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Annual Women! kicks off weeklong events

Starting with a kickoff luncheon Friday, the 13th annual Women! A Weeklong Celebration will give women of all ages a platform to talk about things that matter to them, said Teresa Taylor, who last week was putting the finishing touches on plans for the big event. “Events,” Taylor said to clarify. “We’ve got 150 separate activities happening… Continue reading →

On the Southside for Sept. 18, 2014

Registration is underway for Pennington Biomedical Research Center’s Doc’s Dash 5K and 1-mile run set for Sept. 27. Doc’s Dash is a community event for all ages that includes a 5K and 1 mile fun run and interactive activities. Activities start at 6:30 a.m. with registration and the 5K race starts at 8 a.m. at Pennington.… Continue reading →

Celebrating 138 years in the community

Photo provided by Rhonda LeMora -- Members gathered Aug. 26 to celebrate the 138th anniversary of Greater Sixty-Aid Baptist Church.

Greater Sixty-Aid Baptist Church members celebrated the church’s long history Aug. 24 with a service and reception. The church originated when a group of 60 Christian men gathered to sing praises and worship under a stand of palmetto trees, church officials said. In 1876, the group organized as the Sixty-Aid with the leadership of the Rev.… Continue reading →

St. Michael students donate to campaign

At St. Michael High School’s recent Back to School Night, Caroline Campagna, president of the student council, presented Advancement Director Josh Galasso and Principal Ellen Lee with a $5,000 donation to the school’s Continuing the Warrior Legacy Capital Campaign. The student council raised the money for the school’s fundraising effort. For more information on the campaign,… Continue reading →

Runnels alumnus wins powerlifting contest

Runnels alumnus and powerlifter Christopher Alexander took first place in his weight class at the United States of America Powerlifting Raw National Championship meet held earlier this summer in Aurora, Colorado, school officials said. It was the largest raw powerlifting meet in the country, a news release from the school said. “Since this was a raw… Continue reading →

BR students among 16,000 named to national merit semifinalists lists

The approximately 16,000 semifinalists who will compete for about 7,600 national merit scholarships worth about $33 million were announced Thursday. About 1.4 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2015 national merit scholarship program by taking the 2013 Preliminary SAT/national merit scholarship qualifying test. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than… Continue reading →

Guillot honored for coaching career

Photo provided by Jessica Poumaroux -- Parkview Baptist athletic director and former coach Kenny Guillot, left, accepts the school's Parkview Strong Award Friday from LSU coach Les Miles.

Parkview Baptist School presented coach Kenny Guillot with the Parkview Strong Award on Friday during halftime festivities of the Parkview Baptist versus Catholic High football game. School officials announced that an academic scholarship has been created in Guillot’s name. LSU head coach Les Miles, Guillot’s family and many former players were on hand for the… Continue reading →

Southside community calendar for Sept. 18-23, 2014

BATON ROUGE AREA PARKINSON’S DISEASE GROUP: 1 p.m., Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd. Philippe Veeters, a physical therapist with Dutch Physical Therapy will talk. To register, call (225) 933-0542 or (225) 756-2645. SPORTS ENHANCEMENT: 5:15 a.m. to 6:15 a.m., Paula G. Manship YMCA. Call (225) 767-9622. Allison Collins… Continue reading →

Southside Crime Blotter for Sept. 8-14, 2014

Calls for assistance received by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office between Sep 8 and Sep 14: Assault / Battery 8100 BLOCK, BAYOU FOUNTAIN AVENUE, SEPT. 8, 2:18 a.m. 1600 BLOCK, GLASGOW AVENUE, SEPT. 11, 10:01 a.m. 1700… Continue reading →

Southside pets available for Sept. 18, 2014

Photo provided -- Mackey is a yearling, female, wire hair terrier mix, She is  heartworm negative and weighs approximately 40 pounds. She is spayed, housetrained and up to date on shots. Mackey is good with children, good with dogs, and good with cats. Contact (225) 205-9330 or send an email to

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… Continue reading →

Mayfair Park offers up the best seat in the house

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Yolanda Criss, rright, with Amerihealth Caritas Bayou Health Care Plans speaks to Jakalyn Lemon on Friday during BREC's Movies on the lawn at Mayfair Park.

BREC’s Mayfair Park played host to its first Movies in the Park event on Friday, said Sanora Cole, recreational manager with BREC, and despite the early threat of rain, nearly 100 people turned out for the event. BREC provided free popcorn and the movie screen, while area businesses donated food and drinks… Continue reading →

Classmates reconnect, start after-school sports program

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --Packers center Randaul Williams Jr., 7, gets ready to hike the ball during a recent practice for the Gardere Young Alliance teams.

When Loreauville native Allison Fitchett spotted Darin Fontenette at the Hartley-Vey Sports Complex in 2008, 75 miles from their hometown and a few years post-graduation, he heard the former LHS Tigers cheerleader before he saw her. “L-H-S! Go Tigers! It was our school cheer,” Fitchett said. Loreauville was the kind of place where everyone knew everyone… Continue reading →

On the Southside for Sept. 11, 2014

The Women’s Council of Greater Baton Rouge is celebrating its 20th anniversary with Women’s Week, Sept. 19-28. This event will focus on giving women tools to empower themselves and will present more than 150 activities, workshops and classes throughout the Greater Baton Rouge area, including:… Continue reading →

BR native, St. Michael alum will compete for Miss America crown

Advocate staff photo by John Ballance -- Lacey Sanchez competes Saturday in the Miss America contest.

St. Michael the Archangel High School alumna and Baton Rouge native Lacey Sanchez will compete Saturday for the Miss America crown. Sanchez entered the Miss Lafayette contest on a dare by her sorority sisters and won the competition to qualify for the Miss Louisiana pageant. “She had never done anything like this in her life,” said… Continue reading →

St. Michael presents homecoming court

Photo provided by Sean Beauvais -- The St. Michael the Archangel High School homecoming court includes, first row from left, Camille DeBenedetto, Nicole Daspit, Lindsey Ellis, Caroline Campagna and Whitney Banker; second row, Trent Varnado, Meredith Chiles, Megan Broussard, Stella Burke, Brett Ross, Erin Ellison, Alex Do, Jacie Evans, Matthew Butler and Chris Reid and third row, Jude Housewright, William Hartmann, Beau Morris, Jacob Loupe and Claudio Franc.

St. Michael the Archangel High School has announced its 2014 homecoming court. The court includes sophomore maids Meredith Chiles and Megan Broussard and sophomore escorts William Hartmann and Trent Varnado. Representing the junior class are maids Stella Burke, Camille DeBenedetto and Erin Ellison and escorts Alex Do, Beau Morris and Brett Ross. Senior maids are Whitney… Continue reading →

Festival seeks works for juried show

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- This fountain and the rest of Perkins Rowe were purchased by KeyBank National Association at an auction Wednesday in Baton Rouge. The sale ended any claims by developer J.T.

Perkins Rowe Arts Festival, slated for Oct. 18-19, is seeking entries from Baton Rouge-area artists for a juried art competition. For more information on the application process, contact Kathy Scherer with the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge at (225) 344-8558, ext. 228, or In addition to artists, the festival plans to include stilt… Continue reading →

Runnels plans anniversary gala

Photo provided by Allison Wrenn -- Members of the Runnels Parents Organization 50th Anniversary Committee members are, from left, Kristy Mayes, Nicole Latiolais, Chair Sarah Haase, Dana Schlotterer and Gina Golda.

Runnels, one of the oldest independent schools in Baton Rouge, is celebrating its 50th anniversary Oct. 4 with a gala and fundraiser at the Lod Cook Alumni Center at LSU. Founded in 1965 by Dr. L.K. Runnels, the school began as a preschool. In 1970, Runnels expanded to include elementary grades, and in 1983, junior and… Continue reading →

Southside pets available for Sept. 11, 2014

Izzy is a 3-month-old terrier mix puppy. She's spayed, up to date with shots and good with kids  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… Continue reading →

Southside calendar of events for Sept. 11-18, 2014

Healthy Steps Lebed Exercise Program: 3:30 p.m., Baton Rouge General Bluebonnet, 8585 Picardy Blvd., Baton Rouge. Healing through dance and movement is the premise of our Healthy Steps classes, a new exercise program Baton Rouge General is now offering free to all cancer patients, thanks to a grant provided by the Susan G.… Continue reading →

Woodlawn High hosts Red Stick Rumble Robotics Festival

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  Members of Woodlawn High School's robotics team, from left counterclockwise, Nathaniel Thibodeaux, Steven Bridges, Hunter Evans, Mason Bayles and Kyle Jacaruso sit in their pit area during the second annual Red Stick Rumble Robotics Festival and Competition on Saturday at Woodlawn High School.  Twenty-three teams came from Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas and Mississippi.  This year's game challenge was 'aerial assist,' where robots must pass, kick and/or toss a large ball into a goal.

Twenty-three teams from Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas and Mississippi competed Saturday in the Red Stick Rumble Robotics Festival and Competition at Woodlawn High School. This year’s game challenge was ‘aerial assist,’ where robots had to pass, kick or toss a large ball into a goal. Robots worked in alliances of… Continue reading →

BR High students perform in Scotland

Glenn McMahon had no complaints as he prepared for this school year’s open house at Baton Rouge High School. McMahon and the rest of the drama department have use of a recently renovated theater and two smaller, black box theaters, plus additional office space and dressing rooms. When he first took the job as director… Continue reading →

On the Southside for Sept. 4, 2014

It’s football season in Louisiana, and that means tailgating. Whether at a stadium or in back yard, fans gather to celebrate and cheer for their favorite team. Food, family and friends are always at the center of these celebrations. Share photos from your Southside-area tailgate party. Be sure to include names of everyone in the photo… Continue reading →

BREC Nature Center to give tours of new wing

BREC’s Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, 10503 N. Oak Hills Parkway, is opening the doors of its new education building Saturday to teachers and group leaders. Teachers, home-school educators, and youth group and Scout leaders are welcome to tour the new group education center and learn about the hands-on opportunities for students and field trips, a news release… Continue reading →

Pop in to Sunday pop-up market

Aged feta and fresh goat cheese will be among the products on sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Alexander’s Highland Market’s Pop-Up Farmers Market, 18111 Highland Market Drive. AmazinGraze Creamery headlines the September Pop-Up Farmers Market offering aged feta and goat cheese in six flavors, including a new one to be revealed at the… Continue reading →

Buddy system provides mentors for St. George kindergartners

Photo provided by Cheri Gioe -- Taking part in St. George Catholic School's buddy program are, from left, Tallen McClendon, Braydon Ford and Nathan Nguyen. Kindergarten students are paired with sixth-graders for the program.

St. George Catholic School students recently carried on the long-standing school tradition of pairing students as part of a buddy program. Facilitated by the St. George School Religion Department, sixth-grade students are paired with kindergarten students each year. Many schools have buddy programs, but what makes the SGS buddy program different is that the program is… Continue reading →

Southside pets available for Sept. 4, 2014

Dyson is a 35-pound boxer/Jack Russell terrier mix. He's  neutered, up to date with shots and good with dogs. He adapts easily to new situations such as weekend out-of-town road trips with his foster mom, outings to the dog park and patio brunch at mutt-friendly restaurants. Contact his foster mom at or text her at (786) 376-4760.

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 community calendar for Sept. 4-11, 2014

HEALTHY STEPS LEBED EXERCISE PROGRAM: 3:30 p.m., Baton Rouge General Bluebonnet, 8585 Picardy Blvd. Free exercise program Baton Rouge General offers to cancer patients, courtesy of a grant provided by the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Call Christine Perkins at (225) 763-4050 or visit BOOTCAMP: 5:30 p.m., Baton Rouge General Bluebonnet, 8585 Picardy… Continue reading →

BREC carves out a fun, educational day for kids

Advocate staff photo by John Oubre -- Camryn Cass, 7, has a Mallard duck paintd on her face Saturday at Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center's Duck, Duck, Goose Day event.

Members of the Baton Rouge-based Pelican Wood Carvers’ Guild are often surrounded by piles of wood shavings, but on Saturday, they collected piles of soap. It’s a great teaching tool for children, said guild President David Oubre, as he and other guild members patiently taught children of all ages how to carve a simple duck out of… Continue reading →

Celebration offers a splashing good time

Advocate staff photo by John Oubre -- Children line up to take a turn on the inflatable water slide on Saturday during a splash event at St. John's United Methodist Church on Highland Road.

St. John’s United Methodist Church held its first Children’s Splash Day on Saturday at the church as an end-of-summer celebration. Brooke Burns, the church’s new children’s ministry director, said the event included an inflatable water slide, a sponge relay race, apple bobbing and a watermelon seed-spitting contest. For information… Continue reading →

Tutoring center offering extra help

Advocate photo by C.J. FUTCH -- Volunteer tutor Shawn Williams discusses a homework assignment with second-grader Tommy McElveen at the Gardere Initiatives new tutoring facilitiy on Ned Avenue, called The Learning Center. The Gardere Initiative expanded its current headquarters when it signed a lease on the apartment upstairs from its current headquarters.

Ray Brian Nettles, 14, wants to go to college and study engineering when he graduates from McKinley High, where he started this year as a freshman. While his favorite subject is biology, he’s not such a fan of science. It doesn’t come as naturally to him, he said Monday while he waited for his tutoring session to… Continue reading →

On the Southside for Aug. 28, 2014

A woman with Baton Rouge ties is competing this week in the World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Olivia Coffey, 25, whose team took the gold medal in the women’s quadruple sculls at last year’s championship in South Korea, got the fastest time of three heats in the first round of competition on Sunday, said her mother,… Continue reading →

Southside pets available for Aug. 28, 2014

Eudora, a female  shepherd/cattle dog mix. Great with kids, cats and dogs. She also knows the commands for sit, stay, down and roll over.

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… Continue reading →

EBR sheriff graduates from FBI executive training class

Photo provided by East Baton Roughe Sheriff's Office -- FBI Executive Assistant Director Amy Hess, right, presents East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux with a certificate noting his gradution from the FBI National Executive Institute.

East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux graduated in July from the 37th session of the FBI’s National Executive Institute at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virgina, a week prior to his induction into the Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame. “Training is critical to our department in order to provide our services to the community every… Continue reading →

First day of school brings Hawaiian helpers

Photo provided by Starr Driesse -- Volunteers with theSt. Jude the Apostle Men's Club greet students arriving in the bus line with aloha and fun Hawaiian attire. Taking part in the parking lot fun are, first row from left, Chad Reynolds, Teddy Martin and Kris Fernandez; and secodn row, Lance Thomas, Jeremy McDaniel, Ben Mouton, Ryan Nesbit, Paul Talbot, Mike Daniels, Matt Heinz, Chris Mensman and Jeremy Wesley.

St. Jude the Apostle Men’s Club volunteers wore Hawaiian shirts and greeted students on the first day of school at St. Jude School with “aloha.” The men volunteered in the school parking lot, overseeing carpool lines and ensuring the safety of some 600 students, a news release from the school said. The faculty and staff of… Continue reading →

Southside community calendar for Aug. 21-28, 2014

INTRODUCTION TO THE INTERNET: 10 a.m. to noon, meeting room 2, Bluebonnet Regional Library. Learn the basics of “surfin’ the Web.” Instructor will cover several topics, including brief facts about the development of the Internet, basic terms, how to get to a website, evaluate websites and information, and learn brief facts about copyright. YOGA: 6:45… Continue reading →

Playground honors teacher’s life

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Trinity Episcopal Day School's new playground is dedicated to the memory of former long-time teacher's aid Amber Lousteau who died after a battle with lung cancer.

Before her death in 2009, Amber Lousteau spent many hours on Trinity Episcopal School’s playground. She’d started working there as a kindergarten teacher’s aide nearly 20 years before, and the playground came with the territory, said Brooke Johnson, Trinity’s development director. As part of their 2013-14 Building Our Future fundraising campaign, the school decided to replace… Continue reading →

Programs aid students before, after school

As students head back to school, parents in Southside have options for after-school care. Three programs offering care and/or tutoring with no deadline for signing up are: This program officially began the first day of school, Aug. 11, said Chad Brewer, publicity and marketing director for BREC. Staff members… Continue reading →

Highland work to alter traffic

Improvements to the city’s sewer system near Highland Road are slated to begin in October, and residents can expect minor traffic effects, officials said. The new improvements will not affect Highland Road, but will affect surrounding areas, said Joseph O. Young, deputy program manager with CH2M Hill, a consulting, design, design-build, operations and program management firm.… Continue reading →

Coaches, athletes accept the challenge

Advocate staff photo by John Oubre -- McKinley's Asha Mayweather leads her team in the tug-of-war competition on Saturday during the Coaches Challenge at BREC's Olympia Stadium.

High school athletes tugged and ran their way through field events Saturday at BREC’s Coaches Challenge Field Day at Olympia Stadium. Teams competed for prize money to help purchase needed athletic equipment. Events included a tug-of-war, wheelbarrow race, egg and spoon relay, water balloon toss and an obstacle course.… Continue reading →