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Max's Take: Ark. National Guard Soldiers back on home turf

Max's Take: Ark. National Guard Soldiers back on home turf

These are some of the best stories to cover as a reporter, soldiers coming home after deployments overseas. Today I went to Central Flying Service in Little Rock where about 60 Arkansas National Guard members came home after serving on a mission in Kosovo. Before they arrived, families filled the lobby area, many armed with Welcome Home signs and T-shirts. And when they arrived, cheers exploded and it was fun to see loved ones standing on tip toes and peering around searching for their soldier coming home.

One soldier from North Little Rock came home just in time for his wedding in two weeks. Captain Patrick Hawkins says his future bride planned everything while he was overseas. She said she gave him options to think about while in Kosovo but jokingly said they were all hers. His fiancee said what she missed most was having a "piece of her famliy" missing for the past year.

I also had a chance to speak with the Pearce family from Bee Branch.

Go green, make green

Go green, make green

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - How do you market your green business without mowing down all your hard earned green? Join SBNCA for our monthly “lunch and learn” how to sustain your marketing effectiveness in this new (and green) marketplace.

Janie Pritchett-Clark is a 30-year veteran of the advertising industry. She is the publisher of the Arkansas greenZine, the only carbon neutral green magazine in the Natural state, which is going into its second year. She also publishes the Northwest Arkansas Business to Business (NwaB2B) guide focused on small business and entrepreneurs. Janie will share industry trends and tips on targeting green consumers, ideas for building a marketing foundation, and gaining awareness in your marketplace.

The workshop is Tuesday, April 12 from 12-1pm at the Arkansas Studies Institute (401 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock).

Hendrix College proudly shares up-and-coming artists

Hendrix College proudly shares up-and-coming artists

CONWAY, Ark. -- Thursday night at Hendrix College will prove to be one that people will be buzzing about for the next month. Hendrix's 2011 Senior Art Majors are hosting the opening reception of their senior show from 4 - 6 pm. The show will run from April 7 until after graduation on May 14 in the Trieschmann Gallery at Hendrix.

The arrangement of the show allows for free flowing movement from the moment the viewer steps in. Each body of work is contained within its own area, with the exception of the sculptural elements. However, their separation adds to the singularity of each piece, whereas the other works are more of a cohesive body meant to be taken in together. Eight very different artists are feature in the show.

Despite the popularity of the photographic medium, there is a large diversity of work embodied by the photographs. Alyssa Moran has created a visual diary, in a style reminiscent of Nan Goldin's work.

Arthritis Foundation’s Jazzy Joints Set for April 14

Arthritis Foundation’s Jazzy Joints Set for April 14

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. –– The Arthritis Foundation will host Jazzy Joints on Thursday, April 14 at 6:00 pm at the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion. The event will serve as a high spirited party featuring jazz music, dancing and a silent auction. 

Jazzy Joints supports the Arthritis Foundation’s mission by raising funds to support proven programs to help fight arthritis pain, to pursue public policy on behalf of patients and to invest in groundbreaking research for effective treatments and a cure. In Arkansas alone, 653,000 adults and 2,700 children wake up every day to the pain of arthritis. Funds raised at Jazzy Joints will be utilized by the Arthritis Foundation to support initiatives such as the evidence-based Life Improvement Series Programs, including aquatics and land-based exercise programs that are developed specifically for patients with arthritis. The Arthritis Foundation also funds programs for families living with juvenile arthritis.

Kenny Chesney at Verizon Arena Tonight

Kenny Chesney  at Verizon Arena Tonight

Kenny Chesney's Goin' Coastal Tour (with guests Billy Curington and Uncle Kracker) takes the stage at 7 p.m. April 1 at Verizon Arena. Tickets are $26.50-$75.

Get "Fired Up for the Cure"

Get "Fired Up for the Cure"

WHAT:  Firefighters from Little Rock, North Little Rock, Alexander and Bryant will compete for a spot in the upcoming 2012 “Fired Up For The Cure” calendar!  During the live show on Saturday, April 9, the audience will watch more than 25 firefighters strut their stuff on the runway and have the chance to vote for their favorites using tokens (tokens can be purchased at the event).

WHERE:  Clear Channel Metroplex Event Center, 10800 Colonel Glenn Road, Little Rock, AR  72204

WHEN: Saturday, April 9 at 7 p.m.

'Pretty Girls Rock: Embracing Your Beautiful'

'Pretty Girls Rock: Embracing Your Beautiful'

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Mosaic Templars Cultural Center (MTCC), a museum of the Department of Arkansas Heritage in partnership with L’Oréal, will host Pretty Girls Rock! Embracing Your Beautiful on Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 1:00 pm.

This event will be held at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, located at 501 West Ninth Street in Little Rock, Arkansas. Admission is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

MTCC will host an afternoon of beauty, entertainment and culture. The event will feature the reigning Miss Arkansas Alyse Eady, as guest speaker and entertainment.

Visitors will receive makeup tips and hands–on demonstrations from local makeup artists as well as free beauty products courtesy of L’Oréal.

For information please call 501-683-33593 or visit www.mosaictemplars.com.