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Project promotes 21-day vegan diet

posted: 01/19/2015 2:28 a.m. Comment 1

Editor's note: This is the first in a series of articles about Kickstart Your Health Little Rock, a campaign to encourage residents to adopt a plant-based diet. Developed by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, the program is endorsed by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, the Arkansas Department of Health, Baptist Health Medical Center and the city of Little Rock.

UP AND COMING: Nonprofits join forces for Arkansas Gives day

posted: 01/18/2015 2:25 a.m. Discuss

Should charity go off like Election Day? The first such-and-such day of the month, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., cast your donation -- then sit back and wonder, what does my contribution really amount to?

YEAR IN PICTURES: A little more of 2014

posted: 01/11/2015 2:21 a.m. Discuss

A friend says, "Can you believe it's 2015?" and you say, what? "Where has the time gone."

LONG ROAD OF SERVICE: His highway to retirement paved by friendly gathering

posted: 01/11/2015 2:14 a.m. Gallery Discuss

In front of the full commission, several past commissioners, as well as full-time staff such as Scott Bennett and Emanuel Banks, and his own family, outgoing state Highway Commission chairman John Ed Regenold said the thing no one can or will contest.

UP AND COMING: Big charities will always have a ball as others fall

posted: 01/04/2015 3:44 a.m. Discuss

A funny thing happened on the road to economic recovery. We got more market capitalist about our charity dollars.

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?

A HEALTHY CROWD: Expanded coverage

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

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.

SANTA PAWS: Christmas festivity unwraps big bucks for Animal Village

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

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.

100 Black Men gala honors mentoring program grads

posted: 12/14/2014 2:30 a.m. Discuss

On Thursday, the 100 Black Men of Greater Little Rock will hold its annual Christmas gala at the DoubleTree downtown. It will be a modest affair as these things go -- after all, there's roughly 20 of them, president John Miller says with a shrug.

UP AND COMING: After a 'get it' weekend, Tuesday is a time to give

posted: 11/30/2014 2:31 a.m. Discuss

Today is Sumptin' Sunday. It's a day dedicated to gettin' up, gettin' out and just doin' sumptin'. I recommend wreath making, but sumptin' else could be leaf raking.

UP AND COMING: Mrs. Beebe gives a tour while packing to move

posted: 11/16/2014 3 a.m. Discuss

There are so many reasons we move out of our apartments or homes. One of those reasons will never, ever be term limits.

VINE AND DINE: Wild for the arts

posted: 11/16/2014 2:59 a.m. Discuss

The resurgent gala for Wildwood Park for the Arts was an elegant affair, with opulent burgundy table cloths, black chair coverings and tall centerpieces from Tipton & Hurst. Set as it was at Chenal Country Club, a short jog from the park, the affair aimed to remind Chenal Valley denizens (and those of other ZIP codes who visit frequently) that Wildwood is their park.

REIGNING CATS AND DOGS: Animal magnetism applied to hunt up shelter donations

posted: 11/16/2014 2:55 a.m. Gallery Discuss

In the print media business, babies and puppies are more than a pair of shy subjects. It's a shibboleth -- you can write like the Dickens but you'll never win more eyes than photos of babies and puppies. And it helps explain why, in 22 years of the Pulaski County Humane Society fundraiser Reigning Cats and Dogs, precious little has changed. Put out some food (hors d'oeuvres), serve some (adult) drinks, put out auction items and bring in the animals.

Chris Polychron

posted: 11/09/2014 2:26 a.m. Discuss

Chris Polychron got up from his plain, bare working desk -- one of three in the small office room -- last month and, without even looking in the direction, pointed out the window and said, "I'm selling a mountain today."

UP AND COMING: A curious auction item is fetching four figures

posted: 11/02/2014 1:24 a.m. Discuss

You know that most charity events in the city feature auctions -- live, silent, both. Items may include signed sports memorabilia, spa treatments, paintings of flags, trips, even cars.

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