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Wednesday, July 3
State officials, FEMA open disaster relief office in Jefferson County
FEMA, state officials and others will host a disaster relief center at Pine Bluffto assist flood victims. The center opened June 27 at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave. This site will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1-5 p.m. Sunday. The center will offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in counties included in the federal disaster declaration for flooding in Arkansas between May 21 and June 14, according to a news release from the United Way of Southeast Arkansas.Residents and businesses should register for disaster assistance before visiting the center. Ways to register include: Online at disasterassistance.gov or disasterassistance.gov/es (for Spanish speaking individuals); or by calling the disaster helpline at 800-621-3362 between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. The line is available seven days a week until further notice.
Commercial sets church news deadline
Church news is printed in The Commercial on Friday and the deadline to submit church announcements is noon Wednesday. Articles may be submitted by email to email@example.com, faxed to 870-534-0113, mailed to P.O. Box 6469, Pine Bluff, AR, 71611, or hand delivered to 300 S. Beech St. Area pastors or associate pastors may also submit columns for the Devotional Page by emailing the article and a photo. Photos may also accompany church news by email.
Thursday, July 4
Agencies close for holiday
Several agencies will be closed for July 4. These include federal and state government offices, U.S. Postal Services, financial institutions, The Pine Bluff Commercial business offices, Altheimer City Hall and White Hall City Hall. Jefferson County Courthouse and related offices and Pine Bluff City Hall City hall will be closed Thursday, July 4, and Friday, July 5.
Pine Bluff’s 4th of July fireworks set at Saracen Landing
Pine Bluff’s 4th of July Celebration has been moved to Saracen Landing and events start at 8 p.m., according to Kerry Battle, director of the Pine Bluff Festival Association. The move was due to all the recent flooding and damage to the electrical system. Activities begin with Billy Coble of K-Train 104.5FM. The fireworks show will start at 9 p.m. In case of severe weather, the fireworks will be available for viewing at Saracen Landing Friday, July 5, at 9 p.m. Limited parking is availalbe at Saracen Landing, the courthouse parking lot and elsewhere. Details: 870-536-0920.
Friday, July 5
Live@5 to feature Charlotte Taylor and Gypsy Rain
The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St., will host Live@5 featuring Charlotte Taylor and Gypsy Rain from 5-7 p.m. Friday, July 5. ASC hosts musicians on the first Friday of every month. Two hours of live entertainment costs $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers. Complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are provided and guests must be 21 or older to enter. This event is sponsored by M.K. Distributors Inc.
Young Business Owners White Party set
A free Young Business Owners White Party will be held from 7-10 p.m. Friday, July 5, at Burt’s Food Court & Events, 209 S. Main St. Marina Amdream (aka Arkansas Amdream), a Pine Bluff local video creator, and Wow Wallace Flowers & Gifts will host the event, according to a news release. Refreshments will be served and DJ King Julian will play music.
Toltec to host special Friday Craft event
Join a park interpreter at Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park at Scott for the first Friday Craft from 1-2 p.m. July 5. Participants will make the rattle, a musical instrument used by many Southeastern Native American groups, according to a news release. The fee to attend the First Friday Craft is $5 per person. To register or for details, contact a Toltec park interpreter at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or 501-961-9442 or visit http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/toltec/.
Saturday, July 6
Saracen Landing Farmers Market opens
The Saracen Landing Farmers Market is open and officials will celebrate its 45th anniversary Saturday, July 6, from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m., according to a news release. Flooding prevented the original opening of June 1. All vendor booths are free July 6, however, they must register, according to the release. The community is urged to visit Saracen Landing Farmers Market for fresh fruits and vegetables. The market is open Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturdays from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Hope Apostolic offers free clothes
Hope Apostolic Faith Ministries, 5910 Carbon St., will give away clothes from 7-10 a.m. Saturday, July 6, according to a news release.
Sunday, July 7
Jonathan Chism, Pine Bluff native, plans book signing
Jonathan Langston Chism, PhD, will return to his home church at Pine Bluff for a book signing of his work, “Saints In The Struggle.” The book signing will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 7, at East End Church of God in Christ, 709 Virginia St. A native of Pine Bluff, Chism is the son of Elder Moses and Forrestine Chism. Currently, he is also an assistant professor of history at the University of Houston-Downtown.
Beginning Monday, July 8
Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library System plans programs
The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library System announces upcoming programs including: Children’s projects — Movie Day: Weekly on Fridays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Quilting 101 Class, Date: Mondays, July 8, 15, 22, and 29; Time: 1-3 p.m. Michael Albert Artist Workshop: Tuesday, July 9; Time: 2-4 p.m. Albert brings his nationally known “Modern Pop Art Experience/Cereal Box Collage workshop” to the library. Author Book Signing: Mark Spencer: Thursday, July 25, Time: 4-5:30 p.m.. Spencer is the author of the nonfiction novel A Haunted Love Story and several novels. Make a Pinwheel Galaxy: Monday, July 8, Time: 11:30 a.m. Children will cut out and assemble their own Pinwheel Galaxy. Eggstronaut Drop: Tuesday, July 9, Time: 10 a.m. Children will engineer a space capsule to protect an egg that will be dropped from a specific height.
Beginning Tuesday, July 9
Korean Medal of Peace to be awarded to veterans
U.S. Korean War Veterans are scheduled to receive the Korean Medal of Peace at various ceremonies, according to a news release from Sue Harper with the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs. Awards will be presented: At 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, at the municipal building at McGehee and 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, at the Old National Guard building at Dermott. All of the county-level events will culminate in a state ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 27, at the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History at Little Rock.
Generator, SBA plan human resources workshop series
A human resources workshop series will be presented by the U.S. Small Business Administration (Arkansas office) and The Generator, part of Go Forward Pine Bluff, according to a news release. July 9 — From 6-8 p.m., Recruiting, Interviewing & Hiring workshop will be held at the welcome center at Southeast Arkansas College. July 16 — From 6-8 p.m., Onboarding, Training and Performance Management workshop will be held at the welcome center at SEARK. July 23 — From 6-8 p.m., Employment Law workshop will be held at the welcome center at SEARK. Registration is required to attend the workshops. Interested participants may register at https://goforwardpinebluff.org/the-generator/
Wednesday, July 10
UALR TRIO sets career fair at Pine Bluff Goodwill
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock TRIO program will host its first Delta Educational Opportunity Center Career and Education Fair at Pine Bluff. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, at the Goodwill Store & Donation Center, 2514 W. 28th Ave. All services are free of charge to applicants, according to a news release. The Delta Educational Opportunity Center (Delta EOC) is a federally funded TRIO program that assists adults in enrolling in and completing a post-secondary education program. Details:: https://ualr.edu/trioeocets/eoc/
Friday, July 12
Dumas Chamber to host Corn Supper
The Dumas Chamber of Commerce will host the annual Corn Supper featuring Esau’s sweet corn. This event will begin at 5 p.m. Friday, July 12, at the Dumas Community Center. At the event, the Chamber will allow organizations to recognize people such as Desha County Farm Family of the Year and the Dumas Lions Club Man & Woman of the Year, according to a news release. Details: 870-382-5447.
Saturday, July 13
Arts center plans Family FunDay
The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St., will host its free Second Saturday Family FunDay featuring “Rocket Power” from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, July 13. The community is invited to come and craft unique ships and safely shoot them off. ASC’s Second Saturday Family FunDay program offers monthly hands-on arts, science, and theatre activities. Activities are led by visiting artists, local art educators, and ASC staff. Everyone is invited to join the creativity.
Saturday, July 20
Desha County Compassionate Friends host walk
Desha County Compassionate Friends 20th annual Walk to Remember will be held at 7 a.m. Saturday, July 20, at the Dumas Community Center indoor track at Dumas. All parents, grandparents and siblings of a deceased child, supportive friends, family members, churches and organizations are invited to join the walk to remember all children who died, a spokesman said. There is no admission for the walk, however, anyone who wishes to give a donation in memory of a child may do so. Donations may be mailed to Desha County Compassionate Friends, P. O. Box 482, Dumas, Ark., 71639. Details: 870-489-5905 or 870-866-6985.
Beginning Friday, July 26
Legally Blonde The Musical begins at ASC
The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St., will host Legally Blonde The Musical at 7:30 p.m. July 26-27, Aug. 2-3; 2 p.m. July 28 and Aug. 4. An award-winning musical based on the movie, Legally Blonde The Musical follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. Tickets are on sale at asc701.org/upcoming-season and are $18 for members, $22 for non-members and $15 for students. The 2019 ASC summer musical is sponsored by Simmons Bank. Details: asc701.org/.
Through Wednesday, July 31
Area Agency hosts Beat the Heat Fan Drive
The Area Agency on Aging of Southeast Arkansas is sponsoring its annual “Beat The Heat Fan Drive” for Jefferson County through Wednesday, July 31. The effort began June 4. The purpose of the drive is to raise money to purchase fans or an air conditioners for elderly or disabled people, according to a news release. People who want to make a donation or purchase a fan should call Carolyn Ferguson or Pauline Jones at Area Agency, 870-543-6300 or 1-800-264-3260.
Friday, Aug. 9
Deadline set for Leadership Pine Bluff application
The Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce is still accepting nominations for the 2019-2020 Leadership Pine Bluff class. A formal application will be sent to the applicant upon receipt of a completed nomination form or forms may be picked up at the Chamber, 510 Main St. The deadline for an application to the class is Friday, Aug. 9. Details: Lynette Bloomberg, Chamber director, firstname.lastname@example.org or 870-535-0110.
Wednesday, Aug. 14
Pine Bluff Commercial hosts open house
The community is invited to attend an open house at the Pine Bluff Commercial, 300 S. Beech St., from 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14. Tours of the facility will be available refreshments will be served.
Friday, Sept. 20
Chamber to host Taste of Southeast Arkansas
The 2019 Taste of Southeast Arkansas will be held Friday, Sept. 20, at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Tickets are $50 each, according to a newsletter from the host, the Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce. A program for the Jefferson County Young Professionals Network, the event in 2018 featured samplings of signature dishes prepared by regional chefs. Details: The Chamber, 870-535-0110.
Thursday, Oct. 24
Goldmon Farm Family of Year to be honored
Dell-Cam Farms and the Dewayne Goldmon Family of the Altheimer/Pine Bluff area are the 2019 Jefferson County Farm Family of the Year, according to a newsletter from the Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce. The Farm Family will be the guests of honor at the Chamber’s 67th Annual Farmers Appreciation Fish Fry on Thursday, Oct. 24.