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The Helena Arkansas Daily World - Helena, AR
  • Busy Saturday planned for community

  • Weather permitting, the day before Mother's Day promises to be a very active day in Helena-West Helena. Five major events will be taking place, most of them falling under the “Second Saturday” umbrella.
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  • Weather permitting, the day before Mother’s Day promises to be a very active day in Helena-West Helena. Five major events will be taking place, most of them falling under the “Second Saturday” umbrella.
    “Second Saturdays is a celebration of Helena,” says Julia Malinowski, Helena Advertising and Promotions Commission director. “Every month from April through September, Helena-West Helena retailers, museums, nonprofits and others join hands to host a wide variety of special events – all day long.”
    First up is the Get Healthy Delta 5K, Fun Run and Zumbathon. UAMS East is sponsoring the event that begins with the 5K Run at 9 a.m. A Fun Run will follow at 10:15 a.m. with the Zumbathon getting underway at 10:30.
    There is a $30 entry fee for the 5K run and a $15 entry fee for the Fun Run. The Zumbathon requires a $5 entry fee ($15 with a T-shirt). All run participants will receive a T-shirt.
    All proceeds from Get Healthy Delta will go to resurface the UAMS East walking track.
    To register, please call 870-572-2727.
    The Helena Museum of Phillips County and Main Street Helena will host the Historic Cherry Street Walking Tour that will begin at 10 a.m. at the Main Stage area. The tour is expected to last approximately an hour and a half.
    Helena Museum Director Shane Williams will serve as the guide. The tour will focus on Cherry Street’s history between 1870 and 1930. It will include various architectural structures and former businesses and tales and lore about downtown Helena.
    At 11 a.m. The Delta Cultural Center will show a video on the history of the Trail of Tears in the Delta Sounds Gallery. The National Park Service production lasts about 25 minutes.
    Posters and other memorabilia will be given away outside the Visitors’ Center as part of DCC’s spring-cleaning.
    On Second Saturdays, the DCC stays open until 7 p.m.
    Interstate Grocery’s first pop-up restaurant, a sold out event, will take place on this day only. Shane Henderson, executive chef with Ben E. Keith, and chef Jason Godwin are working with the Helena A&P Commission and MSH to serve a 4-course menu featuring the culinary traditions of the Delta.
    The pop-up restaurant promotion was launched in conjunction with this year’s Arkansas Heritage Month theme “Come to the Table.”
    This month’s theme for the Cherry Street Fair is “Delta Heritage Hoedown”. It begins at 5 p.m. and continues until 8. Activities will include a jump rope contest, the always-popular Kidzone and a first-ever Pie Cook-off.
    All Second Saturday activities are under the direction of Thrive.
    Page 2 of 2 - Make plans now to come and enjoy a day full of wholesome family fun and games and events, this Saturday, May 10.

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