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Philip Edwin Kaplan

posted: 12/21/2014 2:30 a.m. Discuss

’Tis the season for that annual KUAR-FM, 89.1 public radio kibitz klatch, the Two Jewish Guys Chanukah Special, that “Little Rock Christmas tradition.” Where is it?

Cadets', midshipmen's parents unite to help kids, one another

posted: 12/21/2014 2:27 a.m. Discuss

When Rachel O. Smith tells people that her son, Michael, is attending the United States Air Force Academy, the reactions aren't always very understanding or supportive.

A HEALTHY CROWD: Expanded coverage

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The Arkansas Center for Health Improvement orchestrated a little end-of-year cheer for its partner groups at a reception at the Clinton Presidential Center on Dec. 10, as well it should -- 2014 was a monumental year for health care in the state.

RIGHT TIME RIGHT PLACE: Calculating flirt lost slide-rule man to tag-along pal

posted: 12/21/2014 2:26 a.m. Discuss

Ann Graddy made numerous trips to Arkansas Tech's library for research -- she tagged along with a friend who was trying to get information about a boy. Floyd Hickerson, the subject of the investigation, ultimately didn't give the friend the time of day. He gave it to Ann.

MIRACLE BALL: A gilded evening

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Miracle Ball, the annual black-tie fundraiser for Arkansas Children's Hospital, was held Dec. 13 at Children's Hall. Guests were greeted by hospital Chief Executive Officer Marcy Doderer, husband Mark, and event chairmen Terri and Chuck Erwin as they made their way to a tented cocktail reception and silent auction. Chaired by Neal and Nat Lea, the auction included a vintage Chanel necklace, an eZip scooter in Razorback red and a chandelier by Arkansas glass artist James Hayes.

Brides to baby bumps: Photo shoots take dive

posted: 12/21/2014 2:24 a.m. Discuss

Beneath the water's surface, the bride-to-be's pink gown flowed around her as she posed for engagement photos.

Couple combines wedding with weekly worship service

posted: 12/21/2014 2:23 a.m. Discuss

When the Rev. Kent Wartick preached about Christian marriage during his sermon Sunday morning at Faith Lutheran Church in Kent, Ohio, congregants didn't have to look far for a real-life example.

DON’T NOG IT ’TIL YOU TRY IT: 10th eggnog competition keeps holiday spirits high

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To be sure, the Dec. 6 Jingle Bell Run, parade and the lighting of the state Capitol all brought Christmas in with a bang, but the following weekend brought in eggnog -- eggnog with a kick. Specifically, the 10th Ever Nog-Off, which took place Dec. 12 at Historic Arkansas Museum as an element of Little Rock's Second Friday Art Night.

SANTA PAWS: Christmas festivity unwraps big bucks for Animal Village

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Which came first to the Friends of the Animal Village, the major gift announcement or the punny "Santa Paws" year-end party? If there's any confusion, it must be that, in only its second year, Santa Paws again was the setting for the announcement of a huge (by Little Rock Animal Village standards) donation.

MALE CALL: Coming clean on ignorance about how laundry is done

posted: 12/21/2014 2:20 a.m. Discuss

Q. It is difficult to acknowledge, but it is clear that I don't really know how to do laundry. When less of my income was going toward other things, I dry-cleaned nearly everything, and now that I am in a building with machines and washing most of my clothes in them, they do not look great. I separate into whites and others, but clearly there has to be more to the task, or is it that everyone else has wrinkle-free clothing?

1 couple + 2 weddings = family

posted: 12/21/2014 2:19 a.m. Discuss

Two dresses -- one from Craigslist, several sizes too big, the other a last-minute, $18 antique shop find. Two bouquets -- one crafted from a gigantic flower market's offerings, the other from wildflowers gathered from the side of a highway. Two venues -- one a waterfront park where the groom spent his last hours of bachelorhood cleaning up goose droppings, the other a ... cemetery.

GREEN THUMBS: Master Gardeners holiday fete plants festive decorating ideas

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While the winner of the Frank Broyles Award was being announced upstairs in the ballroom, the Pulaski County Master Gardeners gathered for their Christmas luncheon Dec. 9 in a downstairs meeting room at the Little Rock Marriott.

CHRISTMAS SWING-A-LONG: Chamber singers event had a capital view of fireworks

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One of the best places in Little Rock to view the lighting of the state Capitol and the following fireworks Dec. 6 was at The Arkansas Chamber Singers 10th annual Capitol Event at the Little Rock Club, with its floor-to-ceiling windows on the top floor of the Regions Bank building.

Dear Abby: No Santa or gift explosion for any children she births

posted: 12/21/2014 2:17 a.m. Discuss

DEAR ABBY: I have decided that when I have kids I don't want to do the whole "Santa" thing. I'd rather tell them about the real St. Nicholas and what it means to give rather than to receive. Even though I'm not religious, I'll tell them about the birth of Jesus (even though he wasn't born in December), and tell them about the winter solstice.

Hannah Elizabeth Payne - Robert Samuel Goodrum

posted: 12/21/2014 2:16 a.m. Gallery Discuss

The bride is the daughter of Bennie Sue and Dr. Harold Louis Payne of Maumelle. Her grandparents are Martha and the late Louis Henry Payne of Maumelle and the late Sophia and James Bennett Cameron of El Dorado.

Alexa Re' Homeyer - Gregory Steven Garcia

posted: 12/21/2014 2:15 a.m. Discuss

Christ the King Catholic Church was the setting at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, for the marriage of Alexa Re' Homeyer and Gregory Steven Garcia. Monsignor Francis Malone officiated.

Lauren Speas Slabaugh - George Nathan Steel

posted: 12/21/2014 2:14 a.m. Discuss

Lauren Speas Slabaugh and George Nathan Steel exchanged marriage vows at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, in First United Methodist Church of Parkin. The Rev. Will Choate of Argenta United Methodist Church in North Little Rock officiated.

Inside the box

posted: 12/21/2014 2:13 a.m. Discuss

“Too much is never enough.” — Miss Piggy “I want it all and I want it now.” — from “I Want It All” by Queen Neither of the above quotations is about the abundance of musical boxed sets and "complete" recordings collections that flood the market during the Christmas shopping season, but both fit like a needle in a vinyl record groove.

Spirits: No excuse needed to drink champagne

posted: 12/21/2014 2:11 a.m. Discuss

We used to party.

Artbeat: Catalogs paint a picture of artists across Arkansas

posted: 12/21/2014 2:10 a.m. Discuss

Carroll Cloar: In His Studio, a new book on the art of artist Carroll Cloar, caps a great year for those who love this painter of the Arkansas Delta and his magical realism style.

LET'S TALK: Rudolph inspires all misfit toys

posted: 12/21/2014 2:08 a.m. Discuss

Wow. I still feel sad when I see that little doll on the Island of Misfit Toys start to cry.

The TV Column: Downton marathon primes viewers for Season 5

posted: 12/21/2014 2:07 a.m. Discuss

Season 5 of Downton Abbey doesn't arrive until Jan. 4, but I can already predict that it'll be pleasing to Downtonphiles.

TV on DVD: 2 seasons of Drunk History hilarious, if that's your thing

posted: 12/21/2014 2:06 a.m. Discuss

What is it? Drunk History, Seasons 1 and 2, 18 half-hour episodes on three discs from Paramount

Spin Cycle: Clooney put a ring on it, and it made her 'fascinating'

posted: 12/21/2014 2:06 a.m. Discuss definition of fascinating: "Of great interest or attraction; enchanting; charming; captivating."

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Ballroom replaces Letters, boys choir set at Wildwood

posted: 12/21/2014 2:05 a.m. Discuss

Celebrity Attractions reports that a tour of A.R. Gurney's Love Letters starring Barbara Eden and Hal Linden, including a Jan. 16-18 stop in Maumelle, has been canceled "due to the producer's licensing issues."


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