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THE WEEKEND TEN

The top things to do and places to be

By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published July 19, 2012 at 4:22 a.m.

— PEACHY

Chow down on peach ice cream and peach pie and see how far you can spit a peach pit at the Johnson County Peach Festival, today-Sunday in downtown Clarksville. In addition to peach-related activities, there will also be crafts, a street dance, a fishing derby, music and children’s activities. General admission is free, though registration for the 4-Miler Run/Walk at 7 a.m. Saturday is $20-$25. Call (479) 754-9152.

2 PILE DRIVER The body slammers of WWE Raw are coming to Verizon Arena in North Little Rock on the Raw World Tour, 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $17-$97. Call (800) 745-3000.

3 POWER (BALLADS) Rock band Tesla takes the stage at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Timberwood Amphitheater, Magic Springs Water and Theme Park, U.S. 70 (East Grand Avenue), Hot Springs, part of the park’s 2012 Pepsi Concert Series. Gates open at 6 p.m. Tickets are included in the park’s general admission — $44.99, $29.99 per “juniors” (under 48 inches tall) and “seniors” (age 55 and up); $5 and $10 reservedseating upgrades are available. Call (501) 624-0100 or visit MagicSprings.com.

4 PACE Runners and walkers will gather at Murray Park in Little Rock for a fundraising jaunt over the Big Dam Bridge with the Twilight 5K Run From the Sun, 5:30 p.m. Saturday. This benefit for the Arkansas Foundation for Skin Cancer will also include skin cancer screenings, food, children’s activities and music. The race itself starts at 7:30 p.m. Registration is $20-$25. Call (501) 860-0187.

5 PEPPER There will be salsas of all types as Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs presents its Hotter Than July Salsa Cook-off, noon-5 p.m. Saturday. Teams will make their salsa from scratch on site and compete in categories including color, aroma, consistency, taste and aftertaste. In between sampling the salsa, visitors can also stroll through the gardens to admire the summer flowers. Admission to the gardens, 550 Arkridge Road, Hot Springs, is $9, $8 for ages 55 and older, $4 for children 6-12. Team registration is $50. Call (501) 262-9300 or visit garvangardens.org.

6 PATTER Gabriel Rutledge, a winner of the Seattle International Comedy Competition, headlines shows through Saturday at the Loony Bin Comedy Club in the Breckenridge Village Shopping Center, Interstate 430 and North Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock. Showtimes: 8 p.m. today, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Fridays, 7, 9 and 11 p.m. Saturday. Cover charge is $7 tonight (it’s “ladies night,” with free admission for qualified showgoers), $10 Friday-Saturday. Call (501) 228-5555 or visit loonybincomedy.com.

7 PUENTES During the July Argenta ArtWalk, 5:30-8 p.m. Friday along and near North Little Rock’s Main Street, the Thea Foundation showcases the art of students participating in a June art camp put on by Seis Puentes, a local nonprofit that “supports and empowers” the central Arkansas Hispanic community through education and information, at the Thea Foundation Center for the Arts, 401 Main St., North Little Rock. Subsequently, the students’ art will go on permanent display at the Seis Puentes Community Center, 4202A Camp Robinson Road, North Little Rock. ArtWalk admission is free. Call (501) 379-9512.

8 PERFORM Mountain View area performers 20 and younger, including Clancey Ferguson, the Cobb Brothers, the Mickler Sisters and Emily Phillips, will be participating in the Ozark Folk Center’s annual youth concert, “The Next Generation,” at 7 p.m. today at the state park in Mountain View. Also performing: young square and jig dancers, including some state and national jigging and clogging champions. Doors open at 6. Tickets are $10, $6 for children 6-12. Call (870) 269-3851 or visit ozarkfolkcenter.com.

9 PARK Country music stars Diamond Rio are the next musicians to take part in the Finish Line Theater Series at Oaklawn Park, 2705 Central Ave., Hot Springs, hitting the stage at 7 p.m. today. Tickets are $19.95-$29.95 and only ages 21 and older are admitted. Call (501) 623-4411 or visit oaklawn.com.

10 PLAYHOUSE

It’s your last chance to kick off your shoes for Murry’s Dinner Playhouse’s current production, Neil Simon’s comedy Barefoot in the Park, with shows at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 12:30 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the dinner theater, 6323 Colonel Glenn Road, Little Rock. Doors open at 6 p.m. Friday-Saturday (tickets: $33, $23 for children to all shows), 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Sunday (tickets are $29 for the matinee, $31 in the evening). Call (501) 562-3131 or visit murrysdinnerplayhouse.com.

Weekend, Pages 31 on 07/19/2012

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