April is time for spring showers, picking flowers and “Living it up in Lufkin!” There is so much happening this month that it would be a shame if you did not get out and enjoy at least one of the upcoming events.
The arts are kicking us off this month with a performance by The Hot Sardines presented by Angelina Arts Alliance on Tuesday at the Temple Theater. Tickets for the Hot Sardines can be purchased online atangelinartsalliance.org. Then, continue celebrating the arts with a performance by Jane Monheit on Thursday at The Pines Theater.
Blessed with “a voice of phenomenal beauty,” Monheit has established herself as one of today’s best and most important vocalist-musicians. Join us for her rendition of jazz star, Ella Fitzgerald, during “The Songbook Sessions.” If you’re a jazz fan, this will be a show that you don’t want to miss. Tickets can be purchased online at thepineslufkin.com or by calling 633-0359.
The weekend of April 8-9 is reserved for all of you outdoorsmen. Get involved in a great event supporting Angelina Beautiful/Clean by signing up to compete on April 8, during the Annie Oakley Shootout, or on April 9, during the sixth annual Clay Shoot. Lunch and ammo will be provided. Form a team and take a shot at some great prizes. For more information, call Meagan at 634-6644 or go online toangelinabeautifulclean.org.
Mark your calendars for the 24th annual Downtown Hoedown on April 16. This is a free family-fun event in downtown Lufkin. Stop by and shop local craft and food vendors as well as the fabulous downtown shops and boutiques. For more information on the Downtown Hoedown contact the Main Street department at 633-0205. After a long day of shopping, spend the evening relaxing at The Pines Theater for the showing of ‘‘American Graffiti’’ beginning at 7 p.m. Movie tickets are just $5 each and can be purchased online at thepineslufkin.com or by calling 633-0359.
If rough and tough is your kind of style, then saddle up and head out to the George H. Henderson, Jr. Exposition Center for the Angelina Benefit Rodeo, April 20-23. The Angelina Benefit Rodeo is an official stop on the PRCA circuit and attracts more than 20,000 people each year. Proceeds from the rodeo go to local charities, so come out and support a great cause. For ticketing information go online to angelinabenefitrodeo.com or stop by Cavender’s Department Store.
Celebrate Earth Day April 23 at the Ellen Trout Zoo during the “Bears, Blooms, and Butterflies” event. “Bears, Blooms, and Butterflies” is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the zoo would like to invite everyone out for crafts, native wildlife information and to explore the bear maze. If you would prefer to spend the day indoors, swing by the Museum of East Texas to enjoy an afternoon of painting from 1-3 p.m. during their “Celebrate Paint” event.
April 30, head back to the Ellen Trout Zoo for their third annual Zoo Brew. For adults in the community, Zoo Brew is a beer tasting fundraiser for the zoo. Enjoy a large selection of beers and tasty foods from local restaurants. Zoo Brew starts at 7 p.m. and tickets can be purchased by calling 633-0399.
For more local events and entertainment check out our online calendar at visitlufkin.com for a complete list of fun. As always, “Live it up in Lufkin!”
Taylor Mulnix is an administrative assistant for the Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.