Religion Bulletins for April 19, 2014

The Rev. Henry J. Brown

Baton Rouge Saturday Easter parade: 10 a.m., Richardson Chapel Church of God in Christ, 731 W.K. Gordon St. Bishop G. Pierce, pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church, is grand marshal of the North Baton Rouge Easter Parade, which rolls from the church to Rosenwald, right on La. 19, left on Robin Street, right on Tern Street, … Continue reading →

Garden News: Control ants with fresh baits, insecticides

Advocate file photo -- Fire ant mounds will begin appearing in lawns and gardens as temperatures warm.

Warmer weather brings many things to our landscapes, including the dreaded fire ants. Fire ants are most active when soil temperatures begin to warm up, says LSU AgCenter entomologist Alan Morgan. The critters begin to move around the landscape and forage when temperatures are above 70 degrees but below 90 degrees. You can control fire … Continue reading →

Community column for April 18, 2014

Photo provided by RAFAEL DE CASTRO -- Youth Oasis benefit -- Participating in the March 28 Sleep-Out benefiting Youth Oasis are, from left, front row, Shawn Goble, Chris King; back row, Roseanne LeBlanc, Pammi Bains, Clay Young, Gary Golden, Kathy Achee, Steve Malik and Sarah Matthews. Donors and volunteers erected cardboard box shelters and 'slept-out' one night on the Youth Oasis parking lot to raise awareness of the growing problems faced by at risk youth in our community.

BR Woodworkers Club donates desks to IRIS Members of the Baton Rouge Woodworkers Club ( donated 14 night stands to the IRIS Domestic Violence Center of Baton Rouge on March 1. The Woodworkers Club Project involved teams that designed, built and finishing night stands using oak, maple or walnut. Katherine Bonds, … Continue reading →

Society meeting features ‘Shakers and Their Herbs’

Dr. Mary Bellis Williams will present a program on “Shakers and Their Herbs” at the Thursday, April 24, meeting of the Herb Society of America. The program begins at 7 p.m. and will be held at the Burden Conference Center, 4560 Essen Lane. The cost is $5; free for society members. The Shakers were important in … Continue reading →

Volunteer column for April 18, 2014

To learn more about these volunteer opportunities provided by Volunteer! United at Capital Area United Way, contact the listed agency directly. CRISIS CHAT LINE, The Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center — (225) 924-1431 or The Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center is looking for volunteer crisis counselors for THE PHONE and Crisis Chat. The PHONE is … Continue reading →

Service dog is Tulane student’s pet project

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- Adam Kline works with his service dog in training on the Tulane Campus  in New Orleans, La. Thursday, April 10, 2014. Last spring Kline, a public health/pre-med major, founded the Tulane Service-Dog Training and Education Program (TUSTEP). The program works in conjunction with the Canine Companions for Independence organization, as well as with Dixon Correctional Institute in East Feliciana Parish, raising puppies to become service dogs.

Canine Kipper is like an American Express card. Adam Kline, his human, never leaves home without him. That’s because Tulane University student Kline is a puppy trainer, and 7-month-old Kipper is a service dog in training. A 24/7 connection is required for their shared mission. Last spring Kline, a public health and pre-med major, … Continue reading →

Common Ground: Students get field trip to Safety Town

Imagine giving kindergarteners the chance to drive on busy roads complete with railroad tracks, one-way streets and stop lights. “Vrmmmm! Watch me! Watch me!” said one small boy, as he zoomed across a railroad track and through a red light inside the miniature town. I was with a group of 5- and 6-year-olds on … Continue reading →

Pam Bordelon for April 16, 2014

Photo provided by KIZZY PAYTON  --- Knock Knock donation --- Celebrating the donation of $100,000 by CN Railroad to the Knock Knock Childrens Museum at an April 9 get-together at BREC's headquarters are, seated from left, BREC Superintendent Carolyn McKnight, Knock Knock Board Vice Chariwoman Aza Bowlin, Louisiana Railroad Association Representative Monica Hooge and Knock Knock board member Kelli Harton; and, standing, Steve Browning, of Hayes Dent Public Strategies; BREC Commissioner John Taylor; Knock Knock board Chairwoman Staci Deumite Duhé; CN Director of U.S. Government Affairs Jim Kvedaras; Knock Knock board member Cricket Gordon; Louisiana Railroad Association general representative Carmack Blackmon; Knock Knock board member Dennis Blunt and Knock Knock project director Melissa Bell.

Area businessmen, elected officials, religious leaders, governmental officers and academic and law enforcement leaders were among the 350 guests celebrating all that’s good in the Capital City at the 24th annual Baton Rouge Spring Luncheon March 19 at Drusilla Place. Keynote speakers were LSU football coach Les Miles, Southern University football coach Dawson Odums, East Baton … Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Delta Sigma Theta summons sisters

Lillie Ewell

“Women Empowering Women” was the theme as ladies of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Opelousas Alumnae Chapter debuted their Hat and Glove Dinner Party at the Opelousas Civic Center. Serenaded with a special vocal tribute written and performed by Lee Ella Williams, of Lake Charles, emotions ran high as members joined the musical homage to charter members Lillie Ewell, … Continue reading →

Younger achievers from area schools

Logan Berthelot -- Editor's note: The caption information was changed on Tuesday, April 15, to correct the spelling of his last name.

Among the younger students competing for Student of the Year honors from southeast Louisiana are: Logan Berthelot Eighth grade, 13 (turns 14 on April 17) SCHOOL: Brusly Middle School, Brusly PARENTS: Donny and Maria Berthelot FAVORITE SUBJECT: English. “Out of everyone … Continue reading →

Community news for April 15, 2014

Photo provided by RAFAEL DE CASTRO -- Youth Oasis benefit -- Participating in the March 28 Sleep-Out benefiting Youth Oasis are, from left, front row, Shawn Goble, Chris King; back row, Roseanne LeBlanc, Pammi Bains, Clay Young, Gary Golden, Kathy Achee, Steve Malik and Sarah Matthews. Donors and volunteers erected cardboard box shelters and 'slept-out' one night on the Youth Oasis parking lot to raise awareness of the growing problems faced by at risk youth in our community.

John Abel has been named 2014 Baker Citizen of the Year by the Baker Inter-Club Council. A banquet in his honor will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, at Greenwood Park. A Baker resident since 1985, Abel assisted with the coordination … Continue reading →

‘Flora of Louisiana’ featured in LSU Museum of Art exhibit

Photo provided by LSU Special Collections Division, Hill Memorial Library -- Margaret Stones' 'Louisiana Lily' is among works visitors will see during a tour 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the  LSU Museum of Art, Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. The tour will also include the grounds of the LSU Hilltop Arboretum.

Margaret Stones is to botanicals, says the curator of the LSU Museum of Art’s new exhibit, what John James Audubon is to birds. Heady praise from Randy Harelson, the New Roads horticulturalist, artist and author who curated the exhibit, “Margaret Stones’ Flora of Louisiana: The Baton Rouge Connection” which runs through Aug. 3, at the LSU … Continue reading →

Danny Heitman’s “At Random” : Catching up on funny bird names

Nearly a decade ago, when our son was still too young to easily read for himself, he declared an early interest in mechanical science, leaving behind the shelves of “Curious George” and “Mother Goose” at the local library, and turning instead to books about electronics and engineering. On his nightstand, ready for each evening’s bedtime story, were … Continue reading →

Reaching out to assist

One day I was on the way home from town when my cell phone rang; it was my wife. She wanted me to stop by the grocery store to get a few things. “The list isn’t too long, so I guess I can remember what to get,” I said, then I hung up. When I … Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for April 13, 2014

Last week, we had our world rocked, we emerged, we celebrated mudbugs and we became engaged. And, then there were the debutantes! This year’s theme, “Rock Your World,” for the 47th annual Best Dressed Ball on April 5 benefiting the American Cancer Society is a bit of an understatement. There … Continue reading →

BR-area high school students receive awards for artwork

On March 30, Baton Rouge Gallery opened its doors inside to its annual “Real-Life Experience Juried High School Exhibition.” On the following Wednesday, the gallery hosted a “First Wednesday” Opening Reception, where the community was able to view more than 40 works of original art from East Baton Rouge Parish public and private high school students. … Continue reading →

Arts Calendar for April 13, 2014

Here’s what’s happening this week in the Baton Rouge-area arts and cultural scene: ■ 2-5 p.m. today, April 13, the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge’s Sunday in the Park concert featuring bluesman Larry Garner at North Boulevard Town Square. Admission is free. For more information, visit ■ Children’s auditions for … Continue reading →

Garden News: Prune to help azaleas bloom

Photo by RICK BOGREN -- Azaleas that have few blooms are probably suffering from late pruning. Avoid this situation by pruning before July 4th.

Azaleas are blooming. You’ve probably seen azalea bushes so full of flowers you couldn’t see any green. And you’ve likely seen azalea bushes with many fewer flowers. What’s the difference? “Pruning,” says LSU AgCenter horticulturist Allen Owings. “When azaleas are pruned improperly, you get fewer flowers.” Like many spring-flowering shrubs, azalea bushes begin to make … Continue reading →

Community column for April 11, 2014

Photo provided by DALE BONAVENTURE -- Good Ole Boys -- The North Baton Rouge Good Ole Boys held their quarterly luncheon March 20 at Don's Seafood and Steak House. Shown are, seated, Morris 'Spike' James; standing from left, Donnie Cotten, Ernie Hernandez, Darrel Walton, Hots Aull, Ronnie Fairchild, Carroll DiBenedetto, Maxie Thiel, Don 'Catfish' Smith, Anthony Magee, Jim Turner and Chuck Comeaux.

Mensmans named KC Family of the Month The family of Chris and Danielle Mensman received the March 2014 Family of the Month Award by Knights of Columbus Council 9692 from Grand Knight Eddie Guidry on March 23 at the St. Jude Catholic Church Parish Hall. They are co-chairpersons of the Family Life Ministry, … Continue reading →

Burden, Independence Park to host plant sales

Photo provided by EBR Master Gardeners - Vibrant verbena will be on sale at the Spring Plant Sale on Saturday.

Area gardeners can shop two big plants sales on Saturday. The East Baton Rouge Master Gardeners will have thousands of colorful plants ready for local flower beds at the annual Spring Plant Sale at the LSU Botanic Gardens at Burden, on Essen Lane at I-10. Over at BREC’s Independence Park, some of the best garden plants … Continue reading →

Watercolor drawings of La. flora to be highlighted in tour series

LSU’s Museum of Art and the Hilltop Arboretum are presenting a series of collaborative tours highlighting the watercolor drawings of south Louisiana’s native flora, which inspired Australian botanical artist Margaret Stones, starting this Sunday. The program runs from 3-5 p.m. and will continue in June, July and August. Join horticultural expert Neil Odenwald and botanist Lowell … Continue reading →

Volunteer column for April 11, 2014

Volunteer opportunities, provided by Capital Area United Way, are outlined in this column. To learn more about these opportunities please contact the listed agency directly. CRAWFISH COOK-OFF, Big Buddy Program and Junior Achievement of Baton Rouge — Laurie Hardison, (225) 388-9737, or email The Crawfish King Cook-off will be held Friday, May … Continue reading →

Feast of Unleavened Bread pushes Seder cooks’ creativity

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- A typical Passover Seder feast might include, from left, Asparagus Sauteed With Lemon and Shallots, Baked Bananas, Roasted Chicken with Matzo Balls and  Mississippi Praline Macaroons, always served with matzos, or  unleavened bread, the most  important Passover symbol.

At sundown on April 14, children in every Jewish community in the world will ask the question they have asked for 3,000 years. “Why is this night different from all other nights?” This question, and three other questions, are an integral part of the Seder, the meal opening the weeklong celebration of Passover, the Feast of … Continue reading →

Pam Bordelon for April 9, 2014

Photo provided by DANA MICHELLE --- Woman's Auxiliary --- At the Woman's Hospital Auxiliary luncheon on March 19 are, from left, Mary Stein,  East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library assistant director; Elaine Burke, auxiliary president-elect; Beverly Brooks Thompson, Woman's chief development officer; and Rose Marie Fife, auxiliary president.

One of my favorite spring events takes place this coming Saturday night — Baton Rouge Ballet’s “Dancin’ in the Streets” block party fundraiser at Perkins Rowe. It all starts at 7 p.m. with food from some of the city’s best restaurants and caterers, and dancing to the sounds of Phat Hat. Get your tickets online at … Continue reading →

Common Ground: Listening to others helps us all out

Graduating senior Tammy Garner, 18, wears a hearing aid, reads lips, can use sign language and she talks. Her biggest challenge has been to show those who can hear that she is just as smart, capable and intelligent as they are. “Everywhere I go, it’s hard for deaf people to communicate (with the … Continue reading →