Keep NLR Beautiful cleanup set for Saturday

The Keep North Little Rock Beautiful Committee is hosting another great cleanup event on Saturday called The Arkansas River Cleanup. If you enjoy the Arkansas River, help keep it clean. Everyone’s invited: church groups, scout clubs, neighborhood associations, school teams, and individuals. Clean up supplies will be provide by the committee. To sign up, please email KNLRB@aol.com, visit www.Facebook.com/KNLRB or call Summer at 501-758-1424.

Argenta annual gems and junk sale set for Saturday

On Saturday, Argenta’s Annual Gems & Junk Sale will be from 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. This sale is neighborhood wide and it has a lot of choices for those looking for the extraordinary. Call Becky at 501-376-1127.

Regatta Exhibition planned on Saturday

The second Annual Regatta Exhibition and Junction Bridge Watch Party will take place on Saturday from 3:30- 7 p.m. on the Arkansas River and the Junction Bridge. The sailing events will start at 3:30 p.m. The rowing events will start at 4:30 p.m. Vendors will be on sight with food and beverages. Mojo Depot will be performing. An awards ceremony will start at 6:30 p.m. presented by Judge Buddy Villines, Mayor Hays and Mayor Stodola. All events on the Junction Bridge.

Fun planned on Arkansas Queen Saturday

A Reggae, Hiphop & Old School Cruise aboard the Arkansas Queen Riverboat will be held on Saturday with boarding at 10 p.m. and cruising 10:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Reserve by calling 501-372-5777.

Argenta Farmer’s Market set for October

From Oct. 6 - 27: the Argenta Farmers Market will be at 6th and Main streets from 7 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. There will be free parking. For details visit www.ArgentaArtsDistrict.org.

NLR Fire Department sets Firefest on Oct. 9

The North Little Rock Fire Department presents on Oct. 9 Firefest from 5- 8 p.m. at the Kroger Parking lot (McCain Blvd and North Hills Blvd.) in conjunction with Fire Prevention Week. The rain date is Oct. 11. There will be fire truck demonstrations, AGFC Aquarium, free soft drinks, hot dogs, children’s safety smoke house, free eye-screenings provided by the Lions Club, games, goodies, and more.

Dark Hollow Community sets National Night out Oct. 9

National Night Out for Dark Hollow Community CDC is set for Oct. 9 from 7- 10 p.m. at Lorene Joshua Park located at 14th and Vine streets. Activities include a flashlight walk through the community and music in the park, along with updated information regarding the community. Call Ornett Grind at 501-350-2409.

NLRFD to present "Have 2 Ways Out" program Oct. 9

The North Little Rock Fire Department will present the program "Fire Prevention Week: Have Two Ways Out" on Tuesday, from 5-8 p.m. in the Kroger Parking Lot on McCain Boulevard. The rain date has been set for Oct. 11.

Visitors will be able to see fire truck demonstrations, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission aquarium, free soft drinks and hot dogs, children’s safety smoke house, free eye screening provided by the North Little Rock Lions Club, games, goodies, and more.

Indian Hills plans candidate forum for Oct. 9

All North Little Rock residents are invited to attend the Indian Hills Neighborhood Association meeting scheduled for Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. held at the Indian Hills Church located at 6801 John F Kennedy Blvd. This meeting will consist of the election year political meet-the-candidates forum. Each candidate will have time for an opening statement, will answer three pre-submitted questions from a five question pool determined by the IHNA Board. Two or three audience questions will be selected via written submission the night of the event and a closing statement for each candidate. The event will be moderated by the IHNA Board and is expected to last until 8p.m.

Band to play at Laman Library Plaza Oct. 11

Playing live at Laman on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. in the Laman Library Plaza will be the Steel Cat Steel Drum Band. Call 501-758-1720 or visit www.LamanLibrary.org.

Top of the Rock Chorus to host bazaar Oct. 11

Top of the Rock Chorus will host a "Harmony Bazaar" at McCain Mall, 3929 McCain Blvd. North Little Rock, AR 72116, on Thursday, Oct. 11, from 5-8 p.m. Shop 10 specialty vendors such as Pampered Chef, Premiere Jewelry, Scentsy, and Thirty-One. A special performance by Top of the Rock Chorus. There is no admission fee. The event will be located on the street level of McCain Mall in the food court area.

Arkansas Urban Legions Haunted House runs through Nov. 3

From Oct. 3 to Nov. 3, The Arkansas Urban Legends Haunted House will be open on Thursday-Sunday weeknights from 7-11 p.m. Weekend hours are 7p.m. - ?. Admission is $13 and located at 5204 Crystal Hill Rd., North Little Rock. Call 501-398-FEAR (3327) for details.

Ronald’s Night of Dancing Stars set for Oct. 13

The North Little Rock Civitan Club will host "Ronald’s Night of Dancing Stars" at 7:00 p.m. at Verizon Arena on Oct. 13. Ten local celebrities and business owners will take part in the event. Tickets are $45 and will raise funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.rmhclittlerock.org or call Fred Astaire Dance Studio at (501) 758-5560.

Latin Music Cruise set for Oct. 13

On Oct. 13, A Latin Music Cruise aboard the Arkansas Queen Riverboat Boards is set for for 10 p.m. with cruising from 10:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Call 501-372-5777 to reserve your seat.

Gospel quartet cruise set for Oct. 15

On Oct. 15, a gospel quartet dinner cruise aboard the Arkansas Queen Riverboat is planned that boards at 6 p.m. with the cruise from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Call 501-372-5777 to reserve.

NLR Landlords Association sets candidates forum for Oct. 15

The North Little Rock Landlords Association is having a candidate’s forum Monday, Oct. 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the Shelby Smith Pavilion at Burns Park.

There will be free hot dogs, chips and drinks.

The public is invited to attend as well as all North Little Rock and Pulaski County candidates.

Fit2Live program planned at Laman Library for Oct. 16

On Oct. 16: "Fit 2 Live" at Laman Public Library is set with the series on the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Main Branch. People who attend can learn about nutrition, exercise options, healthy grocery choices, meal planning.

Argenta Art Walk slated for Oct. 19

On Oct. 19: The Argenta Art Walk will be held from 5 - 8 p.m. "Art In Unexpected Places" can be found inside and out of the galleries and businesses along Main Street.

For details or to display your artwork, please call 501-993-1234 or visit www.Facebook.com/ArgentaArtWalk.

Race for the Curse planned on Oct. 20

On Oct. 20, Race for the Cure will be held in downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock. Sign up at www.KomenArkansas.org.

NLR Women’s Club plans fall follies fundraiser for Oct. 20

North Little Rock Woman’s Club invites the public to its annual Fall Follies Fund Raiser on Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Patrick Henry Hays Senior Citizens Center, 401 West Pershing, North Little Rock.

Come and enjoy Corky’s BBQ and homemade desserts provided by club members.

There will also be a "Country Store" which will have a just about a little bit of everything. This is a great time to get gifts for the holidays and benefit the club. There will also be music for dancing. Tickets will cost $25 with the doors opening at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. For more information, please call Past President Helen Greenfield at 501-835-5019.

Phantom of the Roller Derby set for Oct. 20

On Saturday Oct. 20, at 7 p.m., at Little Rock Skate World the Big Dam Rollers (BDR) make their debut in Central Arkansas Roller Derby’s (CARD) season six. BDR takes on the South Central Rollergirls (SCR) of Ada, Oklahoma. Adult admission for the bout is $10; kids 10 and under are free. This bout benefits the Miracle League.

Drinks and concessions will be available for purchase at the snack bar during this event. A costume contest will be held at halftime. SkateWorld doors open to the public at 6:30 pm. Skate World is located at 6512 Mabelvale Cut Off in Little Rock. For more information about Central Arkansas Roller Derby or this event, go to www.littlerockrollerderby.com. Complementary tickets for members of the press are available; please reply to this email by the day before the event for more information.

Big Rock Reading Series slated at Pulaski Tech for Oct. 25

On Oct. 25, Big Rock Reading Series will be held at Pulaski Tech in the RJ Wills Lecture Hall at the Campus Center for 6 p.m. with novelist Padma Viswanathan to discuss her debut novel "The Toss of a Lemon" as well as read from and discuss newer work. Call 501-812-2302, visit www.PulaksiTech.edu.

Genealogical Society Fall Seminar and Book Fair scheduled for Oct. 26-27

On Oct. 26 – 27, Arkansas Genealogical Society Fall Seminar and Book Fair will be held at the Wyndham Hotel. Call Suzanne at 501-753-2551 or online@agsgenealogy.org.

Bicycle traffic skills class set for Oct. 27

On Oct. 27, Bicycle Traffic Skills 101 for Educators will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Gain skills in emergency maneuvers, shifting, cycling in traffic, and more. For details call Willa Williams at 501-350-7682, visit www.NLRFit2Live.org.

Lakewood Fallfest soccer tournament scheduled for Oct. 27-28

On Oct. 27 - 28, the 23rd Annual Lakewood Fallfest Soccer Tournament will be held at the Burns Park Soccer Complex. For details visit www.LakewoodPOA.com/Fallfest call 501-753-4937.

Scottish County Dance lessons to be offered in NLR through Nov. 26

The fall session of Scottish Country Dance lessons began on Sept. 10, and will end on Nov. 26. The cost for the 12-week session is $60 or $20 for students 18 and under. Beginners are encouraged to try the first class at no charge. Classes meet at 7 p.m. on Mondays at Park Hill Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 3520 JFK Blvd in North Little Rock. For additional information or to pre-register, call 501-666-9694 or visit www.arkansasscottishcountrydancing.com.

Laman Library Continues Partnership with NLR’s Fit 2 Live Initiative; Announces Fall Schedule

The William F. Laman Public Library System announces its continuing partnership with NLR’s Fit 2 Live initiative, the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

"Fit 2 Live" at Laman will teach patrons about nutrition, exercise options, healthy grocery choices, meal planning and more. There are several upcoming events, including:

• Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 6:30 p.m.: "Navigating Nutrition Recommendations — Is My Plate Your Plate?" with David Rath Nutrition;

• Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 6:30 p.m.: Free martial arts class where patrons can learn about coordination, balance, and self-defense while getting your dose of exercise and having fun.

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."

Says Rhodes, "We are excited about our partnership with Laman Library. It is a win-win for the city and its residents. What better place to learn about making healthier choices in our lives, than the public library."

ADVA cautions vets about paying people to help with benefit assistance

The Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs (ADVA) issued a caution to veterans today in an effort to prevent them from paying for benefits assistance.

According to the agency, there is a growing trend of individuals and businesses charging veterans to help them apply for various VA benefits, including filing disability claims.

"There are veterans paying large sums of money for services that, because of their military service, should not cost them a dime," said ADVA Chief of Claims and Appeals Tony Gordon. "Navigating the benefits system can be challenging but our service officers are accredited to assist veterans in doing so, one-on-one and free of cost."

According to Gordon, each county has its own service officer, normally located in the county courthouse. A complete list of county veteran service officers and their contact information can be viewed at www.veterans.arkansas.gov.

To speak with an ADVA veteran service officer, visit 2200 Fort Root Drive, Building 65, Room 119 in North Little Rock on Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Appointments are not needed. For questions, call 501-370-3820.