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Church offers place to cool down

Church offers place to cool down

CONWAY, Ark. -- Conway First United Methodist Church has a cooling station that is open from 1 to 4 p.m. every weekday when the heat index is 100 degrees or higher. We invite ANYONE who needs a cool place to sit.

On Thursdays in July, we will host the Amazing Grace Cafe at 5:30 p.m., which will extend the cooling station hours so folks can stay for this free meal. The meal is open to anyone who needs something to eat. The church is at 1610 Prince St. (near downtown) in Conway.

For more information, call the church at 501-329-3801 or visit our web site at www.conwayfumc.org.

THV Summer Cereal Drive breaks record

THV Summer Cereal Drive breaks record

LITTLE ROCK, (KTHV) — A total of 212,873 boxes of cereal were donated to the Arkansas Foodbank in the 2011 Today’s THV Summer Cereal Drive, surpassing the record set last year of 195,876.

In the 11 years that Tom Brannon has hosted the cereal drive on his “THV This Morning” show on Channel 11, more than 1 million boxes of cereal have been donated to the Foodbank.

The cereal is being distributed to hungry families in Arkansas through food pantries in the Arkansas Foodbank’s 33-county service area.

Brannon announced the results on the morning show today.

In the competitive Business Division, Southwest Power Pool, a company that manages the electrical grid in nine southwestern states, won the overall award with a total of 24,868 boxes of cereal donated to the Foodbank.

Results for the three divisions were as follows:

  • School division: 26,351 boxes
  • Business division: 124,832
  • Community division: 61

"The Great Escape" benefits Women's Shelter of Central Arkansas

"The Great Escape" benefits Women's Shelter of Central Arkansas

 The Women's Shelter of Central Arkansas has provided emergency assistance to domestic violence victims since November of 1995.  In an effort to generate community support, and ensure services in the future, the Women’s Shelter created the annual event known as “The Great Escape”.  The Great Escape is to be held on August 6, 2011 from 9:00 a.m-3:00 p.m. at the Conway Expo Center and Fairgrounds in Conway, Arkansas.

 The Great Escape provides a day for women to be pampered by massage therapists, skin professionals and manicurists. Spa services are $10 and proceeds are donated to the Women's Shelter of Central Arkansas.

First lady visits AETN 'Go Camp'

First lady visits AETN 'Go Camp'

CONWAY, Ark. — Arkansas first lady Ginger Beebe visited the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) Thursday to discuss healthy habits and active lifestyles with the 41 children, ages 6 to 10, participating in the 2011 AETN GO Camp.

She also spoke about the importance of reading and read “The Sandwich Swap” by Queen Rania of Jordan Al Abdullah to campers. AETN has hosted summer camps for children for six years. AETN GO Camp, now in its second year, is a weeklong camp designed to teach kids healthy habits for life and keep them active and engaged in an educational setting.

Celebrate July 4 in downtown Conway

Celebrate July 4 in downtown Conway

CONWAY , Ark. -- "Come celebrate the 4th of July with an "Old fashioned" celebration of our country's independence! For the second year - Faulkner County Tea Party is hosting this event July 4, 6:30 pm, at Simon Park, downtown Conway.

The Rev. Greg Commer will open our event with a prayer followed by our pledge of allegiance led by State Rep. David Meeks. Special music will be provided by Naomi Meeks, wife of Rep. Meeks.  State Senator Jason Rapert will be there to play his fiddle. Especially for the children we will have a "Best Little Patriot "costume contest. Cash prizes will be given to the winners of the contest.

Please call 501-327-3545 or 501-336-8069 to register your child for the contest. Age categories for the contest are: 4-5 years, 6-7years and 8-9 years. All participating children will be given gifts.

Divas Dressing Darlings makes more than 'fashion statement'

Divas Dressing Darlings makes more than 'fashion statement'

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Divas Dressing Darlings, held at RK Collections in the Chenal Promenade last Thursday evening, June 16, 2011 had a wonderful turnout.  The goal of the event was to bring awareness to the non-profit Little Dresses for Africa and The Compassion Fashion Project.  Guests were asked to bring in pillowcases that will be turned into dresses for little girls in impoverished areas of Africa.  Live music by Jessica Carder gave the ambience of a jazzy feel to the whole evening and created a light, fun atmosphere.  Speakers included Brandon Campbell, producer of Little Rock Fashion Week, Beth Goodrich, executive director of The Women's Shelter of Central Arkansas in Conway, Meredith Corning, founder of The Compassion Fashion Project and Robin Kratzke, owner of RK Collections.

Guests were dressed to the nines and spent their time shopping, sipping wine, enjoying cupcakes, eclaires and the festivities with one another.

Honor Dad with gift to Heifer

Honor Dad with gift to Heifer

Father’s Day is a day that we honor fathers for the important role they play in shaping their children’s lives and our society. Around the world, fathers have different lifestyles, parenting methods and challenges but they all want to provide happy and secure lives for their children. Heifer International, a charitable organization that works to end hunger and poverty, meets remarkable fathers everyday overcoming tremendous odds to provide the basic necessities to their children.

Sebastian Alvarado-Brizuela of Isletas, a father of four in Southern Honduras, suddenly became a struggling single parent after his wife abandoned their children while he was away working in another country. Their local economy did not provide sufficient job opportunities and he lacked the funds to improve his small farm to provide enough food and income for his family.