Wednesday Jan 17 @ 4:00 PM
Saline County Library – Baby, it's cold outside! Capture a mini winter wonderland in a homemade snow globe. For kids in Kindergarten through 2nd grade.
Wednesday Jan 17 - Jan 9 @ 7:00 PM
MtG: Pauper Constructed
Game Goblins – Start: 7:00PM Entry: $6 Rounds: 3 Round Length: 50 Minute Rounds Judge: In store Magic judge Details: If you love playing Magic the Gathering, but you don't want to deal with the expensive decks then Pauper is the format for you. Unlike other formats Pauper limited the rarity of all cards in your deck to Common. Common is the lowest rarity for a card in the game. While Pauper is all the rage this month we don't have a concrete "Paper Pauper" banlist. Therefore we will be using the most fair and balanced version of the game which is to use full Magic the Gathering Online legality. Additional details on the Pauper format including the full list of banned cards visit http://bit.ly/mtgpauper. Payout: 2-X: $6 store credit. 3-0: Will split the remaining prize pull in store credit. *You must participate in all rounds in order to receive prize payout.*
Thursday Jan 18 @ 10:30 AM
Mimosas and Mission: Join the Discovery Alliance
Museum of Discovery – Resolve to make a difference and support STEAM education in 2018 through the Discovery Alliance! The Discovery Alliance is a group of museum patrons dedicated to the success of the Museum of Discovery. This co-ed group ensures the museum’s financial sustainability by planning and hosting events such as Spark! Luncheon, Spark! Gala and Springfest. If you would like to be a part of this newly-formed alliance, join us for one of the following informational meetings: Thursday, January 18th at 10:30 a.m. at Museum of Discovery – Mimosas and Mission Tuesday, January 23rd at 5:30 p.m. at Museum of Discovery – Wine and Whatsitallabout RSVP to Catherine Bays at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also contact Catherine if you are interested in joining the Discovery Alliance but are unable to attend one of the above meetings.
Thursday Jan 18 @ 12:00 PM
January Highlight Bryant
Greater Bryant Chamber of Commerce – Don't forget to register/reserve your seat(s) for the Thursday, January 18 Highlight Bryant Luncheon ($12 Members). We are recognizing the award nominees for the January 25 Winter Banquet. Nominees- please be present to receive certificate! Here are the nominees: New Member of the Year sponsored by Entergy Arkansas Healthcare Express, Dave & Busters and Baldwin and Shell Volunteer of the Year sponsored by Roller Alcoa Funeral Home Robbie Holland, Cheryl Cook, Kari Beasley and Mike McKenzie Young Professional of the Year sponsored by Saline Memorial Hospital Lacey Brooks, Ashley Rowland, Lea Canady, Josh Patterson, Shelby McFarland, Kari Beasley and Shelli Poole Organization of the Years sponsored by First Electric Cooperative Civitan Services, CASA, Bryant Boys and Girls Club and Saline County YPN Lifetime Achievement sponsored by First Security Bank and Rineco David Hannah, Cheryl Cook, Charles Penfield Excellence is Customer Service sponsored by Baxley Penfield Moudy The Saline Courier, Empire Cheer, First Security Bank Lifeline Chiropractic, David’s Burgers, Chick fil A Expose Marketing, Crossroads Wine and Spirits, Gina’s Catering, Jamey South State Farm, Crush Wine and Spirits, McCauley Services, Eat My Catfish and Bryant Parks and Recreation Business of the Year sponsored by Centennial Bank First Security Bank, Fiser Development, Baxley Penfield Moudy, Jamey South State Farm, Empire Cheer and Everett Buick GMC
Thursday Jan 18 - Dec 20 @ 2:00 PM
Saline County Library – Support group for those with loved ones affected by Alzheimer's Disease.
Thursday Jan 18 @ 4:00 PM
Saline County Library – Baby, it's cold outside! Capture a mini winter wonderland in a homemade snow globe. For kids in 3rd-5th grade.
Thursday Jan 18 @ 6:00 PM
Getting Organized Bash
Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) - Dee Brown – Family party with a focus on organizing/decluttering tips. We'll have coloring, word games, and light snacks.
Thursday Jan 18 @ 6:30 PM
Friends of the Library Annual Meeting
Saline County Library – The Friends of the Library invite you to join us at their annual meeting to discuss plans for 2018, including the upcoming book sale and other ways to help out your local library. If you are interested in becoming a friend of the library, you are welcome to attend. This meeting is for adults ages 18 years and older.
Thursday Jan 18 @ 7:00 PM
Jessica Lea Mayfield @ Stickyz Rock'n'Roll Chicken Shack
Stickyz Rock N' Roll Chicken Shack –
Thursday Jan 18 @ 8:30 PM
Jessica Lea Mayfield w/Sun Seeker
Stickyz Rock N' Roll Chicken Shack – Jessica Lea Mayfield is a 28 year old guitarist, singer and songwriter who was born in Kent, Ohio she grew up touring with her families Newgrass/Bluegrass band "One Way Rider" and at the age of 8 years old, they relocated to Nashville Tn, where when they weren't touring regionally they played 4 shows a day, 7 days a week. They lived and traveled on a 1956 tour bus that had once been owned by Bill Monroe that he had christened as the "Bluegrass Breakdown." She credits her joining of "One Way Rider" and her interest in music to discovering her favorite bands by watching music videos on MTV and VH-1 in the late 90s. "After seeing the video for the Foo Fighters, 'My Hero,' I can remember, even at age 6 or 7 thinking...THIS, this is what I want to be doing for the rest of my life!" At age 15, she recorded her first album "White Lies" in her brother's bedroom, printing only 100 copies. One of those copies fell into the hands of Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. After an introduction, Mayfield and Auerbach hit the studio, recording her debut album "With Blasphemy, So Heartfelt." and later her sophomore album "Tell Me." Her favorite genres are 90s alternative and 70s/80s Bluegrass, with influences such as: Elliott Smith The Stone Temple Pilots Doyle Lawson And Quicksilver Foo Fighters SoundGarden Queens Of The Stone Age The Dillards and many others. Jessica Lea Mayfield (Kent, OH) - http://www.jessicaleamayfield.com/ Sun Seeker (Nashville, TN) - http://www.sunseekeramerica.com/ Doors 7:30pm Show 8:30pm $12 advance $14 day of show 18+ Standing Room Only
Friday Jan 19 - Jan 21 @ 11:00 AM
MtG: Rivals of Ixalan Launch Weekend
Game Goblins – Come by and check out all of the latest offerings from Magic the Gathering during our Launch Weekend at Game Goblins! We will have boosters and boxes of the latest set as well as the newly improved Bundles and Planeswalker decks. Booster Boxes: $119.99 Bundles: $42.99 Planeswalker Decks: $14.99 Friday 7pm: This is your first chance to draft the newest set at Friday Night Magic. This event follows the current draft order. More information about Friday Night Magic can be found in our calendar http://gamegoblins.com/events. ALL DAY Saturday & Sunday: $12 MtG Drafts. 8-person / 3 rounds. These events will fire as they fill up, so make sure that you spread the word. Players will receive one pack per win. Each person will also get the WPN exclusive alternate art Draft Weekend promo. (Limited to the first 48 players)* Coordinating start times with other players can be easy with the Game Goblins Magic Players Facebook group --> bitly.com/ggmagicgroup *Players will also receive a copy of previous draft weekend promos. Current Promo: To Be Announced
Friday Jan 19 @ 7:00 PM
Yin Yoga with Rena Wren
Arkansas Yoga Collective – Yin yoga is a quiet practice suitable for students of all levels of experience. Through the practice of long held postures targeting mainly the connective tissue of the low back, hips and hamstrings, Yin yoga invites you to slow down and create space for stillness while nourishing your body. When we let the muscles relax, the work is done in the areas beyond the muscles and into the joints, ligaments, tendons and fascia. Many of the poses are seated, supine or prone, with special attention paid to areas that encompass a joint (hips, spine, sacrum). We hold poses with the muscles relaxed for several minutes. Also, by targeting the main meridians (energy channels) of the body, this type of deep tissue practice assists you in removing ama (toxins, blockages) and creating more mental and physical harmony. This is a more meditative practice with a focus on the breath, being present in the moment, relieving tension and letting go. The Yin practice includes powerful mental and emotional benefits as you become quiet, still and mindful of the present moment. Other benefits of Yin yoga include: reduces stress, creates calm in the mind and body, builds stamina, lubricates and protects the joints, increases flexibility in the deep tissue, and improves your meditation experience. Give yourself this opportunity to surrender, slow down and come back to balance. Yin yoga is a perfect complement for vinyasa flow and other physically challenging “yang” practices. Props are extremely useful for this type of practice so that you can access the deep tissue in the best way for your body. If you have props of your own, please feel free to bring them (blocks, blanket, bolster). Pop-Up Class Fee: $15
Friday Jan 19 @ 7:00 PM
Brian Nahlen Live at Skinny J’s
Skinny J's Argenta/North Little Rock –
Friday Jan 19 - Jan 21 @ 7:15 PM
Head, Heart & Gut Workshop
Barefoot Studio – Head, Heart, & Gut Workshop with Maddy Murdock Barker Friday, January 19: 7:15pm - 9:15pm Saturday, January 20: 12:00pm - 2:00pm Sunday, January 21: 9:30am - 11:30am How do you take in, process, and respond to the world around you? Join Maddy Barker on this three-day exploration through the head, heart, and gut. We will be using journaling, guided self-inquiry, an integrated yoga practice, and meditation to explore our own heads, hearts, and guts. This workshop is appropriate for those who are new to the yoga practice as well as seasoned practitioners and teachers. We will work to develop a balanced approach to taking in the world around us. It takes all three, head, heart, and gut to have a clear picture of the world. This workshop will provide you with the time and space to explore these three information systems in your body. It will also provide the guidance, tools, and skills to bring these information systems back into balance and working together to provide clarity for you. After this workshop, you will have the tools you need to integrate the information you are given on the mat into your life off the mat with a clear knowing. HEAD: We will spend time being witnesses to our thoughts. How often do we depend on our thinking mind to make the decisions for us? We will explore all the times our head gets in the way, as well as the times it protects us. HEART: We will spend time rebuilding a relationship between you and your feelings. Answering the question, “What do you actually feel?”. We will explore the inner wisdom our feelings carry, as well as the times they get carried away. GUT: “I just have a gut feeling” We will explore how often we neglect the information presented through our gut (intuition). Do you know the inner voice of your gut? Do you allow your gut to guide? Pricing: Full Weekend - $60 Single Session - $25 RESERVE your space: www.BarefootStudio.com
Friday Jan 19 @ 8:00 PM
Pallbearer w/SUMOKEM/Adam Faucett
Pallbearer – Pallbearer’s third album, Heartless, is an inspired collection of monumental rock music. The band offers a complex sonic architecture that weaves together the spacious exploratory elements of classic prog, the raw anthemics of 90’s alt-rock, and stretches of black-lit proto-metal. Lyrics about mortality, life, and love are set to sharp melodies and pristine three-part harmonies. Vocalist and guitarist Brett Campbell has always been a strong, assured singer, and on Heartless, his work’s especially stunning. This may in part be due to the immediacy of the lyrics. Written by Campbell and bassist/secondary vocalist Joseph D Rowland, the words have moved from the metaphysical to something more grounded. As the group explains: “Instead of staring into to the void—both above and within—Heartless concentrates its power on a grim reality. Our lives, our homes and our world are all plumbing the depths of utter darkness, as we seek to find any shred of hope we can." Pallbearer emerged from Little Rock, Arkansas in 2012 with a stunning debut full-length, Sorrow and Extinction. The record, which played like a seamless 49-minute doom movement, melded pitch-perfect vintage sounds with a triumphant modern sensibility that made songs about death and loss feel joyfully ecstatic. Pallbearer possessed what many other newer metal groups didn't: perfect guitar tone, classic hooks, and a singer who could actually sing. For their 2014 followup, Foundations of Burden, the band worked with legendary Bay Area producer Billy Anderson (Sleep, Swans, Neurosis) for an expansive album that was musically tighter and especially adventurous. Armed with a more technical drummer, Mark Lierly, Foundations feels like it was built for larger shared spaces—you could imagine these songs ringing off the walls of a stadium. It was a hint of things to come. While the debut earned the band a Best New Music nod from Pitchfork and rightly landed the band on year-end lists at places like SPIN and NPR, along with the usual metal publications, Foundations of Burden charted on the Billboard Top 100 and earned the band album of the year from Decibel and spots on year-end lists for NPR and Rolling Stone. Returning to where it all began, the quartet recorded their third full-length, Heartless on their own in Arkansas, and it’s grander in scope, showcasing a natural progression that melds higher technicality and more ambitious structures with their most immediate hooks to date. The collection, which follows the 3-song Fear & Fury EP from earlier this year, was captured entirely on analog tape at Fellowship Hall Sound in Little Rock this past summer and then mixed by Joe Barresi (Queens of the Stone Age, Tool, Melvins, Soundgarden). From the gloriously complex, sky-lit opener “I Saw the End” to the earth-shaking (and heartbreaking) 13-minute closer “A Plea for Understanding,” the entire group puts forth the full realization of their vision: More than a doom band, Pallbearer is a rock group with a singular songwriting talent and emotional capacity. Heartless finds the group putting forth their strongest individual efforts to date: Campbell and Rowland, along with guitarist/vocalist Devin Holt and drummer Mark Lierly, turn in peak marathon performances. Both Campbell and Rowland also handle synthesizers alongside their normal duties, and there are plenty of gently strummed acoustic guitars amid the crunchy electric ones, adding a moody, ethereal spareness to the towering metal. The almost 12-minute “Dancing in Madness” opens with dark post-rock ambience and moves toward emotional blues before exploding into a sludgy psychedelic anthem. A number of the seven songs feature a humid rock swagger. By fusing their widest musical palette to date, Pallbearer make the kind of heavy rock (the heavy moments are *heavy*) that will appeal to diehards, but could also find the group crossing over into newer territories and fanbases. After having helped revitalize doom metal, it almost feels like they’ve gone and set their sights on rock and roll itself. Which doesn’t seem at all impossible on the back of a record like Heartless. Pallbearer - http://pallbearerdoom.com/ Sumokem - https://sumokem.bandcamp.com/ Adam Faucett - http://www.adamfaucett.com/ Doors 7:00pm Show 8:00pm $12 advance $15 day of show 18+ Standing Room Only
Friday Jan 19 @ 9:00 PM
William Clark Green
Stickyz Rock N' Roll Chicken Shack – William Clark Green is not one for pulling punches. Where some songwriters trade in subtlety and dancing around blunt truths with clever feints and metaphor, Clark aims his words straight to the point and, when needed, right through the heart. His music is unrelentingly direct and hard-hitting, too, charged with a palpable rock 'n' roll immediacy that's as evident in his most intimate solo acoustic performances as it is in the full-tilt band shows that have packed rooms across his native Lone Star State from the Blue Light in Lubbock to the world's biggest honky- tonk, Billy Bob's Texas in Fort Worth. And with the April 21st release of 'Ringling Road,' his eagerly awaited fourth album, Green is set to make his biggest impact on the booming Texas/Red Dirt music scene -- and beyond -- yet. But just don't call him the "Next Big Thing," because as Green makes patently clear on 'Ringling Road''s riotously myth-busting opening track, that's a laugh, buddy. And even with tongue firmly in cheek, William Clark Green is only interested in being real. "Oh it's hard to pay your dues when there ain't no money in the bank It's a shame I gotta make it to the show but there ain't no gas in the tank It's insane what you do for a broken heart and some busted strings And everybody saying I'm the next big thing!" "I'm actually a little nervous about what people are going to think of that song, and if they'll think I'm being an asshole," Clark admits with a laugh. "And that's not the case at all, because it's actually sarcastic as hell. But we've been hearing that 'you're the next big thing' thing for a long time now -- and I'm guilty of saying the same to some of my songwriter friends who are struggling out there, too. And even though it's always meant in a nice way, you can't help but think, 'What? I have no idea what you're talking about. I'm actually sleeping in my truck tonight!" Not that he's complaining. Green is nothing if not fully committed to his chosen path. Granted, had a few chips fallen a little differently, he could have just as easily -- and happily -- devoted his life to ranching, but fate dictated pretty early on that he was meant to be a troubadour. He may have started taking guitar lessons at 13 primarily out of boredom -- his family had just moved from Flint, Texas to College Station in the summer, and he didn't have any new school friends yet -- but it wasn't long before he developed a keen interest in songwriting. A healthy obsession with his father's copy of Willis Alan Ramsay's classic 1972 debut had a lot to do with that ("That's still the best album I've ever heard, and the reason I use three names," Green enthuses). So did timing: "I remember seeing Robert Earl Keen and Pat Green and even Jerry Jeff Walker at the Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater in College Station when I was in high school," he says. "The scene was really kind of in its birth then, and I was right there in the middle, paying attention and really intrigued by all of it." College originally wasn't part of his game plan -- "I was a very poor student, and I still wanted to be a cowboy" -- but after a lead on a ranch-hand job fell through and a miserable two-week stint at a feed lot scared him straight, Green enrolled in junior college and eventually found his way to Texas Tech. He majored in agriculture economics, but spent more time songwriting and playing guitar at every open-mic night and hotel bar gig he could find than actually studying. By the time fellow Red Raider and Texas country rising star Josh Abbott handed him the keys to his Tuesday-night residency at the Blue Light, Green and his own band were on their way. "That's when things got really serious for me," Green recalls. "I came out with my first record [2008's 'Dangerous Man'], and it kind of got to the point where I knew if I was going to pursue music, I'd have to give it everything I had, because there's just no room for half-assing it in this business. School went to the wayside -- I ended up graduating, but it took six years because music was my priority. And here I am now at 28 -- about to release our fourth album and hoping to get to five before I'm 30. That'll be a pretty quick turn around, but that's the goal." The aforementioned "next big thing" rumors started up in the wake of his second album, 2010's 'Misunderstood,' but it was 2013's 'Rose Queen' that proved his real breakthrough. Green recorded the album, produced by Rachel Loy in Nashville, at a real crossroads in his career -- with momentum and high expectations at his back but barely enough money in the bank to foot the bill (and that only after a desperate call for help to angel investor Wade Bowen saved the day). "It was a huge leap of faith," Green says today, "but I told the band, 'We're going to pull out all the stops, and we're going to find a way to make exactly the record we want to make and need to make." The end result was a triumph, yielding Green's first three top-10 Texas Radio hits, including two chart-toppers in "She Likes the Beatles" and "Hanging Around" (the former also won "Song of the Year" honors at the fan-voted Lone Star Music Awards). Of course, all of that set the bar even higher for the follow-up -- and 'Ringling Road' delivers in spades. Returning to Nashville to team once again with Loy (Green calls working with the gifted up-and-coming producer "the best decision I've ever made in my musical career"), the band overcame a a couple of early setbacks -- longtime drummer Jay Saldana had recently left for a new gig with Wade Bowen, followed by guitarist Steve Marcus breaking his arm a week before they went into the studio -- to come through like champs under pressure. Saldana ended up coming back as a guest to drum on most of the record (along with new band member Ryan Garza), while the lead guitars duties were initially shared between Nashville session vet Kenny Greenberg and band friend Josh Serrato, recruited out of fellow Texas band Six Market Boulevard for what originally supposed to be "fill-in" duty. By the time Marcus' arm healed up enough for him to join the sessions halfway through, though, Serrato had been promoted from temp to full-time band member. Greenberg ended up staying on for the rest of the record as well. "All three of those guys are monster talents on guitar, so It was a really incredible experience to have them all working with each other in the studio," Green marvels. "It all just happened the way it was supposed to, and we weren't going to get in the way of that!" With that formidable triple-guitar threat augmented by Green on acoustic, seasoned band member Cameron Moreland on bass and key assists from Loy and others on background vocals and a few other instrumental tracks, it's no wonder that 'Ringling Road' boasts the fullest sound of any WCG album to date. But as has been the case since day one of Green's career, it's the quality of his songs that ultimately makes the boldest statement. And it's not just the flat- out rockers ("Next Big Thing") and irresistibly catchy, up-tempo numbers ("Sticks and Stones," "Creek Don't Rise," "Going Home") that hit hard, either. Other highlights include "Old Fashioned," a stirring elegy for a bygone Texas ("The interstate's pumping just like a vein full of California license plates"), and the uproarious, Todd Snider-worthy title track, which takes its name from a real road in Green's current hometown of Eastland, Texas. Back in the day, the Ringling Bros. Circus used Eastland as a regular resting stop between shows, where the elephants and other animals were let off the train for a drink and the myriad circus folk would unwind and do whatever circus folk usually do on their nights off. As colorfully imagined by Green and co-writers Ross Cooper and Randal Clay, that was a helluva lot more wild and entertaining than the actual ticketed performances. "Ross is a good friend of mine from Lubbock, and Randal is a guy he met in Nashville who was actually a roustabout for 10 years," Green explains. "I mean, what better way to write a song about the circus than to write it with a guy like that? Randal brought in a lot of truths about what really does happen behind the scenes in the circus. To be honest, after I told them about Eastland and the history of Ringling Road, he and Ross just got going on this tangent that was so good, I kind of just sat back and was like, 'keep going!'" "Ringling Road," the song, may be a freak-show blast, but the rest of the album is hardly all fun and circus games. "Final This Time" is a devastatingly frank post-mortem of a divorce Green witnessed between two close friends. "Fool Me Once" and "Hey Sarah," two of the three songs (along with "Sticks and Stones") that Green wrote solo, are unflinching accounts of his own firsthand experiences at bad (or at least uncertain) love. And the lead single "Sympathy" (already a No. 1 on Texas radio) offers anything but sympathy to a former lover looking for a shoulder to cry on. Most brutal of all, though, is the hauntingly plaintive "Still Think About You," in which the kind of sympathy Green does offer an ex comes laced with painfully bitter honesty: "Sorry that you fell in love with someone you could never inspire ..." "You know, it's not that I'm an asshole," Green says again, laughing. "But I feel like everybody has those selfish feelings sometimes, but they're never said in songs. I actually showed that song -- I had the chorus written but still needed the verses -- to Randy Rogers and Sean McConnell, and they both went, 'oh, that's not my style.' And I thought, 'Well, maybe this is a terrible idea ...'" Before giving up on it, though, Green showed it to one other trusted friend: Kent Finlay, songwriter's songwriter, founder of the legendary Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos, Texas, and, not for nothing, Green's co-writer on 'Rose Queen''s hit single "Hanging Around." Sage soul that he was, Finlay -- who sadly passed away on March 2, 2015 after a long illness -- took a shine to the unfinished song at first pitch. "I took it to Kent and said, 'I've got this song, and no one seems to like it,'" Green recalls. "But I played what I had for him, and he went, 'Oh, I like that!' And I was like, 'Thank God, finally somebody does!' So we ended up finishing it together, and I'm really glad we did. "Taking uncomfortable feelings like that and putting them to paper and writing songs about them -- that's kind of been my staple, really," Green continues. "And that song is about as true as it gets." He pauses on that thought for a moment. "Now, I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing," he adds with a laugh, "but I guess the truth prevails! And that makes me able to sleep at night." William Clark Green (Austin, TX) - http://www.williamclarkgreen.com/ w/special guests TBA Doors 7:00pm Show 9:00pm $10 advance $12 day of show 18+ Standing Room Only
Saturday Jan 20 - Jan 21 @ 9:00 AM
Lola's Latin Night: Quinceanera
Sway – It's the birthday party of Lola's dreams! Join Sway's Latin goddess as she celebrates another year this month. Featuring go-go boy Emiliano Bonilla of Tulsa, OK and drag performances TBA. Hosted by Lola Colucci | 18+
Saturday Jan 20 @ 9:00 AM
New Year, New to You Indoor Yard Sale
Saline County Library – Get some great deals at our Indoor Yard Sale! We have gathered many great treasures that need a new home so come see what you can find. Cash only, please. All ages welcome.
Saturday Jan 20 @ 9:00 AM
Veterans Meet and Greet
Saline County Library – All current and former members of the U. S. Military are invited to gather at the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library. All military branches are welcome! Coffee and donuts will be provided.