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Sunday, November 19, 2017 Christmas Activities, Events & Shopping NWA Democrat-Gazette • 5 J ill Suel may not yet know what she wants for Christmas, but she's sure the programming planned for December at The Walton Arts Center is a gift the community will enjoy. "The holidays are a time when everyone wants to be together with their friends and family," Jill said. "Seeing a live performance allows you to have a special experience together. It might be a date night or you could be taking the whole family out. Everybody is looking for that special outing for the holidays and we love having people come here." Jill, marketing director for Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, believes the Christmas season is a great opportunity for Walton Arts Center and the community. "There are so many great performances you can do around the holiday," she explained. "There are concerts, theatre and music. It all just brings people together. That's what we love about it." For kids and kids at heart Jill said that she and her colleagues are particularly fond of one upcoming holiday offering. "We have a favorite show," she said. "It's 'Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical.' It's been here before. Everyone loved it last time." The musical stage version is an adaptation of the l964 Christmas television classic chronicling the adventures of a misfit reindeer and his friends. "It feels like everyone knows that story and loves it," Jill said. "The characters from the TV show are in the musical and it's adorable and fun for everyone. Kids love it. Our kids love the abominable snow man and they love the Island of Misfit Toys. There are so many great characters, great iconic characters. Kids are in awe of the whole spectacle." But, Jill pointed out, the show is great for kids of all ages. Even adults who are kids at heart. "You don't have to have kids to come," she said. "People come on dates. Adults come who just want to enjoy it with or without kids. Adults come because they loved the show when they were kids." Something for everyone While Rudolf and his red nose will delight theatre goers, Walton Arts Center has something for everyone this holiday season. On Dec.10, they welcome "Danu' A Christmas Gathering" to the stage. "They are an Irish Celtic group who have been here before," she said. "This time they are doing a Christmas program. It's full of very traditional songs and stories of their experiences and how they celebrate in their homes." One upcoming event Jill is excited to see is LeAnn Rimes. The long loved country star brings her "Today is Christmas" concert to the Walton Arts Center stage on Dec. 12. "It will be beautiful," she said. "She has a beautiful voice and she's done four Christmas albums. There is lots of material. Every one will love it." Winding up the 2017 season, The Walton Arts Center returns to Broadway with "Finding Neverland." "It's the story of J.M. Barrie, the author of Peter Pan," Jill said. "It's right as kids are starting their Christmas break. If you have family in town or are looking for something to do it's a great option, and it's an experience the family can enjoy together." Looking for a perfect gift for someone who loves the arts? How about theatre or concert tickets? Walton Arts Center has gift certificates and you may buy tickets in advance for upcoming events. Christmas takes stage at Walton Arts Center Center spotlights theater, concerts and holiday events By Dave Woods NWA Democrat-Gazette From the top: Finding Neverland, Danu' A Christmas Gathering, Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical and LeAnn Rimes Benton, Carroll, Madison & Washington County Residents LifeSource International 600 S School Ave. Fayetteville 72701 (479) 521-4000 Northwest Arkansas Food Bank (479) 872-8774 Please call for specific locations where resources can be picked up. Samaritan Community Centers 1211 W Hudson Rd. Rogers 72756 (479) 636-4198 812 N Thompson St. Springdale 72764 (479) 872-1115 Washington County Residents Bread of Life 208 W Emma Ave. Springdale 72764 • (479) 750-5229 Cooperative Emergency Outreach, CEO 419 W Rock St. Fayetteville, AR 72702 (479) 444-7500 Fayetteville Residents Second Mile Ministries 319 W Lafayette St. Fayetteville, AR 72701 (479) 521-4787 Benton County Residents Helping Hands 320 Airport Rd. Bentonville, AR 72712 (479) 273-2511 Other NorthWest Arkansas Areas Life Ministries 881 Stills Rd. Prairie Grove, AR 72753 (479) 846-5433 Salvation Army locations in NWA Fayetteville at 219 West 15th Street Springdale at 315 Holcomb Street Bentonville at 3305 Southwest Street Questions: 479-521-2151 Local Food Banks and Community Resource Centers Do you want to shop for an Angel Tag this Christmas? Below is a list of locations in NWA where you can adopt an Angle Tag and make someones Christmas brighter. Fayetteville Walmart 3919 N Mall Ave Walmart 2875 W MLK Blvd. Bentonville/Rogers Walmart 2110 W Walnut Walmart 4208 Pleasant Crossing Walmart 406 Sam Walton Springdale Walmart 2004 S. Pleasant Siloam Springs Walmart 2901 HWY 412 E Huntsville Walmart 157 Gary Hatfield Way **For corporate Angel Adoptions (35+ Angels) please call our office at 479-521-2151. angel tags W W W. Y T F S . C O M EXPERTISE & EXPERIENCE QUALITY EQUIPMENT & SUPPLEMENTS SOLID VALUE & FRONT DOOR SERVICE It's never too late to start living healthy. Our lifestyle experts can help you get started today. We'll beat any local competitor's price by 10% and match any online competitor. FAYETTEVILLE 479.521.3481 ROGERS 479.633.9837 LITTLE ROCK 501.954.9837 THE FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENTȅDECEMBER 3 "Hope in Fearful Times" Hanging of the Greens, both services Alternative Gift Market 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Fellowship Hall Advent Vespers 4:30 p.m., Butterfield Trail Village, Convocation Room THE SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENTȅDECEMBER 10 Lessons and Carols 11:00 a.m., Chancel Choir and Bells Celebration at the Manger 4:30 p.m., Children's Christmas Program, Sanctuary 5:15 p.m., Lasagna and Mac 'n' Cheese Dinner, Fellowship Hall 6:00 p.m., Live Animals, Photos, and Carols at the Manger THE THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENTȅDECEMBER 17 "Hope in the Midst of Suffering" Carol Sing and Special Music Christmas Brunch 9:30-10:45 a.m., Fellowship Hall TUESDAY ȅDECEMBER 19 Advent Service 4:00 p.m., Worship with Holy Communion Butterfield Trail Village, Chapel THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENTȅDECEMBER 24 "Hope Does Not Disappoint" 11:00 a.m., One Service with Holy Communion CHRISTMAS EVE WORSHIP "Hope in the Manger" Candlelight Service for All Ages 11:00 a.m., One Service only FIRST SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS "Hope for Years to Come" 11:00 a.m., One Service only Advent and Christmas 2017 at First United Presbyterian Church "Hope on the Way to the Manger" We invite you to join us for these services and events during this special season and throughout the year. SERVICES AND SPECIAL EVENTS Sunday Services—8:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. (unless otherwise noted) 695 East Calvin Street Fayetteville, AR 479-442-4411 • Revs. Jan and Phil Butin, Co-Pastors Nov. 24, 25, 2017 Refreshments • Door Prizes • Numerous Christmas Items Our Gallery is the place to Christmas shop for Handcra ed Items or Fine Art. We have something to fi t your budget! (Behind Walgreen's) West McNelly Road in Bella Vista • Open 10am-5pm

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