October 22-31: Pumpkin Patch - There will be a pumpkin patch held at First United Methodist Church in Atlanta, Texas. The hours of operation are 9am until 7pm Monday through Saturday and 1pm until 7pm on Sundays. For more information, please contact Terre Gaston at (903) 585-2219.
October 23: Monthly Lunch Program - The Shreveport-Bossier Advertising Federation will feature James Benham, founder and president of JBKnowledge Technologies, a Texas-based consulting and development firm specializing in creative services outsourcing and technology consulting, during its monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 23 at the Petroleum Club in Shreveport. "Speaking Geek: A Dummy's Guide to New Technologies in Advertising" provides definitions and examples of new web technologies, flash animation, 3D graphics, and search engine optimization. Benham will teach what they are, when they're applicable, and what value they bring to the business table. The event will be held from 11:30am until 1:00pm. Admission is $15 for members, and $20 for non-members.
October 25-27: Runaway Fright Train - The 6th Annual Runaway Fright Train is a 40 minute, 5 mile steam train ride through the dark and scary woods along the Big Cypress Bayou in Jefferson, Texas. The event will run Friday through Sunday the last three weekends of October. They offer G and PG-13 runs that are oriented to specific age groups. Also available is the Creepy Screamin Maze. Daylight G rated excursions through the maze take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1:30pm-4:30pm. Price of admission to the maze is $3 per person. Prices range from $8.50-$12.50 for the Runaway Fright Train, and $8 for evening Screamin Corn Maze. Combination tickets are available at discounted rates ranging in price from $14-$18. For more information, and to order tickets, visit www.jeffersonrailway.com.
October 27: Cancer Seminar - Fitness Lady, Inc., is pleased to announce a seminar on reducing your cancer risks with exercise. Open to the public, this seminar is on research, screening, and treatment of breast cancer for both men and women. New data on breast cancer and exercise will be covered. The seminar is free to the public. The seminar will be held at Fitness Lady, 180 Bossier Crossroads in Bossier City and begins at 10am. Reservations are required. Please call (318) 747-1897 for more information.
October 27: Creole Heritage Month Celebration - The Multicultural Center of the South, located at 401 Texas Street in Shreveport, will celebrate Creole Heritage Month from 1pm until 4pm with a tribute to Marie Roque from Natchitoches, Louisiana. She is most famous for her meat pies. Come and enjoy authentic Creole cuisine, meat pie demonstration, a little Zydeco music and history about the Creole Culture. This is a family event that is free and open to the public. For more details call (318) 424-1380.
October 27: Spooky Stories and Creepy Critters - Walter Jacobs Nature Park presents Spooky Stories and Creepy Critters on Saturday, October 27 at 1:30pm. There will be spooky stories by master tale-weaver Shirley Harry, creepy critters from the swampy depths, hooty owls from the forest and tricky treats brewed in the Witch's own cauldron. Walter B. Jacobs Nature Park is located at 8012 Blanchard-Furrh Road in Shreveport. Admission is free. Contact Judy Sneed, Senior Park Naturalist at (318) 929-2806 for more information.
October 28: Taste of Jefferson - Dine as never before on Sunday, October 28 on Austin Street in historic Jefferson, Texas as the street becomes East Texas' largest restaurant during the 16th Annual Taste of Jefferson. Local restaurateurs, cafe owners and non-profit organizations turn out samples of their finest foods for this mouthwatering event. The street-long feast serves up every imaginable sample from soup to a full meal. Visitors can start with a soup or salad, pick innumerable entree samples, and then top it off from a dizzying assortment of desserts. Lunch will be served from 11:00am-2:00pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-11. Austin Street will be closed to through traffic so bring comfortable shoes for the three-block buffet. For more information, contact the Marion County Chamber of Commerce at 1-888-GO-RELAX or (903) 665-2672.
October 31: Trunk or Treat - The 4th annual Trunk or Treat and Fall Carnival will be held at Benton United Methodist Church. Church Members will decorate their trunks and children go trunk to trunk rather than door to door. In addition to trunk or treating, there will be inflatables provided by Duvall's, face painting, a cupcake walk, refreshments and other games. Please contact April Fleming at (318) 965-2273 or Sage Easter at (318) 455-8509 for more information.
October 31: Trunk or Treat - First Baptist Church Shreveport, 543 Ockley Drive, will hold a trunk or treat on Halloween beginning at 5:45pm. There will be a free hot dog supper and games and candy for the kids. For more information, contact (318) 865-8414.