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Regular Features

In This Issue Wining & Dining

50 Who’s News 76 Happenings 78 Business Buzz 80 Solutions for Life 82 McNeese Corral

6 New Salad Establishments 8 Sassy Oil and Vinegar 10 Rice – it’s what’s for dinner

Mind & Body


12 Kids and Screen Time 14 Heal Pain Treatment 16-26 SPECIAL SECTION: Sage Advice

Money & Career 28 -33

on Aging

SPECIAL SECTION: Sage Advice on Aging (cont.)

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34 -49 Cover story : 52 Noble Building Celebrates 100 Years 56 Calcasieu Community Clinic

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by Anatole Karpovs, MD

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Salata Salad Kitchen

Salata Salad Kitchen


If you love salads and a huge variety of ingredient options, Nelson Rd. is your new health food haven. Not to say there aren’t good salads at restaurants all over Southwest Louisiana, but several new salad-based eateries have recently popped up along this South Lake Charles thoroughfare. Like any businesses that serve basically the same product, there are similarities and differences. Some create your salad for you with ingredients of your choice or pre-designed company concoctions, Subway-style. Others allow you to dish up your own meal, like a giant salad bar on growth hormones. Some serve primarily salads, while others offer other dishes for those who like something a bit heartier.

Enter Salata and you’ll find a clean and refreshing atmosphere. Eat one of their personalized salads and you will also feel clean and refreshed. Historically, Lake Charles dining has been lacking in health-promoting options. Salata is part of the fresh food revolution bringing Calcasieu Parish choices that are healthy, ecologically friendly, and most importantly, delicious. Salata’s menu is like a wholesome trail guide taking you through an unlimited range of salad creations. You start by choosing a base of greens, which you may mix and match, then move on to an array of over 50 additions. They have all the usual favorites to pick from, but also offer unique toppings such as jicama, pea sprouts, falafel, and quinoa. Choose from 12 protein additions including plant-based options. Then top it off with one of ten flavorful house dressings. Salads and wraps are Salata’s raison d’etre, but they also offer three fantastic soup choices: a rich tomato basil soup, a creamy broccoli soup, and a surprisingly savory chipotle white bean. They feature unique and tantalizing spice profiles, which could serve as standalone meals. Salata also has a unique variety of teas on tap for those herbal tea lovers out there.

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Salata offers a personalized way for the whole family to be kinder and gentler to their bodies while eating out. Adults will appreciate that each menu item lists caloric content. Kids will appreciate the opportunity to choose their own flavors. Providing visual options can encourage picky eaters to be more adventurous. Make a game out of it by challenging kids to have the most colors on the plate.

Salata Salad Kitchen

The Salad Station

The Salad Station When is fast food good for you? When it is fast, filling, and helps your body. That’s the kind of meal you’ll find at The Salad Station. The explosion of healthful options in the Lake Area is by design. Consumers are more aware than ever that their family's well-being is affected largely by what they put into their bodies. At The Salad Station, you have the kind of choices that put you squarely in the nutritional driver’s seat. The restaurant is a massive salad bar with one of the largest selections of toppings one can find in the city. They have over 80 wholesome and filling choices. Diners can also ask for a prepared wrap or salad. Finish your custom creation with one of sixteen house dressings. They have one for any taste profile from a spicy jalapeno ranch to a sweet and tangy raspberry vinaigrette.

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Want a hot item to go with the salad or as a stand-alone meal? Choose from five soups: broccoli and cheese, tomato basil, baked potato, or homestyle chili, or one of six daily soup specials. There is also a spud bar with several tasty toppings. And they offer other cooked options such as chicken kabobs, sauteed mushrooms, and roasted veggies. The Salad Station’s pay-by-the-pound system allows you to control not only portion size but cost. While many restaurants may offer healthy choices, often the portions are too large for one person. Leftover salad is hard to enjoy because it quickly becomes wilted and soggy and you can end up with a lot of food waste. The savvy diner at The Salad Station can cut down on cost and food waste by limiting portion size. So if you are looking for health-conscious and environmentally kind meal for the body, mind, and wallet, you’ll find it at The Salad Station.

The perceptive health-food aficionado will find an outstanding checklist of wholesomeness on the menu at Clean Juice. Plant-based meals – check. Freshly prepared juices or smoothies – check. Whole food ingredients – check. A large selection of certified organic items – check. You would be hard-pressed (or maybe cold-pressed would be the better term) to find a more health-conscious foodie atmosphere in Lake Charles. While Clean Juice may be known for fresh-pressed juices and smoothies, they also offer a wide variety of whole food options for those who want something more substantial, including their signature organic Greenoa™ Bowls (think greens and grains). A unique combination of key food groups, each of the three new bowls provides a blend of quinoa, grains and other nutritious ingredients on a bed of organic greens. They are prepared with the highest-quality ingredients and all under 420 calories. Beginning Sept. 7, in addition to three regular menu Bowls, Clean Juice will feature their first seasonal Greenoa™ Bowl called Autumn Crisp, made with 14 types of organic mixed greens, quinoa (excellent source of protein), handmade pumpkin hummus, diced apples, feta cheese, and pumpkin seeds. $10.95 and 250 calories. Clean Juice caters to the nutrition-literate diner on the go. Their food prep is remarkably efficient and done in full view of the customer. A drive-through window is also available. The concept is brilliant in its simplicity. If you build a plant-based, organic eatery with the efficiency of a Starbucks, they will come. Greenoa™ Autumn Crisp Bowl at Clean Juice


Wining & Dining

by Angie Kay Dilmore

In 2013, Liz Fuselier and her start-up, Sassy Oil & Vinegar moved into the SEED Center Business Incubator. In 2017, she opened the Café on the SEED Center’s first floor. In addition to very reasonably priced coffee (75 cents a cup!) the Café also serves as home base for her oils and vinegars. She hosts “Tasting Socials” in the café or in homes and demonstrates how to use her exceptional products. She’s a mobile retailer and can take these events on the road, as well. She also offers on-line ordering, gift baskets, and free delivery in Southwest Louisiana. Fuselier first became interested in oils and vinegars after discovering a store dedicated to these products while on vacation in 2011. “I found it to be an intriguing idea which started my research on olive oils, balsamic vinegars, and the health benefits and uses of these interesting and unique products. During my research, I found that the flavored infused oil and vinegar business was relatively new to the United States at that time. In 2012, I opened the first business in this area dedicated to selling flavored infused olive oil and balsamic vinegars.” 8

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Sassy Oil & Vinegar provides consumers with the finest quality olive oils and balsamic vinegars and educates them on the many varietal uses. Customers sample and learn about how they can use the flavors they like without pressure to purchase. “Our products sell themselves!” Fuselier says. Fuselier has over 50 oils and over 100 vinegars, blends, and balsamics to choose from. She sources her oils from regions around the world such as Spain, Tunisia, Morocco, and elsewhere. Her balsamics come from Italy. “With this many varieties, we are able to rotate and try new flavors. I love playing with food!” She encourages clients to be creative with her products. For example, balsamics can be used to flavor cocktails or ice cream. Earlier this year, McNeese State University asked Fuselier if she would be willing to stock meats from their Center for Advancement of Meat Production and Processing (CAMPP) in the Café. As a McNeese alumna, she eagerly agreed. “I am grateful for the opportunity to help promote these meats and inform people

about this terrific program. I provide recipes cards and suggestions on pairings for the perfect combination for the beef, pork and lamb cuts we have in the freezer.” Fuselier serves locally roasted Acadian Coffee in the SEED Center Café. While she does not generally serve food there, she does offer small group catering and occasional pop-up weekly specials. Find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter for these announcements.



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Wining & Dining

It’s What’s for Dinner by Keaghan P. Wier


is National Rice Month and as any good Cajun knows, this small but mighty grain is an integral part of life in Louisiana. We eat it, we farm it, and we mill it. From flooded fields dotted with bobbing crawfish traps to bowls of étouffée and gumbo, rice is part of everyday existence in our state. But how much do we really know about this versatile grain? Rice may seem a bit straightforward, but there are actually over 40,000 varieties of rice grown worldwide, each with their own qualities and uses. Let’s consider just a few of them.


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Types of Rice

Rice in Louisiana

There are three basic types of rice, identified by the length of the grains: long, medium, and short-grain. Long-grain rice is less starchy, and cooks up drier than other types. Medium-grain rice is chewier and stickier, and only about two to three times longer than it is wide. Short-grain is known for cooking up soft, clumpy, leading to a tender texture. When you eat a rice dish, you’re likely eating long-grain rice. But medium-grain is also common, and many Louisiana cooks swear by it as a base for gravies and gumbos, but worldwide, long-grain leads in production. You’ll likely find short-grain rice used in sushi, ground into glutinous rice flour, or in desserts like rice pudding.

The majority of the rice grown in Louisiana is long-grain; in 2015, long-grain made up 85% of our crops. Nearly half of the rice grown in Louisiana is exported nationally and worldwide, so our farmers strive to keep up with tastes across the globe. (Thus, the development of Jazzman, to fulfill the need for more Jasmine-style rice.) Rice fields also serve as a breeding ground for one of our other popular crops: crawfish. The two form a symbiotic relationship, as crawfish love the detritus leftover from rice crops. All we need now is a good roux to bring them together! So, next time you sit down to a plate of jambalaya or dirty rice, remember to savor each bite and thank the hardworking rice farmers who make your dinner possible!

Within those three basic types are a number of specialty rice varieties. Della is an aromatic long-grain rice developed here in Louisiana. It’s also known as “popcorn rice” because of the nutty scent it gives off when cooked. It retains a stiffer, drier texture.

Arborio is Italian medium-grain


rice. It is chewy and creamy, and is used primarily in risotto dishes.

Basmati is made up of slender,

aromatic, long grains. It originates in India and Pakistan. When cooked, the grains are almost dry in texture. The best Basmati is aged at least a year before being cooked so that the grains are thoroughly dry and retain their shape when cooked.

Jasmine is another slender,

long-grain rice. It’s similar to Della, but is softer when cooked. This rice is widely popular, but when farmers in Louisiana experimented with growing it, the plants didn’t hold up well in our climate. So, the Rice Research Center developed Jazzman and Jazzman II – grains that grow well here, but are bred to mimic the aroma and texture of Jasmine rice.


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Mind & Body

Is Too Much Screen Time Harming Children’s Vision? Separating Fact from Fiction As children spend more time in front of various screens, there is increasing concern about potential harm to their visual development. Ophthalmologists see a marked increase in children with dry eye and eye strain from too much screen time, but does digital eyestrain cause lasting damage? Now that kids are back in school and have more time with screens and books, doctors at The Eye Clinic want to arm parents with the facts, so they can make informed choices about their children’s eye health. “It’s a fact that there is a world-wide epidemic of myopia, also known as nearsightedness,’” says Marcy Hanudel, MD, ophthalmologist with The Eye Clinic. “Since 1971, the incidence of nearsightedness in the U.S. nearly doubled to 42 percent. Clearly, something is going on. But researchers don’t agree on exactly what.”


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by Kristy Como Armand

A new study published in Ophthalmology, the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, offers further evidence that at least part of the worldwide increase in nearsightedness has to do with near work activities; not just screens but also traditional books. And, that spending time outdoors— especially in early childhood—can slow the progression of nearsightedness. It remains unclear whether the rise in nearsightedness is due to focusing on phones all the time, or to light interacting with our circadian rhythms to influence eye growth, or none of the above. While scientists look for a definitive answer, Dr. Hanudel says there is no doubt that most computer users experience digital eyestrain. “Kids are no different from adults when it comes to digital eyestrain. They can experience dry eye, eye strain, headaches, and blurry vision, too. While

symptoms are typically temporary, they may be frequent and persistent.” Dr. Hanudel says this doesn’t mean they need a prescription for computer glasses or that they have developed an eye condition of middle-age that requires reading glasses, as some suggest. It also doesn’t mean that blue light coming from computer screens is damaging their eyes. “It means they need to take more frequent breaks,” she stresses. “This is because we don’t blink as often while using computers and other digital devices. Extended reading, writing or other intensive near work can also cause eye strain. We recommend taking a 20-second break from near work every 20 minutes.” For more information about children’s eye health and vision problems, call The Eye Clinic nearest you or visit

Here are 10 tips to help protect your child’s eyes from computer eyestrain: 1. Set a kitchen timer or a smart device timer to remind them. 2. Alternate reading an e-book with a real book and encourage kids to look up and out the window every two chapters. 3. After completing a level in a video game, look out the window for 20 seconds. 4. Pre-mark books with a paperclip every few chapters to remind your child to look up. On an e-book, use the “bookmark” function for the same effect. 5. Avoid using a computer outside or in brightly lit areas, as the glare on the screen can create strain. 6. Adjust the brightness and contrast of your computer screen so that it feels comfortable to you. 7. Use good posture when using a computer and when reading. 8. Encourage your child to hold digital media farther away, 18 to 24 inches is ideal. 9. Create a distraction that causes your child to look up every now and then. 10. Remind them to blink when watching a screen.





Mind & Body

New Treatment Option for Healing Heel Pain by Kristy Como Armand


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Heel pain is one of the primary complaints heard by physicians who specialize in caring for the feet, with plantar fasciitis (fashee-EYE-tiss) being one of the most common causes, affecting approximately two million patients each year. “Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the band of tissue – the plantar fascia – that connects your heel bone to your toes, and a very common cause of heel pain,” says Kalieb Pourciau, DPM, foot and ankle specialist with Center for Orthopaedics. “These patients typically report stabbing pain in the heel, which can be more severe in the morning or after sitting for long periods of time.” Faulty foot structure is typically the culprit for plantar fasciitis, but people who have jobs that require a lot of walking on hard surfaces can also develop the condition. “In addition, consistently wearing inadequate footwear – those with

little or no arch support, for example – can create problems with the fascia, along with sudden weight gain or overactivity,” says Dr. Pourciau. In the past, treatment options for plantar fasciitis ranged from simple stretching techniques and shoe orthotics to surgery, depending on the severity of the condition. Now, Dr. Pourciau says a newer non-invasive treatment, extracorporeal pulse activation technology (EPAT), also known as shockwave therapy, can help minimize the pain without surgery. “The technique has been used for years to treat numerous chronic inflammatory conditions. Now we are using it to treat plantar fasciitis and it is providing relief for many of our patients with this condition. We are very excited to make this technology available in Southwest Louisiana.”

EPAT uses high intensity sound waves to break up scar tissue and increase blood flow to areas where there is poor circulation, which stimulates healing. Each treatment session lasts about five minutes and Dr. Pourciau says patients will generally require between a minimum of three to five treatments. “Most patients report immediate pain relief after their initial treatment, but it may take several weeks for some people to experience the benefit.” For more information on how to relieve heel pain, including the EPAT procedure, call the Center for Orthopaedics at 337-721-7236 or visit


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Sage Advice

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It’s not about the years in your life, but the

As Americans live longer, growth in the number of older adults is unprecedented. In 2015, 14.9% (47.8 million) of the US population was aged 65 or older and is projected to reach 23.5% (98 million) by 2060. Along with these numbers comes a desire for older Americans to not only age but to age well. And what does that look like? Of course, it is different for everyone, but basically, older Americans want to be physically healthy, financially stable, and live independently for as long as possible. In this special section geared towards seniors, you’ll find information on aging at place (ie home), when to give up the car keys, dealing with caregiver burnout, taking care of your skin, and tips to help you remain financially secure for the rest of your life.

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Seniors Make the Choice to Age at Home

The majority of seniors want to stay at home as they age – about 94 percent, according to research from Home Instead, Inc. But what it means to age in place has been changing. Today, one in four older adults plan to move to a new home to age in place.


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The majority of seniors want to stay at home as they age – about 94 percent, according to research from Home Instead, Inc. But what it means to age in place has been changing. Today, one in four older adults plan to move to a new home to age in place. To help seniors make plans for where to age, the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Lake Charles and surrounding communities has introduced new resources to navigate options and select what “home” means for individuals. “We know how important it is for older adults to feel a sense of independence as they age,” says George Cestia, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care in Lake Charles. “For many, that means staying in the same home where they raised children and created a lifetime of memories. But now we also see a growing number of seniors who choose a new home to live in as they age; one that is better suited to their wish to remain independent. Whatever their wishes, we want to provide the resources to help with that decision and to help them make a plan.”

For some seniors, the decision to look for a new home as they age is a practical one, with the top desired features including single floor living (85 percent), easy maintenance (84 percent) or low cost of maintenance (83 percent). For those who want to continue to age in their current homes, nearly two-thirds (64 percent) have also considered age-friendly modifications, such as adding grab bars to bathrooms or other safety measures. While many older adults have given thought to how they will age in place – and know they want to stay at home in some way – many still have work to do when it comes to finalizing plans. Just one in four seniors surveyed report having specific plans for where they will live as they become older. That’s where Home Instead wants to help. Their new “Home Your Own Way” program offers free resources for seniors and families to assess needs and options, and to determine what aging in place might look like for them.


“There are so many factors to consider when talking about where you may want to live as you age and what makes sense for you,” says Cestia. “The conversation needs to include not only the physical space, such as accessibility and safety precautions in the home, but also emotional elements such as memories, companionship and sense of community. We want to help seniors think through both these areas to determine what best fits their needs.” For older adults who want to stay in their homes – either a current or new home – some seek assistance to make it possible. A professional caregiver can help address the physical demands

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Skincare Secrets

for the Over-Sixty Set by Emily Alford


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Most age-based beauty secret stories begin with tips for people in their twenties, move through the thirties, forties, and fifties, then drop off, assuming that from there on out, most people’s routines are pretty much set. The truth is, women can be beautiful at every age. So here are some of the experts’ top skincare tips for those over sixty! USE AN OIL-BASED CLEANSER BEFORE BED

Most of us have been told since we were teenagers that one of the secrets to great skin is never, ever sleep in makeup. Even if you choose to forego makeup altogether, washing away the day’s dirt and other pore-clogging pollutants is a good idea. But where younger people are also often trying to prevent blemishes with facial soaps that control oil, more mature skin actually needs all the oil it can get. While excess sebum production causes acne, oil also keeps skin supple. So it’s a good idea to replace a harsh

cleansing soap with gentler, and more nourishing oil cleansers as skin ages and pimples become less of a concern.


Speaking of things that dry out already thirsty skin, long soaks in the tub can be a major culprit for making skin look parched. Soaking too long in hot water actually dries out skin, as do some of the harsh ingredients commonly found in bubble bath. Look for bath oils containing calming ingredients, like lavender, and try not to soak too long.


One particularly helpful tip for skincare at any age is that if you find a product that works (and it continues working) stick with it. You’ve hit the beauty jackpot!

Retinol is a wonderful ingredient that can keep skin looking youthful for a long time. It works by encouraging surface skin cells to turn over more rapidly, promoting the growth of new cells underneath. The downside? Retinol can also be drying. And as we age, our skin becomes thinner, so we need less Retinol to encourage cell turnover, not more. If you’ve been using Retinol for years but find your skin looking a bit dry, it could be time to consider reducing the percentage of Retinol in the products you use.


Hyaluronic acid is the relatively new kid on the skincare block, and many are hailing it as a wonder product for making skin look fresh and reducing the look of lines. Though we don’t generally think of acid as something we’d like near our faces, our own skin cells naturally produce this acid in order to retain moisture. Adding a bit more to your skincare routine via serums and cleansers can do wonders to brighten up dull skin, smooth out rough patches, and boost elasticity.

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Keeping Seniors Safe on the Road

by Kristy Como Armand

A new scratch on the bumper or avoiding activities that require leaving home are often the first signs that families should talk with their aging parents about driving. Unfortunately, those conversations are not happening enough. Ninety-five percent of surveyed seniors have not talked to their loved ones about driving, though one-third said that a recommendation from family or friends that they transition from driving would make them reconsider driving. “As adults, we don’t hesitate to talk to our teenage children about driving, but when we need to address concerns with our own parents, we drop the ball,” said Elin Schold Davis, occupational therapist and project coordinator for the Older Drive Initiative of the American Occupational Therapy Association. “We know that discussing driving with aging loved ones reduces their discomfort around limiting or stopping their driving. Often, families just need to know how to start the dialogue.”


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Nearly 90 percent of aging adults rely on their cars and driving to stay independent, according to the survey. Though many seniors 70 and older are able to drive safely into their later years, it is critical for families to have a plan in place before a medical or cognitive condition makes it no longer safe for their senior loved one to get behind the wheel. “Physical and cognitive changes, such as those caused by Alzheimer’s disease, changes in vision or medication usage, can put older adults in jeopardy on the road,” added Schold Davis. “Many drivers can continue to drive safely as they get older, but it’s important for families to work with their loved ones to create a roadmap that explores new technologies and solutions, while planning ahead. The solution may not be to stop driving completely but could include adding senior-friendly safety features to the car or taking a safety class.” Article courtesy of Home Instead Senior Care. To access the Safe Driving Planner, or to view other program resources and tips, visit www.


Warning Signs that Seniors may be Unsafe Drivers 1. Mysterious dents. If an older adult can’t explain what happened to his or her car, or you notice multiple instances of damage, there may be a change in the senior’s driving abilities.

2. Trouble turning to see when backing up. Aging may compromise mobility and affect important movements needed to drive safely. Fortunately, newer vehicles offer back-up cameras and assistive technologies that can help older adults continue to drive safely.

3. Confusing the gas and brake pedals. Dementia can lead to a senior being confused about how his or her car operates.

4. Increased irritation and agitation when driving.

Poor health or chronic pain can trigger increased agitation that may, in turn, lead to poor judgment on the road.

5. Bad calls on left-hand turns. Turning left can be tricky and dangerous for older drivers, and many accidents occur where there is an unprotected left turn (no turning arrow).

6. Parking gone awry. Difficulty parking, including parallel parking, could cause damage to an older adult’s vehicle as well as to those around it.

7. Difficulty staying within the lanes. If you’ve spotted a driver zigzagging along the road, it could be a sign that fatigue or vision problems are making it difficult to stay on course.

8. Delayed reaction and response time. Aging slows response times which may create a situation where an older adult may cause an accident or be unable to respond quickly enough to prevent a crash.

9. Driving the wrong speed. Driving too fast or too slow may be indicators that a driver’s judgment may be impaired.

10. Riding the brake. Riding the brake could be a sign that a driver no longer has confidence in his or her skills.

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Combat Caregiver Burnout SIGNS OF BURNOUT MAY INCLUDE: • Feeling like every day is a bad day. • Caring about your work or home life seems like a waste of time. • Feeling exhausted all the time. • Spending most of your day on tasks you find either mind-numbingly dull or overwhelming • Feeling like nothing you do makes a difference or is appreciated.


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Millions of American caregivers may suffer from burnout, but Kelly Fischer, a senior lecturer of psychological science at Ball State University, says there are simple ways to combat the problem. Burnout is “a state of emotional, mental, or physical exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress,” said Fischer, who provides stress management training and burnout avoidance training to first responders, as well as caregivers. According to data from AARP, there about 66 million caregivers in the United States. The problem has become so widespread that the World Health Organization announced it is developing guidelines on mental well-being and unveiled an expanded definition of “burnout” based on new research. “There are many things that can cause burnout, including role confusion, where you are torn between being a caregiver and being a family member or friend to the person for whom you provide assistance,” said Fischer, who is a caregiver to her disabled adult son. “Caregivers experience burnout when they place unrealistic expectations upon themselves, thinking they have to do everything, and do everything perfectly with no errors and cannot complain.

To avoid or mitigate burnout, Fischer suggests incorporating some of these practical tools into daily life:

Schedule a relaxing ritual into each day. It could mean 15 minutes with headphones listening to your favorite music, reading a book, or taking a short walk. Adopt healthy eating, exercising, and sleeping habits. Set boundaries. Learn to say no when you feel maxed out. Take a daily break from technology. You do not have to be accessible 24/7, and technology makes it hard for you to set boundaries and focus on yourself. Indulge your creative side. Perhaps take up a hobby or pursue an artistic outlet. Talk to a professional about healthy coping strategies.

IF YOU’RE ALREADY EXPERIENCING BURNOUT, TRY THESE TIPS: SLOW DOWN. Cut back on commitments and activities. Give yourself time to rest, reflect, and heal. GET SUPPORT. Turn to your loved ones and share your feelings. You will likely find there are people in your life who are willing to relieve some of the burden. RE-EVALUATE YOUR GOALS AND PRIORITIES. There may be things you think are “Must dos” that are not crucial. There also may be things that keep getting dropped down the priority list that should be at the top (such as self-care). Sometimes it helps to have someone GIVE FEEDBACK on your evaluation of the situation.

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Your Memorial Wishes: A Gift for your Family by Kristy Como Armand

ew of us want to think of how our life will end, or how things will continue after we’re gone. But one of the most meaningful gifts you can give your family is a plan for your memorial service. When your wishes are left behind, it eases the burden on loved ones who will be expected to make decisions and answer questions about how to proceed in the hours and days immediately after your death. “It’s about providing peace of mind to you, but most importantly, to those who are most important to you,” says


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Andy Hankins,, licensed funeral director with Johnson Funeral Home. “When you plan your service beforehand, it makes things much easier for your family, who will already be going through a difficult time. We see the difference this makes for the families. Losing and saying a final farewell to a loved one is one of the most stressful situations a family faces. Having to make decisions about funeral and burial arrangements during this time just adds to that stress. Putting a plan in place ahead of time eliminates this burden.”

According to Hankins , your wishes can be as personalized and detailed as you want. “Instead of approaching it as a sad or morbid task, think of it as a positive thing—a gift to your family. Think about how you want your memorial service to look or feel. Most of us would prefer that people celebrate our lives rather than mourn our deaths. If so, consider how you’d like your loved ones to do that,” Hankins says. A FEW THINGS TO CONSIDER: Music and songs. Music is typically an essential element of a service. What do you want performed at your service? Something uplifting, that celebrates life? Something nostalgic from your past? Your favorite song, perhaps?

Once you have all your wishes documented, make sure your family or loved ones know where to find them. Keep the document in a safe and secure place, preferably with your other important papers. “You can also arrange payments beforehand so no one is left with a financial burden,” Hankins adds. “This can also be a huge cost-savings for your family. Pre-paying for your funeral years ahead of time allows you to lock in today’s lower costs.” Hankins says there are numerous options for pre-arrangement policies and that is something his staff can assist with, along with other funeral pre-planning services. For more information on funeral pre-planning or to schedule a free consultation, call Johnson Funeral Home at (337) 478-8687.

Traditions. If you have specific traditions you want to follow, make sure that’s clear. “Don’t assume your family knows,” Hankins says. “Discuss it with them so you can be sure they know your wishes and they won’t have to debate the decisions with each other.” Readings. If you desire a faith-based service, you may wish to include your favorite scripture or readings,” says Hankins . “Those who prefer a more secular service could choose inspiration readings and personal philosophies.” Eulogists. Is there someone specific you’d like to deliver your eulogy? If so, are there are key aspects of your life you want that person to talk about? Visitation and service. Do you want a viewing, visitation or wake before your service? “As for the service itself, you may want to consider whether you’d prefer a funeral service, memorial or graveside,” says Hankins . WHO AND WHERE. WHO DO YOU WANT TO OFFICIATE, AND WHERE? Donations or gifts. “Many people prefer that the attendees give a donation in their honor, rather than flowers,” Hankins says. “If that’s the case, make those wishes clear.”


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Retirement Planning

It’s Outcome, Not Income

Most Americans are pessimistic about how well off they’ll be financially when they reach retirement. A recent Gallup poll showed that only 48 percent of Americans expect they will have enough money in retirement. Those in their 50s were the least optimistic, with 42 percent in that age group saying they expect to live comfortably in retirement. According to Marty DeRouen, Certified Financial Planner and Wealth Management Advisor at DeRouen Girola and Associates, their experience validates this perception. “We are definitely finding that this pessimism is com-


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mon. The reason is primarily because individuals don’t have the information they need to figure out where they really are, nor the means to develop it themselves. In the absence of good data, the void results in fear and pessimism. It’s very common to see this pessimism turn to optimism once we’ve been able to work with someone, develop their vision of their retirement and then show them where they stand.” Financial advisors strive to help retirees focus more on outcome than income. While preretirees focus primarily on how much money they’ve saved for retirement, good financial planning also involves developing a vision and plan around the goals, lifestyle, activities and need for fulfillment in retirement, says David Girola, CFP and Wealth Management Advisor at DeRouen Girola and Associates. “Planning in those areas will help ensure people remain personally satisfied in retirement when they no longer have work to fill their time every day. It’s so important to realize that retirement success comes from being attentive to what someone gets out of retirement, not just how much money they get in retirement.” To improve the odds of a better outcome, future retirees should focus on the following:

LONGEVITY. People are living longer, or certainly worry about living longer, but many advisors don’t recognize longevity as a risk. As

an example, take a married couple who are both 65. There’s a 63 percent chance at least one of them will live into their 90s. Retirees who want to eliminate longevity risk should consider implementing a hybrid technique which will create lifetime income that will never run out. Some of the most financially satisfied retirees we have, says DeRouen, are the ones whose essential expenses are covered by guaranteed lifetime sources of monthly income, that being either Social Security, pension payments or income annuity payments. When lifetime guaranteed monthly checks come in the mailbox that equal what a retiree feels they need to cover expenses, they feel secure and are free to enjoy their time. It also allows them to invest some of their assets for a long retirement, which is very important, without worrying about market ups and downs.


Many people planning for retirement may not realize that Social Security counts toward their taxable income. If their income exceeds a certain level, they will be taxed. Staying below those income levels could be one option, but most people might not be able to live on such limited income. When planning retirement expenses, be sure to take taxes into account, and discuss with a financial advisor what your options might be for avoiding or at least limiting those taxes.

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One way to improve your income situation in retirement is to continue working, either full or part-time. That’s not possible for everyone because of health or other concerns. But for some people this can be a solution that allows you to both save more and postpone spending your savings. “Once again”, says Girola, “when we work on the vision and personal satisfaction planning side of retirement, we often learn that when people feel like they don’t have to work at their old job anymore because they have become financially independent of it, they choose to work longer at something else but it’s doing something that is on their terms. That, of course, also supports a better financial outcome, also.” For more information, contact DeRouen Girola & Associates, 127 W. Broad Street, Ste 600, Lake Charles, LA 70601, 337-437-7811,

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Financial Habits of Successful Retirees Americans are concerned about the odds they will enjoy a secure retirement, and those concerns flow across generational lines. Research by the nonprofit Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies reveals that 45 percent of Baby Boomers expect to experience a reduced standard of living in retirement. Meanwhile, 83 percent of Generation X workers anticipate they will have a harder time achieving financial security than their parents did, and only 18 percent of Millennials foresee a comfortable retirement. “Unfortunately, those results aren’t surprising,” says Chris Craven with New York Life. “People have real concerns about outliving their money.” Much of this concern stems from several aspects related to a traditional retirement that have changed over the years. People are living longer, which means they either need to save more money or find ways to make what they do save last. Pensions are a thing of the past for most Americans, and Social Security faces an uncertain future.


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Instead of worrying, those planning for retirement should focus on those things which are within their power to control. Successful retirees often exhibit the following three habits:

They live with a sense of purpose.

Instead of resigning oneself to the recliner, successful retirees strive to stay active, healthy, and happy in every aspect of their lives, from day to day activities to finances. If you have goals for your retirement, you’re also more likely to plan for them financially.

They retire based on their financial assets as well as their age. Traditionally, when people think about retirement, they pick a target age rather than a target amount in their portfolio. But that may not be the right approach. Craven says age and assets go hand in hand. Many of

his clients express a desire to retire early, but the greatest unknown is the cost of health insurance. “If retirees cannot take their workrelated health insurance with them and can’t afford over $2000 a month per couple for health insurance, they are forced to work until age 65.” While you might have a certain age in mind, it can be worthwhile to create a retirement plan that’s based on your finances to improve your odds of having enough money to last the rest of your life.

They know how to manage risks.

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Financial Security for a Surviving Spouse Traditional wedding vows usually include the phrase “till death do us part,” but it’s not a part of the ritual most couples want to dwell on. Financial professionals, though, say ignoring the eventuality of death is unwise when it comes to a couple’s decisions about retirement and money. “The decisions you make today can affect your spouse’s financial situation after you pass away,” says Peter Bombara, CEO and founder of PCB Financial Advisor. “A lot of people aren’t comfortable talking about the subject because they don’t want to think about their husband or wife dying. But you have choices to make about your pension, your Social Security and your investments, and the implications of your choices will have a lasting impact on your surviving spouse.” For example, both a monthly pension payment and a monthly Social Security payment could disappear essentially overnight, leaving the survivor to struggle with a drastically reduced income.


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Bombara says couples, especially those nearing retirement, should:

Consider pension options carefully.

Not everyone has a pension any more, but those who do may have a few options available to them. A pension pays a set monthly amount for the rest of the person’s life. But often there is a survivor benefit that allows the person’s surviving spouse to continue to receive a check after the pensioner dies. Choosing the survivor’s benefit, though, means the pensioner receives a reduced amount while alive. “Some people choose the highest dollar amount so they have the most money coming in each month,” Bombara says. “But if they choose the largest amount, their spouse gets nothing when they die.”

Weigh Social Security decisions.

A surviving spouse can be eligible for their deceased partner’s full Social Security benefit, but when they claim that benefit is a major factor in how large those monthly checks are. For example, a surviving spouse can qualify for reduced benefits as early as age 60, but they can get full benefits if they are at their full retirement age.

Seek professional advice if you’re confused.

A financial professional can help you better understand the options available for both your pension and your Social Security. A professional also can provide advice on how to manage your assets so that the surviving spouse is in better shape to handle a potential drop in income. “Most people want their spouse to do well financially after they pass away,” Bombara says. “So, as unpleasant as the conversation might seem, they really do need to talk about the money situation and make sure they have a good plan in place.”


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How the Arts Benefit a Community by Angie Kay Dilmore

If industry is the life blood that supports our community, the arts are surely the heart and soul that bestow upon our community a unique and lively beat. As a society, we thrive on the artistic contributions of creative visionaries and grow as a vibrant, exciting place to live and raise our families. Our love for the arts is expressed through people and organizations dedicated to music, theater, dance, and visual arts. These expressions can be found on our many stages, in museums and galleries, and on the walls of public buildings. The benefits to a community that puts a high priority on promoting and supporting the arts range from an increased ability to raise well-rounded children to an improved likelihood of attracting new residents and businesses to our region.


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Socially, the arts bring a community together and promote interaction in public spaces. We see this at our many free outdoor concerts, gallery exhibit openings, and festivals. Patrons flock to events planned by organizations committed to bringing art in all its forms to the Lake Area. The arts provide a path for people who would normally never interact to potentially become lifelong friends. In addition, the arts are a great way for individuals to learn about the many different cultures that make up their community, promoting acceptance and diversity. Individually, the arts benefit people of all ages in different ways. In young children, arts participation promotes social and emotional development. They demonstrate increased social cooperation with other children. Preschool teachers report fewer in-

stances of shy, aggressive, and anxious behaviors among their students who engage in dance and receive musical instruction. In older children, arts activities enhance cognitive abilities and social skills that support learning, such as memory, problem-solving, and communication. In adults, the arts are shown to improve health and quality of life. Economically, the arts benefit a community by drawing new residents and more tourists to a region which subsequently brings in new businesses. Southwest Louisiana has certainly been witness to this chain of events in recent years. With all these benefits, and with all the artistic venues open to the people of this region, it’s no wonder Southwest Louisiana is a growing, thriving, desirable place to live.


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The Arts and Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana serves as a hub for all things related to ART in the five-parish region, both supporting over 60 artists and arts organizations and providing opportunities for the community to enjoy art. More specifically, the Arts Council supports art in the following ways: They support artists and arts organizations by making four grant programs available: Decentralized Arts Funding Grant, City of Lake Charles Partnership Grant, Calcasieu Parish Police Jury Grant, and the Tourism Marketing Initiative Grant. Since 2005, they have allocated nearly $2 million to SWLA communities and their art initiatives. They facilitate numerous annual events which boost tourism and economic growth within our region; Poetry Out Loud, the Live @ the Lakefront Concert Series, Spring Art Walk, Arts and Crabs, Gallery Promenade, Roots Revival, Mayor’s Arts Awards, Arts Fest, and the Holiday Art Market. They support local artists by providing resources and networking opportunities such as their Regional Arts Network Luncheons and grant workshops open to the public. They publish a monthly e-newsletter called HeARTbeart Weekly and stay active on social media. They also serve as advocates for the arts and artists at the state level. “For the last 40 years, the Arts Council has played a significant role in shaping Southwest Louisiana’s cultural economy,” says Morgan Turpin, Board President. “From providing resources for artists and art organizations to creating innovative art events, the Arts Council celebrates a thriving creative community in Southwest Louisiana.” Located at 809 Kirby St., Lake Charles. For more information, visit or call 337-439-2787.

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Banners at McNeese is a self-sustaining organization within the University that provides the community with access to exceptional arts and humanities programming, and education through the arts. Their goal is to increase the quality of life in Southwest Louisiana through art and cultural entertainment. Through their Cultural Season, Banners presents a series of performances each spring featuring a wide array of internationally acclaimed artists and engaging presenters. Cultural Season offerings include live music, readings, dance, illusionists, academic lectures, film screenings, and more. Their Banners Engages program benefits local students in creative educational programming through arts and humanities performances, including live presentations at no cost to public and parochial schools, appearances at Parish Public Libraries, demonstrations to students of McNeese State University, and events at other community venues. Its objective is to ensure that children develop creativity, innovation, and critical and entrepreneurial thinking. Studies have shown that children involved in the arts are more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, to be elected to class office within their schools, and to win awards for school attendance. Each year, more than 17,000 students reap the benefits of having Banners educational outreach performances as part of their learning environment. With approximately 60 outreach programs annually, Banners at McNeese brings arts and humanities to K-12 schools and homeschool students throughout Calcasieu, Cameron, and Jeff Davis Parishes and the students of McNeese State University. For more information on Banners or Rouge et Blanc, visit our website at

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ACTS THEATRE LAKE CHARLES ACTS Theatre (Artists Civic Theatre and Studio) was established in 1965. Since then, there have been musicals, comedies, dramas, as well as classes and productions for youth. Over the years, the troupe has performed on numerous stages, but One Reid St. has been home since 1982. Currently, they are gearing up for their 20192020 season. They will open with a production of Clue: On Stage!, Oct. 11-27. Based on the cult classic film and iconic board game, you’re likely familiar with the plot. It’s a dark and stormy night, and you’ve been invited to a very unusual dinner party. Each of the guests has an alias, the butler offers a variety of weapons, and the host is, well . . . dead. So whodunnit? Join the familiar oddballs known as Scarlet, Plum, White, Green, Peacock, and Mustard as they race to find the murderer in Boddy Manor before the body count stacks up. Clue is a madcap comedy that will keep you guessing until the final twist. Tickets go on sale Sept. 15. Other shows this season include A Christmas Story; Disaster! the Musical; and Once Upon a Mattress. For more information, visit or call 337-433-2287.


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2nd Saturday An Art Experience to Remember!

GALLERY BY THE LAKE Gallery by the Lake began as a small group of artists who met to paint and encourage each other in their craft. In 1984, founder Anne Dentler had a vision for the group to have a dedicated location where artists could share knowledge, experiences, camaraderie, and exhibit their art. They’ve been meeting at 106 W. Pryce St. since 1991. But that will change come January 2020. The Gallery has announced that they will move to the third floor of Central School early next year as their current building is being sold. “We will have two rooms with one dedicated to studio space for artists and the other for student classroom activities,” says member Ellen Anthony. Their mission is to increase the community’s appreciation and awareness of the value of visual arts. Currently, the Gallery features the juried art show “Imagine”. Artwork includes oils, acrylics, drawings, and mixed media. Open through Sept. 30.

Every 2nd Saturday of the month Gallery by the Lake offers diverse arts & crafts workshops. To register, visit our website or call the gallery.

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Upcoming Events: Sept. 27, 5:00 p.m., Gallery by the Lake joins the Arts and Humanities Council for the annual Gallery Promenade. Visit them for a reception and member exhibit.

"Frog Lily Pad" by Vera Taylor

Second Saturdays Arts Experiences – On the second Saturday of each month at 10:00 a.m. the Gallery offers a fun art activity for adults and older teens. Sept. 14, Pop Art Collage; Oct. 12, Fabulous Feathered Friends with Zen Tangles; Nov. 9, Watercolor Christmas Cards. On Oct. 13, the Gallery and the Gulf Coast Bird Club will host the Reception and Awards presentation for their 2nd annual bird photography show, “Hit Me with Your Best Shot”. Located at 106 West Pryce, Lake Charles. For more information or to register for a class, see their website,

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The Lake Area Ballet Theatre (LABT) presents its 2019-2020 season. It opens its fifth year with the annual presentation of the beloved holiday classic, “The Nutcracker”. This Nutcracker version follows the tradition of the very first Nutcracker performed by the Lake Charles Ballet Society for Ballet Joyeux in Lake Charles in 1963. “I am so very proud and honored to be able to work with this amazing group of young people who are so very passionate about dance,” says Colleen Cannon Benoit, Artistic Director. “Even with their busy schedules, they make time to train, rehearse and perform yearround.” Students of the Lake Charles Dance Academy, ranging from elementary through college, perform alongside local actors and community volunteers to complete a cast of over 100 and wear over 200 professionally made costumes. Troy Gable returns as a performing guest artist. Randy Partin serves as technical director. School shows will be held at the Lake Charles Civic Center Nov. 21 and 22 at 9:00 a.m. and public shows will take place on Nov. 23 at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. The “Spring Gala” will be held Sat. March 28th. This mixed repertoire is performed by the over 50 dancers and features the company’s versatility. Set in legendary India, "La Bayadère" tells the story of the doomed love between the noble warrior, Solor, and the beautiful temple dancer, Nikiya. In “The Point”, Oblio is the only round-headed person in Pointed Village, where everyone and everything must have a point. This fable celebrates diversity and acceptance. “Lonlon” is choreographed by University of Oklahoma dance graduate, Alexis Leffel, and is set to “Bolero” by Ravel.


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“Tribute” will be performed to the music of “The Greatest Showman” and is dedicated to Miss Glenda Moss for her lifetime of service to the dance community. “Passports 4” is set to original music performed by the McNeese Percussion Ensemble under the direction of Mr. Brian Nozny in collaboration with Dr. Lonny Benoit. The LABT’s “Passports” series began three years ago to showcase the university percussion students. For more information, visit


Want to get involved? Consider auditioning for a show or volunteering at LCLT. “Acting can elevate self confidence, self esteem, and help create a wellrounded individual!” adds Partin. LCLT opens its 93rd season on Sept. 13 with “Noises Off!” by Michael Frayn. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 337-433-7988. Located at 813 Enterprise Blvd.

Lake Charles Little Theatre (LCLT) was established in 1926 by Rosa Hart, Annabel Dees, and other volunteers. The term “little theatre” was given to community groups in the early 1900s to define a movement toward locally produced shows instead of large theatre companies touring around the country. LCLT President Randy Partin says the theatre company has endured many hardships as a volunteer organization and is again thriving as a leading producer of exceptional stage productions. “The craft of Performing Arts is experiencing a revival throughout our region, state, and nation. Children and Youth theatre has rejuvenated in Lake Charles and LCLT offers an opportunity for those youth to continue pursuing their craft alongside experienced stage veterans, as well as newcomers." LCLT aspires to bring the community a new Central Performing Arts Venue in the near future. Architectural plans are currently being developed for this venture. The venue would provide local theatre companies and other groups, a “properly constructed” facility where productions can be held yearround without scheduling conflicts. This will enable residents to attend productions in a comfortable environment for many years into the future. “LCLT has proudly contributed to a better quality of life in SWLA since February 1927 when the first production opened,” says Partin. “Attend a show and be WOWED by the high standards of performance from local talent.”

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Lina Morita

Maestro Joshua Zona

From as early as 1938, a number of orchestra organizations came and went in Southwest Louisiana; but in 1958, with support and planning by the Lake Charles Junior Welfare League, as it was called at the time, and Anita Tritico as League President, 70 musicians graced the stage at McNeese State College for the premiere performance of what is now the Lake Charles Symphony Orchestra. In the early days, the Lake Charles Symphony supported music education through free youth concerts. Last year, the board of directors successfully encouraged the Calcasieu Parish School Board to add a symphonic strings course at Barbe High School to strengthen and enhance the cultural experiences to be had by local students, as well as prepare students to further symphonic studies at the university level. The Lake Charles Symphony begins its 62nd season on September 8 and promises an exciting lineup of performances. This season will feature several guest conductors and a variety of events and locations, so there is something for everyone! Classical Concert #1: Rhapsody in Blue Featuring Lina Morita, piano Conducted by Maestro Chelsea Tipton II Sunday, Sept. 8 | 3:00 p.m. McNeese Tritico Theatre 4205 Ryan St., Lake Charles Winter Pops: A Space Spectacular Presented by Merchants & Farmers Bank Conducted by Carl Topilow Sunday, Nov. 10 | 3:00 p.m. Lake Charles Civic Center, Rosa Hart Theatre 900 Lakeshore Dr., Lake Charles Valentine’s Concert Friday, Feb. 14, 2020 | 6:30 p.m. Dinner (concert follows) Historic Calcasieu Marine National Bank 844 Ryan St., Lake Charles Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Spring Concert Saturday, April 18, 2020 | 7:30 p.m. Lake Charles Civic Center, Rosa Hart Theatre 900 Lakeshore Dr., Lake Charles Today, with the strong foundation provided by the Junior League of Lake Charles and the continued support of this community, the Lake Charles Symphony is committed to enhancing the cultural life of Southwest Louisiana through performances of the highest quality. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 337-433-1611.


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LAKE CHARLES CIVIC BALLET Lake Charles Civic Ballet (LCCB) enters its 51st season and celebrates half a century of bringing ballet to the Lake Area. “There are very few local arts organizations that have been around for 50 years, so we are grateful for the support of the community as we continue this legacy,” says Lady Holly Hathaway Kaough, LCCB Artistic Director. For the holiday season, LCCB will present “Christmas in Louisiana: Once Upon a Time” at the Rosa Hart Theatre. This original production, written by Lady Holly and her mother Lady Leah Lafargue Hathaway, and set against stunning backdrops created by Fred Stark, regales part of the history of Southwest Louisiana, depicting historical events and characters such as Jacob Ryan, Jean LaFitte and Charles Sallier. Celebrate the Christmas season and enjoy this artistic journey through Southwest Louisiana’s past.

Watching for Santa in "Christmas in Louisiana: Once Upon a Time."

"The Sleeping Beauty"

Christmas in Louisiana: Once Upon a Time Matinée Performance December 14, 2019 at 11:00 am Gala Performance December 14, 2019 at 6:00 pm Next spring, for Assemblé 2020, LCCB will present “The Sleeping Beauty” at the Rosa Hart Theatre. Thirty-six members of the Lake Charles Symphony, conducted by William G. Rose, will perform Tchaikovsky’s amazing score. “There’s a palpable energy when dancers perform to live music, and the audience can feel that excitement,” says Lady Holly. Audience members will be treated to the visual beauty of costumes, elaborate settings, skilled dancers and the dynamic sounds of a live orchestra. Don’t miss this incredible event! Assemblé 2020, The Sleeping Beauty Gala Performance March 21, 2020 at 6:00 pm Matinée Performance March 22, 2020 at 3:00 pm For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Lake Charles Civic Ballet “Dancing with Southwest Louisiana for 50 Years”

Christmas in Louisiana: Once Upon a Time December 12, 13, & 14, 2019 Rosa Hart Theatre, Lake Charles Civic Center

the sLeeping Beauty March 21 & 22, 2019 Rosa Hart Theatre, Lake Charles Civic Center

Fairies from "The Sleeping Beauty."


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LUTCHER THEATER The Francis Ann Lutcher Theater for Performing Arts is a privately owned, 1,450-seat, non-profit performing arts facility in Orange, Texas. It was built in 1980 and is the largest Performing Arts Series from Houston to New Orleans, with annual attendance at approximately 30,000 adults and children. Lutcher’s 2019-2020 Season opens Oct. 5 with Croce Plays Croce. Jim Croce’s son A.J. Croce performs a special night of music featuring a complete set of classics by his late father, some of his own tunes, and songs that influenced both him and his father. This nostalgic show features such timeless hits as “Operator,” “You Don’t Mess Around with Jim,” “Time in a Bottle,” (a song written for A.J.), “Rapid Roy (The Stock Car Boy), and “Lovers Cross,” to name a few. Tickets on sale now. The Lutcher Theater has been active in the Orange and neighboring communities through numerous programs. Each year, the Lutcher Theater participates in food drives, fundraisers and other charitable events. Lutcher Theater Inc. is committed to presenting professional entertainment for the enlightenment and cultural growth of people living in Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana and to better their quality of life and knowledge of the arts and humanities. Located at 707 Main Ave., Orange, Tx. For more information, a complete list of this season’s shows, or to purchase tickets, visit or call 409-886-5535.


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PANORAMA MUSIC HOUSE First through Rikenjaks on Ryan St. and now at Panorama Music House, musician and businessman Jay Ecker is methodically changing the face of music in Lake Charles and taking it to the next stratosphere. He features local, regional, and touring bands every Tuesday through Sunday evening, expanding our region’s variety of musical genre options. Mondays are Karaoke Night, 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. Tuesdays, you’ll find Live Jazz with the Jay Ecker Quartet, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. Wednesday is Ladies Night with Pistol Bridge, a cover band with an unlimited repertoire and a knack for granting any song request, 6:00 – 11:00 p.m., followed by DJ HunniDip. Thursdays through Saturdays, you’ll find an array of musicians and bands such as Kris Harper, Zydecane, and Cry Baby. Sundays offer Free Bingo, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., a Washer Tournament 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., and Open Mic Night with The Good Samaritans, 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. Panorama Music Hall opened this past spring to immediate success that indicates no sign of waning. They offer great food, spirits, and of course, music, with daily drink and food specials, and Happy Hour from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. An outdoor patio and bar with swings, picnic tables, and corn hole, as well as an indoor game room enhance the Panorama experience. Ecker also offers catering and accommodates private parties. The name Panorama comes from the cool vintage sign Ecker repurposed from the old Panorama Burger House.


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Lawrence “Black” Ardoin is a living legend of Creole music and a major connection between the sounds of the plantations and sharecropping era to the continuing evolution of Zydeco music pioneered by his two sons, Sean and Chris. Talking with Mr. Ardoin is like going through a rolodex of Louisiana music history. As a boy, he played fiddle with his father, the late “Boi Sec” Ardoin. He’s played with and influenced a veritable Louisiana Music Hall of Fame: Canray Fontenot, Rockin’ Sidney, Beau Jocque, to name a few. He’s performed with bands such as the Ardoin Brothers Band, Lawrence “Black” Ardoin & His French Zydeco Band, and Lagniappe, which he did with his son Chris before retiring in the ‘90s. Afterwards, he managed Chris’s band, Double Clutchin’ for a time. In addition to a successful music career, Ardoin served two years in the Army after being drafted to Vietnam, worked at Entergy for 38 years, and served as a local Zydeco radio host. In 1982, he started the Lake Charles Chicken Run, a yearly event during Mardi Gras. These days, Ardoin lives in Goosport with his wife Jojo, enjoying retirement. The couple recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. In addition to Sean and Chris, they also have a daughter, Erica, and three grandsons. Thrive magazine recently visited with Ardoin, where he talked about growing up in the music business, the subtle differences between Zydeco and Cajun genres, and passing the legacy on to the next generations.

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Lawrence "Black" Ardoin

Linking his Family's Musical Legacy


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How did you get started with music?

The music comes from the cotton field. My father couldn’t read and write, so he spoke through his accordion. I started playing the fiddle at age 11. Didn’t want to. Didn’t like it. But the good part was that on Saturdays I didn’t have to work in the field. We lived eight miles west of Mamou. Friday nights, Daddy would play in Lake Charles and I’d play the fiddle in the band. Canray Fontenot was the original fiddle player. When he took a leave, I took his place, and played nearly every Friday night. And we’d come back at three, four o’clock in the morning, and I got to sleep in . . . my sisters, they’d hate that. Then I started playing the drums later in life by hopping on drum sets after the band’s drummer got up to go to the bathroom, and it came naturally.

When did you start playing the accordion?

I was playing drums in the Ardoin Brothers band. Morris was on guitar, Russell was on the bass, Canray was on fiddle, and my brother “Bud” was on accordion. Then, on September 29, 1974, off 104 and 190 getting into Lafayette, “Bud” was in accident and didn’t survive. After a time, I told my cousin I felt I could pick up accordion and play. He said, “Well, maybe he left it with you.” I picked up my daddy’s accordion at an intermission and started playing a waltz, and Canray looked at me and was like whoa, and started to grab up his fiddle. I never played like my daddy at all, but, if you’ve got a good band to cover up . . .

You say you started in Creole music, not Zydeco. What’s the difference?

Zydeco comes from Creole and Cajun music. The number one difference is Cajun is you (a Caucasian) playing it; Creole, I’m playing it. Skin color. My great uncle Amadee Ardoin, was first to record this music, and then the Cajun’s took it over, and called it Cajun music. Creole is a waltz and a two-step, and Cajun did the same thing, but a Cajun waltz was a little more dragging music; ours was a little more upbeat. Zydeco just takes that and adds a little more blues and rock.

Describe the heyday of your music career and what were some of the highlights?

I was the hottest thing going back then. And that’s economics. I could go down to the streets of New Orleans and just play to the older people, and they’d get up and start dancing, so then when I’d play a festival, they’d know what time I was playing, and like thirty minutes before I’m coming on, you can see them coming in dragging their chairs. I wasn’t the best accordion player, but I was a good entertainer. Just like Richard LeBouef and Terrance Simien. They both aren’t the best around, but they’re great entertainers. In 1984, I played in New Orleans for the World’s Fair with Sean and my daughter. Chris was too young. Then, when Chris was nine years old, my dad, me, and Chris played at Carnegie Hall. Three generations of accordion players.

How did your children get into the music tradition?

I wrote a song for my wife to try to learn, and she couldn’t get it, so Sean (at age 11) said, “I can do that,” and I’m like oh yeah, you can do everything. So I gave him the paper and the accordion. In ten minutes, he had it down pat. My daughter did the same thing. Now Chris was different. He learned on his own. And how he had all those songs in his little head, I don’t know. We’d go out to festivals, and I’d dress him up. I painted him a Horner accordion red, gave him a white straw hat, some red ropers, blue jeans, and a red and white strip shirt, and we’d go play. He’d come back with more money than me! They’d throw 20-dollar bills at him, and I’m like damn!

Yet your sons seem to have gone in two entirely opposite directions.

Sean had a different style, always did. I’m happy to see that. Sean was doing zydeco and was doing pretty good, but then he gave it up and went to gospel, and that

didn’t work. But anytime you’re in a circle and you get out, it’s hard to get back in. But Sean is going to make it because he’s not the type of guy who’s going to give in. He’s a double Grammy nominee. When Chris was under my roof, he played my music, because it’s what I wanted. When he turned 21, okay, I started giving him a little leeway. Then when he recorded, I had nothing to do with it, and he started changing. He started coming up the ladder. And if it works, go for it. I’m not totally for everything he gets up there, but it’s good.

What have you been doing since you retired?

I’ve built a couple trailers in the back that I rent for parades, and another one that I need to start working on. And I used to do mechanic work. People found out I was pretty good at it, and then on Saturday mornings, I couldn’t plan to sleep late.

Will the legend live on through the next generation?

I’ve got three grandsons. My daughter’s son, he’s three, and I made a deal with him, that papa was going to buy him a scrub board if he started using the potty. He told my daughter about the deal, and that he was using it, and so it was going to happen. And man, that boy got to using that thing. Chris has two boys, and so they all three were over at Chris’s studio, and they have keyboard, accordions, the drums. My daughter says her son’s got a good beat on the drums. And Chris’s two boys already have it down on the drums, and they’ve got that room all set up. So yes, that generation is going to continue with the music.

What advice do you have for future generations?

Rockin’ Sidney once told me, if you can’t pay cash for what you’re looking for, for what you want, then you can’t afford it.


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New Grassroots Movement Strives to Promote the Arts & Wellness in Southwest Louisiana by Angie Kay Dilmore

Adelaide Saucier photo credit Carrie Kudla


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delaide Saucier grew up wearing tutus and pointe shoes. When she left Lake Charles to attend undergraduate school at Chapman University in Orange County, Ca., where she majored in art history and minored in dance, she was certain she’d never return to Southwest Louisiana aside from occasional holidays to visit family. Several years later and now in her final year of law school at Tulane University, Adelaide is certain she will indeed be back to settle in Lake Charles . . . and she’s bringing home her passion for art and wellness with her. Adelaide’s efforts are already well under way with the formation of For the Love of Chuck, a grassroots initiative for a variety of projects based on art or wellness. “I feel health and wellness go hand in hand with art,” she says. “The two overlap and enhance one another. My intention has always been to combine all my interests, namely art and wellness, into one thing I could do. I realized I could bring the things I love and my desire to create things to the city of Lake Charles. We have a lot of creative energy in this area and I want to add to that.” For the Love of Chuck is not a non-profit organization, nor is it for-profit. It doesn’t have an office or a board of directors. Adelaide describes the concept as a movement. Her mother Kelley Saucier says, “It’s about connecting the dots through conversations and bringing to fruition various projects that fit with the mission.” Adelaide’s first step was to contact Eric Jessen to design a logo so she could start promoting For the Love of Chuck. “It’s all happened very organically,” says Adelaide. While certainly the concept was her idea, she says it’s evolved through numerous conversations with other people and entities to get the movement off the ground. For example, murals. Adelaide is enthusiastic about these public artistic expressions and wants to bring artists and businesspersons together to facilitate the creation of accessible “art for the people.” Their first mural project came about on the side of her family’s business, Southern Janicorp, at 1800 Kirkman St., painted by Jesse Strub. The mural is based on artwork by Luke Saucier, Adelaide’s father. He created the drawing in 1999 from a photograph he captured in Venice, Italy in 1993. Twenty-six years later, that image is a mural on the side of his business. Next, Adelaide spoke with Mayor Nic Hunter about the possibility of organizing a community-wide yoga event. With Adelaide’s extensive ballet background, the practice of yoga has been a natural extension of her interest in health and wellness and she is currently a yoga instructor. That conversation resulted in Summer Solstice Yoga in the Park on June 21 at Drew Park. Fifteen wellness vendors,

23 professional yogis, and approximately 250 attendees participated in this successful inaugural event. For the Love of Chuck continues to evolve. “Things keep popping up,” says Kelley. More murals are in the works. Adelaide has had conversations with other people such as local artist Sandra Walkin, the Lake Charles/SWLA Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Arts and Humanities Council on creating an “Arts Trail” for the city so visitors and residents can find local artists. They want to bring internationally recognized writers and artists to Lake Charles for lectures and demonstrations. And they’re planning another yoga event for the winter. So, what exactly does Adelaide love about Lake Charles? She says that while yes, it is a city, it’s also like a family with interpersonal connections throughout the area. She appreciates the tight-knit community, the familiarity, the slower pace, and of course, the attention to the arts. “Lake Charles has its own unique personality. I’ve tried to capture that personality through this movement and bring about awareness of all that we have here. My intention is to bring my passion and my energy to the community of Lake Charles. Every project is out of my love for Lake Charles . . . For the Love of Chuck.

How can the community get involved? Donations are always welcome. For the Love of Chuck has partnered with the Community Foundation through their Quality of Life Fund. If you have an idea or a building you would like a mural painted on, or if you’re an artist looking for a businessperson to partner with, and you don’t quite know how to make it happen, contact Adelaide Saucier at Mural on the side of Southern Janicorp, 1800 Kirkman St. Lake Charles

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Oak Grove Wealth Partners Announces New Name and Oak Grove Wealth Partners, formerly known as Vincent, Liles, Thompson Private Wealth Management, announces a new name and partner to John A. Mitchell the firm. John A. Mitchell is a CERTIFIRED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and began his finance career in 2009. John is passionate about working with people to help them complete and understand the pieces of their financial puzzle, and his ultimate satisfaction comes from seeing his clients realize their financial goals. In addition, Janet Ware recently joined the firm as client engagement leader. Janet has more than 20 years of marketing experience in the financial services industry and recently returned to Lake Charles. Oak Grove Wealth Partners is a full-service financial advisory firm offering a broad range of planning and investment services, with a focus on individual, family, and business objectives and the most efficient strategies to implement them. The firm was initially founded by Murl L. (ML) Vincent and Stephen Liles, with Owen Thompson joining in 2014. In early 2019, John Mitchell joined the firm and the group formed Oak Grove Wealth Partners.

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Mark Abraham Announces Campaign for State Senate District Local businessman and community leader, Mark Abraham, has announced his candidacy for State Senate, District

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25. The seat, formally held by Dan “Blade” Morrish, will be open this Fall due to term limits. Abraham’s priorities have always focused on funding projects for our roads and bridges, protecting increasing funding for education and healthcare, and ensuring every citizen has the resources and technical skills they need to remain competitive for our growing economy. As a conservative, Abraham believes in protecting innocent life, our 2nd Amendment and defending our Constitutional rights from an overreaching government. Abraham is an advocate for smaller government and protecting our tax dollars. Mark has been named MVP by the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, maintains a 100% Lifetime Rating from Louisiana Right to Life and 95% Lifetime Rating from the Louisiana Family Forum and was named Legislator of the Year by the Louisiana Orthopedic Association.

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Randy Burleigh Announces Candidacy for District 14 Police Jury Seat in Calcasieu Parish Randall “Randy” Burleigh has announced his republican candidacy for Calcasieu Parish

Police Jury, District 14. Born and raised in Westlake, Burleigh has more than 35 years of experience in industry, and retired August 1, 2019, as Manager of Inbound Supply Chain from Sasol. Burleigh believes his experience as a Calcasieu Parish School Board Member, as well as managing large budgets at Sasol, gives him the background necessary to serve on the Police Jury and maximize the services provided to citizens. He is a firm believer that one of the biggest problems in government today is career politicians. For this reason,

Burleigh vows to serve a maximum of two terms if elected by the people. He will be a strong, conservative voice for the taxpayers of District 14. Follow Burleigh’s campaign on his Facebook page: Orthopedic Trauma Surgeon Kim Poludnianyk, DO Joins Memorial Medical Group Memorial Medical Group welcomes Kim Poludnianyk, DO, a board-certified and fellowship-trained Kim Poludnianyk orthopedic surgeon and orthopedic trauma surgeon to its staff. Dr. Poludnianyk comes to Memorial from Bay Medical in Panama City, Florida. She joins fellow orthopedic surgeons, Jeffery Balazsy, MD, Brett Casio, MD, Nathan Cohen, MD and Alan Hinton, MD. Dr. Poludnianyk received her medical degree from Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her post-graduate training includes an internship at Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center in Mount Clemens, Michigan, an orthopedic surgery residency also at Mount Clemens and an orthopedic trauma fellowship at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. She is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics, American Osteopathic Association, Florida Medical Association, Michigan Osteopathic Association and Orthopedic Trauma Association. Dr. Poludnianyk’s office is located inside the Lake Charles Memorial Hospital complex at 1717 Oak Park Boulevard, 3rd Floor. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (337) 494-4900 or go to

Family Medicine Physician Dr. Andrew Bradberry Joins Imperial Health Andrew Bradberry, D.O., board certified family medicine physician, is the newest member of the Imperial Andrew Bradberry Health medical staff. Originally from Lake Charles, Dr. Bradberry is a graduate of St. Louis Catholic High School and McNeese State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in biological science. He received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from William Carey College of Osteopathic Medicine in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and completed a Family Medicine Residency at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital as a part of the Louisiana State University Health Science Center Family Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Bradberry will be taking over the family practice of Dr. Thomas LeBeau, who is retiring effective September 1. His office is located at 771 Bayou Pines East in Lake Charles. To schedule an appointment, please call (337) 4331212. Dwight Announces Candidacy for Re-Election for District 35 State Representative Stephen Dwight has announced his republican candidacy for re-election to the Louisiana House Stephen Dwight of Representatives, District 35. Raised in Moss Bluff, Louisiana, Dwight is a graduate of Sam Houston High School. Following graduation, he attended Louisiana State University, where he obtained a bachelor of science degree in accounting, and then Southern University Law Center, where

he obtained his juris doctor. He is licensed to practice law in the state of Louisiana, the United States Courts of Appeal—Fifth Circuit, USDC—Western, Middle and Eastern districts, and the United States Supreme Court. Dwight has more than 17 years of professional experience practicing law, including working as a former City Attorney, Prosecutor and Magistrate for the City of Westlake, serving as General Counsel for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, and as a private practice attorney at the Dwight Law Firm, which is now a partnership known as Dwight & Gary. Since 2016, Dwight has proudly served as District 35 State Representative. In the past three years in this position, he has actively served on the House Executive Committee, Administration of Criminal Justice, Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs, Ways and Means, Joint Legislative Committee on Capital Outlay and Attorney Fee Review Board. Follow Dwight’s campaign on his Facebook page: StephenDwightStateRep/. Local Endocrinologist Presents a Series of Webcasts Timothy Gilbert, MD, local endocrinologist, recently traveled to New York to present a series of webcasts entitled Timothy Gilbert “Considerations When Choosing a Basal Insulin for Your Adult Patients with Diabetes.” The webcasts, which were recorded in New York and streamed live, were viewed by thousands of healthcare professionals around the country. Dr. Gilbert is a Clinical Endocrinologist with over 15 years of experience in the complex management of patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. He is the founder

and medical director of the Endocrinology Center of Southwest Louisiana, a division of Imperial Health, and its associated AADE certified diabetes education center. He is considered a key opinion leader in the field of diabetes, and for more than a decade has been involved in numerous continuing medical education and promotional level programs across the country focusing on the subject of diabetes management. Throughout his career, Dr. Gilbert has served as an investigator and sub-investigator on numerous diabetes related studies. Andrepont Announces Bid for Calcasieu Parish Police Jury Joe Andrepont has announced his candidacy for Calcasieu Parish Police Jury District 13 seat. The election will Joe Andrepont be held on Saturday, October 12 with early voting from September 28 – October 5. Andrepont is a lifelong resident of Sulphur. He is currently employed by Westlake Chemical where he is responsible for Community and Governmental Affairs, and is a relief pharmacist for Brookshire Brothers and former pharmacy manager of K&B Drugs. Andrepont also serves on the board of directors for the West Cal Chamber of Commerce, Safety Council of Southwest Louisiana, Junior Achievement of Southwest Louisiana, and Sulphur Parks and Recreation coach. District 13 includes the following voting precincts: D.S. Perkins Elementary, Sulphur Health Unit, Frasch Elementary, Frasch Park, W.T. Henning Elementary and the Ward 4 Fire Station. For more information, visit Joe Andrepont for Police Jury on Facebook or call (337) 583-3116.


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100 YEARS by Stefanie Powers

The Noble Building at 324 Pujo St. in downtown Lake Charles recently celebrated its 100th birthday in grand style. Thanks to Rick and Donna Richard, the old building has been given a new lease on life. 52

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The Noble Building is now home to The Villa Harlequin, an upscale Italian eatery owned and operated by Mike Sperandeo and the Nic Hunter Family. There are also three rental apartments above the restaurant. Built in 1919 by D.R. Swift, past tenants include a savings and loan firm, an insurance company, and a doctor's office. Oilman C.O. Noble was an early tenant, with offices on the second floor. He eventually acquired the building in the 1930s, and the Noble oil operations occupied the space until the Richards bought the building in 2012.

Another early tenant was F. Shutts Engineers. Frank Shutts and his sons had offices in first floor rear. They remained tenants from the 1930s until the 1960s, when Webb and Whittaker Engineers took over the space. In the early 1960”s, the Majestic Barber Shop left the Pioneer Building next door and moved to the Noble Building. It served patrons until construction started for the Villa in late 2015. “We submitted an application for the building to be named on the National Register of Historic Places,” says Donna Richard. “It was granted in 2014, based on the fact that Elmer Shutts, first Port civil engineer, had his

“We had hired Lauren Harrell, a preservation architect, to help file the application for the National Register. When that was successful, we hired her to help us figure out what we could put into the two floors. It's one thing to get a neat building to restore, but it's pretty crucial to have a purpose that can be economically feasible.” -Donna Richard office in the building. His former office is now a small private dining room in The Villa Harlequin. The other Shutts offices were adapted into restrooms, using the original doors.” Richard says that once they settled on the architect, the project took about a year. “Rick and I are thrilled with the results. The contemporary feel of the interior is complementary to the traditional early 1900s architecture.” “We had started some demo work taking out termite-damaged floorboards and removing broken

plaster,” Richard remembers. “I had been looking for a location to do The Villa again for several years, and for one reason or another, nothing I looked at was quite right,” Sperandeo explains. “The locations were either too big, too small, too costly, etc. Donna Richard knew I had been looking for a location to do my restaurant, and one day, she contacted me and told me that she and Rick had bought The Noble Building.”

The Perfect Pairing Two of the oldest restaurant family legacies in Lake Charles will now be in one place, offering a fusion of favorite menu items beginning mid-September. We invite you to come in and enjoy age-old family recipes as you create new family traditions at The Villa Harlequin in the Historic Noble Building in downtown Lake Charles.

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Sperandeo said that Donna Richard set up a meeting for him to walk through the building. “The first time I went to look at it was before renovations had started, but I saw the potential in its old bones, and fell in love with it. I said, ‘Let’s do it.’” “The timing was perfect to get Mike involved in adapting the downstairs space into his restaurant,” Richard says. “Life's circumstances happened that Lauren couldn't stay on board to see the project to completion, but she recommended the John Williams firm out of New Orleans to take the ball from there. They have done old buildings and restaurants in New Orleans, so this project was a good fit for them. They took Lauren's plans, tweaked them a tiny bit, and got the project to completion.” In addition to the Noble Building, the Richards’ company, Empire of the Seed, has either purchased and restored or built three other downtown buildings, including the historic Calcasieu Marine National Bank (circa 1928), the historic Cash and Carry building (circa 1936) on the corner of Broad and Enterprise, and the Phoenix Building on the corner of Ryan and Kirby St.

The Villa Harlequin dining room today.

The Villa Harlequin during renovations.


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“We now live in the Charpentier district and have a 1920s home and an 1890s home,” Richard says. “Needless to say, we love old buildings! Their stories of people and times gone by are so fascinating. Plus, we get much gratification in giving these buildings a new life and hopefully help them live another hundred years and beyond.”


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Calcasieu Community Clinic Medical Help for Local Working Residents by Nate Ellender

Times may arise when, despite working hard, a person needs various types of medical attention they simply can’t afford. They need access to doctors and medicines without the burden of prohibitive expense. Fortunately for Southwest Louisiana, the Calcasieu Community Clinic, located in Hardtner Hall on the McNeese State University campus, offers free medical services to qualified residents throughout Imperial Calcasieu. A person need only prove employment for more than 20 hours a week and meet certain household income guidelines (available on the Clinic website) to qualify.


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Wine Down to Support the Calcasieu Community Clinic The Clinic’s annual fundraising event, Wine Down, takes place October 9 at L’Auberge Casino Resort. This event is an opportunity to take a break from the work week and enjoy a selection of three red and three white wines, along with dishes specifically prepared to compliment them. Tickets are $75 per person or $600 for a table for eight. Share new flavors and a toast or half dozen with friends, family, or colleagues. Proceeds support hard-working locals in need of just a little help. To purchase tickets or to make a donation, go to their website,

The Clinic is open Thursday evenings. New patients are screened for eligibility from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Prospective patients should be at the Clinic by 4:00 p.m. sharp. Patients are seen by staff from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. “The Calcasieu Community Clinic offers its services in the evenings so that working persons don’t have miss time at work to visit a doctor,” says Kayla Rigney, Executive Director. “We realize that missing work means missing money. Our mission is to keep people healthy so that they can be productive on their jobs.” Since the Community Clinic’s founding in early 2001, they have continued to add services to improve the health of local residents. A grant from Christus Health allowed them to add mammography in 2003, and though the grant funds have long since run out they continue to offer the service. Dental services were made available around that same time and in 2011 vision services and diabetes education were also added. Today, the Clinic offers general practice medicine, labs and diagnostic services, X-ray and other imaging, and medications via a state-licensed pharmacy. If a patient requires specialist services, referrals are available with an array of partner physicians. Rigney says the clinic has served nearly 3,200 individuals for a community value of close to $7 million dollars since its inception. “We can see up to 30 patients on a Thursday evening. In 2018 we saw 130 patients, with 111 of them being first-time visitors to the clinic.” The Community Clinic is comprised of volunteers and new hands are always welcome. Medically trained personnel are especially needed. Presently, the Community Clinic needs more licensed pharmacists. Want to help these volunteers? As they work through dinner hours, donations of food for the staff are always appreciated. Restauranteurs, church groups, or those who simply enjoy cooking are welcome to bring a meal for approximately 14 volunteers. To contact the Calcasieu Community Clinic, please visit their website at or call the office at 337-478-8650. Located at 550 E. Sale Rd.


Style & Beauty

Mane Masques

by Emily Alford

In the past few years, skincare masques have become a staple of many people’s beauty routines, but those in the know also swear by hair masques for shiny, smooth hair that looks salon-fresh right at home. Here’s the lowdown on how hair masques work and choosing the masque that’s right for you.

Hair masques really do work If you use conditioner each time you shower, you may be wondering why you need to sit around for half an hour with some goo in your hair to boost shine and promote overall healthier, more manageable strands. Well, the thing is, you’re probably not leaving your conditioner in your hair long enough to really penetrate the cuticle and make an obvious, lasting impact on your hair. According to Master Stylist Lensi White at Signatures Salon in Lake Charles, hair masques, when applied correctly, can ensure that nourishing ingredients go beyond the surface of strands for tangible effects. “If you have processed hair a masque will be your extra best friend,” White says. “And if you have extra long hair, think about it, that hair has been with you for years, so it needs extra care and maintenance to keep that luster we all love. A masque will do the trick. A prestige high quality hair masque will make your hair extra glossy and makes it feel soft to the touch.” Here’s how to use hair masques, according to the experts. First, wash your hair like you normally would with shampoo, but skip the conditioner. Then towel your hair until it’s damp but not dripping and evenly spread the hair masque on your hair from roots to tips, either finger combing it through or gently using a widetooth comb. Wrap your head in a warm towel and let the product sit for about half an hour before rinsing, shampooing, and using conditioner on your ends.

But hair masques are not a magic weapon to repair split ends However, if you are hoping hair masques will be a cure for split ends, you will most likely be disappointed. If hair is dry, damaged, or just dull-looking, hair masques can be the boost you need to get shinier, easier-tostyle strands. Once ends have split, the damage has been done and the only solution is a haircut. But there is a silver lining; some stylists say that regularly using hair masques a few times a month can prevent future damage. 58

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Know your hair type to decide what you need Not all hair masques are created equal, and using ingredients best for curly hair when you’ve got fine tresses will probably result in hair that looks overconditioned and maybe even a little greasy. People with fine hair should look for masques that include almond oil, which adds moisture without weighting hair down and bamboo extract, which strengthens hair. Those with damage from highlights or dry ends should pick masques containing jojoba oil or panthenol. Curly hair, which can sometimes look a bit dull, especially in winter months, is best revived with argan oil that smoothes strands while adding shine. Whatever your hair type, adding a bi-monthly (or even weekly) masque to your routine could mean fewer trips to the salon to get the shiny, manageable hair most of us crave. But a word of caution from White: when it comes to hair masques, opt for quality masques straight from your salon. “Over the counter masques won’t do the trick. In fact, they will actually cause build up over time, take the luster away, and even further damage hair. Beware!” Signatures is located at 803 W McNeese St, Lake Charles. For more information, call 337-4784433 or see their website,

Farewell Message After 25 wonderful years, it is with a heavy heart that I announce my retirement as of August 23, 2019. This transition to the next chapter of my life will be bittersweet; while I am excited to spend more time with my family, it saddens me to leave my credit union family. I have been truly blessed by all of the relationships I have made with members, coworkers, volunteers and vendors over the years while working for such an amazing credit union. To my beloved members, thank you for allowing me to share your special life moments with you; from the early days working at Olin to getting loans big and small-buying your first home, a new vehicle, getting your child’s first vehicle and so many more. You will always hold a special place in my heart. Thank you for allowing me to serve you and your family for all of these years.

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Style & Beauty

FRAME Your Style by Kristy Como Armand

What’s the most important factor you consider when you’re buying a new pair of eyeglasses? Odds are, your answer is “how they look on me.” In fact, that’s the number-one answer women gave on a Vision Council of America (VCA) survey asking that very question. Men, on the other hand, are more concerned with comfort and fit (women’s number-two answer). Sandra Richard, optician with The Eye Clinic says there are so many styles available in eye glass frames today, it’s easier than ever to find a style that look good on you and provides the vision correction you need. Start by deciding the look you want: retro, bold, modern, feminine or whatever style you prefer. You might decide you need more than one pair of eyeglasses: one conservative style for work and another pair for evenings and weekends. Defining the “look” you are after will help both you and your optician narrow down the choices for material, designer and shape. Richard says there are few key factors to consider when choosing the best eyeglass frames for your face shape:


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The frame shape should contrast with the face shape. The frame size should be in scale with the face size. Eyewear should repeat your personal best feature (such as a blue frame to match blue eyes). Also, while most faces are a combination of shapes and angles, there are seven basic face shapes: round, oval, oblong, base-down triangle, base-up triangle, diamond and square. Richard says today’s eyewear comes in a variety of styles to suit any face shape. “A good optician can help you use these guidelines to choose eyewear you’ll love.”

Here are some additional recommendations for which types of frames work with each facial shape.

Round To make the face appear thinner and longer, try angular narrow eyeglass frames to lengthen the face, a clear that widens the eyes and frames that are wider than they are deep, such as a rectangular shape.

Oval To keep the oval’s natural balance, look for eyeglass frames that are as wide as (or wider than) the broadest part of the face, or walnutshaped frames that are not too deep or too narrow.


Diamond To highlight the eyes and bring out the cheekbones, try frames that have detailing or distinctive brow lines, or try rimless frames or oval and cat-eye shapes.

Square To make the square face look longer and soften the angles, try narrow frame styles, frames that have more width than depth and narrow ovals.

Choosing the eyeglass frame color that best complements your hair, eyes and skin tones is also part of selecting the best frame for you. For example, if you have “cool” features such as blonde hair, blue eyes and fair skin, then try frames in hues of rose-brown, blue-gray, plum, magenta, pink, jade or blue. “Once you know the look you are trying to achieve, and what shape and color eyeglass frames work best with your features, there will still be hundreds of eyeglasses from which to choose,” says Richard. “If you find something that you love, but it doesn’t fit just right, tell the optician. Many times they can order the exact same eyeglasses with different length temples, adjust the nose pads and even make minor adjustments to the shape of the frames to make them fit your face more comfortably. With today’s choices, there’s no reason you can’t have the style you want with comfort and clear vision too.” Get personal eyewear styling assistance at The Eye Clinic’s Fall Trunk Show on Thursday, October 10, from 10am – 6 pm. Vendors will showcasing their newest frame styles with one-day-only savings. For more information visit

To make the face appear shorter and more balanced, try frames that have a top-tobottom depth, decorative or contrasting temples that add width to the face or a low bridge to shorten the nose.

Base-Down Triangle To add width and emphasize the narrow upper third of the face, try frames that are heavily accented with color and detailing on the top half or cat-eye shapes.

Base-Up Triangle To minimize the width of the top of the face, try frames that are wider at the bottom, very light colors and materials, and rimless frame styles (which have a light, airy effect because the lenses are simply held in place to the temples by a few screws).


Style & Beauty

by Kristian Bland

The modern barber bears little resemblance to the barber-surgeons of the middle ages who were just as happy to pull your teeth or slap a few leeches on your arm to let out the bad humours as they were to cut your hair and give you a shave. Thankfully, barber-surgeons eventually stopped the minor surgery and bloodletting and are just called barbers today. Still, saying they’re just barbers is underselling the profession a little bit. Of course, it all depends on the barber. If you’re used to going to one of those chain stores where you sit and wait in uncomfortable plastic chairs while questionable music floats in the background like a rough blanket trying to muffle the unyielding cries of seven hyperactive kids bouncing around the place like drops of water in a hot skillet while their mom pretends not to notice, then yeah. They’re probably just barbers. However, if you’re tired of that kind of assembly line experience and long for the days when going to the barber meant something more than just getting your haircut over with as fast as possible, then try going to an actual barbershop


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- you know, one of those places with the cheery red, white, and blue pole outside. You might never go back to the chain establishment again. One great example of a place offering the old-fashioned man-pampering of a bygone era is a new barbershop called Barbers on Broad that recently opened in Lake Charles. You’ll notice the differences when you first walk into the place. Instead of flimsy plastic chairs, you sink into the lush folds of an overstuffed leather couch while you wait. Actual hardwood furnishings and cabinetry line the interior while an authentic shoeshine station sits in the corner, manned by a friendly guy with a thousand-dollar smile who’s always ready to polish up your dress shoes or dancin’ boots for a night on the town. The whole place looks like whiskey, leather, and mahogany smell. It’s the kind of barbershop Ron Swanson would go to, complete with an American flag and the bleached skull of an old bull on the wall, with a complimentary beverage served with every cut.

Speaking of haircuts, you can get those too, but why stop there? Have you ever let your beard grow so wild it began developing its own ecosystem? They’ll fix that for you. Don’t have a beard, but still want a little something extra? Try a straight razor shave administered by the gentle, steady hands of a professional barber and you’ll soon despise that old disposable razor you’ve been using for the past three weeks while you wait for payday. However, if you really want to go all out and get your face impossibly smooth, you’ll need to get a men’s facial wax, with need being the operative word there because no one ever wants to get their face waxed. Still, there’s no faster way to ridiculously smooth skin than slathering it with hot wax and ripping out those pesky stubble hairs by the root, which is something you really want to have done by a skilled professional, for obvious pain-related reasons. Noses and ears can also be waxed. Kids are welcome too, while seniors, active military personnel, and college students with ID enjoy a special discounted rate. Give them a try. Treat yourself!

Located at 102 W. Broad St., Barbers on Broad is open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Mondays, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Closed on Sundays. 337-429-5588.


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arnival rides, midway games, candy apples, cotton candy, regional delicacies, and of course, art and music . . . Festivals give us fun opportunities to celebrate our unique SWLA culture. Lake Charles is the Festival Capital of the Louisiana, and fall is the best time of year for this region’s favorite pastime. In our festival guide this year, we focus on all the local festivals from Vinton to Jennings and all points in between. So, in chronological order, here’s everything you need to know about this year’s fall festival season.

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ST. RAPHAEL’S FALL FEST ARTS & CRAFT FAIR Sept. 7 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. I-10 Outlet Mall, Iowa 337-660-1404 Sponsored by St. Raphael’s Catholic Daughter Court #137

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St. Theresa Catholic Church 4822 Carlyss Dr., Sulphur Free St. Theresa Bon Ton Festival is a local tradition that began over 39 years ago. This family-friendly event offers something for everyone. You’ll find a wide variety of delicious food, plenty of rides, and awesome music! A large covered pavilion welcomes visitors for seating, eating, visiting, and listening to music. Also available are live and silent auctions, a garage sale, cake walk, face painting, sweet shop, and more. 66

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CALCA CHEW FOOD FESTIVAL Sept. 29 St. Margaret’s Catholic Church 2500 Enterprise Blvd, Lake Charles Church office 337-439-4585

If you like to eat, dance, and have fun, you’ll enjoy this festival. Calca-Chew Food Festival is an alcohol-free festival centered around their French Heritage. Everything about the festival is designed to keep this heritage alive. Foods like boudin, etouffee, jambalaya, and fried fish keep everyone’s taste buds on full alert. Their live and silent auctions add an extra dimension to the festivities. A children’s area offers games and food.

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The 8th Annual Lake Charles Film Festival offers a fun weekend of food, music, independent film screenings, an award ceremony for top films and scripts in various categories, seminars, premieres, parties, networking, and celebrity guests. This year, meet the cast of the hit CBS TV series “Shazam!” Actors Michael Gray (Billy Batson) and John Davey (Captain Marvel) will both be in attendance as guests of honor. Come hang out with them, get a photo with them, get an autograph, and gain valuable knowledge from them as they share stories about their acting careers, how to audition, how to work with an agent, and other tips to help aspiring actors break into the business.


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O5ct BACKROADS & BEYOND RADIO MUSIC FEST & CAJUN COOKING CONTEST Oct. 5 The Wilkerson Arena (Sweet Lake) 2400 Hwy 384, Bell City, LA Tickets $20, $25 at the door. Kids age 10 and under free. BYOC (Bring your own chair)

This family-friendly festival will feature performances by Wayne Toups & ZyDeCajun, Dustin Sonnier & The Wanted, Charley Rivers (Band), Jamie Bergeron & The Kickin’ Cajuns, Ronnie Fruge & The Fruge Family Band, Pookie Marceaux (Band) & Nomad DJ Entertainment. A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to Cameron Parish Schools. Presented by Bou Boy’z Entertainment.


Oct. 10-13 Thursday 4:00-10:00 p.m. Friday 5:00 p.m.–midnight Saturday 10:00 a.m.–midnight Sunday 1:00-6:00 p.m. West Calcasieu Arena and & Center 401 Arena Road 337-527-9371 Admission $5 for ages 11 and older children under 10 free Sulphur’s annual Cal-Cam Fair is a fall tradition for many Southwest Louisiana residents - and for good reason. This 95-year-old fair welcomes an average of 15,000 visitors each year and features carnival rides, a livestock show, awards in various food, baked goods and arts and crafts contests, music, beauty pageants, wildlife exhibits, games, and attractions for both kids and adults.


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CULTURE FEST LOUISIANA Oct. 18-19 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. Lake Charles Civic Center 900 Lakeshore Dr. 337-377-8248 Free

The 9th annual Culture Fest celebrates diversity in Southwest Louisiana with food, music, fashion, art, and performances that span across the many cultures and ethnicities found in our region. This year’s activities include a variety of events for all ages and backgrounds, including a cultural display area, an international village for children, a world café, and live entertainment. Approx. 30 countries are represented.

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VINTON HERITAGE FESTIVAL Oct. 12 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Vinton City Park, 1200 Horridge St. 337-589-7453, Free

The City of Vinton will celebrate its annual Heritage Festival with good food, arts and crafts, a petting zoo, free games and jumps for the kids, and live music. No ice chests, alcoholic beverages, or glass containers.

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Oct. 19 Noon – 2:00 a.m. (For indoor music venues. Vendors close at 10:00 p.m. and outdoor music ends at midnight) 700 block on Ryan St., Lake Charles Free Chuckfest celebrates all that makes Lake Charles special – music, food, and art. Festival goers will listen to live music on four stages (two indoor and two outdoor). An exclusive VIP area will be available for ticket holders, and a Kids’ Zone will include laser tag and face painting.


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Oct. 19 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Lake Charles Civic Center 900 Lakeshore Dr. Free Hosted by the Arts and Humanities Council, this annual festival brings kids and art together through hands-on art projects. Local organizations and businesses will host booths where children can craft fun and creative pieces of art that they can take home, including painting, drawing, sculpture, and crafts.

GULF COAST EGG FEST Oct. 19 Lake Charles Civic Center Amphitheater @gulfcoasteggfest on Facebook Free

An Egg Fest, you ask? It’s not what you think. This festival is dedicated to the Big Green Eggs and the “eggheads” who love them. In other words, it’s a barbecue festival! Fire up those big green egg-shaped grills!


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ct O30 YELLOW RAILS AND RICE Oct. 30 – Nov. 2 Jennings, La. Basic festival package, $220 per person

This annual festival attracts birders from all over the country and provides one of the best opportunities to see the elusive Yellow Rail, a rare marshbird that migrates to the Gulf Coast each winter. The mission of the festival is to promote agritourism/ ecotourism in SWLA. Audubon Louisiana will offer two Black Rail survey trips (on Oct 30 and Nov 1) as part of the festival.


Oct. 26 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Henning Cultural Center 923 S. Ruth St. Sulphur 337-527-0357 $10 Boudin Wars pits local restaurants and chefs against each other for the title of “Best Boudin in SWLA!” Visitors will sample each vendor’s boudin, both traditional and exotic, and vote on the area’s best boudin. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance at the Henning Cultural Center or online at


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Nov. 9 – 10 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Burton Coliseum 7001 Gulf Hwy. Lake Charles Admission $5, kids 12 and under free This unique market features nearly four covered acres of anything and everything, coupled with delicious SWLA food and fun in a country fair-like atmosphere. The event takes place each Spring and Fall and features over 300 vendors selling antiques, retro & vintage items, handcrafted items, toys, collectibles, unique clothing, artwork, comic books, furniture, gifts, unique jewelry, plants, a farmers market and more. Kids will enjoy pony rides, a petting zoo, and adoptable pets seeking forever homes. Food vendors on-site.


Nov. 16 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Courthouse Lawn 1000 Ryan St. Lake Charles General admission free VIP tickets available. Second annual Smoke & Barrel celebration will have two distinct admission areas and feature live musical entertainment from three bands during the event. The ticketed VIP area hosts a tasting with over 75 bourbon and whiskeys and a BBQ tasting featuring creative dishes from some of the top pit-masters in Southwest Louisiana and Southeast Texas. The general admission area offers BBQ for sale along with batched whiskey cocktails and other beverages for purchase. An amateur BBQ competition will add to the excitement of the day.


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September Programs and Events at the Children’s Museum This month the Children’s Museum has several activities going on each week for children of all ages. They will be open for Labor Day weekend but closed the weekend of their annual fundraiser, September 21-22. Don’t miss any of these fun activities! September 2: Labor Day Tool Belt September 6: Read a Book September 8: Grandparents Day September 9: Toddler Play September 14: Sasol's Second Saturday Science Show September 16: Toddler Play and Homeschool Day September 21: Imagination Celebration: Louisiana Saturday Night September 23: Toddler Play September 26: Johnny Appleseed September 28: Kids Crafts September 30: Toddler Play The Children’s Museum provides a safe and educational place to explore, learn, play and imagine while encouraging curiosity and creativity through handson programs and exhibits. The Children's Museum is located at 327 Broad Street downtown Lake Charles. Museum hours are MondaySaturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 1-5pm. Admission is $9 for children and adults. Admission applies


to all workshops and activities. Call (337) 433-9420 or visit www. for a complete list of weekly activities, admission fees, memberships and birthday party information. Preparing for a Diabetic-Friendly Holiday is Topic at Upcoming Diabetes Support Group West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital will host its diabetes support group on September 10 at 11:30am at the hospital’s cafeteria conference room. Guest speaker is Cynthia Chantlin, LDN, RD, to talk about how to prepare for the holidays in a diabetic-friendly way. There is no charge to attend and the group is open to the public. For details, call (337) 527-4282. Develop ‘Emotional Intelligence’ at Upcoming Breast Cancer Support Group West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital will host its Pink Crusade breast cancer support group on September 12, at 6pm in the hospital’s board room. This month’s focus is developing emotional intelligence. The discussion will be led by Christi Kingsley, CHHR, director of human resources at West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital. The group is open to the public and light refreshments will be served. For more information, call (337) 528-7320.

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West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital Hosts September Class for Delivery and Breastfeeding West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital will host a class on September 24 from 6-8pm on preparing for delivery and breastfeeding. The cost is $10 per participant and will be held in the North Conference Room at the Cypress Street entrance. Class space is limited, and pre-registration is required. A childbirth educator as well as a certified lactation counselor will lead the discussion and will be available for one-on-one questions. To register, call (337) 527-4361.

on Lakeshore Drive, Sallier Cemetery on Dr. Michael DeBakey Drive, Combre Memorial Park on Opelousas Street, and Catholic Cemetery, located on Common Street and Iris Street. Guests will have the freedom to drive from cemetery to cemetery at their own pace. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors 65 and older, and free for children 12 and under (must be accompanied by a ticket holding adult) and can be purchased at www. cemeterytourlc2019.eventbrite. com or at the Arts Council office at Central School. Tickets will not be available the day of the event.

Local History Highlighted Through “Living History” Cemetery Tour This fall, locals can take guided walking tours through Lake Charles history and visit historic spots where time lies still. On October 25, from 5-8pm, four Lake Charles cemeteries will be featured in a “Living History” Cemetery Tour where guests can hear stories of local iconic figures while visiting their final resting places. Actors will dress in period attire and embody the lives of deceased historic figures from each of the four cemeteries. Guests will be guided throughout each cemetery as they listen to stories of the historic figures’ lives and their impacts on today’s Lake Charles. Larger-than-life figures such as civil rights activist Doretha Combre, early settler Catherine Lebleu Sallier, Judge Alfred M. Barbe, French aristocrat Michel Pithon, and others will tell their life stories and their famed feats from their own perspectives. Featured cemeteries will include: Bilbo Cemetery, located

For more information, please email or call the Arts Council of SWLA at (337) 439-2787. It’s time to step out and STEP UP for Down Syndrome Southwest Louisiana is home to many individuals with Down syndrome and they need your continued help and support. This year is the 17th annual Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk. It is set for September 28 at the Lake Charles Civic Center. Registration begins at 9am; the walk is scheduled for 10am with silent auction, face painting, great food, dancing and games/activities to follow from 10am-1pm. The 2019 Step Up for Down syndrome Walk is the primary fund raiser for The Down Syndrome Association of SWLA, which is committed to raise community awareness and understanding of the special abilities of children and adults with Down syndrome. To register, join a team or form your own team, visit



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Two SWLA Dining Legacies Announce Partnership On Friday, August 16, 2019, the Hunter family, owners of Harlequin Steaks and Seafood, represented by Nic Hunter, Becky Hunter and their son, Harrison Hunter, gathered with the Sperandeo family, owners of The Villa, represented by Mike Sperandeo and Brenda Sperandeo. Also present was Amanda Cusey, head chef at The Villa. This occasion was to announce a merger between the two restaurants. “Villa Harlequin,” the name of the new venture, brings together two of the oldest restaurant family legacies in Lake Charles. The menu will consist of a fusion between Harlequin and Villa favorites. The official start date for this new venture will be in mid-September 2019. Villa Harlequin will be located in the Historic Noble Building at 324 Pujo St. in downtown Lake Charles. The Harlequin’s College Street location will cease operations after August 31, 2019. The Harlequin opened in Lake Charles in 1956. The Villa, which was originally called “Italian Villa,” opened in Lake Charles in 1986. Any additional questions may be directed to Mike Sperandeo at 337-436-6251. Korn Ferry Tour announces Lake Charles Championship The Korn Ferry Tour announced today a partnership with the Lake Charles/SWLA Convention and Visitors Bureau to bring a new tournament to the Tour’s annual schedule starting in 2020. The Lake Charles Championship will debut at The Country Club at Golden Nugget in Lake Charles, Louisiana, the week of March 23-29, 2020, with 156 players competing for a $600,000 purse. A five-year agreement is in place through 2024.


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The announcement ensures the Bayou State will have two events on the 2020 Korn Ferry Tour schedule, as the Chitimacha Louisiana Open presented by MISTRAS will be contested in Lafayette the week prior. Louisiana will join Tennessee, Missouri and Illinois as the only U.S. states to host two Korn Ferry Tour events annually. The Lake Charles/SWLA CVB provides leadership in initiating and coordinating the worldwide marketing and promotion of Calcasieu Parish. With a goal of engaging in visitor experiences to generate business and leisure travel to Southwest Louisiana, the group solicits and services conventions to enhance and develop the economic fabric of the Parish. For more information on sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, please contact Steve Nieman at For more information on the Lake Charles Championship, please visit First Federal Bank of Louisiana Rated 5-Stars By BauerFinancial Charles Timpa, President and CEO of First Federal Bank of Louisiana, is proud to announce that BauerFinancial, the nation’s premier bank rating firm, has given First Federal Bank its highest, 5-star rating for the 27th year in a row. A 5-star rating from BauerFinancial indicates First Federal Bank excels in areas of capital adequacy, profitability, and asset quality, as well as several other factors. First Federal Bank has also procured a “Best of Bauer Bank” designation, which is reserved for banks that have maintained Bauer’s highest rating consistently for over 25 years.

For more information about First Federal Bank, visit Southwest Louisiana Credit Union Wins Three State Marketing Awards Southwest Louisiana Credit Union received top honors at the Louisiana Credit Union League annual conference in August for its marketing efforts in three categories: Social Media, Community Outreach and Annual Report. The organization won first place in Social Media for a weekly video series called “Empower U,” which aims to teach basic financial skills to members online. The videos, which get thousands of views each week, cover topics such as improving your credit score, becoming debt-free and saving for the future. Southwest won first place in Community Outreach for its holiday Spirit of Giving project, in which staff partnered with Combre-Fondel Elementary to install “quiet corners” in several classrooms as a resource for better managing behavior and learning coping skills. Students also got a visit from “Santa” himself, who was joined by credit union staff in delivering gifts to every student and teacher, along with “treasure chests” for each classroom and a massage chair for the teacher lounge. Southwest won second place in Annual Report, a booklet that gives credit union members an overview of the financial state of the organization in a fun, easy-to-read format. Southwest Louisiana Credit Union is a $100-million not-for-profit, member-based credit union with three locations in Lake Charles and Sulphur. For more information, visit or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Lake Charles Memorial Now a Primary Stroke Center Lake Charles Memorial Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Stroke Association’s HeartCheck mark for Primary Stroke Certification. Lake Charles Memorial underwent a rigorous onsite review in May 2019. During the visit, a team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, delivering clinical care and performance improvement.

Joint Commission standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. The reviewers also conducted onsite observations and interviews. During the visit, The Joint Commission measured Memorial against national standards for the care of stroke patients including: door to CT scan time, how quickly patients received tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) – a clotbusting medication, how quickly patients are transferred who need clot retrieval procedures, and the quality of care administered within those time frames and through discharge. Memorial

met these guideline standards thanks to the interdisciplinary team’s use and development of written care protocols, education programs, quality reviews and performance improvement activities across the health system. If you think you or someone else may be having a stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately! Time is essential in the diagnosis and treatment of stroke. The best chances of survival and recovery are if a person gets treatment within 3 hours. Do not waste any time. Stroke is an emergency so act F.A.S.T. For more information, please visit

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Blended Families – How to get a smooth outcome! (Part 2) Last month, we broached the topic of Blended Families, or families where one or both parents have children from previous relationships. This month, I want to continue the discussion based on the latest compilation of the 40 years of research we have at our disposal. This Blended Family stuff is not for the faint hearted. It is work. Hard work. Much harder than most people anticipate. Last month, I began explaining why this is so. Mainly, it has to do with the fact that children are usually lagging behind parents in processing a parent’s new relationship. If you’ve done it right, you and your new love interest dated for a while before you introduced the children to him/her. So, you’re further along in the relationship than your child. Couple that with the basic time it takes for children to assimilate information in general, along with their dislike of change, and you have a recipe for disaster (or, at the very least, some really awkward meals). One of the biggest issues with blended families is discipline. What style is best? Who should do it? There is a common pattern of stepparents wanting more limits and boundaries with their stepchildren, while parents want more love and understanding for their children. This causes automatic conflict, and can feel like a “tug of war” situation.


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Consider these concepts regarding Discipline in Blended Families: Authoritarian vs. Authoritative Parenting. Authoritarian Parenting is hard and demanding, without the balance of warmth and empathy that children need. And it is often used by stepparents who feel the parent is too easy on the kids. It often uses labels like “you’re so lazy” or “what’s wrong with you that you can’t see the garbage needs to be taken out” instead of calm requests (“Would you please take out the garbage?”). Part of the problem is that stepparents don’t have history with children, and having history makes parents and children more tolerant of each other. Often, the stepparent was raised in an authoritarian way, and feels it is his/her duty to “get this kid on track” or “whip things into shape.” Big mistake. You’ll see why below. Authoritative Parenting is both loving and firm, and is absolutely the best way for all children to be parented in every single aspect. Children need warmth and empathy to balance out the setting of firm limits. Authoritative parents have rules and expectations that match their child’s developmental maturity level. They are also engaged with their children, monitor the child’s behavior and activities, and follow through with consequences. The child’s positive behavior gets just as much attention as the negative behavior.

Basically, the authoritative parent is tuned in, connected to the child, and understands that every choice made in life has a consequence connected to it so strives to teach the child that same lesson. While authoritarian parents get angry and frustrated with their children, they have the ability to step back and make sure the punishment is about teaching the child a lesson, not releasing the parent’s anger. So, who can discipline? The short answer is: the parent issues the discipline, not the stepparent. It is the stepparent’s job to form a relationship with the child. And children don’t generally like people who are disciplining them without that relationship in place. The only reason the parent can dole out the discipline and expect to maintain a relationship with the child is because that parent has always been in that child’s life. A child will very quickly come to resent the stepparent who tries to issue discipline without first taking the time to connect with the child. Next month, I’ll delve deeper into that last subject – how do stepparents form relationships with stepchildren? Especially when the stepchildren show no interest in forming that relationship? Very carefully, my friends, very carefully. See you next month!

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McNeese Names Director of Bands Dr. Jay Sconyers has been named director of bands at McNeese State University, according to Dr. Lonny Benoit, head of the W.A. and Dorothy Hanna Department of Performing Arts. Sconyers received his Jay Sconyers doctorate in musical arts in conducting from the University of South Carolina and his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education from the University of Georgia. At McNeese, he has served as assistant director of bands and as an instructor of music. Prior to arriving at McNeese, he served on the instructional staff of the University of Georgia Redcoat Band, University of South Carolina Marching Band and as a brass instructor with several open and world class drum and bugle corps. He is an alumnus of the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps and currently serves as an assistant brass caption head and a senior brass instructor with the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps. Sconyers is also a member of various professional organizations, including the College Band Directors National Association and the National Band Association.

STEM Academy Prepares Students for Success Over 750 elementary and middle school students spent the summer engineering bioplastics, building model rockets and experimenting with materials to produce common products like Play-Doh at McNeese State University’s STEM Academy. This 11-week program, which wraps up Aug. 9, seeks to encourage critical thinking and problem solving in students through hands-on activities that help them learn science, technology, engineering and mathematical concepts and skills. McNeese’s STEM Academy is an outgrowth of the university’s Engineering is Elementary (EiE) after school program, introduced to private and public schools in Calcasieu Parish in 2016. This year’s Academy is sponsored by SASOL, Phillips 66, KPLC, Hoffoss Devall Personal Injury Attorneys, Suddenlink by Altice, Kiwanis Club of Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish School Board, Lotte Chemical and Coca-Cola. To find out more about STEM Academy, visit www. or call (337) 562-4137.


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