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Thursday, July 20
Women’s Connection luncheon set
The Pine Bluff Christian Women’s Connection will have its monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 20, at the Pine Bluff Country Club. The speaker will be author Rebecca Davis of Wartburg, Tennessee. She will discuss, “Have I Gone Crazy?” which is also the title of her book.
UAPB 1977 Class reunion meeting set
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Class of 1977 will hold its 40th reunion planning meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 20, at the Popcorn and More Store at Jefferson Square.
PBHS Class of 1947 to have lunch
The Pine Blluff High School Class of 1947 will meet for lunch at noon Thursday, July 20, at the “Red Room” of Harbor Oaks Restaurant at Regional Park. Other classes are invited to attend.
Sheraton Park neighbors meet
The Sheraton Park Neighborhood Watch Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 20, at Grace Episcopal Church, 4101 S. Hazel St. Details: 870-535-0303.
EOC board meeting set
The board of directors of the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Economic Opportunities Commission will meet at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 20. The meeting will be held at the EOC administration building, 1203 W. Pullen St. This meeting is open to the public. Details: Anthony R. Powell, EOC interim executive director, 870-536-0046.
Application deadline set for disadvantaged landowners project
The deadline is Thursday, July 20, to apply for the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff’s Keeping it in the Family project assistance. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service has allocated $300,000 of EQIP (Environmental Quality Incentive Program) funds to assist with the implementation of KIITF projects. The KIITF project is offered in Columbia, Hempstead, Howard, Little River, Nevada, Ouachita and Union Counties. Forest landowners can apply for assistance at their local NRCS field office. Details: Henry English at 870-575-7246 or email@example.com, or USDA StrikeForce Coordinator Charlie Williams at 870-633-3055 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hootens’ Arkansas Football guests at West Pine Bluff Rotary
The Rotary Club of West Pine Bluff will host Hootens’ Arkansas Football representatives as guests at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 20. The lunch meeting will be held at the Pine Bluff Country Club, 1100 W. 46th Ave. Details: Roy Ferrell, Simmons Bank at Pine Bluff, 870-541-1113, or email@example.com.
Beginning Thursday, July 20
Parent Center workshops start
The Pine Bluff School District Parent Center is offering free workshops for parents to help their children be successful in the 2017-18 school year. Workshops will be held at the Parent Center in the Jordan-Chanay Administrative Center, 1215 W. Pullen St., at 5:30 p.m. on the following dates: Thursday, July 20 — Organizational Skills & Preventing Youth Violence; Tuesday, July 25 — Study Skills & Internet Safety; and Thursday, July 27 — Helping Your Child Succeed In School. During lunch time Fridays, July 21 and 28, the sessions will be held at the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library System’s main building at the civic center. Details: 850-2008 or 850-2009.
2017 Small Works exhibition opens
The 2017 Small Works on Paper visual art exhibition will open Thursday, July 20, at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St. The exhibit will be open through Saturday, Aug. 26. Gallery hours at the Arts & Science Center at Pine Bluff are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. For Small Works on Paper details, visit www.arkansasarts.org or email Cheri Leffew at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UAPB/AM&N National Alumni to present conference
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff National Alumni Association will present its 28th Annual National Alumni Summer Conference. The session is hosted by the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County UAPB/AM&N Alumni Chapter. Events include: Thursday, July 20, the conference will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a welcome reception at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. Friday, July 21, a continental breakfast and greetings from Pine Bluff Mayor Shirley Washington will be held. At 6 p.m. a tour of UAPB’s museum and gallery and an unveiling ceremony at the Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts Building will feature a bust of Pearlie S. Reed. Saturday, July 22, a breakfast will be held at the Convention Center followed by the second general session at the UAPB STEM Conference Center for UAPB Day featuring Chancellor Laurence B. Alexander and other officials. At 7 p.m., the conference will conclude with the Chairman’s Circle of Excellence Award Banquet and Dance at the Convention Center. Conference registration is $225 per person. Details: Mary Liddell at 870-643-2383, Hazell Reed at 870-879-9469, or visit www.uapbalumni.org.
Red Cross seeks blood donors
The American Red Cross is issuing an emergency call for eligible blood and platelet donors of all blood types. To schedule an appointment to donate, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS or 1-800-733-2767. Local blood donation opportunities include: Grant County — July 20: 1-5 p.m., Walmart, Sheridan; July 21: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Davis Life Care, 6810 S. Hazel St., Pine Bluff.
Friday, July 21
Cowboy Church to present movie
Whispering Pines Cowboy Church,6912 Old Warren Road, invites the community to a movie at 6 p.m. Friday, July 21. They will show “God’s Not Dead.”
New Community pantry opens
New Community Church, 321 N. Birch St., will open its food pantry from 10-11 a.m. Friday, July 21. Participants are asked to bring their own bags to carry the food.
Mobile Veterans Center Clinic to visit Monticello
The Mobile Veterans Center Clinic will be available to meet veterans from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, July 21, at the VFW and American Legion, 148 Veterans Drive, at Monticello. Veterans Affairs benefit officers, health care officials as well as experts in VA and other sources of education funding will be on site, a spokeswoman said. Veterans should bring documents, including a copy of their DD-214 and a photo ID. Details: Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System, 501-257-1000.
Through Friday, July 21
Guachoya plans Art Camp for Kids
Guachoya Cultural Art Center at Lake Village will present a Summer Art Camp for Kids through Friday, July 21. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to noon. Children must be going into the first through 6th grades in the fall. The classes are art, creative crafts and dance and tumbling. The center urges campers to register early at Guachoya or by calling 870-265-6077. The camp is sponsored by King’s Daughters and Sons Circle #2 from Greenville, Mississippi.
Saturday, July 22
St. John AME offers free meals
St. John AME Church, 1117 W. Pullen St., will provide free meals at the church’s fellowship hall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 22. The event is part of the church’s Soul Food Feeding Program for the Mind, Body and Spirit, according to a news release. Details: 534-3760.
Maynard to review his book
J.B.” Bucky” Maynard, author of “My Life and thoughts,” will review his book at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 22, in the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church, 6501 Hazel St. After the review, door prizes and refreshments will be furnished. A local businessman, Maynard is the son of Ann Brown Taylor Maynard, who is 101 and a half years old, and the late Joe Maynard.
Pine Bluff writers, Barron and Gyce, to present stage play
Local writer and entertainer Isaac “Smooth” Barron and manager Shannon Gyce will present their stage play, “My Father’s House,” at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 22, at Greater Deliverance Global Ministry, 2215 E. Harding Ave. The project began when Barron was prompted by Gyce of Trinity Management LLC to think about writing a stage play about one of Barron’s beloved characters, “Rev Racks,” whom he portrays on several social media videos. Details: email@example.com or https://m.facebook.com/officalsmooth/
Daughters of Elks to honor heroes at fundraiser
The Arkansas State Association of Daughters of Elks will host Heroes That Help Shape Our Community Dinner Fundraiser at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 22, at William Townsend Elks Lodge, U.S. 79 North. Honorees will be state Rep. Ken Ferguson, Circuit Judge Alex Guynn, Jefferson County Sheriff Gerald Robinson, Pine Bluff Police Chief Ivan Whitfield, Marshall Kelley, Theo Epperson Jr. and Jerry Mack, and the late Alvin Starks. Tickets are $20 and funds will go toward national cancer research. The proceeds will be presented at the Elks National Convention Aug. 4-11 at Baltimore, Maryland. Details: Daughter Annette Goins, 870-489-0601, or Daughter Freddie Jenkins.
Sunday, July 23
Genealogical Society meets
The Jefferson County Genealogical Society will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 23, at the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library System’s main library at the civic center, 200 E. Eighth Ave. Jana Mitchell, reference librarian, will present “New resources for family research available at our Library.” The public is invited to attend. Details: John Mitchell, 870-541-5402.
Beginning Sunday, July 23
Community prayers set after recent Pine Bluff homicides
Residents are invited to participate in “One Pine Bluff Praying Together,” a joint effort to pray for the community following several homicides, according to a spokeswoman. Sessions will be held at these churches on the following dates at 6 p.m. July 23 — Amos Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 2401 Port Road; July 30 — Lakeside United Methodist Church.1500 S. Olive St. Details: 870-643-2383.
Monday, July 24
East Harding neighbors to meet
The East Harding Neighborhood Watch Group will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, July 24, at Mt. Harmony Baptist Church, 812 E. Harding Ave. Details: 870-534-4795.
Beginning Monday, July 24
Harold Blevins youth basketball camp set
The Harold Blevins City of Pine Bluff Basketball Camp for girls and boys ages 6-14 will be held at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The event is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 24-28. Sponsored by the Pine Bluff Police Department, the camp will also feature cheerleader mini-clinics. Registration is $15. After July 14, the cost is $20. The head coach and facilitator is Harold Blevins. Details: 870-730-2073.
Health Department sets after-hours vaccinations
The Jefferson County Health Department, 2306 Rike Drive, will hold an after-hours immunization clinic for pre-school through 12th grade students. The clinics will be held from 4:30-6 p.m. on the following Mondays: July 24 and July 31. Parents may call to schedule appointments for those times or just walk in. Immunizations are also available every Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Walk-ins are available, but patients with appointments are taken first. For appointments or details, call the health department at 870-535-2142 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Tuesday, July 25
Committee to address ‘Safety First!’
The Southeast Arkansas Human Resources and Safety Committee will sponsor a “Safety First!” seminar from 7:30 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. Tuesday, July 25. The event will be held at the Southeast Arkansas College in the McGeorge Hall Seminar Room. The purpose is to promote hazard recognition in the workplace to reduce employee injuries and illnesses, according to a press release. Registration is $25 and covers lunch and materials. Participants are urged to pre-register. Seating is limited.Register online www.labor.ar.gov/onlineservice or send a check or money order payable to Arkansas Department of Labor, to Nita Matlock, OSHA Consultation Section, 10421 W. Markham, Little Rock, Arkansas, 72205-2190. Pre-paid registration fees are not refundable. Details: Juanita Matlock, 501-682-9092, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whispering Knoll to host Christmas in July
The Whispering Knoll Assisted Living Facility, 6812 S. Hazel St., invites the community to its Chrsitmas in July event beginning with dinner at 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 25. A Bingo party starts at 6 p.m. with members of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff athletics department. To dine with the center, RSVP by July 20. Details: Pamela Russell, activity director, 534-1583.
Wednesday, July 26
Commercial sets Church News deadline
The Commercial is printing church news on Fridays. The deadline to submit church announcements is noon on Wednesdays. Church announcements can be submitted by email to email@example.com, faxed to 870-534-0113, hand-delivered or mailed to the office at 300 S. Beech St., Pine Bluff, AR, 71611. Pictures should be emailed in jpeg attachments. Please include a contact name and phone number with the announcement. For the Devotional Column, which features a brief sermon by an area pastor or associate pastor, email articles to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a contact phone number and the name and location of the church. Details: 870-534-3400, ext. 1202.
Kiwanis Club to feature Rep. Holcomb
The Kiwanis Club of Pine Bluff meets at noon Wednesdays at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Wednesday, July 26, the guest speaker will be state Rep. Mike Holcomb, R-District 10. Holcomb is serving his third term in the Arkansas House of Representatives. His district includes portions of Lincoln, Cleveland, Grant, Drew, and Jefferson counties. Holcomb currently serves as chairman of the House Public Transportation Committee.
MOAA to meet
The Southeast Arkansas Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America will meet Wednesday, July 26, at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. and the meeting starts at noon. The guest speaker will be Col. Kelso Horne lll, commander of the Pine Bluff Arsenal, accompanied by Roch J. Byrne, deputy to the commander. The association encourages all members and visitors to attend. Details: 870-550-1626.
Learning center plans open house
Happy’s Kids Learning Center, 614 S. Cherry St., will host an open house from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 26. Details: Tonja Kentle Gilbert, owner, 536-8812, or email@example.com
Lumber company to receive award
Hixson Lumber Sales Inc. Pine Bluff, 310 S. Tennessee St., recently earned a Ten Year Accumulative Safety Award. Leon Jones Jr., director of the Arkansas Department of Labor, made the announcement in a press release. The Pine Bluff facility is a division of Hixson Lumber Sales Inc. An award ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 26, at Hixson Lumber Sales at Russellville.
Wednesday through Saturday, July 26-29
Arts center presents summer musical
The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas will present a summer musical, Roald Dahl’s “Willy Wonka.” Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, July 26-29. “Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir comes to life in this stage adaptation of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, which features the songs from the classic family film Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory,” according to a news release. The play is directed by Jonathan Hoover and the musical director is Judy Warner. The production is sponsored by Simmons Bank. Tickets are $18 for members, $22 for non-members, and $5 for students. Details: http://artssciencecenter.tix.com or 536-3375.
Thursday, July 27
University Park residents to meet
The University Park Neighborhood Watch Group will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 27, at Family Community Development Corp., 1001 N. Palm St. Details: 870-850-7094.
Riverside Neighborhood group meets
The Riverside Neighborhood Watch Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 27, at Amos Chapel Baptist Church, 2401 Port Road. Details: 870-535-1860.
Through Thursday, July 27
SEARK business hours end
Southeast Arkansas College’s business hours for the summer will be from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and closed Fridays. The hours began May 15 and will last through Thursday, July 27. Details: 543-5900 or visit www.seark.edu.
Through Friday, July 28
Y.E.A.H.8 summer program open
Y.E.A.H.8 Arts & Motion Summer Enrichment Program for youth will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through Friday, July 28, at Destiny Worship Center, 4700 W. 28th Ave. The youth program will include robotics, app development, ballet, arts and crafts, karate and sports. Details: James Copeland, 870-267-0542, Laura Hildreth, 870-730-9324, or on Facebook.
Young ladies conference deadline set
Prayer Garden Christian Faith Center, 800 S. Apple St., will present a free young ladies conference from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5. Interested participants should RSVP by Friday, July 28, by calling 870-329-1113. For ages 12-18, the conference will feature topics such as teen pregnancy, drugs/alcohol, abuse and God’s Way. Lunch will be provided. Registration is free and a shirt will be given to the first 50 participants to register.
Saturday, July 29
Back to School concert at convention center
Zaylon McCall and the JuJu on Tha Beat Crew will be featured at a back to school bash at the Pine Bluff Convention Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 29. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. The opening act will be the winnner of the July 25 talent show sponsored by Bluff City Radio and Par’Excelon Marketing and Advertising Group. General admission is $15 in advance and VIP tickets are $20 in advance available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/back-to-school-tickets-34523737428. General admission tickets also can be purchased at the center during normal business hours. Details: Bluff City Radio, 870-536-3282 or Par’Excelon Marketing at 601-709-3744.
Unity Christian plans community day
Unity Christian Fellowship Church, 2712 S. Bay St., will sponsor its community day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 29. The event will feature free games, food and clothes, live singing as well as a health fair and representatives from social service organizations.
Remnant Outreach offers free clothes
The Remnant Outreach Ministry will give away clothes from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 29, at suite 17 and 19 of the Williams building, 1210 S. Cherry St. Donations will also be accepted.
Fitness class presents Zumba Fest
The Poplar Street Zumba Fitness Class will present its Zumba Fest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 29, at the American Legion, 3200 S. Main St. The community is invited to attend the free event, which will include various activities, vendors and door prizes. At 8 p.m., a black and white party will also be held at the American Legion. Tickets for this event are $5 in advance and $10 at the door. Details: 870-329-4708 or 718-0684.
Tuesday, Aug. 1
National Night Out set at Pine Bluff
The Pine Bluff Police Department will sponsor the National Night Out program from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The free activity will include refreshments, public awareness booths, games and prizes for children, bounce houses, door prizes and entertainment for the entire family, according to a press release. Free bus rides to National Night Out will be given to residents. Bus 1 will begin picking up residents at 4:30 p.m. at Coleman Intermediate School at West 13th Avenue. Other stops include 28th Avenue and Taft, Jefferson Heights, Super 1 Foods at 28th and Hazel Street and Jefferson Square. Bus 2 begins at 4:35 p.m. at the old Food King parking lot, 16th Avenue and Linden Street. Stops also include Merrill Center, 1000 S. Ash St., Chester Hynes, Boys & Girls Club and Super 1 Foods on Dollarway Road. Details: Melissa Johnson, public relations officer, Pine Bluff Police Department, 870-730-2073 or 730-2072.
Through Tuesday, Aug. 1
Keep Arkansas Beautiful accepts grant forms
Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission is accepting applications online until Tuesday, Aug. 1, for the Troy-Bilt Colt FT Garden Tiller grant. The tiller has a value of $420 and is a one-time grant to an agency that currently has a community garden. Applications for the tiller grant will close Aug. 1 and the winner will be notified Aug. 15. Details: KeepArkansasBeautiful.com and find “Tiller Grant” under the Community Resources tab.
Wednesday, Aug. 2
Board to consider Pine Bluff’s Bain House #4 for historic list
The Jewel Bain House #4 at Pine Bluff is among nine Arkansas properties to be considered for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places. The State Review Board of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program will consider nominating the properties when the board meets at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2, at the Department of Arkansas Heritage Building at Little Rock. The Jewel Bain House #4 at 27 Longmeadow was built around 1965 and exhibits Japanese architectural characteristics, according to a news release. Details: 501-324-9880, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.arkansaspreservation.org.
Thursday, Aug. 3
The CALL to discuss foster care, adoptive homes
The CALL in Jefferson County is having a meeting to provide information about the need for foster care and adoptive homes in Arkansas, a spokesman said. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, at Church of Christ, 200 S. First St. at Wabbaseka. Details: email@example.com
Exhibit to feature Art of Music Art Collection
Ascension Promotions will host an art exhibit beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, at Ascension Event Center, 1298 Cottonwood Road. At 7 p.m., the artist, Oceola native Greg Newsom of Pine Bluff, will lead a talk about the collection and discuss upcoming events. “The Art of Music Art Collection is an eclectic array of paintings celebrating iconic musicians and performers of the R&B, Blues, Pop, and Hip-Hop genres, as well as original pieces with musical inspiration,” according to a news release. Light refreshments will be served. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Details: James Copeland, 870-267-0542.
Arkansas Rice College set
Herbicides, irrigation and replanting considerations are among the items on the agenda for the 2017 Arkansas Rice College scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 3, at the Rice Research and Extension Center. The event, held the day before the Friday, Aug. 4, Arkansas Rice Expo (See: https://uaex.edu/rice-expo/) runs from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Registration is $75 per person and only online registrations will be accepted. Online registration may be found here: http://bit.ly/2szn660. Seating for Rice College is being capped at 120. Registration fee includes lunch and all materials, including a sweep net, hand lens and a goodie bag with additional items. Continuing education units are available.
Through Thursday, Aug. 3
Arsenal slates swimming lessons
The Pine Bluff Arsenal is holding swimming lessons for children and adults. All lessons are $80 per student and fees are non-refundable. Lessons are open to Arsenal employees and the community on a first come, first served basis. Children’s sessions include: June 19-29 - 11:30 a.m. to noon; noon to 12:30 p.m.; July 10-July 20 - 11:30 a.m. to noon; noon to 12:30 p.m.; July 24-Aug. 3 - 11:30 a.m. to noon; noon to 12:30 p.m. Adult sessions include: July 10-July 20 - 5:30 to 6 p.m. Details: 870-540-3621 or 540-3778.
Friday, Aug. 4
Rice Expo to be held at Stuttgart
The 2017 Arkansas Rice Expo will be held Friday, Aug. 4, beginning at 8 a.m. at the Grand Prairie Center at Stuttgart. The expo runs through lunch. There is no charge for admission or the catfish lunch being catered by Yoder Ruritan. Details: Rice Expo updates at https://www.uaex.edu/rice-expo/default.aspx
Through Friday, Aug. 4
FB Scholars hosts feeding program
FB Scholars, a feeding and nutrition program serving children between the ages of 3 and 18, will sponsor a summer feeding program. The following Pine Bluff sites will serve lunch from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, June 12 through Aug. 4: FB Scholars Downtown, 119 W. Second Ave.; Oak Grove Baptist Church, 5812 McGaughy Road; Old St. James Baptist Church, 1307 W. 16th Ave.; St. Mark United Methodist Church, 4229 W. Sixth Ave. Details: 870-395-7417.
Monday through Friday, through Aug. 4
TOPPS slates summer camp
TOPPS (Targeting Our People’s Priorities with Service) Inc. is open to ages 7-15. Sessions will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 5 through Aug. 4. Eva Belle, Allen Hill and DeVarius Rice will be the camp leaders. Parents or guardians may pick up an application at TOPPS, 1000 Townsend Drive. The registration fee is $35 per child and a weekly pay schedule and further information is available by contacting Aurora Smith, 870-850-6011.
Saturday, Aug. 5
Free health fair, back-to-school supply event set
Bethany Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 1923 S. Olive St., will host a free community health fair and back-to-school supply giveaway. The public is invited to the event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5. The health fair will include a free electrocardiogram (EKG), HIV testing, a blood draw for prostate screening, cholesterol and blood sugar screenings, sickle cell anemia information, organ donor information, sexually transmitted disease (STD) prevention and detection.
Extension service sets financial journey class
The Navigating the Financial Journey class will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, at the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service, 500 S. Idaho St. The cost of the class is $20. Bankruptcy filers will receive their Certificate of Debtor Education. The class is approved by the United States Bankruptcy Trustee as a financial education program and the course complies with the laws enacted under the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act (BAPCPA). To register for the financial management course, contact Mary Ann Kizer, firstname.lastname@example.org or 870-534-1033.
Drew County NAACP sets youth summit
The Drew County Branch of the NAACP will sponsor a youth leadership summit starting at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, at Holmes Chapel Presbyterian Church at Monticello. Youth from area high schools are invited to attend. The keynote speaker will be Angela Carroll Jackson, associate dean/director of the Office of University and Community at the University of Central Arkansas at Conway. Participants will also include representatives from various colleges and universities, officials from the Arkansas State Police and Army ROTC. The event is an effort to get more young people involved in the NAACP’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics. Registrations is $25 per student before Sunday, July 2, and guarantees participants to receive T-shirts and novelties. The deadline for all registrations is Friday, July 28. Details: Sheena Garrard, program chairwoman, email@example.com or 870-723-1703.
Tuesday, Aug. 8
Landlord Association meets
The Jefferson County Landlord Association will meet Tuesday, Aug. 8. The group doesn’t meet in July or December. Details: Jean Painton, land association president.
Monday through Friday, through Aug. 11
Gould Youth Ministries announces youth program, meals
Gould Youth Ministries will offer a free summer youth program and free meals Monday through Fridaythrough Aug. 11. Services will be offered at various times and locations in Gould, Grady, Dumas, Star City, Pine Bluff and Altheimer. Details: Pamela Nelson, Gould Youth Ministries, 870-329-2619. Gould Youth Ministries is an equal opportunity provider.
Through Tuesday, Aug. 15
Community Foundation starts grant cycle July 10
Nonprofits in Pine Bluff and Jefferson County may apply for Giving Tree Grants through the Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation. The deadline to submit applications is Tuesday, Aug. 15. Any nonprofit that received a grant in 2016 must complete and return the grant report form to be considered for this current grant cycle. Applicants may download an application for Giving Tree Grants through the Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation at www.arcf.org . Details: Lawrence Fikes, Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation, 870-850-7934.
Beginning Wednesday, Aug. 16
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: 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
Friday and Saturday, Aug. 18-19
Dollarway Class of 1972 reunion set
The Dollarway High School Class of 1972 will celebrate their 45th class reunion Friday and Saturday, Aug. 18-19, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. For additional information, contact Levester Green at 870-717-4755 or Diana Daniels at 870-692-5427.
Tuesdays through Aug. 29
Free line dance classes set for children
Free line dance classes for children ages 4-13 will be held from 1-2 p.m. Tuesdays through Aug. 29, at First United Methodist Church, 200 W. Sixth Ave. The instructor will be Juanita Tompkins. Details: 870-325-7729 or 718-0677.
Through Wednesday, Aug. 30
Guachoya opens art exhibit
Guachoya Cultural Art Center at Lake Village will host an exhibit by David Temperato until Wednesday, Aug. 30. Temperato is a member of the board of directors at Guachoya. This exhibit will feature a Glow Room, plus more than 140 paintings. Guachoya is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. Details: 870-265-6077.
Through Thursday, Aug. 31
Transit, library summer reading effort set
Pine Bluff Transit and the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library System will host the second annual Summer Reading Partnership for children. The program will be held Monday, June 19, through Thursday, Aug. 31. Buses will run every hour to transport Pine Bluff children to the reading program at the main library at the civic center. Free rides will be given to school-age children (accompanied by an adult) and teens through the 12th grade, if they show their library cards upon entering a transit bus. The rider will get a return bus pass from the library.
Preserve Arkansas takes nominations for 2017 awards
Preserve Arkansas is accepting nominations for the 2017 Arkansas Preservation Awards. The deadline is Thursday, Aug. 31. Award winners will be honored at a ceremony and dinner Jan. 19, 2018, at Little Rock. Preserve Arkansas is a statewide historic preservation organization. To make a nomination, visit www.PreserveArkansas.org to obtain a nomination form or nominate online, or request a nomination form by calling 501-372-4757 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday and Monday, Sept. 3-4
Returning to the Hood Reunion set Labor Day weekend
The 10th annual Returning to the Hood Reunion will be held Labor Day weekend and the community is invited to attend. At 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 3, reunion participants will attend Family and Friends Day at Indiana Street Missionary Baptist Church, 1114 S. Indiana St. The Returning to the Hood Reunion will be held at Indiana Street church starting at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 4. Details: Paulette Lewis, organizer/coordinator, 870-536-0817.
Friday, Sept. 8
UAPB Sweet Potato Cooking Contest set
The first University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Sweet Potato Cooking Contest will be held Friday, Sept. 8. The cook-off will be a featured event at the agriculture field day hosted by the UAPB School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences. The field day will be held at the UAPB Agriculture Research Station on Oliver Road, off University Drive. Check-in for contestants begins at 8:30 a.m. with the cook-off getting underway at 9 a.m. A three-person panel will start judging the recipes at 10 a.m. Recipes should be submitted by Thursday, Aug. 17. Entrants should send their original recipe along with their name, address and phone number to Rachel Will at email@example.com or 1200 North University Drive, Mail Slot 4966, Pine Bluff, AR, 71601.
Through Saturday, Sept. 9
Arkansas Grown School Garden contest open
School entries are being accepted for the fourth annual Arkansas Grown School Garden of the Year Contest sponsored by the Arkansas Agriculture Department and Farm Credit. The deadline is Saturday, Sept. 9. Applicants may be any Arkansas school, grades pre-K through 12, that had a school garden open during the 2016-2017 school year or any schools planning to start a garden in the 2017-2018 school year.
Friday, Sept. 15
Chamber to host ‘Taste of Southeast Arkansas’
The Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce will present “Taste of Southeast Arkansas” featuring samplings of cuisine by celebrity chefs from Southeast Arkansas. “Taste of Southeast Arkansas” will be held from 6:30-11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Tickets are $50 per person. This is a fundraiser for the Jefferson County Young Professionals Network, a program of the Pine Bluff Chamber. Sponsorships are available. Details: Mandy Owens, firstname.lastname@example.org or 870-535-0110.
Beginning Thursday, Sept. 28
PBHS 1977 class sets 40th reunion
The Pine Bluff High School Class of 1977 will host its 40th reunion Thursday, Sept. 28, through Sunday, Oct. 1. Registration information is being mailed out to classmates, however the organizers need help with finding mailing addresses or email addresses for all participants. Send addresses to email@example.com or text it to Arlene R. Woody at 870-329-3473 or Gloria D. Tillmon at 870-718-9291.
Tuesday and Saturday through September
Farmers Market opens
The Farmers Market opens at Saracen Landing from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Tuesday and Saturday, June through September. SNAP benefits and WIC vouchers are accepted. Details: Pine Bluff Parks & Recreation Department, 870-536-0920.
Friday, Oct. 13
UAPB/AM&N Sports Hall of Fame ceremony set
Five former UAPB/AM&N student-athletes will be inducted as members of the 2017 class of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Sports Hall of Fame Friday, Oct. 13. The 2017 class includes former football, track and field players: Curley Roberts, Connie Hathorn football, Elton Taylor football, Walter Smith Jr. track and field and Maurice Myton track and field. Details: Contact the Letter “A” Club: 870-718-8756 or 330-338-4301.
Thursday, Oct. 26
Fish fry to feature Conyer Family
The 65th annual Farmers Appreciation Fish Fry will feature the Conyer Family, the 2017 Jefferson County Farm Family of the Year. The fish fry will be held Thursday, Oct. 26, according to a press release from the Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce. The family includes Lawrence “Wink” and Edna M. Conyer. The Arkansas Farm Bureau has sponsored the Farm Family of the Year program since 1947. Details: Chamber of Commerce, 870-535-0110.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Beginning Spanish course set at UAPB
The Division of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is offering a beginning Spanish course. The course began June 13 and will be held from 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays in Dawson-Hicks Hall, Room 325. The cost of the course is $40 per person. Details: UAPB Office of Continuing Education, 870-575-8315 or Bonita Corbin, email@example.com.
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
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.
Friday and Saturdays
Movie and Activity Nights set
The Family Community Development Corporation is having Movie and Activity Nights each Friday and Saturday Night from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at 1001 N. Palm St. This project serves children 5-12 years old with movies, art, chess, Black History, drama, music and physical activities scheduled. Nutritious Snacks are served, and health issues highlighted. A spokeswoman said the location is the old Anna’s Store. Call 870 850-7094 for additional information.
Through Sunday April 1, 2018
Agency accepts respite grant applications
Area Agency on Aging of Southeast Arkansas announces the availability of a new grant for respite care. The grant will allow respite care to be provided to a caregiver providing 24 hour service to their loved one with special needs. The deadline is April 1, 2018, or until the monies run out, a spokesman said in a news release. The grant is for any age group, however individuals with the greatest need will be considered first. The mini-grant project is funded through the Arkansas Lifespan Respite Coalition and the Administration on Community Living and made possible by the Department of Human Services, according to the release. To apply, contact the case manager at Area Agency offices at Arkansas, Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Cleveland, Desha, Drew, Grant, Jefferson or Lincoln counties. Details: 870-543-6300 or 1-800-264-3260.
Tuesdays and Thursdays
Arsenal begins water aerobics classes
The Pine Bluff Arsenal Recreation Services will offer water aerobics classes from 5-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The fee is $30 for all classes or $5 for one class. The classes are open to Arsenal employees and the general public. Details: 870-692-3621 or 870-540-3778.
Monday through Saturday
Arsenal swimming pools open
Pine Bluff Arsenal Recreation Services has opened the swimming pools at the Arsenal. The hours are 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Fees for the pools are: Active duty military - no charge; military family member - single-$80; family-$100; retired military - single-$90; family-$110; Department of Defense employees and retired personnel - single-$110; family-$120; other federal employees-single-$130; family-$150; community civilians and contractor- single-$260; family-$310. Details: 540-3778 or 540-3621.
Summer LIHEAP available
The Pine Bluff-Jefferson County Economic Opportunities Commission began taking applications for the summer regular and crisis portions of LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) Monday, July 10. EOC will open the program in Jefferson, Grant, Cleveland, Arkansas and Lincoln counties. Applications will be taken from 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Wednesday. Summer LIHEAP is for electric bills only, according to a news release. Applicants for LIHEAP must meet income guidelines. For a household of one person, the monthly countable income is $1,533. For each additional person in the household, add $471.
Sheriff’s office announces summer fan drive
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office began its summer fan drive for senior citizens July 6. Those who wish to donate fans or window unit air conditioners may take them to the JCSO’s Uniformed Patrol Division, 109 S. Main St., between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Seniors (60 or older) in need of fan should contact the Uniformed Patrol Division at 870-541-5376 and a deputy will deliver a fan to the person, according to a news release.
Downtown Development accepts grant forms
Pine Bluff Downtown Development Inc. is accepting applications from businesses seeking a grant to improve the outside facade of a building or for outdoor signage. Downtown Development received a $1,000 business improvement grant June 28 from Main Street Arkansas through the Arkansas Historic Preservation program. The funding will allow Downtown Development to give the $1,000 toward a viable exterior project if the grantee provides $250 towards the project. Grant funding forms and guidelines are available at the office of Pine Bluff Downtown Development, 110 N. Pine St. or by calling 870-536-8742.
Conservation District accepts grant applications
The Jefferson County Conservation District began taking applications for an ANRC Grants to District funded water metering program Saturday, July 1. This grant will assist landowners in the purchase of water meters on water wells and surface water pumping facilities. Approval for funding is on a first come, first served basis and limited to available funding, said Henry English, director of the Small Farm Program at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and member of the Jefferson County District Conservation Board. Details: Kathryn Owen, district secretary with the Jefferson County Conservation District, 870-727-6125.
Pine Bluff Transit begins Watson Chapel bus route
The Pine Bluff Transit Bus system recently announced a route for the Watson Chapel community. The Watson Chapel Express will run Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting at Second Avenue and Main Street at the bottom of the hour. The route will include 5th Avenue to 6th Avenue; 6th Avenue and Blake Street; Blake Street and 28th Avenue; 28th Avenue and Persimmon Street; 28th Avenue and Kenwood Road; 28th Avenue and Taft Street; Taft and Blake; Sulphur Springs Road; East Lake Drive; West Lake Drive; Union Street; Apple Street, etc. Details: Pine Bluff Transit, 870-543-5130.
Trinity summer camp open
Registration is open for the summer youth program at Trinity’s Community Learning Center at the Trinity annex building, 2900 W. Sixth Ave. Sessions are available for youth ages 5 to 18. The program began June 5 and will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Parents are urged to enroll children at the facility. Topics and activities will include robotics, arts, educational field trips, money management seminars, dance class, fishing, sports training and basic computer class. Registration and weekly fees are $35 for one child; $55 for two children; and $75 for three children. Details: 870-534-2905 or 534-2983 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Full Circle hosts summer camp; seeks volunteers
Full Circle, 1415 S. Main St., a non-profit agency, still has spaces available for its summer camp for children ages 5 to 10. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided. The camp will feature classes, including arts and crafts, activities such as movies, video games, basketball, table games, nail polishing (for girls), talent showcases, dance and exercise classes. Regular enrollment costs $50 and the enrollment special price is $25, according to a news release. Full Circle also seeks volunteers to work with youth. Applications are available at the agency. Duties will include helping in the youth program, assisting in the fun camp and sorting clothes. Details: Full Circle, 501-554-2809 or 870-209-2644 between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Splash Park open at Saracen Landing
The Saracen Landing Splash Park is free to the public. The park is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 1-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. It includes access to vending machines, changing and restrooms, according to a press release. The splash pad features 78 programmable high flow jets and LED lighting. The area is available for rentals, according to the release. Details: Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation Department, 870-536-0920.
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 email@example.com
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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or http://www.healthedtoday.com/UAPB