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Friday, June 29
Indigo Blue Coffeehouse to host first art show
Rachel Cherry, a local artist, will showcase her work at Indigo Blue Coffeehouse, 212 W. Barraque St., from 2-7 p.m. Friday, June 29. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served and wine will be offered from 5-7 p.m., according to a news release. Cherry will be featured in the first art show at Indigo Blue, the newly renovated coffeehouse and bookstore owned by Maryann Lee. Details: Maryann Lee, 870-718-5330, or email@example.com or Rachel Cherry, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UAPB announces fish sale; proceeds benefit program
The Aquaculture Research Station at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will sell catfish from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, June 29. Funds raised will support fish station projects. Fish will be sold for $1.50 per pound, according to a news release. Participants must bring an ice chest or container for the fish. Details: Casandra Byrd, 870-575-8123, or Tamieka Tyler, 870-575-8162.
Public meeting to address potential park at Tucker
A public meeting will be held to identify potential outdoor park and recreation needs and priorities for 2018, according to a news release. The Jefferson County community is invited to the meeting at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 29, at Oak Grove Central Baptist Church at Tucker. Details: 702-885-8474. Written comments may be submitted to Jefferson County, 101 Barraque St., AR, 71601.
UAM McGehee announces commencement
The University of Arkansas at Monticello College of Technology-McGehee will conduct 2018 commencement exercises at 2 p.m. Friday, June 29, at the UAM Fine Arts Center at the Monticello campus. The graduates will be from the following programs: associate of applied science in general technology, business technology, automotive technology, diesel technology, early childhood education, health information technology, heavy equipment operator training academy, hospitality services, welding technology, and adult education. Details: Sharon Cantrell, 870-460-2106.
FBT Camden Road site slates free lunch
FBT Bank & Mortgage, 3400 Camden Road, invites the community to its Summer Cool Down with free lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, June 29. The bank will serve free burgers, hot dogs, chips and sodas. DJ Bruce Bruce will play music. Residents may enter to win a YETI® cooler, tickets to the Hot Summer Jam Block Party Concert at Little Rock on June 30, or a $75 MasterCard gift card, according to a news release.
Beginning Friday, June 29
Big Bass Bonanza set on Arkansas River
The Simmons Bank Big Bass Bonanza of Arkansas will return to the Arkansas River Friday, June 29, through Sunday, July 1. Arkansas’ largest amateur bass fishing tournament boasts a total of $100,000 in prize money, according to a news release. Prizes include: $50,000 for the largest fish overall; $10,000 for the largest in each of the remaining four pools; and place money for overall winners per pool, with $900 for second place, $700 for third and $400 for fourth. The tournament will be contested in five pools at these sites: Pool #1: Alma – Clear Creek Park; Pool #2: Dardanelle State Park, Russellville side; Pool #3: North Little Rock Marina; Pool #4: Pine Bluff Regional Park; and Pool #5: Pendleton Bridge near Dumas. Entry is $80 per person each day. To register or for details, visit https://arkansasbigbass.com/ or call the Arkansas Hospitality Association at 501-376-2323.
Through Friday, June 29
Juveniles In Motion summer sports set
Juveniles In Motion of Mt. Nebo Baptist Church will conduct summer sports at the health, physical education and recreation (HPER) Complex at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Sessions will be held June 11–29, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., according to a news release. Applications can be picked up at Corbin Hall Room 150 at UAPB from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, until June 9. The physical screening will be administered June 9 from 9 a.m. to noon at the HPER. Students who aren’t able to attend the screening can bring a copy of a physical from their physician that’s at least a year old.The registration fee is $75 per student. Details: Cedric Jackson or Aisha Madison at 870-575-8343.
Saturday, June 30
B.R.A.V.E. to host All White Party
B.R.A.V.E., the Pine Bluff Black Fire Fighters Association will host its annual All White Party Saturday, June 30, at the conference center of Harbor Oaks Restaurant at Regional Park. The doors will open at 8 p.m. and the event ends at 1 a.m. Proceeds from the event will go toward B.R.A.V.E.’s annual Back-to-School Supply Giveaway. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. A reserved table of eight is $160 and a reserved table of ten is $200. For details or tickets, contact Johnnie Brown at 870-489-2325 or Mozell Gipson at 870-692-2953.
Packingtown area to host community reunion parade
The 2018 Packingtown, Pot Liquor, Fair Field and Wilkins (PPF&W) All Community Reunion Parade will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 30. The parade will begin lining up at 9 a.m. at the former site of the Amos Chapel Church on Port Road. The parade will start from Colorado Street and Port Road and go to Bloom Street in Packingtown. Residents, former residents and descendants of these communities are invited to “come back to your roots” and enjoy the fellowship, a spokesman said in a news release. Details: Sylvester Hayes, 870-536-8785; Robert Monk, 870-540-6533; Thelma Cook, 870-692-4719; or Curtis Dorn Jr., 870-543-9494.
Pine Bluff First Baptist pastor to present book review
The pastor, the Rev. Ken Thornton, of Pine Bluff First Baptist Church, 6501 S. Hazel St., will present the church’s monthly book review at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 30. Thornton will review the newly published book, “Hear My Heart: What I Would Say to You,” written by Billy Graham and others who contributed to this book. The book review will be held in the church’s fellowship hall. Refreshments and door prizes will be furnished. Books will be available for sale. Details: First Baptist, 870-534-4741.
New Fellowship to host free medical, dental clinic
New Fellowship Baptist Church, 3706 S. Cherry St., will host a free medical and dental clinic Saturday, June 30, beginning with registration at 8 a.m. The event will include a physician on site, dental cleanings and extractions, according to a news release. This event is sponsored by local Southern Baptist Churches and the Arkansas Baptist State Conventions, according to the release. Details: 870-450-1855.
Pilgrim church will open food pantry
Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, 2507 Hill St., will open Raven’s Nest Food Pantry Saturday, June 30, from 8-9:30 a.m. or until all the food has been given away, according to a news release. Food will be handed out on a first come, first-served basis. Participants must bring a picture identification.
Royal Grand Chapter OES sets scholarship deadline
The Royal Grand Chapter Order of the Eastern Stars, PHA, is offering four $500 scholarships for the fall semester. Scholarships will be awarded to two 2018 high school or GED graduates and two current college students who are second semester freshmen and above. The deadline for the application and all documents is June 30. Students may request an application by email at email@example.com or by mailing a written request to 2906 E. Harding Ave., Pine Bluff, AR. 71639.
Folk duo Still on the Hill to perform free concert at PB library
The National Park Service is funding a free concert celebrating the Buffalo National River, featuring the folk duo, Still on the Hill at Pine Bluff. The concert will be held at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 30, in the auditorium on the ground floor of the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Main Branch Library at the civic center, 200 E. Eighth Ave. Still on the Hill will conduct their Buffalo River show, “Still a River,” celebrating the nation’s first historic river in song, according to a news release.
Beginning Saturday, June 30
St. John offers free food
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, July 1
ABATE District 20 meets
ABATE District 20 will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 1, at the Delta Rivers Nature Center at Regional Park. The agenda will include results of the recent Poker Ride and barbecue lunch, plans for ABATE’s State Fall Ride and discussions about the upcoming state quarterly meeting at Hot Springs.
Through Sunday, July 1
Arts center camp scholarship deadline set
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 is 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, firstname.lastname@example.org or 870-536-3375.
Monday, July 2
Civic Auditorium Complex panel sets special meeting
The Civic Auditorium Complex Commission will host a special called meeting at noon Monday, July 2, in the Sadler Room at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The purpose is a budget adjustment and personnel matters, according to a news release.
Democratic Women meeting to feature AG candidate
The Jefferson County Democratic Women will meet at at 6 p.m. Monday, July 2, at the Holiday Inn Express at The Pines mall. The guest speaker will be Mike Lee, Democratic candidate for state attorney general. The public is invited to attend.
Cleveland County Quorum Court meets
The Cleveland County Quorum Court will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, July 2, at the courthouse at Rison. The agenda includes the financial report, reports of committees, Cleveland County Judge Gary Spears and County Clerk Jimmy Cummings. The court will also hear from Extension agent Diane Clement on Woodlawn 4-H and recognize the Woodlawn High School Baseball Team.
Beginning Monday, July 2
Redfield Branch Library events underway
The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Public Library System will hold summer programs at its various library sites. At the Redfield Library, events include Toddler to Teens — July 2 at 10 a.m.; Toddler to Teens July 9 at 10 a.m. with a Snow Cone Party and Prizes for the last day of the Summer Reading Club.
Beginning Monday, July 2
EOC offers summer energy bill assistance
The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Economic Opportunities Commission will begin its summer regular and crisis program for electric bills only. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) begins 8 a.m. Monday, July 2. EOC will open the program in Jefferson, Grant, Cleveland, Arkansas and Lincoln counties. Applications will be accepted Monday through Wednesday from 8 a.m. to noon or until the agency reaches capacity, according to a news release. Details: EOC office, 1201 W. Pullen St., or 870-536-0046.
Wednesday, July 4
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 email@example.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.
Friday, July 6
Rock the Vote: School Supply Drive set
Pine Bluff School District’s Freedom School will host Rock the Vote: School Supply Drive from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Friday, July 6, at the cafeteria of the Freedom Schools Program at First Ward School, 1300 E. Fifth Ave. Students will engage in discussions on voting and participate in a mock election to determine which school receives the school supplies, according to a news release. Freedom School will accept donations for school supplies all summer. Details: Zach Lewis, program director, firstname.lastname@example.org or 870-209-0076.
Beginning Monday, July 9
Dollarway sets literacy camp
Dollarway School District, in collaboration with the Arkansas River Education Service Coorperative, will host a Summer Literacy Camp. The camp will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. July 9-12 and July 16-19 at James Matthews Elementary School, 4501 Dollarway Road. The camp will be a learning opportunity for children who are 4 or 5 years old. Parents must complete a registration application in advance. Applications can be picked up at James Matthews school from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Details: Michaela Howard at Arkansas River Education Service Coorperative, 870-730-2962.
UAM slates freshman, transfer pre-registration
The University of Arkansas at Monticello will hold its last summer registration session for incoming freshmen Monday, July 9, starting with registration at 12:30 p.m. in the Spencer Gallery of the Fine Arts Center. New transfer students who have completed the admission process may pre-register for the fall semester in the Office of Admissions in Harris Hall from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 10. Students who are being re-admitted may also register during this time. Details: Office of Admissions, 800-844-1826 or 870-460-1026.
Thursday, July 12
UAM Night set at Arkansas Travelers game
The University of Arkansas at Monticello Night at Dickey-Stephens Park at North Little Rock will be held Thursday, July 12. The event will begin with a picnic at 6:10 p.m. in the Tracks Inn Pavilion. Tickets, wristbands and name tags will be available at 5:45 p.m. at the UAM Alumni Association tent. The Arkansas Travelers will take on the Springfield Cardinals. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children 4-10 years old, and free for children 3 and younger. Tickets include gate admission and an all-you-can-eat hamburger and hot dog buffet. For tickets paid with credit cards, go to www.uamont.edu/alumni, call 870-460-1028, or text “TRAVS” to 41444. Checks may be mailed to the UAM Alumni Association, Box 3520, Monticello, Ark. 71656. Details: Lisa Jo Ross, 870-460-1028.
UAM business center sets free workshop at PB
How to secure a loan to start or expand a business will be the subject of a free workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, July 12, at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave. The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at the University of Arkansas at Monticello will host the workshop. Lunch will be provided. Participants may register at http://asbtdc.org/training/monticello-events/ or by contacting Lavonica Davis at 870-460-1266.
SBA to visit PB, address small business access to capital
The U.S. Small Business Administration Arkansas District Office staff will visit Pine Bluff from 1-3 p.m. Thursday, July 12, in training rooms A & B at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave. SBA staff will address access to capital, business counseling and federal contracting opportunities. The community is invited to attend to discuss starting or growing a small business or their business community, according to a news release. Seating is limited and registration is requested at http://bit.ly/2lfuNK6 .
Highway department seeks input at ‘30 Crossing’ public hearing
The Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT), in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), will conduct a public hearing to discuss the 30 Crossing Environmental Assessment (EA) and proposed design plans. The open forum Location and Design event will be held from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, July 12, at the Wyndham Riverfront at North Little Rock. The 30 Crossing project proposes to improve Interstate 30 from Interstate 530 and Interstate 440 to Interstate 40; including the Arkansas River Bridge, and a portion of I-40 from Highway 365 (MacArthur Drive) to Highway 67/167 including associated interchanges, according to a news release.
Through Thursday, July 12
Altheimer Branch Library sets programs
The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Public Library System will hold summer programs at its various library sites. Altheimer Branch Library programs include Shall We Dance? Movie Marathon — July 5 at 2 p.m.; End of Summer Celebration — July 12 at 2 p.m. Summer Reading Club will also be held for children at the Altheimer Library.
Watson Chapel Branch Library events underway
The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Public Library System will hold summer programs at its various library sites. July 12 at 10 a.m. End of Summer Reading Club party.
Through Friday, July 13
Blevins, PB basketball camp registration open
The Harold Blevins City of Pine Bluff Basketball Camp has been set for boys and girls 6-16 years old. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 23-27, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. The camp will also include cheerleader mini clinics. Registration is currently $20. After July 13 it will be $25. Harold Blevins is the head coach and facilitator. The sponsor is the Pine Bluff Police Department. Details: 870-730-2073 or 730-2072.
Friday and Saturday, July 13-14
Arts center camp to present ‘It’s Not Ugly…It’s Art!’
The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St., will host “It’s Not Ugly…It’s Art!” The junior play production is by students of “The Stage” Theatre Makerspace Summer Camp, according to a news release. “It’s Not Ugly…It’s Art!” will be performed at 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 13-14. Tickets are $8 for students and $12 for adults. In the play, Max wnds up with a Picasso stuck on his head and finds it difficult to woo his secret love. For details or tickets, call 870-536-3375, email info@ASC701.org or visit www.ASC701.org.
Beginning Wednesday, July 18
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: 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.
Through Wednesday, July 18
Jefferson County 4-H camps, workshops underway
The Jefferson County 4-H program will conduct a variety of educational activities for youth ages 5 to 19. Make It! Mondays — Sessions are Mondays in June, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Jefferson County Extension Office. The registration deadline is June 4. Fishing Derby — Saturday, June 9, 8 a.m. at McCoy Park on U.S. 270 for youth and senior citizens. The registration deadline is June 4. Arkansas Foods & Farms Day Camp — June 5-7, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Jefferson County Extension Office, local farms, Pulaski County farms and the state fairgrounds. The registration deadline is June 4. Camp Cloverbud — July 12 and Aug. 2, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The registration deadline is July 6. 4-H Wild Science Day Camp — July 17-18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Jefferson and Pulaski counties. The registration deadline is July 10. Details: Pia Woods, Jefferson County Extension Service, 870-534-1033 email@example.com.
Thursday, July 19
West Pine Bluff Rotary Club meets
The West Pine Bluff Rotary meets at noon Thursdays at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Programs include: July 19, the program will feature a report by a representative of Hooten’s Football.
Through Friday, July 20
Parks and Recreation summer sports camp set
Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation will host a summer sports camp at the following sites: June 11- 29 — 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Chester Hynes Community Center, 2101 W. 11th Ave.; and July 9–20 — 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bloom Tennis Center, 2101 S. Hickory St. The cost of the camp is $20 a week. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Details: Parks and Recreation, 870-536-0920.
Saturday, July 21
Gospel Talent Explosion to benefit sickle cell agency
The community is invited to participate in the Gospel Talent Explosion at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at the Trinity Annex Building, 2900 W. Sixth Ave. Proceeds will benefit the National Sickle Cell Foundation and a local organization. The fundraiser is open to all choirs, soloists, praise dancers and musicians. The entry fee for contestants is $50 and the registration deadline is Friday, July 13. Prizes include first place — $125 and a trophy; second place — $50 and a trophy; and third place — trophy. The event will be presented by the Arkansas State Association of Improved Benevolent Protective Order of Elks of the World Inc. (Daughters’ Auxiliary I.B.P.O.E. of W.) Admission for the general public is is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Details: Annettee Goins, 870-489-0601, or Myrna Tate, 870-592-4861.
Monday, July 23
Simmons to release earnings report
Simmons First National Corp. (NASDAQ-GS:SFNC) announced it expects to release second quarter 2018 earnings at 5 p.m. Monday, July 23. Management will conduct a live conference call to review this information beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 24. Those interested can listen by dialing toll-free 1-866-298-7926 and asking for the Simmons First National Corp. conference call, conference ID 4496437. The call will also be available live or in recorded version at www.simmonsbank.com.
Wednesday, July 25
Kiwanis Club slates meetings
The Kiwanis Club of Pine Bluff meets at noon Wednesdays at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Programs include: July 25, the speaker will be Charles Woods Jr., principal of Friendship Aspire Charter School at Pine Bluff.
Through Wednesday, July 25
White Hall Library Branch events underway
The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Public Library System will hold summer programs at its various library sites. At the White Hall Library, events include: Build-a-Mania — July 11 at 10:30 a.m.; I’ve Got Rhythm — July 18 at 10:30 a.m.; Musical Show Off — July 25 at 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, July 26
Freedom Schools set community service day
The Pine Bluff School District’s Freedom Schools Program will give First Ward School a cosmetic makeover during a community service day. The event will be held at First Ward, 1300 E. Fifth Ave., from 1-2:30 p.m. Thursday, July 26. Participants will give the First Ward building a cosmetic makeover, improving the landscape of the surrounding community and making the building “a great place for scholars to learn, grow, and become productive citizens,” according to a news release. Pine Bluff’s Freedom School students will engage in discussions on the importance of community service.
Beginning Thursday, July 26
Re-Entry Resource Fairs set in Monticello, McGehee
The University of Arkansas at Monticello College of Technology-McGehee will host Re-Entry Resource Fairs, entitled “Trials to Triumph.” The purpose is to connect ex-offenders with resources and employment opportunities, according to Cortez Smith, program director for the Career Pathways Initiative at the McGehee campus. Thursday, July 26 — The fair will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the Holmes Chapel Presbyterian Church Life Center at Monticello for people from Drew, Ashley, Bradley and Chicot counties. Tuesday, July 31 — The session will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the UAM College of Technology at McGehee for persons from Desha and Chicot counties. Details: Cortez Smith, 870-460-2102.
Through Thursday, July 26
Hurricane HYPE Center hosts summer camp
The Hurricane HYPE Center, a program of New St. Hurricane Baptist Church, 3319 S. Ohio St., will host its 2018 Summer Camp. Hurricane HYPE (Helping Young People Excel) is scheduled for June 18 through July 26. Sessions will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Spaces are available for students entering 3rd-9th grades, according to a news release. The fee is $100 per child. Details: New St. Hurricane at 870-536-8337.
Through Friday, July 27
Pine Bluff School District plans summer feeding program
The Pine Bluff School District has changed times for the USDA summer food service program at three locations. The program won’t discriminate. Meals will be provided to children weekdays at the following: June 11-June 27 at Thirty-Fourth Elementary School; breakfast 7-8:30 a.m.; lunch 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; June 18 – July 27 at First Ward School; breakfast 8-9 a.m.; lunch noon to 1 p.m.; June 11-July 20 at Forrest Park/Greenville School; breakfast 8-9 a.m.; lunch 11 a.m. to noon. Details: 543-4200.
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 Tuesday, July 31
‘Beat The Heat Fan Drive’ underway
Area Agency on Aging of Southeast Arkansas will hold its annual “Beat The Heat Fan Drive” Friday, June 1, through Tuesday, July 31, in Jefferson County. The purpose of the drive is to raise money to purchase fans or air conditioners for elderly or disabled people, according to a news release. To make a donation or purchase a fan for the effort, call Carolyn Ferguson or Pauline Jones at Area Agency, 870-543-6300, 1-800-264-3260 or 1-800-737-1515.
Through Wednesday, Aug. 1
EOC accepting Head Start applications
Head Start applications are being accepted by the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Economic Opportunities Commission in Jefferson and Grant counties. Pre-school services for children ages 3 to 5 include education, social, health and nutrition. Parents of children with special needs, in foster care or homeless are also encouraged to apply. To apply, parents will need: proof of birth (child must be 3 years old by Aug. 1, 2018); verification of income, proof of residence, proof of guardianship (if applicable), a physical exam with lead and hemoglobin test and dental and current immunization information. For details, call EOC at 870-536-0046 or visit the office at 1201 W. Pullen St. at Pine Bluff.
Through Thursday, Aug. 2
Arsenal swimming lessons set
Pine Bluff Arsenal Recreation Services began swimming lessons June 18. The cost is $80 per student and fees are non-refundable, according to a news release. The following sessions will be offered to children, age three and older: June 18-28 - 11:30 a.m. to noon; noon to 12:30 p.m.; July 9-July 19 - 11:30 a.m. to noon; noon to 12:30 p.m.; July 23-Aug. 2 - 11:30 a.m. to noon; noon to 12:30 p.m. People 16 and older must complete a Pine Bluff Arsenal Background Verification Check. This can be done at the Pass and ID office, or at Dexter Gate after business hours. Once cleared, drivers may purchase a Sportsman’s Pass at the Fitness Center for $2. Details: 870-540-3621 or 540-3778.
Through Friday, Aug. 3
Family Community youth program 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 11 through 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.
TOPPS, YEAH8 host 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.
Community Empowerment Council hosts camp
The Community Empowerment Council will conduct summer camp from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. June 11 through Aug. 3 for youth 6 to 13 years old. Activities will be provided along with breakfast, lunch and a snack. Registration is being held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays through June 8. The registration fee is $20 (non-refundable) and camp costs $65 for eight weeks. Applications can be picked up at 1711 Ohio St. Details: Dee Moore or Kim Anderson, 870-536-8484.
Saturday, Aug. 4
Extension service sets finance class
A financial management class will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Jefferson County Extension Service, 500 S. Idaho St., at Pine Bluff. Topics include Budget Development, Money Management, Wise Use of Credit and Consumer Protection. The cost is $20. The class is approved by the United States Bankruptcy Trustee as a financial education program and bankruptcy filers will receive their Certificate of Debtor Education, according to a spokesman. To register, call 870-534-1033 or email Mary Ann Kizer at email@example.com.
Beginning Friday, Aug. 3
Martin/Altheimer All-School Reunion
The 2018 Martin/Altheimer All-School Reunion will be held Friday, Aug. 3, through Sunday, Aug. 5. Anyone who is an alumnus, former student, or former staff member of the Altheimer School District between the years 1945-2018 is encouraged to attend, a spokesman said. Registration is $125 if paid or post-marked by Saturday, July 9. After that date, a late fee of $25 will be required. Ad fees are due by Friday, June 15. Activities include Friday, Aug. 3, registration 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at PJ’s Event Center; meet and greet – 7–11 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 4, parade – 10-11 a.m. in downtown Altheimer; banquet/dinner dance, 7 p.m. at PJ’s. Sunday, Aug. 5,Memorial/Worship Service – 11 a.m. at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church at Altheimer; farewell reception – 7 p.m. at PJ’s. For parade details, call Carolyn Clay Washington at 870-209-6455. For details and/or registration forms, call Debbar Russell, 870-850-0100; Emily Dendy, 870-850-0231; Clara Gardner Brown, 870-692-7374; Wanda Thomas or Ardelia Thomas, 870-534-4631; or Arnita Jones, 501-590-4747.
Through Thursday, Aug. 9
Summer Camp set at Trinity Annex
Summer Camp 2018 will be held at Trinity Annex, 2900 W. Sixth Ave., June 11 through Aug. 9. Sessions will be held from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, according to Trinity Rehabilitation Restoration Community Development Corp. Designed for youth 5 to 18 years old, the camp will include arts and crafts, technology, sports and games. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Pre-registration costs $25 per student and $20 for a family of two or more. The weekly rate is $30 per student and $25 for a family of two or more, according to the release. Pre-registration will be May 11-28. Details: 534-2983 or www.trinitymultipurposecenter.org.
Through Friday, Aug. 10
Gould Youth Ministries’ free food sites open
Gould Youth Ministries will sponsor its free summer food program Monday through Friday, June 4 through Aug. 10, 2018, at sites in White Hall, Pine Bluff and Gould. Youth are also invited to attend programs, which will include games, social skills and meals. Gould Youth Ministries is an equal opportunity provider and doesn’t discrimination, according to a news release from Antoinette Burks, the Gould Youth Ministries director.
BRAVE announces sets back-to-school giveaway
B.R.A.V.E., the Pine Bluff Black Fire Fighters Association, will host its annual back-to-school giveaway from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. Entitled, “Project Fresh Start,” this event will also feature health booths, entertainment and games, according to a news release. For sponsorship information or details, contact Johnnie L. Brown, 870-489-2325, or Mozell Gipson, 870-692-2953.
Through Friday, Aug. 17
Main Library events underway
The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Public Library System will hold summer programs at its various library sites. Events at the main library at the Pine Bluff Civic Center, include: July 5 at 2 p.m.: Poetry Slam; July 12 at 2 p.m. End of Summer Party. Also, the Summer Reading Club is Every Friday through Aug. 17 at 1 p.m. offering a free movie, popcorn, and drink. Daily Activities include touch screen educational computers, computer lab, Playstation 4, Wii, Lego Table, pretend play, and table top games.
Monday, Aug. 27
Teen court plans mini law camp
The Sixth Division (Juvenile Court) Teen Court Diversion Program will host a mini law training camp for the 2018-2019 school year. The event will be held from 4-6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27, at the Jack Jones Juvenile Justice Center Building, at 301 E. Second Ave. The Jefferson County Teen Court program gives first-time offenders, between the ages of 10 and 17, a second chance. It also holds them accountable for their actions, according to a news release. The program is open to all Jefferson County students in grades 9-12. Details: Jeffrey Billingsley, 870-541-5455.
Through Friday, Aug. 31
Delta Dental foundation seeking grant applicants
The Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation is accepting community grant applications for 2019. Community grants provide up to $30,000 to help expand access to oral health care in underserved communities, according to a news release. The foundation is accepting applications until Aug. 31. Guidelines and application forms can be found at http://www.deltadentalar.com/Foundation/grants . Only one proposal per organization per year will be considered. The foundation encourages the following to apply: Arkansas-based 501(c)(3) nonprofits, community organizations and charitable clinics; governmental entities including state, county or city agencies; and educational facilities, such as K-12 public, private or charter schools, or school districts and higher education institutions. Details: Kara Wilkins, foundation coordinator, 501-992-1682 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Through Monday, Sept. 3
Splash Park, playground open through Labor Day
The Splash Park and All-Inclusive Playground are open one block west of the Saracen Landing Pavilion for children ages 12 and younger. The sites are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3. The Splash Park features programmable water jets and on-site rest rooms with separate changing rooms. “This wheelchair-friendly facility provides snack and drink-vending machines and picnic tables,” according to a news release. “Let the kids run off some extra energy at the All-Inclusive Playground, built for children with and without disabilities providing the opportunity to play together.” Details: Pine Bluff Parks & Recreation Department, 870-536-0920.
Friday, Sept. 7
Chamber sets Taste of Southeast Arkansas
The Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce announces the return of the Taste of Southeast Arkansas, an evening featuring samplings of cuisine prepared by chefs from the region and surrounding areas. The event will be held from 6:30-11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at the Pine Bluff Country Club. The Taste of Southeast Arkansas is a fundraiser for the Jefferson County Young Professionals Network, which is a program of the Pine Bluff Chamber. Tickets are $50 per person. Various sponsorships are available. Details: Mandy Owens, email@example.com or call 870-535-0110.
SEARK board to meet
The Southeast Arkansas College Board of Trustees meeting will be held at 12:10 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12. Details: 543-5907.
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.
Thursday, Oct. 25
Farm Family of the Year to be honored at fish fry
The Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce will honor the Joshua Euseppi Family, the 2018 Jefferson County Farm Family of the Year. The Euseppi family will be guests of honor at the Chamber’s 66th annual Farmers Appreciation Fish Fry Thursday, Oct. 25, according to the Chamber newsletter.
Arsenal pool complex open
Pine Bluff Arsenal Recreation Services opened the swimming pool complex Saturday, June 9. Hours are 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Fees for the pools are: Active duty military - no charge; military family member - single-$80; family-$100; retired military - single-$90; family-$110; Department of Defense employees and retired personnel - single-$110; family-$120; federal employees other than Department of Defense-single-$130; family-$150; community civilians and contractor - single-$260; family-$310; guest fees are $5 per person; babysitter pass is $75 (This pass can only be used while accompanying children with a current pool membership.) Background checks must be completed by persons aged 16 and over at the Arsenal’s Pass and ID office to gain access to the Arsenal. Passes can be purchased at the Arsenal’s Recreation Services located at Bldg. 13-310. Details: 540-3778, 540-3779 or 540-3621.
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.
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.
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.
Monday through Friday
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