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 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 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 350-7682, visit www.North Little RockFit2Live.org.

STARS holiday craft fair set for Oct. 27

The second annual North Little Rock STARS Alumni Holiday Craft Fair set for Oct. 27 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 6701 JFK Blvd., North Little Rock.

Come out and pick up some crafts made by local vendors, such as personalized embroideries, The Pampered Chef, Thirty-One, Homemade Jewelry, and more. Proceeds go toward scholarships.

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 753-4937.

Scottish County Dance lessons to be offered in North Little Rock 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 666-9694 or visit www.arkansasscottishcountrydancing.com.

Rose City plans first annual fall fest for Oct. 31

The 1st annual Fall Fest sponsored by the Rose City Revitalization Committee will take place on Oct. 31 at the North Little Rock Academy on Lynch Drive. This is in the same building that the Rose City Middle School used to be held in. This event will be from 5-7:30 p.m. in the gym. The committee is still accepting candy donations, volunteers, and table sponsors. The committee’s first community meeting will be held on Nov. 26 at the Rose City Sub Station.

Laman Library Continues Partnership with North Little Rock’s Fit 2 Live Initiative; Announces Fall Schedule

The William F. Laman Public Library System announces its continuing partnership with North Little Rock’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, 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."

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 370-3820.

North Little Rock First UMC to host Harvest Hoedown Oct. 31

On Oct. 31st, the North Little Rock First United Methodist Church will host a Harvest Hoedown between 5- 7:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall located inside the church. There will be fun for the entire family. A concession stand will be available.

In addition to the other fun activities, there will also be live music and trunk-or-treat in the church parking lot for children. Trunk-or-treat will provide a safer alternative to door to door trick-or-treating.

First United Methodist Church of North Little Rock is located at 6701 John F. Kennedy Blvd. For more information, call (501) 835-2201.

Laman Library sets "A Celebration Before Renovation" for Friday

The William F. Laman Public Library System, 2801 Orange St., North Little Rock, has scheduled a "Celebration Before Renovation" gathering at the North Little Rock Federal Post Office Building. The event is slated for 6-8 p.m. The library system will soon begin a $2.8 million renovation of the former post office.

McCain Mall to host Sim on Kidgits Club on Saturday

Simon Kidgits Club members and their parents are invited to attend the annual Fall Festival on Saturday from 1-3 p.m. at the McCain Mall in North Little Rock. There will be several activity stations and games for members to enjoy which will include Halloween crafts, a cookie walk, Halloween bingo, and frightfully fun games and music from Radio Disney. This event is free to Simon Kidgits Club members. Kids can join the club and join the fun for a $5 annual membership fee. Visit Simon Guest Services at McCain Mall or www.simonkidgitsclub.com to sign up.

MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Haunted House continues through Nov. 2

Through Nov. 2,the Haunted Evening Tour, which is a popular attraction that introduces visitors to the ghostly side of Little Rock and the surrounding area, will depart from the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History every Friday night at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30, Seating is limited and reservations are required. Call Linda Howell at 681-3857.

North Little Rock Chamber lunch planned for Nov. 2

On Nov. 2, The North Little Rock Chamber of Chamber’s November luncheon is set from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce. To reserve your seat call 372-5959, email North Little RockChamber@North Little RockChamber.org.

HollyFest, Chili Supper set for First UMC on Nov. 2

On Nov. 2, HollyFest and a chili supper at First United Methodist Church from 5-9 p.m. The public can enjoy a chili supper, live entertainment, children’s activities and shopping for handmade gifts and baked goods, with every dollar raised supporting the missions of the United Methodist Women. For more information, call 835-2201 or visit www.North Little RockFUMC.org.

Amboy food pantry chili supper planned for Nov. 2

A chili supper has been planned for Friday, Nov. 2, from 5-7:30 p.m. to benefit the Amboy Food Pantry that will be held at the 47th Street Baptist Church. Takeouts are available and tickets for adults are $6 with children’s tickets being $3. Children under six year s old will eat for free.