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Sunday, March 24

Genealogical Society to meet at museum

The Jefferson County Genealogical Society will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Historical Museum, 201 E. Fourth Ave. Donna Patton, a retired Arkansas History teacher, will present the program. The public is invited to attend. Details: John Mitchell, 870-541-5402.

Monday, March 25

UAPB sets woodland owners’ workshop at Sparkman

A workshop for woodland owners will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 25, at the Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church at Sparkman. A Keeping it in the Family (KIITF) Sustainable Forestry Land Retention (SFLR) Workshop will include dinner and a meeting, according to a news release from the Small Farm Program at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Speakers include Joe Friend, UAPB forester, and Levell Foote, retired Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Jefferson County district conservationist. Pre-registration is requested for this dinner meeting. Details: Kandi Williams, SFLR outreach coordinator, 870-571-9428.

Advertising and Promotion finance panel to meet

The Pine Bluff Advertising and Promotion Commission Finance Committee will meet at noon Monday, March 25, at the second floor conference room at the A&P offices. The offices are located at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Business Support Incubator, 615 S. Main St. Details: 870-534-2121 or 870-534-2160.

McGehee School Board meets

McGehee School Board will meet at 5 p.m. Monday, March 25, at the high school library, according to a news release. The agenda includes invoices and financial statement, school calendar for 2019-2020, salary schedules: licensed 2019-2020; additional duties stipend: robotics; proposed budget for 2020-2021; district policies manual additions/revisions and executive session.

Beginning Monday, March 25

James Matthews announces registration dates

James Matthews Elementary School, 4501 Dollarway Road, will hold registration for kindergarten and pre-K students for the 2019-2020 school year. Registration will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, March 25, through Friday, April 19, at the school’s pre-K office. All applications must be completed upon return, according to the release. To register, children must be 5 years old by Aug. 1 for kindergarten and 3 or 4 years old for pre-K.

Neighborhood Watch Groups meet

Area Neighborhood Watch Groups will meet. The East Harding Neighborhood Watch Group will meet at 5 p.m. Monday, March 25, at Mt. Harmony Baptist Church, 812 E. Harding Ave. Details: 870-534-4795. The Dollarway/Citizens Police Academy (CPA) Neighborhood Watch Group will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, at St. Luke United Methodist Church, 32 School St. Details: 870-247-1796. The University Park Neighborhood Watch Group will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at Family Community Development Corp. Center, 1001 N. Palm St. Details: 870-850-7094. The Riverside Neighborhood Watch Group will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at Riverside Wing Thing, 2010 Port Road. Details: 870-535-1860.

Tuesday, March 26

AKA, First Sisters collecting shoes, eyeglasses

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Delta Omega Omega Chapter, and First Sisters Outreach Inc. 501c3, will collect gently worn shoes and eyeglasses from 5:30- 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, at #5 Watson Blvd, Pine Bluff. All shoes will be donated to Soles4Souls for distribution and all eyeglasses will be donated to the Lions Club for restoration and distribution, according to a news release. Details: Tomekia Brunson-White, Global Impact chairwoman, btomekia@gmail.com or 501-200-0362.

Recording artist, educator to address Ivy Center

The Ivy Center for Education will present Dedric Jones, a gospel recording artist, motivational speaker and educator, from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 26. The event will be held at Faith Presbyterian Church, 913 University Drive. Youth and parents are encouraged to attend. Details: Mattie Collins, mattie1908@gmail.com or Patricia Berry, koolaidpat1@aol.com .

Civic Auditorium Complex panel to meet

The Pine Bluff Civic Auditorium Complex Commission will meet at noon Tuesday, March 26, at the Sadler Room of the Pine Bluff Convention Center, according to a news release. Details: 536-7600.

Monticello School Board meets

Monticello School Board will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, at the central office board room, according to a news release. The agenda includes the financial report, personnel, and consideration of the following: computer bid for Baptist Children’s Home, purchase of Phonics First Curriculum and extra duty pay for March. Details: 870-367-4000.

Pine Bluff City Council committees meet

Pine Bluff City Council committee meetings have been scheduled. 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.

Beginning Tuesday, March 26

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 26 — Mellie Bridewell, chief executive officer at Arkansas Rural Health Partnership, will be the guest speaker.

Wednesday, March 27

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, March 28

Hutchinson to speak at Fordyce Chamber banquet

Gov. Asa Hutchinson is scheduled to speak at the annual meeting and awards banquet of the Fordyce Chamber of Commerce. The event will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at the Fordyce High School Cafeteria, according to a news release.

EOC board meeting set

The board of directors of the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Economic Opportunities Commission will meet at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 28. The meeting will be held at EOC’s in-take building at 1201 W. Pullen St. This meeting is open to the public, according to a news release.

Union church to give away food at Altheimer

Union Missionary Baptist Church at Altheimer, will give away food Thursday, March 28, from 1 p.m. until all the food is gone, according to a news release. The food distribution is for needy families in Altheimer and the surrounding areas. Participants are required to bring their own boxes or bags for food.

Beginning Thursday, March 28

Rotary Club of West Pine Bluff meets

The Rotary Club of West Pine Bluff meets at noon Thursdays at Pine Bluff Country Club. On March 28, Dr. Timothy Goodson of Arkansas Urology will discuss cancer and the newest treatments.

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

AARP Driver Safety Class set

The AARP Driver Safety Class will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, March 29, at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave. Phil McBee, a certified instructor, will teach the multimedia course for people 50 and older, according to a news release. Each participant who finishes the driver’s course will receive a certificate for a discount on their automobile insurance. The cost of the course is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-AARP members. Checks should be payable to AARP. Participants should bring a valid driver’s license. AARP members should bring their current AARP cards. To register, call 870-692-7926.

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.

Turning Point gives away books

Turning Point Youth Center, 508 S. Mulberry St., rescheduled its citywide book giveaway. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 30. Free books will be available for children, teenagers and adults, 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.

Tuesday, April 2

IP/Evergreen retirees to meet

The International Paper/Evergreen Packaging Retirees will meet from 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, in the auditorium of the Arkansas River Education Service Cooperative, 912 W. Sixth Ave. There will be a guest speaker, according to a news release. Details: 870-534-7094.

Rutledge’s mobile office visits Lake Village

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge’s mobile office sites will include Chicot County. The staff will visit Festinger Memorial Senior Citizen Centers at Lake Village from 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 2. Staff will assist constituents with issues by filing consumer complaints against scam artists as well as answering questions about the office, according to a news release. Law enforcement officials will also be on hand to collect unwanted prescription medications to ensure they are secured and properly disposed. Details: ArkansasAG.gov or 501-682-2007.

Thursday, April 4

Trinity Village plans luncheon, fashion show

Trinity Village Retirement Community, 6400 Trinity Village Drive, will host its annual spring luncheon and fashion show at noon Thursday, April 4, in the agency’s Great Hall, according to a news release. Tickets are $15 and only available in advance. Tickets can be purchased at the Trinity Village office or from Trinity Board members. All proceeds will be used for renovations to the Great Hall, according to the release. Details: 879-8221.

Beginning Thursday, April 4

Eternal Grace ministries to give away prom dresses

Eternal Grace Outreach Ministries, a local non-profit organization, will give away prom dresses to disadvantaged students. Dresses will be given away from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, April 4, and Thursday, April 18, at Full Circle 360, at 3400 W. 34th Ave., at Pine Bluff. The selection of dresses is subject to availability. Donations of prom dresses, makeup, jewelry and even male attire is needed, according to the Rev. Tonya Boyce, executive director of Eternal Grace. Details: Boyce, 870-872-2057, or Regina VonTungeln, 870-718-2392.

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 carla@cityofpinebluff.com 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 synergyforumgrants@gmail.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, info@arkansasrailroadmuseum.org or 870-535-8819.

Author, publisher Janis Kearney to lead Star City writing session

Janis F. Kearney, a well-known author, publisher and diarist for former President Bill Clinton, will lead a workshop on memoir writing for aspiring writers. “Writing Our Lives,” will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at Reaching for Life Inc. at Star City, according to a news release. The Arkansas Arts Council, Reaching for Life and Writing our World (WOW) Publishing are co-sponsors of the workshop. Refreshments and lunch will be served. The cost to attend is $10 per person. Tickets may be reserved through Eventbrite or join the discussion on the Facebook event page. Details: Janet Perkins, at janet.perkins@arkansas.gov or 501-324-9775.

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.

Merrill All-School Reunion committee to meet

The Merrill All School Reunion Committee will meet at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 6, at RJ’s Sports Grill, 128 Main St. Details: Rosie Pettigrew, 2020 reunion chairwoman, 404-245-5436.

Kick off set for Calhoun County festival

Thornton will kick off the Calhoun County Hogskin Holidays Festival with live music and a barbecue dinner from 3-7 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at the Thornton Fire Station/Community Room, according to a news release.Musical guests will be the White Mustang group and the Cummins Prison Band. Door prizes will be awarded. Adult tickets are $10 each and tickets for children under 12 years old are $5. Details: Levenis Penix, 870-352-8241 or John Scott , 870-352-7968, or the Thornton mayor’s office at 870-352-3576.

Friday and Saturday, April 5-6

Sister Friend Empowerment location changes

REFORM (Resiliency. Empowerment. Faith. Overcomer) Inc. has changed the location for the second annual Sister Friend Empowerment Expo (SFEE) Friday and Saturday, April 5-6, at a new location. The event will be held in the life center of Mount Harmony Missionary Baptist Church, 812 E. Harding Ave., at the Pine Bluff. 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 reformarkansas@yahoo.com.

Wednesday, April 10

Ivy Center slates ACT, college prep workshops

The Ivy Center for Education ACT Prep and College Readiness Workshops will be held Wednesday, April 10, at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave. The event is free to students in 7-12th grades, according to a news release. College readiness information will be presented from 4-4:30 p.m. provided by the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff LIONS (Learning Institute and Opportunities for New Students) Program and the UAPB Office of Recruitment. ACT Prep Workshops will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. and the facilitators are from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville Office of Diversity Affairs Outreach. Students interested in attending should email Mattie Collins at mattie1908@gmail.com or Patricia Berry at koolaidpat1@aol.com by Monday, April 8.

Thursday, April 11

Boys and Girls Club sets Heroes Award Dinner, nominations

The Boys and Girls Club of Jefferson County is planning the Heroes Award Dinner and accepting nominations for the annual award. The award dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at First United Methodist Church, 200 W. Sixth Ave. The attire is business casual. Tickets are $25 each. All proceeds will benefit the Boys and Girls Club. To nominate a Heroes Award candidate, complete a nomination form and return it to the Boys & Girls Club of Jefferson County, P.O. Box 6027, Pine Bluff, AR 71611 or via email to Nyeshia Aldridge, chief executive officer, at naldridge@boysgirlsclubjc.org.Details: info@boysgirlsclubjc.org or call 870-850-7500, ext. 102.

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.

Through Friday, April 12

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.

Saturday, April 13

Sound the Alarm Community Day set

The American Red Cross will present a Sound the Alarm Pine Bluff Community Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave. Community day is in partnership with the United Way of Southeast Arkansas and Pine Bluff Fire & Emergency Services Department. The event is open to the public and will include a bouncy house for children, free hot dogs, snacks and drinks, a Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV), a fire truck and a fire safety house and a dunking booth. Booth space is free for all non-profits operating in Jefferson County. For-profit businesses may set up a table for a minimum $50 donation to the Red Cross Home Fire and Disaster Relief. To reserve a space, organizations should RSVP by Friday, April 5, to Lori Arnold at lori.arnold2@redcross.org .

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.

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.

Tuesday, April 16

Camden Job Fair features major agencies, officials say

The Camden Job Fair 2019 will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at the Student Center Grand Hall of Southern Arkansas University Tech at Camden. Called the largest job fair in South Arkansas, the event offers an opportunity for Camden and South Arkansas residents to meet with some of the largest companies about current and future openings in the area, according to a news release. Details: Ouachita Partnership for Economic Development, Dotty Harris, 870-836-2210, jobfair@teamcamden.com or www.teamcamden.com .

GOP to host Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner

The Jefferson County Republican Committee will host the Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at the Pine Bluff Country Club. U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman will be the keynote speaker. The reception begins at 6 p.m. with a prime rib buffet followed by a program, according to a news release. Presenters will include state Sen. Trent Garner, state Rep. Ken Bragg, state Rep. Mike Holcomb and Secretary of State John Thurston. Reception/dinner tickets are $110 each. Tickets for dinner only are $49. Tables for eight (reception and dinner) will cost $725. For details or to reserve tickets, email soffers@sbcglobal.net.

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

Arsenal to receive safety award

The Pine Bluff Arsenal has earned a One Million Man Hour Safety Award and will be honored in a ceremony at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 25, at the White Hall Community Center. Leon Jones Jr., director of the Arkansas Department of Labor, made the announcement in a press release March 18.

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. Jefferson Regional Medical Center will sponsor a health fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the back of the convention center arena. All health fair screenings will be free to wearers of the Expo wristbands. The Business Expo Breakfast will be held 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, mowens@pinebluffchamber.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 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.

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.rw@gmail.com 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.


On-going events

Tuesdays and Thursdays

Parent center’s community computer lab available

The Pine Bluff School District’s Title I Parent & Family Resource Center’s community computer lab is available for use by parents, teachers, students and the community, according to a news release. Located in the Jordan-Chanay Administrative Center at 1215 W. Pullen St., the lab will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-6:30 p.m. and the second and fourth Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon (excluding holidays.) Details: Parent Center Coordinator Freddie Jolivette, 850-2008/2009.


Free financial seminars

Free small business financial planning and management classes are held at 7 p.m. every Tuesday at Unity Christian Fellowship Church, 2712 S. Bay St., at Pine Bluff. Anthony Armstrong, the pastor and regular instructor of the class, is a business analyst for the Arkansas Economic Development Commission’s Small and Minority Business Division. Details: www.unitychristianfellowshipchurch.com

Toastmaster Club

Simmons First Pine Bluff Toastmaster Club meets at 12:15 p.m. each Tuesday on the ground floor of the city hall next to the chambers. All those who are interested in better communication and leadership skills are invited. Details: Barbara Rhinehart, 534-3625.