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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
Capital & Collateral workshop set at SEARK
The How to Finance Your Business series will explore Capital & Collateral from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, at the Training Room of the Welcome Center at Southeast Arkansas College. Participants will examine a business’ ability to repay a loan with profits, according to a news release from Go Forward Pine Bluff and the Generator. Sponsors include Communities Unlimited, SEARK and the Generator. To register or for details: https://goforwardpinebluff.org/the-generator/the-generator-register-capital-and-collateral/
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.
War Ridge neighbors meet
The War Ridge Association Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, at Bradshaw Senior Center, 2008 Ridgway Road. Details: 870-329-5468.
Tuesday, Sept. 11
Pine Bluff Fire and Emergency Services to observe 9/11
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, Pine Bluff Fire and Emergency Services Department will commemorate 9/11 and invites the community to join the observance at any local city fire station beginning at 8:58 a.m. Three hundred forty-six (346) firefighters and paramedics were killed during the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. “In memory of our fallen brothers and sisters we commemorate that day with a ceremony held on the anniversary, which falls on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. The public is welcome to join by stopping at your local fire station,” the spokesman said.
Dollarway to remember graduate killed on 9-11
Dollarway High School will honor a graduate who was killed in the Pentagon on 9/11. The 9/11 Assembly: Remembering Nehamon Lyons IV will be held at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, in the Dollarway High School Gym located at 2606 Fluker St. Lyons was a 1989 Dollarway graduate. The speaker will be Lee McFadden, district director of Veteran Services and a former Navy firefighter. Mayor Shirley Washington is also scheduled to make a presentation, according to a news release.
CBS executive Kurt Davis to speak at UAPB
Kurt Davis, executive vice president of affiliate relations for CBS Network, will visit the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Tuesday, Sept. 11. The free, public event will be held at 1 p.m. in Cross-Phipps auditorium of Caldwell Hall. Davis is the speaker for the Fall Lecture Series presented by the Department of Multimedia Communications at UAPB, according to a news release. Davis will tour the university and visit with students before and after the lecture. Details: Ann White, Ph.D., interim director of the UAPB Multimedia Communications department, 870-575-8206 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ivy Center to present essay writing workshop
Rebecca Newby, a ninth grade English teacher at Watson Chapel Junior High School, will present a workshop on “How to Write Good Essays.” Newby will be the presenter for the Ivy Center for Education students from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Faith Presbyterian Church, 913 University Drive. Students interested in improving their writing skills are invited to attend the workshop. Details: Mattie Collins, Ivy Center president, at email@example.com or Patricia Berry, executive director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, Sept. 11. Participants are asked to bring an ID and utility bill.
UAPB Alumni meeting set; banquet among agenda items
The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff/AM&N Alumni Chapter will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11. The meeting will be held at the UAPB Business Incubator Building, 615 S. Main St. The agenda includes information and reports concerning the UAPB/AM&N Alumni Chapter Scholarship Banquet. The banquet is set for 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. Banquet tickets are $30. A table of eight is $240 and a table for 10 is $300. All members, potential and associate members are invited to attend the meeting. Details: Chapter President Hazell Reed, 870-879-9469.
Neighbor Watch Meetings set
The Taylor Association Group will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Rose Hill Baptist Church, 2121 W. 26th Ave. Details: 870-592-0668. The Belmont/Broadmoor Neighborhood Watch Group will meet at 7 p.m. at 1302 Washington Ave. Details: 870-536-2925.
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
Go Forward, Simmons Bank plan major announcement
Go Forward Pine Bluff plans a major announcement at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, according to a news release. “Go Forward Pine Bluff, in partnership with title sponsor Simmons Bank, is hosting a press conference to announce the return of one of Pine Bluff’s most celebrated events, an event that garnered national attention in years past,” according to the release. Participants will include Forward Pine Bluff CEO Ryan Watley, Pine Bluff Mayor Shirley Washington and Pine Bluff Convention Center Executive Director Joseph McCorvey.
SEARK board to meet
The Southeast Arkansas College Board of Trustees will meet at Wednesday, Sept. 12, at the Welcome Center Board Room at SEARK. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. and the meeting starts at 12:10 p.m. The agenda includes a report by President Steven Bloomberg, finance reports, update on the SEARK at the Seabrook facility, enrollment and strategic plan. SEARK will also host Business After Hours from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Pine Bluff Country Club.
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 .
Commercial’s Church News deadline set
The Commercial is printing church news on Fridays. The deadline to submit church announcements is noon on Wednesdays. Announcements can be emailed to email@example.com, faxed to 870-534-0113, hand-delivered or mailed to the office at 300 S. Beech St., Pine Bluff, AR, 71611. The Devotional Column, which features a brief sermon, should also be emailed and include a contact phone number and the name and location of the ministry. Details: 870-534-3400, ext. 1202.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. 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. 13
Debit, credit workshop focus of workshop
Arkansas Community Institute/Arkansas Community Organizations will host a workshop entitled “Pine Bluff Families Can’t Get Ahead When Income Is Low and Debts Are High.” The event will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at Eight Avenue Baptist Church, 1200 W. Eighth Ave. Speakers will be Pine Bluff Mayor Shirley Washington and state Rep. Vivian Flowers, according to a news release. Participants can receive a free credit report, learn about ways to settle debt and find out how to get involved in campaigns for jobs and consumer protections, according to a news release. Details: Rosetta Madison, Arkansas Community Organizations, 870-536-6300.
Pine Bluff teacher to appear on Wheel of Fortune
Jodi McNulty of Pine Bluff will be a contestant on Wheel of Fortune at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, on KATV Channel 7, according to a news release from the show. As part of Wheel of Fortune’s “Teacher’s Week,” McNulty will be competing against two other teachers. Also, in the the Mystery Round, if the $10,000 Mystery Wedge is won by a contestant, then the SPIN ID of a loyal viewer at home will be revealed, giving them the chance to also win $10,000.
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.
SEARK plans Business After Hours
Southeast Arkansas College will host Business After Hours from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at the Pine Bluff Country Club. The event will include refreshments and cocktails. The attire is business, according to a news release from the Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce.
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.
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
FBT sets drawing for deer stand; effort benefits WH food pantry
FBT Bank & Mortgage (FBT), 7199 Sheridan Road, will host its second annual Give ‘N’ Get Outdoors event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15. For every five food items donated, people can enter a drawing to win a L’Aigle Deer Blind valued at $850. The effort will benefit the White Hall Community Food Pantry, according to a news release. While any donation is welcome, the pantry is asking for canned meats, canned soup, canned veggies, jelly, mac and cheese, oil, pancake mix, peanut butter, sugar and syrup.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to register for the BBQ Cookoff.For details or a booth site, contact Levenis or Dorothy Penix at 870-352-8241 or email: email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Through Tuesday, Sept. 18
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: 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.
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.
Thursday, Sept. 20
Christian Women’s Connection Luncheon set
The Pine Bluff Christian Women’s Connection luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at the Pine Bluff Country Club. The speaker will be Karen Dane of Lubbock, Texas. Dane is author of “Sips of Joy from God’s Word,” a Stonecroft-approved book in which Dane relates daily life experiences to the joy and peace found in God’s Word, according to a news release. The special feature will be Glen Crain of Pine Bluff, who will play piano and sing. For reservations, call Jennifer Keahey at 870-540-9302. The cost for the luncheon will be $13.50.
Beginning Thursday, Sept. 20
West Pine Bluff Rotary meets
The West Pine Bluff Rotary Club meets at noon Thursdays at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Programs include — Sept. 20: Rachel Miller, director of the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas; and Sept. 27: Alex Noguerola of Southeast Preparatory High School.
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.
Friday, Sept. 21
NAACP sets deadline for award nominations, ads for banquet
The Pine Bluff Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will host its 27th annual Dove Freedom Fund Banquet at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, Sept. 21. Award categories include NAACP Branch Member of the Year, Dove Civil Rights Award, Rev. H. O. Gray Community Service Award, among others. Nomination forms and award criteria are available by calling Piccola Washington, 870-543-9978, or Tina Owens, 870-692-3099. Ad prices for the souvenir booklet include full page, $125; half page, $75; and quarter page $50. All ads must be camera-ready and turned in by Friday, Sept. 21. Email ads to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Banquet tickets are $40. Sponsorship levels include diamond level - $7, 500; emerald level - $5,000; platinum level - $3,500; gold level - $2,000; silver level - $1,000; bronze level - $400 and patron level - $320. Payments for the sponsorships are due by Sept 28. Details: event coordinators, Mary Liddell, 870-643-2383 or Piccola Washington, 870-543-9978; or NAACP President Ivan Whitfield, 870-643-7252.
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, email@example.com or 870-536-0920.
Tuesday, Sept. 25
King Law Center sets event
The King Law Center P.A., 615 S. Main St., Suite 8, will conduct a ribbon-cutting celebration at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, according to a news release from the Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Friday, Oct. 19
Pine Bluff NAACP planning Dove Freedom Fund Banquet
The Pine Bluff Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) announces plans for its 27th annual Dove Freedom Fund Banquet. The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The theme is “Challenging the Past-Changing the Future,” according to a news release. Banquet tickets are $40. Details: event coordinators, Mary Liddell, 870-643-2383 or Piccola Washington, 870-543-9978; or NAACP President Ivan Whitfield, 870-643-7252.
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.
Black Hall of Fame Foundation sets ceremony
The Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation (ABHOF) announced the inductees for its 26th annual ceremony. The event will be held at the Robinson Center Performance Hall at Little Rock at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. Honorees are the late Florence B. Price, first African-American woman recognized as a symphonic composer and to have a composition played by a major orchestra; Darrell Walker, acclaimed athlete; Kevin Cole, renowned mixed media visual artist from Pine Bluff; Brent Jennings, noted film and stage actor; LTG. Aundre F. Piggee, Army deputy chief of staff for logistics, Pentagon; and Mary-Louise Williams, education advocate and political leader. Tickets to the ceremony can be purchased at ticketmaster.com. VIP and corporate packages are also available.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.