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Beginning Monday, Oct. 8
Extension Homemakers announce annual Pecan, Peanut fundraiser
The Jefferson County Extension Homemakers are selling fresh 2018 shelled pecans and peanuts during its annual fundraiser. Prices this year are: 5 pound cloth bag of shelled peanuts — $17; 1 pound chocolate double dip peanuts — $9; 5 pound box, shelled fancy pecan halves — $50; and 30 pound box, shelled fancy pecan halves — $290. The pecans and peanuts will be available for pick up before Thanksgiving. Extension Homemakers will be accepting cash orders at the Extension office between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, to Friday, Oct. 12. For details or an order form, call the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service at 870-534-1033. Orders must be paid for by Wednesday, Oct. 31. Make checks payable to Jefferson County Extension Homemakers and mail to Jefferson County Extension Homemakers, care of Delores Kelley, P.O. Box 21062, White Hall, AR, 71602.
Tickets available for Holiday Foods Show
The Jefferson County Extension Homemakers Holiday Foods Show will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at the Gallagher Hall of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 412 W. Sixth Ave. Tickets are $15 and will be sold by club members from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, Oct. 8-12, at the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service, 500 S. Idaho St. To order tickets by mail, contact Delores Kelley at 870-718-1846. Tickets will include a tasting, booklet and door prizes.
Tuesday, Oct. 9
Alpha Phi Alpha to host reception for Pine Bluff superintendent
The Delta Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. will host a welcome reception for Superintendent Jeremy Owoh, Ed.D, who was recently appointed to head the Pine Bluff School District. The event will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the Area Agency on Aging’s Strachota Senior Center, 801 E. Eighth Ave. The public is invited to meet and greet Owoh, according to a news release.
2 Neighborhood Watch Groups to meet
On Tuesday, Oct. 9, the Taylor Association Group will meet at 6 p.m. at Rose Hill Baptist Church, 2121 W. 26th Ave. Details: 870-592-0668. The Belmont/Broadmoor Neighborhood Watch Group will meet at 7 p.m. at 1302 Washington St. Details: 870-536-2925.
UAPB to host program with Arkansas Rehabilitation Services
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will host a community kick-off and ribbon cutting to celebrate a program with seven interns through Project SEARCH® Arkansas: ACCESS® Initiative. In partnership with Arkansas Rehabilitation Services, the program trains young adults with developmental disabilities for competitive employment opportunities, according to a news release. The kick off will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Conference Room 1 of the UAPB STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) Building.
Watson Chapel High School sets report to public
Watson Chapel High School will host its report to the public at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct., 9, at the high school cafeteria. All district parents and patrons are invited to attend, according to a spokesman.
Highland church opens pantry
The Helping Hands food ministry at Highland Baptist Church, 1320 S. Peach St., will give away food from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9. Participants are asked to bring an ID and utility bill.
Chamber to host Farm Tour 2018
The Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce will host the Chamber’s Farm Tour 2018, “Fish, Fields & Yields,” beginning at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9. Participants will meet at the Chamber, 510 Main St., and the cost is $5 per person. The farm tour will feature Jefferson County aquaculture, agriculture and a lunch. Details: Mandy Owens, firstname.lastname@example.org or 870-535-0110.
Initiative to kick off job training for developmentally disabled adults
A kick-off event will be held for a job-training program for young adults with developmental disabilities, according to a news release. Project SEARCH Arkansas: ACCESS Initiative in partnership with Arkansas Rehabilitation Services, will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. The session will be held in conference room 1 of the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) building. Details: https://projectsearcharkansas.org/
Downtown Rotary Club plans meetings
The Downtown Pine Bluff Rotary Club meets at noon Tuesdays at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Programs include — Oct. 9: Mary Pringos, Go Forward Pine Bluff – Downtown Christmas Program; Oct. 16: Carolyn Taylor, Susan G. Komen Mission director; Oct. 23: Dr. Jennifer Dillaha, Arkansas Department of Health; and Oct. 30: Dr. Srilantha Thadur, Jefferson Regional Medical Center neurologist speaking on dementia.
Wednesday, Oct. 10
Tips for Effective Holiday Marketing set
The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center (ASBTDC) at the University of Arkansas at Monticello will host Tips for Effective Holiday Marketing. This free seminar will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at Southeast Arkansas College in room 1043 of the technology center. The registration deadline is 3 p.m. Oct. 9. Details: Lavonica Davis at UAM, 870-460-1266.
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.
Thursday, Oct. 11
Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library plans ground breaking
The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library System will break ground on its new facility at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at Sixth Avenue and Main Street. The event will officially mark the beginning of construction of the new 32,000 square foot library. Construction of the new Pine Bluff library and expansion of the Watson Chapel branch library is expected to be completed in the spring of 2020, according to a news release.
34th Avenue neighbors to meet
The 34th Avenue Neighborhood Watch Group will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at 34th Avenue School, 34th Avenue and Missouri Street. Details: 870-534-8324.
Seminar addresses Starting a Business in Arkansas
The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center (ASBTDC) at the University of Arkansas at Monticello will host Lunch & Learn: Starting a Business in Arkansas. This free seminar will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at the conference room of the Bradley County Economic Development Corp. at Warren. The registration deadline is 3 p.m. Oct. 10. Details: Lavonica Davis at UAM, 870-460-1266.
Jefferson County Cattleman’s Association meets
The Jefferson County Cattleman’s Association will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service, 500 Idaho St. A meal will be provided, according to a news release. Members are encouraged to invite a guest. Details: Gale Brewer, 870-830-2134, or Woody Bohannan 870-413-2927.
Friday, Oct. 12
National author ReShonda Billingsley to appear at Alex Foundation benefit
The Alex Foundation, a 501 (C) 3 nonprofit organization assisting communities in Southeast Arkansas, will host a benefit from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at First Baptist Church at North Little Rock. High Tea With ReShonda Tate Billingsley, will feature Billingsley, the national bestselling author of “Let The Church Say Amen,” according to a news release. The benefit costs $25 and it’s open to the community. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 501-773-Alex (2539.)
Through Friday, Oct. 12
Homemakers’ Pecan, Peanut fundraiser underway
The Jefferson County Extension Homemakers are selling fresh 2018 shelled pecans and peanuts during its annual fundraiser. Prices this year are: 5 pound cloth bag of shelled peanuts — $17; 1 pound chocolate double dip peanuts — $9; 5 pound box, shelled fancy pecan halves — $50; and 30 pound box, shelled fancy pecan halves — $290. The pecans and peanuts will be available for pick up before Thanksgiving. Extension Homemakers will be accepting cash orders at the Extension office between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, to Friday, Oct. 12. For details or an order form, call the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service at 870-534-1033.
Saturday, Oct. 13
5K Run Walk Dance rescheduled
The Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation Department rescheduled the Jefferson County 5K Run Walk Dance for Saturday, Oct. 13. The event will begin at 8 a.m. at the Regional Park Amphitheater, according to a news release. The event was originally scheduled Sept. 22, but it was postponed due to heavy rain. Details: Trudy Redus, Parks and Recreation assistant director, email@example.com or 870-536-0920.
Bayou Bartholomew canoe trip, Watershed Discover Day set
The Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service invites volunteers to participate in a guided canoe trip and Watershed Discovery Day. The event will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, beginning with check-in at the Dr. Curtis Merrill Access near Wal-Mart Supercenter. The access is located on Ohio Street, according to a news release. Details: Christine Cooley at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.uaex.edu.
Monday, Oct. 15
Arkansas land commissioner issues tax reminder
The deadline to pay personal and real property taxes is Monday, Oct. 15, Commissioner of State Lands John Thurston said in a press release. He encouraged all Arkansas property owners to avoid having delinquent property taxes by paying personal property or real estate taxes by Oct. 15. Residents should contact their county collector’s office for their hours on the deadline day and to discuss online payment options.
Beginning Monday, Oct. 15
Good Faith Carr Pumpkin Patch to open
The Good Faith Carr Pumpkin Patch will be open Oct. 15-31 at Good Faith Carr United Methodist Church, 3703 Ryburn Road. The annual event will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 2-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free to the pumpkin patch, which will include food, crafts, games and a hayride. Also, pumpkins will be available in all shapes and sizes. To make reservations for school groups to attend, people should call the church at 879-3360.
Tuesday, Oct. 16
Police slate walk against domestic violence
The Pine Bluff Police Department will host the Domestic Violence Walk 2018 from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16. The event will begin and end at the civic center and lunch will be provided, according to a news release. The guest speaker will be Laura Abbott, a victim rights advocate. The community is invited to participate in the walk.
AG’s Mobile Office to stop at Desha County
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge’s mobile office locations for October include a stop in Desha County. The mobile unit will be available at the Dumas Public Library from 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16. This year, the Cooperative Extension Service representatives will be on hand at each mobile office to also provide information on the services it provides statewide. Also, Rutledge continues her partnership with local law enforcement to offer prescription drug take back boxes at each mobile office.
Beginning Wednesday, Oct. 17
Master Gardener Training to begin
The Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Office, 500 Idaho St., will host Master Gardener Training by webinars from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 17 through Nov. 14. The Master Gardener (MG) training will be broadcast from the Extension State Office at Little Rock to participating counties via webinar, according to a news release. The training will cost $100 per person and each participant will receive a training book, thumb drive and a MG name badge upon completion of the course. Interested participants should fill out an application at the Jefferson County Extension office and go through an interview process. This deadline is Friday, Aug. 31. Participants must complete at least four of the five sessions, along with tests and final examination, to graduate. Details: Extension office, 870-534-1033.
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: Oct. 17 Full Board; Nov. 21 Executive Committee; and Dec. 12 Full Board.
Friday, Oct. 19
Pine Bluff NAACP planning Dove Freedom Fund Banquet
The Pine Bluff Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) announces plans for its 27th annual Dove Freedom Fund Banquet. The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The theme is “Challenging the Past-Changing the Future,” according to a news release. Banquet tickets are $40. Details: event coordinators, Mary Liddell, 870-643-2383 or Piccola Washington, 870-543-9978; or NAACP President Ivan Whitfield, 870-643-7252.
Saturday, Oct. 20
Desha County Veterans Benefits Fair set
The Desha County Veterans Benefits Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the municipal complex at McGehee. The event is open to the public. Veterans, those who support veterans and those who want to support veterans are invited to attend, according to a news release. Veterans are urged to bring their DD214 form. Topics will include health care enrollment and VA benefits, according to a news release.
Grace Evangelical sets basketball tournament
Grace Evangelical Baptist Church, 4210 S. Ohio St., will host a basketball tournament at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. Refreshments will also be served. All churches and coaches are invited to bring their teams. The registration deadline is Friday, Oct. 5. For details or registration information, contact Kay Long at 870-489-6336, or Terrell Michelle Dunlap at 870-718-3999.
Tuesday, Oct. 23
Community engagement meetings include McGehee site
The State Coalition on Family and Community Engagement will hold regional meetings, including a gathering in Southeast Arkansas. The purpose is to obtain feedback on draft family and community engagement resources, according to a news release from the Arkansas Department of Education. Meetings include the Boys and Girls Club at McGehee, from 9:30-11 a.m. and 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23. State Board of Education members may also attend the meetings. Details: http://www.arkansased.gov/im-looking-for/parents.
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, and Jefferson County’s agribusinesses at the Chamber’s 66th annual Farmers Appreciation Fish Fry Thursday, Oct. 25. The event will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. at Hestand Stadium. Gates open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person. Fish fry sponsorships are available for $350. Details: Mandy Owens email@example.com or 870-535-0110.
Friday, Oct. 26
Balloon release to honor domestic violence victims
To honor victims and survivors of domestic violence, a balloon release will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 26, on the north steps of the Jefferson County Courthouse. The Jefferson County Victim Witness Division of the prosecuting attorney’s office will sponsor the event in observance of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Beginning Friday, Oct. 26
Boo on the Bayou set at nature center
Boo on the Bayou will be held from 6-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26-27, at the Delta Rivers Nature Center. The community is invited to attend the area’s largest free Halloween event, according to a spokesman. “Wear your costume, bring your family and enjoy two nights of fun and scary activities including games, inflatables, the Scary Maze, the Trail of Terror, food vendors and more. Fun for all ages!”
Saturday, Oct. 27
Mt. Nebo slates breast cancer awareness walk/run
Mt. Nebo Missionary Baptist Church will sponsor the 4th annual Breast Cancer 2k Walk/Run in memory of Billie Jean “BJ” Jackson. The event will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Wellness Center at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. The purpose is to raise awareness about breast cancer. To register for for details, visit www.mymtnebo-mbc-pb.com or 870-592-8539 or 692-6325.
Central Presbyterian announces Trunk or Treat
Central Presbyterian Church, 6300 Trinity Drive, will host its annual Trunk or Treat event at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. The event is free and includes a bounce house, hot dogs and candy. Children are encouraged to wear costumes. The community is invited to attend, according to a news release.
Black Hall of Fame Foundation sets ceremony
The Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation (ABHOF) announced the inductees for its 26th annual ceremony. The event will be held at the Robinson Center Performance Hall at Little Rock at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. Honorees are the late Florence B. Price, first African-American woman recognized as a symphonic composer and to have a composition played by a major orchestra; Darrell Walker, acclaimed athlete; Kevin Cole, renowned mixed media visual artist from Pine Bluff; Brent Jennings, noted film and stage actor; UAPB graduate, LTG. Aundre F. Piggee, Army deputy chief of staff for logistics, Pentagon; and Mary-Louise Williams, education advocate and political leader. Tickets to the ceremony can be purchased at ticketmaster.com. VIP and corporate packages are also available.
Tuesday, Oct. 30
Garden Pointe set Breast Cancer Awareness Walk
Garden Pointe Assisted Living Facility, 7001 S. Hazel St., will sponsor a Breast Cancer Awareness Walk at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30. The walk will begin at Garden Pointe and end at the Arkansas Cancer Institute, 7200 S. Hazel St. The speaker will be Allen Wimberly, director of Watson Chapel High School band, accompanied by the WCHS drumline. The Rev. N. Bolden, Davis Life Care chaplain, will offer the prayer, according to a news release. The community is invited to participate. Refreshments will be served, according to the release.
Through Wednesday, Oct. 31
Arkansas Food Hall of Fame nominations open
The nomination period for the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame is open through Wednesday, Oct. 31, according to the Department of Arkansas Heritage. The statewide program recognizes restaurants, proprietors and food-themed events. Honorees and finalists will be announced at a special ceremony on Feb. 25, 2019, at the Ron Robinson Theater. Details: ArkFoodHOF.com.
Thursday, Nov. 1
Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame seeks nominations
The Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame is seeking nominations for its next class. The nomination deadline is Thursday, Nov. 1. The Hall of Fame recognizes Arkansans who have contributed significantly to agriculture while spotlighting their contributions to the state’s economic development, according to a news release. For details and nomination forms, visit www.arkansasaghalloffame.org. Forms are also available by calling Cindra Bell at 501-228-1609.
Through Thursday, Nov. 1
TOPPS to take applications for Thanksgiving baskets, toys
TOPPS Inc. will take applications for Thanksgiving baskets and Toys for Tots at TOPPS Big Rec, 1000 Townsend Drive. Applications may be picked up between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday, through Nov. 1, according to a news release. To be eligible to receive a basket or toys, the applicant must bring proof of residence, proof of income, proof of government assistance, state issued identification and proof of each child in the household between ages 1-16 (birth certificate and/or Social Security card). Only one application per household will be accepted, according to the release. Thanksgiving baskets will be distributed Saturday, Nov. 17, for approved applications. Toys for Tots will be distributed Saturday, Dec. 15. Details: TOPPS, 870-850-6011, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Beginning Thursday, Nov. 1
American Pickers to visit Arkansas in early November
American Pickers, a well-known show on the History Channel, is coming back to Arkansas in early November and they’re looking for interesting characters with interesting items, according to a news release. Exact dates haven’t been released. Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz and the crew of American Pickers will film the show in November, according to a news release. “If you or someone you know has a large, private collection or accumulation of antiques that the pickers can spend the better part of the day looking through, send us your name, phone number, location and description of the collection with photos to: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 855-OLD-RUST or on facebook: @GotAPick,” according to the release.
Thursday, Nov. 8
Workshop addresses Ideas for Small Business Saturday
The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center (ASBTDC) at the University of Arkansas at Monticello will host 20 Ideas for Small Business Saturday. This free event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Star City Civic Center at Star City. The registration deadline is 3 p.m. Nov. 7. Details: Lavonica Davis at UAM, 870-460-1266.
Friday, Nov. 9
Holiday Foods Show set
Jefferson County Extension Homemakers Council’s Holiday Foods Show will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at Gallagher Hall of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. EHC members collect recipes for the project. Tickets will be sold by club members at the Extension Office from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 8-12. For information on ordering tickets by mail, contact Delores Kelley at 870-718-1846. Details: Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Office, 870-534-1033.
Through Friday, Nov. 9
Deadline set for Historic Preservation grant letters of intent
The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program will accept Letters of Intent until Friday, Nov. 9, for the County Courthouse Restoration or Historic Preservation Restoration grant programs. An applicant will receive feedback or technical assistance and project development with AHPP staff, according to a news release. A link to the grant application and Letter of Intent portal can be found at http://www.arkansaspreservation.com/Programs/Funding/grants-programs.
Through Saturday, Nov. 10
Business challenge set for Walk Across Arkansas
The Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service is asking local businesses to participate in a Countywide Business Challenge for Walk Across Arkansas - Fall 2018. The Walk Across Arkansas 5k Run/Walk began Sunday, Sept. 16, and ends Saturday, Nov. 10. For registration and record forms on the Walk Across Arkansas, visit https://walk.uaex.edu/ Details: Mary Ann Kizer, Jefferson County Family and Consumer Science agent, email@example.com or 870-534-1033. The Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service is part of the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.
Thursday, Nov. 15
White Hall Legion Post sets shotgun raffle
The American Legion White Hall Post 232 is holding its fourth annual raffle for a Benelli shotgun. The raffle has become a major fundraiser for the post of military veterans, according to a news release. The 12-gauge pump shotgun will be given away Thursday, Nov. 15, at Hunter’s Refuge in White Hall. Participants don’t have to be present to win, only have the winning ticket. Tickets are $5 for one, $10 for three or $20 for eight chances to win. Proceeds will be used to fund the various activities the veterans will do in the community, according to the release. For tickets, see any member of the post or call Post Commander Glen Minor at 870-247-4413.
Through Friday, Nov. 16
Arts Council announces Living Treasure award applications available
The Arkansas Arts Council is accepting nominations for the 2019 Arkansas Living Treasure Award. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, Nov. 16, according to a news release. The Living Treasure program recognizes an Arkansas artist who excels in the creation of a traditional craft and who preserves and advances their craft through community outreach and by teaching others. A list of Living Treasure Award criteria is available at arkansasarts.org. Details: Robin McClea, firstname.lastname@example.org or 501-324-9348.
Thursday, Dec. 6
How to Write a Business Plan topic at seminar
The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center (ASBTDC) at the University of Arkansas at Monticello will host How to Write a Business Plan. This free event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at conference room 110 of the Bradley County Economic Development Corp. at Warren. The registration deadline is 3 p.m. Dec. 5. Details: Lavonica Davis at UAM, 870-460-1266.
Tuesdays and Thursdays
Parent center’s community computer lab available
The Pine Bluff School District’s Title I Parent & Family Resource Center’s community computer lab is available for use by parents, teachers, students and the community, according to a news release. Located in the Jordan-Chanay Administrative Center at 1215 W. Pullen St., the lab will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-6:30 p.m. and the second and fourth Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon (excluding holidays.) Details: Parent Center Coordinator Freddie Jolivette, 850-2008/2009.
Bloom Tennis Center to host free tennis lessons
The Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation Department will sponsor free tennis lessons for youth and adults at the Bloom Tennis Center in Central Park, 2101 S. Hickory St. Lessons will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The program began Aug. 14. Classes will be instructed by a tennis coach. Participants may register on site. For details on the Bloom Tennis Center and programs contact the Parks and Recreation at 870-536-0920 or email email@example.com.
Tuesdays and Saturdays
Saracen Landing Farmers Market open
The Saracen Landing Farmers Market at Pine Bluff is open Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturdays from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation Department has received a grant for the SNAP (food stamps) Double Buck Program at the Saracen Landing Farmers Market. Under the Double Buck program, for every dollar participants spend with their SNAP EBT Card, they will double their bucks, according to a news release. Details: 870-536-0920 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SBA disaster loans available; deadline May 6, 2019
Small nonfarm businesses in 11 Arkansas counties are eligible to apply for low‑interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, according to a Sept. 10 news release. The deadline to apply for economic injury is May 6, 2019. These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by hail and high winds that occurred July 20-21, 2018, in these primary counties: Arkansas and Monroe; and neighboring counties: Desha, Jefferson, Lee, Lincoln, Lonoke, Phillips, Prairie, St. Francis and Woodruff. By law, SBA makes Economic Injury Disaster Loans available when the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture designates an agricultural disaster. The secretary declared this disaster on Sept. 5, 2018. Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 or email email@example.com.
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.