Megan Guilbeau, 17, is raising awareness about communication disorders by organizing the Speak Out Speech and Debate tournament. NSU is helping sponsor the event.
NATCHITOCHES – “We take our ability to speak to one another for granted and very rarely think about those who cannot do the same thing,” said Megan Guilbeau, a Pineville High School student who is leading an initiative to raise awareness about individuals with communication disorders. Guilbeau, 17, is organizing a state-wide speech and debate tournament to help educate the public about challenges faced by those with hearing problems, speech deficiencies and other issues. The “Speak Up” speech and debate tournament is set for Saturday, Jan. 28 at PHS where a speech-language pathologist (SLP) will be on hand to offer informational materials and talk about communication disorders. Topics during student debaters impromptu round also will be related to communication and childhood education.
Cane River NHA to Host Lunch and Learn Lecture on Backyard Birding: Cane River National Heritage Area, Inc. (CRNHA), will host a brown bag lunch and learn lecture entitled, “Backyard Birding: A Discussion on Migratory Birds in the Red River National Wildlife Refuge” on Friday, Jan. 27 from 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Grand Ecore Visitor Center. Guest lecturer Terri Jacobson from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, Red River National Wildlife Refuge (RRNWR) will discuss migratory birds traveling through the RRNWR and demonstrate birdwatching techniques that can be used at home or in the field. Jacobson will also present information regarding the RRNWR’s Backyard Bird Count Program. “We are excited to be partnering with the Red River National Wildlife Refuge and invite locals and visitors to pack your lunch and join us as we learn more about the seasonal bird spotting opportunities in Natchitoches Parish,” remarked Steven Fullen, Director of Interpretation for CRNHA. Red River NWR is located in the Red River Valley which historically was forested with bottomland hardwoods, cypress sloughs and shrub/scrub swamps, providing a variety of habitats for wildlife. Red River National Wildlife Refuge is made up of four units in the Red River Valley in northwestern Louisiana. Headquarters Unit in Bossier and Caddo Parishes, Bayou Pierre Unit in Desoto and Red River Parishes, Lower Cane Unit in Natchitoches Parish and Spanish Lake Lowlands in Natchitoches Parish. The lecture is free, but space is limited. Registration can be made at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2770478. For questions contact Stephen Fullen at 318-356-5555.
The Resurrection Fern Foundation, Inc presents The 4th Annual The Life and Times of Marie Therese "Coin Coin" Day Saturday, Feb.11th from Noon to 2pm At the Badin-Roque House, 1996 Hwy. 484, Isle Brevelle, La. There will be live performances, Walking Tours and Refreshments. This event is FREE to the public. For more information contact Kelly Jackson, founder at 318-505-0466. Sponsors include The Resurrection Fern Foundation, Inc, SAHS St. Augustine Historical Society and Sydrafix.com
NATCHITOCHES – Pianist Fernando Müller will perform at Northwestern State University Thursday, Jan. 26 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. Müller will play works by Heitor Villa-Lobos, Waldemar de Almeida, Edmundo Villani-Côrtes, Francisco Mignone, Ernesto Nazareth and Marlos Nobre. A native of Paraná, Brazil, Müller is a piano teacher at the Pernambuco Conservatory of Music. He also taught as an adjunct at the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, where he currently serves as collaborative pianist. From 2003-2013, he was a pianist of the Symphony Orchestra of Recife.
Northwestern State hosting third annual NSU Softball Banquet & Auction on January 28: The Northwestern State softball team will host its third annual NSU Softball Banquet & Auction on Jan. 28 at the Knights of Columbus from 6-8:30 p.m. Tickets are available for $25, which includes dinner and drinks, meet and greet with NSU coaches and players and chances to bid on items in a live and silent auction. VIP tables for eight guests are available for $200. Guests are asked to RSVP by Jan. 25 and can register online at nsudemons.com/sbbanquet. Payment can be made through PayPal or a check can be mailed to NSU Softball at 468 Caspari Drive, Natchitoches, LA, 71497. Auction items will be posted on the event’s Facebook Page. Visit the Lady Demons Softball Page and click on the banquet event to view auction items as they become available. For more information, contact assistant coach Amy Hooks at email@example.com.
Northwestern State University will incorporate several activities to honor the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. into the university’s spring welcome week schedule. University Greek organizations and student-athletes joined the Natchitoches Black Heritage Committee for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. Community leaders will also participate at the event, which is open to the public. Other spring semester welcome events include Get Loud @ the Library on Jan. 23, S’mores and Winter Stuff on Jan. 24, Polar Splash for Cash charity fund raiser on Jan. 26, a Headphone Disco Party on Jan. 27, a two-day leadership seminar Jan. 27-28, Macchiatos and Music at Café DeMon on Jan. 30 and and special attractions at athletic events through the end of January. Late registration will be held Jan. 17-25. For more information on spring registration at Northwestern State, go to nsula.edu/registrar.
VENDORS SOUGHT FOR 2017 BLOOMIN’ ON THE BRICKS, Annual Spring Festival & Garden Show to be Held March 18:
NATCHITOCHES – 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.