Monthly Archives: December 2011

Follow the Sparkle Across the Natural State

The Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights officially kicks off the week of Thanksgiving and lasts through the Christmas holiday. Over 60 communities across the state join in the celebration hosting lighting events, parades, carriage rides, music and more. It’s a great time to enjoy the holiday festivities in your community and travel around the state to enjoy others!

Get a Trail of Holiday Lights brochure here, or at any Bank of America, Best Western, Shell Superstop or Arkansas Welcome Center. For more information, visit and check out the official Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights Facebook fan page.

Art Meets Leisure in Arkansas

The drive into Bentonville, Ark., from the region’s airport provides vistas of cattle pastures and open fields that occasionally give way to lonely, treeless subdivisions, which in turn lead to commercial strips. A massive Wal-Mart distribution center provides the first indication of that corporation’s influence here, where it has its headquarters. Read more

2011 Arkansas Volunteer Community of the Year Award

Bentonville, AR… Mayor Bob McCaslin is pleased to announce the City of Bentonville has been named a 2011 Volunteer Community of the Year. Other communities being honored this year are Benton, Booneville, Clarkridge, Clarksville, Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Heber Springs, Maumelle, Mountain Home, Quitman and Van Buren.

Co-sponsored by the DHS Division of Volunteerism, the Arkansas Municipal League and the Office of the Governor, the award is designed to congratulate and thank communities for their collective effort(s) to serve their neighbors. Communities chosen for the award will receive signs from the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department designating their city as a “Volunteer Community of the Year”. The signs will be placed at the City’s borders. The Division of Volunteerism and the Arkansas Municipal League will present the awards to the winners at a luncheon on January 12, 2012, during the League’s Winter Conference.

The Arkansas Department of Human Services, Division of Volunteerism, promotes and supports volunteerism in the private, nonprofit and governmental sectors as a means of enhancing the quality of life for all Arkansans. The City of Bentonville, with the help of 36 organizations, reported 11,535 individuals gave 221,462 hours of service to our community. These hours are valued at more than $4.6 million and represent a generous gift to our community.

Lawrence Plaza opens for Ice Skating Season

Bentonville, AR… Bentonville Parks and Recreation is proud to announce the Rink at Lawrence Plaza will open for the 2011-12 ice skating season on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 12pm.

Opening Day Festivities will begin at noon when The Rink opens for the season. Visitors will be able to skate throughout the day until 4:30 p.m. when The Rink will close to allow visitors to attend the Lighting of the Downtown Square. Following the Lighting of the Square at 6:00pm, spectators are invited to walk to Lawrence Plaza for the Lighting of the Community Christmas Tree and a very exciting figure skating show by the Arkansas Figure Skating Association. Following the show, the Rink will reopen to the public. At 7:45 p.m., the movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life” will be featured on Parks and Recreation’s 25 foot movie screen.

This year’s skating season features many extras other than just ice skating. Children have the opportunity to bring letters that will be delivered by Parks and Recreation staff to Santa Claus. Any child who delivers a letter to the Santa House prior to December 15 and includes a return address will receive a letter from Santa prior to Christmas. On December 3, Santa Claus will be at Lawrence Plaza and available for photos from 12pm – 5pm. The cost is $5 per photo.

On Friday nights, Parks and Recreation will feature Rock N Skate from 8 – 9:15 p.m. Free movies will be shown on Saturday evenings at 6:30 p.m. through December 17. Ice skating lessons are available twice a week. Advance registration through Bentonville Parks & Recreation Dept. is required for these lessons.

Cost for skating is $5 per session or $3 per session if you have your own skates. For operating hours and schedule of events, please visit us online at or call the Parks and Recreation office at 464-7275 (PARK).