Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Celebrate New Year's Eve in Argenta !

Starving Artist Cafe celebrates the new year with their Annual New Year's Eve Dinner this Friday, December 31. Multiple seatings from 5 - 9 p.m. Choose from 3 different prix fixe menus, 3 courses, from $45-$60 per person. Call 501-372-7976 for reservations.
Cregeen's Irish Pub rings in the new year with live music by Embrace the Crash featuring Shannon Mclung and The Supporting Cast. $10 cover includes a midnight toast.
Cornerstone Pub & Grill features a New Year's Eve Bash with the sounds of Brown Soul Shoes.
Reno's Argenta Cafe offers live music and a midnight champagne toast.
Benihana's New Year's Eve celebration includes local musician Lyle Dudley in the sushi bar.
Also check out Crush Wine Bar, Ristorante Capeo, and Riverfront Steakhouse for an exciting New Years Eve in Argenta !

Tuesday, December 28, 2010


I have heard there has been a problem with people knocking at doors and soliciting work for money. One report was of someone knocking loudly and forcefully at a home where the female of the household was there with her children, she became alarmed.
I am collecting data to send to Lt.Tyree of the NLR Police Dept and need to hear from residents. If you have had someone come by on a golf cart wanting to rake leaves for money or if anyone has come by of late and left you feeling uncomfortable please let me know. Email me @: so I can forward the areas of concern on to the police.

Monday, December 27, 2010

New Farmers Market Hours

Certified Arkansas Farmers Market Farm to Chef Member

The Argenta Certified Arkansas Farmers Market will be open rain or shine on Saturday. The Fair Trade Bell rings at 8 a.m. and closes at 12 Noon, at 6th and Main Street in the Argenta Arts District of North Little Rock.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

End of the year contributions

For those considering an end of the year contribution to a charity I wanted to include some links to sites that are of interest to the neighborhood of Argenta.

And of course you can always donate to Argenta Neighborhood Boosters! Please feel free to contact me by email @ or mail @ 216 west 6th st, NLR, AR 72114 if you wish to make a contribution or a pledge.
P.S. if I have left anyone off our list I want to apologize now & assure you it was not intentional, it was because I did not have your information.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Tis the season to be jolly!!

Merry Christmas Argenta! Have a wonderful 

safe holiday and a blessed 

New Year! 

Monday, December 20, 2010

Congratulations to Allison!

Allison Klucher, our neighbor on 5th Street, graduated Summa Cum Laude today from Arkansas Tech University with a degree in nursing. Allison is the daughter of Argenta residents Matthew Richard and Monty Bradburn. Her grandmother is Rosemary Hamel, founding Executive Director of Argenta CDC. Summa Cum Laude is the highest distinction awarded to college graduates. Allison, way to go!

Merry Christmas Argenta, this is my Christmas Card to you!!

Saturday, December 18, 2010


Are you seeing alot of semi-truck movement on thier residential streets such as Willow, Orange,5th & 6th st's? Particularly if you live on a corner. Are you seeing any damage as a result of these heavy trucks? You can answer me here under comments or email me @
We are seeing increased traffic on 6th st & can not see how they can turn on Orange or Willow without causing some type of damage. I know there has also been increased traffic on Willow, 4th & 5th st's. If you do see them try to get a name on the side of the truck & a number would be great! We have addressed the issue with the police but I am wanting to collect further data.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

3rd Friday Art Walk paints Argenta

Don't miss the final 3rd Friday Art Walk of the year ! Come join us indoor at many of the Argenta galleries for an evening of great art, snacks and drinks.  Check out Argenta Bead Company for art by Sister Maria and Jeannie Berna. Greg Thompson Fine Art hosts an exhibit by artist Rebecca Thompson, while the Argenta Branch of the Laman Library features art by the library staff. Galaxy Furniture will extend their business hours for Art Walk until 8 p.m. as well.   
Starving Artist Cafe will be open for dinner along with Ristorante Capeo, Cregeen's Irish Pub, Cornerstone Pub & Grill, and Reno's Argenta Cafe. Enjoy a delicious dinner or a nice glass of wine at Crush Wine Bar before or after shopping!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Tales from the South Season Finale Set

Catch the season finale of Tales From the South at Starving Artist Cafe Tuesday, December 14. Free admission for the live radio show where Southern writers bring their own true stories to life. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner is served from 5-7 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m. Reservations highly recommended. This week's storytellers are J.B. Hogan, Steve Whisnant, and Susan Elder. Enjoy live music by the Mockingbird Hillbilly Band from 6 - 7 p.m. and Blues guitarist Mark Simpson at 7 p.m. Next show set for Tuesday, January 11, 2011.

Poodle Bob

For those that have not read the paper today, former Argenta resident Christine Slocomb's beloved 14 year old poodle Bob was gravely injured in a stray dog attack in rural Saline county last week.
Many of us here in Argenta are dog lover's & our hearts go out to Christine for her loss, please accept our sincerest condolences.
I have included a link to the article for those that wish to read it. The newspaper had a wonderful photo of Bob so pick up a copy of you have a chance, it is on page 6B.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Documentary Series Starts at Laman

     With an auditorium equipped with a new 12-foot screen and digital surround sound, Laman Library is kicking off Movie Mondays!
     Every month, we'll show a different documentary film. This month, we're showing "Michael Jackson's: This Is It." Click the link below to see the lineup for the next few months.

When: Monday, December 13 at 6 p.m.
Where: Laman Library Auditorium

Boosters Potluck

We had a very nice time at the Potluck last night. I want to thank everyone for participating & bringing their favorite dishes with them.
For those that were able to attend I wanted to let you know about a few things:

Newly elected officers:
President- reelected Becky Ragsdale
Vice President- Connie McBride-Jones
Secretary/Treasurer- Elaine Stedler
Alternate officer- Laura Bushman

Christmas Decorations:
as selected by Master Gardeners:
First- 310 w.5th st
Second- 401 W.4th st
Third- 816 Orange
Honorable Mention:
181 Melrose Cr.
413 W.5th st

I want to take this time to thank everyone for all their help this past year, especially Scott & Sonja Miller for their continued support & help with Boosters. Thank you Scott for answering my million questions these past 2 years, you will be very missed. My husband Bob for helping me in so many ways, I could not have done any of this without his love & support. Eric Francis for always being their in a pinch & his generous financial support. Jerry Colburn for his tremendous financial contribution to Boosters this year & keeping us afloat so we can live to play another day! John Crow for always meeting Boosters beverage needs! All of our quest speakers & everyone who participated in Boosters. Without the residents we don't have Boosters so please keep attending, keep supporting & always feel free to contact me or any officer about issues you have or suggestions for meetings, We are here for you Argenta, please help us serve you better.
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Happy Chanukah,
Becky Ragsdale
P.S.I am canceling the January 2011 meeting for everyone to catch up on rest!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Potluck menu update

Just in case you are still struggling to know what to bring to the Christmas Potluck I wanted to let everyone know what we have committed so far:

Chicken wings with the fixings 
Mac & Cheese 
a side dish 
Apple Cake
Soda & Water

The winners of the decorating contest have been selected & their gift certificates will be at the party along with the make-up raffle. We will also announce your newly elected Boosters officers. Here's my email, call me 376-1127 or answer on Facebook.
Merry Christmas

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Boosters Christmas Party Potluck & Best Christmas Decorations awards on December 9th

Booster’s December meeting is a Christmas Party Potluck in the Great Hall of the church Dec.9th from 6-7pm. Please note**NOT the first Thursday in December as usual, but the second Thursday**.

We will be handing out awards for BEST Christmas Decorations in Argenta! There will be a first Prize of a $100.00 gift certificate to Argenta Market! Second prize is a $50.00 gift certificate from the Market and third prize is $25.00 from the Market! Thank you Argenta Market & John Gaudin!

The Master Gardeners have graciously agreed to judge the decorations. They ask for residents to have their decorations completed by Sunday Dec.5th as they will be judging on that date.

For those in the neighborhood that will be dressing up the holidays, Maybelline has generously donated a gift bag of make-up. We will have a drawing for this make-up at the party. If you don't use make-up perhaps you know someone who does, this would make a very nice gift!

This event is a “Potluck” & Boosters is asking for everyone to please bring something to share. We have plates, silverware & cups. We will need finger foods & drinks (nonalcoholic of course). Feel free to contact Becky at 376-1127 or

Monday, December 6, 2010


I forgot to mention that Potluck/Party is Dec 9th- this Thursday @ 6-7 p.m. @ the First Pres. great hall, same as always.
Sorry about that!

Boosters Potluck

Please let me know what you can bring or not bring to Potluck. So far we have:
pinwheels or Bourbon bites
Apple cake
cups, plates, silverware

 We need:
more side dishes
sodas, water
and YOU! to come out & enjoy Christmas w/ your neighbors
I really hope we have a good turn out  for the party. You never know who will win the gift certificates & the make-up bag. Please feel free to email me @

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Christmas Shopping in Argenta!!

Shop the Argenta Holiday Art Sale

Don't miss the Art Experience of the season! Come join us at the Argenta Holiday Art Sale for an evening of great art from over 15 local artists, delicious food and drinks, holiday shopping and live music by Gentleman Jazz, December 8, 5:30 - 9 p.m. at the THEA Foundation, 401 Main Street, Argenta Arts District, North Little Rock. This event is sponsored by Mitchell Williams and their Take Time To Give Program. For more information visit or

Greg Thompson Fine Art Holiday Open House will also be held in conjunction with the Argenta Holiday Art Sale. Because it is better to give than to receive, a portion of the proceeds from any artwork purchased during the week of our party will go to the Argenta Arts Foundation, Camp Aldersgate, and the Centers for Youth and Families.
Starving Artist Cafe will be open for dinner along with Ristorante Capeo, Cregeen's Irish Pub, Cornerstone Pub & Grill, and Reno's Argenta Cafe. Enjoy a delicious dinner or a nice glass of wine at Crush Wine Bar before or after shopping!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Boosters Christmas Pot Luck & Decorations

Wanted to let everyone know that Master Gardeners arr planning their judging of Christmas Decorations Sunday late afternoon @ dusk  so they can take in the lights & all the decorations. That will also give folks extra time to finish their decorating.
I have heard from a few about what they plan to bring to the potluck. So far we have a Ham, rolls, pinwheels & a cake. Please bring what you can & come out & enjoy your neighbors!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Children's Tree-trimming Party

      Bring your children to the Laman Library children's department for some decorative holiday fun! Help them make ornaments, then watch them hang them on the library tree.
When: Saturday, December 4 at 2 p.m.
2801 Orange St., North Little Rock

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

First Presbyterian Church

First Pres is safe today following some smoke damage from a smoldering advent candle. Smoke was detected by the folks who rent the studio spaces & were able to respond. As a result of their quick action no further damage occurred & the church is safe today. Way to go guys, you deserve a great big pat on the back, good thing you were there!

The Argenta Holiday Arts Sale

Don't miss the art experience of the season. The Argenta Holiday Arts Sale is approaching. Come join us for an evening of great art, delicious food and drinks, holiday shopping and entertainment. December 8, 5:30 - 9 p.m. at the THEA Foundation, 401 Main Street

Monday, November 29, 2010

Argenta Resident to Host NLR History Book Chat

The public is invited to attend a North Little Rock history book chat with author Cary Bradburn at the Hays Senior Citizens Center on Thursday, December 2 from 10:30 until 11:30 a.m.

In time for holiday gift giving, the North Little Rock History Commission is offering Bradburn's book, "On the Opposite Shore: The Making of North Little Rock," for just $15.00.  Published in 2004, the hardback book is handsomely bound with 288 pages with 160 photographs that tell the story of North Little Rock from its earliest settlers to the modern era and visions for decades to come. 

For more information about the December 2 history exhibit and book chat, contact the North Little Rock History Commission at 371-0755.

Thursday, November 25, 2010


This is Don Chambers dog Blue, I think he is the happiest dog I have ever seen!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Looking West on 5th st
by the  Trolley barn
Can you believe how perfect this is?
Don & Tom's spectacular crepe myrtles

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Come Hear Holiday Tales & Tunes

Bring the out of town family to the 6th Annual Tales from the South Holiday Show! Tuesday's show features 3 Christmas stories, holiday tunes, and a few surprises. Enjoy a fantastic dinner and be a part of the live audience for internationally-syndicated radio show "Tales from the South," where Southerners bring their true stories to life. This week's storytellers are Lisa Brandom, Amy Manning Burns, and Excy Johnston. Music by the Mockingbird Hillbilly Band and blues guitarist Mark Simpson. Doors open at 5 p.m., band begins at 6 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m. at Starving Artist Cafe, 411 Main Street, Argenta Arts District, North Little Rock. Admission is FREE. Dinner menu offered along with full bar. Call 501-372-7976 for reservations.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Sofa/Vagrant Update

Wanted to update everyone on the great sofa & vagrant caper. Well the wonderful code enforcement folks came by & picked up the dastardly sofas only to have the culprit return with more junk & dumped it in the same spot. Hopefully it will be picked up by Wednesday.
The vagrants it turns out may be associated with a recent meat theft at the Market. Please keep your eyes open & report any suspicious meat thieves you may see wandering the area. At last sighting they were seen approaching an area east of  Main & carrying blue garbage bags that appeared to be filled with meat & leaving a trail of blood. Believe me, my dog Brody picked up the scent quick!
Just as a reminder here is the non-emergency police phone number-758-1234.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

from Kandy Jones

Hey y’all, this is a story I wrote and read last week on Tales From the South Radio Show (NPR). Please enjoy and pass it on…….

Appreciate it and hope it makes you giggle!


Thursday, November 18, 2010

3rd Friday Argenta Artwalk

Don't let cold weather keep you away. Argenta Artists go indoors for 3rd Friday Art Walk, Novermber 19, 5-8 p.m. at 301 Main Street. The artists will be joined by Regeneration Fitness presenting Healing Arts such as chair massage, yoga demonstrations, including office yoga.

Argenta Holiday Home Tour Set

Come enjoy a self guided tour of homes in Argenta! The Junior League of North Little Rock will kick off the tour Friday, November 19, with a Toast of the Tour Gala at the newly renovated E. O. Manees House, from 6-10 p.m. Gala tickets are $50 per person and include one pass for the weekend tour. Tours of the homes will be Saturday, November 20, from noon-6 p.m., Sunday, November 21, noon-5 p.m. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at or by calling 501-372-1436.

Folk singer/songwriter set to play Argenta

Mississippi native Kate Campbell brings her warm songwriting sensibilities to First Presbyterian Church in Argenta Saturday, November 20 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance by calling the church at 501-374-7677. Tickets will also be available at the door.

We are home

Hey Argenta! Bob & I have been in Denver for the past week visiting the sons and are happily back home now. The size of Denver makes one appreciate our wonderful life here in Argenta. We saw pockets of neighborhoods that reminded us of Argenta but not one that would make me want to move out there. We did drive up to Boulder & Estes Park. Boulder is not the same as the last time we were there, corporate commercialism has moved in as the coolness had moved out. Estes is still the same but was blowing cold & snowing during our drive up there. We vow to return when the weather is warmer.
Wanted to update you on a couple of things. I did receive an email regarding public information that we have some sex offenders living in the 300 block of 7th street, here is what I have been sent:

Adam H. DOB 8/4/65
Sexual assault 2nd degree- Mr. H. had sexual contact with an 11 and 7 year old female.
Job- none Vehicle-none
Risk level 2.

Gary S. DOB 8/7/66
Rape- Mr S. engaged in sexual intercourse with an adult female.
Job- none Vehicle-none.
Risk level 2.
I have left off the last names as a matter of legality to this blog. If anyone wants the last names just contact me
This morning I noticed someone has "dumped" 2 sofas in Bubba's parking lot on 6th. Also saw some vagrants stashing their belongings in the doorway of the old church & taking a very public "whizz" on the tree adjacent the church. The proper authorities were notified along with Bubba's office. If anyone notices folks wandering the neighborhood with large blue bags & publicly exposing themselves here is the "non-emergency" police phone number: 758-1234.
Hope all is well & look forward to a great Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Thursday Theater at Argenta Library

Come out and enjoy some free entertainment in Argenta! Thursday, November 18th at 6 p.m., the Argenta Branch of the Laman Library is showing "Why Did I Get Married Too?" for Thursday Night Theater this month. 

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Veterans Memorial Unveiling Event

The city of North Little Rock announces the unveiling ceremony for the NLR Veterans Memorial on Veteran's Day, November 11 at 3 p.m. The ceremony will be held in the plaza of the William F. Laman Library System's main library at 2801 Orange Street in North Little Rock.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Debbie Gill

Argenta resident Debbie Gill, who resided at 4th & Willow in the home of Laura Bushman, died yesterday afternoon from results of a tragic car accident. Many of you may have known Debbie when she was an employee at The Argenta Market. No funeral arrangements have been made at the time of this posting.
Our hearts & prayers go out to Debbie's surviving children, the Gill family & Laura Bushman.

Eric Francis

Eric Francis has a wonderful article in this months issue of Living Magazine about the infamous "Turdunken" ( hope I spelled that right). If you get a chance grab & copy & read it, it is too funny. Loads of Argenta wit & a couple of locals are sprinkled among the verbiage. I am so glad you did all that work so now I don't need to bother, just wished I had gotten a chance to taste the darn thing.
Good job Eric, hope to be reading more of your musings in the future!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Dinner & a Show: Tales from the South

Come check out what the buzz is all about! Enjoy a fantastic dinner and be part of the live audience for Internationally-syndicated radio show "Tales from the South," where Southerners bring their own true stories to life. Tuesday, November 9, doors open 5 p.m., dinner 5-7 p.m., show starts 7 p.m. Admission is FREE, dinner menu offered, full bar. Reservations highly recommended, call 501-372-7976. This week's storytellers are Kandy Jones, Amy Gray Light, and Amy Manning Burns. Music by Mockingbird Hillbilly Band and blues guitarist Mark Simpson.


Saturday, November 6, 2010

Boosters K-9 night

NLR police K-9 unit gave Boosters a demonstration of their dog Hector. Wanted to share  photos with everyone. Was a great meeting.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

One more election

Hey guys I know everyone is sick of elections but if you live in Argenta tonight is the night!! I hope everyone got their newsletter telling them about tonight & the NLR K-9 unit coming to Boosters. Hope to see everyone there.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Laman Launches Free Music Downloading Service!!

The Laman Library News Team

      Get your MP3 players charged and ready because now you can download music FOR FREE from our award-winning new website.
     With a new service called Freegal, you can download 3 FREE songs per week if you have a library card with the William F. Laman Public Library System. And after you download the songs, they are yours TO KEEP!

P.S. It's OK if this news makes you want to dance. We some new music, in fact.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Cool Rebates!!

Wanted to tell you about a NLR rebate program. If you have a maintenance contract on your heating and air the city of NLR will give you up to $100.00. I have one with Advantage so I am getting a $100.00 back!
If you buy a fridge, I was told by Sue Ponder that you can get $250.00 from city of NLR and an additional $275.00 from the state. It has to be an energy star and you have to recycle your old one. Pretty cool if anyone is thinking of replacing their fridge.

There is some other cool stuff so here’s the websites:,
the one for the state is

Thursday, October 28, 2010


The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program's next "Sandwiching in History" tour will visit the Melrose Place Addition in North Little Rock on November 5, AHPP Director Frances McSwain announced today. 

Located in the northwest corner of the Argenta Historic District, the Melrose Place Addition was platted in 1924 by Twin City Bank. The bank constructed 53 small Craftsman bungalow houses in the addition between 1925 and 1929. These homes feature similar plans and were historically occupied by railroad employees. The Melrose Place Addition is the only deviation from the traditional street grid pattern in Argenta.

The tour will begin in front of 108 Melrose Circle and will include a tour of that house.

The "Sandwiching in History" tour series targets Pulaski County structures and sites. The noontime tours are held on Fridays and include a brief lecture and tour of the subject property. Participants are encouraged to bring their lunches with them.   The final 2010 "Sandwiching in History" tour, the Herschell-Spillman Carousel at the Little Rock Zoo, will be held December 3.  All tours are free and open to the public. For information, call the AHPP at (501) 324-9880, write the agency at 1500 Tower Building, 323 Center St., Little Rock, AR 72201, send an e-mail message to, or visit the agency web site at


Sorry I haven't had much to report lately, there hasn't been much happening.  As items do come in I will post them. Couple of things I have noticed. The Argenta Townhouses at 6th & Orange are moving along, they are going to be a quite a welcome addition to the neighborhood & especially at that particular corner.
I saw another house for sale on 5th street, listed w/ Crye-Leike.
Someone reported to me that their car was vandalized while parked on 6th st. Has anyone had this problem of late? Let me know if you have: you can contact me @

Friday, October 22, 2010

Save the date-Dec.9th

Wanted to send out a note for everyone to save the date for Argenta Neighborhood Christmas Party Potluck. The date is Dec.9th at the usual time 6-7p.m. in the church great hall. We are asking for everyone to pitch in & bring sometype of finger food.
The big news is that we will be giving away Gift certificates to the Argenta Market as prizes for the best decorations in the neighborhood. Master Gardeners has agreed to judge our decorations & will be joining us Dec 9th for our celebration. Argenta Market is graciously assisting us with gift certificates. Watch for the November Boosters Newsletter for more info on what date to have your decorations completed by.
So save that date, Dec.9th from 6-7 P.M. & get going on those decorating ideas!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

NLR Annual Christmas Parade-2010

The date for the 2010 North Little Rock Christmas Parade is Sunday, December 5, 2010, starting at 2:00 p.m.

The theme this year is “Future Christmas, a Vision of Christmas Future”.

If you are interested in entering your club, organization, school, church or business, then go to the city’s website at and click on the Christmas Parade application on the home page.  The deadline for entries is Monday, November 1,5 2010. 

You can call North Little Rock Sertoma Club Project Chair Sherry Bruno at 501-753-7902 for more information.

This is a great opportunity to get your family and friends together for some good old fashioned fun by participating in the parade or lining up along the parade route to experience the joys of the season!

This event is sponsored by the North Little Rock Sertoma Club, the City of North Little Rock, and the North Little Rock Visitors Bureau.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Tales from the South come alive @ Starving Artist Tonight

October 19: Tales From the South live radio show at Starving Artist Cafe. Featuring true stories told by the Southerners who lived them. Live music by the Mockingbird Hillbilly Band. Doors open at 5 p.m., show begins at 7 p.m. Admission is free but not dinner and drinks. Call 501-372-7976 for reservations. 


Just in case you haven't looked outside IT'S RAINING!! YEAH! Rain & cooler temps are expected for today. I don't know about you but I am ready for some rain & Fall temperatures!

Friday, October 15, 2010

State Fair

Don't forget this is the last week-end of the fair & the weather is suppose to be wonderful. Here is the link:
Now go out & have some fair fun!!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Boosters tonight

Here's your friendly blog reminder about Boosters tonight. Have you seen the election signs up Donald Williams? He is our guest speaker tonight. Please come meet Donald so you can make an educated decision @ the upcoming mid-term elections.
See you @ 6:00 p.m., then don't forget to go by & see V.L Cox @ Thea Foundation Gallery.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Kandy Jones

This is my reading of my story about this Dallas girl’s first year in Arkansas that I read for the National radio program (NPR) “Tales from the South.” Please listen, enjoy and pass along to everyone! I could win $1000 if it gets enough response.
Thanks and hope ya like it……

Monday, October 4, 2010


Images of American South Opening at THEA
Come view Images of the American South, The Art of V.L. Cox, Thursday, October 7th, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. at The THEA Foundation. Call 501-379-9512 for more information or visit 
Come to Boosters then stop by & see Lynette's art, she has been working so hard we need to go by & give her a pat on the back.  congrat's Lynette, you deserve it!!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Argenta Yard Sale & Cook Out

Hey guys, are you as exhausted as I am???  I heard  reports of some nice profits from many on the neighbors, bravo Argenta! We also had a nice turn out at the Cook-out . BUT, from all of this I have learned one thing, I am too old to do a Yard Sale & a cook-out/Block Party on the same day. My vow to you Argenta, is never again! We will have separate events on separate week-ends. Promise.
Hope you all are catching up on some much needed rest, alas I am at work. See ya' at Boosters meeting on Oct 7th!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Yard Sale

I am sorry I haven't posted more this week but we have been swamped getting ready for the yard sale & cook-out tomorrow. I just wanted to take a minute & wish everyone good luck with their sales, hope you make a bundle! Then once you are cleaned up then come on over for a beer, a brat, a burger & some fun, to the back yard of Bob & myself Ragsdale's back yard @ 216 West 6th st.
Good luck Argenta!! See you Saturday!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Blessing of the pets

I would like to  invite you to Argenta UMC's Blessing of the Animals.  It will be this Sunday, 5:30pm, at the City Grove Art Park.

*Collecting Dog Toys for Pulaski County Humane Society
*Live Music
*Balloon Animals
*Homemade Dog Treats
*Bounce House

All (including animals) are welcome,
Will Choate


Boosters yard Sale & Cook-out/Block Party

Hello Argenta! Just a reminder that this Saturday Oct 2nd  is the Neighborhood wide Yard Sale from 7 a.m. til noon. To be followed by the Cookout/Block Party @ 216 West 6th backyard of Bob & Becky Ragsdale's  from 1-4 p.m. We will have maps printed for all the houses participating in the sale.
Did anyone see us in the paper this morning? We are on the front page of style section of the Gazette/Democrat, in their calendar. Plus we have an ad in garage sale section starting Thursday.
Wanted to remind everyone that the Gazette/Democrat sells garage sale kits, you get signs, markers, a nail apron for your change & price tags, all for $7.00, the only thing is you have to go by their offices located @ 4th & Scott to get a kit.
So come out & enjoy Saturday in your neighborhood;  if you are not selling feel free to come & buy!
See ya' Saturday!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Big Dam Bridge 100

Friendly reminder that this Saturday Sept 25th is the Big Dam Bridge 100. There will be some times of disrupted traffic on Willow- from Riverfront Park thru Broadway to 6th st going east to Main st to 5th & Main intersection finish line. The times blocked out are approx 9-4:30. If you depend on Willow or 6th st in order to depart from your home it has been suggested you park off the alley or @ another location.
Hope you have a great Saturday!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

17th Annual Taste of the Town

17th Annual Taste of the Town set
The North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce 17th Annual Taste of the Town will be held on Thursday, September 23rd from 5:30pm-7:30pm at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock. The event will be presented by Pulaski Technical College. Taste of the Town has grown to one of the area's leading business networking events with over 1,200 attendees and more than 30 local restaurants, caterers and drink distributors participating. Tickets are $15 in advance and can be picked up at the Chamber office or purchased at the door for $20.
For more information, contact the NLR Chamber of Commerce at (501) 372-5959 or

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Urban Wireless

Urban Wireless has been providing wireless services to Argenta Neighborhood for several years, they are changing how they operate & want to turn over neighborhood services to Boosters. What they need is @ least 3 ( Boosters will take as many as we can get) homes that want this service to form a type of bridge from North Willow to 7th st & back over to the 200 block of 5th st. But the entire neighborhood could potentially connect to this network.
I need to know if this is something the neighborhood supports & wants. In the past there was no charge for this but I don't know if that will continue, I have asked that question & I am waiting on a reply. Please let me now ASAP so I can give the provider our response. or on the blog.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Friday Night Artwalk

Tonight's the night, 3rd Friday in September (can you believe it?!) time for the ArtWalk. Hope to see some neighbors & friends out tonight!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

map for yard sale

I am creating a map for the Yard Sale & need to know who all would like to be included in this map. Please email me at:

We are asking for a $5.00 donation towards the newspaper ad. Everyone who has donated to date is on this map. Please let me know if you would like to be added to the map & I will bill later for the ad.
Thanks for being a great neighborhood!

houses for sale in Argenta

Please let anyone who may be looking for a house in the Argenta Historic District that these two homes are available.

808 Orange Street - $89,000
1920's "Shotgun" Style Cottage
2B/1B, 870 SF
Complete Renovation 2004 - 2005 by local artist. Three blocks from historic Main Street shops and restaurants. Charming house with large windows, high ceilings and numerous upgrades. The attic as well as the walls have been fully insulated, new double pane windows, stainless kitchen appliances, convection oven and microwave, ceiling fans, all new electrical, plumbing, heating and cooling systems, security system, off street parking and custom built shed. 

808 1/2 Orange Street - $68,000
1930's Brick Bungalow
2B/1B, 684 SF
Also renovated in 2004 - 2005.  Ceramic tile floors, arched interior doorway and casement windows give this house a Mediterranean feel. All kitchen appliances and stacked washer dryer are included. Tile bath, attic storage, central heat and air, security system, carport and covered patio. This is an ideal source of additional income or for use as an artist's studio, guest house or mother-in-law apartment . 

Pictures of both homes may be viewed at

Please contact owner for showing or additional information.

Christine Slocomb
810 Orange Street

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

New Candidate for Ward2 Alderman

I had the pleasure of meeting Donald Williams this past week-end. If you don't know Donald he is the candidate for Ward 2 Alderman running against incumbent Linda Robinson. He is employed at Wrightsville Prison and is engaged to the charming Sharon Brown. Mr.Williams is passionate about NLR and all she stands for, especially it's citizens. He assures me he is in this race to win and participate in NLR government for the long haul.
Mr.Williams has agreed to speak to Argenta Boosters @ our Oct 7th meeting.  I want to encourage everyone to come out & meet Mr.Williams and bring your questions.

Friday, September 10, 2010



Argenta Community Development Corporation
The City of North Little Rock
Habitat for Humanity
The North Little Rock Housing Authority

Cordially invite you to join us at a
groundbreaking ceremony and press conference
as we launch the 

North Little Rock
 Neighborhood Stabilization Program10:30 a.m.
Monday, September 13, 2010
8th and Parker Streets
Baring Cross Neighborhood

The program provides over $8 million in federal stimulus funds that will reduce the negative impact of foreclosed, vacant and abandoned properties that have challenged the
 Baring Cross and Holt Neighborhoods
of North Little Rock.

Funds will go towards the acquisition and redevelopment of distressed properties that will be turned into energy-efficient affordable homes that will be sold or rented to
eligible households.

We hope that you can join us and learn about our program.

And of course, we encourage you to share this invitation.
Argenta Community Development


Sorry I have been absent this week , had a bit of some bug going around & was in bed. Hope to get more posted.
I am crunching the numbers for the Cook-Out & things are looking pretty good. Folks may not have to contribute to the "meat fund" by bringing their own meat, unless of course you want to. I went price comparison shopping today & found some good deals. Their are a couple of things I need help with, how many folks have ice machines? We need a ton of ice for beer & drinks. I still need some folks to volunteer to help set up & break down.
Let me know if you have any ideas or suggestions. We could have a planning meeting, let me know what you think.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Big Dam 100 coming to Argenta Residental neighborhood

The Big Dam Bridge 100 Bicycle Tour is coming to Argenta on September 25th.  The tour finale will once again be celebrated with a huge Finale Festival on Main Street.  This year’s festival will feature great music, great food, and adult beverages that can be enjoyed within the festival grounds.  We invite all residents of Argenta to come celebrate a signature event in Argenta.

This year, due to construction of the River Front Drive Roundabout, the Tour route has changed.  The final leg of the Tour will go east on the River Trail to the Willow Street Gate, then north on Willow Street to 6th Street, then east on 6th Street to Main Street, then south  to the Finish Line in front of the Post Office.  Traffic and access will be limited along the route for the duration of the Tour from 8am till 4:30 pm on Saturday, September 25th

For information on the Tour, please go to the BDB100 website

For information about the Festival, contact Donna Hardcastle at 501-993-1234 or Drue Patton at   501-517-3127.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Great Arkansas Talent Search

Did you know that the "Great Arkansas Talent Search" is happening right here in Argenta? I didn't til last night. Infer Red Studios located inside First Presbyterian Church is the sponsor. Round Tow Finals are tonight at 7P.M. at the church & cost is $5.00. Sounds like a great way to start the holiday week-end. I don't know when round 3 is but I'll try to keep you posted.

labor Day Happenings in Argenta

RazorRock Week Events Set in Argenta !  
September 6 (Labor Day): RazorRock Bike Relay presented by River Trail Bike Rentals, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Call David Fike at 501-374-5505 for more information or visit info@rivertrailrentals.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Arkansas Travelers take on the Springfield Cardinals in their season finale at 1 p.m.

RazorRock Foodie Festival presented by the Argenta Downtown Council, 4 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at Dickey Stephens Park. Participating restaurants include Argenta Market, Ristorante Capeo, Ferneau, Hunka Pie, Cafe 42,Trails End BBQ, Delicious Dinners by Chef Richard Lindsey, Amruth Indian Cuisine & Ashley's at the Capital. Argenta Arts & Crafts Market on site too. Open to the Public. For more information call Drue Patton at 501-517-3127 or visit Sponsored by Sperry Van Ness Nabholz Properties 
RazorRock Movie Night, presented by the Little Rock Film Festival, will screen Arkansas film War Eagle Arkansas from 7:45 p.m. - 10 p.m. at Dickey Stephens Park.
Arkansas Arts Foundation's RazorRock Spirits: A Night of Art & Soul, Argenta Arts District, 5 p.m.-7p.m. THEA Foundation, Greg Thompson Fine Art and Galaxy Furniture host tastings of Arkansas spirits with Lombardi Lemon Liqueurs, Diamond Bear Brewery, Wiederkehr Wines, Rocktown Distillery, Chateau Aux Arc Wines & Guillermos Coffee. Open to the public. Sponsored by Sperry Van Ness Nabholz Properties. 
Go to where you'll find the latest details on all scheduled events for the week. Let's all support our participating businesses and sponsors !

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Boosters meeting

Hello Argenta! Just another reminder about the Boosters meeting tomorrow night. Linda Robinson Ward 2 Council Woman is our guest speaker. Also wanted to talk to residents about upcoming Yard Sale & Cook out so please try to make this meeting. Thursday @ 6p.m. @ the First Presbyterian Church.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Argenta Yard Sale & Cook Out

I am making plans for the Yard Sale & Cook. The date is Oct.2- Saturday. Yard sale from 7-noon, then cook out @ our house from 1-4pm. I wanted to let everyone know about a couple of things:

Yard Sale:
1) I need to know who all will be participating so I can include you on the map.
2) If anyone wants to make up an ad for the paper that would be great
3) If anyone wants to donate Yard/Garage Sale signs for that day let me know
4) we are asking for a $5.00 donation from everyone participating to help pay for the ad
5) volunteers to help put up signs, etc

1) Music provided by Jerry Colburn- thank you Jerry
2) cook out is @ 216 West 6th st,  in the backyard
3) we are asking that everyone bring burger meat or hotdogs to throw on the grill
4) asking for volunteers to help w/ set-up & clean -up

I can be contacted @: thanks neighbors!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Argenta Kittens for adoption

Rescued from an abandoned house in NLR, there are 12-week old kittens are available for adoption through FURR. Call Patti Dedmon at 370-9000, and please leave a message if the answering service picks up.  On Sundays from 1-5 p.m., you can visit these kittens at the NLR PetSmart store.

From the desk fo Scott Miller

NLR Unified Neighborhood Coalition August Meeting

Our speaker this month will be Ms. Belinda Burney, President of the 
Dark Hollow CDC.  

Thursday August 26th, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
 Downtown Police Substation at 201 East Broadway Across from Verizon Arena, One Block East of City Hall

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Friday, August 20, 2010

Friday night Artwalk

Tonight is the Friday night Artwalk in Argenta. There is a special unveiling of the "Mother Nature" statue by Kevin Kresse @ City Grove Townhouses tonight @ 6:00 p.m. so try to stop by.
See you all tonight!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

an invitation from John Gaudin

Please join the City Grove Partners this Friday night at 6:00 pm during Argenta 3rd Friday Art Walk for the Opening and Dedication of the City Grove Townhome Art Park Fountain and Sculpture designer NLR native Artist Kevin Kresse will be on hand.
We will have Live music amid great restaurants, shops and galleries of the Argenta Arts district.. This public space was designed for the community and neighbors to enjoy. We hope you do! Please spread the word.
Hope to see you!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Booster's night @ the Ball Park

Just wanted to share a few shots of our night @ the Ball Park. Man was it hot!  I think all in all everyone had a good time.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

House up for Sale on 5th street

509 West 5th Street is for sale. It is 1703 sq ft has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths. Fully restored in 2008. Master suite has a double shower, 6 foot soaking tub, and walk in closet. Laundry room has a built in counter top. The kitchen has tile counter tops, dishwasher, smooth top range, and side by side refrigerator. Living room features a gas log fireplace, pan ceiling, and recessed lighting. The back yard is fully fenced. There is a two car garage and additional storage/work space. The purchase includes the empty side lot which is one of only a few in Argenta, and has room for a new house to be built. Photos available at  Contact Allison at 766-0726 to view the house.

Ball Park

Just a friendly reminder about the Ball Park tonight. We dine from 6:10 til 7:10 in the "Baggage area" near 1st base. After eating we have assigned seating @ 1st base. We will have some beer compliments of Eric Francis but after that is gone it will be $3.00 a beer. I would suggest loose clothing and maybe a hat as you all ready now, it will be warm. Looking forward to seeing all our Booster supporters & LETS PLAY BALL!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Boosters members & Jerry Colburn

I want to personally thank everyone that came to Boosters last night, we had a great turn out & were able to hand out tickets for the ball game. Financially, some folks gave over & above what was asked. I want to thank Patrick Stair & Eric Francis for their generous support. Eric has also purchased a case of beer for us to enjoy while we picnic @ the Ball Park. Thank you both so much.
I  very special note of appreciation goes out to Jerry Colburn. Jerry made  a VERY generous donation to Boosters at a time when we really needed it. We will now be able to have an even better cook-out after the Oct 2nd Yard Sales! So if anyone see's Jerry out and  about give him a hand shake or a hug as a sign of appreciation, I have all ready hugged him! Thank you so much Jerry!!
Thank you all for making this a great neighborhood to live and play in,

How to reach Eric

Here's a note from Eric Francis for anyone interested in making a nomination to serve as as officer @ Boosters :

 here's my contact info for anyone needing
to make a nomination or discuss holding office: 626-4980,

Thank you Eric

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Boosters Thursday night

It's that time again! Boosters is Thursday night @ 6 P.M. @ the church. We have an exciting night planned. First we have Maurice Taylor coming to speak, so if you have any questions about what's happening in Argenta he is the man to ask!
Second we have Ball Park Tickets to hand out! If you have paid come get your tickets, if you need to pay come on in, pay & get your tickets then. If anyone can't make the meeting call or email me & we can arrange to get your ticket. 376-1127 or
See you all tomorrow night!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Melrose House for sale

Brent Stroud is moving and is putting his nice Argenta House for sale.

109 Melrose Circle NLR AR 72114 in Argenta Historic District
between 1140-1200 sq. ft
3 bedroom 2 bath
Complete remodel in 2006-2007
New Plumbing
New Electric
New Roof
New Sheetrock
New Paint 
New Insulation
New Appliances 
One-car Garage with large additional room
New tile and sub floor in kitchen and bathrooms

Park for children only 50 yards away, walking distance to trolley, Dickey Stephens Ballpark, restaurants, bars, library post office on Main Street. 

If you are interested in this house or know someone who wants to move to Argenta, please pass on this information.  If you want more information, please e-mail Brent at

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Restaurant Week

It's here again, get out for dinner this week & have some fun!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Tim Vahsholtz is the Best!!

Tim Vahsholtz was named photographer of the year by the Arkansas Times!
Way to go Tim, we always knew you were the best!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Ball Park Tickets

The Ball Park Tickets are in!! I will hand them out @ Boosters on Thursday Aug 5th. Turns out we can have late comers so please just call me @ 376-1127 or email me @:  If paying by check make them payable to "Argenta Boosters".
See you @ Boosters!!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Condolences to the Williams family

Argenta resident Virginia Williams (of 7th & Willow) passed away on July 24th. We want to extend our condolences to her son Dennis & the entire Williams family for their loss.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Boosters Ballgame

Reservations for the Ball Park are coming in & we couldn't be more thrilled!! Wanted to remind everyone that we don't have tickets/arm bands yet but we will after July 28th. Feel free to go ahead & pay for your arm band & we will distribute them once we have them, either @ boosters or by calling & making arrangements. I am keeping track of all reservations & payments so you won't get lost in the shuffle. If you have made a reservation & have not paid by Aug.5th Boosters meeting then I will assume you are no longer interested & will sell your arm band(s).
Hope that everyone will come out have a great time before the end of Baseball season & share some time with your neighbors.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

A house for Sale in Argenta

502 W. 5th Street is on the market!  If you know anyone looking for a great house in Argenta, please pass this information along.  The house has 1618 sq feet, 2 large bedrooms, sun room, 1.5 bathrooms, spacious kitchen, fully-fenced & landscaped yard with a garage apt (best suited for storage or crafts). The asking price is $160,000, slightly less than comparable sales in the neighborhood.  Please  spread the word to anyone looking for a great, ready-to-move-into house in Argenta.
There will be no sign in the yard, but you can contact the seller by e-mail at:

Saturday, July 17, 2010

This from Belinda Burney, who is working hard to revitalize the Dark Hollow neighborhood of NLR.  They are doing a much needed school uniform, backpack and school supply drive for needy students in the NLR School District.  Please consider asking your membership to help and thank you to everyone who helps those less fortunate and for all the work you do to help our great City

Scott Miller
Unified Neighborhood Coalition

Organizations and churches in the Dark Hollow Community will hold a back to school supply give-away.  We are asking your help with this.  If you have school uniforms(new or used), backpacks(new or used),  or any supplies that will help us with this, or know of anyone who would like to donate to this project, please give them my contact information.  A date has not been set. 


Belinda Burney, President
Dark Hollow CDC
(501) 376-8144
Cell: (214) 597-7309

Friday, July 16, 2010


Wanted to show the progress @ 6th & Orange. The tree is gone but it will be replaced with a wonderful new home & new neighbors to go with it. I know it's sad to see a beautiful tree gone but remember everything changes & yes, change can be good.

"..make the most of all that comes, and least of all that goes."  Sara Teasdale

August Boosters meeting

I am trying to get the news letter out a bit early this month so everyone has a chance to participate @ the Boosters Ball Park Picnic, so be looking for it in the mail the latter part of next week. I am very excited to tell you that our Alderman Maurice Taylor is going to be our Speaker @ our August meeting. Also, that is when you can pick up your bracelets for the Ball Park Picnic!
Feel free to spread the word about the Ball Park & pray for good weather!!! And come out & hear Mr.Taylor speak to our neighborhood!

Maple street house

Someone graciously pointed out to me that some comments that I thought would make a funny story may have been insensitive. If anyone, especially the homeowner in question, was offended I want to extend an sincere apology. I never meant to harm or embarrass anyone & for that I am truly sorry. I thought the events humorous as I have a family that has been the brunt of many jokes but have to realize that what one person sees as humor another may not. In the future I will try to be more sensitive to my neighbors feelings.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

It's that time again!

Don't forget 3rd Friday Argenta ArtWalk this Friday !
Come see the Artist on the street and vist the Art Galleries new openings,more information from Ketz Gallery, Greg Thompson Fine Art & THEA Foundation. Ya'll come on down !

From Officer Tommy Norman withe NLR Police Dept.

Tommy writes:

The 3rd annual NLRPD backpack/tennis shoe event will be held on Saturday, August 14th, 10am, at Shoe Carnival in Lakewood Village.  50 NLR children will receive a backpack full of school supplies, along with a $50.00 Shoe Carnival gift card to purchase a pair of shoes for back to school.  There is an account ( "NLRPD back to school account " ) open at Centennial Bank.  Donations of any type of school supplies would be beneficial for this event.  Also, as many as 10 officers are needed for this event.  Officers would assist a child in choosing a pair of shoes, which would take 30 minutes.  Safelite Auto Glass will be grilling hot dogs at the event, and providing drinks as well.  The event last year was lots of fun!  Please email me, or call me at 580-6959, if you are interested in donating school supplies or shopping with a child.  Thank You.

Officer Norman

As a NLR School Board member, I can assure you there are many kids in our schools who need these types of programs to succeed in school.  If you and group’s members can help with this program, you can make real difference in a child’s life.

Scott Miller
Unified Neighborhood Coalition
P.O. Box 5730
North Little Rock, AR 72119
(501) 374-3546

Friday, July 9, 2010

Ball Park Picnic

Well guys the date has been set & the deposit paid for an exciting night of Baseball @ our own Dickey Stevens Ball Park on August 11th @ 6:00 PM. You & your fellow neighbors will meet for all you can eat hot dogs & burgers in the Baggage Picnic area,then we have reserved seating on the 3rd base for the whole group!
The kids will get a chance @ meeting a ball player as they exit the locker room, I have  it from a higher authority that the players will even give out autographs. So bring the family or just yourself & come out for some fun.
The tickets are $13.50 each & you can pay Scott Miller, Eric Francis or myself. I need a head count by July 28th so please spread the word to everyone you know. My phone number is 376-1127 if you have any questions or email me.
In the event of rain they will still have the picnic in a safe area & give us baseball tickets for another night.
Note: this event is in place of the annual Boosters Block Party. We just didn't have the funds this year but we do have something planned involving the Yard Sale. Please save the date of October 2 for the Yard Sale & a cook out!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

upcoming events

Hi Guys- hope everyone had a great Independence Day holiday & is refreshed. I wanted to pass along some some changes to the Boosters program this year & possible upcoming events.
Boosters has had a bit of a financial set back this year & is unable to fund certain events. Now I know what you are asking, "OK, how does this effect me?", well, I am glad you asked! How this effects everyone is the ability to have a block party. Here are some things we are looking at in it's place:
1) Having a night out at the Ball Park. We can do an "all you can eat" picnic, which includes your ticket, for about $13.50 each. We need 20 or more folks to participate. You would be responsible for the price of your ticket.
2) Have a BIG neighborhood wide Yard Sale this Fall followed by a cook out. Probably in October.
3) An Argenta Flotilla has also been suggested for an up coming Saturday, or a week day if everyone can get off from work. This would be an all day event to the Caddo River in Arkadelphia. You would need to bring a floating device & your refreshments. If it takes place on a Saturday then you can rent a tube at the river.
Let me know your thoughts.
I know there are problems with being able to respond to the blog entry's (an issue we are working on) so please email me @:

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Sorry I am late with this message from Scott Miller

On this 4th of July weekend commemorating the founding of Country, it is a good time to remember the sacrifices so many have made to preserve and protect our Country.  A group in Amboy is erecting a statue and monument on the corner of Military and MacArthur Drives.  Hundreds of thousands of servicemen have passed by this intersection for decades on their way to Camp Robinson.  A non-profit has been set up with the AR Secretary of State and an account has been set up at Centennial Bank.  All contributions are tax deductible.

You can support this very worthy cause by buying a brick for the monument engraved with your personal message for as little as $50 or by buying a engraved message on the granite statue pedestal for $500.  A sketch of the monument is attached as well as the brick donation form and more information about the monument is attached for your review.

Please consider forwarding this to your membership and enjoy your long 4th of July  weekend. 

Scott Miller
Unified Neighborhood Coaltion
P.O. Box 5730
North Little Rock, AR 72119
(501) 374-3546