This is a listing of activities of interest to residents of Southeast Arkansas. Anyone who would like to submit entries for consideration may do so in writing to the Entertainment Calendar, P.O. Box 6469, Pine Bluff, Ark., 71611. Since all activities are subject to change, it would be wise to confirm the activity with the sponsoring organization.
6 — This year’s Enchanted Land of Lights & Legends is now open in Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Regional Park. The light display will be open from 6-9 nightly through Dec. 31. For more information or to learn about sponsorships, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, call 870-536-7600 or visit the festival website at pineblufffestival.org
6 — The annual Christmas Luncheon and Festival of Tables, sponsored by the Salvation Army Auxiliary, will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Great Hall of the First United Methodist Church, 200 W. Sixth Ave. Tickets, which are $15 each, must be purchased before the event. None will be sold at the door. Carryouts will be available with prepurchased tickets. Tickets are available from members of the Auxiliary, at the Pine Bluff Salvation Army Corps offices at 501 E. 12th Ave., or by calling Carolyn Uschold, event chairman, at 870-536-1458.
6 — The On Call Band will be featured during Live@5 from 5-7 p.m. at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 Main St. The cost of the evening is $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers. For more information, contact the center at 870-536-3375.
7 — Hartz Honey Hole at White Hall will host a book signing for local author, Sherry Witt, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The book signing will feature Witt’s book, “Sheep Ears,” which contains 80 true, inspiring stories. For more information, contact Janet Hartz at 870-247-2404.
7 — Tracy Shavers Ministries and Be The Match Foundation will present “Empowering the Mind, Body and Soul” at 10 a.m. at Christian Outreach Ministries, 4511 Faucett Road. There will be a fashion show by Alamae Harris & Company. The event is free to the public and lunch will be served.
8 — The Department of Music at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will present the Vesper Choir in its 60th annual performance of Handel’s “Messiah” at 3 p.m. in the John McLinn Ross Theater of the Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts Building. The performance is free and the public is cordially invited to attend. For more information about the event, call the Department of Music at 870-575-7001.
13 — The annual Red Cross Southeast Arkansas Chapter chili meal will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave. Tickets are $8 each and include chili and all the trimmings, dessert and a drink. Dine-in or pickup will be available. Deliveries will be made for orders of 10 or more with a two-hour advance notice. Tickets may be purchased from any Red Cross volunteer or by calling the Red Cross office 870-534-7312.
13-14 — White Hall High School Choral Department will present its 23rd annual Madrigal Feaste at 7 p.m. Seating will begin at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be served during the performance.Tickets are $35 and are available through a choir member or by calling 870-692-1741.
14 — The 66th annual Pine Bluff Christmas Parade will begin at 2 p.m. at Eighth Avenue and Convention Center Drive. After the parade, Old Towne Christmas will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The event will offer live musical entertainment, activities for children, strolling historical characters, horse-drawn carriage rides (weather permitting) and a visit with Santa. All events are free of charge. For more information, call 870-536-8742.
14 — The Pine Bluff Symphony Orchestra will present, “Holiday Traditions: Music of the Season”, at 7 p.m. in the Pine Bluff Convention Center Auditorium. For tickets or for more information, call the Pine Bluff Symphony at 870-536-7666.
19 — Pine Bluff Musical Coterie and Pine Bluff Community Band will present a Christmas celebration at 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 6501 S. Hazel St.
31 — The New Community Theatre will present its Gala New Year celebration. The opening act will feature Craig Diamond, master magician and comedian. The main event will feature Alfreda Gerald, world-class singer/entertainer. A matinee show will be held at 3 p.m., and the evening performance will be held at 9:30 p.m. For tickets or more information, call 870-535-2646.