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posted: 12/18/2014 1:42 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: If God really wants us to go to heaven when we die, why did Jesus have to come into the world? Couldn't God have simply given us eternal life, instead of sending Jesus to be born and live and then die? I've never understood this.

Super Quiz: TV's Frosty the Snowman

posted: 12/18/2014 1:42 a.m. Discuss

1. What brings the snowman, Frosty, to life?

THE WEEKEND TEN

posted: 12/11/2014 2:07 a.m. Discuss

1 SUGAR PLUMS Ballet Arkansas and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra present their annual festival of dancing treats, children and rodents in a new location. Performances of The Nutcracker start at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday at the Maumelle Performing Arts Center, 100 Victory Lane, Maumelle.

New York Style a slice above

posted: 12/11/2014 2:05 a.m. Discuss

A few months ago I happened to notice that one of Sherwood's longest-running pizza joints, Le Star Pizzaria, had closed. The empty place looked sad and lonely.

Weekend Calendar

posted: 12/11/2014 2:02 a.m. Discuss

Events are free unless otherwise noted. Art & Exhibits Central Arkansas ARGENTA GALLERY "B" SIDE 413 B Main St., North Little Rock. "Artist INC Holiday Art Show," through Jan. 5. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. (501) 993-1234.

Fast Forward

posted: 12/11/2014 1:59 a.m. Discuss

Things to do next week and next month. Next week Revelry: Singers Destan Owen and Mandy Gonzalez join the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra to celebrate the holidays in swinging, rocking style with the Swingin' Holiday Extravaganza, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19-20 and 3 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Connor Performing Arts Center, 12701 Hinson Road.

The TV Column: Last one out of Pawnee, please turn out the lights

posted: 12/11/2014 1:58 a.m. Discuss

The word has come down from on high for all those who keep asking me when their beloved Parks and Recreation will return.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES

posted: 12/11/2014 1:56 a.m. Discuss

Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts: 'Voices of Angels' The Muses Creative Artistry Project will present its ninth annual "Voices of Angels" Christmas concert twice this weekend in Hot Springs: at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Muses Cultural Arts Center, 428 Orange St., and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Anthony Chapel, Garvan Woodland Gardens, 550 Arkridge St.

Dance: Nutcracker has bigger cast of children, smaller venue

posted: 12/11/2014 1:55 a.m. Discuss

The mice will wage war. The snowflakes will frolic. The Sugarplum Fairy will make everything come out sweet in the end.

Music Scene: Kindred couple at Juanita's, Moments at Afterthought

posted: 12/11/2014 1:53 a.m. Discuss

Kindred the Family Soul will perform at Juanita's, with Noel Gourdin opening the show at 9 p.m. Friday.

Music: Two Lane Blacktop drives home early rock classics

posted: 12/11/2014 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Sometimes guys just have to play that old rock 'n' roll music they grew up with and see if they can still pack a dance floor.

ARE WE THERE YET?: Along the Buffalo is where Arkansas elk roam

posted: 12/11/2014 1:49 a.m. Discuss

On a sunny mid-November afternoon in Boxley Valley, a sightseeing couple from Little Rock spotted exactly what they were seeking and eagerly pulled over.

TRANSITIONS

posted: 12/11/2014 1:48 a.m. Discuss

Lacking an agreement with the landlord, Dec. 27 will be the last day of business for Igibon Japanese Food House, 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock. Owner Batulzii "Crystal" Bataa said Tuesday she'd be meeting for a final time that afternoon with the owners of the Market Place and Valley Village shopping centers, divided by Market Street off Rodney Parham, to see if they reach common ground.

Selected restaurants

posted: 12/11/2014 1:47 a.m. Discuss

Weekly theme listings reflect a range of dining possibilities in central Arkansas, across a spectrum of settings and price ranges. Restaurant reviewers' visits are anonymous and all expenses are paid by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Tell Me About It: Son's exclusion from birthday party is the wrong focus

posted: 12/11/2014 1:46 a.m. Discuss

DEAR CAROLYN: Two of my closest friends have a son, 6, who is a year younger than ours. This is the second year in a row that my son has not been invited to their son's birthday party. Every year we invite their son to our boy's birthday and he comes and has a good time.

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