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Editor’s Note: To submit items to our calendar of events, email pbcnews@pbcommercial.com, fax 870-534-0113 or bring announcements to 300 S. Beech St., Pine Bluff. To view more calendar items, visit http://pbcommercial.com/news/local/calendar-events

Tuesday, July 19

Libary advisory panel, board to meet

The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library System’s building advisory committee will meet at 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, in the main lobby conference room at Simmons Bank. At 4:30 p.m. the library’s board of trustees will meet in the same location.

Toastmasters meeting

Simmons Pine Bluff Toastmasters, the local chapter of Toastmasters International, is extending an invitation to people seeking to improve their skills in public speaking, listening and leadership. Toastmasters meet at 12:15 p.m. Tuesdays at the Pine Bluff Civic Center, downstairs next to the city council chambers.

Altheimer church to give away fruit, vegetables

Greater Faith Ministries Church at Altheimer will give away fruit and vegetables to area families from 2:30-4 p.m. Tuesday, July 19. The food distribution is sponsored by the Baptist Hospital Nutrition Program. A chef will give away cooked samples of vegetables and recipes will be available, a spokesman said.

AARP slates driver safety class

The AARP Smart Driver Safety Program will be offered from 12:30-5 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center, 1600 W. 40th Ave. The course, for people 50 and older, covers the normal changes in vision, hearing and reaction time that come with age and provides practical techniques for dealing with these changes. Sponsored by JRMC, the class is limited to 35 people. This is a four-hour multimedia course. There are no tests to pass. Jim Bacon, a licensed AARP instructor, will teach the class. Call 870-879-3306 to pre-register.

Begins Tuesday, July 19

Highway 270 bridge work

Maintenance to the state Highway 270 Bridge that crosses the Derriseaux Creek will require lane closures in Grant County starting at 8 a.m. Tuesday, July 19. The westbound lane will be closed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Tuesday, Aug. 2, weather permitting, according to the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department.

Wednesday, July 20

Barraque Street health session

Barraque Street Missionary Baptist Church, 1800 W. Pullen St., will host its health ministry session in the fellowship hall at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 20. The guest speaker will be Deloris Razor, a pharmacist. The topic will be "You and your medications and how the pharmacist can help you."

Arts & Science Center meetings

The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas Board of Trustees’ meetings will be held at 4:30 p.m. at the center, 701 S. Main St.: July 20, executive committee; Aug. 17, full board; Sept. 21, executive committee; Oct. 19, full board; Nov. 16, executive committee; Dec. 14, full board. Details: 536-3375.

Thursday, July 21

Women’s Connection lunch

The Pine Bluff Christian Women’s Connection will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 21, at the Pine Bluff Country Club. The speaker, Timesia Hart of Bella Vista, will present "Beeeeep: This is Only a Test." Hart is the founder and CEO of Living to Win Foundation, an organization that raises money for patients’ medical treatments that insurance won’t cover. The luncheon is $13.50. Details: Jennifer Keahey at 540-9302.

PBHS 1947 Class meets

The Pine Bluff High School Class of 1947 will meet for lunch at noon Thursday, July 21, at Touch of Elegance, 3015 W. 28th Ave. Other classes are invited to attend.

EOC board meeting

The Board of Directors of the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Economic Opportunities Commission Inc. will meet at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 21, at the EOC Administrative building, 817 S. Cherry St.

Citizens’ Fire Academy

The Pine Bluff Fire & Emergency Services Department will sponsor the 2016 Citizens’ Fire Academy beginning at at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 21. The classes will be held for eight weeks. A schedule of classes will be provided with the application. All classes will be held at the Pine Bluff Fire Department Training Facility, 3216 W. Seventh Ave., except for the night that a tour of fire station #1 and the 911 dispatch center are scheduled. Details: Carla Covey, special projects coordinator, 870-730-2048, or email carla@cityofpinebluff.com

U of A hosts Desha County field day

A University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture field day Thursday, July 21, in Desha County will focus on getting the most out of corn and soybean crops. Larry Earnest, director of the Division of Agriculture’s Rohwer Research Station, said tour presentations will focus on soil fertility and pest management. The field day begins with registration at 4 p.m., Earnest said. Two tours will begin at 5 p.m. Field day visitors can choose either a corn tour or a soybean tour. Each will last about an hour and a half, he said. Details: http://aaes.uark.edu

Model Farm Series Field Day

Area growers can get a glimpse of new technologies and practices when they visit the Dell-Cam Farm Inc. at Wabbaseka during the National Black Growers Council Model Farm Series Field Day. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, July 21, at 16401 U.S. 79 North, and the program begins at 8 a.m. Dell-Cam Farm is one of five model farms on the 2016 NBGC tour. The tours will be followed by a brief program and lunch at the S.J. Parker Extension Complex at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.


West Pine Bluff Rotary Club meets Thursdays at the Pine Bluff Country Club. On July 21, the program will be held at 11:30 a.m. and the guest speaker will be Barry Groomes, Hooten’s Arkansas Football.

Virtual public school meeting

Arkansas Connections Academy, a virtual public school for students in K through 9th grades, will hold an information session at noon Thursday, July 21, at Hampton Inn at Pine Bluff. Details: 800-382-6010 or www.ArkansasConnectionsAcademy.com

Simmons to release earnings report

Simmons First National Corp. expects to release second quarter 2016 earnings after the market closes on Wednesday, July 20, and a live conference call to review this information will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 21. Those interested can listen to this call by dialing toll-free 1-866-298-7926 and asking for the Simmons First National Corp. conference call, conference ID 42603491. The call will be available live or in recorded version on the company’s website at www.simmonsfirst.com

Through Thursday, July 21

Arsenal swimming sessions

Pine Bluff Arsenal Recreation Services will offer swimming lessons for adults and children. The session for adults only will be 5:30-6 p.m. through Thursday, June 30. Two sessions for children will be offered from 11-11:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to noon Monday, July 11, through Thursday, July 21. All lessons are $80 per student and fees are non-refundable. The sessions are open to Arsenal employees as well as the community. Sessions are first come, first serve. For vetting requirements and to sign up, call 870-540-3621 or 540-3778.

PB schools host summer food program

The Pine Bluff School District is participating in the U.S. Department of Agriculture Summer Food Service Program from Monday through Thursday, until July 21. The program will be closed Monday, July 4. Meals are free to children 18 years old and under; however, adults will be charged a fee, according to a spokeswoman. Acceptance and participation requirements for the program are the same for all without discrimination. Breakfast will be served from 7-8 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the cafeterias of these sites: Pine Bluff High School, 711 W. 11th Ave.; Southwood Elementary School, 4200 Fir St.; Jack Robey Junior High School, 4101 Olive St.; 34th Avenue Elementary School, 801 E. 34th Ave.; and Forrest Park/Greenville Pre-School, 2501 W. 10th Ave.

PBHS Class 1976 reunion pre-registration

The Pine Bluff High School Class of 1976 will have its 40th Class Reunion Friday through Sunday, Aug. 5-7 at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Pre-registration will end July 23. For more information, please go to the Facebook page, "Class of ‘76 40th Class Reunion PBHS" or alumniclass.com

Friday, July 22

Sheroes that Rock our Community fundraiser

The Daughters of Elks will be saluting the "Sheroes that Rock our Community" at a dinner fundraiser for St. Jude’s Research. The sheroes are Annette Dove, Carolyn Blakely, Joyce Bracy Vaughn, Shirley Washington and Ann Williams.The dinner will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, July 22, at the William Townsend Elks Lodge, 2315 University Drive at Pine Bluff. Proceeds from the dinner will be presented during the annual Elks national convention at New Orleans, La., Aug. 13-18.For tickets and additional information contact Annette Goins at 870-592-0554 or Freddie A. Jenkins at 870-692-1215.

Red Cross blood drives

The American Red Cross has issued an emergency call for blood and platelets, urging all eligible donors to give to replenish an extremely low summer blood supply. Upcoming blood donation opportunities include July 22, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Davis Life Care, 6810 S. Hazel St. Donors with all blood types are needed. To schedule an appointment to donate, use the free Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-733-2767.

Library sets summer movies

The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library System will hosts its summer movie series at the Little Theater at the main library at the Pine Bluff Civic Center. The movies and refreshments are free to everyone. Movies will start at 1 p.m. Dates and titles include: July 22: McFarland, USA; July 29: The Gabby Douglas Story; Aug. 12: Like Mike. Popcorn and juice will be served. Details: 534-4802.

Through Friday, July 22

MASH at Warren

Bradley County Medical Center at Warren is hosting students in the MASH program through Friday, July 22. The session began July 11, according to a press release from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. The MASH (Medical Application of Science for Health) summer program will introduce high school students to the world of medicine, pharmacy, nursing, dentistry and allied health through hands-on projects, job shadowing and interactions with a range of health professions.

Saturday, July 23

Rally to address issues

A boxer, ministers, and activists for human and civil rights will host a rally to address issues. The public is invited to attend the event from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at 2900 W. Sixth Ave. "We want to help end the violence, the black-on-black crime, the police killings…," Leander Johnson, a professional boxer, said in a news release. Speakers will include Johnson and Larry Williams, a technology teacher at the Pulaski County Special School District.

Monday, July 25

Merrill reunion committee

The Merrill High All-School Reunion will be held July 20-23, 2017, according to the planning committee. The next committee meeting will be held at 5 p.m. Monday, July 25, 2016, at RJ’s Sports Bar & Grill, 128 Main St. Details: Rosie Pettigrew, 870-413-8526, pettigrewrosie@bellsouth.net or J.Y. Williams, 501-590-3059 or jywilliams1911@gmail.com

Rain barrel workshop registration

Monday, July 25, is the deadline to submit a $10 deposit to attend the how-to-build a rain barrel workshop. The Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Office will host a the workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Aug. 18. The cost is $30 and the deposit is due at the extension office, 500 Idaho St. The event is in conjunction with the Southeast Urban Stormwater Education Program. Participants will be able to keep the rain barrel after the course. Details: Michael Freyaldenhoven or Lee Anderson at 534-1033.

Tuesday, July 26

Crime Victims’ Support Group

The Area Agency on Aging of Southeast Arkansas, 709 E. Eighth Ave., will host the Crime Victims’ Support Group Meeting from 11 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, July 26, at the agency’s main office conference room. The topic will be "How crime impacts the city and the role of the criminal justice system." The guest speaker will be juvenile court Judge Earnest E. Brown Jr. Details: Area Agency, 543-6300 or 1-800-264-3260.

Dallas County quorum court

The Dallas County Courthouse at Fordyce will host the quorum court meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 26. The date was changed. Details: 870-325-3371.

Gould City Council

The Gould City Council’s regular meeting has been changed from Tuesday, July 12, and rescheduled to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, at Gould City Hall.

Employee safety seminar

The Southeast Arkansas Human Resources and Safety Committee will host a seminar on "Educating Hourly Employees in Safety" at Pine Bluff. The seminar will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, in the McGeorge Hall Seminar Room at Southeast Arkansas College. The registration fee is $25. Register at www.labor.ar.gov/onlineservice or send a check or money order payable to Arkansas Department of Labor, to Nita Matlock, OSHA Consultation Section, 10421 West Markham, Little Rock, Arkansas, 72205-2190. Pre-paid registration fees are not refundable. Details: Juanita Matlock, 501-682-9092 or nita.matlock@arkansas.gov

Through Tuesday, July 26

Scarborough’s art on display at Guachoya

Guachoya Cultural Art Center at Lake Village will display artist Mitzi M. Scarborough’s work through Tuesday, July 26. She is exhibiting photographs of Lake Chicot sunsets and her paintings. Scarborough strives to bring the beauty of water and sky that she sees on Lake Chicot into her paintings. Guachoya is open Tuesday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Friday hours are 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Details: 870-265-6077.

Wednesday through Saturday, July 27-30

‘Drumming Through the Fables’

The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St., will host its summer production of "Drumming Through the Fables," July 27, 28, 29, and 30. Details: 536-3375, info@ASC701.org or www.ASC701.org

Thursday, July 28

Nature Center anniversary

The Delta Rivers Nature Center at Regional Park will celebrate its 15th anniversary Thursday, July 28. The public is invited to attend the free programs including 9:30-11 a.m. Nature Craft in Classroom; 10-11 a.m. Wings over Arkansas Program; 11 a.m. Fish Feeding and Snake Feeding; noon, a free hot dog lunch; 1 p.m. Wetland Animal program; 2-3:30 p.m. Contact room (skins and live animals); 2:30-4:30 p.m., archery, and 3 p.m., Eagle Feeding. Details: Eric Maynard, Delta Rivers Nature Center director, at 534-0011 , or visit www.deltarivers.com

Lakeport Legacies

Lakeport Legacies are talks held at the Lakeport Plantation at Lake Village during the spring and summer months featuring a topic from the Delta region. The event is free and open to the public. Programs include: Thursday, July 28, Jennifer Baughn and Brenda Davis of Mississippi Department of Archives and History; Thursday, Aug. 25, Wintory. Details: Blake Wintory, 870-265-6031, or visit http://lakeport.astate.edu

Through Friday, July 29

YEAH8 summer program

YEAH8 Arts and Motion (youth, education arts, health) Summer Enrichment Program will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through Friday, July 29, at Grace Evangelical Baptist Church, 4210 Ohio St. Registration is $50 and the weekly cost is $45. Activities will include technology — rocket building, rocket flying, car racing; arts and crafts — jewelry making, painting, pottery; music and dance — youth will learn from professional dancers and participate in talent showcases; and sports — basketball, football and water fights. Details: Laura Hildreth at purelrh@yahoo.com or 870-730-9324.

Guachoya Art Center

Guachoya Art Center at Lake Village announces upcoming events for adults and children. A pottery class for adults began May 23 and will meet on Mondays from 6-8:30 p.m. for six weeks. The cost is $100 and there will be no make-up dates. Supplies will be furnished. Summer pottery classes for children in 4th through 7th grades will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, June 20-24, and July 25-29. The cost is $50. Guachoya’s annual summer camp for children in first through 6th grades will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, July 11-15. Classes will be dance, art and creative crafts. The cost of the camp is $50. Spaces in the children’s activities are limited and parents are urged to call early to obtain a space for their child. Details: 870-265-6077.

Through Thursday, July 28

SEARK summer hours

Southeast Arkansas College summer hours will be held from 7 a.m.–6 p.m., Monday through Thursday, through July 28. The college will be closed Fridays. SEARK library’s hours will be 7 a.m.–8 p.m., Monday through Thursday and closed Fridays. Normal college operating hours will resume Monday, Aug. 1. Details: seark.edu or 543-5900.

Through Friday, July 29

Altheimer youth reading program

Youth in Altheimer are participating in the Kansas City Teen Summit for a second year to pilot a "Connect to My Altheimer" summer reading project. The project began June 20 and ends Friday, July 29. "Connect to My Altheimer" started with youth attending training at the University of Arkansas of Pine Bluff for two weeks to improve their ACT test scores. The project is also seeking concerned residents across the Altheimer/Pine Bluff area who will sponsor one child and develop solutions to turn communities around, a spokesman said. Details: wilder202@comcast.net.com or www.kansascityteensummit

Friday and Saturday, July 29-30

Moss Wine reunion set

The descendants of the late Blanche Moss Wine will observe hold their first family reunion Friday and Saturday, July 29-30. For additional details, contact Evelyn Reed, 536-0605; Omar Bolden, 713-376-5806; or Sean Miller, 870-592-1603.

Saturday, July 30

Outreach hosts small business expo

Prophetic Praise Dance Academy Outreach will host a small business expo at 3420 W. 34th Ave. from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, July 30. The event is free to the public. The public is invited to meet area entrepreneurs. The event will give small businesses the opportunity to network as well as showcase their services to other vendors and area residents.

Through Saturday, July 30

Lakeport adds Saturday tours

Lakeport Plantation at Lake Village will host a Saturday summer schedule for tours until Saturday, July 30. The Arkansas State University Heritage Site will be open Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. along with the regular weekday schedule when Monday through Friday tours are at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The plantation, usually open year round, closes on Sunday and will be closed Independence Day, Monday, July 4. Admission is $5 for a general ticket and $3 for seniors, school-aged visitors and groups of eight or more. Details: Blake Wintory, assistant director, 870-265-6031, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Through Sunday, July 31

Minority teacher scholarship applications

Applications are available for the Arkansas Geographical Critical Needs Minority Teacher Scholarship Program administered by the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. The deadline is Sunday, July 31. The scholarship funds may be used at any two-year or four-year college or university in Arkansas. An applicant must be a Black American, Hispanic American, Asian American or Native American; be enrolled in or accepted for enrollment at a baccalaureate degree-granting institution or accredited state-supported community college. Applicants must submit an application, along with all official transcripts to the Arkansas Geographical Critical Needs Minority Teacher Scholarship Program, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Mail Slot - 4986, Pine Bluff, AR 71601. Details: The School of Education at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, 870-575-8989 or 575-8058.

Monday, Aug. 1

Dollarway ‘65-67 reunion registration due

Members are finalizing the plans for the Dollarway Class Reunion for the classes of 1965, 1966 and 1967. The registration deadline is Monday, Aug. 1. The reunion will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at Pine Bluff Sand & Gravel and from 5-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at Harbor Oaks Restaurant at Regional Park. Alumni of these classes who didn’t receive an invitation and registration form should contact Judy Winkelman Brown, Dollarway Class Reunion chairwoman, at 870-541-1524 or 692-7742 or email Judy.Brown@Hughes.net

Tuesday, Aug. 2

Coffee with Chiefs, support law enforcement

Interested Citizens for Voter Registration Inc. announces its next Coffee with the Chiefs and seeks support for law enforcement. Joseph Wood, deputy Arkansas Secretary of State, is the scheduled speaker for Coffee with the Chiefs to be held from 9-10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, at Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 1801 S. Indiana St. During National Night Out, Aug. 2, the ICVR Respect for Life Campaign asks everyone to show unified support for law enforcement. Residents are asked to display blue lights on their front porches, in windows and businesses. Also, participants are asked to wear blue or brown to Coffee with the Chiefs.

Through Thursday, Aug. 4

UAPB seeks comments

Thursday, Aug. 4, is the deadline for the public to issue comments on the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. UAPB is seeking comments in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency, the Higher Learning Commission. The comment period began March 4. UAPB will host a site visit Tuesday, Oct. 4, with a team representing the commission that will review UAPB’s ongoing ability to meet the commission’s criteria for accreditation. Comments may be made to: Third-Party Comment on University of Arkansas Pine Bluff, The Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL., 60604-1411, or at www.hlcommission.org

Friday, Aug. 5

Ombudsman workshop

The Area Agency on Aging of Southeast Arkansas, 709 E. Eighth Ave., will sponsor a certified volunteer ombudsman workshop from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5. "Volunteer ombudsmen visit nursing and assisted living facilities and can be the eyes and ears for the residents who live there," a spokesman said in a news release. Interested participants should contact Brenda Brown or Rosetta Garland at 543-6300 or 1-800-264-3260.

Through Friday, Aug. 5

First Trinity summer food program

First Trinity Church’s Summer Food Service Program meals will be provided to all children free without discrimination. Meals will be provided at First Trinity Church of God in Christ, 800 Catalpa St., Monday through Friday, June 8 through Aug. 5. Breakfast will be served from 8:30-9:30 a.m. and lunch from 12:30-1:30 p.m. The site will be closed Monday, July 4. Details: Shirley Woodus, 535-3352.

TOPPS summer camp

TOPPS will host a summer camp for ages 7 to 14 Monday, June 6, through Friday, Aug. 5. The camp will include academics, hands-on activities, physical fitness, field trips, swimming, golf lesson, tennis lesson, sewing and crafts. Applications are available at the Big Rec site, 1000 Townsend Drive. Parents will need to pay a non-refundable $35 application fee as well as a weekly camp fee. Scholarships are available based on income. Details: 850-6011.

Monday, Aug. 8

Pine Bluff town hall meeting

The city of Pine Bluff will announce the recipients of the City Celebration Scholarship Awards at a town hall meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center main banquet hall. All applicants are encouraged to attend. Although the announcement will be made that evening, all scholarships will be obtained at the college where each recipient is registered.

Through Monday, Aug. 8

Trinity’s summer program

Registration is open for the summer youth program at Trinity’s Community Learning Center at the Trinity Annex, 2900 W. Sixth Ave. Sessions are available for youth ages 5 to 18 and will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 6 through Aug. 8. Registration and weekly fees are $35 for one child, $55 for two children and $75 for three children. Activities will include robotics, arts, educational field trips, money management seminars, dance class, fishing, sports training and basic computer class. Details: 534-2905 or 534-2983 or trrcdc16@yahoo.com

Tuesday, Aug. 9

Food meetup set in Monticello

Arkansans interested in creating, supporting or participating in local food markets should mark their calendars for a series of upcoming regional "food meetups." A sessions will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 9 at Sadie T. Johnson Community Building at Monticello. The cost is $10. Other sessions in the state are also available and registration will close one week before each scheduled meetup. For details or to register, visit www.uaex.edu/local-foods or contact Amanda Philyaw Perez, 501-671-2228.

Wednesday, Aug. 10

ADEQ free training

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality is offering free training classes across the state to help holders of National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits meet a federal deadline for electronic reporting. In Southeast Arkansas, training will be held at Monticello at the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Services, Lab 1, 1022 Scogin Drive; Wednesday, Aug. 10, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. and 1:30–3:30 p.m.; Thursday, Aug. 11, 8–10 a.m. and 10 a.m.–noon. Classes are also offered at ADEQ headquarters in North Little Rock at 5301 Northshore Drive, Tuesdays, 9–11 a.m. and 1–3 p.m. until further notice. NPDES permittees must start submitting discharge monitoring reports (DMRs) electronically by Dec. 21. Because of space limitations, participants must preregister at https://www.adeq.state.ar.us/water/enforcement/compliance/netdmr_training.aspx. Details: netdmr-train@adeq.state.ar.us or to Tommi West, 501-682-0667.

Through Thursday, Aug. 11

Arsenal slates water aerobics classes

Pine Bluff Arsenal Recreation Services will offer water aerobics classes from 5-5:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday through Thursday, Aug. 11. The fee is $65 for all classes or $5 for one class. The classes are open to Arsenal employees and the general public. For details and vetting requirements, call 870-692-3621 or 870-540-3778.

Begins Thursday, Aug. 11

Drew High School All School Reunion

The 2016 Drew High School All School Reunion will be hosted by the class of 1966 at Monticello Aug. 11-14. Events will include: Thursday, Aug. 11 — early registration, 6–8 p.m., Ethel Hawkins Christian Family Center at Holmes Chapel Church; Friday, Aug. 12 — registration continues, 10 a.m. to noon, Ethel Hawkins center; picnic, 2-5 p.m. (location to be announced); dance, 8 p.m. to midnight, Monticello fairgrounds; Saturday, Aug. 13 — Parade in downtown Monticello, 10 a.m.; business meeting, Ethel Hawkins center, 1-2 p.m.; banquet (location to be announced), 7 p.m.; Sunday, Aug. 14 — Worship at Holmes Chapel Presbyterian Church, 1 p.m. Registration is $75 and includes all activities plus a T-shirt. Details: 870-723-4820 or 870-367-2592.

Through Friday, Aug. 12

Old St. James food program

Old St. James Missionary Baptist Church, 15th Avenue and Mulberry Street, is hosting a free summer feeding program for children 18 years old and younger. Breakfast will be served 8:30-9:30 a.m. and lunch 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, through Aug. 12 at the church’s fellowship hall. Details: 870-692-4719.

Community Empowerment camp

Community Empowerment Council Inc. will host a summer camp for children 6 to 18 years old. Sessions will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, weekdays through Aug. 12, at 1711 S. Ohio St. Applications are available at the site and the registration cost is $25. The event will include swimming, sports, fishing, hiking, arts and crafts and field trips. Camp coordinators are Steve Barnett and Kim Anderson. Details: 536-8484.

Saturday, Aug. 13

Wildlife Federation banquet

The Coveted Youth Arkansas Elk tag is set to be auctioned at the 2016 Arkansas Wildlife Federation’s annual Governor’s Conversation awards banquet at White Hall. The awards banquet and auction will be held Saturday, Aug. 13, at the James "Jitters" Morgan White Hall Community Center. The doors will open at 4 p.m. and dinner will begin at 6 p.m. with the conservation awards and live auction beginning at 6:30 p.m.. The public is invited to attend. Seating is limited so attendees are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance online. Ticket prices are $25 for individuals or $40 for couples. Details: www.ArWild.org or call 501-414-2845.

Monday, Aug. 15

Gardening seminar

The University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Jefferson County Extension Office, 500 Idaho St., will host a seminar on gardening basics. The event will be held at the extension office from 10 a.m. to noon Monday, Aug. 15. The seminar will be conducted by Lee Anderson II, county extension agent. Topics will include when to plant, what to plant, when to water and when to apply chemicals or pesticides to a garden. Space is limited to the first 20 people who register. Details: 534-1033.

Through Monday, Aug. 15

Giving Tree grant applications

Applications are being accepted through Monday, Aug. 15, for Giving Tree Grants through the Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation. The Pine Bluff foundation is an affiliate of Arkansas Community Foundation. Nonprofits in Pine Bluff and Jefferson County can go to www.arcf.org to download an application. Any nonprofit that received a grant in 2015 must complete and return the evaluation report to be considered for this current grant cycle.

Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 17-18

Silver Haired Legislature

The 18th Biennial Silver Haired Legislative Session featuring delegates 60 years old or older will be held Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 17-18. Delegates will serve as legislators in this non-partisan session by writing, debating, and voting on bills addressing issues critical to older Arkansans. Details: http://www.daas.ar.gov

Chick-Fil-A and Starbucks to open at UAPB

Chick-Fil-A and Starbucks will be opening soon at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Renovations are being made to the L.A. Davis Sr. Student Union to meet the planned opening date of Thursday, Aug. 18. Details: Derrick Linwood, retail manager for Thompson Hospitality, 501, 612-6390 or derrick.linwood@thompsonhospitality.com

Saturday, Aug. 20

PBSD back-to-school fair

Pine Bluff School District will host a back-to-school fair Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. Details: Pine Bluff School District’s website.

Wednesday, Aug. 24

The University of Arkansas at Monticello College of Technology-McGehee will offer Delta area firefighters free classes in emergency medical technician education and certification. Classes will begin Wednesday, Aug. 24, and are offered in partnership with the Greater Delta Alliance for Health. The classes are available for up to 30 firefighters from Arkansas, Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Dallas, Desha, Drew, Jefferson, Phillips and St. Francis counties. details: Amanda Kuttenkuler, 870-224-3779.

Saturday, Aug. 27

Small Ruminant Conference

Pasture management, herd health and other aspects of raising sheep and goats will be the topics of discussion at five free University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture workshops. In Southeast Arkansas, the free Small Ruminant Conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Southeast Research and Extension Center in Monticello. For registration or details on other conferences visit https://forms.uaex.edu/animal-science/registrations/famacha.asp

Through Wednesday, Aug. 31

Free rides to library for children

Pine Bluff Transit and the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library System are partnering to offer free rides to children participating in the library’s reading program. Through Wednesday, Aug. 31, Pine Bluff Transit will provide free rides to the library for school age children (accommodated by an adult) and teens through the 12th grade. Participants must show their library cards upon entering a bus. The rider will get a return bus pass from the library. Details: Pine Bluff Transit, 543-5130, or Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library System, 534-4802.

Friday through Sunday, Sept. 2-4

Dollarway Class 1976 reunion

The Dollarway High School Bicentennial Class of 1976 is planning its 40th class reunion Friday through Sunday, Sept. 2-4. Classmates or those who know classmates are asked to contact Gordon Meadors Seawood at koldrok3369@yahoo.com .

Friday, Sept. 9

Chamber’s ‘Taste of Southeast Arkansas’

The Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce will host the "Taste of Southeast Arkansas" from 6:30-11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Tickets are $50. The evening will feature samplings of cuisine prepared by celebrity chefs from Southeast Arkansas. This event is a fundraiser for the Jefferson County Young Professionals Network, a program of the Pine Bluff Chamber. Various sponsorships are available. Details: Nancy McNew, nmcnew@pinebluffchamber.com or call 535-0110.

Through Thursday, Sept. 15

Accepting SIMS grant proposals

The Arkansas Community Foundation is accepting proposals for the Science Initiative for Middle Schools (SIMS) grant. Proposals will be accepted through Thursday, Sept. 15. Science teachers in grades 5–8 can receive up to $500 in classroom materials for hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) instructions. Lawrence Fikes, executive director of the the Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation said a local committee will review all proposals from area teachers and select which ones to fund. Winners will be notified in November. Teachers can apply through DonorosChoose.org and a link will be available at www.arcf.org/sims

Saturday, Sept. 17

Delta Rivers Friends of NRA dinner

Delta Rivers Friends of NRA will hold its annual charity dinner and fundraising auction at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at the James "Jitters" Morgan White Hall Community Center, 9801 Dollarway Road. This dinner is open to the public. Tickets are $25 and must be purchased in advance. Tickets won’t be sold at the door. The event includes a barbecue dinner catered by The Wood Shed. Discount raffle ticket packages and reserved group tables are also available. The evening is filled with games, drawings, a silent auction and ends with a live auction to win a variety of unique items. More than 200 items will be available, including 25 guns, framed art, hunting equipment, children’s toys, shooting accessories and household items. For tickets or details, contact Ed Monk at 870-273-1113 or edmonk@aol.com

Through Saturday, Sept. 17

Art League exhibition

The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 Main St., will host the annual Juried Exhibition of the Pine Bluff Art League through Sept. 17. The display features approximately 25 works from local artists. Details: 536-3375.

Through Monday, Oct. 17

County tax payments

Jefferson County residents may begin paying their 2015 personal and property taxes. Partial payments on current taxes will be accepted through Monday, Oct. 17, County Tax Collector Stephanie Stanton said in a news release. Tax statements for 2015 will be mailed in early April. County taxes may be paid in the tax collector’s office at the courthouse, by mail at P.O. Box 6269, 71611; online at .http://www.arkansas.gov/jeffersoncounty or by phone at 1-866-257-2055. The county code is 35. Residents should notify the tax collector’s office of any change of address by calling 541-5313, writing it on their payment stub, emailing to jeffcocollector@sbcglobal.net or online at www.arkansas.gov/jeffersoncounty or actdatascout.com .

Saturday, Oct. 1

Chili cook-off, pie contest

Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation Department will host its chili cook-off and sweet potato pie contest at Regional Park Saturday, Saturday, Oct. 1. Details: Pine Bluff Parks & Recreation, 536-0920, or email saracenlanding@att.net

Through Saturday, Oct. 1

Bayou Bartholomew: In Focus entries

Entries are due by Saturday, Oct. 1, for a juried exhibition, "Bayou Bartholomew: In Focus." The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas will host the display to celebrate the bayou in early 2017. Details: asc701.org or call 536-3375.

‘Mindbender Mansion’

The Arts & Science Center, 701 S. Main St., invites the community to tour the "Mindbender Mansion," March 16 through Oct. 1. Mindbender Mansion is full of puzzles, brainteasers, and interactive challenges to test the brain power and problem solving skills of puzzlers. "Adults and children alike will enjoy exercising their minds as they try to master each of the 11 individual brain teasers and the three group activities," a spokesman said. This exhibit is open during normal operating hours of the museum. Details: 536-3375.

African American art

Through Saturday, Oct. 15

An exhibition of highlights from the Permanent Collection of African American art is now open at the Arts & Science Center, 701 S. Main St. "Here." features work from the Harlem Renaissance, Black Arts Movement and contemporary work by nationally renowned African-American artists such as Samella Lewis, Palmer Hayden, Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett and Benny Andrews and acclaimed faculty and students from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff such as John Miller Howard, Terrance Corbin, Kevin Cole and Danny Campbell. A publication to be released May 12, will feature full color plates and essays by Curlee Holton, Lisa Farrington and ASC staff addressing the significance of prints in the collection, female African-American artists, interviews with AfriCOBRA members Nelson Stevens and Kevin Cole and the role of University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff artists held in the collection. The exhibition will remain on display through Oct. 15. The exhibition is sponsored by Simmons Bank.

Monday, Nov. 7

Disaster loan deadline

The deadline to file for a Physical Damage Disaster Loan related to the December to January 2016 storms is April 5. The deadline for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan is Nov. 7. Details: www.disasterassistance.gov

Ongoing events:

TOPPS hosts summer meals

TOPPS Inc. (Targeting Our People’s Priorities with Service) is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals are provided to children ages 18 and under free and are the same for all children without discrimination. Meals are provided at various sites including TOPPS #1, 3512 W. Second Ave., began June 6, ends Aug. 7; 8-9 a.m.; noon to 1 p.m.; TOPPS Teen Center at Townsend Park, began June 6, ends Aug. 7; 8-9 a.m.; noon to 1 p.m. Details: TOPPS Executive Director Annette Dove, 850-6011.

Summer LIHEAP applications

Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Economic Opportunities Commission began offering the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program July 5 for people needing help with electric bills. Applications will be taken until funds are depleted. Applications will be taken from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, July 5-8. Starting July 11, EOC will resume the regular schedule Monday through Wednesday from 8 a.m. to noon or until the first 40 applicants are seen. All applications will be accepted on a first come, first served walk-in basis. Details: EOC, 817 S. Cherry St., 536-0046.

CADC offers LIHEAP in Dallas County

The Central Arkansas Development Council at Fordyce began accepting applications July 5 from Dallas County residents for the regular and crisis Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Applications will be accepted from 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Wednesday. Summer LIHEAP will assist households with electric bills only. Applicants may apply for both regular and crisis assistance. Details: 870-352-8894.

Tuesday through Saturday

Nature center

The Delta Rivers Nature Center at Regional Park invites the community to visit. Programs include fish feeding at 11 a.m. Tuesday through Friday. At 3 p.m. Saturdays, center officials feed the fish then the eagles and the big alligator.

Tuesdays and Saturdays

Farmers market

The Saracen Landing Farmers Market at Pine Bluff is open from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays.Details: 536-0920.

Pine Bluff Yard of the Month Program

The University of Arkansas Extension Service, Master Gardeners and the city of Pine Bluff will host the Pine Bluff Yard of the Month Program. Each ward in the city will have a yard selected. To be considered, a yard must be nominated by the homeowner or someone else on an application. There is no limit to the number of submissions. Applications are available at the following locations — Barton’s hardware store, 901 Commerce Road; Kwik Kopy Printing, 3114 Olive St.; Shell-Ross Co., 1100 S. Ohio St.; FoodWise,3101 W. 28th Ave.; and Bryan Paint & Carpet, 3103 S. Olive St. Details: Joni Alexander, Mayor Debe Hollingsworth’s office, 870-730-2000, ext. 7.

Splash Park open

The Lake Saracen Splash Park is open for its second season. Its hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-8 p.m. Sundays. This attraction is for kids 12 and under and they must have adult supervision. Located just west of Saracen Landing, this park has free admission, picnic tables for the older kids to sit at and vending machines on site. There are two bathrooms and a separate changing room available. The venue is also available to rent for parties and special occasions at night since there is plenty of lighting and parking. Also, several of the jets are lighted. Details: Pine Bluff Parks & Recreation Department, 536-0920.

Ecology camp

Three Rivers Audubon Society sends participants to the Halberg Ecology Camp annually. The camp, sponsored by the Arkansas Audubon Society, presents lessons on science at Camp Clearfork, a U.S. Forest Service facility near Mt. Ida. Small groups of campers are led by instructors, many of whom are high school or college teachers. Scholarships for interested students are available based on need. Application forms are available at http.www.arbirds.org . Details: Audubon Society Education Chairman Jane Townsend, 534-1507.

Report recent storm damage

Residents recovering from the severe storms, flooding and tornadoes since March 8 should immediately report damages to the Jefferson County Office of Emergency Management. Details: The Jefferson County Office of Emergency Management, 870-541-5470, or the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management Public affairs, 501-683-6700, or email publicaffairs@adem.arkansas.gov .

Signature Arkansas Food Dish contest

Author Jason Irby, a Wabbaseka native, recently pledged the first $500 to establish a contest to create the Signature Arkansas Food Dish. Irby is the founding chairman of Jason Irby Innovation Foundation. Tiffaney Lewis, the secretary/treasurer of the foundation, also pledged a matching $500 in prize money. The grand finale and judging will be held at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds during the 2016 Arkansas State Fair. Details: www.jasonirby.wordpress.com or jasonirbyinnovationfoundation@gmail.com .

FSA targets underserved people

The Jefferson County Farm Service Agency Ag-Credit has announced the availability of loan funding for underserved people who want to purchase or operate a family-size farm. This financing is for people who have been subjected to racial, ethnic, or gender inequality. Underserved members include women, African Americans, American Indians, Hispanics, Asians, Pacific Islanders and Alaskan Natives. The Jefferson County FSA Ag-Credit office is located at room 2603 of the federal building, 100 E. Eighth Ave. at Pine Bluff. Details: 534-3200, Ext. 2.

Full Circle volunteers, youth

Full Circle 360 at the Jefferson Square Shopping Center is seeking volunteers to help with its youth employment program, family in need program and scam awareness program. Volunteers will be needed 6 to 9 hours a week. Also, the group has 10 opening for teens age 14-17 in its youth program. The program promotes youth employment, resume writing and other work-related social skills. For applications or details, visit Full Circle at 2801 S. Olive St., Suite 29, at Jefferson Square, email fullcircle121@yahoo.com or call 870-209-2644 or 501-554-2809.

Civic center

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, travelers are urged to visit Arkansas properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places — including the Pine Bluff Civic Center. The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, is sponsoring a passport program to encourage people to visit historic places. Details: http://www.arkansaspreservation.com/Learn-More/ahpp-passports

UAPB online healthcare program

The Division of Continuing Education and Graduate Studies at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is offering e-learning healthcare courses online. The program is offered as the result of a partnership with Condensed Curriculum International. Students will have access to 24/7 instructor support and course mentors, labs, student exercises and course videos, textbooks, workbooks and student materials, a new secure student website including career resources and other training, and clinical hours. Details: Bonita Corbin, 575-8315, corbinb@uapb.edu or http://www.healthedtoday.com/UAPB .

Christian Debutante plans

The official Christian Debutante Promenade & Cotillion is in its ninth year in Pine Bluff community and organizers are making plans for the 2016 cotillion. Chandler Wilson is the 2015-16 Miss Christian Debutante and the program is directed by Leaundra M. Sanders. The program runs throughout the spring. There are three divisions: Angels Academy, four years old through fifth grade; Junior Debutante Academy, grades six through eight; and Debutante Academy, grades nine through 12. To register for the 2016 program, church youth departments and girls should call 870-872-2965 or visit the website at www.foramomentlikethisevents.webs.com.

Free legal help to storm victims

Free disaster legal assistance is available for people affected by the severe storms between Dec. 23 and Jan. 9, in Benton, Carroll, Crawford, Faulkner, Jackson, Jefferson, Lee, Little River, Perry, Sebastian, and Sevier counties. The service is provided by the Arkansas Bar Association and the Young Lawyers’ Section, in conjunction with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the American Bar Association Young Lawyers’ Division, the Arkansas Emergency Management Agency, the Center for Arkansas Legal Services and Legal Aid of Arkansas Details: The Young Lawyers’ Division Disaster Legal Assistance, 1-800-609-5668.

Medicaid, ARKids First sessions

New Medicaid and ARKids First beneficiaries in Arkansas will receive help on how to use their benefits at free monthly training sessions in every county. The Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care, through a contract with Arkansas Medicaid, will provide the one-hour training sessions. To find out when and where sessions will be held statewide and to register, visit afmc.org/ARBeneEd or call 1-855-275-5948.


GriefShare seminar, support group

The GriefShare grief recovery seminar and support group meets at Forrest Park Baptist Church, 3706 S. Cherry St. at 6 p.m. Thursdays. GriefShare features national experts on grief recovery topics. Details: Lynn King, 534-8430 or king31954@gmail.com

Tuesdays and Thursdays

Port City S-P-E-E-D

The Port City S-P-E-E-D Track Club is conducting training sessions for boys and girls ages 5-18 for National AAU Summer Track Competition. Sessions are being held each Tuesday and Thursday from 6-7 p.m. at the gymnasium of Bethany Chapel Baptist Church, 1923 S. Olive St. For membership application or information, call Martin Richards, 870-329-8478 or come by the gymnasium.


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.

Tuesday through Thursday

Library events

The Pine Bluff-Jefferson County Library System will host Storytime at the Children’s Library (located at the main library at the Pine Bluff Civic Center), every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. and at Watson Chapel Library, every Thursday at 10 a.m. White Hall Library plans Toddler Time every Thursday at 10 a.m. and Baby Lapsit every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Crafternoon is held at the Children’s library (at the main library) every Wednesday at 4:15 p.m. White Hall Library has Arts & Crafts every Tuesday at 4 p.m. Details: 534-4802, pineblufflibrary.org Facebook and Twitter @PBJCLS.


St. Mark food giveaways

The Brunch & Bag Together food giveaway will be 3-4 p.m. Thursdays at St. Mark United Methodist Church, 4229 W. Sixth Ave. Details: Kim Pridgeon, 870-872-2996.