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Art Auction at Junior League of Little Rock Friday

Eighty works of art, including paintings, will be available at Artists for Ovaries' silent auction. 

Artists for Ovaries, a silent art auction to benefit the Arkansas Ovarian Cancer Coalition, will be held from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday (Sept. 23) at the Junior League of Little Rock building (formerly the Woman's City Club), 401 Scott St., Little Rock.

The auction includes 80 pieces of art -- pastels, oils, pottery, jewelry and more -- from Arkansas artists such as Virmarie DePoyster, Todd Crites, Ed Barham and Richard DeSpain in all mediums, sizes and colors. 

Refreshments will be provided by Simply The Best Catering, Glazer's Distributors and Harbor Distributing Company.

Tickets, which include hors d'oeuvres and adult beverages, are $25 per person and $40 per couple. They can be purchased by clicking here

To learn more about ovarian cancer click here

Sale: Get Tickets To Two or More Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Concerts for $19 Each

Music director Philip Mann and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra

Get the best available seats for $19 each when you purchase tickets for two or more MasterWorks or Pops concerts by the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra at Robinson Center Music Hall, Markham and Broadway, Little Rock. Sale ends at 5 p.m. Friday (Sept. 23).

The MasterWorks season includes:

  • Italian Vacation (Oct. 1-2) with works by Mendelssohn, Rossini, Puccini and Respighi
  • Legends (Oct. 22-23) with works by Haydn, Torke and Brahms
  • Beethoven & Blue Jeans (Nov. 12-13) wih works by Beethoven, Roumain and Bernstein
  • Russian Winter (Jan. 28-29) with works by Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky
  • Ode to Joy (Feb. 25-26) with works by Schoenberg and Beethoven
  • Desert & Sea (April 14-15) with music by Wagner, Torke and Debussy

Acxiom Pops Live season includes:

  • Music of John Williams (Oct. 8-9)
  • Happy Holidays (Dec. 16-18)
  • Valentines in New York (Feb. 11-12)
  • People's Choice (March 17-18)
  • Wicked Divas (May 12-13)

Most performances take place at 8 p.m. Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays.

For more information about each concert click here. To purchase tickets click here. Use code PICK2 when you order. 

 

 

Don't Feel Like Cooking? Spinning Plates Will Do It For You

A typical Spinning Plates entree: Roasted chicken with buttermilk mashed potatoes and a side of sweet peas and pearl onions.

Spinning Plates in Hillcrest creates dinners to go with a wide-ranging menu that includes gluten-free and vegetarian selections.

Victoria Gross, formerly the host of cable access show River Market Cooks, has crafted a dining option that provides creative, nutritious homemade appetizers and meals at reasonable prices. 

Spinning Plates sends out a menu via e-mail at noon every Sunday with dinner options for Monday-Thursday. Customers can e-mail, Facebook, text or call in their orders to (501) 912-4420 by noon on the day of their order selection. Advance orders are welcome. 

Victoria whips up the dinners and delivers them to The Shoppes on Woodlawn (Woodlawn and Beechwood streets), where the customers can pick them up from 4:30–6 p.m. on the evening of their order.

Typical entrees include oven roasted chicken or pork tenderloin topped with apple chutney served with vegetable quinoa and creamed spinach, ragu alla Bolognes (slow roasted beef, pork, vegetables and wine in a tomato sauce over penne pasta with salad and bread), pan roasted rosemary chicken with smoked gouda grits, sauteed green beans with mushrooms, and slow-roasted cod with garlic mashed potatoes and green beans.

Orders of 10 or more will be delivered free to businesses within the Little Rock city limits.

Portions are ample, and each dinner or appetizer to go (serves two people) is priced at $8. Payment is by cash or check. 

To learn more call (501) 912-4420, click here or visit Spinning Plates on Facebook.  

Food Donations Welcome at All Central Arkansas Library System Locations

Bring canned and nonperishable foods to Central Arkansas Library Systems through Sunday.

All branches of the Central Arkansas Library System are collecting non-perishable food items such as peanut butter, canned meats (tuna fish, beef stew), canned vegetables and fruit, macaroni and cheese, and pastas through Sunday (Sept. 25)  to aid Arkansas Food Bank. 

CALS libraries in Little Rock include:

  • Main Library, 100 Rock St.
  • Dee Brown Library, 6325 Base Line Road
  • Fletcher Library, 823 N. Buchanan St.
  • Oley E. Rooker Library, 11 Otter Creek Court
  • Terry Library, 2015 Napa Valley Drive
  • Thompson Library, 38 Rahling Circle
  • Williams Library, 1800 Chester St.
  • McMath Library, 2100 John Barrow Road

CALS libraries in surrounding communities include:

  • Max Milam Library, 609 Aplin Ave., Perryville
  • Maumelle Library, 10 Lake Pointe Drive, Maumelle
  • Esther D. Nixon Library, 703 W. Main Street, Jacksonville
  • Amy Sanders Library, 31 Shelby Drive, Sherwood.

For more information contact Lee Ann Blackwell at (501) 918-3029.

J. Crew Has Bridal Wear (As Well as Sweaters) at Promenade at Chenal

Image by JCrew.com

Looks from the J. Crew's contemporary bridal collection.

J. Crew, known for quality cashmere, sweaters, women's dresses and shoes, men's shirts and ties, accessories and children's clothing and even contemporary bride and bridesmaids dresses, is open at The Promenade at Chenal, 17711 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock.

The store, which started in 1983 with a catalog and opened its first store in 1989 in New York's South Street Seaport, is part of a national operation that includes retail and outlet stores and online and catalog sales. 

Store hours are 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Shoppers will receive a free gift with a purchase of $150 or more. For more information click here.

In other news...

The Promenade at Chenal is having a great 2011, as prominent retailers continue to open new stores there. The Apple Store opened late last month to great fanfare. And we now know the opening date for the Nike Factory Store: Oct. 11.

After that, you can expect women's fashion hub W by Azwell and Kenneth Edwards Fine Jewelers to mark their debuts in late October or early November.

Soon to Wed: Caleigh Catt & Callan Romine of Jonesboro

Gallery by Courtney Hollowell

Caleigh Catt and Callan Romine are soon to wed! The couple will tie the knot September 24, 2011 at Ridgeview Ranch in Jonesboro.

Their engagement photos were taken by Courtney Hollowell of Corning.

Best wishes to the happy couple!!

 

Real Wedding: Chadia Ladbasri & Thomas Arnold in Bella Vista

Gallery by Angela J. Martin Photography

Bride: Chadia Ann Ladbasri of Neosho, Missouri

Groom: Thomas Kyle Arnold of Ozark

What was your overall inspiration? We wanted something light and soft that would tie into late spring. We chose our colors of light blue and light yellow because we wanted something that wasn’t too feminine or too masculine and the colors combined together well.

What were some of the interesting personal touches and unique details?

  • As far as décor, both venues were stunning left alone. Cooper chapel is glass and the outside greenery and the natural light are beautiful so we didn’t feel that we needed to decorate the chapel. Simple Pleasures is decked out with vintage décor and tons of classic cars, along with really neat items from the past, so we didn’t decorate there either. The grounds are gorgeous. 
  • The groom’s cake was a white guitar. We chose a guitar because Tom plays guitar and used to play it professionally so he loves guitars.
  • Our flowers were white peonies, blue hydrangeas, and yellow ranunculus. I wanted flowers that weren’t basic roses and I wanted the flower colors to tie into the wedding attire.
  • A special touch was the handmade programs that I made using our engagement photos taken by Angela J. Martin Photography.

What one detail truly made the wedding yours?  All the handmade items – the bridesmaid dresses, flower girl dress, the invitations, programs, hair flowers, pocket silks and punch.

How did you save money in planning your wedding? We saved money by making our invitations and wedding programs ourselves. My mother also made all of the bridesmaid dresses, the flower girl dress and the ring bearer pillow.  One of my bridesmaids, Lucy Wallace, made all of the flowers for our hair.

Tell us a little bit more about the day: We loved riding in the ‘47 Lincoln convertible.  We all had a blast taking tons and tons of photos before and after the ceremony. Simple Pleasures has an incredible facility on 18acres that include a small onsite chapel and an outdoor children’s merry-go-round, Ozark waterfall, vintage autos, tall trees and whispering prairie grass.

THE DETAILS

  • Photography: Angela J. Martin Photography, NWA
  • Event planner: Ashley Smith of Simple Pleasures (day-off coordinator)
  • Bridal Boutique: David’s Bridal, NWA
  • Florist: Wheeler Gardens, Springfield, Missouri
  • Cakes: Harps, Bella Vista
  • Caterer/Drinks/Rentals/Lighting: Simple Pleasures, Bella Vista
  • Groom/groomsmen attire: Men’s Warehouse, NWA

J. Crew Is Open at Little Rock's Promenade at Chenal

J. Crew, which offers fashions for men, women and children, is open at Promenade at Chenal.

J. Crew, known for quality cashmere, sweaters, women's dresses and shoes, men's shirts and ties, accessories and children's clothing, is open at The Promenade at Chenal, 17711 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock.

The store, which started in 1983 with a catalog and opened its first store in 1989 in New York's South Street Seaport, is part of a national operation that includes retail and outlet stores and online and catalog sales. 

Store hours are 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Shoppers will receive a free gift with a purchase of $150 or more. For more information click here. 

The Promenade at Chenal is having a great 2011, as prominent retailers continue to open new stores there. The Apple Store opened late last month to great fanfare. And we now know the opening date for the Nike Factory Store: Oct. 11.

After that, you can expect women's fashion hub W by Azwell and Kenneth Edwards Fine Jewelers to mark their debuts in late October or early November.

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