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Free Lecture by Architect Carl Matthews


Goodwill Hiring Event

image009Goodwill Industries of Arkansas is partnering with Honeybaked Ham to fill 100 seasonal positions. The event is Friday, Oct. 17th from 9: 30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at our West Little Rock Career Center (109 West Markham Park Drive). Positions: Front desk, Back of the house, Drivers, and Kiosk workers (various Kroger’s stores),  Qualification: motivated individuals and food services experience a plus  How to apply: In-Person, and Age requirement: 18.

Goodwill’s mission is to help build lives, families and communities through the Power of Work! Last year, we served 12,350 Arkansans and placed 2,760 individuals into competitive employment. Attached you will find the flyer and our Career Services rack card.


Valerie Nix, CDF

Central Arkansas Career Services Manager Goodwill Industries of Arkansas 1110 West 7th Street, Little Rock, AR 72201 501.372.5100 ext 1177office | 501-376-9398 fax


Dear All,

Those of us crazed enough to take on major house rehab projects are sometimes confronted with befuddling structural problems.  Few architects and even fewer structural engineers want to deal with them.  I would like to suggest Justin Hall, copied here, as a structural engineer who likes old houses and comes up with careful and appropriate solutions for them.

I have started structural repairs on the 99 year old unsafe and vacant Miss S.E. Vail House at 2118 W. 17th Street in the Central High Area, doing a certified historic rehab.  It had had a fire, and the addition on the back had sunk around five inches in one corner.  Following Justin’s practical and detailed advice, a substantial chunk of completely ruined foundation has now been replaced, the framing is coming together and the house is standing solidly upright again, getting ready for another century of use.

When you or someone you know hits one of those structural:  “Oh Lord, what mess have I opened up here?” minutes in your rehab, think of giving Justin a call for prompt service and clear guidance to lead you and your builders out of the mess.

His number is (501) 588-3355 and his web site is http://www.hall-engr.com/.  I recommend him highly.


Paul Dodds Managing Director Urban Frontier, LLC PO BOX 7509 Little Rock, AR 72217 Tel: 501 588 7345 Global

501 791 4135 Local


Slavery By Another Name


Fourth Annual Car-Free Challenge


Friday, Oct. 10, 2014

Contact: Luis Gonzalez  |  (o) 501 371 4421  |  (c) 501 804 4822

Little Rock Mayor Announces Fourth Annual Car-Free Challenge

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Oct. 10, 2014) – The City of Little Rock will celebrate its annual Mayor’s Car-Free Challenge next week. Now in its fourth year, this initiative motivates citizens to give up the use of their cars for a week. The challenge begins Monday, Oct. 13 and runs through Sunday, Oct. 19.

Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola shared his personal commitment to this program.

“I am challenging myself and all of our residents to not use their cars and, instead, to use alternative means of transportation,” said Stodola. “You can ride the bus, ride a bike, walk or catch a ride with a friend.”

This goal of this seven-day challenge is to raise awareness of the many alternative transportation options available to Little Rock residents that can benefit the community.

“This challenge is important to our City because of both the health benefits and the environmental impact,” said Stodola.” Walking or biking to work is a great way to add exercise to your day, and it serves as a helpful example to our children of how to live a healthy lifestyle. There are also many positive environmental impacts from walking, biking and using public transportation.”

Transit systems, like Central Arkansas Transit (CAT), reduce the number of cars on the road. During peak service, CAT buses carry the equivalent of 6,000 passenger cars per hour. Buses reduce pollution and improve air quality. CAT also has Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses that reduce emissions by more than 60 percent.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, leaving a car at home two days a week can reduce carbon emissions by two tons a year.

Citizens interested in biking to work or enjoying a bike ride during their lunch hour would also benefit from health improvements. Long-term benefits of cycling include improved cardiovascular fitness, decrease in the risk of coronary heart disease, weight control, increased metabolism, longer lifespan, improved mental health and a stronger immune system.

To promote participation, challenge participants will be eligible for daily prizes and a final grand prize. Prizes will be awarded to those who post a selfie on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #CarFreeLR.

Daily prizes available are:

  • Gift certificates to Shop the Rock
  • Bobby’s Bike Hike tour rental passes
  • “I Bike LR” t-shirts
  • City of Little Rock bike jerseys
  • Reusable CAT tote bags
  • CAT bus ride passes
  • Free trolley rental for one hour
  • Little Rock Zoo passes

The grand prize will be a lunch with Mayor Mark Stodola at The Capital Hotel’s brand-new restaurant One Eleven.

Daily winners will be announced on the City of Little Rock’s social media sites. Prizes can be picked up at the Car-Free Challenge table at Biketoberfest from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 19 at the River Market Pavilions.

All participating entries will be eligible for the grand prize. The winner will be drawn at Biketoberfest and announced on the City of Little Rock social media sites.

To follow the City of Little Rock on social media go to:


Twitter: @CityLittleRock

Instagram: @CityLittleRock

Public Meeting on I-30 Widening


Free TED Talks at the Library

Fred K. Darragh Jr. Distinguished Lecture Series

Susan Ericksen

Audiobooks: A Vocal Feast

Susan Ericksen, three-time Audie Award-winning narrator,

will discuss her experience recording audiobooks,

including the highly acclaimed

In Death series by J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts),

the V.I. Warshawski novels by Sara Paretsky,

and Joyce Carol Oates’ recent novels,

Mud Woman and Carthage.

Thursday, October 9, 6:30 p.m.

Main Library’s Darragh Center

100 Rock Street, Little Rock

There will be a reception and audiobook signing after the lecture.

This event is free and open to the public.

Reservations are requested but not required;

RSVP to pedwards@cals.org or 918-3009.

A Prized Evening

The 2014 Porter Fund and Booker Worthen Literary Prizes

will be awarded on

Thursday, October 16, at 6:30 p.m.

in the Main Library’s Darragh Center, 100 Rock Street.

This event is free and open to the public

Booker Worthen Literary Prize

Fiat Flux: The Writings of Wilson R. Bachelor, Nineteenth-Century Country Doctor and Philosopher

by William D. Lindsey

The Booker Worthen Literary Prize is awarded each year to the best work, fiction or non-fiction, by an author living in central Arkansas.

2014 Porter Fund Literary Prize

Mara Leveritt

The Porter Prize is presented annually to an Arkansas writer who has accomplished a substantial and impressive body of work

that merits enhanced recognition.

Wednesday, October 15, noon-2 p.m.

CALS Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Avenue

Make your lunch break count with TED Talks,

short videos on topics from business to global issues.

You may bring your own lunch or purchase lunch at the theater’s concession stand.

Stop by to watch one, two, or even all of the TED Talks.

The sessions are FREE!

Lunch with Ted is offered on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.

October TED Talks

Jim Fallon: Exploring the Mind of a Killer

Karen Thompson Walker: What Fear Can Teach Us

Ed Yong: Suicidal Wasps, Zombie Roaches, and Other Tales of Parasites

Frank Warren: Half a Million Secrets

Kelli Swazey: Life that Doesn’t End with Death

Joshua Klein: A Thought Experiment on the Intelligence of Crows

Jon Ronson: Strange Answers to the Psychopath Test

Nick Veasey: Exploring the Invisible

John Hodgman: Aliens, love – Where are they?

Find out more here.

For more information on ways you can support CALS’ programs, contact

Christine Gronwald, Development Coordinator, at cgronwald@cals.org or 918-3025

or Angela Delaney, Volunteer Coordinator, at adelaney@cals.org or 918-3095.

Get information about upcoming events at www.cals.org.

Central Arkansas Library System | 100 Rock St. | Little Rock | AR | 72201

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