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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.

UAM McGehee to host hiring fair

The University of Arkansas at Monticello College of Technology at McGehee will host a hiring fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 18. The Arkansas Career Pathways event will be held in the large conference room on the campus, according to a news release. Details: Cortez C. Smith, program director for the Career Pathways Initiative at UAM McGehee, 870-460-2102.

Retired Teachers Association plans luncheon

The Jefferson County Retired Teachers Association will hold its monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 18, at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave. The speaker will be Superintendent Doug Dorris of the White Hall School District, according to a news release. The cost of the luncheon meal is $6 and reservations will need to be made, according to the release.

Career awareness day set at James Matthews

James Matthews Elementary School in the Dollarway School District will host its annual career awareness day from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, April 18. The keynote speaker will be local children’s book author, Alice Horton. Participants will also hear from many guest speakers, including Mayor Shirley Washington, according to a news release. Several college and business representatives will be available as students visit their tables and ask questions about careers, according to the release. Details: http://www.dollarwayschools.org/o/elementary-school or 870-534-0726.

Christian Women’s Connection announces luncheon

The Pine Bluff Christian Women’s Connection will hold its monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 18, at the Pine Bluff Country Club. The featured speaker will be the Rev. Steve Wingo, senior pastor of Lakeside United Methodist Church at Pine Bluff. The luncheon speaker will be Barbara McKinney of Watauga, Texas. The cost of the luncheon is $13.50 and reservations are required by calling Jennifer Keahey at 870-540-9302.

NAACP to hold meeting

The Pine Bluff Branch of the NAACP will meet Thursday, April 11, at Bethany Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 1923 S. Olive St. The executive committee will meet at 6 p.m. and the regular meeting will begin at 7 p.m., according to a news release.

LLCs Operating Agreements Workshop set

The Generator will host the LLCs Operating Agreements Workshop from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at the welcome center of Southeast Arkansas College. Participants will learn about the reasons to have an operating agreement and the various sections that belong in an operating agreement, according to a news release. The Generator is an innovation hub powered by Go Forward Pine Bluff. Sponsors are Business Innovations Legal Clinic — William H. Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. For details or to register, visit https://goforwardpinebluff.org/the-generator/

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.

Beginning Thursday, April 18

Arts center to host performance of Emperor’s New Clothes

The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St., will present The Emperor’s New Clothes, an Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre on Tour program. The play will be held at 10 a.m. and noon Thursday and Friday, April 18-19. Four performances will be held, although the 10 a.m. April 18 showing is sold out, according to a news release. The cost of admission is $5 and payment is due at time of registration. For tickets, call 870-536-3375. Details: asc701.org/visiting-productions .

Neighborhood Watch Groups plan events

Pine Bluff area Neighborhood Watch Groups announced upcoming meetings. The Calvary Association Group will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at St. Stephens Chuch of God in Christ, 4805 W. 14th Ave. Details: 870-879-9023. The Sheraton Park Neighborhood Watch group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at Grace Episcopal Church, 4101 S. Hazel St. Details: 870-535-0303. The East Harding Neighborhood Watch Group will meet at 5 p.m. Monday, April 22, 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, April 23, 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, April 25, at Family Community Development Corp. Center, 1001 N. Palm St. Details: 870-850-7094. The Riverside/Pot Liquor Neighborhood Watch Group will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at Riverside Wing Thing, 2010 Port Road. Details: 870-535-1860. Details: Deborah Davis, the Neighborhood watch coordinator at the Pine Bluff Police Department, 870-730-2073.

Upcoming events set with the Office of the Mayor

The community is invited to attend upcoming events announced by the Office of Mayor Shirley Washington. These include: Thursday, April 18 — 6 p.m. at the Pine Bluff Convention Center – Census Complete Count Kickoff; Monday, April 29 — 6 p.m. at the Pine Bluff Convention Center – My Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper Kickoff; Wednesday, May 1 — 11 a.m. at 601 Main Street – Main Street Plaza Opening; Monday, May 13 — 6 p.m. at the Pine Bluff Convention Center - Aquatics Center Forum; Saturday, June 15 — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Juneteenth Celebration — on the steps of the Jefferson County Courthouse. Details: 870-730-2000, ext. 7.

Friday, April 19

Candle lighting to honor murder victims Norfleet, Shaw

The annual candle lighting program will be held in memory of the late Keith Norfleet and Arthur Shaw, who were murdered on Easter Sunday 21 years ago. The service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Good Friday, April 19, at Barraque Street Baptist Church, 1800 W. Pullen Ave., according to a news release. The community is invited to attend. “Families are welcome to bring photos of their loved ones and their own personal candles to light,” according to the release. Details: 501-563-9783.

UAPB Athletics to celebrate completion of Simmons Bank Pavilion

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Department of Athletics will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony of the new Simmons Bank Pavilion and announce the newly named Bill Jones Field. The event will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 19, at the Torii Hunter Baseball and Softball Complex. Participants will include UA System President Donald Bobbitt, members of the UA System Board of Trustees, Simmons First National Corp. Chief Executive Officer George Makris, and Sissy’s Log Cabin President Bill Jones. Makris, Jones, and Chancellor Laurence B. Alexander will throw the first pitch at Friday’s game versus the Grambling State Tigers.

Good Friday closings set

Several agencies will be closed in observance of Good Friday, April 19.Pine Bluff City Hall; Jefferson County Courthouse and related offices (including the e-waste facility that will be closed Saturday, April 20); Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Alliance for Jefferson County.

SEARK sets instructor recruitment fair

Southeast Arkansas College will host an instructor recruitment fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, April 19, at McGeorge Hall. Lunch will be provided. Participants will learn more about SEARK, requirements and openings for instructors, according to a news release. Details: 870-543-4822.

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.

Saturday, April 20

New St. Hurricane sets Easter party

New St. Hurricane Missionary Baptist Church, 3319 S. Ohio St., will sponsor an Easter party at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 20. The event will include food, music, games, giveaways, bounce houses and an egg hunt. The community is invited to attend, according to a news release. Details: http://www.newsthurricane.org/ or 870-536-8337.

Wheeler Chapel opens pantry

Wheeler Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 3519 Wheeler Chapel Road, will open its food pantry from 7-8 a.m. Saturday, April 20. Details: Wheeler Chapel, 870- 540-0477.

Mt. Zion at Altheimer to open pantry

Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church at Altheimer will open its food pantry from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 20. Participants must be at least 18 years old and bring a photo ID. Food boxes will be given to only one person per household, according to a news release.

New Community sets Easter Egg hunt, activities

New Community Church, 321 N. Birch St., will host an Easter Egg hunt and activities from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 20. The event will include indoor and outdoor games as well as refreshments, according to a news release.

Delta Network to give away food, clothes at Easter event

Food, clothes and other items will be given away during the annual Citywide Easter Celebration from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at Concourse D of the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The Delta Regional Community Services Outreach Network Inc. and the Hosanna Christian Church & Ministries will host the giveaway and an Easter Resurrection Program, according to a news release. Free 10-pound bags of chicken, grocery boxes, clothes and household items will be given away to the participants who register and attend the event. Easter baskets will be given to the first 100 children (up to age 12.) Contributions are also being accepted and may be taken to the convention center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 19. All donations are tax deductible. Checks should be made payable to Delta Network Inc. and mailed to P.O. Box 20278, Pine Bluff, AR, 71612. Details: Louis and Jacqueline Ross, 870-536-2424.

Free money management workshop set

A free money management workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Delta Omega Omega Chapter, and First Sisters Outreach Inc. 501c3, will present “Money 101: Building Your Economic Legacy.” The session includes credit repair and credit management, investments, retirement, life insurance, home buying and home buying assistance, according to the news release. The community is invited to attend. Free gifts will be given to the first 50 people who registration. Registration will be held from 10-10:30 a.m. Details: LaTunda Edwards, chairwoman, at ledwards8195@yahoo.com.

Kids Cook event set at arts center

The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St., will hostKids Cook!™ Kitchen Chemistry Workshops from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, April 20. Faith Anaya of Kids Cook! leads cooking classes that promotes nutritious recipes for a foundation in healthy living, according to the release. Children 10 years old and older may join. Space is limited to 12 students. The cost is $10 for ASC members and $15 for nonmembers. Kids Cook! Kichen Chemistry workshops are made possible by a grant from the Blue & You Foundation. For registration and details, visit asc701.org/kids-cook/.

Beginning Saturday, April 20

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 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.

Heavy Metal: Arkansas Women to Watch 2019 set at arts center

The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St., will host Heavy Metal: Arkansas Women to Watch 2019 from 10 a.m. Saturday, April 20, through 4 p.m. Saturday, June 22. The opening reception is from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 25 and it’s free and open to the public. Heavy Metal is part of the Women to Watch exhibit program featuring Arkansas artists Michele Fox, Amanda Heinbockel, Robyn Horn, and Holly Laws.

Monday, April 22

Retired federal employees to meet

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) Chapter 287 will meet at 11:30 a.m. Monday, April 22, at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Building, 211 W. Third Ave. Lunch will be available. This will be the quarterly business meeting with committee reports. Participants will also discuss the 64th NARFE Arkansas Federation scheduled for May 16-17 at the Arkansas 4-H Center at Little Rock, according to a news release. Details: https://www.narfe.org/site/ar/

Tuesday, April 23

A&P Finance Committee meets

The Pine Bluff Advertising and Promotion Finance Committee will meet at noon Tuesday, April 23. The meeting will be held in the second floor conference room of the A&P Offices 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 sets special meeting

The McGehee School Board will hold a special board meeting at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, at the McGehee High School Library. Details: 870-222-3670.

YouthPartners sets spring salad luncheon fundraiser

YouthPartners will hold a spring salad luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave. The purpose is raise funds for the Imagination Library program in Jefferson County, which provides age-appropriate books for children. Books are mailed every month directly to the child’s home (in their name), according to a news release. Carryout meals will be available. The tickets cost $10. For ticket information, contact Rosie Clayton at walker87clayton8@gmail.com or Linda Bateman at youthpartners@pbreynoldscenter.org. Details: 870-534-8251.

Free workshop to focus on starting a business

Startup Small Talk, a free seminar geared toward people interested in starting a business, will be held from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave. The event is sponsored by the University of Arkansas at Monticello ASBTDC (Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center), according to a news release. Panelists will be Jan Robinson, owner of Uptown Salon & Boutique; Valandra Oliver, owner of Bella Cleaning Services; and Herb Lawrence, lender relations specialist for U. S. Small Business Administration. Sponsors are ASBTDC and the Generator. Although the event is free, registration is required until April 23. Details: UAM ASBTDC, 870-460-1910.

Pine Bluff Ward 1’s Village Meeting set

Pine Bluff Ward 1’s Village Meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, at First United Methodist Church, 200 W. Sixth Ave. The community is invited to attend. Topics will include planning, partnerships, information and growth, according to a news release. Free food and drinks will be provided. Details: 1-844-OUR-CITY.

Beginning Tuesday, April 23

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 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.

Beginning Tuesday, April 23

Pine Bluff City Council committees to meet

Several Pine Bluff City Council committee meetings have been scheduled. 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.

Wednesday, April 24

Advertising and Promotion panel to meet

The Pine Bluff Advertising and Promotion Commission will meet at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, in the front office conference room of the Pine Bluff Convention Center. A tour of the convention center will be held from 4-4:30 p.m. followed by the business meeting, according to a news release. Details: 870-534-2121 or 870-534-2160.

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.

Westerman to host Rural Broadband Roundtable at UAM

U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Ark., will host a broadband roundtable at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, at the student center of the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Arkansas’ Fourth District congressman set the event to discuss the needs and progress in rural connectivity in southern Arkansas, according to a news release. Guests will include David Branscum, Arkansas state director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service, and invited participants Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin and Nathan Smith, economic policy director of the Arkansas Development Finance Authority.

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, April 25

United Way to hold 72nd annual meeting

United Way of Southeast Arkansas will host its 72nd annual meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at the A&B conference room of the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center. The agency will install officers and board members and review financial information, according to a news release. Details: 870-534-2153.

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 .

God is The Answer Motivational Night

God is The Answer Motivational Night will be held from 6-7-30 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at Agape Arts Center, 1520 S. Poplar St. The event will be presented by Marina Amdream, a motivational speaker, in collaboration with guest speakers Valarie Elders, Roosevelt Brown and Krystal Stafford, according to a news release. The community is invited to attend. Refreshments will be served. Details: Marina Amdream at emrovideos@gmail.com.

EOC board meets

The board of directors of the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Economic Opportunities Commission will meet at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 25, at the Administration Building, 1201 W. Pullen St. The date was changed from April 18. The meeting is open to the public.

Friday, April 26

Neighbor to Neighbor fish fry, silent auction set

Tickets are available for Neighbor to Neighbor’s annual Fish Fry and Silent Auction in Gallagher Hall at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 412 W. Sixth Ave. The event will be held Friday, April 26. Lunch will be served between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and dinner will be served from 5-7 p.m. Knights of Columbus will cater the event which will also feature a silent auction. All proceeds will benefit Neighbor to Neighbor, which provides food and emergency assistance to needy families. Tickets are $13. Meals may be carried out. Seated meals in Gallagher Hall will be all you can eat. Delivery will be available during the lunch hour for orders of 10 or more to the same address. Tickets are available at Neighbor to Neighbor, from any board member or at the door. Details: Neighbor to Neighbor, 534-2883.

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.

Our Front Porch project set at arts center

Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St., will host a portion of the Our Front Porch celebration alongside the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library System Saturday, April 27, from noon to 3 p.m. All are welcome to attend the free program. ASC events will include stop motion, shadow puppetry, mixed media sculptures and jewelry, and mask making. Library events include a concert with David Sadler, readings by Rex Nelson and Stacey McAdoo, family activities, a chicken cook off, and more. Traveling Arts Fiesta is the sponsor. Our Front Porch celebration continues through 4 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at the arts center. Traveling Arts Fiesta, a nonprofit agency dedicated to bringing cultures together and celebrating Hispanic art, is launching the year-long outreach traveling art exhibit, according to the release. Details: Arts & Science Center, asc701.org/ or 870-536-3375.

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 .

Monday, April 29

AARP Driver Safety Class set

The AARP Driver Safety Class will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, April 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 that will enable drivers 50 and older to receive a discount on their automobile insurance for three years. The cost of the course is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-AARP members. Payment may be cash or check. 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 and leave a name and phone number.

Tuesday, April 30

Highway department seeks input about Highway 190 work

The Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) will hold a public involvement meeting from 4-7 p.m. April 30 Tuesday, April 30, at the cafeteria of Coleman Intermediate School, 4600 W. 13th Ave. Officials will present and discuss the proposed plans for minor widening to State Highway 190. The proposal calls for widening State Highway 190 between 11th Avenue and Harding Avenue and between Interstate 530 and U.S. 79B (Franklin Street and Sixth Avenue.) The meeting will follow an open house format. The public is invited to visit any time during the scheduled hours to view displays, ask questions and offer comments. Details: ArDOT’s Public Information Office, info@ardot.gov or 501-569-2000.

UAMS Family Medical Center sets grand opening

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Family Medical Center will sponsor a grand-opening ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at its new site, 1601 W. 40th Ave. at Pine Bluff. UAMS Family Medical Center-Pine Bluff (AHEC Family Practice) has been in business 40 years, according to a news release. Details: 870-541-6000.

Through Tuesday, April 30

Jefferson County Farm Bureau scholarship available

The Jefferson County Farm Bureau is accepting applications for a $1,000 scholarship through April 30. The scholarship is based on academic achievement, character, career plans and leadership potential, according to a news release. The recipient must be a student pursuing an agriculture related degree, have a 2.5 grade point average or equivalent, be a U.S. citizen, Arkansas resident and have an active Farm Bureau family membership, according to the release. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, April 30. Details: Jefferson County Farm Bureau, 4941 Bobo Road, Pine Bluff, Ark., or 870-535-7740.

Deadline set for PB summer youth jobs applications

Applications for the City of Pine Bluff Summer Youth Employment Program are available at the Human Resources Department, Room 104, at the civic center, 200 E. Eighth Ave. The program will be held for six weeks. Applications are also available at www.cityofpinebluff.com and will be accepted until Tuesday, April 30, according to the news release from Mayor Shirley Washington’s office. Applicants must be 16-21 years of age, a resident of Jefferson County, and a full-time high school or college student. Interviews will be held at the Pine Bluff Convention Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, April 13, and May 4. The program will operate from June 10 to July 19. Youth employees will work 20 hours per week and earn $9.25 per hour. Details: Connie Jackson at 870-717-4920.

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.

Shredding, recycling event set

A Spring Shredding and Recycling Event, hosted by Clean & Beautiful and Jefferson County Recycling, will be held Friday, May 3, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Jefferson County Recycling Center behind Pope Furniture on East Harding Avenue. This event is free to the public. The max limit for shredding is 15 boxes per person. There will also be regular recycling and a medication take back. “Clean up around your property and help spruce up for spring,” a spokesman said. Details: Kelli Kennedy at Clean and Beautiful, 870- 543-4901.

Monday, May 6

Pre-Mother’s Day social set at Villages East

A pre-Mother’s Day social will be held from 6:15-7:15 p.m. Monday, May 6, at the Villages of General Baptist (East) Nursing Facility, (formerly Davis Life Care East), 6811 S. Hazel St. The event will include a free picture taken of each woman who wants one, presentation of balloons and roses, music, games and words of encouragement from Renee Henderson, a journalist from Conway, according to a news release. Family and friends are invited to attend. Details: 870-535-1155.

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.

Tuesday, May 7

IP/Evergreen retirees to host meeting

The International Paper/Evergreen Packaging Retirees will meet from 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, 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.

Friday, May 10

Metal Roofing Supply plans grand opening

Metal Roofing Supply & Manufacturing, 3414 U.S. 65 South, will conduct a grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday, May 10. The business is a new member of the Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce, according to the Chamber newsletter.

Thursday, May 16

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.

Tuesday, May 21

Construction Site Erosion Control workshop set

The Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service, 500 S. Idaho St., will host a Construction Site Erosion Control Training beginning at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 21. Participants will see on-site structural erosion control demonstrations from 10-11 a.m. at an Urban Renewal construction site, according to a news release. At noon, a lunch and learn section will be held with Darragh Company at the extension office, according to the release. To register or for details, contact Christine Cooley, County Extension Agent - Stormwater, Jefferson County Extension Service, at ccooley@uaex.edu or 534-1033.

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.

Saturday, June 8

Tour de Tomato Bike Ride new Warren festival event

The Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival planners have added an event to the 2019 festival lineup. The Tour de Tomato will feature bike riders of all ages, according to a news release. The race event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 8, the Saturday before the festival weekend. Tour de Tomato will begin at the Bradley County Courthouse in downtown Warren with the sign in at the Donald W. Reynolds YMCA nearby. The advance registration fee is $30. On the day of race, the fee will be $40. Entry forms are available at www.pinktomatofestival.com .Details: Randy Rawls at: https://runsignup.com/Race/AR/Warren/TourDeTomatoBicycleRide .

Beginning Monday, June 10

TOPPS, YEAH-8 announce plans for youth camp

TOPPS (Targeting Our People’s Priorities with Service) Inc. and YEAH-8 (youth, education, arts, health) will host the camp. Camp will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 10 through Aug 2. Breakfast and lunch will be served daily, according to a news release. Spark Stem Curriculum will be used to introduce reading, math and writing through coding, engineering and building robots. Events will also include swimming, skating, bowling, fishing, field trips to museums, cooking, art, introduction to Spanish and French, ballroom dancing, tap, jazz and marshal arts. Kevin Burgess is the TOPPS camp director. Annette Dove is the TOPPS executive director. Applications are available at TOPPS, 1000 Townsend Drive. For details and the camp fee, visit topps@toppsinc.org or call 870-850-6011.

Saturday, June 15

City of Pine Bluff plans 2019 Juneteenth Celebration

The 2019 City of Pine Bluff Juneteenth Celebration will be held on the steps of the Jefferson County Courthouse Saturday, June 15. The Juneteenth program will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a block party from 3-9 p.m. following on Barraque and Main streets, according to a news release from Mayor Shirley Washington’s office. The event will feature free food, vendors, performances, music, activities for children and educational presentations. Juneteenth celebrates the anniversary of the abolition of slavery and the theme of the event is strong families, strong communities, according to the release. Interested vendors and participants may contact the Mayor’s Office. Details: 870-730-2000, ext. 7.