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Programs give autistic kids connection to community

Programs give autistic kids connection to community

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Community Connections is a non-profit organization dedicated to offering free extra-curricular activities for children with special needs and supporting their families.

Spring programs including dance, soccer, theatre and cheerleading will be starting up soon! Programs are available across the state, including Russellville, Conway, Little Rock, North Little Rock and Sherwood.

To learn more about Community Connections or register for a program, please visit www.communityconnectionsar.org or contact Director Courtney Leach at courtney_leach@pedplustherapy.com.

"Night Lights" lets autistic children enjoy a night out

"Night Lights" lets autistic children enjoy a night out

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The next “Night Lights” program is Friday, March 11 from 6 pm – 9 pm.

“Night Lights is on the second Friday of each month at Indian Hills Church, 6801 JFK Blvd, North Little Rock, Ark. 72116; it’s located behind Java Roasting Café, next to Indian Hills Shopping Center.

This program is for children on the autism spectrum 12 years old and younger and their siblings.  Children are grouped based on developmental level. There is music, art, recreation, snack, story and movie time.  Most volunteers have medical or therapy experience and all are trained and background checked.

The cost is $10 per child for the entire evening.  If you’d like to attend, please RSVP one week before each event.

Visit http://www.nightlightsnlr.com/ for more information and to sign up.

Group offers support for autistic teens, parents

Group offers support for autistic teens, parents

SHERWOOD, Ark. – Behavioral Management Systems of Sherwood is hosting its PEERS group program for teenagers age 13-17.

There is also an accompanying parent support group.

Sessions are for 2-3 times a week for 16 weeks, each Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Dr. Adam Benton at (501) 771-4442.

Get your green on at St. Patrick's Day Parade

Get your green on at St. Patrick's Day Parade

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The 12th Annual Rock to North Little Rock St. Patrick's Day Parade will be held on Saturday, March 12 at 1 p.m.

The Parade begins on Third Street in downtown Little Rock near the main Post Office, passes Dugan's Irish Pub at Third and Rock Streets, travels through River Market, crosses the Main Street Bridge into North Little Rock ending in the Argenta Historic District. The reviewing stand will be located in front of Cregeen's Irish Pub at Main and Broadway in North Little Rock.

A program of traditional Irish music and dance will be held on the main stage in North Little Rock following the parade from 2-4 p.m.

The parade is presented by the Irish Cultural Society of Arkansas and sponsored by the city of North Little Rock and the Regional Recycling and Waste Reduction District. For more information, visit IrishArkansas.org or call 501-868-6416.

Airmen to pay respects at homeless vet's funeral

Airmen to pay respects at homeless vet's funeral

SHERWOOD, Ark. -- The Honor Guard will be providing Military Honors for TSgt Leroy Braumaugh, a homeless Air Force retiree, on Friday, March 4, at 12:00 at the Veterans' Cemetery in Sherwood off Hwy 107. The cemetery is only about 15 mins out the back gate and the ceremony should only take about 20 mins.

The Green Knights Motorcycle Club from the air base will be at the ceremony, in addition to the Patriot Guard. Motorcycle riders can meet up at Small Base Lake at 11:15 and we can ride down together and meet up with the Patriot Guard.  All others should try to carpool.

Ministry to revamp lodge

Ministry to revamp lodge

SHERWOOD, Ark. --  The 14,000 square foot, three-story Pintail Peninsula Lodge which sits on a 280 acre farm in the Bayou Meto wildlife management area has been purchased by Beautiful Feet Ministry, a lay ministry founded and directed by Matt Mosler of Sherwood, Arkansas.  The lodge is in Humphrey (Arkansas county), approximately 14 miles southwest of Stuttgart on world-renowned duck hunting property.  

Renovations are already underway at the lodge to prepare it as a teaching and retreat center for churches, men’s and women’s groups, corporations and individuals.  Beautiful Feet Ministry was able to purchase the property, Mosler said, solely through gifts and donations from the ministry’s Board of Directors and supporters.  The largest amount came as a result of memorial gifts made to honor the late Jim Miller of Burke, Virginia.  Miller was the father of one of Mosler’s life-long friends who is also a board member of the ministry.&nbs

Ozark Outdoor Expo is on

Ozark Outdoor Expo is on

CLINTON, Ark. – The Ozark Outdoor Expo will be held kicks off this weekend in Clinton, Ark. at 245 Quality Drive. The Expo runs Friday, Feb. 18 from 5 – 9 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 19 from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

The event features an archery contest, turkey calling and lots of food.

General admission is $5. Children under 12 get in free of charge. For more information call (501) 745-7004.