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Wednesday, May 16
Early voting continues through May 21
Early voting hours are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays at the Jefferson County Courthouse. The last day to early vote is Monday, May 21. Early voting ends at 5 p.m. that day. Election Day is May 22. On that day, voters must report to their appropriate polling sites between 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. to cast their ballots.
Thursday, May 17
I-530 work to require traffic shifts, lane closures
Construction work on Interstate 530 in Jefferson County requires a traffic shift from mile marker 41 to mile marker 45 beginning at 9 p.m. Thursday, May 17. Northbound traffic will be shifted onto the southbound lanes, resulting in one lane of southbound traffic and one lane of northbound traffic, according to the Arkansas Department of Transportation. Traffic will be separated by tubular markers. Weather permitting, the traffic shifts will continue until the improvements are complete, according to the release. Drivers should exercise caution when approaching and traveling through all highway work zones. Details: IDriveArkansas.com or ARDOT.gov or on Twitter @myARDOT.
White Hall announces graduation
White Hall High School’s graduation will be held Thursday, May 17, at 6 p.m. at the Pine Bluff Convention Center.
Sheraton Park neighbors meet
The Sheraton Park Neighborhood Watch meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at Grace Episcopal Church, 4101 S. Hazel St. The event will be held at Brown Hall in the back of the church. Everyone is invited to attend.
Retired Teachers Association meets
The Jefferson County Retired Teachers Association will conclude its monthly meetings for the academic year 2017-2018 with a breakfast session. The meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, May 17, at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave. Breakfast will cost $6.
PBHS 1947 Class to meet
The Pine Bluff High School Class of 1947 will meet at noon Thursday, May 17, at the Red Room of Harbor Oaks , 2018. Members of other classes are invited to attend.
Christian Women’s Connection sets luncheon
The Pine Bluff Christian Women’s Connection’s monthly luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 17, at the Pine Bluff Country Club. The speaker will be Judy Hall of Harrison, the chairwoman of the Harrison Women’s Connection. The luncheon is $13.50. Contact Jennifer Keahey at 870-540-9302 for reservations or cancellations by noon Monday, May 14.
Mrs. Arkansas United States to address PBHS
Mrs. Arkansas United States Tamara Pace-Glover, Ph.D, will address 9-11th graders at the Pine Bluff High School Little Theater at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 17. Pace-Glover is a native of Pine Bluff and a licensed master level social worker teaching at Arkansas State University. She is a motivational speaker and mentor to youth and young adults.
Beginning Thursday, May 17
West Pine Bluff Rotary meets
The West Pine Bluff Rotary Club meets at noon Thursdays at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Programs include: May 17: Trey Franks, Arkansas Forestry Commission; May 24: Fred Lewis, Black Pilots of America; May 31: Jefferson County Judge Booker Clemons; and June 1: a fundraiser.
Friday, May 18
Pine Bluff High School announces graduation
Pine Bluff High School’s graduation will be held Friday, May 18, at 7 p.m. at the Pine Bluff Convention Center.
UAPB sets fish sale; proceeds help program
The Aquaculture Research Station at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will sell catfish and tilapia from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, May 18. Funds raised will support fish station projects. Fish will be sold for $1.50 per pound on a first come, first served basis. Fish cleaning won’t be available, according to a news release. Participants must bring an ice chest or container for the fish. Details: Casandra Byrd, 870-575-8123, or Tamieka Tyler, 870-575-8162.
Pine Bluff Optimist Club sets barbecue fundraiser
The Pine Bluff Optimist Club will sponsor a barbecue dinner fundraiser, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May 18, on the parking lot of 1004 Main St. (the former County Market.) The dinner will cost $7. The Optimist Club sponsors two fundraisers each year to provide funds for scholarships and to assist students with endeavors that enhance community service and promote academic achievement, according to a news release.
Historic District Commission meets
The Pine Bluff Historic District Commission will meet at 3 p.m. Friday, May 18, in the conference room of the City Council Chambers at the civic center, 200 E. Eighth Ave. Details: 870-543-1820.
EOC board meets
The board of directors of Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Economic Opportunities Commission will meet at 11 a.m. Friday, May 18, at the administration building, 1203 W. Pullen St. This meeting is open to the public.
Beginning Friday, May 18
Dermott Community Festival opens
The sixth annual Dermott Community Festival, also known as the Dermott Crawfish Festival, will be held from 10 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, May 18-19, on Freeman Street in downtown Dermott. The event will feature blues artist J-Wonn from 8 p.m. to midnight May 19. The festival will also include carnival rides, food vendors, crawfish and other activities. Details: 870-300-9391 and 870-329-3378.
Saturday, May 19
Jefferson County Birthing Project plans event
In honor of Mothers Day, the Jefferson County Birthing Project will host an event as part of the national organization’s signature Strut & Stroll program. The Jefferson County observance will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at Audobon Café, 2619 Hazel St. LaKeishia Webb-Collins, clinic coordinator for Jefferson County Health Unit; and Sarah Hardin, retired nurse practitioner and event/project coordinator, will share information with the community about maternal and child health. The community is invited to attend the event, which will also include a balloon release, free food and activities.
Full Circle 360 S.A.F.E.T.Y. sets free natural hair clinic
Full Circle 360 S.A.F.E.T.Y. programs will present a free natural hair clinic for females 10-17 years old. The event will be held from 2:30-4 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at 3400 W. 34th Ave. Women over 17 years old are also encouraged to attend the event which will include free products and services, according to a news release.
Evangelistic Outreach offers free clothes
Evangelistic Outreach Church, 620 L.A. “Prexy” Davis Drive, will give away clothes from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 19.
Sheriff’s Fun Day set at MLK Park
The 12th annual Jefferson County Sheriff’s Fun Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at Martin Luther King Jr. Park. The event will include games, fishing derby, amusement rides, game trailer, refreshments, live entertainment and Jack N Jill Fun Zone. Registration is free and the fishing derby begins at 9 a.m. The community is invited to attend. Details: www.jeffcoso.org .
World War I Memorial Tree dedication set
A World War I Memorial Tree will be dedicated at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at the New Edinburg Community Center on Highway 8 at New Edinburg. Soil from the Meuse-Argonne National Cemetery in France will be placed around the tree. Following the dedication, concessions will be available and at 5:30 p.m., an outdoor concert will be performed by Gene Rainey and the Country 1-4-5 Band.
New Edinburg plans 5K events
A 5k Run/Walk, plus a one-mile kids fun walk/run, will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 19, in New Edinburg. The event will begin at the corner of Highway 8/Farm to Market Road. All runners and walkers who pre-register by May 11 will receive a T-shirt and participation medal. Children 12 years old and under can participate in either race for $5 if pre-registered by May 11. The New Edinburg Farmers Market will host a grand opening also at 8 a.m. May 19. Interested farmers market vendors may contact Linda Boyter at 501-687-3242 for additional information and additional race information can be provided by Roger McClellan at 870-643-0150 or firstname.lastname@example.org . A race registration forms can be picked up at sponsors Warren Bank and FBT Bank & Mortgage at Fordyce or Rison.
Sunday, May 20
Grapevine Cemetery Memorial Service set
Sardis Baptist Church will host the annual meeting for the Grapevine Cemetery Memorial on Sunday, May 20. Grave decorations will be held before service. Worship starts at 11 a.m., followed by the memorial service then a potluck fellowship meal, according to a news release. Those who are unable to attend and wish to contribute to the upkeep of the cemetery should send contributions to: Grapevine Cemetery, 9310 Grant 14, Pine Bluff, AR, 71603.
Through Sunday, May 20
Chapter observes Senior Kappa Week
The Pine Bluff Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. is hosting Senior Kappa Week. Events also include: Saturday, May 19 — 9 a.m. — Senior Kappa Breakfast. Senior Kappa brothers will eat free at the session at Divine Kitchen, 2122 S. Blake St. The speaker will be Dr. Stephen Broughton Sr., vice polemarch. Sunday, May 20 — “Senior Prayer Minute.” Brothers are asked to pray for one minute at 19:11. Also, Sunday is the deadline for the “Business Sock Ministry” to collect business socks for young men in high school. New socks can be placed in a sock box until 5 p.m. Sunday at the fraternity building, Koal to Diamond Center, 1911 University.
Monday, May 21
Speakers to address Alzheimer’s, dementia
The Area Agency on Aging of Southeast Arkansas, 709 E. Eighth Ave., will host the Caregivers/Alzheimer’s Support Meeting from 11 a.m. to noon Monday, May 21, at the main office conference room. The topic will be Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia. The speakers will be Toni Hunter, program director, and Lynette Finley, program specialist, with the Alzheimer’s Association Arkansas Chapter at Little Rock. Those who plan to attend should contact Carolyn Ferguson at Area Agency, 870-543-6300.
House of Bread opens pantry
House of Bread Deliverance Church, 500 S. Main St., will open its food pantry Monday, May 21, from 3-4:30 p.m. or until the 100 food boxes are given away. 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 licenses.) Everyone must register again for the year of 2018, according to a news release.
Military & Veterans Museum group meets
The Pine Bluff Military & Veterans Museum group will meet at 2 p.m. Monday, May 21, at the Boone-Murphy House, 714 W. Fourth Ave. The date changed from the normal date due to the upcoming holiday, according to a spokesman. To attend or become a volunteer, contact Jack Jones at 692-6400 or Carolyn DeVos 879-5321.
A&P finance panel to meet
The Advertising and Promotion Commission Finance Committee will meet at noon Monday, May 21, in the general conference room at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. Details: 536-7600.
Dallas County meeting set
Dallas County Courthouse at Fordyce will host the solid waste authority meeting at 5 p.m. Monday, May 21. Details: 870-352-3371.
Tuesday, May 22
Civic Auditorium Complex panel meets
The Civic Auditorium Complex Commission will meet at noon Tuesday, May 22, in Banquet Hall 1 at the Pine Bluff Convention Center.
Urban Renewal Agency meets
The Pine Bluff Urban Renewal Agency will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 22. The meeting will be held at the Baim Law Firm, 500 E. Fifth Ave.
Ivy Center sets meeting
From 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, the Ivy Center for Education will meet with students and parents going on the 2018 College Tour. The meeting will be held at Faith Presbyterian Church. Details: Mattie Collins, email@example.com or Patricia Berry, firstname.lastname@example.org .
Beginning Tuesday, May 22
Delta Rivers Nature Center announces events
The Delta Rivers Nature Center at Regional Park will conduct several events: From 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, May 22-23 — Boater Education Class — The course teaches fundamentals of safe boating. Anyone born after 1985 and of legal age to operate a boat must have successfully completed an approved boater education course by the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission (AGFC) and carry proof. Register at https://www.register-ed.com/ For details or other events, contact the Delta Rivers Nature Center, 870-534-0011, or visit http://www.deltarivers.com/
Wednesday, May 23
Advertising and Promotion Commission meeting
The Pine Bluff Advertising and Promotion Commission will meet at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The event will be held in the general conference room.
UAM business center sets White Hall workshop
The advantages and disadvantages of owning a franchise business will be the subjects of a free workshop at Stone Bank, 7739 Sheridan Road, at White Hall. The event will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 23. The workshop will be presented by the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Dan Aronoff of FranNet will conduct the workshop. To register, call Lavonica Davis, 870-460-1266 or register online at http://asbtdc.org/training/monticello-events/
Military Officers Association sets meeting
The Southeast Arkansas Chapter of Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) will meet at noon Wednesday, May 23, at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. The guest speaker will be Karen Blevins, director of the Jefferson County Office of Emergency Management. Visitors and new members are welcomed to attend. Reservations aren’t required. Details: 870-550-1626.
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.
Harbor Oaks Ladies Golf Association plans clinic
The Harbor Oaks Ladies Golf Association will hold a golf clinic at 5 p.m. Wednesdays for six weeks at Harbor Oaks Golf Club in Regional Park. Sessions began Wednesday, May 16,The cost is $50 and championship golfer Earl Goldman will be the instructor, according to a news release. Lessons will include the rules of golf, gripping and swinging the various golf clubs; putting, chipping, and sand play; and course etiquette. Details: Barbra Long, 534-5423.
Thursday, May 24
Lakeport presenter to discuss ‘Growing Up on Yellow Bayou Plantation’
Author Robert Fulford will present “Growing Up on Yellow Bayou Plantation” for the Lakeport Legacies monthly history talk. The event will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at the Lakeport Plantation at Lake Village. The session gets underway at 5:30 p.m. with refreshments and conversation. Fulford, of Dermott, grew up on Yellow Bayou Plantation, just north of Lake Village, in the 1950s and 1960s. He has written two self-published books about his childhood on the plantation. The Lakeport Legacies program is free and open to the public. For details and to register, contact Blake Wintory, assistant director of Lakeport Plantation at 870-265-6031 or by email at bwintory@Astate.edu.
Beginning Friday, May 25
Black Pilots of America visit Pine Bluff 22nd year
The Black Pilots of America Inc. (BPA) will return to Pine Bluff for their 22nd annual Operation Skyhook over the Memorial Day weekend. Several activities will be held at Pine Bluff Regional Airport Grider Field. The schedule of events will include: Friday, May 25: 9:30 a.m. — Official Welcome to Pine Bluff; 11 a.m. — Flour Bomb Drop; 3 p.m. — Young Eagles Flights (free airplane rides for children, weather permitting.) Saturday, May 26: 10 a.m. — Pilot Proficiency Competition; 3 p.m. — Young Eagles Flights. Sunday, May 27: 10 a.m. — Balloon Burst and Spot Landing; 3 p.m. — Formation Flying, Young Eagle Flights. Sunday evening, an awards banquet will feature trophies presented to members who demonstrated superior flying skills, as well as the chapter with the highest accumulated points. There is also an individual “Top Gun Award” for the supreme pilot accumulating the highest number of points. Details: Grider Field, 870-534-4131, or visit Black Pilots of America website at http://www.bpapilots.org/
Friday and Saturday, May 25-26
Watson Chapel Class of 1978 hosts 40th reunion
The Watson Chapel High School Class of 1978 will hold its 40th class reunion at 6 p.m. Friday, May 25, and at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 26.The celebration will be held at BJ’s Event Center, 5812 Ryburn Road. There will be food, music, games and a photo session. The fees are $100 per classmate and $125 for classmate and a guest. Details: William Shaw, 870-413-2846, or Mary Burns, 870-543-0296.
Saturday, May 26
Bayou Bartholomew cleanup set; volunteers needed
Bayou Bartholomew, the world’s longest bayou, could use a little help from litter-removing volunteers Saturday, May 26. The Bayou Bartholomew Cleanup and Watershed Discovery Day will run from 9 a.m. until noon and begin at the Dr. Curtis Merrell Access to the Bayou Bartholomew Water Trail, 5401 S. Olive St. at Pine Bluff. Details: Jefferson County urban stormwater agent John Pennington, firstname.lastname@example.org or http://www.uaex.edu.
King Team to restore area near WWII Monument
The Pen or Pencil King Team will work to restore the grounds near a World World II Monument at the Jefferson County Courthouse. The effort will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 26. The team is from Pine Bluff Interested Citizens for Voter Registration. Participating with the King Team will be the the Rev. Anthony Howard, a retired veteran and president of the Consolidated St. Marion Baptist District Association Laymen Department, according to a news release. Other citizens, specifically veterans, are asked to participate.
Monday, May 28
Chicot County Memorial Tree dedication set
Chicot County Memorial Tree Dedication, featuring the planting of a WWI Memorial Tree provided by the Arkansas Forestry Commission and the Arkansas WWI Centennial Commemoration Committee, will be held at noon on Monday, May 28, at the Lake Village Community Pond across from Lakeside High School. Details: 870-690-7518 or email@example.com .
Beginning Tuesday, May 29
UAM COT-McGehee plans nursing assistant course
The University of Arkansas at Monticello College of Technology-McGehee will host a four-week nursing assistant course May 29 through June 27. Classes will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The course is part of the school’s Arkansas Career Pathways Initiative, Cortez Smith, director, said in a news release. Details: Cortez Smith, Pathways Initiative director, 870-460-2102, or Justin Carbage, community outreach coordinator, at 870-460-2129.
Wednesday, May 30
Tax delinquent land sale set for Jefferson County
The public auction for the sale of tax delinquent land in Jefferson County will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 30, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center Banquet Hall 1. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m., according to a news release from the Arkansas Commissioner of State Lands. The commissioner’s office offers an online Catalog of Tax Delinquent Lands, which contains information about the land. The catalog is available at www.cosl.org. Delinquent property owners may call the commissioner’s office at 501-324-9422 to request a Petition to Redeem or they may look up the delinquent parcel on the COSL website and print it from there.
Through Thursday, May 31
Arkansas Century Farm applications available
The Arkansas Agriculture Department is accepting applications for the 2018 Arkansas Century Farm program. Arkansas Century Farm families have owned and farmed the same land for at least 100 years. There is no cost to apply for the Century Farm program, and any farm landowners may apply. Applications must be postmarked by May 31 to be eligible for designation as a 2018 inductee farm. Online and printable applications are available at http://www.aad.arkansas.gov/arkansas-century-farm-program .
Beginning Friday, June 1
Arts center announces youth camps
The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St., is hosting a slate of camps for students ages 6 to 17 in art, engineering and technology, game design and development, theater, filmmaking and swing dance. The deadline for submitting scholarship applications for June camps is June 1, and July 1 for July camps. Scholarship eligibility is based on financial need, including household size and household income. Parents are encouraged to submit applications as soon as possible. For full descriptions and dates of the camps, please visit asc701.org/summer-camps/. Advance registration is required for all camps. Details: Leonor Colbert, ASC public programs coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org or 870-536-3375.
Saturday, June 2
Pine Bluff-Altheimer 2018 Blues Fest set
The Pine Bluff-Altheimer 2018 Blues Fest will be held Saturday, June 2, at Cook Family Park at Altheimer. Gates open at noon for tent set up and RV parking, according to a news release. Hosted by Broadway Joe and Comedian Keith Glason, the Pine Bluff-Altheimer Blues Fest will feature Calvin Richardson, OB Buchana, Sweet Angel, Jaye Hammer, Nathaniel Kimble, Big John Miller, Willie P, Mo “B”, Lady Trucker and the Platinum Blues Band. A sale of $20 discount tickets began recently, according to the news release. Tickets are available at the Record Rack at Pine Bluff; Uncle T’s and Ugly Mike’s, both in Little Rock; Butler Furniture in North Little Rock; Kibb’s Bar-B-Q in Stuttgart, AR; and Mr. Mike’s in El Dorado. For VIP information, call 870-540-6529 or 870-534-4177. Details: 501-413-7683.
Beginning Sunday, June 3
TOPPS announces 2018 summer feeding sites
TOPPS (Targeting Our People’s Priorities with Service) Inc. is participating in the Arkansas Special Nutrition Summer Program June 3 through Aug. 3, 2018. Meals will be provided to children ages 18 and under free and are the same for all children without discrimination. For locations, times and details, contact TOPPS Director, Annette Dove, 870-850-6011.
Beginning Monday, June 4
Police and Youth Day Camp underway
The Pine Bluff Police Department will host its Police and Youth Day Camp from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 4 through July 12 at 2001 S. Ohio St. The event will include field trips, team building, motivational speakers, mentoring and sports. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Details: 870-730-2069.
Family Community youth events set
The Family Community Development Corp., 1001 N. Palm St., will host its summer youth program from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. June 4-Aug. 3. Activities will include art, bowling, chess, drama, field trips, games, music, computers, academics and Black History, according to a news release. Details: 870-850-7094.
Gould Youth Ministries announces free summer food sites
Gould Youth Ministries will sponsor its free summer food program Monday through Friday, June 4 through Aug. 10, 2018, at sites in White Hall, Pine Bluff and Gould. Youth are also invited to attend programs, which will include games, social skills and meals. Gould Youth Ministries is an equal opportunity provider and doesn’t discrimination, according to a news release from Antoinette Burks, the Gould Youth Ministries director.
Saturday, June 9
Glendale All-Classmates Reunion set
The Glendale All-Classmates Reunion will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 9, at the former home economics building at the campus. A catered meal will be served at noon, according to a news release. The event is open to anyone who ever attended Glendale School, a spokeswoman said in a news release. Invitational letters were mailed and participants are asked to return them by Friday, June 1. Those who didn’t receive a letter should contact Nancy Chambers McBryde at 870-628-3396. Details: Margaret Jo Dean Chambliss, 870-879-9449; Betty Edwards Owen, 870-370-0474; Barbara Hankins Brown, 870-460-4231; or Barbara Jacobs Hutchenson, 870-942-5950.
Go Forward plans music, food festival downtown
Go Forward Pine Bluff will host Forward Fest, an event in Downtown Pine Bluff beginning at noon Saturday, June 9. Admission is free. Forward Fest will feature live music, food, fireworks, a kids zone, car show and various vendors, according to a flier. Entertainment will begin at 1 p.m. and performers will include Dave Sadler, Platinum Hitz, On Call Band, Tragikly White, Bigg Robb, Angie Stone, Sean Chambers and Synrg. For VIP dining/seating at $35, call 536-0576. Details: 536-7600.
Festival to feature 61st All Tomato Luncheon
As part of the Pink Tomato Festival, the 61st annual All Tomato Luncheon will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at the First Baptist Church Activities Center at Warren. This year’s menu consists of chicken salad with sliced tomatoes, tomarinated carrots, tomato bean salad, tomato basil crackers, and Heavenly Tomato Cake. Tickets, which are limited, will cost $12 and can be purchased from the Bradley County Chamber. Detals: 870-226-5225.
Warren to host 2018 Little Miss Pink Tomato Pageant
The 2018 Little Miss Pink Tomato Pageant will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at the Warren Cultural Center. The event will be held during the 62nd annual Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival. Contestants must be 4 or 5 years old by June 1 and live in one of these counties — Ashley, Bradley, Cleveland, Calhoun, Dallas, Drew, Lincoln or Union. Entry forms and instruction sheets are available at the Bradley County Chamber or may be downloaded at www.pinktomatofestival.com/forms.
Pink Tomato 5K Run/Walk set
The Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival 5K Run/Walk will be held Saturday, June 9, beginning at 6:15 a.m. with registration on the First State Bank parking lot. The event will start on Cedar Street, west of the bank at 7:30 a.m.The registration fee is $25 per person through June 8 and $30 per person June 9. Entry forms may be picked up at Union Bank, Bradley County Chamber of Commerce or participants may sign up at: www.runsignup.com/Race/AR/Warren/PinkTomato5K . Details: Randy Rawls, chairman, 870-226-2035, or the Bradley County Chamber, 870-226-5225.
Pink Tomato Festival Steak Cookoff set
The 2018 Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival Steak Cookoff is scheduled for Saturday, June 9, in downtown Warren. Teams will set up from 8-10 a.m. The cooks’ meeting will be at 10 a.m. Appetizers will be turned in from 1-1:15 p.m. Steaks will be turned in from 3-3:30 p.m. Awards will be announced at 5 p.m., according to a news release.
Beginning Monday, June 11
Summer Camp set at Trinity Annex
Summer Camp 2018 will be held at Trinity Annex, 2900 W. Sixth Ave., June 11 through Aug. 9. Sessions will be held from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, according to Trinity Rehabilitation Restoration Community Development Corp. Designed for youth 5 to 18 years old, the camp will include arts and crafts, technology, sports and games. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Pre-registration costs $25 per student and $20 for a family of two or more. The weekly rate is $30 per student and $25 for a family of two or more, according to the release. Pre-registration will be May 11-28. Details: 534-2983 or www.trinitymultipurposecenter.org.
TOPPS, YEAH8 begin summer camp
TOPPS Inc. and YEAH8 will collaborate to provide summer camp beginning Monday, June 11. TOPPS (Targeting Our People’s Priorities with Service) Inc. and YEAH8 (youth, education arts, health) are non-profits whose goals are to provide educational enrichment activities for youth, according to a news release. The program is scheduled to operate from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. June 11 through Aug. 3. An application fee of $40 is required. Participants should call for the weekly fee rate. Limited scholarships will be available based on income. Details: Aurora Smith at TOPPS, 870-850-6011.
M*A*S*H camps begin
The summer M*A*S*H (Medical Applications of Science for Health) camps have been scheduled for high school juniors and seniors. M*A*S*H camp locations and dates are as follows in Southeast Arkansas: DeWitt, June 11-22; Dumas, June 11-22; Fordyce, June 11-22; Lake Village, June 4-15; Monticello, July 16-27; Pine Bluff, June 11-22; and Warren, to be determined. Applications are available through school counselors, the area M*A*S*H director or at www.arkansashealthcareers.com/summer-camps/. Details: Amber Marshall with UAMS, 501-686-6188; or Victory of Arkansas Farm Bureau, 501-228-1269.
Saturday, June 16
Women’s Small Business Conference set
A free Women’s Small Business Conference will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at the fellowship hall of the Revival Center at Monticello. The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at the University of Arkansas at Monticello will present the event. The conference is for women interested in starting, operating and managing a small business. To register, contact Lavonica Davis, 870-460-1266, or register online at: http://asbtdc.org/training/monticello-events/
Beginning Wednesday, June 20
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: June 20 Full Board; July 18 Executive Committee; Aug. 15 Full Board; Sept. 19 Executive Committee; Oct. 17 Full Board; Nov. 21 Executive Committee; and Dec. 12 Full Board.
Beginning Monday, July 30
ASC sets African-American Cultural Heritage Camp
Swing, Art, and All That Jazz, an African-American Cultural Heritage Camp, will be held at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 30 through Aug. 3. This camp is for gifted and talented 7th, 8th and 9th grade Arkansas students. If selected, this camp is free to the student. Camp participants don’t need to be in gifted and talented programs at their schools. To be considered for this camp, complete an application. Details: www.ASC701.org or Leonor Colbert, email@example.com or 870-536-3375.
Beginning Friday, Aug. 3
Martin/Altheimer All-School Reunion
The 2018 Martin/Altheimer All-School Reunion will be held Friday, Aug. 3, through Sunday, Aug. 5. Anyone who is an alumnus, former student, or former staff member of the Altheimer School District between the years 1945-2018 is encouraged to attend, a spokesman said. Registration is $125 if paid or post-marked by Saturday, July 9. After that date, a late fee of $25 will be required. Ad fees are due by Friday, June 15. Activities include Friday, Aug. 3, registration 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at PJ’s Event Center; meet and greet – 7–11 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 4, parade – 10-11 a.m. in downtown Altheimer; banquet/dinner dance, 7 p.m. at PJ’s. Sunday, Aug. 5,Memorial/Worship Service – 11 a.m. at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church at Altheimer; farewell reception – 7 p.m. at PJ’s. For parade details, call Carolyn Clay Washington at 870-209-6455. For details and/or registration forms, call Debbar Russell, 870-850-0100; Emily Dendy, 870-850-0231; Clara Gardner Brown, 870-692-7374; Wanda Thomas or Ardelia Thomas, 870-534-4631; or Arnita Jones, 501-590-4747.
Monday, Aug. 27
Teen court plans mini law camp
The Sixth Division (Juvenile Court) Teen Court Diversion Program will host a mini law training camp for the 2018-2019 school year. The event will be held from 4-6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27, at the Jack Jones Juvenile Justice Center Building, at 301 E. Second Ave. The Jefferson County Teen Court program gives first-time offenders, between the ages of 10 and 17, a second chance. It also holds them accountable for their actions, according to a news release. The program is open to all Jefferson County students in grades 9-12. Details: Jeffrey Billingsley, 870-541-5455.
Through Sunday, Sept. 30
TOPPS offers free meals to youth
TOPPS (Targeting Our People’s Priorities with Service) Inc. is participating in the Arkansas Special Nutrition At-Risk Program through Sept. 30. Meals will be provided free to children up to 18 years old without discrimination at various sites. Details: TOPPS, 870-850-6011.
Star Steppers plan square dance lessons
Star Steppers Square Dance Club of Pine Bluff is offering three free square dance lessons. After completing the free lessons, the cost is $3 per week per person. The club meets every Monday from 7-9 p.m. at Central Presbyterian Church, 6300 Trinity Drive. Men, women, teens, singles and couples are invited and participants don’t need special clothing or shoes. Details: 540-6773.
Monday night line dance class
The Monday night line dance class will be held from 6-8 p.m. every Monday at First United Methodist Church, 200 W. Sixth Ave. Interested participants are urged to come out and have fun, spokeswoman Juanita Tompkins said.
Wednesdays and Fridays
Unity slates girls program
Unity Christian Fellowship Church, 2712 S. Bay St., will host a program for girls ages 12 to 17 at 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. The program is called SAFETY (Saving Adolescent Females Empowering Today’s Youth.) Topics will include self-respect, dating, dressing properly, self-esteem, avoiding dangerous situations, future planning, preventing adolescent pregnancy, physical fitness, health and character. After each meeting, the program will feature sessions on hair, make-up and nail painting. Details: 870-592-9136 or 870-209-2644.
Free financial seminars
Free small business financial planning and management classes are held at 7 p.m. every Tuesday at Unity Christian Fellowship Church, 2712 S. Bay St., at Pine Bluff. Anthony Armstrong, the pastor and regular instructor of the class, is a business analyst for the Arkansas Economic Development Commission’s Small and Minority Business Division. Details: www.unitychristianfellowshipchurch.com
Simmons First Pine Bluff Toastmaster Club meets at 12:15 p.m. each Tuesday on the ground floor of the city hall next to the chambers. All those who are interested in better communication and leadership skills are invited. Details: Barbara Rhinehart, 534-3625.
Monday through Friday
Voices for Children seeks volunteers
Voices for Children, advocates for abused or neglected children, is seeking volunteers to assist foster children in Jefferson and Lincoln counties. Details: Voices for Children, 536-5922, or firstname.lastname@example.org