About Town for Jan. 19, 2014


WHAT: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren support group meeting.

WHEN: 10 a.m. Thursday.

WHERE: Family Roads, 323 E. Airport.

INFORMATION: Call Family Roads, (225) 291-8888 or Dot Thibodeaux at (225) 355-5442.


WHAT: Mardi Gras Cluster Dog Show.

WHEN: Thursday through Sunday, Jan. 26.

WHERE: Alexandria Riverfront Center, 707 Main St.

INFORMATION: batonrougekennelclub.com.


WHAT: Heritage Lecture on “The Louisiana Orphan Train,” sponsored by the Foundation for Historical Louisiana.

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Jan. 30. Reception begins at 6 p.m.

WHERE: Old Governor’s Mansion, 502 North Blvd.

INFORMATION & REGISTRATION: fhl.org or (225) 387-2464.

COST: $10; free for FHL members.

DETAILS: Dave McNamara and Myrna Bergeron will describe the life and experiences of the orphans, homeless children who were sent from the streets of New York City to homes across the nation. Between 1873 and 1929, more than 2,000 orphans were brought to rural homes in south Louisiana. The movement is recognized as the beginning of the foster care system.


WHAT: The Council for the Development of French in Louisiana is opening its scholarship program to young professionals.

WHEN: Deadline to apply is Feb. 10.

INFORMATION: Visit codofil.org.

DETAILS: Thanks to a partnership with Universit√© Sainte-Anne in Churchpoint, Nova-Scotia, two Louisiana professionals will benefit from a half-scholarship to participate in a five-week summer immersion program. Anyone wishing to learn French to further their career or make their work environment more Francophone should apply, says CODOFIL’s Erin Stickney.


WHAT: Nominations are open for Salute to Senior Service, a search for Louisiana’s Outstanding Senior Volunteer.

WHEN: Deadline March 1.

INFORMATION: SalutetoSeniorService.com or call (225) 819-8338.

DETAILS: The program recognizes the contributions of adults 65 and older who give at least 15 hours a month of volunteer service. Nominate and vote at the website. State winners determined by popular vote. Senior-care experts will select a national winner . Sponsored by Home Instead Inc.