Here are ten awesome things for you and your family to do all across Arkansas this month!
1. Daffodil Days & Tulip Extravaganza
through April: Celebrate spring and its colorful blooms all month long at Garvan Woodland Gardens. Early blooms of crocus, daffodils and hyacinths are followed by the brilliance of more than 150,000 tulips, spring annuals and azaleas. Admission to the gardens is $15 per adult, $5 for children 6 to 12 years and free for those under 5.
garvangardens.org | 501.262.9300
2. ‘Where Art and History Intersect’
April 8 through July 2: April 8 marks the opening of the first-ever Arkansas display of the nationally acclaimed, award-winning Kinsey African American Art and History Collection. The collection includes rare and authentic artifacts, books documents and 2- and 3-dimensional works of art from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries and “tells a more complete story of the black experience in America.”
mosaictemplarscenter.com | 501.683.3593
3. Youth Home’s Eggshibition
April 8: This is the 50th anniversary year of Youth Home and the 25th for its flagship fundraiser Egghibition. The evening will feature silent and live auctions of items, such as “egg-quisite” art, gift baskets and glass works by the lauded James Hayes, live music from Rodney Block, great food and libations and more. Patron tickets are $75 each, $50 for general admission.
youthhome.org | 501.821.5500
4. Women’s Power Breakfast
April 16: Celebrate the contributions of attorney Tjuana Byrd; Georgia Mjartan, executive director, Our House; Linda Leopoulos, co-founder, THEA Foundation; and Sen. Joyce Elliott at the inaugural Women’s Power Breakfast. Hosted by and benefiting Pulaski County Youth Services, which works to “give Pulaski County youth every opportunity to achieve their life goals,” this event will be held at 9 a.m. at The Little Rock Club.
5. Supper & Soul 2016
April 21: It’s an evening of soulful sing-alongs and a chance to shake your groove thang at Supper & Soul. This year’s musical guests are the Bar-Kays, and Lakeside, the band that invited us on a “Fantastic Voyage.” Tickets are $250; the evening includes a reception and silent auction followed by dinner and dancing, all to benefit Arkansas Baptist College.
arkansasbaptist.edu | 501.420.1206
6. Hands of Compassion
April 26: Here’s your opportunity to hear “The Voice” finalist Barrett Baber in person at the Fayetteville Town Center during the LifeSource Hands of Compassion fundraiser. LifeSource provides critical services to low-income and poverty-level families in Northwest Arkansas, and proceeds from the evening will assist them in this effort.
lifesourceinternational.org | 479.521.4000
7. Blue Tie/Blue Jean Ball
April 28: Ladies, here’s an event your guy will love: He can wear his jeans! The annual Light It Up Blue event benefits Autism Speaks Arkansas. Don your blue dress or glam up your jeans, and enjoy hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine and music while bidding on great auction items. Tickets are $45 per person, $80 per couple.
8. 25th Anniversary of River Valley Master Gardeners
April 28: Gardening enthusiasts, this event is just for you. The free lecture starts at 7 p.m. and features author/horticulturist/radio show host Felder Rushing, founder of the Mississippi Master Gardener program. His humorous, offbeat approach to gardening will make this a fun evening.
9. Arts & The Park
Photo at top: ‘Volcano’ courtesy of artist John Bramblitt
April 29 through May 8: Hot Springs is home to a rich, vibrant arts community and the 10-day Arts & The Park celebration is an opportunity to enjoy some of the area’s most incredible talents. Activities include studio tours and performances by musicians, dancers, visual artists, poets, authors, a two-day outdoor arts festival and a chance to meet the phenomenal John Bramblitt. You won’t want to miss a moment; log on to aymag.com for more details.
hotspringsarts.org | 501.545.0534
10. Komen Ozark Race for the Cure
April 30: The Pinnacle Hills Promenade is the place, and benefiting breast cancer patients, survivors and support is the cause. Join Judith McKenna, executive vice president and COO for Wal-Mart and honorary race chair, for a day of FUNdraising. This is the 18th race in Northwest Arkansas. Activities include a RunWalk, timed 10K and 5K races, a non-timed 5K, Bark for the Cure, Kids for the Cure, Teens for the Cure and more.