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The Manship Theatre Cult Film Series
Very few writers or filmmakers have impacted popular culture and an entire generation quite as much as John Hughes. During the 1980's his prolific body of works captivated American teenagers, molding the next generation of filmmakers. Still today the phrase "a John Hughes movie" will instantly conjure a range of images and associations, including the smooth, pale faces of a bevy of young actors. The Manship Theatre will present Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club on Friday, May 28th at 7:30PM.

4th Annual Classic Soul Fest
The 4th Annual Classic Soul Fest- Remember The Times Tour, a Ronnie Perkins Production Featuring: Confunkshun with Michael Cooper, Lakeside & Ready for the World with Melvin Riley will be held on Sunday, May 30, 7PM at The River Center. Also Featuring: Skip Martin of the Dazz Band, Carl Carlton, & Freedom and Co-Hosted By Comedian "Big Sexy."

Fresh Fest, A Local Celebration
Fresh Fest is the Market's annual summertime celebration of Louisiana's freshest fruits, veggies, meats and dairy products. The fun begins on Memorial Day weekend when Dr. Gary Ross, noted naturalist and lepidopterist, will speak on Butterfly Gardening at 9:30 AM inside Main Street Market. Dr. Ross will provide tips on attracting butterflies to your garden. He will bring several butterflies from his extensive collection for visitors to see. Mizell Farms, Greenhand Nursery and Coyote Creek will have special plant exhibits for butterfly gardening enthusiasts. Children who participate will be given seed packets for butterfly gardens to take away.

"Within and Beyond the Walls of the Old St. Gabriel Church"
The Old St. Gabriel Church appears on its face as a fairly typical late 19th century Gothic Revival wood frame church, but what lies beneath its surface is a rare 18th century early Creole Colonial structure that is the oldest church structure in the Mississippi Valley. David Broussard presents the historical background and details that describe the building of the church in the 1770's by the Acadian settlers of the St. Gabriel and the Spanish colonial government.

Old Governor's Mansion- Wed. May 26
Refreshments at 6PM, Lecture 6:30

Coastal Relief Paint 'n' Pour at The Wine Loft
Local artist Joy Petty, owner of Joie Petite Designs, will host a fundraiser benefiting the National Wildlife Federation on Thursday May 27 from 6 to 9 pm at The Wine Loft. As part of her popular "Paint N Pour" series, the proceeds raised will directly benefit the efforts of the NWF combating the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. Paint N Pour events are a relaxed atmosphere during which Mrs. Petty paints an original piece of art while instructing the participants on how it's done.

Run for the Children
The second annual Run for the Children will take place on Saturday, May 29, 2009. All proceeds from this event will be donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. This is a family friendly event. The 1 mile walk/run will start at 8AM, while the 5K run will start at 8:30AM. Starting location is North Blvd & 3rd street St. Run t-shirt is included in registration fee. Registration ends Friday at 11:59PM.

Beat the heat on the Downtown Trolley
You may have noticed the disappearance of the red Downtown Trolleys. The Blue Bird buses are temporarily taking their place while we await the brand new trolleys later this year! We look forward to the new trolleys, but for now the Blue Birds are here for your convenience, following the same route and providing a much needed break from the increasing heat. Take it easy and hop on the Downtown Trolley!

Live after Five
The spring season of Live after Five wraps up this Friday May 28, 5PM - 8PM with Long Neck Society (Louisiana party band). Come out to Galvez Plaza at North Boulevard Town Square for the State's premiere free outdoor concert series.

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For a full listing of upcoming events, visit our website.

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