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Monday, Feb. 4
Parents as Teachers set meeting
Parents as Teachers will hold its group meeting from 5:30-7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, at the Arkansas River Education Service Cooperative, 912 W. Sixth Ave. The topic will be “Heart Health: And The Beat Goes On,” according to a news release.
Jefferson County Democratic Women to meet
The Jefferson County Democratic Women will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, at the Holiday Inn Express at The Pines mall. A representative from the Arkansas Democratic Party will discuss issues that are coming up in the current legislative session. Visitors are welcomed, according to a news release.
Cleveland County Quorum Court meets
The Cleveland County Quorum Court will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, according to a news release. The agenda includes the financial report, reports of committees and reports by County Clerk Jimmy Cummings and County Judge Gary Spears.
Tuesday, Feb. 5
UAM to host best-selling author Liz Murray
The University of Arkansas at Monticello will present Liz Murray, best-selling author of Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard. An inspirational speaker, Murray will appear in the Winthrop Rockefeller Distinguished Lectures at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, at the UAM Fine Arts Center. The event is free to the public, according to a news release. A book signing will follow the lecture at the Spencer gallery.
New Forrest Park residential group meets
The Forrest Park Association Group, a new Neighborhood Watch group, will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb, 5, at New Fellowship Baptist Church, 3706 S. Cherry St. Details: 870-730-9726.
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.
Coffee with the Chiefs set
Pine Bluff Interested Citizens for Voter Registration Inc. (PBICVR) will host its Coffee with the Chiefs Community Program from 9-10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, at Good Faith Carr United Methodist Church, 3703 Ryburn Road. The scheduled speaker is T. R. Santos of the Pine Bluff Aquatics Center, according to a news release.
Beginning Tuesday, Feb. 5
Downtown Rotary Club meets
The Downtown Pine Bluff Rotary Club meets at noon Tuesdays at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Programs include Feb. 5: T.R. Santos, Pine Bluff Aquatic Center; Feb. 12: John Berrey, chairman of the Oklahoma based Quapaw Tribe discussing the casino for Pine Bluff/Jefferson County.
Wednesday, Feb. 6
Ivy Center announces ACT Prep, College Readiness events
The Ivy Center for Education ACT Prep and College Readiness Workshops will be held at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave., beginning at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6. Students will eat a snack from 4-4:30 p.m. Workshops are free to students, according to a news release. ACT Prep Workshops will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. and the facilitators are from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville Office of Diversity Affairs Outreach. The College Readiness Workshops will be presented by University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff’s LIONS (Learning Institute and Opportunities for New Students) Program and the Office of Recruitment. Students interested in attending should email Mattie Collins at email@example.com or Patricia Berry at firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, Feb. 4.
Wednesday, Feb. 6
Commercial sets church news deadline
Church news is printed in The Commercial on Friday and the deadline to submit church announcements is noon Wednesday. Articles may be submitted by email to email@example.com, faxed to 870-534-0113, mailed to P.O. Box 6469, Pine Bluff, AR, 71611, or hand delivered to 300 S. Beech St. Area pastors or associate pastors may also submit columns for the Devotional Page by emailing the article and a photo. Photos may also accompany church news by email.
Free income tax prep sites available
Free income tax preparation is available for people making $54,000 or less. The VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program sites are available at several locations, according to the Pine Bluff Wealth Building Coalition. Locations include: Arkansas Community Organizations, 3712 W. 34th Ave., by appointment Monday through Friday, 5-9 p.m./Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Details: 870-536-6300.; Delta Sigma Lambda Kappa Fraternity, 1606 Lin Caru Drive, by appointment Tuesday through Thursday, 5-8 p.m./Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Details: 870-723-4262; Pine Bluff Interested Citizens for Voter Registration, Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Building, 211 W. Third Ave., Suite #109; by appointment Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Details: 870-730-1131; Mi Casa Hispanic Ministry, Iglesia Metodista Unida, Lakeside United Methodist Church, 1500 Olive St. (Translation offered by appointment.) Call: 870-850-0142, 870-939-9411 or fax: 870-534-6285. Also, free tax assistance will be offered on Super Saturday, Feb. 16, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at room A&B of the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Building, 211 W. Third Ave. Appointments aren’t necessary on Super Saturday. Details: 870-730-1131.
Thursday, Feb. 7
Third Avenue Neighborhood Watch Group meets
The Third Avenue Neighborhood Watch Group will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Boone/Murphy House, 714 W. Fourth Ave. Details: 870-536-9405.
Arts center hosts Delta Rhythm & Bayous exhibit, reception
The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St., will open “Scenes Along the Delta Rhythm & Bayous Highway” exhibit with a free, public reception and awards presentation from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7. The exhibit will be open through Saturday, April 20, according to a news release. Visitors will also have a chance to view photos from a 1976 book, “Women of the Arkansas Delta.”
Friday, Feb. 8
Pine Bluff Police Neighborhood Watch plans pot-luck meeting
The Pine Bluff Police Department Neighborhood Watch will have a meeting and a pot-luck meal at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, East 16th Avenue and State Street. The gathering is open to the public.
Whispering Knoll to host bake sale
Whispering Knoll Assisted Living, 6810 S. Hazel St., will host a bake sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 8. Families and friends are invited to participate and donate baked goods, according to a news release. Details: Pam Russell in the activities department, 870-850-2900.
Saturday, Feb. 9
Second Saturday Family FunDay set at arts center
The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St., will host artist Dustyn Bork at the free Family FunDay from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9. Visitors are invited to explore the galleries to see Bork’s exhibition “Complex Shapes and Empty Space,” and to try their hands at screen printing on a T-shirt. All materials are provided and visitors will get to take home their creations.
Russ Foundation plans training for non-profit boards
The Carnell Russ Foundation will host a non-profit organizations’ board training from 1-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9. The event will be held at Reaching for Life Inc. at Star City. Topics will include roles and responsibilities of board members, financial consideration and board member expectations. The trainer is Delora Butler. The registration fee is $40 and the deadline to register is Monday, Feb. 4. Details: Contact Latroya Jones, 870-370-4894, or Lea Glenns, 501-541-3732.
Monday, Feb. 11
Former President Clinton to speak at ASU
Former President Bill Clinton, founder of the Clinton Foundation and 42nd president of the United States, will speak at Arkansas State University at Jonesboro. “An Evening with President Clinton” will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at Riceland Hall of Fowler Center at ASU. The event will be part of the Riceland Distinguished Presentation Series. Admission is free, courtesy of the series, but all seats are reserved and must be requested in advance, according to a news release. Tickets may be requested online at AState.edu/RicelandSeries beginning Monday, Feb. 4, at 10 a.m. Details: 870-972-3471 or FowlerCenter@AState.edu.
Beginning Monday, Feb. 11
Dollarway sets parent teacher conferences
Dollarway School District announces its parent teacher conference dates. James Matthews Elementary School will hold conferences from 2:30-7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11. Robert Morehead Middle School and Dollarway High School scheduled conferences from 2:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12. Students will be dismissed two hours early on these days and a teacher break will be held between 4-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 12
Jefferson County row crop production meeting set
The Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service will conduct a row crop production meeting at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the waterfront building in Regional Park. A meal will be provided following the last speaker, according to a news release. The topics will include corn, cotton, rice, soybeans, nematodes and insects. Speakers will be Jason Kelley, extension agronomist — wheat and feed grains; Jeremy Ross, extension agronomist — soybeans; Travis Faske, extension plant pathologist; Nick Bateman, assistant professor/crop entomologist; Bill Robertson, cotton Agronomist; and Jarrod Hardke, rice extension agronomist. Details: Kurt Beaty, Jefferson County Extension agent, 870-534-1033.
White Hall plans Visual Art Showcase
The White Hall School District’s Art Department will hold a Visual Art Showcase from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the White Hall Community Center. Artwork from White Hall students will be featured. The public is invited to attend this event.
Wednesday, Feb. 13
Love Success Motivational Night set
The public is invited to a free community Love Success Motivational Night from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Pine Bluff Dance Academy, 3113 W. 28th Ave. The event is open for the whole family, according to a news release. The speakers will be Stacy Hardin, owner of the award-winning Pine Bluff Dance Academy; Hubba Jubba, a nationally recognized motivational speaker; and Marina Amdream, owner of Emro Videos, Photos & Marketing. Topics will include tips to win, enthusiasm and follow your dreams.
Thursday, Feb. 14
UAPB’s Black History event to feature National Urban League CEO
Marc Morial, president and chief executive officer of the National Urban League, will be the keynote speaker for the annual Black History Month assembly at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. The free, public event will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, in the J.M. Ross Theatre of the Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts building.
Saturday, Feb. 16
TOPPS sets Girls Conference
TOPPS (Targeting Our People’s Priorities with Service) Inc., a non-profit organization, will host its 11th annual Girls’ Conference. The free program will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at the waterfront building at Regional Park. The conference is for girls ages 7-18. Each girl will receive a conference bag, T-shirt and a door prize. Lunch will be served. Karolyn Taylor, chief executive officer of My Sisters Keyper, will be the featured speaker.
Friday, Feb. 15
Deadline set for Youth Advisory Council grant applicants
Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation’s Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is accepting grant proposals for youth projects. The deadline for applications is Friday, Feb. 15, according to a news release. The grant proposals should be for programs/projects that support recreation, education, crime prevention, safety and health or community service for youth (6-18 years of age) in the Pine Bluff area. Grants will typically range from $200 to $500. Any IRS 501(c)(3) public charity or governmental agency in Jefferson County is eligible to apply, according to a news release. Applications should be submitted online at arcf.org by 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.
Beginning Feb. 15
UAPB plans 2nd Borrower Training course
The second Borrower Training course will be held at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 15-16. Producers will undergo two days of intensive education consisting of farm business training and production, crop or livestock training. Sessions will take place at the S.J. Parker Agricultural Research Center Conference Room. The cost for the training is $300 per person. Those interested in taking the course should contact the Small Farm Program at 870-575-7226 or 7246.
Saturday, Feb. 16
Super Saturday free tax prep day set
Free income tax preparation is available for people making $54,000 or less. The VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program will be offered on Super Saturday, Feb. 16, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at room A&B of the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Building, 211 W. Third Ave. Appointments aren’t necessary. Details: 870-730-1131.
Monday, Feb. 18
UAM Alumni & Friends Day at the Races set
The University of Arkansas at Monticello Alumni Association invites people to attend the 2019 UAM Alumni & Friends Day at the Races at Hot Springs. The event will be held at Oaklawn Racing & Gaming on President’s Day, Monday, Feb. 18. The doors open at 11 a.m. and the first post time begins at 1 p.m., according to a news release. Tickets are $25 per person and includes all day casual seating in the Arkansas Room, reserved grandstand seat, Oaklawn Racing Program and all you can eat buffet from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Details: https://app.mobilecause.com/f/p3t/n .
Thursday, Feb. 21
Risk management training for farmers, ranchers begins
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) will be conducting risk management training for farmers and ranchers beginning Thursday, Feb. 21. Subsequent workshops are scheduled for March 7 and May 16. All sessions will be conducted at the S.J. Parker Extension Complex auditorium, 2300 L.A. “Prexy” Davis Drive at UAPB. Each workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and consist of instruction, demonstrations, group discussions, interaction and networking. If interested in taking the Risk Management Training, if participants have special needs, wish to be included in the complimentary lunch count or are seeking additional information, call the Small Farm Program at 870-575-7225 or 870-575-7226.
Saturday, Feb. 23
Delta Sigma Theta slates Distinguished Gentlemen Banquet
The Pine Bluff Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. will host its 32nd Annual Delta Distinguished Gentlemen Banquet at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The sorority will present 29 outstanding young men at the event, according to a news release. The keynote speaker will be Kenneth Avery of Pine Bluff, the 2014 Mr. Distinguished Gentlemen. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased through Feb. 9.
Beginning Thursday, Feb. 26
West Pine Bluff Rotary Club meets
The West Pine Bluff Rotary Club meets at noon Thursdays at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Programs include: Feb. 26: Kathy Tynes of the Area Agency on Aging on Southeast Arkansas.
Thursday, Feb. 28
Registration ends for Blue & You Fitness Challenge
Registering for the 2019 Blue & You Fitness Challenge is underway. The challenge is held annually March 1 to May 31, according to a news release from Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Individuals may register until Thursday, Feb. 28. Groups or individuals are asked to log their exercise activity and to compete for points, according to the release. Details: blueandyoufitnesschallenge-ark.com.
Saturday, March 2
SEARK presents 60th anniversary gala
Southeast Arkansas College will host its 60th Anniversary Masquerade Gala at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The community is invited to be part of history as officials unveil the future of SEARK College, according to a newsletter. The gala will include a gourmet meal, open bar, music, dancing, silent auction and other festivities. All proceeds will benefit SEARK Foundation student programs and development initiatives, according to the newsletter. Tickets are $75 each. A table for eight people is $500 and includes two bottles of wine, personalized logo and table signage. Sponsorship opportunities are also available: Platinum, $6,000; Gold, $3,000; Silver, $1,000; or bronze, $500. Details: Barbara Dunn, SEARK’s director of development, firstname.lastname@example.org or 870-543-5957.
Thursday, March 14
Mayor Washington plans State of the City Address
Pine Bluff Mayor Shirley Washington will give the 2019 State of the City address at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The community is invited to hear about Pine Bluff’s recent accomplishments and the mayor’s vision for the future, according to a news release.
Through Friday, March 15
Community Foundation sets deadline for scholarship applications
The Pine Bluff Community Foundation is offering scholarships for Pine Bluff and Jefferson County students. Applications will be accepted until Friday, March 15. Pine Bluff Area Scholarships are listed in the Southeast area at www.arcf.org/scholarships. Scholarships are managed by the Arkansas Community Foundation. The Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation awards approximately 15 scholarships in the area. The local scholarship committee will review applications in March. Details: www.arcf.org/scholarships.
Student applications being accepted for AgDiscovery
Applications are now being accepted for AgDiscovery, a residential career and science exploration program for teens. Friday, March 15, is the application deadline, according to Willie Columbus, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (research assistant/educational outreach coordinator and AgDiscovery program coordinator. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and UAPB will host AgDiscovery June 8-21 at UAPB. Students participate in hands-on labs, workshops and field trips as well as team building activities and diversity workshops. Students pay only the cost of transportation to and from UAPB. Room, board and supplies are covered by APHIS. Students may apply online at www.aphis.usda.gov/agdiscovery or mail application packet by March 15 to USDA-APHIS AgDiscovery Program, ATTN: Tammy Lowry, 4700 River Road, Unit 92, Suite 6C-04, Riverdale, MD 20737-1234. Details: Willie Columbus, 870-575- 7145 or email email@example.com.
Beginning Saturday, March 2
UAPB plans principles of real estate class
The Division of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will offer a Principles of Real Estate course for those interested in becoming Realtors, according to a news release. The 60-hour course will be offered from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays beginning March 2 in the Walker Research Center, room 111. The session is in collaboration with Bessie Beavers School of Real Estate. The cost is $375 per person. Checks or money orders should be made payable to UAPB and mailed to: UAPB Continuing Education; 1200 N. University Drive, Mail Slot 4951; Pine Bluff, AR 71601. Payment may also be brought to class. Details: Continuing Education, 870-575-8315 or 870-575-8317.
Tuesday, March 19
UAPB announces New Farmers Academy
The first session of the New Farmers Academy is set for Tuesday, March 19, at the S.J. Parker Agricultural Research Center Conference Room at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB). The first session, which begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m., will concentrate on farm business planning, record keeping, enterprise selection, cash flow projects and selecting suitable soil sites. For details, contact Stephan Walker at 870-575-7237. If interested in attending or for special needs, contact the Small Farm Program at 870-575-7226 or 7237.
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.
Saturday, April 13
Area Agency sets 22nd bass tournament
Area Agency on Aging of Southeast Arkansas will host its 22nd Reelin’ for Meals Bass Tournament Saturday, April 13, at Regional Park at Pine Bluff. First place winners will receive $2,500, according to the newsletter from the Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce. Boats will launch at daybreak from Regional Park according to their paid registration numbers. The early entry fee is $110 per two-person team and includes two tickets to the King Kat Fish Fry that will immediately follow the weigh-in, according to the newsletter. Proceeds from this event will be used to fund Area Agency’s Meals on Wheels program. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org or 870-543-6300.
Friday, May 3
Mission project seeks applicants for free minor home repairs
Ozark Mission Project of Arkansas is seeking applications from Pine Bluff residents who need minor home repairs. Services will be free and the deadline to apply is Friday, May 3, according to a news release. Youth plan to complete more than 60 service projects during their summer camp Sunday through Friday, June 23-28, at Pine Bluff, according to the release. Applications can be downloaded online under “Apply for a Project” at www.OzarkMissionProject.org. To submit a completed application, email email@example.com, mail to P.O. Box 26525 Little Rock, AR. 72221, or fax to 501-771-1982 by May 3. Details: 501-291-2807.
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. Details: Barbara Rhinehart, 534-3625.