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Comedian brings laughter to Maumelle assisted living facility

Comedian brings laughter to Maumelle assisted living facility

MAUMELLE, Ark. (KTHV) - Stand-up comedian Mark Klein is bringing his talents to an assisted living facility in Maumelle with a personal goal of performing for the severely underserved senior market. 

“My dad is in his 90s,” says Klein. “If he still enjoys comedy, I see no reason other folks his age won’t enjoy it as well.” 

Klein began his professional stand-up career during the comedy boom of the 80s. Since then, he’s gone on to conquer the cruise ship circuit and corporate comedy gigs. He has been profiled by CBS, GQ Magazine and Forbes. Now, Mark is setting out to perform for seniors in need of a good laugh. 

“Just because they are older, doesn't mean they have lost their need for laughter and love of comedy.”

Klein will perform at Elmcroft Senior Living located at 100 Bringler Drive in Maumelle on November 2. It will last from 6 p.m. till 8 p.m.

Beach Volleyball coming to UCA

Beach Volleyball coming to UCA

CONWAY, Ark.—Women’s beach volleyball is coming to the University of Central Arkansas after the Board of Trustees voted to add it as the 18th varsity sport at the university.

The beach volleyball season is played during March and April and will begin at UCA in 2017, according to Dr. Brad Teague, director of athletics.

“It's exciting to add a women's sport to our already very successful lineup of nine women's sports,” said Teague. "Beach volleyball is the fastest growing sport in the NCAA and our conference right now. Being a part of this momentum will benefit our campus and program.”

Three other institutions in the Southland Conference are set to add the sport in the near future, including the University of New Orleans, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and Houston Baptist University. The NCAA began recognizing beach volleyball as a sport in 2010.

UCA's Baum Gallery Receives grant for art internships

UCA's Baum Gallery Receives grant for art internships

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - The University of Central Arkansas’ Baum Gallery of Fine Art recently chose its first three interns funded by a grant from the Windgate Charitable Foundation for the 2015-2016 academic year. 

“Thanks to the generosity of the Windgate Foundation, the Baum has three new talented staff members who will benefit from experience working in a museum setting and increase the Baum’s capacity to engage the central Arkansas community,” said Barclay McConnell, Baum Gallery director. 

The Windgate Foundation’s support is a three-year commitment that allows interns to work at the Baum Gallery. Through the grant two interns must be undergraduate students at UCA and the third intern must be a post-graduate intern from any institution. 

Georgia Erger, the post-graduate intern, will focus on museum management. 

Scientist Bill Nye to visit UCA

Scientist Bill Nye to visit UCA

CONWAY, Ark. (UCA) - Bill Nye, scientist, engineer, comedian, author, inventor and host of Bill Nye the Science Guy, will give a public lecture at the University of Central Arkansas on Oct. 6.

The event is scheduled for 7:30 to 10 p.m. in the Farris Center on Bruce Street.

Tickets are $15 for the general public, $5 for students/children and free for UCA students with a valid student I.D.

“Bill Nye is an amazing scientist, author, teacher and comedian who will engage and educate the audience with his humorous story telling,” said Amanda Horton, director of UCA Public Appearances.  “We are ecstatic to be offering this caliber of talent to the Central Arkansas community.”

Nye is devoted to bolstering a scientifically literate society by making science accessible as well as entertaining.  His goal is to help people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes the world work.

Community Connections to kick off fall programs for kids with special needs

CONWAY, Ark. (Sept. 18, 2015) – Community Connections will kick off its fall extra-curricular programs for children with special needs and their families on Tuesday, September 22.

The programs, which are free of charge, will include theatre, music, art, flag football, cheerleading, martial arts, golf programs and an autism workshop.

“We believe ALL children deserve the opportunity to play sports and participate in the arts,” said Courtney Leach, director of Community Connections. “We adapt our programs for individual needs and utilize buddies to accommodate children so they can experience success and being part of a team.”

Alchemy Songwriting Competition hosts 5th annual showcase

Alchemy Songwriting Competition hosts 5th annual showcase

National Circus and Acrobats of China to continue Reynolds season

National Circus and Acrobats of China to continue Reynolds season

CONWAY, Ark. — UCA Public Appearances will present The National Circus and Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China at the Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall on the University of Central Arkansas campus Thursday, October 8, at 7:30 p.m.

Although the performance is sold out, in the event tickets become available, the public will be notified via the Reynolds Performance Hall Facebook page.

Direct from Beijing, the group will perform “Peking Dreams,” which will include foot juggling with umbrellas, unicycles, adagio of four, grand martial arts, high chair balancing, aerial silks, rope tricks (lasso), teeterboard, grand flying trapeze and group contortions.

“Peking Dreams” was performed for the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008 and has been performed more than 600 times before more than 400,000 people in China, Europe, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan.