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RIMROCKER FUN: Dance team and more.
  • RIMROCKER FUN: Dance team and more.
RimRockers offer post-Christmas gifts The Arkansas RimRockers, the first-year team leading the American Basketball Association’s Central Division with a 10-1 record, return home for games on Dec. 26 and 28. Promotions are scheduled for both days. On Sunday, the RimRockers meet Mississippi in a 2 p.m. game. The “family day” contest means all tickets are half-price; end zone seats that are normally $10 will start at $5 for everyone. His and hers motorcycles will be the prizes during Sunday’s Sunrise Honda/KATV Shootout contest. Fans can register at Sunrise Honda in Searcy or on the Internet at www.katv.com, and fans whose names are drawn will receive two game-day tickets and a chance to compete in the halftime shootout for the cycles. NASCAR driver Mark Martin, a native of Batesville, will be on hand for the Tuesday, Dec. 28, game to meet fans and sign autographs. The RimRockers meet Texas at 7 p.m. The game’s wide-open offensive style suits a couple of smaller RimRockers, namely 5-foot-8 former Arkansas Razorback guard Kareem Reid and 5-7 former Little Rock Parkview and Ole Miss star Jason Harrison. Other former Razorbacks Todd Day, Pat Bradley, Scotty Thurman and Ali Thompson play for the RimRockers. For tickets, call Ticketmaster at 975-7575. For more information on the RimRockers, call 975-4667 (975-HOOP). The regular season continues through early March. Oaklawn open Dec. 24, 26 Looking for a little diversion to get away from the last-second shopping crowd? Try Oaklawn Park’s simulcast races, which will be broadcast Christmas Eve up to 9 p.m. Four tracks — Calder, Hawthorn, Wheeling and the Fair Grounds in New Orleans — will be running live races on Friday and will be available on Oaklawn’s simulcast. The Instant Racing video game also will be available up until closing time. The racing starts at 11 a.m. Friday and admission and parking are free. Oaklawn resumes its simulcasting at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 26. Call 501-623-4411 for more information. Lights and more lights The drive-through holiday light extravaganza in North Little Rock’s Burns Park will be up through Thursday, Dec. 30. In its second year, the lights are on from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is $5 per car or $10 per passenger vehicle carrying 15 or more people. Call 758-1424 for more information. Burns Park is part of 72 sites in the state participating in the Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights. Many of these communities and sites will have seasonal light shows every night from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. through Dec. 27. Visit www.arkansas.com/things-to-do/trail-of-lights/ on the web for a complete list. One of those communities with a seasonal light display is Mena. The West Arkansas town also features “Christmas on the Mountain.” Wagon rides, caroling, tree decorating, crafts, concerts and more at Queen Wilhelmina State Park Lodge near Mena through Friday, Dec. 24. “Christmas on the Mountain” admission is free. Call 479-394-2863. Another bright season display is at Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs. Approx-imately 1 million lights illuminate the wooded landscape at the gardens, located on Lake Hamilton. The display will be up through Jan. 2, and hours are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Complimentary spiced cider, hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows will be served and there will be live music on occasion. Holiday lights admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children 6 to 12, and free for children 5 and under. Call 262-9300 or visit www.garvangardens.org.
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