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The Root Cafe Food Preservation Workshops

Root Decal
Root Fig
Join The Root Cafe and The Southern Center for Agroecology
for a series of Canning Classes hosted at the LRUF Farm
Lots of folks have been asking about our plans for dinner and building expansion, so we want to share an update.  We are moving forward with both:  We’ve submitted architectural plans to Capitol Zoning, and we’re hoping to be approved for expansion by the end of August; we also hope to be open for dinner by the end of the calendar year.  Please keep your fingers crossed for approval!

Kenny Simon talks with farm tour participants during our May farm tour about the cattle at Simon Family Farm (they provide all the beef for our burgers!).
Root Cafe farm tour organizer (and Root team member) Julia Hofheimer has organized another exciting farm tour.  On Sunday, August 2nd, we’ll be visiting three different urban gardens and regular Root suppliers located right here in Little Rock:  Little Rock Urban Farming, Willow Springs Market Garden, and Dunbar Community Garden.  To register or for more info email us at theroot@therootcafe.com.  Tour is free but space is limited.

Downtown Update

River Market District

July 22: Movies in the Park, First Security Amphitheater with The Goonies (PG) sponsored by L. Cotton Thomas. Sundown. Free.

Saturdays at the River Market Farmers’ Market, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Pavilions. Learn more. SNAP available for purchase on 2nd floor.

July 25: Yoga on the River, Riverfront Park, 8-9 a.m.

Saturdays with Bobby’s Bike Hike: Historic Neighborhoods Bike Tour, 9 a.m.  Pork & Bourbon Bike Tour, 11:30 a.m. Learn more.

Saturdays at the Rev Room & Revolution Restaurant, 8:30– p.m.-12:30 a.m. Karaoke with DJ Greg.

Tuesdays at the River Market Farmers’ Market, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Learn more.

Tuesdays at Stickyz Rock’n’Roll Chicken Shack, Karaoke with DJ Greg, 7:30-11 p.m. All ages, no cover. 103 River Market Avenue.

Thursdays at the Rev Room: Open Blues Jam. Public welcome and encouraged to participate. Learn more.

MacArthur Park Historic District
August 1: Block on Rock, Stone’s Throw Brewery’s 2nd birthday party, 402 E. 9th, 3-10 p.m. Benefits Preserve Arkansas and the Arkansas Brewers Guild. Featuring beers from Stone’s Throw and other great Arkansas breweries, music from Cindy Woolf & Mark Bilyeu and the Big Dam Horns, and great food trucks.

Thursdays: Arkie Pub Trivia, Stone’s Throw Brewing, 6:30 p.m. 402 E. Ninth. 501-244-9154. Partners with different cultural institutions each week.

Southside Main Street, south of I-630  

Sundays: The Bernice Garden Farmers’ Market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Wednesdays: South on Main’s Local Live Music Series.

Verizon Arena
In Downtown North Little Rock,

1 Verizon Arena Way. For ticket information link here (Verizon Arena) or here (Ticketmaster).

July 27 Eagles “History of the Eagles”

August 8 American Idol Season 15 tryouts, 501-975-9000 or link here.

August 20-23 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey

September 3 Kelly Clarkson

October 8 The Motley Crue The Final Tour with very special guest Alice Cooper

December 4 tobyMac SOLD OUT

January 15-16 Monster Jam

February 19-21, 2016 TORUK-The First Flight, the new Cirque du Soleil touring show inspired by James Cameron’s Avatar. Tickets on sale.

Argenta Arts District
In Downtown North Little Rock. For more information link here.
July 17 thru late August: “Give Our Regards to Broadway” Bridge exhibit, Heritage Center, 506 Main Street, by the North Little Rock History Commission. Free. Includes photographs by Greg Davis as well as historic images.


July 21-August 1: Argenta Community Theater presents the stage adaptation of Mrs. Miniver. Learn more.

August 29: Arkansas Times Whole Hog Roast benefiting the Argenta Arts District, Argenta Farmers Market Events grounds, 5-9 p.m. Presented by Ben E. Keith. Learn more.

Official site for the Arkansas Travelers, Dickey-Stephens Park, here. July 10-12 games are dog friendly!

Save the Dates
September 14-16: Destination Downtown, regional downtown revitalization conference sponsored by Main Street Arkansas and co-sponsored by Louisiana Main Street and Mississippi Main Street Association. Learn more.

September 16-20: ACANSA. Learn more.

September 19: Six Bridges Regatta 2015. Learn more.

September 26: 2015 Big Dam Bridge 100. Registration open now for Arkansas’s largest cycling tour. Link here.

October 3: Main Street Food Truck Festival. For more information email or go to Facebook.

October 6: Arkansas’s First Ladies benefit for the Old State House inaugural gown exhibit. “Yes to the Dress.” Learn more.

October 24: PopUp West Ninth. Learn more on Facebook.

November 7: The Arkansas Cornbread Festival, SoMa. Learn more.

November 7: Historic Arkansas Museum Candlelight Gala. 75th Jubilee Kickoff.

March 5-6, 2016: Little Rock Marathon and Little Rockers Kids Marathon (March 5). Learn more or stay informed on Facebook.

Stay connected!

Downtown Little Rock Partnership 

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Twitter: @DowntownLR

Website: www.downtownlr.com

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Membership & Downtown Update submissions: bfalkowski@downtownlr.com

MacArthur Park Group

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Facebook: Macolanterns

Website: www.macarthurparklr.com

Main Street Food Truck Festival & Fridays

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Website: www.mainstreetfoodtrucks.com

Main Street Creative Corridor

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Twitter: @mainstreetLR

Instagram: @mainstreetLR

Not on the Downtown Update email list?

Email: bfalkowski@downtownlr.com

or call 501-375-0121.

Downtown Notes
Darrin Gray

Darin Gray will succeed Wayne Woods as chairman and CEO of CJRW, a Downtown Little Rock Partnership member. The announcement came this week following the advertising and public relations firm’s move to 300 Main Street at the entrance to the Main Street Creative Corridor. Learn more.

CrossFit Composure is downtown’s newest gym, located at 229 W. Capitol. Featuring locker rooms and showers, the 3,900 sq. ft. space is outfitted in brand new Rogue Fitness equipment with air conditioning, and a hang out lounge overlooking the space in the historic Sterling Building. Classes run from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Current rates are $80 a month for the first 50 members and $120 a month regular pricing (after first 50). For more information contact Adam Funmaker, owner, by email, learn more online or call 501-291-3502.

The University of Arkansas Community Design Center (UACDC) + Marlon Blackwell Architect announced today that The Creative Corridor: A Main Street Revitalization for Little Rock project has won Honorable Mention in Urban Design (Concept) of the International Awards 2015 sponsored by Architecture Podium. Learn more.

The Creative Corridor retrofits a four-block segment of downtown Main Street, 3rd through 6th through economic development catalyzed by the cultural arts rather than Main Street’s traditional retail base. Planning and design for the Creative Corridor was funded by a 2011 Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. A grand opening of the corridor is scheduled at The Rep on September 14.

Gretchen Hall, Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau CEO, said this week that more than 12,000 people have already visited the area in the last month. She added that the region has seen more than $5 million in economic impact from visitors and spectators for the U.S. youth soccer regional championship, the national quilting association and  ATA. This week sees more than 4,000 guests downtown for the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity in town for their Conclave conference.

Made by Few, an up-and-coming national tech conference, will be held October 1-3 from the Ron Robinson Theater in the River Market District downtown. Designed for “makers of the web,” it is attracting some of the nation’s big names in web design: Tobias van Schneider, lead designer at Spotify; Randy J. Hunt, VP design at Etsy; Aaron Draplin, founder at Draplin Design Co.; Elana publisher at Gratuitous Type; Harper Reed, founder at Modest, Inc.; Christian Rudder Asti Huang, co-founder at OkCupid; Kyle Durrie, proprietor at Power and Light Press;

and Jason Scott, archivist at Internet Archive. Learn more.

Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus and the University of Arkansas Global Campus will offer two work related online webinars: July 23, Overtime “Protection” on the Way-Prepare Now to Protect Your Bottom Line, and August 18, Same-Sex Marriage and Employment: What You Need to Know. Registration fee for each webinar is $40. For registration information, contact Tanya Centofanti by email or call 501-371-9999.

The new South Main (SoMa) mural is $2,000 away from its goal to begin implementation! If you want to contribute to the Go Fund Me campaign, link here.

Around Downtown
Music highlights around town from Arkansas Times here.

Little Rock (LRCVB) event listings here.

A list of summer camps from Little Rock Family here.

July 17-31: Summers Are Better with a Southern Accent summer staycation sweepstakes sponsored by Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau. Win the “Little Rock Libations” foodie package featuring Rock Town Distillery sampler, Lost Forty Brewing tour and gift card, Damgoode Pies gift card and a one night stay at the brand new Homewood Suites in the River Market! For a chance to win link here to Facebook.

July 17-August 9: Green Day’s American Idiot, The Weekend Theater, 1001 W. 7th. Tony Award-winning hit musical about the perils of war, drug addiction, escapism and the power of true friendship. Learn more.

July 17-19: Friends of Central Arkansas Libraries (FOCAL) Used Book Sale, Main Library campus, 100 Rock Street. Basement sale hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, July 17-18, and 1 – 4 p.m. Sunday, July 19. The Special to the July book sale include a night shopping event and 25% teacher discount in the Main Library basement. Learn more.

July 19: Mount Holly Garden Series: Mark Gibson with Green Thumb presents water feature ideas. Sponsored by Margaret Wyatt and the Downtown Dames. 9 a.m., Mount Holly Cemetery, Bell House. Suggested $5 donation.

July 25: Genealogy Conference featuring Lisa Louise Cooke, CALS Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Avenue. Presented by the Butler Center.

July 29: Stone’s Throw Brewing & Southern Gourmasian Beer Dinner benefiting Quapaw Quarter Association.  $50 per person. Learn more.

July 30-August 2: Kaleidoscope–The Little Rock LGBT Film Festival, The Studio Theatre.Presented by the Film Society of Little Rock. Learn more.

August 1: Researching Modern Military Records Symposium, MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, MacArthur Park, 10 a.m. – 12 noon. Hosted by the museum and the Arkansas History Commission. Learn more.

On Exhibit

Arkansas Arts Center

9th & Commerce, MacArthur Park

NEW: 57th Annual Delta Exhibition. Thru September 20.

54th Annual Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition. Thru July 26

Paul Signac Drawings and Watercolors: The James T. Dyke Collection. Thru July 19.

Art in Context. Ongoing.

The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies

ASI Building, 401 President Clinton Avenue

Weaving Stories & Hope: Textile Arts from the Japanese Internment Camp in Rohwer, Arkansas.

White River Memoirs. Thru July 25.

Arkansas Arts Educators State Youth Art Show. Thru August 29.

Christ Church Arts

509 Scott Street

Reflections in Abstraction: Judy and John Honey. Thru September 31.

Clinton Center

1200 President Clinton Avenue

Dinosaurs Around the World, produced by Imagine Exhibitions. Thru October 18.

Super Summer Saturdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. free dinosaur activities for kids, However, fees for library tour apply.

Cox Creative Center

120 River Market

Light through the Pines. Photography exhibit.

Esse Purse Museum 1510 South Main, SoMa

What’s Inside: A History of Women and Handbags, 1900-1999.

Pinafores, Purses & Pigtails: An Exhibit for kids of All Ages. For children’s classes associated with the exhibit, July 12 and August 2, call 501-916-9022Thru September 20.

Gallery 221 & Art Studios 221

Pyramid Place, 221 W. 2nd

For Beauty of the Earth by Mary Ann Stafford.

Historic Arkansas Museum

200 E. Third


We Walk in Two Worlds: The Caddo, Osage and Quapaw in Arkansas

History of the Bowie Knife

Arkansas Made: Arkansas Made Gallery

MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History

MacArthur Park, 503 E. 9th Street, free admission

Waging Modern Warfare: General Wesley K. Clark

Vietnam, America’s Conflict

Undaunted Courage, Proven Loyalty: Japanese American Soldiers in World War II

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center

501 W. 9th Street

Freedom! Oh, Freedom! Thru December 31

Museum of Discovery

500 President Clinton Avenue

Mindbender Mansion. Thru September 7

Old State House Museum

300 W. Markham Street

Different Spokes. Thru February 2016.

Ongoing: Arkansas First Ladies’ Gowns; Pillars of Power; On the Stump: Arkansas Politics, 1819-1919; First Families of Arkansas; As Long as Life Shall Last: The Legacy of Arkansas Women.

Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center

602 President Clinton Avenue

Fish feeding every Wednesday, 2 p.m.

Alligator feeding every Friday, 2 p.m.

Reclaim Our Little Rock Public Schools

Next School Campaign Community Meeting!!! 


Reclaim Our Little Rock Public Schools – Plan of Action

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

New Millennium Church

6120 W. 32nd Street

Little Rock, AR 72204


Please mark your calendar and prepare to join the next school campaign community meeting of parents, students, educators, community leaders and other concerned citizens.



For further information about the community meeting, please contact: 

Arkansas Community Organizations  –  2101 S. Main Street  – Little Rock, AR  72206 – (501) 376-7151www.arkansascomm.org


Block On Rock

Block on The Rock

You’re invited to a block party for a great cause!

Join us on Saturday, August 1st at Stone’s Throw Brewing in Little Rock’s MacArthur Park Historic District for a beer, music & food festival all rolled into one! The Block on Rock event benefits Preserve Arkansas & Arkansas Brewers Guild.
Featuring beers from Stone’s Throw & other great Arkansas breweries, music from Cindy Woolf & Mark Bilyeu and the Big Dam Horns, and all of Little Rocks best food trucks!

Get involved!

We need volunteers to sell tickets, check IDs, put on wristbands, and sell “This Place Matters” t-shirts. Volunteers get free admission to the Block on Rock.

Save the Date: August 12, 2015

This Place Matters: Preserving Arkansas’s Architectural and Cultural Heritage 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Crystal Bridges Museum of Art 600 Museum Way, Bentonville 

a talk by Preserve Arkansas’s Executive Director, Vanessa McKuin

Preserve Arkansas works to build stronger communities by reconnecting Arkansans to our heritage and empowering people to save and rehabilitate historic places.

Reminder: Pettaway Neighborhood Association Meeting 7/23

The Pettaway Neighborhood Association now meets on the 4th Thursday of each month at the East Little Rock Resource Center at 500 East 21st St. at 6 p.m.

Please come and support your neighborhood; and bring your neighbors!

MacArthur Park Is Site of City’s 30th Annual Fishing Derby on Thursday, July 16

City of Little Rock Public Relations

lclark@littlerock.org | (o) 501 371 6856 | (c) 501 295 9241


FOR Friday, July 10, 2015

Contact:  Lauren Clark | (o) 501 371 6856  |  (c) 501 295 9241

MacArthur Park Is Site of City’s 30th Annual Fishing Derby on Thursday, July 16

Pond to be stocked with 1,500 Fish on morning of Wednesday, July 15

LITTLE ROCK, Ark–The City of Little Rock Parks & Recreation will host its 30th Annual Fishing Derby on Thursday, July 16 at MacArthur Park.

The Derby, which is also sponsored by the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, is open to children ages 6-15 and will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. More than 1,000 children from Central Arkansas are expected to participate.

Participants are only allowed to use cane poles during the derby and no rods and reels are allowed. The public is encouraged to bring its own equipment and bait, as only a limited number of cane poles will be available.

The Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, which will be stocking the pond, will tag a limited number of “prize fish.” Any child who catches a “tagged” fish will be eligible to win one of the prizes provided by Parks & Recreation, Arkansas Game & Fish and Bass Pro Shops. The first boy and girl to catch a “prize fish” will each win a bike, donated by Academy Sports and Outdoors.

On Wednesday, July 15, at 10:00 a.m. the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will stock the pond with 1,500 catchable channel catfish. Little Rock Parks and Recreation staff will also be on site with children who are participants in the LRPR Summer Playground Program.

For more information, contact Mike Garrity, Assistant Recreation Supervisor, at 501-371-6858.


Wednesday, July 15 at 10:00 a.m. Staff from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will stock the pond with 1,500 catfish. Children from Parks and Recreation Summer Playground Program will be on site to watch the catfish being poured into the pond.

Thursday, July 16 at 8:30 a.m. Start of the fishing derby, as youth will line the pond to fish and compete for prizes.  Shortly after that, they will start catching fish and winning prizes.  There will be youth as well as adult volunteers on site throughout the morning.

Lorenzo Smith Band Camp – Free!

Band Camp


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