September 22, 2016
-Sandra Mitchell, Director of Supportive Services for the Better Community Development (BCD), Inc./Hoover Treatment Center; Luke Kramer, Executive Director of The STARR Coalition; and Dino Davis, Executive Director of Quality Living Center, Inc. for the 12th Recovery Jam. Better Community Development, Inc. celebrates and recognizes September as National Recovery Month (27th Year). They will present the 12th Annual Recovery Jam to raise awareness about mental and/or substance use disorder, Monday, September 26th from 4pm-8pm at the River Market Pavilion, 400 President Clinton Avenue in downtown Little Rock. The community wide event will highlight individuals who have reclaimed their lives and are living happy and healthy lives in long-term recovery. Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Service Providers who have helped make recovery possible will also be honored. Sponsored by the BCD Hoover Treatment Center and partnered with the Division of Behavioral Health Services. Recovery Jam 2016 will include: Free Health Screenings from Baptist Health, HIV & HEP C testing, Live Entertainment by Dino Davis and the D-Train Band and other local artists, Free Food, Dancing, Personal Testimonies, and Vendor Booths. For information on Recovery Jam 2016, call 501-663-7221 or email [email protected]. For information on The STARR Coalition, call 501-944-8653. For information on the Quality Living Center, Inc., call 501-663-3490.
– Lil Robb of Chopperboy South and Bishop Eli J. Russell for the 16th Annual Back to School Bash in Hot Springs. This annual bash will be held, Saturday, September 24th from 10am-5pm at Wade Street Park in Hot Springs. Activities include a talent show, dunking booth, water slide, rock climbing wall, free food, and plenty of fun, fun fun! Live entertainment will be provided by Lil Robb, Trouble, and Lawless. For more information on the 16th Annual Back to School Bash in Hot Springs, call 501-620-0203.
-Akissi Brooks-Hill, Founder & CEO of Ambitious Girls, Inc. for the 2016 Ambitious Girls, Inc. EmpowHERment Day. The 8th Annual Ambitious Girl, Inc. EmpowHERment Day will be held, Saturday, September 24th with a 9am check-in and the start time from 10am-4pm at Shorter College, 604 Locust Street in North Little Rock. Girls 11-16 years old will be empowered, educated, and motivated to G.R.O.W. “Get Ready to Lead Our World!” The conference was established in 2009 (formerly known as the GIRL TALK conference prior to 2014) based on the founders “BE Smart! BE Safe! BE Responsible! platform, which pertains to the importance of education, awareness and prevention of teen pregnancy, HIV/AIDS and juvenile delinquency. This year’s EmpowerHERment day is FREE and will include a full lunch, t-shirts, drawstring back packs, screenings, prizes, activities, special projects, workshops and sessions. The theme is “Confident in Christ: The Girl Behind the Mask.” To Register or obtain more information, call 501-960-7313.
– Angel Burt, Vice President of the Dunbar Historic Neighborhood Association and Pat Edgerson for the 2nd Annual Paul Laurence Dunbar Community Festival. This free event will be held, Saturday, September 24th from 9am-4pm at Paul Laurence Dunbar School, Chester &* Wright Avenue in Little Rock. Activities include an Arkansas Artists & Authors Showcase, Corvette Car Show & Car Wash, Free Health Screenings, Local Vendors, Food, Zumbathon, Bobcat Classic 3 on 3 Tournament, Live Performances, Building Communities Anti-Bullying Clinic, Mobil Video Game Station & more! Little Rock Black Owned Business Service (LR BOBS) will sponsor a Community Festival & Marketplace at Dunbar School to State Street and the Urban Raw Food Festival will be held in the Dunbar Gardens. For more information, call 400-0261 or email [email protected].