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Beginning Sunday, Sept. 16
Business challenge set for Walk Across Arkansas
The Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service is asking local businesses to participate in a Countywide Business Challenge for Walk Across Arkansas - Fall 2018. The Walk Across Arkansas 5k Run/Walk starts Sunday, Sept. 16, and ends Saturday, Nov. 10. “Arkansas is ranked #1 in strokes in the United States,” according to a news release. “By increasing the number of steps taken each day, a person can improve their overall health and help improve that statistic.” For registration and record forms on the Walk Across Arkansas, visit https://walk.uaex.edu/ Details: Mary Ann Kizer, Jefferson County Family and Consumer Science agent, firstname.lastname@example.org or 870-534-1033. The Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service is part of the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.
One Pine Bluff Praying Together continues
One Pine Bluff Praying Together services for the end of the year have been set. Prayer for the growth and prosperity of the city will be held at 6 p.m. at the following sites: Sept. 16 – Sixth Avenue Missionary Baptist Church, 1401 E. Sixth Ave.; Sept. 23 – St. John AME, 1117 W Pullen St.; Sept. 30 – Grace Episcopal Church, 4101 S. Hazel St. Details: Mary Liddell, 870-643-2383.
Monday, Sept. 17
Dallas County Solid Waste Authority to meet
The Dallas County Solid Waste Authority will meet at 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, at the county courthouse at Fordyce.
Ferrell Neighborhood Watch Group meets
The Mrs. Larry Ferrell Neighborhood Watch Group will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, at Mt. Nebo Baptist Church, 3201 W. Second Ave. Details: 870-534-3830.
House of Bread opens pantry
House of Bread Deliverance Church, 500 S. Main St., will open its food pantry Monday, Sept. 17, 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. For first time participants, they must be at least 18 years old, bring valid ID and a utility bill. Previous clients must bring valid ID, according to a news release.
Community foundation official to address Youth Advisory Council
The Youth Advisory Council of the Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation will hold its organizational meeting from 4-5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, at the Donald Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave. The speaker will be Rhonna Wade, the affiliate human resources director of the Arkansas Community Foundation. Wade will speak to 8th through 12th graders in Jefferson County who are interested in learning about philanthropy, fund development, grant making, and community building. Parents are also invited to attend the meeting.
Beginning Monday, Sept. 17
Dollarway hosts Parent Teacher Conferences
Dollarway School District Parent Teacher Conferences will be held between 2:30 and 7 p.m. on these dates: Monday, Sept. 17 — at James Matthews Elementary School and Tuesday, Sept. 18 — at Dollarway High School and Robert Morehead Middle School. Parents are invited to visit with teachers during those hours, however teachers will break from 4-4:30 p.m. Also, schools will dismiss two hours early each day.
Tuesday, Sept. 18
Ivy Center to address entertainment careers, featuring Warren Booker
The Ivy Center for Education will present a workshop focusing on choosing careers in acting, play writing and directing. The event will be held from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at Faith Presbyterian Church, 913 University Drive. The workshop will feature Warren L. Booker Jr., a native of Pine Bluff, and the criminal justice instructor at Metropolitan Career Technical Center, according to a news release. He is the owner of Why Warren Entertainment Inc.
Faucett Road Association meets
The Faucett Road Association Group will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at First Missionary Baptist Church, 4500 Faucett Road. Details: 323-708-2903.
Dallas County Quorum Court meets
The Dallas County Quorum Court will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the courthouse at Fordyce. The agenda includes the hospital report and.
Starting a Business in Arkansas topic at free seminar
A free seminar on Starting a Business in Arkansas: Access to Capital will be held at the White Hall Community Center, from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18. “This basic seminar discusses essential startup steps, legal business structures, regulations and licensing, key issues that affect your business success, and common pitfalls entrepreneurs face. A must for first-time business owners,” according to the a news release. Sponsors include the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center, Simmons Bank and Go Forward Pine Bluff on behalf of The Generator. For registration or details, visit tinyurl.com/yb55zxqa or https://asbtdc.ecenterdirect.com or call 870-460-1266.
Urban Renewal Agency board to meet
The Pine Bluff Urban Renewal Agency board will hold its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at The Baim Law Firm, 300 E. Fifth Ave. Details: Commission Chair Jimmy Dill, 870-536-4943, or Executive Director Maurice Taggart, 870-209-0323.
Drain Smart UpStream artists needed; deadline set
The Southeast Arkansas Stormwater Education Program is seeking artists to paint murals with educational messages on storm drains in Pine Bluff, White Hall, and Jefferson County as part of the Drain Smart UpStream Art project. The project is a combination of two programs: UpStream Art and Drain Smart, which are carried out by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and Audubon Arkansas, respectively, according to a news release. Artists are invited to join the effort by submitting an application by Tuesday, Sept. 18. Applications may be obtained by contacting the Jefferson County Extension Office at 870-534-1033 or email@example.com.
UAMS Sickle Cell Symposium set; local pastor among speakers
The 2018 annual Sickle Cell Symposium will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Registration and networking begins at 5 p.m. The free symposium will be held on the 12th floor of the UAMS Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, according to a news release. The event is presented by Future Builders Inc. and Arkansas Black Nurses Association in collaboration with the UAMS Adult Sickle Cell Clinical Program. The pastoral speaker will be the Rev. Johnny Smith Jr., pastor of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church at Pine Bluff and the chaplain for the Pine Bluff Police Department. Shamonica Wiggins, a patient living with sickle cell disease, will speak as well as Leigh Ann Wilson, a licensed clinical social worker.
Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 18
Rotary announces programs
The Downtown Pine Bluff Rotary Club meets at noon Tuesdays at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Programs include — Sept. 18: Nyeshia Aldridge of the Boys and Girls Club of Jefferson County; Sept. 25: Charles Woods Jr. of Friendship Aspire Charter School of Pine Bluff.
Through Tuesday, Sept. 18
AG Mobile Offices stop in Southeast Arkansas
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge’s mobile office locations for September include two area locations. Southeast Arkansas mobile office sites include: Drew County — Tuesday, Sept. 18, 10:30 a.m. – noon, Drew County Courthouse at Monticello. Details: visit ArkansasAG.gov, call 501-682-2007, see facebook.com/AGLeslieRutledge or on Twitter at twitter.com/AGRutledge.
Wednesday, Sept. 19
Deadline set for scholarship to U of A art event
The School of Art at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville invites high school administrators and teachers to apply for travel scholarships to attend Portfolio Day, Saturday, Sept. 22. The application deadline is Wednesday, Sept. 19. To qualify for the travel scholarships, high schools must be at least 60 miles away from the U of A. The scholarship will pay mileage and provide meals for high school students and sponsors attending Portfolio Day, according to the release. Portfolio Day encourages prospective students to bring samples of their artwork and receive individual critiques from faculty and graduate students. Details: https://fulbright.uark.edu/departments/art/news-events/art-portfolio-day.php .
Shepherd’s Center fall classes underway
The fall 2018 session of the Shepherd’s Center of Pine Bluff will be held at Lakeside United Methodist Church, 15th Avenue and Olive Street. Classes began Sept. 12 and will be held from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 31. The registration is a one time $10 fee. Variety of classes include computer course, crafts, photography, board games and line dancing. Details: Bettye Johnson, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kiwanis Club announces programs
The Kiwanis Club of Pine Bluff meets at noon Wednesdays at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Lunch is $13 and reservations aren’t required. Programs include: Sept. 19 — Annette Howard Dove, executive director of T.O.P.P.S (Targeting Our People’s Priorities with Service), who will discuss the agency.
Commercial’s Church News deadline set
The Commercial is printing church news on Fridays. The deadline to submit church announcements is noon on Wednesdays. Announcements can be emailed to email@example.com, faxed to 870-534-0113, hand-delivered or mailed to the office at 300 S. Beech St., Pine Bluff, AR, 71611. The Devotional Column, which features a brief sermon, should also be emailed and include a contact phone number and the name and location of the ministry. Details: 870-534-3400, ext. 1202.
Beginning, Wednesday, Sept. 19
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: Sept. 19 Executive Committee; Oct. 17 Full Board; Nov. 21 Executive Committee; and Dec. 12 Full Board.
Thursday, Sept. 20
Repairing bad credit topic at free workshop at McGehee
How to repair bad credit is the subject of a free public workshop from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, Sept. 20. The session will be held at the University of Arkansas at Monticello College of Technology-McGehee and is open to students and the community. The Career Pathways Initiative at UAM College of Technology-McGehee will present the workshop. Details: Cortez Smith, Career Pathways director, 870-460-2102, or Justin Carbage, community outreach coordinator, 870-460-2129.
Windsor Place Homeowners Association to meet
The Windsor Place Homeowners Association will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at Central Presbyterian Church, 6300 Trinity Drive. All Windsor Place homeowners are invited to attend, according to a news release from Quranner “Q” Cotledge, board president.
2 Neighborhood meetings set
The Calvary Association Group will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at St. Stephens Church of God in Christ, 4805 W. 14th Ave. 870-879-9023. The Sheraton Park Neighborhood Watch Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at Grace Episcopal Church, 4101 Hazel St. Details: 870-535-0303.
Christian Women’s Connection Luncheon set
The Pine Bluff Christian Women’s Connection luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at the Pine Bluff Country Club. The speaker will be Karen Dane of Lubbock, Texas. Dane is author of “Sips of Joy from God’s Word,” a Stonecroft-approved book in which Dane relates daily life experiences to the joy and peace found in God’s Word, according to a news release. The special feature will be Glen Crain of Pine Bluff, who will play piano and sing. For reservations, call Jennifer Keahey at 870-540-9302. The cost for the luncheon will be $13.50.
Beginning Thursday, Sept. 20
West Pine Bluff Rotary meets
The West Pine Bluff Rotary Club meets at noon Thursdays at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Programs include — Sept. 20: Rachel Miller, director of the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas; and Sept. 27: Alex Noguerola of Southeast Preparatory High School.
Friday, Sept. 21
Veterans Resources Fair and Town Hall set at Pine Bluff
The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs will sponsor a Veterans Resources Fair and Town Hall meeting at Pine Bluff from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21. The event will be held at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave. The event will give Pine Bluff-area veterans the opportunity to register for VA services, check their eligibility, learn about primary care, specialty clinics, mental health programs, whole health, therapy services, access to care, the Choice Program, education benefits, VA loans, Community Based Outpatient Clinics, and many other services, according to a news release. VA agencies include the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS), 501-257-1000; Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) Regional Office, 501-370-3800; and the Veterans Affairs Department in Pine Bluff, 870-541-5495. Details: http://www.veterans.arkansas.gov/
UAPB/AM&N Alumni Chapter presents banquet
The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff/AM&N Alumni Chapter is planning its annual Scholarship Banquet. The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The theme is “Legacy, Leadership and Service.” The banquet tickets are $30 each. A table of eight is $240 and a table for 10 is $300. The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Alumni Chapter is seeking community support to provide scholarships for students while attending UAPB, according to a news release. The chapter will accept donations or participants may purchase ads for the souvenir booklet. Ad information must be submitted by Aug. 21. Details: Banquet co-chairs Mary Liddell, 870-643-2383, or Rita Conley, 870-489-8351.
NAACP sets deadline for award nominations, ads for banquet
The Pine Bluff Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will host its 27th annual Dove Freedom Fund Banquet at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, Sept. 21. Award categories include NAACP Branch Member of the Year, Dove Civil Rights Award, Rev. H. O. Gray Community Service Award, among others. Nomination forms and award criteria are available by calling Piccola Washington, 870-543-9978, or Tina Owens, 870-692-3099. Ad prices for the souvenir booklet include full page, $125; half page, $75; and quarter page $50. All ads must be camera-ready and turned in by Friday, Sept. 21. Email ads to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Banquet tickets are $40. Sponsorship levels include diamond level - $7, 500; emerald level - $5,000; platinum level - $3,500; gold level - $2,000; silver level - $1,000; bronze level - $400 and patron level - $320. Payments for the sponsorships are due by Sept 28. Details: event coordinators, Mary Liddell, 870-643-2383 or Piccola Washington, 870-543-9978; or NAACP President Ivan Whitfield, 870-643-7252.
Beginning Friday, Sept. 21
Carnell Russ Day Foundation plans Star City festival
The seventh annual Carnell Russ Day Community Unity Festival will be held in Star City beginning Friday, Sept. 21, at the Star City Civic Center. The event is sponsored by the Carnell Russ Foundation. Events include: Sept. 21 — beginning at 6 p.m. Step Show & More; Saturday, Sept. 22 — Parade — 10 a.m. (lineup 9 a.m. at Bradley and Jefferson). The 3 on 3 Basketball event will be held at First Baptist Church Gym. The 3 on 3 registration is$10 per person and the grand prize is $100. (For basketball details, contact Hayes Linville, 870-784-4913.) A health fest and gospel event will also be held. Details: www.carnellrussfoundation.weebly.com.
Saturday, Sept. 22
Parks deparment sets Sweet Potato Pie Bake-off
The Pine Bluff Parks & Recreation Department will host the seventh annual Sweet Potato Pie Bake-off Saturday, Sept. 22, at Saracen Landing. Judging will begin at 10:30 a.m. Sweet potato pies must be dropped off at Saracen Landing between 8 and 10 a.m. For more information on pie rules and an application, call or stop by the parks and recreation office at Saracen Landing. Details: Trudy Redus, assistant director, parks and recreation, 870-536-0920 or visit www.saracenlanding.com.
5K Run/Walk/Dance to End Childhood Obesity set
The Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation Department announces the 6th annual Jefferson County 5K Run/Walk/Dance to End Childhood Obesity will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22. Registration will be held from 7-7:45 a.m. and the starting line will be at the Regional Park - Amphitheater. A shuttle will be offered to return to amphitheater, according to the news release. Activities also include health screenings, farmers market, yoga and dance. Registration is $20 and includes a T-shirt. To register, visit Facebook.com/JCRunwalkdance. Sponsorships still available. Details: Trudy Redus, assistant director, Parks and Recreation, firstname.lastname@example.org or 870-536-0920.
Tuesday, Sept. 25
SEA fair, talent shows among activities set
Pageant and talent show activities are being planned for the 79th annual Southeast Arkansas District Fair, Livestock Show and Rodeo scheduled for Oct. 2-6 at Hestand Stadium. The 2018 Little Mister/Miss Southeast Arkansas District Fair Pageant will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the Watson Chapel High School Auditorium, 4000 S. Camden Road. Check in time is 5 p.m. The entry deadline is Tuesday, Sept. 18, by 5 p.m., according to the website. The pageant is open to all Arkansas counties.The 2018 Jefferson County Fair Queen Pageant and Youth Talent Show will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25, at Watson Chapel’s auditorium. Interviews begin at 7 p.m. and registration is at 6:30 p.m. The entry deadline is Sept. 18 for postmarks or Sept. 20 by email. Details: www.sedistrictfair.com or co-Directors Joel Anderson and Heather Bankhead, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or 870-692-0704 or 870-718-4333.
King Law Center sets event
The King Law Center P.A., 615 S. Main St., Suite 8, will conduct a ribbon-cutting celebration at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, according to a news release from the Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce.
SEARK seminar to address little things leading to big losses
“Seven Little Things that May Result in Big Business Losses” is the topic of a free workshop from 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25. The event will be held in room 1043 of the Technology Center at Southeast Arkansas College. The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at the University of Arkansas at Monticello will sponsor the workshop. Sarah Howard Jenkins, a lawyer, will share some insight on seven little things that could result in a huge business or personal loss. The registration deadline is 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24. Details: Lavonica Davis, UAM, 870-460-1266.
Pine Bluff City Council committees set meetings
Committees of the Pine Bluff City Council have scheduled meetings. Tuesday, Sept. 25 — The Public Works Committee meets at 1 p.m. The Public Health & Welfare meeting will be held at 2 p.m., followed at 3 p.m. by the Community Development Committee meeting. Details: 870-730-2000.
Wednesday, Sept. 26
Military Officers Association sets meeting
The Southeast Arkansas Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America will meet at noon Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the Pine Bluff Country Club. The guest speaker will be Deborah Davis, the Pine Bluff Neighborhood Watch coordinator. Lunch will cost $13 and begins at 11:30 a.m. Reservations aren’t required. MOAA encourages all members and visitors to attend. Details: 870-550-1626.
Thursday, Sept. 27
UAPB’s Lonoke field day to feature state conservationist
Mike Sullivan, state conservationist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS), will be the guest speaker at noon Thursday, Sept. 27, at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Agriculture Field Day at Lonoke. The event will be held at the Pearlie S. Reed/Robert L. Cole Small Farm Outreach Wetlands and Water Management Center (SFO-WWMC.) The field day begins with registration at 7:30 a.m. and welcoming remarks at 8:30 a.m. Educational tours will begin at 9 a.m. with the last tour at 11 a.m. Tours will be followed by a luncheon. Details: Julius Handcock, 501-676-1534, or Obadiah Njue, 870-575-8152 or email@example.com.
Saturday, Sept. 29
Pop-Up In the Bluff set downtown
The second annual Pop-Up In the Bluff, a downtown festival, will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, on Second Avenue between Pine and Chestnut streets. The event will include food, vendors and music and the community is urged to attend. The Community Theatre will host the Clyde Pound Quintet, featuring Fedett ‘Lady J’ Johnson, a jazz band from Hot Springs, performing with Milt Jackson as a special guest. Outdoor entertainment will include local musicians Dave Sadler, Katie Ferren, Darnell Cann Ward and Chris Cash, according to a newsletter from Pine Bluff Downtown Development Inc.
Free cemetery preservation workshop set in Cleveland County
The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program (AHPP) will host a free cemetery preservation workshop in Cleveland County from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. Rusty Brenner of Texas Cemetery Preservation will lead the cemetery conservation workshop at Rowell Cemetery at U.S. 63 and Cole Road. To register for the workshop, or for details contact Holly Hope at 501-324-9880, write her at 1100 North St., Little Rock, AR 72201, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beginning Saturday, Sept. 29
Merrill All School Reunion events set
The Merrill All School Reunion Committee plans events. RJ’s Sports Grill, 128 Main St., will host an all-school round-up and fundraiser from 2–6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. Appetizers will be served. Admission is $10 and the event will support the upcoming 2019 all-school reunion, according to a news release. RJ’s will also host reunion committee meeting at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6.
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.
Tuesday, Oct. 2
Southeast fair parade set for Main Street in Pine Bluff
The 2018 Southeast Arkansas District Fair, Livestock Show and Rodeo week kicks off with the annual parade on Main Street in downtown Pine Bluff. The parade will begin at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, according to a newsletter from the Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce. The district fair will be held at Hestand Stadium Fairgrounds Tuesday through Saturday, Oct. 2-6 with rodeo finals Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 4-6.
Seminar to address How to Become a Notary
How to Become a Notary will be the topic of a free workshop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the Monticello Branch Library at Monticello. The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at the University of Arkansas at Monticello will sponsor the workshop. The Arkansas Secretary of State’s Office will walk participants through the notary application process . All current and prospective notaries public are encouraged to attend because special emphasis will be given to new laws affecting all notaries, a spokesman said. The registration deadline is 3 p.m. Oct. 1. Details: Lavonica Davis, UAM, 870-460-1266.
Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 2
Southeast parade, fair set
The 2018 Southeast Arkansas District Fair, Livestock Show and Rodeo week kicks off at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, with the annual parade on Main Street in downtown Pine Bluff, according to a newsletter from the Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce. The district fair will be held at Hestand Stadium Fairgrounds Tuesday through Saturday, Oct. 2-6 with rodeo finals Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 4-6.
Wednesday, Oct. 3
Greening of Arkansas grant application deadline set
The deadline to apply for community beautification funding through the Greening of Arkansas grant program is Oct. 3. Recipients will be announced in December. The grant program is funded through proceeds from the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show. The show will celebrate its 28th year March 1-3, 2019, at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds. For details and to download an application, visit https://argardenshow.org/about/greening-of-arkansas-grant-program/.
Beginning Thursday, Oct. 4
Junk Hunt Loop to begin
The Junk Hunt Loop, a multi-county rummage event, will be held along U.S. 79 and U.S. 63 on Thursday, Oct. 4, through Saturday, Oct. 6, according to a news release. Pine Bluff, Watson Chapel community, Rison, New Edinburg, Fordyce, Woodlawn and Warren communities will be on the path, according to the release. People along the route (and nearby) are urged to set up booth sales without calling in advance. Indoor/outdoor booths are available at The Hub, a spokesman said. Also, at the Rison Hub located at Pioneer Village, just off U.S. 79, booth spaces are $10 per day. Details: Sharon Gray, 870-692-3130, or Jennifer King, 870-917-8267.
Saturday, Oct. 6
First Missionary Baptist sets free health fair; includes mammograms
First Missionary Baptist Church, 4500 Faucett Road, will sponsor its second annual community health fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. The free event will include health screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose as well as dental information, flu shots, HIV testing, mental health information and mammograms on the UAMS Mobile MammoVan. On-site mammograms for women 40 or older will be provided by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, according to a news release. Mammograms will be done by appointment for women with or without insurance. Mammogram participants must pre-register by calling UAMS Mobile Mammography at 1-800-259-8794.
Altheimer Fall Festival Fun Day set
The 12th annual Altheimer Fall Festival Fun Day will be held Saturday, Oct. 6, beginning at 9 a.m. with the parade lineup on Front Street. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. followed by activities at Jones Park. The city of Altheimer and the Altheimer Community Development Commission will host the fun day, according to a news release. Booths are $25. T-shirt orders are being made at Altheimer City Hall for $10 and $12 and must be paid for in advance, according to the release. Details: 870-766-8229.
Chamber to host Farm Tour 2018
The Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce will host the Chamber’s Farm Tour 2018, “Fish, Fields & Yields,” beginning at 7:30 a.m.Tuesday, Oct. 9. Participants will meet at the Chamber, 510 Main St., and the cost is $5 per person. The farm tour will feature Jefferson County aquaculture, agriculture and a lunch. Details: Mandy Owens, email@example.com or 870-535-0110.
Beginning Wednesday, Oct. 17
Master Gardener Training to begin
The Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Office, 500 Idaho St., will host Master Gardener Training by webinars from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 17 through Nov. 14. The Master Gardener (MG) training will be broadcast from the Extension State Office at Little Rock to participating counties via webinar, according to a news release. The training will cost $100 per person and each participant will receive a training book, thumb drive and a MG name badge upon completion of the course. Interested participants should fill out an application at the Jefferson County Extension office and go through an interview process. This deadline is Friday, Aug. 31. Participants must complete at least four of the five sessions, along with tests and final examination, to graduate. Details: Extension office, 870-534-1033.
Friday, Oct. 19
Pine Bluff NAACP planning Dove Freedom Fund Banquet
The Pine Bluff Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) announces plans for its 27th annual Dove Freedom Fund Banquet. The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The theme is “Challenging the Past-Changing the Future,” according to a news release. Banquet tickets are $40. Details: event coordinators, Mary Liddell, 870-643-2383 or Piccola Washington, 870-543-9978; or NAACP President Ivan Whitfield, 870-643-7252.
Saturday, Oct. 20
Grace Evangelical sets basketball tournament
Grace Evangelical Baptist Church, 4210 S. Ohio St., will host a basketball tournament at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. Refreshments will also be served. All churches and coaches are invited to bring their teams. For details or registration information, contact Kay Long at 870-489-6336, or Terrell Michelle Dunlap at 870-718-3999.
Thursday, Oct. 25
Farm Family of the Year to be honored at fish fry
The Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce will honor the Joshua Euseppi Family, the 2018 Jefferson County Farm Family of the Year, and Jefferson County’s agribusinesses at the Chamber’s 66th annual Farmers Appreciation Fish Fry Thursday, Oct. 25. The event will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. at Hestand Stadium. Gates open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person. Fish fry sponsorships are available for $350. Details: Mandy Owens firstname.lastname@example.org or 870-535-0110.
Saturday, Oct. 27
Mt. Nebo slates breast cancer awareness walk/run
Mt. Nebo Missionary Baptist Church will sponsor the 4th annual Breast Cancer 2k Walk/Run in memory of Billie Jean “BJ” Jackson. The event will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Wellness Center at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. The purpose is to raise awareness about breast cancer. To register for for details, visit www.mymtnebo-mbc-pb.com or 870-592-8539 or 692-6325.
Black Hall of Fame Foundation sets ceremony
The Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation (ABHOF) announced the inductees for its 26th annual ceremony. The event will be held at the Robinson Center Performance Hall at Little Rock at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. Honorees are the late Florence B. Price, first African-American woman recognized as a symphonic composer and to have a composition played by a major orchestra; Darrell Walker, acclaimed athlete; Kevin Cole, renowned mixed media visual artist from Pine Bluff; Brent Jennings, noted film and stage actor; LTG. Aundre F. Piggee, Army deputy chief of staff for logistics, Pentagon; and Mary-Louise Williams, education advocate and political leader. Tickets to the ceremony can be purchased at ticketmaster.com. VIP and corporate packages are also available.
Beginning Thursday, Nov. 1
American Pickers to visit Arkansas in early November
American Pickers, a well-known show on the History Channel, is coming back to Arkansas in early November and they’re looking for interesting characters with interesting items, according to a news release. Exact dates haven’t been released. Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz and the crew of American Pickers will film the show in November, according to a news release. “If you or someone you know has a large, private collection or accumulation of antiques that the pickers can spend the better part of the day looking through, send us your name, phone number, location and description of the collection with photos to: email@example.com or call 855-OLD-RUST or on facebook: @GotAPick,” according to the release.
Friday, Nov. 9
Holiday Foods Show set
Jefferson County Extension Homemakers Council’s Holiday Foods Show will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at Gallagher Hall of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. EHC members collect recipes for the project. Tickets will be sold by club members at the Extension Office from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 8-12. For information on ordering tickets by mail, contact Delores Kelley at 870-718-1846. Details: Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Office, 870-534-1033.
Tuesdays and Thursdays
Parent center’s community computer lab available
The Pine Bluff School District’s Title I Parent & Family Resource Center’s community computer lab is available for use by parents, teachers, students and the community, according to a news release. Located in the Jordan-Chanay Administrative Center at 1215 W. Pullen St., the lab will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-6:30 p.m. and the second and fourth Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon (excluding holidays.) Details: Parent Center Coordinator Freddie Jolivette, 850-2008/2009.
Bloom Tennis Center to host free tennis lessons
The Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation Department will sponsor free tennis lessons for youth and adults at the Bloom Tennis Center in Central Park, 2101 S. Hickory St. Lessons will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The program began Aug. 14. Classes will be instructed by a tennis coach. Participants may register on site. For details on the Bloom Tennis Center and programs contact the Parks and Recreation at 870-536-0920 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesdays and Saturdays
Saracen Landing Farmers Market open
The Saracen Landing Farmers Market at Pine Bluff is open Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturdays from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation Department has received a grant for the SNAP (food stamps) Double Buck Program at the Saracen Landing Farmers Market. Under the Double Buck program, for every dollar participants spend with their SNAP EBT Card, they will double their bucks, according to a news release. Details: 870-536-0920 or email email@example.com.
SBA disaster loans available; deadline May 6, 2019
Small nonfarm businesses in 11 Arkansas counties are eligible to apply for low‑interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, according to a Sept. 10 news release. The deadline to apply for economic injury is May 6, 2019. These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by hail and high winds that occurred July 20-21, 2018, in these primary counties: Arkansas and Monroe; and neighboring counties: Desha, Jefferson, Lee, Lincoln, Lonoke, Phillips, Prairie, St. Francis and Woodruff. By law, SBA makes Economic Injury Disaster Loans available when the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture designates an agricultural disaster. The secretary declared this disaster on Sept. 5, 2018. Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
EOC offers summer energy bill assistance
The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Economic Opportunities Commission began its summer regular and crisis program for electric bills only. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) began July 2. EOC will open the program in Jefferson, Grant, Cleveland, Arkansas and Lincoln counties. Applications will be accepted Monday through Wednesday from 8 a.m. to noon or until the agency reaches capacity, according to a news release. Details: EOC office, 1201 W. Pullen St., or 870-536-0046.
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.
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.
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.