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After School Program

About Our Program
BCD YIP is offering a FREE After School Program for boys (Ages 13-18) in the Little Rock Midtown Area. A program that gives children the opportunity for academic growth, develop social skills, as well as engage in academic and cultural enrichment to impact the growth of our youth today.
Our youth leaders are passionate about creating impactful opportunities for our youth to grow into productive adults. Whether it be better grades, jobs, or opportunities to go to college, but they are not able to provide these opportunities without you.
Without your support, we would not be able to provide growing opportunities for the youth in our programs. Your gifts will make a great impact on the leaders of tomorrow. Make a difference today.

For More Information Contact us
BCD Youth Intervention Program | 501.744.3570Email | Website


Happenings at the CALS

CALS Guide
Table of Contents
In observance of Labor Day, the Central Arkansas Library System will be closed Sunday, September 6, and Monday, September 7.

Arkansas Sounds Presents Runaway Planet
Runaway Planet will perform on Friday, September 4, at 7 p.m. at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater. Tickets are $10. The group is an Arkansas four-piece bluegrass group that has performed nearly 15 years. The band’s original music features traditional bluegrass instrumentation with modern lyrics, three-part harmonies, and highly skilled playing showing their rock, folk, and jazz influences.   

Back to School Database Highlight

Discover Education provides engaging digital resources to increase student achievement and to connect families to a world of learning. This database is free to CALS cardholders.


Teen Photography Concert

The Thompson Library is having a photography contest for teens. Submissions may be related to anything related to architecture. The contest ends on Sunday, Oct. 3.


See The Great Gatsby (1974) for $5


September Legacies & Lunch: David Bailin

Crafty Kids at Williams Branch


After School Antics at Sanders Branch
For more information on ways you can support CALS programs, contact
Christine Gronwald, Development Coordinator, at or 918-3025
or Angela Delaney, Volunteer Coordinator, at or 918-3095.

Free Showerheads and Aerators from Centerpoint Energy




Each household may order up to three free showerheads and three aerators. Visit

Offer valid for CenterPoint Energy residential natural gas customers in Arkansas. Limited to 3 free showerheads and 3 free faucet aerators per customer/household. Showerheads and aerators ordered in previous years count towards this limit. Showerheads and faucet aerators fit most plumbing fittings. Please allow six to eight weeks for delivery.

Center for Women in Transition

Please see this cry for help and let’s respond and help gather these items for them!


Jeff Spry 

City Connections Center

10411 West Markham Street, Suite 100

Little Rock, AR 72205

(501) 376-1686 (office)

(501) 920-5200 (cell)

Serve QUIETLY, Listen GENEROUSLY, Give and receive HUMBLY, Respond to insult GRACIOUSLY, Forgive wounds EXTRAVAGANTLY . . . And in every interaction, practice LOVE FIRST.


From: Ann Prosper [] Sent: Monday, August 24, 2015 4:04 PM To: Subject: Center for Women In Transition

Good Afternoon,

The Center for Women In Transition is a non-profit organization that works with women transitioning from prison and in the pre-trial phase before sentencing.  Our work spans across Pulaski County assisting women at the local level with in-house county jail classes three times weekly, drug and alcohol rehabilitation treatment and transitional housing placement.

A key component to our aftercare services is placement of our clients in a 30-day treatment facility where they must have upon entry a basic needs bag.  These bags will aide each woman in her thirty day stay one bag consist of:

Shampoo and Conditioner

Comb and Brush


Soap or Body Wash

Toothpaste and Toothbrush


Laundry Detergent

Socks – Assorted Sizes

Panties – Assorted Sizes

Sports Bras – Assorted Sizes


Twin Sheet Set



Personal Journal

As a part of our services we have always provided these items for our clients but we now need help please consider our request and provide a bag for a deserving woman that is at the BEGINNING of her HEALING JOURNEY.

Thank you,

Ann Prosper, CIT, CAMS-I

Program Director

Center for Women In Transition

UALR School of Law workshop on racial disparities in justice system

Racial Disparities in the Arkansas Criminal Justice System Research Project

2015 Conference

Reveal, Restore and Resurrect: The Truth about Racial Disparities in the Arkansas Criminal Justice System

August 28 – 29, 2015
William H. Bowen School of Law

Register now  Updated August 26: Conference registration is at capacity. Those registering after noon on August 26 will be added to a waiting list. Those on the waiting list will admitted fifteen minutes after the conference begins each day, but only if there are seats available.


All speakers and panelists and the Steering Committee will receive the research report a week prior the conference – by August 21, 2015. Questions will be developed and given to the Friday, August 28 panel in advance of the conference. We will organize conference calls for speakers and panelists prior to the conference. Media will be invited.

Friday August 28th

Felecia Epps, Moderator

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. — Welcome

Chancellor Joel Anderson
Dean Michael Hunter Schwartz

2:35 p.m. – 3:35 p.m. — Overview of the research project results/findings

Responses by Scott Ellington, prosecutor (unconfirmed) and Ron Wilson, defense attorney

The Brokenness segment is designed to examine the ways in which communities of color have been negatively affected by intentional or unconscious race-based systems and processes that result in racial disparities in Arkansas’ criminal justice system. In this segment, participants will learn how these dysfunctional systems and processes lead to brokenness.

3:40 p.m. – 4:10 p.m. — Revealing the Brokenness in the System, Community and Family

Carlton Waterhouse, J.D., Ph.D., Professor of Law Indiana Univ. School of Law

4:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. — Panel discussion

Moderator: Regan Moffitt, Associate Vice President, Rockefeller Foundation


  • Lisa Corrigan, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Communication and Director, Gender Studies Program, U of A Fayetteville
  • Dana Harrison, Federal Public Defender Mitigation Specialist
  • Rickey Phillips, Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System, Veterans Justice Outreach Specialist
  • Jin Hee Lee, Deputy Director of Litigation, NAACP Legal Defense Fund

5:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Wrap-up

Saturday August 29th

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. — Breakfast and registration

9:05 a.m. – 10:05 a.m. — Overview of the research project results/findings

Responses by Gov. Jim Guy Tucker and Latrece Gray, defense attorney

The Restoration segment is designed to examine barriers faced by those who have been involved in the Arkansas criminal justice system to access programs and services that will restore them to fully participating members of society.

10:10 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. — Strategies for Restoration

andré douglas pond cummings, Vice Dean and Professor of Law, Indiana Tech School of Law

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. —  Panel Discussion: Restoration Strategies

Moderator: Leta Anthony, Director of Transitional Services, Helping Hand CDC


  • Deangelo Lee, former ADC prisoner
  • Lee Morris, Reentry Specialist, Pathway to Freedom
  • Beverly Divers-White, Ed.D., BSW Consulting, Inc., School to Prison Pipeline
  • Paul Stevens, Executive Director, Exodus Project
  • Honorable Wiley Branton, Jr., 6th Judicial Circuit, Division 8

12:05 p.m. – 2:05 p.m. — Luncheon

Moderator: Steve Copley

12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Keynote: Barriers to Restoration

Wilbert Rideau, Award Winning Journalist who spent 44 years in Anglola Prison in Louisiana –

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Four respondents (5 minutes each)

  • Omavi Shukur, Founder, Seeds of Liberation
  • Julie Vandiver, Assistant Federal Defender, Eastern District of Arkansas
  • Deputy Chief Calvin Sergeant, Pine Bluff, AR
  • Attorney Jon Comstock, Judicial Equality for Mental Illness
  • 1:30- 2:00 – Audience participation

The Resurrection segment is designed to build on the Brokenness and Restoration segments and envision how communities can be uplifted, invigorated and assisted in shedding the burdens of inequality.

2:10 p.m. – 2:40 p.m. — Resurrection: What does it look like?

Attorney Marion Humphrey (introduced by attorney Robert Tellez)

2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. — Panel on Resurrection Strategies

Moderator: I. Malik Saafir, President & Founder, Janus Institute for Justice


  • Rev. Dr. William H. Robinson Jr., Better Community Developers, Inc. Little Rock Arkansas
  • Ben Creggett, Don’t Shoot Drug Intervention Program, Pine Bluff, AR
  • Bill Kopsky, Director, Arkansas Public Policy Panel
  • Vivian Flowers, State Representative, 17th District, Pine Bluff

4:05 p.m. – 4:50 p.m. — Final Wrap-up: Putting it in Context

Judge Ollie Neal

Moderator: John Kirk, Ph.D., Donaghey Distinguished Professor of History, Director, UALR Institute on Race and Ethnicity

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Mixer

UALR William H. Bowen School of Law, Student Lounge
Featuring Jazz Trio, The Package

 Register now

Made possible by a grant from the Public Welfare Foundation.

Downtown Little Rock Update Week of 08 21 15


Downtown Notes

Congratulations to eSTEM and University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) on an exciting new collaboration! The new project will entail new construction and renovation of existing UALR space to make way for a new eStem High School, serving students in grades 9-12. The high school is expected to open in two locations on and adjacent to campus in July 2017. eSTEM, the downtown open-enrollment public charter school, which is tuition free, operates on an enrollment lottery system and has a waiting list of more than 5,200 studentsLearn more (UALR News).

John Bacon, CEO of eStem, called the collaboration the “most exciting and promising proposal” for students and Little Rock that he’s experienced in 20-plus years of working in  education. Learn more (Arkansas Business).

The City of Little Rock needs volunteers September 8-12 to survey the historic neighborhoods in Quapaw Quarter. Learn more.

Studio Main presented some of its ideas this week for a Financial Quarter centering on Capitol Avenue. Learn more.

The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service welcomed 39 new students to its two-year Master of Public Service degree program this week. Dean Skip and Billie Rutherford invited community leaders to Trapnall Hall Thursday evening to personally greet the students and hear their plans. Students hail from Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama, New York, Louisiana, South Dakota, Colorado, Texas, Florida, South Carolina, Wyoming and Wisconsin, as well as Afghanistan, Egypt, Singapore, Romania, Malawi, Switzerland, Albania and Tobago. Watch for them around downtown!

Clinton School

Make plans to stop by the Clinton Presidential Center over Labor Day weekend as the Center begins an new Oval Office exhibit from inside the full-scale reconstruction of the room (formerly roped off) as it was during the Clinton administration. For an extra charge a professional photographer will capture your visit!

The Center has also announced the opening November 7 of Coca-Cola: An American Original, 42nd exhibit celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Coca-Cola glass bottle. Included in the exhibit will be Pop Art by Andy Warhol, Norman Rockwell paintings, Haddon Sundblom Santa Clauses and a collection of Coca-Cola-related presidential artifacts.

The Arkansas Arts Center in MacArthur Park announced this week the opening of a new exhibition Our America: the Latino Presence in American Art, a major collection of modern and contemporary Latino art from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, to be on display October 16-January 17. Beginning in August, the Arts Center will complement Our America by installing art works from its permanent collection created by Latino American artists and artists who inspired contemporary Latino art including Jose Bedia (Cuba), Pablo Picasso (Spain) and Diego Rivera (Mexico).

The new Fall Quarter classes catalog for the Arkansas Arts Center Museum School is available online here.

River Market District

August 28: The Great Gatsby, Ron Robinson Theater, 7 p.m., $5. Learn more.

September 2-30: Jazz in the Park, Riverfront Park. Jazz series on Wednesdays in partnership with Art Porter Music Education, 6-8 p.m. September 2 kicks off the series with Dizzy Seven. Learn more.

September 4: Runaway Planet, Ron Robinson Theater, 7 p.m. Traditional string band performing hard-driving bluegrass. $10. Learn more.

Saturdays at the River Market Farmers’ Market in the Pavilions. Learn more. SNAP available for purchase on 2nd floor. September 5: River Market Goes Red! During the Farmers’ Market, American Red Cross will have its mobile unit parked at Ottenheimer Plaza, west of the River Market pavilions, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Blood donors are encouraged to pre-register online prior to September 5 to eliminate wait time.

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

Tuesdays at the River Market Farmers’ Market, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. August 25 is the last Tuesday at the market for the season.


Governor Hutchinson meets with DLRP Executive Board members at the new Samantha’s Tap Room and Wood Grill in the Main Street Creative Corridor. Patricia Blick with Arkansas Historic Preservation shares statistics on the advantages of historic tax credits for revitalization with Congressman Hill and Senator Cotton in the new CJRW offices, also in the Main Street Creative Corridor..

It was a busy week for the Downtown Little Rock Partnership as members organized meetings with Governor Asa Hutchinson to share about downtown Little Rock and everything going on, and with U.S. Senator Tom Cotton and Congressman French Hill for those interested in seeing a cap removed on state tax credits and a continuation of Federal tax credits for supporting revitalization in downtown and in Arkansas.

Creative Corridor

MacArthur Park Historic District
August 28: Macbeth Red Rye release at Stone’s Throw Brewing, 501 E. 9th.

August 28-September 6: Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre: The Ugly Duckling. Learn more.

Thursdays: Trivia Night, Stone’s Throw Brewing, 6:30 p.m. , 501 E. 9th.


August 26: Marcella & Her Lovers, South on Main free Local Live. Learn more.

August 27: Pokey Lafarge kicks off the 2015-16 Oxford American concert season at South on Main, 8 p.m. Learn more.

September 2: Heather Smith Band, South on Main free Local Live. Learn more.

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


August 27: Downtown Little Rock Partnership membership information social, Lafayette Building lobby, 5-7 p.m. Meet downtown leaders and learn what’s going on downtown with new director Gabe Holmstrom, Susie Smith and Mayor Mark Stodola. Sponsored by Samantha’s Tap Room & Wood Grill. To RSVP or for more information call 501-375-0121 or email.

August 27: Arkansas Women’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Statehouse Convention Center, 6-9:30 p.m. Learn more.

August 27: Volunteer Recruitment Reception for Heifer Village, 1 World Avenue, 5-7 p.m. Visit with Heifer volunteers and staff. Refreshments, cash bar, door prizes and tour of the exhibits. Open to 18 and older. For more information email or call 501-907-2697.

August 28: A memoir of life after loss from the sister of a fallen Navy SEAL-Emily Reeves, Clinton School of Public Service, Sturgis Hall, 12 noon. Free with RSVP requested by email or calling 501-683-5239. Learn more.

August 28: Alisyn Reid and Cate Davison in The Undercroft, Christ Church, The Undercroft, 509 Scott, 8 p.m. Folk/Americana singing duo. $5. Homebrew from Undercroft Beers.

August 29: Inauguration of 14th President of Philander Smith College–Dr. Roderick L. Smothers, Sr. Learn more.

August 29: River City Comic Expo, Arkansas’s largest gathering of Comic Book, Animation, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Video/Role Playing Games and Pop Culture Convention. Statehouse Convention Center, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Learn more.

August 29: Meshugga Klezmer Band, The Studio Theatre, 320 W. 7th, 7:30 p.m. Learn more.

August 29: Live Action Ninja Turtle Show, Statehouse Convention Center, 5-6:20 p.m. Promoting “Anti-Bullying Awareness” with world champion black belt martial artists. Learn more.

August 30: Lights! Camera! Seminar! at the Old State House Museum, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Day-long seminar to explore Arkansas’s connection with the film and television industry. Features different topics and speakers. Screening of the 2001 Academy Academy-award winning Best Live Action Short Film The Accountant. Speakers including Robert Cochran, Suzanne McCray, Ben Fry, Stephen Koch and Philip Martin discussing topics such as Women in Film, Broncho Billy Anderson, Music in Arkansas and Arkansas in the rise of regional Southern cinema. RSVP is required, please email  or call 501-324-9685.

September1: Build IT! Founder’s Fireside Chat Series features Mainstream Technologies, The Venture Center, 5:30 p.m. Learn more.

September 1: A Student Center Learning Approach with Elliot Washor, co-founder of Big Picture Learning, Clinton School of Public Service, Sturgis Hall, 6 p.m. Free with RSVP requested by email or calling 501-683-5239. Learn more.

September 3: Is There Hope for the Global Environment in the Long Run with Gazmend Zeneli, University of Marin Barieti in Tirana, Albania, Clinton School of Public Service, Sturgis Hall, 12 noon. Free with RSVP requested by email or calling 501-683-5239. Learn more.

September 3-13: Deathtrap by Ira Levin, Community Theatre of Little Rock at The Studio Theatre, 320 W. 7th. Learn more.

September 4: Arkansas Historic Preservation Program Walks through History: Sandwiching in History, Shiloh Baptist Church, 1200 Hanger Street, 12 noon. Learn more.

Save the Dates
September 10: Shine a Light on Literacy, Albert Pike Masonic Center, 7-9 p.m. Benefits Literacy Action of Central Arkansas. Learn more.

September 10: Rock the Runway, Twin City Limousines on Main Street, 7:30 p.m. Benefits Fighting Fancy. Learn more.

Diane Reeves

September 11: An Evening with Dianne Reeves, benefits Friends of Mosaic Templars Cultural Center. Learn more.

September 12: Arkansas Razorbacks take on the University of Toledo, nearby War Memorial Stadium, 3 p.m. kickoff.

September 12: Urban Raw Festival, Dunbar Community Garden. Learn more.

September 14: Main Street Creative Corridor Opening Celebration, The Rep, 3 p.m.

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

September 15: Little Rock School District Annual Election. Absentee voting opens September 8 at the Pulaski County Regional Building, 501 W. Markham, weekdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

September 15: Architecture and Design Network presents Alex Gilliam, director of Public Workshop (Philadelphia), Arkansas Arts Center, 5 p.m.

September 16-20: ACANSA. Learn more.

September 18: Chelsea Clinton, 20th Frank and Kula Kumpuris Distinguished Lecture Series, Statehouse Convention Center Ballroom, 6 p.m. Book Signing to follow (It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!) Free, open to public but RSVPs are necessary.

September 18-October 4: Puss in Boots, Children’s Theatre, Arkansas Arts Center. Learn more.

September 19: Six Bridges Regatta 2015. Learn more

September 26: Arkansas Peace Fest, Bernice Gardens, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Learn more.

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

September 30: Power of the Purse presented by Women’s Foundation of Arkansas, Little Rock Marriott Ballroom. Learn more.

City Survey

We’re conducting a survey of downtown historic neighborhoods and need volunteers with tablets or smartphones to survey properties during the week of September 8 – 12.  Whether you have a background in an architecture-related field or you’re a local resident who cares about the buildings in your neighborhood, we’d love your participation! Everyone is welcome.  Please share this information with your colleagues, congregations, coworkers, students, or anybody that I interested in history or preserving our downtown historic neighborhoods.  Also, please post to  your blogs, Facebook, Instagram accounts, email distribution lists, or any other social media to get the word out.

This is an opportunity to contribute to informed decision-making about buildings and land in Little Rock neighborhoods as well as have some fun and learn some new things too! Training will be provided.

The City of Little Rock has been awarded a grant to study the existing structures in the downtown area, generally considered to be the greater Quapaw Quarter area. Place Economics is coordinating the survey, but in order to survey 8000 parcels, we need volunteers to assist us.  The volunteers will be trained on the approximately seven questions that will be asked on each property.  Volunteers will be grouped in pairs or threes.  You will need a smart phone or tablet with access to wifi.

The call for volunteers has been finalized.  We would very much appreciate your help sending this to various universities/programs, community/neighborhood orgs, distributing it on your own social media sites, etc. to get the word out. The farther we can spread this, the better chance of getting enough volunteers to complete the survey in 4.5 days! Anyone who wants to help survey for whatever length of time they’re able, they’re welcome.

There’s an intro page there with some info about what to expect, so feel free to pull any language from there that can help frame this when you’re talking about it with others/emailing to orgs. My contact info is in there too if anyone has questions. This will help us get a sense of who’s interested in volunteering and who’s available when.

Thanks for your interest in the Little Rock Relocal Field Survey! We need your help to survey neighborhood properties. Whether you have a background in an architecture-related field or you’re a local resident who cares about the buildings in your neighborhood, we’d love your participation! Everyone is welcome. This is an opportunity to contribute to informed decision-making about buildings and land in Little Rock neighborhoods as well as hopefully have some fun and learn some new things too!

About the project: The City of Little Rock has commissioned a study called Relocal, which is being led by a team from PlaceEconomics. Relocal uses over 70 metrics to inform decision-making around vacant properties and creates recommendations for how to incorporate them into long-term neighborhood planning. Part of Relocal includes this field survey, which is an opportunity to get current information about the condition and features of every single parcel of land (whether it has a building on it or not) in our study areas. This is where you come in!

The Relocal Field Survey will take place Tuesday, September 8th – Saturday, September 12th and you can participate as much as your availability allows.

How it works: Surveyors (like you!) will be taking a photo of and answering a few questions about each parcel of land out in the areas we’re assessing (majority of the Quapaw Quarter Area).

— You will answer approximately seven questions or fewer for each parcel that include assessing the building’s condition and architectural character, sidewalk condition, and identifying what a parcel of land is being used for.

— Each question will have a few possible answers for you to choose from. It goes pretty fast!

— Surveyors will be teamed up in pairs or threes.

— You will use your own smartphones or tablets in the field to access the web-based survey, which basically looks like Google satellite but with each parcel clearly outlined for ease of completion.

Don’t worry if you this sounds like more than you know now — it will all be explained with lots of photos in a training session you’ll complete before surveying and it’s a pretty straightforward process. Don’t have a phone? No problem, we’d still love your help.

To sign up as a volunteer, please follow the Survey Monkey link above.

Thanks and look forward to working with you!

Want to know more? If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact Emilie Evans at 202-413-3424 or  Or contact Brian at:

Brian Minyard, AICP

Planner II

City of Little Rock

723 West Markham

Little Rock, AR 72201

Phone 501-371-4789

Fax 501-399-3435

Call for Nominations: 2015 Arkansas Preservation Awards

Preserve Arkansas

Call for Nominations: 2015 Arkansas Preservation Awards


Preserve Arkansas is seeking nominations for the 2015 Arkansas Preservation Awards. The Arkansas Preservation Awards will be presented at a ceremony and dinner in January 2016. The awards will honor  preservation achievements, people who make a difference in their communities, and projects that inspire others to protect Arkansas’s special historic places.

Past honorees of the Arkansas Preservation Awards include architects, carpenters, and community leaders; museums, advocacy organizations, and neighborhood groups; and restoration and rehabilitation of historic schools, office buildings, post offices, courthouses and bridges.

Members of the public are invited to submit nominations for eligible projects in the following categories–

-Outstanding Service in Neighborhood Preservation

-Outstanding Work by a Craftsperson

-Excellence in Preservation through Rehabilitation

-Excellence in Preservation through Restoration

-Excellence in Personal Preservation Projects

-Outstanding Achievement in Preservation Advocacy

-Outstanding New Construction in an Historic Setting

-Outstanding Preservation Reporting in the Media

-Ned Shank Award for Outstanding Preservation Publication

-Outstanding Achievement in Preservation Education -Excellence in Heritage Preservation

-Parker Westbrook Award for Lifetime Achievement (for 2016) 


To nominate a person, project, or program, visit to download a nomination form or to nominate online. For more information or to request a nomination form, call or email 501-372-4757 or

Nominations are due by August 31, 2015.

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

For more information about the organization or to become a member, contact Vanessa at 501-372-4757,, or visit