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Monday, May 13
NAACP Youth Council to meet
The Pine Bluff branch of the NAACP Youth Council will hold its last meeting of the school year. The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 13, at Bethany Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 1923 S. Olive St. The council will be accepting new members in preparation for the 2019-2020 school year which will begin in September. Youth between the ages of 12 and 18 are welcome to attend. The focus is teaching leadership skills and social justice advocacy training, according to the release. Details: Email firstname.lastname@example.org and place NAACP Youth Council in the subject line.
Beginning Monday, May 13
Upcoming events set with the Office of the Mayor
The community is invited to attend upcoming events announced by the Office of Mayor Shirley Washington. These include: Monday, May 13 — 6 p.m. at the Pine Bluff Convention Center - Aquatics Center Forum; Saturday, June 15 — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Juneteenth Celebration — on the steps of the Jefferson County Courthouse. Details: 870-730-2000, ext. 7.
Neighborhood Watch Groups to meet
Pine Bluff area Neighborhood Watch Groups announced meeting plans. The Jefferson Heights, French Village, Robin Hood, Edgewood Neighborhood Watch Group will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, May 13, at Edgewood School, 4101 W. 32nd Ave. Details: 870-879-3776. The Taylor Association Group will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, at Rose Hill Baptist Church, 2121 W. 26th Ave. Details: 870-592-0668. The Belmont/Broadmoor Neighborhood Watch Group will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, at 1302 Washington St. Details: 870-536-2925. The Calvary Association Group will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at St. Stephens Church of God In Christ, 4805 W. 14th Ave. Details: 870-879-9023. The Sheraton Park Neighborhood Watch Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at Grace Episcopal Church, 4101 S. Hazel St. Details: 870-535-0303. Details: Deborah Davis, the Neighborhood Watch Coordinator at the Pine Bluff Police Department, 870-730-2073.
Tuesday, May 14
Dollarway holds 2019 graduation
Tuesday, May 14, at 6 p.m., Dollarway High School’s graduation will be held in the Pine Bluff Convention Center Auditorium.
Watson Chapel announces graduation
Tuesday, May 14, at 7 p.m., Watson Chapel High School’s gradation will be held in the Pine Bluff Convention Center Arena.
Gould City Council meets
The Gould City Council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, at the Gould City Hall Courtroom. All meetings are open to the public. Details: Gould Mayor Matthew Smith, 870-263-4416.
Casino updates to be given at PB meeting
The community is invited to attend a meeting and hear an update on the proposed Saracen Casino Resort in Pine Bluff. The meeting will be held from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. John L. Berrey, chairman of the business committee of the Quapaw Nation and the Downstream Development Authority, invites the community to learn about the latest updates.
Highland church to give away food boxes
The Helping Hands Ministry at Highland Baptist Church, 1320 S. Peach St., will give away food boxes from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 14. Participants should bring their picture ID and utility bill to pick up food. “If picking up for another client, you must have the client’s ID with a written consent,” according to a news release.
Library Board slates meeting
The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library Board of Trustees will meet at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, May 14. The meeting will be held in the board room of the main library at the civic center, 200 W. Eighth Ave., according to a news release. Details: 870-534-4802.
Star City workshop to help habitat for quail, turkeys
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will host a workshop at Star City on improving wild turkey and northern bobwhite habitat. The event will be held from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, at the C&L Electric Cooperative Building at Star City. The AGFC’s Private Lands Program employs 10 private lands biologists who specialize in working with private landowners to improve wildlife habitat on their property, according to a news release. Dinner will be provided at the workshops for landowners who register in advance. Call Jason Honey at 501-223-6359 or visit http://wildlife-habitat-management-workshop-may-14-2019.eventbrite.com/?s=94105757 to register for the workshop.
UAPB AM&N Alumni chapter plans meeting
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff/AM&N Alumni, Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Chapter, will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 14. The meeting will be held on the second floor of the UAPB Business Support Incubator Building, 615 S. Main St., according to a news release. The agenda will include committee reports, the ongoing membership drive and plans for supporting Tanya Stephens Walker, the Pine Bluff Jefferson County UAPB Alumni Queen Contestant. All members and prospective members are encouraged to attend.
Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary to meet
The Pine Bluff Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 14, in the fellowship room at the Salvation Army headquarters, 501 E. 12th Ave. Visitors and prospective members are always welcome at auxiliary meetings, according to a spokesman for the group. Details: Salvation Army, 534-0504.
TOPPS after-school program slates event
TOPPS after-school project will close its 2018-2019 school year with a program at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, at TOPPS, 1000 Townsend Drive. Students from Little TOPPS K-4 and TOPPS Teens, 5-12th graders, will present songs, poetry, dance and creative crafts. Autumn Staples, literacy instructor for Little TOPPS, will present techniques for parents to use to Bridge the Literacy Gap through Summer Reading.
Landlord Association to meet
The Jefferson County Landlord Association will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Business Support Incubator, 615 S. Main St. The guest speaker will be Joshua Pickett, code enforcement officer, and Lamont Davis, public relations official with Liberty Utilities, according to a news release.
Beginning Tuesday, May 14
Pine Bluff Rotary Club announces upcoming events
The Downtown Pine Bluff Rotary Club meets at noon Tuesdays at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Programs for May include: May 14 — Pine Bluff Rotarian Joe Clement will discuss the American Air Forces in Europe during World War II. May 21 — Marc Oudin, owner and chief executive officer for Marc Oudin Insurance, will be the keynote speaker as the Rotary Club announces the 2019 Small Business Award recipient. May 28 — Jefferson County Judge Gerald Robinson will make a presentation.
Wednesday, May 15
Ivy Center to meet with tour participants
The Ivy Center for Education Board will meet with college tour participants, chaperons and parents from 5-6 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, at Faith Presbyterian Church, 913 University Drive. Details: Mattie Collins at email@example.com or Patricia Berry at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Commercial sets church news deadline
Church news is printed in The Commercial on Friday and the deadline to submit church announcements is noon Wednesday. Articles may be submitted by email to email@example.com, faxed to 870-534-0113, mailed to P.O. Box 6469, Pine Bluff, AR, 71611, or hand delivered to 300 S. Beech St. Area pastors or associate pastors may also submit columns for the Devotional Page by emailing the article and a photo. Photos may also accompany church news by email.
Thursday, May 16
White Hall conducts graduation
Thursday, May 16 — 7 p.m., White Hall High School’s graduation will be held in the Pine Bluff Convention Center Arena.
Jefferson County retired teachers to meet
The Jefferson County Retired Teachers Association will meet at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, May 16, at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Service Center, 211 W. Third Ave. The speaker will be Bobbie Morgan, director of the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library System, according to a news release. This is a breakfast meeting and reservations will need to be made. The cost of the breakfast is $6. The $10 dues may also be paid at the meeting. Details: 870-717-4681.
Chamber plans meet and greet
The Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce, 510 Main St., will host a meet and greet for Lynette Bloomberg, the new Chamber director, and for Nancy McNew, the new vice president of economic development. The event will be held from 4-5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at the Chamber.
No Menthol Sunday Press Conference set at UAPB
To publicly recognize No Menthol Sunday (May 19), the Coalition for a Tobacco Free Arkansas will hold a press conference at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 16. The event will be held at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in the STEM Building. The featured speaker will be Delmonte Jefferson, executive director of National African-American Tobacco Prevention Network (NAATPN) Inc. and the founder of No Menthol Sunday. Participants will also include Pine Bluff Mayor Shirley Washington, youth participants and faith-leaders from across the state.
Christian Women’s Connection plans luncheon
The Pine Bluff Christian Women’s Connection luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 16, at the Pine Bluff Country Club. The speaker will be Barbara Holland of Mansfield, Texas, will present “Stories from the Heart.” The feature will be Theresa Horton, director of education at the South Central Center on Aging at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. The cost for the luncheon is $13.50. For reservations, call Jennifer Keahey at 870-540-9302.
Deadline set for Little Miss Arkansas contentants
The Little Miss Arkansas Pageant will be held Saturday, May 25, the Hotel Hot Springs in Hot Springs. The entry deadline is Thursday, May 16, according to a news release. The pageant is open to any Arkansas girl between the ages 0-17. There are five age groups competing with a winner and two alternates in each. There is also a photogenic and talent competition. Entry forms are available locally at Bethany’s and Christie’s Children Shops at Pine Bluff, according to the release. Details: http://www.littlemissarkansas.com or Barbara Johnson, 501-318-7876.
Friday, May 17
Pine Bluff High School sets graduation
Friday, May 17, at 7 p.m., Pine Bluff High School’s graduation will be held in the Pine Bluff Convention Center Arena.
REFORM sets free in-service for mental health professionals, educators
REFORM Inc. (Resiliency. Empowerment. Faith. OveRcoMer), a 501c3 non-profit corporation, will conduct a free in-service event entitled “Identifying the Signs — Children and Adolescents coping with Trauma, Depression, and Suicidal Issues.”The free event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May 17, at the REFORM Inc. office, 819 W. Sixth Ave. , and is is intended for mental health professionals, teachers, non-profit organizations, clergy, or those in direct contact with children and adolescents, according to the release. Lunch will be provided to registered attendees. Presenters will be Basil Joiner, community liaison of Perimeter Behavioral Healthcare, and Myra Woolfolk of Harbor City Health and Wellness. For details or to register, contact Melrita M. Johnson, REFORM Inc. president and founder, at firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or 870-872-3676.
Saturday, May 18
SEARK graduation set
Southeast Arkansas College will hold its 2019 spring commencement ceremony at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18, in the Pine Bluff Convention Center Arena. The commencement speaker will be Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, according to a news release.
St. John AME plans Women’s Day Salad Festival
St. John AME Church, 1117 W. Pullen St., will host its annual Women’s Day Salad Festival at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at the church’s fellowship hall. The buffet will include various salads, breads, deserts and drinks. The festival will also include entertainment. The dine-in event is open to the Pine Bluff Community and surrounding areas, according to a news release. Tickets are $10 and available now from any of the women of St. John or onsite. For details or tickets, contact Shirley Atkinson at 870-489-6158.
Jefferson County Master Gardeners to host plant sale
The Master Gardeners of Jefferson County will conduct their first plant sale starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at Saracen Landing Farmers Market, 200 Lake Saracen Drive. The plant sale will include all varieties of plants including annuals, perennials, vegetables, native trees and shrubs, wildflowers and herbs, according to a news release. During the sale, cash or checks will be accepted, according to a spokesman. Details: Kurt Beaty at the Jefferson County Extension Office at 870-534-1033 or Susan Buckner 870-556-2201 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wabbaseka Community Cemetery cleanup set
Wabbaseka Community Cemetery Committee will host a cleanup at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 18. All residents who have loved ones at the cemetery are encouraged to come out and help give the site a major cleaning, according to a news release. The event will be held annually. Refreshments will be served. John Shelton Sr. is committee chairman. Details: 870-592-0478.
Randolph/Carthan Cemetery cleanup set
A cleanup will be held at the Randolph/Carthan Cemetery at Grady at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 18. Participants are asked to bring yard tools such as mowers, weed cutters and saws. Food and water may also be necessary. “If you have family and/or friends who are buried in this cemetery, your support is needed,” a news release said.
Hardin church to host antique/classic car show
Hardin Baptist Church, U.S. 270 and Todd Lynn Drive at White Hall, will present its fifth annual Antique/Classic Car Show from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18. The community is invited to attend. There’s no entry fee to show a car, however donations will be appreciated, according to a news release. Festivities will include antique and classic cars on display and vendors. Trophies will be presented for “Peoples Choice,” first, second and third place awards. There will also be concessions with proceeds benefiting the church’s youth. Details: 870-247-1258, 870-692-2556, or Frank Campbell, 870-247-1794.
Through Saturday, May 18
HYPE Communities sets deadline for free summer program
HYPE Communities Inc., a local youth services program, will offer its first summer program to children ages 5-18 in Pine Bluff and surrounding areas. All services are free and facilitated by area educators. Applications will be accepted through Saturday, May 18, according to a news release. Activities will include a visit to Jackson State University at Jackson, Miss., a fishing derby hosted by the fisheries and aquaculture program at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and leadership/professional development workshops. To enroll children in the program, contact Tomekia Moore at 870-872-2229.
Sunday, May 19
Grapevine Cemetery Memorial set
The annual meeting for the Grapevine Cemetery Memorial will be held Sunday, May 19, at Sardis Baptist Church. after the 11 a.m. worship service. A potluck fellowship meal and time to visit will also be held. Those who are unable to attend may contribute to the upkeep of the cemetery by sending contributions to Grapevine Cemetery, 9310 Grant 14, Pine Bluff, AR 71603.
Baptist Home for Children sets car show at Monticello
Arkansas Baptist Children’s Homes and Family Ministries will host the first Ride and Shine Car Show at the Baptist Home for Children at Monticello Saturday, May 18. The event will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. The show starts at 11 a.m. and awards will be presented at 1 p.m. The purpose is to help raise funds to meet the needs of children and families in crisis, according to a news release. Early registration fees are $20 a car and $10 for each additional car, or $25 after April 22. Show day registration cost is $25. Details: email@example.com or 501-410-1567.
Dollarway Class of 1969 sets reunion
Dollarway High School Class of 1969 is planning a 50-year class reunion on Saturday, May 18, at Harbor Oaks restaurant at Regional Park. “If you or someone you know was a member of this class, but have not been contacted, please contact Roberta (Reed) Wood at Robertawood.firstname.lastname@example.org for more information,” according to a news release.
Tuesday, May 21
FBT sets free seminar on building strong financial habits
FBT Bank & Mortgage (FBT) will host a free Simple Fix Financial Workshop from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at First United Methodist Church, 200 W. Sixth Ave. The event is open to the public and will focus on basic financial practices, such as establishing a savings fund and how credit works. Participants will also receive a financial literacy workbook to track their expenses and begin to budget, according to a news release.
Pine Bluff School District sets pre-kindergarten event
The Pine Bluff School District will conduct a Kindergarten Round-Up Block Party from 4:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at the district’s administrative center, 512 S Pine St. The district held a community collaborative effort May 3. The event was designed to address pre-kindergarten literacy and strategize on ways to close the achievement gap, according to a news release.
Dollarway School District plans community meeting
Dollarway School District will host a community meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 21. This stakeholders’ forum will be held at Robert Morehead Middle School, 2601 Fluker St. “The purpose of the event will be to provide information, share ideas, and hear feedback from our families, community, staff, etc.,” according to a news release. Topics will include starting the school day at a later time, improvement plans for each campus for the upcoming year, the progress each campus has made and the impact of the PBIS (Positive Behaviors Interventions and Supports) behavior program. This meeting is open to the public. Details: https://www.dollarwayschools.org/ or 870-534-7003.
Construction Site Erosion Control workshop set
The Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service, 500 S. Idaho St., will host a Construction Site Erosion Control Training beginning at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 21. Participants will see on-site structural erosion control demonstrations from 10-11 a.m. at an Urban Renewal construction site, according to a news release. At noon, a lunch and learn section will be held with Darragh Company at the extension office, according to the release. To register or for details, contact Christine Cooley, County Extension Agent - Stormwater, Jefferson County Extension Service, at email@example.com or 534-1033.
Friday, May 24
REFORM slates fundraiser
REFORM Inc. (Resiliency. Empowerment. Faith. OveRcoMer), a 501c3 non-profit corporation, will host its first spaghetti dinner fundraiser Friday, May 24. Plates will cost $10 and include spaghetti, salad, a roll, a cupcake and soft drink or water. Tickets are available in advance. In-town deliveries are available for those who order five plates or more. All proceeds benefit REFORM, Inc. programming and events. Donations are also being accepted in lieu of purchasing a plate dinner. Details: Melrita M. Johnson, LMSW, president and founder at firstname.lastname@example.org or 870-872-3676.
Saturday, May 25
Pine Bluff native, Grammy nominee Rod Clemmons to perform at LR
The Arkansas School for the Blind at Little Rock will welcome Grammy nominated Pine Bluff native Rod Clemmons home for a concert honoring the 100th annual Alumni Convention of the school. The concert will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at the Wooly Auditorium at the school. Clemmons, who is totally blind, is a graduate of Arkansas School for the Blind, a contemporary R&B recording artist and owner/founder of Verdict Records, according to a news release. Admission is $5 and all proceeds will go to the alumni association to benefit their work with the students at the school. Details: Verdict Records, 302-3548654.
Beginning Tuesday, May 28
UAM McGehee hosts nursing assistant course
The University of Arkansas at Monticello College of Technology at McGehee will host a four-week nursing assistant course as part of the Career Pathways program. Classes will be held on the McGehee campus from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays Tuesday, May 28, through Thursday, June 27, according to a news release. The training is open to individuals eligible to participate Career Pathways. Eligibility requires participants to have a child under the age of 21, to be seeking short-term career or academic training, and to be a current recipient of governmental assistance. To register or for details, contact Cortez C. Smith, Career Pathways program director, at 870-460-2102 or Justin P. Carbage, community outreach coordinator at 870-460-2129.
Friday, May 31
2019 Arkansas Century Farm Applications due
The Arkansas Agriculture Department (AAD) is accepting applications for the 2019 Arkansas Century Farm program that recognizes Arkansas families who have owned and farmed the same land for at least 100 years. Applications are available at www.aad.arkansas.gov/arkansas-century-farm-program. There is no cost to apply. The deadline is May 31.
Saturday, June 1
Pine Bluff - Altheimer Bluesfest 2019 set
The Pine Bluff - Altheimer Bluesfest 2019 will be held Saturday, June 1, at Cook Family Park, 11712 N. U.S. 79 at Altheimer. The show begins at 5 p.m. Hosted by Broadway Joe and Comedian Keith Glason, the event will feature guests including Sir Charles Jones, J-Wonn, Tre Williams, Willie P, Coco, Mo B, Lady Trucker, The On Call Band and the Platinum Blues Band, according to a news release. All acts will perform with a live band, a spokesperson said. Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 the day of the show. Tickets can be purchased online at www.impacttickets.com or at the following in Pine Bluff: The Record Rack and Kibbs Bar-B-Que; Stuttgart: Kibbs Bar-B-Que; and Little Rock: Ugly Mike’s, Uncle T’s and Butler Furniture. For tickets, VIP, sponsorship booths and other details, call 501-413-7683.
Saturday, June 8
Tour de Tomato Bike Ride new Warren festival event
The Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival planners have added an event to the 2019 festival lineup. The Tour de Tomato will feature bike riders of all ages, according to a news release. The race event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 8, the Saturday before the festival weekend. Tour de Tomato will begin at the Bradley County Courthouse in downtown Warren with the sign in at the Donald W. Reynolds YMCA nearby. The advance registration fee is $30. On the day of race, the fee will be $40. Entry forms are available at www.pinktomatofestival.com .Details: Randy Rawls at: https://runsignup.com/Race/AR/Warren/TourDeTomatoBicycleRide .
Beginning Monday, June 10
TOPPS, YEAH-8 set youth camp
TOPPS (Targeting Our People’s Priorities with Service) Inc. and YEAH-8 (youth, education, arts, health) will host the camp. Camp will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 10 through Aug 2. Breakfast and lunch will be served daily, according to a news release. Spark Stem Curriculum will be used to introduce reading, math and writing through coding, engineering and building robots. Events will also include swimming, skating, bowling, fishing, field trips to museums, cooking, art, introduction to Spanish and French, ballroom dancing, tap, jazz and marshal arts. Kevin Burgess is the TOPPS camp director. Annette Dove is the TOPPS executive director. Applications are available at TOPPS, 1000 Townsend Drive. For details and the camp fee, visit email@example.com or call 870-850-6011.
Hurricane HYPE Center sets Summer Camp
New St. Hurricane Missionary Baptist Church, 3319 S. Ohio St., invites parents to register their children for the Hurricane HYPE Center Summer Camp. The camp will convene June 10 through July 25, Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The program will be closed July 4. Sessions are for students in K5 through 8th grade. The cost is $135 and breakfast and lunch is provided, according to a news release. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org or 870-534-2782.
Thursday, June 13
Pink Tomato Festival Steak Cook Off deadline set
The 2019 Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival Steak Cook Off will be held Saturday, June 15, in downtown Warren. The deadline to enter the contest is Thursday, June 13. The Pink Tomato Festival committee has joined forces with the Steak Trail of Champions Cook Off. Entry fees for the steak competition will be $150 and the appetizer competition will be $25, according to a news release. Cooking spaces will be 10X15 and teams will set up between 8-10 a.m. June 15. Awards for steaks include first place $1,200 and appetizer awards will include first place $250. Details: www.pinktomatofestival.com or the Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival, 870-226-5225.
Saturday, June 15
Festival to present 62nd All Tomato Luncheon
As part of the Pink Tomato Festival at Bradley County, the annual All Tomato Luncheon will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at the activities center at First Baptist Church at Warren. The menu will include ham on croissant with tomato and lettuce, tomarinated carrots, tomato bean almondine and Heavenly tomato cake. Tickets are $12 and available from the Bradley County Extension Office. Tickets are limited so participants are urged to make plans soon.
City of Pine Bluff plans 2019 Juneteenth Celebration
The 2019 City of Pine Bluff Juneteenth Celebration will be held on the steps of the Jefferson County Courthouse Saturday, June 15. The Juneteenth program will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a block party from 3-9 p.m. following on Barraque and Main streets, according to a news release from Mayor Shirley Washington’s office. The event will feature free food, vendors, performances, music, activities for children and educational presentations. Juneteenth celebrates the anniversary of the abolition of slavery and the theme of the event is strong families, strong communities, according to the release. Interested vendors and participants may contact the Mayor’s Office. Details: 870-730-2000, ext. 7.