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Saturday, Feb. 9

Home and Garden Show continues

Jefferson County Home and Garden Show at the Pine Bluff Convention Center continues from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9. Admission is free. The event opened Friday. Speakers will include Dr. Yong Park, an associate professor of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Agriculture Department. Extension horticulture specialist Berni Kurz will be the show’s feature speaker, according to a news release. Presenters will discuss backyard plants for birds and pollinators, landscaping with native plants for pollinators and getting started with apiculture. There will also be more than 100 vendor booths, food trucks, a plant pathologist who can diagnose plant diseases, puppies to adopt, bunnies to pet, and a quilt show presented by the Pine Bluff Quilter’s Guild. Raffle tickets for $1 will be sold for prizes. Details: contact the Jefferson County Master Gardeners at 870-534-1033.

Sulphur Springs women plan Valentine’s dinner

Sulphur Springs United Methodist Church, 9238 Sulphur Springs Road, will present a Valentine’s Dinner and entertainment from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9. The Sulphur Springs United Methodist Women will host the event in the church’s fellowship hall. Dinner will include chicken spaghetti, green beans, salad and various desserts, according to a news release.Local talent will present the musical entertainment. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children. Tickets will be available at the door.

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.

Sunday, Feb. 10

NAUW plans International Day/Black History Program

The Pine Bluff Branch of the National Association of University Women (NAUW), will celebrate its annual International Day and Black History Program at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10. The event will be held at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) Building and Conference Center, according to a news release. The public is invited to attend. The international portion of the program will focus on West Africa and participants are asked to dress in West African or African attire. Attendees will be able to sample international dishes after the program.

Miss HSU Pageant includes SEA students

Twelve students will vie for the title of Miss HSU 2019 at Henderson State University at Arkadelphia, according to a news release. Several students from Southeast Arkansas are among contestants in the pageant at 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at HSU’s Arkansas Hall. Area contestants for Miss HSU are: Robin Campbell, a senior elementary educational studies major from Pine Bluff; Cinnamon Maxwell, a senior social sciences major from Pine Bluff; and Lexie Jeffords, a freshman pre-dental major from Sheridan. The inaugural Miss HSU Outstanding Teen Pageant includes Mollie Tiner of Stuttgart along with seven others.

Monday, Feb. 11

Black History event set at assisted living center

A Black History celebration will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at The Villages Assisted Living Center of General Baptist Health Care, (formerly Garden Pointe), 7001 S. Hazel St. Guests will include the Rev. Royce Jackson Jr., the Rev. Larry Battles, Donna Huskey, Rene Henderson and the Gospel Warriors singers, according to a news release.

Jefferson Heights area neighbors to meet

The Jefferson Heights, French Village, Robin Hood, Edgewood Neighborhood Watch Group will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at Edgewood Elementary School, 4101 W. 32nd Ave. Details: 870-879-3776.

War Ridge neighbors to meet

The War Ridge Association Group will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at the Bradshaw Senior Center, 2008 Ridgway Road. Details: 870-329-5468.

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.

Tractor Supply Co., FFA set grant deadline

Agriculture educators are invited to apply for the Grants for Growing offered by Tractor Supply Co. and FFA, according to a news release. The deadline to apply for grants is Monday, Feb. 11. Grants for Growing provides funding to FFA chapters across the country for the development or improvement of a proposed agricultural project. FFA advisors can visit http://www.FFA.org/grantsforgrowing and submit their application. Chapters located near a TSC store are invited to come by and help in the fund-raising efforts, while raising awareness for their agriculture programs. Details: tractorsupply.com/FFA. Locally, Tractor Supply Co. is located at White Hall.

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

Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary to meet

The Pine Bluff Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary will hold its monthly meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, in the fellowship room at the Salvation Army, 501 E. 12th Ave. Visitors and prospective members are always welcome at auxiliary meetings, according to a spokesman for the group. Dues are $10 annually and can be paid at the meeting. Anyone interested in supporting the work of the Salvation Army is invited to attend, the spokesman said. Details: Salvation Army, 534-0504.

Taylor neighbors to meet

The Taylor Association Group will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Rose Hill Baptist Church, 2121 W. 26th Ave. Details: 870-592-0668.

Belmont/Broadmoor residents to meet

The Belmont/Broadmoor Neighborhood Watch Group will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 1302 Washington St. Details: 870- 536-2925.

Pine Bluff plans Urban Farming Initiative Summit

An Urban Farming Initiative Summit will be held from 1-5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, in the Sadler Room of the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The city of Pine Bluff Department of Community Development will host the event, according to a news release. The summit is free a workshop that will give individuals or groups an opportunity to create and develop urban gardens or become beginner farmers, according to the release. Participants may RSVP by email to ctaylor@cityofpinebluff.com or phone to 870-543-1820 Ext. 231. Walk-ins will be welcome on a first come first served basis until capacity is reached, according to the release.

Landlord Association will meet

The Jefferson County Landlord Association will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Business Support Incubator, 615 S. Main St. The guest speaker will be Maurice Taggart, executive director of the Urban Renewal Agency, according to a news release.

Highland church to give away food

The Helping Hands Ministry at Highland Baptist Church, 1320 S. Peach St., will give away food from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12. Participants are asked to bring their picture ID and utility bill.

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.

Speaker to discuss Black History at Ivy Center

The Ivy Center for Education will meet from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Faith Presbyterian Church, 913 University Drive. The speaker, Lori Walker, will discuss the Black History of Pine Bluff and the role that African Americans played in making the city great. The community is invited to attend, according to a news release. Details: kencol1@msn.com or koolaidpat1@aol.com .

Beginning Tuesday, Feb. 12

Pine Bluff district plans academic celebration

Pine Bluff School District will host a first semester academic celebration at Jack Robey Junior High School. Events will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, for kindergarten through 5th graders and Tuesday, Feb. 12, for 6-8th graders. Details: Pine Bluff School District, 870-543-4200.

Downtown Rotary Club meets

The Downtown Pine Bluff Rotary Club meets at noon Tuesdays at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Programs include Feb. 12: John Berrey, chairman of the Oklahoma based Quapaw Tribe discussing the casino for Pine Bluff/Jefferson County.

Wednesday, Feb. 13

Lassiter State Farm Insurance sets grand opening

Marqus Lassiter State Farm Insurance, 2624 W. 28th Ave., will hold a grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13. The agency is a new member of the Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce, according to the Chamber newsletter.

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.

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 pbcnews@pbcommercial.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.

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.

34th Avenue neighbors to meet

The 34th Avenue Neighborhood Watch Group will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at 34th Avenue School, 34th Avenue and Missouri Street. Details: 870-534-8324.

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

Judge Kearney to speak at scholarship fundraiser

The Rankin Chapel—TJ and Ethel Kearney Scholarship Fund organizers will hold the fifth annual college scholarship program and fundraiser from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at Beverly’s Soul Food Restaurant at Gould. Pine Bluff District Court Judge John L. Kearney of Pine Bluff, fourth son of TJ and Ethel Kearney, will be the keynote speaker, according to a news release. The service will include youth history essays, a presentation on the history of Rankin Chapel and the legacy of Thomas James and Ethel Kearney, according to the release.

Best Care training set for child care providers

The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension program will sponsor free training for child care providers at Pine Bluff. The Best Care Child Care Provider Training will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at the parish hall of St. Joseph Catholic Church, 412 W. Sixth Ave. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. The pre-registration deadline is Monday, Feb. 11, according to a news release. Participants are asked to bring their own lunch and healthy snacks will be provided. For details or to pre-register, contact Mary Ann Kizer, Jefferson County Family and Consumer Sciences agent, at mkizer@uaex.edu or 534-1033.

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.

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.

Free income tax prep underway

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.

Beginning Saturday, Feb. 16

Stormwater program to offer rain garden workshop

The Southeast Arkansas Stormwater Education Program of the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service is accepting registrations for an upcoming Arkansas Watershed Steward program and rain garden workshop. Events begin Saturday, Feb. 16, and the deadline to register is Friday, Feb. 15. The educational and hands on training sessions will be held for several months through lunch and learn programs, special workshops and stewardship events. To register, contact John Pennington at jhpennington@uaex.edu or 870-534-1033 at the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service.

Through Sunday, Feb. 17

Hurricane HYPE sets basketball registration

Registration is open for the Hurricane HYPE (Helping Young People Excel) Center Basketball League for boys and girls ages K5 through 5th grade. A 3-on-3 League for 6-8th graders will also be held, according to a news release. The registration fee is $20 per person until Sunday, Feb. 17. Registration is underway at New St. Hurricane Missionary Baptist Church and the center, 3319 S. Ohio St., on the following dates: New St. Hurricane — Monday through Thursday, 9-11 a.m. or 1-4 p.m. HYPE Center — Monday through Thursday, 5-7:30 p.m. Details: hurricanehypecenter@gmail.com or 870-534-2782 or 870-536-8337.

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 .

Beginning Wednesday, Feb. 20

Arkansas Pesticide Application Clinics set

Arkansas producers can learn to get the most out of their pest management dollars at one of six pesticide application clinics across the state, according to a news release. This spring’s clinics will be: Feb. 20 – Stuttgart — Rice Research Center in Stuttgart; Feb. 21 – McGehee – Men’s Center; Feb. 22 – Forrest City – Woodruff Electric Cooperative Corp.; March 5 – Newport – ASU-Newport; March 6 – Paragould – Greene County Fairgrounds and March 7 – Manila – Manila Municipal Airport. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m., with the sessions beginning at 9 a.m. Lunch will be served. For more information about the meetings, contact Jason Davis at jdavis@uaex.edu or 501-749-2077.

Pine Bluff City Council committees meet

Several Pine Bluff City Council committee meetings have been scheduled.Wednesday, Feb. 20 — at 11 a.m., Traffic & Aviation committee meets and at 1:30 p.m., Public Safety committee meets. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 2 p.m., Public Health & Welfare committee meets and at 3 p.m., Community Development meets at 716 S. Georgia St. Details: 870-730-2000.

Thursday, Feb. 21

Women’s Connection plans luncheon

The Pine Bluff Christian Women’s Connection of Stonecroft Ministries will host its monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Pine Bluff Country Club. The guest presenter will be Jeri Harkins, a speaker for Stonecroft, and the feature will be Charlotte Jackson, volunteer coordinator for the hospital auxiliary at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. The menu for the luncheon will be spaghetti and meatballs with Italian salad and Death by Chocolate with raspberries. Decorations are by Virginia Haertlein. The cost for the luncheon is $13.50 and reservations must be made by contacting Jennifer Keahey at 870-540-9302.

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.

Friday, March 1

Vegetable production workshop set

A free vegetable production workshop will be held at 9 a.m. Friday, March 1, at the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service, 500 S. Idaho St. The workshop will end after lunch at 1 p.m., according to a news release. The workshop is being conducted through a partnership between the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Small Farm Program, the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency. The event will focus on insect, disease and weed management in vegetable production. To be included in the lunch count or if you have special needs, contact Dameion White, UAPB Extension associate and meeting coordinator, at 870-575-8955.

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, bdunn@seark.edu or 870-543-5957.

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.

Sunday, March 10

A-1 Auto Transport offering scholarships

A-1 Auto Transport is offering $1,000, $500 and $250 scholarships to students who win an essay contest on an auto transport topic. The deadline to apply is Sunday, March 10. Students are invited to send in their applications with their full name, contact information, the school they attend and their 1,000-word original essay written on an auto transport topic such as: overseas shipping, enclosed vehicle shipping or door-to-door shipping. To apply, students must send applications to scholarships@a1autotransport.com. Details: https://www.a1autotransport.com/a-1-auto-transport-scholarship/

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.

First Electric accepting scholarship, Youth Tour applications

First Electric Cooperative is accepting applications for its scholarship program and the 2019 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour to Washington, D.C., according to a news release. High school seniors whose parents or guardians are First Electric members may apply for one of nine $2,000 scholarships awarded each year. To be eligible for the scholarships, which are funded through Operation Round-Up, applicants must have a minimum 3.0 grade-point average through their senior year of high school and upon graduation, attend an accredit­ed institute of higher learning in Arkansas on a full-time basis. Applications are due by March 15 for the Youth Tour and by May 1 for the scholarship program. Both applications are available under the “Community” tab at www.firstelectric.coop and at any First Electric office.

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 columbusw@uapb.edu.

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.

Through Thursday, April 4

2019 Synergy Forum grant applications available

Synergy Forum Inc. is accepting applications for the 2019 Synergy Grants. Applications must be completed and received by Thursday, April 4, according to a news release. Registered non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for the grants that fund projects to benefit residents of Jefferson County. These include IRS 501(c)(3) public charities, public schools, government agencies, and the hospital in Jefferson County. For an application or for details, contact Ginger Casteel at synergyforumgrants@gmail.com.

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: sstichert@aaasea.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 omp@ozarkmissionproject.org, 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

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.

Friday, May 31

2019 Arkansas Century Farm Applications due

The Arkansas Agriculture Department (AAD) is accepting applications for the 2019 Arkansas Century Farm program that recognizes Arkansas families who have owned and farmed the same land for at least 100 years. Applications are available at www.aad.arkansas.gov/arkansas-century-farm-program. There is no cost to apply. The deadline is May 31.