Break a Leg!

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A Place To Shine: Lisa and Community Connections

Community Connections helps children with and without disabilities

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Volunteering with Friendship Community Care

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“All This Angst,” Tail Waggin’ Tutors, and more at the Arkansas Literary Festival.

The Tail Waggin' Tutors will visit the Arkansas Literary Festival this weekend.

The Arkansas Literary Festival begins today, and there are a several kid friendly events taking place on Saturday throughout the city. So for the next two days we’ll be highlighting just a few of them. The range from workshops for teen writers to puppet shows for the little ones.

If you’re trying to plan your day, please see the full list of family-friendly events by clicking here. 

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the festival. Which events do you hope to attend?

As we we said, most of the events are happening on Saturday. But there is one event today.

6:30 PM on Thursday: According to the information from the Arkansas Literary Festival, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou inspired eighth grade students from eStem Public Charter School to stage a silent protest against child abuse through poetry, music, art, and prose. A video of their day of silence will be presented along with readings from their work. Parental guidance recommended; mature material will be discussed.”

Happening on Saturday:

10:00: Argenta Street Festival, including the Tail Waggin Tutors. Do you children love dogs and reading? This sounds like the event for you! “Musicians, performers, artists, and activities are interwoven on the block for your enjoyment. Adults will enjoy concerts by Mark Currey, Mark Simpson, Montgomery Trucking, and The Salty Dogs. Artists include Annette Costa, Cathy Burns, Byron Werner, Ed Wade, Erin Lorenzen, Lisa Krannichfeld, Mike Anderson, Nancy Bounds, and Julie Holt. Kids will love meeting the Tail Waggin’ Tutors, making book marks, participating in music activities, playing literary bingo, and more.”

10:00  Goldilocks and Little Red Riding Hood. Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre will present the classic stories Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Little Red Riding Hood in a fun musical performance. For all ages. Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre.

11:00. Literary Fiesta. Do you want tant to encourage your children to read more and/or encourage them in their reading?Introduce your kids to 2012 Festival authors Cherie Foster Colburn, Darcy Pattison, Carla Killough McClafferty, Spelile Rivas, and Lori Spencer. Their books feature gardens, prairie storms, titans of technology, monsters, and butterflies. With prizes, refreshments, and even a piñata, the Fiesta is a great way to promote reading.”

11:30: “All This Angst” Teen writing workshop. This sounds like a great opportunity for budding teen writers. “Susan Gregg Gilmore, author of Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen, will be hosting a workshop offering, “helpful insight into how to channel emotions into exciting prose.” Sensory exercises and techniques will help youth explore their writing styles and “hone their voice.” Saturday April 14th at 11:30 Thea Center for the Arts in NLR. Teens only.”

1:00 If your children love hands-on activities, you might want to check out the Children’s Activity Hour at the downtown library. This will includes origami, making books, creating puppets, yarn art, chess, and more. Third floor of Main library downtown.

Author Lori Spencer will discuss the habitat of butterflies.


2:00 Author Session: Lori Spencer. Who doesn’t love butterflies? Author of The Diana Fritillary, Arkansas’s State Butterfly will help kids learn more about this butterfly and its habitat. Witt Stevens Jr. Nature Center.

We will be highlighting more kid-friendly events tomorrow, so check back then! If you attend the festival this weekend, be sure and post some photos on our facebook page!