission: Free
Meeting Place:  Palisades Overlook

Join Park Interpreter BT to see a magnificent, Petit Jean, late-spring sunset and to learn about the planetary movement that gives us the seasons of the year. The sun will set at approximately 8:26 p.m. This program lasts about 30 minutes. 

Pioneer Play

Friday, August 17, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Lake Dardanelle State Park100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR  72802
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Grassy Area across from the Visitor Center

Join a park interpreter in the grassy area across from the visitor center to have a blast from the past as you discover what pioneer kids did to pass the time while the exploration and progress of their parents forged the culture you find here today.


Legends of Petit Jean

Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Petit Jean State Park1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR  72110
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Stout’s Point (Petit Jean’s Gravesite Overlook)

Petit Jean, a strange and fascinating mountain with many natural wonders, but that isn’t all that is fascinating. Meet Park Interpreter Matt at Stout’s Point (Petit Jean’s Gravesite Overlook) to discover some stories surrounding the naming of this mountain during the early days of exploration. 

Rock House Cave Hike

Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
Petit Jean State Park, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR  72110
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Rock House Cave Parking Lot

Meet Park Interpreter Sam to hike to the park's archeology site, Rock House Cave. We will view American Indian rock art. This hike is ¼-mile long, so please wear sturdy shoes and bring along water.

Snakes of Petit Jean

Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Petit Jean State Park, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR  72110
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: CCC Room at Mather Lodge

Join Park Interpreter Matt at the CCC room at Mather Lodge and learn about some of the snakes that inhabit Petit Jean State Park's special ecosystem. At this program, you will learn about the roles that snakes play in our environment, have a chance to discuss some snake myths, and possibly even get to see a live snake up close. This program lasts about 30 minutes.

Petit Jean Softball

Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Petit Jean State Park, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR  72110
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Ball Field at CCC Chimney

Meet the park interpreters for a fun, family game of softball – Petit Jean style. We have some softball equipment, but if you have your own bring it out and join us.

Owl Prowl

Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 7:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Petit Jean State Park, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR  72110
Admission:  FREE
Meeting Place: Amphitheater

Meet Park Interpreter Matt at the amphitheater to discover the nocturnal birds of prey called owls that make Petit Jean State Park their home. Before the evening is over, we will invite a few owls to come in for a visit. Please bring a flashlight and wear closed-toe shoes. 

Sunset at the Palisades

Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Petit Jean State Park, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR  72110
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Palisades Overlook

Join Park Interpreter BT to see a magnificent, Petit Jean, late-spring sunset and to learn about the planetary movement that gives us the seasons of the year. The sun will set at approximately 8:26 p.m. This program lasts about 30 minutes. 

Cultural Celebration

Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Lake Dardanelle State Park100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR  72802
Admission: Free
Meeting Place:  Visitor Center

History shapes the culture of an area and that is true of the River Valley as well. We will have programming and activities all day to share the history of the area. We will explore early inhabitants of the area and the many people who were brought here by way of the Arkansas River.

Trail of Tears

Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Lake Dardanelle State Park100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR  72802
Admission: Free
Meeting Place:  Orientation Room

Native Americans, removed from their homes, made decisions here that changed their lives. For this reason, Lake Dardanelle State Park is a registered Trail of Tears site. “Trail of Tears” is wonderfully made video about a truly dark time in Cherokee history as well as U.S. history. This video will be available for viewing throughout the day in the visitor center Orientation Room.

Summer Geneaology Seminar Presented by Cherokee Heritage Center

Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Lake Dardanelle State Park100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR  72802
Admission: Free
Meeting Place:  Lakeview Room

Presentations will include: online resources for Cherokee research, as well as how to use those websites, how to start out when researching a Cherokee ancestor, and what resources are available for that research, learning about other repositories and depositories where someone can do research on a Cherokee ancestor which includes public libraries, state archives, and historical societies, learn about the 13 detachments on the Cherokee removal (180 years since the first detachment left in August 1838) and how to use newspapers to do research in regards to the early educational system in the Cherokee Nation and how many historical events made the news. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and sessions begin at 9 a.m. Lunch is on your own. The workshop will end at 3:30 p.m. with door prize drawings. To register, contact: [email protected] or [email protected]

Nature's Bounty

Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Lake Dardanelle State Park100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR  72802
Admission: Free
Meeting Place:  Amphitheater

Join a park interpreter at the amphitheater and journey down the Meadowbrook Trail as you learn about the history of the area from Cherokee settlement to the Trail of Tears. Discover some of the foods nature has provided through history for those traveling through, and those who chose to utilize nature’s bounty today. #findyourtrail

USDA Forest Service

Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Lake Dardanelle State Park100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR  72802
Admission: Free
Meeting Place:  Exhibit Hall

This booth will include artifacts found though out the Ozark St. Francis National Forest. Join Forest Service staff in the Exhibit Hall to learn about some of the things found in the forest.

Native American Games

Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 3:00  p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Lake Dardanelle State Park100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR  72802
Admission: Free
Meeting Place:  Grassy Area Across from the Visitor Center

This area historically was inhabited by Native Americans that settled here before the removal. 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!

Keel Boat

Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 11:00  a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Lake Dardanelle State Park100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR  72802
Admission: Free
Meeting Place:  Weigh-in Pavilion

Travel in early Arkansas was not easy, most used the river instead of roads. Keel boats were an important part of river travel. Join the Early Arkansaw Reenactors at the board walk near the weigh-in pavilion, where they will have their circa-1800 keel boat in the water. They will tell you about their boat and equipment.

What's For Lunch?

Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 1:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Lake Dardanelle State Park100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR  72802
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, August 18, 2018 from 1:45 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Lake Dardanelle State Park100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR  72802
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Visitor Center

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.

Stories of Lake Dardanelle

Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Lake Dardanelle State Park100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR  72802
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Orientation Room

Exploration, opportunity, and progress forged the culture you find here today. Meet a park interpreter in the visitor center Orientation Room to hear some stories of the past that create the wonderful and unique culture in the River Valley.

Letter Boxing

Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Lake Dardanelle State Park100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR  72802
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Orientation Room

Travel in early Arkansas was not easy, most used the river instead of roads. Keel boats were an important part of river travel. Join the Early Arkansaw Reenactors at the board walk near the weigh-in pavilion, where they will have their circa-1800 keel boat in the water. They will tell you about their boat and equipment.



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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