There are several events this weekend to celebrate our veterans, but if you can’t make it out to an event there are lots of things you can do to honor veterans. You can visit the local VA hospital and bring flowers or games to help cheer them up, or even put a green lightbulb in your outside light to show your support.
Thursday through Saturday
The Junior League of Little Rock is hosting Holiday House 2017 at the Statehouse Convention Center, 101 East Markham St. in Little Rock. Holiday House is the highlight of the holiday shopping season in central Arkansas. Approximately 14,000 shoppers visit Holiday House every year to start their shopping. For 25 years, Holiday House has collectively raised over $5 million to fund the Junior League’s community priority areas including Stuff the Bus, Nightingales, PARK, Kota Camp and Boosters & Big Rigs. More than 80 percent of all funding for the JLLR is generated by Holiday House. The event runs nightly through Saturday and begins at 6 p.m. Arkansas Children’s Hospital is the Presenting Sponsor this year. Tickets range from $10 – $30.
Women and Children First is hosting Vegas on the Rocks: A Chance for Change from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Thursday at Cache, 425 President Clinton Ave, Little Rock.
The event is a casino-themed party featuring gaming, entertainment, libations, food and a silent auction to raise money for Women and Children First. WCF empowers women and their children to live free from domestic violence.
General admission is $50 and includes complimentary beer and wine, snacks and $1000 in gaming chips. VIP tickets are $100. They include access to the VIP lounge, beer, wine and margarita bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres and $2500 in gaming chips. To purchase tickets, visit wcfarkansas.org/VegasTickets.
Second Friday Art Night is downtown Little Rock’s after hours art and culture event, happening every month from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Spend your Friday evening enjoying premier galleries and museums as well as discovering pop-up artists and entertainers on the sidewalks in between. Numerous vendors are participating including ACANSA Gallery in the Cox Creative Center, BEIGE. Arkansas Repertory Theatre and Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) – Butler Center just to name a few. It’s free to attend and transportation between venues is provided by the Rock Region METRO Streetcar.
Friday through Sunday
Conway and Clinton chapters of the Experimental Aircraft Association are hosting the World War II B-17 Bomber Tour. The event runs Friday through Sunday starting at 10 a.m. at Conway Municipal Airport at Cantrell Field. Rides on the airplane, nicknamed “Aluminum Overcast,” and ground tours will be available each day. Flights are available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and cost $435 for EAA members and $475 for nonmembers. Ground tours are $10 per individual or $20 per family, with veterans and active members of the military admitted free. A Veterans Day program is planned for 1 p.m. Saturday. There is no admission charge to the Veterans Day program. Proceeds from the B-17 ticket sales will support the Experimental Aircraft Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to sharing “The Spirit of Aviation” with everyone. To purchase tickets in advance at a reduced rate, call (800) 359-6217 or visit the website B17.org.
The Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum is having a Veteran’s Day celebration and the USSVI Razorback Base is sponsoring free tours of the submarine USS Razorback all day from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 120 Riverfront Park Dr. in North Little Rock. There will be a ceremony at 11 a.m. Lunch will follow is provided by Ben E. Keith. The ceremony and lunch are free and open to the public.
Get out with the kids and head over to the Statehouse Convention Center, 1 Statehouse Plaza in Little Rock from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m to Decorate Cookies with Santa. This family-friendly event is one that your children will not want to miss. Held in the Statehouse Convention Center Atrium, it includes a photo with Santa, cookie decorating, milk, and music and story time with Miss Carol and Mr. Rod. The event sponsored by The Toggery and Created for Holiday House 2017. Tickets are $10 each with a limited number remaining. For more information or to buy tickets, visit jllr.org/holiday-house.
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