Community News for Aug. 23, 2013

Brave Heart discusses Christmas program

Brave Heart — Children in Need discussed the Christmas program that provides Christmas bags for the 4,000 children in foster care at its Aug. 6 board meeting at the Galleria Building.

Donations of the needed items are welcome, and volunteers will be needed to help wrap the 20,000 gifts. To help with the project, call Marcy, (225) 936-7370. Other fundraising activities were explored.

Baton Rouge DAR attends state workshop

Lea Evans, Rezzie Meyer, Janis Lowe, Rachel and Sarah Grace, Zora and Laurel Olsson and Ina and Lynette Navarre of the Baton Rouge Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution attended the Louisiana DAR workshop Aug. 9-10 in Vidalia.

District V members met to plan a project that will support literacy promotion in Louisiana. State officers shared information on the duties and expectations of their respective offices and provided contact information for chapter officers. State committee chairwomen gave a synopsis of their committees, ways that chapter members can participate in committee goals and contests, and gave deadlines for chapter committee reports.

DAR membership is open to women 18 or older who can prove lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence. For more information, email

Geography professor speaks at conference

Craig Colten, Carl O. Sauer professor of geography at LSU, spoke at the Infrastructure and Equity Conference in Bogota, Columbia, on Aug. 21. The principal host and organizer was Columbia Humanitaria, a federal agency created in the wake of disastrous La Niña floods in 2010-11, which guides relief and rehabilitation in the wake of disasters and fosters strong institutional and financial strategies to face future hazard events.

The central theme of the conference was “How can a bigger investment in infrastructure contribute toward greater social equity?” Colten offered comments on the featured speakers’ presentations and discussed his research on lessons learned from Louisiana’s experience with flood-control infrastructure. His work on the relationship of levees and minority communities in New Orleans after Hurricane Betsy in 1965 lent a North American perspective to the event.

The event offered “an excellent opportunity to meet with officials and experts in hazards management from Latin America. They seem to be pioneering collaborative efforts between private and public sector partners, and we have much to learn from them,” Colten said. “And it (was) a chance to introduce them to the work we are doing here at LSU.”

Smith completes Army basic combat training

Army National Guard Pfc. Lanicia S. Smith has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Smith is the daughter of Katrina Smith, of Baton Rouge, and is a 2009 graduate of Cecilia High School.

Compiled by George Morrisw

Advocate staff writer

“Community News” runs every Tuesday and Friday in The Advocate. Items and photographs should be submitted to “Community News,” Advocate eatplaylive section, P.O. Box 588, Baton Rouge, LA 70821, or emailed to Events should be submitted in a timely fashion. Photos will be returned if stamped, self-addressed envelopes are provided. By submitting photos to The Advocate, you agree that they can be published in any of The Advocate’s print or digital publications.