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 or use our newsroom email to make additions or changes.

Saturday, Oct. 7

American Legion fundraiser set

The White Hall American Legion Post will host a fundraiser from 8 a.m. to about noon Saturday. The post is located at the corner of Huckleberry Drive and Nancy Street in White Hall, according to a news release. The rummage sale will include items on the parking lot and inside the building. The post will offer tickets for a chance at winning a Benelli shotgun and an indoor/outdoor grill. Proceeds from the sale support the activities of the White Hall Post 232.

Fundraiser to honor Sissy Jones

The First Ward Living Grace Pantry will host its annual fundraiser Oct. 7 honoring Sissy Jones, founder of Sissy's Log Cabin. The red-carpet, black-tie event will be held at Prince Hall Grand Lodge, 2906 E. Harding Ave. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the event begins at 7 p.m., according to a news release. For details or ticket information, contact Debra Allen, executive director of First Ward Living Grace Pantry, (479) 371-1096.

Beginning Saturday, Oct. 7

Blues concert series set

The "Blues By Budweiser" concert series will be back for a second season. In collaboration with MK Distributors and RJ's Grill & Bar, Port City Blues Society will again host live blues concerts the first Saturday of the month at RJ's Grill & Bar, 128 S. Main St. The doors open at 7 p.m. and music begins at 8 p.m. Port City Blues Society members are admitted free. It's a $5 cover charge for non-members. The 2023-2024 concerts include: Oct. 7 -- Garry Burnside Band; Nov. 4 -- Big "A" and the Allstars Blues Band; Dec. 2 -- Johnie B and Queen Iretta Sanders Blues Review; Jan. 6, 2024 -- Charlotte Taylor and Gypsy Rain; and Feb. 3 -- Chad Marshall Band. Details: or

Sunday, Oct. 8

St. Andrew MBC observes anniversary

St. Andrew Missionary Baptist Church, 5810 W. Malcomb St., will celebrate its 164th anniversary/homecoming at 3 p.m. Sunday. Julian Armstrong, a minister of Damascus Missionary Baptist Church, will be the guest speaker along with members of Damascus. The theme is "You Can Always Come Home". Everyone is welcome to attend and dinner will be served. The Rev. Richard Hart is the pastor at St. Andrew.

Amos Chapel observes Domestic Violence Awareness

Amos Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 1307 W. 16th Ave., will observe Domestic Violence Awareness at 11 a.m. Sunday during morning worship. The guest speaker will be Marguerite Taggart, an advocate for CASA Women's Shelter and a peer recovery supervisor employed by Exodus Life of Pine Bluff. Everyone is invited to attend. Participants are asked to wear purple in support of this special day of awareness. The Rev. Robert Willis Jr. is the pastor of Amos Chapel.

Monday, Oct. 9

Watson Chapel sets report to the public

The Watson Chapel School District will present its annual report to the public at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 9 in the board room of the administration building. The regular monthly board meeting will be held at 6 p.m., according to a news release.

Tuesday, Oct. 10

TOPPS gives away food

TOPPS Inc., 1000 Townsend Drive, will hold its monthly food distribution drive-through event, at 10 a.m. Oct. 10. Every participant must provide proof of residence to receive a food box. There's a limit of one box per household. Boxes will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis until they are all gone, according to a news release. Details: TOPPS (Targeting Our People's Priorities with Service) Inc., (870) 850-6011.

Pretty in Pink Luncheon set

Pretty in Pink Stepping Into a Cure Luncheon will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Pine Bluff Country Club. The master of ceremonies will be Donna Terrell, journalist and KLRT-Fox 16 news anchor. The event will also feature a breast cancer Q & A with Jefferson Regional cancer specialists. Tickets are $50 each. For tickets or details, contact Laura Beth Shaner, (879) 541-7210. The sponsors are Jefferson Regional Foundation and Relyance Bank.

Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 10

Dog obedience class set

The Southeast Arkansas Kennel Club is sponsoring a dog obedience class Tuesdays from 7-8 p.m. at Hestand Stadium. The class is $65 and will meet each Tuesday for seven weeks at the stadium. Registration is at the door the first night, according to a news release.

Wednesday, Oct. 11

Alliance plans Lunch & Learn

The Economic Development Alliance for Jefferson County in partnership with the Arkansas Office of Skills Development will present Employers Growing Talent Through Apprenticeship Lunch & Learn. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Alliance, 510 Main St. Topics will include: What is a Registered Apprenticeship? Employer-Shared Experiences Utilizing Registered Apprenticeship; and Next Steps. There will also be a question and answer segment, according to a news release. To register or for details, email or

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 Sandra Hope at or Details: (870) 534-3400, ext. 5.

Beginning Wednesday, Oct. 11

TOPPS takes Toys for Tots applications

TOPPS Inc., 1000 Townsend Drive, will sponsor Toys for Tots for children during the holiday season. People may submit applications Monday through Thursday, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. from Oct. 11 to Nov. 8, according to a news release. To apply, parents will need to bring their child's birth certificate and the parent's ID. This program is available for children between from birth to 13 years old. "Please note that if you are already signed up with another organization, there is no need to register with TOPPS, as the information will be shared with other organizations," according to the release. Details: TOPPS (Targeting Our People's Priorities with Service) (870) 850-6011.

Thursday, Oct. 12

PBSD stakeholders to meet

The Pine Bluff School District Unified Stakeholders will meet at 6 p.m. Oct. 12 at The Generator, 435 Main St. Wilma Kindle is the president, according to a news release.

NACCP plans meeting

The Pine Bluff Branch of the NAACP will hold its regular monthly membership meeting at 6 p.m. Oct. 12 at Bethany Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 1923 S. Olive St., according to a news release.

District auxiliary to meet

The Friendship Missionary Baptist Association District Ladies Auxiliary will hold its quarterly meeting at 10 a.m. Oct. 12. The meeting will be held at Calvary Missionary Baptist Church at Dumas.

Neighbor to Neighbor hosts Bingo Burger Bash

Neighbor to Neighbor will hold its annual Bingo Burger Bash & Silent/Live Auction from 5-9 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Pine Bluff Country Club. "Join us for our biggest fundraiser of the year and enjoy an evening of Bingo, burgers, awesome prizes, and live and silent auction items. All proceeds go to fulfilling our mission of feeding the hungry in Jefferson County and providing services to people in crisis," according to a news release. Tickets are $50 and sponsorships are available. Details: Neighbor to Neighbor, (870) 534-2883.

Beginning Thursday, Oct. 12

Heritage, museum grants available

Communities interested in applying for the Arkansas Heritage or Small Museum grants are encouraged to apply soon. Heritage grant applications are due Oct. 12, while applications for the museum awards are due Oct. 19, according to a news release. The Arkansas Heritage Grants Program aims to help community-based and non-profit groups create programs that promote awareness and enjoyment of Arkansas' heritage, and to make heritage-related programs possible where they would not otherwise occur. For details or to apply, visit

Friday, Oct. 13

NAACP hosts annual banquet

NAACP announces annual banquet The Pine Bluff Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will host its 31st annual Dove Freedom Fund Banquet at 6 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The keynote speaker will be television personality and nationally known Judge Joe Brown. Banquet tickets are $40. The hosts will be retired Pine Bluff educator Mattie Collins and KATV anchor Ryan Houston, a Pine Bluff native. Sponsorships are available for the banquet. For levels of sponsorship, the cost for the souvenir booklet advertisements, and ticket information, contact event coordinator Loretta Whitfield at (870) 489-4736, or the branch secretary, Dominique Graydon, at (870) 872-3453.

Beginning Friday, Oct. 13

Bloom Tennis Tournament set

The Pine Bluff Tennis Association will sponsor the Bloom Fall Tennis Tournament from Oct. 13-15 at the Bloom Center, 2101 S. Hickory St. The registration deadline is Oct. 8, according to a news release. Details: (501) 960-5237 or (870) 550-5971. The registration link is

Saturday, Oct. 14

Pilgrim pantry to give away food

Raven's Nest Food Pantry at Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, 2507 Hill St., will be open Oct. 14 from 8-9:30 a.m. or until all the food has been given away. Food will be handed out on a first come, first-served basis. Participants must bring a picture identification. The pantry is a U.S. Department of Agriculture distribution site and equal opportunity provider, according to a news release.

Through Saturday, Oct. 14

ASC hosts Rosenzweig exhibition

The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas is hosting the 2023 Irene Rosenzweig Biennial Juried Exhibition. The exhibition will be on view in ASC's William H. Kennedy Jr. Gallery through Oct. 14. Admission to ASC's galleries is always free, according to a news release.

Sunday, Oct. 15

First Missionary Baptist hosts anniversary

First Missionary Baptist Church, 4500 Faucett Road, will celebrate its 158th anniversary at 11 a.m. Oct. 15. The guest speaker will be the Rev. James Boyd, First Unity Missionary Baptist Church of Chicago, Ill. The Rev. Charles Boyd is pastor at First Missionary Baptist Church.

Mt. Nebo observes anniversary

Mt. Nebo Missionary Baptist Church, 3201 W. Second Ave., will celebrate its 134th anniversary at 3 p.m. Oct. 15. The Rev. Glenn Barnes Sr., pastor of Pine Hill Missionary Baptist Church, will be the guest preacher.

Beginning Sunday, Oct. 15

Back to School Prayer and Pizza set

Back to School Prayer and Pizza for children will be held at the following churches from 2-3 p.m. on these dates: Oct. 15, Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church; Nov. 12, Galilee Missionary Baptist Church; and Dec. 10, East End Church of God and Christ. Intercessors will pray at each event. Robbie Williams, president of the Helping Hands for the Community Inc., and volunteers will serve the refreshments donated by business leaders (Dr. Martha Flowers, lawyer Efrem Neely, Dr. Brandi Wright, and Dr. Ronatae Graham). "Please join the movement through prayer for our children," said Dee Clay, spokesman. The event is free and open to the general public. Organizers ask that pastors and youth leaders participate.

Tuesday, Oct. 17

Domestic Violence Walk set

The Pine Bluff Police Department would like for the community to join them in the 2023 Domestic Violence Walk from noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 17 starting and stopping at the Civic Center steps facing Eighth Avenue. The department recognizes that an act of domestic violence occurs every minute, according to a news release on Stuff in The "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," says a spokesperson. A sack lunch will be provided. The sponsors include First Ward Living Grace Food Pantry, Super 1 Foods, TOPPS and Hannah's Warriors. This year's theme is Recognize, Prevent and Report: "Breaking Every Chain."

DAR to meet

The Pine Bluff-John McAlmont Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at Lakeside United Methodist Church fellowship hall. The program will be "POW/MIA/VFW" and presented by Theresa Harrell-Orso. The VFW Auxiliary Choir will be featured, according to a news release.

Wednesday, Oct. 18

Christian Women's luncheon set

The Christian Women's Connection extends an invitation to their October luncheon to be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Pine Bluff Country Club. (Although the event is usually held Thursdays, this one is on a Wednesday.) The speaker will be Helen McAllister of Harrison, discussing "Life Comes With Lemons." There will also be the Stonecroft Annual Fundraiser to include a silent auction, bake sale and white elephant sale. Decorations are by Opie Price, according to a news release. The luncheon costs $21, which includes the meal, drink, dessert, tax and gratuity. Everyone is invited to attend. For reservations or cancellations, call Jennifer Keahey at (870) 540-9302. All reservations must be made three days in advance and participants will be charged for reservations not kept, according to the release.

911/MECA boards to meet

Two board meetings are scheduled for Oct. 18 in the Jefferson County Quorum Court Room. The 911 Administrative Board will meet at 9 a.m. and the Metropolitan Emergency Communications Association (MECA) Board meets at 9:15 a.m., according to a news release. Details: Jefferson County Office of Emergency Management, (870) 541-5470.

Thursday, Oct. 19

Retired teachers group to meets

The Jefferson County Retired Teachers Association will meet at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 19 in the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave. The guest speakers will be Mary Alice Hughes and Lisa Bamburg, endorsed Arkansas Retired Teacher Association insurance specialists. They will discuss 2024 health plan updates for retirees, according to a news release. Members are asked to bring a package of dry spaghetti pasta to be donated to the Salvation Army. Member reservations are required for the luncheon provided by Rice First Class Catering at $12 per person. For details on JCRTA and to make luncheon reservations, call (870) 543-0127.

Friday, Oct. 20

PBHS roundup set

The Pine Bluff High School All Classes Roundup will be held Oct. 20 from 7 p.m. to midnight at the high school gym. Admission is $20. This is a PBHS inaugural event held during the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Homecoming, according to a spokesman.

UAPB alumni plan ceremonies

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff/AM&N National Alumni Association will recognize its Hall of Fame Class of 2023 and hold other ceremonies at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place in conjunction with the Alumni Luncheon and General Membership Meeting and Alumni King and Queen Presentation, according to a news release. Details:

Through Friday, Oct. 20

Applications available for wildland fire kits

The Arkansas Department of Agriculture's Forestry Division is accepting applications for wildland fire suppression kits through Oct. 20. The application can be found at ForWildlandFireSuppressionKit. The Forestry Division received $293,154 through a United States Forest Service grant to provide 85 kits this year to rural volunteer fire departments across the state.

Saturday, Oct. 21

VFW announces fish fry

The Veterans of Foreign Wars will host a fish fry from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at the VFW Post 4455 at 1518 E. Harding Ave. The meals are $15 per plate and all proceeds support veteran programs and events throughout the year, according to a spokeswoman.

NCC sets Breast Cancer Awareness event

New Community Church, 321 N. Birch St., will host a Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon at 2 p.m. Oct. 21 at the W.D. Watson Fellowship Hall at the church. The featured speaker will be Dr. Yara Robertson of the CARTI Cancer Center. The theme is Faith Over Fear; Know Your Purpose (Psalm 27:1.) Tickets are $25. The event is open to the community, however cancer survivors are asked to let Barbara Rankins know by Oct. 16 if they're planning to attend so they can be recognized. The ticket deadline is Oct. 18. For tickets or details, contact Rankins at (870) 329-3380.

Amos Chapel sets Family, Friends day

Amos Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 1307 W. 16th Ave., will host its Family and Friends Day at 3 p.m. Oct. 22. The guest preacher will be the Rev. Donald Manning, pastor of Thomas Chapel Missionary Baptist Church at Gould. Diana Womack is the coordinator and the Rev. Robert Willis Jr. is pastor of Amos Chapel.

Tuesday, Oct. 24

Civic panel cancels meeting

The Civic Auditorium Complex Commission meeting was canceled for Sept. 26. The regular meeting will be held at noon Oct. 24, according to a news release. Details: Pine Bluff Convention Center, (870) 536-7600.

Thursday, Oct. 26

Farmers Appreciation Fish Fry set

The Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce will celebrate the 71st annual Farmers Appreciation Fish Fry from 5-7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at Hestand Stadium. Fish fry tickets are $20 each and available at the Chamber.The community is invited to attend the event honoring Kyle and Andrea Sealy, the 2023 Jefferson County Farm Family of the Year, according to the Chamber newsletter.The Chamber is also looking for volunteers to work the fish fry. To buy tickets, volunteer or to become a sponsor, call the Chamber at (870) 535-0110.

VA holds virtual claims clinic

The Little Rock VA Regional Office will hold a virtual claims clinic for Arkansas Veterans from 4-6 p.m. Oct. 26. To reserve a timeslot, veterans should call (501) 370-3829 before 4 p.m. Oct. 25, according to a news release. During the claims clinic, veterans may speak one-on-one to staff of the Little Rock VA Regional Office regarding their claims for VA benefits. VA disability compensation offers a monthly tax-free payment to veterans who got sick or injured while serving in the military and to veterans whose service made an existing condition worse, according to the release.

Saturday, Oct. 28

JRMC plans Pink Out 5K run

Jefferson Regional Medical Center will hold its Pink Out 5K color run. Proceeds will benefit the Jefferson Regional Breast Center, according to a news release. The event will be held Oct. 28 beginning at 8 a.m. All ages are welcome to participate in the race, which will begin at 40th Avenue and Mulberry Street. There will be refreshments on site and a number of vendors. Winners will be recognized in several categories. Registration is $40 for runners 16 and older and includes a Pink Out 5K T-shirt. Registration is $20 for ages 6 to 15 years old, including a T-shirt, and children 5 and under can take part for free (no T-shirt or medals awarded). For details or to sign up, contact the Pine Bluff Wellness Center, 1301 W. 40th Ave., (870) 541-7890.

Pop Up in the Bluff set

Pop Up in the Bluff festival will be held in downtown Pine Bluff from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 28. The event will be set on Second Avenue between Main and Walnut streets. Pop Up will feature refreshments, entertainment, and family activities, according to a flier. Details: Pine Bluff Downtown Development, (870) 536-8742.

Breast cancer event honors B.J. Jackson

The Mt. Nebo Ninth annual Breast Cancer Event will be held at 9 a.m. Oct. 28 at the Saracen Landing Pavilion, 200 Lake Saracen Drive. The community is invited to attend the celebration honoring the memory of Billie Jean "B.J." Jackson. There will be a 2K walk run and a $30 entry fee includes a commemorative T-shirt. "Make plans to join us as we raise awareness, inspire hope, celebrate the survivors and encourage early detection. This event will feature a 2K walk/run, food vendors, shopping vendors, live entertainment and special guests," according to a news release. To register, visit Details: or see the Facebook page for updates.

Through Saturday, Oct. 28

Art league exhibition on display

The 2023 Pine Bluff Art League Annual Exhibition opened Aug. 24 at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas. The exhibition will remain on view in the International Paper Gallery at the ASC's home building, 701 S. Main St., through Oct. 28. It is sponsored by Pine Bluff Sand & Gravel Co. For details, call Vickie Coleman at (870) 540-9975. The exhibition webpage is available at

Sunday, Oct. 29

Barraque Street church celebrates women's day

Barraque Street Missionary Baptist Church, 1800 W. Pullen St., will celebrate its annual women's day at 11 a.m. Oct. 29. The speaker will be Simone Simmons Milton of Bryant. Milton is a family nurse practitioner specialist. The theme is "Embracing the Family Spiritually." A special Women's Day choir will be directed by Pamela Ervin. All are invited to attend. The Rev. Sidney D. Milton is the pastor of Barraque Street church.

Monday, Oct. 30

Trunk or Treat Literacy Walk set

A Halloween Trunk or Treat Literacy Walk will be held from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 30 at 1301 Ridgway Road. The event is sponsored by the Pine Bluff Early Childhood Association, according to a flier.

Through Wednesday, Nov. 1

Senator accepts academy nominations

U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) is accepting applications for service academy nominations. To be considered for a nomination, applications must be submitted by Nov. 1, according to a news release."Students who attend U.S. service academies and go on to serve their country in uniform are the pride of Arkansas, and I encourage each young Arkansan with a sincere interest to apply," Cotton said.Details: Nicole Millar (501) 223-9081. The application and other requirements are available at

Through Sunday, Nov. 5

Walk Across Arkansas set

Walk Across Arkansas, an eight-week, group-based exercise program from the Cooperative Extension Service, began Sept. 11. It is designed to help Arkansans get moving and collaborate with peers. Teams can consist of one person to as many as 30 people. Participants can register and log exercise minutes at Registration for the fall 2023 session is open and the competition runs through Nov. 5.

Beginning Monday, Nov. 6

GOP announces filing period

The Jefferson County Republican Committee announced the filing period for justice of the peace, constable, and committee membership will begin at noon Nov. 6 and end at noon Nov. 14. The Republican Primary is scheduled on March 5, 2024, and the general election is Nov. 5, 2024.

Through Saturday, Jan. 13

USDA extends deadline for discrimination form

The U.S. Department of Agriculture extended the deadline for the Discrimination Financial Assistance Program from Oct. 31, 2023 to Jan. 13, 2024. The new deadline will give eligible farmers, ranchers and forest landowners more time to apply for assistance, according to a news release. This program delivers on Section 22007 of the Inflation Reduction Act, which provides financial assistance for farmers, ranchers and forest landowners who experienced discrimination in USDA farm lending programs prior to January 2021.


Covid-19 vaccines, testing available

The Arkansas Department of Health, various pharmacies and healthcare providers offer the covid-19 vaccine, tests and other information about coronavirus. Details: Call the Arkansas Department of Health at (800) 985-6030, visit the website at or contact area medical professionals, according to spokesmen.


Unity Christian 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.

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