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Saturday, Aug. 11
Free child safety event set at Trotter
Trotter Ford Lincoln, 3801 Bobo Road, will host a free child safety event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11. Operation Kidsafe will use a custom digital fingerprinting unit and the local sponsor will run the system and make it available free and private for parents, according to the Operation Kidsafe news release.
St. Bethel to host seminar on Alzheimer’s, dementia
St. Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, 4508 S. Main St., will host “Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia” at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11. The community is invited to the education program presented by the Alzheimer’s Association. To RSVP, contact Ezerene Williams, at 870-524-5027. For details on other area educational programs, visit alz.org/CRF.
BRAVE announces back-to-school giveaway
B.R.A.V.E., the Pine Bluff Black Fire Fighters Association, will host its annual back-to-school giveaway from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. Entitled, “Project Fresh Start,” this event will also feature health booths, entertainment and games, according to a news release. For sponsorship information or details, contact Johnnie L. Brown, 870-489-2325, or Mozell Gipson, 870-692-2953.
Pine Bluff motorcycle, social club sets back-to-school event
The Pine Bluff MC/SC (Motorcycle Club and Social Club) will host their annual back-to-school bash at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at 221 W. Fourth Ave. School supplies will be given away while supplies last, according to a news release. Organizers thank the Natural Born Ryders MC/SC, Pine Bluff Drifters MC, Sugartown Riders of Pine Bluff, and Low Riders of Pine Bluff.
Sunday, Aug. 12
Back-to-school supply giveaway set
WAC (We Are Community) will host a back-to-school supply giveaway from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, at Regional Park. Free basic hair cuts will be given from noon to 2 p.m. The event will include food, activities and awareness information, according to a spokeswoman. According to the flier, participants and/or sponsors include Artist & Blades, Spikes Barber & Beauty Shop, Great Expectations Ministry International, Sweet Charlie Mays Cafe, Jeremy’s Body Shop, What’s Next Pine Bluff, Baker Boys Barbecue, Briggs BBQ, King Kutz, Hall of Fades, Valor Boutique & Beauty Salon, Red the Barber and Northern Technical College. Volunteers are also needed. Details: John Smith, 870-592-0525.
Beginning Saturday, Aug. 11
Merrill All School Reunion Committee sets events
The Merrill All School Reunion Committee announces two events: The committee will meet at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at RJ’s Sports Grill, 128 Main St. The group is also sponsoring the Merrill All-School Round-up and Fundraiser from 2-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at RJ’s Sports Grill, 128 Main St.
St. John gives away food
St. John AME Church, 1117 W. Pullen Ave., provides free meals to those in need. Lunch on Saturdays will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Breakfast on Sundays begin at 8:30 a.m.
Monday, Aug. 13
Advertising and Promotion panel sets special meeting
A special called meeting of the Pine Bluff Advertising and Promotion Commission will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, in the front office conference room of the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The agenda includes the Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame Report and Recommendations and the PBCC Marquee Bid Report and Recommendations.
Neighborhood Watch Groups meet
The Jefferson Heights, French Village, Robin Hood, Edgewood Neighborhood Watch Groups will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, at Edgewood Elementary School, 4101 W. 32nd Ave. Details: 870-879-3776.
Go Forward new business workshops set
The Generator, an innovation hub powered by Go Forward Pine Bluff, will host workshops to help residents interested in starting businesses. From 6-8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, at the Southeast Arkansas College Training Room, Welcome Center, 1900 S. Hazel St., a workshop will explore the major sources of business financing, including bootstrapping, loans, grants, and equity, according to a GFPB news release. Register is available at: http://bit.ly/2uR8qQy .
Chick-fil-A to open at UAM Student Success Center
The University of Arkansas at Monticello will open Chick-fil-A in UAM’s new Student Success Center Monday, Aug. 13. The effort is a component of UAM Chancellor Karla Hughes’ Student Success Initiative, according to a news release.
Beginning Monday, Aug. 13
Dollarway open house dates set
Dollarway School District open house dates are set. Robert F. Morehead Middle School will hold open house from 6-7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13. Dollarway High School will hold open house from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14.
Tuesday, Aug. 14
Monticello School Board to meet
Monticello School Board will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, at the central office board room. The agenda includes the financial report, personnel, consider band instrument bid, consider extra duty pay for June and August and consider the Boys & Girls Club rental agreement.
SEARK to host mobile workforce workshop
Southeast Arkansas College will host the “Be Pro, Be Proud” mobile Workforce Workshop unit from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14. Also, SEARK’s Technical Studies division will host an open house. The events are open to the public and refreshments will be provided. At the Technical Studies division, officials will showcase SEARK programs such as air conditioning and refrigeration, electrical maintenance and welding. During the workforce workshop, participants will see the “Be Pro, Be Proud” mobile unit which features a customized, interactive trailer loaded with information and skills challenges.
Belmont/Broadmoor group meets
The Belmont/Broadmoor Neighborhood Watch Group will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 1302 Washington St. Details: 870-536-2925.
Urban Renewal Agency board to meet
The Pine Bluff Urban Renewal Agency will hold a called meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, at the Baim Law Firm, 300 E. Fifth Ave. The purpose is to consider proposals and to review bids. Details: Jimmy Dill, 870-536-4943.
Landlord association to meet
The Jefferson County Landlord Association will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Business Incubator, 615 S. Main St. The guest speakers will be Robert Knott and Crystal Batson (private investigator), according to a news release.
UAPB/AM&N Alumni Chapter to meet
The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff/AM&N Alumni Chapter will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14. The meeting will be held at the UAPB Business Incubator Building, 615 S. Main St. The agenda includes reports from the 2018 UAPB Summer Conference which was held recently in Dallas, Texas. Also, the Scholarship Banquet Committee will give a report. The banquet will be held in September. All members, potential and associate members are invited to attend the meeting. Details: Chapter President Hazell Reed, 870-879-9469.
City Council committees meet
Committees of the Pine Bluff City Council have scheduled meetings. Tuesday, Aug. 14 — At 1 p.m., the Development and Planning Committee will meet. At 11:30 a.m. the Traffic and Aviation Committee will meet. Details: 870-730-2000.
Beginning Tuesday, Aug. 14
Downtown Rotary Club meets
The Downtown Pine Bluff Rotary Club meets at noon Tuesdays at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Programs include Aug. 14: Dennis Cooper, Rotary District 6170 District Governor; Aug. 21: Dr. Srilatha Thadur, a neurologist; and Aug. 28: Mark Deal, director of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences South Central Regional Campus.
Bloom Tennis Center to host free tennis lessons
The Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation Department will sponsor free tennis lessons for youth and adults at the Bloom Tennis Center in Central Park, 2101 S. Hickory St. Lessons will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Tuesday, Aug. 14. Classes will be instructed by a tennis coach. Participants may register on site. For details on the Bloom Tennis Center and programs contact the Parks and Recreation at 870-536-0920 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saracen Landing Farmers Market open
The Saracen Landing Farmers Market at Pine Bluff is open Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturdays from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation Department has received a grant for the SNAP (food stamps) Double Buck Program at the Saracen Landing Farmers Market. Under the Double Buck program, for every dollar participants spend with their SNAP EBT Card, they will double their bucks, according to a news release. Details: 870-536-0920 or email email@example.com.
Wednesday, Aug. 15
First Assembly of God slates blood drive
Arkansas Blood Institute will hold a blood drive with First Assembly of God in Pine Bluff, from 3 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15. Donors also receive free health screenings, according to the news release from Arkansas Blood Institute. “As a non-profit blood center, Arkansas Blood Institute’s donors provide every drop of blood needed for patients in more than 40 hospitals statewide.” Blood donation appointments are not required but can be made by calling Arkansas Blood Institute at 877-340-8777 or visiting arkbi.org.
PBACF annual Grant Program sets deadline
The Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation (PBACF) annual Grant Program has opened. The program opened July 10. The deadline to submit applications is Wednesday, Aug. 15. Nonprofits in Pine Bluff and Jefferson County may go to www.arcf.org to download an application for Giving Tree Grants through the PBACF, an affiliate of Arkansas Community Foundation.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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, Aug. 15
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: Aug. 15 Full Board; Sept. 19 Executive Committee; Oct. 17 Full Board; Nov. 21 Executive Committee; and Dec. 12 Full Board.
Thursday, Aug. 16
Retired Teachers Association plan reception
The Jefferson County Retired Teachers Association will hold a reception for the newly retired teachers and support personnel. The reception will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave. Entertainment will be provided by Angel Owen. Princella Gardner, president of the association, invites all members of the organization to come and welcome the newly retired. Details: 870 879-2774.
Christian Women’s Connection luncheon set
The Pine Bluff Christian Women’s Connection luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, at the Pine Bluff Country Club. The speaker will be Gale Duran of Corinth, Texas. Reservations for the luncheon must be made by calling Jennifer Keahey at 870-540-9302. Decorations will be provided by Sharon Blankenship. The cost for the luncheon will be $13.50 and the menu will be barbecue chicken breast, baked beans, chunky slaw and French silk pie.
EOC board to meet
The board of directors of the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Economic Opportunities Commission will meet at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, at the EOC administration building, 1203 W. Pullen St. The meeting is open to the public.
Calvary Neighbors meet
The Calvary Association Group will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, at St. Stephens Church of God in Christ, 4805 W. 14th Ave. Details: 870-879-9023.
Sheraton Park Neighbors meet
The Sheraton Park Neighborhood Watch Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, at Grace Episcopal Church, 4101 S. Hazel St. Details: 870-535-0303.
Beginning Thursday, Aug. 16
West Pine Bluff Rotary Club meets
The West Pine Bluff Rotary Club meets at noon Thursdays at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Programs include Aug. 16: Cedric Thomas, head football coach of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff; Aug. 23: Col. Luis A. Ortiz, new Pine Bluff Arsenal commander.
Through Friday, Aug. 17
Preserve Arkansas award nomination deadline set
Preserve Arkansas is accepting nominations for the 2018 Arkansas Preservation Awards. Winners will be honored at a ceremony and dinner Jan. 25, 2019, at Little Rock. Nominations will be accepted in 12 categories. Visit www.PreserveArkansas.org to obtain a nomination form or nominate online, or request a nomination form by calling 501-372-4757 or emailing email@example.com. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17.
Main Library events underway
The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Public Library System will hold summer programs at its various library sites. Events at the main library at the Pine Bluff Civic Center, include: July 5 at 2 p.m.: Poetry Slam; July 12 at 2 p.m. End of Summer Party. Also, the Summer Reading Club is Every Friday through Aug. 17 at 1 p.m. offering a free movie, popcorn, and drink. Daily Activities include touch screen educational computers, computer lab, Playstation 4, Wii, Lego Table, pretend play, and table top games.
Saturday, Aug. 18
Pine Bluff police announce youth fishing derby
The Pine Bluff Police Department will host a fishing derby for children 15 and younger from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Martin Luther King Jr. Park. The event will include a hot dog eating contest, a fish cooking demonstration, school supplies and senior care bags, according to a spokesman. Refreshments will fish, nachos, taco salad, popcorn, fries and snow cones.
Breath of Life Church to host back-to-school giveaway
The Breath of Life Church, 1313 S. Pine St., Rosie A. Foster Willing Workers Ministry and Youth Department will give away back-to-school supplies, according to a news release. The distribution will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at at Breath of Life Church fellowship hall. Organizers will give away school supplies, backpacks, personal hygiene items and sack lunches. Details: Director, Tomekia White, 501-200-0362, or Sammy Littlejohn, 870-550-3460.
Sassy Fit Diva Fitness Studio sets grand opening
Sassy Fit Diva Fitness Studio, 3420 W. 34th Ave., will conduct its grand opening and ribbon-cutting celebration at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18. The facility offers private training, bootcamp, online training and meal planning, according to a news release from the Pine Bluff Chamber of Commerce, which announced the celebration for its new member. For details, visit www.sassyfitdiva.com, Sassy Fit Diva on Facebook or SassyFitDiva on Instagram.
McGehee church plans picnic at Lake Chicot
St. Peter AME Church at McGehee will sponsor a community picnic from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at Lake Chicot State Park at Lake Village. Participants are asked to RSVP by Friday, Aug. 10, to the pastor, the Rev. Lanette Frazier, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 870-575-3619.
Tuesday, Aug. 21
The Generator slates business workshop
The Generator, an innovation hub of Go Forward Pine Bluff, will offer a workshop for new and potential small business owners. The effort is in partnership with the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center (ASBTDC) at the University of Arkansas at Monticello and Simmons Bank, according to news releases. Tuesday, Aug. 21, a session will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Business Support Incubator, 615 S. Main St. Register at tinyurl.com/yajywsyo or 870-939-6898 or contact Lavonica Davis at 870-460-1266 or register online at: http://ahbtdc.org/training/monticello-events/
Through Tuesday, Aug. 21
UAPB/AM&N Alumni Chapter sets banquet plans
Ad information must be submitted by Aug. 21 for the souvenir booklet accompanying the annual Scholarship Banquet of the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff/AM&N Alumni Chapter. The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The banquet tickets are $30 each. A table of eight is $240 and a table for 10 is $300. The chapter is seeking community support to provide scholarships for students while attending UAPB, according to a news release. The chapter will accept donations or participants may purchase ads for the souvenir booklet. Details: Banquet co-chairs Mary Liddell, 870-643-2383, or Rita Conley, 870-489-8351.
Beginning Wednesday, Aug. 22
Kiwanis Club announces programs
The Kiwanis Club of Pine Bluff meets at noon Wednesdays at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Programs include: Aug. 22 — Treasurer of State Dennis Milligan.
Thursday, Aug. 23
Pine Bluff Construction & Trade Alliance meeting set
The Pine Bluff Construction & Trade Alliance will host a quarterly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Business Support Incubator, 615 S. Main St. Guests will include Edward Haddock, district director of the Arkansas District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration. According to a news release, Haddock will discuss what’s involved in increasing small business participation at the Pine Bluff Arsenal. Gareth C. Hyndman II, chief contracting-Army Contracting Command at Rock Island, Ill., will answer general questions about U.S. government contracting, according to the release. The community is invited to attend the event. Participants will also learn about projects associated with Go Forward Pine Bluff and the new Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library, according to the release.
Friday, Aug. 24
Boys and Girls Club sponsor golf tournmant
The Boys and Girls Club of Jefferson County will sponsor its first golf tournament at 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 24, at Harbor Oaks Golf Club at Regional Park. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The event will also include a silent auction and prizes. Details: email@example.com or 870-850-7500, ext. 102.
Friday and Saturday, Aug. 24-25
Jefferson County Habitat for Humanity to accept home applications
Jefferson County Habitat for Humanity Inc. will accept applications for the 2018 Home Ownership Opportunity from 3-6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 25. The orientation and application session will be held at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave. All applications must be returned by noon Aug. 25. These are the only dates applications will be distributed and accepted, according to a news release. Details: 870-536-3822.
Interested applicants should bring identification, including Social Security card, picture ID, proof of monthly income and current debt.
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.
New business workshop set
The Generator, an innovation hub powered by Go Forward Pine Bluff, plans a workshop to help residents who are interested in starting businesses. From 6-8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27, at the Southeast Arkansas College Training Room, Welcome Center, 1900 S. Hazel St., “Financial Statements: Focus on Cash Flow” will be held. Registeration is available at http://bit.ly/2K3un3w .
Through Tuesday, Aug. 28
Free Life & Job Readiness Classes set
Unity Christian Fellowship Church, 2712 S. Bay St., invites the community to its free Life & Job Readiness Classes for ages 18 and up, focusing on empowering and life-changing topics, according to its pastor, Anthony Armstrong. Sessions are 6 p.m. Tuesdays. Topics include Tuesday, Aug. 14 — Interpersonal Skills; 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21 — Teamwork Skills; 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28 — Role Play Interview. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org or 870-329-1182.
Thursday, Aug. 30
Women’s Hall of Fame to include local honorees
The fourth annual Arkansas Women’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, at the Statehouse Convention Center. Several honorees have local ties, including Carolyn F. Blakely, Ph.D., of Pine Bluff, Chancellor Emeritus at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff; and Raye Jean Jordan Montague, a retired, internationally-registered engineer and graduate of Arkansas AM&N College (now UAPB). Academy Award winner Mary Steenburgen, who has appeared in more than 60 films, is also among honorees. Details: ARWomensHallofFame.com.
Through Friday, Aug. 31
Delta Dental foundation seeking grant applicants
The Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation is accepting community grant applications for 2019. Community grants provide up to $30,000 to help expand access to oral health care in underserved communities, according to a news release. The foundation is accepting applications until Aug. 31. Guidelines and application forms can be found at http://www.deltadentalar.com/Foundation/grants . Only one proposal per organization per year will be considered. The foundation encourages the following to apply: Arkansas-based 501(c)(3) nonprofits, community organizations and charitable clinics; governmental entities including state, county or city agencies; and educational facilities, such as K-12 public, private or charter schools, or school districts and higher education institutions. Details: Kara Wilkins, foundation coordinator, 501-992-1682 or email@example.com.
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.
Friday, Sept. 7
Chamber sets Taste of Southeast Arkansas
The Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce announces the return of the Taste of Southeast Arkansas, an evening featuring samplings of cuisine prepared by chefs from the region and surrounding areas. The event will be held from 6:30-11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at the Pine Bluff Country Club. The Taste of Southeast Arkansas is a fundraiser for the Jefferson County Young Professionals Network, which is a program of the Pine Bluff Chamber. Tickets are $50 per person. Various sponsorships are available. Details: Mandy Owens, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 870-535-0110.
Saturday, Sept. 8
Preserve Arkansas sets tour of mid-century modern homes in Pine Bluff
Preserve Arkansas will hold its next “Mid Mod Arkansas” tour in Pine Bluff at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8. The tour series, which seeks to increase appreciation for Arkansas’ unique Mid-Century Modern architecture, will visit the Richard and Elsie Pierce House at 29 Longmeadow and the Richard and Lynne Smart House at 710 W. 46th Ave.
Wednesday, Sept. 12
SEARK board to meet
The Southeast Arkansas College Board of Trustees meeting will be held at 12:10 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12. Details: 543-5907.
Thursday, Sept. 13
The Dish to offer perspectives on food industry at Pine Bluff
The Dish will offer perspectives on the food and beverage industry. The free event will be held from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 13, at Pine Bluff First Assembly of God, 1002 Ridgway Road. Sponsored by the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center, the event will feature a panel of local business owners and resource providers who will discuss how to survive and thrive in the industry, according to the release. pre-registration is required. Participants may register online at tinyurl.com/ybh2wydv or by calling 800-862-2040. Details: Shannon Roberts, email@example.com or visit asbtdc.org.
Friday, Sept. 21
UAPB/AM&N Alumni Chapter presents banquet
The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff/AM&N Alumni Chapter is planning its annual Scholarship Banquet. The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The theme is “Legacy, Leadership and Service.” The banquet tickets are $30 each. A table of eight is $240 and a table for 10 is $300. The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Alumni Chapter is seeking community support to provide scholarships for students while attending UAPB, according to a news release. The chapter will accept donations or participants may purchase ads for the souvenir booklet. Ad information must be submitted by Aug. 21. Details: Banquet co-chairs Mary Liddell, 870-643-2383, or Rita Conley, 870-489-8351.
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.
Wednesday, Oct. 3
Greening of Arkansas grant application deadline set
The deadline to apply for community beautification funding through the Greening of Arkansas grant program is Oct. 3. Recipients will be announced in December. The grant program is funded through proceeds from the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show. The show will celebrate its 28th year March 1-3, 2019, at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds. For details and to download an application, visit https://argardenshow.org/about/greening-of-arkansas-grant-program/.
Thursday, Oct. 25
Farm Family of the Year to be honored at fish fry
The Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce will honor the Joshua Euseppi Family, the 2018 Jefferson County Farm Family of the Year. The Euseppi family will be guests of honor at the Chamber’s 66th annual Farmers Appreciation Fish Fry Thursday, Oct. 25, according to the Chamber newsletter.
EOC offers summer energy bill assistance
The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Economic Opportunities Commission will begin its summer regular and crisis program for electric bills only. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) began July 2. EOC will open the program in Jefferson, Grant, Cleveland, Arkansas and Lincoln counties. Applications will be accepted Monday through Wednesday from 8 a.m. to noon or until the agency reaches capacity, according to a news release. Details: EOC office, 1201 W. Pullen St., or 870-536-0046.
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
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