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Decoys attract enthusiasts

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Decoys hand carved by Randy Griffin sit on display at BREC's Bluebonnet Swamp's Duck Duck Goose Day Saturday.

Some of the region’s oldest and most rare duck decoys were on display Saturday at Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center’s annual Duck, Duck, Goose Day. Carvers and collectors from all over the South showed off their duck decoys, duck calls, boats paddles and other duck and goose-related items. Children played on a Duck Box inflatable, visited a… Continue reading →

YMCA locations offer free Kid Fit classes

The YMCA of the Capital Area wants families to understand how children’s perception of their weight affects their health — and what to do about it. Throughout September, which is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, YMCAs are offering free Kid Fit classes to encourage children to live a healthy lifestyle. While the dangers of childhood obesity… Continue reading →

Students share hair to help

Photo from Episcopal High School website -- An Episcopal High School student gets a hair cut at Aveda Institutes Cosmetology School in Baton Rouge. Students cut their locks to create a wig for a fellow student with cancer.

Danna Sabolik was stunned when her 15-year-old daughter, Cali, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in July. Nearly two months later, Cali is in her second round of chemotherapy round and losing her hair. “It’s called the silent cancer,” Sabolik said, partly because it goes symptomless for so long, she said, and when Cali began having symptoms, it… Continue reading →

Around the Southside for Aug. 27, 2015

The Pelican Woodcarvers Guild is coming to the Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library for a two-part program on woodcarving from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday . This workshop is for adults, teens and children ages 8 to 11. Guild members will cover the basics of woodcarving, from how to get started to the… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge General hosts carnival for burn survivors

Photo provided by Meghan Parrish -- Hallie Williams, 8, and Baton Rouge General volunteer Stephanie Remson practice their pop star moves at the music station at Baton Rouge General’s Pediatric Burn Survivor Carnival on Aug. 15.

Baton Rouge General’s Regional Burn Center hosted its first Pediatric Burn Survivor Carnival at its Bluebonnet campus on Aug. 15, a news release said. “Young burn patients face unique challenges,” said Dr. Tracee Short, medical director of the Regional Burn Center. “In addition to typical childhood stresses like body image and self-confidence, young burn survivors often… Continue reading →

Kenilworth starts year at maximum enrollment

Tevfik Eski

Kenilworth Science and Technology Charter School started a new school year Aug. 13 at maximum enrollment for the third consecutive year, with 582 students in classrooms and 249 students on a waiting list, according to a news release. The official student count will be taken Oct. 1. “We are committed to keeping a lower student-teacher ratio… Continue reading →

Program gives high school students experience in health care careers

Photo provided by Caitlin Richard -- Cathryn McClanahan, left, studies the model that Our Lady of the Lake child life specialist Morgan Covington uses to teach pediatric patients about sickle cell anemia this this summer. McClanahan is interested in pediatric oncology.

This summer, 34 local high schools students spent a month learning what it’s like to work in the medical center at Our Lady of the Lake alongside 7,300 employees as part of a Summer Ambassador Program, a news release said. The Ambassador Program is for high school students ages 15 to 17 with a potential interest in… Continue reading →

Two libraries to host homebuyer’s workshops

The Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America will hold free homebuyer’s workshops from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Jones Creek Regional Branch Library, 6222 Jones Creek Road, and the Scotlandville Branch Library, 7373 Scenic Highway. NACA is a national, nonprofit community advocacy and housing services organization. NACA mortgages can be used to buy or… Continue reading →

Arts Council announces season of River City Jazz Masters Series

The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge in collaboration with the River City Jazz Coalition has announced the 2015-16 season of the River City Jazz Masters Series. Performances are at the Manship Theatre at the Shaw Center for the Arts in downtown Baton Rouge. The concert series includes a variety of jazz styles from Cuban jazz to… Continue reading →

Southside St. George Fire Department calls from Aug. 9-15, 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 Aug. 9-15.… Continue reading →

YMCA offers wellness series for families

The A.C. Lewis YMCA, 350 S. Foster Drive, is offering a free family health series for the community. Classes are open to the public and will be offered at 10 a.m. Sept. 12, 19 and 26. Personal trainer Joey Godfrey will lead families through wellness sessions designed to help improve the overall health of… Continue reading →

Southside dogs available for Aug. 27, 2015

Allie, a 4-month-old female hound/shepherd mix, is spayed, up-to-date with shots and good with dogs. Email her foster home at martarichards@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. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Anyone interested in adopting… Continue reading →

Southeastern names students to summer 2015 honors List

Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond has named students from East Baton Rouge Parish to its honors list for the summer 2015 semester. To be named to the President’s List, students must have earned a 3.50 or better GPA. Students on the Dean’s List have earned a 3.20-3.49 GPA, and Honor Roll students have earned a 3.00-3.19 GPA.… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge Gallery accepting applications

Baton Rouge Gallery is now accepting applications for new artist members. As a cooperative gallery, many decisions regarding the artistic direction of the gallery are made by the existing artist membership, a news release said. Currently, the gallery has an artist member roster of more than 50 professional artists in media including fiber, print, drawing, glass, sculpture,… Continue reading →

Sonic crew advances to national competition

The crew of Sonic Drive-In at 18189 Highland Road is one of 12 teams to compete in the last round of Sonic’s annual Dr Pepper Sonic Games, a multimonth competition and training program recognizing the best Sonic crews across the country. “The Highlanders” will compete at the national finals at the annual Sonic convention in Kansas City,… Continue reading →

Southside cats available for Aug. 27, 2015

Diva, a 61/2-month-old female Russian blue, is a sweetheart.

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 from 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,… Continue reading →

East Baton Rouge Parish permits for Aug. 14-18, 2015

Permits issued in East Baton Rouge Parish from Aug. 14-18, 2015. FLORIDA BOULEVARD 10248: $6,000, Owner: Paul Creswell. Total square footage: 660. Remodel and change in occupancy classification for new restaurant owner; no alcohol. Issued Aug. 14. THIRD STREET 326: $330,000, Owner: Andy Blouin. Total square… Continue reading →

Southside Calendar for Aug. 27-Sept. 3, 2015

PELICAN WOOD CARVERS: 9 a.m., Sharp Road Park, 501 Sharp Road. (225) 273-3924. KALEIDOSCOPE OF QUILTS: 9 a.m., Jones Creek Public Library, 6222 Jones Creek Road. Sponsored by the Sassi Strippers Quilt Guild. (225) 275-1505. GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP: 6 p.m., Life Source Services Hospice, 11605 Southfork Ave. (225) 291-9421. FACTS FIBROMYALGIA SUPPORT GROUP: 7… Continue reading →

Adult coloring sessions booming, surprisingly popular activity

Advocate photo by C.J. FUTCH  -- Hillary Eisworth works on a project with a table of co-workers Aug. 4 at the library's adult coloring event at the Goodwood Branch Library.

Adult coloring sessions are exactly what most would imagine they’d be — a group of adults sitting around tables with coloring implements in the center, quietly coloring in pre-drawn pictures. Well, it’s mostly quiet. A table of friends and co-workers at LSU’s School of Education — Corinne Bergeron, Hillary Eisworth, Stan Barrera and Amber Salvadras — get… Continue reading →

Gardens bring ecology to kids

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Resident director at the LSU Ag Center Botanic Gardens at Burden Jeff Kuehny stands on the paver walkway in the new memory garden as workers Aubrey Cooper, left and Wanda Ellis, right put finishing touches on it.

Nestled in the heart of Baton Rouge and spanning across 440 acres is an urban oasis, the LSU Agricultural Center Botanic Gardens at Burden. “The Burden Gardens are a gift to the community by the Burden family, maintained by LSU. It’s a treasure we have here in Baton Rouge, like Central Park in New York,” said… Continue reading →

Around the Southside for Aug. 20, 2015

Liberty Lagoon will hold its End of the Summer Pool Pawty from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday . This dog-friendly event is limited to 100 dogs. Purchase your wristband at Liberty Lagoon starting at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $2 per person: limit of two dogs per handler. All participants must… Continue reading →

Breakfast Club celebrates 25 years of serving community

Photo provided by Jessica Johnson -- The Breakfast club celebrates its 25th anniversary. Members include, seated from left, Gloria Dean Matthews, Lenora M. Williams and Vice President Rosa S. Pugh; and standing, Josie Cushenberry, Eula Franklin, Jean Styler, Georgia Hampton and President Edna Patterson.

For 25 years, a group of south Baton Rouge women have gathered for breakfast and to plan good deeds to help their community. It all started with four women who took morning walks for exercise. One of the walkers, Edna Patterson, decided to invite the women to her home for a Friday morning brunch. Eventually, the… Continue reading →

St. Michael the Archangel school begins new year

Photo provided by Kristi Watts -- The halls of St. Michael the Archangel High School quickly fill up with students on the first day of school on Aug. 6. Students are, front row from left, Rachel Malmburg, Madeline Gremillion, Molly Anding and Annabelle Brinkmann; middle row, Chad Brumfield, Josh Samson, Tyler Brazier-Carter, Matthew Pham, Kevin Heltz, Chase Trelles, Kade Stuart and Devin Melancon; and back row, Stephen Lofton, Landon Garafola, Donovan Washington, Alec Baltas and Brandon Bourgeois.

St. Michael the Archangel High School began its 2015-16 school year on Aug. 6. More than 700 students attended a special assembly where they were welcomed by Student Council President Breezy Berteau. Principal Ellen Lee introduced the school’s theme for the year, “Be Transformed.” Students took school pictures, received school supplies and attended a full… Continue reading →

Southside dogs available for Aug. 20, 2015

Lulu, a 6- to 7-month-old female terrier mix, is spayed, up to date with shots and good with kids and dogs. She is a petite pup loaded with energy. Call her foster family at (225) 572-6371.

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 Aug. 20, 2015

Chloe, a 4-month-old female domestic shorthair.

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 from 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,… Continue reading →

Hoopin’ it up for good health

Photo provided by AmeriHealth Caritas -- State Rep. Edward C. 'Ted' James II, center, greeted Halli Smith, left, Ethan Smith and other children and their families who attended the Healthy Hoops program Aug. 1 at McKinley High School.

McKinley High School hosted the Baton Rouge Healthy Hoops program Aug. 1. Healthy Hoops is a joint program of AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana, AmeriHealth Caritas Partnership and a coalition of community partners that educates children and their families on how to adopt healthy lifestyles through basketball, screenings and health education presentations. The program focuses on asthma,… Continue reading →

EBR Parish Permits for Aug. 9-13, 2015

Permits issued in East Baton Rouge Parish from Aug. 9-13, 2015: OLD HAMMOND HIGHWAY 11281: $45,000, Owner not listed. Total square footage: 815. 815-square-foot addition to existing 1,442-square-foot medical office for new optical tenant (Building A). Includes 70-square-foot renovations to enclose porch for expansion of waiting area and enlarging testing lab. Total… Continue reading →

Southside Calendar for Aug. 20-27, 2015

CERAMICS: 9 a.m., Sharp Road Park, 501 Sharp Road. Call (225) 273-3924. PELICAN WOOD CARVERS: 9 a.m., Sharp Road Park. Call (225) 273-3924. KALEIDOSCOPE OF QUILTS: 9 a.m., Jones Creek Public Library, 6222 Jones Creek Road. 2015 Kaleidoscope of Quilts at the Jones Creek Library exhibiting a number of quilts and textile art examples… Continue reading →

Library holds ‘Mockingbird’ marathon

Advocate photo by C.J. FUTCH -- Johanna Leonard reads to a small group of Harper Lee fans at the Aug. 3 Mockingbird Monday at the East Baton Rouge Parish Library. The library sponsored a day-long read-a-thon of 'To Kill A Mockingbird' with volunteer readers.

Johanna Leonard, a teacher a St. Luke’s Day School, walked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Library on Goodwood Boulevard mid-morning on Aug. 3, and made eye contact with Louise Hilton — a former student and current library employee — who was reading aloud at the head of a block of chairs. A few library patrons sat… Continue reading →

BR rescue group nets Dogly ‘loves,’ $1,000

For the second time in two months, an animal rescue group from Baton Rouge has won a $1,000 grant from Dogly, a photo-sharing app designed to promote animal rescue and adoption, according to a news release from Dogly. Friends of the Animals Baton Rouge got enough “loves” to win July’s grant. June’s winner was The Companion… Continue reading →

Burden to host picnic with food, music

Photo by RICK BOGREN  A good resolution for the new year is to visit a public garden, like the LSU AgCenter Botanic Garden at Burden, once a month to llearn which plants are in bloom at different times of the year.

The LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden has rescheduled its Picnic at The Pavilion event to Aug. 28., said Center Director Jeff Kuehny. The event, which starts at 6 p.m., will include music for the adults, games and entertainment for the children, and barbecue provided by the Culinard Culinary Institute at Virginia College in Baton Rouge.… Continue reading →

Around the Southside for Aug. 13, 2015

The BREC Coaches Challenge will be from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at Olympia Stadium, 7211 Perkins Road. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. High school coaches and teams representing their schools will battle in a fun, friendly field-day competition including tug-of-war, a wheelbarrow race and an obstacle course.… Continue reading →

CASA Kids Day event to conclude playhouse raffle

Photo provided by JENNIFER MAYER --- Casas for CASA --- Raffle tickets for year's Casas for CASA playhouse, which is on display at the Mall of Louisiana through Aug. 16, are $5 each. The playhouse is valued at $22,000 and was assembled by Faulk & Meek General Contractors.

Capital Area CASA Association will wrap up its playhouse raffle fundraiser with CASA Kids Day, a free children’s safety and wellness fair from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Mall of Louisiana. Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn from the Playmakers production of “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and princesses Cinderella, Belle and Ariel will make appearances.… Continue reading →

Quilters participate in patriotic sew day

Photo provided by Renee Hoeprich -- Renee Hoeprich, left, River City Quilt Guild president, and Roxanne Brown, Louisiana state coordinator for Quilts of Valor Foundation, attend a sew day July 18 to create a patriotic quilt.

Forty-two quilters from across the state met July 18 in Baton Rouge to stitch up a few patriotic quilts as part of a sew day organized by area quilt groups. By the end of the day, five quilt tops had been created. Once completed, all the quilts will be presented to local veterans and military service members.… Continue reading →

Local girls compete for International Junior Miss titles

Photo provided by Erin Husbands -- Beauty queens with The Crowning Moment who won recognition at a recent competition in Virginia Beach, Virginia, from left, are Kailah Fresina, Caitlin Hager and Ailynn Fresina.

Five local girls with The Crowning Moment competed in Virginia Beach, Virginia, July 20-25 against 300 contestants for six international queen titles. International Junior Miss pageants are held for girls ages 4 to 24. Competition included interview, fun fashion and evening gown. Side competitions included talent, media correspondent, casual wear, spokesmodel, photogenic, photo shoot model,… Continue reading →

Southside dogs available for Aug. 13, 2015

Avery, a young female terrier mix, is spayed, heartworm negative, housetrained, crate trained, up to date with shots and good with kids and dogs. Contact her foster mom at pdcarson@cox.net.

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 →

LCTCS leader Sullivan takes National Student Clearinghouse posts

Monty Sullivan

Louisiana Community and Technical College System President Monty Sullivan has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the National Student Clearinghouse and the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center for the 2015-16 term. “I look forward to working with a stellar group of education professionals and leaders. The Clearinghouse is a valuable resource for Louisiana’s… Continue reading →

Southside St. George Fire Department calls from July 26-Aug. 1, 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 26 to… Continue reading →

CASA receives $4,000 grant for training

Capital Area CASA Association recently received a $4,000 grant from the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge — Bishop Stanley Joseph Ott Works of Mercy Trust Fund. CASA volunteers advocate for abused and neglected children living in foster care to help them reach safe, permanent homes. The grant funds will go toward recruiting, screening and… Continue reading →

Southside cats available for Aug. 13, 2015

Cuddles, a 5-year-old female domestic shorthair, is an independent cat who loves having her chin rubbed.

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 from 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,… Continue reading →