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Thursday, Jan. 3
Neighborhood Watch Meeting set
The Third Avenue Neighborhood Watch Group will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, at Boone/Murphy House, 714 W. Fourth Ave. Details: 870-536-9405 or Deborah Davis, the Neighborhood Watch coordinator at the Pine Bluff Police Department, 870-730-2073.
PBHS Class of 1960 to meet
The Pine Bluff High School Class of 1960 will meet Thursday, Jan. 3 at noon at Momma’s Diner in Regency Square at 3017 W. 28th Ave. All 1960 classmates and class members of other years are welcomed to join us, a spokeswoman said. Questions or update on classmates may be made to Janice Helvie Tiner at 870-692-3648.
Saturday, Jan. 5
Boards and Brunch small business, personal development event set
Boards and Brunch, small business and personal development workshops, will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, at the White Hall Library. The cost is $25 per person and includes board supplies, brunch and drinks, according to a news release. Panel discussions will be led by experts in several fields. According to a news release, topics and speakers include Money: Sierra Howard; Spiritual: LaRhonda Glover; Entrepreneurship: Jasmine Stith; Branding: Breonna Coleman. Refreshments will be provided by RJs of Pine Bluff. Seats are limited. To register, visit FaithTechGrow.EventSmart.com.
Beginning Saturday, Jan. 5
Fallen Riders Association breakfast, ABATE meeting set
Two motorcycle events are being planned, according to a news release. The Arkansas Fallen Riders Association (AFRA) will hold a breakfast at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, at Oakland Heights Missionary Baptist Church at White Hall. Participants will take a ride after the meeting, weather permitting. ABATE District 20 will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, at Delta Rivers Nature Center at Regional Park. Jerry Gardner (ABATE D-1) will show “Ride like a Pro” video. Participants will meet in the media room inside the main building.
Monday, Jan. 7
UAM to host new student orientation
The University of Arkansas at Monticello will host an orientation session for all new students planning to attend the Monticello campus in the spring semester.The event will be held Monday, Jan. 7, beginning with check-in at 8:30 a.m. in the Student Success Center, according to a news release. The UAM Colleges of Technology at Crossett and McGehee will also host orientation Jan. 7. Students planning to attend the Crossett campus should meet in the main building at 1 p.m. Students planning to attend the McGehee campus should meet in the main building at 10 a.m. Details: UAM Office of Admissions, 800-844-1826 or 870-460-1026.
Tuesday, Jan. 8
Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary sets meeting
The Pine Bluff Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, in the fellowship room at the Salvation Army’s Pine Bluff Corps headquarters, 501 E. 12th Ave. Visitors and prospective members are always welcome at auxiliary meetings, according to a spokesman for the group. Details: Salvation Army, 534-0504.
Lupus, chronic illness support group meets
The Color Purple Lupus Awareness, Support and Chronic Illness Group Meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 1921 S. Blake St. The topic will be Mental Health/Depression with nurse practitioner, Jerlene Washington, according to a news release. The group will meet every second Tuesday of the month. Everyone is invited to attend.
Ivy Center for Education’s Club Scrub to meet
Ivy Center for Education’s Club Scrub Future Medical Professionals will meet from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Faith Presbyterian Church, 913 University Drive. Details: Mattie Collins, email@example.com or Patricia Berry, firstname.lastname@example.org .
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 .
AG mobile office to visit Grant County
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge’s mobile office locations will include Grant County. Staff will visit the Grant County Cooperative Extension Service at Sheridan from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8. Law enforcement officials will also be on hand to collect unused and expired prescription medications to ensure they are secured and properly disposed. The mobile offices assist constituents with consumer related issues by filing consumer complaints against scam artists as well as answering questions about the office and the other services it offers, according to a news release. Details: ArkansasAG.gov, 501-682-2007, facebook.com/AGLeslieRutledge and at twitter.com/AGRutledge.
Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 8
Rotary Club meets
The Downtown Pine Bluff Rotary Club meets at noon Tuesdays at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Programs include — Jan. 8: Walter Hussman Jr., publisher of the Arkansas Democrat Gazette; Jan. 15: MLK Day Kickoff featuring Robin White, National Park Services superintendent of the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site; Jan. 22: Farmers’ Appreciation Day featuring Bill Bridgforth; Jan. 29: Meet the Newest Rotarians with Tongia Gaston, Camille Neeman and Erin Foster.
Wednesday, Jan. 9
Commercial sets Church News deadline
The deadline to submit a free church announcement is noon Wednesday. Religious news runs in Friday’s editions. Items should be emailed to email@example.com, faxed to 870-534-0113 or mailed to P.O. Box 6469. Area pastors are also welcomed to email columns to run on the Devotional Page. Details: 534-3400, ext. 1202.
Saturday, Jan. 12
Merrill All-School Reunion meeting set
The Merrill All-School Reunion Committee will meet at RJ’s Sports Grill, 128 Main St., at 11 a.m. 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.
Beginning Monday, Jan. 14
DHS begins summer food program application period Jan. 14
Applications for the 2019 Arkansas Summer Food Service Program (ASFSP) will be processed in two phases, beginning in January, according to the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS). The first period, only for schools and government sponsors, will open Monday, Jan. 14. All other provider applications will be accepted beginning Friday, Feb. 15. The deadline for all applications is April 30, 2019, according to a news release. Funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, the Summer Food Service Program operates through DHS to provide healthy snacks and meals to children who receive free or reduced price lunches during the school year. To submit an ASFSP application or receive program technical assistance, visit https://dhs.arkansas.gov/dccece/snp/SummerInfoM.aspx or call 501-682-8869.
Tuesday, Jan. 15
Original KingFest Celebration begins
The 35th annual Original KingFest Celebration will begin with a kick off at noon Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the Pine Bluff Country Club with both the Downtown Pine Bluff and West Pine Bluff Rotary Clubs. The speaker will be Robin White, National Park Services superintendent of the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site. The meeting is open to the public. KingFest activities are scheduled for Jan. 15-21. At 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, the Youth/Young Adult Gospel Extravaganza will be held at the Barraque Street Missionary Baptist Church, 1800 W. Pullen Ave. Willie Roaf, Pine Bluff native and National Football League Hall of Fame member, will speak at Justice Sunday at 6 p.m. Jan. 20 at Family Church’s Pine Bluff campus, 2309 S. Poplar St. He will also lead the Original KingFest Parade/Marade Monday, Jan. 21, beginning at 2 p.m. at the Jefferson County Courthouse. The deadline for parade applications is Thursday, Jan. 17. Applications are available at the PBICVR office, 211 W. Third Ave., Suite 109 at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, or by calling Mary Liddell at 870-643-2383, Pelida Norris 870-692-8579 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. To volunteer or for details call 870-730-1131 or visit www.pbicvrpenorpencil.com .
Thursday, Jan. 17
Motivational Night 2019 set
Burt’s Food Court & Events LLC, 209 S. Main St., will host Motivational Night 2019 from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17. Presented by Marina Amdream, the program will feature the following speakers and topcics: Wil Jenkins — 2019 Could be Your Year; Bill Brumett — Looking Beyond Where You Are; and Amdream — New Year, New Meaningful Life, according to a news release. The sponsors are EMRO Videos, Burt’s and Bill Brumett & Associates. Details: Maryna Ross, email@example.com .
Monday, Jan. 21
Russ NAACP hosts MLK Day breakfast
The Carnell Russ Branch NAACP will host its first annual community MLK Day breakfast, “Preserving the Dream” on Monday, Jan. 21 beginning at 9 a.m. at the Star City Civic Center at 201 Liberty Ave., There will be speakers, choirs, dancers and more. Tickets will be $5 each. For more information contact Bonnie Shelton, 619-981-6100; Glenover Fitzpatrick, 870-550-7555 or Lea Glenns, 501-541-3732.
Thursday, Jan. 24
Chamber’s annual dinner meeting to feature Chris Masingill
The Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 annual dinner meeting will feature keynote speaker Chris Masingill, former co-chairman of the Delta Regional Authority. The formal dinner event will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Tickets are $60 each or $600 for a table seating eight, according to a news release. Planning is underway and limited sponsorships are available for the Chamber’s annual dinner meeting. Seating will be limited, so participants are urged to make plans to attend. Details: Nancy McNew, 870-535-0110.
Tuesday, Feb. 5
IP/Evergreen retirees to meet
The International Paper/Evergreen Packaging Retirees will meet from 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, 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. The January meeting has been canceled, according to a news release. Details: 870-534-7094.
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.
Through Sunday, March 31
Registration opens for poultry feeding operations
The annual registration for Poultry Feeding Operations (PFOs) begins Jan. 1, 2019, in accordance with the Arkansas Poultry Feeding Operations Registration Act (Act 1060 of 2003). The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission (ANRC) and the Jefferson County Conservation District issued a reminder for all owners of PFOs. Registration dates will run through March 31 and affect any PFO with 2,500 or more confined fowl, according to a news release. Each poultry producer will register their operation through the Jefferson County Conservation District. There will be an annual $10 registration fee per operation payable to the district. Details: Miccah Bowen, Arkansas Natural Resources Commission in Little Rock, 501-682-3968; Kathryn Hathcoat, district secretary, Jefferson County Conservation District, U.S. Federal Building, 100 E. Eighth Ave., Room 2114, Pine Bluff, 870-727-6125; or a local conservation district.