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Sunday, March 3
Pine Bluff Art League to meet
The Pine Bluff Art League will meet from 2-4 Sunday, March 3, at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave. The program will be presented by Vickie Hendrix-Siebenmorgen, a native of Pine Bluff, and president of The Hendrix Group Inc., a global executive search firm at Little Rock.
Monday, March 4
Jefferson County Democratic Women to meet
The Jefferson County Democratic Women will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, March 4, at the Holiday Inn Express at The Pines mall. Visitors are welcomed to attend. The guest speaker will be Kymara Seals, policy director of the Arkansas Public Policy Panel. She will discuss many of the bills that are being introduced in the Arkansas Legislature, according to a news release.
Cleveland County Quorum Court to meet
The Cleveland County Quorum Court will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, March 4, according to a news release. The agenda includes the financial report, reports of committees and reports by County Judge Gary Spears. The judge discuss a resolution to make April Clean Up Month and a resolution to support the fair grant, according to the release.
Tuesday, March 5
Central Presbyterian sets Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
Central Presbyterian Church, 6300 Trinity Drive, will host the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5. The supper will include pancakes, bacon, sausage and a beverage. Tickets will be sold at the door for $8 each, according to a news release.
Trinity Episcopal sets Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
Trinity Episcopal Church, 703 West Third Ave., will host its Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5. The men of Trinity and Grace Episcopal churches will serve all-you-care-to-eat pancakes, sausages and all the trimmings in the parish hall of Trinity Episcopal. Carry-outs will also be available, according to a news release. Tickets are $6 and available at Trinity Episcopal or at the door March 5. Details: 870-534-3832.
IP/Evergreen retirees to meet
The International Paper/Evergreen Packaging Retirees will meet from 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, March 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. Details: 870-534-7094.
Downtown Rotary Club meets
The Downtown Pine Bluff Rotary Club meets at noon Tuesdays at the Pine Bluff Country Club.
Beginning Tuesday, March 5
Pine Bluff City Council committees to meet
Several Pine Bluff City Council committee meetings have been scheduled. March 5 — At 1 p.m. Public Works Committee meets. March 6 — At 1:30 p.m., Public Safety Committee meets, followed at 2:30 p.m. by the Development & Planning committee. March 13 — At 8:30 a.m., the Administration Committee meets. March 20 — At 11 a.m., the Traffic & Aviation Committee meets, followed at 1:30 p.m. by the Public Safety Committee. March 26 — At 2 p.m., the Public Health & Welfare Committee meets, followed at 3 p.m. by the Economic and Community Development Committee. Details: 870-730-2000.
Women’s running/walking training set
The Women Run Arkansas Running/Walking Club is hosting the 22nd annual “Women Can Run” running and walking clinics. The events will be held Tuesday, March 5, through Saturday, May 11. The local clinic will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 5. Sessions will be held from 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Pine Bluff High School track. Clinics are free, but there is a $25 fee for the 5K graduation event May 11, according to a news release. Participants can pre-register at www.womenrunarkansas.net or at the first night of the clinic or by contacting Sandra Jackson, 870-692-5318, or Toni Jasper, 870-540-6036.
Pine Bluff Rotary Club announces programs
The Downtown Pine Bluff Rotary Club meets at noon Tuesdays at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Programs and speakers include: March 5 — Jeremy Jeffery, vice president for strategy and business analytics at Jefferson Regional Medical Center, will discuss Accountable Care Organization. March 12 — The annual Industry Appreciation Day, a joint meeting with West Pine Bluff Rotary Club, will feature guest speaker Bentley Story, director of business development for the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. March 19 — Lynn Hawkins, chief operating officer at Arkansas Rural Health Partnership, will discuss opioids. March 26 — Mellie Bridewell, chief executive officer at Arkansas Rural Health Partnership, will be the guest speaker.
Wednesday, March 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.
Spring Shepherd’s Center classes begin
Shepherd’s Center of Pine Bluff will begin its Spring 2019 Session Wednesday, March 6, at Lakeside United Methodist Church, 1500 S. Olive St. Shepherd’s Centers of America programs and services offer opportunities for older adults to take on new challenges, learn new skills, make new friends and serve others, according to https://www.shepherdcenters.org/. Programs will be held from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, March 6, to April 24, at Lakeside church. The one time registration fee is $10, according to a news release.
Thursday, March 7
Strong Company announces 60th anniversary
The Strong Company at Pine Bluff will celebrate its 60th anniversary with a reception Thursday, March 7. The event will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Pine Bluff Country Club, according to the newsletter from the Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Windsor Place Homeowners Association meets
The Windsor Place Homeowners Association will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at Central Presbyterian Church, 6300 Trinity Drive. All association members are invited, Windsor Place Board President Quranner “Q” Cotledge said in a news release.
Beginning Thursday, March 14
AG mobile offices to visit Jefferson, Dallas, Cleveland counties
The mobile office of Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge will be available from 10-11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 14, at the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service, 500 Idaho St.; Tuesday, March 19 — Dallas County Cooperative Extension Service at Fordyce; and Thursday, March 21, Rison Senior Citizens Center at Rison. The mobile offices assist residents with consumer-related issues in filing consumer complaints and providing information about scams, identity theft, fraud and other protections, according to a news release. The event will also include a Prescription Drug Take Back effort. Law enforcement officials will collect prescription medicines, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, pet medicines, medicated ointments and lotions, inhalers, liquid medicines in glass or leak-proof containers and medicine samples.
White Hall to begin kindergarten registration
White Hall School District will begin kindergarten registration Thursday, March 14, for the 2019-2020 school year. The Kindergarten Roundup will be held from 4-6:30 p.m. Parents should register children at the school in the area where they live, according to a news release. Documents required for registration include Social Security card, birth certificate, immunization record, physical/health screening information (dated after Aug. 1, 2018), a completed enrollment packet, and proof of residence (a current gas, water or electric bill only) in the parent or guardian’s name showing the physical address. Disconnect notices aren’t acceptable. Details: White Hall School District, 870-247-2002.
Through Friday, March 15
Deadline set for Whitfield Scholarship applications
The Pine Bluff Police Department and the Fraternal Order of Police are taking applications for the Chief Ivan Whitfield Scholarship Award. Applications can be picked up between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the police department, 200 E. Eighth Ave., according to a news release. The applicant must be a student at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff or Southeast Arkansas College, major in criminal justice, complete the application, submit a transcript and two sealed reference letters. The application must be turned in or postmarked by Friday, March 15. Details: Deputy Chief Shirley Warrior at 870-730-2073.
UAM Alumni Association seeks award nominations
The University of Arkansas at Monticello Alumni Association is seeking nominations for the 2019 UAM Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award. The nomination deadline is March 15. The recipient will be recognized Friday, May 10, at the spring commencement. The nomination must include the name of the nominee, with any other available details such as graduation year, or years attended UAM, hometown, employment, etc. Nominations should be emailed to email@example.com or by postal mail to UAM Alumni Association, Attn: Lisa Jo Ross, P.O. Box 3520, Monticello, AR, 71656-3520. Details: Alumni Affairs, 870-460-1028.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, March 16
Property Owners Association meets
The Pine Bluff Property Owners Association will meet at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, March 16, at Burt’s Food Court & Events LLC, 209 S. Main St.
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.
Saturday, March 23
Marks Cemetery nature trail, picnic set
The fourth annual Marks Cemetery nature trail and picnic area cleanup will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 23, at the cemetery. A rain-out date is set for March 30, according to a news release. Participants are asked to bring gas blowers, rakes and yard brooms. Re-New-ing Edinburg is once again sponsoring this event as a part of the Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup. Cleveland County Judge Gary Spears has designated April as “Make Cleveland County Beautiful Again” month. Everyone is encouraged to participate in this community activity. Details: Roger McClellan, 870-643-0150 or Patricia McClellan, email@example.com.
Beginning Thursday, March 28
U of A to feature Me Too founder, former first lady
Tarana Burke, a civil rights activist and founder of the “me too” movement, and former first lady Laura Bush will speak as part of the student-sponsored Distinguished Lecture Series at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Burke will speak Thursday, March 28, at the Fayetteville Town Center, and Bush will speak Thursday, April 18, at Bud Walton Arena, according to a news release.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday and Saturday, April 5-6
Sister Friend Empowerment set
REFORM (Resiliency. Empowerment. Faith. Overcomer) Inc. will present the second annual Sister Friend Empowerment Expo (SFEE) Friday and Saturday, April 5-6, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The keynote speaker will be national gospel recording artist Jekalyn Carr with guest appearance by Instagram phenom Karlton “Not Karlton Banks” Humes. Melrita M. Johnson is founder of REFORM Inc., a 501c3 non-profit corporation, which works to empower young people. For registration prices and details, visit www.reformincarkansas.org or contact Johnson at 870-872-3676 or email@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.org or 870-543-6300.
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. Details: 870-730-1131.
Thursday, April 25
Tara Promotional Products to observe 20th anniversary
Tara Promotional Products will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a Business After Hours from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 25. The event will be held at the Pine Bluff Country Club, according to the newsletter from the Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce. Details: www.tarapromo.com .
Thursday, May 2
Chamber sets Biz Expo2019
The Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for Business Expo 2019 on Thursday, May 2, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The event will begin with the Business Expo Breakfast from 7:30-9 a.m. at the convention center banquet hall. Breakfast tickets are $15 each or $200 for a table of eight. The Business Expo trade show opens from 9-10 a.m. for VIP (exhibitors and invited guests) and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the general public. Admission is $5. Participants will meet people from local businesses, get advice and gain new contacts. The exhibitor booth rate is $250 for Chamber members and $360 for non-members. There are several sponsorship opportunities available. Details: Mandy Owens, event coordinator, email@example.com or 870-535-0110.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
Saturday, May 18
Dollarway Class of 1969 sets reunion
Dollarway High School Class of 1969 is planning a 50-year class reunion on Saturday, May 18, at Harbor Oaks restaurant at Regional Park. “If you or someone you know was a member of this class, but have not been contacted, please contact Roberta (Reed) Wood at Robertawood.firstname.lastname@example.org for more information,” according to a news release.
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.