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The Way of the Cross

Please join the Downtown Churches of 8th Street present a Holy Week Observance: The Way of the Cross.

Join Betty Deislinger and Mike Metzler of First Lutheran Church; Cindy Fuller of Second Baptist; Scott Seidenschwarz of First Presbyterian, John Churchwell of First United Methodist, and Jeff Park and the Philander Smith College Chamber Singers for a spiritual and musical observance of Holy Week.

Where: First Presbyterian Church, 8th & Scott,

When:  Monday, March 30th

Time: 6:00 P.M.

Additional Information:  501-372-1804

Offering goes to support Arkansas Rice Depot and their work to resolve Hunger.

Youth Master Plan Input Sessions

Youth Master Plan Input Sessions

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (March 25, 2015) – Little Rock citizens are encouraged to attend the first in a series of public meetings regarding the types of services rendered to benefit Little Rock children and youth, as well as their families. Attendees will be able to voice their opinions to be considered during the planning process of the forthcoming Youth Master Plan. The session will be facilitated by the City of Little Rock Department of Community Program’s contractor for the Youth Master Plan — Advocacy & Communication Solutions.

The meeting will take place on Thursday, April 9 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Metroplan boardroom, located at 501 W. Markham St.


Luis Gonzalez
Communications and Marketing Manager
City of Little Rock
Office: (501) 371-4421

Little Rock Sales Tax Public Forum

City of Little Rock to Hold Public Input Sessions Planning for 2016-2018
Street and Drainage Improvement Program Begins

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (March 20, 2015) – City of Little Rock officials will hold
public meetings in all city wards seeking input from citizens on the next
cycle of capital sales tax funding. Attendees will also have access to a
status update of projects approved for funding from the 2013-2015 cycle, as
well as a complete list of projects submitted for each ward. The public is
encouraged to attend these meetings. Residents will be able to provide
valuable insight that will help the City of Little Rock during the planning
process for the 2016-2018 capital sales tax funding cycle.

Dates and locations for all meetings are as followed:

–          Ward 1 | Monday, March 30 | Dunbar Community Center | 1001 W.
16th St.

–          Ward 4 | Wednesday, April 1 | McDermott Elementary, Cafeteria |
1200 Reservoir Road

–          Ward 7 | Thursday, April 2 | Temple Baptist Church Chapel | 10710

–          Ward 2 | Monday, April 6 | Southwest Community Center, Auditorium
| 6401 Baseline Road

–          Ward 3 | Wednesday, April 8 | Hall High Media Center | 6700 H St.

–          Ward 5 | Thursday, April 9 | Highland Valley United Methodist
Church, Sanctuary | 15524 Chenal Pkwy.

–          Ward 6 | Monday, April 13 | Northwest Patrol Division | 10001
Kanis Road

All meetings will take place at 6 p.m.


Luis Gonzalez
Communications and Marketing Manager
City of Little Rock
(501) 371-4421

Clinton School of Public Service I-630 Survey


Drain Smart Program Seeking Local Artists

March 24, 2015


Local conservation groups, artists and city officials are seeking help from area artists to spread clean water message

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (March 24, 2015)—A coalition of state and local agencies and nonprofit organizations announced today the launch of Drain Smart — a public art program aimed at raising awareness on education and protection of local streams.

Like most cities, Little Rock’s storm drains flow directly into our streams. When it rains, water picks up everything in its path and carries it through storm drains into streams and creeks. Drain Smart is an engaging public-education and environmental program that uses art to communicate the importance of reducing the litter that flows into storm drains.

Program coordinators are calling for local artists to submit their ideas for murals that would be painted on 18 storm drains in the downtown and midtown areas of Little Rock. Supplies for these projects will be provided to the artists.

Artists have until April 3 to submit their applications along with a sketch of their idea. An artist selection committee will choose 18 artists to paint a mural on the designated storm drains.  Artists will be eligible for a final prize to be given to the winner chosen by public voting. This exciting project gives artists the opportunity to express themselves via semi-permanent public art in a series of small-scale outdoor storm drain murals. This art will then serve to educate the public on watershed and stream protection.

Partners in this inaugural project include the City of Little Rock, Audubon Arkansas, Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, Little Rock Parks and Recreation, Friends of Fourche Creek, Keep Little Rock Beautiful, Studio Main, The Bernice Garden, MacPark Group, The Arkansas Arts Center and Sculpture at the River Market. Sherwin Williams, Walmart and Seal Krete will donate supplies and materials.

Artists will be notified by April 10 and all art will be completed by June 1.

For more information on this project, the timeline, rules and artist application visit www.drain-smart.org.


Luis Gonzalez
Communications and Marketing Manager
City of Little Rock
Office: (501) 371-4421

CALS Happenings

Community Learning Classes

Community Paint Night, a launch event for CALS Community Learning Courses, will be held Tuesday, March 31, at 6:30 p.m. at Hillcrest Hall, 1501 Kavanaugh Ave. A free guided-painting experience with local artists will include a first look at the course offerings, which will begin in May.

CALS Community Learning Courses, which cover a variety of subjects and skills that enable and encourage lifelong learning pursuits by offering short-term, non-credit learning and enrichment opportunities.

Find out more here.

article2 Literary Festival Author Highlight

Nigerian-born Sefi Atta’s short stories have appeared in journals like Los Angeles Review and Mississipi Review. She is the winner of PEN International’s 2004/2005 David TK Wong Prize and in 2006, her debut novel Everything Good Will Come was awarded the inaugural Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa. The Daily Mail calls her newest book, A Bit of Difference, “a shrewd, quietly fearless and often witty novel that triumphantly succeeds in being both politically thought-provoking and emotionally engaging.”

Find out more here.

Empowering Women and Girls: Amplify Your Voice

“Empowering Women and Girls: Amplify Your Voice”
In partnership with the Clinton Foundation

Join us for a special event in celebration of Women’s History Month bringing together champions working to make full participation a reality for women and girls. No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project is a Clinton Foundation initiative led by Secretary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton to inspire and advance the full participation of women and girls around the world. Earlier this month, the Clinton Foundation unveiled the “Full Participation Report,” presenting the most complete picture of the status of women’s participation since the 1995 UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing.

On Monday, March 30, we will localize the data in the report by hearing from subject matter experts working towards progress for women and girls here in Arkansas and around the country to see how it compares with their experience.

Who:  Marcy Doderer, President and Chief Executive Officer of Arkansas Children’s Hospital
Beth Keck, Senior Director of Women’s Economic Empowerment for Walmart
Terri McCullough, Director of No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project
Dara Richardson-Heron
, Chief Executive Officer of the YWCA USA
Scott Shirey, Founder and Executive Director of KIPP Delta Public School

When:  Monday, March 30, 2015 at 12:00 p.m.
Where:  Clinton Presidential Center, Great Hall


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