Today is #ArkansasGives Day

Arkansas GivesIf you are like me, you’ve been receiving notifications about Arkansas Gives Day for months.  Well, today is the day!  From 8am until 8pm, you can help grow the love for Arkansas’s nonprofit organizations by making a donation to the charity of your choice.  The event is sponsored by the Arkansas Community Foundation.

As a special incentive to give, each gift made through ArkansasGives on April 7, 2016 will be matched with additional bonus dollars; the more you give, the more bonus dollars your favorite charity will receive.

Nonprofit organizations and other tax-exempt charitable organizations may participate if they:

  • Are headquartered in Arkansas or have a base of operations in Arkansas.
  • Are a member of the Arkansas Nonprofit Alliance.
  • Have 501c3 tax exempt status under IRS code AND are qualified as a 509(a)(1), (a)(2) or (a)(3) organization or as a private operating foundation.

The minimum amount is $25; there is no maximum amount you may give. You may designate up to 10 charities per transaction.

Accepted Forms of Payment: Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express credit cards online.
You will receive an email receipt of your gift; please retain it for tax purposes. Unless you choose to remain anonymous, your donor information will be sent to the nonprofits to which you give.

Here is a list of cultural organizations which offer services within the boundaries of the City of Little Rock.

There are MANY MANY MANY other worthy nonprofits which are participating. But since this is a culture blog, only the cultural institutions are listed.  But please consider visiting the website and perusing the entire list.

Zoo Brew tonight at the Little Rock Zoo

6_zoobrew2011-logoJoin the Little Rock Zoo for a frothy celebration like no other on Thursday, September 17! T

his fun craft beer festival takes place in and around Zoo grounds at Cafe Africa and the Civitan Pavilion and features dozens of beers to sample, live music to jam to featuring The Delta Donnie Band, and some of the best food trucks in central Arkansas who will have food available for purchase.

Food trucks include: Agrilla the Bun, Hot Rod Wieners, Katmandumomo, Loblolly Creamry, Pie Hole, Southern Gourmasian, Waffle Wagon, and Bratwurst and Sausage served-up fresh in Cafe Africa! Your ticket includes admission to the event, beer pours, and a free souvenir Zoo Brew cup! Food sold separately.

Brewers include:


Golden Eagle of Arkansas

Cost:  $25 per person in advance/$30 at the door

Must be at least 21 years of age to attend.

All proceeds benefit the Arkansas Zoological Foundation for updates and improvements to the Little Rock Zoo.


Wild Wines at the Little Rock Zoo tonight

6_yaya_11713_wild_winesThe Little Rock Zoo is closing early today so that it can finalize the set-up for Wild Wines of the World – the annual fund raising event of the Arkansas Zoological Foundation sponsored by Wright, Lindsey and Jennings, LLP.

The event, now in its eighth year, has more than doubled the number of participating restaurants from last year’s event, making it one of the largest culinary experiences in central Arkansas. Food donated by central Arkansas’s best restaurants and food establishments will be paired with wine donated by O’Looney’s Wine & Liquor at uniquely themed stops set-up along designated paths all around the Zoo.

This year’s theme for the event is “All Aboard” in honor of the Zoo Foundation’s effort to raise funds for a new Zoo train. All proceeds from the event will go toward the purchase of a new train scheduled to arrive at the Zoo on Memorial Day weekend.

The wine and culinary trip begins at 6:00 p.m. in Café Africa in the Reserve Wine Room with food from Cache Restaurant where executive chef Matt Cooper will be on hand with O’Looney’s store owner and certified wine expert Jonathan Looney, who will discuss wine and food pairings with patrons of the event.

The main event opens at 7:00 p.m. with food and beverages served from 56 tables in 14 uniquely themed areas. Highlights of the event include the Hiland Dairy Cooking Team with members of the Coleman family cooking fresh steak and shrimp for guests, and Arkansas Craft Beer serving-up samples of local brew. Loblolly Creamery will be serving “winesicles,” and Scallions will serve their famous cheese soup. IHOP will be cooking fresh French crepes, and Flying Saucer will serve soft pretzels with spicy mustard. This is just a taste of what guests can expect at Wild Wines this year!

Tickets are only $65 per person for the general event and $100 per person for the Reserve Room and may be purchased online at or by calling (501) 666-2406. Tickets will be sold at the door while they last, but Reserve Room tickets typically sell-out well in advance.

The Little Rock Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you and a better future for all living things. With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation and your link to helping animals in their native habitats. For more information, visit