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elcome back! You’re reading the second issue of Mature Arkansas—a new magazine for and about Arkansans over age 50. This week we’re focusing on health—healthy yoga for all ages, better healthcare brought to you by the Affordable Care Act, and where to find a healthy meal with the grandkids (they eat free—see page 13.) Arkansans over age 50 deserve a strong advocacy voice. Mature Arkansas is working to fill the void left when the 24-year-old Aging Arkansas closed its doors last month. Arkansas Times publishing house head Alan Leveritt has made a strong commitment to seniors and those who care for them. He says his new weekly will “celebrate the second half of life with good times, lots of opportunities to get more out of life and live the kind of retirement you want.” Mature Arkansas will also give you accurate and timely health and consumer information to help you stay healthy and independent. Mature Arkansas wants to hear from YOU because this is YOUR news magazine. Tell us what you think in an email, phone call or letter to the editor: annewasson@arktimes.com or call at 375-2985, or write: Mature Arkansas, PO Box Tec Gra hno G PA ndkid ifts fo 34010, Little Rock, AR 72203-4010. gE r s 14 Tell us what issues you’re concerned about and what articles you’d like to see us cover. Know an interesting senior? Send me their contact information so we can feature them. And tell our advertisers you appreciate seeing them in Mature Arkansas and support them when you can—they make Mature Arkansas possible. —AHW

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Mature Arkansas Publisher Jim Gray Editor Anne Wasson Art Director Mike Spain Assistant to the Editor Paige Parham Account Executive Erin Holland Production Manager Weldon Wilson Production Assistant Tracy Whitaker ad Coordinators Roland Gladden, Kelly Schlachter

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By Anne Howard Wasson

he final legal showdown on two specific aspects of healthcare reform—the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)—is now before the U.S. Supreme Court. Several recent national surveys indicate a tilting toward support of the ACA, even in Arkansas. The Obama Administration is feeling confident that the law is entirely constitutional. While this sounds like a sure thing, the high court decision in Bush V. Gore concerning the Florida vote taught us to be very wary of political-corporate manipulation. The high court will consider an appeal from the only court that has struck down the key mandate included in the law: Requiring people to purchase health insurance or pay a fine. At issue is whether the federal government has the constitutional power to require Americans to purchase health insurance. The Obama Administration says it does, under the constitutional powers to regulate commerce and collect taxes. The Supreme Court also agreed to rule on healthcare’s expansion of the Medicaid program—a state and federal program to provide healthcare for poor, disabled or elderly Americans. The law may be in legal limbo for a while, but older Arkansans continue to benefit from many aspects of the new law. Passed in 2010, in its first year the ACA made key health insurance reforms. These consumer-friendly strides are sorely needed by an industry that has forgotten its mission of service over the past 25 years. The ACA ended lifetime limits on insurance coverage; consumers were finally given an external appeals process when denied coverage; and the industry was prohibited from denying coverage based on heartless technicalities. The four million seniors who lost drug benefits when they hit the Part D coverage gap were sent rebates. Free preventive care and health screenings began, resulting in better health and lower overall Medicare spending this year. And the law ended the denial of coverage due to pre-existing conditions for their grandchildren under age 19. This year, seniors continue to save money and improve their health with more reforms: • Drug discounts for those who reach the prescription drug coverage gap and • more individualized preventive healthcare that’s free. • The Community Care Transitions Program will help hospitalized, high-risk seniors avoid unnecessary and expensive

The Supreme Court also agreed to rule on healthcare’s expansion of the Medicaid program—a state and federal

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readmissions. Medicare saves by coordinating their care in the community and connecting them to community resources. • The First Choice Option increases access to home and community care, preventing more expensive institutional care in nursing homes and hospitals. • Ending the bonus (averaging $1,000 a year per person) Medicare Advantage (MA) plans have received will level the playing field between Original Medicare and the MA plans. • The industry is now required to spend at least 85% of premiums on actual healthcare; 80% on policies sold to individuals and small businesses. These reforms have extended the life of the Medicare Trust Fund by eight years. And more reforms are coming in the next two years, while we wait for full ACA implementation in 2014. Over the next two years, there will be fundamental changes in how Medicare pays for services. Hospitals and other healthcare providers will be working to

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Arkansas’ Powers of Attorney By Jane Purtle, Ph.D.

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everal months ago when I moved to Arkansas, I knew I needed to make a new will. I was thinking of also setting up a power of attorney so, if I was not able to manage my own affairs, I would have someone responsible to do that for me. Like most of us, I didn’t want to think about these issues, so I put it off. But after a family situation where a relative left no will, I realized how chaotic and divisive it can be for the family. I didn’t want that to happen again. Most of us know the importance of a will, but you may not realize the importance of setting up powers of attorney. Both a will and powers of attorney (POA) can be worked through at one time with an attorney. Your local Area Agency on Aging can help with this important task by referring you to an attorney with expertise in this area. Tamra Cochran, an Arkansas Volunteer Lawyer for the Elderly and an attorney specializing in this area, says, “In many ways, powers of attorney

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up. It is also possible to restrict the use of the powers you give your agent. Before you visit an attorney, you will need to make some decisions. The first and most important decision is who will act in your behalf. This decision can be particularly challenging for seniors whose family doesn’t live close by. Ask yourself these kinds of questions: • Is this person totally trustworthy? • Do they have my best interests at heart? • Do they have a sense of responsibility to take care of my affairs and are they willing to give the time to do the job well? •Concerning healthcare, does this person have the same philosophy I have about medical care and end-of-life issues? • Will the person be willing and strong enough to carry out my choices such as do-not-resuscitate orders, feeding and hydration or use of life-saving procedures? If you make your choices clear in a living will, also known as an Advanced Directive in Arkansas, it is much easier for your medical power of attorney to follow your wishes if you become incapacitated. If you cannot identify someone to act in your behalf under a power of attorney, a caseworker at the Area Agency on Aging can help check the trustworthiness of an individual being considered. Once you’ve made the decision, the senior’s bank should be notified of the person who will act on her or her behalf for financial affairs and under what circumstances this power will take effect. If you qualify, volunteer attorneys will assist you in The Center for Arkansas Legal Services and Legal Aid of Arkansas can provide free legal help making simple with civil matters to those who qualify. wills and setting up powers of (for healthcare and for property management) are more important than attorneys at no charge. “Serving Our Seniors” a will because they take care of the client during his or her lifetime.” pro bono events are available in some areas of Cochran recommends you create a healthcare power of attorney, along the state each year. For more information about with a living will and a power of attorney for property management. free legal assistance available to seniors, call Often the agent for healthcare and the attorney-in-fact for property toll free 800-952-9243. management are the same person, but this is not always the case. For The Center for Arkansas Legal Services example, Cochran says one of her clients named his daughter, a nurse, and Legal Aid of Arkansas champion equal as his healthcare agent; his son, an accountant, was his attorney-in-fact. justice and can provide free legal help with A general power of attorney for healthcare or finances is easy to set civil matters to those who qualify.

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f you’ve been thinking about making changes to your Medicare Advantage plan or your Part D prescription drug plan, now’s the time to do it. The “open enrollment” period for making changes to these plans ends Dec. 7 this year. Because there are so many Medicare Advantage and Part D plans to choose from, it’s important to think about what kinds of medical services and choices are important to you. Medicare’s website has a program to help you narrow your choices by considering what is important to you (www.medicare.gov/find-a-plan). For example, if you want to keep your healthcare expenses steady throughout the year, you should look at plans that have a low deductible. To choose a Part D plan, first gather a list of all your medications to compare your costs under each plan. Even if you are happy with your current plan, compare other plans anyway, just to make sure you’re still getting the best deal. Don’t let the number of choices overwhelm you. You can visit Medicare’s open enrollment website (www.medicare.gov/openenrollment) for more detailed information, or call Medicare toll free 800-633-4227 (choose“agent”from the list of options); Seniors Health Insurance and Information Program (SHIIP) toll free 800-224-6330.

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Y’all Get it Right By Bean Murray

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et me begin with what should be a simple thing to grasp: “Y’all” is a plural word. Having lived in the South for more than 60 years and knowing this simple fact all my life, I just have to say something about non-Southerners who refuse to use it correctly. “Y’all” is a contraction for “you all,” meaning “all of you.” Anywhere it is proper to

ticians was a thinly veiled portrayal of Bill Clinton’s first presidential primary campaign. Klein caught the essence of our southern “characters” (and we do have our characters, highly cherished as integral parts of southern culture). But, for goodness sake, why didn’t he have a southerner make sure he correctly used southern grammar? A fast talking guy on the prowl calls a female reporter “y’all.” This is someone he is trying to get to come to his hotel room alone—she’s not part of a larger group of family or work colleagues. Klein let the presidential candidate’s “Mama” character use the never, never, never heard of ”y’alls.” As “Mama” enters a diner, she works the crowd on the way to her son’s table. ‘Lunch’s ON the HOUSE!’ she shouted. ‘Jack’s buyin’. Only kiddin’! Only kiddin’! Y’alls oughta buy Jack his meal, given the tourist business gonna be comin’ through here when he’s president of the United States.’ “ For pity sake. Who edited this book? Klein made a plural out of a plural. An equivalent mistake would be “Mices like cheese.” If something is already plural, you can’t make it more plural--plural squared, perhaps? This, however, is not to be confused with the possessive y’all’s. This is advanced “y’all” usage, but quite common. Using an apostrophe-s, as in “Hello, Mr. Smith. How are y’all doing and how is y’all’s dog?“ equals “Hello, Mr. Smith. How are you and the family and the family dog doing?” I know some Arkansans who make y’all possessive by saying “your-all’s.” This distinguishes the plural possessive from the truly plural possessive quite nicely. Are all of you keeping up?

Why doesn’t someone just ask a Southerner to do a quick “y’all check” before publishing? Maybe future computers could have “y’all-checkers.” say “all of you,” or you (meaning more than one of you), then y’all may be substituted. It is a southern economy of speech. I am always amazed at the movies, books and television shows whose writers are unable to use it correctly. Why doesn’t someone just ask a Southerner to do a quick “y’all check” before publishing, instead of assuming that, in the South, we routinely say things such as “Good morning, Mother. Are y’all driving all the way to Memphis by yourself?” In this example it is clear that the individual being addressed is just one person, therefore, using “y’all” is incorrect. It can get a little complicated. You might hear one of us say to what appears to be just one person, “Hi, how y’all doing?” This seems to be contrary to what I just explained. But no, when one of us is heard addressing an individual in such a way, what is meant is, “How are you and all of your family (or other group with which that person is affiliated) doing?” We all understand this and know more than one person is implied. Some of the worst offenses are found in the novel Primary Colors. Mr. Anonymous’ ( AKA Joe Klein), novel about fascinating poli-

One “y’all” construction I particuarly like is for the advanced Southerner, but confusing to outsiders. This is “all y’all” or ‘”all of y’all” which is expansively inclusive. I was in a group of conference-goers in Nashville, Tennessee, and, as we got on a bus to go to dinner, the friendly bus driver greeted us with, “Where are all a’ y’all from?” “Huh?” responded one of our party who didn’t understand “y’all,” much less this beautiful patois. As we marvel at the strange and confused accents wrought by many dialect coaches and the “y’alls” thrown all over the place, we can only wonder why can’t they do some easy research and get it right. Millions of us could explain if we were only asked. Maybe future computers could have “y’all-checkers.” Virginian and Arkansan Mary Janet (call me “Bean”) Murray lives in Little Rock with husband Paul.

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If we don’t address it, we’re going to get worse. Yoga yogis over 50 know to be true. Cliff Riggs, owner of is a gentle way to restore Yoga Studio of Little Rock, who is almost 74, not only lives by normal range of motion.” Breezy Osbornethis philosophy, he teaches it. “Yoga is continuing to explore Wingfield, owner of Little your body and not accepting the clichés of being old,” he says. Rock’s Barefoot Studios, says yoga may be chalKathleen Rea, certified yoga instructor lenging at first for beginners, but a consistent and owner of Regeneration Fitness in North practice will produce results. “Sometimes Little Rock, says yoga is adaptive and offers when the body’s been still for too long, it much flexibility (pun intended) for those isn’t sure what to do,” she says. “It may be over 50, and is beneficial to everyone, no uncomfortable at first, but once your muscles matter their level of fitness or flexibility, or start moving, your joints will become lubriespecially their age. cated and pain will decrease. ” “Anyone can begin whenever and find Many studies have shown both physical their own way to progress,” Rea says. “As we and mental health benefits of yoga, including age, we lose flexibility and muscle strength. help with back pain, depression and arthritis, 8 novemBER 24, 2011 MATURE ARKANSAS

lower blood pressure, better-quality sleep, better posture and overall improved sense of well-being. “The body is a self-correcting organism,” Riggs says. “Whatever you have, there’s a posture to balance it. A lot of people age with anger and angst. Taking a pill is not going to release that kind of stuff. Every tight section in your body is holding energy. Yoga releases that energy.” Diane Thomas-Holladay, 56, likes that yoga “brings awareness to your body.” She began doing yoga in the 1970s, but stopped for several years. About 10 years ago, she returned to yoga to help with body alignment issues. While yoga has helped with her pain relief, it also brings a “sense of unity.” Rea, 52, says, “yoga teaches mental


5 Tips for Beginners

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oga is known to be highly beneficial to one’s health, both physically and mentally. Anyone can start at any age or fitness level. Beginning a practice may be intimidating for those who have never done yoga. Breezy Osborne-Wingfield, owner of Barefoot Studio in Little Rock, offers five tips for new yogis: • Yoga is for every body. You don’t have to be necessarily flexible. • Yoga is not about touching your toes; it’s about touching each other’s hearts. • Yoga teaches ways to incorporate breathing to alleviate stress and tension. • There should never be pain or discomfort in yoga, but you may feel stretches that you have never felt before or not felt in a long time. • It is highly suggested that yoga not be practiced on a full stomach.

health like no other exercise, by forcing you to slow down.” She says this is particularly important for those over 50 because many continue with such busy lives, even as retirement age approaches. In today’s economy, “many are facing working longer and have stresses that we didn’t deal with 10 or 20 years ago.” “There’s something about a yoga practice that pulls you inward,” Rea says. “You discover an inner calm. You forget where that is when life pulls you in different directions. But you can rediscover that inner calm and remember groundedness.” Jane Green, 56, began doing yoga about five years ago after feeling the desire to be fitter and “move a little freer.” “It helps put me in a better frame of mind,” she says. “I feel so much better. My shoulders feel a little looser, I stand a little taller and feel a sense of accomplishment.” Riggs teaches Iyengar yoga, which is particularly beneficial to yogis over 50. It emphasizes the use of props, such as bolsters, straps or blocks, to assist in performing a posture. Rea says props can be added to any yoga practice and are very helpful to beginners because they limit range of motion and make a posture a little easier to perform for the less flexible. “I thought I’d hate the props,” says ThomasHolladay, who studies with Riggs. “I find the use of props and staying in positions for longer periods to be safer and easier to find that type of balance. When you’re older, props really

Yogis Tricia Watkins (left to right), Tommy Farrell, Rebecca Hochradel and Sherry Williams in a class at Regeneration Fitness. allow you to get in position.” The props associated with yoga are a reminder that “you don’t have to be fit to do yoga,” says Green, who also practices at Riggs’ studio. “It’s a slower pace and concentrates on the pose.” Green also works out at Regeneration with Rea as her personal trainer. Yoga can even be done in a chair, says Osborne-Wingfield, 31, and “it doesn’t have to look like someone in a picture. You do what you can do.” She says that often people over 50 have the misconception that they are not flexible enough to even attend a beginner’s class, which are all levels and all ages, and request a class for just their age group. She reminds these yogis that yoga is for anyone at any age. Green credits yoga with making her stronger and generally healthier as she went through a bilateral mastectomy and reconstructive surgery after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010. She said the meditative and controlled breathing skills she learned in yoga helped her cope with the “moments of panic

associated with cancer.” A breast cancer diagnosis also brought Tricia Watkins, 59, to yoga in 2007. She was living in Dallas and attended her first class at Gilda’s Club, a support group for cancer patients named after comedian Gilda Radner. Like Green, she says it helped her through the emotions and anxiety of having cancer. “It helps you learn how to let go of the things that aren’t in the now,” she says. “As I get older, I’m more accepting of myself and yoga has helped with that. It’s a frame of mind, not just an exercise.” Watkins has fibromyalgia and fatigue due to radiation therapy and says yoga keeps her going. She practices daily, including a Monday afternoon one-on-one practice with Rea. “Kathleen is such a loving, sweet person. She motivates me,” Watkins says. Rea and Riggs urge students to listen to their bodies as they perform postures and not push themselves too far. “Everyone starts where they are,” Rea says. “A good instructor will show an

Yoga instructor Kathleen Rea (far right), who holds a PhD in biomedical engineering from Tulane University and a PhD in mechanics from SMU, works with students at her studio. MATURE ARKANSAS

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individual how they can learn to participate and their version of a pose to fit their own body and still get the benefit of that pose. No matter how good you are, you can always get better.” Riggs calls yoga a “work in, not a work out” and slow, thoughtful and intelligent movement is the key to exploring yoga. “Moving for older people may hurt, but not moving will destroy,” he says. “If you keep your body in motion, in the long run, you’ll feel better,” says Osborne-Wingfield. “The less you move, especially in the cold weather, your bones start to ache.” Riggs says often people seek out yoga as an instant fix for a health issue. However, yoga is a life-long practice and some type of simple movement every day will result in changes to the body, he says. “Yoga gives you such insights and courage to keep moving and not accept the old stereotype of ‘what do you expect, I’m old?’” Riggs says. Rea has always exercised and been a runner but in her 40s she noticed her flexibility waning and started getting more aches and pains. At the time, while working on her PhD in biomedical engineering at Tulane University, she began taking the yoga classes offered at the university’s fitness center simply out of curiosity. Rea was “hooked” when she noticed improvements in flexibility and felt she could run like she was in her 20s again. Rea opened Regeneration Fitness about four years ago, and also offers personal training and yogalates, a combination of yoga and pilates. Riggs says he was “dragged” to yoga in his 50s by a friend who was tired of listening to him “moaning and groaning” about various aches and pains. He said he started going to yoga more often and began seeing little changes in his physical, mental and emotional health. Now, as an instructor he allows his students to “moan and groan, but not whine, because it’s a release.” In 2012, Yoga Studio of Little Rock celebrates its 25th year. Riggs says when the studio opened in 1987, yoga was not as well-known as it is today. “That was before Oprah started talking about it on TV,” he says. Now, he sees yoga’s popularity growing. A 2008 Yoga Journal study found that about 16 million Americans practice yoga, and about 18% of those are over age 55. Yoga’s popularity is expected to grow among baby boomers who are more concerned with staying active and healthy as they age than previous generations. There are about 78 million baby boomers, or 26% of the U.S. population. “No matter what your age, you need to be able to use your muscles,” Watkins says. “Everyone can feel better. Anyone can do yoga.” “Yoga is good for the soul and helps us age gracefully without injury or pain,” Green says.

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Henry Bielefeld Would Rather Volunteer By Paige Parham

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etired veteran Henry Bielefeld, 92, has earned a life of leisure. After serving 30 years in the military followed by a long career in civil service, he and his wife made the choice to retire in Little Rock. Never one to rest on his laurels, Bielefeld sought out Baptist Health Medical Center where he now volunteers. “I volunteer so I can keep moving. We get old and we’re prone to sit around and sleep. I’d rather have something to do.” Bielefeld became a Baptist volunteer after moving to Arkansas in 1993. He felt the need to get involved in the community and contacted Jim Gibbons, director of the Volunteer Services department. Gibbons sent him to the Critical Care waiting room to sit with and comfort families of patients. Bielefeld has been there twice a

Volunteer Opportunities

week for the past 17 years. “What we are looking for in volunteers is someone who is dependable, who can come regularly and at a scheduled time,” Gibbons says. “Some of our volunteers have been here over 20 years. Henry is a great example of a person who fulfills this requirement. I know if I go into that waiting room on Monday or Tuesday, I will find Henry there. If I don’t; there is something wrong.” Bielefeld says he loves his work at Baptist because of the appreciation of the people he sits with as well as a desire to stay active. “I really enjoy sitting with the families. The ICU does a fabulous job,” he explains. Dedicated, caring people like Bielefeld are the lifeblood of volunteer programs.

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program has been in place for many St. Joseph’s Mercy years. Baptist is Hospital volunteers often work in waiting Health Center looking for dependrooms taking care of patients’ families. 300 Werner, Hot Springs. To volunable volunteers teer contact Susan Rima at 501- 622-0180 or email who will show up regularly and on time. srima@mercy.net • Patient and family services volunteers visit with There are over 300 active volunteers, donating patients and their families, water plants in hospital over 70,000 hours a year, at St. Joseph’s Mercy rooms, make beds, keep supplies stocked in rooms Health Center, the Senior Center on Woodbine and and help with patient transport. the McAuley Center at Hot Springs Village. • Office and clerical positions throughout the hospital • Hospital volunteers transport patients and keep use volunteers to answer phones, file, collate, make families informed in Surgery Waiting areas and in copies and other general office tasks. the Heart Center waiting rooms. • Guest relations volunteers are needed to greet people at • Shop volunteers staff the Gift Shop, Uniform Shop the front doors, escort patients and families to different and the thrift store, called Mercy Closet. sections of the hospital and work at the information • Clerical volunteers staff the desk at the Heart Center desk. This position is ideal for someone who likes socialinformation desk and the main lobby information desk. izing and doesn’t want to stay in one place all day. • Courier volunteers greet and transport newly • Miscellaneous volunteers are needed to perform admitted patients to their destinations and help transtasks such as inventory in central supply, deliver port discharged patients. supplies and assist with transportation. • Volunteer office workers deliver greetings for birthBaptist Health Medical Center days, emails from the hospital website (sent by patient Exit 7 Interstate 630, Little Rock. To volunteer, friends and family and delivered daily), deliver gifts contact Jim Gibbons at 501- 202-2847 or fill out an to the families with newborn babies. online application at http://www.baptist-health. com/give/volunteer/ If you would like to list your volunteer jobs, The Baptist Health Medical Center volunteer call 501-375-2985 and ask for Paige Parham.

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he season of holiday lights and parades featuring Santa Claus is in full swing. It’s a great opportunity to make some memories with the grandchildren. Start with a free

meal before the drive at one of the many central Arkansas restaurants that offer free meals for kids, if accompanied by an adult—see the list on next page.

Arkansas’ Trail of Holiday Lights Follow the Beebe’s Sparkle Daniel AcrossPark on North Main St. for the lights; Christmas Parade on The Natural State Dec. 3 at 6:00 PM, from the public school to downtown.

Benton’s Hometown Christmas Parade is Dec. 5 at 6:00 PM. From 7:009:00 PM, Santa will host cookies and cocoa and local talent will perform at the Courthouse Gazebo. Jacksonville’s Holiday Lighting Ceremony is Dec. 1 at 6:30 PM at City Hall. Christmas Parade is Dec. 3 at 1:00 PM on Main Street.

Lights on the Landscape is Garvin Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs’ amazing holiday light show and you won’t be disappointed. Over 1.8 million lights are professionally arranged to maximize the Ohhs! and Ahhs! Open nightly 5:00-9:00 PM (except Christmas), now through December 31. Adults $6; $4 children ages 6-12; under 5, free. Golf carts rides are available for an additional $5 per person.

Safe Driving Learn defensive driving to save money and be a safer driver. If you complete AARP’s Driver Safety Program class you receive a certificate qualifying you for three years of auto insurance discounts. The course is designed for seniors and there are no written or driving tests. Two course lengths are offered—eight hours for first timers and a four-hour refresher course. Course is $12 for AARP members (bring your membership card) and $14 for non-members. Classes include: Dec. 2-North Little Rock Baptist Health, 8:30 AM; 501-227-8478 Dec. 6-Little Rock Baptist Health Room 20, 9:00 AM; 501-227-8478 Dec. 8-Hot Springs St Joseph’s MHC, 1:00 PM; 501-622-1033 Dec. 8- Hot Springs Village McAuley Center, 8:30 AM; 501-984-5594 Dec. 8-Bryant Park Place Baptist Church, 8:30 AM; 501-653-0088 Dec. 8-Hot Springs Village Sacred Heart Church, 12:30 PM; sign up at church.

Little Rock’s Big Jingle Jubilee Holiday Parade is Dec. 3 and ends at the State Capitol where Santa Claus will lead the annual Capitol Lighting Ceremony, including fireworks, music and kid’s activities. Capitol lights will be on nightly through Dec. 31. North Little Rock’s Burns Park will have holiday lights through Dec. 30, from 6:00-10:00 PM. Kicks off Dec. 3 from 4:00-7:00 PM. Cost is $5 per car; $10 for vans. Searcy’s Holiday of Lights Parade is December 3 at 6:00 PM on the courthouse square. It will include a live nativity scene and pageant. Sherwood’s Sherwood Forest will host a mile-long trail of lights nightly from 6:00-9:30 PM through Dec. 30. Free admission, donations accepted.

don’t mi ss ... See History Alive, an exhibition of art created by internees at the Rohwer Relocation Center in Desha County will be held Saturday, November 26, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM, at Concordia Hall, Arkansas Studies Institute, 401 President Clinton Ave, Little Rock. The exhibition is free; for more information go to Butler Center.org/Rohwer or call 3205700. The Butler Center has created a multimedia exhibition of several hundred works of art created by US citizens of Japanese descent who were interned during World War II. Art teacher Jamie Vogel collected and saved her students’ art that depicted day-to-day life in the camp. 12 novemBER 24, 2011 MATURE ARKANSAS

Also at the Butler Center Galleries is “Thomas Harding, Pinhole Photography;” Reflections in Pastel, the Pastel Society’s 4th national exhibition; and “Leon Niehues: 21st Century Basketmaker,” through November 26; from 9:00 AM-6:00 PM. Community Theatre of Little Rock will present the Christmas classic, “It’s A Wonderful Life” at the Public Theatre, 616 Center Street, November 25-26 at 7:30 PM and November 27 at 2:00PM; tickets are $12-$14. Call 501-374-7529 for details.


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neakers in the corners, sippy cups in the sink…it must mean a visit from the grandkids. If you’re thinking of a night out as a family, try one of these local restaurants that offer kids-eat-free options for kids under 12, with purchase of an adult entrée (unless otherwise specified.)

DAILY

CICI’S PIZZA  Ages 3 and under eat free at buffet  • Hot Springs: 3321 Central Avenue, 321-2400  • Jacksonville: 120 John Harden Dr, , 241-2224  • North Little Rock: 2815 Lakewood Village Dr, 753-1182  DENNY’S RESTAURANT 4:00-10:00 PM ages 10 and under • Benton: 16732 Interstate 30, 315-9367  • Little Rock: 4300 S University, 562-5651; 310 S Shackelford Rd., 224-8264  GOLDEN CORRAL  Ages 3 and under eat free at buffet. Discounted prices for kids on Tuesday • North Little Rock: 5001 Warden Road, 771-4605  LARRY’S PIZZA Ages 4 and under  • Bryant: 4500 Hwy. 5 North, 847-5003  • Little Rock: 12th & Center St., 372-6004; 12911 Cantrell Rd., 224-8804  SAN FRANCISCO BREAD COMPANY One FREE Kid’s Meal with the purchase of Adult Meal, after 5:00 PM • Hot Springs: 261 Cornerstone Blvd., 525-7322 ZAXBY’S  5:00 PM-close, dine-in only • Jacksonville: 209 Marshall Rd., 241-0546  • Maumelle: 104 Carnahan Dr., 851-9777  • Sherwood: 208 Brookswood Rd., 833-9777 

MONDAY 

CHEEBURGER CHEEBURGER Free half Best of Both Basket with purchase of two adult entrees. Little Rock: 11525 Cantrell Road, 490-2433 CHICK-FIL-A  First and third Monday of each month  • North Little Rock: 3929 McCain Blvd, 758-8497  SHORTY SMALL’S  Up to two kids meals free per paying adult.  • Little Rock: 1110 N. Rodney Parham, 224-3344  • North Little Rock: 4317 Warden Rd, 753-8111 

TUESDAY

ARKANSAS BURGER COMPANY One free kid’s meal per adult meal  Dine-in only, 5:30-9:00 PM • Little Rock: 7410 Cantrell Road

BEEF O BRADY’S  4:00 PM-close  • Maumelle:115 Audubon Dr., 803-3500 

up to two kids get a small one topping pizza, drink, and $1 in tokens   • Cabot: 2798 South Second Street, 843-7992 

LONESTAR STEAKHOUSE 4:00 PM-close • Little Rock: 10901 Rodney Parham, 227-8898 

WHOLE FOODS MARKET Free kids meal with purchase of $5.99 adult entree (child must be present) • Little Rock; 10700 N. Rodney Parham, 221-2331

PIZZA HUT 5:00-8:00 Dine in only  • Little Rock: 11410 W. Markham St., 228-7000  JIM’S RAZORBACK PIZZA Kids 12 and under receive a FREE six-inch pizza with the purchase of an adult entree (Dine-in only) Tuesday and Wednesday • Little Rock: 16101 Cantrell Rd. • Maumelle: 20608 Hwy 365 North • Hot Springs: 4330 Central Ave. STROMBOLI’S One FREE Kid’s Meal (12 or under) per adult meal purchased at regular price. Kids may choose from the Kid’s Menu or Pizza By-theSlice with up to two toppings. Dine-in only. Cannot be combined with any other offer.  • Conway: 605 Salem Rd., 327-3700 THE VILLA ITALIAN RESTAURANT • Little Rock: 1211 West Markham, 219-2244

WESTERN SIZZLIN’ One child easts Free with the purchase of an adult meal • Benton: 1916 Congo Rd., 778-9656

THURSDAY 

CAPTAIN D’s  • Benton: 1419 Military Rd, 778-7909  • Hot Springs: 1906 Central St., 321-4288  • Jacksonville: 1109 West Main St., 982-3330  • Little Rock: 6301 Colonel Glen Rd., 568-6244  • North Little Rock: 5320 JFK Blvd., 758-5144  MEXICO CHIQUITO One FREE kid’s meal per adult entree for kids 12 and under (Dine-in only) • Jacksonville: 1524 W. Main St., 982-0533 • Little Rock: 13924 Cantrell, 217-0700; 102 S. Rodney Parham, 224-8600; 4511 Camp Robinson, 771-1604; 11406 W. Markham, 217-0647

TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFE  Kids 12 or younger eat free with purchase of a Paradise Combo (dine-in only) • Jacksonville: 140 John Harden Dr, 241-2233  • Little Rock: 11900 Kanis Rd., 221-6773; 12911  Cantrell Rd., 224-1113  • North Little Rock: 12007 Maumelle Blvd, 851-9555 

MOE’S SOUTHWEST GRILL  4:00 PM-close. One free kids meal with paid adult meal. • Bryant: 7409 Alcoa Rd., 778-3111  • Little Rock: 12312 Chenal Pkwy., 223-3378  • North Little Rock: 4834 North Hills Blvd., 812-5577 

WEDNESDAY

BOSTON’S GOURMET PIZZA RESTAURANT  • Little Rock: 3201 Bankhead Dr., 235-2000 

FAMOUS DAVE’S  4:00-close • Little Rock: 225 North Shackleford Road, 221-3283 FIREHOUSE SUBS   • Bryant: 3108 Horizon St., 653-3700  • Little Rock: 12312 Chenal Pkwy., 228-5553; 10300 Rodney Parham, 225-2001  • Maumelle: 11617 Maumelle Blvd., 753-9898  • North Little Rock: 2811 Lakewood Village Dr., 812-5002  LARRY’S PIZZA  4:00-8:00 PM With purchase of one adult meal,

SATURDAY

SATURDAY and SUNDAY

LUBY’S CAFETERIA • Little Rock: 12501 West Markham, 219-1567 

SUNDAY 

CORKY’S  4:00 PM-close  • Little Rock: 12005 Westhaven Dr., 954-7427  EL PORTON  • North Little Rock: 5021 Warden Rd., 753-4630  If you would like to add your Kids Eat Free information to this list, contact Paige Parham at MATURE ARKANSAS, 501-375-2985. MATURE ARKANSAS

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Fijit Friends are strange little things marketed for girls over 6 and they are all the rage this toy season. Fijit Friends are electronic robots that talk, dance, move and respond to your voice and touch. Choose between four different Fijit Friends each with their own color and personality. There’s Serafina, Willa, Logan and Sage. The little robots have a soft, tactile skin that enables lifelike movements. They can recognize words, understand and respond to more than 30 verbal commands and respond with over 150 built-in phrases and jokes. Reviewers say the verbal recognition can be a problem for children who do not speak clearly. These weird little things can recognize different types of music and perform different dance moves. They cost about $50 and several stores are already restocking locally. Getting your hands on one might prove difficult. When Ms. Ferguson is not watching her 4-year-old enjoy techno toys that make repetitive, high-pitched noises, she is director of social media for Arkansas Times.


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