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UREC holds annual Giving Hearts Breakfast

Urban Restoration Enhancement Corporation held its annual Giving Hearts Breakfast on Dec. 18 at the Beauregard Gallery & Bistro.

The breakfast highlighted UREC’s work in community development over the past 21 years with the theme of “21 Years, 21 Reasons to Give from Your Heart.”

The event was designed to raise awareness and support for UREC’s core community development initiatives in affordable housing, human development and advocacy.

Children at OLOL have annual Christmas party

The Istrouma Masonic Lodge, Denham Springs Wal-Mart, managers of Family Store and David Lowery of Subway Restaurants hosted the 14th annual Christmas party for patients at Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital on Dec. 22.

Bud King as Santa Claus and the Acadia Shrine Klowns also participated, along with WAFB-TV news anchor Lauren Westbrook. Lowery donated 60 meal tickets for families of patients.

Club Intervention holds holiday celebration

Club Intervention held a holiday celebration on Dec. 27 at Ricky and Antoinette Patterson’s home. Members recognized the Pattersons’ upcoming 14th anniversary and saluted Kamilla Fair on receiving her bachelor’s degree.

Club Intervention is an organization of married couples committed to building healthy marriages.

BRGMC Nursing School holds commencement

Baton Rouge General Medical Center’s School of Nursing held its 30th commencement exercises for 26 registered nurses on Dec. 13 at Broadmoor United Methodist Church.

Graduates and their hometowns are: Meaghan Caston, Shandy Guidry, Nicole Hebert, Amanda Nichols, Baton Rouge; Tammy Landry, Central; Susan McClay, Zachary; Kayla David, Port Allen; Jazel Banks-Mitchell, Rosa Davis, Rolanda Hebert, Emily Perdue, Alicia Poche, Gonzales; Angela Cobb, Kristen Naquin, Prairieville; Carol Ann Edwards, Jessica Garrene, Ryan Rotolo, Denham Springs; Brooke Jensen, Walker; Nicole Daniel, Danny Torregrossa, Plaquemine; Brandy Dykes-Comardelle, Geismar; Kayla Hotard, LaPlace; Aimee Kolwe, Hammond; Kristen Melancon, French Settlement; Brittany Rome, Lakeland; and Calli Smith, St. Martinville.

Last of a Dying Breed visits Opelousas event

The Last of a Dying Breed Riding Club of Clinton attended a the third anniversary party for the I-49 Riders Riding Club on Dec. 28 at the Yambilee Building in Opelousas.

The Clinton club travels to state support other riding and social clubs. Their next big event will be Clinton’s Mardi Gras parade on Feb. 22, after which will host their second annual trail ride at 5609 McCoy Byrnes Road in Ethel. The ride will begin at 4 p.m.

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Compiled by Advocate staff writer George Morris. The “Community” column runs Tuesday and Friday in The Advocate. Items should be submitted to “Community,” Advocate EatPlayLive section, P.O. Box 588, Baton Rouge, LA 70821, or emailed to people@theadvocate.com. Events should be submitted in a timely fashion. By submitting photos to The Advocate, you agree that they can be published in any of The Advocate’s print or digital publications.