Friends of Children Luncheon
The 2016 Friends of Children Annual Luncheon will be held 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. October 31 at the Doubletree Hotel downtown.
Tickets are $50. Proceeds benefit Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families. The 2016 Friend of Children Awards will be presented to C. J. Duvall, Jr., and Dr. Chad Rodgers.
Mr. Duvall is a clergyman and a businessman who served as a senior pastor in the United Methodist Church and an executive officer in a Fortune 250 company. While Senior Pastor of Theressa Hoover United Methodist Church, he began a community gardening program for college students from Philander Smith College, and other local colleges participated. He supports a variety of schools and community focused organizations and is a full-time community volunteer supporting community gardening.
Dr. Rodgers is a partner at Little Rock Pediatric Clinic and Chief Medical Officer for Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care. Realizing that many of the issues that affect children’s health and well-being are not solvable in the exam room, he commits his time as an advocate for children and their parents through policy, social change, and the improvement of health care systems. He has served on the AACF board and twice as chair of Soup Sunday.
Table and event sponsorships are available. To become an event sponsor, call Mallory Van Dover at 371-9678, ext. 107. For individual tickets, call Deanna Clark at 371-9678, ext. 103. Or visit aradvocates.org.
Arkansas Cornbread Festival
The festival includes great food, live music, crafts, and vendors offering clothing, jewelry, home furnishings, and gifts. The cornbread competition will be judged by everyone attending who wishes to participate, as well as a panel of celebrity judges.
This year’s festival will benefit the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, Our House, and studioMAIN. For information, contact Ann Owen at 960-0063 or ann.owen@sbcglobal. net.
Tales of the Crypt
The 21st Annual Tales of the Crypt will be held at Mount Holly Cemetery, 1200 South Broadway, from 6 - 8 p.m. October 11.
Admission is free to the public, however donations to Mount Holly Cemetery are appreciated and aid in the maintenance of the cemetery.
Held the second Tuesday of October, Tales of the Crypt is an annual Mount Holly Event. Under the direction of Fred Boosey & Tamara Zinck, drama students from Parkview Arts & Science Magnet High School are each given a person buried in the cemetery to research. They then prepare short monologues or dialogues they perform in front of the person's grave. Award-winning local costumer Debi Manire will once again provide the wonderful historical characters' costumes. Audiences are led through the cemetery from grave to grave by guides with candles.
The Arkansas State Fair will be held October 14 - 23. It opens at 11 a.m. daily. Admission is 10 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6 - 12, $5 for seniors, and free to kids ages 5 and younger. Parking is $10.
The fair includes beauty pageants, a rodeo queen competition, talent contests and competitions in wine, food, animals and crafts.All concerts are outdoors and free with paid gate admission. Premium concert seating is available for $15 and $25 in advance by October 13. This is the music lineup: Bret Michaels, 8 p.m. October 14; Trapt and Saliva, 6:30 p.m. the 15th; Mystical, 7 p.m. the 16th; Rick Springfield, 8 p.m. the 18th; Al B. Sure, 8 p.m. the 19th; Clint Black, 8 p.m. the 20th; Kenny Wayne Shepherd, 8 p.m. the 21st; Collin Raye, 6 p.m. the 22nd; and After 7, 6 p.m. the 23rd.
The Wiz will be presented On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays October 21 - November 13 at The Weekend Theater, 1001 West Seventh St.
The price is $20 or $16 for seniors and students. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays.
This popular Broadway musical sets Dorothy’s adventures in the Land of Oz to a dazzling, lively mixture of rock, gospel and soul music. It is directed by Danette Scott Perry with musical direction by Leah Thomas. The cast includes: Sydney Williams as Dorothy, Zachary Hickman as the Scarecrow, Frederick Webb as the Tin Man, Braxton O. Johnson as the Cowardly Lion, and Chris Watkins as The Wiz.
For more information call James Norris at 374-3761 or visit weekendtheater.org.
Cupcakes for Goodness Sake
Cupcakes for Goodness Sake will be held 2 - 4 p.m. October 23 at Bespoke-Southern Light Pictures Studio, 2207 Cantrell Road.
Admission is $25. The event benefits CareLink. It includes a baking competition, cocktails, hor d’oeuvres, and cupcakes. Visit carelink.org.
The Little Rock Pride Fest will be held 1 - 6 p.m. October 16 at the Clinton Presidential Center.
It includes live music, a beer garden, and entertainment by national and local performers. The event benefits scholarships for LGBT youth. For information, call Zack Baker at 404-8498.
Light the Night
The Light the Night Walk will be held 6 - 10 p.m. October 29 at River Market Pavilions. The walk is a fundraising campaign benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and its funding of research to find blood cancer cures.
Walkers can raise money by participating as individuals or on a team with friends, family and co-workers. For more information or to sign up, visit lightthenight.org.
Winnie the Pooh
Winnie the Pooh will be performed 7 p.m. on Fridays and 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays October 28 - November 13 at the Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre.
Tickets are $12.50, $10 for Arts Center members, $10 per person for groups of 10 or more, and free for children under age 2. For information, visit arkarts.com.
The Pumpkin Patch at Asbury UMC
The Pumpkin Patch at Asbury UMC
Come and get your pumpkins for fall at Asbury United Methodist Church and help support
youth activities. The patch will be open from October 7 to October 31 and features all
size pumpkins for carving, decorating or eating. It will be open Monday - Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 6 p.m. For more information, visit asbury-lr.org orcall Amy Bennet at 225-9231.
Arkansas Chamber Singers
The Arkansas Chamber Singers will present “in paradisum” 7:30 p.m. October 7 at St. Marks Church and 3 p.m. October 9 at First United Methodist Church.
The program will include the timeless Allegri "Miserere," the exhilarating "Across the Vast Eternal Sky" by the Norwegian Ola Gjeilo with string quartet and solo piano, and the amazing "in paradisum" by the young Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds. John Erwin is artistic director and conductor.
The cost is $15. Two different subscription packages for the three-concert 2016-2017 season entitled “For Heaven’s Sake!” are available at AR-ChamberSingers.org.