Stuff the Bus goes online

This year’s United Way of Northeast Arkansas Stuff the Bus school supply drive is going virtual. The program covers seven and a half counties across Northeast Arkansas.

Participants can donate online and designate their local Walmart store. These donations will supply local participating schools with gift cards to purchase supplies. Donations can be made through Aug. 2. To donate, text “STUFF” to 77000 or go online to

Physical donations of supplies will be accepted at the UWNEA office, 407 Union St., in Jonesboro until July 31. Online purchases can also be shipped to this address.

Tea Party resumes meetings

The Northeast Arkansas Tea Party will resume regular meetings at 6 p.m. Monday at Lazzari Italian Oven, 2230 S. Caraway Road in Jonesboro.

Denise Snider, executive director of CityYouth Ministries, will discuss the organization’s outreach programs for Jonesboro youth and area legislators will speak about the COVID 19 pandemic, its effect on small businesses in Arkansas, and the state’s probable response over the next few months.

The public is invited to attend. For more information contact Iris Stevens at 870-219-1917.

FOA continues series

The Foundation of Arts will continue its free 6 by 10 storytelling series at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Stage Too, 328 S. Main. St., Jonesboro. The program allows different hosts the opportunity to invite six predetermined storytellers to take the stage for 10 minutes each. This Wednesday’s host is Matt Stewart and the theme is Life’s a Drag.

Artsy Fridays comes to Newport

The Blue Bridge Center for the Delta Arts and Monster Nights have teaming present Artsy Fridays in downtown Newport. The first free event is scheduled from noon to 8 p.m. Friday and will feature 16 artists and three bands.

All patrons will be asked to wear masks inside venues and all visual artists will wear masks when interacting with the public. Temperatures will be taken of everyone entering a venue and hand sanitizer stations will be set up at each venue. Number of people allowed in a venue will be limited to between 50 and 60 percent of capacity.

Venues include Newport Business Resource Center, 201 Hazel St.; Postmaster Spirits, 200 Hazel St.; and Frankie’s Place, 306 Front St.