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.
14-16 — Rev. W.R. Norful Sr., who has served as pastor of St. John AME Church at Pine Bluff for 25 years, will be feted with a “Once in a Lifetime Retirement Celebration.” Norful will be honored in a grand way for his total of 45 years of pastoral ministry. The weekend will begin Sept. 14 with a gala event at 7 p.m. at the Peabody Hotel Ballroom at Little Rock. Television actress Kim Fields will be the host. Gospel-recording artist Karen Clark-Sheard will be the featured musical guest. Tickets for the gala are $75 per person and may be purchased by calling 870-535-3123 or visiting www.wrnorfulsr.com. A worship experience will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. Gospel-recording artist and pastor, Smokie Norful, will be the guest speaker. The worship experience is free of charge and is open to the general public. The celebration will conclude with worship service at 11 a.m. Sept. 16 at St. John AME Church, 1115 W. Pullen St. Bishop Samuel L. Green Sr., who is over the 12th District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, will be the guest speaker.
14-15 — The 12th annual Smoke on the Water BBQ & Music Festival will be held in Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Regional Park. The event is sponsored by the Pine Bluff Convention and Visitors Bureau, Budweiser, Pine Bluff Sand & Gravel, Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation, Tyson, Simmons First National Bank and Cates & Company Creative. On the morning of Sept. 14, the state’s biggest radio hit, 103.7 The BUZZ’s Show with No Name with Tommy Smith and David Bazzel, will be broadcasting live at Saracen Landing. The Area IX Special Olympic Team will be selling Tyson BBQ chicken dinners for only $5 all weekend with all proceeds benefiting Special Olympics. There is also a solid line-up of musical entertainment set. Kicking off the event Sept. 14 will be the Prison Band followed by the Southern stylings edgy country from Riverbilly. Country star Ben Coulter and Tragikly White, Arkansas’ favorite dance band, will bring their high energy shows to the stage Sept. 15. There will also be a Kids Funzone with inflatable slides and bounce houses, laser tag, Sumo wrestling, Blue Knights Motorcycle Rally, VFW $1,000 jackpot bingo with $500 coverall, 24-foot rock-climbing wall and grilling demonstrations.
15 — The Wabbaseka Scattterfest will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Wabbaseka Community Park. Guests will include Anthony Jackson, Heavenly Hearts, Johnson Family, Angels of Christ, Virtuous, Gwen & Nu-Vision, Melvin Crockett, Revelation, Tina Crawford, Tanya Brooks, Southeast Arkansas Mass Choir, Witnezz and others.
15 — Novel T’s Custom Screen Printing and Ad Specialty Gallery, ARORA and the Major Taylor Cycling Club will host the annual Tour de Bluff Bike Fun Day from 7 a.m. to noon on the parking lot of The Pines mall behind Sears. The event will feature a Pine Bluff-to-Altheimer 21.5-mile road race, distance rides, bicycle safety information for kids and adults, and sporty bicycle maneuver demos by Tony from Tony’s Radical Sportz. For more information, call Novel T’s at 870-534-0233.
17 — Jefferson County Democratic Women will meet at 6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn at The Pines mall.
18 — The Pine Bluff Quilter’s Guild will meet at 10 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 4200 Old Warren Road.
18 — The AARP Driver Safety Program, developed by AARP, will be offered from 12:30 to 5 p.m. at Jefferson Regional Medical Center, 1600 W. 40th Ave. The cost of the course is $12 for AARP members, and $14 for non-members payable to AARP at the time of the class. Participants should bring a valid driver’s license and their AARP membership card if they are members. Those interested in taking the course, should call 870-247-4898 to pre-register. The class will be limited to 35 participants.
24-29 — The Southeast Arkansas District Fair and Rodeo will kick off in Pine Bluff. Gates will open to the general public at noon during fair week. The downtown street parade will be held Sept. 27 at 4:45 p.m. Sept. 25 and Sept. 27-29 will be designated “Armband Nights” from 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 27 will also be Student and Senior Citizens Day and the Gospel Music Talent Show will be held at 6:30 p.m. Everybody’s Talent Show will begin at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 28 and “Midnite Madness” will be held from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. The Southeast Arkansas District Talent Show finals is scheduled for Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m. The rodeo, sponsored by the Arkansas Rodeo Association, will take place Sept. 27-29 beginning at 7:30 p.m. daily. The crowning of the Rodeo Queen will be held Sept. 29. For more information, call Hestand Stadium at 870-535-2900.
2 — The 79th annual St. Joseph Catholic Church Spaghetti Supper will be held Oct. 2 and Oct. 4. Serving hours for lunch will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and dinner hours will be from 5-7:30 p.m. in Gallagher Hall. Carryouts will be available from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in St. Joseph gym, located behind the church. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by calling the church office at 870-534-4701.