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The Taste of success

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The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Arkansas' annual Taste of the Finest feast was more than twice the size of last year's, with 27 restaurants participating. The net cash haul was a record $139,000 and counting. The Aug. 19 soiree in the Wally Allen Ballroom of the Statehouse Convention Center was what development director Amanda Hodge called "next level" in terms of success.

CLASS of '18: Clinton School welcomes new class at reception

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Classes began Monday for 40 new students in the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service's master of public service degree program, but before they got down to saving the world, they got to know each other better at a reception Aug. 18 at historic Trapnall Hall.

ENGAGEMENT PARTY: Diamond Chef polishes main dish, wedding ring

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Donnie Ferneau, who took top honors at this year's Diamond Chef Arkansas competition, showed sponsors he is ready to defend his title at the 2017 contest in April. The culinary battle is put on by and benefits the Pulaski Technical College Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute.

High Profile: Rita Laura Sklar

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Rita Sklar's first individual act against injustice came at age 10, when she sat down during a class recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. She was protesting the war in Southeast Asia.

DOUBLE FISTING: Lots and lots of suds

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The Great Arkansas Beer Festival -- or GArBF, as the organizers like to call it -- went off the night of Aug. 6 at the Statehouse Convention Center, and by all accounts, it was a barrel-buster.

Gold medal advice

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Olympic decathlete Dan O'Brien wowed a crowd of kids and admirers of all ages during an inspirational talk he delivered off the cuff July 29 at the Clinton Presidential Center. Grins widened and eyebrows rose when he brandished the heavy gold medal he won in Atlanta in 1996.

HITTING ON ALL SIDES: Turning up the heat

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Nothing clears a stage full of actors like a rat held by the tail.

SOUTHERN SUPPER: Charles Portis Weekend turns another page in author's fete

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About 35 people gathered in an upstairs event room at the Capital Hotel the night of July 30 for a Southern Supper as part of Oxford American magazine's Charles Portis Weekend -- two days of events geared to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Portis' first book, Norwood.

PORTIS A PRINCE: Norwood turns 50

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A stage full of talent and an audience full of steadfast Charles Portis fans made for lots of laughs the night of July 31 at South on Main, where Oxford American magazine wound down its Charles Portis Weekend with a 75-minute show that lauded Portis' literary genius.

MIX FOR THE MASSES: Spirits of preservation

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As it turns out, prohibition is for sissies.

MARITIME MERRIMENT: Museum pays back $50,000 loaned from NLR chamber

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The North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce's June 30 Business After Hours networking event had guests scrambling for shade -- and air conditioning -- which were difficult to find on a late summer afternoon at the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum, 120 Riverfront Park Drive.

6 to shake, stir in Master Mix-Off

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With her short, spiky 'do and trademark red-frame glasses, Joann "JoJo" Sims is a recognizable figure across the Little Rock bar scene. The petite Filipino talks as fast as she can mix a drink, and she makes a living doing both at Cache Restaurant.

FIREWORKS FRENZY: Easter Seals fundraiser puts 300 on prime perch for 4th

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About 300 young professionals and other Easter Seals supporters gathered on the Grand Ballroom Terrace of the Little Rock Marriott on July 4 to take in the city's largest fireworks display of the holiday weekend. The family-friendly event began before dusk and wasn't over until the last spark fell from the sky.

TRIUMPHANT FINALE: ASO fund drive passes goal; more than $7 million raised

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Longtime River Market lawyer Carolyn Witherspoon and her husband, John, had more than fireworks in mind when they invited a few fellow symphony music lovers and friends to enjoy the July Fourth holiday on the private balcony of Carolyn's law firm overlooking the Arkansas River.

LOCALLY GROWN AND FLOWN: Flocking together

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The locally made independent film All the Birds Have Flown South, starring North Little Rock native Joey Lauren Adams, wowed a crowd of about 300 during its Little Rock debut the night of June 25 at Ron Robinson Theater.

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