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Friday, April 5

UAM to perform scenes from Mozart’s opera

The University of Arkansas at Monticello Music Theatre Workshop will perform scenes from Mozart’s comic opera “Così fan tutte” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 5. Held at the UAM Fine Arts Center Auditorium, the performance is free and open to the public, according to a news release. Details: UAM Division of Music, 870-460-1060.

WH Noon Lions Club plans chicken dinner fundraiser

The White Hall Noon Lions Club will hold their annual John Terry Tyson Chicken Dinner Fundraiser. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, April 5, on the parking lot of Cranford’s Fresh World at White Hall. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased from any White Hall Noon Lions Club member or at the event. Details: Kevin Bonnette at 870-723-6749 or Betsy Francis at 870-489-0770.

Greenway Equipment to host Ag Safety Day

Greenway Equipment Inc., 3110 Auto Drive, and the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service will present Ag Safety Day at Greenway from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m Friday, April 5. Topics will include chemical safety, machine safety, snakes and spiders. Free hearing tests will also be available, according to a newsletter from the Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce. Details: 534-2280 or on Facebook @GreenwayPB .

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.

Paul A. Jones, author, retired security director, to sign books

Pine Bluff author Paul A. Jones, who recently retired as Watson Chapel School District’s director of security, has written his sixth book, “Living Life.” Jones will hold a book signing and meet and greet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 6. The event will be held at Fathers & Sons Clothier in the Jefferson Square Shopping Center, 2801 S. Olive St. Details: officerjones7160320@yahoo.com.

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.

Beginning Saturday, April 6

St. John AME offers free meals

St. John AME Church, 1117 W. Pullen Ave., will provide free meals through its “Soul Food Feeding Program for the Mind, Body and Spirit.” Lunch on Saturdays will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Breakfast on Sundays begin at 9 a.m.

Sunday, April 7

Art League to feature award winner

The Pine Bluff Art League will meet from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, April 7, at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave. The program will be presented by Glenda Mullikin, an award winning member and retired teacher, according to a news release.

Monday, April 8

Letter “A” Club sets conference call meeting

The Letter “A” Club will hold an important conference call meeting at 8 p.m. Monday, April 8. Some issues will be discussed and decisions made regarding the organization, according to a news release. The conference dial-in number is 1-774-220-4000 and the conference ID number is 266-8272. To join the call, participants should call the dial-in number and they will be prompted to enter the conference ID number followed by the pound sign (#).

2 Neighborhood Watch Groups to meet

The Jefferson Heights, French Village, Robin Hood, Edgewood Neighborhood Watch Group will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, April 8, at 4101 W. 32nd Ave. Details: 870-879-3776. The War Ridge Association Group will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, April 8, at Bradshaw Senior Center, 2008 Ridgway Road. Details: 870-329-5468.

Beginning Monday, April 8

Locals to host National Boys & Girls Clubs Week

The Boys & Girls Club of Jefferson County will celebrate the National Boys & Girls Clubs Week. Events include: Monday, April 8 — from 6-7 p.m., an “Ice Cream Social” will be held at the club’s Townsend Park Site, 2701 Short Reeker St. Tuesday, April 9 — “A Day of Giving” will be held for 24 hours. Wednesday, April 10 — from 5:30-6:30 p.m., the “Ravioli Revolution” will be held. Local club sites are fighting hunger by collecting ravioli to donate to the Salvation Army. Thursday, April 11 — from 6:30-8 p.m. , a “Heroes Dinner” will be held at First United Methodist Church, 200 W. Sixth Ave. Friday, April 12 — from 7-9 p.m., “Ready, Set, Roll” will be held at Skateland, 3214 Old Warren Road. The entry fee is $7 and there’s a chance to win prizes. Details: CEO Nyeshia Aldridge, naldridge@boysgirlsclubjc.org or 870-850-7500, ext. 102.

Tuesday, April 9

Auxiliary meets, collects items for Salvation Army

The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 9, in the fellowship room at the Salvation Army headquarters, 501 E. 12th Ave. During the meeting, the auxiliary will host a shower for the Salvation Army to collect items. The most-needed items include deodorant, backpacks/bags for personal items, shower gel/bar soap, laundry detergent pods for shelter, laundry detergent pods for personal use, towels and wash cloths, fabric softener and dryer sheets, pillows, men’s caps and socks, shaving razors, coffee filters/10-12 cup capacity, coffee creamer, and furniture – sofa and love seat: microfiber, doubled-cushions with springs. Auxiliary members are encouraged to share this list with churches and other groups that might have an interest in supporting the work of the shelter, a spokesman said. Details: Salvation Army, 534-0504.

2 Neighborhood Watch Groups to meet

The Taylor Association Group will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, at Rose Hill Baptist Church, 2121 W. 26th Ave. Details: 870-592-0668. The Belmont/Broadmoor Neighborhood Watch Group will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, at 1302 Washington St. Details: 870-536-2925.

Ivy Center to meet

Tuesday, April 9, from 6-7 p.m., the Ivy Center for Education’s Club Scrub Future Medical Professionals will meet with Renisha Ward from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences at Faith Presbyterian Church, 913 University Drive.

Highland church to give away food boxes

The Helping Hands Ministry at Highland Baptist Church, 1320 S. Peach St., will give away food boxes from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 9. Participants should bring their picture ID and utility bill to pick up food. “If picking up for another client, you must have the client’s ID with a written consent,” according to a news release.

Beginning Tuesday, April 9

Downtown Pine Bluff events set

Several events are planned for Downtown Pine Bluff, according to a newsletter from the Pine Bluff Downtown Development Inc. Activities include: Downtown Streetscape Forum — will be held from 3-4 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, at the City Council Chambers of the civic center. Downtown Property owners and Streetscape stakeholders are invited to learn about construction plans, water infrastructure and financing opportunities, a spokesman said. Downtown Block Party “Boxing in the Street” — will be held from 3 p.m. Saturday, April 20, until midnight in the 200 block of Main Street. “Bring your lawn chairs and come out to enjoy music, dancing, food trucks, vendors and much more,” a spokesman said. Aquatics Center Forum — will be held from 6-7 p.m. Monday, May 13, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. Details: Pine Bluff Downtown Development, pbdowntown@sbcglobal.net or 870-536-8742.

Pine Bluff Rotary Club meets

The Downtown Pine Bluff Rotary Club meets at noon Tuesdays at the Pine Bluff Country Club. The program speakers for April include: April 9 — Daniel Robinson, community president of Simmons Bank; April 23 — Jason Rodgers, director of the Jefferson Regional Medical Center’s Wellness Center; April 30 — Students’ Program — Student guests will be the speakers for the final April meeting, according to Diane Tatum, president of the Pine Bluff Rotary Club.

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.

UAPB announces high tunnel gardening training

Fruit and vegetable growers, gardeners and interested parties are invited to the High Tunnel Training at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Wednesday, April 10. The training will be held in the S.J. Parker 1890 Extension Complex at 2300 L.A. “Prexy” Davis Drive. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. in the auditorium and the first session begins at 9 a.m. The training ends after lunch. Topics will include types of high tunnels; crops to grow in high tunnels; irrigation, plastic mulch and compost; soil testing; EQIP funding for high tunnels; and the cost of high tunnels. Pre-registration is requested. For details, for arrangements for participants with special needs or to be included in the meal count, contact Karen Lee, UAPB Extension assistant, by April 9, at leek@uapb.edu or 870-575-7225.

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.

Beginning Wednesday, April 10

Pine Bluff City Council committees to meet

Several Pine Bluff City Council committee meetings have been scheduled. April 10 — At 8:30 a.m., the Administration Committee meets. April 17 — At 11 a.m., the Traffic and Aviation Committee meets, followed at 1:30 p.m. by the Public Safety Committee. April 23 — At 2 p.m., the Public Health and Welfare Committee meets, followed at 3 p.m. by the Community Development Committee meeting at 716 S. Georgia St. April 24 — At 1 p.m., Ways and Means Committee budget review will be held. Details: 870-730-2000.

Thursday, April 11

SEAEDD board to meet at Monticello

The Southeast Arkansas Economic Development District Inc. (SEAEDD) board will meet Thursday, April 11, at the Sadie Johnson Community Center at Monticello. The session will begin with lunch at noon followed by the meeting at 12:30 p.m. The Southeast Arkansas Regional Solid Waste Management Board will meet after the SEAEDD board meeting. Details: SEAEDD, 536-1971.

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.

Beginning Thursday, April 11

Stuttgart to host Historical Association conference

The Arkansas Historical Association’s 78th annual Conference will be held April 11-13 at the Grand Prairie Center of Phillips Community College at Stuttgart. Sessions open at 1 p.m. April 11, according to a news release. The Thursday afternoon genealogy workshop is at the Grand Prairie Center. Thursday night’s reception is at the Museum of the Arkansas Grand Prairie. Friday registration, sessions, break, luncheon, reception, and awards banquet take place at the Grand Prairie Center and at the Phillips Community College UA Seminar Room. The registration deadline is March 29. Details: www.arkansashistoricalassociation.org .

Friday, April 12

AKA, First Sisters seek donations of shoes, eyeglasses

Gently worn shoes and eyeglasses will be collected from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, April 12, at #5 Watson Boulevard. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Delta Omega Omega Chapter, and First Sisters Outreach Inc. 501c3, will collect the items. 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. Collection boxes are also located in the lobby of Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield, 509 Mallard Loop, at Pine Bluff. Participants may drop off shoes and eyes glasses Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Details: Tomekia Brunson-White, Global Impact chairwoman, btomekia@gmail.com or 501-200-0362.

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

Children’s Week Family Fun Day set

The Delta Early Childhood Coalition will sponsor Arkansas Children’s Week Family Fun Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. This event is free to the community and will feature more than 30 participating vendors, according to a news release.

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.

Sunday, April 14

Pine Bluff Art League sets Top of the Middle reception

The Pine Bluff Art League will honor the Top of the Middle Art Contest winners in a reception from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave. All middle and junior high schools in Pine Bluff will be represented. Everyone is invited to attend, a spokeswoman said.

Monday, April 15

UAM Scholars’ Day set

The University of Arkansas at Monticello’s annual Scholars’ Day will begin with freshmen registration at 11 a.m. Monday, April 15, in the Gibson University Center. The event serves first-time freshmen who will begin in the fall and who also have been awarded UAM institutional merit-based scholarships or athletic scholarships. Students receiving these scholarships have received invitations and are asked to RSVP by Thursday, April 11, at https://uamonticello.formstack.com/forms/scholars_day_registration_form. Details: Tyler Harrison, UAM scholarship coordinator, at HarrisonJT@uamont.edu or 870-460-1533.

Through Monday, April 15

Anthony, Gathen, Rainey, Tolbert Scholarships available

The Anthony, Gathen, Rainey and Tolbert Scholarships, named for retired area superintendents, are available. The deadline to apply is Monday, April 15, according to a news release. The scholarships were created by former superintendents Frank Anthony – Pine Bluff School District, Thomas Gathen – Dollarway School District, David Rainey — Dumas School District, and Andrew Tolbert — Warren School District. The $1,000 scholarship, to be given at each school district, was developed to assist students from low-income families in going to college. The student must be a graduating senior from a school district’s Class of 2019, have a minimum grade point average of 2.50, and provide a letter detailing what makes them deserve this honor and their career education choice. Applications are available by contacting the high school counselors of each school district.

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

UAPB Spring Cultural Fest set

The annual Spring Cultural Fest is set for Tuesday, April 16, at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. The event will be held from 6-8:45 p.m. in the Adair-Greenhouse Human Sciences Hall auditorium (room 157) and will feature food and fashion from different cultures, live music and dance, according to a news release. Attendance is free and participants are encouraged to bring a food dish to contribute to the potluck-style dinner. Janette R. Wheat, Ph.D, associate professor for the Department of Human Sciences at UAPB, and her Families Across Cultures class will host the event. Details: Janette Wheat, wheatj@uapb.edu or 870-575-8808.

MECA Board to meet

The MECA (Metropolitan Emergency Communications Association) Board will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 16, in the Emergency Operation Center at the Jefferson County Courthouse.

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.

Thursday, April 18

Pine Bluff to host 2020 Census committee kickoff

The community is invited to the Complete Count Committee Kickoff in preparation for the 2020 U.S. Census. The event will be held from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. “What is a complete count committee? The Pine Bluff Community to work together to increase awareness and motivate residents to participate in the 2020 Census,” according to a news release. Community organizations, students, teachers, businesses, faith-based groups and all residents are invited to attend. “The Census helps Pine Bluff receive its fair share of state and federal funding,” according to the release. “A complete Census county is critical for government programs, policies and decision making. The Census ensures that Pine Bluff is appropriately represented in the state legislature and Congress.” Details: Pine Bluff Mayor Shirley Washington’s Office, at mayor@cityofpinebluff.com or www.cityofpineblff.com or 870-730-2000, ext. 7.

Villages nursing center plans Easter extravaganza

The Villages at General Baptist (West) nursing facility, (formerly Davis Life Care West,) 6810 S. Hazel St., will host an Easter Egg Extravaganza Community Fun Day. The event will be held from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, April 18. An Easter Egg Hunt will be held for children up to 12 years old. Prize eggs will be included in the hunt. The first 100 participants will receive a free Easter basket, however they must have a ticket to receive baskets. Tickets will be handed out at 4 p.m. The event will also feature face painting, games, vendors and a DJ playing music, according to a news release. Details: 870-541-0342.

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 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.

U of A to feature former first lady

Former first lady Laura Bush will speak as part of the student-sponsored Distinguished Lecture Series at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Bush will speak Thursday, April 18, at Bud Walton Arena, according to a news release.

Friday, April 19

Gospel skate party set on Good Friday

A gospel skate party will be held from 7-10 p.m. on Good Friday, April 19, at Skateland, 3214 Old Warren Road. The cost is $7. All youth workers will be special guests. Food trucks will be on site, according to a news release from #TBTNFC (Take Back the Night for Christ.) Details: jasonwilliams@papercityrecords.com .

Through Friday, April 19

James Matthews announces registration dates

James Matthews Elementary School, 4501 Dollarway Road, will hold registration for kindergarten and pre-K students from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 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.

Wednesday, April 24

Hubba Jubba to host Laughter Celebration

Bob “Hubba Jubba” Moss will host a Lunch & Learn event for the National Humor Month party from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, at the Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce, 510 Main St. Lunch will be provided for registered participants, according to the notice in the Chamber newsletter. Sponsored by Moss-Cess LLC, the celebration will include background on Humor Month, tips for getting more out of one’s daily laughter, a brief review of Hubba Jubba’s book, “The Enthusiasm Lafter Connection,” and a drawing for five free books. Autographed copies will be available for $12. Interested participants should RSVP by calling the Chamber at 535-0110 by Monday, April 12.

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.

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 .

Friday, April 26

Consolidated St. Marion hosts Spring Banquet

The Consolidated St. Marion Baptist District Association will present the Eva M. Dickerson Spring Banquet at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 26, at the family life center of Mt. Harmony Baptist Church, 812 E. Harding Ave. The guest speaker will be state Sen. Linda Chesterfield of Little Rock. The attire is semi-formal, according to a news release. Tickets are $35. Details: Annie M. Davis, rejiacjashley@sbcglobal.net or 870-718-6041.

Saturday, April 27

UAPB to host Chancellor’s Scholarship Gala

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Chancellor’s Scholarship Gala will be held at the Pine Bluff Country Club Saturday, April 27. The gala will begin at 6 p.m. with a reception and art auction followed by a dinner and program at 7 p.m. Proceeds will benefit scholarships at UAPB, according to a news release. Calvin E. Booker Sr., a UAPB alumnus will be the host. Waste Management Inc. is the title sponsor of the black-tie event. The 2019 honorees are: Bunia Baxter, Marty Casteel and Drs. Torrance and Christy Walker. Available sponsorships include Presenting ($7,500), Diamond ($5,000), Platinum ($3,500), Gold ($2,500), Silver ($1,500) and Bronze ($750). Tickets are $200 each and may be purchased in the UAPB Development Office at Childress Hall, online at www.uapb.edu/benefit, by phone at 870-575-8701 or 870-575-8703. Checks should be payable to: UAPB Foundation Fund; Chancellor’s Scholarship Gala; University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff; 1200 N. University Drive, Mail Slot 4981; Pine Bluff, AR 71601. Details: 870-575-8701.

Pine Bluff Main Library to host Our Front Porch

Saturday, April 27, from noon to 3 p.m., the community is invited to Our Front Porch at the Main Branch Library of the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library System at the civic center. The event will include storyteller Rex Nelson of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette with anecdotes and stories in “Arkansas Conversation.” Train lovers will hear the story behind Henry Fogg’s painting “The 1947- 1948 Freedom Train,” which made its 100th stop in Pine Bluff. A fine art exhibit focusing on themes of home, place making, and hospitality will be housed at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas. There will be live music and crafts for the entire family. Food trucks open at noon, according to the release.

St. James UMC sets health, community fair

St. James United Methodist Church, 900 N. University Drive, will host a health fair and community fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27. The community is invited to participate in the event which will feature healthcare professionals, mental health professionals, members of the fire and police departments as well as elected officials, according to a news release. There will also be door prizes, live music, and other items, according to the release. The theme will be “Your Health and Community Exploration.” Details: camendenhall904@att.net .

Wednesday, May 1

Alpha Phi Alpha scholarships available in SEA

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Eta Upsilon Lambda Chapter, is offering $250 book scholarships to graduating high school seniors in Crossett, McGehee, Lake Village or Dermott, according to a news release. The application deadline is Wednesday, May 1. The scholarship criteria includes submitting a completed application and having a minimum 2.75 cumulative grade point average. Details: Cortez C. Smith, scholarship committee chairman, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Eta Upsilon Lambda Chapter, at cortezcsmith86@gmail.com or 870-794-4027.

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 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. 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. Express Employment Professionals will sponsor this year’s Hospitality Suite at the expo. Participants at the expo 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.

Deadline set for Little Miss Arkansas contentants

The Little Miss Arkansas Pageant will be held Saturday, May 25, the Hotel Hot Springs in Hot Springs. The entry deadline is Thursday, May 16, according to a news release. The pageant is open to any Arkansas girl between the ages 0-17. There are five age groups competing with a winner and two alternates in each. There is also a photogenic and talent competition. Entry forms are available locally at Bethany’s and Christie’s Children Shops at Pine Bluff, according to the release. Details: http://www.littlemissarkansas.com or Barbara Johnson, 501-318-7876.

Saturday, May 18

Baptist Home for Children sets car show at Monticello

Arkansas Baptist Children’s Homes and Family Ministries will host the first Ride and Shine Car Show at the Baptist Home for Children at Monticello Saturday, May 18. The event will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. The show starts at 11 a.m. and awards will be presented at 1 p.m. The purpose is to help raise funds to meet the needs of children and families in crisis, according to a news release. Early registration fees are $20 a car and $10 for each additional car, or $25 after April 22. Show day registration cost is $25. Details: sprather@arkansasfamilies.org or 501-410-1567.

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.

Beginning Tuesday, May 28

UAM McGehee hosts nursing assistant course

The University of Arkansas at Monticello College of Technology at McGehee will host a four-week nursing assistant course as part of the Career Pathways program. Classes will be held on the McGehee campus from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays Tuesday, May 28, through Thursday, June 27, according to a news release. The training is open to individuals eligible to participate Career Pathways. Eligibility requires participants to have a child under the age of 21, to be seeking short-term career or academic training, and to be a current recipient of governmental assistance. To register or for details, contact Cortez C. Smith, Career Pathways program director, at 870-460-2102 or Justin P. Carbage, community outreach coordinator at 870-460-2129.

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.etails: Barbara Rhinehart, 534-3625.