Here are your highlights for the weekend and beyond:
"Second Life of Plants:" Through April 6 at the Historic City Hall Arts Center in Lake Charles. View the oshibana work of artist Rita Ford. Oshibana is an ancient Japanese technique of pressing dried botanical materials.
Adventures in Storyland: Feb. 16 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Central School Arts Center, located at 809 Kirby St. in Lake Charles. This writers' and illustrators' conference is hosted by the SWLA Children's Book Writers'/Illustrators' Guild and will feature guest speakers Pam Kaster and Crystal Allen.
Prepared Childbirth class: Feb. 16 from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital. The class will teach comfort, relaxation, positioning, breathing and massage techniques for increasing comfort level and enhancing the birth experience. This class is a condensed version of the Prepared Childbirth series and is recommended for the last three months of pregnancy. The class is $35 per couple. For more information, call 480-7243.
Banners Cultural Series opening gala: Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. on the third floor of the Lake Charles Civic Center. The event will feature food and entertainment, and members will receive a preview of the performances that will be held this season. This event is for Banners members only.
Miro, Matisse and Picasso exhibit from the New Orleans Museum of Art: Begins Feb. 17 at the Imperial Calcasieu Museum, located at 204 West Sallier St. in Lake Charles. For more information, call 337-439-3797 or email email@example.com.
President's Day photo op: Feb. 18 at the Children's Museum, located at 327 Broad St. in Lake Charles. Children will have the opportunity to have their pictures taken with George and Martha Washington for President's Day.
Hiring Our Heroes job fair: Feb. 19 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Lake Charles Civic Center. The career fair is for veterans, active duty military members, Guard and Reserve members and their spouses. To register for this event, go to HOH.GreatJob.net. If you have any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-463-3110.
Heartburn/TIF seminar: Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. in the First Floor Classroom of Women & Children's Hospital, located at 4200 Nelson Rd. Board-certified general surgeon, Keith Chung, M.D. will discuss common symptoms experienced by patients who suffer from GERD including moderate to severe heartburn, chronic cough, chest pain, difficulty or painful swallowing, sore throat and more. For more information or to register for the free seminar, call 475-4075.
Financial Aid Awareness Day: Feb. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Union (Old Ranch) at McNeese State University. Financial aid personnel will be on hand to distribute applications, answer questions and provide information to students about upcoming deadlines and types of financial aid. There will also be free food and drinks, a mechanical bull, a chance to win cash from a money booth and a photo booth for pictures for students.
Harlem Globetrotters: Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Lake Charles Civic Center, located at 900 Lakeshore Drive in Lake Charles. Tickets are available at http://www.ticketmaster.com.
"Almost Maine": Feb. 20-23 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. at Ralph Squires Recital Hall on the McNeese State University campus. This production is being put on by the Bayou Players. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for McNeese faculty/staff, senior citizens and youth, and free for McNeese students with a current ID. For tickets or more information, call 337-475-5040 or visit www.mcneese.edu/theatre.
Disney's "Sleeping Beauty:" Feb. 22-24 at the Central School Arts Center, located at 809 Kirby St. in Lake Charles. This production is put on by the Children's Theatre Company. Performances will be held on Friday, Feb. 22 and Saturday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for students and may be purchased at www.childrenstheatre.cc or 337-433-7323.
"Fences:" Feb. 23, March 1-2 and 8-9 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 24 and March 3, 10 at 2 p.m. at the Lake Charles Little Theatre, located at 813 Enterprise Blvd. in Lake Charles. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students with an ID. For more information, call 337-433-7988.
"The Bingo Bandito": Feb. 17 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Acadia Parish Arts and Culture Center, located at 530 Mill St. in Crowley. Refreshments will be served. This film made its world premiere last year at the "Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival," where it won an Audience Favorite Award. Bart Wild, Sheri Myers and Dan Moore are hosting this event. For more information, call 337-458-0651 or visit https://www.facebook.com/TheBingoBandito
Beauregard Parish Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification Training: Feb. 18 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the War Memorial Civic Center, located at 250 West 7th St. in DeRidder. This is for people whose applicator's license will expire after March 31, 2013. The class is $25 and is only for those who need to recertify. Only checks will be accepted as payment. This event is held jointly by the LSU AgCenter and the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry. For more information, contact Keith Hawkins at 337-463-7006 or email@example.com.
Les Bon Artiste Roule opening reception: Feb. 16 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Zigler Art Museum, located at 422 May St. in Jennings. The Zigler Art Museum is kicking off 2013 with an exhibit which includes Lafayette area artists who have been featured at the museum for the last 26 years. For more information, call 337-824-0114.
"To Catch a Thief:" Feb. 16 at the Strand Theatre, located at 432 N Main St. in Jennings. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the movie begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students 12 and under, and $3 for seniors ages 60 and up. This movie is being shown as part of an ongoing series of Alfred Hitchcock films presented by the Strand Theatre and the Arts Council.
"Eleemosynary": Feb. 21-24 and Feb. 27 – March 2 in Theatre West at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches. Performance times are 7:30 p.m., except for a 2 p.m. matinee performance on Sunday, Feb. 24. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children and senior citizens. Northwestern State, BPCC@NSU and Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts students are admitted free with a current student I.D. Tickets can be purchased online at theatre.nsula.edu. For more information, call 318-357-4483.
Greater Orange Coin Club's Spring Show: Feb. 16 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Feb. 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the VFW Hall, located at 5303 16th St./Hwy 87 N. in Orange, Texas. The event will feature a youth auction at 2 p.m. on Saturday for those 17 and under. There will be free appraisals as well as coins, paper money, bullion and jewelry for sale. Admission is $2 for adults. For more information, call 337-802-5402.