Photos: Weekly Gallery, 4/6/13

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Ben Hienz, foreground, kneels Friday while picking berries, as Conner Dobie, both of Cedarwood School in Mandeville, holds up a large strawberry and shouts excitedly to his mother, Kathy Dobie. Students from three south Louisiana schools picked berries in preparation for the annual Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Andrew Nicholas White, 5, left, and Timmy Hartman, 5, background, from Baton Rouge's Paul's Christian Academy, pick 'Radiance' variety berries Friday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Daniel Reaux, left, and Patrick Michot perform Friday at the Bach Lunch weekly concert series at Parc Sans Souci in downtown Lafayette. The two are part of the Rayo Brothers band.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- The 30th annual French Quarter Festival held its parade Friday, April 12, 2013, although the fest started on Thursday. More than 20 stages throughout the Quarter and the riverfront will feature free music through Sunday. Heather Self hands out beads as Matt Mahoe guides his pirate ship down Bourbon Street.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- An alligator rests beneath a cypress tree in Cypress Lake on the University of Louisiana at Lafayette campus Tuesday. The adjacent student union is currently undergoing major renovations.

  • Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- David Maraist dances with his wife, Christy Maraist, Friday to the music of the Rayo Brothers during the Bach Lunch concert series at Parc Sans Souci in downtown Lafayette. "When you're cajun and you hear good music you have to dance," said Christy Maraist.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- The Friends of the Jefferson Public Library are conducting their semi-annual Big Book Sale, which runs 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner. More than 65,000 used books, puzzles, DVDs, CDs, videotapes, music tapes, and vinyl records will be offered for sale. Dowen W. Fife, Sr. leafs through a photography book Friday, April 12, 2013.

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  • Advocate photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Istrouma High's Darrell Nettles finished first in the boys 110 meter hurdles with a time of 14.91 seconds at the Panthers Relays 4 on Thursday at Woodlawn. Nettles also won the boys 100 meter dash.

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  • Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Clockwise from front left, Flo Carvalho, Nancy Hollaway, Carroll Gromer, Dorothy Schneider, Electa Barlow and Dina Dias are part of a group of women at Village Woods Retirement Community who use plastic grocery bags to make sleeping mats for the homeless..

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  • Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Nancy Hollaway is one of two women at Village Woods Retirement Community who take the plastic yarn that she and other residents produce and crochet it into sleeping mats.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Though it was started 30 years ago to attract locals back to the French Quarter, the French Quarter Fest has become immensely popular with international music fans. Here Laurie Fray, a jazz fan and musician from the U.K., performs for other members of his tour group. The opportunity to play in New Orleans is one draw for international visitors Thursday, April 11, 2013.

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Brothers Joshua Ballard, 14, left, and Chris Ballard, 16, dance to 'Footloose' Thursday at the second annual Stars and Twinkles Talent Show at Walker Freshman High School. It was open to all former and current special education students in the Livingston Parish school system. Teacher Guy Lemoine said the show serves to 'put the spotlight on the kids.'

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  • Advocate staff photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCK -- Batting practice -- Sebastian Glenum-Horacek, 5, keeps his eyes on the ball Thursday while playing with his dad, Josef, at the City Park in Baton Rouge. The boy's sister was taking piano lessons in the area, giving him time to work on his swing.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Carolina Wren nestlings chirp for dinner as a parent arrives with berries Monday on a windowsill in Baton Rouge. One of Louisiana's most common bird species, Carolina Wrens are adaptable nesters, roosting in empty pots, mailboxes, garages, old nests and other urban nooks and crannies.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Episcopal School students Ben Levine, 12, left, and Jackson McCrary, 12, ride in a canoe Wednesday, collecting trash in BREC's Greenwood Community Park lake as part of a community service project.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Andrew Gourd, 12, left, and Brice Frierson, 13, right, creep down to the edge of BREC's Greenwood Community Park lake to collect mud and water samples for an Episcopal School service project.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Dressed for success -- Decked out in a coat and tie, Baton Rouge Community College sophomore Chris Hoppe, left, discusses internships with ExxonMobil recruiter Amy E. Washington, right, at a career and job expo Tuesday at the college while Dee Hickman, center, of ExxonMobil, looks on. A theme at the expo was dressing professionally when dealing with potential employers, said Lisa Hibner, director of the BRCC Career Center.

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Mike the Tiger says 'Hi' -- Ben Dribus interacts with Mike the Tiger at his enclosure on LSU's campus Tuesday. Dribus, a graduate student in math, said he visits Mike almost every day, and the tiger has gotten used to him. "Usually, he's asleep at this time of day. I usually only get this kind of reaction from him in the evenings," Dribus said. Mike came over to Dribus and jumped on the glass without any provocation.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Cyclists Andrew Polmer, left, and Richard Hecht chat on Duncan Plaza while taking part in Bike to Work Day on Tuesday. Area residents were encouraged to ride their bikes to work and a rally was held on Duncan Plaza to support the event.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Framed by the excavator doing work on the southeast corner of East Lakeshore Drive and City Park Golf Course, BREC employee Josh Reed goes about cutting the fourth green at City Park Golf Course on Monday. Reed said the improvement in the spring weather has him cutting the greens every other day.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- UConn players celebrate their win in the NCAA title game Tuesday in the New Orleans Arena.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- University of Louisiana at Lafayette art students Madeline Tullos, left, and Brandon Radecker carve cuttlefish bones into different shapes to be used as casts for liquid metal Monday outside of Fletcher Hall. The bones are soft enough to be carved with simple hand tools, and are often used as a calcium supplement for birds and reptiles.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- University of California, Berkeley's band performs Sunday in front of the center stage at Tourney Town, an area next to the New Orleans Arena where fans of the NCAA Women's Final Four can try their hands at a variety of games.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Eight-year-old Raven Jones takes some shots Sunday past a cutout of a basketball player at Tourney Town, a sporting play area set up next to the New Orleans Arena for fans of the NCAA Women's Final Four.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRIANNA PACIORKA -- Nancy Rounsefell reads a response during a Holocaust memorial service Sunday at Congregation B'nai Israel. The service was part of the Jewish Federation of Greater Baton Rouge's Yom HaShoah Memorial Day program.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Ralph Kleyla, Louisiana Commander of the Veterans of Underage Military Service, recalls his time as an underage Marine, when he joined at just 16. The organization is hosting it's annual reunion at the Holiday Inn this week in Lafayette.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- The International School of Louisiana is expanding all three campuses. The Jefferson Parish school will be moving to its permanent home at the Bunche campus in Metairie next year. Kindergartener Re'yan Gordon reads a Spanish language book Friday, April 5, 2013.

  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- The International School of Louisiana is expanding all three campuses. The Jefferson Parish school will be moving to its permanent home at the Bunche campus in Metairie next year. Here Sean Wilson, CEO and head of school, visits a first grade class Friday, April 5, 2013.

  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Louisville's Sara Hammond (00) takes a shot as California's Layshia Clarendon (23) defends in the second half of Louisville's 64-57 win over California in the Women's Final Four in the New Orleans Arena on Sunday, April 7, 2013.

  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Artist Bruce Odell demonstrates how he manipulates copper to create colorful raku pottery at Fest For All in downtown Baton Rouge Saturday. The annual art and music festival drew a large crowd of people who enjoyed food, dancing, shopping and a wide array of other diversions, entertainment and performances.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Baton Rouge's Neil Walsh, 11, steadies a dragon kite as his mother Katie Walsh tries to get it aloft from the other end of the line. Neil and his mom were taking part Saturday in Kite Fest Louisiane, held at the West Baton Rouge Soccer Complex on Rosedale Road in Port Allen.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Patricia Dunn, left, helps her daughter Layla Dunn, 4, control her kite Saturday during Kite Fest Louisiane at the West Baton Rouge Soccer Complex on Rosedale Road in Port Allen. The two were joined by Dunn's husband Adolph Dunn while all three never-before kite fliers gave it a try.

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  • Advocate staff photo by APRIL BUFFINGTON -- Dallas Arceneaux, 11, left, and Taylor Lafleur, 11, right, who attend L.J. Alleman Middle School in Lafayette, add a balloon to the nanotube Saturday during NanoDay at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Against a background still bearing Hurricane Katrina's scars, New Orleans native and retired professional basketball player Donald Royal gives defense instructions to children playing on a newly installed court during a National Basketball Retired Players Association youth clinic at Oliver Bush Playground in the Lower Ninth Ward on Saturday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by APRIL BUFFINGTON -- Caitlyn Labonte, right, shows Christian Schwarz, 8, left, how to make an LCD screen react by rubbing it between his hands while his father Andy Schwarz, back left holding Grace Schwarz, 3, talks with Natasha Deshpande, back right, during NanoDay on Saturday at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ --- Retired professional basketball player Eldridge Recasner, right, shares a high five with Townsend Grant. Recasner, who played for the Atlanta Hawks and the Charlotte Hornets, grew up three blocks from Oliver Bush Playground in New Orleans' Lower NInth Ward, where the National Basketball Retired Players Association put on a youth clinic Saturday.

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