There is a lot going on in and around Southwest Louisiana this weekend and beyond. The lineup includes the DeQuincy Railroad Festival, the Downtown Lake Charles Crawfish Festival, the Natchitoches Jazz/R&B Festival, the Scott Boudin Festival, two car shows, a roller derby match, a skeet shooting tournament and several golf tournaments, concerts, fundraisers and even an outside showing of the movie "Wreck-It Ralph."
Here are your highlights:
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. For more information, call 337-475-5123 or visit www.banners.org.
Andy Narell: April 8 at 5:30 p.m. at Epps Memorial Library, located at 1320 North Simmons St. in Lake Charles. French percussionist Andy Narell will entertain the audience with a performance on the steel drums. This program is brought to you by the McNeese Banners Cultural Series. Pizza and soft drinks will be served. For more information, call 721-7128 or http://calcasieulibrary.org.
Heartburn seminar: April 9 at 6 p.m. at Women & Children's Hospital in the First Floor Classroom, located at 4200 Nelson Rd. in Lake Charles. Keith Chung, MD, a board certified general surgeon, will provide an overview of the transoral incision-less fundoplication (TIF) surgical procedure, as well as other medical and surgical options used to treat GERD. Dr. Chung 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 about the TIF procedure or to register for the seminar, call 337-475-4064.
Louisiana Crossroads Series: Zachary Richard: April 10 at 7 p.m. at Central School Theater, located at 809 Kirby St. in Lake Charles. Advance tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Arts and Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana on the second floor of Central School or online at www.louisianacrossroads.org. Tickets at the door will be $12. For more information, call 337-491-9159 or visit the department of cultural affairs at www.cityoflakecharles.com.
Downtown Lake Charles Crawfish Festival: April 12-14 at the Lake Charles Civic Center, located at 900 Lakeshore Drive. Gates open at 4 p.m. on Friday with a parade at 5:30 p.m. The festivities continue on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Adult admission is $7 before 5 p.m. each day and $10 after 5 p.m. Children ages 10 and under get in free. For more information, call 336-310-0083.
Sasol's Second Saturday Science Show: April 13 at 11 a.m. at The Children's Museum, located at 327 Broad St. in downtown Lake Charles. Join Sasol for "Exploring the Science of Surfaces!" We will discover surface tension and make different shape surfaces with bubbles. For more information, including admission fees and membership services, call 337-433-9420 or visit www.swlakids.org.
Lafitte's Ladies vs. the Southern Misfits: April 13 with doors opening at 6 p.m. and the game beginning at 7 p.m. at the Grindhouse, located at 932 Enterprise Blvd, Suite C in Lake Charles. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.brownpapertickets.com. Attendees are asked to bring their own chairs and refreshments. For more information, contact Desiree Juarez at 337-853-2834 or visit www.gulfcoastrollergirls.com.
"Latin Jazz: Hispanic Americans" and "The New Immigrants" humanities lecture: April 16 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Central Library, located at 301 West Claude St. in Lake Charles. This lecture is the third and final installment in the Readings in Literature and Culture (RELIC) series. The program is free and open to the public and will be led by Dr. Cheryl Ware, a retired Professor of English at McNeese State University. Those interested in attending are encouraged to pre-register at the library or by calling 721-7118.
30th DeQuincy Railroad Festival: April 11-13 at the DeQuincy Railroad Museum Fairgrounds. The festival will take place from 5 to 11 p.m. on Thursday, 2 to 11 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to midnight on Sunday. The event will feature a parade, carnival rides, food, games, live entertainment and tours of the historical Railroad Museum. Admission to the event is free, but tickets for rides and games can be purchased in advance for $1 each on April 5 from noon to 6 p.m., April 6 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., April 8 from noon to 6 p.m., April 9-10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and April 11 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets will also be sold at the festival for $2 each. For more information, call 337-786-8241.
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.
The Harry & Lisa Trahan Family Band: April 13 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.
4th Annual Thad Bailes Golf Tournament: April 13, with registration beginning at 8 a.m. and the tournament starting at 9 a.m., at the Warrior Hills Golf Course in Fort Polk. Participation in the 4-person scramble tournament is $50 per player and includes a golf cart, lunch and a green fee. For more information, contact Ray Ortiz at 337-208-7329 or Kem Johnson at 337-208-2058 or 337-239-3231.
Spring Golf Scramble: April 12 with late registration and lunch starting at 11 a.m. and the shotgun starting at noon at the Jennings Country Club, located at 602 South Louise St. The tournament will be in a 4-man scramble format, and the cost of entry is $75 per player, which includes a golf cart, green fees, food, drinks, two mulligans and free practice on April 11. This event is being hosted by the Jeff Davis Business Alliance.
"The Help": April 13 at 3 and 7 p.m. at the Strand Theatre, located at 432 N Main St. in Jennings. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children ages $6 and under and $3 for seniors ages 60 and up.
Lafayette World of Wheels car show: April 12-14 at the Cajundome Convention Center in Lafayette. The show will take place from 4 to 9 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults, $8 for children ages 6-12 and free for children 5 and under. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.com. Guest appearances will be made throughout the event by Duck Dynasty's "Mountain Man," NASCAR driver Buster Graham, UBO World Lightweight Champion Mason Menard, and Michael Lewis, Team Ambassador for the New Orleans Saints. For more information, including entry forms, rules and regulations, visit http://lafayetteworldofwheels.com/index.html.
18th Annual Natchitoches Jazz/R&B Festival: April 12-13 in downtown Natchitoches. Performers will include Eddie Money, Joe Stampley, Johnny Earthquake and The Moondogs, Trini Triggs, LA Roxx and Josh Hyde and The Hitchhikers. Performance times and locations are available for FRIDAY and SATURDAY. Advance tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for students and free for children 12 and under. Tickets at the door are $10 for adults, $5 for students and free for children 12 and under. Tickets are available at the Office of C. Rodney Harrington, all Lacap Federal Credit Union locations, all Bank of Montgomery locations, and the Natchitoches and Many offices of MidSouth Bank.
Melrose Arts and Crafts Festival: April 13-14 at the Melrose Plantation, located at 3533 La Hwy 119 in Melrose, La. The event will feature arts, crafts and food vendors and home tours. For more information, call 318-379-0055 or 318-581-8042 or visit http://www.aphnatchitoches.net/.
Middle School Book Club: April 8 at 4 p.m. at the Moss Bluff Library, located at 261 Parish Road. The Middle School Book Blub will discuss "Wonderstruck" by Brian Selznick. The next selection will be "When You Reach Me" by Rebecca Stead. For more information, call 721-7128 or http://calcasieulibrary.org.
Teacup Candles: April 12 at 10 a.m. at Moss Bluff Library, located at 261 Parish Road. Adults will recycle old teacups into decorative candles. Supplies will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own cups. Registration is required. For more information, call 721-7128 or http://calcasieulibrary.org.
What's Jumpin' at Shangri La: April 13 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. The program is free with paid admission to Shangri La. Explore the world of the Green Treefrog. Hunt for frog friends, search for tadpoles and try to talk and hop like a frog in this interactive, outdoor program. Participants are asked to meet at the Admissions Window at the scheduled event time. An R.S.V.P. is required, because space is limited. This event is part of the Spring Saturday Adventure Series 2013. For more information or to reserve a space, call 409-670-9799 or visit www.shangrilagardens.org.
"Hitting the Links for Literacy" Golf Tournament: April 12 at The National Golf Club of LA in Westlake. Complimentary lunch and beverage service begins at 11:30 a.m. and the 4-Man Scramble Shotgun begins at 1 p.m. Registration and sponsorship information is available HERE. The Literacy Council of Southwest Louisiana Inc. is hosting the event. For more information, contact the Literacy Council at 494-7000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.