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Catch Kitchen Fever: The Gaudets’ Steele Place amenities featured on Junior League tour of kitchens

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Drew and Tina Gaudet's outdoor kitchen is part of a major landscaping  project that included the pool and patio.

Tina and Drew Gaudet have had a five-year case of “kitchen fever.” In that short time, they totally redid the 1960s-vintage kitchen at their Steele Place home and added a modern outdoor kitchen in the backyard. The Gaudets’ two kitchens are among those in six homes to be spotlighted March 29 on the Junior League… Continue reading →

35th Annual African violet Show and Sale set to bloom

African violet

More than 150 African violets, including the nationally award-winning CAJUN, will be in bloom this weekend. The 35th Annual African Violet Show and Plant Sale, hosted by the Sundowners Club, will be held from 2-5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at the Baton Rouge Botanic Garden Center, 7950 Independence Blvd. Admission is free.… Continue reading →

Community News, March 27, 2015

Photo provided by MARGRET HODGES -- Cortana Kiwanis Club -- Louisiana Public Broadcasting President Beth Courtney spoke to the Cortana Kiwanis Club on March 5. The club meets at 7:30 a.m. Thursdays at the Piccadilly Cafeteria, 3332 S. Sherwood Blvd., Baton Rouge. For information, contact Lowell Tilley, or (225) 272-6744. Shown are, from left, Mike Grace, Cortana Kiwanis president, Courtney and Bill Blackwood, Cortana Kiwanis March programs coordinator.

Mwanamugimu Essay Contest winners named Mu Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority announced winners of its 2015 Mwanamugimu Essay Contest. High school winners are, first place, Mia Robertson; second place, Ty’Quieria Lodge; third place, Jada James. Middle school winners are, first place, Courtney Harris; second place, Logan Lewis;… Continue reading →

LSU AgCenter Garden News: Easier to grow spring tomatoes

Photo by RICK BOGREN  It's tomato-planting time. Visit local nurseries and garden center to find flats of various tomatoes, from heirloom types to modern hybrids.

Tomatoes are a great crop to grow in the garden now through the fall. And different types are appropriate for different times of the year. “Generally spring tomatoes — nonheat set — are planted after the last frost,” says LSU AgCenter vegetable specialist Kiki Fontenot. In south Louisiana, that’s generally after March 15. These include all… Continue reading →

Hilltop Arboretum sets Spring Fling Plant Sale

Ready to turn your garden’s winter brown to spring green? The Spring Fling Plant Sale can help. And if you’re wondering where the turtles go each winter, come back to LSU’s Hilltop Arboretum on Sunday to find out. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at the arboretum, 11855 Highland Road, a large variety of… Continue reading →

Volunteer opportunities

To learn more about these volunteer opportunities provided by Volunteer! United at Capital Area United Way, contact the listed agency directly. SPEAK UP FOR A CHILD, Capital Area CASA — Jennifer Mayer, (225) 379-8598: Capital Area CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Association recruits, trains and supervises community volunteers who advocate for… Continue reading →

Gourmet Galley: Options for Easter

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  Add flavor to your Easter ham by brushing it with Spicy Fruit Glaze. Serve wtih Creole Mustard Sauce.

Trying to decide on what to serve for your Easter Sunday dinner? Ham will be center stage on many Easter tables. We have lots of choices as to what kind to buy. There’s the big whole ham that many of you will be having; the tasty, hickory-smoked Virginia hams with the dark red meat; the popular… Continue reading →

Baking and Blogging: Loyola student’s cooking blog draws sweet reviews

Photo provided by Graham Blackall -- Tempting recipes and luscious photography have earned Loyola student Graham Blackall's food blog, 'Glazed and Confused,' attention on the Internet.

Give a mouse a cookie, and he’ll want a glass of milk. Give Graham Blackall chicken and waffles, and the 20-year-old might want to bake you a cake. The Loyola student and New Orleans native is a baking aficionado at a young age and is the lively intellect behind the nationally popular blog Glazed and… Continue reading →

Catching some waves: ‘LIGO Generations’ explains world-shaking science studied in woods of Livingston Parish

Photo provided by LIGOImbedded deep in the pine forests north of Livingston, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory, or LIGO, conducts research beneficial to the fields of astronomy and physics. The facility and its scientists are featured in a documentary called "LIGO Generations."

In the woods of Livingston Parish, scientists are working to investigate gravitational waves generated millions of light-years from Earth. At the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory, a huge facility carved out of pine forests north of Livingston, researchers from all over the world are looking for world-shaking evidence in a lab unknown to many in south Louisiana.… Continue reading →

Common Ground: Building on the strength of women

Women have proven that resiliency, patience, fearlessness and a self-sacrificing spirit are key to affecting change. They are motivators, caretakers, cooks, educators, leaders, soccer moms, super moms and a major force behind helping make America better. When I reflect on my grandmothers’ contributions, it reminds me that the struggles of women today, though challenging and… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line: Fun is in the air

Photo provided by SHELIA JUNEAU  --- Bishop's Day --- At the annual Bishop's Day celebration luncheon March 15 at Boudreaux's are, from left, Bishop Robert W. Muench; St. Joseph Apprentices Don and Janice Aucoin, Jackie Kreutzer, Jane Skerkoske, Heather Kirk-Ballard and Goldie Domingue;  Community Award recipient Pat Shingleton; and the Rev. Paul Counce, pastor of St. Joseph Cathedral.

Three huge events are taking place in the Capital City on Thursday night — Our Lady of Lake Foundation’s 30th Anniversary Gala featuring Huey Lewis & the News, the 20th annual Women Chefs’ Showoff benefiting the Iris Domestic Violence Center and the LSU Museum of Art’s 10th anniversary Masquerade on the Mississippi.… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Hospice does brunch

Elizabeth Kobetz, Eli Touchet, David Kobetz

What better way to spend a spring Sunday? Hospice of Acadiana spent theirs fun-raising at River Oaks with JB Saxx &The Band plus a slew of guests, and if flowers weren’t quite blooming yet, they were on the dresses. Just back from a milestone trip to Australia, band… Continue reading →

Shot full of meaning: BR artist Margaret Evangeline takes war personally in LSU Museum exhibit

Advocate photo by ROBIN MILLER -- A visitor is reflected in a suspended piece by Margaret Evangeline on the opening night of her retrospective exhibit, 'Margaret Evangeline: ON WAR,' which runs through Sunday, Aug. 2, at the LSU Museum of Art.

You should expect to see yourself in Margaret Evangeline’s LSU Museum of Art exhibit, “Margaret Evangeline: ON WAR,” which runs through Sunday, Aug. 2. It’s her way of letting you know that war isn’t someone else’s problem. It’s yours. The message also can be felt in the video installation Evangeline produced with… Continue reading →

Chefs to show off for Iris Center

Lynne Medley-Long

For 20 years, area women chefs have cooked up some of their best dishes for the Women Chefs’ Showoff benefiting the Iris Domestic Violence Center, formerly the Battered Women’s Program. But, this year’s March 26 event will be a first for Lynne Medley-Long. Medley-Long, 52, is the new executive director of Iris, having taken over… Continue reading →

Community News, March 24, 2015

Photo provided by JACOB WILBERT -- Order of Alhambra -- Alhambra Muret Caravan 68 hosted a Mardi Gras party for the Iberville and West Baton Rouge Parish Arc on Feb. 13, which included pizza, king cake and second-line dancing. The International Order of Alhambra is an organization of Catholic men and women dedicated to assisting people developmentally disabled by mental retardation. Shown are, from left, kneeling, Jacob Wilbert, Tommy Bickham, Bruce Capone, Gordon Gregoire; standing, Chuck Brown, Pat Wilbert, A.E. Becnel, Mike Panepinto, Francis Becnel, Bill Cooper, Arc Executive Director Elizabeth Fussell and Tommy LeBlanc.

Friendship Force holds monthly board meeting Friendship Force of Baton Rouge held its monthly board meeting March 11 at the Jones Creek Library. President Keith Corkern reported on the Feb. 21 game day. He reminded members of the Friendship Force Southwest Regional Conference to be held March 27-28… Continue reading →

48 works on display at LSU Juried Art Show

The LSU Student Union Art Gallery’s annual LSU Juried Student Art Show will run through Wednesday, April 1, in the LSU Student Union Art Gallery, Raphael Semmes Drive, Baton Rouge. Out of 57 artists and 107 submitted entries, four art professionals selected 48 works from 34 artists. The competition was open to all… Continue reading →

Health Calendar, March 23, 2015

WHAT: A women’s health care forum WHEN: 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 25 WHERE: Southern University Law Center Moot Court Room, SU campus, Baton Rouge ADMISSION: Free and open to the public; registration required. Email DETAILS: Sponsored by Southern University Law Students for Reproductive Justice and LSU Law Students for Reproductive Justice. Speakers include… Continue reading →

Alzheimer’s Q&A, March 23, 2015

Why is integrating music important in the daily care of someone with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia? Music has often been described as a universal language, and studies have shown that music can affect brain waves, brain circulation and stress hormones. Though there are no claims that music can cure a disease, research has shown music benefits… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A, March 23, 2015

Can drinking alcohol lead to cancer? According to the National Cancer Institute, alcohol consumption increases the risk for many different types of cancer including cancer of the head and neck, esophagus, colon, liver and breast cancer in women. In general, these risks increase after about one daily drink for women and two daily… Continue reading →

LSU events mark Flannery O’Connor’s birthday

The LSU English Department will host a pair of events marking late Southern writer Flannery O’Connor’s 90th birthday. The first, 3 p.m. Sunday at the LSU Barnes & Noble Events Room, features English Department faculty and community friends paying tribute to and reading passages from O’Connor’s stories, letters and essays. Free, and offered in conjunction with… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Will you marry me is good, guys

Forrest and Esther Sadler

It’s come to my attention recently that there are brides with the temerity to say, “I love my boyfriend but hated my proposal.” Gentlemen, just when you thought you were home free, it turns out your proposal must now be the product of a marketing firm. This is because there are those among you who stage… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line: Signs of Spring

Photo by GARY DOBBS --- 'Wearin' of the Green' --- Melissa Parmalee, Jenny Peters and Pam Bordelon, from left, at the 30th annual 'Wearin' of the Green' St. Patrick's Day Parade, which was live streamed on

Spring is here! And not a moment too soon. We got an early taste at the 30th anniversary of the “Wearin’ of the Green” St. Patrick’s Day Parade last weekend. Thanks to Melissa Parmalee for being my sidekick for The Advocate’s live streaming webcast of all the festivities and to our sponsors: Varsity Sports, Goodwood… Continue reading →

Arts calendar for March 22, 2015

Photo provided by FrameWorks Gallery -- Janene Grodesky's work is showing at FrameWorks Gallery.

Here’s what’s going on in the area arts and cultural scene: FrameWorks Gallery, 8501 Highland Road, is showing the works of brother-sister duo Janene Grodesky and Scott Grodesky through April 21. Scott Grodesky has shown in the MoMA/P.S.1 and the Queens Museum of Art, both in New York. Janene Grodesky was the 2013 recipient of… Continue reading →

LSU Museum of art to host chamber music

The LSU Museum of Art will host a Sunday afternoon of chamber music as members of the LSU School of Music faculty and two special guests fill the gallery with two works for trio and two string quartets. The concert is set for 3 p.m. Sunday on the fifth floor of the Shaw Center for the Arts,… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge group seeking artists for 'Hot Art, Cool Nights'

Mid City Merchants is calling for local artists to show in its 12th annual spring art show, “Hot Art, Cool Nights,” from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. May 8. The submission deadline is Monday, March 23. Artists from the Baton Rouge area are eligible to participate and should email images of their work, along with titles, mediums,… Continue reading →

Five Louisiana contestants advance to next round in NBC's 'The Voice'

NBC photo by TYLER GOLDEN -- Koryn Hawthorne sings 'Love Me Harder' on NBC's 'The Voice.'

They’ve won the battles, now on to the knockouts. All five Louisiana contestants on NBC’s “The Voice” have advanced to the next level in the reality singing competition series, and will vie in the knock-out rounds starting Monday night. Rob Taylor, of Donaldsonville, performed his battle song, “Animals,” on Tuesday night’s show, facing off… Continue reading →

Book, play compares death penalty to the crucifixion of Jesus

Photo provided by Baton Rouge Community College -- Aaron Fontanilla takes on the role of convicted murderer Matthew Poncelet in Baton Rouge Community College's production of 'Dead Man Walking,' which focuses on the relationship between Sister Helen Prejean and the death-row inmate.

Sister Helen Prejean compares the death penalty to the crucifixion of Jesus and uses the cross to illustrate her argument against it. “This is a really conflictual, really hard, moral issue — and you have to start with the crime,” Prejean said. “Somebody in cold blood has taken the life of… Continue reading →

National Single Moms Conference set for Baton Rouge

Chief Executive Officer Jennifer Maggio and The Life of a Single Mom Ministries will present the 2015 National TLSM Single Moms Conference on June 19-20 in Baton Rouge. This national event is open to single moms and supporters of single moms from around the country who desire to be empowered, educated and encouraged. Since its… Continue reading →

St. Albans Masonic Lodge opens up for Jackson Assembly

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- The St. Albans Masonic Lodge, in use by the Jackson Masons for 166 years, is featured at this year's Jackson Assembly Antiques and Art Show and Sale.

Local Masons have taken votes in the historic St. Albans Masonic Lodge building for 166 years, including a unanimous vote during the Civil War requesting that the Grand Lodge of Louisiana bar “from all rights and privileges of Masonry” the hated Union Gen. Benjamin Butler, whose troops were occupying New Orleans.… Continue reading →

Garden News: Know your hardiness, heat zones

Photo provided by LSU AgCenter -- To get the most out of your garden, be sure to check the USDA Hardiness Zone map.

As we move from our cool season into the warm season, many gardeners start thinking about weather conditions, such as the dates of the last frost and freeze, and consider whether it’s safe to plant any particular plant or seed. The average date of first freeze in East Baton Rouge Parish in the fall is Nov. 20-25,… Continue reading →

Community column for March 20, 2015

Photo provided by METHA ARNOLD -- WBR Garden and Civic -- Gina Periou third from left, from Wild Birds Unlimited spoke about hummingbirds to the West Baton Rouge Garden and Civic Club on March 9 at the WBR Parish Library. Also shown are, from left, President Lillie Mabile, Rumiko Bourg and Chairwomen Mary Neisler.

Hargrave completes Army basic training Army Pvt. D’Mario Hargrave graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Hargrave is the son of Charissa Reed and Cedric Hargrave and grandson of Linda Hargrave and Vareline Reed, all of Baton Rouge, and is a 2014 graduate of Madison Preparatory Academy. O’Bear graduates from Air Force basic training Air Force Airman Destiney M. O’Bear… Continue reading →

Meeting to help turn rose petals into beads

How did rosaries get that name? Because they were originally made of rose petal beads, which release the fragrance of roses when held by warm hands. At the March 26 meeting of the Herb Society of America-Baton Rouge Unit, members and visitors will learn how to make rose petals into beads, and will make beads to… Continue reading →

Volunteer column for March 19, 2015

To learn more about these volunteer opportunities provided by Volunteer! United at Capital Area United Way, contact the listed agency directly. SPEAK UP FOR A CHILD, Capital Area CASA — Jennifer Mayer, (225) 379-8598: Capital Area CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Association recruits, trains and supervises community volunteers who advocate for… Continue reading →

Don’t give up flavor for Lent

Photo provided by Cafe Adelaide  --  Cafe Adelaide chef Carl Schaubhut uses Louisiana crawfish to make a pepper jack grilled cheese sandwich he pairs with Smoked Tomato-Shrimp Bisque.

Starting to find it difficult to come up with a meatless meal each Friday during Lent? During Lent, many Christians use prayer, penance, fasting and good works to prepare for the celebration of Easter, which this year is on April 5. In south Louisiana, with its abundance of fresh seafood, abstinence from meat on Fridays isn’t… Continue reading →