Ballet, etouffee and aeroplanes

Good evening, everyone. There is a lot going on in and around Southwest Louisiana this weekend. Events will include a performance by the Lake Charles Civic Ballet, the Iowa Rabbit Festival, a crawfish etoufee cook-off, fishing tournaments, a fly-in, a quilt show, a star party and several plays, concerts and other arts events. Here are your highlights:

Lake Charles:

"Beyond Grandma's Quilts" quilt show: March 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lake Charles Civic Center, located at 900 Lakeshore Drive in Lake Charles. Admission is $5. For more information, call 337-527-7582.

Live @ the Lakefront: March 15 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Lakefront Promenade, located at 900 Lakeshore Drive in Lake Charles. John Guidroz and the Lost Bayou Ramblers will perform. Admission is free. For more information, call 337-439-2787.

"The Pajama Game": March 15-17 and 22-23 at 7:30 p.m. and March 24 at 3 p.m. at the ACTS Theatre, located at 1 Reid Street in Lake Charles. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for students and can be purchased at "The Pajama Game" is based on Richard Bissell's novel 7 1/2 Cents. For more information, call 337-433-ACTS.

Free to Breathe Lung Cancer 5K Run and 1-mile Walk: March 16 with registration and check-in beginning at 7 a.m. at the Lake Charles Civic Center, located at 900 Lakeshore Drive in Lake Charles. Registration is $30 on the day of the event. For more information, call 608-828-8852.

Run with the Nuns Motorcycle Ride and Charity Event: March 16 at 9 a.m. at L'Auberge Casino Resort. Bikers and event medals will be blessed at 9:25 a.m. Following the blessing, bikers will depart from L'Auberge Casino Resort at 9:30 a.m. and follow the Creole Nature Trail along a 117-mile scenic route through Southwest Louisiana. Registration for the event is $30 per biker and $20 per passenger. Bikers and passengers can register online at or in-person on the morning of the event from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on the fourth floor of the parking garage at L'Auberge. The CHRISTUS St. Patrick Foundation is hosting the event.

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 excerpts from select works. 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 For more information, call 337-802-5779 or email

Lake Charles Community Band concert: March 17 at 3 p.m. at Prien Lake Park, located at 3700 W. Prien Lake Road. This event is free and open to the public.

Banners Series: Christopher O'Riley: March 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the F.G. Bulber Auditorium on the McNeese campus. The musician and host of NPR's "From the Top" music program will perform. Admission is $20 at the door for adults, $5 for students and free for MSU or Sowela students with a student ID. For more information, call 337-475-5123.

14th annual Southwest Louisiana Garden Festival: March 22-23 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Burton Coliseum, located at 7001 Gulf Highway in Lake Charles. Admission is $3, and children ages 12 and under get in free. The Federated Garden Clubs of Southwest Louisiana will have a flower expo, and LSU AgCenter experts will be available to diagnose plant problems and answer questions. For more information, call 337-475-8812.

Bark For Life - A Canine Event to Fight Cancer: March 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lake Charles Civic Center, located at 900 Lakeshore Dr. in Lake Charles. The event includes a $20 entry fee per dog. For more information contact or visit The American Cancer Society is hosting this event.


Big Bass Tournament: March 16 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Vernon Lake. The entry fee is $25 per person to enter the tournament and $5 per person to enter the Big Bass contest. Weigh-in time is 3 p.m. at Bevins Landing. Those who arrive later will be disqualified. Registration will be held at Bevins Landing on McConathy Road in Anacoco on the day of the event. Those who pre-register may launch from any point on Vernon Lake. For more information, contact Sly Denmond at 337-353-3710 or David Vance at 337-208-4366. This event is sponsored by the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office.

Tribal Trail Run 5K and 1 Mile Fun Walk/Run: March 23 at 8:30 a.m. at the Louisiana Lions Camp on L. Beauford Road in Anacoco. Race Day Registration and Packet Pick Up starts at 7:30 a.m., with the run beginning at 8:30 a.m. Register online at at Pre-registration runs through March 15 is $25. Late registration is $30. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Anacoco High School track program.


"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. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students. They may be purchased at 337-783-3519 or The Notre Dame Players of Notre Dame High School in Crowley will present this performance. The play "The Diary of Anne Frank" was written by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett. The play is based on the book Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl.


Agri-Business Marketing Conference: March 19 beginning at 8 a.m. at the Coushatta Multi-Purpose Complex, located at 1974 C.C. Bel Road in Elton. Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Dr. Mike Strain will be the keynote speaker. Topics discussed will include agricultural trends in Southwest Louisiana; farmers' markets; agricultural tourism and marketing; the Coushatta Tribe's hydroponic gardening project and long-leaf pine tree farming operation; and successful 4-H and Future Farmers of America efforts in Allen Parish and Jeff Davis Parish. Registration is required and is $10 per person. To register, visit


August Broussard & Friends: March 16 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Liberty Theatre, located at 200 West Park Ave. in Eunice. This performance is part of the weekly "Rendez-vous des Cajuns" Cajun Music Radio & TV Show. Tickets go on sale at 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Liberty Theatre ticket window. Tickets are $5 and are general admission seating. For more information, call 337-457-7389.

27th Annual World Championship Crawfish Etouffee Cook-off: March 23-24 at the Northwest Pavilion, located at 651 Samuel Drive in Eunice. The celebration will kick off with a dance on Saturday from 9 p.m. to midnight. Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie will perform. Festivities will continue Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Awards will be handed out at 3 p.m. on Sunday at the music stage. Cooking will be judged in three categories: Amateur, Professional and Club/Organization. Teams will also compete for the People's Choice and the Best Decorated Booth Awards. For more information, contact the Eunice Chamber of Commerce at 337-457-2565 or Eunice Mayor's Office at 337-457-7389. 

Florien, La.:

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, La. 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.


Iowa Rabbit Festival: March 15 from 5 p.m. to midnight and March 16 from 10 a.m. to midnight at Lawrence Toups Memorial Park, located on South Thompson Ave. in Iowa. Admission is $8 for adults and $1 for children ages 6 to 11. Admission is free for children under 6 years old. For more information, call 433-8128 or email  

Jasper, Texas:

9th Annual Jasper Air Show & Fly-In: March 16-17 at 9 a.m. at the Jasper County Bell Field Airport, located two miles west of Jasper, Texas. Admission is $15 for adults ages 13 and up, $5 for children ages 4 to 12 and free for children ages 3 and under. This year's performances will include aerobatics performer Skip Stewart, pilot Gene Soucy and wingwalker Teresa Stokes, "The Flight of Phoenix – Escadrille," a skydiving team, the FLS Microjet and a reenactment of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The EAA Chapter 1356 of Leesville, La. will provide free "Young Eagles" rides for children ages 8 -17. For more information, visit


Alfred Hitchcock's "Dial 'M' for Murder": March 16 and 23 at 7 p.m. and March 17 and 24 at 2 p.m. at the Strand Theatre, located at 432 N Main St. in Jennings. Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for seniors ages 60 and up. Tickets can be purchased at the Strand Theatre box office on weekdays from 5-7 p.m. or by credit card by calling 337-821-5509. Tickets will also be available at the door at each performance. . A Block Off Broadway Community Theatre actors will put on this stage production.


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

2013 MDA Muscle Walk: March 23 from 9 a.m. to noon at Acadian Village, located at 200 Greenleaf Dr. in Lafayette. Registration for the event will begin at 9 a.m. on the day of the event. Participants can also pre-register at Proceeds from the event will benefit local MDA health care services, educational outreach, and research. For more information, contact Emily Goudeau, MDA Executive Director, at 337-234-0088 or


Northwestern State University Orchestra Concert: March 20-24 at 7:30 p.m. in the A.A. Fredericks Auditorium on the NSU campus. The orchestra will collaborate with Northwestern Theatre and Dance on a production of the musical West Side Story.

DemonFest: March 23 beginning at 11:30 a.m. on the Tailgating Field near the Athletic Fieldhouse and Turpin Stadium on the Northwestern State University campus. DemonFest is free and open to the public and is sponsored by KNWD-FM, Northwestern's student radio station. The lineup of performers is available at

Orange, Texas:

Bassmaster Elite Series Sabine River Challenge: March 14-17 in Orange, Texas on the Sabine River. Participants in the tournament will launch their boats each day at 6:30 a.m. Official weigh-ins will take place at the City of Orange Boat Ramp each day at 3:15 p.m. On March 16, teen anglers can take part in the B.A.S.S. High School Elite Experience.

Orange County Riverfront Festival: March 15-16 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and March 17 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Activities will include a Laser Spectacle light show by the Lutcher Theatre featuring the music of Queen and Pink Floyd on March 15 at 8 p.m. Other events include a performance by Neal McCoy, a fireworks display, the Kids Catch and Release Fish Tank, a fishing themed display at the Stark Museum of Art, and a drop in scavenger hunt on Gone Fishing.


Peepshi:  March 19 at 3:30 p.m. at the Sulphur Regional Library, located at 1160 Cypress Street. Teens will create candy sushi using a variety of candy and treats.  Materials will be provided.  Registration is recommended. For more information, call 721-7141 or visit

Easter Bunny and Egg Hunt:  March 18 at 10 a.m. at the Sulphur Regional Library, located at 1160 Cypress Street. Children will listen to stories, sing sings, and enjoy a party with the Easter Bunny!  Don't forget your baskets for the egg hunt! For more information, call 721-7141 or visit

Have a good weekend, everyone!