There are many activities this 4th of July weekend, but the one you will not want to miss is your own Maumelle Youth Theater presenting The Emperor’s New Clothes – The Musical! This is the first show since The Pied Piper in 2007. Shows are Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m.. Come support your youth who will be performing at Little Scholars Academy at the corner of Counts Massie Road and Maumelle Boulevard. You can get tickets at the door. They are $5.00/person or $30 for a family group.

The Maumelle Players have been helping get the lights and sound up and the show is coming along nicely. The Maumelle Youth Theater will also be having a float in the 4th Fest parade, so watch for them along the parade route.

And speaking of 4th Fest, The City of Maumelle with the particular leadership of Kevin Cummings is adding a little more patriotism to this year’s festivities. In addition to your usual food, games, parade and other activities, there will be some patriotic presentations, including a reading of the Declaration of Independence by a member of The Maumelle Players community theater group. This will all be done in period attire, so here is hoping that the weather continues on a cooler trend.

The parade is at 4:30 p.m. with all of the other activities beginning immediately after the parade at Lake Willastein. Of course, the evening will end with the usual display of fireworks commemorating when "…the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there."

This weekend, come out and show your patriotism as well as support your children as the Maumelle Youth Theater performs, The Emperor’s New Clothes – The Musical.

Mark your Calendars

Maumelle Photography Club meets at 6:30 at the Maumelle Library. Dates for meetings are as follows: August (1st Tuesday), September (1st Tuesday), October (1st Monday), November (1st Monday). The Photography Club fills the display cases at the library with different themed photographs each month. Join them and display your best photographs.

Maumelle Youth Theater will present "The Emperor’s New Clothes – The Musical" on July 5th and 6th at the Little Scholars Academy of Maumelle. Tickets are available at the door. $5 a person or $30 per family group (parents and minor children) Check out their Facebook page for more information.

Georgia’s Aspiring Artists – This is a group that meets weekly at the Maumelle Senior Wellness Center. Look for their Facebook page by that name. You can contact the Maumelle Senior Wellness Center for more information. 550 Edgewood, Maumelle, AR. 851-2500.

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