December 14, 2017
-Muskie Harris, President of 100 Black Men of Greater Little Rock | A Christmas Gala will be presented by 100 Black Men of Greater Little Rock, Friday, December 15th at the Doubletree Hotel in the Ballroom in Downtown Little Rock. Doors open at 5:30 and the festivities will begin at 6pm. Keynote speaker will be Thomas W. Dortch, Chairman of the Board for 100 Black Men of America. The 6th graduating class of the 100 Academy Mentoring Program will be honored, along with local leaders. Service work of the chapter done throughout the year will also be highlighted. Which includes the 4th Annual Mentoring Across a Lifetime Conference, Community Partnership with Romine Elementary School, and the Education in our Community Town Hall Meeting. The gala will feature a 5-course meal, special presentations, and live entertainment. For tickets, visit www.eventbrite.com. For more information, visit www.blackmenglr.com.
-Annette Fisher and Connie Curry, Tidwell Project, Inc. | The 15th Annual Fundraiser “Celebrate the Moments of the Season” hosted by the Tidwell Project, Inc. will be held Sunday, December 17th at 6:30pm at the Downtown Marriott Hotel in the Grand Ballroom in Little Rock. The evening includes food, and entertainment by the Tidwell Project dancers, Nicki Parrish and Kemistri, and a list of other talented local artists. The fundraiser is co-chaired by Dr. Alonzo and Susan Williams and Drs. Joe Hargrove and Frances Harris. Supportive members of the medical, legal, and corporate community will be in attendance. Derek Fisher and Corliss Williamson are the Honorary Chairs of this event. Proceeds help young Arkansans to pursue their goals of higher education. For tickets and more information, call 501-664-0478.
-Lieutenant Dustin Free, Deputy Fire Marshal of the North Little Rock Fire Department | Between 2009-2014, United States Fire Departments responded to an average of 860 home structure fires that began with holiday decorations and an additional 210 home fires that began with Christmas trees according to the National Fire Protection Association. Winter holidays are a time for families and friends to get together. But that also means a greater risk for fire. Following a few Holiday Safety Tips will ensure a happy and fire-safe holiday season.
- Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.
- Add water to the tree stand. Be sure to add water daily.
- Use lights that are listed by a qualified testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use.
- Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
- Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
- Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.
- Test smoke alarms and tell guest about your home fire escape plan.
- NLR Fire Department has the Focus Program, which allows the Fire Department to come and test your smoke detectors. For information on the Focus Program, call 501-340-5377.
For more information, visit the National Fire Protection Association and www.nfpa.org. To learn more from the NLRFD, visit them on Facebook or www.nlr.ar.gov/fire.