There's a lot going on in and around Southwest Louisiana this weekend. Events include Juneteenth 2013, a homeownership expo and technology classes for senior citizens in Lake Charles. Elsewhere, the Cajun Little Britches Rodeo will be held in DeRidder, the Eunice Players Theatre will perform "Always…Patsy Cline," and Sulphur's Movies in the Square series will continue with "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted."
Next week, the City Challenge begins.
City Challenge events
As part of the "City Challenge – Start Walking Calcasieu!" program, participating cities will hold Walk With Your Mayor events, where cities will compete to see who has the largest percentage of residents participating in the event.
The Walk with Your Mayor events schedule is as follows:
Lake Charles: June 22 at 7:30 a.m. at the Lake Charles Civic Center Promenade.
Westlake: June 22 at 8 a.m. at the Manegan Center.
DeQuincy: June 22 at 9 a.m. at the DeQuincy Baseball/Softball Complex.
Iowa: June 15 at 10 a.m. at the Iowa High School track.
Sulphur: June 29 at 8 a.m. at the Groves at Heritage Square.
Vinton: June 29 at 8 a.m. at the Vinton High School track.
Registration will be held 30 minutes before each walk. Participants can also pledge to participate by filling out a pledge form at www.healthierswla.com. For more information, contact the Partnership for a Healthier Southwest Louisiana at 497-0127, ext. 16.
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: 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.
Juneteenth 2013: June 15 at the Lake Charles Civic Center, located at 900 Lakeshore Drive. The event will feature live music and competitions including the Hat Parade, the Mother/Daughter Look-a-like Contest, the Father/Son Look-a-like Contest, a domino Championship and a Barbecue Cook-Off. Admission to the event is $10 for adults and free for children ages 12 and under. For more information, call 337-491-9955.
4th Annual Memorial Sports Medicine Symposium: June 15 at L'Auberge Casino Resort in Lake Charles. The symposium will feature presentations on sports-related injuries and treatments in the fields of orthopaedics and orthopaedic trauma, family medicine, physical therapy and athletic training. Guest speaker will be Dr. Timothy Kremchek, Medical Director and Chief Orthopaedic Surgeon for the Cincinatti Reds. This event is free and open to those in the sports medicine field. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Space is limited, and registration is required. To register, visit www.lcmh.com/symposium or call 337-494-2936.
Homeownership Expo: June 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Business and Career Solution Center meeting room located at 2424 3rd St. in Lake Charles. The Calcasieu Parish Housing Department will host the event. Presentations will be given on topics such as housing counseling, the steps to buying a home, home equity loans, inspections, hurricane preparedness, affordability, down payments, closing costs and more. Lenders, realtors and housing counselors will be available to answer questions. Lunch will also be provided. Registration is required at www.cppj.net/expo or via phone by contacting Amanda Hartley with the Calcasieu Parish Housing Department at 337-721-4030.
Technology classes for senior citizens:
The "Welcome to the World Wide Web" will be offered June 17, July 1 and August 5 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. The course will show participants how to browse the Internet effectively to take advantage of the available online resources.
The "Cyber Safety" course will be offered from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on June 19 and from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on July 15 and August 7. The course will teach participants to identify safe and secure web sites, protect passwords, use proper "Netiquette," and decipher legitimate email from phishing scams.
All classes are free to ages 55 and up and will be held in a lab at the CPSB Technology Training Center, located at 1724 Kirkman St. Class enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis, and spaces are limited. To reserve a space, contact Nancy Rougeau at 217-4120, extension 1030 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Microsoft Word 2010 Basics: June 19 at 10 a.m. at Central Library, located at 301 W. Claude St. in Lake Charles. Adults will cover the basics of Microsoft Word 2010. Attendees must have basic computer skills. Registration is required. For more information, call the library at 721-7116.
Beginning Genealogy Workshop: June 20 at 10 a.m. at the Southwest Louisiana Genealogical and Historical Library, located at 411 Pujo Street in Lake Charles. Staff will provide information on how to begin genealogy research and will give a tour of the Genealogical library. For more information, call the library at 721-7110.
"Starting and Financing a Small Business": June 20 from 5-7:30 p.m. in Room 122 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, sources of funding 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.
Duct Tape Revisited: June 21 at 2 p.m. at Central Library, located at 301 W. Claude St. in Lake Charles. Teens will create items using duct tape. Registration is required. For more information, contact the library at 721-7116.
Know Your Numbers health screenings: June 22 from 7:30 to 11 a.m. at the Lake Charles Civic Center. CHRISTUS St. Patrick, Lake Charles Memorial Health System, West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital, and Women & Children's Hospital along with the Partnership for a Healthier Southwest Louisiana and the City of Lake Charles are partnering to host this free event. Screenings will assess risks for high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol levels and diabetes. Participants must fast for a minimum of 4 hours and should take their daily medication with water prior to the screening. Each participant will have access to on-site diabetes, nutrition, high risk and lifestyle change education. Information will also be available on eligibility for Medicaid and Medicare services.
Cajun Little Britches Rodeo: June 15 at 9 a.m. at the Beauregard Parish Civic Center Covered Arena in DeRidder. An awards ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and rodeo contestants will consist of ages 5 to 18.
"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.
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.
Troy LeJeune & Cajun Revue: June 22 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. 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.
Fill-the-Boot fundraiser: June 15 from 9 a.m. to noon at Entrance Road across from Taco Bell in Fort Polk. The event is being held by the Sandy Hill Fire Department and will benefit local MDA health care services, educational outreach and research. For more information, contact Allison Goodwin, MDA Fundraising Coordinator, at 337-234-0088 or email@example.com.
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.
Drawing with Gerry Wubben: June 20 at 6 p.m. at the Moss Bluff Library, located at 261 Parish Road. McNeese Art Professor, Gerry Wubben, will teach adults the basics of drawing. Registration is required. For more information, contact the library at 721-7128.
"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 the 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.