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Through Saturday, Nov. 9-11

Arts & Science Center hosts Razzle Dazzle 2017

The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St., will host Razzle Dazzle 2017, “BIG TIME.” The session will feature big bands from Big Ben to the Big Easy to the Big Apple at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 9-11. The cost is $20 for members, $25 for non-members and $15 for students.

Through Sunday, Nov. 9-12

Clydesdales appear at Jefferson County

The community is invited to come out to see the Budweiser Clydesdales at several locations in Jefferson County. The Clydesdales horses will be available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Sunday, Nov. 12, at Hestand Stadium. Other appearances will include: Thursday, Nov. 9 — 2:30 p.m. at the Pine Bluff Country Club; Friday, Nov. 10 — 3:30 p.m. at Harbor Oaks Golf Club; and Saturday, Nov. 11 — 11:30 a.m. at the White Hall Community Center.

Friday, Nov. 10

Jefferson County to honor veterans

Jefferson County will host a flag ceremony to honor Jefferson County veterans at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10, at the Jefferson County Courthouse. All residents are encouraged to attend. In observance of Veterans Day, the courthouse will be closed Friday with the exception of the ceremony on the steps.

Veterans Day closings set

Veterans Day is officially Saturday, Nov. 11, however some agencies will be closed Friday, Nov. 10, including: the Jefferson County Courthouse, Pine Bluff City Hall, Altheimer City Hall, White Hall City Hall, state offices, Liberty Utilities water company and Strachota Senior Center. Area Agency on Aging of Southeast Arkansas’ main office will be open. Southeast Arkansas Transportation (SEAT) will run for cancer and dialysis patients only. The U.S. Postal Service will be open Friday and closed Saturday.

Drew County Veterans Day event set

The Drew County military community, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion will present a Veterans Day ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10, in front of the Drew County Courthouse. Speakers will be Drew County Judge Robert Akin and state Rep. LeAnne Burch of Monticello, who retired from the U.S. Army Reserve as a Brigadier General, according to a spokesman. Jim Lee, a district VFW leader, will be the emcee. The public is invited to attend, according to a news release.

Garden Pointe sets veterans’ event

Garden Pointe Assisted Living Facility, 7001 S. Hazel St., will recognize its veterans at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10. The guest speaker will be Xavion Culclager, a candidate for Jefferson County sheriff. The public is invited to attend and refreshments will be served, according to a press release.

NAACP, Prince Hall Lodge to honor veterans

The Pine Bluff branch of the NAACP in collaboration with the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge, F.&A.M., will present a reception to honor veterans of the armed forces. The event will be held at the Prince Hall lodge, 2906 E. Harding Ave., at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10. Officials are seeking the oldest living veteran of each armed services branch in Jefferson County (and all veterans 90 and older.) They are requesting the public’s assistance in this effort. For tickets, to nominate veterans or for details, call NAACP President Ivan Whitfield at 643-7252.

Watson Chapel Veterans Ceremony set

The Watson Chapel High School JROTC will have a Veteran’s Day ceremony tomorrow at the Watson Chapel High School Football field.

The ceremony will begin at approximately 9 a.m. and will last about 20 minutes.

Extension homemakers plan holiday foods show

The Jefferson County Extension Homemakers Holiday Foods Show will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10, at the St. Joseph Church Parish Hall, West Sixth Avenue and Laurel Street. Tickets are $15 which includes a booklet, tasting and door prizes. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance. Details: 870-247-4046, 247-4050, or the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Office, 534-1033.

Through Friday, Nov. 10

Special Olympics bowling tourney set

The Area IX Special Olympics Bowling Tournament will be held at Thunder Lanes Bowling Center, 1600 E. Harding Ave. Olympic style medals are awarded to the winners. Area IX Special Olympics will provide the noon meal. Athletes from the following schools will compete on these dates: Dollarway – Oct. 26; Jenkins Memorial Center school aged students – Oct. 30; Jenkins center females – Oct. 31; Jenkins center males – Nov. 2; Star City – Nov. 7; Watson Chapel – Nov. 9; and White Hall — Nov. 10.

TOPPS accepts applications for Toys for Tots

TOPPS Inc., 1000 Townsend Drive, will accept applications for the Toys for Tots program from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays through Friday, Nov. 10. TOPPS (Targeting Our People’s Priorities With Service) is working in partnership with the United States Marine Corps Reserve in sponsoring Toys for Tots. Parents of children 16 years old and younger may apply by bringing a state issued identification card, proof of income, and a copy of each child’s birth certificate. To ensure that all needs are met in the Jefferson County area, TOPPS asks that participants only register with one agency. Details: TOPPS, 850-6011.

Saturday, Nov. 11

St. John AME serves free lunch

St. John AME Church at the corner of Cherry and Pullen streets will offer free lunches between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, a spokesman said. The effort is a part of the church’s “Soul Food Feeding Program for the Mind, Body and Spirit.”

Old St. James to give away clothes

The women’s ministry at Old St. James Missionary Baptist Church, 1307 W. 16th Ave., will hold its annual clothes giveaway from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 11. The event will be held in the fellowship hall at the church. The ministry will give away items to needy families of Pine Bluff and nearby communities.

Omegas to host Achievement Week Banquet

The Omegas of Pine Bluff will present their annual Achievement Week Founder’s Banquet at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Prince Hall Masonic Lodge, 2906 E. Harding Ave. The Tau Phi Graduate Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. will also celebrate its 90th anniversary. The dress is semi-formal. Tickets are $25 each or $200 for a table of 8. Participants may make their tax-deductible contributions payable to the Omegas of Pine Bluff. Tickets may be purchased from members of Tau Phi Chapter or by calling Glenn Freeman at 870-247-3960.

Hawley slates bake sale, luncheon

The United Methodist Women of Hawley Memorial United Methodist Church, 1575 Ridgway Road, will hold their annual fall bake sale and luncheon from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11. The bake sale will include homemade cakes, breads, pies, cookies, candies and jellies. The luncheon will be held from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. and the menu will be chicken spaghetti, salad, roll, dessert and drink. The cost is $6 for dine-in or carry-out meals. All proceeds will be used for mission projects in Jefferson County. Details: 870-536-1611.

Hearin-Connolly to distribute poppies Veterans Day

Hearin-Connolly Unit 32 of the American Legion Auxiliary will hold a poppy distribution day at Super 1 Foods store at 28th Avenue and Hazel Street from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Veterans Day., Saturday, Nov. 11. All donations will go toward helping veterans and their families, according to a news release. Details: Barbara Rhinehart, 870-534-3625.

White Hall Museum to celebrate Veterans Day

The White Hall Museum Veterans Day ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at the White Hall Community Center, 9801 Dollarway Road. Remarks honoring the veterans will be made by Col. Kelso C. Horne III, commander of the Pine Bluff Arsenal, U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and 4th District U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Ark. The Clydesdales will be available for viewing after the event. Free lunch will be provided inside the White Hall Community Center courtesy of MK Distributors.

Veterans Day motorcycle processional set

The White Hall Veterans Day motorcycle processional will be held Saturday, Nov. 11, beginning at 9:15 a.m. with participants gathering on the parking lot of the Bank of Star City on Dollarway Road. All riders are welcome. At 9:45 a.m., the processional will travel to the White Hall Community Center. At the community center, the White Hall Museum Veterans Day ceremony will be held at 10 a.m.

Second Saturday Family FunDay

The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St., will host the free Second Saturday Family FunDay from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11. Participants are invited to join the center for an afternoon of exploring the new exhibition “How People Make Things,” then put on their “product developer” hat as they tinker with everyday objects to figure out ways to make them better. Girl Scouts can earn their Rosie the Rose Petal, Product Designer, or Inventor badges by participating in this workshop. To earn the badge, they must preregister through Girl Scouts - Diamonds. The center will also host Autumn Animals of the Bayou with the staff from the Delta Rivers Nature Center. Details: www.asc701.org.

Pine Bluff authors attend Little Rock book fair

Pine Bluff authors, Arnetha Grissom, Alice Horton, LaTonya Richardson and Arnold Robertson, will participate in a book fair from 1-4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 11, at Little Rock. The authors will join the Central Arkansas Library System’s Self-Published & Small Press Book Fair at the main library’s Darragh Center, 100 Rock St., at Little Rock. The event is free and open to the public.

Through Saturday, Nov. 11

Artmobile to visit Arts & Science Center

The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St., will host the Arkansas Arts Center’s Artmobile 2017 Tour: A Feast for the Eyes from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday, Nov. 10, and 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11. Patrons are invited to feast their eyes on the artmobile then come inside the Arts & Science Center to feast their other senses at 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9.

Monday, Nov. 13

UAPB library to host author, Hip Hop artist

The John Brown Watson Memorial Library at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will host alumna Aza Njeri for a book signing at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13. The event is free and open to the public event. Njeri is the author of the “Hip hop saved my life” workbook, a complimentary work to “One Mic” (Hip Hop saved my life), according to a news release.

Extension Service to host pesticide applicator training

The Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service, 500 Idaho St., will conduct a pesticide applicator training (PAT) for private applicators from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13, at the Extension office. Registration begins at 6 p.m. The fee is $10. Checks can be made payable to UACES (University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service). Details: Extension office, 870-534-1033. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.

Beginning Monday, Nov. 13

UAM to observe International Week

The University of Arkansas at Monticello will observe International Week from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, Nov. 13-17, with meals from different cultures around the world in the cafeteria of the John F. Gibson University Center. The meals are part of UAM’s regular meal plan with Aramark Dining Services and are also available to the public for $8.34. Flags from countries around the world will be on display in the cafeteria. An international display will be shown in the Taylor Library and Technology Center through the end of November. Details: UAM Office of International Services, 870-460-1026.

Tuesday, Nov. 14

UAPB Alumni chapter meets

The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff/AM&N Alumni Chapter will elect officers at the meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14. The event will be held at the Alumni House, 27 Watson Boulevard. All members and potential members are invited to attend. Details: Chapter President Charles Wesson Sr., 870-766-4235.

Salvation Army Auxiliary to discuss luncheon, festival

Plans for the upcoming Christmas Luncheon and Festival of Tables will be finalized at the Pine Bluff Salvation Army Auxiliary meeting. The auxiliary will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, in the fellowship room at the Salvation Army headquarters at 501 E. 12th Ave. Linda Eifling, event chairwoman, will hear reports from luncheon committee chairmen. The luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at the Great Hall of the First United Methodist Church.

WC junior high plans festival, chili supper

Watson Chapel Junior High School will host a family fall festival and chili supper from 5-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, at the school. Tickets are $5 and the event is open to the public. The event will include games, refreshments and prizes. Details: Watson Chapel Junior High main office, 870-879-4421.

Ivy Center robotics workshop set

On Tuesday, Nov. 14, Ivy Center for Education will host its Robotics Workshop from 6-7 p.m. at Faith Presbyterian Church, 913 University Drive. Details: Mattie Collins at mattie1908@gmail.com or Patricia Berry at koolaidpat1@aol.com.

Farmers invited to EQIP meeting at Dermott

An Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) information meeting will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, at the Dermott City Hall meeting room. The EQIP sign up for 2018 projects ends on Nov. 17. The meeting is aimed at row crop producers, vegetable growers and livestock ranchers in Ashley, Chicot, Desha and Drew counties, according to a press release from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences. For details or if participants have special needs, contact Travis Collins, UAPB Extension associate and meeting coordinator, at 870-355-8400.

Beginning Tuesday, Nov. 14

Rotary Club slates programs

Pine Bluff Rotary Club meets at noon Tuesdays at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Upcoming programs include: Nov. 14: labeling student dictionaries; Nov. 21: Caleb McMahon of the Economic Development Alliance for Jefferson County with updates on Pine Bluff Rising; and Nov. 28: Teresa “Tee” Hicks, publisher of The Pine Bluff Commercial. The West Pine Bluff Rotary Club meets at noon Thursdays at the country club. Programs will be announced.

Wednesday, Nov. 15

Workforce Development Board meets

The Southeast Arkansas Workforce Development Board will meet Wednesday, Nov. 15, at the Southeast Arkansas Economic Development District Inc., 721 Walnut St. Committees meet at 10:30 a.m. followed by lunch then the board meeting at 12:30 p.m. Details: 536-1971.

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 pbcnews@pbcommercial.com, faxed to 870-534-0113, hand-delivered or mailed to the office at 300 S. Beech St., Pine Bluff, AR, 71611. Details: 870-534-3400, ext. 1202.

Thursday, Nov. 16

Women’s Connection presents luncheon

The Pine Bluff Christian Women’s Connection will hold its monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, at the Pine Bluff Country Club. The speaker will be Karen Jordan of Hot Springs Village. Jordan will present “Words that Change Everything” and has a book by the same name. Contact Jennifer Keahey at 870-540-9302 for reservations or cancellations, which are to be made by noon on Monday, Nov. 13.

Free brucellosis vaccinations set

The Jefferson County Extension Service and the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission will offer free (brucellosis) Bangs vaccinations Thursday, Nov. 16. Heifer calves 4-12 months old may be vaccinated. Producers who want to have cattle vaccinated must register by Monday, Nov. 13. Participants must call the Extension office at 870-534-1033 and register with their name, address, phone number, and directions to their location. They may also send an email to kbeaty@uaex.edu.

UAM small business center slates free PB workshop

“Grow Your Sales in 5 Easy Steps,” a free workshop, will be held from 1-3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave. The Pine Bluff event is sponsored by the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Participants will learn a five-step process to maximize their marketing and promotions to attract customers. Although the event is free, pre-registration is required. Register at asbtdc.org/rural-marketing or call 870-460-1910.

Beginning Friday, Nov. 17

UAM slates Fiddler on the Roof

Fiddler on the Roof, winner of nine Tony Awards and one of Broadway’s longest running musicals, will be presented at the University of Arkansas at Monticello at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 17-18. The production will be held in the UAM Fine Arts Center, presented by the UAM Music Theatre Workshop and the Southeast Arkansas Concert Association. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children under 12. UAM students will be admitted free with ID. For tickets, call 870-460-1888 or purchase online at http://www.searkconcert.org/.

Through Friday, Nov. 17

Sikes Art Exhibition on display at UAM

An exhibition of paintings by Rick Sikes, director of The Downtown Gallery at Monroe, Louisiana, will be on display through Friday, Nov. 17. The exhibit is open in the Glassblock Gallery of the Taylor Library and Technology Center at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

UAMS sets spring registration dates

MONTICELLO — Students who have earned at least 60 credit hours and are classified as juniors or seniors may register for classes for the 2018 spring semester at the University of Arkansas at Monticello November 6-7, according to Dr. Peggy Doss, vice chancellor for academic affairs. All students, regardless of classification, may register for the spring semester November 8-17. For more information, contact the Office of Academic Advising at 870-460-1132.

Saturday, Nov. 18

St. Mark offers free Thanksgiving dinners

St. Mark United Methodist Church, 4229 W. Sixth Ave., invites the community to receive free Thanksgiving dinners from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18. Each participant will receive a dinner and dessert. Dinners will be given on a first come, first served basis. Details: Carol Mendenhall at camendenhall904@att.net.

A Taste of Trinity set

Pasta With a Purpose will be the theme of this year’s luncheon at A Taste of Trinity, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 18, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 703 W. Third Ave, Pine Bluff. The annual fund-raiser, sponsored by the Episcopal Church Women, will also feature bake and casserole sales, “treasures,” a silent auction and prize drawing, in addition to the Italian luncheon. There is no admission fee. Luncheon tickets are $10 each and may be purchased in advance at the church office by calling 534-3832. A limited number of luncheon tickets will be available at the door on the day of the luncheon. The doors will open at 9 a.m. Lunch will be served between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Carryout lunches will be available between noon and 1:30 p.m. Proceeds from the event will be used to support church-related projects, as well as community outreach.

Vera Lloyd Children’s Home’s Turkey Trot 5K

Vera Lloyd Children’s Home at Monticello will host the sixth annual Turkey Trot 5K and kids’ fun run at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 18. Proceeds will benefit Vera Lloyd Presbyterian Family Services. Registration is open at RunSignUp.com. The Turkey Trot 5K will take place at Vera Lloyd’s children’s home at Monticello. Children under age 12 are invited to run in the one mile kids’ fun run immediately after the 5K. The 5K is open to walkers, runners and virtual participants. Registration for the 5K or virtual participation is $25 until Nov. 9 when it increases to $30. Registration for the kids run is $10.

Through Saturday, Nov. 18

Walk Across Arkansas begins

The fall edition of Walk Across Arkansas began Sept. 17 and runs through Saturday, Nov. 18. The program allows people across Arkansas to form teams and commit to eight weeks of exercise, according to Lisa Washburn, associate professor of health for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. Registration for Walk Across Arkansas will open Tuesday, Sept. 5. Details: http://bit.ly/WAA-Fall-2017.

Monday, Nov. 20

Youth Advisory Council to meet

The Youth Advisory Council of the Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation will hold its monthly meeting at CASA Women’s Shelter from 4-5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20. YAC students and advisors will tour the facility and Glenn Freeman will conduct a parliamentary procedure workshop. Details: Lawrence Fikes at pinebluffarea@arcf.org or Mattie Collins at mattie1908@gmail.com

Tuesday, Nov. 21

Garden Pointe

Garden Pointe Assisted Living Facility, 7001 S. Hazel St., will present a Thanksgiving celebration for residents from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21. Family members of residents are invited to attend. Homemade desserts will be served. The Rev. P.C. Holley, pastor of Mt. Zion Church at Dumas, will offer words of encouragement, and various gospel singers will perform.

Beginning Wednesday, Nov. 22

Stuttgart plans Duck Calling Contest, Wings Over the Prairie

Stuttgart welcomes thousands to the annual World’s Championship Duck Calling Contest and Wings Over the Prairie Festival. The festival officially kicks off Friday, Nov. 24, but events happen throughout the week. Events range from the duck calling contests to the carnival midway to the World Championship Duck Gumbo Cook-off. There’s also outdoor exhibits, an arts and craft fair and the Great 5K/10K Duck Race. The carnival and midway officially open at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22. On Thanksgiving Day, the midway also opens at 3 p.m. On Friday, Nov. 24, the exhibits, midway, arts and crafts fair, and the sporting collectibles show open at 10 a.m. The second annual Trap Shoot Competition, held at Mack’s Prairie Wings, also begins at 10 a.m. At noon, the Arkansas State Qualifying Duck Calling Contest (Arkansas residents only); at 2 p.m., it’s the Intermediate World’s Championship Duck Calling Contest; and 3:30 p.m. is the Last Chance Regional Duck Calling Contest. On Saturday, Nov. 25, it’s the Great 5K/10K Duck Race beginning at 8 a.m. The exhibits, booths, carnival and the sporting collectibles show open at 9 a.m.

Monday, Nov. 27

Ivy Center sets special event

On Monday, Nov. 27, Ivy Center for Education will host a special presentation featuring James Montgomery discussing “It doesn’t matter where you begin, but it matters What you do when you get there.” The session will be held from 6-7 p.m. at Faith Presbyterian Church, 913 University Drive. Details: Mattie Collins at mattie1908@gmail.com or Patricia Berry at koolaidpat1@aol.com.

Tuesday, Nov. 28

Human trafficking topic at Ivy Center

On Tuesday, Nov. 28, Ivy Center for Education for Education will host a human trafficking workshop with Angela Roby with Ambassadors for Christ from 6-7 p.m. at Faith Presbyterian Church, 913 University Drive. Details: Mattie Collins at mattie1908@gmail.com or Patricia Berry at koolaidpat1@aol.com.

Friday, Dec. 1

Salvation Army Auxiliary plans Christmas Luncheon, Festival of Tables

The Salvation Army Auxiliary will present the annual Christmas Luncheon and Festival of Tables at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 1, in the Great Hall of the First United Methodist Church at 200 W. Sixth Ave. Nonrefundable tickets are available for $20 each, and carry-outs will be available. No tickets will be sold at the door. In the case of inclement weather, the event will be canceled if schools in the Pine Bluff District are closed. Tickets are available from Chairwoman Linda Eifling, 540-7448; any auxiliary member; the Salvation Army office, 501 E. 12th Ave.; or Kim Edwards at the Salvation Army, 534-0504.

Wednesday, Dec. 6

Military Officers Association holds Christmas event

The Southeast Arkansas Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America will meet at noon Wednesday, Dec. 6, for the Christmas program at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Guests will include the Pine Bluff High School Orchestra, conducted by Christie Bonds, and the Kiwanis Club. Everyone is invited and lunch is $13. Details: 534-1608.

Through Friday, March 30, 2018

Hunger Relief Alliance offers after-school feeding grants

The Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance is accepting grant applications for after-school feeding programs. Sponsors must participate in a U.S. Department of Agriculture reimbursed meal program through the Child and Adult Care Feeding Program or through the National School Lunch Program. Applications submitted by Aug. 20 will be reviewed and awarded by Sept. 8. Applications submitted between Aug. 21 and Nov. 1 will be reviewed and awarded by Nov. 24. The online application will remain open through March 30, 2018. For details, contact SiKia Brown, Out of School Programs Director for the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, at Sbrown@arhungeralliance.org or call 501-399-9999 or fax 501-399-9996. For technical support, send an email to grantshelpdesk@strength.org.

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.

Through Tuesday, May 29

Gould Youth Ministries food, after school programs underway

Gould Youth Ministries is offering free meals for children 5-18 years old in its at-risk feeding program. The feeding program began Sept. 18 and will continue through May 29, 2018. The at-risk after school program is also underway with free activities for youth, according to a press release.

Monday through Friday

Turning Point to present mentoring for girls

Turning Point Youth Center Inc., 508 S. Mulberry St., is sponsoring an after-school mentoring program for girls ages 5-18. Sessions will be held from 2-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The program is entitled RUBIES (Reaching Un-Measurable Bounds in Etiquette and Standard.) Details: Yolanda Pitts, executive director of Turning Point, 870-643-6540.


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.

Tuesdays, Thursdays; 2nd and 4th Saturdays

PBSD community computer lab open

The Pine Bluff School District’s Title I Parent & Family Resource Center has opened the community computer lab in the Jordan-Chanay Administrative Center, 1215 W. Pullen St. The lab will be open from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 9 a.m. to noon the second and fourth Saturday of the month (except holidays.) The lab has 30 state-of-the art computers and can be used by parents, teachers, students and the community. Details: For 850-2008 or 850-2009.

Wednesdays and Fridays

Unity slates girls program

Unity Christian Fellowship Church, 2712 S. Bay St., will host a program for girls ages 12 to 17 at 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. The program is called SAFETY (Saving Adolescent Females Empowering Today’s Youth.) Topics will include self-respect, dating, dressing properly, self-esteem, avoiding dangerous situations, future planning, preventing adolescent pregnancy, physical fitness, health and character. After each meeting, the program will feature sessions on hair, make-up and nail painting. Details: 870-592-9136 or 870-209-2644.

Tuesdays, Thursdays, 2nd, 4th Saturdays

PBSD community computer lab available

The Pine Bluff School District’s Title I Parent & Family Resource Center has a community computer lab available in the Jordan-Chanay Administrative Center, 1215 W. Pullen St. The lab opens Sept. 5 will be available from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 9 a.m. to noon the second and fourth Saturday of the month (except holidays.) The lab can be used by parents, teachers, students and the community. Details: For 850-2008 or 850-2009.

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.

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.

On-going Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

Salvation Army

For those interested in supporting victims of Hurricane Harvey, financial donations are the best way to assist the Salvation Army’s disaster relief program, according to a news release. People may donate online at www.helpsalvationarmy.org or by mail: The Salvation Army, P.O. BOX 1959, Atlanta, GA., 30301. People should designate “Hurricane Harvey” on all checks. Contributions may also be made by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769); or texting STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link for mobile giving.

Red Cross

The American Red Cross is accepting donations for Hurricane Harvey relief. Donors may mail checks payable to the American Red Cross, 401 S. Monroe St., Little Rock, AR 72205. People may donate by phone via credit card or debit card or by visiting the Red Cross office at 211 W. Third Ave. in Pine Bluff. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday to Friday. Specify “Hurricane Harvey” relief on checks. People may call 870-534-7312 for questions on donations.

White Hall Food pantry

The White Hall Community Food Pantry has been asked by the American Red Cross to be a distribution center for victims of Hurricane Harvey. They will accept donations of non-perishable food items and hygiene products. The pantry will also accept large donations from businesses. Bee Bee Fenters, director of the pantry, asks people to call her at 870-489-1281 to arrange donations at Family Church at White Hall. All cash donations should be made to the American Red Cross.

Liberty Baptist accepts hurricane relief donations

Liberty Baptist Church, 8454 U.S. 79 S, is assisting Hurricane Harvey relief efforts and is accepting donations, according to the pastor, Shawn Cuthbertson. Donated items may be taken to the Clothesline Consignment in White Hall, DeJa Vu Consignment in Chapel Village, Money Mart Pawn Shop on East Harding Avenue and Liberty Baptist. They will take items to Texas ever 10 days. For details or to make online donations, visit libertypinebluff.com .

Ongoing events:

Robey seeking mentors

Jack Robey Junior High School is seeking volunteer mentors for its “Mentoring Matters” Program. The program’s aim is to assist students who are academically, behaviorally, or emotionally challenged, according to a news release. All interested groups and individuals will be required to register through the Volunteers in Public Schools office. Details: LaKesha Foote, 7th Grade English/Language Arts Teacher and Parent Facilitator at Jack Robey, lakesha.foote@pinebluffschools.org or 501-386-1106.

Monday through Friday

Turning Point to present mentoring for girls

Turning Point Youth Center Inc., 508 S. Mulberry St., is sponsoring an after-school mentoring program for girls ages 5-18. Sessions will be held from 2-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The program is entitled RUBIES (Reaching Un-Measurable Bounds in Etiquette and Standard.) Details: Yolanda Pitts, executive director of Turning Point, 870-643-6540.

TOPPS hosts fall programs

TOPPS began all fall programs Tuesday, Sept. 5. TOPPS (Targeting Our People’s Priorities with Service) Inc. has programs for students in first through 12th grades. Applications are available at the TOPPS office, 1000 Townsend Drive. The programs include after-school tutoring, mentoring, graphic design-job training, volunteerism, the feeding program and DREAMS (Dreams Require Educating and Motivating Students.) DREAMS, a pre-college program, has limited slots, according to a news release. Details: Aurora Smith 870-850-6011.

Historical Society seeks items for Supreme Court exhibit

Citizens of Arkansas are asked to donate materials that may be relevant for a new Arkansas Supreme Court exhibit at the Old State House. The Arkansas Supreme Court Historical Society is on the lookout for artifacts related to the Arkansas judiciary. The display would explain the Arkansas Supreme Court and its residence at the Old State House from the earliest times until 1915 when state government moved into the State Capitol, according to a news release. Details: Rod Miller of the Arkansas Supreme Court Library at 501- 682-2147.

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.

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.

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

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