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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 holly.hope@arkansas.gov.

First Baptist to feature Grigg’s review of Kathie Lee Gifford’s book

Lisa Clay Grigg, wife of the late U.S. Army Capt. Donald E. Grigg, will review “The Rock, The Road, and The Rabbi,” by Kathie Lee Gifford. The review will be given in the fellowship hall at First Baptist Church, 6501 S. Hazel St., at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. Gifford, a three-time Emmy award winning TV co-host, is author of four New York Times best selling books. The public is invited to attend the book review at First Baptist. Door prizes and refreshments will be furnished following the event.

Pilgrim church to open pantry

Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, 2507 Hill St., will open Raven’s Nest Food Pantry Saturday, Sept. 29, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. or until all the food is given away. Food will be handed out on a first come, first-served basis. Participants must bring a picture identification.

Beginning Saturday, Sept. 29

St. John gives free meals

St. John AME Church, 1117 W. Pullen Ave., has expanded its free “Soul Food Feeding Program.” Lunch on Saturdays will begin at 11 a.m. Breakfast on Sundays begin at 8:30 a.m.

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.

Sunday, Sept. 30

One Pine Bluff Praying Together continues

One Pine Bluff Praying Together services for the end of the year have been set. The final prayer for the city will be held at 6 p.m. at Sept. 30 – Grace Episcopal Church, 4101 S. Hazel St. Details: Mary Liddell, 870-643-2383.

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, Oct. 1

Pine Bluff City Council meets

The Pine Bluff City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, at the city council chambers at the civic center.

Jefferson County Master Gardeners to meet

Jefferson County Master Gardeners will meet at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 1, at the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service, 500 Idaho St. Participants will discuss upcoming volunteer events and a plant identification workshop, according to a news release. Details: Kurt Beaty, Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service agent-agriculture, 534-1033.

Ten Point Pen or Pencil plans anti-violence events

A “Nonviolence to No Violence” observance will be held Monday, Oct. 1, in recognition of National Crime Prevention Month. Pine Bluff National Ten Point Pen or Pencil Expansion Hub, joined by Critical Purpose, a group of college students at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, will participate, according to a news release. Events include: Broadmoor Elementary School participants will hold a March on Washington at 9:30 a.m. at Westgate and Washington streets; Dollarway High School and Robert F. Morehead School participants will march against violence and call for additional mentors at 9 a.m. at 2602 Fluker St.; “Nonviolence to No Violence Assemblies” at 34th Avenue Elementary School at 8:45 a.m.; at Pine Bluff High School’s Little Theater at 1:30 p.m.; and Watson Chapel Junior High School’s gym at 2:50 p.m.

Cleveland County Quorum Court meets

The Cleveland County Quorum Court will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, at the courthouse at Rison. The agenda includes the financial report, reports of committees and reports by Cleveland County sheriff, assessor and county judge.

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.

Courthouse closes early

The Jefferson County Courthouse will close at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2.

United Way director to address Coffee with the Chiefs

Pine Bluff Interested Citizens for Voter Registration Inc. (PBICVR) will host Coffee with the Chiefs Community Meeting from 9-10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave. Leslie Dorn, executive director of the United Way of Southeast Arkansas, is the scheduled speaker. The clergy, community and elected officials are asked to wear “pink or purple” in support of Breast Cancer and Domestic Violence Awareness Month, according to a news release.

Neighborhood Watch Group meets

The Central Park Neighborhood Watch Group will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, at Immanuel Baptist Church, 1801 W. 17th Ave. The guest speaker will be Sederick C. Rice, Ph.D., an associate professor of biology at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Details: 870-536-1923 or Deborah Davis, the Neighborhood Watch coordinator at the Pine Bluff Police Department, 870-730-2073.

Ivy Center for Education sets meeting

The Ivy Center for Education will meet from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, at Faith Presbyterian Church, 913 University Drive. Club Scrub Future Medical Professionals will meet with Renisha Ward from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Details: mattie1908@gmail.com or koolaidpat1@aol.com.

Desha County citizens group to host candidate forum

The Desha County Social Justice Advocacy Alliance (DCSJAA) will host a candidate forum at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the Dumas Community Center. Organizers have invited all declared candidates running for House Representative District 11. The event will be held in conjunction with Arkansas Public Policy Panel, Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families and the Rural Community Alliance, according to a news release.

Edgewood sets data night, report to the public

Edgewood Elementary School, 4100 W. 32nd Ave., in the Watson Chapel School District, will host its data night and report to the public. The event will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, in the school’s cafeteria. All parents and patrons are invited to attend.

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

TOPPS to take applications for Thanksgiving baskets, toys

TOPPS Inc. will take applications for Thanksgiving baskets and Toys for Tots at TOPPS Big Rec, 1000 Townsend Drive. Applications may be picked up between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Oct. 2 through Nov. 1, according to a news release. To be eligible to receive a basket or toys, the applicant must bring proof of residence, proof of income, proof of government assistance, state issued identification and proof of each child in the household between ages 1-16 (birth certificate and/or Social Security card). Only one application per household will be accepted, according to the release. Thanksgiving baskets will be distributed Saturday, Nov. 17, for approved applications. Toys for Tots will be distributed Saturday, Dec. 15. Details: TOPPS, 870-850-6011, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Annual St. Joseph’s Spaghetti Supper begins

St. Joseph Catholic Church, 412 W. Sixth Ave. at Pine Bluff, will host St. Joseph’s annual Spaghetti Supper Tuesday, Oct. 2, and Thursday, Oct. 4. Carry-out orders will be available from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s church. Seated suppers will be offered from 5-7:30 p.m. in Gallagher Hall on the church campus, according to a spokesman. Ticket prices are: adults - $12, and children - $7. Tickets may be purchased in advance from any parish member or at the church office. Tickets will be available at the doors for carry-outs or dine-in suppers. For five or more take-out orders, call the St. Joseph church office at 870-534-4701 or 870-534-4703.

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.

Downtown Rotary Club plans meetings

The Downtown Pine Bluff Rotary Club meets at noon Tuesdays at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Programs include — Oct. 2: Marguerite Norman, Hippy Program coordinator; Oct. 9: Mary Pringos, Go Forward Pine Bluff – Downtown Christmas Program; Oct. 16: Carolyn Taylor, Susan G. Komen Mission director; Oct. 23: Dr. Jennifer Dillaha, Arkansas Department of Health; and Oct. 30: Dr. Srilantha Thadur, Jefferson Regional Medical Center neurologist speaking on dementia.

Wednesday, Oct. 3

Breakfast meeting set for faith, community leaders

An informational breakfast meeting will be held for faith and community leaders at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at New St. Hurricane Missionary Baptist Church, 3319 S. Ohio St. The Arkansas Family Council and the Pine Bluff Faith Coalition Ministerial Alliance are sponsoring the event. The breakfast is free open to the public, according to a news release. Interested participants should RSVP by calling 870-536-8337.

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/.

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.

Thursday, Oct. 4

Ballot initiatives’ review, candidate forum set

A ballot initiatives’ review and candidate forum will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The community is invited to attend. Sponsored by the Divine Nine, the event will feature Tamika Edwards from Philander Smith College and Kymara Seals from Arkansas Public Policy , who will explain ballot initiatives. “Participants will have an opportunity to meet their candidates before voting during the General Election on Nov. 6,” according to a news release. Judge Earnest Brown Jr. will be the moderator for the event.

United Way announces Day of Caring activities

The United Way of Southeast Arkansas‌ invites the community to participate in the annual Day of Caring Thursday, Oct. 4, according to a news release. Volunteers are needed to help Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arkansas bag meals beginning at 8 a.m. Oct. 4 at First United Methodist Church, 200 W. Sixth Ave., in the gym. Volunteers are also asked to meet at 8 a.m. at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Building, 211 W. Third Ave., to help read to elementary children. Details: United Way of Southeast Arkansas, 211 W. Third Ave., Pine Bluff, Ark., Suite 135, or www.uwseark.org .

West Pine Bluff Rotary Club meets

The West Pine Bluff Rotary Club meets at noon Thursdays at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Programs include — Oct. 4: United Way Day of Service at First United Methodist Church, beginning at 8 a.m.

PBHS Class of 1960 plans meeting

The Pine Bluff High School Class of 1960 welcomes members of all classes to their new meeting place at noon Thursday, Oct. 4, at Momma’s Diner in Regency Square, 3017 W. 28th Ave. Co-chairman Ruby Wessels Poteet started a discussion concerning the class reunion in 2020. A location, date and other details will be determined later, according to a spokeswoman.

Catfish Promotion Board meets at UAPB

The Arkansas Catfish Promotion Board will meet at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Agriculture Research Center on Thursday, Oct. 4. The UAPB Aquaculture Field Day will also be held that day beginning at 8:30 a.m. The Catfish Promotion Board event will feature the Catfish Farmers of Arkansas Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the truck shed. The guest speaker will be Mark Cochran, vice president-agriculture of the University of Arkansas System. The welcome will be given by UAPB Chancellor Laurence B. Alexander. The board will meet at 1 p.m. and the agenda includes research reports by the Catfish Farmers of Arkansas.

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.

Friday, Oct. 5

‘Bring A Friend to SEARK Day’ set

Southeast Arkansas College is opening its doors to the public for “Bring A Friend to SEARK Day” between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5. Guests are encouraged to bring friends and family members to SEARK, 1900 Hazel St., for campus tours, free treats and a chance to win a college tuition waiver, according to a news release. SEARK faculty and staff will be available to help with questions and services, including assistance with the admissions process and completion of the FAFSA application for financial aid, as well as providing information about SEARK’s technical and academic programs, degrees and certificates. Details: recruitment@seark.edu or 870-850-3074.

Beginning Friday, Oct. 5

White Hall American Legion to host Trade Days fundraiser

The White Hall American Legion Post will hold a fundraiser Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5-6. The event will be held at the Post 232 on the corner of Nancy and Huckleberry streets at White Hall. On Friday, the sale will be in the afternoon and on Saturday, the event will start 7 a.m., according to a news release. In addition to rummage items, the Post is also selling raffle tickets for a handmade patriotic quilt as well as raffle tickets for a Benelli shotgun. Proceeds will be used in support of the Post’s activities, according to the release.

Saturday, Oct. 6

Stop Gun Violence march set in Pine Bluff

A Stop Gun Violence march will be held Saturday, Oct. 6, beginning at 11 a.m. in downtown Pine Bluff. Participants will meet at the Jefferson County Courthouse and end the march at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. Organizers say it’s time to stop gun violence and demand a plan to end it, according to a news release. Organizers include Drue Griffin, Demetrious Mallet and Albert Brewer.

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.

Monday, Oct. 8

Watson Chapel plans report to public

Watson Chapel School District will give its annual report to the public at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8. The meeting will be held at the administration building, 4100 Camden Road. Details: 879-0220.

Tuesday, Oct. 9

UAPB to host program with Arkansas Rehabilitation Services

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will host a community kick-off and ribbon cutting to celebrate a program with seven interns through Project SEARCH® Arkansas: ACCESS® Initiative. In partnership with Arkansas Rehabilitation Services, the program trains young adults with developmental disabilities for competitive employment opportunities, according to a news release. The kick off will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Conference Room 1 of the UAPB STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) Building.

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, mowens@pinebluffchamber.com or 870-535-0110.

Initiative to kick off job training for developmentally disabled adults

A kick-off event will be held for a job-training program for young adults with developmental disabilities, according to a news release. Project SEARCH Arkansas: ACCESS Initiative in partnership with Arkansas Rehabilitation Services, will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. The session will be held in conference room 1 of the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) building. Details: https://projectsearcharkansas.org/

Thursday, Oct. 11

Jefferson County Cattleman’s Association meets

The Jefferson County Cattleman’s Association will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service, 500 Idaho St. A meal will be provided, according to a news release. Members are encouraged to invite a guest. Details: Gale Brewer, 870-830-2134, or Woody Bohannan 870-413-2927.

Friday, Oct. 12

National author ReShonda Billingsley to appear at Alex Foundation benefit

The Alex Foundation, a 501 (C) 3 nonprofit organization assisting communities in Southeast Arkansas, will host a benefit from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at First Baptist Church at North Little Rock. High Tea With ReShonda Tate Billingsley, will feature Billingsley, the national bestselling author of “Let The Church Say Amen,” according to a news release. The benefit costs $25 and it’s open to the community. Details: info@alex-foundation.org or call 501-773-Alex (2539.)

Saturday, Oct. 13

5K Run Walk Dance rescheduled

The Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation Department rescheduled the Jefferson County 5K Run Walk Dance for Saturday, Oct. 13. The event will begin at 8 a.m. at the Regional Park Amphitheater, according to a news release. The event was originally scheduled Sept. 22, but it was postponed due to heavy rain. Details: Trudy Redus, Parks and Recreation assistant director, saracenlanding@att.net or 870-536-0920.

Beginning Monday, Oct. 15

Good Faith Carr Pumpkin Patch to open

The Good Faith Carr Pumpkin Patch will be open Oct. 15-31 at Good Faith Carr United Methodist Church, 3703 Ryburn Road. The annual event will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 2-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free to the pumpkin patch, which will include food, crafts, games and a hayride. Also, pumpkins will be available in all shapes and sizes. To make reservations for school groups to attend, people should call the church at 879-3360.

Tuesday, Oct. 16

Police slate walk against domestic violence

The Pine Bluff Police Department will host the Domestic Violence Walk 2018 from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16. The event will begin and end at the civic center and lunch will be provided, according to a news release. The guest speaker will be Laura Abbott, a victim rights advocate. The community is invited to participate in the walk.

AG’s Mobile Office to stop at Desha County

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge’s mobile office locations for October include a stop in Desha County. The mobile unit will be available at the Dumas Public Library from 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16. This year, the Cooperative Extension Service representatives will be on hand at each mobile office to also provide information on the services it provides statewide. Also, Rutledge continues her partnership with local law enforcement to offer prescription drug take back boxes at each mobile office.

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.

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: Oct. 17 Full Board; Nov. 21 Executive Committee; and Dec. 12 Full Board.

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

Desha County Veterans Benefits Fair set

The Desha County Veterans Benefits Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the municipal complex at McGehee. The event is open to the public. Veterans, those who support veterans and those who want to support veterans are invited to attend, according to a news release. Veterans are urged to bring their DD214 form. Topics will include health care enrollment and VA benefits, according to a news release.

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. The registration deadline is Friday, Oct. 5. For details or registration information, contact Kay Long at 870-489-6336, or Terrell Michelle Dunlap at 870-718-3999.

Tuesday, Oct. 23

Community engagement meetings include McGehee site

The State Coalition on Family and Community Engagement will hold regional meetings, including a gathering in Southeast Arkansas. The purpose is to obtain feedback on draft family and community engagement resources, according to a news release from the Arkansas Department of Education. Meetings include the Boys and Girls Club at McGehee, from 9:30-11 a.m. and 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23. State Board of Education members may also attend the meetings. Details: http://www.arkansased.gov/im-looking-for/parents.

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 mowens@pinebluffchamber.com 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.

Thursday, Nov. 1

Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame seeks nominations

The Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame is seeking nominations for its next class. The nomination deadline is Thursday, Nov. 1. The Hall of Fame recognizes Arkansans who have contributed significantly to agriculture while spotlighting their contributions to the state’s economic development, according to a news release. For details and nomination forms, visit www.arkansasaghalloffame.org. Forms are also available by calling Cindra Bell at 501-228-1609.

Through Thursday, Nov. 1

TOPPS to take applications for Thanksgiving baskets, toys

TOPPS Inc. will take applications for Thanksgiving baskets and Toys for Tots at TOPPS Big Rec, 1000 Townsend Drive. Applications may be picked up between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday, through Nov. 1, according to a news release. To be eligible to receive a basket or toys, the applicant must bring proof of residence, proof of income, proof of government assistance, state issued identification and proof of each child in the household between ages 1-16 (birth certificate and/or Social Security card). Only one application per household will be accepted, according to the release. Thanksgiving baskets will be distributed Saturday, Nov. 17, for approved applications. Toys for Tots will be distributed Saturday, Dec. 15. Details: TOPPS, 870-850-6011, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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: americanpickers@cineflix.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.

Through Friday, Nov. 9

Deadline set for Historic Preservation grant letters of intent

The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program will accept Letters of Intent until Friday, Nov. 9, for the County Courthouse Restoration or Historic Preservation Restoration grant programs. An applicant will receive feedback or technical assistance and project development with AHPP staff, according to a news release. A link to the grant application and Letter of Intent portal can be found at http://www.arkansaspreservation.com/Programs/Funding/grants-programs.

Thursday, Nov. 15

White Hall Legion Post sets shotgun raffle

The American Legion White Hall Post 232 is holding its fourth annual raffle for a Benelli shotgun. The raffle has become a major fundraiser for the post of military veterans, according to a news release. The 12-gauge pump shotgun will be given away Thursday, Nov. 15, at Hunter’s Refuge in White Hall. Participants don’t have to be present to win, only have the winning ticket. Tickets are $5 for one, $10 for three or $20 for eight chances to win. Proceeds will be used to fund the various activities the veterans will do in the community, according to the release. For tickets, see any member of the post or call Post Commander Glen Minor at 870-247-4413.

Through Friday, Nov. 16

Arts Council announces Living Treasure award applications available

The Arkansas Arts Council is accepting nominations for the 2019 Arkansas Living Treasure Award. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, Nov. 16, according to a news release. The Living Treasure program recognizes an Arkansas artist who excels in the creation of a traditional craft and who preserves and advances their craft through community outreach and by teaching others. A list of Living Treasure Award criteria is available at arkansasarts.org. Details: Robin McClea, robin.mcclea@arkansas.gov or 501-324-9348.

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 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.

Through Saturday, Nov. 10

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 began Sunday, Sept. 16, and ends Saturday, Nov. 10. 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, mkizer@uaex.edu or 870-534-1033. The Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service is part of the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.

On-going events

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 disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

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.