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A Message from the Chair
Wow! It's already October.

It’s hard to believe that my year as your chair is coming to a close soon. The board has been in overdrive this entire year to bring new events and opportunities for everyone. This month is certainly no different.

This weekend brings the return of one of my favorite Create Little Rock events, PopUp in the Rock. This program works to highlight a selected area of our city each year. This year's PopUp demonstration will be in Southwest Little Rock. 

We've got an event next week hosted by Ballet Arkansas as part of our new "Get Cultured" programming series. This month's Happy Hour takes us to west Little Rock to a relatively new restaurant. (Don't let the rush hour traffic scare you away from this one - the Rodney Parham area doesn't get as congested as Chenal or Cantrell and is usually clear by 6pm.) Finally, our Unplugged Speaker Series is better than ever. Following an amazing lunch engagement last month with Warren Stephens, this month's Unplugged will be with Little Rock's new mayor, Frank Scott, Jr.

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We hope to see you this month!

Rhonna Wade
2019 Create Little Rock Chairman  
PopUp in the Rock
Sat, Oct 5th
PopUp Southwest District

Saturday, Oct. 5 | 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
This year, PopUp in the Rock project will highlight the many opportunities to live, work, and play in Southwest Little Rock. Southwest Little Rock is one of the most diverse areas of central Arkansas, with a wide variety of restaurants, businesses, and outdoor recreational activities. On October 5, at the intersection of Forbing Road and Geyer Springs, PopUp will demonstrate the opportunities available in this area by hosting popup shops, a food truck pavilion, and Rebel Kettle Beer Garden, while encouraging neighborhood walkability with safer pedestrian crossings. Home to Fourche Creek and the proposed Southwest Trail, this year’s event will also include guided canoe and kayak trips on the Fourche and bike rides in the area. In addition, this year PopUp will feature a “Food Passport” that highlights the diversity and deliciousness of surrounding restaurants. All events are free, open to the public, and kid friendly!

Volunteers are still needed for various shifts throughout the day. Click below to sign up.
About PopUp in the Rock:
PopUp in the Rock is an annual joint project between Create Little Rock and  studioMAIN , a nonprofit design collective. It is part of a national movement known as the  Better Block Project . It isn’t a street fair or a block party; rather, it’s a temporary urban demonstration – a live rendering – of what is possible. It exhibits important elements of the city, such as multiple transportation options and an active street edge, and provides activities that create community. This group of young professionals engages with community members to determine specific needs and institute changes such as bike lanes, pop-up shops, dining pop-ups, and entertainment. By transforming just a few blocks into a thriving, complete locale, PopUp in the Rock exemplifies the idea that developing potential, even block-by-block, can make our city better
You can pre-order a t-shirt by clicking below and pick it up on-site during PopUp or any time after the event at the Little Rock Regional Chamber building.
Get Cultured @ Ballet Arkansas
Wed, Oct. 9th
CLR's New "Get Cultured" Series
Featuring Ballet Arkansas

Wednesday, Oct. 9 | 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Ballet Arkansas - 520 Main St.
Based on the popularity of last year's happy hour at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre where we toured the facility and heard a preview of the upcoming season, we're launching a new CLR event series called "Get Cultured." The next installment will be a similar experience at Ballet Arkansas in their Main Street rehearsal space. We'll learn about the mission of Ballet Arkansas and hear about their upcoming performances, including a live in-costume preview of their special weekend-only performance of Sleepy Hollow.
Plus, Create Little Rock members can get 20% off tickets to the performance of Sleepy Hollow on Saturday, October 19th, at 7:30pm. The performance will be on the North Little Rock campus of UA-Pulaski Tech in their CHARTS Theater and will be a multimedia experience featuring 360 degree sound and eerily captivating video and photo projections. See below for details.
CLR Monthly Happy Hour
Thurs, Oct. 17th
CLR Monthly Happy Hour

Thursday, Oct. 17
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Petit & Keet - 1620 Market St.
For this month's CLR Happy Hour, we're headed to  Petit & Keet  in Little Rock's West Village neighborhood. Petit & Keet burst onto the scene just over 2 years ago and quickly became a destination and mainstay for great food, craft cocktails, and a fun atmosphere. 

They've got a large bar area and even larger enclosed patio, plus they're giving us our own private room just off the bar with some free appetizers.

(No registration necessary for this one - just show up!)

Unplugged Speaker Series
Wed, Oct. 23rd
Unplugged Speaker Series
Featuring Frank Scott, Jr.
Little Rock Mayor

Wednesday, Oct. 23 | 5:30 to 7 p.m.
UA Little Rock Downtown Campus
Create Little Rock is excited to welcome Mayor Frank Scott, Jr., as this month's Unplugged speaker!  Little Rock voters made history on Dec. 4, 2018, when they selected Frank Scott. Jr.. as the City's 73rd mayor and first elected black chief executive. Come hear about his journey along the way and his vision for a united Little Rock.
Our Unplugged Speaker Series offers the chance to dialogue with local business and civic leaders in a laid-back environment with complimentary beer and wine.

We'll be hosted by UA Little Rock in their beautiful new downtown campus.
About Frank Scott, Jr.:
Frank Scott began his public-service career in the office of Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe where he served for five years, first as deputy policy director and later as director of intergovernmental affairs. While on Beebe's staff, Scott continued his education, earning a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. That degree, with a concentration in finance, complimented Scott's undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the Fogelman College of Business at the University of Memphis.

Determined to put his finance training to work, Scott accepted a position as a community banker with First Security Bank, giving him insight into the issues facing small businesses across the City. At the same time, he continued to devote a significant amount of time to serving both his City and State as a member of the Port of Little Rock Board of Directors and as a member of the Arkansas Highway Commission - experiences which gave Scott an understanding of the critical infrastructure that forms the backbone of any city.

As an associate pastor, youth mentor, and professional, Frank lives out the values he learned growing up in Southwest Little Rock, the same area where he lives, today. He gives back to the City that invested in him and reminds young people regularly that values are the foundation of a purpose-filled life.

A firm believer in education and the opportunity that it can provide, Frank is a former member of the Pulaski Technical College Board of Trustees (now UA-PTC) and currently serves on the UA-Little Rock Board of Visitors.
Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteers Needed: PopUp in the Rock
Oct. 4th - 6th
As mentioned above, PopUp in the Rock takes a lot of work and wouldn't be possible without volunteers. CLICK HERE to sign up for a shift for this Saturday, October 5th.
Volunteers Needed: Boo at the Zoo
Oct. 18th - Nov 1st
Volunteers are needed to assist with Arkansas's largest Halloween festival - Boo at the Zoo! Boo kicks-off Oct. 18 with their Adult Night (must be at least 21 years old to volunteer for this night) and picks up Oct. 20 for a special night for McLarty Auto Group and then continues with our VIP/Members Night on Oct. 24 and the general event Oct. 25 - Nov. 1. The event is 6 - 9 p.m. and there are a variety of volunteer opportunities available. CLICK HERE to learn more or to register! If you have questions or want more information please contact Kaylah Jackson.
Volunteers Needed: Downtown on the Farm
Oct. 27th
More details about this event can be found in the section below. They'll need volunteers for set-up, take-down, and everything in-between. CLICK HERE to sign up.
Other Things Going On Around Town
Hillcrest Harvest Fest
Oct 12th, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Hillcrest Harvest Fest 2019 will be Saturday, Oct. 12. With more than 100 vendors and plenty of food trucks, live music, local beer, crafts, kids' activities and more, Hillcrest HarvestFest is perfect fall fun for the entire family! CLICK HERE for more info.
Heifer + World Food Day
Wed, Oct. 16th
Help Take Hunger Off The Menu on October 16th. On World Food Day, partnering restaurants throughout Little Rock will donate 10% of the day's sales to Heifer International's mission of ending hunger and poverty. Find participating restaurants at www.heifer.org/worldfoodday
Boo at the Zoo Adult Night
Fri, Oct 18th, 6-9 p.m.
t's your chance to enjoy all the fun of Boo at the Zoo - adult style! Trick or treat for some tasty adult beverages and enjoy the fun of Boo at the Zoo in an adult's only environment. Ride the haunted train, get spooked in the haunted house, listen to live music, eat food from tasty food trucks, try your hand at carnival games, dress up in your Halloween best and compete in our costume contest. CLICK HERE for more info.
Mitchell Williams Law Firm Presents
Peer Speaker Series
Tues, Oct. 22 @ 5:30 p.m.
The Rising Professionals of Mitchell Williams Law Firm invite all Create Little Rock members to their Peer Speaker Series. This month, the presentation topic will be "You’ve Been Served: Now What?" Come hear attorneys David Koehler & Graham Talley will cover the basics of litigation preparation and management for business and professionals. Join them in their office @ 5:30 pm for drinks, networking and a little legal knowledge. 425 W. Capitol Avenue, Suite 1800.

To reserve a spot, email azink@mwlaw.com or call 501-370-4296.
Arkansas Cornbread Festival
Sat, Oct 26th, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Located in Little Rock's SoMa district, this fun festival is packed with unique things to see and do. Cornbread competition, live music, local brews, tasty food from area restaurants and food trucks, and unique Arkansas gifts. CLICK HERE for more info.
Chili Fights in the Heights
Sat, Oct 26th, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Chili Fights in the Heights is a family friendly event put on in conjunction with the Heights Neighborhood Association, Heights Business Association, and the Hat Club. Chili cookoff, vendors, and live beer, and live music. Admission is FREE, but tasting kits will be available for purchase at the event! CLICK HERE for more info or to sign your team up!
Downtown on the Farm
Sun, Oct 27th, Noon - 6 p.m.
Downtown on the Farm will invite the public for an agricultural experience right in the heart of downtown Little Rock. This free and fun festival will feature live music from Adam Hambrick, Bonnie Montgomery, The Going Jessies and Rodney Block as well as food trucks, pumpkin painting, petting zoo, beer garden, rice dig, plenty of up-close tractors and much more! CLICK HERE for more info.
Live Music
Get Involved - Join a Committee!
Looking to get involved? Create Little Rock has 4 committees you can join. Learn about them below, and email the committee chair to get on the list. Committee meeting schedules are determined by each of the committee chairs.

Be501 Committee:
Be501.com was conceived by the Economic Development Committee of Create Little Rock's Think Big Little Rock initiative. It's designed to be a 1-stop shop for things to do in the Little Rock Region. It's in its beta phase while we build up a committee of volunteers to regularly contribute upcoming events and activities to the site. The Be501 committee is chaired by Kody Robinson , CLR's Communications Chairman. If you'd like to be an influencer, email Kody and join his committee.  

Talent Development Committee:  
Responsible for selecting speakers for our Unplugged Speaker Series, organizing the Get on Board program, and facilitating Serve the Rock and Crew at the Zoo.
Chaired by  Brian Kutsch .
Land in the Rock Committee:  
Organizes and implements our annual Land in the Rock summer program designed to entertain interns, law clerks, and medical residents who are here for the summer and demonstrate to them what Little Rock has to offer. These events are also for young professionals who have recently moved to Little Rock. To see last summer's schedule, visit our Land in the Rock page. 
Chaired by Jared Landrum and Devin Bates .

PopUp in the Rock Committee:
Organizes and implements our annual PopUp in the Rock project in partnership with studioMAIN. To learn more about PopUp, visit our PopUp in the Rock page.  
Chaired by Jennifer Hoss .