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.
12 — The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Office of recruitment is hosting its annual Lion Fever Day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. at the Kenneth L. Johnson Health Physical Education and Recreation Complex. For more information about the Lion Fever Day, contact the Office of Recruitment at 575-8963.
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. The cost 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. The annual event will highlight needs of children in Arkansas. The theme is “Create and Explore: Art, Music and More.”
14 — The Pine Bluff Art League will host a reception and exhibit, “Top of the Middle,” from 2-4 p.m. in the atrium of the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Building. The exhibit will showcase 62 works by middle and junior high art students in the Jefferson County area. Refreshments will be served, and the public is invited to attend.
18 — Jefferson County Cancer Survivor Celebration 6-8 p.m. at Goodfaith Carr Methodist Church, 3703 Ryburn Road. Dinner is free to the survivor and a caregiver. Additional friends or caregivers may attend for $5 each. For more information, contact Leslie Humphrey at 870-692-0398.
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.
24-The Kiwanis Club of Pine Bluff will hold an 85th anniversary party at its regular meeting on April 24 at noon at the Pine Bluff Country Club. All former Pine Bluff Kiwanians are invited. Reservations are due by April 17 to Barbara Rhinehart at 534-3625.
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.