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SWLA Weekend Guide

Johnny Sonnier. (SOURCE: David Simpson) Johnny Sonnier. (SOURCE: David Simpson)

There's a lot going on in and around Southwest Louisiana this weekend. Events will include the Calcasieu and Acadiana Kennel Clubs Annual Dog Show and the last Downtown at Sundown concert in Lake Charles, as well as the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office Annual Youth Fishing Derby. In Jennings, there will be a special showing of "Breakfast at Tiffany's" at the Strand Theatre, and in Crowley, there will be a stage performance of "The Little Mermaid" by The Pandemonium Theater Group. In Eunice, Johnny Sonnier & Cajun Heritage will perform as part of the "Rendez-vous des Cajuns" Cajun Music Radio & TV Show.

Here are your highlights for the weekend and beyond:

Lake Charles:

Eye Bombing Challenge:  through June 21 at Central Library, located at 301 W. Claude St. in Lake Charles. "Eye Bombing" is the act of placing googly eyes on inanimate objects, and teens can take photos of their eye bombing missions and send them to the library. For more information on how and where to email your photos, contact the Central Library Young Adult Librarian at 337-721-7121.

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.

2013 Liquid Society concert series: Thursdays through August 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: 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: http://northcalcasieu.kplctv.com/news/news/79842-lauberge-announces-lineup-2013-liquid-society-concert-series.

Calcasieu and Acadiana Kennel Clubs Annual Dog Show: through June 9 at the Lake Charles Civic Center, located at 900 Lakeshore Drive. The show opens at 8:30 a.m. Friday and at 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The show ends at 4 p.m. daily. Admission is free, and the event is open to the public. Dogs and judges from across the nation are expected to participate in the many competitions, including junior showmanship and American Kennel Club (AKC) sanctioned confirmation dog shows, in which dogs will be measured against the standards of the American Kennel Club. For more information, call 337-304-5788 or visit www.calcasieukc.com.

15th Annual Downtown at Sundown series: 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. This week's concert will feature City Heat. In the case of inclement weather, 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.

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office Annual Youth Fishing Derby: June 8 from 6 to 9 a.m. at the CPSO Farm Pond, located behind the Calcasieu Correctional Center at 5400 E. Broad Street. Participants, who must be 15 years of age or younger, are asked to bring their own fishing gear (only one per person), bait, and a cooler to bring their fish home. Refreshments will be provided. This is event is offered to children free of charge, and youth groups are welcome to attend. For more information, call 263-4371 or 491-3618.

Sasol's Second Saturday Science Show: June 8 at 11 a.m. at the Children's Museum, located at 327 Broad Street in downtown Lake Charles. Sasol employees will present "Liquid Nitrogen Isn't Just Cool … It's Freezing!" Pressure demonstrations include a mini rocket using capped film canisters and a vacuum in flask that sucks in a hard-boiled egg! For more information, call 337-433-9420 or visit www.swlakids.org.

Safe Sitter classes: June 12 and 19 and July 10 at Memorial Hospital for Women, located at 1900 W. Gauthier Road. Lake Charles Memorial Hospital will host a series of designed for boys and girls ages 11-13. Babysitters will learn safety tips, emergency situation assessment and response and how to have fun with children. Classes are $35 per sitter and will be held in Guth Education Rooms 1 & 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Registration is required. For more information or to register, call 480-7243.

Amazing Thursday: The Nature Gang: June 13 at 11 a.m. at the Children's Museum, located at 327 Broad Street in downtown Lake Charles. Meet our new baby iguana, "Iggy III." Our Director, Dan Ellender, will let you pet our cockatiels "Lola" and "Maya" as well as learn all about their habitats and diets. We will also feed the fish and crabs. For more information, call 337-433-9420 or visit www.swlakids.org.

Crowley, La.:

"The Little Mermaid": June 7-8 at 7 p.m. and June 9 at 2 p.m. at the Grand Opera House of the South, located at 505 N. Parkerson Ave. in Crowley. The Pandemonium Theater Group will present their production of based on The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen. Tickets are $10 for students and $12 for adults and can be purchased online at www.thegrandoperahouse.org. Tickets can also be purchased by calling the Grand Opera House at 337-785-0440, or at the door one hour prior to show.

Eunice:

Johnny Sonnier & Cajun Heritage: June 8 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Liberty Theatre, located at 200 West Park Ave. in Eunice. The performance is being presented as part of the "Rendez-vous des Cajuns" Cajun Music Radio & TV Show. Emcee will be Larry Miller. Tickets go on sale Saturday at 4 p.m. at the ticket window of the Liberty Theater. Tickets are $5 and general admission seating. For more information, call the Eunice Mayor's Office at 337-457-7389 or visit www.eunice-la.com.

The Delta Drifters with Jeff LeBlanc, followed by Wallace Trahan and Rice & Gravy: June 15 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Liberty Theatre, located at 200 West Park Ave. in Eunice. The performance is being presented as part of the "Rendez-vous des Cajuns" Cajun Music Radio & TV Show. Emcee will be Ryan Simon. Tickets go on sale Saturday at 4 p.m. at the ticket window of the Liberty Theater. Tickets are $5 and general admission seating. For more information, call the Eunice Mayor's Office at 337-457-7389 or visit www.eunice-la.com.

"Always…Patsy Cline": June 15, 18, 19, 22, 25, 28 and 29 at 7 p.m., June 16 and 23 at 2 p.m. and June 26 at 6 p.m. at the theatre at 121 South Second St. in Eunice. The Eunice Players Theatre will perform. For tickets or for more information, call 337-457-2156 or 337-546-0163 or visit www.euniceplayers.blogspot.com.

Jennings:

"Breakfast at Tiffany's": June 8 with shows at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Strand Theatre, located at 423 N. Main St. in Jennings. This is part of the theatre's Movie Nights at the Strand series. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors or children ages 12 and under. For more information, call 337-821-5509.

Lafayette:

Seed to Skillet series: June 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Vermilionville in Lafayette. Greg Guidroz will lead the series, which will highlight the process of growing, harvesting and cooking food. For the meeting for this quarter, Guidroz will focus on vegetables such as tomatoes, okra, corn, beans, peppers and figs. He will demonstrate how to make fig preserves and a maque choux. The next meetings will be held on Sept. 28 and Dec. 21. Admission for the Seed to Skillet series is $15 for adults, $10 for students and free for children 6 and under. To register, call 337-233-4077 or email cuisine@BayouVermilionDistrict.org.

Marthaville, La.:

Harmonica contest: June 8 at 7 p.m. at the Rebel State Historic Site, located at 1260 Louisiana 1221 in Marthaville, La. Contestants can compete in two divisions: Professional or Amateur. The Professional division will feature previous winners of the annual contest. There are five categories that contestants will be judged by:  (1) timing/meter, (2) technique (method/skill), (3) difficulty of music, (4) stage presence and (5) expression of music (harmony, clarity and tone.) For more information, call 888-677-3600 or 318-472-6255 or visit www.LaStateParks.com.

Natchitoches, La.:

"Only in America: A Celebration of American Music": June 12-15 and 19-22 with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. and dinner beginning at 6 p.m. at the A.A. Fredericks Auditorium on the Northwestern State University campus. The Northwestern State Summer Theatre will perform. The first act of the show is a tribute to America's musical heritage, featuring more than 25 number one hits from the big band era through to present day. The second act will feature the music of Dixieland, Broadway and rock and roll. Tickets are $25 for dinner and the show. Advance reservations are required and can be made by calling 318-357-4483.

Starks, La.:

A visit from Jerry Doucet with the National Wildlife Refuge: June 12 at 2:30 p.m. at the Starks Library, located at 113 S. Highway 109 in Starks. Admission is free. For more information, contact the library at 337-721-7107.

Westlake:

Toys for Tots Golf Tournament: June 14 at the National Golf Club of Louisiana in Westlake. The four-person scramble starts at 10 a.m. The Marine Corps Forces Reserve is hosting the event. For more information, contact John Lamar at johnlamar56@yahoo.com or 337-515-2639.

Storytelling with Dr. Delma Porter: June 14 at 10:30 a.m. at the Westlake Library, located at 937 Mulberry St. Dr. Delma Porter from McNeese State University will entertain the audience with her fun and fascinating stories. For more information, call 721-7113 or visit http://calcasieulibrary.org.

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