Last Minute Christmas Gifts (and giveaway!)

Pop Pop Shoppe

This post is sponsored by Pop Pop Shoppe, but all opinions here are my own.teacher cookie printable

Without fail, every December I wait until the last minute to buy Christmas gifts for everyone besides my kids. (They always get clothes because KIDS GROW.) I did however remember teacher gifts in advance this year (hallelujah!). Since I have three kids at home now with 12 teachers between them, I went the cheap-but-yummy route with four homemade cookies per teacher wrapped in clear little bags and a “teachery” printable I found on Pinterest.

But alas, Christmas is just around the corner, and there are people that I want to give a little something-something without spending a fortune  — like the postman who braves the crazy Arkansas weather six days a week to bring us the mail or my sweet friend down the street who will come over in her jammies for a glass of wine just to hear me moan about life or catch up on our busy days. Luckily a new shop recently opened in Midtown Little Rock called the Pop Pop Shoppe.

Pop Pop Shoppe

Pop Pop Shoppe is located in the Park Avenue Plaza next to Target. The owners started with a store in Texarkana, TX, and just opened this Little Rock location back in October. They offer fresh, high-quality gourmet popcorn along with specialty foods like fudge and cinnamon-sugar almonds. But their assortment of popcorn is what makes this store so much fun! I mean, who doesn’t want to sample more than 25 flavors of popcorn ranging from plain butter to “cornferno”?!?!

Pop Pop Shoppe

Pop Pop Shoppe

Pop Pop Shoppe

 

Right now they have gourmet popcorn gift baskets already made up, so all you have to do is stop by and buy a few. Their prices are super reasonable too.

Pop Pop Shoppe

 

They also have specialty tins if you have a sports fan or just want a jumbo tin of popcorn. They can fill it with any of the flavors. Pop Pop Shoppe

 

If you’re out Christmas shopping (or really anytime you are near University and Markham in Little Rock), you should stop by and get a bag of “Hot n Yummy” Chicago-style popcorn (a combo of the cheddar and caramel popcorn). IT IS SO GOOD.Pop Pop Shoppe

 

Another cool thing that they do is fundraisers for schools and non-profits— and they make it really fun and easy. For more info on their fundraisers, check out their website or give them a call.

 

Now for the exciting GIVEAWAY part — enter here Dec 17-19.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The winner MUST be able to pick up the prize from the Little Rock Pop Pop Shoppe location (address below). Prize can not be shipped to the winner, so I recommend that only folks in Central Arkansas participate. Winner will be selected by random drawing and announced on December 20. Good luck!

 

Pop Pop Shoppe
416 S. University Ave, Suite 130
Little Rock, AR 72205

Hours: M-Th 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; F-Sa 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Su 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Phone: 501-904-5765

Beauty and the Beast coming to Little Rock

THE STUDIO THEATRE’S PRODUCTION OF
Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
DECEMBER 1-18, 2016

beauty and the beast

DATES AND TIMES
Performances are December 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 2016
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances (December 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10,
15, 16, 17) will begin at 7:30pm
Sunday matinees (December 4, 11, 18 ) will begin at 2:30pm

TICKET INFORMATION
Tickets are $25.00 for general admission.
Tickets are $20.00 for Seniors (65+), Military, and Students.
Tickets are $15.00 for children 12 and under.
There are no assigned seats at The Studio Theatre.
The box office will open at 6:30pm on performance dates and the house
will open approximately 20 minutes prior to curtain.
Tickets may be purchased at eventbrite.com
We highly recommend that tickets be purchased in advance, as we
cannot guarantee availability at the door.
The Lobby Bar is open before and after the show and during intermission.
This production is rated G.

THEATRE LOCATION & CONTACT INFORMATION
THE STUDIO THEATRE
230 W. 7TH Street
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
501.374.2615

Follow The Studio Theatre on social media:
@StudioTheatreLR (Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter)

Auditions at The Studio Theatre

THE STUDIO THEATRE’S AUDITIONS BY APPOINTMENT FOR
BONNIE & CLYDE – The Musical
November 12 &13, 2016

 

DATES AND TIMES

Auditions appointments are available:
Saturday November 12 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Sunday November 13 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm

AUDITION INFORMATION

Auditions will be conducted by appointment only.
Those auditioning are encouraged to bring a head shot and resume, if
available, with them to auditions.
Those auditioning should prepare 32 measures in the style of the show.
Please bring sheet music for accompanist. Vocal range will also be checked. After singing, some auditionees may be asked to read selected sides from the show.
Appointments can be made by emailing studiotheatreauditions@gmail.com.

ABOUT OUR PRODUCTION

Bonnie & Clyde will be directed by Hannah M. Sawyer with music direction by Bob Bidewell.
Bonnie & Clyde has music by Frank Wildhorn, lyrics by Don Black, and book by Ivan Menchell.
Performances will be February 9-12 and 16-19, 2017. Thursday through Saturday performances begin at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm. Company read-through and meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 17, 2016. All other rehearsals will begin Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

SYNOPSIS

At the height of the Great Depression, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow went from two small-town nobodies in West Texas to America’s most renowned folk heroes and Texas law enforcement’s worst nightmares. Fearless, shameless and alluring, the Tony-nominated Bonnie & Clyde, from the legendary Frank Wildhorn (Jekyll & Hyde, Civil War, Dracula) is the electrifying story of love, adventure and crime that captured the attention of an entire country. When Bonnie and Clyde meet, their mutual cravings for excitement and fame immediately set them on a mission to chase their dreams. Their bold and reckless behavior turns the young lovers’ thrilling adventure into a downward spiral, putting themselves and their loved ones in trouble with the law. Forced to stay on the run, the lovers resort to robbery and murder to survive. As the infamous duo’s fame grows bigger, their inevitable end draws nearer. Bonnie & Clyde is a thrilling and sexy musical with a non-traditional score combining blues, gospel and rockabilly music.

ROLES AVAILABLE

• Clyde Barrow
A charming small-town boy who craves notoriety. Bonnie’s reckless, bold, daring lover.
Gender: Male
Age: 18 to 30
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: A2

• Bonnie Parker
A beautiful girl torn between love and fame. Clyde’s ambitious, stubborn lover.
Gender: Female
Age: 18 to 30
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: G3

• Marvin “Buck” Barrow
Clyde’s brother and an outlaw troubled by his wife’s distaste for his lifestyle. Adventurous and loyal.
Gender: Male
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: B2

• Blanche Barrow
A religious woman who disapproves of the criminal lifestyle. Honorable and righteous. Married to Buck Barrow.
Gender: Female
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: Eb5
Vocal range bottom: G3

• Cumie Barrow
A kind woman among those suffering in the Depression. Loyal andselfless. Mother to Clyde and Buck.
Gender: Female
Age: 40 to 55

• Sherriff Schmid

• Ted Hinton
A police officer struggling to separate his feelings from his duties. Kind and honest. Madly in love with Bonnie.
Gender: Male
Age: 18 to 25
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: C3

• Young Clyde
Gender: Male
Age: 8 to 13
Vocal range top: A5
Vocal range bottom: B3

• Young Bonnie
Gender: Female
Age: 8 to 13
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: C#4

• Emma Parker
Bonnie’s widowed mother. Fragile, caring, sensitive.
Gender: Female
Age: 40 to 55

• Preacher
The town’s evangelist. Loud, passionate, boisterous.
Gender: Male
Age: 45 to 65Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: A2

• Henry Barrow
A hard-working man, struggling to survive. Humble and quiet.
Father of Clyde and Buck.
Gender: Male
Age: 45 to 55

• Governor Miriam Ferguson
An enforcer of the law and Governor of Texas. Tough and harsh.
Gender: Female
Age: 40 to 60

• Captain Frank Hamer
A retired Texas Ranger who joins the hunt for Bonnie and Clyde.
Recruited by Governor Ferguson.
Gender: Male
Age: 45 to 65

• Bob Alcorn
The best sharpshooter in Texas. Recruited by Frank Hamer, he helps hunt down Bonnie and Clyde.
Gender: Male
Age: 30 to 45
Ensemble Store Clerks; Cops/Guards; Bank Customers; Choir; Bread Line
Folks

THEATRE LOCATION & CONTACT INFORMATION

THE STUDIO THEATRE
320 W. 7TH Street
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

501.374.2615

thestudiotheatre@gmail.com

follow us on Social Media:
@StudioTheatreLR
(Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat)
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The Mercy Seat coming to The Studio Theatre

THE STUDIO THEATRE’S PRODUCTION OF
THE MERCY SEAT
SEPTEMBER 8 – 11, 2016

The Mercy SeatDATES AND TIMES

Performances are September 8, 9, 10, and 11, 2016.

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances (September 8, 9, 10) will begin at 7:30pm.

Sunday matinee (September 11) will begin at 2:30pm.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets are $20.00 for general admission.

Tickets are $15.00 for Seniors (65+), Military, and Students.

There are no assigned seats at The Studio Theatre.

The box office will open at 6:30pm on performance dates and the house will open approximately 20 minutes prior to curtain.

Tickets may be purchased at eventbrite.com through the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-mercy-seat-neil-labute-tickets-27119078895

We highly recommend that tickets be purchased in advance, as we cannot guarantee availability at the door.

The Lobby Bar is open before and after the show and during intermission.

Recommended for Mature Audiences.

The Mercy SeatABOUT THE PLAY

Presented on the 15th Anniversary of September 11, 2001.

The Mercy Seat is a 2002 play by Neil LaBute that was among the first major theatrical responses to the September 11, 2001 attacks.

The Mercy Seat has also been produced in London, Lima, and Rio de Janeiro.

The Mercy Seat premiered Off-Broadway at the Acorn Theatre in an MCC Theater production on December 18, 2002, and closed on January 15, 2003. Directed by LaBute, the cast starred Liev Schreiber and Sigourney Weaver. It was both a commercial and critical success (it sold out for the length of its run).

The TheatreMania reviewer wrote: “…this 100-minute, intermissionless piece may not be the author’s most soul-searing, it’s the one in which the characters seem the most human.

SYNOPSIS

Set on September 12, it concerns Ben, a man who worked at the World Trade Center but was away from the office during the attack, with his mistress, Abby, who is also his boss. Expecting that his family believes that he was killed in the towers’ collapse, Ben contemplates using the tragedy to run away and start a new life with his lover.

THE MERCY SEAT CREATIVE TEAM

Play by
Neil Labute

Directed & Designed by
Michael Goodbar

THE MERCY SEAT CAST

Abby
Patrice D. Phillips

Ben
Brandon Nichols

THEATRE LOCATION & CONTACT INFORMATION

THE STUDIO THEATRE
230 W. 7TH Street
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

501.374.2615

Follow The Studio Theatre on social media:
@StudioTheatreLR (Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter)

 

Local theatre production benefiting foster kids

Cover Photo by Katie Childs
(LtoR)  Jenny Moses, John Michael Murphy, Kayla Walker

 

THE STUDIO THEATRE’S PRODUCTION OF
JAMES and the GIANT PEACH
AUGUST 11-21, 2016

James and the Giant Peach

DATES AND TIMES
Performances are August 11, 12 (Special Performance), 13, 14, 18,19, 20, 21, 2016
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances (August 11, 12, 13, 19, 20, 21) will begin at 7:30pm.
Sunday matinees (August 14 and 21) will begin at 2:30pm.

TICKET INFORMATION
Tickets are $25.00 for general admission.
Tickets are $20.00 for Seniors (65+), Military, and Students.
There are no assigned seats at The Studio Theatre.
The box office will open at 6:30pm on performance dates and the house will open approximately 20 minutes prior to curtain.

Tickets may be purchased at Eventbrite. We highly recommend that tickets be purchased in advance, as we cannot guarantee availability at the door. The Lobby Bar is open before and after the show and during intermission. The show is rated PG.

SPECIAL PERFORMANCE AUGUST 12
On Friday, August 12, “James and the Giant Peach” will host a special performance, in which a portion of ticket sales will be donated to Project Zero. Tickets for this one night only even are $35 for adults, $25 for students/seniors. Additional donations will also be accepted.

Project Zero Mission statement:
The goal of Project Zero is to raise awareness about adoption through the state foster care system with the ultimate goal of finding a forever family for every child that is waiting.

Also, throughout the run of the show, a bin will be available for patrons to donate school supplies to The Call in Pulaski County.
Needed Items:
• New mesh backpacks
• Mead Composition Notebooks
• mechanical pencils
• Other school supplies are also accepted.
The CALL is a locally-founded, statewide nonprofit that recruits, trains, and supports the needed Christian foster and adoptive families for children in foster care in Arkansas. The CALL’s vision is to achieve no waiting children in foster care in Arkansas.

Tickets available at: Eventbrite

ABOUT THE SOURCE MATERIAL
James and the Giant Peach was Roald Dahl’s first classic novel for
children. Although The Gremlins is sometimes referred to as an earlier example of his writing for children, James was Dahl’s first conscious attempt to write for a younger audience after several years of writing primarily adult short stories. Dahl started writing James and the Giant Peach in 1959 after encouragement from his agent, Sheila St Lawrence. In the orchard at Dahl’s home there was a cherry tree. Seeing this tree made him wonder: what if, one day, one of those cherries just kept on and on growing bigger and bigger? From giant cherries Dahl also considered ever-increasing pears and even apples, but eventually settled on a giant peach as the method for James’ magical journey.

The book was first published in 1961 to glowing reviews and marked the beginning of Dahl’s prolific career as a children’s author.

James and the Giant PeachSYNOPSIS
When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that results in a tremendous peach… and launches a journey of enormous proportions. Suddenly, James finds himself in the center of the gigantic peach, among human-sized insects with equally oversized personalities, but after it falls from the tree and rolls into the ocean, the group faces hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements. Thanks to James’ quick wit and creative thinking, the residents learn to live and work together as a family. The dangerous voyage is a success, but the adventure takes a whole new twist once they land on the Empire State Building.

THE STUDIO THEATRE
320 W. 7TH Street
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
501.374.2615
FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA @StudioTheatreLR

Rock of Ages Coming to Little Rock, July 7-24

THE STUDIO THEATRE’S PRODUCTION OF

ROCK OF AGES

JULY 7 – 24, patient 2016

Rock of Ages

DATES AND TIMES

Performances are July 7, 8 (Grand Opening Celebration), 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 2016

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances (July 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23) will begin at 7:30pm

Sunday matinees (July 10, 17, 24) will begin at 2:30pm

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets are $25.00 for general admission

Tickets are $20.00 for Seniors (65+), Military, and Students.

There are no assigned seats at The Studio Theatre

The box office will open at 6:30pm on performance dates and the house will open approximately 20 minutes prior to curtain.

Tickets may be purchased at eventbrite.com through the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rock-of-ages-the-musical-tickets-25747129357

We highly recommend that tickets be purchased in advance, as we cannot guarantee availability at the door.

The Lobby Bar is open before and after the show and during intermission.

Rated R for language, adult humor, and suggestive clothing.

GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION INFORMATION

Tickets for the Grand Opening Celebration (July 8, 2016) are $50 and include a catered cocktail buffet and an open bar (beer and wine) from 6:00 pm-7:30 p.m.  Following the show, a champagne toast with the cast and crew will end this amazing evening!

Curtain is at 7:30 p.m.

Ticket link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rock-of-ages-grand-opening-gala-tickets-25747038084

ABOUT THE SHOW

Rock of Ages is a rock/jukebox musical, built around classic rock songs from the glam metal bands of the 1980s, including Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Steve Perry, and Poison among other well-known rock bands.

The show is designed to be a hybrid experience that lies somewhere between rock concert and musical theatre.  During the performance, the performers directly address the audience.

Despite the musical’s title, the Def Leppard song of the same name is not included in the musical.

The original Broadway production ran for 2,328 performances, closing on January 18, 2015 as the 27th-longest running show in Broadway history.

On July 1, 2009, the cast set a new Guinness World Record for the Largest Air Guitar Ensemble. A total of 810 participants, including audience members and fans, shattered the previous record of 440 people playing air guitar simultaneously.

SYNOPSIS

It’s the tail end of the big, bad 1980s in Hollywood, and the party has been raging hard. Aqua Net, Lycra, lace and liquor flow freely at one of the Sunset Strip’s last legendary venues, a place where sex machine Stacee Jaxx takes the stage and scantily clad groupies line up to turn their fantasies into reality. Amidst the madness, aspiring rock star (and resident toilet cleaner) Drew longs to take the stage as the next big thing (and longs for small-town girl Sherri, fresh off the bus from Kansas with stars in her eyes). But the rock and roll fairy-tale is about to end when German developers sweep into town with plans to turn the fabled Strip into just another capitalist strip mall. Can Drew, Sherri and the gang save the strip–and themselves–before it’s too late? Only the music of hit bands Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake and more hold the answer.

ROCK OF AGES CREATIVE TEAM

Music Arranged & Orchestrated by
Ethan Popp

Book by
Chris D’Arienzo

Director
Justin A. Pike

Music Director
Chuck Massey

Assistant Director
Tanner Oglesby

Chorerographer
Sara Adams Reynolds

Stage Manager
Beth Ross

Assistant Stage Manager
Jennifer Jackson Restum

Scenic Design
Justin A. Pike

Lighting Design
Joey DiPette

Costume Design
Trent Reese

Production Assistants
Tye Davis
Antwon Staton
Shawn O’Brien
Rachel Brown

ROCK OF AGES CAST

SHERRIE CHRISTIAN – Bridget Davis

DREW BOLEY – Micah Patterson

LONNY BARNETT – Michael Goodbar

DENNIS DUPREE – Danny Troillett

STACEE JAXX – Adam Smith

JUSTICE CHARLIER – Leiloni Brewer

HERTZ KLINEMANN – Harold Dean

FRANZ KLINEMANN – Benjanmin Mills

REGINA MCKAIG – Gabi Baltzley

MAYOR/JA’KEITH – Jeremiah James Herman

JOEY PRIMO – Michael Smith

WAITRESS/CONSTANCE SAK – Hannah Fairman

WATRESS/YOUNG GROUPIE – Brooke Melton

WAITRESS – Molly Rosenthal

WAITRESS – Reagan Hammonds

WAITRESS – Casey Labbate

PIT SINGERS
Tamara Murry Boggs
Cole Chandler
Mikala Hicks
Luke Johnson

THEATRE LOCATION & CONTACT INFORMATION

THE STUDIO THEATRE
320 W. 7TH Street
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

501.374.2615

www.thestudiotheatre-lr.org

 
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Studio Theatre Announces Auditions for DOUBT

I’m not 100% paleo — yet. But I really do feel better eating this way, website like this and I have found a number of delicious recipes that I can make on the regular and not get bored. Here are a few of my favorites lately (mostly from Melissa Joulwan from the Well Fed cookbooks):

Gingered Zucchini Soup

Meatballs — Cuban and Bacon-Jalapeno Burgercuban meatballs and pan-fried plantainsPan-Fried Plantains

Loaded Tuna Salad Mason Jars

Red Curry with chicken and carrots (or whatever I have on hand)curryBrussels Sprout HashBrussels Sprout Hash

For snacks, pharmacy sliced carrots with guacamole is my go-to the past few weeks. I found little individual containers of guacamole at Sam’s that are perfect to take to work with my baggie of sliced carrots. I have also discovered that I like sliced whole carrots better than baby carrots. I find them sweeter and more flavorful. Other items I like to keep on hand are eggs, sweet potatoes, avocados and apples.

Here is a link to my Pinterest board where I park many of the gluten-free and paleo recipes that I find.

I still totally fail on occasion — like yesterday when I made a BREAD pudding. But hey, my family was happy.

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CONTACT INFO
Bob Bidewell, therapy
Director
bbidewell@sbcglobal.net
(501) 940-4646The Studio Theatre

THE STUDIO THEATRE’S OPEN AUDITIONS FOR DOUBT – A Parable by John Patrick Shanley
JUNE 18-19, link
2016

 DATES AND TIMES
Auditions will be held:
June 18 at 1:00pm
June 19 at 6:00pm

Auditions should last no longer than two hours each day.

Callbacks, if necessary, will be held June 20, and those called back will be notified by email.

AUDITION INFORMATION
Auditions will not be conducted by appointment.
Auditions will consist of cold reading from the script.
Head shots and resumes are not required, but are strongly encouraged.

Questions can be answered by emailing studiotheatreauditions@gmail.com

ABOUT OUR PRODUCTION
Performance dates are September 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 2016.
Rehearsals will begin August 15, 2016.
The production will be directed by Bob Bidewell.

We are looking for a cast of 4 diverse actors to fill the following roles:
Sister Aloysius Beauvier – fifties/sixties
Father Brendan Flynn – late thirties
Sister James – twenties
Mrs. Muller – African American, mid-thirties

DOUBTABOUT John Patrick Shanley’s DOUBT
Time/Place:  1964. Place:  St. Nicholas, a Catholic church and school in the Bronx, NY.   In 2005, it won the Drama Desk for Best New Play, the Lucille Lortel for Outstanding Play, the NY Drama Critics Circle for Best Play, the Pulitzer Price for Drama, and the Tony Award for Best Play.

 SYNOPSIS
What do you do when you’re not sure?” So asks Father Flynn, the progressive and beloved priest at the St. Nicholas Church School in the Bronx, in his sermon. It’s 1964, and things are changing, to the chagrin of rigid principal Sister Aloysius. However, when an unconscionable accusation is leveled against the Father, Sister Aloysius realizes that the only way to get justice is to create it herself. And as for the truth of the matter? As Father Flynn says, “Doubt can be a bond as powerful and sustaining as certainty.” In stunning prose, John Patrick Shanley delves into the murky shadows of moral certainty, his characters always balancing on the thin line between truth and consequences. Doubt: A Parable is an exquisite, potent drama that will raise questions and answer none, leaving the audience to grapple with the discomfort of their uncertainties.

THEATRE LOCATION & CONTACT INFORMATION
THE STUDIO THEATRE
320 W. 7TH Street
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
501.374.2615
studiotheatreauditions@gmail.com
www.thestudiotheatre-lr.org

 

 

May Events at Clinton Presidential Center

FTC disclosure: I am a social ambassador for the Clinton Presidential Center, unhealthy and do receive a small compensation for promoting the Center.

American Champions: The Quest for Olympic Glory continues through September 11

Bridge to the Future – May 21 (see info below)

Conversation with author Garrard Conley – May 24 (see info below)

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Bridge to the Future Festival

bridge to the futureOn May 21, 2016, the Clinton Center, along with partners Hippy Arkansas and Special Olympics Arkansas, will host the Bridge to the Future Festival, a free community festival that encourages students to read throughout their summer break and will include fun activities for kids, and literacy, health, and safety resources for parents. The free festival is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Saturday, May 21, 2016
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Clinton Presidential Park

According to extensive research, all students experience some level of “summer learning loss” or “summer setback” while on summer breaks.  Some students are more effected by the summer break than their peers.  Some quick facts:

  • Students score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do at the beginning of summer vacation.
  • Students who see the biggest drops in test scores are already in higher-risk low-income groups.
  • “Summer setback” has a cumulative effect and can follow students through high school.
  • Educators, on average, spend four-to-six weeks re-teaching material that was lost during the “summer setback.”

Activities for families:
–Free books from the Reading Is Fundamental “AR Kids Read” program
–Crafts and coloring activities, including making a book
–Appearances by Cookie Mouse and Curious George
–Story time
–Central Arkansas Library System library card applications
–Writing activities with Foreign Tongues Poetry Troupe
–“Commitment wall” encouraging students to commit to reading throughout the summer
–Puppet shows
–Fire safety demonstrations
–Flag Football and the Young Athletes Program
–Face painting and bounce houses
–Free vision screenings for children provided by North Little Rock and Little Rock Founder’s Lions Clubs

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Arkansas Author Returns Home for Book Tour

Garrard ConleyThe Clinton Center is proud to host a conversation with Garrard Conley, author of the soon-to-be-released memoir, Boy Erased, on May 24 at 6 p.m. The son of a pastor in Arkansas, Conley writes about his experience at a church-supported conversion therapy program to be “cured” of his homosexuality after he was outed to his parents at the age of nineteen.

Go to the Center for more information and reservations.

Clinton Center

March Events at the Clinton Presidential Center

FTC disclaimer: Sponsored post as a social ambassador for the Clinton Presidential Center.

The William J. Clinton Presidential Center & Park, health located on the banks of Arkansas River in Little Rock, Arkansas, attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world to its grounds each year. Here are some of the exciting events happening at The Center in March.
The NEW Clinton Museum Store opens TODAY.

Opening today, March 1, the new Clinton Museum Store, located inside the lobby of the Library, offers guests a one-of-a-kind, presidential shopping experience. The shelves are stocked and the staff is eager to help! Museum Store customers are not required to pay admission fees to shop.

American Champions: The Quest for Olympic Glory
Opens March 12

The Clinton Center’s upcoming temporary exhibit tells the story of American athletes in the modern Olympic and Paralympic Games. But it goes beyond just celebrating the Olympians’ achievements and athleticism. Like the Games themselves, it honors the common humanity that unites our world’s people across borders, generations, gender, and race.

Spring Break at the Clinton Center

School will soon be out for Spring Break, so get ready to run, jump, and play. The week of March 21-25, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., the Center will celebrate Spring Break with free family activities. In conjunction with American Champions: The Quest for Olympic Glory, students will learn about and participate in sports from the Olympic Games. Spring Break activities are free; however, admission fees to tour the Center still apply.

Easter Brunch at the Clinton Center

Easter Brunch at the Clinton Presidential Center is filling-up quickly! Join us on Easter Sunday for a delicious brunch including a “Build-Your-Own-Omelet” station, a “Breakfast Favorites” station, an array of house-made desserts and more. Reservations are required. Please call (501) 537-0042 to make your reservation today.

Clinton Center

The William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park is a world-class educational and cultural venue offering a variety of special events, exhibitions, educational programs, and lectures throughout the year. Visit the website for more information.

 

Little Rock Staycation

For New Year’s Eve, information pills my husband Anthony and I did something different: a DAY-LONG DATE DAY. I copied the idea from my brother Rob and his wife Ines. They recently did a day-long date day for their wedding anniversary. They played tourist around their own city. I thought that was a splendid idea, stomatology and Anthony and I needed some quality time away from the kids anyway.

I got a BUNCH of great ideas from friends on interesting places to go and yummy places to eat around Little Rock and North Little Rock. Here are some of the suggestions given to us:

Breakfast / Brunch options:

The Root
One Eleven at the Capital
Del Frisco
Trio’s
1620 Savoy  
Red Door
Mylo Coffee Co.
Mugs
BJ’s Market Café
I decIMG_3222ided on Leo’s Greek Castle for breakfast. I had the Greek omelet, and it was devine with juicy portions of lamb throughout. Anthony had the eggs, bacon and pancakes. The coffee was really good too. Luckily we got there early (before 8:30 a.m.) because the place filled up fast (especially for a Thursday) and there was a line of people waiting to be seated when we left.

Things to do / see:

Esse Purse Museum
Green Corner Store soda fountain
Historic Arkansas Museum
Old State House
Tour of local breweries
Central Arkansas Escape Rooms
Segway of Arkansas
Museum of Discovery: Science After Dark
Heifer Village

Our first stop was the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site which is open daily 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday – Sunday throughout the year except New Year’s Day. They were closing early at 2:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, the day we were there, but we arrived in plenty of time to watch the short film and take in all the exhibits. Bonus: this is a totally FREE national park! Little Rock Central High MuseumLittle Rock Central High MuseumLittle Rock Central High MuseumI loved this museum and will take my daughters there very soon. Heaven knows we still have a long way to go to cure racism in this country. Learning where we’ve been and what those before us went through is a step in the right direction. This museum is a must-see in Little Rock!

Our next stop was the Clinton Presidential Park Bridge. This bridge is special to me and Anthony because it’s where we had our first real kiss (cue the romantic soundtrack) back in 2012. Today the river was at moderate flood stage and due to crest over the next couple of days. It was wild and exciting and scary all at the same time. And the view of downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock is absolutely beautiful from up there. Arkansas River, Clinton BridgeClinton Presidential Park Bridge

After the bridge, we went home to warm up and have a light lunch. I took a nap — my favorite indulgence. Afterwards, we got ready for our New Year’s Eve dinner date. I had three dresses sent from Rent the Runway and tried them each on to make my final selection. You can read more about my Rent the Runway experience here.Stacey and Anthony Valley

For dinner we had reservations at Good Food by Ferneau. The meal was fantastic, and you can read my review hereIMG_3278

After dinner we went to a friend’s house for a NYE party.

It was a great day just hanging out with my hubby. And our city has so much to offer. I can’t wait until our next staycation. Any suggestions on places we should go?

 

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