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.
13-14 — Auditions for the Arts & Science Center’s spring play, “Stuart Little”, have been set for this month. Children interested in auditioning for the lead character of Stuart Little must schedule an appointment Jan. 13 from 4-6 p.m. or Jan. 14 from 1-3 p.m. Boys and girls ages 6 to 12 years old are encouraged to audition for the role of Stuart. Auditions must be scheduled in advance. To schedule an appointment, call the ASC at 870-536-3375. Auditions for all other cast members will be Jan. 28 from 1-3 p.m. No appointment is necessary. Monologues are appreciated, but not required. Performances will be held April 26-29.
14 — The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, in partnership with the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Association, will offer free Best Care classes from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Gallagher Hall of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Sixth Avenue and Laurel Street. The class will also be offered on Jan. 28. The classes are for early childhood educators and others interested in learning more about young children. Preregistration is required to attend the classes. Contact Mary Ann Kizer at 870-534-1033 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to make reservations.
14 — The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkanas, 701 Main St., will begin “Behind the Scenes: Costume & Scenery Construction.” The class is a two-part class taking place on Saturdays, from 1 to 4 p.m. Costuming, will be held through Feb. 18, and Scenery, will be held Feb. 4 through March 10. Participants will have the opportunity to learn costuming or scenery construction for the spring production of “Stuart Little.” Prices and a registration form for these classes can be found at www.ArtsScienceCenter.org. For more information, contact ASC at 870-536-3375 or email@example.com.
16 — McGruff the Crime Dog will lead the first community wide march against crime and violence during the 28th annual Kingfest Martin Luther King Jr. Marade scheduled for 11 a.m. Participants are asked to develop and display nonviolence messages on floats, cars, banners and signs. Churches, social and civic organizations, schools, businesses, elected officials, and candidates seeking public office are invited to join the march against crime and violence on the King Holiday. Applications may be filled out at the ICVR Weed and Seed office, 2315 S. Olive St., faxed upon request by calling 870-536-7274 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
16 — The Area Agency on Aging of Southeast Arkansas, 709 E. Eighth Ave., will host its monthly Caregivers/Alzheimer’s Support Group meeting from 11 a.m. to noon at the main office conference room. For more information, contact Carolyn Ferguson at 870-534-6300 or toll-free at 800-264-326o.
17 — Members of the White Hall High School class of 1962 will hold a meeting at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the White Hall Public Library. They will discuss plans for the 50th class reunion. All members of that class are encouraged to attend. Details: Contact Donna Liles Bryan at 501-888-1143, Jimmy Harris Moody at 870-247-5138 or Glenda Burton Lybrand at 870-247-5756.
17 — The Pine Bluff Quilter’s Guild will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 4200 Old Warren Road. This month’s program will be presented by Charleen Lybrand, who will demonstrate making a sweatshirt jacket. Members are invited to follow along making their own jacket.
17 — The AARP Driver Safety Program will be offered from 12:30 to 5 p.m. at Jefferson Regional Medical Center, 1600 W. 40th Ave. The course fee is $12 for AARP members with a membership card and $14 for non-AARP members, payable to AARP at the time of the class. Participants should bring a valid driver’s license and their AARP membership cards if they are members. To register, call 870-247-4898. The class will be limited to 35 participants.
19 — “An Exploration of Acting” class will begin at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas and continue through March 8. The class focuses on proper audition technique, approach to character, and building the basic actor vocabulary, as well as vocal techniques. Teacher Tim Rhoades will use monologues and partnered scene work as the basis of these lessons. The class will be held each Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. Prices and a registration form for these classes can be found at www.ArtsScienceCenter.org. For more information, contact ASC at 870-536-3375 or email@example.com.
19 — “Entertaining, Food, & Spirits” is an exciting new series that will be presented over the course of four weeks, on Thursdays from 6-7:30 p.m. For this series only, tickets to each evening are sold separately. The series will begin with “Greek Cooking”.
26 — “Beginning Photography” with Eric Maynard will return to the A&S Center on Thursdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. In this five-week class, students will learn the basics of the art, from the features and functions of a camera and how best to use them to the beginnings of artful composition.
26 — “Beer Tasting” is the second class in the “Entertaining, Food & Spirits” series at the A&S Center. During this class, participants will learn about the deep flavors and the rich history of the many different kinds of beer.