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Get To Know Us This issue we asked those diligently working behind the scenes the following question: What’s something you’ve done that you’re reasonably confident you’re the only person reading this who has done it? Their answers did not disappoint.

I’ve been kissed by Steven Tyler and stayed in Ian Fleming’s home. I also partied with Robert Plant and Jimmy Page in a dive bar in New Orleans and started the first English magazine in Maturin, Venezuela.

I’ve navigated and watched armed patrols in Derry, Northern Ireland during The Troubles, when the city was under British military occupation and divided between Protestants and Catholics. I felt the resentment and hope of a people tired of centuries of conflict and witnesses the old guard giving way to modernity.

Owners/Publishers: Joan Broussard, Sevie Zeller, Jason Roy Publishing Assistant: Laura Domingue Editor: Sevie Zeller Graphic Designer: Jason Roy Advertising/Marketing Director: Joan Broussard Senior Account Executives: Holly Addison Williams, Blair Blanchard Suire Distribution Manager: Jason Roy Fashion Editor: Michelle Judice Web Design: Heather Salsman, Jason Roy Interns: Heather Salsman, Alyson Keenze

I drove aircraft carriers for a living.

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Erika Alexander, Brandon Alleman, Cheré Coen, Brandon Comeaux, Hannah Comeaux, Stacey Daley, Sonia Desormeaux, Laura Domingue, Holly Duchmann, Angie Dumas, James Eckoff, Emily Gaudet, Erin Greneaux, Curt Guillory, Lisa Hanchey, Michel Hirsch, Michelle Judice, Mandie Kiddy, Sandra McKinney, Garrett Ohlymeyer, Jennifer Potier, Justin Price, Theresa Russell

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Terri Fensel, Mandie Kiddy, Carlie Faulk, Jason Roy, Ragin’ Cajun Images

I stayed in China for four weeks, and at 5’6” I was literally the tallest (and only blonde) there. Once I was riding the metro when a kid pointed at me and asked his mom something. My translator very hesitantly admitted he asked, “Mommy, what is that monster?”

CONTACT US

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I bicycled across North America.

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CONTENTS LOCALISM

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Cajun Nation: St. Martinville Local Limelight Launch Landmark Ballet Acadien

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HOME + STYLE

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Schooling On Fall Xeriscaping Hers Fashion His Fashion School Fashions

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FOOD + DRINK

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Restaurant 101 Local’s Kitchen For The Love of Food Trucks Dining Destination

HEALTH + FITNESS

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Back To You Local Life Savers Hangin’ With Your Omies Blast Off Weight

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DATING + MARRIAGE 64 Mr. & Mrs. 65 The Big Win 66 Blondesided

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KIDS + PETS

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Mom N’ Me Recipe Acadiana Gets EPIC School Day Blues Pet Pages

SPORTS + ADVENTURE

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Next Level Tailgating McNeese Cowboys Ragin’ Cajuns LSU Tigers New Orleans Saints Sportsman’s Paradise

LEISURE + EVENTS

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International Travel Local Playgrounds The Happening Falling Into Lake Chuck Art of AJ Hebert

Serving our Community Since 1960

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St. Martinville “Renaissance de la Ville” is the city’s motto in honor of the city’s bicentennial this year.

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, “Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie,” told the story of an Acadian woman and her intended separated on the day of their wedding. It was the first widely published account of the Acadian exile. A film version was made in 1929 starring Delores del Rio and filmed in St. Martinville. A statue of Evangeline, created with Del Rio as a model, exists upon the grave of Emmeline LaBiche, a St. Martinville woman believed to be the source of Longfellow’s story. Visitors will find the statue and grave next to the historic St. Martin’s de Tours Catholic Church.

French and Spanish aristocrats settled along Bayou Teche near what is now St. Martinville, giving the town the name of “le Petite Paris.” The largest group of Acadians arrived here in the late 1700s and the French priest in charge at the time called his new home “la nouvelle Acadie” or “New Acadia.” His parish became St. Martin de Tours, which is where St. Martinville acquired its name.

LITTLE KNOWN FACT

Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site is Louisiana’s first state park.

UPCOMING EVENTS

The Pepper Festival will be Sept. 15-16 at the St. Martinville City Fairgrounds (www.pepperfestival.org). The Tour du Teche, where paddlers race 135 miles down Bayou Teche, will be Oct. 6-8. The race begins at Port Barre but participants stop for the night in St. Martinville www.tourduteche.com. 3 3 7 M A GA ZIN E.C OM

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Gotta Taste It

In June, chef Bonnie Breaux of The St. John Restaurant in St. Martinville was crowned Queen of Louisiana Seafood, beating 11 of the state’s best chefs. Chef Breaux prepared crackling-crusted black drum with a fennel marmalade on Abita Amber-infused Brabant potatoes and sautéed haricot vert, topped with butterpoached, jumbo lump crabmeat. Stop by her restaurant and enjoy some of her outstanding seafood dishes and steaks at 203 N. New Market Street. Doucet

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The “Evangeline Oak” overlooking Bayou Teche is said to be where Emmeline LaBiche waited patiently for her intended and arguably the basis for Longfellow’s poem “Evangeline.” Next door is the St. Martinville Cultural Heritage Center, home to the African-American Museum and the Museum of the Acadian Memorial, the latter containing a Wall of Names, an Eternal Flame and a Robert Dafford mural showcasing “The Arrival of the Acadians in Louisiana” around 1785.

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FAMOUS RESIDENTS • Early Doucet, played for LSU and the Arizona Cardinals. • Jefferson J. DeBlanc, World War II ace fighter pilot and Medal of Honor recipient. • Nathan Williams, zydeco accordionist and singer. • Lt. Gov. of Louisiana Paul Jude Hardy. • Calvin Borel, a jockey with more than 4,500 career wins including three Kentucky Derby wins, is from nearby Catahoula.

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LOCAL LIMELIGHT

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Owner of Luna Bar and Grill By Heather Salsman 337: How many children do you have? Evans: 3 337: How long have you been married? Evans: 20 years, ain’t life grand! 337: Who would you be if you were a celebrity? Evans: A cross between Anthony Bourdain and Eddy Vedder 337: What is the last picture you took with your phone? Evans: My two bulldog puppies 337: Do you dance crazy when no one is looking? Evans: Certainly, and while they’re looking too! 337: Do you volunteer locally? Evans: Every year in October we put on Chuck Fest, a free downtown 8

festival based on Lake Charles and Louisiana culture. I want people in Lake Charles believe in themselves and recognize that we have a lot of talented artists, musicians and more here. 337: What got you in the restaurant business? Evans: My parents opened a restaurant called Dave’s Oyster House when I was 12. I worked in the kitchen at 13 shucking oysters. They’ve always been in the restaurant business and had a bar before that. 337: What is something that you are looking forward to with Luna? Evans: We are about to expand into the next-door building, increasing seating, and we’re always growing. We bought a food trailer and are expanding to Lafayette to participate in upcoming events and festivals.

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Owner of high fashion clothing store in New Iberia – Ricki’s

By Laura Domingue 337: Where is your favorite place to visit in the 337? O’Brien: Cypremort Point aka The Point 337: Who would you be if you were a celebrity? O’Brien: Reba McEntire   337: What do you do for fun? O’Brien: I love spending time with family, having dinner with friends, and I enjoy traveling.   337: What is the last picture you took with your phone? O’Brien: A picture of my grandson Nicholas at his CHS baseball game.   337: What is your favorite word? Least favorite? O’Brien: Favorite: Love-it!! Least: DIET   337: What is your favorite kind of music? O’Brien: Country  

337: What would your DJ name be? O’Brien: DJ Ricki Ric 337: Do you dance crazy when no one is looking? O’Brien: Of course... doesn’t everyone?!   337: What cheers you up? O’Brien: A new pair of shoes and seeing my grandchildren.    337: What is the most distant place you have visited? O’Brien: Hawaii   337: Name any place in the world you would travel to right now. O’Brien: Italy 337: What is your favorite book/ movie? O’Brien: Book - The Thorn Birds, Movie - Under the Tuscan Sun   337: What is your favorite sundae topping? O’Brien: Hot fudge   337: Is there a specific non-profit or community effort that you find yourself drawn to? O’Brien: Since I don’t have much time to volunteer, I give back to my community by donating to local charities. 3 3 7 M A GA ZIN E.C OM

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Hometown Hero Sara Leger is the trifecta. Before age 30, she served in the military, became an emergency medical technician and then became a police officer. After 9/11, the then-teenager felt a calling to serve our country. “It lit up a fire in me,” she revealed. So, at the tender age of 17, the Carencro native enlisted in the Army. Not long after joining, she was deployed to Iraq, where she served for 18 months as a postal clerk. The young soldier’s duty: delivering mail to homesick troops. “When you are overseas, the best thing is to get a package from home,” she shared. “It’s like you are giving a million dollars to someone. Getting a letter or package in the mail and having that connection with family and friends is everything.” After completing her tour of duty in Iraq, Leger was assigned to Fort Benning, Georgia. There, she helped soldiers adjust to being back on U.S. soil after deployment. “When soldiers come home, they have to see financial adviser, mental health specialist and go through other stations,” she explained. Leger returned home in 2011, remaining on reserve status until 2014. During the interim, she obtained her EMT certification at V OL U M E 3 IS S U E 4

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the National Emergency Services Academy in Carencro. But, for the driven soldier, that was not enough. In 2015, she went fulltime as a policeman. As a patrol officer, Leger serves in Precinct 4, which has the highest crime rate in Lafayette Parish. She covers everything from shootings to horrific auto crashes. But, the majority of calls involve domestic disputes. “I can be a doctor one day, a lawyer one day, and a therapist the next,” she said. “Hands down, the number one thing I love about my job is helping people… whether they are giving me a hug or cussing me out.” The modest officer admits to being caught doing a good deed by a passerby. While responding to a call from a citizen complaining about a youngster bouncing his basketball in the street, she decided to join him. A friend told her that someone had anonymously posted the touching moment on Facebook. Though a tough police officer by day, Leger has a soft side. Her “baby” is three- year-old Boxer, Hudson. And, her “heart and soul” is her mom, Peggy Leger, to whom she sends a special shoutout: “I love you BATW (Big as the World)”

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Breaux Bridge native brands himself in Los Angeles as The Ladysitter By Heather Salsman From Breaux Bridge to Los Angeles, Justin Allen Sylvester captured the hearts of many in between, including E! network. The Louisiana State University alumnus moved to Los Angeles shortly after graduation and has lived there ever since. Sylvester was the assistant to Housewives of Beverly Hills star, Kyle Richards. Through his work with her and her children, he gave himself the name “Ladysitter.” His dashing and energetic personality landed him a lead role on the ABC show “Beverly Hills Nannies” that aired in 2012. The hilarious reality show depicts what the life is like of a nanny in Beverly Hills, and Justin’s role gained the attention of some important people.

Since then, Justin has seen success as a writer and producer for Warner Bros. Entertainment as well as producing for E! shows, “Rich Kids of Beverly Hills” and “EJ NYC.” Justin Sylvester is currently a host on E! Daily Pop, a two-hour show that airs every day and discusses the latest news and gossip of pop culture. Although we may be watching him from our living rooms, Justin still recognizes his Louisiana roots.

When asked what one thing is that he loves to have when he comes back home, he answered, “I cannot visit without going to Rusted Rooster or Tsunami.” The local star is getting ready for more projects in the spotlight, so keep your eyes (and TV) open for more of his intriguing personality.

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LAUNCH Local business inspired by family’s journey for Louisiana flavor By Holly Duchmann

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or Southern Bayou Foods President Kerry Kennedy, he and his family’s quest for a delicious, no-salt Louisiana seasoning began after his father had a serious heart attack. “It was kind of a big wake-up call for me, for him, for our entire family, really, that we needed to start being a little more conscience about our diets and what we eat,” Kennedy said.   After his heart attack, Kennedy said his dad Steve Kennedy tried nearly 20 different salt-free seasonings, anything he could find to stick to doctor’s orders. Though finding a seasoning that catered to his Louisiana palette was a challenge.   “Growing up in South Louisiana, you’re used to a certain type of palette, a certain type of flavor of foods, and going on a heart-healthy diet can limit that quite a bit,” Kennedy said.   Eventually they tried a seasoning that family friend Jason Daigle created, which Kennedy said satisfied the Cajun palette without overloading the food. After spending a year just making the spice blend for friends and family, Kennedy

Steve Kennedy shows off his Basin Blend breakfast featuring turkey bacon, per the doctor’s orders.

formally launched Southern Bayou Foods and began selling the Basin Blend in stores Aug. 2015. The Basin Blend gives an authentic, robust Louisiana flavor that isn’t too spicy, Kennedy said. They use rough-cut grains, which give more flavor when you cook with it. Instead of spreading it over food before eating, the seasoning is best used when cooked with it, which helps evenly distribute the flavor, Kennedy said.   “It really is a good feeling to be able to create a product so many people like and so many people are asking about,” Kennedy said. “I’m thrilled.”   The company also has a Cajun Blend that adds cayenne and red pepper flakes to the mix, which will be fully released to retailers by the end of August, and a third seasoning that will be released in September.   Basin Blend and Cajun Blend can be found in several locations throughout Acadiana. For a full listing, check out basinblend.com.

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that three women were able to remain friends and be in business together this long,” Hebert said. She added that because each woman had her own place at the business with different responsibilities, it helped them work together. “Because we each had a lane, it really enabled us to work together this long -- and it’s been fun working with your friends,” Hebert said. “The more we grow, the more challenges that happen; it doesn’t come without difficulty, but it’s

ne of the founding partners of BBR Creative said it’s not only an accomplishment the business celebrated its 20th anniversary, but also that the three founding partners have been able to remain friends for so long as well. Cherie Hebert, Cathi Pavi and Sara Ashy started their creative advertising agency in 1997 after working together at an advertising agency in Lafayette. They started as four, but now have 37 people employed at the company.   “I guess it’s a real accomplishment

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been fun.” The three started as graphic artists, but added services as needed or requested by clients. Now, the company does integrated marketing campaigns for both online and offline audiences. “I think what really sets us apart is that we have a high standard for our creative product,” Hebert said.   From an innovation standpoint, BBR Creative aims to stay on the edge of innovative digital programs that would help their clients market in the 21st century, Hebert said.   “Clients are much more challenged now to market their business because there are so many media choices and so many marketing choices. Sometimes it’s more difficult for clients to have the same type of budget they’ve always had,” Hebert said. It’s a good thing this trio is decisive and able to offer affordable solutions.

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Let’s go play outside! A local nonprofit focuses on getting Louisiana children up and running By Mandie Kiddy

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he Louisiana Association of Sports, Outdoor Adventure and Recreation (LASOAR) is a nonprofit organization based out of Cecilia and Lafayette, Louisiana. Their mission is to reconnect children to the natural world and promote the power of play to improve child and family health and well-being. Recent data compiled by the Annie E. Casey Foundation on Child and Family Health shows Louisiana ranking 49 out of 50, making us one of the unhealthiest states in the nation.

LASOAR set the goals of creating programs and initiatives to encourage families to get out and get active. They also collaborate with other organizations having a similar mission to combine efforts and accomplish more together. Their vision to improve Louisiana communities includes safer city parks, more organized programs utilizing green spaces, and trail systems linking neighborhoods and playgrounds with multiple access points. Another goal places emphasis on sport and recreational activities that are all-inclusive and focus on teamwork, social development and kinesthetic learning where children can discover their talents and foster a passion for fitness and sports. 12

LASOAR would like to see community gardening projects that educate children about soil, native plants and growing their own food to promote healthy eating and environmental consciousness. Ultimately, they want children to grow up active and environmentally conscious. This amazing local organization is providing more opportunities for Louisiana children to hike through the woods, explore Louisiana waterways, play in the dirt, and join others in becoming stewards of the environment. LASOAR employs Louisiana certified teachers, and all educational programs are aligned with Louisiana health and physical education content standards. Furthermore,

adventure guides are highly experienced and have received appropriate certifications in their field. They offer multiple activities and leagues to get not only children but the whole community involved in outdoor activities. Families can sign up to play soccer, kickball, volleyball or even go for a group hike or paddle down the Bayou Teche. There is always an array of activities to choose from year-round. Find out how to get involved, donate or even volunteer by visiting lasoar.org. 3 3 7 M A GA ZIN E.C OM

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allet Acadiana is widely known in the area for their holiday performance, “The Nutcracker,” but is doing much more than that with several performances throughout the year. Ballet Acadiana has plans for original work highlighting their local culture and history while promoting the education Event date: Nov 2nd and 3rd at 7:30 p.m. at Acadiana Center for the Arts. Tickets are $22 for adults, $15 for kids (under 14). Contact Beverly Spell at beverly.spell@gmail.com 337-344-9236 for more information.

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memories to share of growing up Cajun in Acadiana, south Louisiana. One famous Cajun artist, Floyd Sonnier, captured the life ways of growing up Cajun through his creative art of sketching and journaling precious Cajun memories and traditions. These works have now been brought to life through the masterminds of Beverly Spell and Dr. Annie Spell of Ballet Acadiana, together with a very talented team with a performance called “Le Papillon.” The idea moved forward to showcase Sonnier’s life story by combining his charcoal drawings with stories from his autobiography to the stage. Using the medium of ballet, Sonnier’s artistic memoire materialized into a brilliant work of art... a delightful, charming, emotional and magical performance. Bravo, bravo for the genius creation of the team from Ballet Acadiana. It is a tremendous legacy left to honor Floyd Sonnier’s insight and talents. This incredible ballet of blended art, culture, traditions, music, dance and our Cajun French native language is SUPERIOR.

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INDOOR DECOR

Schooling on Fall Organizing a festive house www.innovativeinteriorsbyemily.com • emgaudetdesign@gmail.com

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all is fast approaching, and life is about to get hectic! As schedules ramp up, so does the traffic of stuff that threatens to clutter the home that should be your family’s retreat. Kitchen tables get filled with homework papers, and high traffic areas of the home get littered with everyone’s shoes, backpacks and sports equipment. This time of year begs for an organization method that can easily be put into practice by all members of the family. Here are a few tips on how to enjoy a beautiful home, even in the midst of chaos.

Choose the appropriate organizational piece for your family’s needs, and position it in an easy to access spot. A lot of new homes are being built with mud rooms, which is really nice, but for those of us who have to get more creative with the space, using a repurposed piece of furniture, hallway nook or closet are excellent options. School lockers can also be a great way to consolidate the mess. Kids are more apt to use something that excites them. The hooks are great for gear and backpacks, and it is easy to create simple shelves for shoes. Place storage bins in the shelves to house school supplies. Whatever you use, design the space around your family’s specific needs for this season so that it stays functional and organized.

Amid hectic schedules, you can use decor to create a sacred time and space for your family to reconnect at the end of each day. The kitchen table is the perfect place to start! Get creative with your table, but keep it simple. An empty surface begs to be cluttered, but an elaborate centerpiece leaves no room for homework and other activities. As difficult as it may be, try to refrain from allowing your kitchen table to become a catch all. Have an inviting centerpiece, but remember to keep it low so that it does not have to be removed during mealtime. Defining the table as a place for gathering as a family will help create a space for everyone to unplug from activity long enough to reset for the next day. 14

Contact Emily at emgaudetdesign@gmail. com to purchase this handmade wreath for $65.

Create an inviting entrance with a simple fall wreath. Having some festive accents in the home helps to remind all who enter to slow down and enjoy the fall season in spite of all the hustle and bustle. Cool weather is something to celebrate and enjoy with the ones you love!

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The Urban Naturalist At your nature-loving service By Erika Alexander

f you love experiencing all things natural and local, visit Marcus Descant’s organic garden, The Urban Naturalist, at 216 Madison Street in the heart of Lafayette. This indigenous garden is a biodiverse and edible landscape that is inspired by nature’s systems and ancient methods of gardening (think food forests with a modern twist). All crops are available for purchase any time of day due to the self-checkout system in place. Descant also offers weekly hands-on style workshops at the garden that appeal to every nature enthusiast. These social events rotate weekly, occurring every Thursday at 7 p.m. and Sundays in the afternoon. Events range from hanging basket workshops, propagation night, seeding night, garden cocktail night and more. Can you say fresh mint mojito? He also offers educational camps for children that get them hands-on with regional flora and fauna. Some of the activities include bug catching, canoe riding and guest speakers that teach about the roles of insects and reptiles. Each event requires a small fee that covers the cost of whatever herbs, vegetables or flowers participants will be taking home. Descant shares his passion with the community by showing the importance and bliss of being able to know, grow and sustain a wide variety of crops and medicinal herbs to achieve a healthier lifestyle and support the environment. Descant takes on many other community gardening and landscaping projects. Recently, he built what he calls a “Butterfly Café” at Northside High School which will grow passion vine and other flowers that attract pollinators and butterflies, as well as create a shady area for the students during recess. With the help of people like Descant, the future is looking greener every day. Why not be a part of it? To learn more about The Urban Naturalist, visit urbannaturalists.com or @ TheUrbanNaturalist on Facebook.

Join us PREVIEW PARTY

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 7 p.m.– 10 p.m.

Celebrating 60 years of Junior League of Lafayette.

SEPTEMBER 27–30, 2017 CAJUNDOME CONVENTION CENTER

PREFERRED SHOPPING

Thursday, September 28, 2017 8 a.m.–10 a.m.

COCOA WITH MRS. CLAUS Thursday, September 28, 2017 4 p.m.– 7 p.m.

SANTA SNEAK PEEK

Thursday, September 28, 2017 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Bring the kids to see Santa. Complimentary picture.

LADIES’ NIGHT

Friday, September 29, 2017 5 p.m.– 8 p.m. DJ & signature cocktail for purchase.

CHILDREN’S EVENT

Saturday, September 30, 2017 9 a.m.– 10:30 a.m.

MUFFINS & MIMOSAS

Saturday, September 30, 2017 9 a.m.– 11 a.m.

SPARKLE & SHINE RAFFLE Saturday, September 30, 2017 Drawing held at 4:45 p.m.

VIP tickets available.

GENERAL ADMISSION

THURSDAY: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. • FRIDAY: 9 a.m.– 8 p.m. • SATURDAY: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Strollers permitted on Thursday 3 p.m.– 8 p.m. ONLY.

TICKETS AVAILABLE AT: Junior League of Lafayette Headquarters

504 RICHLAND AVENUE, LAFAYETTE, LA 70508 • 337-988-2739

CAJUNDOME Box Office beginning on September 28

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Xeriscaping for the Heat Consider the rocky approach By Justin Price, EcoscapesLafayette.com

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f you’re the kind who would rather be enjoying your outside space – despite the late summer heat – things have to look good in the landscaping. For this you’ll need plants that like it hot, and perhaps some inspiration from xeriscape designs typical of the Southwest. This may involve more open space than plants. Sweeps of decorative rock mulch allow plants to become focal points instead of mere greenery. Natural stone edging and the occasional boulder add to the effect. As long as the area is welldrained, many semi-desert plants (such as East Texas natives) can be used effectively. 1-inch gravel added to the bottom of planting holes may help prevent root rot in South Louisiana’s sometimessaturated conditions. When installed properly, xeriscaping provides the ideal low maintenance garden that looks great all summer. Once the plants are established, they need no extra watering. Plants for this theme include yuccas, sages/ salvias, ornamental grasses and various drought-tolerant shrubs. Texas sage provides beautiful texture and flowers which bloom sporadically throughout the warm season. It needs good air circulation to keep its foliage

healthy, and benefits from rock mulch which reflects heat to the plant. Red yucca stands out nicely against light-colored rock mulch, and produces spikes of

Pineapple guava

red tubular flowers in spring favored by hummingbirds. ‘Color Guard’ yucca looks great in mass plantings, while softleaf yucca makes an impressive specimen. None of these have dangerously sharp leaves like other yuccas. Mexican bush sage makes a stunning display of purple flowers with white accents in late summer through fall. Many beautiful salvias – all of which attract butterflies and hummingbirds – thrive in hot, dry conditions, becoming mounds of color that persist from summer to first frost. For an edible twist, include pineapple guava shrubs. Their grayish-green foliage, beautiful flowers and delicious fruit are irresistible. 3 3 7 M A GA ZIN E.C OM

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he common denominator of men and their wardrobes is the dress shirt. The “average” man can find a shirt just about anywhere, and some brands cater to “big and tall” guys. But wait…what about the “short and fat” guys out there? Blake Adams and Jeff Martin are behind a new market to fit the men that have been left behind, and their company’s hilarious name is ShortAndFat.com. The concept originated in November 2016 when the

“We toiled with the name in the beginning. We came up with Short & Stocky, Vertically Challenged & Horizontally Blessed - but in the end, we realized we had to OWN it and settled on Short and Fat.com,” said Adams. two men decided that they wanted to find a way to serve the community that has been overlooked and to give “short and fat” men the opportunity to find clothing that fits them properly. “Amazingly, these two character traits seem to run V OL U M E 3 IS S U E 4

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Jumpstart your day with work attire that fits your style Fashion Editor: Michelle Judice Photographer: Carlie Faulk Location: Downtown Lafayette Hair & Makeup: Annie Bonaventure Bicycles provided by: Hub City Cyclery

Trending Patterns

Combine trending kick flares with classic stripes for a interesting, but timeless getup

Effortless Edge Leather works well when toned down with chunky knits or other soft fabrics. Plus, this makes for a perfect work-tococktails outfit SHOE LA LA 1921 Kaliste Saloom Road, Suite 119 Lafayette 337-984-8618 shoelalaboutique.com Model: Shairdรก Brown

GENTERIE SUPPLY CO 408 Jefferson Street, Lafayette 337-401-3833 genterie.com Model: Shairdรก Brown

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Smart Casual If light layers and the denim are ideal for your work environment, layer up on accessories to transform casual to chic BROTHER’S ON THE BOULEVARD 101 Arnold Blvd, Lafayette 337-984-7749 brothersontheblvd.com Model: Grace Chestnut

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THE NEW Find just the right pieces to freshen up your bike to work

Finishing Touches Adding a bright lapel pin is a simple way to complete an otherwise neutral look

Casual Friday Keep your look crisp with dark denim + a new window pane button up Partner’s Ltd 1907 Kaliste Saloom Rd, Lafayette 337-984-9933 Model: Bakari Hollier

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Make it Your Own Enhance your work attire by adding a bowtie or pocket square in prints that coordinate with a subtle patterned shirt Partner’s Ltd 1907 Kaliste Saloom Rd Lafayette 337-984-9933 Model: Bakari Hollier

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Stretch chinos are the new must-have; find a fit that works for you in olive, navy or khaki Maven Menswear 116 Rue Promenade #100 Lafayette 337-504-4662 themavenstore.com Model: Jordan Canamar

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any individuals think style is insignificant. Some have no clue what their personal style is (It can be confusing after all with the constantly changing fashion waters). But it is essential to uncover. Understanding this small piece of yourself will save you tons of time and money - no more spending your precious dollars on clothes you will never wear. THE WHY

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The first step to finding your style is to understand why it’s important. Most people have the tendency to put their own needs on the back burner. With work, kids, spouses, etc., it’s easy to get lost in the everyday and forget that we need things like exercise, healthy food and a wellrounded wardrobe. Maybe that last one isn’t at the top of your list…but it should be! What you wear can say a lot about who you are and who you want to be. If your clothing fits well and makes you feel great, you will naturally be more confident and, thus, be more productive in whatever you’re doing (no more worrying if you look appropriate or not).

or powerful? Feminine or edgy? Classic or fashion-forward? A simple place to start is your own closet. Pick out your favorite pieces and ask yourself why you love them. Or, if you aren’t crazy about your wardrobe right now, find inspiration in magazines or online. What do these photos have in common?

THE HOW Now it’s time to put your research to work. When you shop, ask yourself if the pieces you chose reflect those keywords used to describe your style. If not, it’s OK to pass! This trick will come in handy especially to those of us who get wrapped up in sales or shopping for special events.

Uncovering your personal style is not determinate on how many trend-y items you have in your closet. It is about finding items that speak to you, fit your lifestyle and, of course, your beautiful lines. Stick to items that reign true to you, and you will always feel great. Judice is a personal stylist in Lafayette with experience working with men and women of all body types, ages and lifestyles.

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Brand Born on the Bayou Local ladies strive to keep Cajun French fashionably alive By Stacey Daley

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he owners and designers of Bayou Native, Breonn Tucker and Carolyn Allain, were born and raised in New Iberia. Staying true to their Louisiana roots, Tucker graduated from ULL and Allain from LSU. A love for shopping local and the belief that supporting the businesses in our communities keep our small towns alive is the exact entrepreneurial spirit that has helped to make their brand an overnight success! Throughout the heart of Louisiana are the veins that run through it, the bayous, connecting us all. Hence the name: Bayou Native. Wanting to create something that was a common, practical good while showcasing Louisiana in a positive way led Tucker and Allain to the idea of clothing. To keep it fun they drew upon their upbringing in Cajun Country. Listening to their grandparents and great-grandparents speak various forms of Cajun French, the creative duo decided to incorporate the unique yet well-known French expressions into their designs. The Cajun French design

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element of Bayou Native adds a flair to regional fashion that highlights and promotes the very best that our culture has to offer... music, food, people, scenery and the history of South Louisiana. Tucker and Allain strive to strike a balance between fashion trends and comfort while giving back to the community. Currently working with the T.E.C.H.E. Project, a portion of the profits from every shirt sold is donated and applied towards improving and maintaining the Bayou Teche. Bayou Native debuted in April of 2017 at the New Iberia Art Walk and Festival International in Lafayette. In just a quarter of the year hundreds of shirts have been sold! A local brand promoting pride of heritage, that is comfortable, charitable and fashionable, Bayou Native’s instant popularity can be attributed to many factors. However, for Tucker and Allain their success is simply defined by the relatable giggles they hear from customers shopping their apparel.

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Linen Blend Neutral Stripe Shirt, with Front-Pocket Accent

Black and White Pinstripe, Sleeveless Peplum Tope, with Side Tie Accent

Tortoise Frame Sunglasses by TOMS

Multi-Colored Dangle Earring, with Long Necklace with Earth-tone Beads and Gold Cross Pendant

Brow Leather-Strap Wrap Bracelet

Coral Mini Skirt Leather Strap Watch

Dark Wash Denim Jean

Camel Suede Lace-Up Sneaker by TOMS

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Multi-strand Bracelet MultiColored Stone Earring

Ivory Chiffon Top, with Textured Detail

Long Gold Pendant Necklace

Cream Blouse with Lace-Detail, paired with an Army-Green Cinched-Waist Vest

Gold StonedAccent Cuff Bracelet

Tie-Dye Print Flare Legging

Gold Necklaces with stoned accents and charms

Graphite Textured Clutch

Denim Fringe Hem Cropped Pant with TriStripe Accent

trending with kate at Nude Slip-On Heel

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Khaki Southern Marsh Cap

Maui Jim Olive Strip Sunglasses

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Tommy Bahama Brown Leather Flask

Navy Alligator Appliqué Tee, with custom monogram detail

Robert Graham Checkered Plaid ButtonDown

Brown Detailed-Trim Belt Lime Green Seersucker Short, with elastic waist

Olive Green Southern Marsh Jean

Tan Sun San Sandal

Lime Green Seersucker Backpack, custom monogramming/ applique optional

Weaved-Style Cognac Slip-On

Printed trouser socks

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Get back to the basics and fall in love with your favorite eatery all over again.

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MARCELLO’S WINE MARKET CAFÉ

Braciole

HOW TO USE THIS RESTAURANT:

An Italian version of extraordinary juicy meatloaf, this noteworthy version comes with an egg hidden inside.

340 Kaliste Saloom Road Lafayette, LA 70508 337-235-1002 marcelloscafe.com/lafayette.html

FREE WIFI

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With one of the most comprehensive in-house wine markets and premium chef specials, Marcello’s is the ideal setting to host a private wine dinner.

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Linguini Tritone Generous portions of lobster, shrimp, crabmeat, spinach and mushrooms come cooked in a sherry cream sauce and served over fresh linguini noodles.

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Charcuterie & Cheese Board A board topped with house-cured meats and select cheeses garnished with seasonal fruits is the perfect way to start your meal.

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RESTAURANT 101

POUR 337-981-8085   1 Degaulle Square, River Ranch Lafayette, LA 70508 Eatatpour.com

337 Insider Tip:

Grilled Hanger Steak

Beet Salad

Light and flavorful yet filling, the grilled hanger steak is served with chimichurri sauce, squash, zucchini and red peppers.

The fresh and pickled beet selection over mixed greens, goat cheese and pecans is a welcomed change of pace from the usual salad.

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While we could go on and on about the wine section at Pour, the hand-crafted cocktails are cold and smooth and the Sunday brunch is hot and happening!

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The Perfect Gift The perfect gift for any occasion is anything from Don’s! Stuffed pork chops, beef roasts…even gift cards are a sure way to get a smile.

HOW TO USE THIS RESTAURANT:

DOMESTIC SHIPPING

DINE IN

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CATERING

Insta

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Don’s ships all over the country and makes the online ordering process easy. Show your friends and loved ones you care by sending a package from Cajun Country.

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Boudin. Need we say more? You haven’t truly lived until you’ve tasted the smoked boudin, seafood boudin, boudin balls and cracklin served daily from Don’s Specialty Meats!

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Pizza A La Mike

DINE IN

The special of the house for two in love or one hungry is the Pizza A La Mike. It begins with two half antipasto salads and concludes with a 12-inch Pizza Alesi. Grab a couple bottles of wine and enjoy a romantic picnic.

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CATERING

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More Than Expected Alesi’s is so far beyond Italian! It is also famous for steaks and hamburgers cooked perfectly to order.

RESTAURANT 101

ALESI’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT 4110 Johnston Street Lafayette, LA 70503 337-984-1823 AlesiPizzaHouse.com

337 Insider Tip: The private room is available to reserve for a wide range of events, from family gatherings to business meetings. Gift cards are also a great gift option!

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ROCHETTO’S PIZZERIA 806 S I-10 Frontage Road, Suite A Scott, LA 70583 337-456-8026 Rochettos.com

Cajun Rage

HOW TO USE THIS RESTAURANT:

FREE WIFI

Local flavor and flare: blackened chicken, spicy Cajun tasso, onions, red bell peppers and mozzarella cheese over house tomato sauce topped with fresh cut scallions.

DINE IN

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337 Insider Tip: Romacelli specializes in requisite wine pairings, offering a large selection of light to bold wines to perfectly compliment their unique dishes.

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Salmon Strawberry Salad

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Seared salmon atop fresh strawberries, spinach, crispy bacon, red onions, candied pecans and Gorgonzola cheese tossed in a strawberry basil vinaigrette.

RESTAURANT 101

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Mozzarella Caprese

Tuscan Seared Tuna

Fresh mozzarella, Roma tomatoes and basil drizzled with a balsamic reduction.

Herb and garlic marinated Ahi tuna grilled medium-rare, served over Tuscan cannellini beans and wilted spinach, and topped with feta cheese and a balsamic reduction.

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Catering for all occasions Weddings, Business lunches, Rehersal Dinners and Showers.

Pork Chop Seabass with

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Crab & Shrimp

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D R I N K Eggplant bruschetta

A Croatian Nutrition Adventure Q&A with a 5-star chef and Croatianinspired dinner By Sonia Marie Desormeaux, Sonia-marie.com Photos By: Josh Desormeaux

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y latest nutrition adventure, geared toward discovering new foods and flavors, took me to Croatia! This year I had the honor of meeting Josip Markusic. Chef Markusic is an executive chef of over 16 restaurants in the 5-star Radisson-Blu Sun Gardens Dubrovnik hotel, and his outlook on food and life is refreshing and inspiring! Desormeaux: Much like Cajun Country, people say that eating the seafood in Croatia is “living.” What does that mean to you? Markusic: Living near the sea, Croatians need to be sustainable [resources]. Open season is the busiest time of the year, and we create menus from seasonal and local ingredients only. This means Tuna with olive tapenade incorporating a lot of flavors from fruits, such as oranges, liquors and marmalades. Pairing jams with different cheeses are important flavor profiles in almost every menu we create throughout the year. Desormeaux: If your family asked you to prepare a dish for dinner, what would you make? Markusic: A fresh fish, probably a locally caught John Dory, with potatoes, bell peppers, rosemary and white wine. Bake them all together, and use bread to soak the juices. It’s simple, but so delicious! Desormeaux: Is there a staple herb or spice, something specific to Croatia that you like to cook with? Markusic: Rosemary is my absolute favorite, although Thyme is a close second.

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Here’s my own version of a Croatian-inspired dinner: For the fish: 2 TBSP olive oil 1 shallot, finely chopped ½ cup white wine (dry) 2 TBSP rosemary, finely chopped 2 TBSP thyme, finely chopped 6 skinless John Dory filets Sea salt and black pepper For the vegetables: 1 pound potatoes, unpeeled and quartered 3 TSP sea salt 3 TBSP white wine vinegar 3 TBSP olive oil 2 TBSP rosemary, finely chopped 2 TBSP dill, finely chopped 1 shallot, finely chopped 2 TBSP flat leaf parsley 2 red bell peppers, sliced in 1-inch thick pieces 1 TBSP honey Heat oven to 395 degrees Fahrenheit. Heat oil in oven-safe dish (wide, shallow, cast-iron preferred). Sauté shallots in pan with olive oil on stove for three minutes and then add white wine, rosemary, thyme. Let simmer for two minutes. Turn flame on stove off. Season fish filets on both sides with sea salt and black pepper, and place over white wine sauce. Bake in oven for 15-17 minutes, depending on thickness of filet. Add potatoes to boiling water, making sure potatoes are below

the water line. Check with fork for doneness, about 15-20 minutes. Drain water, and place potatoes in medium size bowl. In a separate bowl, mix sea salt, vinegar, 2 TBSP olive oil, rosemary, dill, shallot, parsley and honey. Set aside. In a small pan, add remaining 1 TBSP olive oil. Season bell peppers with salt and pepper and sauté for four minutes, constantly turning over peppers as they cook. Place bell peppers with potatoes, add herb mixture, toss and serve with fish filets.

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LOCAL’S KITCHEN

Crawfish fried rice

HOT FOOD EXPRESS Chef DJ Zee is a master mixer By Stacey Daley Zee Baloch, owner of Hot Food Express, loves mixing it up in the kitchen. Born in Karachi, Pakistan and raised in New York City, Baloch is a crowd favorite when showcasing his skills as DJ Zee. However, down on the bayou he is best known as the award-winning chef who has been cooking up his fusion food favorites for over 15 years! Growing up in the concrete jungle, Baloch’s cooking was influenced mostly by the sights and smells around him. A blending of cultures and cuisine occurs on nearly every street corner. While visiting his brother in Louisiana Baloch was introduced to an entirely new ethos that he never experienced before. It’s the food lifestyle of South Louisiana that inspired Baloch to become a chef. He began learning and experiencing the business working his way from the bottom up, ultimately fulfilling his dream by pursuing his passion to own his own restaurant. Located at 3013 West Cameron Street in Lafayette, Hot Food Express turns tables on traditional

Chef DJ Zee

Secret from the restaurant kitchen:

Grilled chicken po boy

Chef DJ Zee revealed, “I do not use soy sauce when making my fried rice but rather oyster flavored sauce.”

food. It creates a unique experience for guests that is equal parts DJing and dining delicacy. Locals cannot get enough of menu favorites such as the bang bang chicken, bang bang shrimp and best-selling Zee’s Special, which combines grilled seasoned chicken and grilled veggies. All of these dishes are served over fusion shrimp fried rice!

The support Baloch has received throughout the years from the community has been incredible. With the significant increase in business that Baloch has experienced, he is now focused on opening his second location. Appropriately named Hot Food Express 2, Baloch’s newest venture is projected to open in the fall of 2017. The much anticipated second

The Steep House

TRENDING

Satisfy your sweet tooth Tucked away off Kaliste Saloom lies a cozy, rustic abode that brings sweet treats, unique teas and coffee to Lafayette: The Steep House. Patrons can expect to walk into this inviting café and greet an array of vibrant, colorful macarons and even macaron ice cream sandwiches (but don’t think that’s all The Steep House has to offer!). Tea aficionados need not look elsewhere, either. The Steep House has tasty bubble tea that is sure to wow any tea lover, and with free Wi-Fi and stellar desserts, there’s no better work space. V OL U M E 3 IS S U E 4

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location will focus on the bestsellers from the original location while catering to walk-in orders and fulfilling food and grocery orders via Waitr. Hot Food Express 2 will be located at 800 Cameron Street. Show a local some love and stop in for an all-encompassing experience filled with graffiti, music, fusion food and more.

NEW

Good Eats Kitchen

A growing demand for Indian fare has led to the emergence of new businesses in the culturally diverse 337. Bismillah Groceries and Kitchen – Located on Congress Street in Lafayette, shoppers can find different Indian and Middle Eastern groceries with a small kitchen dishing up delicious home-cooked lunches and dinners. All items are halal a mannerfast accepted under Muslim Trying(prepared to replaceinunhealthy food with healthy fastlaw). food,

More than fast food

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THE BUS STOP FOOD TRUCK Facebook: @thebusstopfoodtruck Twitter: @thebusstopfood  The Wheel Deal: Brothers Jay Thornhill and Charles von Aspern cook gourmet burgers with freshly made buns, homemade aiolis, and ground chuck and ribeye patties. They also offer specialty items like the Rouxben. Customers who frequent them text their order ahead of time so it’s ready upon arrival! 337 Gotta-Taste-It: The Le Boucher burger with sliced andouille, pomegranate pepper jelly and garlic cream cheese aioli  

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Facebook: @ ricekingsfoodtruck Twitter: @RiceKings The Wheel Deal: Rice Kings serves hibachi, Korean tacos and sushi. Fans love them for their variety of noodles. You can call in your order ahead of time, and they offer catering and large sushi plates! 337 Gotta-Taste-It: The chicken dumplings with homemade sweet and sour sauce

BLANCHARD’S BBQ Facebook and Twitter: @blanchardsbbq The Wheel Deal: Owned by Matt and Kissy Blanchard, Blanchard’s makes all of their own sauces including Chipotle Parish South Coast Beer BBQ, Carolina Creole Mustard, Ancho Espresso BBQ and more. You may call/text your order ahead of time and also book them for parties or catering. 337 Gotta-Taste-It: Smoked brisket salad with jalapeno ranch and grilled corn

STAR TACO Facebook: @startacolafayette The Wheel Deal: Star Taco is so popular that they now stay open from 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. The menu offers authentic Mexican cuisine like loaded tacos, po’boys and hamburgers. You can use Waitr or call in orders ahead of time. Star Taco also offers catering for weddings and parties. 337 Gotta-Taste-It: An openV OL U M E 3 IS S U E 4 3 3 7 MA G A ZINE.COM face shredded steak po’boy  

TACO SISTERS Facebook and Instagram: @tacosisters_mobile The Wheel Deal: Taco Sisters Mobile is a 1957 whale tail airstream that has been converted to a fully functional food truck. They also offer the trailer for catering events. 337 Gotta-Taste-It: Smoked gulf shrimp burrito

WING FINGERS HI-LICIOUS STREET KITCHEN Facebook: @Hilicious The Wheel Deal: This eatery, owned by Haili Li, is all about exploring cultures through food, making friends and serving fresh ingredients in MSG-free dishes that tell a story. Hi-Licious serves Asian, Chinese, Thai, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese and Phillipino food. The menu changes depending on what ingredients are sourced from the area that day. 337 Gotta-Taste-It: Spicy ramen soup and bean salad

Facebook and Instagram: @wingfingersla The Wheel Deal: Aspiring chef John Hackney and former student Taylor Cooper joined forces, sold their car, bought the food truck, and have been a rolling success ever since! The truck offers delivery from Waitr, and all of their sauces, such as strawberry habanero, are homemade. 337 Gotta-Taste-It: The blackberry BBQ boneless wings served over a bed of pepper jack mac n’ cheese

THE SLOPPY TACO DAT TRUCK Facebook and Instagram: @DatTruck The Wheel Deal: The menu is focused on high quality, fresh ingredients. Owner Shauna Fuse has a strict “no cans in the kitchen” policy, and all menu items are dropped to order, meaning nothing is precooked. Dat Truck gives street food an elevated punch! 337 Gotta-Taste-It: Flamin’ Cajun burger with mango habanero hot sauce, smoked provolone, maple bacon, white barbecue, Mardi Gras slaw, tomato and Buffalo sauce

Facebook and Instagram: @Thesloppytaco The Wheel Deal: Owned by Derek, Brett and Amanda Stutes, The Sloppy Taco was the first the FIRST food truck in Lake Charles and helped pave the way for more to come! They offer catering and accept call-ahead orders. The Sloppy Taco always has a “Taco Tuesday” deal that is sent to their email subscribers. 337 Gotta-Taste-It: “The Sloppy Taco” with braised pork, grilled steak, chipotle grilled shrimp, Monterey Jack cheese, purple onion, pickled jalapeños and remoulade. (Bonus: Customers can replace the tortilla with a cabbage leaf as a healthier option) 51


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Fried Shrimp Basket Golden fired shrimp served with coleslaw, hush puppies and tartar sauce.

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Destination location: Scott, LA Behind the name: Anthony “Tony” Hebert and his wife, Lexi, are the owners. Uncle T’s was a nod of the hat to Tony. Little known fact: The restaurant has timeless history. The original all-brick building was built in the 1950s by Lexi’s grandfather, J. Warren Landry. Originally housing the Scott post office, it later became a laundromat before Cue Time Bar moved in. Through Uncle T’s Oyster Bar, Cue Time’s legacy as a well-known place where important meetings between business owners, politicians and other prominent members of the Scott community lives on. Romantic space: As the temperatures begin to decline, take advantage of the beautiful weather by sitting outdoors for an intimate date. Similarly, the 26-foot, custom-built bar accented with reclaimed wood from a nearby 100-year-old barn is the ideal setting for the couple who enjoys watching sports while partaking in the spirits. Concept of the restaurant: While the obvious answer here is seafood at a top-shelf (pardon the pun) bar, surprisingly enough Uncle T’s strives to taking advantage of the train tracks in the art district of Scott. Bring your family to enjoy one of their delicious po’boys.

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Charbroiled Holly Beach Oyster Slammer The sampler included four NOLA-style (garlic butter and shredded parmesan), four Firecracker (jalapeño, cheese, bacon and Cajun seasoning) and four Classic Candy (Cajun glaze and candied jalapeño) Gulf oysters.

Menu favorites: You haven’t lived until you’ve sampled the Holly Beach Slammer from the oyster bar. The four NOLA-style, four Firecracker and four Classic Candy oysters have locals coming back time and time again. For the health conscience: Going healthy at Uncle T’s doesn’t mean you’re missing out on anything! Go for the grilled shrimp wrap or Cajun chef salad for loads of filling flavor. Manly menu: The Cue Time seafood platter includes fried crawfish tails, fried alligator, fried catfish, fried oyster, fried shrimp and a soft-shell crab.

Swamp Thang Po’boy Alligator meat tossed in Landry sauce, topped with candied jalapenos, and served with waffle fries.

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Grilled cheese isn’t just for kids, and Fromage in New Iberia proves it. Fromage’s name is as smooth as its local artist-adorned walls, and this regional flair is present in the food, too. The selection ranges from gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches to homey soup and salad options, but the sandwiches are the true highlight. Nothing tops their No. 1, syrup-infused seller: boudin grilled cheese.

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LIFESA ERS ANDRE OZENE RN at Lafayette Surgical Specialty Hospital 337: Where are you originally from? Ozene: I am from Lafayette, Louisiana. 337: Tell us about your family. Ozene: I have been married to Keith Michael for 30 years and have two children, Keith Lawrence, 26, and Mariah Elise, 21. 337: How would you describe yourself? Ozene: At work I believe in getting the job done. I am serious, by the book, and have a calming positive attitude. I am a team player. At home I also believe in getting things done because I dislike clutter. Once everything is done, I relax on my patio listening to music, such as Prince and Lionel Richie, and power walking about 2-3 miles a day.

337: What led you to your profession? Ozene: Growing up, I helped my mom care for my grandfather and other ill family members. I always felt good when I did that, and I admired that in my mother. 337: How long have you been practicing? Ozene: I have been nursing for over 29 years. 337: What should people know about your profession? Ozene: As nurses, what we do is not a job but a calling! We are destined by faith in what we are called to do, and we care not only from the heart but from the soul.

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OT at Iberia Rehab Hospital 337: Where are you from? Guidry: New Iberia, LA

337: Tell us about your family. Guidry: I have two lovely daughters, both working on health care careers. My oldest daughter followed in my footsteps; she is presently a certified occupational therapy assistant. My youngest daughter is currently working on her doctorate at ULM School of Pharmacy. My alma mater! I am the youngest of seven children, and I am the first to attend college. I have an amazing 97-year-old father whom my siblings and I rotate weekly with his care. I have deeps roots in New Iberia, and most of my family is here. 337: What are your interests outside of work? Guidry: I enjoy spending quality time with my family, cooking and traveling. You will usually find my girls and I shopping or dinning out when we have free time. 60

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WHEN BAD IS GOOD A perspective on heart disease and cholesterol By Brandon Alleman

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holesterol and heart disease have been synonymous with one another for the last halfcentury. Arriving at the truth of this matter requires reading the book “The Cholesterol Myths” by Dr. Uffe Ravnskov, M.D., Ph.D. Dr. Ravnskov describes studies on the connection between heart disease and cholesterol. His basic conclusion is that there is no connection between cholesterol, lipid levels, coronary artery disease and intake of traditional fats. Various cholesterol levels measured in the blood do not tell us whether or not an individual is prone to heart disease. Those with low total levels of cholesterol

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are just as likely to have a heart attack as those with high total cholesterol when the research is examined. A FEW TRUTHS ABOUT CHOLESTEROL

Cholesterol is an important substance in our bodies. Most do not realize that roughly 85 percent of the cholesterol in our bodies does not come from the food we eat; our liver produces it. If we eat more, the liver produces less and vice versa. Cholesterol is also needed to support proper production of our repair hormones that help us recover from daily stress.

WHY YOUR BODY NEEDS SATURATED FATS

Saturated fats make up 50 percent of your cell walls. It gives the wall stiffness and integrity. Saturated 18-carbon stearic acid and 16-carbon palmitic acid are actually the preferred fuel for the heart, and the heart will call on these fat stores in times of stress. Further, for calcium to be adequately incorporated into the skeletal structure roughly 50 percent of the fats ingested need to be high quality saturated fats. Adequate saturated fat is also

needed to effectively metabolize and assimilate omega-3 fatty acids. DON’T BE FOOLED BY MARKETING

Saturated fats and cholesterol are not malicious creatures that consumers are sold on them to be. In fact, saturated animal fat and cholesterol consumption has steadily declined since 1910 – yet heart disease has continued to rise. Conversely, consumption of vegetable and synthetic fats has increased by over 400 percent during the same period. Draw your own conclusions from that.

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Yoga, he does all renovations and repairs himself, creating a personal connection to the Om-bulance and its purpose. “Most yoga studios have classes fixed at a set price, and a lot of people cannot afford to do that,” Grisham explained. “So, I offer wellness on a donation basis.”

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aking Yoga accessible to everyone is the goal of Om-Balance Yoga, a mobile wellness unit bringing peace and inner tranquility to wherever you are -- or want to be. Launched by Lafayettebased Yoga guru Neil Grisham, Om-Balance Yoga offers Yoga, meditation, Tai Chi and Thai Yoga (“Lazy man’s Yoga”) on a donation basis. BEHIND THE OMIE

At age 20, Grisham discovered Yoga while studying for his General Studies/Behavioral Sciences degree at the University

of Louisiana at Lafayette. “I was looking for a way to better direct my energy and learn about who I was at that age,” he revealed. After graduating from UL, he studied at Lafayette Yoga Center and Anodea Judith’s course, Chakra Balancing. Following completion of 200 hours at LYC, the Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 200) started teaching Yoga and Tai Chi at Lourdes Fitness Center, adding classes at Red Lerille’s Health & Racquet Club and Little Creek Yoga at Camellia House. THE OM-BULANCE

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Grisham offers classes everywhere from the privacy of clients’ homes to public parks. “I installed a speaker system, so I just drive up, open the doors and have class,” he said. He also travels to day care centers, the Vermilion Center for Veterans and Art Walk. Grisham’s motto, proudly displayed on the Om-bulance, is “Bringing Peace to the Streets.” To arrange a session, visit ombalanceyoga.com, find Om on Facebook or Instagram, or call 337-356-1432.

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BLAST OFF WEIGHT More than a fad workout, Orangetheory is backed by science By Alyson Keenze

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perfect balance of technology that appeals to all age groups. Through the use of the patented OTBeat phone app and Orangetheory’s custom OTBeat heart rate tracker, members can track their fitness progress, create goals and live up to the gym’s motto: “Keep burning!” In Orangetheory classes, there are no strangers, and the intense energy filling the room keeps members motivated as they move through the five color-coded heart rate zones displayed on wallmounted flat screens. Members rotate through various workouts to

engage all muscle groups over the course of one hour while being led by a fitness instructor, and classes remain small, so the experience is highly personalized. Ultimately, participants strive to achieve the “orange effect” - 12+ minutes of sustained workout in the red and orange zones that gives members the “afterburn.” This afterburn ensures that once

members leave, their bodies enter a safe state of excess oxygen intake that kicks the body’s metabolism into high gear and keeps calories burning up to 36 hours postworkout. With all the energy pulsating between Orangetheory’s orangeand-gray interior, it is easy to see why so many members come back over and over to “keep burning!”

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ROMANZA ABOUNDS Newlyweds start a new life as one By Lisa Hanchey • Photos by Janenne DeClouet

TREVOR THOMAS

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Financial Aid Officer at Unitech Training Academy

HIGH SCHOOL SWEETHEARTS — ALMOST Both born and raised in Lafayette, La., Cortnie and Thomas met as teens. However, their romance did not blossom until years later. “We knew each other in high school, but reconnected with each other through mutual friends during college,” Cortnie shared. Those college years catapulted their friendship into romance. “The more time we spent together, the more we knew we were meant for each other,” the bride gushed. “Once we realized that spending time with one another became our biggest priority, and with that life became more fun, we knew it was meant to be.” THE BIG DAY The cute, young, professional couple married right before Christmas – Dec. 17, 2016. What made the cherished moment so ideal? “The most special part of our wedding for us was having all of our friends and family with us to celebrate, especially the family members that came from out of town and even out of state,” Trevor confided.

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VIVA ITALIA! For the ultimate honeymoon, the couple chose one of the most romantic places in the world – Italy. The twosome hit the highlights -- Rome, Venice, Florence and Todi, the “world’s most livable city” -- perched on a tall two-crested hill overlooking the east bank of the river Tiber. Ah, Romanza!

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THE BIG WIN Get a game plan for your marriage By Hannah Comeaux, M.A., LPC, PLMFT

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he chemistry is there, and the connection feels so real. Judd Apatow could get material for his next romcom from the first couple of dates…heck, maybe even a Nicholas Sparks tearjerker the romance was so strong! Then crickets. A week goes by, and there’s an “I’m so sorry, things got crazy. How are you? I’ve missed you.” Yes! You reply with, “No worries. Same here. I’ve missed you, too.” Not that that’s true. You weren’t too busy to reach out, just too afraid. And who could blame you? The dating waters are more like treacherous seas these days. Giving too much away too soon could leave you drowning in tears. You get no response. Gone again. But don’t worry, they’ll be back in a few days…maybe a week, maybe two. “Good Morning,” “Good Night” and “How was your day?” will fill your inbox. Oooh and maybe even, “Wanna get a bite to eat?” Unfortunately, what they’re feeding you is breadcrumbs. In case you haven’t heard, breadcrumbing is the latest term for one of the coldest

dating trends on the scene at the moment. According to Urban Dictionary, breadcrumbing is “the act of sending out flirtatious but noncommittal text messages (i.e., “breadcrumbs”) to members of the opposite sex in order to lure a sexual partner without expending much effort.” It’s torture. Every message is like proof of life - a reminder of the undeniable connection. It’s a ray of hope that they’ve come to see how perfect you’d be together…but it’s not that. It’s a dirty way of keeping you around until they find the one they want to put the effort into. Maybe it works for you, though. Maybe you don’t want any more from them than to be on the hook, waiting to be reeled in at their whim. No judgment here. American novelist Stephen Chbosky said, “We accept the love we think we deserve.” I think in most cases that’s the love we give, until we know better. Look at what you’re giving and look at what you take. Is it all about the love? 3 3 7 M A GA ZIN E.C OM

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Bourque, of Sunset, is excited to announce that New York Times best-selling author Jennifer Niven is writing the forward for the new book. Niven is the author of “All the Bright Places” and “Holding up the Universe.” “Jennifer’s books address heavier topics — helping young people learn how to deal with difficult issues,” Bourque said. “‘Alycat and the Monday Blues’ ties into that theme.” The book launch party will be at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Little Gym of Lafayette. Bourque will be featured at the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville Oct. 13-15 and the Louisiana Book Festival Oct. 28. About “Alycat and the Monday Blues” In “Alycat and the Monday Blues,” Alycat is certain that her day will not get better — until she helps a friend. By helping a friend, she discovers something very special about herself: her beautiful singing voice. This book is important for all children out there, especially those who may be having a “blue day.” It shows readers at a very young age that they can turn a blue day into a new day with hope through relatable situations.

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A classic American treat kids love to make By Jennifer Potier CRISPY FOOTBALL TREATS

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is well blended, stirring after 45 seconds. Add cereal; mix well. Shape into 24 football shapes, using about ¼ cup for each. Dip tops of footballs in semisweet chocolate; place, chocolate sides up, on waxed paper-covered baking sheet. (You may also use a football cookie cutter to shape footballs) Spoon white chocolate into small resealable plastic bag; press out excess air, then seal bag. Trim small piece off one bottom corner of bag. Use to draw laces on footballs. Refrigerate one hour or until firm. Enjoy!

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ACADIANA GETS EPIC

A brand-new kind of entertainment hits town By Mandie Kiddy

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pic Entertainment officially opened its doors June 29. The anticipation of the new outdoor recreation facility has been sweeping the area. Its midsummer opener was met with a bit of rain; however, fun was definitely had despite the less than favorable weather conditions. If your family didn’t get a chance to make it, here’s the 411. What is EPIC Entertainment? EPIC Entertainment is the fun-inspired, family business owned by Keith and Cathy Galloway. Their goal is to bring a new kind of place, filled with various activities, exhilaration and laughter. Most of all, they want something for everyone in the family to participate in without breaking the bank. What awaits us? The current facility features outdoor attractions for all ages, such as a zipline, zero-gravity trampoline, a four-person gyroscope ride, dual 20-foot racing slides and a huge 40-foot slide with a launch onto an air-filled landing pad.

There is an area for smaller children, and you can also play multiple games under the outdoor tent. Refreshments are available indoors and include everything from candy and popcorn to pizza and barbecue burgers. Although they are having a big start, plans for expansion are already in place. What does the future hold? The future of Epic Entertainment looks to move indoors and expand their attractions to include multiple climbing challenges, an arcade, virtual reality, a 12-person roller coaster and a full restaurant/bar and grill for starters. They are also planning the addition of a smaller, softer version of the bigger attractions for the littlest thrill seekers. How does it all work? Rides and games run on a ticket system varying by activity. Tickets are $1 each, and you can save by purchasing 25 tickets for $20. Tickets are reusable for future visits and never expire. However, the area set aside for smaller children to play on inflatables is a steal at just $5 per hour per child. Bring the whole family to have a blast and keep some jingle in your pocket! Where is it and how can we find out more? EPIC Entertainment is located at 130 N. Ambassador Caffery Parkway, currently sharing space with Single Source Supply and Louisiana Commercial Laundry. Find out more information by calling 337-456-6556 or by visiting epicentertainment.fun.

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Rolling Into Education Fun Nation launches one-of-a-kind STEM program By Sandra McKinney

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un Nation, formerly known as The Skate Zone, launched a one-of-a-kind STEM program for the 2017-18 school year in August. The focus of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math platform is to allow students to have a hands on experiences in these subjects.  Sparking student’s interest now creates new opportunities for them in the job market upon graduation. This year, grades three through eight will be able to partake in the program and be challenged by the cool experiments.  Fun Nation owner Frank Torries said he is proud to be able to provide this intriguing opportunity along with a fun outing for kids. The program will go on throughout the school year, as

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every grade in the participating schools completes each phase. To help children retain information, they will take part in the activities and then skate afterward. Introducing different topics right on the roller skating floor, children are more attentive and are encouraged to experiment. Rather than teach the four disciplines as separate and discrete subjects, STEM integrates them into a cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world applications. Meeting the academic and educational needs of students from elementary to high school, the program has different presentations based on each level.  When asked his reason for developing the program, creator Glenn Little stated, “For years my goal for every class has been to create a unique learning atmosphere that will produce ‘Light Bulb’ moments within students. I want them to be able to look at the world around them and be inspired.” Fun Nation is dedicated to providing light bulb moments to students of all ages in a unique, fun environment. To sign up for an upcoming session, call 337-988-1400.

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hen you first meet Kamdynn Gary, you will not believe she is only 4 years old. She speaks to everyone she meets and doesn’t know a stranger. Her maturity will serve her well as she prepares to take over Los Angeles and pursue a career in front of the camera. Discovered by the owners of the LA. Entertainment Management, she has just returned from Dallas where she walked the runway in the Model and Talent Expo. There

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This first-of-its-kind exhibit will completely transport you into immersive new worlds. Eight science-themed stations will let you blast off into space, journey inside the human body, explore the wonders of the deepest oceans – and much more! The VR Lab will also feature Acadiana 360, a captivating new way to experience our uniquely Cajun culture through virtual reality. Two-step at a Fais Do-Do, ride in a Mardi Gras parade and even take a swamp tour – all captured using advanced VR technology.

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SCHOOL DAY BLUES Transitioning into the new school year By Hannah Comeaux, M.A., LPC, PLMFT

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etting back into the swing of things may be stressful for kids and parents. Here are a few tips for getting back on track and having a successful school year. List your goals. Think about how this one can be better than last year. Are you hoping for higher grades, better behavior or would you like to get them more involved in sports or social activities? Budget ahead. The first few months of the school year are especially expensive. To avoid financial stress, list and prepare for upcoming expenditures like clothes, supplies, fees and extracurricular activities such as clubs and sports. Stay ahead of the routine. Getting everyone into a routine is key to balancing a demanding schedule. Things like meal prepping, laying out clothes and packing bookbags the night before school days will make mornings much easier. Discuss back to school issues. New schools, teachers or routines are stressful for kids. Discuss their fears and remind them that they survived last year’s changes. Maintain periodic check-ins throughout the year to keep the lines of communication open. Maintain a strong home-to-school communication link. Regardless of age, an open communication with school staff is imperative. Set up face-to-face meetings with teachers and exchange email or phone information. Log in often to the school’s parent portal. Remember, you know your child better than anyone so be alert to changes in behavior and don’t be afraid to express what needs to be done for your child’s best interest.

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TEEN SCENE Seth Henry finishes school strong, looks to future By Sandra McKinney

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t’s a good thing to be Seth Henry. As a 17-year-old senior this year at Lafayette High School, he has all his bases covered.  First there is the time he devotes to the Mighty Lions football team. Being all-district in wrestling gets a few hours each week. And with a 3.5 GPA average in the gifted program, he still manages to make time for a pickup game of basketball with his friends too. Seth is busy. But even with his hectic schedule, he is still thinking of tomorrow. With a few months left to decide on a major, he has narrowed the field to two. He would like to pursue a degree in kinesiology from ULL focusing on sports therapy. Or, he may pursue a political science degree from

LSU with the goal of going to law school (either political or entertainment law). Law school hasn’t always been on his agenda. Seth recently returned from a week of intense training with Louisiana Boys State. Not only a program centered around leadership skills, LABS shows young men their potential through action. Competing with other boys his own age, his district elected him district judge. After debating with seven others, he was then elected secretary of state. This has piqued his interest in politics.  Whatever direction this academic athlete goes, he knows that hard work and determination keep leading him to success. This is one bright kid with a very hopeful future, and he will represent the 337 well.

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When Trey Boone entered college to study finance, he didn’t imagine that one day he would open a successful dog care center. Today he is the owner and operator of The Dog Stop, located in Lafayette on Pinhook Road. Doggie day care allows dogs to socialize while getting the exercise they need. If overnight services are needed, each dog siestas in a five foot by five foot suite.  Boone and his staff make sure every pet enjoys their time in a safe environment. There is no such thing as a lazy dog day afternoon either.  Each day is filled with exercise,

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challenging games and education puzzles. By pickup your fur baby has been quite busy. Before any dog can stay, an assessment test is done. This gives the staff an idea of the dog’s temperament and personality, focusing on how he or she will fit in with fellow companions. Dogs receive one-on-one service to make sure their needs are being met. If your buddy is having problems eating or socializing, the staff takes note and makes sure parent receives an update. Dogs leave happy and look forward to their next visit.

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When the owners are away, the pups will play By Sandra McKinney

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Located in Lafayette for the last eight years, Camp Bow Wow recently celebrated their grand re-opening. It allowed new doggie parents a tour of the facility, catering and even a doggie disco. Young and old enjoyed seeing how much fun and attention their pets have while staying at camp. Owner Suzette Fowler wanted to make sure every dog resides comfortably. Offering doggie day care and overnight services to their clients allow pet loving families to have a safe place to leave their best friend.  Camp Bow Wow provides a wide arrangement of specialty services. From in-home pet care to dog grooming, making sure pets are happy is their top priority. They have also designed a Kid’s Camp, specializing in showing children how to approach their dog and how to incorporate fun games into the training process.  One thing is certain when visiting the camp: the staff have a true affection for dogs. They show great care for their buddies, making sure each is enjoying their stay and completely worn-out by the time a parent shows up. Daily reviews are provided to inform owners of moods and eating habits for their fur baby.  As the camp slogan says, Camp Bow Wow is the place where a dog can be a dog. CARE FOR YOUNG AND OLD

Lafayette Veterinary Care Center offers not only doggie day care options, but medical, surgical and dental care for your pet as well. Located off Johnston Street in Lafayette, they provide day stays to week long boarding.  Parents need not worry that their dog will be bored throughout the day. The center takes great care to provide games, interaction with other dogs and VIP snacks. Overnight dogs can enjoy a choice of themed suites to relax in, from LSU Tigers to New Orleans Saints.  A specialty of the clinic is the care given to older dogs who may need a little more help with eating and getting around. An area has been arranged for these elders to play away from young, excited puppies, allowing the older dog to get exercise at his or her own pace. Their suites even have glass that muffles the sounds coming from other pets.  With separate but connected facilities for the doggie resort and veterinary hospital, you can be assured that whatever need your dog has can be met here. The center has qualified doctors and staff with many years of experience in serving the needs of your pet. 

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Take Your Tailgate to the Next Level Everything you need to host the perfect tailgate! With one of the most sacred of human grazing rituals upon us - otherwise known as tailgating season – we’ve rounded up the essential supplies you’ll need to be the king of the tailgate. Renting what you need for your tailgating party will help you throw the best party in the parking lot. Check out all of our favorites from Party Central for the perfect tailgate. At Party Central, their goal is to make tailgating effortless so your tailgate experience is easy and enjoyable. You’ll throw a successful tailgate party that will have your friends forgetting they have tickets to the game!

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1 Fire It Up: The food you provide is one of the main features of your tailgating party and every great tailgate starts with a grill. Rent a grill that’s large enough to feed the crowd and keep your guests happy. You can also rent chaffing dishes and portable hot boxes to keep your food hot off of the grill.

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3 2 Keep It Clean: Bring the comforts of home to the parking lot and eliminate the long public port-o-let lines with your own porta potty. Renting your own potty really takes your tailgate to the next level. You can also keep your tailgate spot clean with disposable trash boxes. They are made from heavy grade cardboard and are a great addition to any event.

Power It On: Renting a generator can take your tailgate party to the next level. Not only can you plug in your TV and get live access to the big show, but adding power to your tailgate allows you to have a fan to keep the party cool and even lights to allow you to tailgate into the night. To also keep things cool, you can rent one of Party Central’s party coolers to keep all of your beverages ice cold.

5 Get Your Game On: Entertain kids and adults alike with classic tailgating games like cornhole, jenga and ring toss. Renting these ideal tailgating games will include everything you need to get you started in on the fun.

4 Party In Style: Be sure to rent enough tables and chairs too. Tables are important because you need to have room for the bar and food. Tents protect you from the heat and sun and can keep you cool and comfortable even on the hottest of days. Tents provide much more than just shade. A tent can serve as a central meeting spot and allow friends to find you.

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he relationship between coaches and their players is a unique connection. It’s a special bond forged through countless hours on and off the practice field. It goes well beyond the stadium and the beloved game days. A strong work ethic is By Brandon Comeaux something Lafayette High football player Koi Thomas knows is vital to have to be successful. “If you want to be good at something, whether it’s on the football field or in school, you have to practice, you have to study,” said Thomas as he points out that working hard is something his head coach, Rob Pool, instills in his players. Often, players like Thomas are extensions of their coaches. Athletes who are able to lead their teammates while emulating their coaches. Much like a captain who leads his troops while serving under the general. “The greatest honor that I’ve had in my entire life was being elected as a permanent team captain in my senior year,” said UL Director of Football Operations Troy Wingerter, who is a former player and current coach for the Ragin’ Cajuns. “The best part about sports is the ability to be able to learn how to deal with failure and succeed afterward. It is the hallmark of what you get in sports,” he added. Thomas, a senior for the Mighty Lions, said he strives to be an understanding leader – whether it’s a listening ear for fellow teammates or assisting with a problem. It’s a trait that should serve him well on the police force, as he hopes to be a police officer one day. “I want to make a change,” said Thomas. “A lot of people say they hate the Justice system. But, why hate it? Join it, change it and try to make it better.”

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McNeese Cowboys A tradition of winning

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By Brandon Comeaux As the 2017 college football season begins, the McNeese Cowboys prepare to continue its great success as a program. Coming off 12 straight winning seasons, there’s no reason to believe the Cowboys won’t finish 2017 without another winning season. Some expect a possible national title run for the Cowboys. The team was ranked #24 in 2017 Athlon Sports Preseason FCS Top 25 Poll. Find out more at mcneeseports.com. OFFENSE Southland Conference and Louisiana Newcomer of the Year, Quarterback James Tabary, is back to lead McNeese’s powerful

and balanced offensive attack. He’ll have his top five favorite targets coming back at wide receiver, including Darious Crawley and Kent Shelby, who combined for over 1,200 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns last season. On the ground, Tabary will also be joined by the team’s top two rushers, Ryan Ross and Justin Pratt, who combined for over 1,000 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns. And former LSU center Andy Dodd is expected to help lead the McNeese offensive line. DEFENSE On defense, defensive lineman Jammerio Gross, who led the team in tackles last season with 59, returns. Also coming back will be fellow defensive lineman Chris Livings, who led the team in sacks with eight. With both of their starting linebackers - Ashari Goins and Christian Jacobs - returning, as well as their playmaking defensive backs - Andre Fuller, Jermaine Antoine and Damion Morgan - the Cowboys defense looks ready to slow down its opponents this season. If the Cowboys are going to be successful, they will need to win the close games. Last season, three of their five losses came by eight points or less. These games may be the difference between a possible national title run or a season full of unmet expectations.

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Ragin Cajuns Talent rampant at local university By Garrett Ohlmeyer

CAJUNS OUTFIELDER JAM WILLIAMS JOINS FOOTBALL TEAM

Ragin’ Cajun baseball player Jam Williams became a two-sport athlete by officially joining the Ragin’ Cajuns football team in midJune. On the baseball diamond, the 6-foot-3 outfielder is known for his speed, which is essential to play defensive back for a division I college football program. Head football coach Mark Hudspeth said he was excited about having Williams join the football team. “We had recruited Jam out of high school and had always thought he was an extraordinary athlete,” Hudspeth said. “It’s great that our coaching staff at UL works so well together. We all want to do whatever it takes to help our university be successful.” Williams, a senior, has played in 71 games for the Cajuns and went 3-for-15 (.200) at-bat in 2017 with seven runs scored and three stolen bases. He joined Elijah McGuire and Jeryl Brazil as the Cajuns’ most recent two-sport athletes.

Two Ragin’ Cajun athletes were nominated for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year award for distinguishing themselves throughout their Hayden collegiate and academic career. Softball senior outfielder Haley Hayden and soccer senior midfielder Yazmin Montoya were among the 543 graduating female college athletes nominated for the award. From here, Hayden and Montoya will be considered to be one of up to two conference nominees by the Sun Belt Conference. Ten players will then be selected to represent division I sports, 10 from division II and 10 from division III. A selection committee will determine the top three nominees from each division and announce the nine finalists in September and lastly, the 2017 NCAA Woman of the year will be chosen from those nine.

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Four Cajuns selected in MLB Draft

Four Ragin’ Cajuns baseball players were selected on the final day of the 2017 MLB Draft: Steven Sensley, Wyatt Marks, Evan Guillory and Gunner Leger. Sensley started 53 of the Cajuns 57 games in 2017 and posted a .314 batting average and scored 41 runs and 46 RBIs. In his two seasons with the Cajuns, Sensley has hit 17 home runs. He was drafted in the 12th round by the New York Yankees. One round later, pitcher Wyatt Marks was selected by the Oakland Athletics. Marks pitched in 59 innings and garnered a 2.28 ERA with the Cajuns. In the 23rd round, pitcher Evan Guillory was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals. Guillory pitched in 63 innings with a 3.57 ERA. Gunner Leger was the final Cajun selected in the 26th round by the Miami Marlins. Leger was named the Sun Belt Pitcher of the Year in 2017 and had a 1.97 ERA in 91 innings pitched. One of the Cajuns’ signees, shortstop Hayden Cantrelle from Teurlings Catholic High School, was also selected in the 40th round by the New York Yankees.

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BENGAL HAPPENINGS By Curt Guillory

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NIGHTS in DEATH VALLEY

Smell that? It’s fall. The green grass is painted and numbered in bright white as the sun settles. Football season is here once again. LSU comes into the 2017 season with a new offensive coordinator. Matt Canada plans to make his mark in Baton Rouge by taking advantage of the immense talent at his disposal. Naturally the overall success of the campaign will fall on the shoulders of the quarterback. All eyes will be on the offensive coordinator as he guides Danny Etling and the Tigers to SEC dreams. Hopefully we will all be saying, “Oh Canada!”

Kempe Makes a Splash Breaux’s in the Hall

It was a foregone conclusion that it would happen. How could it not? After 40 years of incredible gymnastics coaching the legend that is Sara “DD” Breaux has been inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame. The 2017 season mirrored the 2016 season as the Tigers finished in the runner up position behind Oklahoma. But they captured the first SEC regular season championship in conference history. DD’s induction is a testament to her dedication to the Tigers’ gymnastics program and the notoriety it has earned over the years. No matter how you score it, DD Breaux is a 10!

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The LSU Tiger Swimming team has a new associate head coach. Jeana Kempe has been promoted from assistant coach to associate head coach based on her dedication to the team and as a result of her own personal growth. Head coach David Geyer said, “I felt that the next step for her and the program was to elevate her in status.” Kempe will continue her present coaching duties for the men’s and women’s teams and will have increased responsibility in recruiting for the women’s team. Nice going Coach!

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New Orleans Saints By Garrett Ohlmeyer

Seven wins. Nine losses.

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t’s a losing record New Orleans Saints fans have become all too familiar with over the past few seasons. Four seasons to be exact - since the Black & Gold won the Super Bowl during the 2009 season. Coincidentally, it’s also the all-time win-loss record of the Saints in the playoffs. But the Saints are hoping to break through the losing streak, and the offseason additions may be just what’s needed to help get them back on track. The biggest, most-hyped move of the offseason came in April when New Orleans signed one of the greatest running backs of all-time to its roster Adrian Peterson. Coming off an injury-plagued 2016 season, the 10-year veteran is looking to rekindle the spark that has led to such dominating rushing performances throughout his career. And blocking for Peterson will be one of the best young guards in the NFL. Former Detroit Lion Larry Warford, a 25-year-old veteran who has started 57 games over the past four seasons. He joins an offensive line that features another young,

promising player in Andrus Peat and many veterans including Zach Strief. With injury concerns to other players along the line, though, young players like Ryan Ramcyzk out of Wisconsin may have to step up if they will be successful. Ramcyzk was a part of a solid 2017 draft class for the Saints. Cornerback Marshon Lattimore, Running Back/Special Teams player Alvin Kamara and Linebacker Alex Anzalone provide depth and talent to positions of need for them. Add in Wide Receiver Ted Ginn, Linebackers Manti Te’o and A.J. Klein, and Defensive End Alex Okafor, and the Saints will have some interesting and exciting new faces to go along with your favorites - Drew Brees, Mark Ingram, Michael Thomas, Willie Snead, Cameron Jordan, Delvin Breaux and Kenny Vaccaro. But will they be what’s needed to get the Saints back into the playoffs for the first time since the 2013 season? We’ll find out soon enough.

Player Spotlight Adrian Peterson By The Numbers

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Age: 32 Years played in the NFL: 10 Games played: 123 Draft pick: 7th, 1st round (Minnesota, 2007) All-time rushing yards: 11,747 Number of 1,000-yard seasons: 7 (2015, 2013, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007) Number of 2,000-yard seasons: 1 (2012) All-time rushing touchdowns: 97 Most touchdowns in a season: 18 (2009) Best receiving yardage in a season: 436 (2009)

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SPORTSMAN’S PARADISE One of the great things about time spent at camp is getting to relax and laissez les bon temps rouler. From fun in the sun to the stories by the bonfire, there’s nothing quite like camp life in Sportsman’s Paradise. Show us your favorite part of camp culture (email contest@337magazine.com) for a chance to win a specialty meat package from Don’s Specialty Meats. C’est bon!

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he Atchafalaya Basin, otherwise known as the Atchafalaya Swamp, is the largest wetland and swamp in the United States. Our very own backyard is a lovely combination of alluvial marsh and delta where the Atchafalaya River and the Gulf of Mexico converge.

OUR STORY Jason Roy and I were fortunate to be hosted by Dustin and Blair Suire and Scott Landry, all of New Iberia. After washing down a couple glazed doughnuts and kolaches with hot coffee, our carpool set out for a morning on the water. On the way to an area just north of Charenton, we chatted about The Great Flood of ’27 and effort it took to build the levee in the 40s. Then, as if in a time long forgotten, riders on horseback tipped their hats our way as we passed. Through the conversation we learned about a camp in the area owned by Rodney and Paige Pesson that had been part of a 1972 film called “The Legend of Boggy Creek.” A quick pass revealed a lovely camp situated on a beautiful length of riverbank. The two white chairs, an empty six pack and fishing poles strewn on the dock were evidence of a good evening had.

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A FEW IMPRESSIVE FACTS • The Basin contains about 70 percent forest habitat (885,000 acres) and about 30 percent marshland (517,000 acres) and open water. • According to USGS Louisiana Water Science Center, the Mississippi River discharges 30 percent of its flow in to the Atchafalaya River. • The vast delta of the Atchafalaya River is a prime wintering habitat for water fowl, supporting nearly half of America’s migratory waterfowl. • The Atchafalaya is considered the most productive swap in the world (three to five times more than the Everglades and Okefenokee Swamp) according to basinkeeper.org.

Launching the boats from Sandy Cove, our guides proudly gave us a tour of their basin playground. I found myself pondering how one bend to another could be so vastly different. Open water and blue sky unexpectedly turned into forested cypress-tupelo trees, each scenery so unique as to even have a distinctive smell and climate.

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Crawfishermen with bags of basin red gold were out working a steady, unyielding pace just like their oilfield companions who were out seeking the legendary black gold. Alligators and waterfowl hurried out of the way while catfish jug lines bobbed in our wake. We inquired about the logistics of house boat living and waived to a couple kayaking. Things got a bit “sticky” back in Beehive Chute, and our airboat captain caught air more than once while navigating the treacherous terrain. We wrapped the afternoon up by cooling off with a cold one on the shaded porch of Camp Watch Your Step. The day was everything I love about living in south Louisiana.

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YOUR STORY What will your story be? This area alone has 15 public boat launches (get the list at IberiaTravel.com). You can also rent a paddle boat or canoe and play at the sand bar of Lake Fausse Point state park (a complete list of amenities can be found at www.crt.state.la.us/ louisiana-state-parks). There are plenty of options when it comes to having a good time on the basin. Get up and get out. An adventure awaits.

APIARIES ABOUND The oldest business in the basin may just be the honeybee business. Take leisurely drive along the western levee and you’re sure to see hives lined up in the shade of the pecan trees. Many local businesses, such as Bernard’s Apiaries, harvest that sweet swamp gold that is the perfect addition to a slightly salty homemade drop biscuit or remedy to soothe a sore throat.

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BOGGY CREEK SEQUELS After “The Legend of Boggy Creek” earned around $20 million at the box office, a sequel was nearly guaranteed. The first was a 1977 film titled “Return to Boggy Creek.” It starred Dawn Wells (Mary Ann of “Gilligan’s Island”) and Dana Plato (“Diff’rent Strokes”). It was followed by “Boggy Creek II: And the Legend Continues” (1985, featured on “Mystery Science Theater 3000”), “Boggy Creek: The Legend is True” (2010) and “The Legacy of Boggy Creek” (2011). Is it time for another resurgence?

FUNNY CAMP NAMES A few that caught our eye included Muddiver Mansion and Camp Play ‘N’ Hookie.

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Tasting Forbidden Fruit Cuba elicits all sorts of conversations

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Locals fishing along the Malecon

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o close to the USA, but so far away in many respects, Cuba elicits all sorts of conversations and piques the curiosity of those who have yet to visit this mysterious island nation. Its connection to Ernest Hemingway, cane sugar and rum, and its past as a forbidden fruit tempts the curious traveler to discover and uncover its mysteries. Many tourists will be curious about Havana and only be able to explore the capital city, which displays a past both romantic and tragic. One of the high points of Havana is its location on the sea. El Morro Castle is perfectly situated to protect the entrance into the harbor as are the cannons at the National Hotel at the other end of the Malecon. Those cannons didn’t defend against pirates or privateers, but rather against the U.S. during the Cold War. The iconic hotel hosted important guests from around the world. It overlooks the bay and also has immense gardens and public areas. Havana consists of several distinct neighborhoods, including the popular Havana Vieja (Old Havana) that gives visitors a glimpse into its

El Morro Castle sits at the entrance to the city

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past within a small area. Not surprisingly, the Plaza Vieja is very popular with restaurants, shops, the amazing Camara Oscura and even a craft brewery. The streets between the plazas in Old Havana are full of interesting scenes, and people trying to add to their set income of $40 per month. Doctors take jobs as tour guides or fruit vendors while ladies dress in traditional costumes and smoke cigars all in hopes of receiving a tip in CUCs (Cuban Convertible Peso) - the more valuable of the two currencies in Cuba and the one which foreigners use. The streets between squares are bustling with locals and tourists, many of whom seek out Hemingway haunts, museums or restaurants. A model of diversity, the locals exude a hospitable warmth and proudly show their country to the uninitiated. Some even share more than cursory information even though they could be putting themselves at risk in this still oppressive country. The food is surprisingly uninspiring with ropa vieja, a shredded pork dish, being a local specialty. Fresh fish abounds as does pizza and pasta. Go figure! Daiquiris and other rum drinks top the list of alcoholic beverages. The country remains relatively safe although some petty crime does exist. English is spoken by many, and rudimentary Spanish goes a long way for making new friends and getting around. Americans must meet one of several conditions for visiting; the requirements and paperwork are greatly facilitated by the tour operators and cruise lines that have license to operate there.

NO CORKSCREW, NO PROBLEM. David White and Danielle Talbot show off their Cajun ingenuity while enjoying life on the Gulf.

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Dauphin Island Rent a kayak and take to the Gulf waters with Dauphin Island Kayak Rentals and Tours, an outfitter that will deliver and pick up kayaks to vacationers or provide a guided tour, plus they also rent bikes. Dauphin Island is a small barrier island located just outside Mobile and contains lovely white sand beaches, turquoise Gulf waters, historic Fort Gaines, the Estuarium and Sea Lab and plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife. dauphinisland.org

Where to go to get a little wet and wild By Cheré Coen There’s no way around it, the weather’s brutally hot this time of year so here are a few ways to cool off and all are within a day’s drive, if not closer.

Cypremort Point

A short distance away lie the cooling waters of Cypremort Point State Park. Don’t expect Destin beaches or emerald waters here, but the park does feature a half-mile stretch of a man-made beach, pavilions for picnicking, cabins for overnight stays and opportunities to swim, fish and sail.

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Parc Sans Souci Located in the middle of downtown Lafayette, at 201 E. Vermilion St., is Parc Sans Souci with its gazebo stage, colorful Y Lafayette sign, expansive lawn and a large splash pad that’s ever so popular in the summertime. Visitors can cool off in the splash pad from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, unless there is inclement weather and then the fountain automatically turns off. Downtownlafayette.org

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Blue Bayou Dixie Landin

The largest water park in South Louisiana is just off Interstate 10 at Highland Road in Baton Rouge and includes more than 20 water attractions. Blue Bayou offers crazy fun, such as the Azuka, the world’s largest tornado slide, or Lafitte’s Plunge, a 90-foot drop body slide. There’s also a wave pool, lazy river and less intensive slides, plus Dixie Landin’ next door, which contains 29 rides, including four roller coasters. bluebayou.com

H2O Pool & Bar

The Rush Tower at the Golden Nugget casino in Lake Charles is now open, offering more than 350 additional luxury hotel rooms and three private Villa Suites on the first floor. The new hotel rooms are the largest standard room size available in Lake Charles with each starting at 517 square feet. The Villa Suites come with a covered, extended patio with lounge seating, private hot tub, direct access to H2O Pool & Bar and on-demand butler service. goldennuggetlc.com

Adventures Unlimited

There’s a reason it’s called Coldwater Creek. This delightful, clear and cool stream runs through an area north of I-10 near Milton, Florida, and it’s the perfect place to cool off with a paddle. Adventures Unlimited offers numerous paddling trips, ranging in length and type of boats, including duo kayaks, paddleboards and tubes with seat backs. For the more adventurous, there’s a rigorous but guided zipline course. The outfitter also rents cabins so there’s no need to hurry home. adventuresunlimited.com

SPAR Water Park

Sulphur Parks & Recreation offers an ideal way to cool off in summer’s heat with SPAR, a water park that includes tube and body slides for the adventurous and a lagoon pool, splash pad and lazy river for those who want to relax. Daily admission at SPAR is $6 for Sulphur residents, $12 for those out of district. sulphurparkswaterpark.com

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THE By Mandie Kiddy Submit events to 337.Happening@gmail.com

Music MONDAYS Bluegrass Jam Cite’ Des Arts 6:30-9 p.m. TUESDAYS Janky Karaoke Artmosphere 9 p.m. WEDNESDAYS Cajun Jam Blue Moon Saloon 9 p.m. French Chorus Cite’ Des Arts 6-7 p.m. Acoustic Live Music 501 Sports Bar, Youngsville 8-11 p.m. Songwriters Night Artmosphere 8 p.m. Vinyl DJ Saint Street Inn Every Other Wednesday 7:30-9:30 p.m. THURSDAYS Live Music The Tap Room 8-11 p.m. FRIDAYS Live Music Poet’s 9 p.m. Jazz with Walter Junior iMonelli’s Restaurant 8:30 p.m. 90

Live Music Silver Slipper, Arnaudville 6:30-10:30 p.m.

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Horace Trahan & the Ossun Express

SATURDAYS Zydeco Breakfast Buck & Johnny’s, Breaux Bridge 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Cajun Jam Vermilionville, Lafayette 1-3:30 p.m. Live Music Poet’s 9 p.m. Vinyl Brunch Jefferson Street Pub 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Cajun Jam @ Lafayette Farmers and Artisans Market Horse Farm, Lafayette 9-11 a.m. Live Music Silver Slipper, Arnaudville 6:30-10:30 p.m. SUNDAYS Sunday Brunch LIVE! Blue Dog Café, Lafayette 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Bottomless Mimosa Brunch & Live Music Artmosphere 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Roots Music Jam Artmosphere 6 p.m.-close Live Music & Dancing featuring Local Zydeco/Cajun Bands Whiskey River Landing, Henderson 4-8 p.m.

Vermilionville 1–4 p.m. Live Music Silver Slipper, Arnaudville 10 a.m.-2 p.m. SEPTEMBER 2 Leroy Thomas & the Zydeco Roadrunners Buck & Johnny’s 8 a.m.

SEPTEMBER 9 Geno Delafose & French Rockin Boogie Buck & Johnny’s 8 a.m. Cajun Jam Vermilionville 1-3:30 p.m.

Cajun Jam Vermilionville 1-3:30 p.m.

Blackpot Ramblers Bayou Teche Brewery 3pm

Jimmy Breaux Bayou Teche Brewery 3 p.m.

Geno Delafose & French Rocking Boogie in the Barn Lakeview RV Park 9pm

Righteous Brothers L’Auberge 8:30 p.m. One Trick Pony in the Barn Lakeview RV Park 9 p.m. SEPTEMBER 3 Kevin Naquin & the Ossun Playboys Vermilionville 1-4 p.m. SEPTEMBER 7 Lake Street Drive Acadiana Center for the Arts 7:30 p.m. Janet Jackson Cajundome 8 p.m.

SEPTEMBER 10 Rusty Metoyer & the Zydeco Krush Vermilionville 1-4 p.m. SEPTEMBER 15 Broken by the Burden, Sideburner, Electric Age The District 9 p.m. SEPTEMBER 16 Jeffrey Broussard & Creole Cowboys Buck & Johnny’s 8 a.m. People Museum, Tina Faded and TBA at The Boom Boom Room Freetown Boom Boom Room 9 p.m. 3 3 7 M A GA ZIN E.C OM

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Cajun Jam Vermilionville 1-3:30 p.m. Ethan Airhart et Deux Pour La Route Bayou Teche Brewery 3 p.m. Travis Matte & the Kingpins in the Barn Lakeview RV Park 9 p.m. Sugar Jam Presents Louisiana Red Sugar Mill Pond Town Center 6 p.m. SEPTEMBER 17 Ronnie Matthews & Throwdown Vermilionville 1-4 p.m. SEPTEMBER 23 Lil Pookie & The Zydeco Sensation Buck & Johnny’s 8 a.m.

Community SEPTEMBER 2 Les Mains Guidées: Soap Making Vermilionville 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

SEPTEMBER 24 Horace Trahan & the Ossun Express Vermilionville 1–4 p.m. SEPTEMBER 29 Glen Templeton with Kip Sonnier Route 92 8:30 p.m. SEPTEMBER 30 Terry & The Zydeco Bad Boys Buck & Johnny’s 8 a.m.

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Local musicians for hire By Mandie Kiddy

SEPTEMBER 16-17 Louisiana Comic Con Cajundome Convention Center

SEPTEMBER 26 $5 Yoga en Français Vermilionville 5:30-6:45 p.m.

Nonprofit Events

Souled Out

@SouledOutLA, /SouledOutLA, @souled.out.54 • Booking info: David Mouton 985-3814159 or gotgroove@gmail.com Souled Out is a 11-piece band hailing from south Louisiana. Conceived in 2001, it has been entertaining audiences with a unique brand of interaction and choreography. Souled Out is a two-time WeddingWire.com ‘Couples Choice’ Award Winner and a finalist for Best Band by Southern Wedding’s Best of South Awards. Insta

AUGUST 19 Games of Acadiana, Miles Perret Cancer Center

@lanemackmusic, /lanemack, @lanemackmusic • Booking info: Contact lanemackmusic@ gmail.com From fronting a garage rock band at the young age of seventeen Lane Mack has since gone on to grace the stage with numerous national recording artists as well as co-founding the band Sons of VooDoo along with his brother. Featured on The Voice, Lane Mack owns the stage with masterful guitar licks and a vocal range that surpasses many. Insta

AUGUST 24-25 66th Annual Kiwanis Jamboree AUGUST 26 American Cancer Society Black and White Gala

Art AUGUST 1-SEPTEMBER 9 Neo-Eclectic PostBop Expressionism Acadiana Center for the Arts

SEPTEMBER 11 Annual Golf Tournament for Little Lambs The Wetlands Monday 12pm

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@thewaybackramblers • Booking info: Stephen Sagrera 337-6521462 or Monty Bergeron 337-652-6806 The Wayback Ramblers are a group of musicians from Vermilion Parish who are bringing back the real classic country songs you love from the 50s and 60s like Hank Williams Sr., Buck Owens, Earnest Tubbs, Ray Price and more!

Lane Mack

AUGUST 22 Crying Towel Luncheon

Jason Frey & Laginappe Lakeview RV Park 9 p.m.

@corylandrymusic, /corylandrymusic, @corylandrymusic • Booking info: Email cory@corylandrymusic. com or call 337-241-4063 Cory considers himself a simple, down to earth entertainer who loves to perform. He plays a variety of songs from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s and today that is sure to accommodate any type of crowd. Cory has a fun, upbeat show that get crowds singing along with him.

The Wayback Ramblers

AUGUST 19 MPCS triathlon

Cajun Jam Vermilionville 1-3:30 p.m.

Cory Lin Landry

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SEPTEMBER 12 $5 Yoga en Français Vermilionville 5:30-6:45 p.m.

SEPTEMBER 23 Atchafalaya Basin Paddle LASoar, Location TBA

Charlie Robinson L’Auberge 10:30 p.m.

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SEPTEMBER 5 $5 Yoga en Français Vermilionville 5:30-6:45 p.m.

SEPTEMBER 19 $5 Yoga en Français Vermilionville 5:30-6:45 p.m.

Cajun Jam Vermilionville 1-3 p.m.

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AUGUST 1-SEPTEMBER 9 Powder Keg Acadiana Center for the Arts

Sweet Cecilia

@sweetceciliagirls /sweetceciliagirls @sweetcecilia1 • Booking info: Email sweetceciliagirls@gmail. com or call 337-258-1758 Sweet Cecilia’s musical influences of Louisiana Roots, Americana, Folk, Country, Cajun and Rock make the trio’s unique sound a blend of it all. Their passion and love for each other, music and their family roots are the spirited driving force in this homegrown talented trio. Insta

Julie Williams

@juliewilliamsmusic The name Julie Williams is synonymous with jazz, soul, blues and old country music on the keys. Catch her performing in Lafayette at Grouse Room for Wednesday night’s Dueling Pianos, Thursday nights at Pour in River Ranch, and regularly at the new piano bar Charity Case, also in River Ranch.

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ven though Lake Charles (referred to affectionately as “Chuck” by the natives) has lots of things to do all year long, Fall is an especially good time to check out this booming mecca of festivals and fun. This fall, Lake Chuck offers a pirate’s bounty of festivals, including:

Festivals and brews galore

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CRYING EAGLE BREWERY

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By Lisa Hanchey

Lake Chuck Rumor has it that a new brew – inspired by the legendary rock band “Foreigner” – is in the works. “Hop Blooded” will be released later this year.

Crying Eagle, the brewery, which is the 25th in the state of Louisiana, is a destination in itself. The brewery boasts a 15,000-square-foot facility featuring indoor and outdoor stages, a private event space and a landscaped outdoor beer garden and two-story tap room. Recently, the brewery released a brand-new handcrafted brew: Louisiana Lager. Louisiana Lager is a light, easy drinking beer brewed from Louisiana rice sourced from a local mill. This new brew is perfect for tailgating, fishing, backyard BBQs and all things Louisiana. Also offered at Crying Eagle and available to the public are locally inspired brews The Chuck, Ready to Mingle and Calcasieu Common.

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Held on McNeese State University’s beautiful, newly renovated campus, Rouge et Blanc (rougeetblanc. us) brings the community together for an afternoon of tasting fine wines from vineyards across the country paired with culinary treats from local restaurants.

CHUCK FEST – OCT. 21

ROUGE ET BLANC WINE FESTIVAL - OCT. 7

One of the most popular events in the Lake Charles area, the Rouge et Blanc Wine Festival is so in demand that tickets are already in “very limited supply.”

Chuck Fest 2017 is going to be bigger and badder than ever! This single-day event celebrating all things Lake Charles is totally free to the public and features local restaurant favorites, Louisiana-made brews and spirits, talented bands from across the region, artist and merchants. Downtown Lake Charles will come alive as this fun festival highlights the best of local food, drink, music and art. 5 STAGES • OVER 30 MUSIC ACTS LARGER DOWNTOWN FESTIVAL AREA

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