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Restaurant Transitions: The Root Cafe expansion nears completion; Loblolly Creamery moving

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The Root Cafe, 1500 Main St., Little Rock, is nearing the completion of its multimonth expansion, says co-owner Jack Sundell. The new dining room has opened -- "It looks great and feels great," Sundell says -- expanding by 40 seats the indoor seating to 50. "There's lots of space, and it's nice and cozy and toasty, just in time for winter," he adds. The second bathroom is also open. "And we're plugging away at the kitchen, which we hope to have completed by end of the calendar year" -- sometime in January by the absolute latest, he says. That's the last step before the restaurant starts serving Wednesday-Saturday dinner. In the meanwhile, the once-a-month Friday dinner has expanded to weekly, ticketed, five-course meals through Dec. 23 (seating for 30, $40 with beer and wine additional; visit centralarkansastickets.com), with what Sundell says will probably be an open, table-service dinner on "New Year's Eve eve," Dec. 30. The restaurant's current hours are 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday; it'll be closed Christmas and New Year's Day. The phone number is (501) 414-0423; email theroot@therootcafe.com.

RESTAURANT REVIEW: New Pei Wei in Little Rock off to wokky start

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Pei Wei Asian Diner has come a long "wei" in Little Rock.

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The TV Column: History's Alone has nothing to do with Christmas

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If the annual arrival of all these sweet and sentimental Christmas specials and holiday episodes have you craving a little adventure, then History Channel has you covered.

MUSIC SCENE: El Dorado native Johnson to share music, photo talents

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Guitarist Richard Leo Johnson will perform at 8 p.m. Friday in the Central Arkansas Library System's Ron Robinson Theater in Little Rock as part of the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies' Arkansas Sounds music series. Admission is free.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES

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If Christmas gets you down, somber tunes hit right note

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This is the season for bright, cheery holiday music playing ad nauseam on the radio, in shopping malls and television commercials. But if you’re not feeling the Christmas spirit, there’s still a song for you.

ARE WE THERE YET?: Heifer Ranch hosts living market, open house

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Live chickens sound like a dubious Christmas present -- even for the relative or friend who already has everything.

Tell Me About It: Father and son should agree to disagree and move on

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DEAR CAROLYN: My boyfriend and I are in our late 20s, living together, three hours away from our respective parents. We both grew up generally well, no huge battle wounds from childhood. We are both very lucky.

Helpful Hints

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DEAR HELOISE: I don't have a computer. After running out of writing stationery, I went to have it replaced. What a shock to discover that no store in my area carries writing stationery.

Horoscopes by Holiday

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Happy birthday. Your charm will win you opportunities and your work ethic will turn them into lasting bounty for you and yours.

On Christianity

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DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I thought I was doing the right thing when I abandoned my wife and kids for another woman over 20 years ago, but I was wrong. Now my kids won't have anything to do with me; they don't even want me around at Christmas. I don't have a question, but I sure wish I could go back and do things differently.

Super Quiz: Eastern hemisphere geography

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1. Name Africa's largest desert.

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