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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?

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.

Lloyd home runs on compassion

posted: 10/26/2014 2:29 a.m. Discuss

Group homes are never supposed to be forever. Halfway houses, recovery centers, even college dormitories, they're temporary. The dream is independence.

ALL RED REVIVAL: 1 game, many parties

posted: 10/26/2014 2:24 a.m. Discuss

It had all the sensory signature of a tailgate party on Markham Street -- the smell of grilling meats and beer breath, the sound of voices rising over the din of competing stereos, the sight of all-American flag skirts and orange cones directing traffic. And, of course, the red sea.

FOUNTAIN FEST: Fall flavors Festives' fun at Arts Center fundraiser

posted: 10/26/2014 2:20 a.m. Discuss

Last year Fountain Fest took place a full month earlier and coincided with artist Chelsye Garrett's "yarn bomb" installation. It was a surprise and a thrill, but summer heat and humidity was too much with the restless Festives, and event founders (The Contemporaries) decided to move it deeper into the fall calendar. They picked Oct. 16.

UP AND COMING: Sweethearts swell to 79; good guy given visibility

posted: 10/19/2014 2:15 a.m. Discuss

Economy of scale is one of those great market imperatives. It means size generates cost savings, huge suppliers command demand, big-enough never is. Let's turn that on the Class of '15 Sweethearts of the Heart Ball, the largest Sweethearts class by far.

NIGHT OF HOPE: Sincere appreciation

posted: 10/19/2014 2:13 a.m. Gallery Discuss

"I come for the stories," said one patron at the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Central Arkansas' Night of Hope, and it's true.

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