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July 26 10:33 AM


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 second Saturday of the month: Animal Welfare Inc. Adoption Days, meet dogs and cats who need a loving home, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at PetSmart, 7061 Youree Drive.

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.

Every Saturday through Oct. 26: Shreve Town Ghost Walk, $5-$10 Departure time 8 p.m., Caddo Parish Courthouse. Each walk lasts about 110 minutes and is filled with nonstop storytelling. go to www.shrevetownghostwalk. com

Through Aug. 17: Shreveport Farmer’s Market, Saturdays 7 a.m.- noon; Tuesdays 3-6 p.m.; Festival Plaza.

July 26-28: Shreveport Outdoor Hunters Expo. Visit hunting and fishing products, plan outdoor sport and camping vacations, shop for fishing boats, ATV’s and participate in archery demonstrations. $5-$10, Fri: 4 p.m.; Sat & Sun. 10 a.m.

July 27: Humane Society Wash, Dry and Wag Fundraiser. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bellemead Shopping Center on Youree Drive in Shreveport. A $10 donation will get your dog washed. An anonymous donor had offered to match all donation over Summer 2013 so all $10 donations will be doubled. Funds are critically low.

Aug. 1-31: August Dollar Days at the Dallas Arboretum. $1 admission every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. while strolling through Summer at the Arboretum featuring the Alice in Wonderland Flower Village and thousands of vibrant colored florals. More information is available at www.dallasarboretum.org.

Aug 3: PAC the Park Joint Venture Presents: Jazz in the Park. 2- 7 p.m. Chris Hayes Park and Recreation Center, 4300 Illinois Ave., Shreveport. The "Jazz in the Park" event will feature outstanding local Jazz bands, dancers and performers. The purpose of the event is a fund-raiser for the organizations that will help support the centers/parks, their youth and the neighborhood association activities. Also to help promote jazz, a musical genre born in the State of Louisiana. The organizers actively are seeking bands, vendors and corporate sponsors for the event. Interested parties should call 318-673-7814 for more information or e-mail the center at ChrisHaysPark@shreveportla. gov.

Aug. 12: Centenary Book Bazaar book drop. The Centenary College Muses will accept donations for the upcoming annual Book Bazaar, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Book House, located in Centenary Square, 108 East Kings Highway. Volunteers will be on hand to help unload donations of gently used books, compact discs, videotapes, DVDs, records and cassettes. Receipts will also be issued to those donors requesting them. The annual book bazaar is sponsored by the Centenary Muses with proceeds used to fund projects and programs for Centenary students. This year’s Bazaar will take place Sept. 6 and 7 in the Centenary Gold Dome.

Aug. 17: Arts & Crab Fest. The Fourth Annual Arts & Crabs Fest will take place on Saturday, Aug. 17, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Lake Charles Civic Center Coliseum for those aged 21 and up only. Live music, an extensive Art Market and interactive cultural activities will also accompany the event. Rusty Metoyer & The Zydeco Krush, one of the youngest and most entertaining zydeco groups in SWLA, will keep guests dancing all afternoon. As a “Top 20 Event in the Southeast” by the Southeast Tourism Society, Arts & Crabs Fest is quickly becoming a signature event for Southwest Louisiana and is consistently a sell-out. A limited number of $25 tickets are available now at www.artsand crabsfest.eventbrite.com.

Aug. 31: 2nd Annual HHS Graduation Celebration Dove “Dust-Up” Sporting Clay Shoot. Come knock the cobwebs off and get ready for the dove season opener! 8 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. morning flight; 11:45 a.m. -12:45 p.m. lunch; 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. afternoon flight. Los Paloma, 900 Seven Pines Road, Benton, La. Top Team each flight will win $500. Door prizes, T-shirt sales and special sponsor drawing. $100 for individual, $500 for a five-man team. Call 318- 426-3975 for more information.

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April 24 12:32 PM
Here’s an interesting thought. Why is it that Louisiana and neighboring state Mississippi are always on the bottom of every national ranking involving virtually every aspect of a state’s quality of life? Yet casino gambling is widespread throughout both states at a level not found any place else in America outside of Las Vegas.
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On April 28, citizens of Shreveport face a choice: Fund basic city services or plunge the city into fiscal chaos. It would have been inconceivable 20 years ago that routine tax renewals to fund the fire and police departments and other basic city services would not have the collective support of the city’s business, civic and political leadership.

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