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Ham radio operators have a field day

Advocate staff photo by C.J. Futch -- Joseph Dezendorf helps his son, 7-year-old Elyas, broadcast his name using Morse code Saturday night at the annual ARRL Field Day competition.

Buddy Brown has been an amateur radio enthusiast since the 1970s, when he first got licensed and joined the Baton Rouge Amateur Radio Club. Brown and about 50 other BRARC members took turns over the weekend making contact with other ham radio operators all over the world as part of the national American Radio Relay League’s… Continue reading →

On the Southside for July 2, 2015

BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo invites visitors to “Red, White and Zoo” on Saturday in honor of the Fourth of July. Activities will include Safari Amphitheater programs, games and crafts featuring some of the zoo’s red, white and blue animals. The zoo is at 3601 Thomas Road.… Continue reading →

Kenilworth parade rolls Friday

Kenilworth Independence Day Parade route

Jerry Stovall, the president and CEO of the Baton Rogue Area Foundation, will ride as grand marshal Friday when the Kenilworth Independence Day Parade rolls through Kenilworth subdivision. The parade starts at 6:30 p.m., and will include military and civic groups, bagpipes, antique cars, elected officials, a horse group and homemade floats. The parade began… Continue reading →

DeAngelo’s hosting art exhibit

Photo provided by Amy Crane -- ‘Wallflowers’ by Jennifer Ferguson will be among the art works on display at DeAngelo’s Restaurant, 7550 Bluebonnet Blvd., through July.

Interpretations of sunflowers by members of River Community Church’s Creativity Group will be exhibited in “Simply Sunflowers” through July at DeAngelo’s Restaurant, 7550 Bluebonnet Blvd. The group meets twice a month on Wednesdays at the Prairieville church, 36367 Old Perkins Road, to work on a variety of creative projects including drawing, painting, knitting, other needlework,… Continue reading →

Handmade quilts offer comfort to ill children

Photo provided by Quilts for Kids -- Volunteer quilters with the Baton Rouge chapter of Quilts for Kids gather recently at Allbrands for a day of sewing.

Quilts for Kids aims to provide a little extra comfort with donations of handmade quilts to patients at Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital. “We hope the bright colors and warm feeling of these quilts wrap the children with love and comfort to make the hospital feel a bit more like home,” Lisa Porche, chapter… Continue reading →

BR residents graduate from Virginia college

Two Baton Rouge residents recently graduated from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Chase Jordan earned a bachelor’s degree, and Emily Strider picked up her juris doctor degree. Founded by royal charter in 1693, William and Mary is the second oldest educational institution in the nation, a news release said.… Continue reading →

BR food bank seeks business, community help to stock shelves

With summer comes an increased demand for food assistance, resulting in empty shelves at the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. Businesses and the community are urged to help raise critical funds and food to fill the food bank’s shelves this summer through its Redstock drive, a news release said. “This summer is proving to be one of… Continue reading →

BR teen’s service project receives National Eagle Scout recognition

Photo provided by Desha Martin -- Present at the Louisiana State Capitol on June 10 where Robert William Desha Martin and Dane ‘Isaac’ Holbrook were recognized for receiving the National Eagle Scout Association Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award are, from left, Istrouma Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America representatives Tyrone Black, Gary Mertz and Ronnie Stephens; Boy Scouts Holbrook and Martin; and State Reps. Steve Carter, Franklin Foil and Blake Miguez.

Robert William Desha Martin, 16, of Baton Rouge, was recognized by state Rep. Darrell Ourso at the State Capitol on June 10 for receiving the National Eagle Scout Association’s Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award. The award recognizes service of an exceptional nature by a Scout… Continue reading →

Children complete first year of urban forestry program

Photo provided by Kristen Hogan -- Attending the Biggz Kidz Urban Forestry Program celebration June 20 at the A.C. Lewis YMCA are, front row from left, Bob Jacobs, Alex Lewis Jr., Maximus von Kurnatowski, Zefferino von Kurnatowski II, Daniel Watson, Louis Baustian, Adele Litchfield, Rhylan Frank, Zefferino von Kurnatowski and Aster Litchfield; and back row, Alex Lewis, Alicia Thomas and Steve Werner.

Biggz Professional Tree Care and the YMCA presented awards to six children who completed their first year of the Biggz Kidz Urban Forestry Program at the YMCA. The celebration was June 20 at the A.C. Lewis YMCA under a live oak tree planted by Alex Lewis and his son nearly 26 years ago. Louis Baustian,… Continue reading →

St. Jude celebrates Vacation Bible School

Photo provided by Carol Goldsmith -- St. Jude Catholic Church Vacation Bible School campers, front from left, Jackson Hebert, Matthew Robin, Drew Trosclair and Michael Esteve and, back, Jase Hebert, gather for a photo in June.

St. Jude Catholic Church on Highland Road celebrated Jesus of Nazareth Vacation Bible School from June 15-19. More than 150 children learned about their faith with a marketplace, games, music, drama and other activities, a news release said. Volunteers included parents, grandparents, lay people and church staff.… Continue reading →

St. George Catholic Church says farewell to priest

The Rev. Nutan Minj

St. George Catholic Church honored its outgoing parochial vicar, the Rev. Nutan Minj, at a farewell reception Sunday at the Kleinpeter Activity Center. Minj has been reassigned to Our Lady of Mercy Church. He has been a part of the St. George community for three years, where he attended to the church’s elderly and… Continue reading →

Capital Area Human Services opens autism center for kids

Capital Area Human Services recently opened a new treatment center for children ages 2 to 5 with autism, according to a news release. Autism impacts a child’s normal development of the brain and affects talking, thinking and interacting with others. More than 40 percent of children with autism have difficulty speaking. Accelerated Supports for… Continue reading →

Christian Life to host football, cheer camp

Christian Life Academy, 2037 Quail Drive, will host the Jacob Hester Championship Football and Cheerleading Camp from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 15-17. The camp is for students in first through eighth grades. The fee is $125 and includes a T-shirt and daily meals provided by Chick-fil-A. Participants have the chance to win a… Continue reading →

Southside St. George Fire Department calls for June 14 to June 20

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 June 14.… Continue reading →

Southside dogs available for July 2, 2015

Bambi, a 6-month-old female shepherd/Italian greyhound mix, is spayed, up to date with shots and good with kids, dogs and cats. Text (225) 205-9330 or stop by the Dog Adoption House.

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. To adopt or foster… Continue reading →

Southside calendar for July 2 to July 8

CERAMICS: 9 a.m., Sharp Road Park, 501 Sharp Road. 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. Free. Call (225) 291-9421. TOPS CHAPTER LA 0312: 10 a.m., South Baton Rouge Church of Christ, 8725… Continue reading →

Southside permits issued from June 22 to June 26

Permits issued in East Baton Rouge Parish from June 22-26. 6212 SIEGEN LANE: $85,000, Owner: Siegen Shopping Center. Total square footage: 3,000. Complete interior build-out of existing shell building to create suite B of 3,000 square feet, including interior slab that was not completed in shell. Issued June 22. 410T… Continue reading →

Roof is up; Lee High work goes indoors

Location of Lee High School

Look down on a rainy summer day at the muddy construction site for the new Lee High School, you will see cars, trucks and heavy equipment, but you not might not see much activity. Don’t be fooled. “Now that you have roofs on all the buildings, we can do more inside,” said Earl Kern, program director for… Continue reading →

Teacher’s program aims to empower girls to speak up for themselves

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Shantel Tatney embraces her daughter, Stormy, 12, after her graduation from Camp United at Faith Chapel Church Wednesday, June 18, 2015.

Before Jane Chandler moved to France, where she ended up living for 22 years, she was in Baton Rouge as a young teacher, lobbying in support of the Equal Rights Amendment. “I’ve always been a feminist,” she said. And she remembers how difficult it was to be a pre-teen and teen girl. “It’s difficult for… Continue reading →

Love for fitness found after cancer battle

Advocate Staff Photo by CHARLES CHAMPAGNE    Cancer survivor Kirsten Morrison works as a fitness attendant at the Southside YMCA.

Kirsten Morrison’s fitness journey began with a new pair of sneakers, which her mom bought her while she was in Ocshner Medical Center in New Orleans, recovering from a bone marrow transplant. “I felt bad, and I didn’t really want to do anything,” Morrison explained, “but my doctors kept telling me to get up and move around,… Continue reading →

On the Southside for June 25, 2015

Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library offers something for all age groups this summer: Need a new summertime activity? All ages are welcome to join the Bluebonnet Knitting Nook. The first session, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, will cover some basic stitches, and participants will… Continue reading →

EBR residents graduate from Youth Challenge Program

East Baton Rouge Parish residents were among the 250 cadets who graduated from the Louisiana National Guard Youth Challenge Program at Camp Beauregard during a ceremony at The Pentecostal Church in Alexandria on June 13. The graduates areDenile L. Smith, Baker; and Willie L. Bell, Cartess D. Buckley, Bethanie M. Chandler, Devon M. Claiborne, Jeffery J. Edwards,… Continue reading →

Women among EBR volunteers of the year

Photo provided by Kristi Watts -- St. Michael the Archangel High School Principal Ellen Lee, left, and St. Jude Catholic School Principal Karen Jakuback, right, congratulate Holly Wilson, second from left, and Kaye Schiefelbein on being selected as East Baton Rouge Parish’s Volunteers of the Year at a reception held June 9 at the Governor’s Mansion.

Holly Wilson and Kaye Schiefelbein are among five people selected as East Baton Rouge Parish’s Volunteers of the Year and were honored at a reception on June 9 at the Governor’s Mansion, according to a news release. The reception was presented by the Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana. Wilson, a mother of three children, was… Continue reading →

Cooking camp teaches snack, meal preparation

The Southern University Agricultural Center, along with the LSU AgCenter, will sponsor a youth cooking school, “Creating Healthy Enjoyable Foods,” for youth ages 9 to 11 on July 13-17 and ages 12 to 14 on July 27-31. The C.H.E.F. cooking school teaches basic cooking principles and nutrition education based on the USDA’s “MyPlate” food guidance system and… Continue reading →

St. George Fire Department calls from May 31-June 13, 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 May 31-June 13.… Continue reading →

Runnels baseball coach, players pick up post-season honors

Tookie Johnson

Runnels School head baseball coach Tookie Johnson is the 2015 All-Metro Baseball Coach of the Year for classes 3A and below, a news release said. Under Johnson’s leadership, the Raiders had their best season yet as a Class 2A team. The team won the district championship and advanced to the LHSAA Class 2A state semifinals as… Continue reading →

Southside calendar for June 25 - July 2, 2015

RED STICK FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m., Irene Drive, behind Pennington Biomedical Research Center. BALLROOM DANCE: 10 a.m., Independence Community Park, 7500 Independence Blvd. YELP! BR ADOPTION DAY: Noon, Petco Acadian Village, 3535 Perkins Road. Call (225) 485-9200. CASA VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION: 12:30 p.m., Capital Area CASA, 848 Louisiana Ave. Find out how you can become a… Continue reading →

Care package event held for La. Guardsmen

Photo provided by Kellie Duhon -- First lady Supriya Jindal, left, assembles care packages for Louisiana National Guard soldiers with Jill Curtis, center, and Jo Ann Street at the Governor’s Mansion on June 10.

Louisiana first lady Supriya Jindal hosted a care package packing event at the Governor’s Mansion on June 10. The packages, assembled for Louisiana National Guard soldiers who are deployed overseas, will go to members of the 1023rd Vertical Engineer Company. Guard spouses, members of the Louisiana House of Representatives and Senate, governor’s cabinet members and governor’s… Continue reading →

St. Michael Class of ’90 celebrates reunion

Photo provided by Kristi Watts -- St. Michael the Archangel Class of 1990 alumni attending the 25-year class reunion on June 6 are, from left, Thad Rispone, Brandon Frey, Angie Bourgeois Meche, Larry Johnson, Tess Percy Stromberg, Denise Hebert and Catherine Mickle-Perez.

Members of the Class of 1990 gathered at St. Michael the Archangel High School’s gym on June 6 to celebrate their 25th high school reunion. St. Michael alumni coordinator Sarah Edwards and St. Michael advancement director Josh Galasso greeted alumni and their families. Alumni reminisced about their school days at a jambalaya lunch… Continue reading →

Observatory to host ham radio field day

Ham radio communication, the original social medium, will be featured at the American Radio Relay League Field Day on June 27 at Highland Road Park Observatory, 13800 Highland Road. The public is welcome to attend from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. There is no charge. The Baton Rouge Amateur Radio Club will teach participants the importance… Continue reading →

Campers to produce ‘Annie, Jr.’ at Runnels

Photo provided by Allison Wrenn -- Runnels Theatre Department camper Gibson Guay will play the lead in 'Annie Jr.'

The Runnels Theatre Department’s summer camp will present its production of “Annie, Jr.” at 7 p.m. Friday in the Gladys Hague Runnels Theatre. Tickets are $5 and available at the door, 17255 S. Harrell’s Ferry Road. The two-week camp has 48 campers in second through ninth grades as the cast and crew, led and directed by… Continue reading →

Southside dogs available for June 25, 2015

Photo provided -- Talloulah is a tiny fox terrier girl, about 3 months old and 5.4 pounds. She is spayed, purebred, up-to-date with shots and good with dogs and cats.Contact her foster home at (225) 916-0989.

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 →

Church honors pastor’s years of service

Greater Sixty Aid Baptist Church will recognize the Rev. James R. Barrett Sr.’s seven years of service in a celebration at 8 a.m. June 28 at the church, 655 Gardere Lane. The public is invited to attend the celebration.… Continue reading →

EBR Police Calls from June 15-21, 2015

Calls for assistance received by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office between June 15 and June 21: Assault / Battery 13700 BLOCK, PERKINS ROAD, JUNE 15, 8:41 a.m. 1700 BLOCK, GARDERE LANE, JUNE 15, 7:03 p.m. 1700 block,… Continue reading →

EBR Permits issued for June 15-19, 2015

Permits issued in East Baton Rouge Parish from June 15-19. LEISURE ROAD 12451: $190,000, Owner not listed. Total square footage not listed. An addition of 100 s.f. time fill fueling post to an existing CNG fueling facility. Issued June 15. AIRLINE HIGHWAY 14940: Owner not… Continue reading →

SMALLab plays big role in students’ learning

Advocate staff photo by CHARLES CHAMPAGNE    SMALLab Learning is an experience to utilize interactive media to enhance students' understanding across multiple study topics such as physics and mathematics. Students took part in a SMALLab event June 9 at Episcopal School.

Seventh-, eighth- and ninth-graders lined the walls in Episcopal School’s SMALLab Learning center, while classmates Valerie Beggs and William Lynch stood at the edge of a large white mat that covered almost the entire floor space. The two wielded handheld sensors much as one would hold a joystick or a Wii controller, and they stared at… Continue reading →