Mamma Mia Girls Night Out happens this Thursday!

If you want to be part of our fun Girls Night Out this Thursday, get your ticket today! We’re going to see Mamma Mia on stage at Walton Arts Center this Thursday, February 11, 2016. (We’re getting a group discount on the hog haustickets. Woo-hoo!) For details about the show, click HERE.

Also, meet us for a pre-show Happy Hour at Hog Haus Brewing Company, right across the street from Walton Arts Center. We’ll be upstairs in the private room between 5 p.m. and 6:45 p.m., and there will be appetizers, wine and lots of laughing. Then we’ll walk over to the theater and settle into our seats in time to see the curtain go up for the 7 p.m. show.

To get your ticket, call Rachel at 479-571-2719 to make arrangements. Be sure to tell her you’re with the nwaMotherlode group. Hope to see you there!

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Mamma Mia Girls Night Out reminder

Hey girls! Just wanted to let you know that we picked winners (at random) for the Mamma Mia ticket giveaway that we published last week. (Congrats to Andrea Moran and Katie Brandes. Looking forward to seeing you there on February 11th!)

If you didn’t snag the free tickets, remember that you can still take advantage of the group discount for tickets. (Just call Rachel at 479-571-2719 to make arrangements.) Deadline to order tickets is Monday, February 8th.

Click HERE for all the info on the Girls Night Out event and the pre-show Happy Hour at Hog Haus Brewing Company. We’re looking forward to hanging out with our fellow mamas on GNO!

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The Friday 5: Fun things to do in NWA this weekend

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Le Chocolate Feast

We always share the best activities for families and moms in our regular monthly calendar, but we also want to give you a heads-up on Fridays about what’s happening over the weekend, so you won’t miss a thing.

Here are a few good ideas for what to do in NWA this weekend, Jan. 30-31:

1. Le Chocolate Feast, NWA Mall. On Saturday (Jan. 30) the Le Chocolate Feast will be at the NWA Mall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This fun event benefits The Pink Divas of NWA, a local support group for women battling breast cancer. The group not only offers support, but they also provide scholarships and do other wonderful things to help women and children in our area.

You can buy a ticket ($10 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under) and then sample chocolate treats from local restaurants. You can buy tickets today at Dippin’ Dots at the mall or online at lechocolatefeast.org. Or just grab a ticket tomorrow at the ticket booth.

Click here for more info.

2. It’s Great to Skate family event at the Jones Center. This free event is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Jones Center. It’s Great to Skate is an annual event hosted by the Ozark Figure Skating Club and features free skating exhibitions, skating classes, and open skating sessions. For more information, contact Katie Sabo at kgsabo@gmail.com.

Schedule of events (FREE):

great to skate jones center10-10:30am Skating Exhibition
10:30-11am Skating Class
11-11:30am Open Skating
11:30-12pm Skating Exhibition
12-12:30pm Skating Class
12:30-1pm Open Skating

Click here for more information.

3. Classic Albums Live presents The Beatles’ Abbey Road. On Saturday (Jan. 30) at 8 p.m., Classic Albums Live makes their highly-anticipated stop at Walton Arts Center to perform The Beatles’ immaculately produced Abbey Road album in its entirety.

These first-rate musicians are dedicated to faithfully recreating every sound on the original album exactly as you remember it. “Come Together” to celebrate the enduring, powerful and transformational music of these rock legends and hear your favorite Beatles songs performed just as they were intended.

Click here for more information.

4. Family Tour at Crystal Bridges Museum. Join this drop-in family tour and get to know some of the favorite artworks in Crystal Bridges’ galleries. The experienced Gallery Guides will lead you on a fun, interactive experience suitable for all ages.

Children will receive complementary “I Spy Gallery Glasses” as well. Meet in the lower lobby about 5 minutes before 1 p.m. This event is free and no registration is required.

Click here for more information.

fossils5. Dinosaurs: Fossils Exposed at The Amazeum. If you haven’t visited the Amazeum yet, this weekend might be a great time to check it out. The Fossils Exposed exhibit will only be at the Amazeum for a few more weeks.

The exhibit explores the bones and fossils belonging to the giant creatures that once roamed the Earth. Guests can view and even touch six full dinosaur skeletal molds including a Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus Rex and Velociraptor.

There are additional molds of skulls, arms, legs, eggs, footprints and a 6-foot-1 Apatosaurus femur. Guests will also enjoy a dig box where they can use paleontology tools to unearth dinosaur bones.

Click here for more information.

NWA Calendar of Events: February 2016

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Monty Python’s Spamalot

Monty-PythonsMonty Python’s SPAMALOT – This Tony award-winning “Best Musical” is ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and The Holy Grail.  Spamalot retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features a bevy of beautiful show girls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French people. 

Date: Feb. 5-7, Feb. 11-14, Feb. 18-21

Time: Varies

Location: Arkansas Public Theatre, Rogers

More info: Click here

Paula Poundstone comedy show

WAC_PoundstoneWidely known as a regular panelist on NPR’s popular weekly news quiz show “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me,” the always-hilarious Paula Poundstone visits WAC with her distinctive brand of wry, intelligent and witty comedy to deliver insightful, spontaneous humor as she never has before!

Date: Feb. 5

Time: 8 p.m.

Location: Walton Arts Center

More info: Click here

SoNA Presents Valentine Pops: American Songbook

America’s beloved popular musical output from the first half of the last century, with a generous helping of songs about love. Featuring guest vocal soloists. sonamusic.org

Date: Feb. 6

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Walton Arts Center

More info: Click here

Mamma Mia!

Over 50 million people all around the world (including NWA!) have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good show. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, and every night everyone’s having the time of their lives! With more productions playing internationally than any other musical, MAMMA MIA! is the World’s No. 1 Show!

Note from the mamas: Don’t forget that we’ll be going to Walton Arts Center as a group on Feb. 11th! If you’d like to see it with us, plus enjoy a pre-show event at Hog Haus across the street, click here for more info!

Date: Feb. 9-14

Time: Varies

Location: Walton Arts Center

More info: Click here

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Eureka Springs Chocolate Lovers’ Festival

chocolates, eureka springsEmbrace your sweet tooth this Valentine’s Day at the Eureka Springs Chocolate Lovers’ Festival! Cakes, cookies, ice cream, dipping fountains, beverages and more can be found at this tasty event. From organic and household brand names to select boutique labels, vendors will showcase and promote their products while offering gourmet and homemade take-home samples to attendees! The festival provides funds for multiple non-profit organizations in the Eureka Springs area. eurekachocfest.org

Date: Feb. 13

Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: Convention Center, Best Western Inn of the Ozarks, Eureka Springs

More info: Click here

Pinch pot class for adult and child, Terra Studios

bluebird of happinessThe Valentine’s Pinch Pot Class includes 2 cheesecakes, 2 beverages, a free baby bluebird, and a class for 2.  Terra is the perfect place to spend the day with the one you love.  Come and stroll the grounds, have a delicious treat, and make a wonderful little pinch pot with a splash of bluebird glass in the center. All materials are included in the cost of the workshop. Please wear comfortable clothing that may get stained with clay, dyes, glazes, paints, or whatever art materials you happen to be working with at the time.  Also, remember that layers are helpful with heating/air conditioning and time outdoors. Please arrive at the Terra Studios Gallery at least 15 minutes before your scheduled class time and check in at the register. Your teacher will meet you in the Gallery.

Date: Feb. 13 & 14

Time: Various class times

Location: Terra Studios

More info: Click here or call 479-643-3185 to sign up.

Family Sunday, I ♥ Art, Crystal Bridges

Mark your calendars for our fourth annual I ♥ Art Family Sunday! Bring your loved ones to Crystal Bridges this Valentine’s Day to enjoy music and hands-on fun. You’ll LOVE what we have planned for this event! Free, no registration required.

Date: Feb. 14

Time: Noon to 5 p.m.

Location: Crystal Bridges, Bentonville

More info: Click here

Wine/Chocolate Pairing Event, Kyya Chocolate

Sunday, Feb. 14 features a “Chocolate Dream” open house at Sassafras Springs Vineyard from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Kyya Chocolate bars and flights of Sassafras wines will be available and guests will have the opportunity to have an artisan chocolatier hand-make their own custom chocolate Bon-Bons while enjoying a wine tasting. Tickets are $35 per person or $60 per couple.

Date: Feb. 14

Time: 2-5 p.m.

Location: Sassafras Springs Vineyard, Springdale

More info: Click here or call Sassafras to reserve tickets 479.419.4999 to purchase your tickets or email SSVwinery@gmail.com

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The Love Train

Enjoy a two hour Romantic Dinner with your own private table on board our 1950′s Vintage First Class Parlor Car or our Diner Car. Includes a three course meal and a beverage of your choice. Springdale to Fayetteville.

Date: Feb. 13

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Springdale Depot

More info: Click here to book your ticket.

The Tunnel of Love/Romance on the Rails, A&M Railroad

The Tunnel of Love train ride will be at 1:30 p.m. You’ll enjoy a three hour scenic excursion through the Boston Mountains over the trestles and through the Winslow tunnel. Springdale to Winslow.

The Romance on the Rails event will be at 6:30 p.m. It will be a two hour Romantic Dinner with your own private table on board the 1950′s Vintage First Class Parlor Car or Dinner Car. Includes a three course meal and a beverage of your choice. Springdale to Fayetteville.

Date: Feb. 14

Time: Varies

Location: Springdale Depot

More info: Click here for The Tunnel of Love tickets.

Sweetheart Lunch/Eagle Watch Cruises

Share the wonders of nature with your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day weekend by taking an Eagle Watch Cruise on beautiful Beaver Lake and enjoying a delicious lunch at Ventris Trails End Resort. Lunch features roasted pork loin with mushrooms in white gravy with mashed potatoes and bacon green beans, or portabella sandwich with green peppers and onions with a garlic mayo, cheese and fries.  Also:  soup, salad, rolls, tea/coffee/lemonade, and dessert. Sweetheart Weekend trips are limited to the first 10 couples or 20 individuals.  Cruises are available Saturday and Sunday February 13th and 14th, and run 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Cost: $80+ tax per couple or $40+ tax per individual:   Reservations and payment must be made in advance.  

Date: Feb. 13 & 14

Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location: Hobbs State Park, Rogers

More info: Contact Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area visitor center to reserve your spot. (479) 789-5000.

Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny

GoodnightMoon_266x375Incorporating innovative puppetry, striking scenic effects and evocative original music, this of presentation two of the most enduring and beloved children books of all time is uniquely attuned to the concerns and emotions of childhood, both with soothing rhythms of bunny banter and dream-like imagery that will enchant your children.

Feb. 21

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: Walton Arts Center

More info: Click here

Walk a Mile in My Shoes SALE

Walk a Mile in My Shoes is a SALE of shoes and handbags benefitting Ozark Guidance to help provide services to people across Northwest Arkansas with behavioral health issues. New and nearly new shoes and handbags will be sold for $5 to $25 at the Holiday Inn and Conven on Center February 26‐27. Friday evening is a VIP Presale Party with  tickets selling for $20, purchase tickets now. This is a great girls night out with access to the best selection of designer shoes and handbags. The public sale starts at 8am Saturday, February 27, no tickets needed.

Date. Feb. 26-27

Time: Varies

Location: Arvest Ballpark

More info: Click here

walk a mile 2016

jones center, smallThe Northwest Arkansas Calendar of Events is sponsored by The Jones Center for Families in Springdale. There’s ALWAYS something fun happening at The Jones Center, plus they have all kinds of classes for adults and kids — and great birthday party options at the indoor swimming pool, gymnastics or ice skating rink! CLICK HERE to visit the Jones Center website to see more!

The Friday Five: Top 5 things to do in NWA this weekend

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We love living in Northwest Arkansas, since there’s always something to do with the kids — or on a date night/GNO!

We always share the best activities for families and moms in our regular monthly calendar, but we also want to give you a heads-up on Fridays about what’s happening over the weekend, so you won’t miss a thing.

Here are a few good ideas for what to do in NWA this weekend, Jan. 23-24:

1. Chinese New Year Celebration, Fayetteville Public Library. The library is celebrating Chinese New Year on Saturday (Jan. 23) at 10:30 a.m. It’s the Year of the Monkey :) There will be a brief presentation on the history of Chinese New Year by the Chinese Students and Scholars Association along with traditional dances from the Chinese Association of NWA and a lion dance from members of 5 Way Dragon’s Martial Arts, followed by the serving of potstickers and orange slices.

Participants will also get to create a monkey craft. Cute!

Click here for more information.

2. Play it Forward, Duo Sonics. On Saturday (Jan 23) you can kick off the new year listening to a unique blend of blues and roots music with the Duo Sonics at the Walmart World room at The Walmart Museum. Tickets are $10 with proceeds benefiting the Community Creative Center. Doors open at 6 and the show is at 6:30 p.m.

Click here for more information and to buy tickets.

3. Hobbs State Park. If you love being out in nature in the winter, you’ll love these two events at Hobbs State Park in Rogers.

Shaddox Hollow Hike, 10 a.m., Shaddox Hollow Trailhead

Join Park Interpreter Rebekah for this beautiful, moderately strenuous hike. Get out and enjoy the beauty of the Ozark Plateau along this 1.5 mile loop trail. This is a great hike to learn about the geology of this area and see the beauty of our Natural State.

Be an Arkansas State Park Explorer, 2 pm, Visitor Center

Join Park Interpreter Rebekah to begin the process to earn your Arkansas State Park Explorer Badge. This fun challenge is a wonderful way to learn more about your state parks. We’ll tackle subjects from history to safety to the sights and sounds around the park. This fun for the whole family re-occurring program will help you to be more connected to your state parks! Recommended for park stewards ages 6 – 14.

KinkyBoots_web4. Kinky Boots showing at Walton Arts Center! This is a fun show and is great for a date night or a night out with friends. Kinky boots is running through Sunday at WAC.

KINKY BOOTS is Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit. With songs by Grammy® and Tony®-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, KINKY BOOTS takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan.

Click here for tickets.

5. Dust, Drought and Dreams Gone Dry. This exhibition will be at the Springdale Public Library through Feb. 26. On Saturday (Jan. 23), at 2 p.m., Mary Larson, Puterbaugh Professor of Library Service and Associate Dean for Special Collections, will be at the library to discuss these extraordinary women and their stories.

Between 2000 and 2001, interviews were conducted with more than one hundred women, individually and in groups, who lived through the Dust Bowl, primarily in the seven western-most counties of Oklahoma, where the Dust Bowl hit the hardest.

Click here for more information.

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