There is a lot going on in and around Southwest Louisiana this weekend. Events will include the reopening of Millennium Park, a stage production of an Alfred Hitchcock film, a crawfish etouffee cook-off, a garden festival, a painting workshop and a rodeo as well as several concerts, plays and fundraising events. Here are your highlights:
"The Pajama Game": March 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the ACTS Theatre, located at 1 Reid Street in Lake Charles. A closing performance will be held on March 24 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for students and can be purchased at www.actstheatre.com. "The Pajama Game" is based on Richard Bissell's novel 7 1/2 Cents. For more information, call 337-433-ACTS.
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 BarkForLifeSWLA@gmail.com or visit www.facebook.com/BarkForLifeSWLA. The American Cancer Society is hosting this event.
14th Annual Southwest Louisiana Garden Festival: March 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.
Reopening of Millennium Park: March 23 at 10 a.m. at Millennium Park, located at 900 Lakeshore Drive in Lake Charles. For more information, call 337-491-129.
"Race Past Running Injuries": March 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the Center for Orthopaedics, located at 1747 Imperial Blvd. in Lake Charles. Dr. Geoffrey Collins will be the guest speaker at this free seminar. Collins will discuss the prevention and treatment of common running injuries. Seating is limited and pre-registration is requested. Call 337-721-2903 or register online at www.centerforortho.com.
Kids in the Kitchen: March 28 with classes beginning at 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at the Children's Museum, located at 327 Broad St. in downtown Lake Charles. Classes are limited to 20 children. Make a peanut butter bird feeder for your backyard. For more information, call 337-433-9420 or visit www.swlakids.org.
Book signing by Willis Abshire: March 24 at 2 p.m. at Central Library, located at 301 W. Claude St. in Lake Charles. Author Willis Abshire will be available to discuss his book The Curse, the Diary, and the Cross and sign copies in the Central Library lobby. Books will be available for purchase. For more information, call 721-7116.
Gardening with Greengate: March 25 at 11 a.m. at the Children's Museum, located at 327 Broad St. in downtown Lake Charles. Do you have a green thumb? Daniel Chimeno of Greengate will talk to kids about gardening and help them plant a flower to bring home! For more information, call 337-433-9420 or visit www.swlakids.org.
Spring Flowers Workshop: March 25 with classes beginning at noon and 12:30 p.m. at the Children's Museum, located at 327 Broad Street in downtown Lake Charles. Classes are limited to 20 children. For more information, call 337-433-9420 or visit www.swlakids.org.
Colorful Fish Workshop: March 27 with classes beginning at noon and 12:30 p.m. at the Children's Museum, located at 327 Broad St. in downtown Lake Charles. Classes are limited to 20 children. For more information, call 337-433-9420 or visit www.swlakids.org.
Kawaii Con: March 28 at 10 a.m. at Central Library, located at 301 W. Claude St. in Lake Charles. 6th-12th grade students who are interested in anime and manga are invited to experience a small convention planned by the Central Library Animanga Club. Programs will be held in the morning and afternoon with a movie and light lunch available at the noon hour. Registration is required. For more information, call 721-7116.
Vietnam Veterans Honor Day: March 30 at 10 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, located on Lakeshore Drive in Lake Charles. The event is open to the public. The guest speaker at the program will be Calcasieu Parish District Attorney John DeRosier. Master of Ceremonies will be Britney Glaser. The City of Lake Charles Mayor's Armed Forces Commission will host the event. Immediately following the program, there will be a picnic adjacent to Veterans Memorial Park for guests. During the picnic, there will be kite flying with kites provided for children. For more information, call the Mayor's Office at 491-1201.
Free Legal Advice: March 28 at 11 a.m. at the DeQuincy Library, located at 102 W. Harrison St. In partnership with the Southwest Louisiana Bar Foundation, the Calcasieu Parish Public Library will host Free Legal Advice sessions. Local attorneys will be on hand to speak with attendees on a one-to-one basis. First come, first served. For more information, call 721-7087 or 786-4213.
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 on Saturday with a dance 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. For more information, contact the Eunice Chamber of Commerce at 337-457-2565 or Eunice Mayor's Office at 337-457-7389.
Spring Fling 2013: March 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hodges Gardens State Park, located at 1000 Hodges Loop, in Florien, La. The event will feature arts and crafts booths, food vendors, children's activities, live music, classic cars a 5K run and an appearance by the Easter Bunny. For more information, call 318-586-7002.
Alfred Hitchcock's "Dial 'M' for Murder:" March 23 at 7 p.m. and March 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. The play is being put on by A Block Off Broadway Community Theatre and is based on the play written by Frederick Knott. For more information, visit http://www.ablockoffbroadway.com or http://www.jenningsstrand.com.
"Let the Artists Go Marching In" exhibit: March 23 through April 20 at the Zigler Art Museum at 411 Clara Street in Jennings. The exhibit will feature past New Orleans Area Artists. For more information, call 337-824-0114.
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 www.musclewalkmda.org/lafayette2013. 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 email@example.com.
Painting with a Twist: March 23 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. in the South Hall on the Northwestern State University campus. There is a minimum of 15 students for the class. The cost is $65. The class will provide step-by-step instruction to help create a painting, "Celebration Fleur de Lis," which participants can take home. A canvas will be provided along with paint, brushes and an apron. For more information, call 318-357-5682 or 800-376-2422, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Northwestern State University Orchestra Concert: March 23-24 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 http://vernon.kplctv.com/news/events/68172-lineup-demonfest-be-held-march-23-announced.
Build a Birdfeeder: March 23 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. Join us to create your own bird feeder to welcome back the birds of spring. During this program, participants will create traditional feeders and hummingbird feeders using recycled and natural materials. These take-home feeders will invite birds to your backyard. This program is free with paid admission to Shangri La. Participants are asked to meet at the Admissions Window at the scheduled event time. An RSVP is required as space is limited. For more information or to reserve a space, call 409-670-9799.
Morning Bird Stroll: March 30 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. Explore the "road less taken" at Shangri La during a morning bird watching excursion. For first time bird spotters, this program will focus on using binoculars and field guides, while avid birders share their knowledge and expertise. Adult participants and children 10 years of age and older are welcome to attend. This program is free with paid admission to Shangri La. Participants are asked to meet at the Admissions Window at the scheduled event time. An RSVP is required as space is limited. For more information or to reserve a space, call 409-670-9799.
Choupique High School Rodeo: March 23-24 in the West Cal Arena, located at 2900 Ruth St. Sulphur. The event continues on Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. each day. Admission is $5 for adults, and children 5 and under get in for free.
Spring Fashion Show: March 23 at The Henning Cultural Center, located at 923 Ruth Street in Sulphur. Tickets are $20, and door prizes will be given away. Doors open at 6 p.m. with a social, and the runway style show kicks off at 7 p.m. Featured merchants are Frankie & Company, Jer Rees and more. The 4-Them Community Organization is hosting the event. For additional information, contact Veronica Allison at 337-274-0905 or Fedra Williams at 337-527-7045.