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AHTD accepting applications for public transportation program

AHTD accepting applications for public transportation program

LITTLE ROCK (AHTD) - The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department is now accepting applications for the Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

The Section 5310 – Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program is federally funded. It provides capital assistance in the form of discounted vehicles to agencies providing transportation services to seniors and individuals with disabilities.

Children can receive a personal letter straight from Santa

Children can receive a personal letter straight from Santa

UNDATED (UCP) - Your child can receive a personal letter straight from Santa at the North Pole!

Letters will include a personal message from Santa, as well as reindeer food to sprinkle on the lawn on Christmas Eve! Letters are $10 each, and all proceeds will benefit the programs and services of United Cerebral Palsy of Arkansas.

Contact Kristin at (501) 228-3838 or kristin@ucpark.org to purchase your personalized letter from Santa!

Orders need to be placed by Mon., Dec. 16 to ensure delivery before Christmas.

(Source: United Cerebral Palsy of Arkansas)

Operation Homefront provides toys to military families this holiday season

Operation Homefront provides toys to military families this holiday season

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (LRAFB) - Operation Homefront is hosting its second annual toy distribution event for servicemen and women and their spouses who are shopping for their children this holiday season. Military parents will have the opportunity to fill a bag with gifts for each of their children.

“The holiday season can be financially stressful for our military families,” said Jamie Briggs, Community Liaison of Operation Homefront Southern Plains. “Our servicemen and women make a huge sacrifice for our country every day and this is just one small way we can support them and say ‘thank you.’  We are also grateful for the continued support of Verizon Wireless, and other generous sponsors, who help make this event possible.”

The event is Tues., Dec. 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Thomas Community Activities Center on the Little Rock Airforce Base.

Union Rescue Mission 'Feeding the Multitudes' with Thanksgiving program

Union Rescue Mission 'Feeding the Multitudes' with Thanksgiving program

Little Rock, AR (Union Rescue Mission)-  The Union Rescue Mission plans to distribute approximately 850 Thanksgiving food boxes to low- income families in Central Arkansas on Tuesday, November 26th. 

Families will be referred to the Union Rescue Mission by local schools in the Little Rock area. The last day for families to sign up for food boxes will be Friday, November 15, 2013.  There is enough food in each box to feed a family of four, and families with more than four members will receive more than one box.

The Feeding the Multitude Food Drive is conducted annually by the Union Rescue Mission.  Local churches, schools, and civic organizations collect canned food items, boxed stuffing, cake mixes, and frosting.  More than 50 volunteers will come to the Mission at 1650 East Washington, Saturday, November 23 to help pack the food boxes.

(Source: Union Rescue Mission)

The Arkansas Agriculture Department recognizes century farms across the state

The Arkansas Agriculture Department recognizes century farms across the state

LITTLE ROCK (AAD) – The Arkansas Agriculture Department announced today that 102 Arkansas farms will be designated as Arkansas Century Farms in 2013. Arkansas Century Farm signs and certificates will be presented to owners of the farms at five locations around the state the week of November 18-22.

The Arkansas Century Farm program is a program that recognizes Arkansas’s rich agricultural heritage and honors families who have owned and farmed the same land for at least 100 years. The program is voluntary, places no restrictions on the land, and does not require a fee.

To qualify, farms have to meet the following criteria:

  • The same family must have owned the farm for 100 years by December 31, 2013.
  • The farm must be at least 10 acres of the original land acquisition and make a financial contribution to the overall farm income.

The following Arkansas farms will be awarded a sign and certificate at the following locations:

Little Rock Compassion Center needs turkeys for Thanksgiving baskets

Little Rock Compassion Center needs turkeys for Thanksgiving baskets

LITTLE ROCK, Ark (LRCC) -- The Little Rock Compassion Center is looking for help to put together 500 Thanksgiving baskets for the low-income families the organization serves.  And the biggest need is for frozen turkeys. 

"We want to make sure we have the entire dinner in our baskets," said Pastor William Holloway, the Founder and Director of the Little Rock Compassion Center.  "We really need the community to help.  If you can bring a 14-20 pound frozen turkey to us, it will bless many families in the area."

"We also would be very grateful for the other elements of the traditional dinner as well," Holloway said.  "And, if families want to volunteer to help us put the baskets together, that would be a wonderful way to prepare for Thanksgiving."

Live Salsa Music & More During Latino Food & Music Festival

Live Salsa Music & More During Latino Food & Music Festival

Saturday, September 14, 6-10pm, enjoy a night of delicious Latin food, wonderful atmosphere, live salsa music, and even better company!

Featuring food vendors from Brazil, Argentina, El Salvador, Mexico, Honduras, Bolivia, Columbia & Nicaragua. It all happens at the Argenta Farmers Market Plaza, 520 Main Street, Argenta Arts District, downtown NLR.