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Teen hopes to inspire young people with book of devotionals

Photo by MARK H. HUNTER -- Teen devotional writer Victoria Lira, author of 'I Have Called You for Such a Time as This,' works on her second book at the kitchen counter with her Bible, laptop and notebooks.

When Victoria Lira was 7 years old, she had a dream of being in the clouds with her younger brother, Joshua, in what evangelical Christians call “the rapture.” That dream of going to heaven was so powerful and memorable, she wrote it down in a diary.… Continue reading →

Salvation Army seeks relief for men’s shelter

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK --  Maj. Mel James and Maj. Esther James, of the Salvation Army in Lafayette, say the Empty Bowl fundraiser on Feb. 25 will benefit the men?s shelter.

Maj. Esther James is a Salvation Army pastor with 47 years in the ranks. But her mission is far from over. To benefit the church’s men’s shelter, the Salvation Army will host its second annual Empty Bowl fundraiser Feb. 25 at River Oaks in Lafayette. “When the men come to us — some have… Continue reading →

Here are this week's religion bulletins: Feb. 13 - 20


CLOTHING GIVE AWAY: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Shady Grove 1st Missionary Baptist Church, 16443 Plank Road. Free clothes for men, women and children. A short fellowship will be held at noon with light refreshments. CELEBRATION OF BLACK HISTORY: 9 a.m., Evening Star Baptist Church, 16301… Continue reading →

BR minister takes over New Iberia church

The First Presbyterian Church of Iberia Parish, established in 1895, announces its new location at 1401 Parkview Drive. The church has hired the Rev. Linda Kelly as pastor. An ordained Presbyterian minister, Kelly most recently served as interim pastor of Highland Presbyterian Church in Baton Rouge.… Continue reading →

Dog porch, workshop, lots of bookcases: See Walnut Hills home renovated for owners' unique interests

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Linda Bowsher stands in her living room, which opens from a front hall that was added in 2002, one of several renovations made to the home she shares with her husband, Bob Bowsher.

Through three major projects and a few minor ones, Bob and Linda Bowsher transformed what she called the “Baton Rouge version of a ranch house” into a modern traditional-style showplace. It’s also become the perfect background for his handmade furniture, her art, family pieces and items collected over decades. The Bowshers purchased their home in… Continue reading →

BREC speaker to discuss native vegetation

Kathy Stites, of the BREC Capital Area Pathways Project, will speak on plans for connecting people and parks using native vegetation for restoring habitats, streams and banks at the Sunday, Feb. 21, meeting of the Capital Area Native Plant Society. The meeting, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 1:30 p.m. at… Continue reading →

Garden news: Cinco de Mayo named Rose of the Year

Photo by ALLEN OWINGS, LSU AgCenter  Cinco de Mayo, which has unique smoky lavender to rust-orangy red blooms, is the 2016 Gulf District Rose of the Year.

The Gulf District of the American Rose Society has named Cinco de Mayo as the 2016 Gulf District Rose of the Year. “Cinco de Mayo is an outstanding floribunda rose that has done well in southern United States trials since its 2009 introduction and is an All-America Rose Selections winner,” says LSU AgCenter horticulturist Allen Owings.… Continue reading →

Prairieville mother of four a ‘stone-cold’ competitor on ‘Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge’

Photo provided by CMT -- Emily Rachal, of Prairieville, lugs a weighted bag  as on a running course as Steve Austin cheers her on in 'Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge.' 'I’m not a huge wrestling fan,' she says of Austin, 'but once you meet him, he’s kind of larger than life, big personality.'

A gym set with swings and a slide is commonplace in family backyards. An obstacle course, not so much. But when Emily Rachal’s physical training kicked into high gear, her husband, Richard Rachal, saw it as an opportunity for a home project. “He’s the mastermind behind the whole obstacle course,” said Rachal, 33,… Continue reading →

Louisiana Sinfonietta concert set for Sunday

Angela Draghicescu

The Louisiana Sinfonietta will take on a decidedly international flavor for its concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, in the LSU School of Music Recital Hall on Dalrymple Drive. Diverse instrumental soloists originally from Bulgaria, Romania, Greece, Brazil and Mexico will join with the chamber orchestra to present classical music from Germany, Italy and Greece in… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Meet the Press

Dewitt and Neetzie David

His Majesty King Gabriel LXXVII Dewitt Clinton David Jr. and Queen Evangeline LXXVII Katherine Elise Blanchet conducted their first official media interviews at the Woodvale home of royal parents Bill and Rebecca Blanchet. Television and newspapers alike gathered to meet Their Highnesses, who posed for photographs amid their families.… Continue reading →

‘Killing Fields,’ which focuses on LSU graduate student's unsolved murder, wraps season Tuesday night

File photo -- Eugenie Boisfontaine

The first-season finale of “Killing Fields” airs at 9 p.m. Tuesday on what would have been Eugenie Boisfontaine’s 53rd birthday. LSU graduate student Boisfontaine’s unsolved murder has been the focus of Discovery Channel’s first true-crime series, about the remote killing fields or dumping grounds across the country where killers stash their victims. Boisfontaine,… Continue reading →

New Orleans chef, 'Top Chef' contestant will cook on ‘Today’ show Tuesday

Photo by Denny Culbert -- Isaac Toups

New Orleans chef Isaac Toups, currently competing on Bravo TV’s “Top Chef,” will appear on the “Today” show Tuesday morning on NBC. For hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, Toups will make his version of crawfish étoufée as his idea for a romantic Valentine’s Day meal. Toups will use Louisiana ingredients including crawfish, rice, and… Continue reading →

‘Legally Blonde’ gets snappy

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Paulette, left, played by Alaina Richard, gets a little advice from Elle Woods, played by Camille Nolan, on how to do the 'bend and snap'  in a scene from the LSU Musical Theatre Club's production of 'Legally Blonde.'

Yes, there will be a “bend and snap.” It’ll happen in the Harvard Square beauty shop in the stage musical, just as it does in the 2001 Reese Witherspoon vehicle, “Legally Blonde.” “The play follows the film closely, and it wouldn’t be complete without the ‘bend and snap,’” says John Michael… Continue reading →

Community briefs for Feb. 9, 2016

Sandy Bailey

Guest Hilda Krousel spoke on her book, “Landmarks and Monuments of Baton Rouge,” to the John James Audubon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution Jan. 18 at the Woman’s Club. She showed photos of the monuments and told about her research. Members… Continue reading →

It's not 'a man thing': Heart disease a top killer of women; campaign uses Louisiana stories to raise awareness

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Estelle Martin, 74, had a family history of heart disease, and she always took care of herself and ate well. But at Christmas in 2004, she felt unusually tired and had pain in the center or right side of her chest. She went to the doctor and found that she had major blockages.

Heart disease is the top killer of American women, accounting for 1 in 4 deaths. But many women still think of cardiovascular disease — heart attacks, strokes and arrhythmia — as “a man’s disease,” according to the American Heart Association. The Go Red for Women campaign, devised by the Heart Association in 2004,… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A: What is leukemia?

What is leukemia? According to the National Cancer Institute, leukemia is a cancer of the blood. It starts in blood-forming tissue and produces large numbers of blood cells that then enter the bloodstream. There are different types of leukemia: chronic lymphocytic leukemia, chronic myeloid leukemia, acute lymphocytic leukemia and acute myeloid leukemia.… Continue reading →

Alzheimer's Q&A: What do I need to know as a caregiver?

My husband has just been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. What are some things I should know or do as his caregiver now? The first thing to do is to learn as much as possible about the disease. The book, “The 36-Hour Day” by Dr. Peter Rabins and Nancy Pace, is an excellent resource for caregivers and… Continue reading →

Le Krewe du Roi resurrects Studio 54

Photos by AARON CORMIER -- King Roi LII Vince Puhl and Queen Roi LII Emily Iledah Aucoin

Plaquemine’s Le Krewe du Roi brought the renowned nightclub Studio 54 back to life to celebrate their 52nd annual Mardi Gras ball Feb. 6 in the Carl F. Grant Civic Center. Reigning over the evening were King Roi LII Vince Puhl and Queen Roi LII Emily Iledah Aucoin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Timmy Aucoin and… Continue reading →

Butterfly collages flutter at Louisiana Art & Science Museum

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Zander Kirkland, 11, of Wilson, discovers the beauty David Humphreys' 'Cymothoe sangrias' at the  Louisiana Art & Science Museum's  'Flutterby:Butterfly' exhibit.

Author Robert A. Heinlein called butterflies self-propelled flowers. “They’re nature’s art,” Victoria Bayless says. “Each one is a surprise.” So when the Louisiana Art & Science Museum paired butterfly specimens with brilliant photo collages of the dazzling insects, it was a case of science meets art. And the result, “Flutterby: Butterfly,” is absolutely… Continue reading →

Human Condition: Beauty, wisdom bloom below the surface

After almost three decades of gardening in Uptown New Orleans, I’ve seen innumerable stands of aspidistra. Some folks call it the cast-iron plant. You’ve seen it, too — large, strappy, dark green leaves, usually in shady spots. There’s so much in our neighborhoods that it usually fades into the background, its contribution to the landscape often… Continue reading →

Review: Strong heroine, historical tidbits make ‘Mrs. Roosevelt’s Confidante’ a fun read

‘Mrs. Roosevelt’s Confidante’ by Susan Elia MacNeal, Bantam Dell/Random House, $15, paperback “Mrs. Roosevelt’s Confidante” is the fifth book in Susan Elia MacNeal’s series about Maggie Hope, a special agent for England. In this story, she travels with Winston Churchill across the pond as he negotiates wartime business with Franklin… Continue reading →

About Town for Feb. 7, 2016

WHAT: Lunchtime talk on “Ash Wednesday in Louisiana” WHEN: Noon Wednesday, Feb. 10 WHERE: Louisiana State Museum, 660 N. Fourth St., Baton Rouge ADMISSION: Free INFORMATION: (225) 342-5428 DETAILS: Ash Wednesday is one of the most important holy days in the liturgical calendar, as it opens Lent, a season of fasting and prayer. This… Continue reading →

Authors, artists await Writers and Readers Symposium set Feb. 20

Photo by PHILIP GOULD -- Robert Dafford has painted murals in the U.S., Canada, France, Belgium and Great Britain.

Authors and artists will speak about their creative processes and visit with the audience at the annual Writers and Readers Symposium in St. Francisville Saturday, Feb. 20. Featured presenters will be this year’s designated “Entergy Author” and award-winning novelist Margaret McMullan, who has released her seventh novel, “Aftermath Lounge: on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina”;… Continue reading →

State Library announces Teen Video Challenge

Teens, the State Library is looking for videos. The library is again taking part in the Collaborative Summer Library Program’s Teen Video Challenge. The national video competition encourages teens to get involved with reading and their public libraries’ summer reading programs. Teens enter by creating a public service announcement that inspires others to read and visit libraries… Continue reading →

Exhibit to highlight Tulane’s glass program

Photo provided by the St. Tammany Art Association -- Gene Koss' glass art will be featured in a show at the St. Tammy Art Association in Covington.

The St. Tammany Art Association’s February exhibit, “Tulane Contemporary Glass,” will spotlight the energy and influence behind the Tulane/Newcomb College Glass Art program and its director, Gene Koss, beginning with an opening reception at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at the association, 320 N. Columbia St., Covington. The show runs through April 2, and admission is… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge arts calendar for Feb. 7, 2015

Photo provided by River Community Church's Creativity Group -- John Crane's photo, 'The Professional Hunter,' is part of the River Community Church's Creativity Group's exhibit at DeAngelo's on Bluebonnet Boulevard.

On the area arts and cultural scene: The exhibit, “Colors of Africa,” runs through March 31 at DeAngelo’s Restaurant, 7550 Bluebonnet Blvd., Baton Rouge, featuring art and photos by members of River Community Church’s Creativity Group. The show also includes several pieces from the “Trees of Life” show sponsored by the VanGuard Gallery at Stephen… Continue reading →

‘Taking the Short Cut’ takes top prize

Photo provided by the Louisiana Art and Artists Guild -- Baton Rouge artist Lynn M. Washauer won third place in the Lousiana Art and Artists' Guild's River Road Show for her painting, "Clearing Skies."

The Louisiana Art and Artists’ Guild has announced the winners of its 2015 National River Road Art Show, which ran through December at the Louisiana State Archives. This was the 46th continuous show for this national competition, which was made up of 73 works of art from 11 states. Award-winning artist/instructor Diantha York-Ripley, of Jacksonville, Florida,… Continue reading →

‘Fallen Land’ has something of a ‘Cold Mountain’ feel

“Fallen Land” by Taylor Brown, Macmillan, 288 pages, $25.99, hardcover During the last year of the Civil War, Callum and Ava, a young teenage couple brought together under unusual and dire circumstances, are running from a group of nefarious bounty hunters through the land of Sherman’s March in its aftermath.… Continue reading →

Athletes at all levels find FCA a place to champion Christ

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Members of the UL-Lafayette baseball team pray in right field following a loss. It's not unusual to see teams showing their Christian faith on the field.

You’ve seen them on high school, college and pro football fields, crossing the goal line then raising their hands heavenward, giving the glory to God. And no doubt it will happen again Sunday as the world focuses on the extravaganza of the 50th Super Bowl. Many football players bring their Christian faith to… Continue reading →

Faith Matters: Group keeps Negro spirituals alive

Photo provided by CLARENCE JONESHeritage choral ensemble is holding its 25th annual Festival of Negro Spirituals at 3 p.m. today at Chistian Life Fellowship.

The Negro spiritual should always have a place in the black church and community, said longtime musician and retired teacher Clarence Jones, who continues to do his part to make sure the genre is not forgotten. “It’s a form of music, and it’s a source of our culture, and I just think it’s worth saving. It’s important… Continue reading →

Pitbull’s encore: The Endymion Extravaganza will be his second show on Saturday night

The Cuban-American rapper Pitbull, seen here during ABC's "Good Morning America" summer concert series in 2013 in New York, has two shows in Louisiana on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016: At the Golden Nugget casino in Lake Charles, and at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for the Endymion Extravaganza. (Photo by Jason DeCrow/Invision/AP)

For some entertainers, headlining the massive Endymion Extravaganza would be enough work for one night. But not for Pitbull. Hours before his late-night gig at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Saturday, the indefatigable Cuban-American rapper/entrepreneur will also perform 200 miles away at the Golden Nugget casino in Lake Charles. News that Pitbull planned to play another show… Continue reading →

Garden program for kids set Feb. 20 at Burden

The LSU AgCenter will host a seasonal children’s garden activity at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden on Saturday, Feb. 20. The program will focus on vegetable gardening and present information on which plants are native to America and which are not, said AgCenter fruit and vegetable specialist Kiki Fontenot. “Kids will have an… Continue reading →

Garden news: Don’t ‘murder’ crape myrtles

Photo by ALLEN OWINGS, LSU AgCenter  Want to know the right way to prune crape myrtles? This isn't it.

It’s that time of year again when people begin pruning trees and shrubs in anticipation of spring growth. And AgCenter horticulturist Allen Owings is concerned people will prune their crape myrtles incorrectly. Crape myrtles need only occasional pruning, Owings says. “An unfortunate trend in crape myrtle pruning is to lop off the tops, which results in… Continue reading →

‘The People v. O.J.’ debuts; possible second season of crime anthology series will focus on Katrina

Photo provided by FX -- Cuba Gooding Jr. portrays O.J. Simpson, left, in a scene from 'The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,' a 10-part series which debuted Tuesday night.

Early reviews are lauding Tuesday night’s premiere of the FX anthology series, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.” No matter that everybody knows how this “Crime of the Century” story ends. With its large, star-studded cast and the creative hand of Ryan Murphy (“American Horror Story,” “Scream Queens”), it’s all in… Continue reading →

Louisiana gets its close-up as locals judge, compete on 'Idol'; Louisiana actress on 'Madoff'

Fox photo by CRAIG BLANKENHORN -- MacKenzie Bourg, of Lafayette, is still in the running to win the last season of  'American Idol.'

They call “American Idol’s” Hollywood Week brutal for a reason. The pressure is high, the sleep is scarce, and, for many, it’s the end of their “Idol” road. The last one is especially true in this 15th season — it’s the Fox singing competition’s swan song. Over the years, many Louisiana singers have shined on… Continue reading →