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•Contraband Days and the New Lafitte

•Recycle SWLA! New Facility in Lake Charles

•Salon Lindsay

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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 MANAGING EDITOR Lauren de Albuquerque

EDITOR Lisa Yates

CONTRIBUTORS Nicole Arabie Leslie Berman Sarah Blackwell George Cline Dan Ellender Maria Alcantara Faul Mike McHugh Angie Manning-Istre Mary Louise Ruehr Brandon Shoumaker Steve Springer, M.D. Karla Tullos ADVERTISING SALES CONSULTANT Patricia Prudhomme SALES ASSOCIATES Jody Barrilleaux Katy Corbello Faye Drake Sarah Puckett Karla Tullos GRAPHICS ART/PRODUCTION DIRECTOR Darrell Buck ART/PRODUCTION ASSISTANT Michelle LaVoie BUSINESS OFFICE MANAGER Kay Andrews


On Cover: Juli Wilson, owner of Social Denim, seated center; with Alexandra Collins, left; and, Cristi Lee, right. Photo: Effects Photography by Erin. Stylist: Katherine Williams. Hair stylist: Cristi Lee/Salon Ona.

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Spring Fashion

REGULARS 7 12 14 18 22 42

The Boiling Pot The Dang Yankee Tip’s Tips What’s Cookin’ Greener World Sports Report

FEATURES 5 20 26 37 40

Autism: Does Food Matter for Children? Fast Pitch 56 Bayou Biz: Salon Lindsay Time for Contraband Days! Haiti: Hope and Faith Part 3

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





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A Note From Lauren Pirate Daze There are a lot of things that I never imagined doing. But we moved to Louisiana, and suddenly, our world expanded. For example, we bought a bed and breakfast. It was never a dream of ours, but it fell into our lap, so to speak, so we decided to go for it. Aside from getting up at the crack of dawn to fix a hot breakfast for guests, it was a wonderful experience. We met so many nice people from all over the country—and beyond. It’s one of those things that you do in life that you’ll never forget. Then there was the bad stuff. I never imagined running from a hurricane, but Rita certainly changed all that. We escaped to Baton Rouge, and I remember that there was a 24-hour period where we didn’t know if we had a home to return to. That feeling of loss and displacement is incomparable— and one I hope never to experience again. I can assure you that if we had remained up North, we would never have to go through anything like that. Then there’s the crazy, enjoyable stuff that’s special to this neck of the woods. Let me confirm that if we hadn’t moved down here, Phil wouldn’t be polishing his sword as we speak, and we wouldn’t be getting ready to pull our pirate gear out of the attic. That’s right: Contraband Days are here again, and if you belong to the Buccaneers, it’s time to dress up like a pirate and run around shooting off pistols and so on. There’s even a compound set aside for us on the grounds of the Civic Center so we can party. It’s just plain fun. Some of the first people we met in Lake Charles, Jackie and Jimmy Bastow, are Buccaneers. Jackie had her son’s rehearsal dinner at our B&B shortly after we moved down here, and we became friends—especially when we found out we shared the same birthday. Jackie invited us to the com-

pound that spring when Contraband Days rolled around— and the rest is history. The Buccaneers are like a second family; albeit a second family that likes to brandish swords and deck themselves out with lots of leather and skull jewelry. As a group, we socialize a lot, as there are parties throughout the year. When you walk into the room, everyone knows your name, and everyone’s glad you came—to borrow a line from the “Cheers” theme. (Hey, I’m from Boston, and I used to hang out at that bar long before the show was created—so I’m allowed.) So as we gear up for another Contraband Days, here’s a special “Aargh!” from me to you. Meet you at the seawall!



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By Nicole Arabie

When my son was two years old, he could read. He was very verbal and exceptionally bright. I thought perhaps he was gifted. As he got older, he began to have uncontrollable meltdowns where he’d scream, throw things and become very angry. He suffered terrible digestive and upper respiratory problems. Puzzled and frustrated, I kept searching on line to discover why my son was different. I’d share articles with friends and family about the odd behavioral traits of gifted children. Some of it fit, but most of it just didn’t make sense. He was diagnosed with ADD in first grade, and began taking ADD medications for a total of five years. I wish I would have asked more questions about the medications. He went through so much, experiencing side effects from each medication he was on.

At the end of fourth grade, he finally got a diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome, a high functioning form of autism. I remember going home and reading about it… and cried. Suddenly, everything was falling into place. Autism Spectrum Disorder According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD, is a developmental behavioral disorder characterized by impairment in socialization and communication and by restricted, stereotypical patterns in behaviors, interests and activities. Children with ASD suffer from sensory hypersensitivity and have intense reactions to sound, sight, touch, taste and smell. They have difficulties with social integration and adjusting to new things and changes in their routines. They engage repeatedly

in the same behaviors or thoughts, fixating on objects. For example, like most youngsters his age, my son was obsessed with Pokemon and Yugioh collectible cards. Yet, unlike most kids, he would talk about these topics nonstop, and every conversation would revert back to them. There are five levels of autistic disorders, according to the DSM-IV. On the higher functioning end of the spectrum is Asperger syndrome. On the lower end is classic autism, often

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called Kanner’s autism. Other types are Rett’s disorder, pervasive developmental disorder and childhood disintegrative disorder. Autism is one of our world’s greatest growing concerns. April 2010 is the first National Autism Awareness Month since the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revised the autism prevalence rate to one in 110 children. In 2006 ,the autism rate was one in 150. Autism diagnoses are much more common in males than in females. According to the 2006 study results, one in 70 boys in the nation have an autism diagnosis while only one in 315 girls are on the autism spectrum. Food affects everything, including autism A growing contingent of leading edge doctors are realizing that food matters; they are listening to parents, studying dietary intervention and applying it to aid children’s recovery. We followed a Candida (yeast and gluten) free diet. No more milk, yogurt, cheese, gluten, sugar, red meat or pork, yeast, peanuts or pistachios, corn and vinegar, artificial flavors, preservatives, etc. To our amazement and delight, we saw a huge change in his behavior. Suddenly, he was a much calmer child.


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I believe that vitamin and mineral supplements improve the symptoms of autism, in a natural way. I believe that there are benefits of supplementation such as decreased behavioral problems, improved eye contact, better attention, and improvements in learning. There are plenty of skeptics who contend that dietary intervention has no impact on autistic symptoms. But I say you can’t argue with success. And I’m not alone. The whole family has adjusted to the new lifestyle. I serve GFCF meals for family dinner. Is my son cured of autism? Not entirely. He still has difficulty when his routine is changed. And he can get easily frustrated, especially when he’s overwhelmed with too much homework or when abstract or social concepts are involved. Aside from these challenges, the other autistic symptoms are gone. Many parents who state that their child is cured by Sponsored by

the diet will still report some form of PDD (pervasive developmental disorder) or some degree of disability. To help heal autism, we need to relearn the principles of healthy food and nutrition. I have seen positive changes by changing my son’s diet, which involved removing offensive foods and adding nutritious foods. You as a parent determine what your child eats. I know what you are thinking: “My child is picky and very inflexible with eating new foods. I’m never going to be able to get him to eat anything other than wheat and dairy, and never mind anything ‘healthy.’” I also understand that you are really wondering if an autism diet will help your child and their symptoms. While “dietary intervention” (change) can seem overwhelming, once you learn and focus, even busy moms can make it work. As a child feels better, parents often have

more quality time with their children and cooking it becomes more enjoyable. Cooking nutritious meals needn’t cost a fortune. While quality, whole foods involve more expensive ingredients, you’re buying fewer expensive processed foods. Applying a healthy diet is an important step to health and healing. Try implementing the diet and adding nutritious foods step by step. You can do it—and your child can too. Once food addictions, texture, and exposure to a new food are addressed, you’ll be surprised what your child may eat. Visualize that they can do it. Get creative. Try things in a texture they like. Taste it yourself and make sure it tastes good. I bet you’ll be pleasantly surprised when they eat that first vegetable! I believe in a holistic approach to healing. My son has been off all prescription medications since July 2009. I decided that since I was the adult and parent that bought and prepared his food, I was the adult and parent that had to say enough is enough. If you are considering any diet for your child, speak to his doctor before starting to get the doctor’s approval and supervision. TJN

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GEORGE ANGE NAMED TO ATHLETIC TRAINERS HALL OF FAME George Ange, LAT, a licensed athletic trainer with Lake Charles Memorial Hospital’s Sports Medicine, was recently named to the Louisiana Athletic Trainers Association’s Hall of Fame for his outstanding work in the development of athletic training and sports medicine. In addition to being recognized at an award ceremony in June, Ange will receive a spot in the Louisiana Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame located in the Louisiana Superdome. Ange has been an athletic trainer with Memorial’s Sports Medicine since 1991, and currently works with student athletes from 22 area high schools as part of Memorial’s Sports Medicine outreach program. For more information on Memorial Hospital’s George Ange Sports Medicine, call (337) 562-4320. NEW MSU LIBRARY DIRECTOR NAMED Debbie Delafoisse Johnson-Houston has been named as the new director of Frazar Memorial Library at McNeese State University, according to Jeanne Daboval, Ph. D., provost and vice president of academic affairs. She replaces Nancy Khoury, who retired last fall. She began her career at McNeese as reference librarian in 2006 and then became head of serials in 2007. She is also an assistant professor of library science at McNeese and oversees all operations of the library. Frazar Memorial Library has over 687,000 bound volDebbie Delafoisse umes of books, periodicals and government documents, microforms, unbound items, archival materials and electronic books.

LAKE CHARLES POLICE CHIEF DON DIXON NEW PRESIDENT OF FBI-LEEDA Lake Charles Police Chief Don Dixon was recently sworn in as president of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association, Inc. (FBILEEDA) at its 19th Annual Executive Training Conference held in Atlanta recently. FBI-LEEDA is an association of law enforcement executives who have completed studies at the FBI Academy in Quantico or one of its regional command colleges. Chief Dixon, who will lead the 5,000-member association (consisting of members from the United States and 14 foreign countries) committed to maintaining the strong education programs and executive services at a reasonable cost to agencies. For more information, contact Tom Stone at (877) 772-7712 or visit MEMORIAL HOSPITAL HONORS ARTISTS FROM T.S. COOLEY Lake Charles Memorial Hospital recently honored students who participatVolume 2 • Issue 2

ed in the Young at Art Program in February. The program, which spotlights artwork from a different local elementary school each month, was designed to make a positive impact on hospital patients, employees, and the young artists themselves. February’s display featured artwork by the elementary students from T.S. Cooley. A panel of Memorial volunteers recognized fourth graders Emily Smith, Claire Dupuis and Kennedy Picard with a $50 savings bond.

Maureen Kaough, M.D., Van Snider, M.D., and Charles McLemore, N.P. CHRISTUS ST. PATRICK MEDICAL GROUP WELCOMES NEW INTERNAL MEDICINE ASSOCIATES Three internal medicine associates have joined the CHRISTUS St. Patrick Medical Group – Van Snider, M.D., Maureen Kaough, M.D. and Charles McLemore, N.P. The group practice provides primary medical care, as well as care for patients with acute and chronic multi-system diseases. A 1987 graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine, Dr. Snider completed his Internship and Residency at Ochsner Foundation Hospital, New Orleans. He earned his undergraduate degree from McNeese State University. He has been practicing medicine in Lake Charles since 1990. A 1986 graduate of Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Dr. Kaough completed her internship and residency with LSU Medical Center at Charity Hospital in New Orleans and University Medical Center- Lafayette. She is board certified in internal medicine and has been practicing medicine in Lake Charles since 1989. Charles McLemore is a 1997 graduate of McNeese State University’s Family Nurse Practitioner Master’s Program and a 1994 undergraduate from McNeese earning his Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. The CHRISTUS St. Patrick Medical Group Internal Medicine Associate practice is located at 1722 Westwood St. in Lake Charles. To schedule an appointment, call (337) 421-0090. APRIL 22, 2010


Larry Graham, CEO of Memorial Hospital, presents Haleigh Lyons with the Rosie Thompson Service Excellence Award. MEMORIAL HOSPITAL ANNOUNCES ROSIE THOMPSON AWARD WINNER Haleigh Lyons, P.T., was the recipient of Lake Charles Memorial Hospital’s bi-monthly Rosie Thompson Award for January and February of 2010. Lyons was nominated by patients and fellow hospital employees for service excellence as a physical therapist at Memorial Hospital. A Lake Charles native, Lyons is a graduate of McNeese State University and received her master’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Rhode Island. She has been an employee at Memorial Hospital for the last six years. In addition to the recognition, Lyons received several prizes, including a small cash award. Her portrait will be displayed in the hospital’s main lobby along with other Rosie Thompson winners, and she will also be in the running for the Rosie Thompson Employee of the Year Award. CALCASIEU PARISH POLICE JURY HOUSING DEPARTMENT AWARDED HUD GRANT The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury Housing Department $14,820.00 for its Housing Choice Voucher-Family Self Sufficiency Program (HVC-FSS). The HVC program administers rental assistance to eligible families by providing them with housing vouchers. The HUD grant funds will go toward the HVC program to help participating families achieve economic independence and self-sufficiency. For more information, contact the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations at (202) 708-0380.

Golfers from Cameron Communications join Trina Johnson, public relations coordinator in the presentation of a $5,000 donation to Eric Eskew, Executive Director of the Louisiana 4-H Foundation. From left, Robert Large, Joey Hebert, Alexis Berthold, Eric Eskew, Tommy Prejean, Trina Johnson, Kevin Caldwell and Jason LeBlanc. CAMERON COMMUNICATIONS DONATES TO 4-H FOUNDATION Employees of Cameron Communications were on hand to participate in the presentation of a $5,000 donation to assist the 4-H Foundation with funding and hosting its annual golf tournament at Gray Plantation in Lake Charles. WCCH ANNOUNCES THE RELOCATION OF SEVERAL DEPARTMENTS TO NEW WING Several departments at West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital have begun operating in the hospital’s new wing, located at the rear of the hospital on Stelly PAGE 8

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Lane. While several departments are scheduled to move to the new facility, the transition will take place over the next month. The admitting, radiology and the ambulatory preadmissions treatment center (APTC) are moving first. Those that will be moved at a later date include theiIntensive care unit, cardiac catheterization laboratory and the respiratory department. The completion of this wing marks the completion of the first phase of the hospital’s three-phase master facility plan. Although no specific timetable has been set for the construction of the remaining two phases in the plan, phase two will feature a new patient tower, and phase three will expand the laboratory, dietary and materials management departments. WOMEN & CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL RECEIVES SPECIAL RECOGNITION FROM LOPA Women & Children’s Hospital was recently named as one of only nine Louisiana hospitals recognized for their commitment and dedication to the success of the Donate Life Louisiana Hospital Campaign. The award was presented to Chief Executive Officer Rich Robinson and Kathy Armentor, R.N., B.S.N., Chief Quality Officer. The Donate Life Louisiana Hospital Campaign is a joint effort between the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency (LOPA) and the Louisiana Hospital Association (LHA) to increase the number of registered organ donors in Louisiana. The original goal of the campaign was to increase the registry by 160,000, which was achieved in August 2009. With over 198,000 already registered, a new goal has been set at 250,000 donors by the end of 2010.

Debbie Lacassin of LOPA, presenting the award to Chief Executive Officer Rich Robinson and Kathy Armentor, RN, BSN, Chief Quality Officer. SIGNATURES SALON STYLISTS SHARPEN SKILLS IN NYC Aleigha Singer and Lacy LeDoux of Signatures Salon just returned from a week-long haircutting class at BbU (Bumble and Bumble University) in New York City. The stylists sharpened their skills on cuts and updos. To schedule an appointment, call Signatures Salon at 478-4433. RYAN NAVARRE WINS “DINE AGAIN IN 2010” RAFFLE Ryan Navarre of Billy Navarre Chevrolet was the winner of the Louisiana Restaurant Association’s “Dine Again in 2010” raffle giveaway. Navarre won over $2,600 worth of food from area restaurants, hotels, and casinos after purchasing the lucky ticket. TJN

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Memorial Hospital Seeks Junior Volunteers

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This summer, instead of sleeping until noon, spending excessive time in front of the TV and computer or running up the monthly cell phone bill, area teens are invited to make a difference in the community while learning important life skills. Lake Charles Memorial Hospital is once again hosting its Junior Volunteer Program, an annual program that provides area high school students between the ages of 15 and 17 with an opportunity to learn about careers in health care while making a difference for patients and employees. As Junior Volunteers, students are able to shadow and even aid hospital employees, giving them a hands-on introduction to the health care realm and experience in specific hospital departments. “We would like to provide a positive experience for our

Junior Volunteers in a way that would not only impact our local community, but also serve as a major learning opportunity for students who are interested in pursuing a career in health care,” said Sherry Schofield, Memorial’s Director of Volunteer Services. The Junior Volunteer Program will begin on Tues., June 1 and conclude on Thurs., July 29. To enroll, students must pick up an application form from the Office of Volunteer Services on the first floor of Memorial’s Oak Park campus between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. May 3 through May 7. Applications may be turned in at the Memorial Hospital Gift Shop on Tues., May 11 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. For more information, contact Sherry Schofield at Memorial’s Volunteer Services at (337) 494-2493. TJN

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On Sat., April 24, citizens are encouraged to join Mayor Randy Roach for the First Mayor’s Progressive Park Family Fitness Fun Day at the Lake Charles Civic Center Coliseum and Civic Center grounds from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The purpose of the event is to encourage family fitness activities that will help further a healthy lifestyle. The event will kick off with an opening ceremony at the front, outside steps of the Civic Center. Beginning activities will include an Olympic-like opening of the Mayor’s Family Fitness Challenge games with the “lighting of the torch” and a torch run around the circular drive conducted by local dignitaries. Challenge activities will include: sit-ups, jump rope, push-ups, jogging, chicken run and Zydeco workout. Participants who complete all of the Mayor’s Family Fitness Challenge activities will receive a completion certificate.

Family fun activities inside the Coliseum and on the Civic Center grounds, will include: a scooter race, over-size tricycle race, fitness wheel, pirate’s chest, giant connect four, tug-of-war, space walk, bowling, egg balance race, three legged race, basketball shoot out, chicken run, face painting, ring toss, balloon darts, balloon animals, and much more. Another aspect of this special day will be the family fitness activities available at each of the 12 recreation community centers in the City of Lake Charles. Participating families will have the opportunity to do family fitness activities, which will follow a fitness course map with fun games and activities. Each participant will be given a map that shows how to complete the course. All event activities are free. For more information, call Helen Lewis-Dunn at (337) 491-1280, or visit


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Kids are lucky: all that energy, all those years ahead of them. Grown-up concerns such as heart disease and obesity seem decades away. But that’s no reason to put off adopting healthful habits until middle age, says Yoko Broussard, M.D., president of Kid Power of SWLA. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the number of obese children has doubled in the past two decades. “This can leave kids vulnerable to some very adult problems, including high blood pressure, heart disease and type 2 diabetes,” said Dr. Broussard. With summertime just around the corner, the Kid Power weight loss program is one way that kids and their families can develop positive lifestyle changes that can help keep everyone healthy for years to come. The eight-week program kicks off on June 5 and offers area kids a variety of fun activities to help get them off the couch, such as Tae Kwon Do, bowling, group exercise and dance classes. Kid Power participants and their families also attend healthy-living seminars and cooking demonstrations to learn how to make healthy living a lifelong habit. Dr. Broussard says that these sort of activities help encourage the whole family involved. “At Kid Power, we believe that ‘we’re in this together’ is the best approach to reaching health and fitness goals,” said Dr. Broussard. “Kids learn habits directly from their parents, and when families plan active outings like bike riding or playing at the park, everyone benefits.”

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Encouraging each other and taking small steps in your family’s lifestyle is key in developing good habits that families can stick with. Dr. Broussard suggests these tips to get started: Eat for health. No food need be off limits, but it is best to make highcalorie, fatty, fried and sugary foods only an occasional treat and to focus instead on low-fat dairy products, whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and lean sources of protein. See that your child eats breakfast. Bypassing breakfast can lead to overeating later in the day. Stock your kitchen. Healthful snacks—such as fresh fruit and vegetables, low-fat salad dressing for dipping, low-fat yogurt, plain popcorn, or whole-wheat crackers—are good ideas. Stock up on water. Replace sodas and fruit drinks, which kids tend to drink to excess without realizing it. Exercise. Set limits on television and computer time, and help your child find an activity that appeals to him or her, whether it’s a team sport, gymnastics class or something less structured, like rollerblading. The Kid Power SWLA 2010 program will offered June 5 to July 31. To qualify for the program, children must be between the ages of 6 and 14, and are required to go through a screening process. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Screening dates are April 19, April 26, May 3 and May 10 at the Calcasieu Community Clinic at 550 E. Sale Road from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call 478-3780.


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By Mike McHugh

A Pirate’s Life for Me! With Contraband Days quickly approaching, I thought it would be a good time to tell about how I came to become a member of that merry band who call themselves the Buccaneers of Lake Charles. You know, it’s funny how otherwise mature adults fancy themselves as pirates, spending their hard-earned money on elaborate costumes, swords, and black powder guns. Pirates seem to have become a nationwide rage of late, thanks no doubt to the success of the Pirates of the Caribbean movie series. It’s important to point out, however, that this fad which has swept the

nation and lined the pockets of countless Internet merchants has taken hold only recently; whereas the people of Lake Charles have been doing this sort of thing for well nigh 50 years. We need no other evidence to prove that the people of this fine town are way ahead of the curve. Don’t be surprised if, before long, Cajun dance halls, complete with corn meal spread on the floor, start popping up like weeds in places like New York and Philadelphia. That would be a good thing. Those Yankees could use something to help them chill out a bit. I wonder, though, about why we go

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to such pains to imitate the pirates of yore. From what I’ve read, most actual, historical-type pirates were scurvy dogs, many of them missing a body part or two, who lived to do nothing more than drink and carouse and sing songs about uncouth topics. On second thought, maybe I do understand why we do this, although I don’t see many of us getting hardcore enough to be sporting a peg leg, a hook, or an eye patch. My induction to the Buccaneers came at me quite unexpectedly. When we first moved to Lake Charles from Yankee Land, we had two choices. One, we could sit at home all the time and watch all of the VCR tapes of old British science fiction shows I had taped over the years. That would have suited me fine, but my wife, for some reason, wasn’t too keen about that idea. Second, we could find a way to go out and make some new friends. For the good of the marriage, I went with the latter option. Not knowing what else to do, we followed the age-old plan of throwing the spaghetti against the wall and seeing what would stick. We tried all kinds of activities to get out and meet new people. We joined a bowling

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league. We went to festivals and pretended to like Cajun music. We did all sorts of things. Finally, we started attending wine tastings. One of the wine tastings we attended was at the Café Margeaux, a local restaurant that was rated with more stars than the Milky Way, but which, unfortunately, fell victim to that witch that we all remember affectionately as Rita. It was there that we met an amiable fellow named Charlie Boudreaux and his charming wife, Margie. Charlie is the kind of guy that could make friends with Ebenezer Scrooge, or, better still, a Yankee like me. So, it was fortunate for us to meet Charlie and Margie, and after several of these wine tastings we became quite well acquainted. Eventually, at the conclusion of one these excursions, Charlie popped the question, “Hey, do you folks want to do some bar-hopping?” After almost an entire second of careful deliberation, we accepted their invitation. Little did I know that we were about to be Shanghai-ed. Unbeknownst to us, Charlie and Margie were long-time members of the Buccaneers. First, they took us to a place called Daddy Jack’s, another establishment that now exists only in the local history. The joint was full of Charlie’s fellow Buccaneers. Then it was on to the Frosty Factory, yet another venue that Rita did her best to claim, but this one succeeded in rising from the ashes and restoring itself to its former glory, thanks to its owner, Mike Branch, who happens also to be a tenacious Buccaneer. (Mike is better known among the Section D ticket-holders at Cowboy Stadium for his famous “Rooster Cheer.”) I think we met four past Jean Laffites that night, plus the reigning Jean Lafitte at the time, Perry Dickinson. Perry is an accountant who that evening, happened to emerge briefly from the cave he exiles himself to every year during tax season. The rest of the year, he fancies an exile to Key West, but that’s a topic for another story. So, there, we had done it. Looking desperately for a social outlet in our new town, we had fallen in with these Buccaneers, and the rest was history. Pirate costumes now take up half of our closet—but I still haven’t gone so far as to wear a peg leg. And those old VCR tapes of British sci-fi are collecting dust somewhere in my attic.


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In addition to full-time mother and fulltime employee, most of today’s women also have to shoulder the brunt of the family’s health care decisions. She takes the children to the doctor, makes sure grandma’s medication is filled, and schedules appointments for her husband. According to a survey by the Washington-based National Women’s Health Resource Center, 71 percent of women report that they are in charge of their family’s healthcare decisions. Ironically, however, those decisions rarely have anything to do with their own personal health. “Women tend to put themselves on the back burner. Usually their first priority is to take care of the health of their children, husband, and parents. Mom will make sure the kids get all their checkups and medicines, and meanwhile she hasn’t had a check-up in years,” said Darolyn Johnson, a registered nurse with CHRISTUS-St. Patrick Hospital. As nurse navigator for the Women’s Health Center, Johnson has met many women who are accustomed to putting their needs last in the family. “We need to learn to put ourselves first. We are the ones who take care of ourselves.”

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When asked to define what “being healthy” meant, 44 percent of women surveyed in the Washington study chose “having a healthy family,” outranking all personalized choices, such as “being physically active,” “not having chronic diseases,” and “not being overweight.” The women said the primary reasons for not taking better care of themselves were stress and shortage of time, but with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control reporting that 33 percent of women have hypertension and 62 percent are overweight, it’s time that females take a good look at their health, Johnson said. With this in mind, the Women’s Health Network of CHRISTUS-St. Patrick Hospital has initiated “A Heartfelt Screening for Women,” an age-specific comprehensive screening for women that goes beyond a traditional wellness check. According to Johnson, the screenings last about one hour and include complete patient medical history, complete family history, a physical exam, blood pressure testing, dietary screening (including height, weight and BMI), lab work (total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides and blood sugar), an EKG and a

Framingham Assessment, which predicts risks for a coronary event. Women who participate are provided with a “spa-like experience” designed to make the experience less intimidating and more comfortable, Johnson said. “We’re really stressing that women know all their numbers – their blood pressure, triglycerides, cholesterol, and blood sugar – as early as 18 or 21 years old. If we could get every woman to know her numbers, we could prevent a wide variety of diseases,” Johnson said. “For some reason, women think heart disease is a man’s problem, but heart attack and stroke are the number one killers of women.” To join the Women’s Health Network, visit, or call 491-7577. Comprehensive health screenings are $50 for members and $75 for non-members and last about one hour. To schedule a screening, or for more information, call 491-7577. TJN

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It’s been confirmed that Lake Charles will preserve the Cadillac dealership that was once one of the GM dealers selected for elimination. The dealership has gone through several different owners over the years, but has been a part of this community for years and we would be worse off without having it here. Congratulations to Autoplex Cadillac—we’re glad you’re still with us, and we wish you a great future. Hopefully, we won’t not lose any more of our core area businesses. It’s important to support them and grow our local commercial base. I can’t say enough about the value of keeping things in our community. So many times, the local places can offer so much more than those located out of our area, especially when you factor in time, travel and the loss of local revenue. My grandfather used to give away can openers that said “Buy Louisiana.” I initially wondered what the words meant. Now I know. Support those who take care of us. Long-term view The sales tax revenues that have been markedly down force governmental units to cut back on services. That is not to say that there isn’t room for trimming fat at all levels and that there aren’t services that could and should be eliminated. All of us can think of programs that we question the need for. Remember, someone, at some time, thought those programs worthwhile. But neglecting to take the long-term view makes it difficult for all of us. Careful reflection on our history will show the folly of creating programs just because there are

some extra dollars available. This belies prudently having reserves for leaner times. Once a governmental program has been instituted, there seems to be no way to get rid of it— it just keeps on ticking like the old Timex watch. Is it for public safety or is it for revenue enhancement? When new and/or increased measures are utilized to protect us from ourselves, it’s always claimed to be in the public interest. The recent increase in traffic roadblocks to check for expired licenses and inspection stickers, insurance compliance, illegal substances and impairment are a highly utilized method that, although approved by the courts, seem to be the kind of endeavor that becomes a nice source of financing when times are lean. There have been abuses in the past where monies, vehicles and other items of substantial value have been confiscated and forfeited under questionable circumstances, some of which caused severe harm to innocent people by overzealous enforcement. Since the jails barely have enough room for violent criminals, a lot of jail time is suspended for lesser violations—but fines and court costs can really pour the dollars into the till. Don’t miss Tony Green In addition to Dixieland Jazz, there is a 100-year-old form of jazz that is also extremely popular in the music world known as Gypsy Jazz. On May 6, starting at 6 p.m., Art Associates of Lake Charles is featuring Tony Green, one of the top Gypsy Jazz artists from New Orleans at the Central School. He is Volume 2 • Issue 2

also a noted artist, and will have some of his recent paintings on display. Refreshments will be provided. Admission is $10 in advance at the Arts and Humanities office, and $12 at the door. It promises to be an entertaining evening. Check for heartworms! Our dog, Gracie Lu recently experienced a bout with heartworms. When we rescued her last spring, her papers indicated that she had tested clean in January of 2009

and was on Interceptor medication before she adopted us. We had been giving her monthly preventative medicine that was, we believed, supposed to have eliminated the possibility of heartworms. She even came with a two-month supply of the meds, which we faithfully gave her and refilled twice before her failed test. We were told that there could have been a window of opportunity, which I assume must have occurred before the clean test. The test is for a

chemical released by the female adult heartworm, and the interval between infection and development of an adult can leave a gap in detection. So, make sure that you take your pet for testing regularly, particularly if you have accepted an orphaned animal in the last 18 months or so. The earlier you detect the infestation, the easier it is on the animal. The treatment is expensive and the animal must be kept quiet (no leash walking, playing ball, nothing) for a 30-day period. The heart-

worms are killed and absorbed in small pieces, but there’s the chance that large pieces, breaking off from normal doggie activity, may cause a clot. In some instances, your pet must be caged for this period. You can imagine how difficult it is to not be able to play fetch with your buddy when she brings you the ball—it’s heartbreaking. So, do yourself a favor and get your pal to the vet and avoid the pain and strain. TJN

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There Are Monsters Out There Keep Your Children Safe From Predators By Sara Blackwell Lake Charles, Jennings, Sulphur, Moss Bluff and the surrounding areas have been riddled with issues concerning child predators lately. According to JoAnn Pape of the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff ’s Office, there are 279 active convicted sexual offenders living in the Southwest Louisiana area. (This is not the number listed on the Web site, as some of the offenders included in that number are either deceased or have moved out of the area.)

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Pape stated that 128 of those convicted sexual offenders are currently incarcerated, 25 of them work in the parish but reside outside the parish, and 107 of them are actually out of the area. Pictures and information about each of these registered offenders can be found at With so many sexual predators here, it is important that we all educate ourselves and learn how to keep our children safe. According to the information provided by the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff ’s office, most sexual predators are men, and they may not have any criminal background or recorded history of sexual offenses. It’s believed that sexual deviance often begins in adolescence. A staggering 80-95 percent of sex offenders assault people they know. Sadly, young victims who know their perpetrators are the least likely to report the crime. So, it’s imperative for families to be very much aware of who is in contact with their children, and to listen to their instincts.

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Communicating with your children about the dangers that are out there is vital to their safety. Through their Web site, the Calcasieu Sheriff Department explains how to address this issue. Show them the pictures of the offenders in your area provided on Instruct them to avoid contact with anyone in the photographs and to let you know if anyone attempts to make contact with them. The Parish believes that you should avoid scary details, but that you need to encourage your kids to let you know if anyone makes them feel uncomfortable. Listen to your children! Remind them to never go with strangers even when the person offers to take them to their parents or promises them a puppy or ice cream. My girls are two and four years old. I show them kids on the news that have been abducted, explaining to them that they were stolen from their mommies, and now they are dead. That may be harsh and against the recommendation of the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff ’s Department, but I want them to understand how frightening this situation is. Now, my two-year-old will point at a man in the store and ask me if he would make her dead. I explain that the person may be dangerous and it is important that we always stay close to mom so that the man has no opportunity to “make her dead.” I may not win a “mommy of the year” award, but hopefully, this will keep my children safe from harm. I also sit in their room for some “girl talk.” I tell them that no one, other than mommy, and the doctor when mommy is around, should ever do certain things to them. And if someone ever did anything to them, that they could always tell me and I would never be mad at them. I think it’s important to always let your children know that you will always listen to them. My girls are always very attentive and give me their feedback. And parents, don’t leave out those boys—you need to have the same types of talks with them. Joann Pape encourages the community to sign up for automatic mail alerts, which are available at Let’s protect our family from those who want to harm the most vulnerable members of our society.

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Happy Cinco de Mayo! Casa Ole, which operates two restaurants in the Lake Area, wants to invite everyone to come out and celebrate Cinco de Mayo on May 5. Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of Mexican General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguin. Through the years, it has developed into festive event celebrating all things Mexican. The original Casa Olé Mexican Restaurant was opened in December 1973 in Pasadena, Texas by Larry Forehand. A second restaurant opened in Houston in 1976. The restaurants were such a success that in 1978, Casa Olé Franchise Services, Inc. was established. Within 12 months, the first Casa Olé franchise opened its doors. Today, there are more than 45 Casa Olé restaurants in operation that have been celebrating Cinco de Mayo ever since. Bring your family and friends to celebrate with great food and good spirits in Lake Charles at 4058 Ryan Street, or in Sulphur at 1700 Ruth Street. The Sulphur location is open Sun.-Thurs.

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slight evaporation. Next, dip the glass into the salt to coat the rim. Set aside. Halve two of the limes, cut a thin slice for garnish from 1, and set aside. Juice the halved limes into the bottom of a Boston-style cocktail shaker. Cut the remaining two limes and the orange into quarters and add them to the juice in the shaker. Add the agave nectar and muddle for two minutes until the juices are released. Strain the juice mixture through a cocktail strainer into the top of the shaker and discard the solids. Return the juice to the bottom of the shaker, add the remaining 1-½

ounces of tequila and any remaining on the saucer. Add the ice to the shaker, cover and shake for 30 seconds. Strain the mixture through a cocktail strainer into the prepared glass, garnish with reserved lime slice, and serve immediately. Enjoy and remember to always choose a designated driver.


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related a story of how he was out doing yard work and felt as if he had stepped in a patch of wet grass. He didn’t think much of it until later on, when he was taking off his shoe. It was at this point he noticed a nail had pierced through the bottom of his shoe and was actually in his foot… and his sock was wet from you know what. Unbelievable! This very well may have been unavoidable in his case, but waiting two weeks to seek my attention and self-treating at home cost him a few toes and almost a foot. OK, OK… I’ll be a little less dreadful. The fact is that proper footwear for a diabetic is essential. One small callus ignored can be just as bad as the scenarios above—less fireworks, but just as loud a bang at the end. I was recently giving a lecture at CHRISTUS St. Patrick’s Diabetes Education Center where I currently serve as their medical director. The monthly lecture I give addresses “Complications of Diabetes” where I get to tell a few of these scary stories. When I asked my audience how many of them had already gotten a pair of diabetic shoes, there were some major sandal-tucking, boot-crossing, and hiding-behind-the-spouse-feet maneuvers taking place. As the title of this article alludes, “Looking out below” is better than taking care of your feet—it may just save your life.

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April is one of the standouts in the world of health awareness months with some 15-plus national observances. One sneaky important topic is foot care. I know, hold your applause until the end of the show—please! You would be surprised how often patients with foot problems come to my office. Given the fact that I also provide wound care services on two half days of the week at both major wound care and hyperbaric facilities here in town, I see a fair share of feet. Diabetic feet with and without neuropathy (nerve damage), wounds caused by poor blood flow or severe edema or swelling, plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, athlete’s foot, warts, corns or calluses, abnormal anatomy caused by an unfortunate accident or contractures caused by disabling neuropathic conditions or strokes, nail fungus…I could go on and on, but one thing is for certain, if you ignore any of these conditions, you are asking for trouble. Of the conditions listed above, the diabetic foot with neuropathy is one of the toughest conditions. It is hard to relay the true importance of wearing “those diabetic shoes” that patients love so dearly. Fortunately, there have been some major strides made on the cosmetic appeal of the mighty diabetic shoe. You can get dress shoes, tennis shoes, even steel-toe work boots that do a fine job. One patient that we recently healed at wound care went through multiple surgical procedures as well as diving in a hyperbaric chamber for over a month to save a toe/foot from possible amputation. He was so excited to be going back to work and wanted me to sign a work release. I asked if he had ordered his new set of boots. He casually answered, “Naw, Doc, they said they’d be here in the next week or two, though. I’m ready to get back, man!” I really appreciated his enthusiasm, but to slip back into the same boots that almost caused him to lose his foot didn’t seem to register as a problem to him. I had another patient with severe diabetic neuropathy who

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It’s spring. Snow cone stands are now open, and backyard barbecues are becoming a favorite weekend pastime throughout Southwest Louisiana. Spring can mean lots of things to different people, but for Sulphur Parks and Recreation, it means “play ball!” 2010 marks the 10-year anniversary that the Louisiana High School Association Fast Pitch 56 State Softball Tournament will be held in Southwest Louisiana when 56 teams from around the state converge and compete for the championship title in each respective class, April 30-May 1. So, let the games begin! “LHSAA has become a tradition in our area, and each year, we strive to let the teams know how excited we are to have them in Southwest Louisiana for the championship games. The atmosphere is lively during the tournament with local and out-of-town fans pouring in to catch a glimpse of the games,” said Eric Zartler, senior sales manager/athletics for the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau.


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Over the past 10 years, the tournament has seen quite a bit of growth. The popularity and support from the area have made LHSAA Fast Pitch 56 a hit for the tournament’s coordinators as well. “The LHSAA – State Farm State Softball Tournament has proven to be one of the best success stories in Louisiana high school sports,” said Mitch Small, director of marketing for LHSAA. “The level of competition and fan interest continues to grow annually. Moving the tournament to Frasch Park and the city of Sulphur played a large part in the popularity and growth of the tournament. The facility and hospitality of the Sulphur people have made the tournament what it is today. Affectionately referred to as ‘Fast Pitch 56,’ the tournament is an annual highlight on the LHSAA calendar.” Norman Farr, director of Sulphur Parks & Recreation, is also looking forward to LHSAA returning for its 10th anniversary year in Southwest Louisiana. “We could not be happier with the enthusiasm from the community. Sulphur Parks has a tremendous band of volunteers and staff who are always willing to go the extra mile to

make teams feel special. LHSAA is an important part of our softball season, and we look forward to hosting it every year,” Farr said. Last year, the tournament pumped a cool $3 million into the economy and broke the record for attendance with over 19,000 at the gate over the course of the tournament. The tournament has also become successful at garnering national media attention. The event has become so well known that Cox Sports television will be on site “live” with the action from Frasch Park. The games will be aired throughout the southern states and as far north as Virginia. Needless to say, Frasch Park and Southwest Louisiana will receive some much-deserved exposure for one of the most exciting and successful high school sporting events in the country. “It’s events like this, garnering local, regional and national media attention that led to the area gaining recognition and opportunities like hosting the National Pro Fastpitch tournament this

August,” said Zartler. “The bureau works with local hotels, restaurants, attractions and partners in tourism to host successful events. Norman and the team at SPAR are exceptional, and we appreciate all they do in preparing for events like LHSAA.” In the spirit of hospitality, the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau is asking local business owners to place marquees in their windows welcoming teams playing in the LHSAA tournament.

Top high school softball teams in Louisiana will be vying for the championship crown in each of their respective classes (5A, 4A, 3A, 2A, 1A, B, C) throughout the tournament. For more information, contact the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau at (337) 436-9588 or visit


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The Jambalaya News Supports Recycling Center in Lake Charles By Lauren de Albuquerque Today is Earth Day 2010, and there’s no better time to find out how you can help save Mother Earth. I’ll willing to bet you didn’t know that there’s a huge recycling center right here in Lake Charles. Well, there is—and a visit to Amerimex Recycling is quite an experience. The center is owned by George de la Garza and his wife Pat, who found the sprawling, empty warehouse off Highway 14 last year. “I’ve been in the recycling business all my life,” George said as he showed me around the facility. He took a summer job at a recycling plant while attending college in California, and one job led to another in the field. Last year, he decided to do it on his own. “We live in San Antonio, but we came to Lake Charles often to visit my sister,” he said. “When I found out that there was no recycling center here, I knew there was an opportunity.” It took almost six months to find the right building, but when he and Pat saw the old beverage supply warehouse off Highway 14, they knew their search was over. They were especially excited about the overhead doors, which are necessary for the semis that pick up the recyclables to get in and out easily.


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Then, the hard work began in earnest. After securing his location, George moved in with his sister. It wasn’t easy in the beginning. It took a while to obtain the necessary permits, and trying to run electricity to the warehouse was a daunting task—so he went without it for several months. Pat kept the family home in Texas, but was in Lake Charles often to help. The building wasn’t in the greatest shape, so the couple spent weeks cleaning, building partitions, and creating office space in the back. They persevered—and were eventually able to secure a contract with the City of Lake Charles. City trucks drop off the recyclables they collect between 8 – 10 a.m. every weekday. After 10 a.m., the public is invited to leave its recyclables there as well. A walk around the enormous warehouse reveals mountains of plastic, aluminum and cardboard—all separated—shredded paper shaped into large squares for easy pickup and piles upon piles of plastic trash bags filled with unsorted items. Pat herself came up with a sorting table system for her workers to make it easier for them to separate the different items. And they invested in expensive machinery to shred and pack the recycled paper. The concrete floors are constantly swept and sprayed down with water to maintain cleanliness. Both George and Pat are ever vigilant, making sure that the process moves smoothly. The amount of items taken in on a daily basis is staggering. “We took in 30 million pounds last year,” George said. “And we were able to recycle 99.6 percent of what we took in.” That’s a pretty amazing statistic. Would you like to hear even better news? In 2009, the facility recycled 348 tons of paper. By doing so, it conserved 5,916 trees, 2,436,00 gallons of water, 20,800 pounds of air pollution, 1,426,800 kilowatt hours of electricity, and 1,044 cubic yards of landfill. The company received a certificate of recognition from Evergreen Fiber Sales, a Texas company that they do business with. What they accept The facility accepts aluminum and tin cans (bagged), paper/cardboard boxes, computer paper, bills, envelopes, magazines, newspapers, shredded paper, and plastics No. 1 and No. 2. I had never heard of numbered plastic before, so the de la Garzas

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gave me a crash course in Plastic Recycling 101. Plastic by numbers There’s a symbol code—a single digit ranging from 1 to 7 and surrounded by a triangle of arrows—designed by The Society of the Plastics Industry in 1988 to allow consumers and recyclers to differentiate types of plastics while providing a uniform coding system for manufacturers. The numbers classify the type of plastic and, according to the American Plastics Council, the symbols also help us recyclers do our jobs more effectively. No. 1, made of polyethylene terephthalate, (PETE) is the easiest and most common plastic to recycle. Think clear plastic, such as soda and water bottles. Clear plastic is the most recyclable of plastics because if it’s clear, that means it’s never been recycled before—so it’s pure and in higher demand. Once it has color, it will never go clear again, said George. Once it has been processed by a recycling facility, PETE can become fiberfill for winter coats, sleeping bags and life jackets. It can also be used to make beanbags, rope, car bumpers, tennis ball felt, combs, cassette tapes, sails for boats, the plastic tables at fast food restaurants—and so much more. “There are T-shirts sold at WalMart that are made from recycled plastic Coke bottles,” George laughed. No. 2 is reserved for high-density polyethylene plastics. These include heavier, colored containers that hold laundry detergents and bleach as well as milk, juice, shampoo and motor oil. This type of plastic is often recycled into toys, piping, plastic lumber and rope. Unfortunately, it‘s difficult to find markets for plastics 3 through 7, so only 1 and 2 are accepted at the moment. Glass is also not accepted. However, the de la Garzas continue to keep their feelers out—hoping for the best in this difficult economy.

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Recycling markets As demand and prices for commodities fluctuate, the de la Garzas are doing their best to keep recycling within our state. So far, they’re doing a fantastic job: only 10 percent has been sold to out-of-state brokers—and that’s cardboard to Texas and North Carolina. The other 90 percent are sold within the state—which means we personally benefit from it! Talk about a win-win situation. What’s ahead for Amerimex? George and Pat are here to stay: Pat

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has put her home in Texas on the market and has begun house hunting in Lake Charles. By the end of 2010, they hope to quadruple the amount of recycling that they are taking in now. And that’s where The Jambalaya News comes in. My husband Phil found out about Amerimex when he showed up at a Team Green location with a truckload of cardboard that was practically bursting at the seams. He had been to his job at Ft. Polk the day before, and he always returns with an overload of cardboard. He was told that he needed to personally go to the recycling center since he had such a large amount of recyclables. That’s when he met George and Pat. “They told me that they were having a hard time getting the word out to the general public that they were here, and that they needed to recycle,” Phil told me. Impressed with the couple, and intrigued by the operation, Phil told them that The Jambalaya News would be happy to sponsor them and help get the word out. Earth Day celebration On Earth Day, Thurs., April 22, Gary Shannon and 92.9 the Lake will be broadcasting live from the center from noon-2 p.m. The Jam will be there, encouraging everyone to come out to the facility to meet the de la Garzas and recycle, recycle, recycle! What better way to honor Mother Earth? Amerimex Recycling 2120 Highway 14 Lake Charles, LA 70601 (Located behind the Union Pacific yard) Monday - Friday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed weekends (337) 491-0920 TJN


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Around Town With The Jam We Don’t Just Report It, We Support It!

Lauren and Phil hosted the NAMI Hometown Heroes Appreciation Party at The Jambalaya News office. Here they are with Mayor Randy Roach, a fellow Hero.

Go Orange! Fight Animal Cruelty in the Lake Area April 24 See you at PETCO on Prien Lake Rd from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. April is Prevent Animal Cruelty month. Local rescue groups (Calcasieu Animal Coalition) will be dressed in orange and have adoptable pets on site at PETCO. There will be educational materials available from the ASPCA and Calcasieu Parish Animal services on preventing animal cruelty in the Lake Area, along with dog treats and human treats. If you or your pet come dressed in orange, you’ll get free dog treats. Get your car decorated in safe orange window paint to show your support for anticruelty efforts. There will be tons of door prizes donated by local businesses,

including a grand prize donated by a local casino. Local businesses will display orange to support the fight against animal cruelty. Volunteers needed—call (337) 488-3478 to sign up!


“I am incredibly pleased with this magazine because of all the informative things it contains. Being new to the town of Lake Charles, The Jambalaya News has contributed greatly to my acclimation with all things Louisiana!” Chico the Clown (aka Phil de Albuquerque) entertains at the Grand Reopening of the Children’s Museum.

– Denise Lewis

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By Lisa Yates

Get Groomed and Gorgeous for Spring at Salon Lindsay It’s time to shed your winter wardrobe and start showing off a bit of style and skin – at least from the neck up. So what are the experts saying will be the hot hair and make-up trends this spring? Salon Lindsay Owner/Stylist Lindsay Duplechain offers some tips to help your outer beauty blossom as the thaw begins. What hairstyles is Duplechain seeing for spring? “The current look is effortless,” she said. “Don’t go against the grain – go with the flow of what your hair is naturally doing. If your hair is curly or straight, go with a cut that’s easy to maintain. Quit trying to maintain the perfect set style so much.” GET A NEW ‘DO’ She said be realistic when planning your new “do.” If your hair is thick straight and thin, realize that a bob with a blunt cut probably won’t create the most volume. You need layers like the girls with curls. Duplechain recommended a good straight razor cut –


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but only from an expert. “Razor cuts have gotten a bad reputation,” she said. “That’s because the stylist was ill-trained. I’ve been fortunate to have extensive week-long training sessions at the Bumble and bumble Salon in New York.” She said the right color can make a good haircut even better. Some of the best colors she’s seen on women are really close to their natural shade. Duplechain uses ombré and balayage techniques to get the look. “I like a natural affect,” she said. “Whether your hair is blonde or brown, the color should softly fade from a slightly darker color at the root to a lighter color on the ends – like a child’s hair that’s been lightened by the sun.” If you’re tired of dealing with roots, or two-toned hair, Duplechain and her stylists, Neali DeRamus Perkins and Adrien Lyles, can help. “We do a lot of corrective color on hair,” she said.

Lindsay Duplechain, Owner HELP FOR DAMAGED HAIR At Salon Lindsay, there’s help for hair that’s been damaged from overprocessing and styling tools. Duplechain said it’s a process that begins with using products – reconstructors - that fortify the hair and actually rebuild the hair structure “Returning damaged hair to health is possible,” she said. “We have an amazing product from the L’Oreal professional line that actually reconstructs hair.” She added the L’Oreal products at Salon Lindsay are not the same ones you find at the grocery store. Instead, these are professional products Duplechain uses in her salon and sells to clients. “When I first starting carrying the line, people said it would never sell,” she said. “But we’re one of the top 20 sellers in our region, which includes Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Once people try this on their hair and see how good it works, they don’t want to use anything else.” In addition to using good products

at home, Duplechain said the rehabilitation process also involves salon treatments, corrective color and using proper tools to style hair – it’s a process – but, it does work. “I’ve seen cotton-fried hair rehabilitated,” she said. Duplechain uses and sells good brushes, blow dryers and flat irons that protect the hair. “I like Marilyn brushes,” she said. “They’re 100 percent natural boar bristle brushes and they are great for smoothing hair. Our L’Oreal educator, who came from New York, was using them. The first time I tried them, I was blown away. They’re the best ever.” SPRING MAKE-UP TIPS AND MORE What look is big when it comes to make-up this season? Duplechain said coral is big for spring. She said use less eyeliner on your eyes, a soft bronzer on your cheeks and a glossy tint on your lips. “You don’t have to match your make-up to your clothes,” she said. “My favorite make-up look enhances

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you. It’s not painted on like a picture. Be who you are.” She recommends calling the salon to schedule a session with her makeup artist, Zina Green, to find a look that’s right for you. The salon is also offering a new service – full body waxing. Duplechain said swimsuit season is on its way, and with it is the need for a little extra grooming. She said waxing is one of the most efficient ways to hair removal. “Our staff is fully trained and has additional certification in full body waxing,” she said. Some of the benefits of waxing: It’s great for both men and women; it removes hair at the root, causing it to grow back much slower than shaving. Another benefit: The new hair growth in waxed areas is soft and fine, not sharp and course like shaved hair. In fact, some hair may not regrow after repeated waxing. GROWING THE BUSINESS Duplechain is growing the twoyear-old business to include more new services, including pedicures and facials. “Hair is the main focus,” she said. “But we’ve added new services for people who don’t necessarily want to

leave their hairdresser. They come here and get their make-up done. And, they’re excited about coming here for facials and pedicures.” Even if Duplechain was not a master of hair, you’d want to visit Salon Lindsay, located at 725 Ryan Street in Lake Charles. It’s simply a gorgeous place to get coiffed! Having only experienced sleek black, rather minimal hair salons, Duplechain wanted to create something different. “I had a distinct vision,” she said. “I wanted something the opposite of cold, stainless and black.” She wanted a space that was warm, comfortable and attractive. Duplechain’s eclectic-infused salon incorporates soft upholstered chairs and Persian rugs in waiting areas with antique vanities as styling stations. She decorated it herself with the help of her mother, Cindy Pedersen. “Once I decided to open a salon, Mom and I started going to antique auctions and collecting furniture,” she said. “It all fell together easily. For example, the chair you are sitting on was given to me by a woman who had it on her front porch. We were at her house to buy furniture, but she wasn’t going to sell it because her

cats had clawed it up. I took it and had it reupholstered.” The salon owner said decorators and hairstylists have something in common. “It’s all about creativity,” she said.

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Spring fashion is traditionally known for its vivid colors and floral-based prints. For Spring 2010, get ready to play with color, pattern and shape in a way that is fun, innovative but still wearable. Juli Wilson, owner of Social Denim, is here to help. She and her models, Cristi Lee and Alexandra Collins, will showcase the hottest looks for the new season in this issue of The Jambalaya News. To bloom in this season’s botanicals without looking like you’re wearing Grandma’s wallpaper, Wilson said there are a few rules to follow. “Floral prints are everywhere, but should be worn with care,” she said. “Whilst 20-somethings and fulltime fashionistas can get away with almost any combination, there are rules to be followed for the average woman who wants to look stylish and on trend. Get it wrong and this season’s oversized prints will look too overpowering.” Wilson said oversized prints can also add a few extra unwanted pounds. “Larger prints can create the impression of a larger surface area,” she said. “Tall women can get away with huge prints, but a flower larger than a hand span can make a fuller-figured lady look even bigger.” She said if in doubt wear this season’s super-sized prints on the bottom half, with a neutral, understated color on the top. “As a general rule, oversized prints in fluid fabrics are more flattering and the darker the background, the slimmer the look,” Wilson added. Here’s a glimpse of spring’s top trends and stellar looks that will take your breath away. Use the pages of our magazine as a shopping tip sheet to help perfect your spring wardrobe. Volume 2 • Issue 2

LWD – LITTLE WHITE DRESS You’ll definitely want to add a “Little White Dress” to your spring collection. While not replacing the “Little Black Dress,” the LWD is a huge trend for this spring. Instead of the simplicity and versatility of the LBD, though, the white dress is a more glamorous pick in ruffles and sheer fabrics.

Wilson said see-through white lace dresses shown on runways are less practical for everyday. Instead, go for something fun and flirty like the LWD Cristi is wearing. “Ruffles add to the feminine look,” she said. “White dresses are great for spring and should be paired with a pop of color.”

A CLASSIC: THE SHIRTDRESS The shirtdress is a chic, easy style that works for several occasions. Key point: Though they resemble men’s button-down shirts, these are actual dresses. “From softer draped shirtdresses to sharply-cut military styles, the shirtdress is THE silhouette for spring,” Wilson said. “The shirtdress is one of my go-to silhouettes because it just looks so great on.” Cristi looks stunning in this shirtdress from Social Denim - a feminine

THE PRINTED DRESS Floating dresses regardless of length and patterns are top notch elements of a spring wardrobe. From the stylish floral prints to polka dots and digital designs, all will offer you the chance to master the transition from the cold season to the sunnier months. Therefore, make sure you have at least two to three printed dresses in your closet for an emergency breezy outfit that will steal the show at every event. A maxi-dress like the one Alexandra is wearing will keep you in trend this spring. It’s what spring and summer are all about – a gorgeous print and the must-have maxi-length dress. This maxi-dress can take you anywhere in style. It’s great for a cruise or any spring/summer Volume 2 • Issue 2

silhouette in a light striped pattern. Wilson said great neutrals are also on trend at the moment. “I love shirt dresses because there is a style for every body type and lifestyle,” she said. “A kneelength or shorter is the best look on most women, and a straighter skirt with a blousier top balances out most curves.” The perfect accessories are cute sunglasses, a great pair of gladiator sandals and a skinny belt around the waist.

occasion with a dash of animal print done right. Alexandra is wearing a maxi-dress with a dash of animal print done right. Wilson said a dash of animal print can look stylish, but avoid overkill as it can also be aging. “Keep animal prints simple and subtle,” she said. “Play it safe with just animal print accessories, or work it as only part of an outfit, e.g. a leopard print with jeans. Whether it’s giraffe, zebra, snakeskin or leopard, animal prints should be tempered with a neutral shade such as black or brown, ideally, picking out a color from the print.” APRIL 22, 2010


DENIM DRESSING Both laid-back and hardworking, denim is the bedrock of classic American style. And, denim was a big feature on the runways for spring. Wilson said key denim trends for spring include: 1. Denim dresses: “Last year, we might have said a denim dress was way too Little House on the Prairie. This season, though, we’re giving in to the hippie vibe, and dressing up our denim dress with crazy-high platforms and lots of layered chains and jewelry.” 2. Patchwork Denim: “A little too Janis Joplin for some ladies, but for us, we’re into it. Turn the typical hippie patchwork vibe on its ear, wearing it in a more sophisticated way, with a sequin blazer or satin trousers.” 3. Chambray shirts: “A little oversized and kind of worn-in, there’s nothing quite as sexy as spring’s chambray shirt. Knot it at the waist with a pencil skirt or try it as a short and sexy beach cover-up.” 4. Denim trousers: “Last year when Lover crafted the most perfect pleated denim trouser on the planet, we knew other

designers would be hopping onboard. We love these with a super-skinny T-shirt, or an oversized tuxedo shirt with amazing heels.” 5. Denim shorts: “Few things look as good with a tan as a pair of tailored denim shorts. Wear these right through to fall with tights, but try them when the weather gets warmer with some flat espadrilles or an ankle bootie – no heels, please!” In this photo, Juli is wearing “jeggings” (jeans + leggings) with a belted blouse. Her models, Alexandra and Cristi have on denim mini-dresses. You can argue over whether jean leggings are truly leggings or just REALLY skinny jeans, but however you define them they’re a hot trend for spring. The good news is that the latest jean leggings come in a wide variety of washes so you can either go super trendy (light or acid wash, high waist) or super chic (mid- to low-rise, classic dark wash) – something for everyone! A denim mini-dress is a bit more daring and not the easiest trend to pull off. The real way to work this trend is with a light-colored dress with some neutral heels as shown on Alexandra and Cristi.

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BOHEMIAN STYLE (HIPPIE CHIC) Bohemian style was a big hit with a few designers. And, many designers had this look going on in at least one of their styles. Think peasant blouses, flowery prints, loose-fitting, etc. One of the best ways to pull off this look is to wear a bohemianstyled dress from Social Denim like Cristi is wearing in the photo. Wilson said Social Denim is MORE THAN JUST JEANS. “One of the biggest misconceptions about the store is that Social Denim is only denim,” she said. “The fact is, Social Denim has the widest variety of denim between Houston and New Orleans, but offers an extensive collection of women’s dresses

and tops, as well as accessories.” Fiction: Social Denim caters to only young women. Fact: Social Denim caters to all ages. “High school students and college girls love to shop at Social, but the majority of my clients are the 35-50 age group,” Wilson said. Fiction: Social Denim carries only small sizes. Fact: Social Denim carries sizes small to extra-large in ladies attire, and sizes 0-16 in denim. Social Denim will help the fashion savvy and the wardrobe-challenged put it all together with style. The boutique’s stylists will guide you through the hottest spring trends and help you put together outfits for any occasion.

GREAT LOOKS FOR LESS THAN $200 Wilson said one of the biggest misconceptions about Social Denim is the store is super pricey. She said it’s easy to find great looks for the season at her boutique without spending a lot of money. “Our denim lines start at $60, and our dress lines start around $50,” she said. The fact is there’s a lot of stylish looks at Social Denim for less than $200. For example, Alexandra is wearing a complete look, including denim leggings by Bobi, a boyfriend T-shirt by Bobi, a fringe bag by Melie Blanco, and stackable bracelets by Blee Inara. Wilson said this is a great look for all ages. “Less jewelry would make it more work appropriate,” she said. “It’s super comfortable. The model wanted to leave in this look.” She also had a lot of money-saving tips for looking stylish this spring, including: • “Spring and summer are the season of RIPPED jeans. If you don’t want to spend money on ripped jeans, you can cut up the old jeans in your wardrobe. You can cut it out as short pants and let the fringes from the cut Volume 2 • Issue 2

hand. It’s very easy to create more fashion style by adding rips and fringes. Pair with a simple white tee.” • “Cuffing your jeans is great for so many reasons. Most importantly, though, it’s free. Just take a pair of jeans you already own and roll them up once or twice. This works best with straight leg or skinny jeans.” • “Tights are still a trend in spring, so you can wear the same patterned, textured and opaque tights as you did in the fall and winter. Tights can also be worn under a spring dress, cuffed jeans, cropped pants and shorts.” • “Spring scarves are a great option for adding that spring color into your look. Inexpensive, but very effective.” • The basic blazer is such a versatile piece. It’s a great any time of year, but especially as you transition into your spring wardrobe since it adds structure and warmth to short tops and flowy fabrics. Black and tan blazers are always staples, but spring is a great time to add a touch of color.”

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FLORAL DRESSES Along with crocuses and daffodils comes another surefire sign of spring: Florals in fashion. This spring you can’t go wrong with the oh-sofeminine floral designs that come in all the season’s bright colors. Floral patterns are a big trend for spring and one that looks great on a dress. Wilson said try to keep the florals in a smaller pattern because this is a universally flattering look. She looks amazing in this floral dress. What’s her secret to looking great in florals? She said it is important to not pair any other loud prints or accessories with florals, or the look can become overdone. Wilson said it goes back to the fashion motto of less is more. “Spring 2010’s patterns can be mixed together providing they belong to the same color palette. However, wearing the same size pattern is a fashion faux pas,” she said. Pastel colors are another choice when you are shopping for the spring.

The top 10 colors for women’s fashion were announced by PANTONE at the Fashion Color Report Spring 2010. According to the report, turquoise, tomato puree, fusion coral, violet, Tuscany, aurora, amparo blue, pink champagne, dried herb and eucalyptus will be the favorite colors this season. Wilson’s favorite colors for the season are scarlet, blush (blushing nudes are the new neutrals) and lavender. “Once considered strictly for the bold and adventurous, red is now practically a wardrobe essential,” she said. “Get a daytime look with a wrap dress and wedges, or a night look with a one-shoulder strappy red dress.” She said wrap dresses are great for any season and are a wearable welcome among the fashion trends for Spring 2010. A wrap dress is easy to wear and looks great on all body types. Just add a great shoe and some fun jewelry to complete the look.

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WHITE VS. YELLOW White is the new black and everyone is wearing it this spring. From teenagers to grownups, this monochromatic color suits all ages and almost all type of events. Some colors come and go out of fashion, but white has never missed from color trends as its elegance and simplicity will always be fashionable. Even though white is the most preferred color for the springtime, yellow will often be seen everywhere this season as a favorite color of 2010. This color evokes the bright flowers and fruits of the season. Alexandra is shown wearing both hot colors paired up for spring. What are some other 2010 spring fashion musthaves? Wilson has the low-down. Here’s a few more of the latest trends and how to wear them: 1. Jumpsuits/rompers: “It may be starting to hit the mainstream, but the jumpsuit is not the easiest trend to pull off. Many of the styles feature a slimtop silhouette paired with a really wide leg: a horrible combo for bottom-heavy women. Watch the leg width and you’ll be fine: strapless looks are one of my favorites (I can’t wait for a warm weather party to wear one!) and I even like the jumpsuits that feature a shorter, slimmer leg.” 2. Shorts: “My favorite edgy look for spring is definitely the leather short, but it’s not for everyone. The city suit (short suit) is definitely another great

look and a younger alternative to a traditional skirt suit. For most of us, a walking short or even a slim longer short that hits around the knee is a fun way to try the look.” 3. Military: “Here’s a trend that works for so many women, and it’s easy to buy into as adding a pair of soft utility pants or khaki camp shirt into your wardrobe. The key to keeping military looks feminine is to choose fitted shirts and jackets: It gives it more of a boy-meets-girl look than a sloppy army surplus look. Although camo is around, it’s not really the khakis and olives that look freshest. I happen to be a huge fan of olive, but if it’s not a color you can wear, keep it on the bottom or just go with khaki.” 4. Looser pant: “You can put your billowy harem pants in your wardrobe, but you don’t need to wear them just because they were featured on many of the runways. This look isn’t for everyone. A nice alternative is a looser fit cropped or ankle pant. Spring 2010 fashion features relaxed pants that are easy to wear. But whether tapered or wide-legged, they should finish just above the ankle.” 5. Boyfriend jeans, blazers and T-shirts: “Boyfriend jeans, boyfriend blazers, boyfriend Tshirts are all still in for spring, but now they’re worn with shorts and leggings. Big shoulders are coming back as well, meaning that the 80s are now officially vintage. Play up the masculine tones, but make sure to add a feminine touch likes a florals print blouse or ruffles.”

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OWNERSHIP OF THE DRESS Ownership of the dress has become an established fashion trend again. Dresses offer versatility for a season of warm weather, frequent events and travel. With a wide range of colors and many diverse styles this season, there really is a dress for every occasion. Wilson and her team at Social Denim worked to make sure that their Social Dress spring collection was absolutely perfect. It’s the perfect time of year to wear these feminine and flirty dresses showcased on Alexandra, Cristi and Juli. “Spring dress lengths are getting longer and are more age appropriate for everyone,” Wilson said. “Floral dresses and painterly patterned dresses were also seen on all the runways.” HOTTEST BIKINIS AND BATHING SUITS IN 2010 Of course, bathing suits are on top of the list for most college girls headed for the beach for Spring Break and summer vacations. Some classic styles will never go out of style, like the basic bikini. What’s especially hot this year? Social Denim’s new collection - Social Swim – a collection of swimwear you won’t find anywhere else. Salon W is the only local salon to carry the bareMinerals line of make-up from here to Houston. Don’t pay to ship, shop local. The Clinically proven bareMinerals gives you a 100% natural, no make-up look while improving skin over time. Now that’s a good feeling.

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By Lisa Yates • Accessories photographed by Lana Tyler Photography Spring means starting over and revitalizing yourself. One way to do that is with the accessories in your wardrobe. Together with Juli Wilson, owner of Social Denim, we have put together a list of ideas to get you in the spring fashion mood.

• Bags with hardware “Bags with lots of hardware are still relevant – studs, chains, zippers, etc.” • Bags with chain details From satchels to totebags to clutches, you are sure to find the perfect spring handbag at Social Denim.

HANDBAGS This season, trendy handbags come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Wilson said if you are looking to add a new handbag to your collection, check out Social Denim’s hot picks in handbags, including: • Fringe bags like the turquoise one shown above is the must-have handbag for spring. “Here’s a simple trend that’s easy to incorporate into your wardrobe. Fringed bags add a western/hobo feel to just about anything, but look especially great with denim.”

JEWELRY Jewelry is one of the best ways to stay current with today’s fashion trends. And, spring’s accessories are all about making a statement. Wilson said the season’s jewelry is bolder than ever, particularly layers and layers of bracelets and necklaces. • Stacked bracelets and bangles “Try mixing smaller bracelets and bangles, different colors are okay. Mix silver and gold for a hobo chic look.” • Layered chains and necklaces “Multi-

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strand necklaces that connect via a clasp in the back are coming to market as the perfect option for ladies who have trepidations about layering necklaces themselves. Cascading chains with charms, as well as the mixing of various metals, are contemporary styles of this trend.” STATEMENT SHOES Eye-popping heights and elaborate details made their way down the runway on the feet of models around the world. Wilson said the most dramatic styles were cage shoes, wedges and ankle boots. “Statement shoes have one of the most significant trends going for seasons,” she said. “Even pant lengths are being made to show off great shoes. Cropped slim pants are my favorite way to show off amazing shoes.” Wilson said this season is all about wedges, clogs and kitten heels. She said the season’s hottest shoe colors are camel light-colored with earthy accents like cork, natural wood and ropecovered heels; also, camel colors. • Cage shoes – an update on the gladiator. “They feature a cage-like effect made with straps and can either be casual or dress, highheel or flat.” • Wedges – a warm-weather favorite. “Many women find wedge heels easier to wear than stilettos; they’re also great for showcasing some of the season’s other top trends like rope and cork accents.”


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• Heavier sandals – are edging out their skimpier counterparts for the third year running. “Woven sandals, wide-collared sandals and bootie sandals are all making the fashion pages again this year.” • Boots for spring – don’t do the over-theknee boots for spring. “I’d go for a peep toe bootie. Booties are awesome because they are a nice transition shoe. If you want to do a boot, it should be below the knee and have a low heel. Of course, cowboy boots are always appropriate year-round, especially in Louisiana. I rock my cowboy boots all spring with dresses.” EGYPTIAN MAGIC Technically not an accessory, but worth mentioning is Egyptian Magic because the editors at The Jambalaya News love it! Egyptian Magic is an all-natural moisturizer, which has garnered more kudos in the fashion press than any comparable product in the world. Wilson said everyone from recovering surgery patients to new moms agree – it’s a must-have for any season. “Egyptian Magic is EXCLUSIVE to Social Denim,” she said. “All of our customers love it. I’ve had people use it for make-up remover, moisturizer, hair care, scars, razor burn and even diaper rash! It’s great to keep in your purse for the summer, when you need to keep your skin extra-moisturized.”


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By Lauren de Albuquerque

We’ve got one of the Top 20 events of 2010 right here in our own backyard—and it’s starting next week. That’s right, it’s time for Contraband Days once again, so get out your cutlasses and eye patches and head to the Civic Center grounds for all kinds of family fun. From live entertainment to good food to watching the mayor get dunked in the lake, there’s something for everyone! The festival, which dates back to 1958, runs for 12 days—from April 27-May 9. What started off as a small boat race has grown to over 100 events, drawing more than 100,000 visitors per year. Among other things, there’s the annual arm-wrestling competition,

along with crawfish races, a barbecue cook-off, a boat parade, the Blazin’ Bikes motorcycle ride, fireworks, and the Tour Lafitte bike race. There are some new attractions you won’t want to miss, such as the Sea Lion Splash and an aerial high wire act from Columbia. As always, you’ll enjoy lots of amazing entertainment, including Nashville recording star Jake Owen, Judd Bares, Chubbie Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, Wayne Toups and Zydecajun, Fresh Nectar, Ashes of Eden, jazz artist Erik Morales— and the list just goes on. Of course, the main attraction is watching our mayor walk the plank. There has been a lot of concern about the construction along the seawall, but both the mayor and Contraband Days, Inc., have assured us that they have it under control. “We’re working around the construction zone,” the mayor said. They plan on making the event less spread out and more compact, and have changed the location of the carnival rides to the front of the Civic Center. There will be water taxis available to bring boaters to shore due to the limited seawall space. Sounds like they’re going to make it work!

JEAN LAFITTE 2010 A Buccaneer since 2002, Donnie Istre was chosen to be Jean Lafitte 2010. He has served on the board of directors as raid chairman and social director, and has been float captain of the Jolly Roger. When we met for his photo shoot, he was resplendent in a gorgeous leather waistcoat that he purchased at a RenFaire, along with an amazing pair of black leather pirate pants that I can’t quite describe. Suffice to say that they were created by Kevin Hodges, and leave it at that. They’re incredible. Istre was born and raised in Lake Charles and grew up hunting and fishing on the lakes and bayous of Southwest Louisiana. He spent many years with his father Larry and Uncle Ziggy as part of the flotilla that carried the pirates to the Civic Center—so it seems only natural that he would become a Buccaneer himself. The 46th Jean Lafitte lives in Ragley with his wife Sherry and sons Joshua and Jacob. He’s worked at Citgo Petroleum Corporation for the last 20 years, and enjoys riding his custom Harley, golfing with his wife, participating in cook-offs, and attending Swashbuckler and

Jean Lafitte 2010, Donnie Istre Cowboys games. “It’s an honor, and a very humbling experience, to have been chosen to represent the Buccaneers, Contraband Days, and Southwest Louisiana,” Istre said. For years, he’s been entertaining children as a pirate—and now, he can do so much more as Jean Lafitte. Let the pirate games begin! TJN

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The voice of the Louisiana Swashbucklers, Scott Blanchard, came back on Stick-AM April 17 as the Louisiana Swashbucklers played host to the Greenville Force. The Swashbucklers will have another bye week and then return to the gridiron on Sat., May 1, when the team travels eastward for the first regular season contest against the Lafayette


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Wildcatters. The next home contest for the Bucs will be on Sat., May 22, when the Albany Panthers come to the Smuggler’s Den in the Lake Charles Civic Center. Tailgating will commence at 5 p.m. with kickoff at 7 p.m. The Bucs and Panthers will first tangle prior to this game in Albany on Sat., May 15. Blanchard voiced play-byplay for the Southern Indoor Football League and the Louisiana Swashbucklers for the entire 2009 season. As creative services director for the league in 2009, the StickAM Broadcast was one of his major projects, and was

received with great praise by league fans. The Stick-AM show was awarded “Outstanding Webcast” at the 2009 SIFL league meetings for the project’s success. With his new professional duties as an educator in the Calcasieu Parish School System, Blanchard could not commit to calling every home game for the Swashbucklers this season, but plans to return for the Swashbucklers most influential games if availability with scheduling and the league permits. “It has been an honor and privilege to represent the Swashbucklers and the league in one capacity or another in each of the previous seasons of indoor football in Lake Charles,” he said. “My broadcast team is excited about the opportunity to serve the SIFL fans and we should only be better with a year of experience in the booth.” The broadcast will be free for those who want to listen,

and as in years past, fans can sign into Stick-AM and chat with those in the booth. iphone users can download a free app and listen from their iphone if the user’s Internet connection permits. Blanchard will be accompanied by Coach Cason Robison, and Producer Jonathan Wyrick. Robison voiced the color commentating and was Blanchard’s counterpart for the SIFL league Championship Game last season. Jonathan Wyrick and Nick Lincoln round out the production team for the Swashbucklers. There are still plenty of great seats available in the Smuggler’s Den to give you the chance to see all of the great Swashbucklers indoor football action. Don’t miss out as the Bucs are determined to Do It Again in 2010! For more information on tickets, contact the front office at 310-PASS (7277) or visit TJN

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Meet Porter, Labrador/Retriever/Terrier Mix Porter is my name and playtime is my game. I’m looking for a new family of my own so I can have a good life. Won’t you adopt me? Porter was recently rescued from the river were he was apparently abandoned. We’re not sure what breed mix he is, so this listing is our best guess. His foster mom said that he must have been someone‘s pet at a young age since he listens very well. He is only 30 lbs. and shouldn’t get much larger. He is about 1 ½ years old and will remain a small-to-medium-size dog. He is used to being an inside/outside dog and must have a secure privacy fence. His adoption fee is $100. Porter is up-to-date with routine shots, is house trained and has been neutered.

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Come out and meet him at 4 Paws on the Bayou at 465 Hardy Rd. in Carlyss, open every day from 8 a.m.5 p.m. Call (337) 558-5184 for more information, or e-mail An application can be submitted on-line at TJN

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Karen Carr, Melanie Gentry, Dr. Thomas Royer, and Molly Hagen

By Maria Alcantara Faul

— Part 3 — Lessons Learned The earthquake in Haiti resulted in the loss of over 120,000 lives and millions of injures, and brought unthinkable pain to a people already fighting for survival on a daily basis. As registered nurses Melanie Gentry, Molly Hagen, and Karen Carr continue with efforts to provide much-needed medical relief to the people of Haiti, their story turns into an understanding of how much we can do when we commit to love, compassion and unity. The nurses from CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital learned a good bit about life, and that each experience holds an important lesson.

Earthquake survivors crowded the compound daily. Some were seeking treatment for an injury or illness; most were seeking shelter. Many parents brought in children suffering from malnutrition. More often than not, a 14-month old child would look as if he were no more than three months old. Unfortunately, they were not able to take in these children because they did not have urgent injuries. ‘We just could not help everyone,” Carr said. Yet, the Haitians came day after day, eager to please, and very grateful for the Medical Mission

Team. They graciously waited in line to receive treatment, submitting willingly to medical care. “Even when it hurt, they smiled,” Gentry said. How they lived The nurses stayed in a coed tent along with 100 other occupants, swarms of mosquitoes and no airconditioning. A slight breeze would come into the tent every now and then, providing much-needed relief to its occupants. There were 18 inches between one cot to the next and “you did what you could do to

get dressed,” according to Hagan. She was quick to add that the men in the tent were very respectful. “They usually didn’t look or didn’t say anything,” she said. The group’s showers were comprised of plywood walls and shower curtains that flapped constantly. They had no hot water, but the sweltering weather actually made the cold showers a nice relief at the end of the day. “Porta Pottys” were everywhere, and by the end of their stay, the nurses learned that there are a million uses for baby wipes, and that there are a lot of things one can do standing up.

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Food consisted of MREs (Meals Ready to Eat), which the women said weren’t so great. But they admitted that they really didn’t eat much. “It was too hot for warm food, and a couple of crackers here and there seemed enough,” Gentry stated. They did drink plenty of water to make sure that they did not get dehydrated. Amidst the dreadful living conditions, the nurses learned that prayers are constantly answered. “We truly felt the thoughts and prayers of everyone while we were in Haiti,” stated Gentry. In a country full of mosquitoes and malaria, no one came home with a single mosquito bite. The nurses didn’t get any stomach ailments; and in a country where over 40 percent of the population has AIDS, not one of the women was accidentally stuck with a needle. The ground moved and the tent poles swayed during three aftershocks that occurred while the group was there, but they were curiously unafraid. “ We never felt unsafe at all. God was so good to us,” said Hagan. They learned that a little for some people goes a long way for others. Michelle, a Haitian-born CHRISTUS nurse now living in the United States (who lost her mother in the quake), arranged for a cousin to pick up the team with his flatbed truck for a

“pleasure trip” to the United Nations’ have been chosen to serve and office in Port Au Prince. blessed to have served with each “I wasn’t sure if I could get my leg other. “Being on the trip with Molly high enough to get in the back of the and Melanie really made me feel a lot truck,” Gentry said. Then, one of the more comfortable. We really dependHaitians grabbed her backside and ed on each other,” stated Carr. “I went pushed her up and inside the truck. with a great team and would do it all “I didn’t mind,” she laughed. “By this over if given the opportunity.” time, I had no dignity left!” Carr, Hagan and Gentry’s mission Michelle’s cousin drove about 20 trip to Haiti was meant to provide people from the group to the UN help to Haitians; to assist compound, where they were able to with their physical illness eat real burgers and French fries. The and struggles. But the Group Trip group was also treated to a real bathtrip turned out to be a room with running water and soap. spiritual journey that “The bathroom was clean!” exclaimed enabled them to see the Carr. goodness of the human At the end of the trip to the U.N., Michelle gathered around $2 from each member of the group to tip her cousin. She coluarters Sleeping Q lected close to $40, and informed them that the money would pay for her cousin’s school tuition for the next three months. It would also ensure that he would return any time to drive the group back to the U.N. compound to get their burgers and fries fix. A spiritual journey While rather anxious before their trip, they now feel honored to

heart, the resilience of its spirit, and the expanse of God’s grace. “We live in such a great country; we should be grateful for what we take for granted,” Carr said. The women also realized that their problems are insignificant in comparison to those of the survivors. Said Gentry, “I have learned that I can do with a lot less than I have; and that I am so very blessed by God.”


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Well, one sport in particular. Mom and Dad didn’t need to ask where I was at 2 p.m. every Saturday from January until April. I was sitting cross-legged on the living room carpet watching bowling. Instead of Mark McGwire, Jose Canseco and Barry Bonds, my heroes were Pete Weber, Amleto Monacelli and Marshall Holman, and ABC brought them all live to my house every weekend. I was excited each time Chris Schenkel or Nelson Burton, Jr. announced the five finalists for the stepladder format tournament and

either Weber or Monacelli or Holman was there. I copied their bowling styles when my parents would take us to Petro Bowl. Weber always had this high, arcing backswing and smooth delivery, I thought Monacelli’s frantic, herkyjerky motions were fun and Holman looked like he took a running start before making a long, low slide toward the foul line. He had anger issues, too. I guess I emulated that a little too much for my parents’ liking as well. I rooted for those guys whenever they bowled against some shmuck I’d never heard of before (Bob Benoit…pronounced ben-OYT and

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not BEN-wah…weird, right?). Of course, when I was a kid, I rooted for anyone who was up against the dreaded Walter Ray Williams, Jr. He was young (practically a rookie when I started watching), cocky and, most importantly, unstoppable. I hated him. I hated that no one could beat him. In 1987, it seemed like every time I watched a tournament (I was five years old; time is a funny concept when it’s not structured around kindergarten), he was out there kicking in someone’s teeth. Now, when I watch, I hope he still kicks these young guys in the teeth. I root for all the guys I grew up watching; Weber and Williams still bowl (or at least make it to the televised portion of the tournaments) regularly. So much has changed since I was growing up. Back then, everyone bowled with just one hand. Now, there’s this new two-handed style that’s grown popular. I’ve seen drunken guys at Petro Bowl try the twohanded approach and it’s usually not a pretty sight. I guess I’m too old to get how that style could actually work. Marilyn Smith’s column in the local paper was a must-read for me. She died in 1999 and they stopped having a bowling column at all after a while. I guess there’s already too much stuff out there to cram into three pages of newsprint. I used to be in a youth league for a while, riding my bike three miles roundtrip with 30 pounds of bowling ball hefted over the handlebars, but I stopped going to league once I moved to Westlake for high school. One thing hasn’t changed from my childhood to now, though: I still bowl often with my family and friends and we always have a good time, and there’s always a little good-natured competition. Because that’s the point of bowling: having a good time and fellowship with other people. Bowling never gets the attention it deserves, except for briefly on ESPN and in a small box buried in the sports section of the paper, but it’s one of the most popular sports in the United States. The Bowling Foundation estimated in 2006 that 66 million people bowled at least once a year. Why so many? Bowling is simple, it’s fun and the whole family can play. You don’t need any real skill to bowl (maybe to knock some pins down; but, if you’re drinking, who cares, right?). They provide the equipment for you if you don’t own a ball and shoes (bring your own socks, though). And, hey, if you’d rather have your own stuff, it’s not terribly expensive to buy. I bought my wife a

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beginner’s ball, shoes, a bag and the professional drilling service for the ball for a little over $100 total. She’s all set and, frankly, her sparkly purple ball is quite snazzy. I bought a ball, too. It’s a more advanced ball and it was more expensive, but I didn’t have to mortgage the house to buy it. Plus, it smells like apple pie. Bonus! Another new trend: scented bowling balls. Who knew? They have bumpers and ultra-light bowling balls for kids (and, you know, in case someone distracted you and you accidentally threw your ball

toward the gutter…ahem) so they can play without worrying about throwing a gutter ball. If you join a league, you get free practice games and you can meet an assortment of good folks from the community. It’s a very democratic game. On any given night, you could run into the guy who sold you your brand new car or your pipefitter neighbor or your family doctor. Or, your friendly, neighborhood sports columnist. I won’t be hard to miss. Just follow the scent of apple pie.

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


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By Mary Louise Ruehr

Marriage “And she married the prince, and they lived happily ever after…” Or not, according to three excellent writers who give us their take on marriage. One looks at the first night, one looks at the last dregs, and another takes an overview and gives it her own personal spin. Elizabeth Gilbert’s Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage is many things. It’s an essay about how the author feels about marriage; it’s a look at the history and development of marriage as a social and reli-

gious institution; it’s a memoir of her personal journey toward commitment; and it’s a sort-of sequel to her mega-bestselling Eat, Pray, Love. At the end of that wonderful memoir, she has found the love of her life, “Felipe,” and I call this a “sort-of sequel” because only parts of this book continue the story of their romance. Other parts include a travelogue, a look at marriage historically and globally, and family memories. Gilbert and Felipe are perfectly happy just being together without

making it legal. Both have gone through painful divorces, and neither wants to marry again. But Brazilianborn Felipe, an Australian citizen who travels the world as part of his business, has overstayed his welcome at Gilbert’s home in America, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which deports him. Of course, Gilbert can marry him, but even then, he’ll have to wait several months before he can re-enter the United States. Because she doesn’t want to be without him, the two of them set off on a time-killing trip around Southeast Asia. And she begins a very personal journey toward a legal commitment she really doesn’t want to make. She begins to read everything she can about marriage and shares the interesting tidbits she discovers: “Marriage shifts. It changes over the centuries,” she writes. “Marriage has not always been considered ‘sacred,’ not even within the Christian tradition.” Throughout much of history, it has been regarded as a “business arrangement.” It is the legalities of marriage that have created some of the most ugliness: Through the tradition of coverture, a woman lost all her legal PAGE 44

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rights once she married. In fact, writes Gilbert, there was a time when “a married woman did not really exist as a legal entity.” And don’t get me started on slavery. While in Asia, she talks to women about their own marriages, most of which bear no similarity to Western unions. Among the indigenous people of Vietnam, she asks the women, “When did you first meet your husband?” “ When did you fall in love?” “What’s the secret to a happy marriage?” “Is he a good husband?” The women all laugh at her because to them, her questions make no sense. She was “taught that the pursuit of happiness was (her) birthright,” but much of the rest of the world’s inhabitants have no such expectation. In lovely moments, she tells the stories of her grandmother, her parents, her aunts and some of her friends. She discusses romance, passion, compatibility, infatuation (“It’s a mirage, a trick of the eye — indeed, a trick of the endocrine system”), infidelity, and practical stuff such as money and the pre-nup, but she almost always leans toward a negative viewpoint. (Her sister told her, “You make marriage sound like a colonoscopy.”) Here’s the thing: I really enjoyed it. But I don’t know that I would have; had I not read Eat, Pray, Love. If you’re expecting a traditional sequel, you’ll be disappointed. But if you became enchanted with her way of looking at the world in that book, you may like this one. After all, her travel segments are just as good as those in her previous book, her sense of humor is just as endearing, and, in the end, her own story is all about love. The novel On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan introduces us to honeymooners Edward Mayhew and his nervous bride, lodging in a hotel on Volume 2 • Issue 2

Happens Every Day by Isabel Gillies is her “all too true” memoir of the end of her marriage. She starts out deliriously happy, married to Josiah, a poetry teacher at Oberlin College in Ohio. She writes that she loved being a college professor’s wife, “felt lucky,” and was sure her life was “perfect.” But, as she looks back at the marriage after it’s ended, she sees how she ignored the “red flags” and “warning signs” of Josiah’s behavior and the part she played in their union’s demise. This book is also an interesting character study, only these are real people, and the author has a great

sense of humor — even about herself. She contrasts her personality (“I have no secrets … I’d tell the bus driver I had hemorrhoids if he ever asked”) with that of her “mystery” of a husband. (“He is vastly interested in what the other person is doing and thinking, but reveals almost nothing about himself, so you can go through an entire friendship, even a marriage, with him and not know what he is thinking and doing.”) My favorite line from the book shows how funny Gillies can be. She describes her husband’s waning interest in spending time with her: “Josiah was always reading something …

(but) the reading had gotten out of control. He would read something on his way to reading something else.” Her writing seems to flow naturally. Gillies is candid, gently funny, and, considering the subject, remarkably light-hearted. The book never sinks to the depths of despair. It’s well written and reads like a novel; I could hardly put it down. It’s just out in paperback, and it’s a great read. Copyright © 2010 by Mary Louise Ruehr.


the Dorset coast of England in the early 1960s. The newlyweds are both virgins, and she is dreading their first night together. As the author drops us right into the room with the two people, we get an up-close look at them, how they look, move, think. It is a character study, a psychological observation of the human condition, of decisions made in haste, pride and humiliation, and the meanings of love. Since it’s from McEwan, a favorite of the literati, it’s beautifully written, as shown in his description of my favorite character, Edward’s mother: “She was a ghostly figure, a gaunt and gentle sprite with tousled brown hair, who drifted about the house as she drifted through their childhoods, sometimes communicative and even affectionate, at others remote, absorbed in her hobbies and projects.” It’s a small book, but it works on several levels. It’s been out for a while, so it’s available in paperback. If you like a taste of the highbrow, give it a try. Adult situations.

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(Columbia Pictures, 2009, DVD) Why is it the only good family movies these days feature the end of the world? Not that 2012 is a good family movie. I think it’s worth just barely what you’ll pay to rent it. That being said, it was a crowd pleaser in the theaters, not your usual end-of-the world downer. Roland Emmerich is the same director who brought us Independence Day, so it’s no surprise that 2012 is a high-speed action

drama, full of great actors and lots of interesting sub-plots. This time, our own sun is heating up and firing neutrinos (don’t worry about it) into the earth’s core, heating it up, and making things, well, hot. I was impressed by the attempt to put hard science into the opening scenes. It soon gave way to mindless action, but what do you expect? I mean, it’s the end of the world, people! One of the two main characters is geologist Adrian Helmsley (Chiwetel Ajiofor) who brings the impending disaster to the attention of the president (Danny Glover). From this point, the rest of the movie you could write yourself, except for the characters, which is where Emmerich makes things interesting.

John Cusack plays a struggling writer, Jackson Curtis. He picks up his kids from his ex-wife (Amanda Peet) for the weekend and takes them to Yellowstone Park, where he meets crazy-man radio-host Charlie Frost (Woody Harrelson). Charlie is covering no less than the meltdown of a huge underground volcano sitting right under Yellowstone Park (Old Faithful fans, take note.) From Charlie, Jackson gets the whole story about the Mayan Calendar ending in 2012, and soon starts making plans to get his family to safety. OK, I have to stop here. This movie now gets so ridiculously funny, I couldn’t believe I was watching the end of the world. When 2012 really comes, I want John Cusack at my side. This guy is amazing, especially when he outruns an earthquake driving a limousine. This isn’t a little earthquake, either; this is the BIG one that takes out the West Coast. Jackson/Cusack wins the medal for stunt driving through a crumbling LA, with his family in the car, yet! (“Don’t look down sweetie, I’m about to drive through the 30th floor of this skyscraper.”) Woody Harrelson is excellent playing himself, and his homemade video of the Mayan Calendar theory is like watching the old PeeWee Herman Show (Why isn’t HE in this movie,

anyway?) I was sort of expecting a DaVinci Code treatment of the whole Mayan thing. Nope. There’s just too much to do in this movie to get bogged down in pop science. Among the action, there’s plenty of gorgeous scenery, blown up by volcanoes and tsunamis that flood the earth, alongside dialogue that ranges from hilarious (“What good is it to save humanity if we lose our humanity in the process?”) to brilliant: (“Jackson, has your life changed any since we broke up?” “Well, I eat a lot more cereal now.”) Wait. Reverse those. Is this a family movie? Tough call. Your older kids should enjoy the special effects, and the few bits of bad language are just scarce enough not to matter too much. (A couple of four letters, snarled in frustration. I mean, it’s the end of the world.) Is it too intense for smaller kids? Gee, I don’t know, I mean, the world is ending. Maybe your nine-year-old will be scared, like the one in the movie, but then, she did have John Cusack in the car with her. I’d let them skip it. Seriously, the end of the world was never as enjoyable and exciting as this. One thing: I think this movie is about five hours long. Go to the bathroom first. TJN

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BANNERS SERIES PRESENTS WINE AND ALCHEMY The audience at McNeese Bulber Auditorium experienced something very unique! The Banners Committee proudly presented the concert of Wine & Alchemy, a delicious blend of original and traditional world fusion music derived from a wide variety of genres including Celtic renaissance, French, Greek, Gypsy, Middle Eastern and others. All eyes were on stage as the singers and dancers played beautiful and exotic instruments such as the Greek and Irish bouzouki, mandolin, hurdy-gurdy and African and Middle Eastern hand drums. To say the least, this was an unforgettable performance!

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“America’s Huge Stake in India” Lecture by Mira Kamdar Wed., April 28 at 7 p.m. Parra Ballroom, MSU India is the world in microcosm, with all the problems of globalization, climate change, agriculture and food crisis, sustainability, consumption and violence. And yes, the United States is vitally involved in the struggle. Dr. Kamdar is the author of Planet India: The Turbulent Rise of the World’s Largest Democracy and the Future of Our World and provides expert commentary to CNN International, BBC, NPR, NPI, Radio France and more.  

MCNEESE THEATRE BAYOU PLAYERS PRESENT WORKING, A MUSICAL APRIL 21-25 Working, a Musical presented by the McNeese Theatre Bayou Players will be onstage at 7:30 p.m., April 21-24 with a 2 p.m. matinee Sun., April 25 in Ralph Squires Hall, Shearman Fine Arts Center. This unique and inspiring musical based on the book by Studs Terkel chronicles a day in the “everyday lives” of some uncommon common men and women, telling the story of 26 workers. Tickets are $20 for adults; $15 for McNeese faculty/staff, senior citizens and youth (K-12). McNeese students are admitted free with a current ID. The box office is open weekdays from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.-noon. For reservations, call 475-5043.

Allen Braden, a reading Co-presented with Master of Fine Arts Program at McNeese Fri., April 30 at 7 p.m. Business Conference Center, MSU Allen Braden has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship (which came with a $20,000 award!), an Artist Trust fellowship, an Artist Trust grant, the Emerging Writers Prize from Witness magazine, the Grolier Poetry Prize and other honors. His first book, A Wreath of Down and Drops of Blood is about to be released.

MCNEESE BANNERS SERIES EVENTS Lily Cai Chinese Dance Co. Co-presented with the City of Lake Charles Fri., April 23 at 7:30 p.m. Rosa Hart Theatre, Lake Charles Civic Center See dances that fuse ancient Chinese forms to modern dance. Dynasty Suite interprets four ancient Chinese dances. In Candelas, set to music by Gustav Mahler, dancers perform with lit candles.  Silk Cascade is a take on traditional Chinese ribbon dancing.  Lily Cai, artistic director and choreographer, is a native of Shanghai and the former principal dancer with the Shanghai Opera House Dance Troupe.

“DAY BY DAY” AUTISM AWARENESS FUN DAY APRIL 24 The Provisional Class of the Junior League of Lake Charles, Inc. announces “Day by Day” Autism Awareness Fun Day on Sat., April 24 at the Prien Lake Mall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a free, fun-filled event designed for families touched by autism..  Activities include a clay modeling station, a pool of beans, a serenity tent, a gone fishing game, and a dress up station where children can have their picture taken. Recipes and samples of a gluten-free snack will be available. Three speakers will address a variety of topics related to autism spectrum issues.  For more information about the Junior League of Lake Charles, Inc. visit

Ji-Yong Sun., April 25 at 3 p.m. F.G. Bulber Auditorium, MSU At age 10, Ji-Yong became the youngest pianist ever to win the New York Philharmonic Young Artists Competition. Today, at age 20, he plays with such mastery that he has been compared to Rachmaninov and Mendelssohn.  He is a star performer with the Toronto, Chicago and other world-class symphony orchestras and has just recorded on the Telarc label.

FROM THE ASHES: THE GREAT FIRE OF 1910 APRIL 24 Lake Charles will commemorate the 100th anniversary of The Great Fire of 1910 on April 24. The afternoon will kick off at 3:30 p.m. with a ribbon cutting and dedication of the 1911 Memorial Plaza. Immediately following, the Calcasieu Historic Preservation Society will lead participants through five sites where history was made. “Architecture of Recovery” will be the topic of a lecture program to take place on the front steps of the Parish Courthouse at 5 p.m.  The audience will then move across Ryan Street into the arts and cultural center for a reception sponsored by the Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society.  “From the Ashes: Commemorating the Great Fire of 1910” is an exhibition containing the plaza’s artifacts along with photographs documenting the fire.

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The exhibit will also feature a short documentary film entitled Great Fire of 1910. For more information, contact Arts & Cultural Events Director Denise Fasske at 491-9159. GARAGE SALE SULPHUR SENIOR CENTER APRIL 23-24 Don’t miss the garage sale at the Sulphur Senior Center at 601 Maple St. Sulphur on Fri., April 23, and Sat., April 24, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. There will be a variety of items including clothing, household items, baked goods, etc. For more info, call 527-4574. All proceeds will benefit the Sulphur Senior Center. WHITE LINEN NIGHT APRIL 24 The Foundation at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital invites you to don your favorite white attire and stroll the 700 block of Ryan Street for the second annual White Linen Night on Sat., April 24, from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. White Linen Night is an exceptional evening of art exhibits from local artists, specialty drinks, appetizers and desserts provided by various restaurants and caterers, and musical entertainment. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on a wide selection of silent and live auction items, as well as a chance to win a $500 grand prize—all for a tax-deductible donation of $100 per person. Tickets are available at the Lake Charles Memorial Hospital Gift Shop and through the Foundation office by calling (337) 494-3226. You can mail your check made payable to The Foundation at LCMH to 1701 Oak Park Blvd., Lake Charles, LA  70601.  For more information, call the Foundation at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital at (337) 494-3226.

Les Petites Voix

LES PETITES VOIX YOUTH CONCERT APRIL 25 Les Petites Voix, a Community Chorus for Children, will present its Spring Concert on Sun., April 25, at 3 p.m. at Lake Charles Boston Academy of Learning, 1509 Enterprise Boulevard, Lake Charles. Les Petites Voix is conducted by artistic director Kari McCarty and is accompanied by assistant artistic director Annette Larsen. Admission is free. Les Petites Voix will present a varied program. Choir members Ava Brown, Julia Falgoust, William Hebert and Lexi Larsen will

Tickets available through membership, Web site and at the door.

For information on 2010 events call (337) 475-5123 or visit

Ji-Yong Sun, Apr 25, at 3 pm F.G. Bulber Auditorium McNeese Campus

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America's Huge Stake in India FREE Lecture by Mira Kamdar Wed, Apr 28, at 7 pm Parra Ballroom McNeese Campus

Kelley Hunt Sat, May 1, at 7:30 pm F.G. Bulber Auditorium McNeese Campus

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be performing instrumental solos. Les Petites Voix, sponsored by Louisiana Choral Foundation, is an auditioned choir for fourth through twelfth grade singers with unchanged treble voices. Participation encourages music reading, expands vocal training and polishes performance skills. THE FROG & TOAD SCHOOL PERFORMANCES APRIL 29 The Frog & Toad launches The Children’s Theatre Company’s Spring Season. Directed by Kerry A. Onxley, this family production will play for area schools on Thurs., April 29, at 10 a.m. Based on Arnold Lobel’s beloved characters, this delightful show follows two best friends, the cheerful Frog and the rather grumpy Toad, on a grand adventure through the swamp. The school performance will be held at the Central School of the Arts & Humanities Center (809 Kirby Street) located in downtown Lake Charles. Ticket prices are $7 per person with very limited seating. Schools interested in booking should contact the theatre at (337) 433-7323 or e-mail at For more information, visit CALCASIEU BOY SCOUTS ANNUAL AUCTION APRIL 29 The Calcasieu Area Council, Boy Scouts of America will be hosting their Annual Fundraising Auction on Thurs., April 29, at the Old Cash & Carry Grocery Store on Enterprise Boulevard in Lake Charles. All proceeds will go to support the programs of the 5,000 youth served in surrounding areas.  There will be a wide variety of silent and live auction items to bid on. Tables and sponsorships and are still available.  For more information, please call the BSA office at 436-3376. LAKE AREA LEGENDS ROAST MAY 1 Robert Hebert, McNeese State University’s soon-to-retire president, will be raked over the coals at the Ad and Press Club of Southwest Louisiana’s 2010 Lake Area Legends Roast. The roast is scheduled Sat., May 1, at the Isle of Capri Casino. The evening will begin with a cash-bar social hour at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and the roast to follow. Tickets are $50 each and $400 for reserved tables of eight. Deadline to purchase tickets is April 28. Proceeds from the roast will be donated to a charity of Hebert’s choice, as well as to the McNeese Mass Communication Department and Sowela Technical and Community College’s Graphic Arts Department. For tickets or sponsor information, call the Roast hotline at (337) 583-4766 or by e-mail at KINDER CHAMBER’S 6TH ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT MAY 6 The Kinder Chamber of Commerce is holding their 6th Annual Golf Tournament on May 6. There will be a 1 p.m. shotgun start at Koasati Pines. Each four-man team is $500 and includes fees, diddy bags, prizes and a fantastic awards dinner. (For $800, there are still a few corporate sponsorships available, which includes all the benefits of a regular team plus listings on all flyers, registration forms, and advertisements!) Call Pat at (337) 738-5945 to register or for more information.


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BUDDY GUY AT DELTA EVENT CENTER MAY 8 On Sat., May 8, Buddy Guy will be playing and singing his many blues hits at the Delta Event Center for a one-nightonly performance, starting at 8 p.m. Any discussion of Buddy Guy invariably involves a recitation of his colossal musical resume and hardearned accolades. He’s a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a chief guitar influence to rock titans like Hendrix, Clapton, Beck, and Vaughan, a pioneer of Chicago’s fabled West Side sound, and a living link to that city’s halcyon days of electric blues. Buddy has received five GRAMMY Awards, 23 W.C. Handy Blues Awards (the most any artist has received), the Billboard Magazine Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement, and the Presidential National Medal of Arts. Don’t miss him! Tickets start at $20 and are available online at or AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION HEART BALL MAY 21 The SWLA chapter of the American Heart Association has scheduled its annual Heart Ball for May 21 at the Historic Calcasieu Marine Building. The black and gold-themed event will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will feature guest speaker Tracy Porter, cornerback for the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints. Cocktail attire is required, as the evening will feature elegant surroundings, gourmet dining, music and an auction. Funds raised at the event will directly benefit the community through the continued funding of biomedical research and ongoing educational programs. Tickets are $100 per person. For more information about the event or to purchase tickets, call Laura Broussard at the American Heart Association at (337) 781-2198.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21 • Alvin Touchet @ OB's Bar & Grill, 7 p.m. • Mike Zito @ Caribbean Hut, 9 p.m. THURSDAY, APRIL 22 • Homer LeJeune & The Kajun Kings @ DI's Cajun • • • • •

Food & Music, Basile, 6:30 p.m. Henry Basil/Shayla Rivera @ Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 7:30 p.m. The Down 2 Earth Band @ Gator Lounge, Delta Downs, Vinton, 8 p.m. Static @ Caribbean Cove, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 8 p.m. Da Classics @ Mikko, Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 9 p.m. Cam Pyle @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill, L'Auberge du Lac, 10 p.m.

FRIDAY, APRIL 23 • Briggs Brown & The Bayou Cajuns @ • • • • • •

DI's Cajun Food & Music, Basile, 6:30 p.m. The Lakeside Gamblers @ The Porch, 7 p.m. Henry Basil/Shayla Rivera @ Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 7:30 p.m. The Down 2 Earth Band @ Gator Lounge, Delta Downs, Vinton, 8 p.m. Louisiana Express @ Caribbean Cove, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 8:30 p.m. Jabarvy @ Luna Bar & Grill, 9 p.m. Rebecca Johnson/Travis Corbello @ Caribbean Hut, 9 p.m.

• Trigger Proof @

Mikko, Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 9 p.m. • Colorcast Veteran @ AJ’s Bar & Grill, 9:30 p.m. • Furr @ OB’s Bar & Grill, 10:30 p.m. • Hipbootjoe @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill, L'Auberge du Lac, 10 p.m. SATURDAY, APRIL 24 • Scotty Pousson & The Pointe aux Loups Cajuns @ DI's Cajun Food & Music, Basile, 6:30 p.m. • Avant @ Rosa Hart Theatre, Lake Charles Civic Center, 7 p.m. • Brice Perrin @ The Porch, 7 p.m. • Henry Basil/Shayla Rivera @ Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 7:30 p.m. • The Down 2 Earth Band @ Gator Lounge, Delta Downs, Vinton, 8 p.m. • Louisiana Express @ Caribbean Cove, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 8:30 p.m. • Jabarvy/Lingus @ Luna Bar & Grill, 9 p.m. • Dead Earth Politics @ Hawg Wild, Sulphur, 9 p.m. • Trigger Proof @ Mikko, Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 9 p.m. • Hipbootjoe @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill, L'Auberge du Lac, 10 p.m. MONDAY, APRIL 26 • Contraband Days Festival @ Lake Charles

Civic Center, 8 a.m.

TUESDAY, APRIL 27 • Contraband Days Festival @ Lake Charles

Civic Center, 8 a.m. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28 • Contraband Days Festival @ Lake Charles

Civic Center, 8 a.m. • Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers @

Bulber Auditorium, McNeese State University, 7 p.m. • Alvin Touchet @ OB's Bar & Grill, 7 p.m. • Kory Fontenot @ Luna Bar & Grill, 8 p.m. • Brad Broussard @ Caribbean Hut, 9 p.m.

THURSDAY, APRIL 29 • Contraband Days Festival @ Lake Charles

Civic Center, 8 a.m. • T-Joe Romero @ DI's Cajun Food & Music,

Basile, 6:30 p.m. • Trip Wamsley @ The Porch, 7 p.m. • James Stevens III/Don McEnery @ Coushatta

Casino, Kinder, 7:30 p.m. • Jag @ Caribbean Cove, Isle of Capri Casino,

Westlake, 8 p.m. • Brian Best @ Gator Lounge, Delta Downs,

Vinton, 8 p.m. • Nicole Marceaux @ Mikko, Coushatta Casino,

Kinder, 9 p.m. • Mike Zito @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill,

L'Auberge du Lac, 10 p.m. FRIDAY, APRIL 30 • Contraband Days Festival @ Lake Charles Civic Center, 8 a.m. • Joe Simon & Louisiana Cajun @ DI's Cajun Food & Music, Basile, 6:30 p.m. • Matt Moss/Brady Muckelroy @ The Porch, 7 p.m.


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• James Stevens III/Don McEnery @ • • •

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Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 7:30 p.m. Reba McIntire @ Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 8 p.m. Brian Best @ Gator Lounge, Delta Downs, Vinton, 8 p.m. Dog Hill Stompers @ Caribbean Cove, Isle of Capri Casino, Westlake, 8:30 p.m. Ryan Davis/Broadcast Daylight @ Luna Bar & Grill, 9 p.m. Bronco Jr. @ Caribbean Hut, 9 p.m. Kung Pow @ Mikko, Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 9 p.m. Nothing More/The Silent Planet @ AJ’s Bar & Grill, 10 p.m. Brandon Foret @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill, L'Auberge du Lac, 10 p.m.

SATURDAY, MAY 1 • Contraband Days Festival @ Lake Charles Civic Center, 8 a.m. • Briggs Brown & The Bayou Cajuns @ DI's Cajun Food & Music, Basile, 6:30 p.m. • Chris Shearman/Paul Gonsoulin @ The Porch, 7 p.m. • Kelley Hunt @ Bulber Auditorium, McNeese State University, 7:30 p.m. • James Stevens III/Don McEnery @ Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 7:30 p.m. • Brian Best @ Gator Lounge, Delta

Downs, Vinton, 8 p.m. • Brothers and Kings/J Wail @ Luna Bar & Grill, 9 p.m. • Kung Pow @ Mikko, Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 9 p.m. • Brandon Foret @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill, L'Auberge du Lac, 10 p.m. SUNDAY, MAY 2 • Contraband Days Festival @ Lake

Charles Civic Center, 11 a.m.

• The Justin Pierce Jazz Trio @ The

Porch, 7 p.m. • James Stevens III/Mike Burton @

Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 7:30 p.m. • Leroy Thomas & The Zydeco

Roadrunners @ Mikko, Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 9 p.m. • Gabby Johnson @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill, L'Auberge du Lac, 10 p.m. FRIDAY, MAY 7 • Contraband Days Festival @ Lake

Charles Civic Center, 8 a.m.

MONDAY, MAY 3 • Contraband Days Festival @ Lake Charles Civic Center, 8 a.m.

• The Hotel Cazin Band @ DI's Cajun

TUESDAY, MAY 4 • Contraband Days Festival @ Lake Charles Civic Center, 8 a.m.

• Tin Can Phone @ Luna Bar &

WEDNESDAY, MAY 5 • Contraband Days Festival @ Lake Charles Civic Center, 8 a.m. • Alvin Touchet @ OB's Bar & Grill, 7 p.m.

Playboys @ Club 1Sixty5, Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 9 p.m. • No Idea @ Mikko, Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 9 p.m. • DJ Cage @ Jack Daniels Bar & Grill, L'Auberge du Lac, 10 p.m.

THURSDAY, MAY 6 • Contraband Days Festival @ Lake Charles Civic Center, 8 a.m. • Lesa Cormier & The Sundown Playboys @ DI's Cajun Food & Music, Basile, 6:30 p.m.

Food & Music, Basile, 6:30 p.m. • James Stevens III/Mike Burton @

Coushatta Casino, Kinder, 7:30 p.m. Grill, 9 p.m. • Kevin Naquin @ The Ossun


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WEDNESDAY NIGHTS: Mondo Martini Night


Whether you are dining in or calling in for takeout, let The Luna Bar and Grill do all the work. Come in today for one of our specialty salads, stellar sandwiches, or exceptional entrees. We offer many choices for the health conscious individual. We’re locally owned and the best place in town for live entertainment, food, and drinks. Fri. Apr. 23 @ 9:00 JABARVY CD RELEASE PARTY! Sat. Apr. 24 @ 9:00 JABARVY & LINGUS Wed. Apr. 28 @ 9:00 KORY FONTENOT (acoustic) Fri. Apr. 30 @ 9:00 RYAN DAVIS & DAYLIGHT BROADCAST Sat. May 1 @ 9:00 BROTHERS AND KINGS & J.WAIL Fri. May 7 @ 9:00 TIN CAN PHONE Volume 2 • Issue 2

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hooked up with Martin through family connections in North Carolina, they thought they were in for a lazy jam, but quickly learned to respect Martin’s absorbed playing. “He’s a great musician,” Platt assured me. “He’s not just riding on his name or his fame from other careers.” The Rangers recently spent a week with Martin rehearsing for this tour, and Platt told me they feel no differently about Martin now that they’ve toured with him. “He is absolutely a dedicated player,” Platt told me.  “He has a banjo in every room of his house, and we played music all the time we were there [rehearsing], unless we were eating or sleeping.” Martin returns the favorable review in his admiring intro to Deep In The Shade, noting that he’s been fortunate to be able to play with the Rangers. In addition to Platt on guitar and lead vocals, the Rangers include Graham Sharp, their banjo player and primary songwriter. Sharp’s learned to play harmony banjo behind Martin when they tour together, but his range and

importance to the overall sound of the Rangers own work is legion. Every time I picked up the CD to check on whose song had been tickling my ears, it turned out to be one of Sharp’s.  He has some true hits on Deep In The Shade, including “Have Mercy,” wherein our hero begs his girl on the side to kiss him goodbye ‘cause he’s too weak to say no! and “Nowhere To Lay Low,” a minorkey bluegrass number recorded with tasty mandolin runs from Sharp’s bandmate Mike Guggino on the track. Two more top-drawer songs – the instrumental “Mourning Dove,” written by fiddler Nicholas Sanders, with the haunting bird’s call scraped by the solo fiddle, and “There Ain’t No Easy Street (On My Side of Town)” co-written by bass player Charles R. Humphrey III – are also sure to be covered sometime soon. Get their music at TJN

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