The Annual Girls Weekend will be Friday, April 5 – Sunday, April 7. Planned activities include a fashion show, discounted shopping, garden tours, boat cruise, food and quality time with friends. See a complete schedule at www.girlswknd.org.
The Caroline Dormon Spring Picnic will be Saturday, April 6 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. This is a fundraising event for Briarwood Nature Preserve. The event consists of guided and self-guided tours of Briarwood, Caroline Dormon’s birthplace and longtime home. Tours are historical and botanical in nature allowing visitors to see an old growth forest ecosystem.
The 45th Melrose Arts and Crafts Festival will be April 6-7 at Melrose Plantation. More than 100 vendors will display their wares beneath the gorgeous live oak trees of Melrose. Artists and crafters will show and sell their original paintings, stained glass, gourmet foods, jewelry, clothing, photography, plants, toys, woodworking products, pottery and more! The festival is sponsored by the APHN and all proceeds go directly to the upkeep and preservation of Melrose Plantation. Hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $5 for adults, $2 for kids 6-15 and 5 and under are admitted for free.
The Natchitoches Chamber of Commerce’s CRAVE! is Thursday, April 11 from 5-8 p.m. on the downtown riverbank. There is a gourmet hotdog contest, bottomless margaritas and a corn hole tournament. To register, visit natchitocheschamber.com.
The Marthaville Cemetery will have a BBQ fundraiser Saturday, April 13 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Marthaville Heritage Building. Plates are $8 and include chicken, baked beans, potato salad, bread, cake and a bottle of water.
There will be an Easter Egg Hunt at Robeline City Park Saturday, April 13 at 6 p.m. There will be 1,000 pre-filled Easter eggs, drawings for five Easter gift baskets, free BBQ sandwiches, chips, drinks, brownies and popcorn. The movie “The Son of God” will also be shown. For more information, contact Robeline City Hall at (318) 472-6121.
The Northwestern State University Office of First Year Experience will present the Fourth Annual Natchitoches Dragon Boat Races Saturday, April 13 at the downtown Natchitoches riverbank.
The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame will host “Clementine Hunter and a Case of Forgery” with FBI Special Agent Randy Deaton Saturday, April 13 from 2-3 p.m. Deaton will discuss his investigation into the forgery of artwork by renowned Louisiana Folk artist Clementine Hunter that led to the conviction of forger William J. Toye. In 2016, SA Deaton received the honor of being selected as one of the newest members of the FBI’s Rapid Deployment Art Crime Team. As an Art Crime Team member, SA Deaton conducts investigations related to art, antiques and cultural property.
The Natchitoches Parish Council on Aging will host the Senior Citizens Prom April 12 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. The theme is “A Sparkling Night.”
The Natchitoches Parish Council on Aging will host a caregiver luncheon April 17 at 11:30 a.m. There will be information, door prizes and food. The guest will be Legacy Hospice. All caregivers are invited. For more information, call (318) 357-3250.
The American Cancer Society will host the Natchitoches Relay for Life on the NSU Tailgate Field Friday, April 26 from 6 p.m. – 2 a.m. The Relay for Life is an event that supports cancer survivors, caregivers and honors the memories those who succumbed to cancer. Additionally, the event creates awareness and raises money towards the battle with cancer. The NCHS JROTC, among other teams, encourages all to come to this event. The JROTC is accepting donations for their team. To donate, visit http://relay.acevents.org.
The Kiwanis Pancake Festival and 5K will be Saturday, April 27 at NSU’s Collins Pavilion. There will be free pancakes, pancake eating contest and pancake flipping contest. The fee for the race is $20 for children 5 and under, $25 before April 22 and $30 after April 22. All proceeds go towards Terrific Kids, K-Kids, Key Club, Circle-K, Boys & Girls Club water day and other programs. For more information, visit kiwanisclubnatchitoches.com.
St. Mary’s Spring Fling Festival will be on the downtown riverbank Saturday, May 4, with games, inflatables, zip line rides, food trucks, a rubber duck derby and live music from Cane River Soul and other local performers. Armbands are $20 in advance, $25 at the gate. General admission is $5 in the afternoon.
A grief support group for those in the community who have lost a loved one will meet every second Thursday of each month at the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center. The purpose of this group is to provide a safe place where people can learn about the grieving process, share their feelings and experiences and learn way to cope and heal.
The Northwestern Louisiana Cancer Center hosts breast cancer support group meetings, called Bosom Buddies Support Group, the first Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. The Bosom Buddies breast cancer support group meetings are for all breast cancer survivors, fighters and caregivers. The NLCC is located at 221 Medical Drive in Natchitoches.
Kiwanis hosts Give Back Night the first Thursday of the month at Chili’s starting at 4 p.m. Mention Kiwanis to your server and Chili’s will donate 15 percent of the event day sales.