Walk a Mile in my Shoes SALE is coming up! Snag your newest pair of shoes!

Walk a Mile logo 2017If you love shoes and handbags, this is your must-attend event. The Walk a Mile in My Shoes fundraiser, hosted by Ozark Guidance, is THE shoe and handbag sale of the year. It includes new and nearly new shoes, handbags, accessories and more, and the prices are so legendary that you’ll be bragging about your bargains for months.

Brand new name-brand running shoes donated by the event’s presenting sponsor Rush Running Co. and high end designers will be sold for $40. Other brand new shoes/handbags will sell for $20, and nearly new shoes/handbags will be sold for $10.

You’ll definitely want to go to the VIP Party on April 28, 2017 because you’ll be able to see the full selection before the general public shops the sale during the next day. The VIP Party also includes food and entertainment. (It all happens on the campus of Ozark Guidance, located at 2400 S. 48th St. in Springdale.) Click HERE to get your ticket to the VIP event.

If your problem is that you have TOO MANY shoes that you don’t really wear, this fundraiser could use your help. Donate some shoes and free up space in your closet for new shoes you DO want to wear. For more info on how to donate, call 479‐725‐5294.

New this year! The Walk a Mile in My Shoes event will also offer a 5K race and a Family Fun Walk this year. Click here for more info.

Why it matters

Statistic snip1This fundraiser helps raise needed funds for behavioral health care. One in five adults, adolescents and children can have behavioral health disorders that interfere with the way they think, feel, and act.

Northwest Arkansas now has a population of more than 500,000. Potentially 100,000 NWA residents could need mental health services at some point, but many will go untreated due to knowledge, stigma, or funding.

When untreated, mental health disorders can lead to school and work failure, family conflicts, drug abuse, violence, and even suicide. (Last year there were more than 500 reported suicides in Arkansas, which means the state ranks as the 16th highest in the nation for suicides.)

Ozark Guidance is the nonprofit community based mental health provider serving Washington, Benton, Madison, and Carroll Counties in Arkansas. Each year, Ozark Guidance provides quality, compassionate mental health service to nearly 10,000 adults, children, and families.

Ozark Guidance is also the long-running sponsor of the “On Your Mind” feature here on nwaMotherlode.com. In this monthly column, counselors at Ozark Guidance answer questions from local moms who submit their concerns privately and anonymously via an “online hotline.” For more info about this service, click HERE to see the On Your Mind category.

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Northwest Arkansas Calendar + Valentine’s Events: February 2017

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Priceless Night at Scott Family Amazeum

amazeumThanks to a gift from Tyson Foods, Inc., we are happy to announce most Wednesday evenings will be Priceless Nights at the Scott Family Amazeum! These pay-as-you-wish evenings allow guests to make a donation to the Amazeum in lieu of admission.

Date: Feb. 1

Time: 4-7 p.m.

Location: Amazeum musuem, Bentonville

More info: Click here

Amazeum Hosts “Living the Dream” for Aspiring Musicians  

Pursuing a creative career and making a living can seem like a far-fetched dream. The Scott Family Amazeum will host a workshop for young adults, ages 14-25, who want to take their musical talent to a professional level. Award-winning blues rock singer/songwriter/guitarist Anthony Gomes will share how to make a living from the arts by investigating the creative process and business aspects of a career in music. The workshop, “Living the Dream,” will be held Sun., Feb. 5, from 11 am until 4 pm at the Amazeum. The workshop is $30 for Amazeum members and $40 for non-members. Pre-payment and pre-registration are required at amazeum.org/events-and-programs/camps. Space is limited.

“Living the Dream” is made possible through the Arvin Artists Series, funded by past Amazeum Board President Bob Arvin and his wife Theresa. To learn more about Anthony Gomes and his award-winning work, visit anthonygomes.com.

Date: Feb. 5

Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: Amazeum, Bentonville

More info: Click here

Valentines for Alzheimer’s

Team GabbieLocal Team Gabbie is hosting a fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association.  Team Gabbie was founded by a local child whose daddy has younger onset Alzheimer’s.  This is their third fund-raising year.  All donations are tax deductible and go to The Alzheimer’s Association. Team Gabbie is hosting a Valentines for Alzheimer’s fund-raiser.  For every $5 raised, a local nursing home resident will also receive a special Valentine hand delivered by Team Gabbie.  “Together, we believe we can help Gabbie become one of the first Alzheimer’s survivors.  All donations need to made by Feb. 13.   For more information, go to http://act.alz.org/goto/TeamGabbie

Handmade Valentine Workshop for Kids

An afternoon of handmade Valentine Cards with Shindig Paperie and Art Feeds. Limited to 15 spots so grab yours quick. For children Kindergarten-5th Grade, each ticket to the event includes: 5 cards and 5 envelopes; All the supplies to customize each Valentine card and envelope; A cookie and drink; All the supplies to create one “Spread the Love” confetti popper; An Art Feeds tote with treats inside! $25 for one pass

heart5Date: Feb. 5

Time: 2-3 p.m.

Location: Shindig Paperie, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

Chocolate and Cocktails

5 locally made chocolates. 5 little crafted cocktails.  All paired together on one special night.  $16 a flight. You can share it, or keep it all for yourself.

Date: Feb. 6

Time: 6 p.m.

Location: Maxine’s Tap Room, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

Coffee and Cupcakes

Invite your girlfriends and come out for a night of coffee, cupcakes and appetizers at the Beautiful Lives Boutique. Shop for a great cause or just come hang out. Easy parking is located next door at the Scoot Tribe business or across North Street to the south. Beautiful Lives Boutique is an upscale thrift store selling women’s clothing and accessories to support missions to empower women and children.

Date: Feb. 7

Time: 7-9 p.m.

Location: Beautiful Lives Boutique, Fayetteville.

More info: Click here

February Wine and Chocolate Tasting

Date: Feb. 7

Time: 7-10 p.m.

Location: Powerhouse Seafood, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

Ooh! La la! A chocolate and wine pairing

The evening will begin with a champagne reception with an artisan chocolate sampling from Hello Cocoa at 6:30 pm, followed at 7:00 pm by 3 decadent chocolate-inspired courses prepared by Chef Miles James of James at the Mill. Each course will be expertly paired with a wine selected by wine expert, Jason Willems of Diamond Beverages. (Menu to be announced soon!)  Seating is limited to 120 guests. Reservations must be made and payment received to guarantee seating. Pricing is $100 per person or $195 per couple.

Date: Feb. 9

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: The Garden Room, Dickson St.

More info: Click here

V-Day Wall Art Crawl

art feedsA wall crawl down Block street to benefit Art Feeds. Every location will have a creative photo booth made by Art Feeds so you can be your best self and stash some photos for the best Instagram grid of the year. It’ll be a night of V-Day snapchat filters IRL with Art Feeds and our fab friends on Block street. Love your selfie, love your gal pals or love on your significant other with a walk down Block. In addition to a photo booth from Art Feeds, each stop will have snacks, coffee and drinks from some of our favorite local vendors! All proceeds benefit expressive and creative programming for NWA children. Retail locations: Shindig, The Mustache and Riffraff will each be available to guests for last minute Valentine’s day shopping! Various discounts and deals included. Student tickets are $20, standard ticket $25, VIP tickets are $45.

Date: Feb. 9

Time: 7-9:30 p.m.

Location: Block Street, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

Valentine’s Workshop at Young Chef’s Academy of Rogers

young chefsDate: Feb. 10

Time: 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Location: Young Chef’s Academy, Rogers

More info: Click here

Valentine’s Day Dinner at the Cooking Studio

Romantic dinner with your sweetie at the Cooking Studio of Downtown Rogers. They’ll be offering a six course dinner on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY11th, SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12th, and TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14th.  Cost: $35 per person. An extensive wine list is available for the occasion. Wine by bottle or glass and beer available for purchase. For questions or to reserve your spot, call or text Sheila Reese at 479-381-7917 or born2cooksheila@gmail.com.

Date: Feb. 11, 12 and 14

Time: 6:30 p.m. each night

Location: Cooking Studio of Downtown Rogers 113 S. 2nd Street, Rogers

More info: Click here

Young Frankenstein, Arkansas Public Theatre

Arkansas Public Theatre (APT) will present Young Frankenstein* Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks, Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan on February 10-12, 16-19 and 23-26, 2017 presented by Season 31 Premier Partners Dr. Ed and Arlene Wait. The Title Partner for this musical is Harps Food Stores.

Date: Feb. 10-12, 16-19, 23-26

Time: Varies

Location: Arkansas Public Theatre, Rogers

More info: Click here

13th Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Festival, Eureka Springs

eureka's chocolate festivalA complete world of chocolate appreciation will be featured at the 13th Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Festival and Emporium. This event will include candy, cakes, cookies, ice cream, and more. Chocolate novelty items and body products will be on-hand as well. Vendors will showcase and promote their products while offering chocolate samples to attendees from organic and household brand names to select boutique labels.

This year features a Willy Wonka Room and a partnership with Trike Theatre. The room will include interactive experiences with Trike Theatre, pictures with Willy Wonka himself, and winning Golden Tickets. Will you be one of the lucky few who finds a Golden Ticket and wins a prize? $15 per person online or at the Chamber, $20 at the door.

Date: Feb. 11

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

Location: Best Western Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center, 207 W Van Buren, Eureka Springs

More info: Click here

Father Daughter Valentine’s Dance

Celebrate this time with your special girl(s) at our annual Father Daughter Valentines Dance at the Bentonville Community Center. Walk the red carpet and smile at paparazzi as you enter the dance. Enjoy the DJ dance party, contests, limbo competitions and more! Don’t forget to snap some memories at our photo booth. $55 for father and daughter together.

Date: Feb. 11

Time: 5-8 p.m.

Location: Bentonville Community Center

More info: Click here

Black Hearts Ball, Crystal Bridges

black hearts ballJoin with artinfusion as we set fire to the standard Valentine’s Day tradition with our fifth annual Black Hearts Ball at Crystal Bridges! Leave the rom-coms at home this year for a night of Museum adventures and off-the-wall encounters with art and performance. Come prepared to bust a move with live music in Eleven, when you’re not exploring the galleries that is! Have your first drink and nosh on us, then visit our cash bars. Must be 21+ to attend.

Printed or mobile tickets are required for entry. Must be at least 21 to attend; ID will be checked at the door.

Date: Feb. 11

Time: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Location: Crystal Bridges, Bentonville

More info: Click here

Chocolate + Bubbly event

Hello Cocoa is offering two unique Valentine’s experiences in two cities. One in Fayetteville at the chocolate factory, and the other in Bentonville at the Brightwater Culinary School.  Fayetteville’s C + B is a lighthearted, open house style event that includes a photo booth, a chocolate + bubbly flight pairing, and a tour of the chocolate factory. Bentonville’s C + B, in partnership with Brightwater, is a romantic date night featuring an exclusive ‘dessert tapas’ menu. Proceeds from these ticket sales fund scholarships to this amazing new institution.

Date: Feb. 12

Time: 1-5 p.m.

Location: Two events, see in above description

More info: Click here

Briar Rose Bakery Valentine’s Tea

Briar Rose will be offering a Valentine’s Tea will offer a unique menu of scones, jams, tea sandwiches, a grand selection of sweets to go with a personal pot of tea. By Reservation only.

Date: Feb. 12

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: Briar Rose Bakery, Farmington

More info: Click here

Kyya Chocolate Bon Bon and Wine Tasting at Sassafras Springs Vineyard

sassafrasValentine’s Date for chocolate lovers. Enjoy a flight of four wines while enjoying 4 chocolate Bon Bons provided by Kyya Chocolate. There will also be a chocolate fountain and a tour of the wine production facility presented by wine maker Stephen Dollar.

Date: Feb. 12

Time: 2-5 p.m.

Location: Sassafras Springs Vineyard

More info: Click here

Valentine’s Day Movie & Craft, Springdale Public Library

Watch the new movie Finding Dory (PG, 103 min)  and make an adorable craft.

Date: Feb. 14

Time: 4 p.m.

Location: Springdale Public Library

More info: Click here

Valentine’s Comedy Night at George’s Majestic Lounge

A portion of proceeds from every single ticket is being donated to support the American Heart Association. Drinks all night long – and a really fun show – all right on Dickson St. General Admission tickets are just $8, and a reserved table (recommended) for up to four guests is $25. Tickets can be bought at bentonvillecomedy.com – follow the instructions to reserve a table as they are limited. You can also call 479-527-6618 to make sure you get one (must also purchase admission ticket)!  This show will feature the highly popular That’s What She Said Show and stand up comedians Raj Suresh and Shawna Blake, with Dustin Roach MC’ing.

Date: Feb. 14

Time: 7-9:30 p.m.

Location: George’s, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

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Circus Oz at Walton Arts Center

Circus exists for everyone in the imagination, but for some people that imaginary space is their world.
In this latest production from Circus Oz be prepared to be taken on an improbable journey, where reality dissolves. The performers inhabit a life unconstrained by the laws of physics. They are dream soldiers, making the real world and its laws bend to their aspirations. Deep from the Down Under at the bottom of the world, Circus Oz has unleashed a mayhem of madcap musicians, acrobats and manipulators. A two hour array of physical feats, spectacular skills and hilarious antics. Aerialists defy gravity, jugglers propel unlikely objects in complicated cacophonies, acrobats fall up and stand over. At Circus Oz nothing is impossible and everyone is extraordinary! This is straight up Circus Oz. All human, non-stop energy.

Date: Feb. 15-19

Time: Varies

Location: Walton Arts Center, Fayeteville

More info: Click here

NWA Soup Sunday

soup bowlsWe’re pretty sure this one is going to be better than ever! In 2017, we’ll celebrate 40 years of Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families.  Just ask your friends — AACF’s 16th annual Northwest Arkansas Soup Sunday is one of their favorite days of the year! It’s affordable, casual and family-friendly. The food is always delicious, and the cause most important – the future of Arkansas’s kids. Bring your friends, your family, or anyone else who loves soup, breads and desserts, good people, fun music, live and silent auctions, and raising money for good causes. Regular admission adult tickets are $25 in advance – $30 the weekend of the event. Tickets for children 5-17 are $10 and children younger than 5 are FREE!

Date: Feb. 19

Time: 4-7 p.m.

Location: John Q. Hammons Convention Center, Rogers

More info: Click here

14th Annual Great NWA Model Train Show

The Sugar Creek Model Railroad Club will host the 14th Annual Great NWA Model Train Show. Kids (and kids at heart) can be the engineer as miniature locomotives chug around the tracks on elaborately designed layouts. All types of model trains from large garden trains to trains small enough to run on a coffee table will be on display. Collectors can shop for new and vintage toy trains and parts from more than 40 vendors. Hot dogs, pop corn and other treats will also be for sale. Door prizes will be given away including two round trip tickets on the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad!

Admission is just $8 for adults and free for children age 12 and younger. Bring a non-perishable food item to receive a dollar off admission. All proceeds go to local charities including Samaritan Snackpacks for Kids, the Children’s Advocacy Center, Toys for Tots, the Salvation Army Angel Tree and Shelter, Havenwood Home, Hope Cancer Resources/Washington Regional Cancer and Support Home, Cancer Relay for Life, Weekly Vista boxes for soldiers overseas, and the Bella Vista Library.

Date: Saturday, Feb. 25

Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: Holiday Inn NWA Convention Center, Springdale

More info: Click here

12th Annual Charity Chilirhea for Alzheimer’s research

chilirheaEnjoy as much chili as your heart desires at the 12th Annual #Chilirhea Charity Chili Cook-Off! We’ll have more than 30 teams “under the big top” as well as live music, a silent auction and copious adult beverages. We love to party but we also have a purpose. In the past six years, we’ve raised more than $300,000 to fight Alzheimer’s and benefit their caregivers and we’re very proud that all of the money we raise stays in Arkansas.

Date: Feb. 25

Time: Noon to 5 p.m.

Location: Fayetteville Town Center

More info: Click here

The 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!

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Northwest Arkansas Calendar of Events: January 2017

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First Day Hikes

hiking iconFirst Day Hikes originated over 20 years ago at the Blue Hills Reservation, a state park in Milton, Massachusetts.  The initiative targeted the first of January, the start of a new year, to promote both healthy lifestyles throughout the year and the year-round recreation that can be experienced locally in state parks. Through the years, other states, including Arkansas, joined this health initiative. Among them is Hobbs State Park Conservation Area just east of Rogers.  Two different guided tours will be available on Sunday January 1, 2015.

Meet Interpreter Steve in the Van Winkle parking lot on Hwy. 12 at 10:00 a.m. for a 1/2 mile nature hike on the Sinking Stream Trail. Or meet with special guides Jim and Diane Gately in the Van Winkle parking lot on Hwy. 12 at 2:00 p.m. for a 1/2 mile historic hike.  They will guide you through what was the Peter Van Winkle sawmill community.  The Van Winkle sawmill mill was the largest in the state during the 1870’s, and the area you will be hiking is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Date: Jan. 1st

Time: Varies

Location: Prairie Grove State Park, Devil’s Den or Hobbs State Park

More info: Click here to find a First Day Hike near you

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

gentlemans-guide-broadwayGentleman’s Guide tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession, by any means necessary. All the while, he’s got to juggle his mistress (she’s after more than just love), his fiancée (she’s his cousin but who’s keeping track?) and the constant threat of landing behind bars. Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance… and be done in time for tea.

Date: Jan. 10-15

Times:

Tuesday, January 10 at 7pm  GET TICKETS
Wednesday, January 11 at 7pm  GET TICKETS
Thursday, January 12 at 7pm  GET TICKETS
Friday, January 13 at 8pm  GET TICKETS
Saturday, January 14 at 2pm  GET TICKETS
Saturday, January 14 at 8pm  GET TICKETS
Sunday, January 15 at 2pm  GET TICKETS

Location: Walton Arts Center

More info: Click here

Cheese Making 101 at Fayetteville Public Library

try-fpl-series_12Sweet Freedom Creamery owner Jessica Keahey leads a cheese tasting class with a discussion of different varieties of cheese and foods and drinks to serve as an accompaniment. She gives suggestions for how to cut, serve, and store cheeses. Participants will sample the cheeses and have opporunity to ask questions.  Cheese 101 is free but sign-up is required. Jessica Keahey has a background in microbiology. Her love of food and fermentation naturally has led her into the tasty world of cheese and the artisanal cheese movement with Sweet Freedom Creamery. She has studied cheese with experts from Vermont to Belize, and teaches hands-on cheesemaking classes.

Date: Jan. 11

Time: 6 p.m.

Location: Walton Arts center

More info: Click here to register

Discovery Tots, Amazeum

Ages 18 to 36 months old and a caregiver. (Adult, age 18 or older, must accompany child during the workshop.) Advanced registration and payment required. January’s theme: Building Buddies: Build it big. Build it small. Early childhood is an age of experimentation, discovery and play! Blocks provide a perfect tool for young children to explore building techniques. Children and their play partners will also explore balance, patterns, stability, and design with a variety of familiar objects and building materials.

$10 Amazeum member child + adult caregiver
$15 non-member child + adult caregiver

Date: Jan. 11; Encore workshop January 12, 2017

Time: 10-11 am

Location: Amazeum museum, Bentonville

More info: Register here for January 11 Discovery Tots; Register here for January 12 Encore Discovery Tots Workshop

Ozarkansas Tool Library: Build a Bird House

feed-communitiesLearn how to build a bird house for your garden! Participants will learn the safe use of basic power and hand tools. We will also learn about some common backyard garden birds and proper placement of your new bird house. Material fee of $5

Date: Jan. 14

Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: Feed Communities, 221 S. Locust Ave., Fayetteville

More info: Click here

Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, open house

Visit Shiloh and see some of their new exhibits.

Date: Jan. 14

Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location: Shiloh Museum, Springdale

More info: Click here

Northwest Arkansas School Choice Festival

school-choiceNorthwest Arkansas School Choice, an organization created to empower families and educators, is working to provide resources and information that parents need when choosing the school that best fits their child.

“Our goal is to increase student retention by placing students in educational environments that cater to their individual needs,” said Dr. Martin W. Schoppmeyer, founder of Northwest Arkansas School Choice. “Our end goal is to increase Arkansas high school graduation rates, ensure preparation for higher education or technical educational pursuits, and to provide each Arkansan the necessary information to make an informed decision on the educational future of their child.”

Their first event, the Northwest Arkansas School Choice Festival, will highlight each private, public and home school’s educational programs and services. Representatives from schools in Benton and Washington counties to come together under one roof to showcase their achievements and share with families what they have to offer.

This event kicks off National School Choice Week 2017, which is America’s largest-annual celebration of opportunity in education. Out of more than 13,000 schools nationwide sponsoring events during National School Choice Week, the NWA School Choice Festival has been chosen as a “Spotlight” event.

Family admission to the festival is free. The first 500 families will receive a swag bag filled with Northwest Arkansas School Choice promotional materials and information about the schools in attendance. College planning and financial aid presentations will take place in the chapel, and a scholarship fair will connect applicants with scholarship providers. The festival will include giveaways, arts and crafts, live music, and refreshments. Swimming is free at The Jones Center during the event.

Date: Jan. 14

Time: 9 a.m. to noon

Location: Jones Center for Families, Emma Ave., Springdale

More info: For more information visit NWAschoolchoice.org or contact Heather Holaway at (479) 966-4930 or info@NWAschoolchoice.org.

Great Pretenders, Amazeum

Amazeum logoAges 3-5 years old and a caregiver*

January’s theme: Building Buddies: Build it big. Build it small. Early childhood is an age of experimentation, discovery and play! Blocks provide a perfect tool for young children to explore building techniques. Children and their play partners will also explore balance, patterns, stability, and design with a variety of familiar objects and building materials.

$10 Amazeum member child + adult caregiver
$15 non-member child + adult caregiver

*Adult, age 18 or older, must accompany child during the workshop. Advanced registration and payment required.

Date: January 18; Encore workshop January 19

Time: 10-11am

Location: Amazeum museum, Bentonville

More info: Register here for January 18 Great Pretenders; Register here for January 19 Encore Great Pretenders Workshop

Chinese New Year celebration, FPL

Join FPL to celebrate the year of the rooster! 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 (CANWA), a performance by FHS Color Guard, and a lion dance from members of 5 Way Dragon’s Martial Arts.

The presentation will be followed by food and a craft.

Date: Jan. 21

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Location: Fayetteville Public Library

More info: Click here

3rd Annual Afternoon of Fairytales at Restoration Village

We invite children and children at heart to join us for an Afternoon of Fairytales on Saturday, January 28, 2016, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Avondale Chapel and Gardens in Bentonville. The program will feature an interactive storytelling experience presented by Trike Theater, music, fairytale themed crafts and food. Come dressed as your favorite prince, princess or fairytale character. 

Date: Jan 28

Time: 1-3 p.m.

Location: Avondale Chapel and Gardens, Bentonville

More info: Click here

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Zing Adventures, Amazeum

Ages 4-6 years old and a caregiver* open to all guests: Amazeum members and non-members

January is Fiber Fun! This month’s workshop is inspired by the mural in yarn, “Biking in Bentonville” by artist London Kaye.  Adult and child partners will become more familiar with a variety of MAKING techniques and tools using yarns, threads and fabrics.

$10 Amazeum member child + adult caregiver
$15 non-member child + adult caregiver

*Adult, age 18 or older, must accompany child during the workshop. Advanced registration and payment required. Registration is open to all guests- Amazeum members and non-members

Date: January 28

Time: 9-10 am; Encore workshop January 28 at 11 am-Noon

More info: Register here for January 28  9-10 am Zing Adventures; Register here for January 28 11 am-Noon Zing Adventures encore workshop

The 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!

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Northwest Arkansas Calendar of Events: December 2016

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Grandma’s Story Quilt

When Grandpa is sick, he loves to get covered up in Grandma’s quilt and tell its stories. The audience sits on the bed and helps Grandpa bring the familiar story to life. A lively tale is sewn into Grandma’s quilt and is activated through interactive storytelling, puppetry and music.

  • Performances @Trike Theatre: November 29 – December10 @ 9:30am & 11:00am
  • Performances @Arts Center of the Ozarks: December 13 – 17 @ 9:30am & 11:00am

This performance is part of the Little Trike Series: professional theatre geared towards children ages 2 to 5, introducing them to theatre in an engaging, interactive and lively environment.

Date: Nov. 29-Dec. 10 & Dec. 13-17 (see above for locations)

Time: 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Location: See in description above

More info: Click here to buy tickets. Click here for more info.

Learn How to Buy a Telescope, and then View the Heavens with the Sugar Creek Astronomical Society at Hobbs State Park

Hobbs State Park and the Sugar Creek Astronomical Society extend an invitation to the public to learn more about our night skies. December nights are great for observing the sky due to atmospheric clarity. The public lecture, starting at 4:30 pm, will be given by Scott Roberts, former Meade Instruments Vice President and founder of Explore Scientific. He will present a special program on “How to Purchase a Telescope”.  Roberts will explain how to determine the type of scope you need for your viewing style, what questions to ask when you go into the store, and what things like focal length mean.

Following Scott’s lecture, about 5:30 p.m., there will be a public night sky viewing. Members of Sugar Creek Astronomical Society will bring their telescopes to share their love of the night sky with the public. A waxing crescent moon will make for a wonderful object to view this night.   It will also be dark enough to allow for wonderful viewing of planets and deep sky objects. Cost: Free

Date: Dec. 2

Time: See in description above

Location: Hobbs State Park visitor center located on Hwy 12 just east of the Hwy 12/War Eagle Road intersection

More info:  Call 479-789-5000. To learn more about upcoming Friends of Hobbs speakers and other park programs, go to the web site: http://www.friendsofhobbs.com/

ArtShare (for youth with autism and their families)

Join us for ArtShare, a fun event for youth with autism and their families. The Museum will open early for families to explore the galleries, participate in hands-on activities, and create art. Ages 5+.Free, register online. Sponsored by Loreen Arbus. Great Hall and Temporary Exhibition

Date: Dec. 3

Time: 9-11 a.m.

Location: Crystal Bridges Museum

More info: Click here

The Compassion Experience: An interactive tour of life in the developing world

This free event features an interactive journey through the true stories of children living in developing countries like the Philippines, Kenya, Uganda and the Dominican Republic. In over 2,000 square feet of interactive exhibit space, visitors will step inside homes, markets and schools — without getting on a plane. Each child’s story starts in poverty but ends in hope. Family friendly.

Date: Dec. 9-12

Time: 11 a.m. to 6:40 p.m.

Location: Pinnacle Hills Promenade Mall

More info: Click here

Preschool Playdate » Blue

blueDon’t be blue about winter, celebrate the color at Preschool Playdate! Enjoy art projects, story time, and creative play inspired by the beautiful hue of blue. Playdate begins with an 11:30 a.m. performance in the Great Hall. Free, no registration required.

Date: Dec. 8

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location: Crystal Bridges Museum

More info: Click here

Family Workshop » Hip Hop with CONTRA-TIEMPO

Join instructors from Los Angeles based dance company, Contra Tiempo in this hip-hop dance workshop that will have the whole family moving!  $10 per family ($5 for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335. Great Hall

Date: Dec. 10

Time: 10:30 a.m. to noon

Location: Crystal Bridges

More info: Click here

Celebrate Squash class

Despite its name, winter squash is about as fall as you can get. With 11 varieties to choose from—including pumpkin— fall is the perfect time to celebrate squash and its wonderfully delicious flavor profiles and superior health benefits. Roast it, steam it or puree it—come learn all about this favorite fall food and why it’s truly good4u. Cooking demo included in this free nutrition class.

Date: Sunday, Dec. 11th

Time: 3-3:30pm

Location: Natural Grocers, Fayetteville

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Gingerbread Party

Graham crackers and candies and icing, oh my! It’s always lots of fun building gingerbread houses. Visit SPL to make your own.

Date: Dec. 14

Time: 4:30 p.m.

Location: Springdale Public Library

More info: Click here

Winter Break Wonders

winter-break-wondersVisit the museum over school break. They’re planning special family-friendly activities each afternoon, including art making, music, puppets, dance, and more! Check the museum website for a schedule of each day’s activities.Free, no registration required. Museum-wide

Date: Dec. 17-Jan.2

Times: 1-4 p.m.

Location: Crystal Bridges Museum

More info: Click here

Quick Class: Extraordinary Cranberry

Come learn all about the tiny, mighty, Extraordinary Cranberry! That’s right, the benefits of America’s original superfruit go beyond bladder health to support the gut, heart, immune system and blood sugar stability—perfect for the season of indulging. Cooking demo included in this free nutrition class.

Date: Sunday, Dec. 18th

Time: 3:30-4 pm

Location: Natural Grocers, Fayetteville

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School’s Out activities, Springdale Public Library

Play board games, make ornaments, and enjoy other fun activities at the library.

Date: December 19 – 23

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: Springdale Public Library

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School break movies at FPL

zootopiaMovies include BFG, The Secret Life of Pets and Zootopia.

Date: Dec. 21-23 & 26-30

Time: Varies

Location: Fayetteville Public Library

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Brown Bag Ice Age Movie Marathon

Get out of the house! Bring a sack lunch and watch the movies (PG)! Drinks provided.

Date: December 26 – 30

Time: Noon

Location: Springdale Public Library

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 CLICK HERE to see the big list of holiday events in Northwest Arkansas!

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2016 Northwest Arkansas Holiday Events Guide

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Happy November! It’s time to kick off the holiday FUN season in Northwest Arkansas! We’ve got the big list of things to do with your family in November and December.

nwa-mall-logo-2016Click on the name of any event below, highlighted in red, for more information. CLICK HERE to see a printer-friendly version of this list so you can put it on your refrigerator! Or snap a pic of the front and back to save on your phone. The NWA Holiday Events Guide printable is sponsored by the Northwest Arkansas Mall.

Nov. 10: The MOMS Club Holiday Market. 6-10 p.m. Builders Stone & Supply, Springdale.

The MOMS Club will host over a dozen vendors on November 10th that will benefit the NWA Women’s Shelter. It’s open to the public, there will be food and drinks available, and there is no admission fee.

Nov. 11-12: NWA Boutique Show. Times vary, Northwest Arkansas Convention Center, Springdale.

Shop over 150 merchants featuring thousands of one-of-a-kind and custom items. Home decor, gifts, clothing, gourmet food, holiday decor, children’s items, art and more. Gwen and Shannon from nwaMotherlode will have a booth, so stop by and say hello. Look for a great giveaway + a private nursing lounge/baby changing station at our booth (Tickets required.)

Nov. 18: Santa arrives at the Northwest Arkansas Mall! Santa will be holding court at the mall’s Center Court. Times below.

Santa’s NWA Mall hours are:

santa-hatMonday through Saturday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

(Breaks: 2-2:30 p.m. and 5:30-6 p.m.)

Sundays: Noon – 6 p.m.

(Breaks:  3-3:30 p.m.)

Santa will be available on Christmas Eve until 6 p.m.

Pet photos with Santa! Get pics of your pets with Santa on Dec. 13th and Dec. 20th from 6-8 p.m.

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Santa’s home at Center Court, Northwest Arkansas Mall

Nov. 18: Santa arrives at Pinnacle Hills Promenade Mall. Santa will be stationed at Suite 5185, next to Yum Yo’s Frozen Yogurt. Times vary.

Nov. 18-19: St. Nick on the Bricks. 101 E. Walnut St., Rogers, at the Frisco Caboose.

From 3-8 pm each day, meet St. Nick and take a selfie or get that perfect photo for your family Christmas card.

Nov. 18-19: Rogers downtown-wide holiday open house “Holidays on the Bricks.”  Times Vary.

This is the first annual Rogers downtown-wide holiday open house and they have lots of big plans for families to enjoy downtown Rogers. Join merchants and restaurants in kicking off the holiday season with fun, festive activities and great shopping. There will be something for everyone in the family to enjoy. Keep up-to-date with activities in downtown Rogers by visiting www.godowntownrogers.com

Nov. 18-19: Cocoa Stand at the Caboose. Downtown Rogers. 3-8 p.m.

hot-chocolate-christmas During Holidays on the Bricks, come enjoy hot cocoa, candy canes, and nuts at the Frisco caboose. Downtown Dawgs will also be there serving fresh hot dogs. The Caboose will be all decked out in holiday decor, and we will have Cindy from Oftedahl’s Photography there to snap any group photos you might want to take. Perfect photo opportunity for Christmas cards this year. You may run into St. Nick and Mrs. Claus.

Nov. 18-19: St. Nick on the Bricks. 101 E. Walnut St., Rogers, at the Frisco Caboose.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., meet St. Nick and take a selfie or get that perfect photo for your family Christmas card.

Nov. 19: Sips on the Bricks, 5-8 p.m. Downtown Rogers.

During Holidays on the Bricks, downtown Rogers first annual holiday open house, we will be hosting Sips on the Bricks! Business owners will be using their best skills to craft holiday cocktails and mocktails in order to gain your vote for best drink (and not to mention bragging rights). To participate head over to Honeycomb Kitchen Shop to pick up your Sips on the Bricks card for only $5 (tickets available November 10th). Proceeds of this event go to Marine Toys for Tots Serving NWA. You will then visit each participating business to taste test their holiday concoction. Once you have tried each sip, you will cast a vote for your favorite. Your vote enters you into a drawing to win $100 in Brick Bucks and a wine gift basket! Use your holiday Brick Bucks at multiple participating businesses, which is great for holiday shopping.

lights of ozarks photoNov. 18: Lights of the Ozarks parade, Fayetteville Square. 6 p.m., Fayetteville Downtown Square

The lighting of the Fayetteville Downtown Square kicks off with the lighting night parade at 6 p.m. Many civic clubs and business are represented in the parade with cars and characters. The parade closes with a special guest, Santa Claus.  The lights will 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.

Nov. 19: Lighting of the Bentonville Square. Downtown Bentonville, 3-6 p.m.

This marks the beginning of the holiday season. Wrap up warm and come celebrate with other families to enjoy live music, steaming hot chocolate and the beautiful lights. Entertainment starting at 3 p.m. and at 6  p.m. the mayor will throw the switch.

Nov. 20: Lighting of the Stewart Family Christmas Light Display. 4423 E. Wyman Road, Fayetteville. 6-10 p.m.

The lights will be turned on for the season at 6 p.m.

Nov. 21-Dec. 12, on Mondays. Pet photos with Santa. Pinnacle Hill Promenade Mall, Rogers.

Suite #5185 next to Yum Yo’s Frozen Yogurt. Mondays only.

Nov. 25-27: The Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s The Nutcracker. Walton Arts Center. Fri 7pm, Sat 2 & 7pm, Sun 2pm.

A sparkling holiday tradition with enchanting costumes, timeless storytelling and a brilliant score by Tchaikovsky. Relive Clara’s Christmas fantasy with familiar, endearing scenes and a few unique twists. Watch with delight as toys come to life, the Sugar Plum Fairy spreads her magic and the valiant Nutcracker helps Clara defeat the evil Mouse King.

Friday, November 25 at 7pm
Saturday, November 26 at 2pm
Saturday, November 26 at 7pm
Sunday, November 27 at 2pm

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Nov. 26: Frozen: Skate-A-Long at The Rink, Lawrence Plaza, Bentonville. 5-8 p.m. Meet at The Rink at Lawrence for 30 minutes of ice skating fun. Learn choreographed dancing to some of your favorite holiday musicals and be able to perform the ice dances at the end! $10 per child. Two sessions will be offered at 5 pm and 5:30pm. Includes: Props and skating to “Let It Go” and “Do You Want to Build A Snowman” Be sure to stick around and watch the movie Frozen after the Skate-A-Long.

Nov. 26: Christmas Parade of the Ozarks. 6-9 p.m., Parsons Stadium, Springdale.

“Springdale Family Christmas,” the theme for the 20th Annual Christmas Parade of the Ozarks. The parade will begin at the rodeo grounds and proceed down Emma Avenue at 6 p.m. In addition to the parade, Springdale will be starting a new holiday tradition. Christmas on the Creek will take place at Shiloh Square, to include the lighting of the Christmas tree, caroling, downtown lights, and so much more. The parade is free to the public and free to participate.

Nov. 26: Christmas on the Creek, a new Springdale tradition. 3-8 p.m., downtown Springdale.

On Nov. 26, Springdale will begin a new holiday tradition. Christmas on the Creek will take place on the banks of Spring Creek in downtown Springdale, with a Christmas parade, lighting of the state’s largest, live Christmas tree, caroling, holiday displays in businesses and celebration of Small Business Saturday.

At 5:30 p.m., Springdale Mayor Doug Sprouse will oversee the lighting of the state’s largest community Christmas tree on Emma Avenue near Shiloh Square. The tree will be decorated with ornaments crafted by Springdale students, non profits, and businesses. Carolers will wander along Emma Avenue, delighting visitors lingering in local shops to view window displays and Christmas trees. The Rodeo of the Ozarks will host its annual Christmas parade full of floats with a Christmas tree theme at 6 p.m.

A Christmas tree show will highlight beautifully decorated trees that will be available for auction at the end of the night. Hot cocoa and cider will be available for purchase, along with Christmas cookies and other holiday favorites. The evening will wrap up with photos with Santa Claus in front of the Christmas tree.

santa-shilohNov. 26: Santa at Shiloh Museum, Springdale. 2-5 p.m.

Santa Claus has confirmed that he’ll be stopping by the log cabin at the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History on Nov. 26 from 2-5 p.m., just before Springdale’s Christmas on the Creek event starts. He’ll be snuggled in next to the fireplace with a real crackling fire and a classic cedar Christmas tree in Downtown Springdale!

Stop by the museum’s beautiful log cabin from 2-5pm to have your photo taken for only $8 for a 5×7″ print that will be printed immediately for you to take home. There will also be real nutcrackers in costume to greet you and take free photos with from the Arkansas Arts Foundation.

o-christmas-treeNov. 27: O Christmas Tree, Rogers Historical Museum. 12:30-4 p.m.

The Rogers Historical Museum’s annual Christmas exhibit opens November 27th during its Holiday Open House. Come and learn the history of the Christmas tree on a guided tour through the Hawkins House.

Nov. 27: Holiday Open House, Rogers Historical Museum.12:30-4 p.m.

You’re invited to the Rogers Historical Museum’s 17th annual Holiday Open House. They’ll be making candles and flower pot ornaments, enjoying refreshments, taking tours of “O Christmas Tree” in the Hawkins House, and Santa will be there from 1:30 to 3:30.

Dec. 1: O Local Night, Block Street Businesses, Fayetteville. 5-8 p.m. (or later, at some businesses)

All your favorite Block St. businesses are opening their doors for an evening of sipping and shopping and celebrating all things local! Over 25 Holiday Open Houses with libations, snacks and sales. One receipt from one of these local businesses will get you 10% off at your next stop!

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Thursday, Dec. 1 and every Thursday in December and Saturday, Dec. 17: The 12 Gardens of Winter. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Fayetteville. Experience the magic of the 12 Gardens of BGO as they are transformed into a land of holiday cheer! As night falls, the Garden decorations will light up and activities will be available for all ages.

Each Thursday in December, and on Saturday, December 17, the Garden will extend its hours until 8 p.m. Between 5 and 8 p.m., the guests will enjoy light displays, holiday decorations, activities for children and hot beverages. Picnics are welcome, but please leave pets at home. Pay at the door (no pre-sales to attend this event).

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Dec. 2: A Woodland Christmas: 32nd Annual Rogers Christmas Parade. 7-9 p.m. Who doesn’t love a parade? Especially a sparkly, musical, sugary Christmas Parade. Lots of floats, marching bands, decorated cars, scouts, dogs, choirs and kids take part each year in this extra-special event. This year’s theme for the parade is “A Woodland Christmas.” Think snow covered trees, deer, pine cones, owls, woodsy like Northwest Arkansas.

The parade begins at 7 p.m. at S. Fifth & Poplar streets. The route follows Poplar Street to the east, turning left onto S. First St., then heads north past the Frisco Stage at about 7 p.m., then turns left onto W. Walnut St., and continuing to S. 7th St. where it disbands at Tillery Elementary.

breakfast-with-santa-featuredDec. 3: Breakfast with Santa, Arts Center of the Ozarks, Springdale.

Join Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Art Center of the Ozarks on December 3rd. Kids of all ages are invited to eat a scrumptious breakfast, make holiday crafts, and get their picture taken with Santa. Tickets are $15 for children participating in all activities and $5 for adults.

Dec. 3: A Very SoNA Christmas. 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. | Walton Arts Center

A collection of favorite sacred and secular music celebrating the magic and beauty of Christmas. Featuring the SoNA Singers, regional high school choirs, and special guest soloists. Tickets required.

Dec. 3 & 10: Winter Market. We Meteor Guitar Gallery, Bentonville. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Opportunity to purchase unique holiday gifts. Whether you are looking for some sweet treats to share or a special craft for a beloved family member, you’ll be delighted.

cookies-with-santaDec. 3: Cookies with Santa, Grace Point Church, Bentonville. 2-4:30

Sweet treats and holiday crafts for children of all ages and a special visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus! Admission: $15/child 1 year and up (parents and guardians are free). Contact a Jack and Jill Northwest Arkansas Chapter member or jackandjillnwa@gmail.com for tickets. All proceeds benefit Jack and Jill of America Foundation and the Teen Action Support Center.

Dec. 3: Winter Wonderland Ball, Pinnacle Promenade Mall. 5-7 p.m.

Join Anna, Elsa, and SEVEN of their favorite princess friends. This two-hour ball will include a professional DJ to lead guests in all the best dances, lots of sing-a-longs, crafts, makeup application, mini manicures, decorative temporary jewelry tattoos, a photo booth, food, and more! Each child ticket includes two adult admissions.

Dec. 3: Children’s Christmas Train. Children’s Christmas Train riders will depart from the Emma Street Train Depot in Downtown Springdale on Saturday, Dec. 3, aboard a restored 1940′s era train.

The 40-minute ride to Johnson and back will include singing Christmas carols, stories, and even a visit from Santa himself. After returning to the Train Depot, families can enjoy holiday games and entertainment – ride ponies dressed as reindeer, operate a model train, participate in the cake walk, write a letter to Santa or just enjoy the characters and live music in Santa’s Village. Children and families are also encouraged to dress in holiday attire.

Children 2 and under do not require a ticket but will have to sit on your lap. $10 for ages 3-12, and $20 for adults. This event will sell out. The Children’s Christmas Train is a fundraiser for the Children’s Safety Center of Washington County, which provides services for abused children.

Dec. 3: Breakfast with Santa, Siloam Springs Community Building. 8-11 a.m.

Annual Breakfast with Santa presented is by Heritage League of Siloam Springs. Tickets are $10 per child (no charge for adults) and include a cereal breakfast bar, craft, letters to Santa, and a visit with Santa himself. Each child will have their photo taken and a letter from Santa will arrive addressed to them after the event. Tickets may be purchased at Creative Corner on Broadway, Jepsons Drug and Occasions in Siloam Springs.  Tickets must be pre-purchased.

siloam-christmas-paradeDec. 3: Siloam Springs Christmas Parade. 5:30 p.m.

The annual Christmas Parade in Siloam Springs is presented by Heritage League of Siloam Springs. The parade begins at 5:30 p.m. in conjunction with Light Up Siloam Springs.

Dec. 4: Winter Dreams Tour of Homes. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., homes in Benton and Washington counties.

The Junior League of Northwest Arkansas presents its 18th Annual Winter Dreams Tour of Homes. Join us on Sunday, December 4th, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and kick off the holiday season. Guests will be able to tour 7 homes decorated in various holiday styles throughout both Benton and Washington Counties. In addition, guests will be greeted in several homes by the lovely music from the Arkansas Philharmonic’s Youth Orchestra.

Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased the day of the event, at any home on the Tour, and at anytime on our website at www.juniorleaguenwa.org.

Dec. 4: SoNA and WAC present The Snowman: A Family Concert, Walton Arts Center, 2 p.m.

Remember what it was like as a child to wish your favorite toys could come to life? Presented by the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) and Walton Arts Center, The Snowman: A Family Concert brings that magical thought alive with a very special screening of the hit film “The Snowman” complete with live orchestral soundtrack! Tickets only $8.

gingerbread-houseDec. 8: Gingerbread House Decorating, Fayetteville Public Library. 4 pm, *registration required.

Walmart Storytime Room. Get in the Christmas spirit by decorating your very own gingerbread house as a family. FPL provides the house and icing and you bring the candy and imagination. Any material that inspires you is welcome including candy, cookies, ice cream cones, colored icing, etc.

This event is free and open to families. Please note that you need to bring your own decorations.

*Registration date: Thursday, November 17.

Dec. 9: Caroling on the Creek, Downtwon Springdale. Shiloh Square, 106 East Emma. 5-8 p.m.

An evening of holiday music on the Downtown Springdale Shiloh Square featuring choirs from Springdale Public Schools. Caroling, Food Trucks, Hot Cocoa, Bake Sales, Face Painting with Mrs. Claus, and so much more. And of course SANTA will be there to help spread holiday cheer!

Dec. 9: Harry Potter Magical Holiday Ball, Rogers Barnes & Noble, 7-9 p.m.

Join B&N as we celebrate our first Yule Ball – Harry Potter style. Prepare for magical activities, enchanting events, and even more Harry Potter-themed fun for all ages.

bentonville-christmas-parade-2016Dec. 10: Bentonville Christmas Parade. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Dec. 10: Winter Market. Meteor Guitar Gallery, Bentonville. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Opportunity to purchase unique holiday gifts. Whether you are looking for some sweet treats to share or a special craft for a beloved family member, you’ll be delighted.

Dec. 10: St. Nick on the Bricks, downtown Rogers. 101 E. Walnut St., by the Frisco Caboose. From 10 am-3 pm meet St. Nick and take a selfie or get that perfect photo for your family Christmas card.

Dec. 10: Fayetteville Metro Kiwanis’ Breakfast with Santa. 8-10 a.m. at Powerhouse Restaurant in Fayetteville.

Tickets are $5 each for all you can eat pancakes, sausage, juice & coffee.  Pictures with Santa are free, but a donation is appreciated.  All proceeds benefit children’s charities throughout Northwest Arkansas.   Tickets can be purchased in advance by contacting any member of FMK or at the door.

Dec. 10: IRWP Hosts Annual Christmas in Cave Springs Celebration. 2-8 p.m., Cave Springs.

The Illinois River Watershed Partnership, along with the city of Cave Springs and community partners, is hosting its annual Christmas celebration featuring nature-inspired gift making, a holiday hayride, pictures with Santa and Christmas caroling on Main Street. Festivities will take place at the IRWP’s Watershed Learning Center, 221 S. Main St, and the city of Cave Springs and area businesses are hosting family friendly events, too. Admission to all events and parking is free! You can also donate a non-perishable food item or monetary gift to the Cave Springs Christmas Cop program at the leaning center from 2-6pm. For more info, email contact@irwp.org or call (479) 422-1014.

Dec. 10: Santa’s North Pole Party. 3-5 p.m., St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Springdale.

Join NWA Circle of Friends for an afternoon of holiday cheer benefiting Arkansas Children’s Northwest. Santa Claus will be reading his favorite Christmas stories, have your picture taken with him in addition to fun games, crafts, hot cocoa, and cookies. There will also be a silent auction of festive holiday wreaths available to deck your halls. (Tacky Christmas sweaters optional.) Tickets are $10 per child and available for purchase now or at the door the day of the event.

wampusDec. 10: Wampus Wonderland. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Washington County Fairgrounds, Fayetteville.

You’ll find your favorite indie crafters, outsider artists, food trucks, Krampus impersonators, amazing music, Sasquatch-sized men, fun activities and more. Along with world class arts and crafts, there will be a social area full of incredible fun + food and drinks, including funnel cakes, giant corn dogs and $5 lemonades.

Dec. 10: Christmas at the North Pole (The Jones Center). Shows at 1 & 5 p.m, The Jones Center for Families, Springdale.

Ozark Figure Skating Club will host it’s annual Christmas show on Dec. 10, with shows at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. This year’s show is titled Christmas at the North Pole. The show will take place at The Jones Center at 922 E. Emma Ave. in Springdale, Ark. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and under. The show lasts about an hour, and there will be concessions available. After each show, the audience is invited to come downstairs to skate with Santa and the cast for about an hour. Skating with Santa and the cast and skate rentals are free with admission to the show.

Dec. 10 and 11: Northwest Arkansas Regional Dance Company presents “The Nutcracker”.

A nonprofit dance company, made up of area students from 8 to 18, presents the classic ballet at Rogers Heritage High School on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. General Admission tickets available at the door.

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Pet photos with Santa, NWA Mall, Dec. 13 & 20

Dec. 13 & 20: Pet photos with Santa, Northwest Arkansas Mall, Fayetteville, 6-8 p.m.

Bring your pets to get a pic with St. Nick!

Dec. 13: Tour Kansas City Southern’s Holiday Express train, 4 p.m., 201 Avenue Two Southwest (at intersection of AR-59 and Atlanta Street) Gravette

The train will stop in 22 communities in seven states on 26 dates, including Gravette. At each stop, visitors can board the train, visit with Santa and his elves and tour the inside of three cars of the festive six-car train.  Each event is free and open to the public.

Led by KCS’ Southern Belle business train, the Holiday Express train includes a smiling tank car “Rudy”; a flatcar carrying Santa’s sleigh, reindeer and a miniature village; a ginger bread boxcar; a newly remodeled elves’ workshop; the reindeer stable; and a little red caboose.  Each car is dressed in lights.

Dec. 15: Teen Gingerbread House Decorating, Fayetteville Public Library. 4:30 p.m.

Teen Gingerbread House Decorating Workshop (Grades 5+)* Get in the Christmas spirit by decorating your own wacky gingerbread house. FPL supplies the house and icing and you supply the candy and imagination! This workshop is free and open to those in grades 5th and up. Be sure to bring your own selection of candy for decorating (and of course snacking). *Registration opens:  Thursday, November 24

Dec. 15: Where is the King, Meteor Guitar Gallery Stage, Bentonville. 7 p.m.

One night only: Lions, sheep, camels, and many other animals bring you the Christmas story told through their perspective as eyewitnesses to the Savior’s birth and narrated by a grandmother and two teens who are searching for more than a commercial Christmas. Great entertainment for all ages with 10 song and dance numbers presented by kids ages-5-15. Where is the King? will delight and entertain you this holiday season.  One hour show. Presented by ETCNWA (Eclectic Teaching Consortium). Free Admission.

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Dec. 16: Central UMC Christmas Block Party (Including live nativity), Central United Methodist Church, Fayetteville. 5:30-9:30 p.m.

Central UMC is inviting everyone to it’s first Christmas block party, December 16. Live nativity, Christmas train rides, food, pony rides, carols, games and much more will help create lasting memories for the whole family. Everyone is welcome and everything is free.

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December 16: It’s a Wonderful Life. Arkansas Public Theater, 2nd St., Rogers, 7:30 p.m.

On Dec 16, 7:30n It’s a Wonderful Life $8/ticket and a cash bar

Dec. 17: Holiday Movies, Arkansas Public Theatre, 2nd St., Rogers.

Dec. 7: The Grinch Who Stole Christmas Storytime, Saturday, 2 p.m., Springdale Public Library

Stop by and listen to the Grinch read The Grinch Who Stole Christmas and make a fun Grinch craft.

December 17: St. Nick on the Bricks. 101 E. Walnut St., Rogers, near the Frisco Caboose.

From 10-3 pm meet St. Nick and take a selfie or get that perfect photo for your family Christmas card.

Dec. 18: The Bella Vista MusiCOOL, Santa at 2:30 p.m. and music at 3 p.m., Riordan Hall.

musicoolArkansas Philharmonic Orchestra and Youth Orchestra present Christmas Around the World. There’s no admission charge to the Holiday MusiCOOL. Christmas lights will create a wonderland outside the hall, and inside, guests can visit with Santa and enjoy some hot chocolate while listening to the sounds of the APO.

Select chamber ensembles from the APO and the APYO will perform an intimate program of a potpourri of Christmas music from around the world, conducted and hosted by APO music director Steven Byess. Whether you love the grand sonic splendor of the full orchestra and choruses, the sublime and scintillating atmosphere of chamber ensembles, or both, the APO has something to indulge your musical holiday spirit.

Also grooving to the sounds at the Holiday MusiCOOL will be none other than COOL Santa himself. COOL Santa, wearing his trademark dark sunglasses, will arrive via his music-instrument-packed sleigh and will be at Riordan Hall starting at 2:30 p.m. He will be available for photos for 30 minutes prior to the start of the musical program, during intermission and for 30 minutes after the music ends. Event attendees receive a free 4×6 photo. The photo booth includes plenty of festive props, including Santa hats, elf ears and more

Dec. 20: Pet photos with Santa, Northwest Arkansas Mall, Fayetteville, 6-8 p.m.

Bring your pets to get a pic with St. Nick!

ice-skateDec. 22: Ho Ho Ho Holiday Skate Day (The Jones Center) Springdale, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This is a great opportunity for kids to have festive fun on and off the ice while parents finish last minute holiday plans. Ice skating, hot chocolate, making ornaments and more holiday fun! $25/SKATER. To register, call 479-756-8090 ext. 2100 or stop by the reception desk in person to register your child.

For more information, contact our Skating Coordinator, Robin Aprea, at raprea@jonesnet.org.

Dec. 24: Santa at Northwest Arkansas Mall until 6 p.m.

Santa will be at Center Court until 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve if the kids want see him on the big night.

Dec. 31: Last Night Fayetteville, New Year’s Eve event.

Last Night Fayetteville is an exciting performing arts festival taking place on the downtown Fayetteville Square on New Year’s Eve. Join Fayetteville to celebrate the Last Night of the year with a variety of performances hosted in multiple indoor venues around the downtown square highlighting the area’s finest musicians, actors, performers & artists. With 8 stages of entertainment to choose from, the evening guarantees fun for everyone. And don’t miss your chance to count down to 2017 with the world famous Hog Drop & fireworks at midnight, followed by the official after party.

Dec. 31: Noon Year’s Eve Family Celebration, Crystal Bridges Museum. 11 am to 3 pm

Ring in the New Year (without staying up past bedtime) at this second annual family celebration. Fun art projects, performances, and a huge family dance party! Free, no registration required. Museum-wide

Note from the mamas: We’ll continue updating this list as we find or hear about events/activities. Please let us know if there’s something you’d like for us to add. Email the details to Shannon & Gwen: mamas{at}nwamotherlode{dot}com. Thanks!

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