NWA Calendar of Events + Spring Break Activities: March 2015

TheUglyDuckling-MotherlodeWebAd_266x375The Ugly Duckling and Tortoise and the Hare

Lightwire Theater presents two cherished fables in a new and brilliant light. Full-bodied electroluminescent puppetry visually dazzles like moving sculpture in a theatrical experience that will delight children. In an age where television, computers and video games reign, Lightwire delivers classic tales in a visually remarkable way with an artistic musical score ranging from classical to jazz to pop. The Ugly Duckling and The Tortoise and the Hare are incandescent story-time adventures that the whole family will enjoy.

Date: March 1

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: Walton Arts Center

More info: Click here

Beautiful Girls Retreat

This is a two-day, overnight getaway for girls and their moms/leaders on March 6th and 7th, 2015 at the Doubletree by Hilton, Bentonville. As a non-profit with a mission to create and host a teaching event that is truly community-based, interdenominational, and to inspire young women in character, identity, and self-esteem. The theme for 2015 will be “True Beauty”. Keynote speaker is Erin Davis, author of fourteen books on girlhood, purity, beauty, and parenting. The second day will be filled with creative breakout sessions, tea time, visual arts presentations, a fashion show, and more. This weekend provides girls and moms with a time to get away and be refreshed and encouraged. Please visit our website for details and registration at .

Date: March 6-7

Time: Varies

Location: Doubletree by Hilton

More info: Click here

Spring Break begins at Devil’s Den

Date: March 7-29

Time: Varies

Location: Devil’s Den, West Fork

More info: Click here

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Joseph_TNEWOne of the most enduring shows of all time, Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber’s JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son.  Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colors, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including ”Those Canaan Days,” “Any Dream Will Do” and “Close Every Door.”

Date: March 10-15

Time: Varies

Location: Walton Arts Center

More info: Click here

Father-Daughter Princess Ball

Date: March 13

Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Location: NWA Mercy Family YMCA, Rogers

More info: Click here

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Tales from the South: On the road

Tales from the South, the unique, radio showcase of Southern writers which broadcasts locally on KUAF is returning. Host Paula Morell will choose local writers for performance, music by local musicians, and there’s a Southern Sunday Night Supper.  Presented with support from the Arkansas Arts Council.

Date: March 15

Time: 6 p.m.

Arts Center of the Ozarks, Springdale

More info: Click here

Midtown Men

Midtown_Men_TNEWThey’re BACK! The Midtown Men are returning to Northwest Arkansas with their unique Broadway flare and bravura, as they sing all the hits from The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Jackson Five, The Four Seasons and more! These four talented entertainers shared the Broadway stage for hundreds of performances of the Tony® Award-winning mega-hit Jersey Boys before reuniting as The Midtown Men to bring their magic to audiences everywhere. By popular demand, the boys are back for 2 nights only! Act fast for tickets to this sure sell-out – this show rocks!

Date: March 19-20

Time: Varies

Location: Walton Arts Center

More info: Click here

Devil’s Den Rocks

It’s time to celebrate what makes this park special. Join state geologists along with park staff for a fun weekend as you learn about the special features that make Devil’s Den the rockin’ place to be.

Date: March 28-29

Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: Devil’s Den, West Fork

More info: Click here

Spring Break Activities:

mountain bikeCommunity Creative Center (Fayetteville and new location in Rogers)

Click here to see various art class options

Hobbs State Park

Click here for info on nature classes, March 25-27

Fayetteville Public Library

Click here to see times for daily kid movies and daytime lock-ins for elementary-age children

The Jones Center

Click here for info about activities scheduled for the week

Trike Theatre

Choose-your-own-adventure Spring Break theatre options

Crystal Bridges Museum

Click here for more info on drop-in activities daily



Calendar of Events: February 2015

A Little Princess

Date: Feb. 5-8

Time: Varies

Location: Arts Live Theatre, Springdale

More info: Click here

Elvis Lives!

Take a musical journey across the life of Elvis Presley during this concert extravaganza that pays homage to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Elvis Lives features four talented artists who each portray Elvis in one of four eras: the 1950s, the ‘60s, during his movie career, and his final concert years. If you love Elvis, you must see this show!

Elvis_Lives_TNEWDate: Feb. 6

Time: 8 p.m.

Location: Walton Arts Center

More info: Click here

Chocolate Games (Grades 6-12)

Love all things chocolate?  Join Fayetteville Public Library’s Chocolate Games!  Teens will have the opportunity to participate in multiple games and activities, all involving chocolate! Games range from ‘Guess that chocolate bar’ to ‘Pudding Pictionary.’  Snacks will be provided and, of course, chocolate. For grades 6-12.  Registration is already underway.

Date: Feb. 10

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Location: Fayetteville Public Library

More info: Click here to read about/register for this event. Click here to see more FPL events in February.

Ooh la, la! (Jackson L. Graves fundraiser)

This chocolate and wine pairing dinner at the Garden Room in Fayetteville is a delicious fundraiser with proceeds providing funding to improve the quality of life and care of neonatal and pediatric patients and their families in critical care situations.

Date: Feb. 12

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: The Garden Room in Fayetteville

More info: Click here

Legally Blonde The Musical

Date: Feb. 13-15, Feb. 19-22, Feb. 26-March 1

Time: Varies

Location: Rogers Little Theatre

More info: Click here

Fayetteville Mardi Gras Parade

Date: Feb. 14 (Fat Tuesday on Dickson, Feb. 17)

Time: Parade is at 2 p.m., starting at the Fayetteville Square

Location: Downtown Fayetteville

More info: Click here

2nd Date Formal Wear Consignment Event

second dateMom Prom dresses anyone? :)

Date: Feb. 13-15

Time: Varies

Location: Embassy Suites, Rogers

More info: Click here

NWA Home & Tech Show

Come see the industries newest trends for remodeling and building the home of your dreams. Find the Gnome; win a prize, bring the kids to Lowe’s Build and Grow, visit in-house demonstrators and learn techniques from growing iris’ to designing your kitchen.

Date: Feb. 13-15

Time: Varies

Location: John Q. Hammons

More info: Click here

Camelot at Walton Arts Center

Recount the time-honored legend of King Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot, and the Knights of the Round Table in an enchanting fable of chivalry, majesty, and brotherhood in this four-time Tony® Award-winning show.

Camelot_TNEWDate: Feb. 17-22

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Walton Arts Center

More info: Click here

Laughter and Libations: A night of food, drinks and comedy improv

Trike Theatre fundraiser event. Enjoy food by Downtown Bentonville food trucks, hosted beer and wine, entertainment by Phunbags Comedy Improv. This event is for adults 21 and up. Tickets are $75 each or $700 for table of 10. All proceeds support Trike Theatre’s education programs that annually reach over 25,000 young people & families.

Date: Feb. 20

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Avondale Chapel & Gardens

More info: Go to www.triketheatre.org or call, 479-464-5084.

Celebrate Black History Month

Join members of Delta Sigma Theta to celebrate Black History Month with stories, a craft and food.

Date: Feb. 21

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Location: Fayetteville Public Library

More info: Click here

Soldier On Service Dogs fundraiser at Mt. Sequoyah

This is a non-profit that helps veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder — or traumatic brain injury — by pairing them with a service dog for free. Click here to read more about what they do (and how you might help by raising a puppy).

Feb. 22

Time: 2-6 p.m.

Location: Mt. Sequoyah Center, 150 N. Skyline Drive

More info: Click here

Pitch Perfect Sing-along

PitchPerfectA lead-up event to the VoiceJam Festival in April! The audience will sing along to a subtitled screening of Pitch Perfect, first released in 2012 and directed by Fayetteville native Jason Moore. The competition finalists will also be announced at this event!

Date: Feb. 28

Time: 8 p.m.

Location: Walton Arts Center

More info: Click here


A great event to help fund Alzheimer’s research. Chilirhea is an event for all ages. Bring the family and experience over 30 different types of chili, live music, a silent auction, and a lot of fun. This year is the 10th annual event, now located at the Fayetteville Town Center. Join us on February 28, 2015.

Date: Feb. 28

Time: Noon to 6 p.m. (chili served from noon to 2 p.m.)

Location: Fayetteville Town Center

More info: Click here


Special events at the Springdale Public Library

Ms. Frizzle Presents…Wacky Weather

Saturday, February 7, 2:00 pm

Ms. Frizzle visits again to show us how wonderfully wacky weather can be! Craft project to follow.

LEGO® Club

Monday, February 9, 4:30 pm

Kibbles & Books Therapy Dog Reading Sessions (Registration is required)

Wednesday, February 11, 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Designed to increase confidence in young readers, as well as offer therapeutic benefits to children with special needs. Please call the Children’s Department at 479-750-8180 to register

Valentine Make & Take Craft Hour

Saturday, February 14, 2:00 pm

Craft fashionable cards and boxes to celebrate St. Valentine’s Day.

Beautiful Girl Retreat

The 7th annual Beautiful Girls Retreat, a two-day, overnight getaway for girls and their moms/leaders will be on March 6th and 7th at the Doubletree by Hilton, Bentonville. This non-profit has the mission to create and host a teaching event that is truly community-based, interdenominational, and to inspire young women in character, identity, and self-esteem. The theme for 2015 will be “True Beauty”. The keynote speaker is Erin Davis, author of fourteen books on girlhood, purity, beauty, and parenting. The second day will be filled with creative breakout sessions, tea time, visual arts presentations, a fashion show, and more. This weekend provides girls and moms with a time to get away and be refreshed and encouraged. Tickets are on sale now.

Date: March 6-7

Time: Varies

Location: Doubletree by Hilton, Bentonville

More info: Click here

beautiful girls retreat

Northwest Arkansas Calendar of Events: January 2015


Winter Break Wonders

Date: Various dates in late December through Jan. 4

Time: Varies

Location: Crystal Bridges Museum of Art

More info: Click here

Meet the Doctor: An Introduction to Doctor Who (Springdale Public Library)

Want to know what Doctor Who is all about? Join us for an introduction to the Doctor (and some Doctor Who Mad Libs). Diehard Whovians are also welcome. Snacks will be provided. Teen activity.

Date: January 3

Time: 2 pm

More info: Register in person at the Information Desk, by telephone (479-750-8180), or join the Facebook event on www.facebook.com/springdalelibraryteens

Eagle Watch Tours

Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area offers Eagle Watches on Beaver Lake Jan. 6 through February 2015.  Tickets must be purchased in advance by phone, 479-789-5000, or at the Park’s  visitor center on Hwy 12 just east of the Hwy 12/War Eagle Road intersection. 13 years and older: $10.  6-12 yrs of age: $5. Under six,  free.

Date: Jan. 6-30 (varying dates)

Time: Varies

Location: Hobbs State Park conservation area. Rocky Branch Marina, Rogers.

More info: Click here

An Afternoon of Fairytales

Bring your children for an afternoon of activities, magic and fairytales. Participants are invited to come dressed up as their favorite prince, princess or fairytale character. Tickets are $10. Proceeds will benefit Restoration Village.

Date: Jan. 17

Time: 1-4 p.m.

Location: The Grand 117, 117 W. Walnut, downtown Rogers

More info: Click here to purchase tickets

Kibbles & Books Therapy Dog Sensory Party

Join the Springdale Public Library for a special sensory program designed for children of all ages and abilities! We will offer a 30-minute story time program, followed by 30 minutes of dog-themed activity stations and time with the therapy dogs. 

Date: January 17

Time: 2 pm

Location: Springdale Public Library

More info: Contact the Library at 479-750-8180, visit in person at 405 S. Pleasant, or via the library website at www.springdalelibrary.org

Slava’s Snowshow

SLAVA’S SNOWSHOW is a fusion of traditional and contemporary theatrical clowning arts. The show brilliantly creates a world of wonderment and fantasy that will transport you to a joyous dreamlike place, where a bed becomes a boat in a storm-tossed sea; a woman is wrapped in cellophane and becomes flowers in a vase; a child walks in amazement inside a bubble; Slava boards a train and then becomes the train, his chimney-pot hat billowing smoke.

The stunning finale sees a letter turned into snowflakes, and the flakes turn into a snowstorm which whirls around the auditorium, leaving you ankle-deep in snow.

Recommended for ages 8+.

SlavasWebAd_266x375Date: Jan. 20-25

Time: Varies

Location: Walton Arts Center

More info: Click here

Writers Workshop

This workshop is sponsored by the Rogers Public Library Foundation and is free to the public. Mark Howard is an Author and Personal Coach. He has published 4 books in the last 3 years, including, The Journey to Stone Village – children’s book and Your Message, Your Legacy – nonfiction summary of self publishing.
Since 2012, Mark has lead workshops and all day boot camps to teach others how share their message, story or life experience by publishing a book in print, kindle and audio. Mark helps demystify the writing and publishing process by laying out a simple step by step process to follow. He helps overcome the three major myths of publishing and delivers resources to make self publishing quick,  affordable and fun. For ages 13 and up.

Date: Jan. 31

Time: 10 a.m. to noon

Location: Rogers Public Library

More info: Click here. Seating is limited. You may also call 479-621-1152 to reserve your spot.

Visit Santa at his new house in the NWA Mall + some insider scoop!

NWA Mall, Dec. ad

We lovelovelove the new holiday decor at the Northwest Arkansas Mall.

The new “holiday house” makes for a great background for photos with Santa this year. You’ll find Santa here seven days a week through Christmas Eve (see hours above):

nwa mall, santa's house

nwa mall, santa's house cropped

Photo packages start at $22 and some will include free Shutterfly gift cards. Kids who visit Santa will also receive a free holiday book.

CLICK HERE to jump over to the mall’s website. Like their Facebook page HERE and stay up to date on all the holiday sales going on at the mall during this holiday season. The mall is a great one-stop shop for Christmas gifts.

Insider scoop: Did you know that the Northwest Arkansas Mall has an annual Breakfast with Santa event? This year the mall is supporting the Boys & Girls Club of Fayetteville. Get your tickets early, before they’re all gone. You can buy tickets at the Boys & Girls Club on Rupple Road in Fayetteville.

breakfast with santa

Another insider tip: The mall has an adorable (interactive) “Santa’s Village” feature on the website right now. Kids can dress an elf, make their own holiday e-card, work jigsaw puzzles, play memory games, color picture pages, catch candy in the Candy Shop — and more. Just click on the door of the village shop you want to explore.

santa's villageHere’s a partial list of stores at the NWA Mall that will help you with getting that Christmas list knocked out:

  • See’s Candies
  • Dillard’s
  • Razorback Shop
  • JC Penney
  • Sear’s
  • Melody’s Choices
  • Victoria’s Secret
  • Francesca’s
  • American Eagle Outfitters
  • Bath and Body Works
  • Candy Craze
  • Gap
  • Gymboree
  • Justice

CLICK HERE to see a full list of stores at the NWA Mall.

Marathon Mama: An easy guide for beginning runners


Guest Post by Beth Gallini

Have you ever wanted to start running or had an itch to sign up for a race? Now is the perfect time!

The Hogeye Marathon is March 29th and we’re here to help you busy moms who are interested in running or want to train for a race. We’ll guide you through getting started and answer your questions so you can have a successful training cycle and a great race.

The Hogeye is a local non-profit organization that hosts a marathon, half-marathon, 4-person relay, corporate challenge, and 5K (and a kids marathon too!) each year.  It is made possible by volunteers and all proceeds go back into the local community. Race day is approaching and it’s time to put a plan in place for your training!

You may be asking Why. Why should I start running? What does everyone love about it? And isn’t it bad for your knees?

It’s not actually bad for your knees – that’s an old wives’ tale! Aside from the obvious reasons people start running (increasing activity, losing weight), there are many other reasons so many people fall in love with running:

beth gallini

Beth and her two babies

◊ Clear your head and relieve stress – Whether work is busy, you are going through a tough time, or you have a problem to sort out, going for a run is a great way to clear your head.

◊ Gain energy – You’ll feel more energetic and reap the rewards of endorphins.

◊ Give yourself “me” time – By taking care of yourself and giving yourself time do something that is enjoyable, you will be a better mom and better able to take care of those who need you.

◊ Achieve goals – Running provides endless opportunities to set goals, work towards them, achieve them, and then continuously repeat that cycle. This fosters feelings of pride and accomplishment and improves your self-esteem.

◊ Set a good example – As a mom, you know your kids are observing you and learning from you. As a runner, you are a great role model for your kids – you are active, taking care of your health, following through with a commitment, and trying new things.

◊ Meet new people – Runners are fun people and they like to be social!

Feeling a little lost? Here are some tips for getting started:

◊ Get fitted for shoes – This is my biggest piece of advice!  Don’t buy the shoes your sister loves, don’t use the old tennis shoes in your closet, don’t buy the prettiest shoes, and don’t go to a big-box outdoor store.  Go to a specialty running store, be prepared to spend around $100, and get fitted for the right shoes for you.  Not having the right shoes is a leading cause of injury and, if you are injured, you won’t be able to run.

◊ Don’t worry about pace or mileage – As a beginner, it is easy to compare yourself to others. Everyone was a beginner at one point and the important thing is you are out there.  You may want to start by tracking your runs by time and not pay attention to how far or how fast you run.

◊ Start with a run/walk rotation – You can condition your body and learn to run further by setting up a run-walk-run rotation.  Perhaps start by running 4 minutes and walking 1 minute and adjust the time you do each as your body adapts to running.

◊ Don’t do too much too soon – It can be exciting to start something new; however doing too much too soon can lead to injury.  Start with shorter distances, don’t run on consecutive days, and slowly increase your mileage.

◊ Follow a plan – Beginner training plans are readily available online or you can sign up for group training at Fleet Feet in Fayetteville for the marathon and half marathon.

◊ Have fun – Remember to have fun!  Don’t put too much pressure on yourself and keep running enjoyable

Be sure to register before the price goes up on December 31st and encourage your friends and family who aren’t running to volunteer – there’s something for everyone.

Beth Gallini runningAbout Beth: Beth is a stay-at-home mom, marathon runner, and the blogger behind RUNNING around my kitchen. She is a certified running coach through the Road Runners Club of America and offers personalized online coaching services for runners of all levels of experience. She and her husband adopted two boys who are a month apart and just celebrated their first birthday. Beth serves on the board for the Hogeye Marathon and is interested in helping other moms with their training and answering any questions you have. Be social, connect with other Hogeye runners, and let them hear from you by following them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! #hogeyemarathon

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