Through May 10 -- Smithsonian exhibit in DeRidder
The City of DeRidder, in cooperation with Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, will explore the professions and the people who sustain American society when it hosts, “The Way We Worked,” a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition. It will be on display at the Beauregard Parish Library, through May 10. For more information, call 462-8900.
LifeShare blood drives for April:
Saturday, April 26 -- Noon to 6 p.m. at Wal-Mart in Leesville
Sunday, April 27 -- 8:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m. at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Leesville
Monday, April 28 -- Noon to 6 p.m. at Wal-Mart in Leesville
Tuesday, April 29 -- 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 162nd Infantry Building, 7318A at Fort Polk
Tuesday, April 29 -- 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Corvais Military Living, 7059 Magnolia at Fort Polk
Wednesday, April 30 -- 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Evans High School in the gym
April -- Derek Gollaher, April exhibiting artist at JSG
The Joseph Sisters Gallery presents Derek Gollaher as their April exhibiting artist. For more information, call 378-5055.
April -- Gallery One Ellleven exhibit
April -- Vernon Parish Fire Academy
Leesville Fire Department officials have announced that applications are being accepted for a Vernon Parish Fire Academy. The training started April 22. Classes will be every Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Officials say the aim is to train those interested in becoming full-time, paid firefighters, as well as to increase opportunities and experience of fire district personnel. Instructors will be from the Leesville Fire Department and from the Vernon Parish Fire District. Those interested in attending can call Leesville Fire Chief Dewaine Lawson at 353-1576.
April 24 -- Tractor Supply 4-H clover event
Vernon Parish 4-H members will be in front of Tractor Supply in Leesville on Thursday, April 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for 4-H Day. Tractor Supply will support the 4-H program with the sale of 4-H clovers while members will have a jumper for the kids, face painting, airbrush tattoos, baked goods for sale and more. All proceeds will go toward the Relay for Life fund in support of the American Cancer Society.
April 24-27 -- "The Marvelous Wonderettes"
The Lagniappe Theatre Group of Alexandria will present, "The Marvelous Wonderettes," on April 24-27 at the Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center in downtown Alexandria. This musical comedy features over 20 songs from the late 1950s and early 1960s. It tracks the lives of four girls from Springfield High. For ticket information and show times, visit www.lagniappetheatre.com
or call 318-487-8243.
April 26 -- Concert in downtown DeRidder
Grabow Riot and the Lindley Creek Gospel Singers will perform at 5:30 p.m. April 26 at the Amerisafe Pavilion in downtown DeRidder.
April 26 -- First Fort Polk Community Poker Run
The first Fort Polk Community Poker Run, which will benefit Brothers and Sisters in Arms Dog Training, will be held Saturday, April 26. Starting at the Daiquiri Station in Leesville, kick stands will go up at 10 a.m. Bikers can chooise between a "wet" or "dry" route. Entertainment will include a "Framing the Red" concert, bikini bike wash, huge auction, door prizes and more. For more information, click HERE
April 26 -- "The Great White Way"
St. James Episcopal Church in Alexandria (1620 Murray Street) will host "The Great White Way" on Saturday, April 26 at 7 p.m. This event will close the 2013-2014 concert series at the church. The show will feature four professional singers from New York and their accompanist performing old and new Broadway favorites. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 318-445-9845.
April 28 -- Pickering kindergarten, HeadStart and LA4 registration
Pickering Elementary School will hold early bird registration for kindergarten, HeadStart or LA4 students only on Monday, April 28 from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the elementary gym. For more information, call 537-3394.
April 30 -- LHSAA essay contest deadline
The Louisiana High School Athletic Association will hold its 3rd Annual "Beyond the Game" essay contest. It's open to all students ages 14-18 in grades 9-12. The topic this year is, "What is a good sportsman?" First place winner gets $500 and recognition at the coaches' clinic in July. The deadline to enter is 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 30. For more information, contact Renee Trimble at the LHSAA at 225-300-4202.
May -- Impromptu Players show
The Impromptu Players will present "Murder's in the Heir" in May. It's an audience interactive murder mystery comedy by Billy St. John. Dinner shows will be $20 for adults and $18 for students. Dates are May 2 and May 10 at 7 p.m. nightly. Non-dinner shows are $10 for adults and $8 for students. Dates are May 3 at 7 p.m., May 4 at 2 p.m. and May 9 at 7 p.m. Shows are held at the Wooten Theater in downtown DeRidder. For more, call 462-2751.
May 2-3 -- Mayfest
Mayfest, an annual live music festival held in downtown Leesville, will be held on May 2 from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and May 3 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Enjoy live music featuring Mia Borders, Frank Foster, Beaushyne, David Locklear, the Mulligan Brothers and more on the streets as you browse homemade vendors from across the state. For more information, call 238-0783. More HERE
Friday, May 2 -- Warrior Fest
Friday, May 2 -- Warrior Fest
The 2014 Warrior Fest at Fort Polk will be from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and takes place at the AAR Theatre parking lot, behind the bowling center. This is open to all active-duty, Department of Defense civilians, retirees and their families. This is a family-friendly, MWR event. There will be live music from the U.S. Army Material Command Band, "Raw Material." Also, there will be a magic show, static displays, food vendors, car/bike show, inflatables and kids' activities. The event culminates the celebration of Warrior Week on Fort Polk.
May 3 -- Children's garden opening/Master Gardener garage sale
A children's garden will open at the Beauregard Parish Fairgrounds exhibition hall on Saturday, May 3 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Also, the Beauregard Master Gardeners will hold a garage sale that day in the same location. Children are invited to visit the garden. Master Gardeners will be there to guide them through the garden. For more information, call Keith Hawkins at 463-7006.
May 3 -- Armadillo Stampede
May 3 -- Treasure Fest
Treasure Fest, DeRidder's mile-long garage sale, will be held on Saturday, May 3 in DeRidder's West Park. If you are interested in a space for your garage sale, call 337-463-5534 or stop by the commission's office at 204 W First St in DeRidder (the old DeRidder Post Office). A $20 refundable deposit is required for each space that is reserved. This event is sponsored by the Beauregard Tourist Commission and the City of DeRidder. Deposits are refunded on the day of the event and no city permits are required to participate.
May 3-4 -- Gallery One Ellleven exhibit
Gallery One Ellleven in downtown Leesville will host their May exhibit featuring a gallery artists' group exhibit beginning May 3. Artists will be on hand both days of Mayfest. For more information, visit www.galleryoneellleven.org
May 4 -- Umpire school
Registration for becoming an ASA (American Softball Association) certified umpire will be held Sunday, May 4 at 2 p.m. Registration will be at the Fort Polk softball complex. There will also be an "On the field" clinic following registration. The cost is $45. For more information, call Andy Anderson at 423-6466.
May 5 -- SWLA Beekeepers meeting
The Southwest Louisiana Beekeepers Association will meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, May 5 at the War Memorial Civic Center in DeRidder. Experienced beekeepers will be on hand to share advice. For more information, call Keith Hawkins at 463-7006.
May 7-10 -- Jasper Lions Club Rodeo
The "Granddaddy of East Texas Radio" returns May 7-10 as the Jasper Lions Club presents their annual benefit rodeo. The event is full of exciting rodeo action as well as great music. It's family-oriented and draws thousands each year. Listen for details on how to win tickets on Today's Country 105.7.
May 10 -- Amanda Ratzlaff Craft, exhibiting artist at JSG
The Joseph Sisters Gallery will present Amanda Ratzlaff Craft as their May exhibiting artist. An opening reception will be held on May 10. For more information, call 337-378-5055.
May 10 -- Ride For The Bear
The annual "Ride For The Bear" to benefit the Lindsay Foundation is Saturday, May 10. Registration is at 8 a.m. Kick stands will be up at 9 a.m. Riders will leave from the Park Terrace Shopping Center parking lot in DeRidder. Cost is $35 per entry and it includes a lot of goodies. This is a charity event to benefit children with special needs. For more information, call Reese at 353-3400 or 884-3938.
May 10 -- Beauregard Chamber 5K run/one mile walk
The Greater Beauregard Chamber of Commerce will hold their 12th annual 5K run/one mile walk on Saturday, May 10 at 8 a.m. The start and finish line will be in front of Presley's BBQ in downtown DeRidder. Pre-registration is through May 5 and is $20 per runner. After that, the cost will be $25. There are several age categories and teams can also compete. For more information, call the Chamber at 463-5533.
May 10 -- Painting in the Park in Hodges Gardens
Hodges Gardens State Park will host "Painting in the Park" on Saturday, May 10 from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants will paint a swamp sunset. It's recommended for adults. Bring a canvas and all other supplies will be provided.
May 10 -- Longleaf pine management field day
The Southwest Louisiana Longleaf Pine Landowner Field Day will be held May 10 at CM Farms at 200 John Broussard Road in Dry Creek. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The program starts at 9 a.m. with a landowner tour to follow. Bus transportation will be provided. The event wraps up at 3 p.m. Topics covered will be LLP management, invasive plant species, use of prescribed fire, landowner cost share incentives and contractor access. Lunch will include fried catfish and crawfish etoufee. Cost to attend is $10. You can send registrations to Kennedy Landry, Beauregard NRCS, 597 Mahlon Street, DeRidder, LA, 70634. For more information, call 463-8555, ext. 3.
May 11 -- Great Mother's Day Canoe Race
Riverbend Canoe Rentals will host their 2nd Annual Great Mother's Day Canoe Race on the Sabine River on Sunday, May 11. The race will begin at 3 p.m. at the Burr's Ferry Bridge and the finish line will be Riverbend Canoe Rentals in Evans. Last year's winner made it in about one and a half hours. Entry fees are $60 per team and includes canoe and life jacket rental. Every contestant will get a T-shirt and trophies will be awarded for first, second and third place with cash prizes based on percentage of the entry fees. For more information, call Wesley Smith at 337-378-5054 or 337-286-9455.
May 13 -- Job fair
The Beauregard Parish Job Fair is slated from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 13 at the Beauregard Parish Fairgrounds exhibition hall in DeRidder. This event is sponsored by the Beauregard Community Coalition, Norris Memorial Church of God in Christ, the Greater Beauregard Chamber of Commerce, Louisiana Workforce Commission and the City of DeRidder. Several career preparation workshops will be held prior to the job fair at the DeRidder Housing Authority. Dates for those are Tuesday, May 6 and Monday, May 12, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, call 337-401-5712 or 337-292-1479.
May 16 -- DeRidder 'Arts Parade' concert series
The City of DeRidder's 6th Annual Arts Parade Concert Series is underway. Tickets are $40 per person and the fee covers all concerts this year. The first concert was held March 20. Tickets can be purchased at DeRidder City Hall or Curious Cargo. The shows will take place at the Wooten Theatre at 7 p.m. for the three dates. Social time begins at 6:30 p.m. with finger foods and fellowship. Musicians will have a New Orleans flavor this year. May 16 will feature The Victory Belles. Another concert is also slated this summer. For more information, call Misty Clanton at 337-462-8900.
May 17 -- 4th Annual Benefit Car, Truck and Cycle Show
Fatboy and Skinny's will sponsor their 4th Annual Benefit Car, Truck and Cycle Show on Saturday, May 17 at the restaurant on U.S. 171 and Lula Street in Leesville. More HERE
May 24 -- Leesville pools open
The City of Leesville will open the city's leisure pool and the pool at the old state school (as the new municipal pool) beginning Saturday, May 24. The leisure pool is a kiddie splash pool. The municipal pool has depths of 10-feet. You can find the hours and admission fees at leesvillela.gov
June 2 -- SWLA Beekeepers' honey extraction session
The Southwest Louisiana Beekeepers will meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, June 2 at the War Memorial Civic Center in DeRidder. The annual event demonstrates how a honeycomb is uncapped and how the honey is collected. The results are tasted on biscuits. Experienced beekeepers will be on hand. For more information, contact Keith Hawkins, County Agent, at 463-7006.
June 4-7 - 4th Infantry Regiment Veterans' Association Reunion
The first reunion for the 4th Infantry Regiment Veterans will be held at Fort Polk on June 4-7. The four-day event will be packed full of activities for veterans and families. In addition to regular business meetings, there will be cookouts, tomahawk throwing, memorial services as well as sight-seeing and tours. For more information, contact the 4th Infantry Regiment Veterans' Association at 337-424-2120/1885.
June 9-13 -- Camp Discovery Grades 1-4
Camp Discovery, a summer enrichment at South Polk Elementary for students who have completed grades 1-4, is a fast-paced week of exciting activities in science, math and technology set for June 9-13. Students will enjoy experiments, exploration and projects in a small group learning environment. Activities will focus on higher level thinking skills that target key Common Core components. Cost is $50 per child. Any child in the parish is eligible. For more information, contact Jacquie Prielipp at 537-8120. Bus transportation will not be available.
June 9-13 -- Camp Discovery Grades 5-8
Camp Discovery, a summer enrichment at Pickering Elementary for students who have completed grades 5-8, is a fast-paced week of exciting activities in science, math and technology set for June 9-13. Students will enjoy experiments, exploration and projects in a small group learning environment. Activities will focus on higher level thinking skills that target key Common Core components. Cost is $50 per child. Any child in the parish is eligible. For more information, contact Jacquie Prielipp at 537-8120. Bus transportation will not be available.
June 14 -- Alvin Batiste, exhibiting artist at JSG
The Joseph Sisters Gallery will present Alvin Batiste, the most sought-after and collected country artist since the likes of Clementine Hunter, as their June exhibiting artist. An opening reception will be held June 14 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, call 337-378-5055.
June 12-14 -- Prescribed burning workshop
There will be a prescribed burning workshop from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, June 12-14 at the War Memorial Civic Center. Times on June 12 will be from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Times on June 14 will be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and times on Saturday will be from 8 a.m. to noon. The SWLA Forestry Association, the LSU AgCenter, and the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) will be having a workshop to enable forest landowners to burn their lands safely and legally. Topics will include fuels, burning techniques, proper tools, optimal weather conditions, smoke management, liability management, planning, fire behavior and more. The cost is $130. Class size is limited to the first 25 applicants. Make checks payable to: LSU AgCenter, and send to LSU AgCenter, P.O. Box 609, DeRidder, 70634.For more information, contact Keith Hawkins, County Agent, at 463-7006.
June 13-14 -- Coushatta Powwow
The annual Coushatta Powwow will be June 13-14 at The Pavilion at Coushatta Casino Resort Kinder. Follow ticket information and the schedule HERE
June 26-28 -- 2014 Beauregard Watermelon Festival
The Beauregard Watermelon Festival will take place June 26-28 at the Beauregard Parish Fairgrounds in DeRidder. There will be rides, entertainment, music, shopping and food. As always, there will be watermelon-themed competitions. There will also be vendors, a car show, pageant, balloon artist, livestock show and more. Find the full lineup at the festival's website, http://www.beauregardwatermelonfestival.com
Ongoing -- "Tee Off Tuesdays"
The City of Leesville has announced that "Tee-Off Tuesday" will be held every Tuesday at the Leesville Municipal Golf Course. Registration begins at 4 p.m., with tee-off at 4:30 p.m. The cost for this event is only $20, which includes 9 holes of golf, riding cart, snacks, a chance at prize money and, of course, bragging rights. The winners will be announced and 1st and 2nd place prizes will be awarded immediately after the last golfer turns in score card each week. More HERE
Ongoing -- Beauregard Parish Library story times
The Beauregard Parish Library hosts story time every Wednesday at 11 a.m. in DeRidder. It's also held on the first Saturday at the Merryville branch and on the second Saturday at the East Beauregard branch.
Ongoing -- LHS Diamond Club
A booster club has been formed to support the Leesville High School Baseball Program. The LHS Diamond Club charges $25 for a yearly membership and $500 for a Lifetime Membership. For information, call Heath at 353-8879 or Kimberly at 210-275-1362
Ongoing -- LA Poultry Fanciers swap meet, sale
Louisiana Poultry Fanciers holds its meeting, swap meet and sale every third Saturday of each month -- rain or shine -- at the Sabine Parish Fairgrounds in Many from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, visit www.louisianapoultryfanciers.com
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ongoing -- Mother Goose story hour
Mother Goose story hour is held at the Vernon Parish Library from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. each Wednesday.
Ongoing -- Eagle hike at South Toledo Bend State Park
South Toledo Bend State Park holds an eagle walk on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the Eagle Nest Trail next to cabin 19. The interpretive ranger takes attendees on an easy walk with gentle slopes to the end of the trail. The nest is no longer there due to the winds and rains of Hurricane Rita, however, eagles can still be seen in the area. Those with questions can call Sunny at 337-286-9079 or 337-286-9075.
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