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.
28-30 — The nation’s largest amateur bass fishing tournament is coming to the Arkansas River. The Arkansas Big Bass Bonanza boasts a total of $100,000 in prize money – $50,000 for the largest overall fish, $10,000 for the largest fish in each of the remaining four pools, and $10,000 added to place money. The tournament will be contested in five separate pools for the purpose of paying hourly prizes. Pool No. 4 weigh-in site is at Pine Bluff’s Regional Park. Entry forms are available at The Tackle Box, 1517 S. Ohio St.; Spencer’s Marine, 6813 Princeton Pike; and the Pine Bluff Convention Center, 500 E. Eighth Ave. For additional information, call the Arkansas Hospitality Association at 800-472-5022 or visit www.arkansasbigbass.com.
29 — Saracen Landing and the Bluff City Corvette Club presents “An Evening on the Lake”. Gates will open at 2 p.m. and the show starts at 4 p.m. Live entertainment will feature Brian Austin & The Blues Band and the On Call Band. Admission is $10 per person. An “After Party” will be held at RJ’s Sports Grill and Bar beginning at 8 p.m. For more information, call Saracen Landing at 870-536-0920.
29 — The Resident Council of Whispering Knoll Assisted Living Facility, 6812 S. Hazel St., will sponsor a bake sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a variety of desserts and breads to choose from. The public is invited to support this effort. For more information, contact the activity department at 870-534-1583.
29 — Gospel choirs, soloists, male choruses, praise dancers and groups from Jefferson County and surrounding counties will unite in a benefit gospel concert in honor and memory of cancer and sickle cell patients and survivors. Sponsored by Be The Match Foundation, the first benefit/fundraiser will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Greater Fellowship Ministries, 2401 S. Main St. Tickets for the event are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Children ages 5 and under will be admitted free. Advance tickets are available at Pop’s Beauty & Barber Shop, 301 S. Main; Fathers & Sons Clothier in Jefferson Square; and by contacting Sharon Shelton at 501-944-0369. To purchase tickets online visit www.bethematchfoundation.org/pinebluffgospel. For more information, contact Dee Clay at 870-534-3537 or Mary LeSueur at 662-403-0091.
30 — Rine and Chandlar Productions, along with Dark Image Films, will present three independent films at The Pines mall cinema. The films, “Chipped”, “Oak’s Past”, and “Farewell” will be shown as a triple feature at 3, 5 and 7 p.m. Tickets are available at Headz Up Barber Shop, 1401 W. Sixth Ave., or online at http://rinechandlerproductions.1freecart.com. Admission is $5 in advance and $ 7 at the door.
4 — The Pine Bluff Festival Association and the Pine Bluff Parks & Recreation Department are teaming up to host the Independence Day celebration in Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Regional Park. Children’s activities and food vendors will open at noon. Live entertainment, sponsored by MK Distributors, will begin at 4 p.m. At 9 p.m., Southeast Arkansas’ largest fireworks display will be held. There is no admission fee. Proceeds from the beverage sales will benefit “Blues for a Cause”, a not-for-profit organization that raises funds to help cancer patients who do not have insurance. For more information, visit www.pineblufffestival.org or call 870-536-7600 or 870-536-0920.
6 — The New Edinburg All-School Reunion will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the school cafeteria. A potluck lunch has been planned and participants are asked to bring their favorite dish. Door prizes will be awarded. Those who won door prizes last year, are asked to bring a door prize to be given away.
13 — Jim Curry has created the ultimate tribute to John Denver and has emerged as the top performer of his music. Combining dramatic images of nature, Curry presents an unforgettable show. He will appear at the Pine Bluff Country Club, 1100 Country Club Lane, as part of the Old Town Dinner Theatre shows. Dinner starts at 6 p.m., and the show at 7:30. Moderate pricing for the dinner and show is $45 per person, which includes the gratuities. For information call 870-535-2646 or visit the website www.pbdtheatre.com.
20-21 — Shooters from the region will meet at the archery range of Pine Bluff Bowhunters Inc., to compete in the Ben Pearson Memorial 3-D Tournament. Entry fees are Pro Division, $40; Adult, $20; Youth, $10. Excluding Pro competitors, there is an immediate family maximum of $50. Cub and pee-wee shoot for free. For more information about this event, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org; visit the website pinebluffbowhunters.org; or call John Robertson at 870-692-4544.
24-28 — The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 Main St., will present its summer musical, “Oliver!” Show times are July 24-27 at 7:30 p.m., and July 28 at 2 p.m. Opening night ticket prices are $22 for members and $24 for non-members. All other performances are $20 for members and $22 for non-members. For tickets and more information, call 870-536-3375 or visit www.ArtsScienceCenter.org
3 — Southeast High School Class of 1966 is hosting a Dinner and Dance Gala, in honor of those who are age 60 years and older, beginning at 6 p.m. at PJ’s Event Center, 2411 N. University Drive. All mature adults are welcome to join in the celebration. Tickets for this event are $35 for singles and $65 for couples. The deadline for advance ticket purchase is July 1. There will be no ticket purchases at the door. For more information, contact Jonell Smith at 870-535-6453; Josephine Gardner at 870-692-2603; John L. Rice at 870-550-4377; or Evelyn Reed at 870-536-0605.