Where: Southdown Plantation, 1208 Museum Drive, Houma
Details: Families are invited to enjoy a day of fun while learning about Louisiana’s ecosystem at this annual event, held from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. on the grounds of the Houma plantation. Activities include games, food, face painting and the Audubon Zoo Mobile. There will also be a release of 100,001 ladybugs at 12 p.m. and 201 butterflies at 1 p.m.
Blood Donors Needed
The region is experiencing a critical need for blood donations, especially Type O negative, Type O positive and Type A positive blood, according to Terrebonne General Medical Center. Blood donors can donate at the hospital’s Blood Donor Center, open 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Call 985-873-4025 or 985-873-4029 to make an appointment. The Blood Donor Center is located on Belanger Street across from the parking garage in the Annex Building.
TARC Buy-U Beads Donations
TARC’s Mardi Gras beads business, Buy-U Beads, is in need of donated Mardi Gras beads to help provide jobs and work for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Buy-U Beads business began four years ago and has grown from two clients to six individuals and one staff member to six staff members. The workers are experts at their jobs, but need more business to meet the demand for riders of krewes. TARC is asking area organizations, churches and schools to organize bead drives to help create work and jobs for the business. For more information, call Monica Chauvin at 985-876-4465 for help with donations or setting up a bead drive.
Downtown Houma Market
Located in the courthouse square in downtown Houma, this market is open from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturdays and features products by local artisans, farmers and fishermen.
Lafourche Central Market
Located at 4484 Highway 1 in Raceland, this market is open from 8 a.m. until noon on Saturdays and features an open-air pavilion where farmers, fishermen and artisans come together to sell local products.
The Market, located next to Jean Lafitte National Historic Park and Preserve in Thibodaux, will open for the season on April 11. The Market will open each Saturday from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. and feature a variety of fruits, vegetables and other offerings from local farmers.
April 23, 24 & 26
Legally Blonde Jr.
The South Louisiana Center for the Arts will present this musical production based on the novel and popular film, “Legally Blonde.” The production is directed and choreographed by Dillon Hughes and Ethan Rodrigue and will be held at the H.L. Bourgeois High School Auditorium, 1 Reservation Court, Gray. Performances will be at 7 p.m. on April 23 - 24 and 2 p.m. on April 26. Tickets will be sold at the door and will be $10 for adults and $7 for those 12 years old and under. For more information, call 985-876-2222.
Downtown Live After 5
VooDoo Bayou will entertain crowds beginning at 5:30 p.m. at this monthly concert series, held in the downtown Houma Courthouse Square, 7856 W. Main St., Houma. Lawn chairs and blankets are allowed and food and beverages will be sold. For more information, call 985-873-6408.
April 24 - May 3
Other Desert Cities
Le Petit Theatre de Terrebonne, 7829 W. Main St., Houma, will present this show about a once-promising novelist, Brooke Wyeth, who returns home after six years to announce her plans to release a memoir on an explosive chapter of her family’s history. The reunion goes into turmoil as the Wyeth family comes to terms with their past. Guests on opening night are invited to stay after the performance for wine with the cast. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m.; April 26 and May 3 performances will be at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased by call 985-876-4278.