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Sunday, Nov. 11
Historical Museum to observe Armistice Day
The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Historical Museum, 201 E. Fourth Ave., will observe Armistice Day, which marked the end of World War II, according to a news release. The day, also known as Veteran’s Day, will be commemorated from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, and bells will ring at 11 a.m. The community is invited to come to see the display which will be open until the end of November, according to a news release. Details: John Mitchell, 870-541-5402.
White Hall Museum plans Veteran’s Day ceremony
The White Hall Museum, 9009 Dollarway Road, will host its Veteran’s Day Ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11. The keynote speaker will be Col. Luis A. Ortiz, commander of the Pine Bluff Arsenal. The city will honor all veterans from the Gulf War with a special proclamation to be displayed in the museum, according to a news release from Brenda Doucey, White Hall Museum director. Refreshments will be served.
White Hall Veteran’s Day motorcycle processional set
Local motorcycle riders will participate in a processional ride at 1:45 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, from the Bank of Star City on Dollarway Road to the White Hall Museum where the Veterans Day Ceremony will be held at 2 p.m., according to a news release. All riders are encouraged to participate. If the weather creates safety concerns, the processional will be canceled. Riders will meet at 1:15 p.m. at bank’s parking lot. Details: Pat Freeman, 247-2522.
Oldest member receives honor
St. Andrew Missionary Baptist Church, 5810 W. Malcomb St., will honor the oldest living member, 96-year-old Minnie Avery, at 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11.
Beginning Sunday, Nov. 11
Military and Veterans Museum to honor veterans
The Pine Bluff Military and Veterans Museum, 714 W. Fourth Ave., will be open from 1-4 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Nov. 11-12, to honor all veterans and active military service members. Gunner PFC Miller Lafitte will also be honored with a special display. The community is invited to stop by to view the display and show Miller he’s appreciated, a spokeswoman said in a news release. Refreshments will be available. Details: Curtis Cook, 575-2320, or Carolyn DeVos, 879-5321 or 540-9838.
Monday, Nov. 12
Agencies close for Veterans Day
Agencies to be closed for the observance of Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 12, include:
Government — State offices, Federal facilities, U.S. Postal Service, Federal court/offices, Financial institutions; Utilities — Liberty Utilities; County, city offices — Jefferson County Courthouse and related offices, Pine Bluff City Hall, Altheimer City Hall, White Hall City Hall; Other agencies — Area Agency on Aging of Southeast Arkansas programs: The agency’s main office is open. SEAT (Southeast Arkansas Transportation) will only run for cancer and dialysis patients. Strachota Senior Center will be closed.
Jefferson County Courthouse closes for Veterans Day
Jefferson County Courthouse and related offices will be closed Monday, Nov. 12, in observance of Veterans Day. The quorum court, which usually meets Mondays, will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the quorum courtroom of the courthouse, according to a news release from County Judge Booker Clemons.
Edgewood area neighbors meet
The Jefferson Heights, French Village, Robin Hood, Edgewood Neighborhood Watch Group will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, at 4101 W. 32nd Ave. Details: 870-879-3776.
Tuesday, Nov. 13
Landlord Association plans meeting
The Jefferson County Landlord Association will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Business Support Incubator, 615 S. Main St. The guest speakers will be Ryan Watley, Go Forward chief executive officer, and Sharon Alexander, who will discuss rent to own/owner financing property, according to a news release.
Lupus support group meeting set at Pine Bluff
The Pine Bluff Lupus Awareness, Support and Chronic Illness Group Meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 1921 S. Blake St. Nurse practitioner Nicole Bates will discuss kidney health. The community is invited to attend the meetings that are held every second Tuesday of the month, according to a news release.
2 Neighborhood meetings set
Tuesday, Nov. 13, the Taylor Association Group will meet at 6 p.m. 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 St. Details: 870-536-2925.
UAPB alumni to discuss recruitment, holiday event
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff/AM&N Alumni, Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Chapter, will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13. The meeting will be held on the second floor of the UAPB Business Incubator Building, 615 S. Main St. The agenda will include planning the Alumni Recruitment and Holiday Gathering event scheduled for December. All members and prospective members are encouraged to attend, according to a news release.
Musical event set at Garden Pointe
Garden Pointe Assisted Living Facility, 7001 S. Hazel St., will host the Gospel Explosion, presented by Dee “The Gospel Angel” Clay, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13. Singers will include the Spiritual Wings of Joy, Mt. Nebo Male Chorus and Holy Temple Church of God in Christ of Dumas, according to a news release.
Identifying, engaging target market workshop set
The “Identifying and Engaging Target Market” workshop will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Southeast Arkansas College, according to a news release from the Generator (an innovation hub of Go Forward Pine Bluff). The Generator’s partners from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Arkansas District Office will facilitate this workshop. Participants will learn practical tools to take the next steps for their business and market it in a better way, according to the release. To register, visit https://goforwardpinebluff.org/the-generator/registration/register-target-market/
Salvation Army auxiliary to discuss Christmas activities
A discussion of Christmas activities will be the centerpiece of the Pine Bluff Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, in the fellowship room at the Salvation Army Pine Bluff Corps headquarters, 501 E. 12th Ave. Visitors and prospective members are welcome at auxiliary meetings, according to a spokesman for the group. Details: Salvation Army, 534-0504.
Highland to give away food
Highland Baptist Church, 1320 S. Peach St., will give away food Tuesday, Nov. 13. The Helping Hands Food Ministry will hand out food from 6-7:30 p.m. Participants must have a picture ID and utility bill to pick up food. There are no exceptions to this rule, according to a news release.
Highland church registers for Toys for Tots
Highland Missionary Baptist Church, 1320 S. Peach St., will hold a registration for Toys for Tots, a program of the Marine Corps Reserve. People interested in signing up for toys must register on Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 6-7:30 p.m. The following documents will be required (with no exceptions): Valid government issued photo ID, birth certificate/proof of birth for children for 6 months to 14 years old (only parents listed on the birth certificate will be allowed to register; others must show documented proof of legal guardianship); and proof of address within the last 30 days of registration (utility bill, mortgage statement, current lease, city, state or federal government documentation showing parent or legal guardian name and current address.)
Wednesday, Nov. 14
SEARK board announces meeting
The Southeast Arkansas College Board of Trustees will meet Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Welcome Center Board Room. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. and the meeting starts at 12:10 p.m. The agenda includes personnel actions, approve graduates for Fall 2018, executive session, report from President Steven Bloomberg, finance reports, Seabrook update and Fall 2018 enrollment update. SEARK also announced: the campus will be closed Nov. 21–23 for the Thanksgiving holiday; graduation will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Pine Bluff Convention Center; campus will be closed Dec. 21–Jan. 2 for Christmas Break.
Commercial’s Church News deadline set
The Commercial is printing church news on Fridays. The deadline to submit church announcements is noon on Wednesdays. Announcements can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, faxed to 870-534-0113, hand-delivered or mailed to the office at 300 S. Beech St., Pine Bluff, AR, 71611. The Devotional Column, which features a brief sermon, should also be emailed and include a contact phone number and the name and location of the ministry. Details: 870-534-3400, ext. 1202.
Thursday, Nov. 15
Pine Bluff High School Orchestra slates concert
The Pine Bluff High School Orchestra will perform its Winter Concert at Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St. They will perform “Brandenburg Concerto No. 2” by J. S. Bach, arranged by Merle Isaac; “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” arranged by Richard Stephan; “Gloria and Alleluia” by C. Saint-Saens, arranged by Fred Hubbell; “In Praise of Christmas” arranged by Edmund Siennicki; “Symphony No. 50 in C Major” (4th Movement) by F. J. Haydn, and “Wedding Dance” by Elliot Del Borgo. The orchestra features students in grades 9-12th and is under the direction of Christie Bonds and special guest John Graham from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. A reception will be hosted by The Pine Bluff Chapter of The Links Inc. Details: Christine Bonds, 543-4313.
Jefferson County retired teachers to meet
The Jefferson County Retired Teachers Association will hold its luncheon meeting at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Building, 211 W. Third Ave. The cost of the meal is $6 and reservations must be made for lunch, according to a news release. The special guest will be Mayor Shirley Washington. Members are asked to bring non-perishable food, canned goods or items such as bath soap, wash cloths, dish towels, Kleenex, sanitizer and dish washing liquid. The items will be donated to CASA Women’s Shelter. Princella Gardner is the president of the local retired teachers association.
Whispering Knoll plans concert, Thanksgiving event
Whispering Knoll Assisted Living Facility, 6812 S. Hazel St., will host upcoming events. The center will host a fall concert with the Pine Bluff Community Band at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15. The community is invited to attend and refreshments will be served. A pre-Thanksgiving Family Potluck Dinner will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20. The community is invited to attend a bring a dish.
2 Neighborhood Watch Groups meet
The Calvary Association Group will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at St. Stephens Church of God in Christ, 4805 W. 14th Ave. Details: 870-879-9023. The Sheraton Park Neighborhood Watch Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at Grace Episcopal Church, 4101 Hazel St. Details: 870-535-0303.
Mayor’s Unity Breakfast to be held
The Mayor’s Unity Breakfast will be held from 6:45-8 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The community is invited to join in the food and fellowship as residents come together to make the city One Pine Bluff, according to the news release from Mayor Shirley Washington. Tickets are $15 each or 2 for $25 and can be obtained at the mayor’s office. Details: 870-730-2004.
Neighbor to Neighbor Annual Soup Sale set
A variety of homemade soups will be available for purchase at the Neighbor to Neighbor Annual Soup Sale. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 pm. Thursday, Nov. 15, in Gallagher Hall at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 412 W. Sixth Ave. Quart containers of soup will be sold for $10 each. The selection of soups, available for take out only, will include Mexican bean soup, chicken noodle, Portuguese green soup, potato soup, squash soup and gumbo, according to a news release. All proceeds will go to support the many programs at Neighbor to Neighbor.
Let’s Make It Legal Business Workshop set
The second annual Let’s Make It Legal Business Workshop will be held from 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at the welcome center of Southeast Arkansas College. The sponsors are The Generator (an innovation hub of Go Forward Pine Bluff), and the Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR), according to a news release. The Business Innovation Clinic Team plans to help businesses figure out matters about forming a legal entity,according to the release. To register, visit https://goforwardpinebluff.org/the-generator/registration/register-lets-make-it-legal/
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.
Friday, Nov. 16
Irene Holcomb Bark Park opening
The ribbon cutting will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16, for the Irene Holcomb Bark Park at 1610 W. Third Ave. (the corner of University Drive and Third Avenue). The community is welcomed to bring their dogs to the park, according to a news release. Details: Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation Department, 870-536-0920.
Beginning Friday, Nov. 16
UAM music theater to present one-act operas
The University of Arkansas at Monticello Music Theater Workshop will present two one-act operas at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16-17, at the UAM Fine Arts Center Auditorium. A Little Nightmare Music by P. D. Q. Bach and the Old Maid and the Thief by Gian-Carlo Menotti will both be performed each night, according to a news release. Admission is free for UAM students, faculty and staff as well as children under 12. Tickets for students 12 and older are $5. Adult tickets are $10. Details: 870-460-1060.
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, email@example.com or 501-324-9348.
Saturday, Nov. 17
Omegas of Pine Bluff plan Founders Day celebration
The Omegas of Pine Bluff will celebrate the founding of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. At 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, a banquet will be held at the Prince Hall Masonic Lodge, 2906 E. Harding Ave. Tickets are $25 each and may be purchased from any Tau Phi or Tau Sigma Chapter member. Part of the proceeds will be used in support of the Omegas Scholarship Endowment at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, according to a news release. Details: Quranner “Q” Cotledge, 870-543-9025.
Good Faith Carr to host holiday craft show, bake sale
Good Faith Carr United Methodist Church, 3703 Ryburn Road, will host its annual holiday craft show and bake sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17. A variety of frozen casseroles and quart jars of soup and gumbo will also be for sale at the event, according to a news release. The craft show will include handmade items such as Christmas centerpieces and wreaths, ornaments, totes, throw pillows, gift baskets, rustic wood decor, crosses, aprons and gift items.
Trinity Village Medical Center to host bake sale
The Family Council for Trinity Village Medical Center is having its annual Thanksgiving bake sale from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 17. It will be held in the conference room of Trinity Village Lodge, 6400 Trinity Drive. There will be cakes, pies, casseroles and other items, according to a news release. All proceeds are used to enhance the quality of life for the residents at Trinity Village Medical Center, according to the release.
Through Saturday, Nov. 17
2 SEA students to perform in ‘Antigone’ at SAU
Two area residents will participate in the presentation of “Antigone” at Southern Arkansas University at Magnolia beginning Thursday, Nov. 8. Matt Graham of Sheridan, a performing arts theatre major, plays “Guard 3” on the Blue and Gold Casts for the play. Eboni Edwards of Pine Bluff, a junior performing arts theatre major is “First Guard” on the Gold Cast for the play. The shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. through Saturday, Nov. 10. The weekend matinees begin at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, and Saturday, Nov. 17. General admission tickets are $17; $12 for SAU faculty, staff, and senior citizens; and $8 for students. Tickets are available at the door, online at www.showtix4u.com, or by calling 870-235-4255.
Beginning Wednesday, Nov. 21
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: Nov. 21 Executive Committee; and Dec. 12 Full Board.
Tuesday, Nov. 27
Civic Auditorium Complex meets
The Civic Auditorium Complex Commission meeting will be held at noon Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center’s Sadler Room. The meeting set for Oct. 23 was canceled. Details: Pine Bluff Convention Center, 536-7600.
Women’s Connection luncheon to host inspirational business/life coach
The Pine Bluff Christian Women’s Connection luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Pine Bluff County Club. The guest speaker will be Anita Brooks, an award-winning author, inspirational business/life coach and international speaker, according to a news release. The luncheon menu consists of turkey and dressing, green beans, sweet potatoes and apple pie. For reservations, connect Jennifer Keahey at 870-540-9302. The cost will be $13.50.
Friday, Nov. 30
Kingsland Elementary to receive Blue Ribbon honor
A Blue Ribbon recognition assembly will honor Kingsland Elementary School at Kingsland for being one of only 349 schools in the nation named a 2018 Blue Ribbon school. The assembly will be held at 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 30, in the school auditorium. Johnny Key, commissioner of education for the Arkansas Department of Education, will make a presentation, according to a news release. Details: 870-348-5335.
Friday and Saturday, Nov. 30-Dec. 1
50th Anniversary Potpourri at Arts & Science Center
The Biennial Potpourri 2018 fundraiser will be celebrated at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St., from 7-10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 1. The festivity begins at 7 p.m. Friday with Beers & Cheers, a casual evening with microbrews, tapas, a “Boat of Beer” raffle, a wine pull, and dancing to music by Big Phil & The Chills, according to a news release. At 7 p.m. Saturday, the party transitions to a formal affair with the Potpourri Gala. The evening includes a seated dinner by Chef Jamie McAfee of the Pine Bluff Country Club, a 50th anniversary-themed cocktail, a silent auction, and a live auction with Master of Ceremonies Matt Soto. Tickets are $175 for a combo ticket for the Friday and Saturday events. Tickets may also be purchased separately for each night. Tickets may be purchased at asc701.org/potpourri-2018, by calling ASC at 870-536-3375, or in person at ASC. Those who cannot attend may make a contribution to support ASC. Proceeds support ASC’s free cultural arts and STEAM education programs and “The ARTSpace,” the new community arts-integrated engagement endeavor. Event sponsors are Simmons Bank, Relyance Bank, Jefferson Regional Medical Center, MK Distributors, Sissy’s Log Cabin, Moon Distributors and Little Brown Jug.
Beginning Saturday, Dec. 1
Merrill All-School Reunion meetings set
The Merrill All-School Reunion Committee meeting will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at RJ’s Sports Grill, 128 Main St. Details: 404-245-5436. The reunion committee will host the Merrill Holiday Bash beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at RJ’s. Refreshments will be served. The cost is $10. The reunion has been scheduled for July 16-19, 2020, according to a news release. Volunteers are needed for various committees.
Beginning Thursday, Dec. 6
Christmas parade, holiday events set
The City of Pine Bluff and Go Forward Pine Bluff will host holiday events. “Mistletoe Magic: Believe in Miracles” will begin on Thursday, Dec. 6, with the annual Christmas parade on Main Street followed by the Christmas festival at Saracen Landing from 7-9 p.m.. The festival will include ice skating, holiday decorations, Christmas-themed bounce houses, photo booths, food trucks and a performance by the Jenkins Choir. There will also be a Christmas retail market showcasing small business offerings from Pine Bluff and Southeast Arkansas. The market and all attractions will be open from 4-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7; from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8; and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9.
How to Write a Business Plan topic at seminar
The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center (ASBTDC) at the University of Arkansas at Monticello will host How to Write a Business Plan. This free event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at conference room 110 of the Bradley County Economic Development Corp. at Warren. The registration deadline is 3 p.m. Dec. 5. Details: Lavonica Davis at UAM, 870-460-1266.
Friday, Dec. 7
Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Christmas Luncheon set
The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Christmas Luncheon will be held Friday, Dec. 7, at the Great Hall of First United Methodist Church, 200 W. Sixth Ave. The silent auction will be held from 10:30-11:15 a.m. and the luncheon is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., according to the news release. Tickets are $20 (non refundable) and can be purchased at the Salvation Army office by calling 534-0504; Linda Eifling at 540-7448; or from auxiliary members.
Through Friday, Dec. 7
Medicare Open Enrollment continues
Medicare Open Enrollment began Monday, Oct. 15, and runs through Friday, Dec. 7. For further information, Arkansans can visit the Arkansas Insurance Department’s Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) at https://insurance.arkansas.gov/pages/consumer-services/senior-health/ or call 800-224-6330.
Beginning Friday, Dec. 7
UAPB Small Farm Program to offer Borrower Training
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Small Farm Program will provide Borrower Training, a business education course required for many new or beginning Farm Service Agency (FSA) borrowers or farmers receiving a second year loan or other FSA loans. The first course will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7-8, at the UAPB S.J. Parker Agricultural Research Center Conference Room. The cost is $300 per person, payable only by a cashier’s check or money order to UAPB Small Farm Program. Details: 870-575-7226 or 7246.
Saturday, Dec. 8
Pine Bluff Branch NAUW plans scholarship brunch, fashion show
The National Association of University Women Pine Bluff Branch (NAUW) will host its Scholarship Brunch & Fashion Show from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. The event will be held at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. Tickets are $30 each. A table for eight is $240 and a table for 10 is $300. The vendor cost is $25, according to a news release. Details: 870-489-1848 or 870-643-2383.
Through Saturday, Dec. 8.
50th Anniversary Potpourri Exhibition
The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St., invites the community to help celebrate the center’s 50th anniversary through a preview exhibition of the artwork to be featured during the Potpourri 2018 silent art auction. The display will be open through Saturday, Dec. 8. The exhibition will include works by Tim Jacobs, Norwood Creech, Justin Bryant, Sofia Gonzalez, Dustyn Bork, Katherine Strause. A full exhibition of feature artist John Kushmaul will be on display in the Kennedy Gallery. All proceeds from artwork auctioned during Potpourri 2018 will fund free community art programs.
Through Friday, Dec. 14
Pink Tomato Festival deadline set for 2019 T-Shirt Design Contest
Submissions are being accepted for the 2019 Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival T-shirt Design Contest. The Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival Executive Committee is taking submissions, according to a news release. The entry deadline is 4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. “The winning entry may be used as the official design to be printed on the 2019 T-shirt, and/or on souvenirs, posters, brochures, and other media used to publicize the 2019 festival,” according to the release. The winning artist will receive $200 and the first T-shirt of the 2019 festival. Entry forms are available at the Bradley County Chamber of Commerce or may be downloaded at www.pinktomatofestival.com .
Junior Leadership applications available
Applications for the 2019 Junior Leadership Pine Bluff class are available now at the Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce. The program gives high school sophomores an overview of Pine Bluff and Jefferson County, focusing on local government, education, economic development, quality of life and social skills, according to a news release. The application deadline is Friday, Dec. 14. The first session is Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, at offices of the Chamber and Economic Development Alliance for Jefferson County, 510 Main St. Details: Mandy Owens, event coordinator at the Chamber, firstname.lastname@example.org or 870-535-0110.
Friday, Feb. 15
Jewel Foundation, Alpha Phi Alpha to present All Black Affair
The Southeast Arkansas Jewel Foundation, in conjunction with Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Delta Sigma Lamda Chapter, will present An All Black Affair with a Touch of Gold. The gala will be held at 7:06 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The ceremony will honor outstanding community jewels: Dr. Stephen Broughton, Marguerite Flannigan, Lula Gray, Bessie Lancelin, George Makris, Chuck Morgan and Tom Reilley. Rice First Class will cater the event. Tickets are $25 each or $250 for a table of 10 people. Sponsorship levels are Jewel $500; Old Gold $499-$250; and Black $249-$100. Tickets are $25 or $250 for a table of 10 people. Sponsorship levels are Jewel $500; Old Gold $499-$250; and Black $249-$100. Details: Gregory Murray, 870-550-4281.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.