Writing/Cartooning Workshops Aug. 26-27
Mike Artell, an award-winning author, illustrator, TV cartoonist, marketing consultant and trainer, will present workshops on cartooning and writing children’s book in the Calcasieu Parish Public Library.
• Writing Children’s Books
Aug. 26 • 10 - 11 a.m.
Moss Bluff Library, 261 Parish Road, 721-7128. For adults, registration required. Register using our online calendar at http:calcasieulibrary.org/library or call the host library.
• Family Program
Aug. 26 • 4 – 5 p.m.
Hayes Library, 7709 Perier Street, 721-7098 or 622-3605 for Hayes residents. Artell will read from some of his books and talk about where his ideas come from for writing. He will also demonstrate how to draw cartoons.
• Storytelling and Cartooning
Aug. 27 • 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Iowa Arts & Crafts Festival, Iowa Community Center, 209 Highway 90 West in Iowa, LA. Call the Iowa Library, 721-7101 for information.
• Cartooning Workshop For Teens and College Students
Aug. 27 • 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, 301 W. Claude Street, 721-7116. Space is limited and registration is required. Please register using our online calendar at http:calcasieulibrary.org/library or call the host library.
Shannon Cox Memorial Tennis Tournament Aug. 26-28
The 2011 Shannon Cox Memorial Tennis Tournament will take place Aug. 26-28 at Lake Charles Racquet Club. The event will benefit the Shannon Cox Counseling Center, a program of Family & Youth. Shannon, a local advocate for the underprivileged and exploited, made it her life’s work to help people who couldn’t help themselves, and was tragically killed in a car accident in 2010. To honor her, the Shannon Cox Counseling Center was established, which will provide much needed support to grieving children and their families in Southwest Louisiana. Registration fee is $75 and includes playing in four events and meals. Mixed doubles will play on Fri., Aug. 26, and men’s and women’s doubles on Sat., Aug. 27. Men’s and women’s singles will be on Sun. morning, Aug. 28, with adult and child matches in the afternoon. For more information, call 436-9533.
Iowa Arts and Crafts Festival Aug. 27
The annual Iowa Arts and Crafts Festival will take place 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., Aug. 27 at the Iowa Community Center, 209 Highway 90 West. There will be live music by The Attaboys, refreshments, arts and crafts demonstrations and exhibits, storytelling, and displays. Free pony rides will be available for children, along with free ice cream for everyone. Among the artists in attendance, Mike Artell, an award-winning author and illustrator, will entertain with cartooning and stories. Shreveport artist Rod Talbot will be on hand to discuss his work and assist guests in creating artist trading cards. For information, contact the Iowa Public Library at (337) 721-7101, or (337) 582-3597 if calling from within Iowa.
Family and Youth Festival Aug. 27
Family & Youth Festival 2011 will take place on Sat., Aug. 27 at the Lake Charles Civic Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $2 for children and $3 for adults. Featured again this year is Career Paths, a place for teens to explore career choices in a hands-on environment. Family & Youth Festival is a fun event promoting family life and family values in a safe and exciting environment. It is a day of appreciation to the people of Southwest Louisiana, as well as a United Way Community Impact Day. Enjoy games, making crafts, food, and live music in the air-conditioned comfort of the Lake Charles Civic Center. Tickets are available from Family & Youth at 220 Louie Street, Lake Charles, by calling 436-9533, or at the door the day of the event. The festival is an alcohol-free event.
Junior League Wine Tasting Aug. 27
The Junior League of Lake Charles, Inc. will be hosting a tasting event for its award-winning cookbook Marshes to Mansions at Accessory Zone on Aug. 27 from noon to 3 p.m. The cookbook celebrates Louisiana culture and includes facts about people, places and events throughout the state as well as beautiful photographs by local photographer Victor Monsour. It will be available for purchase at the event. Stop by for delicious samples and great fun! Proceeds from Marshes to Mansions sales go directly to funding the projects dedicated to improving the communities of Southwest Louisiana.
Imagination Celebration Aug. 27
Head to the Lake Charles Civic Center Exhibition Hall on Aug. 27 at 6:30 p.m. for a fantastic night of celebrity karaoke, music and fun as the Children’s Museum presents the 9th annual Imagination Celebration! This year, the event will host the first ever Celebrity Karaoke Sing Off! Come out and cheer on your favorite local celebrities as they compete for the title. Enjoy the delicious food from the area’s best restaurants and relax by the cash bar. The silent auction and famous live auction, with auctioneer Hal McMillin, will offer unique, must-have items. Please feel free to come dressed in 1950s attire and compete in our best-dressed contest. Enjoy fantastic music by the Boomerang Experience and rock the night away! Tickets are $50 per person. For sponsorship or ticket information, contact the museum office at (337) 433-9420.
Boozoo’s Labor Day Festival Sept. 5
Our rich musical heritage continues to live on with Boozoo’s Labor Day Festival. A day of great food and Zydeco, the entire family is invited to come out and celebrate the festival’s 27th year in grand style. Fill up on crawfish etouffee, red beans and rice with sausage and BBQ sandwiches. Truly a family affair, enjoy the sounds of the Doghill Stompers and Geno Delafosse & French Rockin’ Boogie. Doors open at 10 a.m., with the bands beginning at 11 a.m. Admission is $12 and $2 for kids 10 and under. The festival has relocated this year to the Lake Charles Civic Center. For booth rental or more info, call 438-3482.
Pride, Plates and Pumps Sept. 9
Pujo Street Café, in conjunction with Lake Charles Pride and Southwest Louisiana AIDS Council, introduces a new event to the Lake Area: “Pride, Plates and Pumps Dinner and a Show” (“It’s almost dinner theatre”) benefitting Lake Charles Pride and Southwest Louisiana AIDS Council with guest of honor Kandice Munro. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and dinner will be included in the ticket price of $75 per person or $600 for a table. It will be held in the Ballroom at The Charleston, downtown Lake Charles at 7 p.m., Sept. 9. The event will also serve as a kick-off party for Lake Charles Pride. For more information, contact Candice Pauley, media coordinator, at (337) 249-6950 or email@example.com. Or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Healthy Woman Anniversary Event Sept. 8
Women and Children’s Hospital’s Healthy Woman First Anniversary Event will be held on Thurs., Sept. 8 at Treasures of Marilyn’s in Lake Charles. Guest speaker will be Dale Smith Thomas, who will give an empowering and entertaining presentation that will provide women with the tools to become their personal best. Enjoy the free Women’s Health Fair & Expo from 5 - 6 p.m.; hors d’ oeuvres and music from 6 - 6:30 p.m., and dinner from 6:30 - 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person or $160 to reserve a table of eight. For more information, call (337) 475-4064 or e-mail email@example.com.
Bon Ton Festival Sept. 9-11
St. Theresa’s Bon Ton Festival is a local tradition. A family-friendly festival, it’s known for its music, rides and especially food. Enjoy bingo, live and silent auctions, a country store, a sweet shop and garage sale. There will be a covered pavilion with plenty of room for dancing, eating and visiting. It will be held at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Sulphur. Hours are Sept. 9, 5-10:30 p.m.; Sept. 10, 10 a.m.- 10:30 p.m.; and Sept. 11, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. For more information, call 583-4800.
USS ORLECK Patriot Ride Sept. 11
The USS ORLECK Naval Museum is proud to host the USS ORLECK Patriot Ride on Sun., Sept. 11. It will serve to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11, and to honor the service and sacrifice of our active duty military, veterans, police officers and firefighters. Registration is from 8:30- 10 a.m. at the LC Civic Center Amphitheater. Opening ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. and ride begins at 11 a.m. Riders meet back at Amphitheater at 4 p.m. for memorial service. At 5:30, the closing ceremony and prize announcements will be held at the Isle of Capri Casino Hotel. Post-event concert will begin at 6 p.m. Pre-registration fees are $20 per initial rider and $10 per additional rider; $30 and $10 on the day of the event. Register online at www.orleck.org . Call Penny Miller at (337) 438-3038 for more information.
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Sept. 17
On Sept. 17, men from all walks of life will walk one mile inside Prien Lake Mall in women’s high-heeled shoes to protest rape, sexual assault and domestic violence. This event is coordinated by the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART). Registration begins at 8 p.m. with the march scheduled for 10:30 p.m. Men, women, and children are invited to participate and pre-registration is welcome. The registration fee is $20 per person, $15 for students, or $100 for a team with a maximum of six members. All participants registering prior to Sept. 5 are guaranteed to receive a free event T-shirt. Men are required to walk in a minimum of 2” high heels. They may wear a more comfortable woman’s shoe if they raise more than $1,000 in pledges. For additional information or to register, please visit www.walkamileswla.org or call (337) 494-7273.
LCF Salutes The USO Fundraiser Sept. 24
The Louisiana Choral Foundation will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the USO with dinner, dancing to big band sounds, and a musical show “Hooray for the USO!” On Sat., Sept. 24, at 6 p.m., Paxton Hall in First United Methodist Church in Lake Charles will be transformed into a 1940’s USO canteen. A delicious meal with exciting entertainment by LCF members, local dance troupes and musicians will honor the USO tradition of serving our troops. Tickets (for limited seating) are $25 and will be available at Swicegood Music or by calling 491-9348.
Calca-Chew Food Festival Sept. 25
Don’t miss some of the best cooking in Calcasieu Parish at the 27th annual Calca-Chew Food Festival, which will be held at the St. Margaret Catholic Church Family Center. Sponsored by the church, all dishes are prepared by parishioners. The event will kick off with a festival mass at 7 a.m. Throughout the day, visitors will enjoy crafts, Cajun French music, prizes, raffles, a live auction and a children’s area with train rides, games and a live petting zoo. Plus, feast on everything Cajun including shrimp étouffée, boudin, fried fish, cracklins, gumbo and barbecue. The event will take place on the corner of 17th Street and Enterprise Blvd. in Lake Charles. For more info, call 439-4585.
Gallery Promenade Sept. 30
Get ready for Gallery Promenade! Galleries throughout the Lake Area will be open, showcasing works by local and regional artists. What better time to get outside and enjoy the area…while the sun goes down and the night lights up? Take a stroll through downtown Lake Charles and visit the many galleries showcasing a tantalizing variety of artwork. Enjoy chatting with locals and admiring the talent of local hands, while sampling the fare of local eateries in the newly recognized Charlestown Cultural District. All original art and fine crafts purchased in the downtown area are exempt from local and state sales tax! For more information on Gallery Promenade, including locations, visit www.artsandhumanitiesswla.org, or call (337) 439-ARTS (2787). For general festival information, visit www.visitlakecharles.org.