Foundation seeks grant applicants

New Orleans —The Walmart Foundation is accepting applications through Friday from Louisiana nonprofit organizations for its annual State Giving Program.

In 2011, cash and in-kind donations in Louisiana from Wal-Mart stores, Sam’s Clubs and the Walmart Foundation totaled $15.8 million. Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program awards grants twice a year to underserved populations in every state who need help. State Giving grants begin at $25,000.

In 2012, Louisiana-based charities including the Greater New Orleans Immunization Network and The Miracle League of Greater New Orleans received funding from State Giving Program grants issued by the Walmart Foundation.

The proposed use of the grant must fit within one of the Walmart Foundation’s core giving areas: Hunger Relief & Nutrition, Sustainability, Women’s Economic Empowerment or Career Opportunity.

Eligible applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in order to meet the program’s minimum funding criteria.

Grant submissions are accepted only online at

Animal shelter lists adoption hours

Luling — The St. Charles Parish Animal Shelter will be open for pet adoptions on the first and third Saturdays of each month from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The shelter is located at 921 Rue La Cannes in Luling, in the Dufresne Business Park.

The adoption fee is $80 for dogs and cats, which includes spaying and/or neutering.

The St. Charles Humane Society also shows adoptable dogs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays at PetSmart, 6851 Veterans Memorial Blvd., in Metairie (except first Saturdays of the month).

Adoptable cats are available at that location daily during regular business hours.

Slidell to host Arts Evening

Slidell — Slidell is presenting an evening of art and entertainment in Olde Towne Saturday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. with its 19th annual Arts Evening.

The works of more than 100 artists and arts organizations will be on display at 31 locations throughout Olde Towne in the free event, and live music will be offered at the venues.

Arts Evening is typically held each year in the fall, but competition from LSU football games led the city’s Department of Cultural & Public Affairs to change the schedule.

New Orleans to offer business sessions

New Orleans — Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s Office of Economic Development will kick off another series of Business Information Sessions on Tuesday featuring information, resources and opportunities for business owners and entrepreneurs.

The first session will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at St. Matthew United Church, 1333 S. Carrollton Ave., and will address the topics: “How To Write A Well-Organized Business Plan” presented by the A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University and “The Importance Of Business Credit & The Credit Score Community Program” presented by Operation HOPE.

Each session will focus on specific topics. All sessions, which run from 5:30 to to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, are open to the public.

Other sessions are March 5 at the Ashe Cultural Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.; March 12 at Holy Angels, 3500 St. Claude Ave.; March 18 at Crystal Magnolia, LLC Country Club, 7221 Curran Blvd.; and March 26 at the East New Orleans Public Library, 5641 Read Blvd.

To RSVP, residents or business owners can contact Margrett Frazier in the Office of Economic Development at (504) 658-4237 or

Chevron program helps schools

New Orleans — Chevron U.S.A. Inc. and announced that its Fuel Your School program, which launched for the first time this year in Orleans, Plaquemines and St. Tammany parishes, provided $126,966 that benefitted 175 local public school classroom projects and 16,028 students.

Through Chevron’s Fuel Your School program, teachers at 73 Orleans, Plaquemines and St. Tammany parishes public schools received critical classroom resources.

Chevron contributed $1 for purchases of eight or more gallons, up to $250,000, from Oct. 1-31 at participating Chevron and Texaco stations in Orleans, Plaquemines and St. Tammany parishes, adding up to a total contribution of $126,966 to benefit public school classroom projects posted on

Crescent City Beacon wins award

New Orleans —The Crescent City Beacon Community and its partners are to be awarded the 2013 Innovator Award from Healthcare Informatics for efforts to transform the healthcare delivery system in the greater New Orleans area.

The Greater New Orleans area was chosen in 2010 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology as one of only 17 federally funded Beacon communities.

Since then, CCBC has advanced several projects, including creating a new patient-centered care coordination system for the New Orleans area, enabled by the GNOHIE, the city’s first Health Information Exchange.

The Interim LSU Hospital and West Jefferson Medical Center are actively participating in this care coordination network along with a dozen community health care centers.

CCBC will be recognized at the Healthcare Innovator Awards reception at 6 p.m. March 4 at Palace Cafe in New Orleans during the annual HIMSS Conference.

Exhibit examines La.’s first explorers

New Orleans —The Historic New Orleans Collection’s latest exhibition, “Seeking the Unknown: Natural History Observations in Louisiana, 1698–1840,” examines Louisiana’s early scientific expeditions.

The free exhibition, which opened Saturday at 533 Royal St. and runs through June 2, is available to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The exhibition draws on reports from early European explorers, whose accounts kicked off a flurry of interest in the New World’s environment that lasted well into the 19th century.

The display comprises selections from THNOC’s holdings plus loaned items from several institutions in the state and four French archives.

Together, these pieces spotlight particular individuals whose work was influential in recording the natural history of Louisiana.

Items on display include centuries-old plant and animal specimens — including a bobcat, a cougar and a Mississippi map turtle — collected by various explorers and scientists.

The exhibition features several reptile specimens in jars that were collected in the 1830s.

Detailed drawings, watercolors and illustrated folios — including several by John James Audubon — are also part of the display.

Compiled by the New Orleans bureau