Bill Clinton turns 60 on Saturday, and while singer Al Green now will not be around to wish him a happy birthday, everyone in Cen-tral Arkansas can celebrate with the former president. The Clinton Presidential Center and Park will be the site of the celebration sponsored by the Presidential Library, the William J. Clinton Foundation and the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.
The library will offer free admission all day. The Clinton School and Clinton Foundation will hold a symposium focusing on the 42nd president’s life, featuring two panel discussions inside the center’s Great Hall.
“The Friends of Bill (FOBs) Turn 60,” the panel hosted by the Clinton School, will feature five of President Clinton’s childhood friends reliving stories and events from growing up with the president. Panelists are moderator Paul David Leopoulos and other Hot Springs natives Rose Crane, Mauria Aspell, Carolyn Staley and Joe Newman.
After a break for birthday cake, the Clinton Foundation will host a second panel called “From Tricycles to Bicycles to Air Force One: The Rise of a Political Star.” The title is derived from editorial cartoons by the late George Fisher of the Arkansas Gazette and Arkansas Times that depicted Clinton as a young politician, riding tricycles and bicycles. This discussion will feature moderator Bobby Roberts, Patty Criner, Bob Nash and other former staffers of Clinton’s during his statewide political campaigns and years in the gover-nor’s office. The panelists will speak on Clinton’s rise as a statewide political figure.
Symposium guests will be feted with McClard’s Bar-B-Que, a Clinton favorite from Hot Springs, beginning at 11 a.m. The first sym-posium starts at 11:15 a.m., and the second begins at 12:45 p.m. Tickets are $15 and include lunch and dessert.
Seating is limited and reservations are required. Call 683-5239 or e-mail Nikolai DiPippa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cafe 42 in the Presidential Center will be open all week serving some of Clinton’s favorite dishes, including an entire menu of the former president’s favorites on Saturday. Choral groups will be entertaining on Saturday in the Garden View Room of the center’s lobby.
During the celebration, the Clinton Museum Store, at 610 President Clinton Ave., will sell limited-edition T-shirts featuring a photo of a 3-year-old Bill Clinton eating birthday cake. A giant birthday card will be drawn on the sidewalk outside the store for visitors to sign. Gift drawings will be held every hour for customers. See www.clintonmuseumstore.com for more information.
Travs back at Ray Winder
Ray Winder Field’s days as home to the Arkansas Travelers are dwindling, and the Travs will be home starting Thursday, Aug. 17, for a four-game series with the Midland Rockhounds. After a quick road trip, the Travs are home for the rest of the season starting Aug. 26 and wrapping up Sunday, Sept. 3, part of “Game Week in the Rock.”
The Travs play Midland through Sunday, with a 2 p.m. game that day. Start times Thursday though Saturday are 7:10 p.m.
Thursday’s game features bingo between innings. On Friday, as part of “Back to School Weekend,” the first 1,000 paid children re-ceive a Travs backpack, and kids can run the bases after the game. On Saturday, Travs lunch boxes will be given away to the first 1,000 children, and kids again can run the bases after the game.
The Jim Elder Good Sport Fund will present an on-field kids clinic at 12:45 p.m. Sunday, and the first 200 children to the clinic get a free Travs baseball. The entire family can get into the game for $6 by bringing a church bulletin, and AARP members get free general admission by showing their membership card. Stick around and watch the kids run the bases again after the game.
Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children, with discount coupons available for Thursday’s game. Call 664-1555.
Local bandleader David Rosen kicked off a summer series of concerts by his David Rosen Orchestra last month, and the DRO is back again on Sunday at the Woolly Auditorium on the campus of the Arkansas School for the Blind.
The free show starts at 3 p.m. Donations are welcome. Rosen and his musicians celebrate a big band leader at each show and play clas-sic big-band hits, as well as contemporary brassy numbers.
NLR band marches along
The North Little Rock Community Concert Band will be in a marching mood on Friday, Aug. 18, with a free concert at 7 p.m. at the Lakewood Village Amphitheater. The show, titled “Marching Along,” will feature various styles of music with the word “march” included in the song titles or description. The band will include a parade of marches by John Phillip Sousa compiled by Col. John R. Bourgeois, retired commander/conductor of the United States Marine Corps Band. Also, look for marches and symphonic pieces by Gustav Holst, Karl King, Ralph Vaughn Williams, John Williams and more.
Rico Belotti directs the group. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. For more information, visit www.northlittlerockband.com or call 501-758-2576.
“Cruisin’ in the Rock” is back at the River Market on Friday, Aug. 18, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The free show features muscle cars, street rods, classic cars, trucks and motorcycles on display, plus classic rock ’n’ roll blaring from the pavilion speakers. Spectators and participants have chances to win prizes. … St. Andrew A.M.E. Church will be sponsoring Community Fest on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy music, liturgical dance, gospel rap, a space walk and games, while taking part in a health fair and self-help seminars. Free food and beverages, as well as free school supplies for kids, will be available too. Call 372-6320.