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Thursday, Aug. 23

EOC board plans meeting

The board of directors of the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Economic Opportunities Commission will meet at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 23. The meeting will be held at the administration building, 1203 W. Pullen St. This meeting is open to the public.

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.

University Park Neighbors meet

The University Park Neighborhood Watch Group will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, at the Family Community Development Corp. Center, 1001 N. Palm St. Details: 870-850-7094.

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. 23 — Dennis Cooper, Rotary District 6170 District Governor (the scheduled speaker has changed); and Aug. 30: Col. Nate Todd, director of the Arkansas Department of Veteran Affairs.

Friday, Aug. 24

Boys and Girls Club sponsor golf tournament

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: info@boysgirlsclubjc.org or 870-850-7500, ext. 102.

Saturday, Aug. 25

Sulphur Springs UMC plans senior potluck

Sulphur Springs United Methodist Church, 9238 Sulphur Springs Road, will host its senior adult day at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 24, at the church’s fellowship hall. There will be a potluck luncheon, games and prizes. Music will be provided by Jerry Cox. Participants may bring their favorite dish. Admission is free and all ages are invited.

Refuge Church to give away food, clothes

The Refuge Church, 5318 Dollarway Road, will give away clothes and food from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 25. The event will include 25 food boxes and donations are accepted, according to a news release.

Tarry community plans meeting for residents

The Tarry community (Lincoln County) and Bartholmew Township will host a meeting for area residents at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Tarry Community Park. All current and former residents of Tarry are asked to attend the meeting to discuss building a community center at Tarry Park, according to a news release. In case of inclement weather, the meeting would be held at Bethlehem #2 Church, 217 Anchor Drive, at Tarry.

First Baptist Church book review to feature Sue Smith

Sue Smith of Pine Bluff will present a review of “The Paris Wife,” by Paula McLain at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at First Baptist Church, 6501 Hazel St. The event will be held in the church fellowship hall. The public is invited to attend this free event. Door prizes and refreshments will be served following the review.

Pilgrim church pantry opens

Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, 2507 Hill St., will open Raven’s Nest Food Pantry Saturday, Aug. 25, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. or until all the food is given away. Food will be handed out on a first come, first-served basis. Participants must bring a picture identification.

Friday and Saturday, Aug. 24-25

Jefferson County Habitat for Humanity accepts 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.

Beginning Saturday, Aug. 25

St. John gives free meals

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.

Sunday, Aug. 26

Jefferson County Genealogical Society to meet

The Jefferson County Genealogical Society will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, at the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Historical Museum, 201 E. Fourth Ave. The public is invited to attend. Dr. Martha Flowers, M.D., will discuss her Flowers’ family and related branches, according to a news release. The public is invited to attend. Details: John Mitchell, 541-5402.

St. James UMC plans back-to-school event

St. James United Methodist Church, 900 N. University Drive, will host a back-to-school bash at 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 26. The community is invited to join in the fun, fellowship and free food, a spokesman said in a news release.

Monday, Aug. 27

Back to school focus of next PB town hall meeting

Back to school will be the focus of the City of Pine Bluff’s next town hall meeting. The event will be held from 6-7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27, in the auditorium of the Pine Bluff Convention Center. Students are encouraged to attend and represent their schools. The school with the most participants will receive a special award, according to a news release. Door prizes will be available for parents and children.

Military and Veterans Museum board to meet

The Pine Bluff Military and Veterans Museum board will meet at 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27, at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Building, 211 W. Third Ave.The agenda includes planning the future opening date and wanting to locate World War II veterans. The museum is located at 714 W. Fourth Ave. Details: Patsy Milligan, 550-1626; Carolyn DeVos, 879-5321; or Curtis Cook, 575-12320.

NARFE federal retirees plan meeting

Pine Bluff Chapter 287 of National Active and Retired Federal Employees will meet at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 27, at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Building, 211 W. Third Ave. The keynote speaker will be Tom Nisbett, founder and owner of The Nisbett Group (TNG), a consulting firm, that teaches nonprofit organizations how to apply the lessons of adventure travel and risk-taking in strategic planning, according to a news release.

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. Registration is available at http://bit.ly/2K3un3w .

Beginning Monday, Aug. 27

Free back-to-school events set in Southeast Arkansas

The Southeast Arkansas Community Action Corp. (SEACAC) will launch free back-to-school festivals in five counties. The events will include live entertainment, food and activities. Festivals will be held: Monday, Aug. 27, 4–8 p.m. at the Hamburg Town Square at Hamburg; Tuesday, Aug. 28, 4–8 p.m. at the Lake Chicot Amphitheatre at Lake Village; Wednesday, Aug. 29, 4–8 p.m. at the Depot City Park at McGehee; Thursday, Aug. 30, 4–8 p.m. at the Town Square at Monticello; Friday, Aug. 31, 4–8 p.m. at the Warren City Park at Warren. Details: www.seacac.com.

Tuesday, Aug. 28

Ivy Center to address 2018/2019 Academic Excellence Programs

The Ivy Center for Education College Readiness/Mentoring Program will hold its organizational meeting from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, at Faith Presbyterian Church, 913 University Drive. The meeting will be an overview of the 2018/2019 Academic Excellence Programs. Students in 7th-12th grades are encouraged to attend and parents are always welcome, according to a news release. Details: Mattie Collins, mattie1908@gmail.com or Patricia Berry, koolaidpat1@aol.com.

Highland church to give away food

The Helping Hands food ministry at Highland Baptist Church, 1320 S. Peach St., will give away food from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28. Participants are asked to bring an ID and utility bill.

Downtown Rotary Club meets

The Downtown Pine Bluff Rotary Club meets at noon Tuesdays at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Programs include: Aug. 28 — Mark Deal, director of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences South Central Regional Campus.

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: unitychristianfellowship@live.com or 870-329-1182.

Wednesday, Aug. 29

UAPB slates Simmons Bank Field ribbon cutting

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will host a grand-opening and ribbon-cutting celebration for the Simmons Bank Field. The event will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, at 1960 Oliver Road, according to a news release from the Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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.

Thursday, Aug. 30

Crime Advisory Commission meets

The Pine Bluff Crime Advisory Commission will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, in the city council conference room at city hall. Details: Jean Painton, chairwoman, 536-0733.

Jenkins Memorial Center board meets

The Board of Directors of the Jenkins Memorial Center, 2410 Rike Drive, will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, at the therapy building training room. Details: 534-2035.

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.

Friday, Aug. 31

AARP Driver Safety Class set

The AARP Driver Safety Class will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave. Phil McBee, a certified instructor, will teach the multimedia course for people 50 and older. Each participant who finishes the driver’s course will receive a certificate that will enable drivers 50 and older to receive a discount on their automobile insurance. The discount is valid for three years under Arkansas state law, according to a news nelease. The cost of the course is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-AARP members. Checks should be payable to AARP. Participants should bring a valid driver’s license. AARP members should bring their AARP cards. To register, call 870-692-7926.

Through Friday, Aug. 31

Master Gardener Training deadline set

The Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Office, 500 Idaho St., will host Master Gardener Training by webinars from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 17 through Nov. 14. The Master Gardener (MG) training deadline is Friday, Aug. 31. Interested participants should fill out an application at the Jefferson County Extension office and go through an interview process. Details: Extension office, 870-534-1033.

UAPB holds fall registration

Registration for the Fall 2018 semester at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will be held Aug. 22-31. Classes begin Monday, Aug. 27. Prospective students may be admitted to the university as a freshman, transfer student, special student or early admission student. All applicants must submit a formal application for admission and other required academic credentials, which include transcript(s) and ACT or SAT scores. Registration can be done in person or online. Details: www.uapb.edu/fall or call 870-575-8487.

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 kwilkins@deltadentalar.com.

Saturday, Sept. 1

Ole Skool Softball Tournament set

An Ole Skool Softball Tournament will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, at Regional Park. All former teams and players are invited to the softball reunion, according to a new release. Participants must be 35 years or older. Teams listed on the release include Eastside Panthers, Blue Jays, Old Pros, Mosby, McDonald, Pine Bluff Fire Department, Old St. James, Tyson, Farmers Supply, Watson Chapel Baptist, Family Church and others. Details: Meta Glass, 870-543-9557 or June Hayes, 870-329-0037.

Arkansas Grown T-shirt Design Contest deadline set

The Arkansas Agriculture Department’s (AAD) Arkansas Grown Program is hosting a design contest for new Arkansas Grown program T-shirts. Arkansans of all ages may enter the contest. The design should creatively capture Arkansas’ agricultural diversity among commodities that are grown or raised in Arkansas, including row crops and specialty crops, and animal agriculture. Entries are due Saturday, Sept. 1, to Brooke Clanton at brooke.clanton@agriculture.arkansas.gov. Details: www.agriculture.arkansas.gov.

Through Monday, Sept. 3

‘Drive sober or Get pulled over’ campaign starts

Arkansas law enforcement officers will participate in a national campaign to prevent impaired driving. The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over operation will run through Monday, Sept. 3. “The intensified enforcement campaign coincides with the Labor Day holiday weekend, which is one of the deadliest times of the year for drunk-driving fatalities,” according to a State Police news release.

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.

Tuesday, Sept. 4

Coffee with the Chiefs sets Shotspotter presentation

Representatives from Shotspotter Gunshot Detection will make a presentation at the Coffee with the Chiefs Community Meeting, according to a news release. Pine Bluff Interested Citizens for Voter Registration Inc. will host Coffee with the Chiefs from 9-10 a.m. Tuesday Sept. 4, at Garden Pointe Assisted Living Facility, 7001 S. Hazel St. Details: PBICVR, 870-730-1131.

Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 4

Parent center’s community computer lab available

The Pine Bluff School District’s Title I Parent & Family Resource Center will open the community computer lab at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4. The lab computers are available for use by parents, teachers, students and the community, according to a news release. Located in the Jordan-Chanay Administrative Center at 1215 W. Pullen St., the lab will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-6:30 p.m. and the second and fourth Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon (excluding holidays.) Details: Parent Center Coordinator Freddie Jolivette, 850-2008/2009.

Wednesday, Sept. 5

M.EC.A. Board sets meeting

The M.E.C.A.(Metropolitan Emergency Communications Association) will meet at 10 a..m, Wednesday, Sept. 5, in the EOC Room at M.E.C.A. at the Jefferson County Courthouse.

Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 5

Kiwanis Club announces programs

The Kiwanis Club of Pine Bluff meets at noon Wednesdays at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Lunch is $13 and reservations aren’t required. Programs include: Sept. 5 — Bruce Donaldson, outreach manager for the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace; Sept. 12 — Jerry Guess, interim superintendent at Watson Chapel School District, who has more than 40 years of experience in education; Sept. 19 — Annette Howard Dove, executive director of T.O.P.P.S (Targeting Our People’s Priorities with Service), who will discuss the agency.

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. The Chamber of Commerce will also hold a Pot of Gold Draw Down fundraiser allowing participants a chance to win $5,000 or other prizes at the Taste of Southeast Arkansas. Details: Mandy Owens, mowens@pinebluffchamber.com or call 870-535-0110.

Saturday, Sept. 8

Cleveland County’s Race to the Fair set

The Cleveland County Fair Association will host the annual Race to the Fair 5kRun/Walk and 1 Mile Run/Walk at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, beginning at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds at Rison. Registration fees are $20 for the 5K before Aug. 31 and $25 after that date. Fees for the one mile walk are $15 before Aug. 31 and $20 after that. Children 12 and younger can register for $5. Registration forms are available at FBT Bank & Mortgage at Fordyce and Rison, at the Cleveland County Herald office at Rison and in the fair tabloid mailed to Herald customers. For details or a race registration form, contact Patricia McClellan at pcmcclellan13@gmail.com.

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 Saturday, Sept. 8. The tour series will visit the Richard and Elsie Pierce House at 29 Longmeadow and the Richard and Lynne Smart House at 710 W. 46th Ave. The tour will be held from 4-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8. Guests will start at the Richard and Elsie Pierce House, 29 Longmeadow, then travel to the Smart House. Tickets are $30 and include a guided tour, wine and light snacks. Details: Rachel Patton at 501-372-4757, rpatton@preservearkansas.org or PreserveArkansas.org.

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, sxroberts@ualr.edu or visit asbtdc.org.

Garden Pointe Assisted Living plans Bingo Bash

Garden Pointe Assisted Living Facility, 7001 S. Hazel St., will celebrate National Assisted Living Week Sept. 9-15. The community is invited to a Bingo Bash from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept . 14. The event will include snow cones and entertainment by a prison band. To RSVP, contact LaToya Markham, 535-9283.

Tuesday, Sept. 18

Drain Smart UpStream artists needed; deadline set

The Southeast Arkansas Stormwater Education Program is seeking artists to paint murals with educational messages on storm drains in Pine Bluff, White Hall, and Jefferson County as part of the Drain Smart UpStream Art project. The project is a combination of two programs: UpStream Art and Drain Smart, which are carried out by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and Audubon Arkansas, respectively, according to a news release. Artists are invited to join the effort by submitting an application by Tuesday, Sept. 18. Applications may be obtained by contacting the Jefferson County Extension Office at 870-534-1033 or jhpennington@uaex.edu.

Beginning, Wednesday, Sept. 19

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: Sept. 19 Executive Committee; Oct. 17 Full Board; Nov. 21 Executive Committee; and Dec. 12 Full Board.

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.

Saturday, Sept. 22

5K Run/Walk/Dance to End Childhood Obesity set

The Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation Department announces the 6th annual Jefferson County 5K Run/Walk/Dance to End Childhood Obesity will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22. Registration will be held from 7-7:45 a.m. and the starting line will be at the Regional Park - Amphitheater. A shuttle will be offered to return to amphitheater, according to the news release. Activities also include health screenings, farmers market, yoga and dance. Registration is $20 and includes a T-shirt. To register, visit Facebook.com/JCRunwalkdance. Sponsorships still available. Details: Trudy Redus, Assistant Director, Parks and Recreation, saracenlanding@att.net or 870-536-0920.

Beginning Saturday, Sept. 29

Merrill All School Reunion events set

The Merrill All School Reunion Committee plans events. RJ’s Sports Grill, 128 Main St., will host an all-school round-up and fundraiser from 2–6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. Appetizers will be served. Admission is $10 and the event will support the upcoming 2019 all-school reunion, according to a news release. RJ’s will also host reunion committee meeting at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6.

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/.

Beginning Wednesday, Oct. 17

Master Gardener Training to begin

The Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Office, 500 Idaho St., will host Master Gardener Training by webinars from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 17 through Nov. 14. The Master Gardener (MG) training will be broadcast from the Extension State Office at Little Rock to participating counties via webinar, according to a news release. The training will cost $100 per person and each participant will receive a training book, thumb drive and a MG name badge upon completion of the course. Interested participants should fill out an application at the Jefferson County Extension office and go through an interview process. This deadline is Friday, Aug. 31. Participants must complete at least four of the five sessions, along with tests and final examination, to graduate. Details: Extension office, 870-534-1033.

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.

Friday, Nov. 9

Holiday Foods Show set

Jefferson County Extension Homemakers Council’s Holiday Foods Show will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at Gallagher Hall of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. EHC members collect recipes for the project. Details: Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Office, 870-534-1033.

Tuesdays and Thursdays

Bloom Tennis Center to host free tennis lessons

The Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation Department will sponsor free tennis lessons for youth and adults at the Bloom Tennis Center in Central Park, 2101 S. Hickory St. Lessons will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The program began Aug. 14. Classes will be instructed by a tennis coach. Participants may register on site. For details on the Bloom Tennis Center and programs contact the Parks and Recreation at 870-536-0920 or email saracenlanding@att.net.

Tuesdays and Saturdays

Saracen Landing Farmers Market open

The Saracen Landing Farmers Market at Pine Bluff is open Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturdays from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation Department has received a grant for the SNAP (food stamps) Double Buck Program at the Saracen Landing Farmers Market. Under the Double Buck program, for every dollar participants spend with their SNAP EBT Card, they will double their bucks, according to a news release. Details: 870-536-0920 or email saracenlanding@att.net.

On-going events

EOC offers summer energy bill assistance

The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Economic Opportunities Commission began 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.


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