Mamie's Poppy Plates is a unique, local nonprofit that addresses the unthinkable every day: the unexpected loss of an infant. Founded by Sarah Bussey Adams in honor of her stillborn daughter Mamie, the organization provides keepsake plates customized with names, footprints and birth dates to Arkansas families who have suffered the death of a newborn child.
The nonprofit's signature fundraising event, Race to Remember, returns this Saturday (June 22) for its second annual 5K and family celebration. Families are encouraged to run or walk in honor of their loved one at Dickey-Stephens Park. The top three finishers will be recognized in age groups that start with youngsters and end with seniors; winners will receive their own hand-painted tiles with their names and finishing time.
Participants can also honor the memory of a baby by releasing a biodegradable balloon at the start of the race. Plus, runners can boogie to the Good Time Ramblers during the pre-race party, snag free food and drinks, bid on items in an art auction, jump in bounce houses and have their faces painted.
The pre-race party begins at 3 p.m.; race begins at 6 p.m.
Registration is $25 before June 21 and $30 on race day; children ages 12 and under $5. Click here to register.
Read more about Mamie's Poppy Plates and founder Sarah Bussey Adams in this 2012 feature from Little Rock Family.
I’m not the first to observe that parenthood is a self-taught class. It’s a position in which the people who could be considered the experts possibly haven’t changed a diaper in over a generation. My grandmother successfully raised five children while also working as a nurse part-time, and even still, I think she’d be stumped when my son throws a tantrum over Netflix taking too long to buffer on the iPad.
The best advice any young parent can receive is to get used to expecting the unexpected. Also, work on your improv skills, especially when it comes to toilet training.
At age 3, my little man Henry is still adjusting to the nuances of using the bathroom. He’s got a routine down, pieced together from what his mother and I have taught him. It just looks nothing like a routine that a normal person would use.
He’s too short to stand on the floor for his No. 1 business, but he refuses to use a kiddie potty. Instead, he removes all of his lower clothes, including his shoes. He straddles the seat, like Slim Pickens riding the bomb at the end of “Dr. Strangelove,” facing the toilet (since this would be the direction he would face if he was standing up).
He finishes the routine by getting off the toilet, ripping one square sheet of toilet paper off the roll, doing nothing with it, and tossing it into the bowl with the same motion someone would use while tossing salt over his shoulder for good luck.
This works well in the privacy of our home — as long as the routine concludes with a clean floor and a flushed toilet, I’m happy — but when he’s trying to take off his shoes in the mall’s restroom, his stubbornness begins to kick against mine. If he’s trying to teach me patience, it’s definitely a work in progress.
His 6-year-old sister Beatrice has also taught us a thing or two. She is the author of several self-published books drawn at the kitchen table, including “One Cold Wet Night.” This is a tale of a farmer trying to go to sleep, but faces several farm animals piled in his bed. As the story progresses, he shoos them all away except for one, a weta bug. With a moment of reflection, the farmer looks at the weta bug on his pillow and decides to sleep on the couch instead.
Do you even know what a weta bug looks like? I sure didn’t. When she read the book to us, we haughtily corrected her pronunciation, thinking she was trying to say “water bug.” She corrected us right back by saying, “No, weta bug. It lives in New Zealand.”
Sure enough, after we looked it up on Wikipedia, weta bugs not only live in New Zealand, but they can also grow to be about the size of your forearm. I’d sleep on the couch, too.
So while it might be a cliché to offer that parents have to educate themselves to stay one step ahead of their kids, in the end parents ultimately have to ask themselves, “what are they teaching us?”
Tre Baker is the Deputy Online Editor for Arkansas Business Publishing Group, including Little Rock Family. He and his family live in North Little Rock, where there are no bugs that are larger than a shoe.
When Jessica and Ken Myers adopted their son Beckett, they were fully aware that like his new mother, he was going to face some cardiac issues.
But when Beckett took longer than usual to speak and kept his fist in a ball most of the time, a new set of worries appeared. If the biggest aspect of fear is that of the unknown, then the Myers Family certainly got a crash course. Here's Jessica, in her own words:
So began our immersion in speech therapy, physical therapy and occupational therapy. We soon learned a whole new vocabulary: Dysarthria. Aphasia. Autism. Deafness. Auditory Processing Disorder. Brachial Plexus Injury. Cerebral Palsy. Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified. Apraxia. Dysphasia. Each one sounded scarier than the last. I quit working so that I could take him to 12 hours of appointments every week. There were no answers and very little progress, but then we found hope.
That hope was found inside the doors of The Allen School in Little Rock, a local preschool and day-habilitation center for children with developmental disabilities. Learn more about The Allen School – and the outstanding progress Beckett Myers has made since those diagnoses – in the latest edition of Little Rock Special Family, available in the digital issue or online.
The Celebrity Attractions 2012 - 2013 season is getting ready to come to end.
But, before it's over, the award-winning musical "Jersey Boys" will take center stage, starting tomorrow (June 19) and running through Sunday (June 23) at the Robinson Center Music Hall, 426 W. Markham St., Little Rock.
How did four blue-collar kids become one of the greatest successes in pop music history? Find out at the runaway smash-hit "Jersey Boys.". Winner of the Best Musical Tony Award on Broadway, in London and Australia, this blockbuster phenomenon takes you up the charts, across the country and behind the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Experience electrifying performances of the golden greats that took these guys all the way to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Can't Take My Eyes Off You," "Dawn," "My Eyes Adored You," and more.
Warning for parents: Though we think kids will love the oldies music and flashy production, be aware that there are some "adult" moments throughout. The show contains quite a bit of stronge language (these boys are from Jersey, after all), as well as a scene with scantily-clad women and lots of sexual innuendo.
Tickets range from $35 to $145.
Purchase tickets by calling (501) 244-8800, stopping by the Celebrity Attractions Box Office at 300 S. Spring St., Little Rock, online (Ticketmaster.com), or any Ticketmaster outlet.
For more information about the play, click here. See a preview below.
Protection from ultraviolet (UV) rays is important year-round but UV rays are the strongest during the late spring and early summer. Particularly, from 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. UV rays, radiation that comes from the sun, can penetrate and change skin cells.
Prolonged exposure to these rays can result in detrimental effects on the skin, eye and immune system. Exposure to UV rays can also cause melanoma, a dangerous and common skin cancer.
“It’s important to make sun protection part of your daily routine," said Dr. Stephen Sorsby, QualChoice Medical Director. "Even if it’s cool and cloudy, UV rays can still reach the skin.
"Take these measures of precaution anytime you are in the sun.”
To protect you and your family from these harmful UV rays, consider the following tips from Sorsby:
Also keep in mind that even makeup and medications can affect exposure to the sun.
“Remember that certain cosmetics and medicines can increase your sensitivity to the sun’s rays," Sorsby said. "Examine your skin regularly for new or unusual moles or other patches. Early detection of melanoma can save your life.”
The Museum of Discovery, 500 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock, was listed as No. 6 in the top 10 American science museums chosen by Mensa educators and scientists.
According to American Mensa, the organization chose 30 science museums with an excellent reputation for science education and patronage, then asked a group of Mensan educators and scientists to chose the best 10.
Mensa is the largest and oldest high IQ society in the world. The non-profit organization is open to people who score at the 98th percentile or higher on a standardized, supervised IQ or other approved intelligence test
The Museum of Discovery reopened its doors in January 2012 after a $9.2 million renovation made possible by a Donald W. Reynolds Foundation grant.
To view the full list of the museums chosen, click here.
The folks at The Bernice Garden Farmers’ Market announced their June monthly event yesterday and it's all about tomatoes.
TomatoFest 2013 will take over the SoMa garden this Sunday (June 23).
If you went to last month’s Strawberry Festival, you can probably visualize it already. If not, think fresh
food, festivities, information and family fun, all in celebration of Arkansas’ great tomatoes and
the farmers who grow them.
You’ll find tomato-related activities, fun and games, free tomato recipes, tomato-based food, tomato plants for
sale, plus, of course, piles of tomatoes for your purchasing pleasure.
The Bernice Garden Farmers’ Market is every Sunday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at 1401 S. Main St., Little
Get more information by calling (501) 617-2511 or clicking here.
Every year, Little Rock Family asks our readers to nominate their favorite restaurants, schools, events, parks, service providers and more for our Family Favorites Awards.
For our 2013 awards, more than 560 local families told us where they like to eat, play, shop, learn and explore. We’ve tallied the votes and reveal the triumphant winners in our June issue.
Did your family’s favorite spot make the list? Keep reading to find out!
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Staff Recommendations: “The fact that there are getaways like Hot Springs so close to Little Rock makes central Arkansas an even better place to live than it is already. Between the lakes, hiking trails, museums, dining hot spots and more, you really can’t go wrong spending a Saturday here. For the adventurous, climb to the top of Hot Springs Mountain and the tower on foot. It’s a workout, but the view is spectacular.” — Samuel G. Smith, Assistant Editor of Consumer Special Pubs at Arkansas Business Publishing Group
GOLD WINNER: Burns Park
Staff Recommendations: “On weekends, my six-year-old daughter will suggest where we should go for fun. On one Saturday, she’ll want to fly a kite. Other weekends, I’ll hear mentions of hiking down a wooded path, hitting the rides at Funland, having a picnic or checking out the rocket ship slide playground. What I think she doesn’t suspect is that all these places are in one place at Burns Park. There are even horse rides and soccer games for when she’s a little older, a BMX track maybe for her little brother, and definitely two 18-hole golf courses for me. It’s safe, accessible, affordable and it makes me proud to call North Little Rock my adopted hometown.” —Tre Baker, Deputy Online Editor at Arkansas Business Publishing Group
PLACES TO RIDE BIKES
GOLD WINNER: Big Dam Bridge
Staff Recommendations: “My daughter Sarah and I love riding to the top of the Big Dam Bridge. I like resting my bones on one of the benches at the top while we look over railing at the river. On a clear day, we can see for miles. But the most fun is riding down the incline on the bridge. It seems as though we reach speeds of 100 mph! What fun!” —Mark Friedman, Senior Editor of Arkansas Business
SILVER: Two Rivers Park
BRONZE: Arkansas River Trail
PLACE TO TAKE VISITORS
GOLD WINNER: William J. Clinton Presidential Library & Museum
Staff Recommendations: “This is one of my favorite places to go in Little Rock. I always like to check out new exhibits that come through, and the main exhibit showcasing President Bill Clinton’s tenure at the White House never gets old. I always find myself learning something new about the 42nd president. And the food at the museum’s restaurant Forty-Two isn’t bad, either!” —Lauren James, Associate Editor of InArkansas.com and Little Rock Family contributing writer
SILVER: River Market
BRONZE: Big Dam Bridge
Staff Recommendations: “When my 12-year-old grandson, Colten, comes to visit me during the summer, he looks forward to going to Magic Springs. He enjoys both the rides and the water park. His favorite ride is the Boogie Blast—a surfing experience right here in Arkansas. The wonderful thing about this park is my 72-year-old Mother loves it as much as my grandson. She has a season’s pass and goes there for the concerts and is right there beside Colten for all the water and ride fun. My 6-year-old niece Alley often goes, too, and she loves the carousel. It is truly fun for all ages and a family day well spent.” —Tona Jolly, Publisher and Production Manager of Little Rock Family
BRONZE: Splash Zone
GOLD WINNER: McDonald’s
SILVER: David’s Burgers
BRONZE: Big Orange
GOLD WINNER: Dunkin’ Donuts
Staff Recommendations: “My family and I go to Dunkin’ Donuts almost every Sunday for breakfast. We love the coffee and my son loves the munchkins!” —Bethany Johnson, Marketing Coordinator at Arkansas Business Publishing Group
BRONZE: Cracker Barrel
GOLD WINNER: Purple Cow
SILVER: Cracker Barrel
BRONZE: All Aboard
Staff Recommendations: “I’ve never met a more caring and genuine group of administrators and teachers who are personally invested in the spiritual and educational well-being of our children.”
—Heather Bennett, Editor of Little Rock Family
GOLD WINNER: Don R. Roberts Elementary School
SILVER: Thomas Jefferson Elementary
BRONZE: Baker Interdistrict Elementary School
GOLD WINNER: Pulaski Heights Middle School
SILVER: Horace Mann Middle School
BRONZE: Bethel Middle School
PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL
GOLD WINNER: Little Rock Central High School
SILVER: Hall High School
BRONZE: Parkview Arts Science Magnet High School
PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT
GOLD WINNER: Little Rock
SILVER: North Little Rock
GOLD WINNER: Cheer City United
SILVER: The Little Gym
BRONZE: Tommie’s Dance Academy
GOLD WINNER: Hearts and Hooves
GOLD WINNER: Dr. Niki Carter
SILVER: Kitchens Pediatric
BRONZE (tie): Dr. Michael Cooper, Dr. Roy Jolley
GOLD WINNER: Phelan Orthodontics
SILVER: Art For The Face (Dr. John Daniel)
BRONZE: Wardlaw Orthodontics
GOLD WINNER: All for Kids
SILVER: Little Rock Children’s Clinic
BRONZE: Little Rock Pediatric Clinic
GOLD WINNER: First Security Bank
SILVER: Arvest Bank
BRONZE: Bank of the Ozarks
GOLD WINNER: Duck Duck Goose
SILVER: Rhea Lana’s
GOLD WINNER (tie): Lizzy Yates Photography, Jennifer Mcham
GOLD WINNER: The Good Earth
Staff Recommendations: “Shopping at Good Earth is like going on a field trip...a creative and natural experience. Even our kids say, ‘I love that place’ when we drive by.” —Heather Bennett, Editor of Little Rock Family
BRONZE: Home Depot
GOLD WINNER: Salon Karizma
SILVER: Salon Deval
BRONZE: That French Salon
GOLD WINNER: The Promenade at Chenal
Staff Recommendations: “I love spending the afternoon window shopping, enjoying an early dinner at one of the local restaurants and sticking around for a movie at the theater. Plus, they have great events for families, including a pumpkin patch in the fall, photos with Santa during the holidays and Promenade Express Train in warm weather.” —Blair Neel, Managing Editor of Little Rock Family
GOLD WINNER: Toys “R” Us
SILVER: Learning Express
BRONZE (tie): Target, Duck Duck Goose
GOLD WINNER: Toyota
SILVER: Honda/ Honda Pilot
GOLD WINNER: Dillard’s
BRONZE (tie): Belk, Dress Barn