Fun for kids

CJ Sartor / OPPL

The Ouachita Parish Public Library is hosting SummerFest Saturday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Main Branch. SummerFest kicks off the summer reading challenge at the library with a free, family-friendly event.

The Main Branch Library welcomes motivational rapper Big Al Cherry and percussionist Elizabeth "Lady Chops" Vidos. At Summerfest, kids have the chance to make egg shakers and harmonicas so that they can play along with the performers. Registration for the library summer reading challenge is available at the event.

Roxanne Smith / PAWS of Northeast Louisiana

Mardi Gras is coming up, and PAWS of Northeast Louisiana is hosting the 12th Annual Krewe of PAWS Pet Parade Saturday, January 3 at 1:30 p.m.

This year, PAWS is throwing a totally tubular "pawty" with the theme, "PAWS Revisits the 80's." There will be an 80's pet costume and float contest leading up to the parade, in which pets can show off their wild side in some radical threads.