Maumelle Library hosts workshops

The Maumelle Library, a branch of the Central Arkansas Library System, is having a summer-long reading club that is free.

Activities will be held Monday through Thursday at the library. The tentative schedule is:

• Ages 9-12: Mondays at 10:30 a.m.

• Ages 6-8: Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. or 2:30 p.m.

• Ages 3-5: Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. or 2:30 p.m.

• Ages 0-36 months: Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

Summer Reading Club continues for all ages.

All events are free, but a one-time registration is required.

On Fridays, there will be a drawings for gift cards for teen and adult participants

Brian Kinder will rock the house at 2 p.m. Monday with his children’s music and concert. All ages welcome. Admission is free, but space is limited.

Library will close early at 6 p.m. Tuesday and will remain closed through the July Fourth holiday.

The library is at 10 Lake Pointe Drive. For more information, call 851-2551.

Realtor takes cereal donations

Crye-Leike Realtors will collect cereal, oatmeal and breakfast bars for the TODAY’S THV Summer Cereal Drive.

Drop off donations any day from 8:30 a.m.—5:30 pm. For more details, call 851-2000.

CenturyLink invites area to join drive

CenturyLink Inc. has announced its 2012 CenturyLink Feed the Children Backpack Buddies Food Drive. The drive stared Monday across CenturyLink’s operating areas and will conclude Friday.

Recognizing the increased demands for food during the summer months when children are out of school, the company’s employees are collecting food and household items at more than 650 company locations. In addition, the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Charitable Foundation is offering a $1-per-pound match (up to $1 million) on all donations during this drive.

In Jacksonville, CenturyLink is asking the community to participate by bringing food items 9 a.m.-5 p.m. to the CenturyLink retail store at: 2616 West Main, Jacksonville.

All food, household products and monetary donations collected in Jacksonville will be given to Fishnet Ministry in Jacksonville to benefit those in need in the local area.

Pulaski Tech receives $155,000 from Wal-Mart

Pulaski Technical College was selected as one of 15 community colleges across the country to receive a $100,000 Walmart PRESS for Completion grant.

The funds will enable Pulaski Tech to better engage faculty, especially adjunct faculty, and staff in important campus-based reform efforts and ensure that more students have a better chance of staying in school and obtaining a market-valued credential.

The grant program is sponsored by the Walmart Foundation and administered by Achieving the Dream, a national nonprofit leading the nation’s most comprehensive non-governmental reform network for community college student success.

Pulaski Tech was the only college in Arkansas to receive the grant. In addition, the college received $55,000 from the Walmart State Giving Program to enhance its writing lab.

Through a competitive process, including 50 eligible Achieving the Dream Leader Colleges, Pulaski Tech was selected as a grant recipient in the Walmart PRESS for Completion grant program. The grant will include a 27-month process during which time Pulaski Tech will receive technical assistance and support from Achieving the Dream.

In addition, Pulaski Tech has agreed to serve as a peer coach and be active in the learning community among the other 175+ colleges in the larger Achieving the Dream National Reform Network. Ultimately, at least 100,000 students stand to benefit directly, and 3.75 million indirectly, from the collective work of the selected colleges.

Patriotic Spectacular Full of Live Entertainment

The Patriotic Spectacular/Military Appreciation Day will take place Sunday in Jan Crow Stadium at Jacksonville High School. The event provides an evening of entertainment and fireworks for the whole family.

Held each Independence Day weekend in Jacksonville, it seeks to honor the military heroes that call central Arkansas home.

Gates will open at 6:30 p.m., and the celebration will begin with the national anthem performed by the Gloryland Pastors Choir of North Little Rock. Country music star Candy Coburn will begin her concert at 7 p.m. Her concert will be followed by a time of appreciation of military men and women and a performance by Southern rockers, the Marshall Tucker Band, at 8:15 p.m. The night ends with a fireworks finale at 9:30 p.m.

Admission is free. Lawn chairs or blankets are recommended for lawn seating in addition to available stadium seating. In case of rain, the event will be relocated to the First Baptist Church, located at 401 N. First St. The fireworks display will still be held on the Jacksonville High School football field. Concessions will be available through the Jacksonville High School Booster Club, with all proceeds benefitting the club.

Designer Tobi Fairley featured at July 10 Tales

Interior Designer Tobi Fairley will be the featured storyteller July 10 for a special Tales from the South Tin Roof Project. The live taping of the radio series will be at Starving Artist Café in the Argenta Arts District in downtown North Little Rock. The Salty Dogs will perform live. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Dinner and drinks will be served 5-6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m.

Selected as one of Traditional Home’s Top 20 Young Designers in America, Fairley’s projects have spanned the Southern region and the nation from Charleston to Los Angeles.

Fairley has degrees in interior design, accounting and a master’s degree from the Sam M. Walton College of Business.

In 2010 Tobi introduced her DIY design service, InBox Interiors, and launched her popular design camps.

A Hampton, Arkansas native, Tobi lives and works in Little Rock.

Tickets are $5 for the show, plus the cost of dinner and drinks. Seating is very limited. Tickets can be purchased online at www.talesfromthesouth.com

This show will air on KUAR in Central Arkansas at 7 p.m. Aug. 16.

Laman Library to Partner with NLR’s "Fit 2 Live" Initiative.

The William F. Laman Public Library System has announced a new partnership with North Little Rock’s Fit 2 Live initiative. The new program, Fit 2 Live at Laman!, will begin Aug. 7-28 and run for four consecutive Tuesdays at 6:30pm with screenings of the four-part HBO documentary film, "The Weight of the Nation," followed by discussion with Fit 2 Live coordinator Bernadette Gunn Rhodes.

At the conclusion of the film screenings in August, "Fit 2 Live" at Laman! will continue as a once-a-month series the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm. Patrons will enjoy learning about nutrition, exercise options, healthy grocery choices, meal planning and more.

Fit 2 Live is an initiative created by the city of North Little Rock and the North Little Rock School District in 2009 "to address the obesity epidemic in our city and to make the healthy choice the easy choice for our residents."

Argenta Foodie Fest 2012 slated for Saturday

Summertime in Argenta means great food, music, arts and crafts, and the Argenta Foodie Festival. Join the Argenta Arts Foundation and the Argenta Farmers market at the Argenta Summer Foodie Festival celebrating the plentiful growing season in Arkansas.

The Argenta Foodie Festival will take place 9 am-1 pm Saturday, 600 Main Street, in Argenta Arts District in downtown North Little Rock, next to the Argenta Farmers Market. Admission is free.

Participating restaurants include Argenta Market, Boulevard Bread Co., Ferneau, Hunka Pie, Starving Artist Café, Café 42, Mark Abernathy, Christina L and Lulav. Live entertainment provided by Fire & Brimstone and Steve Bates.

The purpose of the Argenta Foodie Festival is to connect people to fresh, healthy, seasonal food and the farmers who grow it. Another reason is to promote our local restaurants, chefs and catering services that support local farmers and understand the importance of creating a sustainable local economy and a strong connection between farm and table.

The Argenta Foodie Festival is sponsored by Pulaski Technical College, Progressive Parking, and Foundation Pro. For more information, call (501) 993-1234 or go to www.argentaartsdistrict.org.

Tai Chi Instructor Certification Workshop

The Jacksonville Community Center will host July 14-15 a Tai Chi for Arthritis Part 1 Instructor Certification Workshop.

This tai chi program is approved and supported by the Arthritis Foundation. It is also approved for continuing education units for physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and mental health technicians. It also is approved by the American College of Sports Medicine for continuing education credits for fitness instructors and personal trainers.

The cost of this two-day workshop is $245, including the instructional DVD for the course.

To register for the workshop contact: Joanne Zeitler, senior trainer in tai chi for Health Institute (501) 825-8126, and jz4taichi@yahoo.com.

Tai chi classes are offered at the Jacksonville Community Center. Call 982-4171 for more information, or visit www.cityofjacksonville.net.

Youth and adult flag football leagues sign-up under way

Youth Flag football registration started June 1 and ends July 7. Girls and boys 6-14 can participate at a cost of $50 per player. The fee includesm a jersey. The draft is 10:30 a.m. July 7 at Dupree Park. League play begins Sept. 9.

Coaches will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Jacksonville Community Center.

Adult flag football registration is July 1-Aug. 23 with seven-on-seven and with up to 12 on the roster. Play will be at 2 p.m. every Sunday afternoon. Cost is $350 per team.

Flag football coaches will meet at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Jacksonville Community Center.

For more information, contact Megan Handy at 982-4171 or mhandy@cityofjacksonville.net

Church to host picnic

Zion Hill Baptist Church will have its 17th annual Church and Community Picnic at 5-10 p.m. Sunday at the church, 11923 Zion Hill Road.

There will be games, food, fun, and a community firework display.

Weather permitting, there will be volleyball, horseshoe toss, and many other outdoor activities. There will also be a designated activity area for children.

Bring lawn chairs and sunscreen. A fried chicken supper will be served, along with popcorn, homemade desserts, cotton candy and snow cones. There will be live bluegrass and Southern gospel music, as well as music by the Switch band. There will be a fireworks display after dark.

For more information, call the church office at (501) 988-4989.