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Sunday, Aug. 5
Summit Soundz to present summer concert
Summit Soundz will present a concert of patriotic, sacred, and gospel music at Summit Baptist Church, 901 Ridgway Road, at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5. This 26 piece wind band ensemble is comprised of high school students from the White Hall and Watson Chapel high school bands including their respective directors, Kameron Willis, Allen Wimberly and Garry Henson. The ensemble is accompanied on piano by Annette Rushing, former choral director at White Hall Junior High School, according to a news release. The public is invited to attend the concert.
Monday, Aug. 6
Parents as Teachers announce meeting
Parents as Teachers will hold its group meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6, at the Arkansas River Education Service Cooperative, 912 W. Sixth Ave. The topic will be “Welcome Back to a Colorful School Year.” The presenters will be Autra Dunn of HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters) and Lakeisha Taggart of the Department of Human Services. Details: ARESC/PAT, 870-730-2938.
Cleveland County Quorum Court meets
The Cleveland County Quorum Court will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6, at the courthouse at Rison. The agenda includes the financial report, reports of committees and Cleveland County Judge Gary Spears. The court will also present a resolution to the Woodlawn High School Baseball Team.
Beginning Monday, Aug. 6
Dollarway middle, high school registration starts
Dollarway School District announces its 2018 fall registration. Parents/guardians must be present to sign all paperwork. Registration will be held at Robert Morehead Middle School, 2601 Fluker St., from 5-7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6 — 6th Grade; Tuesday, Aug. 7 — 5th Grade. Details: 870-534-5243. Registration will be held at Dollarway High School Registration, 2602 Fluker St., Monday, Aug. 6th — 10th Grade; Tuesday, Aug. 7 — 9th Grade. Details: 870-534-3878.
James Matthews registration underway
Registration for pre-K through 4th grade is being held weekdays at James Matthews Elementary School, 4501 Dollarway Road, in the Dollarway School District. Parents/guardians must be present to sign all paperwork and will need to bring the following items: birth certificate, current shot record, record of a current physical exam, Social Security card and proof of residence. Applications will be completed on site. Details: 870-534-0726.
Tuesday, Aug. 7
National Night Out to feature food, family activities
The Pine Bluff Police Department will host National Night Out from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The community is invited to this free public event. National Night Out will include refreshments as well as bounce houses, public awareness booths, entertainment, door prizes and activities for the entire family, according to a news release. Details: Police department’s public relations office, 870-730-2073 or 730-2072.
Governor plans 2018 Agriculture Tour; includes SEA stops
Gov. Asa Hutchinson will kick off his 2018 Agriculture Tour to meet with farmers in south Arkansas and to discuss issues facing the state’s agriculture community, according to a news release. In Southeast Arkansas, the governor will host a discussion with farmers at the McGehee Producers Gin from 3:30–4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7. The governor is scheduled to make seven stops in six counties across south Arkansas, including, among others, cattle farms, fruit orchards, and timberland sites. Area stops also include discussion with farmers and local leaders, 8:50–9:50 a.m. at the Prescott/Nevada County Library at Prescott; and Forestry tour/discussion, 11:10 a.m.–12:10 p.m. at the Rogers Lumber Co. at the Camden.
Coffee with the Chiefs set; Congressman to speak
U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Ark., is the scheduled speaker for the Coffee with the Chiefs Community Meeting. Pine Bluff Interested Citizens for Voter Registration Inc. (PBICVR) will host the event from 9-10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, at the Pine Bluff Country Club.
IP/Evergreen retirees plan gathering
The International Paper/Evergreen Packaging Retirees will meet from 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, in the auditorium of the Arkansas River Education Service Cooperative, 912 W. Sixth Ave. All mill retirees are invited to attend. There will be a guest speaker. Details: 870-534-7094.
Highland to give away food
The Highland Food Ministry will give away food from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, at Highland Baptist Church, 1320 S. Peach St. To pick up food, people are asked to bring an ID and utility bill.
UAPB to host Alzheimer’s Community Forum
An Alzheimer’s Community Forum will be held from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. The session will be held at the Cooperative Extension Program in the S.J. Parker 1890 Extension Complex Auditorium, 2300 L.A. “Prexy” Davis Drive. Sponsored in cooperation with the Alzheimer’s Association, the session will address Alzheimer’s, dementia and memory loss. Participants can discuss how communities can better help those affected by the disease, according to a news release. Light refreshments will be provided. Registration is requested by calling 800-272-3900.
UAM business center sets free Lake Village workshop
How to start a business in Arkansas will be the subject of a free seminar from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Aug. 7, at the community room of Simmons Bank at Lake Village. The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at the University of Arkansas at Monticello will host the event, according to a news release. The seminar will focus on essential business start-up steps, legal business structures, regulations and licensing, key issues that affect business success and common pitfalls faced by entrepreneurs. To register, contact Lavonica Davis at 870-460-1266 or online at: http://asbtdc.org/training/monticello-events/
Beginning Tuesday, Aug. 7
Free Life & Job Readiness Classes set
Unity Christian Fellowship Church, 2712 S. Bay St., invites the community to its free Life & Job Readiness Classes for ages 18 and up, focusing on empowering and life-changing topics, according to its pastor, Anthony Armstrong. Sessions include: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7 — Communication Skills; 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14 — Interpersonal Skills; 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21 — Teamwork Skills; 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28 — Role Play Interview. Details: email@example.com or 870-329-1182.
Wednesday, Aug. 8
Caney Bayou Cleanup at White Hall needs volunteers
The Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service invites volunteers to participate in a Caney Bayou cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Aug. 8, at White Hall. Participants will check in at the White Hall City Park across from the library. “It will be a fun-filled day of citizen-science and community appreciation as Arkansas residents work to remove litter and trash from the city,” according to a news release. Details: Christine Cooley, 870-534-1033, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.uaex.edu.
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.
Beginning Wednesday, Aug. 8
City Council committees meet
Committees of the Pine Bluff City Council have scheduled meetings. Wednesday, Aug. 8 — The Administration Committee will meet at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14 — At 1 p.m., the Development and Planning Committee will meet. At 11:30 a.m. the Traffic and Aviation Committee will meet. Details: 870-730-2000.
Southeast Arkansas sites on Boozman’s farm tour
U.S. Sen. John Boozman (R-AR), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, will visit farmers, ranchers and educators during his annual agriculture tour through Thursday, Aug. 9. The dates, times and area locations include: Wednesday, Aug. 8: Stuttgart — University of Arkansas Rice Research and Extension Center — Boozman will tour the facility and meet with new director, Bob Scott from 10:45–11:45 a.m. Stuttgart — Davis Farms — The Senator will visit with the Davis family and take a field tour of their multi-generation rice farm from 1:30–2:30 p.m. Sherrill — Ag Aviators — Boozman will discuss regulations concerning this industry at Tommy Anderson Flying Service. The senator will fly with one of the aviators, if weather permits. The event will be held from 3:30–5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9: Monticello — The University of Arkansas at Monticello Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resource Department — Boozman will visit with Dean Philip Tappe and tour the department from 8–9 a.m. at UAM. Pickens — Meet with local farmers — Boozman will have lunch at Pickens Store with area farmers to hear their concerns from 11 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Collins — Wetland Reserve Easement site visit — Discuss conservation programs in the Farm Bill from 1–2 p.m. at 422 Collins-Line Road. Arkansans can follow the tour via social media on the hashtag: #ARisAg.
Thursday, Aug. 9
Mobile Veterans Center to visit Pine Bluff
The Little Rock Vet Center, a program of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, will bring its Mobile Vet Center to Pine Bluff.The Mobile Vet Center will be located on the parking lot of the Walmart Supercenter, 5501 S Olive St., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, according to a news release from the Jefferson County Veterans Office. “The main goal is to let the veterans know we are here for them and to get the veterans connected to the right agencies to get the benefits they have earned,” according to the release. Details: Beatrice Goodloe, Jefferson County Veterans Officer, 870-541-5494, or the Little Rock Vet Center, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 501-324-6395.
SEA Political Animals to host Westerman
The Southeast Arkansas Political Animals Club will host 4th District U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Ark., at noon Thursday, Aug. 9, at the Monticello Western Sizzlin. Those planning to attend should RSVP to John Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 870- 460-1189.
Pen or Pencil roundtable to explore crime prevention
Pine Bluff Interested Citizens for Voter Registration Inc. will introduce a new crime prevention strategy being used in other cities, according to a news release. The strategy will be unveiled at a Pen or Pencil Community Roundtable discussion at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, at New St. Hurricane Missionary Baptist Church, 3319 S. Ohio St.
Beginning Thursday, Aug. 9
West Pine Bluff Rotary Club meets
The West Pine Bluff Rotary Club meets at noon Thursdays at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Programs include: Aug. 9: Leslie Byrd Henderson, Watson Chapel athletic director; Aug. 16: Cedric Thomas, head football coach of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff; Aug. 23: Col. Luis A. Ortiz, new Pine Bluff Arsenal commander.
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.
Friday, Aug. 10
UAPB fish sale to 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, Aug. 10. Funds raised will support fish station projects. Fish will be sold for $1.50 per pound, according to a news release. Participants should bring an ice chest or container for the fish. Details: Casandra Byrd, 870-575-8123, or Tamieka Tyler, 870-575-8162.
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.
Beginning Friday, Aug. 10
Free child safety event set at Trotter
Trotter Ford Lincoln, 3801 Bobo Road, will host a free child safety event from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11. Operation Kidsafe will use a custom digital fingerprinting unit and the local sponsor will run the system and make it available free and private for parents, according to the Operation Kidsafe news release.
Saturday, Aug. 11
St. Bethel to host seminar on Alzheimer’s, dementia
St. Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, 4508 S. Main St., will host “Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia” at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11. The community is invited to the education program presented by the Alzheimer’s Association. To RSVP, contact Ezerene Williams, at 870-524-5027. For details on other area educational programs, visit alz.org/CRF.
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.
Beginning Saturday, Aug. 11
Merrill All School Reunion Committee sets events
The Merrill All School Reunion Committee announces two events: The committee will meet at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at RJ’s Sports Grill, 128 Main St. The group is also sponsoring the Merrill All-School Round-up and Fundraiser from 2-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at RJ’s Sports Grill, 128 Main St.
Wednesday, Aug. 15
PBACF annual Grant Program sets deadline
The Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation (PBACF) annual Grant Program has opened. The program opened July 10. The deadline to submit applications is Wednesday, Aug. 15. Nonprofits in Pine Bluff and Jefferson County may go to www.arcf.org to download an application for Giving Tree Grants through the PBACF, an affiliate of Arkansas Community Foundation.
Beginning Wednesday, Aug. 15
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: Aug. 15 Full Board; Sept. 19 Executive Committee; Oct. 17 Full Board; Nov. 21 Executive Committee; and Dec. 12 Full Board.
Through Friday, Aug. 17
Preserve Arkansas award nomination deadline set
Preserve Arkansas is accepting nominations for the 2018 Arkansas Preservation Awards. Winners will be honored at a ceremony and dinner Jan. 25, 2019, at Little Rock. Nominations will be accepted in 12 categories. Visit www.PreserveArkansas.org to obtain a nomination form or nominate online, or request a nomination form by calling 501-372-4757 or emailing email@example.com. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. 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.
Saturday, Aug. 18
Sassy Fit Diva Fitness Studio sets grand opening
Sassy Fit Diva Fitness Studio, 3420 W. 34th Ave., will conduct its grand opening and ribbon-cutting celebration at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18. The facility offers private training, bootcamp, online training and meal planning, according to a news release from the Pine Bluff Chamber of Commerce, which announced the celebration for its new member. For details, visit www.sassyfitdiva.com, Sassy Fit Diva on Facebook or SassyFitDiva on Instagram.
McGehee church plans picnic at Lake Chicot
St. Peter AME Church at McGehee will sponsor a community picnic from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at Lake Chicot State Park at Lake Village. Participants are asked to RSVP by Friday, Aug. 10, to the pastor, the Rev. Lanette Frazier, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 870-575-3619.
Tuesday, Aug. 21
The Generator slates business workshop
The Generator, an innovation hub of Go Forward Pine Bluff, will offer a workshop for new and potential small business owners. The effort is in partnership with the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center (ASBTDC) and Simmons Bank, according to a news release. Tuesday, Aug. 21, a session will be held from 6-8 p.m. The workshop will be held at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Business Support Incubator, 615 S. Main St. Register at tinyurl.com/yajywsyo or by calling 870-939-6898.
Through Tuesday, Aug. 21
UAPB/AM&N Alumni Chapter sets banquet plans
Ad information must be submitted by Aug. 21 for the souvenir booklet accompanying the annual Scholarship Banquet of the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff/AM&N Alumni Chapter. The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The banquet tickets are $30 each. A table of eight is $240 and a table for 10 is $300. The 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. Details: Banquet co-chairs Mary Liddell, 870-643-2383, or Rita Conley, 870-489-8351.
Beginning Wednesday, Aug. 22
Kiwanis Club announces programs
The Kiwanis Club of Pine Bluff meets at noon Wednesdays at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Programs include: Aug. 22 — Treasurer of State Dennis Milligan.
Friday, Aug. 24
Boys and Girls Club sponsor golf tournmant
The Boys and Girls Club of Jefferson County will sponsor its first golf tournament at 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 24, at Harbor Oaks Golf Club at Regional Park. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The event will also include a silent auction and prizes. Details: email@example.com or 870-850-7500, ext. 102.
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.
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.
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.
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