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"Feed the Funnel" to help feed local area families

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Volunteers are welcome to join in on the packing of 10,000 ready-to-eat meals going towards hungry families in the Little Rock area as part of a "Feed the Funnel" event. 

"Feed the Funnel" sponsored by United Way, Embassy Suites and the Arlington Hotel will be happening on Tuesday, September 29 at Embassy Suites. 

The event is open to volunteers from 3 years old and up. The practice of “Funnelology” involves grown-ups packaging the food while kids contribute art work to the design of the packages themselves. The volunteers will work one of two shifts. Those are the 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. shift or the  5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. shift, all of which will take place in the Grand Ballroom. Frequent time outs are thrown in for dancing to lively music.

Community Connections to kick off fall programs for kids with special needs

CONWAY, Ark. (Sept. 18, 2015) – Community Connections will kick off its fall extra-curricular programs for children with special needs and their families on Tuesday, September 22.

The programs, which are free of charge, will include theatre, music, art, flag football, cheerleading, martial arts, golf programs and an autism workshop.

“We believe ALL children deserve the opportunity to play sports and participate in the arts,” said Courtney Leach, director of Community Connections. “We adapt our programs for individual needs and utilize buddies to accommodate children so they can experience success and being part of a team.”

Arkansas Lighthouse for the Blind to host "Dining in the Dark"

Arkansas Lighthouse for the Blind to host "Dining in the Dark"

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Supporters of Arkansas Lighthouse for the Blind (ALB) invite the community to support its 75th anniversary “Dining in the Dark” fundraiser on Thursday, Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m.

The event will be held in the Ballroom at Noah’s Event Venue located at 21 Rahling Circle in Little Rock.

During “Dining in the Dark,” dining enthusiasts will have the opportunity to discover how darkness will enhance their senses of smell and taste while supporting the employment of Arkansans who are blind. After a lighted reception and silent auction outside the ballroom, guests will meet with employees of the Lighthouse who are blind or visually impaired. These individuals will assist attendees throughout the dining experience in complete darkness while encouraging them to use their other senses of taste, sound and touch.

According to National Industries for the Blind, seven out of 10 working-age Americans who are blind are not employed.

Four named Arkansas Teacher of the Year state finalists

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Four outstanding teachers were named 2016 Arkansas Teacher of the Year state finalists at a recognition event today with Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Johnny Key. 

“Selecting just four teachers from an exceptional group of talented educators was a difficult process,” Key said. “The four state finalists chosen, however, have demonstrated leadership, knowledge and the ability to inspire students in the classroom. I congratulate them, as well as their administrators and fellow educators.”

The four state finalists are as follows:

Meghan Ables

11th Grade English/Literacy
Stuttgart High School
Stuttgart School District
Arkansas River Education Service Cooperative 

Brenda Galliher

CADC to distribute USDA commodities in Pulaski County

PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. - Central Arkansas Development Council will distribute USDA Commodities Thursday, September 17 beginning at 9 a.m. in Pulaski County.  

The food items to be distributed may include Pink Salmon, Cranberry Sauce, Vegetable Soup, Spaghetti Sauce, Potato Flakes, Vegetarian Beans, Peanut Butter and Apple Juice.

Commodities will be distributed at the following locations:

Sept 26 - 15th Annual Sproo-Doo Model Show

Sept 26 - 15th Annual Sproo-Doo Model Show

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Central Arkansas Scale Modelers are hosting their 15th Annual Sproo-Doo Model Show on September 26.

The show will be held in the Ballroom of the Statehouse Convention Center. The show committee is very excited about this year's show and is inviting everyone to come out to join in the fun. The show is free and open to the public. Entry fees are listed below.
 

Camp Aldersgate hosts 32nd Annual Fish Fry

Camp Aldersgate hosts 32nd Annual Fish Fry

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Camp Aldersgate is asking the public to save the date of October 11 for the 32nd Annual Fish Fry. 

On Sunday, October 11, be prepared to enjoy fried catfish, local entertainment, local merchants and fun activities for all ages at Camp Aldersgate located at 2000 Aldersgate Road in Little Rock. 

Festivities will begin at noon and will last until 3 p.m.

Parking will be available off-site with shuttle buses to and from Camp Aldersgate. 

Proceeds from the event will be used to support the Camp's year-round programs for youth with special needs and medical conditions and senior adults in a camping environment. For more information, check out their website here. If you would like to help out with the fish fry, contact Liz Morris at (501) 225-1444 or email lmorris@campaldersgate.net.