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You and a guest are invited to a special event to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of AmeriCorps.
This year marks two decades since President Clinton created AmeriCorps and inaugurated the first class of AmeriCorps members. The program connects Americans of all ages and backgrounds with opportunities to give back to their communities and their nation, and was founded one year after President Clinton signed the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993. Since its inception, more than 900,000 men and women have taken the AmeriCorps pledge, serving over one billion hours and improving communities across the country.
As part of the 20th anniversary, the Center will host a celebration that includes remarks by Governor Mike Beebe and General Wesley K. Clark, (Ret.) and the swearing-in of new AmeriCorps members. This celebration will be held concurrently with the swearing-in ceremonies taking place in other states throughout the country, and the White House.
|When:||Friday, September 12|
|Doors open at 9:30 a.m.|
|Program begins at 10 a.m.|
|Reception and service project to follow.|
|Where:||Clinton Presidential Center|
|Little Rock, AR|
Please note that this event is free. However, reservations are required. To RSVP or for more information or to register for the event, email email@example.com.
Startup Weekend is returning to Little Rock September 12-14. Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. Acxiom will host the upcoming 54-hour event in its Charles Morgan Auditorium; Jordan Carlisle, director of entrepreneurship for Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Max Farrell are co-organizers for the 2014 event. According to an Arkansas Business article, more than $230 million has been invested in Arkansas startups since 2008, some of which got their start at Startup Weekend. Learn more.
For those with teenagers, Brad Mooy, CALS Arkansas Literary Festival Coordinator, has announced a Banned Books writing contest for Pulaski & Perry county high school students based on the book, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, still high on the list of most challenged books. A $250 prize will be awarded to the winner. Submissions are accepted from September 1-18. Learn more. The winner will be announced September 25 at a special event called Perks, Missives & Lux Melancholia. This fun event will be open to the public; more details later
Academy Award-winning director Oliver Stone will make an appearance Saturday, September 20 for a screening of “The 50s: Eisenhower, The Bomb & The Third World” episode of Stone’s recent documentary, The Untold History of the United States. The event is a collaboration of Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site and the National Park Service, Little Rock Film Festival, Little Rock Central High School, the City of Little Rock, Central High Museum, Conyers Institute of Public Policy, the Arkansas State Film Commission and Beacon Hill Scholars. The event will be held at the Roosevelt L. Thompson Auditorium, Little Rock Central High School. Admission is free but seating will be limited. Learn more.
Please mark your calendars. Arkansas Community Organizations will hold our second annual Little Rock school board forum on Thursday, September 4 at 6 p.m. in the auditorium of the Willie Hinton Neighborhood Resource Center at 12th and Oak in Little Rock. The candidates for Zones 1 and 5 will be there to answer prepared questions and questions from the audience. The end of the desegregation case brings new challenges to Little Rock schools. Learn about the candidates’ views on how to cope with these new challenges. For more information, call ACO at 501-376-7151.
Education Project OrganizerThe Education Project Organizer will work with low-income community members, parents, and other concerned community members, in Marvell and Prescott, to organize grassroots groups to improve educational outcomes for local children around expanding access to and quality of early childhood education and other proven reforms to boost opportunities to learn for all students. Please apply by September 5th.Policy Director The Policy Director is a joint position shared between the Panel and the CFC to strengthen the advocacy capacity, political engagement, and other strategic missions of the two organizations. The Policy Director reports to the Panel’s Executive Director, and is based in Little Rock. Please apply by September 5th
LITTLE ROCK, AR – Dr. Charles Kimball, author of When Religion Becomes Lethal: The Explosive Mix of Politics and Religion in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, will present the Central Arkansas Library System’s (CALS) Rabbi Ira Sanders Distinguished Lecture on Thursday, September 4, at 6:30 p.m. in the CALS Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Avenue. The lecture is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a reception and book signing.
Kimball is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and holds the M.Div. degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. An ordained Baptist minister, he received his Th.D. from Harvard University. Kimball is an expert analyst on Islam, Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations, the Middle East, and the intersection of religion and politics in the U.S.