Loews New Orleans renovation complete

The 285-room Loews New Orleans Hotel has completed a $4 million guest room and restaurant renovation.

Designed by local firm Lisambiance Interior Design, the new look layers historic New Orleans culture with modern lines in blue and gray tones reminiscent of the region’s waterways. New carpeting patterns emulate the historic wrought iron seen throughout the city, while sofas, chairs and fabrics inspired by men’s suiting provide a tailored appearance. New art depicts popular New Orleans scenes including riverboats, musical instruments and architecture.

Headquartered in New York City, Loews Hotels & Resorts owns and/or operates 22 hotels and resorts across the U.S. and Canada.

‘Investing for Good’ grants go to two groups

Two New Orleans groups received grants as part of the Capital One Bank “Investing for Good” awards.

Grants went to Harmony Neighborhood Development/Louisiana SBDC and Good Work Network for the “Capital One Culinary Incubator” and to Grow Dat/Bayou District Foundation for the “Sowing the Seeds Institute.”

Computer educators conference scheduled

The Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators will hold its 30th annual conference Dec. 2-4 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside.

More than 2,000 participants are expected.

The keynote speaker is Jamie Casap, the global education evangelist at Google Inc. who works with educational organizations around the world to help them find ways to continuously improve the quality of education by using technology.

Also featured at the conference is Leslie Fisher, founder of Fisher Technologies Inc., a nationwide corporation providing Web design, consulting, training and presentation services to school districts and companies.

Awards will be presented Wednesday to educators for exemplary performance in integrating the use of computers into the educational process and for the development of original lesson plans to accomplish that goal.

Register online at lacue.org or on-site at the Hilton Riverside.

Landmarks Society taking nominations

The Louisiana Landmarks Society is seeking nominations until Jan. 15 for its 2015 Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation.

The awards will honor projects completed in Orleans Parish — outside of the French Quarter — in 2014 that represent outstanding examples of restoration or rehabilitation of historic buildings, as well as new construction in a historic district.

Nominations can be submitted from individuals, companies or organizations. The awards will be presented at a reception on April 15.

A nomination form is available at www.louisianalandmarks.org/awards-excellence-historic-preservation.

Caring Transitions opens area location

Caring Transitions of Southeastern Louisiana has opened at 143 Lazy Creek Drive in Mandeville.

The franchise, which serves New Orleans and the surrounding area, is operated by long-time New Orleans residents Chris Armond and Mylinda Gettys.

Caring Transitions specializes in managing senior relocations, downsizing and estate liquidations.

In addition to organizing, packing and move oversight, Caring Transitions can handle on-site and online estate sales, liquidations and preparing homes for market.

The phone number is (985) 231-0777 and email is carmond@caringtransitions.net, or visit caringtransitionsneworleans.com.

Founded in 2006, Caring Transitions has more than 150 locations across the United States.

Plant materials conference set

A plant materials conference for Louisiana nursery, landscape and garden center professionals will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 3 at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden, 4560 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge.

The event is being held by the LSU Agricultural Center and Louisiana Nursery and Landscape Association.

The program will include a review of new plants for 2015; information on Louisiana Super Plants for 2015; and a report on the California spring trials.

Louisiana licensed landscape architects will receive four CEUs for attending the entire program.

Registration is $30 per person, and space is limited.

More information and registration forms are available from Allen Owings at (985) 543-4125, (225) 603-8096 or aowings@agcenter.lsu.edu.

Marucci Sports adds softball product line

Marucci Sports announced a new softball product line that features the new PURE bat, fielding gloves, batting gloves and bags.

The Baton Rouge company also named Hall of Fame LSU softball coach Yvette Girouard as its softball ambassador.

“The new softball line is a natural progression for us,” said Marucci co-founder and CEO Kurt Ainsworth. “We wanted to continue putting our expertise into products that players want and need to be successful, and the input and direction from Coach Girouard helps us do that.”

Marucci will work to expand its set of softball offerings in the coming seasons.