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'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' opens Friday

'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' opens Friday

Pirates of the Caribbean -- installment No. 4 -- arrives in theaters this week. Along with Johnny Depp, you get Penelope Cruz. Other new films include Bloodworth with Kris Kristofferson and Kill the Irishman with Ray Stevenson.

Coming to Riverfest? Go over Sunny's Safety Plan

Coming to Riverfest? Go over Sunny's Safety Plan

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Riverfest coordinators, along with ¡Hola! Arkansas and Today's THV, want to help provide a plan for kids and their families who become separated.

The scariest thing for children is to become separated from their family during a huge, crowded event. And the worst feeling is not knowing where to go to be reunited with loved ones.

There will be four Information Tents strategically placed throughout the park. Families will be encouraged to visit these booths and discuss "Sunny's Safety Plan" before enjoying the day's activities. They will be introduced to the booth volunteers and "Sunny." "Sunny" will be posted on a big sign at each booth and the volunteers will give children a "Look For Sunny" sticker to wear.

This will help the children remember what they're looking for. If a child becomes lost, they will look for the "Sunny" symbol and know that it is a safe place to go.

Arkansas's first all-girls fitness camp -- Camp iRock

Arkansas's first all-girls fitness camp -- Camp iRock

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The Arkansas Minority Health Commission (AMHC), in collaboration with Arkansas Children's Hospital and Girl Scout-Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas will host its first ever residential fitness camp. Camp iRock is for girls in sixth, seventh and eighth grades and will be held at Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center in Little Rock on June 19-25.

The camp is a week-long program of activities, workshops and exercises aimed at promoting physical activity, healthy lifestyles, and building self-confidence in young girls. Campers will be equipped with the necessary tools and support to help them achieve and maintain optimum fitness and nutrition in their daily lives. The camp is free for 40 girls from around the State of Arkansas.

Plan your kids' summer at Windstream Arkansas YES! Saturday

Plan your kids' summer at Windstream Arkansas YES! Saturday

Windstream Arkansas YES! sports expo and summer camps fair, going on from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday (April 30) at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, is a day of family fun where parents can plan their kids' entire summer and youth ages 4-12 can compete in individual sports competitions. Admission is $5 per person and $2 per youth competition.

Kids just want to be kids!

Kids just want to be kids!

Each week, when we visit the kid’s cancer unit, I am always reminded of one very absolute reality. Kids want to be kids! No matter how sick or how isolated or how confined or how restrained they are. There is an innate desire in them for fun, for laughter, for playing…for the simplicity of childhood. They drag their IV poles with bags of chemo and pain pumps down the hallways at rapid speeds. At times, you will even see them actually trying to ride on their pole…like a scooter or a big wheel. My daughter, Brooke, always did. We even had a song for her IV pole. We would sing, “You get the line and I’ll get the pole and we’ll go fishing at the craw-dad hole, baby.” Brooke would unplug her pole and hop on the bottom rolling brackets as we pushed her up and down the halls. She would even do fancy stunts like lifting one leg or letting go completely while proudly retorting, “Look Mom – no hands!”

Cancer kids amaze me, and this past week at the hospital was no exception.

PCSSD hosts district-wide spring jamboree

PCSSD hosts district-wide spring jamboree

Parental Involvement Event to Benefit Both Students and Parents

WHAT: This event promises to be informative and fun! Students from various schools will showcase their talents. In addition, each school will be represented by displaying the highlights of their instructional programs. Over 15 Exhibitors will be present to answer questions related to summer opportunities, child safety, scholarship information, etc.  There will be jump inflatables, free food and door prizes. Lastly, parents will have the opportunity to attend a break-out session titled, Teamwork in a Child's Educational Experience/ Resolving Homework Issues.

WHEN: Saturday, April 23, from 11 a.m.

Hop to it with egg hunts, brunches, more

Hop to it with egg hunts, brunches, more

Egg hunts, brunches and other Easter celebrations abound this weekend.