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Quick Picks: Meet the Ballet Arkansas artists, more

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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo


North Little Rock’s Good Food by Ferneau hosts a Meet the Artists Party in honor of Ballet Arkansas at 6:30-8:30 p.m. The $40 event allows visitors to kick off Ballet Arkansas’ new season by meeting the company’s new ballet mistress, Laura Hood Babcock, along with five choreographers. Menu items include fresh jalapeno, hummus-stuffed mushrooms with almonds, deviled eggs, smoked chicken salad sliders and more.


Youth Home’s annual Steak and Eggs Benefit Breakfast takes place at The Butcher Shop from 6-10 a.m. The menu features steak, biscuits, eggs and more. Hosts from KABZ-FM, 103.7 The Buzz will be present. Tickets are $10 and go toward purchasing school supplies for students in need.


Easter Seals holds its Rollin’ on the River event at 7 a.m. at the Clinton Presidential Center. The event features a 5K and 2K family fun walk to raise money for the organization, which aids individuals who have disabilities. There will also be games and activities for children. Registration is $10 for ages 2-10 and $25 for ages 13 and older.


Ron Robinson Theater will show two films, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and Roar. The 1971 Willy Read more >

Quick Picks: American Taekwondo Association World Expo, Arkansas Legends ProCamp, more

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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo


The American Taekwondo Association World Expo 2015 begins Friday at the Statehouse Convention Center in downtown Little Rock. The five-day conference is filled with activities, training, tournaments and special events. Friday’s Masters’ Ceremony, held from 8-10 p.m. at the H.U. Lee International Gate and Garden, can be viewed via live telecast at the convention center’s Governor’s Hall. Click here for more information.


Loblolly Creamery and Rock Town Distillery partner to raise money for the Thea Foundation through a Loblolly Ice Cream Happy Hour from 5-7 p.m. Loblolly Creamery, housed in The Green Corner Store & Soda Fountain, will serve sodas, ice cream and floats made with Rock Town Distillery spirits. Ten percent of sales at the happy hour benefits the foundation, and throughout July, ten percent of Loblolly’s Thea Foundation-inspired blueberry pie ice cream will support the foundation, as well.


Children ages 7-14 will learn football techniques and receive mentoring from athletes Darren McFadden, D.J. Williams, Martrell Spaight and Peyton Hillis at the second annual Arkansas Legends ProCamp from 9 a.m. to noon at Verizon Arena. All four athletes are former University of Arkansas players and are playing or have … Read more >

Quick Picks: Legends of Rhythm, Zoo Snooze, more

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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo


South on Main hosts a Celebration of Graham Gordy from 5-7 p.m. Local screenwriter Gordy — known for The Love Guru, War Eagle, Arkansas and Rectify — will be honored for his creation of the coming Cinemax drama Quarry. Quarry follows a marine who returns from Vietnam to his Memphis home in 1972 and becomes shunned and involved in a web of corruption. Tickets for the event are $50.


Untapped Presents: Legends of Rhythm will take audience members back in time by showcasing various points in tap dance history through tributes at the Ron Robinson Theater at 7:15 p.m. Styles made famous by Shirley Temple, Fred Astaire, Vera Ellen and more will be highlighted live by members of Untapped, a professional tap dancing company. Tickets are $20. For more information, click here.


Children ages 6-12 and their families are welcome to meet nocturnal animals and then get some shut eye at Zoo Snooze at the Little Rock Zoo’s Zooventure Education Center from 6 p.m. Friday to 9 a.m. Saturday. Tents and sleeping bags are welcome for snoozing under the stars, and optional sleeping areas are available inside. Entry is $30 … Read more >

Quick Picks: UCA Film Festival, Toad Suck Daze, more

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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo


The 11th annual UCA Film Festival takes place at the Ron Robinson Theater at 7 p.m. The festival highlights films in the categories of five minutes or less, music video and experimental, narrative short and documentary. The event kicked off in 2005 and highlights the work of University of Central Arkansas students. The festival is free and open to the public. For more information, click here.


Toad Suck Daze, an annual free-admission, family-friendly festival, will include arts, food, live entertainment, a rock wall, petting zoo and more on the streets of downtown Conway beginning at 3:30 p.m. Since the early 1980s, the education-centered festival has raised money to support educational initiatives and scholarships, and it hosts the World Championship Toad Races. The festival closes Sunday. Visit here for more information.


Relay for Life begins at the Clinton Presidential Center at 6 p.m. The event, part of a national effort to raise money for the American Cancer Society, honors those who have had cancer and to remember lost loved ones. So far, according to the society’s Relay for Life website, there are 33 teams and 294 participants who have raised more than … Read more >

Quick Picks: Ragin’ Cajun, Fashion Footprints, more

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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo


Bolo Bash Luncheon, an annual event to aid Baptist Health Medical Center in continuing programs, buying equipment and supporting nurses, begins with a silent auction at 11 a.m. at the J.A. Gilbreath Conference Center at the hospital’s Little Rock campus. This year’s speaker is American fashion designer Nicole Miller. Tickets for the luncheon are $150. For more information, click here.


CARTI’s Ragin Cajun Bash, presented by Iberiabank, takes place from 6-9 p.m. at the River Market pavilions. The all-you-can-eat crawfish boil includes all the trimmings, live music, drinks, an auction and raffle items. Tickets are $45 in advance and $50 at the door. Learn more about the Louisiana-inspired event here.


Esse Pursue Museum will host Fashion Footprints: Purse-onal Stories, a celebration of the personal ties mothers, daughters, sisters and more share through clothing and accessories. A collaborative effort between the museum, the Capital Hotel, Oxford American and designer Linda Rowe Thomas, the event will feature drinks, bar fare and a confessional camera to share personal stories. Tickets are $35 and can be bought here.


Breakfast at Tiffany’s will show at Ron Robinson Theater at … Read more >

ACH aims to collect 150,000 valentines for patients


For the third year, Arkansas Children’s Hospital is collecting valentines via its website to distribute to the 271 children who are patients at the hospital. To send your own valentine to a child at the hospital, visit, choose a design, pick a message (or fill out your own) and hit send. The process is free — all it requires is the sender’s name and email address.

The hospital has a goal of 150,000 valentines this year. Last year, the hospital set a goal of 35,000 valentines and tripled that, receiving a total of 108,000 valentines from every county in Arkansas and every state in the country.… Read more >

34th annual Soup Sunday this weekend


Sipping soup for a good cause? Sounds like a perfect way to spend a chilly Sunday.

Arkansas Advocates from Children & Families presents its 34th annual Soup Sunday, which brings people together to taste soups from around 30 different area restaurants while raising money for the organization. The event is 4-7 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Statehouse Convention Center. The Big John Miller Band will provide entertainment, and a silent auction and kids activities round out the event.

Regular admission is $25 (through 5 p.m. Feb. 6 — after that, ticket prices rise to $30). A $50 VIP ticket allows you to enjoy the VIP chef’s signature soup, this year prepared by Payne Harding of Cache Restaurant, in addition to complimentary wine and beer. Admission for ages 5-17 is $5, and children 5 and younger get in free.

Visit for tickets and more information.… Read more >

Community Theatre to donate portion of proceeds to American Red Cross

New Trip PosterCommunity Theatre of Little Rock will be donating a portion of proceeds from its performances of The Trip to Bountiful this weekend to the American Red Cross in support of the victims of the April 27 tornadoes in Vilonia and Mayflower.

“One of our former board members messaged us Monday morning and made the suggestion that we try to help out the folks in Vilonia and Mayflower,” Chris Boggs, president and publicity coordinator of CTLR (and an executive producer/cast member in Trip to Bountiful) said in an email this week. “So I got on the horn with the rest of the board and we decided to act fast and get the word out.”

Admission is $16 for adults; $14 for military, students and seniors age 65 and over; and $6 for children ages 4-9. Boggs said the percentage that will be donated has not been determined yet, but the donation amount will be decided on Sunday after sales for the weekend. “I’m imagining that it will be a good amount,” he said. Read more >

ACH surpasses 100,000 valentines for child inpatients

Lexi, a patient last year at Arkansas Children's Hospital last year, with the valentines she received through the ACH "send a valentine" promotion. (Submitted photo)

Lexi, a patient at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, with the valentines she received through the ACH “send a valentine” promotion in 2013. (Submitted photo)

Arkansas Children’s Hospital started a Valentine’s Day promotion on Feb. 4 with a goal of collecting 35,000 valentines, or enough for at least 10 to go to each of its inpatients, both at the hospital and in ACH clinics. On Monday, the hospital was nearing that goal with 25,000 total valentines received. But in the last two days, staff has been overwhelmed by a huge uptick in numbers — yesterday, the total spiked to 92,472, and as of today, that number has risen to 101,077 —  almost triple the original goal.

To send your own valentine to a child at ACH, visit, choose a design, pick a message (or fill out your own) and hit send. The process is free — all it requires is the sender’s name and email address.… Read more >

Syd Hayman is a beauty, entertainment and pop culture fanatic who enjoys trying different metro restaurants that satisfy picky eaters. Tweet her at @TheSydRichi.