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Observatory campers create flights of fancy

Advocate photo by C.J. Futch -- Anna Lee David, 7, shows her ultraviolet-sensing bead bracelet, which changed colors inside and outside. David and the other students at the observatory's summer camp wore the bracelets at camp.

July 21 was Flight Day at the Highland Road Observatory’s day camp. About 20 students ranging from 5 to 7 years old spent most of the day learning about and creating flying objects, summer camp director John LeBlanc said. LeBlanc said that as he got the class lined up and ready to fly the kites… Continue reading →

Seniors ride popular wave of aquatic fitness

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --  Mary Domino, left, Alice Toombs, center, and Elizabeth Lanieu participates in the senior aquatics program held at the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging: Homewood Activity Center on July 23.

When Pat Williams, 76, dips into the large sparkling blue pool at the Homewood Senior Center on Granada Drive each week, she can feel her youth return and her aches and pains slip away. Williams joined about 25 other participants from various East Baton Rouge Parish Council on Aging senior centers for a 90-minute aquatics exercise class… Continue reading →

Local animal shelter wins grant from app

Screen image provided by Companion Animal Alliance -- The Companion Animal Alliance of Baton Rouge won a $1,000 grant from Dogly, a photo sharing app designed to promote animal rescue and adoption. This is one of the winning images.

The Companion Animal Alliance of Baton Rouge won a $1,000 grant from Dogly, a photo-sharing app designed to promote animal rescue and adoption, said Karen Navarre, of The Number 29, a media relations firm. Last month, CAA won the grant by getting the most “loves.” Dogly allows users to post photos, customized with text and drawing tools,… Continue reading →

Around the Southside for July 30, 2015

Dr. Elaine Boston will present a lecture on AncestryDNA tests during an 11 a.m. presentation Saturday at the East Baton Rouge Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd. The presentation, titled “Finding Lost Cousins: Using Your Ancestry.com Results,” will be part of the Canary Islanders Heritage Society meeting. AncestryDNA is a DNA test that examines one’s unique genetic code… Continue reading →

Students take part in Young Entrepreneurs camp

Photo provided by Crystal Evans -- Mary Ellen Slayter, standing, speaks to students attending the Young Entrepreneurs camp held in June at the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts in Natchitoches.

Baton Rouge students Justin Wu, Kendall Comeaux and Ian Tassin took part in the second annual Young Entrepreneurs camp for ninth- and 10th-graders at the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts in Natchitoches on June 22-26. Program facilitators were Mary Ellen Slayter, CEO of Reputation Capital Media Services, a content marketing firm based in Baton… Continue reading →

St. Joseph’s student awarded scholarship

Therese Arceneaux

Therese Arceneaux, of St. Joseph’s Academy, recently received a $2,000 scholarship from BASF. Arceneaux is the daughter of Ken Arceneaux, an employee at the BASF Geismar site. She plans to attend LSU. “BASF’s scholarships reward students for outstanding academic performance and encourage them to consider careers in the chemical industry,” said Tom Yura, senior vice president… Continue reading →

Girls compete in International Junior Miss pageant

Photo provided by Erin Husbands -- Beauty queens with The Crowning Moment are competing at the International Junior Miss pageant July 20-25 in Virginia Beach, Va. Gathered are, front row from left, Kailah Fresina and Ailynn Fresina; and back row, coach Erin Husbands, Caitlin Hager and Layna Baker. Not pictured is Anna Claire Reily.

Five Baton Rouge area girls with The Crowning Moment are in Virginia Beach, Virginia, through Saturday to compete against 300 International Junior Miss contestants for six international queen titles. Representing Louisiana are Kailah Fresina, of Zachary, IJM Miss Louisiana’s Junior Princess; Caitlin Hager, of Baton Rouge, IJM Miss Louisiana’s Princess; Anna Claire Reily, of Central,… Continue reading →

North Oaks School of Radiologic Technology graduates 45th class

Photo provided by Melanie Lanaux Zaffuto -- Graduates of the 45th class of the North Oaks School of Radiologic Technology are, front row from left, Molly Marie Willie, Brooke Amber Richardson, Angela E. Valenti, Kristina R. Evans and Brittany L. Palmer; and back row, Justin J. Grijalva, Rocky J. Brown Jr., Trenton L. DeBautte and Richard P. Hebert III.

The North Oaks School of Radiologic Technology in Hammond graduated its 45th class during a ceremony July 7 in the E. Brent Dufreche Conference Center, located on the North Oaks Medical Center campus, according to a news release. The graduates included Kristina R. Evans, of Baton Rouge. Senior Vice President of Human Resources Jeff Jarreau… Continue reading →

Engineering group elects 2015-16 leaders

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Louisiana elected several Baton Rouge professionals to its 2015-16 board of governors at the organization’s recent annual meeting. Tuncer “Tony” A. Arikol, of Professional Engineering Consultants Corporation, was elected president. Robert Schmidt, of AECOM, was chosen as president-elect, and Lynne E. Roussel, of Terracon, was elected to… Continue reading →

Fiesta kicks off Casas for CASA playhouse fundraiser

Photo provided by Jennifer Mayer -- At the CASA Fiesta on July 19 in Baton Rouge are, from left, CASA Executive Director Liz Betz; Joy Boyd, of the Renaissance Hotel; David Faulk, of Faulk and Meek General Contractors; CASA Board Chairwoman Debbie Lamb; and Munzer Qaddourah, of Cox Communications.

Capital Area CASA Association kicked off its 21st annual Casas for CASA playhouse fundraiser with the CASA Fiesta on July 19 at the Renaissance Hotel. Capital Area CASA advocates for timely placement of abused children in East Baton Rouge Parish in permanent, safe and stable homes, a news release said. The fiesta… Continue reading →

St. Michael High Class of ’95 celebrates reunion

Photo provided by Kristi Watts -- St. Michael High School Class of 1995 alums Mark Barbre, left, and Brad Bongiovanni, right, visit with Alumni Coordinator Sarah Edwards during Family Day on July 11.

Members of the St. Michael High School’s Class of 1995 celebrated their 20-year high school reunion July 11 during Family Day at the school. Alumni and their families were greeted by St. Michael Alumni Coordinator Sarah Edwards and St. Michael Advancement Director Josh Galasso. The group reminisced about their school days as they enjoyed a… Continue reading →

St. George Fire Department Calls for July 12-18, 2015

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 the week of July 12-18.… Continue reading →

Sacred Heart in BR names assistant principal

Cecilia Methvin

Sacred Heart of Jesus School Principal Joan Hutson has named veteran junior high science teacher Cecilia Methvin as the new assistant principal. Methvin joined the Sacred Heart faculty in 1998 after teaching two years at Catholic High School Pointe Coupee. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Mississippi State University and serves as one of… Continue reading →

Southside dogs available for July 30, 2015

Photo provided -- Cinnamon, a female sheltie/shetland sheepdog mix. She's spayed, up to date with shots and good with dogs.Text her foster family at (225) 726-9700.

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 cats available for July 30, 2015

Photo provided -- Lucy, a 2-year-old female tabby and white cat.

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. Email adopt@projectpurrbr.org, call (888) 739-6780 or visit projectpurrbr.org to learn about adopting, donating,… Continue reading →

EBR Parish Permits for July 20-24, 2015

Permits issued in East Baton Rouge Parish from July 20 through July 24. AIRLINE HIGHWAY 11212: $69,000, Owner not listed. Total square footage: 3,000. Addition of 3,000 s.f. metal bldg. for combustible storage use of recreational equipment to existing bldg. of 6,600 s.f. Issued July 23. BLUEBONNET BOULEVARD 8322: $180,000, Owner: Richard Hill. Total square… Continue reading →

EBR Crime Incidents for July 20-26, 2015

Calls for assistance received by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office between July 20 and July 26: Assault / Battery 9100 BLOCK, RIDGE OAK DRIVE, JULY 20, 1:57 a.m. 8200 BLOCK, BAYOU FOUNTAIN AVENUE, JULY 21, 5:58 p.m. 8300 block, Keel Avenue,… Continue reading →

Southside calendar for July 30-Aug. 5, 2015

CERAMICS: 9 a.m., Sharp Road Park, 501 Sharp Road. Call (225) 273-3924. PELICAN WOOD CARVERS: 9 a.m., Sharp Road Park, 501 Sharp Road. Call (225) 273-3924. GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP: 6 p.m., Life Source Services Hospice, 11605 Southfork Ave., Baton Rouge. Free. (225) 291-9421. CASAS FOR CASA: Mall of Louisiana, 6401 Bluebonnet Blvd. $5 raffle… Continue reading →

Day camp teaches Girl Scouts ins and outs of sewing

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --  Annabel Badinger, 12, left watches as Volunteer Program Coordinator Aline Jacobs shows her how to sew her drawstring bag together during Sew Easy, Sew Fun Day Camp at the Girl Scouts Louisiana East Regional Service Center on  July 14.

Area Girl Scouts are threading needles and handling sewing machines nearly as confidently as they can text and video chat. The obvious differences are that using electronics can seem effortless, while learning to sew requires practice, precision and being prepared for a few finger pokes from sharp needles. “Sew Easy, Sew Fun” Day Camp showed about… Continue reading →

Law firm’s Lemonade Day supports Children’s Hospital

Photo provided by Elizabeth Demopulos -- Gathered at the Dudley DeBosier Free Lemonade Day on July 10 are, front row from left, Emily Dilley and Elizabeth Demopulos, Dudley DeBosier; and back row, Damon Gardner, Cumulus Media; Erin Farrell, Dudley DeBosier; Sherilyn Hayward, LeRoy’s Lipsmack’n Lemonade; Rachel Warren, Carley Harrington, Madison King and Amber Benoit, Dudley DeBosier; Leroy Hayward and Leroy Hayward Jr., LeRoy’s Lipsmack’n Lemonade; Sean Parker and Chad Dudley, Dudley DeBosier; LaTangela Sherman, Cumulus Media; and Kris Nedurumalli, Dudley DeBosier.

Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers hosted Free Lemonade Day at its Baton Rouge office July 10 to support Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital. The firm teamed up with LeRoy’s Lipsmack’n Lemonade to give away more than 300 free cups of lemonade. Dudley DeBosier donated $1 to the Children’s Hospital for every cup of lemonade.… Continue reading →

BNI chapter forms in Baton Rouge area

BNI Louisiana is forming a new chapter in the Baton Rouge area, a news release states. The BNI Vision Partners Chapter will meet weekly at 10 a.m. Thursdays at La Madeleine, 7615 Jefferson Highway. The group is seeking professionals interested in expanding their business by maximizing marketing efforts through word of mouth, the release… Continue reading →

Cancer survivors learn art of flower displays

Photo provided by Scott Miller -- Cancer survivor Jennifer LeBlanc admires her creation at a recent floral arrangement workshop at Mary Bird Perkins-Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center.

Cancer survivors learned tips on creating professional, long-lasting floral displays during a floral arrangement workshop held recently at Mary Bird Perkins-Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center. The class was part of the center’s free THRIVE survivorship programming for June. THRIVE aims to help cancer survivors cope with their emotions after diagnosis. The class was… Continue reading →

Free homeschooling seminar offered

Spirit of Excellence Christian Academy will hold a free seminar on homeschooling from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 27 at the Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd. The seminar will be in room B on the second floor. The speaker is Terri Carney, of Carney Christian Academy, who will discuss such topics as what is… Continue reading →

On the Southside for July 23, 2015

Summer’s not over yet, and neither are activities at the Bluebonnet Regional Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd. Library hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Create your own tote… Continue reading →

Southside St. George Fire Department calls from July 5-11, 2015

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 July 5-11.… Continue reading →

Southside dogs available for July 23, 2015

Sadie, a 6- to 7-month-old female hound mix, is spayed, up to date with shots and good with kids. She is super friendly and loves laps and getting her ear scratched. Meet her at the Adoption House or contact her foster family at (786) 376-4760 or mrfoley25@yahoo.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. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Anyone… Continue reading →

Studio 524 event to spotlight local artists

River Region Art Association member Loveday Funck will be among artists featured at the Flight 524 event on Aug. 1 at Studio 524, an artist cooperative and venue at 524 N. Foster St. Other featured Baton Rouge area artists are Michael Carambat, Michael A. Walker, Cindy Wunderbar, Irie Bohemia, Rick LeCompte, Camary Anastasia, Whitney Tucker… Continue reading →

EBR Crime Incidents for July 13-19, 2015

Calls for assistance received by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office between July 13 and July 19: Assault / Battery 8500 BLOCK, RUSH AVENUE, JULY 14, 2:00 a.m. 1700 BLOCK, MAST DRIVE, JULY 16, 7:25 a.m. 8200 block,… Continue reading →

BRMHS student creates animal art with a heart

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Anusha Zaman, photographed in her home, Saturday, is an animal activist and particularly concerning the poor treament of orca whales. Here she holds up a drawing of a Ringed Kingfisher which won in the 'Get to Know Art' contest last year. Zaman will be traveling to Calgary, Canada, in October for their conference this year. Next to her are her drawings of orcas in both captive, left, and wild habitats.

Nothing bothers Anusha Zaman, 14, more than seeing wild animals, particularly orca whales, placed into cramped quarters and forced to entertain and perform tricks for thousands of people. To advocate her cause, she is creating a statement art piece for the 2015 International Get to Know Unconference in Canada in October that she said will portray… Continue reading →

Southside calendar for July 23-29, 2015

CERAMICS: 9 a.m., Sharp Road Park, 501 Sharp Road. Call (225) 273-3924. PELICAN WOOD CARVERS: 9 a.m., Sharp Road Park, 501 Sharp Road. GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP: 6 p.m., Life Source Services Hospice, 11605 Southfork Ave., Baton Rouge. Free. Call (225) 291-9421. FACTS FIBROMYALGIA SUPPORT GROUP: 7 p.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2021 Tara Blvd.… Continue reading →

EBR library offers do-it-yourself classes

Photo provided by Adam St. Pierre -- Adam  St. Pierre, transliteracy librarian and beer enthusiast, talks about home brewing during a workshop at the Main Library.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Library has done a lot of work to develop resources for the “do-it-yourself” residents it serves, said Dominic Bordelon, who works in computer services at the Main Library on Goodwood Boulevard. With the addition of several 3-D printers at the Main Library, it became clear to them that the majority of people… Continue reading →

EBR Parish Permits for July 13-17, 2015

Permits issued in East Baton Rouge Parish from July 13-17. BLUEBONNET BOULEVARD 8322: $180,000, Owner: Richard Hill. Total square footage: 10,268. 9998-square-foot renovations to interior and exterior of an existing restaurant, and addition of 270-square-foot walk-in cooler area on concrete slab. Includes outdoor seating; one-story sprinkled. Issued July 16. CAPITAL HEIGHTS AVENUE 5078: $3,000,… Continue reading →

DOTD aware that residents want more bike paths in Baton Rouge; Officials correct issues, ask for ideas for future

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- A cyclist uses a bike/pedestrian path along Dalrymple Drive during a July afternoon.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development is trying to respond to Louisiana residents’ calls for more bike paths by creating a plan for how roads in the state highway network are used. At a July 9 meeting in Baton Rouge, project consultants asked residents to look at maps of state highways and write or draw where… Continue reading →

Swim lessons at YMCA not just for children

Advocate staff photo by CHARLES CHAMPAGNE    YMCA summer camp counselor Jordan Alsobrook swims with campers Friday at the C.B. Pennington Jr. Branch's outdoor pool. Alsobrook and fellow camp counselor Raven Douglas were offered free swimming lessons by the branch after YMCA officials learned that some summer camp counselors did not know how to swim.

Jordan Alsobrook never learned to swim. “I’m not even sure why I never learned. Everybody in my family knows how to swim,” the 19-year-old University of Louisiana at Lafayette student said. Alsobrook, a summer camp counselor at the YMCA’s C.B. Pennington Jr. branch, 15550 Old Hammond Highway, and other camp counselors like her caught the… Continue reading →

Jefferson Terrace kids come back

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Sign greets those arriving at a reunion of the ‘Kids of J.T.,’  people who grew up in Baton Rouge’s  Jefferson Terrace subdivision, from when it was new in the 1950s through about 1980, Saturday under the pavilion at BREC’s Jefferson Terrace Park.

A reunion was held Saturday for people who grew up in the Jefferson Terrace subdivision. The event brought together friends that had not seen each other for 50 years, as well as residents who see each other around town on regular basis. More than 500 friends communicated through Facebook about the event. Many who attended still… Continue reading →

Campers learn rural life

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING --  Audrey Eunice, 10, center, strikes heated stock on an anvil to make a nail, with the help of Cam Major, right, hobbyist blacksmith and volunteer docent at the LSU Rural Life Museum, during a June workshop at the museum. At left, background, is Gabe Eunice, 12, creating ventilation for the forge's fire by turning a hand-cranked blower nicknamed a 'squirrel cage,' for the sound it makes.

Thirty-eight students in the fifth-grade and younger spent a week in June learning how to live in the ways of the early Louisianians, circa 1800, said Steve Ramke, interpretive program specialist with the Rural Life Museum, 4560 Essen Lane. “We had a great group of kids this year,” Ramke said. Over the week, artisans visited… Continue reading →

On the Southside for July 16, 2015

Adults wanting to learn how to use an e-reader can come to the Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd., for a class from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday. The class will go over basic functions and the library’s databases such as Overdrive and One Click Digital, including an app’s particular catalog… Continue reading →

Cougars squad racks up awards at cheer camp

Photo provided by Starr Driesse -- St. Jude School Cougar cheerleaders attending Universal Cheerleaders Association camp in June are, front row from left, Gracie Majoria, Christina Mack, Mary Claire Saia and Shelby Bordelon; middle row, Kate Hebert, Jennifer Mack, Kennedy Albarado, Alli Casey, Sophie Martin, Gabriela Vince, Janie Morgan, Cristina Riazuelo, Maggi Barksdale and Grace Scoggins; and back row, Kate Duhe, Mady Moye, Audrey Whitehead and Emma Hidalgo.

The St. Jude School Cougars cheerleading squad won accolades and awards during its week at a Universal Cheerleaders Association camp in June. The team received a superior placement ribbon for daily squad evaluations, won the spirit stick on a daily basis and picked up the prized UCA Team Banana on the first day of camp, honoring the… Continue reading →

2 restaurant group scholarships awarded

The Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Foundation Board of Directors will award $70,000 in scholarships to 33 students at the 2015 LRAEF Five Star Futures Gala on Aug. 8 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. Two Baton Rouge students were among the scholarship winners, according to a news release. Receiving the LRA Culinary and Hospitality Leadership… Continue reading →

Girl Scout council honors two Gold Award recipients

Photo provided by Marianne Addy -- Girl Scout 2014-15 Gold Award recipients Shelbilyn Mott, left, and Victoria Pham gather for a photo at the Governor’s Mansion in Baton Rouge on June 24.

Victoria Pham, of Baton Rouge, was one of two Girl Scouts honored at a reception and pinning ceremony at the Governor’s Mansion on June 24 for earning the Girl Scout Gold Award for 2014-15. The other honoree was Shelbilyn Mott, of Ponchatoula. The Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador… Continue reading →

Keep Louisiana Beautiful awards funding grants

Keep Baton Rouge Beautiful and Southern University are among 32 Louisiana nonprofit organizations to receive grant funding from Keep Louisiana Beautiful as part of the 2015-16 Health Communities Grant Program, a news release said. KLB awarded a combined $200,000 in grant funding for the coming year. “We were thrilled to receive a record-breaking number of applications… Continue reading →

PTSD, trauma learning sessions scheduled

Capital Area Human Services and the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder are hosting sessions on trauma and PTSD in a Lunch ’N’ Learn format, a news release said. Sessions will be from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday in Building 2, Conference Room 200 at the Center for Adult Behavioral Health, 4615 Government St.; and the conference… Continue reading →