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Wednesday, Sept. 5

Pop-Up In the Bluff press conference set

At 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, a press conference about Pop-Up In the Bluff will be held at the Community Theatre, 207 W. Second Ave., according to a newsletter from Pine Bluff Downtown Development Inc. The second annual Pop-Up In the Bluff, a downtown festival, will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, on Second Avenue between Pine and Chestnut streets. The event will include food, vendors and music and the community is urged to attend.

Ivy Center sets ACT Prep Workshops

Wednesday, Sept 5, the Ivy Center for Education will host the ACT Prep Workshops at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave. Snacks will be served from 4-4:30 p.m. The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff LIONS Program and Recruitment will present workshops at 4:30 p.m. The ACT Prep Workshop, conducted by the U of A Office of Diversity Affairs Outreach, will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. Students in 7-12th grades may attend. Participants should plan to bring pencil and paper. Details: mattie1908@gmail.com or koolaidpat1@aol.com.

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.

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, 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.

Thursday, Sept. 6

Third Avenue Neighborhood Watch Group meets

The Third Avenue Neighborhood Watch Group will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, at the Boone/Murphy House, 714 W. Fourth Ave. Details: 870-536-9405.

PBHS Class of 1960 meets

The Pine Bluff High School Class of 1960 will meet at noon Thursday, Sept. 6, at The Corner Café, 3907 Camden Road. All classmates and class members of other years are welcomed to attend.

Beginning Thursday, Sept. 6

West Pine Bluff Rotary meets

The West Pine Bluff Rotary Club meets at noon Thursdays at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Programs include — Sept. 6: Linda Bateman of the Imagination Library; Sept. 20: Rachel Miller, director of the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas; and Sept. 27: Alex Noguerola of Southeast Preparatory High School.

AG Mobile Offices stop in Southeast Arkansas

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge’s mobile office locations for September include two area locations. Southeast Arkansas mobile office sites include: Bradley County — Thursday, Sept. 6, 10–11:30 a.m., Bradley County Municipal Building at Warren; and Drew County — Tuesday, Sept. 18, 10:30 a.m. – noon, Drew County Courthouse at Monticello. Details: visit ArkansasAG.gov, call 501-682-2007, see facebook.com/AGLeslieRutledge or on Twitter at twitter.com/AGRutledge.

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

Wilson Reunion at Calmer set

The annual Wilson Reunion at Calmer (Cleveland County) will be held Saturday, Sept. 8, at the home of Rodney and Toni Turchi, 430 M.L. Wilson at Rison. Fellowship will be held from 2-4 p.m. and a potluck from 4-6 p.m. Details: 501-681-2696.

Bayou Bartholomew Trail cleanup set; needs volunteers

The Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Southeast Arkansas Stormwater Education Program is seeking volunteers for a trail-based litter pick-up event at the Bayou Bartholomew Trail, 5601 S. Hazel St., from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 8. The cleanup will include a 1.5 mile guided hike along the William G. Layher Bayou Bartholomew Trail. Volunteers are asked to wear close-toed shoes and work clothes. Trash bags, gloves, water, bug spray and snacks will be provided. Participants may register by contacting John Pennington at the Jefferson County Extension Office, jhpennington@uaex.edu or 870-534-1033.

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.

Beginning Saturday, Sept. 8

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.

Beginning Sunday, Sept. 9

One Pine Bluff Praying Together continues

One Pine Bluff Praying Together services for the end of the year have been set. Prayer for the growth and prosperity of the city will be held at 6 p.m. at the following sites: Sept. 9 – Damascus Missionary Baptist Church, 224 N. Cypress St.; Sept. 16 – Sixth Avenue Missionary Baptist Church, 1401 E. Sixth Ave.; Sept. 23 – St. John AME, 1117 W Pullen St.; Sept. 30 – Grace Episcopal Church, 4101 S. Hazel St. Details: Mary Liddell, 870-643-2383.

Monday, Sept. 10

Cleveland County Quorum Court meets

The Cleveland County Quorum Court will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, at the courthouse at Rison. The agenda includes the financial report, reports of committees and Cleveland County Judge Gary Spears.

Tuesday, Sept. 11

Governor to dedicate UAM Student Success Center, police station

Gov. Asa Hutchinson will formally dedicate the recently-completed Student Success Center and University Police Station at the University of Arkansas at Monticello at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11. UA System President Donald Bobbitt is also scheduled to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony, according to a news release.

Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 11

Rotary announces programs

The Downtown Pine Bluff Rotary Club meets at noon Tuesdays at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Programs include — Sept. 11: Christine Cooley and John Pennington of the University of Arkansas Extension Service, discussing Jefferson County Urban Storm Water; Sept. 18: Nyeshia Aldridge of the Boys and Girls Club of Jefferson County; Sept. 25: Charles Woods Jr. of Friendship Aspire Charter School of Pine Bluff.

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.

American Idol plans auditions at Little Rock

The American Idol singing competition will bring its nationwide talent search to Little Rock, Sept. 12. Open call auditions will be held at the River Market, 400 President Clinton Ave. People must be at least 15 years old to audition. The American Idol Bus Tour offers contestants the chance to audition for American Idol 2018-2019, according to the website. Details: www.americanidol.com/auditions .

Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 12

Shepherd’s Center of Pine Bluff begins fall classes

The fall 2018 session of the Shepherd’s Center of Pine Bluff will be held at Lakeside United Methodist Church, 15th Avenue and Olive Street, beginning Sept. 12. Classes will be held from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 31. The registration is a one time $10 fee. Variety of classes include computer course, crafts, photography, board games and line dancing. Details: Bettye Johnson, bcj41@cablelynx.com.

Thursday, Sept. 13

Military & Veterans Museum sets grand opening

The Pine Bluff Military & Veterans Museum will host a grand-opening and ribbon-cutting celebration at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at the historic Boone-Murphy House, 714 W. Fourth Ave.

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.

Saturday, Sept. 15

Thornton to host annual Fall Festival, Hot Lips BBQ Cookoff

The city of Thornton and Thornton Step-By-Step Inc. will sponsor the second Fall Festival and first Hot Lips BBQ Cookoff beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15. Everyone is invited to attend. Attendance is free, but people must bring their own lawn chairs. The festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Roy Yarbrough City Park on U.S. 79 Business at Thornton. The Hot Lips BBQ Cookoff will take place across the street from the park, according to a news release. Entry forms for the BBQ cookoff can be found at www.bcabbq.org or by contacting John Scott, at 870-313-2402, or email to johnfscott@windstream.net to register for the BBQ Cookoff.For details or a booth site, contact Levenis or Dorothy Penix at 870-352-8241 or email: levdot@ipa.net.

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.

UAMS Sickle Cell Symposium set; local pastor among speakers

The 2018 annual Sickle Cell Symposium will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Registration and networking begins at 5 p.m. The free symposium will be held on the 12th floor of the UAMS Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, according to a news release. The event is presented by Future Builders Inc. and Arkansas Black Nurses Association in collaboration with the UAMS Adult Sickle Cell Clinical Program. The pastoral speaker will be the Rev. Johnny Smith Jr., pastor of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church at Pine Bluff and the chaplain for the Pine Bluff Police Department. Shamonica Wiggins, a patient living with sickle cell disease, will speak as well as Leigh Ann Wilson, a licensed clinical social worker.

Wednesday, Sept. 19

Deadline set for scholarship to U of A art event

The School of Art at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville invites high school administrators and teachers to apply for travel scholarships to attend Portfolio Day, Saturday, Sept. 22. The application deadline is Wednesday, Sept. 19. To qualify for the travel scholarships, high schools must be at least 60 miles away from the U of A. The scholarship will pay mileage and provide meals for high school students and sponsors attending Portfolio Day, according to the release. Portfolio Day encourages prospective students to bring samples of their artwork and receive individual critiques from faculty and graduate students. Details: https://fulbright.uark.edu/departments/art/news-events/art-portfolio-day.php .

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

Parks deparment sets Sweet Potato Pie Bake-off

The Pine Bluff Parks & Recreation Department will host the seventh annual Sweet Potato Pie Bake-off Saturday, Sept. 22, at Saracen Landing. Judging will begin at 10:30 a.m. Sweet potato pies must be dropped off at Saracen Landing between 8 and 10 a.m. For more information on pie rules and an application, call or stop by the parks and recreation office at Saracen Landing. Details: Trudy Redus, assistant director, parks and recreation, 870-536-0920 or visit www.saracenlanding.com.

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.

Tuesday, Sept. 25

SEARK seminar to address little things leading to big losses

“Seven Little Things that May Result in Big Business Losses” is the topic of a free workshop from 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25. The event will be held in room 1043 of the Technology Center at Southeast Arkansas College. The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at the University of Arkansas at Monticello will sponsor the workshop. Sarah Howard Jenkins, a lawyer, will share some insight on seven little things that could result in a huge business or personal loss. The registration deadline is 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24. Details: Lavonica Davis, UAM, 870-460-1266.

Saturday, Sept. 29

Pop-Up In the Bluff set downtown

The second annual Pop-Up In the Bluff, a downtown festival, will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, on Second Avenue between Pine and Chestnut streets. The event will include food, vendors and music and the community is urged to attend. The Community Theatre will host the Clyde Pound Quintet, featuring Fedett ‘Lady J’ Johnson, a jazz band from Hot Springs, performing with Milt Jackson as a special guest. Outdoor entertainment will include local musicians Dave Sadler, Katie Ferren, Darnell Cann Ward and Chris Cash, according to a newsletter from Pine Bluff Downtown Development Inc.

Free cemetery preservation workshop set in Cleveland County

The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program (AHPP) will host a free cemetery preservation workshop in Cleveland County from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. Rusty Brenner of Texas Cemetery Preservation will lead the cemetery conservation workshop at Rowell Cemetery at U.S. 63 and Cole Road. To register for the workshop, or for details contact Holly Hope at 501-324-9880, write her at 1100 North St., Little Rock, AR 72201, or send an e-mail to holly.hope@arkansas.gov.

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.

Tuesday, Oct. 2

Seminar to address How to Become a Notary

How to Become a Notary will be the topic of a free workshop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the Monticello Branch Library at Monticello. The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at the University of Arkansas at Monticello will sponsor the workshop. The Arkansas Secretary of State’s Office will walk participants through the notary application process . All current and prospective notaries public are encouraged to attend because special emphasis will be given to new laws affecting all notaries, a spokesman said. The registration deadline is 3 p.m. Oct. 1. Details: Lavonica Davis, UAM, 870-460-1266.

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 Thursday, Oct. 4

Junk Hunt Loop to begin

The Junk Hunt Loop, a multi-county rummage event, will be held along U.S. 79 and U.S. 63 on Thursday, Oct. 4, through Saturday, Oct. 6, according to a news release. Pine Bluff, Watson Chapel community, Rison, New Edinburg, Fordyce, Woodlawn and Warren communities will be on the path, according to the release. People along the route (and nearby) are urged to set up booth sales without calling in advance. Indoor/outdoor booths are available at The Hub, a spokesman said. Details: Sharon Gray, 870-692-3130, or Jennifer King, 870-917-8267.

Saturday, Oct. 6

Altheimer Fall Festival Fun Day set

The 12th annual Altheimer Fall Festival Fun Day will be held Saturday, Oct. 6, beginning at 9 a.m. with the parade lineup on Front Street. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. followed by activities at Jones Park. The city of Altheimer and the Altheimer Community Development Commission will host the fun day, according to a news release. Booths are $25. T-shirt orders are being made at Altheimer City Hall for $10 and $12 and must be paid for in advance, according to the release. Details: 870-766-8229.

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.

Saturday, Oct. 27

Mt. Nebo slates breast cancer awareness walk/run

Mt. Nebo Missionary Baptist Church will sponsor the 4th annual Breast Cancer 2k Walk/Run in memory of Billie Jean “BJ” Jackson. The event will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Wellness Center at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. The purpose is to raise awareness about breast cancer. To register for for details, visit www.mymtnebo-mbc-pb.com or 870-592-8539 or 692-6325.

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

Parent center’s community computer lab available

The Pine Bluff School District’s Title I Parent & Family Resource Center’s community computer lab is 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.

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.