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The Arkansas Agriculture Department recognizes century farms across the state

The Arkansas Agriculture Department recognizes century farms across the state

LITTLE ROCK (AAD) – The Arkansas Agriculture Department announced today that 102 Arkansas farms will be designated as Arkansas Century Farms in 2013. Arkansas Century Farm signs and certificates will be presented to owners of the farms at five locations around the state the week of November 18-22.

The Arkansas Century Farm program is a program that recognizes Arkansas’s rich agricultural heritage and honors families who have owned and farmed the same land for at least 100 years. The program is voluntary, places no restrictions on the land, and does not require a fee.

To qualify, farms have to meet the following criteria:

  • The same family must have owned the farm for 100 years by December 31, 2013.
  • The farm must be at least 10 acres of the original land acquisition and make a financial contribution to the overall farm income.

The following Arkansas farms will be awarded a sign and certificate at the following locations:

Museum of Discovery features annual Native American event

Museum of Discovery features annual Native American event

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (MOD) As part of its educational programming, the Museum of Discovery welcomes back the Dancing Eagles for event Tribal Trails, the museum's popular annual Native American event to be presented Nov. 14-16.

Mike and Lisa Pahsetopah, with daughter Heaven, will return to present their interactive, cultural programs for both school and general audiences. The Dancing Eagles will perform different styles of dances and teach about Native American cultures, costumes and musical instruments, focusing on the Osage tribe.

Public show times are at 2 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Nov. 14-15, and 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16.  The show is included in regular museum admission: $10 for adults, $8 for children 1-12 and free younger than 1. Museum members also will be admitted free.

For more information visit www.museumofdiscovery.org or call 501-396-7050.

Boccarossa, ‘a shining star’ at UALR for many years, passes away

Boccarossa, ‘a shining star’ at UALR for many years, passes away

Jennifer Boccarossa, 30, conductor of the UALR Women’s Chorus and choir director at Mount St. Mary Academy, passed away at Baptist Medical Center Monday, Nov. 11, after suffering a hypertensive stroke.

Boccarossa earned her bachelor of arts degree in applied music in 2005 and M.Ed. in secondary education in 2007, both from UALR. In addition to teaching at St. Mary’s, she had previously taught at both Pulaski Technical College and UALR.

She had recently been named the assistant artistic director for UALR’s spring 2014 production of Carmina Burana, in which she would have played a major role coordinating the efforts of five high school choirs performing with the UALR Community Chorus and Arkansas Festival Ballet... Read More

“Dancing into Dreamland” raises funds for education, ballroom restoration

“Dancing into Dreamland” raises funds for education, ballroom restoration

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Dreamland Ballroom) - Guests at the 4rd Annual “Dancing Into Dreamland: Dance Contest and Benefit” on November 15, 2013 will experience a magical night on the third floor of the Taborian Hall building at 9th and State Street.  The gala was held in the Dreamland Ballroom for the first time last year, after two years at the Governor’s Mansion.

“Dancing into Dreamland” will feature nine dance teams from a variety of genres competing for a $250 cash prize, as well as an exhibition dance from last year’s winner.  Guests will participate through text voting for their favorite teams to decide the People’s Choice Award, while the 1st Place and cash prize winner will be chosen by a panel of judges. 

Second Annual “Say it Ain’t Say’s” Sweet Potato Pie Contest

Second Annual “Say it Ain’t Say’s” Sweet Potato Pie Contest

Little Rock, Ark. (MTCC) --- On October 21, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center began accepting entries for the second annual “Say it Ain’t Say’s” Sweet Potato Pie Contest.

The contest is open to both amateur and professional bakers statewide. The first ten entries from amateurs and the first eight from professionals will be accepted. Prizes will be awarded for 1st and 2nd place in each category, and a People’s Choice award will be presented to the overall crowd favorite.

Contest rules and entry forms can be picked up at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 501 West Ninth Street in Little Rock, or online at www.mosaictemplarscenter.com.

Deadline for entries is Nov. 18.

The pies will be displayed, judging will take place and the winners will be announced at MTCC’s Holiday Open House celebration slated for 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1.

LRFW to hold annual DVD release party

LRFW to hold annual DVD release party

On Friday November 8th at 6 p.m., Little Rock Fashion Week will have its annual DVD release party. It's being held at Chenal Pointe at The Divide, 6400 Divide Parkway in Little Rock, AR 72223. There will be free food, drinks, and games for all ages. Meet producers, models and fashion designers. This event is free and open to the public. To RSVP send an e-mail to info@littlerockfashionweek.com. LRFW 5 videos can be purchased, now! Visit www.littlerockfashionweek.com