Sugar Plum Fairy Tea, Turkey Trot and Murder Mystery in the Garden among nonprofit benefits of November

Teacher Katie Jennings plays with children on Wednesday March 17 2021 at the Benton County Sunshine School and Development Center.
(NWA Demorcrat-Gazette/Flip Putthoff)
Teacher Katie Jennings plays with children on Wednesday March 17 2021 at the Benton County Sunshine School and Development Center. (NWA Demorcrat-Gazette/Flip Putthoff)

Adult Night

Scott Family Amazeum

2 6-8 p.m. -- The Amazeum's 90s-themed Adult Night promises to be "all that and a bag of chips! Inspired by iconic 90's nostalgia, the next Adult Night event is all about exploring science, technology, engineering, art and math experiences with a throwback spin," organizers say. Attire and accessories inspired by the 90's are encouraged. Tickets for the adults-only event include two drink tickets and are $30 for Amazeum members and $35 for nonmembers. Pre-registration and payment are required. Information: (479) 696-9280 or

In It to End It

Children & Family Advocacy Center

2 6 p.m. -- The In It to End It benefit for the Children & Family Advocacy Center will take place at Holland Barn in Highfill.

"The evening will include fun, food, drinks and fundraising for the families we serve. Hear stories of how the Children & Family Advocacy Center is breaking the cycle of abuse and building resilient families, ways you can help us empower those impacted by trauma and raise funds that allow us to continue meeting the growing needs of our clients," organizers say. Kimberly-Clark is the event presenting sponsor and Kathryn McLay, CEO of Sam's Club is event chairwoman. Tickets are $125. VIP tickets are available for $175 and include Buffalo Trace Whiskey Tasting.

Information: (479) 621-0385 or

Big Night Gala

Jones Center

3 6:30 p.m. -- The Jones Center will play host to The Big Night Gala at the center in Springdale. Organizers say the evening will feature "sneaker chic attire; Dial Up '90s party band; spirits, wine and beer; and food station menu collab by Tyson Chef Thomas Wenrich + Catering Unlimited." The benefit will also include a live auction, paddle raise and jewelry box fundraisers. Individual tickets are $140 and 10 reserved lounges for six are $2,100.

Event co-chairmen are Bill Bowen of Tyson Foods and Laura Rush of Walmart. Information: (479) 756-8090 or [email protected].

AIM for Advocacy

Children & Family Advocacy Center

4 7:30 a.m. -- The annual "Aim for Advocacy" sporting clay event will be at Spring Valley Rod and Gun Club in Gravette. Sponsorships are available. Information: (479) 621-0385 or

Red Shoe Shindig

Ronald McDonald House Charities Arkoma

4 6-11 p.m. -- The 13th annual Red Shoe Shindig to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities Arkoma Family-Centered Care Programs will be at the Wyndham Fort Smith City Center. The Miami Vice-themed semi-formal cocktail event will feature "a beautifully catered four-course dinner, specialty cocktails, entertainment and an ultra-elite live auction," organizers say.

Join us in propelling the mission of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkoma. All proceeds help provide families the critical care and amenities when needed the most." Tickets are $150 and sponsorships are available beginning at $5,000. Information: Emily Presley, (479) 756-5600 or [email protected].

The Little Black Dress Dinner Party

Dress for Success Northwest Arkansas

4 6-9 p.m. -- Dress for Success Northwest Arkansas will hold The Little Black Dress Dinner Party at Thaden School in Bentonville. The evening will feature dinner, drinks, a silent auction and live music and dancing. Tickets for the 1920s New Orleans-themed event are $250 or tables for 10 are available for $2,400. Information: (479) 877-6910 or [email protected].

Light of Hope breakfast

Court Appointed Special Advocates Northwest Arkansas

7 7:30 a.m. -- Court Appointed Special Advocates Northwest Arkansas will host the annual Light of Hope breakfast at the Rogers Convention Center. Greg Cathey, Walmart senior vice president transformation and support, will be the keynote speaker. Information: (479) 725-2213 or [email protected].

Aiming for Zero

Project Zero

7 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. -- Project Zero will mark National Adoption Month with the Aiming for Zero benefit luncheon at Kindred North in Centerton. Organizers say, "We will be joined by our keynote speaker and Executive Director Christie Erwin, as she shares the heart behind Project Zero and how local community members, leaders and businesses can participate in the wonderful work we are doing." Sponsorships are available. Information: [email protected] or or [email protected].

Uptown Hoedown

Saving Grace

9 5:30-9 p.m. -- The second annual Uptown Hoedown to benefit Saving Grace will take place at Kindred North in Centerton. "Join us for an exclusive evening featuring cocktail hour, dinner, live music, dancing and a silent and live auction benefiting 'Grace,'" organizers say.

Tickets for the "cowgirl chic and cowboy sleek" attire event are $175 in advance or $185 at entrance. Tables for eight are available for $1,400. Information:

Art Show

Sunshine School and Development Center

9 5:30 p.m. -- The Art Show to benefit Sunshine School & Development Center in Bentonville will be at First National Bank in Bentonville. The show will feature works from Northwest Arkansas artists, Sunshine School staff, students and clients. Tickets are $25 and sponsorships are available. Information: (479) 636-3190 or [email protected].

Murder Mystery in the Garden

Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

9, 10, 11 6:30-8:30 p.m. -- The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks in Fayetteville will play host to the inaugural Murder Mystery in the Garden. "The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks needs help solving the crime committed during the Murder Mystery at the Garden on November 9, 11 and 12," organizers say.

Jules Taylor of Arts Live Theater "will keep guests moving through the garden to look for clues, talk with witnesses and work together to solve the case. Finally, guests will gather back in the Event Hall to unravel the mystery over drinks and dessert." The evening will also include a chefs competition with a surprise judge. Tickets are $65. For $100, guests can participate as a "celebrity guest" involved in the mystery. Information: (479) 750-2620 or

Light of Hope luncheon

Court Appointed Special Advocates Northwest Arkansas

14 noon -- Court Appointed Special Advocates Northwest Arkansas will host the annual Light of Hope luncheon at the Northwest Arkansas Convention Center in Springdale. Adam Deckinger, Tyson Foods general counsel and secretary, will be the keynote speaker at the luncheon. Information: (479) 725-2213 or [email protected].

National Philanthropy Day luncheon

Association of Fundraising Professionals Northwest Arkansas

15 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. -- The Northwest Arkansas Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals will laud local philanthropists at the National Philanthropy Day luncheon at the Fayetteville Public Library. Organizers say, "National Philanthropy Day is a special day set aside in November to recognize the great contributions of philanthropy -- and those people active in the philanthropic community -- to the enrichment of our world." Tickets are $75 and sponsorships are available. Information:

Tails of Love Preview Party

Humane Society of the Ozarks

17 5-9 p.m. --The Humane Society of the Ozarks will host the 13th annual Tails of Love Preview Party at Springdale Country Club. The evening will include a sneak peek at the organization's Tails of Love book, silent auction, light fare and beer and wine.

"Guests will revel in the festivities, including a live DJ, delectable cuisine crafted by the head chef of Springdale Country Club, beverages from Liquor World and McBride Distributing Company and an exciting silent auction. The event is hosted at Springdale Country Club, adorned with exquisite decor from Eventures Party Rentals.

All proceeds from this celebration support HSO programs, encompassing low-cost spay/neuter assistance, emergency vet care aid, rescue and adoption initiatives, shelter and rescue outreach, feral cat trap/neuter/return (TNR) efforts, senior citizen pet care guidance, and community education and support."

Tickets for the casual event are $60 each or $100 for two and may be purchased at Information: (479) 263-7058.

Sugar Plum Fairy Tea

Western Arkansas Ballet

19 2-4 p.m. -- Western Arkansas Ballet's Sugar Plum Fairy Tea will take place at the Riverfront Glass Pavilion in Fort Smith. "Join your favorite Nutcracker characters for a delightful afternoon of lunch, delectable desserts and snacks and fun Nutcracker Christmas crafts. There will also be an opportunity for the children to take photos with the Sugar Plum Fairy, Clara and other Nutcracker cast members," organizers say.

Advance tickets are required and seating is limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult with a ticket. Tickets for each child are $30 and $20 for each adult. Adult tickets include refreshments. Nutcrackers and other Christmas items will be available for purchase. Tickets must be purchased in advance by visiting or calling 1-855-222-2849, Option 5.

Information: (479) 785-0152 or

Turkey Trot 5K for Heroes

Sheep Dog Impact Assistance

23 7:45 a.m. -- The Sheep Dog Impact Assistance 16th annual Turkey Trot for Heroes 5K and Wild Gobbler 5K Adventure and 1-mile Fun Run/Walk, and virtual run will begin at the Center for Nonprofits at St. Mary's in Rogers. The Wild Gobbler 5K will have five stations of exercises throughout the route dedicated to Fallen Heroes, organizers say.

Participants may register at and early bird registration and pricing is available through Oct. 31. Proceeds help support SDIA and NWA Adopt-A-Cop.

This year's awards will include 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for men and women and a new 13th place trophy for the Wild Gobler; Best Dressed award for the best dressed individual or group; and the Founder's Favorite chosen by Sgt. Maj Lance Nutt.

Information: (417) 812-6035 or

Mercy Turkey Run

Mercy Health Foundation Fort Smith

23 8 a.m. -- "Do it for the pie! Join Mercy Fitness Center for the 19th annual Turkey Run. Runners in the 5K and 10K will jumpstart their Thanksgiving Day while supporting preventive care through fitness. The day will include individual and group costume contests. Participants will receive a medal and event t-shirt. Winners take home the pie!"


Deadline to submit December event information is Nov. 15. Send event information to Carin Schoppmeyer at [email protected].

  photo  NWA Democrat-Gazette/CARIN SCHOPPMEYER Kaitlyn Walthall and Andrew Oliu pull themselves up on the pulley chairs at the Amazeum.