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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:

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.

 

Family Fun Saturday September 12

Family Fun Saturday September 12

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Tommy Terrific will present an educational magic show about famous "Black Cowboys of the Old West." 

The kids will learn about Bill Pickett who invented bulldogging as Tommy does a magic trick with a steer's skull. They will also learn about expert robber Nat Love and Mary Fields, who delivered mail in the Wild West. 

Tommy Terrific will create a world of excitement when he uses his magical lasso and a host of other tricks to highlight Black Americans of the Old West. 

This family-friendly event is free and open to the public. There will be popcorn, prizes and more. All of the festivities will begin at noon on September 12.

For more information, call (501) 683-3610 or email AmandaH@arkansasheritage.org

 

ASMSA opens Class of 2018 admissions cycle

ASMSA opens Class of 2018 admissions cycle

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts has officially launched the search for the Class of 2018.
 
Students apply to ASMSA through a competitive admissions process that evaluates high school coursework, ACT/SAT scores, responses to essay questions, letters of recommendation and other accomplishments.  Finalist candidates are invited to attend Interview Weekends in April.  The process is similar to application at selective colleges and universities.
 
Students must submit their completed online application, test scores, and letters of recommendation no later than March 1, 2016.