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A Note From Lauren Stones of Antiquity When I was nine years old, I was given the opportunity of a lifetime. I accompanied my parents on a three-week trip to Italy. Back in 1966, going overseas was huge. No one traveled much by plane in those days. Summer vacations usually consisted of renting a cabin in the woods of New Hampshire or by the sea on Cape Cod—two places easily accessible by car. Air travel was basically for the wealthy. It was a Big Deal. So big a deal that my fourthgrade class, with the help of Sister Avis, threw a big “Bon Voyage” party for me. Yes, they had Bon Voyage parties in those days, and even special cards. Because so few people did serious traveling, there was an entire section on the greeting card racks dedicated to wishing those people a safe journey. My classmates had a cake for me, and autographed a big plastic airplane. The night we left for Rome, relatives and friends gathered at Logan Airport to say goodbye, crying like they would never see us again.

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My Italian vacation was amazing; I soaked up the sun and the language, was up until midnight most evenings socializing in the little trattorias with extended family, got a sophisticated Italian haircut, attended a chic wedding held in the Borghese Gardens, took a motorboat to the Isle of Capri, enjoyed pizza in Naples. What a trip for child! I absorbed everything like a sponge. Rome is an ancient city, and one of its most revered historical spots is the Roman Forum. We spent an afternoon there, wandering among the ruins of buildings that had been erected long before the birth of Christ. I remember running my hands along the broken marble, trying to imagine what these buildings looked like when they were brand new. There was a chunk of marble at my feet, weathered to gray. I picked it up and walked around with it, loving the feel of the heavy jagged stone in the palm of my hand. Before I knew it, we were back on the bustling street and I

was still carrying a piece of the Forum with me. Hmmm. What to do? It was too late to go back. Forget about it, I was told. Just keep it. Wow, really? Our Italian adventure also brought us to another ancient site: Pompeii, a wealthy trading town, located near Naples. Pompeii was completely destroyed in 79 AD by the volcanic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. It lay hidden under volcanic ash for 1,700 years, until archeologists began excavating the site. What’s unique about Pompeii is that during these early excavations, voids in the ash layer were found that contained human remains. An architect created a technique of injecting plaster into the spaces left by the decomposed bodies—which perfectly recreate the forms of Vesuvius’ victims. So when you tour Pompeii, you see what appears to be statues of people grimacing in pain or clutching one another—but they’re not statues. It’s something that must have been difficult for my nine-year old mind to digest, but I

remember only being affected by the cast of a writhing dog. My mother was more concerned about the naughty frescoes on the walls of some of the buildings (many were actually destroyed by early excavators, who were horrified by the dolce vita of the ancients) and insisted I stay out of them. Of course, I snuck in when no one was looking. Somehow, a piece of lava from the site of the tragedy ended up in my pocket. Imagine that. So I returned to the United States with two priceless pieces of the very distant past. I don’t recall how I managed to get them through customs. I do know I never should have taken them, but that’s neither here nor there now. They sat on my father’s desk for years and when we moved down here, they came with me. I think I’ll put them out where I can see them every day; stones of antiquity picked up by a little American girl many years ago that survived for centuries, and will still be here long after I am gone. TJN

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By Maria Alcantara Faul

In late 2008, Lake Area resident Bob Redmond was enjoying a couple of drinks at a local bar. The bar’s owner began talking to Redmond about organizing a poker run that would stop by his bar. The pair talked for a while. Redmond, who was already involved in several civic groups in the area, agreed that it would be a good idea, but insisted that the event should be for a good cause. “The event has to benefit something that is needed in the community,” he said. At that time, the news was filled with a terrible story. The casual conversation turned into a

discussion about a one-year old child who had lost his life due to parental abuse. “I knew my calling when I heard about what happened to the child,” Redmond said. This started his mission. He set his sights to developing what he hopes will be a growing fundraiser for these unfortunate children of Southwest Louisiana. “I’ve been very involved in a number of civic clubs in the area, but I didn’t know of any group that addressed the issue of child abuse,” Redmond stated. He did some “digging” and found Harbour House, the only emer-

Left: Bob Redmond on his bike. Right: Steve Calhoun and Bob Redmond at the first benefit. Volume 3 • Issue 4

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Katy Co rbello gency shelter for children in need in Southwest Louisiana. The facility has 20 beds and is located Run is now a staple in in the Chennault area near Mallard the Lake Area. Redmond and Cove Golf Course in Lake Charles. Corbello are joined by 12 other com“The facility provides temporary mittee members, including Julie shelter for children that, for some reaBabineaux, Beth Eriksson, Lenie son, can’t stay in their homes,” said Doucet, Dianne Dronet, Amy Dunn, Katy Corbello, Jambalaya sales associJulius Guillory, Monica Guillory, ate and BAAK committee member. In Jennifer Michelle, Brett Mitchell, 2009, with Harbour House as its beneNorma Sittig, Eric Tradewell, and ficiary, Redmond and a group of other Kimberly Trembly. They’ve all been concerned citizens organized the first working diligently to make sure that Battered and Abused Kids (BAAK) participants enjoy the 60-mile ride for Benefit and Poker Run. 2011. “This year’s committee is doing Rain dampened the first a great job,” Redmond said. benefit. Approximately 44 Registration for the event, set for bikers participated that year, June 4, is $25 for riders and $15 for and the group raised over passengers. The ride begins at 8:30 $4,000. “We were way off our a.m. “We hope to have the last bike in expectations, but we kept on by 3:30 p.m. “ Redmond said. going,” Redmond said. The The Poker Run will start at Micci’s following year, it didn’t just and stop at Mary’s Lounge in Lake rain, “it flooded” according to Charles. From there, it’s on to Sam’s Redmond. But 12 registered Cove, Westlake; Iron Horse, Dequincy; participants still rode all day in Handle Bars, Sulphur; He’s Not Here, the rain and raised over $5,500. Carlyss; and end up back at Micci’s. “This year, we hope to have over Participants gather playing cards at 150 riders, and to raise over each of the five stops. At the conclu$20,000,” he said. sion of the ride, the participant with The BAAK Benefit and Poker the best hand wins a prize. MAY 19, 2011

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“We have prizes for the best hand, as well as the second and third place winners,” Corbello said. All registered participants will receive an event Tshirt courtesy of SASOL, Wallace and Debra Browne and the Greater Lake Charles Rotary Club. Once finished with the ride, participants can continue supporting BAAK by enjoying a $7 pork loin dinner donated by the Greater Lake Charles Rotary, bidding on the silent auction, purchasing a ticket for the 50/50 Raffle, and enjoying live music at Micci’s. “The Kadillacs are scheduled to perform from 2-4 p.m., and Perfectly Good Airplane will perform from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.,” said Corbello. BAAK’s effort is directly geared towards fighting child abuse and educating the public to create more awareness of this growing problem. All proceeds from the event go entirely to Harbour House. All money stays in Southwest Louisiana, with hopes that it will offset the budget cuts affecting vital services to children at risk.  All proceeds are directed to the kids themselves and not to any administrative expenses. Motorcycle enthusiasts, and others from across Southwest Louisiana have the opportunity to take advantage of this fun-filled event. It’s not only a social gathering where everyone from all walks of life can interact and have fun; it also gives participants the chance to support a worthwhile cause. “With the community’s help, we can do more for these kids,” said Redmond. “We can let them know that there are adults that do care and want to help them develop into successful teens and adults.  If we can touch just one life, then we feel that all the work put forth on this fundraiser will be worth the time, effort and sacrifices that everyone has made to put this project together.” For more information about the BAAK Benefit and Poker Run, visit www.BAAKbenefit.com, or call Redmond at (337) 249-7285. TJN

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CITY SAVINGS BANK WELCOMES JOSEPH DUHON Glen D. Bertrand, president of City Savings Bank, is pleased to welcome Joseph Duhon as VP and branch manager of City Savings Bank’s upcoming Grand Lake branch. The new branch will be located on La. 3085 (Gulf Highway) near Brown’s Grocery in Grand Lake and is expected to open in early 2012. Duhon will work from City Savings Bank’s Lake Charles branch at 3881 Gerstner Memorial Drive until construction on the Grand Lake branch is completed.

Joseph Duhon L’AUBERGE DU LAC DONATES TO COPS & JOCKS GOLF TOURNAMENT L’Auberge du Lac Casino Resort recently teamed up with Lake Charles Police Chief Don Dixon to host the 9th annual Cops & Jocks Golf Tournament at Contraband Bayou Golf Club. As Presenting Sponsor, L’Auberge donated more than $35,000 to cover expenses for the event. The golf classic raises funds for the families of needy Calcasieu Parish law officers and underwrites youth athletic events in addition to assisting other charitable organizations. L’Auberge has hosted the annual event since opening in 2005.

business retention and expansion, regional marketing, and building a single voice for a true regional partnership. MCDONALD’S AND TYSON FOODS DONATE TO NONPROFITS McDonald’s of SWLA and Tyson Foods donated more than 30,000 pounds of boneless chicken to the Abraham’s Tent Food Bank. Other local nonprofits, including the Calcasieu Women’s Shelter, Potter’s House, the Greater St. Mary Missionary Baptist Church and the Ecumenical Social Service Agency (ESSA) also received donated chicken through Abraham’s Tent Abraham’s Tent serves more than 250 meals a day in Calcasieu Parish, totaling 64,000 meals a year. The food bank also provides food for emergencies through the United Way in the five-parish area of Southwest Louisiana. In addition to meals, Abraham’s Tent also provides clothing, and basic medical services such as blood pressure checks and physician visits to those in need.

L to R: Jerry Peterson, truck driver for Tyson Chicken; Gena Johnson, Tyson’s regional sales manager; Pearl Cole, director of Abraham’s Tent and Doug Gehrig, owner and operator of McDonald’s of Southwest Louisiana.

Harold Rowland, VP of resort operations at L’Auberge; Don Dixon, LC police chief; Alan Heisser, tournament chair; and Geno Iafrate, senior VP and GM at L’Auberge. COCA-COLA GIVES BACK TO SWLA COMMUNITY Coca-Cola recently donated $5,000 as part of their ongoing support to the SWLA Alliance Foundation’s SWLA on the Move Five-Year Campaign. The current plan of work under the SWLA on the Move Campaign is to address the critical issues facing our region: workforce development, business recruitment, Volume 3 • Issue 4

JOHN HIXSON RECOGNIZED IN MEDICAL ECONOMICS MAGAZINE John Hixson has been recognized as one of the 2010 Best Financial Advisors in the country by Medical Economics magazine. Hixson, a certified financial planner with Financial Management Professionals, Inc., was the only adviser in Southwest Louisiana to receive this honor and only one of three in Louisiana overall. This is the seventh consecutive time Hixson has been recognized nationally for his expertise and ability as a financial adviser. He provides financial planning and portfolio management for individuals and businesses. INGLE PROPERTIES AND SAFARI REALTY MERGE Ingle Properties owner, Robbie Ingle, and Safari Realty owner, Steven C. Floyd have experienced tremendous growth in terms of volume independently. MAY 19, 2011

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The two companies have now formed a partnership aimed at providing the best practices of both for their clients. The company will be headquartered at 1200 E McNeese Street and can be reached at (337) 478-1601 or on the web at www.inglesafari.com. POLICE JURY DONATES TO MILLENNIUM PARK The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury announced a $50,000 donation to the City of Lake Charles and the Rebuilding Millennium Park Committee to go toward the building of the new Millennium Park. The goal is to raise $350,000 from the community, with all funds being dedicated to the project. The City will add funding from the insurance reimbursement, and the remainder will come from the City. Donations can be made online through the Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana at www.foundationswla.org, by mailing to Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana, P.O. Box 3125, Lake Charles, La. 70602; or can be delivered to the Foundation at 120 W. Pujo St., Suite 120, Lake Charles.

L to R: Bryan Beam, Parish Administrator, Calcasieu Parish Police Jury; Stuart Weatherford, Lake Charles District E Councilman; Lisa Verrette, president and CEO, Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana; Guy Brame, president, Calcasieu Parish Police Jury; Randy Roach, Mayor of the City of Lake Charles; and Kay Barnett, Chair, Rebuilding Millennium Park Committee. DR. TARI DILKS RECEIVES NURSING AWARD Dr. Tari Dilks, associate professor of nursing at McNeese State University, has been named the Louisiana recipient of the 2011 State Award for Nurse Practitioner Excellence from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. The award recognizes a nurse practitioner from each state that demonstrates excellence in practice, research, nurse practitioner education or community affairs. The AANP will present the awards during its 26th National Conference June 22-26 in Las Vegas.

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L’AUBERGE PROMOTES VILLAMIL L’Auberge du Lac Casino Resort announces the recent promotion of Alex Villamil to director of finance, pending regulatory approval. Villamil joined L’Auberge in Nov. 2004 as part of the resort’s pre-opening team. He holds a B.S. in accounting from San Sebastian College in the Philippines, where he graduated cum laude. He received the Most Outstanding Graduate award from the Philippines Association of Collegiate Schools in Business and is a certified CPA. In 2010, Villamil was named Leader of the Quarter at L’Auberge, recognized for his leadership skills and dedication.

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ALCEDE RE-ELECTED TO LCMA BOARD Lake Charles City Marshal Joey Alcede was recently re-elected as secretary/treasurer for the Louisiana City Marshals’ Association at their annual training conference. Alcede was also elected to serve as Region 2 director for the newly formed LCMA Task Force. This task force will be available to assist any community in the state should an emergency arise. Region 2 is made up of Southwest and Central Louisiana. Ward 3 Chief Deputy Marshal Karl Gillard was elected to serve on the LCMA Board as a district VP. Joey Alcede PAGE 8

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LCPD ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF DEPUTY CHIEFS OF POLICE Lake Charles Police Chief Don Dixon recently announced the appointment of three employees to the position of Deputy Chief of the Lake Charles Police Department.  They are Deputy Chief Mark A. Kraus, Deputy Chief Joel P. Smith, and Deputy Chief Thomas J. Bell. The appointments were approved by Mayor Randy Roach and are for a three-year term effective May 6, 2011. CAMERON COMMUNICATIONS PROMOTES KEVIN CALDWELL Cameron Communications announces the promotion of Kevin Caldwell of Lake Charles to director of sales, marketing and customer care. Previously the training manager at Cameron Communications, Caldwell brings 16 years of experience and success in the areas of marketing, sales and management along with a long history of service to the Cameron Communications family.   Kevin Caldwell ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES NEW ADVISORY COUNCIL The Alzheimer’s Association announces the members of the new volunteer advisory council for the Lake Charles area. They are: Carol Camara, The Gardens & The Guardian; Sheila Chase, Lake Charles Care Center; Leslie Cubbage, SouthernCare Hospice; Michelle Hurley, CHRISTUS Hospice & Palliative Care; Mary Long, Lake Charles Clinical Trials; and Callie Thomas, Kingsley Place. The advisory council will meet each month along with Debbie Hayes, community outreach coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Association, to plan activities to advance its mission. CITY SAVINGS BANK DONATES TO MCNEESE City Savings Bank presented its final $15,000 installment to McNeese State University as part of its $75,000 pledge for the City Savings Bank Scholarship through the McNeese Foundation. TJN

Richard Reid, second from right, VP of development and public affairs and executive VP of the McNeese Foundation, accepts the donation from City Savings Bank representatives (from left to right): John Marcello, Glen Bertrand, Gerald Johnson and Robie Touchette. McNeese Photo

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By Mike McHugh

Summer? No Sweat for a Yankee! The time of year has come again to Southern Louisiana where, for those who grew up here, new hope springs like the crabgrass on our lawns. Of course, I’m referring to summertime, where the weather turns miserably hot and humid, renewing the dream that it’ll finally chase all of us Northerners home to the frozen tundra of Yankee Land, back to commune with the likes of the polar bears, not to mention the cast of Jersey Shore.

Well, folks, I hate to let you all down, but we Yankees have actually learned to cope with Louisiana’s summer weather. You see, Yankees are actually a very adaptable breed. As evidence of this, just look at the many adversities that we have learned to put up with over the years, including rude waiters, Donald Trump, and LeBron James’ exodus to Miami. (Cleveland barely did survive that one, although that city’s hopes for a sports championship did get set back

by another century or so.) So, the point I’m trying to make here is that we Yankees have learned to deal with much worse things than long, hot, humid, insect-infested Louisiana summers. To prove what I’m saying, let’s consider the real issues associated with hot weather. They’re not really all that bad, considering. I was able to find a real good summary courtesy of our good friends at The Federal Citizen Information Center in Pueblo, CO. Not to be confused with FEMA, these are a good bunch of government folks very eager to help us regular hardworking citizens. They’ve got it all there on their Web site, in a June 2001 publication entitled Consumer Focus: Beat The Heat For Summer Survival. Therein, they list the following problems commonly associated with hot summer weather: • Power shortages, accompanied by rolling blackouts. • A surge in the price of gasoline (pretty much on the money there, eh?) • Intense, terrible thunderstorms, and • Adverse health effects including heat exhaustion, heat stroke, sunburn, and skin cancer. That looks to pretty much cover it, by my reckoning. About the only thing they might have missed is how my frozen margarita melts before I get a chance to finish it. But show this list to any Yankee, and he’s bound to agree that these things are nothing compared to driving on the New Jersey Turnpike, which is believed to be the inspiration behind the PacMan video game. Ok, I know what you Louisiana native-types are thinking, because you all wear your summers like a badge of honor, as if no one but y’all have the makeup to survive all the way through to October. It’s like y’all are born with some innate ability to do yard work at 3 p.m. on a July after-

noon, in 90 percent humidity, all the while beset by a swarm of mosquitoes so thick that they blot out the sun. Oh, and don’t forget the colony of fire ants swarming about your ankles. Meanwhile, you never break a sweat, and your skin never ends up looking like your DNA has been mixed up with that of a raspberry. Well, I’ve got to admit, it takes a pretty tough person to endure that sort of physical adversity, and that is what I have always admired about y’all. And that’s why most of us Yankees simply hire some kids to cut our lawns and serve as decoys for the mosquitoes that infest our particular yards. Meanwhile, we sit on the back porch under a ceiling fan, timing how quickly we need to consume our frozen drinks before they thaw out. Or, we might just be sitting inside in our air conditioning, watching the Boston Red Sox. This brings up a point: if you want to get rid of all us Dang Yankees, all you need to do is to get the state legislature to pass a law making it illegal to sell air conditioning units to non-natives. The whole concept could then become the basis of a new reality show on the History Channel. It could be called Swamp Yankees. It would trace the experiences of a Yankee who lives in Lake Charles whose air conditioning breaks down in the middle of August. You can watch as he fails to negotiate reasonable terms with the repairman. Then there’s the side-plot, where his wife escapes to the relative cool comfort of Prien Lake Mall and runs up big charges on their Dillard’s card. The suspense builds as he plunges towards bankruptcy, after which he would have to go out and live with the alligator-hunters on Swamp People. That’s got to have Jersey Shore beat by a long shot.

TJN

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By George “Tip” Cline

Several “reasons” were given for the change in fare. One was an explanation of how some of the breweries were developing differing glass shapes to enhance the beer drinking experience so as to release the essence of flavor, and pouring from the pitcher would denigrate the experience. You want to buy that one? Another was that a minor could help himself to the beer if it were in a pitcher. Well, people have enjoyed pouring beer out of pitchers since Godknows-when. And minors have always tried to get a sip of beer from

an adult’s mug since they figured out that there was beer in the mug (not that I in any way endorse allowing minors to unlawfully consume alcohol). There is just something about sharing a pitcher of beer with friends that adds a certain comradely experience to the occasion. Nope, it just seems like a money grab, plain and simple: the four glasses of beer that a pitcher holds sell for a good bit more when purchased individually. As usual, always follow the money. TJN

area, then you must make the conditions favorable to your market. People are already charged plenty enough for their fun. NOTHING WRONG WITH FREE PARKING Reading the “Letters to the Editor” section of our local paper has always been a habit of mine, since you may find some items of information there that cannot be found in any other way. The scripted writings of an individual representing the position of some organization’s mindset, a plea for help from someone in an unfortunate situation, a politician explaining some action taken, or a point of view that runs contrary to any logical thinking can all be found here. On a recent Sunday, under the caption “Free Parking Shackles City,” a letter accused the city of being the “capital of free parking,” like it was something to be ashamed of. On the contrary, we should be touting our fair city for having free parking in our public areas. I know of people who choose to fly out of the Lake Charles Airport just because of the free parking, which makes their trip more economical than driving to Houston, buying gas and paying to park. If you want to kill downtown development, just start putting parking meters around and you’ll find ample parking everywhere, because no one else else will want to park there. Parking structures are not the answer. Many people are intimidated by them, and will avoid them at just about any cost. Not to mention that those concrete boxes are a wonderful location for muggings and other dastardly deeds, especially after dark. We all want to be able to park and accomplish what we came to do with the least amount of hassle and expense. We should market the free parking at the Civic Center, downtown and at the airport as the asset that it really is. The last thing we need is to charge for parking. If you want to encourage people to frequent the Volume 3 • Issue 4

DOWNTOWN AT SUNDOWN RETURNS! The first of the Downtown at Sundown concerts will have occurred by the time you read this, but there are several more of them to come. The US Air Force rock band Top Flight, Kelly McGuire and City Heat will be the next three Friday night entertainment offerings at the corner of Broad and Ryan Streets. This is a free concert series provided by the City of Lake Charles Art and Humanities Council. The beverage sales from the events go to the Council to help promote their varied activities. There are attractions for the youngsters, crafts and art on display, and food from some of our local restaurants in addition to the music and dancing. My family and friends have always enjoyed the experience, which is very family friendly and a just plain fun way to end the week. Try to make one or all of these offerings. Grab your folding chair and bring some friends to have a good time. And, of course, parking is free! WHAT’S WRONG WITH THIS PITCHER? One of my favorite watering holes just stopped selling beer by the pitcher. I am not happy. Our group has been going to the Wing Night special every Tuesday at Buffalo Wild Wings for a number of years. The group varies in size each week, but at least eight to 10 of us could be counted on, and often times double that number show up. Many of us would share a pitcher, alternating buyers as they emptied while we visited, laughed, ate our wings, told wild tales and played the trivia and other wireless games. It came as a bit of a jolt when I was informed that we could no longer buy the more economical quantity of beer we always enjoyed sharing. MAY 19, 2011

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Groundbreaking Ceremony for Oak Crossing Oak Crossing held their groundbreaking ceremony on April 21. A 20-acre business park development located on the corner of Nelson and Ham Reid Road in Lake Charles, Oak Crossing will merge green space with retail and commercial development. From left to right: Patrick Milligan and Russell Stutes (Russell Stutes Construction), Randy Goodloe (Randy Goodloe Architects), William Henning, Jr. (Oak Crossing developer), Guy Brame (Calcasieu Parish Police Jury President), George Swift (Chamber of Commerce), and Mark Eckard (Lake Charles City Council). TJN

CITGO E-Recycle Day: Sulphur Goes Green CITGO Lake Charles Manufacturing Complex partnered with The City of Sulphur and Waste Management to host ERecycle Day, Sat., May 14, at Life Church, where community members recycled their unwanted electronics, or “E-waste.” Each year, thousands of computers, monitors, televisions, cell phones and other electronic devices are discarded. CITGO Environmental Protection Manager Phyllis Holifield said that E-waste should not be disposed of with regular garbage, because many E-waste items contain valuable materials that can be recycled. She also said that some materials in E-waste can be hazardous if not disposed of properly. “Residents are really responding to our effort to keep Southwest Louisiana clean and free of potentially hazardous materials. We are excited that the first E-Recycle Day in Sulphur turned out so successfully. We’re glad to participate in assisting Southwest Louisiana in keeping our region clean and litter free.” Holifield said. More than 200 vehicles lined up to drop-off E-waste at Life Church parking lot. Five roll-off boxes of E-waste, one18 wheeler of TVs, and various items containing mercury were properly recycled. Sulphur Mayor Chris Duncan said E-Recycle Day was a success. “This is an excellent opportunity for the residents of the Western region of Calcasieu, Cameron and Beauregard Parishes to dispose of electronics which have been sitting in garages, closets and storage buildings,” he said. “I’d like to extend my gratitude to CITGO, Waste Management, and Life Church for sponsoring this event and encourage all residents to take advantage of this E-Recycle Day. Go Green!” This is the third year that ERecycle Day has been hosted by CITGO, and the first time that the event has taken place in Sulphur. In previous years, E-Recycle Day was hosted at McNeese Stadium in Lake Charles. Future plans are to rotate the event between the two cities. E-Recycle Day is one of many initiatives sponsored by CITGO as part of its commitment to the construction of a cleaner and healthier environment for future generations.

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care what happens to Pakistan, except for their possession of nuclear weapons in clear violation of the nuclear non-proliferation agreement. With money leaking out of our government like a sieve, and so many ideas circulating on how to stop the leaks—including dangerous plans for the future of Medicare and Social Security—it seems a no-brainer to me: stop the wars. Bring home the troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. And if we’re serious about inhibiting the growth of the Taliban in the

future, there’s an easy fix. Pour salt, gasoline, or whatever it takes all across the most fertile plans of that country, preventing the growth of another poppy crop. Without drug money, they can’t survive. So, let’s take away the drugs. I could go on. But I’ll save it for another day and try to find some lighter banter to pass on to the group. Another character study, or even a bit of personal history. But for now, you’re on your own! See y’all on the flip. TJN

Give Credit Where Credit is Due In the last couple of weeks, I’ve tackled religion as the subject of this little bit of chat with my friends. Guess that leaves only one more taboo: politics. And considering where I come from on that issue, I think it’s a brave step indeed for me to move into the line of fire in these days of overheated views. But hey, I’m all about taking leaps of faith these days. So here goes. What a difference a day makes! Two weeks ago Donald Trump had 19 percent of the likely Republican primary electorate, all based on his vocal challenge to President Obama’s citizenship. While the President waited on Seal Team Six to reach its destination, Trump was firing yet another meaningless has-been on his “reality” show. That’s the difference between leadership and celebrity. We could all use a lesson or two. I’m not one of those who believe this was a one-President mission. President Kennedy announced our intention to go to the moon; President Johnson sustained that intent with funding through one of the toughest wars in our history; and President Nixon was around to welcome back the astronauts from their lunar landing. Part of the reason our democracy has been so great over the years is the continuity of our government. But whatever credit is due the CIA and other agencies for tracking and getting Bin Laden, the greatest single threat to our way of life since the dictators of World War II, I do find it odd that so many people have so much trouble crediting President Obama at all for pulling the trigger on this guy. If the mission had failed, as did the attempted rescue of the American hostages from Iran in 1979, who would have taken the Volume 3 • Issue 4

blame? Our President had a lot on the line and he stood up to the challenge. At least give him credit for that. When John F. Kennedy was inaugurated President in 1961, he found out almost immediately about a plan hatched in the prior administration to train, equip, and support a deployment of mercenaries intent on invading Cuba and deposing Castro. This plan depended on a series of ludicrous assumptions, including an unjustified belief that the native population of the island would rise up and challenge their leader from within. It didn’t work. We call it the Bay of Pigs. Kennedy didn’t dodge blame at all, or try to pass it on to President Eisenhower or any of the leadership at CIA. Instead, he held a press conference and, designating himself as the “responsible officer” of the Government, took the blame for the failed mission. That’s what Presidents do. So in this case, let’s not begrudge President Obama from taking the credit. Another ugly subject which came up for discussion almost simultaneously with the death of Bin Laden was yet another attempt to justify torture being employed by the strongest nation in the world against a rag-tag band of ad hoc revolutionaries powerless to defend themselves against its imposition. I was glad to see John McCain, himself a prolonged victim of torture of the most heinous and inhuman kind, stand up on the Senate floor and set the record straight: Torture did not lead to Bin Laden’s death. I can only watch now in wonder as we continue to fight in Afghanistan to protect Pakistan’s flank from the Taliban. I don’t know why we should

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Wait. Is this an article about the Internet written by a physician? Unfortunately, yes. You computers guys out there can just chill and let us normal folk talk for a little bit! When @SteveSpringerMD started hearing about Twitter about four or five years ago, I basically signed off on Twitter as another one of those Web sites or applications like MySpace or Facebook. Just what we needed, right? Another way of sitting around in your pj’s telling people how good the ice cream was you just ate, or how long the day was, or posting pictures of pets, kids, and the like. I thought, “How many ways will people come up with to share mindnumbing information that doesn’t particularly interest me?” Granted, I like seeing the pics of friend’s kids, etc., but the micro-babble of one’s day is not print or time-worthy, unless you happen to be @ThoreauPage. Social media has quickly advanced into business media. Whether you are an academic, business owner, blogger, or some combination of all three, there is a way to both promote yourself and/or your business. You can actually get creatively cost-conservative and demographically specific with your advertising. The beauty is that all of this is at your fingertips with IPad, IPhone, Blackberry, Droid, or your laptop. It wasn’t until I had a medical student from @TulaneMed rotate through my office that I realized the true power of Twitter. @wkethman within one week had @RenewMedicalSpa online and tweeting. Within two weeks, @SteveSpringerMD had identified the most influential medical resources, health journals, local and international business and thought leaders, writing Web sites and services, musicians, and some specific academic interests that I enjoy. I felt like I was connected to things that not only made a difference in my everyday personal life, but also in my business and professional interests. Will you see meaningless babble on Twitter? Sure. Can you use it for personal communication? Yes. The following stats are from 2009 and show some of that breakdown: • Pointless babble – 40% • Conversational – 38% • Pass-along value – 9% • Self-promotion – 6% • Spam – 4% • News – 4% Two years later, the highlighted stats above that only accounted for roughly 20 percent of the traffic on Twitter ‘09 have exponentially increased. As far as the reasons that I use Twitter go, let’s consider what I do on a dayto-day basis. I am a family medicine physician who has interests in diabetes, wound care, and cosmetic medicine. In addition, I own @RenewMedicalSpa and a medical technology company Smart Medical Systems (not Twitterized yet...notice no @ symbol). Volume 3 • Issue 4


I have thus picked leaders in primary care and top medical journals editors, pioneers in advance skin care products and procedures, organizations that invest in bio-tech start-ups and mobile medical technologies, plus blogs and think-tanks that add a few pieces of wood—the intellectual battlefield of ideas that keep me up late most nights. The hidden benefit is I can follow those people, sure. But I can also see who they follow. Who in the world would grab the attention of @BillGates? I can tell you right now that he follows 63 people. Who are these people? Why would he listen to them? What are they saying? If you’re in the computer field...maybe there are some thoughts out there he listens to that may help your business. Maybe you’re a local coffee shop like @ThePorchCoffee. What if you could listen in to the thoughts of the CEO of @Starbucks or just want to stay in tune with the live music scene with @HOBNOLA? It’s all there, and there at an alarming rate: • 152 million – The number of blogs on the Internet • 25 billion – Number of sent tweets on Twitter in 2010 • 100 million – New accounts added on Twitter in 2010 • 175 million – People on Twitter as of September 2010 The long story “short” here is that Twitter, unlike email, FaceBook, and other social media, provides the long story short! Tweets are limited to 140 characters so a few short sentences and you are done. Short and to the point. It’s helpful to me or not. To explore or not to explore. That’s literally how fast the process flows. There are many more functions of Twitter that could be discussed here, but space and Lauren the masterful editor will only allow for so much. I would encourage you to sign on and get to the bottom of things that interest you personally or even for your business. Get a peek at what the leaders in your field are saying and to whom they are listening to. You may be surprised at the direction it will take you. Soon, you may be interacting with your doctor through social media...right over your IPhone. Sound far-fetched? See next month’s column! TJN

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By Lauren de Albuquerque

Darrell’s:

Where Every Day is Special Darrell DeRouen had a vision to open his own business. So in 1985, he and his wife Susie opened Darrell’s on Ryan St. Initially, they hired a couple of bartenders, and basically offered ice-cold beer in a relaxing environment. It was strictly a bar. But on Monday nights during football season, Darrell would cook meals for his customers and casually serve them at no charge. As word got out, more and more customers—of all ages—gathered to enjoy the good food and cold beer. It was then that the establishment’s transformation began. Darrell began focusing on a simple menu item: the poboy. “I always loved to cook and explore different recipes,” he said. “As a boy, I’d come home from school and eat leftover round steak and gravy that my moth-

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er had cooked.” This is where he got the idea of adding gravy to his sandwiches. Darrell experimented with different breads until he created the right combination for the delicious roast beef poboy. Once that was mastered to perfection, the ham, turkey, sausage, barbeque and shrimp followed. The shrimp isn’t fried; it’s sautéed and really, really good. And Darrell himself smokes the very tender brisket for 12 hours. But he saved the best for last: the Darrell’s Special! When we first moved here, everyone told us to go to Darrell’s for the Special. I mean, everyone. What’s so special about the Special? Well, it’s so darn good that its fame has spread far and wide. People come from all over

Susie Derouen, Conway LeBleu and Vickie Derouen just to satisfy their craving. Once you eat it, you’re hooked. We have a friend who moved here from Oklahoma. He was immediately turned on to Darrell’s, and when his family came to visit, where did he take them, and for what? You guessed it. We hear stories like this all the time. Darrell’s has become an institution; a place where folks will make a detour enroute to, say, Lafayette from Houston, just for this heavenly sandwich. The Special consists of succulent ham, turkey, and roast beef and generous slices of Provolone, Swiss, and American cheeses, all topped with mustard,

lettuce, jalapeno mayo—and gravy. Darrell himself invented the recipes for both the gravy and his famous jalapeno mayo. The bread is delicious and holds the flavor of the gravy and mayo. Keep plenty of napkins on hand, because it gets really messy. The Special comes in a half-size, but you should just get the full sandwich and bring home what you can’t finish for a tasty snack later. And you’ll be more than delighted; imagine how it will taste after all those flavors have a chance to set for a while?

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There’s also something called a cheesebread. They melt American, Swiss, and Provolone cheese onto the poboy bread and cut it into small slices to be dipped into the homemade roast beef gravy or BBQ sauce. Kids can enjoy peanut butter and jelly and grilled cheese sandwiches. Business has boomed at Darrell’s since food has been added to the mix. Darrell’s wife Susie keeps it all going by making sure that the poboys are warm and ready to go. “She’s fabricated a layout for the sandwiches so that they’re made in a fast, orderly fashion,” Darrell said. Speaking of fast, if you’re in a hurry, you can order take-out and pick it up at the drive-through window. How’s that for convenient? The DeRouens have expanded their business to Oberlin and it’s located at the golf club. Darrell says, “Come by and have a cold beer and a Darrell’s special after playing a fun game of golf!” 119 W. College St., Lake Charles, LA 70605 (337) 474-3651. Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Fri.Sat. 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Closed Sundays. Darrell’s of Oberlin: 6934 Highway 165 Oberlin, LA 70655.(337) 6392657. Open seven days: Sat.-Mon. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Tues.-Fri. 11 a.m. 6:30 p.m. TJN

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CONTACT ALBERT LANDRY AT 337-990-0112 FOR MORE INFO ON SPORTS CAMPS! FOOTBALL CAMP June 6-8 at the Power Centre 8 a.m.-11 a.m. Ages 5-17 BOYS BASKETBALL CAMP June 13 - 16 at Pryce/Miller Recreation Center 8 a.m.-12 Noon. Ages 5-11 VOLLEYBALL CAMP June 20-22 at the Power Centre 12 Noon-2:00 p.m. Ages 10-14 GIRLS BASKETBALL CAMP June 27-30 at the Power Centre Gym 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Ages 5-11 SOCCER CAMP I July 12-14 at Combre/Fondel Elementary School 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Ages 5-13 SOCCER CAMP II Aug. 1-3 at St. John Elementary School 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Ages 5-13 TENNIS CAMP July 5-8 at University Park 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Ages 8-14 WARD 3 RECREATION SUMMER DAY CAMP at Enos Derbonne Sports Complex June 6-July 29. Half-Day camp and Full-Day camp offered. Ages 5-12. Contact Beth Rist at 337-502-5214 for more summer day camp information.

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“Know what I’d like? To have you say, ‘Holly, you sweet girl, you’re my dog! Now roll on over and let me rub your belly and then we’ll go out and throw the ball around!’ Yeah, that’s just what I’d like. So, how ‘bout it? You and me sound good?” This pretty little girl is Holly. She is around a year old and is a sweet baby. She loves playing, hanging out at your feet, playing, cuddling in your lap, playing—you get the idea. A fenced yard will be a plus at Holly’s new home. Please call Tina at (337) 884-0150 if you have any questions. An application can be found online at www.4PawsSocietyInc.com and faxed to (337) 558-6331 or e-mailed to fourpawssociety@aol.com. A vet reference and home visit are part of the adoption process. If you live

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Art Display Created By At-Risk Teens Dedicated The Office of Juvenile Justice Services unveiled a new cultural display, teaching at-risk teenagers social skills and resiliency by creating a work of art.  The display, entitled “Wall of Hope,” is a permanent art mosaic placed at the entrance of the Juvenile Detention Center and features a collection of ceramic tiles creatively designed by the youth of Calcasieu Parish. The project was created as a symbol of hope for youth involved in the justice system, and is an example of a new program called “ART-TRACKS,” which stands for At-Risk Teens: Teaching Resiliency through Art, Creativity, Knowledge and Skills. Teens worked together and strengthened essential life skills, placing their personal contributions of art with other partici-

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pant’s pieces to form one, large, colorful display. Kathleen Rigler, a professional artist, provided art instruction to participants, teaching an assortment of art methods to use for the wall. In addition, the project provided at-risk teens with exposure to and appreciation of different art mediums, art programs and opportunities to pursue and sustain an interest in art. The Arts and Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana generously provided funding for the Wall of Hope through a grant made possible by the Louisiana Decentralized Arts fund. It is on permanent public display on an outdoor wall of the Office of Juvenile Justice Services, located at 3615 E. Prien Lake Road, Lake Charles.  

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By Lauren de Albuquerque

THE FRISBEE The Frisbie Baking Company (1871-1958) of Bridgeport, Connecticut, made pies that were sold to many New England colleges. Its tin pie plate was a marketing scheme to encourage homemakers to see the name “Frisbie” on the pie tin and think how much easier it would be to buy a pie instead of making one. Yale students soon discovered that the empty pie tins could be tossed and caught, providing endless hours of game and sport. Fast-forward to the 1950s. The president of Wham-O saw the pie-tin tossing fun at Yale, and knew that he could easily market this product. The tin was changed to plastic, along with the spelling of the name changed. Because of the UFO craze during this time, the plastic disc quickly became known as a “flying saucer.” Frisbees were a staple at every family picnic when I was growing up, and

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it was fun for everyone—even dogs. Actually, some of the dogs were better at it than the humans. THE POPSICLE In 1905, an 11-year-old San Francisco boy named Frank Epperson invented the first Popsicle—completely by accident. He left a mixture of powdered soda and water, with a stirring stick, on his porch. That night, temperatures dropped and he awoke the next morning to a frozen pop. Eighteen years later, in 1923, Frank Epperson remembered his frozen soda water mixture and began a business producing “Epsicles” in seven fruit flavors.  The name was later changed to the Popsicle. One estimate says three million

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Popsicle frozen treats are sold each year, with orange the most popular. I am totally indebted to Mr. Epperson, because I am a Popsicle fanatic. I have one almost every night in the summer, and yes, orange is my favorite! THE BIKINI The bikini is the most popular bathing suit out there—maybe too popular, as a lot of women who should be in one-pieces still insist on wearing them! At any rate, the bikini made its appearance on the fashion scene at the end of World War II. Two different versions of the bikini were invented by Jacques Heim and Louis Reard, both from France. Heim insisted that his invention was “the world’s smallest bathing suit.“ But Reard’s version used only 30 inches of fabric and was much smaller than Heim’s. Reard’s invention was named after the Bikini Atoll, the site of a nuclear test in July of 1946. One week later, the itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny bathing suit was introduced to the world. It caught on quickly in Europe, of course. America rolled its eyes and fanned itself, and eventually gave

in, with the bikini finally gaining popularity here in the 1960s. SUNTAN LOTION We can’t talk about the bikini without mentioning suntan lotion. Believe it or not, it was World War II that prompted its invention. American soldiers fighting in the Pacific suffered from incredibly painful sunburns. The US government instructed its scientists to develop a cream that could be applied to the skin to protect it from the powerful rays of the sun. One product was red petrolatum, a petroleum by-product. It worked, but it left a reddish residue on the skin. Ben Green, a doctor who worked on the product, felt that it had potential in the commercial market and made sure that his suntan lotion was marketed to the public after the war. He added a more appealing scent to the oil and when it was applied to the skin, it would darken to a sort of copper-colored tint. Yes, folks, that’s good old Coppertone, the forerunner of the all the suntan lotions, oils and sprays that are on the market today.

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By Lisa Addison

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Whether it’s the $20 million in expansion projects scheduled for this year (a barber shop and a long-awaited poker room to name just a few) or the sizzling summer entertainment that’s on tap, things are really heating up at L’Auberge du Lac Casino Resort. In fact, it’s so hot that perhaps the only way to cool off is to jump in a pool. As in the revamped Party by the Pool – Liquid Society – entertainment series. Avid concertgoers start salivating over the Party by the Pool music lineup the second that upcoming entertainment is announced. And, why shouldn’t they when you consider that some of the best talent around takes to the stage. In fact, every single act at the hugely popular Party by the Pool is a headliner. With music from groups like O.A.R., Sugar Ray, Five for Fighting, Collective Soul, and others, you will not want to miss even one evening of PBTP!

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EVERYTHING IS BIGGER AND BETTER How important are guests to L’Auberge? So important that when they began taking requests for improvements to Party by the Pool, L’Auberge listened; they really listened. Which means that this year, everything about the events is bigger, better, and even wetter. No more lounging by the pool—guests can jump right in! And, as for that lineup, guests also asked for bigger bands and L’Auberge has delivered on that, too. So, while it’s not exactly an official slogan, it might as well be “If you’re cool, you’ll be at the Party by the Pool!” It’s where you’ll find all the excitement in the way of music, people watching, adult beverages, and more. Guests must be 21 to attend PBTP events, which take place Thursday evenings from now until Aug. 11. DJ Johnny Cage will be in the house and entertaining before and after shows. The concerts kick off at 7 p.m. and the music doesn’t stop until 11 p.m.

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Collective Soul

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Lit Sick Puppies

Marc Broussard THE EXCITING MUSIC LINEUP Here’s the lineup for this summer: • May 19 – FUEL/LIT • May 26 – COLLECTIVE SOUL • June 2 – SICK PUPPIES • June 9 – MARC BROUSSARD • June 16 – O.A.R. • June 23 – MOLLY RINGWALDS • June 30 – PUDDLE OF MUDD • July 7 – SEETHER • July 14 – FIVE FOR FIGHTING • July 21 – G-LOVE & SPECIAL SAUCE • July 28 – ED KOWALCZYK FROM LIVE • August 4 – SUGAR RAY • August 11 – 311 / SUBLIME / ROME

Tickets are just $10 weekly and $25 for the final blockbuster show of the season featuring 311, Sublime and Rome. Tickets can be purchased from Ticketmaster, at the L’Auberge Business Center, L’Sundries or at the door. Season passes are available for $150 and will include a Liquid Society towel and four drink tickets. One local resident, Leonard Richard, is a big fan of Party by the Pool and has attended several of the events. He says, in terms of music acts, “L’Auberge is setting the bar so high that no other entertainment venue could match it. If you want to be seen with the stars on Thursday nights, then don’t miss Party by the Pool.” A CHANCE TO SEE AND BE SEEN The Party by the Pool Liquid Society entertainment series is definitely the place to “see and be

O.A.R. seen.” You can even get to the venue more easily than before and without walking across the property due to a newly dedicated parking lot behind the pool area for easy access to the party. And if you really want to experience Liquid Society like a high roller, check out the cabana and suite packages available this season. Another local, Sam Houston Jones II, a financial advisor with Wells Fargo and manager of the group Dash Rip Rock, has been an avid fan of Party by the Pool since its inception. “This is an unbelievable lineup,” Jones said. “I really hate that I’m going to have to miss O.A.R because I’m going to be out of town, but I’m looking forward to some of the other acts, especially Marc Broussard. He has a soulful sound that is just out of this world. I’m also thrilled that I’ll have the opportunity to hear one of my other favorites, G-Love.”

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Jones said that he believes the Lake Area is very fortunate to be able to hear music of this caliber for what he said is such a nominal fee. “When you can hear groups like these in a great setting and you’re only paying $10 or just a little more than that per person, it’s almost unheard of. It’s just a great thing for the city and I’m excited that we can enjoy it.” NEW POKER ROOM OPENING It looks like L’Auberge is hitting on all cylinders when it comes to the success of Liquid Society as well as its latest ventures, including 1740 Barbier and the much-awaited new Poker Room. Billed as the only full-service barbershop in Lake Charles, 1740

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Barbier will offer old-fashioned hot towel shaves, men’s manicures, haircuts and more in what it calls a “guyfriendly” environment. Whiskey and cigars will also be available. Opening at the end of May, 1740 Barbier is sure to be a hit with guests. As for the Poker Room, this particular feature has been the number one requested addition by guests of L’Auberge. Scheduled to open June 30, the Poker Room will have seven tables and be spread over 2,100 square feet. There will be tableside food and massage service available for VIP guests of L’Auberge. With these new ventures at L’Auberge, as well as the fact that the music acts at Party by the Pool keep getting bigger and better, if you

haven’t been to a PBTP event, there’s no time like the present to join the fun. And don’t forget, you can actually get in the pool, too. How fun is that? Following Party by the Pool, the excitement continues late into the night at the stylish globar inside the L’Auberge casino and at hot spot Jack Daniel’s® Bar & Grill. Hang out with friends while enjoying drink specials and a variety of local favorite bands on stage. So, where will you be on Thursday nights from now until mid-August? True music lovers, hip people, and even those who just want to have a rip-roaring good time will be at Liquid Society. Claim your spot by the pool and join them!

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Lisa Addison has been a writer for more than 30 years. She writes for local, regional, and national publications. TJN

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Packages will be available and coordinated with the ticket on-sale date, and cabanas will be available for entry at 7 p.m. day of show. PACKAGE OVERVIEW Rockstar Package • Concert admission and credentials for 12 guests • Line bypass into event • Dedicated server • Choice of five entrees from Cabana Food Menu • Choice of three beverage options ~ Mix and match cases of beer and up to two premium liquors with unlimited mixers All Access (Stage Right) Cabanas: $1,000 Island Cabanas: $700 Groupie Package • Concert admission and credentials for 12 guests • Line bypass into event • Dedicated server • Choice of three beverage options ~ Mix and match cases of beer and up to twp premium liquors with unlimited mixers All Access (Stage Right) Cabanas: $700 Island Cabanas: $500 Procedure: Guests looking to book a cabana for any pool party will be directed to the Resort Services supervisor, who will sell the packages and manage Volume 3 • Issue 4

reservations. The supervisor will also manage a waitlist for cancellations. At the time of reservation, the guest will be offered the packages as well as liquor, beer, and food options. Payment must be made in full at the time of reservation. Similar to event tickets, the reservations will be nonrefundable. Upon payment, the guest will be able to pick up credentials at Spa du Lac. Day of show, the credentials will be available at Will Call. The credentials may only be obtained by the person in whose name the reservation was made. Identification is required.

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Image/Fashion Stylist/Advisor Karla E. Tullos, CIC

The winner of this month’s Spice Up Your Look Makeover is DeAnna Duran, 35. Nominated by a friend who wishes to remain anonymous, DeAnna is a breast cancer survivor who would like to tell her story in her own words:

“In late August of 2010, I found a lump in my right breast by doing a self-exam. Went for a mammogram a month later, which came back fine...no concerns at all. My doctor did send me to a general surgeon to have what was believed to be a calcium deposit or fibroid removed. I didn’t show up for the initial appointment, thinking there was nothing to worry about. “Once I told my mother (Anita Harvey) what was going on, she cried so much that I reschedule another

appointment immediately. I had a consult and a biopsy in October—and discovered that I had Stage One cancer. I had a bilateral mastectomy that December due to my age and family history and started chemo in February. Once chemo is done in July, I will have to have a hysterectomy (also due to my age and genetics) and will begin reconstructive surgery. I will have also have to take medication for five years after treatment.”

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“I must admit, I have the best oncologist in the state of Louisiana. Dr. Michael Broussard, his staff, his nurse Melissa and the chemo bay girls at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital are so compassionate and caring, I feel like I am walking into a relative’s home when I have an appointment.

Everyone is so friendly and knowledgeable, and they are always smiling! I know if I ever have a question or concern, I will always get a quick response. It inspires me to see how well all of them work with patients. I would like to thank them for what they do. They are truly angels, and have picked the perfect profession!” Volume 3 • Issue 4


DeAnna's co-workers at Lowe's are like family to her. DeAnna with friends Ashley Bertrand and Beth Guillory .

Donna’s Lingerie owner Donna Mier helps DeAnna select a wig that not only looks great, but also gives her a newfound confidence. Donna invited DeAnna to sign up for the wonderful "Look Good Feel Better Program" for chemo patients provided by the American Cancer Society.

DONNA’S LINGERIE AND SWIMWEAR... Owner Donna Mier, CFM “Ms. Donna has given me a little bit of life back, and hope for a brighter day. Every time I put on the wig that she and the Ethel May Foundation provided me, I can’t help but smile—which is something that was very rare as of late. I got some extremely cute do-rags to cover and protect my bald head. They just have so much cute stuff there. Ms. Donna is so encouraging to me, and her shop is wonderful. I can’t wait to go back and buy some bras. Thank you so much, Ms. Donna!”

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DERMALOGIX Owner Jennifer Lemons, Medical Aesthetician “Relaxation is so overlooked nowadays, along with the benefits of special skin care. For me, a day of pampering was way overdue. But thanks to Jennifer at DermalogiX, I could have just stayed there all day. It’s so nice to rest your mind from the cares of the world—so comforting and relaxing. I’ve never had a facial before, but I tell ya, it will be a must from now on. My body just woke up and was ready for the world after my visit there. Thank you so much!!” Final Thoughts “Thank you Ms. Karla. When I began to have doubts, you reminded me that I deserved this makeover. Yes, my time is valuable, but [it’s worth it] to sacrifice some of it for the opportunity I have been given! I am very happy that you encouraged me to go through with this. I can’t thank you enough for all you have done!”

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Swashbucklers Here to Stay It’s been a wild ride this season for the Louisiana Swashbucklers. To wit: First, the Lafayette Wildcatters franchise folded before the season began because the team couldn’t get access to worker’s compensation insurance, leaving holes

in the Swashbucklers’ schedule. Then, in Week 6, the Bucs hosted the Louisiana Hurricanes. Not so unusual, unless you know that the Hurricanes are a semi-pro, outdoor football team and were brought in because the Bucs’ original opponent, Mobile Bay (already a replacement for one of the Lafayette games), canceled its trip to Lake Charles. Why? Because the team’s original owner left town and the new owner discovered that the turf field hadn’t been completely paid for.

Such is life in the alphabet soup of indoor football leagues. But, despite the absolute chaos going on around it, the Swashbucklers franchise has not only succeeded so far this season, going 7-1 thus far, but has consistently excelled in its decade of existence. It has succeeded and thrived where every other professional sports franchise in the city has failed since minor league baseball left town 64 years ago. The Lake Charles Ice Pirates enjoyed quite a bit of popularity during its run in the Western

Professional Hockey League, riding the 1990s trend of marketing ice hockey in Southern and Western climates. And, despite lowering attendance each season, the team was still successful on the ice and fairly popular at the end. However, shady financial dealings by owner Skip Westfall brought the team down in 2001 after four seasons. Pro basketball never really caught hold in Lake Charles, despite several attempts. The most successful try came in 1997 when the Lake Charles Hawks took the court in the Southwest Basketball League. The Hawks lasted less than

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a season. That, of course, was one partial season longer than the Lake Charles Hurricanes of the American Basketball Association lasted. The Hurricanes blew into town with much hoopla in 2004, boasting NBA hall-of-famer Moses Malone as a team executive. But, in 2006, the team folded before ever playing a game, blaming their exit on a “lack of corporate sponsorship.” Last year, another ABA team was awarded to Lake Charles to begin play in the 2011-12 season. Whether the Lake Charles Corsairs actually suit up is yet to be determined. But it has been the Swashbucklers who have maintained the allure of professional sports in Lake Charles. Beginning as the Lake Charles LandSharks of the Southern Indoor Football League in 2001, the franchise has been a city staple for sports fans, rarely posting a losing season and, at one point, rarely losing a game. The franchise has been luckier than most of its brethren on the indoor football circuit in that it has benefitted from consistency not only in the front office, but also on the sidelines and on the field. Team owner and president of the SIFL, Thom Hager, is a tireless promoter and has done much to keep up local interest in the Swashbucklers. Current head coach Darnell Lee has been with the team almost through its entire existence as a player, an assistant coach and head coach. As a head coach, Lee led the Swashbucklers to a 52-10 record in his first tour with the Bucs from 2006-09, winning three consecutive league championships along the way. He returned as Bucs head coach in September 2010 after having coached the Alaska Wild franchise, leading the Bucs as they have put a stranglehold on the SIFL Gulf Coast Division this season. Where before it was players like Freddie Harrison, Shawn Piper, and Jermaine Martin, now it’s Damien Huren, Marcus Wilridge and Sammy Knight playing the role of team fixtures, playmakers Lake Charles fans love to watch. Even when the Bucs bring in new guys, the rookies seem to thrive in the raucous atmosphere of the Lake Charles Civic Center. Quarterback Ben McLaughlin, a record-setter at Louisiana College, Volume 3 • Issue 4

has filled the big shoes of Harrison admirably this season, throwing for almost 1,400 yards and 35 touchdowns as the leader of the SIFL’s best offense. Typical of the Bucs’ offense, the team has outrushed its opponents (indoor football is predominantly a passing game) 417136 while leading the SIFL this year with Kendrick Perry leading the way. Veterans Huren and John Paul Jones lead a defense that sits ninth in the league in total defense.

Over the last four games, the Bucs have scored an average of 71.75 points per game while extending their winning streak to five games. But this is nothing new for the Swashbucklers. Regardless of what league they play in, or who the opponent is, the Bucs have shown that they are a consistent force in indoor football and that, as the professional sports face of Southwest Louisiana, they are in it for the long haul.

Brandon Shoumaker is a graduate of McNeese State University and has covered sports for more than seven years for various publications. Coaches Brandon Shoumaker or parents with story tips may contact Brandon at bshoumaker@yahoo.com or send him a message on Twitter (@bshoumaker).

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By Mary Louise Ruehr

The Bond Between Sisters: Unbreakable, Complicated In literature, if not in life, it seems sometimes only sisters can support each other so totally, and only sisters can betray each other so deeply. In The Weird Sisters, author Eleanor Brown introduces us to three sisters who are entering their 30s and have to make grown-up decisions about their priorities, their ethics and their feelings. Their father teaches Shakespeare at a college in a small town in Ohio. By no coincidence, he named his three daughters

after Shakespearean women: Cordelia, the youngest, returns to town, pregnant and unmarried; Bianca (“Bean”) comes home after being fired for embezzlement; and Rosalind, the oldest, wants to marry a man who doesn’t seem to want the same life she wants. The three have also come home to care for their mother, who is undergoing treatment for breast cancer. The interesting narration is firstperson plural, from the three sisters

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— very unusual, but I liked this different perspective: “See, we love one another. We just don’t happen to like one another very much.” And this is very literary stuff — everybody quotes the Bard and makes Shakespearean references: “Our family has always communicated its deepest feelings through the words of a man who has been dead for almost four hundred years.” And the references to reading are frequent, with at least one entire treatise on the love of reading: “How can we explain what books and reading mean to our family, the gift of libraries, of pages?” The author uses clever dialogue that brings out the personalities of the characters, and it’s all very good. But just look at the richness of the writing in this debut novel: “Cordy had been up before us all making pancake batter with blueberries purloined from the neighbor’s bushes, their delicate bodies splitting against

the wooden spoon, staining the batter with violent violet.” If that isn’t poetry, I don’t know what is. It absolutely made me want to read it aloud. Here’s more: Bean, “singing along with the radio, wandering in and out of pitch as though she were embroidering around the notes.” This is certainly made for word lovers: “Sisters keep secrets. Because sisters’ secrets are swords.” All this and a happy ending. Adult situations and language. Another debut novel, equal in literary quality, is The Bird Sisters by Rebecca Rasmussen. We meet two women in their 70s who live together in a house in Spring Green, Wis. Milly, the elder sister, and Twiss have “devoted their lives to saving birds.” The book, set in the present, also takes us back to the year everything changed in the girls’ lives, back to when Milly, at 16, dreamed of having a husband and children, when Twiss longed to scrutinize the mind of their runaway priest, who had lost his faith. It was the summer when their “mean girl” 18-year-old cousin Bett came to stay with them, and the moment when both Milly and Twiss experienced loss, when something shocking happened that made me audibly gasp. Again, the star here is the writing, which is so beautiful at times that it brought tears to my eyes: “Over the years, the wallpaper had peeled back little by little so that now it clung to the wall desperately when it clung at all.” “The woman on the radio was singing in a language Twiss couldn’t understand but made her think of the color red.” “Milly thought of Volume 3 • Issue 4


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portraits, the author lets us revisit youth and aging, love, loss, regret, forgiveness, sacrifice, survival, resignation, and truth and consequence. “Somewhere between youth and old age, it occurred to Twiss that loving someone and forgiving them were two very different things.” It’s a tender book.

For a lighter read, The Dashwood Sisters Tell All by Beth Pattillo follows the format of Pattillo’s other books, Jane Austen Ruined My Life and Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart, and even brings back Mrs. Parrot and the Formidables. The romance novel is set in present-day England and features a minor mystery or two. The narration alternates between sisters Ellen, 38, from Dallas, and Mimi from Atlanta. Their Jane Austen-obsessed mother, who named them after Austen’s Dashwood sisters, has died, and in order for the sisters to inherit her estate, the will instructs them to go on a Jane Austen tour and scatter their mother’s ashes in a Jane-appropriate spot. Mom also leaves them a package that contains an Austen relic that may or may not be genuine. The reader really has to suspend disbelief regarding some of the characters’ actions. But it’s all great, clean fun from Guideposts.

MAY IS NATIONAL DROWNING PREVENTION MONTH. We are all kicking off the summer season with pool parties, fishing, boating and lots of water activities… are you ready? May is also notorious for the beginning of drowning tragedies. • Can your child relax under the water and pull themselves out? Can they back float? Can they swim? • Is there a pool? Is it fenced? Does it have self closing gates and rescue equipment? IN THE EVENT YOUR CHILD IS MISSING • Check bodies of water first. Ponds, pools, ditches, bathtubs; precious seconds could save their life! KNOW CPR! • Stop by SWIMSATIONAL and pick up FREE water watcher tags, safety brochures and instructions on how to build a “safety pole” for your pool/pond. Now enrolling for SUMMER CAMPS, SUMMER CLINICS and YEAR ‘ROUND SWIM LESSONS! SWIM TEAM Tryouts 5/28/11!

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The King’s Speech DVD, 2010 Don’t make the mistake of passing up this fine movie. I didn’t see The King’s Speech at the movies because I thought it would be yet another wonderful but semi-tedious historical drama full of pomp and circumstance, a la the Royal Wedding. Shame on me! The King’s Speech is about a man who just happens to be a prince who stammers, and another man who helps him out. Simple as that. Right!

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Prince Albert is younger son of King George V, and he can’t read books to his own kids in his own home, much less make a speech in public. The King, played by Michael Gambon (you may know him as Dumbledore from another movie), is rather domineering. I suppose you would expect that of a King. In this case, it just makes Albert’s problem worse. His loving wife Elizabeth searches high and low for a speech therapist. This is in 1936, and I would imagine the pickings are slim, even for a prince. At any rate, the only person who seems to have any chance of helping him is a prim and poor Australian, Lionel Logue, who lives with his wife and sons in a dilapidated apartment, where he also keeps his humble office.

The rest of the movie is a fascinating exchange between two very different people against the background of a Europe about to get torn by war. The beauty of the film is that it keeps this impending event always in the back of our minds, while keeping the story at the front. Albert is every bit the proud prince, reluctantly visiting with Mr. Logue, who insists on being called Lionel, while he calls the prince by his childhood name, “Bertie.” Lionel wagers Bertie that he can make him speak flawlessly, offering a bet of one shilling. The prince chillingly informs “Mr. Logue” that he doesn’t lower himself by carrying money on his person, thank you. The prince also has an older brother, the heir-apparent to King George V. Prince Edward is a fun-loving playboy who could care less about the royal family. His relationship with Albert is touched on as it relates to “Bertie’s” speech impediment. I suppose we might as well face it; British actors are probably capable of acting their way through the pearly gates, they’re so skilled. Colin Firth is perfect as the self-doubting Prince Albert. We feel for the prince with every single word he utters. His devoted wife, Elizabeth, is played by Helena Bonham Carter (whom I

never before really liked as an actress). She comes across as his only real support in this movie, as the other members of the Royal Family have written him off. And then there is actor Geoffrey Rush as Lionel. Many viewers won’t recognize him at first, but this is Captain Barbosa from Pirates of the Caribbean. What is the arrogant swashbuckling seaman doing in the role of a quiet little man who can barely afford to keep his family? It turns out he’s doing just fine. Rush is an actor of such depth that he can be totally convincing as a timid, almost absent-minded character, and then suddenly, he’s standing up to the future King of England, and remarkably gaining his trust. It just doesn’t get any better than this. Rounding out the British cast we have Anthony (Scarlet Pimpernel) Andrews as Prime Minister, Timothy (Wormtail) Spall as Winston Churchill, and Claire Bloom as Queen Mary. The King’s Speech is rated R solely for incessant four-letter swearing and lack of car chases. It’s not for kids. But I swear you won’t be offended, and most likely you’ll be fascinated that something so amazing could be a part of history. TJN

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THE HEART GALA American Heart Association supporters stepped out to paint the town red at L’Auberge du Lac Casino Resort as ladies and gents arrived in their red attire for the annual Heart Gala. Supporters enjoyed a fabulous evening of delicious food, live and silent auctions, entertainment and dancing. Hearts were touched as we heard the stories of two local young heart patients, Lucas Walters and Gavin LeDay. The event plays a part in building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Cheers to this “Heart-felt” community!

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VOWG KENTUCKY DERBY PARTY Keeping with the festive spirit of the 137th Kentucky Derby, the Value Oriented Wine Group (VOWG), friends and derby enthusiasts celebrated in style at the clubhouse of Graywood Golf Course. The traditions of Churchill Downs were evident as ladies and gents sported opulent hats, with some lucky enough to walk away with a win, place or show prize! Available for grazing were delicious derby food samplings, smooth mint juleps, and choice wines. And drum roll please…time for the gathering to cheer on our favorites during that exciting 2:02.04 mad sprint to the finish line. Declaring victory down the stretch is the long shot…Animal Kingdom! A big “Hats Off” to a party that reigned! Audree and Loren LeBleu PAGE 34

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CHRISTUS ST. PATRICK’S ONE MORE MIRACLE And the “2011 Louisiana Champion” is--Taylor Oliver, age 10, for her bravery and victory for whipping phase 4 neuroblastoma. Taylor was not expected to make her second birthday, but her life threatening tumors are now benign and she is cancer- free! In celebration of Taylor’s miracle, supporters of the Children’s Miracle Network, family and friends gathered at the Wal-Mart on Nelson anxiously awaiting this inspiring young lady’s arrival by limo! Cheers and tears filled the room as Taylor was crowned and blessed with generous gifts of love. Taylor’s dream is to become a chef and own a restaurant. Looks like her dreams are going to come true! Colin Buller and Phil Terrell

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Tamera Reynolds and Caleb Smith

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Camryn with 2011 LA Champion Taylor Oliver, Helena and Layken Oliver

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80S FAMILY SKATE NIGHT Reliving the 80s can bring out the cool kid in all of us. Just ask some of the friends and families of Church of the King as they rolled in this happening celebration at Wheeler’s Skate Rink in Moss Bluff. This hip crowd had a footloose and fancy-free night of fun skating to the boom box sounds of Wham, Duran Duran, Pet Shop Boys, Michael Jackson and more, all under the disco ball. Handholding, speed races and prizes for the best-dressed were all part of this hip trip down memory lane. All in all, this was one “Fantabulous” family night! TJN Chris Pots and John Bruns

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DOWNTOWN AT SUNDOWN MAY 20 On Fri., May 20, you’ll get the chance to experience a different side of the United States military as Top Flight, the U.S. Air Force’s rock band, will take the stage during the Downtown at Sundown concert series. The City of Lake Charles and the Arts and Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana are proud to continue working together to present the 13th season of the event, which celebrates the diverse culture and local businesses of downtown Lake Charles, Downtown at Sundown showcases the finest in local art, music, and food. Downtown at Sundown is held at the Downtown Merchants’ parking lot on the corner of Broad Street and Ryan Street from 6-9 p.m. on each Friday and is free to the public. In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved to the Lake Charles Civic Center Exhibition Hall. No ice chests are allowed, and guests are welcome to bring chairs. For more information, call the Arts Council at (337) 439-2787.

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‘BOOGIE FOR BOOKS’ MAY 21 The Literacy Council of Southwest Louisiana Presents the musical fundraiser “Boogie For Books: Live Music For Literacy.” The event on May 21 will feature bands from across Louisiana including Bobcat, Sean Ardoin, John Guidroz, Paul Gonsoulin, The Kid Carsons, Fresh Nectar and Flatbed Honeymoon. Enjoy great drinks, music and delicious food from participating vendors. The Literacy Council has information on all of its programs, such as G.E.D and adult English as a Second Language classes. There will also be a Book Swap, so bring a book you have read to swap it out for a new one! It’s all happening at the amphitheater at the Lake Charles Civic Center. Tickets are $15 for adults; kids 10 and under get in free. MAC BURNS/WCCH FOUNDATION GOLF TOURNAMENT MAY 21 The 2011 Mac Burns/West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital Foundation Golf Tournament will be held on Sat., May 21 at Frasch Golf Course in Sulphur.  This year’s tournament marks the second year that the Mac Burns tournament and the hospital Foundation golf tournament will be held jointly. The tournament will follow a 4-man scramble format with a double shotgun start at 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. This year’s entry fee is $320 per team and covers food, drinks, range balls and mulligans.  Various levels of sponsorships, as well as hole sponsorships, are available.  For more information or to participate in the tournament, call Ashley Andrepont, tournament chair, at (337) 527-4241 or Debby Nabours, WCCH Foundation executive director, at (337) 527-4144. LOUISIANA SPORTS FESTIVAL AND GAMES MAY 21 The Louisiana Sports Festival and Games is scheduled for Sat., May 21 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Lake Charles Civic Center. Included in the day’s lineup is an adult and kids 5K and 1 mile run at 7:30 am, kayak demonstrations around the lake; standup paddleboarding; competitions; a boat show, a farmer’s market and much more. Vendor booths are currently available for $100. Proceeds benefit Cops and Jocks, a local fundraiser for athletes and the families of Lake Charles police officers. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, call (626) 523-1123, visit www.LaSportsFest.com or go to the Louisiana Sports and Fitness Festival on Facebook. SWLA ALL VETERANS REUNION MAY 21-22 Head for Downtown DeRidder on May 21 and 22 for displays, food, shopping, music, and entertainment. Retired LTG Russel Honore kicks off the festival at 8:30 a.m. on Sat., May 21. Events are from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sat.; Sun. from 8 to 11 a.m. ‘DINNER AT MI CASA’ MAY 22 Sam and Denise Hebert are hosting “Dinner at Mi CASA” on Sun., May 22 to support Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and the abused and neglected children they serve. Celebrity chef is

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Richman Reinauer, and celebrity dessert chef is Cesar Barachina of L’Auberge du Lac Casino Resort. CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocates, recruits and trains volunteers who are appointed by Family and Juvenile Court Judges to advocate for the best interests of children who have be removed from their homes because of abuse and neglect. Dinner at Mi CASA’s goal is to increase community awareness and support for CASA and children in foster care. For more information or to purchase tickets ($150 per couple), contact David Duplechian at (337) 436-9533 or david@fyca.org RON WHITE AT L’AUBERGE MAY 27 Comic Ron White returns to L’Auberge du Lac Casino Resort for two shows on Friday, May 27. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com. The shows will be at 7 and 10 p.m. Tickets are $45 for stadium seats and $60 for floor seats. Must be 21 to attend. 

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SOLAR ENERGY HOME TOUR IN ORANGE ON JUNE 4 Solar energy has arrived in Orange County, and on Sat., June 4, from 9 a.m. to noon, Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center will sponsor a tour of three local homes that have converted to photovoltaic systems, a form of solar-based electricity. During the tour, tour homeowners will describe the details of the solar energy modifications of their homes. All tours will depart by bus from Shangri La, and an entrance ticket must be purchased. Those wanting to go on the tour must make a reservation by calling (409) 670-9799. Prior to departure, there will be a presentation on some of Shangri La’s environmentally sound practices, and a book on being eco-friendly will be distributed to participants. Located at 2111 West Park Avenue in Orange, Shangri La is open to the public Tues.- Sat. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun. from noon to 5 p.m. For more information call (409) 670.9113 or visit www.shangrilagardens.org

JUNE 4TH, 2011 Begins 8:30 am at Micci’s Lounge 3606 Ryan St., Lake Charles, LA POKER RUN, SILENT AUCTION, 50/50, RAFFLE, LIVE MUSIC, DOOR PRIZES. REGISTRATION: $25 RIDER, $15 PASSENGER. T-SHIRT INCLUDED.

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BENEFIT FOR SHANE SPEARS JUNE 4 Lake Charles native Shane Spears was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer this past winter at the age of 38. Married with a child, Shane is a McNeese graduate and a beloved art teacher throughout the community. His illness has forced him to take a medical leave indefinitely. Family, friends, and loved ones will be holding a benefit for him on June 2 at Burton Coliseum featuring a silent and live auction with dinner. The fundraiser will help Shane with the mounting costs of expenses to treat this rare, aggressive cancer. Donations from your company or store, and gift certificates/card or baskets of your product will be greatly appreciated. For more information, contact Lori Spears Strahan at (337) 540-4704 or lori@strahans.org. HEROES FOR HOLDEN JUNE 5 Heroes for Holden will hold a fundraiser to raise much-needed funds for Holden Gothia on Sun., June 5 from 11a.m. to 10 p.m. at Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles. Holden was mutilated by his mother as a weeksold infant and has staggering medical bills from the many surgeries that he’s had, and will need in the future. It will be an incredible day of food, fun and entertainment planned, with musical performances throughout the day (including Jerry Jeff Walker, Wayne Toups, and Tracy Byrd), silent

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and live auctions, BBQ dinners and a raffle for a 2011 F-150 from Kinsel Ford! Your support and participation are the keys to helping pay for treatments that Holden needs now and as he continues to grow and inspire us all! Please consider donating and attending this very special event in Lake Charles, and being one of Holden’s heroes! For more information, got to www.heroesforholden.org.

at 1001 Ryan Street.  There is no charge to attend, all ages are welcome and refreshments will be served. The exhibit represents a comprehensive cross-section of Ali’s life and times. The exhibit gives viewers the chance to glimpse into rarely seen moments of his personal ‘DELTA BLUES PILGRIMAGE’ AT 1911 CITY HALL JUNE 10 life as well as more famous episodes from his career. The City of Lake Charles will host a new exhibition entitled “Delta Blues This distinctive exhibition features photographs by Annie Pilgrimage” at Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center at 1001 Ryan Street. Leibovitz, Gordon Parks, Steve Schapiro, The exhibition will hang through Aug. 20 with an opening reception Thomas Hoepker, Art Shay, and Sonia Katchian Fri., June 10, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The photoMuhammad Ali among others. For more information, call (337) graphs in this exhibition were taken in April 491-9147 or visit www.cityoflakecharles.com. 2010, as Scott Ainslie, blues musician, songwriter, author and scholar, was traveling MACI’S MAKE-A-WISH FUNDRAISER JUNE 11 through the Mississippi Delta. Historic City Hall The Fontenot family of Lake Charles invites you to Arts and Cultural Center is owned and operated have fun while making a difference at “Maci’s Make-Aby the City of Lake Charles. The gallery is open Wish and Make a Difference Festival Fundraiser” on Sat., Mon. through Fri., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sat., 10 June 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Coliseum at the a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are Lake Charles Civic Center. Tickets will be available at gladly accepted.  For more information, call (337) the door for $10. Proceeds will benefit the Make-A491-9147 or visit www.cityoflakecharles.com. Wish Foundation, which works to grant the wishes of children suffering from life-threatening illnesses. The ‘MUHAMMAD ALI: THE MAKING event will have fun activities for the entire family, OF AN ICON’ JUNE 10 including live music, face painting, a mechanical The City of Lake Charles will host a nationally bull, fun house jump and slide, and so much toured exhibition entitled “Muhammad Ali: The more. For more information or to make a donaMaking of an Icon.” The public is invited to the tion, contact Nikki Fontenot at (337) 802opening reception Fri., June 10 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. 7932 or nikkifontenot@yahoo.com. TJN at the 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 18 • Alvin Touchet @ OB’s Bar & Grill, 7 p.m. • The Free Mas(s)ons @ The Porch, 8 p.m. THURSDAY, MAY 19 • Homer LeJeune & The Kajun Kings @ DI’s Cajun Food & Music, Basile, 6:30 p.m. • Warren Storm/Willie Tee & Cypress @ Mikko, Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 7 p.m. • John Cessac @ Cecil’s Cajun Kitchen, DeRidder, 7:30 p.m. • LA Express @ Gator Lounge, Delta Downs, Vinton, 8 p.m. • Ridin High @ Caribbean Cove, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 8 p.m. • Fuel/Lit @ Party by the Pool, L’Auberge du Lac Casino, 8:30 p.m. • Daniel Whittington @ The Porch, 9 p.m. • DJ Cage @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill, L’Auberge du Lac, 10 p.m. FRIDAY, MAY 20 • Joe Simon & Louisiana Cajun @ DI’s Cajun Food & Music, Basile, 6:30 p.m. • John Conlee @ Yesterday’s, 7 p.m. • ISIS @ Mikko, Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 7 p.m. • Kris Harper @ Cecil’s Cajun Kitchen, DeRidder, 7:30 p.m.

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• Bernie Alan @ Club 1Sixty5, Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 8 p.m. • LA Express @ Gator Lounge, Delta Downs, Vinton, 8:30 p.m. • Stellar @ Caribbean Cove, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 8:30 p.m. • Slim Harper @ The Porch, 9 p.m. • Chris LeBlanc @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill, L’Auberge du Lac, 10 p.m. SATURDAY, MAY 21 • Al Roger & Louisiana Pride @ DI’s Cajun Food & Music, Basile, 6:30 p.m. • ISIS @ Mikko, Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 7 p.m. • Cecil’s Band @ Cecil’s Cajun Kitchen, DeRidder, 7:30 p.m. • Bernie Alan @ Club 1Sixty5, Coushatta Casino, • Kinder, 8 p.m. • Foret Tradition @ Yesterday’s, 8 p.m. • Whitesnake/Warrant @ The Pavilion, Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 8 p.m. • LA Express @ Gator Lounge, Delta Downs, Vinton, 8:30 p.m. • Stellar @ Caribbean Cove, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 8:30 p.m. • Swamp Boogie @ Bob & Pete’s, Sulphur, 9 p.m. • Chris LeBlanc @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill, L’Auberge du Lac, 10 p.m.

SUNDAY, MAY 22 • Live Jazz @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill, L’Auberge du Lac, 11 a.m. • Chubby Carrier @ Yesterday’s, 5 p.m. WEDNESDAY, MAY 25 • Alvin Touchet @ OB’s Bar & Grill, 7 p.m. • Open Mike Night @ Luna Bar & Grill, 8 p.m. THURSDAY, MAY 26 • T-Joe Romero @ DI’s Cajun Food & Music, Basile, 6:30 p.m. • Dustin Ray @ Mikko, Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 7 p.m. • John Cessac @ Cecil’s Cajun Kitchen, DeRidder, 7:30 p.m. • Keith McCoy & CEO @ Caribbean Cove, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 8 p.m. • Collective Soul @ Party by the Pool, L’Auberge du Lac Casino, 8:30 p.m. • Kris Harper @ The Porch, 9 p.m. • DJ Cage @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill, L’Auberge du Lac, 10 p.m. FRIDAY, MAY 27 • Briggs Brown & The Bayou Cajuns @ DI’s Cajun Food & Music, Basile, 6:30 p.m. • Ron White @ L’Auberge Event Center, L’Auberge du Lac Casino, 7 & 10 p.m. • Chasing Scarlett @ Mikko, Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 7 p.m. • Mark Mestre @ Cecil’s Cajun Kitchen, DeRidder, 7:30 p.m. • The Joel Martin Project @ Yesterday’s, 8 p.m.

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• Gloriana @ Delta Event Center, Delta Downs, Vinton, 8 p.m. • Ka-Nection @ Gator Lounge, Delta Downs, Vinton, 8:30 p.m. • The Kadillacs @ Caribbean Cove, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 8:30 p.m. • X-IT 43 @ The Porch, 9 p.m. • Sister Hazel @ Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 9 p.m. • Beer for Breakfast @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill, L’Auberge du Lac, 10 p.m. SATURDAY, MAY 28 • Scotty Pousson & The Pointe aux Loups Playboys @ DI’s Cajun Food & Music, Basile, 6:30 p.m. • Chasing Scarlet @ Mikko, Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 7 p.m. • Cecil’s Band @ Cecil’s Cajun Kitchen, DeRidder, 7:30 p.m. • Steel Shot @ Yesterday’s, 8 p.m. • Ka-Nection @ Gator Lounge, Delta Downs, Vinton, 8:30 p.m. • Horace Trahan & Ossun Express @ Caribbean Cove, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 8 p.m. • Tonic @ Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 9 p.m. • Porkchop Express @ Bob & Pete’s, Sulphur, 9 p.m. • Research Turtles/The Widowers @ Luna Bar & Grill, 10 p.m. • Beer for Breakfast @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill, L’Auberge du Lac, 10 p.m. SUNDAY, MAY 29 • Junior Lacrosse/Sumtin Sneaky @ Yesterday’s, 5 p.m. • Jimmie Vaughan & The Tilt A Whirl Band @ Delta Event Center, Delta Downs, Vinton, 8 p.m. • Ka-Nection @ Gator Lounge, Delta Downs, Vinton, 8:30 p.m. • Beer for Breakfast @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill, L’Auberge du Lac, 10 p.m. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1 • Alvin Touchet @ OB’s Bar & Grill, 7 p.m. THURSDAY, JUNE 2 • Don Fontenot et Les Cajuns de la Prairie @ DI’s Cajun Food & Music, Basile, 6:30 p.m. • Sick Puppies @ Party by the Pool, L’Auberge du Lac Casino, 8:30 p.m. • TBA @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill, L’Auberge du Lac, 10 p.m. TJN

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Hat,” I had to buy the CDs they had modestly stacked in an open instrument case. Their 2008 CD, Funk Monk, had Mingus and Thelonius Monk and John Coltrane and Dewey Redman songs alongside tasty charts by bandleader Dorr, while the second, 2010’s Big Beat, features mostly Dorrpenned tunes. Both are strong sonic works, with graceful soloing by all band members.

They’ve been around for several years, but lucky me, I got to hear them for free in an incredible acoustic setting. The 40 or morefoot ceilings and hard marble and cement floors funneled the taut, exquisite sounds all around us like a tornado, and if my train hadn’t come, I could have stayed and bopped all night. Get some of that love direct from www.undergroundhorns.com.

TJN

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