Here are a few of the things going on in area in the coming days.
1 Learn a secret: Fort Smith Little Theatre’s 2017 summer musical is a beloved children’s classic set to hauntingly beautiful music. The Secret Garden has two of FSLT’s powerhouses at the director’s wheel, with George Mann handling the music and Carole Rogers handling the staging.
Evoking a sense of sadness at young Mary Lennox’s orphaned fate, and then bringing in the glimmer of hope through a hidden garden — this tale will tug at your heartstrings while you hug a loved one closer. But the music will soothe your soul and have you leaving the theater with a smile on your face, knowing that there is still good left in the world.
Performances will be held at 7 p.m., Aug. 2-5 and 10-12. A Sunday matinee is also set for 2 p.m. on Aug. 6. Tickets are $15 each and can be reserved by calling the box office at 479-783-2966, Extension 2. Fort Smith Little Theatre is located at 401 North 6th Street in Fort Smith.
2 Stand up: A Stand Up Paddle-board demonstration will be held at Lake Dardanelle State Park at 6 p.m., on Aug. 4.
Paddle-boards are one of the newest ways to enjoy the lake. It is a mix of canoeing and surfing. You paddle much like you would a canoe with a paddle but you have to learn to balance yourself. If you like paddling and you like to try new thinks, join a park interpreter at the kayak beach to try our hand at paddle-boarding. This program is simply a test drive and each turn will only last long enough to get a feel for the boards. The boards are available for rent from the visitor center.
3 More Elvis: Elvis tribute artist and Las Vegas headliner Donny Edwards will perform his “An Elite Tribute to Elvis” concert at 7 p.m. Aug. 5 at the Center for the Arts, 2209 South Knoxville Ave. in Russellville. For the third year, Edwards is using the concert to help support the Clarksville Housing Authority and its tenant food bank by holding a “Soup for the Soul” food drive in conjunction with his concert. Fliers promoting the concert suggest ticketholders bring a can of soup or other nonperishable food item to donation to the effort in “the Spirit of Elvis.”
Since 1977, Edwards is the sole Elvis tribute artist to have performed at Graceland in Memphis, according to his Facebook page.
Tickets range from $25-$35, and attendees are encouraged to bring a can of nonperishable food to donate to the Clarksville Housing Authority. Visit www.russellvillecenter.net or call (479) 498-6600 for tickets or information.