Monday, 11 November, 2013 11:42
Clean up begins at 8 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 16 at Stoner Boat Launch
SHREVEPORT, LA - Local organizations are taking a strong stance against trash and asking residents to volunteer for the 4th Annual Red River Clean Up, Saturday, Nov. 16 from 8 a.m. to noon starting at the Stoner Boat Launch on Clyde Fant Parkway in downtown Shreveport.
The 4th Annual Red River Clean Up is being organized by the Bayou Chapter of the Ozark Society in partnership with the Ark-La-Tex Chapter of the Arkansas Canoe Club and Shreveport Green. The Red River Clean Up is registered as a National River Clean Up with American Rivers and Project AWARE, which is focused on conserving underwater environments.
For those who volunteer for the clean-up, garbage bags, pickers and water will be provided. Also, there will be free food, and prizes will be awarded to the person who finds the most unique piece of trash. In years past, car doors, a coffin decorated for Halloween and other unusual items have been collected along the river, as well as hundreds of bags of common litter.
The Clean Team of Shreveport-Bossier is supporting the ongoing, long-term clean-up efforts to beautify the sister cities with trash pickup, education and code enforcement. That coalition includes: Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau and hospitality industry partners, Shreveport Green, Keep Bossier Beautiful, Lamar Advertising, City of Shreveport, City of Bossier, Downtown Development Authority, Senator Barrow Peacock, Caddo Sheriff’s Office, Bossier Sheriff’s Department, State Fair of Louisiana, and DOTD.
For more information visit, www.redrivercleanup.com.
Monday, 24 June, 2013 15:40
Event will be held at Southern Trace Country Club in Shreveport, July 23-25
SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER, LA – The American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) will return to Shreveport-Bossier, July 23-25, when it hosts the AJGA David Toms Foundation Shreveport Junior at Southern Trace Country Club. Last year’s inaugural event featured 72 boys and 24 girls, ages 12-18, from 17 states and three countries. Shreveporter Eric Ricard, a 2013 LSU signee and current Louisiana State Amateur Champion, won the 2012 event after posting scores of 71-68-70 for a tournament total 7-under-par 209. In the Girls Division, Elizabeth Doty, of Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., took home her first AJGA Championship with a tournament total 1-over-par 217. Sponsors of the AJGA David Toms Foundation Shreveport Junior include the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission, Superior’s Steakhouse and Superior Grill. A qualifier for the AJGA David Toms Foundation Shreveport Junior will be held at Palmetto Country Club on Sunday, July 21. Registration is now open at www.ajga.org.
“We’re excited to be back at Southern Trace for a second year,” said AJGA Director of Tournament Operations Jeremy Freyman. “There’s a great deal of local and national talent involved in this tournament, and we expect to see some fantastic scores.”
A Junior-Am Fundraising Tournament will be held on Monday, July 22, at Southern Trace Country Club, with all proceeds benefitting the David Toms Foundation and the AJGA Foundation. For more information on the AJGA David Toms Foundation Junior or the Junior-Am Fundraising Tournament, visit www.ajga.org.
The mission of the David Toms Foundation is to provide opportunities for at-risk boys and girls while helping underprivileged, abused and abandoned children through funding programs that are designed to enhance a child's character, self-esteem and career possibilities.
The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf. The AJGA Foundation forms the backbone of support necessary to help guarantee that future generations of AJGA community members are given the same opportunities as those that preceded them. Over the past decade, AJGA Junior-Ams have raised more than $1 million for junior programs.
For more information about upcoming sporting events in Shreveport-Bossier, visit www.shreveportbossiersports.com. For more information about things to see and do in Shreveport-Bossier, visit www.shreveport-bossier.org.
Thursday, 6 June, 2013 14:02
Tickets Now Available for July 17 Event at Shreveport Convention Center
SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER, LA – Dallas Cowboys Pro Bowl tight end Jason Witten will be the featured speaker at the Fourth Annual AdvoCare V100 Bowl Kickoff Luncheon scheduled for 11:45 a.m., Wednesday, July 17 at the Shreveport Convention Center in downtown Shreveport, Louisiana. Tickets for the luncheon are now available for $50 each. Tables of eight are available for $400. Tickets can be purchased by calling the AdvoCare V100 Bowl office at (318) 221-0712 or toll-free at (888) 414-BOWL (2695). Tickets can also be purchased online at www.advocarev100bowl.org by clicking the “Tickets” link.
“It's a privilege to have All-Pro Dallas Cowboy tight end Jason Witten as this year's featured speaker at the AdvoCare V100 Bowl Kickoff Luncheon,” 2013 AdvoCare V100 Bowl Chairman John Hubbard said. “Named the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year last year, Jason's passion for community goes beyond his accomplishments on the field. Whether you wear black and gold or silver and blue, Jason's message is for you.”
Drafted by Dallas out of the University of Tennessee in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft, Witten is in his 11th season with the Cowboys. His 806 career receptions rank first in Cowboys’ history and third in the NFL among tight ends. His 8,948 career receiving yards also ranks third in NFL history among tight ends. Witten has been named to the Pro Bowl eight times, including seven-consecutive years from 2004-10, as well as 2012. He has also been voted an All-Pro six times, in 2004, 2007-10 and 2012.
Witten enjoyed a career year in 2012, hauling in an NFL record for tight ends and Cowboys’ franchise record 110 receptions for 1,039 yards and three touchdowns. In Week 8 against the New York Giants, Witten caught 18 passes for 169 yards, which is the NFL record for tight ends and Cowboys’ franchise record for receptions in a game.
Along with being one of the best tight ends in NFL history, Witten is also dedicated to the betterment of the community. Jason Witten’s SCORE Foundation has established a number of programs to combat domestic violence. He has also helped establish Learning Centers at the Boys and Girls Clubs in East Dallas, his hometown of Elizabethtown, Tenn. and in Knoxville, Tenn. He also hosts a free youth football clinic in Elizabethtown, with about 1,200 kids in attendance each year.
Witten was named the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year in 2012, which recognizes a player’s volunteer and charity work, as well as on-field excellence.
Wednesday, 29 May, 2013 16:48
Popular Saturday and Tuesday markets return with more than 150 booths, June 1-August 31
SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER - The 2013 season of Shreveport Farmers’ Market will open on Saturday, June 1, with more than 150 booths of locally-grown produce, meat, honey, and plants as well as delicious artisan food products, arts and crafts, and Market Café. On Saturdays, the farmers’ market takes place in Festival Plaza on Crockett Street, from Market Street to Commerce Street in downtown Shreveport. On Tuesdays, a smaller market will be held on the east end of Festival Plaza, 3-6 p.m. The Saturday market takes place, 7 a.m.-12 p.m., June 1-August 31, with the exception of June 22. The Shreveport Farmers' Market is thought to be one of the fastest-growing markets in the southern United States, having grown from 2,000 attendees on opening day in 2008 to more than 12,000 attendees on opening day in 2012.
With many new vendors and a new market layout, shoppers are urged to explore all sections of the market. This year, Market Café will be located in the tent adjacent to the East Pavilion, with a live band, and ready-to-eat cuisine ranging from beignets to East African specialties. The East Pavilion will house 86 vendors. An Artists Alley will feature artists working on their wares, including spinning locally-grown alpaca fibers and throwing pots. Food Row is a new feature on the west side that is home to a variety of dairy foods; blanched, frozen vegetables; ethically-produced meats; as well as food trucks. In addition to the vendors, the West Pavilion will host various demonstrations, as well as bluegrass band The Blanchard Jammers on the second Saturday of each month. The gazebo on the west side will present fun activities for kids to learn about food, and occasionally taste new things, in conjunction with HGIO – Healthy, Green, and Into the Outdoors.
This year, Shreveport Farmers’ Market will accept SNAP (formerly food stamp) Benefits. Shoppers wanting to take advantage of the program will slide their cards at The Tower, located on the west side of the market, and their benefits will be converted to tokens with which they may use to shop at participating vendors. Some vendors also accept WIC and Senior Nutrition Food Program vouchers. There is also an ATM on site.
Parking is available at metered spaces which are free on Saturday on nearby streets, as well as in various public and pay lots nearby. Admission to Shreveport Farmers' Market is free.
For more information, visit www.shreveportfarmersmarket.com, or “like” Shreveport Farmers’ Market on Facebook for updates. Those with questions may also call 318-455-5788, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Shreveport Farmers’ Market is a project of Red River Revel Arts Festival, and is sponsored by Eldorado Resort Casino Shreveport, and the City of Shreveport.
Monday, 13 May, 2013 12:07
Digital arts festival seeks artists, exhibitors, and entrepreneurs to participate in an expanded variety of programs and events
SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER, LA – DigiFest South, a digital arts festival first held in Shreveport-Bossier in 2012, is seeking artists, exhibitors, and entrepreneurs to participate in its second annual digital technology exposé and arts festival, scheduled for Sep. 20-21, 2013. DigiFest South is a community outreach program of the Bossier Arts Council. Through a family-friendly schedule of events, DigiFest South celebrates how digital technology combines with artistic creativity to shape modern society.
New for this year’s event, DigiFest South will host a variety of programs in downtown Shreveport. CoHabitat Shreveport, a collaborative workspace located in downtown Shreveport’s riverfront entertainment district, will host a digital economy symposium and other DigiFest South-affiliated events throughout the weekend. Events at CoHabitat Shreveport will include several workshops, panels, and talks centered on digital media, including panels on how to continue building a digital media infrastructure in Louisiana, business planning, and an angel investor pitch event. Also new for the 2013 festival, DigiFest South will present a digital music concert underneath the Texas Street Bridge in downtown Shreveport.
DigiFest South seeks the most innovative and progressive artists, companies, organizations, and educational institutions to showcase their contribution to the digital age and inspire young minds to seek careers in the digital media industry. Registration forms can be found online at www.bossierarts.org. DigiFest South 2013 will feature:
• Technology Exposé Floor Show
• Digital Industry Workshops and Panels
• Video Game Design Competition
• Phenom Film Festival
• Digital Media Presentations
• Digital Art Exhibition
• Digital Music Concert
All entries for digital art, display booths, and entrepreneurial pitches must be submitted by June 29. For more information, visit www.bossierarts.org or “like” DigiFest South on Facebook at www.facebook.com/digifestsouth.
Wednesday, 24 April, 2013 6:54
Awards ceremony at Sam’s Town Hotel and Casino recognizes star employees in tourism and hospitality industry
SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER, LA – The 2013 P.R.I.D.E. Awards banquet will be held, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday, May 9 at Sam’s Town Hotel and Casino. The P.R.I.D.E. Awards banquet, a presentation of the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau, is held annually during the first full week in May, which is National Travel and Tourism Week. The purpose of the evening is to recognize star employees in 30 categories ranging from “Outstanding Valet” to “Outstanding Hotel Executive.” The evening’s final award, the “P.R.I.D.E. Master” award, is the region’s highest honor among tourism and hospitality professionals. “P.R.I.D.E.” stands for “Proud Residents Involved in Developing our Economy.”
Cost to attend the awards dinner is $40 per person or $350 for a table of 10; the top three nominees in each category will be invited to attend the dinner free of charge, courtesy of the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau. Tickets may be purchased online at www.2013PrideAwards.eventbrite.com or at the door until 7 p.m.
The 2013 P.R.I.D.E. Awards will be hosted by Dan and Jaque Jovic, of KTAL NewsChannel 6, and will feature live music by Professor Porkchop. Cocktail attire is recommended. For more information, contact the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau at (318) 222-9391.
Friday, 12 April, 2013 11:02
KEITHVILLE, LA – Chimp Haven will host its Second Annual Earth Day Festival, held in conjunction with Chimpanzee Discovery Day, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, April 20. Located 22 miles southwest of Shreveport, La., in the Eddie D. Jones Nature Park in Keithville, La., Chimp Haven serves as The National Chimpanzee Sanctuary. The annual Earth Day Festival includes opportunities to view resident chimpanzees, as well as food, art and exhibits by local environmental organizations, businesses and artisans. Admission to the festival is free.
Visitors will enjoy live music by AirHeart, as well as activities for the whole family. There will be opportunities to view the resident chimpanzees, new and old, in their natural environment as they forage for food. Guests will also have the chance to talk with staff members about the distinct personalities and natural behavior of the resident chimpanzees. Behind-the-scenes hayride tours will be offered every hour, on the half hour; however, seating is limited so it is recommended to make reservations prior to the event. Cost for the hayride is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and younger. Additional educational activities include fishing for candy termites, visiting the conservation station, and learning about chimpanzees’ habitats and behavior.
Educating the public about conservation is an important component of Chimp Haven’s mission. This event allows the sanctuary to serve the community in an educational capacity while providing an example of environmental stewardship.
“The focus of this year’s event will be sustainability, which is important not only for the wellbeing of humans, but also for the natural habitats of chimpanzees,” Chimp Haven President and Chief Executive Officer Cathy Willis Spraetz said. “As we educate individuals during Earth Day of the importance of developing personal sustainability practices, we also educate them on how to preserve the natural habitats of chimpanzees in Africa from right here in our community.”
This event is free and open to the public; however, donations are welcomed. Visitors may consider bringing peanut butter, flavored ice pops, animal crackers, elbow macaroni, instant rice, bagels and applesauce for the chimpanzees. Early arrival is recommended for best viewing. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
For more information on Earth Day or to RSVP for behind-the-scenes hayride tours, please call (318) 925-9575. For more information on Chimp Haven, the National Chimpanzee Sanctuary, visit www.chimphaven.org.
Thursday, 11 April, 2013 13:12
Unique arts and craft fair returns with 168 vendors, food truck court and more
SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER, LA – The Texas Avenue Community Association (TACA) will host the Spring 2013 edition of the Texas Avenue Makers Fair, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, April 27. The event will take place in the 800 block of historic Texas Avenue in downtown Shreveport, near the intersection of Common Street and Texas Avenue. Admission is free. The biannual Texas Avenue Makers Fair, held each spring and fall, invites non-traditional crafters, or "makers," to offer their handmade items for sale to the public. Original artwork, one-of-a-kind musical instruments, clothing, jewelry, limited edition graphics and made-from-scratch food are only a few of the items to be offered by participating vendors. More information, including a complete list of vendors, is available at www.texasavemakersfair.com.
New for the Spring 2013 fair is a food truck court, located adjacent to the main vendor area. Participating food trucks will include Some Like It Hot, River City Seafood and JEMS Italian Ice. Additional food and drink vendors will be available in the main vendor area.
“We liked the idea of the food court because it gets the food trucks off to the side for easier traffic, and will also slightly bring people further down Texas Avenue,” said TACA member and festival organizer Kelly McSwain.
TACA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, the mission of which is to organize and promote community and community interest along the historic Texas Avenue corridor and its adjacent neighborhoods. One of TACA’s largest community outreach projects, the Texas Avenue Makers Fair is a completely volunteer-driven effort, involving approximately 50 volunteers. Sponsors of the Spring 2013 fair are Citizens National Bank, the Downtown Development Authority, minicine? Swampland, Credit Bureau of the South and Church of the Holy Cross. For more information on TACA, visit www.texasave.org.
For more information on the Texas Avenue Makers Fair, visit www.texasavemakersfair.com or email email@example.com.
This edition of the Texas Avenue Makers Fair will coincide with the ASEANA Spring Arts Festival, which will take place in the Asian Gardens located at the corner of Milam Street and Texas Avenue beginning at 12 p.m. Free to attend, the 2013 ASEANA Spring Arts Festival will celebrate the cuisine, music and dance of India.
For more information on these and other events taking place in Shreveport-Bossier, visit www.shreveportbossierfunguide.com.
NOTE TO MEDIA: High-quality, print-resolution images from past installments of the Texas Avenue Makers Fair are available for media use. To request images, contact Chris Jay at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (318) 429-0658.
Friday, 5 April, 2013 13:08
Haunted tours of historic building will be offered on evening of broadcast
SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER, LA – Reports of paranormal activity in Shreveport Municipal Auditorium will be investigated during the mid-season premiere of SyFy’s hit reality TV series Ghost Hunters. The episode will air at 8 p.m. CST on Wednesday, April 17, according to a press release issued by the cable network. The cast and crew of Ghost Hunters visited Shreveport-Bossier in January of this year, filming at Shreveport Municipal Auditorium as well as the Caddo Parish Courthouse in downtown Shreveport.
Through a special arrangement made possible by venue management company SMG, Shreveport Municipal Auditorium will open for haunted tours on the evening of the broadcast. Tours will be available prior to the episode, 5-7:30 p.m., and will resume following the episode, 9:15-11 p.m. Tours will cost $10 per person, payable in person immediately prior to taking the tour. Advance tickets will not be sold and guests are asked to pay using cash. All proceeds from the tours will benefit the maintenance and upkeep of the building, which is listed in the National Registry of Historic Places and has been designated as a National Historic Landmark. This special evening of haunted tours will be the public’s final opportunity to take such a tour of the building until upcoming renovations of the property are completed. Photography is allowed and guests are encouraged to bring their cameras.
To view a series of short, educational videos about Shreveport Municipal Auditorium’s history, visit the Youtube Channel of the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau at www.youtube.com/sbctb11. For more information on Shreveport Municipal Auditorium, visit www.shreveportmunicipalauditorium.com.
Tuesday, 19 February, 2013 16:27
Feb. 23 event will feature a guest performance by Willie Jones, as well as tributes to Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter and radio legend Frank Page
SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER, LA – Organizers of the Louisiana Soundtrack Experience event “From Elvis to Hank to Johnny: Celebrating 65 Years of the Louisiana Hayride” have announced new details of the day-long program, which will take place on Saturday, Feb. 23 at Shreveport Municipal Auditorium. The event, a co-presentation of the Louisiana Office of Tourism and The Oxford American Magazine, will feature a 2 p.m. panel discussion featuring local music experts and moderated by music writer and Oxford American guest editor Alex Rawls, as well as a 4 p.m. screening of the LPB-produced documentary film Sunshine by the Stars and a 7 p.m. concert featuring performances by local rock group Dirtfoot and the legendary Louisiana Hayride Band. Admission to all events is free and open to the public.
Organizers have announced that the program will also feature a guest appearance by “X-Factor” finalist Willie Jones, as well as tributes to iconic radio station KWKH, blues legend Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter, Louisiana Hayride announcer Frank Page, record store owner Stan Lewis and others. Guest performers who will be joining the Louisiana Hayride Band onstage include honky-tonk artist Kenny Bill Stinson, songwriter Tony Ramey, Maggie Warwick, Bobby Cyrus, Debbie Money, Airheart, Denny Fontaine and more. Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and representatives of the Louisiana Office of Tourism will also be in attendance. Ken Shepherd will host the Louisiana Hayride portion of the program.
“From Elvis to Hank to Johnny: Celebrating 65 Years of the Louisiana Hayride” is the first of five Louisiana Soundtrack Experience events scheduled to take place throughout Louisiana as part of a year-long celebration of Louisiana’s rich musical heritage. For information on upcoming events in Natchitoches, Lafayette, Ferriday and New Orleans, visit www.louisianasoundtrack.com.
NOTE TO MEDIA: Several musicians and special guests have made themselves available for interviews and in-studio appearances related to the Louisiana Soundtrack Experience. If you would like to interview someone from this program, contact Chris Jay at (318) 429-0658 or (318) 272-1696 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
A concert rehearsal featuring special guest Willie Jones will be held at 5 p.m., Sat., Feb. 23 at Shreveport Municipal Auditorium and all media are invited to attend.