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.
5 — The Brian Austin Blues Band will be featured during Live@5 monthly music series at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 Main St. Cost of the evening is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. For more information, contact the center at 870-536-3375.
6 — The 18th annual Railroadiana Show and Sale will be held at the Arkansas Railroad Museum, 1700 Port Road, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission for adults is $5; children 6 to 12 is $2; and children under 6 are admitted free with a paying adult. For more information, call the museum at 870-535-8819.
6 — The Junior League of Pine Bluff has set the date for “Heads or Tails,” a benefit/fundraiser to fight against child hunger in our community. The event will be held from 7 p.m. to midnight at Harbor Oaks Restaurant. Patrons will enjoy food, drinks, auction and live music from Dr. Zarr’s Amazing Funkmonster band. Tickets are $55 for adults 21 and up. Valid identification will be required. Proceeds will directly benefit children who are hungry in Jefferson County. For sponsorship information or to purchase tickets contact the JLPB office 870-879-3366.
6 — The 16th annual Area Agency on Aging Benefit Bass Tournament will be held on the Arkansas River in Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Regional Park from safe light until 3 p.m. The entry fee for each two-person team is $110, which includes participating in a $500 “Big Bass Pot”, plus two tickets to the King Kat Fish Fry. To register for this event, contact Barrie Hardin at 870-543-6300 or 800-264-3260; or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
6 — Downtown Special Events Organization will present the Pine Bluff Spring Music Festival from 1 p.m. to midnight in downtown Pine Bluff. Featured guests during the gospel segment of the event will include the Southeast Arkansas Male Choir, Spiritual Wings of Joy and the Barnes Brothers. Other bands will include Serenade, On Call Band, Legoria Payton & Friends, Brian Austin Blues Band and William Howard, also known as DJ Lawman. Guests will also include Tragikly White and Latimore. Activities will also be available for children, including bounce houses and Thomas Buggies. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the gate. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Tickets may be purchased at Terry’s Home Cooking Express, Pop’s Barbershop, Fathers & Sons Clothier and Record Rack. For more information, contact Harold Terry at 870-536-8422 or Angela Tyler at 870-550-1599.
6 — The Jefferson County Parent Summit will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pine Hill Missionary Baptist Church Family Life Center, 2101 Reeker St. The special speaker will be Sen. Joyce Elliott. Sponsored by Rural Community Alliance, Jefferson County NAACP and Arkansas Opportunity to Learn, the event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be served.
13 — Craig Diamond, master magician/comedian will appear at the Pine Bluff Country Club, 1100 Country Club Lane, at 7:30 p.m. during the Old Town Theatres Centre’s dinner theatre. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. Moderate pricing for the dinner and show is $45 per person, which includes the gratuities. For more information, call 870-535-2646 or visit the website www.pbdtheatre.com.
13 — The women of Grace Episcopal Church, 4101 Hazel St., will host their 29th annual English Tea from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the church’s Milwee Hall. Tea with sandwiches, cakes and other confections will be served. There will also be a bakery offering a large assortment of homemade baked goods, casseroles, marmalade, jams and cheese straws. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door or may be purchased in advance by calling 870-534-4980.
13 — The Delta Early Childhood Coalition will sponsor Arkansas Children’s Week Family Play Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Pines mall.
18-21 — The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff’s John McLinn Ross Players will present “The Trial of One Short-Sighted Black Woman Versus Mammy Louise and Safreeta Mae”. Show times are 7:30 p.m. April 18-19, 3 and 7:30 p.m. April 20, and 3 p.m. April 21. For ticket prices call 870-575-8428.
19 — The Strachota Senior Center, 801 E. Eighth Ave, will host a fish fry fundraiser to benefit Meals on Wheels. Tickets are on sale now for $10. Dorey’s Catfish will be cooking on site that day. Take-out dinners will be served starting at 11 a.m., and dine-in begins at 11:30 a.m. Orders of 10 or more can be delivered with advance notice by April 17. For more information about the event, contact Jackie Brewer at 870-543-6323.
19-20 — The 10th annual Kids’ Fest is planned for April 19 and 20 at White Hall City Park. The festival will kick off at 6 p.m. April 19 with a rock climbing wall, inflatable games, food vendors and a new event called Praise In The Park that will feature local praise and worship bands, drama teams and vocalists. Friday night’s events will end with a laser light show starting at 8:30 p.m. Events on April 20 will begin at 11 a.m., with a talent show featuring performances by local youths, and will continue until 4 p.m., with free activities including a petting zoo, featuring Matty the Capuchin monkey, train ride through the park, inflatable games, a cupcake making competition, and a concert featuring Jason Truby. Those interested in showcasing a business, church or organization at the event should register by April 10. Booth registration forms and talent show entry forms may be picked up and returned to White Hall City Hall. For more information call 870-543-9780 or 870-247-4540 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
25-28 — The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 Main St., will present “The Hobbit”. Show times are 7 p.m. April 25-27 and April 28 at 2 p.m. Opening night ticket prices are $15 for members and $17 for non-members. All other performances are $13 for members and $15 for non-members. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the center at 870-536-3375 or visit www.artssciencecenter.org
27 — The Harbor City Festival and Cook-off will return to Saracen Landing. Cook teams can compete in the gumbo competition or in the catfish competition, or both. A Kids’ Zone will offer many activities including inflatable features, arts and crafts, National Guard football/basketball toss, games, balloons, Arkansas Game & Fish aquarium and the Pine Bluff Fire Department’s Smoke House. Gates will open at 10 a.m. Admission for the event is $5 for adults, which includes one book of “Bayou Bucks”, good for drinks and taste samples. Children 12 and under are admitted free. For more information or to register a cook team, call the Pine Bluff Parks & Recreation office at 870-536-0920.