Community Briefs Jan. 7

Shirley Washington
Shirley Washington

KingFest celebration set at PB

The 40th annual Original KingFest™ Celebration will feature participants in the 2024 Justice Sunday Service Around the Clock observance on Jan. 14 through 12:05 a.m. Jan. 15, the MLK Day of Service.

Justice Sunday is sponsored by the 400 Years of African American History Federal Commission, according to the news release from the Pine Bluff Interested Citizens for Voter Registration.

Local Justice Sunday participants are Pine Bluff Mayor Shirley M. Washington; and pastors, Richard Hart of St. Andrew Missionary Baptist Church of Pine Bluff, Jesse C. Turner of Elm Grove Baptist Church of Pine Bluff and Justin Wendel of Pursuit Church of White Hall.

The virtual tribute to the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the pursuit of justice is viewed by more than 11,000 people each year.

"The annual observance emphasizes our need to give back, salutes Dr. King, other leaders, and volunteers encouraged by faith, and challenges our obligation to renew and strengthen the call for selfless service," according to the news release.

The PBICVR Justice Sunday Committee called on pastors throughout Arkansas to share a brief word on Sunday morning, Jan. 14, on the Six Principles of Nonviolence to encourage communities to move to "No Violence" and reduce homicides and violent activities in 2024.

The KingFest theme is "Living the Dream through Unity in the Community." Justice Sunday is available to stream at and

Community invited to Watershed meeting

The Arkansas Black Mayors Association will host a Watershed Improvement Project Scoping Meeting at 10 a.m. Jan. 20 at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The project, which concerns flooding, impacts area communities, according to a news release.

The meeting will include presentations at 10 a.m. including discussing the project, planning processes and the current status. This is an open house format where the public can view maps, make comments, and learn more about the watershed project.

Written comments must be postmarked or received by Feb. 19, 2024, and may be submitted at the meeting; mailed to EJES-FTN JV, Attn: Philip Massirer (Project Manager), 3 Innwood Circle, Ste. 220, Little Rock, AR 72211; or submitted by email to [email protected]. Details:

Election commission to meet

Michael Adam, chairman of the Jefferson County Election Commission, is calling a meeting of the commissioners for Monday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the election commission office, 123 S. Main St.

The purpose is for poll book training for the election coordinators and election commissioners, according to the news release.

Area Agency tells menu

Area Agency on Aging of Southeast Arkansas is serving lunches from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. weekdays at the senior centers. Here's next week's menu:

Monday -- Baked chicken strips, cauliflower and cheese sauce, peas and carrots, cookie, and milk.

Tuesday -- Meatloaf, scalloped potatoes, green beans, wheat bread, fruit, and milk.

Wednesday -- Sliced ham, black-eyed peas, greens, cornbread, cran-apple dessert, and milk.

Thursday -- Chicken parmigiana with sauce, spinach salad, corn, breadstick, spiced peaches, and milk.

Friday -- Lean hamburger patty on bun, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, baked beans, sweet potato fries, fruit, and milk.

Art league plans events

The Pine Bluff Art League announces its January events.

The PBAL meeting will be held from 2-4 p.m. today at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center. PBAL member and Pine Bluff native Julia Barrett will provide step-by-step instructions to create unique Mardi Gras masks, according to a news release.

Members are encouraged to bring their original work to be voted on by their peers to be displayed at Simmons Bank in Pine Bluff, Relyance Bank in Pine Bluff and Fairfield Community Credit Union in White Hall until the next meeting when new work will be selected.

Barrett willl also present a Mardi Gras Mask Workshop from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 15. The cost is $35 to attend. This workshop is open to the public. Participants will create their own Mardi Gras masks and hang them in the atrium of the Donald Reynolds center.

Yearly membership dues to PBAL are currently $40, including a $5 early-bird discount through March 15.

Artists who want to pay PBAL dues and those who want to attend the workshop can mail checks to Pine Bluff Art League, Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Building, 211 W. Third Ave, Box 8, Pine Bluff, AR, 71601. Details: PBAL President Amanda Curry. (870) 329-6070.

  photo  Richard Hart
  photo  Justin Wendel
  photo  Jesse Turner

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