Friday, December 18, 2009

Upcoming events

Friday Dec. 18

Friday Night is Family Night
Aerospace Education Center
Show time varies.

Get free museum entry, a small popcorn and coke with each movie ticket purchase at our special family night price of $5.75 per ticket!

Cost: Free museum admission $5.75 per ticket for movie
Contact: For more information, call 501-376-4629 or visit

Saturday Dec. 19

A Huntin' We Will Go
10-11:30am at Pinnacle Mountain Rocky Valley Trailhead

Dress in camouflage! Join a park interpreter as we hunt with our eyes for some very special park animals. Be prepared to hike off trail and bring some water or hot chocolate.

Cost: Free!
Address: Pinnacle Mountain State Park
11901 Pinnacle Valley Road
Little Rock, AR 72223
Contact: (501) 868-5806

Caroling in the Forest
7-8:30pm at Pinnacle Mountain

We’ll meet at the Kingfisher Trailhead and stroll into the forest to sing your favorite holiday carols along a paved path. Wear warm clothes and bring a flashlight and your best singing voice. Visit with everybody afterwards as we serve hot chocolate around a campfire at the pavilion.

Cost: FREE!
Address: 11901 Pinnacle Valley Road
Little Rock, AR 72223
Contact: Ph: (501) 868-5806

Sunday Dec. 20

Winter Wandering Hike
1-4pm at Pinnacle Mountain (meet at Visitor's Center)

Celebrate the arrival of winter and explore the park on this guided off-trail hike. Meet the park interpreter at the visitor center to begin. Wear layered clothing and sturdy shoes. This is a great opportunity for families to enjoy an outdoor challenge together.
Cost: Free!
Address: 11901 Pinnacle Valley Road
Little Rock, AR 72223
Contact: (501) 868-5806

Monday Dec. 21

Snakes Program
9-9:30am at Pinnacle Mountain State Park
Meet a park interpreter to delve into the fascinating world of snakes. What snakes would you expect to inhabit the park? See if you can figure out what each one is.

Cost: FREE!
Address:Pinnacle Mountain State Park
11901 Pinnacle Valley Road
Little Rock, AR 72223
Contact: (501) 868-5806


December 17, 2009 - January 3, 2010

41st Collectors Show & Sale
Arkansas Arts Center

An Arkansas Arts Center tradition, this exhibition brings a taste of the New York gallery scene to Little Rock, presenting a variety of works on paper from more than 20 galleries.
Contact: For more information, call 501-372-4000, e-mail or visit

December 17, 2009 - March 31, 2010
"Backyard Science"
Museum of Discovery

Schools, youth groups, and other organizations interested in group reservations should call Beth Nelsen at 501-396-7061 for more information.

Admission fees to the Museum of Discovery are $7.00 for children 1-12, $8.00 for adults and $7.00 for adults 65 and older. Annual memberships are available for as low as $45.00.

For more information on the Museum of Discovery, visit

Friday, December 11, 2009

If I am MIA...

My laptop has decided to expire. Pieces of the plastic are literally disintegrating inside it. Buttons are popping off like mad. The screen flashes random colors and the keyboard stopped working, but never fear, I will still be blogging. On a much older and slower computer.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

CLOSED-Southern Tailgating Expert Interview and Prize Pack Giveaway-ends 12/8

I had the opportunity to interview Bryan Foods Expert and Southern Tailgating Specialist, Chef Catherine DeOrio. Bryan Foods carries many grilling and cooking favorites such as Smoked Sausage and Cocktail Smokies. My kids especially like Pigs In A Blanket, which I will share a recipe for following the interview! Also, In the Rock is giving away a Tailgating Prize Pack at the end of this post!

Interview with Chef Catherine:

I read that you were an attorney prior to becoming a chef. That is a huge leap. What made you decided to change careers?

Yes, I was an attorney, but I was always feeding my office, trading recipes with colleagues and throwing elaborate parties on the weekends. The running question from fellow attorneys at the courthouse was “when are you going to quit the law and start catering so we can hire you?!” I was actually called by a producer from The Oprah Show because someone had submitted me as a real-life Martha Stewart and they were considering using me in a show. The episode was reconcepted, but it made me consider whether I was in the right career. I realized I much preferred feeding people to fighting with them! Needless to say, I enrolled in culinary school a few months later and never looked back!

How long have you been a chef?

I’ve been a trained chef for about 4 years, but I have been cooking since I was a child. I always joke that my nana didn’t care if I learned to read or write, but I needed to learn to cook.

What is your favorite type of cuisine?

Italian…no surprise there I suppose. However, Thai and Vietnamese are a very close second.

What is your favorite Bryan product?

The bologna of course!! What’s great about it is that it is an authentic southern style bologna that comes with the rind still on. It is a high-quality product that truly is the flavor of the south!

Do you cook often at home, or prefer to eat out?

I love to cook at home, but sometimes my busy schedule doesn’t always allow it. Luckily, I also really enjoy going out and trying new restaurants and seeing what other chefs are doing. In this profession you are always learning. So, sampling other chef’s food is a vital part of that education.

I see that you have worked with several well known chefs. Which chef(s) were you most excited to work with?

Gosh, I have been very lucky to work with and/or observe so many talented people. I am constantly humbled. Although I didn’t have the opportunity to work with Grant Achatz, I can’t think of anything more exciting than meeting him and observing his kitchen at Alinea. He is such a visionary and a true inspiration to anyone in the culinary arena. Watching the kitchen in action was awe-inspiring—he is a true artist and I was able to observe the creation of his edible masterpieces!

Some traditional tailgating drinks are beer or soda. Can you suggest another accompanying beverage?

A bourbon-spiked lemonade is refreshing and has a nice kick to get you in the proper spirit for the game!

Can you share some tailgating recipes?

Spicy Sausage Packet

Serves 4

Ingredients Quantity

Bryan Smoked Sausage 1 pkg.

Onion, sliced 1

BBQ sauce ¼ cup

Chopped Cilantro 2 tbsp.

Ground black pepper ½ tsp

Sausage buns 4

  1. Cut sausage on an angle into ½” slices. Place sausage in center of a large sheet of heavy-duty aluminum foil; top with sliced onions.

  2. Combine barbecue sauce, cilantro and pepper in small bowl. Spread over top of onions and sausage. Bring up foil sides. Double fold top and ends to seal, making one large packet, leaving room for heat circulation inside.

  3. Grill packet 12-14 minutes over medium coals or until sausages are hot, turning 3-4 times during cooking. Open pouch carefully; place sausage slices in buns and top with onions.

Sideline Italian Sliders

Serves 6 (four sliders each)

Ingredients Quantity

Bryan Smoked Sausage 1pkg

Marinara Sauce 1 cup

Shredded mozzarella cheese ½ cup

Hawaiian sweet rolls 24 rolls

*e.g. King’s Hawaiian 1 oz. rolls, or substitute any whole wheat silver dollar rolls

  1. Pre-heat grill to medium/high for 10 minutes

  2. Slice each Bryan Smoked Sausage into eight pieces. Slice on the bias to create elongated ovals.

  3. Grill sausage 2-3 minutes on each side until lightly browned and heated through, set aside to cool.

  4. To build the sliders, Slice the rolls in half and spread 1 tablespoon of marinara on the top half of each. Sprinkle the bottom half of the roll with a little cheese, followed by two slices of Bryan Sausage. Top with the top half of the bun.

*Note: slice the Bryan Smoked Sausages and the rolls the day before, and get the guys to help you build your own sliders!

Football-Friendly Fondue

Serves 6

Ingredients Quantity

Garlic 1 clove

Your favorite beer ½ can or bottle

Shredded sharp cheddar cheese 3 cups

Cornstarch 1 tbsp

Dry mustard (optional) pinch

Hot sauce (optional) dash


Bryan Smoked Sausage 1 pkg., cut into 1-inch pieces

Pretzel rolls 1 pkg., cut into cubes

Apples Several, sliced

  1. Rub inside of a foil pie pan with garlic and discard garlic. Combine rest of ingredients in pie pan. Cover and refrigerate or place in cooler until ready to use.

  2. Pre-heat grill to medium. Remove cover from foil pan and place on grill. Heat, stirring occasionally until cheese is melted. Serve warm right from a cooler corner of the grill.


Traditional Pigs in a Blanket


32 cocktail links - Bryan Cocktail Smokies

1 can refrigerated crescent dinner rolls


Preheat oven to 375°F. Cut each dinner roll in quarters. Wrap each Bryan Cocktail Smokies cocktail link in one quarter roll. Place wrapped sausages on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm with ketchup and mustard, if desired.

Triple Cheese Dip


1 Pound Bryan Cocktail Smokies

¼ cup shredded Swiss cheese

¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese

1 (1.5-oz.) pkg dried onion soup mix

2 tsp. chopped parsley

½ cup mayonnaise

½ cup sour cream

2 cups cottage cheese


Mix sour cream and mayonnaise in 2-quart bowl. Stir in cottage cheese, onion soup mix, and parsley. Add cheddar and Swiss cheese; mix well. Serve with Bryan Cocktail Smokies, fresh veggies and bread.

Serving size:

50 servings

Big Game Snackers


45 links - Bryan Cocktail Smokies

2 pkgs. fresh bacon slices

Mustard or barbecue sauce


Preheat oven to 350ºF. Wrap each sausage with 1 slice bacon. Place wrapped sausages on shallow baking pan. Bake for about 15 minutes or until bacon is crisply cooked. Dip in mustard or BBQ sauce.

Serving Size:

Makes 45 servings

Bryan Cocktail Smokies in Peach Barbecue Sauce


1 can (15 oz.) peaches in juice

1/2 cup white vinegar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 clove garlic, minced

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

2 pkgs. Bryan Cocktail Smokes


Place un-drained peaches, vinegar, brown sugar, mustard, garlic, cinnamon and ginger in blender container. Cover and process until smooth. Open package of Bryan Cocktail Smokies and drain off any liquid. Place peach sauce and Cocktail Smokies in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer over low heat 5 minutes. Carefully pour mixture into a 3-4 quart slow cooker. Cover, heat on low for 30-40 minutes or until flavors are blended.


Bryan Smoked Sausage and Potato Bake


8 oz. Bryan Smoked Sausage-cut into round slices, about 1/4" thick

4 cups Yukon Gold potatoes-large dice

1/2 cup yellow onion-med dice

1/2 cup green pepper-med dice

1/2 cup red pepper-med dice

2 TBL Canola Oil

1/2 tsp Salt

1/2 tsp Black Pepper

Serves 6-8 people


Place the sausage, potatoes, onion and peppers in a large bowl, along with the oil. Mix together making sure that all ingredients are evenly distributed, then sprinkle in the salt and pepper. For easy clean up, create a foil pouch for the food before placing on the grill. Place the mixed ingredients down the center of a long piece of foil (about 2 ft. in length). Fold in half length-wise bringing the bottom side up towards the top side of the foil. Next, fold the left and right sides inward, sealing all ingredients inside. To make sure you don’t lose any juice, double line the pouch with two sheets of aluminum foil. Place on the top rack of your grill, over medium heat, for 18-20 minutes. To check doneness, unfold one of the shorter side to see if potatoes are fork tender (potatoes should be soft enough that a fork can pierce easily). If you don't have a top rack on your grill, turn down the heat to low and make sure to rotate the foil pouch once or twice, in order to avoid direct heat and burning. Alternately, this can be done in an oven inside a casserole dish. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

*As an option, top with sour cream and or salsa and garnish with oregano

Classic Jambalaya


2 oz. (1/4 cup) Vegetable Oil

1 lb (2 1/2 cups) Onions, small diced

2 oz (4-6 cloves) Garlic, minced

4 cups Rice, Converted

2 1/2 qt Chicken Broth (base and water can be sub)

1 can Diced Tomatoes, canned, liquid reserved

1 1/2 lb (75 slices) Bryan Smoked Sausage

1/2 lb (1 cup Bryan) 1/4” Diced Ham

Salt, kosher to taste

White Pepper to taste

Yields 24 portions


In a heavy saucepan over medium high flame, heat the vegetable oil. Add the onions and garlic and cook for 3 minutes stirring frequently. Add the rice and stir for 1 minute. Add the chicken stock and reserve tomato liquid. Cover the pan and lower the flame to low cooking this for 20 minutes. Add the diced tomatoes, Bryan Smoked Sausage, Bryan Ham and stir well. Return the cover and simmer on low heat until much of the cooking liquid has been absorbed. Season liberally with salt and white pepper

Bryan Smoked Sausage Holiday Hoagie


1 package of Sara Lee Deli Rolls

Bryan Beef Smoked Sausage

1 package of Sara Lee® Pre-sliced Smoked Provolone Cheese

1 jar of marinara sauce


Warm marinara sauce according to instructions. Place Bryan Smoked Sausage inside a Sara Lee Deli Roll. Top with 1 slice of Sara Lee Smoked Provolone Cheese and pour warm marinara sauce (about 2 tablespoons) over the sandwich. Place into an oven set at 450 degrees to toast the bread then serve

Bryan Smoked Sausage and Chicken Jambalaya


2 pounds Bryan Smoked Sausage, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices

4 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 3 1/2- to 4-pound chicken, cut into 8 pieces

2 cups chopped onions

2 celery ribs, chopped

2 cups chopped green bell peppers

4 large garlic cloves, finely chopped

2 bay leaves

2 teaspoons chili powder

1 teaspoon dried thyme

¾ teaspoon cayenne pepper (or more if you prefer a spicier jambalaya)

3 cups long-grain white rice

6 cups chicken stock or broth

1 (14- to 16-oz) can whole tomatoes in juice, drained and chopped

1 cup thinly sliced scallion greens


Rinse chicken well and pat dry with paper towels. Season on all sides with salt. . Heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat in a 10- to 12-inch heavy skillet. When oil is hot, brown chicken on all sides, about 4-5 minutes per side. Work in batches so that you don’t crowd the pan, and add remaining oil as needed. As each piece is brown on both sides, transfer to a platter. In the same pan, brown Bryan Smoked Sausage on both sides, about 3 to 4 minutes per side. When brown on each side, transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate.


In the Rock and Bryan will be giving away an Ultimate Tailgating Prize Pack to one lucky winner! To enter leave a comment below (w/email in case you win!) about your favorite tailgating or holiday foods.

Giveaway Rules (read carefully):

One entry per person. Giveaway ends December 8, 2009 at 11:59pm, unless there are not enough entries, in which case the deadline will be extended. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries. If you win you will be expected to submit contact information for prize delivery. Winner's address information will be sent to sponsor for prize delivery. Sorry international residents this giveaway is for the USA only!

*I was not compensated monetarily for this interview or post.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Cheerios® and First Book® Challenge

Win 20,000 books for your state with the Cheerios® and First Book® Challenge!
Answer questions about children's books to participate Each correct answer will earn you a vote for the state of your choice.
The five states receiving the highest number of votes will each receive 20,000 new books for local kids!

Come on guys, Arkansas is ranked 33 right now. We can win this!

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Thursday, November 19, 2009

events for the weekend of 11/20

November 20

Argenta Art Walk
Main Street NLR
Contact: 501-340-5305
Admission: FREE

Held the 3rd Friday of every month from 5-8 p.m. in downtown NLR along the Trolley Route. Includes businesses and galleries on Main St. Call for information.

November 21

Pet and Family Photos With Santa

Cammack Village City Hall, 2710 N. McKinley
Weekends of Nov. 21 and Dec. 5.
Contact: Summer Jones-Martinez
Phone: 501-603-2273
Admission: $15 for 5x7-inch professional photo

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and noon-4 p.m. Sundays. Proceeds will benefit CARE, an animal rescue organization.

Museum School Annual Holiday Sale
Arkansas State Fair Grounds

Features works of art created by Museum School faculty and students. Concessions open during the event and ATM is located in the lobby.Enter gate 5 from Howard street. FREE parking and admission. For more information, visit

National Association of Free Clinics
12 PM - 7 PM
Statehouse Convention Center

One day free medical clinic for the uninsured. The Little Rock C.A.R.E. Clinic will offer basic medical care and health education.

Patients call 1-877-236-7617 to make an appointment.

more information:

November 22, 2009

The Afterthought presents Sunday Jazz Brunch
11 AM - 2 PM
2721 Kavanaugh Blvd.

Ted Ludwig on guitar and Joe Cripps on bass. Brunch every Sunday from 11am to 2pm. or call 501-663-1196.

Arkansas family vacation - fun activities for kids and parents

Arkansas family vacation - fun activities for kids and parents

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Eureka Springs-Romancing the Springs Dream Wedding Giveaway-Home Page

Eureka Springs-Romancing the Springs Dream Wedding Giveaway-Home Page

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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Upcoming giveaway

Watch for a great giveaway on In the Rock. Details coming soon!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Christmas Caravan for the Homeless

What: The Arkansas Homeless Coalition Sixth Annual "2009 Christmas Caravan for the Homeless"

When: December 12th Beginning at 11 a.m. till 2p.m.

Where: Gather at Antiques With Style, 501 Maple in Argenta, North Little Rock

Who: Volunteers—Men. Women, Children, Infants, & Santa Claus

Why: To Share Christmas Joy, Caroling, & Gifts with the Homeless

Items Needed for the Caravan of Gift Giving

Adult & Children's Sizes: Gloves, Knit Caps, Socks, & Scarf's, along with a variety of Coats, Blankets, Sleeping Bags, & Hygiene Packs containing Small Soap, Shampoo, Toothbrush/Paste, & Comb wrapped in a Facecloth. Also needed are Small Food Items with flip-top lids, Snack Bars, Crackers, Bottles of Water, Fruit, Nuts, & Candy.

Teens - any gift that would work for them - including gift cards. Last year there were few gifts that were applicable for the homeless teens!!!

For the Children we need a variety of Boys & Girls Toys appropriate for Every Age Group, (Infant to Teens) Just remember that most of the Children reside in Shelters, so please—no items larger than a Bicycle. I will attempt to narrow down children's information as we get nearer 12/12 , but the transient nature of homeless families make it impossible six weeks out..

We have a short time frame to put the Caravan together, so please talk to your churches & social networks to get drives started ASAP for the items we need to provide Christmas Blessings to the Homeless.

You may drop items off at Antiques With Style, 501 Maple Street in North Little Rock from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m. M-Sat. or Sunday Afternoon from 1 p.m. till 5 p.m.

To Participate or if You Need more information: Contact Sandra Wilson, 501-580-4907 or This is an Event That Will Make Your Christmas Special

Sandra R. Wilson
Antiques with Style
501 Maple Street
North Little Rock, AR 72114
(501) 379-8780

Monday, October 26, 2009

Halloween 2009


Big Boo!-seum Bash
Oct. 31
6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Old Statehouse Museum
300 W. Markham
Little Rock, AR 72201
(501) 324-9685
Free admission and the theme is "Classic Horror Films".

Boo at the Zoo
Little Rock Zoo
Oct 29-31
6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.
1 Jonesboro Dr
Little Rock, AR 72205
(501) 666-2406

Magic Screams: Halloween at Magic Springs
Note: this is in Hot Springs, AR at the Magic Springs amusement park
October 3 - November 1 (weekends)
Admission: $36.99 one-day admission.

Note: This is in Saline County
On October 31 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m
carnival midway, games, petting zoo, pumpkin decorating, etc.
Saline County Fairgrounds
Admission from $3-12.

Storytimes and Book Events

Ghosts of Little Rock: Tales of the City's Most Haunted Places
Author reading and book signing
Thursday Oct. 29 7:00pm
Barnes & Noble
11500 Financial Ctr Pkwy, Little Rock, AR 72211

Day Of the Dead Celebration
Oct. 31 3pm
Main Library
100 Rock St.
Little Rock, AR
stories, refreshments, crafts, etc.

Pumpkin Painting
Oct. 27 4-5pm
McMath Library

Pumpkin Patches and Mazes
Note: call or visit websites for info and updated information

The Pumpkin Patch
Hardin Farms
hwy 65 South, Grady, AR, 71644
Various activities, see website for details!

Schaefer's Corn Maze
863 Lollie Road, Mayflower, AR 72106
(501) 269-7903

Johnston Pumpkin Farms
863 Linder Road, Greenbrier, AR 72058
(501) 679-5078 you-pick-it pumpkin farm.

Garner Homestead Family Farm
1376 Highay 128
Lonsdale, AR 72087 (east of Hot Springs)
(501) 463-0510
various activities and $7 admission.

Mimo's Pumpkin Patch
12490 Highway 31 N Ward, AR 72176
(501) 681-8313
Petting zoo and various activities! There will be a bonfire Halloween night.

Family Farm Fall Harvest Time
18448 Highway 67
Malvern, AR 72104
(501) 337-4171
various activities

Haunted Houses

7th Annual Haunted Hotel
12505 Arch st
Little Rock
Arkansas 72106
Phone: 501-804-8883, 501-804-1782

15310 Mac Arthur Drive
Arkansas 72118
Phone: 501-398-FEAR (3327)
Fax: 501-612-3327


Haunted Cathedral
October 19-31
EMOBA's Cultural Center
12th & Louisiana
Admission: $10 weekday and $15 on weekends

Haunted Hospital

Saturdays October 9-31, from 6-10 pm
1 Pershing Circle
North Little Rock, AR
This former hospital is said to be really haunted!
Sponsored by the NLR Police Athletic League. 501-744-5404
Admission: $10

Get Your Costume On!

Is there anyone waiting until the last minute to buy their Halloween costume? Here are a few places to pick one up.

109 East C Avenue
North Little Rock, AR 72116
Toll Free: (866) 730-0912

  • Spirit of Halloween
Phone: 501-945-019

  • Halloween Express
501 S. Bowman Road
Little Rock, AR 72211
(501) 223-9151

Store Hours

Mon-Fri: 10:00 am till 9:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am till 9:00 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm till 6:00 pm

Map This Location

4213 East McCain Blvd.
North Little Rock, AR 72117
Store Hours
Mon-Fri: 10:00 am till 9:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am till 9:00 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm till 6:00 pm

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Music in The Rock

Cindy Woolf will be playing at the following locations this month:

Oct. 14
The Afterthought
Location: 2721 Kavanaugh @ 8pm
Cost: $5 cover

Oct. 15
The Old State House Oct. 15
Location: 300 W. Markham @ 5:30-8:30
Cost: FREE!


Group wants to restore historical ballroom in Little Rock -

Group wants to restore historical ballroom in Little Rock -
Dreamland Ballroom
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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Free Prostate Cancer Screenings for Men

I know, I know. Doesn't sound like your idea of a good time right?
Consider this, 1 in 6 American men is at lifetime risk of developing prostate cancer.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer, excluding skin cancers, in American men. One man in six will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. African-American men are more likely both to have prostate cancer and to die from it than are Caucasian or Asian men.

African-American men and men with close family members who have had prostate cancer are at greatest risk. These men should begin prostate cancer screenings at age 40.

The Arkansas Prostate cancer Foundation provides free screenings. Go here for a list of screenings in your area.

Children's Theatre

Mr. Popper's Penguins will be live at The Arkansas Arts Center Children's Theatre through October 4th.
My daughter had the opportunity to play a mouse caroler in last season's production of The Wind in The Willows.

Location: Arkansas Arts Center Children's Theatre
501 E. 9th Street
Little Rock, AR 72202
contact: 01-372-4000
tickets: $14 for adults; $11 for children

Crater of Diamonds State Park

The Crater of Diamonds State Park campground will be closed for renovations until Spring 2010.
Here are some campgrounds and other types of lodging nearby:

Friday, September 18, 2009

Weekend of September 18

Anybody want to buy me a new laptop? Mine is acting up so I am trying to meet deadlines plugging away on a clunkety old desktop.
A little late, but here are some goings ons for this weekend.

Duck Duck Goose Children's Consignment Sale
What: Used children's clothing and more at discount prices.
When/Where: September 18-19 7AM - 6 PM
Arkansas State Fair Grounds - Hall of Industry
Contact: For more information, visit, call 501-804-6762 or e-mail

"A Circus Hitched to a Tornado: Arkansas Politics in the 20th Century" Exhibit
What: exhibit on Arkansas politics
When/Where: September 18-Oct. 25
Old State House Museum
Museum hours: 9am-5pm, Monday-Saturday and 1-5pm Sunday.
Admission: FREE
Contact: For more information, call 501-324-9685 or visit

Farmer's Market
What: Farmer's Market featuring farmer's produce, baked goods, jams, and more for sale
When/Where: September 19, 2009 7am-3pm and every Tuesday and Saturday from May to October
River Market Pavilions
Admission: none
Contact: For additional information, call 501-375-2552 or visit

Great Arkansas Cleanup
What:Volunteer trash pickup at Pinnacle Mountain State Park
When/Where: September 19 9 AM - 5 PM
Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Visitor Center
Admission: none
Contact: Pinnacle Mountain State Park volunteer coordinator at 501-868-5806 for more details.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

HSPC-the Humane Society of Pulaski County

Lonestar Steakhouse, 10901 Rodney Parham, will give 10% of your dinner bill any Friday in September to the Humane Society of Pulaski County if you present a flyer which you can download from
Please help these animals!

Last dog wash at Kroger in the Heights-September 19 from 9am-2pm w/ $15 donation
Do you have old or broken gold jewelry that you no longer wear? Turn it in to J Oliver jewelers on Bowman, or Argenta Bead in NLR for CASH, and they will donate all or a percentage of the proceeds to HSPC for you, you will also get a receipt for a tax deduction More information:

If you don't have and use a Kroger Gift Card, please consider getting one. Check the HSPC website for more information. This is a painless way to make money for HSPC, and you can still use your Kroger discount card.

Donations of Science Diet Small Bites Puppy, and also Small Bites adult dog food are also appreciated!
For donations contact HSPC or drop off at the shelter
14600 Colonel Glenn Road · Little Rock, AR 72210 · USA
501/227-6166 · Fax: 501/223-8383 ·

Other needs: replacement fabric for Kuranda beds, click here

Also needing donations of: plastic bags ("Walmart sacks" or any similar kind), ice-cube trays, rolls from paper towels and toilet paper, also: rubber brushes; empty coke bottles; low sodium chicken broth; brown paper lunch bags; Cap'n Crunch; ice cube trays; bubble sets, pheromone wash cloths for cats; pheromone spray for dogs; CDs of soothing nature sounds.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Free Museum Day!

Saturday, September 26, 2009 is Museum Day! Get your FREE printable admission card at the Smithsonian website and receive FREE admission at several museums nationwide. Some museums may not be participating, so check to make sure your local museum is listed on the site.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Site update: Restaurants

New restaurants have been added to the sidebar on the right.

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour- Fayetteville, AR

click on flyer for more information

Monday, August 31, 2009

First week of Sept. events

September 1, 2009

Farmer's Market
7 AM - 3 PM
River Market Pavilions
The Farmer's market is open Tuesday and Saturday from May through October.

More information: 501-375-2552 or

September 1, 2009
Juanita's presents Monthly Blues Jam
8 PM
1300 S. Main
Tickets: $5.00 18+ only

More information: 501-372-1228 or visit

September 4, 2009
Sonic Drive-In's Music in the Park Presents "KC & The Sunshine Band"
6 PM
Riverfest Amphitheatre
Special guest, Boom Kinetic.

Gates: 5pm. Tickets: $10.00 Lawn, $15.00 reserved seats and $25.00 general admission.

Tickets: or by phone at 1-800-965-9324.

More info.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

events 7/24-7/26


Zoo Storytime at the Little Rock Zoo
10:30 am
Note: also held on Friday July 31
Cost: Zoo admission
Phone: 661-7224
Story time will be held near the "Green Machine" Education building, down by the pond.
Arkansas Travelers game against Tulsa Drillers
7:10 pm @ Dickey-Stephens Park
Note: repeats 7/25 at 7:10, 7/26 at 6 pm and 7/27 at 7:10pm
Cost: park admission
phone: 664-1555


Popsicle Palooza (FREE)
11 am-2 pm @ Whole Foods
Cost: Free
Phone: 221-2331

It's Hot & Whole Foods Market is rolling out an event that will cool you down! This event will feature "Chef Prepared" popsicle recipes & delicious foods that will keep you cool this summer! Personalize a pair of Tom's shoes at the Popsicle Palooza! Representatives from Tom's Shoes will also be here to decorate your must have pair of summer slip on shoes! Choose from a wide selection of sizes and NEW styles and customize that pair by sharing your design idea with one of Tom's artist's. If you'd like to add an artsy, customized touch, they'll create your vision while you enjoy the festivities.


Heifer Moo-Vie: "The Story of Trash"
3 PM - 5 PM
Heifer Village, 1 World Avenue
Cost: Free
For more information, visit, call 501-907-COWS or e-mail

"The Story of Trash" and "Trashed: The Story of Garbage, American Style" . A provocative look at one of the fastest growing industries in North America: The garbage business. Visit Heifer Village on Sunday afternoons through August 30 for a slate of thought-provoking documentaries on themes ranging from sustainable living, social justice, climate change, resource development and peaceful co-existence.

The Afterthought presents Sunday Jazz Brunch
11 AM - 2 PM
2721 Kavanaugh Blvd
For more information, visit or call 501-663-1196.

Ted Ludwig on guitar and Joe Cripps on bass make beautiful jazz every Sunday during the festive Jazz Brunch at Vieux Carre. Come hear this great duo and enjoy delicious brunch fare every Sunday from 11am-2pm.

Young Cobras, Future Prospects, LPE, T. Jay, Reverse Thought and Charles Baker
5 PM
Juanita's 1300 S. Main
Cost:Tickets: $8.00 in advance and $10.00 day of the show.
For more information, call 501-372-1228 or visit


The hubby and I went to a wedding last weekend. It was in Norfork, AR (northern AR) and quite a drive so we decided to make a vacation out of the trip and rented a cabin in a nearby town.

We stayed at the Whispering Woods Cabins in Jordan, AR. They were quite reasonable at $79 for a Lake View cabin. They are not right on the lake, up high on a mountain, but the view of the lake is nice. If you don't care about the view the studio cabins are $72.
The cabins include a kitchen area and are stocked with pots and pans. There is a restaurant on site but it is only open for dinner. We tried out the stuffed (giant!) shrimp and crab quiche the first night.

If you prefer to eat in there are some small grocery stores nearby. We decided to drive to Mountain Home to purchase some items for dinner. Surprisingly enough, the main grocery had several gourmet items and even an organic foods section. One thing the store did not have is beer or wine so if you are planning on getting some try a liquor store or gas station.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Family Activities

Every Thursday and Friday Night this Summer from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Enjoy admission for 2 adults, 2 children, 1 large single topping pizza and a 2 liter soda for $26
North Little Rock
(501) 907-5867 Maumelle Area
9250 Commerce Cove
North Little Rock, AR, 72113

July 19, 2009
National Ice Cream Day Celebration
Museum of Discovery

I scream...we all scream...for ICE CREAM!

Forget electric ice cream makers an put away memories of ice and rock salt mixtures and endless cranking. All you need is a little liquid nitrogen (-320°F), some creamy ingredients and an appetite for exploring the science of sweets!

2pm, 3pm and 4pm our Museum Chemists will concoct some ice cream for you to taste! Then you can enjoy a cup of ice cream courtesy of Blue Bell Creameries.

No reservations required; included in your Museum admission!

For more information, call 501-396-7050 or visit

Monday, July 13, 2009


Thinking about adopting a pet? The Humane Society of Pulaski County may have just the one you are looking for. In addition, they are having a special in honor of National Adopt a Shelter Cat/Dog Month:

"July is National Adopt a Shelter Cat/Dog Month. In addition to our usual wellness examination, vaccinations, worming, heartworm test for dogs, FIV and FIP tests for cats, spay or neuter, 4 pounds of Science Diet, and training video (a $400+ value for $75), we are also including a gift basket of goodies, a cute silver tag, and a coupon for a free dog wash at one of our Volunteer Dog Washes."

The next dog wash is July 18 9am-2pm at Kroger on N. Polk (This is the Heights Kroger off Cantrell). Cost-$15 donation

Friday, July 10, 2009

Weekend-July 11& 12

Sat. July 11

Farmer's Market at the River Market Pavillions-every Tuesday and Saturday from 7am-3pm
Juanita's presents AnimulA, Tangled In ruin, Fall Of Sanity, The New Season & The City Screams

8 PM
1300 S. Main

Tickets: $8.00 in advance and $10.00 day of the show (all ages welcome).

For more information, call 501-372-1228 or visit

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Scrub a dub dub, doggies in the tubs

What: Humane Society of Pulaski County Dog Wash
When: July 4th
Where: Trinity United Methodist Church located at Evergreen and Mississippi

This event will last from 9am-2pm
Bring your dog and a $15 donation!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Hot Springs

ceiling in Fordyce bathhouse

I will be in Hot Springs next week. Hot Springs is one of our favorite getaways. Not too far, not too expensive! This trip is a family trip but Hot Springs is a good couple's destination also.

Hot Springs Visitor's Information
1884 Wildwood Bed & Breakfast Inn
The Arlington Resort Hotel and Spa
Magic Springs and Crystal Falls-amusement and water park

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Bored? A little something for the kids


Toy Up-Every Thursday Toy Up will host Fundays for kids 3-9 at 10:30 a.m. Participants will take home a cool craft. For info: 228-0400

Summer Reading Club-various events at local libraries.

Saturday Afternoon Fun at the Main Library-Join the library staff for a different activity each Saturday at 3 p.m. For info: 918-3050. FREE!

Rave Motion Pictures presents its free movie film festival. Watch "Surf's Up" at 10 a.m. June 23 and 24. For info: 687-0687.

Up for a road trip? These events are a little further out of the way:

Family Fun Day, Historic Washington State Park, Washington, AR 6/20
Spend the day having fun the 19th Century way at Historic Washington State Park from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Childrens games, town ball, candle dipping and many other interactive demonstration will fill the day. Bring a picinc lunch or eat at Williams' Tavern. Special demonstration and outdoor activities are free. Buliding tours are available at regular price. See Web site for more information, For info: 870-983-2625.

Summer Solstice, Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park 6/20
From 3-8:30 p.m., celebrate the arrival of summer with an array of outdoor activities for the whole family. Try your hand at using primitive style weapons and learn a game played by American Indian tribes. Create and take home a pinch pot, arrowhead necklace and other native style crafts. Beginning at 6 p.m., the resident archeologist will provide a presentation on the alignment of the mounds with the summer solstice sunset. Following at 7 p.m., there will be a special guided sunset tour of the prehistoric mound site. The evening will end with the observation of the sunset over Mound B. Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for children. For info: 961-9442.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

June 12-14 events

2nd Friday Art Night
June 12, 2009
5 PM - 8 PM

Participating Galleries
- Arkansas Studies Institute
- Hearne Fine Art

- Historic Arkansas Museum
- Norton Arts

- River Market ArtSpace
- The Arts Scene

2nd Friday Art Night highlights the cultural opportunities downtown and in the River Market District. It is a unique gallery walk which includes the state's only historical museum with gallery space devoted to local artists, a public library that oversees and curates retail and exhibition galleries, and private galleries.

Cruisin' in the Rock
June 12, 2009
6 PM - 9 PM
River Market Pavilions and Riverfront Park

See the coolest cars in Arkansas at "Cruisin' in the Rock." These monthly cruise-ins feature muscle cars, street rods, classic cars, trucks and motorcycles from across Central Arkansas. Participants and spectators will enjoy great classic rock n' roll music, have a chance to win prizes, and reminisce over these awesome vehicles!

Farmers' Market
June 13, 2009
7 AM - 3 PM
River Market Pavilions

Open Tuesday and Saturday, May through October. For additional information, call 501-375-2552 or visit River Market.

June 13, 2009
Runway on the River
7 PM - 11:30 PM
River Market, East Pavilion

Tickets: $15.00-$25.00.

Spring & Summer fashion show.
For more information, call 501-993-5435.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Wed 6/3

What: Movies In the Park is showing Ferris Bueller's Day Off
When: Wednesdays at sundown
Where: Riverfest Amphitheatre of Riverfront Park
Cost: free

June 3 - Ferris Bueller's Day Off
June 10 - The Princess Bride
June 17 - Batman Begins
June 24 - Shrek the Third
July 1 - When Harry Met Sally
July 8 - The Bourne Supremacy
July 15 - Curious George
July 22 - Juno
July 29 - The People's Choice

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Free Summer Movies!

We all know how summer vacation starts to wear on parents' nerves. Looking for something to do with your bored and rambunctious kids? A few places are offering free movies. Yes, these are older movies, but the kids won't mind and the price is right! Believe me, an hour or two of no bickering and blasting a/c is heaven!

All Rave Motion Pictures locations nationwide will host the Free Family Film Festival 2009. All locations will play these movies on the dates listed, all movies start at 10AM:

June 9 & 10 Kung Fu Panda PG 92 minutes
June 16 & 17 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa PG 89 minutes
June 23 & 24 Surf's Up PG 85 minutes
June 30 & July 1 The Tale of Despereaux G 90 minutes
July 7 & 8 Horton Hears A Who! G 86 minutes
July 14 & 15 Space Chimps G 81 minutes
July 21 & 22 Igor PG 87 minutes
July 28 & 29 Shrek the Third PG 93 minutes


Free movies will be shown at Riverfront Park Amphitheater on Wednesdays at sundown. Sorry no a/c, these are outdoor movie showings.

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