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NLR residents upset about 25 crimes occurring in last 2 weeks

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Some North Little Rock residents living along Pike Avenue would like to see more patrols in their neighborhood and others are considering moving. They say their biggest concerns are not for themselves, but for their kids.

Brandi Pilcher has seen a lot of crime in broad daylight.

"I've seen fights were people have gotten brutally beaten," says Pilcher.

Just last week, she says someone tried to break in her house. She feels the same as Tina Marbley who lives one block away from her.

"They said I have to put in a request to move. I don't feel safe," says Marbley. "Everybody's kids were out here every time they were shot."

Marbley lives in the same apartment complex where a North Little Rock police officer shot a man Sunday. The man is a suspect in a beating and allegedly was going after an officer, who initially thought the man's cell phone was a gun.

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2011 Jewish Food Festival to be May 15

2011 Jewish Food Festival to be May 15

 (LITTLE ROCK, May 13, 2011) – The Jewish Federation of Arkansas will present the 2011 Jewish Food Festival on Sunday, May 15, 2011 from 10 am - 4 pm at the River Market Pavilion. There will also be a special Jewish breakfast served at 8:20 am.

They will host a crowd of over 12,000 people.   The Festival will include traditional Jewish food as well as cultural and religious booths and entertainment.  Admission to the festival is free.  Press members are invited to attend.

Celebrate Arkansas' 175th birthday!

Celebrate Arkansas' 175th birthday!

LITTLE ROCK, AR – The Old State House Museum will mark Arkansas’s 175th Birthday with two events on Saturday, June 11, 2011, and Wednesday, June 15, 2011.

Travel Back to 1836

To observe the 175th anniversary of Arkansas statehood, the Old State House Museum and Historic Arkansas Museum are recreating life in 1836 Arkansas with a joint living history event, "175 Years of Arkansas Statehood" on Saturday, June 11, 2011. The fun will begin at the Historic Arkansas Museum with living history demonstrations highlighting everyday life in Little Rock at the time of statehood. Visitor can participate in dancing, military drills, and 18th century chores from 9 am to 12 pm.

At noon event participants and visitors will parade from the Historic Arkansas Museum to the Old State House Museum, where Arkansas’s admission to the union will be commemorated with a 26-gun salute and the raising of a 26-star U.S.

Rena Wren & Company performs Live at Laman Concert Series

Rena Wren & Company performs Live at Laman Concert Series

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The William F. Laman Public Library System announced this week that its monthly concert series, “Live at Laman,” will feature Rena Wren & Company on June 9 at 7 p.m.

This “something for everyone” artist from Hot Springs, Arkansas, Rena Wren has played live shows all over the country ranging from coffee shops to main stage headlining events. Her recent highlights include opening for the Paula Deen Live Cooking Show at Verizon Arena in Little Rock, Arkansas; winning The Jay Thomas Show “Homegrown Song Contest” on Sirius XM radio; signing a licensing deal with APM Music for 13 songs from her latest CD, "Sweet Mystery;" and touring in New York City and Hollywood. 

Wren’s diverse influences include Merle Haggard, Ingrid Michaelson, Indigo Girls, Sarah McLachlan, Robert Plant, Sting and Ella Fitzgerald.

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"Locally Grown" co-author to speak at Laman’s “Good Gardens”

"Locally Grown" co-author to speak at Laman’s “Good Gardens”

The William F. Laman Public Library System presents Larry Burton, co-author of Locally Grown: Recipes Inspired by Local Living, as May’s featured Good Gardens speaker.

On Saturday, May 14th at 10:00 a.m., Burton will share recipes and tips using locally grown produce during a fun and informative presentation.

Burton and daughter, Annamary Thompson, Executive Editor of the popular Arkansas daily webzine Hot in Little Rock, teamed together in 2010 to craft this book after many requests for mentioned recipes. The book features past recipes from the webzine -- as well as some new favorites. The book includes family stories and recipes, plus suggested wines. It reminds readers to Live and Eat Local and Inspired!

Good Gardens takes place the second Saturday, at the main branch, of each month through October.

Weekend forecast 5/13

Weekend forecast 5/13

Cooler drier air will filter into the state Friday and this will set the stage for a beautiful weekend.  High pressure will take over and expecting sunshine with low humidity. 

Friday:  Clearing skies & Turning Cooler.  High 77.

Friday Night:  Clear & Cooler.  Low 53.

Saturday:  Sunny & Pleasant.  High 73. 

New trolley loop adds galleries to Second Friday Art Night

New trolley loop adds galleries to Second Friday Art Night

2nd Friday Art Night, going on from 5-8 p.m. today (May 13) in downtown Little Rock, is adding a second trolley art loop to and from Quapaw Quarter locations.