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"Arkansas Goes to War" as part of sesquicentennial event

"Arkansas Goes to War" as part of sesquicentennial event

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – “A Gathering Storm: Arkansas Goes to War” is the theme of the seventieth annual conference of the Arkansas Historical Association, which will be held April 14-16 in Little Rock. The deadline to register is March 15.

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.

CARD girls Shamrock N’ The Rink

CARD girls Shamrock N’ The Rink

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The Central Arkansas Roller Derby junior varsity team takes the center rink against a veteran opponent, the ThunderDollz of Green County Roller Girls. The bout will be held March 13 at 5pm at Skate World. Admission is $10 for adults, kids 10 and under free. A portion of the door proceeds will go to the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Central Arkansas.

It may be St. Patrick’s week, but purple is the color of the day. Come support the second generation of Central Arkansas Roller Derby. These girls are highly competitive and can hip check like hockey players. Drinks and concessions will be available for purchase at the snack bar during this event and live music from The Ugly Stuff will be featured at halftime. The doors will open at 4:30pm; come early and grab a seat on the floor for an up close view of roller derby. You might even catch a skater in your lap!

Get your green on at St. Patrick's Day Parade

Get your green on at St. Patrick's Day Parade

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The 12th Annual Rock to North Little Rock St. Patrick's Day Parade will be held on Saturday, March 12 at 1 p.m.

The Parade begins on Third Street in downtown Little Rock near the main Post Office, passes Dugan's Irish Pub at Third and Rock Streets, travels through River Market, crosses the Main Street Bridge into North Little Rock ending in the Argenta Historic District. The reviewing stand will be located in front of Cregeen's Irish Pub at Main and Broadway in North Little Rock.

A program of traditional Irish music and dance will be held on the main stage in North Little Rock following the parade from 2-4 p.m.

The parade is presented by the Irish Cultural Society of Arkansas and sponsored by the city of North Little Rock and the Regional Recycling and Waste Reduction District. For more information, visit IrishArkansas.org or call 501-868-6416.

St. Vincent Tour de Paul 5k has Olympic Trials Qualifier

St. Vincent Tour de Paul 5k has Olympic Trials Qualifier

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The St. Vincent Tour de Paul 5k will be held April 9 this year.  Details are at https://www.stvincenthealth.com/tourdepaul/index.html.

This year we will have 2012 Olympic Trials Qualifier, Leah Thorvilson – find her at this link http://www.leahthorvilson.com/ , who is from Little Rock and a UALR graduate, running in the race.  Leah will participate in a Catch Me If You Can event as part of the race.  Runners pay extra to be given a head start and Leah will catch up and outrun them. 

The Tour de Paul 5k is one of three St. Vincent events scheduled April through May. There is a tennis tournament and golf tournament.  See Link above.  All of the events are fundraisers for the Longevity Center at St.

Church brings Mardi Gras theme to LR marathon

Church brings Mardi Gras theme to LR marathon

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- First United Methodist Church, Downtown for GOOD, celebrates the Little Rock Marathon with a Mardi Gras theme.  Members will be lining the street, cheering on the runners and walkers with lively music and lots of encouragement. This year featuring a Mardi Gras theme, beads will be distributed to the cheering masses.

Music on the street starts at 9 a.m.

Firefighters, officers honored at Awards Banquet

Firefighters, officers honored at Awards Banquet

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The Little Rock Rotary Club and the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold their 19th Annual Police & Fire Awards Banquet on March 1 at noon.

The event will be held at the Robinson Convention Center. Police Officers and Fire Fighters who received awards during 2010 will be recognized as well as the Civilian Employee of the Year, Rookie Police Officer of the Year, Rookie Fire Fighter of the Year, Fire Fighter of the Year and the Officer of the Year. All are invited.

Author discusses "guerilla diplomacy"

Author discusses "guerilla diplomacy"

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Daryl Copeland will discuss his book, “Guerrilla Diplomacy: Rethinking International Relations,” an analysis of the linkages between diplomacy, security and international relations in the globalization era.

Copeland is an analyst, author and educator specializing in diplomacy, international policy, global issues and public management. He is adjunct professor of international studies and a senior fellow at the University of Toronto's Munk Centre, and in 2009 was appointed as a research fellow at the University of Southern California's Center on Public Diplomacy.

The lecture is Monday, February 28, at noon in the Clinton Library Sturgis Hall. A book signing is set to follow.