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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: email@example.com or 870-534-3400, ext. 1202, 1211 or 1214.
Through Sunday, Dec. 9
Karakoe Bells stage play
Pine Bluff native Warren L. Booker Jr., along with his cast members will perform at the Children’s Theater at the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library on Dec. 8 and 9 at 6 p.m. nightly. The production is entitled “Karaoke of THE BELLS” which is a musical/comedy written by Booker. On Dec. 9, the play will be dedicated to April Smith-Thomas, a dear friend of Booker who is currently battling an illness and has been unemployed since March of 2017, a news release said. Booker was quoted as saying, “This is my way of helping a friend by using my gift and bringing the community together to assist in this endeavor. It is another form of Tithe” Tickets are $10 in advance and $ 12 at the door. Two shows will be held in Pine Bluff at the Pine Bluff Public Library Children’s Theater located at 200 East 8th Ave. at 6 p.m. nightly. Tickets can be purchased at Warren’s Auto Body Shop located at 3110 Port Road or via Cash App $WarrenLBookerJr or via PayPal at www.whywarrenent.webs.com. For additional information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (501) 766-7159.
Blue Knights announce 20th annual toy drive
According to a press release, “After much deliberation, we of Blue Knights AR IV have decided to make our Toy Ride a drive up this year due to the weather forecast being low 40’s with a 70% chance of rain, We will meet up at the ADC Human Resources building on East Harding at about 12:30 pm on Saturday the 8th. We feel we had to do this for safety reasons. Please pass this on to anyone you know who planned to attend. Thank you for your support,” the release said.
Sunday, Dec. 9
Trinity Episcopal sets Lessons and Carols
Trinity Episcopal Church, 703 W. Third Ave., invites the community to its annual presentation of “A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols” at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 at the church. The Chancel Choir and readers from Trinity church will present the service of scripture and song. Faron Wilson, organist and choirmaster, will direct the music, according to a news release.
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 email@example.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
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.
Community Empowerment to accept Toys for Tots applications
Community Empowerment Council (CEC) Inc. is giving away toys through the Toys for Tots program. Applications can be picked up between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1o, at 1711 S. Ohio St., according to a news release. Applicants must bring proof of residence, income, government assistance, a state issued identification, birth certificate and Social Security card for each child, ages 1 to 10. Participants are only eligible to apply to one Toys for Tots program. Details: Dee Moore or Kim Anderson, 870-536-8484.
2 neighborhood groups to meet
On Monday, Dec. 10, the Jefferson Heights, Robin Hood, French Village, Edgewood Neighborhood Watch Group will meet at 6 p.m. at Edgewood School, 4101 W. 32nd Ave. Details: 870-879-3776. The War Ridge Association will meet at 6 p.m. at Bradshaw Senior Center, 2008 Ridgway Road. Details: 870-329-5468.
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.
Tuesday, Dec. 11
Pine Bluff Commercial announces open house
The Pine Bluff Commercial will host an end-of-the-year holiday open house from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11. The community is invited to attend the event which will feature tours of the press, visits with the publisher and editor as well as a big announcement and unveiling. Guests will also hear about the top stories of 2018, the 2019 vision and new concepts. Refreshments will be served.
UAPB alumni chapter announces meeting
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff/AM&N Alumni, Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Chapter, will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11. The meeting will be held on the second floor of the UAPB Business Support Incubator Building, 615 S. Main St. All members and prospective members are encouraged to attend. The agenda will include committee reports and finalizing plans for the chapter’s holiday gathering Thursday, Dec. 20. The holiday event will include books signed by special guest, Oliver B. Elders, according to a news release. “The published book author and coach was a basketball star at Arkansas AM&N (now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff) graduating in 1954. He coached basketball in the state of Arkansas for 36 years. He is a member of the 2018 inductee class of the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame,” according to the release.
Arsenal to dispose of munitions
Pine Bluff Arsenal personnel will be disposing of munitions at the facility Tuesday, Dec. 11, and residents living nearby shouldn’t be alarmed if they hear a small explosion, according to a news release. The munitions were discovered during the final phase of a project that has been ongoing at the Arsenal since 2012, according to the release.
2 neighborhood groups set meetings
On Tuesday, Dec. 11, the Taylor Association will meet at 6 p.m. at Rose Hill Missionary 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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org. or 501-569-2000.
Ivy Center to meet
The Ivy Center for Education will meet Tuesday, Dec. 11 at Faith Presbyterian Church located at 913 University Drive from 6-7 p.m. Club Scrub (Future Medical Professionals) will meet with Mrs. Renisha Ward in the Sanctuary and Robotics Team (Future Engineers) will meet with Dr. Sederick Rice in the Fellowship Hall. Students 7th-12th grades interested in attending should email Mattie Collins at email@example.com or Patricia Berry at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com or 870-850-7500, ext. 102.
Wednesday, Dec. 12
Pine Bluff Small Business Association meets
The Pine Bluff Small Business Association will meet at noon Wednesday, Dec. 12, at Harbor Oaks Restaurant. Lunch is optional and begins at 11:30 a.m. Speakers will include Samual Thompson and Susie Cowan. All small business owners and/or community leaders are invited to attend, according to a news release.
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.
Beginning Wednesday, Dec. 12
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. 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. 13
34th Avenue neighbors meet
The 34th Avenue Neighborhood Watch Group will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at 34th Avenue School, 34th Avenue and Missouri Street. Details: 870-534-8324.
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
Noted educator Steve Perry to address UAPB fall graduates
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) will present its fall 2018 graduation at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center arena. The procession will begin at 9:45 a.m. and the event is free and open to the public. Noted educator and author Steve Perry, Ed.D., will deliver the commencement address. Perry is founder of Capital Preparatory Schools at Hartford and Bridgeport Conn., as well as Harlem, N.Y. He also an education contributor on CNN, MSNBC and for Essence magazine, according to his profile on Linked in. For details on the UAPB commencement, call 870-575-8487.
Jefferson County sets Christmas party for students
Jefferson County Judge Booker Clemons has extended an invitation to elementary school students and teachers, as well as youth groups and daycares to attend a Christmas Party with Santa from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14. The party will take place in the rotunda of the county courthouse where the Christmas tree has been placed. “Santa will be available for pictures so bring your camera,” according to a news release.
Genealogical Society announces potluck event
The Jefferson County Genealogical Society will hold its potluck meeting at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Historical Museum, 201 E. Fourth Ave. Sheila Moore Mitchell will present the program. The public is invited to bring a side dish or dessert and join the group for an informative event. Members are asked to RSVP by Dec. 10 to John Mitchell, 870-541-5402.
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, email@example.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.
Tuesday, Dec. 18
Growing Healthy Community Coalition to meet
The Jefferson County Growing Healthy Community Coalition will meet at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, at Saracen Landing, 200 Lake Saracen Drive. Coalition members and people interested in health and wellness in Jefferson County are encouraged to attend. Quranner “Q” Cotledge and Trudy Redus are co-chairs, according to a news release.
Through Sunday, Dec. 23
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 through Dec. 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.
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, 2019
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 .
Saturday, Jan. 12
Gillett Coon Supper, Berry scholarship reception set
Plans are underway for a reception benefiting the Marion and Carolyn Berry Scholarship and the 76th annual Gillett Coon Supper, according to a news release. On Saturday, Jan. 12, the eighth annual “Berry Pre-Coon Supper Reception” will be held at 3:30 p.m. at the Berry Farm Shop in Gillett followed at 6:30 p.m. by the Gillett Coon Supper at the Gillett School Gymnasium. Tickets are $30 each for the pre-supper reception at the Berry farm shop. Reception ticket details: https://www.facebook.com/events/2542720322412626/ Tickets to the coon supper may be purchased by contacting Larry Bauer at 870-830-4002.Tickets will be available for purchase at the door.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.