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Editor's Note: At press time, the following events and meetings were known to be still scheduled. Organizers or appropriate officials are encouraged to contact Sandra Hope at to make additions or changes.


Covid-19 testing sites available

Details for getting the covid-19 test are available at the Jefferson County Health Department -- 870-535-2142; and Arkansas Department of Health's website -- . Scroll down until you see the map and enlarge the map. Click on each star to see where each testing site is located.

Saturday, Nov. 21

Comprehensive Care slates free drive-thru flu shots

Jefferson Comprehensive Care System Inc. (JCCSI) will offer free flu shots from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, in a drive-thru session at the JCCSI Pine Bluff Clinic, 1101 Tennessee St. Free flu shots will be offered for adults 19 years old and older. Participants will remain in their vehicles throughout the entire process, according to a news release. JCCSI's medical team will provide community members free flu shots.

Neighbor to Neighbor sets food truck, fried pie fundraiser

Neighbor to Neighbor and Bull's Den food truck will host a drive-thru barbecue and fried pie fundraiser from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, in the Grace Episcopal Church parking lot, 4101 S. Hazel St. (Walk-ups are also welcome.) The agency is hoping this event will help offset the costs of other canceled fundraisers and the increase in the demand for food and services in the community due to Covid-19. Dinners are $10. Choose from Oscar Bullard's barbecue chicken or pulled pork. All dinners come with slaw, beans, and bread. For dessert, they are offering fresh fried pies from Wanda Bateman's recipe. Pies will cost $3 each; 2 for $5; 6 for $15 or 12 for $25. Pre-sale orders for a dozen or more frozen pies may be placed by calling Neighbor to Neighbor. All pre-sale orders must be picked up at Neighbor to Neighbor, 1419 S. Pine St. on Friday, Nov. 20, between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Details: 870-534-2883 between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Through Sunday, Nov. 22

ARTWORKS!! Virtual Art Auction open

The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St., will present ARTWORKS!! Virtual Art Auction through Sunday, Nov. 22. This year's auction and bidding process is completely online and open to all. Details:

Through Monday, Nov. 23

White Hall collects names for Stars in the Park

The White Hall Chamber of Commerce will collect names Nov. 2-23 for Stars in the Park. The activity allows residents to purchase a star for $10 in memory of or in honor of a loved one. The stars will be turned on Dec. 4. Stars in the Park forms are available at the White Hall City Hall at 101 Parkway Drive.

Wednesday, Nov. 25

Pine Bluff 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 Pastors, ministers or other writers interested in writing a religion column may submit articles for consideration by email. Please include your phone number, the name and location of your ministry or city where you reside, and your photo. Photos may also accompany church news by email.

Beginning Wednesday, Nov. 25

County, city set holiday closings

County and city officials have announced the dates their offices will be closed for the upcoming holidays. The Jefferson County Courthouse will be closed Nov. 25-27, for the Thanksgiving holiday. For Christmas, the courthouse will be closed Dec. 23-28, according to a county news release. Pine Bluff City Hall will be closed Nov. 25-27 for Thanksgiving. For Christmas, they will be closed Dec. 23-25, according to a city hall news release.

Saturday, Nov. 28

New Community hosts Shell Marks, musical guests

New Community Church, 321 N. Birch St., will host A Night of Love with Shell Marks, at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28. Marks is a local gospel music artist and a praise team leader at New Community. Marks' guests will include Courtney Wright & Triumphant, Nu Emage, Keenon Coleman, Hearts, Johnson Family and Richard Roberts. New Community observes social distancing and health guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.) Hand sanitizers are located at each entrance and ushers offer masks to those who don't have them.

Sunday, Nov. 29

City hosts tree lighting, community prayer

The city of Pine Bluff will host the 2020 Community Prayer and Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, at 601 Main Street Plaza in downtown Pine Bluff. The community is invited to join in the special evening of festivities at Sixth Avenue and Main Street. "We will pray for safety, a bountiful holiday and blessings for all," a spokesman said. Photos with Santa will also be available.

Monday, Nov. 30

New library, branch libraries open

The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library System's new main library, 600 S. Main St., and branch libraries will open on Nov. 30 with limited services, according to a news release. Branch libraries are located at Altheimer, White Hall, Redfield and the Watson Chapel community. Precautions are being placed to reduce the chances of spreading covid-19. Masks must be worn correctly covering the nose and mouth. "If you cannot wear a mask, call us at (870) 534-4802 and we will be happy to deliver the items you select online to the curbside delivery area," according to the release. Patrons can only visit the library 30 minutes at a time. Details: or (870) 534-4802.

Tuesday, Dec. 1

Delta Sigma Theta to present World Aids Day webinar

The Pine Bluff Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. will present a World Aids Day webinar at 7 p.m. Dec. 1. The webinar is part of the sorority's public service mission of International Awareness and Involvement, which is one of Delta Sigma Theta's Five Point Programmatic Thrust, according to a news release. The community is invited to join the webinar by Zoom. The meeting ID is 864 5992 3477 and the passcode is 478723. Details: Co-Chairs Mae Hawkins-Coleman, (870) 247-3040, or Bonita Thomas Corbin (870) 489-1848.

Kearney conducts free online writing workshop

Author and publisher Janis F. Kearney, a native of Southeast Arkansas, will conduct a free, virtual workshop at 10 a.m. Dec. 1. The community is invited to hear writers read aloud stories they developed in the GetSmART! writing workshops and learn more about the art of writing from Kearney, according to a news release from the Arkansas Arts Council. Registration to the writing workshop is limited and must be made through email at or at Details: Janet Perkins, 501-324-9775.

Friday, Dec. 4

Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary sets fundraiser

The Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary won't have its annual Christmas luncheon because of Covid-19. However, supporters of the luncheon are encouraged to participate in a drive-through, drop-off event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 4 at First United Methodist Church, 501 W. Fifth Ave. Proceeds will be used to purchase essential items for the emergency shelter, to provide tuition to summer camp for less-fortunate children and other projects sponsored by the local Salvation Army Corps. Donations may also be delivered in person to the Salvation Army Corps or mailed to the agency at 501 E. 12th Ave., Pine Bluff, AR 71601.

White Hall plans holiday drive-bys, walk-bys

The White Hall Chamber is hosting a Drive-Thru Santa event at the White Hall Community Center at 9801 Dollarway Road from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4. Drivers and passengers will remain inside their vehicles and children will be given pre-bagged cookies from a licensed kitchen and a beverage such as water or a soft drink. Also, Stars in the Park will be turned on Dec. 4. The activity allows residents to purchase a star for $10 in memory of or in honor of a loved one.

Through Friday, Dec. 11

Chamber accepting

nominations for Leadership Pine Bluff

The Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce is still accepting nominations for the 2021 Leadership Pine Bluff Class. A formal application will be sent to the applicant upon receipt of a completed nomination form or forms may be picked up at the Chamber at 510 Main St. The deadline for applications to the class is Friday, Dec. 11, according to a news release. Nomination forms are available at Details: Chamber Director Ulanda Arnett at or 870-535-0110.

Junior Leadership Pine Bluff accepting nominations

Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for the 2021 Junior Leadership Pine Bluff Class. Initiated by the Leadership Pine Bluff Alumni Association, the Junior Leadership Pine Bluff program gives high school students an overview of Pine Bluff and Jefferson County, according to a news release. The program focuses on local government, education, economic development, quality of life and social skills. The deadline to apply is Friday, Dec. 11. Details: Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce at 870-535-0110, or Mandy Owens at

Through Monday, Dec. 21

UAPB alumni raising

scholarship funds

The community is invited to participate in the End of the Year Challenge to help the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff/AM&N National Alumni Association raise scholarship funds. The association's goal is to raise $500,000 for scholarships by Dec. 21, according to a news release. These scholarships will directly benefit students at UAPB. To donate online visit

Through Saturday, Jan. 2

ASC hosts 'Brothers by One' display

The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St., will display "Brothers by One: The Black Athlete and Social Justice" through Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021. An exhibit by Rex DeLoney, it is sponsored by Simmons Bank. This exhibition highlights the many ways that Black athletes used their celebrity status and media coverage to give attention to social justice issues; from boxer Muhammad Ali and his stance against the Vietnam War to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem as a statement against police brutality.

Through Saturday, Jan. 23

Arts center hosts Ballots & Laughs

The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas 701 S. Main St., will host the "Ballots & Laughs: Political Cartoons of Ray Walters" exhibit. It will be on display and online through Jan. 23, 2021, featuring a light-hearted perspective of the 1930s and '40s political and social climate.

Events underway


New library offering curbside service

The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library System is offering curbside service at the new main library, Sixth Avenue and Main Street. The library is checking out materials with curbside service from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Library staff and patrons will follow social distancing and public health recommendations during pickup. Patrons may use their library cards to access the online catalog or call the main library at 870-534-4802 for curbside service. A staff member will contact the patron to arrange a curbside pickup time.

Neighbor to Neighbor open 5 days a week

Neighbor to Neighbor, 1419 S. Pine St., has reopened five days a week. The agency will be open Monday through Friday from 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m. For the sake of safety, Neighbor to Neighbor will continue serving to-go lunches at the door from noon to 1 p.m. and are available to anyone who is hungry. Masks are required to enter the building and hand sanitizer will be available at the door, according to a news release. New clients or those seeking assistance with bills or medications should call 870-534-2883 for an appointment.

Fathers & Sons collects clothes for Neighbor to Neighbor

Fathers & Sons Clothier in Jefferson Square is partnering with Neighbor to Neighbor to assist people in the community who need winter clothes, according to a news release. The store management is asking for the community to donate new socks, gently worn used coats, blankets, knit hats, scarves, gloves or other winter items. For anyone living outside the community who can't bring in donations but want to contribute, they can send an email to or call the store. Details: David Maddox, owner of Fathers & Sons, or Brandon Maddox or (870) 536-7848.


Unity Christian Fellowship offers free financial classes

Unity Christian Fellowship Church (UCFC), 2712 S. Bay St., invites the community to its free Small Business and Personal Financial Education classes at 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Recent subjects included "The Importance of Having a Financial Plan" and "Financial Literacy," according to Stuff in the Bluff website. "You cannot afford to miss out on these life-changing classes. We are practicing social distancing and will have hand sanitizer wipes available," according to the site. Anthony Armstrong is the senior pastor. Details: or 870-329-1182.


St. John hosts weekly prayer calls

St. John AME Church at Pine Bluff invites the community to join them in a weekly conference call prayer for deliverance from the coronavirus crisis. The conference call will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, according to the pastor, Cecil L. Williams Jr. Participants must call in by 6:25 p.m. at 1-720-650-3030. The access code is 144-0205# . Details:


St. Peter's reopens Saturday Soup Kitchen

St. Peter Catholic Church, 15th Avenue and Alabama Street, reopened its Saturday Soup Kitchen for carry out meals only. The kitchen will be open every Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome to the program held in the cafeteria, the red brick building, according to a news release.


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