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Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Available at Clinton Center, UAMS

Charge the battery in your electric car at Clinton School and UAMS.

Entergy Arkansas Inc. along with the Clinton Foundation and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, is providing two new electric car charging stations in Little Rock.

The charging stations, manufactured by Coulomb Technologies and part of Coulomb's ChargePoint Network, can be found in front of the Clinton School of Public Service, 1200 President Clinton Ave., and on the top level of UAMS' North Parking Deck (labeled Patient Parking 2) off West Markham Street. 

Each charging station, which looks like a parking meter, offers 110-volt and 240-volt charges. Use of them is free. 

ChargePoint Network has a free mobile phone app that allows drivers to search and filter for charging stations across the country by status: available, in use, voltage level, and paid or free stations. To download the app for iPhone click here. To download the app for Blackberry click here.

The Little Rock stations will serve as a research project focused on learning some of the operating characteristics and uses of electric vehicles. The ChargePoint Network allows Entergy access to data including usage reports, greenhouse gas and gasoline savings.

For more information contact Julie Munsell at Entergy at jmunsell@entergy.com.

Win A Free Cooking Class With Donnie Ferneau For You and 19 Friends

Image by Lance Turner

Chef Donnie Ferneau at work at his Hillcrest restaurant.

Eggshells Kitchen Co., 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock, invites you to enter a contest to win a free cooking class with Donnie Ferneau of Ferneau for you and 19 friends at 6 p.m. Oct. 24. You'll get to observe the chef in action, then enjoy the feast he creates.

Entry deadline is Sept. 19. Contest is limited to one entry per person. To enter click here. To learn more call (501) 664-6900.

Where to Get A Bite Late at Night in Little Rock

Steaks make a welcome appearance on many of Little Rock's late night restaurant menus.

Where can you go to dinner at 10 p.m. or later in Little Rock? There's always Sonic or Waffle House. But if you just fetched some friends or family from the airport and want to show them a good time, here are some of our favorites -- and they all serve adult beverages.

If you are fond of other late dining destinations, share the information in the Comments section below this post.

Big Whiskey's, 225 E. Markham St., serves its full menu -- steaks, chicken, soups, salads, sandwiches, wraps, pastas, and burgers --until an hour before closing, and appetizers until 30 minutes before closing. It closes at 11 p.m. Sunday-Tuesday, at midnight Wednesday and Thursday and at 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. To see the menu click here. Call (501) 324-2449.

The kitchen at Dugan's Pub, 401 E. Third St., is open until midnight. View the menu -- Irish pub fare, soups, salads, sandwiches, and burgers -- by clicking here. Call (501) 244-0542.

Ferneau, 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd., has a late night menu --- including a grilled peanut butter and banana sandwich with honey, $6 (make it Elvis style by adding bacon, $8) and Gouda grilled cheese with wild Alaskan smoked salmon, $13 -- from 10 p.m.-1 a.m. on Thursday and Friday, 10 p.m.-midnight Saturday. To view the menu click here. Call (501) 602-9208.

Flying Saucer, 323 President Clinton Ave., serves its full menu -- brats, sandwiches, salads and more -- until at least 12:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday. To view the menu click here. Call (501) 372-7468.

The House Gastropub, 722 N. Palm St., serves dinner (entrees, sandwiches, burgers, salads and specials) until 10:30 p.m. To see the menu click here. Call (501) 663-4500. 

Sonny Williams Steak Room, 500 President Clinton Ave., serves dinner -- steaks, seafood, pork chops, chicken, lamb and elk -- until 11 p.m. Monday-Saturday (it will be closed Sept. 3-5 for Labor Day). To view the menu click here. Call (501) 324-2999.

Union Bistro, 3421 Old Cantrell Road, serves its dinner menu -- tapas, salads, sandwiches, entrees (including Voodoo Rouge Shrimp and Grits, $15, and Spinach and Cheese Ravioli with Sage Brown Butter Sauce, $12) until midnight Tuesday-Friday. To see the menu click here. Call (501) 353-0360.

Vino's at Seventh and Chester streets serves pizzas, calzones, sandwiches and salads until 10 p.m. Sunday-Wednesday, until 11 p.m. Thursday and until midnight Friday and Saturday. To see the menu click here. Call (501) 375-8466.

Market Street Cinema Arts Partnership To Provide Venue for ACAC Functions

Market Street Cinema comes to the rescue of ACAC functions with a new partnership.

An art and theater partnership is being formed by Market Street Cinema, 1521 Merrill Drive, Little Rock, and former members of the Arkansas Community Arts Cooperative, which disbanded in mid-July because of financial troubles, lack of sponsorship and the inability to recruit new membersa nd new board members.  

Market Street Cinema Arts Partnership will provide a permanent home at Market Street Cinema for ACAC's functions along with a venue for other independent artists and community groups and display space for art work.

Many of the functions will parallel the theater’s existing offerings, such as hosting panel discussions on local filmmaking and the ACAC’s biennial Show Your Shorts, an evening of short movies (from 5-30 minutes in length) by local filmmakers.

For more information about Market Street Cinema click here. 

The Apple Store in Little Rock Is Open

Gallery by Lance Turner

About 300 people line up to be among the first to enter the new Apple Store in Little Rock, Arkansas' first, at The Promenade at Chenal.

Saturday was the big day. The new 7,500-square-foot Apple Store opened at The Promenade at Chenal in west Little Rock.

A small group camped out overnight, and at 6 a.m. there were about 20 people in line. And by the time Apple threw the doors open at 10, there were around 300 folks clamoring to get in. The first 1,000 visitors got a free T-shirt.

The first in line? The Wilson family: L.J. and his children Jay and Trinity of Benton. Technically, R.J. told me, his daughter Trinity was first in line, and indeed she was No. 1 to enter the store.

Inside, there's the usual Apple Store setup: minimal displays of iPhones, iMacs, iPads, iPods and accessories. The Genius Bar, Apple's customer service and technical support hub, lines the very back of the store. Apple employees ring up shoppers with specially equipped iPod Touches, which scan your item, swipe your debit or credit card and e-mail you the receipt. They make it really easy here to separate you from your money.

Apple employees were as excited as the shoppers, venturing outside the store before it opened to visit with the folks in line. Less than an hour before opening, each and every one ran outside the store and around the barricaded lines of shoppers to lead everyone in a cheer.

Below, video of my "Today's THV Saturday Morning" hit with Faith Abubey as we survey the early morning line outside the store and talk about the store opening in the context of Little Rock's retail scene. After that, more video from the day's opening.

Jonesboro Bridal Fair: Info for Interested Vendors

Image by premier event group, llc

Hurry, hurry!

The Premier Event Group is still accpeting booth vendors for their upcoming Fall Bridal Expo on Oct. 9. The event will take place from noon-5 p.m. at the Cooper Alumni Center on the Arkasnas State University campus in Jonesboro.

When it comes to getting your business in front of the wedding market, the Premier Event Group
Bridal Expo goes beyond traditional bridal shows. This exclusive upscale wedding expo is
designed to appeal to the most discerning bride who is sincere in making her special day the day
she has dreamed of for years.
Brides and Grooms will be allowed to Sample food, flip through photo albums, view a wedding
video, compare styles of photographers, florists, cake designers, wedding gowns, tuxedos, caterers
and dj’s; explore sites for your honeymoon; check out make-up and jewelry styles, cosmetics, etc.
Please join us for a fashion show featuring the latest fashions for brides, grooms, attendants,
mother-of-the-bride, and flower girls.
Exhibitor Benefits
Some of the unique benefits of participating in the Great Bridal Expo include:
• Integrity. The Premier Event GroupWedding Show is an upscale event featuring top of the line
vendors from local and surrounding areas.
• Qualified Brides and Grooms. Our local marketing and quality local venues are geared to
draw a better market of brides and grooms—and exhibitors receive detailed contact information
for each and every one of them.
• Limited exhibitors. To help your business really stand out, we limit the number of exhibitors
in each category at every show.
• Bridal Floor Show. We know how to wow brides and grooms and keep them interested during
the entire Expo with an upscale bridal floor show featuring live mannequins displaying the latest
in wedding and honeymoon fashions.
• Post-Show Advertising. Your company name, phone number and link to your website are
listed on the local page of www.premiereventgroup.net from the day you sign your contract until
30 days after the show. A lead list will be e-mailed to each vendor in excel format in 10-14 days
following the show.
When it comes to getting your business in front of the wedding market, the Premier Event Group
Bridal Expo goes beyond traditional bridal shows. This exclusive upscale wedding expo is
designed to appeal to the most discerning bride who is sincere in making her special day the day
she has dreamed of for years.
Brides and Grooms will be allowed to Sample food, flip through photo albums, view a wedding
video, compare styles of photographers, florists, cake designers, wedding gowns, tuxedos, caterers
and dj’s; explore sites for your honeymoon; check out make-up and jewelry styles, cosmetics, etc.
Please join us for a fashion show featuring the latest fashions for brides, grooms, attendants,
mother-of-the-bride, and flower girls.
Exhibitor Benefits
Some of the unique benefits of participating in the Great Bridal Expo include:
• Integrity. The Premier Event GroupWedding Show is an upscale event featuring top of the line
vendors from local and surrounding areas.
• Qualified Brides and Grooms. Our local marketing and quality local venues are geared to
draw a better market of brides and grooms—and exhibitors receive detailed contact information
for each and every one of them.
• Limited exhibitors. To help your business really stand out, we limit the number of exhibitors
in each category at every show.
• Bridal Floor Show. We know how to wow brides and grooms and keep them interested during
the entire Expo with an upscale bridal floor show featuring live mannequins displaying the latest
in wedding and honeymoon fashions.
• Post-Show Advertising. Your company name, phone number and link to your website are
listed on the local page of www.premiereventgroup.net from the day you sign your contract until
30 days after the show. A lead list will be e-mailed to each vendor in excel format in 10-14 days
following the show.

This exclusive, upscale wedding expo is designed to appeal to the most discerning bride who is sincere in making her special day the day she has dreamed of for years. Brides and grooms will be allowed to sample food, flip through photo albums, view a wedding video, compare styles of photographers, florists, cake designers, wedding gowns, tuxedos, caterers and dj’s; explore sites for honeymoons; check out makeup and jewelry styles, cosmetics, etc. And there will be a fashion show featuring the latest fashions for brides, grooms, attendants, mother-of-the-brides and flower girls. 

Exhibitor Benefits

  • Integrity. The Premier Event Group Wedding Show is an upscale event featuring top of the line vendors from local and surrounding areas.
  • Qualified Brides & Grooms. Our local marketing and quality local venues are geared to draw a better market of brides and grooms—and exhibitors receive detailed contact information for each and every one of them.
  • Limited exhibitors. To help your business really stand out, we limit the number of exhibitors in each category at every show.
  • Bridal Floor Show. We know how to wow brides and grooms and keep them interested during the entire expo with an upscale bridal floor show featuring live mannequins displaying the latest in wedding and honeymoon fashions.
  • Post-show Advertising. Your company name, phone number and link to your website are listed on the local page of PremierEventGroup.net from the day you sign your contract until 30 days after the show. A lead list will be emailed to each vendor in excel format in 10-14 days following the show.

Tickets actually go on sale Sept. 1st, but there is still time to be apart of the event and market your business to hundreds of brides. Interested? If so, here are the deets:

  • Head to: www.PremierEventGroup.net
  • Click on the "Fall Expo" icon and submit your contact information. 
  • The event is set up to where no more than four of any one type of vendor have booths, to ensure variety for brides, but also so that they aren't overwhelmed and they're able to see the best of the best wedding business of each respective service (i.e. catering, flowal design, photography, etc.)

 

Theatre Class Auditions for Grades 8-12 this Saturday, Aug. 27

Auditions are this Saturday!

Auditions will be held this weekend for a unique kind of theatre class that is being offered through the Arkansas Arts Center Museum School. Students in grades (rising) 8-12 with a serious interest in theatre are encouraged to audition this Saturday. Student actors should prepare two contrasting monologues with a combined length of 1 minute or less and come dressed prepared to move comfortably. 

A full description is included below. This is a great opportunity for kids who are talented and dedicated. If you know a teen who might be interested in the class described below, please pass on the information! 

ENSEMBLE COMPANY

  • Rehearsals: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday mornings
  • Grades 8-12 (rising) welcome
  • Cost: $500
  • Led by: Katie Campbell
  • Location: Dance Studio
  • Class Code: THC31-1

The Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre provides a comprehensive pre-professional training program for actors in grades 8-12 who possess evident theatrical talent and a strong commitment to theatre work. Selected by a competitive audition, this intense training is solely intended for serious and dedicated young actors. Students will receive training in all aspects of performance and the Ensemble will produce a full-scale production in the Black Box Theatre at the end of the session. Ensemble meets for three hours on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 17 through March 17, 2012. Attendance is mandatory. Production rehearsals and performances occur March 19 through May 12, 2012. During the production period, rehearsals may also be called on Monday evenings in addition to the usual Saturday class time.

Email alison.nicholson@sbcglobal.net for audition times.

Arkansas Wedding Advice from a Real Newlywed: One Website, Tons of Date Ideas

Image by Karen Martin
Ladies, share this link with your gents for fun, creative dates!

Just a quick post since we have been so busy unpacking in our new house! I cannot take credit for finding this cute and fun website: ICTOAD. A friend on Facebook made a post about it, and it stands for "I Can't Think Of A Date." You go to the website and pick a category for the type of date. You can also pick the price and duration. It isn't specific to a certain area of the country or zip code either.  SUCH a great resource for thinking of fun things to do with your significant other!!  

 

Share your fun date nights or date ideas with Arkansas Bride at Info@ArkansasBride.com or comment below!

Deborah Edwards, a recent newlywed bride from Little Rock, is an account executive for our sister publication Little Rock Family. She will chronicle the exciting days of settling into married life, buying a house, nesting in said house and all the in between. Read more about her adventures as a wifey on her personal blog, Edwards Newlywed Nest

 

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