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World Fest 2010 in Little Rock

September 15, 2010

What?
A celebration of different cultures and ethnicities, hosted by Little Rock’s Racial and Cultural Diversity Commission.

Where?
William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park
1200 President Clinton Avenue

When?
Friday, September 24th
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Since its inception in 1995, World Fest has established a mandate of increasing cultural awareness and reducing prejudice by bringing international music, food, and people together for a celebration. Although the event is student-focused, all members of the general public are welcome as well – the more the merrier!
Throughout the day the main stage will be alive with a continuous line-up of world entertainment. Artists include local and regional music, dance, and performance acts representing the many cultures of Arkansas from Latin America to Africa.

This year, over 5000 students will participate in World Fest, both by attending on field trips, and by participating in our World Cultural Fair Contest. Students will research and a country’s geography, history, and culture and present their findings in a science fair style display. The projects will be available for viewing by the general public in the morning, so don’t miss this chance to learn a little bit about the world around us.

The Arkansas Razorbacks at War Memorial Stadium

September 10, 2010

In their season opener last week, the University of Arkansas’ own Razorbacks football team layed a beating on visiting Tennessee Tech. Star quarterback Ryan Mallett was sensational, passing for over 300 yards and completing 21 of 24 passes – the second highest completion rate in SEC history.

This week, the Razorbacks are bringing their show to Little Rock, for one of two highly anticipated games this season at historic War Memorial Stadium. To celebrate, pregame tailgating festivities will be going on around Little Rock on Saturday, culminating with the game at 6:00 pm. If you’re a Razorbacks fan in Little Rock, this is your best chance to see the team, so don’t miss out! A small number of tickets are still available.

Arkansas Razorbacks Season Opener

September 2, 2010

They’ve waited all year, and now the day that all fans of the University of Arkansas Razorbacks look forward to is almost here: Saturday, September 4th the Razorback football season kicks off against Tennessee Tech. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:00pm, but tailgating and pregame parties will be going on all weekend. Limited numbers of tickets are still available for the game, as well as the other Razorbacks home games during what is sure to be an exciting season.

Don’t miss out on what could be a Heisman Trophy-winning season for Arkansas native son and preseason All-SEC first team selection quarterback Ryan Mallet. After putting up league-leading numbers in his rookie season, Mallet is focused on leading the team to a big season and a bowl appearance. Come down to Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium on Saturday and be a part of the ride!

The Capital City Cup in Little Rock

August 20, 2010

The 18th annual Capital City Cup is being held in Little Rock from September 25-26 and October 2-3. Open to all teams ages U9 through U19, the tournament is a great way to meet teams from around the country and compete in a competitive tournament at a variety of different skill levels. This year the tournament will be split into a Girls weekend and a Boys weekend. Girls teams will be competing at the end of September and Boys teams will play on the first week of October. Games will be played at the Burns Park Soccer Complex, which has hosted the USYSA National Championships in the past and is regarded as one of the premier soccer facilities in the country.

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity for your team to experience the excitement of a national soccer tournament. Registration for all age groups and skill levels is filling up quickly, so visit their website ASAP to sign up.

The Best Western Governor’s Suites is an ideal Little Rock hotel if you are bringing your team for the Capital City Cup. We offer great discounts on blocks of rooms, and are located just 12 minutes from the Burns Park Soccer Complex. We are also just minutes from downtown, and close to great restaurants and activities to keep your team entertained during the evenings. Contact one of our friendly reservation agents to see about booking your team into our hotel, and make your visit to Little Rock for the tournament a memorable one!

Live Music in Little Rock at the Afterthought

August 13, 2010

When you’re in the mood for some great live music one of our favorite places to go is The Afterthought bar which features jazz acts on Monday and Thursday and a range of other great musical styles during the rest of the week. Despite what the name of the venue might suggest, the music is always worthy of being more than just an afterthought, while the reasonable cover (almost always under $10) and friendly atmosphere make this the ideal place to enjoy a pint or two.

Check out the lineup for the following week

Monday, August 16: Monday Night Jazz
Tuesday, August 17: Tuesday Jam Session
Wednesday, August 18: Acoustic Open Mic Night
Thursday, August 19: Ted Ludwig Jazz Trio
Friday, August 20: Donna Massey & Co.
Saturday, August 21: Runaway Planet
Sunday, August 22: Sunday Jazz Brunch

For more information on these acts or for an up to date events calendar, check out The Afterthought’s web page.

William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Library’s Free Day

August 6, 2010

What?

Free admission to the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Library.

When?

Saturday, August 14

9:00am – 5:00pm

In celebration of President Bill Clinton’s birthday, the William J. Clinton Presidential Library is pleased to offer free admission on Saturday, August 14.Get out of the heat and enjoy the birthday festivities, including the new exhibit “Nature Unleashed: Hurricanes and Earthquakes”. Other family-friendly activities include a tour of the library that visits both the Oval Office and Cabinet Rooms, displays of presidential artifacts, and interactive, hands-on displays. Of course, in keeping with the birthday theme on Saturday all guests can enjoy a slice of birthday cake!
Bring the family for an afternoon exploring the museum and the surrounding grounds. The treed walkways and sculpted lawns provide a great atmosphere for a picnic, while the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Library will both educate and entertain.

Free Things to do in Little Rock

July 29, 2010

Whether you’re visiting Little Rock on a family vacation or just need something to keep the kids busy with this weekend, we know how expensive a family outing can be. By the time you’ve paid for parking, admission, food, and souvenirs, an afternoon out can be a real pain in the wallet. That’s why at the Governor’s Suites we’re doing our best to help keep your costs down. Not only do we offer exceptional luxury at reasonable rates, but below is a list of some of our favourite things to do in Little Rock, all at the recession-busting cost of $0.

The Big Dam Bridge is the world’s longest purpose-built pedestrian and bicycle bridge, extending 3 463 feet across the Arkansas River. Featuring stunning views at any time of day, we recommend trying to catch a sunrise or sunset, when the river truly comes alive with color.

Central High School is one of the most important locations in the history of the American Civil Rights movement. The site of the first implementation of the US Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision, there is now a museum across the street which documents the historic events of September, 1957.

The Arkansas Arts Center is Arkansas’ leading cultural institution, featuring fascinating exhibitions, a world-renowned art collection, live theatre, a gift shop and restaurant.

The MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History was created to interpret our state’s military heritage, and features artefacts, photographs, weapons, documents, uniforms, and other military items to vividly portray Arkansas’ military history at home and abroad.

The River Market is the place to be during the summer in Little Rock. Featuring two open-air pavilions, a 10 000 seat amphitheatre on the banks of the Arkansas River, and a weekly farmer’s market, there’s always something new to see and do.

Pinnacle Mountain offers you the chance to stand on the summit of one of the highest points in the area, with spectacular panoramic views. Less adventurous hikers can still enjoy the miles of easier trails, interpretive exhibits, and visitor’s center.

The Old Mill – if you’ve seen the movie “Gone With the Wind” you’ll recognize the T.R. Pugh Memorial Park and Pugh’s Mill from the opening scenes. Stop by the farmer’s market at the River Market to pick up a picnic and spend a pleasant day touring the grounds of this historic recreation, completed in 1933.

The Museum of Discovery is Arkansas’ museum of science and history and offers free admission from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm on the second Sunday of every month. Explore a collection of exhibits focusing on robotics, exploration, and telecommunications and participate in hands-on learning activities.

The State Capitol is a must-visit for tourists. Modeled after the US Capitol building, the beautiful architecture features Arkansas granite and six bronze doors, as well as three chandeliers crafted by Tiffany’s of New York. Free audio tours are available, and you can call ahead on weekdays to schedule a free guided tour.

Little Rock, Arkansas Hotel Blog Launched!

June 16, 2010

The Best Western Governor’s Suites Little Rock hotel is excited to announce the release of its new hotel blog. We will be keeping this space updated with exciting promotions at our hotel as well as Little Rock events and festivals. Whether you’re a Little Rock resident or just planning a vacation, check back often to find great hotel deals and fun ideas for things to do in Little Rock.
The Governor’s Suites is the perfect place to stay in Little Rock, whether you’re in town for a festival or event, or are a local just looking for a fun weekend getaway from home. You don’t have to take our word for it though, as our hotel is ranked in the top three for hotels in Little Rock, Arkansas on TripAdvisor, and has an average ranking of 4.5 stars out of 5 on three other major travel websites. Come see for yourself what all the fuss is about!