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Wednesday, July 11

Council committees to meet

Committees of the Pine Bluff City Council have scheduled meetings. Wednesday, July 11 — The Public Safety Committee meeting will be held at 10 a.m. The Administration Committee will meet at 11 a.m. Details: 870-730-2000.

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, July 12

Trinity Village to host salad luncheon

Trinity Village, 6400 Trinity Drive, will host a salad luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, July 12. The event will be held in the Great Hall at Trinity Village Retirement Community. Proceeds from the lunch donations will go to replace the floor in the Great Hall, according to a news release.

P.A.Y. Camp graduation set

The Pine Bluff Police Department will present the Police And Youth (P.A.Y.) Camp graduation at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 12, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. Approximately 250 children have successfully completed P.A.Y. Camp, according to a news release. P.A.Y. Camp is a program that allowed youth to participate in events under the guidance of police officers. The effort included activities and classes.

Jefferson County 4-H to host Cloverbud Day Camp

The Jefferson County 4-H program will conduct a day camp for 5 to 9-year-olds from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, July 12. The event will be held the conference room of the Jefferson County Extension Service, 500 Idaho St. The camp includes hands-on interactive activities in the areas of STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), citizenship, and healthy lifestyles education. The camp is free, but pre-registration is required by 4 p.m. Monday, July 9. Details: Pia Woods, County Extension Agent-4-H Youth Development, 870-534-1033 or email pwoods@uaex.edu.

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 required at http://bit.ly/MeetSBAPineBluff. Details: 501-324-7379, ext. 294.

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.

Friday, July 13

The Leaf Cigar and Pipe Shop sets grand opening

The Leaf Cigar and Pipe Shop, 3710 S. Camden Road, a new Chamber member, will hold its grand opening and ribbon-cutting at 1 p.m. Friday, July 13, according to a news release from the Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce. The shop is owned by Pine Bluff native Jamal Gordon. Details: The Leaf Cigar and Pipe Shop, 870-842-5323 or their Facebook page.

Indigo Blue to feature local artist Richard Davies

The artist series at Indigo Blue Coffeehouse, 212 W. Barraque St., will feature local artist Richard Davies from 2-7 p.m. Friday, July 13. The event is free and open to the public and Davies will be available. Light refreshments will be served. Details: Maryann Lee, 870-718-5330 or at mizmaryann@gmail.com. For details on Richard Davies’ work, visit https://mindofd.com.

SBA offering free business seminars at Dumas, Monticello

The U.S. Small Business Administration Arkansas District Office will hold free seminars for people looking to start or grow a small business or their business community. Meetings will be held: July 13 — 9-11 a.m. at the Monticello-Drew County Chamber of Commerce at Monticello; and July 13 — 1-3 p.m. at the Southeast Arkansas Public Library at Dumas. District Director Edward Haddock said SBA will have an exciting program and welcomes anyone interested in small business and in meeting the Arkansas District Office staff. Registration is required as seating is limited. To register, visit bit.ly/MeetSBAmonticello or bit.ly/meetSBADumas .

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.

Gospel Talent show entry deadline set

The Gospel Talent Explosion will be held 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 — $150 and a trophy; second place — $75 and a trophy; and third place — $50 and a trophy. The event will be presented by the Arkansas State Association of Improved Benevolent Protective Order of Elks of the World Inc. Admission for the general public is is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Details: Annette Goins, 870-489-0601, or Myrna Tate, 870-592-4861.

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.

St. John gives away 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.

Saturday, July 14

Evangelistic Outreach gives away clothes

Evangelistic Outreach Church, 620 L.A. “Prexy” Davis Drive, will give away clothes from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 14.

New Community pantry opens

New Community Church 321 N. Birch St., will open its food pantry from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 14. Participants are asked to bring proof of residence and their own bags.

Arts center sets Second Saturday Family FunDay

The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St., will host Second Saturday Family FunDay: Crafting a Character from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, July 14. It is sponsored by Discovery Network and the Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation. FunDay offers monthly hands-on arts and science activities in which visitors create art, complete science projects, or perform dance, music, or theater.

Monday, July 16

Delta Leadership academy application deadline set

The Delta Leadership Institute (DLI) Executive Academy class of 2018-2019 is accepting applications through Monday, July 16, according to a newsletter from Delta Regional Authority. The class will include 40 fellows dedicated to improving their communities. The academy takes fellows to communities in each of DRA’s eight states to experience and learn from the leaders and communities building new models of development that are succeeding. The 2018-2019 class will first meet in Memphis the week of Oct. 29. Sessions include visits to Vicksburg, Miss., New Orleans, La., the Alabama Black Belt, Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Carbondale, Ill. Graduation is scheduled for August 2019 at Lake Barkley, Ky. Applications are due July 16 and must include a professional headshot, short biography, resume, and three letters of recommendation (two from elected officials and one from a non-elected community leader). For details and to submit an application, visit http://leadership.dra.gov/members/login/dli/

Beginning Monday, July 16

Alex Foundation plans architecture, design summer camps

The Alex Foundation will host its free architecture + design summer camps from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 16-20. The annual camps will be held at Lakeport Plantation Museum at Lake Village for girls entering 7th grade in Chicot and Desha counties, and at J. Austin White Cultural Center (JAWCC) at Eudora for girls and boys in 7th and 8th grades from Chicot County. Space is limited to 25 participants at each location. The Lake Village camp will be taught by Katie Bruhl, a registered architect with Allison + Partners at Little Rock, and Dorcedar Glover, an engineer with General Electric Aviation at Batesville, Miss. Kwendeche (who only goes by one name), a registered architect in Arkansas and Missouri, will teach at the Eudora and Lake Village camps. Kwendeche will engage youth with drones and present a documentary film, Citizen Architect. Details: Alex Foundation, www.alex-foundation.org or info@alex-foundation.org.

Tuesday, July 17

White Hall All Classes Reunion meeting set

The White Hall All Classes Reunion planning meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, at the White Hall Library meeting room. The group will mail invitation letters for the October reunion. All available help is needed. Detail: 870-329-8736.

Urban Renewal Agency meets

The Pine Bluff Urban Renewal Agency will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, at the Baim Law Firm, 300 E. Fifth Ave. Details: Jimmy Dill, chairman, 870-536-4943.

Rotary Club slates meetings

The Downtown Pine Bluff Rotary Club meets at noon Tuesdays at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Programs include July 17: Joy Blankenship, Pine Bluff Downtown Development Inc. executive director, and Mac Bellingrath, board member, discussing the agency and plans for the second “Pop Up in the Bluff” Sept. 29; and July 24: Anthony Powell, executive director of Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Economic Opportunities Commission.

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 orpwoods@uaex.edu.

Thursday, July 19

West Pine Bluff Rotary Club meets

The West Pine Bluff Rotary meets at noon Thursdays at the Pine Bluff Country Club. A special program on July 19 will be held at 11:30 a.m. The event will feature a report by a representative of Hooten’s Football. Details: Roy Ferrell at Simmons Bank in Pine Bluff, 870-541-1113, or roy.ferrell@simmonsbank.com.

Through Thursday, July 19

Dollarway hosts 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.

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

Compassionate Friends set Walk to Remember

The Desha County Compassionate Friends will host the 19th annual Walk to Remember at 7 a.m. Saturday, July 21, at the Dumas Community Center at Dumas. All relatives of deceased children are invited to join in the walk to remember all children gone too soon. Supportive friends, churches and organizations are also invited, a spokeswoman said. If unable to walk, participants are invited to watch the walkers. Admission is free, however, donations in memory of a child are accepted. Donations may be mailed to Desha County Compassionate Friends, P.O. Box 482, Dumas, AR, 71639. Hattie Watts is the Desha County Compassionate Friends leader. Details: 870-382-4863, 870-377-4299, 870-866-6985 or 870-377-3530.

Byrd Lake cleanup effort set

The Byrd Lake Natural Area Appreciation Day and cleanup effort will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 21, at Byrd Lake on 43rd Avenue. Arkansas residents are invited to participate in the outdoor recreation-based stewardship event, according to a news release. Participants are asked to join in the effort to clean up litter to beautify Pine Bluff and prevent stormwater carrying the trash to Byrd Lake, a spokesman said. Details: Jefferson County urban stormwater agent John Pennington at jhpennington@uaex.edu or visit http://www.uaex.edu.

Little Mr. and Miss UAPB Pageant set

The 89th Miss University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) Mister and Miss UAPB Organization invites parents to enter their children in a pageant.The Little and Junior Mister and Miss UAPB Pageant 2018 is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday, July 21, in the Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts Auditorium at UAPB.The age range for participants in the Little Mister and Little Miss category is four to six. The age range for participants in the Junior Mister and Junior Miss category is seven to nine.Admission for the general public to attend is $3 with a canned good and $5 without a canned good. Details: Miss UAPB Angelica Perkins, 870-692-4170, or Deirdre C. DeBose, advisor, 870-575-7067.

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 — $150 and a trophy; second place — $75 and a trophy; and third place — $50 and a 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: Annette 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.

Tuesday, July 24

Free seminar on Starting a Business set

A free seminar on Starting a Business in Arkansas will be held from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, at the community life center of New Saint Hurricane Baptist Church, 3319 S. Ohio St. The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at the University of Arkansas at Monticello will host the workshop. Topics include business financing, a business plan, business start-up/preplanning and managing a business, according to the release. This event is co-sponsored by Simmons Bank and Go Forward Pine Bluff. The registration deadline is 8 a.m. July 24. Details: Lavonica Davis, University of Arkansas at Monticello, 870-460-1266.

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

Seminar to address selling services to government

A free workshop entitled Selling Products/Services to Government Agencies will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, July 26, at Southeast Arkansas College’s technology room. The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at the University of Arkansas at Monticello will host the workshop, according to a news release. The registration deadline is 3 p.m. July 25. Details: http://asbtdc.org/training/monticello-events/ or Lavonica Davis at UAM, 870-460-1266.

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

Sister Act, The Musical set at arts center

The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St., will present Sister Act, The Musical, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, July 26-28, and 2 p.m. Sunday, July 29. The director is Lindsey Collins and the music director is Andee Book. Tickets are $18 for members, $22 for non-members, and $10 for students. The play depicts Deloris Van Cartier, an aspiring singer in Philadelphia, who is auditioning to perform at her gangster boyfriend’s nightclub. She accidentally sees him kill one of his cronies and runs to the police, who place her in hiding at a convent until the boyfriend is brought to trial. Details: 870-536-3375 or ASC701.org.

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, lcolbert@asc701.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.

Full Circle 360 free teen camp underway

Full Circle 360 will present a free teen camp for ages 13-17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 5-31 at the agency, 3400 W. 34th Ave. Full Circle, a non-profit organization, will provide meals and drinks. The camp will have speakers and activities. Topics will include the dangers of using and selling drugs, life after prison, career options that can provide for a family, application and resume preparations, entrepreneurship, dressing for success, Bible study, cooking, table manners, How to start a business, Importance of ACT testing, STDs and the city government. Details: Alexander Price, 870-592-9136.

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

Hope Women’s Resource Center sets golf tournament

The Hope Women’s Resource Center will sponsor its annual Golf Fore Life Tournament beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Lunch will be held at noon. Registration is $100 per person or $400 per 4-man team. Golfers from Pine Bluff and Southeast Arkansas will be participating and all proceeds benefit the women’s resource center, according to a news release. If it rains Aug. 4, the tournament will be held Friday, Aug. 11. Team registration is open. Details: Hope Women’s Resource Center, 870-535-0811, or www.supporthope.org.

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 mkizer@uaex.edu.

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.

Saturday, Aug. 11

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.

Through Tuesday, Aug. 21

UAPB/AM&N Alumni Chapter sets banquet plans

The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff/AM&N Alumni Chapter is planning its annual Scholarship Banquet. The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The theme is “Legacy, Leadership and Service.” The banquet tickets are $30 each. A table of eight is $240 and a table for 10 is $300. The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Alumni Chapter is seeking community support to provide scholarships for students while attending UAPB, according to a news release. The chapter will accept donations or participants may purchase ads for the souvenir booklet. Ad information must be submitted by Aug. 21. Details: Banquet co-chairs Mary Liddell, 870-643-2383, or Rita Conley, 870-489-8351.

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 kwilkins@deltadentalar.com.

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, mowens@pinebluffchamber.com or call 870-535-0110.

Wednesday, Sept. 12

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.

Friday, Sept. 21

UAPB/AM&N Alumni Chapter presents banquet

The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff/AM&N Alumni Chapter is planning its annual Scholarship Banquet. The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The theme is “Legacy, Leadership and Service.” The banquet tickets are $30 each. A table of eight is $240 and a table for 10 is $300. The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Alumni Chapter is seeking community support to provide scholarships for students while attending UAPB, according to a news release. The chapter will accept donations or participants may purchase ads for the souvenir booklet. Ad information must be submitted by Aug. 21. Details: Banquet co-chairs Mary Liddell, 870-643-2383, or Rita Conley, 870-489-8351.

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.

On-going events

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) began 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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 vfc@pbreynoldscenter.org