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Back to the Beach

June 4-6

6 p.m.-11 p.m. Fri.; 3 p.m.-11 p.m. Sat.; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun.

Laketown, Williams Boulevard at the lake, Kenner, 836-7283; www.saveourlake.org

Many New Orleanians remember heading to the shore of Lake Pontchartrain and Pontchartrain Beach for summer fun, and thanks to the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, there's entertainment at the lakefront again. The 21st annual Back to the Beach Festival features live music by the Rebirth Brass Band, Rockin' Dopsie and the Zydeco Twisters, the Benjy Davis Project, Bobby Cure & the Summertime Blues and others. For an extra bit of nostalgia, there's a classic car show. Other festivities include a run/walk, a motorcycle rally, children's activities and more. Proceeds support the foundation's mission to monitor water quality and help restore and preserve the Pontchartrain Basin. Its efforts helped get Lake Pontchartrain off the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality's Impaired Water Bodies list in 2006. "Now more than ever — with the oil spill and recognizing the threats to our environment — we encourage people to come out and enjoy this great resource," says Anne Rheams, director of the foundation. Tickets $10 general admission, $8 students with ID, $4 children 12 and under. — Sarah Eddington

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