Arkansas Extended Learning Center culls a massive, seasonal lineup of informative classes, recruiting chefs, artists, athletes, and other professionals to share their wisdom with students of all ages. Pupils can pick up new hobbies such as fly-fishing or digital photography, or sharpen nascent abilities in fields such as cooking and wine-tasting. Otherwise, they can tone up their physiques in fitness and dance classes, discover a new way to communicate in foreign-language workshops, or learn how to cut their way out of a hedge maze during gardening and landscaping tutorials.
Winner of WeddingWire’s 2011 Bride’s Choice Award, Ocken Photography is owned by snap-happy siblings Bob, Jen, and Chris Ocken, who combine their 20 years of experience to create striking, natural-looking portraits with artistic eloquence. Snap sessions can be single subject or may include family members, pets, or down-on-their-luck local celebrities, and can be staged in Ocken's comfortable studio or off-site at an indoor, outdoor, or door-manufacturing location of your choice. Once the star-like glare of the flash wears off, clients can choose their favorite shots from a set of web proofs, taking 10 professional 5"x7" artist prints home, where they can then be gifted to family members, friends, and enemies in need of a new dart board.
A regular contributor to NBC's The Today Show, a TV host, and author of the bestselling Garden Home book series, P. Allen Smith cultivates innovative solutions for enhancing home greenery and nurturing leafy pets. Smith’s expertise stems from a childhood spent on his family’s farm and a lifetime of horticultural study. Through a variety of media, he is able to instill design techniques in viewers, readers, and telepathic communicators to help gardens flourish. Situated on a 500-acre garden retreat, P. Allen’s 1904 Arkansas River Valley garden home provides a colorful and interactive set for his programs, as well as a landmark for droves of sightseeing honeybees.
The menu at Juanita's says the place is known for its fajitas, hot flour tortillas that are served with sizzling piles of shrimp, mushrooms, marinated chicken, or Angus skirt steak. But one look around the place tells visitors that Juanita's is clearly famous for more than that: they have an onsite music venue equipped with professional sound and lights, which hosts an eclectic lineup of artists.
Before shows, guests can settle in early to practice their cheers of "Encore!" and enjoy a meal from Juanita's Mexican-inspired menu. Starters include deep-fried mini burritos and nachos piled with jalapeños, black beans, and the aforementioned fajita meats. Entrees include seven enchilada plates and Juanita's chile relleno, a poblano pepper filled with chicken and cinnamon that's deep-fried with an egg-white coating.
Green Dragon PC founder Troy Pousardien got his start in computer programming at the age of 13, cleaning up files on the family's hulking 286. After years of dabbling in HTML during his service in the Air Force, building his own home PCs, and teaching himself web design since the early days of the Internet, Troy opened his own business, helping clients keep their computer systems running smoothly and efficiently with expert repairs. Green Dragon PC outfits users with top-of-the-line hardware, software, and antivirus shields for blocking harmful malware and worms. Technicians maintain the integrity of home and work computers with virus removal, remote clean-up services, and regular tech support.
Owner Tracy McCauslin draws on her training from nationally recognized Food Network decorators to bake ornamental cakes that won a Bride's Choice award in 2011 from WeddingWire.com. Cakes and cupcakes spring from Tracy's oven daily in flavors such as red velvet, strawberry, lemon, and carrot, with sumptuous fillings and a variety of buttercream toppings. Tracy can also bake cookies and brownies by the dozen, model a 3-D custom cake according to your design, and carve a 5-D cake into the befuddled likeness of Albert Einstein.