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

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1. 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 Convention Center February 26‐27. Friday evening is a VIP Presale Party with  tickets selling for $20. Click here to 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.

Click here for more information.

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2. Super Saturday: Read Across America with Tommy Terrific. From 10:30am to noon at the Fayetteville Public Library’s Children’s Library, they’ll be celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday with a party! To make it extra fun, the “master of hilarity”, Tommy Terrific, will be performing.

After the performance, there will be birthday cake and face-painting.

Click here for more information.

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Tommy Terrific

3. NWA Model Train Show, Saturday. Got a train lover in your house? Then they need to make tracks to the model train show on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Holiday Inn and Convention Center in Springdale.

Admission is $8 ($1 off with non-perishable food item) and kids 12 and under are free.

Click here for more information.

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4. The Open Road exhibit at Crystal Bridges, Saturday. This new exhibit starts on Saturday (Feb. 27) and runs through May 30th.

open roadWith 100+ images, The Open Road features 19 photographers on the move across America from the 1950s to today. Celebrate the great American road trip with this don’t-miss exhibition, debuting at Crystal Bridges.

The Open Road, Crystal Bridges’ first large-scale photography exhibition, presents the story of the American road as inspiration.

Visit roadside motels, Mt. Rushmore, the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Route 66, the Pacific Coast Highway, theme parks, and everyday America. The images provide offbeat and personal reflections of the photographers’ journeys, including the people they encounter, car culture, roadside attractions, and more.

$10 for adults, free (for 18 and under) and members.

Click here for more information.

5. NWA Soup Sunday, Sunday. Bring the whole family to the 15th annual Northwest Arkansas Soup Sunday in Rogers on Sunday (Feb. 28th). Delicious homemade soups, bread and desserts from more than 30 local restaurants, plus music, kids’ fun, an amazing auction and more.

Click here to buy tickets and for more information.

Huge appliance sale at Metro starts today

metro feb 2016 saleAttention all sale lovers! We just got word yesterday that our sponsor Metro Appliances & More is having a three-day red tag clearance sale that starts TODAY and goes through Saturday. If you’ve been dreaming of a new fridge or a good reason to replace that ancient washer and dryer, here’s your chance.

Prices on clearance items will be up to 20 to 50% off! Woo-hoooo! We love a deep discount.

Metro png 200People who shop Metro regularly know that the early bird definitely gets the best selection when there’s a major sale going on, so we recommend you go as early as possible. Here are the store hours during the sale and the location.

Thursday: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: 5700 N. Thompson, Springdale, Arkansas

Phone: (479) 750-2200

(Note that the sale items may vary from what is shown in the photos above.)

The last time Metro had a major sale like this, we mentioned it on social media and one of our nwaMotherlode readers snagged a whole package of appliances and let us know about it on our Instagram page. How cool is that?

metro commentKeep in mind that local deliveries are FREE which should save you even more on the deal.

Happy shopping, ladies!

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

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Yay for Friday — and the weekend!

Looking for something to do in Northwest Arkansas? Here are a five great ideas for this weekend, Feb. 19-21:

NWA escape room1. NWA Escape Room. On weekends (Friday night and all day Saturday), NWA Escape Room allows people to book for the same day, rather than 24 hours notice. The manager, Kane, said they have two escape rooms to play. One is Sherlock themed and the other is a brand new CIA theme called Double Agent.

Kane said families are welcome and kids 12 and up can complete the escapes without parental supervision (so sounds like it could make for a fun teen party).

Click here for more information, including a FAQ list.

2. Chilirhea, Saturday. This is a great event that raises money for Alzheimer’s awareness and is for all ages. You can take the family out to try 30 different types of chilirheachili, live music, a silent auction, and a lot of fun.

The 11th annual event, located at the Fayetteville Town Center, is from noon to 6 p.m. In the past 5 years, the Chilirhea has raised over $175,000.

Click here for event details and ticket prices!

3. Super Saturday: The Institute of Jugglology. This event is from Saturday (Feb. 20) from 10:30-11:30am in the Walker Community Room of the Fayetteville Public Library.

The Institute of Jugglology was created to dispel the ancient myth that what goes up must come down. Come watch Galen Harp and Ellen Winters, the current world champion juggling team create a painting using only juggling. You will be amazed as throws become lines and catches become splashes of color.

Click here for more info.

4. Arkansas Air Museum. This is one of those local treasures that locals don’t always see! The air museum is open Sunday through Friday 11 to 4:30 and Saturdays 10 to 4:30. It’s located at 4290 S. School Street Fayetteville.

The museum is dedicated to the colorful history of aviation in Arkansas through numerous displays of original artifacts and aviation memorabilia.

Click here for more information on the Air Museum and ticket prices.

GoodnightMoon_266x3755. Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny, Sunday. Incorporating 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. Tickets are only $8.

The show is on Sunday (Feb. 21) at 2 p.m.

Click here for more info or to buy tickets!



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

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Happy Valentine’s weekend!

There are lots of options for fun in Northwest Arkansas on this weekend of love. Here are 5 of them:

1. Sweetheart Lunch/Eagle Watch Cruises, Saturday and Sunday. Share the wonders of nature with your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day weekend by taking an Eagle Watch Cruise on Beaver Lake and enjoying a yummy lunch at Ventris Trails End Resort. Lunch will include 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.  Cruises are available Saturday and Sunday February 13th and 14th, and run 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $80+ tax per couple or $40+ tax per individual.

Reservations and payment must be made in advance.

Contact the Hobbs State Park Conservation Area visitor center to reserve your spot: 479-789-5000.

bluebird of happiness2. Pinch pot class for an adult + child (or as a couple) at Terra Studios, Saturday and Sunday. The Valentine’s Pinch Pot Class for an adult + 1 kid — or for a couple — is $20 total and includes 2 cheesecakes, 2 beverages and a baby bluebird. Terra is such a fun place to spend the day. You can stroll the grounds, have a delicious treat, and make a pinch pot with a splash of bluebird glass in the center. All materials are included in the cost of the workshop.

Terra says: 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.

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.

The classes will be held at various times on Feb. 13 & 14.

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

james james3. James+James Future Craftsman Club project. James+James has free monthly classes for kids and on Saturday they’ll be making Valentine’s Day cards. All supplies are provided PLUS drinks and snacks, so that’s cool.

Drop by James+James Home in Springdale (Furniture Row area) on Saturday (Feb. 13) anytime between 2-5 p.m. to make the V-Day craft.

4. Family Sunday, I ♥ Art, Crystal Bridges. If you’d like to visit Crystal Bridges this Valentine’s Day with your family, there will be music and hands-on fun. You’ll LOVE what they have planned for this event. It’s free and no registration required.

Click here for more info!

5. Valentine’s Day Brunch, Sunday. If you’d rather get a sitter and celebrate with your honey on Feb. 14th, you might consider having brunch at Eleven, the restaurant at Crystal Bridges Museum. Crystal Bridges has brunch on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and this Sunday they’re hosting a “Valentine’s Day Brunch for Two”.

The first course will be fresh crepes stuffed with Boursin scrambled eggs topped with hollandaise sauce, thick-cut bacon, and cast-iron potatoes gratin. The second course will have you feeling sweet with white chocolate & vanilla bean crème brûlée and chocolate-covered strawberries. ($36 for two, tax/gratuity not included)

Reservations are recommended for brunch and dinner service.

Click here to make a reservation online or call 479-418-5700 Option 2.

Got an event or activity you’d like for us to add to the calendar or consider for a future Friday 5 list? Email it to us at mamas@nwamotherlodeDOTcom.