MUSIC DE MAYO: Check the River Market.

Cinco de Mayo in River Market
Saludos amigos. Cinco de Mayo is Thursday, May 5, and the River Market is celebrating with a pub crawl starting at 6 p.m. For $10 (purchased at any of the River Market venues) folks can gain admittance into any of the areas spots all night. Party highlights include Green Lemon (see “In the Clubs”) at Sticky Fingerz, popular cover band Third Degree at the Flying Saucer, dueling pianos at the dueling piano bars, Willie D’s and Ernie Biggs, and karaoke at the Underground Pub, with other live entertainment slated throughout the evening. Also planned is a bar relay race, dubbed the “Running of the Bars” by sponsor Red Bull, where bar employees and a guest race between the bars to collect trinkets from each, and someone will go home with a trophy, to be displayed at the winning venue throughout the year. Officials expect the race to begin between 8:30 and 9 p.m.
More Cinco de Mayo
Sunday will feature more celebration of Mexico’s most important holiday, which commemorates a 19th century battle victory against French troops, with a Cinco de Mayo Celebration at the River Market pavilion and amphitheater, sponsored by El Latino. The colorful party, celebrating the Hispanic/Latino culture and featuring Mexican music, dances, children’s activities and food and beverages, runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Last year’s festival drew more than 12,000 people. Group Placer, a popular dance group from Dallas, will be among the performers. Little Rock band Calibre Norteno is scheduled to play, and the folkloric dance troupe Reflejos de Mexico is also expected to perform.
El Latino has organized a job fair in conjunction with the celebration. Companies participating in the job fair are: Amerisuites, ASAP Employment Agency, Bank of America, Central Arkansas Transit, the Little Rock School District, The Peabody Group, L’Oreal, McDonald’s, North Point and Odom’s Tennessee Pride.
Admission is $3, with children under 12 admitted at no charge. Proceeds benefit LULAC District of Arkansas, which provides scholarships for Latino students. For more information, call 374-0853.
Go gardening
Gardens will be open throughout the area during Saturday’s Pulaski County Heritage Gardening Day, sponsored by the Pulaski County Master Gardeners. Speakers, educational tours and family activities will be found at four PCMG project locations in downtown Little Rock from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Department of Arkansas Heritage has designated May as Arkansas Heritage Month, with the theme this year of “Arkansas Gardens: The Roots of Our Heritage.” The Master Gardeners received a grant to help conduct Heritage Gardening Day, with the goal to introduce gardening enthusiasts, as well as the general public, to ideas relating to heritage plants.
Tom Dillard will speak at the Historic Arkansas Museum auditorium at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on “Beyond Corn and Cotton: Arkansas Landscape History as Seen Through Heirloom Plants.” Janet Carson addresses “Arkansas Heirloom and Native Plants” at noon at the HAM. Garden tours and special activities, including a performance starting at 11 a.m. by the Parkview Players, will be held at Curran Hall, 615 E. Capitol Ave.; and the HAM, the Old State House Museum and Mount Holly Cemetery will have displays and activities.
Two Central Arkansas Transit trolleys will shuttle people, making a loop to reach each garden site. People may board a trolley at any of the four locations and get off at any of the four sites. Master Gardener docents will be on each trolley to answer questions. The trolley service is free.
HAM’s fair
Along with the garden party, the Historic Arkansas Museum will be holding its family-friendly 32nd annual Territorial Fair Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. With the historic garden being the theme, living history characters talking about plant seeds and medicinal gardens, hands-on activities for children including sowing herbs to take home, a plant sale (the perfect Mother’s Day gift), 19th-century dancing and crafts demonstrations. The fair is free. Call 324-9304.
Wildwood gardens open
Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts will be a nice getaway to take mom (or mom-in-law) on Sunday for a stroll through its Wildflower Gardens. The gardens are open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and admission is free. Docents will be on hand to answer questions and point out the highlights of the season. Call 821-7275.
Zoo snooze
Families are welcome to camp out at the Little Rock Zoo on Friday, May 6, complete with camp fire and s’mores, live animal program, snacks and a kids’ storytime at Zoo Snooze, beginning at 5 p.m. You’ll wake up to a special morning program and continental breakfast. Cost is $25 per camper for members and $30 for nonmembers. Call 666-2406, extension 103.
Then, on Sunday, the Zoo will celebrate with a Mother’s Day Brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Civitan Pavilion. Tickets, available in advance at the Safari Trader Gift Shop or by calling 666-2406, ext. 122, are $15.95 for adult members and $6.95 for children and $18.95 for adult nonmembers and $9.95 for child nonmembers.
Grilling thrills
Wild Oats Natural Marketplace at 10700 Rodney Parham Road will serve up grilled meats and vegetables and picnic foods in a “Thrill of the Grill” benefit for Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, May 7, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $5 to the event. Sweet treats, summer salads and sides will also be on the menu, while guests can obtain recipes and grilling tips from Wild Oats’ grill master. Prizes, including a year’s worth of Coleman Natural Meats, will be given away, and Caribbean jazz will spice up the party. Call 221-2331 for more information.
Art in Hot Springs
The third annual Art in the Park juried show and sale of original artworks and crafts will be held Saturday and Sunday in Hollywood Park at 411 Hollywood Ave. in Hot Springs. Since on-site parking is limited, free shuttle service aboard city trolleys will be provided from the Transportation Depot and Plaza at 100 Broadway Terrace in downtown Hot Springs. Show admission will also be free and hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. There will be arts and crafts demonstrations with prizes to the top booths. Call 501-321-6871. Proceeds from the event will go to development of the Hot Springs Creek Greenway, on which Hollywood Park is located.