Northwest Arkansas Calendar of Events: March 2012

Spring Break!

Most area public schools, University of Arkansas, NWACC: March 19-23. Enjoy!

First Fridays – Bentonville

Activities, food and live music for the whole family! Held on the Bentonville square March through November. It’s the opening First Friday event of the year, and we’re wearing the green! Midway to St. Patrick’s Day – A celebration of the Irish in all of us, the March First Friday brings in some of the top tier Irish bands from around the country, along with the traditional Irish dance schools and foods that make this a unique event for Northwest Arkansas.

Date: Fridays

Time: 11:30am-1pm and 5-8pm

Location: Downtown Bentonville Square

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Trike Theatre’s Dramatic Book Club Workshop at the Fayetteville Public Library

Parents of young children are invited to the Fayetteville Public Library on Saturday, March 3 at 2pm for this fantastic workshop! Participants will discover fun, engaging activities that promote the development of children’s language and pre-reading skills. Through creative movement, prop boxes and drama games, participants will learn ways to develop children’s self-control, listening & talking skills and encourage their love of reading. This workshop, taught by Dramatic Book Club’s teaching artist, Marie Vukin, will provide demonstrations that can be easily recreated at home for children ages 3 to 5 years-old.  No registration required. Please note that this a grown-ups ONLY workshop!

Date: Saturday March 3

Time: 2-4pm

Location: Fayetteville Public Library, 401 W. Mountain St., Fayetteville

More info: Fayetteville Public Library

Dig In!

Dig In! returns in 2012 to feature classes on beginner and advanced organic gardening, cooking from the garden or farmers market, edible landscaping, food preservation, beekeeping, seed saving, and backyard farming as well as a special selection of documentary films to get you excited about local food and how it supports our community. Plus, the **free** FCGC Fayetteville Community SEED SWAP will happen at the festival! Also, panel discussions, an INFO-FAIR, tastings and more.

Date: Friday, March 2 – Saturday, March 3

Time: Friday 5pm – Saturday 9:30pm

Location: UA Global Campus on the Square (Fayetteville)

More Info: Weekend passes available, $30 and up.

Lower Hilton Creek Cleanup

Botanical Garden and Lake Fayetteville Watershed Partnership is sponsoring a cleanup of Hilton Creek. Hilton Creek runs east to west into Lake Fayetteville, along the south side of the Garden. Cleanup will help prevent creek back-up and potential flooding of the BGO (like we experienced last spring). Volunteers should dress warmly for cold, wet work in and around the creek – think boots, waders, gloves, layers.

Date: Saturday, March 3

Time: 9am

Location: Botanical Garden of the Ozarks (Fayetteville)

More Info: Please park in the field south of the creek/Garden. Questions? Contact Lissa Morrison – or at BGO – 750-2620.

Hobbs celebrates Leopold

Join staff, volunteers, and friends as we celebrate the amazing work of naturalist Aldo Leopold, author of A Sand County Almanac. Special guests will read essays from his famous book throughout the day. Participate in nature walks, nature writing, special presentations, children’s activities, and much more!

Date: Saturday, March 3

Location: Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area (Rogers)

More Info: Free admission.

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Who would ever suspect that a tiny little mouse could wear out an energetic young boy? Well, if you’re going to go around giving an exuberantly bossy rodent a cookie, you’d best be prepared to do one or two more favors for it before your day is through. By the time our hero is finished granting all the mouse’s very urgent requests–and cleaning up after him–it’s no wonder his head is becoming a bit heavy.  Laura Joffe Numeroff’s tale of warped logic is a sure-fire winner in the giggle-generator category.

Date: Saturday, March 3 and Sunday, March 4

Time: 3pm

Location: Arts Center of the Ozarks (Springdale)

More Info: Tickets are available for purchase on the website and range from $9 to $16. Student discount available.

Upward Sports: Soccer Sign-up

Sports are a great way for children to learn about teamwork, respect for authority and sportsmanship. With an Upward sport, these key essentials are included to create the best sporting experience for every child that participates. Each Upward Sport is designed to reveal the winner in every child. Every child plays. Every child learns. Every child IS a Winner! The emphasis is placed on having fun and good sportsmanship, not the scoreboard and standings.

Date: Sign-up now through March 4. Season is March thru May.

Location: First Baptist Rogers

More Info: For children 5 (by 4/1/2012) through 5th grade. Call 479.636.3451 or email with questions.

NWA Fashion Week

NWA FASHION WEEK was created on behalf of an organic group of designers, boutiques and other market leaders who are committed to creating a vibrant and exciting fashion community in Northwest Arkansas. In the spring of 2012, NWAFW will launch with a week packed full of fashion and beauty that exists to grow our local fashion scene and support charities right here in our community.

Date: Monday, March 5 – Saturday, March 10

Time: See website for full schedule.

Location: See website for full schedule.

More Info: General Admission $25/night. VIP $50/night.

Little Bread Bowl Sale

Come buy a handmade bowl with delicious soup from the student ceramic artists at the University of Arkansas!

Date: Thursday, March 8

Time: 5-8pm

Location: Little Bread Company (Fayetteville)

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Dancing with the Stars of Northwest Arkansas

The Children’s Museum of Northwest Arkansas is fortunate to enjoy community support through the Dancing with the Stars of Northwest Arkansas for the 5th year. We invite you to join us for an evening of dance and celebration!

Date: Saturday, March 10

Time: Doors open at 6:30

Location: John Q. Hammons Ballroom (Rogers)

More Info: The event features silent and live auctions. Dress is cocktail attire. Our Emcees are Neile Jones of KNWA and Jake McBride of KIX 101.4. We’ll also have DJ Brock Short on hand.


The multi-faceted, musically gifted, and educationally entertaining Arkansas ensemble HARMONY will perform their magic for fans of all ages. This classic folk trio (featuring Mary and Robert Gillihan and Dave Smith—all from the Mountain View area) combines songs and stories from Arkansas history and folklore into a captivating look at this great state.Stories and songs reflect how the Arkansas land and people have changed over time.  Interactive, toe-tapping, insightful, and just plain fun!

Date: Friday, March 9

Time: 7:30pm

Location: Arts Center of the Ozarks (Springdale)

More Info: Tickets are available for purchase on the website and range from $9 to $20. Student discount available.

Bowl for Kids’ Sake (Form a team!)

Bowl for Kids’ Sake is about having fun to help kids.  It is our most important fundraising event.  Funds raised go directly toward matching children ages 6-14 with carefully-screened, caring Big Brother and Big Sister volunteers. Form a Bowl team!  Invite four of your colleagues, friends, neighbors and/or family members to join your bowling team.  Designate a team captain from your five person team.  The team captain is responsible for registering your team via the web, fax or email. The team captain is also responsible for encouraging and supporting each team member to raise a minimum of $100 per person.


Saturday, March 10. 1-3 p.m. (Tyson Bowl) at Ozark Lanes (Fayetteville)
Monday, March 26. 6-8 p.m. at Fast Lane (Lowell)
Saturday, March 31. 1-3 p.m. at Ozark Lanes (Fayetteville)
Thursday, April 12. 6-8 p.m. at Ozark Lanes (Fayetteville)
Tuesday, April 24. 6-8 p.m. at Fast Lane (Lowell)
Thursday, April 26. 6-8 p.m. at Fast Lane (Lowell)

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Victorian Classic – 10K/2mile

Proceeds will benefit: Eureka Christian Health Organization (ECHO), Flint Street Food Bank, Loaves & Fishes Food Bank, The Salvation Army, People Helping People

Date: Saturday, March 10

Time: 9am

Location: Best Western – Inn of the Ozarks (Eureka Springs)

More Info: Registration form and more info at

The Treetop Sisters – Musical Performance

Fun for all ages! 

Date: Saturday, March 10

Time: 2pm

Location: Bentonville Public Library (Bentonville)

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American Spirit

With a cast of 10 — a song, dance and storytelling journey through parade routes and battlefields, town halls and concert halls including moments of the American and industrial revolution, Prohibition jazz and Civil War spirituals, plus America’s battlefield and ball field heroes.

Date: Sunday, March 11

Time: 2pm

Location: Arend Arts Center on the Bentonville HS campus (Bentonville)

More Info: Admission $30 for adults, $5 for students.

15th Annual Spring Antique Show & Sale

The show boasts the full range of antiques. Attendees have registered from as many as 22 states.

Date: Saturday, March 17 – Sunday, March 18

Time: Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-4pm

Location: Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center (Eureka Springs)

More Info: Regular admission $5 – good both days.

McCafferty Irish Dancers Perform at the Fayetteville Public Library

The luck o’ the Irish comes to the Fayetteville Public Library!  Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the McCafferty Irish Dancers on Saturday, March 17th at 10:30am.  Complete with colorful costumes, dancers of all ages will entertain with traditional Irish music and dance. This event is free and open to the public.

Date: Saturday, March 17

Time: 10:30am

Location: Fayetteville Public Library, 401 W. Mountain St., Fayetteville

More info: Fayetteville Public Library

Annual St. Paddy’s Day Parade

Date: Saturday, March 17

Time: 2pm

Location: Spring Street and Main Street from Library to Courthouse (Eureka Springs)

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Eureka Springs Kite Festival

Bring your kites to fly on the main plateau at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, concessions available. Fun for all ages. No alcohol.

Date: Saturday, March 24

Time: 10am-4pm

Location: Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge (Eureka Springs)

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Ozark Natural Science Center Waterfalls & Wildflowers Weekend

What better way to begin spring than to get out and enjoy two of its most beautiful features? Grab your boots and camera, and join ONSC Teacher Naturalists on a tour of local waterfalls including Fishtrap Falls, Upper Bear Hollow Falls and Kettle Falls, vistas such as the Kings River Overlook and the beautiful colors of spring wildflowers.

Date: Saturday, March 24

Time: 9am-6:30pm

Location: Ozark Natural Science Center (Huntsville)

More Info: All ages welcome, though we will hike off trail over uneven terrain. Admission $25/adult, $40/couple, $20/child. for driving directions and additional info.

Circus Oz

Bounding onto the stage with their renowned dare devilry and quirky antics, the irreverently irresistible Circus Oz promises an adventurous contemporary circus explosion. Australia’s most-loved circus is renowned for the collective mayhem that never stops from the moment the band strikes up until the last curtain call. The powerful acrobatics will contest gravity, graceful aerial artists will win your heart, the knock-about comedy will bowl you over and the live musicians will save the day with the last beat.

Each show, like every Circus Oz performance in 33 years, will be a once off. With bold, courageous spirit, Circus Oz brings you daring, dynamic, quirky circus that will leave you on the edge of your seat, steamed up and howling for more! Suitable for all ages.

Date: Thursday, March 29 – Tuesday, April 3

Time: Evenings and Matinee – check website for showtimes

Location: Walton Arts Center (Fayetteville)

More Info: Tickets $39-49. For ticket info and reservations,


This event benefits the American Cancer Society and features Zumba instructors from all over the world, live band, DJ and door prizes.

Date: Friday, March 30, 2012

Time: 6 to 10 p.m.

Location: Springdale Civic Center, 2323-d S. Old Missouri Rd, Springdale

More info: For more information please call Julie Joyce at 479.263.1576.

Annie Moses Band – Live in concert!

The Annie Moses Band is an ensemble unlike any in America today. A blend of fiddle, jazz, and
classical influences fused with soaring, folk-inspired vocals creates a sound that is both refreshing and familiar. The Annie Moses Band is a family bringing classicism to the common man.

Date: Friday, March 30

Time: 7pm

Location: Rogers First Church of the Nazarene

More Info: Tickets available at $10 reserved tickets, $5 general seating.

Hershey’s Easter Egg Hunt

Proceeds from this event benefit the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter, so to Hershey’s, we say a big, “Thanks!” Bring your camera and your Easter basket (not provided at the hunt) and join us for activities including: search for thousands of eggs filled with Hershey’s chocolates and candy, hundreds of Golden Ticket Eggs (redeemable for valuable prizes), a Bunny Hop, coloring area, face-painting, crafts and games, Hershey Kiss and Reese’s characters, and a special appearance by the Easter Bunny!

Date: Saturday, March 31

Time: 3-4pm

Location: Orchards Park (Bentonville)

More Info: $3 Individual/$5 Family (Suggested donation.)

Bentonville Running Festival

The Bentonville Running Festival is a fun-filled race weekend featuring a half marathon, 5K, fun run, Runner’s Expo, Pasta Party and Post Race Celebration with tons of food, music, vendors, and inflatables for kids. The event is designed to appeal to first time runners as well as seasoned professionals and provides entertainment for the entire family. Join us for this exciting race weekend! Register today!

Date: Saturday, March 31

Time: Races begin at 8am

Location: Downtown Bentonville Square (Bentonville)

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NWA March for Babies

Registration will begin at 9am and the walk at 10am, followed by awards and lunch. There is no registration or entry fee, but participants are encouraged to collect donations. March for Babies…A national tradition that began in 1970, March for Babies is the March of Dimes signature fundraising event and continues to build on years of success. It is a highly recognized, community-oriented event that unites people of all ages and backgrounds for a common goal to help give every baby a healthy start in life. This event is a great opportunity for families, friends and businesses to get involved in the Northwest Arkansas Community. Face painting and a bounce house!

Date: Saturday, March 31

Time: 9am-Noon

Location: Arvest Ballpark (Springdale)

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Fayetteville MOPS

A faith-based fellowship for mothers of preschoolers age birth to 5. The group meets regularly to share breakfast, share support, to learn from guest speakers and to celebrate Jesus Christ.

Date: 2nd Monday of every month

Time: 9-11am

Location: Trinity United Methodist Church (Fayetteville)

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Rogers MOPS

A faith-based fellowship for mothers of preschoolers age birth to 5. The group meets regularly to share breakfast, share support, to learn from guest speakers and to celebrate Jesus Christ.

Date: 1st and 3rd Friday mornings

Time: 9-11am

More Info: Contact Summer Manzo,


An extension of MOPS, our group is focused on K-6th grades.

Date: Wednesdays

Time: 6:30-7:30pm

Location: Rogers 1st Nazarene Church (Rogers)

More Info: Contact Ginger Larsen,

The MOMS Club of Bella Vista/Bentonville

MOMS is Moms Offering Moms Support, a newly-formed group meeting primarily during the day when stay-at-home moms need the most support. Includes surrounding areas and communities, as well.

Date: First Thursday of every month

Time: 10am

Location: Christ the King Lutheran Church (Bentonville)

More Info: Meetings are open to all members and guests, including children. More info,