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Beginning Sunday, April 15
One Pine Bluff Praying Together underway
One Pine Bluff Praying Together meetings of 2018 have been set, according to Prayer Team Leader Mary Liddell. Citizens and leaders of Pine Bluff come together at churches throughout the city, from 6-7 p.m. every Sunday in April, July and September. The dates and locations for April include: April 15 – Old James Baptist Church, 1305 W. 16th Ave.; April 22 – Mt. Nebo Missionary Baptist Church, 3201 W. Second Ave.; and April 29 - First Assembly of God Church, 1002 Ridgway Road. For a list of participating churches with dates or other information, contact the Mary Liddell at 870-643-2383.
Monday, April 16
House of Bread pantry opens
House of Bread Deliverance Church, 500 S. Main St., will open its food pantry Monday, April 16, from 3-4:30 p.m. or until the 100 food boxes are given away. Only one food box per household will be given away on a first come, first served basis. Everyone must bring proof of address (utility bills and driver’s license.) Everyone must register again for the year of 2018, according to a news release.
Youth Advisory Council slates ceremony
The Youth Advisory Council will host its grants ceremony at 4 p.m. Monday, April 16, at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave. The purpose is to honor selected community organizations that support youth and thank organizations who applied for the grants, according to a news release.
Ferrell Neighborhood Watch Group meets
Mrs. Larry Ferrell Neighborhood Watch Group will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, April. 16, At Mt. Nebo Baptist Church, 3201 W. 2nd St. Details: 870-534-3830.
Through Monday, April 16
UAM senior art exhibits open
Four senior art exhibits will be on display at the University of Arkansas at Monticello beginning through Monday, April 16, in the Glassblock Gallery of the Taylor Library and Technology Center. Danielle West of England and Deavon Smith-Collins of Fayetteville will hold joint exhibitions though Monday, April 9. Sarah Slaughter and Heather Bratton, both of Monticello, will hold exhibitions Wednesday through Monday, April 11-16.
Westerman mobile offices to open across 4th district
U.S. Fourth District Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Ark., will host mobile offices. Field representatives from the Westerman’s office will be available to assist constituents with any federal agency. Events include Dallas County Mobile Office, Monday, April 16 - 10 a.m. Dallas County Courthouse, Fordyce; Cleveland County Mobile Office, Monday, April 16 - 11:30 a.m. Cleveland County Courthouse, Rison; Grant County Mobile Office, Monday, April 16 - 1:30 p.m. Grant County Courthouse, Sheridan.
Tuesday, April 17
Faucett Road neighbors to meet
The Faucett Road Association Group will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, at First Missionary Baptist Church, 4500 Faucett Rd. Details: 323-708-2903.
Library system board reschedules meeting
The April 10 meeting of Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library System Board of Trustees has been rescheduled. The meeting will be held at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, in the board room of the main library at the civic center complex, 200 E. Eighth Ave. Details: 870-534-4802.
Urban Renewal Agency meeting set
The regular monthly meeting for the Pine Bluff Urban Renewal Agency will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, at the UAPB Incubator, 615 S. Main St.
Dollarway plans Parent Success Fair
Dollarway School District will host a Parent Success Fair and open house for the Family Engagement Center. The event will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, in the George Stepps Technology Building, 4900 Dollarway Road. The purpose of the event is education and career readiness for parents of Dollarway students, according to a news release.
Kiwanis Club to celebrate 90th anniversary
The Kiwanis Club of Pine Bluff will present its 90th Anniversary and Awards Ceremony at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, at the Pine Bluff Country Club. There will be food, musical entertainment and fellowship. The cost is $30 and can be paid in advance or at the door. To RSVP to reserve a space, contact John Henry at email@example.com or 870-247-3585.
UAM to hold Arbor Day Observance
Students, faculty and staff at the University of Arkansas at Monticello will plant a red maple tree at the center of campus adjacent to the Centennial Clock Tower. The ceremony will be held at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, in observance of Arbor Day, a nationally-celebrated activity that encourages tree planting and care. Chancellor Karla Hughes and Director of University Relations John Davis will speak during the ceremony.
Ivy Center sets meetings
Ivy Center for Education will meet from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, at Faith Presbyterian Church, 913 University Drive. Club Scrub Future Medical Professionals will meet in the sanctuary with Renisha Ward from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. All other students will meet in the fellowship hall with Dedric Jones, gospel recording artist, who will discuss his movie, “It’s Called Life.” He will encourage students to pursue their dreams. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
UAM Jazz Bands III & IV To Present Free Performance
MONTICELLO — The University of Arkansas at Monticello’s Jazz Band III and IV will present a free public concert April 17 at 7 p.m. in the UAM Fine Arts Center auditorium. Don Marchand, director of bands, will direct Jazz Band III while James Gathright will direct Jazz Band IV. The performance will include big band music. For more information, contact the Division of Music at (870) 460-1060.
Beginning Wednesday, April 18
Arts & Science Center plans board meetings
The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St., announces the dates for the 2018 board of trustees and committee meetings. All meetings begin at 4:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month, except in December when the event is held the second Wednesday, according to a news release. Dates include: April 18 Full Board; May 16 Executive Committee; June 20 Full Board; July 18 Executive Committee; Aug. 15 Full Board; Sept. 19 Executive Committee; Oct. 17 Full Board; Nov. 21 Executive Committee; and Dec. 12 Full Board.
Lacey Jacks senior art exhibition set
Lacey Jacks of Monticello will present her senior art exhibition at the University of Arkansas at Monticello April 18-22 in the Glassblock Gallery of the Taylor Library and Technology Center. An artist’s reception will be held April 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Gallery hours are Monday and Wednesday from 9-10 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and Friday from noon to 2 p.m. Details: Tom Richard, professor of art, 870-460-1338.
Thursday, April 19
Calvary residents meet
The Calvary Association Group will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at St. Stephens Church of God in Christ, 4805 W. 14th Ave. Details: 870-879-9023.
Sheraton Park neighbors meet
The Sheraton Park Neighborhood Watch Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at Grace Episcopal Church, 4101 Hazel St. Details: 870-535-0303.
Former GOP leader Michael Steele to speak at UAPB
Michael Steele, political analyst for MSNBC and former chairman of the Republican National Convention, will be the guest speaker for Chancellor’s Convocation at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. The free, public event will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 19, in the J.M. Ross theatre of the Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts building. The convocation program will also feature performances by the UAPB Marching Band and Vesper Choir and will include campus updates from Chancellor Laurence B. Alexander and the executive cabinet, according to a news release.
Women’s Connection luncheon set
The Pine Bluff Christian Women’s Connection will host its monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 19, at the Pine Bluff Country Club. The speaker will be Jan Preston of Plano, Texas, who will discuss “The Memories of Your Life.” Preston has worked in the cosmetics industry for more than 30 years, traveling over 16 states. The lunch costs $13.50 per person. For reservations or cancellations, contact Jennifer Keahey, 870-540-9302, by Monday, April 16, at noon.
Jefferson County Candidate Forum set
The community is invited to attend a Jefferson County Candidate Forum at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. This event is a non-partisan forum, according to a press release from the Pine Bluff Branch of the NAACP. The forum will include candidates for Jefferson County tax collector, sheriff, county judge, Pine Bluff city council ward 1 position 2, city council ward 3 position 2 and city council ward 4, position 2.
Highway officials seek input on widening U.S. 270
The Arkansas Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting in White Hall to discuss the proposed plans to widen U.S. 270 and state Highway 365S from state Highway 104 to U.S. 365 in Jefferson County. The public is invited to visit any time during the scheduled hours to view displays, ask questions and offer comments, according to a news release. The open house format meeting will be held from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, April 19 at the fellowship hall of Bethany Missionary Baptist Church, 7122 Sheridan Road at White Hall. Details: ArDOT’s Public Information Office, firstname.lastname@example.org or 501-569-2000.
Friday and Saturday, April 20-21
White Hall Friends of the Library plan book sale fundraiser
The White Hall Friends of the Library will conduct a book sale at the White Hall Library from 2-4 p.m. Friday, April 20, and from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 21. The event will feature gently used books and DVDs. Proceeds of the sale will benefit the White Hall Branch Library and patrons, according to a news release. Details: Pat Freeman, 247-2522.
Saturday, April 21
Pine Bluff business plans downtown block party
Uptown Salon & Boutique will host a block party Saturday, April 21, from 4 p.m. to midnight in the 200 block of Main Street in downtown Pine Bluff. The area will be filled with live music, food trucks and games for children, according to a news release. The community is invited to come out and support downtown Pine Bluff by attending the festivities. Details: 877-715-0393.
Grace Episcopal women set fundraiser
The women of Grace Episcopal Church, 4101 S. Hazel St., will host “Grace To Go” fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 21, in Milwee Hall. Patrons may purchase homemade casseroles, barbecue ribs and chicken; desserts, such as cakes, pies, cookies and breads; as well as bakery items. The fundraiser is for the outreach programs of the churchwomen. Local outreach efforts include support for agencies, including Neighbor to Neighbor, ACCESS, CASA and the Salvation Army.
Little Miss Pine Bluff Pageant set
The Little Miss Pine Bluff, Arkansas Pageant will be held Saturday, April 21, at Watson Chapel High School, 4000 Camden Road. The Pine Bluff pageant is an official preliminary to the Little Miss Arkansas Pageant. The entry deadline is April 14, according to a news release. To enter one of the Little Miss Arkansas preliminary pageants or the Little Miss Arkansas Pageant, visit the website, http://www.littlemissarkansas.com, print and complete the appropriate form, and send the signed form, along with the entry fees, to the address shown the form. Details: Barbara Johnson, 501-318-7876 or write Little Miss Arkansas Pageant, 267 N. Lake Cove, Hot Springs, AR, 71901.
Remnant Outreach offers free clothes
The Remnant Outreach Ministry, 1210 S. Cherry St., Suite 17 and 19, will give away clothes from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 21. They also accept donations, a spokesman said. The outreach is a 501(c) 3 ministry. Details: Susan Green Gray, host/apostle, at 870-209-2889.
Banquet to recognize women in ministry
The Matriarchs In Ministry Recognition Banquet will honor several local women ministers at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at the Watson Convocation Center, 2401 S. Main St. Trena Lewis Coleman and Iris Warfield will sponsor the event. Honorees will be Sandy Blake, pastor of SONlite Ministries; Yolanda Pitts, apostle of Turning Point International Ministries; Debbie Warrior-Jackson, apostle of Christian Outreach Ministries; Emma Luckett, apostle of Evangelistic Outreach Church and Ministries; Tracey Shavers, prophetess of Tracey Shavers Ministry; Louise Lyas, pastor of Abundant Life Ministries; Shirley Sanders, bishop of Greater Deliverance Ministry; and Sheryl Banks, co-pastor of Canaan Christian Center. Tickets are $20 and are available by contacting Trena Coleman, 501-744-2688, or Iris Warfield, at 870-329-5233.
Through Sunday, April 22
Tractor Supply holds 4-H fundraiser
Tractor Supply Co. is hosting its ninth year of Paper Clover, a fund-raising campaign. The funds raised will be awarded to Arkansas 4-H youth as scholarships to attend camps and leadership conferences. From April 11 -22, customers can participate in the Paper Clover fundraiser by buying a paper clover — the emblem of 4-H — for a donation during checkout at their Tractor Supply store or online at TractorSupply.com. The program provides millions in scholarships for 4-H youth in partnership with National 4-H council, according to a news release.
Monday, April 23
Pine Bluff Razorback Club to feature Coach Mike Anderson
The Pine Bluff Razorback Club’s 2018 meeting will feature Mike Anderson, head basketball coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks. The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 23, at the Pine Bluff Country Club. The prime rib dinner will be $50. The community is invited to come and hear Anderson and others from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, including Quinn Grovey and Dean Weber, according to a news release. For ticket reservations or details, contact Mark Maxwell, 870-692-0054, or Steve Hornbeck, 870-918-0288.
Beginning Monday, April 23
Urban Renewal Agency plans public meetings
The Pine Bluff Urban Renewal Agency will hold four public meetings, one in each ward, for comments and questions, about the Central City Urban Renewal Plan. The agency has adopted a plan that will be used to assist in the revitalization of the central part of Pine Bluff through the elimination of blight that impedes the redevelopment and reuse of commercial and residential properties within the area, according to a news release. Meetings will be held at Good Faith Carr United Methodist Church (Ward 3), 3703 Ryburn Road, Monday, April 23, 5:30 p.m.; Family Church – Pine Bluff Campus (Ward 2), 2309 S. Poplar St., Tuesday, April 24, 5:30 p.m.; Pine Hill Baptist Church (Ward 4), 2101 W. Reeker St., Thursday, April 26, 5:30 p.m.; New St. Hurricane Baptist Church (Ward 1), 3319 S. Ohio St., Thursday, May 3, 5:30 p.m. The Central City Urban Renewal Plan is available at city hall or can be downloaded from the city’s website at http://www.cityofpinebluff.com/pbar/departments/pine-bluff-urban-renewal-agency/ . Details: Jimmy Dill, chairman, Pine Bluff Urban Renewal Agency, 536-4943, or Leigh Cockrum, office manager/HR advisor with Go Forward Pine Bluff, 870-939-6900.
Tuesday April 24
UAM Concert Band, Wind Symphony To Present Free Public Concert April 24
The University of Arkansas at Monticello Wind Symphony and Concert Band will present a free public concert April 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the UAM Fine Arts Center auditorium. Justin Anders, chair of the Division of Music, will direct the Wind Symphony while John Webb will conduct the Concert Band. The Wind Symphony’s performance will include Respighi’s “Pines of Rome” while the Concert Band will perform selected works by Charles Carter and Vaclav Nelhybel. The performance will be preceded by a pre-concert lecture by Anders at 6:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center’s Spencer Gallery. Light snacks will be provided by Aramark. For more information, contact the Division of Music at (870) 460-1060.
Wednesday, April 25
UAPB opens registration for Educational Access Conference
Registration is open to attend the 25th annual Mary E. Benjamin Conference on Educational Access at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. The event will be held Wednesday, April 25, in the STEM Conference Center, beginning with registration at 8:30 a.m. General registration is $75 for participants and $25 for students. The morning keynote speaker will be Kathy Mascuilli, Literacy Program Administrator from the Arkansas Department of Education. Literacy Specialist Paula Findley from the Arkansas River Education Service Cooperative as the luncheon speaker. Registration forms can be obtained at www.uapb.edu/edaccess. Details: Mitzy Allen, 870- 575-8110, Vera Lang-Brown, 575-8275, or email@example.com.
YouthPartners plan Imagination Library fundraiser
YouthPartners will host a luncheon to raise funds for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Jefferson County which provides free books for children. A Spring Salad Luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, at the Donald Reynolds Community Services Building, 211 W. Third Ave. The luncheon tickets are $10. Carryouts will be available. For ticket information contact: Mary Whiteaker at 870-692-6061 or Linda Bateman at 870-534-8251. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org or www.imaginationlibrary.com.
Lunch and Learn to feature ‘Hubba Jubba’
The Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce, 510 Main St., will host a Lunch and Learn session from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 25. Admission is free. The National Laughter Month Celebration is sponsored by Moss-Cess LLC and hosted by Bob “Hubba Jubba” Moss. “Plan to join in a joyful celebration of fun and laughter,” a spokesman said. To RSVP, call the Chamber at 870-535-0110.
Military Officers Association meets
The Southeast Arkansas Chapter of Military Officers Association of America will meet at noon Wednesday, April 25, at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. The guest speaker will be Lt. Kyle Madison of the Salvation Army. Madison has served in numerous places and had different jobs with the Salvation Army. He recently came to Pine Bluff and will share some of his interesting experiences with MOAA, according to a news release. MOAA encourages all members and visitors to attend. Details: 870-534-1608.
Through Wednesday, April 25
Shepherd’s Center classes set
The Spring 2018 classes at the Shepherd’s Center of Pine Bluff will begin at Lakeside United Methodist Church, 15th Avenue and Olive Street. Classes will be held Wednesdays through April 25, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The one time registration fee is $10. The classes offer chances to learn new hobbies and meet new friends, a spokesman said. Classes include computers, crafts, photography, line dancing, art workshops and others. Details: Bettye Johnson, email@example.com .
Thursday, April 26
Fire & Fiber: New Works exhibit opens at ASC
The opening reception for Fire & Fiber: New Works by Sofia V. Gonzales and David Clemons, will be held at Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St., from 5–7 p.m. Thursday, April 26. Fire & Fiber features the work of metalsmith, David Clemons, and fiber artist, Sofia V. Gonzalez. The community is invited to join the free reception with refreshments. The exhibition is sponsored by Relyance Bank and The Arkansas Arts Council. Details: www.asc701.org or 870-536-3375.
Bradley County Job Fair set
The Bradley County Job Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at the Immanuel Baptist Church activity building at Warren. The event is open to people seeking jobs, training, career counseling, resume preparation and employers. Details: Dorothy Henderson, Bradley County Department of Human Services, 870-226-5879, ext. 136; or Joel Tolefree, Bradley County Chamber of Commerce, 870-226-5225.
Thursday and Friday, April 26-27
Arts & Science Center to host Dorothy in Oz
The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St., will host Dorothy in Oz, a presentation by the Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre on Tour. The production will be held at 10 a.m. and noon Thursday and Friday, April 26-27. Tickets are $5. One teacher ticket is free with the purchase of 25 student tickets. To purchase tickets or for details, call 870-536-3375.
Friday, April 27
UAPB plans fish sale; proceeds benefit program
The Aquaculture Research Station at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will sell catfish and tilapia from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, April 27. Funds raised will support fish station projects. Fish will be sold for $1.50 per pound on a first come, first served basis. Fish cleaning won’t be available, according to a news release. Participants must bring an ice chest or container for the fish. Details: Tamieka Tyler, 870-575-8162.
Dickerson Spring Banquet set
The Consolidated St. Marion Baptist District Association will present the Eva M. Dickerson Spring Banquet at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 27. The event will be held at the Robert L. Handley Family Life Center of Mt. Harmony Baptist Church, 812 E. Harding Ave. The guest speaker will be Betty Jo Lea of Little Rock. The banquet is a semi formal affair, according to a news release. Hilda B. May is the Women’s Auxiliary president and the Rev. Larry C. Battles is the Consolidated St. Marion moderator. Details: Annie M. Davis, firstname.lastname@example.org or 870-718-6041.
Farm Bureau scholarship application deadline set
The deadline is Friday, April 27, for applicants interested in the Jefferson County Farm Bureau’s $1,000 scholarship. The recipient must be a student pursuing an agriculture-related degree and have a 2.5 grade point average or equivalent. The recipient must also be a U.S. citizen, Arkansas resident and have an active Farm Bureau family membership, according to a news release. Details: Jefferson County Farm Bureau, 4941 Bobo Road, Pine Bluff, AR, or 870-535-7740.
UAM choir, Arkansas Choral Society to perform
The University of Arkansas at Monticello Concert Choir will join with the Arkansas Choral Society to perform Requiem by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 27, at Calvary Baptist Church at Little Rock. Kent Skinner, director of choral activities at UAM, will conduct the chorus. The performance will include a 25-piece orchestra comprised of musicians from the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and soloists. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for students. Details: 870-820-9645 or visit www.lovetosing.org.
UAPB plans Incredible Edible Insect Festival
Anyone interested in a unique, “buggy” experience is welcomed to the Incredible Edible Insect Festival at 10:15 a.m. and at 1:15 p.m. Friday, April 27. The event will be held in the Woodard Hall conference room at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Yong Park, UAPB associate professor of entomology, will be the presenter.
Saturday, April 28
UAPB announces honorees for Chancellor’s Benefit
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will host the Chancellor’s Benefit Saturday, April 28, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The black-tie gala will begin at 6 p.m. with a reception and silent auction. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served. Beginning at 7 p.m., the program will honor four outstanding individuals — Joel Anderson, Calvin and Janetta Booker, L.J. Randle and the late Henry Wilkins III. The event will also feature live music and dance performances. Tickets are $150 per person and may be purchased in the Development Office, located in Childress Hall on the UAPB campus, online at www.uapb.edu/benefit or by phone at 575-8701 or 575-8703. Details: www.uapb.edu/benefit.
UAM plans dinner, pops concert
The University of Arkansas at Monticello Choral and Music Theatre Alumni Association will host a dinner and pops concert Saturday, April 28, in the Green Room of the John F. Gibson University Center. A free concert by the Alumni Choir will begin at 6 p.m. followed at 7 p.m. by dinner and a pops concert by the Chamber Choir. Dinner tickets are $25 while the concert is free. For tickets, contact Robert Webb at 903-293-9188 or Vincent Flieder at 903-278-3098.
Monday, April 30
Candidate forum set
Arkansas Community Organizations will sponsor a candidate forum at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave., from 5-8 p.m. Monday, April 30, Candidates invited to attend are City Council, County Judge and Justice of the peace Candidates. The public is invited. For more information call: Demetrius Melvin at 870-536-6300.
Thursday, May 3
Chamber presents 2018 Business Expo
The Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce is planning the 2018 Business Expo. The event will be held Thursday, May 3, beginning with the Business Expo Breakfast from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Pine Bluff Convention Center Banquet Hall. The Expo Breakfast keynote speaker will be Robert S. Moore Jr., a member of the Arkansas State Highway Commission. Business Expo continues at the convention center with a session for VIP (exhibitors and invited guests) from 9-10 a.m. The event will be open for the general public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $5. Details: Mandy Owens, email@example.com or 870-535-0110.
Saturday, May 5
Veterans Museum luncheon/style show set
The Pine Bluff Military and Veterans Museum group will sponsor a luncheon/style show by Hunters Refuge. The event will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 5, at First Baptist Church, 6501 S. Hazel St. Tickets are $20. Details: 870-550-1626 or 870-247-2836.
Consolidated St. Marion sets health fair
Consolidated St. Marion Baptist District Association will host the 2018 Family & Community Health Fair. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at the Pine Bluff High School gym, 711 W. 11th Ave. The health fair will include free screenings for diabetes, blood pressure, dental and vision. Free food and games will be offered. Booths and tables are available free. Details: Annie M. Davis, health coordinator, at 870-718-6041 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Brenda Brown, assistant health coordinator, 501-251-7265 or email@example.com.
Through Thursday, May 10
Arts center hosts photography class with Eric Maynard
The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St., will offer a photography class with Eric Maynard on Thursdays from 6-8 p.m. through May 10. The class will teach the features and functions of cameras, what the various settings are, and how to use them. The cost of the class is $95 for ASC members and $125 for non-members due at registration. Advanced registration is required. To register, call the center at 870-536-3375 or visit www.ASC701.org.
Saturday, May 12
Pine Bluff post office hosts annual food drive
National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 240 of Pine Bluff will participate in the 26th annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive Saturday, May 12. To participate, residents are encouraged to leave a bag of non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, rice or cereal, next to their mailboxes before the letter carrier arrives. As letter carriers deliver the mail May 12, they will pick up the donated food. The local food drive will benefit Neighbor to Neighbor, Salvation Army, White Hall Food Pantry and the Delta Regional Food Bank, according to a news release. Monetary donations may also be made to NALC Branch 240 Food Drive. Details: Roy Hunter, food drive coordinator, 870-489-8905.
Through Saturday, May 12
Women Run Arkansas sessions set
The Women Run Arkansas Running/Walking Club is hosting the 21st annual “Women Can Run” running and walking clinics through May 12. At Pine Bluff, the free clinic will be held from 6–7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Pine Bluff High School track. (An alternate location will be the amphitheater at Regional Park.) The clinics will culminate with a 5K run/walk graduation event Saturday, May 12, at Conway. Although the clinic is free, there is a $25 fee for the 5K graduation event. Participants can pre-register at www.womenrunarkansas.net or at the first night of the clinic session. Participants may also contact Sandra Jackson 870-692-5318 or Toni Jasper 870-540-6036.
Friday and Saturday, May 25-26
Watson Chapel Class of 1978 hosts 40th reunion
The Watson Chapel High School Class of 1978 will hold its 40th class reunion at 6 p.m. Friday, May 25, and at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 26.The celebration will be held at BJ’s Event Center, 5812 Ryburn Road. There will be food, music, games and a photo session. The fees are $100 per classmate and $125 for classmate and a guest. Details: William Shaw, 870-413-2846, or Mary Burns, 870-543-0296.
Beginning Tuesday, May 29
UAM COT-McGehee plans nursing assistant course
The University of Arkansas at Monticello College of Technology-McGehee will host a four-week nursing assistant course May 29 through June 27. Classes will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The course is part of the school’s Arkansas Career Pathways Initiative, Cortez Smith, director, said in a news release. Details: Cortez Smith, Pathways Initiative director, 870-460-2102, or Justin Carbage, community outreach coordinator, at 870-460-2129.
Through Tuesday, May 29
Gould Youth Ministries food, after school programs underway
Gould Youth Ministries is offering free meals for children 5-18 years old in its at-risk feeding program. The feeding program began Sept. 18 and will continue through May 29, 2018. The at-risk after school program is also underway with free activities for youth, according to a press release.
Through Thursday, May 31
Arkansas Century Farm applications available
The Arkansas Agriculture Department is accepting applications for the 2018 Arkansas Century Farm program. Arkansas Century Farm families have owned and farmed the same land for at least 100 years. There is no cost to apply for the Century Farm program, and any farm landowners may apply. Applications must be postmarked by May 31 to be eligible for designation as a 2018 inductee farm. Online and printable applications are available at http://www.aad.arkansas.gov/arkansas-century-farm-program .
Beginning Monday, June 11
M*A*S*H camps begin
The summer M*A*S*H (Medical Applications of Science for Health) camps have been scheduled for high school juniors and seniors. M*A*S*H camp locations and dates are as follows in Southeast Arkansas: DeWitt, June 11-22; Dumas, June 11-22; Fordyce, June 11-22; Lake Village, June 4-15; Monticello, July 16-27; Pine Bluff, June 11-22; and Warren, to be determined. Applications are available through school counselors, the area M*A*S*H director or at www.arkansashealthcareers.com/summer-camps/. Details: Amber Marshall with UAMS, 501-686-6188; or Victory of Arkansas Farm Bureau, 501-228-1269.
Beginning Monday, July 30
ASC sets African-American Cultural Heritage Camp
Swing, Art, and All That Jazz, an African-American Cultural Heritage Camp, will be held at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 30 through Aug. 3. This camp is for gifted and talented 7th, 8th and 9th grade Arkansas students. If selected, this camp is free to the student. Camp participants don’t need to be in gifted and talented programs at their schools. To be considered for this camp, complete an application. Details: www.ASC701.org or Leonor Colbert, firstname.lastname@example.org or 870-536-3375.
Through Sunday, Sept. 30
TOPPS offers free meals to youth
TOPPS (Targeting Our People’s Priorities with Service) Inc. is participating in the Arkansas Special Nutrition At-Risk Program through Sept. 30. Meals will be provided free to children up to 18 years old without discrimination at various sites. Details: TOPPS, 870-850-6011.
Monday through Friday
Turning Point to present mentoring for girls
Turning Point Youth Center Inc., 508 S. Mulberry St., is sponsoring an after-school mentoring program for girls ages 5-18. Sessions will be held from 2-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The program is entitled RUBIES (Reaching Un-Measurable Bounds in Etiquette and Standard.) Details: Yolanda Pitts, executive director of Turning Point, 870-643-6540.
Star Steppers plan square dance lessons
Star Steppers Square Dance Club of Pine Bluff is offering three free square dance lessons. After completing the free lessons, the cost is $3 per week per person. The club meets every Monday from 7-9 p.m. at Central Presbyterian Church, 6300 Trinity Drive. Men, women, teens, singles and couples are invited and participants don’t need special clothing or shoes. Details: 540-6773.
Monday night line dance class
The Monday night line dance class will be held from 6-8 p.m. every Monday at First United Methodist Church, 200 W. Sixth Ave. Interested participants are urged to come out and have fun, spokeswoman Juanita Tompkins said.
Tuesdays, Thursdays; 2nd and 4th Saturdays
PBSD community computer lab open
The Pine Bluff School District’s Title I Parent & Family Resource Center has opened the community computer lab in the Jordan-Chanay Administrative Center, 1215 W. Pullen St. The lab will be open from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 9 a.m. to noon the second and fourth Saturday of the month (except holidays.) The lab has 30 state-of-the art computers and can be used by parents, teachers, students and the community. Details: For 850-2008 or 850-2009.
Wednesdays and Fridays
Unity slates girls program
Unity Christian Fellowship Church, 2712 S. Bay St., will host a program for girls ages 12 to 17 at 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. The program is called SAFETY (Saving Adolescent Females Empowering Today’s Youth.) Topics will include self-respect, dating, dressing properly, self-esteem, avoiding dangerous situations, future planning, preventing adolescent pregnancy, physical fitness, health and character. After each meeting, the program will feature sessions on hair, make-up and nail painting. Details: 870-592-9136 or 870-209-2644.
Tuesdays, Thursdays, 2nd, 4th Saturdays
PBSD community computer lab available
The Pine Bluff School District’s Title I Parent & Family Resource Center has a community computer lab available in the Jordan-Chanay Administrative Center, 1215 W. Pullen St. The lab opens Sept. 5 will be available from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 9 a.m. to noon the second and fourth Saturday of the month (except holidays.) The lab can be used by parents, teachers, students and the community. Details: For 850-2008 or 850-2009.
Free financial seminars
Free small business financial planning and management classes are held at 7 p.m. every Tuesday at Unity Christian Fellowship Church, 2712 S. Bay St., at Pine Bluff. Anthony Armstrong, the pastor and regular instructor of the class, is a business analyst for the Arkansas Economic Development Commission’s Small and Minority Business Division. Details: www.unitychristianfellowshipchurch.com
Simmons First Pine Bluff Toastmaster Club meets at 12:15 p.m. each Tuesday on the ground floor of the city hall next to the chambers. All those who are interested in better communication and leadership skills are invited. Details: Barbara Rhinehart, 534-3625.
Friday and Saturdays
Movie and Activity Nights set
The Family Community Development Corporation is having Movie and Activity Nights each Friday and Saturday Night from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at 1001 N. Palm St. This project serves children 5-12 years old with movies, art, chess, Black History, drama, music and physical activities scheduled. Nutritious Snacks are served, and health issues highlighted. A spokeswoman said the location is the old Anna’s Store. Call 870 850-7094 for additional information.
On-going Hurricane Harvey relief efforts
For those interested in supporting victims of Hurricane Harvey, financial donations are the best way to assist the Salvation Army’s disaster relief program, according to a news release. People may donate online at www.helpsalvationarmy.org or by mail: The Salvation Army, P.O. BOX 1959, Atlanta, GA., 30301. People should designate “Hurricane Harvey” on all checks. Contributions may also be made by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769); or texting STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link for mobile giving.
The American Red Cross is accepting donations for Hurricane Harvey relief. Donors may mail checks payable to the American Red Cross, 401 S. Monroe St., Little Rock, AR 72205. People may donate by phone via credit card or debit card or by visiting the Red Cross office at 211 W. Third Ave. in Pine Bluff. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday to Friday. Specify “Hurricane Harvey” relief on checks. People may call 870-534-7312 for questions on donations.
White Hall Food pantry
The White Hall Community Food Pantry has been asked by the American Red Cross to be a distribution center for victims of Hurricane Harvey. They will accept donations of non-perishable food items and hygiene products. The pantry will also accept large donations from businesses. Bee Bee Fenters, director of the pantry, asks people to call her at 870-489-1281 to arrange donations at Family Church at White Hall. All cash donations should be made to the American Red Cross.
Liberty Baptist accepts hurricane relief donations
Liberty Baptist Church, 8454 U.S. 79 S, is assisting Hurricane Harvey relief efforts and is accepting donations, according to the pastor, Shawn Cuthbertson. Donated items may be taken to the Clothesline Consignment in White Hall, DeJa Vu Consignment in Chapel Village, Money Mart Pawn Shop on East Harding Avenue and Liberty Baptist. They will take items to Texas ever 10 days. For details or to make online donations, visit libertypinebluff.com .
Winter LIHEAP applications taken
The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Economic Opportunities Commission began the regular winter Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16. In Jefferson County, applications are taken at EOC, 1201 W. Pullen St. This winter portion of LIHEAP will be for gas and electric bills. Applications are taken 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Wednesday. Details: EOC, 536-0046.
Robey seeking mentors
Jack Robey Junior High School is seeking volunteer mentors for its “Mentoring Matters” Program. The program’s aim is to assist students who are academically, behaviorally, or emotionally challenged, according to a news release. All interested groups and individuals will be required to register through the Volunteers in Public Schools office. Details: LaKesha Foote, 7th Grade English/Language Arts Teacher and Parent Facilitator at Jack Robey, email@example.com or 501-386-1106.
Monday through Friday
Turning Point to present mentoring for girls
Turning Point Youth Center Inc., 508 S. Mulberry St., is sponsoring an after-school mentoring program for girls ages 5-18. Sessions will be held from 2-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The program is entitled RUBIES (Reaching Un-Measurable Bounds in Etiquette and Standard.) Details: Yolanda Pitts, executive director of Turning Point, 870-643-6540.
TOPPS hosts fall programs
TOPPS began all fall programs Tuesday, Sept. 5. TOPPS (Targeting Our People’s Priorities with Service) Inc. has programs for students in first through 12th grades. Applications are available at the TOPPS office, 1000 Townsend Drive. The programs include after-school tutoring, mentoring, graphic design-job training, volunteerism, the feeding program and DREAMS (Dreams Require Educating and Motivating Students.) DREAMS, a pre-college program, has limited slots, according to a news release. Details: Aurora Smith 870-850-6011.
Historical Society seeks items for Supreme Court exhibit
Citizens of Arkansas are asked to donate materials that may be relevant for a new Arkansas Supreme Court exhibit at the Old State House. The Arkansas Supreme Court Historical Society is on the lookout for artifacts related to the Arkansas judiciary. The display would explain the Arkansas Supreme Court and its residence at the Old State House from the earliest times until 1915 when state government moved into the State Capitol, according to a news release. Details: Rod Miller of the Arkansas Supreme Court Library at 501- 682-2147.
Downtown Development accepts grant forms
Pine Bluff Downtown Development Inc. is accepting applications from businesses seeking a grant to improve the outside facade of a building or for outdoor signage. Downtown Development received a $1,000 business improvement grant June 28 from Main Street Arkansas through the Arkansas Historic Preservation program. The funding will allow Downtown Development to give the $1,000 toward a viable exterior project if the grantee provides $250 towards the project. Grant funding forms and guidelines are available at the office of Pine Bluff Downtown Development, 110 N. Pine St. or by calling 870-536-8742.
Conservation District accepts grant applications
The Jefferson County Conservation District began taking applications for an ANRC Grants to District funded water metering program Saturday, July 1. This grant will assist landowners in the purchase of water meters on water wells and surface water pumping facilities. Approval for funding is on a first come, first served basis and limited to available funding, said Henry English, director of the Small Farm Program at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and member of the Jefferson County District Conservation Board. Details: Kathryn Owen, district secretary with the Jefferson County Conservation District, 870-727-6125.
Pine Bluff Transit begins Watson Chapel bus route
The Pine Bluff Transit Bus system recently announced a route for the Watson Chapel community. The Watson Chapel Express will run Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting at Second Avenue and Main Street at the bottom of the hour. The route will include 5th Avenue to 6th Avenue; 6th Avenue and Blake Street; Blake Street and 28th Avenue; 28th Avenue and Persimmon Street; 28th Avenue and Kenwood Road; 28th Avenue and Taft Street; Taft and Blake; Sulphur Springs Road; East Lake Drive; West Lake Drive; Union Street; Apple Street, etc. Details: Pine Bluff Transit, 870-543-5130.
Arsenal destroying munitions
For the next few months, the Pine Bluff Arsenal will conduct detonations of recovered munitions. The munitions were discovered during the final phase of a study that has been ongoing at the Arsenal since 2012. Residents living close to the Arsenal shouldn’t be alarmed if they hear small explosions coming from the installation for several months.
Voices for Children seeks volunteers
Voices for Children, advocates for abused or neglected children, is seeking volunteers to assist foster children in Jefferson and Lincoln counties. Details: Voices for Children, 536-5922, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Helping Our Future Kids announces food program
Helping Our Future Kids is participating in the After-school At Risk Program. Meals will be provided free to children up to 18 years old without discrimination. Meals will be served from 4-6 p.m. Monday through Friday at 305 Mississippi St. at Gould. Details: 870-374-0125.
Heritage Detectives exhibit open in 4 cities
Pine Bluff, Dumas, McGehee and Lake Village are partners on Heritage Detectives: Discovering Southeast Arkansas’ Hidden Heritage. The exhibition of original watercolors by area middle school students tells the cultural history of each town, according to a press release from the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas. Heritage Detectives is an interdisciplinary project funded by a grant from the Arkansas Arts Council, part of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. Details: Arts & Science Center at Pine Bluff, 536-3375, info@ASC701.org or www.ASC701.org
Pen or Pencil seeks mentors
Interested Citizens for Voter Registration’s Pen or Pencil Program and Pine Bluff Cares are recruiting mentors for the upcoming school year. Mentors will be trained on using the Pen or Pencil Initiative in the Pine Bluff public schools. The aim is to reduce the number of youth who fail in school and who are at-risk of entering the juvenile justice system. Details: 870-413-6345, email@example.com or www.penorpencilmovement.org - www.caresmentoring.org
Signature Arkansas Food Dish contest
Author Jason Irby, a Wabbaseka native, recently pledged the first $500 to establish a contest to create the Signature Arkansas Food Dish. Irby is the founding chairman of Jason Irby Innovation Foundation. Tiffaney Lewis, the secretary/treasurer of the foundation, also pledged a matching $500 in prize money. The grand finale and judging will be held at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds during the 2016 Arkansas State Fair. Details: www.jasonirby.wordpress.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
FSA targets underserved people
The Jefferson County Farm Service Agency Ag-Credit has announced the availability of loan funding for underserved people who want to purchase or operate a family-size farm. This financing is for people who have been subjected to racial, ethnic, or gender inequality. Underserved members include women, African Americans, American Indians, Hispanics, Asians, Pacific Islanders and Alaskan Natives. The Jefferson County FSA Ag-Credit office is located at room 2603 of the federal building, 100 E. Eighth Ave. at Pine Bluff. Details: 534-3200, Ext. 2.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, travelers are urged to visit Arkansas properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places — including the Pine Bluff Civic Center. The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, is sponsoring a passport program to encourage people to visit historic places. Details: http://www.arkansaspreservation.com/Learn-More/ahpp-passports
UAPB online healthcare program
The Division of Continuing Education and Graduate Studies at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is offering e-learning healthcare courses online. The program is offered as the result of a partnership with Condensed Curriculum International. Students will have access to 24/7 instructor support and course mentors, labs, student exercises and course videos, textbooks, workbooks and student materials, a new secure student website including career resources and other training, and clinical hours. Details: Bonita Corbin, 575-8315, email@example.com or http://www.healthedtoday.com/UAPB