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March 2012 Newsletter

Shreveport-Bossier Getaways

March 2012 Newsletter

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It’s not your mama’s arts, crafts and culture fair

Spring is here and that means it’s time to shed those winter doldrums, get outdoors and enjoy some of the area’s most unique and exciting family-friendly festivals and attractions.

Celebrate the diversity of Shreveport-Bossier with the 5th Annual ASEANA Spring Festival, 11 a.m., April 14 at the Asian Gardens in downtown Shreveport. Each year, the festival gives the community a free glimpse into the traditions, customs and celebrations of an Asian country. This year, the festival will celebrate Korean culture with music, live performances, activities, food and more.

As you leave that festival, mosey across the street for the spring edition of the Texas Avenue Makers Fair, which starts at noon, April 14. Explore a colorful assortment of art, jewelry, food, music, and clothing all created by local vendors and merchants. The event is held in an open-market atmosphere that re-creates the vibe that once made the historic Texas Avenue community so popular.

Other major spring events include the Louisiana Redbud Festival, March 17, CORK: A Red River Revel Wine Event, March 31, the Barksdale Air Force Base Defenders of Liberty 2012 Air Show, April 21and 22, and Holiday in Dixie, April 13-22. There is so much spring fun to enjoy. For a full list, please visit www.ShreveportBossierFunGuide.com.

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See what the stork dropped off at Chimp Haven’s Discovery Days/ See Chimp Haven’s new baby at the free Discovery Days

Chimpanzee Discovery Days are back every third Saturday, March through June and September through November. This is the one day a month the sanctuary is free and open to the public. Visitors will be able to view the chimpanzees in their natural environment. They will even be able to play along with Science and Reading, Earth Day, and Vacation and Beach day themes. The haven also hosts an event called “Chimp Chat & Chew”, where visitors pay a fee to get a behind-the-scenes tour, lunch and presentation by a staff member. Find out more about upcoming Discovery Days.

This year, guests may notice a new face or two when they visit. On February 14, workers discovered a tiny new addition to the troupe. Flora, a 29-year-old former research chimp, unexpectedly gave birth to a female baby chimpanzee. While all of the male chimps are vasectomized, “sometimes life finds a way,” says Dr. Linda Brent, president and director of the sanctuary. This isn’t the first time staff members at the haven have had a surprise delivery. Five years ago, another unsuccessful vasectomy resulted in the first unexpected birth for Chimp Haven. Events like these have gained the sanctuary national recognition on Saturday Night Live, Good Morning America, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Chimp Haven is The National Chimpanzee Sanctuary, located 22 miles southwest of Shreveport, in Eddie D. Jones National Park in Keithville. The haven is the permanent home to chimpanzees who have lived their lives in medical research, entertainment industry or as domestic pets. To learn more about Chimp Haven, Inc. and Chimpanzee Discovery Days visit www.chimphaven.org.


Check out our blog and see what's happening in Shreveport-Bossier

Shreveport-Bossier’s new blog, 20X49.com, is all about the events, food, places and culture that keep visitors coming back for more. Get the scoop on new restaurants, local attractions and exciting events "where Shreveport-Bossier intersects with everywhere." Louisiana Cookin' Magazine had this to say about 20X49: "Shreveport-Bossier is booming with new authentic ethnic eateries and family-owned restaurants, and the CVB has launched a new food, art, and culture blog to help share them … the site is full of restaurant reviews and local food news."


If you’re unfamiliar with BODIES REVEALED the exhibition, get ready for a speedy anatomy and chemistry lesson. Don’t worry … there’s no pop quiz later. BODIES REVEALED is an exhibition of actual human body specimens that have been, for a lack of a better word dissected and preserved through a Polymer preservation process. This process allows the tissue to be permanently preserved using liquid silicone rubber, therefore providing a real life display of skeletal, muscular, nervous, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, endocrine and circulatory systems presented in glorious and tasteful fashion. Ah Science!

If all of that sounds boring, ridiculously academic or intimidating, let this put you at ease. Anyone who has a body will find this incredibly interesting, enlightening, fascinating and maybe even shocking. This exhibit will call Sci-port: Louisiana's Science Center home from now until May 21, so make plans to visit soon.

Find ticket information, as well as Sci-port’s hours of operation here, and let Sci-port know what you think of BODIES REVEALED.


CORK Wine Festival

A wine tasting weekend extravaganza offers more than a taste of vino

An entire weekend is devoted to wine-lovers’ bliss as CORK, Shreveport-Bossier’s premier wine- tasting event takes over Festival Plaza in downtown Shreveport on Saturday, March 31, from 2 until 5 pm. This year, participants can take advantage of a number of activities throughout the weekend including a dinner, a seminar and the event itself.
At Saturday’s headline event, enjoy tasting more than 80 wines from around the world provided by local restaurants and distributors. CORK will also feature samples of dishes from 2Johns Steak & Seafood, Bella Fresca, Bistro To Go, Columbia Café, Good Eats, Fresco, The Market, Texas Street Steakhouse, The Vintage Steakhouse, Windrush Grill, and Zocolo. While sipping and tasting, attendees will be serenaded by the music of local performer, Chris McCaa.

Get a complete wine list and ticket information here.

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Upcoming Events

''New Year, New Views'' Art Exhibition featuring Dennis Johnson and Steve Culp

Thursday, Jan 26, 2012 through Friday, Mar 30, 2012 @ Gallery Fine Art Center

Ask Eric, an exhibit in memory of Eric Brock

Tuesday, Mar 13, 2012 through Friday, Apr 13, 2012 @ Louisiana State University in Shreveport - LSUS

On Exhibit at the Barnwell

Friday, Mar 09, 2012 through Sunday, Apr 29, 2012 @ Barnwell Garden & Art Center

Bodies Revealed

Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 through Monday, May 21, 2012 @ Sci-Port: Louisiana's Science Center

The Pink Panther Strikes Again

Saturday, Mar 02, 2013 through Sunday, Mar 03, 2013 @ Emmett Hook Center

Find out about more events at ShreveportBossierFunGuide.com

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