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In This Issue


Regular Features

12 First Person with Britney Glaser 6 Pizza Artista 18 Who’s News 8 Summer Grill Skillz 56 Business Buzz 22 Tumeric: Tempt your Tastebuds, and Give Your Body a Boost 64 Happenings 65 Solutions for Life Places &Faces 66 McNeese Corral 14 Get Your Outdoor Game On 16 Park, Stay & Go for Early Morning Flights 17 Lake Charles Yacht Club to Offer Free Sailing Lessons

Wining &Dining

Mind &Body 24 – 25 Special Section: NATIONAL WOMEN’S CHECK-UP DAY 22 8 Tips to Control Blood Pressure without Medication 24 Overexposed: Preventing Skin Cancer 26 Achieving Wholeness

Home &Family 28 – 50 COVER STORY: 2017 SUMMER GUIDE 51 By the Numbers

Coming Up in June:


oney &Career M 52 Internships Can Help Land that Dream Job 54 Millennials Possess Entrepreneurial Spirit Style &Beauty 58 4 Myths About Sunless Tanner, Busted! 60 Summer 2017 Welcomes Back the One Piece 62 Lash Extensions: Everything You Need to Know DON’T JUST LIVE, THRIVE!

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Business Manager

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Submitted articles and photos are welcome. Thrive assumes no responsibility for unsolicited materials and does not guarantee any submissions.

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All our wonderful dogs are available for adoption through 4Paws Society. Call 287-3552 for more information and to learn about other programs that are available.

Dolly This little girl is a 3-year-old chiweenie that would love to be an only child. She also would love long walks to spend as much time with her human as possible.

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6 week old boy terrier mix . He has a brother who looks just like him.

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2 year old male. Shelby is very sweet and low-key.


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Excellent Service + High Quality Ingredients Satisfied Customers by Angie Kay Dilmore

According to, 94% of Americans eat pizza “regularly.” While somewhat vague, it is nonetheless good news for Scott McClaskey, who opened Pizza Artista at Prien Lake Mall last October with his wife, Cynthia, and their partner, Kirk Miller. The success of this pizza parlor is evident from numerous online review sites. Both and rate Pizza Artista as the number one pizza restaurant in Louisiana. Social media sites collectively give Pizza Artista 4.9 out of five stars. McClaskey credits their success to the flawless execution of a stellar business plan. The fast-casual model upon which his plan was based is currently the fastest-growing segment of the pizza industry. Between the two, McClaskey and Miller have over fifty plus years of experience in the pizza industry as single unit, multi-unit, and Regional Operations Directors for both local and national pizza chains. They supervised more than fifty pizza restaurants in Louisiana before embarking on Pizza Artista. “Every detail at Pizza Artista was pre-planned, including the one-way mirror in


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the men’s room and the automated hand washing machine – the only restaurant in Louisiana that has one,” says McClaskey. The McClaskeys and Miller opened their first Pizza Artista in Lafayette in March 2015. They opened the Lake Charles establishment a year and a half later, which was a quick success. They are currently in the process of selling their first franchise, which will open in the Youngsville/Broussard area. The real appeal is the personal experience, says McClaskey. “Every customer can have a customized pizza made especially for them. They choose the crust (three options), the sauce (eight choices), the cheeses (at least ten), and up to eight toppings (including the cheese).” Pizza Artista is to pizza what Subway is to sandwiches, but with more options, with a total of 80 different ingredients to choose from! If the choices seem too overwhelming, no problem. Pizza Artista offers 13 signature pizzas. They also offer seasonal pizzas such as the popular Fig-N-Awesome (figs, brie cheese, bacon, tasso, and smoked provolone, then drizzled with Steen’s syrup after baking) or the Caribbean Chicken Mango (chicken, minced garlic, feta cheese, mozzarella, purple onions, bell pepper, pineapple, jalapenos, mango, tomato, and jerk spices). But the locals have their own favorites. McClaskey says the number one seller is their Classic Cajun (pepperoni, ham, beef, Italian sausage, Cajun sausage, andouille, smoked tasso, mozzarella cheese, and a spicy sauce), followed by the Artista (four meats, four cheeses, onions, green peppers, black olives) and the BBQ Chicken. “We’re known for having extravagant offerings.” McClaskey also credits success to the quality of ingredients they use to make their pizzas. He buys his high quality meats from an Italian family in Chicago. They source locally for their Cajun meats. Another key to their success is the high standard of friendly customer service. Each team member is vetted through a rigorous selection process and oriented on the foundations of good customer service. McClaskey believes there is a responsibility for businesses to give back to the communities that have been good to them. “In our first year in Lafayette, we raised about $10,000 for local charities. We do fundraisers for a variety of different organizations. It’s important to us.” What’s up next for Pizza Artista? Gelato! Coming soon.

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Summer Grill


Smoking Made Easy by John O’Donnell

ay is National Barbeque Month and nothing says summer quite like outdoor grilling. For eons humans have cooked and smoked food over an open flame on beautiful warm evenings. It’s a summertime tradition and maybe one of the oldest human customs in history. Slow smoking meat is the purest version of the ancient tradition we call barbeque, and while it can take years to master, it’s much easier to get started than you think. You don’t need a fancy smoker, and you don’t need to do any complicated DIY project. All you need is the grill you’ve already been using!



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On a gas grill the method is a little different. Some gas grills come equipped with a dedicated smoker box that sits on top of a special burner. Just soak wood chips in water overnight, then turn on the burner and add your damp wood chips to the smoker box. You can control how slowly the wood chips smoke by turning the knob of the burner higher or lower. On a gas grill that’s not equipped with a dedicated smoker box, you will need to make your own. Soak wood chips in water overnight. Place your drained and damp wood chips in a foil pan and cover with aluminum foil. Poke holes in the foil to allow the smoke to escape your smoker box. Remove the grill grate and place the pan on the bars directly over an unlit burner in the back corner of your grill. Replace the grill grate, turn the grill on high, and close the lid. When you start to see smoke coming from your grill, add your meat. Adjust the temperature of the grill by controlling the output of your burners.

moking is all about indirect cooking. It takes place over the course of several hours, at low temperatures, using indirect heat and coal or wood configurations. There are a variety of different meats you can smoke, using a wide range of wood to do so. Do a little research and experiment with different types of meat and smoke. Slow smoking works best on charcoal grills, but you can make equally appetizing and delicious meats on a gas grill too.



Remember that slow smoking takes time and patience. Only attempt these methods when you have ample time to do so. A good smoked dish at home will take anywhere from 2-8 hours to cook. Always check the internal temperature of your meat to make sure that it’s safe to consume.

On a charcoal grill, try a technique known as ‘The Charcoal Snake’ for long slow cooking. Any charcoal grill will work for this technique, but a round grill works best.

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Lay a single row of unlit charcoal briquettes on the edge of your grill, then add two more layers on top of the original layer of briquettes to create your charcoal snake.


Next, add wood chips along and around the sides and top of the snake. The wood chips will add that delicious smoky flavor to your meat. Different types of wood have different types of flavor so experiment with combining different flavors of smoke with various types of meat. Add a foil pan with hot, or lukewarm water in the center of the snake. Light five or six charcoal briquettes and pile them at the head of your charcoal snake. The coals will burn down the line of the snake for hours like a slow burning fuse. Once the coals are burning, add your meat and cook until the desired result is achieved.

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Tumeric Tempt your Tastebuds, and Give Your Body a Boost

by Angie Kay Dilmore

Tumeric has been trending lately, and it’s no surprise. This yellow-gold spice, used for over 4000 years in Asia and India, is a key ingredient in curry and purportedly boasts numerous health benefits. But first, let’s talk about taste and how to use this versatile spice. Tumeric grows as a root, similar to ginger. It has a pungent, bitter flavor, with aromas of orange and ginger. It is often added to mustard blends and relishes, and can be substituted for saffron. Basically, turmeric can be added to most anything in small doses – a dash in your morning tea or coffee, a tablespoon in meatloaf, a sprinkle in chili . . . you get the idea. It also works great in juices and smoothies. In addition to the powdered spice and fresh grated root, tumeric is also available in supplement form. Now about those health benefits. To read the laundry list of tumeric’s health claims, one might think of a traveling snake oil salesman – can it really cure everything?! With tumeric’s key compound curcumin, this spice packs a big anti-inflammatory wallop. Curcumin accounts for the majority of turmeric’s healing powers. Here is a list of healthy benefits that have been proven in documented studies.


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Eases joint pain or arthritis One study found that turmeric extract supplements worked just as well as ibuprofen in patients with knee osteoarthritis.

Cancer fighter These studies are in the early stages, but curcumin has been found to shrink tumors and kill cancer cells in lab and animal testing.

Brain protector The turmeric compound ar-turmerone has been found to repair stem cells in the brain, potentially benefiting brain diseases such as stroke and Alzheimer’s.

Postpone diabetes Among people with prediabetes, curcumin capsules were found to delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes.

May thwart heart attacks One study showed a 65 percent lower chance of heart attack among post-op cardiac bypass patients.

Relieve heartburn and upset stomach Tumeric may aid digestion, again, due to its power to fight inflammation.

Lessen or prevent depression A study of sixty depressed patients showed that curcumin was as effective as Prozac in alleviating the symptoms of depression.

Note: Most of the studies on this spice use turmeric extracts that contain primarily curcumin, with dosages usually exceeding one gram per day. It would be very difficult to attain these levels only using turmeric in your food. But it can’t hurt. So go ahead and get creative with turmeric and spice up both your palate and your health!

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hrough her role as a KPLC Sunrise News anchor, Britney Glaser has forged a way to blend her love of broadcast journalism with her passion for foster care and adoption. In 2014, she started a television news segment called The New Family Tree. Each month, Britney features a different child within the SWLA foster care system who is legally cleared for adoption, in hopes that child will be connected with a permanent family. As a result, since the segment’s inception, ten children have been adopted, and several more are in adoptive families. In March 2016, on the morning before Britney and her husband Matt, along with their one-yearold daughter, drove to Texas to meet their soonto-be-adopted 10-month-old son for the first time, the couple discovered she was pregnant. They currently parent two two-year-olds and a six-month-old: big sister Lila Rose, James, and baby Adeline . . . and they love every second of their busy lives. I recently sat down with Britney, in her remarkably tidy home, where she talked about her life as a mother, a television newscaster, and an advocate for children in foster care.

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Tell me about the path that led you to a career as a news anchor.

As a child, I can’t recall a time I didn’t enjoy pretending to interview people. My aunt had a home video recorder, the big bulky kind you put on your shoulder, and she let my sister and me borrow it. We would create our own little talk shows and community news segments. Around junior high, and by watching KPLC, I started to realize one could actually have a career asking people questions and telling stories. Attending school in Beauregard Parish, we didn’t have a campus TV station, but I wrote and took photos for the yearbook staff. In high school, I was a teen reporter at KPLC. I knew then, this is absolutely what I want to do. I attended LSU after high school and studied mass communication with a focus on broadcast journalism. I had a great college experience, and every summer, a different adventure. My first summer, I interned for a radio station in Washington DC. The following summer, I taught English at an orphanage in East Africa. After junior year, I taught radio at

a Jewish camp in Pennsylvania. And the summer after graduation, I started working at KPLC! Katrina hit right before my senior year of college. That event, while interning at CBS News in New Orleans, gave me a tremendous amount of experience, prepping me for what it would be like to tell significant stories; to truly be able to change peoples’ lives and be on the front line of information, and seeing the partnership between doing my job well and how the community receives that information. It’s a critical role of disseminating truth and connecting people with potentially life-saving resources. Being a connector is what this field is all about to me, from natural disasters to my current passion – connecting children who need families.

How did you and Matt meet?

I started at KPLC in 2006 as a reporter and producer, and after several months became a Sunrise anchor. In 2010, I wanted to spread my wings and see what it would be like to cover news in a totally different community. So I moved to Waco, Texas and worked at their NBC affiliate. Within a

month of moving there, I joined the Waco Young Professionals. It was at that first meeting I met Matt Felder. He was a former news anchor and reporter, and understood the business, which was important when I was late for dates due to breaking stories. We married two years later. Family is everything to us, so we moved back to Lake Charles.

Describe your typical day. I get up at 2:30 a.m., get ready for work as I pump the [breast milk] bottles for the day. I look at the news headlines as I put my makeup on, and I’m at work by 3:30 a.m. During the next hour, I read over scripts, talk to producers, and we’re on air from 4:30 - 7:00 a.m. From 7:00 7:30, we cut commercials. Then I hop in my car and rush back home so my husband can go to work. I have one hour to give the kids breakfast, get them dressed, and drop them off at their daycare at 9:00. Then I’m back at work till just before 2:00 p.m. when I pick the kids up. Usually from that point on, I’m just Mom. We go outside and play, bake cookies, make dinner. At 5:30, we eat. 6:00, baths. 7:00 we start putting the kids to bed, and I’m in bed by 8:00 p.m. Fortunately, we have good sleepers.

Of all the stories you have reported on, is there one that stands out that made you feel like you made a real positive difference in people’s lives?

People still ask me about him. That story opened the door for people to have a conversation about children in our community who have been overlooked.

What led you to have such a heart for foster care and adoption?

I’ve always personally had a desire to adopt. Growing up in church and hearing missionaries speak on orphanages, I knew there were kids in need. But it wasn’t until a few years ago that I realized the magnitude of kids in need, both in our community and across the U.S. The more Matt and I looked into adoption and discovered the need, the more I knew I was wasting an opportunity by not addressing it professionally. I have this amazing microphone! Our motto at the station is “At your Service.” What could be a better service than helping parentless children find loving permanent families?

Name three things people don’t know about you. I want to live on a farm, I would have twenty children if my husband allowed, and we choose to not have internet service at our home. For updates on Britney and her busy family, follow her blog,

I went to my [KPLC] boss a few years ago, wanting to do a feature on adoption. It was met with some skepticism. He thought no one would care, but with some persuasion, he gave it a chance. The first adoption feature I did was on a little boy named Ke’vontre. I was so touched by him and his story. I prayed, Lord, please let this segment move someone out there. I can’t give this child the hope of adoption, and then the phone doesn’t ring. But we had such a huge response. Six months later, I attended Ke’Vontre’s adoption. He’s in a wonderful family now.

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Get your Outdoor Game OnSWLA Summer Sports in

by John O’Donnell

Summer is the perfect time to get outside, enjoy the warmer weather, and do something active. Whether you’re looking for something calming or something intense and competitive, there’s no shortage of outdoor sports and plenty of reasons to go play outside.


Nothing says Louisiana in the summer time like drifting down a bayou in a kayak, Spanish moss hanging in the trees along the banks, as you cast a line into the water. The Lake Area is full of beautiful and mysterious waterways that are best explored from a kayak or paddle board. In Lake Charles, check out Bayou Kayak for kayak rentals. Kayaks, life jackets and paddles can be rented by reservation for a half or a full day. Launching on Contraband Bayou, you’re just a 15 minute kayak trip to the beaches at either Golden Nugget or L’auberge Casinos.


Play out your World Cup fantasies and make new friends with the Calcasieu Soccer Club. With leagues ranging from Adult Co-ed, to All Male Competitive and Co-ed Semi Competitive, Calcasieu Soccer Club has something for any adult looking for some futbol fun. There’s a $90 initial annual registration fee,


but returning players only pay $45. Summer registration opens soon. You can find more information about how to join at www.

Beach Volleyball

There are some great beaches in SWLA, but beach volleyball is best played at the Golden Nugget Beach. Nets and balls are provided so no need to bring your own. You can bring your own team, or easily find a pick-up game at this popular volleyball hot spot. If your competitive nature works up an appetite or thirst, hit up the nearby Cadillac Beach Bar and Grille for hand crafted cocktails and delicious food. When the sun goes down, hang out around the fire pits on the beach and re-cap the game.

Ultimate Frisbee

Combining the non-stop movement and endurance of soccer with the aerial passing skills of football, a game of ultimate Frisbee is played by two teams on a field with end zones, similar to football. The object of the game is to score by catching a

pass in the opponent’s end zone. Ultimate is a transition game in which players move quickly from offense to defense on turnovers that occur with a dropped pass, an interception, a pass out of bounds, or when a player is caught holding the disc for more than ten seconds. In Lake Charles, check out Lake Charles Ultimate Frisbee for pick-up games. Pick-up games occur regularly at the Ward 3 Recreation Enos Darbonne Sports Complex at 7903 Lake Street on Wednesday nights at 8:00 p.m. You can find out more information from Lake Charles Ultimate Frisbee on Facebook.


If you hydrate properly, summer is a great time of year for running, even in muggy Southwest Louisiana. Lake Area Runners has been leading the pack for running, walking, and hiking in the Lake Area for the last forty years and two of the area’s most popular races take place in the summer months. The Contraband Five-Miler takes place every year on the second Saturday in May. The Four-Miler on

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the 4th of July takes place in the morning on Independence Day. Both races feature fully supported aid stations, food, drinks, and live music at the finish. You can find more information and links to register at the Lake Area Runners Facebook page.

Disc Golf

Disc golf is a game of precision and accuracy. Throwing a disc at a target, the object of the game is to traverse a course with the fewest number of throws at nine or 18 different holes. It’s golf with a Frisbee like disc. The Bob Rogers Memorial Disc Golf Course at Sam Houston Jones State Park offers a challenging mix of heavily to mostly wooded holes. White tee boxes, where you start each hole, are marked with white bricks in the ground. You can find course maps and information at the park office. Disc Golf is played with special discs made for the game. You can purchase yours at any major sporting goods store. To find pickup games, tips, and partners, check out SWLA Disc Golf on Facebook.

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How often have you booked that early morning flight to get the most out of your first day of vacation, then found yourself racing to the airport before the sun rises? By the time you get to your destination you need a nap. Worse yet, you leave on time and run into dense fog or a major accident. Then you’re a nervous wreck trying to find a parking place. By the time you get to your seat on the plane, you need a drink to calm your nerves. It’s maddening sometimes, and travel is supposed to be relaxing? If you’re departing from New Orleans, the Crowne Plaza Airport Hotel has the answer for those frequent flyer frenzies. Their Park, Stay & Go program not only calms the nerves but saves you money at the same time. Located near the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, you can get a good night’s sleep at the hotel in one of their premium guest rooms, and in the morning a shuttle takes you to the airport. Your car is safe and secure in the hotel parking lot at no additional cost. Spend the day or evening before the trip relaxing and sipping cocktails poolside or taking a dip in their hot tub. Unwind at their lobby lounge with cocktails or dine at their Creole restaurant, Landings. It’s like a vacation warm-up served New Orleans style. Conquer that pre-flight stress with one low price and free parking for up to fifteen days. Imagine that weeklong family vacation or your trip to Europe and the money you will save in parking fees. It’s a win-win for families, business travelers, or those who live a good distance away from the airport. Call or reserve online, ask for the Park, Stay & Go package, and the friendly folks at the Crowne Plaza Airport Hotel will take it from there. Give them a call at 877-270-1393 for more info or visit .

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Yacht Club to Host

Texas 4000 Fighting Cancer every Mile

Lake Charles Yacht Club to Offer Free Sailing Lessons

For the second consecutive year, Lake Charles Yacht Club will host the Ozark group riders in the Texas 4000 on June 9, 2017. This annual 4000-mile bicycle ride from Austin, Texas, to Anchorage, Alaska raises awareness and money to fund cancer research and support services. It is the longest annual charity bike ride in the world. They have raised more than $7 million in the fight against cancer since their inception in 2003. The ninety-member team splits into three groups of 24–30 riders to travel separate routes until they meet again for the last ten days to ride together into Anchorage. The ride requires seventy days with an average of seventy miles per day. The routes are called Sierra, Rockies, and Ozarks. The Ozark group will pedal into Lake Charles on the 7th day of their ride and will eat, visit with volunteers, and spend the night at the LCYC clubhouse. The public is welcome to attend the evening event to meet the riders and hear their presentation. To make a donation to their cause, visit

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The Lake Charles Yacht Club will offer their annual free summer sailing camp June 5-9, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. (weather permitting) at the organization’s clubhouse, located at the far west end of Lake Charles’ North Beach, at the base of the I-10 bridge. The Yacht Club was organized in Lake Charles in 1964 by a group of sailing enthusiasts. They’ve been providing the sailing lessons each year free of charge since moving to their current location in 1969. Lessons are ideal for teenagers and adults who want to learn how to sail. Successful students will know how to sail a Sunfish (a small monohull boat) by the end of the week, as well as the basics of sailing (points of sail, rigging a boat, tacking, righting a boat that has tipped over, and more.) Interested individuals are welcome to join the Lake Charles Yacht Club (LCYC) as members at the end of the week. It is not necessary to own a sailboat to join. LCYC owns several boats that members are encouraged to use. To enroll, contact Sheron Faulk at Ship to Shore (sfaulk@ or (337) 474-0730). Space is limited. Students must know how to swim, sign a legal waiver, and bring a life jacket. The club recommends students bring or wear a bathing suit or clothes that can get wet, a sun hat, towel, sturdy water shoes, sunscreen, and mosquito repellent. Directions: From the access road north of I-10, drive past Steamboat Bill’s. Immediately after the U-Turn under the I-10 Bridge, turn right into LCYC entrance.

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Boyer Receives Mediation Certification

Lee W. Boyer, partner at the law firm of Stockwell, Sievert, Viccellio, Clements & Shaddock, L.L.P., recently received certification in family and divorce mediation from the Lee Boyer Mediation Institute in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Admitted into the Louisiana Bar Association in 1984 and the Texas Bar Association in 2001, he has over 30 years of experience specializing in family law cases and has headed the firm’s family law practice for the last 20 years. This certification qualifies him to mediate family and divorce cases including custody, child support, spousal support and community property partitions.

JD Bank Hires Sandra Burnette as Branch Manager in Kinder

JD Bank is pleased to announce and welcome Sandra Burnette as Branch Manager of the Kinder Branch Office. Burnette is responsible for leading the office’s daily operations, Sandra Burnette ensuring customer satisfaction and maintaining and developing a dedicated staff. Burnette is a banking leader with a background in management, building relationships and finding financial solutions for businesses and personal customers. Burnette will also serve as a consumer lender for individuals and families – for cars, boats, travel, home improvement or any need.

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City Savings Banks Announces Promotions City Savings Bank is proud to announce the recent promotions for Gene Haymon as Business Development Manager and Brittany Dailey as 18

Assistant Vice President and Leesville Branch Manager. Haymon is also located at the Leesville branch. A Leesville native, Gene Haymon has extensive experience in the finance and insurance industries, having owned and operated M. Gene Haymon Insurance Agency, a State Farm affiliate, for 29 years. He was named the City Savings Bank’s 2014 “Lender of the Year.” Brittany began working as a teller at City Savings Bank and was given the opportunity to advance within the company. For more information, call 337-463-8661 or visit

Hoffpauir Receives CISR Designation

Lynne Hoffpauir, Customer Service Representative of First Federal Insurance Services, LLC has received her CISR (Certified Insurance Service Representative) designation. Lynne Hoffpauir The CISR Program is a nationally recognized designation program that takes a practical, hands-on approach to learning and is an important credential that benefits individuals, their agencies, and their clients. The CISR Program offers an ever expanding array of practical, skill-building opportunities with a professional faculty, nine ONE-DAY courses to choose from and a curriculum that is tailored to the role and region. To earn the CISR designation, one must complete any five of the nine courses and pass the five exams within three years. To maintain the designation, Hoffpauir must update each year with continuing education courses.

Sole Joins First Federal Insurance Services

Cary Sole has joined First Federal Insurance Services, LLC as a Commercial Insurance Agent and Risk Advisor. Sole’s primary goal is to assist businesses in identifying the risks Cary Sole and exposures in their particular industries. His office is located on the 5th Floor of First Federal Bank’s Main Office Building, 1135 LakeshoreDrive in Lake Charles.

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Dr. Tyson Green Presented at American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons Conference

Dr. Tyson Green, Foot and Ankle Specialist with Imperial Health’s Center for Orthopaedics, recently presented at the annual American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons Scientific Conference in Las Vegas. This conference is attended by nearly 2000 surgeons and affiliated healthcare specialists. Dr. Green spoke in different sessions, on several different topics this year, including Achilles’ tendon issues, heel fractures and ankle cartilage disease. Dr. Tyson Green

Dr. Brett Cascio Moving Office Locations

Dr. Brett Cascio, orthopedic surgeon with Orthopaedic Specialists, a part of the Memorial Medical Group, is moving to Memorial Medical Group Office Building 4345 Nelson Road, Suite 201 Lake Charles, LA Dr. Brett Cascio 70605 The office will provide more convenient access to orthopedic and sports medicine services in the south Lake Charles area. He will begin seeing patients at his new location on March 27. The phone number will remain the same and appointments can be made by calling (337) 494-4900.

Peggy Kelley Joins Gulf Coast Social Services

Monica Manuel, Gulf Coast Social Services Lake Charles and Alexandria Regional Director, is pleased to announce Peggy Kelley has joined the Gulf Coast’s Lake Charles team. Peggy Kelley has Peggy Kelley been hired as Program Development Director of Gulf Coast’s new Private Pay In Home Services. Kelley brings with her nearly 30 years of experience of marketing and working in the healthcare field. Gulf Coast In-Home Care is one of the largest inhome care agencies in Louisiana with regional offices throughout the state and specializes in care for the elderly and disabled in the home. For more information, call (337) 564-3109. May 2017

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National Women’s Check-Up Day by Lauren Atterbery Cesar

Between the never ending piles of laundry, the chauffeuring of children to their various activities, and keeping the homestead in tip-top shape to the weekly meals prepared for the family, and for many, a full-time job, staying on top of health matters can fall to the bottom of a to-do list. In truth, your health is the best gift you can give yourself and your loved ones, so it is imperative you make time to take care of yourself in addition to taking care of everyone else. Consequently, the Department of Health and Human Services has made May 8, 2017 National Women’s Check-Up Day.


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Women’s awareness of both physical and mental health issues is immensely important, and as the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Taking preventative steps on a daily basis ensures a healthier you, gives you peace of mind, helps you maintain a healthy lifestyle, and improves your overall well-being. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 33% of women twenty years or older have hypertension. Only 32% of women 18 years or older engage in regular physical activity, and 36% of women twenty years or older are considered medically obese. These are staggering facts that can add more worry to your already full load, but there are easy steps you can take each day to maintain a healthier lifestyle and alleviate your stress. Implement a healthy diet. This isn’t something new. Most people know how important it is to consult with their health care provider and determine which diet works best for their lifestyle. Whether it is consuming less sugar, eating more protein, incorporating leafy green vegetables into your daily meal planning, or saying no to Sonic’s mozzarella cheese sticks, a healthy diet can help you gain control of your health and well-being.


Complete a breast While these steps self-exam. The best will help you time to do this is a achieve a healthier few days after your menstrual cycle. lifestyle, there are You can do it in the additional things shower, and check that you should do for anything unusual on a monthly, bilike lumps or bumps in your breast tissue. yearly, and yearly If you find something basis to ensure unusual, make an early prevention of appointment with a local physician. many health issues. Complete a skin selfexam. Search your skin for unusual or uncommon marks. Use the ABCDE method to do this: asymmetry, border irregularity, uneven color, bigger than six millimeters in diameter, and evolving size and shape. If you find something unusual, contact a local dermatologist for an appointment. Bi-Yearly: Get a dental check up every six months to ensure clean and healthy teeth. A build-up of plaque can cause periodontal disease.


Get a full physical exam. During this exam, your height and weight should be checked, along with your blood pressure. Your doctor should also complete a routine blood test that will check for things like blood count, blood sugar level, and hormone levels. Get a Pap smear and pelvic exam. These tests can ensure uterine and ovarian health, and check for things like abnormalities in the cervix which could point to cervical cancer. Get an eye exam. It is recommended that everyone check their eyes once every two years, but if you already wear glasses or contacts, do this on a yearly basis. Get skin cancer screening. A local dermatologist can perform this test quickly and easily every one to two years. There are other important tests that do not have to be done on a yearly basis, but are important to have completed, like cholesterol and blood count, a thyroid test, colonoscopy, diabetes screening, and mammogram. Let your doctor decide how often you need to have these tests performed. Everyone woman should make time to care for themselves because health is our most valuable asset.

Eliminate or reduce your intake of caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol. Although there are benefits of caffeine, there are side effects, too. Jitteriness and a lack of sleep can lead to an increase in stress levels. The use of nicotine and alcohol on a regular basis can have well-documented major adverse health effects. By reducing or eliminating these from your diet, you should begin to see positive effects on your health. Get Enough Sleep. This can be easier said than done for many people, but trying to relax two hours before bedtime, eating fruit or a high-protein snack a few hours before bedtime, and journaling or doing yoga prior to going to sleep can help you fall asleep faster and increase your sleep quality, helping you to wake up feeling refreshed.

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Tips to Control Blood Pressure without Medication by Sylvia Ney

High blood pressure plays a contributing role in more than 15% of deaths in the United States, according to a Harvard study. The American Heart Association reports approximately 30% of Americans suffer from high blood pressure, but don’t know it.

Lifestyle plays an important role in your blood pressure. By making appropriate choices, you can potentially avoid, delay, or reduce the need for medication. Here are eight lifestyle changes you can make to lower your blood pressure and keep it down.



Lose extra pounds and watch your waistline

Blood pressure often increases as weight increases. Weight loss is one of the most effective changes for controlling blood pressure. Losing just ten pounds can help reduce your blood pressure. Besides shedding pounds, you should also keep an eye on your waistline. Carrying too much weight around your middle can put you at greater risk of high blood pressure. In general, men are at risk if their waist measurement is greater than forty inches, and women are at risk if their waist measurement is greater than 35 inches.

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Exercise regularly

Regular physical activity — at least thirty minutes most days of the week — can lower your blood pressure and help you avoid hypertension. It’s important to be consistent. If you stop exercising, your blood pressure can rise again. The best types of exercise for lowering blood pressure include walking, jogging, cycling, swimming, and dancing. Strength training also can help reduce blood pressure. Talk to your doctor about developing an exercise program.

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Eat a healthy diet

Eating a diet rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy products and skimps on saturated fat and cholesterol can lower your blood pressure. This eating plan is known as the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet.

Reduce sodium in your diet - The effect of sodium intake on blood pressure varies. In general, limit sodium to less than 2,300 milligrams a day. However, a lower sodium intake — 1,500 mg a day or less — is appropriate for people with greater salt sensitivity, including: African-Americans, anyone age 51 or older, and anyone diagnosed with high blood pressure, diabetes, or chronic kidney disease. To decrease sodium in your diet, choose low-sodium alternatives of the foods and beverages you normally buy, eat fewer processed foods, don’t add salt to your food or use sparingly, and increase your potassium consumption. Potassium, found in fruits and vegetables, can lessen the effects of sodium on blood pressure.

Limit the amount of alcohol you drink

Alcohol can be both good and bad for your health. In small amounts, it can potentially lower your blood pressure, but that protective effect is lost if you drink too much -- generally more than one drink a day. One drink equals 12 ounces of beer, five ounces of wine or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof liquor. Drinking more than moderate amounts of alcohol can actually raise blood pressure by several points.

Your Place or Ours? The first step in diagnosing sleep apnea is a sleep test. It can be done in your own home or in our sleep lab. Afterward, one of our sleep specialists will meet with you to review results and guide you on the path to sleeping well and waking up refreshed. Call us today to get started.

Quit smoking

Each cigarette you smoke can increase your blood pressure. Quitting helps your blood pressure return to normal. People who quit smoking have substantial increases in life expectancy.

Reduce stress

Chronic stress is an important contributor to high blood pressure. Occasional stress can also contribute to high blood pressure if you react to it by eating unhealthy food, drinking alcohol, or smoking. Take time to think about what causes you to feel stressed, and consider how you can eliminate or reduce it. Check online for tips to reduce stress.

Seek support

Supportive family and friends can help improve your health. They may encourage you to take care of yourself, drive you to the doctor’s office, or embark on an exercise program with you to keep your blood pressure low. If you find you need support beyond your family and friends, consider joining a support group. This may put you in touch with people who can give you a morale boost or offer additional practical tips to cope with your condition.


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OVEREXPOSED: Preventing Skin Cancer by Christine Fisher

Whether you prefer a relaxing day on the beach or an afternoon on the golf course, enjoying the warmth of sunshine is one of the great things about summertime. Getting a sun-kissed glow is one of the side benefits . . . or is it? Unfortunately, those sunrays aren’t kind to the skin. “Many people think a little color to the skin makes a person look healthier, but if they knew the damage the sun causes to the skin, they would avoid it,” says Lee Miller, MD, board certified dermatologist and Mohs surgeon with Dermatology Associates of Southwest Louisiana. Exposure to UV rays over the years, whether from the sun or from tanning beds, causes significant cosmetic changes in the skin. In fact, skin changes we chalk up to normal signs of aging are actually due in large part to sun exposure. When we notice our skin isn’t bouncing back as it used to, or beginning to sag a bit, it’s due to loss of elastin and other fibers in the skin that are broken down by the sun’s UV rays. Of course, we also know that the sun causes fine lines and wrinkles long before they would naturally appear. “For simple cosmetic reasons, it’s best to avoid prolonged sun exposure. It can accelerate the aging process by ten years or more,” says Dr. Miller. Beneath the skin’s surface, though, there are far more important reasons to be careful about excessive sun exposure. It may be surprising to learn that skin cancer is the most prevalent form of all cancers


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in the United States, and the number of cases continues to rise. Basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are the most common types and make up 95% of all skin cancers. They’re also known as non-melanoma skin cancers. “When treated early, nonmelanoma skin cancer is highly curable,” Dr. Miller says. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type and accounts for approximately seventy percent of all skin cancers. Signs of basal cell carcinoma include a small, smooth or waxy bump on the face, ears, or neck; or a flat pink or brown lesion on the trunk of the body or arms and legs. Patients often mistake a basal cell carcinoma for a pimple that keeps coming back or just won’t heal. Squamous cell carcinoma, the other type of non-melanoma skin cancer accounts for approximately 25% of skin cancers. It usually appears as a firm, red nodule or a rough, scaly flat lesion. While they can occur anywhere, basal cell and squamous cell cancers are mainly found on areas of the skin that are heavily sun-exposed.

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The more deadly type of skin cancer is known as melanoma. It is the cause of 75% of all skin cancer deaths. It can spread to other organs and may be difficult to control, depending on the stage at which it is found. If left untreated, it can be life threatening. Melanoma usually appears as a brown or black spot or bump. It might resemble a normal mole, but usually has an irregular appearance. The “ABCDE” rules help in remembering the signs to look for when it comes to spotting melanoma: • Asymmetry – the shape of one half doesn’t match the other • Border – the edges are ragged or scalloped • Color – uneven shades of brown, black, tan, red, white, or blue within one spot • Diameter – greater than the diameter of a pencil eraser • Evolving—changing over time Anyone can get skin cancer, but people with fair or freckled skin, with light eyes and blonde or red hair are most susceptible. “If you are fair skinned or spend a lot of time exposed to UV rays, it’s a good idea to get a base line, full-body skin exam by a qualified dermatologist. The earlier skin cancer is found, the more effective the treatment,” explains Dr. Miller. For those with a history of skin cancer, a full skin exam is recommended at least annually. Studies show that skin exams decrease skin cancer deaths by more than sixty percent. If a questionable spot is found, the physician will usually perform a biopsy to confirm the diagnosis.

If a questionable spot is found to be cancerous, Dr. Miller says there are several types of treatments available, including Mohs surgery for high-risk non-melanoma skin cancers. “It is the most precise surgical technique used to treat skin cancer. Thin layers of cancer-containing skin are removed and examined until only cancer-free tissue remains. The technique preserves as much healthy skin

While almost eighty percent of a person’s lifetime of sun exposure occurs during childhood and the young adult years, it’s never too late to start protecting yourself

as possible and results in the highest cure rate.” “Mohs surgery is an improvement to the traditional surgery where the physician would remove the cancerous area along with a standard margin of surrounding tissue. During Mohs surgery, the tissue is examined much more thoroughly and we verify that all cancer cells have been removed in real-time during the surgery. This increases the chance of cure while reducing the need for additional treatments or additional surgery,” Dr. Miller explains.

Other common treatments include: traditional surgeries, scraping, freezing with liquid nitrogen (cryotherapy), laser therapy, radiation therapy, topical medications, and systemic chemotherapy. The good news is that most skin cancers are preventable. Even though we’ve heard prevention tips in the past, it’s important to practice sun safety: • Avoid the sun during midday. The sun’s rays are most intense from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. during summer. • Wear sunscreen. Apply liberally and make sure to reapply every two hours when swimming or sweating. • Avoid tanning beds. • Use sun protective clothing: wide-brim hats, sunglasses, long sleeves, rash guards. While almost eighty percent of a person’s lifetime of sun exposure occurs during childhood and the young adult years, it’s never too late to start protecting yourself as sun damage is cumulative. Protecting young skin from the sun and educating adolescents and young adults about the dangers of too much sun exposure is critical to their health later in life. Dr. Miller says if there are any areas of concern on the body, it’s best to get them checked out for peace of mind. An early diagnosis and treatment can mean a world of difference. For more information, call Dermatology Associates of Southwest Louisiana at 337-433-7272.

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Achieving Wholeness by Madelaine Brauner Landry

Everyone considers facial plastic surgery at some time in their lives. Whatever the reason, facial plastic surgery is an opportunity to look at your face, not as it is, but as it could be. By enhancing the tone and texture of the skin, gently and carefully adjusting the overall balance and proportion, you create a more youthful, more rested appearance that still looks like you–only better. Jeffrey J. Joseph, md, facs

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Humans are creatures of habit, led by unconscious actions or thoughts communicated to us by our internal narrators. Some habits are beneficial, even healthy. Others less so, and there is every shade of gray between the two ranges. To strive for wholeness, we must first acknowledge the grasp our lifelong patterns have upon us. Intra-personal communication—talking to ourselves—allows us to spend quiet time sifting through them, choosing which habits to discard, change, or nourish. Inter-personal communication, i.e. connecting with others, is also part of the quest that brings wholeness into our lives. Every time we awaken, we are assaulted by demands and distractions. We prod ourselves forward with self-talk: Get up, get moving, get things done. Humans do things, right? All the thoughtful platitudes scrolling across our social media pages telling us to simply BE won’t brush our teeth, walk the dogs, or pay the bills. Talking to ourselves continues throughout the day and even into our dreams at night. What are we telling ourselves as we pursue a life well-lived? Thinking about wholeness, we use words like attitude, gratitude, fortitude, platitudes,

and solitude. They share a common suffix, -tude, which means condition. The verb form of condition describes something brought into its desired state for use. Shaking off our lassitude then, let’s consider three actions to help us arrive at a desired state of wellness. New Experiences—In Jimmy Buffet’s lyrics to “Changes in Latitude, Changes in Attitude,” he reminds us that travel takes us to new physical states. We hear planes, trains, or automobiles taking off and know the restorative quality changes in latitude can offer. Without ever leaving our homes, we plunge headlong into books, escaping to other places, times, or perspectives. When we gaze at works of art, our emotions soar and we may be moved to tears or provoked into deep thought. Following a plot unfolded in a movie, we escape and live vicariously through the characters. Travel, whether literal or virtual, restores us, making us aware of our human connectedness. We are joined with others when we share their dramas, cultures, and locations, albeit fleetingly. You Time -- Wholeness also requires achieving a positive state. To arrive, self-awareness is crucial, so we often seek wholeness in solitude. Without

time alone to develop our perceptions, we cannot effectively communicate with others. In times of quietude, we might connect inwardly using words, food, music, or other means of creativity. We might pen thoughts into a journal no one else will read or steep a cup of tea to sustain us during thoughtful reflection. Sharing – On other occasions, a loaf of freshly baked bread or glass of wine needs company. A song, poem, or sculpted piece bursts forth that begs to be shared. It is no mystery why we share food in celebration and grief; sharing completes the circle. Sometimes to simply be in the presence of ourselves is enough. At other times, we yearn to share because we are also social creatures. Communication connects us both ways, bringing us into the states of being and doing. Wholeness comes when we identify our individual potentials and work toward achieving them. Wholeness comes when we recognize that same need in others, so we share to help them realize their potential, as well. Wholeness is a wonderful state in which to exist and to travel towards; it is both journey and destination. Communication with ourselves and others is the vehicle that carries us there.

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Summer Guide 2017


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SUMMER CAMPS Summertime is just around the corner. The days are longer; the kids are carefree from the rigors of early school mornings and homework; and, maybe, you’ll soon pack your bags and head to the beach. Are you ready?! Check out our Summer Guide and find fun youth activities and camps, tips to plan your family vacation, and information to help keep your children safe all season long. Happy summer!


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Summer Camps Club Tabby

Our camps are loads of fun for boys and girls ages 4-12. We provide snacks, games, entertainment, activities, and great memories. Bring is a sack lunch. Spaces are limited, pre-registration highly recommended! Call (337) 478-3600.

Pink Girls Summer Camp

June 26 -30, 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., for girls ages 12-18. Team building camp with breakfast and lunch provided. Seating is limited. Located at Allen August Multi-Purpose Center, 2001 Moeling St. Call Ryan Clemons for more information (337)302-1117.

• Donald Ray Stevens Community Center (Goosport)-1619 Cessford St. • St. Henry Heights Community Recreation Center-801 E. School St. • Mike D. Lanza Community Center-609 Sycamore St. • Wiley B. McMillian Park Family Community Center- 343 Goos St.

Summer at the QUAD!

Held May 13, 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at EPPS Library, 1320 N. Simmons St. This event is free, but you must register to attend. Donation and volunteers are welcome. To RSVP, inquire about donations, or volunteer please call Ryan Clemons at (337) 302-1117.

June & July, Tues-Sat. from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Cost: up to 3 hours $10/up to 5 hours $15/all day play $20 • Tuesday - Creative Class • Wednesday - Gym Jail & Characters and Crafts • Thursday - Dodgeball • Friday - Frantic Friday We also offer Birthday Parties! For more information call (337) 3133327 or visit

Recreation and Parks Department Summer Camps

Camp Smiling F.A.C.E.S. offers fun for children with challenges

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The City of Lake Charles Recreation and Parks summer camps are scheduled to begin Monday, June 5 - Friday July 28 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. These summer camps will provide fun and educational field trip experiences including visits to city parks, a water park, local museums, and other area attractions for youth in the community and experience activities such as movies, bowling, skating, Fun Days, SPAR, Millennium Park, swimming, and lots more! To register, please bring a copy of your child’s birth certificate. This is a mandatory requirement with no exceptions. For more information, call (337) 491-1280. Each of the nine community center summer camp locations is listed below. • Bellard Community Center- 2808 Hillcrest Dr. • Columbus Circle Park Family Community Center-3520 Greinwich Blvd. • J.D. Clifton Recreation Center2415 East Gieffers St. • College Oaks Community Recreation Center-3518 Ernest St. 30

Camp Smiling F.A.C.E.S., a camp for children ages 4 - 12 with developmental challenges, will be held June 5 - 9 at West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital’s Genesis Therapeutic Riding Center. Camp will be held from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. each day at the center, located at 886 Landry Ln. in Sulphur. Cost to attend is $75. Children with developmental challenges such as autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, visual deficits, speech or hearing challenges, and others, are eligible to attend. Campers will participate in a variety of activities, including horseback riding, fishing, arts and crafts. For registration information call (337) 625-3972.

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LOOK AT THE STARS - Overnight Camp

June 18-23, Levels: ALL Camper $150 | Program Aide $75 Keep your eyes to the sky and feet on the ground as Arnold the Armadillo leads you in traditional camp activities such as archery, canoeing, crafts, swimming, campfires, trading post and more.

CAMP HAKUNA MATATA - Overnight Camp June 29- July 2, Levels: Brownies-Cadettes Camper $100 | Program Aide $50* *Entering 8-12 grades Are you a Disney fanatic? Time to polish the tiara, make a wish upon a star, and get ready for the magic!

HOGWARTS CAMP - Overnight Camp

June 4-11, Levels: Brownies & Up Camper $150 | Program Aide $100 | Volunteer $75 Come join us for a magical week at Hogwarts. Girls will play Quidditch, make potions, play games, learn care of magical creatures, and more.

Camp Bon Temps GS 101: BACK 2 BASICS - Day Camp June 26-30, Levels: ALL Camper $65 | Program Aide $35 Back2Basics girls will have the chance to explore Girl Scout traditions that we sometimes take for granted.


June 12-16, Levels: K-5 campers, 6-12 aides Camper $65 | Program Aide $35 Amazing Race theme – there will be activities and crafts related to various countries from around the world. Camp bus fee is $15.


June 19-22, Levels: 1-6 (grades) camper 7-12 (grades) aides Camper $45 | Program Aide $35 Come explode with us! Rainbows, Slime, Rockets, Experiments and more. Join us for a messy, ooey, gooey week of girl fun. May 2017

CAL CAMP - Overnight Camp

July 6-9, Levels: ALL Camper $55 | Program Aide $35* *Must be pre-approved by Director This year’s camp will focus on exploring ways girls can express themselves through activities such as painting, jewelry-making, claymolding, singing, acting, etc.

Lagniappe Camps HIGH ADVENTURE CAMP - Overnight Camp

Art Quest Summer Camps Teen Workshop - Print Power for Grades 6 - 12

June 27, 2017 (1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.) Ever wanted to print on a real press? Well now is the time! Teens will create their very own drawings and designs to put through our printing press. They will participate in a print swap and walk away with a portfolio full of great art work.

Micro and Macro Art for Grades 3 - 5

June 26-29, Levels: 5th & up Fee: Camper $80 Zip lining, rock climbing, paddle sports, obstacle courses and more. Does this sound like a camp for you? Come join us for the fun.

July 11 - 13, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) Big and small, campers will explore it all! Zoom in on tiny things and make tiny things tall, shrink huge giants and make skyscrapers small! Campers will have fun playing with scale while exploring drawing, painting and sculpting techniques.

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SENSEational ART for Grades K - 2

July 2-7, Levels: ALL Camper $125 | Program Aide $75* *Entering 8th grade & up In addition to the traditional camp activities like swimming, crafts and games, we will offer a ROPES course as well as a rock wall for your climbing enjoyment (age restrictions apply). For More Information: All forms will be located on the website at You may also request a registration packet by calling 1-800-960-2093

Summer Camps Bring Art, Science, Fun, Friends to Orange

Stark Museum of Art and Shangri La Gardens prepare for registration (ORANGE, TX) Each spring, parents and area students seek new exciting opportunities for summer camps and classes. Art Quest Summer Camps & Teen Workshops offered by Stark Museum of Art and Eco Rangers Summer Camps offered by Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center may be the path to summer fun that is educational, too. These camps are designed to actively engage students and provide a way to experience art and nature that helps prevent student learning-loss during the summer months. All camps have a low student-to-teacher ratio, which enhances hands-on learning in all environments. Depending on the camp or workshop, students may explore a variety of ecosystems, study different critters, complete art projects and engage in many hands-on activities and active games. Camps and workshops are suited to align with learning goals that are specific to the student’s grade level, and there are offerings for kids in grades K through 12!

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July 18 - 20, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) Create art that engages all your senses in this three-day camp! Sound sculptures that jingle, culinary crafts that smell and taste superb, eye-popping op-art and smooth sculptures are all part of this “sense”-ational camp experience for all artists!

Teen Workshop - Self Portraiture for Grades 6 - 12

July 27, 2017 (1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.) Learn how to paint a great likeness of yourself in this four-hour studio experience. Explore symbolism, technical skills and abstraction while you decide what makes you YOU!

Pow-Wow with Nature for Grades 3 & 4

July 18 - 21, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) Step back in time to when Native Americans lived in the area of Shangri La. Learn to live off the land by building a natural shelter, tracking animals, weaving with natural materials, working with clay, and fishing. Campers will even learn about the past by participating in an archaeological dig and speaking the native language.

Wonderful World of Wings for Grades 5 & 6

July 25 - 28, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) It’s a bird, it’s a bat, it’s a butterfly! Discover how and why things in nature use flight for migration, hunting, predator evasion or attracting a mate. Here at Shangri La we have a multitude of animals that depend on their wings. Campers will investigate, create and test different methods and modes of flight.

May the Force of Nature be with You for Grades 7, 8 & 9

August 1 - 4, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) Forces of nature are always moving, from shifting tectonic plates, hot and cold air currents colliding, or the transfer of energy. Students will learn through the design and flight of a hot air balloon, a solar power hands-on experiment and more how forces of nature shape our everchanging world.

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August 1 - 3, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) Flowers and bunnies and deer, oh my! For young artists who wonder about the specifics of landscape painting, explore plants, animals and environments represented in the SMA collection while creating artistic habitats of your own!

Registration deadline is June 16, 2017 and forms are available online at starkmuseum. org and Doors/Gates open at 8:00 a.m. for Student Drop-Off ONLY. Also, SCV Members at the Family Level and above receive advance notification of camps and early registration. To learn more about purchasing or renewing a Membership, call 409.221.6656.

Movers and Makers for Grades K – 2

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Brush up with Landscapes for Grades K - 2

August 8 - 10, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) Campers will dance, play and wiggle while creating art that allows the practice of fine motor skills, coordination and creativity. From drawing with music to dancing in the studio, campers will experience a wide variety of art techniques.

Registration fees for Art Quest Summer Camps: $45 for Stark Cultural Venues’ Members; $60 for the Public. Registration fees for Art Quest Teen Workshops are: $25 for SCV Members; $35 for the Public.

Eco Rangers Summer Camps

Nature Heroes for Grades 1 & 2

July 11 - 14, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) Explore the forest and meadow trails, tromp along the swamps and float down the bayou, all in search of the animals that call Shangri La home! As a Hero in training, campers explore the splendor of Shangri La’s wildlife, work toward earning their hero cape and become the heroes that nature needs. Costumes welcome!

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THE ARTS Branch Out Summer Art Camp Watercolor Magic with Nancy Melton

Part of McNeese’s KIDS COLLEGE, Nancy Melton will offer a week-long art class focusing on all aspects of COLOR. • June 26 – June 30 • 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. • Grades 3 and up For info, contact Melton at or 337-304-2090

Amazing Creatures and Beasts

Daily Curriculum: Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, and more. Classes are open to students who have completed grades K through 8. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis. Open enrollment starts May 10. Tuition $55 - Museum Members/$75 non-members. For more information contact Imperial Calcasieu Museum at (337)439-3797.

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Lake Charles Young Band Nation Summer Camp

Local band director Marcus Johnson, the Arts and Humanities Council of SWLA and Baton Rouge Music Studios are combining efforts to ignite a spark in young musicians of SWLA who want to rock. The camp will take place July 17 - 21, for ages 11 - 17, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Tipitinas Musician’s Co-Op, with an end of camp performance

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Lake Charles Young Band Nation- Recording and Engineering Camp

Learn sound technology, record and run live sound, go home with you own studio. June 26 – 30. Includes a PreSonus Audiobox Music Creation Suite. For more information, please call (337) 513-7905.

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1 pm- 4 pm May 30 - June 2 July 31 - Aug. 3 Ages 6 & up, Cost $150

Fashion Week

1 pm - 4 pm July 10 - 13 Grades 4 - 6, Cost $120

Disney Meets the Masters 1 pm - 4 pm July 31 - Aug. 3 Grades 1 - 6, Cost $120

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Lake Charles Little Theater Second Stage Co. Summer Camp

Includes workshops in acting, dancing, singing, creative writing, costume/set/ lighting design, directing, producing, and theater management. Program culminates with original showcase production written and performed by participants. • Tuition $600 for 3 weeks - Ages 10 - 18 • June 5 - 24 • (Showcase Performance on Sat. June 24) • 8:30 am - 3:00 pm, Monday - Friday • 813 Enterprise Blvd. Registration begins Monday, April 24 Additional information, please call (337) 263-2640

Jazz in the Arts

Jazz in the Arts summer workshop is hands on performance clinic for aspiring middle and high school jazz musicians. The workshop will emphasize practical playing experience through a variety of classes, clinics, and performance activates for jazz musician. The camp is scheduled for May 31-June 4th. Visit for more information or call 337-794-5744.

Children’s Theater Summer Workshops

The Children’s Theatre will hold workshops this summer. For more information on the camps below call (337) 433-7323, or register online at

Wild Things/Creative Dramatics

July 6 – 8 / 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Ages 5 - 8 Concludes with Exhibition Performance Cost $65.00

Acting for the Camera

July 6 - 8 / 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m Ages 8 - 18 Cost $85.00

Shakespeare Workshop

July 17 - 21 Ages 5 - 8 / 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Ages 9-18 / 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Cost $85.00

Kids in Showbiz/Musical Theatre July 24 - 28 Ages 5-8 / 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Ages 9-18 / 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Cost $85.00

Extreme Theatre - All theatre - all Day - all fun June 12 - 16 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Ages 8 --18 Cost $85.00

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EDUCATION Calcasieu Parish Public Library’s Summer Reading Program Summer Reading Program KickOff celebration will take place on Friday, May 26, 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Prien Lake Park Harbor’s Edge Pavilion. The Kinders will join us for two performances. We will have face painting, cookie decorating, games, photo ops, Summer Reading registration, tattoos, as well as other fun activities. All branches of the Calcasieu Parish Public Library will have programs all summer long for children, teens, and adults too! Pick up a programming calendar at your local library, or log on to

Calcasieu Parish School Board Tech Camp

The CPSB Technology Training Staff and Region V LATI Tech Staff will offer a Tech Camp from July 17-21, 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Tuition is $550 and includes a Dell I-Pad Air 2, camp T-shirt, daily snack, and a week full of activities. For more information, call (337) 217-4120.

Children’s Museum Weekday Events

The Children’s Museum will offer fun exciting events throughout the summer. Visit swlakids. org or call (337) 433-9420.

Friday Night Girls Night Out

Lake Area Medical Center will host Friday Night Girls’ Night Out for girls ages 9-16. A series of presentations will be offered throughout the evening on topics ranging from anatomy and self-esteem to puberty, hygiene, nutrition, and much more.


Cost is $20 per person and preregistration and parental consent is required. Seating is limited. Dinner and door prizes will be offered. For more information, call (337) 475-4075. Session 1: June 2, 4:30-8:30 p.m. Session 2: June 30, 4:30-8:30 p.m. Session 3: July 28, 4:30-8:30 p.m.

Lake Area Medical Center Safe Sitter Class

This hands-on class teaches boys and girls ages 11-13 how to handle emergencies and care for children safely. Attendees will learn childcare skills like diapering and feeding, how to call for emergency help, and babysitting business skills. The cost is $45 and includes supplies, a tote bag, and lunch. For a full listing of classes available at Lake Area Medical Center, please visit Session 1: Sat., May 6, 8 am - 4 pm Session 2: Mon., June 12, 8 am - 4 pm Session 3: Mon., July 10, 8 am - 4 pm

McNeese Leisure Learning The McNeese Leisure Learning office offers numerous classes this summer through its Kids College Program for children of all ages; Classes in digital photography, tennis, engineering, chess, drama, drawing, comic book drawing, creative writing, fitness, forensic science, math, dance, and more. For more information, call 337-475-5616.

McNeese Summer Reading Clinic

The Annual Summer Reading Clinic is for elementary students entering grades 2-6. The students will receive one-on-one tutoring for 60 minutes each day and participate

in reading enriched activities with a master teacher. Call (337) 475-5471 for more information.

Kids College All-Day STEM Adventure Program (Science and Technology)

May 29 - Aug 7 for grades 1-8, 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Cost $179/per week plus $160/per week for each additional child. Discounts available for multi-week enrollment. Contact Leisure Learning/ Kids College at (337) 475-5616 or visit

Summer Band Camps

Instrumental Music, Percussion/ Drumline, Drum Major, and Color Guard. June 11-15 for grades 9-12. Cost: $225, commuter; $350, resident. Contact Jay Jacobs at (337) 475-5004 or visit, Registration Deadline: June 1st.

9th Annual Cowboy Camp

Incoming McNeese freshmen and transfer students August 18-19. Cost $45. Contact the Student Union and Activities Office at (337) 475-5609.

McNeese Autism Program

The McNeese Autism Program offers the following services to individuals with autism and other intellectual and developmental challenges: • ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) Services designed to increase communication, socialization, appropriate behavior, environmental learning, and other important life skills. • Supportive Counseling Series for parents, siblings, and other caretakers of those with unique challenges as well as those

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with high-functioning autism/ Asperger’s syndrome. • Diagnostic Testing Services for autism and other challenges that may be preventing your loved ones from meeting their full potential. Contact (337)-562-4246 for more information or visit our website

Sowela Summer Youth Camps

The Office of Workforce Development at Sowela Technical Community College will host its annual Summer Youth Camps starting in June. Camps include: • Culinary Camp: June 5-9 or June 19-23, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., grades 5-8. Cost $185. This cooking camp for young chefs teaches children to make different breakfast and lunch recipes. • Kids in the Kitchen: June 12-16 or June 26-30, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., grades 1-4. Cost $185. Campers learn to prepare and cook breakfast and lunch with Chef Roy Angelle. • Grandparent and Me Culinary Camp: June 17-19, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., grades 1-8. Cost $100. Grandparents and grandkids create wonderful meals and memories together. • Young Aviator Aeronautical Camp: June 12-16, 8:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m., grades 6-7. Cost $130. Campers learn how airports operate, build an electrical circuit while using an aircraft wiring schematic, discover how different aircraft fly, and much more! • Wacky 3D Printing Camp: June 5-9, 8:00 a.m.-noon, grades 6-8. Cost $279. Campers learn to setup and printout 3D designs and take

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home their own 3D printout. • Fusion Welding Camp: June 26-30 and July 10-14, 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., grades 8-12. Cost $279. Campers learn welding basics, including key techniques and safety guidelines. • Young Graphic Designer Camp: June 5-9, for grades 6-8. Cost $230. Take your artistic skills to the computer. Campers will learn basic concepts in graphic design and print their creations. They will also design a graphic t-shirt. Culinary Camps include breakfast and lunch while all other camps include lunch only. For more information or to register, visit

Sylvan Learning Center of Lake Charles

Give your child the EDGE this summer with Sylvan Learning Center Summer Camps. We offer an exciting variety of camps this summer to give your child a summer to remember, not to mention an opportunity to retain all their academic skills. • STEM Courses: Robotics, Game Design, Math Edge • ACT Preparation • Early Reading • Study Skills • Algebra • Reading • Math and Writing All camps are taught by certified teachers in small groups for individualized attention. The hours are flexible to fit your summer schedule. Call (337) 474-9998 to register.

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Engineering Camp July 17-20 Grades 1-7 9:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. Cost $99

The Tutoring Center Does your child need tutoring this summer? We can help your child be prepared. We offer individualized programs, a fun positive environment, incentives & rewards! • Reading • Math • Writing • Algebra 1 & 2 • Geometry Contact (337) 564-6982 or

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Fitness McNeese Athletic Camps

Team Camp

Grades 9 - 12, June 1 - 3 Cost is $160 for one day, $275 for two days, and $420 for three days. Contact Kacie Cryer at kcryer@ or (337) 475-5476.

Dave Simmons Basketball Camps:

Ages 7 - 17 Mon - Weds, 8:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. Cost is $175 per session or $325 for both sessions. • Session 1 - June 5 - 8 • Session 2 - June 19 - 22

McNeese Football Camps Cowboy Football Camp

Grades 8 - 11, July 9 - 11. Cost $290, resident; $155, commuter. Helmets required. To register contact: Nancy Borel 337475-5235 For more information on athletic camps, please call (337) 475-5000 or 800.622.3352

McNeese Women’s Basketball Camps: Fundamental Camp

Grades K - 8, June 12 - 14, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Cost $105



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Vacation Bible School Enterprise Boulevard Church of Christ

Enterprise Boulevard Church of Christ at 2801 Enterprise Blvd. in Lake Charles, invites your children to a fun and exciting VBS where kids between age 4 and grade 5 participate in unforgettable Bible teaching, fun drama skits, music, games, and craft projects. VBS will be held July 17-19. Register at or call the church office, (337)439-9761.

Maplewood First Baptist Church

Galactic Starveyors, June 12-16 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Daily crafts, music, recreation, and bible time. Register by calling the Children’s Ministry Director, (337)625-5899.

First Baptist Church of Lake Charles

Vacation Bible School will be held June 5 - 9, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. for ages four to completed grade 5. No cost to attend. Call (337) 433-1443.

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First United Methodist Church

Maker Fun Factory: Created by God; Built for a Purpose will be held June 5 - 9, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. for ages 5 – grade 5. Call (337) 436-6656.

Sale Street Baptist Church

Vacation Bible School will be held June 5 – 9, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. for ages PreK 4 – grade 5. Register at Call (337) 477-3463.

Christ Community Church

Galactic Starveyors . . . Searching the Visible, Discovering the Invisible will be held June 5 – 9, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Registration is $7.00, deadline: May 12. Performance Sunday: June 11, 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. Ages: Kids entering K – grade 6 in the fall. May register online at ccclc. info/vbs2017

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Vacation Bible School will be held June 19 - 23 for children who have completed kindergarten – grade 5. No cost to attend. Call (337) 527-5231.


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Camp Smiling F.A.C.E.S.

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Safe Sitter® is a nationally recognized, medically accurate babysitting preparation program designed for boys and girls ages 11 to 13. The program teaches sitters how to recognize and handle medical emergencies, how to handle specific ages, prevent problem behavior, and the business of babysitting.

Children with challenges are invited to West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital’s Camp Smiling F.A.C.E.S. (Fishing, Artsn-Crafts and Equestrian Skills) for a week of activities and fun. Physical challenges such as autism, spina bifida, down syndrome, cerebral palsy and others are often limiting, but at Camp Smiling F.A.C.E.S., campers can reach unlimited potential and success as they enjoy traditional summer camp activities in a safe, helpful environment. At Camp Smiling F.A.C.E.S., children, not challenges, matter most.


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Beach Safety Tips

Drowning incidents can occur in any body of water. Safety precautions should be taken around ALL water environments. Beach safety is especially important due to the large crowds of people and the strength of the ocean. Currents and waves can pose a greater risk of drowning than swimming pools. According to the Center for Disease Control, about half of all drowning incidents occur in natural water settings such as lakes, rivers, or oceans. As the summer beach season begins, there are steps parents can take to keep their children safer in and around the ocean. The United States Swim School Association encourages the following guidelines to help keep children, as well as adults, safe during a day at the beach.


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Create a beach plan with your children. There are often several entrances to a beach. Choose an entrance with a recognizable landmark and have family and friends agree to meet there should you become separated. Introduce your child to the lifeguard located in the area where your kids will be swimming. Keep a close eye on younger children and have older kids check in with you often.


Swim in view of a lifeguard. Educate your children to swim in front of the lifeguard tower. Advise your swimmer that if the current moves him or her down shore, find that lifeguard tower and move back to the original area.

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Be aware of ocean conditions. Pay attention to the colored flags located near the lifeguard. They will tell you if the water is dangerous, moderately rough, or calm. They will also alert you if there is any aquatic life in the swimming area such as jellyfish or sharks. Enter the water feet first. Do not dive into an ocean. Test the water depth before swimming. This can help prevent serious neck or head injury. Teach your children about rip currents and how to swim out of them. Rip currents are powerful, narrow channels of fastmoving water that move at speeds of up to eight feet per second. When caught in a rip current, don’t panic. Swim parallel to the shoreline until you are out of the current, then swim diagonally back to shore. Be mindful of your surroundings. Teach children the signs of a swimmer who might need help or is having difficulty staying afloat. Wear a life jacket. The ocean is a strong force and can be difficult for even the best swimmers. As extra safety, wear a life jacket to help stay afloat.

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Reasons to Plan a Family Vacation by Andrea Guthmann

We live in a fast-paced world, sometimes forgetting about “me time” or even “we time”. The family vacation, when done right, can give you a little of both. Here are some reasons why you should make time for a family trip this summer.

A Chance to Go Wild

Ever heard of nature deficit disorder? Even if you haven’t heard the official term, you’ve likely been aware of it when you have too many e-mails to answer or you struggle to get your kids unplugged from their phones or video games. While you can’t put everything on hold, you can live life at a slower pace for a few days at one of America’s glorious national parks. Yosemite tops the bucket list for many. Just be aware that lodging and camping in the park can fill up a year in advance! Not to worry. There are plenty of options, from luxury resorts like Rush Creek and Tenaya Lodge, to nearby dude ranches like Hunewill Ranch. Regional tourism offices like the Mammoth County Visitors Bureau, outside Yosemite, can also point you in the right direction.

Reconnect with Far-Off Family

These days, families are often separated by long distances. Vacationing together is an opportunity for quality time with far-off loved ones.


Worried about having to play social director for a large extended family vacation? Cruising is one way to avoid those rough waters. No need to argue about what to do or where to eat. From dance lessons to cooking demos, the piano bar to the disco, whatever floats your boat is the only rule on a cruise. “I’d recommend the newest Carnival, Royal Caribbean or Norwegian Cruise Line ships.” says Randy Mink, editor of Cruise Travel magazine. “Besides ambitious kids’ programs, well-appointed youth centers, and elaborate waterparks, they have special family cabins that accommodate up to five people.” Norwegian is one of the lines that also offers connecting rooms—ideal for families and multigenerational groups -- and they just began sailing on four-day cruises to Cuba out of Miami. Que bueno!

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Alone Time for Mom and Dad

Want to learn to ski, play golf, or improve your tennis game? The right resort can help your family have fun while learning something new. The Breakers in Palm Beach has golf academies and tennis clinics, as well as private instruction for all ages. When it comes to skiing, consider a mountain like Jackson Hole Ski Resort, offering kids’ lessons, teen ski camps, even women-only instruction. Remember -- the family that plays together, stays together!

For families with young kids, consider a resort or cruise with a high quality children’s program that gives adults an occasional break from childcare. Beaches Resorts, which partners with Sesame Street, and Disney Cruises are both the gold standard when it comes to kids’ clubs. Both accept kids as young as infants into their dropoff programs.

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Always wanted to learn more about the “old country” your parents or great-greatgrandparents left behind? Travel is a great way to explore your heritage. Tour groups are a way to do it without the time-consuming hassle of making your own arrangements. Choose a tour operator specializing in families, like Adventures by Disney or Austin Adventures. “We organize activities that bring history to life, from participating in traditional farming practices in Norway, to celebrating centuries-old family recipes in Italy,” says Adventures by Disney’s Heather Killingbeck. “The experiences we provide our guests offer the perfect opportunity for travelers to get in touch with their roots in very intimate and hands-on ways.”

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Benefits of Family Travel

Care That Makes You SMILE

by Angie Kay Dilmore

Family Bonding

Sharing new experiences, learning new things, even spending hours together in a car while traveling can draw a family closer, both physically and emotionally. Families need these opportunities to enjoy uninterrupted time at a leisurely pace, away from the noise and distractions of day to day life.

Real World Education

Family travel offers opportunities for children, as well as parents, to learn so much more than they would in a classroom setting. They can read about American history in text books, but when they visit Philadelphia, Boston, Gettysburg, and other historically significant destinations, they experience history using all their senses. When they visit aquariums, zoos, and science museums, they see and smell nature, rather than only read about it. When they follow a map and drive across multiple states or countries, they learn geography. Travel is an excellent teacher!

Appreciation for Other Cultures

When families travel, they’re exposed to different cultures and lifestyles. They taste different foods, hear local music, meet new people, explore new landscapes. This exposure opens up an awareness and acceptance of diversity.

Travel Builds Self-Confidence

People tend to become braver on vacation. They seek out daring experiences that they otherwise wouldn’t try at home. Whoosh down the biggest slide at the water park, go ziplining, parasailing, or rock climbing. Stepping out of one’s comfort zone builds self-confidence.

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Family vacations foster independence and build interpersonal skills, infusing curiosity and a sense of adventure. A hike through the woods or a swim in a frigid mountain lake promotes an active lifestyle and appreciation of nature that will carry over into everyday life.

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Beyond the Alphabet Game:

EntertainING KIDS While Traveling

by Keaghan P. Wier

Family vacations can be a fantastic time of relaxation, bonding, and fun— once you get there, that is. The traveling part can be quite the opposite. Hours in the car, confinement in an airplane seat, or the restlessness of travel by train can cause frustration for kids and parents alike as younger family members become antsy and run out of things to do. Here are some tips and ideas for activities to keep kids occupied—and hopefully cut down on the number of times you hear “Are we there yet?”


Anything new is going to be a great way to keep their attention. • Coloring books and a fresh set of colored pencils or crayons. • Picture books • An “I-Spy” bottle made from a clean plastic bottle, rice or lentils, and a variety of trinkets like beads, sequins, and other small items. Your child will have fun discovering all the things hidden inside. • An MP3 player loaded with kids’ music, along with some comfortable headphones. • Small easy to eat snacks portioned into easy-to-hold containers. • Toys -- matchbox cars, a new action figure or doll with limited accessories, and other smaller toys. • Keep noisy toys to a minimum. Instead, pack things that will encourage quiet play.



• Coloring or puzzle books -- word searches, mazes, and other mind-benders. • If your child likes to read and write, pack a book of Mad Libs and get the whole family involved. • MP3 with audiobooks or podcasts. • New books to read. • Make a trip activity notebook. Fill it with things like the license plate game, maps to color in as you pass through different states, hangman sheets, tic-tactoe, and other games. Slip papers into plastic page protectors and pack a set of dry-erase markers to allow the pages to be reused day after day.


Your local library is a great resource for books, audio books, and magazines before your trip.


• Puzzle books -- word searches, more complex mazes, crossword puzzles, and Sudoku. • Audiobooks and podcasts. • New books to read. • Notebooks, sketchpads, and a supply of pens and pencils. Encourage your tweens to keep a travel journal and glue in ticket stubs and receipts from your adventures.


• As with all ages, packing new books, a loaded MP3 player, and various activity or puzzle books can be a great way to pass the time. • A more complex coloring book, perhaps with felt-tip markers or nicer colored pencils. • If your teen enjoys simple crafts, like knitting, crocheting, or origami, pack supplies for that. Note that you will want to check security requirements if you take sewing or crafting supplies with you onboard an airplane. All in all, the trick to a happy trip is to ensure everyone has a variety of things to do. For younger kids especially, make sure they have a few new things they’ve never seen before to help hold their attention. Most importantly, enjoy the time together—talk, laugh, and make new memories.

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How to Keep your Kids Safe in Summer by Lauren Atterbery Cesar

With summer swiftly approaching, you can feel the excitement in the air as your children dream of spending time at the pool or frolicking with friends outdoors without the thought of homework looming over their heads. Before you send them out into the sunshine, consider these tips from Dr. Stephanie Treme of the Children’s Clinic, Lake Charles, to keep your loved ones healthy and safe all summer long. 46

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Prevent Sunburn As fun as spending time outdoors is, you want to avoid sunburn. Limit the exposure your little one has to the sun, especially between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. This is the hottest part of the day, so if possible, keep them indoors. What type of sunscreen is the most effective? Dr. Treme recommends a broad spectrum sunscreen that falls into at least the SPF 15 to 30 range. She also suggests covering all areas of exposed skin, including the tops of the ears and any exposed scalp. Apply sunscreen thirty minutes before going outside, and reapply it every two hours. If your child gets sweaty or goes swimming, sunscreen should be reapplied more often. Use sunscreen even on cloudy days. Avoid Dehydration Drinking enough water on hot days or when active is crucial to prevent illnesses such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Children should be given water breaks every 15-20 minutes while playing outdoors. Signs that your child may be getting

dehydrated include dizziness, fatigue, or muscle cramps. If you notice pale skin, profuse sweating, nausea, or fainting, immediately move your child to a cool place for rest and rehydration with cold water. If any of these symptoms persist, seek medical evaluation for your child. Playground Safety During the summer months, physicians see an increase of muscular injuries and broken bones in children from playground activity. Teach children the proper way to use playground equipment to help prevent these injuries. Children should go down slides feet first and never stand on swings. Check the temperature of metal objects before allowing children to play, and avoid areas with standing water, which can lead to slip-and-fall injuries. Adults should keep a close eye on children to ensure they use playground equipment properly. Pool Safety When children are around any body of water, an adult should

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be supervising at all times. With younger children and weak swimmers, an adult should physically be in the pool with the child. Flotation devices are helpful, but don’t be overly-confident. They do not prevent all accidents. If you have a pool at your home, consider investing in a locked fence around the pool. Children have been known to let themselves out the back door, or even climb through doggy doors, to get to the pool when parents aren’t watching. Hot tubs should generally be avoided in younger children as they can cause a child to become overheated quickly. Insect Protection In Louisiana, insects are a fact of life, but there are certain concerns when it comes to using repellent on small children. Never use repellent on children younger than two months old. Repellant should be applied only to the outside of clothing and exposed skin. Although it can be sprayed onto arms and legs, it should not be sprayed directly onto the face. This helps prevent your child from inhaling the repellent.

Instead, spray into your hands and rub repellent onto their face, carefully avoiding the eyes and the mouth. The most effective type of spray uses DEET with concentrations up to 30%. Bug bites can be treated with Cortisone-10 cream to help with swelling or Benadryl cream to help with itch. Sometimes insect bites can cause significant swelling. See your child’s doctor if the redness spreads, the child develops fever, or there is pain when touching the skin around the bite. Heatstroke and Hot Vehicles According to an article published in Pediatrics, 39 children in the U.S. died from heatstroke as a result of being left in hot vehicles in 2016. Dr. Treme urges all parents and caretakers to devise a system to remind yourself that you have a child in the backseat before exiting your vehicle. For example, leave an object in the child’s carseat, and whenever you put your child in the car, transfer the object to your lap. This will help you remember your little one is with you.

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Summer Crafts FOSTER CREATIVITY Parents hear it every summer. Despite the glee and giddiness of that last day of school, within a week or two, the kids are bored and voice that same inevitable chorus . . . “There’s nothing to do!” One key to keeping kids engaged all summer long is to tap into their creative natures and encourage them to be crafty. Break out the construction paper, glue, glitter, popsicle sticks, crayons, markers, buttons, yarn and allow their imaginations to run rampant. Build, design, paint, draw, knit . . . there are no rules and no limits when it comes to creativity. Need some artistic inspiration? Spend an hour or so searching the aisles at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby. Both stores sell art and craft supplies, as well as craft kits. Boys may enjoy assembling models. Hobgood Pharmacy on Country Club Rd. sells kits by Seedling, a company that makes award-winning activity kits for children of all ages. For example, design your own lifesize butterfly wings, put together a birdhouse, magic marker a superhero cap or mask. Better yet, move the art studio outdoors and allow nature to activate your child’s right brain. Make daisy chains, collect and draw insects or wildflowers, make mud pies. When you inspire children to use their imaginations, there’s little chance they’ll mope around the house with nothing to do.


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No matter what your college major and desired career, jobs can be hard to come by. How do you break into an in-demand industry? According to entrepreneur Emily White, your dream career is within your reach. But if you want it, be ready to work for it. Internships can be a key step.


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Interning 101 is full of essential advice for students or recent graduates who want to follow their passion and make inroads into their dream industry. To this day, White employs the advice covered in her book to help her stay focused on high-level projects, be on top of industry trends and communications, and strive to find innovative and creative solutions. White offers these five tips to help you secure and excel in the internships that will further your career.

“Career success -- especially in a competitive industry -- often comes down to the relationships you have cultivated and possessing an ironclad work ethic,” says White, cofounder and CEO of Whitesmith Entertainment and author of the book Interning 101. “If you don’t know anybody in your desired field, you have to build your own connections. Internships can be your ticket to that opportunity.” Internships provide an incredible opportunity to discover what your desired industry is like in reality. The more you intern, the more you learn. “Interning also gives you a great sense of your specific niche within the industry,” says White. “It’s just as important to figure out what you do want to do in life, as what you don’t want to do.”

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Start interning early and cast a wide net. First, identify at least five organizations within your fields of choice where you would like to intern. Plan to do multiple internships and begin as early as possible (some internships are offered to high school students). Immersion greatly increases your aptitude within the field, ensures your skills are up to date, and expands your network -- all of which heighten your chances of ultimately landing an ideal job. Take every possible opportunity to WORK. Here’s a general guideline to remember at your internship: Do everything that is asked of you (within ethical reason, of course) and do all of the things you say you will do. Reliability is the hallmark of a really good worker and a great intern. When you stick to your word and get quality work done, you will stand out and be remembered, and eventually you will be noticed within your field of choice. Go above and beyond what is expected. If you’ve accomplished your assigned tasks for the day and have extra time, ask if there’s anything

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else you can do or if you can help someone else. Always ask before doing anything, but figure out how to make yourself indispensable to the company and team. If they can’t function without you, why would they let someone else hire you when you’re ready to take on a full-time job? Commit now to the smart habits you’re creating. Know that between school, your internships, a part-time job, and social time, you are developing world-class time management skills. Your busy schedule right now will be a huge benefit to your future adult responsibilities like commuting, grocery shopping, doing household tasks, managing a social life, and working fulltime. Rest assured, the work ethic and efficient time management skills you develop early on will pay off big time for your career and life in the long run. So stay busy and stay responsible. Take care of yourself. It’s hard to do your best work or stand out from the crowd when you’re under-rested, hungover, or feeling generally lethargic, lazy, and sluggish. On the other hand, people perform best when they are of sound mind, body, and spirit. So be sure to get enough sleep, eat well, and move your body enough to stay healthy and capable of handling your workload and schedule. “If you feel like a needle in a haystack full of talented and ambitious people like yourself, you’re right,” says White. “But internships can be the key to rising to the top of the heap and building the career you desire. When you shine in your internships, people take notice and word will spread.”


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Millennials Possess Entrepreneurial Spirit So, you’re a smart, imaginative, persuasive millennial and – contrary to the bad rap your generation usually gets – you’re willing to work REALLY hard. You’re just waiting for all those boomers and Xers to get the heck out of the way so you can have your turn at the brass ring.



ut why wait? You and your well-educated and connected friends are in a great position to create your own success – by creating your own business. Survey after survey finds that millennials have a true entrepreneurial mindset; you like flexibility and independence, and you’re determined to pursue your passions. And, thanks to the accomplishments of others before you (the young founders of Airbnb and Uber, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg), you’re likely to get more support and less eye-

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rolling should you strike out on your own. “With more resources available to start-up founders, and a new respect for what innovative thinkers can do, there’s no need to wait around for your corner office and executive title,” says Matt Stewart, an entrepreneur and co-founder of College Works Painting, an internship program that provides practical business experience for college students. “Why sit and dream about climbing the ladder at someone else’s business when you can create your own?”

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The idea of building something from nothing is daunting but doable, says Stewart, who started his company with just four employees in 1993 and now operates nationwide. Here are some tips for getting started: You don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Create opportunity by finding a business model that delivers solutions to an urgent need that customers have. Your customers should already understand your product or service and believe in its necessity, not just think that it would be "nice to have." Define what makes you unique. Once you've picked a service or product to focus on, find out what makes you different. Research competitors to determine their customers’ likes and dislikes. How can you pair your individual experience with a solution that addresses what's missing in the marketplace? Understand that competition is good. Try to avoid starting a business that doesn't already exist. If there are similar products or services to yours, it means there's a demand. Now it’s up to you to figure out how you can deliver something that's different and better. It’s okay to start small. Don't worry about entering the market with a huge company. Instead, focus on providing a great solution for a niche group of customers -- and then over-deliver. You can't service 1 million customers if you don't know how to service ten. Focus on your first ten customers. Social media is your friend. 29-year-old Roxie Smith owns Sweet Chic Cupcakes in Lake Charles. She uses Facebook and Instagram to market and engage with her customers. “It's an extremely effective and inexpensive way to reach potential customers on a daily basis. We typically post a picture of whatever looks especially delicious that day, share it with our customers on our business and personal pages, and that's all it takes. I don't know that advertising really gets any easier than that!” Ready, shoot, aim. Don't wait to get started. You won't know if you're onto something unless you start making sales. Your idea isn’t validated until you have paying customers. Don't spend too much time planning; start engaging with potential customers as soon as you can. If the fear of failing is holding you back, Stewart says, remember there’s no better time to take a risk than when you’re first starting out. “Meanwhile, you’re gaining work experience, learning to be a leader, and doing it on your own terms,” he says.

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Money & Career Where you go to stay in the know! Southwest Louisiana Credit Union Receives Diamond Award

Southwest Louisiana Credit Union was recently honored with a Diamond Award, which recognizes SWLA Credit Union Chief Strategy Officer Jessica LaRocca (left) with Brand outstanding Ambassador Makeitta Darbonne. marketing and business development achievements in the credit union industry. The award was presented by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Marketing & Business Development Council, a national network of over 1,200 credit union marketing and business development professionals. Southwest Louisiana Credit Union won the Diamond (Best in Category) Award in the Commercial Video category for the series of TV commercials titled “We’re Not A Bank.” The commercials were recognized as a creative way to communicate the credit union’s brand and connect the credit union with families looking for an outside-the-box banking experience. The commercials were produced with the credit union’s advertising agency, the O’Carroll Group. For more information, visit

Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana Announces New Board Members

The Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana announced the appointment of four new members of the board: • Prissy Gayle, an attorney at Third Circuit Court of Appeal • Poncho Seaford, Market President for Business First Bank • Greg Marcantel, CPA, Jennings • Katie Stream, a dynamic Community Volunteer The Foundation connects people and financial resources to create a permanent, positive impact in Southwest Louisiana. This is accomplished through grants to non-profit organizations recommended by donors. The Foundation also provides leadership on civic initiatives to enhance the quality of life in SWLA. Fund donors and annual contributors are building a legacy of goodwill that will positively impact future generations. For more information, call (337) 491-6688.


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Pipeline Co. and Westlake Products Terminal Receive Coveted OSHA Recognition

The Lake Charles Pipeline Co., a joint venture between Phillips 66 and CITGO Petroleum, and the Phillips 66 Westlake Products Terminal have been awarded the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for their efforts to prevent fatalities, injuries and illnesses. An OSHA representative presented the pipeline and terminal employees with a VPP flag. Companies who achieve this award display injury and illness rates at or below the national average of their competitors, according to OSHA. Obtaining Star status is only the beginning though; maintaining the certification requires continuous improvement and annual reports to OSHA on established goals. The VPP concept was created in 1982 to encourage industry-related facilities to strive for safety excellence. To participate, employers must submit an application to OSHA and undergo a rigorous on-site evaluation by a team of safety and health professionals. VPP participants are reevaluated every three to five years to remain in the program. In 2016, CITGO Petroleum was awarded the International Liquid Terminals Association Platinum Safety Award for the fourth time in the 10 year history of the award. Phillips 66 has more than 25 sites honored with the OSHA VPP Star recognition. SWLA Credit Union Chief Strategy Officer Jessica LaRocca (left) with Brand Ambassador Makeitta Darbonne.

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Waitr Announces Web Ordering

Propelled by the rapid success of their native mobile apps and customer requests, Waitr’s web ordering platform at creates added convenience for all. Web ordering was specifically created to operate exactly like the Waitr smartphone app, and it is especially advantageous when used by large groups, offices and organizations. Waitr has received widespread acclaim for its distinct technology yielding faster door-todoor deliveries and more favorable pricing for consumers. It is the only company of its kind to include full-color photography of every menu item from all participating restaurants.

Local Otolaryngologist (ENT) offers the area’s first Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation procedure at Lake Area Medical Center

Six months following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for U.S. availability of the ACCLARENT AERA™ Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation System; Brad LeBert, MD, a local ENT and an independent member of the medical staff, recently performed the lake area’s first procedure at Lake Area Medical Center. ACCLARENT AERA™ is the only balloon dilation device that offers a minimally-invasive option to treat the source of Eustachian Tube Dysfunction (ETD), a condition often marked by ear pain, pressure and dulled hearing. The procedure involves inserting a small balloon through the patient’s nose and into the Eustachian tube. Once inflated, the balloon opens up a pathway for mucus and air to flow through the Eustachian tube, which may help restore proper function. The ACCLARENT AERA™ Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation System also offers the necessary flexibility to adapt to individual Eustachian tube anatomy which helps ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgeons minimize trauma through precise access and positioning. After the Eustachian tube is dilated, the surgeon will deflate and remove the balloon. Additional ENT providers who are trained on Acclarent technology and perform this procedure at Lake Area Medical Center include Bridget Loehn, MD and Blake LeBlanc, MD, both independent members of LAMC’s medical staff. For more information please contact one of the ENT physicians mentioned above or visit

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Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson’s, Tremors and Involuntary Muscle Contractions available at Memorial

Lake Charles Memorial now offers Medtronic SWLA Credit Union Chief Strategy Officer Jessica LaRocca (left) with Brand Deep Brain Stimulation Ambassador Makeitta Darbonne. (DBS) Therapy, an FDA approved treatment option for those with Parkinson’s disease, tremors and involuntary muscle contractions whose symptoms are no longer adequately controlled by medication alone. Neurologist Murali Bogavalli, MD, MPH, with Memorial Medical Group, offers patients this innovative brain therapy. He is fellowship-trained and board certified in neurology and specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of various general and neuromuscular diseases. Talk to your primary care doctor to find out if DBS Therapy is right for you. Physicians may refer patients to Dr. Bogavalli’s office by calling (337) 480.7900.

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About Sunless Tanners, Busted! by Emily Alford


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ne of the best parts of warmer weather is saying so long to those cumbersome coats and jackets for another year. However, over the winter, many of us have gotten a little pasty under all those layers. As we settle into our shorts and sundresses it can be tempting to go a few rounds in a tanning bed or go without sunscreen until we build up a good “base tan.” But all that UV exposure comes at too high a price. Each year in the United States, there are more diagnoses of skin cancer than breast, prostate, colon, and lung cancer combined, and 90% of nonmelanoma skin cancers are associated with UV radiation. The good news is that you can still get a bronze glow without risking your health. Sunless tanners have come a long way since the days of smelly orange grocery store goo. Here are some common self-tanning misconceptions all cleared up. This summer, try covering up -- in SPF, that is. The risk of skin cancer is very real, so why not put safety first and make your tan a fake.

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Self-tanners never look natural

Back in the day, everyone was forced to slather on the same shade of self-tanner that always looked a little more like body paint than a natural tan. But these days, no matter how fair your skin, there’s a perfect self-tanner shade out there. Tinted body lotions can gradually add color over time, and there are in-shower selftanners you rinse off after a few minutes to leave behind a subtle, sun-kissed look.

It smells bad

Another hallmark of those old-school self-tanners was their signature, slightly spoiled scent. That smell came from a chemical called DHA, a tinting agent derived from sugar cane. Newer formulas have toned down the DHA scent with other smells, like citrus, or even created scent-free formulas.

It always gets streaky

We’ve all seen the telltale signs of a self-tanning disaster: patchy elbows or streaky knees. But it’s not that hard to avoid those sneaky streaks. Just exfoliate your entire body with an oil-free scrub up to eight hours before applying your selftanner. Exfoliating gets rid of dead skin, which is often the culprit behind uneven tans. Also, wipe thicker-skinned areas, like elbows and knees, immediately after applying the tanner to even out the color. And don’t forget to wash your hands!

The tanning bed is easier

If the idea of spending an hour exfoliating, lotioning, and twiddling your thumbs waiting for sunless tanner to dry makes you want to run to the nearest tanning salon, do it! Many tanning salons now offer sunless spray-on options where you can chose your shade, accelerator, and bronzer. You can even add a scent, so you’ll leave the salon smelling like a tropical vacation.

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Ruching is a sewing term for two or more rows of gathered material, and some of the year’s cutest swimsuits are ruched at the waist and hips, which creates a slimming effect. “A ruched one-piece does a great job at camouflaging your torso,” Coats says. A ruched suit in a solid color is a trusty standby that also makes a big splash.

Sheer Cutouts

Whether it’s a peekaboo keyhole at the waist or a sheer side panel, some of this year’s most daring suits come with a few pieces missing. However, if you’re worried about flashing too much (or getting some weird tan lines), many suits have sheer panels covering the cutouts to add just enough sex appeal without going over the top.

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Welcomes Back the One Piece by Emily Alford


High Cut

For years, bathing suit options were limited to tiny bikinis or matronly one-pieces, but this year, designers are finally offering up some more exciting options for all body types. The year’s best one-piece swimsuits are cute, yet practical, says Catina Coats, owner of Catina Couture in Lake Charles. “One-piece bathing suits used to be stereotyped as frumpy,” Coats says “But that’s not the case anymore. These new suits look straight off the NYC Fashion Week stage, but you can run and swim in them without worrying about a mishap.” Selecting a swimsuit is all about wearing what makes you feel confident, according to Coats. “You look your best when you feel comfortable, and you can be more covered up while still being trendy and fun. Leaving a little to the imagination is cool.” Read on for a roundup of the year’s best styles.

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After all those years of bellybearing bikinis, it’s time to give those gams a chance to stand out. Some of the summer’s most stunning looks feature more modestly cut necklines but high cut bottoms, giving the illusion of longer legs. Since most of us don’t lounge by the pool in high heels, the extra oomph of a highcut leg can give us a little boost even in bare feet.

One Shoulder

Let’s be real, those bandeau bikinis and strapless suits were cute on the hanger, but they were always one big wave away from turning a fun beach day into an R-rated afternoon. The one shoulder swimsuit offers all the flirty fun of a strapless suit but none of the danger. Some of the year’s bolder designs combine the one-shoulder look with the cutout trend for a look that’s basically a bikini, but better.

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Lash Extensions EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW by Lauren Atterbery Cesar

Why does it seem like boys always get the best eyelashes, and most women end up with shorter lashes that require multiple applications of mascara to even become visible? Although the universe has yet to answer this question, there is a temporary solution to stubby lashes—eyelash extensions.


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Of course, false lashes have been around since the early 20th century, but if gluing something onto your eyelid one-handed with nothing but your bathroom mirror strikes fear into your heart, or the result comes out looking like a small tarantula taking a nap on your eyelid, you may want to consider an easier method to achieve longer, fuller lashes. For around two hours of your time and two-hundred dollars, Krystal Kershaw, owner and stylist at Celebrity Make-Up Studio and Lash Bar, located at 3301 Ryan St, will apply semi-permanent individual natural looking eyelash extensions that last for two to four weeks. Choose the “Magic Coating” option, with a protective seal, and you can extend the life of your lashes. This seal actually helps your stylist see lighter lashes more clearly, and can result in more lashes put on during your appointment. When the two to four week life-span of your lashes comes to an end, most lash studios offer re-lash sessions, which cost much less than the original process and require around forty-five minutes.

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If you’re looking for something a little more upscale, Celebrity Make-Up Studio and Lash Bar offers a full set of Siberian 100% Real Mink lashes -- a little pricier at $300.00, but they’re imported from France and use a medical-grade adhesive to lengthen your lash life-span. This process takes two and a half hours to apply, and results in more natural-looking lashes that last for three to four weeks. Kershaw says clients who have extremely oily eyelids may not be the best candidates for eyelash extensions. She also recommends you choose a stylist who is licensed, sanitary, and experienced. If your stylist is not properly isolating each lash, it can cause damage. Therefore, it is important to ask to see licenses, training certificates, and before and after pictures of actual clients. Want to try something natural-looking and new that will give your lashes a boost without having to use mascara? Eyelash extensions may be just what you’ve been waiting for.



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Mark Your Calendar! Talk to focus on managing finances during a health crisis

On May 11, West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital (WCCH) will hold its monthly Pink Crusade Breast Cancer Support Group meeting. The meeting will be held at 6:00pm in the WCCH Board Room, near the Cypress St. entrance of the hospital. May’s program will be led by Doug Burnett, MD, and Cheree Burnett, both certified financial planners, who will discuss tips to effectively manage finances despite unexpected challenges that may be encountered. The WCCH Pink Crusade Breast Cancer Support Group meets the second Thursday of each month. Attendees will be provided with answers to common questions surrounding breast cancer and will receive support through every aspect of their disease. There is no charge to attend these monthly meetings. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call (337) 528-7320.

Lake Charles Sesquicentennial Committee is Calling for Historic Objects

The year of 2017 marks the 150th birthday of the City of Lake Charles, and special events are currently being planned to commemorate the occasion. Among the events will be an exhibition at Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center titled “150 Years of Lake Charles”. The opening reception will take place Friday, September 29 during Gallery Promenade from 5:00-9:00 p.m. The exhibition will consist of a series of panels outlining the history of Lake Charles. The panels will be accompanied by objects on display, as well as a slide show of photographs. The exhibition will be on display through December 30, 2017. If you or your church, organization, club or business have items and/or photos of historic significance, and would like to loan them to the gallery, visit The committee reserves the right to final selection of objects and photos. Objects/photos will not be copied or shared for any purpose other than the Lake Charles Sesquicentennial Exhibition. Deadline for submissions is August 1, 2017.


Healthy Image & Thrive Magazine Announce Grand Opening Plans

Healthy Image Marketing Agency and Thrive Magazine have relocated to new offices at 4845 Ihles Road in Lake Charles. The businesses will host a Ribbon Cutting on Thursday, May 18, at 5pm, followed by a Grand Opening celebration in conjunction with the Chamber SWLA’s Business After Hours from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. The event also marks the 15th Anniversary of Healthy Image, a full-service marketing and public relations firm. Several food trucks and local vendors, including Sloppy Taco, Paul’s Rib Shack, Crying Eagle Brewing Company, Pops & Rockets, Air Confetti Gourmet Cotton Candy, and more will be providing refreshments, and John Guidroz will be performing. Snap & Geaux Photo Booth will be on site, and there will be a variety of door prizes given away throughout the event. Healthy Image and Thrive are owned by Kristy Como Armand, Christine Fisher and Barbara VanGossen. Healthy Image opened in 2002, and Thrive began in 2003. Both companies have grown steadily over the years and now employ 14 people. The new offices encompass 4800-squarefeet and include an expanded production studio for videography and photography. Healthy Image offers comprehensive marketing, advertising and public relations services to over 100 clients in a wide range of business sectors. The company was named the 2012 LED SWLA District Small Business of the Year; a 2013 Blue Ribbon, Top 100 Small Business by the U.S. Chamber; the 2014 SWLA Chamber Alliance Small Business of the Year; and the 2016 Women Owned Business of the Week by the U. S. Congress. The new building features an additional 1000-square-foot office for lease. Call Century 21 Bessette Realty at (337) 474-2187 for details.

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Photo below from L to R: Mark Henry, accompanist; Kevin Delaney, Tyler Brumback, Layton Bergstedt and Lindsey Bower.

The CSE Federal Credit Union Presents the 4th Annual Afternoon with MusicMakers

The CSE Federal Credit Union will sponsor the fourth annual Afternoon with MusicMakers on Saturday, May 20, in the Buccaneer Room of the Lake Charles Civic Center. An elegant reception and silent auction from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. will precede the concert, which begins at 3:00 p.m. Featured performers will be a group of the 298 MusicMakers -- area students who have received instruments from MusicMakers2U, a nonprofit organization that accepts donations of musical instruments, refurbishes them, and pairs them with area students. Under the direction of Huber “Mickey” Smith, Jr., the students will perform the MusicMakers theme song, You Are My Sunshine, written by Governor Jimmie H. Davis and arranged by McNeese alumnus Charles Mitchell. Father Edward Richard of the Holy Mountain Bluegrass Band and local sensation Jairus Daigle will round out the afternoon with singers from the McNeese State University Department of Performing Arts and Mark Henry as accompanist. Tickets for general admission are $30. Tickets for students and adults over sixty are $20. Children six and under admitted free. All proceeds go to MusicMakers2U. Tickets available at, Swicegood Music Store, Bearden’s Music Store, www., or by calling the Civic Center Box Office at 337-491-1432 or MusicMakers at 337-244-9314. Joining CSE as sponsors are Empire of the Seed, First Federal Bank, The Jambalaya News, Knight Media, Magnolia LNG, Citgo, Entergy, Thrive Magazine, The American Press, Lake Area Medical Center and Rick LeBlanc. To learn more or to make a donation, please visit MusicMakers2U on FaceBook and at

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Solutions for Life

from Solutions Counseling & EAP by Keri Forbess-McCorquodale, MS, LPC, LMFT, CEAP

Getting Kids to Open Up A long, long, long time ago when I first entered this field of family therapy, I was immediately assigned as the director of an adolescent substance abuse program. I had to learn very quickly how to connect with these teenagers – most of whom had seen numerous therapists, were very cynical, and were very good at “playing the game.” Since that time, my practice has evolved and I find myself sitting in rooms with adolescents and their frustrated parents. I am very often asked, “Why will he talk to you when he doesn’t say two words to us at home?” Well, part of that is because I’m not this kid’s parent (very often parent = adversary). Another reason is because the rules are different in my office – kids can speak however they want, they can call me by my first name, they do not have to say “ma’am” when answering questions, and we will talk about anything they want without fear of punishment. The only thing I insist on is if I feel they are endangering themselves in any way, they must tell their parents in my presence. Obviously, with my own child things are not this relaxed (and they should not be with your child either). I think there are some other things I do that seem to work well, and they might be useful to you: Be accepting. I never comment about how kids dress, their hair (the lack thereof or the color), their posture, etc. I try to be completely accepting of them as they are when I meet them. Now, at some point we usually end up talking about how their choice of appearance affects their reputation and guarantees them a hard time by the majority of society – a

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good “it’s not fair, but that’s the way life is” lesson. Remember, the bigger deal you make of this type of UNIMPORTANT stuff, the longer it will probably stick around. Don’t lecture. You didn’t like it, and neither do your children. I typically approach this issue by asking questions. “What kind of grades should you probably be making?” “How much would you need to study each day for the grades to come up to what you know they need to be?” “How would you like to handle yourself when you get angry?” “What could you do in those situations that would not get you into trouble?” I figured out a long time ago that most people have the answers within them. They know when they screw up, and they know how they would like for things to be. My job is to focus on getting them moving in the right direction and teaching them some skills to make it happen. Focus on the positive. It is so easy to be “newspaper parents.” (Think about what is always in the headlines – the bad news.) We are so good at pointing out what is wrong with our children, their friends, situations. Much of this is “our stuff” – our children are a reflection of us and we don’t want anyone to think negatively about us. Kids know I will address issues with them, but I will not fuss at them. When they bring in their report card, I am going to begin with anything positive I see – “How did you bring that F in PE up to a D?” (Now, you know it’s killing me – could there be an easier A to get???) What I know is that by not fussing and by focusing on any positive movement (no matter how small), I have just increased the likelihood that the movement

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will continue and even happen more rapidly. Find the positive – it IS there. “What was the best part of the day for you?” “How did you handle that situation a little better?” Let them control their own destinies. I always start with kids by giving them as much freedom as possible. “Where would you like to study?” “What time do you need to have these chores done by so you won’t get fussed at?” I let them develop their schedules, their solutions, and their rewards and/or consequences. I don’t have to understand their reasoning, and it might not work for me, but I respect them enough to give it a shot. If they choose not to take advantage of this freedom, the freedom gets taken away – and they are very clear about that because we have discussed it. Wipe the slate clean. Kids must know they can get back in your good graces. If they are punished for six weeks, they don’t need to hear about it and you don’t need to be ugly to them for the entire six weeks. Whatever agreement you have made with your children, you must keep it even if you don’t believe for a second they will be able to hold up their end of the deal. They need to know you always hold up your end – whether it’s regarding a reward or punishment. Well, there you go — a few hints about connecting with teens. I love this age group, even with the eye rolling, sarcasm, boundary pushing etc. I know as adults we know nothing in their eyes, but I also know we will become increasingly intelligent as their age increases!


Orientation sessions are offered this summer for incoming freshmen for the 2017 summer session or fall semester at McNeese State University.

All first-time freshmen are required to attend a one-day orientation, which includes orientation, academic advising and class registration for their first semester at McNeese. Orientations will be held from 8am-5pm (Check-in starts at 7:30am) on May 17, May 25, June 7, June 23, June 29 and July 12 in Tritico Theatre in the Shearman Fine Arts Annex. Students must register in advance for the orientation date they plan to attend by going online to During orientation, the students will meet McNeese Student Employee of the Year faculty and staff, meet current McNeese and Finalists Recognized students, take a campus tour, learn about McNeese State University student Brandon campus resources, be advised for the summer Lewis, of Lake Charles, has been recognized session or fall semester and register for as the McNeese 2017 Janet Delaine Student classes. The summer session begins June 12 Employee of the Year. Lewis works in the office and the fall semester begins Aug. 21. of disability services. Orientation sessions will also be offered for Lewis was one of five finalists for this award. transfer and non-traditional students – those Other finalists and their on-campus employers students 21 and older – from 9am-noon, May are: Md Shahin Alam, Natore, Bangladesh, 24 and July 21 and from 5-8pm on August 15 electrical engineering and computer science 17-382-0121 Federal Mortgage Campaign_Thrive_8x2.375PRs.pdf 2/1/17 12:12 in RoomFirst 322 of Kaufman Hall. These students department;1 Emily McGee, LakePMCharles, are requested to call for more information. recreational complex; Danielle Bercier Richard, For more information, call (337) 475-5135 or Lake Charles, Write To Excellence Center; and 17-382-0121 ext. First Federal Mortgage Campaign_Thrive_8x2.375PRs.pdf 1 2/1/17 11:41 AM 1-800-622-3352, 5135. Shay Walker, Iowa, financial aid office.


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McNeese currently employs 550 students throughout the campus. The Student Employee of the Year Program - sponsored by the National Student Employment Association and the Southern Association of Student Employment Administrators - recognizes students who demonstrate reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism and contributions, according to Derek Fontenot, student employment administrator. The annual award is named in of honor the late Janet Delaine, who was a member of the Student Employee of the Year Committee and assistant director of financial aid at McNeese.

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McNeese professor included in Louisiana book on artists.

Meghan Fleming, associate professor of art at McNeese State University, is one of 37 Louisiana artists to be featured in the recent book, “Expressions of Place: The Contemporary Louisiana Landscape,” written by New Orleans native John Kemp and published by the University of Mississippi Press. Kemp’s book features paintings from both acclaimed professionals to up-and-comers, with artistic styles that range from traditional to the

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abstract. The paintings included explore the Louisiana landscape - from the bayous, coastal marshland and grassy prairies to the gritty streets of inner city New Orleans and the piney hills of north and central Louisiana. Of Fleming’s work, Kemp writes, “Like the Louisiana landscape painters of the late 19th century who created luminary images of the region’s coastal marshes, rivers and bayous, Meghan Fleming has found her inspiration in the coastal marshes of the Sabine River delta of southwest Louisiana.” The devastation of the marsh landscape after hurricanes Rita and Ike became Fleming’s focus in 2010. She used maps from the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources to compare the marsh over a period of time, most specifically from 1998 to 2010. Fleming, who has a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from Indiana University, has been at McNeese since 1999.

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Burckel Named McNeese President

The Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System named Daryl Burckel the seventh president of McNeese State University. He is an accounting professor at McNeese and a former department head. Burckel, a native Louisianian, is a two-time graduate of McNeese where he was a member of the football team. He received his doctorate in business administration from Mississippi State University. Dr. Philip Williams served as McNeese’s president for seven years and will retire June 30. For more information on the search process including Burckel’s biography, resume and photograph, visit ULSystem. edu/McNeeseSearch.



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