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Wednesday, June 13

Early voting set in runoff election

Early voting is underway in the runoff election for one of the City of Pine Bluff’s Ward 1 alderman seats. Incumbent Thelma Walker is facing businesswoman Joni Alexander after neither candidate received 50 percent of the vote in the May 22 Democratic Primary. The winner will face Republican Jesse Turner in November. Early voting is held at the Jefferson County Courthouse. The runoff election will be held Tuesday, June 19.

Career Education/Rehabilitation Services plan job fair

Arkansas Department of Career Education/Arkansas Rehabilitation Services will host Connecting, Networking and Hiring Career Fair. The job fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. Several hiring businesses/agencies will be available, according to a news release. Details: Wanda M. Thomas, business engagement representative; Juanita Grant, certified vocational rehabilitation counselor; LaTasha Carlock, secretary II, 870-534-2404.

Royal Grand Chapter OES offers scholarships

The Royal Grand Chapter Order of the Eastern Stars, PHA, is offering four $500 scholarships for the fall semester. Scholarships will be awarded to two 2018 high school or GED graduates and two current college students who are second semester freshmen and above. The deadline for the application and all documents is June 30. Students may request an application by email at argrandmatron@outlook.com or by mailing a written request to 2906 E. Harding Ave., Pine Bluff, AR. 71639.

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, June 13

Kiwanis Club slates meetings

The Kiwanis Club of Pine Bluff meets at noon Wednesdays at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Programs include: June 13, the speaker will be be announced; June 20 — Susan Inman, who served as director of elections for former Secretary of State Sharon Priest and as the Pulaski County election director; and June 27, the speaker will be announced.

Thursday, June 14

Starting a business topic of free Dumas seminar

Starting a business in Arkansas is the subject of a free seminar from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, June 14, at at the Delta technology Education Center at Dumas. The University of Arkansas at Monticello’s Arkansas Small Business and Technology Center is sponsoring the event. The seminar will address essential startup steps, legal business structures, regulations and licensing, key issues that affect business success, and common pitfalls faced by entrepreneurs. To register, contact Lavonica Davis at 870-460-1266 or register online at http://asbtdc.org/training/monticello-events.

Law Enforcement Appreciation Luncheon set

Emergency Ambulance Service Inc. and Foster’s Wrecker Service are hosting the third annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, June 14, at EASI, 514 W. Fifth Ave. All Jefferson County Law Enforcement Officers are invited to come by for a free barbecue lunch and live entertainment. Plaques will also be presented to all the top commanders for each agency, according to a news release. The purpose is to honor and show appreciation to all of local law enforcement officers for protecting and serving the communities.

Beginning Thursday, June 14

West Pine Bluff Rotary Club meets

The West Pine Bluff Rotary Club meets at noon Thursdays at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Programs include: June 14, Les Walls, County Extension office; June 21, Lelan Stice, Jefferson Regional Medical Center pharmacist, discussing Prescription Drug Takeback/Opioid Epidemic; and June 28, Special Evening Meeting, Allen Morgan, PDG.

Friday, June 15

UAPB announces fish sale; proceeds benefit program

The Aquaculture Research Station at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will sell catfish from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, June 15. Funds raised will support fish station projects. Fish will be sold for $1.50 per pound, 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.

Housing Authority plans job fair, health fair

The Housing Authority of the City of Pine Bluff will host its Strong Family Initiative’s Job Fair/Health Fair from noon to 3 p.m. Friday, June 15, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. From 3:30–5 p.m., a special event will feature guest presenter, Fitzgerald Hill, former president of Arkansas Baptist College at Little Rock and former head coach of San Jose State University. The event is free and open to the public. During the health fair, general screenings will be offered. The job fair will feature representatives from area businesses, including Express Employment, Tyson Foods, Family Dollar, Randstad employment/recruitment agency, Arkansas Department of Workforce Services and others. Participants should bring resumes. Details: Pine Bluff Housing Authority, 870-536-2074.

Singers set fundraiser

The Heavenly Hearts Gospel Singers will host a fundraiser beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, June 15. Dinners will cost $10 and the menu includes catfish, baked beans, potato salad, bread and cake. Meals may be picked up at 703 E. 28th Ave. or delivered by calling 870-377-5560.

Beginning Friday, June 15

Juneteenth celebration set at Rison

The Lanwood-Risonian Civic/Social Club Inc. is preparing for its 20th annual Juneteenth Celebration concert from 7-10 p.m. Friday, June 15, at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds at Rison. The concert will feature J.C. The New King of Funk from Kansas City, Kansas. Tickets are $10 and available at the Cleveland County Herald office, any Lanwood-Risonian Club member or at the gate. On Saturday, June 16, the Juneteenth Festival will begin at 10 a.m. with the Juneteenth Parade. At Powell Park, festivities will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday and events are free to the public. The guest speaker will be Gerald Andrews, a pioneer of civil rights. There will be exhibits and activities. For parade entries, contact Courtney C. McGhee-Jackson at 870-540-9680. For concert or other details, contact Andrew or Edna Roshell at 870-325-6526 or Thomas Young at 870-325-6815.

Through Friday, June 15

Youth Money Camp registration concludes

The Southeast Arkansas Financial Education Center Inc. (S.A.F.E.), a non-profit organization, will host the 2018 Youth Money Camp, a free session for youth 13 to 18 years old. The Youth Money Camp will be held at McGehee Boys and Girls Club, June 25-26, from 9-11 a.m.; Southeast Arkansas Regional Library at Monticello, July 17-18, from 8:30 a.m. to noon; and Central Baptist Church at Lake Village, July 21, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Monticello and Lake Village camps are open to all children regardless of their locations. At McGehee, the camp will be presented only to members of the McGehee Boys and Girls Club, according to a news release. Parents must register their children by Friday, June 15. To register, contact Clarissa Pace, S.A.F.E. president, at 870-460-9192, by email at safecenterinc@gmail.com or register online at www.safecenterinc.org.

Grants available for projects benefiting children, families

Arkansas Community Foundation is accepting grant proposals for projects that improve the social and economic conditions for children and families in the Delta region. The deadline is Friday, June 15, according to a news release. Agencies can apply for grants through the Arkansas Delta Endowment for Building Community. Any IRS 501(c)(3) public charity, public school or government agency in these counties is eligible to apply: Arkansas, Ashley, Chicot, Clay, Craighead, Crittenden, Cross, Desha, Drew, Greene, Independence, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lee, Lincoln, Lonoke, Mississippi, Monroe, Phillips, Poinsett, Prairie, Randolph, St. Francis, White and Woodruff. The deadline is June 15 to apply for grants. The online application is available at arcf.org/DeltaEndowment.

Saturday, June 16

Juneteenth Celebration set at Pine Bluff

The city of Pine Bluff will host a Juneteenth Celebration from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at the amphitheater at Regional Park. The event will include songs, praise dances, story telling, music, dramatic presentations, information tables and refreshments. The event is free and open to the public. Details: 870-730-2000, ext. 7.

Empowerment, networking event set

An empowerment and networking event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center, according to a news release. Sponsored by The Connection, the event will feature guest speakers Faith Patterson of Little Rock, Ke’Yanna Nelson of Atlanta, Ga., Takiya Noble of Allen, Texas, and Toni Seville of Pine Bluff. The Empowerment, Visions and Mimosas event will include discussions, brunch and drinks, prizes and networking opportunities. The event is hosted by Ke’aira Mays, a hairstylist; Laronda Davis, a hairstylist; LaRhonda Glover, a vlogger; and Valinda Nance a makeup artist. Tickets are $25 overall, including brunch, and $10 for appetizers and mixers. For ticket details, visit eventbrite.com and search for “The Connection.”

Turning Point opening pantry

Turning Point Youth Center, 508 S. Mulberry St., will host the grand opening of the Community Project pantry from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 16. The pantry will have non-perishable items and will be open regularly Tuesday through Thursday by appointment only, according to the release. All items are free, however the non-profit agency accepts donations to help meet the needs of the community, according to a news release. Details: Yolanda Pitts, Turning Point director, 870-643-6540.

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/

Through Saturday, June 16

Ozark Mission students to do home repairs in Pine Bluff

Ozark Mission Project will return to the Pine Bluff area through Saturday, June 16, and help residents with free home repairs, according to a news release. The mission camp students from all over the state will come and do simple home repairs in the Pine Bluff area, a spokesman said. There are no rules for income, anyone can be eligible, but first priority is given to those who demonstrate need. All work and materials are free. Anyone can apply at http://ozarkmissionproject.org/apply-for-a-project/ or by calling 501-664-3232. Carissa Tarkington is the Pine Bluff OMP camp director.

Beginning Saturday, June 16

St. John offers free food

St. John AME Church, 1117 W. Pullen Ave., has expanded its free “Soul Food Feeding Program.” Lunch on Saturdays will begin at 11 a.m. Breakfast on Sundays begin at 8:30 a.m.

Monday, June 18

House of Bread opens pantry

House of Bread Deliverance Church, 500 S. Main St., will open its food pantry Monday, June 18, 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.

Beginning Monday, June 18

Arsenal to begin swimming lessons

Pine Bluff Arsenal Recreation Services will offer swimming lessons beginning Monday, June 18. The cost is $80 per student and fees are non-refundable, according to a news release. The following sessions will be offered to children, age three and older: June 18-28 - 11:30 a.m. to noon; noon to 12:30 p.m.; July 9-July 19 - 11:30 a.m. to noon; noon to 12:30 p.m.; July 23-Aug. 2 - 11:30 a.m. to noon; noon to 12:30 p.m. People 16 and older must complete a Pine Bluff Arsenal Background Verification Check. This can be done at the Pass and ID office, or at Dexter Gate after business hours. Once cleared, drivers may purchase a Sportsman’s Pass at the Fitness Center for $2. Details: 870-540-3621 or 540-3778.

Hurricane HYPE Center begins summer camp

The Hurricane HYPE Center, a program of New St. Hurricane Baptist Church, 3319 S. Ohio St., will host its 2018 Summer Camp. Hurricane HYPE (Helping Young People Excel) is scheduled for June 18 through July 26. Sessions will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Spaces are available for students entering 3rd-9th grades, according to a news release. The fee is $100 per child. Details: New St. Hurricane at 870-536-8337.

Monday and Tuesday, June 18-19

UAM McGehee to host boater education class

Representatives of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will present a boating education class at the University of Arkansas at Monticello College of Technology-McGehee. The event will be held from 6-9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, June 18-19. To register, contact Laura Rogers of the AGFC at 870-888-818-6378 or larogers@agfc.state.ar.us. Registration may also be completed at https://register-ed.com/events/view/116909. Details: Seth Bryant, project coordinator at the McGehee campus, 870-460-2108.

Tuesday, June 19

Pine Bluff Quilter’s Guild meets, hosts White Elephant event

The Pine Bluff Quilter’s Guild will meet at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 19, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 4200 Old Warren Road. The June meeting will be the guild’s annual White Elephant Sale. Members are encouraged to bring any items that are useful, but not wanted by them, according to a news release.

Meeting to address Little and Junior Mister and Miss UAPB Pageant

The 89th Miss University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Mister and Miss UAPB Organization will host a meeting for parents interested in entering children in the Little and Junior Mister and Miss UAPB Pageant 2018. The informational meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, in the L.A. Davis Student Union at UAPB. The age range for participants in the Little Mister and Little Miss category is four to six the Junior Mister and Junior Miss ages are seven to nine. Details: Miss UAPB Angelica Perkins, 870-692-4170, or Deirdre C. DeBose, advisor, 870575-7067.

Beginning Tuesday, June 19

Pine Bluff Rotary Club meets

The Downtown Pine Bluff Rotary Club meets at noon Tuesdays at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Programs include: June 19: Angela Duran, campaign director of Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading; and June 26: Tony Hilliard, attorney, discussing ballot amendments.

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.

Thursday, June 21

Golden Lions Park hosts community cleanup

A community cleanup will be held at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Golden Lions Park on Lake Saracen from 9 a.m. until noon Thursday, June 21. Golden Lions Park is located on the northwest edge of Lake Saracen, just off University Drive. Volunteers are encouraged to be part of the effort to keep Pine Bluff beautiful, according to a news release from the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service. Volunteers will also have an opportunity to participate in citizen science by reporting data about the types of material they find while cleaning up. Details: Christine Cooley, Extension Stormwater Educator for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, at ccooley@uaex.edu, call the county Extension office at 870-534-1033, or visit www.uaex.edu.

Christian Women’s Connection sets luncheon

The Pine Bluff Christian Women’s Connection will hold its monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, June 21, at the Pine Bluff Country Club. The speaker will be Elaine Vatalaro of Bella Vista, who will discuss a day forever etched in her mind: the Loma Prieta earthquake in California on October 17, 1989. Her presentation will be entitled, “The earth quaked and I baked.” The luncheon is $13.50. Contact Jennifer Keahey at 870-540-9302 for reservations or cancellations by noon Monday, June 18.

Through Thrusday, June 21

Registration deadline set for Kids’ University

Registration for Kids’ University, a summer enrichment program at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, is open through June 21. Kids’ University, which will be held July 9-12, is open to children entering the first through sixth grades next fall. Tuition is $100 and includes a T-shirt and all supplies. Registration may be completed at http://www.uamont.edu/pages/resources/kids-university/. The deadline is 5 p.m. June 21. Details: Rebecca Newton, newtonr@uamont.edu.

Friday, June 22

Jenkins center plans chicken dinner fundraiser

Jenkins Memorial Center will conduct a chicken dinner fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, June 22, on the parking lot of Oak Park Village II Shopping Center at West 28th Avenue and Fir Street. Meals are $10 each and include Tyson smoked leg quarter, potato salad, slaw and a roll. Delivery will be available with 10 or more meal orders. Proceeds will help with travel expenses for Jenkins adult clients who will attend Camp Mitchell this summer, according to a news release. Tickets are available from Jenkins employees or by calling 870-534-2035.

Saturday, June 23

Children’s Advocacy Center sets fundraser

The Children’s Advocacy Center of Pine Bluff invites the community to quench their thirst for art and fun at the center’s “Painting For A Purpose” party fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 23. The event will be held at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave. Tickets are $50 each, according to a news release. Details: Jason Duren, 870-850-7105.

A.B.A.T.E. District 20 sets fund-raising ride/membership drive

The A.B.A.T.E. (Arkansas Bikers Aiming Toward Education) chapter District 20 will hold a fundraiser/membership drive Saturday, June 23. The event at the parking lot of White Hall MotorSport, 7003 Dollarway Road. The Pine Bluff Poker ride registration begins at 9 a.m. The ride starts at 10 a.m. and riders will return about 12:15 p.m., according to a news release. There will be a 50:50 ride and barbecue lunches will be sold after the ride. The fee is $10 per bike with extra card hands selling for $5, according to the release. Barbecue lunches will cost $5. Food serving will begin at 12:30 p.m. Proceeds will benefit motorcycle awareness and safety education. All bikers are welcome.

Free seminar to address home-buying details

The Jefferson County Community Development Corp., 700 S. Main St., and Dream Makers Housing Counseling Agency will host a free home pre-purchase seminar. The event will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 23, at the corporation. Organizers will also announce the winners of the Home Buyers Experience Contest. Seating is limited. For details or to reserve space, call 870-536-1074 or 501-920-9918.

AKA to conduct forum on mental illness, Alzheimer’s disease

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Delta Omega Omega Chapter, and First Sisters Outreach Inc. will host a forum to address issues related to mental illness and Alzheimer’s disease. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 23, at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center. The event is free and the community is invited to attend. Starting at 10 a.m., speakers will be Bessie Lancelin, director of clinical services at the Southeast Arkansas Behavioral Healthcare; and Tina Hunter, director of programs at the Arkansas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Through Saturday, June 23

Full Circle plans youth, grant sessions

Full Circle 360, a non-profit agency, will offer youth programs and a grant session at the Start Building, 3400 W. 34 Ave. Youth 13 to 17 years old are invited to programs Saturdays including June 9 — 10 a.m. to noon, resume preparation; June 16 — 10 a.m. to noon, applications; and June 23 — 10 a.m. to noon, interviewing techniques and readiness. For costs or other details, call 870-209-0811 or email fullcircle121@yahoo.com.

Through Monday, June 25

Bateman’s summer cereal collection underway

The Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce urges the community to help Chamber member Wanda Bateman’s annual effort for the Summer Cereal Drive, sponsored by THV, Channel 11. Cereal donated in the Pine Bluff area will support local families, according to a news release. Cereal, Cream of Wheat, oatmeal, grits or monetary donations are being accepted through Monday, June 25. Items can be dropped off at The Chamber, 510 Main St. Financial donations can be mailed to Wanda Bateman Cereal Drive, P.O. Box 8594, Pine Bluff, AR, 71611.

Wednesday, June 27

Boozman’s mobile office to visit Pine Bluff

Members of U.S. Sen. John Boozman’s staff will host a mobile office event at Pine Bluff. The walk-in event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, at the Strachota Senior Citizens Center, 801 E. Eighth Ave. Boozman’s staff will be available to help Arkansans who are having problems involving the federal government and to hear their thoughts about legislative issues. Details: Boozman’s Stuttgart office, 870-672-6941.

Through Wednesday, June 27

Delta Rivers Nature Center sets programs

The Delta Rivers Nature Center at Regional Park will conduct several events in June, according to the Pine Bluff Down South newsletter from the Pine Bluff Advertising and Promotion Commission and the nature center’s website. Events include: June 13 - C.L.A.W. (Come Learn About Wildlife) & Crafts: Deer — 10-11 a.m. June 16 - Beekeeping for Beginners - Pine Bluff (limited availability and registration is required) — 10:30 a.m. to noon; Warblers of Jefferson County — 1- 2 p.m.; June 20 - C.L.A.W. (Come Learn About Wildlife) & Crafts: Fish — 10-11 a.m.; June 23 - Boating Education Course — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; June 27 - C.L.A.W. (Come Learn About Wildlife) & Crafts: Butterflies — 10-11 a.m. Programs are free, provided by the 1/8 Cent Conservation Sales Tax. Details: http://www.deltarivers.com/ or 870-534-0011.

Beginning Friday, June 29

Big Bass Bonanza set on Arkansas River

The Simmons Bank Big Bass Bonanza of Arkansas will return to the Arkansas River Friday, June 29, through Sunday, July 1. Arkansas’ largest amateur bass fishing tournament boasts a total of $100,000 in prize money, according to a news release. Prizes include: $50,000 for the largest fish overall; $10,000 for the largest in each of the remaining four pools; and place money for overall winners per pool, with $900 for second place, $700 for third and $400 for fourth. The tournament will be contested in five pools at these sites: Pool #1: Alma – Clear Creek Park; Pool #2: Dardanelle State Park, Russellville side; Pool #3: North Little Rock Marina; Pool #4: Pine Bluff Regional Park; and Pool #5: Pendleton Bridge near Dumas. Entry is $80 per person each day. To register or for details, visit https://arkansasbigbass.com/ or call the Arkansas Hospitality Association at 501-376-2323.

Through Friday, June 29

Juveniles In Motion summer sports set

Juveniles In Motion of Mt. Nebo Baptist Church will conduct summer sports at the health, physical education and recreation (HPER) Complex at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Sessions will be held June 11–29, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., according to a news release. Applications can be picked up at Corbin Hall Room 150 at UAPB from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, until June 9. The physical screening will be administered June 9 from 9 a.m. to noon at the HPER. Students who aren’t able to attend the screening can bring a copy of a physical from their physician that’s at least a year old.The registration fee is $75 per student. Details: Cedric Jackson or Aisha Madison at 870-575-8343.

Saturday, June 30

B.R.A.V.E. to host All White Party

B.R.A.V.E., the Pine Bluff Black Fire Fighters Association will host its annual All White Party Saturday, June 30, at the conference center of Harbor Oaks Restaurant at Regional Park. The doors will open at 8 p.m. and the event ends at 1 a.m. Proceeds from the event will go toward B.R.A.V.E.’s annual Back-to-School Supply Giveaway. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. A reserved table of eight is $160 and a reserved table of ten is $200. For details or tickets, contact Johnnie Brown at 870-489-2325 or Mozell Gipson at 870-692-2953.

Royal Grand Chapter OES sets scholarship deadline

The Royal Grand Chapter Order of the Eastern Stars, PHA, is offering four $500 scholarships for the fall semester. Scholarships will be awarded to two 2018 high school or GED graduates and two current college students who are second semester freshmen and above. The deadline for the application and all documents is June 30. Students may request an application by email at argrandmatron@outlook.com or by mailing a written request to 2906 E. Harding Ave., Pine Bluff, AR. 71639.

Folk duo Still on the Hill to perform free concert at PB library

The National Park Service is funding a free concert celebrating the Buffalo National River, featuring the folk duo, Still on the Hill at Pine Bluff. The concert will be held at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 30, in the auditorium on the ground floor of the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Main Branch Library at the civic center, 200 E. Eighth Ave. Still on the Hill will conduct their Buffalo River show, “Still a River,” celebrating the nation’s first historic river in song, according to a news release.

Through Sunday, July 1

Arts center camp scholarship deadline set

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 is 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, lcolbert@asc701.org or 870-536-3375.

Friday, July 6

Rock the Vote: School Supply Drive set

Pine Bluff School District’s Freedom School will host Rock the Vote: School Supply Drive from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Friday, July 6, at the cafeteria of the Freedom Schools Program at First Ward School, 1300 E. Fifth Ave. Students will engage in discussions on voting and participate in a mock election to determine which school receives the school supplies, according to a news release. Freedom School will accept donations for school supplies all summer. Details: Zach Lewis, program director, zach.lewis@pinebluffschools.org or 870-209-0076.

Thursday, July 12

UAM business center sets free workshop at PB

How to secure a loan to start or expand a business will be the subject of a free workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, July 12, at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave. The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at the University of Arkansas at Monticello will host the workshop. Lunch will be provided. Participants may register at http://asbtdc.org/training/monticello-events/ or by contacting Lavonica Davis at 870-460-1266.

Highway department seeks input at ‘30 Crossing’ public hearing

The Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT), in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), will conduct a public hearing to discuss the 30 Crossing Environmental Assessment (EA) and proposed design plans. The open forum Location and Design event will be held from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, July 12, at the Wyndham Riverfront at North Little Rock. The 30 Crossing project proposes to improve Interstate 30 from Interstate 530 and Interstate 440 to Interstate 40; including the Arkansas River Bridge, and a portion of I-40 from Highway 365 (MacArthur Drive) to Highway 67/167 including associated interchanges, according to a news release.

Through Wednesday, July 18

Jefferson County 4-H camps, workshops underway

The Jefferson County 4-H program will conduct a variety of educational activities for youth ages 5 to 19. Make It! Mondays — Sessions are Mondays in June, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Jefferson County Extension Office. The registration deadline is June 4. Fishing Derby — Saturday, June 9, 8 a.m. at McCoy Park on U.S. 270 for youth and senior citizens. The registration deadline is June 4. Arkansas Foods & Farms Day Camp — June 5-7, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Jefferson County Extension Office, local farms, Pulaski County farms and the state fairgrounds. The registration deadline is June 4. Camp Cloverbud — July 12 and Aug. 2, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The registration deadline is July 6. 4-H Wild Science Day Camp — July 17-18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Jefferson and Pulaski counties. The registration deadline is July 10. Details: Pia Woods, Jefferson County Extension Service, 870-534-1033 orpwoods@uaex.edu.

Through Friday, July 20

Parks and Recreation summer sports camp set

Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation will host a summer sports camp at the following sites: June 11- 29 — 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Chester Hynes Community Center, 2101 W. 11th Ave.; and July 9–20 — 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bloom Tennis Center, 2101 S. Hickory St. The cost of the camp is $20 a week. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Details: Parks and Recreation, 870-536-0920.

Saturday, July 21

Gospel Talent Explosion to benefit sickle cell agency

The community is invited to participate in the Gospel Talent Explosion at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at the Trinity Annex Building, 2900 W. Sixth Ave. Proceeds will benefit the National Sickle Cell Foundation and a local organization. The fundraiser is open to all choirs, soloists, praise dancers and musicians. The entry fee for contestants is $50 and the registration deadline is Friday, July 13. Prizes include first place — $125 and a trophy; second place — $50 and a trophy; and third place — trophy. The event will be presented by the Arkansas State Association of Improved Benevolent Protective Order of Elks of the World Inc. (Daughters’ Auxiliary I.B.P.O.E. of W.) Admission for the general public is is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Details: Annettee Goins, 870-489-0601, or Myrna Tate, 870-592-4861.

Thursday, July 26

Freedom Schools set community service day

The Pine Bluff School District’s Freedom Schools Program will give First Ward School a cosmetic makeover during a community service day. The event will be held at First Ward, 1300 E. Fifth Ave., from 1-2:30 p.m. Thursday, July 26. Participants will give the First Ward building a cosmetic makeover, improving the landscape of the surrounding community and making the building “a great place for scholars to learn, grow, and become productive citizens,” according to a news release. Pine Bluff’s Freedom School students will engage in discussions on the importance of community service.

Through Friday, July 27

Pine Bluff School District plans summer feeding program

The Pine Bluff School District is participating in the USDA summer food service program at three locations. Meals will be provided weekdays at these sites: June 11-June 27 — Thirty-Fourth Elementary School; breakfast 7-8 a.m.; lunch 11 a.m. to noon; June 18 – July 27 — First Ward School; breakfast 8-8:30 a.m.; lunch noon to 1 p.m.; June 11-July 20 — Forrest Park/Greenville School; breakfast 8-8:30 a.m.; lunch 11 a.m. to noon. The program won’t discriminate. Meals will be served to children ages 18 and under and those over 18 who are physically or mentally disabled, who are part of households that receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits or benefits under the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families.

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, lcolbert@asc701.org or 870-536-3375.

Through Tuesday, July 31

‘Beat The Heat Fan Drive’ underway

Area Agency on Aging of Southeast Arkansas will hold its annual “Beat The Heat Fan Drive” Friday, June 1, through Tuesday, July 31, in Jefferson County. The purpose of the drive is to raise money to purchase fans or air conditioners for elderly or disabled people, according to a news release. To make a donation or purchase a fan for the effort, call Carolyn Ferguson or Pauline Jones at Area Agency, 870-543-6300, 1-800-264-3260 or 1-800-737-1515.

Through Friday, Aug. 3

Family Community youth program 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 11 through 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.

TOPPS, YEAH8 host 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.

Community Empowerment Council hosts camp

The Community Empowerment Council will conduct summer camp from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. June 11 through Aug. 3 for youth 6 to 13 years old. Activities will be provided along with breakfast, lunch and a snack. Registration is being held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays through June 8. The registration fee is $20 (non-refundable) and camp costs $65 for eight weeks. Applications can be picked up at 1711 Ohio St. Details: Dee Moore or Kim Anderson, 870-536-8484.

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.

Through Thursday, Aug. 9

Summer Camp set at Trinity Annex

Summer Camp 2018 will be held at Trinity Annex, 2900 W. Sixth Ave., June 11 through Aug. 9. Sessions will be held from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, according to Trinity Rehabilitation Restoration Community Development Corp. Designed for youth 5 to 18 years old, the camp will include arts and crafts, technology, sports and games. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Pre-registration costs $25 per student and $20 for a family of two or more. The weekly rate is $30 per student and $25 for a family of two or more, according to the release. Pre-registration will be May 11-28. Details: 534-2983 or www.trinitymultipurposecenter.org.

Through Friday, Aug. 10

Gould Youth Ministries’ free food sites open

Gould Youth Ministries will sponsor its free summer food program Monday through Friday, June 4 through Aug. 10, 2018, at sites in White Hall, Pine Bluff and Gould. Youth are also invited to attend programs, which will include games, social skills and meals. Gould Youth Ministries is an equal opportunity provider and doesn’t discrimination, according to a news release from Antoinette Burks, the Gould Youth Ministries director.

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 Monday, Sept. 3

Splash Park, playground open through Labor Day

The Splash Park and All-Inclusive Playground are open one block west of the Saracen Landing Pavilion for children ages 12 and younger. The sites are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3. The Splash Park features programmable water jets and on-site rest rooms with separate changing rooms. “This wheelchair-friendly facility provides snack and drink-vending machines and picnic tables,” according to a news release. “Let the kids run off some extra energy at the All-Inclusive Playground, built for children with and without disabilities providing the opportunity to play together.” Details: Pine Bluff Parks & Recreation Department, 870-536-0920.

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.

On-going events

Arsenal pool complex open

Pine Bluff Arsenal Recreation Services opened the swimming pool complex Saturday, June 9. Hours are 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Fees for the pools are: Active duty military - no charge; military family member - single-$80; family-$100; retired military - single-$90; family-$110; Department of Defense employees and retired personnel - single-$110; family-$120; federal employees other than Department of Defense-single-$130; family-$150; community civilians and contractor - single-$260; family-$310; guest fees are $5 per person; babysitter pass is $75 (This pass can only be used while accompanying children with a current pool membership.) Background checks must be completed by persons aged 16 and over at the Arsenal’s Pass and ID office to gain access to the Arsenal. Passes can be purchased at the Arsenal’s Recreation Services located at Bldg. 13-310. Details: 540-3778, 540-3779 or 540-3621.


Star Steppers plan square dance lessons

Star Steppers Square Dance Club of Pine Bluff is offering three free square dance lessons. After completing the free lessons, the cost is $3 per week per person. The club meets every Monday from 7-9 p.m. at Central Presbyterian Church, 6300 Trinity Drive. Men, women, teens, singles and couples are invited and participants don’t need special clothing or shoes. Details: 540-6773.

Monday night line dance class

The Monday night line dance class will be held from 6-8 p.m. every Monday at First United Methodist Church, 200 W. Sixth Ave. Interested participants are urged to come out and have fun, spokeswoman Juanita Tompkins said.

Wednesdays and Fridays

Unity slates girls program

Unity Christian Fellowship Church, 2712 S. Bay St., will host a program for girls ages 12 to 17 at 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. The program is called SAFETY (Saving Adolescent Females Empowering Today’s Youth.) Topics will include self-respect, dating, dressing properly, self-esteem, avoiding dangerous situations, future planning, preventing adolescent pregnancy, physical fitness, health and character. After each meeting, the program will feature sessions on hair, make-up and nail painting. Details: 870-592-9136 or 870-209-2644.

Free financial seminars

Free small business financial planning and management classes are held at 7 p.m. every Tuesday at Unity Christian Fellowship Church, 2712 S. Bay St., at Pine Bluff. Anthony Armstrong, the pastor and regular instructor of the class, is a business analyst for the Arkansas Economic Development Commission’s Small and Minority Business Division. Details: www.unitychristianfellowshipchurch.com

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.

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 vfc@pbreynoldscenter.org