Calendar Feb. 20

Editor's Note: At press time, the following events and meetings were known to be still scheduled. Organizers or appropriate officials are encouraged to contact Sandra Hope at [email protected] or use our newsroom email [email protected] to make additions or changes.

Tuesday, Feb. 20

Pine Bluff Quilter's Guild meets

The Pine Bluff Quilter's Guild will meet at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 20 at First Baptist Church, 6501 S. Hazel St. The program will be on "Log Cabin Blocks," according to a news release. Members are reminded that dues must be paid by Feb. 27 to be listed in the club directory. Plans for the guild's participation in the Home and Garden Show, to be held April 20, will be discussed.

Lunch and Learn event set

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Business Support Incubator, 615 S. Main St., will hold a Lunch and Learn Toolbox Tuesday event. On Feb. 20, from noon to 1 p.m., the topic will be Access to Capital: How to Fund or Expand Your Small Business. The sessions aim to empower small businesses and the entrepreneurial spirit in the Black community to thrive, according to a news release.

DAR to meet

The Pine Bluff-John McAlmont Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Lakeside United Methodist Church Center, 1500 S. Laurel St. The program will be "The Saracen Nation in Arkansas," according to a news release.

Beginning Tuesday, Feb. 20

Early voting set

Early voting for the March 5 Primary Election will begin Feb. 20 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Early voting will continue those times on weekdays. On Saturdays, early voting will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On the last day, March 4, early voting will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Election-related dates set

In preparation for the Primary Election on March 5, the Jefferson County Clerk's Office announced election-related dates. Feb. 27-This is the deadline to submit absentee applications. March 5-Primary election day; voting is held at polling sites from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. March 5-This is the last day to submit absentee ballots by 7:30 p.m. March 26-April 1-Early voting starts (if needed, for a primary runoff.) April 2-Primary runoff election (if needed.) Feb. 1-May 1 - Independent candidates (for the November General Election) can circulate petitions. Petitions must be filed by noon May 1. Details: Jefferson County Clerk's Office, (870) 541-2125.

ASC seeks Delta residents to discuss climate change

The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas is undertaking an interview project to capture an oral history video on how climate change has affected the people of the Arkansas Delta region. The video will be displayed alongside the art exhibition, "Dialogues with Mother Earth: Drawing to Save the Planet," by Erica Daborn at the arts center Feb. 23 through Aug. 17. Stories from the community about how the impact of climate-related issues such as floods, drought, landscape transformations, or climate-related legislation that may have affected one's life or business will be collected from the public. Delta residents who would like to share their story may contact Shakeelah Rahmaan at [email protected] by 5 p.m. Feb. 29. Details: or (870) 536-3375.

Chamber accepts Expo booth reservations

The Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce is accepting reservations for Business Expo booths. "We're Wild About Pine Bluff" is the theme of Business Expo 2024 slated for May 2 at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The booth fee is $250 for members, and $360 for non-members. The Business Expo Breakfast is served at 7:30 a.m. and the program begins at 8 a.m. Tickets are $25 each or $300 for a table for eight people. The trade show opens at the convention center with a Business VIP Hour from 9-10 a.m. and it's open to public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The breakfast speaker is Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Director Austin Booth. Details: Chamber Director Jennifer Kline at [email protected] or (870) 535-0110.

Wednesday, Feb. 21

A&P finance panel to meet

The Pine Bluff Advertising and Promotion Finance Committee will meet at noon Feb. 21 at the A&P Commission offices, 623 S. Main St. Details: Betty Brown, A&P administrative assistant, (870) 534-2121.

Pine Bluff Commercial sets church news deadline

Church news is printed in The Commercial on Friday. The deadline to submit church announcements is noon Wednesday. Pastors, ministers or others interested in writing for the Devotional Page may also submit columns for consideration. Column writers should have connections to Southeast Arkansas. Articles should be submitted by email to Sandra Hope at [email protected] or [email protected]. Details: (870) 534-3400, ext. 5.

Thursday, Feb. 22

A&P Commission to meet

The Pine Bluff Advertising and Promotion Commission meeting will be held at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the commission office, 623 S. Main St. Details: Betty Brown, A&P administrative assistant, (870) 534-2121.

VA sets date for virtual claims clinic

The Little Rock VA Regional Office will hold a virtual claims clinic for Arkansas Veterans from 4-6 p.m. Feb. 22. To reserve a timeslot, veterans should call (501) 370-3829 before 4 p.m. Feb. 21, according to a news release. Veterans may speak one-on-one to staff of the Little Rock VA Regional Office regarding their claims for VA benefits. The staff will be available to answer questions about existing VA benefits claims and how to file a new one.

District 65 candidates to meet, greet

The Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce will host a meet and greet for state Representative District 65 candidates, the Rev. Glenn Barnes Sr. and Kanisher Caldwell. The event will be held at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Business Support Incubator, 615 S. Main St. The Chamber invites residents to attend, ask questions and learn about the candidates' local and national positions on issues that impact the community, according to the Chamber newsletter.

GOP meeting to host Thurston

The Jefferson County Republican Committee will meet at 6 p.m. Feb. 22 at Larry's Pizza in White Hall. The guest speaker will be Arkansas Secretary of State John Thurston, candidate for state treasurer, according to a news release.

Women Empowering Women set

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center will host Women Empowering Women: Building Black Businesses from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at The ARTSpace on Main, 623 S Main St. The workshop is free and open to everyone. The registration deadline is 5 p.m. Feb. 22. Participants can learn how to start a business the right way, according to a news release. Topics include Business Start-up/Preplanning and Women-owned Businesses. Panelists will be Adriene F. Brown of the U.S. Small Business Administration Arkansas District; Katie Branch, Chick-fil-a of Pine Bluff; and LaTisha Brunson, Pine Bluff City Council member. Details: Bri Clark (501) 804-5421 or 800-862-2040 or

Friday, Feb. 23

UAM plans day for high school juniors, seniors

The University of Arkansas at Monticello Office of Admissions will host Weevil Welcome: College Preview Day on Feb. 23, beginning at 9 a.m. Registration will be held in the fine arts center at UAM. Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m., according to a news release. High school juniors and seniors are invited to attend the event to learn about programs of study at UAM, financial aid, new scholarship opportunities, residence life and more. Parents are also welcome to attend. Students should register on the Weevil Welcome webpage at Details: UAM Office of Admissions at [email protected] or (870) 460-1026.

Reception set for 'Dialogues with Mother Earth'

The ARTx3 Campus will host an opening reception for "Dialogues with Mother Earth: Drawing to Save the Planet," an exhibition by artist Erica Daborn, from 5-7 p.m. Feb. 23. This exhibition will be in the William H. Kennedy Jr. and International Paper galleries at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas. The exhibition will be on view through Aug 16. For more information, visit

Delta Upcycle Challenge deadline set

The Delta Upcycle Challenge is a new regional initiative by the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas (part of the ARTx3 Campus) to bring awareness to the impact that humans have on the environment, tactics to minimize that impact, and share through artistic expression how communities can collaborate to create a beautiful tomorrow. The D.U.C. Project has two competitions: The upcycled mini-sculpture contest for high school students and the upcycled fashion show for students enrolled in a college, university, or trade school. The top 20 entries in both competitions will be showcased, judged, and awarded in person at the ARTx3 Campus on April 13. The deadline to register is 5 p.m. Feb. 23. The submission deadline is 5 p.m. March 29. Learn more and register at For details, contact J. Tyler Lewis at [email protected] or (870) 536-3375.

Beginning Friday, Feb. 23

First Trinity observes 55th homecoming

First Trinity Church of God in Christ, 800 S. Catalpa St., will celebrate its 55th Homecoming Feb. 23-25. At 7 p.m. Feb. 23, the celebration will officially begin with the "Back Home Service." Performances will be presented by the Dewitt Hill Singers, the former Voices of Praise, and Homecoming 2024 Choir. At noon Feb. 24, a special Commemorative Brunch will honor the life and legacy of the former pastor, Hill. On Feb. 25, Homecoming 2024 will climax during the worship service which will begin at 9:15 a.m. The keynote speaker will be Superintendent J.J. Watson of Northside Church of God in Christ of Ft. Smith. The public is invited to attend each service. Details: First Trinity, (870) 534-2873.

Lenten Fish Fry dinners set

The Knights of Columbus Annual Lenten Fish Fry is being held from 5-7 p.m. every Friday through March (except Good Friday, March 29) at St. Joseph Catholic Church, West Sixth Avenue and Laurel Street. People can eat in for the all-you-can-eat dinner or get carry out plates, according to a news release. Dinners for adults are $15 and children $8.

Saturday, Feb. 24

Pleasant Grove to provide food

Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 1801 Indiana St., will be feeding those in need from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 24. The effort will be provided at the church's soup kitchen and pantry, according to a news release.

Jefferson Foundation sets gala

Jefferson Regional Foundation will host the Winter Wonderland Ball 2024 at the White Hall Community Center on Feb. 24. The cocktail hour will begin at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. followed by entertainment, according to a news release. Details: Laura Beth Shaner, (870) 541-7210.

Beginning Saturday, Feb. 24

In Stitches: Beginners Sewing set

The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas (part of the ARTx3 Campus) will host "In Stitches," a five-week beginners sewing class with Lorraine Hatcher from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 24, March 2, 9, 16, and 23. Participants will learn a new project each week. The class fee includes a new sewing machine and supplies. The cost is $300 for members and $350 for nonmembers. Participants must be 12 years or older. To register, visit or call (870) 536-3375. For details, contact Bethany Gere at [email protected].

Sunday, Feb. 25

First Presbyterian sets concert

First Presbyterian Church of Pine Bluff, 717 W. 32nd Ave., invites the community to a free concert at 3 p.m. Feb. 25 featuring Christopher Titko in an organ recital. The performance is dedicated to Pat Brown and her family, who funded the building of the French organ built by Petty-Madden in 1991 for the sanctuary of First Presbyterian, according to a news release.

Kingdom Builders set at New Community

New Community Church, 321 N. Birch St., will host its Kingdom Builders program at 6 p.m. Feb. 25. The featured speaker will be Karen Wine, a member of New Community. Everyone is invited to attend. The program director is Samuel Gibson, a deacon at New Community. The pastor/apostle is Patrick Lockett Sr.

Monday, Feb. 26

Black History Knowledge Bowl set

A Black History Knowledge Bowl will be held at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Pine Bluff Boys and Girls Club satellite site, First United Methodist Church, 200 W. Sixth Ave., according to a news release. The event is sponsored by St. John AME Church's Lay Organization. Sharon Fletcher is the lay president and the Rev. Chestine Sims Jr. is St. John's pastor.

Beginning Monday, Feb. 26

Walk Across Arkansas registration set

Walk Across Arkansas, an eight-week, group-based exercise program supported by the Cooperative Extension Service, is designed to help Arkansans get on their feet and connect with their peers. Registration for the spring 2024 session opens Feb. 26, and participants can register and log exercise minutes at The competition starts March 11 and ends May 12. Teams can consist of one person and up to 30 people. The Cooperative Extension Service, the outreach and education arm of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, offers Walk Across Arkansas each spring and fall. Participants log their total number of minutes spent being physically active each day. Any moderate to vigorous physical activity that boosts the heart rate counts -- not just walking.

Through Tuesday, Feb. 27

Absentee ballot forms available

In preparation for the March 5 Primary Election, the Jefferson County Clerk's Office has absentee ballot applications available to the public weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Voters may also visit the website at to download an application. The completed form can be hand delivered or mailed to the Jefferson County Clerk's Office, 101 W. Barraque St., Ste. 101, Pine Bluff, AR., 71601, or faxed or emailed to the office. All voters who want an absentee ballot must contact the county clerk's office. Feb. 27 is the deadline to submit absentee applications to the clerk's office. Election day, March 5, is the last day to submit absentee ballots by 7:30 p.m. Details: Jefferson County Clerk's Office, (870) 541-2125.

Friday, March 1

Night of Worship 2.0 set

Aaron and Kae Spencer will present More: Night of Worship 2.0 on at 7:30 p.m. March 1 at 8203 Dollarway Road in White Hall (across from White Hall Junior High School.) Musical guests will include psalmist and worship leaders Dre and Alicia Rose, accompanied by Lekiesha James, Jazmine McCombs, Sarah Perry and Veronica Ware. "We are creating an atmosphere for worship for those who desire it," says Kae Spencer. "If you've been longing for something different pertaining to worship, this is the atmosphere for you." Confidential prayer requests can be sent to [email protected].

Through Friday, March 1

AKA scholarships available

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Delta Omega Omega Chapter, in collaboration with First Sisters Outreach Inc., is accepting scholarship applications to be awarded to deserving young women planning to attend the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff during the 2024-2025 school year. Interested high school senior females should carefully review the 2024 scholarship guidelines to ensure eligibility. The 2024 online scholarship application is available at The deadline for submission is March 1, according to a news release.

USDA/1890 scholars deadline set

The application deadline for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)/1890 National Scholars Program is March 1, said Belinda Demmings, USDA liaison for the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. The program awards scholarships to students attending one of 19 historically black land-grant universities. High school seniors entering their freshman year of college and rising college sophomores and juniors are eligible to apply, according to a news release. USDA/1890 National Scholars receive full tuition towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants must apply using the e-application form at this web address:

Through Saturday, March 2

Zeta Phi Beta offers scholarship

The deadline is March 2 to apply for the scholarships offered by the Epsilon Zeta Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. The sorority will provide a $1,000 scholarship to a young woman enrolled at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and a $500 scholarship to a young woman enrolled at Southeast Arkansas College. Applicants must have a 3.0 grade point average. The application, an official transcript, and letters of recommendation on the letter writer's official letterhead may be emailed to [email protected] and/or mailed to P.O. Box 1161, Pine Bluff, AR, 71613 by March 2. Details: Mary Liddell at [email protected] or (870) 643-2383.

Thursday, March 7

Audubon Board to meet

Three Rivers Audubon Board will hold its monthly meeting at 11:45 a.m. March 7 at the Delta Rivers Nature Center classroom. Participants should bring a sack lunch. Visitors are welcome. The Audubon group also invites people to join them for birdwatching on Tuesdays. "Come join us in our Tuesday morning fun time. We meet at 9 a.m. at Lake Saracen's parking lot near the start of the walking trail. We bird by car, occasionally getting out of the cars to see birds. Walkie talkies are used to communicate between cars. We are finished around noon, " according to a news release.

Through Friday, March 8

Nominations open for Women's Hall of Fame

The Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame is seeking nominations for the 2024 Induction Class. The AWHOF was created to honor women whose contributions have influenced the direction of Arkansas in their community or the state. Nominations must be submitted by March 8. Criteria and nomination forms can be found on the website at

Thurgood Marshall scholarship open

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund has opened the first wave of its 2024-2025 scholarship cycle, according to a news release from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Webinars and virtual office hours started Jan. 23 and the application process closes on March 8. The TMCF Scholarships Team will also host a webinar series Feb. 24 at 5:30 p.m. The webinars are designed to assist students in putting their best brand forward when completing the TMCF Scholarship Application. Registration is required. For details, visit Current undergraduate and graduate students may visit the scholarship portal to apply at

Saturday, March 9

UAPB sets community festival at Saracen Landing

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will cap its year-long celebration of its sesquicentennial at its Spring Fling community festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 9 at Saracen Landing, 200 Lake Saracen Drive. (The original location of this event has been changed.) The public is invited to attend this free, family-oriented event. Mayor Shirley Washington, County Judge Gerald Robinson, and Chancellor Laurence B. Alexander will give opening remarks, according to a news release. The event will highlight the "Mission, Milestones, and Memories" that were cultivated at UAPB during the more than 150 years of its existence. Attendees will experience interactive activities, such as robotics, art, and in anticipation of the upcoming solar eclipse, glasses will be available to take home. Performances by UAPB's Marching Musical Machine of the Mid-South and the Vesper Choir will help kick off the event. Light refreshments will be served and there will also be a prize drawing every half-hour.

Beginning Saturday, March 9

Blues concert series set

The Port City Blues Society will host the third "Blues By Budweiser" concert series at RJ's Grill & Bar, 128 S. Main Street. The doors open at 7 p.m. and music begins at 8 p.m. Port City members are admitted free. There is a $5 cover charge for non-members. MK Distributors is the sponsor, according to a news release. Concerts for 2024-2025 include: March 9, Chad Marshall Band; April 6, Duwayne Burnside; May 4, Tina Cossey Band; June 1, Kent Burnside Band; July 6, Ghost Town Blues Band; Aug. 3, Amanda Fish; Sept. 7, Garry Burnside Band; Oct. 5, Dirty Red and the Soul Shakers; Nov. 2, Jerry McCoy and the Groove Diggers; Dec. 7, Fonky Donkey; Jan. 4, 2025, Trey Johnson and Jason Willmon; and Feb. 1, 2025, Charlotte Taylor and Gypsy Rain.

Tuesday, March 12

WH chamber sets banquet

The White Hall Chamber of Commerce will present its 39th annual Community Service Awards Banquet at 6 p.m. March 12 at the White Hall Community Center. The guest speaker will be Craig O'Neill, who recently retired from THV 11 television station. "We look forward to a wonderful evening. Dorey's will also be catering our event as well," according to the Chamber's Facebook page. The public is invited to attend. "Mark your calendar. Join us for a night in recognizing core individuals that have impacted our community in their commitment to serve and volunteer," according to the post.

Wednesday, March 13

City announces healthcare career fair

A healthcare career fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 13 at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. This career fair is for those interested in pursuing a career within the healthcare industry. The event is free and open to the public, according to a news release. The Economic and Community Development Department of the city of Pine Bluff is hosting the event. There's no registration fee to attend. Healthcare employers and training providers may register by contacting Cynthia Anderson at [email protected] by Feb. 16.

Friday, March 15

UAPB plans Rural Life Conference

The 65th annual Rural Life Conference will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 15 at the HPER complex at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. (The location was changed.) The UAPB School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences is sponsoring the conference. The event will feature more than 20 workshops and more than 70 exhibits, posters, and vendor booths. A poster session highlights research projects and exhibits by governmental and community agencies. Breakfast and lunch will be provided, according to a news release. Some workshops will also be available via Zoom. Registration is free to producers, students, veterans, homemakers and retirees and for details, contact Cassandra Byrd, (870) 575-8123, or [email protected]. For professionals and agency personnel, registration rates are available by contacting Karen Lee at (870) 575-7225 or [email protected]. Also, a pre-conference film screening will be held at 4:45 p.m. March 14 at the S.J. Parker 1890 Extension Complex at UAPB. The film, Gaining Ground: The Fight for Black Land documents the causes, effects and solutions to the dwindling ownership of farmland by black, according to the release.

Through Friday, March 15

Community foundation offers scholarships

Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation will accept scholarship applications from Pine Bluff and Jefferson County students Feb. 1 through March 15. These scholarships are for area students pursuing higher education at two- or four-year colleges or universities, vocational schools or technical training programs. For the full list of scholarships, to begin the application process or for details, visit or contact Lawrence Fikes at [email protected], or (870) 850-7934.

Through Friday, March 22

LIHEAP applications available

The Winter 2024 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding is available to help households with their home energy costs. The Central Delta Community Action Agency began accepting applications Jan. 8. The Jefferson County office is located at 511 Commerce Road, Suite 3, in Pine Bluff. No short forms were mailed out this season, and all applicants will be required to complete a long form and submit all required documents, according to a news release. These documents include copies of driver's licenses and Social Security cards for all household members over the age of 18, proof of income for all household members over the age of 18, and copies of all utility bills. The program will be open for regular applications through March 22. Crisis applications will continue to be accepted beyond that until the program closes for the season. To apply, people may visit a Central Delta Community Action Agency office in Arkansas, Cleveland, Grant, Jefferson, and Lincoln counties or apply by email to [email protected]. Details: (870) 536-0046.

Sunday, March 31

Grant applications open for educators

Arkansas public-school personnel are encouraged to apply for the 2024 Arkansas Retired Teachers Association (ARTA) Grants Program. Applications must be submitted online and the deadline is March 31, according to a news release. The program funds grants in two categories. The Parsons-Burnett Grant is awarded to certified personnel to help further their education. The Mitchell-Fair Grant is awarded to classified personnel for the purpose of obtaining an Arkansas teaching license. Details:

Through Thursday, April 4

Synergy Forum offers grants

Synergy Forum Inc. is accepting grant applications for its 2024 grant cycle. Registered non-profit organizations -- IRS 501(c)(3) public charities, public schools, government agencies, and the hospital in Jefferson County -- are eligible to apply. Synergy grants fund projects for the benefit of residents in Jefferson County in the areas of the arts, education, and social services, according to a news release. Applications should be requested by March 12, completed and then submitted by April 4. For an applications and details, email [email protected]. Applications will only be accepted by email.

Through Saturday, April 6

Unified scholarships available

Unified Christian Alliance Inc. is accepting applications for its 2024-2025 Academic Scholarship Program for high school seniors planning to attend the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. The deadline for submission is April 6. Scholarships will be granted based on submitted short essays, and applicants should meet UAPB grade point requirements, according to a news release. Interested students may obtain application forms and guidelines from their counselors' offices or visit the link at Applications and essays may also be mailed to Unified Christian Alliance Inc., 1709 E. Eighth Ave., Pine Bluff, Ark., 71601. Inquiries or email submissions can be directed to Jennifer Lee, Unified Christian Alliance president, at jenniferlee1321@sbcglobal or call (870) 692-0257 or Deborah Thomas, committee member, at [email protected].

Sunday, April 7

Chamber sets eclipse crawfish boil

The Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold a "Shells & Shadows" Solar Crawfish Boil before the historic solar eclipse that will leave many parts of Arkansas in complete darkness. The crawfish boil will be held from 3-6 p.m. April 7 at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas/ARTx3, 701 S. Main St., in the alleyway and parking lot. Tickets are $50 per person. "While Pine Bluff will not be in complete darkness, we will be close at 98% totality, and we anticipate and influx of visitors to lodge and dine in our city," according to the Chamber newsletter. There will be crawfish, music and beverages. For tickets or details, call the Chamber at (870) 535-0110 or email Jennifer Kline at [email protected].

Through Friday, April 19

Small museum grants available

Arkansas Heritage, a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism, is accepting grant applications for the Small Museum Grants Program. Applications are accepted at The program funds projects of up to $2,500 for Arkansas history museums, historical societies, military museums and historic houses and sites. The spring deadline for applications is April 19, according to a news release. Eligible organizations must have an annual operating budget of $250,000 or less; must have a staff of at least one person, either paid or volunteer; and must be open to the public at least 90 days per year. Details: Debra Fithen, grants manager for Arkansas Heritage, at [email protected].

Thursday, May 2

Chamber sets Business Expo

The Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold its Business Expo 2024 at the Pine Bluff Convention Center on May 2. The Business Expo Breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. and the program starts at 8 a.m. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Director Austin Booth will be the Business Expo Breakfast keynote speaker. Booth will discuss outdoor recreation and its impact on Arkansas' economy. Breakfast tickets are $25 each and a table for eight is $300 each, according to a news release. Simmons Bank is the breakfast sponsor. The Business Expo trade show at the convention center will open with a VIP Hour from 9-10 a.m. and opens to public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The booth fee is $250 for members and $360 non-members. "This year's theme, 'We're Wild About Pine Bluff,' celebrates the beautiful landscape of the delta region from the piney timbers to the winding water of Bayou Bartholomew, the world's longest bayou," according to the release. Details: Chamber Director Jennifer Kline at [email protected] or (870) 535-0110.

Through Friday, May 10

Registration open for college Ag Leaders

Registration for the 2024 Arkansas Future Ag Leaders Tour is now open for college juniors and seniors. This year's tour, from May 13-17, will give participants an overview of the agriculture industry in Arkansas, plus an opportunity to make key connections with future employers or collaborators, according to a news release. Juniors and seniors enrolled in colleges of agriculture or pursuing agriculture-related majors in Arkansas can register for one of 50 spots. There is no cost to participate. The registration deadline is May 10. Participants can register at

Through Friday, May 31

Century Farm applications available

The Arkansas Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for the 2024 Arkansas Century Farm Program until May 31. This program recognizes Arkansas families who have owned and farmed the same land for at least 100 years. The program is voluntary and there is no cost to apply, according to a news release. Online and printable applications are available at Applications must be received via email at [email protected] or postmarked by May 31 to be eligible for designation as a 2024 inductee. Details: Beth Moore, (501) 539-4027.


Covid-19 vaccines, testing available

The Arkansas Department of Health, various pharmacies and healthcare providers offer the covid-19 vaccine, tests and other information about coronavirus. Details: Call the Arkansas Department of Health at (800) 985-6030, visit the website at or contact area medical professionals, according to spokesmen.


Unity Christian offers free financial classes

Unity Christian Fellowship Church (UCFC), 2712 S. Bay St., invites the community to its free Small Business and Personal Financial Education classes at 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Recent subjects included "The Importance of Having a Financial Plan" and "Financial Literacy," according to Stuff in the Bluff website. "You cannot afford to miss out on these life-changing classes. We are practicing social distancing and will have hand sanitizer wipes available," according to the site. Anthony Armstrong is the senior pastor. Details: [email protected] or (870) 329-1182.

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