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26th annual Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration

"Bigger Than Life: Extraordinary Mississippians" is the theme of the 26th annual Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration, Feb. 26-28, 2015. The award-winning, mostly free conference is headquartered at Natchez Convention Center, Natchez, Miss.
Sponsors are Copiah-Lincoln Community College and Mississippi Department of Archives and History, with support of Mississippi Humanities Council, Natchez National Historical Park and other agencies.
"Since the state of Mississippi will celebrate its 200th birthday in 2017, the Celebration's Steering Committee thought it was time to explore some of the famous people our state has produced," said Carolyn Vance Smith of Co-Lin, founder and co-chairman of the NLCC.
"Our problem was that there are so many extraordinary Mississippians," she said. "We wound up choosing those who have new books written about them." These books will be sold at the conference's custom bookshop.
Programs will be about a variety of famed Mississippians, Smith said. "These include the literary figures William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Tennessee Williams, Richard Wright, Willie Morris and Margaret Walker.
"Since 2015 is the centennial of Dr. Walker's birth, we're honoring her with Margaret Walker Day on Feb. 27," Smith said. "A new musical based on her poetry will premier during the conference on Feb. 27. It was written by pianist Randy Klein of New York and will be performed by Randy and Aurelia Williams of New York, with help from the Jackson State University Chorale."
Historical and political figures on the agenda are John Roy Lynch and L.Q.C. Lamar of the 19th century and Charles Evers and others of the 20th century.
Musical icons to be discussed are blues giants Robert Johnson and B. B. King, rock 'n' roll king Elvis Presley and country music star Jimmie Rodgers.
Entertainment, food and sports in Mississippi will be represented by programs about Muppets creator Jim Henson, culinary guru Craig Claiborne, football legend Archie Manning and others.
"We're doing something a little different in 2015," Smith said. "Since Feb. 28 has free programs that appeal to all ages, focusing on food, sports, film and music, we're calling that day Family Day at the NLCC. We invite entire families to spend the day at the conference."
Speakers include Malcolm White, Mississippi Director of Tourism; David G. Sansing, historian of The University of Mississippi; Ted Atkinson, literature professor of Mississippi State University; Carolyn J. Brown, biographer of Jackson, Miss.; Robert Bray, the Tennessee Williams scholar of East Tennessee State University; Maryemma Graham, the Margaret Walker biographer of University of Kansas; Regina Charboneau, author/chef of Natchez; Rick Cleveland, Executive Director of Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame; and Ted Gioia, music historian of Dallas, Tex.
Following Gioia's remarks the evening of Feb. 28 about how Mississippi changed the music world, a concert based on this music will be presented by Vasti Jackson of Hattiesburg, Miss. Jackson is Cultural Ambassador of Mississippi and a member of the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame.
Richard Wright Literary Excellence writing awards will go to Glen Ballard, formerly of Natchez and now of Los Angeles, Calif., whose lyrics have won six Grammy Awards, and Robert V. Haynes, Western Kentucky University, author of award-winning books about early Mississippi history. The Horton Foote Award for Screenwring will go to Jeff Nichols, screenplay writer of Austin, Tex. Nichols' award-winning "Mud" will be screened Feb. 26.
Winning the Thad Cochran Humanities Achievement Award will be James F. Barnett Jr., of Natchez, retired division director of Mississippi Department of Mississippi Department of Archives and History, retired co-chairman of the NLCC and author of two books about Indians in Mississippi. Cochran (U.S. Senate-R-Miss.) will present the award.
Up to two Continuing Education Units are available for teachers, Smith said. Registration is available by email:
Emily.Edwards@colin.edu .
The conference is free except for three tickets, which must be purchased in advance.
They are the Margaret Walker concert ($10), a luncheon based on Craig Claiborne's favorite foods ($25) and the NLCC's only fundraiser, a reception and dinner at King's Tavern ($145, with $100 tax-deductible). A reception at the African-American Museum is $10 at the door.
Tickets, the agenda and other information are available at
www.colin.edu/nlcc ; NLCC@colin.edu ; and 866-296-NLCC.

Garden Shows

As Louisiana gardeners anticipate warmer days and their first opportunity to get into the garden, the LSU AgCenter has announced the spring lineup of garden shows. The shows will kick off in March and continue into June in Hammond, Baton Rouge, Lake Charles, Alexandria, New Orleans Covington, New Orleans and Thibodaux.

March 14, The Hammond Spring Garden Day will be held at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station at 21549 Old Covington Highway, La. Highway 1067, just off U.S. Highway 190, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event is open to the public and all interested persons are invited to attend. It will feature kids' activities, plants sales, gardening seminars, gardening and agriculture exhibits, and concessions that will include homemade items. Admission to the event is $5.00 per vehicle. Bring nonperishable foods for the food drive to benefit the Tangi Food Pantry. For more information contact Melissa Ordoyne at 985-748-5462.

March 14-15, Baton Rouge; The 13th Annual Baton Rouge Spring Garden Show at the John M. Parker Coliseum on Highland Road in Baton Rouge. The show will run from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and include local nurseries and other vendors selling plants and other garden wares, including tools, pots, ornaments and landscaping materials. LSU AgCenter horticulturist David Himelrick said the floor of the coliseum will be transformed into a world of plants and gardens for the event.
"At this year's show, you also will be able to walk next door and talk to some of the world's best chili cooks at the ninth annual Louisiana State and Regional Chili Cook-off," Himelrick said.
In addition, visitors also can visit the sixth annual Baton Rouge Spring Car Show and the event's second annual Koi and Goldfish Show. Children's activities also will be available. For more information contact Himelrick at 225-578-2222.

March 20-21, Covington; Northshore Garden and Plant Sale will take place at the Covington 2015 Fairgrounds. The show will open at 8:00 a.m. and close at 4:00 p.m. both days with educational presentations at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. LSU AgCenter personnel and industry professionals will speak on topics such as backyard poultry, weed control, irrigation and garden diseases. Admission is $5 per person, with children under 12 entering free. Proceeds from the show will fund the Bobby Fletcher Sr. Memorial Scholarship, a monetary award for a St. Tammany High School graduate who attends a Louisiana college to study agriculture. For more information call William Afton at 985-875-2635.

March 27-28, Lake Charles; The Southwest Louisiana Garden Conference and Expo 2015 will celebrate its 16th annual show and plant extravaganza at Burton Coliseum at 7001 Gulf Highway in Lake Charles. Educational programs will include home vegetable gardening and fruit production on Friday, and ornamentals and landscape gardening and herbs on Saturday. The event will include a plant health clinic with LSU AgCenter experts and Master Gardeners to answer gardening questions. Vendors will have many plants and gardening-related items for sale.
The Garden Expo is a wholesome, educational environment and the perfect activity to bring together friends and families, said LSU AgCenter extension horticulturist Robert Turley. The Expo attracts more than 4,000 garden lovers, residents and visitors each year. Hours for the event are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults and free for children 12 and under. For more information, visit
www.gardenfest.org or contact Turley at 337-475-8812.

April 10-11, Alexandria; The second annual Central Louisiana Garden Expo will be held on April 10, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and April 11, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The garden expo will be held at the State Evacuation Shelter on U. S. Highway 71 South of Alexandria. The expo will feature vendor booths with lawn and garden items, educational gardening seminars, plants and supplies, question and answer booth, garden clubs and plant societies, and Master Gardener demonstrations, said LSU AgCenter agent Sara Shields, who is coordinating the event. "The purpose of the expo is to let the gardening public know where to obtain gardening products, services and accessories; where garden clubs are located in the central part of the state; to educate the public on gardening issues; and to provide a place for sales that make available quality garden plants, products and accessories," Shields said. For additional information about the Central Louisiana Garden Expo, contact Shields at 225-638-5533.

April 11-12, New Orleans; The 36th Annual New Orleans Spring Garden Show will be held at the City Park Botanical Garden from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Sunday. Lee Rouse, LSU AgCenter horticulture agent in Orleans Parish, said the show will feature plant and garden products, exhibits and sales throughout the garden, a kids' discovery area, educational programs, music, and arts and crafts in the Azalea Garden. Master Gardeners and LSU AgCenter horticulture experts will be available to answer questions from homeowners, who also may bring soil samples for analysis by the LSU AgCenter's Soil Testing Lab. Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 5-12. Children under 5 and members of Friends of City Park may enter for free. For additional information, contact Rouse at 504-658-2900 or Sarah Bertrand at 504-736-6519.

June 6, Thibodaux; LaTerre Master Gardener and LSU AgCenter vegetable field day will be held June 6 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at the St. Francis Vegetable Garden next to the Thibodaux Civic Center in Thibodaux. LSU AgCenter agent Barton Joffrion said it will include home and commercial demonstration gardens and vegetable growing contest for adults and youth and AgCenter experts on hand to answer gardening questions. For additional information contact Joffrion at 985-873-6495.

Southwest Louisiana Forestry Association Annual Meeting

The Southwest Louisiana Forestry Association Annual Meeting and Forestry Forum is announced for Saturday, March 14, from 8 a.m to 12 Noon at the Ehibition Hall, Beauregard Parish Fair Grounds, 506 West St., DeRidder, LA. The LSU AgCenter and SW LA Forestry Association will present a program to help forest landowners manage their forests more profitably.
Dr. Shaun Tanger, Forest Economist, will discuss the business trends of our forestry industry. A representative of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry will update landowners regarding forest protection and other woodland topics.
Dr. Todd Shupe, Wood Technologist, will describe how the Louisiana Forest Products Development Center helps forest landowners. Dr. Glen Gentry will present a program about the research in using sodium nitrite as a control treatment for feral hogs. Mr. Buck Vandersteen, Executive Director of the Louisiana Forestry Association, will talk about the state of Louisiana Forestry. Mr. Corby Moore, District Conservationist with NRCS, will cover the latest forestry programs.
The cost is $25 per household comprised of a husband, wife and dependent children. The cost also includes annual membership due and entitles member to attend other workshops at no charge.
For more information, contact Keith Hawkins, County Agent, 337-463-7006. To receive regular forestry and wildlife updates, send your request by email to
khawkins@agcenter.lsu.edu .

Beauregard Parish Private Pesticide Applicator

Recertification Training program will be held Monday, March 30, at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. at War Memorial Civic Center, 250 West 7th St., DeRidder. If your applicator's license will be expiring after March 31st, 2013, recertification training is required.

Forest Products and Timberland Investment Conference

RISI's Annual Forest Products and Timberland Investment Conference will examine how investors rate timberland amongst other real assets, while pairing this with expert analysis on the outlook of forest products markets. The conference will take place in New York City from March 31-April 1, 2015 at the Marriott Dowtown Hotel.
"In the US alone last year, 45 major transactions closed, involving $2.6 billion and total deal flow since 2010 tops $13 billion. This conference is an incredible opportunity to get a crash course in just two days and a very efficient way to gather the information you need for investing in any part of this value chain," said Bob Flynn, Director of International Timber, RISI.
The two day Investment Conference will focus on North American investment trends and opportunities, as well as the Global forest products and timberland investment market. This is a unique event combining analysis of timberland investments with an outlook on all key forest product markets including the entire supply chain, from plantation investment through end-user markets. While more than 75% of institutional investment in timberland has been in North America, major players like TIAA CREF, Harvard Management Company and PSP have been expanding their investments globally, to countries like New Zealand, Uruguay and Chile.
More than a dozen sector experts will provide regional comparisons and analysis of new trends and emerging opportunities. Conference speakers will represent investment banks, pension funds and hedge funds and will discuss how investments in timberland compare with other real asset classes, such as real estate, infrastructure, energy and agriculture. For more details regarding the program, speakers, venue and registration, visit the event website at
www.risi.com/invest .


Saturday, April 11th, 9 AM 12 Noon, War Memorial Civic Center, 250 West 7th St., DeRidder, LA.
Dr. Shaun Tanger, AgCenter Economist, will make a presentation about the monetary damages of feral swine during a feral hog management workshop Saturday, Apriol 11 atg 9 a.m. at the Warf Memorial Civ ic Center in Deridder.
Ms. Kori LeGleu, Wildlife Biologist, LA Department of Wildlife & fisheries, will discuss control measures. An AgCenter researcher will have information about sodium nitrite as a hog control treatment. For more information, call 337-463-7006 or email
khawkins@agcenter.lsu.edu .

Four-State Forestry Conference

• Idabel, OK
The Four-State Forestry Conference presents today's leading forestry investment practices with select professionals from around the world at a conferene
April 29-May 3. Key topics are targeted for timberland owners, investors and managers in all 13 southeastern pine belt states in the Unites States.
The conference is presented by Ouachita Mountains Resource Conservation and Development Council with a team of dedicated professionals and generous sponsors. The purpose of the conference is to share strategic information for all interested in forest management, investment and processing.
Pre-registration cost for the conference including tours is $180 per person, $310 per couple or $130 per student. Registration includes admittance to the main two-day conference sessions, tour of your choice (optional), booth exhibits, continental breakfasts, lunches, banquet dinner, evening hospitality and entertainment, and direct time with leading forestry professionals.
For additional conference or sponsorship information, contact Ouachita Mountains Resource Conservation and Development Council, at (918) 423-2479 or email

Prescribed Burning Workshop

Prescribed Burning Workshop Thursday (8 AM 4:30 PM), Friday (8 AM 4:30 PM), Saturday (8 AM 12 Noon), May 7, 8 & 9, War Memorial Civic Center, 250 West 7th St., DeRidder, LA.
The SW LA Forestry Association, the LSU AgCenter, and the LA Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) will be having a workshop to enable forest landowners to burn their lands safely and legally. Topics will include: fuels, burning techniques, proper tools, optimal weather conditions, smoke management, liability management, planning, fire behavior and more. The cost is $130.
Class size is limited to the first 25 applicants. Please make check payable to: SW LA Forestry Association, and send to LSU AgCenter, PO Box 609, DeRidder, LA 70634.
For more information, please contact Keith Hawkins, County Agent, 337-463-7006. Also, you may also obtain regular forestry and wildlife updates by sending your request by email to
khawkins@agcenter.lsu.edu . Also follow Hawkins on twiter @khawkbikeragent to see the latest AgCenter forestry and wildlife tweets.


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