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Weekend Ticket: Golf, music highlight weekend events

NATCHEZ — Tee off for charity, relax on the lake for the local humane society or hear some rhythm and blues music all this weekend in the Miss-Lou.

A light chance of showers and thunderstorms are expected Friday and Saturday, with temperatures reaching the high 80s both days.

United Way golf scramble

The 21st annual United Way Golf Scramble will kick off at 11 a.m. today at Beau Pré Country Club.

The annual scramble helps raise funds to support local agencies that serve people and families who are economically and socially vulnerable. The United Way of the Greater Miss-Lou contributes to organizations including recreation for youth, emergency preparedness, counseling, transportation for aging and other social and health services.

The day begins with lunch at 11 a.m. A shotgun start at 1 p.m. will kick off the golf activities.

An awards reception will follow the scramble with refreshments and prizes for various categories — such as best team score, longest drive, closet to the hole and a 2014 Toyota Camry for the first golfer who manages a hole-in-one on hole No. 16.

A helicopter ball drop will also occur after the scramble.

Numbered golf balls, which can be purchased for $20, will be dropped onto the green. The person who purchases the ball that ultimately lands closest to the hole will win half of the cash collected from the ball drop and a getaway package to the Resorts Casino Tunica in Robinsonville.

For more information, call 601-442-1081.

Humane society fundraiser

The Natchez-Adams County Humane Society will host a Cajun party fundraiser from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the house of Buddy and Lynette Tanner on Lake St. John.

The Tanners’ house, which is located at 4651 Louisiana 568 in Ferriday, is .7 miles past the Duck’s Nest Restaurant on the right.

Paul Melancon of Cajun Cookin’ restaurant in Natchez will prepare chicken and sausage Andouille, venison sauce piquant and jambalaya.

A live auction will be conducted at the fundraiser featuring a variety of items.

Local musician Sylvia Johns Ritchie will provide entertainment for the evening on a large piano near the entrance of the Tanners’ house.

A cash bar will also be available at the fundraiser.

A $25 donation per person can be paid at the door, and all money collected will benefit the homeless pets at the humane society’s shelter on Liberty Road in Natchez.

NACHS board president Kathy Fitch said the fundraiser is an essential part of helping the shelter continue operating.

“The money raised at the fundraiser parties goes directly to paying our day-to-day operating expenses and helps us to keep the shelter doors open,” Fitch said. “Right now, we are at the height of puppy and kitten season and our daily census is very high.

“Our goal is to save as many lives as possible, and the community can help us do that by attending the fundraiser party this weekend.”

Sibley Zydeco Festival

The sixth annual Sibley Zydeco Festival will kick off Friday and continue through Saturday.

Gates will open at 5 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday.

Friday events include a rodeo at 7 p.m. and performances from The Mellow Bank starting at 8 p.m.

Saturday’s events continue with live performances from the festival’s musical acts starting at 2 p.m., but mechanical bull riding and mud and trail riding will be available all day.

Rodeo roping events will start at 7 p.m. Saturday and will include calf roping, team roping, Angola bull-dogging, break-away, goat roping and barrel racing.

The headline musical act will be Lakeside, known for the hit “Fantastic Voyage” in 1980.

The R&B singer Cupid will also take the stage at the festival.

Other performers at the festival will include:

-Leon Chavis

-“Big Pokey”

-Lady Trucker

-Robert “The Juice” Lenoir

-G-Sky

General admission for Friday night is $10. General admission for Saturday is $20.

Admission for children is $10, and a $5 admission fee is charged for each all-terrain vehicle or four-wheeler entering the festival grounds.

The festival grounds are located on Will Washington Road in Natchez.

Car show

The Natchez Senior Citizens Multipurpose Center and the Natchez Adams Council on Aging are hosting a classic cars, trucks and motorcycles show from 10 a.m. until noon Friday at 800 Washington St.

The event is being organized as a way to honor all fathers in the area for Father’s Day, which is Sunday, program coordinator Carla Monroe said.

“This will be a great opportunity to see the finest classic vehicles that Natchez and the surrounding areas have to offer,” she said. “You will be able to hear the roar of engines, see what’s under the hood, enjoy the distinct sounds of the vehicles’ horn and see the fabulous paint jobs.”

For more information, call 601-442-5082.

Second Saturday

Shopping, art events, music and refreshments will greet visitors and locals alike downtown Saturday.

The monthly Second Saturday event features a number of shops and galleries that will be open all day with extended hours.

Library storytelling

The Concordia Parish Library will host storyteller Sylvia Davis today as part of its summer reading program.

Davis has been telling stories for years and is a member of the National Storytelling Network and many other storytelling organizations.

The Ferriday branch will host Davis at 10:15 a.m., and she will perform at 2 p.m. at the Vidalia branch.

Admission is free, and the public is welcome.