• SML OFFERS FITNESS PROGRAMS TO ASSIST WITH NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS, Jazzercise, Yoga, Tai Chi and Line Dancing Among Fitness Offerings

    SHREVEPORT, LA – Fitness goals are among the most popular New Year’s resolutions made, and Shreve Memorial Library is here to help patrons achieve those fitness goals.  Shreve Memorial Library’s 21 branches offer a large selection of fitness guides, self-help books, and training DVDs.  In addition, several library branches are offering free fitness classes including Jazzercise, Tai Chi, yoga and line dancing to help patrons achieve those fitness goals. On Thursday, January 26, 2017 Shreve Memorial Library’s Hamilton/South Caddo branch will offer a free Jazzercise class suitable for all fitness levels. Jazzercise, a pulse-pounding beat pumping fitness program, combines cardio, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, kickboxing and modern dance to get results fast.  Jazzercise Shreveport Studio owner and instructor Leigh Ann Miller will lead the low-impact class.  The class will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Hamilton/South Caddo branch located at 2111 Bert Kouns Industrial Loop in Shreveport. Tuesday afternoons in Rodessa are perfect for learning and practicing Tai Chi, a noncompetitive form of martial arts that involves graceful movements performed in a slow, flowing manner.  Originally developed as a form of self-defense, Tai Chi is now a popular exercise used to help reduce stress and deliver a variety of other health benefits.  Tai Chi classes are offered on Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. at Shreve Memorial Library’s Rodessa branch located at 10093 Main Street in Rodessa. Tai Chi classes, in addition to Yoga classes, are also offered on Tuesdays and Saturdays at Shreve Memorial Library’s North Caddo branch located in Vivian, Louisiana.  Yoga, also great for relaxation, improvements in flexibility and strength conditioning, involves a series of body postures that stretch and strengthen while emphasizing breath control and meditation.  Tai Chi classes are offered at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday mornings, and Stretch and Relaxation Yoga classes are offered at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday mornings.  The North Caddo branch is located at 615 North Pine Street in Vivian. On Fridays, get in line to dance the pounds away while having a good time with friends at the Hollywood branch of Shreve Memorial Library. Free line dancing classes are offered to patrons age 18 and older each Friday morning at 10:00 a.m.  The Hollywood branch is located at 2105 Hollywood Avenue in Shreveport. No matter what your fitness goals are, Shreve Memorial Library has programming and information available to help you achieve and stick to your New Year’s resolutions to be more physically fit.  For more information and complete listing of programs and events, visit www.shreve-lib.org.

    NSU to host Double Reed Day Sunday: NATCHITOCHES – Oboe and bassoon players of all levels can learn more about their instrument at Northwestern State University’s Double Reed Day Sunday, Jan. 22 in the A.A. Fredericks Center for Creative and Performing Arts. Registration begins at noon and the program starts at 12:30 p.m. with a group double reed ensemble reading session followed by separate oboe and bassoon groups. Sessions will continue until 6:30 p.m.  The featured artist for Double Reed Day is Kristin Wolfe Jensen, professor of bassson at the Austin Butler School of Music at the University of Texas. She will perform at 4:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. Jensen is on the faculty of the International Festival Institute at Round Top and principal bassoonist with the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra. Her latest CD is titled “Shadings.” Jensen has given guest recitals and master classes at many major American music schools as well as in South America and Europe. For more information on Double Reed Day or to register, please contact hosts Leah Forsyth at forsythl@nsula.edu, Douglas Bakenhus at bakenhusd@nsula.edu or visit nsudoublereedday.eventbrite.com

    Sign language classes to begin Jan. 23-24: Northwestern State University’s Office of Electronic and Continuing Education will offer two non-credit short courses on sign language in late January. Introduction to Sign Language will begin Monday, Jan. 23 and will be held each Monday through April 10 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Room 320 of the Friedman Student Union. The fee is $49. This course will introduce participants to the varying levels of communication within the deaf world from general signing of words to finger spelling. It is designed to broaden the understanding of those who live in a world of silence. The required textbook, Signs of the Times by Edgar H. Shroyer and Susan P. Shroyer (ISBN: 978-1563684463) must be purchased prior to the first day of class. Intermediate Sign Language will begin Tuesday, Jan. 24 and will be held each Tuesday through April 11 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Room 320 of the Friedman Student Union. The fee is $49.

    Cane River pump project continues: The Cane River Waterway Commission is in its final stage of the water source project, according to information from Cane River Patrol Betty Fuller. The pipeline has been completed at a cost of $1,983,096 by Womack and Son Construction. The pumping station contract was awarded to Womack and Son Construction in the amount of $3,919,360. Weather permitting, the construction should start at the end of January. Denmon Engineering is the project engineer. Fuller said the estimated project cost remains the same, $6-7 million dollars with a completion date set for the end of 2017, weather permitting.

    ROTARY CLUB DONATES BOOKS FOR SML “EVERY CHILD READY TO READ” PROGRAM, Rotary Club of Southwest Shreveport Donates 1,138 Books to Library to Help with Early Literacy

    SHREVEPORT, LA – Rotary Club of Southwest Shreveport donated 1,138 books to Shreve Memorial Library to be used in “Every Child Ready to Read” workshops.  The workshops, which begin January 21, encourage early literacy in our communities by engaging parents to help get children ready to read.  Each family that attends the workshops will be given a free book to take home. Club President David Wilson said, “The Rotary Club of Southwest Shreveport is pleased to promote literacy and reading among parents and children.” Shreve Memorial Library is partnering with the Rotary Club of Southwest Shreveport for the “Every Child Ready to Read” program.  Parents of children from birth to 5 years of age are invited to attend the workshops and see a demonstration of ways to prepare children for reading.  Parents will learn how to engage children with simple daily activities to ensure they are developing early literacy skills. The workshops will be held at various Shreve Memorial Library branches beginning in January and continue through the spring.  Program events, dates and times are listed below:

    Saturday, January 21 – Hamilton/South Caddo Branch, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  Saturday, January 21 – Wallette Branch, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Saturday, February 4 – Main Branch, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.  For more information on this initiative and workshops, please visit www.shreve-lib.org.

    • Saturday, February 4 – David Raines Branch, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, March 4 – Hollywood/Union Avenue Branch, 9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
    • Saturday, March 4 – Broadmoor Branch, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, April 1 – Atkins Branch, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, April 1 – Cedar Grove/Line Avenue Branch, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, May 6 – Mooretown Branch, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, May 6 – West Shreveport Branch, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, May 6 – North Shreveport Branch, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    SBDC will present government contract seminar: The Louisiana Small Business Development Center Northwestern Central Region and Northwest Louisiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center will host a government contracting seminar from 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25 at Bossier Parish Community College. The seminar, which is free of charge, will take place in Building F Room 203 and is targeted to those interested in expanding their business with government contracting.  Participants will learn the basics to compete in the government contracting marketplace.  The workshop is for small business owners new to contracting with government agencies or business owners in need of a refresher on what their business should be doing.  The workshop is recommended for businesses that have been opened for at least two years.

    CASA to hold an Advocate Volunteer Training Class: Anyone interested in becoming a voice for the abused and/or neglected children in Natchitoches, Red River and Sabine parishes is encouraged to join the ranks of CASA of Central Louisiana’s advocates. There will be an Advocate Volunteer training class Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 5:30 p.m. For more information call 318-238-2446, go online to http://www.casanat.org or stop by 1200 Keyser Avenue, Suite C.

    Natchitoches Young Professionals (NYP) is dedicated to developing the community's business leaders with membership available to anyone ages 21-40 who lives, works, learns or plays in the Natchitoches area. NYP host a social every third Thursday of the month open to new attendees. For more information, visit the website at www.ChamberNYP.com, like our facebook page and follow on twitter and instagram.   

    NPSO’s Arrest report for Thursday January 12 to Sunday January 15, 2017. Arrested were: 

    • Beau D Roberts – 19 (WM) – 193 Provencal/Vowells Mill Rd., Provencal, La  71468 – Resisting an Officer
    • Martha Lacour – 40 (BF) – 114 Michelle Dr., Natchitoches, La  - Issuing Worthless Checks & Contempt/FTA
    • Josiah Jones – 19 (BM) – 763 Shady Grove Rd., Natchitoches, La  - Poss. Sch. I
    • Jack J Brevelle – 53 (WM) – 322 Cassidy Springs Rd., Robeline, La  71469 – DWI 4th Offense, Driving on Right Side & Poss. of Alcoholic Beverages in a Motor Vehicle
    • Darrius T Holden – 30 (BM) – 819 July St., Natchitoches, La  - Resisting an Officer & Contempt/FTA
    • Lasheka Brooks – 40 (BF) – 255 Mill St., Natchitoches, La  - Contempt/FTA & Disturbing the Peace/Engaging in a Fiscal Encounter
    • Jim D Jones – 64 (WM) – 2388 Hwy 71 North, Campti, La  71411 – Contempt/FTA
    • Brian Lee Jones – 40 (WM) – 2388 Hwy 71, Campti, La  71411 – Domestic Abuse Battery
    • Dominique L Pottain – 29 (BF) – 204 Sandra St., Natchitoches, La  - Resisting an Officer, Disturbing the Peace/Engaging in a Fiscal Encounter & Public Intimidation
    • Diane Beaudion – 49 (BF) – 103 Gabrielle Loop, Natchitoches, La  - Disturbing the Peace/Language
    • Jerland W Anderson – 31 (BM) – 722 Bossier St., Natchitoches, La  - Contempt/FTA
    • Phillip A Page – 34 (WM) – 105 Alloy Circle, Natchitoches, La  - Theft
    • Asia M McGraw – 20 (BF) – 525 Myrtle Dr., Natchitoches, La  - Disturbing the Peace/Engaging in a Fiscal Encounter
    • Jasmine N Lewis – 26 (BF) – 133 Robieu St., Campti, La  71411 - Disturbing the Peace/Engaging in a Fiscal Encounter
    • Charles R Taylor Jr. – 35 (BM) – 1305 Pauline St., New Orleans, La  70115 – Simple Assault
    • Tiwana M Moore – 42 (BF) – 4310 Ashland Ave., Baker, La  70714 – Contempt/FTA