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    Brighter Side: Good news in Arkansas

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Too often we report the negative news, but great things are happening in your community each day.

    Here's a look at a few stories that are on The Brighter Side...

    Hot Springs is making steps to become a healthier city by becoming the first community in the country to offer city-wide support of the national Million Hearts initiative.

    The goal of the initiative is to prevent one-million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years.

    They're hosting a health fair to ensure people know their personal risk factors and to encourage the community to adopt heart-healthy behaviors.

    Make plans to attend on February 15th from noon to 5:30 at the Hot Springs YMCA.

    And if you're wanting to enjoy the music, costumes and beads of Marti Gras without making a trip to New Orleans, you're in luck.

    SoMa's annual Mardi Gras Parade is scheduled for Saturday starting at noon along 24th Street in Little Rock and ending on 12th Street.

    The fun doesn't end there though; immediately following the parade, The Root Café will have the Judging of their Beard Growing Contest in The Bernice Garden. Music at The Bernice Garden will feature Mark Currey and Nathaniel Greer. 

    Local business along S. Main will also be getting into the Mardi Gras Spirit:  The Community Bakery is selling King Cakes, PianoKraft is giving away balloons, Rosen Music is sponsoring the Kids with Kazoos in the parade, and The Green Corner Store & Soda Fountain will be offering a special Mardi Gras Sundae and a friend discount to anyone wearing beads!  The Food Truck and Southern Gourmasian will be located by The Bernice Garden. 

    Bring your friends and family, wear some beads and make plans to celebrate Mardi Gras SoMa Style!

    And speaking of Mardi Gras, some lucky Arkansas students are heading to the real thing in New Orleans this weekend.

    One-hundred and fourty band members at Rogers Heritage High School will take part in a five-hour, six-mile Mardi Gras parade. Band members don't seem to mind the length of the parade.

    After they perform, they'll have about three hours to eat and enjoy the Big Easy before the trip home.

    Twenty-two total bands from various high schools and colleges across the country have been invited to perform. 

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