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Businesses celebrate Record Store Day

Advocate photos by C. J. FUTCH -- Tess Brunet and Agnes the Cockatiel at Lagniappe Records. The store will be participating in Record Store Day releases on April 18, along with other record stores in Baton Rouge. ORG XMIT: BAT1504132214361102

For most people who own a turntable and a record collection, the third Saturday in April — also known as Record Store Day — is already marked on the calendar. For the rest of the world, it’s an event worth checking out, even if you prefer your music in digital form, said Tess Brunet, who co-owns… Continue reading →

Race promotes cancer awareness, prevention

Colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States, said Dr. Kelly Finan, a surgical oncologist with Mary Bird Perkins-Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center. Cancer of the colon and rectum are also among the most treatable — almost 90 percent of patients… Continue reading →

Around Southside: Animal activist honored for work

Photo provided by Holly Reynolds -- Baton Rouge animal welfare supporter Holly Reynolds, left, accepts an honor March 30 from Wayne Pacelle  at the Human Society of the United States' Aminal Care Expo in New Orleans.

Longtime animal rights supporter Holly Reynolds recently was honored by the Humane Society of the United States during the group’s Animal Care Expo in New Orleans. Reynolds, 96, said she was surprised when Humane Society President Wayne Pacelle called her with the invitation. “He offered to send a car to get me,” she said. But,… Continue reading →

Woman drawn to raising Monarch butterflies

Advocate photos by C. J. FUTCH -- Passionflower vine is a host plant to many caterpillars.

Sarah Rayner woke up one day in 2009 with an overwhelming urge to raise monarch butterflies. “I’d never had any relationship to the butterfly before, other than the fact that I taught its life cycle as part of one of my classes,” the biologist said. “I wasn’t particularly attached to them. I couldn’t explain it, I just… Continue reading →

Circle of Support 5K set for Saturday at LSU

The Crisis Intervention Center’s fifth annual Circle of Support 5K and Memorial Mile Walk is set for Saturday on the LSU campus. The event is held to raise funds and awareness of the free crisis intervention and traumatic loss services provided by the center. The LSU Chapter of Social Work Student Association and a 23-person… Continue reading →

Kenilworth student’s project wins pollution prevention award

Photo provided by Mark Lambert -- Kenilworth student Que'asia Stafford, third from left, received an environmental award from Louisiana Department of Environmental quality. Gathering for the April ceremony, from left, are State Rep. Gordon Dove, chairman of the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee; Kimiko Jones, Que'asia's mother; Que'asia; DEQ Secretary Peggy Hatch; Kenilworth science teacher Elkhan Akhundov; and State Sen. Michael Walsworth, chairman of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee.

A Kenilworth Science and Technology School student’s science fair project on coastal protection alternatives has earned the school a pollution prevention award from the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality. Que’asia Stafford’s “Smart Coastal Protection” project suggested that fluorogypsum, a byproduct of hydrofluoric acid production, may be a superior material to limestone, which is now being used to… Continue reading →

YMCA summer camp registration ongoing

The YMCA is offering summer camp to give children and teens an adventurous, active and healthy summer, a news release said. YMCA summer camp programs offer youth an opportunity to explore the outdoors, meet new friends, discover new interests and create memories that last a lifetime, the release said. The YMCA has weekly themes planned for… Continue reading →

YMCA aims to inspire kids to be active

The YMCA of the Capital Area is holding a free community event Saturday, April 25, to inspire more children to keep their minds and bodies active. YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families, features activities such as games, healthy cooking demonstrations, health screenings and other fun activities… Continue reading →

Recent fundraisers benefit CASA

Photo provided by Jennifer Mayer -- Attending Kappa Alpha Thetas KATfish for CASA on March 27 are, front row from left, sorority members Sarah Soulier and Morgan Wallace; and, back, CASA Recruitment Coordinator Jennifer Mayer, sorority members Karley Irwin, Madison Murray, Ashley Greenfield, Taylor Baker and Hannah Pittman, and CASA Executive Director Liz Betz.

Two recent fundraising events supported Capital Area Court Appointed Special Advocate Association, a nonprofit organization that trains community volunteers to speak for abused and neglected children in need of safe, permanent homes. Kappa Alpha Theta at LSU hosted its annual KATfish for CASA fundraiser March 27 at the sorority house on LSU’s campus. The event included… Continue reading →

SJA senior makes Dixie Darlings dance line

Kelsey Richard

St. Joseph’s Academy senior Kelsey Richard has been selected as a member of the 2015 University of Southern Mississippi Dixie Darlings dance line. Richard, 17, is the daughter of Brant and Toni Richard. Known for their high kicks, precision and strut, the Dixie Darlings have been part of the USM tradition since 1954, a release from… Continue reading →

Southside cats available for April 16, 2015

Lanfear, a female smoke-colored tabby.

Project Purr Baton Rouge is a nonprofit group organized to prevent the euthanasia of cats and kittens at the Baton Rouge community shelter. Adoption day events are noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at Petco, 6857 Siegen Lane, and PetSmart, 1653 Millerville Road. Interested residents can email adopt@projectpurrbr.org, call (888) 739-6780 or visit www.projectpurrbr.org to… Continue reading →

Southside pets for April 16, 2015

Eva, a female terrier mix puppy. She's spayed, up to date with shots and good with kids, dogs and cats. She's one of a litter of five girls up for adoption that have been in foster care since Feb. 8.

The mission of Friends of the Animals is to rescue, place in homes or save dogs, puppies and other pets from euthanasia in East Baton Rouge Parish. FOTA operates the Dog Adoption House, 8476 Highland Road, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Anyone interested in adopting… Continue reading →

Southside Crime Blotter for April 6-12, 2015

Calls for assistance received by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office between April 6 and April 12: Assault / Battery 13200 BLOCK, PERKINS ROAD, APRIL 7, 3:16 p.m. 2000 BLOCK, JASPER AVENUE, APRIL 8, 6:32 p.m. 1400 block, Jasper Avenue, April 9,… Continue reading →

Southside Calendar for April 16-23, 2015

NATIONAL HEALTHCARE DECISIONS DAY: 8 a.m., Hospice of Baton Rouge, 9063 Siegen Lane, Suite A. Free. As part of National Healthcare Decisions Day, Hospice of Baton Rouge is offering free copies of a simple advance directive booklet called “5 Wishes.” Call (225) 767-4673 or email info@hospicebr.org. GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP: 6 p.m., Life Source Services… Continue reading →

LSMSA group earns top rating

Photo provided by Crystal Evans -- Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts recently participated in the Louisiana Music Educators’ Association District II large ensemble performance assessment at Pineville High School. Taking part, first row from left, are, Alese Jones, Marissa Scott, Maram Azmi, Emma Jochim, Hanna Li, Marika Buchholz, Shona McCullough, Bethany Jenkins, Carrie Thomas and Dr. Al Benner; and second row, Jamin Kidd, Joshua Poche, Ian Sager, Marcos Cecchini, Bryce Cason, Brock Kappel and Mitchell Metzger.

Members of the mixed ensemble at the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts recently participated in the Louisiana Music Educators’ Association District II large ensemble performance assessment at Pineville High School. The group earned the top rating of superior in both performance and sight reading. They will participate in the LMEA state large ensemble performance… Continue reading →

Report on Rodriguez clan presented to society

Photo provided by Marie Estopiñál -- Attending an April 4 meeting of the Canary Islanders Heritage Society of Louisiana at the East Baton Rouge Parish Bluebonnet Regional Library, from left are, Liz Varnado, Iris Stilley, Johnette Downing, Cande Rodriguez, Rose Marie Powell, Stephen Estopiñál, Terry Thibodeaux, Denise Lindsly, Dale Aguillard, Wade Rodriguez and Carolyn Rodriguez.

Terry Thibodeaux presented a report on the populous Rodriguez clan during the April 4 meeting of the Canary Islanders Heritage Society of Louisiana at the East Baton Rouge Parish Bluebonnet Regional Library. He provided an inventory of the passenger lists of the 1778-1783 migration from the Canary Islands, which included many Rodriguez recruits, he said. Thibodeaux followed… Continue reading →

Southside Permits for April 6-10, 2015

PERMITS ISSUED IN EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH FROM APRIL 6-10: BLUEBONNET BOULEVARD 7707: $205,000, Owner not listed. Total square footage: 4,837. Complete Interior of 4,837-square-foot suite that was part of an original shell for new retail clothing, accessories and gift shop for college sports fans. Issued April 7.… Continue reading →

Student-painted tiles to decorate Gardere office

Advocate photo by C. J. FUTCH -- Children color as part of their art lesson at the Gardere Initiative offices on Monday. They just finished painting tiles that will be used to decorate a new playground near the office.

Blue and red are among 6-year-old Magnolia Woods student Syndie Toussaint’s favorite colors, which is why she spent part of Monday painting those colors in neat stripes across a ceramic tile outside the Gardere Initiative’s office on Ned Avenue. “I just like smiley faces,” said Charity Rhymes, 11, a South Baton Rouge Charter Academy student,… Continue reading →

Runnels gymnasts capture gold

Emmy Scott

Wyatt Horridge, a second-grader at Runnels School, was named all-around state champion in his age category at the 2015 Louisiana Men’s State Gymnastics Meet held March 14 at CG’s Gymnastics in Baton Rouge. He also qualified to be a member of the Louisiana Men’s State Gymnastics team. Wyatt, a level five competitor, won first-place honors in… Continue reading →

Airport event aids autistic children

On Saturday, The Arc of Baton Rogue will hold its first Wings for Autism event starting at 7 a.m. at Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport. Wings for Autism, one of The Arc’s newest national initiatives, is an airport “rehearsal” specially designed for people with autism spectrum disorders, their families and aviation professionals, a news release said. Originated… Continue reading →

Southside cats available for April 9, 2015

Calleigh, described as sweet and loving.

Project Purr Baton Rouge is a nonprofit group organized to prevent the euthanasia of cats and kittens at the Baton Rouge community shelter. Adoption day events are noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at Petco, 6857 Siegen Lane, and PetSmart, 1653 Millerville Road. Interested residents can email adopt@projectpurrbr.org, call (888) 739-6780 or visit www.projectpurrbr.org to… Continue reading →

Neighborhood group hosts Easter egg hunt

Photo provided by Southside Civic Association -- Volunteers with the Southside Civic Association held the inaugural Easter Egg Hunt on March 29 at the playground of Southdowns Pre-K Center.

The Southside Civic Association held its inaugural Easter egg hunt on March 29 at the playground of Southdowns Pre-K Center. Along with about 50 children up to 10 years old, about 40 adults attended the event. Residents came from Southdowns, University Gardens and Southdowns Gardens and arrived by foot, stroller, wagon, bicycle and car, organizers said.… Continue reading →

Workout initiative gets Runnels students fit

Photo provided by Allison Wrenn -- Runnels School sixth-grader James Power, left,  reads instructions for a station in the circuit workout to his kindergarten buddy, Tyler Felton.

The kindergartners at Runnels teamed up with their sixth-grade buddies on March 30 to tackle a 35-station circuit workout in connection with the school’s Zip Fit Challenge, a 50-day fitness initiative for students and faculty in honor of Runnels’ 50th anniversary. The circuit workout, which took place on the elementary playground, rotated kindergartners and their sixth-grade buddies… Continue reading →

St. Michael High launches new shadow day program

Photo provided by St. Michael High School -- Brock Sanders, a freshman at St. Michael High School,  explains his class assignment to a Shadow Day student during a March visit.

More than 40 seventh-graders visited St. Michael’s campus in March as part of the school’s new Shadow Day program. The program gives prospective middle school students from area schools the opportunity to experience a typical day at St. Michael as they “walk with a Warrior,” a news release said. Shadows are paired with freshman students and… Continue reading →

Southside pets for April 9, 2015

Bernie, a 3-month-old male cattle dog mix. He's neutered, up to date with shots and  good with kids and dogs.

The mission of Friends of the Animals is to rescue, place in homes or save dogs, puppies and other pets from euthanasia in East Baton Rouge Parish. FOTA operates the Dog Adoption House, 8476 Highland Road, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Anyone interested in adopting… Continue reading →

BR man places second in craft championship

Gerald Wayne Vick III, of Baton Rouge, won the silver medal in the Instrumentation Fitting competition at last month’s Associated Builders and Contractors National Craft Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Vick was presented the award during ABC’s Careers in Construction awards ceremony on March 6 in Fort Lauderdale. The National Craft Championships featured a field of… Continue reading →

Southside calendar for April 9-15, 2015

PENNINGTON: Red Stick Farmers Market, 8 a.m., Irene Drive, Baton Rouge, behind Pennington Biomedical Research Center, enter from Kenilworth Blvd. Seasonal produce and baked goods are sold here at this producers only market. Visit www.webgallerydisplay.com/breada_events. ZUMBA GOLD: 11 a.m., Independence Community Park, 7500 Independence Blvd. Cost is $24. GRIEFSHARE: 6 p.m., Grief… Continue reading →

Grad students present nanotechnology

Advocate photo by C. J. FUTCH -- David Tate and his son Sterlin, 9, from left, look at gold particles at at NanoDays 2015 Saturday at the Highland Road Park Observatory.

Ye Fang, a graduate student in computer engineering at LSU, held a magnet to a dollar bill clipped to a stand Saturday at the Highland Road Park Observatory. Slowly, the dollar bill moved toward the magnet, eventually touching it. The ink used to print U.S. currency contains a metallic liquid called ferrofluid, Fang said, to prevent… Continue reading →

Spotting signs at Fest for Life

Chiquita McKinley has a history of breast cancer on both sides of her family, she said, so she was always careful about self breast exams. When she found a lump in 2012, she “was very emotional at first.” “I sat down, and I let myself have one good cry, and then I embraced everything (about the… Continue reading →

On the Southside for April 2, 2015

Baton Rouge area YMCAs are holding holiday camps April 6-10. Arts and crafts, sports, games, swimming, field trips and other activities are included at the YMCA holiday camps. Holiday camp is open to children ages 4 to 13. Camp is from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. Visit ymcabr.org/camp for information.… Continue reading →

Episcopal School hosts College Fair

Photo provided by Dianne Madden --Attending  Episcopal School's first College Fair on March 22 are, from left, William and Otey White.

Justin Fenske, director of College Counseling at Episcopal School of Baton Rouge, on March 22 hosted the school’s first College Fair. The inaugural program, which was open to high school sophomores and juniors, served as an opportunity for students to engage in conversations with representatives from a wide range of colleges and universities. The Episcopal college… Continue reading →

St. Michael jams with Canada band

Photo provided by St. Michael High School -- Students in the St. Michael High School band play music March 24 with students from St. Patrick High School located in Quebec, Canada.

Students in the St. Michael High School band sat down and played music March 24 with students from St. Patrick High School, of Quebec, Canada. David Parker, band director of the Canadian students, takes a tour of the South every other year to provide his students educational and fun opportunities, a news release from the school… Continue reading →

St. Michael holds auction, gala

Photo provided by KRISTI WATTS --  Thad Rispone, left, Principal Ellen Lee, Advancement Director Josh Galasso and Dena Rispone Balart, pose after Rispone, '90, and Balart, '93, were presented a special plaque honoring The Edward L. Rispone Family Foundation for their support as sponsor during a gala at St. Michael High School.

St. Michael High School’s annual “Black and Red Carpet Affair” Auction and Gala was held Feb. 28 at the Lake House Reception Center. St. Michael faculty, parents, alumni and members of the community were in attendance. Guests walked the red carpet to a welcome committee of St. Michael Student Council members, and guests registered their… Continue reading →

Runnels, La. National Guard team to bring music to Belize

Runnels School is teaming up with the Louisiana National Guard to help bring the sound of music to schools in Belize. “We’re collecting musical instruments — especially woodwind, brass and percussion instruments — for school-aged children in public schools in Belize,” said Louisiana National Guardsman and Runnels dad Capt. Joseph Carey. He is facilitating the donations… Continue reading →

Southside Crime Blotter for March 23-29, 2015

Calls for assistance received by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office between March 23 and March 29: Assault/Battery 12800 BLOCK, PERKINS ROAD, MARCH 23, 12:49 a.m. 1400 BLOCK, JASPER AVENUE, MARCH 23, 8:47 a.m. 2600 BLOCK, AMANDA DRIVE, MARCH 25, 7:28… Continue reading →

Southside calendar for April 2-9, 2015

GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP: 6 p.m., Life Source Services Hospice, 11605 Southfork Ave. Free. (225) 291-9421l ROCK N ROWE: 6 p.m., Perkins Rowe, 10202 Perkins Rowe. Carbon Copy to perform at a free concert. HOLY THURSDAY SERVICE: 6:30 p.m., St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 17510 Monitor Ave. Communion served and child care provided.… Continue reading →

Southside Permits for March 23-27, 2015

MAIN STREET 82: $1,250,000, Louisiana Realtors,Total square footage: 8,837. Renovation of existing 3,786-square-foot office building and addition of 5,051 square feet to increase office size to 8,837 square feet for single tenant business occupancy. Revised plans March 3 to now demo and renovate existing 3,786-square-foot two-story office building and addition of two stories of… Continue reading →

Southside pets for April 2, 2015

Kasha, an adult female terrier mix. Call  foster home at (225) 614-8423.

The mission of Friends of the Animals is to rescue, place in homes or save dogs, puppies and other pets from euthanasia in East Baton Rouge Parish. FOTA operates the Dog Adoption House, 8476 Highland Road, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Anyone interested in adopting… Continue reading →