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Thursday, Oct. 12

NAACP to meet

The Pine Bluff Branch of the NAACP will meet Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 at Kings Highway Missionary Baptist Church, 2312 Fluker St. The executive committee will meet at 6 p.m. and the regular meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

Company plans welding expo

Arkansas Welding & Industrial Supply, 2810 W. Sixth Ave., will host a welding expo from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12. The event will include free lunch, door prizes and show specials, according to a press release from the Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce.

SEAEDD meets at McGehee

The Southeast Arkansas Economic Development District Inc. Board will meet Thursday, Oct. 12, at the McGehee City Hall. Lunch begins at noon and the meeting will start at 12:30 p.m. The Southeast Arkansas Regional Solid Waste Management Board meeting will follow the SEAEDD meeting. Details: 536-1971.

Jefferson County Cattleman’s Association set meeting

Jefferson County Cattleman’s Association will meet at the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Office at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12. A spokesman with the U.S. Department of Agriculture will present the main topic on fall grazing. A meal will be provided and the group invites anyone interested in cattle production and sales, according to a news release.

West Pine Bluff Rotary Club meets

The West Pine Bluff Rotary Club meets at noon Thursdays at the Pine Bluff Country Club.

Pine Bluff School District plans meeting

Pine Bluff School District will present its 2017 State of the System Address and District Title 1 Meeting. The event will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, at Pine Bluff High School Little Theater, 711 W. 11th Ave. Details: 870-543-4204.

Friday, Oct. 13

Parrish to sing at Homecoming 2017 Kickback

An event for the 2017 University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Homecoming will feature singer Nicky Parrish at 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13. The Homecoming 2017 Kickback will be held at the Prince Hall Masonic Lodge, 2906 E. Harding Ave. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $35 in advance and $45 at the door. Details: 870-395-1946 or 870-692-9613.

Former UAPB chancellor to be honored

A meet and greet for former chancellor Lawrence A. Davis Jr. will be held at 5:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, at 210 Main St. Davis is formerly head of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. The city of Pine Bluff has proclaimed Friday Dr. Lawrence A. Davis Jr. Day.

Courthouse, city offices closed

The Jefferson County Courthouse will be closed Friday, Oct. 13, for University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Homecoming activities. The city of Pine Bluff offices will be closed in observance of Golden Lions Day.

Dollarway 1977 Class to meet at roundup

Dollarway High School Class of 1977 will meet at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, during the annual All-School Roundup at Dollarway High School field house. All classmates are encouraged to attend. Details: Johnny Brown, 870-489-2325.

UAPB Human Sciences Alumni breakast set

The AM&N/University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Human Sciences Alumni Association has scheduled its homecoming breakfast. UAPB Homecoming 2017 is Oct. 9-14. The annual breakfast will be held Friday, Oct. 13, at the Adair-Greenhouse Building Hospitality Room at UAPB. Breakfast will be served at 8 a.m. to allow time to attend the Homecoming Alumni Assembly at 10 a.m. at the the HPER building. The event is free, however attendees are encouraged to donate to the Human Sciences Alumni Organization. The deadline for reservations is Oct. 3. For reservations, send a check or money order to Janette Wheat, Department of Human Sciences, UAPB, 1200 N. University, Mail Slot 4971, Pine Bluff, AR 71601 or to Tamera Ford at the same address. For more information or if participants have special needs, contact Ford at 870-575-8806 or fordta@uapb.edu.

UAPB/AM&N Sports Hall of Fame ceremony set

Five former UAPB/AM&N student-athletes will be inducted as members of the 2017 class of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Sports Hall of Fame Friday, Oct. 13. The 2017 class includes former football, track and field players: Curley Roberts, Connie Hathorn football, Elton Taylor football, Walter Smith Jr. track and field and Maurice Myton track and field. Details: Contact the Letter “A” Club: 870-718-8756 or 330-338-4301.

Saturday, Oct. 14

Montague leads UAPB homecoming parade

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff’s 2017 Homecoming Parade will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, on Main Street in Pine Bluff. Raye Jean Montague, an alumna of AM&N College (now UAPB) will serve as the parade marshal. Called Arkansas’ “Hidden Figure,” Montague is a retired internationally registered professional engineer. The event is free and open to the public.

UAPB homecoming events, game set

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff’s 2017 Homecoming Celebration will be held Sunday, Oct. 8, through Saturday, Oct. 14. Highlights include: Saturday, Oct. 14 — the Annual Homecoming Parade will be held at 10 a.m. on Main street in downtown Pine Bluff. Saturday, pre-game activities will begin at 12:30 p.m. in Golden Lion Stadium. Kick-off time is 2:30 p.m. where the Golden Lions will play the Marauders of Central State University. Tickets for the game can be purchased by calling the ticket office at 870- 575-8601 or online at www.uapblionsroar.com . Homecoming will conclude with the Battle Royale at 6 p.m. in the HPER Arena, sponsored by the UAPB Marching Band. More information is available by calling 870-575-8919.

Homecoming 2017 Concert

On Saturday, Oct. 14, a University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Homecoming 2017 Concert will feature Kelly Price along with Nicky Parrish and the On Call Band at the Pine Bluff Convention Center Auditorium. The doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert begins at 8 p.m. General admission is $20 and front row seating is $40. Tickets are on sale at www.eventbrite.com. For information on the meet and greet, text 404-566-6376 or 901-212-7318. Details: 501-773-9543.

2nd Saturday Family FunDay set

The community is invited to join the Arts & Science Center in the art of movie making at the free 2nd Saturday Family FunDay Oct. 14 from 1-3 p.m. Participants will design elements of a story and learn how to use technology to create their own mini-movie.

Recycling, shredding event set

The fall Great Arkansas Clean-Up Recycling and Shredding Event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14. This event is free to the public and will be held at the Jefferson County Recycling Center, 1800 E. Harding Ave., behind Pope’s Furniture. The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Clean and Beautiful Commission, Jefferson County Recycling Center, and Jefferson County Judge Henry “Hank” Wilkins IV are hosting the event in its fifth year. The center will accept all different types of materials including electronics, cardboard and newspaper. Rock Solid Shredding of Little Rock will have a truck on site for document shredding. There is a limit for document shredding of 10 boxes per person.

UAPB 1975 Class plans celebration

The AM&N/University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Class of 1975 will celebrate their 42nd anniversary during UAPB’s Homecoming Oct. 8-14. A meet and greet will be held at the Pine Bluff Country Club Saturday, Oct. 14, from 6:30 p.m. to midnight. The cost is $35 each. According to a press release from Debra Wilbert Brown, participants should send registration/payments by Thursday, Oct. 5, to: Class of 1975, P.O. Box 15682 , Little Rock, AR, 72205.

JRMC sponsors Race for the Cure team

The Susan G Komen Arkansas Race for the Cure will be held Saturday, Oct. 14, at Little Rock and Jefferson Regional Medical Center’s team is up to 300 members. Brandy Baugh, JRMC Wellness Center Program coordinator, leads Team JRMC and everyone is invited to join. The race costs $30 per participant and $20 for those under 18. Signup continues until race day Oct. 14. To join Team JRMC, visit the Wellness Center or go to komenarkansas.org.

Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 14-15

Sulphur Springs Civil War Weekend set

The Sulphur Springs Civil War Weekend and Memorial Service will be held on Luckwood Road from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15. The event will include artillery and infantry displays and the 20th anniversary of the Burial of the Unknown Solider Memorial.

Sunday, Oct. 15

Good Faith Carr Pumpkin Patch to host grand opening

Good Faith Carr United Methodist Church, 3703 Ryburn Road, will host the grand opening of the annual Pumpkin Patch from 2–5 Sunday, Oct. 15. The Good Faith Carr Pumpkin Patch will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 2–5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free and the patch has hayrides, games and crafts. Food will also be available. For $5 each, a student receives a small pumpkin, gift bag, popcorn and drink.

Monday, Oct. 16

Ferrell Neighborhood Watch Group meets

The Mrs. Larry Ferrell Neighborhood Watch Group will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16, at Mt. Nebo Baptist Church, 3201 W. Second Ave. Details: 870-534-3830.

House of Bread pantry opens

House of Bread Deliverance Church, 500 S. Main St., will open its food pantry Monday, Oct. 16, from 3-4:30 p.m. or until the 100 food boxes are gone. Only one food box per household will be given away on a first come, first served basis. First time participants must be at least 18 years old and present a valid ID and utility bill. Previous clients must have a valid ID.

Wesley UMC plans free healthy cooking classes

Wesley United Methodist Church, 3010 Hazel St., will host the second session of the free healthy lifestyle cooking classes. The community is invited to attend a meeting at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 16. The free “Faithful Families Eating Smart and Moving More” classes will help people plan, shop and prepare healthier meals for their families. Space is limited. To enroll contact, the Rev. Edna Morgan, edna.morgan@arumc.org or 870-692-2400.

Youth Advisory Council to meet, elect leaders

The Youth Advisory Council of the Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation will meet from 4-5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16. The group will meet at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave. Youth in 8–12th grades who want to make a positive difference in the community are encouraged to attend. Details: Lawrence Fikes, executive director of the Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation, pinebluffarea@arcf.org or Mattie Collins, YAC advisor, kencol1@msn.com .

Deltas plan Black Lives Matter forum

The Pine Bluff Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. will host a Black Lives Matter Community Forum at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16. The event will be at Bethany Chapel Church, 1923 S. Olive St. It is free and open to the public. The forum will provide practical advice for how to respond when encountering law enforcement and address laws about illegal drugs, alcohol, texting while driving and sexting.

UAM McGehee offers free flu shots

Free flu shots will be offered in the student center at the University of Arkansas at Monticello College of Technology-McGehee. Shots will be given from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16, in cooperation with the Desha County Health Department. The shots will be administered by UAM COT-McGehee practical nursing students. Details: Seth Bryant, project coordinator, at 870-460-2108.

Beginning Monday, Oct. 16

UAM McGehee slates nursing assistant course

A nursing assistant course will be offered at the University of Arkansas at Monticello College of Technology-McGehee for eight weeks. The Career Pathways Initiative will offer the course starting Monday, Oct. 16. Classes will meet from noon to 3 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The course is open to any parent receiving assistance from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Transitional Employment Assistance, Arkids, Medicaid or between the poverty guideline of 100 to 250 percent. Anyone taking the course will earn six hours of college credit. Details: Cortez Smith, program director, 870-460-2102, or Justin Carbage, community outreach coordinator, 870-460-2129.

UAM slates homecoming events

The University of Arkansas at Monticello will celebrate Homecoming 2017 through Oct. 21. Monday, Oct. 16, a Spirit Wall painting contest and picnic will be held near the Centennial Clock Tower. Tuesday, Oct. 17, Big Money Bingo is scheduled for 7 pm. in the John F. Gibson University Center. Wednesday, Oct. 18, a beam signing for the Student Success Center and ribbon cutting ceremony for the Learning Commons of the Taylor Library and Technology Center will begin at the construction site at 2 p.m. featuring speakers UA System President Donald Bobbitt, state Sen. Eddie Cheatham and UAM Chancellor Karla Hughes. Thursday, Oct. 19, the UAM Sports Hall of Fame induction banquet will be held at 6 p.m. in the University Center. Tickets are $40 each and may be purchased by calling the Department of Athletics at 870-460-1058. Friday, Oct. 20, a Homecoming Celebration for Alumni and Friends is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the University Center. Saturday, the Kickoff of Homecoming football game, UAM vs. Southern Nazarene, will be at 3 p.m. at Convoy Leslie Cotton Boll Stadium. Details: Office of Alumni Affairs, 870-460-1028.

Tuesday, Oct. 17

Police set Walk to end Domestic Violence

The Pine Bluff Police Department will host a Walk to end Domestic Violence from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17. The walk will begin and end at the Civic Center steps facing Eighth Avenue. Lunch will be provided. “If you have been a victim, suffered a loss of a loved one or know someone who has been a victim, please come and show your support for the cause,” a spokesman said. Details: 870-730-2073 or 730-2072.

Faucett Road Association Neighborhood Watch meets

The Faucett Road Association Neighborhood Watch Group will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, at First Missionary Baptist Church, 4500 Faucett Road. Details: 323-708-2903.

Alpha Phi Alpha men to adderess Ivy Center males

The Delta Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. will present Project Alpha to young men of the Ivy Center for Education College Readiness program. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, at Faith Presbyterian Church, 913 University Drive. Young men in 7–12th grades in Jefferson County are encouraged to attend. Young men will meet in the sanctuary and the young women will meet in the fellowship hall.

Rotary Club programs set

The Downtown Pine Bluff Rotary Club meets at noon Tuesdays at the Pine Bluff Country Club.

Through Tuesday, Oct. 17

Parent Center slates ACT workshop for parents

The Pine Bluff School District’s Title I Parent and Family Resource Center is sponsoring free ACT-Aspire parent engagement workshops in math and reading. Workshops will be held at the Parent Center, 1215 W. Pullen St., at 5:30 p.m. on the following dates: For math — Monday, Oct. 2 for 7th and 8th grade; Tuesday, Oct. 3 for 9th and 10th grade; For reading — Monday, Oct. 9 for 3rd and 4th grade; Tuesday, Oct. 10 for 5th and 6th grade; Monday, Oct. 16 for 7th and 8th grade; Tuesday, Oct. 17 for high school. Call the Parent Center, 850-2002 or 850-2009 to register or for details.

Tuesdays through Oct. 17

Grief group sessions set

The Grief and Comfort Community grief group will meet at Harmony Baptist Association, 2001 S. Cherry St., from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays for six weeks. Classes began Sept. 12. The cost is $10 for the book. To join the grief group sessions, call Harmony Baptist Association, 534-1021, to register.

Wednesday, Oct. 18

Commercial sets Church News deadline

The Commercial is printing church news on Fridays. The deadline to submit church announcements is noon on Wednesdays. Church announcements can be submitted by email 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. Details: 870-534-3400, ext. 1202.

Shepherd’s Center’s ‘This and That’ classes set at Lakeside

The Shepherd’s Center of Pine Bluff will present “This and That” classes at Lakeside United Methodist Church, 15th Avenue and Olive Street. The following classes will meet from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays: Oct. 18 — Marynell Cardin will teach “How to make Candy in your own Kitchen”; Oct. 25 — Brenda Robinson will teach beaded serving pieces. Details: Bettye Johnson, bcj41@cablelynx.com or 870-535-8037.

Wednesday through Friday, Oct. 18-20

Salvation Army accepts Christmas assistance forms

The Salvation Army, 501 E. 12th Ave., will accept applications for Christmas assistance between 10 a.m. and noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, Oct. 18-20. These will be the only sign-up days and there will be no make-up days, according to a news release. Low-income families with children under 12 may apply for assistance. Don’t bring children to the appointment or applicants won’t be allowed to register. Applicants mus bring documentation including photo ID for the head of household, proof of residence, proof of household income, proof for children such as birth certificates, proof that children have the same address as the head of household, clothing/shoe sizes for the children and gift suggestions. The Salvation Army only provides suggestions to the sponsors, however the sponsors decide what gifts to buy. Details: The Salvation Army, 870-534-0504.

Thursday, Oct. 19

Calvary, Sheraton Park groups meet

The Calvary Area Association will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, at St. Stevens Church, 4805 W. 14th Ave. Details: 870-879-9023. The Sheraton Park Neighborhood Watch Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church, 4101 S. Hazel St. Details: 870-535-0303.

Lakeport presentation to highlight historical association

“Influence of Southeast Arkansas in the Arkansas Historical Association ” will be presented by journalist and historian Maylon Rice at the Lakeport Legacies history talk. The session will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, at the Lakeport Plantation at Lake Village. The event begins at 5 p.m. with refreshments and conversation. The program is free and open to the public. For details or to register, contact Blake Wintory at Lakeport Plantation, 870-265-6031.

Parks department sets Youth Basketball League

The Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation Department invites the community to register for the Youth Basketball League. The registration deadline is Thursday, Oct. 19, for boys and girls ages 3-16. The cost is $50 and participants must bring a copy of their birth certificate. Register at the parks department at Saracen Landing. Also, volunteer coaches are needed. Details: Thomas Monroe Peters, Athletic Director, Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation, tpeters@cityofpinebluff.com or 870-536-0920 office or 870-341-0999 cell.

Women’s Connection luncheon set

The Pine Bluff Christian Women’s Connection will hold its monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, at the Pine Bluff Country Club. The guest speaker will be Nancy Kay Grace, an award-winning author of the The Grace Impact, a devotional book. The special presentation will be the annual fall auction and white elephant sale, a fundraiser for Stonecroft Ministries and Christian Women’s Connection. Contact Pat Caple at 870-879-0133 for reservations or cancellations, which are to be made by noon Monday, Oct. 16.

Extension Service plans landscaping seminar

The Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service, 500 Idaho St., will host a Landscaping Basics seminar from 10–11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 19. Lee Anderson II, County Extension Staff Chairman and Horticulture Agent, will present the seminar. Space is limited to the first 20 people who register. Call 870-534-1033 to pre-register by Monday, Oct. 16.

Friday, Oct. 20

Pine Bluff NAACP branch hosts annual banquet

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Pine Bluff Branch, will present its 26th annual Dove Freedom Banquet at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The keynote speaker will be Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson of Gary, Indiana. Details: Mary Liddell, marylddll@yahoo.com

Mobile Veterans Center Clinic visits PB

The Mobile Veterans Center Clinic will be stationed at Pine Bluff from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, at the Jefferson County Veterans Service Office, 105 Main St. Officials will offer veterans enrollment assistance for new applicants, review medical benefits and eligibility, answer questions about eligibility benefits, update current users of VA healthcare information and explain healthcare programs available for eligible veterans. Veterans should bring copies of their DD-214 and a photo ID. The event is part of the veterans outreach program. Details: Jefferson County Veterans Service Office, 870- 541-5495, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System.

South Central Center sets flu, pneumonia shots

Flu and pneumonia vaccinations for adults will be given from 9-11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 20, at the South Central Center on Aging, 4747 Dusty Lake Drive, Suite 101. Interested participants should bring their insurance card for billing. A TDap (tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough) booster vaccine will also be offered. The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Schmieding Caregiver Training Program and Walgreens are working together to provide the vaccinations at the center. Free parking and refreshments will be available. Details: Charlotte Clausen, cmclausen@uams.edu, or 870-879-1440.

Southcentral Arkansas Rural Business event set

The 2017 Southcentral Arkansas Rural Business + Enterprise Development Conference will be held Friday, Oct. 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the S.J. Parker 1890 Extension Complex at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Participants will network with local, regional and statewide lenders at 8:30 a.m. during a “Lenders Roundtable Breakfast.” Businessman Lewis E. James, chief executive officer of MCLJASCO, owner of several supply chain businesses based in Detroit, Michigan, will deliver the luncheon address. The event is free, however registration is encouraged. To register or for details, contact Arkansas Human Development Corp. at 800-482-7641 or cyoung@arhdc.org or https://tinyurl.com/y8t9tcj5.

Trinity Village hosts AARP Driver Safety Class

The AARP Driver Safety Class will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, at Trinity Village Retirement Community, 6400 Trinity Drive. 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 for three years. 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 and their AARP card if they are members. Details: 870-692-7926.

Sheridan school to plant trees in forestry project

Sheridan Elementary School will host a Shade Trees on Playgrounds (STOP) Ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20. As a recipient of a grant from the Arkansas Forestry Commission’s STOP program, the school will receive five new shade trees, according to the news release.

Saturday, Oct. 21

UAM slates homecoming; queen to be announced

Twelve women will compete for 2017 homecoming queen at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. UAM will celebrate homecoming Saturday, Oct. 21. The homecoming queen will be selected by a vote of the student body and announced during pre-game ceremonies prior to UAM’s football game with Southern Nazarene University.

Arkansas Post to present Ghosts of the Past Program

Arkansas Post National Memorial is taking reservations for the 23rd annual Ghosts of the Past program Saturday, Oct. 21. Participants will witness living history scenes from the history of Arkansas Post. Admission is free and groups of all sizes are welcome to attend. Tours begin at 6 p.m. and depart the visitor center every 15 minutes. The last tour departs at 9 p.m. Tours last approximately one hour. Arkansas Post National Memorial is located on Arkansas 169, approximately seven miles south of Gillett. All activities are free and there is no fee for entrance to the park. Make reservations by calling 870-548-2207.

National Domestic Violence Month event set

An event in observance of National Domestic Violence Month will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Office of state Sen. Stephanie Flowers, 217 Main St. This event is free and open to the public. The organizer is Jason Irby, author of Love Within Life: So, You Want to Stop Violence. He will host the event along with Flowers, D-Pine Bluff, and Dorcas Vangilst, director of discipleship and counseling at Dorcas House. Presenters will focus on violence, resolutions and community responsibility. Free refreshments will be served.

Sacred Spaces: The Architecture of Fay Jones film set

The community is invited to join the Arts & Science Center Oct. 21 from 1:30–3:30 p.m. for a free screening of the film, Sacred Spaces: The Architecture of Fay Jones. In 2009, the School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas was named in honor of this Pine Bluff native, an internationally known architect. After the screening, a discussion about Jones’ legacy and the historic architecture of Pine Bluff will be presented by Fred Reed, president of Reed Architectural Firm, Mason Toms, Preservation & Design Coordinator for Main Street Arkansas, and Callie Williams, National Register historian for the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program.

Railroad Museum observes birthday

The Arkansas Railroad Museum, 1700 Port Road, invites the community to its 34th birthday celebration from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. Officials promise fun for all ages. The event will feature free admission and free rides on the speeder, hand car and bucket train. The museum will observe 34 years of preserving railroad history. Details: Arkansas Railroad Museum, 535-8819.

‘After The Love Has Gone’ stage play set at Pine Bluff

C.L. Wilson III will present the stage play, “After The Love Has Gone,” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center Auditorium. “After the Love Has Gone” is an inspirational stage play about a happily married couple facing a huge challenge because someone is spending too much time on social media, according to a news release. Advance tickets are $29.95 and can be purchased online at https://www.eventbrite.com/. Tickets at the door will be $40 cash only. Details: 800-975-4011.

Youth Outdoors Day set at park

The Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, Pure Fishing and Arkansas AFL-CIO will sponsor a Youth Outdoors Day. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 1140 Oakland Park Drive. Youth are invited to a day of fishing, archery and gun ranges, music, prizes and lunch. The first 250 children will get free fishing gear. No fishing license is needed for youth ages 15 and younger. All youth must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Sunday, Oct. 22

Simmons to release earnings

Simmons First National Corp. expects to release third quarter 2017 earnings at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22. Management will conduct a live conference call to review this information at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 23. Those interested can listen to this call by dialing toll-free 1-866-298-7926 and asking for the Simmons First National Corp. conference call, conference ID 84536260. The call will also be available on the company’s website at www.simmonsbank.com.

Monday, Oct. 23

Parks plans basketball and volleyball leagues

The Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation Department invites the community to register for the Adult Basketball and Volley Ball leagues. For basketball, the registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 23, for ages 17 and older and 35 and older. The cost is $300 per team. For Adult Coed Volleyball League, the registration deadline is also Oct. 23. The cost is $150 per team. Register at www.pbparksandrec.com .

Tuesday, Oct. 24

Monticello field day to focus on pests, trees, feed, heifers

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture will hold a beef and forage field day at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, at the Southeast Research and Extension Center. The center is located at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. On-site registration begins at 4:30 p.m. and the program is free. Dinner will be served. Details: Kelly Bryant, bryantk@uamont.edu or 870-460-1091.

Through Tuesday, Oct. 24

Candidate Development Institute underway

Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce will host its Candidate Development Institute from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Oct. 24 at the Economic Development Alliance for Jefferson County, 510 Main St. The institute is in association with Go Forward Pine Bluff. CDI is designed to offer training in the basics of organizing and implementing a campaign for public office. Details: Chamber Director Nancy Lee McNew, nmcnew@pinebluffchamber.com or 870-535-0110.

Wednesday, Oct. 25

SEARK to host opioid addiction seminar

Southeast Arkansas College will host an opioid addiction education program as part of Red Ribbon Week. The college will host a viewing of “Chasing the Dragon” for students, faculty and staff at Lunch & Learn at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, in McGeorge Hall-Seminar Room. SEARK is partnering with the Little Rock Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Governor’s Education Team, and the Arkansas Department of Education to hold the event.

Through Wednesday, Oct. 25

Shepherd’s Center fall classes set

The fall 2017 session of Shepherd’s Center of Pine Bluff Classes have been scheduled. The one time registration fee is $10. Classes are Wednesdays through Oct. 25, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Lakeside United Methodist Church, 15th Avenue and Olive Street. Details: Bettye Johnson, bcj41@cablelynx.com or 870-535-8037.

Thursday, Oct. 26

Fish fry to honor Conyer Family, agribusinesses

The community is invited to attend the 65th annual Farmers Appreciation Fish Fry honoring the Jefferson County 2017 Farm Family of the Year, the Lawrence “Wink” Conyer family, and Jefferson County’s agribusinesses. Presented by the Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce, the event will be held Thursday, Oct. 26, at Hestand Stadium. The gates open at 5 p.m. and dinner is served from 5:30-7 p.m. Tickets are $15 each. Fish fry sponsorships are available for $350. Sponsors will receive five complimentary tickets, their business name in the Fish Fry flyer and in all advertising materials and a banner displayed at Hestand Stadium during the event. Details: Mandy Owens at the Chamber, mowens@pinebluffchamber.com or 870-535-0110.

UAM McGehee plans hiring fair

A hiring fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, at the University of Arkansas at Monticello College of Technology-McGehee. The Career Pathways Initiative will host the hiring fair. All UAM COT-McGehee students are invited to attend the event, which is also open to the public. Details: Cortez Smith, Career Pathways director, 870-460-2012 or Justin Carbage, community outreach coordinator, 870-460-2129.

Center announces Collage & Cork

The Arts & Science Center will host Collage & Cork from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 26. The collage art class will be under the instruction of Arkansas collage artist Michael Church. Advance registration is required and participants must be 21 years or older to attend. Participants will create a unique work of “narrative” collage art while having complimentary wine or beer. No experience is necessary. Admission is $25 for members, $35 for nonmembers.

Beginning Friday, Oct. 27

Nature Center presents Boo on the Bayou

The Delta Rivers Nature Center in Regional Park invites the community to Boo on the Bayou, the area’s largest free Halloween event, from 6-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 27-28. There will be fun for all ages, according to a news release. Activities include games, inflatables, the Scary Maze, Trail of Terror and food vendors and more. Youth may wear costumes. Details: 870-534-0011.

Bridgette Jones, PB native to compete for Miss Arkansas USA

Pine Bluff native Bridgette Jones will compete for Miss Arkansas USA. She is also a senior at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, according to a news release. The 2018 Miss Arkansas USA Pageant, as well as the Miss Arkansas Teen USA contest, will be held Oct. 27-29 at the Fort Smith Convention Center and ArcBest Corp. Arts Center, according to http://www.missarkansasusa.com/info.html . Details: http://www.oneofakindtalentinc.com/bridgette.html

Saturday, Oct. 28

Central Presbyterian plans Trunk or Treat

Central Presbyterian Church, 6300 Trinity Drive, will host its annual Trunk or Treat at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. The community is invited to attend the event and children can wear costumes. Free food, candy and a bounce house will be provided, according to a spokesman.

City holds community cleanup

The Quality of Life Division of the city of Pine Bluff will host another community cleanup Saturday, Oct. 28. “Do you want to help clean up our city? Contact the Pine Bluff Quality of Life Division to sign up for a community cleanup in your neighborhood,” a spokesman said in a news release. The city of Pine Bluff is promoting 4th Saturday Community Cleanups in an endeavor to clean up the city, according to the release. Details: Evelyn Horton, chief inspector, 870-730-2031.

Delta Made Music & Maker Festival set

The community is invited to the Delta Made Music & Maker Festival from 2-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, on the parking lot of Harbor Oaks Golf Club in Regional Park. The free event will be filled with music and entertainment by Big Phiph & Tomorrow Maybe, Charlotte Taylor and Gypsy Rain, Sarah Cecil, Arkansas Circus Arts and Paul Prater, magician, accoding to a news release. There will also be a kids zone, Parade of Paws, chicken wing cook-off & Razorback Tailgate Party. Arts and craft vendor booths and local food trucks will also be on site. Details: 870-536-8175.

Through Saturday, Oct. 28

4-H National Promotion Month set

During October, National 4-H Promotion Month, activities will include: Oct. 4 – National 4-H Youth Science Day; Oct. 4-15 – Tractor Supply 4-H Clover Campaign; Oct. 5 – United Way Day of Caring and quorum court visit; Oct. 7 – 4-H Pet Show – Tractor Supply Store; Oct. 10 – “Clover Pink Out” Breast Cancer Awareness Day; Oct. 21 – 4-H Open House & Awards Program; and Oct. 27-28 –Boo on the Bayou at the Delta Rivers Nature Center.

Monday, Oct. 30

Ms. Clowns Scary Book Theatre event set

Ms. Clowns Scary Book Theatre will present a “safe Halloween event” at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30, according to a news release. The event will be held at at St. Mark United Methodist Church, 4229 W. Sixth Ave. According to Debra A. Morris, the director, the event will present a play that deals with society issues, including gangs, drugs, gun violence and mental abuse.

Beginning Monday, Oct. 30

TOPPS accepts applications for Toys for Tots

TOPPS Inc., 1000 Townsend Drive, will accept applications for the Toys for Tots program from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30, through Friday, Nov. 10. TOPPS (Targeting Our People’s Priorities With Service) is working in partnership with the United States Marine Corps Reserve in sponsoring Toys for Tots. Parents of children 16 years old and younger may apply by bringing a state issued identification card, proof of income, and a copy of each child’s birth certificate. To ensure that all needs are met in the Jefferson County area, TOPPS asks that participants only register with one agency. Details: TOPPS, 850-6011.

Tuesday, Oct. 31

Pine Bluff police host fall festival

The Pine Bluff Police Department’s Annual Fall Festival will be held from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. This event is free and open to the public. The family event will feature bounce houses, games, a hot dog eating contest, costume contest (for youth, teens and adults), cotton candy, snow-cones, popcorn, drinks, hot dogs, prizes and free candy. Details: 870-730-2078.

Through Tuesday, Oct. 31

Sock collection underway

Klassic Kidz Academy, 2407 S. Cherry St., is collecting socks for those in need now through Tuesday, Oct. 31. Details: Shirley Matthews or Bonnie Hence, 870-541-9490.

Guachoya hosts Paint Class Ladies exhibit

Guachoya Cultural Art Center at Lake Village is hosting the Paint Class Ladies exhibit and a few local artists. It will be up until Oct. 31. Admission is free. Details: 870-265-6077.

Saturday, Nov. 4

Veterans Benefits Fair

A Veterans Benefits Fair will be held at the Pine Bluff Convention Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4. This is a joint collaboration with the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System, City of Pine Bluff, City of White Hall, Jefferson County and the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs. Veterans are urged to bring their DD214. They will hear about healthcare enrollment, veterans benefits and other issues.

REFORM Inc. plans youth summit

REFORM Inc. will present the Youth, Teen, and Young Adult Empowerment Summit from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Robert L. Handley Family Life Center, 812 E. Harding Ave. The session is for youth 10-18 years old. Registration is open through Sunday, Oct. 15, or when all spots are filled for all attendees. Details: Melrita M. Johnson, 870-519-9482, or www.reformincarkansas.org or reformarkansas@yahoo.com .

Thursday, Nov. 9

Business After Hours set at Sissy’s

Sissy’s Log Cabin, 2319 S. Camden Road, will host a Business After Hours from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, according to the Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Friday, Nov. 10

Extension homemakers plan holiday foods show

The Jefferson County Extension Homemakers Holiday Foods Show will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10, at the St. Joseph Church Parish Hall, West Sixth Avenue and Laurel Street. Tickets are $15 which includes a booklet, tasting and door prizes. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance. Details: 870-247-4046, 247-4050, or the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Office. 534-1033.

Thursday, Nov. 16

UAM small business center slates free PB workshop

“Grow Your Sales in 5 Easy Steps,” a free workshop, will be held from 1-3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave. The Pine Bluff event is sponsored by the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Participants will learn a five-step process to maximize their marketing and promotions to attract customers. Although the event is free, pre-registration is required. Register at asbtdc.org/rural-marketing or call 870-460-1910.

Saturday, Nov. 18

Vera Lloyd Children’s Home’s Turkey Trot 5K

Vera Lloyd Children’s Home at Monticello will host the sixth annual Turkey Trot 5K and kids’ fun run at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 18. Proceeds will benefit Vera Lloyd Presbyterian Family Services. Registration is open at RunSignUp.com. The Turkey Trot 5K will take place at Vera Lloyd’s children’s home at Monticello. Children under age 12 are invited to run in the one mile kids’ fun run immediately after the 5K. The 5K is open to walkers, runners and virtual participants. Registration for the 5K or virtual participation is $25 until Nov. 9 when it increases to $30. Registration for the kids run is $10.

Through Saturday, Nov. 18

Walk Across Arkansas begins

The fall edition of Walk Across Arkansas began Sept. 17 and runs through Saturday, Nov. 18. The program allows people across Arkansas to form teams and commit to eight weeks of exercise, according to Lisa Washburn, associate professor of health for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. Registration for Walk Across Arkansas will open Tuesday, Sept. 5. Details: http://bit.ly/WAA-Fall-2017.

Through Friday, March 30, 2018

Hunger Relief Alliance offers after-school feeding grants

The Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance is accepting grant applications for after-school feeding programs. Sponsors must participate in a U.S. Department of Agriculture reimbursed meal program through the Child and Adult Care Feeding Program or through the National School Lunch Program. Applications submitted by Aug. 20 will be reviewed and awarded by Sept. 8. Applications submitted between Aug. 21 and Nov. 1 will be reviewed and awarded by Nov. 24. The online application will remain open through March 30, 2018. For details, contact SiKia Brown, Out of School Programs Director for the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, at Sbrown@arhungeralliance.org or call 501-399-9999 or fax 501-399-9996. For technical support, send an email to grantshelpdesk@strength.org.

Through Sunday April 1, 2018

Agency accepts respite grant applications

Area Agency on Aging of Southeast Arkansas announces the availability of a new grant for respite care. The grant will allow respite care to be provided to a caregiver providing 24 hour service to their loved one with special needs. The deadline is April 1, 2018, or until the monies run out, a spokesman said in a news release. The grant is for any age group, however individuals with the greatest need will be considered first. The mini-grant project is funded through the Arkansas Lifespan Respite Coalition and the Administration on Community Living and made possible by the Department of Human Services, according to the release. To apply, contact the case manager at Area Agency offices at Arkansas, Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Cleveland, Desha, Drew, Grant, Jefferson or Lincoln counties. Details: 870-543-6300 or 1-800-264-3260.

Through Tuesday, May 29

Gould Youth Ministries food, after school programs underway

Gould Youth Ministries is offering free meals for children 5-18 years old in its at-risk feeding program. The feeding program began Sept. 18 and will continue through May 29, 2018. The at-risk after school program is also underway with free activities for youth, according to a press release.

Monday through Friday

Turning Point to present mentoring for girls

Turning Point Youth Center Inc., 508 S. Mulberry St., is sponsoring an after-school mentoring program for girls ages 5-18. Sessions will be held from 2-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The program is entitled RUBIES (Reaching Un-Measurable Bounds in Etiquette and Standard.) Details: Yolanda Pitts, executive director of Turning Point, 870-643-6540.

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.

Tuesdays, Thursdays; 2nd and 4th Saturdays

PBSD community computer lab open

The Pine Bluff School District’s Title I Parent & Family Resource Center has opened the community computer lab in the Jordan-Chanay Administrative Center, 1215 W. Pullen St. The lab will be open from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 9 a.m. to noon the second and fourth Saturday of the month (except holidays.) The lab has 30 state-of-the art computers and can be used by parents, teachers, students and the community. Details: For 850-2008 or 850-2009.

Wednesdays and Fridays

Unity slates girls program

Unity Christian Fellowship Church, 2712 S. Bay St., will host a program for girls ages 12 to 17 at 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. The program is called SAFETY (Saving Adolescent Females Empowering Today’s Youth.) Topics will include self-respect, dating, dressing properly, self-esteem, avoiding dangerous situations, future planning, preventing adolescent pregnancy, physical fitness, health and character. After each meeting, the program will feature sessions on hair, make-up and nail painting. Details: 870-592-9136 or 870-209-2644.

Tuesdays, Thursdays, 2nd, 4th Saturdays

PBSD community computer lab available

The Pine Bluff School District’s Title I Parent & Family Resource Center has a community computer lab available in the Jordan-Chanay Administrative Center, 1215 W. Pullen St. The lab opens Sept. 5 will be available from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 9 a.m. to noon the second and fourth Saturday of the month (except holidays.) The lab can be used by parents, teachers, students and the community. Details: For 850-2008 or 850-2009.

Free financial seminars

Free small business financial planning and management classes are held at 7 p.m. every Tuesday at Unity Christian Fellowship Church, 2712 S. Bay St., at Pine Bluff. Anthony Armstrong, the pastor and regular instructor of the class, is a business analyst for the Arkansas Economic Development Commission’s Small and Minority Business Division. Details: www.unitychristianfellowshipchurch.com

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.

Friday and Saturdays

Movie and Activity Nights set

The Family Community Development Corporation is having Movie and Activity Nights each Friday and Saturday Night from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at 1001 N. Palm St. This project serves children 5-12 years old with movies, art, chess, Black History, drama, music and physical activities scheduled. Nutritious Snacks are served, and health issues highlighted. A spokeswoman said the location is the old Anna’s Store. Call 870 850-7094 for additional information.

On-going Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

Salvation Army

For those interested in supporting victims of Hurricane Harvey, financial donations are the best way to assist the Salvation Army’s disaster relief program, according to a news release. People may donate online at www.helpsalvationarmy.org or by mail: The Salvation Army, P.O. BOX 1959, Atlanta, GA., 30301. People should designate “Hurricane Harvey” on all checks. Contributions may also be made by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769); or texting STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link for mobile giving.

Red Cross

The American Red Cross is accepting donations for Hurricane Harvey relief. Donors may mail checks payable to the American Red Cross, 401 S. Monroe St., Little Rock, AR 72205. People may donate by phone via credit card or debit card or by visiting the Red Cross office at 211 W. Third Ave. in Pine Bluff. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday to Friday. Specify “Hurricane Harvey” relief on checks. People may call 870-534-7312 for questions on donations.

White Hall Food pantry

The White Hall Community Food Pantry has been asked by the American Red Cross to be a distribution center for victims of Hurricane Harvey. They will accept donations of non-perishable food items and hygiene products. The pantry will also accept large donations from businesses. Bee Bee Fenters, director of the pantry, asks people to call her at 870-489-1281 to arrange donations at Family Church at White Hall. All cash donations should be made to the American Red Cross.

Liberty Baptist accepts hurricane relief donations

Liberty Baptist Church, 8454 U.S. 79 S, is assisting Hurricane Harvey relief efforts and is accepting donations, according to the pastor, Shawn Cuthbertson. Donated items may be taken to the Clothesline Consignment in White Hall, DeJa Vu Consignment in Chapel Village, Money Mart Pawn Shop on East Harding Avenue and Liberty Baptist. They will take items to Texas ever 10 days. For details or to make online donations, visit libertypinebluff.com .

Ongoing events:

Robey seeking mentors

Jack Robey Junior High School is seeking volunteer mentors for its “Mentoring Matters” Program. The program’s aim is to assist students who are academically, behaviorally, or emotionally challenged, according to a news release. All interested groups and individuals will be required to register through the Volunteers in Public Schools office. Details: LaKesha Foote, 7th Grade English/Language Arts Teacher and Parent Facilitator at Jack Robey, lakesha.foote@pinebluffschools.org or 501-386-1106.

Monday through Friday

Turning Point to present mentoring for girls

Turning Point Youth Center Inc., 508 S. Mulberry St., is sponsoring an after-school mentoring program for girls ages 5-18. Sessions will be held from 2-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The program is entitled RUBIES (Reaching Un-Measurable Bounds in Etiquette and Standard.) Details: Yolanda Pitts, executive director of Turning Point, 870-643-6540.

TOPPS hosts fall programs

TOPPS began all fall programs Tuesday, Sept. 5. TOPPS (Targeting Our People’s Priorities with Service) Inc. has programs for students in first through 12th grades. Applications are available at the TOPPS office, 1000 Townsend Drive. The programs include after-school tutoring, mentoring, graphic design-job training, volunteerism, the feeding program and DREAMS (Dreams Require Educating and Motivating Students.) DREAMS, a pre-college program, has limited slots, according to a news release. Details: Aurora Smith 870-850-6011.

Historical Society seeks items for Supreme Court exhibit

Citizens of Arkansas are asked to donate materials that may be relevant for a new Arkansas Supreme Court exhibit at the Old State House. The Arkansas Supreme Court Historical Society is on the lookout for artifacts related to the Arkansas judiciary. The display would explain the Arkansas Supreme Court and its residence at the Old State House from the earliest times until 1915 when state government moved into the State Capitol, according to a news release. Details: Rod Miller of the Arkansas Supreme Court Library at 501- 682-2147.

Summer LIHEAP available

The Pine Bluff-Jefferson County Economic Opportunities Commission began taking applications for the summer regular and crisis portions of LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) Monday, July 10. EOC will open the program in Jefferson, Grant, Cleveland, Arkansas and Lincoln counties. Applications will be taken from 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Wednesday. Summer LIHEAP is for electric bills only, according to a news release. Applicants for LIHEAP must meet income guidelines. For a household of one person, the monthly countable income is $1,533. For each additional person in the household, add $471.

Downtown Development accepts grant forms

Pine Bluff Downtown Development Inc. is accepting applications from businesses seeking a grant to improve the outside facade of a building or for outdoor signage. Downtown Development received a $1,000 business improvement grant June 28 from Main Street Arkansas through the Arkansas Historic Preservation program. The funding will allow Downtown Development to give the $1,000 toward a viable exterior project if the grantee provides $250 towards the project. Grant funding forms and guidelines are available at the office of Pine Bluff Downtown Development, 110 N. Pine St. or by calling 870-536-8742.

Conservation District accepts grant applications

The Jefferson County Conservation District began taking applications for an ANRC Grants to District funded water metering program Saturday, July 1. This grant will assist landowners in the purchase of water meters on water wells and surface water pumping facilities. Approval for funding is on a first come, first served basis and limited to available funding, said Henry English, director of the Small Farm Program at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and member of the Jefferson County District Conservation Board. Details: Kathryn Owen, district secretary with the Jefferson County Conservation District, 870-727-6125.

Pine Bluff Transit begins Watson Chapel bus route

The Pine Bluff Transit Bus system recently announced a route for the Watson Chapel community. The Watson Chapel Express will run Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting at Second Avenue and Main Street at the bottom of the hour. The route will include 5th Avenue to 6th Avenue; 6th Avenue and Blake Street; Blake Street and 28th Avenue; 28th Avenue and Persimmon Street; 28th Avenue and Kenwood Road; 28th Avenue and Taft Street; Taft and Blake; Sulphur Springs Road; East Lake Drive; West Lake Drive; Union Street; Apple Street, etc. Details: Pine Bluff Transit, 870-543-5130.

Arsenal destroying munitions

For the next few months, the Pine Bluff Arsenal will conduct detonations of recovered munitions. The munitions were discovered during the final phase of a study that has been ongoing at the Arsenal since 2012. Residents living close to the Arsenal shouldn’t be alarmed if they hear small explosions coming from the installation for several months.

Voices for Children seeks volunteers

Voices for Children, advocates for abused or neglected children, is seeking volunteers to assist foster children in Jefferson and Lincoln counties. Details: Voices for Children, 536-5922, or vfc@pbreynoldscenter.org

Helping Our Future Kids announces food program

Helping Our Future Kids is participating in the After-school At Risk Program. Meals will be provided free to children up to 18 years old without discrimination. Meals will be served from 4-6 p.m. Monday through Friday at 305 Mississippi St. at Gould. Details: 870-374-0125.

Heritage Detectives exhibit open in 4 cities

Pine Bluff, Dumas, McGehee and Lake Village are partners on Heritage Detectives: Discovering Southeast Arkansas’ Hidden Heritage. The exhibition of original watercolors by area middle school students tells the cultural history of each town, according to a press release from the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas. Heritage Detectives is an interdisciplinary project funded by a grant from the Arkansas Arts Council, part of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. Details: Arts & Science Center at Pine Bluff, 536-3375, info@ASC701.org or www.ASC701.org

Pen or Pencil seeks mentors

Interested Citizens for Voter Registration’s Pen or Pencil Program and Pine Bluff Cares are recruiting mentors for the upcoming school year. Mentors will be trained on using the Pen or Pencil Initiative in the Pine Bluff public schools. The aim is to reduce the number of youth who fail in school and who are at-risk of entering the juvenile justice system. Details: 870-413-6345, pbicvr@aol.com or www.penorpencilmovement.org - www.caresmentoring.org

Signature Arkansas Food Dish contest

Author Jason Irby, a Wabbaseka native, recently pledged the first $500 to establish a contest to create the Signature Arkansas Food Dish. Irby is the founding chairman of Jason Irby Innovation Foundation. Tiffaney Lewis, the secretary/treasurer of the foundation, also pledged a matching $500 in prize money. The grand finale and judging will be held at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds during the 2016 Arkansas State Fair. Details: www.jasonirby.wordpress.com or jasonirbyinnovationfoundation@gmail.com

FSA targets underserved people

The Jefferson County Farm Service Agency Ag-Credit has announced the availability of loan funding for underserved people who want to purchase or operate a family-size farm. This financing is for people who have been subjected to racial, ethnic, or gender inequality. Underserved members include women, African Americans, American Indians, Hispanics, Asians, Pacific Islanders and Alaskan Natives. The Jefferson County FSA Ag-Credit office is located at room 2603 of the federal building, 100 E. Eighth Ave. at Pine Bluff. Details: 534-3200, Ext. 2.

Civic center

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, travelers are urged to visit Arkansas properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places — including the Pine Bluff Civic Center. The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, is sponsoring a passport program to encourage people to visit historic places. Details: http://www.arkansaspreservation.com/Learn-More/ahpp-passports

UAPB online healthcare program

The Division of Continuing Education and Graduate Studies at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is offering e-learning healthcare courses online. The program is offered as the result of a partnership with Condensed Curriculum International. Students will have access to 24/7 instructor support and course mentors, labs, student exercises and course videos, textbooks, workbooks and student materials, a new secure student website including career resources and other training, and clinical hours. Details: Bonita Corbin, 575-8315, corbinb@uapb.edu or http://www.healthedtoday.com/UAPB