This and that|Scrapbooking, art, cooking set at SCHC

Published 12:00 am Sunday, May 3, 2009

The Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation has announced June events. Space is limited and reservations are required for each. Call 601-631-2997 or e-mail

On the schedule are:

* A cooking workshop for the entire family called “Super Foods, Super Families, Super You,” set for 6 p.m. June 2.

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Kristin Gluck will lead the workshop. Super foods are ingredients that help lower cholesterol, reduce risk of heart disease and cancer and are proven to increase health, delay aging and increase energy levels. The cost is $25 for adult SCHF members, $30 for nonmembers and $10 for children ages 6-18.

* Scrappin’ on the River, a scrapbooking workshop that will run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 20. The session is open to all skill levels. Vicksburg native and a Creative Memories consultant Colleen Wells will teach. The cost is $25 for SCHF members and $30 for nonmembers.

• The 2009 Vicksburg Multicultural Arts Camp, set for 8 a.m.-noon June 22-26. The camp is open to children 6-12, and the fee is $50 per child and includes supplies, materials and a daily snack. Vicksburg High School art instructor Kathy Gibson and choral director Tracy Gardner will lead the camp, which will end with a performance and exhibit.

Best in Show goes to Porter in N.O.

Vicksburg artist and downtown gallery owner H.C. Porter was awarded Best of Show, the highest honor at the 2009 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival’s Contemporary Crafts Exhibition, for her Backyards & Beyond: Mississippians and Their Stories exhibit.

Porter was one of 65 participants in the contest. Her media paintings tell the stories of life on the Mississippi Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina hit in August 2005. Next year, the exhibit will travel to the William J. Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock for the fifth anniversary of Katrina.

Local’s 2-D painting on display at ORAG

The Ouachita River Art Gallery’s May artist will be a local, Anne Eberle.

Her two-dimensional paintings are based on physics and astronomy.

Eberle has a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and a master’s from Northeast Louisiana University. She has studied at the Kansas City Art Institute and Louisiana Tech University.

The exhibit is free and the hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The gallery is located at 308 Trenton St., West Monroe. For information, call 318-322-2380 or visit

Book tells story of Civil War soldier

The words of a Civil War soldier who spent time in Vicksburg have been compiled into a book.

“A Civil War Diary” features the accounts of James A. Black, first assistant surgeon of the 49th Illinois Infantry Regiment. He spent about three months in Mississippi, describing the weather, terrain, and daily life in Vicksburg, Corinth, Jackson, Decatur, Canton and other places. He spent 1,461 days as a Union private.

The book was transcribed by Benita K. Moore and is available at

For more information, call 888-728-8467.