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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Ongoing: “Autographing History,” an exhibit of 54 documents, letters and receipts bearing the signatures of famous historical figures including presidents George Washington, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, Benjamin Franklin, Napoleon Bonaparte, and many more. The collection on loan from Gloria B. Meyer of Shreveport and the late Charlton E. Meyer Jr. is on display at the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum, 3015 Greenwood Road.

Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. For more information, call 632-2020.

Ongoing: Yogie & Friends Exotic Cat Sanctuary, Louisiana’s only rescue for abused, neglected and unwanted large cats is open to the public on Saturdays only from noon to 5 p.m., weather permitting. The sanctuary is located at 128 Fob Lane in Frierson, La. For more information, call 795- 0455 or visit www. yogieandfriends.org. Every Wednesday & first Tuesday of the month: Project Matt’s HOPE, free support group for family and friends of people in prison, 7-9 p.m., Paula’s Sav Tax, 3621 W. 70th St. For additional information, e-mail projectmattshope@ yahoo.com.

Every Thursday: Cancer Support Group, for cancer patients and family members, noon-1 p.m., Conference Room, Christus Schumpert Cancer Treatment Center, One St. Mary Place. Free. For more information, call Mimi at 681-6231.

First Thursday of the month: Amputee Support Group, monthly meeting for all amputees, featuring monthly guest lecturers including doctors, therapists, counselors, prosthetics and more, 6:30 p.m. Certified Limb and Brace, 3227 Portland Ave. near the corner of I-20 and Greenwood Road.

For more information, call 636- 9145.

First Thursday of month: Sons of Confederate Veterans Meeting, monthly meeting of the Lt.

Gen. Richard Taylor Camp #1308, Sons of Confederate Veterans meets monthly at 7 p.m. at El Chico, 4015 Fern Ave. Programs about Southern history and heritage are presented. The public is invited. For more information, e- mail the Sons of Confederate Veterans at rebelyell1864@gmail.

com.

Every Saturday: Bossier Animal Control Adoption Days, meet dogs, cats, puppies and kittens who are in need of a good home, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at PetSmart, 2631 Beene Blvd. in Bossier City. For more information, call 741- 8499.

Every third Saturday of the month: Southern Christian Writer’s Club, meets from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Calvary Abundant Life Tabernacle, corner of Bethel Road and Highway 84 East in Logansport, La. Its mission is to help and encourage writers share their love of Jesus with others through publishing. Writers in both religious and secular writing are welcome. Membership is $20 per year. Other writing groups are available. For more information, call Marcella Simmons at 318-697- 5649.

Jan. 17-19: 2014 State Fair of Louisiana Boat, Sport & RV Show $5, noon to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 12-6 p.m. Sunday. Louisiana State Fairgrounds, 3701 Hudson Ave., Shreveport.

Jan. 18: Bossier Sheriff’s Office Women’s Self-Defense Class. 9 a.m. to noon at the Viking Drive Substation at 250 Viking Drive. The training is provided free of charges and limited to 40 applicants. Call North Louisiana Criminal Justice Academy at 318-965-3525

Jan. 23: “Explore Xavier” Open House. Xavier University of Louisiana will host its annual open house for prospective students, parents, and counselors from 4-7 p.m. Attendees should go to the University Center to begin. Campus tours will be available throughout the evening. Tickets will be available for the Xavier-Dillard Crosstown Classic. For more info, call 10-877XavierU.

Through Jan. 31: BAC’s Gallery Fine Art Center presents 21st Centry: 5 Degrees of Realism through Saturday from 12-5 p.m. featuring Jerry Berg, Daniel Cassisty, Albino Hinojosa, Talbot Hopkins and Peter Jones. 2151 Airline Drive, Bossier City, Tuesday Free.

Feb. 22: Krewe of Centaur Mardi Gras Parade XXIII: “Fables, Folklore and Fairy Tales.” The Mardi Gras season kicks off with the first parade of the year, beginning downtown on Clyde Fant Parkway at 4:30 p.m.

March 1: Krewe of Gemini Mardi Gras Parade XXV: “Throw Me a Memory, Mister.” Celebrating its 25th year, the parade features decorative floats, bands, cups and more than four million beads. The parade starts at Clyde Fant Parkway and ends on Preston Street.

March 2: Krewe of Highland Mardi Gras Parade XIX: “Cirque du Highland.” 2 p.m.

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