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Statewide Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Sweater Drive Accepting Donations Through Nov. 29

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Legendary children's television host Fred Rogers of "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood."

In honor of Fred Rogers' familiar cardigan, the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) hosts the statewide Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Sweater Drive.

Through Nov. 29, new or gently-worn sweaters will be accepted at participating libraries (see list below). Just in time for cooler temperatures, the collected sweaters will be distributed by the Arkansas Salvation Army and other local charities.

Donations will be accepted at AETN (350 S. Donaghey Ave., Conway), or at any of the following libraries around the state:

For more info, click here.

Pinterest Friday: Fall Cocktails

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Forget Thirsty Thursday. We’re celebrating a fizzy fall Friday today instead! 

If you’re not following us on Pinterest (for shame!), we have a bridal board dedicated to all things deliciously autumn.

We’ve recently been updating the board with some to-die-for drinks that you absolutely MUST see. There’s everything from sparklers and sours to spiced cocoas and lattes. 

Check out our board, give us a follow and let us know what we missed!

Bottoms up!


Follow Arkansas Bride Magazine's board Why We LOVE Fall Weddings on Pinterest.

Garth Brooks Tickets Go On Sale Today With Third Show Added

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It’s here! Garth Brooks tickets go on sale today, Nov. 7 at 10 a.m, and guess what else: A third show has been added to the lineup! 

In case you missed it, Garth Brooks will perform at the Verizon Arena on Dec. 11 - 13. Trisha Year wood will also join his first show here in over 20 years.

We know. Incredible.

However, there is something you need to be on the lookout for. There are some ticket scalping websites that claim to have early access to tickets and are selling them to the public.

They’re not real, folks. You’re getting scammed.

Tickets are only available from Ticketmaster. If you don’t already have a Ticketmaster account, you can register for one now to make the purchasing process smoother and faster come Friday.

Headliners Announced for the Clinton Library's 10 Year Celebration

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Situated on the banks of the Arkansas River, the William J. Clinton Presidential Center houses a permanent collection and hosts temporary exhibits throughout the year.

Shine up your dancing shoes, it's time to celebrate. 

The Clinton Foundation just announced the headliners for next Saturday's bash commemorating the Clinton Presidential Library's 10th anniversary. 

Nick Jonas, Amos Lee, Court Yard Hounds and Kool & the Gang will perform at "Celebrate 10," a musical shindig which will take place from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Clinton Presidential Center on Nov. 15. 

We may have buried the lead for all of you "House of Cards" fans. Kevin Spacey will serve as the master of ceremonies for the evening. Frank Underwood, in the flesh? We don't know what we're more excited about right now. 

This event is free and open to the public with a canned or shelf-stable boxed food item as a donation. Registration is required in advance and can be made here

A decade after the Clinton Presidential Center first opened its doors on November 18, 2004, President Bill Clinton, Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton will host “The Work Continues: Celebrating 10 Years of the Clinton Presidential Center,” a weekend-long series of events commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the Center and highlighting the work and impact of President Clinton’s lifetime of service held November 14-18.

To check out the lineup of festivites, click here. 


103.7 The Buzz 2014 Christmas Celebrity Karaoke Tickets On Sale Now

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Dust off the ol' golden pipes because it’s that time of year again. 

103.7 The Buzz’s 2014 Christmas Celebrity Karaoke is taking the Verizon Arena stage on Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. Just like the title says, it’s a night of hilarity, local celebs and surprise guests. 

The annual event is presented by Roadrunner Convenience Stores and will benefit Youth Home, Inc., an organization that, according to their website, works to “equip and empower youth, adults and families to become healthier contributing members of the community by providing compassionate emotional and behavioral health care.”

“This truly has become a Christmas tradition for us,” Signal Media of Arkansas President Steve Jonsson said in a press release. “We are very excited to be able to partner with Youth Home and offer a night of fun while benefitting such a great cause.”

Tickets are on sale now, which you can even upgrade to include complimentary beverages or VIP table options. Call (501)-661-1037 for details.

You can purchase tickets at the Verizon Arena Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge by phone at (800)-745-3000 or by clicking here.

For more information please visit Verizon Arena’s website or 103.7 The Buzz’s website.

Lost Forty Brewing is Such a Tease

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As if anticipation levels weren’t already high enough, Lost Forty Brewing just shot them through the roof.

Slated to open in the spring of 2015, the brewery and tap/tasting room at 510 McLean St. has been teasing us with their unreal Instagram account, already gathering loyal customers. 



“Our tap room will draw inspiration from Munich beer halls in that it will feature large, industrial rustic community seating. All other materials and décor will be inspired by the Lost Forty acreage in Calhoun County and hand built in Arkansas.

"We want our space to encourage conversation, sharing and flexibility for use of space. Our large industrial space will be well suited for lots of great beer’tivities — from watching games, to teaching classes, to playing poker, to simply enjoying good beer and good company. Our goal is for the space to integrate into the warehouse and brewhouse, not be a shiny new room plopped down in the middle of an industrial craft beer making site,” says Yellow Rocket Concepts brand manager and marketing director Amber Brewer.



We’ve just been clutching to the Lost Forty Brewing social media pages for updates and it paid off, folks. They recently posted a short video of their first batch of Lost Forty Bare Bones Pilsner bubbling up in a vat of goodness.

Needless to say, we’re getting antsy. C’mon, Spring 2015!



For more updates, follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

Shop Holiday Open House in the Heights on Sunday

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Let’s get jolly, folks!

The annual Holiday Open House in the Heights is this Sunday, Nov. 9, from 1-5 p.m. Stop by for all sorts of seasonal activities, like fresh cookies, caroling, carriage rides and photos with Santa at Burge’s.

Fancy yourself too old for that sort of fun? Well, you’re wrong, but we’ve got you covered, Grinch.

Your favorite stores are offering all sorts of specials and discounts to coincide with the festivities.  Ember is offering 15% off storewide and three drawings for $50 gift cards; Southern Accented has 20% off your entire purchase; even Tipton Hurst is giving shoppers $10 in Tipton Hurst cash for every $50 spent, with free roses, door prizes and demonstrations. 

There are a ton more we didn’t list, but you get the picture. Let’s get this holiday shopping thing done right and right now. 

18 Rules for Safe Sleeping Practices, Baby-Proofing Your Home


In the weeks before a baby is born, soon-to-be parents are full of questions about what is best for their new arrival. Everyone has an opinion and wants to offer well-meaning advice to new parents. But it’s important to wade through the old wives’ tales and kindly suggestions so that families have the facts on what is safest for their infant.

1. Back to sleep. Babies should always be placed on their backs when they are sleeping. This practice has greatly reduced the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, and other sleep related deaths across the U.S. since the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) began recommending it as the only safe sleep position during the ‘90s.

The back sleeping position should be used for both overnight sleep and for brief naps. Side sleeping isn’t considered safe either because the position makes it easier for infants to roll over to their tummies and have their breathing obstructed.

2.Non-cushiony cribs. Families should also know that cribs or bassinets should be in good condition and free of all items—that means no blankets, pillows, toys, bumper pads or fluffy padding. For grandparents, especially, this can be hard to abide by. After all, 20-plus years ago, parents laid their babies to sleep in the softest, cuddly spaces imaginable. But we now know that these situations can lead to suffocation while sleeping. That’s why parents are advised that babies should sleep on firm surfaces without any kind of loose bedding in which they could become entangled.

So if Grandma wants to purchase those adorable cushiony bumpers for the crib, tell her no and stand your ground. Protecting the baby is much more important than creating a nursery worthy of a Southern Living photo feature! Remember that you can decorate the nursery, just not the crib.

3. Mattress matters. If you have questions about safety standards of baby mattresses, the best place to seek guidance is the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website at Remember that the only bedding you need in the first months of the child’s life is a fitted sheet tightly secured to the mattress.

4. Cozy clothing. Blankets and quilts can be a danger to the little one’s breathing, so if you’re worried about Baby getting cold, clothe him in a sleeper outfit or try using zip-up sleep sacks that either swaddle the child’s arms or keep them free. Be careful to ensure the little one isn’t too warm, though. This, too, can lead to breathing problems, and subsequent death, during sleep time.

5. Solo sleeping. Parents must also remember to create a safe place for the child to sleep that isn’t in the bed with Mom and Dad. In the Emergency Department at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, we see a fair number of babies who are brought to us after a large adult rolled over on them in middle of the night or the infant rolled into the adult and could not re-position their head to breathe.

The best place for a newborn to sleep is in a separate crib or bassinette close to the parents’ bed. This will give the infant a safe, contained place to doze while also promoting breastfeeding and bonding since his mother will be just an arm’s reach away.

6. Shared knowledge. Nearly 20 percent of SIDS cases occur when the child is in the care of someone who isn’t the parent, so it’s essential to discuss these safety concerns with anyone else who might be taking care of your child. Grandparents, day care workers and babysitters alike should all be aware of safe infant sleep habits. Teach them the ABCs of safe sleep: alone, on their back, in a crib.

For additional information on the AAP guidelines, visit

Sam Smith, MD, is surgeon-in-chief at Arkansas Children’s Hospital and a professor of Surgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He writes the blog “Happy & Healthy” for ACH each week at

Baby Proof


Make sure your home is ready for a fast-growing tot—we’ve made a safety list, now you check it twice!

7. If your crib isn’t brand-new, check with the Consumer Product Safety Commission to make sure that the item or any parts have not been recalled. You can also check that no recalls have been issued on your baby’s toys, equipment and clothing. Visit for news on all important recalls.

8. Keep the crib away from window treatments with cords or baby monitor cords to avoid strangulation.

9. Make sure crib bars are no more than 2 3/8 inches apart so that baby’s head and neck cannot become entrapped in gaps.

10. Make sure all areas of the house have a smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector with new, functional batteries.

11. Turn your water heater down to 120 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent burns.

12. Put away all matches, lighters and knives, and keep out of reach of little ones.

13. Keep medicines, chemicals and cleaning products locked away.

14. Secure large cabinets, bookshelves and other pieces of furniture to the wall or floor with anchors.

15. Older siblings’ toys should be kept away from younger babies; small objects, magnets and balloons can be especially dangerous if swallowed.

16. Use safety gates to block stairways or other adult-only areas.

17. Cover electrical outlets that are less than three feet from the floor.

18. Keep the bathroom door closed at all times, and secure toilet seats with lid locks to prevent accidental drowning.

Tips from U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

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