Kisatchie National Forest Day is March
15: PINEVILLE, LA (KPLC) -Kisatchie National Forest Day
will be held March 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kincaid Lake
Recreation Area as part of the Central Louisiana Outdoor Adventure
Festival. Kisatchie will offer several activities, including kayaking,
yoga, Crossfit training, mountain biking, trail running and paddle
boarding. The event is free and open to the public. The U.S. Forest
Service Southern Research station will also have hands-on activities for
kids. "We are encouraging everyone in our community to come out and
experience the national forest first-hand," said Jonny Fryar, Recreation
Manager on the Calcasieu Ranger District, in a news release. "This is an
incredible opportunity for folks to come out and try a new outdoor
activity they have never done before and see if they like it," said Fryar.
The schedule of events for Kisatchie National Forest Day is as
9 a.m. - Trail running basics, yoga on the beach, mountain biking 101,
nature walk/hiking to the eagle's nest, paddle boarding.
9:15 a.m. - Kayaking on Kincaid.
9:30 a.m. - 5 K Trail Run and 1 mile kids fun run.
10 a.m. - CrossFit workout, mountain biking 101, nature walk/hiking to
the eagle's nest.
10:15 a.m. - Kayaking on Kincaid.
11 a.m. - Yoga on the beach, mountain biking, nature walk/hiking to the
Noon to 1 - Bring a picnic lunch, bird identification 101.
1 p.m. - Mountain biking, nature walk/hiking to the eagle's nest.
1:15 p.m. - Kayaking on Kincaid.
2 p.m. - Yoga on the beach, mountain biking.
2:15 p.m. - Kayaking on Kincaid.
For more information about Kisatchie National Forest Day call Amy
Robertson, Public Affairs Specialist on the Kisatchie National Forest at
318-473-7025 or email email@example.com
Stage March fundraiser will donate dollars to Relay for Life:
Stage is turning the month of March into "30 Days of Giving."
All Stage customers who visit the Natchitoches store between March 1-30
will be invited to donate to Relay for Life of Natchitoches, a valued
organization in their community. As a special thank you, Stage is giving
every donor a Community Counts Savings Pass that entitles shoppers to a 30
percent discount on regular, sale and clearance items. This Savings Pass
also provides, for the first time ever, 10 percent off Yes! Items and most
cosmetics and fragrances. Stage is accepting donations throughout March
and have made the Savings Pass valid throughout Stage’s Big Spring Sale,
March 19-27. "We are excited that all 848 Stage Stores locations across
the country have partnered with local organizations to make a difference
in their communities," said Bill Gentner, chief marketing officer of Stage
Stores, Inc., the parent company of Stage. Stage Stores will also be
making an additional donation to each local organization on top of what
their customers donated in-store. "In our towns, Stage associates care
about our customers and our communities and that is why we are committed
to supporting local groups that make a positive impact," said Michael
Glazer, president and CEO of Stage Stores Inc.
Cane River Creole NHP to show film on female soldier: In
support of the American Latino Heritage Initiative, the National Park
Service worked with the American Latino Heritage Fund, PBS and Maria
Carter Aqui, an award winning filmmaker, scholar, and President of Iguana
Films in the production of a 75-minute documentary entitled REBEL: Loreta
Velazquez, Secret Soldier of the American Civil War. The film will be
shown upon request to visitors on March 15, 16, 22, 23, 28, & 29. As
part of REBEL, the National Park Service commissioned "Secret Soldier," a
15-minute video education piece for use by National Park Service sites and
partners. In celebration of Women’s History Month, Cane River Creole
National Historical Park will be screening Secret Soldier at the park’s
Magnolia Plantation overseer’s house. The video documents the amazing
story of Loreta Velazquez, a Cuban immigrant from New Orleans, who
secretly served as an agent for the Confederacy under the alias "Harry
Buford." Harry Buford fought in the first Battle of Bull Run and was
injured at Shiloh. By 1863, Buford was working as a spy for the
NRMC offers sponsorship for spring gala: Natchitoches
Regional Medical Center is a Table Sponsor the President’s Command
Performance, contributing $750 to the Northwestern State University
Foundation in support of the spring gala and celebration of the arts. The
event will take place Friday, April 4 in NSU’s Creative and Performing
Arts Complex. From left are Jill Bankston, NSU’s associate director of
Development; Dr. Chris Maggio, executive director of the NSU Foundation;
Vanner Erikson, Cathy Jacobs, NRMC’s director of marketing, and Kirk
Soileau, NRMC’s chief executive officer. Tickets for the President’s
Command Performance are $65 per person and $125 per couple with Title
($1,500) and Table sponsorships available. For more information, call
(318) 357-4414 or visit northwesternalumni.com.
DeRidder SAGE program begins :
McNeese State University will this week kick off its DeRidder SAGE
program, a series that offers a number of short lectures and discussions
centered on a central theme, according to a release from the university.
The spring theme is "Louisiana Lagniappe." Lectures are open to the public
and will be held in the afternoons from 2-3 p.m. at the Historic First
Street School at 401 W. First St. The cost is $35 for the series. Spring
SAGE lecture dates, topics and presenters are:
— March 25 – "The Myths and Legends Along Louisiana Byways" – Dr.
Keegan LeJeune, professor of English at McNeese. He teaches courses in
folklore and Louisiana literature.
— April 15 – "Pageants, Parlors and Pretty Women: Race and Beauty in
the 20th Century South" – Dr. Blain Roberts, associate professor of
American history at California State University.
— April 28 – "Louisiana Hayride: The Women Who Played the Hayride" –
Kevin Fontenot, a scholar of the American South and its music, and
Caroline Gnagy, scholar and musician.
This lecture will be held from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
There are four ways to register for a Leisure Learning Course:
— Pay with a Visa, MasterCard or Discover card by phone, (337)
475-5616, (337) 475-5127 or (800) 622-3352, ext. 5616.
— Fax registration form to (337) 475-5172.
— Mail registration form to McNeese Leisure Learning, Box 92375, Lake
Charles, LA 70609.
— Pay in person at McNeese's Smith Hall between 7:45 a.m. to 3:45
After receiving a receipt, call (337) 475-5616 to confirm payment was
For more information on the spring SAGE program at DeRidder, contact
McNeese Leisure Learning at (337) 475-5616 or visit the website at
Sgt. Jeff Townson of the Natchitoches Police
Department, will begin another series of self-defense classes for
women in February and March from 6-9 p.m. each evening at the NPD training
center at 525 Bossier St.: The March
classes will be Thursdays March 13, and 20. There
will be a $20 registration fee to cover administrative costs. To pre-register, call Amy Cox at 357-3802. The
classes are for women and girls at least 13. "Anyone
younger than 13 doesn’t grasp the concept of self-protection," Townson
said. Anyone younger than 17 must have parental consent to attend.
Townson recommends attending all classes to get the
full benefit. Townson is a certified instructor in the
RAD defense technique. RAD courses teach ways to defend against aggression
and assault with hands-on training. Townson completed
a 1-week RAD course in Williamsburg, Va., to become a certified
U.S. Fish Hatchery, Monday through
Friday from 8AM until 3PM * Closed Federal Holidays, 615 South Drive
Natchitoches, LA. 71457. Tel: (318)352-5324: The newly remodeled Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery
features sixteen tanks of native fish species highlighting river habitats
from the South Eastern United States. The station is involved in spawning,
hatching, and rearing young fish to restore natural populations. The
Hatchery is a warm water center concerned with spawning, hatching, and
rearing young fish, called fingerlings. The fingerlings are raised to a
size and age which offers them the best chance at survival in the wild.
Operations began in 1931 under the authority of the White Act. The
Hatchery currently houses: catfish, bluegill, largemouth bass, striped
bass, pallid sturgeon, and paddlefish. The Hatchery houses an aquarium,
the Harold B. Wales Environmental Education Classroom, a holding house,
ponds and the Hatchery office. The aquarium holds 16 tanks filled with a
variety of warm water fish, alligators and turtles, including the rare
albino snapping turtle. The classroom is used for grades K-12 and is
equipped with microscopes, video teaching capabilities, and several
hands-on items. The holding house is used to spawn and hatch eggs, to
raise newly hatched fish, and to prepare newly harvested fingerlings for
distribution. There are 53 ponds on the Hatchery grounds, averaging 0.8
acres in size.
Here is a look at the week of March 10–15 at Northwestern State
March 10 – NSU Wind Ensemble and Concert Bands, Magale
Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.
March 11 – 31 – Annual Juried Student Art Show, Orville
Hanchey Art Gallery
March 13 – 27th annual Research Day, Morrison
March 13 – Natchitoches – Northwestern Symphony Orchestra,
Magale Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.
March 14 – NSU Jazz Orchestra featuring Rodney Whitaker on
bass, Magale Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.
March 15 – Women’s tennis vs. Incarnate Word, Jack Fisher
Tennis Complex, 11 a.m.
March 15 – Softball vs. Texas A&M – Corpus Christi,
Lady Demon Softball Complex, 2 p.m.
March 15 – NSU Men’s and Women’s Choral Festival, Magale
Recital Hall, 6 p.m.
Stage March fundraiser will donate dollars to Relay for Life:
Stage is turning the month of March into "30 Days
of Giving." All Stage customers who visit the Natchitoches store between
March 1-30 will be invited to donate to Relay for Life of Natchitoches, a
valued organization in their community. As a special thank you, Stage is
giving every donor a Community Counts Savings Pass that entitles shoppers
to a 30 percent discount on regular, sale and clearance items. This
Savings Pass also provides, for the first time ever, 10 percent off Yes!
Items and most cosmetics and fragrances. Stage is accepting donations
throughout March and have made the Savings Pass valid throughout Stage’s
Big Spring Sale, March 19-27. "We are excited that all 848 Stage Stores
locations across the country have partnered with local organizations to
make a difference in their communities," said Bill Gentner, chief
marketing officer of Stage Stores, Inc., the parent company of Stage.
Stage Stores will also be making an additional donation to each local
organization on top of what their customers donated in-store. "In our
towns, Stage associates care about our customers and our communities and
that is why we are committed to supporting local groups that make a
positive impact," said Michael Glazer, president and CEO of Stage Stores
Chamber sponsors Patriots of the Brigade celebration:
The Greater Vernon Parish Chamber of Commerce Military
Affairs Committee invites the general public to join them in celebrating
the return of the Patriots of the 4th Brigade, 10th Mountain Division from
their recent nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. The division’s Uncasing
Ceremony is set for April 3, 2014, at 4 p.m., with a parade of troops to
immediately follow at 4:30 p.m. Both the Uncasing Ceremony and the parade
are open to the general public. "We want to show these soldiers and their
families how much we truly appreciate the sacrifices they’ve made in the
past and continue to make for our community and our country," said Chamber
president Kirk Pellerin. "School groups, civic groups, businesses and
individuals are encouraged to line Alabama Street on Fort Polk and cheer
for the soldiers as they march past. In 2011 our soldiers came to
Leesville for a great welcome home parade. Let’s show them that same great
welcome by bringing Leesville and Vernon Parish to the soldiers." Access
to Fort Polk will be available at any installation gate to anyone over the
age of 18 presenting a valid state issued drivers license or state issued
ID card at the Access Control Point from 2-6 pm the day of the event.
Anyone under the age of 17 not possessing an ID, but accompanied by an
adult (with license or ID) may also enter the installation in the same
manner. The Chamber is also asking for donations to help toward funding
the food and entertainment to be provided to the soldiers and their
families during the Welcome Home Celebration at 5 p.m. The Chamber expects
to provide food and entertainment to more than 6,000 soldiers and their
family members. To donate toward the cost of the food and entertainment,
please contact the Greater Vernon Parish Chamber of Commerce. A limited
number of television advertising spots leading up to the event are also
available for businesses wishing to participate. Call the Chamber for more
details at (337) 238-0349.
Arts Parade Concert Series kicks off this
month: The 6th annual Arts Parade Concert
Series is set for three nights over the next three months, featuring
unique performers hosted by the city of DeRidder and Impromptu Players. A
performance on Thursday, March 20, will feature Charlie Miller and the
Jazz Masters. St. Cecilia's Asylum Chorus will perform Thursday, April 24.
The Victory Belles will perform Friday, May 16. All performances will take
place at the Wooten Theater in DeRidder, with socials at 6:30 p.m. and
music starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are currently on sale and can be
purchased at DeRidder City Hall, 200 South Jefferson St., or Curious
Cargo, 1118 North Pine St., in DeRidder. A ticket for all three shows
combined is $40 per person. For information, call (337)
– Northwestern State University’s spring gala, the President’s
Command Performance, will highlight the talents of students in the Mrs.
H.D. Dear Sr. and Alice Estelle Dear School of Creative Performing Arts.
The event will take place Friday, April 4 in the Alumni Plaza, Orville
Hanchey Gallery and Magale Recital Hall. The President’s Command
Performance will also serve as an induction ceremony for Bill Brent as the
inaugural member of the CAPA Hall of Fame. Tickets are $65 per person or
$125 per couple. Sponsorships are available at the Title level for $1,500
and the Table levels for $750. All proceeds will benefit the NSU
Foundation. Entertainment will be provided the NSU Men’s Chorus, NSU Lyric
women’s chorus, the Jazz Orchestra, the Wind Symphony, the
Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Orchestra and various small ensembles.
Michael Rorex, associate professor in CAPA, will be featured as a vocal
soloist with the Wind Symphony. Brent will appear as conductor. The
President’s Command Performance will begin at 6 p.m. with a cocktail
reception and silent auction in the Alumni Plaza and Orville Hanchey
Gallery, followed by a concluding musical performance in Magale Recital
Hall. To purchase tickets or sponsorships, contact Vanner Erikson,
assistant director of Alumni Affiars, at (318) 357-4414. Information is
also available at northwesternalumni.com.
Music festival set for March 22: Northwestern State University’s student run radio station
KNWD 91.7 FM is putting on its 2nd annual music festival, DemonFest 2014,
starting at 11 a.m. on March 22, 2014. DemonFest 2014 will be held at the
Iberville Field on the NSU campus. Admission to Demonfest is $10 for
non-NSU students, and NSU/LSMSA/BPCC students get in free with a current
ID. Demonfest 2014 will feature bands from across the country, including
England in 1819, Steel Bill, Peanut Butter Lovesicle, Shayliff, Engine,
Dubonauts, and many more. We are excited to announce that this year’s
headliner will be the indie-funk-rock band from Athens, GA, Of Montreal.
Of Montreal will be in Natchitoches one night only as the group will
resume their international tour just days later. There will also be a
pre-concert featuring a handful of NSU artists on Friday, March 21 at 5
p.m. at the Iberville field. There will be plenty of activities throughout
the festival along with numerous food vendors. For more information, go to
the Demonfest 2014 Facebook event page or our website at
www.KNWDRadio.org. Those interested in volunteering for DemonFest 2014
should contact KNWD Assistant Music Director Courtney Page at
firstname.lastname@example.org. KNWD is NSU’s student-run radio station and has
held many concerts within the past year including CaddoFest 2013 and
DemonFest 2013. KNWD’s series of concerts is done as a service not only to
the students of NSU, but the community as a whole. KNWD is a non-profit
student run organization whose mission statement is this: "At KNWD, we
believe in four basic principles. We aspire to connect, teach, introduce
and entertain by providing a resource to inspire and benefit the student
body and community." For more information on Demonfest 2014 or KNWD Radio,
Musical series brings New Orleans music to
DeRidder: A musical series is returning to
DeRidder next month for the sixth time, bringing with it the sounds of New
Orleans to West Central Louisiana. The 6th annual Arts Parade Concert
Series is set for three nights over the next three months, featuring
unique performers hosted by the city of DeRidder and Impromptu Players.
The performance on Thursday, March 20, will feature Charlie Miller and the
Jazz Masters. Miller is well known for his passionate trumpet
performances. St. Cecilia's Asylum Chorus, a group that has made numerous
appearances at New Orleans' famous Preservation Jazz Hall, will perform
Thursday, April 24. The patriotic Victory Belles of New Orleans' National
WWII Museum will perform Friday, May 16. All performances will take place
at the Wooten Theater in DeRidder, with socials at 6:30 p.m. and music
starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased at
DeRidder City Hall, 200 South Jefferson St., or Curious Cargo, 1118 North
Pine St., in DeRidder. A ticket for all three shows combined is $40 per
person. For information, call (337) 462-8900.
Park: April - Mid-August Open Daily, Mid-August - October,
Open Weekends Only Park Hours 10AM - 5PM, 380 Old Bayou Pierre Road,
Toll-Free: (877) 354-7001, Tel: (318) 354-0001, http://www.alligatorpark.net: Explore the
unique, mysterious, and exciting world of the American Alligator. This
five-acre park is the largest of its kind in Louisiana, complete with
Cajun music, Cajun cuisine, and LOTS of hungry alligators. From covered,
protected walkways and platforms you’ll see hundreds of alligators in
their natural environment. The whole family will enjoy watching and
feeding these big gators. Children also love the Feeding Zoo, the Bird
Sanctuary, the Reptile Habitat, the Jungle, Turtle Town, Rocky Raccoon
Resort and much more. You can have your picture made with a gator, enjoy
tasty dishes of all kinds at our Gator Bites Snack Shop, and shop for the
unusual in our Gift Shop. One thing is certain, it will be an adventure
your family won’t soon forget — a real Louisiana experience at the Bayou
Pierre Alligator Park.
Leesville Gallery One
Eleven, located at 111 Third St., in
Leesville, has announced its tentative 2014 spring
will feature Mary Monk and Angelika Verk. April's exhibit will be a
gallery artist photography group exhibit, with an opening reception slated
for April 12. May will feature a gallery artist group exhibit, with
the opening reception scheduled for May 3 during Mayfest. For more
information, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.galleryoneellleven.org.