Natchitoches Events/Attractions





Let the Good Times Roll with Parades, Arts and Crafts, Movies and More

SHREVEPORT, LA – Shreve Memorial Library’s 21 branches are celebrating Mardi Gras and letting the good times roll!  Various events and activities are scheduled throughout the library system beginning Friday,  February 24, 2017 through Fat Tuesday, February 28, 2017.  Family friendly events include shoebox parades, second line children’s parades through the library, king cake celebrations, Mardi Gras story times and more. To get patrons feeling festive, several branches are offering craft programs in which the public can make and take home 2017 Mardi Gras keepsakes.  On Friday, February 24, the Broadmoor Resource Center, located at 1212 Captain Shreve Drive, will host a Mardi Gras Keepsake Workshop from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Participants will be able to create a commemorative ornament or tile.  Space is limited and pre-registration is required.  The Cedar Grove/Line Avenue Branch will also host a Mardi Gras Fun: Craft and Snack event on Friday, February 24 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public. The public is also invited to join in the revelry with a series of Shreve Memorial Library Mardi Gras parades.  Children ages 3 – 5 are invited to participate in Hamilton/South Caddo Resource Center’s Preschool Story Time and Mardi Gras Celebration on Friday, February 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  The celebration will feature an interactive Mardi Gras story, craft and New Orleans Second Line parade!  The Hamilton/South Caddo Branch is located at 2111 Bert Kouns Industrial Loop.  Also taking place on Friday, February 24, the Krewe of Pop Rocks will roll through the Mooringsport Branch, located at 603 Latimer Street in Mooringsport, at 4:00 p.m.  Additional Mardi Gras Celebrations taking place on Friday, February 24 include Mardi Gras at the Mooretown Branch, 4360 Hollywood Avenue, complete with king cake and punch from noon until 1:00 p.m., and a New Orleans Style Mardi Gras at the Hollywood/Union Avenue Branch, 2105 Hollywood Avenue, featuring jazz music, face painting and more from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The fun continues on Saturday, February 25.  Staff of the Broadmoor Resource Center, which is located along the Krewe of Gemini parade route, will be near the corner of Reily Lane from noon until 4:00 p.m. with water bottles and commemorative 2017 Mardi Gras pins (while supplies last).  In addition, patrons of the Means Branch, located at 7016 E. Magnolia Lane in Ida, will show off their creative talents in the Mardi Gras Shoebox Float Parade at 2:00 p.m. Mardi Gras festivities wrap up at Shreve Memorial Library on Fat Tuesday, February 28 with Mardi Gras themed story times, king cake and parades.  The Rodessa Branch, 10093 Main Street in Rodessa, will host a Mardi Gras celebration from noon until 4:00 p.m., and the West Shreveport Branch, located at 4380 Pines Road, will have a Mardi Gras King Cake celebration at 2:00 p.m. In Ida, the Means Branch will host a Mardi Gras Indians Story Time from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., and at 4:00 p.m. the public is invited to don their hats and beads and join the Atkins Branch, located at 3704 Greenwood Road, for a Fat Tuesday Parade. Mardi Gras activities will conclude at 6:00 p.m. with Mardi Gras Anime for teens at the North Shreveport Branch, located at 4844 North Market Street. For a complete listing of all events and details, please visit Laissez les bon temps rouler!

LSBCD will host free geauxBIZ workshops; NATCHITOCHES – The Louisiana Small Business Development Center and the Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office have partnered to provide small businesses with hands-on geauxBIZ training and registration workshops. The workshops will take place Wednesday, March 8 at 9 a.m. in Alexandria and 2 p.m. in Natchitoches and at 9 a.m. Thursday, March 9 in Shreveport. There is no cost to attend. The workshop is for new business owners, start-up companies and those thinking about starting a business. Instructor for the workshop is Carla Bonaventure, commercial administrator with the Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office Commercial Division. The GeauxBIZ workshops will be about two hours and will address common issues and challenges. GeauxBIZ allows entrepreneurs the ability to complete the necessary legal documents to start a business, register for a tax revenue number and apply for an unemployment insurance tax account number.


Programs and Activities Highlighting Accomplishments of African Americans Scheduled for February

SHREVEPORT, LA – Shreve Memorial Library is celebrating Black History Month throughout the month of February.  Special programming and events highlighting African American accomplishments, contributions, and culture are scheduled at various Shreve Memorial Library branches.  Program topics include explorations of African American history and traditions, celebrations of African American cuisine and culture, examinations of current issues affect the African American community and reflections of African Americans in film. Patrons of Shreve Memorial Library are invited to participate in several programs that will educate and engage them in exploring African American history and traditions.  Visitors to Shreve Memorial Library’s Hosston branch can learn of the histories and accomplishments of local residents at the “Hosston Residents’ Black History Month” program on February 24 beginning at 3:00 p.m.  The African American tradition of church hats is elaborated upon at “Crowns: The Church Hat,” taking place at the Hollywood/Union Avenue branch February 27 at 4:30 p.m.  Issues currently affecting the African American community are the subject of Black History Month programs taking place at Shreve Memorial Library on February 25. The Hamilton/South Caddo branch will host, “Reflections on the Past Revolving into the Future,” with guest speaker Sandra White at 11:00 a.m. Caddo Parish Educator, Daryl Gates, will lead “The Crisis in Black Education” program at the Mooretown branch starting at noon. Celebrations of African American cuisine are also scheduled as part of the Black History Month celebrations at Shreve Memorial Library.  The Cedar Grove-Line Avenue branch invites the community to a “Taste of Soul” on February 20, a Black History Month celebration examining the history of soul food complete with samples from local restaurants and caterers. In addition, screenings of films reflecting African American history and vital role of African Americans in the film industry will take place at numerous Shreve Memorial Library branches throughout the month.  Film titles include: Freedom Quilt Quest, Southside with You, Roots, Remember the Titans, Freedom Writers, Stomp the Yard, Coach Carter, Race and 42. Film screenings are currently scheduled at the following locations:

  • Cedar Grove-Line Avenue (8303 Line Avenue: Black History Month Movie Marathon; Freedom Writers (February 21, 4:00 p.m.); and Coach Carter (February 28, 4:00 p.m.)
  • Broadmoor (1212 Captain Shreve Drive):  Race (February 13, 2:00 p.m.) and 42 (February 27, 2:00 p.m.)
  • Means (7016 E. Magnolia Lane, Ida):  Freedom Quilt Quest (February 18, 2:00 p.m.)
  • Main (424 Texas Street):  Roots Marathon Part 1 (February 18, 12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.) and Roots Marathon Part 2 (February 25, 12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
  • Gilliam (12797 Main Street, Gilliam):  Southside with You (February 21, 10:30 a.m.)For a complete listing of Shreve Memorial Library Black History Month program dates, times and locations, visit




Pianist Sonia Wheaton Dudley to perform Tuesday, Feb. 21

Pianist Sonia Wheaton Dudley will perform at Northwestern State University Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. The concert is part of the Louisiana Piano Series International. Tickets are $15. Students are admitted free. Dr. Francis Yang and Dr. Christine Burczyk Allen are the organizers of the Louisiana Piano Series International. Dudley will perform works by Benjamin Britten, Samuel Barber, Allan Gordon Bell, Nikolai Medtner and Sergei Rachmaninov.

Versatile musician Warren Wolf to perform with NSU Jazz Orchestra: Versatile musician Warren Wolf will perform with the Northwestern State University Jazz Orchestra on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public. Galindo Rodriguez directs the Jazz Orchestra. The program will include “The Blues Machine” by Sammy Nestico featuring James Armstrong of Natchitoches on piano, Ian Cassidy of Madisonville on alto saxophone and Michael Daily of West Monroe on trombone; “A Time for Love” by Johnny Mandel and P. F. Webster and arranged by Hank Levy featuring the trombone section and “Garaje Gato” by Gordon Goodwin featuring Addison Pellegrino of Burleson, Texas, on drums, Jose Miguel Aguero of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, on Latin percussion, Jack Salyer of Duncanville, Texas and Kenyon Johnson of DeRidder on saxophone and Ronald Rodriguez of Cartegena, Colombia on piano.

Tails will be waggin’ at the Krewe of Wag-uns Children and Pet Parade

The Natchitoches Humane Society Krewe of Wag-un’s Children and Pet Parade will be Saturday, Feb. 25 at 4 p.m. The parade will start in downtown Natchitoches at the Bank of Montgomery at 814 Washington St., travel south on Front Street, continue on Jefferson Street, turn right on Amulet Street and end at the new Amphitheatre at City Park

NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University Theatre and Dance will present the musical “Next to Normal” Feb. 21-24 in Theatre West. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Tickets to each show are $15, $12 for children and seniors. Northwestern State, BPCC@NSU and Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts students are admitted free with a current student I.D. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (318) 357-4483. “Next to Normal”with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, takes an unflinching look how one suburban household struggles with crisis and mental illness. It is an emotional powerhouse that addresses a grieving loss, ethics in modern psychiatry and coping with suburban life. The cast is Jessi Miller of Mansfield as Diana, Luke Matherne of Monroe as Dan, Marissa McMickens of Pineville as Natalie, Michael Carrier of Lafayette as Gabe, Denzel Dawson of Gray as Dr. Fine/Madden and Thomas Hadzeriga of Edmond, Oklahoma as Henry. Annie Wright of Belle Chasse is stage manager. Assistant stage managers are Addison Hinson and Jade Duthu of Marrero and Nicholas Hebert of Larose.


Author of “Snow People: Good Overcoming Evil” will Visit SML Branches February – April 2017

SHREVEPORT, LA – Local author, Allen Thomas, will visit Shreve Memorial Library as part of his Snow People: Good Overcoming Evil book tour.  Thomas, a local artist and author residing in Ida, will share his heartwarming story of love, devotion and good overcoming evil with patrons of Shreve Memorial Library.  Book signings and discussions will be held at various Shreve Memorial Library locations. Snow People: Good Overcoming Evil tells the story of orphan, Jenny, and retired sign painter, Old Jake, in their fight to save the orphanage from the evil banker, Mr. Caldwell. With the help of the snow people, inspired by Thomas’s work on painting holiday scenes on storefront windows, Jenny and Old Jake are able to overcome evil with good, and Jenny finds the family she never knew she had. Dates, times and locations of Snow People: Good Overcoming Evil book signings and discussions are as follows:

  • February 25: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at North Shreveport branch (4844 North Market Street)
  • March 4: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. at West Shreveport branch (4380 Pines Road)
  • March 13: 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Hamilton South Caddo branch (2111 Bert Kouns Industrial Loop)
  • March 17: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Atkins branch (3704 Greenwood Road)
  • April 1: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Main branch (424 Texas Street)

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LitCon literary event March 21 Northwestern State University’s Department of English, Foreign Languages and Cultural Studies will host LitCon on Tuesday, March 21 starting at 9 a.m. in Orville Hanchey Gallery. LitCon seeks to bring together members of the Natchitoches and NSU literary community to showcase their work, foster collaboration and educate the community on the importance of the humanities. LitCon will create a relaxed environment allowing students, faculty and community members to talk about their craft, educational opportunities, working across disciplines and how to make a living in the humanities. The event will feature tables for book sales and signings, Q&A sessions and the annual Spring Read. Published authors who would like a table to sell copies of their work can contact Oona Zbitkovskis at Tables are free.

Flavor of Louisiana will feature Louisiana seafood cuisine

NATCHITOCHES – The Northwestern State University Foundation will host Flavor of Louisiana, an event to showcase the talents of chefs from throughout the state with samplings of Louisiana seafood dishes, along with cocktails and entertainment. Flavor of Louisiana, which will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, April 7 inside NSU’s Wellness, Recreation and Activities Center, is a collaboration between NSU and the Louisiana Seafood Board in which guests can savor eclectic samplings of Louisiana’s rich culinary tradition.

VENDORS SOUGHT FOR 2017 BLOOMIN’ ON THE BRICKS, Annual Spring Festival & Garden Show to be Held March 18: – The City of Natchitoches Main Street Office is seeking vendors for the 2017 Bloomin’ on the Bricks spring festival.  The 17th Annual Bloomin’ on the Bricks, Natchitoches’ spring garden festival, will be held on Saturday, March 18, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., downtown on Front St. in Natchitoches’ Historic Landmark District.  The event will feature an exhibit area of lawn and garden vendors who will display and sell an assortment of items related to garden and lawn care.  Vendors of lawn and garden merchandise such as landscaping, nurseries, lawn furniture, ironwork, yard art, garden décor, etc. are invited to participate in this year’s show.  Vendor spaces are available for $50 per each 10x10 space. Bloomin’ on the Bricks, organized by the Natchitoches Main Street Program, is a celebration of spring throughout the City’s Historic District. The event will also feature live entertainment and food booths.  Bloomin’ on the Bricks is free and open to the public. For those interested in becoming a vendor at Bloomin’ on the Bricks, please contact the City of Natchitoches Main Street Office at (318) 352-2746 for more information.


























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