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Religion Bulletins for Aug. 30, 2014

Rev. Emma Woods

I CAN, GIFTED & BLESSED: 9:15 a.m., Wayside Christian Fellowship, 201 Sherron Ave. Free. WOMEN’S CONFERENCE: 9 a.m., Greater Divine Missionary Baptist Church, 6045 Hooper Road. Sisterhood Ministry will host. (225) 354-0459. 14TH ANNUAL PASTORAL PRAYER BREAKFAST: 9 a.m., New… Continue reading →

Interfaith prayer breakfast set Sept. 16

The Interfaith Federation of Greater Baton Rouge will hold its annual Community Prayer Breakfast at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16. The theme for this year’s breakfast is “Let Peace Begin With Me.” Tickets, which are $20, are now on sale at the federation office, 3112 Convention St., Baton Rouge. The event will be held… Continue reading →

Landscaping, neutral palete transform Pine Park ranch

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  Katie Barber's family room is decorated in creamy neutrals accented with pale blues. Rustic textures and intriguing shapes keep the eye moving around the room.

Katie and Jeb Barber moved into the “eyesore of Pine Park” in 2010. “The outside was gold and maroon,” said Katie Barber, who teaches third grade at Episcopal. “The yard itself would have made someone walk away.” “The front had nothing but two six-foot sago palms,” said Jeb Barber, a landscape designer and owner… Continue reading →

Garden News: Controlling weeds in late summer can be tough

Photo provided by LSU AgCenter -- Virginia butonweed is taking over lawns and is very difficult to control at this time of year.

“A thick healthy lawn works a lot like mulch in a flower bed, suppressing the growth and weed establishment,” says LSU AgCenter turf specialist Ron Strahan. “Unfortunately, our lawns have been recovering from a very difficult winter and are thinner than usual. Advantage: weeds.” Weeds are opportunistic and have taken advantage of less-competitive lawns, Strahan says.… Continue reading →

Volunteer column for Aug. 29, 2014

Volunteer opportunities, provided by Capital Area United Way, are outlined in this column every Friday. To learn more about these opportunities please contact the listed agency directly. EVERYBODY READS, Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) — Tony Pryer (225) 226-4703 or everybodyreads@ebrschools.org: VIPS is seeking volunteers for the upcoming school year. Each year,… Continue reading →

Community column for Aug. 29, 2014

Photo provided by MAUREEN CORCORAN -- Mah jongg tournament -- The second annual Mah Jongg Madness Tournament was held Aug. 17 at Congregation Bnai Israel in Baton Rouge. Maureen Corcoran conducted the tournament and 28 people attended from Baton Rouge, Lafayette and New Orleans. Most of these women play two to four times weekly and there are plenty of games to be found around town. Contact Corcoran, mocorcoran@bellsouth.net. Shown are, from left, Barbara Barker, Helen Morgan, Pat Link and Lynda Progler.

Neighborhood Watch topic for FGBRCA event East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Capt. Randy Aguillard spoke about the Neighborhood Watch Program to the Federation of Greater Baton Rouge Civic Associations on Aug. 14. The federation represents area homeowners associations. Aguillard said both the sheriff’s office and Baton Rouge Police Department have an outreach program for… Continue reading →

Volunteers honor the pros about to cook at upcoming CapitalChefs' Showcase

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Rickie and Debbie Heroman stand in their dining room, which is ready for guests attending a reception honoring chefs, caterers and sponsors of the 32nd annual Capital Chefs' Showcase. The upcoming event benefits Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge.

You know you’ve whipped up some mighty tasty dishes when professional chefs return for seconds. That’s just what happened when volunteers prepared food for an Aug. 18 party at the Baton Rouge home of Rickey and Debbie Heroman to honor chefs, caterers, restaurateurs and sponsors participating in the upcoming Capital Chefs’ Showcase that benefits Cancer Services… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for Aug. 27, 2014

Photo provided by SHARON POL --- Delta Zeta --- Representing LSU's Sigma Chapter at Delta Zeta sorority's 51st National Convention in Tuscon, Ariz., July 7-11 are, from left, Hannah Hodges, Elise Fontenot, Avery McMahon, Alisha Patel and Rachael Greene. They brought home the Crest Award, one of the highest honors given, and the award for most dollars raised for a single philanthropic event.

Last summer swing Summer is about to officially be over. If you’re traveling this Labor Day, please be safe. When you get back to Baton Rouge, there are numerous events vying for attention, starting with the Bengal Belles luncheon and Cancer Services Capital Chefs’ Showcase on Sept. 4 and Heritage Ranch’s Gala the following evening. For information on these… Continue reading →

Common Ground: Shopping for convenience mid-week

Everything in my refrigerator seems to disappear on Wednesday. If I’m looking for an egg, it’s gone. If I want a glass of milk, the jug is empty; cereal is out, and the bread bag is reduced to one crusty slice. Without a doubt, it is time to head for the convenience store near my… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Moss BMW plays host

Lainey and Rye Tuten, Sharon Moss, Angela Cole

What better place to throw a party. Sharon Moss did a two-for-one (sorry, not BMWs) when she both shot her commercial and honored the IND Style nominees. Pretty stylish herself, Moss held cocktail court in the showroom where she doled out wine and mini-muffalettas to, among others, publisher Cherry Fisher May, Mary Ann Mirian, Kiki Frayard, Angela Cole,… Continue reading →

Visionaries program follows national trend

Ginger Miller, Baton Rouge Regional Eye Bank Executive Director

The past 12 months have been filled with change for the Baton Rouge Regional Eye Bank. It moved into spacious new offices and Executive Director Ginger Miller and her staff saw the disbanding of the Eye Bank Auxiliary, which had been around for an impressive 37 years, and the creation of a new volunteer group. “People… Continue reading →

Queen new LSU music, drama department dean

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Todd Queen, the new dean of LSU's College of Music and Dramatic Arts, with his wife Kelin on Tuesday at the LSU School of Music and Dramatic Arts Shaver Theatre in Baton Rouge.

Todd Queen’s opera background strikes the perfect balance between music and theater. That’s important as he begins the fall semester as the new dean of LSU’s College of Music and Dramatic Arts. Queen landed the job in May and won final approval from the LSU Board of Supervisors on July 1. He and wife Kelin… Continue reading →

Everybody Reads program gets kids help in reading skills

Advocate staff photo by  April Buffington --  Aalliyah Tate, left and volunteer Edna Calvin meet at the Greenwell Springs Road branch of the East Baton Rouge Public library.

Third-grader Aalliyah Tate’s bookshelf is straining under the weight of all her books. She loves to read and participate in other worlds. “I always like to play a part in the book,” said the 8-year-old Aalliyah. Two years ago, Aalliyah was able to read but had trouble comprehending everything. Then a partner from… Continue reading →

Community News, Aug. 26, 2014

Photo provided by ROBERT LEE -- Sword donation -- Members of Central Masonic Lodge 442 presented a Masonic ornamental sword to Grangeville Lodge 231 on Aug. 5. Shown are, from left, John Sullivan, Central Worshipful Master Luther Perkins, Grangeville Worshipful Master Dailey Hite, John Dixon and Harold Ballard.

Louisiana CAR holds summer workshop The Louisiana Society, Children of the American Revolution, held its summer workshop Aug. 1-2 at the Chennault Aviation and Military Museum in Monroe. The national president’s project, “Oh, Say Can You See,” was presented. Funds will be raised to supply 10 new flags and flagpoles for the grounds of the Star-­Spangled Banner Flag House… Continue reading →

LSU band ushers in football season in traditional style

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Drum Major Mary Bahlinger leads The Golden Band from Tigerland during their annual rehearsal of its game-day festivities, Saturday, August 23. All 325 members marched from the Greek Theatre to the stadium, where they stopped at the top of Victory Hill to play pre-game, then made their way into the stadium to sit in the stands and play their fight songs.

Football season is officially in session. Any fan waiting along the LSU Tiger Marching Band’s parade route to Tiger Stadium can tell you that the Saturday morning before the Tigers’ season opener is where it all really begins. That’s when the band holds its annual parade march rehearsal to the stadium, as it did this Saturday.… Continue reading →

La. author mines Iraq war for tales of friendship

After two tours of duty in Iraq, Michael Pitre left the Marine Corps with plenty of stories, none of which made for sparkling conversation. “In the civilian world, everyone wanted to hear stories about the war, and I didn’t want to tell stories about the war that would make everyone uncomfortable, but that was… Continue reading →

Adventures of the jungle maidens and gorillas

My cousins and I often reminisce about our childhood games, and we always come to the conclusion that, even with all the big-screen TVs and electronic gadgetry of today, children don’t play the way we once did. We created our adventures out of our imaginations, and we lived them. We didn’t simply observe. On Saturday… Continue reading →

About Town for Aug. 24, 2014

WHAT: Baton Rouge Area Military Officers Association of America meeting WHEN: 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26 WHERE: Drusilla Restaurant, 3482 Drusilla Lane, Baton Rouge INFORMATION: Jackie O’Quinn, (225) 766-4900 DETAILS: The speaker will be Huey P. O’Neal, who developed the Louisiana Veteran Coalition and helped establish the nonpartisan “Get Out the Veteran Vote” committee… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for Aug. 24, 2014

And, we’re off!! That’s right, party season is now officially underway. Twice last week I found myself going to multiple events on the same night — a sure sign the summer social slump is over. Kelli’s dream Family, friends and supporters of the Kelli Leigh Richmond Ovarian Cancer Foundation came together Aug. 17 at Boudreaux’s to help make Kelli’s dream of a… Continue reading →

Sigma Gamma Rho to present 3 debs at tea

Albrittany ADaria Chambers

Mu Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. will kick off its debutante season with a presentation tea at the chapter’s sorority house on Aug. 24. The chapter will introduce three young women, who will be formally presented at a debutante cotillion later this fall. Debutantes are Albrittany A’Daria Chambers, daughter of Nicole Richardson and Derrick… Continue reading →

Southern University exhibit coincides with national arts alliance’s annual conference

Advocate staff photo by  April Buffington --

There’s nothing like Christmas morning on an August afternoon in Southern University’s Visual Arts Gallery. Randell Henry and Addie Dawson-Euba are opening packages. They’ve seen the pieces in photos, but there’s nothing like seeing them in person, especially for the first time when composition and color overwhelm the senses. “Beautfiul,” Dawson-Euba says as Henry unpacks Ricky… Continue reading →

Ballet for Children accepting reservations for ‘Journey’ fall tour

Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre’s Ballet for Children is taking reservations for the fall tour of “Journey to the Emerald City: Healthy Stops and Healthy Swaps.” Directed by Michele Ball, a registered dietitian and professional dancer, Ballet for Children’s in-school performance introduces students to dance and nutrition through dialogue and original choreography. “Journey to… Continue reading →

Kids Orchestra program playing in five more schools

The Kids Orchestra after-school music program is now available at five additional schools in the fall of 2014: Dalton Elementary, Winbourne Elementary, Magnolia Woods Elementary, Ryan Elementary and the Gardere Community Christian School. The program is designed for students in kindergarten through the fifth grade and offers music instruction twice a week. The Kids Orchestra also… Continue reading →

Arts Calendar for Aug. 24, 2014

Here’s what’s going on this week in the local arts and cultural scene: ■ River Community Church, 36367 Old Perkins Road, Prairieville, opens its third annual Children’s Community Art and Photography Show today, Aug. 24. The show runs through Sunday, Sept. 28. Hours are 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Sundays and by appointment. Admission… Continue reading →

‘Whiskey Tango Foxtrot’ a thrilling, data-filled ride

We move through a data-rich world, watched by a bevy of electronics. Nowadays, our phones know us better than our lovers. It knows what you Googled last summer, and, in some ways, that’s even scarier than knowing what you actually did. In “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” David Shafer explores the implications of a society as rich in… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: What’s in a name? Plenty

Kathy Broussard, Liz Baudoin, Robert and Denise Torian

Just in time for the new hurricane season, the National Academy of Sciences recently brought to light that female-named storms are the real killers because society takes fewer precautions. Somehow people believe the female of the species isn’t as deadly as the male. Really. Although the implied sexism underlying people’s reactions is subtle… Continue reading →

Leaving politics at the Capitol door

Photo by MARK H. HUNTER -  The Rev. Dr. Rodney Wood explains how each time he comes to the State Capitol, he goes to the observation deck at the top and prays over the state, the city, LSU, industry and commerce on the Mississippi River.

The Rev. Dr. Rodney Wood was driving through Baton Rouge on a hunting trip with two of his sons in January 1993, when, he says, God quietly spoke to him about his next step in ministry. He had just finished a seven-year pastorate at Trinity Church in Covington. “As we passed by the Capitol, suddenly… Continue reading →

Faith Matters: Biblical boost for marriages

Russ Taff

The Bible remains the best source for helping a troubled marriage, said Zachary minister and author Gwendolyn Perry Honore. It’s the wisest advice Honore said she can offer women with marital questions. “I use the Bible. I always go back to the Bible to help them out,” Honore said. “Women are really anxious to give me… Continue reading →

Religion Bulletins for Aug. 23, 2014

Rev. Demetria Jones-Smith

Baker Sunday USHER MINISTRY ANNIVERSARY: 11 a.m., Shady Grove First Missionary Baptist Church, 16443 Plank Road. The Rev. Sam Williams will be the guest speaker and the Holly Grove Baptist Church of Zachary will be the guest ushers. All are invited. Baton Rouge Saturday RELIGIOUS CLASSES: 8 a.m., Greater King David Baptist Church, 222… Continue reading →

‘True Detective’ earns early Emmys

HBO photo by MICHELE K. SHORT -- Matthew McConaughey, left, and Woody Harrelson from the HBO series 'True Detective,' are both nominated for Emmys for Best Actor in a Drama Series.

Before the Emmys even air, the Louisiana-set and -shot HBO anthology series “True Detective” is a winner. At the Aug. 16 Emmys-before-the Emmys, recognizing the creative arts categories, the show garnered four awards: Oustanding Casting for a Drama Series (Alexa L. Fogel, Christine Kromer, Meagan Lewis) Outstanding Cinematography for a… Continue reading →

Japanese garden brings solace to Prairieville couple

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- A focal point of Lisa and Quinn Rainwater's Japanese-style garden is a stream that cascades into a shallow pool surrounded by rocks and plants.

Lisa Harrison Rainwater turned to nature and art after the sudden illness and death of her 25-year-old son, her only child, in October 2009. In her grief, she transformed a small rock garden in a front corner of her backyard into a complete Japanese-style garden and her Prairieville home into a studio and gallery for… Continue reading →

Garden News: Low-hanging branches also cause problems

Provided photo -- Although low-hanging branches may not be touching the roof under normal conditions, the high winds of violent storms or hurricanes can cause trees to bend and branches to flail around considerably. These branches can cause extensive dam

Most of us are aware that dead limbs and branches, as well as weak trees themselves, pose a threat to roofs during hurricanes and other storms. But even low-hanging branches can cause problems. Although low-hanging branches may not be touching the roof under normal conditions, the high winds of violent storms or hurricanes can cause trees to… Continue reading →

Community column for Aug. 22, 2014

Photo provided by FRANCES SIMS -- Excalibur Club -- The Excalibur Club honored Matthew Wallace on Aug. 8 at the Baton Rouge Marriott Hotel for his volunteer work for the March of Dimes. Frankie Robertson, local March of Dimes director, spoke about Wallace's contributions and the work of her organization. Shown are, from left, Excalibur member Polly Williams, Robertson, Wallace and Excalibur President John Sanford.

Iota Master Chapter holds ice cream social Iota Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi held summer social Aug. 9 at Dearman’s Soda Shop. Cheryl Foster and Nancy McGraw were event hosts, and 18 members and guests attended. Essie Mongeau received a patriotic quilt from her secret sister. Members… Continue reading →