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Sunday, March 10
Sen. Elliott to speak at NAUW Founders Day
The Pine Bluff Branch of the National Association of University Women (NAUW) will observe its National Founders Day at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 10. The celebration will be held in the S.J. Parker Extension Complex Auditorium at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Arkansas Sen. Joyce Elliott is scheduled to give the keynote address, according to a news release.
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/
Monday, March 11
AgHeritage opens in Downtown Pine Bluff
AgHeritage Farm Credit Services is opening a new branch at 800 S. Main St. in Downtown Pine Bluff on Monday, March 11. The Pine Bluff branch will be the 10th AgHeritage FCS branch location, according to a news release. The staff includes Ag Lending Officer Seth Speight, Ag Lending Officer Evan Staton and Customer Specialist Gayla Bogy.
Registration for Walk Across Arkansas opens
Registration for the spring edition of Walk Across Arkansas begins Monday, March 11. The eight weeks of Walk Across Arkansas begins Monday, March 25. Walkers can sign up to log their minutes of activity as individuals or be a part of a team of two to 10 members. The teams compete to compile more minutes than any other. Participants may walk or do any type of physical activity that increases the heart rate, a spokesman said. To register and for details on other health initiatives offered by the Cooperative Extension Service, visit www.uaex.edu or contact a county office.
NAACP Youth Council to meet
The NAACP Youth Council will meet from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 11, at Bethany Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 1923 S. Olive St. Youth between 12 and 18 years old are invited to attend. Membership is $10 annually. Details: Youth advisers Kymara Seals, 501-940-3467, and Marcie Johnson, 870-329-1970.
Tuesday, March 12
Mayor sets Saenger Theater Community Meeting
Pine Bluff Mayor Shirley Washington invites the public to a Saenger Theater Community Meeting at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 12. The event will be held in the American Red Cross Training Room at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave., according to a news release. The meeting will feature Paul Siembowski, an architect who has worked on historic theaters across the United States, and Terry Stewart, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Murphy Arts District at El Dorado. All who are interested in joining efforts to restore the Sanger Theater are invited to attend. Details: Mayor Washington’s Office, 870-730-2000, ext. 7.
Legislative briefing, advocacy session set at PB
A legislative briefing and advocacy session will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, in the fellowship hall of First United Methodist Church, 200 W. Sixth Ave. The Arkansas Public Policy Panel, in partnership with the Pine Bluff Branch of the NAACP and the Pine Bluff Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., will sponsor the event, according to a news release. A light dinner will be served and the event is open to the public.
UAPB alumni chapter slates meeting
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff/AM&N Alumni, Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Chapter, will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12. The meeting will be held on the second floor of the UAPB Business Support Incubator Building, 615 S. Main St., according to a news release. The agenda will include committee reports and finalizing plans for the second annual Spring Fling at 7 p.m. Friday, March 29, at the incubator. The event is a membership drive social event for alumni and friends. All members and prospective members are encouraged to attend the meetings.
Highland church gives 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, March 12. Participants are asked to bring their picture ID and utility bill. “If you were effected by the government shutdown, you can bring in your government ID and receive items donated to our agency,” according to a news release.
Gould Council to meet
A Gould City Council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, at the Gould City Hall courtroom. Meetings are open to the public.
Rotary Clubs to host 37th industry appreciation program
The Downtown Pine Bluff Rotary Club and West Pine Bluff Rotary Club will host their 37th annual Industry Appreciation Day luncheon at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, March 12, at the Pine Bluff Country Club. The speaker will be Bentley Story, director of the business development division of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC), according to a newsletter from the Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce. The cost for the Rotary luncheon for non-industry guests is $12. Anyone interested in attending may call the Economic Development Alliance for Jefferson County at 870-535-0110 by March 8 to make a reservation.
Salvation Army auxiliary meets, discusses brunch
Pine Bluff Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 12, in the Salvation Army fellowship room at the Salvation Army headquarters, 501 E. 12th Ave., according to a news release. Participants will discuss the Spring Membership Brunch and Fashion Show set for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at the Good Faith Carr United Methodist Church at 3703 Ryburn Road. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased from auxiliary members, at the Salvation Army or at the door. Details: Salvation Army, 534-0504.
Dollarway announces financial workshop
Dollarway School District’s Parent & Family Engagement Center will host a parent workshop on “How to Turn Your Talents into Money. ” Fifteen minute sessions will be held between between 8 and 10 a.m. and 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, at the George Stepps Tech Building, 4900 Dollarway Road. The event is in partnership with the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Parenting Education. Space is limited. Details: email@example.com or 870-727-9595.
Library Board to meet
The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library Board of Trustees will meet at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 12. The meeting will be held in the Main Library’s boardroom, according to a news release.
Ivy Center for Education sets event
Ivy Center for Education students will meet from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, at Faith Presbyterian Church, 913 University Drive. Parents are encouraged to attend. Ambassadors for Christ will present a youth advisory council workshop to prepare students to be able to identify victims and potential victims of human trafficking, according to a news release.
Tree, shrub pruning workshop set
A free tree and shrub pruning workshop will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March, 12, at the Delta Rivers Nature Center at Regional Park, according to a news release. The Southeast Arkansas Stormwater Education Program of the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service in conjunction with Pine Bluff Tree City USA is accepting registration for the workshop. The featured speaker will be Jim Robbins, Extension ornamental horticulture specialist of the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture. Enrollment is limited to 30 people and registration is requested. To register, contact John Pennington at the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Office, firstname.lastname@example.org or 870-534-1033.
Wednesday, March 13
SEARK board to meet
Southeast Arkansas College Board of Trustees will meet Wednesday, March 13. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. with the meeting beginning at 12:10 p.m., according to a news release.
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.
Beginning Wednesday, March 13
Pine Bluff City Council committees to meet
Several Pine Bluff City Council committee meetings have been scheduled. 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.
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.
Full Circle 360 sets registration for youth programs
Full Circle 360, a non-profit organization, will host a registration event for its Boys to Men and S.A.F.E.T.Y (Saving Adolescent Females Empowering Today’s Youth) programs.
Registration will be held from 3-6 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at 3400 W. 34th Ave. Refreshments will be served. The Boys to Men program is for males 10-17 years old. The S.A.F.E.T.Y program is for females 12-17 years old, according to a news release. Details: 870-395-7440 or 870-395-7442.
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.
Friday, March 15
Watkin Chapel church sets free community health fair
Watkin Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 800 S. Juniper St., will presents its free community health fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, March 15. Health care professionals and community program representatives will be available to provide the following: dental hygiene care, HIV testing, bone density testing, body fat analysis, affordable health insurance information, diabetes screening, community awareness program, prostate cancer screening (blood work only), weight balance test, cholesterol testing, blood pressure, Stamp Out Smoking information, sexually transmitted disease (STD) counseling, free pregnancy test (ultra sound), electrocardiogram (EKG) test and sign ups for mammograms. Free haircuts will also be available. For van transportation, call the church at 870-534-1649. Details: James Mazique, RN, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 870-489-1614.
Beginning Friday, March 15
Knights of Columbus plan Lenten Fish Fries
The Knights of Columbus will host the Lenten Fish Fries from 5-7 p.m. each Friday through April 12, at Gallagher Hall of St. Joseph Catholic Church, West Sixth Avenue and Laurel Street. The all-you-can-eat fish fries will cost $13 for adults and $6 for children. Carry-outs meals will also be available, according to a news release.
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.
Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary sets brunch, fashion show
Pine Bluff Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary will host the Spring Membership Brunch and Fashion Show from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at the Good Faith Carr United Methodist Church at 3703 Ryburn Road. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased from auxiliary members, at the Salvation Army or at the door. Details: Salvation Army, 534-0504.
Tuesday, March 19
Startup businesses topic at PB meeting
Mapping a Successful Startup business workshop will held from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, at Southeast Arkansas College. The sponsor is the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center (ASBTDC) at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. The speaker will be Whitney Horton, ASBTDC business consultant, according to a news release. The registration deadline is March 19. Details: ASBTDC, 501-683-7700.
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.
Beginning Tuesday, March 19
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 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.
Thursday, March 21
Extension Service sets pesticide applicator training
The Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service, 500 S. Idaho St., will conduct training for private pesticide applicator certification/re-certification at 9 a.m. Thursday, March 21. Participants completing this training will be certified to purchase a restricted pesticide license from the Arkansas State Plant Board, according to a news release. Each participant will be charged a $20 fee. Details: Kurt Beaty, Jefferson County Extension agent, 870-534-1033.
Beginning Thursday, March 21
Rotary Club of West Pine Bluff meets
The Rotary Club of West Pine Bluff meets at noon Thursdays at Pine Bluff Country Club. Programs and speakers include: March 21 – Scott Kuttenkuler, vice president of student affairs at Southeast Arkansas College, will be the guest speaker. March 28 – Dr. Timothy Goodson of Arkansas Urology will discuss cancer and the newest treatments.
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.
Friday, March 29
UAPB alumni plan Spring Fling
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff/AM&N Alumni, Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Chapter, will host the second annual Spring Fling at 7 p.m. Friday, March 29, at the UAPB Business Support Incubator Building, 615 S. Main St., according to a news release. The event is a membership drive social event for alumni and friends. All members and prospective members are encouraged to attend the meetings.
Saturday, March 30
Pine Bluff Community Garden to open
Pine Bluff Mayor Shirley Washington changed the date for the opening of the city of Pine Bluff Community Garden at 11th Avenue and Cherry Street. The garden will officially open at noon Saturday, March 30. Residents are also invited to join a community cleanup and workday from 9 a.m. to noon at the site. The opening date was changed due to the rain forecast for this weekend, according to a news release. Residents interested in adopting a garden bed may call the mayor’s office at 870-730-2000, ext. 7.
Retired UAPB Professor Hartfield to be honored
The Consolidated St. Marion Baptist District Association will honor Freddie Hartfield, Ph.D, a professor who retired from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff after 67 years of service. Saturday, March 30, at 5:30 p.m., an honors service will be held at Mount Nebo Missionary Baptist Church, 3201 W. Second Ave. According to the Rev. Larry C. Battles, Mount Nebo’s pastor and moderator of Consolidated St. Marion, the community is invited to attend the honors service. Following the honors service, a reception will be held, by invitation only, at the fellowship hall of New Home Missionary Baptist Church, 3000 S. Orange St.
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.
Beginning Thursday, April 4
Fire Department begins 2019 Citizen’s Fire Academy
The Pine Bluff Fire & Emergency Services Department will sponsor the 2019 Citizen’s Fire Academy for eight weeks beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 4. All classes will be held on Thursdays at the Pine Bluff Fire Department Training Facility, 3216 W. Seventh Ave., except for the night of a tour of Fire Station #1 and the 911 dispatch center, according to a news release. This program is for Pine Bluff residents, 20 years old and older, who are interested in learning more about how the fire department conducts its multifaceted operations. Classroom size is limited to 25 participants. Residents of Pine Bluff will have first preference. Details: Carla Covey, special projects coordinator, email firstname.lastname@example.org or 870-730-2048.
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 email@example.com.
Saturday, April 6
Railroadiana Show and Sale set
The Arkansas Railroad Museum, 1700 Port Road, will host the 24th annual Railroadiana Show and Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 6. Railroadiana is Arkansas’ largest show and sale of railroad memorabilia, according to a spokesman. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children ages 6-11, and free for those under 6 with adult. Details: Cotton Belt Rail Historical Society, firstname.lastname@example.org or 870-535-8819.
Shell Chapel to host Hippity Hop Shop fundraiser
Shell Chapel Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 3110 U.S. 425, at Pine Bluff, will host the Hippity Hop Shop from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 6. The event will include various items for sale, food and a raffle. The annual fundraiser benefits Neighbor to Neighbor. The community is invited to attend and bring canned food for the agency, according to a news release.
Northern Technical College sets grand opening
Northern Technical College, 2215 E. Harding Ave., will hold a grand opening/ribbon cutting at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 6, according to a newsletter from the Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce.
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.
Thursday, April 11
Bradley County Job Fair set
The Bradley County Job Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 11, in the activity building of Immanuel Baptist Church at Warren. Participants seeking employment, training, assistance, career counseling and resume preparation should attend, according to a news release from the Bradley County Department of Human Services. Employers will be available. Details: Dorothy Henderson, Dorothy.Henderson@dhs.arkansas.gov or 870- 226-5879, ext. 136.
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.
Wednesday, April 24
Hubba Jubba to host Laughter Celebration
Moss-Cess LLC (Hubba Jubba) will host a Lunch & Learn event for the National Month of Laughter Celebration from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 24. The event will be held at the Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Chamber, 510 Main St., according to a news release.
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. Walt Coleman will be the breakfast keynote speaker. Coleman has been an NFL referee for 30 years and is an executive with Highland Dairy at Little Rock. 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.