Here are a few of the things going on in the South Logan County and surrounding area in the coming days in addition to the inaugural Diamondback 5K March in Magazine Saturday morning at the school’s cross country course. Registration starts at 8 and the race at 9.

Mountain Exploration

Visit the Bear Gap Expedition from the Brown Springs Picnic Area of Mount Magazine and explore a seldom visited area of Mount Magazine State Park from 10 to 11:45 a.m. on March 11, with a park interpreter. Investigate interesting geological, historical, and legendary features of this unique place.

This area is not in park brochures. Wear hiking boots and carry water. Admission is free

For information contact (479) 963-8502 or mountmagazine@arkansas.com.

Happily Ever After

Emmy-nominated and best-selling comedian Chonda Pierce or “the country comic” as Billboard Magazine dubbed her, has been making audiences laugh for more than two decades with her winning combination of fierce wit and southern charm.

Pierce is fresh off an incredible year after debuting her movie “Chonda Pierce: Laughing in The Dark,” to rave reviews from audiences and critics alike and will be appearing at First Baptist Church, Van Buren, located on North 11th St in Van Buren on Friday, March 10, from 7 to 10 p.m.

A stand-up comedian, television hostess, author and now actress, Pierce has channeled her life experiences into positivity, bringing laughter to audiences around the country. As the RIAA’s best-selling female comedian, her hilarious take on life is easily relatable as she publicly opens up to her listeners about times of darkness and depression in her own life, drawing humor and good from every situation.

Pierce received five Daytime Emmy nominations for her work co-hosting talk show “Aspiring Women” on the Total Living Network and her first television special, “This Ain’t Prettyville!” on CMT (Country Music Television). In addition to her accolades, Pierce is a frequent guest on famed “Grand Ole Opry” and has served as host of the Inspirational Country Music Awards and Christian Music Hall of Fame Awards and also co-hosted the GMA Dove Awards in 2012. She has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “The View,” “Fox News Channel,” “Wanda Sykes,” and her comedy is regularly featured on XM and Sirius satellite radio. Variety raved about her ability to draw audiences for an encore performance for “Chonda Pierce: Laughing in the Dark.”

For tickets visit https://www.itickets.com/events/372142

Classic Film On The Stage

It will require a short trip up I-540 to Fayetteville but if Dirty Dancing is your thing, there are seven shows of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage set for the Walton Arts Center at 495 West Dixon from March 8-12.

The show is hailed as an unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensational dancing. Seen by millions across the globe, this worldwide smash hit features the hit songs “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?” and the heart-stopping “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life.” London’s Sunday Express says, “This crowd-pleasing stage adaptation hits the jackpot!”

Don’t miss your chance to see this record-breaking and adventurous theater sensation. You’ll have the time of your life!

For ticket information call (479) 443-5600 or visit http://waltonartscenter.org/dirtydancing/.