Stay “in the know” about all the great events going on around Arkansas. AY’s Publisher, Heather Baker, will tell you what the hot spots are this weekend.

Thursday, July 18-Sunday, July 21

What: A Chorus Line

Where: Argenta Community Theater

When: 7pm Thursday, 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, 2pm Sunday

Get ready for a “singular sensation” when you go see A Chorus Line this week. The show delves into the inner lives, hopes and dreams of Broadway dancers. It’s a tough but rewarding show. A word of caution – it’s an adult-oriented show.

 

Thursday, July 18-Sunday, July 21

What: U.S. National Indoor Pickleball Championship

Where: Bank of the Ozarks Arena (Hot Springs)

When: Venue opens at 7am

The VULCAN U.S. National Indoor Pickleball Championship will be held this weekend in Hot Springs. Over four days, 450 pickleball players will take the court in Hot Springs.

Fun events, like clinics will be held on Thursday. Opening ceremonies are at 7pm, featuring performance by Rachael Kroog, a singer and comedian.

On Friday, there will be men’s singles and women’s doubles. Saturday = mixed doubles. Sunday: men’s doubles and women’s singles.

What is pickleball? Combines tennis, badminton and ping-pong. Game is played with a paddle on a badminton-sized court with a tennis net.

Did you know? It was invented in 1965. The meaning of the name is debated – it could be named after the “pickle boat” in rowing or after one of the pickeball founders’ dogs (named Pickles).

FREE to watch

 

Thursday, July 18

What: Cocktails in the Garden

Where: Goodwin Manor, Little Rock

When: 6pm-8:30pm

You’re invited to a fabulous evening in the exquisite gardens of Goodwin Manor. Where together we will learn to make delicious cocktails straight from the herb garden, and discuss entertaining ideas for hosting your own Southern Soiree!

While you sip, enjoy sweet and savory bites paired alongside each cocktail of the evening by Crave Catering Company

Delight in the enchanting music that will play in the background of the gardens, to set the evenings tone. Rest assured you will not leave the night, empty handed!

Learn more here.

 

Thursday, July 18

What: Star Wars: Episode II screening

Where: CALS Ron Robinson Theater

When: 7pm

Go back to a galaxy far, far away to see the second episode in the Skywalker saga. In Episode II, we are re-introduced to Anakin Skywalker, who is now a Jedi Padawan. This movie really gets into the politics and nitty-gritty of the Star Wars universe.

 

Friday, July 19-Saturday, July 20

What: Pleasant Ridge Town Center Sidewalk Sale

Where: Pleasant Ridge Shopping Center

When: 10 am

Shop for bargains this week at the Pleasant Ridge Town Center’s annual Sidewalk Sale.

Many of the stores in the town center will be holding sales throughout the weekend. Many of the local, independent stores will have significant deals available.

When you get tired, you can eat at one of the many restaurants in the area and start again!

At the Art Group Gallery, you can drop by for pie and take some art home with you.

 

Friday, July 19

What: Friday Night Artwalk in Argenta

Where: Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub

When: 5pm

Drop by the Innovation Hub to experiment or to see what others are making. There will be free snacks and tours of the Hub.There will also be a mini-market for artists to display and sell their works.

 

Friday, July 19

What: The Ultimate Prince Tribute

Where: Revolution Music Room

When: 9pm

Party like it’s 1999 this Friday! The Ultimate Prince Tribute show is coming back to Little Rock. This will be a monster show with tons of singers, dancers and production value.

 

Saturday, July 20

What: Susanne Brunner at the Zoo

Where: Little Rock Zoo

When: 10am

Susanne Brunner, morning anchor on KARK 4 Today, will have two events. She will have a storytime for kids and families at the Zoo and at WordsWorth books.

She will read from her book during the events.

She is the author of Busker the Tusker, a children’s book about a young elephant who wakes up to finds his family gone. As he looks for them, he finds friends throughout Africa’s landscapes.

Brunner was inspired by her mom’s stories, and she decided to write a book of her own.

During the events, there will be for Q&As and book signings.

She wrote the story on her iPhone four years ago driving back to Arkansas from Indiana.

Brunner plans for this book to be the first of five books she writes.

Zoo Admission: $12.95 for adults (13 and older), $9.95 for children (3-12), free for 2 and under.

WordsWorth Books: FREE

 

Saturday, July 20

What: Story Time with Susanne Brunner & Busker the Tusker

Where: WordsWorth Books

When: 3pm

Susanne Brunner, morning anchor on KARK 4 Today, will have two events. She will have a storytime for kids and families at the Zoo and at WordsWorth books.

She will read from her book during the events.

She is the author of Busker the Tusker, a children’s book about a young elephant who wakes up to finds his family gone. As he looks for them, he finds friends throughout Africa’s landscapes.

Brunner was inspired by her mom’s stories, and she decided to write a book of her own.

During the events, there will be for Q&As and book signings.

She wrote the story on her iPhone four years ago driving back to Arkansas from Indiana.

Brunner plans for this book to be the first of five books she writes.

Zoo Admission: $12.95 for adults (13 and older), $9.95 for children (3-12), free for 2 and under.

WordsWorth Books: FREE

 

Saturday, July 20

What: Rock City Harley Davidson Grand Opening

Where: Gateway Town Center

When: 9am

Rock City Harley Davidson is pulling out all the stops for the opening of its new center. There will be food trucks, games and giveaways, live music and more.

 

Saturday, July 20

What: 2019 Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Genealogy Workshop

Where: CALS Ron Robinson Theater

When: 9:30 am

This is a free, all-day genealogy workshop geared to helping genealogists learn more about their discipline.

 

Saturday, July 20

What: 50thAnniversary of Moon Landing

Where: Museum of Discovery

When: 10 am

Celebrate the 50thanniversary of the moon landings this Saturday.

The Museum of Discovery will be featuring special space exploration activities for all ages.

On July 20, 1969, the first crewed mission landed on the moon. The United States’s Apollo 11 mission landed on the moon.

Neil Armstrong was the first human to step on the moon, followed by Buzz Aldrin.They collected 47.5 pounds of “lunar materials” – read: moon rocks.

Did you know? The first human-made object to reach the moon actually made it in 1959. It was a Soviet Union spacecraft.

So far, the United States is the only country to have sent crewed missions to the moon.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children ages 1-12. Teachers, military and seniors are also $8. Members get in free.

 

Saturday, July 20

What: Apollo 13 screening

Where: CALS Ron Robinson Theater

When: 7pm

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing by watching Ron Howard’s film Apollo 13. This is a special $2 screening.

 

Saturday, July 20

What: Super Summer Saturdays

Where: Clinton Presidential Center

When: 4:30 pm

Held in conjunction with the Clinton Center’s Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea exhibit, the Super Summer Saturdays will feature screenings of Happy Feet and tons of fun activities.

 

Saturday, July 20

What: Roots and Boots 90’s Electric Throwdown Tour

Where: Magic Springs Theme and Water Park

When: 6pm

This concert will feature a wide range of genres from classic rock to Christian to country and more. Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippin and Collin Raye are some of the performers.

The concert is free with park admission.

 

Saturday, July 20

What: Coiled Basket Weaving program

Where: UA-Pulask Tech

When: 9am

Ever wanted to learn how to basket weave? Now’s your chance! You might not get a degree in it, but you’ll be learn the fundamentals. This $90 workshop will teach participants how to use modern materials to create ancient works of art.

 

Sunday, July 21

What: National Ice Cream Day

Where: Lololly Creamery

When: 11 am

July 21 is National Ice Cream Day.

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan declared July National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of July as National Ice Cream Day.

At Loblolly, the first 100 customers will get a free limited edition souvenir.