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.
7 — The American Red Cross will hold the following blood drives — June 7, Baptist Health Medical Center, Stuttgart; noon-5 p.m. June 13, Jefferson Regional Medical Center, 1600 W. 40th Ave., Pine Bluff. Details: redcrossblood.org or 1-800-RED CROSS.
7 — Live@5 at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 Main St., will feature Angels & Animals from 5-7 p.m. The cost of the evening is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. For more information, contact the center at 870-536-3375 or visit www.ArtsScienceCenter.org.
7-8 — The Novel T’s Pine Bluff Summer Jazz Festival will continue with the Jazz Lounge, featuring JWhite, Charlotte Taylor and J Phil, 7 p.m. June 7 at the Pine Bluff Convention Center Banquet Hall, 500 E. Eighth Ave. Tickets for this event are $40 VIP, and $20 general admission. Special VIP tables of eight can be reserved. Tickets can be purchased at Novel T’s, 1616 Linden St., Fathers & Sons Clothiers, Sheilah’s Designs, 3318 W. Pullen St., and online at www.novelts.com. The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 Main St., will host the education component of the festival beginning at 1 p.m. June 8 with a presentation entitled, “Jazz and the African-American Influence.” The presentation, “Jazz: From Africa to America, an African People’s Music”, will feature Stuttgart native Olujimi Tafataona. The Jam Session will be from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Participants are asked to bring their ax (instrument or voice) or just come watch the action. The public is invited to this free event. The Main Event will be held at 7 p.m. June 8 at the Pine Bluff Convention Center Auditorium and will feature music by the Arkansas Jazz Orchestra, J Phil, and Rodney Block and The Real Music Lovers. Tickets for this event are $20. The “After Effect”, which will be held RJ’s Sports Grill and Bar, 128 S. Main St., following the Main Event, will top off an evening of jazz with good music, conversation, food and drink and will feature the music of Legoria Payton and Friends. For more information on any of the above events, call 870-534-0233.
8 — There will be a free health fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, 900 Grant St. Details: 870-879-3202.
9 — The students of Pine Bluff Dance Academy will present the 33rd annual recital at 2 p.m. at the Pine Bluff Convention Center auditorium.
10-July 19 — The Pine Bluff Police Department will hold its annual Police and Youth Day Camp June 10 through July 19 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for children 6 to 16 years old. Space is limited. The fee is $50. Details: Call 730-2077 or 730-2076.
10 — The Boys and Girls Club of Jefferson County, 2701 Short Reeker St., will hold its summer program June 10 through Aug. 2. The club hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Summer fees are: one child, $50 a week; two children, $85 a week; three children, $120 a week. Details: Call Area Manager James Britt at 870-534-2188.
10-28 — The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas is taking applications for summer camps for youth ages 5-18. Classes include Theatre Camp - June 10-14; Art Camp - June 17-21; and Tinkering/Science Camp - June 24-28.
11 — 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 course is for persons 50 and older and covers the normal changes in vision, hearing and reaction time that comes with age and provides practical techniques for dealing with these changes. 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 participating in the class should call 870 247-4898 to pre-register.
17-21 — The Merchandising, Textiles and Design Program at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will offer a Precollege MTD Institute this summer. Led by UAPB instructors Kalari Turner and Kaye Crippen, the institute will introduce students to fashion, fabric dyeing, career options and more. Breakfast will be provided at 8 a.m. and the workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day on the UAPB campus. Participants must be entering the ninth through 12th grades. Recent high school graduates will also be accepted. The registration fee for the institute is $100 and includes breakfast, lunch and a snack.Lunch will be provided as part of a nutrition demonstration. The deadline to register for the institute is June 12. For more information, contact Turner at 501-492-9220 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; or contact Crippen at 870-575-8367 or e-mail email@example.com.
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.