Afternoon Tea at ESSE Purse Museum

Spend a delightful afternoon at ESSE this Sunday.

Esse Tea

Afternoon Tea at ESSE Purse Museum

Join us this Sunday, September 27th, from 2 p.m.4 p.m. for tea, museum tours, and tasty bites. Want to bring a friend? We now have a special “Tea for Two” ticket option.

Trio’s Restaurant’s menu:
Cucumber Tea Sandwiches with Herbed Cream Cheese
Egg & Olive Salad in Phyllo Shells
Curried Chicken Salad Puffs
Smoked Salmon Canapés on Toasted Rye with Avocado & Microgreens
Banana Bread Tea Sandwiches with Cream Cheese & Strawberries
Lemon Curd Tarts with Raspberries
Mexican Chocolate Squares with Cinnamon Pecans
Lemon Lavender Cookies

Our selected tea menu:
Imperial Yunnan, a tippy China black tea from Simpson & Vail
Paris, a black tea blend with citrus, vanilla, and bergamot orange accents, from Harney & Sons
Fresh Strawberry, from Dethlefson & Balk

World Fest Students Look to ‘Change the World’

Hundreds of students from around the state will participate in World Fest 2015 on Friday, Sept. 25, at War Memorial Park. The annual event, created in 1994 by the Little Rock Racial and Cultural Diversity Commission, celebrates cultures from around the globe through a variety of interactive learning experiences.
> The festival will begin with an opening ceremony Walk of Nations, a colorful procession of international flags paraded by students from Gibbs International Studies Magnet School.
> This year, the award-winning festival includes a petting zoo with a baby camel, the Global Imagination Stage for cultural performing arts, and the Global Village representing such countries as Turkey, Kenya, the Philippines, and Guatemala.More than 30 school teams will be taking part in the World Cultural Fair Contest, a display exhibition that gives students the opportunity to share all they’ve learned about a particular country.
> This year’s festival theme is “We Can Change the World.”
>“We hope to empower school-age children to not just learn about diversity and other cultures but to act as responsible global citizens,” says Ericka Benedicto, diversity program manager. “To see these students come to World Fest with such engaging performances and polished presentations is inspiring. They really are able to change the world.”
>More than just a regular field trip, World Fest provides students with a safe, fun, and stimulating environment. Lunch will include traditional fare in addition to some cultural cuisines.
> World Fest is free and open to the public. The event begins at 9 a.m. and goes until 2 p.m.
> World Fest celebrates the different races and cultures that exist here in Little Rock through educational activities, entertainment, and tastes from around the world. The festival was named 1st place recipient of the 2006 National League of Cities Cultural Diversity Award

Arkansas Take Back Day

The Arkansas Take Back day for unused, expired, and otherwise not needed prescription drugs is this Saturday, September 26th, from 10:00-2:00. Go to for the location nearest you. This is a good way to dispose of unneeded drugs that are cluttering up your medicine cabinet (and endangering your kids).
> The city of Little Rock has laws and ordinances against burning within the city limits without a permit. Our homes are so close together, and the fall leaves have started falling. The chances of a small fire getting out of control are great. This is dangerous for you and your neighbors, as well as obnoxious with the smoke.
> Have you ever been up late at night and looked down your street? Chances are you will see several dark spots where it would be easy for criminals to hide. National Night Out is Tuesday, October 6th. St. Charles doesn’t have a local event scheduled, but it is a nationally observed night when neighbors plan events, block parties, and get-togethers to meet neighbors and light up the night. Please leave your outside lights on for security every night, it lessens your chances of being broken into, as well as your neighbors. If you know your neighbors and their habits and vehicles, you have a much better chance to know when something is amiss, and to report it.
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9th Annual Civil Rights Summit and Community Festival

Dear Community Members,

Please accept our invitation to join us at the 9th Annual Civil Rights Summit and Community Festival, Saturday, September 26, 2015 at the Willie L. Hinton Neighborhood Resource Center, 3805 W. 12th St. in Little Rock.  See attachments for details and registration form.

The event is free and open to the public.  Only community resources, vendors and entertainers must register.  Please help us spread the word about the event!


Thank you,

Odessa Darrough, Coordinator

Annual Civil Rights Summit & Community Festival

(501) 661-0562 Office/Fax

(501) 960-2569 Mobile

Capitol Zoning District Commission Summary of Actions

Here is a summary of the actions taken at the Capitol Zoning District Commission’s regular monthly meeting last Thursday:

  1. Install a four-foot high front yard fence at 1404 S. Scott: The Commissioners voted to grant the applicants’ request for a deferral until October 15.
  2. Revise previously-approved plan for new construction at 1306 S. Arch: Commissioners unanimously agreed that the house being constructed differs substantially enough from the plans originally submitted that the applicant needs to stop work, re-notify neighbors and present the revisions to the advisory committees for review.
  3. Revise previously-approved plans for new construction at 1915 S. Scott: Commissioners unanimously agreed that the revised plans differ substantially enough from the plans originally submitted that the applicant needs to stop work, re-notify neighbors and present the revisions to the advisory committees for review.
  4. Amend existing mutual cooperation agreement with the City of Little Rock: The Commission voted to adopt the new agreement. This will now go to the City Board of Directors for their consideration, probably sometime in October. (the document is available here:

Tim McKuin, Program Coordinator

Capitol Zoning District Commission

Check Out the Metroplan Facebook Page

Metroplan has posted updates on Jump Start projects in your communities. Check them out – and then Like and Share so that others will learn about the exciting progress happening in your city! Here’s the link.

And while you’re there, check out the other events and projects that are posted!



Susan Sierra Dollar, AICP

501.372.3300 Office

501.749.0090 Cell

501 West Markham Street

Suite B

Little Rock, AR 72201

Learn How to Sell to the Federal Government – Workshop

This workshop will give an introduction to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s government contracting programs.  Topics include the 8(a) Business Development Program, HUBZone Certification, the SAM system and the Federal Business Opportunities website.

DATE:  Tuesday, September 29
TIME:    10:00 a.m.
LOCATION: Sue Cowan Williams Library
                     1800 Chester Street
                      Little Rock, AR 72206
REGISTRATION:  Call  the library at 501-376-4282
QUESTIONS:  Call SBA:  Carol Silverstrom  – (501) 296-3027

Fun Fall Events and Store Specials at ESSE

Esse Purse Museum

The ESSE Quarterly

Newsletter: Edition 5, Fall 2015

This Fall promises to be busy, busy here at ESSE. Check out all that’s going on  below…

The 50% off super sale is ongoing at the Store at ESSE. Select items like hand-crafted leather bags, colorful scarves, trendy jewelry, and fabulous paper products are just some examples of the goodies available at half off. And as old items sell, we’re always adding new items to the sale!

For the latest and greatest of all our Store sales, specials, and new Fall arrivals (hint: they’re arriving as we speak!), be sure to follow us on Facebook.

Purse 1

Afternoon Tea at ESSE. Join us Sunday, September 27 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. for a wonderful selection of tea and delicious fare by Chef Capi Peck and Trio’s Restaurant. Sip tea with new friends and old as you tour our exhibits, too. It promises to be a delightful afternoon, so do hurry and snatch up a ticket today! Click here for more info.

Purse 2

Tales from the South at ESSE. On Tuesday, October 20, 2015 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m., we’ll be swapping stories about “Momma’s Purse.” Come tour the museum, listen to great tales, and enjoy a delicious fried chicken dinner by South on Main. Get your tickets here.

Purse 3

We are proud to partner again with the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas’  annual Evening Bag Reception on Thursday, October 1, 2015 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. here at ESSE. We’ll be unveiling a new display at ESSE, featuring two Arkansas Women of Note, former Arkansas First Lady Ginger Beebe and Academy Award winner Mary Steenburgen. There will be live music, lively conversation, hors d’oeuvres, wine & craft beer, and access to ESSE’s lovely exhibits to round out a fantastic evening, all for a good cause. Guests can also participate in a silent auction for a chance to win one-of-a-kind red purses, designed specially for this event. Click here for tickets and more info.