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Scholarships available at Oxford American Writers' Summit

Scholarships available at Oxford American Writers' Summit

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Oxford American will offer five scholarships (including tuition, room, and board) for Arkansas college students to attend the inaugural Oxford American Summit for Ambitious Writers occurring June 21–26, 2011, at Winthrop Rockefeller Institute on Petit Jean Mountain.

"These scholarships will allow the most promising young writers at Arkansas colleges to learn from some of the best writers and editors in the nation," said Marc Smirnoff, editor of The Oxford American.  "We are pleased to be able to extend this opportunity to our home-state students."

The scholarships will be awarded to the five best student applications (as judged by the Summit’s Fiction and Creative Nonfiction admission boards) received from two- and four-year Arkansas colleges and universities.

AETN, UALR Public Radio host free advance screening of ‘Pushing the Elephant’

AETN, UALR Public Radio host free advance screening of ‘Pushing the Elephant’

CONWAY, Ark. (AETN) — The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) and UALR Public Radio/KUAR FM 89.1 invite the public to a free screening of “Pushing the Elephant” as part of Community Cinema Monday, March 28, at 6 p.m. at Roosevelt Thompson Library in Little Rock.

“Pushing the Elephant,” a film by Beth Davenport and Elizabeth Mandel, tells the story of Rose Mapendo who lost her husband and her home during the ethnic violence that engulfed the Democratic Republic of Congo in the 1990s. When war came to Mapendo’s village, she was separated from her five-year-old daughter, Nangabire. Mapendo managed to escape with nine of her 10 children and eventually resettled in Phoenix, Ariz. Over a decade later, mother and daughter are reunited in the U.S., where they must face the past and build a new future.

The film follows Mapendo and Nangabire over the course of two years as they make up for lost time.

Registration deadline for historical conference extended to March 31

Registration deadline for historical conference extended to March 31

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Arkansas Historical Association has extended to March 31 the registration deadline for “A Gathering Storm: Arkansas Goes to War,” the seventieth annual conference of the Arkansas Historical Association, which will be held April 14-16 in Little Rock.

The conference will feature sessions on a variety of topics centering on events in Arkansas history as the state’s citizens prepared for military conflict. While many speakers will address events linked to the Civil War, other sessions will cover the U.S. Mexican War, World War I and the Korean War.

In addition to the history sessions, the conference includes a reception at the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, an awards banquet at the Clinton Presidential Library, and tours of Civil War sites in Central Arkansas, Mount Holly Cemetery, and Oakland-Fraternal Cemetery.

LRFW 2011 seeks best hairstylists in the state

LRFW 2011 seeks best hairstylists in the state

Are you the "baddest" hairstylist in town? Here's your chance to prove it!

Little Rock Fashion Week (LRFW) is accepting applications from hairstylists and hair salons, wanting to showcase their hair designs at Little Rock Fashion Week 2011, scheduled July 11-16.

In its third year, LRFW is recognized as the one fashion experience that pushes the envelope when it comes to models' hair on the runway. A few lucky hairstylists and hair salons will be highlighted at LRFW's Posh Expression and Young & Fabulous fashion shows. Participating hairstylists and salons will compete to win the inaugural LRFW’s “2011 Best Hairstylists" award. The winner receives several prizes and perks for up to one year.

The application can be downloaded at http://www.littlerockfashionweek.com/.

Celebrate Purim at UALR

Celebrate Purim at UALR

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- UALR’s Middle Easter Studies Program will host a Purim celebration at 7 p.m. Monday, March 14, in the Donaghey Student Center’s Ledbetter Hall Room C.

Purim commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people living throughout the ancient Persian Empire from a plot by Haman the Agagite to annihilate them. The festival will include  music, dance, and refreshments. The celebration is free, open to the public and is kid-friendly.

The event will feature the story of Purim, Hamentashen cookies, children's costumes, Israeli folk dances and Gragger noisemakers. For more information, contact Joshua Thomsen at jcthomsen@ualr.edu or 501-683-7028.

See what "Ballyhoo" is all about

See what "Ballyhoo" is all about

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Enjoy "The Last Night of Ballyhoo," The Weekend Theater, 7th & Chester in downtown Little Rock. 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, April 8-23. $14, $10 for students and seniors age 65 and older. For reservations or more information call 501-374-3761 or visit www.weekendtheater.org.

Templars present Southern Journeys Art Program for kids

Templars present Southern Journeys Art Program for kids

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - "Southern Journeys: African American Artists of the South" examines the work of African American artists who have chronicled the history of southern culture in their art.

Bring your child out on Saturday, March 12 at 10 a.m. to learn about the art collection and particpate in a two part art program with local artist Sondra A. Strong. All children who attend will have their art featured as a part of the exhibit at the museum.

For more inforamtion and registration forms please visit http://www.mosaictemplarscenter.com/public_programs/default.aspx .