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Friday, August 11
Second Friday Art Night at various locations in downtown Little Rock: It’s time for the monthly roundup of downtown businesses opening their doors for an after-hours gallery walk. Highlights include Bella Vita's second annual Summer Shindig Party complete with live music, spa treats from The Southern Blonde and Lost Forty brews, all to benefit The Van. More on that here. Other participating locations include the Old State House Museum, the CALS Butler Center and the Historic Arkansas Museum. The fun lasts until 8 p.m. For more info, click here.
Arkansas Outdoor Hall of Fame at the Statehouse Convention Center: Just because you enjoy the great outdoors doesn't mean you can't get fancy. The Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation is hosting its annual event recognizing the men and women who have made The Natural State a little more loved by everyone. The night includes dinner and both a live and silent auction. It all starts at 6 p.m. For more info, click here.
Saturday, August 12
Rock Your Reach in downtown Little Rock: A day full of yoga, food and doing good? Yes, please. The day begins with an all-levels yoga class with instructor Wendy Cook on the Junction Bridge overlooking the Arkansas River, paired with a kids' yoga sesh at the base of the bridge lead by Catherine Burton. The party continues at Rock Town Distillery that night with live music, local artwork, door prizes, a silent auction and plenty of good eats. Proceeds go to Big Rock Outreach, an organization that works to provide yoga as an empowerment tool in at risk populations. Strike your first post at 9 a.m. For more info, click here.
Beekeeping 101 at Heifer Village and Urban Farm: If you've ever been mesmerized by beekeepers keeping their bees, here's your chance to give it a try. You can learn all about the artform at this educational workshop, and even experience the actual honey extraction process. And yes, there will be delicious samples. It starts at 10 a.m. For more info, click here.
Boosters and Big Rigs at the Jack Stephens Center at UA Little Rock: It's the oldest trick in the parenting book — diversion. Use it to your advantage at this sixth annual community bash. Kids can play games, do obstacle courses and explore fire trucks while also receiving physicals and vision and dental screenings. It starts at 9 a.m. For more info, click here.
Friday & Saturday, August 11 & 12
Meet the Author of "100 Things to Do in America Before You Die" around Little Rock: Bill Clevlen knows a thing or two about bucket lists. This travel writer's nationwide directory includes stops in Little Rock (because duh), and now he's paying the city another visit. You can meet Clevlen at the Esse Purse Museum on Friday at 5:30 p.m. or at the Little Rock Farmers Market on Saturday at 9 a.m. For more info, click here.
Friday-Sunday, August 11-13
CARE Paws at the Net Tournament at Rebsamen Tennis Center: It's a love-love situation. After a successful (and adorable) inaugural year, this tennis tournament is back and calling your name. The three-day USTA sanctioned tourney benefits Central Arkansas Rescue Effort for Animals. Attendees will enjoy competitive matches, food, drinks, a microchip clinic and a silent auction, and will even get to meet some of CARE’s rescued cats and dogs that are up for adoption. For more info, click here.
Kaleidoscope Film Festival across the metro: Now in its third year, this LGBT film fest “celebrates the diversity of the LGBT community and filmmakers by presenting poignant and thought-provoking films documenting LGBT lives truthfully and with respect.” Kaleidoscope 2017 includes everything from screenings and Q&As to live music and the crowd favorite drag queen brunch at various venues around the city. The fest runs Aug. 11-19. For more info, click here.