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JULY • July 4 — Red, White, Blue, and You. Lake Charles Civic Center Seawall. Celebrate everything that’s great about being an American! Apple pie, parades, patriotism and especially fireworks! On the lake front, downtown Lake Charles. • July 5 — Firecracker Futurity & Derby Night. Delta Downs Racetrack Casino and Hotel. The road to the All-American goes through Vinton, Louisiana. Delta Downs hosts the Grade II Firecracker Futurity and the Grade II Firecracker Derby.

SEPTEMBER • Sept 4 - Sept 6 — Gallery Promenade. Visit art galleries in Lake Charles, Sulphur and Moss Bluff. • Sept 28 — Calca-Chew Food Festival. St. Margaret Family Center, Lake Charles. The music is really French, as is the food. For those who have never tasted boudin or jambalaya or have never experienced the “two-step,” will find this festival a delight.

OCTOBER • Oct TBA — Celtic Nations Heritage Festival of Louisiana. On the lake front in Lake Charles. • Oct 31— Trunk or Treat. First Baptist Church, Lake Charles. A fun, safe environment for all ages with candy, games, pictures, hotdogs, Jolly Jump and more.

NOVEMBER • Nov TBA — Mistletoe and Moss Holiday Market. Presented each year by the Junior League of Lake Charles. Civic Center.

DECEMBER • Dec 5 — Sulphur’s Holiday House. Henning Cultural Center, Sulphur. Glittering jewelry, mouth-watering treats, ornaments, home decorations, trendy fashions and more will be on hand to usher in the month of December. • Dec 6 - Dec 31 — Southwest Louisiana Christmas Lighting Festival. Christmas Parades, Lights, and all the festivities that make December such a great time of year. Below are the dates of each city’s parade.


JANUARY • Jan 26 — 10th Annual Hackberry Duck Off. Hackberry Community Center; Golf Tourney at Bayou Oaks. This annual event raises money for Hackberry school athletics, clubs, classrooms, and community projects. The main event is the golf tournament and duck cooking contest. Other events include: Skeet shoot, bingo and kids games, cake and silent auction, live auction, food, music and fun!

AUGUST • Aug 1 & 2 — Marshland Festival. Lake Charles Civic Center. Offering live entertainment, food, games, arts and crafts and more, this fundraiser for the community of Hackberry helps their youth to be able to participate in sporting events and youth organizations at local, state and national levels. OCTOBER • Oct 2 — Annual Alligator Harvest. Jim Bel’s Hackberry Hilton Hunting Club. 7 a.m. You’ll see first hand the benefits that total marsh management offers the animals, aquatics and birds of different species. See blacknecked stilts, mottled ducks, black-bellied and fulvous tree ducks, cow birds, herons, teal, cranes, roseate spoonbills and deer.

JEFF DAVIS PARISH JANUARY • Jan 25 & 26 — Children’s Mardi Gras Tour. Children participate in the chicken run and ride on a Mardi Gras Float in Jennings, Elton, Lake Arthur. • Jan 26 — Lake Arthur Mardi Gras Run & Parade FEBRUARY • Feb 1 & 2 — Adult Mardi Gras Tour. Participate in authentic rural Cajun Mardi Gras in Jennings and Elton. • Feb 2— Cajun Squeeze Box Shootout. Strand Theatre. Third Annual World Cajun accordion championship during Jennings Mardi Gras. • Feb 9 — Second Saturday Flea Market. Louisiana Oil & Gas Park .7 a.m. to 7 p.m. MARCH • March 8 — Second Saturday Flea Market. Louisiana Oil & Gas Park. 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. • March 10 - June 13 — Evangeline, the Birthplace of Louisiana Oil. W.H. Tupper Museum. An original exhibit of early oil days in Evangeline, Louisiana.

JUNE • June 7 & 8 — CHIPS Youth Theatre annual production. • June 14 — Second Saturday Flea Market. Louisiana Oil & Gas Park at 7 a.m. JULY • July 3 — Stars & Stripes Celebration & Fireworks. Louisiana Oil & Gas Park. Gates open at 4 p.m. Water fun for the kids & food & live entertainment for all. • July 12 — Second Saturday Flea Market. Louisiana Oil & Gas Park at 7 a.m. AUGUST • August 9 — Second Saturday Flea Market. Louisiana Oil & Gas Park at 7 a.m. SEPTEMBER • Sept 13 — Second Saturday Flea Market. Louisiana Oil & Gas Park . 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. OCTOBER • Oct 1 – 4 — Jeff Davis Parish Fair. Fairgrounds, Hwy. 26 South. • Oct 3 & 4 — End of Season Stearman Fly-In. Jennings Airport grounds. • Oct 11 — Second Saturday Flea Market. Louisiana Oil & Gas Park. 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. • Oct 25 — Jennings Alive. Historic downtown Main Street. An open air market for tons of fun, shopping and great food for the entire family. • Oct 31 —Main Street Trick or Treat. Downtown Main Street is closed off for local children up to 12 years old to safely trick or treat. Area businesses and local residents are invited to come to Main Street to hand out goodies to the little ghosts & goblins. Each year a

NOVEMBER • Nov 8 — Saturday Flea Market. Louisiana Oil & Gas Park. 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. • Nov 21 through Dec 31— W.H. Tupper Museum Christmas Exhibit. 311 N. Main Street. Step back in time. See trees decorated with 1940’s Christmas ornaments from the Tupper family store. Also, see toys that were given as gifts to the children of that era. The Old Magnolia Room is converted to a Winter Wonderland with snow villages, dolls, bears, trains, trees and more. DECEMBER • Dec 6 — Christmas Parade & Festival. 5: 30 p.m. Main Street & Louisiana Oil & Gas Park. See Santa & Mrs. Clause arrive in Jennings on a City fire truck. Immediately following the parade, join the merriment at the Louisiana Oil & Gas Park for a huge bonfire, Christmas caroling, food and a gigantic fireworks display. • Dec 6 — 11th Annual Christmas Festival Gumbo Cook-Off. Louisiana Oil & Gas Park. 4:30 p.m. Judging for cash prizes & trophies. Sample some of the best chicken & sausage gumbo made in the area. Then join the Christmas Festival. No admission fee. • Dec 13 — Second Saturday Flea Market. Louisiana Oil & Gas Park. 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. • Dec 13 — Sounds of Christmas. Strand Theatre. 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. The annual community Christmas musical features live performances of traditional Christmas selections by local talent and special guests.

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APRIL • April 6 — The Thelma Richard Drama Showcase. Strand Theatre. • April 12 — Second Saturday Flea Market. Louisiana Oil & Gas Park. 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. MAY • May 10 — Second Saturday Flea Market. Louisiana Oil & Gas Park. 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. • May 27 - June 1 — U.S. Open Clay Shoot Championship. Cajun Elite Shooting Club.

costume contest takes place in Founders Park.

• Manicures & Pedicures • Mardi Gras Updos • 10% off Services over $20

Salon & Day Spa “A Full Service Day Spa” 4626 Nelson Road, Lake Charles

• 30 Minute Massage $30 • 1 Hour Massage $55

Call 337-562-2040 for more information or to schedule a appointment. JANUARY 24, 2008


Times of Southwest Louisiana