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by Pine Bluff Commercial | September 30, 2021 at 2:52 a.m.

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 shope@pbcommercial.com to make additions or changes.

Today

Parks and Recreation sets listening forum

The Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation Department will host a listening forum from 6-7 p.m. today at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The department will gather feedback from the public on how to improve city parks and recreational facilities, according to a news release. The listening panel will include members of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, city council, and the mayor. Residents are invited to attend and share the type of parks, youth initiatives, sports programs, fun activities, and green spaces they would like to see in Pine Bluff.

Virtual financial wellness Workshop set

FBT Bank invites the community to its virtual Simple Fix Financial Wellness Workshop from 6-7:30 p.m. today. Participants can get tips on saving, managing money, and understanding their credit, according to a news release. Participants must RSVP to receive the registration link to attend. Details: fbtbank.com or Eventbrite.

Master Gardeners training registration ends

Registration is open for the 2021 Jefferson County Master Gardeners Online Training Program. The first step to becoming a Master Gardener is to complete the 40 hours Basic Master Gardeners Training. This year the training course will be online starting Oct. 15. The deadline to register is Sept. 30. This virtual training is self-paced and participants will have until Dec. 15 to complete the course, according to a news release.To request a Master Gardener application or for details, people may call the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service at (870) 534-1033 or email Kurt Beaty, Jefferson County extension agent, at kbeaty@uada.edu.

Deadline set for Delta

Leadership Institute forms

The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) opened the application period for the 2022 Delta Leadership Institute (DLI) Executive Academy. Those interested can apply through Sept. 30 at dra.gov/leadership. DLI is an extensive, nine-month executive leadership program that brings together public, private, and nonprofit sector leaders from the Mississippi River Delta and Alabama Black Belt regions. The 2022 Executive Academy class will include approximately 30 fellows from each of the eight DRA states, according to an Aug. 5 news release. Details: Delta Regional Authority, (662) 624-8600 or https://dra.gov/.

Underway

Southeast Arkansas District Fair open

The 82nd annual Southeast Arkansas District Fair and Livestock Show began Sept. 26 and will continue through Oct. 2. The fair will be held at Hestand Stadium. Althought there's no carnival, people may see the exhibits. Friday is judging for cattle, hogs and chickens, and Sunday is for dairy goats. For details, see the fair website at http://www.seardistrictfair.com.

Shade Tree program accepts applications

The Arkansas Department of Agriculture's Forestry Division is accepting applications for the 2021 Shade Trees on Playgrounds (STOP) program through Oct. 8. Selected schools receive up to five shade trees, mulch, watering supplies, and planting guidelines. Officials with the Arkansas Department of Agriculture's Forestry Division will help plant the trees during a ceremony with students this fall, according to a news release. Details: https://www.agriculture.arkansas.gov/forestry/urban-community-forestry/stop-program/

A&P seeks applicants for funding

The Pine Bluff Advertising and Promotion Commission is accepting applications for the 2022 funding cycle for individual events and organizational programming. The deadline for submission is noon Friday, Oct. 18, according to a news release. Activities must take place in the city of Pine Bluff during the 2022 calendar year and must fit one of these areas: Visual arts, culinary arts, Delta Heritage, performing arts, sports and recreation. Applicants must be prepared to show how their event will promote the city and increase tourism. Applications can be obtained at www.ExplorePineBluff.com (under the "A&P Information" tab), by calling (870) 534-2121, or by emailing bbrown@ExplorePineBluff.com. Funding recipients will be voted on Oct. 27, according to the release.

Arthritis Foundation hosts walking event

The Arthritis Foundation will host Walk With Ease at the Jefferson Regional Walking Track, 1301 W. 40th Ave., to be held at 9 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday through Nov. 12. Registration is required, according to the newsletter of the Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce. Health guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be followed. These include health screenings, face masks and social distancing. To register or for details call (870) 879-1440 or contact ndbates@uams.edu.

Friday, Oct. 1

Live@5 features UAPB Jazz Ensemble

The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas will host the UAPB Jazz Ensemble during its Live@5 concert series from 5-7 p.m. Friday in the Catherine M. Bellamy Theater at ASC's main facility, 701 S. Main St. The Jazz Ensemble performs a variety of styles which include swing, contemporary and funk. This ensemble tours locally and nationally, according to a news release. Entry is $5 for ASC members and $10 for nonmembers. Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages are provided and guests must be 21 or older to attend.

Stay-N-School skating event to feature actress

The Stay-N-School Skate Jam will feature actress Vanessa Simmons on Oct. 1 from 6-8 p.m. at Skateland, 3214 Old Warren Road. The doors will open at 5 p.m. Children 6 and older may attend and must be accompanied by an adult. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines will be enforced. Tickets are $8 in advance and $11 at the door, according to a news release. Simmons will serve as an empowerment speaker and dance battle judge. Other guests will be Comedians Crystal Powell, Walter "Walt Da Wizard Miller, and DJ Tay B, according to the release. Tickets are available at Skateland and the Record Rack in Jefferson Square Shopping Center at Pine Bluff.

Beginning Friday, Oct. 1

Covid-19 booster shot clinics set

Pfizer covid-19 booster shots will be given at Pine Bluff during community clinics sponsored by the Arkansas Department of Health's Office of Health Equity, according to a news release. The clinics are for those who have had the Pfizer shot six months ago and for those who need their first shot. Local clinic dates, times include: Friday, Oct. 1 – Doctor's Orders Pharmacy, 2302 W. 28th Ave, Pine Bluff, 8:30 a.m.; Tuesday, Oct. 19 – Doctor's Orders Pharmacy, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 29 – Pine Bluff Convention Center, 1 Convention Center Drive 9 a.m.-noon. To schedule an appointment, call (501) 246-0127. Walk-in appointments are also available. For details or the state list of clinics, visit healthy.arkansas.gov.

Grand Prairie arts event opens

The Grand Prairie Festival of the Arts at Stuttgart is hosting the Visual Art Competition for adults and children. The exhibit will be open Oct. 1-28. The artists' reception/open house will be held Oct. 5 from 5-6:30 p.m. This professional juried competition will celebrate its 67th year this fall, according to the Grand Prairie Arts Council. Entries may be picked up Oct. 29-30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Details: www.grandprairiearts.com.

Through Friday, Oct. 1

Wildland Fire Suppression forms available

The Arkansas Department of Agriculture's Forestry Division is accepting applications for Wildland Fire Suppression Kits through Oct. 1. Eighty-five kits will be awarded to rural volunteer fire departments, according to a news release. Applications should be submitted to a district forester. The application is available at https://www.agriculture.arkansas.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Application.pdf. Details: Kathryn Mahan-Hooten at Kathryn.Mahan@agriculture.arkansas.gov or (501) 679-3183 or www.agriculture.arkansas.gov/forestry/rural-fire-protection-program/.

Truth and Love holds tent revival

Truth and Love Worship Center Church of God in Christ, 2006 W. 13th Ave., continues a tent revival through Oct. 1 at noon and 8 p.m. The host evangelist/superintendent is Henry Hellums Sr. Participating ministers include Albert Clark of Memphis, Tyree Scott, Patrick Lockett, Curtis Phillips, all of Pine Bluff, Donald Perkins of Brinkley and Nathaniel Jones of Monticello.

Saturday, Oct. 2

White Hall Trade Days

rummage sale set

White Hall's annual Trade Days' citywide rummage sale starts Saturday morning. Sites throughout the community will sell various products. It's an annual event and fundraiser for the White Hall American Legion Post 232. The White Hall Chamber of Commerce sponsors the event. Details: (870) 247-2399.

UAPB to host Making Her-story

Eight women with local ties who have achieved success in the athletic realm will be honored Saturday with a private reception and a charity basketball game at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Honorees are Cheryl Hatley, Leslie Henderson, Johnnie Harris, Yolett McPhee-McCuin, Juliet Jackson, Betty Hayes Anthony, Paulette Bell and Pamela Smith. The name of the game is Making Her-story, which, organizers hope, young ladies are inspired to do. The game will feature Amateur Athletic Union teams ABC Lady Hawks, Arkansas Select and GP2 Memphis and tip off at 6 p.m. Saturday in H.O. Clemmons Arena. Tickets are $7 each for adults and $5 each for children and will be sold at the door.

ASC sets Beginner's Adult Lampworking Workshop

The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas will host glassmith Olivia Valentine in an adult lampworking workshop for those 18 and older at The ARTSpace on Main from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2. No experience is necessary. Patrons may learn the beginner stages of utilizing glass and designing miniature sculptures such as leaves, pumpkins and witchs' hats. Adults 21 and older may have complimentary wine or beer. The registration fee is $75 for center members and $100 for nonmembers. Materials fee is $25. To register, visit asc701.org/adult-classes.

Sunday, Oct. 3

Grace plans Blessing of the Animals

Grace Episcopal Church, 4101 S. Hazel St., will host a Blessing of the Animals celebration at 2 pm. Oct. 3, on the front lawn of the church. In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved to Milwee Hall, according to a news release. Everyone is welcomed to bring their pets on leashes or in carriers. Representatives of the Arkansas Search Dog Association and their dogs will attend. Donations will be accepted to benefit the association and gifts of dog and cat foods/treats are welcomed to benefit the Jefferson County Humane Society.

Pine Bluff Art League to meet

The Pine Bluff Art League will meet from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave., Room A & B. Member Vickie Colman will present a painting demonstration using alcohol-based inks. The session is free for the community to attend. Visitors 17 and under should be accompanied by an adult, according to a news release. Due to the continued rise in covid-19 cases, the league will require all members and visitors to wear masks during the meeting. Social distancing is encouraged. Details: President Claudia Spainhour, mediapinebluffartleague@gmail.com.

Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 5

Kennel Club to begin classes

The Southeast Arkansas Kennel Club is sponsoring a dog obedience class starting Oct. 5 at Hestand Stadium. The class will be held from 7-8 p.m. Tuesdays. The cost is $65 for the eight-week course and registration will be held at the door, according to spokesman John Segars. Details: (870) 879-3384.

Wednesday, Oct. 6

Pine Bluff Arbor Day Celebration set

The Pine Bluff Arbor Day celebration will take place at 10 a.m. Oct. 6 at the Delta Rivers Nature Center. A tree will be planted and the event is open to the public. The Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Office and the Southeast Arkansas Stormwater Education Program will help the city of Pine Bluff with the celebration, according to a news release. Organizers will strictly follow covid-19 guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Arkansas Department of Health. Details: Kevin Harris, Jefferson County Extension agent-urban stormwater, (870) 534-1033 or klharris@uada.edu.

Pine Bluff Commercial sets church news deadline

Church news is printed in The Commercial on Friday. The deadline to submit church announcements is noon Wednesday. Pastors, ministers or others interested in writing for the Devotional Page may also submit columns for consideration. Column writers should have connections to Southeast Arkansas. Articles should be submitted by email to shope@pbcommercial.com. Details: (870) 534-3400, ext. 5.

Thursday, Oct. 7

Virtual Rice and Soybean Field Day scheduled

Research advancements in rice and soybeans, two of the top agricultural commodities in Arkansas, will be the focus of a virtual field day from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 7. The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture will present the session. The online field day is free, but registration is required to connect. Register online at https://aaes.uada.edu/rice-soybean-field-day up until the event starts. The format will consist of pre-recorded presentations with a Q&A session that allows viewers to ask Division of Agriculture scientists questions about how the research applies to their crops and operations, according to a news release.

Friday, Oct. 8

White Hall sets annual golf fundraiser

The 25th annual White Hall Founders Day Golf Tournament will be held Friday, Oct. 8, at the Pine Bluff Country Club. That day, the tournament registration starts at 11 a.m., and tee time is set for 1 p.m. the tournament is the White Hall Chamber of Commerce's largest fundraiser. Registration is $150 per team. Early signup is available until Oct. 6. Details: Kevin Bonnette at (870) 723-6749 or register at www.whitehallarchamber.org.

Through Friday, Oct. 8

Shade Tree program accepts applications

The Arkansas Department of Agriculture's Forestry Division is accepting applications for the 2021 Shade Trees on Playgrounds (STOP) program through Oct. 8. Selected schools receive up to five shade trees, mulch, watering supplies, and planting guidelines. Officials with the Arkansas Department of Agriculture's Forestry Division will help plant the trees during a ceremony with students this fall, according to a news release. Details: https://www.agriculture.arkansas.gov/forestry/urban-community-forestry/stop-program/

Saturday, Oct. 9

St. John to hand out food boxes

St John AME Church, 1117 W. Pullen St., will provide food boxes to those in need from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9. The drive thru session will be held in front of the church on Cherry Street. State ID's are required to receive one box per family. Recipients are asked to stay in their vehicles and open their trunks. Financial contributions may be sent to St. John AME Church-Feeding Ministry, 1117 W Pullen St., Pine Bluff, Ar. 71601, or electronically through Givelify St John AME Pine Bluff. To volunteer, contact Pearl Matlock at pearl1948@sbcglobal.net.

Downtown group sets meeting

The Pine Bluff Downtown Property Owners Association Group will meet at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 9 at Burt's, 209 S. Main St. The purpose is to discuss what direction the group should go in and to discuss having a Christmas Crawl on Main and Barraque streets. Participants are asked to bring their ideas, according to a news release.

Beginning Saturday, Oct. 9

SEA concert group begins performances

The Southeast Arkansas Concert Association 2021-22 season returns to live events, according to a news release. Programs include: A Salute to the Troops -- at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Oct. 9 at the University of Arkansas at Monticello (UAM) Fine Arts Center. Masks are required for all events at the center. UAM's Homecoming Tailgate Party -- Oct. 16 at noon, Rodney Block & the Love Supreme perform a free event. Pirates of Penzance Musical Review -- on Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the center. Christmas Around the World -- Dec. 5 at 3 p.m. by the West Edge String Quartet at the center. Tuba Skinny -- on Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. at the center. The Little Mermaid , the annual musical, will be held March 7-12 with 13 showsat the center. For tickets and details, visit: https://searkconcert.org or Facebook.

Beginning Sunday, Oct. 10

UAPB to host homecoming events

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff's Fall 2021 Homecoming will be celebrated Oct. 10-16 with the theme Reawakening the Pride. Events include: SUNDAY, OCT. 10, UAPB Day will be held at 10:30 a.m. The location will be announced. TUESDAY, OCT. 12, Homecoming Barbeque will be held immediately following Black & Gold Rally at the Student Union Lion's Den. Midnight Breakfast: Chicken & Waffles is set for 10 p.m.-midnight at the student union dining hall. WEDNESDAY, OCT. 13, Mister and Miss UAPB Coronation Ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Kenneth L. Johnson Sr. HPER Complex, H.O. Clemmons Arena. THURSDAY, OCT. 14, Alumni Golf Tournament begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Pine Bluff Country Club. FRIDAY, OCT. 15, Alumni Assembly begins at 9 a.m. on the Simmons Bank Field parking lot. SATURDAY, OCT. 16, The homecoming game features UAPB Golden Lions v. Southern University Jaguars at 2 p.m. at Simmons Bank Field. Tickets available for purchase at https://www.ticketreturn.com/prod2/team.asp?SponsorID=14382#.YVIytLhKg2x.

Beginning Monday, Oct. 11

Watson Chapel sets flu vaccination clinics

Watson Chapel School District will conduct its flu vaccination clinics at the following campuses: Edgewood Elementary School -- Oct. 11 from 8:30-11 a.m.; L.L. Owen Elementary School -- Oct. 11 from 12:30-3:p.m.; Coleman Intermediate School -- Oct. 12 from 8:30-11 a.m.; Watson Chapel Junior High School -- Oct. 12 from 12:30-3 p.m.; and Watson Chapel High School -- Oct. 13 from 8:30 a.m. until noon.

Saturday, Oct. 16

UAPB to host Homecoming 2021

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will celebrate fall Homecoming 2021 on Oct. 16, with a week of festivities culminating in the football game.

City to host homecoming festival

A city-organized Homecoming Festival will be held in the area of Second and Third avenues near the Jefferson County Courthouse from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 16, the day of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff's homecoming football game. With the cancellation of a homecoming parade, Mayor Shirley Washington recently announced the festival saying it will include food trucks, live vendors and music.

Homecoming R&B concert set

A homecoming R&B concert will be held at 8 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Pine Bluff Convention Center starring SWV and featuring Eric Benet. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m., according to a flier on the newsletter from the Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce. The host will be Lav Luv and sponsored by Saracen Casino Resort. Tickets are available at iTickets.com. Details: www.pinebluffconventioncenter.com or 1-800-536-7660. The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff previously announced it would celebrate fall Homecoming 2021 on Oct. 16, with a week of festivities.

Through Saturday, Oct. 16

Rosenzweig Exhibition closes

The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St., will host the 2021 Irene Rosenzweig Biennial Juried Exhibition through Oct. 16. The exhibition is named for Irene Rosenzweig, a noted scholar and teacher. Admission to ASC's galleries is always free.

Monday, Oct. 18

Children's center plans BBQ fundraiser

The Children's Advocacy Center of Southeast Arkansas will host a pulled pork barbecue fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave. Catered by Smokin' Staxx BBQ, the meals include a barbecue sandwich, baked beans, loaded potato salad, a cookie and bottled water, according to the Pine Bluff Downtown Development Inc. newsletter. The tickets are $10. Office delivery is available with a minimum order of 10 plates. For tickets or details, call the Children's Advocacy Center, (870) 850-7105.

Tuesday, Oct. 19

LenovaEDU scholarship available

The deadline to apply for LenovaEDU Scholarship is Oct. 19. This initiative to support students with an award toward their educational expenses, is available for applicants, according to the newsletter from the Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce. High school seniors, college students, as well as vocational/trade school students may apply. Applicants must tell their inspiring story in a video, photo or written essay of how the scholarship, if awarded, would help them achieve their education goals. Details: https://education.lenovo.com/

Tuesday, Oct. 26

Deadline set for conservation education grant forms

The Arkansas Economic Development Commission's Division of Rural Services has more than $769,000 to give to Arkansas schools and educators for conservation education programs in the 2021-22 school year, thanks to fines from wildlife violations. The deadline to apply is Oct. 26. Any school or conservation district in Arkansas may apply for these grants, according to the Arkansas Wildlife Weekly Newsletter. Details: visit www.agfc.com/conservationgrants.

Civic panel to meet

The Civic Auditorium Complex Commission meeting will be held by conference call at noon Oct. 26, according to a news release. Details: Pine Bluff Convention Center, (870) 536-7600.

Through Wednesday, Oct. 27

DRA accepting workforce grant applications

The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) opened the application cycle for the 2021 Delta Workforce Grant Program (DWP). The program invests federal resources across the Mississippi River Delta and Alabama Black Belt regions particularly hard hit by industrial downsizing, business closures, and job losses as a result of the public health and economic crises, according to a news release. To submit a grant application, visit the Delta Workforce Grant Program portal at https://workforce.dra.gov. All applications must be submitted in the portal by Oct. 27.

Thursday, Oct. 28

Chamber to host farmers appreciation fish fry

The 2021 Jefferson County Farm Family of the Year is the Draper Family of S&L Farms. The Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce will honor the family during the 69th annual Farmers Appreciation Fish Fry set for 5 p.m. Oct. 28 at Hestand Stadium at Pine Bluff. This year's event will be drive-thru due to current covid-19 conditions, according to the Chamber newsletter. King Kat will provide catfish or chicken strips with all the fixins. Tickets are $20 each. Sponsorships are $400. For details or to volunteer to serve food, contact Jennifer Kline, jennifer@jeffersoncountyalliance.com or (870) 535-0110.

Friday, Oct. 29

Boys and Girls Club reschedules golf tourney

The third annual 4-man scramble golf tournament for the Boys and Girls Club of Jefferson County has been rescheduled for Oct. 29 at Harbor Oaks golf course. Registration will start at 8 a.m. The registration deadline is Oct. 15 and the fee is $400 per team. The event is held in observance of the club's 75th anniversary. Details: Boys and Girls Club, (870) 850-7500, ext. 102, or info@boysgirlsclubjc.org or www.boysgirlsclubjc.com.

Saturday, Oct. 30

St. John plans trunk or treat

St. John AME Church, 1117 W. Pullen St., will host a drive-thru trunk or treat event for the children of Pine Bluff from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, on the church's parking lot. Hot dogs, candy and treat bags will be provided. For safety reasons, recipients are asked to stay in their vehicles and open their vehicle trunks. Masks are required, according to a news release.

Through Saturday, Nov. 6

UAPB Art Exhibition featuring Amanei Johnson open

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff's art department has opened a new exhibition featuring paintings from student Amanei Johnson at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas. This exhibition will be on display in The ARTSpace on Main's loft gallery at 623 S. Main St. Johnson recently received a $1,000 award from the national group Black Girls Who Paint. This exhibition will run through Nov. 6, according to a news release.

Through Sunday, Nov. 7

Walk Across Arkansas underway

The fall edition of Walk Across Arkansas, a team-based event, runs from Sept. 13-Nov. 7 and uses friendly competition among teams to motivate exercise. There's no cost to register at https://walk.uada.edu/walk/. The public health initiative is open to all who want to get into the habit of exercise or renew a commitment to fitness. The event isn't limited to walking, according to a news release.

Through Friday, Nov. 12

Arthritis Foundation hosts walking event

The Arthritis Foundation will host Walk With Ease at the Jefferson Regional Walking Track, 1301 W. 40th Ave., to be held at 9 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday through Nov. 12. Registration is required, according to the newsletter of the Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce. Health guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be followed. These include health screenings, face masks and social distancing. To register or for details call (870) 879-1440 or contact ndbates@uams.edu.

Beginning Friday, Nov. 12

'Razzle Dazzle: The Show Must Go On' set

The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas will host "Razzle Dazzle: The Show Must Go On," the center's biennial variety show fundraiser, according to a news release. Proceeds benefit the center's youth theater programming. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12-13 and 2 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Catherine M. Bellamy Theater in ASC's main building. Details: asc701.org.

Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022

Waterfowler Hall of Fame postpones ceremony

The Arkansas Waterfowler Hall of Fame will host its induction ceremony at 6 p.m. Feb. 10 at Chenal Country Club at Little Rock. The event benefits the Museum of the Arkansas Grand Prairie at Stuttgart, which houses the Hall of Fame. The ceremony will highlight honorees from the classes of 2020 and 2021, according to a news release. Details: grandprairiemuseum.com or waterfowlerhof.com.

Saturday, Feb. 19

Jefferson Regional Foundation sets ball

Jefferson Regional Foundation is planning the Winter Wonderland Ball 2022 for Feb. 19. The event will feature live entertainment, according to the Chamber newsletter. Tickets are $250. For ticket and sponsorship information, interested people may contact Laura Beth Shaner, foundation development officer, at (870) 541-7210.

Friday, March 4

Ag Hall of Fame plans ceremony

The Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame rescheduled its induction ceremony from Aug. 20 due to safety concerns surrounding the increase in covid-19 cases in Arkansas. The induction ceremony is now scheduled for March 4, 2022, according to a news release. The new class includes: Long-time ag educator Joe Don Greenwood of Hermitage; Andrew Wargo III of Watson, farm manager for the 15,000-acre Baxter Land Co. for more than 50 years; the late Russell Roy Reynolds, director of the U.S. Forest Service Crossett Experimental Forest for 34 years; retired Cooperative Extension Service Director Rick Cartwright of Fayetteville; former Arkansas Farm Bureau President Randy Veach of Manila; and Mark Waldrip of Moro, founder of Armor Seed Co. Details: www.arfb.com.

Through Saturday, March 5

'Deeply Rooted: A Glimpse into Southern Lifestyle' exhibit open

The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St., will host "Deeply Rooted: A Glimpse into Southern Lifestyle," an exhibition featuring work from its permanent collection, through March 5, according to a news release. The exhibit was curated by Torri Richardson, the center's curatorial intern and 2021 graduate of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. This exhibition will show southern lifestyle from various viewpoints.

Thursday, May 5

Chamber to host Business Expo

The Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce has rescheduled its Business Expo for May 5, 2022. Because of rising covid infections, the Chamber postponed the expo that was set for Aug. 19. Due to the fact the expo was postponed as a precautionary measure, the Chamber is reserving participants' booth payments and/or sponsorships for the 2022 event and holding their spots for them, according to the Chamber newsletter. Details: Jennifer Kline at the Chamber, (870) 535-0110 or jennifer@jeffersoncountyalliance.com.

Through Sunday, May 1

Ministry group seeks applicants for free home repairs

Ozark Mission Project (OMP), a non-profit ministry of the United Methodist Church (UMC,) will conduct free minor home repairs for people in need in the summer of 2022. Projects include painting, yard work, building wheelchair ramps or making other minor repairs. People who need this assistance should submit an application for the free projects. The deadline to apply is May 1, 2022, according to a news release. The group will be stationed at Pine Bluff at First United Methodist Church and work projects July 18-21. Applications and details can be found at ozarkmissionproject.org.

Underway

Express Rx to provide covid-19 monoclonal antibody

Express Rx pharmacy is offering covid-19 monoclonal antibody by injection. The four-dose treatment is designed to prevent or mitigate the effects of the virus and to protect against severe illness and hospitalization, according to a news release. Arkansans should contact their healthcare provider for a prescription before scheduling a free appointment, according to the release. Express Rx of Pine Bluff is located at 3006 W. 28th Ave. For other locations or details, visit expressrx.net.

JRMC offers vaccines at local agencies

Jefferson Regional Medical Center will provide covid-19 vaccines to businesses or organizations with 10 or more people. Call JRMC and a nurse will come to the site and administer the vaccine, according to the newsletter from the Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce. For details or to schedule a covid-19 vaccine clinic, agencies may call (870) 541-8621.

Vaccines available at Comprehensive Care

Jefferson Comprehensive Care System Inc. (JCCSI) is offering free covid-19 vaccinations at all of its locations. Walk-ins are welcome, however people may call for an appointment at these sites: Pine Bluff -- JCCSI's Pine Bluff Medical & Dental Clinic; 1101 S. Tennessee St., (870) 543-2380; Altheimer -- 309 S. Edine St.; (870) 766-8411; Redfield -- 823 River Road; (501) 397-2263; North Little Rock -- 2525 N. Willow St., Suite 1; (501) 812-0225; College Station -- 4206 Frazier Pike, Little Rock; (501) 490-2440; Little Rock -- 1100 N. University, Suite 125; (501) 663-0055; Open Hands (Healthcare for the Homeless) -- 3000 Springer Blvd, Suite – B , Little Rock; (501) 244-2121.

Health departments offering covid-19 shots statewide

The Arkansas Department of Health is offering the covid-19 vaccine at local health units across the state, according to a news release. To set appointments, people may call their nearest health department office or the statewide vaccine call-line at (800) 985-6030. After-hours appointments may be available on Tuesdays. Details: healthy.arkansas.gov/programs-services/topics/covid-19-vaccination-plan.

Covid-19 vaccines available locally

Coronavirus vaccinations are available through various sites. Doctor's Orders Pharmacy's covid-19 vaccine clinic is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. No appointments are necessary. Call (870) 218-1718 or email dopcovidvaccine@gmail.com. Jefferson Regional Medical Center is offering the vaccine. Visit the website www.jrmc.org/covid-19-vaccination-waiting-list/ Walmart and other pharmacies and health care providers are giving the vaccine. For more details, visit the Arkansas Department of Health website at https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programs-services/topics/covid-19-vaccination-plan.

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 -- https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programs-services/topics/covid-19-guidance-for-getting-tested. Scroll down until you see the map and enlarge the map. Click on each star to see where each testing site is located.

Weekdays

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.

Tuesdays

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: unitychristianfellowship@live.com or (870) 329-1182.

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