Yausha Wilson, left, watches as Jaki Wilkinson, right, works on her oil painting outside of Lagniappe Embroidery & Gift Shoppe located at 130 W. Park Ave. in downtown Ruston on Saturday. Wilkinson was outside the store painting as a part of the North Central Louisiana Art Council’s Holiday Arts Tour. Inside the store, her finished paintings were being displayed for purchase. The tour consisted of 30 stops for residents to visit, view and/or purchase art from local artists.
The Scholastic Motivation and Performing Arts Ministries 2015 Heritage Parade was held on Saturday morning in Ruston to wrap up February’s Black History Month celebrations. The event, sponsored by the Miracle Temple Church of God in Christ of Ruston, featured exhibits, foods, fellowship and more at the church after the parade.
Above: A dance group was one of the many organizations involved in the 2015 Heritage Parade on Saturday morning.
Below: Alana and John Belton, who served as the grand marshal of the parade, wave at the crowd.
More than 100 area residents participated in Saturday’s local segment of the Louisiana Teen Challenge Walk to raise awareness for the program and funds for an addition to the Ruston induction center. Teen Challenge is a faith-based organization that helps rehabilitate men, women and families from addictions. Following the walk, participants enjoyed crawfish, corn and potatoes. Vincent Smith (foreground) scoops crawfish while Myles V. Seymour hands a plate to a customer.