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July 25 10:10 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.

Every Wednesday: The Society of St. Vincent de Paul at Sacred Heart Catholic Church provides assistance to those families or persons in the community who are in need. Services range from provided assistance with utility bills, rent, feeding the hungry, even providing gasoline for those who need to get to a new job. Every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon, groceries, clothing, shoes and household items are given to those who need them. The church is located at 4736 Lyba in west Shreveport near the airport. To apply for assistance, call 865-7807.

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.

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.

July 26: National Day of the American Cowboy. Celebrate the history and heritage of the American Cowboy at the number one tribute event, according to American Cowboy, in the Stockyards National Historic District in Fort Worth. Free activities include watermelon eating, seedspitting, hay stacking, buckaroo coloring, a Cowboy Celebration parade, Cowboy karaoke, gunfight reenactments and the world’s only twicedaily cattle drive present by the Fort Worth Herd at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., educational programs and historical walking tours.

July 28: International Film Fest is holding a Global Film Initiative at 1212 Captain Shreve Drive, Shreveport, La., from 4-6 p.m. The film will be “Modest Reception” directed Mani Haghighi.

July 30: Civil War re-enactor to honor the battle of Mobile Bay at Natchez Post Office. Located at 214 North Canal Street on July 30th . Come honor a local hero, Wilson Brown.

Through July 31: Louisiana Society of Animal Artists Exhibition. East Bank Gallery, 630 Barksdale Blvd. The Gallery is free and open to the public Tues.-Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Aug. 1 & 2: “Let Us Entertain You,” Cabaret Dinner Theatre’s third season kicks off with a musical variety show featuring a selection of Broadway hits by David Scott and Paul Moore, along with Keri Winder and dad Jerry Howard on their guitars and Kent Gill on the fiddle; Brandon Robert and Raylie Carroway performing individual monologues; and Sarah Spooner, an aspiring comedian and actress and recently crowned winner of the 2014 NWLA Comedy Showdown. Dinner reservations required. $30 dinner and show. Doors open 6:30 p.m.; show at 7:30 p.m. Cabaret Dinner Theatre, 1258 Dalzell St., Shreveport. Call 347-5673.

Aug. 2: International Film Fest is holding a Global Film Initiative at 424 Texas Street, Shreveport, La., from 2-4 p.m. The film will be “Southwest” directed by Eduardo Nunes.

Aug. 22—24: James Burton Guitar Festival The event will feature live performances by some of the music industry's best and will also celebrate Burton’s 75th birthday and 62nd year in the music industry. The centerpiece of the festival will be the James Burton & Friends Concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Municipal. The lineup will be announced soon at www.jamesburton fest.com. Tickets are $32, $42 and $102 and are available at the CenturyLink Center box office in Bossier City, all Ticketmaster locations, online at www.ticketmaster.com and by calling 1-800-745-3000. If still available, tickets can be purchased at the Municipal the day of the show. Tickets to a VIP reception where concertgoers can mingle with the stars are also available. Call 424- 5000 for more information.

Sept. 13: DigiFest South DigiFest South is now calling for artists, exhibitors, and entrepreneurs for its annual digital technology expo and arts festival. It is scheduled for Sept. 16-18 at the Century Link Center in Bossier City. They are seeking the most innovative and progressive companies, organizations, and educational institution to showcase their contribution to the digital age and inspire young minds to seek careers in the digital media industry. All entries for digital art, display booths, and entrepreneurial pitches must be submitted by midnight July 31. For more information please contact Leigh Anne Chambers at the Bossier Arts Council by e-mail at leigh@ bossierarts.org or by phone at 318- 741-8310 or visit www.digifestsouth. com.

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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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