Church shows free movies

Starting Thursday, Christ Church at 100 Gateway Drive in Cabot is launching More than a Movie Thursdays from 2-3:30 p.m. and again at the same times July 12 and July 19.

The church will show-family friendly films and provide healthy snacks for the children who attend.

For more information, call the Church at (501) 843-2302 or Colleen at (501) 529-0604.

Subdivision cuts ribbon Thursday

The Majestic Pointe subdivision in Maumelle will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony along with welcoming reception for the public from 5-7 p.m. Thursday.

Sponsored by Bank of the Ozarks, Centennial Bank and Crye-Leike Realtors, the event will offer free hot dogs, chips, cookies, drinks and smoothies to those in attendance.

‘Redneck’ show looks for families

Producers of a new CMT network television show, "Redneck Intervention" are looking for families for its host, Tom Arnold, to reunite.

In a news release from the production company, they ask:

• "Do you have a family member who is embarrassed of his or her "redneck roots?"

• "Have they lost their backwoods charm because of the demands of the big city?"

• "Have they traded in their camouflage gear for a suit and tie?"

• "Would you like to reconnect with your distant family member and have them come home for a SURPRISE fun-filled redneck family reunion?"

The producers of CMT’s "My Big Redneck Wedding" and "My Big Redneck Vacation" have created "Redneck Intervention," during which Arnold will reunite a "redneck" family with a big-city relative for a family reunion.

Apply online at: thecastingfirm.com/redneck-intervention/, or email: castings@thecastingfirm.com.

Write "REDNECK" in the subject line of the email, and include your name, telephone number and a photo of your family.

All participants must be legal U.S. residents. To find out more about the Casting Firm, visit: www.TheCastingFirm.com

Four-hour defensive driving class set

A defensive driving class is scheduled from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. July 26 at Mount Carmel Baptist Church, 163 Mount Carmel Road in Cabot.

All who are 55 and older who take the class will receive a reduction on their automobile insurance premiums. Young drivers also are urged to attend this class.

According to a Feb. 16 edition of USA Today, fatalities have increased among younger drivers. Vehicle deaths among drivers 16-17 rose 11 percent during the first half of 2011 primarily due to texting and cell phone use while driving. The leading cause of death for those 15-20 is vehicle accidents.

Eighty percent of all accidents are caused in part by distracted driving. Cell phone use and texting are prominent causes. People who send text messages while they drive spend 4.6 seconds of every 6 seconds not watching the highway while they drive.

Those who attend approved defensive driving classes have fewer accidents and citations.

To register for the class, call Don McKenzie at (501) 940-3404 or (870) 238-8095.

Realtor organizes supply drive

Crye-Leike Realtors in July and August is conducting a School Supply Drive benefiting CASA Foster Children in Pulaski County.

ACT to premier its "Cabaret"

Argenta Community Theater has announced its "first community theatre production," "Cabaret," will run July 25-28.

Bob Hupp of the Arkansas Repertory Theatre (The Rep) is directing. Vincent Insalaco from ACT is producing.d Christen Pitts of North Little Rock High School and the Arkansas Dance Network and Marisa Kirby of The Rep are choreographing. Kurt Kennedy of the United Methodist Church and River City Men’s Chorus is music director; Sara Cooke of North Pulaski High School is technical director. Ross Penn of UALR is stage manager.

Tickets available at argentacommunitytheater.com or by calling (501) 353-1443.

Sales tax holiday Aug. 4-5

Arkansas will hold its annual sales tax holiday at 12:01 a.m. Aug. 4 and ending at 11:59 p.m. Aug. 5.

State and local sales tax will not be collected during this 48-hour period on the sale of clothing and footwear, if the sales price is less $10 per item; clothing accessories and equipment, if the sales price is less than $50 per item; school supplies; school art supplies and school instructional materials.

Veterans Affairs hosts women’s summit

The Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs invites all women who have served in the military to attend a free summit from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Pulaski Technical College Campus Center in North Little Rock.

The event will offer speakers and workshops that provide information on state and federal benefits entitled to women veterans following their honorable military service, women’s health and wellness updates, legal issues, finding employment as well as self defense. In addition, there will be free health screenings, informational booths and giveaways available to attendees.

The Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs is teaming with Central Arkansas Veterans Health Care System, Veterans Affairs Regional Office, Arkansas Department of Workforce Services and Pulaski Technical College to make the summit possible.

A free lunch will be provided by Golden Corral for pre-registrants.

Women veterans interested in attending are encouraged to register early as space is limited. Go to www.veterans.arkansas.gov or call (501) 370-3820 for more information.

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.

Low-cost tactics help small businesses attract attention online

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 Thursday 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 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 Library Announces Fay 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 exhibit. "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 today and Thursday 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.

Tai Chi Instructor Certification Workshop

The Jacksonville Community Center will host a Tai Chi for Arthritis Part 1 Instructor Certification Workshop on Saturday and Sunday at the center.

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.