Louisiana roses topic for Reflections program
Allen Owings, horticulture professor at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station, spoke to the Burden Horticulture Society’s Reflections in the Garden program on Sept. 9.
Owings showed slides of rose gardens and varieties of roses that thrive in Louisiana with a minimum of care.
Reflections in the Garden is a monthly lunch-and-learn program about horticulture and gardening. Rita Salman and Kathy Mullins, of the Baton Rouge Herb Society of America, will have a program called “Preserve the Herbal Harvest, Sachets, Vinegars, and Butters” from noon to 1 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 7, at the LSU AgCenter Burden Conference Center, 4560 Essen Lane. The BHS is a non-profit organization supporting LSU AgCenter’s Burden Center. Its website is burdenhorticulturesociety.com.
Graves talks about dog therapy at PEO lunch
Gwen Graves spoke about her dog, Cane, a certified therapy dog, and how Cane visits children’s wards and nursing homes when PEO Chapter W held its fall luncheon on Sept. 12 at Debbie Harris’ home. Cane has been specially trained to interact with patients, especially children.
New member Pat Robertson was initiated, and members received new yearbooks.
Mental Health group hears about art show
Fund development specialist Jenny Ridge discussed plans for the “Painting a Brighter Future” Art Show at the Sept. 19 board meeting of the Mental Health Association for Greater Baton Rouge. The show will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, at LSU’s Journalism Building.
The event will showcase artists of the Alliance House Drop In Center who participate in the “Arts for Wellness” Program. The center is a day program for adults with chronic mental illness. Art will be available for sale and all proceeds will benefit Mental Health Association and the participating artists. The event is free and open to the public.
Smith, three others named to all-state choir
Will Smith, of Baton Rouge, is one of four students from the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts recently accepted into the 2013 Louisiana American Choral Directors Association’s All-State Honor Choir.
Also selected are Amber Gatlin and James Rodrigue, both of Houma, and Grace Hebert, of Bourg. They will spend their fall break (Oct. 24-26) in Baton Rouge for rehearsals and a concert.
BR DAR celebrates Constitution Week
The Baton Rouge Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution celebrated Constitution Week on Sept. 16 at the State Archives Building.
Retired Judge Robert Downing spoke about the U.S. Constitution, focusing on the First Amendment. Members and guests received booklets containing the Declaration of Independence and Constitution. The chapter received a Constitution Week proclamation from Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden. New and pending members received yearbooks, a DAR pin, flag information, NSDAR insignia information and brochures on DAR schools and projects. Sara Lemon and Lona Gros provided refreshments.
Members placed a Constitution Week display at the Bluebonnet Branch Library. Members attended the Gen. Philemon Thomas Chapter SAR Constitution Week banquet on Sept. 20 at the Baton Rouge Country Club. They joined the Capital Park Museum, Sons of the American Revolution and the Canary Island Historical Society in a wreath-laying ceremony on Sept. 21 at Fort San Carlos celebrating the anniversary of the Revolutionary War Battle of Baton Rouge.
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 information, email JSM1225@aol.com.
Advocate columnist speaks to Altrusa Club
Advocate columnist Danny Heitman, author of “Summer of Birds: John James Audubon at Oakley House,” spoke about Audubon, his time in Louisiana and his art to the Altrusa Club of Baton Rouge on Sept. 16.
Members approved a recommendation from Laura Rhorer, Community Service Committee chairwoman, to donate $100 to Adult Literacy Advocates.
Vice President Marti Didier introduced guests Barbara Auten and Gerald Didier.
Treasurer Carol Davis, Foundation Treasurer Cherryl Alford, Rhorer and Jan Holmes of the Service Committee gave reports. Lynn Nettles reported on the Inter-Civic Council’s meeting.
Amy Drago invited members to participate in The ARC of Baton Rouge plane pull in October. Holmes distributed books of tickets for the club’s restaurant raffle. Diane Bezdek, program chairwoman, said Connie Boudreaux of Cancer Services will speak on Oct. 21. For information on Altrusa, contact Didier, (225) 939-0460.
PEO Chapter AC hears about visit to Israel
The Rev. Lee Allen of Broadmoor United Methodist Church spoke about his recent trip to Israel when PEO Chapter AC met on Sept. 13 at First Christian Church. Hostesses were President Wynona Martin and Recording Secretary Gladys Beard.
Pham graduates from Air Force basic training
Air Force Reserve Airman Kevin Q. Pham graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. He is the son of Phuong and Kim Pham Baton Rouge and is a 2012 graduate of Redemptorist High School.
Schneider completes Air Force basic training
Air Force Airman 1st Class Patricia E. Schneider graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. She is the daughter of Roy Schneider of Prairieville and earned an associate degree in 2012 from River Parishes Community College, Sorrento.
Compiled by George Morris
Advocate staff writer
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