Arkansas

Etymology

The name Arkansas derives from the same root as the name for the state of Kansas. The Kansa tribe of Native Americans are closely associated with the Sioux tribes of the Great Plains. The word “Arkansas” itself is a French pronunciation (“Arcansas”) of a Quapaw (a related “Kaw” tribe) word, akakaze, meaning “land of downriver people” or the Sioux word akakaze meaning “people of the south wind”. [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

ARfreethinkers – We all benefit from a supportive community for friends, charity, and fostering a better understanding of secular values with our neighbors. [meetup]

Explore Wichita! – Welcome to Wichita’s premier social meetup for men and women! We are a group for Wichitans who want to meet and socialize with a diverse group of people, find unique and entertaining venues and activities to do around town, and just plain have fun! [meetup]

Fort Smith Girls Group – Hi! I envision this group being a place where we can talk, get coffee, maybe read books, explore nature, do crafts etc. We all need some girl time! Please join us! 🙂 [meetup]

NWA Business Networking – The purpose of this group is to create a networking community of small and medium size business owners. [meetup]

NWA Dinner Group – We will try to Meet-up at least once a month and sometimes twice a month.  We will try new restaurants in the NW Arkansas area and we’ll visit some old places too!  We will try and do things before and after the meals on occasion. [meetup]

NWA RPG and Board Game Meetup – This group is dedicated to bringing together tabletop gamers in Northwest Arkansas. While most of our public events feature board games, the NWARPG.org sponsored monthly Game Day features RPGs, and many people have found regular games after meeting at one of the events scheduled here. [meetup]

River Valley Freethinkers – Meet local people of like minds: atheists, agnostics, skeptics, non-theists, secular humanists and freethinkers… etc., etc.. Gather to discuss philosophies, ideas, and to make new friends. [meetup]

Socializing Introverts – Intimate – not Intimidating! I’ve often wanted to go to other social meetups but the number of attendees seems intimidating to an introvert like me. [meetup]

The NWA Hiking Group – Hello fellow hikers and lovers of Mother Nature. You have found a group of outdoors enthusiasts who love hiking, bicycling, floating (sometimes paddling), and camping in the great outdoors! We get out year round and always focus on “leaving no trace” as we go. [meetup]

The Wichita Stay At Home Moms Meetup – We are here to form friendships for ourselves and our children and to support each other through motherhood’s challenges and help celebrate its joys. Please check out our Pagespage (on the pink bar above) for more information! [meetup]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

Arkansas Dating – Find natural beauty in Arkansas, the Natural State . If you are looking for a wife or husband for a happy marriage, mature ladies, older men create a free profile today. Must love animals? Must enjoy rock climbing? (What are your personal preferences?) Find your ideal match in Arkansas through our free, online personals. Must love animals? Must enjoy rock climbing? (What are your personal preferences?) Find your ideal match in Arkansas through our free, online personals. [match]

Dating in Arkansas  Welcome! If you’re single in Arkansas and haven’t tried us yet, why not try now? You have nothing to lose! We’re a totally free dating site in Arkansas. [date hookup]

Find Singles in Arkansas – Our bold, scientific approach to matching means more quality dates with deeply compatible singles in Arkansas who truly understand you. Find a meaningful, lasting relationship in The Natural State with eHarmony. [eharmony]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Smackover Arkansas Ghost Tours – This ghost tour is a tour like no other. You will get to visit five haunted sites that have been investigated by the Spirit Seekers and found to be active. You will get to enter two of the sites and investigate for yourself. We have EMF detectors, dousing rods and digital recorders available for your use. [smackover arkansas ghost tours]

The Arkansas River Trail – The Arkansas River Trail System is a tribute to outdoor recreation, conservation, wellness and the diverse geographies of Central Arkansas that creates an expansive 88-mile loop through the Natural State, including Little Rock, North Little Rock, Maumelle and Conway. A loop from the Clinton Presidential Bridge via NLR to the Big Dam Bridge and back to the Clinton Bridge via LR is 15.6 miles. [arkansas river trail]

War Eagle Cavern – Our guided cave tours of this spectacular natural attraction begin just outside the trading post. Take a leisurely stroll along the bluff of Beaver Lake to “Eagle Point”, our 40 foot high lookout over our private cove on the lake. Follow the paved pathway down the hill, the knowledgeable guide tells the story of why the area is named for Chief War Eagle and how Beaver Lake was formed in the 1960s by the Army Corps of Engineers. [war eagle cavern]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Arkansas Air Museum – On display at the Arkansas Air Museum in Fayetteville are 1920s and 30s racing planes, biplanes, and information on the history of flying. The building which houses the museum is a 1940s era aircraft hangar. Many of the vintage aircraft on display at the museum are in flying condition. [planet ware]

Buffalo National River – Buffalo National River is an unpolluted, free-flowing river. It has three designated wilderness areas within its boundaries. Running through the Ozark Mountains, Buffalo National River is a protected area and home to deer, bobcats, and a variety of other wildlife. Trails in the area accomodate hikers and those on horseback. Information on the area can be obtained from the Tyler Bend Visitor Center. [planet ware]

Crater of Diamonds State Park – Crater of Diamonds State Park, in southwestern Arkansas, a short drive from Murfreesboro, is the only source of natural diamonds in the United States that is open to the public. Since 1906 more than 70,000 diamonds have been uncovered including the Wagner Diamond. The site became an Arkansas state park in 1972. [planet ware]

Hot Springs National Park – These hot springs in the Ouachita Mountains have long been a source of interest to people living in the area, and were believed by American Indians to have healing properties. The park was established in 1921 but visitors have been coming here for much longer. [planet ware]

Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site – This historic school was where desegregation began. The army escorted nine black teenagers to their first day of school here in 1957, without incident. The event was noted as being an important moment in the Civil Rights Movement. [planet ware]

Mammoth Spring State Park – Located within the town of Mammoth Spring, the Mammoth Spring State Park is home to one of the largest springs in the USA. Water flow is approximately 9 million gallons per hour. Also located in the park is a restored 1886 train depot and a Frisco Railroad caboose. [planet ware]

Mount Magazine State Park – Mount Magazine State Park offers a campground, hiking trails, overlooks, a pavilion, picnic area, visitor center with exhibit gallery, and gift shop. A variety of interpretive programs on the flora, fauna, and natural and cultural history of Mount Magazine are available. The park is for nature lovers, and outdoor sports and extreme adventure enthusiasts. The more adventurous can go rock climbing, hang-gliding, biking, horseback riding, or ride along the ATV trails. [planet ware]

Thorncrown Chapel – Thorncrown Chapel, in Eureka Springs, is a uniquely designed glass and wood structure located in a beautiful natural woodland setting. The high glass walls look out on the surrounding forest, giving the feeling that one is right in the woods. The chapel is 48 feet tall and has more than 6000 square feet of glass. [planet ware]

William J Clinton Presidential Library and Museum – The Clinton Presidential Center stands on the edge of the Arkansas River in Little Rock. It serves as a presidential library and museum, as well as an occasional venue for local events. The concept behind the building, which is meant to resemble a bridge, came from the six bridges over the Arkansas River. Metaphorically it stands as bridge between the past and future. [planet ware]

Festivals

Festivals

Altus Grape Festival – This popular annual event is now in its 32nd year and will be held on July 24 and July 25 on Main Street in Altus, Arkansas. [only in your state]

Des Arc Steamboat Days – This festival is held from June 4 to June 6 this year in Town Square of Des Arc, Arkansas. [only in your state]

Eureka Springs Blues Weekend – Taking place from June 19 to June 21 this year, the festival’s venue is the entire lovely town of Eureka Springs. Musicians will play at different locations throughout town. [only in your state]

Fulton County Fair – Celebrating its 96th year, this event held at the Fulton County Fairgrounds in Salem, Arkansas will take place from July 27 to August 1. [only in your state]

Hope Watermelon Festival – An annual must-visit for many Arkansans, this festival is now in its 39th year. The event will be held in Hope, Arkansas from August 6 to August 8 in Fair Park. [only in your state]

Hot Springs Music Festival – This event, now in its 20th year, provides performance experience and mentorship opportunities to especially talented international pre-professional musicians. [only in your state]

Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom – Presented by the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center of Little Rock, Arkansas, this annual commemoration of the end of slavery is a fun-filled event rooted in history and focused on the future. The event will be held with no admission at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center on June 20. [only in your state]

Malvern Brickfest – Malvern, Arkansas is known as the Brick Capitol of the World and Brickfest is the town’s annual festival to celebrate its brickmaking heritage. [only in your state]

Mt. Magazine International Butterfly Festival – This event will be held in Paris, Arkansas on June 26 and June 27 this year at the Logan County Fairgrounds. [only in your state]

Riverfest – Little Rock, Arkansas’s largest festival is held every Memorial Day weekend. Riverfest is a family event of visual and performing arts and hundreds of thousands of annual visitors attend the festivities, which include a grand fireworks display over the Arkansas River at the conclusion of the event. [only in your state]

Rodeo of the Ozarks – Now in its 71st year, this event will be held from July 1 to July 4 this year at Parsons Stadium in Springdale, Arkansas. [only in your state]

Smackover Oil Town Festival – Held from June 18 to June 20 this year in Smackover, Arkansas, this event is now in its 44th year. [only in your state]

Spa Blast – This celebration at Oaklawn Racing & Gaming Infield in Hot Springs, Arkansas will take place on July 3. [only in your state]

Surf the Bay Watersports Festival – Held in beautiful Fairfield Bay, Arkansas, this event, known as the state’s premier watersports festival, will take place on June 19 and June 20 at the Fairfield Bay Marina this year. [only in your state]

Turkey Track Bluegrass Festival – Taking place from June 17 to June 20 this year, this musical event is held at Turkey Track Bluegrass Park in Waldron, Arkansas. [only in your state]

Public Transit

Public Transit

By bus – Greyhound Bus Lines: 1041 South School Avenue Highway 71B, [4]. Main: +1 479 442-6265, Greyhound Package Express: +1 479 442-6265, Greyhound Charter: 1-800-454-2487, Hours Of Operation (Please call to verify hours before making travel arrangements), M-F 7:30AM-1:30PM, 2:30PM-5:30PM, Sa 7:30AM-1:30PM, Su-Closed, Holidays-Closed.
Jefferson Lines: (1-800-451-5333) [5] has a depot at 3075 Wedington Drive and offers intercity service heading north and south along I-49. [wikitravel]

By car – Interstate 49 is the main highway coming from Fort Smith and traveling north into Missouri. Many state highways exist for more scenic entrance (namely US 71), but I-49 is the fastest route from the north or south. If coming from Tulsa, US Highway 412 is the best bet. [wikitravel]

By train – For passenger service, the nearest Amtrak stops are on the Texas Eagle line in Little Rock, Arkansas, or the Heartland Flyer in Oklahoma City. [wikitravel]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

Business Networking Intl. Westside Referral Network LR,AR – Are you looking to grow your business? Would referrals be helpful for you in growing your business? The Westside Referral Network group of BNI (Business Networking International) is comprised of local business professionals and entrepreneurs who meet regularly in a positive and supportive business environment to strengthen relationships in the local business community and to help one another through the exchange of warm referrals and relationship introductions. [meetup]

Central Arkansas Black Professionals Meetup – I respect and appreciate everyone, but this group is for black professionals. I’m struggling to network with black socialites in the Central Arkansas area. [meetup]

devICT – devICT is a local community for developers in Wichita, KS. We are a group of like-minded web developers gathering to help each other better ourselves as professionals and hobbyists alike. [meetup]

Fayetteville Marketing Meetup – This is a pilot group for those of you who are interested in networking with local marketing professionals and learn about how SEO, Google Analytics, and AdWords work. [meetup]

Little Rock Java User Group – This user group is meant for local developers, architects, and designers focused on Java SE, Java EE, and Java ME technologies, and all things within and connected to the world of Java. [meetup]

REI NWA Real Estate Investors – REI NWA Real Estate Investors is a group of investors, contractors, lenders, property managers and related professionals interested in all aspects of real estate investing. [meetup]

Wichita Entrepreneurship & Small Business Meetup – Are you a business person with a larger reason “why” that drives you? This group is dedicated to cross-pollinating best practices, strategies and personal development of local entrepreneurs and small business people. [meetup]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Fayetteville French Conversation Rendezvous – We are French speakers welcoming all levels of French proficiency to come et parler Français with us! We adore the French language and value French culture and history. [meetup]

Spanish Conversation Table – Are you curious about another culture? Do you want to practice Spanish and meet new people? Join our Spanish Conversation Table. More languages coming soon! [meetup]

Wichita Chinese Mandarin Meetup – Curious about Chinese Culture? Hope to impress your friend with some Chinese words? Let’s gather together, learn, drink and have fun! Feel free to bring friends. [meetup]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Happy And Ya Know It! – If you’re happy (gay) and you know it you should join! If you’re happy for happy people… You should join! If you’re transgender and you know it… You should join! Wherever you are on life’s journey you’ll find acceptance here!!! [meetup]

Wichita Coffee Talk for LGBT – This group is for anyone in the LGBT community in the Wichita area to meet and talk over coffee, tea or the beverage of your choice. Coffee Talk is an option outside of the bar scene and a way for diverse, interesting and authentic gay people to meet in a relaxed and fun environment. [meetup]

Resources

Resources

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