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Art lessons give students perspective

Photo provided -- Presidential busts and drywall 'cave art' are part of the fifth-grade art at Trinity's art show.

Mark Miller wants his daughter, Evangeline, a second-grader at Trinity Episcopal Day School in Baton Rouge, to open her eyes to the world around her. Every student in the school spends at least an hour with Sue Skillman in an art class each week, Skillman said, and every second-grader learns about the art of different cultures.… Continue reading →

Games prepare Westdale students for LEAP

Photo provided -- Westdale Heights Academic Magnet School students get ready for their first LEAP Olympics test on April 21.

Westdale Heights Academic Magnet fourth-graders supercharged their standardized test-taking skills with physical games during the school’s annual LEAP Olympics, said Pam Fry, fourth-grade teacher and coordinator of the games. Fry, along with a team of a dozen teachers and 25 parent volunteers, created and manned a series of games — like a hula hoop ring toss and… Continue reading →

On the Southside for April 28, 2016

Republican Party of Louisiana Executive Director Jason Doré will be the featured speaker at the Pachyderms of Greater Baton Rouge meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Frank’s Restaurant, 17425 Airline Highway, Prairieville. Doré’s talk will focus on presidential delegate selection as it applies to Louisiana and other states, a news release said.… Continue reading →

LSU junior recognized by scholarship program

LSU Ogden Honors College and College of Science junior Ashley Curran received an honorable mention from the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program. “The Goldwater Scholarship is the most prestigious undergraduate award given in the sciences. LSU and the Ogden Honors College are proud to have been a part of preparing so many… Continue reading →

Young Authors winners lauded

Photo provided by Adrienne Gale -- LSU Laboratory School student winners at the Capital Area Reading Council Young Authors Awards include, front row from left, Caroline Zeringue, Macy Bruni and Emma Koijis; second row, Landon Hau, Eli Bruni, Wesley Hau, Shepherd Gammon, Brantley Grace Luther, Hudson Rives and Caliway Goodson; third row, Harper Inzer, Harper Brown-Rachleff, Sarah Faucheaux, Lauren Kaplan and Regan Archie; fourth row, Catherine Slyter, Gracie Thomas, Riley Aucoin and Tatum Kopfinger; and fifth row, Emile Pucheu, Virginia Nelson, Katherine Fluker,  Maddox Saurage and Camille Dorsey.

Local students were among winners honored at the Capital Area Reading Council’s Young Authors Awards Program on April 13. The program was hosted by LSU Laboratory School. All student winners received a certificate and a copy of the anthology in which their original work was published. Teachers of the student winners also were recognized and are… Continue reading →

Award ceremony to honor BR biking proponents

Bike Baton Rouge on April 19 announced the recipients of its annual Mike Bitton Awards, who will be honored at an award ceremony at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Firehouse Gallery at the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, 427 Laurel St. The public is invited to attend. The awards honor community members who have… Continue reading →

Southside dogs available for April 28, 2016

Photo provided -- Bam-Bam, a 1-year-old male Plott hound mix, is neutered, housetrained, up to date with shots and good with dogs. Email pbschoen18@gmail.com, or call or text (225) 205-9330.

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 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Anyone interested in adopting or fostering… Continue reading →

Southside cats available for April 28, 2016

Photo provided -- Ellie is about 8 months old. She is an active and affectionate girl.

Cat Haven of Greater Baton Rouge is a nonprofit rescue organization for cats and kittens. The Cat Haven Adoption Center is at 11130 N. Harrell’s Ferry Road and is open from noon to 6 p.m. for adoptions every day except Sunday. Adoption Day events are held on Saturdays and Sundays at Petco, 6857 Siegen Lane; PetSmart, 1653 Millerville… Continue reading →

East Baton Rouge Parish permits for April 17-23, 2016

Permits issued in East Baton Rouge Parish from April 17-23. EAST INDUSTRIAL AVENUE 7350: $455,000, Owner: Clayton Geary. Total square footage: 7,000. Addition to existing 21,070-square-foot building (totaling 28,070 square feet) for storage use, S-2 (primarily gypsum board, metal studs, some insulation); apply frontage for 75 percent allowable building area increase. Includes new asphalt paving.… Continue reading →

Southside crime blotter for April 18-24, 2016

Calls for assistance received by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office between April 18-24: Assault/Battery 11500 BLOCK, PERKINS ROAD, APRIL 19, 12:28 a.m. 8500 BLOCK, LONGWOOD VIEW AVENUE, APRIL 19, 6:36 a.m. 8300 BLOCK, NED AVENUE, APRIL 19, 9:58 a.m.… Continue reading →

Sacred Heart of Jesus alumna wins Mother Seton Award

Photo provided by Lisa Black Cossé -- Sacred Heart of Jesus School 2016 Mother Seton honoree Tricia Hurdle, center, is presented with an orchid by Home and School Co-President Trisha Rawlinson, left, and Principal Joanie Hutson.

Tricia Major Hurdle, a 1998 graduate of Sacred Heart of Jesus School, has been named the school’s 2016 Mother Seton Award recipient and will be honored at the 2016 Mother Seton Awards Ceremony on Thursday at Drusilla Seafood. The award is sponsored each year by the Diocesan Home and School Association and honors individuals for exemplary volunteer… Continue reading →

St. Michael volleyball star signs with Nicholls

Photo provided by Kristi Watts -- Amari Bellard, front, gathers with St. Michael the Archangel High School head volleyball coach Rob Smith and her parents, Stephanie and Stacy Bellard, back from left, at a signing ceremony on April 20.

Amari Bellard, a senior athlete at St. Michael the Archangel High School, signed her national letter of intent to play volleyball at Nicholls State University at a ceremony in the St. Michael library on April 20 with faculty, coaches, students and family members in attendance. Bellard transferred to St. Michael from Bearden High School in Knoxville,… Continue reading →

Southside calendar for April 28, 2016

BLOOM, A NEW & EXPECTANT MOMS EVENT: 6:30 p.m., Baton Rouge General Medical Center, 8585 Picardy Ave. Bloom is a national event for new and expectant moms, which takes place in nearly 40 cities across the country on April 28 and 30. To register, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/bloom-a-new-expectant-moms-event-tickets-24056082390?aff=ebapi TOPS Chapter… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge house ‘time capsule’ of family history

Photo provided -- Shot of the Louis Voorhies family home, pictured here in 1941, was the site of a reception for family members who had not seen it since it left family hands in the 1950s.

Wayne Amos’ grandparents’ house was always the gathering place for Sunday dinner — his grandmother, Hilda Labbe Voorhies made an unforgettable chicken fricassee — and family get-togethers, he said, but “the house,” as it became known in the family, represented much more to him. He watched as construction equipment converted the swamp behind the house into the… Continue reading →

St. George Fire Department honored for seat belt pledge

Photo provided by Eldon Ledoux -- St. George Fire Chief Jerry Tarleton, District Chief Frank Dellucky and National Fallen Firefighters Foundation representative Steve Shelton, from left, gather in honor of the fire department’s signing of the International First Responder Seatbelt Pledge.

The St. George Fire Department recently received recognition from the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation for 100 percent participation in signing the International First Responder Seatbelt Pledge. The pledge is to buckle up whenever a Fire Department member is in a department vehicle, with the aim of reducing fatalities on the road, a news release said.… Continue reading →

Around the Southside for April 21, 2016

The featured film for Make It a Movie Night at Independence Park Theatre at 7 p.m. Friday is “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Admission is free for this showing of the 1973 film version of the musical drama. Concessions will be available for purchase. Geaux Teal’s… Continue reading →

Sacred Heart students donate capes to pediatric ‘heroes’

Photo provided by Lisa Black Cossé -- Sacred Heart of Jesus School eighth-graders London Scott, Caroline Dazzio and Abby Ligon, religion teacher Beth Jones, Baton Rouge Regional Burn Center social worker Beth Barback Jarreau and students Amelia Cave, Maggie Hurdle and Beau Brown, from left, display some of the superhero capes the students donated to the Baton Rouge Regional Burn Center for pediatric patients.

Sacred Heart of Jesus School eighth-graders recently made a super impression on the Baton Rouge General Pediatric Burn Center with the donation of 30 superhero capes. The project was born from a challenge religion teacher Beth Jones made to her students — to define “genuine courage.” “We talked about genuine courage versus what society deems as… Continue reading →

Southern Law organizes mock trial for high schoolers

Photo provided by Pro Bono Project -- Southern University law students from the Pro Bono Project taught trial methods to students from the Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired at a March 31 mock trial organized by the project. LSVI students, in turn, taught law students how to accommodate a visually impaired client.

The Southern University Law Center’s Pro Bono team organized a mock trial for high school students from the Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired on March 17. The Pro Bono team and law student volunteers introduced the high school students to the trial process and to key players in a trial. Members of professor Donald… Continue reading →

Agency shares lessons with group from Hawaii

Photo provided by Vivian Gettys -- Health administrators and medical staff from the Hawaii Community Foundation, Shriners Hospitals for Children-Honolulu and Dr. Ira Chasnoff of the National Training Institute of Chicago recently visited with the Capital Area Human Services to learn about the CAHS’s model of early childhood behavioral health care program, called Infant, Child and Family Center. Attending, first row from left, were Dr. Ryan Lee, director of the Neurodevelopmental Clinic, Shriners Hospital for Children-Honolulu; Chris van Bergeijk, with Strategic Initiatives and Networks, Hawaii Community Foundation; Joy Soares, with Hawaii Community Foundation and Andi Kubota, with Shriners Hospital for Children-Honolulu; and back row, John White, administrator, Shriners Hospital-Honolulu; Chasnoff; Vivian Gettys, CAHS Prevention Division director; Rhonda Norwood and Taylor Gilbert, with ICFC;  Jan Kasofsky, CAHS executive director; Karla Muzik, CAHS director of business operations; Stephen Aguillard, CAHS clinical services director and Tom Matsuda, Hawaii Community Foundation.

Capital Area Human Services recently hosted administrators and medical staff from the Hawaii Community Foundation; Shriners Hospitals for Children-Honolulu; and Dr. Ira Chasnoff, consultant, National Training Institute of Chicago, Illinois, to share the early childhood behavioral health care model implemented nine years ago at the agency’s Infant, Child and Family Center. Chasnoff worked with the group… Continue reading →

Farr Park to host Derby Day on May 7

BREC’s Farr Park Equestrian Center, 6402 River Road, hosts its second annual Derby Day from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on May 7. Guests are invited to a Kentucky Derby viewing party, featuring a viewing of the race on the big screen. Food and classic drinks will accompany a variety of Derby-themed games and activities, including hat… Continue reading →

Girl Scouts to honor Blanco, reps., coach

Julie Stokes

Former Gov. Kathleen Blanco, LSU Lady Tigers basketball coach Nikki Caldwell-Fargas, State Rep. Julie Stokes and Mae Calvin Belton, chair-elect of the Baton Rouge Symphony, will be honored at the Girl Scouts Louisiana East 2016 Women of Distinction awards luncheon on May 11 at the Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel. The honorees were selected based on their… Continue reading →

Phillips to speak at Runnels graduation

Capt. Richard Phillips

Capt. Richard Phillips, portrayed by Tom Hanks in the movie “Captain Phillips,” will be the keynote speaker at Runnels High School’s commencement on May 12 in the Gladys Hague Runnels Theatre. Space is limited, so attendees must have a reserved ticket. In April 2009, Phillips’ ship, the Maersk Alabama, was hijacked by Somali pirates who took… Continue reading →

Law firm to host Pay It Forward event

Dudley DeBosier, a personal injury law firm with offices throughout the state, is hosting a free event for National Pay It Forward Day from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on April 28 at its Baton Rouge office. The family event includes free food, music, door prizes and other activities. The event is part of the firm’s Random… Continue reading →

Get Out and Fish issues casting call

BREC invites anglers of all ages to take part in the newest Get Out and Fish community fishing event from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Burbank Soccer Complex, 12400 Burbank Drive. At Get Out and Fish, numerous fishing activities for the entire family will be offered, including fishing rodeos, a mobile touch tank,… Continue reading →

La. leaders get their hands dirty at anti-litter event

More than 760 top leaders from every corner of the state, including Gov. John Bel Edwards, first lady Donna Edwards and Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser, participated in the third annual Leaders Against Litter event on March 18. Leaders throughout the state started the morning by picking up more than 8,820 pounds of trash, which filled 441… Continue reading →

LSU students win regional round of ad competition

Photo provided by LSU University Relations -- Manship School of Mass Communication students and advisers gather at the National Student Advertising Competition in Johnson City, Tennessee. Pictured are, front from left, adviser Yongick Jeong, Paige Roberts, adviser Jennifer Macha, Hailey Caldwell, Ashley Estave and Madeline Engler; and back, Seth Hagan, Sean Averette, Michael Haarala, Alexande DeBlieux, Jason King and Michael Grob.

For the second year in a row, digital advertising students from the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication have won the regional round of the National Student Advertising Competition, sponsored by the American Advertising Federation, in Johnson City, Tennessee. The students move on to the semi-finals, where eight schools will be chosen for the finals in Anaheim,… Continue reading →

Walk to raise MS awareness is April 30

More than 1,000 people are expected to put on walking shoes to raise more than $138,000 during Walk MS: Baton Rouge on April 30 at North Boulevard Town Square. The walk site opens at 8 a.m. Walk MS is sponsored nationally by Novartis Pharmaceuticals. Visit WalkMS.org, call (855) 372-1331 or email… Continue reading →

St. Michael senior signs with UNO track team

Photo provided by Kristi Watts -- St. Michael the Archangel High School senior athlete Clarissa McGarner, center, signs her national letter of intent to the University of New Orleans on April 14 with her parents, Clarence and Annie McGarner.

Clarissa McGarner, a senior athlete at St. Michael the Archangel High School, signed her national letter of intent to join the track team at the University of New Orleans at a special ceremony on April 14 in the school library with faculty, coaches, students and family members in attendance. McGarner is a two-year varsity letterman who… Continue reading →

Southside dogs available for April 21, 2016

Photo provided -- Lily Bean, a 5- to 6-year-old female shih tzu mix, is spayed, housetrained, heartworm negative, a special needs pet and up to date with shots. She knows some obedience commands and walks well on a leash. She just had a large bladder stone removed, so her new family should understand that she might need a little work and reminding in this area. She will need to remain on prescription food for bladder health for the rest of her life. No medications needed at this time. Email fotapassprogram@gmail.com.

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. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Anyone interested in adopting or fostering… Continue reading →

St. George Fire Department calls for April 3-9, 2016

The St. George Fire Department operates eight fire stations, and its two response districts are roughly separated by Airline Highway, with one zone mostly north and east of Airline Highway, while the other is south and west of Airline Highway. The information provides a summary of the St. George Fire Department’s activity for April 3-9.… Continue reading →

East Baton Rouge Parish permits for April 10-16, 2016

Permits issued in East Baton Rouge Parish from April 10-16. LEISURE ROAD 12451: $210,000. Owner not listed. Total square footage not listed. Addition of 13 dual hose fueling posts and associated controls, piping, electric safety systems and site/paving work to an existing CNG fill station. Issued April 11.… Continue reading →

Southside crime blotter for April 11-17, 2016

Calls for assistance received by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office between April 11 and April 17: Assault/Battery 1900 BLOCK, STARING LANE, APRIL 11, 9:20 a.m. 8100 BLOCK, SKYSAIL AVENUE, APRIL 13, 9:08 p.m. 8500 BLOCK, OLD HERMITAGE PARKWAY, APRIL 13, 9:14… Continue reading →

YMCA event promotes safety around water

The YMCA Safety Around Water program runs from May 2 through May 12 at the Paula G. Manship YMCA, 8100 YMCA Plaza Drive. The free eight-day course for ages 3 to 12 focuses on the importance of water safety skills, such as how to reach the water’s surface if they submerge, to safely reaching a pool’s… Continue reading →

Southside calendar for April 21-28, 2016

RED, WHITE AND SNEAUX 2016: 6 p.m., Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel, 7000 Bluebonnet Blvd. The ALS Association Louisiana-Mississippi Chapter will host its annual gala. For tickets, email Jamie Craig at jamie.craig@alsalams.org, or call (225) 343-9880, ext. 2. WHEALDON ESTATES RETIREMENT HEALTH FAIR: 9 a.m., Whealdon Estates Retirement, 8680… Continue reading →

Two women team up to fight cancer

Photo provided -- Brandi Nichole Chaney was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at 29, and died when she was 30. Her mother, Licia, co-founded Geaux Teal, a non profit organization that raises money to help women locally who are going through treatments for the disease, and to promote awareness of the symptoms of ovarian cacner.

Soon after Licia Chaney’s daughter, Brandi, died from ovarian cancer at 30, she found herself sitting at LSU coach Beth Torina’s inaugural Strike Out Ovarian Cancer fundraiser softball game. “My mother is a six-year survivor,” Torina said, and seeing her mother go through the treatment process made her want to do something to help. She soon… Continue reading →

BREC has busy April on tap

BREC travels the parish this month celebrating new amenities at parks and special facilities. On Saturday, BREC will host a grand opening for the newest addition to BREC Disc Golf, the Louisiana Health Connections DiscGolfPark at Scotlandville Park, at Interstate 110 Scotlandville Parkway. The event will be held at the beginning of the course at the… Continue reading →

Runnels kindergarten project targets monarch rescue

Photo provided by Allison Wrenn -- With milkweeds they planted at school to help restore the Monarch butterfly population, from left, are Runnels kindergartners Sam Messenger, Lily Downing, Kate Stelly, Adele Litchfield, Taylor Oakley, Isabella Haselden, Lorelei Welch, Camille Legendre and Jacob Fischer.

Kindergartners at Runnels School are participating in a service project to help boost the monarch butterfly population, which has seen a significant decline during the past 15 years. The butterflies are in trouble because milkweed, a plant essential to their life cycle, is disappearing, a news release said. Though milkweed once grew abundantly on roadsides, in… Continue reading →

On the Southside for April 14, 2016

The LSU Museum of Art, at the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St., is hosting an exhibition on Hunt Slonem from April 22 to Aug. 5. The show, “Antebellum Pop,” will feature Slonem’s bird, bunny and butterfly paintings. Slonem will open the exhibition with a April 21 lecture at the museum.… Continue reading →

BR Hot Art, Cool Nights festival set for May 6

The 13th annual Baton Rouge Mid-City Merchants-sponsored spring art festival Hot Art, Cool Nights will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. May 6. Mid City businesses sponsor local artists showcasing their original work. Some will be well-known artists and some will showcase new talent in various mediums and styles of art from works of sculptors,… Continue reading →

St. Michael High to get new athletic director

Rob Smith

Rob Smith will be the new athletic director at St. Michael High School when school begins in August. Smith has been a faculty member at St. Michael since 2004, where he also has served as head volleyball coach. During his time at St. Michael, he has served as the assistant softball coach for four years, assistant boys… Continue reading →

Runnels seniors donate to food bank

Photo provided by Allison Wrenn -- Runnels seniors Brandon Brumfield, left, and Adam Burleigh sort canned goods into categories for storing and stocking shelves at The Shepherds Market.

The Runnels senior class donated 566 pounds of food and household goods they collected during a recent food drive at school to The Shepherd’s Market, a community food bank serving the south Baton Rouge area. The seniors also spent the morning of April 4 doing volunteer work at the food bank.… Continue reading →

Runnels students shine in Duke program

Photo provided by ALLISON WRENN --   Runnels seventh-graders qualifying for awards in this year’s Duke University Talent Identification Program, first row from left, Caroline Daigle, Connor Porthouse and Marshall Pentes; and second row, James Power, Grace Scott and Evan Beoubay.

Six Runnels Junior High students qualified for state recognition and one earned grand recognition in this year’s Duke University Talent Identification Program. The program invites seventh-graders demonstrating advanced aptitudes on grade-level achievement tests to take the ACT or SAT along with high school students to learn more about their academic abilities, a news release… Continue reading →