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.
10 — The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas is inviting the community to attend an untamed evening of fun — “A Taste of the Wildlife 2012.” The annual wild game dinner and benefit will be at 7 p.m. at the Pine Bluff Country Club. The evening will include succulent wild game prepared by Chef Jamie McAfee, live music and entertainment by “Big John” Miller, and a silent auction featuring a lavish mink jacket, and a Sissy’s Log Cabin custom knife. The cost for the evening is $40 per individual ticket, or $75 for two. Reservations must be made in advance. Participants must be 21 to attend. For reservations, call the center at 870-536-3375.
11 — This year’s edition, the 24th annual Home and Garden Seminar and Show, is set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The event is sponsored by the Master Gardeners of Jefferson County, Jefferson County Extension Service and the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Clean & Beautiful Commission. Admission is free of charge. Booth space is still available for vendors for $50 for one booth and $25 for each additional adjoining booth. Sponsorships are also available: Platinum, $500; Gold, $300; Silver, $200; and Bronze, $100. Sponsors receive complimentary booths to display products or literature and will be included in any printed brochures, newspaper ads and radio coverage. Information on booth and sponsorship packages is available by contacting Anthony Whittington, agriculture agent with the Jefferson County Extension Service, at 870-534-1033 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
15-29 — Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Historical Museum, 201 E. Fourth Ave., will present “Persistence of the Spirit”, a traveling exhibit from the Arkansas Humanities Council, in which 300 years of African American life from territorial days through the slave era to the present are documented with rare photographs and artifacts. Museum hours for viewing will be Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission to the museum is free.
16-19 — The John McLinn Ross Players of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will present, as their annual play for young audiences, a lively stage adaptation of the award-winning children’s book “Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters.” Public performances will be held on the campus of UAPB in the Hathaway Howard Fine Arts Center. Show dates and times are: Feb. 16 (UAPB Student Night) and Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 18-19 at 3 p.m. General admission tickets are $10 and $5 for students with ID. Tickets are $6 for groups of 10 or more. For more information or to make reservations, call Alexis M. Skinner at 870-575-8428 or e-mail email@example.com.
16 — Children’s Theatre on Tour, a touring company of the Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre at Little Rock, will perform “The Arkansas Traveler” at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 Main St. Tickets are $5, and reservations must be made in advance. To make reservations, call 870-536-3375.
18 — The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will mark the 25th anniversary of the Chancellor’s Benefit for the Arts beginning at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception and silent auction at the Pine Bluff Convention Center.
18 — The Altar and Rosary Society of St. Peter Catholic Church will host its 19th annual Mardi Gras Ball to honor this year’s king and queen from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. The event will be held in the St. Peter’s school gymnasium, 15th Avenue and State Street. The theme for the ball is “Midnight Masquerade XIX”. The tickets for the ball are $20 each and may be obtained by calling Mae Dean Ryles at 870-534-0725.
20 — Celebrating 25 years of entertaining families throughout North America, the Piccadilly Circus is coming to the Pine Bluff Convention Center at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are: Adults general admission — $30 in advance/$32 day of show; Adults VIP seats/chairs — $38 in advance/$42 day of show; Kids general admission — $11; and Kids VIP seats/chairs — $19 in advance/$21 day of show. Advance tickets may be purchased at the Piccadilly Circus website.
25 — The Pine Bluff Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., will again present to the Pine Bluff community 35 of Pine Bluff’s outstanding and distinguished young men during its 25th Annual Red and White Delta Distinguished Gentlemen’s Banquet. The event will be held at 6 p.m. at the Pine Bluff Convention Center.
6 — Minding Your P’s and Q’s: Parliamentary Procedure for the 21st Century,” a session on conducting more efficient and effective meetings, will be held in the conference room of the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service, 500 Idaho St. Activities will get underway at 5:30 p.m., with an informal supper. The program will begin at 6 p.m. There is no admission fee, but preregistration is required. This can be completed by calling the Extension office at 870-534-1033 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for registering is Feb. 27.