The parade is short but the party is long as Hot Springs presents the 14th annual World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade, Friday in downtown Hot Springs. This year's parade features grand marshal Alfonso Ribeiro and Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. Pop-up pubs open starting at 3 p.m. followed by the Blarney Stone Kissing Contest at 4:30, parade festivities at 5:30 and the parade at 6:30. Uncle Kracker's post-parade concert starts at 7:30 and Sad Daddy performs at 8:30. Admission is free. Call (800) 772-2489 or visit shorteststpats.com.


Also in Hot Springs, more than 45 acts from all over the United States and Canada will perform for the 2017 Valley of the Vapors Independent Music Festival, the 13th annual, five nights of music, art, secret shows and workshops, Friday-Tuesday at Low Key Arts, 118 Arbor St. and Maxine's, 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Festival passes are $40, day passes $10 and all-access FOLK (Friends of Low Key) passes are $120. Visit valleyofthevapors.com.


Winter Jam returns to North Little Rock's Verizon Arena with performers Colton Dixon, NewSong, Crowder, Tenth Avenue North and Britt Nicole on Sunday. Jam Nation starts at 3:30 p.m. followed by the pre-jam party at 5 and the main show at 6. Admission is $10 (cash or check only). Jam Nation is $49.99. Visit 2017.jamtour.com. See story on Page 4E.


The Scott Plantation Settlement opens its collection of historic houses and other structures, including an 1840s log cabin and a blacksmith shop, for the season Friday. Individual and group tours will be offered 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday-Saturday through Nov. 18 at Alexander and Walkers Corner roads in Scott. Admission is $3, free for children under 6. Call (501) 351-5737 or visit scottconnections.org. See story on Page 5E.


Enjoy music, food and bounce houses while giving the Baring Cross neighborhood a spring sprucing up at Rock the Block, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. The Habitat for Humanity event starts in Vestal Park, 1601 W. 13th St., North Little Rock, and will include doing small repairs on some houses. Call (501) 376-4434 or visit facebook.com/events/227799564337900.


The Friends of Central Arkansas Libraries is offering its triannual extravaganza of low-cost books with the Used Book Sale. The CALS Main Library, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, will be stocked with 50-cent paperbacks and $1 hardcovers. FOCAL members and buyers of a $5 wristband have access to the sale from 5 to 7 p.m. today and 9 a.m. Friday-Saturday. General public shopping is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Call (501) 918-3000 or visit cals.org.


The Arkansas Chamber Singers will celebrate "Bach in the Castle of Heaven," 7:30 p.m. Friday, St. James United Methodist Church, 321 Pleasant Valley Drive, Little Rock. The program will be J.S. Bach's Cantata No. 43, "Gott fahret auf mit Jauchzen," and Cantata No. 11, "Lobet Gott in seinen reichen," also known as the "Ascension Oratorio," with Chamber Singers soloists and members of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. John Erwin conducts. Tickets: $22, $15 students in advance, $25 and $18 at the door. Call (501) 377-1121, email info@ar-chambersingers.org or visit ar-chambersingers.org.

• Members of the Arkansas Choral Society will offer their take on a variety of show tunes for its "An Evening on Broadway" fundraiser, 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Lobby Bar and Studio Theater, 320 W. Seventh St., Little Rock. The program will include songs from She Loves Me, The Music Man, Funny Girl, Porgy and Bess, Tomfoolery, Oklahoma!, Guys and Dolls, Man of La Mancha, South Pacific, Oliver! and My Fair Lady. The $20 ticket includes hors d'oeuvres (starting at 7); a cash bar will serve beer and wine. Call (870) 820-9645 or visit lovetosing.org.


Guitarists Peter Janson and Aaron Larget-Caplan will offer a program titled "A World of Guitars: Virtuoso Guitar Music from Six Continents," 7:30 p.m. today at The Joint, 301 Main St., North Little Rock, part of the Argenta Arts Acoustic Music Series. Tickets are $25. Call (501) 425-1528 or visit centralarkansastickets.com or argentaartsacousticmusic.com.


Learn all about the values of writing the old-fashioned way at the Arkansas Pen Show, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at Crowne Plaza, 201 S. Shackleford Road, Little Rock. Presented by the Arkansas Pen Club, the show features vendors, chances to try out pens, and seminars on topics such as calligraphy and collecting. Admission is $5 for one day, $10 for all three. Call (501) 680-1500 or visit arkansaspenclub.com.


The fourth annual Royal Film Festival will screen work by local, regional, national and international filmmakers, 7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday at the Royal Theatre, 111 S. Market St., Benton. Alyson Courtney of KATV and filmmaker Johnny Jackson will lead a Friday post-screening filmmaker panel. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Call (501) 249-3169 or visit https: theroyalplayers.ticketleap.com/royal-film-festival2017/.

Weekend on 03/16/2017

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