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Dreamy Park Pics That Will Make You Fall in Love With the Natural State

Krista Campbell Photography

Sterling Imageworks

Whitney Bower Imaging 

Kim Boyd of Zoë Weddings

Melissa Brawner Photography

Tyler Rosenthal Photography

Heather Canterbury Photography

H&H Photography by Blakelee Tinkler

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What is it about temperatures like these that make us want nothing more than to spend our whole days in a park?

Since that’s not an option (boo), we instead fill our free time with lovely photos of even lovelier couples enjoying the great outdoors.

While we stare longingly out the window, here are a few of our favorite shots of Arkansas Brides taking advantage of the gorgeous parks and gardens the Natural State has to offer.

*Sigh*

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Two Rivers Park

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Dunbar Community Garden

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Wildwood Park for the Arts

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Wildwood Park for the Arts

 

Photography by Krista Campbell PhotographySterling ImageworksWhitney Bower ImagingKim Boyd of Zoë WeddingsMelissa Brawner PhotographyTyler Rosenthal Photography, Heather Canterbury Photography and H&H Photography by Blakelee Tinkler

Thai Food Truck kBird to Open Brick-and-Mortar Spot in Hillcrest

Image by Sandra McGrew

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More great news on the eats front, Little Rock foodies!

Local favorite kBird food truck is going brick-and-mortar. The Thai restaurant will soon call the establishment at 600 North Tyler St. in Hillcrest home.

The folks at kBird pride themselves on high-quality food prepared fresh daily. Their time is spent “trying to honor the regional cuisines and street food of Southeast Asia,” according to their Facebook page.

They also offer vegan and vegetarian options, as well as pad thai that’ll make you lose your mind. 

The truck will be closed while they’re busy working on the new place, so we’ll see just how much of a virtue patience really is. Keep up with the progress by following them on Facebook.

Don't Miss MacArthur Park's Annual Beer & Brats Event Thursday

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It’s that beautiful time of year again, folks. MacArthur Park’s annual fundraiser Beer & Brats will take place on the North Lawn at their location on the corner of E. 9th and Commerce Streets.

The event will feature, of course, plenty of beer and brats to go around (a perfect fall evening, if you ask us). Musician Mark Currey will also be there to entertain the crowd. 

Beer & Brats will take place on Oct. 9 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Proceeds go toward improvements for MacArthur Park and to further projects in the community. 

No reservations are required, so you definitely want to be there. Cost is $15 for adults, $10 for ages 13-20, $7 for ages 6-12 and kids five and under get in free.

Hopefully the rain will stay away but if not, the event will still go on, likely inside the museum. 

For more information, call (501)-375-0121 or visit the Downtown Little Rock Partnership's Facebook page here. 

Celebrate Box Turtle's Birthday Today

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Happy birthday, Box Turtle! 

Get your party hats on because this is a birthday celebration you don't want to miss. Box Turtle turns 14 and the Hillcrest boutique is celebrating by offering 20% off everything in the store along with special giveaways to say thank you to all of its patrons for their support. 

From 10 a.m. until 8 p.m., the boutique will give away prizes from special vendors. Did we also mention the 20% off everything? Okay, just wanted to make sure. 

For more information, check out Box Turtle's Facebook page here. 

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Creative Corridor Project to be 'Destination Spot'

A rendering of Main Street's Creative Corridor by the University of Arkansas Community Design Center and Marlon Blackwell Architect.

Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts Jane Chu was in town Tuesday for an update on the Creative Corridor project and had nothing but good to say about the undertaking in downtown Little Rock.

Chu said the corridor project has awakened a cultural district in the capital city that will bolster the economy and make the Creative Corridor a destination spot for downtown.

"This is only the beginning," Chu said. "In the coming months and years, renovation and construction will continue and it's spurred by the progress that has already taken place."

Chu will be in North Little Rock today (Oct. 7) to tour the Argenta Arts District. She will take part in a discussion at 9 a.m. at the Argenta Regional Innovation Hub, following her tour of the district. 

For more on her remarks at Tuesday's update event on the Creative Corridor, check out this story from our sister publication, Arkansas Business.

Scare Your Family Silly at These 4 Halloween Attractions

Looking for a scare? Meet EMOBA’s “Kustomer Scare Liaison” Agatha Von Pettigrave.

Brave a haunted house, shiver at scary science or scream your way through a roller coaster ride. This month, get a chill down your spine at one of these Halloween haunts.

Science That Spooks

Are you afraid of the dark? The Museum of Discovery’s newest exhibit, In the Dark, explores nighttime, as well as darkness found in ecosystems like caves, the deep sea and underground. Visitors learn about the sometimes creepy critters and how they adapt to their dark surroundings. In the Dark opens Oct. 3. Included with general museum admission.

Tricks & Treats

Boo at the Zoo is a no-brainer for families—and not because a zombie got the munchies! The Little Rock Zoo’s festival is sweet enough to please little ones, but has enough bite to thrill older siblings. Don costumes and trick-or-treat through the zoo, which will be all decked out with lights and decorations. Older kids ages 8 and up looking for a scare can check out a haunted house, while tots fly in a bounce house. Activities also include dance contests, free carousel rides, glitter tattoos, a dance party and more! Boo at the Zoo will open 6-9 p.m. Oct. 18 & 19; 6-9 p.m. Oct. 24-Nov. 1. $10, or $20 all-inclusive armband.

Old Haunts

Scaredy-cats beware: central Arkansas’ haunted houses are not for the faint of heart. That said, if your family is serious about its scares, don’t miss EMOBA’s annual Haunted Cathedral. A scarecrowtorium graveyard leads visitors into the attraction, which is located in the former First Baptist Church in downtown Little Rock (1208 Louisiana St.). The multi-level haunted house makes use of its historic structure with features like a nightmarish claustrophobic den, strategically-placed actors and a winding maze. Safety pins are available for those who don’t want to be scared by actors. Haunted Cathedral will open Oct. 10-11 & Oct. 17-Nov. 1: 7-10 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 7 p.m.-midnight Fri. & Sat; must arrive 30 minutes before closing. Tickets are $20 Fri. & Sat.; $15 Mon.-Thu. For info: 372-0018.

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Chills & Thrills

The monsters come out at night at Magic Springs Water & Theme Park. The annual Halloween festival, Magic Screams, offers plenty of family attractions—including rides for kids and a haunted house for younger children. Little ones can visit a trick-or-treating area and play family games. Plus, on Oct. 11, Wolverine will visit and families can enter a super hero costume contest. But scarier monsters and activities emerge from the shadows at dusk. Several of the park’s big kid rides will also be open, including SkyShark, X-Coaster, The Gauntlet, Wild Thang and Big Bad John. Magic Screams will open Oct. 11-Nov. 2: 4-11 p.m. Sat. & Oct. 31; 4-9 p.m. Sun. $29.99; children under 48” inches $19.99; children under 3 free; tickets available at Walgreens for $19.99.

Vote Now for Your Favorites in Our 'Soiree Recommends' Poll

Time to vote! From the best brunch spots to your favorite liquor store, Soirée wants to know your go-tos in Little Rock. Vote now for 2015 Soirée Recommends, a new and improved era for Platinum Service. 

We've provided 80 categories including where to go for a custom suit, best place for a mani/pedi, who serves up the best happy hour and which eatery offers the best cheese dip. 

You provide the names and click on the banner at the bottom of the page to submit them.

Click here to participate. 

Winners will be published in the January 2015 issue of Little Rock Soirée. The deadline to vote is Oct. 17.

Eat Out and Benefit Easter Seals Arkansas Throughout October

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Donating never felt so delicious! Appetite for Awareness is a campaign for Disability Awareness Month. During the month of October, local restaurants will help increase awareness and meet the needs of children and adults with disabilities through special deals, promotions and donations.

This month, you can support Easter Seals Arkansas' community-based programs and services by frequenting your favorite local restaurants. Keep your eyes open, as you might see donation jars at your local McAlister's Deli, for example.

Easter Seals has been posting the specials on its Facebook page, and here are a couple that we're currently craving:

  • Cupcakes on Kavanaugh: Purchase the special lily cupcake and Cupcakes on Kavanaugh will make a donation to Easter Seals.
  • Orange Leaf: Each Monday in October, Orange Leaf will donate 20 percent of sales to Easter Seals.

For more info and to keep up with the special promotions, check out the Easter Seals Arkansas Facebook page.

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