Maumelle Library hosts reading club

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.

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

Newcomers coffee in Maumelle

The Maumelle Newcomers monthly coffee meeting will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Jess Odom Community Center.

Everyone is invited, especially newcomers.

For more information, call 803-0225.

Low-cost tactics attract attention

Business owners looking for hands-on assistance with local, online business listings can attend the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center’s "Get Listed Locally" seminar July 12 in Little Rock or work one-on-one with a center business consultant.

The center also can help business owners craft an online marketing plan tailored for their target customers. Consulting and market research services are free to Arkansas small businesses. To schedule an appointment, call the center at (501) 683-7700 to schedule an appointment.

Small business owners or employees wanting to learn more about online marketing can take advantage of the center’s other upcoming hands-on seminars where each participant uses an iPad 2:

July 10 — 5 Small Business Strategies for Social Media;

July 17 — Search Engine Optimization;

July 19 — Social Media Setup: Twitter;

July 26 — Using Media Tablets for Your Business;

Aug. 2 — First Steps to Video Marketing.

The sessions will be held at the Reynolds Business Center on the campus of UALR. Due to the hands-on nature of the training, space is limited, and pre-registration is required. For more information, call (501) 683-7700 or visit asbtdc.org/training.

Where consumers once turned to the phone book to find a specific business or type of business, they now search online. Google alone accounts for more than two billion local searches each month. The question for business owners is: Will potential customers searching online find them or their competitors?

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center teaches small businesses how they can be found in searches and have an effective online presence without spending a lot of money. Because 88 percent of Americans 14 and older who use the Internet this year will look for information about products or services, according to Hubspot, and 70 percent of those using online search are looking for offline (brick-and-mortar) businesses, according to EZLocal.com, even businesses that don’t sell online still can benefit from online marketing.

In its "Small Biz Online Marketing Guide," available at asbtdcblog.org/guide, the center highlights eight ways small businesses can build their online presence, beginning with website optimization and accurate local business listings.

On request, the center analyzes the websites of Arkansas small businesses at no charge and provides detailed reports that explain in plain language how to optimize each page. The analysis covers a site’s title, keywords, page descriptions, content, links, navigation and more.

Laman to have Jones exhibition

North Little Rock’s William F. Laman Library announces its next exhibition, "Outside the Pale: The Architecture of Fay Jones." On loan from the Old State House Museum in Little Rock and with additional artifacts and objects from Special Collections at the University of Arkansas Libraries in Fayetteville, "Outside the Pale" will be on display in the exhibit hall July 27-Aug. 25.

"Fay Jones architecture begins in order and ends in mystery," Robert Adams Ivy Jr. stated in his essay for the exhibt. "His role can perhaps best be understood as a mediator, a human consciousness that has arisen from the Arkansas soil and scoured the cosmos, then spoken through the voices of stone and wood, glass and steel. Art, philosophy, craft, and human aspiration coalesce in his masterworks, transformed from acts of will into harmonies: Jones lets space sing."

The exhibit is a retrospective of the the life and work of Jones — a disciple of another acclaimed American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright.

"We chose to bring this exhibit to North Little Rock to help showcase our plaza gazebo that was designed by Jones in the early 70s," said Jeff Baskin, Laman Library executive director, said. "Most know of the significant contributions Jones made to architecture, but few know that we have a fine example of his work right here in our own community."

Silent auction to be held for Sharks

The Sherwood Sharks Swim Team will host a silent auction July 11-12 at the Bill Harmon Recreation Center, 51 Shelby Road in Sherwood.

The auction will start at 6 p.m. on both nights and last two hours.

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 will be accepted any day from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 pm. For more details, call 851-2000.

Fairley to be featured on 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.

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.

Tai Chi Instructor workshop set

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. For more information, call 982-4171 or go to www.cityofjacksonville.net.

Flag football 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 includes 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.