SWLA Weekend Guide

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Mother's Day is just around the corner, and Lafayette residents will be celebrating the event with the Healthy Mother's Day Jam/Walk set for May 11, while residents of Evans, La. will hold the Great Mother's Day Canoe Race on May 12. Also in store this weekend will be the remaining Contraband Days events, including the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge and the Contraband Days Regatta, as well as a Dr. Seuss musical in Lake Charles, the Jazz on the Plazz concert in Lafayette and Family Safety Day in Westlake.

Here are your highlights for the weekend and beyond:

Contraband Days Louisiana Pirate Festival events:

Contraband Days Louisiana Pirate Festival: through May 12 in downtown Lake Charles. A full schedule of events and performances can be found HERE. Admission to the festival is $5 per day for adults and free for children ages 5 and under. There is also a $2 daily parking fee for festival attendees. For more information, click HERE.

The Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge: May 10-11 at the Lake Charles Civic Center in conjunction with Contraband Days. The event is free for participants with paid admission to Contraband Days, and the competition is open to current or retired firefighters. Participants can compete was individuals, in tandem (teams of 2) or as a relay team of 3-5 firefighters. Individual races will begin Friday at 5:30 p.m., and tandem and relay races will begin Saturday at 10 a.m. For more information about the challenge course, including registration and rules, go to www.firefighterchallenge.com.

Contraband Days Regatta: May 11 with registration being held from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and the races being held from 10 to 10:30 a.m. and 2 to 1:30 p.m. at the Lake Charles Yacht Club, located at 1305 N. Lakeshore Dr. There is a $25 registration fee for race participants. For more information, contact Ship to Shore at 337-474-0730.

Lake Charles:

2013 Heart Ball: Hearts on Fire: May 10 with cocktails being served at 6:30 p.m. and the program following at 7:30 p.m. at L'Auberge Casino Resort in Lake Charles. Entertainment will be provided by The Kadillacs, and Toni Wild and Jacob Verzwyvelt will share their stories of survival. This event is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association. For tickets or for more information, click HERE.

Seussical the Musical: May 10-12 and 17-19 with Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday performances at 3 p.m. at the ACTS Theatre, located at 1 Reid St. in Lake Charles. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students.

Alzheimer's Association Educational Seminar: May 11 from 9 a.m. to noon at Central Library, located at 301 W. Claude St. in Lake Charles. This event is free and open to the public. Professor Jocelyn McGee with the Baylor College of Medicine will give a presentation.

Boating Education Lagniappe Day: May 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Contraband Room at the Lake Charles Civic Center, located at 900 Lakeshore Drive. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will provide instructors for the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) boating education course and NASBLA boating education certification food and drinks, giveaways and door prizes. The event is free and open to the public. To register for the event, call 337-491-2580 or 337-491-2588 or visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov/lagniappeday.

Sasol's Second Saturday Science Show: May 11 at 11 a.m. at the Children's Museum, located at 327 Broad Street in downtown Lake Charles. Kids will learn the importance of soap and the different types of soap and perform experiments with soap and bubbles. Workshop spaces are limited. Participants are asked to sign up in the office the day of the event. For more information, call 337-433-9420 or visit www.swlakids.org.

Introduction to Microsoft Word 2010: May 13 at 1 p.m. at Central Library, located at 301 W. Claude St. in Lake Charles. This 2-hour class for adults will cover the basics of Microsoft Word 2010. Registration is required by calling the library at 721-7116.

Day Out at the Park: May 14 at Prien Lake Park beginning at 9 a.m. The Calcasieu Council on Aging, the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury Human Services and Women's and Children's Hospital Senior Circle have partnered to host this event in honor of Older Americans Month. Festivities will include a live band, a half-mile walk, and field games, such as a beanbag baseball, washer pitch, bolo golf and more. This event will be free of charge to all seniors who attend. Registration is required by calling the Calcasieu Council on Aging at 337-474-2583.

Divorce Advice Clinic: May 15 at noon at Central Library, located at 301 W. Claude St. in Lake Charles. The Southwest Louisiana Bar Foundation will hold a Divorce Clinic for anyone interested in getting advice on filing for a divorce. Attorneys will be available with packets for self-filing and to answer questions concerning divorce laws. The program is free and available on a first come, first served basis. For more information, call 721-7116 or visit http://calcasieulibrary.org.

QuickBooks seminar: May 16-17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Room 306 of the Burton Business Center at McNeese State University. The beginners seminar will be held May 16 and will include such topics as setting up QuickBooks, billing, payments and deposits, while the advanced seminar will be held May 17 and include such topics as payroll, sales tax, analyzing financial data, setting up inventory and invoicing and billing. The cost is $50 per person and includes instruction and lunch. Pre-registration is requested. For more information, contact the LSBDC at McNeese at 337-475-5529 or go online at LSBDC.MSU@lsbdc.org.

15th Annual Downtown at Sundown series: Fridays throughout May 17 to June 7 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the 700 and 800 blocks of Ryan Street, which will be closed to vehicle traffic and street parking. The May 17 performance will feature the Jennings High School Drum Line and Young Band Nation at 5:30 p.m. at the Luna Stage, with Cold Sweat on the Main Stage beginning at 6:15 p.m. The series will continue with the following performances: Travis Matte & the Kingpins on May 24; Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble on May 31; and City Heat on June 7. In the case of inclement weather, the concerts will be held inside the Lake Charles Civic Center. Concert attendees are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs, and no outside beverages or pets are allowed on site. For more information, call 337-491-9159 or visit www.CityOfLakeCharles.com.

High school athlete physicals: May 18 at the Lake Charles Memorial/LSUHSC Family Medicine Center. The cost is $5 per student, and appointment times will be available from approximately 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The deadline to schedule your team is Wednesday, May 15. Lake Charles Memorial Sports Medicine will provide sports physicals for high school athletes involved in both spring and fall sports. For more information, call 337-494-4790.

Lake Charles Civic Ballet's Spring Performance: May 19 at 3 p.m. in the Rosa Hart Theatre. Students of the Lady Leah Lafargue School of the Dance will showcase their skills in ballet, tap, and jazz at this free event, which will feature "L'Academie du Monsieur Dubriovsky," "New York in June" and "Monkeyshine." For more information, visit www.lakecharlescivicballet.com, email info@lakecharlescivicballet.com or call Kelly Gifford at 337-802-5779 or Rhonda Chargois at  337-842-6930.


Journaling and grief: May 15 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at St. Michael Parish Hall, located at 211 West Hutchinson in Crowley. Author, spiritual director, and long-time journalist Joan Broussard will share the experience of grieving the loss of her husband and parents and the merits of journaling her way through grief. To register for the workshop, call 337-783-3313. The event is free to attend.

"Some Enchanted Evening: The Songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein": May 16-19 at 7 p.m. and May 19 at 2 p.m. at the Grand Opera House of the South, located at 505 North Parkerson Ave. in Crowley. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Tickets are available online at www.acadiaplayers.com or www.thegrandoperahouse.org. For more information, contact Logan Frederick  at 337-523-5007 or lgfred2011@yahoo.com.

Crowley Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet: May 16. Awards will be given for Business Person of the Year, Humanitarian of the Year, and three Outstanding Young Citizens. The Chamber Board of Directors will also be recognized. For more information, contact the Crowley Chamber at 337-788-0177. 


Trash Bash 2013: May 11 from 7 a.m. to noon at the Beauregard Parish Fairgrounds in DeRidder. The City of DeRidder and Beauregard Parish will host the event. Items being accepted include appliances, tires, batteries, yard debris, aluminum and scrap iron. Discarded paint must remain in the original container. Items that contain freon will not be accepted.

Ride For The Bear motorcycle run: May 18 with registration starting at 8 a.m. and the run beginning at 9 a.m. in the Park Terrace Shopping Center in DeRidder. Tickets start at $35 and include a t-shirt, a patch and food and drink. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Lindsay Foundation. For information call 353-3400.

SWLA All Veterans Reunion and Festival: May 18 in downtown DeRidder. The event begins at 3 p.m. and will feature live entertainment, military activities, static displays and a variety of vendors. The Veterans Breakfast will be held on May 19 at 9 a.m. in the War Memorial Civic Center in DeRidder. 


Ellis Vanicor & The Lacassine Playboys: May 11 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Liberty Theatre at 200 West Park Ave. in Eunice. This event is being held as part of the "Rendez-vous des Cajuns" Cajun Music Radio & TV Show. 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.

Evans, La.:

Great Mother's Day Canoe Race: May 12 at 2 p.m. on the Sabine River. The race will start at Burr's Ferry Bridge and end at Riverbend Canoe Rentals in Evans, La. The entry fee for the race is $60 and includes a life jacket and canoe rental. Trophies will be awarded for first, second and third place. For more information, call Wesley Smith at 337-378-5054 or 337-286-9455. 

Marthaville, La.:

Dulcimer workshops: May 18 at the Rebel State Historic Site, located at 1260 Hwy. 1221 in Marthaville, La. A new player workshop will take place at 9 a.m., followed by mountain dulcimer workshops at 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and hammered dulcimer workshops at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. A concert will be held at 5:30 p.m., followed by an awards ceremony and an open jam session at 6:15 p.m. Admission to the park is $4 for adults ages 13 to 61 and free for schools groups, children ages 12 and under, seniors ages 62 and over and State Parks annual pass holders. For more information, call 888-677-3600 or 318-472-6255 or visit www.LaStateParks.com. 


Jazz on the Plazz: May 10 at 6 p.m. on the plaza of the Hilliard Museum, located at 710 East Saint Mary Blvd. The UL Lafayette Faculty Jazz Combo will perform. Cocktails will be served. Tickets are $25 each or $200 for a reserved table seating four. Proceeds will benefit Chorale Acadienne and the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ullafayettefoundation.org or in the James W. Bean Museum Store at the Hilliard. For more information, call 337-482-0817 or email artmuseum@louisiana.edu.

Healthy Mother's Day Jam/Walk: May 11 from 9 to 2 a.m. at Henry Heymann Park, located at 1500 S. Orange St. in Lafayette. The Walk will begin at 10 a.m. The event is open to the public and will feature live entertainment, street painting and food, arts and craft vendors. The McComb-Veazey Neighborhood Coterie and the Acadiana Breastfeeding Coalition will be hosting the event.

Pond management seminar: May 14 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the South Regional Lafayette Parish Library, located at 6101 Johnston St. in Lafayette. Topics discussed will include pond construction, fish stocking, weed management, water quality and aeration. The LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant are hosting the event. For more information, contact Mark Shirley, LSU AgCenter regional aquaculture specialist, at 337-898-4335 or Greg Lutz, LSU AgCenter state aquaculture specialist, at 225-765-2848.

Job fair: May 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cajundome Convention Center, located at 444 Cajundome Boulevard in Lafayette. The event is free and open to the public and will be hosted by the Lafayette Economic Development Authority. Career consultant Danielle Daynes will hold four seminars at the event. They are as follows: How to Ace an Interview at 9 a.m., Following up after the Job Fair at 10:30 a.m., Resume Writing at 11:30 a.m. and How to Successfully Use LinkedIn at 1:30 p.m. A complete list of employers and service providers that will attend can be found at http://www.lafayette.org/site372.php. Accommodations will be made for disabled persons, if notice is given at least three days prior to the event by calling 337-593-1400. 


Texas Hold 'Em Poker Run: May 11 at VFW Post 3106 in Leesville. Registration begins at 9 a.m., with the ride starting at 11 a.m. Tickets are $25 per rider and $15 per passenger and include lunch from the Mustard Seed. A silent auction and regular auction will be held after the ride. Proceeds from the event will benefit Avery Gronski and the Williams Syndrome Changing Lives Foundation. For more information, call 718-9197. 

Orange, Texas: 

Caffeinated Plants: May 11 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. During this program for adults, explore caffeinated plants that grow in Shangri La. Be sure to wear walking shoes for a scavenger hunt in this program that teaches about coffee-alternatives. Participants will stroll about one mile during this informative, outdoor program. For more information or to reserve a space, call 409-670-9799. For more information, visit www.shangrilagardens.org.

Flying Dinosaurs: May 18 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. In this hands-on program, attendees will dig in the mud and search the air for dragonflies. Delve into the life cycle of dragonflies and explore their habitats, which include Shangri La's gardens. For more information or to reserve a space, call 409-670-9799. For more information, visit www.shangrilagardens.org.


2013 Mac Burns/West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital Foundation Golf Tournament: May 11 at the Frasch Golf Course in Sulphur. The tournament will follow a 4-man scramble format with a double shotgun start at 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The entry fee is $400 per team, which covers food, drinks, shirts, range balls and mulligans. For more information, call 337-527-4241.

Sulphur High School Alumni Softball Tournament: May 18-19. Games for the men's division will be held on Saturday, and games for the co-ed division will be held on Sunday. For more information, click HERE or contact Coach Duhon at 337-217-4430, ext 2331. 


Family Safety Day: May 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pinderosa Park, located at 2901 Westwood Road in Westlake. Phillips 66 will host the event, which will focus on transportation safety and will feature various exhibits and activities. The event is free and open to the public. Food and beverages will be provided. For more information, contact Carol Collins at 337-491-4443 or carol.a.collins@p66.com.