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Carlos Joseph Nichols

posted: 04/20/2014 4:17 a.m. Discuss

Joe Nichols was just 7 years old when first seduced by what became his life’s passion and profession: church organs. No, not the playing of those magnificent instruments, but rather the intricate art and craft of building them.

Foodbank event fills Empty Bowls

posted: 04/20/2014 4:13 a.m. Discuss

It’s no surprise that the Arkansas Foodbank calls its annual fundraiser Empty Bowls. That’s what the food bank has been trying to fill for hungry Arkansans since 1984.

UP AND COMING: Fashion Paws to counter alleged dog, cat blacklist

posted: 04/20/2014 4:12 a.m. Discuss

The seventh Paws on the Runway fundraiser for Central Arkansas Rescue Effort for Animals is coming up May 1 at the Governor’s Mansion, and in a profile of event chairman Ashley Younger in Soiree this month, the theme “Rescue Is the New Black” was chosen, she says, “to raise awareness of the low adoption and high euthanasia rates of black cats and dogs in shelters.”

Type 1 to Type None

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If the song “Imagine” by the late John Lennon were reworked for the JDRF Imagine Gala, a benefit of the JDRF Greater Arkansas Chapter, maybe it’d go like this: Imagine diabetes, Succumbing to a cure, Sufferers turned victors,

RIGHT TIME RIGHT PLACE: They got off on a bad foot, but he won her over

posted: 04/20/2014 4:07 a.m. Discuss

Vivian Fulbright didn’t go to the dance at the USO in Newport looking for Herb Lehman, and it’s a good thing, because he wasn’t there, twice.

DEAR ABBY: Mother’s Day without mom is a day for quiet gratitude

posted: 04/20/2014 4:02 a.m. Discuss

DEAR ABBY: It has been a year since my mother passed away. The month of February was especially tough because it was the month of her birthday and also the month in which she died. Mother’s Day will be here soon, and I’m already feeling bitter, anticipating all of the commercials, advertising, brunches and everything.

ARKANSAS DERBY: Unbridled fun

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Sequins and flowers, fascinators and saddle oxfords. Sunglasses and sunburns, dogwoods and Apple Blossoms. These were a few of our favorite things at the 78th running of the Arkansas Derby on April 12 before a crowd of more than 63,000.


posted: 04/20/2014 3:59 a.m. Discuss

April Renee Anderson, daughter of Lisa and Ruben Escamilla of Leola, and Jonathan Ian Brodsky, son of Kathey and Larry Wooley and Gordon Brodsky, all of Sheridan; July 26.


posted: 04/20/2014 3:56 a.m. Discuss

Beard-Lang Wedding vows were exchanged by Dr. Courtney Elizabeth Lang and Jeffrey Beard on Saturday at Alda’s Magnolia Hill. The Rev. Daniel Proffitt officiated.

Bridal policy

posted: 04/20/2014 3:52 a.m. Discuss

ENGAGEMENTS — The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette publishes engagement announcements without photographs. The announcement must be submitted at least eight weeks before the wedding and two weeks before you wish it to be in the paper.

BENEFICIAL BASH: Osmond a little bit funny, a little bit serious at benefit

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With warmth and humor, Marie Osmond delivered the keynote address April 9 at the 25th Anniversary Bolo Bash Luncheon at Baptist Health Little Rock.

RAGIN’ CAJUN BASH: Cajuns rage again at soiree to raise $119,431 for CARTI

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Cancer treatment organization CARTI let the good times roll once again during the 10th anniversary of its Ragin’ Cajun Bash, held April 10 at the River Market pavilions in Little Rock.

MALE CALL: Learn seasonal dress rules, then adapt them to fit you

posted: 04/20/2014 3:48 a.m. Discuss

Q. I know there is that whole rule for women about Labor Day and wearing white, but do I really need to go with that as a man, especially in nonwork settings? In a few weeks I’m attending a leisurely marriage party (the wedding was actually months ago, away with family).

Apps give couples wedding help in the palms of their hands

posted: 04/20/2014 3:45 a.m. Discuss

Doug Appleton’s grandparents couldn’t travel to his New York wedding in October, but the tech-savvy Floridians were as present on the big day as anyone could be from 1,000-plus miles away.

FUN A LA FOOD: 24 eateries feed 500; $75,000 raised

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Twenty-four restaurants and caterers offered up their best bites April 11 at Arkansas a la Carte at Arkansas Children’s Hospital’s Children’s Hall.


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Jennifer Allen Lee and Mark Daniel Grinnan exchanged marriage vows at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 12, in Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church. Officiating were the Rev. Lynn W. Lindsey of the church and the Rev. John Childress of Episcopal Collegiate School.


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Rachel Elaine Nash became the bride of James William Kent Graham at 5:30 p.m.


posted: 04/20/2014 3:36 a.m. Discuss

Leah Paige Grimes became the bride of Zachary Robert Payne at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 11, at the Villa Marre. The Rev. Paul McClung of Sherwood officiated.


posted: 04/20/2014 3:34 a.m. Discuss

The front lawn of the Old State House was the setting at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 12, for the marriage of Lara Nichole Blume and Dr. Brian Lelon McGee. The Rev. Larry Banks of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church of West Memphis, officiated.

FREE ENTERPRISE: Economics Arkansas event profitable for award winners

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The annual Excellence in Free Enterprise Awards Luncheon, hosted by Economics Arkansas, was held April 11 at the Little Rock Marriott.

Now is time to shop for swimwear

posted: 04/20/2014 3:27 a.m. Discuss

Step into just about any retail store — or land on the homepage of your favorite online shop — and swimsuits already are front and center.

SPIN CYCLE: Want fries with your corsage?

posted: 04/20/2014 3:26 a.m. Discuss

Leave it to KFC, bird brains behind the layered infamous KFC Famous Bowl and the drastic Double Down sandwich — in which two deep-fried chicken patties act as bread — to come up with yet another fowl innovation.

CRITICAL MASS: Graham Parker howls on new record, film

posted: 04/20/2014 3:23 a.m. Discuss

A lot of people were introduced to Graham Parker via Judd Apatow’s 2012 movie This Is 40, which posited the once angry young man of the mid- ’70s British pub pop scene (he was like a John the Baptist figure to Elvis Costello’s You-Know-Who ) as a shambling, cheerful has-been, happy to receive the attention of Paul Rudd’s doomed boutique record label.

ARTBEAT: Sculptors compete for public art space

posted: 04/20/2014 3:21 a.m. Discuss

Four Colorado artists are among seven semifinalists chosen for the 2014 Sculpture at the River Market Public Art Competition.

Book it on down

posted: 04/20/2014 3:17 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas Literary Festival Thursday-Sunday, Central Arkansas Library System’s Main Library, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, and other venues including Cox Creative Center, 120 River Market Ave.; Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library and Learning Center, 4800 W. 10th St.; South on Main, 1304 S. Main St.; and Arkansas Arts Center, East Ninth and Commerce streets.


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