Praxis sessions set: NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University’s Gallaspy College of Education and Human Development will host two Praxis sessions in December. A Praxis Core Writing Session will be held from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday Dec. 8 at the Teacher Education Center, Room C-114. A Praxis Core Mathematics Session will be held from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10 at the same location. Both sessions, which are free to current and prospective students, will include test-taking tips and free study materials. The Praxis Core test series is required for admission to the NSU Alternate Certification Program. To register, contact Ramona A. Wynder at (318) 357-4058 or firstname.lastname@example.org/
27th annual Gala is almost here: NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University’s School of Creative and Performing Arts will stage its most popular holiday production in Natchitoches. The 27th annual Christmas Gala, a perennial holiday favorite in Natchitoches, will be presented Dec. 2-4 in A.A. Fredericks Auditorium. Show times are 7 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with an additional 9 p.m. show on Friday. Matinee performances are also presented for area schools at 9:30 a.m. and noon Dec. 2-3 and 9:30 a.m. Dec. 4. For many, the Christmas Gala has been a tradition to kick-off Festival weekend. “More than 12,000 see the gala in Natchitoches each year, and it is met with enthusiasm from all audiences. The school-age students particularly love the show, and we are hoping to bring together all of the audience favorites for this year’s production,” said Dr. Greg Handel, director of the School of Creative and Performing Arts. Tickets to are $10 and can be purchased through the university website. Tickets can be purchased at the box office prior to each performance, but advance ticket purchases are recommended as the shows sell out quickly. Northwestern State, BPCC@NSU and Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts students are admitted free with a current student ID. Admission for the children’s show is $3. Those planning to bring groups to the children’s show should make reservations by calling at (318) 357-4483. Each area of the School of Creative and Performing Arts will be part of the Gala including music, theatre and dance and fine + graphic arts, as well as new media, journalism and communication arts. The Gala will feature the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Orchestra, the NSU choirs, Northwestern State Department of Theatre and Dance, The NSU Jazz Orchestra, NSU Rockettes, NSU Percussion Ensemble, The Out-on-a-Limb Improv Troupe, and video and visual art provided by Northwestern State Department of Fine + Graphic Arts. This year, the Christmas Gala will also be staged at Shreveport’s historic Strand Theatre with performances at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. Tickets are $10 general admission. Tickets for NSU and BPCC students are free, but students must RSVP by Dec. 7. To purchase tickets or RSVP, go to nsula.edu and click on Gala.
Rebel State Historic Site is located approximately 25 miles west of Natchitoches on LA Hwy. 1221 N. The site is open Wednesday- Sunday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Admission is $4 for adults, ages 13 to 61. Schools Groups, children 12 and under, seniors 62 and over and State Parks annual pass holders are admitted free.
Robotics Competition set for Feb. 17, 2016: NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University’s Department of Engineering Technology will host their first Robotics Competition (NSU-RC1) on Feb. 17. All middle schools within a 100-mile radius of Natchitoches are invited to participate. There is no registration fee for the competition, but participants must register by Jan. 12 by submitting a letter of intent. Participants will be able to test their computer programming skills and compete with other Louisiana students for prizes during a fun environment with educational experiences, food and social activities. The top three teams will receive cash prizes to be used to purchase technology for the classroom. For a complete list of rules and regulations, contact Dr. Jafar F. Al Sharab at email@example.com or call (318) 357-4359. Documents can also be viewed and downloaded at http://engrtech.nsula.edu/industry-and-community-relations/.
NATCHITOCHES – The Natchitoches Christmas Festival Committee invites residents to get in the holiday spirit and shine brightly in the 2nd Annual Neighborhood Lighting Contest. Judging will be completed by Miss Merry Christmas and the Christmas Belles on the evening of December 10, 2015. From November 21 through January 6, downtown Natchitoches is illuminated with hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights. “The Neighborhood Lighting Contest is a great way to get everyone involved in the Christmas festivities,” stated Marian Keator, Neighborhood Lighting Committee chair. “Since Natchitoches is the City of Lights, we hope that everyone will show their Christmas spirit and help light the way for the season!” Homes will be judged on holiday lights and yard displays. Homes must be within the city limits of Natchitoches. There is no entry fee for the contest. Anyone interested in participating should email Samantha Bonnette at firstname.lastname@example.org with their name, address and phone number. All entries will be judged on the evening of December 10, 2015. A total of 12 winners will be announced. Winners will receive a lighted-spirit stick, yard sign and bragging rights. For more information, please contact Samantha Bonnette at (318) 352-2746 or via email at email@example.com.