The West Baton Rouge Museum on Monday opened its new exhibition “Holding Out and Hanging On: 10 Years After Hurricane Katrina,” featuring the photography of retired LSU professor and first responder Thomas Neff.
The exhibit, which runs through Sept. 13, features photographs and stories of Katrina’s survivors that Neff gathered in the days following the storm.
Those images and commentary were published in his 2007 book.
Neff spent 45 days in New Orleans following the storm, and through his volunteer work, interviews and photography, he developed relationships with the people who decided to stay behind despite the city’s hardships.
On Aug. 18, Neff will be at the museum to present the gallery talk for this exhibit and to sign copies of his book.
Southern Riders cruise
The Southern Independent Riders hosts its ninth annual Poker Run on Saturday, with proceeds dedicated to the Dream Day Foundation and St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
The event is open to all bike riders and drivers.
Registration, which is $20 per driver and $10 per passenger, includes a meal ticket. Registration is from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.
The Poker Run will start at Joe-Joe’s Sugarpatch Lounge in Port Allen with stops at businesses in Addis, Plaquemine, Grosse Tete and Erwinville.
The run will end at Sugarpatch for a party featuring live music, food and door prizes.
For details, call Wayne at (228) 234-1914 or Phyllis at (228) 223-1910.
Church marks 147 years
St. John the Baptist Church in Dorseyville celebrates its 147th year with a church anniversary and homecoming service Friday and Sunday.
A Black and White Gala will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at the White Castle Community Center. Tickets are $35 each.
The anniversary service is at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, with the Rev. Leroy Taylor serving as guest pastor. A family picnic will follow the service.
Cruisin’ for a Cure
The Syngenta Relay for Life Team, along with the Alternate Route Cruisers, will host its eighth annual Cruisin’ for a Cure benefit open car, truck and bike show on July 25.
The event, benefiting the American Cancer Society, takes place at Syngenta’s shaded pavilion area at 3905 La. 75 in St. Gabriel.
Vehicle registration is that day from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. The fee is $25 per vehicle.
The event will end at approximately 3 p.m.
In addition to the cars on display, the show will feature door prizes, a silent auction, a live auction, music and lots of food and drinks.
For information, contact Buddy Lee at (225) 715-4505 or Lynn O’Brien at (225) 642-1667.
Elvis tribute artist to perform
The Arts Council of Pointe Coupee will host Elvis tribute artist Travis LeDoyt at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 9 at the Poydras Center Auditorium in New Roads.
LeDoyt’s performance is part of the council’s 2015 Performing Arts Series.
Tickets are available at The Therapy Center and Roy’s Jewelers.
To reserve a ticket, you can call Gale Roy at (225) 718-1574.
The Performing Arts Series is sponsored by a grant from the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Foundation.
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