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.
20-22 — The John McLinn Ross Players at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will present “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone”. Performances will be held at Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. April 20, and at 3 p.m. April 21-22. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for students with ID and $6 for groups of 10 or more. For more information, contact Patrice Fisher at 870-575-8411 or Alexis Skinner at 870-575-8428.
20 — The Drama and Choir departments of Watson Chapel High School will present “Seussical, Jr.” at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and will be available at the door. For more information, call 870-879-3230
21 — The fourth annual Earth Day Celebration & Environmental Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Delta Rivers Nature Center in Regional Park. The event will feature exhibits, informational booths and more. For more information contact the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Clean & Beautiful Commission office at 870-543-4901.
25 — The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will host Daniel Holom, Christian children’s author, and Mark Henn, animator for Walt Disney Feature Animation Studios, in the Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts Center. Presentations will begin at 11 a.m. in the John M. Ross Theatre, followed by a book signing in the lobby from noon to 1 p.m., where attendees can also purchase copies of the book, “Sleepy Sheepy and Daniel” written by Holom and illustrated by Henn. A question-and-answer session will also be held at 2 p.m. in the Leedell Moorehead-Graham Art Gallery for aspiring artists and writers to ask in-depth questions and gain valuable insight. For more information concerning the event, call 870-575-8946.
26 — The Pine Bluff Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its 25th year and as a fundraiser the Symphony Notables will be serving a Corky’s barbecue lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave., in Rooms A&B. The cost of the lunch is $12 and will include barbecue on a bun, smoked sausage, potato salad, baked beans, slaw and a cookie. Dine-in or carryout will be available. Delivery will be available for orders of 10 or more. Tickets will be available through noon April 23 and may be purchased at the Symphony office, from any Notables board member, or by calling Ann Foerster at 870-879-6419.
27-29 — The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas will present “Stuart Little,” the timeless story of a family who has been given the gift of a new son … who happens to be a mouse. Show times are 7 p.m. April 27-28 and 2 p.m. April 28-29. For ticket prices and more information call the center at 870-536-3375.
27 — The Optimist Club of Pine Bluff (OCPB) will host the first annual Optimist Club Golf Tournament, a four-person scramble, at 1 p.m. on the greens of Harbor Oaks. In addition, all golfers will be entered into a Hole-In-One competition with the chance to win $10,000. The entry fee for a team of four is $300, which includes greens fee, cart, beverages and entry for door prizes. Individuals and/or organizations interested in supporting the OCPB with this event are asked to contact Kevin Archer at email@example.com. The deadline for team applications is April 20.
28 — The fifth annual Harbor City Festival and Cook-off will be held at Saracen Landing. Cook teams can compete in the gumbo competition and/or the catfish cook-off, each scheduled to take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is $3 per person, with children under 12 admitted free. After 2 p.m., admission is $10 for an all-day pass, which includes live entertainment. To register a cook team or for more information, call the Pine Bluff Parks & Recreation office at 870-536-0920.
28 — The Jefferson County 4-H program is conducting the 4-H Broiler Barbecue Contest and the Farm Bureau Dairy Recipe contest for county youth. Both contests will be held at the County Extension office. The 4-H Broiler Barbecue Contest will begin at 8 a.m. Start time for the Dairy Recipe Contest will be 11:30 a.m. For registration information and complete contest rules, call Pia Woods at 870-534-1033; or visit the Extension office at 500 Idaho St., Pine Bluff. The deadline for registration is April 25.
28 — The Grant County Museum, along with the Friends of Jenkins Ferry Battlefield, will present the Battle of Jenkins Ferry Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The day’s activities will focus on historical re-enactments of the battle, utilizing living history demonstrations of cannons, small arms, medical treatment procedures, encampments, oral history presentations and more. There is no charge for admission but donations are appreciated. A complete schedule of events is available online at www.grantcountymuseumar.com. Grant County Museum is located at 521 Shackleford Road, Sheridan. Musuem hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.