7th Annual Christmas Caravan for the Homeless Set for Clinton Library

Sandra Wilson sent this over and it is my pleasure to post it in full. Marie (who has a personal devotion to the homeless population) and I expect to take part.

Little Rock – The 7th Annual Christmas Caravan will take place on December 22nd with Santa and the Caravan of gifts arriving at 8:30 a.m. in the parking lot of the Clinton Presidential Library.

The Christmas Caravan is an annual outreach event that provides basic necessities to homeless adults, as well as gifts of toys and other items for homeless and near-homeless children. The mission of the Caravan is to provide an opportunity for those without homes or resources to participate in the true joy and sharing in this celebration of the Christmas season, and to provide an opportunity for a diverse mix of volunteers to come together in a festive holiday atmosphere to share with the less fortunate in our community.

The Caravan is made up of volunteers who will gather bringing automobiles loaded with coats, clothing, shoes, sleeping bags, blankets and other donations for area homeless, as well as gifts of toys for homeless and low income children who attend the event. Led by Santa Claus, the Caravan will travel parade-style from Heifer International to the Clinton Presidential Library parking lot. The participants are encouraged to decorate their vehicles and wear Christmas-themed clothing to create a festive atmosphere.   Churches and groups will provide breakfast food and drinks to our guests as they arrive.  The River Rail Trolley will provide Free Rides to and from the event from 8 a.m. until noon.  Participants can get on the trolley from any of the stops in the downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock area.

When the Caravan arrives at the Clinton site at 8:30 a.m., gifts will be distributed directly from the vehicles to those who have gathered to participate. Church youth groups will provide Christmas carolling during the event and Santa will have a special place to talk with the children and hand out gifts and goodies.

This will be the 7th year that the Christmas Caravan has taken the celebration of Christmas to the streets. The event has grown in participants, volunteers, and donations every year.  We are blessed with volunteers from youth groups, churches, schools, social organizations, and social services agencies, as well as individuals and multi-generation families. We are thankful for all of our volunteers and donors.

To learn more about supporting or participating in the Caravan, visit our website http://christmascaravan.org/ or contact event organizer Sandra R. Wilson at 501-580-6185 or sandra@christmascaravan.org This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Maumelle Family Fest this Weekend!

My pal Butch Stone sent this note.

Maumelle Family Fest 2012 will be held on May 11-12, 2012, at Lake Willastein in Maumelle. The Festival features Carnival Rides and Games for Adults and Children, Pony Rides, Carriage Rides through the Park, by Little Rock Carriage Company, Inflatable Play Area by Jump Zone, Face Painting, Arts and Grafts, Great Foods, Free coupons for Ice Cream Cones at Sonic to the first 2000 people, Contest, and Live Music on Stage on Saturday featuring Amsterdam, Dylan, Brick Fields, Maggie Langrell, Tutu’s and Tennis Shoes, and Maumelle Cheer and Gymnastics, and more.

Admission is FREE

The festival is open from 5pm-10pm on May 11, and 10am-10pm on Saturday, May 12.

Bring the Whole Family and join us for Maumelle Family Fest 2012, May 11-12.

UPDATE: NLR City Council to consider one-half cent sales tax in special Friday morning meeting

From a reader, this is an email from NLR Mayor Pat Hayes. Please note this arrives without the required 72 hour notice. Interesting timing.

Honorable Members of the North Little Rock City Council:

The purpose of this e-mail is to advise you that Mayor Hays has called a special meeting of the North Little Rock City Council at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 16, 2011, at City Hall, Council Chambers, North Little Rock, Arkansas.  The following will be on the agenda:

1)      R-11-150 – A RESOLUTION EXPRESSING THE CITY COUNCIL’S INTENT REGARDING THE USE OF REVENUES TO BE DERIVED FROM THE PROPOSED ONE-HALF PERCENT SALES AND USE TAX TO BE DIVIDED EVENLY BETWEEN CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS AND GENERAL EXPENSES; AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.  Sponsor:  Mayor Patrick H. Hays

2)      R-11-151 – A RESOLUTION EXPRESSING THE CITY COUNCIL’S INTENT REGARDING THE USE OF REVENUES TO BE DERIVED FROM THE PROPOSED ONE-HALF PERCENT SALES AND USE TAX TO BE LEVIED UNTIL MARCH 31, 2017 AND USED FOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS; AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.  Sponsor:  Mayor Patrick H. Hays

3)      O-11-56 – AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE LEVY OF A ONE-HALF PERCENT SALES AND USE TAX WITHIN THE CITY OF NORTH LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS TO BE DIVIDED EVENLY FOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS AND GENERAL EXPENDITURES; AND PRESCRIBING OTHER MATTERS PERTAINING THERETO.  Sponsor:  Mayor Patrick H. Hays

4)      O-11-57 – AN ORDINANCE CALLING A SPECIAL ELECTION IN THE CITY OF NORTH LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS ON THE QUESTION OF LEVYING A ONE-HALF PERCENT SALES AND USE TAX WITHIN THE CITY OF NORTH LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS TO BE DIVIDED EVENLY FOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS AND GENERAL EXPENDITURES; DECLARING AN EMERGENCY; AND PRESCRIBING OTHER MATTERS PERTAINING THERETO.  Sponsor:  Mayor Patrick H. Hays

5)      O-11-58 – AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE LEVY OF A ONE-HALF PERCENT SALES AND USE TAX WITHIN THE CITY OF NORTH LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS UNTIL MARCH 31, 2017 TO BE USED FOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS; AND PRESCRIBING OTHER MATTERS PERTAINING THERETO.  Sponsor:  Mayor Patrick H. Hays

6)      O-11-59 – AN ORDINANCE CALLING A SPECIAL ELECTION IN THE CITY OF NORTH LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS ON THE QUESTION OF LEVYING A ONE-HALF PERCENT SALES AND USE TAX WITHIN THE CITY OF NORTH LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS UNTIL MARCH 31, 2017 TO BE USED FOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS; DECLARING AN EMERGENCY; AND PRESCRIBING OTHER MATTERS PERTAINING THERETO.  Sponsor:  Mayor Patrick H. Hays

Pursuant to Sec. 2-48(2) of the North Little Rock Municipal Code, you are entitled to 72 hours’ electronic notice of this meeting. I am admittedly sending this email without 72 hours’ notice.  You may choose to waive the notice requirement.  Similarly, you may choose not to waive the notice requirement.  If a member of City Council chooses not to waive the notice requirement, the meeting will not be effective.  In order to keep our records in order, I ask that you respond to this email and indicate whether you agree to waive notice of this special meeting.

UPDATE: Max at Arkansas Times reports on today’s NLR City Council meeting. David Goins of Fox 16 Tweets.

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