A venture to this state park is on the must-do list for many, the park being the only spot in North America where you can dig for diamonds and other gemstones and keep your finds.
Soup Sunday, arguably the year's best food-related benefit, is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 20. A fundraiser for Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, the event celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, with soup, bread and desserts from more than 30 Central Arkansas restaurants. Longtime participants Bruno's, Dave's Place, The Villa, Faded Rose and Community Bakery return, as do the likes of Acadia, Cotham's in the City, Sushi Cafe and ZaZa. The event will be held at the Embassy Suites on Financial Parkway from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 or $5 for children age five to 12. Also, the Times is sponsoring a VIP Signature Soup Room featuring food by ZaZa Chef Scott McGehee; tickets for it, which also afford access to the main event, are $50.