2019 Honda Passport Earns Autotrader Best New Car for 2019 Title

2019 Honda Passport | North Little Rock, AR

The 2019 Honda Passport is the newest addition to the Honda lineup, and this all-new model is already making an impression on the industry. Recently, the automotive magazine Autotrader named the Passport the Best New Car for 2019.

This SUV is one of only 12 new vehicles to earn this honor and it was chosen by the editors in a unanimous decision.

“The Passport is one of the few SUVs where the ‘sport’ and ‘utility’ totally and tangibly make sense in the same vehicle,” said Brian Moody, Autotrader’s executive editor. “We like the Passport because of its rugged look and just the way it comes off looking like a younger, feistier version of the Honda Pilot.”

First introduced to the American market on February 4, 2019, the Passport is a two-row SUV that offers both a refined on-road ride and off-road capabilities. Its rugged exterior hints at its ability to take on adventures, while its interior combines family-friendly interior space — including over 100 cubic feet of maximum cargo capacity — with high-quality materials.

“It offers a new level of off-road ruggedness that’s uncommon for Honda,” added Autotrader. “However, it doesn’t sacrifice its road-friendliness as it still has roomy seats, a handsome interior, and lots of advanced safety tech available.”

Currently, the Passport is built at the Honda assembly plan in Lincoln, Alabama, where the Pilot, Odyssey, and Ridgeline are also built.

Celebrate July 4th with the 36th Annual Pops on the River

36th Annual Pops on the River | North Little Rock, AR

The Fourth of July is right around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking about what fireworks display you want to head to so you can celebrate our country’s independence. One of the best ways to do so in Little Rock is at Riverfront Park for the 36th Annual Pops on the River event.

Every year, this event offers families a chance to enjoy July 4th with free and kid-friendly activities. Pops on the River is considered the largest Fourth of July event in the state with more than 30,000 people attending. The event will begin at 3 p.m. in the River Market area of downtown Little Rock, offering a range of entertainments. This includes family-friendly activities at the Kid’s Pavilion, delicious food from a wide variety of food trucks, and a Salute to the Troops program.

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra will also be performing inside the First Security Amphitheater, along with other local artists. The Orchestra’s Music Director, Philip Mann, will be conducting this year’s performance and they will be performing alongside the celebratory fireworks.

The fireworks will kick off around 9:30 p.m. and will be shot off the Main Street Bridge. Our team at Russell Honda hopes to see you there!

Travel to Middle Earth with The Hobbit

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Are you looking to escape from the real world for just a little bit? Then we suggest joining the Arkansas Arts Center – and Bilbo Baggins – on the adventure of a lifetime.

Step into Middle Earth and attend the Children’s Theatre’s performance of “The Hobbit”. This play is an adaptation of the beloved work from J.R.R. Tolkien, created especially for the stage by Allan Keith Smith. Like the book, it follows Bilbo Baggins as he joins 13 dwarves – and, of course, Gandalf – to reclaim the dwarves’ treasure from the terrifying dragon Smaug. This story is filled with adventure, humor, and courage to make for a wonderful theater experience for all ages.

To make the experience memorable for children of all ages, the theater will also be offering multiple special events. On Friday, April 26th, you can join the cast after the show for the Opening Night Celebration. This includes snacks and punch to celebrate. On Friday, May 3rd, you can put on your pajamas and enjoy the show in comfort. Finally, the theater will also be putting on an American Sign Language (ASL) performance on Saturday, May 4th, where the performance will be interpreted by ASL interpreters.

The beloved work from J.R.R. Tolkien is set to come to life on the stage from April 26th to May 12th. Tickets can be bought here, and will cost $10 for members and $12.50 for non-members.

Here at Russell Honda, we hope you and your crew have a memorable adventure at the theater.

10 New Year’s Resolution Ideas for 2019

New Year’s Resolution Ideas

As 2018 draws to a close, many of us are looking for ways to improve our lives. If you need some inspiration for 2019, here are 10 New Year’s resolution ideas to get you started.

1.       Learn Something Every Day. A simple way to learn more is to read Wikipedia’s featured article for the day.

2.       Start a hobby. Having a hobby can help decrease stress and help you focus. Try something simple like baking or playing games with friends.

3.       Eat Less. Cut calories from your diet is by eating smaller portions. Take the amount you normally would and then put a few tablespoons back.

4.       Move More. Increase your daily movement by taking the stairs, having a kitchen dance party, and taking short walks during your lunch break

5.       Read More. Visit your local library and pick out some new books.

6.       Stop Procrastinating. Do simple tasks as soon as you think of them. Then, move on to bigger projects.

7.       Go Outside. Make a goal to spend more time in nature, whether that is hikes on the weekends or just outdoor walks.

8.       Be Kind. We need more kindness in the world. Focus on other people’s feelings and find ways to help.

9.       Keep a Journal. By keeping track of your life, you can help yourself stay organized and get in touch with your true feelings.

10.   Volunteer. When you help others, you help yourself, too. Volunteering increases your self-esteem and gives you purpose.

 

Here at Russell Honda, we hope you have a great start to the New Year.

Unique Things to Do in Little Rock, Arkansas

ESEE Purse Museum | Little Rock, AR

The capital city of Little Rock is home to vibrant culture, beautiful nature, great food, and even better people. The bustling downtown area holds many of the landmarks and attractions that make Arkansas such a great state to live in and visit. The next time you want to get out and explore, remember there are many unique things to do in Little Rock.

ESSE Purse Museum

The ESSE Purse Museum strives to illuminate the rich past of purses through a decade-by-decade review that teaches you what purses can reveal about not only the fashion of the times but the social changes which were so instrumental in creating fashion statements throughout the years.

The Old Mill

The 1939 classic film Gone with the Wind contains this iconic water-powered grist mill in its opening scene. The mill was constructed in 1933 but was made to look like it was from the 1800s. The Old Mill has since been designated a Historical Place and sits in a park full of toadstools, tree stumps, and a tree-branch bridge.

Rock Town Distillery

Check out the tours offered by this distillery to catch a firsthand insight into the process which churns out the drinks you love, like bourbon, vodka, or gin. Be sure to have a designated driver if you plan on going to Rock Town.

 Here at Russell Honda, we love hearing about the rich history of the Little Rock area.

 

 

 

Car Safety Kit

Car Safety Kit

Car Safety Kit
Car Safety Kit

Fall and winter bring cold weather that ultimately affects road conditions throughout the United States. Here in Arkansas, the inclement weather can make roads dangerous and unpredictable. Fortunately, a properly-stocked car safety kit can help stranded drivers pass the time in comfort. We here at Russell Honda have a few recommended items and suggestions for your car safety kit.

First Aid

For starters, your car safety kit should also double as a first-aid kit. Make sure to pack it with Band-Aids, hand sanitizer, antibiotic ointment, cotton balls, gauze, tweezers, and bug spray. If you plan on taking a trip, adding any medication to the kit is a good idea as well.

Emergency Equipment

Packing a few emergency items in your safety kit can help you get back on the road faster or make waiting for roadside assistance safer. Road flare and jumper cables are two must-have items. Adding duct tape, a fire extinguisher, and a few rags can go a long way, just in case.

Seasonal Items

Fall brings cooler weather and winter is right around the corner. If your car safety kit doesn’t include seasonal items, it definitively should. Every vehicle should have an ice scraper, blankets, a flash light with extra batteries, and a small box of cat litter to create traction.

The Five Fall Festivals in Arkansas You Can’t Miss

The Five Fall Festival in Arkansas You Can't Miss | Russell Honda | North Little Rock, AR

The Five Fall Festival in Arkansas You Can't Miss | Russell Honda | North Little Rock, ARIn our home state of Arkansas, there’s always something to do while the leaves are changing, from music festivals to outdoor celebrations. Our staff at Russell Honda has rustled up five of our favorite fall festivals in Arkansas — be sure to check them all out.

Arkansas is home to the Blues! Big name bands and solo artists flock to St. Francis for this renowned music fest. Music lovers would be to remiss to skip this cultural-touchstone event.

Nothing will bring out the spooky spirit of the season like the Arkansas Paranormal Expo. Held in the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, a building that itself looks haunted, you’ll get to hear from paranormal guest speakers, with areas of expertise ranging from UFOlogy to local folklore.

If you’ve never been to the Arkansas State Fair, the “Natural State of Fun,” what’s your excuse? With delightful rides, delicious fair food, and live music, and a real-life rodeo, it’s next to impossible to be bored here.

We know what you’re thinking: A whole festival dedicated to cornbread? Where do I sign up! You don’t even need to sign up. Just head to Little Rock on October 21st and come hungry. Don’t forget to get a picture with the Cornbread Festival’s mascot.

The best place to hear the best new music is where it’s born. If you’re at all interested in the down-home stylings of Midwestern folk music, do NOT miss out on the Ozark Folk Festival, taking place in early November.

If you need a reliable new ride to get yourself to any (or, as we suggested, all) of these fall festivals in Arkansas, pay us a visit at Russell Honda. We’ll get you into something efficient and comfortable, like the all-new 2018 Honda Accord.

Family-Friendly Sherwood Summer Activities

Sherwood Summer Activities | Russell Honda | North Little Rock, ARLooking for great Sherwood summer activities that are fun for the whole family? Look no further than this list, courtesy of the Russell Honda Staff.

Local Parks & Pools

Sherwood is filled with a number of local parks in which children can happily play while parents enjoy the fresh air. Or, if you’d like to beat the summer heat, then nothing’s better than grabbing a seat poolside at any of Sherwood’s four public pools.

Sherwood Dog Park

Wanna let Fido run free? This dog park offers 11,000 square feet of fenced-in land for your pup to wander. There’s two separate sections for small and large dogs, as well as a playground for the kids.

Food Trucks at the Forest

Come sample the what the Sherwood community has to offer when it comes to local dining experiences on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. This event runs until September.

Sherwood Farmer’s Market

Support local artisans, farmers, and other businesses by stopping at the farmer’s market with the family! It’s a fun way to get involved in your community and see what Sherwood has to offer. The market takes place every Tuesday from 4 p.m.-7 p.m.

4th of July Celebration

While the 4th of July is still a few weeks out, it’s still an important event to mark on your calender. Every year, live entertainment, great food, and fireworks come together in Sherwood Forest for a family-friendly event.

If you try out these Sherwood summer activities, then you and your family are sure to have a blast.