There is a lot to do in Southwest Louisiana. Here are your highlights for the weekend and beyond:
Mardi Gras events in SWLA:
Krewe of the Golden Years: Feb. 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lake Charles Civic Center, located at 900 Lakeshore Drive. Admission is free for seniors 60 and up.
Mardi Gras Merchants' Parade: Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. in Downtown/Midtown Lake Charles. For more information, call 337-661-3361.
First annual Mardi Gras Ball: Feb. 8 at the Knights of Peter Claver Hall, located at 2526 Opelousas St. in Lake Charles. Doors open at 7 p.m. with a presentation at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased from Johnnie Syas at 474-9641 or Sybil Irving at 497-1422. Tables are first come, first served, and semi-formal attire is suggested. The Knights and Ladies of Peter Claver #141 are hosting this event.
Chinese Dragon Workshop: Feb. 4 with classes beginning at 11 a.m. in the ArtSpace at the Children's Museum, located at 327 Broad Street in Lake Charles. Class is limited to 20 children. Celebrate Chinese New Year by making a Chinese dragon! For more information, call 337-433-9420.
Bariatric seminar: Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. in the Benjamin Mount Boardroom of Women & Children's Hospital, located at 4200 Nelson Road in Lake Charles. Board-certified general surgeon Richard Shimer, M.D. will discuss the three surgical weight loss procedures offered at WCH. Admission is free. Call 475-4760 to reserve your place.
Scrabble and Chess Game Night: Feb. 7 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Stellar Beans, located at 319 Broad Street in Lake Charles.
Isn't She Lovely?: Feb. 8 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at John F. Kennedy Elementary School, located at 2001 Russell Street, Lake Charles. This is a Valentine's Day event for mothers and sons. For more information, call 337-217-4760.
SWLA Beekeepers Association presentation: Feb. 4 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the War Memorial Civic Center, located at 250 West 7th St. in DeRidder. The presentation is entitled "Removing Bees from Walls & Structures."
SWLA Agricultural Economic Development Initiative: Feb. 6 at 10 a.m. at the War Memorial Civic Center, located at 250 West 7th St. in DeRidder. The initiative aims to develop agriculture and forestry assets in Beauregard Parish and SWLA through discussion and planning.
Business after Hours: Feb. 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. at merKay Fine Jewelry, located at 919 N. Lake Arthur Ave. in Jennings. Refreshments will be served, and there will be door prizes. The Jeff Davis Business Alliance is hosting this event.
Estate Planning seminar: Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. in the Meeting Room at the Vernon Parish Library. This seminar is free and open to the public and will be led by Mr. H. Gregory Walker Jr. of the Estate Planning Law Center in Alexandria. Coffee will be served. For more information, call the library at 337-239-2027 or 800-737-2231.
Director's Favorite exhibit: through April 20 at the Carriage House at the W.H. Stark House, located at 610 W. Main St. in Orange, Texas. The exhibit showcases the 50 favorite items of Managing Director Patsy Herrington, who is retiring after 33 years of working for the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation. The Carriage House is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 409-883-0871 or visit www.whstarkhouse.org.