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Wednesday, Oct. 3

Southeast District fair underway at Hestand Stadium

The 2018 Southeast Arkansas District Fair, Livestock Show and Rodeo is open this week held at Hestand Stadium Fairgrounds through Saturday, Oct. 6 with rodeo finals Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 4-6. Activities include a new carnival called Kenny Funland daily, Student and Senior Citizen Day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, and crowning of the rodeo queen Saturday during the rodeo. Details: www.sedistrictfair.com.

UAPB Fall Career Fair set

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Fall Career Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, in the Pine Bluff Convention Center lobby. The UAPB Office of Career Services sponsors the event. The career fair is open to UAPB alumni and currently enrolled students of the institution. Professional dress is preferred and participants are asked to bring well-prepared resumes, according to a news release. Seventy-one agencies are currently registered, including those representing business/industry, government, graduate/professional schools and school districts. Details: Shirley Hampton, UAPB Office of Career Services, 870-575-8461.

Breakfast meeting set for faith, community leaders

An informational breakfast meeting will be held for faith and community leaders from 8-9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at New St. Hurricane Missionary Baptist Church, 3319 S. Ohio St. The Arkansas Family Council and the Pine Bluff Faith Coalition Ministerial Alliance are sponsoring the event. The breakfast is free open to the public, according to a news release. Interested participants should RSVP by calling 870-536-8337.

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/.

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, Oct. 4

Forum to address ballot issues, present candidates

A ballot initiatives’ review and candidate forum will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The community is invited to attend. The forum is sponsored by the Divine 9 (alumni Greek fraternities and sororities), Pine Bluff Branch of the NAACP and the Arkansas Public Policy Panel. All five ballot issues will be explained by Tamika Edwards of Philander Smith College and Kymara Seals of the Arkansas Public Policy Panel. The forum will feature candidates seeking the following offices: State Rep. Dist 17: Democratic incumbent Vivian Flowers and Libertarian Gregory Maxwell; Jefferson County Justice of the Peace District 1: Democrat Alfred Carroll Sr. and Libertarian James Michael Hood; and Pine Bluff City Council Ward 1 Alderman: Democrat Joni Alexander and Republican Jesse Turner. Judge Earnest Brown Jr. will be the moderator.

United Way announces Day of Caring activities

The United Way of Southeast Arkansas‌ invites the community to participate in the annual Day of Caring Thursday, Oct. 4, according to a news release. Volunteers are needed to help Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arkansas bag meals beginning at 8 a.m. Oct. 4 at First United Methodist Church, 200 W. Sixth Ave., in the gym. Volunteers are also asked to meet at 8 a.m. at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Building, 211 W. Third Ave., to help read to elementary children. Details: United Way of Southeast Arkansas, 211 W. Third Ave., Pine Bluff, Ark., Suite 135, or www.uwseark.org .

Annual St. Joseph’s Spaghetti Supper begins

St. Joseph Catholic Church, 412 W. Sixth Ave. at Pine Bluff, will continue St. Joseph’s annual Spaghetti Supper Thursday, Oct. 4. Carry-out orders will be available from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s church. Seated suppers will be offered from 5-7:30 p.m. in Gallagher Hall on the church campus, according to a spokesman. Ticket prices are: adults - $12, and children - $7. Tickets may be purchased in advance from any parish member or at the church office. Tickets will be available at the doors for carry-outs or dine-in suppers. For five or more take-out orders, call the St. Joseph church office at 870-534-4701 or 870-534-4703.

West Pine Bluff Rotary Club meets

The West Pine Bluff Rotary Club meets at noon Thursdays at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Programs include — Oct. 4: United Way Day of Service at First United Methodist Church, beginning at 8 a.m.

PBHS Class of 1960 plans meeting

The Pine Bluff High School Class of 1960 welcomes members of all classes to their new meeting place at noon Thursday, Oct. 4, at Momma’s Diner in Regency Square, 3017 W. 28th Ave. Co-chairman Ruby Wessels Poteet started a discussion concerning the class reunion in 2020. A location, date and other details will be determined later, according to a spokeswoman.

Catfish Promotion Board meets at UAPB

The Arkansas Catfish Promotion Board will meet at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Agriculture Research Center on Thursday, Oct. 4. The UAPB Aquaculture Field Day will also be held that day beginning at 8:30 a.m. The Catfish Promotion Board event will feature the Catfish Farmers of Arkansas Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the truck shed. The guest speaker will be Mark Cochran, vice president-agriculture of the University of Arkansas System. The welcome will be given by UAPB Chancellor Laurence B. Alexander. The board will meet at 1 p.m. and the agenda includes research reports by the Catfish Farmers of Arkansas.

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. Also, at the Rison Hub located at Pioneer Village, just off U.S. 79, booth spaces are $10 per day. Details: Sharon Gray, 870-692-3130, or Jennifer King, 870-917-8267.

Friday, Oct. 5

White Hall to name 2018 homecoming queen

The 2018 White Hall High School Homecoming Queen will be named at 2:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, during the pep assembly in the Bert Honey Gymnasium at the school. White Hall School Board President Raymond Jones will crown the queen in ceremonies at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at Bulldog Stadium. The Bulldogs will play the Beebe Badgers following the ceremony, according to a news release.

‘Bring A Friend to SEARK Day’ set

Southeast Arkansas College is opening its doors to the public for “Bring A Friend to SEARK Day” between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5. Guests are encouraged to bring friends and family members to SEARK, 1900 Hazel St., for campus tours, free treats and a chance to win a college tuition waiver, according to a news release. SEARK faculty and staff will be available to help with questions and services, including assistance with the admissions process and completion of the FAFSA application for financial aid, as well as providing information about SEARK’s technical and academic programs, degrees and certificates. Details: recruitment@seark.edu or 870-850-3074.

Beginning Friday, Oct. 5

White Hall American Legion to host Trade Days fundraiser

The White Hall American Legion Post will hold a fundraiser Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5-6. The event will be held at the Post 232 on the corner of Nancy and Huckleberry streets at White Hall. On Friday, the sale will be in the afternoon and on Saturday, the event will start 7 a.m., according to a news release. In addition to rummage items, the Post is also selling raffle tickets for a handmade patriotic quilt as well as raffle tickets for a Benelli shotgun. Proceeds will be used in support of the Post’s activities, according to the release.

Saturday, Oct. 6

Pine Bluff to host amateur boxing

The Region 6 USA Amateur Boxing tournament will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The doors open at 5 p.m. Ticket prices are adults: $2; children: $1; and ringside: $10, according to the Pine Bluff Advertising and Promotion Commission newsletter.

St. Mark UMC to give away food

St. Mark United Methodist Church, 4229 W. Sixth Ave., will give away food boxes at noon Saturday, Oct. 6. Food boxes will be handed out on a first come, first served basis until all food has been given away, according to a spokesman.

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.

Pine Bluff-Altheimer Fall Blues Fest set

The 2018 Pine Bluff-Altheimer Fall Blues Fest will feature musical performances at the Cook Family Park on U.S. 79 North at Altheimer beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. Performers will include J-Wonn, TK Soul, LJ Echols, Al Chauncy, Joy Croz, CoCo, Summer Wolfe, Lady Trucker, Mean Green and the Platinum Blues Band. Hosts will be Broadway Joe and comedian Keith Glason, according to a news release. Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 the day of the show. Tickets are available at the Record Rack at Pine Bluff, Kibb’s Bar-B-Que at Pine Bluff and Stuttgart and at impacttickets.com. Details: www.pinebluffbluesfest.com or 501-413-7683.

Stop Gun Violence march set in Pine Bluff

A Stop Gun Violence march will be held Saturday, Oct. 6, beginning at 11 a.m. in downtown Pine Bluff. Participants will meet at the Jefferson County Courthouse and end the march at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. Organizers say it’s time to stop gun violence and demand a plan to end it, according to a news release. Organizers include Drue Griffin, Demetrious Mallet and Albert Brewer.

Cardelia Hart 5K Breast Cancer Walk set

The 10th annual Cardelia Hart 5K Breast Cancer Walk will be held from 8-10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at 2933 Regalia Drive at Pine Bluff. Organized by her Hart’s daughter, Katrina Tate, the event will begin with a balloon release followed by a walk for the cause. Mayor Shirley Washington is also expected to attend and make a proclamation, according to a news release.

First Missionary Baptist sets free health fair; includes mammograms

First Missionary Baptist Church, 4500 Faucett Road, will sponsor its second annual community health fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. The free event will include health screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose as well as dental information, flu shots, HIV testing, mental health information and mammograms on the UAMS Mobile MammoVan. On-site mammograms for women 40 or older will be provided by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, according to a news release. Mammograms will be done by appointment for women with or without insurance. Mammogram participants must pre-register by calling UAMS Mobile Mammography at 1-800-259-8794.

Merrill All School Reunion meeting set

The Merrill All School Reunion Committee meeting will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at RJ’s Sports Grill, 128 Main St.

Beginning Saturday, Oct. 6

PB parks department plans Softball Extravaganza

The Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation Department will present Fall Ball 2018 – Softball Extravaganza at the Regional Park Softball Complex each Saturday through Oct. 27. Games will begin at 8 a.m. depending on the number of teams playing, according to a news release. There’s no team entry fee, a 3 game guarantee and 70 minute time limit. Age groups are 10U, 12U, 14U and 16HS. Coaches are asked to register their teams now. Details: James Bridges for team information, 870-267-5361, or Samuel Glover at Parks and Recreation for facility questions, 870-536-0920.

Arkansas Fallen Riders Association, ABATE set events

Saturday, Oct. 6, the Arkansas Fallen Riders Association (AFRA) members will participate in Trade Days (community rummage sale) at White Hall. Beginning at 7 a.m., members will be set up at the White Hall Museum, 9009 Dollarway Road. AFRA will have barbecue sandwiches for sale at 11 a.m. AFRA members who have items to donate for Trade Days should bring them Saturday or call to have them picked up. Details: 870-879-4386. The AFRA breakfast won’t be held Saturday, according to a news release. Sunday, Oct. 7, ABATE D-20 Bikers Aiming Towards Education will meet at 2 p.m. at Delta Rivers Nature Center at Regional Park. Participants will discuss the rescheduled Circle the State Ride. Details: Pat Freeman, 247-2522.

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, Oct. 7

Art League meeting set

The Pine Bluff Art League will meet from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Building, 211 W. Third Ave. Clarence Cash, an award winning pastel artist, will present the program, according to a news release. Visitors are welcome to attend. Also, members and guests may sign up for a still-life workshop to be presented by Linda Lewis from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. The fee is $40. Details: Vickie Coleman, 870-879-3825.

Monday, Oct. 8

Watson Chapel plans report to public

Watson Chapel School District will give its annual report to the public at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8. The meeting will be held at the administration building, 4100 Camden Road. Details: 879-0220.

Beginning Monday, Oct. 8

Tickets available for Holiday Foods Show

The Jefferson County Extension Homemakers Holiday Foods Show will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at the Gallagher Hall of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 412 W. Sixth Ave. Tickets are $15 and will be sold by club members from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, Oct. 8-12, at the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service, 500 S. Idaho St. To order tickets by mail, contact Delores Kelley at 870-718-1846. Tickets will include a tasting, booklet and door prizes.

Tuesday, Oct. 9

Alpha Phi Alpha to host reception for Pine Bluff superintendent

The Delta Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. will host a welcome reception for Superintendent Jeremy Owoh, Ed.D, who was recently appointed to head the Pine Bluff School District. The event will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the Area Agency on Aging’s Strachota Senior Center, 801 E. Eighth Ave. The public is invited to meet and greet Owoh, according to a news release.

UAPB to host program with Arkansas Rehabilitation Services

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will host a community kick-off and ribbon cutting to celebrate a program with seven interns through Project SEARCH® Arkansas: ACCESS® Initiative. In partnership with Arkansas Rehabilitation Services, the program trains young adults with developmental disabilities for competitive employment opportunities, according to a news release. The kick off will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Conference Room 1 of the UAPB STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) Building.

Watson Chapel sets report to public

Watson Chapel High School will host its report to the public at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct., 9, at the high school cafeteria. All district parents and patrons are invited to attend, according to a spokesman.

Highland church opens pantry

The Helping Hands food ministry at Highland Baptist Church, 1320 S. Peach St., will give away food from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9. Participants are asked to bring an ID and utility bill.

Chamber to host Farm Tour 2018

The Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce will host the Chamber’s Farm Tour 2018, “Fish, Fields & Yields,” beginning at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9. Participants will meet at the Chamber, 510 Main St., and the cost is $5 per person. The farm tour will feature Jefferson County aquaculture, agriculture and a lunch. Details: Mandy Owens, mowens@pinebluffchamber.com or 870-535-0110.

Initiative to kick off job training for developmentally disabled adults

A kick-off event will be held for a job-training program for young adults with developmental disabilities, according to a news release. Project SEARCH Arkansas: ACCESS Initiative in partnership with Arkansas Rehabilitation Services, will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. The session will be held in conference room 1 of the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) building. Details: https://projectsearcharkansas.org/

Downtown Rotary Club plans meetings

The Downtown Pine Bluff Rotary Club meets at noon Tuesdays at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Programs include — Oct. 9: Mary Pringos, Go Forward Pine Bluff – Downtown Christmas Program; Oct. 16: Carolyn Taylor, Susan G. Komen Mission director; Oct. 23: Dr. Jennifer Dillaha, Arkansas Department of Health; and Oct. 30: Dr. Srilantha Thadur, Jefferson Regional Medical Center neurologist speaking on dementia.

Thursday, Oct. 11

Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library plans ground breaking

The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library System will break ground on its new facility at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at Sixth Avenue and Main Street. The event will officially mark the beginning of construction of the new 32,000 square foot library. Construction of the new Pine Bluff library and expansion of the Watson Chapel branch library is expected to be completed in the spring of 2020, according to a news release.

Jefferson County Cattleman’s Association meets

The Jefferson County Cattleman’s Association will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service, 500 Idaho St. A meal will be provided, according to a news release. Members are encouraged to invite a guest. Details: Gale Brewer, 870-830-2134, or Woody Bohannan 870-413-2927.

Friday, Oct. 12

National author ReShonda Billingsley to appear at Alex Foundation benefit

The Alex Foundation, a 501 (C) 3 nonprofit organization assisting communities in Southeast Arkansas, will host a benefit from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at First Baptist Church at North Little Rock. High Tea With ReShonda Tate Billingsley, will feature Billingsley, the national bestselling author of “Let The Church Say Amen,” according to a news release. The benefit costs $25 and it’s open to the community. Details: info@alex-foundation.org or call 501-773-Alex (2539.)

Saturday, Oct. 13

5K Run Walk Dance rescheduled

The Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation Department rescheduled the Jefferson County 5K Run Walk Dance for Saturday, Oct. 13. The event will begin at 8 a.m. at the Regional Park Amphitheater, according to a news release. The event was originally scheduled Sept. 22, but it was postponed due to heavy rain. Details: Trudy Redus, Parks and Recreation assistant director, saracenlanding@att.net or 870-536-0920.

Beginning Monday, Oct. 15

Good Faith Carr Pumpkin Patch to open

The Good Faith Carr Pumpkin Patch will be open Oct. 15-31 at Good Faith Carr United Methodist Church, 3703 Ryburn Road. The annual event will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 2-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free to the pumpkin patch, which will include food, crafts, games and a hayride. Also, pumpkins will be available in all shapes and sizes. To make reservations for school groups to attend, people should call the church at 879-3360.

Tuesday, Oct. 16

Police slate walk against domestic violence

The Pine Bluff Police Department will host the Domestic Violence Walk 2018 from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16. The event will begin and end at the civic center and lunch will be provided, according to a news release. The guest speaker will be Laura Abbott, a victim rights advocate. The community is invited to participate in the walk.

AG’s Mobile Office to stop at Desha County

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge’s mobile office locations for October include a stop in Desha County. The mobile unit will be available at the Dumas Public Library from 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16. This year, the Cooperative Extension Service representatives will be on hand at each mobile office to also provide information on the services it provides statewide. Also, Rutledge continues her partnership with local law enforcement to offer prescription drug take back boxes at each mobile office.

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.

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

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.

Saturday, Oct. 20

Desha County Veterans Benefits Fair set

The Desha County Veterans Benefits Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the municipal complex at McGehee. The event is open to the public. Veterans, those who support veterans and those who want to support veterans are invited to attend, according to a news release. Veterans are urged to bring their DD214 form. Topics will include health care enrollment and VA benefits, according to a news release.

Grace Evangelical sets basketball tournament

Grace Evangelical Baptist Church, 4210 S. Ohio St., will host a basketball tournament at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. Refreshments will also be served. All churches and coaches are invited to bring their teams. The registration deadline is Friday, Oct. 5. For details or registration information, contact Kay Long at 870-489-6336, or Terrell Michelle Dunlap at 870-718-3999.

Tuesday, Oct. 23

Community engagement meetings include McGehee site

The State Coalition on Family and Community Engagement will hold regional meetings, including a gathering in Southeast Arkansas. The purpose is to obtain feedback on draft family and community engagement resources, according to a news release from the Arkansas Department of Education. Meetings include the Boys and Girls Club at McGehee, from 9:30-11 a.m. and 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23. State Board of Education members may also attend the meetings. Details: http://www.arkansased.gov/im-looking-for/parents.

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, and Jefferson County’s agribusinesses at the Chamber’s 66th annual Farmers Appreciation Fish Fry Thursday, Oct. 25. The event will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. at Hestand Stadium. Gates open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person. Fish fry sponsorships are available for $350. Details: Mandy Owens mowens@pinebluffchamber.com or 870-535-0110.

Friday, Oct. 26

Balloon release to honor domestic violence victims

To honor victims and survivors of domestic violence, a balloon release will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 26, on the north steps of the Jefferson County Courthouse. The Jefferson County Victim Witness Division of the prosecuting attorney’s office will sponsor the event in observance of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Beginning Friday, Oct. 26

Boo on the Bayou set at nature center

Boo on the Bayou will be held from 6-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26-27, at the Delta Rivers Nature Center. The community is invited to attend the area’s largest free Halloween event, according to a spokesman. “Wear your costume, bring your family and enjoy two nights of fun and scary activities including games, inflatables, the Scary Maze, the Trail of Terror, food vendors and more. Fun for all ages!”

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.

Central Presbyterian announces Trunk or Treat

Central Presbyterian Church, 6300 Trinity Drive, will host its annual Trunk or Treat event at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. The event is free and includes a bounce house, hot dogs and candy. Children are encouraged to wear costumes. The community is invited to attend, according to a news release.

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; UAPB graduate, 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.

Tuesday, Oct. 30

Garden Pointe set Breast Cancer Awareness Walk

Garden Pointe Assisted Living Facility, 7001 S. Hazel St., will sponsor a Breast Cancer Awareness Walk at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30. The walk will begin at Garden Pointe and end at the Arkansas Cancer Institute, 7200 S. Hazel St. The speaker will be Allen Wimberly, director of Watson Chapel High School band, accompanied by the WCHS drumline. The Rev. N. Bolden, Davis Life Care chaplain, will offer the prayer, according to a news release. The community is invited to participate. Refreshments will be served, according to the release.

Thursday, Nov. 1

Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame seeks nominations

The Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame is seeking nominations for its next class. The nomination deadline is Thursday, Nov. 1. The Hall of Fame recognizes Arkansans who have contributed significantly to agriculture while spotlighting their contributions to the state’s economic development, according to a news release. For details and nomination forms, visit www.arkansasaghalloffame.org. Forms are also available by calling Cindra Bell at 501-228-1609.

Through Thursday, Nov. 1

TOPPS to take applications for Thanksgiving baskets, toys

TOPPS Inc. will take applications for Thanksgiving baskets and Toys for Tots at TOPPS Big Rec, 1000 Townsend Drive. Applications may be picked up between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday, through Nov. 1, according to a news release. To be eligible to receive a basket or toys, the applicant must bring proof of residence, proof of income, proof of government assistance, state issued identification and proof of each child in the household between ages 1-16 (birth certificate and/or Social Security card). Only one application per household will be accepted, according to the release. Thanksgiving baskets will be distributed Saturday, Nov. 17, for approved applications. Toys for Tots will be distributed Saturday, Dec. 15. Details: TOPPS, 870-850-6011, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Beginning Thursday, Nov. 1

American Pickers to visit Arkansas in early November

American Pickers, a well-known show on the History Channel, is coming back to Arkansas in early November and they’re looking for interesting characters with interesting items, according to a news release. Exact dates haven’t been released. Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz and the crew of American Pickers will film the show in November, according to a news release. “If you or someone you know has a large, private collection or accumulation of antiques that the pickers can spend the better part of the day looking through, send us your name, phone number, location and description of the collection with photos to: americanpickers@cineflix.com or call 855-OLD-RUST or on facebook: @GotAPick,” according to the release.

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. Tickets will be sold by club members at the Extension Office from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 8-12. For information on ordering tickets by mail, contact Delores Kelley at 870-718-1846. Details: Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Office, 870-534-1033.

Through Friday, Nov. 9

Deadline set for Historic Preservation grant letters of intent

The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program will accept Letters of Intent until Friday, Nov. 9, for the County Courthouse Restoration or Historic Preservation Restoration grant programs. An applicant will receive feedback or technical assistance and project development with AHPP staff, according to a news release. A link to the grant application and Letter of Intent portal can be found at http://www.arkansaspreservation.com/Programs/Funding/grants-programs.

Thursday, Nov. 15

White Hall Legion Post sets shotgun raffle

The American Legion White Hall Post 232 is holding its fourth annual raffle for a Benelli shotgun. The raffle has become a major fundraiser for the post of military veterans, according to a news release. The 12-gauge pump shotgun will be given away Thursday, Nov. 15, at Hunter’s Refuge in White Hall. Participants don’t have to be present to win, only have the winning ticket. Tickets are $5 for one, $10 for three or $20 for eight chances to win. Proceeds will be used to fund the various activities the veterans will do in the community, according to the release. For tickets, see any member of the post or call Post Commander Glen Minor at 870-247-4413.

Through Friday, Nov. 16

Arts Council announces Living Treasure award applications available

The Arkansas Arts Council is accepting nominations for the 2019 Arkansas Living Treasure Award. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, Nov. 16, according to a news release. The Living Treasure program recognizes an Arkansas artist who excels in the creation of a traditional craft and who preserves and advances their craft through community outreach and by teaching others. A list of Living Treasure Award criteria is available at arkansasarts.org. Details: Robin McClea, robin.mcclea@arkansas.gov or 501-324-9348.

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.

Through Saturday, Nov. 10

Business challenge set for Walk Across Arkansas

The Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service is asking local businesses to participate in a Countywide Business Challenge for Walk Across Arkansas - Fall 2018. The Walk Across Arkansas 5k Run/Walk began Sunday, Sept. 16, and ends Saturday, Nov. 10. For registration and record forms on the Walk Across Arkansas, visit https://walk.uaex.edu/ Details: Mary Ann Kizer, Jefferson County Family and Consumer Science agent, mkizer@uaex.edu or 870-534-1033. The Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service is part of the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.

On-going events

SBA disaster loans available; deadline May 6, 2019

Small nonfarm businesses in 11 Arkansas counties are eligible to apply for low‑interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, according to a Sept. 10 news release. The deadline to apply for economic injury is May 6, 2019. These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by hail and high winds that occurred July 20-21, 2018, in these primary counties: Arkansas and Monroe; and neighboring counties: Desha, Jefferson, Lee, Lincoln, Lonoke, Phillips, Prairie, St. Francis and Woodruff. By law, SBA makes Economic Injury Disaster Loans available when the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture designates an agricultural disaster. The secretary declared this disaster on Sept. 5, 2018. Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.


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.