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A Message from the Chair
We had a great time in June with our Land in the Rock programming, and the fun continues throughout July with more great events! While Land in the Rock has an emphasis on entertaining interns, law clerks, and young professionals who have just moved to town, all of the LITR events are meant for CLR members, too.  In fact, we encourage you to attend them! The more local young professionals our summer guests and newcomers meet, the more they'll feel connected to Little Rock.  If you know of someone new to town or someone just here for the summer, please pass along this email and get them engaged.  Below is a pic from our most recent event - we had around 90 young professionals plus interns and law clerks at our Rockwater Marina cookout!

Rhonna Wade
2019 CLR Chair

CLR Cookout @ Rockwater Marina Last Week
Professional Development Lunch
Professional Development Lunch
Featuring Skip Rutherford & Sam Smith
Tues, July 9th,  Noon - 1 pm
Clinton School of Public Service

As part of our Unplugged Speaker Series and Land in the Rock programming, we'll be hosting a Professional Development Lunch featuring 2 great speakers: Skip Rutherford, Dean of the Clinton School of Public Service, and Sam Smith, senior HR business partner with CARTI. Skip will speak on networking and "rainmaking," and Sam will talk about interviewing and resumes, including many pitfalls you may not be aware of. 

Please REGISTER HERE.  You can order a box lunch from Bray Gourmet for $10 or feel free to bring your own lunch. (Just select the "bring my own lunch" option from the order list.  If you're not ordering a box lunch, registration is not necessary to attend, but it's appreciated for an accurate head-count).  Please note that the free sandwich options are for Land in the Rock participants (summer interns and law clerks) only.  

Movies in the Park Pre-Party

Movies in the Park Pre-Party

Wed, July 10th


River Market East Pavilion - 400 President Clinton Ave.




Each Wednesday throughout the summer, the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau hosts a free movie at the First Security Amphitheater in Riverfront Park.  On July 10th, they'll be showing the 1993 classic The Sandlot, and we're throwing a watch party in the east pavilion overlooking the amphitheater with beer, wine, and pizza for Create Little Rock members and Land in the Rock participants who REGISTER HERE.  

Monthly Happy Hour
Thurs, July 18th
Rock Town Distillery Tour & Tasting - 1201 Main St

For this month's Happy Hour, we'll be touring Rock Town Distillery on South Main Street and sampling 10 of their award-winning products!

Private tours usually cost $20 per person, but the cost for CLR members and LITR participants is only $10.  You must PAY HERE in advance.  Space is limited and last year this event sold out.  The cost includes one cocktail upon arrival plus a tasting of 10 different spirits following the tour.

Please note the earlier start time - 5pm instead of our usual 5:30pm - to accommodate another tour that begins at 7pm.  

The itinerary is a follows:

5:00-5:30pm: Socializing in the tasting room with a complimentary first drink.  They have a full bar, including beer and wine, should you want to purchase a 2nd drink to take on the tour with you.  

5:30-6pm: Tour of the distillery.  During the guided tour, we'll learn about the process of making spirits - from grain to glass - and hear about their origins. (Don't worry if you're running late, it will be easy to catch up with the group.) 

6pm-6:30pm: Back in the tasting room, we'll sample and learn about 10 of their spirits.  

Science After Dark

Science After Dark 
at the 
Museum of Discovery -  500 President Clinton Ave

Thurs, July 25, 6-9pm
(Free Entry for CLR Members Who Register)
Each month, the Museum of Discovery host a " Science After Dark" adult night with a different theme. This month's theme will be the science of Nikola Tesla.  (This will be in keeping with their "Shock the Rock!" event on July 20th featuring the world-record-sized Tesla Coil - details for that event are below in the "Other Things Going On Around Town" section.)  

We are providing free tickets (a $10 value) to CLR Members and Land in the Rock participants who REGISTER HERE
There will be pizza for sale by the slice from Damgoode Pies and Stones Throw Brewery will be selling beer. There is also a cash bar serving cocktails.  

Other Things Going on Around Town
Little Rock Movies in the Park
@ First Security Amphitheater
Free Movies All Summer!
Every Wednesday at Sudnown!

Little Rock Rangers Soccer

Our minor league soccer team, the Little Rock Rangers, are wrapping up their season at War Memorial Stadium with a final game on July 6th at 7pm vs. Demize NPSL.  If they win, they will secure a playoff game in Little Rock! They'll have beer inside and food trucks at the west entrance. 

Arkansas Travelers Baseball

CLICK HERE for a full Travs schedule.  If you've never been to a game, check out the beer garden for the best atmosphere in the Dickey-Stephens Park!
UA Little Rock Downtown Presents:
Jimmy Moses on the Development of Downtown
Wed, July 3rd, Noon-1

CLICK HERE for details.
Rock Town River Outfitters Presents:
4th of July Party @ Two Rivers Park
Thurs, July 4th, 4-9pm

RTRO will be celebrating the 4th of July at their newest location, Two Rivers Park.  See the new boathouse and enjoy the calm waters on the Little Maumelle River! They'll have all their kayaks and stand-up paddle boards out to demo and discounts on their rentals.  CLICK HERE for details.
Bark Bar Presents:
Bow Wow Luau
Fri, July 12th, 5-10pm

Bring the whole pack to Bark Bar 's Bow Wow Luau! Throw on your Hawaiian shirt and grass skirt - the perfect attire to down fruity Tiki drinks and enjoy Low Ivy Catering food truck ! A prize will be given to the person/dog with the best Luau attire.

Make sure to bring a copy of your pup's shot records or fill them out online before hand.  CLICK HERE for details.
Centers for Youth & Families Presents:
A Kickoff Party in Preparation for BrunchFest
Sat, July 13th, 2-5-pm
Little Rock loves brunch, so we are excited to announce Little Rock's first ever festival to celebrate the area's best brunch food and beverages coming this September! But this month you can head to The Rail Yard (1212 E 6th St) on July 13 from 2 - 5 pm for a kick-off party to learn more about BrunchFest and its beneficiary, Centers for Youth & Families. There may even be an opportunity to win free tickets! Follow them on Instagram for updates: @LRBrunchFest
Downtown Little Rock Partnership Presents:
Party Like it's 1984
Sat, July 13th, 7-11pm
101 E. Capitol Ave (the old Main Street Mall building)

Break out the leg warmers, Downtown Little Rock Partnership is hosting an 80's Mall Party on Saturday, July 13. Presented by Smirnoff, this retro event and celebration of all things 80's will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. in the old Main Street Mall, a time capsule from thirty years ago.

The 80's Mall Party will feature a special appearance by Marty McFly and Doc Brown's DeLorean. Slick's grill will be serving up burgers and fries, and there will be a lip sync contest for those who want to strut their stuff. In addition to kitschy and delicious adult beverages, guests will enjoy great music and music videos, a retro arcade, fun surprises, and a throwback atmosphere sure to bring back memories and create new ones.

Tickets are $20, and VIP Tickets are $40. VIP Tickets grant access to the Rock City Kicks Lounge, two drink tickets and food from Samantha's Tap Room and Wood Grill.  
CLICK HERE for details.
Museum of Discovery Presents:
Shock the Rock
Sat, July 20th, 6-9:30pm 
@ the Clinton Presidential Center

Witness the world's largest Tesla Coil in action at "Shock the Rock!," a Tesla-themed, free event that begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 20, on the grounds of the Clinton Presidential Center. 

At "Shock the Rock!," the world-record coil will be centered on the large concrete pad at the western edge of the Clinton Center grounds cordoned off from the crowd, ensuring zero danger from being on-site to watch the awesome power of 60-foot bolts of lightning.

Pre-"Shock the Rock!" festivities will begin at 6 p.m. on the grounds of the Clinton Presidential Center. Museum of Discovery educators will present electricity-related demonstrations and host hands-on, interactive activities with guests at the event from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m.

The 40-foot Tesla show will begin at 8:45 p.m. and will last 45 minutes. Food trucks will be on site, and beer and other beverages will be available for purchase. Attendees are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Coolers and outside food or drink will not be permitted. The public is encouraged to bring ear protection. Museum of Discovery will also provide earplugs at no charge.

CLICK HERE for details.
103.7 The Buzz Presents:
Great Arkansas Beer Festival
Tues, July 27th, 5:30-8:30pm
Statehouse Convention Center

CLICK HERE for details.
Little Rock Live Music

Cost (advance/day
Tues, July 2 Reverend Horton Heat Four Quarter Bar $$25
Tues, July 2 Bonnie Montgomery White Water Tavern
Fri, July 12 Read Southall Band Stickyz $12/15
Fri, July 12 SeanFresh South on Main $10/15
Sat, July 20 Drivin' N Cryin' Rebel Kettle Free Show
Sat, July 20 Dylan Earl Record Release Show White Water Tavern
Fri, July 26 Lucero Rev Room $25
Sat, Aug 3 Hayes Carll Rev Room $20/25

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.
Create Little Rock
An Initiative of the Little Rock Regional Chamber