arkansas communities

A house in Little Rock.
Chris Hickey / KUAR

A historic structure near downtown Little Rock has been the site of a recent neighborhood controversy as nearby residents object to its use as a new home for recovering substance abusers. KUAR’s Chris Hickey has a look the home’s mission, what those neighbors are saying, and how local officials are dealing with it all.

 

Homeless During The Holidays Part 3: Family Promise

Dec 26, 2013

This week, KUAR is airing a series featuring non-profit organizations making a different in Arkansas. Part 3 takes a look at the Family Promise of Pulaski County, and one of the most recent families to leave homelessness and settle into their own home. For more information about the organization visit the Family Promise website

Homeless During The Holidays Part 2: Canvas Community

Dec 24, 2013

This week, KUAR is airing a series featuring non-profit organizations making a different in Arkansas. Part 2 takes a look at Canvas Community Church and their weekly event, “Dinner and a Movie”. For more information visit Canvas's Website

This week, KUAR is sitting down with various non-profits around central Arkansas that work with the homeless. Part 1 focuses on SOAR Network Incorporated, a group coordinating agencies, churches, businesses, and individuals. For more information visit SOAR's website

A group called “Arkansan Pastors for Gun Sense” is partnering with law enforcement agencies around the state to reach out to families of victims of gun violence by delivering toys and Christmas hams  Saturday. In addition to supporting victims, the group has been pushing for legislation to strengthen background checks and other gun trafficking laws.

Christmas In The Quarter

Dec 7, 2013
Quapaw Quarter United Methodist Church

UPDATE: This event has been canceled due to the effects of inclement winter weather.

The Quapaw United Methodist Church is hosting its 10th annual Christmas in the Quarter Fundraising Event Sunday from 2:00 to 5 :00 in the afternoon. 

Each year those attending can tour historic homes through downtown Little Rock, by walking or taking the trolley. Associate Pastor Anne Thompson says refreshments are provided and the money raised supports church programs.

Organizers of an annual holiday parade scheduled for Saturday say forecasted winter weather is prompting them to postpone the celebration until the following Saturday. Angela Rogers with the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau says the "Big Jingle Jubilee Holiday Parade" is an event anticipated by many, so she and her team wanted to host it on a day when people will find it easy to attend

Chris Hickey / KUAR News

As part of efforts to commemorate National Adoption Day, the Arkansas Department of Human Services and the Pulaski County Court held a celebration in honor of the 13 children and their newly adoptive families.

Michael Hibblen / KUAR

An extensive cleaning is underway at the Arkansas Capitol, in advance of the holiday season.  Work is costing the state $800,000. Ornaments and lights will be ready for viewing by December 1st.

Work to string over 100,000 lights on the outside of the building began over two weeks ago, while hanging banners, bows and wreaths on the interior started just last week.

Alex Reed, with the Secretary of State’s Office, says December 7th is the official lighting ceremony, along with Little Rock’s Christmas Parade.

Michael Hibblen / KUAR

Little Rock city leaders kicked off a campaign Tuesday to get citizens excited about helping to fund a $68 million renovation and expansion project at Robinson Center Music Hall.

The event was held on the steps of the auditorium, with Mayor Mark Stodola and other city leaders promoting a December 10 special election to vote on whether to use an existing two percent advertising and promotion tax to finance the additions.

Former Mayor Jim Dailey reminded those in attendance of the building’s historical significance.

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