Betty Virginia Park

Kate Archer Kent

Dozens of large vehicles and heavy construction equipment will be on display Saturday, Aug. 1, at Shreveport’s Betty Virginia Park. It’s the inaugural “Wheels In the Hills” event. Organizer Matt Snyder it will cater to kids and the young at heart.

“I know there will be a lot of great vehicles. The sheriff’s department is bringing a hovercraft and an armored car. The military is bringing real cool vehicles. The fire department is excited. We have a crane, trackhoe, bulldozers and a helicopter,” Snyder said.

A Shreveport science teacher will spend spring break canoeing 150 miles -- from Simmesport, La., to the Atchafalaya Bay -- to raise awareness about the state’s waterways. This is the third leg of a nearly 400-mile journey that began in a Shreveport storm drain one year ago. Jon Soul has created the Bayou to Bay educational program to help young people become more appreciative of the watersheds around them.

Thousands of people are expected to stroll through Betty Virginia Park in Shreveport Wednesday night. The walking path will be lined with 1,000 carved pumpkins. The event, Pumpkin Shine on Line, is in its 21st year. It's headed up by the Southfield School Parent's Association.