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CALS Con 2015
CALS Con 2015, Saturday, May 30, is a family-friendly celebration of all things fandom. Highlights include panel discussions on Frozen, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, LEGO, Doctor Who, & Star Wars. There will also be a meetup room, table-top gaming, and a cosplay competition. Come get your geek on at the library!

Find out more here.


Graphic Novel Starter List
Graphic novels are no longer just about superheroes. Because there are over 1,300 graphic novels in the CALS collection, entering this new world can be intimidating. We’ve narrowed it down to twenty-three books that cover various subjects and all age ranges to get you started.    

2015 Edgar Awards Announced


Register Now for Summer Reading Club

Children’s Library Brings Opera to Patrons


Find Out Where Your Energy is Going
Find out more at any CALS branch.
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How To Report Slumlords

To CGLRN from Pres. Kathy Wells:

A Coalition member asked about reporting slumlords to the IRS. Below is the online form to be used.

See IRS form online below.

Agency does not take allegations of fraud or abuse by phone.


The Weather Will Be Okay Tomorrow!


The forecast calls for sunny and bright for tomorrow’s Pettaway Neighborhood Cleanup.  Please come out and support your neighborhood at the Alert Center, 500 East 21st Street, at 9:00 a.m.  We have supplies and morning refreshements.

I-30 Expansion Meeting Reminder

To DNA from Pres. Robin Loucks:


Attend the hearing, and submit a written comment on, the proposed I-30 highway expansion bordering the Downtown neighborhood and the MacArthur Park Historic District, to be discussed from 4 to 7 p.m., Thu. Apr. 16, at Horace Mann Middle School cafeteria, 1000 E. Roosevelt Rd. Officials will only record those written comments.

At our last monthly meeting, DNA members got updated on expansion plans, and concluded these would hurt our redeveloping neighborhood. We urge you to do your part to protect our neighborhood, and make your voice heard to officials.

DNA has learned planners intend to take riverbank city parkland for a wider bridge over the Ark. River. A replacement bridge is needed, since the current one  is cracked.

Let us debate whether a wider bridge is truly needed.

DNA members were reminded the entire project arose to relieve the congestion on the stretch. This expansion would allow commuters to other counties to drive 70 instead of 60 M.P.H. on their way home – in the peak 15 min. of each day where congestion is greatest.

The benefits do not outweigh losses and costs, DNA members concluded.

DNA members also learned last week about an absolute link being asserted between adding I-30 lanes and adding I-630 lanes – westward to University Ave. Both highways must be widened or the entire project will fail, DNA heard.

The original I-630 project damaged our neighborhood; so will adding lanes in the Right-of-Way. It is easy to see potential damage to MacArthur Park & Historic District, Mt. Holly Cemetery, and other landmarks.

Press officials about whether full funding is in hand for this i-30 expansion. Only two-thirds of the money is available today, DNA learned. Nor is there any money to widen I-630. Where would the state get this money?

Perhaps by taking if from General Revenues, and giving it to highway officials. There was a bill to do exactly that in the latest legislative session. It was pulled down; observers widely expect its return.  And a stronger case would come from advocates pointing to a major project in the capital city blocked by a shortfall in funding.

Demand full funding be in hand before construction begins. Object to setting up a false crisis halfway through, lamenting there is no money to finish this approved project on the two highways.

Press officials on the exit ramps. DNA learned the Ninth and Sixth St. Exit Ramps are to be closed entirely. What do you think?

The Cantrell/LaHarpe Exit Ramp would be demolished and rebuilt on steel girders, and extend to link with the new Broadway Bridge. This would overshadow the main library, the Historic Arkansas Museum, and other major buildings. Let’s keep that Exit Ramp where it is now! Speak Up!

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Complete Streets Ordianance – April 21st, 6 pm, Little Rock Board of Directors

The Complete Streets Ordinance deferred in January has been scheduled for the Tuesday April 21, 2015 Little Rock Board of Directors’ Hearing.  This meeting is at 6 PM in the Board Chambers, 2nd Floor of City Hall, 500 West Markham.  This will be a Public Hearing on the issue.  Those in support and opposition to the ordinance will have the chance to address the Board of Directors with their issues or concerns.

You may also send Board Members, City Manager and Mayor your comments:

Mayor Stodola  mstodola@littlerock.org

City Manager Bruce Moore  bmoore@littlerock.org

Board Members board@littlerock.org or you may contact them individually at the following addresses:

Director Hendrix  Ward 1  ehendrix2644@aol.com

Director Doris Wright  Ward 6  board@littlerock.org

Director Lance Hines   Ward 5  lancehines@me.co

Director Brenda Wyrick   Ward 7  bjwyrick@comcast.net

Director Fortson At Large genefortson@comcast.net

Director Adcock  At Large djadcock@comcast.net

Director Richardson Ward 2  krichardson@littlerock.org

Director Webb Ward 3  kathywebb14@gmail.com

Director Cazort Ward 4  bzort@sbcglobal.net

Director Kumpuris At Large  deankumpuris@windstream.net

Downtown Little Rock Partnership

Ron Robinson Theater
100 River Market Avenue-1 Pulaski Way. Learn more.
River Market District
April 18: Arkansas Times presents Rivergrass Revival featuring Ralph Stanley with Family & Friends, Juanita’s, 614 President Clinton

April 18: 5th Annual Turkish Food Festival, River Market Pavilions.

April 19: Inaugural India Fest 2015, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., River Market Pavilions.. Learn more.

Saturdays with Bobby’s Bike Hike:

Historic Neighborhoods Bike Tour, 9 a.m. Discover Little Rock’s rich, colorful history  on this 2-hour bicycle tour through the City. 

Pork & Bourbon Bike Tour, 11:30 a.m. Sample your way through some of the South’s favorite delicacies – Ribs, southern sides and desserts, local craft beer and bourbon. Learn more.

Southside Main Street, south of I-630 


Wednesdays: South on Main’s Local Live Music Series. April 8-Cutty Rye. April 15-SeanFresh. April 22-David Rosen Septet.

Verizon Arena
In Downtown North Little Rock,

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


April 19 Fleetwood Mac (rescheduled)

April 23 Chris Tomlin

May 6-10 Disney on Ice

June 6 Brit Floyd

June 20 Black & Brown Comedy Get Down

July 27 Eagles

Argenta Arts District
In Downtown North Little Rock. For more information link here.
April 10-11: “I Love You, But You’re Sitting on My Cat!” at The Joint, 310 Main Street, Fridays & Saturdays, 8 p.m. Learn more. Thru June 5.


April 16: Argenta Arts Acoustic Music Series featuring Tim Sparks, The Joint, 7:30 p.m. Learn more.

April schedule for Arkansas Travelers and special events, link here.

April 24-25: Blues on the River Weekend, North Shore Riverwalk. Learn more.

May 2: Argenta Arts Festival. Learn more.

On Exhibit

Arkansas Arts Center

9th & Commerce, MacArthur Park

The Mid-Southern Watercolorists 45th Juried Exhibition.

30 Americans opens April 10.

The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies

ASI Building, 401 President Clinton Avenue

Reflections on Line & Mass: Paintings & Sculpture by Robyn Horn. Thru April 24.

Christ Church Arts

509 Scott Street

The Plein Air Painters of Arkansas. Painters include Victoria Harvey, Clarence Cash, Tom Herrin, Greg Lahti, Sean LeCrone, John Wooldrige and Diana Shearon. Thru June 30.

William J. Clinton Presidential Library & Museum

1200 President Clinton Avenue

Cox Creative Center

120 River Market

Esse Purse Museum 1510 South Main, SoMa

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

Common Threads. Thru May.

Gallery 221 & Art Studios 221

Pyramid Place, 221 W. 2nd

Historic Arkansas Museum

200 E. Third

The Great Arkansas Quilt Show 3. Thru May 3.

40 Years of The Arkansas Times


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

The Knife Gallery

MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History

MacArthur Park, 503 E. 9th Street

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

Creativity Arkansas. Thru April 15.

Museum of Discovery

500 President Clinton Avenue

The Bare Bones Exhibit. Thru April 26.

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

Stay connected!

Downtown Little Rock Partnership 

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MacArthur Park

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Main Street Food Truck Festival & Fridays

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Website: www.mainstreetfoodtrucks.com


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