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Wednesday, May 2
Election panel to meet
The Jefferson County Board of Election Commissioners will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, at the election center, 123 Main St. The agenda includes an election preparation update and public comment on new business agenda items. New business includes a Supreme Court race race ballot error, the appointment of a coordinator as an election official and the Voter ID law plan of action.
Kiwanis Club meets
The Kiwanis Club of Pine Bluff meets at noon Wednesdays at the Pine Bluff Country Club. On May 2, the guest speaker will be Dutch King, a candidate for Jefferson County judge.
Administration committee meeting set
A committee of the Pine Bluff City Council will meet Wednesday, May 2. The administration committee meeting will be held at 11 a.m. Details: 870-730-2000.
Area Agency to host Silver Haired delegate training
Area Agency on Aging of Southeast Arkansas will continue the delegate training for the Silver Haired Legislature from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 2.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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, 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. The Expo Breakfast keynote speaker will be Robert S. Moore Jr., a member of the Arkansas State Highway Commission. 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, email@example.com or 870-535-0110.
PBHS annual art exhibit opens at Arts center
The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St., will host the Pine Bluff High School’s Annual Art Exhibit beginning with a reception from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, May 3. The event is free and the community is invited to attend. Students working with art teacher, Shalisha Thomas, have entered 20 works of art by 16 artists. The center will host the exhibit May 3 through July 7.
2 National Day of Prayer events set
Two Pine Bluff and Dumas ministry leaders will conduct 2018 National Day of Prayer events Thursday, May 3. In Pine Bluff, an all-day prayer session will begin at 7 a.m. Thursday at the House of Bread Deliverance Church/The Pine Bluff Prayer Center, 500 S. Main St. Refreshments will be served at 8 a.m. Saint Mary Harris, the church’s senior pastor and apostle, will also host a 7 p.m. community-wide prayer service, followed by a reception. In Dumas, a community prayer service will be held from 6-7 p.m. Thursday at Hunt Memorial Cathedral of Faith, according to the Rev. Arthur L. Hunt Jr., the pastor and the state coordinator for National Day of Prayer.
Third Avenue neighbors meet
The Third Avenue Neighborhood Watch Group will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at Boone/Murphy House, 714 W. Fourth Ave. Details: 870-536-9405.
PBHS 1960 Class plans gathering
The Pine Bluff High School Class of 1960 will meet at noon Thursday, May 3, at The Corner Café, 3907 Camden Road. All classmates and class members of other years are welcomed to attend. For questions or updates on classmates, contact Janice Helvie Tiner at 870-692-3648.
Whispering Knoll, The Gardens observe National Day of Prayer
Whispering Knoll Assisted Living Facility, 6812 S. Hazel St., and the Gardens Assisted Living Facility will host a National Day of Prayer event at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 3, at Whispeing Knoll. Participants will include Mary Sloan of Old St. James Missionary Baptist Church, Watson Chapel High School Choir, the Revs. Roger Stewart, Edna Morgan, John Shelton Jr., Lee Turner, Steven Mays and Thomas Peters.
Urban Renewal Agency plans public meetings
The Pine Bluff Urban Renewal Agency will hold four public meetings, one in each ward, for comments and questions, about the Central City Urban Renewal Plan. Meeting sites include New St. Hurricane Baptist Church (Ward 1), 3319 S. Ohio St., Thursday, May 3, 5:30 p.m. The Central City Urban Renewal Plan is available at city hall or can be downloaded from the city’s website at http://www.cityofpinebluff.com/pbar/departments/pine-bluff-urban-renewal-agency/ . Details: Jimmy Dill, chairman, Pine Bluff Urban Renewal Agency, 536-4943, or Leigh Cockrum, office manager/HR advisor with Go Forward Pine Bluff, 870-939-6900.
UAM business center slates Rison seminar
The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at the University of Arkansas at Monticello will present a free marketing workshop at Rison. The event will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 3, in the Hall-Morgan Veterans Building. The workshop will present effective marketing techniques for small businesses and practical suggestions for small budgets, including how to identify a target market, create a marketing plan and calendar, developing an image and brand, and utilizing both online and traditional marketing channels. To register, call Lavonica Davis at 870-460-1266 or register online at http://asbtdc.org/training/monticello-events/
Friday, May 4
Pine Bluff Aquatic Center ground-breaking event set
The city of Pine Bluff will conduct the groundbreaking ceremony for the Pine Bluff Aquatic Center at 11 a.m. Friday, May 4, at 400 E. 11th Ave. Details: 870-730-2004.
UAPB alumns planning ‘Spring Fling’
The Pine Bluff Jefferson County UAPB/AM&N Alumni chapter will host Spring Fling, an Alumni and Friends round up and membership drive, from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, May 4, at the UAPB Business Incubator, 615 S. Main Street in Pine Bluff. There will be free food, games and line dancing. All current and future members and friends are invited to attend and to join the local chapter. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org or 870-575-8368. Write to PBJC UAPB/AM&N Alumni Chapter; P.O. Box 9822; Pine Bluff, AR 71611.
Big Creek and Reedville auxiliary announces banquet
The Big Creek and Reedville District Ladies Auxiliary will host a pre-Mother’s Day Banquet at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 4. The event will be held at the civic center at Star City. Tickets are $12 each and free for children 6 years old and younger, according to President Ozella Lee.
White Hall UMC plans fish fry
The White Hall United Methodist Church, 301 Church Drive, at White Hall, will host its Friday Night Fish Fry from 4:30-7 p.m. May 4. Meals will be available to dine in or carry out. The menu includes fish, chicken, fries, hush puppies, coleslaw, beans, drinks and homemade desserts, according to a news release. The cost is $13 for adults and $7 for children. Everyone is invited to attend. Details: Butch Rhodes, 870-692-8913 or the church office, 870-247-1481.
Saturday, May 5
White Hall Museum Arts & Crafts event set
The White Hall Museum, 9009 Dollarway Road, at White Hall, will sponsor its arts and crafts sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 5. Local vendors will have handcrafted items including jewelry, dish towels, hair bows, horseshoe art, crocheted items, pot holders, art/music, essential oils, homemade soaps and baked goods, among other items, according to a news release. The White Hall Herb and Flower Garden Club will have breakfast and lunch items available for sale. Details: White Hall Museum, 870-247-9406.
Fallen Riders Association meets
The Arkansas Fallen Riders Association will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 5, at the Oakland Heights Missionary Baptist Church, 9620 U.S. 270. Plans for future breakfasts, rides and fund-raising activities will be discussed. All interested riders are invited to attend.
Hardin church sets Antique/Classic Car Show
Hardin Baptist Church, U.S. 270 and Todd Lynn Drive, at White Hall, will present its 4th annual Antique/Classic Car Show. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 5. There’s no entry fee to show a car, however donations will be appreciated, a spokesman said in a news release. Festivities will include antique and classic cars on display, trophies, concessions and various vendors. Details: 870-247-1258, 870-692-2556, or 870-247-1794.
Veterans Museum luncheon/style show set
The Pine Bluff Military and Veterans Museum group will sponsor a luncheon/style show by Hunters Refuge. The event will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 5, at First Baptist Church, 6501 S. Hazel St. Tickets are $20. Details: 870-550-1626 or 870-247-2836.
Consolidated St. Marion sets health fair
Consolidated St. Marion Baptist District Association will host the 2018 Family & Community Health Fair. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at the Pine Bluff High School gym, 711 W. 11th Ave. The health fair will include free screenings for diabetes, blood pressure, dental and vision. Free food and games will be offered. Booths and tables are available free. Details: Annie M. Davis, health coordinator, at 870-718-6041 or email@example.com or Brenda Brown, assistant health coordinator, 501-251-7265 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beginning Saturday, May 5
St. John offers free meals
St. John AME Church, 1117 W. Pullen Ave., has expanded its free “Soul Food Feeding Program.” Lunch on Saturdays will begin at 11 a.m. Breakfast on Sundays begin at 8:30 a.m.
Sunday, May 6
Unified Christian Alliance scholarship event set
Unified Christian Alliance Inc. will present its 21st annual Baccalaureate Service for all high school seniors. Scholarships will be awarded to area seniors at the service at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at Breath of Life Church, 1313 Pine St., according to a news release. The speaker will be the Rev. Brian L. Castle, pastor of Indiana Street Missionary Baptist Church.
ABATE District 20 to meet
The ABATE District 20 meeting will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at the Delta Rivers Nature Center at Regional Park. The meeting will also address plans for the Spring Membership Ride. All interested riders are invited to attend.
Redfield Cemetery meeting set
The annual Redfield Cemetery meeting will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 6. The event will be held at the Redfield American Legion Building, according to a news release.
Cedar Branch Cemetery group to meet
Cedar Branch Cemetery Association will hold its annual meeting at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 6, at 6172 Princeton Pike. The community is invited to attend. Contributions to the cemetery fund may be mailed in care of Kenny Ashcraft, 12350 Princeton Pike, White Hall, AR, 71602. Details: 247-2448.
Tuesday, May 8
UAPB/AM&N Alumni Chapter to address activities
The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff/AM&N Alumni Chapter will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, at the UAPB Business Incubator Building, 615 S. Main St. The agenda will include a report/feedback from the “Spring Fling” and plans for upcoming events. All members, potential and associate members are invited to attend the meeting. Details: Chapter President Hazell Reed, 870-879-9469.
Beginning Tuesday, May 8
Rotary Clubs plan programs
The Downtown Pine Bluff Rotary Club meets at noon Tuesdays at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Programs include: May 8: Jefferson County Judge Booker Clemons.
Thursday, May 10
Matthews’ art teacher’s work to be displayed
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will host an art exhibit featuring the works of Markeith Woods, an art teacher at James Matthews Elementary School in the Dollarway School District. The opening reception will be held from 3-7 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at the John Brown Watson Memorial Library at UAPB, according to a news release. His exhibit is entitled Nehemiah: To Live or Not to Live.
Through Thursday, May 10
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. 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.
Beginning Thursday, May 10
Whispering Knoll observes Mother’s Day
The Whispering Knoll Assisted Living Facility, 6812 S. Hazel St., will present activities celebrating Mother’s Day. Thursday, May 10 — At 6:30 p.m., the Pine Bluff Community Band/Jefferson County Democratic Women Association and AARP Women Association will host a spring concert and Spring Bling Hat Fashion Show. Friday May 11 — At 10 a.m., women at the center will receive fingernail care, satin hands and make-up makeovers by a Mary Kaye consultant. Friday at 6:30 p.m., a paint night party will be held and the families are invited to the center to participate. Contact Pam Russell in the activities department about the fee for the paint party. Details: Pam Russell, 534-1583.
West Pine Bluff Rotary meets
The West Pine Bluff Rotary Club meets at noon Thursdays at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Programs include: May 10: Update on “Forward Fest” by Go Forward Pine Bluff; May 17: Trey Franks, Arkansas Forestry Commission; May 24: Fred Lewis, Black Pilots of America; May 31: Jefferson County Judge Booker Clemons; and June 1: a fundraiser.
Extension Wellness Ambassador Program set
The Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service, 500 S. Idaho St., is taking applications for the Extension Wellness Ambassador Program. The program will teach participants simple strategies to improve their own health and the health of their neighbors. The Extension Wellness Ambassador training program will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 10, 14, 21, and 31 at the Extension Service. The $40 registration fee covers all training materials. The deadline for applications is Monday, April 30. For an application form, contact Mary Ann Kizer, Jefferson County Family and Consumer Sciences agent, at 870-534-1033 or email email@example.com.
Friday, May 11
Kitchen on Wheels ribbon cutting set
A ribbon-cutting celebration will be held for Kitchen on Wheels at the Bar-B-Q Hut, 2203 W. 26th Ave., at 10 a.m. Friday, May 11. The Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce invites members to join them for the event, according to a news release.
Through Friday, May 11
James Matthews school announces pre-registration
James Matthews Elementary School, 4501 Dollarway Road, in the Dollarway School District will host kindergarten and pre-K pre-registration. The session will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays through May 11. The registration is for the 2018-19 school year. To register, the child must be 5 years old by Aug. 1 for kindergarten and 3 or 4 for pre-K. Parents must bring the following items for registration: birth certificate, Social Security card, current shot record and proof of residency in the Dollarway School District (this must be a utility bill in the parent’s or guardian’s name.) Details: James Matthews Elementary School, 870-534-0726.
Saturday, May 12
Pine Bluff post office hosts annual food drive
National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 240 of Pine Bluff will participate in the 26th annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive Saturday, May 12. To participate, residents are encouraged to leave a bag of non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, rice or cereal, next to their mailboxes before the letter carrier arrives. As letter carriers deliver the mail May 12, they will pick up the donated food. The local food drive will benefit Neighbor to Neighbor, Salvation Army, White Hall Food Pantry and the Delta Regional Food Bank, according to a news release. Monetary donations may also be made to NALC Branch 240 Food Drive. Details: Roy Hunter, food drive coordinator, 870-489-8905.
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.
Beginning Wednesday, May 16
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: 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, May 19
New Edinburg plans 5K events
A 5k Run/Walk, plus a one-mile kids fun walk/run, will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 19, in New Edinburg. The event will begin at the corner of Highway 8/Farm to Market Road. All runners and walkers who pre-register by May 11 will receive a T-shirt and participation medal. Children 12 years old and under can participate in either race for $5 if pre-registered by May 11. The New Edinburg Farmers Market will host a grand opening also at 8 a.m. May 19. Interested farmers market vendors may contact Linda Boyter at 501-687-3242 for additional information and additional race information can be provided by Roger McClellan at 870-643-0150 or firstname.lastname@example.org . A race registration forms can be picked up at sponsors Warren Bank and FBT Bank & Mortgage at Fordyce or Rison.
Sunday, May 20
Grapevine Cemetery Memorial Service set
Sardis Baptist Church will host the annual meeting for the Grapevine Cemetery Memorial on Sunday, May 20. Grave decorations will be held before service. Worship starts at 11 a.m., followed by the memorial service then a potluck fellowship meal, according to a news release. Those who are unable to attend and wish to contribute to the upkeep of the cemetery should send contributions to: Grapevine Cemetery, 9310 Grant 14, Pine Bluff, AR 71603.
Wednesday, May 23
UAM business center sets White Hall workshop
The advantages and disadvantages of owning a franchise business will be the subjects of a free workshop at Stone Bank, 7739 Sheridan Road, at White Hall. The event will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 23. The workshop will be presented by the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Dan Aronoff of FranNet will conduct the workshop. To register, call Lavonica Davis, 870-460-1266 or register online at http://asbtdc.org/training/monticello-events/
Friday and Saturday, May 25-26
Watson Chapel Class of 1978 hosts 40th reunion
The Watson Chapel High School Class of 1978 will hold its 40th class reunion at 6 p.m. Friday, May 25, and at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 26.The celebration will be held at BJ’s Event Center, 5812 Ryburn Road. There will be food, music, games and a photo session. The fees are $100 per classmate and $125 for classmate and a guest. Details: William Shaw, 870-413-2846, or Mary Burns, 870-543-0296.
Beginning Tuesday, May 29
UAM COT-McGehee plans nursing assistant course
The University of Arkansas at Monticello College of Technology-McGehee will host a four-week nursing assistant course May 29 through June 27. Classes will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The course is part of the school’s Arkansas Career Pathways Initiative, Cortez Smith, director, said in a news release. Details: Cortez Smith, Pathways Initiative director, 870-460-2102, or Justin Carbage, community outreach coordinator, at 870-460-2129.
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 .
Beginning Friday, June 1
Arts center announces youth camps
The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St., is hosting a slate of camps for students ages 6 to 17 in art, engineering and technology, game design and development, theater, filmmaking and swing dance. The deadline for submitting scholarship applications for June camps is June 1, and July 1 for July camps. Scholarship eligibility is based on financial need, including household size and household income. Parents are encouraged to submit applications as soon as possible. For full descriptions and dates of the camps, please visit asc701.org/summer-camps/. Advance registration is required for all camps. Details: Leonor Colbert, ASC public programs coordinator, email@example.com or 870-536-3375.
Saturday, June 2
Pine Bluff-Altheimer 2018 Blues Fest set
The Pine Bluff-Altheimer 2018 Blues Fest will be held Saturday, June 2, at Cook Family Park at Altheimer. Gates open at noon for tent set up and RV parking, according to a news release. Hosted by Broadway Joe and Comedian Keith Glason, the Pine Bluff-Altheimer Blues Fest will feature Calvin Richardson, OB Buchana, Sweet Angel, Jaye Hammer, Nathaniel Kimble, Big John Miller, Willie P, Mo “B”, Lady Trucker and the Platinum Blues Band. A sale of $20 discount tickets began recently, according to the news release. Tickets are available at the Record Rack at Pine Bluff; Uncle T’s and Ugly Mike’s, both in Little Rock; Butler Furniture in North Little Rock; Kibb’s Bar-B-Q in Stuttgart, AR; and Mr. Mike’s in El Dorado. For VIP information, call 870-540-6529 or 870-534-4177. Details: 501-413-7683.
Beginning Sunday, June 3
TOPPS announces 2018 summer feeding sites
TOPPS (Targeting Our People’s Priorities with Service) Inc. is participating in the Arkansas Special Nutrition Summer Program June 3 through Aug. 3, 2018. Meals will be provided to children ages 18 and under free and are the same for all children without discrimination. For locations, times and details, contact TOPPS Director, Annette Dove, 870-850-6011.
Beginning Monday, June 4
Family Community youth events set
The Family Community Development Corp., 1001 N. Palm St., will host its summer youth program from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. June 4-Aug. 3. Activities will include art, bowling, chess, drama, field trips, games, music, computers, academics and Black History, according to a news release. Details: 870-850-7094.
Saturday, June 9
Go Forward plans music, food festival downtown
Go Forward Pine Bluff will host Forward Fest, an event in Downtown Pine Bluff beginning at noon Saturday, June 9. Admission is free. Forward Fest will feature live music, food, fireworks, a kids zone, car show and various vendors, according to a flier. Entertainment will begin at 1 p.m. and performers will include Dave Sadler, Platinum Hitz, On Call Band, Tragikly White, Bigg Robb, Angie Stone, Sean Chambers and Synrg. For VIP dining/seating at $35, call 536-0576. Details: 536-7600.
Beginning Monday, June 11
TOPPS, YEAH8 begin summer camp
TOPPS Inc. and YEAH8 will collaborate to provide summer camp beginning Monday, June 11. TOPPS (Targeting Our People’s Priorities with Service) Inc. and YEAH8 (youth, education arts, health) are non-profits whose goals are to provide educational enrichment activities for youth, according to a news release. The program is scheduled to operate from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. June 11 through Aug. 3. An application fee of $40 is required. Participants should call for the weekly fee rate. Limited scholarships will be available based on income. Details: Aurora Smith at TOPPS, 870-850-6011.
M*A*S*H camps begin
The summer M*A*S*H (Medical Applications of Science for Health) camps have been scheduled for high school juniors and seniors. M*A*S*H camp locations and dates are as follows in Southeast Arkansas: DeWitt, June 11-22; Dumas, June 11-22; Fordyce, June 11-22; Lake Village, June 4-15; Monticello, July 16-27; Pine Bluff, June 11-22; and Warren, to be determined. Applications are available through school counselors, the area M*A*S*H director or at www.arkansashealthcareers.com/summer-camps/. Details: Amber Marshall with UAMS, 501-686-6188; or Victory of Arkansas Farm Bureau, 501-228-1269.
Beginning Monday, July 30
ASC sets African-American Cultural Heritage Camp
Swing, Art, and All That Jazz, an African-American Cultural Heritage Camp, will be held at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 30 through Aug. 3. This camp is for gifted and talented 7th, 8th and 9th grade Arkansas students. If selected, this camp is free to the student. Camp participants don’t need to be in gifted and talented programs at their schools. To be considered for this camp, complete an application. Details: www.ASC701.org or Leonor Colbert, firstname.lastname@example.org or 870-536-3375.
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.
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
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
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.
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 .
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, email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.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, email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com or http://www.healthedtoday.com/UAPB