Calendar Feb. 25

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.

Underway

Early voting set

Early voting for the March 5 Primary Election began Feb. 20. Early voting will be held weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Jefferson County Courthouse. 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. and the primary election is March 5 where voting is held at the polls.

Arsenal announces controlled burns

The Arkansas Forestry Division will be conducting controlled burns at the Pine Bluff Arsenal today until the end of March, depending on the weather. The community should not be alarmed if they see large plumes of smoke coming from the Arsenal during this time, according to a news release. These burns serve as an environmental benefit, not only to reduce wildfire risk by removing fuel levels and loading from the forest floor, but also act as timber stand and wildlife habitat improvements.

Sunday, Feb. 25

First Trinity observes 55th homecoming

First Trinity Church of God in Christ, 800 S. Catalpa St., will continue its celebration of the 55th Homecoming. 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 Fort Smith. The public is invited to attend each service. Details: First Trinity, (870) 534-2873.

Breath of Life observes Black History

Breath of Life Church, 1312 S. Pine Bluff, will celebrate Black History during worship service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The guest speaker will be Angela Roby, founder of Whole Nedz Inc. Grief and Loss Center and a minister with Pleasant View Ministries. The theme will be African Americans and the arts (II Cor. 3:17.) The church will honor Henri Linton Sr. and Virginia Hymes for their contributions to African American art.

St. Bethel observes Black History

St. Bethel Baptist Church, 4508 S. Main St., will present a Black History Program at 3 p.m. Feb. 25. The guest speaker will be Chancellor Laurence Alexander of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Special music will be provided by Watson Chapel High School Choir and Duane Jackson, a minister. The public is invited to attend.

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

PBSB to meet Monday

Pine Bluff School Board will hold its regular board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the boardroom of the Jordan-Chanay Building, 1215 W. Pullen St., according to a news release. Details: (870) 543.4203.

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 walk.uada.edu/walk/. 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.

Tuesday, Feb. 27

Ivy Center sets Real Talk event

The Ivy Center for Education will present the Real Talk Workshop from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Generator, 435 S. Main St. Presenters will be Judge Earnest Brown, the women of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. from the Alpha Rho Chapter, and the men of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. of the Delta Sigma Lambda Chapter. Topics will include Peer Pressure, Making Good Decisions and Conflict Resolution, according to a news release. The Alpha men will also present the "Necktie Project." Young men will be taught the proper way of tying a necktie and will be gifted the necktie when the workshop is completed. Interested 7 -12th graders and parents are encouraged to attend. Those who cannot attend in person, may join on Zoom. Use Zoom ID: 856 8296 4187 and Passcode: 351061. Details: Mattie Collins at [email protected] or follow the Ivy Center for Education on social media and and at ivycenterforeducation.com.

Friendship to host mayoral forum

A mayoral candidate forum will be held at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at Friendship Aspire Academy Southeast, 1501 W. 73rd Ave. Candidates will include Mayor Shirley Washington, Vivian Flowers, Samuel Glover, Steven Mays, Joni Alexander Robinson, Charles Washington, and John Fenley. To attend virtually visit https://bit.ly/virtualmayoralforum. To register and submit questions for the candidates visit https://bit.ly/FAAmayoralforum. Friendship Aspire, as a public charter school, doesn't endorse any mayoral candidate. The event is open to the public, according to a news release.

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 http://www.jeffersoncountyar.gov/elections-voter-registration 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.

Wednesday, Feb. 28

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.

Through Thursday, Feb. 29

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: artx3.org or (870) 536-3375.

Friday, March 1

Live@5 with Port City Blues Players -- March 1

The Port City Blues Players will perform from 5-7 p.m. March 1 during the Live@5 concert series at the Arts & Science Center, 701 S. Main St., part of the ARTx3 Campus. Entry is $5 for ARTx3 members and $10 for nonmembers. Patrons must be 21 or older. Complimentary wine, beer and nonalcoholic beverages will be available. The group's members include Lex Capraitalia (drums), Gene "Pops" Cooper (keyboard), Jerry A. McCoy (guitar and vocals), Mark Morgan, Dave Sadler (guitar and vocals), George "Butch" Scaife (guitar and vocals), and C. Roscoe Willis (bass). Live@5, sponsored by MK Distributors, is home to live jazz, blues, and rock & roll at 5 p.m. on the first Friday of each month.

Movement and Agility event set

The community is invited to attend the Movement and Agility workshop from 11 a.m. to noon March 1 at The ARTSpace on Main, 623 S. Main St., part of the ARTx3 Campus. The workshop is for women ages 30 and older. Instructor Lauren Robertson, owner and founder of LBR Fitness, aims to increase strength, mobility, balance, flexibility, and confidence. Participants will learn how to move their bodies in a social and accommodating environment tailored to individual needs, according to a news release. The cost is $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers. Register at artx3.org/all-events/movement-agility-march-2024 or call (870) 536-3375. For details, contact Bethany Gere at [email protected].

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].

Beginning Friday, March 1

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.

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 https://www.akadeltaomegaomega.com/scholarship.html. 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: https://www.usda.gov/partnerships/1890NationalScholars.

Saturday, March 2

Community Cook 'N' Swap set

The ARTx3 Campus is creating a Delta community cookbook through events like its free Cook 'N' Swap workshop, led by Bethany Gere, from 2-4 p.m. March 2. Participants are encouraged to bring their favorite family dishes to taste and add fellow foodies' recipes to their repertoire. Staff will compile a cookbook, available for purchase at the Windgate Community Gallery at The ARTSpace on Main. This event is free. Registration is required at visit artx3.org/all-events/community-cook-n-swap. For details, contact Gere at [email protected] or (870) 395-7059.

Bellamy Awards set for volunteers

The Bellamy Awards: A Volunteer Celebration will be presented from 6-8 p.m. on the Catherine M. Bellamy stage at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. Hosted by the ARTx3 Campus' performing arts committee, the event honors volunteers and volunteer performers. Honors include the Catherine M. Bellamy Award, the Margaret Spearman Award, the Good Egg Award and the new Bellamy Awards, which are voted on by the public. In addition to award presentations, the evening will include short performances, slide-show presentations, and light refreshments. This event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are requested by emailing Bethany Gere at [email protected]. Details: artx3.org/blog/volunteer-night-bellamy-awards.

Zeta Phi Beta to honor retired educators

Epsilon Zeta Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. will honor five retired educators during its 35th Retired Educators Banquet at 7 p.m. March 2 at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The honorees are Dovie Burl, Doze Y. Butler, Andreyetta Dennis, Kenneth Moore and Bettye Wright. The banquet will also feature a video presentation of each retiree. Banquet tickets may be purchased from members of the chapter or by calling Genevia Thomas at (870) 489-1262.

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.

Beginning Monday, March 4

GVI Peace Week set

Pine Bluff Group Violence Intervention will host Peace Week at local schools March 4-8. "The goal of Peace Week is encourage and promote cease fire as daylight savings time begins on March 10. The goal is 95 days of no gun violence of homicides from March 4 to June 7 (National Gun Violence Awareness Day)," according to a news release. Also, GVI will hold an open house at the GVI office at the Kevin Collins Center at the civic center in the former library at 6 p.m. March 7. The public is invited to attend. The group will visit the following schools: Focus Academy -- March 4; Pine Bluff Junior High -- March 5; 34th Avenue School -- March 6; Watson Chapel High School -- March 6; Broadmoor School -- March 7; Watson Chapel Junior High -- March 7; Pine Bluff High School -- March 8. The GVI director is Kevin L. Crumpton, according to the news release.

Tuesday, March 5

Election date set

On March 5, primary election day, voting is held at polling sites from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. March 5 is also the last day to submit absentee ballots by 7:30 p.m. Details: Jefferson County Clerk's Office, (870) 541-2125.

Beginning Tuesday, March 5

Kennel Club sets class

The Southeast Arkansas Kennel Club is sponsoring a seven-week dog obedience class starting March 5. The class meets at Hestand Stadium and the cost is $65 for the seven weeks. The time is 7-8 p.m. each Tuesday and registration is at the door, according to a news release. Details: (870) 879-3384.

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 www.ARWomensHallofFame.com.

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 tmcg.org. Current undergraduate and graduate students may visit the scholarship portal to apply at https://tmcf.awardspring.com/

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.

Through Sunday, March 10

Corps extends comment period on drafts

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Little Rock District is extending the public comment period for the draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment and draft Finding of No Significant Impact for the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System (MKARNS) 12-foot Channel Deepening Project. Comments will now be accepted until March 10, according to a news release. Details are available at https://www.swl.usace.army.mil/Missions/Planning/MKARNS-12-foot-Channel/12-foot-channel-documents/.

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 www.arcf.org/scholarships 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: www.artanow.com.

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 https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfyMCN8ddqsTSx0f2IyVfCYL__98C_HtOJLBSdm6jlU0sB4lA/viewform. 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 ArkansasHeritage.com. 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 https://uada.formstack.com/forms/aragleaders.

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 agriculture.arkansas.gov/arkansas-department-of-agriculture-services/arkansas-century-farm-program/. 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.

Underway

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 healthy.arkansas.gov/programs-services/topics/covid-19-vaccination-plan or contact area medical professionals, according to spokesmen.

Tuesdays

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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