Superheroes are set to take over Lake Charles this weekend during the CyPhaCon anime, gaming and science fiction convention. Some other goings-on in and around Southwest Louisiana will include the Louisiana Saltwater Series redfish tournament, Movies Under the Stars, Lafayette's Innov8 Festival, Festival de Louisiane and the Sulphur High School centennial, among other events.
Here are your highlights:
CyPhaCon anime, gaming and science fiction convention: April 20-21 at the Lake Charles Civic Center, located at 900 Lakeshore Drive in Lake Charles. The event takes place from 9 a.m. to midnight on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission to the event is $25 for a weekend pass, $20 for Saturday, $15 for Sunday, $5 for children ages 7-13 and free for children ages 6 and under. For a list of featured guests and participating organizations, click HERE.
"A Midsummer Night's Dream": April 20 at 7:30 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on April 21 in the Shearman Fine Art Performing Arts Theatre on the McNeese campus. The McNeese State University Theatre Bayou Players will perform. Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $10 for McNeese faculty/staff, senior citizens and youth, and free for McNeese students with a current ID. For tickets or more information, call 337-475-5040.
Second Annual Earth Day Classic: April 20-21 in Lake Charles. The basketball tournament will take place at Hamilton Christian Academy, located at 1415 8th St.; Barbe High School, located at 2200 W McNeese St.; and the Lake Charles Charter Academy, located at 3160 Power Center Parkway. Saturday games will occur at each facility beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing until 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 per day. Boys and girls from fifth through tenth grade will be participating. For more information, contact Abe E. Ware at 337-292-0720 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Louisiana Saltwater Series redfish tournament: April 20 at Calcasieu Point Landing in Lake Charles. The event will begin with on-site tournament registration from 4:45 to 6:15 a.m. and the captain's meeting at 6:15 a.m. For complete information, including rules, regulations and online registration, visit www.lasaltwaterseries.com. A $20 registration fee will be charged to on-site tournament registrants. For more information, visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov or contact Ashley Wethey at email@example.com or 225-765-2396.
Residential Trash Bash 2013: April 20 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Chennault International Airport in Lake Charles. This event is hosted by the City of Lake Charles and Team Green of Southwest Louisiana. For a list of items being accepted or for directions to the event, click HERE.
Secure Your ID Day: April 20 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Prien Lake Mall behind Pier 1 Imports in Lake Charles. This event is free and open to the public, and residents and small businesses are encouraged to bring up to three boxes or bags of documents to be shredded. Documents to be shredded should be removed from binders, but staples, paper clips, CDs and floppy discs are okay to be shredded. This event is hosted by the Better Business Bureau. For additional information, call 337-478-6253 or visit www.lakecharles.bbb.org.
2nd Annual Arbor Day at Tuten Park: April 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tuten Park, located at 3801 Nelson Rd. in Lake Charles. Admission to the event is free, and the event will feature games, entertainment and educational projects for children. The City of Lake Charles reTREE LC project will also be giving away 400 trees at the event as part of the Apache Foundation Tree Grant Program. For more information, call 491-1283.
Pottery demonstration: April 20 from noon to 2 p.m. at the 1911 Historic City Hall Arts and Cultural Center, located at 1001 Ryan Street. Kenneth Baskin, Assistant Professor of Art/Ceramics at McNeese State University will conduct a gallery talk and pottery demonstration. The event will be open to all ages at no charge and is being held in conjunction with "Pueblo to Pueblo: The Legacy of Southwest Indian Pottery" currently on display at the center. For more information, call 491-9147 or visit www.cityoflakecharles.com.
Banners Series: Pokey LaFarge: April 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the F.G. Bulber Auditorium on the McNeese State University campus. The group performs jazz, ragtime, blues and swing music. Tickets are general admission and are $20 for adults, $5 for children ages 18 and under and free for McNeese or Sowela students with a student I.D. Tickets are available at the door or at the following address: http://banners.org/details.cfm?PRODID=110.
Amy Signs: A Mother, Her Deaf Daughter, and Their Stories: April 23 at 4 p.m. at Central Library, located at 301 W. Claude St. in Lake Charles. Author Rebecca Willman Gernon will talk about her book Amy Signs: A Mother, Her Deaf Daughter, and Their Stories and share stories of being deaf and the unique challenges of parenting a deaf child. For more information, call 721-7116 or visit http://calcasieulibrary.org.
Banners Series: "Perilous Journeys": April 23 at 7 p.m. at the F.G. Bulber Auditorium on the McNeese State University campus. Karin Muller is a lecturer for the National Geographic Society and Smithsonian, and she has been an author, a filmmaker and a photographer. "Perilous Journeys" will give a glimpse of her time spent in war zones, in Communist countries, among the Maasai and the Bushmen, and among a dozen other cultures from Cuba to Sudan, Vietnam, Japan and South America.
"Starting and Financing a Small Business": April 25 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in Room 121 of the Burton Business Center at McNeese State University. This free seminar is presented by the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at McNeese. Topics will include business planning, financing and small business resources. Pre-registration is requested. For more information, contact the LSBDC at McNeese at 337-475-5529 or go online at LSBDC.MSU@lsbdc.org.
Shuck 'N' Jive: April 25 at 6 p.m. at the Historic Calcasieu Marine National Bank in Lake Charles. The event will include a dinner, an auction and music. All proceeds will benefit the Calcasieu Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. For sponsorship or table information, contact Shawn Chamblee at 436-3376.
Spring Art Walk: April 26 from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. in downtown Lake Charles. The event will feature live art demonstrations, an Adult Art Battle, a Kid's Art Battle, live entertainment, arts vendors and a Pub Crawl. Participating local venues will serve cocktails and hors d'oeuvres and will have drink specials. This event is free and open to the public.
"Window on the West: Views from the American Frontier" art exhibit: Opens April 26 at 5 p.m. in conjunction with the Spring Art Walk. The exhibit will hang through July 20 in the second floor gallery of the Historic City Hall Arts and Cultural Center. The exhibit focuses on the exploration and settlement of the Western United States.
Movies Under the Stars: "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol": April 26 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 the case of inclement weather, dates may be canceled. For more information, call 721-3500.
Dragon Boat Races: April 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lake Charles Civic Center Seawall. The dragon boat races will have a maximum of 30 teams. Each team will consist of 20 members who paddle a 41-foot vessel to the beat of their team drummer. The public is invited to watch the event, and there will be food and drink vendors. Proceeds from the event will benefit Children's Miracle Network. This event is presented by the CHRISTUS St. Patrick Foundation. For more information, visit www.stpatrickfoundation.org or call 337-430-5353.
The Children's Museum's Birthday Bash: April 27 at the Children's Museum, located at 327 Broad Street downtown Lake Charles. The Museum is celebrating its 25th anniversary. The event will feature face painting from 10 a.m. to noon, an appearance by "Chico" the Clown, and cupcakes and refreshments served at 11:30 a.m. For more information, call 337-433-9420 or visit www.swlakids.org.
Freddie Pate and the Be-bop Hop: April 27 with doors opening at 5 p.m. and the performance beginning at 6 p.m. at the Rice Theatre, located at 323 North Parkerson Avenue in Crowley. The event will feature music from the 50s. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Tickets may be purchased by calling 337-779-2343.
11th Annual 5K Run/1-Mile Walk: April 27 at 8 a.m. at the Downtown Pavilion in DeRidder. The race course will begin and end at Presley's Barbecue. Pre-registration runs through April 19 and is $20 for the 5K and $20 for the 1-Mile Walk or $10 each for military members. Registration will also be held from 7:15 to 7:45 a.m. on the day of the race. Late registration will be $25 per race. Registration forms are available at the Beauregard Chamber of Commerce office located at 111 N. Washington St. For information, call Cindy Congleton at 463-5533.
The Thibodeaux Family Band, followed by Fred Charlie & the Acadiana Cajuns: April 20 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.
Bonne Chance: April 27 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.
2nd Annual Pistons and Flake Car Show: April 27 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Louisiana Oil and Gas Park near the airport in Jennings. Admission to the event is free, and an awards ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. The registration fee for cars participating in the event is $15. For more information, contact Stuart Daigle at 337-329-3959 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Innov8 Lafayette: April 20-26 in Lafayette. The 8-day festival will focus on creativity and innovation in education, healthcare, technology, music and the arts in the Lafayette community. This event is a project of the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce. For a complete schedule of events, click HERE.
Innov8: American Association of Community Theatres Fest: April 20-22 at 101 West Vermilion St. in Lafayette. Productions will include performers from Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. To participate, the theatre groups must first take part in an AACTFest and advance to this level.
Innov8: iOpener open house event: April 20 at the UL Research Park, located at 537 Cajundome Boulevard in Lafayette. The event will showcase technological advances made by Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise and by research done at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Registration information for iOpener is available at www.lite3d.com/iOpener. For more information, contact LITE at 337-735-5483 or email@example.com.
Innov8: Cajun CodeFest: April 24-26 at the Cajundome, located at 444 Cajundome Boulevard. The event will feature a coding competition focused on healthcare innovations. Software developers and designers and health care professionals, educators, and entrepreneurs are expected to attend.
Festival International de Louisiane: April 24-28 in downtown Lafayette. The event will feature six music stages, a food court, street musicians and animators, arts and crafts and food vendors, cultural workshops, art galleries, cooking demonstrations and a world music store. A free shuttle service will be available for attendees. Among this year's performers will be Mark Broussard, The Wailers, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, and the Nimbaya Women Drummers. The full lineup can be found HERE. For more information, visit http://www.festivalinternational.com/site.php.
10th annual Bill Bailey Memorial Golf Tournament: April 20 beginning at 8 a.m. at the Warrior Hills Golf Course at Fort Polk. Entry fees for the tournament are $70 per person or $50 for active duty military. The event is hosted by the Leesville Rotary Club, and proceeds from the event will go toward scholarships awarded annually by the Rotary Club. For more information, call Jenny Rogers at 337-239-3128 or Connie Bell at 337-718-6156.
Butterflies that Flutter By: April 20 from 1 to 2 p.m. at Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, located at 2111 West Park Avenue in Orange, Texas. During Earth Week and Eco-Fest at Shangri La, come celebrate butterflies in this family program. Learn about life stages, join in a butterfly search and then make a take-home craft. This program is 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. An RSVP is required as space is limited. For more information or to reserve a space, call 409-670-9799. For more information, visit www.shangrilagardens.org.
Have a Cup of Tea, Indeed!: April 27 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. Come enjoy a tea party and sample some wild teas. This outdoor program is for participants ages 6 years and up. This program is 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. An RSVP is required as space is limited. For more information or to reserve a space, call 409-670-9799. For more information, visit www.shangrilagardens.org.
Sulphur High School Centennial: April 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the school's main campus. The event will feature the dedication of the SHS Clock Tower and Hall of Fame, a performance by the school's choir and band, an antique car show, book signings and giveaways and a display of commemorative items. For more information on this event, visit http://sulphurhigh100.com/schedule.html.
Spring Fest and Civil War Reenactment: April 20-21 in Niblett's Park, located at 3409 Nibblett's Bluff Road in Vinton. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free. For more information, call 337-589-7117 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lagniappe Festival: April 29-20 in downtown Welsh on Adams, Elm and South Streets. A parade will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday. The festival will continue from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday. Performers at the festival will include T-Broussard and the Zydeco Steppers, and Rusty Metoyer and the Zydeco Krush. Other events will include the introduction of the Welsh Lagniappe Pageant Queens and a food court. No ice chests will be allowed at the event. For more information, call 337-734-2231 or visit www.townofwelsh.com.