More than cookie sellers, Girl Scouts enter music industry

NEW YORK -- The Girl Scouts of the USA are used to making you smile with sweet cookies, but now they're hoping to soothe your ears with sweet music.

The organization announced Thursday that they've recorded an original song for the first time, featuring backup vocals from actual Girl Scouts.

Light up the Lake parade and fireworks canceled

Despite the area's forecasted rainy weather, Light up the Lake activities scheduled for Saturday will continue as scheduled except for the street and lighted boat parades and fireworks, which will not take place.  

Santa’s Workshop will take place from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. with children ages 6-12 in the Civic Center Coliseum and tiny tots in the Exhibition Hall. Kids can enjoy games, prizes, entertainment, train rides and much more.

New 'Hamilton' CD features songs by Alicia Keys, Sia, Usher

NEW YORK -- The Broadway megahit "Hamilton" has already spawned a best-selling cast album, a PBS documentary and a book about its creation. Now it's spinning off a CD by fans who happen to be some of popular music's biggest stars.

The 23-track "Hamilton Mixtape," set for release Friday, features covers by such artists as Usher, Kelly Clarkson, Nas, Ben Folds, Alicia Keys, Ashanti, John Legend, Sia, Common, Wiz Khalifa, Queen Latifah, The Roots, Jill Scott and Busta Rhymes.

Bluefish: A new take on a familiar and memorable favorite

I remember Sunday afternoons as a kid fondly.

We’d stumble out of church, sleepy and content. I’d hold my brother’s hand as we walked down the steps and prattle on about what we did in Sunday school that day. And, of course, I’d ask mom, “What are we eating?” about 10 times before we got to the car.

Light up the Lake: Christmas celebration packed with family fun

The Light up the Lake Christmas Celebration kicks off Saturday and features a variety of events for all ages, leading up to a lighting ceremony, a lighted boat parade and a fireworks display that kick off the holiday season.

The event begins with a street parade at 11 a.m. that makes its way through downtown Lake Charles. The parade will head south on Ryan Street from Mill Street to Dr. Michael DeBakey Drive. Denise Fasske, the city’s director of arts and cultural events, said this year’s celebration has more entries than years past.