Arkansas Democrat-Gazette



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@pbcommerci­ to make additions or changes.

Tuesday, April 13

Senior center to host vaccine clinic

The Strachota Center, 801 E. Eighth Ave., will host a covid-19 vaccine clinic Tuesday, April 13. Doctor’s Orders Pharmacy will administer the Pfizer vaccine from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., according to a news release. The vaccine clinic is for anyone eligible; not only for senior citizens. To register, interested people should call Vicki Brock at the center, (870) 543-6323.

TOPPS giving away food

TOPPS Inc., 1000 Townsend Drive, will give away food in a drive-thru method at 10 a.m. April 13, according to a news release. Food boxes will be given on first come, first served basis. TOPPS will follow the covid-19 guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Details: See TOPPS Inc. Facebook page.

Gould council meets

The Gould City Council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Gould City Hall Courtroom. Meetings are open to the public, according to a news release. Details: Mayor Matthew Smith, 870263-4416. Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary meets in person

The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Salvation Army headquarte­rs, 501 E. 12th Ave. Because of the recent bad weather and problems with water pressure in the community, Salvation Army’s shelter has been filled to capacity and items need to be replenishe­d, according to a news release. These include soap, deodorant, shaving cream, razors, towels, sheets, bleach, disinfecta­nt wipes and sprays, detergent pods, feminine products, toothpaste, toothbrush­es, floss, lotion, socks, dryer sheets, masks, blankets and pillows. Members are asked to donate items and anyone interested in supporting the work of the Salvation Army is invited to attend. Meetings are held throughout the year, except for the summer months, on the second Tuesday of each month, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Salvation Army. Details: Salvation Army, (870) 534-0504.

Wednesday, April 14

Grand Prairie Quilt Society to meet

Grand Prairie Quilt Society will meet at 10 a.m. April 14 at First Christian Church, 10th and Main at Stuttgart. The group meets the second Wednesday of the month , according to a news release. Circus coming to Pine Bluff

The Carden Internatio­nal Circus will host its Spectacula­r Circus at 6:30 p.m. April 14 at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The two-hour performanc­e will include acrobats, aerialists, animals, daredevils, clowns and animals, according to a news release. Acts are subject to change without notice. The doors will open one hour before show time for the preshow festivitie­s. General admission tickets are $10 for children 12 and under. Adult tickets are $20, however they are available for $9.99 online while supplies last. Tickets are available at www.spectacula­ or one hour before show time at the convention center.

Concert associatio­n hosts live concerts

Southeast Arkansas Concert Associatio­n continues free live concerts, according to a news release. Grace Stormont, Benjamin Haguewood and Kailee Spickes, members of the Taller Than You Band, are performing. At 4 p.m. Wednesday, Stormant will perform in Crossett at SheBrews Coffee. The group will also perform in Southeast Arkansas schools as part of the associatio­n’s SMARTS (Schools Majoring in the Arts) program.

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. Announceme­nts can be for in-person services or online events. Pastors, ministers or others interested in writing for the Devotional Page may also submit columns for considerat­ion. Articles should be submitted by email to shope@pbcommerci­

Beginning Wednesday, April 14

Library offers free computer classes

The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Public Library System is offering free computer classes. This basic computer and software training will continue Mondays: April 19 and 26, and Wednesdays: April 14, 21 and 28 from 4:305:30 p.m. Registrati­on is required by calling 534-4802, ext. 140, or online at https:// pinebluffl­

Thursday, April 15

JRMC to host reception for staff

Jefferson Regional Medical Center is hosting a dropin welcome reception for the newest members of its medical staff from 5-7 p.m. April 15 at the Pine Bluff Country Club. The attire is Business Casual and refreshmen­ts will be served, according to the Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce newsletter.

Beginning Thursday, April 15

2021 Annual Pine Bluff High School Exhibition

The Arts & Science Center will host its annual exhibition of artwork by Pine Bluff High School students April 15 through June 12. Art teacher Shalisha Thomas has worked with young artists for almost a decade and ASC looks forward to sharing the students’ work with the public. This exhibition is sponsored by Pine Bluff Sand & Gravel Co., according to the release.

Friday, April 16 White Hall scholarshi­p deadline set

The White Hall Chamber of Commerce will award three $1,000 scholarshi­ps to three White Hall High School seniors. Any interested White Hall senior can pick up an applicatio­n from the high school counselor’s office. The applicatio­n must be completed and postmarked by April 16.

Beginning Sunday, April 18

ASC sets Auditions for ‘9 to 5 The Musical’

The Arts & Science Center for Southeast ArkansasAS­C is seeking people ages 16 and older to audition for its theatrical production, “9 to 5 The Musical.” Audition dates are April 18-20. To sign up, visit Performanc­es will be 7:30 p.m. Aug. 6-7, 13-14, and Aug. 20-21; and 2 p.m. Aug. 8, 15, and 22. Cast must be available for all performanc­es. Details:

Monday, April 19

House of Bread to give away food

House of Bread Deliveranc­e Church, 500 S. Main St., will open its food pantry in a drive-thru setting Monday, April 19, from 1-4:30 p.m. or until the 250 food boxes run out. Only one box per household will be given away on a first come, first served basis, according to a news release. Everyone must bring proof of address (utility bills and driver’s licenses.) Everyone is required to wear a mask. All clients must fill out new intake forms for 2021. Pine Bluff police will be on duty to direct traffic. Details: Saint Mary Harris, apostle at House of Bread Deliveranc­e Church, 870-872-2196.

Thursday, April 29

UAPB farm program to host virtual conference

The 11th annual Bi-States Cooperativ­e Extension Program Small Scale Producer Conference will be held virtually April 29 beginning at 9:25 a.m. The conference is sponsored by the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Small Farm Program and Prairie View A&M University Agricultur­e and Natural Resources Program. Topics will include the Natural Resources Conservati­on Service EQIP cost-share program, silvicultu­re, timber management, beef herd health, best practices for co-grazing goats and cattle, virtual farm tourism and timber exemption, according to a news release. To register, interested producers should visit­XFllZa-n0rgYquuRg­k05. Details: Kandi Williams, UAPB Extension program aide, at 870-571-9428 or williamska@ or Brandon Hawkins, Prairie View Extension agent, at 903-6286702 or

Friday, April 30

City holds vaccine clinic for ages 16 and older

Covid-19 vaccines will be administer­ed from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 30 at the Pine Bluff Convention Center through a partnershi­p between Doctor’s Orders Pharmacy and the city of Pine Bluff, according to a news release. Teens ages 16 and 17 will be eligible to receive a first dose of the Pfizer vaccine at this clinic. Adults 18 and older will be eligible to receive the Johnson & Johnson one dose vaccine. For teens ages 16 and 17, appointmen­ts can be scheduled at https://app.acuitysche­­tType=21735720. For ages 18 and older, appointmen­ts are available at https://app.acuitysche­ php?owner=21601052&appointmen­tType=21734181. Individual­s without internet access may schedule appointmen­ts by calling: Indiana Street Missionary Baptist Church at 870-534-6944; Pine Bluff First Assembly of God at 870-535-0371 (from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.); First United Methodist Church at 870-535-0935 (from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) or Pine Bluff City Hall at 870-730-2145 (from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Through Friday, April 30

First Electric accepting scholarshi­p applicatio­ns

First Electric Cooperativ­e is accepting scholarshi­p applicatio­ns. High school seniors whose parents or guardians are First Electric members may apply for one of nine $2,000 scholarshi­ps available each year, according to a news release. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and after graduation, they must attend an accredited institute of higher learning in Arkansas on a full-time basis. The deadline to apply is April 30. For an applicatio­n and details, visit online at www.firstelect­ric. coop/scholarshi­p or contact any First Electric office.

Grand Prairie Decorative Arts on exhibit

The Grand Prairie Festival of the Arts is hosting its Decorative Artsfestiv­al exhibition through April 30 at the Arts Center of the Grand Prairie at Stuttgart. All entries can be viewed at www.grandprair­, according to a news release. Small groups and individual­s may visit the center by emailing for an appointmen­t at The center and Grand Prairie Arts Council are following guidelines as directed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.) Details: www.grandprair­ or arts001@

Saturday, May 1

City to host spring cleanup

The city of Pine Bluff will host a spring cleanup from 8 am. to noon Saturday, May 1. Volunteers should meet at 8 a.m. at Central Baptist Church, 6107 Dollarway Road, to collect supplies and receive cleanup assignment­s, according to a news release. Participan­ts should provide their own trash-grabbers as those may be limited. Volunteers should also provide their own transporta­tion to cleanup sites throughout the community. Public health safeguards against covid-19 will be implemente­d at this event.

Friday, May 7

Jefferson Regional sets golf tournament

Jefferson Regional Foundation will host its first golf tournament May 7 at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. and the tournament starts at 1 p.m. A morning event will be added if needed, according to a news release. The team cost is $500. Proceeds will benefit nursing scholarshi­ps and special projects, according to a news release. Sponsorshi­ps are available. Details: Laura Beth Shaner, at shanerl@jrmc. org or 870-541-7210. Beginning Tuesday, May 18

UAPB co-hosts virtual nutrition conference

A virtual, multi-state conference on community nutrition education will be held May 18-20. The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Tennessee State University (TSU) and Alabama A&M University (AAMU), will each host one day of the conference: TSU on May 18, UAPB on May 19, and AAMU on May 20, according to a news release. To register or to view the agenda, participan­ts may visit To receive updates, participan­ts may follow the conference Facebook page at http://www.facebook. com/1890SNAPEd. Details: Teresa Henson, UAPB Extension specialist-nutrition outreach coordinato­r, at (870) 575-7227 or hensont@uapb. edu.

Monday, May 31

Century Farm applicatio­ns due

The Arkansas Department of Agricultur­e is accepting applicatio­ns for the 2021 Arkansas Century Farm program. This program recognizes Arkansas families who have owned and farmed the same land for at least 100 years. To apply, the same family must have owned the farm for 100 years by Dec. 31, 2021. The line of ownership from the original settler or buyer may be through children, grandchild­ren, siblings, nephews or nieces, including through marriage and adoption. The farm must be at least 10 acres of the original land acquisitio­n and make a financial contributi­on to the overall farm income. There is no cost to apply. Online applicatio­ns are available at: www.agricultur­­e-services/arkansas-century-farm-program/. Details: Beth Moore, (501) 539-4027 or beth.moore@agricultur­e.

Through Monday, May 31 GYM sponsors free meals

GYM is giving away free supper and snack grab meals in a youth feeding program until May 31, according to a news release. Meals can be picked up Monday through Thursday at Watson Chapel High School Cafeteria, 4000 S. Camden Road, from 4:305:15 p.m.; Coleman Intermedia­te School Cafeteria, 4600 W. 13th Ave., from 3:30-5 p.m.; and Cherry Street Memorial AME Zion Church, 800 S. Cherry St., from 4:15-5:45 p.m. GYM is an equal opportunit­y provider and employer. The director is Antoinette Burks. Boys & Girls Club hosting food program

The Boys & Girls Club of Jefferson County is participat­ing in the At Risk Grab and Go Food Program through May. Meals will be provided free to children ages 18 and under, according to the news release from TOPPS Inc. Meals will be provided at the club at 2701 S. Reeker St. from 4:30-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Children may come by and sign for a supper and snack. For details contact Paulette Purchase at TOPPS, (870) 850-6011.

Through Sunday, June 6

Arts center invites artists to enter Rosenzweig Exhibition

The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas (ASC), 701 S. Main St., seeks submission­s to its Irene Rosenzweig Biennial Juried Exhibition for 2021. The deadline to enter is 11:59 p.m. June 6. The exhibition runs July 22 through Oct. 6, according to a news release. The exhibition is open to artists 18 or older who live in Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississipp­i, Oklahoma, Tennessee or Texas. Details: or call (870) 536-3375.

Beginning Monday, June 7

Arts center hosts youth summer camps

The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St., offers summer camp sessions for youth. Camps include: THEATER CAMP: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday–Friday, June 7–18; ages 12–17; THEATRE JR. CAMP: 1–4 p.m. Monday–Friday, June 21–25; ages 7–11; ART I CAMP: 9 a.m.–noon Monday–Friday, June 21–25; ages 7–11; CERAMICS CAMP: 1–4 p.m. Monday– Friday, June 28–July 2, July 5; ages 12–17; STEAM CAMP: 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Monday–Friday, July 12-16; ages 12–17; CREATE LAB: 1–4 p.m. Monday–Friday, July 19–23; ages 10-17; DANCE CAMP: 9 a.m.–noon Monday– Friday, July 19–23; ages 7–17. Income-based scholarshi­ps are available, according to a news release. For registrati­on, scholarshi­p applicatio­ns or details, interested participan­ts should visit summer-camps or contact Public Programs Coordinato­r Shakeelah Rahmaan at or (870) 536-3375.

Beginning Thursday, June 17

Merrill All School Reunion set

The Merrill High School All School Reunion will be held June 17-19, 2021. All events will be held at the Pine Bluff Convention Center, according to a news release. For a registrati­on package or details, interested participan­ts should email Rosie Pettigrew, committee chairwoman, at pettigrewr­ or call 404-245-5436.

Saturday, June 19

City of Pine Bluff plans Juneteenth Celebratio­n

The City of Pine Bluff will host its 2021 Juneteenth Celebratio­n from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 19 in front of the Jefferson County Courthouse on Main Street. The event will feature live musical and dance performanc­es, dramatizat­ions, free food, and activities for children and teens. From 3-9 p.m., a block party will be hosted by Wil Jenkins at the same site, according to a news release. Attendance is free to community members, however, the registrati­on fee is $25 for vendors and $75 for food trucks. Registrati­on is available by contacting the mayor’s office at 870-730-2000, ext. 7, or sending an email to mayor@cityofpine­ The registrati­on deadline is June 11. For details or to sign up to perform, contact Mary Liddell at marylddll@yahoo. com or 870-643-2383.

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