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.
19-21 — 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. Friday, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday. 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. For more information about the event, contact Jackie Brewer at 870-543-6323.
19-20 — The 10th annual Kids’ Fest is planned for Friday and Saturday at White Hall City Park. The festival will kick off at 6 p.m. Friday 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 Saturday 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 email@example.com.
20 — The Pine Bluff Alumnae Chapter and Delta Eta Undergraduate Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., will present the scholarship program for the arts entitled, “Delta Presents: The Last 100 Years”, at 6 p.m. at St. James United Methodist Church, 900 N. University Drive. Dramatic recitations, poetry, singing, dancing, and many more forms of interpretive expressions, will take attendees on a ride through a century of sisterhood to present day. Admission is free and the public is invited.
22 — Jefferson County Democratic Women will hold their monthly meeting at 6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites at The Pines mall. A legislative update and discussion will take place and news from state and local office holders will be shared. Refreshments will be served. Jefferson County Democratic Women welcomes all interested women from the surrounding area. Details: Call Yvonne Humphrey at 536-2694 or Mary McBee at 510-2201.
24 —The Kiwanis Club of Pine Bluff will hold an 85th anniversary party at its regular meeting Wednesday at noon at the Pine Bluff Country Club. All former Pine Bluff Kiwanians are invited.
25 — The sixth annual fish fry at Good Faith Carr United Methodist Church, 3703 Ryburn Road, will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. King Kat Inc. will be catering the meal which includes catfish fillets, chicken strips, baked beans, coleslaw, fries, hushpuppies and tea or lemonade. The church women will provide homemade cake for dessert. Meals may be eaten at the site. A drive through service will be provided with take out meals of five pieces of fish or chicken strips with trimmings and cake. Tickets are $15 for adults and $9 for children 6 to 10 years old. Children under 6 eat free if they dine in only. All proceeds go toward mission projects of the United Methodist Women. Tickets are available at the door or by calling the church office at 879-3360 Monday through Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or call Joy Cross at 247-3048.
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.