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First Trinity to hand out food, coats

First Trinity Church of God in Christ, 800 S. Catalpa St., will give away food and coats to the community in a drive-thru distribution from 1-3 p.m. Friday.

Food will be given away on a first come-first served basis until all food is gone. All participants are required to wear masks and remain in their vehicles during the drive-thru process.

The food distribution is in partnership with the Arkansas Foodbank, according to a news release.

Winter coats will be given to those in need of one. For details, call First Trinity office at (870)-534-2873.

Urban Renewal meeting set at center

The Pine Bluff Urban Renewal Agency will hold its monthly commission meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The meeting will be held at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave., in training rooms A and B, according to a news release.

Masks and social distancing are required. Details: Commission Chairman Jimmy Dill, (870) 536-4943, or Executive Director Maurice Taggart, (870) 209-0323.

Agency offers Alzheimer aid

The Area Agency on Aging of Southeast Arkansas will host the monthly Caregivers Alzheimer’s Support Group meeting virtually from 11 a.m. to noon Monday.

The topic will be Understanding and Responding to Dementia Related Behavior.

The Zoom meeting ID is 997 5078 6690 and passcode is 990121. To join by Zoom app, via smartphone or tablet, enter the meeting ID and password. To join by phone, dial

(877) 853-5247.

Those who plan to join, should call Carolyn Ferguson at Area Agency, (870) 543-6300.

Stadium to host Chamber’s fish fry

The Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold its 68th annual Farmers Appreciation Fish Fry as a drive-thru event Thursday at Hestand Stadium. The gates open at 5 p.m., according to the Chamber newsletter.

The celebration will honor Jefferson County’s agribusinesses and the Chad Render family, named the Jefferson County and Southeast Arkansas 2020 Farm Family of the Year.

Tickets for the King Kat catfish and all the trimmings are $15 per plate. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

The Chamber is also seeking members who will volunteer as food servers at the event. Food workers will be required to buy tickets, according to the newsletter.

Tickets are available at the Chamber. Details: Mandy Owens, or (870) 535-0110.

End near for 4-H campaign

Tractor Supply Co. will continue its fall 2020 Paper Clover fundraising campaign through Sunday. The effort is held in partnership with the National 4-H Council and local funds are used for 4-H programming, including projects at Jefferson County, according to a news release.

“Customers can make donations at the store or when shopping online and funds will go towards programming for local youth,” said Pia Woods, 4-H official and Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service agent and staff chairwoman.

“We normally do an activity on site — but of course, that is restricted due to covid-19. When customers check out, they are asked if they want to donate to 4-H. They also have the option of filling out a paper clover that can be hung in the store,” she said.

Head Start fall fest planned Oct. 31

A fall festival will be held noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Blake Street Head Start Center, 308 S. Blake St.

The Head Start and Early Head Start programs of the Community Services Office will host the event.

The festival will include free food and games. The community is invited to attend, according to a news release. Details: (501) 693-6166.

Pre-veterinary event to be online

The University of Arkansas at Monticello College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources will host a virtual interest meeting via zoom about the Pre-Vet and Animal Science degree programs. The event will be 2:15-2:45 p.m. Thursday, according to a news release.

The hosts will be Dr. Rocky Lindsey, DVM, and Jolene Hammock, outreach coordinator. The session is open to any prospective students, groups or classrooms. Participants must RSVP to with the name and/or school name, email address, and a mailing address. A confirmation email will be sen


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