SWLA Weekend Guide

Hodges Gardens State Park (SOURCE: Don Weinell)
Hodges Gardens State Park (SOURCE: Don Weinell)

There is a lot going on in and around Southwest Louisiana this weekend. Events will include a star party and a performance by the Lake Charles Civic Ballet, amid several plays, concerts, fundraisers, cooking classes and art classes. Your weekend highlights are below.

Lake Charles:

26th annual Black Heritage Festival: March 10 at the Lake Charles Civic Center, located at 900 Lakeshore Drive. Sunday's event will feature a concert by Maze and Frankie Beverly at 5:30 p.m. at the Lake Charles Civic Center. For ticket prices or for more information, call 337-304-0620 or visit www.bhflc.org.

Facebook 101: March 11 at 1 p.m. at Central Library, located at 301 W. Claude St. in Lake Charles. Attendees must have already created a Facebook account before attending the class. Registration is required. For more information, call 721-7116.

William Kushner Memorial Concert: March 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Squires Recital Hall on the McNeese State University campus. There will be a reception following the event in the Grand Gallery. Seating is limited, and tickets are available through the box office at 337-475-5040.

St. Patrick's Day Workshop: March 12 at 11 a.m. at the Children's Museum, located at 327 Broad St. in downtown Lake Charles. Create a St. Patrick's Day ornament! The class is limited to 20 children. For more information, call 337-433-9420 or visit www.swlakids.org.

Hot Chocolate: March 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Children's Museum, located at 327 Broad Street downtown Lake Charles. Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate!

Yoga Stretch for Health: March 14 at 5:30 p.m. at Central Library, located at 301 W. Claude St. in Lake Charles. Local yoga guru Linda Kleinschmidt will teach adults an easy yoga class that focuses on stretching exercises. Please wear loose clothes and shoes that can be left at the door, and bring a mat or towel.

Empty Bowl Fundraiser: March 14 at 6 p.m. at L'Auberge Casino Resort. Dinner guests will be served a variety of soups prepared by Lake Charles' premier chefs in a handmade and a one-of-a-kind ceramic soup bowl. The evening will conclude with a performance by the Victory Belles from the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. Proceeds from this event will benefit the programs of the Salvation Army. For more information, visit www.salvationarmylakecharles.org.

Eat Smart, Play Hard: March 15 from 1-5 p.m. at the Children's Museum, located at 327 Broad Street downtown Lake Charles. March is National Nutrition Month, so come play with our Food Pyramid in Rowdy's Cowboy Cafe and learn about grains, vegetables, fruits, etc.

Live at the Lakefront Music Fest: March 15 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Lakefront Promenade in downtown Lake Charles. Performers are the Lost Bayou Ramblers, followed by with John Guidroz. For more information, call 337-439-2787.

Assemble 2013: March 16 at 7 p.m. and March 17 at 3 p.m. in the Rosa Hart Theatre, located inside the Lake Charles Civic Center at 900 Lakeshore Dr. in Lake Charles. The Lake Charles Civic Ballet will perform. Tickets are at $26.50 for Preferred Seating, and $16.50 for General Seating. Tickets are available through the Civic Center Box Office at 337-491-1432 or Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com. For more information, call 337-802-5779 or email info@lakecharlescivicballet.com. 


"The Diary of Anne Frank": March 15 to 17 at 7 p.m. and March 17 at 2 p.m. at the Grand Opera House of the South, located at 505 N Parkerson Ave. in Crowley. The play is put on by the Notre Dame Players of Notre Dame High School in Crowley. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students. They may be purchased at 337-783-3519 or www.thegrandoperahouseofthesouth.org. 


Painting in the Park: March 16 from 9 a.m. to noon in the gift shop at Hodges Gardens State Park, located at 1000 Hodges Loop in Florien. Lori Hopkins will be the instructor for this course. The session's work will feature two rabbits, in honor of the Easter holiday. The session is limited to 20 people. Participants must bring their own canvas. All other supplies will be available at the class. The only cost for the class is the cost of admission to enter the park. For more information, call 800-354-3523.

Baton Rouge Astronomical Society Star Party: March 16 at 6 p.m. at Hodges Gardens, located at 1000 Hodges Loop off of Hwy 171 in Florien. Telescopes will be available for star gazing. Attendees should wear comfortable shoes and meet at the greenhouse parking lot for the half-mile walk. Flashlights with red beams will be allowed, but white lights, especially those from cell phones, will not be allowed. For more information on events at Hodges Gardens call 800-354-3523.


Job fair: March 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Remington College Lafayette Campus, located at 303 Rue Louis XIV in Lafayette. The job fair is open to the public and will feature employers from the Lafayette area. Job seekers should bring resumes and proper business attire is suggested. For more information, call 1-800-448-6405.

The Fifth International Petanque Tournament: March 15-17 in Girard Park in Lafayette. The lineup for the tournament is as follows: Pétanque Soirée (wine and cheese social) on Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Cite des Arts; Children's Tournament (for ages 6 to 14) on Saturday from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Girard Park.; Cajun Music and Food on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at area restaurants; and an Adult Tournament on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. until sundown. The tournaments will be held on the north end of Girard Park on 100 Girard Park Lane near the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's Alumni House. Registration for the children's tournament is $5 and will take place on Saturday, March 16 at 1:30 p.m. in the Park. Registration for the adults' tournament is $12 and will take place on Sunday, March 17 at 9:30 a.m.

Seed to Skillet opening session: March 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Vermilionville in Lafayette. This quarterly series will highlight the process of growing, harvesting and cooking food. Greg Guidroz with Vermilionville will lead the series. During this session, Guidroz will demonstrate how to prepare a "green" gumbo and will also discuss which seeds to plant for the next quarter as well as crop rotation methods. Admission for the Seed to Skillet series is $15 for adults, $10 for students and free for children 6 and under. To register, call 337-233-4077 or email cuisine@BayouVermilionDistrict.org.

Lake Arthur:

McNeese Leisure Learning Class on Italian Cuisine: March 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. at 453 Hwy 3056 (Lowry Road) in Lake Arthur. Students will learn to make alfredo, marinara and pesto sauces, foccacia bread and risotto. Those interested can register by calling 337-475-5616, 337-475-5130 or 1-800-622-3352 ext. 5616. Registration Forms can also be faxed to 337-475-5172 or mailed to MSU Leisure Learning, Box 92375, Lake Charles, LA 70609. Participants can pay class fees in person at Smith Hall on the McNeese campus between 7:45 a.m. and 3:45 p.m.


Central Louisiana Veterans Cemetery public meetings: March 14 at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. in St. Michael's Center, located at 105 W. South St. in Leesville. The purpose of the meetings is to help inform Veterans, their families and the general public about eligibility and services offered at the facility.

Moss Bluff:

Acrylic Painting with Melanie: March 14 at 6 p.m. at the Moss Bluff Library, located at 261 Parish Road. Adults will learn the basics of acrylic painting with the library's own Melanie Pesson. Registration is required. For more information, call 721-7128.

Orange, Texas:

Aphids and Ladybugs, Garden Combat: March 16 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, located at 2111 West Park Avenue in Orange, Texas. Become an organic gardener by exploring some of the problems gardeners face and natural solutions to distinguish between helpful and harmful insects. This programs is being held as part of the Spring Saturday Adventure Series and is free with paid admission to Shangri La. Participants are asked to meet at the Admissions Window at the scheduled event time. For more information or to reserve a space, call 409-670-9799 or visit www.shangrilagardens.org.


Youth art classes: March 12-15 at the Stark Museum of Art, located at 712 Green Avenue in Orange, Texas. Classes will be available for students in grades 1-5 through the Art Quest program. Advance registration is required. Application forms are available at www.starkmuseum.org or at the Information Desk in the Museum during regular hours. Application forms are due by March 5. The fee per class is $20 for general public or $10 for STARK Cultural Venues members at Dual level and above. For more information, call 409-886-ARTS (2787) or visit www.starkmuseum.org.