Photos: Weekly Gallery, 11/25/12

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Fireworks light up the night sky over the Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge Friday as crowds gather for the lighting of the Christmas tree during the 2012 Downtown Festival of Lights

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Faye Buco and Lucy Fasullo, both 3, from left, dance under the stage lights to live music during the 2012 Downtown Festival of Lights in Baton Rouge on Friday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern University Chancellor James L. Llorens, center, along with his wife, Glenda Llorens, addresses the crowd prior to lighting a Christmas tree in front of the Felton G. Clark Activity Center Friday evening. The children waiting for the tree lighting, who are members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority's Delta Gems and Delta Academy, are from left to right, Tearaney Ephrom, 11; Ka'Laceyah Allen, 11; Logann Allen, 15; and Razmin Green, 12. The two young boys on the right are brothers: Tahj Foster, 8, and Jalem Foster, 4.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Enjoying the outdoors -- Cousins Rita Teradot, left, and Renee Reed spend time together Friday at City Park in New Iberia. "You can't find the tranquility anywhere else like you can at City Park," said Reed.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Colorful cypress -- Cypress tree leaves are changing color with the seasons next to Walden Road Pond on Thursday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Bion Cashio, 10, samples a book at St. Aloysius Catholic School's 'Best LIttle Cajun Book Fair Before Christmas,' Thursday. The annual fair runs through Monday at the school, with a Family Day on Sunday drawing Santa and authors including parishioners Lisa Knotts, Van Mayhall and Claire Bateman. Shoppers at either local Barnes & Noble store can mention St. Aloysius now through Wednesday and a portion of their purchases will benefit the school. It's the first year the school teams up with Barnes & Noble, said librarian Anne Blanchard. The school also is collecting 'gently used' books to help the library at Redemptorist Elementary, and also to help some schools that lost books to Hurricane Isaac.

  • Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Lafayette resident Lisa Cochran enjoys the mild weather Wednesday at the dog park on St. Julien Avenue with her German Shorthaired Pointer, Sadie.

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  • Advocate photo by DERICK HINGLE -- Southeastern Louisiana University Early Childhood Education teacher candidates Erin Cefalu, left, and Allison Neal, right, work with Robert Hope, 2, in a Ireland-themed activity area at the Louisiana Discovery Center.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Robert Perck, Charles Monte, and Corey Warnke, from left, work to secure Santa Claus' foothold in the ground as they prepare Christmas lights and decorations Wednesday outside Gonzales City Hall.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Laura Gillen, 90, is introduced on stage by Dr. Robert Hart, left, Regional Medical Director for Ochsner Baton Rouge at a recent quarterly meeting of Ochsner administrators and physicians at the River Center. One of Gillen's doctors, opthamologist Dr. Curtis Creed, is at right, and her daughter Cheryl Helmick is in background. Frequently, Ochsner chooses a patient to share their experiences with doctors at these meetings. Gillen was treated by three of Ochsner's founders in New Orleans.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Quint Davis, left, producer/director of the Bayou Country Superfest, speaks as Mandy DeLong, marketing and press coordinator for Festival Productions Inc. New Orleans and Bayou Country Superfest, unveils the talent lineup for the 2013 Bayou Country Superfest at the Stadium Club North in LSU's Tiger Stadium on Tuesday. Lady Antebellum Band, Zac Brown Band, Miranda Lambert and Luke Bryan headline the lineup.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Northside High School senior Mike Rubin, left, performs Tuesday with zydeco performer and Northside graduate Nathan Williams at the school.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Northside High School science teacher Zeke D'Avy, left, dances to zydeco music with Assistant Principal Barbara Landor on Tuesday while zydeco performer and Northside High graduate Nathan Williams plays.

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- LSU concludes it's Candlelight Celebration, which honored the holiday traditions of Christmas, Kwanzaa and Hanukkah, with the official lighting of its Christmas tree in front of the Memorial Tower on Tuesday. An hour of festivities before the lighting included performances by Schola Cantorum, Cantabile String Quartet, the Ballroom Dance Club at LSU, LSU Gospel Choir, Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre, LSU Cheerleaders, Tiger Girls, Mike the Tiger and Santa Claus reading A Cajun Night Before Christmas." Following the lighting, the African-American Cultural Centers Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration was held in the LSU Student Union, and a performance by Hillel at LSU honored Hanukkah.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCK - Nurse Pamela Williams and Dr. Michael Stuart work on a patient's recorders at LSU Mid City Clinic. The clinic is dedicating an oak tree Friday as well as holding health fair on Friday all for World AIDS Day.

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Hundreds of white pelicans search for food in November 2012 on the LSU lakes along Dalrymple Drive.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Micajah Lodge, home of Mary Anne and Paul Stevens near St. Francisville, is on the Friends of the West Feliciana Parish Library Christmas in the Country Tour of Homes. The home was built by Mary Anne Stevens' uncle in 1940.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Randy Nichols, left, executive director of the Capital Area Alliance for the Homeless, chats with Ricky Rider, who lives in an efficiency apartment at the alliance's One Stop Homeless Services Center.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Neal Varrette and Angela Simon, from left, stand in front of a garden being developed at the One Stop Homeless Services Center, which provides a variety of services for the homeless. One Stop is celebrating its one-year anniversary on Thursday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Southern University Chancellor James Llorens, center, holds the trophy with members of the Southern football team after they beat Grambling State University, 38-33, in the Bayou Classic held in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Saturday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCK -- Tristan Jeansonne, 16, left, helps as Jasmine Collins, 17, guides Darlene Jarreau, 18, onto a potty chair during their certified nursing assistant class at Capital Area Technical College. Port Allen High School students can get college credits and training in various vocational fields at the school.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Drew, 7, and Kylee Seitz walk through the light display at Celebration in the Oaks in City Park Friday night. Large crowds turned out for the opening of the annual holiday season attraction.

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  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- East Baton Rouge Council on Aging employee Charlvette Millican serves lunch to Ruby Overstreet, right, as, from left, Margaret Bradley, Billie Ray and Olivia Luna look on Wednesday, a slow day for the center with only 65 meals served. The agency averages 90-100 meals per day according to server Evelyn Holden.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Teurlings Catholic's Jimmie McBride catches a touchdown over McDonogh 35's Ivan Brooks, left, and Roland Jenkins during the second quarter.

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