Thea Paves the Way set for Saturday

For the seventh year, school and community groups, families, artists and more will descend upon the lawn of the Clinton Presidential Library for Thea Paves the Way sidewalk chalk art event. For the past six years, this exciting and free event has given students, teachers, and others from around the state an engaging venue in which to enjoy the arts. Families will also enjoy music, a balloon artist, concessions, and more.

The event is slated for Saturday, Sept. 29, at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library, 1200 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free admission online registration is encouraged.

Teachers who register their students and compete together as a school group have a chance to win one of two $250 gift certificates from Dick Blick.

In addition, all teachers and students K - college will receive free admission into the Clinton Presidential Library on the day of the event. Students are asked to bring some form of school I.D. or check in with their teachers upon arrival.

Street closures announced for NLR National Night out

Here are street closures for National Night Out slated for Oct.2.

Baring Cross Neighborhood — Alley bounded by Pike Avenue on the east, Parker Street on the west, 10th Street on the north and 9th Street on the south. (Alley by Bill’s Lock and Safe on Pike Avenue)

Park Hill Neighborhood Association — Cedar Street between "D" Street and "E" Street. It will only be blocked between driveways so residents can get in and out.

Glenview Neighborhood Association — Glenview Blvd. between Muldrew and Hunter Streets.

Meadow Park Neighborhood — Bethany Road from Eureka Garden Road to Village Drive.

Free screening of "As Goes Janesville" set at Laman Library for Oct. 2

The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN), UALR Public Radio/KUAR FM 89.1 and William F. Laman Library invite the public to a free advance screening of "As Goes Janesville" as part of Community Cinema Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 6:30 p.m. Screenings will be held in the library’s auditorium.

"As Goes Janesville" reports from recession-ridden Janesville, Wis. In 2008, after bankrupt General Motors (GM) shut down the community’s century-old plant — the oldest GM plant in North America — thousands of Janesville residents lost their jobs. While many workers were forced to leave their families to search for decent jobs elsewhere, local business leaders worked to bring new companies to town with promises of lower wages, reduced regulation and tax breaks. In this process, they formed a powerful alliance with newly elected Republican governor Scott Walker, whose pro-business, anti-union stance ripped the state apart and triggered a historic recall election. The recall thrust the conflict into the nationwide spotlight, highlighting a civil war between workers and the business and political power elite.

Community Cinema, a free monthly screening series engaging communities through films produced by the Independent Television Service (ITVS), features monthly screenings followed by panel discussions with leading organizations, local communities and special guest speakers. The program is designed to help people learn about and get involved in the social issues raised in the documentaries.

River Boat "Cruise For the Kids" set for Oct. 4

The North Little Rock Mayor’s Youth Council will host a riverboat cruise fundraiser to benefit the Arkansas Rice Depot’s Food for Kids backpack program. The event is sponsored by Red Lobster and the Arkansas Queen. Boarding begins at 6:30 p.m. on the elegant, triple-decker Arkansas Queen on Thursday, Oct. 4 and the event ends at 9 p.m. The evening includes live music and a silent auction.

The evening’s meal will be catered by the North Little Rock’s Red Lobster and includes Cesar salad, appetizer, bacon-wrapped shrimp, chicken Alfredo, shrimp Alfredo, roasted corn, rice pilaf, signature Cheddar Bay biscuits, and Key lime pie with raspberry sauce. The cost of the ticket is $50. The ticket price will feed one child in the backpack program fifty meals.

The cruise will sail rain or shine. In the event of severe weather, meals and music will be at the landing. To purchase tickets online go to www.cruiseforthekids2012.eventbrite.com, or send a check to Arkansas Rice Depot, 3801 West 65th Street, P.O. Box 34427, Little Rock, AR 72203-4427. For more information call Jan Scholl, Director of the NLR Mayor’s Youth Council at 501-951-0866.

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, Oct. 9, from 5-8 p.m. in the Kroger Parking Lot on McCain Boulevard. The rate date has been set for Oct. 11.

Visitors will be able to see fire truck demonstrations, AGFC 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.

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.

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."

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.

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.