Check out this astonishing statistic: Americans discard more than 68 pounds of clothing each year. What many don't realize is that 99 percent of what is thrown away can be recycled.
Find out how trash can be turned into treasure when recycled creations by high school students make their way down the catwalk in the Curbside Couture Fashion Show 7 p.m. Sunday (April 21) at the Clinton Presidential Center's Great Hall. After the show, shop local and support all of the featured designers as they sell their cool fashions at the Curbside Bazaar.
Project Runway fan-favorite and Little Rock-native Korto Momolu will host the special event, with fashions from a number of professional designers featured, including a few of Momolu's very own creations.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, so reserve seats by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (501) 748-0425.
Iberiabank has selected Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas for the “i Gives Back” community outreach program for April through June. The bank is accepting generous donations from the public of items from the charity's wish list at several locations in the area.
Can you imagine the amount of detergent a 28-bedroom house goes through in one month? How about paper towels, cleaning supplies, hand soap or trash bags? Everything it takes to run your house, it takes to run the Ronald McDonald House.
Iberiabank launched “i Gives Back” in January and organizes partnerships and collections quarterly. The bank will be collecting at 10 central Arkansas Iberiabank locations.
Items accepted, but are not limited to, include:
Iberiabank has eight locations in Little Rock, one in North Little Rock and one in Bryant. For a list of locations, click here.
One of central Arkansas’ largest shopping malls is getting even better with new stores and several exciting changes taking place this spring.
Shoppers can expect to see these new stores:
Several retailers will be relocating to new spaces throughout the mall, these include:
In addition to the new stores and relocations, the mall has undergone several exciting changes including:
For all the latest news, updates and events at McCain Mall, click here.
If you're planning on being anywhere near Batesville this weekend, don't miss the town's 34th Arkansas Scottish Festival.
Starting today (April 12) and running through Sunday (April 14), the public can join in the Arkansas Scottish Festival's celebration of Lyon College's Presbyterian and Scottish roots (it was founded in 1872 by the Presbyterian church).
The three-day event features bagpipe, drumming and dancing competitions and demonstrations, Highland games, children's activities, a bonniest knees contest, a parade of bands and clans, a library book sale, a British car show, sheepdog demonstrations, Scottish foods (plus plenty of American chow) and Scottish-themed gifts and souvenirs.
The festival kicks off on tonight (April 12) with a Celtic concert at Brown Chapel. Saturday's activities get started at 8 a.m.
To learn more call Jimmy Bell at (870) 307-7473 or click here. Get a look at what you can expect from the festival in the video below, which highlights the 2011 festival:
Another farmers market in central Arkansas is getting ready to open this weekend.
Local growers will convene at The Bernice Garden in SoMa on Sunday (April 14) for opening day of The Bernice Garden Farmers Market to sell sustainable fruits, veggies, nuts, berries, flowers, herbs, cheeses and tons of cool artisan goods.
Come hungry opening day as Travis McConnell, chef and butcher for the Capital Bar & Grill, will be cooking up sausage on the grill.
The market will be open every Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. until the fall.
Something else to get excited about is Boulevard Bread Bake House and Market's extended hours on Sunday. The eatery will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday, starting this weekend.
Click here for more information about the market.
Downtown North Little Rock's unique little grocer and deli Argenta Market, 521 N. Main St., will be celebrating its third anniversary from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. tomorrow (April 13).
The market has teamed up with local vendors to provide food samples, demonstrations and raffle prizes for the celebration. Participating vendors include Ratchford Exotic Meat Farm, Le Pops, Loblolly Creamery, The Resident Chef, Southern Girl Soapery and more.
There will be entertainment by Zach McKenzie and grocery customers will receive a free reusable shopping bag with a purchase from the store.
Coinciding with the celebration will be the grand opening of the Argenta Farmers Market directly across the street at the corner of 6th and Main in North Little Rock.
Founded in 2010, Argenta Market is a locally owned and operated grocery market and deli, focusing on local, organic and gourmet food items.
Call Argenta Market at (501) 379-9980 or email email@example.com for more information.
The City of North Little Rock has partnered with the North Little Rock School District to conduct “Finding Safe Routes to School” walks around three more elementary schools in April and May – Amboy, Boone Park, and Meadow Park. Lakewood Elementary conducted their walk last Saturday (April 6).
By actively walking the area around each school, these events will gather public input on improving connections between neighborhoods and school campuses to encourage students, parents, and residents to walk, bike or wheel to and from the schools.
The “Finding Safe Routes to School” walks will help North Little Rock city and school officials determine where most children are walking from and what kind of facility or street improvements are needed to ensure students’ and parents’ safety and comfort. Residents are encouraged to join the walks and to share their ideas and suggestions.
NLR’s “Finding Safe Routes to School” walks will take place on Saturdays from 2 – 4 p.m. at the following elementary schools:
Participants will meet in each school cafeteria at 2 p.m. on the walk dates. Light refreshments will be served after the walks. No RSVP is required.
Get more information about the "Safe Routes to School" program here.
Get your summer started early.
One of the state's only amusement parks, Magic Springs Theme Park, is set to open at 11 a .m. Saturday (April 13) with loads of thrill rides, family favorites and attractions for the little ones.
The theme park features thrill rides like the X-Coaster and Gauntlet, in addition to family-friendly favorites like the Diamond Mine Coaster and the Old No. 2 Logging Company Log Flume, as well as plenty of fun rides for the tykes in your life.
Magic Springs announced earlier in the spring its highly anticipated concert series for the 2013 season and the addition of a multimillion-dollar water park attraction to open on Memorial Day Weekend. The first concert of the season is Collective Soul on May 25. Other notable acts include Little Big Town, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Everclear.
The water park portion of the park will open May 11 with a debut of its newest attraction Splash Island slated for May 25. It will be more than four stories tall and feature 10 water slides, a bucket that dumps 1,000 gallons of water every 10 minutes and plenty of ways to have fun. It also features bubbler jets, water wheels, tipping buckets, water curtains, net climbs, pools and waterfalls. There will also be a new lounge deck surrounding the attraction.
A Magic Springs Season Pass, now priced at $69.99 through April 14, allows for unlimited visits to the park and up to 18 free shows at the concert series. After April 14, the Season Pass will increase to $74.99. Fans may opt for a general admission ticket to individual concerts, with free lawn seating on a first-come, first-served basis at Timberwood Amphitheater. Reserved seating may be purchased for $10 or $5.
For more information on park attractions and pricing or to purchase a season pass, click here or call (501) 624-0100.