City Challenge among weekend events in SWLA

(SOURCE: MGN Online)
(SOURCE: MGN Online)

There's a lot going on in and around Southwest Louisiana this weekend. The City Challenge begins in Calcasieu Parish, while a number of charity events and health seminars are planned in Lake Charles, the stage production "Always…Patsy Cline" continues in Eunice, Mary Poppins makes a special appearance at the Strand Theatre in Jennings . For next week, Independence Day celebrations will begin on June 29 with the Patriot Ball in Lake Charles and the 2013 Freedom Fest in Lake Arthur.

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 For more information, contact the Partnership for a Healthier Southwest Louisiana at 497-0127, ext. 16.

Independence Day celebrations:

Lake Charles: Red, White Blue and You on July 4 in downtown Lake Charles. There will be a parade at 6 p.m., a concert at 7:15 p.m., and fireworks at 9:15 p.m. The concert will be held at Lake Charles Civic Center Outdoor Amphitheatre. Performers will include Paul Gonsoulin, John Guidroz and the Lake Charles Community Band. The Louisiana Choral Foundation will give a Salute to the Armed Forces.

The Seventh Annual Southwest Louisiana Patriot's Ball will be held on June 29, at the Lake Charles Civic Center Contraband Room, located at 900 Lakeshore Dr. A social half-hour will kick off the event at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m.  and the bestowing of Patriot of the Year awards. The City of Lake Charles Mayor's Armed Forces Commission will host the event. Tickets are available at the Lake Charles Civic Center (337-491-1256) or at the U.S.S. Orleck Museum (337-214-7447).

Fort Polk: FreedomFest 2013 on July 4 at Headquarters Field with gates opening at 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and will feature a fireworks display, a 50-gun salute, static military displays, children's activities and performances by Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Chris Watson Band. Food vendors will be on-site. There will be no public parking on-site, but a shuttle service will be provided to DOD ID Card holders. Non-DOD ID card holders must park at Honor Field on LA 10. For more information, click HERE.

Jennings: 22nd Annual Stars and Stripes Celebration on July 3 from 4 to 10 p.m. at the Louisiana Oil and Gas Park near I-10 in Jennings. The event will feature food and live entertainment, as well as a fireworks display at 9 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults and free for children ages 12 and under. For more information, call 337-821-5532.

Lake Arthur: Lake Arthur Freedom Fest 2013 on June 29 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in downtown Lake Arthur. A fireworks display will conclude the day's events at 8:30 p.m. The event will feature an apple pie contest, cardboard boat races, face painting, pony and camel rides by Staple Safari and a lookalike contest. Performers will include Jamie Bergeron & the Kickin' Cajuns, Travis Matte & The Kingpins, and The Bon Journeys. A Military Wall will honor current and past military members. Admission is $5 for ages 5 and up. For more information or to download contest registration forms, click HERE.

Information on other Independence Day events can be emailed to KPLC at

Lake Charles:

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 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: 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.

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.

Mayor Randy Roach visits the library: June 25 at 2 p.m. at Central Library, located at 301 W. Claude St. in Lake Charles. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 337-721-7117.

"Darkness to Light: End Child Sexual Abuse Seminar": June 27 from 8:30 a.m. until noon at the Allen P. August Multi-Purpose Annex, located at 2000 Moeling Street in Lake Charles. This free seminar is presented by Louisiana CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) and is designed to train adults in the prevention of child sexual abuse and how to recognize the signs and react responsibly. Registration is required for attendees and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Those interested can register by emailing their name, address, city and phone number to:, or calling Adele Mart or Brenda Prejean at 721-4020.

"A Taste of Good Health" health seminar: June 27 at noon in the Shearman Conference Center at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital on Oak Park Boulevard in Lake Charles. Registered dietician Cynthia Chantlin, RD, LDN, with the Lake Charles Memorial Health System, will give advice on ways to eat healthier and what to look for on food labels. The seminar is free to attend, but reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance, and a light lunch will be provided. For more information or to reserve a place, visit or call 337-494-2936.

"Let Go of the Pain" health seminar: June 27 at 5:30 p.m. at the Center for Orthopaedics, located at 1747 Imperial Blvd. in Lake Charles. Hand and wrist specialist Andrew Foret, MD, will be the guest speaker. Dr. Foret will discuss causes, prevention and advances in diagnosis and treatment options for carpal tunnel syndrome. Seating for the seminar is limited, and pre-registration is requested. Refreshments will be served. To register, call 721-2903 or visit

Sustainability forum: June 28 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Stokes Auditorium in Hardtner Hall at McNeese State University. Guest speaker is Dr. John W. Day Jr., Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, School of the Coast and Environment, at Louisiana State University. This free event is sponsored by McNeese's Pre-law and Politics Society student organization.

LaGrange High School and Barbe High School Classe of 1973 reunion: June 28-29 at the Lake Charles Country Club. The classes are jointly celebrating their 40-year reunion. A social will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday at the Country Club, followed by a performance by a DJ from 8 p.m. to midnight on Saturday. For more information, call 337-764-7210 or email

BayouCon 2013: 9:30 a.m. to midnight on June 29 and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 30 at Chateau de Calcasieu, located at 925 Enterprise Boulevard in Lake Charles. The convention will focus on popular anime, comics, science fiction and video games. This year's featured guest is voice actor Vic Mignogna. For information on ticket pricing and scheduled events, click HERE.


Cameron wetland restoration project: June 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. along Long Beach Road, 10 miles west of Holly Beach. Volunteers will plant over 10,000 dune plants, which will help stabilize the sand, in the hopes of building dunes. All equipment (shovels, gloves, hammers, etc.) will be provided. Lunch will be served to all volunteers, who must be at least 10 years old. All minors who volunteer must be accompanied by an adult. To register to be a volunteer, call the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana at 1-(888)-LACOAST.

Crowley, La.:

LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station Field Day: June 26 in Crowley with field tours taking place from 7:15 to 9 a.m., and research presentations taking place from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Sessions will begin at 10:45 a.m. Speakers will include: Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner, Mike Strain; LSU AgCenter Chancellor, Bill Richardson; and Rogers Leonard, associate vice chancellor. Lunch will follow the program. For more information, click HERE


2013 Beauregard Parish Watermelon Festival: June 27-29 at the Beauregard Parish Fairgrounds in DeRidder. The event will feature carnival rides, a petting zoo, a livestock show, a car show, watermelon eating and seed spitting contests, the Miss Beauregard Watermelon Festival Pageant, the Watermelon 5k Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run, the Watermelon Crawl Diaper Derby, and performances by Jo-El Sonnier, Bee Bop Girls, Murray Conque, Gregg Martinez and the Delta Kings. Jessica Cavalier from "Swamp People" is also scheduled to make an appearance. For more information, contact the Beauregard Parish Tourist Commission at 800-738-5534 or visit


"Always…Patsy Cline": June 22, 25, 28 and 29 at 7 p.m., June 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

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

Vorace Barzas & The Original Mamou Playboys, with guest musician Steve Riley: June 29 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


Movie Nights at the Strand: "Mary Poppins": June 22 with shows at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Strand Theatre, located at 423 N. Main St. in Jennings. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors or children ages 12 and under. For more information, call 337-821-5509.

100th Anniversary of Jefferson Davis Parish: June 26 at 9 a.m. at the Jeff Davis Parish Courthouse in Jennings. The program will include a portrait presentation.


Picnic and Petanque: June 23 on the Petanque courts located on the north end of Girard Park in Lafayette. The picnic will begin at 1 p.m. with Petanque beginning at 2 p.m. The event will end around 4 p.m. Participants are asked to bring chairs as well as food for the picninc. Alliance Francaise de Lafayette and La Boule de Lafayette will co-sponsor the event. For more information, call Mike LeBlanc at 337-654-9467.


Movies in the Square: "Oz the Great and Powerful": June 29 starting at 7:45 a.m. at Heritage Square in Sulphur. This event is free and open to the public. Participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets.

Welsh, La.:

Jeff Davis Business Alliance Farmer's Breakfast: June 25 from 7 to 9 a.m. at the Welsh Community Center. Call 337-824-0933 for details.

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