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• Chennault is Flying High! • Live @ the Lakefront • Fashion Fusion Spring 2012


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GENERAL 715 Kirby St., Lake Charles, LA 70601 Phone: 337-436-7800 Fax: 337-990-0262 PUBLISHER Phil de Albuquerque

NEWS EXECUTIVE EDITOR Lauren de Albuquerque

CONTRIBUTORS Rhonda Babin Leslie Berman George Cline Angie Kay Dilmore Brett Downer Dan Ellender Stephanie Karpovs Erica McCreedy Mike McHugh Mary Louise Ruehr Brandon Shoumaker Karla Tullos ADVERTISING



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COVER STORY 16 Lake Charles Civic Ballet Presents The Sleeping Beauty

REGULARS 6 9 10 11 14 22


The Boiling Pot Adoption Corner The Dang Yankee Tips from Tip What’s Cookin Sports Report

FEATURES 5 Fashion Fusion Runway Show 12 Bayou Biz: Chennault International Airport 20 My Amazing Makeover! 29 Live @ the Lakefront


ENTERTAINMENT 24 27 28 31 33 36 38 39

Red Hot Books Family Night at the Movies Funbolaya Society Spice Jambalaya Jam Local Jam Eclectic Company Killin’ Time Crossword

Legal Disclaimer The views expressed by The Jambalaya News columnists are their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of The Jambalaya News, its editors or staff. The Jambalaya News is solely owned, published by The Jambalaya News, LLC, 715 Kirby Street, Lake Charles Louisiana 70601. Phone (337) 436-7800. Whilst every effort was made to ensure the information in this magazine was correct at the time of going to press, the publishers cannot accept legal responsibility for any errors or omissions, nor can they accept responsibility of the standing of advertisers nor by the editorial contributions. The Jambalaya News cannot be held responsible for the return of unsolicited manuscripts, photographs or illustrations, even if they are sent to us accompanied by a selfaddressed envelope. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher. Copyright 2012 The Jambalaya News all rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without prior written permission is prohibited.

On Cover: Katelyn Chargois as Princess Aurora and Drew Anderson as Prince Desire. Photo by Danley Romero of Romero and Romero Photography



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A Note From Lauren Twinkle Toes This issue, which highlights the Lake Charles Civic Ballet and the upcoming performance of The Sleeping Beauty, got me thinking about my early years at ballet school. I started ballet and tap when I was four years old at the Lillian Arden Chiampa School of Dance in East Boston. At that time, it was on the second floor of an old building. I remember climbing the rickety stairs with my mother the first day and entering a big studio with huge mirrors, wooden floors, and the formidable barre on one side of the room. “Miss Chiampa” as she was called by everyone, had been a professional dancer and ran her big school with precision and grace. I was in awe of her and her instructors, all of them leggy and graceful. And I was in awe of the Big Girls, with their hair pulled back into buns and their toe shoes. I wanted to be one of them. We all wore black leotards and tights and black ballet slippers. In those days, I think there were no other color choices. Ballet was serious. At four years of age, we were all totally uncoordinated, but the instructors were unfailingly patient with us, putting us through our exercises and little routines. For a child, it was so much fun, and I looked forward to my class every Saturday. The recitals were absolutely amazing.


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I don’t even remember where my other recitals were held when I got older and switched schools. But the Chiampa recitals were unforgettable. They were held at the John Hancock Hall in downtown Boston, and were the real deal—a full orchestra of tuxedoed musicians, heavy red velvet curtains, and plush seats for the audience. You knew you were part of something incredibly special. Old school all the way. You could have been in Paris or Moscow, it was that splendid. There were real dressing rooms backstage with lighted mirrors, and women who did our makeup. Makeup! I was four and I was thrilled that I could wear red lipstick and rouge. Again, it was all part of the magic. In my first recital, I was a Pink Poodle. I don’t recall the song that accompanied our dance, but there was barking involved. I do remember the costume: a frilly pink concoction with a half-tutu. We wore poodle ears on our heads and pink furry cuffs on our wrists. I did not like the idea of the half-tutu; I wanted the full tutus of the Big Girls’ costumes, but was informed that you only got that when you performed en pointe—and that wouldn’t happen for a long time. I’ll never forget waiting in the wings to perform, butterflies in my stomach. I watched as the other dancers took their positions behind the thick velvet curtains

as the band started up their music. There was one piece that was so beautiful that I remember later asking my mother what it was; the melody was haunting. It was “In a Persian Market” by the English composer Albert Ketelby, and probably his most famous piece. (You can listen to it on YouTube; please do, and let me know what you think.) My mother was delighted that my little mind could already grasp the concept of classical music. I thank the ballet for exposing me to it at such a young age. When it was finally our turn, I was so nervous that the whole thing was a blur. I just concentrated on the fact that my parents and aunts and uncles were in the audience rooting for me, and made sure I didn’t fall. But it wasn’t over yet. To add to the wonder and magic of the event, every performer received a bouquet of the loveliest flowers at the end of the recital. They were coordinated with the colors of each of our costumes, and the rosebuds and violets (no carnations, baby’s breath or ferns, God forbid) were cradled in a white paper lace bouquet collar with graceful satin ribbons flowing from the base. What a thrill to receive such a gift; it was the perfect symbol of the grace and beauty of the dance. We put it in the refrigerator at home to make it last, and I remember feeling so sad when the flowers withered. And my mother told me

that something like this is appreciated all the more because it doesn’t last. “You have to enjoy it while you can,” she advised me. An early life lesson. After my second year, the dance school moved out of East Boston to the suburbs, which meant I could no longer attend their classes. There were other dance schools in the area and I did go on and study ballet throughout grade school, but there were none like Miss Chiampa’s. I finally got my pink satin toe shoes at the age of nine. The pain of dancing on my toes did not detract from the joy of this achievement. When I entered high school, which was two trains and a long bus ride away from my house, my parents decided that I needed to concentrate on my studies and that ballet classes would take up too much of my time, so that was the end of that. (Yes, a far cry from how kids are raised nowadays.) But this story has a happy ending. I couldn’t quite remember how to spell Miss Chiampa’s last name, so I googled her. Imagine my surprise to find out that Chiampa’s School of the Dance is still going strong in Lynnfield, Massachusetts —in its 75th year! The dream lives on.

– Lauren de Albuquerque TJN

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By Rhonda Babin

The world talks fashion year round. It is an especially hot topic from January through March. This is prime fashion viewing time on the runways of New York, Paris, and Milan and on the red carpets of award shows like the Golden Globes, GRAMMYs and the Academy Awards. Lake Charles will be a part of the buzz this spring. Fashion lovers are in for a treat on Thurs., March 29 at 6:30. On that evening, an event will be held at the Lake Charles Country Club that is like no other: Fashion Fusion Spring 2012! Fashion Fusion is a runway fashion show produced by a conglomeration of Lake Area businesses. Proceeds from the event go to Oasis, a Safe Haven for Survivors of Domestic & Sexual Violence (formerly Calcasieu Women’s Shelter). Attendees will be treated to an evening of fun festivities with the latest trends in clothing, hair, and make-up. Forty-two looks will be featured in the show— proof that you can find cool, unique ensembles when you shop right here in Lake Charles! The total looks will appeal to everyone from teens to seniors, and the models are locals who represent a crosssection of Lake Area women of all ages and different stages of life—even expectant mothers! Real people of different proportions will showcase great ensembles. We all need advice on certain looks and where to shop for special occasions. Fashion events show us where and how to use apparel and accessories for all types of gatherings, and how to combine items from different shops. Rather than purchasing a “mannequin look”—when you go into a store and buy the entire look on display—you can build your own look using pieces that you love from different retailers. THE LATEST TRENDS Look for outfits that would be appropriate for spring break, graduations, vacations, Easter Sunday, and weddings. Maybe you have a shower to attend, or you’ll be taking your senior pictures, or have a special dinner date coming up. Whatever the event, you’ll see a look that has been professionally styled to suit the occasion. Get a head start on the latest spring trends. Sorbet colors, geometric color blocking, floral jeans, peplum dresses and tops, and shoes with skinnier heels, platforms, and wedges will all be popular during the next six months. When it comes to make-up application, lighter lipsticks and rosy pink cheeks are in style. An intense eye will be paired with a light lip or vice-versa: bold pink lips with a natural looking eye. Slightly fuller brows and a soft eye lining to make your lashes appear fuller will be in vogue for spring. Hairstyles will be softer, with natural-looking bouncy curls and wavy patterned hair. Subtle, tousled braids and ponytails work for casual looks. If you choose to enhance your hair color, go with an ombre’ or balayage look. Ombre’ means gradation, so your hair lightens from root to tip, which gives a natural Volume 3 • Issue 24

look. Balayage is a hair color technique that results in natural-looking highlights. Consider a great statement piece when it comes to jewelry. You’ll see how a larger piece of jewelry or the addition of a handbag as opposed to a shoulder bag can totally change a look. Jewelry can take a look from plain to pop when styled correctly. BEHIND THE SCENES The local ladies of fashion who organized and styled the show and whose merchandise will be featured include Lauren Monroe of Mimosa Boutique; Lindsay Duplechain and Zina Green of Salon Lindsay; Danielle Granger of Stella & Dot; TeCi Culpepper of TeCi’s Ladies Apparel, and Whitney Manns of WM Wardrobe Consulting. Four of these women were friends years ago. Last year, they found that their love of fashion had led them all to careers in the industry. They then teamed up with other stylish boutique owners to showcase their wares and do something proactive for the community. What better way to show local women that the Lake Area has unique style choices than with a fashion event that raises money for a great cause? The first Fashion Fusion premiered in October 2011. The event was so popular that before the end of the evening, guests were asking when the next show would be held. Due to its popularity, it will be held biannually. Proceeds from the last show totaled $800, and the group hopes to double the amount they raise for Oasis. A HIGH-ENERGY EVENT At Fashion Fusion Spring 2012, you’ll stroll down the red carpet and have your picture taken by the paparazzi, who will want to know what you’re wearing! You’ll enter a modern, eclectic space where highenergy music will energize you for the runway show. During cocktail hour, you can browse through merchandise that you will eventually see on the runway and purchase raffle tickets to win prizes, including a handbag full of goodies, a statement necklace, a $100 gift card, and a two-hour session with a wardrobe consultant that will include a look book. At 7:30, models will proceed down the catwalk showing you how to make the seasonal trends wearable. Fashion Fusion sold out two weeks in advance last year. Since there are a limited number of tickets available, make sure you act quickly and reserve your seat. General seating tickets are $25 and include a signature cocktail; VIP seating is $50 and includes two cocktails. This will be the Lake Area Spring event! Be fashionable, be seen, be a part of the hottest ticket in town — Fashion Fusion Spring 2012. You can purchase tickets online at, at Mimosa Boutique, 3101 Ernest St., or by visiting Teci’s Ladies Apparel, 3125 Ernest St., Lake Charles. TJN MARCH 8, 2012




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Left to right: Adrian King, Delta Downs director of marketing; Steve Kuypers, Delta Downs VP/GM; Ann Barilleaux, SWLA Alliance Development director; George Swift, SWLA Alliance president/CEO; and Nora Popillion, Delta Downs entertainment & public relations manager.

DELTA DOWNS PARTNERS WITH SWLA ALLIANCE FOUNDATION Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel is partnering with the SWLA Alliance Foundation to promote economic development in Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron and Jefferson Davis Parishes. The SWLA Alliance Foundation is the only 501c3, non-profit agency in the Southwest Louisiana region devoted solely to the economic development of the region. The Alliance is focused on addressing critical issues facing the Southwest Louisiana region, including: workforce development; business recruitment; business retention and expansion; regional marketing; and building a single voice for a true regional partnership. KING WHITE, MD JOINS HEART AND VASCULAR CENTER Lake Charles Memorial Hospital welcomes cardiologist J. King White, MD, FACC, to the Heart & Vascular Center. Dr. White received his medical degree from LSU Medical School in Shreveport, completing his residency in internal medicine and his fellowship in cardiology at the Medical University of South Carolina. He is board certified in cardiology, is Dr. J. King White a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, and teaches interventional cardiology procedures to physicians from all over the country. Dr. White performed the first coronary artery stent in SWLA, and pioneered the carotid artery stent procedure that is widely used today. Dr. White will see patients at Heart and Vascular Center’s Lake Charles and DeRidder locations. For more information, or to make an appointment, please call (337) 49-HEART (494-3278). PAGE 6

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Left to right: Keith W. Henson, L’Auberge VP/GM; Kerry Andersen, director of community and public affairs; Darleen Wesley, BHF board member; and Judith Washington, BHF executive director.

PINNACLE DONATES TO BLACK HERITAGE FESTIVAL The Pinnacle Entertainment Foundation, funded by the parent company of L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles, recently donated $5,000 as the Gold Sponsor of the Black Heritage Foundation’s Black Heritage Festival. The festival has been a part of Southwest Louisiana’s culture since 1988 and will hold its 24th annual event at the Lake Charles Civic Center on Sat., March 10. For more information on the Black Heritage Festival, visit MARDI GRAS BOAT PARADE WINNERS The Mardi Gras Boat Parade 2012 was led by Down Under with Capt. Geoff Howse behind the wheel. Thirteen boats participated in this annual event. First place went to Capt. Mark Severns on the Lynn Marie, and second place went to Bayou Gypsy with Capt. Ralph Hughes at the helm. IBERIABANK NAMES COMMERCIAL RELATIONSHIP MANAGER IBERIABANK is pleased to announce the naming of Lake Charles native Andre Higginbotham as VP and commercial relationship manager for Southwest Louisiana. Higginbotham joins the company with nine years of banking experience, where he most recently served as business banker for Capital One Bank (formerly Hibernia) in Lake Charles. Higginbotham earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and is a member of the SWLA Economic Development Alliance’s 2012 Leadership Program. He is located at 4440 Nelson Road, and can be reached at (337) 312-7021 or by email at andre.hig- Andre Higginbotham Volume 3 • Issue 24

MSU BANNERS SERIES SOUTHEAST TOURISM SOCIETY TOP 20 EVENT The Southeast Tourism Society recently honored the McNeese State University Banners Series as a 2012 Top 20 Event for the month of February. The STS promotes travel to and within the Southeastern part of the United States. The SWLA Convention and Visitors Bureau nominates all area CVB Board Chairman Michael fairs, festivals and events quarterly. Carrier presents the STS Top 20 Event The Top 20 Events publication is Award to McNeese Banners Director sent to over 1,600 newspapers, Mary Richardson. magazines, radio stations, TV stations, AAA publications and others. The combined circulation of organizations using the publication is well into the millions. For more information, contact the Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau at (337) 436-9588, or visit

Julio Galan, Family & Youth president and CEO; Candis Carr, conference director, Judy Harrison Children’s Trust Fund executive director; and Malcolm Meyer, president of Children’s Trust Fund board of directors.

CHILDREN’S TRUST FUND DONATES TO FAMILY AND YOUTH Judy Harrison, executive director of The Children’s Trust Fund presented a $12,000 donation to Julio Galan, president and CEO of Family & Youth to support the Connections Count! Professional Development Conference. Family & Youth’s 14th annual conference connected professionals and practitioners from throughout Louisiana as they expanded, enhanced, and shared knowledge, expertise, and “know how” related to services for children, youth, and families. NEW HIRES AT JEFF DAVIS BANK Jeff Davis Bank & Trust Co. has hired Dorene Gothreaux and Ronnie Guidry, two veteran Southwest Louisiana bankers. Gothreaux, with more than 30 years of banking experience including 25 in management and lending, has been hired as senior vice president to take over management of the Sulphur branch. She preDorene Gothreaux viously worked for Iberia Bank. In addition, Ronnie Guidry has been named vice president-lending officer. Another veteran banker with more than 25 years’ experience, Guidry previously served as a branch manager for Iberia Bank. Jeff Davis Bank & Trust Co. offers full-service personal and business banking throughout Southwest Louisiana. For Ronnie Guidry more information, WCCH NAMES ARMER AS DIRECTOR OF CARE MANAGEMENT West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital is pleased to announce that Kay Armer, RN, BSN, has been named director of care management. In her new role, Armer will direct the hospital care management and discharge planning Volume 3 • Issue 24

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activities, and will work closely with staff, physicians, administrators and others to assure that integrated and effective programs are in place. Armer, a resident of Carlyss, holds a degree in nursing from McNeese State University. Prior to her current position, she served as a registered nurse in the care management department. She has been employed by WCCH for 20 years. FIRST FEDERAL PROFESSIONAL Kay Armer RECOGNIZED First Federal Investments financial professional Richard Eisner, located at First Federal Bank of Louisiana, was recently recognized for his considerable achievements with selection to PrimeVest’s 2011President’s Club. This special recognition goes to elite financial professionals who have demonstrated exceptional commitment, delivered dedicated client Richard Eisner service and achieved the highest level of performance for the previously concluded year. For this achievement, Eisner was awarded the President’s Club trip at the San Juan RitzCarlton in Puerto Rico. RAISING CANE’S DONATES TO 4 PAWS Hank Douglas, the manager of Raising Cane’s in Lake Charles, presented a donation check for $376 to Sheila Gilley of 4 Paws Society rescue group. Raising Cane’s offers support to animal welfare organizations and four other community areas. The funds were raised through the sales of Raising Cane’s “Plush Puppies” stuffed animals. For more information, visit or

Raising Cane’s manager Hank Douglas presents a donation to Sheila Gilley of 4 Paws Society

Dr. Seyed M. Aghili, College of Engineering; Dr. Susie S. Cox, College of Business; Dr. Rhonda L. Johnson, College of Nursing; Martha P. Hoskins, College of Liberal Arts; Pinnacle VP/GM Keith Henson; Kay H. Kussmann, College of Science; McNeese President Philip Williams; Dr. Gwendolyn Duhon, Burton College of Education; and Pinnacle Sr. VP Geno Iafrate.

MCNEESE PROFESSORS WIN PINNACLE EXCELLENCE AWARDS Six McNeese State University faculty members are recipients of the 201112 Pinnacle Excellence Awards established by Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. – the parent company of L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles - to recognize the best teaching professor in each of the McNeese colleges. The educators were presented with their awards totaling $30,000 during a ceremony held recently in McNeese’s Stream Alumni Center. TJN PAGE 8

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Meet Jimmy! Little Jimmy is one unique-looking dog. We think he is half Bull Terrier and half Corgi. He has a big personality for a small, young dog (about 7-8 months old). Jimmy makes friends with all sizes of humans and he loves all dogs too, so he should fit into any type of family that is ready for some fun and lovin’! He is a joy to have around and is quite playful and sweet. Jimmy thinks the world is wonderful and he is always such a happy guy. Please consider this boy for your next family companion. You will be glad you chose Jimmy! For more information, contact Wanda at (337) 287-3552 or email us at An adoption application can be found online at

Volume 3 • Issue 24 under the “Forms” tab and faxed to 337-5586331 or emailed to A vet reference and home visit are part of the adoption process to ensure a good match for both the dog and the adopter. If you live outside the Calcasieu Parish area, a “virtual” home visit can be done by e-mailing photos of your home to us.


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By Mike McHugh

What’s The Password? What I remember most about the janitor at my old school was how he used to carry a big set of keys around. The school had lots of doors, and he needed to access them all. There were all those classrooms, after all, plus the closets, which were ideal for the occasional nap as well as for keeping the mops and brooms. He wore so many keys that their weight, I think, gave him a permanent limp. The amazing thing was that, for any given door, he could immediately retrieve the exact key to open it.

I wish I had that same skill with computer passwords, which are the electronic equivalent of keys. There are differences, of course. One is that passwords don’t weigh anything. And it’s a good thing, too. If they did, we’d all be walking around with the weight of a diesel engine hanging from our belts. With passwords, the burden is moved from our hips to our heads. There they consume valuable space best reserved for other things, like the batting averages of everyone on our fantasy baseball teams. It’s no wonder I forget to stop at the store

for that jar of mayonnaise my wife asks me to pick up on the way home. If it’s mayonnaise she wants, she can just extract some from inside my skull. That’s what all these passwords have done to my brain. Keys do have one advantage over passwords. Most doors require only one key to open, even if there is more than one lock. This is not the case with online accounts. Take, for instance, my satellite TV account, which I tried to access last week. To do so, I needed a user ID and PIN number in addition to the password. I didn’t even know the account had a PIN number. Tell me—why does a satellite TV account need so much security? I don’t know, but I will say one thing. I can rest assured that no hacker will ever break into it and sign me up for Showtime. I know that I certainly can’t do it. Some websites try to ease the burden with “security questions.” These are supposed to be two or three questions that you can easily answer in the event you can’t remember your login information. All you have to do is enter your 27-digit account number, answer one of the questions, and they’ll email you the codes.


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It doesn’t work so well in practice. Take, for instance, one common question: “What street did you grow up on?” Depending on the particular website’s syntax rules, you may have set it up as “Main Street,” “Main St.,” “MainStreet,” or just plain “Main.” Now, I certainly know the name of the street where I grew up, but the computer doesn’t know that I know. I might as well have entered “Mockingbird Lane”; I’d have gotten the same result: “Access Denied.” Security experts don’t seem to think that all of this is confusing enough for the average person, who has enough trouble remembering the day for trash pickup. According to these geeks, your passwords should be so unique that only some being from a galaxy far, far away could remember. Sure, I believe that anyone who uses “123” or “password” is so stupid that he deserves to have his credit card number stolen and used to buy the drugs for one of Charlie Sheen’s parties. But these security gurus are ridiculous. First off, your password should be about as long as the Gettysburg Address. It should contain both capital and small letters. It should also have numbers and special characters. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to toss in the one that The Artist Formerly Known As Prince goes by. (I think there’s an ASCII code for it.) Any word in the English language is strictly off-limits. So that excludes about 250,000 possibilities. Foreign words are also a taboo. Suppose someone from the remote Pacific island of Vanuatu hacks into your account? And you thought you were so smart using a password taken from his native Bislama. Oh, and don’t even think of using the names of sports teams, strings consisting of adjacent keyboard characters, or using the last name of the girl you took to the prom. And don’t use your wife’s birthday; you want something that you can remember. They now have these special websites where you can store all of your passwords “in the cloud.” The idea is that you would then have to remember only one password, which you use to access all of the others. Likewise, a hacker only would have to steal one password as well. And I just don’t feel comfortable keeping all of my passwords up in some “cloud.” I’d feel better writing them all down and locking them in the janitor’s closet. TJN

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By George “Tip” Cline

A BANNER SEASON We are so fortunate to have the McNeese Banners series program available in the Lake Charles area. It features a wide variety of cultural, informative and entertaining events at a most reasonable cost. The intent of the program is to bring an expanded variety of cultural presentations to the community, with McNeese State University as the vehicle. There are packages of tickets starting at $150 for two tickets to all of the events and of course, more expensive packages featuring additional benefits such as receptions and acknowledgements are available. The series features over 25 different events, ranging from lectures, music, belly dancing exhibitions, comedy presentations and more. You don’t have to attend all of them to get more than your money’s worth. Many area businesses and individuals make major contributions to the program to help keep it available and highly affordable for all. This year’s series has already started, but you can still get in on the rest of the action at or by calling (337) 475-5123. RAISING MONEY BETWEEN RAGLEY AND KINDER Another area village has finetuned their police department into the major revenue raising side of their financial operational budget. It has been reported that Reeves, a community of approximately 200 residents, has seen the diligent work Volume 3 • Issue 24

SUPERMARKET ROUNDUP The shopping comparison for this issue is for the date of Feb. 29. The stores are Albertsons, Country Club Road; Kroger, McNeese Street; Market Basket, Lake Street and Walmart on Nelson Road. Prices shown are the posted prices on the store shelf where the product is available for sale. Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise, 30-ounce jar: Albertsons $3.99; Kroger $4.38; Market Basket $4.79; Walmart $3.48.

Broccoli crowns, per pound: Albertsons $1.29; Kroger $1.98; Market Basket $1.39; Walmart $1.78. Nabisco Original Premium Saltines, 16-ounce box: Albertsons $2.99; Kroger $3.19; Market Basket $2.49; Walmart $2.50. Chicken-fryer, whole per pound: Albertsons $1.19; Kroger $.98; Market Basket $.79; Walmart $.98. TJN

of their four-person police department greatly blossom. That portion of the city coffers has risen from 49 percent in 2007 up to 77 percent last year due to the good efforts from that department. With the addition of some new footage on the highway being annexed into the city limits, there is even more green to feed the greed being made available for the taking. Can you say “Speed Trap?” Reeves is located between Ragley and Kinder along Highway 190. Happy Motoring! ‘VALUE ADDED’ OFTEN ADDS NOTHING As always, misleading language is used in many advertising promotions. The phrase “value added” just simply annoys me, as does the nominal labeling of certain items as “value.” The use of phraseology to make you think that you are getting a “deal” just because the item is tagged with that moniker is no more than an advertising gimmick. “Value added” simply indicates that another process or addition has been added to that purchase, not necessarily anything that would add real value to you. You could use that logic by observing that a restaurant frying an egg gives more added value than by just putting a fresh whole egg on your plate. The cooked egg was why you went to the restaurant in the first place. Real bargains are the products or services that you really want and need that are priced at a level that gives you more than what would be the cost usually paid. Nearly all “two-for-one” offers are just two at twice the price of one of those items on a normal sale. As always, it is your dollar that is in play, so think it through before you buy. MARCH 8, 2012


Bayou By Brett Downer


For a quarter-century, the huge Chennault International Airport complex has been an economic giant in Calcasieu Parish — flying high with a $5.5 billion economic impact over that time. Now, it’s preparing for the future — readying to break ground on a new hangar that will mean more jobs, and preparing for an election to renew a millage that has made Chennault’s ongoing growth possible. A new facility, Hangar H, will be the latest focus of Chennault’s expansion. It will be a $18.5 million, 112,000-square-foot facility that will expand the airport’s capacity for onsite companies to maintain, repair and overhaul aircraft. Gov. Bobby Jindal, who visited Chennault to announce the project, said it will translate to 500 new jobs. Chennault is also inviting the public to a free Open House on Sat., March 10, for a closer look at all that goes on. The free event, which will take place from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. that day, will feature drive-around tours, displays, demonstrations by the PAGE 12

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Flying High with New Hangar, Election, and Open House

Chennault Fire Department, a live radio remote and, at lunchtime, free food from Chickfil-A and Coca-Cola. Calcasieu Parish voters, meanwhile, will have the opportunity this month to renew, for the second time, a millage that has steadily supported Chennault’s economic development. BIG NUMBERS The airport regularly uses the phrase “Chennault Means Jobs” to make clear its mission and achievement. About $232 million in economic activity takes place annually at Chennault. More than 1,400 people work at the companies who are based there. Those jobs add up to an annual payroll of $62 million. “We work every day to build our economy, our community and our future,” said Randy Robb, Chennault’s executive director. Chennault’s assets start with the huge runway, facilities and surrounding property. The runway is 10,700 feet long, 200 feet wide and 17 inches thick — large enough to handle every type of aircraft flown in the world today.

Chennault has 13 million square feet of concrete and about 1.5 million square feet of hangar, office and warehouse space. There’s also ready-to-go surrounding land available for future tenants. For example, the airport’s 343-acre Chennault Southwest property is the one of the few to be certified under Louisiana Economic Development’s (LED) Certified Economic Development Sites program. Certification means the site has met stringent criteria from the state, including extensive examination and documentation of the property’s suitability for economic development projects. In short, the designation means it’s shovel-ready for development. Chennault is also: • An enterprise zone, meaning businesses can get tax credits as well as certain exemptions from state and local sales taxes on building materials and equipment. • A designated a foreign trade zone, which means imported parts are not subject to taxes, duties or quotas. • A site with east access to rail lines, Interstate 10 and Lake Charles’ deepwater port. The airport also touts its 25-year record as a hub for aviation maintenance; the quality of the local workforce, which Robb said has “shown Volume 3 • Issue 24

Operations Director Cortez Gallien, left, and Maintenance Director Mike Nelson talk about Chennault's 10,700-foot runway as a Florida bound military jet stops for fuel. time and again that it does the job right”; and the aviation maintenance training that takes place right next door at Sowela Technical Community College, which Robb called “a great partner in attracting sophisticated technology industries.” FUNDS WEST CAL AIRPORT Chennault’s support of local aviation spans both sides of the Calcasieu River. Chennault provides vital operational support in West Calcasieu with operational support for Southland Field and the DeQuincy airport. Southland currently receives $200,000 each year, and DeQuincy gets $100,000 annually. The Chennault International Airport Authority has said on record that its support of these two airports will continue — and there are current discussions on how its support in West Calcasieu might increase in the future. ROOTS: SERVING OUR COUNTRY The federal government bought and leased parish property for military uses in 1941, for World War II, and 1958, for what would become Chennault Air Base, host of the Strategic Air Command. The original SAC base was named for General Claire Chennault, the aviator who led the famous “Flying Tigers” of World War II. The SAC base closed in 1963. After that, the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury sought to buy the property outright — but in 1970, when Lockheed closed its Lake Charles operation in 1970, the parish decided to stop paying the $100,000-a-year-land note. Then, in 1973, various local governments were given deeds to pieces of the land. In 1986, those pieces of property were consolidated, and the site — retaining the Chennault name — was reopened with a new mission as a publicly owned industrial airpark. Even then — and to this day — Chennault’s longtime military ties were evident in the steady work performed by tenant companies to maintain, refurbish and repair high-tech aircraft used in the nation’s defense. Volume 3 • Issue 24

ABOUT THE ELECTION Part of Chennault’s revenue comes from the rent paid by its tenant companies. Other sources are the federal government; the Louisiana state government, and its Department of Economic Development; the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury; and the City of Lake Charles. A key part of Chennault’s funding is a property millage for economic development that has been in place for nearly 20 years. It’s a millage that has funded, and helped successfully secure the bonding for, the kind of job-building projects that have made Chennault what is today — and which is helping make the Hangar H construction possible for economic growth in the future. Voters in Calcasieu Parish will soon be asked to renew that millage. The millage is a parishwide property tax, set at 5.45 mills. It generates about $7 million per year. The millage runs for 10 years. Calcasieu Parish voters have said “yes” to the Chennault millage twice before. They first approved the millage in 1995, then renewed it — with 81 percent approval — in 2005. The current renewal will appear on the March 24 election ballot for all voters in Calcasieu Parish. As Robb has explained in speeches to numerous civic groups throughout Calcasieu Parish — and repeated for The Jambalaya News — this it is not a new tax, and it is not a tax increase. It is only a continuation of a millage that has been in effect for nearly 20 years. Resolutions supporting the renewal of the millage have been passed by the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury and the Lake Charles City Council. The current 10-year millage expires in 2015. The renewal is being sought now to ensure stability in securing bonding for future projects. If Calcasieu Parish residents vote in favor of the Chennault ballot item this month, the renewal will take effect in 2016 and run for 10 years. For more information about Chennault and the millage renewal, visit TJN

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The Junior League of Lake Charles Marshes to Mansions is a coffee-table quality cookbook with over 250 recipes and 90 sidebars with helpful cooking tips and interesting information about people, places and events throughout Lake Charles history. It was published in 2007, following the success of the Junior League of Lake Charles’ first cookbook, Pirate’s Pantry. Many assume that the beautiful cover was digitally created, but the magic was actually made in a local marsh with a real chandelier suspended from a crane! The cover is just as unique as Louisiana’s culture. It provides a range of recipes from cocktails to desserts and everything in between. Plus, it caters to all types of cooks—from novice to expert. Many recipes such as “Parmesan Puffs” and “Celebration Crawfish Casserole” are also PAGE 14

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marked as “Make Ahead.” So, even those of you with the busiest lifestyles can deliciously entertain friends and family with ease! The Junior League of Lake Charles, Inc. collects the proceeds from their fundraisers (Marshes to Mansions, Mistletoe & Moss Holiday Market, and Leaguers & Links Golf Tournament) and returns them to the community through their year-round projects and grants. The sale of JUST ONE cookbook helps the JLLC provide dental kits to 50 local pediatric patients. So, know that when you purchase your awardwinning copy, you are helping to enrich the lives of families in this community. Marshes to Mansions makes a fabulous housewarming or wedding gift! It is available year-round at and can be shipped

anywhere in the continental U.S. It retails for $28.95 plus tax, but visit their website often for specials, recipes and tips of the month. Plus, their Facebook friends enjoy great recipe demonstrations and updates. Many local retailers also support the JLLC by carrying Marshes to Mansions in their fine stores. Throughout the year, Marshes to Mansions makes appearances at local events as well as KPLC-TV’s “Sunrise.” Many recipes are featured so that our community can taste the deliciousness that it has to offer or view the simplicity of many recipes being demonstrated. The JLLC is has been proud to establish valuable local programs such as The Children’s Museum, The Literacy Council of SWLA and the Family and Youth Counseling Agency. Learn more Volume 3 • Issue 24

about their 77 years of service, current community projects, and upcoming events online at or call (337) 436-4025. You can also find them on Facebook. The following recipe is one that can be prepared ahead of time, so you can have your cake and eat it too! TJN

The following recipe is on page 177 of Marshes to Mansions and is guaranteed to please any sweet tooth!

Drunken Strawberries INGREDIENTS • 1 cup (or less) Cabernet Sauvignon or Bordeaux • 2 to 3 tablespoons sugar • 2 pounds fresh strawberries, sliced • 1 package brownie mix • French vanilla, Mexican vanilla, or vanilla bean ice cream PREPARATION Mix the wine and the sugar in a bowl until the sugar dissolves. Add the strawberries and mix until coated. Let stand at room temperature for two hours or longer, stirring occasionally. Prepare the brownies using the package instructions. Cut the warm brownies into squares. Arrange the brownie squares on individual dessert plates and top each with a scoop of ice cream and some of the strawberry mixture. Serve immediately.

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Imagine you’re sitting in Rosa Hart Theater. The lights dim and a hush pulses through the audience. The curtain rises and you’re transported into an enchanted storybook world of fairies and royalty. So begins Lake Charles Civic Ballet’s production of Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty on March 17, 2012. Under the artistic direction of Lady Holly Hathaway Kaough, the LCCB has been preparing for this performance almost a year. “Every large company in the world has performed this ballet, so for our youth ballet company to successfully pull this off will give these kids a new sense of accomplishment,” said Lady Holly, owner of the Lady Leah LaFargue School of the Dance. Lady Holly staged this production after the choreography of wellknown ballet master Marius Petipa. THE FAIRY TALE The Sleeping Beauty is a familiar fairy tale. King Florestan and his Queen host a christening party for their infant daughter Aurora. Those invited include Fairies bearing gifts of beauty, grace, and talent for Aurora. Not on the guest list is evil Fairy Carabosse. Enraged, she crashes the party and places a curse on Aurora. One day she will prick her finger on a spindle and die. The lovely Lilac Fairy cannot erase Carabosse’s curse, but alters it so that Aurora will not die, but will fall into a deep sleep lasting 100 years, and be awakened only by the kiss of a handsome prince. Sixteen years later, the palace plans a birthday party for Aurora. Everyone celebrates, including three foreign princes seeking Aurora’s hand in marriage. During the party, she becomes distracted by an old woman holding a bouquet of flowers. She gives Aurora the bouquet, which


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Top picture: Ashley Eaves as the evil Carabosse. Katelyn Chargois as Princess Aurora and Drew Anderson as Prince Desire - shown here in their wedding costumes.

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Annabelle Bang as the Fairy of the Woodland Glade. Margaret Lie as the Fairy of the Golden Vine.

Marissa White, Fairy of the Crystal Fountain. She will also be playing Princess Florine.

secretly conceals the spindle. As the curse foretold, she pricks her finger and collapses to the ground. The hag then reveals herself as the Fairy Carabosse. She cackles a sinister laugh and vanishes from sight. As the castle falls under its sleepy spell, a dense forest grows and tangles up around the kingdom. One hundred years later, Prince Desire meets the Lilac Fairy in the woods while hunting. Lilac Fairy tells the prince the story of Princess Aurora. She shows him a vision of Aurora and leads him through the forest to find the princess, where he awakens her with his kiss. Now, the palace hosts a third party, this one to celebrate the marriage of Princess Aurora and Prince Desire. Glittery, jeweled Fairies, Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf, Puss in Boots and White Cat, Cinderella and Prince Charming, and other fairytale characters attend the celebration in a colorful comedic

romp. Blessed by the beautiful and benevolent Lilac Fairy, the newlyweds live happily ever after. COMBINED EFFORTS OF GREAT TALENTS This production of The Sleeping Beauty combines the efforts of several talented individuals and organizations. The Lake Charles Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of conductor Bohuslav Rattay, will accompany the LCCB dancers, making this production a spectacular event. “It’s important for the community to see artistic organizations collaborating to create new and exciting shows,” Rattay said. The last time these two cultural organizations worked together was in 2004 for the production of Petrouchka. Lady Holly enjoys working with the symphony. “I am thrilled to find our new conductor energetic and full of ideas,” she said. “Bohuslav has that

excitement. In watching him conduct several of the Symphony concerts, I know that he is a dancer at heart... he dances while he conducts.” “Live music changes and enhances the entertainment experience for both the performers and the audience,” explained LCCB board of directors president Kelley Saucier. “It’s rare for a company like ours to perform with a symphony and do a full-length story ballet. Few have the resources: costumes, sets, enough strong dancers, and a symphony willing to collaborate. That’s what makes this performance so unique and special.” Local artist Fred Stark, owner of Stark Design and Illustration, designed the sets for the show. Stark has a long history of set design for the LCCB. He created lavish settings for the 1996 LCCB production of The Sleeping Beauty and is

currently adding to and remaking the sets for the 2012 production. The vision scene in the forest with Prince Desire, the Lilac Fairy and her attendants, and Princess Aurora is truly a magical experience. “The scene is a collaboration of Lady Leah, LCCB artistic director emeritus, and Fred Stark’s artistic interpretation of how the castle is placed under the Lilac Fairy’s spell and how 100 years of overgrowth happens,” Lady Holly said. ‘The sequence takes the audience through those years of overgrowth, and as the Lilac Fairy enters and exits, she weaves the forest around the castle

Julia Basone as the Fairy of the Songbirds.

Gabrielle Saucier as the Fairy of the Enchanted Garden.

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Adelaide Saucier as the Lilac Fairy.

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Queen with Ladies in Waiting - Mary Leach Werner (Queen) with Gina Guinn Ratliff (seated), Kisler Hathaway Whitworth (left) and Michelle Reed Watson (right).


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for protection. She wants to make sure that the right Prince finds the castle and that no one can harm the castle until he does. The Lilac Fairy and her attendants see Prince Desire in the forest and take him to the Princess. She removes the vines to send the Prince into the castle to find his true love.” Costume designer Ray Delle Robbins, currently with Theater Under the Stars in Houston, has overseen the restoration of The Sleeping Beauty’s colorful elaborate costumes. LCCB first performed The Sleeping Beauty in 1996, with Robbins designing the original costumes. Now 16 years old, over 50 aged tutus required a great deal of re-working to revive them to their original luster. They also needed to be re-fitted for the current dancers. New costumes were created for the King and Queen, Prince Desire, and several others. VETERAN DANCERS RETURN LCCB is pleased to include many veteran dancers of Lady Leah LaFargue School of the Dance to The Sleeping Beauty production. They’re especially excited to welcome back Lake Charles native Billy Ward, who claims a prestigious

resume, including training at the School of American Ballet and the American Ballet Theater School. He has been a guest artist at ballets around the country and was a solo dancer for the New York City Opera for 26 years, enabling him to perform worldwide. What a privilege to have Billy dance the role of Puss in Boots in LCCB’s performance! LCCB veteran Damien Thibodeaux has also had a very distinguished career in the ballet world. Compared to most dancers, Damien started ballet lessons late, at age seventeen. His training includes The National Academy of the Arts and Alvin Ailey School of Dance. He was a principal dancer with the Ballet Theater of Boston, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, and has been a guest soloist with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet. He plays the role of Catalabutte, King Florestan’s right -and man. Several other LCCB veterans return to play the Ladies in Waiting. Gina Guinn Ratliff danced with Lady Leah from 1975-1983. “Being a part

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of this production has been the most amazing experience, and I am honored to have been called back a second time,” she said. “When I walked into the studio in September for our first rehearsal, I felt like I had returned home.” Kisler Hathaway Whitworth — Lady Holly’s sister — is an assistant rehearsal director and an instructor in the studio. She also plays a Lady in Waiting. “I am proud of the legacy that our mother built and so honored that I have had the opportunity to come back and be a part of the lives of these lovely young dancers,” she said. “Being in the studio on a more regular basis over the last two years has solidified the fact that wherever I am, this is what I was meant to do. Ballet IS my life.” Denise Rau Emerson grew up taking ballet lessons with Lady Leah. “What a joy it is to be working now with Lady Holly and Kisler, who both share their mother’s love of dance, yet each so uniquely and beautifully!” she enthused. Former LCCB principal dancer Donita Guillory Helms has passed her love of dance on to her daughters Grace and Anne. All three ladies perform in this production – a family first. Nancy Sensat Higginbotham is thrilled to be back on stage. “Returning to the stage is a treat that I never thought I would be able to enjoy again,” she said. “I began my dancing with Lady Leah when I was 5 years old, left handed, and very uncoordinated. Lady Leah not only taught me how to walk without falling down but she turned me into a ballerina.” Nancy has played many roles in her ballet career, but her

most memorable was playing Cinderella with Billy Ward as the Prince. Both Nancy and Gina performed in the 1996 production of The Sleeping Beauty; Gina as a Lady in Waiting, and Nancy as Princess Florine. And, LCCB veteran Joel Werner returns to the stage with his wife Mary, who makes her LCCB debut. They play the King and Queen. SEVENTY-FIVE DANCERS The Sleeping Beauty boasts a cast of 75 dancers. “My cast has exceeded expectations and that’s saying something because I have high expectations,” Lady Holly said. “Each has taken on roles and they take pride in their work. They want this to be their best performance yet. There is always that sense of moving forward, giving the audience more than we did the last time, that is certainly true for The Sleeping Beauty. This ballet cannot be carried by one strong dancer. The entire cast must be good. They must work together.” Principal dancer Katelyn Chargois plays the role of Aurora. Despite star billing, this home-schooled junior says she’s not feeling any pressure. “Playing Aurora has been a lot of fun and a lot of hard work. I’ve been working at it for so long, it’s become routine,” she said. Katelyn has been accepted to the renowned School of American Ballet’s 2012 Summer Intensive in New York City. In her spare time, she promotes LCCB on social media sites such as Facebook. Drew Anderson plays Prince Desire. He also choreographs, teaches ballet, and is assistant rehearsal director for the production. He instructs at LCCB’s Summer Intensive and has

had guest roles at several ballet companies across the United States. Adelaide Saucier, a senior at St. Louis High, dances the part of the Lilac Fairy. She appreciates the camaraderie between the dancers. “My fellow Fairies are awesome,” she said. Adelaide, along with fellow dancers Marissa White, Anne Veillon, Drew Anderson, and Margaret Lie, performed in the 2004 performance of Petrouchka. They know first-hand what a big deal it is to have the Symphony accompany them, and are thrilled to have the opportunity to dance to live music again. Ashley Eaves, a senior at McNeese State University, performs the role of Carabosse. She teaches ballet parttime for Lady Holly. Other Fairy roles include Marissa White as Fairy of the Crystal Fountain, Gabrielle Saucier as Fairy of the Enchanted Garden, Annabelle Bang as Fairy of the Woodland Glade, Julia Basone as Fairy of the Songbirds, and Margaret Lie as Fairy of the Golden Vines. The Lake Charles Civic Ballet works hard, not only to present the public with high-quality cultural entertainment, but also to be a strong presence in the community. They are

the 2011 co-recipient of the Mayor’s Arts Organization of the Year Award, presented by the Arts and Humanities Council of SWLA, and have been awarded grants from the Louisiana State Arts Council through the Louisiana Division of the Arts, City of Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, and Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau as administered by the Arts and Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana. “The Sleeping Beauty is the perfect introductory ballet for people who are not familiar with classical music and dance,” says Kelley Saucier. “It’s fun and entertaining for people of all ages.” Don’t miss this spectacular show! Tickets can be purchased through, or at the Civic Center box office. Showtime is 6:30 p.m. March 17 at the Rosa Hart Theater. Prices range from $23.50$38.50. There is a second performance on March 18 with recorded music at 3 p.m., with prices ranging from $15-$25. LCCB wishes to thank all their sponsors, including presenting sponsor L’Auberge, and Merchants and Farmers Bank for sponsoring this article. TJN

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Conductor Bohuslav Rattay with Marissa White, Adelaide Saucier, Katelyn Chargois and Ashley Eaves being directed by Lady Holly Hathaway Kaough.

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By Stephanie Karpovs Six months ago, my life seriously changed when a lady ran a red light. I went from being a therapist to being a patient. I am used to helping others, not depending on them to bathe me, dress me, or chauffeur me around town. I have spent half a year recovering and still have a long journey ahead of me. I was truly honored when my friends at The Jambalaya News called to offer me this makeover. I must admit that I had not gotten my hair cut for at least five months due to neck and back pain. I have been PAGE 20

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so focused on physical recovery— like re-learning to walk and multitask—that ponytails have been easier than making time to get a haircut. My wardrobe has largely consisted of workout clothing. I have missed wearing jewelry and the little things, such as actually having to choose a pair of shoes (my black tennis shoes and my walker have been my signature accessories). I did actually buy some boots at the advice of my neurologist to help stabilize my ankles so I could ditch the leg brace. It has been anything but

dull and anything but fashionable since August! My pampering began with a trip to TeCi’s Ladies Apparel. TeCi taught me how to tie the latest scarves and brought me a beautiful assortment of clothing. I needed something I could manage myself… and wanted something bright and perfect for a date night. The coral top and dressy jeans are both comfy and versatile. I happily traded my “fall risk” bracelet for some cheerful accessories. The next day, it was off to Nolan’s Complete Care Massage,

where Ancilla gave me my very first reflexology treatment. She made my experience so calming and enjoyable, and I felt that she was truly interested in my well being as a whole. I felt renewed and ready to face the day after my session. Wednesday was a full day of pampering, starting with a mani/pedi at Spa du Lac at L’auberge Casino Resort. For the next two hours, I relaxed while getting a French manicure and enjoying the massage chair during my wonderful pedicure! Monique used a paintbrush to create a smooth line Volume 3 • Issue 24

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on my French manicure and the heated chair was great! My kids cracked up when I told them I had “Cajun Shrimp” (nail color) on my toes! A quick bite to eat, then on to Slender Solutions, where April and Dixette promised to transform me from plain to fabulous. They were both so upbeat. The pumpkin facial scrub and moisturizer smelled delicious and I felt like I glowed! Then, the magic began, with April applying the glo minerals foundation and blush and giving me “smoky eyes” for my night out with my husband later. I loved it! The colors were a perfect match and gave me the look I wanted. The hair color and style at Salon Evans started with Leigh Ann selecting two different shades of auburn so my hair would look more dimensional. Next, Tracy took over after the color and chose a hairstyle that is easy for me to keep up, which is a must with all my therapy appointments! Tracy is my high school classmate and knew about my limited mobility after the accident. I felt like a movie star as Tracy, Johnny and LeAnn put the finishing touches on me before the photo. Thank you to TJN for the amazing days of pampering! Thank you for putting a twinkle in my husband‘s eye when he opened the door! Thank you for the smile forever imprinted on my heart! This makeover was the perfect way to celebrate the past six months of my recovery. TJN

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Golden Razzies for the Astros The 50th year is traditionally known as the golden anniversary. Nothing will be further from the truth for the Houston Astros as they embark on their 50th season in Major League Baseball. Of course, this should come as no surprise if you saw (or smelled) the


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pile of manure dressed in Astros uniforms last season and have seen what the roster will look like this season. What makes this year special for the Astros (it’s not the baseball, let me tell you) is that it will be the team’s last in the National League. The Astros, as part of the deal that saw the team sold to Jim Crane, were moved to the American League beginning in the 2013 season. It’s unfortunate, then, that the last Astros team to play in the National League looks more like the Cleveland Indians in the movie Major League, a collection of mostly nobodies, neverweres, and never-will-bes.

The Astros will be led on offense by the human blob of cake batter known as Carlos Lee, a solid power hitter whose batting average did at least top his reported weight (.275 average; 265 pounds) last season. The bad news is Lee is 36 years old, his home run output has decreased by 51 percent since 2006, and he hasn’t driven in more than 100 runs in two years. The only other guy on the roster who hit more than 10 home runs last year is infielder Matt Downs. Who? Yep. Strikeout-machine Jack Cust, brought in as a free agent for his power (97 homers in four years with Oakland), hit three (3) homers in 67

games last season for Seattle. On the mound, 33-year old Wandy Rodriguez returns as Houston’s “ace,” earning that designation by winning a team-best 11 games last season. Don’t hold your breath on him lasting the season in Houston, though. He is likely trade bait for Houston General Manager Jeff Luhnow as Luhnow tries to rebuild Houston’s eyesore of a farm system. Brett Myers, a starter last season who won a whopping seven (7) of his 33 starts in 2011, was moved to the bullpen to replace closer Mark Melancon, who was traded to the Boston Red Sox.

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games against the Boston Red Sox, my Add in Pittsburgh reject Zach favorite team regardless of league, does Duke and ancient junkballer Livan take the sting out of the Astros’ move. Hernandez (who, I swear, must have But did I mention how late games defected from Cuba the day after start on the West Coast? This is not Fidel Castro took over) and it looks like, again this year, double-digit wins only bad for Astros fans, who will have to stay up past midnight to might be too much to ask for from watch Houston play division games in any one pitcher. So, yeah, it’s a disappointing squad California and Washington, but it’s bad for the inky wretches at your in what should be a proud, exciting local newspaper, too. season. Those inter-division road games This shouldn’t be the Astros’ last aren’t even going to come close to finseason in the National League. I ishing before any reasonable newspawrote a column back in June 2011 per deadline, so, be prepared to read explaining why moving the Astros to lots of rhythmic gymnastics and fencthe AL is a bad idea, but, it looks like Houston got caught in the wrong ing (or whatever) stories over the coming warm months as the boys in place at the wrong time. The team the sports department look to fill the was for sale and Commissioner Bud empty space where the Astros game Selig decided to use this as an opporstories used to go. tunity to leverage the new owners Good thing for them the Astros into doing his bidding. look like they’re going to be terrible Not that the new owner, Jim this year. No need to wait up for that Crane, minded or anything. He was story with quotes. It’s sad for such a prepared to strip the team down to storied franchise as the Astros; no even its nickname before common one waiting up. And so it will probasense took over. bly be a pretty muted celebration Astros’ fans, on the other hand, when the Astros kick off their season were not consulted. on April 6. So, Houston’s 50th year in the It’ll be five days after the Golden National League now becomes a Raspberry Awards. The Razzies, are farewell tour. presented in Los Angeles to the worst Gone will be the rivalry games movies of the year. Baseball-wise, it against the St. Louis Cardinals, trips to Wrigley Field (seriously, how weird might be a Golden Raspberry kind of year for the Astros in their golden is it going to be playing the Cubs as anniversary season. the AL representative during interleague play?), the strategy that goes Brandon Shoumaker is a along with your pitcher graduate of McNeese State having to bat for himself. University and has covered The future will instead sports for more than a be filled with rivalry games decade for various publicaagainst the Texas Rangers tions. Coaches or parents (admittedly, not a bad conwith story tips or comments solation prize), trips to may contact Brandon at lovely, touristy-type places or like Oakland and Anaheim, send him a message on and the designated hitter. Twitter (@bshoumaker). On a personal note, the potential for more home Brandon Shoumaker TJN

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By Mary Louise Ruehr

Tales of the Future, the Past and a Brave Little Girl If a book targeted toward children and young adults is really good, then it’s a good bet that adults will enjoy it, too. Take, for example, the Harry Potter series or the Hunger Games trilogy, or these three titles. Cinder by Marissa Meyer is a real WOW-er. It’s exciting, it’s clever, it’s moving. At one point early on, I found myself saying aloud, “Holy cow! This is great!” The story derives from the fairy tale of “Cinderella,” with the poorly treated girl whose father died, leaving her in the care of a truly evil stepmother and two unkind stepsisters.

As in the original, there’s also a handsome (and single) prince. But this is not the Disney version. Meyer’s tale is set in a dystopian future, where 16-year-old Cinder is a cyborg — part human, part machine — who lives in the Eastern Commonwealth and is the best mechanic in New Beijing. (The original Beijing was destroyed in the wars.) She is embarrassed by her steel left hand and heavy artificial leg, but she also has a computer database in her brain and extra sensors that spell out a text display of news and data and warn her when someone is lying. Her best friend is an android.

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Cyborgs are common, but they are treated as a separate, and inferior, race — subhuman. It’s a dangerous time for cyborgs because planet Earth is fighting a worldwide biological scourge. The plague, or blue fever, hits people suddenly and leaves few survivors, and now the emperor is sick, and in the frantic search for a cure, cyborgs are being drafted to test antidotes. (So far, none have survived.) Meanwhile, Cinder’s stepsisters are excited to be getting ready for the upcoming ball, where they each hope to meet and dance with the prince. But as a cyborg, Cinder will not be allowed to go to the dance. Then there’s the nasty Lunar queen, who lives on the moon and wants to marry the prince, or else she’ll wage war on Earth. She and the other Lunars have the ability to manipulate the minds of Earth people, like magic. She’s creepy enough to make you shudder. A fairy tale, a little romance, a little sci-fi, a dash of humor, some truly dastardly characters — this is as good as Hunger Games. One or two plot points are predictable, but who cares? It’s the fairy tale we’ve all known since childhood, yet it’s as fresh as spring rain. And the audiobook is delightful. Rebecca Soler brings all the characters to life with such distinct voices that it’s like listening to a play. I was riveted. And here’s the best part — the book is

absolutely suitable for all ages. Cinder is the first book of The Lunar Chronicles, which is reportedly a four-book series, and I’m already on tenterhooks, waiting for the next installment. Do not miss it! Tempest by Julie Cross, for older teens and young adults, tells the story of a time-traveling teenager who may just end up being a hero. Jackson is a typical 19-year-old college student in 2009, except that he has the unusual ability of jumping back in time. He can’t change anything that’s happened, but he can interact with people and bring back information. He thinks it’s a sort of fun game until his girlfriend, Holly, is put into a lifethreatening situation and he must use his unique talents to save her. When he makes his next time leap, he’s stuck in 2007 and can’t return to the present. What’s going on? He sees his father acting strangely, he relives his sister’s death, his own behavior gets him in trouble with the police, and when he re-meets Holly, he has to charm her into loving him all over again. While stuck in the past, he encounters sinister people who “know” something about him and who seem to be out to hurt him — and Holly. What do they want with him? And what’s up with his father? This is a different kind of story, with something for just about everyVolume 3 • Issue 24

body — a love story, a bit of science fiction, “spy”-like good guys vs. bad guys action and intrigue, and of course, the time element, which is interestingly presented. Some things just aren’t explained, but as this is the first entry in a planned trilogy, maybe they will be spelled out later. It’s supposed to be a novel for ages 14 and up, but there’s plenty of adult language and some pretty racy behavior. I’m a sucker for a good time travel story, and I can see this book garnering a cult following. Brave Irene by the late award-winning author and illustrator William Steig has been printed in a colorful new edition and packed with a CD, on which the story is read by none other than the fabulous Meryl Streep. It’s marketed for children age 4 and up. Mrs. Bobbin the dressmaker has finally finished working on the beautiful gown for the duchess to wear to tonight’s ball. But she’s taken ill and cannot deliver the gown. Her daughter Irene volunteers to take the dress over the mountain to the duchess, even though there’s a snowstorm and it’s very cold outside. So Irene carefully packs up the dress and bundles herself into her coat and mittens and sets off. She yells back at the shrieking wind as it threatens her, and she fights her way through several challenges before she


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By Lauren de Albuquerque The calendar may not quite indicate it yet, but spring has already arrived in Southwest Louisiana. As a transplanted Northerner, this makes me so happy! But before we plop down on that lounge chair to enjoy the spring breezes, we need to check our homes to see how they survived the winter. The following tips will help: • Examine the roof. We’ve been having a lot of rain lately, so the roof should be first on your list. If possible, climb up there to look for broken or missing shingles, loose gutters, blocked vents or damaged chimneys. • Clean gutters and downspouts. Gutters that are clogged with leaves and debris can back up when they fill with rainwater. • Look for stained ceilings. If water has seeped into your attic through roof damage, it can travel along joists and the frame of your house to appear almost anywhere. A stain on your ceiling may be an indication of water damage that should be repaired immediately. • Inspect your windows. Open all the win-


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dows to make sure the frames have not warped or split during the winter. Check the caulking around the edges to see if there are any gaps. • Replace old windows and doors. Energy-efficient windows and doors save money during the heating season. And the same insulating properties can also keep you cooler during Louisiana’s hot summer months. It’s worth the investment. • Insulate your attic. Attic insulation will actually keep your home cooler in the summer, as it makes air conditioning much more efficient. • Examine your home’s siding. Look for cracks or missing shingles. Is the paint flaking or peeling? Experts say you should paint your home at least every seven years. If you have vinyl or aluminum siding, dents, cracks or gaps may have opened over the winter. • Pressure wash patios and decks. Get all that winter dirt off before you start using your outdoor spaces. TJN

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Zookeeper (2011 DVD Columbia/MGM) You have to give actor Kevin James credit for trying to make family movies. After all, his friends are overthe-top Adam Sandler and other comedians like him. But James has made his career as the “nice” bad-boy, a little too wild, but a big man with a big heart. In Zookeeper, he pretty much wears that heart on his sleeve. His girlfriend jilts him, just as he’s proposing to her. And five years later, his

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heart is still getting wiped on his shirtsleeve cuffs. Poor guy. As a veteran San Diego Zoo employee, Griffin (James) shows that his heart especially goes out to the animals he takes care of. When his ex-girlfriend Stephanie shows up at a party he’s hosting at the zoo, the animals themselves take pity on him and begin giving him advice on winning her back. What? Yep, we’re talking talking animals, just like in Dr. Dolittle, Mr. Ed, and all the other silly shows you and your kids remember. Only this time, the animals aren’t so sweet. In fact, they’re animals. Or maybe they’re much more complex than we expect animals to be. Just look at Bernie the gorilla, who won’t social-

ize, or Joe the lion, who pretends to be king of the jungle but is more of a henpecked pussycat, to put it nicely. There’s a great deal of humanity baked into these animal characters, and like humans, they all have advice for Griffin, most of it bad. For that matter, Stephanie may not even be the right girl for Griffin, but we don’t have time to think much about it because Griffin moves directly into following the animals’ advice to win her back. I wish I could say that Zookeeper is a great movie, because despite its goofy premise, the animals are so well done that you simply accept them as you’re trying to follow the story. Unfortunately, the story is told in scenes that often seem disconnected and irrelevant, even though many of them are undeniably funny. My favorite scene is where Griffin takes Bernie (the gorilla) out for a guys’ night out at TGIFridays. Everyone there accepts the fact that Bernie and Griffin are coming back from a costume party. Since Bernie talks, no one questions the premise. Of course, you may question watching a guys’ night out scene, even if one of the guys is a gorilla, with your kids. On the other hand, this kind of “adult” humor (translation:

pre-adolescent humor) is unfortunately on television 24 hours a day. And that’s the basic problem with Zookeeper. The story is very complicated for young kids, but maybe a little too cutesy for adolescents. So who is this movie for, anyway? I’d say that Zookeeper is an excellent family movie for parents and older kids for just this reason: Your older youngster might actually listen to your discussion about the movie because he or she finds it hard to follow. After all, listening to friends’ advice is what kids do these days. Well, here is a chance to point out that friends don’t always know what they’re talking about, even if the friends aren’t animals (which in the case of some kids is debatable.) Does Griffin get his girlfriend back? Hey, this movie is way too complicated to answer yes or no. Let’s just say that Bernie the gorilla ends up giving great advice and being a great friend to Griffin. You’ll find all sorts of veteran actors playing the voices of the animals, which is probably why they steal the show. If you can get past the less than stellar script, Zookeeper ends up being a wild romp through the zoo that will give you a few good laughs. Rated PG. TJN

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We are rapid consumers of culture in Southwest Louisiana, and with our constant revolution of festivals and arts events, it’s in our blood to recognize the economic and cultural growth our community can achieve through a sharpened focus in the arts and cultural sectors. The arts create an environment for positive change in a city, and with the downtown streetscape coming along beautifully and the Lakefront Promenade’s design bringing a clear mission to the Civic Center

grounds, a brand new music festival is riding the wave of continued community development and is set to take the lakefront by storm later this month. Live @ the Lakefront was created by a joint effort between the Arts & Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana and the City of Lake Charles, and the music festival will celebrate the downtown identity while moving to activate the Lakefront Promenade’s potential as a site of high visibility events for the area. For three Fridays on March 16, 23, and 30, Live @ the Lakefront will showcase the talents of both local and touring bands and musicians from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Arcade Amphitheater. With promoting Louisiana music at the top of its list of priorities, Live @ the Lakefront’s aim and ambition is to become the city’s very own JazzFest or Festival International.

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“With seven bands performing this year, we want to generate an investment in our music scene,” said Matt Young, executive director of the Arts Council. “We have a lot of talent in Lake Charles, and it’s our mission to celebrate and spotlight the cultural resources we have.” With the City’s strong support of this endeavor and with generous sponsorships by Isle of Capri Casino, Tobacco Free Living, and JPMorgan Chase, Live @ the Lakefront is able to fulfill this purpose. Certain Satellites, Wendy Colonna, and Twangsters Union will open up Live @ the Lakefront on March 16, Bobcat and Grammy-nominated Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys will hit the stage on March 23, and Iberville High Life and City Heat will close out the festival on March 30. Live @ the Lakefront will also feature Lake Area food booths, artisanal craft vendors, an extensive local art walk, and kids’ activities to give it a comprehensive festival atmosphere. Certain Satellites has become known around town for its innovative, and albeit unpredictable, performances that tap into a melody of littleknown genres in Lake Charles from Shoegaze, an introspective-driven subgenre of alternative rock, to New Wave, a branch of punk rock that incorporates electronic and experimental music. Southwest Louisiana native Wendy Colonna, with her resounding vocals and deep retro soul, will perform with an impromptu compilation of Lake Charles musicians. Colonna, now working out of Austin, was recently named Austin’s “Best Singer/Songwriter” by Austin American Statesman, and has six albums under her belt. Since 2005, Twangsters Union have brought their high energy blend of Southern rock and country music to the area, and have opened for Reba McEntire, Percy Sledge, and Kenny Chesnutt, among other big names. With regular appearances among the state’s festival, fair, and fundraiser circuits, Twangsters Union’s heartfelt ballads and power house harmonies that offer a versatile tour of countryinfused rock music. Local indie band Bobcat rose from the ashes of several bands in the area including Canvas Red and Silicon PAGE 30

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Warriors, and despite beginning as a cover band, Bobcat quickly changed directions and has been working hard at composing strong original songs that have been described by Chris Shearman of as “rockin’ but introspective.” With 11 albums created from a cross-pollination of Cajun, Zydeco, and swamp pop sounds, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys easily secured a Grammy nomination for their 2011 album “Grand Isle” which has been critically acclaimed by The Huffington Post, NPR, The Examiner, and the Chicago Sun-Times, just to list a few. With Riley at the forefront, who is perhaps the most skilled accordion player performing today, the band comes straight out of Mamou and is steeped in over 100 years worth of Cajun music. To close out the festival, local blues band Iberville High Life will open for Lake Charles favorite City Heat. Iberville High Life’s intimate and acoustic-driven sounds reflect the band’s thorough understanding of the blues genre. With local legend Chester Daigle at the helm, City Heat’s unique fusions of music styles yield a repertoire of original and cover songs which make them one of Southwest Louisiana’s most popular bands. “Live @ the Lakefront is designed to celebrate the identity we all share while investing in local talents,” Young said. “The arts encourage an engaged and active citizenry among the community and boost tourism to the Southwest Louisiana region.” With community support, the festival will grow exponentially each year. Live @ the Lakefront would not be possible without the dedicated support of Deep South Productions as well as partnerships with Townsquare Media, Gator 99.5, Coca-Cola, 107 JAMZ, Cajun Radio, KISSFM, 92.9 The Lake, the Porch Coffee House & Café, American Press, Lake Charles Convention & Visitors Bureau, Knight Media Printing, Southwest Daily News, The Jambalaya News, Lagniappe, Thrive Magazine, KPLC, Beverage Sales, Southwest Beverage, and Redfish Rental. For more information about the festival, contact the Arts Council office at (337) 439-ARTS or visit TJN Volume 3 • Issue 24

KREWE OF ILLUSIONS PRESENTATION The 23rd annual presentation by the talented members of the Krewe of Illusions, performed before a packed house at the Rosa Hart Theatre, was yet another memorable, theatrical costume extravaganza. This year’s theme was “MusiKaleidoScope,” and showcased a century of fabulous music! Congrats to King Frank Sepulveda, Queen Alice Pippin, and all the Illusionists for a night of Mardi Gras magic!

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GUMBO COOK-OFF The rain couldn’t keep away the hungry folks who lined up early at the Lake Charles Civic Center to sample the steaming bowls of gumbo made by almost 50 different teams! Our Yankee food experts, Phil and Lauren, were among the judges, and they must have had a tough time choosing the winners! The rowdy crowd danced to live music while the gumbo teams shouted it up in an attempt to win the “Spirit Stick” for 2012. A good time was had by all! Robin Peavy, Melissa Minton and Kennidy Peavy

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ROYAL GALA PRESENTATION The 2012 royal courts of the Southwest Louisiana krewes came out in full costume on Fat Tuesday Eve to strut their stuff at the Civic Center Coliseum. Our very own Phil was called in at the last minute to pinch hit as emcee for the great Dale Mann and did a great job. Friends, family and Mardi Gras revelers had a gala time! Michelle Casteel, Jill Albers and Stephanie Boyd

Mike Frasier and Tiffany Miller

James and Shelly Brooks

David Hamilton, Charmaine Anderson, Tony Duhon, Chris Allen

Alexis and Alicia Mouton with Emily Lavergne

MARDI GRAS ZYDECO DANCE It was Mardi Gras Mambo time in full swing with live entertainment from Leon Chavis and The Zydeco Flames! There’s no better way to shake off those gumbo cook-off calories than with a lotta fast movin’ Zydeco. Held at the Lake Charles Civic Center, the crowd put on their dancing shoes to pass this good time-rain or shine! TJN Betty and Jeremiah Joubert

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ership, both on stage and behind the scenes – creating something called “collaboratively empowered” music. Individual tickets are available at $20 for adults and $5 for students. McNeese and Sowela students are admitted free with IDs. Tickets are available at the door or in advance at the Lake Charles Civic Center Box Office or online at

MSU GUMBOWL FUNDRAISER MARCH 9 The McNeese Visual Arts Department will sponsor a gumbo fundraiser from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Fri., March 9, in the Shearman Fine Arts Annex Grand Gallery to raise funds to help send ceramics students to the Annual Ceramics Arts Conference in Seattle. Participants can purchase either seafood or chicken and sausage gumbo donated by Brick House Catering for $10 and receive a handmade ceramic bowl created by ceramics students and faculty members. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the visual arts department at 475-5060.

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BANNERS PRESENTS A FAR CRY CHAMBER ORCHESTRA MARCH 9 A Far Cry, a chamber orchestra that says it is “a far cry” from a traditional chamber orchestra, will perform for the McNeese Banners Cultural Series at 7:30 p.m. Fri., March 9, in F.G. Bulber Auditorium on the McNeese campus. The group was founded by 17 young musicians in the Boston area who wanted to make music according to their own rules. And one of their rules was they didn’t want a conductor. Instead, the ensemble developed an innovative structure of rotating lead-

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VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA’S BEATS & EATS MARCH 9 Volunteers of America will hold its Beats & Eats fundraiser on Friday, March 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Treasures of Marilyn’s in Lake Charles. The casual event will feature a buffet, dancing to music by Kaine Badon & The Razin Kaine Band, and a cash bar. Products and services donated by area businesses will be auctioned. Additionally, there will be a raffle for an LSU Blue Dog print signed by artist George Rodrigue. Raffle tickets are being sold in advance for only $5, and you do not have to be present to win. The proceeds from Beats & Eats will be used to support the life-changing programs provided by Volunteers of America in SWLA. Tickets are only $30 for individuals or $250 for a reserved table of 10. To purchase event tickets, raffle tickets or sponsorships, call Volunteers of America at (337) 497-0034. BLACK HERITAGE FESTIVAL MARCH 10 The Black Heritage Festival in Lake Charles will bring together the unique cultures of Africa and Southwest Louisiana on Sat., March 10 at the Lake Charles Civic Center. Celebrating diversity, culture and education, the festival is filled with legendary Zydeco, jazz and gospel performers as well as mouthwatering food and African Art. Performers include Jarvis Jacobs, Cupid, Charmaine Neville, Keith Frank and Chris Ardoin at 8 p.m. There will also be a Diaper Derby contest, a praise dance workshop, Kids Zone, and so much more! General admission is $5 for ages 13 and up before 2 p.m. and $10 after 2 p.m.  For ages 6-12 admission is $5. Children 5 and under enter free.  Festival hours are noon– 10 p.m.   MARCH EVENTS AT THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM • Sat., March 10: Sasol’s Second Saturday Science Show – “The Science of Soap!” at 11 a.m. Kids will learn the importance of soap, the different types of soap and do fun experiments with soap and bubbles. • Thurs., March 15: Adventures of the Senses – This is an after-hours opportunity for families with autism spectrum disorders to come and enjoy the museum with families dealing with similar impairments. It also allows parents to help their children develop language and social skills. This program is from 5-6:30 p.m. Admission fees paid by SWLA Autism Chapter. Donations are welcome. • Sat., March 17: St. Patrick’s Day (all day) – Stop by ArtSpace and make something special for St. Patrick’s Day! Wear green and get $1 off admission! • Fri., March 23: Peanut Butter Lover’s Day – Enjoy Peanut Butter Rice Krispies from 11 a.m. - noon to celebrate!

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The Children’s Museum is located at 327 Broad Street downtown Lake Charles. Museum hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon.- Sat. Admission is $7.50 for children and adults. Call 433-9420 or visit for a complete list of admission fees, memberships and birthday party information. MSU BAYOU PLAYERS PRESENT ALL MY SONS MARCH 14-18 McNeese State University Theatre Bayou Players will present All My Sons by the great American playwright Arthur Miller at 7:30 p.m. March 14-17, with a 2 p.m. matinee March 18 in the Shearman Fine Arts Theatre. All My Sons is an American classic. During the war, Joe Keller and Steve Deever ran a machine shop that made airplane parts. Deever was sent to prison because the firm turned out defective parts, causing the deaths of many men. Keller went free and made a lot of money. The twin shadows of this catastrophe dominate the action. Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $10 for McNeese faculty/staff, senior citizens and students, and free for McNeese students with a current ID. For tickets, call (337) 475-5043. EMPTY BOWL FUNDRAISER MARCH 15 The Salvation Army’s annual Empty Bowl fundraiser will be held at L’Auberge Casino Resort on Thurs., March 15 from 6-9 P.M. Popular Cajun comedian Jonathan Perry will headline the entertainment. Soups will again be prepared by local restaurants, and each guest will receive a ceramic bowl made by area potters. Tickets

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are $100 and will go on sale Jan. 26. They may be obtained by calling (337) 433-4155. IOWA RABBIT FESTIVAL MARCH 15-17 The Iowa Rabbit Festival is celebrating its 26th year and you don’t want to miss out on the fun! The event will be held at Lawrence Toups, Jr. Memorial Park (formally Iowa City Park) and includes beauty pageants, live entertainment, a carnival, craft booths, parade, rabbit show, rabbit cook-off and so much more! Admission is $7 for adults, $1 for children 6-11. Children under 6 get in free! For more information, go to LIVE @ THE LAKEFRONT MARCH 16, 23, 30 Are you ready, Lake Charles? The Arts & Humanities Council of SWLA is partnering with the City of Lake Charles to bring the Lake Area a brand new music event. Live @ the Lakefront will be held at the Arcade Amphitheater at the Civic Center on three consecutive Fridays on March 16, 23, and 30, from 6 to 10 p.m. The line-up includes: Certain Satellites (alternative), Wendy Colonna (soul), and Twangsters Union (Southern rock/country) kicking off the festival on March 16, Bobcat (indie rock) and Grammy-nominated Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys (Cajun) on March 23, and Iberville High Life (blues) and City Heat (jazz) closing the festival on March 30. The festival is free to the public, and will also showcase local artists, children’s activities, vendors, and Lake Area food booths. RUN WITH THE NUNS MARCH 17 You are invited to Run with the Nuns on March 17. This motor-

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Fri., Mar. 9, at 7:30 pm F.G. Bulber Auditorium, McNeese Campus

Rhythmic Circus Sat., Mar. 17, at 7:30 pm F.G. Bulber Auditorium, McNeese Campus

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cycle ride and charity event benefits the wellness services at CHRISTUS St. Patrick. The charge is $30 per rider or passenger.  This includes a T-shirt, lunch, medal, and door prize ticket.  This event is sponsored by L’Auberge Casino Resort.  Visit for more information or to register. THE CEMETERY CLUB MARCH 17-18, 24-25 Jennings’ A Block Off Broadway Community Theatre presents The Cemetery Club, a witty and wise comedy with a kick. Show dates are Sat., March 17 and 24 at 7 p.m. and Sun., March 18 and 25 at 2 p.m. Tickets go on sale March 12 from 5-7 p.m. Mon. – Fri. at the Strand box office, Main Street, Jennings.  Tickets are $15; $13 for seniors 60 and over. For more information, call 821-5509. THE LCCB’S SLEEPING BEAUTY MARCH 17-18 The Lake Charles Civic Ballet (LCCB) will present the full-length story ballet of The Sleeping Beauty on Sat. March 17, at 6:30 p.m. and Sun., March 18 at 3 p.m. at the Rosa Hart Theatre. The Saturday evening performance will include the Lake Charles Symphony orchestra performing the Tchaikovsky score, and is sponsored by L’Auberge Lake Charles. The Sunday matinee will be performed with recorded music. Tickets are available at the Civic Center box office, (337) 491-1432, or via Visit to register to win 2 tickets in the sponsor section for the Saturday evening performance with the Symphony. SWLA HORSE EXPO MARCH 17-18 The sixth annual SWLA Louisiana Horse Exp will be held at Burton Coliseum March 17-18. Sponsored by the LA Equine Council, it includes dressage, a colt starting challenge, training and jumping demonstrations, and so much more. Equestrian clubs and organizations are encouraged to contact the council, as booth space is free for them. SOAR Therapeutic Riding will host a Kids’ Korral. Children are invited to come and learn about horses and make “horsey” crafts for a small fee to benefit SOAR. On Sunday, Cowboy Church will start promptly at 8:30 a.m. Activities will conclude with the colt starting finals in the afternoon. Admission is $5 for adults; children 10 or under get in free. You may join LEC at the Expo for free admission, or you may go to and “Join” by completing an application.

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McNeese Book Signing March 8 The McNeese State University Bookstore will host a book signing for Images of America: Lake Charles from 3-4 p.m. Thurs., March 8. The authors are Janet Allured, McNeese professor of history; Jessica Hutchings, McNeese assistant professor of library science and reference librarian department head at Frazar Memorial Library; and Debbie Johnson-Houston, direc-

tor of Frazar Memorial Library and assistant professor of library science. The book, published by Arcadia Publishing, is a pictorial history of Lake Charles with more than 200 vintage images dating back to the city’s incorporation in 1867 from the archives of Frazar Memorial Library and numerous private collections.

REALLIETY CHALLENGE MARCH 31 The ReALLIEty Challenge adventure race will be held on March 31 in Lake Charles. This 3.5-mile military-style obstacle course is the first of its kind in the Lake Area and will take place on the corner of Manchester Rd. and Highway 397. The ReALLIEty Challenge is sponsored by Nissan of Lake Charles and spearheaded by Allie Ieyoub and Joey Odom of Sports Productions. They are working in conjunction with “The Mission Continues,” a non-profit dedicated to finding employment for U.S. veterans once they return to civilian life. The entry fee is $75. For more information or to register, visit  MEMORIAL HOSPITAL FOUNDATION FUNDRAISER MARCH 31 “On the Town – London” benefiting The Foundation at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital will be held Sat., March 31, at the Historic Calcasieu Marine National Bank, 844 Ryan Street, from 7 to 11 p.m. Enjoy appetizers served by local restaurants and caterers, complimentary wine, cash liquor bars, fabulous raffle baskets and outstanding entertainment featuring Beatlemania Magic. For more information, contact The Foundation at (337) 494-3226 or marketing at (337) 494-2355. Tickets are $75 per person. To purchase tickets online, go to GO RED FOR WOMEN LUNCHEON APRIL 12 Join First Lady Supriya Jindal and fitness expert Jennifer Galardi at the Go Red for Women Luncheon with Chair Dana Keel of CITGO. It will be held Thurs., April 12, at L’Auberge Casino Resort. They are expecting almost 500 attendees and are actively seeking Southwest Louisiana sponsors and sup-

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7 • A Tribute to Louisiana’s Little Walter @ Central School Theater, 7 p.m. • Alvin Touchet @ OB’s Bar & Grill, 7 p.m. • X-It 43 @ Caribbean Cove, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 8 p.m. THURSDAY, MARCH 8 • Homer LeJeune & The Kajun Kings @ DI’s Cajun Food & Music, Basile, 6:30 p.m. • Zydecane @ Mikko, Coushatta Casino, 7 p.m. • Phillip Glynn & Daze @ Caribbean Cove, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 8 p.m. • DJ Epic One @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill, L’Auberge Casino, 10 p.m. FRIDAY, MARCH 9 • Howard Noel & Cajun Boogie @ DI’s Cajun Food & Music, Basile, 6:30 p.m. • Casey Trahan @ Stellar Beans, 7 p.m. • Chasing Scarlett @ Mikko, Coushatta Casino, 7 p.m. • Kris Harper @ Cecil’s Cajun Kitchen, DeRidder, 7:30 p.m. • X-It 43 @ Caribbean Hut, 9 p.m. • Champagne Room @ Yesterday’s, 9 p.m. • Herrick @ Caribbean Cove, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 9 p.m. • Boomerang @ Gator Lounge, Delta Downs, Vinton, 9 p.m. • Go Granny Go/Holleestar @ Happy Hippie Pizza, 10 p.m. • Beer For Breakfast @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill, L’Auberge Casino, 10 p.m.


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SATURDAY, MARCH 10 • Various Artists @ Black Heritage Festival, Lake Charles Civic Center, 11 a.m. • Joe Simon & Louisiana Cajun @ DI’s Cajun Food & Music, Basile, 6:30 p.m. • Chasing Scarlett @ Mikko, Coushatta Casino, 7 p.m. • Souls on Monday @ My Place Bar, 8 p.m. • Damon Troy & Final Five @ Yesterday’s, 9 p.m. • Herrick @ Caribbean Cove, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 9 p.m. • Boomerang @ Gator Lounge, Delta Downs, Vinton, 9 p.m. • Beer For Breakfast @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill, L’Auberge Casino, 10 p.m. SUNDAY, MARCH 11 • Brad Sapia & Bayou Soul @ Yesterday’s, 5 p.m. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14 • Alvin Touchet @ OB’s Bar & Grill, 7 p.m. • The Posse @ Caribbean Cove, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 8 p.m. THURSDAY, MARCH 15 • TBA @ DI’s Cajun Food & Music, Basile, 6:30 p.m. • Chris Shipman @ Stellar Beans, 7 p.m. • Bernie Alan @ Mikko, Coushatta Casino, 7 p.m. • Stark Experiment @ Caribbean Cove, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 8 p.m. • DJ Que @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill, L’Auberge Casino, 10 p.m.

FRIDAY, MARCH 16 • Megan Brown & Tit Monde @ DI’s Cajun Food & Music, Basile, 6:30 p.m. • Young Band Nation @ Central School Auditorium, 7 p.m. • ISIS @ Mikko, Coushatta Casino, 7 p.m. • Jamie Bergeron & Kickin’ Cajuns @ Yesterday’s, 9 p.m. • Vince Vance & The Valiants @ Caribbean Hut, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 9 p.m. • Topper @ Gator Lounge, Delta Downs, Vinton, 9 p.m. • David St. Romain @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill, L’Auberge Casino, 10 p.m. SATURDAY, MARCH 17 • Arthur Pfister @ Stellar Beans, 1 p.m. • Al Roger & Louisiana Pride @ DI’s Cajun Food & Music, Basile, 6:30 p.m. • Wendy Colonna @ Lake Charles Civic Center, 7 p.m. • ISIS @ Mikko, Coushatta Casino, 7 p.m. • Large Marge/Lo Pan/Backwoods Payback @ Happy Hippie Pizza, 8 p.m. • Warrant/Dokken @ Delta Event Center, Delta Downs, Vinton, 8 p.m. • B.B. King @ L’Auberge Event Center, L’Auberge Casino, 8:30 p.m. • Twangsters Union @ Yesterday’s, 9 p.m. • Vince Vance & The Valiants @ Caribbean Cove, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 9 p.m. • Topper @ Gator Lounge, Delta Downs, Vinton, 9 p.m. • David St. Romain @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill, L’Auberge Casino, 10 p.m.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 18 • Lonely Wild @ Happy Hippie Pizza, 6 p.m. • Warren Storm/Willie Tee & Cypress @ Yesterday’s, 9 p.m. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21 • Kelley McRae @ Stellar Beans, 7 p.m. • Alvin Touchet @ OB’s Bar & Grill, 7 p.m. • Albert Simpson @ Cigar Club, 8 p.m. • Blackbird @ Caribbean Cove, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 8 p.m. THURSDAY, MARCH 22 • Pete Bergeron & The Bayou Boys @ DI’s Cajun Food & Music, Basile, 6:30 p.m. • Warren Storm/Willie Tee & Cypress @ Mikko, Coushatta Casino, 7 p.m. • Centerfire @ Caribbean Cove, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 8 p.m. • DJ Cage @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill, L’Auberge Casino, 10 p.m.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 23 • Travis Benoit & Allons Dancer @ DI’s Cajun Food & Music, Basile, 6:30 p.m. • Danny O’Flaherty @ Stellar Beans, 7 p.m. • ISIS @ Mikko, Coushatta Casino, 7 p.m. • Rodney Atkins/Aaron Watson @ Rosa Hart Theater, Lake Charles Civic Center, 8 p.m. • Choke/White Light Cemetery/ Kyle Turley @ Nate’s Place, 8 p.m. • Brandon Foret Band @ Yesterday’s, 9 p.m. • X-It 43 @ Linda’s Lounge, 9 p.m. • Marty Monte’s Magazine @ Caribbean Cove, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 9 p.m. • The Kadillacs @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill, L’Auberge Casino, 10 p.m.


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Then I went on to Oxford. After it snowed again (not quite four inches) I visited my old college, and stopped in for a lunchtime recital by graduating tenor Guy Cutting to piano accompaniment by assistant college organist and university music faculty member Steven Grahl. Cutting is a pro of long standing, having begun his singing career at New College as an eight-year-old chorister. Grahl’s

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March 8, 2012 Lake Charles Civic Ballet: The Magic & Majesty of The Sleeping Beauty