Community column for July 8, 2014

Ramblin’ Readers visit New York City Ballet

The Ramblin’ Readers book club from Baton Rouge visited the New York City Ballet on June 3.

The group received a private meeting with a principal dancer, Troy Schumacher, who took them backstage before the evening production, where they met other dancers, toured the costume room, watched the dancers warm up and took photographs on the stage.

Schumacher also is a choreographer whose newest ballet will premier this fall at the annual NYC Ballet gala. Club members have been invited to attend.

Homeless Center topic for Altrusa Club

Randy Nichols, executive director of the Capital Area Alliance for the Homeless, spoke on the One Stop Homeless Service Center to the Altrusa Club on June 16 at Drusilla Seafood Restaurant.

The alliance is a non-profit organization of homeless service providers that offer direct services, development of affordable housing and advocacy on homeless issues. For information, contact Nichols, (225) 388-5802 or knichols@homelessinbr.org.

President Jackie Robbins opened the meeting. Giving reports were Diane Bezdek, Laura Rhorer, Gerry Malone, Lynn Nettles, Mary Eleanor Cole and Marti Didier.

Malone asked members to volunteer with the St. Vincent de Paul Uniform Program June 25-27 to sort, size and organize uniforms in preparation for distribution to students in East Baton Rouge Parish schools who meet the requirements to receive two free uniforms.

For information on Altrusa, contact Didier, (225) 939-0460.

Forensic anthropologist speaks to BRGHS

Forensic anthropologist Mary Manhein spoke about her work identifying skulls and other bones to the Baton Rouge Genealogical and Historical Society on June 21 at the Bluebonnet Branch Library.

Jay Grymes, senior meteorologist at WAFB-TV, will speak on weather extremes in historical Louisiana at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 19, at the Bluebonnet Library. His talk will include freezes, floods, hurricanes and other disasters in Louisiana history. The program is free and open to the public. For information, call Mary McKeough, (225) 924-8921.

Coleman addresses Photographic Society

Nationally acclaimed underwater photographer Clay Coleman spoke to the Louisiana Photographic Society on June 19.

Coleman’s travels include waters in the Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico, Southeast Asia and South America. Sharks are among his favorite subjects. He uses zoom, macro and fisheye lenses, always within five feet of the fish. His wife, Sharon, dives with him and often is his spotter for what’s photogenic.

In the monthly competition, first-place awards went to David Howell for Monotone, Sheldon Anderson for Color Level B and Cathy Smart for Color Level A.

LPS meets on the third Thursday of the month and is open to all photo enthusiasts.

5 from BR DAR attend Continental Congress

Five members of the Baton Rouge Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution attended the national DAR 123rd Continental Congress June 25-29 in Washington, D.C. Attending were Sarah Brooks, Lea Evans, Rachel Grace, Rezzie Meyer and Zora Olsson.

They attended business and committee meetings during the day and concerts by military bands and programs in the evening. The chapter was awarded a certificate from the national Public Relations and Media Committee for outstanding sponsorship of the Wreaths Across America program in December 2013. A bronze-level ribbon was awarded for participation in the American Spirit Magazine competition, and the chapter was recognized as a platinum sponsor for support of Junior Membership.

Members celebrated the 200th anniversary of the “Star Spangled Banner” on Flag Day, June 14, by handing out flags at LSU’s Hill Memorial Library.

Membership in DAR 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.

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Compiled by Advocate staff writer George Morris. The “Community” column runs every 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.