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Labor and Employment Seminar

Tuesday, August 5, Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP (WLJ) will host Little Rock Labor & Employment Seminar – “Three Top Employment Issues Facing Employers Today:  Background Checks Liability, Social Media Landmines and the Affordable Care Act.” - discussing how a variety of government agencies (including the FTC, the EEOC, the NLRB and the DOL) view background checks, employer and employee use of social media, and employee healthcare issues under the ACA.  A free seminar and complimentary lunch.  11:30 a.m. in the WLJ Lindsey Room (Floor 23) in our offices in the Bank of America Building (200 W. Capitol Avenue) in Little Rock. RSVP your attendance

by emailing Roben Sullivant  on or before Wednesday, July 30.

Used Book Sale at the CALS

Used Book Sale

July 25-27

CALS Main Branch 

Main Library Basement, 100 Rock Street

Fri. & Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun. 1-4 p.m.

FOCAL members may enter at 9 a.m. Friday & Saturday.

Memberships available at the door.

$1 hardbacks * 50¢ paperbacks

Teachers with valid ID get an extra 25% off purchases in the basement.

River Market Books & Gifts, 120 River Market Avenue

early shopping Thurs. 5-7 p.m.

Fri. & Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.;  Sun. 1-5 p.m.

FOCAL members enjoy 50% off gently read books.

Memberships available at the door.

MontessoriThe Urban Garden Montessori, a new member of the Downtown Little Rock Partnership, is opening soon for the 2014-15 school year at 610 Main and has announced it will be partnering with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra for its music program.  

     Director Vera Chenault said, “Our goal is to create lifelong learners by encouraging children to discover the joy of learning. Articles in Forbes, Harvard Business Review, and the Wall Street Journal have all credited Montessori education with creating innovators, like the founders of Google and Amazon.”    

     They are currently enrolling for grades pre-k (age 3) through 4th grade. Applications will also be accepted for all students through 12th grade for 2015-16. For applications and more information go online

Cancellation of Pettaway Neighborhood Association Meeting

Tonight’s meeting is cancelled due to inclement weather.  We will have our regularly scheduled meeting on 8/14/14. 

Pettaway Neighbordhood Association Meeting

pettiway-park-neighborhood-association-logo-1.jpgOur monthly meeting of the Pettaway Neighborhood Association will held on 7/10/14 at the East Broadway Alert Center at 500 East 21st St. at 6:00 p.m. Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month.   Look forward to seeing you there.



Used Book Sale at Central Arkansas Library

Take Home a Bargain from the FOCAL Used Book Sale


It’s hot outside, but the deals at the Friends of Central Arkansas Libraries (FOCAL) Used Book Sale are even hotter. Paperbacks are $0.50, and hardbacks are $1. The sale will be held in the basement of the Main Library, 100 Rock Street, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 25 – 26, and 1 – 4 p.m. Sunday, July 27. FOCAL members may enter at 9 a.m. on Friday and Saturday; FOCAL memberships will be available at the door. Teachers and librarians with institutional identification will receive an additional 25% off their purchases in the Main Library basement.

An early shopping party will be held at River Market Books & Gifts, 120 River Market Avenue, from 5 – 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 24. FOCAL memberships will be available at the door. FOCAL members will receive a 50% discount on “gently read” books at River Market Books & Gifts from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 1 – 4 p.m. on Sunday.  The 25% teacher discount does not apply at River Market books & Gifts.

Funds from the book sale are donated to the Central Arkansas Library System and help provide programs at branches, book club kits, Summer Reading Club materials, and special Saturday programming for children at the Main Library. For more information about the sale, call 918-3000 or check the website, www.cals.org. To volunteer at the FOCAL book sale, email adelaney@cals.org or call 918-3095.


Contact Information
Lee Ann Blackwell


Central Arkansas Library System


Nominations for 2014 Preservation Awards

The Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas will present the Arkansas Preservation Awards at a ceremony and dinner on January 9, 2015. The awards will honor great preservation achievements, people who make a difference in their communities, and projects that inspire others to protect Arkansas’s special places.

Nominations will be accepted in twelve distinct award categories. Individual awards will recognize leading craftspeople, homeowners, volunteers, and professionals for their work. Themed awards will salute outstanding education and advocacy initiatives, community programs, and dedicated stewardship. Project awards will honor the restoration and rehabilitation of buildings and sites and compatible design in historic areas. 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–

-Parker Westbrook Lifetime Achievement Award

-Outstanding Service in 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

To nominate a person, project, or program, visit PreserveArkansas.org to obtain a nomination form or nominate online, or request a nomination form by calling or emailing 501-372-4757 or awards@preservearkansas.org. Nominations are due by Sunday, August 31, 2014.

Coalition of Greater Little Rock Neighborhoods Meeting

Chief Kenton Buckner of the LR Police Dept. and Jarod Varner, Ex. Dir. Of CATA, will speak at 10 a.m. Sat. Jul. 12 to the Coalition of Greater LR Neighborhoods, at the Hinton Resource Center, 12th & Pine St.


Coalition members advocate stronger community policing, and will discuss with Buckner how to expand current efforts in the department.


Coalition members and community advocates started discussing highway expansions for I-30 and I-630 last month, with a spokesman for the Ark. Highway Dept. Millions are to be spent adding lanes and a new river span to I-30, and I-630 is slated to add lanes from the Bapt. Hospital exit to University Ave. How to handle congestion from University east to I-30 is the next issue officials will address. Some 60 citizens met and requested notice of highway public hearings as these projects advance.


Alternatives to this are sought to preserve historic structures, to protect neighborhoods and their quality of life, and to use tax dollars wisely in decades to come. Highway officials have recognized the traditional revenues from fuel sales are declining as vehicles become more efficient.


Routing traffic over another bridge to thin the congestion at I-30 is an alternative considered and endorsed by Metroplan, which recommended adding a bridge over the Ark. River at Chester St.


What might be done with expanding transit services will be considered with Varner on Saturday.


For more info, call 501-960-6918.

Public Safety Task Force Meeting

Mayor’s Public Safety Task Force meeting at 4 p.m. Wed. Jul. 10 at Curran Hall, 615 E. Capitol Ave. 

50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act

The City of Little Rock Joins the Arkansas Psychological Association

To Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act


On Wednesday, July 2, 2014 the Arkansas Psychological Association will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.   The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of the impact of discrimination in the workplace on those groups named in the 1964 Civil Rights Act signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 2nd.  A committee appointed by the Arkansas Psychological Association Board reviewed the effect of discrimination in the workplace on race, ethnicity/nationality, gender, sexual orientation and religion supported by scientifically based psychological studies.   A public statement has been prepared that summarizes the effect of workplace discrimination on disenfranchised groups and will be read during the event. This statement also addresses the resolve of the Arkansas Psychological Association to work to create a healthy workplace environment for all populations.

The Arkansas Psychological Association is honored to announce that the American Psychological Association supports this commemoration and representatives will be present for the occasion.  Dr. Gwen Keita, Executive Director of the Public Interest Directorate and Dr. David Ballard, Assistant Executive Director for Organizational Excellence will present on the work of the American Psychological Association regarding this initiative.

The commemoration will also honor icons of civil rights advocacy from this community.  Awards will be presented to Dr. Terrence Roberts, psychologist, and one of the Little Rock Nine and Brownie Ledbetter, posthumously, for her work through the Arkansas Public Policy Panel.   The event is free and open to the public with a reception to follow the program.   The event will be held at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 9th and Broadway in Little Rock from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Please R.S.V.P. at www.ualr.edu/race-ethnicity.


The event is sponsored by the Office of Governor Mike Beebe, the City of Little Rock, Central High Historic Site, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, Philander Smith College – Social Justice Initiative and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock – Institute on Race and Ethnicity.


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