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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.

Ongoing through April -- Deadline for backpack donations

The Vernon Parish 4-H Teen Leaders have been doing a backpack program for school children to assist with their nutrition and eating habits. They are packing their next round of backpacks on April 8 and need anything a child can open directly and eat from a package or carton -- kid-friendly foods like snack crackers, granola bars, instant mac and cheese, etc. For more information, call Leslie at 239-1674 or Kem at 239-3231. Donations can also be dropped off at the Special Education Center across from the Vernon Parish School Board Office.

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

Gallery One Ellleven will host their April exhibit featuring a group photography exhibit. For more information, visit galleryoneellleven.org or contact galleryoneellleven@gmail.com.

Through April 19 -- National Library Week

The Beauregard Parish Library will observe National Library Week on April 14-19. Patrons are invited to vote on the best book-themed egg designed by a library staff member and displayed at the DeRidder branch. Patrons who vote will be entered into a prize drawing.

April 18 -- Outdoor movie at Hodges Gardens

Hodges Gardens State Park will show an outdoor movie at 8 p.m. Friday, April 18. The film, Hop, will be shown. Families are invited to relax on the lawn and watch the show.

April 18-19 -- Roses in the Pines Arts and Crafts Festival

The Rosepine Historical Society will host its annual festival celebrating the history of their town on April 18-19. The event is held in a large parking lot off U.S. 171, located at the red light in Rosepine. Vendors will offer food and crafts. Some area musicians will also perform. All proceeds from the festival will go toward construction of the Rosepine Evans Park. For more information, call Bonnie Thompson at 463-5659 or Bill Loftin at 396-2448.

April 19 -- Easter activities at Hodges Gardens

Hodges Gardens State Park will host Easter activities for children on Saturday, April 19 starting at 1 p.m. There will be egg hunts for toddlers and children under the age of 10. Ages 10 and up can participate in an Easter geocache event. Young ones can also register for a duck and watch it race down the park's high waterfall.

April 20 -- Hodges Gardens Easter Sunrise Service

Hodges Gardens State Park will host its annual Easter Sunrise Service at 6 a.m. Sunday, April 20. Since 1955, Centenary Choir has been joined by community choirs to present the story of Christ in song and narration. The sunrise over the lake to the Hallelujah chorus should not be missed. Everyone is invited. The service will be held at the lakefront stage. Gates open at 4:30 a.m. and will close promptly at 5:45 a.m. so that the service is not interrupted by incoming traffic. Admission is free. After the service, regular park admission will apply.

April 21 -- Author visit at Vernon Parish Library

The Vernon Parish Library will present author, David Vince, on Monday, April 21 at 7 p.m. He is a double-amputee who has written, "When Life Throws You Curves, Keep Swinging." He has coached baseball at the high school and collegiate levels for nearly 30 years. Everyone is welcome. There is no admission.

April 22 -- Vernon Parish Fire Academy

Leesville Fire Department officials have announced that applications are being accepted for a Vernon Parish Fire Academy. The training will start 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 23 -- Many Rotary Club fashion show

The Rotary Club of Many will present their 3rd annual fashion show and luncheon on Wednesday, April 23 at the Many VFW Post 4858. Tickets are $25 and includes lunch as well as a chance at door prizes. For more information, call Anita at 318-256-3555 or any Many Rotarian.

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 -- 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 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.

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

The date for the annual Armadillo Stampede, held in conjunction each year with Mayfest, has been announced. The race will take place on Saturday, May 3. Registration closing date is Sunday, April 27. More information here: http://www.active.com/leesville-la/running/distance-running-races/armadillo-stampede-2014.

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 -- 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 nanachicken@wildblue.net.

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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