Natchitoches Events/Attractions

Artists will display work at Juried Art Show: After sending out a "Call to Art," the Natchitoches Art Guild and Gallery received submissions from a plethora of artists. As part of the Tri-Centennial celebration’s "Art in August," the event will be Saturday, August 9 at 6 p.m. As an added bonus, the art guild will close a section of the street for artists to display their art from 5-9 p.m. This feature is a free opportunity for all local artists to sell their art. There will be no fee or commission required to show art on the street, however, artists must provide their own displays and tables and there will be no electricity provided. Submissions for the exhibit were sent to an art professional recognized in the art industry, who then chose a number of pieces to be displayed in the gallery. The juror performs a face-to-face study and selects a "best of show," two memorial awards, a people’s choice award and a select amount of merit awards. Attendees at the exhibit will vote on the art to choose the people’s choice award. Among the artists chosen are Ann Harpel, Linda Lyles, Jean O’Brian, La Jean Sigler, Margie Tate, Elaine Echels, Hazel Nowlin and Flo Fessler. Elaine Echels’ oil paintings draw inspiration from nature. "Painting is one of the best therapies there is," she said. "I love all the different people you get to meet. That’s the great part about being a member of the guild." Echels, a resident of the South end of the Toledo Bend Reservoir in Texas, joined the Guild in 2010. She discovered her love of painting after entering retirement. Linda Lyles, of Minden, works with acrylics and oils. She recently began working with gourds, cleaning and turning them into works of art. While patterns are available to assist the artist’s work, Lyles prefers to create her own artwork to make one of a kind pieces. A member of the guild for 15 years, Lyles enjoys the people and camaraderie. "It’s what keeps me driving back and forth all these years," she said. Lyles took art lessons as a little girl and delved deeper after college when she moved to Minden and took watercolor lessons from a well-known local, Lois Pullig. "As an adult I fell in love with watercolor," said Lyles. I’m a country girl too, so I have a great love for the outdoors." For information on the juried art show or setting up outside during the event contact 318-352-1626.

NSU Middle Lab School will host an open house and back to school night Thursday, Aug. 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the Middle Lab Auditorium: All parents are strongly encouraged to come meet the teachers, pick up student schedules and learn about NSU Middle Lab School. The first full day of school for students is Monday, Aug. 11. School day begins at 7:45 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m.

Brookshire’s will donate to first responders: Brookshire’s has partnered with Gatorade for a promotion to benefit emergency first responders across Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas, while rewarding customers for their purchases. From July 30-Aug. 26, customers will receive 200 bonus yourpoints for every five 32 ounce bottles of Gatorade purchased in a single transaction at a Brookshire’s store. Customers are encouraged to then donate Gatorade to be given to local firefighters, police officers and emergency medical technicians who serve areas where Brookshire’s Food Stores are located. Donation bins are located in each store, and all Gatorade will be donated to organizations predetermined by the store. Each Brookshire’s store will present the donated Gatorade to the selected organizations throughout the promotion as bins are filled. Visit your local Brookshire’s store for more information on the promotion and the benefiting organizations.

U.S. Air Force Musicians to perform in Natchitoches, La:   Brass In Blue, a component of the United States Air Force Band of the West, will be presenting a concert at Magale Theater on August 27th, 2014, from 1930-2100. The performance is family-friendly and open to the public, free of charge. The United States Air Force Band of the West is proud to present Brass in Blue. The newest performing ensemble in the Band of the West, Brass in Blue combines the sounds of brass, percussion and vocals in a flexible group presenting a variety of music including traditional military marches, symphonic masterpieces, Jazz and Broadway show tunes. Each performance is guaranteed to have something for every listener. Whether performing in a military ceremony, for troop morale events, educational or public concerts Brass in Blue is proud to represent and honor more than 300,000 Air Force professionals to the American public; showcasing the excellence these Airmen bring to the mission every day at home station and at deployed locations around the globe. Visit the Band of the West online at or on Facebook at bandofthewest.

For an interview with the Commander, please contact:

Air Force Band of the West — Public Affairs Office

(210) 671-3934





















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