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Children can receive a personal letter straight from Santa

Children can receive a personal letter straight from Santa

UNDATED (UCP) - Your child can receive a personal letter straight from Santa at the North Pole!

Letters will include a personal message from Santa, as well as reindeer food to sprinkle on the lawn on Christmas Eve! Letters are $10 each, and all proceeds will benefit the programs and services of United Cerebral Palsy of Arkansas.

Contact Kristin at (501) 228-3838 or kristin@ucpark.org to purchase your personalized letter from Santa!

Orders need to be placed by Mon., Dec. 16 to ensure delivery before Christmas.

(Source: United Cerebral Palsy of Arkansas)

The Arkansas Agriculture Department recognizes century farms across the state

The Arkansas Agriculture Department recognizes century farms across the state

LITTLE ROCK (AAD) – The Arkansas Agriculture Department announced today that 102 Arkansas farms will be designated as Arkansas Century Farms in 2013. Arkansas Century Farm signs and certificates will be presented to owners of the farms at five locations around the state the week of November 18-22.

The Arkansas Century Farm program is a program that recognizes Arkansas’s rich agricultural heritage and honors families who have owned and farmed the same land for at least 100 years. The program is voluntary, places no restrictions on the land, and does not require a fee.

To qualify, farms have to meet the following criteria:

  • The same family must have owned the farm for 100 years by December 31, 2013.
  • The farm must be at least 10 acres of the original land acquisition and make a financial contribution to the overall farm income.

The following Arkansas farms will be awarded a sign and certificate at the following locations:

Story Time at Independence County Library

Independence County Library Offers Children’s Story Time

Beginning Wednesday, September 4, the Independence County Library will offer Story Time for preschoolers. The program will take place every Wednesday morning at 10:30 at the library. Children will enjoy stories, videos, and crafts conducted by County Librarian Vanessa Adams. The program lasts about an hour and parents are requested to attend.

The library, located at 368 E. Main St., Batesville, is open seven days a week:  Sunday 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm, Monday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, and Tuesday through Saturday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

For questions call the Independence County Library at:  (870) 793-8814, or visit their website: www.indcolib.com for their calendar of events.

ASMSA students improve ACT scores, opposite of state, national trends

ASMSA students improve ACT scores, opposite of state, national trends

HOT SPRINGS — In a year where state and national ACT scores dropped across the board, Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts students improved their scores.

In 2013, ASMSA students received an average composite score of 28.6, according to a report released Wednesday. The average composite score for the state was 20.2, and the national average was 20.9. Both the state and national scores dipped from the previous year. ASMSA’s score rose by almost 2 points.

The ACT is scored on a scale of 1 to 36, with 36 being the highest possible score. Students also receive scores in four individual testing areas, which are combined for the composite score. The individual testing areas are English, mathematics, reading and science.

Love the Zoo? Don't miss Christmas in the Wild

Love the Zoo? Don't miss Christmas in the Wild

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Are you looking for a unique Christmas experience? Look no further, the Little Rock Zoo will be opening their doors to Christmas in the Wild.

Christmas in the Wild will be held December 8 and 15, both days opening at 9:30 a.m. There will be arts and crafts for the family to participate in while sipping on hot cocoa. Santa will also be there to meet every child. Tickets will be $10 for members and $15 for non-members.

Reservations are required, you can reserve your spot by calling (501) 661-7218.

‘The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas’ to air Nov. 21 on AETN

‘The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas’ to air Nov. 21 on AETN

 

The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) will air a special block of holiday programming Wednesday, Nov. 21, at 6 a.m. and 1 p.m. featuring the all new “The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas,” as well as “Arthur’s Perfect Christmas” and “Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas.” These special programs will also air throughout Thanksgiving weekend and in December.

The special, one-hour “Cat in the Hat” holiday celebration follows the Cat, Nick and Sally on a trip around the world to help a lost reindeer find his way home in time for Christmas. On their adventure to Freezeyourknees Snowland, the Cat in the Hat and friends depend on a variety of animals – from African bush elephants to bottlenose dolphins and red crabs – and their remarkable abilities to help navigate an amazing journey home. “The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas” airs Wednesday, Nov. 21, at 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Crafts for Kids

Crafts for Kids

Pine Bluff, Ar - Need a fun activity for the kids? Delta Rivers Nature Center is inviting all kids to attend the Nature Crafts for Kids event. It will be held on November 24th and last from 10:00 a.m. - noon. For more information you may contact Eric Maynard at 870-534-0011.