VOCALIST: Allison Stanford sings in Conway.

Monkeying around
Animal lovers of all ages will want to take in an unusual event at the Little Rock Zoo on Saturday, July 9, with “Breakfast With the Spider Monkeys.” Along with a keeper chat about the monkeys, a buffet breakfast will be offered. Members admission is $9 for adults and $6 for children; non-members admission is $12 for adults and $9 for children, and the event begins at 8 a.m. Call 666-2406, ext. 122.
More ‘Ragtime’
The sellout crowds of the past three weeks have led the Weekend Theater to extend its run of “Ragtime” for an additional weekend. Showtimes will be 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday (no 2:30 Sunday matinee this week). Tickets are $18 for adults and $14 for students and seniors age 65 and older.
Call 374-3761. The Weekend Theater is at Seventh and Chester streets across from Vino’s Brewpub in downtown Little Rock.
Homespun fun
The Plantation Agriculture Museum in Scott takes visitors back to the days of Arkansas’s pioneering roots during Homespun Day on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Artisans from the Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View will demonstrate pioneering skills, and craft demonstrations include spinning, weaving, broom making, corn shuck doll making, and paper folding. Meet real crafters and tradespersons as they demonstrate time-honored crafts that supported early Arkansas families, and make your own paper dolls, toys, or homemade butter at one of several interactive sites, or take part in traditional games. Dutch oven-style cobbler, topped with homemade ice cream, and hot buttered biscuits will be available, and Mountain View’s Pebble Creek will provide music entertainment. Outdoor demonstrations and activities are free; an admission of $3 for adults and $2 for children ages 6-12 will be charged for indoor exhibits and activities. The museum is 20 minutes from Little Rock on U.S. Highway 165 and state highway 161. Call 961-1409.
Top youth basketball Invades Little Rock
Seven sites throughout Little Rock will be used for the Amateur Athletic Union Division II 15-16 National Boys Basketball Championship beginning Saturday and running through July 16. NBA star Joe Johnson from Little Rock will be the featured speaker Saturday at the opening ceremonies and parade of teams, set for 6:30 p.m. at the Statehouse Convention Center. Play begins Sunday at Philander Smith College, Pulaski Academy, P.A.R.K., Arkansas Baptist College, Central Arkansas Christian Academy and Sherwood Community Center. The finals will take place at Pulaski Academy on Saturday, July 16, at 4 p.m.
The AAU event will feature boys teams in the age 15-and-under/ninth grade and 16-and-under/10th grade classifications, and up to 150 teams are expected to compete. Admission prices at the various sites are $10 for a daily pass and $35 for a weekly pass.
Africa in the Ozarks
Eureka Springs will the transformed Friday through Sunday, July 8-10, into a multicultural global village with Culture in Emotion: Africa in the Ozarks. Kauakou Yao, or Angelo, as he is known by area residents, is the director and choreographer of Afrique Aya Dance Co. and founder of the event. The program will include authentic tribal dance, classes, ethnic culinary delicacies and an open-air market.
The dance company will perform Saturday at City Auditorium beginning at 8 p.m. with “A Taste of Africa” preceding the event. Delicacies from Nigeria and the Ivory Coast will be served beginning at 7 p.m., and the cost is $5 per plate. The band Akwaaba will play for dancers in the 1905 Basin Park Hotel Ballroom starting at 9:15 p.m. The open-air African market will be situated next to the auditorium.
Individual events are $15 and a package for the weekend and all seven programs is $70. Call 888-855-7823. For more information, visit www.afriqueaya.org.
Conway concert
Vocalist Allison Stanford, a Conway High School graduate, will perform a concert Tuesday, July 12, at First Presbyterian Church in Conway. Joan Hanna, chairman of the Central Baptist College Department of Music, will accompany on the piano. Stanford will present the concert in preparation for the Juilliard-sponsored Daniel Ferro Vocal Program, to be held July 19-Aug. 10 in Greve, Chianti, Italy.
The concert of songs by Mozart, Strauss, Gershwin and more is free. First Presbyterian is at 2400 Prince St. Call 501-329-0517.