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Wine, Women & Shoes Event to Benefit BBBSCA September 25

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Wine, Women & Shoes. These three collide in an event benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas on Thursday, Sept. 25, at the Little Rock Mariott.

The evening will feature a marketplace of designer clothing sponsored by some of our favorite local boutiques, as well as a fabulous fashion show and of course, wine. Just look for the Shoe Guys serving refreshments. 

Wine, Women & Shoes also recently announced a partnership with jeweler Christina Greene Designs, offering a $50 voucher in every attendee’s swag bag. 

You can purchase tickets solo or in packages, which come with limo rides, champagne and chocolate. Not a bad way to spend the night.

For more information on the event, follow them on Facebook. For tickets, click here


Sixth Annual Shine a Light on Literacy Event to Honor Arkansas First Lady Ginger Beebe September 11

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The sixth annual Shine a Light on Literacy event will be held Thursday, Sept. 11, at 6 p.m., benefitting Literacy Action of Central Arkansas, which provides reading classes for adults and English language skills to non-native adults.

The event will feature music, food and drinks, all in the Governor’s Mansion with Arkansas First Lady Ginger Beebe as honorary chair. Guests will also have the opportunity to learn about low literacy in central Arkansas from several students and tutors who will share their experiences with the program. You can also look forward to a sponsorship auction, photo booth and wine pull.

The Literacy Action of Central Arkansas provides services free of charge and is fully dependent upon volunteers and donor generosity, so make sure to add this event to the calendar for sure.

For more on the Literacy Action of Central Arkansas, click here

Tickets are $50 and can be purchased here or by calling 501-372-7323.

Don't Miss Out! Get Your Tickets to Acansa Arts Festival

The beautiful paintings of Gino Hollander like this will be on display permanently in the new gallery at Gallery 221.

Something very special is coming to central Arkansas in a few weeks. 

The inaugural arts festival, Acansa, is taking place Sept. 23 through Sept. 28.  At this collaboration of the local visual and performing arts scene, you’ll find concerts, gallery viewings and dramas to name a few. Look for performances at Wildwood Park for the Arts, Clinton Presidential Center, Argenta Community Theater and so many more. Trust us, you don't want to miss out. 

Check out our August cover story on this fantastic new event here. 

Acansa Arts Festival ticket options include individual performance tickets ranging from $20 to $30 dollars, select VIP tickets for $50 dollars, a limited number of student tickets for $10, a Silver Festival Pass for $250, and a Gold Festival Pass for $350. The Silver and Gold Festival Passes enable guests to experience the full five days of ACANSA Arts Festival, including access to all performances. The Gold Festival Pass also allows guests to attend VIP receptions and enjoy VIP preferential seating and parking where applicable.

For a look at all of the events taking place, click here. Be sure to stay up to date on the festival by following Acansa on Facebook and Twitter





Bridal Registry Idea: Camping Gear

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Is your idea of a perfect night with your guy a little less gotta-get-my-nails-did-first and a little more dirt-under-the-fingernails? Would you rather eat off of blue speckled tin plates instead of navigating a minefield of course specific cutlery?

If so, chances are, you’ve probably felt overwhelmed with all the things you’ve been told you’re supposed to have on your bridal registry. Snail forks? Lettuce knives? So many fine china patterns you go cross-eyed?

Listen, girl. You don’t need to get that china. If that’s your thing, fantastic. If it’s not, don’t sweat it. Make your own rules.

One of our favorite registry ideas lately? Camping gear.

That’s right. Just like a well-stocked kitchen, the outdoorsy couple has its own set of needs. Add lanterns, cooking gear, sleeping bags, bikes or a cozy new tent for two. There are a thousand different gadgets and doodads you’ve probably been pining for, especially if your current gear has seen better days, so why not put them on the list?

It’s pretty simple, folks. If your Great Aunt Lola knew you were never going to use that asparagus peeler, she wouldn’t have bought it in the first place. Your loved ones will be happy to know you’re enjoying their gifts, so make sure its stuff you enjoy.

Now ditch that crusty old backpack from college, grab yourself a registry scanner and get to work.

Milo's Kitchen Treat Truck for Dogs Visits Little Rock Aug. 31

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Following closely on the heels of National Dog Day, a food truck just for pups will pop up in the Little Rock area this weekend. Milo's Kitchen Treat Truck is on a national road trip, and will make stops at Murray Park and Burns Park Sunday, Aug. 31.

If you see the truck out and about, stop and snag some free chicken and beef treats for your four-legged friend. Here's what else you'll find:

  • A professional canine-ready photo booth
  • A backyard-style lapdog lounge
  • Dog beds, drinking bowls and puppy toys (for those who need a break from the dog park)
  • Take-home doggie bags of tasty treats

Here's the schedule:

Murray Park 

4301 Rebsamen Park Road, Little Rock

7:30-9:30 a.m. Aug. 31

Burns Park

2700 Willow St., North Little Rock

2-4 p.m. Aug. 31

Follow the truck on Twitter here for any last-minute location changes. For more info, visit

6 Things to Do This Labor Day Weekend

It's time for another holiday weekend, which means there is more time for more weekend activities. Here a just a few of the events going on in the Little Rock metro area this weekend.

Thursday (Aug. 28)

Anais Mitchell at South on Main, 1304 Main St., Little Rock: Anais Mitchell is singer-songwriter from Vermont that has headlined worldwide, in addition to being a part of tours for Bon Iver, Ani Difranco, The Low Anthem, Richard Thompson, Josh Ritter and Punch Brothers. She has five full-length albums, including "Hadestown," and "Young Man in America." She'll be at South on Main at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $15. For more information, click here.

Friday (Aug. 29)

Ben Nichols at Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave., Little Rock: Lucero's Ben Nichols will be at the Ron Robinson Theater on Friday night. Lucero is a Memphis-based, alternative-country band known for songs like "Texas & Tennessee," "My Best Girl," "Nights Like These," "Drink 'Til We're Gone" and "Sweet Little Thing." On his own, Nichols has released an EP, "The Last Pale Light in the West." The seven tracks are based on characters from "Blood Meridian," a Cormac McCarthy novel. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here. The show starts at 7 p.m.

Saturday (Aug. 30)

Our House Alumni Group FRESH Car Wash at Exxon at Cantrell & Mississippi, Little Rock: Our House's alumni group, FRESH, is hosting a car wash from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Exxon at Cantrell and Mississippi. Donations will be accepted. For more information, click here, or contact Kayleigh at 374-7383, ext. 265, or

6 Bridges Regatta at Arkansas Boathouse Club, 50 Riverfront Drive, Little Rock: Those looking for a Labor Day activity on the water, check out 6 Bridges Regatta. It's been described as a 5k on the water. There will be a series of races all day long. Boats will put in the Arkansas River on the North Little Rock side and travel the river to near Burns Park, finishing near the Junction Bridge. Entry fees are $64 for eight, $32 for four, $16 for two and $8 for singles. Click here to register. For more information on the event, including a video preview of the race, click here.

Filmmakers Corner Film Festival at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 501 W. 9th St., Little Rock: This free festival is dedicated to highlighting talented black filmmakers in Arkansas. The lineup includes 14 films, including the closing film, "Dawn," directed by Ya'Ke Smith. Admission is free, but tickets must be reserved. Visit to reserve them, limit two per person. For more information, including trailers to the films, click here. The festival is set for 5:30-10 p.m.

When a Man Loves a Woman at Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave., Little Rock: If a play is what you need this weekend, check out "When a Man Loves a Woman" at the Ron Robinson Theater. The play follows Lakisha as she entanglers herself in a web of lies and is unfaithful to her husband. The play starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

Something everyone should be mindful of is Labor Day Weekend is the last holiday weekend before the end of summer. Take advantage of it, and make sure you enjoy the outdoors. Whether it's hiking or getting on the lake one more time, don't miss your opportunity. For hiking options near Little Rock, click here. To find a water adventure waiting for you, click here.

Save the Date! Holiday House Comes Early

We hope you have a glass of wine in hand before we tell you - there are only 17 Fridays left before Christmas. 

Take a sip, and read on because there is good news.  

Holiday House is coming a little early this year! 

The Junior League of Little Rock's annual fundraiser and four-day shopping extravaganza is coming to the Statehouse Convention Center Oct. 30 through Nov. 1. This is the highlight of the holiday shopping season as more than 180 specialty merchants from across Arkansas and the U.S. set up shop in one place. Did you read that? 

For ticket information and the complete schedule, click here. 

Arkansas Engagement: Alexa Homeyer & Greg Garcia of Little Rock

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Little Rock resident Alexa Homeyer and Greg Garcia of Lufkin, TX, are engaged to be married on Saturday, December 13, at the Christ The King Catholic Church.

We love their engagement session by Whitney Bower Imaging and their heartfelt story as told by Alexa!

It takes a special guy to see you at your worst and still want you at your best. Gregory & I had been dating for a little over a year when he popped the question. After helping me through what may have been the hardest year of my life, he asked me to be his wife. It was a cold night in December at a beautiful garden near Hot Springs, Arkansas, that was filled with Christmas lights. Not only did he surprise me by being in town when I thought he was back in Texas, but he included my father, younger brother, and friends in what may have been the happiest day of my life. And the only answer fit for his question was "yes!"

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