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Louisiana Business: BiCentenial, OGB, House of Blues, New Orleans Jazz And Heritage

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 Louisiana Bi-Centenial 

“The 18th Star: Treasures from 200 Years of Louisiana Statehood, opening August 30, 2011, at The Historic New Orleans Collection,  533 Royal Street, celebrates the people, events, traditions and cultures that have defined Louisiana since its entrance into the Union on April 30, 1812, as the 18th state.

The exhibition will be on view through January 29, 2012, at 533 Royal Street.  Admission is free, and more information is available at (504) 523-4662 or

 Writers Workshop 

 Heather Graham, The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, hosts the sixth annual Writers for New Orleans Workshop.    This year’s event will honor the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War.

Guests and speakers include editors Paula Eykeloff, Adam Wilson, Helen Rosburg and Cherry Weiner.  The keynote speakers, Andrew Grant and Tasha Alexander, will be joined by F. Paul Wilson, Kathy Love, Erin McCarthy and Alexandra Sokoloff.

WHEN:    September 2 - 4, 2011 – Workshop, panels and social events

                 September 4 from 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Book signing


CareerTHINK is presenting a back-to-school “Top Secret” study skills course for students in grades six to eight featuring former counter-intelligence agent Ray Hollister from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, August 13, at the Eighth Floor Classrooms of the Galleria Building, Metairie.   The program presents learning strategies formerly available only to the U.S. government’s most highly trained agents.

All profits from the program will be donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, which is working to find a cure for blood cancer. (  Registration is $40 per student. Register online at


 Embera NeuroTherapeutics

 Embera NeuroTherapeutics, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company developing novel treatments for smoking cessation and other addictions, announced today that it has closed on $4.5 million in a continuation of its Series A financing.  Proceeds from this financing, combined with development grant funding from the National Institute for Drug Abuse, will support clinical development of EMB-001 through a Phase 1 safety study, enabling Embera’s clinical development programs for both smoking cessation and cocaine dependence.


 Office of Group Benefits
To address the concerns of Louisiana taxpayers, the League of Women Voters of Baton Rouge (LWVBR) announced today that the August "Lunch With the League" (LWL) will be held on tomorrow, Tuesday, August 16th, 11:30 a.m. at Drusilla Place Catering, 3482 Drusilla Lane, Baton Rouge.

Topic:   How does the tentative sale of the Louisiana Office of Group Benefits (OGB)  benefit anyone?"

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage 

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation will hold an informational workshop to explain the guidelines and procedures for the 2011-2012 Community Partnership Grants Cycle.

Date: Monday, August  22

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Location: The Jazz & Heritage Gallery, 1205 N. Rampart St.

Staff from the Jazz & Heritage Foundation will be on hand to explain the application process for the currently open categories in the Foundation’s Community Partnership Grants Program.  The categories now open include two for education  – including a new category to support arts education in public schools – and one for nonprofit presenters of cultural events.

The application deadline for all three grant categories is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, September  6,  2011. That is the time by which applications must be received at the Jazz & Heritage Foundation office.

Copies of the grant guidelines and application forms are available online at the Community Partnership Grants web site and from the Foundation office.

For more information, please contact the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation at (504) 558-6100.

House of Blues Going Pink

For one night only, the New Orleans House of Blues is going “pink” to raise money to help breast cancer patients get the treatment no one talks about – breast reconstruction following surgical mastectomies.  The House of Blues is collaborating with the Louisiana Breast Cancer Task Force and the Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans to benefit “The Breastoration Fund” which provides financial assistance and educational resources to women facing breast cancer surgery. On this special night, the “House of Pink” will feature world class entertainment combined with the finest food and beverages.  The “House of Pink” will also recognize the talent and compassion of Louisiana healthcare professionals and other exceptional individuals for their extraordinary compassionate service to breast cancer patients.  
For those wanting to sponsor this worthy event, contact [email protected] 

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