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October 1, 2015

 - Curlethia Sykes-Swanigan for the 5th Annual Zumba Fitness Zumbathon - "Boogie for Boobies."  10 Fitness, Dark Hollow Community Development Corporation, in association with ABC Financial Services is sponsoring the 5th Annual Zumba Fitness Zumbathon - "Boogie for Boobies," Friday, October 8th from 6:30pm-8:30pm at the 10 Fitness locations in Little Rock on Rodney Parham and University Ave; in Conway at Harkrider; and in Jonesboro on Caraway Road.  The 2 hour Zumbathon session will be held on the evening before Little Rock's 2015 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.  100% of the participant fee will go to the Global Research Grant for Breast Cancer Prevention.  There will be several Central and Eastern Arkansas instructors, volunteers, prizes, free healthy snacks, and plenty of water. For more information, call 501-955-8277 or visit Boogie for Boobies on Facebook.

- Virgil Miller for 3 Miles of Men.  The 2015 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure has a group of supportive men called 3 Miles of Men who are comprised of fathers, sons, uncles, brothers, and friends who line the race course to show their support.  A Tailgate Party will be held, Thursday, October 1st at Diamond Bear Brewing Company, 600 North Broadway in North Little Rock from 5:30pm-8pm.  There will be free pizza from Larry's Pizza, free beer and root beer, and lots of door prizes and a fishing trip raffle.  On the day of the race, there will be a Tailgate Breakfast, Saturday, October 10th provided by Capital Smokehouse and Grill.  The first 100 people to arrive at the 3 Miles of Men tent on the corner of Capital and Izard will get a free breakfast (parking lot next to Capitol Smokehouse and Grill). For more information, visit "Komen Arkansas - 3 Miles of Men" on Facebook or www.twitter.com/3MilesOfMen.  

- Gabe Holmstrom, Executive Director of the Downtown Little Rock Partnership for the 5th Annual Main Street Food Truck Festival.  Road Runner Stores is sponsoring the 5th Annual Mail Street Food Truck Festival with over 45 food trucks along with craft vendors and buskers, Saturday, October 3rd from 11am-4pm on Main Street from 3rd to 8th Streets.  Entrance to the festival is free.  Raffle tickets will be sold throughout the day for great items including a locally made PK Grill.  Last year over 10,000 people attended the event to eat at the food trucks. This is one of the top ten "Best Food Truck Festivals in the United States." For more information, call 501-375-0121 or visit www.mainstreetfoodtrucks.com or Main Street Food Truck Festival on Facebook.

- Lonza Hardy, Athletic Director and Ronnie Johnson, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) Sports Information Director for the UAPB vs. Alcorn State Football Game.  The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Department of Athletics returns to War Memorial Stadium, Saturday, October 3rd (4pm) contest against the defending Southwestern Athletic Conference Champions Alcorn State University.  This will be the second meeting between UAPB and Alcorn State in Little Rock.  Tickets can be purchased at the War Memorial box office and the UAPB box office.  UAPB will also host Legends and Legacies: A Night with NFL Stars, a football fundraiser, Thursday, October 1st at the Clinton Presidential Center with a silent auction at 6:30pm and a 7:15pm dinner. For tickets to Legend and Legacies, call 870-575-8701 or visit www.uapb.edu/legends.


September 24, 2015

 - Reverend William Robinson Jr., Executive Director and Ashley Young, Health Coordinator of the Better Community Development (BCD), Inc. for the 11th Recovery Jam.  This annual event will be Monday, September 28th from 4pm-8pm at the Downtown Rivermarket.  Its purpose is to raise awareness about mental disorders, substance abuse, treatment and recovery.  Recovery Jam highlights individuals who have reclaimed their lives and are in long-term recovery. There will be live entertainment, a talent showcase, food, door prizes and more!  For more information, call 501-663-7221 or email bcdman@bcdinc.org.

- Daphnne Goldsmith and Reverend McErvin Bagby for Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church Youth Department's Annual Second Chance Program & Health Fair.  This event will be Saturday, September 26th from 10am-1pm at Mt. Olive MBC, 8523 Princeton Pike in Pine Bluff.  Guest speaker will be Eric Walden, Training Supervisor for the Sixth Division Circuit Court, Juvenile Division.  There will be free health screenings, informational booths, food, prizes and more!  The Second Chance Program targets youth and promotes success and achievement by empowering the youth to live a life of excellence. For more information on the Second Chance Program & Health Fair or the organization, call 870-536-5805. 

- Akissi-Naomi, Founder & CEO of Ambitious Girls and Jasmine Rucker for the 2015 Ambitious Girls EmpowHERment Day.  This free event is the 7th annual for girls 11-16 years old geared to empower, educate, and motivated them to G.R.O.W. "Get Ready to Lead the World".  The theme is "Who's That Girl?  The Selfie Project" with guest speaker Author and Beauty Entrepreneur Ephiphany Kendall.  It takes place, Saturday, September 26th from 9am-4pm at Henderson Middle School, 401 John Barrow Road in LR.  Lunch, t-shirts and backpacks will be provided to the first 300 girls.  Workshop topics include: Healthy Lifestyles, Leadership Development, Self-Love, Self-Esteem, Self-Confidence, Self-Worth, Goal Setting, HIV/AIDS and Teen Domestic Violence.  For more information, call 501-960-7313.

-  Amy Stivers, of the Central Arkansas Chapter of Parents of Murdered Children and Sgt. Willie Davis of the Little Rock Police Department and the O.K. Program for the Arkansas Day of Remembrance.  Central Arkansas Chapter of Parents of Murdered Children  partnered with the O.K. Program, Arkansas Stop the Violence, MADD, and Families Against Violent Crime invite you to this event, taking place Saturday, September 26th from 10am-11am on the steps of the State Capitol.  Attendees are requested to bring framed pictures of loved ones to line them along the capitol stairs,  Day of Remembrance is to bring awareness to the community, as well as, honor those who have been lost by homicide, vehicular homicide, and suicide. Keynote speaker will be Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.  For more information on the event, call 501-351-7662 or visit www.Facebook.com/cacofpomc.    


September 17, 2015

 - Billy St. James from Praise FM 102.5 for Praise Fest 2015.  The Arkansas Inspiration Station, Praise FM 102.5 FM, Power 92 Jams, and the Legendary 102.1 KOKY present Praise Fest 2015 with featured artist Mary Mary's own Tina Campbell, The Rance Allen Group, Earnest Pugh, and Little Rock's Bishop Kenneth Robinson and Chosen. The concert will be held, Sunday, September 20th at the Metroplex Event Center, 10800 Colonel Glenn Road in Little Rock. Advance tickets are $25 | $35 Day of Show.  Group rates are available for $20 per ticket for groups of 10. Tickets can be purchased at Uncle T's, Ugly Mike's, Norris Furniture, The Record Rack, Lindsey's Hospitality House, and the Record Rack in Pine Bluff.  Call 501-401-0321 for group rates.   

- Vince Maniace of the Arkansas Blood Institute (ABI) This non-profit blood center has volunteer donors who provide every drop of blood needed in patients in 18 hospitals including St. Vincent's in Little Rock.  Blood is being delivered from this location to  hospitals in the area.  That blood is from donors at local blood drives and other donors in the region.  It's a natural extension of the service they have been providing for years to hospitals in Fort Smith, Hot Springs, Pine Bluff and other Arkansas cities.  Healthy adults are encouraged to give blood.  Giving blood only takes an hour. Donor centers are located in  Fort Smith at 5300 South Union Street and Little Rock at 101 South Shackleford, Suite 2.  For more information, visit www.Arkbi.org or call 1-877-340-8777.

- Key Fletcher of PromiseLand Church Ministries for their Community Day.  This is the 3rd annual Community Day for PromiseLand and it takes place, Saturday, September 19th from 10am-2pm at 4520 South University Ave. in Little Rock. The family faith event is free and open to the public and will include a Red Cross Blood Drive, Health and Dental Screenings, Children's Fun Zone and Bounce Houses, Little Rock Police K-9 Unit, food and more!  For more information, call 318-332-8040.

- Sylvia Smith, Event Chair and Phyllis Brown, Committee Member for the Paul Laurence Dunbar Community Festival.  Friends of the Dunbar Neighborhood will celebrate the naming of the Paul Laurence Dunbar School Neighborhood Historic District by hosting the 1st Paul Laurence Dunbar Community Festival, Friday & Saturday, September 18th-19th at various places of establishment in the Chester and Wright Avenue area. 

Friday, Sept. 18th - 5:30pm - Unveiling of the new Dunbar Neighborhood Community Market followed by a Community Reception | 7pm "Yesterday's Poets Meet Today's Poets" Poetry Slam.  Admission is free and open to the public. | A Motown Ole Skool Social will be held from 7:30pm-11pm in the Dunbar Community Center at 1001 West 16th in LR.  Tickets for this event are $15 and are available at Pyramid Art, Books & Custom Framing. 

Saturday, Sept. 19th from 8am-4pm - activities include Healthy Soul Food, a Kid's Zone, local vendors and entertainment, Tax Credit Seminars for Home Improvement, Health Screenings, Authors, Build Communities Not Bullies, and more! 

 For more information call 501-291-3599 or visit www.paullaurancedunbarcf.org.


September 10, 2015

 - Dr. Beverly Divers-White, Chairman and Bronwyn Criner, Coordinator of the Arkansas Cradle to the Prison Pipeline Initiative in partnership with the City of Little Rock Community Programs for the Little Rock Parent Summit.  Parents and Community Coaching Academic Super Stars Summit will be Friday-Saturday, September 11th-12th at Liberty Hill Baptist Church, 1215 South Schiller in Little Rock.  The free summit is open to both youth and adults of all ages.  Keynote speakers will be Kareem Moody, Director at The Network for Student Success; Dr. Sherece West-Scantlebury, President of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation; and H. Baker Kurrus, Superintendent of the Little Rock School District.  Various workshop sessions and performances from youth enrolled in the City of Little Rock, Neighborhood based programs will take place. To register call, 501-722-9480.  To find out more information, visit www.arkansas-cradle.org.

- John Tynan, Director of Central Arkansas Water for the new bill launch.  Central Arkansas Water introduces their new paperless billing options and a new bill design.  Customers can now gauge their water usage on the added water consumption history graphs.  The monthly billing summary now gives you the basic information in a simple format.  The online billing option will allow you to view your account history, make payments and more.  Visit www.myaccount.cark.com to sign up or find out more information.

- Martie North, Chairman of the Friends of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center for "An Evening with Dianne Reeves." Friends of Mosaic serves as an independent nonprofit organization that provides financial support to the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center.  This 5th annual signature event for the organization will feature "An Evening with Dianne Reeves," Friday, September 11th at 7:30pm at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 501 West Ninth Street in Little Rock.  Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers will be the opening act. General admission is $100. Premium balcony $75, and Side balcony $50.  For tickets, visit www.eventbrite.com.  To learn more about Friends of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, visit www.friendsofmtcc.com.

 - LaKisha Aldridge-Johnson, CEO and Kimberly Lee, Board Member of Sickle Cell Support Services (SCSS) and Comedian Nate Williams for Sickle Cell Awareness.  September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month. Approximately 1 out of 400 African-Americans are born with this disease, which is a life long and life threatening condition.  Treatment includes antibiotics to help prevent infections in newborns; pain killers for the pain; and a blood transfusion to help increase normal blood cells.  Sickle Cell Support Services will hosts several events throughout the month of September to raise awareness and give you the opportunity to register to donate blood.

  • A Night of Love, Power & Soul hosted by Comedian Nate Williams with performances by TP & The Feel, Nicky Parrish, Neff, Tawanna Campbell, Keith Savage, Bijoux, Dee Dee Jones, Jeron Marshall, Friday, Sept. 11th from 8pm-10pm at Power Ultra Lounge, 220 W. 6th Street, Downtown LR -Donations only for entry. 
  • SCSS Blood Drive, Saturday, Sept. 12th from 9am-3pm at Greater Friendship Church, 4640 Springer Blvd in the church Fellowship Hall in LR.  Donate blood in memory of SCSS Founder, Germaine Johnson.
  • Skating Party - Old School vs. New School, Saturday, Sept. 19th from, 6pm-10pm at 6512 Mabelvale Cut Off in LR.  Adults $7 | Children (5-12) $5 | Kids & Senior Citizens FREE! Proceeds go to SCSS.
  • Sickle Cell Family & Survivor's PicnicSaturday, Sept. 26th from 11am-1pm at Boyle Park Pavilion #3 in Little Rock.

For more information on these events, call 501-650-0764 or visit www.arscss.org.


September 3, 2015

- Fred Allen, former Arkansas State Representative talks about Succeeding the Odds: His Battle with Prostate Cancer.  September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.  Eight years ago, Fred Allen received a prostate cancer screening, and the doctor told him four words that would change his life forever..."You have prostate cancer."  After much prayer, extensive treatments, surgery, staying away from negative people, healthy diet and exercise, he beat the disease.  Years later he had a reoccurrence and made the decision to undergo tomotherapy.  This experience deepened his commitment to continue to be a voice for men stuggling with this disease.  I is a board member of the Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation, serves on the Advisory Board of the International Cancer Alliance for Research and Education, and has also served as a consumer reviewer for the DoD Prostate Cancer Research Program (PCRP). 

- Jerika Dameron, President and Shante Pittman, Outreach President of the S.A.Y. I'M M.A.D.E. organization for the 1st Annual "Say Something" Block Party.  This non-profit organization promotes nonviolence and peace.  Their mission is to bring the communities of Central Arkansas together and take a pledge to save our youth. In addition, they help convicted felons get the resources needed to survive after being released back into society.  The SAY Something Block Party will be Saturday, September 5th from 3pm-7pm at Wakefield Park, 7401 Woodson Road in Little Rock. Guest Speaker will be Rev. Benny Johnson of Stop The Violence.  There will be face painting, food, bounce house, and more!  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, call, 501-920-3219 or email savingarkyouth@gmail.com.

- Beth Anne Rankin, Director of Gift AR 529 College Investment Plans.  The Gift AR 529 Plan is offered by the office of Arkansas Treasurer of State.  It helps you plan your college savings grow tax-deferred through an investment strategy tailored to your time horizon, risk tolerance and comfort level.  The plan offers:

  • the flexibility to use the funds at any eligible, accredited public or private college, university, or trade school worldwide
  • up to a $5,000 Arkansas tax deduction ($10,000 for married couples)2
  • tax-free withdrawals for qualified expenses
  • initial contributions as low as $25

Plus, you'll maintain full control over your account assets at all times.

2Contributions to plan in a tax year are deductible from Arkansas state income tax, subject to recapture in subsequent years in which a non-qualified withdrawal or a rollover out to anther state's 529 plan is made.

For more information about the GIFT College Investing Plan (the "GIFT PLAN"), call 1-800-587-7301 or visit www.thegiftplan.com.  

August 27, 2015

- Tara Shepard; Founder of "At Promise," Kimberly Smith and Frances Trigleth for the 5th Annual "At Promise" Girls Empowerment Conference with this year's theme "Girls & Violence Operation Safe Girl." This free event is for girls ages 12-18 years old and will take place Saturday, August 29th from 8am-2pm at the UALR Donaghey Center, 2801 South University Ave. in Little Rock.  A panel discussion will be held with guest panelist State Representative Fred Love, Theresa Timmons of the Timmons Arts Foundation, Kharlissa Lovelace, "At Promise" Girl of the Year; DJ Raquel; and Keynote Speaker Officer Tommy Norman of the North Little Rock Police Department. Online registration is now closed, however girls can still register onsite.  Attendees will receive breakfast, lunch, shirts, bags, and door prizes while supplies last. For more information, call 501-838-8448 or visit www.atpromisegirls.com or Like 'em on Facebook at At-Promise Girls Mentoring Program.

- Pastor Glen Hersey, Outreach Pastor, Jamille Rogers, Event Coordinator and Leana Godley, Owner of Goddess Products, Inc. for Saint Mark Small Business Expo.  The Business Development Network at Saint Mark Baptist Church is hosting this free event, Saturday, August 29th from 9am-12 noon in the Family Life Center of the church, 5722 West 12th Street in Little Rock.  Local businesses can showcase to the community what they have to offer and also learn about the various resources available to them.  The Expo is open to the public and will provide refreshments and door prizes.  One attendee will win an iPad from Goddess Products, Inc., a supporting sponsor of the Small Business Expo.  For more information, call 501-351-2208 or email saintmarkBDN@smark.info.

St. Mark's Save the Dates  

Aug. 31 Small Business Planning Workshop

Sept. 14  Money Mondays:  Business Edition begins (thru Oct. 12)

- Sherman Steward for Bethel AME Church-Little Rock's 4th Annual Golf Tournament. All proceeds will go to the church. Trophies will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners of two categories.  One category will be for 65 years and up.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided.  The tournament will be Saturday, September 12th with a 7:30am Sign-In and 8:30am Shot Gun Start at the Country Club of Arkansas, #3 Country Club Circle in Maumelle.  Registration deadline is September 9th.  To register, call 818-422-0518 or email thelittlerockmoor@gmail.com.

- Evangeline Parker-Guest, Founder of Miss Teen Promise for the 18th Annual Miss Teen Promise Preliminary Talent Showcase & Life Touchers Awards Gala.  This event will be held Tuesday, September 8th from 6:30pm-9pm at UALR Donaghey Center, 2801 South University Ave. in Little Rock.  The evening will celebrate the 2015 Miss Teen Promise participants and cheer them on as they present their talent for an opportunity to win a $500 scholarship.  The evening will also pay tribute to several outstanding women and present them "Miss Teen Promise Life Touchers" awards.  Special entertainment by award-winning vocalist Rose Coleman and dancer Doris McFee Jackson.  For tickets, visit www.missteenpromise.com or call 501-353-0009.

August 20, 2015

- Dr. Mark Gotcher, Deputy Commissioner of the Arkansas Department of Education for their Bus Safety Campaign.  "Flashing Red. Kids Ahead." is the theme for this year's school bus safety campaign.  the effort is sponsored by the Arkansas Department of Education, Arkansas Association of Pupil Transportation, and concerned parents, educators and citizens across the state.  The campaign will be from August 10th-28th.  However, school bus safety is a priority the entire year.  6,000 school buses transport more than a quarter of a million Arkansas students to and from school-related activities.  As a result of Arkansas Act 2128 of 2005, known at Isaac's Law, the fines, penalties and punishment for anyone found guilty of illegally passing a stopped school bus were dramatically increased.  The legislation was passed in memory of Isaac Brian an elementary student in the Bryant School District who was killed when a driver illegally passed while students were getting off of the bus.  For a list of safety tips for parents and more information, visit www.arkansased.gov or call 501-683-5945.

- Pastor Michael Smith of New Beginnings Church in Hot Springs and entertainers Lil Robb and Big Mike for the 15th Annual Back- to-School Bash.  This annual event will help usher in the new school year with entertainment, toys, prizes, a water slide, rock climbing wall, bounce houses and more!  The festivities will be held, Saturday, August 22nd from 10am-6pm at Wade Park, 300 Wade Street in Hot Springs.

- Erica Brooks and Felicia Tatum of Complete in Christ (CIC) formerly Singles For Christ at St. John Baptist Church for Singles Talking with Life Coach Tony Gaskins, Jr.  This event will feature the renowned Life Coach, Tony Gaskins, Jr., Saturday, August 22nd from 8:30am-1pm at 26th and Main Street in Little Rock. Gaskins has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Tyra Banks Show, TBN's 700 Club and has traveled the world speaking to groups of all ages.  He has authored several books, one being "Single is not a Curse," which is the book CIC read and had interest in bringing Gaskins to Arkansas for the purpose of talking to the singles.  This event is open to the public.  For ticket information, visit www.ticketleap.com or call 501-712-2020.   Complete in Christ (CIC) at St. John Baptist Church is an open group and is not limited to just members of the church.  To attend CIC meetings and events, call 501-712-2020 or visit www.sjmbchurch.org.

- Michal Harris of the Little Rock Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. for the LR Kappa League Guide Right Program's 1st Annual School Supply Drive.  Parents, members of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., and the community at large are invited to show their support by donating school supplies for grades K-4, Saturday, August 22nd from 4pm-5:30pm at Parkview High School, 2501 John Barrow Road in Little Rock.  All charitable donations will go to Arkansas Foster Family Services and benefit the children in foster care.  Pulaski County has over 600 children in foster care.  The supplies will be presented to the organization, Saturday, August 29th at 3pm at Parkview High during the Kappa League of LR's Welcome Ceremony. For more information on the 1st Annual School Supply Drive or events involving the Little Rock Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. or the LR Kappa League Guide Right Program, call 870-413-8571.  To become a foster parent and learn more on how you can help make a difference in a child's life, attend an informative meeting, Tuesday, August 25th at 2:30pm at the Wright Avenue Neighborhood Recourse Center, 1813 Wright Avenue in Little Rock. For more details, call Michelle Hood at 501-371-1198 or email michelle.hood@dhs.arkansas.gov.


August 13, 2015

- Joyce Raynor, Executive Director Center for Healing Hearts and Spirits  for the Back-to-School Block Party.  The Center for Healing Hearts and Spirits and the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity hosts a Back-to- School Block Party, Sunday, August 16th from 2:30pm-5:30pm at  the Omega Psi Phi House, 2521 State Street in Little Rock.  This free event is open to the public and will provide school supplies, backpacks, food, entertainment, educational information on nutrition, tobacco prevention, underage drinking and more!  Parents must bring their children and will be limited to 2 backpacks per family.  Supplies will be distributed on a first come first served basis.  For more information, call 501-372-3800.

- Captain DeArthur Jordan and Firefighters Joe Howard and Monique Robinson Parker of H.O.T.T.A.R., Little Rock's Chapter of the International Association of Black Fire Fighters (IABPFF) for Project Fresh Start.  This event is the annual school supply drive for the firefighters who will provide free school supplies while they last, Saturday, August 15th from 9am-until at Dunbar Recreation Center, 1001 West 16th Street in Little Rock.  For more information, call 501-256-7137.  * H.O.T.T.A.R. stands for Helping Others To Teach All Responsibly.

- Johnnie Brown of B.R.A.V.E., Pine Bluff's Chapter of the International Association of Black Fire Fighters (IABPFF) for Project Fresh Start.  This event is the annual school supply drive for the firefighters who will provide free school supplies while they last, Saturday, August 15th from 9am-1pm at the Pine Bluff Convention Center, #1 Convention Center Plaza.  In addition to the free school supplies, there will be live entertainment, bounce houses, rock climbing wall, food, and more!  For more information, call 870-489-2325. * B.R.A.V.E stands for Banishing Racial Animosity Vigorously Everywhere.

- Betty Mitchell, Ida Hooks, and Lamar Matthews from Emmanuel Baptist Church for the EBC Annual Community Clothing Giveaway & More Event.  This event is open to the public and will take place, Saturday, August 15th from 10am-2pm at 3323 West 12th Street in Little Rock.  Provided will be free clothes, school supplies, free haircuts for boys, voter registration, school physicals, fitness, financial wellness, blood pressure checks, games, and more!  For more information, call 501-666-6252. 

- Pastor Christopher Fifer of Rose City Community Church of Christ for the End of the Summer Back to School Bash.  This annual event will be Saturday, August 15th from 10am-2pm at the North Little Rock Academy, 5500 Lynch Drive in North Little Rock.  Provided will be free food, school supplies while they last, free immunizations and physical (previous shot records required, beginning at 8:30am), free haircuts & styles (pre-cleaned hair only beginning at 8:30am) & more! Children must be present to receive supplies.  For more information, call 501-945-2277.

August 6, 2015

- Derek Cromwell for the Eighth Street Missionary Baptist Church Annual Community Back 2 School Giveaway. This event will take place, Saturday, August 8th at 10am at 821 North Hickory Street in North Little Rock.  There will be a kids activity zone, free backbacks, school supplies, food, and more! For more information, call 501-247-1671 or visit www.esmbc.com.

- Kenneth Martin, Pastor and Mrs. Laura Martin of Greater Archview Baptst Church for a Block Party.  The event will take place Saturday, August 8th from 11:30am-4pm at 1720 West 23rd Street in Little Rock and will provide FREE haircuts, school supplies, health screenings, voter registration, exercise, games, bounce houses, face painting, educational information, and more!  For more information, call 501-375-6673 or visit www.Facebook.com/archviewbapt.

- Coach Reginald Hayman for the Independent Youth Football League (IYFL) Jamboree.  48 teams of youth ages 5-12 years old from Little Rock, North Little Rock, Jacksonville, and Pine Bluff will have a chance to test their skills during a series of mini practice games, Saturday, August 8th from 9am-4pm at Jacksonville High School, 2400 Linda Lane in Jacksonville.  The Mighty Vikings of Jacksonville are hosting the event.  Kids 12 & under get in FREE. Regular admission is $5.00.  For more information, visit www.iyflar.com or call 501-680-1765.

July 30, 2015

 - Dr. Emma Kelly Rhodes, Owner and Operator with the Dr. Emma Kelly Rhodes Education Center (EREC).  The EREC is non-profit agency with a mission to make the community, city, and state a better and more productive place to live while offering education and technical skills training by helping others be all they can be while reaching their highest God given potential.  EREC offers courses/programs in Basic Education ADE/GED Preparation, Certified Nursing Assistance, Home Health Aide, Medical Billing & Coding, Pharmacy and Phlebotomy Technicians. 

There are also programs offered to students with minor felonies to help them obtain sustainable living. They are able to take courses in Heating & Air Conditioning/Refrigeration and Painting & Dry Wall Finishing. To obtain more information or to register, call 501-372-0277 or 501-372-0281; email emmakrhodes@aol.com; or Like 'em on Facebook "Dr. Emma K. Rhodes Education Center - EREC".

- Gerren Frazier, a Case Manager with YouthBuild Little Rock.  The YouthBuild program is now accepting applications for the Fall 2015 school year.  The program supports academic and occupational skills training for at-risk youth.  The target is low-income, young adults 18-24, who predominately do not have their high school diploma (even serves some who do have this credential).  Participants work full-time earning their GED or high school diploma, while also participating in occupational training in several different industries.  This is FREE TRAINING and participants will be compensated for their time.

Orientation Session:  Thursday, August 6th from 9am-12noon at the Arkansas Workforce Center at LR, 5401 South University Ave. To reserve your seat and obtain more information, call 501-320-1719. 

- Celia Anderson, Author and Co-Founder of Books and Balls Girls Basketball Camp.  The camp was founded by Anderson who formerly played professional basketball in Greece and Erica Taylor, former WNBA player and also an established author.  The two have a passion for the game of basketball and a love for writing.  Book and Balls will teach participants lifelong skills to use on and off of the court. Proceeds will benefit the CE Books and Ball Literacy Program.

Camp dates are set for Monday-Wednesday, August 3rd-5th from 8:30am at P.A.R.K., 6915 Geyer Springs Road in LR.  For registration information, visit www.booksandballgirlsbc.com or call 501-960-2011

- Pastor LeAndrew Cranford, Children's Pastor and Dana Bradley, PR Ministry at Second Baptist Church of LR for the 2nd to None "Back to School" Carnival.  The 2nd to None Children's Ministry of Second Baptist Church, 1709 Barrow Road in LR, hosts this Back to School Carnival, Saturday, August 1st from 11am-3pm.  There will be games, food, music, bounce houses, a magic show by Tommy Terrific, the Fire Department, Ambulance, Police Officers, Face Painting, dental hygiene products and backpacks filled with school supplies.  For more information, call 501-209-3262.

July 23, 2015

 - Victoria Brown, Neighborhood Watch/Public Affairs Coordinator with the Little Rock Police Department came to talk about the Neighborhood Watch Programs. The purpose of the Neighborhood Watch is to prevent crime as a community by watching out for one another, being knowledgeable of crime that may be occurring in our communities, and to report it to law enforcement; so the LRPD can actively work to eliminate criminal activity in those neighborhoods.  Three programs offered by the LRPD are (1) O.K. Program and (2) Police Youth Camp which provides mentoring to raise awareness of issues faced in the community. (3) Coffee with Cops event (pending).

On July 28th, the LRPD will partner with the LRSD and Chik-fil-A (12500 W. Markham) to collect school supplies for LRSD students.  Every individual who brings at least 3 new school supply items will receive a free chicken sandwich.  For more information on any of the programs or find out how you get involved, call 501-918-5358 or visit www.littlerock.org or Like them on Facebook, @LRPD on Twitter, and @littlerockpolicedepartment on Instagram. 

- Maria Hoskins, Community Outreach Specialist for the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) for Youth Programs.  The FBI Community Outreach Program coordinates events at local schools, supported by the FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association.  It also encourages students to improve academically and avoid bad influences and fosters positive image of law enforcement in young students.  (1) FBI Teen Academy is for ages 13-17 and is a 1-day program in the summer that educates high school students about mission and work of the FBI.  Students can get a firsthand look of a career in law enforcement. (2) FBI Future Agents in Training is for ages 16-Sophmore in College.  The 2-day program held at LR Field Office or Resident Agency provides hands-on training in all area of the FBI mission: criminal, counterterrorism, intelligence, counterintelligence, and administrative.  For additional information and to learn about more programs, call 501-217-2639 or visit www.fbi.gov/littlerock or find them on Facebook!

- Teresa Conner, System Manager and Wendy Byrd, RN & Certified Diabetic Educator at Baptist Health Community Outreach for the FREE 1 year program to be offered to qualified diabetics.  Participation requirements, among others, are being a diagnosed diabetic on medication and being required by a physician to monitor your glucose at home.  Some participants will receive free cell phones, wireless scales, Fitbit Zip Pedometer, and other technology to use with the program.  All participants will receive glucometers and testing supplies for the entire program.  For more information or to register, call 501-202-1540.  Space is limited.  Call soon.

- Sterling Ingram and Alma Williams APME (Art Porter Music Education) Board Members for the 5th Annual "A Work of Art" Jazz Week.  The star-studded week of events are to honor Art Porter, Sr. and Art Porter, Jr. and raise funding for deserving students to receive scholarships through APME.  "A Work of Art" Jazz Week kicks-off:

  • Mon., July, 27th - Little Rock City Hall, 500 W. Markham, 12 noon (FREE)
  • Tues., July 28th - Jazz in the Plaza, Rivermarket Farmer's Market Pavilion, 12 Noon (FREE)
  • Wed., July 29th - FingerPrints Band and Candy Williams, Cajun's Wharf, 2400 Cantrell Rd., LR, 7pm & 9pm
  • Thurs., July 30th - Cynthia Scott, Club Sway, 412 Louisiana St, LR, 7pm & 9pm
  • Fri., July 31st - The Porter Players Jam Session, The Afterthought, 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd., LR, 8pm (FREE)
  • Sat., August 1st - Gerald Albright, Wildwood Park for the Arts, 20919 Denny Road, LR, 8pm

For more information or tickets, call 501-492-9120 or visit www.artporter.org.


July 16, 2015

- Michelle Rupp, External Communications Manager of the Red Cross for Blood Donations. The Red Cross encourages donors of all races and ethnicities to give blood or platelets in support of a diverse blood supply. Every blood donation is important.  The Red Cross is committed to maintaining a diverse blood supply to ensure the right blood product is available at the right time.  There is a demand for types O and B blood, but they are in need for all blood types.  Volunteer donors are needed now, especially those with types AB, O negative, B negative and A negative - and platelet donors. To make your appointment to donate, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-27677) or visit www.redcrossblood.org.

- Patricia Holloway and LaDonna Walton, volunteers of the Hemlock Court Foundation, for the 1st Annual Hemlock Courts Day. The Festival invites all past and present residents and visitors to reunite and celebrate this 1st annual event.  The goal is to recognize Hemlock Court, which is located in the North Little Rock community, and preserve and protect its history. The free event will be held, Saturday, July 18th from 11am-6pm on the grounds of Redwood Early Childhood Center, 401 South Redwood in NLR.  The celebration will include entertainment, a raffle, kid's zone, games, photo exhibits, and more!  For more information, call 501-765-6993.

- Red for the Stop the Violence Candlelight Vigil in held in memory of 18-year-old Aaron Crawford, a recent high school graduate who was shot and killed after being carjacked in the US Bank parking lot in North Little Rock. The peaceful gathering will take place, Friday, July 17th at 8pm at Conley Park, located on "C" Street and Sam Evans Drive, in the Dixie Addition of NLR.  You are encouraged to bring your own lawn chairs and coolers to this gathering and demonstration.  There will be hot dogs, chips, and water on hand.  For more information, call 501-779-4676 or visit the Facebook page "Stop the Violence - NLR Community Rally in Memory of Aaron Crawford." 

July 09, 2015

- Rashad Ganaway, The WBC USNBC Lightweight Champion of the World. Little Rock native, Rashad Ganaway who formerly trained at the Rose City Boys & Girls Club recently out boxed Leon Spinks III to win the The World Boxing Council - United States National Boxing Council Lightweight (135lb) title and now holds the WBC belt! Growing up in LR, Ganaway was intrigued by the sport of boxing and took to it at the age of 8. He was trained and mentored at the Rose City Boys & Girls Club under the guidance of some great coaches. Ganaway's amateur record is 140-15 with accomplishments that include the Bronze medalist in the National P.A.L. tournament, Bronze medalist in the National Golden Gloves, winner of the Legendary "Roy Rogers" Boxer of the Year award, 6 time state and regional Golden Gloves champion, 2 time St. Louis Black Expo champion, and 3 time U.S. Regional Champion.  Several people have attempted to sabotage his career, but Ganaway states he pulled through and came out on top.  He states what keeps him grounded is his faith in God and the love and support of his family.  To keep up with Rashad Ganaway, follow him at www.Facebook.com/rashad.ganaway.

- Dr. Anika Whitfield, a Little Rock Podiatrist and activist in the forefront of the movement to rename the Little Rock street " Confederate Boulevard." Residents have been working to collect signatures to petition the city to change the name due to it being a constant reminder of racism against people of color. Two major purposes served would be to dismantle the painful image of hatred, racism, division...etc...and to replace an historical symbol that breeds division with one that uplifts neighborly love and progressiveness. The new name request would be in honor of Rev. Horace Springer, who has provided the community with Spiritual hope and encouragement for freedom, educational freedom, and the liberty to forgive, reconcile, uphold justice, love, mercy and walk humbly with their God. To let your voice be heard and join in the efforts to rename the Little Rock street "Confederate Boulevard," contact the Mayor of Little Rock, Mark Stodola at mayor@littlerock.org or 501-371-4498; LR City Manager, Bruce Moore at citymanager@littlerock.org or 501-371-4510; or your local City Director at www.littlerock.org/BoardOfDirectors/MemberBios/.  

June 25, 2015

- Dr. Roderick L. Smothers, President of Philander Smith College for their S.T.A.R.T. Program. The S.T.A.R.T. (Student Tuition and Readiness Tracks" Program is an enrollment and preparation program designed to put students with an earned bachelor's for Philander Smith College on 1 or 4 specific pathways to success. The program is for the "Serious Student" which is defined as one who may have an average or ACT/SAT Score but who has an urgent desire to take advantage of the benefits afforded by a college education. To learn more about the program or to apply to PSC, call 1.800.446.6772 or visit www.philander.edu.

- Richard Torrence, Stage Play Producer & Writer and Ashford Sanders, Cast Member and BET's Sunday's Best Contestant for Richard Torrence's "Lord Why Can't I Do Right?" stage play. The inspirational musical stage play is currently on tour with a star studded cast that includes Ashford Sanders, Don "D.C." Curry and more! The play will take place Sunday, June 28th at 6pm at the Statehouse Convention Center in Downtown Little Rock. Tickets are available at Uncle T's, Ugly Mikes, Torrence Flower Shoppe, Butler Furniture, the Record Rack in Pine Bluff, and online at www.makeyoufamousentertainment.com. For more information, call 229-588-2323.

- Willie Hicks for the Summer Camp Kick-off at Arkansas Baptist College.  Cultivating the Arts Youth Summer Camp Kick-Off Celebration will be held Thursday, July 2nd from 5:30pm-7:30pm at Arkansas Baptist College, 1621 Doctor MLK, Jr. Drive.  The camp, offered at no cost to 65 participants, will provide introductory arts education in the area of visual art, vocal performance, instrumental music, dance and fashion design, as well as instruction in the art of healthy living through fitness and nutrition education. The camp runs daily from July 6th-July 31st and is presented in conjunction with the Derek Lewis Foundation, Timmons Arts Foundation, and Arkansas Baptist College, the First Tee of Central Arkansas and Bass Pro Shops.  For more information, email info@timmonsarts.org.

June 18, 2015

- Sericia Cole, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center (MTCC) Director, Tameka Lee, MTCC Director of Community Relations, and Natalie Hairston, Arvest Bank Rep. for the Annual Juneteenth Celebration.  MTCC hosts the 7th Annual Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom, Saturday, June 20th from 11am-5pm at 501 West 9th Street in Little Rock.  The free, street-festival style event commemorates the end of slavery, while celebrating African-American achievement and culture.  There will be food vendors and children's activities, an aquarium, Corvette display, rock climbing wall and more.  KOKY's Sonta Jean will be the host.  For more information, call 501.683.3593 or visit www.mosaictemplarscenter.com

- Carla Johnson, Director/Owner of Johnson Montessori School for the 3rd Annual Golf Tournament.  Johnson's Montessori School's Annual Golf Tournament will be Saturday, June 27th with a start time of 8am at Burns Park Golf Course, 30 Championship Drive in North Little Rock.  Proceeds from this year's tournament will go towards enhancing the school's science and technology curriculum through the purchase of a printer and laptops for the students in the kindergarten through fourth grade program, as well as other needed technological accessories.  Registration is $75 per golfer ($300 per team). Catch Power 92's Broadway Joe at the luncheon. To register or obtain more information, call 501-960-5895 or visit www.eventbrite.com.

- Minister Frank Stewart, Pastor of ACTS Church for the Father Awareness March.  A march celebrating fathers, comforting the fatherless, and coaching the father deficient will take place, Saturday, June 20th at 7:30am at the NLR Police Station, 200 West Pershing Blvd.  The march is to bring an awareness to a problem that plagues our community and society.  For more information, visit www.actministriesonline.org or call 501-765-7423.

June 11, 2015

- H. "Baker" Kurrus, newly appointed Superitendent of the Little Rock School District.  Kurrus currently serves as an attorney and business consultant for H. Baker Kurrus, PLLC and was a member of the board of directors for the Little Rock School from September 1998 to August 2010.  Kurrus says, "He is profoundly humble by this appointment and looks forward to serving the students, parents, teachers and other stakeholders of the Little Rock School District."  In an effort to promote transparency and to speak directly to LRSD stakeholders about the status and future of the district, Superintendent Kurrus has launched a weekly column called "Straight Talk" that can be found @ www.lrsd.org.  To email Baker Kurrus use Baker.Kurrus@lrsd.org.

- Sheriff of Jefferson County, Gerald Robinson for the 9th Annual Sheriff's Fun Day.  The mission of this event is to work to encourage the quality of life and positive development of capable youth by promoting a drug free way of life through education and prevention activities.  Fun Day will include; free food and drinks, a live petting zoo, horseback rides, dozens of prizes and give-a-ways, plus much more.  There will also be a fishing derby sponsored by the Jefferson County Soil & Conservation District along with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.  The Sheriff's Fun Day will be Saturday, June 13, 9a.m.-2p.m., at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, on Rhinehart Rd., in Pine Bluff.  For more information contact Sgt. Harper @ (870) 329-5651.

- Ken Wade, Executive Director of ACADV for the Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence's Preview Night and Silent Auction at The Rep.   ACADV in partnership with AKA Sorority, Inc., Beta Pi Omega Chapter, will present on of the most bracing and critically acclaimed plays in Broadway history: "August: Osage County" during Preview Night and Silent Auction.  Join them June 16, for an evening full of fun including a silent auction, heavy hors d'oeuvres, their "Shining the Light" signature drink, live music and a wonderful play.  The mission of the ACADV is to eliminate domestic violence and promote healthy families.  For more information visit www.domesticpeace.brownpapertickets.com or call (501) 907-5612.

June 4, 2015

- Derek Lewis II for the 2015 Community Health & Wellness Expo.  This will be a day filled with fun and health education.  The expo will offer free health screenings, fitness demos, nutrition demos, cpr training, youth school physicals, live entertainment and much more.  The Expo will be Saturday, June 6, 8a.m.-1p.m., at St. John Baptist Church, 2501 S. Main St., in Little Rock.  For more information contact Derek Lewis @ dlfoundation@yahoo.com or call (501) 207-0711.

- Connie Curry and Mrs. Love for 8th Annual Jazzy Jeans & Jewels Fundraiser, presented by the Little Rock Chapter of The Links, Inc.  Dress in your jazziest jeans and jewels to join The Links for a "Taste of Links" featuring the culinary skills of some of Little Rock's most popular names who will be donning their famous chef's hats and decorative aprons.  All proceeds from Jazzy Jeans and Jewels events are given to Historically Black Colleges and Universities in Arkansas on a rotating basis.  This year's recipient is Philander Smith College.  Jazzy Jeans and Jewels will be Saturday, June 6, 7p.m., at the Metroplex Event Center, 10800 Colonel Glenn Rd.  Tickets may be purchased by calling Alicia Smith @ (501) 664-0478.

- LaKisha Johnson with Sickle Cell Support Services and Jody Carter with the ProDuffers of Little Rock for the 23rd Sickle Cell Anemia Golf Classic.  The Classic will be June 12-14 at Greystone Country Club of Cabot Arkansas with a 9a.m. shotgun start.  The Classic will feature a longest put contest, hole in one contest, free lunch sponsored by Sickle Cell Support Services and more.  For more information and sponsorship opportunites, contact LaKisha Johnson @ (501) 650-0764, lakisha@arscss.org or littlerockproduffers.com.

- Tatyana Oyinloye and Joyce Gibson for The Roots of African American Foodways in Arkansas symposium presented by the Black History Commission of Arkansas and the Arkansas History Commission.  This symposium will feature award-winning food and nutrition journalist, Toni Tipton-Martin; historian and author, Dr. Cindy Grisham; Executive Chef Evette Brady and Chef Tim Morton from 1620 Savoy and BHCA Commissioner Joyce Gibson.  Topics will include The Jemima Code: a Modern Look into the Recipe Files of America's Great Cooks, Organic, Wild Harvesting, Heirloom Vegetables and Meats: Trends or Tradition? and To Protect and Serve: an Apron Collection.  Chefs Brady and Morton will use traditional African-American foods, incorporating Caribbean, Cuban and African and other ethnic influences on modern African-American Foodways, into a cooking demonstration that will bring all the research elements presented during the day into a tasty conclusion.  This event will be June 6, 9a.m.-3p.m., at Pulaski Tech Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute, 13000 Interstate 30, in Little Rock.  Registration is required @ (501) 682-6900 or email history.commission@arkansas.gov.

May 28, 2015

- Micah Johnson, Director of Coaching for the Central Arkansas Alliance for Summer Soccer Camp.  The Central Arkansas Alliance Football Club presents Summer Soccer Camp, Monday-Thursday, June 8th-11th at Centennial Sports Complex, 2951 South 1st Street in Cabot. Registration for ages 4-7:  9am-10:30am | Early Registration $75 ($85 day of event).  Ages 8 & up: 5:30pm-8:30pm | Early Registration $150 ($160 day of event).   To register or obtain more information, visit www.sports.bluesombrero.com/caafc/ or call 903.316.5129 or email cabotregistrar@yahoo.com.  You can also follow CAAFC online:  http://Facebook.com/centralarkansasalliance or http://Twitter.com/CAAFC_ or http://Instagram.com/Caafc_

- Katherine Donaldson, Executive Director at Coalition For A Tobacco Free Arkansas (CTFA) for World No Tobacco Day’s No Menthol Sunday.  No Menthol Sunday is an extension of World No Tobacco Day, which is May 31st.  CTFA is working with the National African-American Tobacco Prevention Network (NAAPTN).  The goal of this National effort is to encourage you to say “No” to the sale of mentholated and candy-flavored tobacco products.  Adding menthol to cigarettes makes smoking easier to start and harder to quit.  According to NAAPTN, by adding menthol flavoring, tobacco companies have successfully recruited both youth and marginalizes populations.  Studies show that placing a ban on menthol may save lives and prevent 9 million people from starting to smoke.   For more information on how you can participate in No Menthol Sunday, call 501-687-0345 or visit www.ARfreshair.com.

- Aneesha Dawan and Daniel Robinson for the Dollars Making Sense Community Enrichment Program launched by Arvest Bank.  Program components include the Economic Empowerment Workshop Series, a college scholarship for graduating high school seniors, as will as sponsorship opportunities for community based and nonprofit organizations.  Arvest has also launched a new web portal, www.arvestgivesback.com to connect individuals with information vital to building wealth and financial independence.  Two upcoming workshops will be held: (1) Wed., June 4th at 6pm at Greater Second Baptist Church, 5616 Geyer Springs Road, LR; and (2) Sat., June 20th at 11:30am at the Juneteenth Celebration, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 501 West 9th Street, LR.  For more information on Dollars Making Sense and more upcoming events, call Kyle Proctor 501.379.7637 or email Kproctor@arvest.com.



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