The Toy Chest – Preserving the Essence of Play for the Holidays

The local independently owned neighborhood toy store is quickly becoming a thing of the past; like small bookstores and video rental shops they are disappearing quickly with the advent of Walmart and Amazon on the rise. Still, there are shimmers of hope for the future and for Imy Marcus it’s …

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Inception to Projection – A Class for Filmmakers Taught by Filmmakers

Filmmaking as an art form is something that’s not so easy to pursue for just anyone. It’s an expensive pursuit that demands time, passion and dedication. Just ask a filmmaker or ask any of the students who have taken the Inception to Projection course at Low Key Arts (LKA). A …

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Master Naturalists – The Diamond Lakes Chapter Begins Second Year

Arkansas Master Naturalists began in 2007 when Tom Neale, active Master Naturalist in the Austin, TX area, moved to Little Rock. He partnered with Linda Goza, a park interpreter at Pinnacle Mountain State Park to set up Arkansas Master Naturalists’ first chapter in Little Rock. The organization has grown to five …

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The Milk Barn – JV Farms Showcases the Healthy Side of Country Living

I met Jay and Valorie Lee like many people have down at the Historic Downtown Farmers Market where they have sold their eggs and an array of different meat products such as chicken, pork, beef, lamb, and goat. They were not hard to miss with their large chalkboard sign and …

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Born Free – Midwifery: A Labor of Love

Fans of cultural ambassador Shea Childs know her as hostess-with-the-mostest of Low Key Arts, Hot Springs’ indie music/film nonprofit. But that calm demeanor and Madonna-esque smile derive from a special calling: as a Licensed Certified Professional midwife, Shea has attended more than 150 births. “Barbara Muller has attended close to …

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Committed to Freedom – Healing & Preventing Sexual Abuse

Adam’s mother sexually abused him almost every day until he was twelve. Sarah’s youth pastor raped her when she was thirteen. The scars Adam and Sarah carry have robbed them of much of their adulthood as they each wrestle with the daunting task of reclaiming their lives. Experiences like these …

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H2O Quandary – The City That Once Bathed the World Looks South for Water Rights

While walking the dog down to the Farmer’s Market the other morning to get eggs and chorizo from JV Farms, I ran into ‘That Guy.’ You know the one. The guy with the petition on his clipboard waving an ink pen and politely soliciting signatures from folks going to purchase …

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Hot Springs Doc Fest – Twenty-Three Years of Entertaining & Educating

Three years ago, the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival was still happening at the Malco Theatre and the question on everybody’s mind always seemed to be, “Is this all going to happen again next year?” It is doubtful that anyone is really asking that question now with the Arkansas Motion …

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Garland County Grows – Planting the Seeds of Learning

When one thinks of the typical library, certain images come to mind – whispering librarians directing patrons towards periodicals or fiction books to water their blossoming seeds of knowledge; enthusiastic children perusing the children’s library, planting seeds of curiosity in their growing minds; or patient genealogists searching through old microfiche …

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The Color of Summer – Bringing Life to Old & New Fabrics

Tie-dying since the age of fifteen, Giovanna Splawn remembers walking down to the Springy Dingy and seeing “Tie-Dye” Ron with his huge bellbottom’s and bright threads. “I thought it was so cool. I asked him if he could teach me.” Going to his house everyday, she watched and learned until …

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