The North Little Rock Community Concert Band will present their June “Concerts in the Park” performance on Friday, June 8t at 7:15 p.m., under the canopy in the Lakewood Village shopping area on McCain Boulevard.


Admission is free and those going are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets to sit on.


The band is directed by Rico Belotti and the musical program his dubbed, “Songs in the Key of J.” Meaning all the composers or song titles start with “J.”


For more information about the concert or the band, call 758-2576 or visit www.nlrcommunityband.com.


Hartwick returns to Chamber


North Little Rock Parks and Recreation Director Terry Hartwick will be the keynote speaker at the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce F.Y.I. luncheon on Friday.


Hartwick is the chamber’s former director.


Lunch will start at 11:45 and Hartwick will begin speaking after 12:15.


Tickets at the door are $15 and for more information, call 372-5959.


Happy 182nd birthday!


Old State House Museum will host a free family-friendly event June 9 from noon to 5 p.m. to celebrate the 182nd anniversary of Arkansas becoming a state.


This year’s theme is Work and Play. Visitors will learn what industries and trades were in Arkansas in 1836, the worth of goods and services and what pastimes were pursued by early Arkansans.


The Old State House Museum is located at 300 W. Markham in Little Rock. Admission is free and open to the public; the museum can validate parking at the DoubleTree hotel.


For more information, call 324-9685 or visit www.oldstatehouse.com.


Luncheon set for June 7


The Sherwood Chamber of Commerce June Membership Luncheon will be Thursday, June 7, 11:30 a.m., at The Greens at North Hills.


Sherwood’s 42nd Annual Community Fish Fry to be held on Thursday, June 28, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Sherwood Forest. Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for ages 6-10, and are free for children 5 and under. Tickets are available from any Chamber Board member and at the chamber office.


The Weekend Theater to host Playwrights Week 2018


The Weekend Theater in Little Rock will host its inaugural Playwrights Week this fall and is accepting submissions of one-act plays until July 11.


Submissions should be no more 10-40 minutes in length and have casts between two and four people. Selections will be announced by Sept. 1. The playwrights selected will work with a director and cast affiliated with The Weekend Theater to produce a staged reading of four chosen plays from Oct. 28 - Nov. 3.


The competition is open to playwrights in Pulaski County, the Mississippi Alluvial Plain, and the West Gulf Coast Plain.


Playwrights Week is a new outreach by The Weekend Theater.


“In doing this, we hope to give playwrights from Pulaski County and nearby areas a safe space to produce their work and to promote the production of socially relevant original theater,” said Candrice Jones, a member of the Weekend Theater Board of Trustees who is coordinating Playwrights Week.


All scripts must address a social justice issue, have casts of 2 to 4 members, and not have had a full production in Arkansas. Script can be comical, dramatic, tragic, mysterious, or absurd. Musicals are excluded.


Playwrights must be at least 18 years old, present for the process, and open to feedback. Playwrights are responsible for their own travel and lodging.There is a reading fee of $15 for each play.


For more information on submission guidelines, visit weekendtheater.org or email twtplaywrightsweek2018@gmail.com.


Project Lead the Way campers


Forty middle school students from various Central Arkansas Middle schools will attend University of Arkansas- Pulaski Tech’s Project Lead the Way Summer Enrichment Institute June 4 – 15. Participants will be engaged in learning about technology through robotics-themed activities.


The students are on the Main Campus from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and will spend time using the latest technology to solve challenges such as designing, building, and testing a rocket for maximum possible altitude and a perfect landing. They’ll work with mechanical gears, motors, and drones. Students will also have the opportunity to visit Mid-America Science Museum in Hot Springs. They will study science with mousetrap racers, rockets, and skimmers.


The event ends with a graduation and student robotics presentation on June 15 at 2 p.m. in the Performance Studio of the CHARTS Building on the UA-PTC Main Campus at 3000 West Scenic Drive in North Little Rock.


The two-week program uses the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Gateway curriculum and certified instructors.


“This camp is often a real eye-opener for the students who participate,” said Richard Moss, director of UA-PTC’s STEM Success initiative. “Having these hands-on experiences enables young people to discover new possibilities and interests, including possible careers STEM fields.”


The outreach program is free and its design fits the mission of UA-PTC’s STEM Success program, which aims to increase the retention and graduation of underrepresented students in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and creating a sustainable pipeline for students to enter STEM programs and careers in Arkansas. UA - Pulaski Tech’s STEM Success program is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The program’s long-range goal is to increase successful completion of STEM courses and degrees among African-American male and female students.


CARTI Tour de Rock this Saturday


Rider registration is currently underway for the 15th annual CARTI Tour de Rock, a cycling-based fundraiser benefiting CARTI cancer patients, scheduled for this Saturday, June 2, at North Shore River Walk, 140 Riverfront Drive in North Little Rock.


Presented by Russell Chevrolet and Arkansas’ Best Chevy Dealers, the CARTI Tour de Rock is an open-course ride departing from North Little Rock and routed through Scott and England that annually attracts more than 1,000 cycling enthusiasts from across the United States.


The rides offer cyclists of all abilities route options of 25, 50, 62, 80 or 100 miles. Complete route details and maps are available at CARTI.com.


Routes depart as follows: 100 and 80 mile – 6:30 a.m.; 62 mile – 6:45 a.m.; 50 mile – 7 a.m.; 25 mile – 7:15 a.m.


Registration is $55 per rider now through June 1 or $60 on the day of the event. Riders will receive entry into the ride, an event t-shirt, and post-ride lunch and beer garden access at the finish line. Guests of riders and members of the community who are not riding can participate in the post-ride lunch and beer garden for $25 and will receive an event t-shirt as part of their registration. Lunch is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


To register, or for more information, contact the CARTI Foundation at 501-296-3406 or visit CARTI.com. All proceeds benefit CARTI and the cancer patients of Arkansas.


Hoop it up


North Little Rock Parks and Recreation will be hosting a Summer Hoop It Up/Community Health Fair this Saturday, June 2, the North Little Rock Community Center. Registration will begin at noon and the event will begin at 1 p.m. Following the men’s basketball league championship game. The event will feature a 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, a 3-Point Contest, and a Slam Dunk Contest. We are thankful to be able to host this event due to donations from various vendors whom will be on site.


The event will be $15 per team for pre-registration and $30 per team on event day for teams with a maximum of 4 players per team. The 3-Point Contest as well as the Slam Dunk Contest will be free for every contestant, and all proceeds will go back to the North Little Rock Parks and Recreation Department.


Please check the North Little Rock Community Center’s Facebook page as well as the City of North Little Rock’s Parks and Recreation website for more information.


For more information, call 791-8541.


Seniors Quit Smoking with Help from Medicare Coverage


Tobacco use can lead to nicotine dependence and serious health problems. However, there are helpful treatments and resources available for those hoping to quit including free cessation-related counseling through Medicare Part B.


Use of tobacco has been identified as the leading preventable cause of death in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control, cigarette smoking increases the risk of coronary heart disease, COPD, stroke, lung and other cancers. Smokeless tobacco is no less dangerous - contributing to cases of oral and pancreatic cancer, gum disease and tooth decay.


Medicare Part B provides up to eight face to face visits in a 12 month period free through the Preventive Services program. There is no cost to recipients if the doctor or other health care provider accepts Medicare as full payment.


Quitting significantly lowers the risk of tobacco related disease and can add years to your life. The threat of cardiovascular issues and heart attack fall dramatically in as little as a year. Within 2-5 years of quitting, risk of stroke returns to almost that of a nonsmoker.


For more information, please call us at 372-5300, toll-free at 800-482-6359 or visit www.carelink.org.