Highland Jazz &Blues Festival Announces 2019 Headliners 

The 16th annual Highland Jazz & Blues Festival Presented by Lagniappe P.R.I.M.E., LLC will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sept. 14 at Columbia Park in Shreveport’s Highland neighborhood. Columbia Park is located at 600 Columbia St. in Shreveport. With nonstop live music on two stages and fun for everyone, the free, family-friendly festival will include headliner performances by New Orleans funk group Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Cuban soul singer Margie Perez, Shreveport blues guitarist Buddy Flett, and more. For complete festival details, visit www.highlandjazzandblues.org. 

In addition to music, there will be more than 70 local food and art vendors on site and a Kid’s Zone sponsored by Lang Orthodontics will offer free activities throughout the event. Dogs on leashes are welcome at the Highland Jazz and Blues Festival, where dog owners can take advantage of the Raising Cane’s Dog Area, which will include water stations, free dog treats, nail trims, and more. A free shuttle provided by iShuttle will provide rides to and from the festival’s additional offsite parking at Mall St. Vincent. Mall St. Vincent is located at 1133 St. Vincent Ave. in Shreveport. 

The Highland Jazz and Blues Festival is an annual production of the Highland Area Partnership, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community development corporation whose purpose is to revitalize a 3.5 square mile community just south of downtown Shreveport.

Lamb Family Establishes LSUS Scholarship to Honor Shreveport Advertising Executive

An endowed scholarship honoring Shreveport businessman Jack Lamb will help LSU Shreveport students improve their communication skills. Lamb, 80, took college classes but never earned a degree. He worked in local radio and television in Shreveport-Bossier City and was an advertising and marketing salesman for decades. He worked his way up at various ad agencies before operating his own agency, a sales promotion company, and, ultimately, Lamb Outdoor Advertising.

“I have two big regrets in my whole life,” he said. “First, my wife did not have what I consider a proper honeymoon, and two, I do not have what I consider a proper degree.”

Lamb’s four children — Ann Lamb Tolleson, Walter Lamb, Richard Lamb and Patrick Lamb — created the Jack Lamb Outdoor Advertising Endowed Scholarship as their dad’s 80th birthday gift. All four took their father’s passion for education to heart. They are first-generation college graduates who built their careers around their degrees.

Walter Lamb admires his dad’s work ethic and the foundation his parents provided for the family. “He had three kids out of the gate, so he had to work. He worked several jobs at once. He’s such a gifted salesperson and marketer, but he knew if you had an education, it would be easier,” Walter Lamb said. “He and our mother were always very supportive of us going to school.”

The Jack Lamb Outdoor Advertising Endowed Scholarship will be awarded each year, with preference given to active-duty and retired military members attending or planning to attend LSUS. However, a selection committee will also consider any students who meet other criteria because of Lamb’s firm belief that everyone today needs higher education to succeed in work and life. 

LSUS Foundation Executive Director Laura Perdue said the foundation is grateful for the Lamb family’s generous gift. “We are honored to be chosen to establish the new scholarship. We met Jack Lamb, and it was clear he is a force with his family and his business knowledge,” Perdue said. “We will make sure the students receiving his scholarship in the future have the same drive that he does.”

Jack Lamb said he’s still grateful to the businessmen who mentored him as he built his career and believes the scholarship is a new way to mentor others.

“When I was in business, kids who really put forth the effort, especially the ones who made exceptionally good grades, I made a job for them. I paid it forward,” he said. “The scholarship is wonderful. You’ve got to give back. You can’t just take, take, take.”

WK Physical Therapist Receives Board Certification as Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy

Greg Rickert, PT, MPT, senior physical therapist and team leader of inpatient rehabilitation at WK Rehabilitation Institute, has earned the designation of as clinical specialist in geriatric physical therapy (GCS) from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). He is one of only three physical therapists in northwest Louisiana with this certification. 

To obtain board certification, candidates must submit evidence of required clinical practice in one of nine specialty areas: cardiovascular and pulmonary, clinical electrophysiology, geriatrics, neurology, oncology, orthopedics, pediatrics, sports, and women’s health physical therapy.  Candidates complete a rigorous examination, demonstrating specialized knowledge and advanced clinical proficiency in a specialty area of physical therapist practice. 

“Becoming a board-certified clinical specialist in geriatric physical therapy has increased my confidence and ability to effectively treat patients,” Rickert said. “I’m also more credible when providing mentorship to my colleagues and raising their awareness of issues in regard to aging.”

Physical therapists who work with older adults help them achieve the highest possible level of independence. The GCS certification is valuable because geriatric care encompasses a wide range of medical issues affecting the movement system, including stroke, Parkinson’s, dementia, osteoporosis, heart/respiratory failure, and joint replacement among others.

LA Food Prize Teams up with Milam Street Kitchen Incubator 

The Louisiana Food Prize is excited to announce a new partnership with the Milam Street Kitchen Incubator and Community Kitchen. The partnership will allow the LA Food Prize access to a high-quality commercial kitchen. The KICK will also play host to celebrity chefs during Prize Fest, providing them a professional kitchen for food preparations. Students at KICK will be assisting the chefs, giving them work experience with culinary professionals.

“On behalf of Southern University, the Milam Street Kitchen Incubator and Community Kitchen is very excited to partner with the Food Prize coalition in the further development of culinary small businesses and our future chefs of Shreveport and Bossier,” said Turaeza Hose, executive director.

The Louisiana Food Prize is a division of the Prize Foundation. The organization also hosts the Louisiana Film Prize, Louisiana Music Prize, Louisiana Startup Prize, and a high school version of their flagship festival called Film Prize Junior. Food Prize activities will take place for the duration of Prize Fest, Oct. 2-6.

“The Louisiana Food Prize is always looking for partners who, like us, understand and strive to elevate our city’s culinary culture,” said Melissa Brannan, Food Prize coordinator. “The Milam Street Kitchen Incubator and Community Kitchen will provide a much-needed service for our community, and we are thrilled to put a spotlight on this incredible endeavor.”

The leadership team at the incubator is made up of multiple culinary professionals, including Turaeza Hose and Monique Armond, Director of Kitchen Operations. Darrin Dixon represents Southern University – Shreveport. The incubator is scheduled to open in downtown Shreveport in August.

Olympic Weightlifter Kendrick Farris to be Feat. Guest at Fundraiser

The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club is pleased to announce tickets are on sale for its 3rd annual Steak & Burger Fundraiser Dinner. This year’s event will take place from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29 at the Agriculture Building at the Louisiana State Fairgrounds.

The special guest is local weightlifter Kendrick Farris, who is an all-time record holder and has been an Olympic team member three times. 

Steak & Burger Dinner tickets are $50 each and you can sponsor a Boys & Girls Club student meal for $25 each. Go to www.steakandburger2019.eventbrite.com to purchase your tickets today.

Horseshoe Bossier City & Run Good Events Present 2019 Southern Poker Open  

Horseshoe Bossier City partnering with Run Good Events, is thrilled to present an exciting and new poker event in Bossier City. The first ever Southern Poker Open will be played in the Riverdome, Aug. 8-11. The Main Event is a $420 buy-in with a $200,000 guaranteed prize pool. Over the course of four days the Southern Poker Open will include $100 Buy-in Mega and Turbo satellites, five Main Event flights and a $160 Buy-in Tag Team Poker Tournament. With tournament entrants expected to be 800 plus, the Riverdome will be equipped with 28 tournament tables and include a Main Stage Final Table. 

“We are excited to build on the resurgence of poker in our area. The Southern Poker Open will be a unique poker experience for all players,” said Horseshoe Poker Operations Manager Chad Disante. 

The Southern Poker Open will usher in a new age of gaming at Horseshoe Bossier City. It will be the first time a Poker Tournament has been played at Horseshoe on the landside of property as hundreds of poker enthusiasts, pros, and weekend warriors descend on the Riverdome for the event. 2013 was the last time a tournament of this caliber was played at Horseshoe when the World Series of Poker Circuit Tour stopped for an event held on the rooftop of the King of the Red. The Run Good Poker Series has hosted several successful events in the Poker Room, most recently in March when RGPS Showbound took over with a $100,000 guaranteed prize and a once-in-a- lifetime chance to play on Poker After Dark. 

“We’re ecstatic to see Horseshoe Bossier City take giant steps forward in growing the game of poker. The move into the Riverdome marks a huge milestone for Louisiana poker. The move will benefit players in various ways that include more room, less wait times to play, and bigger events,” said Founder and President of RunGood, Tana Karn. 

Discounted room rates are available but are limited, so book now. Call 1.800.895.0711 to book and mention code SOPOKER. A full schedule can be found on www.RunGoodEvents.com along with live reporting and event photography on the RunGood Events Facebook Page and @RunGoodEvents Twitter handle.