Kiwanis Clubs all over America are known for their great work, especially when it comes to children's causes. You'll be able to do some early Christmas shopping and help out area kids in one stop. Now, how can you beat that?

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The first weekend in November marks the time for hundreds of expert artisans and crafters to display and sell their products to many eager shoppers at the largest art and handicraft fair in Southwest Louisiana. Sponsored by the Kiwanis of South Lake Charles since 1972, this event offers one-of-a-kind art that will enhance any space. The featured artist this year is Dianne Christopher with the Picasseaux Art Studio from New Roads, LA. Check out the sneak preview, gumbo and silent auction Friday from 6-9 p.m. Get a head start on holiday shopping. Weekend hours are Saturday from 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. The event takes place at the Lake Charles Civic Center, 900 Lakeshore Drive. For more information, call (337) 532-3839. For the latest updates, visit

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