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Fred Mattingly works with a Bolivian boa constrictor. He will show his reptiles Saturday at the  Wild Things! festival at the Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Complex in Lacombe.

Visitors can celebrate National Wildlife Refuges Week at Wild Things! Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Complex.

The event runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the center, 61389 La. 434 in Lacombe.

This year's theme, “Give Wing to Your Wild Side,” marks the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty between the United States and Canada. The treaty, signed in 1916, ensures cooperative conservation of our natural heritage of migratory birds, a news release said.

At the free celebration, walk the gardens and grounds, enjoy family-friendly outdoor activities and learn about Louisiana wildlife and wild lands. Activities include making birdhouses, bayou tours, canoeing, spin-casting, target shooting, hayrides, hands-on nature exploration, live animals, food and music.

Food will be available for purchase, and music will be provided by the Boogie Falaya Band and the Gulf Coast Blues Boys.

Wild Things is a community event made possible by more than 100 volunteers. Additional assistance is provided by The Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refuges, a nonprofit organization that supports conservation and education projects throughout the Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Complex. 

Those interested in volunteering at Wild Things can contact David Stoughton at or (985) 882-2025.

Racing on the Teche

Stretching 135 miles, the annual Tour du Teche Canoe Race gets started Friday, Oct. 7, in Port Barre.

Competitors in canoes, kayaks and pirogues ply the Teche each day, reaching Patterson two days later. Festivals showcasing local culture and flavor are held nightly at each stop.

For more info, call (337) 394-6232, or visit

Sale in the city

The Jeanerette Chamber of Commerce holds its first Citywide Yard & Sidewalk Sale Saturday, Oct. 8.

The sales take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Chamber, 1440 Main St., and at participating businesses. Po-boys will be sold from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Exhibition in Houma

Lockport artist Dolores Legendre's exhibit, "Cajun-Bayou Louisiana," will be on display at Southdown Plantation/The Terrebonne Museum in Houma through Dec. 10.

A reception is planned for 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9.

Legendre's works, in oil, watercolor and pen and ink, reflect her lifelong love of Southeast Louisiana and her Cajun heritage. 

Legendre's husband, Daniel, makes hand-made, cypress frames for most of her original paintings.

Southdown Plantation is located at 1208 Museum Drive. For more info, call (985) 851-0154 or go to Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.Tuesday through Saturday.

Fest in Lake Charles

Food and wine festival Rouge et Blanc is set for Saturday, Oct. 8, at McNeese State University in Lake Charles.

The outdoor festival annually attracts thousands of food and wine lovers. The main event is a four-hour tasting extravaganza at which visitors meander through displays and booths.

The festival is the flagship fundraiser for Banners at McNeese State University, an organization within the framework of the university dedicated to providing the community with easy access to arts and humanities programming and education.

For more info, visit or call (337) 475-5123

Archaeology Month

Visitors to Poverty Point World Heritage Site east of Monroe can take part in programs planned for Archaeology Month.

The ranger-led demonstrations depict the lives of the Native American people who inhabited the area and created the mounds that intrigue archaeologists today.

Events planned include:

  • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8: Attendees can try their hand at creating prehistoric-style pottery, such as figurines, decorative clay objects, coiled clay pots and clay pipes. All materials will be provided; it's recommended wearing clothing appropriate for clay-working.
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday Oct. 15: Spend International Archaeology Day learning about archaeology, take a guided tram tour of the three monumental earthworks with the station archaeologist, and try your hand at using the same types of tools used 3,500 years ago. 
  • 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22: Visitors will have a chance to observe how the Poverty Point people used clay cooking balls, or Poverty Point Objects (PPOs), to cook their food. Visitors can sample the food prepared in this ancient way.
  • 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29: Participate in a ranger-guided hike around the 402-acre prehistoric site. The 2.6-mile hike will include all of the prehistoric mounds and ridges located on the site as well as the plaza. Wear weather appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes.

Poverty Point is located on La. 577 in West Carroll Parish, east of Monroe. For additional information, call (888) 926-5292 or follow Poverty Point World Heritage Site on Facebook.

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