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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.

Annual Stand Down for Veterans Without Homes, Nov. 4-8

Annual Stand Down for Veterans Without Homes, Nov. 4-8

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Veterans without homes will get a reprieve from daily challenges during a week-long “Stand Down” event Nov. 4 - 8 from 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. each day at the North Little Rock VA campus. The annual Stand Down will take place at the pavilion located to the North of the Eugene J. Towbin Healthcare Center, 2200 Fort Roots Drive, North Little Rock.

The CAVHS Stand Down is part of on-going efforts to end homelessness among Veterans across the Nation.  According to Michael Winn, the CAVHS Medical Center Director, we must not forget that every Veteran deserves a second chance.

“As we continue to serve our Nation’s Heroes, let’s remind ourselves that Veterans Without Homes deserve our utmost respect and gratitude – as all Veterans do,” said Winn.  “When a Veteran stumbles or veers off course, we owe them a chance to get back on their feet.  They may be temporarily without a home, but that does not change who they are a Veteran.

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.

Arkansas Mission of Mercy Free Dental Clinic

Arkansas Mission of Mercy Free Dental Clinic

Uninsured and low-income Arkansans suffering pain and discomfort from poor oral health will find needed relief at the seventh annual Arkansas Mission of Mercy (ArMOM) on May 31 - June 1 at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.

Hundreds of dental volunteers from across the state will provide free basic dental care to adults and children of all ages on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 6:00 a.m. each day for cleanings, fillings and extractions. No income or eligibility requirements are necessary.

Since ArMOM started in 2007, over 10,500 patients have been treated in only twelve total clinic days. The number of procedures performed is staggering. With approximately 20,328 extractions of bad teeth and 8,782 fillings and other restorations, ArMOM has donated an estimated $5.4 million worth of free dental care to patients who might otherwise have no hope of receiving care.

Campbell returns as fashion show producer for Conway bridal event

Campbell returns as fashion show producer for Conway bridal event

Brandon D. Campbell, Little Rock Fashion Week's founder and executive producer, will produce the fashion show at the 2013 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Conway Bridal Show on Sunday February 24, 2013 at the Conway Expo Center and Fairgrounds, located at 2505 East Oak St. in Conway, Ark. Presented by the River Valley and Ozark Edition, the Conway bridal show is from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The fashion show is scheduled for 4 p.m.

The fashion show will star the high fashion runway models, of all ages and sizes, from Oneofakind Talent Inc. modeling agency and past Little Rock Fashion Week presentations. LRFW's 2012 and 2011 Models of the Year Hannah Daniel, of Mabelvale, Ark and Larry Scruggs, of Pine Bluff, Ark are headlining the talented group. Models will wear clothes from David’s Bridal, Dillard’s, J.R. Hobby Horse, First Impressions, and Rendezvous Formal Wear.

Tickets for the 2013 Conway Bridal Show are $5 at the door.