Weekender

December has just begun and while the weather may not have gotten the message, this weekend’s events and activities are likely to get locals in the mood for the upcoming holiday season.

FRIDAY

The Miss Black & Old Gold Scholarship Pageant starts at 7:06 p.m. Friday in the Arkansas Union Verizon Ballroom. The event is open to all UA students and is free with a valid student ID. The pageant highlights young Black women’s academic successes at and contributions to the university. Members of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. host the event every year.

Multicultural Center staff will be at the Fayetteville Square 6-8 p.m., inviting guests inside the Roots Snow Globe Pop-up at 1 E. Mountain St. for one night only. People who attend the immersive art installation are encouraged to share their holiday experiences as they listen to jazz piano, drink “snow globe juice” and engage with the interactive art piece.

TheatreSquared’s annual production of “A Christmas Carol” opens Friday at 7 p.m. and runs through Dec. 26. This is the first year all performances of the play will take place at the Fayetteville Public Library. Tickets for the show can be purchased on the TheatreSquared website.

University Housing officials are presenting the second annual The Lights @ Maples program through Dec. 17, with special events from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Sunday, and Dec. 11.  Students, faculty and staff can view the decorative lights around the Maple Hill East, West and South residence halls throughout the next two weeks, and make s’mores and listen to holiday music on event nights.

SATURDAY

The No. 10 Razorback men’s basketball team takes on Little Rock at 3 p.m. Saturday in Bud Walton Arena. Arkansas has won every game this season and could extend its winning streak to eight games with a victory over the Trojans.

Northwest Arkansans can view skydivers at Drake Field during a free event presented by the Arkansas Air and Military Museum. The skydivers, dressed as Santa Claus and elves, will fall from the sky at 1 p.m. Saturday.

SUNDAY

The Arkansas women’s basketball team goes head-to-head with the California Golden Bears at 1 p.m. Sunday in Bud Walton Arena. After a close loss to UCF on Thursday, the Razorbacks are trying to get back in the win column.

The theatrical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory debuted Tuesday at the Walton Arts Center. Theater buffs have several opportunities to see the show until Sunday when the tour leaves town. Tickets can be purchased on the Walton Arts Center’s website and attendees are required to wear a mask inside the venue at all times.

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