Editor’s Note: To submit items to our calendar of events, email pbcnews@pbcommercial.com, fax 870-534-0113 or bring announcements to 300 S. Beech St., Pine Bluff. To view more calendar items, visit http://pbcommercial.com/news/local/calendar-events

Wednesday, Jan. 10

‘Preserve Our Past’ art, essay contest opens

Arkansas students in fifth through eighth grade are invited to participate in the 27th annual “Preserve Our Past” art and essay invitational sponsored by the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, a division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. All entries must be postmarked by April 1. Details: AHPP Art and Essay Invitational, 1100 North St., Little Rock, AR ,72201, call 501-324-9786; amy.milliken@arkansas.gov or download the form at http://www.arkansaspreservation.com/Learn-More/preserve-our-past-contest.

Commercial’s Church News deadline set

The Commercial is printing church news on Fridays. The deadline to submit church announcements is noon on Wednesdays. Announcements can be emailed to pbcnews@pbcommercial.com, faxed to 870-534-0113, hand-delivered or mailed to the office at 300 S. Beech St., Pine Bluff, AR, 71611. The Devotional Column, which features a brief sermon, should also be emailed and include a contact phone number and the name and location of the ministry. Details: 870-534-3400, ext. 1202.

Thursday, Jan. 11

JRMC Auxiliary plans open house for potential volunteers

The Jefferson Regional Medical Center Auxiliary will host a meet and greet for prospective volunteers. The event will be held from 2–4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, in the JRMC front lobby. The auxiliary will answer questions and share information about being a JRMC volunteer. They will also take applications for the program. Refreshments and door prizes will be available. Details: Debbie Tole, 870-541-7269.

Southeast Arkansas Preparatory sets meeting

Southeast Arkansas Preparatory High School, a new charter school, will hold a public information meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Business Support Incubator, 615 S. Main St. Information will be provided and questions will be answered. To RSVP or for details, call 501-777-5617, visit Facebook or the school’s website.

UAM to host Starting a Business seminar

MONTICELLO — Starting a business in Arkansas is the subject of a free seminar by the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. The seminar will be held Jan. 11 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon in the Relyance Community Room in Pine Bluff. The seminar will discuss essential steps to starting a business, legal business structures, regulations and licensing, key issues that affect business success and common pitfalls entrepreneurs face. To register, contact Lavonica Davis at (870) 460-1266 or register online at http://asbtdc.org/training/monticello-events/

New store opens

Family Dollar Stores Inc. will open a new store at 1169 W. 16th Ave. Thursday, Jan. 11. A grand opening celebration will be held Saturday, Jan. 13, starting with a ribbon cutting at 8 a.m. and other festivities will begin at 11 a.m. The grand opening will include prizes, gift baskets and a gift card raffle, according to a news release. Family Dollar stores are open seven days a week.

Beginning Thursday, Jan. 11

UAM McGehee slates nursing assistant class

The University of Arkansas at Monticello College of Technology at McGehee will host a 16-week nursing assistant course. The class will meet from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Thursday, Jan. 11. Details: Cortez Smith, director of UAM McGehee’s Career Pathways Initiative, 870-460-2102, or Justin Carbage, Career Pathways community outreach coordinator, 870-460-2129.

Friday, Jan. 12

Kingfest concert set

Pine Bluff Interested Citizens for Voter Registration Inc. will host a Youth/Adult Gospel Extravaganza Friday, Jan. 12, at 6:30 p.m. The concert will be presented at Mt. Nebo Missionary Baptist Church, 3201 W. Second Ave.

Saturday, Jan. 13

Melvin Williams to highlight Mega Kingfest event at Dermott

The King Holiday Legends Concert will feature Melvin Williams, a world renowned, gospel artist, at 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan, 13, at Dermott High School at Dermott. Admission is free to the concert which is among Mega King Fest events sponsored by the Arkansas Martin Luther King Jr. Commission Jan. 8-15. Details: http://www.arkansas.gov/mlk or DuShun Scarbrough at 888-290-KING.

Gillett Farmers Club to present 75th annual Coon Supper

The Gillett Farmers and Businessmen’s Club will host the 75th annual Coon Supper Saturday, Jan. 13, at the Gillett Elementary School Gymnasium. The meal will be served at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 6:30 p.m. The menu will include coon, baby-back ribs, brisket, rice, sweet potatoes, and cake, a spokesman said in a news release. The club uses all proceeds from the coon supper to fund scholarships and will award two more scholarships to seniors graduating in 2018. Tickets are $25. For ticket details, contact Larry Bauer, 870-548-2859 or 870-830-4002, or write to P.O. Box 577, Gillett, AR, 72055. For program information, contact Chad Philipp, 870-548-2228, 870-548-2554, or 870-509-0413.

Arts & Science Center slates events

The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St. plans several events Jan. 13. From 1-3 p.m., Creative Construction Zone, a new tinkering studio will be held. Participants will build-play with Imagination Playground Big Blue Blocks. The Creative Construction Zone also includes interactive construction-influenced playsets to add to the simulation experience. From 1-3:30 p.m., the free film screening of “I Am Not Your Negro” will be held. The Academy Award-Nominated documentary’s screening is sponsored by AETN/PBS and is free to the public. The work began as a letter in 1979 by author James Baldwin outlining a biography of slain civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. Following the film screening, a panel discussion will be held. Teachers may receive professional development hours for attending. From 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the center will host the Science and Engineering Institute @Pine Bluff for 6th-10th graders. Sessions include the Spectre of Spectra, in which students will learn how to use a spectroscope, interpret the results, and make a portable spectroscope to take home.

Store slates grand opening

Family Dollar at 1169 W. 16th Ave. will host a grand opening celebration Saturday, Jan. 13, starting with a ribbon cutting at 8 a.m. and other festivities beginning at 11 a.m. The event will include prizes, gift baskets and a gift card raffle, according to a news release. Family Dollar stores are open seven days a week.

Sunday, Jan. 14

Historical Society to host U.S. Court of Appeals judge

Judge Morris S. “Buzz” Arnold of the United States Court of Appeals will be the guest speaker for the winter meeting of the Jefferson County Historical Society. The meeting will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, at the Pine Bluff-Jefferson County Historical Museum, West 4th Avenue and State Street. Arnold will present “Colonial Arkansas Women: French and Indian.” The public is invited to attend.

Kingfest Justice Sunday set

Pine Bluff Interested Citizens for Voter Registration Inc. will host the Justice Sunday Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Program. The Kingfest event will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, at First Missionary Baptist Church, 4500 Faucett Road. The keynote speaker will be Fitzgerald Hill, executive director of the Arkansas Baptist College Foundation and The Scott Ford Center for Leadership and Community Development. Music provided by The Men in Black.

Monday, Jan. 15

Kingfest Parade/Marade set

Pine Bluff Interested Citizens for Voter Registration Inc. will host the 34th Original Kingfest Parade/Marade Monday, Jan. 15, at 2 p.m., on Main Street in downtown Pine Bluff. Chancellor Laurence B. Alexander of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will be the grand marshal. Participants will line up at the Jefferson County Courthouse at 1 p.m. The route will proceed south on Main Street to Eighth Avenue and end at the Convention Center. The deadline for parade applications is Thursday, Jan. 11. Applications are available at PBICVR at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave., Suite 109, or by calling Mary Liddell at 870-643-2383, Pelida Norris 870-692-8579 or by email at pbicvr@aol.com. The event will also include the third annual MLK/Lorenzo Smith Battle of the Bands. The Pine Bluff Police Department will provide refreshments for youth at the Convention Center after the Parade/Marade.

Ivy Center members join Kingfest Parade/Marade

Monday, Jan. 15, at 2 p.m., Ivy Center for Educattion members will walk in the 34th annual Original Kingfest Parade/Marade on Main Street in downtown Pine Bluff. Participants will meet at the Jefferson County Courthouse at 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 16

Requests begin for heating bill help

The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Economic Opportunities Commission will begin the regular winter Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16. (State officials changed the date from Jan. 8, according to a news release.) In Jefferson County, applications are taken at EOC, 1201 W. Pullen St. This winter portion of LIHEAP will be for gas and electric bills. The week of Jan. 16, the agency will accept applications from from 8 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Then EOC will resume the normal schedule of 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Wednesday. Details: EOC, 536-0046.

Watson Chapel School Board meets

Watson Chapel School Board will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, at the district office, 4100 Camden Road.

Ivy Center to meet

Tuesday, Jan. 16, from 5-6 p.m., the Ivy Center for Education will meet at Faith Presbyterian Church, 913 University Drive, to talk with parents of students signed up to go on the 2018 College Tour.

Through Wednesday, Jan. 17

Deadline set to pre-register for free child care provider class

Wednesday, Jan. 17, is the deadline to pre-register for the free Best Care Child Care Provider Training. University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Family and Consumer Sciences agents will offer 10 hours of training. The session will be held at the Parish Hall of St. Joseph Catholic Church, 412 W. Sixth Ave., Tuesday, Jan. 20, beginning with registration at 7:30 a.m. Training starts at 8 a.m. Participants are asked to bring their own lunch. Healthy snacks will be provided. To pre-register, contact Mary Ann Kizer, Jefferson County Family and Consumer Sciences agent, at 534-1033 or mkizer@uaex.edu .

UAPB holds spring registration

Registration for the spring 2018 semester at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff can be done in person or online through Wednesday, Jan. 17. Prospective students may be admitted to UAPB as a freshman, transfer student, special student, or early admission student. All applicants must submit a formal application for admission and other required academic credentials, which include transcripts and ACT or SAT scores. Details: www.uapb.edu/spring or 870-575-8487.

Thursday, Jan. 18

Women’s Connection slates luncheon

The Pine Bluff Christian Women’s Connection will hold its luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Suzi Vermillion of Bella Vista will present “Got Contentment?” The luncheon is $13.50 each, which includes the meal, tax and gratuity. The menu is fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans and cheesecake with cherries. Contact Jennifer Keahey at 870-540-9302 for reservations or cancellations, which are to be made by Monday, Jan. 15.

Arts center hosts #GildTheDelta Exhibition

The Arts & Science Center will host #GildTheDelta Exhibition opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18. #GildTheDelta: Recent Works By Norwood Creech will feature artist remarks at 5:30 p.m. “Through paint and pastel, Norwood captures the Delta agricultural landscape and elevates the miles of crops into gilded works of art,” according to a news release.