It was quite chilly (and rainy) during Sunday's 2014 Little Rock Marathon's 10K, half-marathon and marathon races, but that didn't stop many from hitting the pavement.
Our photographer Mark Wagner was able to catch some of the big moments during the exciting event yesterday (March 2), including Mark Chepses' fourth overall win and Leah Thorvilson's fifth title in the women's division.
Due to inclement weather, runners in the Little Rock Marathon and Half-Marathon were forced to take alternate routes to find their way to the finish line. At 8 a.m., more than 11,000 participants ran the course under damp and cold conditions, with temperatures dropping well into the 30s through the morning.
See the official results of the races here.
Starting this Wednesday (March 5) with "Pay What You Can Night" and opening Friday (March 7), the legendary production "Les Misérables" will take center stage at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main St., Little Rock.
A co-production with Arizona’s Phoenix Theatre, "Les Misérables" is directed by The Rep Producing Artistic Director Robert Hupp and features an all new set design.The production will see the return of Douglas Webster to The Rep stage as Jean Valjean in the world’s longest-running musical, seen by more than 60 million people in 42 countries and now an Academy Award-winning motion picture.
This legendary production of Boublil and Schönberg’s classic sweeps its audience through an epic tale of passion and destruction in 19th century France. Hunted relentlessly by the policeman Javert for breaking his parole, Valjean must leave his past behind and keep his vow to raise the young orphaned Cosette. But with revolution in the air and Javert closing in, he has no choice but to fight for his life and sacrifice everything to protect the people he loves.
Here is a reminder of the special programs going on this month for the production, which will be running from March 5-April 6:
Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday evening performances are at 7 p.m., while Friday and Saturday evening performances are at 8 p.m. Sunday Matinees performances are at 2 p.m.
Purchase tickets online here, call (501) 378-0405 or visit the theatre Box Office, 601 Main St., Little Rock.
For more information about the play, click here.
The wintry weather is a good chance to take advantage of the website IDriveArkansas.com from the Arkansas State Highway & Transportation Department.
The website has updated information on different road conditions (info on traffic, construction zones) and a dedicated color-coded map outlining specific winter road conditions, such as whether a road is clear or has snow, heavy snow, slush, sleet, ice, ice patches or is flooded.
A number is also given for updates on these conditions: (501) 569-2374.
Information on Arkansas Welcome Centers, highway rest areas, weight restricted roads and bridges, and commuter park and ride lots are also included at the site.
Check it out here!
Cooking classes are in full swing at Eggshells Kitchen Co., 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock.
The spring, a couple of the best chefs (and mixologists) around will take over the store's kitchen for nights of foodie fun. Restauranteur and chef Mark Abernathy (Loca Luna, Red Door, Blue Mesa Grill, Juanita's and Bene Vita) will make a stop on Thursday, March 27, while Scott McGehee (Boulevard Bread Co., Big Orange, ZAZA Fine Salad + Wood Oven Pizza Co. and Local Lime) and renowned bartender and drink partner Lee Edwards will join forces for a special class on Friday, April 11.
You'll be welcomed upon arrival with a glass of wine or beer, learn a ton about food and leave with a head full of knowledge and a satisfied tummy.
You are welcome to bring your own choice of beverage for the meal. McGehee and Edwards are coming together for a Friday night class in April, exploring the secrets of the perfect pickles and pâté and what adult beverages pair best with each. Check back here for updates on what Abernathy will be serving up!
Reservations are required and seats are extremely limited. Cost is $50 for Abernathy's cooking classes and $65 per person for the McGehee and Edwards cooking class.
Contact Eggshells Kitchen Co. to reserve your spot today for the classes on March 27 and April 11 here or by calling (501) 664-6900.
When Little Rock Family first hit newsstands back in 1994, the publication looked quite different than it does today. First of all, it was called Kids! Second, it was a tabloid-size newspaper, with black-and-white pages—only the cover was printed in color. Third, our models and featured subjects were rockin’ some killer ‘90s fashions.
This month, we’re celebrating our 20th anniversary in style—‘90s style. And Jennifer Trafford of 105.1 The Wolf is joining the big hair, shoulder pad fun. Each Thursday in March, readers are invited to share their Throwback Thursday pictures with 105.1 The Wolf and Little Rock Family on Facebook and Twitter.
Here's Jennifer Trafford on what the last 20 years have meant for her:
“The biggest events of my life have happened since 1994. That year I transferred frm Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia to University of Central Arkansas in Conway. I got my first radio job and met my future husband, Micah, within a year. I graduated from UCA in 1997 and went full throttle into radio, paying my dues working midnight shifts and three jobs to pay the bills.
"Micah and I married in 2000 and raised his younger brother starting when he was 8 years old. He is now a sophomore at UCA. The great joys of my life have happened in the past 10 years—the birth of my daughters, Madison Faith, who is almost 9, and Willow Belle, 2. Sometimes in my business, your job changes as much as Arkansas weather. As of January 2014, I co-host the morning show on 105.1 The Wolf with Bob Robbins. Thank the Lord that one thing that has always stayed the same is that I am a morning person, since I get up at 3 am."
Keep reading for details on each week’s special theme, inspired by the vintage pages of Little Rock Family and Jennifer Trafford’s own fashion blasts from the past. Plus, catch up with Jennifer as she reflects on her own fashion mishaps and how life has changed since appearing on Little Rock Family’s cover in 2008.
Thursday, March 6
Maternity Wear: First comes love, then comes marriage. Then comes the hideous maternity clothes pregnant women in the 90s were forced to wear.
Thursday, March 13
Unfortunate Trends: Blossom hats, overalls, pleated pants, scrunchies. Did you pose with a feather boa in your Glamour Shots or dress your kids in all denim for family photos? Yeah, us too.
Thursday, March 20
Hair-Raising ‘Dos: Bowl cuts and big bangs. Enough said.
Thursday, March 27
Easter Best: Dig out your old photos of poufy floral dresses, lacy socks with sandals, and double-breasted suits for boys. It’s almost time for Easter Sunday.
It was reported by food writer Kat Robinson that the restaurant, known for its "Mile High Pies," closed Saturday (March 1).
The restaurant has been a staple for generations of Benton residents. Originally Ed and Alma’s, the name changed to Ed and Kay’s in 1982 when a new family-- the Diemers-- took over operation of the place. It has earned a reputation as a great place for dining super-sized breakfasts and tasty lunches and of course, their "Mile High Pies," Robinson said.
She featured the restaurant in her book "Arkansas Pie: A Delicious Slice of the Natural State" and we highlighted it as one of five local places to try to pie.
The business is currently for sale.
Read more about the closing on Robinson's blog "Tie Dye Travels with Kat Robinson" here.
One of Little Rock's biggest race day of the year -- the Little Rock Marathon -- is this weekend and whether you are a runner or plan on being a spectactor, here are a few things to keep in mind.
Race Packet Pick Up
All participants are required to pick up their official race packet during the Little Rock Marathon Health & Fitness Expo, going on from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Friday (Feb. 28) and 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday (March 1) at the Statehouse Convention Center, Main and Markham Streets, Little Rock.
The Health & Fitness Expo showcases a wide array of products and services geared toward runners, walkers and fitness enthusiasts. Free seminars on topics relating to running/walking, health, beauty and fitness will be offered, as will a course overview.
There is no race-day packet pickup and packets will not be mailed to participants, so everyone must make a plan to get their packet at the expo. The packet includes the official race number, timing device, official race shirt and final race instructions. For more information, click here.
There are three different start times for marathon runners on Sunday (March 2) -- early start for those who plan on needing more than six hours to complete the 26.2-mile course is at 6 a.m.; wheelchair, hand cycle and physically challenged athlete start is at 7:55 a.m.; and the general start is at 8 a.m.
Runners, get more details on the start line and start corrals here.
If you're just wanting to cheer all the walkers and runners winding their way through downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock, as well as Hillcrest and Riverdale, here is the route map to see exactly where the course goes. See what two places will be open and offering food specials around downtown below.
For those who have other plans on their agenda, the marathon course is open for 8 hours beginning at 6 a.m, so expect traffic delays in that area up until 2 p.m.
Want to cheer on the runners marathon day? From 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Sunday (March 2), the Arkansas Arts Center, 501 E. Ninth St., Little Rock, will have a Little Rock Marathon Cheer Party where patrons can bring a lawn chair, favorite morning drink and munch on donuts while keeping runners motivated. Donuts and coffee will be provided while supplies last. Get more information here!
The Promenade at Chenal's lululemon will also have a cheer section in front of Stratton's Market, next to Dugan's Pub, 405 E. 3rd St., Little Rock. Starting at 8 a.m., get your signs out and ready to cheer on runners. They will have a few surprises up their sleeve. Get more information here.
For a last-minute pick-me-up or for something to munch on while cheering on the runners, here is a look at places that will be open:
*note that not all places listed will be open before races
Check out a few other places to stop by and get your morning fix on the blog here!
Be careful little eyes what you see...
Be careful little eyes what you hear...
Be careful little mouths what you say...
Be careful little hands what you do...
Be careful little feet where you go...
Are you humming the tune to that popular, decades old children's song now? Although it's a song for little ones, the relevance of the message is ageless. Ponder how the world would be if we all stopped and considered these phrases before we posted something on social media, lost our temper with a family member, or angrily passed that car on the crowded interstate.
For many years, psychologists, sociologists and other behavioral experts have looked closely at why and how people turn out the way they do. One of the common conclusions is that the resulting human is dependent upon the choices, good or bad, they've made over time.
How many choices do we make in a day? How many of those relate to how we parent? More than we can count? Probably. At times we may feel overwhelmed and look for helpful friends and resources. Little Rock Family has spent 20 years striving to be one of those helpful resources for families.
This month's issue is chock-full of great resources and information about making the best choices possible for your children and family. Saint Mark Baptist Church Pastor Phillip Pointer and his family share their passion for purpose-driven lives. You'll find great tips on keeping kids safe, handling medical emergencies, spring break family fun and more.
Also, don't miss features on building kids of character and bringing families closer together in positive ways. We catch up with 105.1 The Wolf's morning co-host Jennifer Trafford on how mommy fashions have changed over the past two decades and how her family has changed, too.
Find a complimentary copy of the Little Rock Family's March 2014 issue on newsstands now, or read the free digital edition here!