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You can’t ask for better gumbo weather. It’s the perfect time for the 22nd annual Girls’ Haven Gumbo Festival, set for Saturday, Feb. 20, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., once again held in the Parkdale Mall parking lot.

There will be plenty of activities for the kids, including a special performance by the one and only Sonny “The Bird Man,” an expanded kids area including carnival games, bounce houses and much more.

Did we mention gumbo?

Ginger, 4-month old Corgi mix puppy

You will fall for Ginger in a snap! This cute cookie is a 4-month old, 11-pound Corgi mix pup. Ginger’s owners surrendered her to our shelter because they did not want to housetrain a puppy. This takes a little patience and creativity! She has a beautiful golden-blond, medium-length coat, and cute, fluffy tufts of fur on her ears. She most likely will remain a fairly small dog. Ginger is affectionate and fun to cuddle. She is as playful and fun as any pup could be.


America’s Jewish Troubadour Kinky Friedman will perform at the Logon Café on Saturday, Feb. 6, at 8 p.m.


Soon to set up residency in Las Vegas, musician Pitbull will perform inside the Grand Events Center at Golden Nugget in Lakes Charles on Saturday, Feb. 6, at 8 p.m.

Bri Bagwell

The Jefferson County Go Texan committee is heading to the World’s Championship Barbecue Contest on Friday, Feb. 26, and Saturday, Feb. 27, at NRG Stadium in Houston.

This group of volunteers promotes the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo at the county level and has been involved with the event since 1972 as one of the original counties to participate in the Go Texan program.