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Nuns tour nation, pass through Baton Rouge

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Sister Simone Campbell with Nuns on the Bus, meets with Gardere Initiative activists at their office on Ned Street Oct. 14.

Nuns tour nation The Washington, D.C.-based group Nuns on the Bus passed through Baton Rouge on a nationwide tour to talk to communities about social justice issues in their neighborhoods. Sister Simone Campbell toured the offices of the Gardere Initiative on Oct. 14. Afterward, Together Baton Rouge sponsored a town hall… Continue reading →

On the Southside: Costumed canines get their own howl-o-ween

Costumed dogs will be the center of attention at BREC’s annual Howl-o-ween Trick and Treat event Friday at the Raising Cane’s Dog Park in Forest Community Park. Get the whole family dressed in costume and don’t forget to dress up the dog for the fun event, set from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. A “best dog”… Continue reading →

Local veterans given special care at 9/11 event

Photo provided by BASF – BASF participates in career fair -- BASF employees presented career information to more than 400 people who attended the career fair at the Mall of Louisiana as part of the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance activities that were hosted by Capital Area United Way and BASF. From left are Mark Hughes, production manager, BASF; Lee Hardee, mechanical maintenance engineer, BASF; Jonathan Heckert, recruitment specialist, BASF; John Raines, shipping supervisor, BASF; Alysha Guillot, human resources administrator, BASF; Lynell Zirkle, human resources manager, BASF; Tom Yura, senior vice president and general manager of the Geismar site, BASF; Michael Arrington, senior project E]engineer, BASF; and Darrin Goss Sr., president and chief executive officer of Capital United Way.

Capital Area United Way and BASF teamed up Sept. 11 to honor veterans, those serving in the armed forces and many local first responders. The events were in observance of the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance activities included a career fair that focused on opportunities… Continue reading →

Runnels renames theater to honor school retiree

Photo provided by ALLISON WRENN -- Retired preschool and elementary school principal and Assistant Head of School Gladys Runnels, center, founding Headmaster L.K. Runnels, left, and Runnels Headmaster Greg Brandao display the sign for the newly renamed Gladys Hague Runnels Theatre.

As a tribute to her dedication to the arts and arts education, the Runnels Theatre for the Performing Arts at The Runnels School was recently renamed the Gladys Hague Runnels Theatre. Runnels is a retired preschool and elementary principal, a news release from the school said. Headmaster Greg Brandao made the formal announcement from the stage… Continue reading →

Runnels theater teacher honored by alma mater

Neena Kelfstrom

Runnels Theatre Program Chairwoman and drama teacher Neena Kelfstrom has been selected to receive the 2014 Distinguished Fine Arts Alumni Award from McMurry University in Abilene, Texas, school officials said. The award honors McMurry alumni who have made significant contributions to their professions and communities, a news release said. Kelfstrom, who specializes in theater for youth,… Continue reading →

Runnels celebrates 50 years

Photo provided by The Runnels School --Celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Runnels School at a benefit gala held at the Lod Cook Alumni Center on Oct. 4 are, from left, Runnels alumnus Alden Cartwright, now a pitcher for the LSU Tigers, longtime preschool and elementary Principal Gladys Runnels, and Founding Headmaster Kelly Runnels, holding the commemorative Marucci bat signed by Paul Manieri that he received as a gift from the school.

The Runnels School celebrated the 50th anniversary of its founding at a gala and fundraiser Oct. 4 at the Lod Cook Alumni Center. More than 300 guests attended the event honoring the school and its founder, L.K. Runnels, and his wife, longtime preschool and elementary Principal Gladys Runnels. The Runnels Parents’ Organization sponsored the gala.… Continue reading →

Southside cats for Oct. 23, 2014

Dexter is a fun playful kitten looking for a permanent home. He is already dressed in black and white tux ready to be your prince charming.

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 Continue reading →

Southside calendar for Oct. 23-30, 2014

POMPEII FROM THE BRITISH MUSEUM: 7 p.m., Cinemark Baton Rouge, 10000 Perkins Rowe, Baton Rouge, Museum Director Neil McGregor introduces an exhibit of artifacts from Pompeii and Herculaneum. BOLSHOI BALLET: The Legend of Love: 11:55 a.m., Cinemark Baton Rouge, 10000 Perkins Rowe, Baton Rouge, A… Continue reading →

Observatory hosts viewing of partial solar eclipse

BREC’s Highland Road Park Observatory, 13800 Highland Road, will host a partial solar eclipse viewing for the public from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 23. While in the constellation Virgo, the moon will partially obscure the sun as it heads toward the horizon. Telescopes specifically designed for safe viewing of the sun will be… Continue reading →

Project brings history to life

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --  Janess Hickman, left tells the story of Amelia Earhart to other students at the Heroes Wax Museum held Friday at Parkview Elementary School.

Parkview Elementary School teacher Fran Fleniken made her way down row after row of students dressed to represent their favorite historical figures, making sure all 80 costumes were carefully documented. Every 4 to 5 years, the school presents what it calls a Wax Museum of Heroes. Students create costumes with their parents’ help and compose 30-second summaries… Continue reading →

Locally sourced food inspires chef

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Mary Koehler is a chef at Nino's on Bluebonnet Boulevard. Koehler is competing in next week's Slow Food Fall Heat, a competition between local chefs to make a dish that will pair well with a local beer.

Mary Koehler tried working in an office for a couple of years, but it didn’t hold her interest much. “I was incredibly bored,” she said, and she likely got some of her frustration out by joining the Red Stick Roller Derby, which is where she met Elton Hyndman, chef and owner of Southside’s Nino’s Italian Restaurant… Continue reading →

YMCA begins costume drive

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- At the A.C. Lewis YMCA, Marketing Director Kristen Hogan, foreground, shows a costume, as continuing left to right,  Accounts Payable/Payroll Coordinator Tessica Meloche,  Administrative Assistant Courtney Guillen and Staff Accountant Shanna Duke sort Halloween costumes, both new and used, that were donated by YMCA members to give to children at area schools.

For most of October, Kristen Hogan’s office becomes a temporary costume closet for the bits and pieces collected from Baton Rouge’s YMCA branches for its annual Halloween costume drive. YMCA patrons donate costumes that their children have outgrown, Hogan said, and the Y matches those costumes with the children who want it and can fit into it.… Continue reading →

On the Southside for Oct. 16, 2014

St. George Catholic School’s annual fall open house is planned from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 30. Join members of the school community for guided tours of the campus and classrooms, observe teachers and students in classroom settings and meet the administrative team. Tours will begin in the school gym, 7880 St. George Drive.… Continue reading →

Music, food and art set for Perkins Rowe

Arts and crafts, food, music and family fun are planned for the Perkins Rowe Arts Festival set for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 18 and noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 19 at Perkins Rowe. In addition to the artists, festivities will include stilt walkers, face painting and pumpkin decorating. On Oct. 18, music starts… Continue reading →

Southside cats available for Oct. 9, 2014

Photo provided -- Borden is a friendly cat who greets his owners at the door. He is very affectionate, and likes to be scratched on his head.

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 available for Oct. 9, 2014

Photo provided -- Copper is a male, treeing walker coonhound mix, who weighs about 60 pounds. Copper is neutered, housetrained, microchipped and up-to-date on his shots. He gets along well with other dogs. Contact his foster family at  (225) 266-9603.

The mission of Friends of the Animals is to rescue, rehome 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 or fostering… Continue reading →

Southside calendar for Oct. 16-23, 2014

HOSPICE GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP: 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., Cardinal Hospice, 8280 YMCA Plaza Drive, No. 3A. Free and open to the public. Individual support can be made by calling the office and asking for the social services director. Call (225) 291-3322. THE METROPOLITAN OPERA: Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText… Continue reading →

‘Aladdin Jr.’ to soar on Runnels stage

Photo provided by ALLISON WRENN -- Sixth-grade performer Madison Milam does a first read-through of the Aladdin Jr. script during rehearsal recently at Runnels School.

Students in the sixth-grade class at Runnels School will support second- through fifth-graders as they present “Aladdin Jr.” in the Gladys Hague Runnels Theater at 7 p.m. Oct. 24 and 2 p.m. Oct. 26. The play will feature characters Aladdin, Jasmine, the Genie, Iago and Jafar, and many of the songs from the award-winning score, such as… Continue reading →

Volleyball teams raise awareness

Photo provided by Josh Galasso -- The St. Michael the Archangel Warrior volleyball team gathers for an opening prayer before the school's annual Paint the Gym Pin game.

The St. Michael High School Lady Warriors joined forces with The Dunham School on Oct. 6 to help fight breast cancer and promote breast cancer awareness. The Lady Warriors raised more than $8,000 for the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center from its seventh annual “Paint the Gym Pink” volleyball game. “This epic battle on the court… Continue reading →

Southside Crime Blotter for Oct. 6-12, 2014

Calls for assistance received by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office between Oct 6 and Oct 12: Assault / Battery 1600 BLOCK, GLASGOW AVENUE, OCT. 6, 2:58 p.m. 8700 BLOCK, OLD HERMITAGE PARKWAY, OCT. 6, 5:12 p.m. 8900 block, GSRI Avenue Oct.… Continue reading →

On the Southside for Oct. 9, 2014

University Baptist Church is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its minister of music at 6 p.m. Sunday with an instrumental concert. The concert and reception at the church’s Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall will honor the Rev. Warren Miller. UBC was established Feb. 24, 1952, while meeting in a renovated Army barracks on Chimes Street on… Continue reading →

Southside community calendar for Oct. 9-16, 2014

ADDICTED: Live With Zane: 7 p.m., 10 p.m., Cinemark Baton Rouge, 10000 Perkins Rowe, Suite 125. A screening of the film “Addicted,” followed by a question-and-answer session with cast and crew. Plus, a musical performance by Estelle. DRIVEN TO MOVE: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Openbarre Fitness Studio, 10222… Continue reading →

School celebrates 30th year

Photo provided by St. Michael High School -- Attending a recent anniversary Mass and celebration at St. Michael High School are, from left,  former principal  Alan Powers; alumnus Jim Wilson and daughter Rachel Wilson; and  Principal Ellen Lee.

St. Michael the Archangel High School celebrated 30 years of educating students Sept. 29 with a Mass and celebration. The school held its 30th Anniversary Mass and Celebration, in conjunction with the Feast of St. Michael, to recognize its 30-year history. St. Michael’s Chaplain, the Rev. Matthew McCaughey, presided over the Mass with St. Michael… Continue reading →

Choir focuses performance on fighting bullying

Advocate photo by C.J. FUTCH -- The McKinley Middle Magnet School's choir celebrates National Bullying Prevention month with a musical performance for their parents on Friday. Director Dana Todd Lux said the three classes of sixth- and seventh-graders in beginning choir had a lot of fun learning the choreography and songs.

Ninety beginning choir students performed a medley of songs Friday morning focusing on the ways students can help each other and prevent incidents of bullying in school. “It happens with this age group, especially on the Internet,” said choir Director Dana Todd Lux, who worked with the sixth- and seventh-grade students at McKinley Middle Magnet. School… Continue reading →

On the Southside for Oct. 2, 2014

Looking for a few good plants? The LSU Hilltop Arboretum’s Plantfest! on Saturday and Sunday will feature more than 5,000 trees, shrubs, perennials, vines, ferns and fruit trees for sale. The event is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m Sunday at the arboretum, 11855 Highland Road, Visit Continue reading →

Southside pets available for Oct. 2, 2014

Belle, a 2-year-old shepherd mix. She's spayed, housetrained, up-to-date with shots and good with dogs.

The mission of Friends of the Animals is to rescue, rehome 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 or fostering… Continue reading →

Southside Crime Blotter for Sept. 22-28, 2014

Calls for assistance received by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office between Sept. 22 and Sept. 28: Assault/Battery 9000 BLOCK, GSRI AVENUE, SEPT. 22, 11:49 p.m. 8600 BLOCK, COY AVENUE, SEPT. 23, 12:09 a.m. 9300 block, Old Hermitage… Continue reading →

Blessing ceremony held for new OLOL imaging center

Photo provided by Lauren Davidson --The Rev. Sam Maranto leads Our Lady of the Lake team members and executives in a blessing for the new Thomas J. Moran Imaging Center.

Our Lady of the Lake team members and executives attended a blessing ceremony Sept. 17 for the new Thomas J. Moran Imaging Center. The imaging center, on the first floor of the Heart and Vascular Institute at Our Lady of the Lake, includes radiology, PET/CT, MRI, nuclear medicine, ultrasound and other special procedures. In addition to… Continue reading →

Cats available for Oct. 2, 2014

Tazzi, a 4-year-old brown tabby, is relaxed and vocal. She doesn't get along with other cats or dogs.

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 held noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at Petco, 6857 Siegen Lane and PetSmart, 1653 Millerville Road. Interested residents can contact adopt@projectpurrbr.org or call (888) 739-6780 or visit www.project purrbr.org… Continue reading →

Southside community calendar for Oct. 2-9, 2014

Healthy Steps Lebed Exercise Program: 3:30 p.m., Baton Rouge General Bluebonnet, 8585 Picardy Blvd. Healing through dance and movement is the premise of these classes for patients with cancer. Free. Classes are held at 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Mid-City Campus and 3:30 p.m. on Thursdays at the Bluebonnet… Continue reading →

St. Michael crowns homecoming court

Timmreck's doorIt was very hard for our judges to come to a decision but after careful consideration....Congratulations to Ms. Pendleton's homeroom class for winning the door decorating contest this year! Honorable mentions go to the homeroom classes of:Mrs. Donna Bass, Mrs. Shannon Messina, Mrs. Meredith Rhodes and Coach Tami McClure. Finally, the award for the door having no class goes to Mr. Timmreck. Great job showing your spirit Mr. Timmreck, even though you dont have a first hour class.Sean Beauvais Public Relations DirectorSt. Michael High School17521 Monitor Ave. Baton Rouge, LA 70817(O) (225) 753-9782 / (C) (225) 772-0403

Lindsey Ellis and Claudio Franc were crowned St. Michael High School homecoming queen and king during festivities held last week. Homecoming started with the students voting for king and queen. Named to the court were Erin Ellison, Stella Burke, Camille DeBenedetto, Nicole Daspit, Ellis, Jaci Evans, Whitney Banker, Caroline Campagna, Megan Broussard, and Meredith Chiles.… Continue reading →

Getting corny at the maze

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Visitors enjoy a hayride through a satsuma orchard Sunday at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden's corn maze.

Children and families weaved through the 2014 edition of the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden corn maze Sunday. The 3.8-acre maze is in the shape of a tiger. The maze, at 4560 Essen Lane, opens from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 4, Oct. 11, Oct. 18 and Oct. 25. Entry fee is $5 except… Continue reading →

Women make well-heeled treats

Advocate photos by C. J. FUTCH  -- The edible stilletto cupcake is carefully positioned in a cardboard box with other cupcakes decorated in Whole Foods Market's cupcake decorating workshop, led by Kori Godchaux. The women learned  simple techniques in the Monday workshop as a part of Women! A Celebration, an annual project of the Women's Council of Greater Baton Rouge.

Whole Foods Market’s Kori Godchaux circled the tables in the Corporate Drive store’s community meeting room Monday passing out cupcakes, rolled ice cream cones, and what looked like solid, flat figure eights made of chilled chocolate. These three items, with the addition of buttercream frosting in a variety of colors, were the foundations of the day’s cupcake… Continue reading →

On the Southside for Sept. 25, 2014

Parkview Baptist School student Kacie Philippe reigned as homecoming queen during Friday night’s football game. Matthew Tynes was crowned homecoming king and Annie Coco and Owen Valverde served as pages. Christian Life Academy is celebrating homecoming Friday with several activities. There’s a pregame homecoming parade and pep rally at 2 p.m.… Continue reading →