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Defend yourself from home repair fraud

Defend yourself from home repair fraud

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. --  The National Center for the Prevention of Home Improvement Fraud (NCPHIF) is coming to Little Rock, Arkansas where they will hold a free "SmartPower" workshop on "How to Protect Yourself From Home Improvement/Home Repair Contractor Fraud." The workshop will be held Thursday, June 2, 2011, from 6-8 pm, at the North Little Rock Community Center, 2700 Willow Street, 72114.

The free 2-hour workshop is open to the public and will help educate disaster/storm victims and other homeowners on how to become their own quality control managers, when undergoing a home improvement or repair project, regardless of where they are in the process. 

"Disaster/storm victims are especially vulnerable to contractor fraud," says Phae Howard, Executive Director of NCPHIF.

Win Tickets to Quapaw Quarter Spring Tour

Win Tickets to Quapaw Quarter Spring Tour

Enter by noon today to win one of three pairs of tickets to the Quapaw Quarter Association's Spring Tour of Historic Homes, being held from 1-5 p.m. Sunday (May 8) at houses within walking distance of each other near the Governor's Mansion in Little Rock.

Locally Grown Co-Author to Speak at Laman Library’s “Good Gardens”

Locally Grown Co-Author to Speak at Laman Library’s “Good Gardens”

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- 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 14 at 10 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 of each month through October.

City of North Little Rock announces Community Garden Grants – Deadline May 17, 2011

City of North Little Rock  announces Community Garden Grants – Deadline May 17, 2011

Are you ready to start a community garden in one of North Little Rock’s four wards? You may apply for funding from the City of North Little Rock. Funding can be used for garden construction materials in exchange for your volunteer planting and maintenance efforts. Grants range from $500 to $3,000 per project.

Get more information and you application here: www.northlittlerock.ar.gov

 

P. Allen Smith Plant It Pink Festival Update

Planting of 25,000 tulips event details

The Plant it Pink Festival to be held March 25 – April 3,  2011 preparation begins with the planting of 25,000 pink tulips on Main and Maple in the Argenta Arts District of North Little Rock.  P. Allen Smith, the presenting sponsor of the Plant It Pink Festival will be joined by representatives of the Arkansas Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the Master Gardeners to assist Jay Miller of Seven Oaks Nursery.

Date, Time, Location 

The planting will start at 9AM in the 400 block of Main Street in NLR, Friday , Dec.

NLR will look different for Plant it Pink Festival next spring

NLR will look different for Plant it Pink Festival next spring

Downtown North Little Rock will look a little different next spring.

That’s when 25,000 pink tulips are expected to bloom in a benefit for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure in the Plant it Pink Festival.

The idea for the festival came to downtown developer John Gaudin while on vacation, he said at Monday morning press conference at City Hall.

“I saw a pink flower bed,” Gaudin said, “and I thought that’s something we could do.”

Gaudin chairs the Argenta Downtown Council. The idea blossomed when he went to the Argenta Arts Foundation, headed by William F. Laman Library director Jeff Baskin.

A natural partner was P. Allen Smith, the Little Rock-based gardening expert.

“I’m so inspired by what’s going on in Argenta,” Smith said at the press conference.