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.
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.
28 — Navigating the Financial Journey, will be taught from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Extension conference room, 500 S. Idaho St. Topics will include budget development, money management, wise use of credit and consumer protection. The cost of the class is $15. To register for the money management course, contact Mary Ann Kizer at 870-534-1033 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
29 — The University Museum and Cultural Center at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is pleased to announce the unveiling of historical markers that will be placed around the university’s campus and in the city of Pine Bluff. In celebration of the university’s 139th Founder’s Day celebration, the markers will be unveiled during a commemorative sunrise service to be held in Caldwell Hall at 6 a.m.
3 — The 25th annual Business Expo, sponsored by the Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce, will kick off with the annual Small Business Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Exhibit hall doors will open at 9 a.m. The Expo will host Community Spotlight, an exhibition of Jefferson County charitable organizations, plus a health fair, sponsored by Jefferson Regional Medical Center.
4 — Downtown Pine Bluff will come alive with the sounds of jazz guitar when the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 Main St., hosts its monthly music series Live@5 from 5-7 p.m. The classically trained, brilliant jazz guitarist Milt Jackson will perform. The cost of the evening for ASC members is $5 and $10 for non-members. New for 2012, ASC is offering special ticket pricing — 10 tickets are $40 for members and $75 for non-members. For more information, contact the center at 870-536-3375, email@example.com or visit the website at www.ArtsScienceCenter.org.
12 — Author Jane Hankins will launch her first novel, “Madge’s Mobile Home Park,” Volume One of the Peavine Chronicles Series, during a luncheon, book signing and readers theatre, featuring Hankins and her husband, Craig O’Neill, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Tickets for the benefit for the Arkansas Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts at Washington, D.C., are $50 each. Reservations are available by calling 870-550-5464 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Checks should be made payable to Arkansas Committee NMWA and mailed to P.O. Box 8962, Pine Bluff, AR 71611. A telephone number or e-mail address should be included with each check for confirmation of the reservation.
15 — Deer hunters and landowners who are serious about the White-Tailed Deer should attend a workshop coming to Harbor Oaks Golf Club and Restaurant from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will only be a $10 fee for individuals and $15 for a couple. Registration is currently available by calling Wilma Dorn at 870-534-1033 or go by the Extension Office, 500 Idaho St., to pick up a registration form.