Wednesday, Feb. 15

Robey to honor students

Jack Robey Junior High School, 4101 S. Olive St., will recognize the second nine weeks honor students in an assembly at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15

Beginning Wednesday, Feb. 15

Arts & Science Center board meetings

The 2017 meeting dates have been announced for the board of trustees at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St. All meetings begin at 4:30 p.m. Dates include: Feb. 15 full board, March 15 executive committee, April 19 full board, May 17 executive committee, June 21 full board, July 19 executive committee, Aug. 16 full board, Sept. 20 executive committee, Oct. 18 full board, Nov. 15 executive committee, and Dec. 13 full board. Details: 536-3375, or

Through Wednesday, Feb. 15

Youth Advisory Council Grant applications available

The Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation Youth Advisory Council will accept grant applications through Feb. 15 from area nonprofits. Any IRS 501 (c)3) public charity, public school, government agency or hospital in Pine Bluff and Jefferson County can apply for a YAC grant. The grants are available to support youth programs that focus on recreation, education, crime prevention or community service. Applications are available from any YAC member or at the Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation office at Suite 125 of the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave. Details: Lawrence Fikes, executive director, Pine Bluff community foundation, 870-850-7934.

Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 16-18

UAPB drama students to present ‘For Colored Girls’

The John McLinn Ross Players at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will present “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf.” The performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 16-18, in the J.M. Ross theatre of the Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts building. Admission is $5 for students with a valid ID and $7 for the general public. February 16 is also student night and UAPB students are admitted free with valid university ID. Details: Director Brandon Smith, or 870-575-8428.

Thursday, Feb. 16

PBHS Class of 1947 to meet

The Pine Bluff High School Class of 1947 will meet for lunch at noon Thursday, Feb. 16, at the red room of Harbor Oaks Restaurant at Regional Park. Other classes are invited to attend.

Rotary Club meets

The Rotary Club of West Pine Bluff meets at noon Thursdays at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Upcoming programs include: Feb. 16 – Robert Thompson to discuss Rotary Club strategic planning; Feb. 23 – Jody Doak, plant manager of Highland Pellets, to discuss how the plant makes wood pellets.

Pine Bluff woman vying for Miss HSU

A Pine Bluff woman is among eight students at Henderson State University at Arkadelphia who vie for the title of Miss HSU 2017. Cinnamon Maxwell is a sophomore social science education major from Pine Bluff. The pageant will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, in Arkansas Hall at HSU. The contest will feature swimsuit, evening gown, and talent competitions, and is a preliminary event for the Miss Arkansas Pageant. Admission is free and open to the public.

EOC board to meet

The board of directors of the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Economic Opportunities Commission will meet at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 16. The meeting will be held in the administration building at 817 S. Cherry St. and is open to the public.

Reading Council to present awards

Jefferson County Reading Council will present awards at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at Fiesta Mexicana restaurant. First United Methodist Church of Pine Bluff will receive the Literacy Award for an agency. The Community Literacy Leader Award will be presented to Alicia Baldwin for her volunteer work at Moody Elementary School at White Hall. All members and honorees are invited to attend. The council will provide drinks, chips, and salsa.

Neighborhood meetings set

The Westside Loop Neighborhood Watch Group will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday Feb. 16, at Coleman Intermediate School, 4600 W. 13th Ave.; Details: 534-4280. The Sheraton Park Neighborhood Watch Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at Grace Episcopal Church, 4101 S. Hazel St. Details: 535-0303 or Deborah Davis, coordinator of the Neighborhood Watch Program at the Pine Bluff Police Department, 870-730-2073.

Christian Women’s Connection plans luncheon

The Pine Bluff Christian Women’s Connection will hold its monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Pine Bluff Country Club. The speaker will be Carrie Griffin of Hot Springs, whose presentation will be entitled “It’s a Matter of Trust.” Contact Jennifer Keahey at 870-540-9302 for reservations or cancellations by noon Monday, Feb. 13.

Game and Fish sets Lake Chicot meeting

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Fisheries biologists will host a public input meeting regarding fisheries management on Lake Chicot.The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Lake Village Expo. Game and Fish officials are revising the Fishery Management Plan for Lake Chicot and seeks public input.A follow up meeting will be held Thursday, March 2, to present the completed management plan and seek final input.Details: Game and Fish Commission, Monticello Regional Office, 1-877-367-3559.

Center plans Canvas & Cork

The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas rescheduled the Canvas & Cork painting class for 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at the center, 701 S. Main St. Canvas & Cork allows adults to paint step-by-step under the instruction of Troy DeBill, to create a finished work of art. Complimentary wine or beer will be served. No experience is necessary. The cost of the event is $25 for center members and $35 for nonmembers. Advance registration is required and participants must be at least 21 years old to attend. All supplies are included. Details: or or 870-536-3375.

4-H Youth to visit state Capitol

More than 300 members of the Arkansas 4-H Youth Development program are expected visit Little Rock Thursday, Feb. 16, for 4-H Day at the Capitol. For details about the 4-H program in Arkansas, visit or contact a county extension office.

Friday through Monday, Feb. 17-20

Great Backyard Bird Count set

The 20th Great Backyard Bird Count is Friday through Monday, Feb. 17-20, according to a spokeswoman with the Three Rivers Audubon Society. Participants should count birds for 15 minutes on one or more of those days and then enter the sightings at or call Claire Holmes, 534-2083. Another way to participate in the bird count is to join the Audubon Society field trip Saturday, Feb. 18. Participants will meet at 8 a.m. in the commuter parking lot at Exit 34 off Interstate 530 and car pool or caravan to Two Rivers Park near the Arkansas River, north of Little Rock. Details: Delos McCauley 850-7861.

Saturday, Feb. 18

UAPB plans Chancellor’s Benefit for the Arts

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will host the Chancellor’s Benefit for the Arts Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Pine Bluff Country Club. The event will begin at 6 p.m. with a reception followed by a dinner and program at 7 p.m. The black-tie gala benefits visual and performing arts programs and the museums at UAPB. FOX16 News Anchor Donna Terrell will serve as the mistress of ceremonies. The program’s honorees are Chancellor Emeritus Carolyn F. Blakely, retired educator; Kevin Cole, artist and educator; Dr. Martha Flowers, family practitioner; Dr. Joe Hargrove, cardiologist; and Scott McGeorge, president and CEO of Pine Bluff Sand and Gravel. Tickets for the benefit are $125 each and may be purchased in the UAPB Development Office in Childress Hall or by calling 575-8701 or 575-8703.

Wheeler pantry opens

Wheeler Chapel Church, 3519 Wheeler Chapel Road, will open its food pantry from 7-8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18. Details: Wheeler Chapel, 550-0477.

Free business workshop set for Spanish-speaking people

A free workshop will be held for Spanish-speaking people who want to learn how to start a business in Arkansas. The event will be held from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Iglesia Christiana Church at Warren. The University of Arkansas at Monticello’s Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center will present the workshop. Details: Abbey Nowlen, 870-460-1266.

New store has grand opening

Dollar General has opened a new store at 2110 Ridgway Road in Pine Bluff. Dollar General will celebrate the store’s official grand opening at 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, with free prizes and special promotions, according to a news release.

Through Saturday, Feb. 18

Christian Debutantes set 10th annual cotillion

The Christian Debutante Promenade & Cotillion organizers are making plans for the 2017 cotillion. The program is open to all young ladies. Registration ends Saturday, Feb. 18. Under the direction of Leaundra M. Sanders, the Christian Debutantes’ program focuses on Christian education under the motto: “Cultivating Tomorrow’s Women … Today,” according to a news release. To register for the 2017 program or for details, call 870-872-2965 or visit the website at .

Monday, Feb. 20

House of Bread opens pantry

House of Bread Deliverance Church, 500 S. Main St., will open its food pantry Monday, Feb. 20, from 3-4:30 p.m. or until the 100 food boxes are gone. First time participants must be at least 18 years old and present a valid ID and utility bill. Previous clients must have a valid ID. Also during the event, the Remnant Ministry will give away clothes, according to a press release.

Neighborhood Watch meeting

The Mrs. Larry Ferrell Neighborhood Watch Group will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, at Mt. Nebo Baptist Church, 3201 W. Second Ave. Details: 534-3830 or Details: Deborah Davis, coordinator of the Neighborhood Watch Program at the Pine Bluff Police Department, 870-730-2073.

Tuesday, Feb. 21

Library board to meet

The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library Board is scheduled to meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, in the library board room at the civic center, 200 E. Eighth Ave.

Black History event set at L.L. Owen

L.L. Owen Elementary School, 3605 Oakwood Road, will present a Black History Month observance at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, and the community is invited to attend. Students will present “Commemorating Our Heritage,” according to a news release. Details Beatrice Bell, 879-3741.

UAPB alumni meeting set

The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff/AM&N Alumni Chapter will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the Alumni House, 27 Watson Blvd. The business agenda will include plans for the membership drive and the upcoming National Alumni Conference which will be held at Pine Bluff. Details: Chapter President Charles Wesson Sr., 870-766-4235.

Beginning Tuesday, Feb. 21

Lane closure set near Sanders Lock and Dam

One lane of U.S. 79/63 across Emmett Sanders Lock and Dam will close temporarily to conduct maintenance on the bridge. The closure will begin at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, through Friday, March 24, weather permitting, according to a press release from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Details: Army Corps of Engineers Pine Bluff Site Office, 534-0451.

Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 22-23

Farm sprayer clinics set

Experts with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture will conduct instructional clinics across Arkansas, intended to keep growers abreast of the latest technical and regulatory changes in spray application technology. Registration for each session begins at 8:30 a.m. Sessions begin at 9 a.m., and conclude with lunch. Upcoming area clinics include Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the Men’s Center at McGehee; and Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Rice Research Center at Stuttgart. Details: Jason Davis, or 501-749-2077.

Thursday, Feb. 23

The Mayor’s Unity Breakfast will be held at 7 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The event is a celebration of the diverse community and an opportunity to learn about getting involved with activities to build a better Pine Bluff, a spokeswoman said in a news release from Mayor Shirley Washington’s office. Tickets for the unity breakfast are $10 each. Along with the Faith Community Coalition, the breakfast proceeds will be used to support seven priority areas: the justice system, children and family services, health care and elder care, education reform, economic development, mental health and violence against women and girls. Tickets are available by calling the mayor’s office at 870-730-2000, ext.7.

Free fruit pruning workshop set

A fruit pruning demonstration will be presented at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at the 1890 Extension Complex Building at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. The workshop is free and open to the public. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Participants should bring pruning equipment and/or tools. The Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service, the UAPB Agricultural Department and the Master Gardeners of Jefferson County will host the program. Interested participants should call the county Extension office to pre-register. Details: 534-1033.

Relay For Life Chili Fundraiser set

Jefferson County Relay For Life, an American Cancer Society project, will host its chili fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23. The fundraiser will be held at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave. The meals cost $8 and include a bowl of chili with all the fixins’ and dessert. Meals can be eaten in or carried out. Deliveries can be made for orders of 10 or more. A drink is provided with dine in meals only. Details: Bettye Johnson, 870-814-4060.

Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 23-25

Prince Hall, Royal Grand sessions set

The Prince Hall Masonic Temple, 2906 E. Harding Ave., will host the 145th annual session of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge and the 132nd annual session of the Royal Grand Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, Arkansas Jurisdiction. Thursday, Feb. 23, a memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. and the program is open to the public. The speaker will be Sherman McKenzie of District 7 South. Friday, Feb. 24, the annual C.N. Toney Trustee Banquet will be held at 7 p.m. and it’s open to the public. Tickets are $30 per person. Saturday, Feb. 25, the annual gala affair, “A Night in Hollywood,” will be at 6:30 p.m. The colors are royal blue and silver the attire is semi-formal. Tickets are $15 per person and the event is open to the public.

Saturday, Feb. 25

Arts center announces new classes

The Arts & Science Center, 701 S. Main St., is offering new adult classes. The cost is $35 for non-members, $25 for members. Classes include: Saturday, Feb. 25, 1-4 p.m. Upholstery 2; Saturday, March 25, 1-4 p.m. Woodworking 1; Saturday, April 29, 1-4 p.m. Woodworking 2; 4th Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. Functional art. Details: Arts & Science Center, or or 536-3375.

Deltas set Distinguished Gentlemen Banquet

The Pine Bluff Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. will present the 30th annual Distinguished Gentlemen Banquet. The event will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The keynote speaker will be the Rev. Arnold E. Robertson Jr. Twenty one young men will be presented to the community. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased through Feb. 13. Details: Stacy Howard, Distinguished Gentlemen chairwoman, 870-489-1063.

Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 25-26

Shrine Circus appears at Pine Bluff

The Sahara Shrine Circus, called the family event of the year, will appear at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The show be held at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, and 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26. Admission is $15 for adults and free for children 12 and younger. Tickets may be purchased at the door or at the Sahara Shrine at 820 S. Main St. at Pine Bluff. Details: Sahara Shrine, 534-3392 or visit their Facebook page.

Tuesday, Feb. 28

CNN analyst Sellers to speak at UAPB

Bakari Sellers, a CNN political analyst, lawyer and activist, will be the guest speaker for the annual Youth Motivation Task Force assembly at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. The free, public event will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, in the J.M. Ross auditorium of the Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts building. Sellers practices law with the Strom Law Firm LLC in Columbia, S.C.

Business center slates 2 UAM workshops

The University of Arkansas at Monticello’s Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center will host two workshops at UAM’s John F. Gibson University Center, Tuesday, Feb. 28. QuickBooks Common Workflows will be held from 10 a.m. to noon and QuickBooks Beyond Basics is set for noon to 2 p.m. The cost of the QuickBooks workshops is $45 for each session. Details: Abbey Nowlen, 870-460-1266.

3 from SEA among Food Hall of Fame finalists

Three Southeast Arkansas entities are among finalists for the 2017 class of the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame, according to a press release from the Department of Arkansas Heritage. Finalists for the Food Hall of Fame category include Rhoda’s Famous Hot Tamales of Lake Village. Finalists for the Food-Themed Events include Gillett Coon Supper at Gillett and the World Championship Duck Gumbo Cook-Off at Stuttgart. For the complete list of finalists and details visit . Winners will be announced Tuesday, Feb. 28, at Ron Robinson Theater at Little Rock. The business-casual reception will start at 5:30 p.m., followed by the induction ceremony at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be reserved by emailing Shelby Brewer at or calling 501-324-9349. Tickets must be reserved by Feb. 17.

NAP sign up deadline Feb. 28 for vegetable growers

The deadline for vegetable growers to sign up for the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) is Feb. 28. The program provides financial assistance to producers of noninsurable crops when low yields/grazing loss, loss of inventory or prevented planting occur because of natural disasters. For more information on sales closing dates, NAP and help in signing up, farmers can contact their local Farm Service Agency office or Extension program associate. Details: Multi-County Agent Stephan Walker 870-575-7237 or – Jefferson, Desha, Lincoln and Pulaski counties.

Girl Scout Cookie deliveries begin

Traditional and online cookie sales for troops in the Girl Scouts – Diamonds Council began Jan. 21. Cookie deliveries will begin at the end of February and booth sales will be held in March. Customers may use the Cookie Locator app for iPhones and Androids to find a nearby booth sale. Girl Scout cookies may be ordered three ways: From a Girl Scout; have a Girl Scout send her Digital Cookie link to the customer (the buyer can order online and have the cookies shipped to them); or email and the Girl Scouts – Diamonds cookie professionals will connect the customer with a girl in the local area. Details:

Through Tuesday, Feb. 28

Guachoya exhibit features McGehee artist

Guachoya Cultural Art Center at Lake Village will showcase the artwork of Larry Winston of McGehee in February. The exhibit will open with a reception to meet the artist from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9. The public is invited to attend this free event. Winston’s exhibit will be open until Feb. 28 at Guachoya Cultural Art Center. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Friday.

Beginning Wednesday, March 1

Shepherd’s Center classes begin March 1

The Shepherd’s Center of Pine Bluff will sponsor its spring 2017 classes from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, March 1 through April 19, at Lakeside United Methodist Church, 1500 S. Olive St. Registration is a one-time fee of $10. The program offers a variety of classes and an opportunity for people to meet others, according to a spokeswoman. The guest speaker March 1 is Nancy McNew, director of the Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce. Classes include arts and crafts, bird watching, cooking, dancing, computers, etc. Details: Bettye Johnson, or 535-8037.

Through Wednesday, March 1

UAM accepting Wallace scholarship applications

The University of Arkansas at Monticello announces that March 1 is the deadline for students to apply for the Joseph F. Wallace Trust Foundation Scholarship. Graduates of McGehee High School and people living in a 15-mile radius of McGehee may apply for the Wallace scholarship to attend any of the three UAM campuses.Applications are available in the Office of Admissions on the first floor of Harris Hall on the Monticello campus, in the Office of Student Services at the UAM College of Technology-McGehee, and in the counselor’s office at McGehee High School.Details: UAM Office of Admissions, 800-844-1826 or 870-460-1026.

AgDiscovery application deadline

Applications are being accepted for AgDiscovery, a residential career and science exploration program for teens. March 1 is the application deadline, said Willie Columbus, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff AgDiscovery program coordinator. Students must submit an application packet postmarked by March 1 to USDA-APHIS AgDiscovery Program, ATTN: Tammy Lowry, Office of Civil Rights, Diversity, and Inclusion, 4700 River Road, Unit 92, Suite 6C-04, Riverdale, MD 20737-1234. For a list of host universities, brochures, information and application forms visit or contact Willie Columbus at UAPB, or 575-7252.

Thursday, March 2

Hospice Angels announce chili fundraiser

Hospice Angels, a non-profit organization, will sponsor a chili fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 2, at the Great Hall of First United Methodist Church, 200 W. Sixth Ave. The chili meals can be eaten at the hall or carried out. Orders of 10 or more can be delivered. Tickets are $10 each and the money is tax-deductible, according to a press release. The fundraiser will benefit indigent patients. Details: 534-4847.

Friday, March 3

UAPB slates Rural Life Conference

The 61st annual University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Rural Life Conference is scheduled for Friday, March 3, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The event is sponsored by the UAPB School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with the opening session at 8:45 a.m. Workshops begin at 10:15 a.m. Preregistration is requested of everyone even though the conference is free to farmers, the general public and retirees. The cost to professionals and agency personnel is $50 for those registered before Feb. 20. After that date and on-site, registration is $75. To preregister, contact Tamara Ford, or 870-575-8806.

UAM choir, Arkansas Symphony set concert

The Chamber Choir of the University of Arkansas at Monticello will present a concert of Baroque music at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 3, at Calvary Baptist Church at Little Rock. Joining the choir will be soloists Mary Sandell, soprano, Diana Salesky, alto, David Schnell, tenor, and Paul Murray, bass, along with members of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Kent Skinner, UAM’s director of choral activities, will conduct the concert, which is free and open to the public. Details: 870-460-1060.

Agriculture Hall of Fame to induct honorees

The late Bobby R. Wells, a world-renowned rice expert and University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture researcher, will be among five individuals inducted into the Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame. Members will be honored at the 29th annual induction luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 3, at the Embassy Suites Hotel at Little Rock. The new Hall of Fame class also includes forester Allen Bedell of Hot Springs, former state senator Neely Cassady of Nashville, rice farmer Gary Sebree of Stuttgart and poultry company executive Mark Simmons of Siloam Springs.

Thursday, March 9

AARP Smart Driver Safety Course set

The AARP Smart Driver Safety Course will be taught from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 9, in the Henslee Conference Center at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. The course will be taught by Jim Bacon, a certified instructor. The course is for people 50 and older and covers the normal changes that occur with aging, such as vision, hearing and reaction time. Arkansas state law enables drivers to receive a discount on their automobile insurance for three years after completing the course. The cost of the course is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-AARP members. Fees are payable to AARP at the time of the class. Participants should bring a valid driver’s license. To pre-register for the class or for details, call Jim Bacon at 870-879-3306.

Through Sunday, March 12

SEARK displays Negro League Baseball Exhibit

Southeast Arkansas College opened the Yesterday’s Negro League Baseball traveling exhibit Jan. 31. The display will be on open to the public through March 12. The exhibit will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday in the SEARK Technology Center.

Tuesday, March 14

Henry Award finalists at Pine Bluff

The Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism has named Henry Award finalists. Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas is among finalists for the Arkansas Heritage Award. Elizabeth Gaines of the Cotton Belt Historical Society and the Arkansas Railroad Museum is a finalist for the Outstanding Volunteer Service Award. Winners will be revealed at at noon Tuesday, March 14, during the governor’s banquet, part of the 43rd annual Arkansas Governor’s Conference on Tourism at the Statehouse Convention Center at Little Rock.

Through Wednesday, March 15

PB community foundation offers scholarships

The Pine Bluff Community Foundation Scholarship applications will be accepted Feb. 1 through March 15. Scholarships are managed by the Arkansas Community Foundation. Students in Pine Bluff and Jefferson County may go to and apply. On the website, Pine Bluff Area Scholarships are listed in the Southeast area. The deadline to apply is March 15. More information is available online at Details: Lawrence Fikes, executive director, Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation, 870-850-7934.

Friday, March 17

Watkin Chapel hosts free health fair

The public is invited to a free community health fair at Watkin Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 800 S. Juniper St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, March 17. Health fair chairman James Mazique, a registered nurse at Jefferson Regional Medical Center, along with other health care professionals will conduct the annual project. The health fair will include a free electrocardiogram (EKG), sign up for mammograms, Heart Attack Risk Assessment, HIV testing, a blood draw for prostate screening, oral care, weight balance test, blood type test, sexually transmitted disease (STD) prevention and detection. Confidential charts will be provided for community members who attend. These will show parameters for the measurement for each test. The health care professional will also provide exit counseling to the participant.

Chamber awards deadline set

Members of the Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce may nominate a Business Person of the Year and Non-Profit Business of the Year. Winners will be honored during the 2017 Business Expo Breakfast, 7:30-9 a.m. Thursday, May 4, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center Banquet Hall. Tickets are $15 each. Nomination forms must be returned to The Chamber by fax, email or mail by Thursday, March 23. Details: Mandy Owens, 870-535-0110 or

Friday, March 31

UAM Weevil Day set

High school students and their parents will have a chance to visit the University of Arkansas at Monticello during Weevil Welcome Days. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 31. The event is sponsored by the Office of Admissions and will be held in the fine arts center. Anyone interested in attending should register by Friday, March 17, for the March event. Registration is available at, clicking admissions and selecting the Weevil Welcome graphic.

Through Friday, March 31

Upward Bound application deadline

The Upward Bound Program at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is accepting applications for the 2016-2017 year. Several slots are available for eligible students in the ninth and 10th grades at Dollarway, Pine Bluff and Watson Chapel school districts. Under the current program guidelines, the mission is to serve low income and/or first generation potential college going students, a spokesman said in a news release. The deadline to apply is March 31. Applications are available from the high school counselor’s office or the Upward Bound office in Corbin Hall Room 223 at UAPB. Details:Office of Upward Bound, 870-575-8517.

Pine Bluff Art league exhibits black and white works

A new show of black and white paintings by the Pine Bluff Art League artists is now in the atrium of the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave. The exhibit will be on display through March. The public is encouraged to visit the gallery from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Details: Vickie Coleman, league president, at 879-3225 or 540-9925.

Arsenal conducts controlled burns

Pine Bluff Arsenal’s Fire and Emergency Services and the Arkansas Forestry Commission will conduct environmental and controlled burns at the Arsenal now through March 31. Residents shouldn’t be alarmed if they see large plumes of smoke coming from the Arsenal during this time, a spokesman said.

Historic film contest opens to students

The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program is accepting student entries for the 2017 Arkansas Historic Film Prize. The deadline for submissions is March 31. The contest is for Arkansas high school students producing short films about historic properties in the state. instructions for entering the competition can be found at

Saturday, April 1

Area Agency plans 20th Benefit Bass Tournament

Area Agency on Aging of Southeast Arkansas invites fishermen to the 20th annual Bill Sanders - Bo Piper Memorial Benefit Bass Tournament at 6 a.m. Saturday, April 1. The tournament will be held at at the Regional Park access of the Arkansas River. All proceeds go to help Area Agency provide services to the elderly. Boats will launch according to their paid registration numbers. The early entry fee is $110 per 2-person team, including the $500 Big Bass Pot, and two tickets to the King Kat Fish Fry following the weigh-in. Winners of the tournament will receive $2,500. The top 10 places are guaranteed cash and/or prizes, the spokesman said. Details: Area Agency on Aging of Southeast Arkansas, or, 870-543-6300 or toll free 800-264-3260.

Preserve Our Past art, essay contest deadline

Arkansas students in fifth through eighth-grade are invited to participate in the 26th annual “Preserve Our Past” art and essay invitational. The contest is sponsored by the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. All entries must be postmarked by April 1. The event has two categories, one for fifth- and sixth-grade students and one for seventh- and eighth-grade students. Participants can enter an artwork or essay based on a historic Arkansas property that is at least 50 years old, focusing on how those properties reflect Arkansas history or why it is important to preserve the state’s historic places, a spokesman said. Details: AHPP Art and Essay Invitational, AHPP, 1100 North Street, Little Rock, AR 72201, call (501)324-9786, send an e-mail inquiry to, or download the form at

Saturday, April 15

Grammy winner Le’Andria Johnson coming to PB

Tickets are on sale now for Grammy and Stellar award winner Le’Andria Johnson and Stellar Award winner Tim Rogers and the Fellas, who will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. VIP tickets are $30; advance general admission tickets are $20; and tickets will be $25 at the door. Tickets are available at Record Rack at Jefferson Square in Pine Bluff and at Ugly Mike’s at Little Rock. Details: 870-209-8142.

Through Tuesday, April 18

Institute offers free tax preparing at SEARK

Arkansas Community Institute is offering free tax preparation at the Southeast Arkansas College Technology Center. People who make less than $54,000 may have their taxes prepared free. ACI is also providing credit and home buying counseling. The service, which is available to the public until April 18, will be held Monday through Thursday, 5-9 p.m., and on Friday from 5-8 p.m. To make an appointment or for details, call 870-536-6300.

Thursday, May 4

Chamber slates Business Expo

The Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce will host the 2017 annual Business Expo at the Pine Bluff Convention Center Thursday, May 4. The event begins with the Business Expo Breakfast from 7:30-9 a.m. at the convention center banquet hall. Sidney Moncrief will be the keynote speaker for the breakfast Thursday, May 4. Moncrief is a five-time NBA All-Star, five-time member of the NBA All-Defensive team, a two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, a NBA All-Pro and currently, Moncrief is managing partner at Moncrief One Team, a people development company. Tickets are $15 each and a table of 8 is $200. Business Expo exhibits will be open at the convention center arena from 9-10 a.m. for VIP (exhibitors and invited guests) and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the general public. Admission is $5. For exhibitors, the member rate booths are $250 and non-member rate booths are $360. Details: or Mandy Owens, 535-0110.

Ongoing events:

LIHEAP crisis assistance underway

The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Economic Opportunities Commission is accepting applications for the crisis portion of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) program which began Feb. 13. The crisis program assists households with disconnect notices on energy and heating bills. Regular LIHEAP assistance will continue until funds are depleted. Applications will be taken at EOC, 1201 W. Pullen St., Monday through Wednesday, from 8 to 11:30 a.m. or until the office reaches full capacity. Applications will be accepted on a first come, first served walk-in basis. Details: 870-536-0046.

Star Steppers plan square dance lessons

Star Steppers Square Dance Club of Pine Bluff is offering three free square dance lessons. After completing the free lessons, the cost is $3 per week per person. The club meets every Monday from 7-9 p.m. at Central Presbyterian Church, 6300 Trinity Drive. Men, women, teens, singles and couples are invited and participants don’t need special clothing or shoes. Details: 540-6773.

Trinity Village seeks music volunteers

The Trinity Village Retirement Community is looking for local gospel artists to volunteer their efforts with the residents, according to a news release. Interested people should call Dyanne Smallwood at 879-8226 or Ella Dorn at 870-727-9310.

Arsenal destroying munitions

For the next few months, the Pine Bluff Arsenal will conduct detonations of recovered munitions. The munitions were discovered during the final phase of a study that has been ongoing at the Arsenal since 2012. Residents living close to the Arsenal shouldn’t be alarmed if they hear small explosions coming from the installation for several months.

Voices for Children seeks volunteers

Voices for Children, advocates for abused or neglected children, is seeking volunteers to assist foster children in Jefferson and Lincoln counties. Details: Voices for Children, 536-5922, or

Helping Our Future Kids announces food program

Helping Our Future Kids is participating in the After-school At Risk Program. Meals will be provided free to children up to 18 years old without discrimination. Meals will be served from 4-6 p.m. Monday through Friday at 305 Mississippi St. at Gould. Details: 870-374-0125.

Heritage Detectives exhibit open in 4 cities

Pine Bluff, Dumas, McGehee and Lake Village are partners on Heritage Detectives: Discovering Southeast Arkansas’ Hidden Heritage. The exhibition of original watercolors by area middle school students tells the cultural history of each town, according to a press release from the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas. Heritage Detectives is an interdisciplinary project funded by a grant from the Arkansas Arts Council, part of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. Details: Arts & Science Center at Pine Bluff, 536-3375, or

TOPPS offers fall programs

TOPPS Inc., a non-profit organization at 1000 Townsend Drive, is taking application for its fall programs. After school tutoring is offered from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday for 5-12th graders. TOPPS also offers volunteer projects for students who need volunteer hours. For details or a calendar of events, call the TOPPS office at 870-850-6011, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Annette Dove is the executive director.

TOPPS offers meals in at-risk program

TOPPS (Targeting Our People’s Priorities with Service) Inc. is participating in the Arkansas Special Nutrition At-Risk Program. Meals will be provided free to children ages 18 and under and are the same for all children without discrimination. According to a spokeswoman, meals will be provided from now until May at these sites and times Monday through Thursday: TOPPS Teen Center, 1000 Townsend Drive, 3:30-4:45 p.m.; and 4:45-5:15 p.m.; TOPPS #1, 3512 W. Second Ave., 3:30-4:45 p.m.; and 4:45-5:15 p.m.; Merrill Center, 1000 Ash St., 4 p.m.; and Pine Bluff Housing Authority: Hallmark, 2214 Belair Drive, 3:15-4:45 p.m. and 4:45-5 p.m.; and Cottonwood, 25 Cottonwood Drive, 3:30–4:45 p.m. and 4:45-5 p.m.

Highway work underway in Desha County

Construction on state Highway 4 between McGehee and Arkansas City requires alternating lane closures through the project completion, which is expected to be early 2017, weather permitting, according to the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. A temporary traffic signal will be used and this will result in extended periods of one-way traffic. Resurfacing existing bridges and other sections of pavement will also cause intermittent one-way traffic on Highway 4.

Full Circle slates after-school event

Full Circle, a non-profit organiztaion, will host an after-school pilot program for 12-17 year-olds from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Thirty spaces are available. Details: Full Circle, 1415 S. Main St., or call 870-209-2644 or 501-554-2809.

Parent center opens computer lab

The Pine Bluff School District’s Title I Parent & Family Resource Center’s community computer lab is open at the Jordan-Chanay Administrative Center, 1215 W. Pullen St., from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 9 a.m. to noon the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month. The lab has 30 computers for use by parents, teachers, students and the community. Details: 850-2008 or 850-2009.

FB Scholars food program

FB Scholars Child and Adult food program at Pine Bluff is participating in the Arkansas Special Food and Nutrition At Risk Program. FB Scholars began serving dinner and snacks Aug. 22, 2016, and will continue through June 1, 2017, for children between the ages of 3-18 years of age, without discrimination. Meals will be served from 3:20-5:20 p.m. Monday through Friday at the following sites: Battle Chapel Baptist Church, 1076 Battle Chapel Loop, Altheimer; FB Scholars, 119 W. Second Ave., Pine Bluff; Oak Grove Baptist Church, 5812 McGaughy Road, Pine Bluff; Old St. James Baptist Church, 1307 W. 16th Ave., Pine Bluff; and St. Mark United Methodist Church, 4229 W. Sixth Ave., Pine Bluff. To file a complaint of discrimination, write the USDA Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C., 20250-9410, or call 800-795-3272 or 202-720-6382 (TTY).

Monday night line dance class

The Monday night line dance class will be held from 6-8 p.m. every Monday at First United Methodist Church, 200 W. Sixth Ave. Interested participants are urged to come out and have fun, spokeswoman Juanita Tompkins said.

Pen or Pencil seeks mentors

Interested Citizens for Voter Registration’s Pen or Pencil Program and Pine Bluff Cares are recruiting mentors for the upcoming school year. Mentors will be trained on using the Pen or Pencil Initiative in the Pine Bluff public schools. The aim is to reduce the number of youth who fail in school and who are at-risk of entering the juvenile justice system. Details: 870-413-6345, or -

Signature Arkansas Food Dish contest

Author Jason Irby, a Wabbaseka native, recently pledged the first $500 to establish a contest to create the Signature Arkansas Food Dish. Irby is the founding chairman of Jason Irby Innovation Foundation. Tiffaney Lewis, the secretary/treasurer of the foundation, also pledged a matching $500 in prize money. The grand finale and judging will be held at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds during the 2016 Arkansas State Fair. Details: or

FSA targets underserved people

The Jefferson County Farm Service Agency Ag-Credit has announced the availability of loan funding for underserved people who want to purchase or operate a family-size farm. This financing is for people who have been subjected to racial, ethnic, or gender inequality. Underserved members include women, African Americans, American Indians, Hispanics, Asians, Pacific Islanders and Alaskan Natives. The Jefferson County FSA Ag-Credit office is located at room 2603 of the federal building, 100 E. Eighth Ave. at Pine Bluff. Details: 534-3200, Ext. 2.

Civic center

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, travelers are urged to visit Arkansas properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places — including the Pine Bluff Civic Center. The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, is sponsoring a passport program to encourage people to visit historic places. Details:

UAPB online healthcare program

The Division of Continuing Education and Graduate Studies at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is offering e-learning healthcare courses online. The program is offered as the result of a partnership with Condensed Curriculum International. Students will have access to 24/7 instructor support and course mentors, labs, student exercises and course videos, textbooks, workbooks and student materials, a new secure student website including career resources and other training, and clinical hours. Details: Bonita Corbin, 575-8315, or


GriefShare seminar, support group

The GriefShare grief recovery seminar and support group meets at Forrest Park Baptist Church, 3706 S. Cherry St. at 6 p.m. Thursdays. GriefShare features national experts on grief recovery topics. Details: Lynn King, 534-8430 or

Tuesdays and Thursdays

Port City S-P-E-E-D

The Port City S-P-E-E-D Track Club is conducting training sessions for boys and girls ages 5-18 for National AAU Summer Track Competition. Sessions are being held each Tuesday and Thursday from 6-7 p.m. at the gymnasium of Bethany Chapel Baptist Church, 1923 S. Olive St. For membership application or information, call Martin Richards, 870-329-8478 or come by the gymnasium.


Free financial seminars

Free small business financial planning and management classes are held at 7 p.m. every Tuesday at Unity Christian Fellowship Church, 2712 S. Bay St., at Pine Bluff. Anthony Armstrong, the pastor and regular instructor of the class, is a business analyst for the Arkansas Economic Development Commission’s Small and Minority Business Division. Details:

Toastmaster Club

Simmons First Pine Bluff Toastmaster Club meets at 12:15 p.m. each Tuesday on the ground floor of the city hall next to the chambers. All those who are interested in better communication and leadership skills are invited. Details: Barbara Rhinehart, 534-3625.

Tuesday through Thursday

Library events

The Pine Bluff-Jefferson County Library System will host Storytime at the Children’s Library (located at the main library at the Pine Bluff Civic Center), every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. and at Watson Chapel Library, every Thursday at 10 a.m. White Hall Library plans Toddler Time every Thursday at 10 a.m. and Baby Lapsit every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Crafternoon is held at the Children’s library (at the main library) every Wednesday at 4:15 p.m. White Hall Library has Arts & Crafts every Tuesday at 4 p.m. Details: 534-4802, Facebook and Twitter @PBJCLS.

Begins Wednesday, Feb. 1

Jazz in the Classroom

Jazz in the Classroom will be presented to high school students in Dermott, Dumas, Lake Village and McGehee between Feb. 1 and March 31, 2017. The Arkansas Humanities Council recently awarded a $1,500 grant to the Alex Foundation to host the program. The foundation is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization which encourages students to pursue careers and entrepreneurial opportunities in architecture and design, according to a news release.

Through March 1, 2017

Well registration underway

Jefferson County farmers and landowners are urged to register their wells and re-lifts. All water users are required by law to register each year, according to the Jefferson County Conservation District. Registration for wells and re-lifts used in 2016 to divert water began Oct. 1, 2016, and will continue through March 1, 2017, according to the conservation district. A fee of $10 per well or re-lift will be collected at the time of registration. The Jefferson County Conservation District is located in room 2114 in the federal building, 100 E. Eighth Ave. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Also, the conservation district is conducting well registration through emails. Details: or call 870- 534-3200, ext.101.

Through April 22, 2017

Dinosaurs: Fossils Exposed on exhibit at ASC

The “Dinosaurs: Fossils Exposed” exhibit is open at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St., through April 22, 2017. Participants can explore the bones and fossils belonging to the giant creatures that once roamed the Earth. The Arts & Science Center is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 1-4 p.m. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Gallery admission is free. Details: 536-3375, or