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Friday, March 24

Bayou Bartholomew Canoe Trip set

The Bayou Bartholomew Canoe Trip will be held Friday, March 24. Trips will take place from 10-11:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m. Interested participants are asked to meet organizers at the Curtis Merrell Bayou Bartholomew Access next to Walmart Supercenter at Pine Bluff. No canoeing experience is required. A canoe will be supplied or participants may bring their own canoe, kayak or paddle board for this adventure. Space is limited and participants must register to attend. Details: 534-0011.

Sulphur Springs plans senior day

Sulphur Springs United Methodist Church, 9238 Sulphur Springs Road, will host its senior adult day at 10 a.m. Friday, March 24, at the church’s fellowship center. There will be a potluck luncheon, games and prizes. Participants may bring their favorite dish. Music will be by Jerry Cox and friends. Admission is free and all ages are invited.

Gould officials plan special meeting

The city of Gould will hold a special called meeting at 6 p.m. Friday, March 24, at city hall. According to a press release from Gould Mayor Essie Dale-Cableton, the purpose of the meeting is to accept the recorder/treasurer’s resignation. Officials will also appoint a temporary replacement for the recorder/treasurer to conduct the daily operations of the city until someone is selected to serve the unexpired term.

Through Friday, March 24

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 be held 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.

Beginning Saturday, March 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, 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 http://www.ArtsScienceCenter.org or 536-3375.

Saturday, March 25

Pet adoptions set at Tractor Supply

The Tractor Supply Co., 6903 Sheridan Road, will host a pet adoption event starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 25.Residents are encouraged to visit the store and interact with the dogs and cats that are available for adoption. Participating adoption groups include Pine Bluff Animal Care, which will be on site from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Motorcyclists to host Special Olympics benefit

The Fire and Iron Motorcycle Club and White Hall Motorsports are joining forces to sponsor a second annual motorcycle show on Saturday, March 25, to benefit Special Olympics Arkansas Area Nine. The free show is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. and end at 2 p.m. at White Hall Motorsports, 7003 Dollarway Road. They are charging vendors $20 to exhibit at the show, and each motorcyclist will pay $10 to have his or her bike judged in the show. They will be selling door prize tickets and 50/50 raffle tickets, with the winner receiving a ground hunting blind. There will also be a silent auction.

Pilgrim church opens pantry

Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, 2507 Hill St., will open its Raven’s Nest Food Pantry Saturday, March 25, from 8-9:30 a.m. or until all the food is distributed. Food will be given away on a first come, first-served basis. Participants must bring a picture identification.

Letter “A” Club meeting set

The AM&N/University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Letter “A” Club will meet at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 25. The first meeting for 2017 will be held in the fellowship hall at Kings Highway Baptist Church, at 2312 Fluker St. in Pine Bluff. Conference calls will also be available. Details: 918-521-3291 or 870-718-8756.

Remnant Ministry slates fun day

The Remnant Ministry and Susan Gray, an apostle, will present a fun day from 1-3 p.m. at House of Bread Deliverance, 500 S. Main St. The outside event will include food, games, music and door prizes.

Nature center features animal feedings

The Delta Rivers Nature Center at Regional Park features snake and alligator feedings – March 25. Learn about the venomous and non-venomous snakes of Arkansas and observe the differences in how they eat their live prey. Snake and alligator feedings will begin at 3:15 p.m. (after the 3 p.m. eagle feedings.)

Wabbaseka church distributes bread

The First Street Church of Christ at Wabbaseka will give away fresh bread starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 25. The bread will be issued on the fourth Saturday of every month. Details: Jeff and Felicia Miller, pastor and wife of the church, at 870-413-0696 or 870-267-3476.

Through Saturday, March 25

Nature center plans spring break activities

The Delta Rivers Nature Center at Regional Park presents events for spring break. Archery – March 24 from 10-11:30 a.m. BB Gun Basics – from 1-3 p.m. March 24. Nature Crafts: Ornate Box Turtle Craft – from 11 a.m. to noon March 25. Turtle Hurdles Program – from 1-2 p.m. March 25.

Sunday, March 26

Genealogical Society hosts event

The Jefferson County Genealogical Society will meet at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 26, at the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Historical Museum, Fourth Avenue and State Street. The program will be an online seminar with Cyndi Ingle, owner and creator of Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites. The public is invited to attend. Details: John Mitchell, 870-541-5402.

Through Monday, March 27

‘Propping up Landscapes’ on display at UAM

“Propping up Landscapes,” an exhibition of works on paper and canvas by Clifford Tresner, will be on display through Monday, March 27, at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Free and open to the public, the exhibition is open in the Glassblock Gallery of the Taylor Library and Technology Center at UAM. Gallery hours are Monday from noon to 4 p.m., Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday from noon to 2 p.m., Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Beginning Monday, March 27

Pine Bluff Community Forums

Community forums will be held to gather additional comments, observations and concerns from each city ward. Forums will begin at 6 p.m. Monday, March 27 (Ward 1) – Mt. Harmony Baptist Church, 812 E. Harding Ave.; and Thursday, March 30 (Ward 2) – Immanuel Baptist Church, 1801W. 17th Ave.

Neighborhood groups to hear about Go Forward Pine Bluff

Several Pine Bluff Neighborhood Watch Groups will meet and the guest speakers will be representatives from Go Forward Pine Bluff. The East Harding Neighborhood Watch Group will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, March 27, at Mt. Harmony Baptist Church, 812 E. Harding Ave. Details: 534-4795. The Central Park Neighborhood Watch Group will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 30, at Immanuel Baptist Church, 1801 W. 17th Ave. Details: 536-1923. Details: Deborah Davis, the Neighborhood Watch coordinator, at the Pine Bluff Police Department, 870-730-2073.

Tuesday, March 28

Webb to speak at Rotary Industry Appreciation Day

Dee E. Webb of Conway, former regional customer manager for Entergy Arkansas at Pine Bluff, will be the speaker when the Rotary Club of Pine Bluff and Rotary Club of West Pine Bluff jointly celebrate the 35th annual Industry Appreciation Day. The event will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 28, at Pine Bluff County Club. The cost for lunch at the March 28 meeting is $12 for non-members. Anyone interested in attending may make a reservation by calling 870-535-0110 by Friday, March 24.

Jenkins board plans meeting

Jenkins Center & Industries Board of Directors will meet at noon Tuesday, March 28, at the therapy building training room at Jenkins Memorial Center, 2410 Rike Drive. Details: 534-2035.

Through Tuesday, March 28

Zeta Phi Beta offering scholarships

The Epsilon Zeta Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. is accepting applications for two scholarships. Applications, along with official transcripts, must be returned by Tuesday, March 28, to the address on the application. The sorority will provide a $1,000 scholarship to a young woman enrolled at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and a $500 scholarship to a young woman enrolled at Southeast Arkansas College. Applicants must have a 3.0 grade point average. For more information or for an application, email bobbie_bridges@hotmail.com.

Guachoya hosts Clark exhibit

Guachoya Cultural Art Center at Lake Village will host an exhibit by Cherie Clark and the Guachoya Paint Ladies Class. The exhibit will be open until Tuesday, March 28. Guachoya is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. Details: 870-265-6077.

Wednesday, March 29

City committee meeting set

The Pine Bluff City Council’s Administration Committee will meet at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 29. Details: 870-730-2000.

Housing Authority board meets

The Pine Bluff Housing Authority Board of Directors will meet at noon Wednesday, March 29, at the authority office, 2503 Belle Meade Drive. Details: 536-2074.

Thursday, March 30

JRMC board to honor CEO at reception

The Jefferson Regional Medical Center Board of Directors will host a reception in honor of Brian Thomas, the newly named president and chief executive officer of JRMC. The reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 30, at Pine Bluff Country Club, according to the Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce.

UAM McGehee sets hiring fair

A free hiring fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 30, at the University of Arkansas at Monticello College of Technology-McGehee.Open to all job seekers, the hiring fair will be presented by the Career Pathways Initiative Program at the UAM’s McGehee site. Details: Cortez Smith, 870-460-2102, or Justin Carbage, career advisor, 870-460-2129.

JRMC slates free healthy eating eating

Jefferson Regional Medical Center is hosting a free Lunch & Learn event to help residents make healthier food choices. “Eating Healthy on a Budget” will take place at noon Thursday, March 30, in JRMC’s South Classrooms 2 and 3, on the first floor of the hospital. The event is free, however, registration is required. Call 870-541-7794 by Friday, March 24, to reserve a space.

West Pine Bluff Rotary Club sets programs

West Pine Bluff Rotary Club meets at noon Thursdays at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Programs include: March 30 – Leanne Fallin of Southeast Arkansas Cardiac Rehab on prevention of heart disease.

UAM business center to host event

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at the University of Arkansas at Monticello will sponsor a seminar on operating a home-based business from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, March 30, at the John F. Gibson University Center at UAM. Participants will learn business planning, ideas and requirements to operate a home-based business. To register for either seminar or for more information, contact the UAM ASBTDC at 870-460-1266.

Beginning Thursday, March 30

Lakeport Legacies start

The Lakeport Plantation at Lake Village recently announced its 2017 schedule for Lakeport Legacies, a monthly talk focusing on history in the Delta. Free and open to the public, Lakeport Legacies primarily meets the last Thursday of the month from March through October. Refreshments and conversation begin at 5:30 p.m. and the program starts at 6 p.m. The first topic, Thursday, March 30, Building Delta Plantations: Connecting Washington County, Mississippi, and Chicot County, Arkansas, will be presented Blake Wintory, director of Lakeport Plantation. The Lakeport Plantation is located at 601 Arkansas 142 at Lake Village. For details and to RSVP, contact Blake Wintory, 870-265-6031, or visit http://lakeport.astate.edu

Friday, March 31

Lion Fever Day set at UAPB

The Office of Recruitment at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is gearing up from Lion Fever Day, Friday, March 31. Special appearances will be made by Officer Tommy Norman, a well-known member of the North Little Rock Police Department, and rapper Cedric “Big” Tuck, a former UAPB student. Lion Fever Day is one of the largest events hosted by the recruitment office each year to introduce prospective students to UAPB.

Hearin-Connolly plans fundraiser

Hearin-Connolly Unit No. 32 American Legion Auxiliary will sponsor a fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, March 31, at the American Legion Hut, 3200 S. Main St. The chicken spaghetti dinner will cost $8 and participants may choose to eat in or take it out.

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 www.uamont.edu, clicking admissions and selecting the Weevil Welcome graphic.

Beginning Friday, March 31

UAPB slates lifeguard training

Lifeguard training classes will be offered at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. A pre-test will be administered from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, March 29 and March 31. The Division of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education has collaborated with the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation to offer the course. All training classes will be held in the Kenneth L. Johnson, Sr. Health, Physical Education and Recreation Complex from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, April 1, and April 8, and 1-6 p.m. Sundays, April 2 and April 9. Those interested must be 16 years of age and older and pay a one-time cost of $225 for books and materials. For pre-test appointments and more information, call 870-575-8315, or 870-575-8317.

Through Friday, March 31

Highway department seeks comments on long range plan

The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department has worked for 18 months to update the state’s Long Range Intermodal Transportation Plan to predict and prepare for a variety of future scenarios. The draft LRITP is available online at www.wemovearkansas.com as well as at highway department offices including AHTD District 2 at Pine Bluff and AHTD District 6 at Little Rock. Comments should be sent by Friday, March 31, to AR_LRITP@ahtd.ar.gov or Transportation Planning and Policy Division Multimodal and Project Planning Section, P.O. Box 2261, Little Rock, AR 72203.

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 http://www.aetn.org/studentselects.

Friday and Saturday, March 31-April 1

Homesteading Conference set ar Rison

The fourth annual South Arkansas Homesteading Conference will be held at the Pioneer Village at Rison. Gates open at 11 a.m. Friday, March 31, and at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 1. Speakers from across Arkansas will be conducting educational presentations. Topic sessions include gardening, beekeeping, heritage poultry, cheese making, herbs and herbal remedies, homesteading tools and aquaponics. The Cleveland County Herald at Rison is hosting the conference, according to Britt Talent, editor/publisher of the newspaper and conference organizer. Details: www.arkansashomesteader.com, “Arkansas Homesteading Conference” page on Facebook or Britt Talent at 870-325-6412.

Saturday, April 1

Arkansas Community Foundation scholarships available

The deadline to apply for scholarships through the Arkansas Community Foundation is Saturday, April 1. The scholarships are primarily for Arkansas students pursuing higher education at two- or four-year colleges or universities, vocational schools or technical training programs, a spokesman said. Arkansas students should apply at www.arcf.org/scholarships where more than 200 scholarships are available.

Eternal Grace plans prom dress giveaway; seeks donations

Eternal Grace Out-reach Ministries, a non-profit organization that serves children and adults, is preparing to give prom dresses to disadvantaged students for the third year. The Eternal Grace Prom Dress Giveaway will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at 3820 S. Olive St. Organizers are also seeking donations of prom dresses, makeup, jewelry and male attire, the Rev. Tonya Boyce, president and chief executive officer of Eternal Grace, said in a news release. Dresses are subject to availability at the give away. Details: The Rev. Tonya Boyce, 870-872-2057, or preacherindabluff@yahoo.com or Regina VonTungeln, an Eternal Grace community partner and a donation chairwoman, 870- 718-2392.

Museum to present Railroadiana

The Cotton Belt Railroad Society Inc. will present the 22nd annual Railroadiana Show & Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 1. The event will be held at the Arkansas Railroad Museum, 1700 Port Road. The event will feature railroad memorabilia and collectibles, historic engines, passenger cars, cabooses, and a massive snowplow, according to a spokesman. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children 6-11 years old, and free for children under 6 with a paying adult. Details: www.arkansasrailroadmuseum.org or 535-8819.

Park Day cleanup set

Arkansas volunteers will team up with the Civil War Trust to aid in the maintenance and restoration of battlefields and historic sites on Park Day, Saturday, April 1, according to a news release. In Southeast Arkansas, volunteers may sign up at the following locations: Camp White Sulphur Springs Confederate Cemetery, Pine Bluff, 8 a.m. April 1; Contact: Doyle Taylor at jayfinis@cablelynx.com .Volunteers will help with trash removal and landscaping, including raking leaves and removing tree limbs. Jenkins Ferry Battlefield State Park, Sheridan, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 8. Contact: DeeLois Lawrence at deemlawr@aol.com . Volunteers will landscape, remove trash and clear brush. Drinks will be provided. (Note: This Park Day site is holding its event on a different day.) For a complete list of participating Park Day sites, visit Civilwar.org/parkday.

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, www.aaasea.org or sstichert@aaasea.org, 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 amy.milliken@arkansas.gov, or download the form at http://www.arkansaspreservation.com/Learn-More/preserve-our-past-contest.

Through Sunday, April 2

Regional art show features Star City students

Thirty Star City School District students have artwork included in the 2017 Southeast Arkansas Regional Art Show. The exhibit will be on display in the fine arts center at the University of Arkansas at Monticello until Sunday, April 2. A reception and awards ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. April 2 and the public is invited to attend.

Edgewood artwork on exhibit

Edgewood Elementary School students display their artwork at the University of Arkansas at Monticello through Sunday, April 2, in the Spencer Gallery. Artists Apple Pham, Sasha Mack and Haili Speakman have displays in the 2017 Southeast Arkansas Regional Art Show in celebration of Youth Art Month.

Monday, April 3

UAM to observe 108th birthday April 3

The University of Arkansas at Monticello will celebrate its 108th birthday at noon Monday, April 3, in the Taylor Library and Technology Center. The event will include a presentation on the history of UAM by Mary Heady, special collections and reference librarian, as well as refreshments and displays representing the university’s student organizations.

Storm Spotter Training class set

The National Weather Service of Little Rock will present a SKYWARN Storm Spotter Training class from 6-8 p.m. Monday, April 3, at the White Hall Fire Department Station #2. Held in partnership with Jefferson County Emergency Management, the class is free, open to the public and doesn’t require pre-registration, a spokesman said in a news release. Details: Karen Blevins, director of Jefferson County Office of Emergency Management/MECA 911, at 541-5470, or the National Weather Service, http://www.weather.gov/lzk, https://www.facebook.com/NWSLittleRock and @NWSLittleRock.

Beginning Monday, April 3

UAM pre-registration starts

The University of Arkansas at Monticello will hold pre-registration for the 2017 summer terms and the fall semester April 3-14. Seniors and juniors may register on Monday, April 3 and Tuesday, April 4. Open registration for all currently enrolled students will be held April 5-7 and April 10-14. Students registering at UAM,’s Colleges of Technology in Crossett and McGehee may register at any time during the April 3-14 window. Transfer students, students who have been re-admitted to the university and first-time freshmen may register for summer classes in the Office of Admissions in Harris Hall on April 5-14 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Only students who have applied for admission and received mail notification may pre-register during this timeframe. UAM will also hold registration for fall 2017 classes Aug. 21-25. For details, current UAM students may contact the Office of Academic Affairs at 870-460-1033, and new students may contact the Office of Admissions at 800-844-1826 or 870-460-1026.

Through Monday, April 3

UAPB LIONS Program admissions deadline

The deadline is Monday, April 3, to complete the admissions process for freshmen interested in attending the LIONS Program and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. The 2017 Learning Institute and Opportunities for New Students (LIONS) Program offers incoming freshmen an award for tuition, room and meals, and a book award of up to $500 for the second summer session. There are spaces available for 400 incoming freshmen, according to Carolyn Mills, director of the program. The deadline is April 3. For details and to verify the admissions status to UAPB and the LIONS Program, contact Carolyn Mills, program director, 870-575-8362.

Tuesday, April 4

UAM COT-McGehee slates blood drive

The University of Arkansas at Monticello College of Technology at McGehee will host a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, in the McGehee student center. The event is in partnership with LifeShare Blood Centers, which supply blood components to facilities throughout Louisiana, East Texas and South Arkansas, according to the agency’s website. Persons planning to donate blood are encouraged to drink plenty of water and eat foods rich in iron and vitamin C during the 24-hour period before donating. Blood donors may sign up in the front office. Details: UAM COT-McGehee, 870-222-5360.

Wednesday, April 5

CNN anchor Whitfield to speak at UAPB

Fredricka Whitfield, a CNN news anchor, will be the keynote speaker at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 5, in Cross-Phipps Auditorium in Caldwell Hall at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. The event is one of several planned during April for Mass Communications Month at UAPB, presented by the Mass Communications Program.

Growing Healthy Communities Summit set

A Growing Healthy Communities Summit will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday April 5, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The free event includes lunch and participants must be registered by Tuesday, April 4, according to a press release. The 2017 Central & Southeast Region Summit is a program of the Arkansas Coalition for Obesity Prevention. Details: Jefferson County Growing Healthy Communities, Trudy Redus, 536-0920 or saracenlanding@att.net. Participants interested in attending the Pine Bluff summit, should register at http://arkansasobesity.org/

Thursday, April 6

Synergy Grant applications available

Synergy Forum Inc. is now accepting applications for the 2017 Synergy Grants. Applications must be completed and received by Thursday, April 6. Non-profit organizations in Jefferson County may contact Synergy Forum to request the grant application or for details. Registered non-profit organizations: IRS 501(c )(3) public charities, public schools, government agencies, and the hospital in Jefferson County are eligible to apply for grants that fund projects to benefit area residents. For an application or for details, contact Ginger Casteel at synergyforumgrants@gmail.com.

ArkansasGives.org opens for online donations

More than 900 nonprofits have registered to participate in ArkansasGives, a one-day only online giving event presented by Arkansas Community Foundation. From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 6, donors may go to ArkansasGives.org and give to their favorite registered nonprofit. Agencies include Pine Bluff Downtown Development Inc., the Arkansas 4-H Foundation and Vera Lloyd Presbyterian Family Services, which provides a children’s home at Monticello. Details: ArkansasGives.org .

Beginning Thursday, April 6

Free diabetes education class set at JRMC

Registration is underway for a free six-week class in diabetes education at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. DEEP, which stands for Diabetes Empowerment Education Program, will be held for six weeks on Thursdays from 10–11:30 a.m. starting April 6. Individuals with diabetes or pre-diabetes will learn how the disease affects the body, how to monitor and understand blood sugar numbers, and how to shop and cook in a healthier manner. The class is free, but space is limited and registration is required. Details: Lisa Duke, 870-541-7195.

Friday, April 7

WH Noon Lions plan chicken fundraiser

The White Hall Noon Lions Club will sponsor its second annual John Terry Memorial Tyson Chicken Dinner Fundraiser. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, April 7, on the parking lot of Cranford’s Fresh World at White Hall. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased from any member of the Lions Club or at the fundraiser.

Saturday, April 8

Single parent scholarship fund plans banquet

The Jefferson County Single Parent Scholarship Fund will host its ninth annual Easter Fashion Extravaganza from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. Proceeds from the event will be used to support college scholarships for eligible single parents through the single parent scholarship fund. For ticket information, contact Jeannie Epperson, board chairwoman of the Jefferson County Single Parent Scholarship Fund, at 870-692-2772. Details: www.aspsf.org or Mike Eggleton, 870-575-8100.

Full Circle announces banquet

Full Circle 360, a nonprofit organization, invites the community to its Helping Lives Bloom Banquet at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at Full Circle, 1415 S. Main St. Founded in October 2014, Full Circle provides opportunities for youth to work, learn, earn and give back in their communities. Tax deductible donations are also accepted. The goal is to purchase a building. RSVP by Saturday, March 25. The occasion is formal. Details: fullcircle121@yahoo.com or 870-209-2644 or 501-554-2809.

Merrill All School Reunion committee meets

The Merrill All School Reunion Planning Committee will meet at noon, Saturday, April 8, at RJ’s Sports Grill & Bar, 128 Main St. The reunion will be held July 20-23, 2017. To forward a graduating class roster or to provide a current address call 870-413-8526 or email Merrill.Reunion.PNBL@gmail.com . Rosie Pettigrew is the reunion chairwoman. Mary Brentley is the registration chairwoman.

Board of Realtors plans free home buyer event

Pine Bluff Board of Realtors will host a free home buyer workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 8, at Pine Bluff First Assembly, 1002 Ridgway Road. Realtors, lenders, credit counselors, inspectors and other vendors will be available to answer questions. To register, visit http://PBhomebuyerworkshop.com

War Room actress to appear in simulcast at First Baptist

First Baptist Church Pine Bluff, 6501 S. Hazel St., will host Bible teacher and best-selling author Priscilla Shirer live in a simulcast beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 8. The event features Shirer, who also starred in the Christian film War Room. The Shirer simulcast will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 before March 1 and $15 until April 3. The fee includes a box lunch and a full day of music and worship, sessions led by Shirer, and opportunities for fellowship with other women, a spokesman said. Tickets are available at www.fbcpinebluff.org and clicking on the Priscilla Shirer Live Simulcast. Registration may also be done at the First Baptist office or by contacting Rhonda Goss at 214-536-9660. Details: First Baptist, 534-4741.

Thursdays through April 6

Arts & Science Center announces photo class

The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St., will host a photography class from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays through April 6. The instructor will be Eric Maynard, director of the Delta Rivers Nature Center. Photography 1 is an introductory class that teaches students about the features and functions of their cameras, various settings, and how to use them. Class fees are $85 for members and $120 for non-members. Advance registration is required. To sign up for the class visit www.asc701.org or call 870-536-3375.

UAPB students to compete in Honda academic challenge

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will go head to head with fellow Historically Black Colleges and Universities in a unique academic tournament. The 28th annual Honda Campus All‐Star Challenge National Championship Tournament will be held April 8‐12 at Torrance, California. Teams from 48 HBCUs will compete in the final round at the American Honda Motor Co. Inc. campus. UAPB is vying for the top prize ‐‐ a $75,000 institutional grant from Honda. The 2017 finals will be live‐streamed on Monday, April 10, starting at noon ET on HCASC.com. Details: www.hcasc.com.

Tuesday, April 11

Meeting set for proposed Southeast charter school

The community is invited to a public hearing and information session regarding a proposed charter high school at Pine Bluff. The board of directors of the proposed Southeast Arkansas Academy invites all interested parties to the meeting from 6-7:30 p.m.Tuesday, April 11, at the gym at 1501 W. 73rd Ave. Details: Pat Hart, 535-0371.

Thursday, April 13

Community Empowerment plans banquet

The Community Empowerment Council Inc. of Jefferson County will host its second annual awards banquet at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 13, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. Tickets are $35 for adults and $20 for children. Proceeds from the banquet will benefit homeless and at-risk youth of Margie’s House and Hank’s House, according to a spokesman. Details: Tony J. Anderson, founder, 536-2722 or 536-8484.

Divorce Court Judge Lynn Toler to appear at UAPB

Judge Lynn Toler, host of the nationally syndicated television show Divorce Court, will be the keynote speaker at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Toler will be the presenter for the annual Lyceum event at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 13, in the John McLinn Ross theater of the Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts Building. The event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, April 15

Delta food bank announces Easter distribution

The Delta Network Food Bank Inc. and the Hosanna Christian Church & Ministries will give away food and other items during their annual Citywide Easter Celebration. The celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center on Concourse D. Free food, Easter baskets and other items will be given to registered participants. Donations of non-perishable food and other items may be dropped off Friday, April 14, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the convention center. Financial donations may be made payable to Delta Network Inc. and mailed to P.O. Box 20278, Pine Bluff, AR, 71612. All donations are tax deductible. Details: 536-2424.

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.

Gould Beautification Project begins

The city of Gould Beautification Project will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 15, and Saturday, May 13. Volunteers are needed to help pick up litter from streets, parks and the highway, according to a news release from the Gould mayor’s office. Details: Gould Mayor Essie Dale-Cableton, mayoressied@gmail.com, 870-263-4416; Retha Spencer, 870-263-1035; or Ermer Preston, 870-263-4017.

Arkansas Post to commemorate battle

Arkansas Post National Memorial at Gillett will kick off National Park Week with the 234th anniversary of Colbert’s Raid, Arkansas’ only Revolutionary War Battle. The celebration will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 15, with a cannon firing. Other firings will follow every half hour until 2 p.m. Also, at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., park volunteer Dyan Bohnert of Dumas will present a living history program, Colonial Women, which focuses on women’s roles in colonial-era Arkansas. The Early Arkansas Reenactors will be on hand to give visitors a look into a colonial era encampment with musket demonstrations, colonial era uniforms, and camp life, according to a news release.

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.

Beginning Wednesday, April 19

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: 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 http://www.ArtsScienceCenter.org

Through Wednesday, April 19

Specialty Crop Block Grant applications open

The Arkansas Agriculture Department is accepting applications for the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, made available through funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Applications must be submitted to the state agriculture department by April 19. Eligible applicants are non-profit organizations, local, state, and federal government entities, for-profit organizations and colleges and universities. Application information is available at www.aad.arkansas.gov or 501-219-6324.

Shepherd’s Center hosts classes Wednesdays

The Shepherd’s Center of Pine Bluff will sponsor its spring 2017 classes from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays 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. Classes include arts and crafts, bird watching, cooking, dancing, computers, etc. Details: Bettye Johnson, bcj41@cablelynx.com or 535-8037.

Friday, April 21

Wheeling Machine plans award ceremony

Wheeling Machine Products, 5411 Industrial Drive South at Pine Bluff, will receive a two-year Accumulative Safety Award. An award ceremony will be held at noon Friday, April 21, at Wheeling Machine, a division of US Steel. Leon Jones Jr., director of the Arkansas Department of Labor, made the announcement in a press release March 14.

Saturday, April 22

Jefferson County EHC plans booth at Kids Fest

The Jefferson County Extension Homemakers will have a booth at Kids Fest, Saturday, April 22, at the White Hall City Park. The EHC is also continuing its pecan fundraiser and will sell them at the event. One pound shelled pecan halves are $10. The pecans are also available by calling 247-1875, 247-4046 or the Jefferson County Extension Service at 534-1033.

Sunday, April 23

Art League to view video featuring noted painter

Pine Bluff Art League members will view a video entitled “Painting Outside the Lines,” by renown painter Linda Kemp. The meeting will be held from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, April 23, in the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave. The league is eager for new artists and those interested in art to come to the monthly meetings and get involved in their projects. When attending the league meetings, guests are reminded to drive to the rear of the Reynolds building to enter the door at the west end of the back. Light refreshments will be served.

Ushers ministry to host active shooter seminar

The Greater St. Marion District Ushers Ministry will host a seminar about active shooters, safety and security in churches, according to spokeswoman. Presented by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, the session will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 1801 Indiana St. The opening session starts at 10:30 a.m. with the sheriff’s office conducting training to apply the concepts of ADD (Avoid, Deny, and Defend), a civilian response to active shooter events. According to a press release, participants will be taught about paying attention to their surroundings, having an exit plan, moving away from the source of a threat as soon as possible and other concepts to be safe.

Friday and Saturday, April 28-29

‘Behind the Big House’ to explore former slave dwellings

“Behind the Big House,” a program that explores former slave dwellings, will be presented at Lakeport Plantation at Lake Village from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, April 28, and 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 29. Preserve Arkansas, in partnership with the Arkansas Humanities Council, Arkansas State University Heritage Sites, Black History Commission of Arkansas, and Lakeport Plantation will present the program. “The Behind the Big House program moves beyond the ‘Big Houses,’ or stately historic homes, to explore extant slave dwellings and interpret the experiences of the enslaved people who inhabited them,” a spokesman said in a news release. Registration is free, but space is limited. Register at www.preservearkansas.org by April 14. Registration does not include lunch. An optional box lunch may be pre-ordered for $12. Details: Preserve Arkansas, info@preservearkansas.org or www.preservearkansas.org or call 501-372-4757.

Saturday, April 29

Unified Christian Alliance sets baby show

Unified Christian Alliance Inc., a non-profit organization, announces its annual baby show will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at Full Counsel Church. Participants may be up to 6 years old. The annual event is part of the alliance’s annual scholarship fund to honor local high school graduates interested in attending the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. The winners will be determined by the sale of ads and donations. The funds are due by April 7, according to a news release. The winners will be crowned the king and queen, will receive a monetary gift and a photo. Details: Jennifer Lee, president of Unified Christian Alliance, 870-692-0257.

Optimist Club plans 5K walk/run

The community is invited to participate in a 5K walk/run sponsored by the Optimist Club of Pine Bluff. Entitled “This One’s for the Kids 5K,” the race is set for 8 a.m. Saturday, April 29, with late registration from 7-7:45 a.m. The cost is $20 in advance or $25 on race day. There is a discounted rate for ages 17 and younger. For details or to register, visit https://runsignup.com/Race/Events/AR/PineBluff/ThisOnesFortheKids5K#event-156290.

Parks to host Spring Fling, 5K

The Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation Department will kick off Spring Fling and team up with the University of Arkansas Extension Services and the Optimist Club of Pine Bluff for a 5K run/walk Saturday, April 29. The 5K run/walk will begin at 8 a.m. April 29 from the amphitheater in Regional Park to Saracen Landing for 3.1 miles. Registration opens at 6:30 a.m. at the amphitheater, according to a news release. Spring Fling activities will include the 3-5-7 Band performing on the pavilion at Saracen Landing. There will be bounce houses, face painting, rock climbing wall, double-dutch jump rope, 3-on-3 basketball and dancing. These activities are designed to promote physical activity. Details: saracenlanding@att.net or 536-0920.

Through Saturday, April 29

Delta Rhythms on exhibit

Delta Rhythms: Works from the Permanent Collection is open at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St., through Saturday, April 29. “Delta Rhythms shines numerous lenses on the repetition and flow of daily life in our region,” a spokesman said in a news release. Artists include David Mudrinich, Henri Linton, Tim Jacob, Natalie Tolman, Stan Green, Benny Andrews, and B. Rogers Witsell.

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. Breakfast 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: mowens@pinebluffchamber.com or Mandy Owens, 535-0110.

JRMC to host Expo Health Fair

Jefferson Regional Medical Center will sponsor the Expo Health Fair during the 2017 Business Expo of the Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce. The health fair will be held at the Pine Bluff Convention Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 4. The health fair will feature blood sugar screenings, cholesterol screenings, weight and body fat screenings, balance screenings, blood pressure screenings and breast self-awareness techniques. All screenings are free to wearers of expo wristbands. The health fair will be located at the back of the convention center arena.

Lincoln County panel slates farm safety day

Farm safety day for fourth graders at Star City Elementary School will is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, May 12. Safety day has been held since 2000. Sponsored by the Lincoln County Farm Safety Committee, the event will feature stations that the children will rotate through, according to a spokesman. The stations will have hands-on activities. Topics will include electrical safety by C&L Electric Cooperative, boating safety by Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, grain safety by Bunge, weather awareness safety by the National Weather Service as well as programs on equipment safety and gun safety.

Through Saturday, May 13

Gould Beautification Project continues

The city of Gould Beautification Project will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 13. Volunteers are needed to help pick up litter from streets, parks and the highway, according to a news release from the Gould mayor’s office. Details: Gould Mayor Essie Dale-Cableton, mayoressied@gmail.com, 870-263-4416; Retha Spencer, 870-263-1035; or Ermer Preston, 870-263-4017.

Women’s running/walking clinics set

The Women Run Arkansas Running/Walking Club is hosting the 20th annual “Women Can Run” running and walking clinics and locals will participate. The Pine Bluff clinic began March 7. The 10-week sessions will be held from 6–7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at Pine Bluff High School track (or the alternate location at the Pine Bluff Amphitheater at Regional Park.) The training clinics are free, but there is a $25 fee for the 5K graduation event Saturday, May 13, at Conway. To pre-register, visit www.womenrunarkansas.net or register at the first night of the clinic session. Details: Sandra Jackson, 870-692-5318, or Toni Jasper, 870-540-6036.

Saturday, May 20

New Edinburg Farmers Market sets celebration

The New Edinburg Farmers Market will host a grand opening Saturday, May 20, featuring several events. At 7 a.m., a community garage sale will be held along Arkansas 8 in the downtown area. Interested participants should contact Melody Spears, 510-6388. At 8 a.m., a 5k Run/Walk and a one mile fun walk will be held at the corner of Arkansas 8/Farm Road to Market Road. Interested participants should contact Patricia C. McClellan, secretary of re-New-ing Edinburg, 901-606-4162. At 9 a.m., the farmers market will open in the downtown district. Interested vendors may contact Linda Boyter, 501-687-3242.

Friday and Saturday, June 9-10

1987 PBHS Class reunion set

The Pine Bluff High School Class of 1987 will have its 30th Class Reunion Friday and Saturday, June 9-10. Details: Henry Jackson 432-413-2248 or Joe Spadoni, 870-329-1681.

Ongoing events:

JRMC seeks volunteers

Jefferson Regional Medical Center Volunteer Program is in need of volunteers in the following areas: JRMC Cath Lab (host or hostess), Monday through Friday mornings; patient mail delivery; JRMC gift shop; and the I-530 Medical Mall (host or hostess) any time during the week. Details: Debbie Tole, 541-7269.

Community garden beds up for adoption

Raised garden beds are available for adopting in the community garden at First United Methodist Church, Seventh Avenue and Chestnut Street. It is almost time to plant cool season vegetables, a spokesman said. People who want to adopt a garden bed should call the church office at 535-0935 or Susan Buckner at 556-2201.

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 vfc@pbreynoldscenter.org

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, info@ASC701.org or www.ASC701.org

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., fullcircle121@yahoo.com 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, pbicvr@aol.com or www.penorpencilmovement.org - www.caresmentoring.org

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: www.jasonirby.wordpress.com or jasonirbyinnovationfoundation@gmail.com

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: http://www.arkansaspreservation.com/Learn-More/ahpp-passports

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, corbinb@uapb.edu or http://www.healthedtoday.com/UAPB


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 king31954@gmail.com

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: www.unitychristianfellowshipchurch.com

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.


The Pine Bluff Kiwanis Club meets at noon Wednesdays at the Pine Bluff Country Club.

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, pineblufflibrary.org Facebook and Twitter @PBJCLS.

Through April 22

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, info@ASC701.org or www.ASC701.org