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Monday, March 12

L.L. Owen prepares for tests, plans activities

L.L. Owen Elementary School in the Watson Chapel School District is gearing up for the upcoming ACT Aspire and STAR state testing with Test Prep Week activities, according to a news release. Events include: March 12, “Pastries for Parents” 7:55 a.m. Parents are asked to escort their children to class then join other parents for pastries in the 3rd Grade Staff Development Room. March 13, “Goodies for Grands” 8:30 a.m. Grandparents are invited to come for a short assembly in the gym. The guest speaker will be Glinda Foots. March 16, Motivational Pep Rally will be held at 9 a.m. in the gym.

Bloom Tennis Center hosts ribbon cutting

A ribbon cutting will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday, March 12, at the Bloom Tennis Center, 2101 S. Hickory St. The tennis courts have been resurfaced and the center has been renovated, a spokesman said in a news release. “We will celebrate with our first tennis match as we support the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Golden Lions Tennis Team as they take on Alcorn State University Braves,” the release said. The tennis match starts at 1 p.m. Parks and Recreation will host a three-day tennis clinic for youth during spring break, March 19-23. The clinic will be instructed by a tennis coach from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Registration is now open.

Tuesday, March 13

Pine Bluff/Jefferson County museum sets archeology event

The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Historical Museum, 201 E. Fourth Ave., will observe Arkansas Archeology Month with displays and an event at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 13. The guest speaker will be John House, Ph.D., the Arkansas Archeological Survey Station Archeologist at University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. He will discuss What’s new in Archeology in Southeast Arkansas and about recent historic and prehistoric discoveries in the area. The public is invited to attend. Details: Historical Museum, 541-5402.

Gould plans public meetings

The City of Gould will hold a public hearing and city council meeting at Gould City Hall at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 13. Mayor Essie Mae Dale Cableton and aldermen invite residents to the meeting. The agenda includes the waterline project, conducting formal needs assessment survey and discussing Gould’s future and the future of the region. Following the public hearing, the Gould City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Details: Dale-Cableton, 870-263-4416.

Salvation Army auxiliary plans brunch, fashion show

Plans for the upcoming Spring Membership Brunch and Fashion Show will be finalized during the Pine Bluff Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary meeting. The meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 13, in the fellowship room at the Salvation Army headquarters, 501 E. 12th Ave. The brunch and fashion show will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at the Salvation Army gymnasium, according to Warna Turner, membership chairwoman. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased from auxiliary members or at the Salvation Army office. Details: Salvation Army, 534-0504.

UAPB alumni chapter slates meeting

The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff/AM&N Alumni Chapter will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, at the UAPB Business Incubator, 615 Main St., in the multipurpose room on the second floor. The regular monthly meetings will now be held at the incubator, according to a news release. The agenda includes plans for upcoming events and the ongoing membership drive. Details: Chapter President Hazell Reed, 870-879-9469.

PB school district hosts literacy event with clergy

Pastors and church leaders are invited to another literacy training from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, at the board room of the Pine Bluff School District’s central administration building, 512 S. Pine St. “If you want to help our children and youth master reading, this is the workshop for you,” the Rev. Edna Morgan, chairwoman of the education pillar of the Faith Community Coalition. Interested participants should RSVP to the Rev. Edna Morgan, by Sunday, March 11, at edna.morgan@arumc.org or 870-692-2400.

UAM reschedules symphony, band concert

A free public concert by the University of Arkansas at Monticello Wind Symphony and Concert Band was rescheduled due to flooding in the region. The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, in the UAM Fine Arts Center auditorium. The event was originally scheduled for March 1, according to a news release. Justin Anders, chair of the Division of Music, will direct the Wind Symphony while John Webb will conduct the Concert Band.

Ivy Center meeting set

The Ivy Center for Education will meet Tuesday, March 13, from 6-7 p.m. at Faith Presbyterian, 913 University Drive. The robotics teams will meet in the fellowship hall. Details: mattie1908@gmail.com or koolaidpat1@aol.com .

Beginning Tuesday, March 13

Rotary Club slates meetings

The Downtown Pine Bluff Rotary Club meets at noon Tuesdays at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Programs include: March 13: Dr. Troy Birk, Jefferson Regional Medical Center’s newest orthopedic surgeon along with Karen Holcomb; March 20: Rachel M. Miller, PhD, executive director of the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas; March 27: A joint meeting with the West Pine Bluff Rotary Club for Industry Appreciation Day.

Wednesday, March 14

SEARK board to meet

Southeast Arkansas College Board of Trustees will meet at 12:10 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, at the SEARK Welcome Center Board Room. The agenda includes a tuition increase, five year strategic plan, budget review, executive session (if required), a report by President Steven Bloomberg, finance reports, student recruitment and success and concurrent enrollment.

Alzheimer’s Association sets PB interfaith breakfast

The Alzheimer’s Association will present a Get to Know Us Interfaith Breakfast at 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 14, at Damascus Baptist Church, 224 N. Cypress St. The Alzheimer’s Association from Little Rock will present information about how the agency can help the clergy and the community with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and memory loss, according to a news release. Faith leaders are invited to participate. Registration is requested by calling Classie Green at 870-536-9159 or 556-0527.

Commercial’s Church News deadline set

The Commercial is printing church news on Fridays. The deadline to submit church announcements is noon on Wednesdays. Announcements can be emailed 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. The Devotional Column, which features a brief sermon, should also be emailed and include a contact phone number and the name and location of the ministry. Details: 870-534-3400, ext. 1202.

Thursday, March 15

State of the City Address set

The City of Pine Bluff will host the State of the City Address at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 15, according to a spokesman from the Office of Mayor Shirley Washington. The event will be held in the auditorium of the Pine Bluff Convention Center.

Monticello School Board meets

Monticello School Board will hold a special meeting at noon Thursday, March 15, at the Monticello board room. The agenda includes consideration of the 2019-2020 proposed budget of expenditures.

Collage & Cork class at arts center set

The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St., will host the adult collage art class, Collage & Cork from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15. Participants will create their own collage art while having complimentary wine or beer, according to a news release. No experience is necessary. The cost of the class is $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers. Advance registration is required and participants must be 21 years or older to attend. Space is limited. To register, call the center at 870-536-3375 or visit www.ASC701.org.

Beginning Thursday, March 15

West Pine Bluff Rotary Club meets

The West Pine Bluff Rotary Club meets at noon Thursdays at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Speakers include: March 15, Lawrence Fikes, executive director, Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation; March 22, Susan Buckner and Roger Area, Community Gardens at First United Methodist Church.

EOC to host two meetings

The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Economic Opportunities Commission will host two meetings and both are open to the public. The EOC Board of Directors will meet at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 15, at EOC’s administration building, 1203 W. Pullen St. The Head Start Policy Council of EOC will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 17, at the administration building.

Through Thursday, March 15

Blue & You Foundation begins taking mini-grant applications

Applications are being accepted through Thursday, March 15 for $1,000 mini-grants through the Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas. Any 501(c)(3) public charity, public school, church, government agency or nonprofit hospital in Arkansas is eligible to apply for the mini-grants. Funding can be used to support an existing health improvement program or a new start-up project. The foundation also awards regular grants of $5,000 to $150,000, with an application deadline of July 16. Mini-grant applications are due March 15. Applications are available at www.BlueAndYouFoundationArkansas.org.

Friday March 16

Community Health Fair set at Watkin Chapel

The 2018 free Community Health Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, March 16, at Watkin Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 800 S. Juniper St. The community is invited to attend. The health fair will include a free electrocardiogram (EKG), sign ups for mammograms, heart attack risk assessment, HIV testing, prostate screening (by blood draw only), oral care, weight balance test, blood type test, and STD (sexually transmitted disease) prevention and detection, cholesterol testing, diabetes screening and blood pressure check. Details: James Mazique, chairman, dwightmazique@yahoo.com or 870-489-1614, or call the church for van transportation at 534-1649.

UAMS Mobile MammoVan to appear at PB

The UAMS Mobile MammoVan will provide on-site mammograms at the Pine Bluff Free Community Health Fair at Watkin Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 800 S. Juniper St. The health fair will begin at 10 a.m., Friday, March 16, and offers a variety of programs, according to a spokesman. The Mobile MammoVan of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences will be on site for women age 40 and older who are due for a mammogram. Mammograms are by appointment and women should call the UAMS office to schedule an appointment. With or without insurance, pre-registration is required, according to a news release. Details: UAMS Mobile Mammography, 1-800-259-8794.

YEAH 8 sets spring break events

YEAH 8 Arts and Motion Enrichment Program for youth will host two spring break events Friday, March 16. A spring break skate party will be held at Skateland, 3414 Old Warren Road, from 6-10 p.m. Admission is $5. A laser tag and neon party will be held at Jack and Jill Fun Zone in The Pines mall from 7-11 p.m. Wristbands for the event will be on sale for $15 starting Monday, March 12, at Jack and Jill. The fee includes admission to the party and other activities. Parents are encouraged to volunteer as chaperones. Donations and volunteers are welcome. Details: 870-267-0542.

Through Friday, March 16

Community Foundation offers scholarships

Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation will accept applications for scholarships through Friday, March 16. High school seniors from Pine Bluff and Jefferson County are eligible to apply for the scholarships established for students in the general areas of sports, history, library sciences, English, education, healthcare and/or hospital administration. The scholarships aren’t limited to those areas, according to a news release. Students should visit www.arcf.org/scholarships to apply for the scholarships.

Deadline set for First Electric scholarships, youth tour

First Electric Cooperative is accepting applications for its scholarship program and the 2018 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour to Washington, D.C. Applicants must have parents or guardians who are First Electric members. High school seniors may apply for a $2,000 scholarship funded through Operation Round-Up. High school juniors may apply for the youth tour, an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, June 8-14. Both applications are available under the “Community” tab at www.firstelectric.coop and at any First Electric office. Applications are due by March 16 for the Youth Tour and by April 2 for the scholarship program. They may be submitted to any First Electric office or mailed to Marketing and Communications Department; First Electric Cooperative; P.O. Box 5018; Jacksonville, AR 72078.

AETN sets deadline for student film entries 

The Arkansas Educational Television Network is accepting entries through Friday, March 16, for “Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase.” Categories include documentary, narrative, animation, Claymation, stop-motion, music videos and PSAs. Visit aetn.org/studentselects for complete rules for all competitions, to submit entries electronically and to download entry forms for mailed entries.

Tire Sculpture Exhibition to include UAPB art chair, artists

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) has teamed up with Arkansas artists Danny Campbell, chairman of the Department of Art and Design at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, and Alice Guffey Miller to highlight new legislation regarding the disposal of tires. Students from Maumelle High School and eStem High School will also be involved. ADEQ has asked the artists and art students to create tire sculptures to be exhibited March 2-16 on the second floor rotunda of the Arkansas State Capitol at Little Rock. Admission is free to the public and all ages are encouraged to visit.

Saturday, March 17

Star City sets Robotics St. Patrick’s Day 5K

Star City School District will host the first Star City Robotics St. Patrick’s Day 5K Color Run/Walk starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 17, at Star City Middle School. The fundraiser will raise money to send the robotics teams to the national and world events, according to a news release from Ginny Chambliss of Project Lead the Way, Engineering, at Star City High School. The cost is $20 per person or $15 per person with a group of two or more. Also, race T-shirts are available for $15. For details or to register, email stacy.reynolds@starcityschools.org, ginny.chambliss@starcityschools.org, or jason.camden@starcityschools.org .

Remnant Outreach to give away clothes

The Remnant Outreach Ministry, 1210 S. Cherry St., Suite 17 and 19, will give away clothes from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 17. They also need donations of books, a spokesman said. The outreach is a 501(c) 3 ministry. For details or to make donations, contact Sue Gray, host/apostle, at 870-209-2889.

Watson Chapel 1978 Class to meet, plan reunion

The Watson Chapel High School Class of 1978 will meet at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at Bar-B-Que Hut, 2203 W. 26th Ave. The class is planning its 40th reunion for Friday and Saturday, May 25-26. Those interested in participating in the reunion should contact William Shaw at 870-413-2846, or Mary Burns at 870-543-0296. All classmates are encouraged to attend.

UAPB to host workshop for farmers

Sessions of the Developing Marketing Plans and Strategies Workshop will continue at the 1890 Extension Complex at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Saturday, March 17. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and events are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The meetings are aimed primarily at limited-resource producers of specialty crops and livestock. Enrollment is limited. Pre-registration is required to participate. Lunch will be provided. Contact Stephan Walker at 870-575-7237 or walkers@uapb.edu to pre-register or to request assistance with special needs.

Beginning Wednesday, March 21

Arts & Science Center plans board meetings

The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St., announces the dates for the 2018 board of trustees and committee meetings. All meetings begin at 4:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month, except in December when the event is held the second Wednesday, according to a news release. Dates include: March 21 Executive Committee; April 18 Full Board; May 16 Executive Committee; June 20 Full Board; July 18 Executive Committee; Aug. 15 Full Board; Sept. 19 Executive Committee; Oct. 17 Full Board; Nov. 21 Executive Committee; and Dec. 12 Full Board.

Saturday, March 24

White Hall auto show to benefit Special Olympics

Fairfield Community Credit Union, 7010 Sheridan Road at White Hall, will host the third annual Fire and Iron Bike, Car and Truck Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 24, on the parking lot. All proceeds from the event will benefit Special Olympics of Arkansas Area IX, according to a news release. The show is being organized by the Fire and Iron Motorcycle Club, Station 148. Live bands and a DJ will provide entertainment. The event will also include food trucks and other vendors, plus a bounce house for children. To enter a vehicle in the competition, participants must pay the entry fee of $10 per vehicle. Details: Fred Fowler at 870-484-2434 or Mike Stokes at 870-643-5570.

Center invites public to musical-in-development reading

The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St., invites the community to a public reading of the musical-in-development, “Helaine and the Little War,” at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 24. The event is free and open to the public. The event isn’t a performance, but an audience-participation reading helping to refine a script for the musical play by Arkansas singer-song writers, Charley Sandage and Charlie Crow, and playwright, David Eshelman of Arkansas Tech University.

Friday and Saturday, May 25-26

Watson Chapel Class of 1978 hosts 40th reunion

The Watson Chapel High School Class of 1978 is planning its 40th class reunion Friday and Saturday, May 25-26. Those interested in participating in the reunion should contact William Shaw at 870-413-2846, or Mary Burns at 870-543-0296. All classmates are encouraged to attend.

Beginning Monday, March 26

Sheridan slates kindergarten registration

Sheridan School District will hold kindergarten registration for the 2018-19 school year from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, March 26, and Thursday, March 29, at Sheridan Elementary and East End Elementary schools. Parents should bring their child to registration for a kindergarten screening. Parents should also bring documentation, including a birth certificate or another form of identification, immunization record, identification number and proof of residency. Details: East End Elementary, 501-888-4264, or Sheridan Elementary, 870-942-3131.

Through Monday, March 26

Nominations open for Endangered Historic Places

Preserve Arkansas is seeking nominations for the 2018 Most Endangered Places List. The nomination deadline is Monday, March 26. Nomination information and program guidelines are available at PreserveArkansas.org. Nominations, photographs, and support materials may be submitted via an online form or by email. Details: 501-372-4757 or email rpatton@preservearkansas.org.

Tuesday, March 27

Jefferson County GOP announces annual dinner

Gov. Asa Hutchinson will be the keynote speaker for the Jefferson County Republican Committee’s 2018 Lincoln-Reagan Dinner. The event will be on Tuesday, March 27, at the Pine Bluff Country Club. A by-ticket-only reception with elected officials and candidates will be from 6-7 p.m., and seating for the prime rib dinner begins at 7 p.m. Fourth District Congressman Bruch Westerman, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and Land Commissioner John Thurston are among elected officials to attend. Gatehouse Media Pine Bluff Commercial Publisher Teresa “Tee” Hicks will serve as moderator for a “Meet the Constitutional Office Candidates” session. Tables for eight (reception and dinner) are $725. Individual reception/dinner tickets are $110 and dinner only tickets $49. Contact Stu Soffer at 247-1177 to purchase a table.

Through Friday, March 30

Deadline set to apply to Citizen’s Fire Academy

The Pine Bluff Fire & Emergency Services Department will host the 2018 Citizen’s Fire Academy on Thursdays, from 6-9 p.m. April 5 through May 24. The deadline to apply is March 30. The program is free. All classes will be held at the Pine Bluff Fire Department Training Facility, 3216 W. Seventh Ave., except for nights when a tour of Fire Station #1 and the 911 Dispatch Center are scheduled. This program is for Pine Bluff residents 20 years old and older to learn about the operations of the department and about emergency issues. Applications are available at Pine Bluff Fire Department Administrative Offices, 200 E. Eighth Ave., the second floor of the Civic Center. Details:pbfire@cityofpinebluff.com or 870-730-2048 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Arsenal hosts Biggest Loser challenge

Pine Bluff Arsenal’s Recreation Services will sponsor a “Biggest Loser” Weight Loss Challenge through March 30. The program is open to the public. Registration is currently open. The cost is $100 per participant and everyone must have a Family Morale, Welfare and Recreation card to participate. Details: Kathy Berry at 540-3621.

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.

Saturday, March 31

Ivy Center plans ACT Boot Camp

The Ivy Center for Education Inc. will host a free “ACT Boot Camp” at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff starting with registration at 8:15 a.m. Saturday, March 31, at Rust Technology building. ACT Boot Camp is for 9-12 grades and it’s being held in preparation for the April 14 ACT exam. High School Seniors are top priority. Students who plan to attend the boot camp must be registered for the April 14 exam. They must be registered with ACT by March 9 at www.act.org or www.actstudent.org. Students should sign up with their counselors or career coaches by March 23 in the following districts: Dollarway, Pine Bluff and Watson Chapel. Each district will have 33 seats. Charity Fleming Smith, the principal associate for education at Fetterman and Associates and founder of the Arkansas College Prep Academy, and staff will be boot camp facilitators.

Lake Saracen hosts 5-K a Race for Life

My Sister’s Keyper Inc. will present a 5-K a Race for Life 5-K Run/Walk at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 31, at Lake Saracen. Registration is $25 and participants should register at eventbrite.com. The purpose is to raise awareness and funds for the social service side of cancer, according to a news release. A free community health and family fun expo will also be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Park.

Through Saturday, March 31

Arsenal plans controlled burns

Officials are conducting controlled burns at the Pine Bluff Arsenal and the community shouldn’t be alarmed if they see large plumes of smoke coming from the area through March 31. Environmental and controlled burns will be conducted by the Arkansas Forestry Commission and the Arsenal’s Fire and Emergency Services on approximately 400 acres of woodland and grassland, according to a news release.

Through Sunday April 1

Majors scholarship deadline set

Applications for the Gerald and Sue Majors Endowed Scholarship will be available Wednesday, Feb. 14 at the Star City High School counselor’s office. The scholarship for graduates of Star City High School was created by Gerald and Sue Majors of White Hall. There are currently four University of Arkansas at Monticello students receiving the Majors scholarship. The application deadline for the fall 2018 term is April 1. The recipient must be a first-time freshman with a high school grade point average of at least 3.5, possess a strong work ethic, good personality traits, and demonstrate excellent professional potential.

‘Preserve Our Past’ art, essay contest deadline set

Arkansas students in fifth through eighth grade are invited to participate in the 27th annual “Preserve Our Past” art and essay invitational sponsored by the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, a division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. All entries must be postmarked by April 1. Details: AHPP Art and Essay Invitational, 1100 North St., Little Rock, AR ,72201, call 501-324-9786; amy.milliken@arkansas.gov or download the form at http://www.arkansaspreservation.com/Learn-More/preserve-our-past-contest.

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.

Monday, April 2

Deadline set for Childress scholarship

Doris Childress, a lifelong resident of Pine Bluff, is offering two $500 scholarships to students who plan to graduate from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. The deadline to apply is Monday, April 2. Applicants students must be 2018 graduating seniors from Dollarway, Pine Bluff or Watson Chapel high schools. Students may pick up applications in the counselor’s office at their schools. Details: Doris Childress, doris.childress@sbcglobal.net or Mattie Collins, mattie1908@gmail.com .

Thursday, April 5

Economics Arkansas plans workshop for teachers

Economics Arkansas invites teachers to “Dinner and Dollars,” a free personal finance dinner-workshop at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. The event will be held from 4.30–6.30 p.m. Thursday, April 5, at UAM in the library conference room A of the Fred J. Taylor Library and Technology Center. Seating is limited and requires advance reservations at http://www.economicsarkansas.org/our_supporters/event_calendar.html/event/2018/04/05/-dinner-and-dollars-uam/190555 or https://tinyurl.com/y8skzbcm or by calling 501-682-4230.

Synergy Forum grant applications deadline set

Synergy Forum Inc. is accepting applications for the 2018 Synergy Grants. Applications must be completed and received by Thursday, April 5. The grants fund projects to benefit the residents of Jefferson County in the areas of the arts, education and social services. 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 an application or details, contact Ginger Casteel at synergyforumgrants@gmail.com.

Beginning Thursday, April 5

Arts center hosts photography class with Eric Maynard

The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St., will offer a photography class with Eric Maynard on Thursdays from 6-8 p.m. April 5 through May 10. The class will teach the features and functions of cameras, what the various settings are, and how to use them. The cost of the class is $95 for ASC members and $125 for non-members due at registration. Advanced registration is required. To register, call the center at 870-536-3375 or visit www.ASC701.org.

Friday, April 6

Unified Christian Alliance sets scholarship deadline

Unified Christian Alliance Inc. is offering scholarships to high school seniors who will be attending the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. The deadline to submit applications is Friday, April 6. Applications can be obtained from a high school counselor’s office. Details: Jennifer Lee, Unified Christian Alliance president, 870 692-0257.

Friday and Saturday, April 6-7

Sister Friend Empowerment Expo

REFORM Inc. will host the Sister Friend Empowerment Expo April 6-7 at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The featured guest will be national gospel recording artist Jekalyn Carr. REFORM (Resiliency. Empowerment. Faith. OveRcoMer), a 501c3 non-profit corporation, is presenting the session for females 14 years old and up. The event opens at noon Friday, April 6. A meet and greet with Jekalyn Carr will be from 5-7 p.m. and the program starts at 7 p.m. On Saturday, April 7, the program begins at 9 a.m. The expo will also include health screenings. The keynote speaker will be Carr of Atlanta, Georgia. During the expo Saturday, April 7, the guests will include national motivational speaker Shun Strickland of Fayetteville; Faithful Chic Boutique owner Crystal Perkins of Atlanta; and Cleo Cooper of Conway. Until March 1, ticket prices are youth (ages 14-17 with ID) $15; adults single day pass $30; 2-day pass (with conference bag) $50; 2-day pass (reserved seating with conference bag) $75. VIP packages, including pre-show meet and greet with Jekalyn Carr, are $100. Tickets are available via Event Brite. Corporate sponsorships are available until March 1. Details: Melrita Johnson, 870-872-3676, reformarkansas@yahoo.com or www.reformincarkansas.org.

Through Wednesday, April 25

Shepherd’s Center classes set

The Spring 2018 classes at the Shepherd’s Center of Pine Bluff will begin at Lakeside United Methodist Church, 15th Avenue and Olive Street. Classes will be held Wednesdays through April 25, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The one time registration fee is $10. The classes offer chances to learn new hobbies and meet new friends, a spokesman said. Classes include computers, crafts, photography, line dancing, art workshops and others. Details: Bettye Johnson, bcj41@cablelynx.com .

Thursday, May 3

Chamber presents 2018 Business Expo

The Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce is planning the 2018 Business Expo. The event will be held Thursday, May 3, beginning with the Business Expo Breakfast from 7:30 -9 a.m. at the Pine Bluff Convention Center Banquet Hall. Business Expo continues at the convention center with a session for VIP (exhibitors and invited guests) from 9-10 a.m. The event will be open for the general public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $5. Details: Mandy Owens, mowens@pinebluffchamber.com or 870-535-0110.

Through Saturday, May 12

Women Run Arkansas sessions set

The Women Run Arkansas Running/Walking Club is hosting the 21st annual “Women Can Run” running and walking clinics through May 12. At Pine Bluff, the free clinic will be held from 6–7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Pine Bluff High School track. (An alternate location will be the amphitheater at Regional Park.) The clinics will culminate with a 5K run/walk graduation event Saturday, May 12, at Conway. Although the clinic is free, there is a $25 fee for the 5K graduation event. Participants can pre-register at www.womenrunarkansas.net or at the first night of the clinic session. Participants may also contact Sandra Jackson 870-692-5318 or Toni Jasper 870-540-6036.

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.

Through Thursday, May 31

Arkansas Century Farm applications available

The Arkansas Agriculture Department is accepting applications for the 2018 Arkansas Century Farm program. Arkansas Century Farm families have owned and farmed the same land for at least 100 years. There is no cost to apply for the Century Farm program, and any farm landowners may apply. Applications must be postmarked by May 31 to be eligible for designation as a 2018 inductee farm. Online and printable applications are available at http://www.aad.arkansas.gov/arkansas-century-farm-program .

Through Sunday, Sept. 30

TOPPS offers free meals to youth

TOPPS (Targeting Our People’s Priorities with Service) Inc. is participating in the Arkansas Special Nutrition At-Risk Program through Sept. 30. Meals will be provided free to children up to 18 years old without discrimination at various sites. Details: TOPPS, 870-850-6011.

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.

Mondays

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:

Winter LIHEAP applications taken

The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Economic Opportunities Commission began the regular winter Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16. In Jefferson County, applications are taken at EOC, 1201 W. Pullen St. This winter portion of LIHEAP will be for gas and electric bills. Applications are taken 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Wednesday. Details: EOC, 536-0046.

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.

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