One of the best Saint Patrick's Day events in Arkansas is the world's shortest Saint Patrick's Day Parade. It's held every year on Bridge Street and it's always a good time (Hot Springs is a nice place to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day anyway). This year, Jim Belushi is going to be grand marshal. More info.
If you're looking for a more serious way to celebrate the Irish, visit an Irish pub or bar. Many of them will have entertainment or at least specials for the occasion.
The Little Rock Zoo's tiger cubs are slated to make an appearance this weekend (weather permitting). You'll get to meet Asmara, Olan, Liem and Eko for the first time Saturday at 10 a.m. I can't wait to see them. More info.
- The Camden Daffodil festival is this weekend. I'm not really sure how many flowers they'll have up with the winter weather, but it's still fun! More info. (It's Daffodil Days at Garvan Gardens too, but I wouldn't expect them to really be in full bloom). Wye Mountain was covered in ice this weekend, so give the a few more weeks!
- Visit with an Expert at Crater of Diamonds State Park - Saturday, you can learn how the experts find the diamonds at Crater of Diamonds State Park. More info.
- River City Comic Expo at Clear Channel Metroplex - Saturday, visit with vendors and special guests (a full schedule is on their site) at the Clear Channel Metroplex. More info.
- "The Wizard of Oz with Orchestra" at Robinson Center Music Hall - Saturday and Sunday, the Symphony is presenting a unique "Wizard of Oz" experience. The movie will play while ASO plays the score and accompanies the cast. More info.
The Little Rock Marathon is taking over the downtown area Saturday and Sunday. So, if you're not participating in the events or watching the events, it's probably best to stay away. Saturday's races should be done before 10 a.m. Streets will be closed down throughout the city on Sunday until late afternoon.
- Saturday is the SOMA Mardi Gras Parade in downtown Little Rock (from on Main Street from 12th to 24th street). The parade starts at noon. The races for Saturday should be over well before noon.
- The Little Rock Zoo Education Department is starting some new and interesting workshops this weekend. Raising a Wild Child is this weekend. It's designed to help parents raise children who like to go out and enjoy nature. Upcoming workshops include craft classes for kids, their normal summer camps, birding and stargazing tours, among others. Call 501-661-7229 or visit the Little Rock Zoo's website for more information.
- Winter Jam 2014 is Friday at 7 p.m. It's a Christian music tour. Admission is $10. More info.
- The Bilingual Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration at CALS Main Library is Saturday. They'll have a guest storyteller, games and crafts.
The basic concept of these classes is that you (and some friends) look at the studio's calender and pick a painting you'd like to learn how to paint. You reserve a spot in the class, and pick out a great wine and some appetizers to bring with you. On the day of the session, you and your friends bring your wine and apps and take part in a fun class to learn how to paint, between glasses of wine. Most of the paintings are fairly simple, and the teachers are there to help those who aren't so artistic make something wall worthy.
I normally don't write about things I haven't done, and I've never done a sip and paint class. A lot of my friends have, and they love the relaxed, fun atmosphere. A few have actually hung the paintings they created in these classes on their walls at home. Recently, a friend asked me if these classes were family friendly (something she could bring her teenage daughter too) so I decided to call a few and find out. I found out that each of these studios has something unique, aside from the art pieces they do, so I compiled a list of the information I gathered.
Along with that, I've also included some paint your own pottery boutiques. I have actually visited both of the ones I listed for that. They are great fun, but maybe not as instantly gratifying as a canvas. You take the canvas home with you. You have to wait at least a week to pick up your pottery. Personalized pottery makes a great gift too.
Check out the list and get to know your creative side.