Whether you’d like to watch wildebeest and zebras roam or set sail with John Schneider, you’re in luck.
Spaces are still available for the Friends of the Baton Rouge Zoo’s expedition to Tanzania and the actor-hosted cruise to Cozumel. Both trips happen in November.
This will be the third Friends-sponsored journey to Africa. Having visited Kenya on past trips, the Nov. 14-23 tour heads to Tanzania, Africa’s 13th largest country.
The Africa trip costs roughly $6,285, including the airfare.
For more information, go to brzoo.org/tanzania or call (800) 627-1244.
“John Schneider Offshore” is a four-night trip leaving Nov. 5 from New Orleans aboard the Carnival Elation.
A companion offering includes a pub crawl, ghost tour, hotel stay, and city and cemetery tour starting the night before in the Big Easy.
The pre-events run $450 per person, while the cruise prices start at $548 for an oceanview cabin.
For more information or to book the trip, call Geauxing Places Travel, (225) 665-7050 or go to geauxingplaces.com.
Flag exhibit in Shreveport
“Sacred Symbols in Sequins: Vintage Haitian Vodou Flags” will open Tuesday at Meadows Museum in Shreveport.
The exhibition will focus on the beauty and sanctity of Haitian Vodou, much unlike the frightening and dark voodoo stereotyped in American pop culture.
Among the shows will be three rarely exhibited flags from the Meadows’s own extensive collection of Haitian art, donated in 1996 by Dr. and Mrs. Henry K. Miller, of Baton Rouge. The Millers collected art directly from Haitian artists during more than 40 years of service trips to Hospital Albert Schweitzer in Deschapelles, Haiti, where Dr. Miller volunteered annually.
“The flags and bottles exemplify the force and elegance of Vodou gods (lwa). The flags are among the most sacred and expensive ritual implements in the temple (ounfò), and their presence is essential in key Vodou rites, including initiation, invocation of the lwa, and pilgrimage,” a news release said.
The Meadows Museum is on the campus of Centenary College of Louisiana, 2911 Centenary Blvd. The museum is free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays.
For more information, call (318) 869-5040 or visit centenary.edu/meadows.
Site offers tool demo
How did the Poverty Point inhabitants make and use stone tools?
Find out Sunday, Sept. 6, as the park hosts a tool demonstration. The session will include a “hands-on” artifacts display, with audience participation encouraged.
The event will run every hour, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The World Heritage Site offers visitors the opportunity to study the culture of area inhabitants from 1600 to 1100 BC.
The $4 admission fee provides access to the area museum, video, hiking trail and tram tours, which are scheduled Wednesday through Sunday. Children (12 and younger) and senior citizens (62 and older) are admitted free.
Poverty Point is on La.577 east of Monroe. The site is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
For more information, call (888) 926-5492.