Community Calendar June 17-August 2022


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June 17 -18
10 a.m., June 17 and 5-9 p.m. June 18: Juneteenth Celebration, Activities include basketball playoffs at 10 a..m. June 17 at the NJH gym and a Freedom Festival on the Cane Saturday, June 18 from 5-9 p.m. on the downtown riverbank featuring Tanner Holden, DJ Chris, On Point Band, fireworks and food trucks.
June 18
2 p.m.: la. Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest La. History Museum. Juneteenth: The beginning of a new freedom program with Dr. Michael T. Snowden. Call 357-2492 for more information. Free.
June 20-24
Northwestern State University’s School of Biological and Physical Sciences will host Destination Science Summer Camp June 20-24. The comprehensive science camp experience will offer workshops in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, chemistry, physics, genetics and natural science.
The camp is intended for children 10-14 years of age and not recommended for students who have not completed the 4th grade.
The cost is $125 per attendee. Registration includes a lab coat and safety goggles. Campers must bring their own lunch, but the camp will provide an afternoon snack.
Campers can be dropped off starting at 8:30 a.m. in the lobby of Bienvenu Hall and picked up in Bienvenu Hall Room 211 from 5-5:30 p.m.
Campers will be exposed to topics in a variety of fields of science, work with various technologies used in research, interface with the faculty of the School of Biological and Physical Sciences and unwind at the end of the day with science games, movies and snacks
For more information contact Dr. Christopher N. Lyles at or (318) 357-6514. More information and online registration is available at
June 24
The Sports Hall of Fame will host Lunchtime Lagniappe: The Story of Melrose and APHN with Dr. Vicki Parrish Friday, June 24 from 12:15–12:45 p.m.
Melrose Plantation is one of the top attractions for visitors to Natchitoches Parish. It has been home to several notable figures from our local history, including the Metoyer family, Cammie G. Henry, Clementine Hunter, and Francois Mignon. Since the early 1970s, it has been under the care of The Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches (APHN), and was named a National Historic Landmark in 1974. APHN’s President, Dr. Vicki Parrish, will speak about Melrose and the efforts the organization has taken to preserve and interpret it for the public.
This event is free and open to the public. Visitors are welcome to bring their lunch and eat during the presentation.

June 25
Natchez Heritage Festival. Parade at 1 p.m. beginning at United Missionary Baptist Church. All other events will be at Natchez Pecan Park. Entertainment, vendor booths, T-shirts. Contact Shelia Johnson
June 25
Flying Heart Brewing & Pub grand opening from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Live music and more. 108 Mill St.
June 23-25
9 a.m.: Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Nine events over three days. Free and ticketed events including Rockin’ River Fest Friday night, fireworks, Jr. Training camp at NSU, VIP tailgate party, bowling party in Alexandria, Roundtable lunch and ceremony Saturday. Visit for more information.
June 29
Natchitoches Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) Chapter Banquet, 6 p.m. at the Events Center. $75 per person includes one year CCA membership, admission, dinner and open bar. Table sponsorships available. There will be auctions for vacation, hunting, and fishing opportunities, along with guns, gear and tackle. CCA works in restoring and reestablishing Louisiana coastal fishing habitat. Contact David Guillet at City Bank at for more information.
July 2
9 p.m.: Celebration on the Cane. Fireworks.

July 15
8 a.m.: Fifth annual La. Young Professionals conference. Guest speaker is Darienne Mobley.
July 16
9 a.m.: Film Industry Workforce training workshops. MLK Recreation Center.
July 18 – 22
8 a.m.-noon: NSU youth camps for youth entering grades 1-8. Cost $125. Turpin Stadium. Monday, 7:30 late walk up registration will be in the football field house; Monday-Friday, 7:45-8:30 a.m.-drop off at front Demon Field House; 8:30-11:30 a.m.-camp; 11:30-noon, pickup; Friday, 11:30 a.m.-camp picture and awards ceremony. For more information email
July 23
NSU Folk Festival. Prather Coliseum. 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Fiddler extraordinaire Amanda Shaw will be honorary chair and headline performer with her band, Amanda Shaw and the Cute Guys. The festival will offer three stages of music, with free Cajun and zydeco dance lessons taught by the Cajun French Music Association Dance Troupe, Cajun by Amanda Shaw and the Cute Guys, zydeco by The LaCour Trio and Geno Delafose and French Rockin’ Boogie, French Creole la la music by Goldman Thibodeaux and the Lawtell Playboys and dancing to Golden Oldies from the 50’s and 60’s with the popular band Flashback. There will also be traditional Native American songs and dances by the Caddo Culture Club, lion dance performances by the Rising Dragon Lion Dance Team, gospel by Joyful Sounds, a musical tribute to the late blues artist Hardrick Rivers, Celtic music by the Haggis Rampant Celtic Band and the Thistle Dancers and Pipers and a special performance by the Winnsboro Easter Rock Ensemble. 
The Festival will also include numerous food vendors. The Annual Louisiana State Fiddle Championship will be held at 1 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. There will be a non-championship class and a championship class. A twin fiddle category will also be held. Registration will begin at noon in the first-floor foyer outside Magale Recital Hall. The Fiddle Championship winner will perform on the main stage in Prather Coliseum at 4:30 p.m.
Aug. 14
The Natchitoches Parish Fair and Rodeo pageant will be Sunday, Aug. 14 at 4 p.m. iin Magale Recital Hall on NSU’s campus. Categories are Baby Miss, Toddler Miss, Tiny Miss, Little Miss, Petite Miss, Junior Miss, Teen Miss and Miss. All categories will participate in the casual wear portion of the pageant, which will be the Western or Fair Wear portion. Junior, Teen and Miss contestants will compete in formal wear/evening gown. Miss contestants will receive a $1,000 cash scholarship from the fair board.