Community Calendar - Feb. 10, 2021 update

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City recycling guidelines

Each Wednesday, barring a catastrophe, the city of Monticello is accepting recyclable items at the Transfer Station within the following guidelines: 1) Cardboard—must be flattened. Not accepted are cereal boxes, drink can boxes or egg cartons; 2) Plastic bottles—lids must be removed and the bottles must be bagged. Only No. 1 and No. 2 bottles are accepted (the number is located on the bottom of the bottle). No wide-mouthed bottles can be accepted; 3) Newspapers—bagged or boxed; 4) Aluminum cans—must be bagged. No tin cans or pet food cans can be accepted; and 5) Shredded office paper—must be bagged. To have recycled items picked up, contact City Hall at 870-367-4400. Note: Electronics (EWaste) are accepted at the city transfer station, 1466 Old Warren Road, but are not eligible for pick up. The city reminds all citizens to not mix household trash with recyclable items. The city does not accept glass or any item not listed above at this time.

Support for local schools

Show support for local schools by purchasing a school mascot yard sign for only $20. All three (University of Arkansas at Monticello Boll Weevils, Drew Central Pirates and Monticello Billies) may be purchased for $50. For more information, contact the Monticello-Drew County Chamber of Commerce at 870-367-6741 or stop by the chamber office at 335 East Gaines Street.

Germany, Switzerland, & Italy tour

Drew Central fourth-grade teacher Eva Arrington will be leading an educational tour for Germany, Switzerland, & Italy including Venice June 2021 and Japan July 2021. Parents, grandparents, and students from any district can travel. For more information, contact Arrington at 870-224-6545 or e-mail at earrington@drewcentral.org

Borrow a book and new hours

The Southeast Arkansas Regional Library, Monticello Branch, 114 West Jefferson Avenue, will start new limited hours open to the public on Wednesday, Sept. 1. The library will be open from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every second and fourth Saturday, starting Saturday, Sept. 12.

Visits inside the library and computer use are limited to 1 hour. You must wear a mask, covering mouth and nose, to enter. Curbside pickup is available and encouraged. Call the library at 870-367-8583. Fax, copying and printing services are available.

Public WiFi is available inside and from the parking log. The password is books2015.

Information and referral outreach office now open

Southeast Arkansas Delta Solutions Community Development Organization announces the opening of its Information and Referral Outreach Office, beginning Tuesday, Sept. 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The office will be open Tuesdays only. Services will include but are not limited to, COVID-19 relief information, pharmacy assistance referrals for free and reduced prescription medications, help with disability applications and other health and human services needs.

Delta Solutions is a non-profit organization, serving residents in Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Desha and Drew counties.  It's primary focus is Education, Housing, Health and Wellness, Economic Development, Community Development, Housing, Food Insecurity, and Financial Literacy.

The office is located at Revival Center Church's Business office complex.  For service, please use the front entrance at 311 South Pine in Monticello.  For questions or to schedule an appointment, one may call Mrs. Linda Austin at (870) 740-1093.

2021 Historic Preservation Restoration Grant Application

The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program (AHPP) will begin accepting grant applications for 2021 Historic Preservation Restoration Grants from Jan. 5 to March 5. The electronic applications should be filled out at Bit.ly/3mGkHzc.   

The grants provide assistance to those seeking to preserve historic structures within our state.

Generally speaking, there are three Historic Preservation Restoration Grant options including grants of up to $10,000 for properties on the Arkansas Register of Historic Place and/or identified as a non-contributing structure in a National Register District; grants of  $10,000 or more for properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places and/or owned by a non-profit or municipality; and, grants of between $5,000 to $9,999 for National Register listed cemeteries with proposed restoration projects. More information about specific grant qualifications is available at www.arkansaspreservation.com under the funding/grants tab.

Questions about these grants should be directed to Joia Burton, grants administrator, at 501-324-9883. 

Lacey-Ladelle Volunteer Fire Department membership dues

Lacey-Ladelle Volunteer Fire Department memberships dues are due. Dues are $50 a year. Call Lin White for more information at 501-815-3134

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11

Southeast District Women’s online health phone conference

The southeast district women’s online health phone conference will be held Thursday, Feb. 11, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Professionals will share the pros and cons of the COVID-19 vaccine, what steps we should be taking to stay healthy and mental health challenges attacking our society during this pandemic.

Special guests are Kimber Knight, HHI regional manager for the Arkansas Department of Health and Bessie Lancelin, ACSW, LCSW, CO, Interim CEO/ President and Director of Clinical Services for Southeast Arkansas Behavioral Healthcare Inc.

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a dramatic loss of human life worldwide and presents an unprecedented challenge to public health, mental health, food systems and the world of work. The economic and social disruption caused by the pandemic is devastating! We have been and still are facing a global health crisis unlike any in the 75 year history of the United Nations — one that is killing people, spreading human suffering, and upending people’s lives. This is much more than a Health Crisis. It is a Human, Economic and Social Crisis. The call in number is 605-313-5473 code 825629#

Reverend Larry D. Alexander, Southeast District Missionary Baptist Association will serve as moderator. 

MONDAY, MARCH 1

Selma Water Association Annual Meeting

Selma Water Association will hold their annual meeting Monday, March 1 at 6 p.m. at Florence Baptist Church.

TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16 AND 17

ServSafe Classes

The University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Research and Extension is offering ServSafe training and certification classes Tuesday and Wednesday, March 16 and 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Ashley County Courthouse Annex EH Room, 205 East Jefferson Street in Hamburg.

Registration deadline is Monday, March 1. There is a $140 fee that includes text book, course instruction, exam fee and proctoring fee. Once books are purchased and distribute, there will be no refund. There will not be a refund for participants who fail the exam. Participants will have to take the exam at their own expense.

ServSafe training and certification sets the standards in food safety with the most up-to-date and relevant information. It brings together current best practices to meet the industry’s changing needs.

Saturday, JUNE 5

Reeling for Meals Bass Tournament

The Arkansas Agency on Aging of Southeast Arkansas 24th Annual Bass Tournament will be held Saturday, June 5 at Pine Bluff regional Pro Safe Light until 3 p.m.  Proceeds will go to the Meal of Wheels Program. If interested you can sponsor a Bass Fishing Team, donate cash, goods or services or make a donation in honor of or in memory of someone special. Levels of Sponsorship include: Platinum, $2,500 and up; Double Diamond, $1,000 to $2,499; Diamond, $500 to $999.99; Gold, $200 to $499; Silver $100 to $199; Bronze, $20 to $99. Donations received prior to May 20 will be published in the official tournament Program. Contact AAASEA 709 East 8th Ave., Pine Bluff, AR 71601. 

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