Category Archives: Community News

Egg-Knocking Tradition Continues Across Avoyelles Parish Easter Day

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The world-famous Marksville Egg-Knocking Contest produced lots of smiling faces Easter Day.
Egg knocking is more than a contest; it’s an art.  Many of the participants represented many generations who gathered for this Easter ritual.
So what is egg knocking?  It’s a way to determine the toughest egg and no cheating is allowed.

Egg knocking is a rite [...]

Alexandria Mall Business Bayou Expo

[ April 26, 2014; 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. ] Alexandria, LA – Alexandria Mall invites everyone to a business expo showcasing resources on how to start or foster a successful business. The Alexandria Mall Business Bayou Expo is designed to provide the tools necessary to turn a business idea into reality or maximize the potential of an existing business.

“Alexandria Mall strives to be in the [...]

Leesville seeks volunteers to build playground

[ May 9, 2014; ] LEESVILLE-The City of Leesville is seeking volunteers to help build a playground for Jubilee Park. The start date for he project has been set tentatively for May 9.

The City announced last year that it had been awarded a $15,000 Let’s Play Community Construction Grant through Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS) and national non-profit KaBOOM! for the [...]

Presentation at NSU to explain historic bousillage in Cane River area

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[ April 24, 2014; ] NATCHITOCHES – Marcy Frantom and Max Turner will speak at Northwestern State University Thursday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the Thomas-D’Amato Reading Room of Watson Library. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend. Their presentation is part of the Fleming Thomas Lecture Series.

Frantom and Turner will present a paper, “Historical French [...]

Vendor registration is now open for Spring ArtWalk in May

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Alexandria, LA – It is time again for the Spring ArtWalk, in conjunction with AlexRiverFête, to be held May 9 from 4-9 p.m. and May 10 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Art vendor applications are now available.
Vendor fees are as follows: $10 registration for non-profits and children 18 and younger, $45 registration fee until [...]

Natchitoches-NSU Orchestra, Choirs to perform “Carmina Burana” April 24

[ April 24, 2014; ] NATCHITOCHES – The Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Orchestra and NSU Choirs will present “Carmina Burana” Thursday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. Tickets are $10. Northwestern State University, BPCC@NSU and Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts students are admitted free with a current student I.D. Douglas Bakenhus will conduct the combined choirs [...]

Louisiana Students of the Year

Eighteen students from across the state were named regional finalists for the Louisiana Students of the Year award. The 18 regional finalists include one 5th grade, 8th grade, and 12th grade student from six regions and represent public and non-public elementary, middle, and high schools across Louisiana. These regional finalists and state winners for each [...]

Sandstone Multi-Use Trail Opens

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Pineville, La. – The Sandstone Multi-use trial will open on Saturday, April 19.  The popular motorized trail is seasonally closed. “Although we have received a lot of rain recently, we are experiencing good drying conditions. We plan to open the trail early this year so riders can take advantage of the spring weather,” explained Mike [...]

Gunter Branch Library To Host Red River Bank Financial Seminar

[ April 29, 2014; 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. ] Pineville, Louisiana—Red River Bank will present a free Financial Seminar at the Gunter Branch of the Rapides Parish Library on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. To help you give yourself a solid financial foundation, Red River Bank will be discussing topics such as creating a budget, saving money, home buying and refinancing tips, [...]

Cane River Green Market 2014 Season Opens April 26

[ April 26, 2014; 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. ] NATCHITOCHES – The Cane River Green Market will open its 2014 season on Saturday, April 26 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Natchitoches’ local farmer’s market will feature Cane River Green Market vendors, live musical entertainment, children’s activities, demonstrations and a free Zumba class.
Customers will be able to choose from a wide variety of fresh [...]