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“Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive” sets records for UCA Hall

“Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive” sets records for UCA Hall

By Brandon Riddle

College of Fine Arts and Communication Media Office

 

CONWAY — Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson will discuss the universe when he speaks to a sold-out audience at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27 on the University of Central Arkansas campus.

The lecture in Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall – “The Search for Life in the Universe” – will last 60 minutes with a 30-minute Q&A session to follow. The lecture is sponsored by Conway Printing Company.

Tyson is the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium and a research associate at the American Museum of Natural History.

“There are going to be more students at this lecture than we’ve ever had at any of our lectures, so it’s very popular with the students,” said UCA Public Appearances Director Amanda Horton.

Lake Dardanelle State Park to host boater education course

Lake Dardanelle State Park to host boater education course

Lake Dardanelle State Park, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, and the Auxiliary Coast Guard are partnering to provide a Boating Education Course open to the public. Plan to attend the Boating Education Course offered March 3 & 4, 2014 at the Lake Dardanelle State Park Visitor Center Classroom from 6-9 p.m. You must attend both nights to complete the course.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s “Mandatory Boating Education Regulation states that:  “Anyone born after 1985 must take and pass an approved Arkansas Game and Fish Boating Education Course and carry proof that he or she has satisfactorily completed the course in order to operate a motorboat in Arkansas.”

The minimum 6 hour course includes; boat classification, registration, lifesaving equipment, navigation aids, rules of the road, maintenance, courtesy, and much more. The course is free of charge and is open to a limited number.  Pre-registration is required.  Please call 479-967-5516.

Ninth annual Chase Race and Paws scheduled for March 8

Ninth annual Chase Race and Paws scheduled for March 8

Conway, AR, (CRP) – The Ninth Annual Chase Race and Paws will be held  Saturday, March 8, 8 a.m. starting and finishing at Simon Park, 805 Front Street, Conway. The 2-mile state championship race awards a $100 cash prize to any male or female who breaks the present course records.  A complimentary 2014 entry form will be awarded to  anyone who breaks an age group record.  Each person who registers will receive a technical shirt again this year.  

Online race registration is now open at http://www.chaserace.info/. Entry forms  are also available at The Sporty Runner, 1016 Van Ronkle St. in Conway, and at  Conway Regional Health and Fitness Center, 700 Salem Rd. Chase Race and Pawsevent includes:

Blood donation events in/near Conway for Feb.

Blood donation events in/near Conway for Feb.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Feb. 3, 2014) — Like a hospital emergency room, the American Red Cross must be prepared to provide blood for patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. It’s the blood already on the shelves and readily available that can be lifesaving for people like Chris Salinas.

Chris was a horse trainer who was seriously injured in an accident when a horse pinned him to the pavement. He and his family said they credit the multiple blood transfusions he received with helping him recover.

Type O negative blood is especially needed right now. O negative is the universal blood type and can potentially be transfused to patients with any type. To make an appointment to donate blood and help ensure the shelves are stocked for patients in need, please visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

'In the Heights' opens Feb. 7 in Cabot

'In the Heights' opens Feb. 7 in Cabot

CABOT, Ark. (CAPAA) – The award winning young artists of the Central Arkansas Performing Arts Academy present the Tony Award winning musical, “In the Heights”. This is the first time this modern musical has ever been presented in Arkansas. The show opens February 7 and runs through February 9, 2014.


Danelle Hoffer, Executive Director of CAPAA, said “This musical is an important accomplishment for our young performers. “In The Heights” is an artistically challenging, uplifting and beautifully written story about life in Washington Heights in New York City. We are proud to present our amazing work to the arts community and showcase our up and coming actors and their efforts.


In the Heights is a musical with music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda and a book by Quiara Alegría Hudes. The story is set over the course of three days, involving an ensemble cast of characters in the largely Dominican-American neighborhood of Washington Heights in New York City.

Candlelight vigil for fallen officer McGary set for Saturday

Candlelight vigil for fallen officer McGary set for Saturday

A candlelight vigil in memory of officer William McGary will be held at Simon Park on Saturday, marking a year since his death.

McGary was out of his patrol car directing traffic around a vehicle crash scene when he was fatally injured by another driver. He had been with the Conway Police Department for about two years.

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Charles B. Pierce Film Festival seeking entries for inaugural competition

Charles B. Pierce Film Festival seeking entries for inaugural competition

TEXARKANA, Ark. (CBPFF) – Submissions for feature-length and/or short films are being sought for the first Charles B. Pierce Film Festival, to be held June 12-14 in Texarkana. The festival will showcase stories told with creativity and imagination by filmmakers demonstrating exceptional skill. Entry forms and festival details can be found at www.charlesbpiercefilmfestival.org.

An independent filmmaker with roots in Arkansas’s southwest region, Charles Bryant Pierce’s films have deep, local roots. The films were made in Arkansas with local actors, and drew their inspiration from Arkansas themes. Many have become cult classics.