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Thursday, Aug. 16

1947 PBHS Class meets

The Pine Bluff High School Class of 1947 will meet at noon Thursday, Aug. 16, at Harbor Oaks. Members of other classes who would like to attend are welcome, according to a spokeswoman.

Retired Teachers Association plan reception

The Jefferson County Retired Teachers Association will hold a reception for the newly retired teachers and support personnel. The reception will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave. Entertainment will be provided by Angel Owen. Princella Gardner, president of the association, invites all members of the organization to come and welcome the newly retired. Details: 870 879-2774.

Christian Women’s Connection luncheon set

The Pine Bluff Christian Women’s Connection luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, at the Pine Bluff Country Club. The speaker will be Gale Duran of Corinth, Texas. Reservations for the luncheon must be made by calling Jennifer Keahey at 870-540-9302. Decorations will be provided by Sharon Blankenship. The cost for the luncheon will be $13.50 and the menu will be barbecue chicken breast, baked beans, chunky slaw and French silk pie.

EOC board to meet

The board of directors of the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Economic Opportunities Commission will meet at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, at the EOC administration building, 1203 W. Pullen St. The meeting is open to the public.

Calvary Neighbors meet

The Calvary Association Group will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, 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, Aug. 16, at Grace Episcopal Church, 4101 S. Hazel St. Details: 870-535-0303.

Beginning Thursday, Aug. 16

UAPB sets date for faculty/staff seminar

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) will conduct its Fall Faculty/Staff Seminar Aug. 16-17, and Aug. 20 at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The seminar will begin with registration at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 16. The program will include presentations from the executive cabinet followed by a State of the University address by UAPB Chancellor Laurence B. Alexander, according to a news release. Details: UAPB Office of Academic Affairs, 870-575-8478.

West Pine Bluff Rotary Club meets

The West Pine Bluff Rotary Club meets at noon Thursdays at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Programs include Aug. 16: Cedric Thomas, head football coach of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff; Aug. 23: Col. Luis A. Ortiz, new Pine Bluff Arsenal commander.

Friday, Aug. 17

Board of Election Commissioners to meet

The Jefferson County Board of Election Commissioners will meet at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, at the election center, 123 Main St. Agenda items include ballot position drawings for the general election and Pine Bluff School District board election.

Southeast Arkansas Preparatory sets ribbon cutting

The Southeast Arkansas Preparatory High School, 1501 West 73rd Ave., a new charter school, will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The event will be held from 9-10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 17, in the school’s gymnasium, according to a news release.

Beginning Friday, Aug. 17

Move-in recycle event set at UAPB

A move-in recycle event will be held at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Aug. 17-19. Recycling stations will be set up outside Delta and Hunt residence halls, according to a news release from Christine L. Cooley, Jefferson County Extension agent-stormwater. Details: ccooley@uapb.edu or williamslg@uapb.edu.

‘Drive sober or Get pulled over’ campaign starts

Beginning Friday, Aug. 17, Arkansas law enforcement officers will participate in a national campaign to prevent impaired driving. The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over operation will run from Friday, Aug. 17, through Monday, Sept. 3. “The intensified enforcement campaign coincides with the Labor Day holiday weekend, which is one of the deadliest times of the year for drunk-driving fatalities,” according to a State Police news release.

Through Friday, Aug. 17

Preserve Arkansas award nomination deadline set

Preserve Arkansas is accepting nominations for the 2018 Arkansas Preservation Awards. Winners will be honored at a ceremony and dinner Jan. 25, 2019, at Little Rock. Nominations will be accepted in 12 categories. Visit www.PreserveArkansas.org to obtain a nomination form or nominate online, or request a nomination form by calling 501-372-4757 or emailing info@preservearkansas.org. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17.

Main Library events underway

The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Public Library System will hold summer programs at its various library sites. Events at the main library at the Pine Bluff Civic Center, include: July 5 at 2 p.m.: Poetry Slam; July 12 at 2 p.m. End of Summer Party. Also, the Summer Reading Club is Every Friday through Aug. 17 at 1 p.m. offering a free movie, popcorn, and drink. Daily Activities include touch screen educational computers, computer lab, Playstation 4, Wii, Lego Table, pretend play, and table top games.

Saturday, Aug. 18

Pine Bluff police host youth fishing derby

The Pine Bluff Police Department will host a fishing derby for children 15 and younger from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Martin Luther King Jr. Park. The event will include a hot dog eating contest, a fish cooking demonstration, school supplies and senior care bags, according to a spokesman. Refreshments will fish, nachos, taco salad, popcorn, fries and snow cones.

New Community to give away clothes

New Community Church, 321 N. Birch St., will give away clothes from 7-10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18. The community is invited to participate.

Wheeler Chapel opens pantry

Wheeler Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 3519 Wheeler Chapel Road, will open its food pantry from 7-8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18. Details: Wheeler Chapel, 540-0477.

Mt. Nebo hosts clothes giveaway, uniform swap

The mission ministry of Mt. Nebo Baptist Church, 3201 W. Second Ave., will give away clothes and host a uniform swap. The event will be held from 8 a.m. until noon Saturday, Aug. 18.

Author Lou Jean Turner plans event at Ephesus

Pine Bluff author Lou Jean Williams Turner invites the community to meet her at an event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at Ephesus Christian Bookstore, 901 W. Sixth Ave. Turner has written “Developing A Kingdom Mind-Set (Learning To Think Like Our King),” according to a news release. Details: Ephesus Christian Bookstore, 870-536-5665.

Breath of Life Church to host back-to-school giveaway

The Breath of Life Church, 1313 S. Pine St., Rosie A. Foster Willing Workers Ministry and Youth Department will give away back-to-school supplies, according to a news release. The distribution will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at at Breath of Life Church fellowship hall. Organizers will give away school supplies, backpacks, personal hygiene items and sack lunches. Details: Director, Tomekia White, 501-200-0362, or Sammy Littlejohn, 870-550-3460.

Sassy Fit Diva Fitness Studio sets grand opening

Sassy Fit Diva Fitness Studio, 3420 W. 34th Ave., will conduct its grand opening and ribbon-cutting celebration at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18. The facility offers private training, bootcamp, online training and meal planning, according to a news release from the Pine Bluff Chamber of Commerce, which announced the celebration for its new member. For details, visit www.sassyfitdiva.com, Sassy Fit Diva on Facebook or SassyFitDiva on Instagram.

McGehee church plans picnic at Lake Chicot

St. Peter AME Church at McGehee will sponsor a community picnic from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at Lake Chicot State Park at Lake Village. Participants are asked to RSVP by Friday, Aug. 10, to the pastor, the Rev. Lanette Frazier, at stpeteramecmcgehee@outlook.com or 870-575-3619.

Beginning Saturday, Aug. 18

St. John gives away food

St. John AME Church, 1117 W. Pullen Ave., provides free meals to those in need. Lunch on Saturdays will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Breakfast on Sundays begin at 8:30 a.m.

Monday, Aug. 20

Caregivers Alzheimer’s Support Group to meet

The Area Agency on Aging of Southeast Arkansas, 709 E. Eighth Ave., will host the monthly Caregivers Alzheimer’s Support Group meeting from 11 a.m. until noon Monday, Aug. 20, at the main office conference room. The speaker will be Donna Taylor, nurse educator at the Center on Aging 0f South Central. The topic will be “Communication and Activities with Dementia.” Details: Carolyn Ferguson at Area Agency, 870-543-6300.

House of Bread Church to give away food

House of Bread Deliverance Church, 500 S. Main St., will open its food pantry Monday, Aug. 20, 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.

Ferrell Neighborhood group meets

The Mrs. Larry Ferrell Neighborhood Watch Group will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20, at Mt. Nebo Baptist Church, 3201 W. Second Ave. Details:870-534-3830.

Advertising & Promotion Finance Committee to meet

The Pine Bluff Advertising & Promotion Finance Committee will meet at noon Monday, Aug. 20, in the general conference room of the Pine Bluff Convention Center. Details: 870-536-7600.

Tuesday, Aug. 21

Faucett Road neighbors set meeting

The Faucett Road Association Group will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, at First Missionary Baptist Church, 4500 Faucett Road. Details: 323-708-2903.

The Generator slates business workshop

The Generator, an innovation hub of Go Forward Pine Bluff, will offer a workshop for new and potential small business owners. The effort is in partnership with the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center (ASBTDC) at the University of Arkansas at Monticello and Simmons Bank, according to news releases. Tuesday, Aug. 21, a session will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Business Support Incubator, 615 S. Main St. Register at tinyurl.com/yajywsyo or 870-939-6898 or contact Lavonica Davis at 870-460-1266 or register online at: http://ahbtdc.org/training/monticello-events/

Beginning Tuesday, Aug. 21

Downtown Rotary Club meets

The Downtown Pine Bluff Rotary Club meets at noon Tuesdays at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Programs include Aug. 21: Dr. Srilatha Thadur, a neurologist; and Aug. 28: Mark Deal, director of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences South Central Regional Campus.

Downtown Rotary Club meets

The Downtown Pine Bluff Rotary Club meets at noon Tuesdays at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Programs include Aug. 21: Dr. Srilatha Thadur, a neurologist; and Aug. 28: Mark Deal, director of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences South Central Regional Campus.

Through Tuesday, Aug. 21

UAPB/AM&N Alumni Chapter banquet ad deadline set

Ad information must be submitted by Aug. 21 for the souvenir booklet accompanying the annual Scholarship Banquet of the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff/AM&N Alumni Chapter. The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The banquet tickets are $30 each. A table of eight is $240 and a table for 10 is $300. The 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. Details: Banquet co-chairs Mary Liddell, 870-643-2383, or Rita Conley, 870-489-8351.

Wednesday, Aug. 22

Military Officers Association meets

The Southeast Arkansas Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America will meet Wednesday, Aug. 22, at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. and the meeting starts at noon. The guest speaker will be Ernest Jones, assistant fire chief at the Pine Bluff Fire and Emergency Services Department. The cost of lunch is $13 and reservatons aren’t required. Details: 870-550-1626.

Advertising and Promotion panel meets

The Advertising and Promotion Commission will meet in the general conference room of the Pine Bluff Convention Center at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22. Details: 536-7600.

Free rain garden workshop set; volunteers needed

The Southeast Arkansas Stormwater Education Program is seeking volunteers to assist with a rain garden maintenance workshop at Liberty Utilities, 1100 State St., from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22. The workshop will include an overview of what rain gardens are, how they function, and why they are a beneficial component of natural infrastructure in built landscapes, according to a news release. Participants are asked to register for the event by contacting the Jefferson County Extension Office at 870-534-1033 or John Pennington at jhpennington@uaex.edu.

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 pbcnews@pbcommercial.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, Aug. 22

UAPB begins fall registration

Registration for the Fall 2018 semester at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will be held Aug. 22-31. Classes begin Monday, Aug. 27. Prospective students may be admitted to the university as a freshman, transfer student, special student or early admission student. All applicants must submit a formal application for admission and other required academic credentials, which include transcript(s) and ACT or SAT scores. Registration can be done in person or online. Details: www.uapb.edu/fall or call 870-575-8487.

Beginning Wednesday, Aug. 22

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: Aug. 22 — Treasurer of State Dennis Milligan; Sept. 5 — Bruce Donaldson, outreach manager for the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace; Sept. 12 — Jerry Guess, interim superintendent at Watson Chapel School District, who has more than 40 years of experience in education; 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.

Thursday, Aug. 23

Pine Bluff Construction & Trade Alliance meeting set

The Pine Bluff Construction & Trade Alliance will host a quarterly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Business Support Incubator, 615 S. Main St. Guests will include Edward Haddock, district director of the Arkansas District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration. According to a news release, Haddock will discuss what’s involved in increasing small business participation at the Pine Bluff Arsenal. Gareth C. Hyndman II, chief contracting-Army Contracting Command at Rock Island, Ill., will answer general questions about U.S. government contracting, according to the release. The community is invited to attend the event. Participants will also learn about projects associated with Go Forward Pine Bluff and the new Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library, according to the release.

University Park Neighbors meet

The University Park Neighborhood Watch Group will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, at the Family Community Development Corp. Center, 1001 N. Palm St. Details: 870-850-7094.

Friday, Aug. 24

Boys and Girls Club sponsor golf tournmant

The Boys and Girls Club of Jefferson County will sponsor its first golf tournament at 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 24, at Harbor Oaks Golf Club at Regional Park. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The event will also include a silent auction and prizes. Details: info@boysgirlsclubjc.org or 870-850-7500, ext. 102.

Friday and Saturday, Aug. 24-25

Jefferson County Habitat for Humanity accepts home applications

Jefferson County Habitat for Humanity Inc. will accept applications for the 2018 Home Ownership Opportunity from 3-6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 25. The orientation and application session will be held at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave. All applications must be returned by noon Aug. 25. These are the only dates applications will be distributed and accepted, according to a news release. Details: 870-536-3822. Interested applicants should bring identification, including Social Security card, picture ID, proof of monthly income and current debt.

Sunday, Aug. 26

St. James UMC plans back-to-school event

St. James United Methodist Church, 900 N. University Drive, will host a back-to-school bash at 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 26. The community is invited to join in the fun, fellowship and free food, a spokesman said in a news release.

Monday, Aug. 27

Teen court plans mini law camp

The Sixth Division (Juvenile Court) Teen Court Diversion Program will host a mini law training camp for the 2018-2019 school year. The event will be held from 4-6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27, at the Jack Jones Juvenile Justice Center Building, at 301 E. Second Ave. The Jefferson County Teen Court program gives first-time offenders, between the ages of 10 and 17, a second chance. It also holds them accountable for their actions, according to a news release. The program is open to all Jefferson County students in grades 9-12. Details: Jeffrey Billingsley, 870-541-5455.

New business workshop set

The Generator, an innovation hub powered by Go Forward Pine Bluff, plans a workshop to help residents who are interested in starting businesses. From 6-8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27, at the Southeast Arkansas College Training Room, Welcome Center, 1900 S. Hazel St., “Financial Statements: Focus on Cash Flow” will be held. Registration is available at http://bit.ly/2K3un3w .

Tuesday, Aug. 28

Ivy Center to address 2018/2019 Academic Excellence Programs

The Ivy Center for Education College Readiness/Mentoring Program will hold its organizational meeting from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, at Faith Presbyterian Church, 913 University Drive. The meeting will be an overview of the 2018/2019 Academic Excellence Programs. Students in 7th-12th grades are encouraged to attend and parents are always welcome, according to a news release. Details: Mattie Collins, mattie1908@gmail.com or Patricia Berry, koolaidpat1@aol.com.

Through Tuesday, Aug. 28

Free Life & Job Readiness Classes set

Unity Christian Fellowship Church, 2712 S. Bay St., invites the community to its free Life & Job Readiness Classes for ages 18 and up, focusing on empowering and life-changing topics, according to its pastor, Anthony Armstrong. Sessions are 6 p.m. Tuesdays. Topics include Tuesday, Aug. 14 — Interpersonal Skills; 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21 — Teamwork Skills; 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28 — Role Play Interview. Details: unitychristianfellowship@live.com or 870-329-1182.

Wednesday, Aug. 29

UAPB slates Simmons Bank Field ribbon cutting

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will host a grand-opening and ribbon-cutting celebration for the Simmons Bank Field. The event will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, at 1960 Oliver Road, according to a news release from the Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Thursday, Aug. 30

Women’s Hall of Fame to include local honorees

The fourth annual Arkansas Women’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, at the Statehouse Convention Center. Several honorees have local ties, including Carolyn F. Blakely, Ph.D., of Pine Bluff, Chancellor Emeritus at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff; and Raye Jean Jordan Montague, a retired, internationally-registered engineer and graduate of Arkansas AM&N College (now UAPB). Academy Award winner Mary Steenburgen, who has appeared in more than 60 films, is also among honorees. Details: ARWomensHallofFame.com.

Friday, Aug. 31

AARP Driver Safety Class set

The AARP Driver Safety Class will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave. Phil McBee, a certified instructor, will teach the multimedia course for people 50 and older. Each participant who finishes the driver’s course will receive a certificate that will enable drivers 50 and older to receive a discount on their automobile insurance. The discount is valid for three years under Arkansas state law, according to a news nelease. The cost of the course is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-AARP members. Checks should be payable to AARP. Participants should bring a valid driver’s license. AARP members should bring their AARP cards. To register, call 870-692-7926.

Through Friday, Aug. 31

Delta Dental foundation seeking grant applicants

The Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation is accepting community grant applications for 2019. Community grants provide up to $30,000 to help expand access to oral health care in underserved communities, according to a news release. The foundation is accepting applications until Aug. 31. Guidelines and application forms can be found at http://www.deltadentalar.com/Foundation/grants . Only one proposal per organization per year will be considered. The foundation encourages the following to apply: Arkansas-based 501(c)(3) nonprofits, community organizations and charitable clinics; governmental entities including state, county or city agencies; and educational facilities, such as K-12 public, private or charter schools, or school districts and higher education institutions. Details: Kara Wilkins, foundation coordinator, 501-992-1682 or kwilkins@deltadentalar.com.

Through Monday, Sept. 3

Splash Park, playground open through Labor Day

The Splash Park and All-Inclusive Playground are open one block west of the Saracen Landing Pavilion for children ages 12 and younger. The sites are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3. The Splash Park features programmable water jets and on-site rest rooms with separate changing rooms. “This wheelchair-friendly facility provides snack and drink-vending machines and picnic tables,” according to a news release. “Let the kids run off some extra energy at the All-Inclusive Playground, built for children with and without disabilities providing the opportunity to play together.” Details: Pine Bluff Parks & Recreation Department, 870-536-0920.

Friday, Sept. 7

Chamber sets Taste of Southeast Arkansas

The Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce announces the return of the Taste of Southeast Arkansas, an evening featuring samplings of cuisine prepared by chefs from the region and surrounding areas. The event will be held from 6:30-11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at the Pine Bluff Country Club. The Taste of Southeast Arkansas is a fundraiser for the Jefferson County Young Professionals Network, which is a program of the Pine Bluff Chamber. Tickets are $50 per person. Various sponsorships are available. Details: Mandy Owens, mowens@pinebluffchamber.com or call 870-535-0110.

Saturday, Sept. 8

Cleveland County’s Race to the Fair set

The Cleveland County Fair Association will host the annual Race to the Fair 5kRun/Walk and 1 Mile Run/Walk at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, beginning at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds at Rison. Registration fees are $20 for the 5K before Aug. 31 and $25 after that date. Fees for the one mile walk are $15 before Aug. 31 and $20 after that. Children 12 and younger can register for $5. Registration forms are available at FBT Bank & Mortgage at Fordyce and Rison, at the Cleveland County Herald office at Rison and in the fair tabloid mailed to Herald customers. For details or a race registration form, contact Patricia McClellan at pcmcclellan13@gmail.com.

Preserve Arkansas sets tour of mid-century modern homes in Pine Bluff

Preserve Arkansas will hold its next “Mid Mod Arkansas” tour in Pine Bluff Saturday, Sept. 8. The tour series will visit the Richard and Elsie Pierce House at 29 Longmeadow and the Richard and Lynne Smart House at 710 W. 46th Ave. The tour will be held from 4-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8. Guests will start at the Richard and Elsie Pierce House, 29 Longmeadow, then travel to the Smart House. Tickets are $30 and include a guided tour, wine and light snacks. Details: Rachel Patton at 501-372-4757, rpatton@preservearkansas.org or PreserveArkansas.org.

Wednesday, Sept. 12

SEARK board to meet

The Southeast Arkansas College Board of Trustees meeting will be held at 12:10 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12. Details: 543-5907.

Thursday, Sept. 13

The Dish to offer perspectives on food industry at Pine Bluff

The Dish will offer perspectives on the food and beverage industry. The free event will be held from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 13, at Pine Bluff First Assembly of God, 1002 Ridgway Road. Sponsored by the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center, the event will feature a panel of local business owners and resource providers who will discuss how to survive and thrive in the industry, according to the release. pre-registration is required. Participants may register online at tinyurl.com/ybh2wydv or by calling 800-862-2040. Details: Shannon Roberts, sxroberts@ualr.edu or visit asbtdc.org.

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.

Friday, Sept. 21

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.

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.

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/.

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. The Euseppi family will be guests of honor at the Chamber’s 66th annual Farmers Appreciation Fish Fry Thursday, Oct. 25, according to the Chamber newsletter.

Tuesdays and Thursdays

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 saracenlanding@att.net.

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 saracenlanding@att.net.

On-going events

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.

Mondays

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

Toastmaster Club

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.

Monday through Friday

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 vfc@pbreynoldscenter.org