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This Week in Argenta

This Week in Argenta

Now - March 16: "For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights" at Laman Library, Main Branch. Through a compelling mix of photographs, television clips, and other historic artifacts, For All the World to See traces how images disseminated in popular magazines like LIFE, JET, and EBONY, and real-time events brought into homes via television coverage helped transform public opinion about racism and racial justice in America.

'Good food' movement holds conference in LR

'Good food' movement holds conference in LR

The good food movement converges on Little Rock in January 2013! Organic and sustainable food producers and advocates of local food systems are gathering to attend the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group’s (Southern SAWG) conference January 23-26, 2013, at The Peabody Little Rock and Statehouse Convention Center.
 
The locavore* movement continues to gain ground in the South. And this conference is a perfect event for anyone serious about local food production and creating more vibrant community food systems! Pre-registration numbers indicate that this could be the largest conference gathering held by Southern SAWG to date, with expectations of well over 1,200 attendees this year.
 

Master Gardeners' program

Master Gardeners' program

Saturday, May 5

10 am

The library welcomes Carol Woolridge of the Universit of Arkansas Master Gardener program. She will speak about what Master Gardeners do for CALS as well as the state of Arkansas.

Amy Sanders Library; 31 Shelby Drive, Sherwood, Ark. 72120; (501) 835-7756

Arkie Newbies: A new group for those new to Arkansas... revving up!

Arkie Newbies:  A new group for those new to Arkansas...  revving up!

Arkie Newbies?  We're a fun, new group of people who are new to Arkansas (or who have not yet explored all it has to offer).

Mild winter means busy spring for pests

Mild winter means busy spring for pests

According to Punxsutawney Phil, there are six more weeks of winter, but for much of the country this has been one of the mildest winters on record.  With several bouts of 50 and 60-degree days, people are delighted and Mother Nature is becoming confused. Being able to take afternoon walks in winter is a welcome surprise, but an early influx of pesky insects much less so.

Many insects hibernate during the cold winter months, but as this winter has been anything but typical, they may be emerging from their hiding places much earlier than we expect,² noted Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the National Pest Management Association (NPMA). Several states have even reported tick sightings, which is especially worrisome as people head outdoors to enjoy the weather and are unprepared for tick encounters.

Stay warm, stay safe

Stay warm, stay safe

CenterPoint Energy issues important carbon monoxide safety tips

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Cold weather is here and CenterPoint Energy encourages all natural gas customers to follow important safety tips to keep them safe from carbon monoxide poisoning as they stay warm.

Any fuel-burning equipment or appliance including wood stoves, fireplaces, space heaters, barbecue grills, furnaces, water heaters, boilers and ranges, has the potential to produce carbon monoxide (CO). Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that is colorless, odorless, tasteless, and non-irritating.

When breathed, CO combines with the blood and prevents it from absorbing oxygen. Carbon monoxide can be produced by incomplete combustion, often the result of improperly adjusted or poorly-vented appliances. Annual check-ups of these appliances help ensure proper and safe operation of these types of appliances and equipment.

Spring time is bug time

Spring time is bug time

The groundhog has predicted six more weeks of winter. And although most are not complaining about a harsh winter now, a cold snap can bring insects that have made homes outdoors for the spring back indoors for warmth. Below is a list from Terminix, the nation’s leading pest control company, detailing the six pests to watch for in the next six weeks.

 

1.Bedbugs

·         Bedbugs are a perennial pest. They are active all year long regardless of weather. They have a knack for being present during a time after increased travel. As many used the holidays to travel and not check for bedbugs upon their return, the pests have now had the time to create a colony on a bed or couch and wait for time when they can feed. If they are present in your home, seek the help of a pest control professional immediately.

2.Termites