It may be March, but it felt like the Dog Days of Summer last Saturday as more than 300 local canines and their owners swarmed Cook Park to participate in the Fifth Annual Furry Fun Walk, sponsored by Ruston Parks and Recreation.
It was a barking success.
The annual event was the largest in the six-year history, which includes a walk along the trail in the park, gifts, playtime for the animals, giveaways for the animals and their owners and plenty of socializing. The event has been popular in the past, moving from the park offices to Cook Park two years ago to create a better environment for the dogs. The open area of the park allows for more playing and socializing for the pets.
Submitted photo- Jim Tuten, warden at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center, was the guest speaker at the Ruston Kiwanis Club meeting on Feb. 20. Tuten gave a historical review of the Detention Center and discussed its current operation by the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Department.
On Friday and Saturday, the Louisiana Tech University Percussion Studio will host the second North Louisiana Youth Percussion Ensemble Festival in Howard Auditorium (corner of Dan Reneau Drive and Adams Blvd.). A festival opening concert will take place on at 7:30 p.m. Friday featuring guest artist/clinician, T. Adam Blackstock. The event continues on 1-4:30 p.m. Saturday and concludes with a festival closing concert at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students with id. A complete schedule of events is available at music.latech.edu under Outreach.
The Joe Woods Wildwood Express Showcase was held on Saturday at the Dixie Center for the Performing Arts. Left: Jeff Woods and Travis Woods indulged in a bit of rock ‘n’ roll with “Johnny Be Good.” Middle: Alice Prophit took the stage as the first singer of the evening. Right: Wildwood Express guitarist Joe Burton steps up to perform “Billy’s White Lies.”