Big Boo!-seum Bash -FREE- October 25th

Big Boo!-seum Bash

Thursday, October 25, 6-8:30 p.m., free

Where kids can enjoy a safe Halloween with games, hands-on activities, refreshments, and candy for young trick-or-treaters at participating museums downtown (members of the Greater Little Rock Museum Consortium) including: Curran Hall Visitors Center, Central High School Museum and Visitor’s Center, Clinton Presidential Library, Historic Arkansas Museum, Old State House Museum, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, and Museum of Discovery. The Big BOO!-seum Bash is sponsored by the Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau, Express Press and Little Rock Family Magazine. Visitors can drive to each location, where free parking is available. Those visiting all eight locations and playing Game Cards are eligible to win for a grand prize, a flat screen tv. For more information call 501-376-4781.

19th Annual Haunted Cathedral at EMOBA

19th Annual Haunted Cathedral Fundraiser

Friday, October 12-Wednesday, October 31, 7:30 p.m.

EMOBA, The museum of Black Arkansans & Performing Arts Center, 1208 Louisiana Street

Tickets are $10- opening weekend with State Fair ticket stub and $15- October 17-30th ($20- Halloween Night). Call 501-372-0018 for more information. Patrons with a history of seizures and those who are pregnant are discouraged from participating.

South Main Street Neighborhood Local Food Tour Sunday, October 14, 2012

Little Rock’s South Main Street Neighborhood Presents Local Food Tour, Dinner Sunday


Little Rock Local Food Tour begins at 12:30 Sunday at Bernice Garden Farmers Market.

The first ever Little Rock Local Food Tour, planned for 12:30-5 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 14), will begin at Bernice Garden Farmers Market, 1401 S. Main St., and visit community gardens, restaurants, businesses, farms, and artisan produce stands. There will be samples, demonstrations, music and scavenger hunting, and water and bathroom stops along the way.

To read the rest of this article click here or here.

2nd Annual Arkansas Cornbread Festival November 3rd on South Main Street

2nd Annual Arkansas Cornbread Festival Set for November 3rd

Success of Inaugural Event Sets Stage for Expanded Festival on South Main Street in Downtown Little Rock.


11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, November 3, 2012


Between 13th & 16th Streets on South Main Street in downtown Little Rock, Arkansas.

Arkansans know what’s good, and that is cornbread. To keep them happy, organizers are coordinating the 2nd Annual Arkansas Cornbread Festival, which will be from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on South Main Street in downtown Little Rock on Saturday, November 3.

The 2nd Annual Arkansas Cornbread Festival is being planned to continue the success of the inaugural festival in 2011. That festival attracted people throughout the state to the South Main area of downtown Little Rock; in fact, the original goal was to attract 800 people to the area, and more than 2,600 paying attendees enjoyed the food and festivities of the 2011 Arkansas Cornbread Festival. Because cornbread is a unifier of people across all socioeconomic, racial, religious, gender and age backgrounds, the event was based on it to attract people (and pets) to South Main. This year, organizers are working to attract 3,000 people to the event by expanding the area along South Main Street as well as extending the hours so attendees have more time to stroll, eat, shop and enjoy music and other attractions.

The area of South Main from Daisy Gatson Bates to 18th Street has revitalized with the addition of a grocery store, pharmacy, family discount store, gift and variety shop, several restaurants and entertainment venues, and an urban garden. Many people — especially those who live and work downtown — did not realize the amenities available to them in this area. The goal of the 2012 Arkansas Cornbread Festival is to attract people to that area to showcase all of its progress and to encourage them to return to eat, shop, tour and visit often.

Tickets to the event are $7 for adults, $3 for kids 6-12 years and free for children under six. Those wanting to show their cornbread-baking skills can enter the amateur competition at $25 per entry or $75 for the professional competition. Categories are traditional, non-traditional and sweet, and it is up to each competitor to choose the category in which their entry will compete. New this year is the Best Side Item category, and any of the competitors can provide a side item of their choice.

Winners will receive:

• Best Overall Winner (Best in Show) – $500, a trophy, blue ribbon and a gift basket
• Best Professional Winner – $100, a trophy and a gift basket
• Best Amateur Winner – $100, a trophy and a gift basket
• Best Professional, Traditional – $50 and a t-shirt
• Best Professional, Non-Traditional – $50 and a t-shirt
• Best Professional, Sweet – $50 and a t-shirt
• Best Amateur, Traditional – $50 and a t-shirt
• Best Amateur, Non-Traditional – $50 and a t-shirt
• Best Amateur, Sweet – $50 and a t-shirt
• Best Side Item – Cast iron dutch oven

For questions or more information about how to participate in the festival, where to buy tickets or recipes, contact Liz Sanders, coordinator of the Bernice Garden and the Arkansas Cornbread Festival, at or call 501.617.2511.

Want to know what’s happening in the neighborhood?

One of the best ways to discover what is happening in our neighborhood is to attend community meetings and forums devoted to the health and progress of our community.  Here’s a short list of some standing neighborhood meetings whose focus is downtown Little Rock.  These groups play a large role in shaping and sustaining our community.  Come.  Bring your family.  Listen.  Participate.  All are welcome and needed.

Pettaway Neighborhood Association: Meets Monthly (3rd Thursday, 6:00 p.m.) at East Broadway Alert Center, 500 E. 21st Street (Officer: Carol Tabron, President; Kwadjo Boaitey, Secretary) For more information call 501.376.3406  Next Meeting: January 19, 2012

Downtown Neighborhood Association: Meets Monthly (2nd Thursday, 6:00 p.m.) at East Broadway Alert Center, 500 E. 21st Street (Officers: Tony Curtis, President; Chuck Heinbockel, Vice President; Kathy Wells, Secretary; Jim Wierdsma, Treasurer)  For more information call 501.375.1701   Next Meeting: January 12, 2012  (note: U.S. Congressman Tim Griffin will be in attendance)

Downtown Little Rock Community Development Corporation: Meets Monthly (1st Tuesdsay, 6:00 pm) at 1923 South Main Street (Mahlon Martin Apartments) (Executive Director: Scott Grummer.  Officer: Stacy Williams, President; Kathy Wells, Secretary) For more information call 501.372.0148  Next Meeting: February 7, 2012

SoMa: Southside Main Street: Meets Monthly (2nd Tuesday, 12pm) at 1423 S. Main Street (Village Commons)  For more information call 501.412.3768  Next Meeting: January 10, 2012

Quapaw Quarter Association: Meets Monthly (2nd Wednesday, 5:30pm) at 615 E. Capitol Avenue (Curran Hall) (Executive Director: Rhea Roberts; Officers: Lynn Hamilton, President; Lakresha Diaz, VP of Ed; Cheri Nichols, VP of Advocacy; Tom Wittenberg, VP of Development; Amanda Sobel Driver, Secretary, Lia Lent, Treasury) For more information call 501.371.0075  Next Meeting: January 11, 2012

Little Rock Mayor’s Meeting-Public Safety: Meets Bi-Monthly (1st Wednesday, 4pm) at 615 E. Capitol Avenue (Curran Hall)  For more information call 501.375.6987  Next Meeting: March 7, 2012

City of Little Rock Board of Director’s Meeting:  Regular Board Meetings are held on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:00 PM, unless otherwise noted.

Agenda Board Meetings are held on the 2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month at 4:00 PM, unless otherwise noted. During the months with five (5) Tuesdays, the Agenda Board Meeting will be held on the fifth Tuesday.

All Meetings are held at Little Rock City Hall, 500 West Markham, Board of Directors Chambers, 2nd Floor.