Photos: NCAA Gymnastics Championship

LSU's Sydney Ewing is congratulated by teammates after she competes on the beam during the semifinals of the NCAA Gymnastics Championships, Friday, April 18, 2014, in Birmingham, Ala. (Special to The Advocate/Hal Yeager)

LSU travelled to Birmingham, Ala to compete in the 2014 NCAA National Collegiate Women’s Gymnastic Championship. LSU is one of twelve teams to compete in the national championship bracket.

Photos: BRAVE forum on violence

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Audience member Alean Thomas, standing, left, asks a question about the investigation of the murder of her son, Demarcus Thomas, 19, who was found shot to death in January of 2013 in the driveway of her Washington Avenue home, at Thursday's forum entitled, 'Our Voice, Right Choice, No More Violence,' in the  Capitol High School library. The forum was part of the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination (BRAVE) programs community outreach efforts.

The panel discussion, put on by the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination project, aimed to educate teens about the consequences of violent crime while also serving as a forum for the students to ask BRAVE officials about their efforts to reduce youth violence in the capital city region.

Photos: K-9 field trials

Advocate Staff Photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Baton Rouge Police Cpl. Lyle Andre's K-9 Ranger flips criminal decoy Cpl. Jesse Barcelona in an apprehension during the United States Police Canine Association's 2014 Region 10 Field Trials on Thursday in Baton Rouge at LSU's South Campus. The three-day trials showcased agility, obedience, detection and criminal apprehension skills that were also judged so that the dogs may be re-certified for daily duty.

The United States Police Canine Association’s 2014 Region 10 Field Trials are being held in Baton Rouge at LSU’s South Campus. The trials showcased agility, obedience, detection and criminal apprehension skills that were also judged so that the dogs may be re-certified for daily duty. The three-day trial concluded Thursday.

Photos: Getting a fresh look

Advocate staff photo by Andrea Mabry -- Kentrell Veal, far left, and Natasha Howard from the Vanguard School of Cosmetology give Deville Gordon, a maintenance worker at the New Orleans Mission, a haircut on April 16, 2014. Gordon says he was laid off in March and has been living at the Mission so he won't have to sleep under the bridge anymore. The New Orleans Mission encourages its residents to renew their lives and become contributing citizens of the community, so students donate their time to give hair cuts, which the Mission says are

Residents of the New Orleans Mission received haircuts Tuesday. The mission, which works with homeless people, encourages its residents to renew their lives and become contributing citizens of the community, so students donate their time to give haircuts, which the mission says are “a small yet vital need.”

Photos: Artmaina

Advocate photo by Lee Celano - Blacksmiths (LtoR) Sam Riehl, Boyd Vincent and Richard DeLaHoussaye  give a demonstration during the Artmania fundraising event April 12, 2014 at the Horse Farm in Lafayette.

Blacksmiths and crafts demonstrations at Artmania held at the Horse Farm on Johnston Street.

Photos: CASA volunteer picnic

Advocate staff photo by John Oubre -- CASA volunteers Lucy Davenport, standing center, and Candace Cedotal, right, help kids with craft gifts to be given to other volunteers on Saturday. Davenport's daughters Alex, left, and Elizabeth, standing in background, also assisted with the events on Saturday at Anna T. Jordan park.

Capital Area CASA is having a picnic Saturday to honor its volunteers during National Volunteer Week. Mayer told me they are expecting between 175-200 volunteers, CASA board members, CASA staff and children they help. There will be face painting, a magician, carnival games and other events

Photos: LSU Pro Day

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNONNew Orleans Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis, left, speaks with Saints coach Sean Payton during LSU's pro day last week.

LSU football player go through a regiment of athletic drills for NFL talent scouts and coaches.

Photos: Weekly Gallery for April. 5-12, 2014

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Birmingham, Alabama resident Fred Weaver works on his fiddle skills Monday outside of Vermilionville in Lafayette. The tourist site is home to this year's Dewey Balfa Cajun and Creole Heritage Week. The week is a music instruction-based camp during the day and features live music and dancing in the evening.

Each week, a select few of The Advocate’s published photographs are chosen to be featured here. You’ll see a variety of subjects displayed, including local sports, top news, community events, entertainment, landscapes, architecture and wildlife.

Month of the Military Child

Advocate staff photo by John Oubre -- 2 yr. old Gabe gives Cinderella (Danielle Trosclair) a double high five after listening to a book reading on Sunday during

The USS KIDD Veterans Memorial & Museum will celebrate the “Month of the Military Child.” “It is time to acknowledge and celebrate the service of approximately 2 million military children who also make sacrifices for our country. April is a month to not only acknowledge how strong military kids are, but to also focus on supporting them through the struggles they encounter due to the lifestyles that come with being a part of the military.

Photos: Zoo imaginings

Advocate staff photo by John Oubre -- Tiffany Strong takes iPhone photos of a Malayan Tiger as Abby Schwartz, center, and 4-year-old Ava Norris also take a peek at the animal during Zippity Zoo Fest on Saturday.

At 44 years old, the Baton Rouge Zoo is starting to go through its first set of growing pains, and park officials say they are working on several efforts to ensure a strong future for the park.

Photos: Fest for All

Advocate Staff Photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Benjamin Zuelke, 7, helps himself to a self-serve snowball station at Fest For All on Sunday in Baton Rouge.

Fest goers listened to music and took in the musings of Fest For All at Galvez Plaza in Baton Rouge on Sunday.

Photos: FestForAll

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Dishware is displayed in Rocky Broome's booth Saturday, April 5, 2014, during Fest For All in downtown Baton Rouge.

The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge presented FestForAll, art & music festival on Saturday. The event continues Sunday in downtown’s Town Square, on the grounds of the Old State Capitol and the Shaw Center for the Arts.