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“The Shoe Burnin’: Stories of Southern Soul” to Debut at the 10th Annual Louisiana Book Festival

 “The Shoe Burnin’: Stories of Southern Soul” to Debut at the  10th Annual Louisiana Book Festival

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., (Oct. 30, 2013) – “The Shoe Burnin’: Stories of Southern Soul” will debut on November 2, 2013, at the 10th Annual Louisiana Book Festival. “The Shoe Burnin’” is an anthology of southern stories and songs of life in the south. “The Shoe Burnin’” includes works from 24 authors and singer-songwriters, 18 of whom will be on hand for a book signing at the festival this Saturday. 

The first Shoe Burnin’ originated when a group of writers found themselves in a cabin with no firewood — only a box full of old shoes. As each shoe was thrown into the fire, they made up stories about it. Over time, this became a tradition, and in remembrance, many stories and songs shared since have involved shoes — all the places they trod and the myriad experiences of those who wore them. “The Shoe Burnin’: Stories of Southern Soul” is a collection of those works.

Helping Fight Hunger-Empty Bowls Event

Helping Fight Hunger-Empty Bowls Event

“Talking about ‘The Hungry’ in our community is easy.  But try looking a person in the eye and saying you can’t help their family,” says Bethlehem House volunteer Lesley Turner.  

Sunday, November  10,  will be the second annual Bethlehem House “Empty Bowls” fundraiser to provide for the needs of the homeless and nearly homeless.  Guests are invited to join us for a meal of soup, bread, and dessert made by local restaurants and volunteers and served at the facility of oneChurch, 1058 Front Street from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m on Sunday, November 10.   

Also, local artisans and vendors will display a variety of items for sale in the   Empty Bowls Marketplace. Cost for the meal is $10 per person, and vegetarian and gluten-free soups and desserts will be available.  Children under 10 eat free.  This event coincides with Conway’s Downtown Christmas Open House. 

"Drawing a Line: 30 Years of Cartoons & Illustrations by John Deering" at Thea, Oct 4 - 18

"Drawing a Line:  30 Years of Cartoons & Illustrations by John Deering" at Thea, Oct 4 - 18

The Thea Foundation is happy to host a retrospective exhibition by one of central Arkansas’s most recognized names.  “Drawing a Line:  30 Years of Cartoons and Illustrations by John Deering” will be on display in the Thea Gallery from October 4 - 18, kicking off with an opening reception the evening of October 4 from 7:00 to 9:00pm.  Visitors will enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres and libations, and get the chance to meet the artist himself.  

Live Salsa Music & More During Latino Food & Music Festival

Live Salsa Music & More During Latino Food & Music Festival

Saturday, September 14, 6-10pm, enjoy a night of delicious Latin food, wonderful atmosphere, live salsa music, and even better company!

Featuring food vendors from Brazil, Argentina, El Salvador, Mexico, Honduras, Bolivia, Columbia & Nicaragua. It all happens at the Argenta Farmers Market Plaza, 520 Main Street, Argenta Arts District, downtown NLR.

ASMSA instructor receives teaching award

ASMSA instructor receives teaching award

HOT SPRINGS — The Lewis E. Lyle Chapter of the Air Force Association has named Nick Seward its Chapter Teacher of the Year for the high school division.

Seward is a computer science instructor at the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts.

He is also a coach of the school’s CyberPatriot competition team. The competition, sponsored by the Air Force Association, features teams of high school students interested in careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The teams compete to protect computer systems from cyber attacks.

 Schools nominate teachers for the award, and the chapter members vote on the nominees, said Larry Louden, the Lyle Chapter president. Louden and Morris Cash, the chapter’s secretary, presented the award plus a $250 prize to Seward this week.

Thea announces 2013 Film Scholarship winners

Thea announces 2013 Film Scholarship winners

The Thea Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of its 2013 Film Scholarship Competition, sponsored in part by the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN).  Thea’s Film Scholarships are offered in conjunction with AETN’s Student Selects, an annual event that grants young filmmakers the opportunity to submit their film and video handiwork for possible broadcast on AETN, streamed on www.aetn.org and screened at the Little Rock Film Festival (LRFF).

For the fourth year, Thea has offered four $2,500 scholarships to graduating seniors in the following categories:  screenwriting, directing, cinematography, and editing.  This year’s four winners were announced and honored during the Student Selects portion of the LRFF on Thursday, May 16.    
 
The winners of Thea’s 2013 Film Scholarship Competition are as follows:

Maumelle players sign to play basketball at Ark. Baptist

Maumelle players sign to play basketball at Ark. Baptist

Two MAUMELLE HIGH SCHOOL seniors, Meyonsha Riddles and Georvanna Porter, signed letters of intent this morning to play basketball next year at Arkansas Baptist College. This was another historical moment as they are the first girl basketball players from Oak Grove/Maumelle High to sign to play at the college level. Congratulations Meyonsha and Georvanna and good luck next year as Arkansas Baptist Lady Buffaloes!