Two Native American galleries are set to open at the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum in Shreveport. They feature the Poverty Point culture and the Caddo Nation. The museum constructed a glass case to display a 30-foot long canoe constructed of a single bald cypress tree dating back 1,000 years. It was found on the banks of the Red River in 1983. A seven-minute documentary explains how it was preserved. The opening reception is Saturday, Oct. 20, from noon to 4 p.m.
Central Louisiana AIDS Support Services has received a $50,000 grant to purchase a vehicle for its staff to deliver HIV testing and prevention education to rural parts of its eight-parish region. The grant, announced this week, was made possible by the Community Foundation of Central Louisiana. The Community Impact endowment underwrites one project each year that demonstrates an ability to make a substantial impact on central Louisiana.
An explosives recovering and recycling business at the Camp Minden industrial site has not released details about what caused a Monday night magazine explosion that rocked northwest Louisiana. Jimmie Oxley, co-director of the Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence in Explosives at University of Rhode Island, says TNT is no longer manufactured in the United States. Oxley says few companies specialize in extracting it from weapons, and government inspections are rigorous at such plants.
The Union County Master Gardeners will debut their new xeriscape-designed garden at 3:30 p.m., on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the South Arkansas Arboretum in El Dorado. The garden features flowers, shrubs and trees that require little or no extra watering. The garden was made possible through a grant from the Union County Water Conservation Board.
Stephen F. Austin State University will bring together Middle East scholars, analysts and journalists for a two-day conference in Houston. The conference will focus on the future relationship between the United States and the Middle East. The goal is to develop some policy recommendations that can be forwarded to the U.S. State Department and policy institutes. The conference will be held Oct. 18-19 at the Magnolia Hotel in Houston. It's free and open to the public.