The theater team on courses, programs

The theater team on courses, programs

The Argenta Community Theater of North Little Rock is establishing a new partnership with the Arkansas Repertory Theater of Little Rock to develop future classes and educational programs.

Details will be released in early 2023, Argenta Community Theater Board director of education Christen Pitts said in a press release.

“We look forward to working with The Rep’s Executive Artistic Director, Will Trice, to create diverse and exciting opportunities for young artists of all ages and experience levels,” Pitts said in the press release.

Meanwhile, the Argenta Community Theater has announced that Bridget Davis will be the associate director of education for the new ACT II facility.

The theater’s new space, ACT II, ​​at 315 Main St., North Little Rock, less than a block from its main space at 405 Main St., is an educational facility for children and adults who are interested in the performing arts and techniques. The Sharon Heflin Education Center will hold voice and acting classes beginning in January, with plans for television/film, technical production and dance classes in the spring and summer, according to the theater’s press release. Scholarships will be offered.

More information is available at

Oaklawn Launch Banquet is coming

The North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce will host the 15th Annual Oaklawn Launch Banquet on November 16 at the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception. Dinner, program and a live auction will follow at 6:45 p.m. Arkansas Democrat-Gazette columnist Rex Nelson will be emcee.

The featured speaker will be jockey Jon Court, with Nancy Holthus as moderator. The program will also include the presentation of the Jack Van Berg Horse Racing Award to Dr Kyle Roper.

Court is a thoroughbred jockey with over 3,000 wins including the Arkansas Derby in 2010 and 2011 and the Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf in 2004 and 2005. Court received the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in 2007. He serves on the administration of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association’s Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.

Roper has been Oaklawn’s medical director since 1998, operating the medical clinic next to the stable door every Tuesday and Wednesday during the race. In 2020 when the covid-19 pandemic hit, he helped Oaklawn stay open, and in 2021 he helped set up vaccination clinics for riders and back workers.

A table of ten costs $650; individual tickets are $65. Tickets can be purchased online at or by contacting the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce at (501) 372-5959. The seats are limited.

Longtime city educator dies at 92

Sue H. Simmons, 92, former president of the North Little Rock Classroom Teachers Association and National Education Association Representative Assembly delegate, died Oct. 22 at age 92.

Simmons was a North Little Rock resident who taught children in the Cabot and North Little Rock school districts for 34 years.

Born in Naylor, Faulkner County on December 21, 1929, she graduated from Vilonia High School, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education and a master’s degree from what is now the University of Central Arkansas, and a University education specialist. of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

Park Hill event marks centenary

North Little Rock’s historic Park Hill neighborhood celebrates its centennial with the return of the Patio on Park Hill event on Thursday.

The event is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Lakehill Mall, 4020 John F. Kennedy Boulevard in North Little Rock. The celebration will include food, drink, local business vendors and live music. Participants can bring garden chairs and dogs on a leash.

The main tent stage, sponsored by The Filling Station, will feature live music from Jimmy Bishop followed by Shannon Boshears. The Old Mill Pizza Stage will have music from Justin Morgan and The Southern Frayed Band. More information about Patio on Park Hill is available on Facebook or