Here are your highlights for the weekend and beyond:
15th Annual Downtown at Sundown series: Fridays through 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 during concerts. The series will feature 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.
2013 Liquid Society concert series: Thursdays through Aug. 29 by the pool at L'Auberge Casino Resort in Lake Charles. Concerts begin at 8:30 p.m. with doors opening at 7 p.m. Concerts are scheduled to end around 11 p.m. Tickets range from $10 to $20 per show. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com or at the Business Center or Legends at L'Auberge. Event location is subject to change and/or cancellation due to inclement weather. The lineup is as follows: Blackberry Smoke on May 30, Kenny Wayne Shepherd on June 6, Robert Randolph on June 13, Tate Stevens on June 20, DJ Pauly D on June 27, Eli Young Band on July 4, Summerland Tour featuring Everclear, Live, Filter and Sponge on July 11, Purple Reign (a Prince tribute band) on July 18, 311 on July 25, TBA on August 1, Buckcherry on August 8, Big Night Out Tour featuring Fuel, Hoobastank, Lit and Alien Ant Farm on August 15, TBA on August 22 and The Cult on August 29. For more information, click HERE.
Memorial Day Avenue of the Flags: May 27 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Orange Grove/Graceland Cemetery on Broad St. in Lake Charles. Casket flags will line the drive through the cemetery in honor of fallen men and women. In addition to the memorial flags, the Avenue of Flags will also feature a history circle where replicas of eight previous United States flags will be flown. Admission to the event is free.
Calcasieu Parish Public Library's Summer Reading Program Kick-off: May 31 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Harbor's Edge Pavilion at Prien Lake Park. The Calliope Puppets will perform. Refreshments will be available, and participants will have the opportunity to sign up for the Summer Reading Program. The Friends of the Library-Calcasieu will also be selling Summer Reading Program t-shirts and book bags. Participants can sign up at their local library throughout the summer where they will receive a reading log and/or review forms. Patrons can also sign up on the library website at www.calcasieulibrary.org where they can log books and submit reviews.
Louisiana High School and Junior High School Rodeo Finals: May 31-June 8 at Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles, with the Junior High Finals taking place May 31-June 2 and the High School Finals taking place June 4-8. Junior High performances will be at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. on Sunday. All High School performances will be at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults and free for children ages 6 and under. For more information, call 337-802-8726 or visit http://www.lhsra.info/.
McNeese State University Summer Reading Clinic: Mondays through Thursdays on June 3-27 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The clinic is for elementary students entering grades 1-6. The students will receive one-on-one tutoring and participate in reading-enriched activities with a teacher. The cost is $175, which includes a $50 deposit with the completed application. For more information or to request an application, call the McNeese Department of Education Professions at 337-475-5471.
Catch a Concert: Mondays in June. The Lake Charles Community Band will perform at the Civic Center Arcade Pavilion beginning at 7 p.m. Lawn chairs and picnics are welcome. In the event of inclement weather, the concerts will move to the second floor Civic Center Mezzanine. For more information, call 337-625-9077.
Coushatta Farmers' Market Fun Fest: June 1 from 7:30 a.m. to noon in Koasati Plaza, located at 1007 Main Street in Elton, La. The event will feature a performance by the Bernie Alan Band as well as water slides, a rock wall, a petting zoo and clowns. The event will mark the end of the spring season of the Coushatta farmer's market. The market will return in October for the fall season. For more information, contact Duhon at 337-246-3199 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Job Fair/Free Training Session: May 31 from 9 a.m. to noon at 303 N. Lake Arthur Ave. in Jennings. The session is aimed at welders, structural fitters, pipe fitters and pipe welders. To apply, visit http://www.train32.com.
25th Annual Cajun Heartland State Fair: through June 2 at the Cajundome in Lafayette. The fair opens at 5 p.m. on weekdays and at noon on weekends. Admission is free, and parking is $10 per vehicle. Advance tickets for rides are available at the Cajundome Box Office through May 24. Performers at the festival will include Wayne Toups and Zydecajun, Geno Delafose and the French Rockin' Boogie, and Bag of Donuts. For a schedule of performances, visit http://www.cajundome.com/grandstand.aspx. Other attractions will include The Pepsi Playground, Jingles the Clown, a petting zoo, pony rides and a circus. For more information, click HERE.
Lafayette Public Library's Summer Reading Kickoff: May 31 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the South Regional Library, located at 6101 Johnston Street in Lafayette. The event is free and open to the public. Johnette Downing will perform "Reading Rocks" from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and from 2 to 3 p.m., followed by Zoo-Zoom: The Little Traveling Zoo on Wheels" from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Northside High Drill SQUAD will also perform from noon to 12:25 p.m. and from 1 to 1:25 p.m. There will also be crafts, face painting, a fun jump, and more. For more information, call 981-1028 or visit LafayettePublicLibrary.org.
Summer driver's education class: May 28-31 at South Hall on the Northwestern State University campus. The class will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is being offered by NSU's Office of Electronic and Continuing Education. The fee for the class is $350. Those taking the class must be 15 years old by the first day of class. For more information or to register, call 800-376-2422 or 318-357-5003.
Cookin' on the Cane Barbecue Competition & Festival: May 30 to June 1 on the downtown Natchitoches riverbank. The competition is open to professional and amateur cooks, and there will also be a children's barbecue chicken cook-off, open to ages 5 to 16. Attendees will not be allowed to eat the cook-off entries, but food vendors will be available at the event, which will feature live entertainment and children's activities. For more information, including rules, regulations and registration information, visit http://www.natchitochesjaycees.com/bbq/.