Community Briefs Feb. 20

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.

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.

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. Eligible activities could include buildings and grounds maintenance, operating costs and utilities, equipment purchases up to $1,000, accessioning of artifact collections, conservation resources, exhibits, website design and other projects.

Applications are accepted at Details: Debra Fithen, grants manager for Arkansas Heritage, at [email protected].

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 The program was developed by Julie Robinson, associate professor-community, professional and economic development, for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture."We wanted a program to help develop the next generation of leaders in Arkansas agriculture," Robinson said. "During this week, our Future Ag Leaders will travel the state to see the various flavors of agriculture in Arkansas, better understand related regulations and policies, as well as meet the people who might become employers or collaborators their efforts to advance the industry."

For more information, visit the Cooperative Extension Service's Arkansas Future Ag Leaders page, or contact Julie Robinson at [email protected].

Walk Across Arkansas set

For many Arkansans, the start of a new year includes resolutions to exercise more and develop healthy habits. 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. 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. Heather Wingo, extension health program associate for the Division of Agriculture, said Walk Across Arkansas helps participants improve their mental and physical health, according to a news release.

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. Past participants have reported improved sleep, more energy, stress relief and weight loss, in addition to new relationships with Walk Across Arkansas teammates.

During the fall 2023 Walk Across Arkansas session, 464 Arkansans in 95 teams logged 1,188,942 physical activity minutes. Fifty-two of the state's 75 counties were represented among participants. Anyone can participate in Walk Across Arkansas. Division of Agriculture employees must use a personal email address, not their work email address, to register. Visit to learn more and register or contact a local county extension agent.

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