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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 MKTreatTruck.com.

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 Housing@OurHouseShelter.org.

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 MosaicTemplarsCenter.com 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? One.stop.shopping. 

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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Don't Miss The Mother of All Beer Dinners at Big Orange West August 28

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Big Orange's  The Mother of all Beer Dinners, serving Mother's Brewing craft beers

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Monday gets a bad rap for being the worst day of the week. We all know that title really belongs to Tuesdays and Thursdays, when the weekend is just far enough away to sting like a bad breakup.

Where else would we turn for a soothing balm than Big Orange? This week, one of our favorite burger joints welcomes Mother’s Brewing craft beers to Arkansas (and their menu), sealing the deal with The Mother of All Beer Dinners on Thursday night at 6:30 p.m at their west Little Rock location.

Diners will enjoy a special four course meal paired with five beers (Mother’s, of course) designed specially to compliment one another. Mother’s Brewing owner Jeff Schrag will be there to walk you through it all and give you a little background on the brewery along the way.

Tickets are $50 and include four courses, five beers, gratuity, tax and bragging rights on social media. Seats are limited, so you want to hurry. To purchase tickets and find out more about the event, click here.

Thursday never looked so good.

Arkansas Arts Center Museum School: Fall Quarter Registration Now Open

The Arkansas Arts Center Museum School offers classes in woodworking (left) and pottery (right). The winter semester begins this month.

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You know how you have all those plans to learn photography and a million more excuses that keep you from doing it?

The Arkansas Arts Center’s Museum School is now open for Fall Quarter registration, officially crushing your lame justifications.

The Museum School, sponsored by The Dorothea Lawrence Gilbert Fund for Art Enrichment and Outreach, provides classes for adults, teens and children of every skill level, offering options of day, night and afternoon sessions to fit your schedule. 

Here's a sampling of Museum School courses:

Adults:

Ceramics

Photography

Woodworking

Teens:

Fibers

Printmaking

Oil Painting

Kids:

Drawing

Mixed Media

Theatre (ages 6-16)

Classes for the Fall Quarter start September 13 and run through November 21. If you’re interested in learning more about the program, click here. For a schedule and full list of classes, click here.

So strap on your backpacks, tighten up your laces and take a picture on the front porch. School is back in session. And no excuses this time. You’re going.

Round Two: Vote for the Top 10 Cutest Dogs in the Metro

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Drum roll please!

We know it was "ruff" (we went there), but your votes are officially in. After we tackled the impossible task of determining the top 50 cutest dogs in the metro last week from more than 800 submissions (we'll never be the same), it was up to you to vote for the top 25 adorable canines from the bunch. Here they are! 

Now it's time to cast your second vote for the top 10 cutest dogs in the metro! ***Vote here. 

This round of voting will close on Sept. 4 at noon. 

Reminder: Only one vote will be accepted per person, per round. 

Here’s how the remaining voting will go down:

August 27 – Top 25 Finalists announced, second voting round begins 

September 5 – Top 10 Finalists announced, final voting round begins

September 11 – Winner announced!  

The winning canine companion will not only be showered with serious online glory, but he or she will receive a Soirée pup prize package which includes two weeks of daycare and four nights of boarding courtesy of Le Traiteur Chien, treats from Just Dog's Gourmet and a portrait session with professional photographer Brittney Turner!

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