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Enchanted Land of Lights and Legends open

The Enchanted Land of Lights and Legends is open at Regional Park. For the 22nd season, the Pine Bluff Festival Association is presenting the state’s largest drive-through holiday lights display which will be open from 6-9 p.m. daily through Dec. 31. Details: Contact Kerry Battle, director of the Pine Bluff Festival Association, 870-209-0186.

Christmas Card Fund underway

The Pine Bluff Commercial is sponsoring it annual Christmas Card Fund to raise money to help children in need in the Pine Bluff, Watson Chapel, White Hall and Dollarway school districts. If you give at least $1 by Dec. 17, your name will be printed on the Community Christmas Card, which is published every year at Christmas time. Donations should be made to the Christmas Card Fund, care of the Pine Bluff Commercial, P.O. Box 6469, Pine Bluff, AR, 71611. Donations may also be hand-delivered to The Commercial at 300 S. Beech St. between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Details: pbcnews@pbcommercial.com or 870-534-3400, ext. 1202, 1211 or 1214.

Beginning Monday, Dec. 3

Pine Bluff fire department to take truck on Santa Run

The Pine Bluff Fire & Emergency Services Department will make its annual Holiday Santa Run spreading holiday cheer throughout the city of Pine Bluff from Dec. 3-23. Fire department personnel and Carrington Electric Co. of Pine Bluff decorated one of the reserve fire trucks with Christmas lights and with assistance from Stereo Junction a sound system will play Christmas music as they are driving throughout the neighborhoods, according to a news release. Emergency calls and/or inclement weather may cause the Santa Run schedule to be adjusted. The firefighters plan to drive the truck from approximately 5-8 p.m. daily through the city. Details: Pine Bluff Fire & Emergency Services, 870-730-2048, www.pineblufffire.com or see the Facebook page.

Tuesday, Dec. 4

Election commissioners to meet; Altheimer runoff election set

The Jefferson County Board of Election Commissioners will meet Tuesday, Dec. 4, to conduct the Altheimer municipal runoff election. The meeting will automatically convene at 7:30 a.m. and remain in session until the chairman announces unofficial results at approximately 8:15 p.m. at the election center, 123 Main St. The election commission may meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, if there are any provisional ballots to adjudicate. If a meeting is necessary, the chairman will announce it Tuesday.

Motivational event slated at Indigo Blue

Pine Bluff Commercial Publisher Teresa Hicks will be one of several speakers at a motivational event from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the Indigo Blue Coffeehouse, 212 W. Barraque St., in downtown Pine Bluff. The event is being sponsored by Emro Videos, Arkansas Amdream Show and Amdream Gifts. Other speakers include Florence FloEssence Naturals Wright, Marina Amdream (which stands for American Dream), Painted By V and Valinda Nance.

Ivy Center sets ACT Prep/College Readiness Workshops

The Ivy Center for Education will host ACT Prep/College Readiness Workshops at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave., Tuesday, Dec. 4. Snacks will be served at 4 p.m. The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff LIONS (Learning Institute and Opportunities for New Students) Program presentation begins at 4:30 p.m. and the UAPB Recruitment session at 4:45 p.m. The University of Arkansas Office of Diversity Outreach will conduct ACT Prep Workshops from 5-6:30 p.m. The workshops are free and participants need to bring paper and pencil. Students in 7th-12th grades interested in attending should email Mattie Collins at kencol1@msn.com or Patricia Berry at koolaidpat1@aol.com

IP/Evergreen retirees to meet

The International Paper/Evergreen Packaging Retirees will meet from 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, in the auditorium of the Arkansas River Education Service Cooperative, 912 W. Sixth Ave. All mill retirees are invited to attend. There will be a guest speaker. Details: 870-534-7094.

Alpha Phi Alpha to celebrate 112th Founders Day

The Delta Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. will celebrate the 112th Founders Day of its fraternity and the chapter’s 70th anniversary. The observance will be held at 7:06 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Barraque Street Missionary Baptist Church, 1800 W. Pullen St. The speaker will be Zollie Stevenson Jr., Ph.D, the vice president for academic affairs/chief academic officer and associate professor of psychology at Philander Smith College at Little Rock, according to a news release. The program will recognize Dennis Wilson as the Brother of the year. The pastor of Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church at Pine Bluff, Wilson was initiated into the fraternity in 2015 and is the chapter’s vice president.

Pine Bluff Rotary Club meets

The Downtown Pine Bluff Rotary Club meets at noon Tuesdays at the Pine Bluff Country Club. The program will be labeling dictionaries for distribution to the third graders in Jefferson County.

Wednesday, Dec. 5

Advertising and Promotion Commission to meet

The Pine Bluff Advertising and Promotion Commission will hold a special called meeting at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5. The event will be held in the conference room of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Business Office Complex, 615 S. Main St. The purpose of this meeting is to consider the applications received for the 2019 funding cycle, according to a news release.

Military Officers group, Kiwanis set program

The Southeast Arkansas Chapter of Military Officers Association of America and the Kiwanis Club of Pine Bluff will have a joint meeting for the Christmas program. The event will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the Pine Bluff Country Club. After lunch, the program will be the Pine Bluff High School Choir. All members and visitors are invited. Details: 870-550-1626.

Commercial’s Church News deadline set

The Commercial is printing church news on Fridays. The deadline to submit church announcements is noon on Wednesdays. Announcements can be emailed to pbcnews@pbcommercial.com, faxed to 870-534-0113, hand-delivered or mailed to the office at 300 S. Beech St., Pine Bluff, AR, 71611. The Devotional Column, which features a brief sermon, should also be emailed and include a contact phone number and the name and location of the ministry. Details: 870-534-3400, ext. 1202.

Beginning Wednesday, Dec. 5

Library to host Life Book Club

The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library System’s main library at the civic center will host the Life Book Club with host Kevin Robbins of Pine Bluff, according to a news release. “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens will be discussed in December. Meetings will be held on the first floor of the library with the following topics from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays: Dec. 5 — Marley and Ghost of Christmas Past; Dec. 12 — Ghost of Christmas Present; and Dec. 19 — Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. Copies of this book are available for checkout at the main library circulation desk. The community is invited to read and discuss the Christmas classic, according to the release.

Thursday, Dec. 6

PBHS Class of 1960 plans meeting

The Pine Bluff High School Class of 1960 will meet at noon Thursday, Dec. 6, at Momma’s Diner in Regency Square, 3017 W. 28th Ave. All 1960 classmates and class members of other years are invited to join the fellowship, according to a news release. Janice Helvie Tiner will receive any updated on classmates at 870-692-3648.

Extension sets training for private pesticide applicator certification

The Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service, 500 S. Idaho St., will conduct training for private applicator certification/re-certification. The event will be held at 9 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Extension office. After training, successful participants will be certified to purchase a restricted pesticide license from the Arkansas State Plant Board, according to a news release. The fee is $20. Details: Kurt Beaty, agent at the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service, 870-534-1033.

AARP Driver Safety Class set

The AARP Driver Safety Class will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave. Phil McBee, a certified instructor, will teach the multimedia course for people 50 and older, according to a news release. Everyone who finishes the driver’s course will receive a certificate that will enable drivers 50 and older to receive a discount on their automobile insurance. The discount is valid for three years under Arkansas state law. The course is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-AARP members. Checks should be payable to AARP. Participants should bring a valid driver’s license and AARP card if they’re members. For details or to register, call 870-692-7926.

Beginning Thursday, Dec. 6

Pine Bluff’s Christmas parade, festival set

“Mistletoe Magic: Believe in Miracles,” Pine Bluff’s Christmas festival, will be held Thursday through Sunday, Dec. 6-9. The annual Christmas parade will kick off the festival at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at Fourth Avenue and Main Street.Parade participants will line up at the bingo parlor at 304 S. Chestnut St., according to a news release. The parade will start at Fourth Avenue and Main Street then go to Barraque Street, turn left on Barraque to Walnut Street, turn left on Walnut Street and end at Fourth Avenue and Walnut Street. The first day of the festival will be held from 7-9 p.m. at Saracen Landing, including singing by the Jenkins Choir, according to a spokesman. Friday, Dec. 7, from 5-9 p.m., Mistletoe Magic will be set up at Saracen Landing featuring food trucks, children’s activities, a bounce house and a performance by the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff’s Jazz Band. Saturday, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., the festival continues at Saracen Landing and activities will include entertainment by the Highway 49 Blues Band and The On Call Band. Sunday, Dec. 9, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. the last day of the festival will include live entertainment by the Pine Bluff Community Choir at Saracen Landing. Sponsors include Go Forward Pine Bluff, the city of Pine Bluff, Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation Department, MK Distributors, Sissy’s Log Cabin and Relyance Bank, according to the Go Forward website.

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.

Beginning Thursday, Dec. 6

West Pine Bluff Rotary Club meets

The West Pine Bluff Rotary Club meets at noon Thursdays at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Programs include Dec. 6: Matt Cleveland of the Arkansas Sheriff’s Youth Ranch. Dec. 14: Program will be announced; and Dec. 20: Dr. Jason Smith.

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.

Santa to visit White Hall Museum

The community is invited to see Santa Claus at the White Hall Museum, 9009 Dollarway Road, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. “If you would like to take a picture with Santa, please bring your camera,” a spokeswoman said in a news release. “Hot chocolate and cookies will be served. Mary Jo Wilson will play Christmas carols on the piano.” Brenda Doucey is the White Hall Museum director.

Blue Knights announce 20th annual toy ride

The Blue Knights, Arkansas Chapter IV, invites the community to join its 20th annual Toy Ride at noon Saturday, Dec. 8. Riders will line up at 11 a.m. at White Hall High School, exit 32 off Interstate 530. The ride will end at the Arkansas Department of Correction’s Human Resource Building, 2403 E. Harding Ave. Food and drinks will be provided at the end of the ride, according to a news release from spokesman Eva Sobanski. The Blue Knights are also hosting a silent auction, raffle and 50-50 drawing and all proceeds remain in Pine Bluff and Jefferson County, according to the release. “The Blue Knights® is a non-profit fraternal organization consisting of active and retired law enforcement men and women who enjoy riding motorcycles,” according to their Facebook page.

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.

Sunday, Dec. 9

Desha County Compassionate Friends set remembrance event

Desha County Compassionate Friends will host a Worldwide Candle Lighting Remembrance service honoring the memories of children who died. Service will be held from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Dumas Community Center at Dumas, according to a news release. Admission is free. Those who want their child’s name placed on the memorial roll, picture displayed on the Memory Board or Memory Tree, may email the child’s name, birth date, death date, parents’ names and picture by Dec. 6 to hwattsus@yahoo.com or mail to Desha County Compassionate Friends, P.O. Box 482, Dumas, AR 71639. For details or to RSVP, call 870-866-6985, 870-377-4299, 870-382-4863 or 870-489-5905.

Monday, Dec. 10

Davis East Life Care sets Christmas celebration

Davis East Life Care, 6811 S. Hazel St., will host a Christmas celebration from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10. Musical guests will be the Gospel Warriors of Dumas and the Spiritualetts of Pine Bluff. The Rev. Marcus Morton, pastor of Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church at Jefferson, will offer words of encouragement. Each resident will receive a gift courtesy of Pop’s Barber Shop, Watkin Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, both of Pine Bluff, Greater Battle Chapel Baptist Church of Altheimer, and the Westside Harnonettes of Star City.

Quapaw Chairman to discuss casino at PB town hall meeting

Pine Bluff residents are invited to the next mayor’s town hall meeting where Quapaw Chairman John Berrey will make a presentation on the forthcoming casino, according to a news release. Mayor Shirley Washington will host the town hall meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. “Local residents will have an opportunity to present questions and/or concerns regarding the casino operation that is coming to Pine Bluff,” according to the release. Detais: Mayor Washington’s Office, 870-730-2000, ext. 7.

Tuesday, Dec. 11

Highway department seeks public input at Pickens meeting

The Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) will hold a public involvement meeting in Pickens to review the proposed intersection improvements on U.S. 65 at Lonnie Lane and Walnut Lake Drive in Desha County. The meeting will be held from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at R.A. Pickens and Son, 122 Pickens Road. The open house format will allow visitors to attend during these hours to view displays, ask questions and offer comments, according to a news release. Details: ArDOT’s Public Information Office, info@ardot.gov. or 501-569-2000.

Boys & Girls Club plans Alumni & Friends meeting

The Boys & Girls Club of Jefferson County, 2701 Short Reeker St., will host an Alumni & Friends Organizational Meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11. The purpose is to organize an alumni and friends association, according to a news release. Presenters will include former Boys & Girls Club board president, Lloyd Franklin; board member, George Howard III; unit director, the Rev. James Britt; and Nyeshia Aldridge, the chief executive officer of the Boys & Girls Club. Participants are asked to RSVP by Dec. 7 to Nyeshia Aldridge, at info@boysgirlsclubjc.org or 870-850-7500, ext. 102.

Thursday, Dec. 13

Chapel Village plans open house

Chapel Village, 3800 Camden Road and 3801 Camden Road, will host an open house from 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, according to a news release. Santa and a Pine Bluff fire truck will be there and refreshments and drawings will be held at the following businesses: CPR, Cell Phone Repair, Chapel Hardware, Deja Vu Upscale Consignment, Edward Jones, Hair Lines, RE/MAX Solutions, SABS, South Arkansas Business Solutions, True Home Care, Watson Chapel Picture Frame and Welch Cleaners.

Dollarway announces its Evening With the Arts

Dollarway School District will present its annual Evening With the Arts at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13. The free event will be held at the auditorium of the Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts Building at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, according to a news release. The theme is “Winter Wonderland.”

Cattleman’s Association sets meeting

The Jefferson County Cattleman’s Association will meet Thursday Night, Dec. 13th at the Extension Center off Martha Mitchell. A meal will be provided and the topics will be membership and other topics of interest on the cattle market. . Any questions contact Gale Brewer 870-830-2134 Vice President or Woody Bohannan 870-413-2927 President.

Stone Bank to host Snacks with Santa

Stone Bank, 7739 Sheridan Road, at White Hall, will host Snacks with Santa from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, in the Stone Bank Pavilion. Santa will be on hand to greet everyone and take photos. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served to everyone, according to a news release.

Friday, Dec. 14

Merrill All-School Reunion meetings set

The Merrill All-School Reunion Committee will host the Merrill Holiday Bash beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at RJ’s Sports Grill, 128 Main St. 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. Details: 404-245-5436.

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, mowens@pinebluffchamber.com or 870-535-0110.

Saturday, Dec. 15

Family Community Development sets Holiday Board Banquet

The Family Community Development Corp. will host its seventh annual Holiday Board Banquet at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Family Life Center of Pine Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 2101 W. Reeker St. Tickets are $25 each. This event celebrates the history of the organization and raises funds to support youth and family programs in the University Park neighborhood, Pine Bluff and Jefferson County,, according to a news release. The agency will honor Outstanding Citizens of 2018: Honorees are Annette Dove, Norma Payne, Booker Clemons, Stephanie Stanton, Vonysha Goodwin, Thelma Walker, Bill Brumett, Berlin Jones and Lloyd Cato. For tickets, to buy ads for the souvenir book or for details, contact Family Community Development Corp., 870-850-7094; Bruce Lockett, 501-319-2012; or Jewell Stewart, 870-536-0528.

Beginning Monday, Dec. 24

County, city offices announce Christmas closings

Local government offices will be closed three days in observance of Christmas, according to news releases. Jefferson County Courthouse and related offices and Pine Bluff City Hall and related offices will be closed Monday through Wednesday, Dec. 24-26.

Beginning Thursday, Dec. 27

King Cotton Holiday Classic

The King Cotton Holiday Classic will be held at the Pine Bluff Convention Center Dec. 27-29. Nine boys basketball teams from seven states will compete including Arkansas teams Jacksonville High School and Pine Bluff High School, which won the 2015 6A state championship.

Through Monday, Dec. 31

Curated women artists’ registry seeks applications

The Arkansas Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts (ACNMWA) is taking applications for its curated online registry of Arkansas women artists, according to a news release. The deadline to apply is Monday, Dec. 31. Female artists who are native Arkansans, residents of Arkansas at the time of application, or included in the most recent Arkansas Women to Watch Exhibition hosted by the ACNMWA, are invited to submit their application at http://acnmwa.org/artist-registry/.

Tuesday, Jan. 8

Arkansas Rice Annual Meeting set

The Arkansas Rice Annual Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 8, at the Grand Prairie Center at Stuttgart, Arkansas. The event is a joint meeting of the Arkansas Rice Council and Arkansas Rice Farmers, according to a news release. The session will be the largest gathering of rice farmers and industry representatives from the Arkansas River Valley to the Mississippi Delta, from Louisiana to Missouri, according to the release. Participants are urged to join farmers and industry experts to discuss the Farm Bill, upcoming legislative session, estate planning and other issues. There will also be an industry trade show as well as a free catfish lunch. The deadline to register is Dec. 14. Details: http://arkansasrice.org/annualmeeting/ or https://form.jotform.com/83155062122143 .

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 saracenlanding@att.net.

Tuesdays and Saturdays

Saracen Landing Farmers Market open

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

On-going events

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.