Second Main Street Food Truck Festival To Take Place This Saturday
By Chris Holloway – UALR Public Radio, FM 89.1
The Main Street Food Truck Festival will take place in Little Rock for its second year, stretching from 3rd to 9th Streets. 31 food trucks from the metro area will be serving up food, almost doubling last year’s number. Sharon Priest is the Executive Director of the Downtown Little Rock Partnership, who is the main sponsor of the festival, and says their goal is to bring awareness to downtown.
“The mission is to get people to Main Street,” Priest says. “If anybody was here last year, they saw a whole lot of empty buildings-a large empty building. This year, what they’re going to see is a whole lot of construction fencing because that much has changed that quickly in a year.”
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Some structure resurrection work began along Little Rock’s Main Street in the first week of August.
The effort of local investors is a $20 million project to convert decades-vacant Blass store buildings into apartments and retail and office space at the corner of Fourth and Main streets. The project is slated to finish in June 2013.
The Blass Department Store was a major retailer in Little Rock for scores of years until Dillard’s bought it in 1964.
The project at Fourth and Main is one of several to spring up in that part of downtown Little Rock.
Sharon Priest, executive director of the Downtown Little Rock Partnership, said Scott Reed and other investors with Reed Realty Advisors in Portland, Ore., were the first in recent years to buy and begin rehabbing an old building on Main Street.
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A new exhibit opened this week at the Clinton Library honoring the mothers of President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, bringing members of the Clinton family to Little Rock (photo left by Lynda Dixon); Radio station 94.1, The Point has supported Main Street Food Truck Fridays, a project designed to bring people back to Main Street, across from the Bucket List Wall.
June 15, 2012
From the Director
The Main Street Food Truck Fridays initiative has been very successful with an average of 200 meals being served each week. We will be taking a break in July and August and resume sometime in September prior to the October 6 Main Street Food Truck Festival. One of the goals of the Main Street Revitalization Committee of the DLRP is to get people outside and onto Main Street. I believe we are succeeding. Join us these last three Fridays!
We have been hearing about pedestrian and vehicular accidents scattered throughout downtown. Remember, if you’re walking and talking on your cell phone, pause before crossing the street and check the traffic. Drivers, likewise be alert. We want everyone to be safe!
I am pleased that Paul Latture, executive director of the Little Rock Port Authority, will be joining us at the Downtown Little Rock Partnership membership Breakfast Briefing next Thursday, June 21 at Curran Hall (7:30 a.m.). Not a member? Come as our guest. RSVPs are suggested. Please email or call 501.375.0121.
Congratulations to Arkansas Children’s Hospital on the opening of the beautiful new South Wing, the largest project in its 100 year history. How fortunate for all of us in LIttle Rock to have such a fabulous medical facility dedicated to our children.
Is your company a nonprofit? If so, Meg Matthews, public relations manager for the City of Little Rock, wants to make you an offer.
In exchange for borrowing the City’s video equipment at no charge to produce your own marketing video, she would show your video on the city’s television channel (LRTV, Channel 11). LRTV is accessed through both Comcast Cable and AT&T U-verse channels. For more information contact Meg Matthews by email or calling 501.371.4421.
According to Betty Wineland, executive director for Central Arkansas Transit, bus ridership citywide is up 14.7%, the highest it’s ever been.
Jessie Edwards of CJRW told the DLRP Communications Roundtable this week that the first Illuminate the Cure event for the Susan G. Komen Foundation in Little Rock was a success on Mother’s Day. There were 500 biodegradable lanterns released from the Big Dam Bridge.
Hank Kelley, of Flake & Kelley Commercial, told the DLRP Board of Directors on Thursday that he is supporting the Little Rock Bike Friendly Committee chaired by Ed Levy and their project ” to make your facility bicycle friendly.” For an evaluation of your business and suggestions for easy changes, contact Hank by email.
The River Market District went green this week! Diana McClung, director of the River Market, said the new combined (single stream) glass and cardboard recycling program may be used as a model for other entertainment districts across the country.
Tim Heiple, of Keep Little Rock Beautiful and the River Market Neighborhood Association, was part of a group three years ago that sorted (by hand) the waste going into the dumpsters in the District. “We determined that approximately 60% of the waste was recyclable with the majority of that being cardboard and glass, particularly as it relates to District restaurants.”
The public/private partnership for the new green program included City of Little Rock, Keep Little Rock Beautiful, the River Market, Waste Management, Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Ripple Glass Recycling of Kansas City, Missouri.
Many of the restaurants in the District have stepped up to participate with restaurant staff members going through training this past week as to the recycling process. Waste Management will regularly collect and hold the recyclable waste for pickup by Ripple Glass Recycling. Once processed by Ripple, the waste will be turned over to Owens Corning (in Kansas City) for use in the manufacture of residential insulation.
It only takes six 12-ounce beer bottles to make enough insulation to fill a standard wall cavity.
One recycled glass bottle can run a 100-watt light bulb for four hours or a compact fluorescent bulb for 20 hours.
On average, it costs $30 per ton to recycle trash, $50 to send to the landfill and $65 to $75 to incinerate it.
So far this year Ripple has recycled over 32 million bottles and jars.
Warwick Sabin, publisher of Oxford American, announced this week via a youtube video that the company received an ArtPlace grant for its “South on Main” project at its new location in SoMa. Plans include opening a restaurant celebrating Southern culinary culture and nightly cultural programming.For more information about Oxford American click here.
Goodwill Industries of Arkansas announced this week a major expansion of its donation and job training operations to a 576,000 sq ft facility at 7400 Scott Hamilton Drive in southwest Little Rock, to be called Goodwill Resource Center.
The current location of the nonprofit’s headquarters is downtown, 1110 7th Street; officials said they still expect to maintain a presence at that location. The new facility will allow for the creation of 50 new jobs as well as an anticipated 50 additional positions to be created through new store openings in the state.
sBip’s, a restaurant that opened last fall in Quapaw Tower, 700 E. Ninth Street across from MacArthur Park, will be closing Saturday (June 16) at 11 p.m.
As reported in InArkansas, the nearby Riverdale Shopping Center’s Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market is scheduled to open July 18.
Dorothy Howell Rodham & Virginia Clinton Kelley: Remarkable Women, Extraordinary Lives
Thru November 25, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Admission $7 for adults, $3 for children ages 6-17
William J. Clinton Presidential Library
New exhibit opening this week honoring the lives of the mothers of Hillary Rodham Clinton and Bill Clinton. Archived video interviews from both women, recent video interviews with close friends and family, personal items and photographs offer a window into the lives of these remarkable women and the changing role of women during 20th century America. For more information go online.
A Loss of Roses by William Inge
Thru July 1
Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street
For information and tickets go online.
Mount Holly Garden Series
Saturday, June 16, 9 a.m.
Mount Holly Cemetery, Bell House, free or (suggested donation $5)
Sponsored by the Downtown Dames, a Quapaw Quarter Women’s service group. For more information call 501.375.7794.
Juneteenth 2012: Celebrate Freedom
Saturday, June 16, 12 noon – 7 p.m., free
Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 9th & Broadway
Celebrate Juneteenth, the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. As part of the local celebration, MTCC hosts an annual, day-long community street festival featuring activities, vendors, food, and entertainment. Event activities include a Fun Zone for children such as a rock climbing wall, face painting, jump roping, drum circle, tricycle-riding, craft and games, along with a diverse mix of musical, dance, and poetry entertainment for all ages.
Statehood Day Celebration: The 1836 Presidential Election
Saturday, June 16, free
Historic Arkansas Museum, 9 a.m.-noon
Parade to Old State House Museum, noon
Old State House Museum, 1-5 p.m.
A day of living history, pioneer music and old-fashioned political stumping for a celebration of the state’s entry into the Union. Immerse yourself in the world of 1836, when Arkansas voters chose in the presidential election between Democratic candidate Martin Van Buren and Whig candidate Hugh Lawson White. Albert Pike and Archibald Yell will debate who should be the victor. Then, step into the tavern to cast your vote. Visit with characters from the 19th century, then follow a parade at noon to the Old State House lawn for a 26-gun salute, flag raising, political speeches and dancing.
Monday, June 18, 5 p.m., free
Curran Hall, 615 E. Capitol
Beer and wine program. Continue the discussion over dinner at Lulav Restaurant. Sponsored by Quapaw Quarter Association. For more information call 501.371.0075.
Sweet Justice Series
Wednesday, June 20, 6-7:30 p.m., free
Second Baptist Church, 8th & Cumberland
For more information contact Betsy Young.
Tattoo Witness: Photographs by Mark Perrott
AAC Member Opening Night
Thursday, June 21, 6-8 p.m., free to members
Arkansas Arts Center, Alice Pratt Brown Atrium
New exhibit organized and toured by the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Open to public June 22-September 9. Opening night lecture by Michael Atkinson, PhD. author of “Tattooed: The Sociogenesis of a Body Art,” 6 p.m., Lecture Hall. Witness Corner, a video booth for sharing your own tattoo story. Beverages by Central Moon, music by The Point 94.1 FM, and light hors d’oeuvres. New memberships available at the door.
FOCC Annual Meeting
Sunday, June 24, 5:30 silent auction, 6:30 annual meeting
Arkansas Arts Center Lower Lobby
Friends of Contemporary Craft of Arkansas Arts Center ($20 membership). Over 50 items for silent auction; deadline for contributions June 17. Wine and light snacks. For more information contact Anncha Briggs orJohn Harris.
Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace
Tuesday, June 26, 11:30 a.m., free
Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP, Bank of America Building, 200 W. Capitol, Floor 23
Lunch-time seminar, to address a variety of topics, including when you can test an employee for drug or alcohol use and what limits Arkansas’ workers’ compensation laws and federal civil rights laws place on employers. A 45-minute presentation with complimentary lunch. RSVP your attendance by contacting Roben Sullivant (firstname.lastname@example.org) on or before Wednesday, June 20.
Main Street Food Truck Fridays
11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., thru June, corner of Main Street and Capitol Avenue on the plaza. Check Facebook for food vendor updates.
Breakfast Briefing Thursday, June 21, 7:30 a.m., Curran Hall, 615 E. Capitol. Guest Paul Latture, executive director of Little Rock Port Authority. For DLRP members and guests. RSVPs suggested.
Main Street Food Truck Festival, Saturday, October 6, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Main Street, from 3rd to 9th streets.
Tuesdays & Saturdays
Farmers Market, Pavilions, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
June 20 Movies in the Park “Puss ‘n Boots”-For a complete schedule click here. Begins at sundown, Riverfest Amphitheatre.
Robinson Center Music Hall
June 20 Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers
June 29 Kirk Franklin
July 1 The Tidwell Project
July 15 Tedeschi Trucks Band
October 25 The Fresh Beat Band Live in Concert
November 25 Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
Tickets are available via Ticketmaster
June 23 ATA World Ceremony
June 27 Lady Antebellum: Own the Night 2012 World Tour
July 1 New Edition featuring After 7
July 21 Raw World Tour
July 26 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: Barnum Bash
Oct 25 Red Hot Chili Peppers
Nov 8 Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival
January 10 Justin Bieber
Main Street south of I-630
The Bernice Garden
Fridays beginning June 1, 6-8 p.m. Salsa and Latin dance lessons and party, $5 per person
Sundays Farmers Market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Thru June LifeQuest Oil Painters group featured
June 15 12 noon. Rob Tanner, author of “From Animal House to Our House: A Love Story.” Free and open to the public. Sponsored by studioMain, AR Historic Preservation Program, Historic Preservation Alliance of AR, and Quapw Quarter Association.
The Green Corner Store
June 21 5:30-7 p.m. Makeover Beauty Day, sponsored by Etniq Mineral Cosmetics, an all natural and vegan line of cosmetics made in Little Rock. For more information call 501-374-1111.
Downtown North Little Rock
Saturdays Farmers Market, 7 a.m.-12 noon. All certified Arkansas family farmers. Across from Argenta Market at 6th & Main Streets.
June 15 Argenta ArtWalk, 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
June 15 Dickey-Stephens Park, Arkansas Travelers vs. Tulsa Drillers, 7-10 p.m.
June 16-17 7th Annual Arkansas Sculpture Invitational Show & Sale, Argenta Community Theater, 405 Main Street. free.
9 a.m.-6 p.m. June 16, 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. June 17. Preview at 6 p.m. during June 15 Argenta ArtWalk (free, cash bar).
June 17 Dickey-Stephens Park, Father’s Day Game Arkansas Travelers vs. Tulsa Drillers, 6 p.m.
June 18 Dickey-Stephens Park, Arkansas Travelers vs. Springfield Cardinals, 7-10 p.m.
June 20 Argenta Downtown Council Annual Meeting, 11:30 Wyndham Riverfront, Carol Coletta, director of ArtPlace
About the Downtown Little Rock Partnership
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For the Main Street Food Truck Festival – Little Rock Facebook page, click here. Includes updates on the Festival Saturday, October 6 and on Main Street Food Truck Fridays information through June.
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