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ASMSA, Lakeside School District introduces Japanese language program

ASMSA, Lakeside School District introduces Japanese language program

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts and the Lakeside School District are offering their students a unique opportunity — the ability to study Japanese from a native speaker.

Aozora Ishizaki is teaching Japanese language and culture to students at ASMSA as well as Lakeside High School and third-graders at Lakeside Intermediate School. The program is the only Japanese foreign language exchange program of its kind in Arkansas. ASMSA and Lakeside received a $30,000 grant from The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles to provide Japanese language instruction to the students.

Ishizaki is teaching a Japanese class at ASMSA three days per week. She teaches a class each day at Lakeside High School as well as working with third-graders at the intermediate school three afternoons a week.

Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival announces 2015 competition films

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - The 24th annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival is proud to announce the films competing for the titles of Spa City Best U.S. Documentary, Spa City Best International Documentary and Spa City Best Sports Documentary.

These nominees are among the 140 films, features and shorts screening at the HSDFF from October 9-18.

Spa City Best U.S. Documentary

  • Be Here Now, directed by Lilibet Foster.
  • From This Day Forward, directed by Sharon Shattuck
  • Monsieur Le President, directed by Victoria Campbell
  • Romeo is Bleeding, directed by Jason Zeldes
  • The Seventh Fire, directed by Jack Pettibone Riccobono
  • Shoulder the Lion, directed by Erinnisse Heuer and Patryk Rebisz

 

Spa City Best International Documentary

Maxwell Blade's Festival of Magic visits Hot Springs

Maxwell Blade's Festival of Magic visits Hot Springs

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - The first ever Maxwell Blade’s Festival of Magic kicks off September 24 and runs through September 27 at Maxwell Blade’s Theatre of Magic and Comedy located at 121 Central Ave. in downtown Hot Springs.

While most of the shows will be held at the theater, Bank of the Ozarks Arena will host several performances, as will various venues throughout the city.

Blade has been performing in Hot Springs for nearly two decades and wants to bring talent from across the globe to perform magic and comedy for the families of Hot Springs and its visitors. Blade’s novelty shop, Maxwell Blade’s Museum of Oddities and Curiosities, stands just next door to the Theatre of Magic, and will be open for those audience members who want to take a piece of the show home with them.

Roller Coaster Race Coming to Magic Springs on Oct. 17

Roller Coaster Race Coming to Magic Springs on Oct. 17

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Roller Coaster Race announced that registration is now open for its original-concept race coming to Magic Springs in Hot Springs, Ark. on Saturday, October 17.

The race takes place on the second weekend of “Magic Screams,” the park’s Halloween-themed event, and marks Roller Coaster Race’s sixth and final event of its 2015 season.

Magic Springs presents first Hispanic headliner on September 6

Magic Springs presents first Hispanic headliner on September 6

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. -  Magic Springs Water & Theme Park will present its first Hispanic headliner during a summer concert in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month. On Sunday, September 6 the accordion musical act “Los Invasores de Nuevo Leon,” one the most popular norteño groups, is set to perform live at the Timberwood Amphitheater.

“We’re excited to present “Los Invasores de Nuevo Leon,” in addition to an opportunity for hundreds of families to explore all our water and theme park has to offer. We’ll have dancers, Mariachi Band and other special activities to kick-off Hispanic Heritage Month,” says Steve Honeycutt, General Manager of Magic Springs. “For one special price Arkansans and visitors can enjoy both parks and watch as the band transforms the stage into a grand fiesta in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.”

Tickets to Villagestock now on sale

Tickets to Villagestock now on sale

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE – Celebrate love, peace and music at the second annual Villagestock on Saturday, September 26 at Grove Park.

This event, sponsored by Boomers Rock and Hot Springs Village Recreation, will have non-stop music, food vendors, fun and games. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at HSVTicketsales.com.

The gate opens at 1 p.m., and the music never stops! Moonshine Mafia takes the stage at 1:30 p.m., followed by Crash Meadow at 3:45 p.m. and Doctor/Doctor at 6 p.m. Solar Federation will close out the evening in the 8:15 to 10 p.m. time slot.

“We have two stages set up this year,” said Stacy Hoover, Director of Recreation Operations. “It’s going to be wall to wall music.” While the main stage is setting up for the next headliner band, singer/songwriters will be performing on the side stage. Plus, there will be outdoor games, trivia, a cash bar, raffles, food vendors and more.

New at Bryant Fall Fest: BBQ Contest, Beer Garden, Bubble Ball, Human Foosball

New at Bryant Fall Fest: BBQ Contest, Beer Garden, Bubble Ball, Human Foosball

BRYANT, Ark. (City of Bryant) - We are sanctioned! The 28th Annual Fall Fest on Saturday, Sept. 26, at Bishop Park, 6401 Boone Road, will include a Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned competition, a backyard barbecue competition and an accompanying beer garden this year. The title sponsor for the BBQ event, Arkansas Craft Distributing, will bring us craft beers from Summit and Oskar Blues. $7,500 in prize money will be awarded in the KCBS event.

The event committee is also excited to announce the addition of a human Bubble Ball area, sponsored by GracePoint Church, and a human Foosball area provided by the City of Bryant.  Fall Fest is presented by Landers of Saline County.