We’re Having a Neighborhood Meeting 6pm tonight at the East 21st. Street Alert Center

worldchangers 2 webPettaway Neighborhood Association is holding its monthly neighborhood meeting 6pm tonight at the East 21st Street Alert Center (aka East Broadway Alert Center).  Meeting generally lasts for an hour and provides a wonderful opportunity to meet and fellowship with your neighbors, find out what’s happening in the neighborhood and take part in the betterment of our community.  Come.

The Pettaway Neighborhood Association meets the third Thursday of every month.

Coalition of Greater Little Rock Neighborhoods meets to discuss sewer impact fees

Coalition of Greater Little Rock Neighborhoods meets 10 am, Saturday, July 13, 2013 at the Willie Hinton Resource Center (at the corner of 12th and Pine Streets).

Topic:  Sewer Impact Fees

Coalition will discuss sewer impact fees for new sewers in westward development, easing burden on our bills across the city.  Little Rock Board of Directors will vote soon on a proposed Impact Fee of $299 per lot in new subdivisions west of I-430.  The Coalition has endorsed the fees as applied in Conway, Bentonville and a number of other cities.

For more information contact CGLRN President Kathy Wells at katwells@earthlink.net and come to the meeting which is held on the second Saturday of every month.



Notice of Public Hearing | Thursday, July 11th at 4pm | Proposed Planned Development (2020 Vance Street – formerly the Job Corps Building and Red Carpet Inn)

pettiway-park-neighborhood-association-logo-1.jpgPlease note a Public Hearing on the Paradise Group LLC proposed Planned Zoning Development will take place 4pm, Thursday, July 11, 2013 at the Board of Directors Chamber, Second Floor, City Hall.  Please attend your support is needed.

The Pettaway Neighborhood Association is opposed to the Paradise Group’s proposed Planned Zoning Development in the Pettaway Community located at (2020 Vance Street, Little Rock – formerly the Job Corps Building and Red Carpet Inn). To read a letter submitted to the Little Rock Planning Commission detailing the Pettaway N.A. opposition to the proposed planned development click here:  Page One | Page Two

To read the City of Little Rock Planning Commission Staff’s denial recommendation of the Paradise Group plan click here.

To read a recent article about the Paradise Group proposed planned development published Sunday, July 7, 2013 in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, “T’s not crossed in home for girls: Old LR building rehab up for vote.”  click here.


Please attend this meeting to voice your opinion on this proposed planned development in your community.






Pettaway Neighborhood Association welcomes SLUFY participants to the neighborhood


Pettaway Neighborhood Association Welcomes SLUFY participants to the neighborhood.

July 8-19, 2013 | hosted by Booker Arts Magnet School | 2016 Barber Street, Little Rock | Little Rock School District

Summer Laureate University for Youth (SLUFY) is an educational program that provides unique learning experiences for high-ability students to explore and expand their talents and abilities. The program offers a variety of classes taught by a staff that includes graduate students seeking masters degrees in teaching the gifted and talented, certified master teachers, and other experts.

SLUFY presents high-ability students with a unique, enriched opportunity to learn through hands-on experiences under the guidance of enthusiastic teachers. Students also will get to meet other talented students, forging friendships that last long beyond the summer program.

The Summer Laureate University for Youth accepts applications from students in kindergarten through 8th grade during the current 2012-2013 school year. Students are placed in classes of the grade level they are completing in May.

limited number of scholarships were made  available to students showing both academic achievement and financial need.

Arkansas Democrat Gazette reports on proposed redevelopment of Old LR Job Corps Building

T’s not crossed on home for girls: Old LR building’s rehab up for vote
Published, July 7, 2013  in Arkansas Democrat Gazette
Claudia Lauer and Chad Day

An excerpt from published article

On a visionary’s blueprints, an abandoned Little Rock high-rise transforms easily into a home for nearly 100 pregnant teens.

Julius James Larry III, a 63 year-old casket company owner from Houston, says the planned Ida B. Wells Home for Pregnant Girls is a calling from God that he received when diagnosed with cancer three years ago.

But community resistance critical state officials and the felony background of Larry, who is promoting the project, make for a complicated proposal that is to go  before the Little Rock Planning Commission on Thursday.

Residents near the proposed site are concerned about whether Larry and his partners can follow through on their promise to rehabilitate the former Job Corps building on Vance Street, an eyesore full of asbestos and mold that has been vacant more than five years.

Arkansas Department of Human Services officials say Larry’s involvement and felony theft conviction jeopardize the part of the plan that calls for the state to allow – and pay a per day rate for – teens in foster care to live in the girls home.

The state also isn’t sold on how the home would operate.

To read the rest of this article click here


Free Genealogy Workshop featuring Tony Burroughs – Saturday, July 13th – Main Library Darragh Center

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Genealogy Workshop featuring Tony Burroughs
Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Association

Saturday, July 13 * 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.; check-in 9:00 a.m.
Main Library’s Darragh Center, 100 Rock Street

Burroughs is an internationally-known genealogist who consulted
on the Rev. Al Sharpton-Strom Thurmond genealogy connection,
Oprah Winfrey’s genealogyAfrican American Lives 2,
and The Real Family of Jesus.

The workshop is free, but registration is required; register here.

Ice Cream Soda Happy Hour Fundraiser at The Green Corner Store – TODAY

Join us at the Green Corner Store for a sweet treat & support the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas.

Try the featured flavor or any of the many other delicious offerings from Loblolly Creamery.

Featured Flavor
Preservation Praline 
Ice Cream
a handmade concoction with sweet cream ice cream,
whiskey caramel and praline pecans.


The Green Corner Store and Soda Fountain is located at 1423 Main Street in the Historic Lincoln Building in Little Rock’s SoMA Neighborhood.  Find out more about
The Green Corner Store and Soda Fountain by visiting their website, www.thegreencornerstore.com.

Hearne Fine Art Celebrating 25 years | Reflections in Silver | June 12 – August 3, 2013 | Come in and see


Silverpoint Drawings by Aj Smith & Marjorie Williams-Smith
June 12, 2013 – August 3, 2013

Left: Maxx in Sunlight, Aj Smith, Silverpoint, 16″ x 14″
Right: Rose and Pin, Marjorie Williams-Smith, Silverpoint, 5 5/8″ x 3 15/16″

Silverpoint (one of several types of metalpoint) is a traditional drawing technique first used by Medieval scribes on manuscripts. In the late Gothic/early Renaissance era, silverpoint emerged as a fine line drawing technique. A silverpoint drawing is made by dragging a silver rod or wire across a treated surface. The medium imposes considerable discipline in draughtsmanship since drawings cannot be erased or altered.

2nd Friday Art Events:
Matinee Reception – June 14, 2013   1:00 p.m.- 3:00 pm
Artist Reception –  June 14, 2013   5:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

Artist Talk/Silverpoint Demonstration:
Saturday, July 13, 2013 – 11:00 a.m.
“I have worked with silverpoint for over 25 years and it still fascinates me.  This drawing technique uses silver wire as the drawing tool. Silverpoint  requires discipline, because it does not lend itself to erasing.  The process  is slow and controlled but the results are sublime.”

Marjorie Williams-Smith, June 2013
“Silverpoint drawings are fitting for this 25th anniversary celebration of Hearne Fine Art. I have been with the gallery since the late 1980s. My  drawings in this exhibition are from my recent series Faces of the Delta. I commend Hearne Fine Art’s continuing commitment to the art of African Americans.”

Aj Smith, June 2013
Click HERE to view the exhibit online
About Hearne Fine Art
In 1988, Archie and Garbo Hearne combined their passion for African American culture and history with their entrepreneurial spirit to open Pyramid Gallery.  In January 1989, Pyramid Gallery relocated from a 600 square foot storefront to a much larger venue in the Madison Guaranty Bank Building on Little Rock’s Main Street. Over the next eight years, Pyramid Gallery and Books served as a community space: hosting book signings, art exhibitions and demonstrations, and other cultural and community enrichment programs.

In 1997, nine years after establishing Pyramid Gallery and Books as the premiere place in Arkansas for art by Americans of African descent , Archie and Garbo had the unique opportunity to design a completely new space within the Museum Center in the River Market District. This expansion allowed for the addition and development of Hearne Fine Art. Through this endeavor, more regional, national, and international artists were showcased in the new gallery. In 2008, Archie and Garbo recognized the need to establish a permanent location. Consequently, they designed and constructed the Hearne Centre at the corner of Wright and Chester.  In 2010, Pyramid Art, Books & Custom Framing and Hearne Fine Art joined Hearne Family Practice in the historic Dunbar neighborhood.


Hearne Fine Art | Est. 1988

1001 Wright Avenue, Ste C| Little Rock, Arkansas 72206

Phone: 501.372.6822 – Website:  http://www.hearnefineart.com

Email: hearnefineart@gmail.com | Director, Garbo Hearne

Hours: M-F: 10a – 5p | Sat: 10a – 6p | Sun: By appt only






Arkansas Public Policy Panel 50th Anniversary Celebration – Saturday, June 15, 2013 – Philander Smith College


Arkansas Public Policy Panel 50th
 Arkansas Citizens First Congress 15th

June 15, 2013

Philander Smith College, Kendall Hall
900 W Daisy Bates Drive, Little Rock
5:00 Reception
6:00 Dinner
Ticket price: $50

In 1963, a diverse group of young mothers traveled Arkansas to facilitate school integration by sharing their stories as the Panel of American Women. 50 years later, the Panel continues improving Arkansas by strengthening the voice of diverse communities and helping them work together in coalitions.

Find out more about the Panel’s history at http://arpanel.org/about/history

Mosaic Templars: Juneteenth Celebration – June 14 – 15, 2013


Theatrical performance of Voices from the Front Porch by S. Juain Young and Artists United at MTCC
Two Showings: 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Free Admission and Refreshments!

Main Stage Performances

12PM—Anderson’s Taekwondo

12:30PM—Spoken Word with Marissa Harris

1PM—Akil “Chicago” Ato

1:30PM—International Percussion Collection with Emerged

1:45PM—Quinton Ellis

2:00PM—Butterfly and Irie Soul

2:45PM—Erin Wright

3PM— KidSmart featuring Lazareous and Amauri

3:30PM—Tommy Terrific’s Wacky Magic

4PM—Spoken Word with Infinity Wallace

Spoken Word with Doyle Gilliam

4:30PM—Billy Jones Blues

3rd Floor Attractions

12PM—Salsa with Leah Patterson

12:30PM—Heifer International

1PM—Westside Mixed Martial Arts

1:30PM—Yum Yum Café Raw Food Demo

2PM-4PM—Arkansas Black Writers Network Expo

Isaac Carree at Juneteenth!
(Ticketed Event)

6:10 PM–Quinton Ellis

6:15 PM–Jacquez Swanigan

6:20 PM–Erin Wright

6:25 PM–Hezekiah Stewart

6:40 PM–Stephen B. Stewart

7:00 PM–Isaac Carree

Mosaic Templars cultural CenterMosaic Templars Cultural Center
501 W. Ninth Street | Little Rock, AR 72201
Main Phone: (501) 683-3593 | Fax Number: (501) 682-5866
Email: info@mosaictemplarscenter.com

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Funded in part by the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council.