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August 25, 2016

- Chris James, Event Chair and Promoter for Colors of Love Art and Multicultural Festival.  The Roots Art Connection presents Colors of Love Art and Multicultural Festival, Saturday, August 27th from 11am-6pm at Argenta Plaza on the corner of Main Street & 6th Street in North Little Rock.  There will be Art, Food, Cultural Exchanges, Live Music, Vendors and more! Some of the performers include DJ Lee, Music My Way (LR Boys & Girls Club), Miss Teen Tours, Poet's Mic, Neff & Friends & many others. This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, call 501-366-3793 for visit "Colors of Love Art & Multiculural Festival" on Facebook.

- Michael Poore, Little Rock School District (LRSD) Superintendent.  Mike Poore was selected as the Superintendent in the LRSD in June 2016, making the transition from Bentonville, where he served as superintendent for five years.  A veteran educator with more than 32 years of experience as a teach, coach, athletic director, assistant principal, principal, and executive director, Poore has dedicated his life's work to students.  Including his tenure in Bentonville. Poore has served in top administrative roles over the past 13 years, as deputy superintendent in Colorado Springs, Colorado and as superintendent of Sheridan School District in Denver, Colorado.

Projects include:

  • Community Walks - Poor  & a small group of LRSD staff and district supporters go door-to-door, visiting with stakeholders on designated Saturdays and evenings in each district's seven zones. 
  • Nightly Call to Parents and Staff
  • Stakeholder Engagement Meetings
  • Town Hall Meetings
  • Facebook Live Roundtable Discussion
  • Think Tank Events
  • Daily Visits to Schools
  • Regular Video Messages _ "A Minute with Mike"

For more information, visit www.lrsd.org or the Little Rock School District's Facebook page.  Superintendent Mike Poore's Twitter account is @michaelpoore1.



August 18, 2016

- Kimberly Smith, Conference Chair; and Charmaine Wafer, Volunteer for the 6th Annual "At Promise" Girls Empowerment Conference.  Delta Community Based Services presents the 6th Annual "At Promise" Girls Empowerment Conference: "Loving Me," Saturday, August 27th from 8am-2pm in the Donaghey Building of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2801 South University Ave. in Little Rock.  Three hundred girls ages 12-18 can attend the free event, which is designed to address social and emotional issues in girl's lives that negatively impact their ability of becoming educated, economically independent, future professional women of Arkansas.  The conference will honor Maia Wilson for Girl of the Year and Vernita Wells for Woman of the Year. DJ Raquel will be on the one's and two's.  Free shirts, bags, breakfast and lunch will be provided and there will be a $250 giveaway. Space is limited. To register, visit www.atpromisegirls.com or call 501-838-8448.

- Brenda Hatton-Ficklin Visionary and Event Host for the Women's Conference 2016 "Unbreakable."  Women from Arkansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Alabama are expected to attend this powerful Women's Conference featuring Tele-Evangelist and Gospel Singer, Dr. Juanita Bynum, Friday (7pm) -Saturday (9am & 12pm), August 19th-20th at Second Baptist Church, 1709 John Barrow Road in Little Rock. Saturday morning speaker will be Dr. Sharon Nesbitt and Guest Psalmist will be Lecresia Campbell of Rock Hill, SC.  General admission is free.  VIP tickets are $50 and available for purchase at Faithful Chics Boutique.  For more information, call 501-960-6745.

- Celia Anderson, Author for her new book "100 Things to do in Little Rock Before You Die."  Little Rock native and published author, Celia Anderson has written a guidebook citing local historic landmarks, attractions, shops, restaurants and more that every visitor and resident should visit in his or her lifetime.  "100 Things to do in Little Rock Before You Die" features the William J. Clinton Presidential Center, Heifer International, the "Wish You Were Here" Little Rock postcards, Frankes Cafeteria, an historic barbeque joint and much more.  The book is in stores now and retails for $16.00 each.  Anderson will have copies available at a book signing, held Saturday, August 20th at 1:30pm at Pyramid Art, Books & Custom Framing, 1001 Wright Ave. in Little Rock.  For more information, call 501-370-3248. 


August 11, 2016

- LaConda T. Watson, Executive Director of the Jacksonville Boys & Girls Club (JBGC) and Brad West, Gwatney Chevrolet representative & JBGC member for the Annual Dub Myers Memorial Golf Tournament.  The event is one of the main fundraisers for the Jacksonville Boys & Girls Club which serves hundreds of kids.  The tournament will be held, Monday, August 22nd at the Southern Oaks Country Club, 701 Foxwood Drive in Jacksonville with lunch from 11am-12:30pm and Tee time at 12:30pm.  The cost is $75 per person; $100 Hole Sponsor; $325 Team & Hole Sponsor.  There will be the Longest Drive Contest and Closet to the Pin.  Sponsorship opportunities are available.  For more information, call Brad West at 501-551-2300 or Bob Colford at 501-258-9269. 

- Joyce Raynor, Executive Director for The Center for Healing Hearts and Spirits in conjunction with Omega Psi Phi, Fraternity for the Back to School Block Party.  The back-to-school free event will be held Sunday, August 14 from 3pm-6pm at the Omega Psi Phi House, 2521 State Street in LR.  This event is open to the public and will provide school supplies, backpacks, food, entertainment, educational information on nutrition, tobacco prevention, and more!  Supplies will be distributed on a first come first served basis.  For more information, call 501-372-3800.

- Captain DeArthur Jordan, and Little Rock firefighters Monique Robinson and Joe Howard of H.O.T.T.A.R. for Project Fresh Start: Firefighters Annual School Supply Drive.  This event is in its 20th year and will be held, Saturday, August 13th from 9am-until at Dunbar Recreation Center, 1001 West 16th Street in LR.  The goal is to give every child a fresh start for the school year by providing them with free school supplies. Partnering with them will be Sam's Club, Wal-Mart, and Best Buy. For more information, call 501-247-8451.

- 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 firefighters who will provide free school supplies while they last, Saturday, August 20th from 9am-1pm at the Pine Bluff Convention Center, #1 Convention Center Plaza.  In additional to the free school supplies, there will be entertainment, giveaways, food, and more!  For more information, call Johnnie Brown at 870-489-2325 or Mozell Gipson at 870-692-2953.

- Dr. Trenia Miles, Deputy of Adult Education; Stephanie Isaacs, Associate Director of Skill Development; Glen Curry and Rocky Mantooth of the Apprenticeships Program, Cheryl Wiedmaier, Associate Director of Career and Technical Education, and Angela Mattison-Shaw of Cumulus Media for the 5th Annual Career Expo.  If you are looking to move from a job to a career, or better employment situation, then this Expo is for you!  Dress to impress and bring several copies of your resume or learn how to write your resume.  Learn how to Ace an interview & more, Tuesday, August 16th from 10am-4pm at the Metroplex Event Center, 10800 Colonel Glenn Road in LR.  The Arkansas Department of Career Education is one of the sponsors.  Their mission is to prepare a job-ready, career bound workforce to meet the needs of Arkansas Employers.  For more information, call 501-401-0200.


August 04, 2016

- 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 6th from 9am-4pm at War Memorial Stadium, 1 Stadium Drive in Little Rock. Kids 12 & under get in FREE.  Regular admission is $5.00. For more information, visit www.iyflar.com or call 51-680-1765.

- Pastor Craig Collier, Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church for Straight Outta MPBC: The 2nd Annual Family Fun Day Expo.  Mt. Pisgah MBC host this free back-to-school event, Saturday, August 6th from 9am-2pm at 1017 Ray Road in Jacksonville.  Supplies will be given and parents must be present for children to receive them.  For more information, call 501-982-6215.

Ron Watson, CEO of HAD2GRADUATE, Daniel Mosely Wal-Mart Representative, and Dana Dossett, Director of City of LR Community Programs for the nonprofit organization, HAD2GRADUATE.  This program is dedicated to helping youth build personal and professional life skills.  Armed with a "Had2 Attitude," youth will be able to make better choices in life in order to achieve their goals, starting with finishing high school.  This new attitude is better than "Just Do It," because when you think of what made you move anything from your "To Do" List to "DONE" - it was because you "Had2!"  For more about HAD2GRADUATE, visit www.had2.com or call 501-420-3635.


July 28, 2016

- Jamileh Kamran, Owner/Operator and Anthony Lemons, fashion student for Arkansas Fashion School presents "A Leading Edge" - 2016 Emerging Designers Graduation Event Fundraiser. This event will benefit individuals not able to afford tuition and the needed supplies by providing them with scholarships.  "A Leading Edge" will be held, Saturday, August 6th from 10am-1pm at the Little Rock Club, 400 West Capitol Ave. on the 30th floor of the Regions Building.  For tickets, visit http://www.eventbrite.com/.

  • Founded in 2007, Arkansas Fashion School offers a unique and fast way to pursue your dreams of becoming a Fashion Designer.  This vocational, hands-on school is a 11 course program that will take the student through all aspects of planning and creating timeless fashions.  Each course lasts 8 weeks with students attending class once a week for 4 hours.  Classes are offered Monday through Saturday. For more information on the school, visit http://www.arkansasfashionschool.com/ or call 501-663-3242.

- Katherine Donald, Executive Director of Coalition for a Tobacco Free Arkansas for Runnin' with the Law Family Fun-Run. This event is designed to pair Arkansas kids with law enforcement officers in a team setting, establishing meaningful relationships and on-going positive interactions and more.  Proceeds will benefit the prevention work of Coalition for a Tobacco Free Arkansas, a 501(c)3 organization. Runnin' with the Law Family Fun-Run will be held, Saturday, July 30th | Check-in at 7am | Start time 8am beginning at Capitol Ave. and Chester Street in Little Rock. To register, visit http://www.arfreshair.com/ or call 501-687-0345.  The first 100 kids to officially register for and participate will get a t-shirt. All participants will receive a medallion.

- Sterling Ingram and Alma Williams, Members of the Board of Directors for the Art Porter Music Education, Inc. for the 6th Annual "A Work of Art" Jazz Week 2016.  Art Porter Music Education presents their annual week of events honoring Art Porter, Sr. and Art Porter, Jr. with a star studded line up at venues across the city.

  • Monday | August 1st | 12pm-1pm:  A Work of Art Kick-Off |  LR City Hall, 500 W. Markham | FREE
  • Tuesday | August 2nd | 12pm-1pm: Jazz on the Plaza featuring Minors in Music | The River Plaza, 400 President Clinton Ave. | FREE
  • Wednesday | August 3rd | 7pm & 9pm: An Evening with Pianist Jonathan Fritzen | Cajun's Wharf, 2400 Cantrell Road | LR| TICKETED EVENT
  • Thursday | August 4th | 7pm & 9pm: An Evening with Saxophonist Benjamin Pruitt | Khalil's Pub & Grill, 110 S. Shackleford | LR | TICKETED EVENT
  • Friday | August 5th | 8pm: Porter Players Jam Session | Khalil's Pub & Grill, 110 S. Shackleford | LR | FREE
  • Saturday | August 6th | 8pm: Gerald Albright and Selina Albrght | Wildwood Park for the Arts, 20919 Denny Road | LR | TICKETED EVENT

For tickets for "A Work of Art" or to receive more information, visit http://www.artporter.org/ or call 501-492-9120.

- I. Malik Saafir, President & Founder of Janus Institute for Justice and Attorney Furonda Brasfield for Criminal Justice Reform in Arkansas.  The NAACP of Jacksonville Branch and UALR Wm. H. Bowen School of Law Racial Disparities in Arkansas Criminal Justice System Research Project.  This event will be held Saturday, July 30th from 9am-2pm at Mt Pisgah Baptist Church, 1017 Ray Road in Jacksonville.  The Criminal Justice Reform will examine the longstanding racial disparities in the Arkansas criminal justice system, and make recommendations for policy, practice and community programming based on finding from the research. For more information, call 800-624-1558 Ext. 201.


July 14, 2016

- Cheryl Wiedmaier, Associate Director of Career and Technical Education, Adrienne Robinson, Chief of Field Services, Arkansas Rehabilitation Services a product of the Arkansas Department of Career Education (ACE) and Angela Mattison-Shaw of Cumulus Media for the 5th Annual Career Expo. If you are looking to move from a job to a career, or better employment situation, then this expo is for you! Dress to impress and bring several copies of your resume, Tuesday, August 16th from 10am-4pm at the Metroplex Event Center, 10800 Colonel Glenn Road in Little Rock.  The Arkansas Dept. of Career Education is one of the sponsors.  Their mission is to prepare a job-ready, career bound workforce to meet the needs of Arkansas Employers.  Another sponsor will be Arkansas Rehabilitation Services and their mission is to prepare Arkansans with disabilities to work and lead productive and independent lives. This event if free for job seekers.  You will have the opportunity to meet top employers and interview for several positions during the course of the day. For more information, call 501-401-0200.

- Stacy Dantzler of SLD, LLC. (Strength*Leadership*Determination) and S. Juain Young of Building Communities Anti-Bullying Clinic for the Anti-Bullying Celebrity Basketball Charity Event.  This event will take place, Saturday, July 16th from 1pm-5pm at the Barton Coliseum | 2600 Howard Street in LR.  Some of the biggest athletes and entertainers will join together to help raise awareness and funds in the fight against bullying and wounded warriors. Attendees will get a chance to meet Jarius Wright, Cobi Hamilton, Ryan Mallett with special guests Mr. Walk It Out himself, DJ Unk and others.  Kids 12 & under get in free.  For ticket information & to learn more about SLD, LLC., call 501-744-1440. To learn more about Building Communities Anti-Bullying Clinic, call 501-247-6858 or email sjuain@gmail.com.

- Jacqueline Watkins & 7-year-old son Trelin for their book "Bobby's Bully."  Inspired by her 7-year-old son Trelin, Watkins brings awareness about bullying and how it affects a child emotionally and physically in her children's book.  Her first published book follows two main characters: Bobby and Tully.  Bobby is the new kid at school trying to make new friends. Tully makes it hard for Bobby to enjoy this new environment.  Bobby  gets anxious as recess comes because he knows Tully will mistreat him.  Tully fails to realize the emotional effect his behavior has on Bobby and others.  "This book will allow children to see they are not alone and that there are those out there who care about them," Watkins says.  To get your copy, and for more information, visit http://www.bobbysbully.com/. Bobby's Bully is also available on Amazon and at Barnes & Noble.


July 07, 2016

- Patricia Holloway for Hemlock Courts Day 2016.  The 2nd Annual Hemlock Courts Day will be Saturday, July 16th from 11am-6pm on the grounds of Sherman Park, 624 North Beach Street in North Little Rock.  The festival invites all past and present residents and visitors to reunite and celebrate.  The goal is to recognize Hemlock Court, which is in the NLR community, and preserve and protect its history.  The celebration will include swimming, entertainment, games, food and more!  For more information, call 501-765-6993.

Kevin Hunt, Sr. for Overcoming Obstacles in Life.  Adversity did not hold Kevin Hunt, Sr. back!  The downward spiral of his life began after he dropped out of school after the 8th grade and joined a gang shortly afterwards.  In 1990, he and some friends were charged with a felony and convicted a year later.  After serving 3 years, he was later released. Kevin could have kept spiraling downward, but he chose not to.  He went on to pursue his GED at Shorter College through their GED Program, earned a college degree from Philander Smith College in business and graduated with honors.  He joined a church and became very involved, and later earned his master's degree at Webster's University.  Kevin spent 8 years working in the office of former Governor Mike Beebe with 5 of those years working as the Minority Affairs Liaison.  He puts in countless hours of hard work and dedication for the betterment of his community by serving as a mentor and volunteer. Kevin is focused at building his 501(c)3 nonprofit mentoring program, I.O.P. (Inspiring Other People).  His motto is "Leading By Example."  To contact Kevin Hunt, Sr. for speaking engagements or his mentoring program, call 501-993-6354 or email inspiringother@yahoo.com.


June 30, 2016

- Dr. Nate Smith, Director of the Arkansas Department of Health & State Health Officer for "Let's Talk Zika."  Zika virus is a disease that has spread to over 35 countries in Central and South America and the Caribbean. It is spread through mosquito bites and through sexual transmission from a man to his sexual partner.  There are types of mosquitoes here in Arkansas that could spread the virus, so people are urged to protect themselves from mosquito bites when they travel, and for at least 21 days after returning to Arkansas from a place where Zika is being actively transmitted, such as Central and South America, the Caribbean, and the Pacific Islands. 

Ways to avoid mosquito bites include:

  • Use insect repellant containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and trousers
  • Use air conditioning or window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside
  • When at home in AR:  Reduce the number of mosquitoes inside and outside your home by emptying standing water from containers such as flowerpots or buckets.  Mosquitoes can breed in as little amount of water as a bottle cap

For more information on the Zika Virus, visit www.cdc.gov/zikaFor the latest travel notice, visit www.cdc.gov/travel.

- Maria Hoskins, Author for her new book "Down Home in Arkansas."  The writer's recalls how fun, exciting and entertaining her family is during the bi-annual family reunion holiday.  Maria hopes each reader will enjoy her family reunion story and draw on the commonality readers will experience as they associate their family reunion with the writer's family reunion story.  Also included with the story are  group activities and an ancestry resource guide to utilize at your next family reunion. To keep up with the author, visit www.season2dream.com or email info@seasons2dream.com.

- Rochelle Burton, City of Little Rock & Parks & Recreation for the 40 Year Anniversary of the Men's Basketball Summer League 1976-2016.  Games will be held Mondays-Thursdays through July 28th at the Dunbar Community Center, 1001 West 16th Street in Little Rock beginning at 6pm nightly.  The tournament games will be held August 1st-4th at 6pm and conclude with the Legends and Championship game. The games are free to attend.  For more information, call 501-376-7084.

June 23, 2016

- Leon Chitman, Sr., Jimmy Smith, and Deon Aaron of the Pi Omicron Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. the Qnique Gentlemen & Sundresses.  The men of Pi Omicron Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. presents Qnique Gentlemen & Sundresses, Saturday, June 25th from 8pm-12am at War Memorial Stadium in the Letterman Club (Gate 7: Floor 2).  Proceeds from this event will benefit scholarships for deserving students.  The event is geared for 21 & up.  For tickets and more information, call 501-912-3263 or 501-259-8320. To learn more in the Pi Omicron Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. visit them on Facebook!

- Tomekia Moore, Event Coordinator for the 4th Annual HYPE Summer Palooza & Youth Crime Prevention Summit. This annual event will be held, Saturday, June 25th from 10am-2pm at College Heights Church of Christ, 1313 N. Magnolia in Pine Bluff. The summit will include a panel discussion featuring the Honorable Judge Earnest Brown, local county and city officials.  The goal is to foster an informative and relaxed environment in which youth and parents can freely express questions concerning public safety initiatives throughout the city and county.  Additional activities will be a community fair, a 40 feet slide, mobile aquarium, basketball & kickball tournament, informational booths, and more! For more info, call 870-872-2229 or visit the College Heights Church of Christ on Facebook!

- "Red" for the 2016 Pine Bluff / Altheimer Blues Festival.  This annual festival will be held Sat., June 25th at  | gates open at 12pm | show starts at 4pm with featured artists Sir Charles, Lenny Williams, Bishop Bullwinkle, Terry Wright, J-Wonn, Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Mean Green, the On Call Band, and the Platinum Hitz Band.  The event will be hosted by Broadway Joe and Comedian Keith Glason.  Tickets are available at Ugly Mike's, Uncle T's Food Mart, Butler Furniture, Record Rack in Pine Bluff, and Kibb's BBQ in P.B./Stuttgart.  For more information, call 501-413-7683.


June 16, 2016

- Michael B. White for the Union Rescue Mission presents Maze & Frankie Beverly. The Union Rescue Mission presents Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Saturday, June 18th at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.  Gates open at 4pm and the show starts at 6:45pm.  Also performing live will be Mary Mary, Amber Bullock, Tamela Mann, and Kris Allen.  General Admission $40 and $75 at the door. VIP tickets are available online at www.urmissionlr.org.  Ticket outlets:  NLR:  Lindsey's BBQ and Ce Ce 's C-hicken & Waffles; LR:  Ugly Mike's, Uncle T's Food Mart, & the Union Rescue Mission of LR; Pine Bluff:  Record Rack; and Conway: Sandstone Real Estate Company. For more information, call 501-749-8388 or visit www.urmissionlr.org.

Jonathan Hart and Chris Ware for the "Save Our Dads" Community Health Fair.  Rose City Community Church of Christ and the North Little Rock School District presents the "Save Our Dads" Community Health Fair, Saturday, June 18th from 11am-2pm at the North Little Rock Academy, 5500 Lynch Drive in NLR.  Learn about health programs and resources to improve your health, free screenings:  Pneumococcal & shingles vaccine (voucher given), PSA-Colon Cancer, Blood Pressure, Cholesteral, Diabetes, and HIV/STD; raffle giveaways, free food, chair massages, and more!  For more information, call 501-422-1477 or 501-960-7310.

- Serecia Cole and Jennelle Primm of Philander Smith College (PSC) for Philander being selected for the school of the month of June 2016 by the Tom Joyner Foundation.   As one of only 12 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) selected for the designation each year, Philander Smith will partner with the Tom Joyner Foundation to raise scholarship dollars throughout the entire month.  In addition to fundraising support, the Tom Joyner Foundation will also award five scholarships to PSC students throughout the month.   The Hercules Scholarship, names in honor of Joyner's deceased father, will be awarded to male students who have made significant academic accomplishments and contribution on their community.  To make a donation during the month of June 2016, visit www.tomjoynerfoundation.orgMobile giving is also available by texting PSC1877 to 80888.  For more information on Philander Smith College, visit www.philander.edu.

- Dr. Rhonda Mattox and Camille Hart for the 2nd Annual Community-Campus Partnership Conference and the National Conversation on Women's Heart Health

The 2nd Annual Community-Campus Partnership Conference will be held, Friday, June 17th from 9:30am-6pm at the Comfort Inn & Suites Presidential in Little Rock.  Keynote speaker is Acacia Bamberg Salatti, Director for the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the Department of Health and Human Services.   Registration is free and open to the public.  UAMS & community leaders will discuss the health status of Arkansas, address health disparities and tell what needs to be done.  Register at www.eventbrite.com.

The National Conversation on Women's Heart Health will be held, Thursday, June 30th from 4:30pm-5pm Reception | 5pm-6pm Town Hall at the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, 629 Jack Stephens Drive in LR in the Jo Ellen Ford Auditorium - Room 1207.  Conducted in partnership with the University of Florida, the event is designed to engage the public - especially medically underserved communities - in conversations about important health and research topics.  Dr. Rhonda Mattox will serve as moderator of a panel of experts that include Dr. Jean McSweeney, Associate Dean for Research, UAMS; Dr. Christina Pettey, Assistant Professor, UAMS; and Kimberly Moore, Community Member. To RSVP and learn more information, call 501-526-6629 or email ndspencer@uams.edu.


June 9, 2016

- Chief Greg Summers and Chief Joe Gray of the Little Rock Fire Department for the 6th Annual Firefighters All White Affair.  F.I.R.E.S., Inc. presents the 6th Annual Firefighters All White Affair, Saturday, June 11th at 7pm with featured artist R&B Group H-Town, along with Hip Hop Violinist Michael Ward, and Little Rock's own Dell Smith Experience.  Event hosts will be Broadway Joe and Donna Terrell.  For tickets and more information, call 501-952-0841 or 501-240-5900.

- Sheriff Gerald Robinson of Jefferson County for the 10th Annual Sheriff's Fun Day.  This free event will be held Saturday, June 11th from 9am-2pm at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, Rhinehart Road in Pine Bluff.  Enjoy free food, games, bounce houses,  amusement rides, a live petting zoo, horseback rides, dozens of giveaways and more!  A fishing derby will begin at 9am. For more information, call 870-692-3376 or email www.jeffcoso.org.

- Dr. Billy Thomas of AMDPA (Arkansas Medical, Dental & Pharmaceutical Association) for AMDPA's 123rd Annual Scientific Session.  The conference will be held Fri.-Sat., June 10th-11th at the Hot Springs Embassy Suites Hotel, 400 Convention Blvd.  The theme is "Healthy People 2020: Health Promotion & Disease Prevention."  Keynote speaker will be former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jocelyn Elders.  The conference will include talks covering health care topics, access to health care, Medicaid expansion, pain management, obesity and diabetes, HIV and Aids, and breast colorectal and prostate cancer.  In addition, a Student Health Symposium targeting high school and college students will feature talks by specialist in multiple medical fields.  For registration information, visit www.eventbrite.com or call 501-265-0756.

- Brian Rodgers, Public Information Officer at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center (MTCC) for Juneteenth.  MTCC hosts Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom, Saturday, June 18th from 11am-5pm at 501 West 9th Street in Little Rock.  The celebration is free and open to the public.  This annual commemoration of the end of slavery will have family-friendly activities and attractions, the Kinsey Collection exhibit, food trucks, live music from various performers and featured artists Algebra and Anthony David.  For more information, visit www.mosaictemplarscenter.com or call 501-683-3636.

MTCC Additional Events:

Thurs., June 16th | 6:30pm: African American Treasures from the Kinsey Collection Closing

Fri., June 17th | 11:30am: It's in the Bag Lunch 'n Learn Series "A Conversation with the Kinsey's" (Must RSVP)

Fri., June 17th | 6:30pm:  Hip Hop Panel Discussion and Mix DJ Battle   


June 2, 2016

- Dr. Derek Lewis, Dr. Lanita White, Pastor Glenn Hersey, Phanie' Wicks, and Aeiress Lewis for the annual Health & Wellness Community Expo.  The Derek Lewis Foundation presents the 2016 Health & Wellness Community Expo, Saturday, June 4th from 8am-1pm at St. Mark Baptist Church, 5722 West 12th Street in Little Rock. Provided will be Health Screenings, Fitness Demos, Health Vendors, School Physicals, Bike Safety Training, Oral Health Info, CPR Training, Chair Massage, Nutrition Demos, Ask the Doctor Panel, Live Entertainment, and much more!  This event is free and open to the public.  For vendor and information, call 501-207-0711 or email dlfoundation@yahoo.com.

- Connie Curry and Fox 16's Donna Terrell of the Little Rock Chapter of the Links, Inc. for the 9th Jazzy Jeans & Jewels.  The Little Rock Chapter of the Links, Inc. presents the 9th Annual Jazzy Jeans & Jewels: "Jeans Around the World," Saturday, June 4th from 7pm-12 midnight at the Metroplex Event Center, 10800 Colonel Glenn Road in Little Rock.  Featured will be the culinary skills of Connecting Links and Heir-O-Links.  All proceeds from Jazzy Jeans and Jewels events are given to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) in Arkansas on a rotating basis.  This year's recipient is Shorter College.  For tickets and more information, call 501-804-3212 or email timmons3@me.com.

- LaKisha Johnson, Executive Director of Sickle Cell Support Services; Kimberly Lee, SCSS Board Member; and Jodie T. Carter, member of the Pro Duffers of Little Rock for the 24th Sickle Cell Anemia Golf Classic. Sickle Cell Support Services & Pro Duffers of Little Rock presents the 24th Sickle Cell Anemia Golf Classic, Friday-Sunday, June 10th-12th with a 9am Shotgun Start at Greystone Country Club of Cabot Arkansas.  The event includes 36 Holes Media Play (Individual), Championship Flight, Senior 60 to 69, Super Seniors 70 & up and much more.  Lunch will be provided both days, carts and green fee are included in the $165 fee.  Hole Sponsorships begin at $250.  Hospitality and Pairing Reception for the event will be held, Friday, June 10th from 7pm-11pm and Saturday, June 11th after play at the Little Rock Airport Holiday Inn.  Proceeds from the Golf Classic will benefit the organization's supportive services and the enrichment camp for kids living with sickle cell disease.  For more information on the Golf Classic, call 501-680-3632.  For more information on the Little Rock Pro Duffers, visit www.littlerockproduffers.comFor more information on Sickle Cell Support Services, visit www.arscss.org.


May 19, 2016

- Pastor William Robinson; Louise Scott, Event Chair; and Dr. Rod Romes, Pharmacist for First Baptist Church-S.A. Jones' 6th Annual Linking the Community to Health Services.  This annual community health event will be held, Saturday, May 21st from 10:30am-2pm on the grounds of First Baptist Church, 811 Scipio A. Jones in North Little Rock. Some of the most trusted health service providers in Central Arkansas will offer free health screenings, health information, door prizes, refreshments, fun activities, like horseback riding, track & field races, farmers market, hair cuts, and so much more! A special 'Ask the Doctors' session will include Dr. Rod Romes, Dr. Alonzo Williams, Dr. Morris Kelley, Dr. Marvin Ashford, and Dr. Manuel Kelley. The NLR Community Band will provide entertainment.  For more information, call 501-374-9394.

- Evangeline Parker-Guest, Founder & Executive Director and Mariah Brown, Lady Miss Teen Promise 2015 for the 19th Annual Miss Teen Promise.  Teen Promise, Inc. is a non-profit 501 (c)3 corporation that teaches females how to become more positive, poised, productive, professional and polished ladies and provide scholarship funds for higher education. The organization has served over 275 females and awarded over $90,000 in scholarships, training and prizes. Applications are being accepted through May 31st for Miss Teen Promise Female Preparatory & Scholarship program.  The 15-week program is for females ages 3-25.  Register at www.missteenpromise.com or call 501-353-0009.   

 - Rebecca Tennille for the Clinton Center for the 2nd Annual Bridge to the Future Community Festival.  This free community festival encourages students to read throughout the summer break.  It includes activities, literacy, health and safety resources for parents. Activities will include, free books from the Reading is Fundamental "AR Kids Read" program, crafts and coloring activities, appearances by Clifford the Big Red Dog, Cookie Mouse and Curious George, puppet shows, face painting and more!  Bridge to the Future Community Festival will be held, Saturday, May 21st from 10am-2pm at the Clinton Center in downtown Little Rock.  For more information, visit www.clintonfoundation.org.  

- Hugh Leavell, Community Outreach Director and Christopher Williams of the Arkansas National Guard for their Youth Challenge Program.  Youth Challenge is a free military style structured program for youth ages 16-18 that have dropped out or on the verge of dropping out of high school.  The behavior modification program has a residential phase of 5 1/2 months., then graduates of the program are followed up with for 1 year.  Students have the opportunity to earn their high school diploma and upon graduation they have to go to work, continue their education, or join the military.  Scholarships are given to those who want to pursue a higher education. The next class starts in July 2016.  Applications are currently being accepted. The deadline for applications is June 15th.  For more information, call 1-800-814-8453 or visit www.aryouthchallenge.org.  

May 12, 2016

- Stephanie Wilcox, Festival's Charities Chair and Chrissy Chatham of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas for the 32nd Annual International Greek Food Festival.  The festival will take place Friday-Sunday, May 20th-22nd at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 110 Napa Valley Drive in Little Rock. It will be a family-friendly weekend filled with food, fun, and fundraising for local charities.  Admission, parking and trolley service are free!  Festival hours will be Friday & Saturday, May 20th-21st from 11am-9pm and Sunday, May 22nd from 11am-3pm.  Proceeds will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas, Community Connections, Easter Seals Arkansas, Harmony Health Clinic, Literacy Action of Central Arkansas, Wolfe Street Foundation and Youth Home, Inc. For more information on entertainment, the Old World Market and Grocery, kid's activities and church tours visit www.greekfoodfest.com.

Jerrell Hardnett, PR Specialist at the Arkansas Aids Foundation for the Arkansas Aids Walk 2016: "Bridging the Gap."  This fun-filled event will be held, Saturday, May 14th from 7:30am-11:30am at the Clinton Presidential Center, 1200 President Clinton Ave. in downtown Little Rock.  The Aids Walk will provide a unique way to raise community awareness and support for growing epidemic of  HIV/Aids.  Proceeds will benefit and help sustain the Arkansas Aids Foundation in continuing to provide support services to Arkansans.  About 500 are expected to participate in this year's walk.  For more information, call 501-374-2898 or visit www.arkansasaidsfoundation.org.

- Lara Blume McGhee, Founder of ALS in Wonderland Foundation for the 3rd Annual ALS in Wonderland presents Neverland: "Imagine a World Without ALS."  This fundraiser will be Saturday, May 14th with a Mixer at 7pm featuring Rodney Block and an 8:15pm start time at Albert Pike Masonic Center, 712 Scott Street in Little Rock. Renowned ALS Research Specialist Dr. Richard Bedlack of Duke ALS Clinic will be the featured guest and PALS Rickie Joe Bauer will be honored.  Other special guests include ALS Warrior Advocate Anthony Carbajal and former NBA Star Stephen Howard.  The night will be one of intrigue, fantasy and inspiration.  The Peter Pan themed event is inspired by cirque arts and couture fashion.  For more information, visit www.alsinwonderland.com or call 501-492-6955.

- Frank "Penny" Edwards of the Real Cowboy Association for the 6th Annual Little Rock Black Rodeo.  The Real Cowboy Association presents the 6th Annual Little Rock Black Rodeo, Saturday, May 14th at the Barton Coliseum, 2600 Howard Street in Little Rock with a Tailgate Party at 3pm and Showtime at 7pm. Known as the Baddest Show on Dirt, this event will feature Calf Roping, Barrel Racing, Bareback Riding, Bull Riding Steer Wrestling, Live Entertainment and more! Parking is free for the Rodeo and Tailgate with ticket purchase.  Tickets are available at Ugly Mike's, Uncle T's, Cavender's, Arkansas State Fairgrounds, and online at www.etix.com.  For more information on the Real Cowboy Association, visit www.realcowboyassociation.com.         


May 05, 2016

- Joyce Raynor, Executive Director of the Center for Healing Hearts & Spirits for 2016 Pampered Ladies Luncheon & Wellness Expo.  The Center for Healing Hearts & Spirits and ACTS Church invites you to join them for the 2016 Pampered Ladies Luncheon & Wellness Expo, Saturday, May 7th at ACTS Church from 8:30am-1:30pm.  Women will receive a day of pampering and provided will be educational information, Health Screenings, Zumba, Massages, Manicures, Tobacco Prevention information, Bingo, and much more!  Hear from the experts, Dr. Rhonda Mattox, Dr. Kim Eason, Senator Joyce Elliott, and others on women health issues. Seating is limited to the first 150 women.  This event is free, but your must register at www.hhscenter.org or call 501-372-3800. 

- Lott Rolfe, Little Rock Attorney; Dr. Glenn Hersey, Outreach Pastor at St. Mark Baptist Church for the Criminal Record Expungement Seminar.  The Outreach Ministry of St. Mark Baptist Church in partnership with the W. Harold Flowers Law Society & the Arkansas Access to Justice Foundation will host a Criminal  Expungement Seminar, Saturday, May 7th from 9am-11am at St. Mark Family Life Center, 5722 West 12th Street in Little Rock.  Little Rock District Court Judge Vic Fleming will conduct a one-hour information session, detailing Arkansas law and the expungement process. Volunteer attorneys will assist those present in obtaining the needed documents to begin the process. The seminar is free and open to the public.  Arkansas is one of many states that permits expunging, or sealing of criminal records.  A sealed record allows a person to legally state he or she has never been charged nor convicted of a crime in situations such as: Applying for employment, leasing or renting an apartment or home, and obtaining higher education.  For more information, call 501-663-3955 or visit www.smark.org.

- Tamela Tennpenny-Lewis, Co-Founder of he Preservation of African American Cemeteries, Inc. (PAAC) for the 10th Annual "Memorial in May" Cemetery Preservation Conference.  St. John Missionary Baptist Church in El Dorado and the Preservation of African American Cemeteries, Inc. (PAAC) will host the 10th Annual "Memorial in May" Cemetery Preservation Conference, Friday-Saturday, May 6th-7th at 9am at St. John Family Life Center, 1016 East Wilson Street in El Dorado. The 2-day conference will offer workshop with various speakers discussing the issues concerning the difficulties individuals and communities face restoring and preserving neglected cemeteries. Attendees will learn the proper techniques in documenting, preserving, restoring, protecting and maintaining cemeteries and gravesites.  For more information, call 501-425-5578 or email www.paacarcemeteries@aol.com.


April 28, 2016

- Lecole White, Program Manager of Arkansas Creating Connections for Children (ARCCC) for Children with Arkansas Department of Human Services, a Division of Children and Family Services for Donate the BASICS for Children in Foster Care.  ARCCC, a part of the Department of Human Service/Division of Children and Family Services is having a Donation Drive for Children in Foster Care, "Donate the BASICS," Monday, May 2nd from 11:30am - 1:30pm at Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock.  Items needed are backpacks, duffle bags, suitcases/luggage, pajamas, underwear (2T and up), socks, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, lotion, soap, baby shampoo, lice shampoo, body wash, pacifiers, baby bottles, sippy cups, diapers, wipes, and snacks that are kid-friendly, pre-packaged, and non-perishable.  In the event that you cannot make the Kick-off event, donations will be accepted through the entire month of May at any of the 85 DHS county offices.  For more information, call 501-682-8759 or visit www.fosterarkansas.org.

- Chelle Luper Wilson, Regional Director of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. South Central Region for the 84th South Central Regional Conference.  Over 3,000 AKA's from Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Texas will take over the city!  The theme is "Diamond Dimensions of Sisterhood and Service."  The 4-day event will be held Thursday-Sunday, April 28th-May 1st at the Statehouse Convention Center and the LR Marriott Hotel. Events are planned through out Little Rock.

Thurs., April 28th | 8pm | Statehouse Convention Ctr. in Governor's Hall - Public Meeting which will recognize and celebrate  a list of notable honorees for their outstanding achievements and service to Arkansas and the nation. (Honorees: Colette D. Honorable, Commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Washington, DC), The Clinton Foundation and Thelma Mothershed Weir of the Little Rock Nine. Dr. Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson, International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. will deliver the charge.

  • Fri., April 29th | 7am | Legacy Breakfast (Ticketed event)
  • Sat., April 30th | 8:45am | Leadership Breakfast (Ticketed event)

12:30pm | Statehouse Conv. Ctr. - Luncheon featuring  keynote speaker and  Arkansas native, Dr. Debbye Turner Bell, Miss America 1990. (Ticketed event)  

8pm | Statehouse Conv. Ctr. - The Diamond Experience "Naturally Flawless" Closing Gala

  • Sun., May 1st | Statehouse Conv. Ctr | Ecumenical Service "New Dimensions of Faith"

11am | Little Rock Marriott Hotel | Gospel Brunch (Ticketed event)  

For more information, call 479-685-0193 or visit www.akasouthcentral.org or Like 'em on Facebook "AKA South Central Region."

- Nicole Freeman and Tabitha Cooke of the Continental Society of Little Rock and Leon Chitman and Ray Sturgis of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. for Spring Into Health Colgate Dental Check-Up.  The Little Rock Chapter of Continental Societies, Inc. and Pi Omicron Chapter and Omicron Lamda Lamda of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. presents Spring Into Health Colgate Dental Check-Up, Saturday, April 30th from 10am-2pm at Holy Temple COGIC, 1322 South Pulaski Street in LR.  Provided will be Free child Dental Check Ups for kids 12 & under, Physical Fitness, Hand Washing Booth, Food, Demonstration/Education, MEMS and Little Rock Fire Department, Accident Prevention Display, Safety Belt and Child Safety Demonstrations, Drug and Alcohol Prevention Education Booth.  For more information, call 501-291-3445 or call 501-680-3149.


April 21, 2016

- Angeletta Giles, Parent Advocate with Project PAAK (Parent Advocate For Awesome Kids) and daughter 8-year-old Londyn Giles for "A Parent's Perspective...Understanding Autism."  Londyn was diagnosed with autism in 2012.  Due to her parents finding the necessary resources and taking advantage of the early intervention programs ranging in physical, speech and occupational therapies, Londyn is thriving.  She is active in activities at church, dance and cheerleading.  Dr. Maya Lopez, an autism specialist and UAMS Associate Professor of Pediatrics who sees patients on the Arkansas Children's Hospital campus says, "Autism is a condition where the treatment goes beyond the walls of a clinic or hospital.  It involves the entire community around Londyn.  For Londyn to break out of her shell and have better social awareness, she needs opportunities to be with other children." 

Project PAAK is designed to inform and mentor parents on the prevention and intervention of child development issues.  The purpose of the project is to create a support system that dill demystify the evaluation process and emphasize the critical importance of early interventions to families who have concerns related to their child's development, including autism spectrum disorder. For more information, call (901) 734-7314 or email projectpaak@gmail.com.

- Dr. John Miller, Sr., President of 100 Black Men of Greater Little Rock for the 3rd Annual "Mentoring Across A Lifetime" Leadership Conference.  100 Black Men of Greater Little Rock hosts this free event with the theme "Mentoring and Community," Saturday, April 23rd from 9am-1pm at St. Mark Baptist Church, 5722 West 12th Street in Little Rock.  The conference is about understanding what mentoring is all about. Attendees will learn how to be more effective leaders and mentors, and also learn about the importance of being mentored.  There will be morning sessions, a community luncheon and 2 recipients of the "100 Scholars" Scholarship will be recognized. For more information and to RSVP, visit www.100blackmenglr.com.

- Odessa Darrough, Event Chair of the 13th Annual Minority Health Fair.  This free event will be held, Saturday, April 23rd from 10am-2pm at Central High School in the Quigley Cox Stadium, 15400 South Park in Little Rock.  The day filled with family fun, entertainment, health screenings, physical fitness activities, games, prizes, and so much more.  Attendees can receive health information and screenings on cancer, nutrition & obesity, oral health, alcoholism, eye disease, heart disease & stroke and a list of others.  A vacation trip and gift certificates will be awarded in prizes.  For more information, call 501-960-2569. 

- Red Wilson, Event Producer for the 2016 Blues on the River.  The 2-day music festival, 2016 Blues on the River will be Friday & Saturday, April 22nd-23rd at the North Shore River Walk.  This is the 17th anniversary of the festival which attracts music enthusiasts from across the United States.  It is best known for its entertainment and tradition of Southern soul which is better known for the sound of the south.  Featured artists will be:

Friday, April 22 (gates open at 4:30pm) 6pm showtime - Big John Miller Band, Clarence Carter, Latimore, and Millie Jackson.  Also performances by D-Train and Comedian Silky Slimm.

Saturday, April 23rd (gates open at 2pm) 3pm showtime  - Big John, J-Won, Terry Wright, Jeff Floyd, Mr. Pokey, Malcolm Allen, Bishop Bullwinkle, and the On Call Band.

For tickets and more information, call 501-779-4676 or visit www.eventsarkansas.com.


April 14, 2016

- Donna Terrell, Fox 16 News Anchor for Donna Terrell's Yoga Warriors Fighting Colon Cancer.  Donna's daughter Queah found strength and comfort in yoga while she battled colon cancer before passing away in March 2011.  She is considered to be the first Yoga Warrior.  The mission of the Warriors is to let you know you're never too young to get colon cancer and raise awareness for early detection of colon and other cancers.  They also promote the benefits of yoga in helping relieve some of the stress and symptoms of cancer and its associated treatments. They help survivors currently in treatment with financial assistance for some of their liquid nutritional needs.  This free yoga event will be, Saturday, April 16th at 10am at the Doubletree Hotel, 424 West Markham St. in LR.  Be sure to take your yoga mat.  For more information or to make a donation to CARTI, visit www.yogawarriors.org.

Dr. Fitz Hill, President of Arkansas Baptist College for the 7th Annual Supper & Soul 2016.  This annual fundraiser gala is a celebration of the accomplishments of the college and its 132 year history.  The Gala will be held, Thursday, April 21st with a reception and silent auction at 6:30pm and dinner with live entertainment at 7pm featuring An Evening with Lakeside and The Bar-Kays.  Barry & Andrea Griffith and Anthony & Sheila Brooks will serve as Honorary Co-Chairs for the event.  Sponsorships and individual tickets are available.  For more information, call 501-420-1206 or email development@arkansasbaptist.edu.

- Micheal Stone, Executive Director of Student & Equity Services for the North Little Rock School District for School Choice.  The North Little Rock School District is currently registering student during its School Choice through May 1st, 2016.  Students outside of the NLR School District, excluding those in Pulaski County School District are eligible for School Choice. NLRSD has 5 new elementary schools, 4 completely renovated elementary schools, 1 new high school, 1 completely renovated Pre-K, and 1 middle school that is currently under construction.  For more information on School Choice and the NLRSD, visit www.nlrsd.org or call 501-771-8000.

April 7, 2016

- Bernard Kinsey, Owner and Bryan Rodgers, Public Information Officer for Mosaic Templars Cultural Center (MTCC) opening of the exhibit the Kinsey Collection.  The Department of Arkansas Heritage, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center announce the opening of the Kinsey Collection, Friday, April 8 and running through July 2nd at MTCC, 501 West 9th Street in Little Rock.  Museum hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 9am-5pm.   The renowned exhibit includes authentic and rare art, original artifacts, books, documents, etc., that tell a more complete story of the black experience in America.  The collection received national acclaim and has been featured at the DuSable Museum of African American History, the American Pavilion of Epcot Center at Walt Disney World and the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.  The exhibit is names for its creators, Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, who began collecting art and artifacts as they explored their own ancestral heritage.  The collection includes thousands of pieces, acquired from around the globe.  For more information on the exhibit, visit www.mosaictemplarscenter.com or call 501-683-3593.  For more information on the Kinsey Collection, visit www.thekinseycollection.com.

- Marisha DiCarlo, President of the Junior League of Little Rock for Little Readers Rock.  The Little Rock Chapter of the Junior League hosts their annual event Little Readers Rock.  Children will get a chance to hear from storytellers and puppeteers, create their own book, take a tour of the library's greenhouse, and make crafts.  Refreshments will be provided.  This event is open to the public and free books will be distributed to children while supplies last.  Little Readers Rock will be held, Saturday, April 9th from 9am-1pm at the Hiliary Rodham Clinton Children's Library & Learning Center in Little Rock.  For more information, visit www.jllr.org or call 501-375-5557.

- Dee Boles, Author of "God's Got A Man For You" for a Book Signing and the "Love Like You Mean It" Free Seminar.  Dee Boles is a native of North Little Rock who wrote her first book, "God's Got A Man For You" the Spiritual Side of Relationships, Why We Do What We Do.  The book is written very candidly and humorously about her own life, trials, relationships, and pitfalls in an effort to encourage others to trust God in every area of their life.  Boles is also a motivational speaker and has delivered messages to inspire people to live better lives.  She is in town from California to hold two events this weekend, Love Like You Mean It Free Seminar and a Book Signing.

  • "Love Like You Mean It" Free Seminar will be held Saturday, April 9th from 9:30am-12pm in the Shorter College Student Center, 604 North Locust Street in North Little Rock.  The event is geared to enlighten, inspire and empower attendees to keep their faith and more. The first 50 ladies will get a free gift and can enter the drawing for the grand prize. (Men are encouraged to attend.)
  • Book Signing will be held Saturday, April 9th from 2pm-4pm at Pyramid Art, Books & Custom Framing, 1001 Wright Ave. in Little Rock where she will discuss and sign copies of her book.

For more information about the events, call 501-240-5243.  For more information on Dee Boles, visit www.deeboles.com.


March 31, 2016

- Crystal Barker, President of the Little Rock Al, um, nae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. for "Delta Presents."  The LR Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Delta Presents Outreach Foundation presents the 43rd Annual "Delta Presents 2016,"  Sunday, April 3rd from 5pm-8pm at UALR Theatre of Performing Arts, 2801 South University Ave.  The theme is "Black Men Emerging."  This Annual event will honor 44 high school young men in the Central Arkansas area on their accomplishments in academic, talent, athletic achievements and community involvement. Over $25,000 will be awarded in college scholarships.

*The Delta Presents program was designed to encourage and aide college-bound male seniors to achieve higher educational success.  Events leading up to the recognition program include a parent host hour, personal developmental workshops to expose the honorees to successful men in the community, and a mother's brunch.  For ticket information, visit www.deltapresentsoutreach.org or call 501-831-8893.

- Steven Mills, Director of the Hot Springs Boys & Girls Club for "Great Futures Gala."  The Hot Springs Boys & Girls Club of America hosts their inaugural "Great Futures Gala" with keynote speaker NFL and Baseball Legend Bo Jackson, Friday, April 8th from 7pm-9pm at the Hot Springs Convention Center in Horner Hall. The mission of "Great Futures Gala" is to inspire and enable all youth to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens.  Proceeds will benefit the Hot Springs Boys & Girls Club of America.  For VIP seating and Corporate sponsorships (including meet and greet, signed football, and an individual picture with Bo Jackson), contact Steven Mills at smills@hsbgc.org.  For tickets to "Great Futures Gala" and more information, visit www.hsbgc.org.

- Clinton McDonald (defensive tackle for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Pep Levingston (defensive end with Ca, nadian Football Leag, ue), Demetrius Harris (tight end with Kansas City Chiefs), and Michael Johnson (defensive end with the Cincinnati Bengals) for Family Fun Day and the 4th Annual Iron Sharpens Iron Football & Cheer Camp. 

  • Meet and Greet Clinton McDonald and NFL Friends, Thursday, March 31st from 8pm-10pm at Bar Louie, 11525 Cantrell Road in Little Rock. Present the football/cheer camp flyer (obtained online at www.macclid.org or on Facebook at "Macc-lid") and 20% of your purchase goes toward MACCLID organization.  This fundraiser will allow attendees to meet and greet, Michael Johnson - Cincinnati Begals, William Gholston-Tampa Bay Buccaneer, Dequan Bowers-Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Pep Levingston,BC Lions (Canadian Football League), Demetius Harris-Kansas City Chiefs, Red Bryant-Arizona Cardinals, and others!
  • NFL Great Clinton McDonald & MACCLID (McDonald Association Collective Collaboration) presents the 2nd Annual Family Fun Day, Friday, April 1st from 5pm-9pm at Jacksonville High School, 2400 Linda Lane.  The evening will be filled with fun, food and family fellowship.  Meet and Greet NFL Players & Guests.  Donations of unopened household items, can foods, individual wrapped snacks, laundry supplies, and gift cards. Donations will benefit the Watershed and the Ronald McDonald House of Arkansas. 
  • Clinton McDonald & Friends hosts the 4th Annual "Iron Sharpens Iron" Football & Cheer Camp, Saturday, April 2nd from 9am-3pm at Jacksonville High School, 2400 Linda Lane. Youth ages 6-17 will have the opportunity to be mentored and taught the fundamentals of football and cheer leading.  The price: $30 Cheerleaders | $40 Football.  To register, visit www.macclid.orgTo obtain more information, call 501-773-0917.

*MACCLID (McDonald & Associates Collective Collaboration-Light Into Darkness) is a distinguished athletic organization based on serving and assisting the betterment and uplifting the underprivileged communities and communities across the country by using the spirit of the Lord to be a light unto our darken paths.  By using the fundamentals ion sports and real life testimonies, they aid in introducing principles that will impact and remain with individuals within the community for a lifetime.


March 24, 2016

- Miriam Karanja, Director of Programs at the Arkansas Cancer Coalition for the 17th Annual Cancer Summit.  March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness month and the Arkansas Cancer Coalition will host the 17th Annual Cancer Coaliti,, , on "Navigating the Cancer Continuum:  Prevention to Survivorship," Tuesday, March 29th from 7:30am-3:45pm at the Benton Event Center, 17322 Interstate 30.  The summit is open to the public and will be a day of learning for all advocates, public health practitioners and all Arkansans inte, rested in improving the ability to fight colorectal cancer and improving the survival rate. Some of the topics include how we reduce tobacco use rates in our state; how we can work together to develop a measureable plan for fighting cancer, and more.  Cancer survivors can attend the summit free of charge.  To register or obtain more information, visit www.arcancersummit.org or call 501-404-2363.

 - Senator Linda Chesterfield and Judy Smith, Director of Transition for Arkansas Rehabilitation Services (ARS).  Arkansas Rehabilitation Services, a division of Career Education, provides opportunities for Arkansans with disabilities to lead productive and independent lives.  Arkansas is one of 8 states with a Comprehensive Rehabilitation Center in the country: the Arkansas Career Training Institute (ACTI) provides 11 programs accredited by the Council on Occupational Employment (COE); ranging from Cosmetology to Welding.  The largest component of ARS is the Field Program which has 93 Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor positions in 19 offices across the state, serving all 75 Arkansas Counties.  ARS has programs for young people with disabilities, too.  A Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor is assigned to serve all high schools providing special programs and developing additional Pre-Employment Training Services.  For more information on ARS, call 1-800-330-0632 or visit www.ace.arkansas.gov.

- Patrick Oliver, Arkansas Native and Literary Activist to serve as Moderator for "Beyond November with Scholar and Author Bakari Kitwana."  Patrick Oliver returns to Little Rock to discuss voter participation, youth activism and community engagement with scholar and author Bakari Kitwana.  The discussion will be held on Thursday, March 22nd at 7pm at Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, 2010 Daisy Bates Drive and is free and open to the public.  Oliver's recent book On My Own: Vision Board Guidebook for Young People encourages young people to have an active part in their personal growth which includes civic engagement.  Kitwana is author of The Hip Hop Generation which combines culture and politics into a pivotal work in American studies.  For more information on the event, call 501-374-1957.  To obtain Oliver's book, visit www.speakloudly.com or call 501-952-6169.


March 17, 2016

- Sammie Holmes, Board Member and Johnny Hasan of Friends of Haven of Rest Cemetery, Inc. for the Dinner Theatre "Precious Memories."  The 4th Annual Dinner Theatre "Precious Memories" hosted by the Friends of Haven of Rest Cemetery, Inc. will be held, Friday, March 25th at 6pm at the Arkansas Enterprises for the Developmentally Disabled (AEDD), 105 East Roosevelt Road in Little Rock.  Tickets are $50 and Tables are $500.  This year "Precious Memories" will focus on communities and highlight 4 individuals.  Proceeds from this event will help restore and preserve the history.  Haven of Rest, 7102 West 12th Street in Little Rock is , the lar, , gest African American cemetery in the state of Arkansas (with over 7,500 burials).  It became the final resting place of prominent Arkansas such as Daisy L. Bates, Scipio A. Jones, Dr. Joseph A. Booker, the first president of Arkansas Baptist College. For more information or to purchase your ticket, call 501-613-5439 or visit www.friendsofhavenofrestcemetery.com or email fhorcemetery@gmail.com.

- Latina Sheard, Branch Manager of the Sue Cowan Williams Library for Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) Preserving the History of Sue Cowan Williams.  The late Sue Cowan Williams made a difference to African American teachers in the Little Rock School District by requesting equal pay for all teachers. Although she won her case, she lost her teaching job at Dunbar High School during that time.  Very little is recorded about Mrs. Williams' life, and the CALS is working to create a set of taped interview, an oral history, that highlights her life and the relationships she had in the community.  The oral history will be archived in the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies and will be available for any resident, scholar, or researcher to hear.  The Sue Cowan Williams Library will conduct interviews with the community members who knew Mrs. Williams' to preserve the history of her life.  Interview will be conducted Monday-Saturday, March 14th-19th at the Williams Library, 1800 Chester Street in Little Rock (right next to Dunbar Middle School). Former students, sorority sisters (Deltas), educators, church members, and those in the community who knew Sue Cowan Williams are asked to contact Latina Shear, , d at 501-376-4282 to schedule an appointment and, help make this a complete success.  To learn more about the Central Arkansas Library System, visit www.cals.org.

- Vivian Flowers, State Representative of District 17 for The Importance of Voting in Jefferson County.  Your vote is your opportunity to be heard, to hold elected officials accountable for their decisions and to ha, ve a say in important issues that affect the community.  Jefferson County is currently having a run-off election which will continue through Monday, March 21st from 8:3-am-5pm.  Election day will be Tuesday, March 22nd from 7:30am-7:30pm.  The following races will be decided:

  •  County Judge:  The candidates are Dutch King (I) or Henry "Hank" Wilkins, IV. 
  • Mayor:  The candidates are Debe Hollingsworth (I) or Shirley Washington
  • Ward 2 Alderman: The candidates are Lloyd Franklin II or Win Trafford

All registered voters can vote for these candidates in this run-off contest, except voters who voted in the Republican Primary on March 1st.  A couple of these races could result in African American firsts.  Wilkins would be the first African American elected as County Judge in the state of Arkansas since Reconstruction in the late 1800's. Also, Shirley Washington will be the first African American woman ever elected as mayor of Pine Bluff.  For more information, contact the Jefferson County Clerk's Office at 870-541-5322.   


March 10, 2016

- LaKisha Johnson, Executive Director for Sickle Cell Support Services (SCSS) and Kimberly Lee, Board Member for the Walk Out Sickle Cell 3K Walk.  Fire Chief Officers and Sickle Cell Support Services presents this event, Saturday, March 19th at 8am starting at 16th and Rice Street and ending at 7th and Chester Street in Little Rock.  Proceeds from the Walk will benefit SCSS by raising awareness and funds to provide supportive services and resources.  Registration: $35  To register online, visit www.arscss.org or call 501-650-0764.

*Approximately 70,000-10,000 Americans have sickle cell anemia, the most common form of an inherited blood disorder that causes the production of abnormal hemoglobin, a protein that attaches to oxygen in the lungs and carries it to all parts of the body. Sickle cell trait affects approximately 8 percent of African-Americans. 

- Reggie Jackson, Pi Lambda Chapter President; Kalven Trice, Chair; and Dustin Barnes, Publicity Chair for the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.'s 70th Annual Southwestern Regional Convention.  The world's oldest intercollegiate Greek-lettered fraternity founded by African American men, will hold its 70th Annual Southwestern Regional Convention during the week of March 17-20, 2016 in Arkansas' capital city.  The southwestern region is made up of fraternity brothers who reside in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas.  Events are planned throughout the city, many of them are open and free to the public.  The Alphas will have community service projects at Habitat Humanity, Arkansas Food Bank, VIPS, and the United Way,

Thurs., March 17 at 7pm | Marriott Hotel - Public Program ("Black Lives Matter:  Policing & Criminal Justice Reform)  FREE

Fri., March 18 at 8pm | Marriott Hotel - Miss Black & Gold Pageant; 10pm Step Show to be held at the Statehouse Convention Center

Sat., March 19 from 9am-4:30pm | Marriott Hotel - Medical Fair and Career Fair FREE

For more information, visit them on Facebook "Alpha Phi Alpha Southwest Regional Convention," or email aphpilambda@gmail.com or call 501-952-9076.

- Dr. I. J. Routen, Coordinator of Elementary Fine Arts at the Little Rock School District for "Artistry in the Rock."  The Little Rock School District hosts the 6th Annual Artistry in the Rock, a celebration and showcase of LRSD student talent in the performing and visual arts, Monday-Wednesday, March 14th-16th from 9am-2pm at the Metroplex Event Center, 10800 Colonel Glenn Road in LR.  This event is free and open to the public.  An Art Gallery will be open daily from 9am-2pm with student a, rtwork fr, om Pre-K thru 12th grade on display.  27 musical performance will take place daily beginning at 9:30am.  Evening performances will be held Wednesday from 6pm-8:30pm and a silent auction of student and faculty artwork along with community donations to benefit the Dr. Morris Holmes Artistry in the Rock Scholarship Fund for graduation seniors planning to major in the arts or arts education.  For more information, visit www.lrsd.org.


March 03, 2016

- Ken Wade, Executive Director and Sherman Tate, Board Chairman for the Urban League of Arkansas. The Urban League has established a new Arkansas chapter of the civil-rights organization.  A a recent ribbon-cutting ceremony, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said that as Arkansas tackles challenges such as job creation, job skill training, academic distress in Little Rock schools and prison overcrowding, he wants to make sure the Arkansas Urban League's "voice is in the mix."  The organization is structured to lead efforts in advancing and obtaining equal opportunities for all citizens with a concerted focus on the areas of Health, Education, Jobs and Housing.  As an affiliate of the National Urban League, Arkansas will sustain the mission of the Urban League movement by conducting its business consistent with the requirements, policies, and standards of the National Urban League.  To learn more about the Urban League of Arkansas, visit www.urbanleaguear.org or email info@uleaguear.org.

- Ken Kautious, Independent Filmmaker; Cast & Crew:  Levell Lake, Valerie Childs, Shawn Williams, Courtney Ray, and Terrance Dumas for the film premiere of "Broken Glass."  Ken Kautious grew up in Little Rock and overcame many obstacles such as gang life, drug infested neighborhood, and his greatest achievement, fighting for full custody of his daughter, which he won.  "Broken Glass" is based off of true event using local non-actors in the movie which was shot in the Little Rock and Hot Springs area.  Synopsis: Everyone has a purpose in life, but not everyone that has sight, has vision.  This is the story of one man's vision to find his purpose, and the obstacles that almost leads him to his fate in the process.  The movie premiere will be held, Thursday, March 10th at 8pm at Chenal 9 IMAX Theater in the Promenade at Chenal Shopping Center, 17825 Chenal Parkway in Little Rock.  For more information, email KenKautiousFilms@gmail.com or call 501-291-2880.

- Debra Myton for the Prince of Pan Afrikanism: Dr Umar Johnson to Speak at Philander Smith College for From Little Rock Nine to No Child Left Behind: 60 Years of Academic Apartheid.  Dr. Umar Johnson is a prominent Psychologist and world renowned speake, r known for his writing "Psycho-Academic Holocaust: The Special Education and ADHD Wars Agains, t Black Boys."  Dr. Johnson will be discussing Special Education to the Prison Pipeline, the ADHD Hoax, the Ritalin Conspiracy, High Stakes Testing, Learning Disability Hustle, Racism in the Foster & Adoption Care industry, Dangers of Immunizations, Police Genocide, President Obama's Last Year in Office, Post-Traumatic Slavery Disease (PTSD), and Black Male-Female Relationships and much more!  The event will be held Friday, March 4th from 6pm-9pm in the M.L. Harris Auditorium at Philander Smith College, 900 Daisy Bates Drive in Little Rock. Purchase your tickets at www.eventbrite.com. For more information, call 501-779-8627 or email DrUmarLittleRock@gmail.com.

February 25, 2016

- Theresa Timmons-Shamberger, Timmons Arts Foundation; Beneal Smith, Praise Dancer; Dr. Nancy Collins, and Dr. Michael Preston for the 12th Annual MidSouth Black Expo.  This free event will be held Saturday, February 27th from 8:30am-3pm at The Metroplex Event Center, 10800 Colonel Glenn Road in Little Rock.  There will be hourly giveaways, health screenings, shopping, and stage entertainment.  Some of the entertainment will be provided by the Mablevale Drumline, Chris James of the House of Poetry, St. Mark Gospel Choir, Praise Dancer Beneal Smith, Rodney Block and a list of others.  For more information call 501-804-0669 or email info@timmonsarts.org.

- Jason Irby, Author for the Arkansas Heritage Celebration of Black History Month.  The Jason Irby Innovation Foundation presents the Arkansas Heritage Celebration of Black History Month, Saturday, February 27th at 3pm at the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library and , Lear, ning Center, 4800 West 10th Street in Little Rock.  Hear amazing stories of many unknown African-Americans with Arkansas ties who made major contributions to the world.  Presenters will be:  David Ware, Arkansas Capitol Historian; Judge Don Glover, Dermott; Ira Tillman, Sr. Family, Gould; Veatrice Barnes, Wabbaseka; Pat Johnson, Pocahontas; Media Wilkins, Little Rock; and Tatyana Oyinloye, Little Rock.  

*The event is sponsored by the UALR Office of Campus Life and the UALR College of Social Sciences and Communication.  For more information, email jasonirbyinnovationfoundation@gmail.com.

-  Charles Stewart, Chairman of the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame and Judge Timothy Evans, Chief Judge of the State of Illinois, Circuit Court of Cook County for the Distinguished Laureate Lecture Series VII.  Arkansas Black Hall of Fame in partnership with Mosaic Templars Cultural Center presents this event, Thursday, February 25th at 6pm (doors open at 5pm) at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 501 West Ninth Street in Little Rock featuring the Honorable Timothy C. Evans, a 2010 inductee of the AR Black Hall of Fame.  Judge Evans is the Chief Judge of one of the largest circuit court systems in the world.  He is the first African American to be elected to this position where he oversees 400 judges an dmore than 2,700 non-judicial employees.  He is the recipient of the prestigious William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence, presented annually by the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.  Judge Evans is returning to share his experiences as Chief Judge and his insight on:

  • Social and racial Justice in America
  • Alternative sentencing for juveniles and nonviolent offenders
  • Criminal justice system reform
  • Interpretations of the laws governing Grand Jury decisions

This event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the series.  To RSVP, visit www.arblackhalloffame.org.


February 18, 2016

- Tami East and Dr. Michelle Wright for The Milton Pitts Crenchaw Aviation Training Academy (MPCATA).  The MPCATA hosts "The Legacy Continues" Reception, Saturday, February 27th from 5:30pm-7:30pm I the Lafayette Building, 523 South Louisiana Street in Little Rock.  MPCATA is named after Dr. Milton P. Crenchaw, and original Tuskegee Airman who was one of the first African-Americans in the country and the first Arkansan to be trained by the federal government as a civilian licensed pilot. Founded in 2009, MPCATA mentors studen, , ts in underserved and disadvantaged communities in order to provide access to educational opportunities in the aviation and aerospace industry.  For more information on The Milton Pitts Crenchaw Aviation Training Academy, visit www.mpcatayouth.org.

- Lou Tobian and Odessa Darrough for AARP Arkansas.  For Black History Month, AARP Arkansas will host a Free Movie screening of the powerful movie "Selma," Tuesday, February 23rd at 7pm at the Riverdale 10 Cinema, 2600 Cantrell Road in Little Rock.  The screening is part of AARP's Movies for Grownups, which strives to spotlight and celebrate movies with storylines, performances and film making that have distinct relevance to the 50+ population.  To reserve your spot, call 1-844-418-2281 or visit www.aarp.org/ar.

- Christopher Smith, Program Coordinator for Special Programs and Sericia Cole, Associate Vice President of Advancement & External Relations for Philander Smith College.  Philander hosts African American Honors Ceremony, Sunday, February 28th at 2pm in the M.L.Harris Auditorium.  African American seniors from the big three school districts, Little Rock, North Little Rock, and Pulaski County Special School will be honored for earning a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.  Dr. Roderick Smothers, Sr., President of PSC will offer institutional scholarships at the ceremony.  This event is open to the public.  Visit www.philander.edu to learn more about the college.


February 11, 2016

- Anitha Kobusingye, Author and Larry Bone, Co-Author for the book release "Born Anonymous."  Former Arkansas Baptist College International Student, Anitha Kobusingye will have a Book Signing for the release of her new book, "Born Anonymous: One Story of Hope and Love in Rwanda."  Kobusingye recounts her experiences growing up as an orphan in Uganda.  With the death of her parents, physical abuse by adopted family, , , running away at the age of 7, she describes in her book how she was able to overcome it all.  The book signing will be at 11am, Thursday, February 11th in the gymn, asium of Arkansas Baptist College, 1621 MLK Drive in Little Rock.  For more information, call 501-420-1345.

- Melanie Hillard, President and Cassandra Davis, Event Co-Chair with the Beta Pi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated for the , 21st Annual Ivy Ball, "Pink, Pearls & Lace:  A Vintage Affair."  This evening of elegance will include dinner & dancing, a silent auction, scholarships to deserving students, and music by Stagger Entertainment.  The Ivy Ball will be Saturday, February 13th at 7pm at the Embassy Suites Hotel in the Grand Ballroom, 11301 Financial Centre Pkwy in Little Rock.  For ticket information, call 501-837-7558 or visit www.betapiomega.com.

Sterling Ingram and Alma Williams of the Art Porter Music Education (APME) for the event For the Love of Art:  Mentors in Music with Minors in Music.  Musicians ages 13-70 will all pay tribute to the late Art Porter, Sr., Wednesday, February 17th at 7pm at Cajun's Wharf, 2400 Cantrell Road in Little Rock.  Admission is free, but donations, on-site and online at www.artporter.org are encouraged.  Proceeds will benefit APME scholarship program.  An additional event will be held Sunday, February 21st at 5pm at Wesley United Methodist Church, 1109 State Street.  For more information on these two events, visit the APME website.

- Shauwn Howell, Pine Bluff Fire Chief and Lieutenant Jerry Garganeous for the Pine Bluff Fire and Emergency Services - Entry Level Firefighter Exam.  Applications are currently being accepted in the City of Pine Bluff for Fire and Emergency Services.  You must be age 21 and under age 35 with no felony convictions, able to pass a written exam and process a valid driver's license.  Must pass a physical agility test, have a good moral character, acceptable vision, live in Arkansas and have a high school diploma or GED equivalent. Applications must be received by February 19 deadline   The exam will be Tuesday, February 23rd at 6pm at the Pine Bluff Convention Center, One Convention Center Plaza.  For more information, call 870-730-2048 or visit www.pineblufffire.com.


February 4, 2016

- Valerie Nix, Youth & Family Services Program Manager and Heather Haywood, Vice President of Corporate Communications of Goodwill Industries of Arkansas came to discuss their new program benefitting youth.  Goodwill Industries of Arkansas offers an exciting Youth Program in partnership with the City of Little Rock to support youth and their families in zip codes 72204, 72206 and 72209.  The program is open to participants ages 12-17 and will be held at Goodwill Industries of Arkansas, 7400 Scott Hamilton Drive in Little Rock.  FREE transportation will be provided.  Youth can meet after school from 4pm-7pm and during the summer months, the program hours will be 7:30am-5:30pm.  The focus of the Youth Program will be on career exploration. Participants can explore career paths and visit colleges. Students learn about workplace skills training programs and college preparation.  The program includes tutoring, positive social development, job readiness and health and fitness activities and more. To learn more about the Goodwill Youth & Families Program, visit www.goodwillar.org or call 501-372-5100 ext. 1177 or email vnix@goodwillar.org.

- LaConda Watson, Event Chair; Daphne Gaulden, American Heart Association of Arkansas; Laura Walker, Jacksonville Boys & Girls Club; and Carla Townsend, Zumba Instructor for the 2nd Annual Code Red...Girls on Fire Fitness Extravaganza 2016.  This health and fitness event will be Saturday, February 6th with registration at 9:30am and the start of the event from 10am-12 Noon at the Jacksonville Boys & Girls Club, 5 Municip,, , al Drive in J, acksonville.  The purpose is to r, aise awareness and funds for the American Heart Association with a portion of the proceeds also supporting the Jacksonville Boys & Girls Club of Arkansas.  THV 11's Denise Middleton will be the mistress of ceremonies for 2 hours of fitness fun with some of the best Zumba and Fitness Instructors from across the state.  Local Merchants will be on site sharing their products and services.  Registration will include a Code Red t-shirt. To register for the 2nd Annual Code Red...Girls on Fire Fitness Extravaganza 2016, visit www.lacondawatson.com

- Carla Coleman, Chairman of the Black History Commission of Arkansas and Tatyana Oyinloye, African-American History Program Coordinator came to discuss an event hosted by The Black History Commission of Arkansas and Arkansas History Commission.  The "Little Rock School Desegregation: From Then to Now" symposium is Saturday, February 6th from 10am-3pm at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 501 West 9th Street in Little Rock. Featured speakers will be Dr. John Kirk, Dr. James Ross, Dr. Felicia Hobbs, and Judge Wendell Griffin.  The focus will be of various aspects surrounding the desegregation of Little Rock's schools, including historical and legal perspectives, personal experiences from an administrative standpoint, and will end with an examination of where Little Rock school desegregation stands today. The seminar is FREE to attend.  Teachers can earn up to four professional development hours through attendance.  Lunch will be provided to those who registered early.  For more information, email history.commision@arkansas.gov or call 501-682-6900.


January 28, 2016

- Mallory Van Dover, Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families (AACF) and Hannah Vogler, Event Chair for the 35th Annual Soup Sunday. Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families hosts this family friendly event, Sunday, January 31st from 4pm-7pm at the Statehouse Convention Center in downtown Little Rock. Guest will have the opportunity to sample soups, breads, and delicious desserts from over 35 local restaurants.  Executive Chef Tim Morton from 1620 Savoy's will serve the VIP room.  Big John Miller Band will provide the music and the live auction will be led by Craig O'Neill.  For tickets, call 501-371-9678 Ext. 103 or visit www.aradvocates.org.

- Karen Buchanan, Program Director and Marva Davis, Esq., Board Member of Delta Presents Outreach Foundation, Inc.  The Scholarship Connection Counseling Center of Delta Presents Outreach Foundation, Inc. hosts their 3rd Annual Town Hall Meeting: "Starting Now For College," Sunday, January 31st from 3pm-5pm at 7621 West 40th Street in Little Rock. Dr. Karama Neal, PhD. MA, Chief Operation Officer of Southern Bancorp Community Partners will be the keynote speaker.  The mission of the Scholarship Connection Counseling , Center is to empower families to help their children become well prepared to apply for scholarships to fund their education.  For more information, call 501-562-0923 or visit www.deltapresentsoutreach.org.

- Melanie Barnes, Founder and Director and Shacora Cooper, member or H.O.P.E. (Helping Others Progress Effectively).  This organization mentors youth by encouraging them, helping build their confidence, teaching them to respect themselves and others, and supply resources and tools to help prepare them for success.  H.O.P.E. was formed in 2014 with the intention to fulfill provisional needs targeted towards families housed in shelters and the urban communities where many of the teenagers resided.  H.O.P.E. also provides scholarships to deserving students and more.  To learn more about H.O.P.E. or to sign up to become a volunteer or mentor, visit www.hopeingod.net or call (901) 356-4783.


January 21, 2016

- Leta Anthony, Event Chair for the Central Arkansas Re-Entry Coalition (CARE) and its Annual Meeting and Champion Awards Luncheon.  This year, the Champion Awards will focus on the community and recognize the work of individuals, media, corporations, churches, and providers who assist returning citizens in making their re-entry efforts successful and sustainable.  The awards will also recognize the successful re-entry of two returning citizens.  The Annual Meeting and Champion Awards Luncheon will be held, Friday, January 22nd from 11:30am-1pm POSTPONED UNTIL FURTER NOTICE DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER at Liberty Hill Baptist Church, 1221 Schiller Street in Little Rock.  The event is open to the public and free to attend. To RSVP, call 501-541-6038.  To learn more on Central Arkansas Re-Entry Coalition (CARE), visit www.arkansasreentry.com.

- Glenda Johnson and Kimora Randolph-Preston, Run Ambassadors for Black Girls RUN! Little Rock (BGR) and Kijana Royal, Sr. for Black Men Run Little Rock (BMR).  These two organizations  are on the move! Both encourage health and wellness by promoting running/jogging and more. 

BGR!:  According to the Centers for Disease Control, 80% of  African-American women are overweight.  BGR! wants to create a movement to lower that percentage and subsequently, lower the number of women with chronic diseases associated with an unhealthy diet and sedentary lifestyle. BGR! aspires to take a compreh,, ensive and creative approach to improve the health statistics of women of color.  To join BGR! and learn more about them, visit www.blackgirlsrun.com or visit the Little Rock chapter Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/BlackgirlsRUN.  

BMR: Black Men Run strive to promote increased fitness through a culture of running. The mission statement is to encourage health and wellness among African American men by promoting a culture of running/jogging to stay fit resulting in "A Healthy Brotherhood."  BMR ask that you: Take running seriously and set weekly goals for distance and pace. Also, download and install the Black Men Run app using the hashtag #blackmenrun. Start a Meetup in your city and encourage others to run in local races/events. To join BMR and learn more about them, visit www.blkmenrun.com/little-rock.

- Barbara Gilkey, Watershed Board Member and Austin Porter, Jr. of the Progressive League of College Station for Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Reverend Hezekiah D. Stewart, Jr.  You are invited to an event that honors a man who for almost four decades has dedicated his life to helping those less fortunate.  Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Rev. Hezekiah D. Stewart, Jr. will be held, Thursday, January 28th at the Embassy Suites, 113301 Financial Center Pkwy in Little Rock. The reception will be at 5:45pm and the dinner and program will be at 7pm. Governor Asa Hutchinson will be the keynote speaker and there will be a special video presentation from former President Bill Clinton.  Proceeds will help to renovate the kitchen at the Watershed and build a ball field in College Station.  The Progressive League has been around since 1965.  A major sponsor for the event is Hugh McDonald, the CEO of Arkansas Entergy.  For ticket information or to RSVP, call 501-541-0656 or email revstewartcelebration@gmail.com.

January 14, 2016

- Walter Washington, Moniquea White, Emily Farris, and Ciarra Hopkins of the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission and Melanie Hilliard, President and Stephanie Jackson of the Beta Pi Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. for Mega King Fest.  The 2016 A Day of Service - "A Day On, Not a Day Off' Mega King Fest will be Monday, January 18th at the UALR Jack Stephens Center, 2801 South University Ave. in Little Rock. 

6 A.M. - 9 A.M. - The Broadway Joe Morning Show  Love broadcast of several guests

6:30 A.M. - 8:30 A.M. - Interfaith Unity Prayer Breakfast featuring Presiding Elder Jimmy J. Thompson of the Lakeland District and 11th Episcopal District of the AME Church with music provided by Gospel recording artist Melvin Williams. Co-partnered with the Beta Pi Omega Chapter is the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

9 A.M. - 11 A.M. - MLK Service featuring keynote speaker Arun Gandhi (grandson of the late Mohandas Gandhi) and emcee Eric Braeden, known from his role as Victor Newman on the soap opera "The Young & the Restless."

12 P.M. - 3 P.M. - MLK Birthday Bash, Nonviolence Youth Summit, and Comedy Show featuring Marlon Wayans,

To RSVP or obtain more information, visit www.MEGA-KINGFEST.Eventbrite.com.

- Phyllis Hodges (known as Ms. Phyl or Master Trainer Phyl), Owner & Operator of Carousel Fit-4-Life Wellness Center, 513 North Main Street in North Little Rock.,   Ms. Phyl has over 30 years experience as a fitness and clergy educational trainer.  She has developed programs at various city facilities around Central Arkansas and has certifications in international fitness: Personal Training, Fitness Arthritis Instructor, Exercise Safety, National Dance, International Sports Science and Instructor "Get Healthy Stay Balanced (Nutrition).  The Carousel Fit-4-Life Wellness Center is one of a kind and is the only faith-based wellness center in the state of Arkansas.  It has a unique, intimate, hands-on-approach and provides services that help clients transform the way they think about health and wellness. (Take advantage of a "special" offer of the new year of 2016.  The first 16 people to contact Ms. Phyl will receive 6 weeks of training and nutrition for just $99.)  For more information and to take advantage of the "special," call 501-372-3348.  Visit them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Carousel-Fit-4-Life-Wellness-Center-139201436134396/?fref=ts

- Rev. Tyrone A. Broomfield, Pastor of Bethel AME Church in North Little Rock and O. Jerome Green, President of Shorter College for the MLK Holiday event: "An Evening Embracing the Dream."  The National NAACP President and CEO, Cornell William Brooks will be the keynote speaker at this ecumenical event, Monday, January 18th at 4pm at 600 North Cedar Street in North Little Rock.  Hosted by Bethel AME the celebration is geared to bring communities together for a message on unity.  All are invited to this free event with Pamela Smith, Communications Director of the Little Rock School District as the mistress of ceremonies. Special guests include Senator Linda Chesterfield, State Rep. Eddie Armstrong, Psalmist Zetoria Johnson, Little Rock Central High Band Ensemble, students from Geyer Springs Gifted and Talented Academy and elected leaders, civic organizations and social clubs.

Arkansas African-American Legislators, 1868-1893, a free traveling exhibit produced by the Arkansas History Commission and Black History Commission of Arkansas, will be on display.  Co-sponsors of the event are Bishop Samuel L. Green, Sr. and the 12th District AME and Shorter College.  For more information, call 501-374-9948 or visit https://www.facebook.com/bethelnlr.


December 17, 2015

- Connie Curry and Annette Fisher for the Tidwell Project, Inc.'s  13th Annual Fundraiser, "Celebrate the Moments of the Season."  This event will take place, Sunday, December 20th from 6:30pm-10pm at the Downtown Marriott Hotel in Little Rock. The evening will include food, entertainment provided by R&B artist, Johnny Gill, The Tidwell dancers, Kemistri with Nicky Parrish and more.  Tidwell Project, Inc. is a non-profit organization that enables talented students to pursue their educational and personal growth goals. The fundraiser provides scholarships to students to help achieve in attendance. For tickets and more information, call 501-664-0478.  To learn more about the Tidwell Project, Inc., visit www.thetid, w, ellproject.org. <, /P>

- Gisele Hudson, Danny Fletcher, David Ashley and Dr. Dexter Booth for the "All School Reunion" for Little Rock Schools. An "All School reunion" for all of , the High Schools in Little Rock, specifically for those students who attended Booker Jr. High, Dunbar Jr. High, and Westside Jr, High from 1967-1970, and anyone who attended Little Rock High Schools from 1962-1995.  The reunion will be held New Year's Day, Thursday, December 31st from 6pm-12am inside the Razorback Letterman Club at War Memorial Stadium. For ticket information, visit www.eventbrite.com.

- Tongela Curry, Owner of the Diamond Salon and Angela McGraw, Executive Director and Sarah Pollack, Development Director of Women and Children First (WCF) for the 2015 Stuff the Purse Drive. The Diamond Salon in partnership with Women and Children First is having a Stuff the Purse Drive until January 31st.  Items needed include the basic toiletries (soap, deodorant, feminine products, toothbrushes & toothpaste, dental floss & mouthwash, toilet paper...etc...) combs & brushes, makeup, and hair care products.  The purpose is to spread some holiday cheer to the current residents of Women & Children First: The Center Against Family Violence, founded in 1976 as Advocates for Battered Women by a group of domestic violence in Little Rock.  The name changed to (WCF) in 1999 to better reflect the scope of service provided for clients. Donations can be dropped off at The Diamond Salon, 1308 South Bowman Road (across from AR Skatium) in Little RockFor more information, call 501-348-3480 or visit www.thediamondsalon.netFor more information on Women and Children First, visit www.wcfarkansas.org or call 501-374-0944.


December 10, 2015

- Chief John Pflasterer,  Public Information Officer for the North Little Rock Fire Department came to talk about Fire Safety Tips for the Holidays.

  • Keep children, pets and decorations away from lit candles.
  • Check food regularly while cooking and remain in the home while cooking. Use a timer as a reminder that the stove or oven is on.
  • Choose decorations and artificial trees that are flame resistant of flame retardant. Place the tree away from heat sources and exits.  Water real trees daily.
  • When selection your live tree, choose a fresh one with green needles.
  • Never leave a lighted tree unattended.
  • Remove the tree immediately after the holidays. Even a properly cared for live tree will eventually die. Take it to a recycle center or leave for your refuse collector.
  • Never leave portable heaters or fireplaces unattended.  Install smoke alarms.
  • If hanging stockings on the fireplace, do not use the fireplace for fires.
  • Keep items that can catch on fire at least 3 feet away from anything that gets hot, such as sources of heat or stoves.
  • R, eplace any string of lights with worn or bro, ken or loose bulb con, nections.  Connect no more than 3 strands of mini light sets and the total number of bulbs to 50.
  • Do not overload electrical outlets.
  • Be sure to use indoor lights inside and outdoor lights outside.
  • Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.
  • Keep your exits clear by keeping decorations away from windows or doors.
  • In addition to being shatterproof and shock resistant, LED lights produce almost no heat, making them safe to touch and greatly reducing the risk of fire.
  • Make sure all electrical cords have no frayed or cracked wires or broken sockets. Do not attempt to repair a worn light set! Throw it away and purchase a new replacement.

For more information from the North Little Rock Fire Department, call 501-340-5377 or visit them online at hhtp://nlr.ar.gov/fire or visit them on Facebook.

- Dr. John Miller, President of the 100 Black Men of Greater Little Rock for their Christmas Gala.  This annual event will be held, Thursday, December 17th from 7pm-11pm at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown LR.  This year will feature the graduation of 30 African-American male youth ages 13-17 the 100 Academy Mentoring Program.  Local community leaders will be honored for their commitment to service, education, and mentoring. *100 Black Men of GLR is one of 110 chapters worldwide that specializes in mentoring, education, health, and wellness, and economic development by working closely with schools and other service organization to motivate youth.  For tickets and more information, visit www.100BlackMenGLR.com or email Littlerock100@gmail.com.

- Joan Winston, (mother of Tupac Winston) and Kauwyana Yancy, Vice President of Pac World "Put the Guns Down" Organization and Alvin Crawford (father of Aaron Crawford), Alicia Steward, President, and Jacqueline Crawford-Dobbins, Vice President of The Aaron Crawford Anti-Violence Organization. These two organizations, founded by families of victims, and concerned citizens urge action as the murder rate began to climb. Two young men lost their lives this past summer in an act of violence.  Tupac Winston was killed in a double homicide in August and another man, Aaron Crawford was fatally shot in July. These two organizations are named after these men and are on a mission to raise awareness about the violence that is plaguing our communities. By providing mentorship, educational resources, training, guidance, and hosting awareness projects, individuals will have a place to seek help and be mentored.  To learn more about, visit:

  • PAC World "Put the Guns Down" Organization | visit them at "TupacWorld" on Facebook or email pacworld@gmail.com.
  • Aaron Crawford Anti-Violence Organization | visit them at "Team Tank" on Facebook or acantiviolence1 on Instagram and Twitter or email acavorg@gmail.com or call 707-985-TANK (8265).



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