New Orleans Events – Friday, May 15

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Associated Press Louisiana Daybook for Friday, May 15.


VITTER TOWN HALL — U.S. Sen. David Vitter will hold a field hearing to discuss flood protection for coastal communities, 9:00 a.m. Location: New Orleans Lakefront Airport, Atrium, 6001 Stars & Stripes Blvd., New Orleans.

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SOUTHERN SYSTEM — The Southern University System Board of Supervisors holds its regular meeting, 9:00 a.m. Location: Southern University, JS Clark Administration Building, Board Meeting Room, Baton Rouge.


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CHANGE OF COMMAND — A change of command ceremony for the 8th Coast Guard District, 10:00 a.m. Location: Julia Street Cruise Terminal, 920 Port of New Orleans Place, New Orleans.


RESURFACING PROJECT — The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development hosts a press conference to announce the start of a nearly $40 million project to replace pavement on Interstate 10 between French Branch and West Pearl River bridges in St. Tammany Parish, 10:30 a.m. Location: Slidell, I-10 Welcome Center, 41300 Crawford Landing Rd., Slidell.

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LOUISIANA – LAFAYETTE-COMMENCEMENT — Jeremiah Sulunteh, Liberian ambassador to the U.S., will address graduates of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette spring commencement, 11:00 a.m. Location: Cajundome, 444 Cajundome Blvd., Lafayette.


FIREFIGHTERS – RED CROSS — New Orleans Fire Department Superintendent Timothy McConnell will present money collected to the Southeast Louisiana Chapter of the American Red Cross, 1:00 p.m. Location: Fire Headquarters, 317 Decatur St., New Orleans.


NEW ANIMAL SHELTER — Groundbreaking ceremony for a new animal shelter on the west bank of the Mississippi River, 2:00 p.m. Location: Peters Road at Lapalco Blvd., Harvey.


UNO COMMENCEMENT — Dennis Lauscha, president of the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans, will address graduates of the University of New Orleans, 3:00 p.m. Location: UNO Lakefront Arena, New Orleans.


LIBRARY – FUN FEST — The New Orleans Public Library Foundation hosts its end-of-school year fun fest, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Location: Martin Luther King Library, 1611 Caffin Ave., New Orleans.




May 16 – TULANE COMMENCEMENT — Actor/ comedienne Maya Rudolph gives keynote address at Tulane University's 2015 commencement. Best-selling mystery writer Walter Mosley, philosopher Onora O'Neill and jurist Hein Kotz will receive honorary degrees during the ceremony, 9:00 a.m. Location: Superdome, New Orleans.


May 16 – RETURNING HEARTS — The returning hearts celebration, the nation's largest gathering of children and their offender fathers, will be held, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Location: Louisiana State Penitentiary, Angola.


May 16 – MCNEESE COMMENCEMENT — McNeese State University will hold its spring commencement ceremony for 764 graduate candidates, 10:00 a.m. Location: McNeese campus, Burton Coliseum, Lake Charles.


May 16 – LOUISIANA TECH COMMENCEMENT — Louisiana Tech University's spring commencement will be held with Dr. Kamal T. Jabbour, senior scientist for Information Assurance, Information Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory in New York serving as keynote speaker, 10:00 a.m. Location: Louisiana Tech, Thomas Assembly Center, Ruston.


May 16 – SURPLUS AUCTION — The St. Charles Parish Procurement Office will hold an auction of surplus vehicles, heavy equipment, office furniture and other items, 10:00 a.m. Location: Winnwood Shopping Center, 1313 Paul Maillard Rd., Suite B, Luling.


May 16 – SHREVEPORT SYMPHONY — The Shreveport Symphony Orchestra presents a free outdoor concert, 4:00 p.m. activities for kids begin; 6:00 p.m., concert start. Location: Betty Virginia Park, 3901 Fairfield Ave., Shreveport.


May 16-17 –  POW WOW — The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana will celebrate its 20th annual Pow Wow, featuring Native American dance and drum demonstrations and more than 35 food and craft vendors, 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Location: Earl J. Barbry Sr. Convention Center, Paragon Casino Resort, Marksville.




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