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Charity gift-giving project means a lot to BR sophomore

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  Christian Life Academy sophomore Patrick Kitchen writes a letter to accompany a box he packed for Operation Christmas Child. Before the sophomore was adopted, he lived in the Phlippines and received just such a box himself.

When Christian Life Academy’s sophomore class decided to participate in Operation Christmas Child this year, it was a familiar concept to some of the students. The ministry, which sends Christmas packages to impoverished children around the world, has been embraced by many churches, schools and groups. This group of 10th-graders, however, has an unusual member — someone who… Continue reading →

Breaux’s ‘Dwelling’ breathes life into childhood haunting

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON -- Artist Silas Breaux screws together his piece 'Dwelling' at its installation at the LSU Musem of Art on Nov. 13.

To Silas Breaux, Thibodaux was a foreign land, a place that existed only in his great-grandfather’s stories of a childhood at Melodia Plantation. Melodia haunted Breaux. The place of his great-grandfather’s childhood adventures is now a cemetery of fallen cypress walls topped by rusty tin. Breaux knew… Continue reading →

Getting away from the ‘grown-up table’

My family gets together for many occasions, such as birthdays, holidays or just to hang out. Every Thanksgiving is at the home of my great aunt, Auntie Julia or Queen Bee. She is my grandfather’s sister. She is tall, smart, outspoken and very loving. As she states often, she is four score and seven. We… Continue reading →

About Town for Nov. 23, 2014

WHAT: Baton Rouge Area Military Officers Association of America monthly luncheon WHEN: 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25 WHERE: Drusilla Restaurant, 3482 Drusilla Lane, Baton Rouge INFORMATION: (225) 766-4900 WHAT: Virginia College’s Fall Fest for the community and former, current and prospective students WHEN: 12:30-4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov.… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for Nov. 23, 2014

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Trianon's 40th --- Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Trianon are committee members, seated from left, Sharon Lanius, President Ann Suire and Chris Enright; and, standing, Adele Noonan, Lynda Michelli, Tammy Duos, Sandra Fox, Sharon Richard and Yvonne Crew.

Several of my favorite folks were deservedly in the spotlight last week for all they do for our community — Whitney Vann, Leonard Augustus, Kim and Trey Bowman, Michael Robinson and Don Boutté, Jim Brandt, Pinki Diwan, Lowry Griffon and Margaret Womack Hart. They and their fellow honorees are part of the fabric that makes this community such a great… Continue reading →

‘Great Pirate Christmas Battle’ fun tale for holiday

'The Great Pirate Christmas Battle' by Michael G. Lewis

“The Great Pirate Christmas Battle” by Michael G. Lewis. Pelican Publishing, 2014. $16.99. Cap’n McNasty and his crew, bored with stealing gold and other treasures, decide one night to steal Christmas presents from sleeping children. However, things get interesting when they get an unexpected surprise from… Continue reading →

Arts Calendar for Nov. 23, 2014

Here’s what’s going on in this week’s arts and cultural scene: The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities is accepting nominations for the 2015 Humanities Awards for outstanding achievement in and contributions to the humanities. Awardees will be honored at the 2015 Bright Lights Awards Dinner on April 23, at the Capitol Park Museum, 660… Continue reading →

Manship Theatre plans ‘Happy Hour’ trivia

Think you know the gang at Central Perk? Test your “Friends” knowledge when the Manship Theatre presents “The One with the Happy Hour” Friends Trivia at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3. Admission is free, but reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling the Manship Theatre Ticket Desk at (225) 344-0334. Fan favorite “Friends” episodes… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: ‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving

Kathleen Blanco, Steve Oubre

Blanche Dubois famously said, “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.” Make no mistake, in society, like everywhere else, deceit and duplicity run their crooked courses, and every year I’m forever grateful for angels who step forward out of nowhere. “Rob” at CC’s on Johnston, who introduced himself just to say how much he… Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette alumnus exhibits at Art Association

Advocate staff photo by PATRICIA GANNON -- Artist Terry Palmer considers his sculptures to be shaman, traiteurs, witch doctors, wise men or other characters that acknowledge forces of the spirits and other dimensions.

Most people sense when they’ve drifted onto the high plains of the masculine psyche, because the signposts are obvious — dangerous edges, metal, and jagged wood are dead giveaways, so are hard surfaces, any kind of camouflage, dark hooded features and Terry Palmer’s sculpture. “I don’t use the broken rough ends anymore,” he said. “I… Continue reading →

Prayer group asking for continued blessings for La. gathers outside State Capitol

Advocate photo by Mark H. Hunter -- Helen Poydras, center left, prays for God's mercy on America for 'shedding of innocent blood' during abortions during a recent prayer outreach service at the Capitol. The meeting, open to anyone, is held at 10:15 a.m. the first Saturday of the month.

“If my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”… Continue reading →

Facets of Faith: Bible memory app and giving thanks verses

Screen image -- The verse page of the Bible Verses by Heart app presents the verse in print and in a recording. Users can tap the Learn This icon and use a fill-in-the-blank game to practice or hit the Record Recital button to practice.

For some Christians, Bible memorization is an important activity. Penguin Random House released an app that could help some with memory work. Bible Verses by Heart is based on a 2013 app called Poems by Heart from Penguin Classics. Both aim to help users memorize important works. The Bible version… Continue reading →

Religion Bulletins for Nov. 22, 2014

PRAYER BREAKFAST: 9 a.m., Mirror of Grace Outreach, 921 N. Lobdell Blvd. Guest speakers will be Co-pastor Celeste Bean Payne, of Impact Christian Center; Minister Aldina Jackson and Minister Mary Bessie. Reservations required. (225) 300-4528 or PRAYER WALK 3.3 MILE: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Flannery Road Park,… Continue reading →

Adding on over the years, the Posts have doubled the size of their Fairway Drive home

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Bryan and Skipper Post, from left, enjoy entertaining family and friends in their large combination dining room-den, which is also open to their kitchen.

Skipper Post was a young architect in 1964 when he and his wife, Bryan, bought a lot off Fairway Drive for their first home. Over the decades, the Posts’ home has grown right along with their family. “I designed this little house, but we couldn’t spend more than $20,000 to build it,” Skipper Post recalled.… Continue reading →

Garden News: Good time to plant beets, spinach seeds

Photo by RICK BOGRENLSU AgCenter vegetable specialist Kiki Fontenot says dinosaur kale is a 'fun' plant to grow and makes great kale chips.

Just about any time of year is a good time to plant vegetable seeds in Louisiana. “If you’re just itching to plant something now, try beet and spinach seeds,” says LSU AgCenter vegetable specialist Kiki Fontenot. “And you can sow seeds of kale, mustard greens and leaf lettuce.” Dinosaur kale is a “fun” plant with… Continue reading →

Volunteer column for Nov. 21, 2014

To learn more about these volunteer opportunities provided by Volunteer! United at Capital Area United Way, contact the listed agency directly. RELAY FOR LIFE EVENT LEADERSHIP, American Cancer Society — Angela Nantamu, (225) 927-0782: Volunteers are need to serve on the team to plan the local Relay for Life event. Event… Continue reading →

Community column for Nov. 21, 2014

Photo provided by DIANE PERKINS -- Veterans Day event -- Catholic Presbyterian Apartments hosted its annual Veterans Day Program to honor veterans in the facility on Nov. 11. John Thompson of the Baton Rouge Veterans Center was guest speaker. Resident veterans spoke about their service. Shown are, from left, veterans Dan Godoy, John Thompson, Herbert McDowell and Hayward Jeffers.

Sigma Gamma Rho holds training workshop Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority held its annual Area V Leadership and Training Workshop on Nov. 1 in Baton Rouge. Topics included implementing sorority programs and health initiatives, promoting HIV-AIDS and Breast Cancer Awareness and supporting partnerships with the March of Dimes and St. Jude Foundations.… Continue reading →

Southern AgCenter plans workshop

Growing nontraditional vegetables, learning about edible landscapes and microgreens are some of the topics that will be covered during the 2014 Southern University AgCenter’s Fall Garden Workshop. The workshop, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday in room 191 of A.O. Williams Hall,… Continue reading →

Victory is sweet (and savory); area cooks shine in Thanksgiving recipe contest

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND  --  For an easy holiday appetizer, serve Cranberry Pear Relish with crackers and cream cheese.

If the winning dishes in The Advocate’s Thanksgiving Recipe Contest sponsored by Calandro’s Supermarket are any indication, Thanksgiving Day menus in south Louisiana reflect both the area’s culinary heritage and the cooks’ creativity. It wasn’t easy selecting the contest’s winners, the judges said as they tasted, critiqued and lobbied for their favorites among the dozen finalists in… Continue reading →

Side Dish: Ina Garten gets ahead of cooking

Advocate photo by Cheramie Sonnier  --  For a special dinner, serve Asparagus & Prosciutto Bundles. The recipe is in Ina Garten's 'Make It Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook.'

Hint to holiday shoppers: Fans of Ina Garten and her Barefoot Contessa cookbooks are surely hoping to receive a copy of Garten’s “Make It Ahead” book for Christmas or Hanukkah. They definitely won’t be disappointed with the gift. Garten, author of eight bestselling cookbooks, tackles stress-free entertaining by preparing dishes ahead of time. Some of her latest… Continue reading →

Church offers everyone the genealogy tools to dig up their past

Photo provided by RICHARD JACOBS -- Family History Center consultants include, from left, seated, Sara Jacobs, Karen Strawn, James Jarreau, Suzanne Schexnayder; standing, Richard Jacobs, Wyatt Winnie, Bill Myrick, Essie Mongeau, Cela Reynolds, Leigh Reynolds and Mike Schexnayder.

In a sense, researching one’s genealogy has never been easier, with online services eager to provide resources for a fee. Yet, all those options can be intimidating in and of themselves. How should someone get started? Since 1966, a Baton Rouge church has provided the answer. That year, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day… Continue reading →

Homecoming Actor Wes Brown returns to his home state for featured role in ‘NCIS: New Orleans’

Photo provided by WES BROWN -- Actor Wes Brown, center, formerly of Baton Rouge, guest-stars on Tuesday's episode of 'NCIS: New Orleans.' With him are show stars Lucas Black, left, and Scott Bakula.

Actor Wes Brown always likes coming home. In October, work brought the Baton Rouge native back to Louisiana for five days of shooting over a two-week span for his guest-starring role on Tuesday’s episode of the CBS crime drama “NCIS: New Orleans.” It’s the eighth episode for the freshman series, another spin-off of “NCIS.”… Continue reading →

La.-based A&E reality show ‘Country Buck$’ makes room for a new dynasty

Photo provided by A&E -- Matt Busbice, Ryan Busbice, Joe Buck Busbice,Hard Luck Busbice, Mona Busbice, Big Bill Busbice, Beth Busbiceand Terry Carr star in A&E's

It’s a north Louisiana-set reality show about a quirky family who works and plays together, and their last name isn’t Robertson. Meet the Busbices, stars of A&E’s new series “Country Buck$,” debuting Wednesday. And, as son Matt Busbice, 32, was quick to point out, this is no “Duck Dynasty.” “We know there are going… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for Nov. 19, 2014

Photo provided by CATHERINE SIMPSON --- 'Waiting Their Turn' --- Judge Betty LaBauve, center, with the winning artists of the annual show sponsored by the of the Louisiana Art & Artists Guild Iberville Chapter, from left,  Patricia Delk, Laurie Broussard, Claudia LeJeune, Larry Downs, Jim Packard, Calvin Balencie and Kathy Miller Stone.

Baton Rouge artist Larry Downs took first-place honors for his acrylic painting “Waiting Their Turn” in the Louisiana Art & Artists Guild Iberville Chapter’s annual Art Show at the Rosedale Art Depot Oct. 17-19. That honor came with a $250 cash prize. Second place and its $150 prize went to Baton Rouge artist Claudia… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Death by Chocolate

Kay Texada, David Bennett, Mariusz Smolij, Pat Olson

You needed a shoe horn to get them in. People were lined up like a New York nightclub for Death by Chocolate, the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra’s newest fundraiser, and it’s a good thing the fire marshal didn’t happen by. Presented by Lee Michaels, the Louisiana Restaurant Association, Schilling and Three Olives Chocolate et al, the entire evening centered on… Continue reading →

Common Ground: Make lunch a priority for your kids

I thought I was doing a pretty good job of packing my children’s lunch boxes by filling them with all of their favorites — pepperoni pizza Hot Pockets, ham and cheese Lunchables, mini Oreos, an orange and a juice box. It’s what they wanted, and I didn’t have to listen to them complain about… Continue reading →

Mid City Merchants’ annual White Light Night Art Hop is Nov. 21

Photo provided by Mid City Merchants -- Joanne McMullen's Magnolia and Jasper Bracelet can be seen at Sabai Jewelry Gallery during the White Light Night art hop.

The Mid City Merchants will host its White Light Night Art Hop, rain or shine, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21. This is the 17th year for the event, which draws people to the heart of Baton Rouge for an evening of viewing local art trends, meeting artists and jump-starting the holiday season.… Continue reading →

Actor Wes Brown returns to his home state for featured role in ‘NCIS: New Orleans’

Photo provided by WES BROWN -- Actor Wes Brown, center, formerly of Baton Rouge, guest-stars on Tuesday's episode of 'NCIS: New Orleans.' With him are show stars Lucas Black, left, and Scott Bakula.

Actor Wes Brown always likes coming home. In October, work brought the Baton Rouge native back to Louisiana for five days of shooting over a two-week span for his guest-starring role on Tuesday’s episode of the CBS crime drama “NCIS: New Orleans.” It’s the eighth episode for the freshman series, another spin-off of “NCIS.”… Continue reading →

Community column for Nov. 18, 2014

Photo provided by JOANN DOOLOS -- PEO Chapter C -- Pam Rabalais-Vinci of LSU's Textile and Costume Museum spoke on '200 Years of Louisiana Dress' to PEO Chapter C on Oct. 27 at Jehnell Dupree's home. Shown are, from left, hostesses Carolyn Fletcher, Dupree, Jane Beyer, Marty Badon and Jane Carpenter.

Leukemia-Lymphoma walk raises $101,000 The annual Baton Rouge Light the Night Walk benefitting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Mississippi/Louisiana Chapter was Oct. 19 at LSU. Over 500 participants carried red, white and gold lanterns representing support, survival and remembrance of loved ones as they walked the two-mile route. They raised over $101,000 to… Continue reading →

Breaking the links to obesity: Parents get lesson in healthy eating for their kids’ sake

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Alfredia Johnson, center, fills out an eating habits survey before the start of a meeting of the La Capitale Links Chapter on Wednesday at Winbourne Elementary School. With Johnson are her nephews Keiron Williams, 7, left and Tahj Carter, 9, right.

Parents have the power to make their kids walk right, talk right and speak right. They can also make sure they eat right. Learning to be a positive influence on their children was the goal for two dozen mothers and fathers who joined the three-month National Obesity Initiative from the La Capitale chapter of The… Continue reading →

Step Up: Book by wife of former Saint spotlights blended families

Photos provided -- Back row: former New Orleans Saints placekicker John Carney, left, with Holly and Luke. In front are siblings J.D. and Keely.

Holly Carney was in the checkout line at the grocery store, looking at the magazines. That’s when she noticed the woman in line holding a baby, with a little boy in her shopping cart. “Your son is gorgeous,” she said, indicating the boy in the cart. “Oh,” the woman answered. “He’s my stepson.”… Continue reading →

BR Art League takes a look back to where it all began

Advocate photo by ROBIN MILLER -- Ellsworth Woodward's 1935 watercolor,

The Baton Rouge Art League begins with Ellsworth Woodward, where visitors can follow his alleyway of trees into 80 years of Louisiana art history. Woodward’s, “Oak Alley, Versailles Plantation” stands as the centerpiece in the “Baton Rouge Art League 80th Anniversary Exhibition” at the Louisiana State Archives. The league bought… Continue reading →

Danny Heitman’s 'At Random' : Moments away from news cycle abide

It’s a sickness of our country that we can’t get enough of politics, which is why, some two years before the next president is supposed to take office, there are already reporters in the Midwest, notebooks in hand, trying to handicap the Iowa primaries. But this autumn, I’ve been thinking of another man in the Midwest, also with… Continue reading →

Donaldsonville is where the heart is

I have now returned to my hometown of Donaldsonville and am experiencing the joys of small-town life. I can walk everywhere and freely enjoy bike riding. The numerous grocery stores that once dotted the neighborhood have disappeared, but we still have The Midway Store and Bellina’s. I have renewed friendships — the faithful who have stayed.… Continue reading →

About Town for Nov. 16, 2014

WHAT: Planting herbs workshops WHEN: 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 20. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. and noon. WHERE: The Burden Center, Steele Burden Memorial Orangerie (located across from the Ione E. Burden Conference Center), 4560 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge RESERVATIONS: Deadline to register is Wednesday, Nov. 19. Call (866) 220-0418 or… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for Nov. 16, 2014

Advocate staff photo by PAMELA LABBE --- Belly Up --- Serving as judges for the 16th annual Belly Up with the Bar are, from left, Chris Bild, Sheryl Kellar, the Rev. Bryan Owen, Candra Burges, Pam Bordelon, Charlie D'Agostino and Louis Reine.

. WHAT A WEEK!!! So, let’s get right to the highlights. Belly Up For more years than I can remember I’ve had the honor of serving as a judge at the Baton Rouge Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section’s Belly Up with the Bar event. Joining me in sampling this year’s 29 entries were Chris… Continue reading →

‘Down the Crossroads’ tells how ’66 march led to voting power

?Down to the Crossroads. Civil Rights, Black Power and the Meredith March Against Fear? by Aram Goudsouzian

“Down to the Crossroads. Civil Rights, Black Power and the Meredith March Against Fear” by Aram Goudsouzian. Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux Publishers, 2014. $30. In 1962. James Meredith became the first African-American to register at the University of Mississippi. Four years later, he set out to march from Memphis, Tennessee,… Continue reading →

Artist celebrates women through art

Photo provided by Antoine Mitchell -- Antoine Mitchell completed his acrylic painting on canvas, 'Asase Yaa (Great Mother),' in July. The painting was inspired by his wife and is part of the show 'Profile of a Black Woman,' which runs through Sunday, Nov. 30, at the Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch Library.

Asase Yaa cradles earth in her left hand. She is the Great Mother, the keeper of past and present, and strength can be found in her beauty. She also is Antoine “Ghost” Mitchell’s wife, Erica “Ayxa” Williams, who serves as both model and muse for his paintings, as she did for so… Continue reading →

Group exhibit planned Nov. 21 at VanGuard Gallery

Photo provided by VanGuard Gallery -- Mary Lee Eggart's 'Beneath the Feeder' is one among some 80 pieces of bird-themed art in VanGuard Gallery's 'Birds of a Feather' show.

VanGuard Gallery, 1469 Laurel St., Baton Rouge, inside Stephen Wilson Stained Glass studio, is hosting another group exhibit to benefit Bethany Centre Primary School in Jjungo, Uganda. The opening reception will be part of the Mid City Merchants’ Art Hop “White Light Night” from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21. The theme… Continue reading →

Southern to hold Fall Concert

Photo provided by Southern University -- The Southern University Concert Choir will perform its annual Fall Concert on Tuesday, Nov. 18, in Stewart Hall Auditorium.

The Southern University Concert Choir, under the direction of Charles Lloyd Jr., will present its’ annual Fall Concert, “We’ll Walk In the Light,” at 3 p.m., Nov. 18, in the Stewart Hall Auditorium. The program will feature Christmas selections, choral anthems and spirituals. Guest performers will be soprano Jacqueline Paige-Green and baritone Richard Hobson.… Continue reading →

French pianist to play with BR Symphony Orchestra

Photo provided by the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra -- French pianist Phiippe Bianconi will be the featured guest artist at the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra's second Investar Band Masterworks Seres concert on Thursday, Nov. 20.

The Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra’s second Investar Bank Masterworks will feature returning French pianist Philippe Bianconi at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, in the Baton Rouge River Center Theatre for the Performing Arts, 275 St. Louis St. Bianconi will be featured in Sergei Rachmaninoff’sPiano Concerto No.… Continue reading →

St. Mary Parish gets own travel app

Traveling the Cajun Coast? There’s an app for that. The Cajun Coast Visitors & Convention Bureau has developed a travel guide app for St. Mary Parish. Tourism officials hope it gets visitors to slow down when driving throughout the parish. Categories on the app include accommodations, to eat, events, social, shopping, lagniappe, other, nearby and to do.… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: 'I’m not a feminist, but ... '

Frank Creaghan, Janet and Joel Gooch

Alright, ladies, just quit it. Stop starting your cocktail conversations with “I’m not a feminist, but …” and then finish with whatever political, social or economic statement you’ve started to make in public. You’re a feminist or you wouldn’t be speaking up politically, socially or economically in public. The definition of a feminist is one who adheres… Continue reading →

Southern Baptists add ethnic congregations to roll of churches

Photo by Mark H. Hunter -- The Rev. Carlos Rosales, pastor of First Hispanic Baptist Church, preaches to his congregation in the Fellowship Hall of Florida Blvd. Baptist Church in Baton Rouge.

Contrary to the conventional wisdom that the Southern Baptist Convention is primarily a white Southern organization, about 10,000 of the SBC’s 46,124 churches are “ethnic” congregations, according to the convention’s chief operating officer. In Louisiana, of the 1,600 churches in the Louisiana Baptist Convention, 162 churches are classified as “ethnic,” meaning they are predominantly… Continue reading →