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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. Participants will include Pine Bluff Mayor Shirley Washington, Library System Director Bobbie Morgan, Kandice Bell, a representative from Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson’s office; and Van Tilbury, president and chief executive officer of East Harding Construction. 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.

County clerk staff to discuss voting with Whispering Knoll residents

The Whispering Knoll Assisted Living Facility, 6812 S. Hazel St., will host Coffee with County Clerk Shawandra Taggart at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12. Taggart and her staff will come and answer any questions or concerns residents may have about preparing to vote, according to a news release.

The Gardens, Whispering Knoll observe Breast Cancer Awareness

The Gardens at Whispering Knoll Assisted Living Facility, 6814 S. Hazel St., will host a mini marathon in observance of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11. The staff and residents of the Gardens and the Whispering Knoll Assisted Living Facility will sponsor the event. The guest speaker will be a survivor, Mary McBride, according to a news release. The community is invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.

Optimist Club of Pine Bluff meets

The Optimist Club of Pine Bluff will hold its first meeting of the 2018-2019 year, at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at Dino’s Classic Men’s barbershop, 1218 S. Main St. The speakers will be the new Tennessee Arkansas District Gov. Lynn Buford and Lt. Gov. Steve Eubanks, according to a news release.

SEAEDD, solid waste boards to meet

The Southeast Arkansas Economic Development District board will meet Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Sadie Johnson Community Center at Monticello. The session will begin with lunch at noon followed by the meeting. The Southeast Arkansas Regional Solid Waste Management Board will also meet after the SEAEDD board meeting. Details: SEAEDD, 536-1971.

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

White Hall to host all class reunion

The all class reunion of White Hall High School will be held Friday, Oct. 12, at the White Hall Community Center. The doors will open at 10 a.m. and a potluck meal (finger foods) will be served at noon, according to a news release. The Class of 1968 will also celebrate their 50th reunion at noon with a catered lunch in a separate room, according to the release. The reunion program begins at 3 p.m. with a general assembly followed by a catered meal at 5 p.m. All former students are invited to attend.

Author ReShonda Billingsley appears 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: info@alex-foundation.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. weekdays through Friday, Oct. 12. For details or an order form, call the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service at 870-534-1033.

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. weekdays through Friday, Oct. 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.

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, saracenlanding@att.net 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 ccooley@uaex.edu or visit www.uaex.edu.

Beginning Saturday, Oct. 13

Camp White Sulphur Springs Memorial Weekend set

The Camp White Sulphur Springs Memorial Weekend will be held Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13-14, at Camp White Sulphur Springs. An annual living history and memorial service will be held at the camp located three miles southwest of Pine Bluff on the Sulphur Springs Road. The public is encouraged to visit, according to a news release. The service begins at 2 p.m. Sunday.

St. John AME announces free lunch, breakfast

St. John AME Church at Cherry and Pullen streets will provide free lunches between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays and free breakfast beginning at 8:30 a.m. Sundays. The meals are part of the church’s “Soul Food Feeding Program for the Mind, Body and Spirit.”

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.

House of Bread to give away food boxes

House of Bread Deliverance Church, 500 S. Main St., will open its food pantry Monday, Oct. 15, from 3-4:30 p.m. or until the 100 food boxes are handed out. Only one food box per household will be given away on a first come, first served basis. Everyone must bring proof of address (utility bills and driver’s license). Everyone must register again for 2018, according to a news release.

Ferrell Neighborhood Watch Group meets

Mrs. Larry Ferrell Neighborhood Watch Group will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, at Mt. Nebo Baptist Church, 3201 W. Second Ave. Details: 870-534-3830.

Youth Advisory Council meeting set

The Youth Advisory Council of the Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation will meet from 4-5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave. Officers will be elected for the 2018-2019 school year.

Beginning Monday, Oct. 15

Medicare Open Enrollment starts

Medicare Open Enrollment starts Monday, Oct. 15, and runs through Friday, Dec. 7. For further information, Arkansans can visit the Arkansas Insurance Department’s Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) at https://insurance.arkansas.gov/pages/consumer-services/senior-health/ or call 800-224-6330.

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.

UAM announces 2018 Homecoming Activities

The University of Arkansas at Monticello will celebrate its 2018 Homecoming, Oct. 15–20, according to a news release. A full slate of activities is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 20, including: A&M/UAM African-American Alumni Reunion Breakfast, 8:30 a.m., Capitol Room of the University Center. Alumni and friends are invited to attend this traditional celebration to reminisce with A&M/UAM African-American alumni. Tickets are $20 each. Contact Classie Jones-Green at 870-556-0527; Reunions Scheduled: 1988 & 1993 Football Teams, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority, Kappa Alpha Fraternity, Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity; Weevil Walk of Champions and Homecoming Parade, 12:30 p.m., Tailgate Row; Pre-game ceremony, including introduction of 2018 Homecoming Court and coronation of Queen, 2:30 p.m., Convoy Leslie Cotton Boll Stadium; and Kickoff of Homecoming football game, 3 p.m., UAM vs. Oklahoma Baptist. Details: UAM Office of Alumni Affairs, 870-460-1028 or http://www.uamont.edu/pages/alumni/homecoming/ .

Tuesday, Oct. 16

JRMC to host mammography open house

Jefferson Regional Medical Center will host a Mammography Open House at Jefferson Professional Center I. The event will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Refreshments and door prizes will be provided. Women who would like to have a mammogram at the open house may call JRMC Centralized Scheduling in advance at 870-541-7393 to make an appointment. Regular fees apply and most insurance is accepted.

Whispering Knoll to honor administrator on Boss Day

Whispering Knoll Assisted Living Facility, 6812 S. Hazel St., will honor DeShona Collins, administrator, during the National Boss Day celebration at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16. Details: 870-850-2900.

Faucett Road neighbors to meet

The Faucett Road Association Group will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at First Missionary Baptist Church, 4500 Faucett Road. Details: 323-708-2903.

Ivy Center plans robotics event

On Tuesday, Oct. 16, from 6-7 p.m., Ivy Center for Education’s Robotics/Future Engineers will meet at Faith Presbyterian Church, 913 University Drive. The guest will be Sederick Rice, Ph.D, an assistant professor of biology at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and director of the Math and Science Pre-College STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Center. Details: Mattie Collins at mattie1908@gmail.com or Patricia Berry at koolaidpat1@aol.com .

Gould City Council to meet

The Gould City Council meeting has been changed to Tuesday, Oct. 16. The meeting was postponed from Oct. 9 and rescheduled at the request of the city attorney Jackie Harris, according to a news release from Mayor Essie Mae Dale-Cableton.

Pine Bluff Quilter’s Guild plans gathering

The Pine Bluff Quilter’s Guild will meet at at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 4200 Old Warren Road. Guests are welcome to attend. Final plans and information for the fall retreat, Oct. 22-26, will be discussed.

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.

Growing Healthy Community Coalition to meet

The Jefferson County Growing Healthy Community Coalition will meet at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Saracen Landing. Coalition members and people interested in enhancing the health and wellness of Jefferson County residents are invited, according to a news release. Quranner “Q” Cotledge and Trudy Redus are co-chairs.

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 Tuesday, Oct. 16

Downtown Rotary Club plans meetings

The Downtown Pine Bluff Rotary Club meets at noon Tuesdays at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Programs include — 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. 17

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.

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.

Thursday, Oct. 18

Women’s Connection plans luncheon

The Pine Bluff Christian Women’s Connection luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Pine Bluff County Club. There will be a silent auction with all proceeds benefiting Stonecroft Ministries. The event will also feature guest speaker, Billie Cash, an author and conference presenter of Collierville, Tennessee. Reservations for the luncheon must be made to Jennifer Keahey at 870-540-9302. The cost for the luncheon is $13.50 with the menu as honey roasted pork lion, rice and broccoli, pecan pie and tea and coffee.

2 Neighborhood Watch Groups meet

On Thursday, Oct. 18, the Calvary Association Group will meet at 6 p.m. at St. Stephens Church of God in Christ, 4805 W. 14th Ave. Details: 870-879-9023. The Sheraton Park Neighborhood Watch Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church, 4101 Hazel St. Details: 870-535-0303.

EOC board to meet

The board of directors of the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Economic Opportunities Commission will meet at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in the administration building, 1203 W. Pullen St. This meeting is open to the public.

Friday, Oct. 19

Pine Bluff NAACP to host Dove Freedom Fund Banquet

The Pine Bluff branch of the NAACP will present its 27th NAACP Dove Freedom Fund Banquet at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The keynote speaker will be the Rev. Christopher B. Davis Sr., D.Min., senior pastor of St. Paul Baptist Church at Memphis and the Clara Scott Associate Dean of Doctoral Studies at Memphis Theological Seminary. The theme is “Challenging the Past-Changing the Future,” according to a news release. Tickets are $40 each. Tables are available for $320 patron level and $400 bronze level. To purchase NAACP banquet tickets, call the convention center at 870-536-7600. To purchase a table, contact Mary Liddell at 870-643-2383 or Piccola Washington at 870-543-9978. Details: NAACP President Ivan Whitfield, 870-643-7252.

Saturday, Oct. 20

White Hall Noon Lions set pancake breakfast

The White Hall Noon Lions Club’s Pancake Breakfast will be held in conjunction with White Hall Founders Day. The annual pancake breakfast will be held from 7-9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at White Hall City Hall. Tickets are $8 for all-you-can eat pancakes. For ages 10-3, tickets are $5 and children under 3 will eat free. Tickets are available from any Lions Club member or can be purchased at the door.

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.

Monday, Oct. 22

Early voting begins

Early voting begins Monday, Oct. 22, for the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Early voting will be held at the courthouse.

Tuesday, Oct. 23

Black and Gold Spirit Day set at Whispering Knoll

Whispering Knoll Assisted Living Facility, 6812 S. Hazel St., will present a Pre-Homecoming Black and Gold Spirit Day Celebration at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23. The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Athletic Department, Student Government Association, Miss UAPB and her court and National Pan-Hellenic Council (Greek organizations) will participate, according to a news release. Everyone is invited to attend, including UAPB students and alumni. Details: Pam Russell, 870-502-9477.

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.

Wednesday, Oct. 24

Ivy Center sets ACT Prep/College Readiness Workshops

Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 4-6:30 p.m., Ivy Center will sponsor the ACT Prep/College Readiness Workshops at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave. ACT Prep Workshops will be presented by the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. College Readiness Workshops will be presented by the UAPB LIONS Program and UAPB Recruitment. Students 7th-12 grades may attend. Bring paper and pencil. The sessions are free. Details: Mattie Collins at mattie1908@gmail.com or Patricia Berry at koolaidpat1@aol.com .

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 mowens@pinebluffchamber.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.

Through Saturday, Oct. 27

PB parks department plans Softball Extravaganza

The Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation Department will present Fall Ball 2018 – Softball Extravaganza at the Regional Park Softball Complex each Saturday through Oct. 27. Games will begin at 8 a.m. depending on the number of teams playing, according to a news release. There’s no team entry fee, a 3 game guarantee and 70 minute time limit. Age groups are 10U, 12U, 14U and 16HS. Coaches are asked to register their teams now. Details: James Bridges for team information, 870-267-5361, or Samuel Glover at Parks and Recreation for facility questions, 870-536-0920.

Monday, Oct. 29

Go Forward sets cookout to celebrate Merrill Center grant

Go Forward Pine Bluff will host a cookout from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, at the Merrill Center to celebrate the center receiving a $25,000 State Farm Neighborhood Assist Program grant. The grant will be used for kitchen renovations at the center, according to a press release from Go Forward Pine Bluff. Ryan Watley, Go Forward chief executive officer, will be doing the cooking for the event. A representative of State Farm will be there to present the check, according to the release.

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.

Chamber hosts Halloween-themed membership drive

The Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Halloween-themed membership drive Tuesday, Oct. 30, at the offices of the Chamber and the Economic Development Alliance for Jefferson County, 510 Main St. Members are asked to sign their teams up immediately. It will be a competition between teams to see who can get the most new members to join the Chamber. There will be a prize for the winning team. To submit a team or for details, contact Chamber Director Nancy Lee McNew at nmcnew@pinebluffchamber.com or 870-535-0110.

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: americanpickers@cineflix.com or call 855-OLD-RUST or on facebook: @GotAPick,” according to the release.

Friday, Nov. 2

GFPB announces UAPB Homecoming Comedy Showcase

Go Forward Pine Bluff has announced plans for a University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Homecoming Comedy Showcase, featuring Johnny Jones, DC Young Fly, Nephew Tommy and Don “DC” Curry. The event will be held at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center, according to a news release. On stage VIP tickets may be purchased by calling 870-536-7600, while standard tickets are available at www.itickets.com. Doors open at 7 p.m. Ticket prices have not yet been announced. Homecoming will culminate on Saturday, Nov. 3, when the Golden Lions take on Alabama A&M at Simmons Bank Field.

UAPB Human Sciences Alumni Breakfast set

The AM&N/UAPB Human Sciences Alumni Association will host its annual breakfast meeting at 8 a.m. Friday, Nov. 2, as part of the Homecoming 2018 week at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff scheduled for Oct. 29 to Nov. 3. The breakfast will be held in room 233 of the Adair-Greenhouse Human Sciences Hall, according to a news release. The event is free, but participants are encouraged to make a donation. Attendees are asked to register by Friday, Oct. 19. To register, send a check or money order to Janette Wheat, Department of Human Sciences, UAPB, 1200 N. University, Mail Slot 4971, Pine Bluff, AR 71601, or to Tamera Ford at the same address. Checks or money orders should be made payable to AM&N-UAPB Human Sciences Alumni Association. Details: Wheat at 870-575-8808 or Ford at 870-575-8806 or fordta@uapb.edu.

Progressive Women plan fall scholarship auction

The Progressive Women’s Association will host the annual Fall Scholarship Auction at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at the White Hall City Hall. Proceeds from the auction will help fund the scholarships for young women. Also as a fundraiser, the group is raffling off an afghan made by Linda Hurd. The drawing will take place at the auction. Tracy Robinson of Robinson Auction Company will be the auctioneer. Refreshments will be provided by Catering by Scotty Ray. To donate an auction item, call 870-489-3600 or 870-536-6500.

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, mkizer@uaex.edu 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, robin.mcclea@arkansas.gov or 501-324-9348.

Beginning Thursday, Dec. 6

Christmas parade, holiday events set

The City of Pine Bluff and Go Forward Pine Bluff will host holiday events. “Mistletoe Magic: Believe in Miracles” will begin on Thursday, Dec. 6, with the annual Christmas parade on Main Street followed by the Christmas festival at Saracen Landing from 7-9 p.m.. The festival will include ice skating, holiday decorations, Christmas-themed bounce houses, photo booths, food trucks and a performance by the Jenkins Choir. There will also be a Christmas retail market showcasing small business offerings from Pine Bluff and Southeast Arkansas. The market and all attractions will be open from 4-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7; from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8; and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9.

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.

Beginning Friday, Dec. 7

UAPB Small Farm Program to offer Borrower Training

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Small Farm Program will provide Borrower Training, a business education course required for many new or beginning Farm Service Agency (FSA) borrowers or farmers receiving a second year loan or other FSA loans. The first course will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7-8, at the UAPB S.J. Parker Agricultural Research Center Conference Room. The cost is $300 per person, payable only by a cashier’s check or money order to UAPB Small Farm Program. Details: 870-575-7226 or 7246.

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 saracenlanding@att.net.

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 saracenlanding@att.net.

On-going events

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 disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

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.