A Historic Return

As with many things over the past two years, most of the well-loved events celebrating the historic neighborhoods south of I-630 have been put on ice.

This spring, two are making their grand return, much to the excitement of Little Rock locals.

Near the end of this month, Mount Holly Cemetery will once again host its spring picnic, aptly titled Rest in Perpetuity, or R.I.P. There, attendees can explore the beautiful grounds and enjoy a boxed lunch and live music, all while raising funds for the Mount Holly Cemetery Association, which preserves the historic site. Info: mounthollycemetery.org.

In early May, the Quapaw Quarter Association's annual Spring Tour of Homes returns, as does its popular candlelit event and Mother's Day brunch. Guests will tour eight historic homes and impactful buildings in the Governor’s Mansion Historic District, with proceeds benefiting the QQA's preservation programs. Info: quapaw.com.

Kirby House in Quapaw Quarter

High Praise

Adam Head of CARTI.

Two central Arkansas nonprofits took home top honors at the 34th annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards. CARTI CEO Adam Head was named nonprofit executive of the year, while Thea Foundation received the title of nonprofit organization of the year.

Big Moves

J.R. Bizzell and Kenya Sharp

★ UA Little Rock has named four new members to its foundation fund board: J.R. Bizzell, Kenya Sharp, Mark Leverett and Scott Ruffner.

★ The Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund added two new members to its board of directors, Maret Cahill Wicks and Michael O'Bryan.

Matthew Kovak and Amy Jo Jenkins

★ Meanwhile, Matthew Kovak is the new executive director for the clinical trials office at UAMS, and Amy Jo Jenkins is now the associate director of administration for the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute.

Clockwise from top left: Kim Burgess, Shelby Cox, Veronica Smith and Regina Taylor, all of Girl Scouts-Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma & Texas

★ Four women have taken new roles at Girl Scouts - Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas (clockwise from top left): Kim Burgess as membership director, Shelby Cox as volunteer director, Veronica Smith as human resources director and Regina Taylor as chief operations officer.

Candice Hickman

★ Candice Hickman is the new communications director at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas.

★ Forward Arkansas has found its new director of policy and engagement in Victoria Watson.

Save the Dates

Calendars are filling up quickly with fun, charitable events. Here are just a few to keep on your radar this spring and summer.

  • May 1: Justin Moore St. Jude Golf Classic
  • May 6: Empty Bowls benefiting the Arkansas Foodbank
  • May 20: Dinner on the Grounds benefiting Our House
  • June 4: Tour de Rock benefiting CARTI
  • July 16: Amp Out Alz benefiting Alzheimer's Arkansas
  • July 21: Bingo Bash benefiting Access Schools