Making Holiday Memories in November

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With the holiday season rapidly approaching, spend some fun time with the kids, making memories that will last a lifetime.

Parkin Archeological State Park in Parkin hosts Casqui Foods on Nov. 14. While the ancient inhabitants of Parkin didn’t have pizza and cheeseburgers to enjoy, they had a varied and healthy diet. Bring your family and friends to experience the tastes of the past. Most of the dishes will be created from vegetables grown in an on-site garden and other ingredients gathered from the surrounding area! Learn about what foods were and weren’t available to the prehistoric Native Americans and marvel at how they still created delicious dishes! The Mississippi River State Park in Marianna is offering a Children’s Day Camp on Nov. 14 that includes a trip to the Casqui Foods event in Parkin. The program begins at 11 a.m. and runs through 2 p.m. For more information on the Casqui Foods program, contact Parkin Archeological State Park at 870-755-2500. To learn more about the Casqui Foods Children’s Day Camp, call the Mississippi River State Park at 870-295-4040.

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The holidays just aren’t the holidays without The Nutcracker Ballet. The holiday fairy tale, adored by young and old alike, features the music of Tchaikovsky, beautiful costumes and stunning choreography. The Nutcracker tells the story of Clara, her Uncle Drosselmeyer, Clara’s magical nutcracker doll, the raucous mouse king and the beautiful sugar plum fairy. The Forum Theatre in Jonesboro offers The Nutcracker Ballet on Nov. 20-24. Tickets are $17 for adults and $8 for children. You can contact the Forum by visiting www.foajonesboro.org or by phone at 870-935-2726. The North Arkansas Dance Theatre presents the 11th anniversary presentation of The Nutcracker Ballet in Batesville on Nov. 20-21 at Independence Hall on the campus of the University of Arkansas Community College. Three performances are available. Visit http://nadt.info or call 866-468-6238 for more information.

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Ah, that magical hat! Young Billy finds a hat and places it on a snowman’s head…and the fun begins! Join Frosty and Billy for an adventure in New York City as they try to find Billy’s family in time for Christmas. The Fine Arts Center on the campus of East Arkansas Community College in Forrest City presents Frosty! on Nov. 22 at 3 p.m.

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