SWLA Weekend Guide

(Source: MGN Online)
(Source: MGN Online)

There is a lot going on in and around Southwest Louisiana this weekend and beyond. Here are your highlights:

Lake Charles:

Tech Tuesdays: April 2 at 10 a.m. at Central Library, located at 301 W. Claude St. in Lake Charles. The Best Buy Geek Squad will assist participants who have questions with their hand held devices, such as ebook readers, smart phones, tablet computers, etc. For more information, call 721-7118.

ArtSpace Workshop: April 2 at the Children's Museum, located at 327 Broad St. in downtown Lake Charles. Choose between painting a knight's shield or a fairy wing. Class begins at 11 a.m. and is limited to 20 children. For more information, call 337-433-9420 or visit www.swlakids.org. 

Readings in Literature and Culture humanities series: April 2 ("Early Immigrants / African-Americans & the Great Migration"), April 9 ("Pilgrims from the Pacific / Native Americans-Reclaiming Cultural Heritage") and April 12 ("Latin Jazz: Hispanic Americans / The New Immigrants") from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Central Library, located at 301 West Claude Street in Lake Charles. The classes are free and open to the public and will be conducted by Dr. Cheryl Ware. For more information or to register, call 721-7118.

Fun with Fideaux: April 2 at 6:30 p.m. The SWLA Humane Society will bring trained dogs to the library where children will pick out a book, pick a dog, and read aloud to the dog. For more information, contact the Central Library Children's Department at 721-7117.

"Art Traditions among the Pueblo Indians": April 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. at 1911 Historic City Hall Arts and Cultural Center, located at 1001 Ryan St. in Lake Charles. Dr. Ray Miles, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at McNeese State University, will conduct a gallery talk that will cover the different types of artistic expression, the cultural aspects of it, and how the Pueblo peoples have managed to keep these traditions alive. The event will be open to all ages at no charge and is being held in conjunction with the art exhibit "Pueblo to Pueblo: The Legacy of Southwest Indian Pottery." Admission to the event is free. For more information, call 491-9147 or visit www.cityoflakecharles.com.

Movies Under the Stars: "Wreck-It Ralph": April 5 at 7 p.m. at Prien Lake Park, located at 3700 West Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles. Seating is first come, first served, and admission is free. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs, blankets and refreshments, although concessions will be available for purchase at the event. In case of inclement weather, the event may be canceled. For more information, call 721-3500.

Joining Hands for Autism Walk: April 6 at 7 a.m. at ICCS School, located at 1536 Ryan St. in Lake Charles. Pre-registration for the walk is $15 per person, and registration is $20 on the day of the event. Pre-registration for the 5K is $20, and registration for the event is $25 on the day of the event. For more information, call 337-436-5001 or visit www.autismservicesswla.com.

Cajun Mustangers Car Show: April 6 at Tarver Ford, located at 930 S. Beglis Parkway in Sulphur. All types of vehicles can register from 8 a.m. to noon on the day of the event, and awards will be presented for each designated class at 3 p.m. Each participant will receive a free T-shirt, a goodie bag, a dash plaque and a lunch ticket. The registration fee is $20 before April 1 and $25 on the day of the show. Proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. For more information, contact Ralph Unglaube at 337-912-0978 or ralph.unglaube@gmail.com or Larry Roach at 337-433-8504 or lroachjd@gmail.com.

Classes for first time home owners or buyers: April 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and April 9 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Central Library, located at 301 W. Claude St. in Lake Charles. A third class will be held on April 13 from 10 a.m. to noon at Lowe's, located at 2800 Derek Drive in Lake Charles. Classes will be held by the Calcasieu Parish Housing Counseling Agency and will focus on credit, budget and financial information, among other topics. For more information or for special accommodations, contact the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury at 337-721-3577 or visit http://www.cppj.net/.

Lake Charles Symphony's "Journey of Life": April 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Rosa Hart Theatre in Lake Charles. Violinist Lin He will perform. For more information, call 337-433-1611 or visit www.lcsymphony.com.

Banners Series: Equinox Orchestra: April 7 at 7 p.m. at the Burton Complex, located at 7001 Gulf Hwy. Tickets will be $20 for adults, $5 for children and free for McNeese and Sowela students with a valid student ID. Call 337-475-5123 or visit www.banners.org.


Anacoco Spring Fest and Parade: April 6. The event will feature a parade, music, arts and craft vendors and pony rides for children. For more information, call the Anacoco City Hall at 337-239-0215.


Basic Beekeeping seminar: April 1 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Sheriff's Training Center, located at 412 Bolivar Bishop Drive (formerly Mayeaux Drive) in DeRidder. The program will describe the biology of honeybees and how they make brood and honey. The SWLA Beekeepers Association is hosting the event. For more information, contact Keith Hawkins, County Agent, at 337-463-7006 or khawkins@agcenter.lsu.edu.


Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys: April 6 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Liberty Theatre at 200 West Park Ave. in Eunice. Tickets go on sale at 4 p.m. on Saturday at the ticket window of the Liberty Theater. Tickets are $5 and are general admission seating. This event is being held as part of the "Rendez-vous des Cajuns" Cajun Music Radio & TV Show.


Kenny Chesney's 'No Shoes Nation': April 4 at 7 p.m. at the Cajundome in Lafayette. Performers will include the Eli Young Band and Kacey Musgraves. To purchase tickets and or for more information, visit https://tickets.kennychesney.com.


"New Faces, New Work" exhibit: April 3-27 at Gallery One Ellleven, located at 111 Third St. in Leesville, with an opening reception for the artists set for April 13 at 7 p.m. at the gallery. The exhibit will feature the work of artists Caroline Youngblood, Mary Louise Porter and Char White. For more information, e-mail galleryoneelleven@gmail.com.

Louisiana Junior High Rodeo: April 5-6 at the Vernon Parish Rodeo Arena in Leesville. Tickets are $6 for adults, and $5 for children, and concessions will be available. For more information, call James Hagan at 337-239-6334 or 337-208-8005.

3rd Annual West Louisiana BBQ Cook-off: April 6 at 10 a.m. at the Vernon Parish Fair Grounds, located at 276 H.M. Stevens Blvd. (off of La Hwy 8) in Leesville. The event is free and open to the public and will feature arts, crafts and food vendors and a DJ. The cost of participating in the cook-off is $10 per category (chicken, brisket, ribs, etc.). To vote for a cook in the People's Choice Awards, tickets are $1 each. For more information, call 337-537-8615.

Louisiana High School Rodeo: April 6-7 at the Vernon Parish Rodeo Arena in Leesville. Tickets are $6 for adults, and $5 for children, and concessions will be available. For more information, call James Hagan at 337-239-6334 or 337-208-8005.

Orange, Texas:

Bird Ballet: April 6 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. Focus on the activities of wading birds in Shangri La's heronry. Compare and contrast bird adaptations, behaviors and watch several species from the bird blind. Ages 10 and up are welcome. This program is free with paid admission to Shangri La and is part of the Spring Saturday Adventure Series 2013. Participants are asked to meet at the Admissions Window at the scheduled event time. R.S.V.P. is required, because space is limited. For more information or to reserve a space, call 409-670-9799.

Scott, La.:

Boudin Festival: April 5-7 at City Hall, located at 125 Lions Club Road in Scott. The festival will run from 6 to 11:30 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Performers at the event will include Jamie Bergeron and the Kickin' Cajuns, and Geno Delafose and French Rockin' Boogie. Also at the event will be arts, crafts and food vendors and carnival rides and games.

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