LITTLE ROCK 1. Have a gyro. Gobble up spanakopita, baklava, souvlakia and other Greek and Middle Eastern foods at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 1100 Napa Valley Drive, during the Greek Food Festival. While you're chewing, Greek, Mexican, Russian, Ukrainian, Middle Eastern and Irish dance and musical groups will provide entertainment. The festival's hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. today-Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Visit www.greek foodfest.com or call (501) 221-5300.
2. Watch. The first Little Rock Film Festival rolls on with a series of screenings of documentaries, narrative shorts, animated shorts and Arkansas-theme features. Events also include talks, workshops and other film-theme events and parties. The festival is centered around the River Market District, but some screenings will be at the Riverdale 10 on Cantrell Road. There are various admission prices to events, buta festival pass is $20. The festival ends Sunday. Visit www.littlerockfilmfes tival.org or call (501) 960-0864.
3. Chow down. Thrill at the cardboard boat races and then eat your fill of crawdads at the annual CrawdadDays Music Festival, today and Saturday in Harrison. In addition to boat races and crawdad-eating contests, visitors can enjoy arts and crafts, a fishing derby, soccer tournament and a car show. Featured performers are Eric Church today and Eddie Money on Saturday. Concert tickets are $15 for festival seating and $20 for reserved seats. Visit www.crawdad days.com or call (870) 741-2659.
4. Run and bathe. Bring out the furry and the four-legged for Paws on the Pavement, a 5K run/walk andone-mile fun run/walk starting at 8 a.m. Saturday in Murray Park. Presented by Central Arkansas Rescue Effort for Animals, this pet celebration will also include pet psychic readings, a dog carnival and pet adoptions. Pets are also welcome to participate in the one-mile event. Psychic readings are $15 each. Registration is $25, $40 per family. Visit www.careforani mals.org or call (501) 603-2273.
If your pooch gets a bit dirty while he's having fun, stop by the Kroger at Cantrell Road and Polk Street where the Humane Society of Pulaski County will hold a fundraising dog wash, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. A $15 donation gets your dog squeaky clean and benefits the Humane Society. Call (501) 227-6166.
5. Jump. A basketball tournament, music performances, karate demonstrations, historical re-enactments andlots of food are scheduled for JamFest Heritage Festival. The festival at EMOBA, the Museum of Black Arkansans and Performing Arts Theater, 1208 Louisiana St., takes place 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. Call (501) 372-0018.
6. Spot the whale. Special performances by the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra highlight the Jonah ArtsFestival at Fellowship Bible Church, 2701 Hinson Road. The symphony will perform David Itkin's Pulitzer Prize-nominated work, Jonah, at 7 p.m. today and 5 and 7 p.m. Saturday. Meanwhile, works by Arkansas artists will be on display and for sale 11 a.m.-9 p.m. today-Saturday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. Festival admission is free. Symphony tickets are $15, $25 for two. Call (501) 255-0071 or (501) 224-7171.
7. Lick. Don't get a brain-freeze when Blue Bell's 100 Years Tour, the rolling birthday party caravan,makes its way to the capital city. The traveling exhibit with multi-media presentations, a mobile country store and vanilla ice cream samples will be at the Arkansas Arts Center, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today-Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Visit www.bluebell.com or call (501) 945-3444.
8Pop. It's good, clean educational fun when Tom Noddy, known as the Bubble Guy, demonstrates hisBubble Magic with a public performance 7:30 p.m. today at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St., Pine Bluff. Noddy uses soap bubbles to create carousels, volcanoes and creatures that help teach people of all ages about math and science. Admission is free. Call (870) 536-3375.
9. Hook it. Children 15 and younger can bring their bait and tackle and try for the biggest catch at PinnacleMountain State Park's Kids' Fishing Derby. Meet at the pond at 8 a.m. Saturday for a fishing contest and interpretive activities. Admission is free. Call (501) 868-5806.
10. Commemorate. To observe the issue of the 2007 Little Rock Central High School Desegregation Commemorative Coin, Central High School National Historic Site will host a special ceremony. The Little Rock Nine will participate in a panel discussion and park rangers will give tours of the school. The event starts at 3 p.m. Saturday and admission is free. Visit www.nps.gov/ chsc or call (501) 374-1957.
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