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Visit BR’s Paul Arrigo addresses Kiwanis Club

Paul Arrigo, Visit Baton Rouge CEO, spoke to the Cortana Kiwanis Club on Dec. 5.

Arrigo said 2013 has been a good year for tourism, but not as good as 2012, which had U.S. Bowling Congress events. He said local tourism is growing due to the community efforts, and advertising. The Visit Baton Rouge, formerly the Baton Rouge Convention and Visitors Bureau, gives information about events and points of interest in the area.

The Cortana Kiwanis Club meets at 7:30 a.m. Thursdays at the Piccadilly Cafeteria, 3332 S. Sherwood Blvd. Upcoming speakers include Robert Mirabito, Capitol Area Transit CEO, on Jan. 2, and Jeff Kuehny, LSU Burden Center director, on Jan. 9. Contact Lowell Tilley, or (225) 272-6744, for information.

Jack and Jill conducts Breakfast with Santa

The Baton Rouge Chapter of Jack and Jill of America hosted its annual Breakfast with Santa event on Dec. 7 at Capitol Elementary School.

Community families received a hot breakfast, arts and crafts and the opportunity for children to talk with Santa, take a picture with Santa and receive toys. About 500 children participated.

Sponsors included Amerigroup, Louisiana Healthcare Connections, Amerihealth Caritas and Capital Area Network for Women.

Baton Rouge DAR hosts annual Wreaths event

The Baton Rouge Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution hosted the eighth annual Wreaths Across American program on Dec. 14 at Port Hudson National Cemetery. Members placed wreaths on graves the day before. The program is held nationally on the same day and time as the Wreaths Program at Arlington National Cemetery.

Retired Army Col. Evans C. Spiceland was guest speaker. Civil Air Patrol cadets assisted more than 60 families place wreaths on their loved ones’ graves.

The Caladonian Pipes and Drums of Baton Rouge played the hymn for all branches of service.

Members also attended the Wreaths Across America Statehouse Program and the Christmas party at the Raven Shelter for Homeless Veterans that were hosted by John James Audubon Chapter. The Baton Rouge Chapter provided gift bags containing toiletry items for the veterans.

The chapter held its annual Silver Tea on Dec. 7 at Susan Smith’s home to honor past regents and new members.

The chapter donated to Women Veterans of Louisiana. Veterans who attended were Gloria Wilbert, Shirley Avants , Lillian Hoover, Geneva Johnson, Teddy Anderson and President Anna Sanders. The group provides an honor guard at the funerals of women veterans in Louisiana.

Music Club of BR holds ‘Winter Solstice’ recital

The Music Club of Baton Rouge held a recital, “A Winter’s Solstice,” on Dec. 10 at the Woman’s Club. It featured seasonal compositions from the Renaissance period.

Soprano Rose Mary Williams, mezzo-soprano Rita Lovett, tenor Carter Smith and baritone Victor Klimash, accompanied on piano by Marianne Parker, performed Britten’s “Hodie,” Holst’s arrangements of “Personent Hodie” and “Masters in This Hall,” Iecha’s “Riu, Riu, Chiu,” De Victoria’s “O Magnum Mysterium,” Praetorius’s “Es ist ein Ros Entsprungen/Lo, How a Rose,” Holst-arranged “Lullay My Liking,” Rutter’s arrangement of “Wexford Carol,” and the traditional “Boars Head Carol” and “Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day.”

The Bayou Brass Quintet played Praetorius’s “In Dulci Jubilo,” the traditional “Greensleeves,” Monnoye’s “Patapan,” Byrd’s “Alleluia, Alleluia,” the traditional “Fum, Fum, Fum” and “Five Renaissance Dances” by Susato. Quintet members were Mark Courter and David Wallace, trumpets; Ellen Bordelon, horn; Jim Kersh, trombone; and Louis Bordelon, tuba.

Williams was program chairman. Gwen Redding introduced the program. Lorice Say and Patty Ruth Wilkinson co-chaired the hospitality committee that provided refreshments, assisted by H.E. Aull, Alice Ducote, Debbie Harris, Linda Henning, Page Meyer, Katherine Nadler, Ann Platt and Ramona Veillon.

Martin family, Hopkins honored by KC council

Steven Hopkins was named as the November Knight of the Month and Clyde and Terrie Martin were named the November Family of the Month by the Father Maynard Hurst Knights of Columbus Council 9016 on Dec. 12.

Hopkins was honored for his work volunteering with maintenance projects around St. Louis King of France Catholic Church.

Clyde Martin serves as a council trustee and spearheads the council’s maintenance projects, and sings in the church choir.

Terrie Martin is KC Ladies Auxiliary vice president and helps clean the kitchen after each monthly meeting.

’70 Southern Lab grads to hold holiday party

The Southern University Laboratory School Class of 1970 will hold a holiday party at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, at the home of Durinda Robinson, 3641 Westervelt Ave., Baton Rouge.

For information, contact Linda Maloney, (225) 324-4592.

Second-grader wins national math contest

Julian Vertigan, a second grade student at Louisiana Virtual Charter Academy, won first place for his grade level in Mathnasium’s 2013 national TriMathlon math contest.

Vertigan placed first among all second graders in the Mathnasium of Baton Rouge’s local TriMathlon last month to qualify for the national competition. His win in the national event earned $1,000 for his school, which was presented to Head of School Perry Daniel. Prizes of $1,000, $500 and $250 were awarded to local schools on behalf of the first, second and third place national winners at each grade level.

Baton Rouge native graduates from OCS

Second Lt. Robert Wright, of Baton Rouge, graduated from Officer Candidate School on Dec. 9 at Fort Benning, Ga.

He is the son of Rob and Amy Wright, of Baton Rouge, and graduated from Catholic High School in 2002, attended LSU and graduated from the University of South Florida in 2013.

Middleton completes Air Force basic training

Air Force Airman Blake E. Middleton graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Melissa and Edward Middleton, of Baton Rouge, and is a 2011 graduate of Catholic High School.

Area students graduate from Southern Miss.

The University of Southern Mississippi held fall commencement exercises during ceremonies on the Hattiesburg campus Friday, Dec. 13. Area graduates are:

Stephanie Elaine Sarver, Baton Rouge, bachelor of science in nursing; Dillon Lyn Day, Geismar, bachelor of interdisciplinary study; Aston R. Williams, Gramercy, bachelor of science; Burke Alfred Ackal, Lafayette, bachelor of arts; Jared Conner Hunsucker, Lafayette, bachelor of science in business administration; Misty Elizabeth Woods, Napoleonville, master of science; and Lana Claire Waguespack, Thibodaux, master of music education.

Baton Rouge students graduate from Oregon

Two Baton Rouge students were among 809 who received degrees during fall term 2013 at the University of Oregon: Jonas Frankel-Bricker, bachelor of science in biology, and Lee Blankenship Emmert, master of arts in multimedia journalism.

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